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Mitchell’s AEW Dynamite Results & Report! (8/4/21)

Dynamite: Homecoming!

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AEW returns to Daily’s Place for a blast from the past!

Before continuing the tour, AEW returns to Daily’s Place! And it’ll surely be rocking with the THIRD Labour of Jericho: JUVENTUD GUERRERA!

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • The Third Labour of Jericho, Jericho Must Win with Top Rope Move: Chris Jericho VS Juventud Guerrera; Jericho wins and advances to the Fourth Labour.
  • Six Man Tag: Jon Moxley, Eddie Kingston & Darby Allin w/ Sting VS Danny Garcia & 2.0; Moxley, Kingston & Darby win.
  • Christian Cage VS The Blade w/ The Bunny; Christian wins.
  • AEW TNT Championship: Miro VS Lee Johnson w/ Dustin Rhodes; Miro wins and retains the title.
  • NWA Women’s World Championship #1 Contender’s Match: The Bunny VS Leyla Hirsch; Hirsch wins and will challenge Kamille for the title.
  • Cody Rhodes VS Malakai Black; Malakai wins.

PLAY BY PLAY

The Third Labour of Jericho, Jericho Must Win with Top Rope Move: Chris Jericho VS Juventud Guerrera!

It’s a blast from the past for The Demo God as MJF brings one of Jericho’s biggest WCW rivals to AEW! And given the challenge of a top rope move for the win, will Jericho be able to put away the Juice? Or will Juvi get his revenge 20 years later?

Of course, MJF walks out to join commentary, but makes sure to rip up a fan’s sign just because it mocks him. The bell rings and Juventud goes right at Jericho! Juvi fires off haymakers, CHOPS, uppercuts and more CHOPS! Juvi whips Jericho corner to corner, runs in, but Jericho puts Juvi on the apron, only for Juvi to throw Jericho down by his hair! Juvi climbs, leaps, and FLYING RANAS! Jericho doesn’t go far but he lands hard, and Juvi CLOBBERS him! Juvi stalks Jericho, goes up the corner ahead of him, and leaps into another headscissors! Jericho staggers and Juvi clotheslines him out of the ring! MJF wants to talk about himself as Juvi goes up top.

Juvi LEAPS to CLOBBER Jericho and fans go nuts for that one! Juvi gets space, goes back after Jericho and puts him in the ring. Juvi climbs as Jericho stands and Juvi leaps for a missile dropkick! Cover, TWO! Juvi keeps his cool and he gets Jericho up to scoop, but Jericho slips out. Juvi elbows Jericho, runs in but is put on the apron again. Jericho runs and RAMS Juvi off the apron! Fans fire up for Jericho as he goes out after Juvi. Jericho CHOPS Juvi in return, and again! Jericho follows Juvi around the way to smack off the timekeeper’s table! Jericho puts Juvi in the ring, climbs up top, and hits a CROSSBODY! Cover, TWO!! Juvi escapes and MJF says that wasn’t gonna cut it anyway.

Jericho throws hands, CHOPS, and whips. Juvi kicks back, mule kicks, uppercuts and mule kicks again on repeat! Juvi runs but into double forearms from Jericho! MJF claims that’s a throat chop but Jericho runs, into a SUPERKICK! Cover, TWO! Fans rally up and Juvi drags Jericho up. Juvi CHOPS, whips but Jericho sunset flips! Juvi rolls through, fakes the buzzsaw to BUZZSAW the second time! Cover, TWO!! Jericho survives but Juvi wants the Rings of Saturn! Jericho endures and fans rally up. Jericho gets an arm free, punches and headbutts then gets free. Juvi CHOPS, then CHOPS Jericho in the corner.

Jericho sits down, Juvi goes corner to corner, but Jericho gets up to run him over! Jericho rallies with more shoulders, Juvi dodges to put Jericho on the apron. Jericho fakes Juvi out now to ROCK him with the second punch. Jericho climbs up again, and DOUBLE AX HANDLES! Cover, TWO!! MJF gets mad at Juvi, calling him a “Masked moron,” and then he calls Aubrey Edwards a floozy over her “fast count.” But then MJF denies saying any of that when Schiavone calls him on it. Jericho throws hands on Juvi, gets him up and back suplexes, but Juvi lands on his feet! Jericho still spins Juvi around for a Tiger BACKBREAKER!

Jericho covers, but Aubrey reminds him, Jericho can only win with top rope moves! Jericho sighs but he rains down fists. Jericho rips at Juvi’s mask! Fans are torn as Jericho keeps pulling! Juvi kicks Jericho away, gets up and fires up as Jericho stands. Jericho runs at Juvi in the corner but gets a flapjack to buckles! Juvi puts Jericho up top, climbs up to join him, rains down fists, then jumps up, but Jericho blocks the Super Steiner to get the WALLS OF JERICHO! And this is allowed to count, because they came off the top first! Juvi endures, Jericho sits deep, MJF calls the Jacksonville fans a bunch of fat seals, but Juvi gets the ROPEBREAK!

Jericho lets go, Juvi kicks back and wrenches to a facelock and SPIN OUT NECKBREAKER! PENALTY KICK! Cover, TWO!! “This is Awesome!” and just the first match of the night! Juvi gets up, runs, but into a kick! Jericho reels Juvi in, but Juvi turns bomb into DDT! Juvi gets Jericho back up to scoop, JUVI DRIVER! Cover, TWO!!! MJF is losing his cool on commentary but fans rally up. Juvi rains down rights, runs, but into the JUDAS EFFECT! But Jericho can’t cover off this! Jericho hurries to get up top, Juvi stirs, FLYING JUDAS EFFECT!? Cover, Jericho wins!!

Winner: Chris Jericho, by pinfall (advances to the Fourth Labour)

MJF is fuming again, vowing that there’s no way Jericho makes it to the fifth! Wardlow attacks Jericho from behind! Wardlow digs his boots in at the corner, then drags Juvi up to punish him for failing MJF! F10!! Wardlow gets Jericho back up, has him on the top rope, and drapes him out for the CASUALTY OF WAR! MJF then says, “Oh no~. I’m so sorry, guys, did we ruin that moment for you?” Fans tell MJF he sucks, but MJF tells Jericho that if he thought he was every gonna be happy during these Labours, then Jericho’s as dumb “as every one of these scum sucking idiots here in the arena tonight.”

And if Jericho hasn’t figured it out, the Fourth Labour is a match against Wardlow! And the stipulation will be that there will be a special enforcer! It’ll be someone who will make sure this match is fair and square! The Salt of the Earth, who’s better than you and you know it: Maxwell Jacob Friedman! MJF is making himself the authority, but is this a sign that he’s getting desperate? Not to mention, scared of Jericho?

 

Backstage interview with the Lucha Brothers.

It was supposed to be Death Triangle in full but now PAC is missing. And Alex Abrahantes has exactly why Pac isn’t here. It’s convenient that Pac’s travel got cancelled, much like the Lucha Brothers before. And who do you think did that? Oh, well, Andrade El Idolo walks in right now! “Hey, kids, ninos. Where are my thank yous for the limousine last week?” Chavo Guerrero says they went through a lot of trouble to get them here on time last week. Thanks to El Idolo, you could be having first class airfare, limo service, all the steak, lobster and champagne you could want. It’s a pretty good offer, right? What do they say? Si or no?

They told you before. They don’t work for El Idolo or anyone. Penta fires up and rants in Spanish, but Alex calms him down, then translates, “Penta says, ‘No.‘” Death Triangle leaves but Chavo is convinced they’ll come around. What will it take for Death Triangle to get the message through Andrade’s head?

 

Backstage interview with The Dark Order.

Tony Schiavone notes last week’s loss to The Elite, and with that, no world title shots of any kind for them. John Silver says that was the biggest match of their lives and- Wait, Hangman Page pops in and says he’s just here to get a drink. But the Dark Order has him wait, and they ask why he hasn’t responded to their calls. Hangman was meant to be part of this interview. Hangman apologizes. He cost them their shots. They tell him it was all their faults, but Hangman says it’s on him. The problems with The Elite were problems Hangman created. He has to fix them. But they have his back!

No, he has to stop looking over his shoulder to know they’re there. He has to do this on his own. Maybe they should part ways. But they’re his friends! Yes, he knows, and he loves them all, but for now… It’s done. Done…? Hangman sulks off, and Evil Uno says they should give him his space. Will the Anxious Millennial Cowboy be able to find what he needs to get past The Elite on his own?

 

Six Man Tag: Jon Moxley, Eddie Kingston & Darby Allin w/ Sting VS Danny Garcia & 2.0!

Matt Lee, Jeff Parker and #RedDeath Danny Garcia called out some of the hardest hitters and craziest fighters in AEW to make a statement! But will they not like the response they’re going to get from the Maniac, the Mad King and the Relentless One?

The trios sort out, Darby and Danny tie right up! They break, circle, feel things out, and they tie up with knuckle locks. Darby rolls to get a headlock, Garcia powers out to a hammerlock and trips Darby to a cover. ONE, Garcia sweeps the legs to ghost pin, ONE! Darby jackknifes, TWO! Garcia kicks and uppercuts and then suplexes, but Darby lands on his feet to waistlock. Lee tags in off the O’Conner Roll, Darby gets sent into a forearm! Garcia kicks Darby, Lee gets him up for big forearms! Lee whips Darby corner to corner then runs in, but into boots! Darby leaps over, gets around, and Kingston tags in. Fans fire up for Eddie as he and Lee circle.

