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Mitchell’s AEW Dynamite Results & Report! (9/1/21)

Are you ready to go All Out?

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One more Dynamite before the Final Fight!

Chris Jericho swears to stop wrestling in AEW if he loses to MJF at All Out! Tonight, we hear from Maxwell Jacob Friedman on how excited he is by that!

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • FTR w/ Tully Blanchard VS Santana & Ortiz; Santana & Ortiz win.
  • Orange Cassidy VS Jack Evans w/ Matt Hardy; Cassidy wins.
  • Brian Cage VS “Powerhouse” Will Hobbs w/ Team Taz; Hobbs wins.
  • Tay Conti VS Penelope Ford; Conti wins.
  • 8 Man Tag: The Elite VS The Lucha Brothers & Jurassic Express; The Elite wins.

PLAY BY PLAY

FTR w/ Tully Blanchard VS Santana & Ortiz!

The last time Dax Harwood & Cash Wheeler were in the ring with Proud ‘n’ Powerful, things got downright scary. But Cash has the courage to fight past his fear and take on PNP once more! Will FTR open Dynamite #100 with a triumphant return? Or will the Inner Circle stay strong as we head for All Out?

Dax and Santana start and they circle as fans rally up. They take a moment to soak in that energy and then they tie up. Dax headlocks for the takeover, Santana headscissors but Dax kips free. Dax headlocks for another takeover, Santana headscissors again and Dax kips free again. Fans cheer as the two stare down and then back away. Dax gets a quick pep talk from Cash before he ties up with Santana again. Santana waistlocks, Dax drops and leg picks for a takedown. Dax gets a headlock, grinds Santana down and fans are dueling, “PROUD ‘N’ POWERFUL!” “F T R!” Dax Santana fights up and powers out but Dax rebounds to run him over! Santana is right up and glares at Dax.

Santana CHOPS Dax, Dax CHOPS back. Santana CHOPS again, so Dax CHOPS again. The CHOPS keep going, Santana headlocks but Dax powers out. Santana runs Dax over, things keep moving and Santana blocks hip toss only for Dax to block. They go back and forth, end up on ropes and start scrapping with each other! Cash and Ortiz jump in, the ref tries to keep the peace but a brawl breaks out! Fans fire up as PNP clotheslines FTR out of the ring! PNP then take aim, build speed and DOUBLE DIVE! Direct hit and down goes FTR! Fans are thunderous as Ortiz gets Cash up and Santana drags Dax. They whip both FTR into railing!

Ortiz SHOTGUN dropkicks, then sets up as the step stool for Santana to CANNONBALL off of! Direct hit again and fans are fired up! Santana puts Dax in the ring, tags in Ortiz, and Ortiz wrenches Dax to reel him in for a fireman’s carry takedown. Ortiz shouts, “Wrestling!” as he has an armlock but Dax fights up to his feet. Dax pulls hair, whips and scoops Ortiz to SLAM him, but Ortiz boots from below. Ortiz reels Dax in but Dax tags Cash before the atomic drop. Ortiz DECKS Cash, whips Dax corner to corner, but Dax reverses. Ortiz LARIATS Dax but Cash POSTS Ortiz! The ref reprimands but Cash brings Ortiz out to POST him again!

Ortiz is on the apron while the ref reprimands Cash. Cash gets Ortiz’s arm and wraps it around a crossbar! The ref counts, fans rally up and Cash lets off for Dax to put Ortiz in. Cash dropkicks then covers, ONE! Cash bumps Ortiz off buckles, tags in Dax, and Cash feeds Ortiz to Dax’s knee. Dax drags Ortiz up as fans rally, and snapmares him to stomp away on Ortiz’s arm! Fans boo but Cash says this is the receipt for what happened to his arm. Dax has a top wristlock, thrashes Ortiz about, but Ortiz holds on. Ortiz fights up, only for Dax to throw him down! Dax keeps on the top wristlock and thrashes the arm as Ortiz endures again.

Meanwhile, Cash pulls off a corner buckle pad! Is FTR plotting to exact true revenge for Cash’s arm? Ortiz is put in the corner, Dax sucker punches Santana! The ref is busy with Santana as Dax wraps Ortiz’s arm around the bare buckle! Cash lines up a shot but Santana comes in around the way knock him down! Dax punches Santana down then goes back to Ortiz. Dax hammerlocks the bad arm but Ortiz blocks the bump. Ortiz ROCKS Dax then dropkicks him down! Fans fire up as both men crawl, Cash tags in and intercepts Ortiz! Cash whips Ortiz away from Santana, then he swings on Santana. Santana dodges and Ortiz comes back to block a shot and CLOBBER Cash!

Fans fire up again as Ortiz crawls past Cash. Tully coaches Cash up, hot tags to Dax and Santana! Santana rallies on FTR with big clotheslines and elbows! Cash kicks low and whips but Santana reverses to mule kick Dax! Santana reels Cash in for a suplex. Santana makes Cash a bridge between Dax and himself, for a draping snap suplex! Santana then reels Dax in for UNO amigo! And then DOS amigos! Fans fire up as Santana hits THREE AMIGOS! Santana goes to a corner and climbs up top, pointing to the heavens for Latino Heat! FROG SPLASH! Cover, TWO!! Dax survives and Santana is shocked, but he rallies fans up again as he tags in Ortiz.

PNP coordinate, double wrench to a double back suplex on Dax! Ortiz rolls Dax into Santana’s wheelbarrow, CUTTER to GERMAN SUPLEX! Ortiz covers, Cash drags him out! Ortiz ROCKS Cash, Santana CLOBBERS him! Ortiz whips Dax but Dax uses that to BLAST Santana off the apron! Ortiz O’Conner Rolls, TWO! Into Cash’s uppercut! Dax reels Ortiz on for a BRAINBUSTER! Cover, TWO!! Dax is frustrated that Ortiz survives! Fans chant “This is Awesome!” but it’s far from over. Dax tags in Cash, FTR gets Ortiz up in a double suplex. Santana SPEARS Dax and Ortiz makes the suplex a cradle! TWO, and Cash hurries after Ortiz.

