It is a GOLDEN debut episode in Pittsburgh!
After knowing and waiting and preparing, AEW is ready for a RAMPAGE! THREE titles will be on the line, and one of them is from IMPACT WRESTLING!
- Impact World Championships: Kenny Omega VS Christian Cage; Christian wins and is the new Impact World Champion.
- AEW TNT Championship VS Contract: Miro VS Fuego Del Sol; Miro wins and retains the title.
- AEW Women’s World Championship: Britt Baker w/ Rebel VS Red Velvet; Baker wins and retains the title.
PLAY BY PLAY
The commentary team is pumped up!
Excalibur is with Mark Henry, Taz and Le Champion, Chris Jericho, and they’re ready to call all the action of this very first, very stacked AEW Rampage premiere!
Impact World Championship: Kenny Omega VS Christian Cage!
The Best Bout Machine becoming the Belt Collector has come back to haunt him! Captain Charisma is Omega’s challenger for the AEW World Championship at All Out, but can Christian #OutWorkOmega and take the unified Impact/TNA championships and make that match Champion VS Champion?
The introductions are made, the two title belts from Impact are raised, and we see if Christian can beat Omega at least this once!
Pittsburgh is already fired up for this historic opener for “A E DUB!” Rampage! Callis stays ringside rather than go to commentary as Omega and Christian slowly circle. They approach, talk some trash, Pitt is so rowdy it’s hard to tell what anyone is chanting, and Omega tries a little intimidation step. It doesn’t work on Christian, the two circle and tie up. They go around and Omega puts Christian in a corner but Christian turns it around. Christian lets off but he uses the “step” on Omega. Omega stays back, the two reset, and the fans are still fired up. Christian waistlocks, headlocks, but Omega pulls hair. Christian cranks the headlock and grinds Omega down.
The dueling become smore clear from the fans as Omega powers out, and as Christian runs Omega over! Omega sits up in a huff then stands, and Christian mocks the finger gun! Fans go nuts when he makes it a dirty bird! Christian circles with Omega again and they feel out the knuckle lock. Omega kicks low, CHOPS, then CLUBS Christian down. And then CLUBS him with double ax handles. Omega stands Christian up to CHOP! Omega whips, Christian reverses but Omega holds ropes. Omega drop steps to get around Christian and CHOP him again! The Electric Chair, but Christian turns it into double hooks! Omega bails out to avoid the Killswitch!
Christian stays in the ring and says it was that close. Callis coaches Omega, cools him down, then whispers some ideas. Omega seems to like those, but Christian slides out after him! There’s a cat ‘n’ mouse game, Omega CLUBS Christian down then stomps him down. Omega stomps Christian in a corner, over and over, then he lets off as the ref counts. Christian turns it around to CHOP! And CHOP! Omega turns it around to CHOP! And whip corner to corner, then go corner to corner for a LEAPING back elbow! Omega throws Christian out of the ring, runs to baseball slide but Christian slides in! Christian returns to WRECK Omega with a dropkick, right into railing!
Christian drags Omega up to CHOP! Christian puts Omega in the ring, climbs up the corner, but Callis distracts him! Omega SHOVES Christian off the top! Captain Charisma is down but not out as AEW Rampage goes picture in picture!
Omega talks trash to the corner post camera for some reason. Omega goes out to get Christian, drags him up and RAMS him into railing, and then brings him around to RAM him in again! Christian drags himself into the ring but Omega slowly follows. Omega looms over Christian and Christian grabs at Omega’s leg. Omega slaps the hands away, stomps Christian down, then scrapes his soles on Christian’s face! Omega pushes Christian and drops an elbow! Cover, TWO! Omega drags Christian up, Christian throws hands, but Omega CLUBS Christian down! Omega stands on Christian at the ropes, lets off as the ref counts, and mocks the applause of the fans.
Omega already celebrates like he’s won, and he grabs at Christian, only to be dragged down into a cradle! TWO, and Omega CLUBS Christian down! Omega and Callis both argue with the ref but the count was the count. Omega KICKS Christian in the back, stomps him down, KICKS him more, repeat. Omega drags Christian up slowly by his hair, sits Christian up, but Christian throws body shots and fast uppercuts! Omega ROCKS Christian, CHOPS him then reels him in for a suplex, only for Christian to snap suplex first! Fans fire up as Christian stands Omega up, but Omega digs his fingers into Christian’s face! The ref reprimands as Omega puts Christian in a corner.
The ref counts, Omega lets off at 4, to then go after the eyes again! Fans boo, Omega lets off, Jericho supports Omega doing the thumbing of eyes, and Omega puts Christian on the top rope. Omega CHOPS Christian, climbs up, but Christian throws hands. Omega hops down to ROCK Christian, then JAB! Omega climbs again but Christian throws body shots. Omega CLUBS Christian, Christian resists the superplex to CLUB away on Omega! Christian stands up to SUPER SUNSET FLIP POWERBOMB!! The fans are thunderous as both men are down. A standing count begins, and we spot Orange Cassidy and Kris Statlander in one part of the crowd, and then the Varsity Blonds in another.
Christian RAMS Omega into a corner, climbs up and rains down fists from all sides! Christian gets up to 20 before he lets off! The fans keep up that energy as he gets Omega on the ropes, and STANDS on his back! Then Christian slingshots and UPPERCUTS! Christian goes to a corner, hops up, FLYING UPPERCUT! Cover, TWO! Fans rally and duel as Christian stalks Omega. Callis tries to warn Omega, but Christian hooks arms! Omega gets an arm free and elbows back! Omega fireman’s carries, “YOU! CAN’T! ESCAPE!” ROLLING SENTON to MOONSAULT! Cover, TWO! Omega drags Christian up, fisherman and AOI SHOU- NO! Christian slips out to a REVERSE DDT! Cover, TWO!
Mark Henry can’t help but pull for Christian as he aims from a corner! Omega staggers up, Christian runs in, SPEAR meets V-TRIGGER! Omega counters and knocks Christian down! Omega drags Christian up to a POWERBOMB, flip through to V-TRIGGER! Cover, TWO!! Fans are shouting, “THIS IS AWESOME!” as Omega drags Christian up. Electric Chair, but Christian fights back! Omega pops Christian into a waistlock but Christian holds ropes to resist! Christian then elbows Omega way and leaps off the corner to sunset flip! Omega rolls through, but Christian drops back, V-Trigger hits buckles! Christian gets going to SPEAR Omega!! Cover, TWO!!
The Rated R Superstar won’t be happy with his best pal here as Christian can’t finish Omega off! Christian drags Omega as the fans are electric with not so much dueling as complimentary chants, “THIS IS AWESOME!” “FIGHT FOREVER!” Omega gets around to SNAP DRAGON SUPLEX!! Christian wobbles back up, Omega grits his teeth, and Omega reels Christian in for the nelson. SNAP DRAGON SUPLEX!! Omega “loads up,” aims and BANG! Omega runs but Christian bails out! Omega keeps running in but into a REVERSE HOTSHOT! Christian goes up, FROG SPLASH!! Cover, TWO?!?! Everyone is shocked and Callis is basically having a stress test!
Christian drags Omega up, fans love “A E DUB! A E DUB!” But Callis distracts the ref from seeing Omega LOW BLOW UPPERCUT Christian in his charisma! Omega calls to someone, and it’s two someone’s! The Young Bucks sneak out to ringside to slide Omega a chair! Omega sets the chair up, brings Christian over, Electric Chair and- No! Christian slips off to FULL METAL KILLSWITCH!! Cover off the chair shot, Christian WINS!!
Winner: Christian Cage, by pinfall (NEW Unified Impact Wrestling Champion)
Omega’s collection gets cut in half! Christian is now Captain IMPACT, the Double Belt Workhorse! Jurassic Express shows up to celebrate with Christian, and now everyone looks ahead to Chicago! If he beat Omega to open Rampage, can Christian beat Omega to main event All Out?
Mark Henry interviews Christian backstage.
Christian has to be excited to become the NEW Impact World Champion! JB and Luchasaurus help Christian celebrate with champagne, and Orange Cassidy is just kinda there in the corner. Henry says this is perhaps one of the biggest moments in Christian’s career, but he knows there’s still something more on September 5th. The AEW World Championship is the big moment. Henry wants to know, how does Christian feel? Christian says he’s feeling great, and this Lil’ Bit o’ the Bubbly is damn cold, but it is HOT in Pittsburgh tonight! Now, for one, Christian loves that Mark Henry is here, and also he said he was going to take Omega’s belts, starting with the Impact title(s).
But guess what?! Christian knows Omega is as advertised. Omega is one of the toughest and most talented guys Christian’s ever faced. So if this was hard, it’ll be nearly impossible to win that AEW title. “But I’m living in your head right now, aren’t I, Kenny?” Omega knows what can happen, and it’ll happen again at All Out! Will Christian go from two to THREE belts soon enough?
Fuego Del Sol speaks.
“This is the match of my life. This means everything, not only to me, but to my family! These people keep believing in me. They keep chanting my name. This is everything I’ve ever dreamt of and everything I’ve ever worked for.” Miro says AEW is playing games with his contender’s list, but Fuego says he belongs in AEW! God’s Favorite Champion is going to be baptized by fire!
AEW TNT Championship VS Contract: Miro VS Fuego Del Sol!
God’s Favorite Champion vows two things: make sure his hot, flexible wife is satisfied in every way; and to forgive his opponents after demolishing them. But Alabama’s Favorite Luchador isn’t going to let that stop him from finally becoming #AllElite! Can Fuego set Rampage on fire by becoming a champion before he’s an official AEW wrestler?