Lee shouts, “You wanna take a swing at me?!” then CHOPS Kingston! Kingston CHOPS, CHOPS, and CHOPS! Then he runs in to knee Lee in the corner, and stomp a mudhole! The ref counts, Kingston keeps going but the ref pulls him away. Moxley digs his fingers into Lee’s face! Moxley lets off before getting caught and Kingston CHOPS Lee again. Kingston whips, Lee reverses and Parker gets a cheap shot in. Parker avoids Kingston’s retaliation and Lee chop blocks a leg! Tag to Garcia and he stomps Kingston down as AEW goes picture in picture.

Garcia YANKS on a leg, covers, ONE! Garcia headlocks, Parker tags back in, and he drops a fist on Kingston. Parker stomps Kingston, scrapes his laces off Kingston’s face, then gets him up to bump him off buckles. Tag to Lee, and 2.0 mug Kingston. Lee CHOPS Kingston, and CHOPS, and Kingston just scowls at him. Lee ROCKS Kingston with a forearm, tags Garcia, and they mug Kingston, Garcia brings Kingston out to CHOP but Kingston CHOPS back! And CHOPS! And CHOPS! Garcia kicks a leg out, runs and BOOTS Kingston down! Cover, TWO! Garcia anchors Kingston’s leg and tags in Parker, and Parker drops another fist!

Parker rains down right hands on Kingston’s head then gets Kingston up. Parker whips Kingston to a corner, tags Lee, and 2.0 whip to whip to forearm smash! Drop toehold to BOOYAH Elbow! Lee covers, TWO! Lee cover again, TWO! Lee tags Parker back in, hands off the facelock, and Parker cranks back. Kingston endures, reaches for his corner, but Parker gator rolls him away. Kingston fights up, fights free and CHOPS away on Parker! Parker ducks the Uraken as AEW returns to single picture, and DOUBLE CLOTHESLINES knock both men down! Fans fire up as Kingston and Parker crawl, Lee gets in but the ref stops him, only for Garcia to get in and KICK Kingston down!

The ref notices Garcia, he bails out, but Moxley CLOBBERS him on the outside! Moxley whips Garcia HARD into railing! Parker hurries to get Kingston up but Kingston throws him out! Lee checks on Parker, but both of them see Sting! Lee pushes Parker aside because he’s so excited to see The Icon in person! But he doesn’t see Darby building speed! Darby DIVES and takes Lee out! Darby gets Parker up and in, Kingston gets up and ENZIGURIS! Hot tags to Garcia and MOXLEY! Fans are thunderous as Moxley tosses Garcia out, clobbers 2.0, throws Parker back out then gets around Lee to SNAP GERMAN! Lee gets up into Moxley’s LARIAT! And X-PLEX!

Fans are fired up as Parker hits Moxley, but Moxley doesn’t flinch. URAKEN from Kingston! Garcia flies in, into a kick, and PARADIGM SHIFT! Tag to Darby and he’s up top, COFFIN DROP!! Cover, Darby and team win!

Winners: Jon Moxley, Eddie Kingston & Darby Allin, by pinfall

Garcia and 2.0 might’ve bit off more than they could chew with these three! Will the new kids think a bit more before doing whatever they want?

 

AEW looks closer at Team Taz.

“Guys, where do we even begin?” Brian Cage says Taz didn’t bring him to AEW, The Machine was busting his ass for 15 years and got himself to AEW. But what Taz did do is cost him a world title match! But don’t worry, Taz has a great idea, a consolation prize in the FTW Championship. Ricky Starks says Cage is selfish. As the NEW FTW Champion, Starks will do bigger and better. He will not only outclass, outshine and outwork Cage, he’ll prove what a real champion is all about. Cage says he never wanted the FTW title, never asked to be Team Taz, never even asked to be with Taz himself! But Taz says Cage will find out it’s better to be with them than against them.

But being with them didn’t do anything for him! What Cage did to Starks’ little celebration was just the beginning of the destruction that he will bring! At the end of the day, who betta than Brian Cage? Nobody! Will nothing stop the Path of Cage now that he has nothing to lose?

 

The Elite goof off backstage.

Karl Anderson spins a basketball, and apparently the others are counting how long this has gone. 2012 for Mr. 2012! Then they play some hot potato with the ball and Nick Jackson makes a basket from behind the board! Gallows says if the Dark Order wants to fight the Impact Wrestling Tag Team Championships next week, bring it! It’ll be the same ol’ recipe: Magic Killer, 1-2-3, and two more sweet ass robes for them! Anderson likes robes! Nick then says, “After last week, I have to beg the question to the AEW Tag Division. What, is there no one else?” Is that from Troy? Shut up, Brandon, but yes it is.

Matt has an answer: There is NO ONE left. The Elite has proven they are collectively the greatest group of champions in this business, “and they’re gonna have to retire our dang jerseys up high in the rafters, because they’re gonna have to bury us with these belts.” Matt passes the ball to Kenny Omega but Cutler intercepts and tries to go on his own little monologue. They stop him and let Omega take it. Hangman, old buddy, you sure had the crowd rooting for you. But not matter how many shots he took in that match, as Omega makes a shot with the ball, no matter how many times Hangman had The Elite reeling, when it came down to the game winner, the buzzer beater, BRICK.

Hangman blew it and now he has no friends, no title opportunity, and the people don’t have a main event. Omega would feel bad, but he doesn’t. There’s only one thing left to do, and Cutler climbs a ladder to cut down the net. Nick caws like a bird and Omega says, “C is for cookie, mother fathers, and that’s good enough for me!” What time is it? GAME TIME! But will there be challengers who defy the arrogance of The Elite and challenge them for All Out?

 

Christian Cage VS The Blade w/ The Bunny!

Captain Charisma’s feud with Big Money Matt’s Hardy Family Office continues! Hardy’s most vicious mercenary got Christian with a brass knuckle cheap shot last week, will he get even with the Killswitch?

Blade doesn’t even get down the ramp as Christian rushes him! Christian fires off hands, throws Blade into the ring, and then the bell rings. Blade knees low, CLUBS Christian then rips up Christian’s shirt! Blade wipes the sweat from his brow with the shirt, then prepares it like a garrote! Christian avoids the shirt attack to kick and kick, and then use his shirt to CLOBBER Blade! Christian rains down fists, Blade bails out, but Christian hurries after him. They go around the way, Bunny blocks Christian’s path, and Blade gets around, only for Christian to sense it and DECK him! Christian whips Blade into railing and fans fire up!

Christian puts Blade in the ring, shoulders in and climbs up top. But Bunny grabs at Christian’s foot! So here comes LEYLA HIRSCH! She and Bunny are going to fight it out later, but Leyla figures why wait? They brawl up the ramp as Blade drags Christian out on the rope. Christian slips out and around to REVERSE DDT! Cover, TWO! Christian keeps his cool, whips Blade to ropes but Blade reverses to kick low. Blade suplexes to hang Christian out to dry! Christian flops down and fans boo The Blade as he stomps Christian down. Fans rally up for Christian as AEW goes picture in picture.

Blade scowls and gets Christian back up to suplex again. He again hangs Christian out to dry, and grins as Christian flops back down. Blade stalks Christian to ropes and digs his knee into Christian’s head! The ref counts, Blade lets off and then eggs Christian on. Blade stomps Christian and digs a knee into Christian’s back while putting on a chinlock. Christian endures and fights the hold, so Blade shifts to a rear bearhug. Christian still endures, fights his way up, pries at the hold and elbows Blade! Then ROCKS him with an uppercut! Christian runs, ducks and dodges, but gets a kitchen sink knee! Blade is still in control as AEW goes to break.

AEW returns as Blade stands on Christian’s face and flexes. Blade kicks Christian to the corner, stomps him over and over, but lets off as the ref pulls him back. Blade pushes past the ref to fire off hands on Christian then dig his knee in! The ref gets Blade to back off again, Blade runs back in, but Christian evades and POSTS him! Blade flops out of the ring, fans fire up and Christian climbs the corner! Christian LEAPS to take down Blade! Fans chant, “YOU STILL GOT IT!” as Christian gets up again. Blade flounders about, gets in the ring, and the two stand. Christian and Blade stagger into each other, and the hands start flying! Christian ducks to fire off uppercuts until Blade falls over!

Christian gets Blade in a corner, climbs up, and he rains down fists! The fans count all the way to 10, then 15! Christian hops off, Blade tries to get out through ropes but Christian kicks those ropes to get him low! Christian has Blade on ropes and stands on him for a choke! Then slingshots to uppercut! Christian gets back in, mule kicks Blade and goes up to FLYING SUNSET FLIP! Cover, TWO! Christian stays fired up, goes back up and leaps, flying uppercut! Blade gets up again, Christian reels him in to hook the arms, but Blade pushes out of the Killswitch. Christian back elbows from the corner, climbs up again and reels Blade in for a TORNADO-

NO! Blade tosses Christian and then runs in, but Christian avoids the boot! Only to run into a SPINNING POWERSLAM! Cover, TWO!! Blade is furious but he gets Christian up. Suplex to GOURD BUSTER! Running KICK to the side! Then Blade goes after a buckle pad?! The ref stops him from undoing it, but Blade gets his bag of tricks! The brass knuckles! But Christian SPEARS Blade first! Cover, Christian wins!

Winner: Christian Cage, by pinfall

Still undefeated in AEW and Captain Charisma is still the number two contender! Will this lead him to becoming the contender to the AEW World Championship?

 

AEW looks back at last week’s match, FTR VS Santana & Ortiz.