Ortiz throws body shots, shoves Cash into a corner then fires off more forearms. Tag to Santana, PNP double back suplex for a FACEPLANT! Santana covers, TWO! Fans rally up again as Santana gets Cash up. Tag to Ortiz, he brings Cash around but Dax knocks Santana off the top! Ortiz swings on Santana, Cash reels Ortiz in for a Gory Especial to a running GORY BOMB! Cover, TWO!! Ortiz survives and FTR grows frustrated, but Dax tags back in. Dax gets Ortiz up, brings him around, and hoists him to the top rope. Fans duel as Dax climbs up to join Ortiz. Cash tags back in and goes to the adjacent corner. Santana is on the apron, he and Cash brawl at the corner!

Dax SUPERPLEXES Ortiz while Cash ROCKS Santana. Cash climbs up and over Santana to leap, but Ortiz dodges! Cash bails out of the splash and Ortiz ENZIGURIS him down! Ortiz runs at Dax but he dodges, Ortiz bounces off buckles! Ortiz staggers into the BIG RIG!! Cash covers, Santana LEAPS to clotheslines Dax AND break up the pin!! All four men are down but the fans are giving a standing ovation! Santana and Dax bail out while Cash gets Ortiz up. Cash suplexes, Ortiz slips out and shoves Cash into the corner. Ortiz runs in as fans chant “This is Wrestling!” but Cash puts Ortiz out. Santana tags in, somersaults to the CUTTER!

Santana gets Cash up again for Ortiz’s FLYING CODE BREAKER! Santana SUPERKICKS Cash down, then PNP gets Cash up for the TU LO SABE! Cover, PNP wins!!

Winners: Santana & Ortiz, by pinfall

The Inner Circle is triumphant again! Santana & Ortiz just went to war with FTR and won out, does this put Proud ‘n’ Powerful in position to challenge whoever wins All Out’s tag title steel cage match?

 

AEW hears from Daniel Garcia and 2point0.

Matt Lee is fired up as he calls out Darby Allin. “You got Punk on the mind, don’t ya?” But do NOT look past their “son,” Daniel Garcia. Jeff Parker adds that you certainly don’t look ahead to Sunday, and arguably the biggest match in AEW history. Darby VS Punk, Parker’s excited, just not for the match. What Parker’s excited for how they can be the ones to take that match away from the fans! Garcia speaks up now, telling Darby that this Friday, on Rampage, “when I take you down to the mat and twist your body into the most uncomfortable ways that I can imagine, I am going to hurt you.” Red Death says there is not a shot Darby makes it to All Out, but will he be the one feeling the pain on Friday?

 

CM Punk is here!

The fans are thunderous for the Best in the World as he heads to the ring this close to his in-ring return. Punk gets the mic but takes a moment to revel in the fans chanting for him. “Are you guys sick of me yet? Because I gotta tell ya, this is too good to be true.” Punk could spend weeks, months even, just hearing Cult of Personality and feeling the love. There might even be some people out there who get tired of it real fast, but Punk ain’t one of them. Punk’s going to enjoy this while it lasts, because he knows that Sunday, in this very same building, “this could all end for me.” Punk is just being realistic, as he hasn’t wrestled in seven years, and is nervous, maybe even scared.

Fans assure Punk, “You Still Got It!” and he crosses his fingers in hopes of that. But knowing it could end, Punk wants to promise us this: every time he laces up his boots, every time he comes down the aisle, he will give us his very best. But wait! Garcia and 2point0 jump Punk! Punk does his best to fight them off but this is 3v1! They mug Punk as fans boo, stomping and hammering him again and again! This is another part of their plan to cancel the highly anticipated All Out match! But here comes Darby and Sting! Garcia and 2point0 get what shots they can in on Punk, then they brawl with Sting and Darby! Darby POSTS Garcia!

Punk and Sting fight off 2point0! Punk rains down fists on Parker in the corner, Sting DECKS Lee and has him in a corner, and Darby throws Garcia into the ring! Darby climbs a corner while Sting gets Lee in the dragon sleeper! Punk has Parker in a facelock and sees what’s going on around him, so he fireman’s carries Parker! COFFIN DROP! SCORPION DEATH DROP! And G T S!! Fans are thunderous again as Punk and Darby stand tall but also stare down. Sting gets a mic and Punk clears the ring of 2point0 so the Icon can speak. Sting says, “I gotta admit, I always did want to share a ring with you. Mucho respect, okay?” Their paths never did cross, even after all this time.

But that was then, this is now. And speaking of now, it felt really good for Sting to see the Go To Sleep happen right in front of him. It felt good to see a Coffin Drop, and it felt good to hit a Death Drop again. Sting says it just felt good to clear traffic, because they have the same goal in mind. They all want to see Punk VS Darby at All Out. Now things are out of the way, and that must include Sting. Darby is ready to go mano a mano, so Sting is going to fist bump his tag partner and head to the back. At All Out, when Darby and Punk collide, “it’s gonna be showtime for sure.” Sting steps away so Darby and Punk can stare down again. Is Punk as ready as the Relentless One to go all out in the ring?

 

AEW profiles Kenny Omega VS Christian Cage.

Excalibur says, “For many years, Kenny Omega was known as one of the best wrestlers in the world, if not the best wrestler in the world.” JR adds that Omega’s maintained this “strangle hold on the AEW World title is because he’s just that damn good.” JR says Omega is the best singles wrestler in the world and Excalibur notes that not many can say they’ve beaten Omega in an AEW ring. But Christian Cage is one of them. Paul Wight notes Christian’s undefeated streak in AEW, and how he pinned Omega for the Impact World Championship on Rampage’s debut.

Mark Henry says Christian has charisma and talent, but Tony Schiavone asks, “How can you say Kenny Omega’s gonna lose a big match?” Taz says this match will be unbelievable. Wight says Christian going into a PPV with this level of momentum might make All Out “the worst night in Kenny Omega’s life.” What happens when Captain Charisma tries to take Big Platinum from the Best Bout Machine on AEW’s biggest show of the year?

 

Tony Schiavone interviews MJF.