The introductions are made, and the second Miro turns around from the corner, Fuego hits a TILT-O-WHIRL TORNADO DDT!! The ref has him stay back, Miro flounders up and gets the belt off. The bell rings, Miro stands, into the FLYING TORNADO DDT!! Miro flounders out and Fuego can’t believe how close yet how far he is now! Fuego sees the belt and moves it aside while Miro is down! The ring count climbs, the fans are thunderous for Fuego, and Miro staggers at 9! Miro is in at 9.9, but into another TORNADO DDT!! Cover, TWO!?! Fuego is getting red hot though he’s wearing blue tonight! Fuego climbs a corner, Miro staggers up, FLYING-
Miro fireman’s carries Fuego for a BIG BULGARIAN DROP! Miro slaps clarity into his head, stomps about, and Fuego staggers up. Fuego turns around into the BEST KICK!! Miro snarls, gets mad, and shouts, “GAME! OVAAAA!” Then the DEEP GAME OVER CLUTCH! Fuego taps, Miro wins!!
Winner: Miro, by submission (still AEW TNT Champion)
Miro survived and in an instant, he retains his title! He has the contract meant for AEW, and RIPS it to shreds! Miro presents the title to his vengeful God, who will he be destined to destroy next?
AEW returns as Fuego picks himself up.
Fans cheer the valiant effort of the luchador, but wait! Sammy Guevara heads out to the ring! The Vlog Crew is represented, and then Tony Khan is here with Sammy! Tony hugs it out with Sammy, then hands him a clipboard…? Sammy has a mic to tell Fuego, “Fuego man, you lost. But sometimes there’s victory in defeat.” Sammy says Fuego has been coming to AEW over the last year, is something like 1-50, but who cares? The people love him! And Fuego, a lot of the guys in the back love you, too. Sammy gets a little choked up as he explains Tony felt it was only right for Sammy to be the one that comes out here.
Since they’re best friends, Sammy gets to say that official, Fuego Del Sol IS All Elite! He gets a contract anyway!! Dreams do come true! Fans are fired up for Fuego, is his career about to heat up?
Wait, who’s up in the rafters?
Schiavone isn’t here to say it, but IT’S STIIIIIING! AND DARBY ALLIN! Like AEW’s Batman & Robin, they’re watching over Rampage. Darby Allin has called out the supposed Best in the World for Rampage’s second episode, live from Chicago’s United Center! It’ll be Rampage: The First Dance!
Mark Henry holds a double video call interview with Britt Baker and Red Velvet.
The AEW Women’s World Championship main event is coming up, and he starts by asking the challenger, “You rained on Britt Baker’s parade. Why is that?” Velvet asks back, “Did everybody seem to forget that she attacked me with a crutch? Not only did I wanna ruin her night in Pittsburgh, in her hometown, but that was just a preview” of what Velvet will do to ruin Britt’s night tonight, again in her hometown. Velvet can’t wait to stir her ass up!
Henry then asks Britt about that moment, when Velvet showed up to ruin the moment that Britt had in front of the fans. Britt stops him there and says Velvet didn’t ruin anything. She didn’t rain on Britt’s parade, because it doesn’t rain in Brittsburgh, so long as Britt is champ. If Velvet thinks she’s stirring anything, she better stir that ish somewhere else, because this is BRITT’S night. Her main event, her people, her city. And when she competes with a “broken freakin’ wrist,” it’ll be #AndStill your champion, Dr. Britt Baker, DMD. Well enough talk, it’s TIME for the main event, after the break!
AEW Women’s World Championship: Britt Baker w/ Rebel VS Red Velvet!
The Dentist is in, and #Brittsburgh is more than ready to watch her in Rampage’s first ever main event! But will #TheChef cook up something that rots Britt’s sweet tooth and takes the title from her? Or will the Face of the AEW Women’s Division rearrange Velvet’s face to still be Pittsburgh’s hope?
The introductions are made, the title is raised, and we see if the black ‘n’ yellow still has some gold in it!
The fans are fired up for “A E DUB! A E DUB!” right at the bell as Velvet and Britt circle. They tie up, go around, and Velvet headlocks. Britt spins Velvet to a Fujiwara takedown! Velvet slips out, gets Britt’s arm, then steps over, but Britt powers out of the Final Slice! Fans cheer Britt but Velvet circles with her. They tie up, Velvet wrenches, wristlocks, Britt and Velvet circle and Velvet gets an arm again. Fans boo but Britt powers through to snapmare and cravat, only for Velvet to slip out again. Velvet has the arm to wrench, Britt wrenches back as fans chant, “Here we go, Brittsburgh, here we go!” Britt uses a double wristlock takedown to a cover, ONE!
Velvet gets up but Britt pie faces her! Velvet pie faces back! Britt scowls and fans boo but Velvet dodges a kick to roll Britt up! TWO, Velvet headlocks, shifts sides and wrenches to WRANGLE Britt down! Velvet doesn’t stomp Britt’s bad arm and lets her up? Britt gets up, Velvet wrenches her again and hammerlocks. Britt reaches back to drag Velvet back to a cover, TWO! Britt uses an arm to flip Velvet over, cover, TWO! Britt and Velvet reset, Britt knees Velvet low. Britt whips Velvet to a corner, runs in but misses! Velvet wraps the bad arm around the ropes but the ref counts. Velvet lets off, but she gets Britt’s arm again to wrench it! The ref has Velvet back off so she does.
Velvet pulls Britt along by her hair, Britt gets around to back elbow! Velvet wobbles, Britt knees her low. Britt whips, Velvet ducks and dodges but Britt redirects, only to run into a LEG LARIAT! Velvet stirs it up to the STANDING MOONSAULT! Cover, TWO! Velvet keeps focus but Britt hits low as AEW goes picture in picture.
Britt knees Velvet, whips her to ropes but Velvet blocks hip toss to arm-drag! But Britt uses that to wrangle Velvet into a grounded motorcycle stretch STOMP! Britt takes a moment to brag, “D! M! D!” Then she drags Velvet up. Britt shoves Velvet, Velvet turns things around to fire off hands! Velvet whips Britt but Britt wrangles her down again! Waistlock to bridge, TWO, but Britt holds onto Velvet. Britt shifts up to a chinlock with a half straitjacket, but Velvet endures. The fans use their Terrible Towels to rally behind Britt as she shoves Velvet to a cover. TWO, and Britt keeps on Velvet with a facelock. Britt gets Velvet up, BUTTERFLY SUPLEX!
Britt stalks Velvet to ropes, chokes her then has the motorcycle stretch for a STOMP into the ropes! The ref argues with Britt but this keeps them from seeing Rebel choking Velvet with her own Terrible Towel! Rebel gets away it it as Britt comes back over to knee Velvet down. Britt drags Velvet up, bumps her off buckles, then stomps away on her! The ref reprimands, Britt lets off to dig a boot into Velvet, then lets off again. But now the ref can’t see Rebel using her crutch to choke Velvet! Britt still talks with the ref, Rebel lets off, and Britt whips Velvet out then into the corner! Britt sneers as she swaggers about, but she walks into Velvet’s body shots!
AEW returns to single picture as Britt pushes Velvet into the corner and KNEES her low! Britt whips Velvet out then in again, only for Velvet to make it a straitjacket NECKBREAKER! Velvet pushes Britt into a corner, fires off boxing body shots then kicks a leg out. Britt ducks the Chef’s Kiss and comes back with a clothesline, but Velvet hits the arm! It’s the bad arm, so Velvet hits an ARM CODE BREAKER! Statlander is still in the front row as Velvet covers, TWO! Velvet keeps her cool, drags Britt up, and fans rally for “DMD!” Britt avoids the Final Slice again, kicks low, then FISHERMAN SCREWS! Britt runs in to La Magistrol to the ghost pin, TWO! Now the Rings of Saturn!
Fans fire up as Britt waves, but Velvet turns the hold to a cover, TWO! Velvet has the arm, pulls back and goes after the brace! The fans boo as Velvet gets the hand exposed! Rebel distracts, Velvet throws the glove at her! Britt gets up and rolls Velvet up, TWO!! Rebel has the title belt now, but the ref sees that! The ref EJECTS Rebel! Britt is furious, as are the fans, but Velvet SUPERKICKS! Britt is down, Velvet goes to the corner! Fans are calling BS but Velvet MOONSAULTS! Cover, TWO!! Britt survives and Brittsburgh comes alive. Velvet shakes her head, gets Britt up, but Britt suplexes to a LAST SHOT BRAINBUSTER! Cover, TWO!?!
Britt can’t believe Velvet survived but she gets Velvet up and runs to CURB STOMP!! Cover, TWO!?!? Velvet survives again and then gets Britt’s arm! Britt slips out, CLUBS Velvet, and CLUBS her again. The ref checks on the bad arm, and Velvet gets it! Velvet STEALS Rings of Saturn but can’t get the Lockjaw! Britt fights, shakes her head around, reaches around, but Velvet pushes off the ropes, only for Britt to turn it all around! Rings of Saturn, and though no glove, Britt reaches out, and Velvet grabs the bad hand to SMASH it over and over and over into the mat! And then hammer away on it! Britt gets her bad hand away and shifts around to make it a MIRRORED Rings!
Velvet resists but LOCKJAW! Velvet quits, Britt wins!!
Winner: Britt Baker, by submission (still AEW Women’s World Champion)
Who knew Britt could switch hit! Or, rather switch submit! The Doctor reigns in Pitt, but she gives Velvet another FISHERMAN SCREW! The ref reprimands but Britt puts the belt in the ring, sets Velvet up, only for Statlander to get in and DECK Britt! Wait someone gets in and DECKS Statlander?! Who- Is that Jamie Hayter?! She returns to AEW after about two years, and she looks so different! Britt said she was getting new back-up, and here’s Hayter! And she helps Britt set Velvet up for the BELT CURB STOMP!! Britt literally steps over Velvet, Hayter raises Britt’s hand, and the Rampage Era has truly begun!
An awesome debut for Rampage, with all the matches from top to bottom being amazing! And as advertised, there were no distractions, all action as this hour was mostly matches. Omega VS Christian was a great match, and even greater on the surprising result of Christian winning! This makes Christian a five-time world champion, and I suppose specifically a three-time Impact World Champion. This is great for what it means in the overall Omega story, in that this is the beginning of what I was hoping for. Omega has to run a gauntlet of sorts with high profile, high level matches. Omega lost here but I don’t think he’ll be losing at All Out, so Christian got his win here.