Santana says, “When you got to war, you gotta come to the realization of two possibilities: one, you’re gonna shed blood; two, y’all may not make it out alive.” Ortiz says that no matter the outcome in North Carolina, they were gonna leave scars on FTR. It happened, as Cash Wheeler knows very well. Dax Harwood says he almost saw his best friend die, as Cash’s forearm was ripped open and blood came pouring out! “This shit ain’t worth it.” But it is worth it to have one last match with Proud ‘n’ Powerful, because they caused Dax’s best friend to be in a pool of his own blood, suffering all week physically and mentally, wondering if he was ever coming back! But if death couldn’t stop Cash, what can Santana & Ortiz do? Ortiz shouts, “This is far from over!” But then, how does it end?

 

Tony Schiavone is in the ring.

He is honored to introduce the AEW Women’s World Champion, Britt Baker, DMD! Britt walks out with Rebel following behind and they join Schiavone in the ring. He knows she’s excited about Pittsburgh next week, but she has to be excited for the reception here as part of Homecoming. Britt says if he’ll recall, it was right here in Jacksonville, Double or Nothing 2021, that she became THE AEW Women’s World Champion! But before she can continue, Red Velvet interrupts! The Chef goes right to the ring and Schiavone says this is the champion’s time. What business does Velvet have here?

Velvet says that first off, red is NOT Britt’s color. And she’s here because she wants a piece of D M D. She gives Britt a nudge, and Britt says she’s happy “Red” came out to join them. Because remember what happened between them right here in Jacksonville? Britt beat Velvet’s ass in three minutes! So whatever challenge her eager little heart desires, she’s got it? Oh, is that the best Britt’s got? She feels so~ good beating Velvet when she was just “enhancement talent,” like that proves something? Things have changed, “sweetheart,” and now Velvet’s record is 22-4 with seven straight wins, and she didn’t have to cheat to get them!

Britt frowns and says that’s impressive, but Britt’s also a very different wrestler now. She’s Britt Baker, DMD, THE AEW Women’s World Champion! But Velvet made her case and has her title shot! Assuming Tony Khan approves, which he will, because Britt’s the golden girl. And they’ll do it on a big stage, just to see if Velvet can hang. It’ll be the PREMIERE of AEW Rampage, Pittsburgh, PA, next Friday! Britt then offers a handshake, but Velvet kicks it away! And then Rebel swings her crutch! Velvet was ready, though, and she ducks it! Velvet then kicks Rebel down, snatches the crutch, only for Britt to kick her down and CURB STOMP her!

Britt digs the crutch into Velvet’s face to add insult to injury, but lets off to hold up her title. Will she still be holding the gold as AEW does it big in #Brittsburgh?

 

Backstage interview with Andrade El Idolo.

Dasha points out the Lucha Brothers rejecting his job offers, but he’s still requested this time to speak. Chavo jumps in and says that while the Lucha Brothers said they won’t work for Andrade, no worries because Chavo found someone who will. It’s Fuego Del Sol! And Chavo tells young Fuego that he has something special for him. Andrade needs him to shine his shoes. His shoes…? Yes, his shoes. But that’s not the job Chavo told him! Well things change, and they need someone to shine his shoes right now. Andrade emphasizes the “now” part. But when Fuego hesitates, Andrade KNEES him low and throws him into the door! And again! And stomps him down!

Chavo says this should be Pac right here! Chavo tells Fuego to do the job he is given! And he tells the Lucha Bros that if they keep working for Pac, they will never be champions! Will this only prove to Lucha Brothers that something needs to be done about El Idolo’s ego?

 

Schiavone is back in the ring.

He already has Hangman Page out there with him, and notes that Hangman got away before he could really be asked any questions. Could Hangman clarify what was going through his mind? Well- But then the Elite come out, with Matt going, “Whoa, whoa, whoa!” Also Anderson is back to spinning the ball. Hangman tells them that he’s actually glad to see them. There’s something he’s needed to say to them for some time. Omega joins the Bucks at the front as Hangman says he’s needed to clear this up for awhile. Omega wants Hangman to wait a moment as they get in the ring.

So, Hanger, Omega sees what’s going on here. He’s trying to make new friends, find some self worth, and take Omega’s title. And correct Omega if he’s wrong, but this is a plea to rejoin The Elite. That is the last thing he’d ever do. Well considering all his recent failures, it just seems that Hangman shares a lot in common with these people: “You’re a tryhard.” Omega says The Elite have stayed up, late at night, thinking about maybe forgiving Hangman’s sins, vices and personal demons. But then, as Omega thinks about what the Elite was and what they are now, Hangman no longer fits the bill.

Look Omega in the eyes as he says this: Cowboy or not, the Elite does not have any losers in the group. No failures, no second fiddles, no- Hangman DECKS Omega! The rest of the Elite goes after him! They stomp and punch Hangman, get him up and hit MAGIC KILLER! Who does he think he is, huh!? Get him again! But the Dark Order is here! Wait, wait, Uno and Stu stop Angels and Silver from getting in!? Uno and Stu are trying to honor what Hangman said before, and Omega is laughing at them! The Dark Order leaves, and the Young Bucks hit a B T E TRIGGER! And ANOTHER! And ANOTHER!! Omega doesn’t want this to stop, he’s having fun!

But then FRANKIE KAZARIAN rushes out! He’s not Dark Order, he’s ELITE HUNTER, so he doesn’t have to stop! Kaz CLOBBERS Gallows, throws out Anderson, fires off on Omega, but gets mugged by the Bucks! Omega has the Bucks throw Kaz out and Anderson whips Kaz into Gallows’ BOOT! Omega says he’s pissed off now! But all these flashes from the past, he’s also getting a little sentimental. So Omega will give Hangman one last good look at the thing he’ll never have, the AEW World Championship! BELT SHOT!! The Elite gloat as they stand over Hangman, all their belts in the air. Will no one ever be able to dethrone them?

 

AEW hears from American Top Team’s Dan Lambert.

“Do you know what hurts more than a 6’8″ Murderhawk giving you an elbow to the face and then a Blackout? The truth! Put on your big boy britches next week, because I’m gonna finish that truth. And I’m bringing back-up.” Sounds like Lambert and American Top Team are returning to AEW! Will he get to finish running down the product? Or will he just get run over by Lance Archer?

 

AEW TNT Championship: Miro VS Lee Johnson w/ Dustin Rhodes!

The Redeemer, God’s Favorite Champion, and one of the most brutal champions already in AEW history, vows that Big Shotty has no chance of surviving this match. Miro says holding the TNT title is his divine right, and no one will change that! But can Johnson prove God doesn’t choose favorites, and that all reigns come to an end?

The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and both providence and fighting spirits will be tested!

Miro and Johnson circle slowly, then Johnson rushes in, only for Miro to CLOBBER him! Miro nods, drags Johnson up and DECKS him! And again! And then stomps him around. Miro puts Johnson in a corner, RAMS his shoulder in again and again, then brings Johnson out to EuroUpper him down. Fans rally and duel as Miro looms over Johnson. Johnson throws body shots but Miro just eggs him on. Johnson keeps throwing hands but Miro DECKS him! Miro whips Johnson to a corner, Johnson goes up but Miro catches him! Johnson fights free and kicks Miro’s leg! Johnson fires off haymakers, but Miro doesn’t flinch! Miro throws Johnson through the ropes but Johnson stays on the apron.

Miro storms over, into a GAMANGIRI! Miro just scowls so Johnson GAMANGIRIS again! Miro staggers, Johnson gets in the corner and boots back! Johnson hops up, leaps, but Miro catches him again for a SWINGING SIDE SLAM! Miro scowls and shouts, “GAME! OVAAA!” Stomp but Johnson scrambles away! Miro chuckles as it was that close, and AEW goes picture in picture.

Dustin coaches Johnson but Miro goes out after him. Johnson CHOPS but Miro eggs him on. Johnson CHOPS more and more but Miro CHOPS him off his feet! Miro snarls and scowls and drags Johnson up to bearhug and OVERHEAD SUPLEX! Miro goes into the ring to soak up all the cheers and jeers. Then he goes back out, runs off Dustin, and gets Johnson back up. Miro RAMS Johnson into railing! Miro drags Johnson up while shouting at the camera, then he DECKS Johnson with a forearm. Miro puts Johnson in the ring, wanting to finish this definitively. Johnson flounders up but Miro drags him to the corner to again shout at the cameras.

The ref counts, Miro lets off at 4 and still shouts at the camera. Miro looms over Johnson, encouraging fan to get loud. Johnson chops from below but they do nothing. Miro CLUBS Johnson right down! Miro gets Johnson up, whips but Johnson kicks back! Johnson runs but into a bearhug! Miro thrashes Johnson around as AEW returns to single picture and fans rally up as Johnson endures! Johnson throws elbows, Miro let shim free and dares him to keep going. Johnson chops and chops and throws hands, but Miro whips him to pop him up, only for Johnson to DDT! But Miro gets right up!? Wait, he’s staggered! Johnson KICKS the leg, throws hands, and fans fire up!

Johnson dropkicks Miro and Miro staggers! Johnson dropkicks a leg out, Miro gets up but Johnson dropkicks him out of the ring! Johnson builds speed to DIVE! Miro is sent into barriers and Johnson keeps going, to DIVE again! That’s two, Johnson wants the hat trick! Johnson runs and FLIES! Direct hit, Miro tries to stay up but they both fall over! Johnson is back up as Miro gets into the ring. Johnson climbs up, leaps, and CROSSBODIES! Cover, TWO!! Miro is getting mad and Johnson is shocked! But fans rally up and Johnson gets up. Johnson runs in to clothesline but Miro stays up. Johnson kicks a leg, then clotheslines again!