This Sunday, “Chris Jericho puts his career on the line against this man, the most disgusting, despicable human being that I’ve ever been around in my life,” and doing this interview is not something comfortable for Schiavone to do. But MJF says, “What an intro, Tony, such a professional.” MJF lists the various nicknames: “Cowboy Chris,” the Lionheart, the Man of 1004 Holds, the Sexy Beast, the Ayatollah of Rock ‘n Rolla, the Best in the World at What He Does, the Painmaker, the GOAT, Le Champion, the Demo God, Chris Jericho. Four decades of consistently evolving to stay at the top and being universally known as the greatest, Jericho’s career is unparalleled.

And whether or not MJF, Jericho’s “greatest rival,” cares to admit it, Jericho’s name is forever etched into the Mount Rushmore of pro-wrestling. But let’s not get it twisted. By the time MJF’s career is said and done, he will be taking Jericho’s place. And it will take fans a long time to get used to that, but MJF doesn’t mind being everyone’s “pro-wrestling stepdad”. MJF has big shoes to fill, that’s no easy feat. Muhammad Ali was once considered the greatest boxer, but he thought that one too many times. Ali kept coming back and coming back for the spotlight until his brains were scrambled eggs and his body was a shell of what it once was.

“Look in the mirror, Jericho.” After all MJF has put Jericho through, Jericho is like Ali. His legs are shaky, his back is aching, and it takes him five hours to get to sleep at night and a whole lot longer to get out of bed in the morning! MJF says Jericho is on a downward spiral! But just like Ali, Jericho’s an addict. Jericho needs the spotlight. Jericho craves it, because it is oh so intoxicating. MJF has taken that from Jericho three times already, “and when a man like you loses that spotlight, you’re willing to do just about anything to get it back.” That’s why Jericho is doing this. That’s why on September 5th, All Out, MJF will have the honor and privilege of ending one of the greatest runs in pro-wrestling!

MJF says it is so poetic that the same yearning that got Jericho “to the dance” will be the same reason his music dies. The Salt of the Earth isn’t pulling any punches, will he be the one to put Jericho’s lights out once and for all?

 

Orange Cassidy VS Jack Evans w/ Matt Hardy!

Freshly Squeezed has been getting closer and closer to shutting down the Hardy Family Office, but not even a broken nose and busted face can keep Big Money Matt down. Speaking of which, Hardy goes right after Cassidy the second he’s in the ring! The ref has to pull Hardy away, and then EJECTS him! Now Cassidy and Evans will be truly 1v1! Will Jack Evans’ body pay for the check Hardy’s anger just wrote for him?

Cassidy is still okay to compete so the bell rings, and Evans SCREW HIGH KICKS him down! Evans hammers away on Cassidy, wrenches and knees him to ropes, then whips him for a big jump kick! Evans kips up to show off, then he runs at Cassidy in a corner. Handspring back elbow, then a snap suplex! Evans rains down rights, stomps Cassidy down, then brings him up to CLUB him on the back. Evans KICKS Cassidy down but fans boo. Evans drags Cassidy back up, throws muay thai knees, then has Cassidy in the corner. Evans goes corner to corner again but Cassidy dumps him out hard! Evans gets back up to springboard, but Cassidy ducks under!

Cassidy speeds up, ducks, dodges and redirects to dodge again! Tilt-o-whirl DDT! Cover, TWO!! Evans survives but Cassidy keeps cool. Cassidy takes off the armband but Evans bails out. So Cassidy DIVES! Direct hit into railing, and Cassidy puts Evans in the ring. Cassidy goes up top and leaps for a BIG crossbody! Cover, TWO! Evans staggers up into a scoop, MICHINOKU DRIVER! Cover, TWO! Cassidy gives those devastating kicks to Evans! As well as the air between them! Evans rushes in, Cassidy gets around to a waistlock, but Evans switches. Cassidy switches, Evans switches back, and again, and again, and again! Evans is getting annoyed but the switching continues!

Cassidy shoves Evans into a corner, runs in but is put on the apron. Cassidy bumps Evans off buckles, fans fire up as he climbs again, but Evans ROCKS Cassidy first! Evans fires off hands, climbs up top, then stands Cassidy up. Cassidy blocks the superplex and throws body shots as AEW goes picture in picture.

Cassidy adjusts position, Evans throws hands then shifts position himself. Evans has Cassidy on the inside, but Cassidy still blocks his suplex. Cassidy throws body shot after body shot after body shot! Evans elbows Cassidy in the head over and over! Evans jumps up and over and comes back but into a mule kick! Cassidy adjusts, Evans goes up, SPIDER GERMAN SUPLEX! Cassidy lands hard, staggers up, but Evans CORKSCREW QUEBRADAS! Cover, TWO!! Cassidy survives but Evans sits him up for a PENALTY KICK! Evans drags Cassidy up to PENALY KICK again! Evans still isn’t done, he gets Cassidy up for a stalling suplex! Evans sits Cassidy up again for a third PENALTY KICK!

Evans stands Cassidy up again, but Cassidy cradle counters! Cassidy wins!!

Winner: Orange Cassidy, by pinfall

Well, that was outta nowhere! Evans is furious and arguing about things, but the count was the count! Hardy rushes back out now that the ringside ban is over, and he CLOBBERS Cassidy! Hardy rains down furious fists then drags Cassidy up. But here come Best Friends! Chuck Taylor and Wheeler Yuta run off Hardy, but here comes the rest of the HFO! The Private Party, Angelico and The Blade all mug Cassidy, Chuck and Yuta! But here comes Jurassic Express! Jungle Boy, Luchasaurus and Marko Stunt have their own beef with the HFO, will they become honorary Best Friends in this battle against Big Money Matt and his henchmen?

 

AEW profiles Miro VS Eddie Kingston.

The Mad King knows the AEW TNT Champion thinks of himself as God’s Favorite Champion, but then says, “Why is the DDT your Kryptonite? Because your neck is the Kryptonite!” Kingston promises to go after that neck, and everything Miro loves and desire, such as the TNT title. Without that title, Miro’s no longer anyone’s favorite. But Kingston wants Miro to take his hand as they “walk through Hell together.” And if Miro makes it through, then maybe Miro can go to Heaven.