Miro of course won tonight, but it was great to see Fuego fire off so many DDT’s, and then still get a contract for the effort he’s been putting in. And then the main event, Britt VS Velvet with a HOT crowd for Britt made for a great first main event for Rampage. The action was great, Velvet got a great showing even in losing, but of course Britt retains since this was her crowd. It was a good detail that Kris got in to save Velvet while also staking her claim to the next title shot, but also how great to see a return from Hayter. Her being added to Britt’s group is a great way for Hayter to get screen time, and now we can have some tag team builds with Britt & Hayter VS Statlander & Velvet.
My Score: 9.2/10
Mitchell’s AEW Rampage Results & Report! (12/3/21)
The Spanish God is on a Rampage!
Will Sammy Guevara still reign?
Tony Nese answers the open challenge for Sammy Guevara’s AEW TNT Championship, but is it too soon for the Premier Athlete to dethrone a Spanish God?
- AEW TNT Championship: Sammy Guevara VS Tony Nese; Guevara wins and retains the title.
- Jade Cargill w/ Mark Sterling VS Janai Kai; Cargill wins.
- Death Triangle w/ Alex Abrahantes VS FTR w/ Tully Blanchard; FTR wins.
PLAY BY PLAY
AEW TNT Championship: Sammy Guevara VS Tony Nese!
Rampage opens with gold! But after the Spanish God got sucker punched by the Premier Athlete, will Sammy do Nese the favor of ending that undefeated streak? Or will Nese shock the world by taking this title on his first try?
The introductions are made, the belt is raised and we see who stays golden in Hotlanta!
Nese and Sammy circle for only a moment before Sammy fires off! Sammy hammers Nese at the ropes, CHOPS him in the corner, then throws more hands. Nese body shots and CLUBS Sammy down, then whips him to ropes to CLOBBER him with an elbow! Nese gloats but fans boo. Sammy trips Nese to rain down fists! Nese shoves Sammy away, things speed up, Sammy hurdles and flips over to dropkick Nese down! Nese bails out while Sammy kips up so smooth! Fans fire up while Nese paces around the outside. Sammy builds speed to DIVE and twist! Direct hit with the corkscrew tope and fans are thunderous!
Sammy brings Nese up but Nese RAMS Sammy into the apron! Nese whips but Sammy reverses and Nese hits steel steps! Sammy drags Nese up, puts Nese against railing, and CHPOS him! Nese staggers away but Sammy CLUBS him from behind! Sammy then RAMS Nese into railing! Sammy puts Nese back in, takes a moment for his banged up ribs, and then he climbs up top. Nese trips Sammy up and Sammy gets stuck on the rope! Nese runs in to TOP SHELF KICK, fireman’s carry and GUT BUSTER! Cover, TWO! Nese stomps Sammy down as fans boo. Sammy crawls to ropes but fans rally up. Nese drags Sammy up but Sammy throws body shots.
Nese goes to ropes, but he throat chops back! Nese brings Sammy around to talk trash, throw body shots, then BULLDOG HOTSHOT! Nese hurries to PREMIER TRIANGLE MOONSAULT! Cover, TWO! Sammy clutches the leg where Nese landed, but Nese kicks him around. Nese brings Sammy up to whip corner to corner hard, and Sammy bounces off buckles. Nese flexes but fans boo, and Nese drags Sammy up. Nese whips Sammy into another corner and Sammy again bounces off buckles. Nese runs in, Sammy dodges! Sammy CHOPS Nese, sunset flips, but Nese rolls through to SOBAT! Cover, TWO!
Nese hurries to get Sammy in the body scissors! Sammy endures the squeeze but fans rally up as AEW goes picture in picture.
Sammy moves around, throws hands and gets free, but Nese gets a rear bearhug. Sammy throws elbows, Nese back suplexes him down! Nese kicks Sammy around, then mocks the fans chanting for him. Nese stalks Sammy, Sammy CHOPS back. Nese CHOPS Sammy, but Sammy CHOPS again. Nese CHOPS, Sammy CHOPS, repeat! It’s a CHOP fight, until Nese dropkicks Sammy down! Cover, TWO! Nese headlocks and grinds Sammy down as AEW returns to single picture. Sammy fights up, throws body shots, but Nese shifts his hold, only for Sammy to back suplex! Both men are down, but fans rally up. Sammy gets to ropes, he kicks but Nese blocks and trips to a HALF CRAB!
Nese digs a knee into Sammy’s bad ribs while pulling on the leg! Fans rally as Sammy endures, and Sammy turns over to kick and kick and get free! Sammy dodges Nese to CLOBBER him! Fans fire up, Sammy CLOBBERS Nese again! And again! Sammy whips, Nese reverses but Sammy dodges and rams in! ENZIGURI from the apron! Fans fire up as Sammy springboards, triangle jump, SUPER CUTTER! Sammy crawls to the cover, TWO!! Nese survives but Sammy fires up and slashes the throat! Torture rack, GO TO- NO! Nese blocks the knee to get the HALF CRAB again! Fans rally as Sammy endures the hold all over again! Sammy turns over, cradles, TWO!
Nese runs in but Sammy catches him, only for Nese to slide under and pump handle! Sammy slips out of the scoop, shoves Nese and SPANISH FLY! Cover, TWO!! Fans are thunderous for Sammy as he gets back up. Sammy kicks Nese around, pushes him, but Nese pushes back. Sammy clotheslines Nese out of the ring! Sammy goes to the apron, takes a moment, and TOP ROPE ASAI MOONSAULTS!! Direct hit and fans lose their minds! Sammy gets Nese up and into the ring, then drags himself up to the apron. Sammy springboards but Nese SHORYUKENS! Sammy falls, Nese builds speed, PREMIER FOSBURY FLOP!!
Nese puts Sammy in, gets up top fast, PREMIER 450!! Cover, TWO!?! Sammy survives and shocks Nese! Nese is frustrated but fans say “This is Awesome!” Nese drags Sammy up, pushes him around, slaps him around, taunts him, but Sammy fires off forearms! Nese shoves Sammy to ROCK him with that left! Nese runs, Sammy somersaults to ROCK Nese back! Sammy goes to run but Nese reels him in, school boy! TWO, Nese gets Sammy with a dead lift BUCKLE BOMB!! Nese runs but into Sammy’s BOOT! Sammy manages the torture rack, G T H!! Cover, Sammy wins!!
Winner: Sammy Guevara, by pinfall (still AEW TNT Champion)
The Premier Athlete gave Sammy one hell of a challenge, but the Premier winstreak is over! Will the Spanish God reign all the way through the holidays?
Jurassic Express & Christian Cage speak.
This is why they gotta trust Captain Charisma on this stuff. No secrets here, the fact that his guys, Jungle Boy & Luchasaurus, are the #1 tag team contenders in AEW. But they haven’t forgotten that the Lucha Brothers beat them for that same spot months ago and then went on to beat the Young Bucks. But since then, they’ve beaten The Elite themselves, and now here we are. Momentum is so important, but it can be gone just like that. Opportunities don’t come around every day, and sometimes they never come around again. So they’re going to scout tonight’s main event, even if it doesn’t have Fenix. Everyone is a potential opponent and then they become the targets.
If it sounds like Christian is getting ahead of himself, he’s not. That’s just how confident he is in his guys. If it’s the last thing he does, he’ll make sure Jurassic Express are the next AEW Tag Team Champions! Jungle Boy & Luchasaurus are fired up, will they be ready to show Penta & Fenix who has #CeroMiedo?
Jade Cargill w/ Mark Sterling VS Janai Kai!
Thunder Rosa joins commentary as promised, because she wants to watch her student give #ThatBitch more than she bargained for. But will Cargill simply make her opponent an example of what’s coming for La Mera Mera in the TBS Championship Tournament?
The bell rings and Cargill doesn’t take “The Kick Demon” seriously. Cargill even dares her to take the headlock. Kai does, only for Cargill to TOSS her away, and then BOOT her right down! Cargill gets the arms, JADED! Cover, Cargill wins!
Winner: Jade Cargill, by pinfall
That might be the fastest win in AEW history! Rosa says all Cargill knows how to do is pose around. But Cargill gets Kai up to rough her up, whip her and BOOT her down! Rosa won’t stand for that, and she runs to the ring! But Mark Sterling gets in her way, so he gets knocked down! Rosa gets in to dodge the boot and tackle Cargill! They brawl, the refs rush in to stop this! Fans want to “Let Them Fight!” but these two will have to wait until their tournament match! Will Rosa end Cargill’s undefeated streak to then be a finalist for the TBS Championship? Wait, Rosa gets loose and rushes back at the ring! Cargill kicks her away, who will stand tall when they finally have their match?
The Super Kliq speaks.
Brandon, c’mon, moron. But Adam Cole calls out Orange Cassidy for coming out while Cole was on commentary. Cassidy tried to take Cole’s spotlight, Cole’s moment, but you saw what happens! Don Callis passes by and says hey, while Cole continues that Cassidy is the laughing stock of AEW. Nick tells the Best Friends, “You think you’re tough guys? We’re tough guys! And when you bring steel chairs into the equation, that’s not gonna end well!” Matt says, “Hey, guys, I have a brilliant idea. How about the Young Bucks return to tag team action Wednesday on Dynamite.” Best Friends can bring their two best guys and we’ll see what happens. CACAW! Brandon, cut. The red button, Brandon!!
Eddie Kingston speaks.
“2point0, congratulations, you beat up the great Chris Jericho. And I do not care. Chris has no business to do with me, you two do. You want to beat me up after my match with Danny Garcia, you want to keep this going, you guys are gonna learn something real plain and clear. You reap what you sew, partna!” Will the Mad King break Matt Lee & Jeff Parker all by himself? Or will he need some back-up to get it done?
AEW looks at Bryan Danielson’s grudge against the Dark Order.