Miro’s still up so Johnson runs, but Miro gets around to waistlock, spin and GERMAN SUPELX! But Johnson lands on his feet to SUPERKICK! And SUPERKICK! And SUPERKICK!! Miro is wobbling as Johnson hits a FOURTH SUPERKICK! Miro blocks the fifth to put Johnson in a corner! Miro runs in but Johnson dodges! Miro staggers back, Johnson hits another SUPERKICK!! Miro is down!! Johnson’s already done what no one in AEW has! Johnson climbs up top, leaps, FROG SPLASH!! Cover, TWO!! Miro still has so much power to get out of that! Fans are thunderous as Johnson fires himself up!

Johnson gets Miro up but Miro grabs Johnson’s beard. Johnson clubs Miro’s arms to break free, and he ENZIGURIS! Miro wobbles, Johnson fireman’s carries, but Miro slips off! Miro shoves and hits a BEST KICK! Miro’s rage is boiling up and fans are fired up with him! “GAME! OVAAAAA!” Stomp and camel clutch! DEEP STRETCH! Johnson is OUT, Miro wins!!

Winner: Miro, by submission (still AEW TNT Champion)

Miro lets Johnson go quickly to pat Johnson on his head and “forgive” him. But undefeated, undaunted, and still champion, will anyone stop Miro’s divinely ordained reign?

 

The AEW Rampage announce team is revealed!

Excalibur and Taz will be joined by Chris Jericho and Mark Henry to call the action AEW will bring every Friday!

 

Backstage interview with Christian Cage.

Schiavone is with Captain Charisma and notes he is still undefeated in AEW. Tony Khan has done the rankings and now Christian Cage is number one contender! Christian thanks Schiavone for that news, and he says he’d be lying if that didn’t feel good. Leyla Hirsch kept The Bunny at bay, will Christian return the favor to keep The Blade from interfering? Christian appreciated Leyla’s help, so he did offer it, but she said, “Thank you for being a friend~.” Okay, she didn’t sing, but she did say thanks, she already has a friend. She has best friends to help her.

As for being new #1 contender, Christian said it from the start that he didn’t just come here to slap his chest, look for his Peeps, and have some feel good moments. He’s back to take back what was taken from him seven years ago. He came back to cement his legacy and win championships. Next week, he’ll be in Pittsburgh, for Dynamite and Rampage, and he’s known to stir up some trouble. But he’s not just good at it, either. He’s… Hmm, what’s better than good? Oh, he’s got it: “I’m elite.” A subtle hint at what Christian has in mind, will he be able to stir up a whole lot of trouble next week?

 

NWA Women’s World Championship #1 Contender’s Match: The Bunny w/ The Hardy Family Office VS Leyla Hirsch w/ The Best Friends!

It isn’t just The Blade but Private Party and The Hybrid2 accompanying Allie to the ring. But #LEGIT Leyla wasn’t lying, she has Orange Cassidy, Chuck Taylor, Kris Statlander and Wheeler Yuta backing her up! With things even outside the ring, will Bunny fare all that well inside the ring?

The bell rings, the two get face to face, and Bunny shoves Leyla. Leyla fires off forearms, Bunny hits back but Leyla gets an arm to give it a CODE BREAKER! Leyla wants her armbar but Bunny bails out! So Leyla DIVES out after her! And she gives a thumbs up to Cassidy! Leyla gets Bunny up and in, gets the arm to hammerlock and RAM Bunny into buckles! And then she drags Bunny down, wanting a Fujiwara Armbar! Bunny resists so Leyla shifts grip to wrench the arm and top wristlock! Bunny pulls hair but the ref reprimands and counts. They end up on ropes, the ref gets between them, and Bunny storms up to Leyla, only to get a back elbow!

Leyla kicks, Bunny blocks and puts the leg in ropes, for a DRAPING BACKSTABBER! Fans boo Bunny as she drags Leyla up and throws her out! Bunny snarls while Leyla drags herself back up. Bunny goes out to run and SHOTGUN Leyla into barriers! The HFO applauds, but NWA Women’s World Champion, Kamille, is in the front row! She plays dumb as she asks Bunny, “Oh, is this what you’re after?” She motions to the title belt around her waist, and Bunny smirks. Bunny gets Leyla up, puts her in the ring, and stomps her down as AEW goes picture in picture.

Bunny gets Leyla up, bumps her off buckles, then CHOPS her! And CHOPS! And laughs, and CHOPS again! Leyla gets around to get the arm around ropes and HOTSHOT it! Bunny staggers away, Leyla storms after her, but Bunny BOOTS her down! Bunny covers, TWO! Leyla gets to ropes, Bunny stalks up behind her and has the arms, motorcycle stretch STOMP into the corner! Leyla sits back up, Bunny gets her arms again, and STOMPS her in again! Bunny grins as she paces around, then sets Leyla up for a corner to corner SLIDING FOREARM! Bunny laughs like a hyena again as she covers, TWO! Leyla is still in this, and Bunny is getting mad.

Bunny stomps Leyla, CLUBS her, but Leyla ROCKS Bunny with forearms! Bunny knees low, runs and knee lifts Leyla down! Bunny covers again, TWO! Leyla shakes her head, but Bunny KNEES her down! Bunny stomps Leyla, goes to a corner, climbs up top, but Leyla hits her with an uppercut! Leyla climbs up, fires off hands, Bunny hits back, but Leyla gets Bunny up for a SUPERPLEX! Both women are down but fans fire up! Wait, Nyla Rose has appeared in the front row, too. Perhaps the Native Beast is just as interested in the NWA Women’s title. Statlander looks over at Nyla and Nyla asks her what’s the problem.

Leyla and Bunny sit up, Leyla throws a forearm! Bunny forearms back, they bralw on their knees! They stand up and Leyla gets an edge, but Bunny knees low! Bunny pushes Leyla around, but Leyla just gets mad! Leyla digs her forehead into Bunny’s collarbone, they shove each other, and Bunny rushes in, only for Leyla to get her with a GERMAN! Bunny flounders into another GERMAN! Leyla runs and foreamrs Bunny in the corner, then runs to METEORA! And swings to DROPKICK! Cover, TWO! CROSS ARMBREAKER!! Bunny clasps hands, rolls it to a cover, TWO! Leyla shoots in to get the leg, trip her up, and KNEE Bunny down!

Leyla isn’t done there, she spins Bunny around and runs, to go up and up and MOONSAULT! But BUnny evades! SUPERKICK, fireman’s carry, RUNNING DEATH VALLEY! Cover, TWO!! Bunny is furious and slapping herself over that near victory! Bunny gets Leyla up, dragon sleeper, but Leyla slips around to drag her down, ARMBAR!! Bunny uses her leg to hook and kick, but Leyla shrugs that off to keep the grip! Bunny moves, Leyla transitions for leverage, and pulls the hands apart! ARMBAR!! Bunny taps, Leyla wins!!

Winner: Leyla Hirsch, by submission (NEW #1 contender to the NWA Women’s World Championship)

That armbar is still too legit, and Bunny had to quit! Kamille goes to the ring and welcomes Leyla to try and take the title. The size difference makes this a David VS Goliath story, but will that mean #LEGIT Leyla will topple the powerful giant?

 

Mark Sterling and Jade Cargill speak.

A lot of people have been asking why Jade hasn’t been wrestling, but Mark will be honest, they’ve been busy! They’ve been diversifying the portfolio, connecting with top brands like Shop AEW, wineries, news agencies, and of course interested parties in Hollywood. They made #JadeBrand so successful, they’re back and ready to wrestle. Jade does whatever she wants, and her big return match will be Dark: Elevation. That is perfect, because the sky is the limit for #ThatBitch.

 

AEW has the card for next week’s Dynamite.

After that tense stand-off between them, the Galaxy’s Greatest Alien and the Native Beast will be going 1v1! And just as the Good Brothers offered, the Impact Tag Team Championships will be on the line in AEW as they take on Evil Uno & Stu Grayson! Will the Dark Order be able to shift from one title chase to another?

 

Cody Rhodes w/ Dustin Rhodes VS Malakai Black!

The American Nightmare caught the evil eye of The Dark Father, and must fight to stay alive as an in-ring competitor! But the House of Black shows no mercy, will Malakai put “the tired horse” out to pasture?

AEW returns as Cody makes his entrance. He gives his weight belt to some young fans at ringside, fires up as he gets in the ring, and only now does Malakai move. The bell rings, fans are thunderous already, and Cody takes a moment to soak it all in. Then he and Malakai tie right up, Cody waistlocks but Malakai switches, and he shoves Cody away just to mess with him. They circle, go again, and Cody gets a leg. They end up on ropes, the ref calls for the break, Cody lets Malakai go and Malakai KICKS him in the leg! Cody hobbles but he elbows back! Cody waistlocks, Malakai switches and lifts but Cody elbows free. Cody’s leg jams a bit as he lands on his feet, and Malakai shoots in!

Malakai gets Cody down and wants a kneebar but Cody moves around and looks to turn this into a Figure Four! Malakai rakes Cody’s eyes! Malakai fires off strikes against the ropes, gets the leg, but Cody ENZIGURIS! Malakai drops to a knee, Cody gets up but Malakai sweeps the legs! Malakai rolls Cody to a HALF CRAB! Malakai has the leg going sideways as he sits deep! Cody endures, fights towards ropes, and Cody gets ropes! The ref counts, Malakai lets go at 4, and fans are still fired up as Malakai watches Cody drag himself up. Malakai is almost salivating, then he runs at Cody, but Cody gets around to dragon sleeper! But Malakai knees free!