Miro counters now. “Kingston’s talking about DDT’s and Kryptonite. God’s Favorite Champion stays down only for his wife in our hotel room after a victory.” The Mad King is going to realize redemption comes through agony, and Miro will bring both! “This is the word of the Redeemer.” But will Kingston make Miro eat his words along with an Uraken back hand?

 

Jon Moxley speaks.

“Everybody wants a piece of AEW, they’re coming from everywhere. I think it’s time we send a message about who’s still at the top of the food chain in AEW!” Moxley got his FedEx back from Tokyo, and one contract was signed. Only one man had the balls to step through the “forbidden door” and “chase the bogeyman.” That man is Satoshi Kojima. What a treat for the fans to see a NJPW legend in person. But then Moxley was insulted, realizing that only some “crazy old man” was willing to go toe-to-toe with him. Once the bell rings, there’s no respect. Moxley wants to take someone’s head off.

Every time he drops someone on their head, he is trying to break their neck! Every time he squeezes the throat, he wants to break their esophagus. So in Chicago, Moxley is coming for Kojima’s scalp! Has Kojima bitten off more than he can chew accepting the Maniac’s open challenge?

 

Jim Ross is in the ring.

Fans cheer but Good Ol’ JR admits he is feeling bittersweet. This is his first in-ring interview with AEW, and he will be talking to one of his longest term wrestling friends. JR personally feels what is happening is a bad decision, but we’ll hear why from this future hall of famer, the MVP of AEW, Chris Jericho! Fans cheer as and sing Judas for Le Champion as he makes his entrance. Jericho says he wants to say something he hasn’t said in a long time. “Welcome to, Chicago Is Jericho!” Jericho felt it was a good time to call back to the past, since 22 years ago, he started his “main event journey” in the business in Chicago!

It was at the All State Arena, and the man who recruited him for that journey is Good Ol’ JR! That is why Jericho wants JR out here for this moment. JR says it is an honor, but he wants to ask, why is Jericho putting this on himself? If Jericho loses, he stops wrestling in AEW. Why is this the stipulation? Jericho remembers that day when he signed with JR, and that is a good question. But first off, “MJF, you are a piece of shit!” Fans cheer for that one! Jericho says MJF is diabolical and calculating, just like him, and MJF is also a button-pusher, just like Jericho. MJF is confident and arrogant, but so is Jericho. The only thing MJF has over Jericho are those three wins.

Jericho remembers them exactly: 11/7/2020; 5/5/2021; and 8/18/2021. “Those dates are burned in my brain, JR.” Jericho can’t let this go, so that is why he has to put it all on the line to beat MJF. Jericho has never been complacent, it’s why he’s in AEW in the first place. Jericho first came here about three years ago, there was no guarantee AEW was going to succeed. JR was there, there was no guarantee this was going to be a success. And yet, here we are! Episode 100 of Dynamite “as the hottest wrestling company in the world today!” Fans chant for Jericho and “A E DUB!” as Jericho says if he hadn’t taken this chance, he’d be kicking himself for being complacent.

Sure, Jericho could just stay in AEW a long time, have a lot more great matches, win a lot more championships, but every time he looks in the mirror, he’d know, “You couldn’t beat MJF!” Fans boo that but Jericho says he couldn’t live with that. That’d be the beginning of the end of Le Champion and Jericho’s time in this ring. But Jericho doesn’t want it to be the end! Jericho wants more, he never wants to stop! Fans chant “WE WANT MORE!” and he says this is why he has to take this chance. If something horrible happens and the journey ends where it began, “then so be it.”

Jericho will go to commentary and do his best there full-time, and thank all the fans around the world for helping him make his dreams come true. Then Jericho will thank us for letting him be a part of our lives, and for being a big part of his. “But before that happens, remember Max. You’re not gonna take this away from me! You will not take this away from me! If you want Chris Jericho out of this ring, you’re gonna have to be the best you’ve ever been!” MJF will have to be the best MJF has ever been, breaking every bone in Jericho’s body and squeezing ever breath out of Jericho’s lungs!

But it won’t happen, though, because he IS Chris Jericho! And MJF doesn’t have the BALLS to get rid of him! “See you on Sunday, at All Out, ya little prick!” Jericho is the most fired up he’s ever been in his illustrious career! Will Sunday be Jericho’s finale? Or just another epic reinvigoration?

 

AEW profiles Darby Allin VS CM Punk.

Darby says, “CM Punk said if he was 15 years old, Darby Allin would’ve been his favorite wrestler. Well, when Darby Allin was 15 years old, CM Punk was his favorite wrestler.” But seven years ago, Punk left, and that is when Darby entered pro-wrestling himself. Then Punk said something Darby didn’t really like: Punk said Darby was first on his list. Darby says that is Punk already overlooking him. Punk has seen what Darby’s willing to do, and it is stuff Punk’s never even felt in that ring. So Punk saying Darby was first on the list when Darby should’ve been last on the list, now Darby knows what he needs to do. Darby needs to do the impossible: beat CM Punk in Chicago, or die trying.

 

Brian Cage VS “Powerhouse” Will Hobbs w/ Team Taz!

The Machine knows with Hook in Hobbs’ corner, it is only a matter of time before Team Taz goes after him all together. So that’s why Cage is hitting Hobbs first at the ramp! Taz is on commentary and protesting that this is “typical Cage,” doing things the cowardly way! Cage bumps Hobbs off the apron, but Hobbs hits back with forearms. The behemoths brawl as the ref tells them to get in the ring, but Cage bumps Hobbs off the apron again. Cage whips Hobbs hard into railing! The ref keeps telling Cage to get in the ring but Cage whips Hobbs hard into railing again! Cage throws haymakers and knees into Hobbs before putting him in the ring.

The bell finally rings, Cage gets Hobbs up but Hobbs gets away. Cage pursues as they go back out the ring, and Hook plays roadblock. Taz says Cage better not hit his son, but Cage just goes back into the ring to go after Hobbs. Hobbs drops elbows then ax handles over and over. Hobbs steadies himself, drags Cage back up, but Cage scoops first! Hobbs slips out, shoves Cage and then CLOBBERS him with a full body check! “Who betta?!” Hobbs says, mocking Cage’s own catchphrase. Hobbs chokes Cage on the ropes while AEW goes picture in picture.