John Silver thinks this is Bryan finally showing his true colors. He doesn’t think he can beat Hangman, he’s getting insecure and just taking it out on The Dark Order. Bryan says Silver is the strongest member of the Dark Order, but the thing is, “You become the five people you spend the most time around.” Silver doesn’t spend his time around elite people. But Long Island is Silver’s home. Bryan is known for being fast, good with strikes and submissions, but Silver can do all that, too. But Bryan sees Silver running around, making jokes, being “Johnny Hungy.”
Is that making him a better wrestler? Bryan wasn’t joking around at age 30, he was winning championships. Silver wants to get a big win in his hometown, but Bryan isn’t going to let that happen. Will the American Dragon slay another hometown hero this Wednesday?
After the challenge was thrown out, Best Friends accepted! And they’re bringing ROCKY ROMERO with them! It’ll be Young Bucks VS CHAOS as Rocky and Chuckie T step up for Dynamite!
Mark Henry speaks to our main eventers!
PAC, FTR hurt Rey Fenix, and PAC has one eye. How can he fight like that? Does Pac look blind to him? He’s good to go. Malakai Black will pay for what he did, but this is about Fenix. Penta adds, “Because we have Cero! Miedo!” But Cash Wheeler questions how they’re gonna get revenge for Fenix. This was supposed to be FTR getting revenge for Full Gear! Full Gear was where FTR was supposed to make history, but they were robbed! Tonight, once again, Fenix doesn’t have the huevos to show up so they rob that from FTR, too! Dax Harwood adds that this was supposed to be the marker, the night of celebration as the first-ever two-time AEW Tag Team Champions, but Fenix didn’t show up!
Things get heated, but Henry interrupts. Let’s cool off a second. There’s been enough time, it’s time for the main event! Will the Bastard and Penta take down their archenemies once and for all? Or will FTR get some semblance of revenge for what they consider an injustice?
Death Triangle w/ Alex Abrahantes VS FTR w/ Tully Blanchard!
AEW returns as Death Triangle make their entrance. The teams sort out, fans chant for “CERO MIEDO!” as Penta starts against Cash. Cash and Penta pace, approach, but Penta is wary of Dax. Cash and Penta approach, Penta trips Cash but Cash scrambles away. Penta and Cash circle, tie up, Cash headlocks then wrenches an arm. Penta trips Cash to have a spinning toehold! Penta makes Cash spread the legs but Cash scrambles away again. Fans rally behind Penta and he eggs Cash on. Cash is flustered just hearing all the “CERO MIEDO” from the fans. Penta takes off the glove, then throws it to Alex. Cash tries but he can’t intercept it!
Cash gets Penta, whips, hurdles, but Penta KICKS his monkey flip down. Tag to Pac, Penta snapmares and Death Triangle double KICK and double DROPKICK! Cash bails out and Dax calls for a timeout. Pac waits, Cash comes back, tag to Dax. Dax and Pac tie up, Pac headlocks and hits a takeover. Dax fights up, pulls hair, powers out but Pac runs him over. Things keep moving, Pac slides under to then hip toss hard! Cash gets in but gets a hip toss! Pac scoops and SLAMS Dax! Pac drags Dax up, wrenches, but Dax pulls hair to whip then CLOBBER Pac! Cash says, “That’s how you do it!” Dax whips but Pac reverses to back drop!
Fans fire up and Pac tags Penta. Penta goes up, Pac sets Dax up, QUE PASO! Cover, Cash breaks it! Cash drags Penta but the ref reprimands. Cash bails out, Dax runs in to ROCK Penta! Tag to Cash, Dax bumps Penta off Cash’s boots! Cash stays between Penta and Pac, and doesn’t even mock Cero Miedo fully because he doesn’t care, Cash brings Penta up to headbutt him down then KICK him in the back. Tag to Dax, FTR stomp Penta’s legs. Dax snap suplexes Penta, tags in Cash, they work together for the assisted leg drop! Cover, TWO! Cash brings Penta up, Dax sticks out a leg, but Penta turns it around and feeds Cash to Dax’s knee! Hot tag to Pac!
Pac shoulders into Dax, slingshots up and over then ducks to sobat! Front kick! Sobat again! Pac runs to BOOT Dax down! Fans fire up as Pac runs corner to corner but Dax puts him on the apron! Pac ROCKS Dax, springboards but the depth perception throws him off! Pac tumbles, then Dax DECKS him! Dax drags Pac up as AEW goes picture in picture.
Dax puts Pac on ropes, tags Cash, and Cash chokes Pac! Cash lets off at 4, gets in and stares Penta down. Cash drags Pac up and EuroUppers! Pac flops against ropes, Cash taunts the fans cheering Pac on, then he kicks Pac. Tag to Dax, FTR get a leg each and DOUBLE ROPE GUILLOTINE! Tully high-tens Cash while Dax goes to the apron. Dax stomps Pac into the ring, drags him up and bumps him off buckles. Pac fires forearms and elbows to fight out of the corner! Dax kicks low, but Pac turns suplex into cradle! But Cash distracts the ref! Death Triangle would’ve won already!! The ref finally sees, TWO!! Dax CLOBBERS Pac!
Dax drops a leg, then drags Pac by an arm. Dax whips and then catches Pac for a cobra twist! Cash reaches out, FTR forms a chain! Alex points it out, the ref looks but FTR lets go. Pac endures all the same, and then FTR reform the chain! The ref sees it this time and CLUBS it apart! Pac HIP TOSSES Dax down! Cash tags in, CLUBS Pac down and keeps him from Penta! Cash drags Pac into a cobra clutch and grinds him down. Pac endures as Cash leans on the hold. AEW returns to single picture as fans rally up and Pac fights to his feet! Pac moves around and throws Cash out of the ring! Dax hurries to get Cash up and in, then tags in to stay between Pac and Penta!
Dax throws Pac out, fans boo, but the ref keeps Dax in. Cash LEAPS but only gets railing! Pac gets in, Dax anchors his legs, but Pac fights up to ENZIGURI! Pac is free, but Cash trips Penta! Penta storms after Cash, they go into the ring and the ref stops Penta! Dax gives Pac a BACKBREAKER, Cash adds a FLYING ELBOW DROP! Cover, but the ref sees Cash isn’t legal! Pac still kicks out, but now Dax gets in, TWO!! The Bastard survives, but Dax drags Pac up. Fans chant “We Want Penta!” but Dax flips them off. Dax hoists Pac up top, CHOPS him, then climbs up to the very top. Pac resists the superplex, throws body shots, then ROCKS Dax!
Dax hops down and crawls away, but he comes back, only for Pac to shove him back down! Pac adjusts, to SHOTGUN missile dropkick! Fans are thunderous for “A E DUB!” while both men are down. Cash gets in but Penta ducks the sucker punch, Pac back drops Cash! Hot tag to Penta! SLINGBLADE for Cash! SLINGBLADE for Dax! CHOP after CHOP after CHOP for FTR! Dax waistlocks, Penta switches but Dax switches back, only for Penta to BOOT Cash! Dax shoves, Penta wheelbarrows Cash to victory roll and jump, DDT to Dax! Fans fire up again as Penta pops Cash up for a snake eyes! Penta runs in, Cash puts him on the apron but Penta ROCKS Cash with a forearm!
Penta SUPERKICKS Dax away, then GAMANGIRIS Cash! Penta goes up top to CROSSBODY Cash! Cover, TWO! Cash escapes but Penta keeps his focus. Penta drags Cash up, whips him but Cash reverses. Penta goes up and over for the BACKSTABBER! Cover, TWO! Penta has the fans rallying again, “CERO MIEDO!” Penta reels Cash in, tucks the arms, but Cash fights out, wrenches and whips. Penta reverses, but Cash POWERSLAMS! Tag to Dax, and Dax climbs as Chas gets Penta up. Wheelbarrow LEG DROP!! Cover, TWO!! Penta survives and FTR is furious! Cash gets back in, FTR double whip, but Penta sunset flips Dax! Cash helps Dax stay up but Pac SUPERKICKS!
Penta sobats Dax, then runs in to spin and SUNSET BOMB! Cover, TWO! Penta drags Dax up, tags Pac, and Pac goes up! “CERO!” Cash trips Penta up! Cash throws Penta into railing, Pac BOOTS Cash! Pac climbs up and aims at Dax, CROSSBODY! Dax rolls through to cover, TWO!! Pac BOOTS Dax then runs. Dax dodges to ROCK Pac with a right! Double underhooks, TIGER DRIVER! Cover, TWO!! Fans are thunderous again as both men are down. Tully gets on the apron to coach Dax but the ref tells him to get down. They’re arguing, Dax suplex but Pac sips out and shoves Dax towards Tully! Dax stops himself, Pac runs in, Dax dodges and Pac CLOBBERS Tully!
Dax O’Conner Rolls but Pac turns it to a EUROCLUTCH! TWO!! Tully flounders, Cash goes over, Penta runs in! Cash avoids the slingblade to TORNADO DDT! Pac clotheslines Dax out hard! Fans fire up as Pac goes to the corner! Pac climbs up, ARIHARA MOONSAULT! Direct hit on FTR and fans are thunderous again! Pac puts Dax in, but Dax claims his leg hurts. Here comes MALAKAI BLACK! He spits more BLACK MIST into Pac’s eye!! Dax rolls Pac up, FTR wins!!
Winners: FTR, by pinfall
The Dark Father finishes what he started with The Bastard! Penta goes after FTR, but he gets mugged 2v1, and then they take his mask!! Alex covers Penta with his jacket while FTR laughs about it, playing around with the mask. Malakai gets in the ring to dig his fingers into Pac’s face!! Malakai wants to completely blind Pac!! Fans boo but the Dark Father stops only when he’s satisfied! Is that blood on his hands?! Has the House of Black helped break the Death Triangle completely?