Cody goes to the apron, Malakai rushes over but Cody ROCKS him with a haymaker! Cody goes up top, steadies himself, but Malakai steps up to KNEE Cody! Cody flies off and crashes through the timekeeper’s table!! Fans lose their minds and medics check Cody in the wreckage. Malakai wants the count out and the ref begins. “This is Awesome!” as Cody drags himself up and Malakai sits in the center of the ring. Cody gets a little closer to the ring at 7 of 10, is still down at 8, but springs to life and gets in at 9.5! Malakai is annoyed, but he waits for Cody to stand. Cody staggers, hops on one leg, into the BLACK MASS!! Cody is down and Malakai stands on him for the cover, Malakai wins!!

Winner: Malakai Black, by pinfall

Daily’s Place erupts as The American Nightmare has been devastated! Malakai just shrugs, because he said this would happen and no one wanted to believe him. Medics check on Cody again, and Schiavone goes to the ring. Crutches are brought to the ring and Schiavone hopes Cody can get to his feet. Schiavone recaps what just happened, but gives Cody time to compose himself. “Legacy is a funny thing. When I got into wrestling when I was 15, I was a referee. All I wanted to do was win back the title they took from my daddy in The Garden. And God, that was the goal then, but goals change. Time flies, I’ve had so much fun.”

Cody works to get up and Schiavone helps steady him. Cody gets to his feet, some fans already start singing, “Hey hey hey, good-bye~!” Cody thanks Schiavone for the help, and continues where he left off. “An unprecedented thing happened. I fired them and they didn’t fire me, and I didn’t know what was gonna happen. I met Matt, Nick, and Kenny. Believe it or not, folks, three years ago, people were laughing at us when we said we were gonna be a revolution. They literally did, some of them.” The fans chant “A E DUB!” for Cody as he says now, it’s commonplace that this is destination viewing, not just an alternative. They ARE competition, and they set the table!

Now, new people can eat. For three years, Cody’s face has been on everything, he is so lucky to be the one waving the banner. And sure, maybe some outside interests came his way, maybe there was infighting among the EVP’s, but the truth is, he still loves those guys and will be forever tethered to them. But with all respect to the name, “Daily’s Place,” to Cody, it is the AEW Amphitheatre. Fans like the sound of that! Cody continues to say there is no better place than here, and no better time than now, as Cody says this with absolutely no bitterness in his heart. He thanks the fans so much, loves them so much, they have made his life incredibly special.

Cody goes back to kneeling, to undo his boots?! Fans don’t want this but Cody takes one boot off, then starts on the other! But Malakai is back to SMACK Cody with the crutch?! The House of Black is merciless, and he snatches the one boot Cody took off! Is that going to be Malakai’s trophy for ending the American Nightmare?!


My Thoughts:

What an awesome episode! I was surprised the Labours of Jericho opened the night, but seeing what we got for the main event tonight made it make sense. Jericho and Juvi had a great match, and I’m surprised a flying Judas Effect didn’t come to Jericho before. Wardlow being the next opponent makes sense, and I honestly expected it sooner than fourth, but of course MJF is going to add himself to things. He’ll definitely try and screw Jericho over but there’s a good chance he’ll fail so that we’ll get the Fifth Labour. We got good stuff from Lucha Brothers and Andrade, especially Andrade making an example out of poor Fuego.

We also got great stuff from The Dark Order, Hangman and The Elite. It all seemed a bit fast, going from Hangman wanting time apart to The Elite getting in his face and the Dark Order arguing with each other over helping him. Hangman’s story had perfect pacing until AEW changed plans, but they can still make up for it as AEW Dynamite enters year three this Fall. Also, bringing the Impact Tag titles into the AEW ring is an interesting move, but I suppose it’s because Uno & Stu can’t travel to the Impact Zone since Impact records episodes in handfuls at a time. For that same reason, the Good Brothers will retain, but it’ll be a great match all the same.

We got a great Six Man Tag, Danny Garcia and 2.0 (formerly Ever-Rise in the WWE) had a great AEW debut, but Moxley, Kingston and Darby had a great win. They make quite the trio themselves, so this was a great moment for AEW and the fans to see them working together. We also got a pretty good segment from Team Taz and Brian Cage, though it just feels like Cage might’ve been trying to spin things a little too much. Either way, the rematch for Cage VS Starks is going to be really good. I don’t say “title rematch” because as Cage said in his promo, it feels like he doesn’t want the title anymore and is going to move on to other gold.

Miro VS Johnson was exactly as I hoped: it was an awesome match with a great showing from Johnson, but in the end, Miro wins out. Miro rolls on and could take on anyone, and I almost thought they were going to set up Miro VS Dustin at the end there. That’d be a great match, honestly. Dan Lambert saying he’d be back to finish telling “the truth” is a great way to say he’s coming back to kayfabe hate on AEW. And it will surely set up AEW’s first wrestling-MMA crossover match, Lance Archer VS an American Top Team fighter. Then we got a very good match out of Christian and The Blade, and it’s clear that the plans have switched from Omega VS Hangman at All Out to Omega VS Christian.

I also liked the tie-in to Bunny VS Leyla that we got out of Christian VS Blade, and Bunny VS Leyla was a great match. A nice surprise seeing Kamille ringside, but Nyla being there was just awkward. I guess they couldn’t find a better way to get Nyla VS Statlander to happen, other than I dunno, just making it happen? Isn’t that just how stuff can happen in wrestling? It’ll still be a real good match, this just seemed one of the clunkier moves by AEW. We got a good promo from Sterling and Jade, and while I thought her in-ring return would be her first loss, that’s not happening if she returns on Dark: Elevation, so it’s a missed opportunity really.

Malakai Black’s entrance was awesome stuff, and Cody VS Malakai was just as it should’ve been, too. Malakai was aggressive, turned things around every time Cody got going, and in the end, the Black Mass is so powerful. The fans loved it, I loved it, Cody did a great job selling the finish because honestly, that heel kick would rattle anyone and everyone it hits. Cody got really heartfelt with his promo, and then Malakai makes sure he doubles down on Heel Heat by attacking Cody as he’s essentially announcing retirement. Though, what heat does he have when the fans were still eating it up? He is both top Heel and top guy and it only took a month!

My Score: 9.4/10


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Mitchell’s AEW Rampage Results & Report! (2/3/23)

The Elite are on a Rampage!

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Is The Elite in for a tune-up or trap game tonight?

Though they plan to defend the AEW World Trios titles on Dynamite, Kenny Omega & the Young Bucks defend the titles against The Firm here on Rampage! Will they overlook Ethan Page, Matt Hardy & Isiah Kassidy and get caught?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • AEW World Trios Championships: The Elite VS Ethan Page, Matt Hardy & Isiah Kassidy; The Elite win and retain the titles.
  • Swerve Strickland w/ Mogul Affiliates VS Brian Pillman Jr; Swerve wins.
  • Saraya & Toni Storm VS The Renegade Sisters; Saraya & Storm win.
  • Rush w/ La Faccion Ingobernable VS Christopher Daniels; Rush wins.

PLAY BY PLAY

AEW World Trios Championships: The Elite VS Ethan Page, Matt Hardy & Isiah Kassidy!

Kenny Omega and the Young Bucks accepted the challenge of the upstart Top Flight & AR Fox, but then they also accepted the challenge of The Firm’s All Ego! Will The Elite’s ego cost them in their very first defense? Or will they still keep their date with Fox, Dante & Darius for Dynamite?

The bell rings and the trios sort out. Dayton chants, “THE! ELITE! THE THE ELITE!” Nick Jackson starts against Isiah Kassidy, they circle, and they tie up. Nick wrenches to a wristlock, Kassidy rolls and handsprings to wrench and wristlock back. Nick uses ropes to flip through and wrench back to hit a headlock takeover. Kassidy headscissors, Nick kips free, but Kassidy hits a headlock takeover. Nick headscissors, Kassidy kips free, things speed up and Kassidy wheelbarrows to arm-drag! Kassidy kips up, but Nick blocks the chop to knuckle lock. Nick CHOPS, goes up and up, “LUCHA LIBRE~!” and arm-drags!

Kassidy staggers up into another arm-drag, and Nick has the armlock! Fans cheer but Ethan is furious. Nick wrenches Kassidy, tags Matt, and the Bucks double whip to bait Kassidy into a GUTBUSTER, to the NECKBREAKER BACKBREAKER COMBO! Fans fire up with the Bucks, and Matt points to Kenny. Fans fire up, and Matt tags in Omega! Hardy tags in and he circles with Omega. They tie up, break, and then go again. They break, go again, then Hardy headlocks. Omega powers out but Hardy runs him over. Things speed up but Hardy fakes out the hurdle! Hardy kicks low, reels Omega in, TWIST- NO, Omega powers out!

Omega runs in at the corner but Hardy dodges, and the V-Trigger hits buckles! Hardy reels Omega in, but Omega fights the Side Effect! Hardy staggers, Omega runs in but Hardy sends him out! Omega hurries back up but Hardy BLASTS him off the apron! Omega hits railing, Stokely laughs at him, and then Hardy goes up the corner! Omega stands up, but Ethan leaps to CLOBBER Omega! Ethan gives Hardy a thumbs up, he did that so Hardy wouldn’t have to risk himself. Ethan puts Omega in the ring, Ethan apparently snuck a tag that not even Hardy noticed. Ethan drags Omega up to scoop and SLAM him!