The ref reprimands, Hobbs lets off, then digs his knee into Cage! The ref counts, Hobbs lets off again and Cage flounders in the corner. Hobbs whips Cage corner to corner, then runs in to clothesline! Hobbs digs his fingers into Cage’s face and talks trash but the ref counts. Hobbs stops to whip Cage corner to corner again. Cage goes up and over and even somersaults before running back in! Uppercut, gamangiri and GER- No! Hobbs elbows free of the waistlock to then CLOBBER Cage again! Hobbs drops knees over and over, targeting the ribs. Hobbs digs a knee into Cage’s side while pulling him in with a headlock! Cage endures, Hobbs lets off and then soaks up the heat.

Hobbs grins as he looms over Cage. Hobbs stomps Cage but Cage throws body shots. Cage fights up and throws hands, then catches Hobbs’ clothesline into a clinch. Hobbs fights off the lift with elbows, then LARIATS Cage down! Hobbs catches his breath before he stands over Cage. Hobbs rains down fists, drags Cage up to the ropes to choke him again, but lets off as the ref counts 4. Hobbs smirks again as he yanks the ropes and snaps Cage back. Hobbs KICKS Cage in the side, talks trash as he stands over Cage, and then brings Cage back up. AEW returns to single picture as Hobbs ROCKS Cage with a right.

Hobbs RAMS Cage into the corner, throws his shoulders in more, then gives a quick headbutt as he lets off. Hobbs brings Cage around, reels him in and puts one out, but Cage fights out to fireman’s carry! Hobbs slips out to waistlock, Cage switches to half nelson, COMPLETE SHOT! Both behemoths are down and a standing count begins. Fans rally up as both men go to opposite sides of the ring. Hobbs and Cage use the ropes to stand up, and they run at each other! DOUBLE CLOTHESLINES, but neither man falls! Another DOUBLE CLOTHESLINES, then Cage boots away Hobbs’ next clothesline to mule kick and front kick to SUPERKICK!

Hobbs staggers, Cage clinches, EXPLODER! Fans fire up with Cage as he uppercuts, gamangiris and GERMAN SUPLEXES! Cover, TWO! Cage keeps his cool as he paces. Cage slashes the throat, drags Hobbs up, but Hobs wrenches out and RAMS shoulders! Hobbs scoops, Cage slips off and schoolboys. Hobbs rolls through, ducks the discus, SPINEBUSTER! Cover, TWO!! Cage survives and Hobbs is furious! Hook tells Hobbs to finish this and Hobbs tells the ref to back off. Hobbs glares down at Cage and eggs him on. Cage sits up but Hobbs brings him up, only for Cage to JUMP KNEE! Fireman’s carry, F5!! Cage fires up but Hobbs goes to the apron!

Cage gets Hobbs, brings him to a corner, and then DEAD LIFT SUPERPLEXES Hobbs up and in!! “WHO BETTA?!” Fans fire up behind Cage as he drags Hobbs up again. Hook distracts the ref, Hobbs fights the suplex to shove Cage, into a BELT SHOT from Ricky Starks! When did Ricky get here!? Hobbs scoops Cage, for TOWN BIDNESS! Cover, Hobbs wins!!

Winner: Will Hobbs, by pinfall

Taz says THAT is teamwork, and Starks pretends to be shocked! Cage lost an unofficial handicap match, will he ever get a fair shake against the team that betrayed him?

 

Malakai Black speaks.

“What a weird narrative to spin, Mr. Johnson.” Supposedly, Malakai left the ring because Lee Johnson showed up? No, Malakai left because he is the one who dictates the pace. Since then, it has been seven days. “Seven days to atone for interrupting me.” Malakai wants us to know he actually showed mercy to Cody Rhodes, and to Arn and Brock Anderson, because he granted them “a swift death.” Johnson will not be so lucky, however. Malakai plans to make Johnson suffer. Then a coin will be placed on each of Johnson’s eyelids, so that when he is sent down to Hades, Johnson can pay the boat man’s toll. Will Big Shotty’s offense have little affect on the man from the House of Black?

 

The Factory is in the ring.

QT Marshall says “What we don’t do on Dynamite is stand on the stage like a bunch of little kids and laugh at QT Marshall.” So Paul Wight, get your big ass out here and try to laugh in QT’s face, man to man, “heavyweight to heavyweight.” Wight makes his way to the ring, not caring that QT has added to the numbers of The Factory since last time. Wight gets right in the ring, and the Factory swarms him! QT stays back to bark orders, but Wight EXPLODES out of the corner! Wight DECKS one Factory flunky, runs over both Comoroto and the next biggest guy at the same time, then choke grips the final newbie for a CHOKE SLAM!

Aaron Solo is up top, he LEAPS at Wight, but Wight SWATS him like a fly! QT has bailed out long before Gunn Club rushes out there to even the odds. QT has a chair, but the Gunn Club boys gets at him and takes away that chair! Fans chant, “QT SUCKS! QT SUCKS!” and now there’s only the All Out showdown- WAIT! Billy Gunn just gives Wight a chairshot to the back?! Why!? QT himself is shocked, but Wight gets up again. Gunn HEAD SHOTS Wight with the chair!! QT legitimately has no idea why the Gunn Club just betrayed the Giant, but his Factory is still taking advantage! They get Wight up for QT to hit the DIAMOND CUTTER! Will QT be even more of a vulture come All Out?

 

Schiavone interviews Britt Baker, Jamie Hayter & Rebel backstage.

What is this big news she has for AEW? The Doctor and AEW Women’s World Champion says “We’re finally going to add some star power to this Women’s Casino Battle Royale, because two of the most prestigious females in all of wrestling are gonna be in it.” And she is of course talking about Rebel and Jamie. If one of them- Well ok if Jamie wins, then this title is going nowhere because Jamie is on Britt’s side. This title is staying right with Britt. Isn’t Britt underestimating her challenger, Kris Statlander? Statlander is undefeated since her return.