What a wild episode for Rampage here. The TNT Championship match as the opener was surprising, but I didn’t see Nese winning anyway. He still gives Sammy a great match, but Sammy retains, and I’m thinking he’ll retain until Battle of the Belts on January 8th. Hopefully Miro’s gotten to have matches and has destroyed many, many men on Dynamite, and even Elevation, so that he has the momentum and the win-loss record to get a match against Sammy. Meanwhile, that was the squashiest squash match Jade Cargill or anyone has had, but we all knew she was winning anyway. Rosa VS Cargill is going to be hot stuff, but I feel like that’s going to be another Cargill win.
Good promos from Eddie Kingston, Christian Cage & Jurassic Express, the Super Kliq, John Silver and Bryan Danielson to hype up the upcoming matches. Christian calling Jurassic Express “his guys” is odd, but I guess he sees himself as a mentor to them when they were doing pretty good on their own. Though, I suppose maybe they wouldn’t have made it past the Super Kliq without him. Where’s Marko Stunt, for that matter? Bucks VS Chuck Taylor & Rocky Romero is going to be a good one, maybe we’ll get an 8 Man Tag of Super Kliq & Bobby Fish VS Cassidy, Yuta, Chuck & Rocky for the TBS premiere.
We got an awesome tag team main event, with Pac doing a great job with just one eye. The fall was still part of the match and not a shoot, I’m sure. Malakai being what screws Death Triangle over was a bit surprising, as was him going after Pac’s eye so aggressively. I feel like Malakai and Pac will have a No Disqualification style blow-off like Cody Rhodes and Andrade just had, but I wonder what kind of kayfabe damage Pac’s eyes will have at this point.
My Score: 8.6/10
Mitchell’s AEW Dynamite Results & Report! (12/1/21)
AEW’s in Hotlanta!
It’s a Dynamite night in Atlanta!
AEW is in Atlanta, and its a hardcore homecoming for the American Nightmare! Will Cody Rhodes get a hero’s welcome in tonight’s Atlanta Street Fight?
- Bryan Danielson VS Alan Angels; Bryan wins.
- CM Punk VS Lee Moriarty; Punk wins.
- Wardlow w/ Shawn Spears VS AC Adams; Wardlow wins.
- Gunn Club VS Darby Allin & Sting; Darby & Sting win.
- AEW TBS Championship Tournament Quarterfinals: Ruby Soho VS Kris Statlander; Soho wins and advances to the semifinals.
- Atlanta Street Fight: Cody Rhodes w/ Arn Anderson VS Andrade El Idolo w/ Jose; Cody wins.
PLAY BY PLAY
Hangman Page is here!
The AEW World Champion is joining commentary to watch this opening match while preparing for Winter is Coming in two weeks, where he’ll face the American Dragon with the title on the line!
Bryan Danielson VS Alan Angels!
AEW in Atlanta isn’t just a homecoming for Cody Rhodes, and Bryan knew it, too. He called out the Dark Order’s hometown heroes, and Number 5 stepped up! Will Angels expose some weaknesses that Hangman can pick up on? Or will he just get his head kicked in?
The bell rings, fans fire up, and Atlanta fires up for Angels. They tie up, Bryan waistlocks, full nelsons, but Angels breaks to switch. Bryan switches back, trips Angels up and has the leg for the HALF CRAB! But Angels gets the ropebreak quickly, and Bryan lets off cleanly. Bryan soaks up the heat as he points an ear to the fans. Angels storms over but Bryan uses the ropes for defense. Bryan comes back, he and Angels knuckle lock, but Bryan puts Angels in the corner. Angels dodges the forearm to CHOP! And KICK! And CHOP! Angels climbs up to rain down fists! He stops at five then flips to CHOP again! Bryan is stinging but he EuroUppers Angels off his feet!
Bryan drops knees on Angels’ head again and again, then mocks Angels to rile up the fans. Angels kicks back, but Bryan shrugs that off. Angels is in a corner, kicks again but Bryan clinches to CHOP again! And KICK! And CHOP! And KICK! And CHOP again! Bryan gets Angels back up to EuroUpper, run corner to corner and dropkick! Angels falls and Bryan soaks up the heat in Hotlanta. Bryan bumps Angels off buckles, fires off more EuroUppers, then lets off at the ref’s count before coming back for more. Fans boo as Bryan lets off again, but Bryan brings Angels up to wind up and EuroUpper, into a backslide! TWO, but Angels KICKS and CHOPS in return!
Angels forearms, Bryan shoves, Angels bobs ‘n’ weaves, but Bryan BUTTERFLY SUPLEXES into an ARMBAR! Angels scrambles to the ropebreak! Fans fire up as Bryan lets off. Bryan gets Angels up on the apron, suplexes, but Angels knees free! And then GAMANGIRIS to then springboard and shotgun dropkick Bryan out! Angels kips up and fans fire up as he builds speed to DIVE! Direct hit and Bryan goes into railing! Angels goes up fast to ASAI MOONSAULT Bryan down! Angels puts Bryan in, climbs up but has to jump over. Angels turns around, Bryan runs in, SPANISH FLY! Cover, TWO!! Fans fire up and Hangman is loving it as Angels goes up again.
MOONSAULT FLOP! BUSAIKU KNEE!! But Bryan isn’t done here! He gets Angels’ arms and gives Angels DANIELSON STOMPS! Angels is already dazed but Bryan still isn’t done! He flees, gets the leg, HEEL HOOK!! Angels taps, Bryan wins!
Winner: Bryan Danielson, by submission
Bryan flexes as he holds on longer, but then lets go so he can gloat. Hangman is obviously upset, but Schiavone goes to the ring to interview Bryan. In two weeks, Winter is Coming 2, the world title is on the line. And Bryan looks more than ready. Bryan says he isn’t sure. Hard to tell because if that was the best Atlanta’s got, Bryan whooped his ass! And not only did Bryan kick Angels’ head in, he is pretty sure he snapped an MCL. Not that the fans understand what that means. Bryan knocked out Colt Cabana’s tooth, he just snapped Angels’ MCL, and he knows there’s a Dark Order member from Long Island, so he’ll stomp that guy’s head in, too! And then Hangman.
In Dallas, Texas, home of the Cowboys, that is where Bryan takes the AEW World Championship, and where he shows the entire world that Hangman is a one hit wonder! It isn’t Cowboy Sh*t, but Coward Sh*t! Hangman’s had enough, he gets off commentary! John Silver rushes out and says Hangman isn’t allowed to touch Bryan. But Silver sure can! And so that’s what he’ll do! Johnny Hungy rushes the ring, Bryan bails right out! “You think I’m gonna share the ring with this joke? This joke?! He’s beneath me! Just like you’re beneath me!” Bryan knows Tony Khan said they can’t make contact or Hangman will be suspended if they do.
Bryan would love to slap Hangman in front of the people, but these people don’t deserve to see that. Bryan leaves, Hangman and Silver regroup with Angels. Will things only get hotter as Winter approaches?
Miro… is in limbo?
“I’ve been here for weeks, trying to figure out, ‘What should I do?’ What does a man do when his weakness literally separates his head from his heart? And then the vision came to me. So my God, thank you for showing me. For teaching me. For revealing to me. What an a-hole you really are. The line has been drawn, and the Redeemer will storm the Gates of Heaven, and the floor will turn red.” Miro will bring fear. He only has two weaknesses. One he will repair, the other he will embrace. Will Miro break through by breaking those in the ring against him?
CM Punk VS Lee Moriarty!
The Best in the World continues to fight and prove he’s still who he is, but against the rising hybrid that is #TygaStyle, will he end up proving MJF right tonight?
Speaking of, MJF makes his way out… Maxwell Jacob Friedman and his Hanukkah themed suit joins commentary to watch this closely. He heard “PG Punk” struggled against QT Marshall last week and has turned to binge drinking. Look how haggard Punk looks right now! Excalibur defends that is not true, and the bell rings. Fans chant for Punk as he shakes hands with Moriarty. They circle, tie up, and Moriarty wrenches the arm. Punk rolls, cartwheels, wrenches and wristlocks. MJF calls Moriarty a glorified rookie, Moriarty wrenches and wristlocks to a hammerlock. Punk slips around, hammerlocks, headlocks and hits a takeover.
Moriarty headscissors, Punk moves around, MJF announces that next week, the Dynamite Diamond Battle Royale returns and promises he’ll be a threepeat winner. Punk pops out, gets the headlock, but Moriarty uses kicks to pop free. Moriarty wrenches, hammerlocks, spins and snapmares to then ghost pin! TWO, Punk gets up into an arm-drag! Moriarty has the arm-drag, MJF says this is laughable. Schiavone points out MJF barely wrestles compared to Punk. Punk grits his teeth, gets up and powers out. Moriarty runs Punk over, covers, ONE! Arm-drag! Punk fights up, puts Moriarty in the corner, lets off but RAMS his shoulder in! And again, and again! And again and again!
Fans fire up as Punk wrenches and whips Moriarty corner to corner. Moriarty goes up and over and runs but into a calf kick! Punk goes to the apron, aims as Moriarty stands, springboard FLYING CLOTHESLINE! Fans fire up and Punk flexes as AEW goes picture in picture.
Punk drags Moriarty up at the ropes, scoops and SLAMS him, then takes a moment before he brings Moriarty up for another scoop SLAM! Moriarty grits his teeth, Punk listens to the fans, and he brings Moriarty up again to scoop and SLAM again! Cover, TWO! Moriarty gets to ropes, pushes Punk away but Punk stomps him in the corner. Punk whips Moriarty corner to corner hard, and Moriarty bounces off the buckles! Punk brings Moriarty up, shoves him to ropes and headbutts low! Punk throws body shots and forearms, then even KICKS! Punk snapmares, covers, TWO! Punk wraps Moriarty up in a chinlock and body scissors. Moriarty endures as Punk pulls on an ear!