Fans boo but Ethan tells the Bucks to kiss this. Ethan drags Omega up, throws haymakers, and then has Omega in the corner. Ethan has Hardy and Kassidy hold Omega in place, then Ethan runs to BLAST the Bucks off the apron! Fans boo more but Ethan runs in, into Omega’s BOOT! Omega is free, he goes up and over Ethan to hot tag Nick! Ethan runs in, Omega dodges and the Bucks DOUBLE GAMANGIRI Ethan back! Nick then tags Matt while Omega RANAS Ethan! The Bucks double kick, Nick runs and Matt gives him the boost to RANA Ethan! Ethan hurries to tag Hardy, he runs in but into DOUBLE DROPKICKS!

Ethan shouts for Kassidy to do something, so Kassidy springboards, but the Bucks get clear to double elbow! They wheelbarrow and lift Kassidy, Omega runs in, WHEELBARROW KOTARO KRUSHER! Kassidy flounders out of the ring while the fans fire up with the Elite. Hardy returns but Omega sets up Ethan and Kassidy. Matt runs in to WRECK Ethan and Kassidy with a dropkick! Matt then holds the ropes for Nick to FLY and take them out! But Matt Hardy kicks Matt Jackson low and reels him in! TWIST- NO, NORTHERN LIGHTS! Matt Jackson starts up the Polar Express, but Ethan saves Hardy!

Ethan swings, but into a NORTHERN LIGHTS! Fans fire up with Jackson as he has Hardy for haymakers! And stomps! Jackson runs, Ethan trips him up but Jackson BOOTS Ethan! Hardy catches Jackson for a SIDE EFFECT! Cover, TWO! Hardy drags Jackson over and tags in Ethan. Ethan stomps Matt Jackson, going after the legs. Ethan talks trash on Dayton then brings Matt around for a BACKBREAKER! Fans boo but Ethan soaks up the heat as Rampage goes picture in picture.

Ethan drags Matt up, bumps him off Kassidy’s boot, then tags Kassidy in. Ethan and Kassidy mug Matt, Kassidy stomps away, then lets off as the ref counts. Kassidy drags Matt back up, tags Hardy, and they mug Matt Jackson now. Hardy brings Jackson around to fire forearms and elbows! Then Hardy has Jackson under the bottom rope, for a ROPE GUILLOTINE! Kassidy gives thumbs up as Hardy covers, TWO! Hardy drags Jackson up, bumps him off Ethan’s boot, and then tags Ethan in. Ethan and Hardy mug Jackson, abut Jackson fights back with haymakers! Rampage returns to single picture as Jackson backs Ethan down!

Matt Jackson runs but into a BOOT! Ethan BLASTS Omega and taunts Nick. Fans boo but Ethan drags Matt Jackson over to tag Hardy back in. Hardy drags Jackson up, bumps him off buckles and shouts “DELETE! DELETE!” Fans chant along, and Hardy goes through all three levels! Hardy grabs Jackson’s legs, and YANKS him into a POWERBOMB! Cover, but Nick breaks it! The ref reprimands but Nick backs off. Hardy drags Matt Jackson to the drop zone, goes up the corner, but then Ethan tags in! Fans boo as Ethan ruins Hardy’s good time. Ethan then copies Hardy’s stuff, but leaps into a SUPERKICK!

Fans rally as Ethan and Matt are down! Hot tag to Omega! Fans fire up as Omega goes up top to CROSSBODY Ethan! Kassidy runs in, to get a POLISH HAMMER! POLISH HAMMER for Ethan! Omega spins but Ethan dodges to kick low! Ethan whips, Omega reverses and fireman’s carries! “YOU! CAN’T! ESCAPE!” ROLLING SENTON, and the MOONSAULT! Cover, TWO! Fans fire up as Omega drags Ethan up into a half nelson. Ethan fights the full nelson, RAMS Omega into the corner, and Kassidy tags in. Kassidy and Hardy run to BLAST the Bucks while Ethan fires off back elbows on Omega!

Ethan whips Omega corner to corner, runs in and clotheslines! Kassidy adds a SPLASH, Hardy adds a clothesline! Hardy sets up, Ethan whips Kassidy, FIRM IN MOTION INTO DOUBLE SUPERKICKS!! Ethan is shocked to see what happened, but he runs into a SNAP DRAGON! Hardy runs in, kicks low, but Omega turns Twist into full nelson! Hardy elbows free, runs, and DOUBLE LARIATS take both men down! Nick goes up, but so does Kassidy! STEREO SWANTON BOMBS!! Nick takes out Hardy while Kassidy takes out Omega! Then Kassidy runs in, dodges Nick and goes up to FLYING COMPLETE SHOT!

Matt Jackson shouts “YOU’RE DEAD!” and he SUPERKICKS Kassidy! Ethan runs in, blocks a kick and spins Jackson to ROUNDHOUSE! and then deadlift POWERSLAM! But V-TRIGGER outta nowhere!! All six men are down and the fans are thunderous! A standing count begins, “This is Awesome!” and Omega crawls to hot tag Nick! Nick storms in to CLUB Kassidy. Kassidy throws a forearm, but Nick hits back! They go back and forth with heavy shots, but Kassidy gets the edge! Nick staggers, but he ROUNDHOUSES back! Nick whips, Kassidy reverses and SPIN KICKS! Nick goes to a corner, Kassidy runs in, but Nick dodges!

SHINING WIZARD! GAMANGIRI! FOREARM! BULLDOG! The Elite regroup and they aim at Kassidy, only for Hardy and Ethan to drag Omega and Matt Jackson out! They’re sent into railing hard, and Kassidy runs to hit a DESTROYER!! Nick flounders to a corner, Hardy sets up again! PARTY IN MOTION! Ethan & Kassidy put Nick up top, DOUBLE ICONOCLASM! And then a feed to the TWIST OF FATE!! Kassidy covers, Matt Jackson breaks it!! Ethan storms in, he gets Matt Jackson up, but he slips off the Ego’s Edge and Omega V-TRIGGERS Ethan down! Hardy throws Omega out!

Hardy runs in, Jackson moves, Hardy BLASTS Ethan! Hardy is shocked and he hurries to check on Ethan. Kassidy TOSSES Matt Jackson out, but Nick springboards in! CUTTER?!? Kassidy covers, TWO!!! Kassidy almost wins this on his own because Hardy and Ethan distracted with Ethan’s jaw. Nick tags Omega while Kassidy calls to his team. Hardy hurries over but Omega V-TRIGGERS Kassidy down!! Omega drags Kassidy away, tags Matt in and then Matt tags Nick. Jackson BLASTS Hardy, Omega Electric Chair Lifts Kassidy! ONE WINGED ANGEL!! Into B T E TRIGGER!!! Cover, The Elite wins!

Winners: The Elite, by pinfall (still AEW World Trios Champions)

This was no trap game, but this was far more than a tune-up! The Elite are red hot now, will they melt the Coldest Tag Team in the Game this Wednesday?

 

Backstage interview with Ricky Starks.

Lexi Nair is with The Absolute, and she brings up the Jericho Appreciation Society throw down the Garcia-Guevara Gauntlet challenge. Starks sorta got what he asked for, so what’s the plan? Starks says, “I can tell you it wasn’t a plan for us to match here,” in reference to his shirt and her whole ensemble both being a light khaki. But Starks admits he puts his foot in his mouth, something he’s known to do around here. But that’s okay, because if that is how Starks gets at Chris Jericho, then that is what he’s going to do. If that is the way to beat Jericho, to get out of the “Web of Jericho” that he has entangled himself in, that is what Starks will do.

“I am no stranger to having the deck stacked against me, because I always find a way. Parker, Daddy Magic, Sammy, Danny, it doesn’t matter. Because in El Paso, Texas, I am gonna to prove exactly why I am Absolute. And when I do get my way, Chris, I am going to embarrass you. And I am going to beat you, again.” Starks is ready for everything the JAS is going to throw at him, but will that still get him the win?

 

Team Triple J speaks.

Jay Lethal tells the others, “Right now, we are riding high. But the Screen Actors Guild and AEW, they’re trying to rain on our parade by distorting on the camera Sonjay’s Golden Globe. I tell you what, just like last week, when we embarrassed the Best Friends and Danhausen, we proved that in the ring, we can’t be matched! And I bet right now, Paul Walter Hauser is sitting at home without a Golden Globe, wishing that he had better friends.” Jeff Jarrett says, “I bet Mr. Walter Hauser wishes he never ever stepped foot in the Kia Forum! Because what happened the last time? I bet he’s wishing he never went on The Late Late Show with James Corden!”

But Best Friends respond!

Danhausen is upset that he got smashed in the head with a Grammy! No, it was a Golden Globe. But keep going, this is good energy. Yes! Danhausen was “decimating” their giant, Satnam Singh, and then he was caught off guard by a GOLDEN GLOBE! That was bad. So YOU will be cursed if it happens again! It shouldn’t happen again, right? It shouldn’t. Danhausen says it WON’T happen again! But when and where will we see the sequel to this showdown of friends and enemies?

 

Swerve Strickland w/ Mogul Affiliates VS Brian Pillman Jr!

For whatever reason, second generation wrestlers get on Swerve’s nerves. He can’t get after The Natural just yet, but he’s settling for #FlyinBrian41 here tonight! Will BPJ use his homefield advantage to stop the Mogul? Or will Dayton be “Whose House?” “SWERVE’S HOUSE!”