That brings Britt to her next big news for free agency. One of the hottest stars in all of wrestling today has just signed a long term contract with AEW, guaranteed to keep these ratings sky high. That person is… Britt! She’s staying around in AEW a lot longer, because Tony Khan realized that with Britt as champion and AEW’s golden girl, and is now allowing her to make matches! So this Friday will be a feast as Jamie & Rebel take on Kris Statlander 2v1. Oh, how unfortunate that it’s just two days before the PPV! Hopefully Statlander doesn’t get hurt. See you Friday, Kris. Yours truly, Britt Baker, DMD. Will the Galaxy’s Greatest Alien make it through the sidekicks to still go after the champion?

 

Tay Conti VS Penelope Ford w/ The Bunny!

Speaking of the Women’s Casino Battle Royale, the Brazilian Blackbelt Beauty, the Superbad Girl and the HFO’s Allie are all going to be competing for that title opportunity. However, Ford and Bunny are willing to work together as a bad girls club if it means keeping Conti out of contention. Will Conti make sure there’s a Tay-KO in Ford’s immediate future to change the course of things?

Conti sees Ford and Bunny talking on the outside, and decides to CROSSBODY them both down! Fans fire up with Conti as she drags Ford up and into the ring. The bell rings, Ford rushes in but Conti spins her around for drop sayanagi after drop sayanagi! Conti gets Ford up again and blocks a forearm to a wrench, spin and wristlock. Bunny coaches Ford but Conti wrenches again to spin and cravat Ford for knees! Conti spins Ford again to a dragon sleeper for clubbing forearms! Conti is having fun with Ford now as she clubs her over and over, to a BACK2BACK BREAKER! Cover, TWO! Ford swings into another wrench, scoop and swinging FACEBUSTER!

Ford staggers, Conti BOOTS her down! Cover, TWO! Bunny is frustrated on behalf of Ford but Conti keeps her cool. Conti drags Ford up, whips her to a corner, but Ford reverses. Ford runs in but Conti BOOTS her again! Conti goes up and up but Ford trips her up! Conti falls to the mat! Cover as AEW goes picture in picture, TWO!

Ford fumes but she kicks Conti in the back. Ford hooks arms, drags Conti up and bumps her hard off buckles. Ford drags Conti around to then dig her boots in at the corner. The ref counts, Ford lets off and Bunny pulls Conti’s hair! Bunny gets away with it before Ford comes back to bring Conti up. Ford chokes Conti on ropes, lets off as the ref counts 4, then KICKS Conti against the ropes! Conti flounders, Ford HOTSHOTS Conti! Ford then runs to dropkick Conti in the back! Conti flops to the apron, Ford catches her breath, then runs to triangle jump knee drop! Ford pushes Conti back into the ring, takes a moment to fix her hair, and AEW goes to break.

AEW returns as Conti fights up and arm-drags Ford off the motorcycle stretch. Ford ends up in a corner but storms after Conti. Conti throws elbows, Ford CLUBS her on the back. Ford whips Conti to a corner, runs corner to corner to handspring, but Conti dodges! Conti comes back, Ford dodges and then handsprings in again, to RAM a shoulder into Conti! Ford runs side to side but Conti dodges the boot! Conti back elbows, brings Ford around and then goes up and up and CROSSBODIES! Fans fire up with Conti as she rallies with big clotheslines! Conti gets around to scoop and swing for the SPINEBUSTER! Cover, TWO!! Ford survives and Conti is shocked!

Ford flounders to ropes while Bunny cheers but Conti storms over. Ford yanks Conti into the ropes! Ford has a leg, turns Conti over, HALF CRAB! But then Ford shifts to get the deathlock! SUPERBAD MUTA LOCK! But Conti fights right out to get a CALF KILLER!! Ford endures, reaches out for Bunny, and gets the ROPEBREAK! Conti lets go at the count, runs in at the corner and BOOTS Ford again! Then Conti goes side to side for another BOOT! Then the other way, ANOTHER BOOT! Conti drags Ford out but Ford wrenches to a fireman’s carry! GUT BUSTER DROP!! Cover, TWO!! Ford is furious, as is Bunny, but fans fire up for Conti’s toughness!

“This is Awesome!” as Ford gets Conti back up. Conti reverses to a small package, TWO! Conti ROCKS Ford, runs but Bunny swipes at her! Conti grabs Bunny and drags her up to the apron! Bunny flails, Ford runs in, but Conti gets away! Ford stops herself from running into Bunny, but Conti shoves them into each other! Bunny falls down, Conti rolls Ford up, with a bridge! Conti wins!

Winner: Tay Conti, by pinfall

The numbers game backfired on Ford and Bunny, but Ford CLOBBERS Conti from behind! Ford and Bunny are sore losers as they stomp and hammer away on Conti, but here comes the Dark Order’s ANNA JAY! Jay is back from injury and she saves her best friend from Bunny and Ford! Tay & Jay are reunited, and this just in! The Queenslayer returns to action this Sunday in the Women’s Casino Battle Royale! Now that numbers are even, what are the odds Bunny and Ford don’t win at All Out?

 

Backstage interview with Thunder Rosa.

La Mera Mera is also in the Women’s Casino Battle Royale, what does she feel her chances are? Before she can say anything, both the Vicious Vixens and the #JadeBrand barge in. Nyla Rose and Jade Cargill, with Vickie Guerrero and Mark Sterling backing them up, dare Rosa to say she’s winning the battle royal. Rosa says they can’t be serious, trying to intimidate her. Nyla says they are serious. Well in that case, if Rosa’s going down, she’s doing down swinging. The earrings are off and the forearms start flying! But Rosa is stuck in a 2v1 with two strong enemies, so that doesn’t last long! But then Nyla and Jade stare down!

Sterling steps in to keep the peace, saying there is no sense in doing this now. “There’s way more money on Sunday, if you know what I mean.” Vickie says this is the first time he’s made any kind of sense. Vickie has Nyla head out, as does Sterling with Jade. Rosa is left writhing and angry, will everyone feel the wrath of La Mera Mera at All Out?

 

AEW profiles the Final Fight, Jericho VS MJF.