Moriarty fights up, throws elbows, gets free, but Punk gets him for more forearms. Punk runs, but Moriarty CROSSBODIES! Cover, TWO! AEW returns to single picture, Moriarty goes to another corner. Punk gets up, runs in but Moriarty dodges! Moriarty wrenches, TWEAKS the arm, but Punk runs in. Moriarty puts him on the apron, Punk gets in but Moriarty rallies! Moriarty runs in to uppercut in the corner! He whips, Punk reverses but Moriarty reverses back to WRING out an arm! PENALTY KICK to that arm, then he reels Punk in for a SAIDO SUPLEX! Cover, TWO!! Moriarty gets Punk back up, suplexes but Punk slips out.
Punk shoves Moriarty, BOOTS from a corner, then goes up to CROSSBODY from the top! Only for Moriarty to roll through! TWO, into the BONE LOCK! Punk endures, fans rally up, Punk reaches out with his legs, but Moriarty kicks the rope to keep them away. The ref reprimands, Punk reaches out again and gets the ROPEBREAK! Moriarty lets Punk go, Punk shoves him away to go to a corner. Punk kicks low, hoists Moriarty up top, then SLAPS Moriarty! Punk climbs up, MJF claims cheating, but Punk SUPER STEINERS, only for Moriarty to make it a sunset flip! TWO, Punk high stacks! TWO and Moriarty pops Punk back into the sunset! TWO!!
Punk sits, TWO! Moriarty has the sunset, TWO!! ROUNDHOUSE from Punk takes Moriarty down! Fans are thunderous while MJF claims loaded kick pad. And that he would’ve either ducked that kick or taken it like a champ. Fans rally up as Punk gets up, MJF questions why this has lasted so long. Punk drags Moriarty up, hammerlocks, blows a kiss, but Moriarty ducks the Pepsi Twist to STEAL THE PEPSI TWIST!! Basement BOOT! Moriarty gets Punk up, facelock to TWISTING NECKBREAKER! Cover, TWO!! Moriarty roars, gets Punk up, suplexes, but Punk slips free to inverted suplex tot he fireman’s carry! GO TO SLEEP!! Cover, Punk wins!
Winner: CM Punk, by pinfall
MJF gets a mic to cut off Punk’s music and talk. “PG Punk. Hey buddy, good to see ya.” But last week, Punk said he was disappointed in MJF. But MJF is proud of Punk. It takes balls to come out here and claim to be Best in the World when he’s struggling to beat QT Marshall and Lee Moriarty. The only thing Punk is the best at now is trying to get in Britt Baker’s pants. What’s the matter? Punk looks unamused. Just like how Britt would look if he got her in bed. This ain’t CM Punk! This is One Punk Chump! Oh does Punk have something to say? Punk gets the mic, and responds with, “You gotta lot of nerve coming out here, talking about pants, Britt Baker’s or otherwise, when you’re clearly wearing Larry David’s pajamas.”
MJF can talk all he wants about Punk struggling with QT or Moriarty. But the fact of the matter is, those guys are better than MJF, and he knows it! Cute, Punk! No, MJF, shut up. They’ll both shut up, MJF can bring his needle dick to the ring, and Punk will kick his ass all the way to Long Island! MJF asks the fans if they want to see these two go at it. Yeah? TOO BAD! MJF says Punk needs MJF more than MJF needs Punk. MJF is the spark to a flame Punk hasn’t had since 2011! But don’t worry. MJF will show everyone what a real pro looks like when he wins the Dynamite Diamond Battle Royal in the most magical place in the world, Long Island, New York!
And he will finally be among fans that he loves and appreciate and the feeling is mutual. MJF will be better than Piper in Portland, than Bret in Canada, and better than Punk in Chicago! Laugh all you want dips*its, but there will be people rocking the ‘burb, chanting his name at the top of their lungs. Speaking of loud noises, did Punk bring his dog, Larry? MJF heard him yipping in the back. If MJF were Punk, he wouldn’t bring that flea ridden, disgusting maggot of a dog around here anymore. Because if Punk does, MJF is gonna put Larry to sleep! Punk gets out of the ring and storms right up the ramp! MJF has Wardlow appear!
The refs hurry to stop this from happening, but you don’t threaten a man’s dog and get away with it! Will Punk make sure MJF is the one put out of our misery?
Backstage interview with Britt Baker and team.
The Doctor is still very upset. That is an understatement. It is disgusting that she had to wrestle after Thanksgiving, and it is disgusting that Riho cheated to get a shot at the title. Schiavone asks Jamie Hayter where she was during the Friendsgiving celebration last week. Oh, sorry, she was having one of the best matches in the TBS Championship Tournament. Which she lost. Rebel has Britt cool off, but Hayter says Britt’s best match was against Thunder Rosa, and she also lost. Free therapy, but let’s not focus on the past. This is the present, and over the holiday, the team has had their kumbaya.
Great news, Jamie Hayter will be taking on Riho next week on Dynamite in an absolute slaughter! And if there’s anything left of Riho, then she can get her shot at Britt’s title. But Britt doesn’t think it’ll happen. Yours Truly, Britt Baker, DMD.
Adam Cole heads to the ring!
He’ll be joining commentary momentarily, but he and Atlanta know it’s all about the BOOM! Then he leaves the ring to join Excalibur and Tony Schiavone. Cole says the show just got a lot better with him here. But he won’t let Schiavone pretend this is good. Wait, Orange Cassidy shows up? He’s not in the match that’s up next. Freshly Squeezed stares down Cole and Cole gets up. Cole and Cassidy meet halfway and fans fire up as Cassidy takes off the sunglasses. Cassidy holds up a hand to Cole’s face, then holds his hands up to put them in the pockets! But the Young Bucks are creeping up! Cole waves bye, Cassidy turns around to see the Bucks before they can superkick.
Cassidy steps up to the Bucks and fires off the shin kicks! Cole LOW BLOWS Cassidy! The Super Kliq mock Cassidy’s shin kicks with “super” kicks. Then they actually SUPERKICK him down! Cole drags Cassidy to the stage, the Super Kliq sets up, but here come the Best Friends, with chairs! Wheeler Yuta and Chuck Taylor run the Super Kliq off, but will Cole return to commentary?
Tony Nese speaks.
Before he was rudely interrupted last week, he was saying how Sammy Guevara doesn’t deserve to be AEW TNT Champion. Friday on Rampage, Nese changes all that and puts the title around a Premier Athlete’s waist. Sammy learned a lesson when he got in Nese’s face. And if he thought Nese kneeling on his ribs was bad, wait until Friday. Will Nese run that knee through Sammy’s head to take the title from him?
Wardlow w/ Shawn Spears VS ???
The Pinnacle’s War Dog is a major reason MJF is still walking right now. But will AC Adams not be so lucky here?
The bell rings, Wardlow and Adams stare down. Wardlow waits on Adams to do something, Adams shoves him. Wardlow knees low, CLUBS him down, then drags Adams up to whip to ropes. Adams ducks and dodges and kicks back, but Wardlow CLOBBERS him! Wardlow hauls Adams up, fires up and POWERBOMBS Adams down! Fans want “One More Time!” so Wardlow gets Adams up for another POWERBOMB! Wardlow isn’t satisfied, neither are the fans! Wardlow gives Adams a THIRD POWERBOMB! A FOURTH! Then a cover, Wardlow wins!
Winner: Wardlow, by pinfall
Spears gets in to get his chair shots in! The chair even begins to break! Spears raises Wardlow’s hand in victory, will the Pinnacle do whatever they want in AEW?
Backstage interview with PAC, Penta & Alex Abrahantes.
Schiavone notes that it was meant to be FTR VS The Lucha Brothers. However, an injury to Rey Fenix keeps him unable to travel, so it will be Death Triangle, Penta & PAC. Penta tells FTR in Spanish, and Alex translates, “We would’ve loved to defeat you twice in one night, but since you took it upon yourselves to hurt my brother, we’ve got the best ally that we can find in PAC.” But Pac himself has an eyepatch because Malakai Black got him with the black mist. Can he still wrestle? “Tony, Tony, Tony. Am I an invalid? I am good to fight, you understand. Look into my eye.” There’s CERO MIEDO here! Will make FTR the ones who fear what’s coming?
Gunn Club VS Darby Allin & Sting!
Billy and his boys are #Gunndefeated and Colten himself is 35-0! But The Relentless One and the Icon are undefeated as a duo in their own right! Whose streak ends in this cold Hotlanta showdown?
The teams sort out and Darby starts against Colten. Fans are fired up for Darby, he ties up with Colten then gets a waistlock. Colten elbows free, headlocks, but Darby powers out, only for Colten to run him over. Colten runs, Darby drop toeholds and then stalks him to arm-drag. Colten blocks, Darby slips under to arm-drag through this time! SHOTGUN dropkick sends Colten to the corner! Colten get sup, but Billy tags in. Papa Gunn stares pat Darby to look at Sting, so Darby tags Sting in! Fans fire up as Sting and Billy step up to each other. Billy throws hands but Sting counter punches! And back hands! And again! And then atomic drops! Sting CLOBBERS Billy!
Sting runs but Billy avoids the splash and regroups with his sons! Sting waits on Billy, fans chant, “You Still Got It!” for the Icon. Billy wants them to shut up, but then he sends Colten in. Sting fires off on Colten, tags in Darby, Darby headlocks. Colten powers out, tags back to Billy, Darby jumps into a waistlock! COBRA CLUTCH SLAM! Billy stares Sting down, then drags Darby up by his waistband. Billy bumps Darby off buckles, tags Colten back in, and Colten stomps a mudhole into Darby. The ref counts, Colten lets off, but he drags Darby up to DECK him with a right! Colten soaks up the heat, drags Darby back up and bumps him off buckles.
Tag to Billy, AEW goes picture in picture as he scoops and SLAMS Darby! Billy takes a moment to soak up heat, then he drags Darby back up. Billy elbows Darby right in the head! Darby goes to an open corner but Billy drags him over to tag in Colten. The Gunns mug Darby, Colten CLUBS Darby and whips him to a corner hard! Darby gets stuck in the ropes for a moment before he flops down. Colten drags Darby to a cover, TWO! Colten clamps on a chinlock, Darby endures as Colten leans all his weight on the hold. Darby fights up, and hits a JAWBREAKER! Colten staggers, Darby crawls, but Colten stays between him and Sting.