The bell rings and Swerve circles with BPJ. They tie up, go around, and BPJ powers Swerve to a corner. Swerve pushes back and wrenches to a wristlock. BPJ rolls, cartwheels, handsprings and headstands, but Swerve pushes him down to turn BPJ over to a ghost pin! TWO, BPJ gets up but Swerve is after him. BPJ whips Swerve to a corner, Swerve goes up and over and O’Conner Rolls, then Eddy Gordo RANAS, but BPJ rolls through to stand back up. Fans cheer the technical exchange. BPJ and Swerve tie up again, Swerve pulls BPJ’s hair and puts him in the corner. BPJ turns things around, and he swings, only for Swerve to duck.

Swerve whips BPJ but BPJ rolls, handsprings and kangaroo kicks! Swerve checks his nose while fans rally up. Swerve runs in, BPJ dodges, things speed up and BPJ hurdles to drop. Swerve handsprings over, things keep moving, but BPJ steps on Swerve! Fans fire up as BPJ asks, “Whose House?” “BRIAN’S HOUSE!” But Swerve takes off his necklace to wrap around his fist as he ROCKS BPJ with a sucker punch! Fans boo, Swerve whips, but BPJ reverses and DROPKICKS! Swerve bails out, BPJ builds speed, and fans fire up as BPJ WRECKS Swerve with a dropkick! BPJ hurries away from Trench & Boudreaux while Rampage goes picture in picture.

BPJ grins while Swerve is furious. Boudreaux & Trench help Swerve stand up. BPJ talks some smack but Swerve has his guys stand down. Swerve goes up the steps and into the ring, and he ties up with BPJ. Swerve kicks BPJ, ROCKS him with a right, then swings, but misses in the corner! BPJ CHOPS, ROCKS, and wrenches before he whips corner to corner. BPJ runs in to clothesline, CHOP, and NORTHERN LIGHTS! Bridging cover, TWO! BPJ rallies the fans while Swerve grits his teeth. BPJ storms up but Swerve gets around to JAM the leg! BPJ falls over and clutches the knee while Swerve taunts Dayton.

Swerve stands on BPJ’s leg, throws down fists, then kicks him around. Swerve stands BPJ up, BPJ throws hands, but Swerve KICKS the leg out! Swerve goes to the corner, goes up, and he taunts the fans before the FALLING UPPERCUT! Swerve swaggers and smirks at all the fans before he goes back to BPJ. Swerve kicks the leg, grinds an arm, and Rampage goes to break.

Rampage returns as BJP and Swerve fire forearm after forearm at each other! BPJ CHOPS, CHOPS, then SLAPS! Swerve staggers, BPJ grabs at him, but Swerve brushes that away to ROCK BPJ with a haymaker! BPJ staggers to a corner, Swerve storms over, but he blocks a boot! Swerve brings BPJ out, slips around that leg and hits a BACKBREAKER! BPJ staggers, Swerve SLAPS him, but BPJ SUPERKICKS! And LARIATS! Cover, TWO! Swerve survives but BPJ fires up! Fans rally as BPJ fireman’s carries. Swerve fights free, and he SLAPS away on BPJ’s back. BPJ snapmares, Swerve blocks the superkick and he mule kicks the bad leg!

Swerve aims from the corner as BPJ clutches his knee. BPJ stands but the bad leg gives out! And then the HOUSE CALL!! Cover, TWO!?! BPJ survives and Swerve is fuming! Dayton fires up but Swerve drags BPJ up. Swerve bumps BPJ off buckles, hoists him up top, then climbs up after him. BPJ throws body shots in return, then climbs up to HOTSHOT Swerve away! Trench distracts BPJ, BPJ runs him off, and the ref is busy with Trench, allowing Boudreaux to trip BPJ up! Fans boo, but Swerve hurries to go out after BPJ and drag him up! Fireman’s carry, APRON DEATH VALLEY DRIVER!!

Swerve hurries up a corner and BPJ sits up, for the KILL STOMPS!! Cover, Swerve wins!

Winner: Swerve Strickland, by pinfall

Mogul Affiliates comes through for their leader, Swerve takes out a second generation star! #HoodiesUp, and the big men stand Swerve up. Trench feeds BPJ to Boudreaux’s LARIAT! Then Swerve brings out the necklace, but here comes DUSTIN RHODES! The Natural has a TURNBUCKLE CROSSBAR! Dustin uses that to run off Mogul Affiliates, but this war has only just begun. Will Dustin prove to Swerve that being second generation doesn’t make him better, but that being better makes him better?

 

The House of Black speaks.

Malakai says, “There was a saying that reads, ‘Assumptions are a poison that create unrealistic expectations.’ And what is the poison that you people created? The assumption that Eddie Kingston was going to join the House. No, the House does not want Eddie, and Eddie does not want The House. The House did what it always does, and what its mission has been since the beginning: prove that every human being on this planet, no matter how true of heart, is corruptible. And it takes the smallest push into the right direction to peel off the layers of virtue and let that venom of hate grow.

“There is no forgiveness for people like you and me, Eddie. And like Cain did to Abel, you do what you can’t help but do, because it is your nature. It is the balance of who you are in this world. Because no man is ever truly…” The Mad King has begun his descent, will there be no going back now that he has begun to #FadeToBlack?

 

Saraya & Toni Storm VS The Renegade Sisters!

Speaking of a descent, the Revolution and the Lightning have stooped to shocking lows as of late, all in the name of showing the AEW homegrown talent that they, the outsiders, know what is best for business. But will they continue to do whatever they want to the AEW Women’s Division? Or will Charlette & Robyn be just the renegades to fight The Revolution?

The teams sort out and after a rock-paper-scissors game that goes nowhere, Robyn steps up to Storm. Storm doesn’t seem to take Robyn seriously but Robyn eggs her on. Robyn and Storm tie up, go around, and end up against ropes, in a corner, and then to more ropes. Storm lets off to pie face Robyn. Robyn ROCKS Storm! And again, and again, and then she CHOPS! Robyn whips, Storm reverses but Robyn ducks, only to run into Storm’s THESZ PRESS! Storm rains down fists, then she drags Robyn up. Storm puts Robyn in the ropes, CHOKES Robyn, then argues with the ref so Saraya can CHOKE Robyn, too!

The fans boo as Saraya fires off knees on Robyn! Storm sucker punches Charlette! Storm runs to HIP ATTACK Robyn off the apron! Fans are torn while Robyn lands on the floor. Storm and Saraya bring Robyn up to RAM her into steel steps! And then into the railing! The ref has to keep Charlette back, and Saraya says Charlette is crazy! Storm drags Robyn up and puts her in the ring to then drag her over. Tag to Saraya, they mug Robyn, and Saraya short arm LARIATS! And again! And again! Fans boo but Saraya smiles and soaks it all up. Saraya drags Robyn up, tells fans to shut up, but Robyn waistlocks.

Saraya elbows free, whips Robyn to a corner, SHINING WIZARD! Fans boo but Saraya just revels in it. Saraya snapmares and SHINING WIZARDS again! Cover, TWO!! Robyn survives but Saraya drags Robyn up. Robyn RAMS Saraya into a corner, but it’s the enemy corner! Storm tags in, she and Saraya mug Robyn, and then Storm snap suplexes Robyn down! Cover, TWO! Robyn is hanging tough but Storm clamps on a full nelson. Fans rally as Robyn endures and fights up. Storm thrashes Robyn around, but Robyn fights up and breaks the nelson! Only for Storm to throw her down by her hair! Fans boo and the ref reprimands, but Storm just scowls.

Storm kicks Robyn around, toying with her, but Robyn gets mad. Robyn ROCKS Storm! Robyn eggs Storm on so Storm hits back! Robyn ROCKS, CHOPS and repeat! Storm swing, Robyn dodges and ENZIGURIS! Fans fire up as both women are down! Storm a nd Robyn crawl, hot tag to Charlette! Charlette rallies on Storm and Saraya! SPLASH in the corner! Charlette rallies the fans with “GET! YOU! SOME!” Charlette runs in, but Storm SHOTGUNS her down! Charlette flounders to a corner, Storm runs in, SWEET HIP MUSIC! Storm brings Charlette up for Saraya to YAKUZA KICK! STORM ZERO!! Cover, Storm & Saraya win!

Winners: Saraya & Toni Storm, by pinfall

The outsiders win, but they’re not done! Saraya brings out cans of spray paint! Toni CLOBBERS Robyn, Saraya chases the ref out of the ring, and they start spraying the Renegades! They put big green L’s on the Renegades, will they continue to hand out those L’s to the AEW Women’s Division?

 

Adam Cole speaks.

“There is nothing that I love more than professional wrestling. And I have worked harder every single day than I ever have in my entire life. Because for me, I thought my dream was dead. And when your dreams die, your hope dies. I never, ever lost hope, because I refused to let anybody or anything stand in my way of getting back inside that squared circle. And I have no idea who my first opponent will be when I return, but I can promise you this: You are going to get the best damn pro-wrestler on the planet. And his name…” ADAM COLE, BAYBAY! AEW Revolution is the target, will Adam Cole make it all about the boom?

 

Mark Henry welcomes us back to Rampage.