JR says, “Seeing what Chris has accomplished in AEW since the debut of our brand has been nothing short of extraordinary.” Schiavone remembers back to Jericho arriving at the announcement press conference and shocking everyone. Wight says the evolutions and trials Jericho has gone through has pushed him mentally and emotionally to his limits. MJF says he’s “mopped the floor” with Jericho, Taz notes that MJF has kept Jericho on his toes, and Mark Henry sees that MJF wants the throne for himself now. If Jericho loses, no one really understands the ramifications. Will MJF retire THE Chris Jericho? Wight admits, he’s worried. Will the Final Fight truly be the final night for Jericho in the ring?

 

8 Man Tag: The Elite VS The Lucha Brothers & Jurassic Express!

At All Out, The Young Bucks are going to defend their AEW Tag Team Championships against Rey Fenix & Penta El Zero M inside a steel cage! But they’re not worried, especially with the Impact World Tag Team Champions by their side. Will The Elite (the the Elite) be rolling into All Out with yet another big win? Or will having Jungle Boy, Luchasaurus and #CeroMiedo be what helps the Lucha Brothers score some early momentum going into their battle of steel and gold?

The teams sort out, big Doc Gallows starts against the equally big Luchasaurus, and fans are fired up already! Gallows throws a haymaker, Luchasaurus gives it back, and we have a brawl already! Gallows kicks low, whips Luchasaurus to a corner, then runs in to back elbow! Gallows throws body shots as Callis claims The Elite doesn’t need interference, despite all the times we’ve seen them use it. Gallows ROCKS Luchasaurus with an uppercut, but Luchasaurus turns things around to fire off big hands! Luchasaurus waistlocks, Gallows elbows free and kicks low again. Gallows reels Luchasaurus in, Luchasaurus resists the suplex to suplex Gallows instead!

Luchasaurus growls at The Elite, then drags Gallows up. Gallows uppercuts Luchasaurus then tags out to Nick Jackson. Nick runs in but into a flapjack! Fenix tags in, he goes up and leaps but Nick gets under. Fenix comes back, Fenix whips him to ropes but Fenix uses the Tiger Feint to rewind. Nick ducks the heel kick but Fenix whips him to ropes. Nick flips up and around, Fenix dodges but Nick dodges back. Fenix and Nick stare down Matt and Penta, then go back to each other. They each dodge, to tag in their brothers! Penta and Fenix run at Matt and Nick, both sides dodge, then everyone SUPERKICKS! Those all cancel out, so the four start shoving and talking trash!

The ref tries to keep the peace but then the Good Brothers blindside the Lucha Bros, then sucker punch Jurassic Express! The fans boo and the ref reprimands but The Elite isolates Penta. Matt stomps Penta, does a funky dance, then mocks Cero Miedo as he runs. But Jungle Boy trips Matt up! Penta hits a SLINGBLADE as AEW goes picture in picture!

Penta tags JB, JB and Penta double whip Matt, leap frog to SUPERKICK! Matt is down, JB gets a boost from Penta for a SPLASH! Cover, TWO! JB stays on Matt with CHOPS, then runs, but into a cheap shot from Nick! JB elbows Nick down, runs at Matt, but Matt sidesteps. Matt goes to hip toss JB but JB uses that to get up and RANA- NO! Nick blocks, and with Matt’s help he APRON POWERBOMBS Jungle Boy! JB flops to the floor, The Elite again sucker punches the Lucha Brothers and Luchasaurus, and Brandon Cutler cools Nick down with the spray. Nick puts JB in the ring, Matt stomps JB before he can get to his corner, and then Matt brings JB up and around.

JB throws body shots and back hands but Matt keeps him from his corner by pulling hair! The ref reprimands, so Matt throws JB down by his hair. Tag to Nick, he stomps JB around, then tags in Gallows. The Elite mugs JB, Gallows looms over him, then snapmares JB for a flurry of elbows to the shoulders. Gallows wraps on a chinlock and squeezes JB tight. JB endures, fights up, throws body shots, but Gallows throws him down by his hair now. Nick tags in again, taunts the Lucha Brothers and distracts the ref, and Gallows gets a cheap shot in on JB! Nick then chokes JB on the ropes! The ref sees that, counts, and Nick lets off at 4. Nick does his mock Macho Man strut, then bumps JB off buckles.

Tag to Matt, the Bucks dropkick Luchasaurus down together! The Lucha Bros try to hit back but the Bucks knock them down first! The Bucks strut around and mock the fans cheering. They then return to JB and mug him in the Elite corner. The Bucks double whip JB to the corner, then Nick runs in as AEW returns to single picture. JB BOOTS Nick away, Matt runs in but gets an elbow, and JB rolls off Matt’s back but into Nick’s shove. Karl Anderson finally does something by tripping JB up, dragging him out and shoving him into railing! But JB rebounds to LARIAT Anderson! The Machine Gun checks his face, JB blocks Nick’s apron Penalty Kick and uses that to get up on the apron!

JB DECKS Nick, SUPERKICKS Gallows, then shoulders into Matt. JB slingshots up and over and hot tags Fenix! Fans fire up as Fenix wrenches, knuckle locks and CHOPS Nick! Matt runs in but Fenix jumps over him, only for Matt to get a waistlock. Fenix elbows free, ducks Nick’s forearm so that Matt takes the hit, then Fenix CHOPS Nick again. Fenix SUPERKICKS Anderson, mule kicks his leg out, CHOPS Nick again, then BUZZSAWS Anderson! All while keeping the knuckle lock! Nick swings on Fenix, but Fenix ducks that to get a wristlock ripcord and ROUNDHOUSE! Fans fire up as Fenix goes up and up and then shows off before the flipping arm-drag!

Fans are thunderous as Fenix gets Nick over to the corner. Tag to Penta, feed to a pop-up in the corner, Penta SUPERKICKS Nick out of his headstand! Fenix fireman’s carries for a DEATH VALLEY DRIVER, Penta is up top for WAZZUP!? Cover, but Matt breaks it! Fenix bumps Matt off buckles but Nick blocks Penta’s chop with a knuckle lock. Nick CHOPS Penta, goes up and up a corner for “LUCHA LIBRE!” and gets both an arm-drag and a headscissors on the Lucha Brothers! Nick aims, SUPERKICK for Penta! Penta SUPERKICKS Nick in return! Nick rebounds to SUPERKICK Fenix, while Penta SUPERKICKS Matt! DOUBLE ROUNDHOUSES for Penta and Nick!!