Colten ROCKS Darby, tags in Billy, and Billy brings Darby around to scoop and carry him around with one arm as AEW goes to break.
AEW returns and Colten mocks Sting as he get the SHARPSHOOTER! Darby endures, crawls, reaches, but Colten drags him away! Darby slips through to get the ropebreak! Colten lets off to stomp away! Colten mocks Sting, tells him to “Kiss this,” but Darby fights out of the Gunn corner! Darby sunset flips, Colten stays up and Billy reaches out! Darby gets up to shove Colten into Billy! Hot tag to Sting! Sting rallies on Colten, then on Billy! Sting SPLASHES Colten, then SPLASHES Billy! Sting CLOBBERS Billy out of the ring, Colten runs into a SPINEBUSTER! Fans fire up, Sting beats his chest, and he gets Colten’s legs for the SCORPION DEATH LOCK!!
Colten endures the real deal but Billy slides in! The ref tells him no, but Austin gets in to DECK Sting! Darby DIVES into Austin and they crash into railing! The ref’s checking on Darby and Austin, Billy gets in to FAMOUSER Sting down! Colten crawls to a cover, TWO!! Sting survives, Darby returns and he DIVES into Billy!! Darby BOOTS Colten, THROWBACK STUNNER, into the SCORPION DEATH DROP!! Cover, Sting & Darby win!
Winners: Darby Allin & Sting, by pinfall
No more #Gunndefeated streak! Sting and Darby stand tall as the undefeated duo, will they look to change the AEW Tag Team Division landscape?
Backstage interview with Chris Jericho.
Alex Marvez brings up how Jericho came to Eddie Kingston’s aid, but Jericho stops that there. He didn’t save Kingston last week. Kingston was yelling and screaming that he didn’t want Jericho’s help, and so Jericho did not help Kingston. Jericho was there to go after 2point0, that’s the problem. He wanted after Daniel Garcia, Jeff Parker and “square head” Matt Lee. But then those guys run in to go after Jericho! It’s a 3v1 mugging, and they whip him into trunks! Matt gets a chair while Jeff whips Jericho into the garage door! Matt SMACKS Jericho down! They told him to watch his mouth, and this is what happens. But will 2point0 have to worry about the Inner Circle now?
Team Taz is on commentary.
And Taz himself says that 25% of that Dynamite Diamond Battle Royal will be Team Taz. That means they have 125% of winning because it comes down to being the final two. The numbers don’t lie, Excalibur! But wait, here comes Lio Rush! Taz thinks Lio is bitter since Dante Martin joined Team Taz just last week. Lio tells Taz, “You’re a commentator, right? So you should know me. It is literally your job to know me. And if that’s the case, you should know that I’ve had the odds stacked against me my entire career. Just like yourself.” So what’s Lio’s point? It just seems crazy to Lio that Taz has 100% of winning this thing. Because then that’s Taz insinuating Lio has 0%.
Well, they took Dante away from Lio. Dante is Team Taz now, they have the numbers. Lio says he is a fighter. Deep down, Taz knows that Lio is a fighert! Hell, the people all know Lio is a fighter! Fans fire up as Lio says he won’t go down without a fight, even if he just has 1% chance. Taz tells Lio he should just retire. Look at this! Dante walks out, Ricky Starks by his side. Team Taz is fully assembled, but will numbers mean nothing when it’s all put to the test?
Jade Cargill & Mark Sterling speak.
Smart Mark applauds Thunder Rosa on advancing into the semifinals of the TBS Championship Tournament. But does Rosa think she has a shot against the “uncrowned rookie of the year?” But they put out a challenge for Rampage, Cargill’s show, answered by Rosa’s student, Jinai Kai. Who? Doesn’t matter. Light work. Rosa says hold on. She is here to tell them that Jericho is not gonna be here for Rampage after what just happened. But because Rosa is multi talented, AEW asked her to sub in, and she’s of course going to watch Cargill’s match. Rosa can’t wait to see her student whoop Cargill! Rookie of the year? Shut up with that! But will Cargill just tune up before she and La Mera Mera throw down in the next round?
AEW TBS Championship Tournament Quarterfinals: Ruby Soho VS Kris Statlander!
The wait is finally over, the quarterfinals are coming to a close! Will the Runaway or the Galaxy’s Greatest Alien take that next step towards history?
The bell rings and fans fire up as the two circle. They tie up, fans duel, Kris wrenches and cording holds. Ruby wrenches, hammerlocks, but Kris reaches back and headlocks to a takeover. Ruby moves around, rolls to a cover, ONE! Kris holds on, Ruby fights up and Ruby pries the hold, only for Kris to hold tighter. Ruby powers out, headlocks back, but Kris powers out to scoop. Ruby tilt-o-whirls through but Kris blocks the leg sweep. Ruby wants the backslide now but Kris fights that, too! Ruby spins Kris, shows haymaker but Kris ducks! Ruby holds back, and fans cheer as the two reset.
Ruby and Kris tie up, Kris waistlocks, headlocks, grinds Ruby down but Ruby powers up. Kris holds on tight, then whips Ruby, but Ruby crucifix to a sunset flip! Kris rolls through but she holds off on the boot to boop! Ruby gets up in a huff, but she cools off to tie up with Kris again. Kris whips, Ruby comes back to a roll-up, TWO! Kris cradles, TWO! Ruby runs in, no monkey flip as Kris blocks! Kris slingshots Ruby off ropes but now Ruby monkey flips, only for Kris to handstand! Fans fire up as the two stand off again. Ruby blocks the boop to arm-drag! Ruby runs, Kris dodges, Ruby wheelbarrows and arm-drags!
Ruby runs in at the corner, Kris dodges but Ruby goes up the corner for a FLYING ARM-DRAG! Ruby keeps it moving, as she spins Kris for a COMPLETE SHOT! Cover, TWO! Ruby keeps cool but fans fire up as AEW goes picture in picture.
Ruby brings Kris up, facelock for a suplex, but Kris blocks. Kris suplexes but Ruby blocks. They fight for control, they each get closer and closer, but Kris powers Ruby up and holds her there for a count of 10, then SLAM! Cover, TWO! Kris gets the arms and has a motorcycle stretch on Ruby. Ruby endures the knee in her back, fights her way up, but Kris keeps the hold on. Ruby turns things around and has the motorcycle stretch on Kris, knee in the back included! Kris endures, fights up, turns things back to arm-drag Ruby away! Ruby keeps moving, Kris hurdles but Ruby waistlocks. Kris bucks the O’Conner Roll and dodges Ruby to POWERSLAM!
But Ruby avoids the senton to BLINDSIDE LARIAT! Both women are down and fans fire up! A standing count starts as AEW returns to single picture. Ruby gets to a corner and stands at 6. Kris runs in but into an STO! Ruby goes up, leaps, SUPER SENTON! Cover, TWO! Kris survives, Ruby seethes and mule kicks Kris down! Cover, TWO! Ruby grows frustrated, she drags Kris up, reels Kris in, but Kris fights the suplex with punches! Kris runs but Ruby yanks her back and runs to wheelbarrow, but Kris makes it a BLUE THUNDER BOMB! Cover, TWO!! Kris fires up and fans rally behind her. Kris drags Ruby by a leg, hooks her up and has the SPIDER CRAB STRETCH!
Ruby endures, but she fights to headscissor. But Kris deadlifts to BUCKLE BOMB her instead! Fisherman for the SPINNING BUSTER!! Cover, TWO!?! Ruby survives and Kris can’t believe it! Kris drags Ruby up, shoves her to a corner, then runs corner to corner to forearm smash! Then side to side, into Ruby’s elbow! Ruby forearms, headbutts, then SUPERKICKS Kris to a corner! Ruby fires off forearm after forearm, but Kris shoves her away. Ruby ducks and goes up, but no Nightshade as Kris blocks! Kris has Ruby in the Electric Chair, but Ruby is fighting! POISON-RANA, and the SPIKE-RANA!! Cover, TWO?!? And Ruby’s completely shocked!
Fans are loving “A E DUB!” for this one as Ruby drags Kris up. Ruby wrenches, but Kris blocks the kick! Roll and gut wrench, victory roll from Ruby! RUBY WINS!!
Winner: Ruby Soho, by pinfall (advances to the semifinals)
The Runaway has fought her way into the next round! But they still respect each other and hug it out. Kris is the only one with a first round bye to lose, is this a sign that Ruby has what it takes to become champion? Or will Nyla Rose just be the wall in the way of Destination Unknown? Wait, Vickie Guerrero is on stage? She talks trash to Kris, and Nyla rushes into the ring to YANK Ruby off the corner! Kris rushes back in to run Nyla off, but will Ruby be the one to get revenge on the Native Beast?
Atlanta Street Fight: Cody Rhodes w/ Arn Anderson VS Andrade El Idolo w/ Jose!
Things have only escalated between the American Nightmare and the Face of Latinos, and a hammerlock DDT to bare concrete is why they’re throwing away the rules here in Hotlanta! But will Andrade really look to spill the hometown hero’s blood just to settle the score?
Cody makes his entrance, with Coach Arn by his side, but Andrade and even Jose rush them! Arn falls into the gap between stage and ramp! Andrade and Cody brawl down the ramp, then they fight through the gap between ramp and railing. Cody kicks low and bumps Andrade off railing, while Arn is up and throwing hands on Jose! Arn starts sending Jose back through the tunnel, while Cody SPLASHES Andrade with someone’s drink! Andrade returns the favor and SPLASHES Cody with someone else’s drink! They make their way to the backside of the railing and to the upper bleachers, and Cody chucks the trashcan at Andrade!