The World’s Strongest Man says, “Before former ROH Champion, Rush, faces Bryan Danielson this Wednesday, he will face former ROH Champion, Christopher Daniels tonight on Rampage.” The Fallen Angel tells El Toro Blanco, “Your reputation precedes you, but I am not intimidated by reputation. And I’m not a stepping stone for anyone, Rush.” But Rush tells Daniels, “You have never faced anybody like Rush.” Rush continues on in Spanish, then says in English, “Just remember: if you mess with the bull, you get the horns.” Mark Henry then says, “It’s TIME! For the main event!” Will Rush be rolling into El Paso and his battle with the American Dragon? Or will this be the rise of the Fallen Angel?

Rush w/ La Faccion Ingobernable VS Christopher Daniels!

The bell rings and fans rally for the Fallen Angel. Daniels and Rush circle, tie up, and Daniels waistlocks. Rush switches, Daniels switches back but Rush sits. Daniels holds on for a moment but Rush switches back. They stand, Daniels shifts to hit a headlock takeover. Rush headscissors, Daniels pries free to trip Rush to a cover, ONE! The two stand off and fans cheer. Rush and Daniels reset to circle again. They tie up, Rush wrenches and YANKS the arm, then wrenches to CLUB the arm. Rush YANKS the arm but Daniels uses ropes to flip through and arm-drag Rush away! Rush stands up, sidesteps, but Daniels blocks the hip toss!

Daniels tries but now Rush blocks the hip toss. Rush swings but Daniels blocks the haymaker to hit a NECKBREAKER! Daniels then CLOBBERS Rush! Cover, TWO! Fans rally, Daniels drags Rush up and CLUBS him. Daniels whips Rush to ropes to calf kick him out! Daniels then builds speed and DIVES! Direct hit at the ramp and fans fire up as Rampage goes picture in picture.

Daniels drags Rush up and into the ring, hurries up the corner, but Jose distracts! Daniels AX HANDLES Jose down! But Rush DECKS Daniels with a sucker punch! Daniels flops out of the ring and Rush distracts the ref so “Perro Peligroso” can attack! Preston Vance holds up the Ingobernables fist, then he POSTS Daniels! Vance even CHOKES Daniels with the stolen masks of luchadors Vance has beaten outside of AEW! Vance gets away with all this as Rush goes out after Daniels. But then Vance distracts the ref so that Rush can beat down Daniels! Rush drags Daniels around the way to throw him into railing!

Rush throws knee after knee into Daniels against the railing while Jose hurries to get the bright green cable! Rush throws down fists, Jose throws the cable over, and Rush holds it up. Rush then gathers some slack, to LASH Daniels! And then CHOKE him with it! Daniels can only cough and sputter because Vance is still in the ref’s face! Rush lets Daniels go, then drags him up to put him in the ring. Jose gives Rush some water to refresh himself, then Jose shows off just one of the many fat stacks MJF gave LFI on Dynamite. Rush uses the fat stack to fan himself off, then gives it to Vance. Rush then gets in the ring to CHOP Daniels!

Rush whips Daniels corner to corner, runs in and clotheslines! Then he sits Daniels down to rain down forearms! The ref reprimands and counts, Rush lets off at 4. Jose beats the apron like a drum and Rush runs corner to corner, to fake Daniels out on the Bull’s Horns! Daniels lets his guard down, and Rush KICKS him in the face! Daniels clutches his jaw while Rush rolls back to tranquilo. Rush then drags Daniels up to throw him out, and of course Vance is right on Daniels! Vance CHOPS Daniels while Rush distracts the ref. Vance puts Daniels back in, Rush stands on Daniels with a cocky cover, ONE!

Rush is annoyed but he stomps away on Daniels. Rampage returns to single picture as Rush pretends to take Daniels’ head and kicks it into the crowd. But then he KICKS Daniels in the side! Daniels goes to the apron, fans boo, but Rush kicks him to the floor. Rush again distracts the ref, and Vance uses the fat stack of cash to SLAP Daniels! Vance then makes it rain on Daniels, and stands him up to CHOP him down! Fans boo as Jose also makes it rain on Daniels. Vance puts Daniels in the ring, Rush drags Daniels up and throws body shots. Rush tosses Daniels back out, and then “apologizes” to the ref as a way to distract him!

Jose and Vance stand Daniels up, Jose chicken wings Daniels’ arms, and Vance runs in. Daniels moves, the BOOT takes out Jose! Fans fire up, Vance is shocked, and Daniels POSTS Vance! Daniels throws Jose into the ring then goes around the way. Rush is distracted by his assistant being where he shouldn’t be, and Daniels slips in to roll Rush up! TWO!! Rush escapes, but Daniels baits him into the corner. Daniels dodges, ENZIGURIS, and fans fire up! Rush staggers, Daniels runs in and LARIATS Rush! And CHOPS! And wrenches to a BLUE THUNDER BOMB! Cover, TWO!! Rush survives but Daniels fires back up!

Daniels drags Rush up, CLUBS him again and again, then runs, but Rush follows! CHOP! CHOP! But Daniels swings! Rush dodge to SUPERKICK! Rush roars, swings, but into a fireman’s carry! DEATH VALLEY DRIVER! Cover, TWO!! But into a KOJI KLUTCH!! Rush endures, Vance drags Rush’s leg to the ROPEBREAK! Fans boo but Daniels lets Rush go all the same. Daniels knows it was that damn dog, but Rush rolls Daniels up! WITH TIGHTS! TWO, and Rush swings again, but into the URENAGE! Daniels points to the corner and fans fire up! Daniels goes up, for the BEST MOONSAULT EVER onto knees!!

Rush OVERHEAD Belly2Belly suplexes Daniels into the corner! Rush makes sure Daniels sits up, and then he stomps away with both feet! Fans boo, Rush stomps around then runs corner to corner, BULL’S HORNS!! Cover, Rush wins!

Winner: Rush, by pinfall

Though it was a valiant effort, Christopher Daniels fought a 3v1 the entire time, he had no chance of winning out. Will Bryan Danielson also have no chance against those odds? Or will the American Dragon find a way to slay El Toro Blanco?


My Thoughts:

A really good Rampage here. The trios titles opening was quite the surprise, but it was a great match. The Firm looked good, but of course they also had the story of Ethan stealing the spotlight from his own teammates every chance he could. As such, The Elite win, and now we’re going to get a stacked episode of Dynamite. The trios titles, the tag titles, and eliminator matches for the women’s world title and men’s world title. Of those, I’m fairly confident The Elite retain their titles, that would only be their second defense and they have got to be heading to AEW Revolution with these belts. No idea who they’d face then, though.

Plenty of good promos again. Starks responding to the JAS gauntlet didn’t necessarily add anything, he’s of course going to find his way through. Malakai’s promo was equally good but it effectively established what’s going on with the story of House of Black and Eddie Kingston. Triple J and Best Friends are definitely going to have another match, and as I said before, I hope Paul Walter Hauser gets involved to avenge Triple J stealing his Golden Globe. And great new promo from Cole, though it doesn’t necessarily add anything more. Cole is surely going to be part of the Revolution card, and whoever he faces is going to put Cole over but in a very good match.

Really good match out of Swerve VS BPJ, but of course that as a Heel leading a faction, Swerve wins because his guys help out. But it also made sense for Dustin to show up and run the Mogul Affiliates off. As I sensed on Dynamite, Dustin is surely going to team up with BPJ and Brock Anderson against Mogul Affiliates in a Six Man Tag. And as AEW seems to struggle establishing new team names, I’m assuming Brian Pillman Jr. and Brock Anderson are gonna be “Lineage” (stylized LineAGE) as a sort of AEW version of Legacy. I say that cuz LineAGE was on BPJ’s tights. Dustin can also join LineAGE if he wants, and maybe LineAGE can get going in the Trios Division.

The Renegade Sisters got a good showing against Storm & Saraya, but of course they also lost to Storm & Saraya. And I suddenly had inspiration seeing Saraya & Storm spray paint big green L’s on the Renegades. Will Saraya & Storm be like The Outsiders, Nash & Hall, and they get an NWO moment at Revolution? The “third woman” will be someone who is currently Face and seems like they’re on AEW’s side. It probably won’t be Shida, she doesn’t seem to like how Saraya & Storm are going. But with Saraya & Storm wearing green and using green paint, and Ruby Soho having green hair, I wonder if Ruby is pushed to the point where she ends up seeing things Saraya’s way.

Still disappointing that Mark Henry’s segment is being trimmed down more and more, but I’m thinking it’s to give more time to the main event match. But this main event was a great main event, even though I just knew Daniels would lose. Rush VS Bryan will be great stuff, and I am sure Bryan will look close to losing because of Jose and Vance getting involved, but surely Bryan will find a way to win.

My Score: 8.6/10


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Will Darby Allin still be the Relentless TNT Champion?

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

OFFICIAL RESULTS

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

PLAY BY PLAY

Jon Moxley w/ Wheeler Yuta VS Hangman Page!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Winner: Jon Moxley, by pinfall

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

Winners: The Acclaimed, by pinfall

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

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

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

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

 

Backstage interview with Jack Perry.

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

 

Brian Cage w/ Prince Nana VS Konosuke Takeshita!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Winner: Konosuke Takeshita, by pinfall

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

 

Backstage interview with the Jericho Appreciation Society.

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

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

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

 

The Elite speak.

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

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

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

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

 

Bryan Danielson VS Timothy Thatcher!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Winner: Bryan Danielson, by pinfall

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

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

 

Mogul Affiliates speak.

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

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

 

BREAKING NEWS for next week!

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

Backstage interview with LFI.

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Backstage interview with Britt Baker.

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

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

 

BREAKING NEWS for Rampage!

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


My Thoughts:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

My Score: 9/10


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