Cody BOOTS Andrade, bumps Andrade off more railing, Atlanta is on Cody’s side as he throws haymakers and elbows. Cody hops up onto the railing, fans fire up as he MOONSAULTS! Direct hit and down goes Andrade! Cody sits Andrade up to punch him in the head, then he brings Andrade up, only for Andrade to shove him into railing. Andrade CHOPS Cody, moves the steel steps aside, then fireman’s carries Cody to SNAKE EYES him off the edge of the steps! Cody flounders, Andrade drags him up and headlocks. But Cody POSTS Andrade! Cody sees T-Pain, says hey, then Cody borrows his chair! And he SMACKS Andrade on the back, then CLOBBERS him with the chair!
Atlanta is thunderous as Cody drags Andrade up to RAM him into railing. Andrade CHOPS back! Cody CHOPS Andrade, then puts him in the ring. Fans are fired up, so is Cody, but Andrade shoves him into a corner! Andrade runs in, Cody goes up and over to POWRESLAM! Off comes the weight belt, but Andrade LOW BLOWS Cody! All legal in a Street Fight! Andrade grabs the weight belt now and has a sinister grin! Andrade LASHES Cody with the belt! Then he tosses it to the fans for a free souvenir! Andrade then hurries to his bag of tricks, and he brings out handcuffs! But then, he brings out Jose’s laptop! HEADSHOT with the screen!
Andrade picks up pieces of the laptop to SMACK Cody with it! Cody bails out, Andrade does, too. Andrade finds the chair Cody was using, and he bring sit over, to SMACK Cody down! Andrade then brings out chain from under the ring! And a trash can lid, too. Cody crawls to get the chain while Andrade keeps bringing things out. He brings out a TABLE! But he decides not to, the fans liked it too much. Andrade gets up, Cody rushes over but Andrade hotshots him away! Andrade gets the chain to LASH, but Cody dodges! Cody gets the chair but Andrade stomps him down! Fans chant, “We Want Tables!” but Andrade shakes his head and wags his fingers. He does things his way!
Andrade brings Cody up, knees him low, then fireman’s carries to WASTELAND SLAM him into a drop zone. Andrade puts the chair on Cody’s chest, goes up top, SPLIT-LEG MOONSAULT onto Cody and chair! Cover, TWO! Cody is still in this but Andrade also has to catch his breath. Andrade brings Cody up to back suplex but Cody lands on his feet to LOW BLOW in return! Cody fires up and fans are torn. Cody runs, springboards, but Andrade shoves him down! Cody tumbles down and fans are fired up as AEW goes picture in picture.
Andrade sputters, flops out of the ring, and brings out more chairs. Cody gets water to refresh, but Arn and Jose return? Jose is taking the fight to Arn?! Cody throws forearms on Andrade, Arn hits Jose back and shoves him down on the ramp! Arn throws body shots and then rips Jose’s shirt open so he can throw hands right on bare skin! Jose scrambles up, eggs Arn on, but he just gets more heavy hands! Andrade sets up the timekeeper’s table, puts Cody on the apron, but Cody kicks him back! Cody lines up the shot, but Andrade knees free! Andrade haymakers, Cody haymakers back! Cody gets the edge, but Andrade BOOTS him right down!
Both men flop back into the ring, Andrade bails back out. Andrade goes to his bag of tricks, but nothing in there is good enough. Andrade gets another chair, Cody clutches his arm. Andrade gets in, and he gets that steel chain! Andrade wraps it around his fist, FULL METAL HAYMAKER! Cover, TWO!! Cody survives, Andrade can’t believe it! Andrade drags Cody around, gets a chair and puts it back on Cody’s chest. Andrade goes to a corner, climbs up, and AEW returns to single picture while fans duel. MOONSAULT but Cody THROWS the chair! Andrade falls and Cody fires himself back up! Cody and Andrade stand, and Cody throws counter punches!
Cody whips, Andrade boots back from the corner! Cody gets the chain! FULL METAL HAYMAKER in return! Cody drags Andrade up, scoops, and POWERSLAMS! Andrade rolls to the ropes but Cody fires up. Cody builds speed and DIVES, into a CHAIR! Andrade returns the favor from the interrupted moonsault! Andrade tears off his shirt, and he starts pulling floor mats away, just like he did last week! Cody is busted open, but Andrade reels him in! Hammerlock, but Cody back drops out! Andrade falls on bare concrete! Cody drags Andrade up, puts him in the ring, and he moves floormats aside so he can get a kendo stick!
Wait, that’s not good enough. Cody gets the SLEDGE HAMMER!! But then no, he changes his mind. A GOLDEN SHOVEL!? Cody’s ready to bury Andrade! Wait, Jose is back, and he has a literal stun gun! But Cody CLOBBERS him with the golden shovel! Cody puts that down, but Andrade goes up! ESCALARA CROSSBODY!! Direct hit and fans are thunderous! Cody gets in the ring, Andrade pursues. Andrade has a chair, he stalks Cody to a corner, and he wedges it into Cody’s face! Fans still want tables, but Andrade wants to use this chair no matter what. Andrade fires up, goes corner to corner, CIEN KNEES!! Fans lose their minds as Cody sputters.
Andrade drags Cody to a cover, TWO!! Cody is still in this and Andrade can’t believe it! Andrade goes out, fans still duel, and finally Andrade brings out a table! Andrade puts the table in the ring, brings it to a corner for a ramp, and then he throws knees on Cody. Cody kicks back, drops for the Rhodes Uppercut! Cody runs but Andrade hip tosses Cody through the table! Andrade then goes back out, to fetch a second table! Fans fire up as Andrade puts that in the ring now. But Cody grabs one end and it’s a tug-o-war! The table still gets set up, Andrade SMACKS Cody off the table! Andrade goes up the corner, fans fire up, but Cody trips him up!
Cody climbs and has Andrade, only for Andrade to fight back! Andrade headbutts and Cody hops down. Andrade adjusts, but Cody trips him again! Andrade is backwards, and who is this getting in the ring? It’s BRANDI RHODES! Mrs. American Nightmare is putting LIGHTER FLUID on the table!! And she even gets a lighter, and the TABLE IS ON FIRE!! INVERTED SUPERPLEX THROUGH THE BURNING TABLE!! Cover while both men are on fire, Cody wins!!
Winner: Cody Rhodes, by pinfall
The ref puts out the flames, medics check on both men, but the Nightmare Family stands tall! These two quite literally burned it down, but will this put things to rest for Cody and Andrade? Or are things only heating up from here?
What a great episode! First off, we at the Chairshot all wish Jim Ross well as he starts his treatment for skin cancer. We got great guest commentators, and it all tied in with story each time. Hangman watching the great Bryan VS Angels match was logical, and again Bryan continues to win with whatever move he wants. They could’ve done better to give us the “hold harmless agreement” part of this, though maybe that was on social media. But it was a good layer in story, and John Silver coming out to go after Bryan was great, too. Bryan VS Silver is going to be a great go-home match to Winter is Coming 2 on the 15th. But while the title match is on a themed episode, I don’t see Hangman losing so soon.
Miro is taking things to a new level with his promos, and I guess we’re finally going to get that path of destruction he was talking about that AEW didn’t give him before. I again say Miro should be showing up on episodes of Elevation wrecking people. MJF watching Punk VS Moriarty was logical, and what a great match for Moriarty. MJF and Punk having another promo showdown was alright, but it’s hard to follow up last week’s. MJF threatening Punk’s dog was maybe a bit much, and I’m not even sure the point of him saying Punk wants to get with Britt Baker. I really hope MJF loses this year’s Dynamite Diamond Ring matches so it takes away his ace in the hole.
Good dysfunction tease for Team Britt. I feel like it isn’t quite as squashed as Britt says, but I’m thinking Riho gets the better of them again and wins over Hayter. The Team Taz and Lio Rush bit was good stuff. Taz dropping his own take on Steiner Math was random, but maybe to poke fun at NXT for constantly doing Steiner references with Bron Breakker. I have a feeling Lio will get the better of Team Taz until it comes down to facing Dante. Maybe someone in Team Taz wins the Dynamite Diamond Ring, like Ricky Starks so he can add it to having the FTW Championship. Meanwhile, a damn shame Fenix got hurt again. But Pac and Penta will have a great match with FTR in his place.
The Super Kliq and Best Friends moment was great stuff, and I hope this becomes a Six Man Tag for Winter is Coming. It’s a pretty decent move for Cole & The Bucks since Jurassic Express is moving onto the tag title chase, as soon as the tag champs aren’t busy with FTR. Jericho getting jumped by 2point0 is of course the next step in the story with Jericho and Kingston perhaps teaming up. Tony Nese has a decent promo, but he’s still losing that TNT Championship match on Rampage. The Gunn Club VS Darby & Sting tag match was great stuff, but naturally Darby & Sting win. No idea where it goes from here, Darby & Sting don’t have a third for a Six Man Tag where Austin joins in.
Cargill, Sterling and Rosa had a good promo segment, but pretty sure Cargill wins on Rampage. And even then, I’m thinking Cargill wins against Rosa. Soho VS Statlander here tonight was awesome stuff, certainly both their best match in AEW. Soho winning makes sense, she was basically the underdog here and is again the underdog against Nyla Rose. Soho VS Nyla is going to be great stuff, too, I wonder if AEW is going to find a way to push this to the TBS change episode on January 5th. The first episode on TBS crowning the inaugural TBS Champion, makes sense from a marketing standpoint.
And of course, Cody Rhodes in the main event! It was pretty wild stuff, like Arn shoot falling backwards off the ramp. I did not think Jose would even give him a good fight but Jose comes back so he could take the golden shove shot. Cody is tongue in cheek teasing all of us with these references to Triple H and everything HHH has been guilty of in terms of backstage politicking and onscreen burying. Brandi being the catalyst for maybe not so much Cody’s win but certainly escalating things in an attempt to get the fans marking out. No idea where this goes, either, other than perhaps one more match with Malakai.
How do they escalate from a burning table, though? Cody always bleeds, too, so would it have to be something close to the Omega VS Moxley Unsanctioned match from Full Gear a couple years ago.
My Score: 9/10
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