Fans are loving this as the champions and their challengers are both down! Nick and Penta crawl for their corners, hot tags to Anderson and Luchasaurus! Luchasaurus rallies on the Good Brothers, then tosses Anderson to the corner for fast hands! GERMAN SUPLEX! Gallows gets in but Luchasaurus ducks the buzzsaw to kip up! TAIL WHIP! Gallows staggers so Luchasaurus shoves him out of the ring! Nick GAMANGIRIS Luchasaurus but slingshots into the choke grip! CHOKE SLAM outside, ONTO Gallows and Matt! JB builds speed and Luchasaurus gives him a boost so he can FLY! Direct hit onto The Elite!

Anderson staggers up into the choke grip, CHOKE SLAM! STANDING MOONSAULT! Cover, TWO!! Tag to Penta then tag to Fenix. Penta BUZZSAWS Anderson, brings him around as Fenix climbs, “CERO MIEDO!” But Matt distracts the ref so that Brandon Cutler can COLD SPRAY Fenix in the face!! Gallows YAKUZA KICKS Penta down, then he and Anderson give Fenix MAGIC KILLER!! Cover, Luchasaurus breaks it in time! Gallows POSTS Luchasaurus, The Elite regroup and Nick tags in. Nick tags Matt, the Bucks get Fenix up as fans rally. B T E- NO! Fenix dodges and knees collide! Handspring DOUBLE CUTTER!!

Fenix hurries to the apron, BOOTS Anderson and SUPERKICKS Gallows, then springboards to DOUBLE CROSSBODY! But the Bucks catch him and pop him up into a gut wrench! Nick hurries to the apron now, he springboards, MELTZER DRIVER!! Cover, The Elite wins!!

Winners: The Elite, by pinfall

Callis is laughing his head off on commentary, and says he has some business to take care of now. The Bucks and Good Brothers celebrate, and here comes Kenny Omega and Michael Nakazawa. Nakazawa is holding up the AEW World Championship for Omega as Omega gets a mic to laugh in his own right. Omega joins the Elite in the ring and starts the assault on Jurassic Express and the Lucha Brothers! “You just can’t take a hint, can you?”

A table has been set up and Omega shouts, “Take care of the dinosaur!” The Good Brothers get Luchasaurus up for MAGIC KILLER through the table!! Omega then stands JB against the ropes and shouts, “Who do you think you are, huh?!” Omega says JB isn’t in contention anymore so why is he bothering to fight back? But then CHRISTIAN CAGE shows up and SPEARS Omega down! Christian fires off on the Bucks but the Good Brothers return, and even Nakazawa helps out! Cutler gets kendo sticks for everyone and they use those to choke the contenders. Omega claims this was the trap they laid, and Christian fell right into it.

Omega goes on about the great meeting with Tony Khan from earlier today, talking about the AEW video game, the AEW ratings, “but you really got to be careful not to misplace personal items.” Omega says Callis has the “keys to the control room,” and wants him to “LET HER RIP! BRING IT DOWN!” The cage is descending! “You thought we were done?!” The mugging of the Elite’s enemies continues as the cage encapsulates the ring! Omega has the Elite set the Lucha Brothers up for a quick photo op, then Omega SMACKS Christian with a kendo stick! The Bucks and Good Brothers do the same to the Lucha Brothers!

Alex Abrahantes returns, and he’s brought The Elite Hunter! Frankie Kazarian rushes out with other enemies of the Elite! Cutler and the Good Brothers do whatever they can to stop Kaz, Dante Martin, Jurassic Express and even Orange Cassidy from scaling the cage! Mark Stunt is way up top, but Cutler sprays him in the face! Stunt has to retreat down the corner girder to save himself from falling. The Bucks handcuff the Lucha Brothers to ropes to SUPERKICK them down! SUPERKICK after SUPERKICK from Nick to each brother, and Matt rubs the tag titles in their faces. Omega even tells Nick to calm it down so they can pick on Christian now.

The Bucks sit Christian up as Omega laughs, and together as The Elite, B T E TRIPLE TRIGGER!! Nakazawa cuffs Christian for Omega, and Omega sarcastically says he’s sorry this has to happen this way. AEW is wrapping as Omega has his photo op with a downed Captain Charisma, is this foreshadowing how All Out ends on Sunday?


My Thoughts:

WOW! Now this was a packed go-home! A lot of solid promos and great vignettes for the All Out matches, but MJF and Jericho of course had the best two. Jericho is so fired up with this, I honestly can’t be sure which way The Final Fight goes. Jericho’s had such a great career already but just as there’s so much more for him still to do, is he realizing in real-life that he actually can’t do this for that much longer? All Out is must-see just on that match because of what it means for Jericho. Britt’s promo was really good, too, on all the blatant teases of free agents that could be coming to AEW but aren’t yet, i.e. The IIconics and Adam Cole.

FTR VS PNP was a badass opening tag match, and it is very big for PNP to get the win here. I really do think Santana & Ortiz will be poised to challenge whoever the tag champions are after All Out, because whether it’s PNP VS Bucks or PNP VS Lucha Brothers, that’s top tier tag action right there. I like the guts Garcia & 2.0 are showing still trying to go after Darby and now even CM Punk, and seeing the three finishers in a row from Darby, Sting and Punk was great television. Sting’s promo could’ve been a bit crisper but he got his point across that this will be all on Darby. Darby has a good promo, and he really does make a good point about how a list of dream matches should technically increase in importance and all that.

Cassidy VS Evans was a very good match but what a bummer that for the TV audience, this ended abruptly in a picture in picture. HFO going after Cassidy so that Best Friends and Jurassic Express run them off was good set-up for a 10 Man Tag in the Buy-In this Sunday. I swear I was saying something along the lines of this being the blow off not too long ago, so great to see AEW saw that for themselves. Cage VS Hobbs was also a very good match, but of course Team Taz uses Heel tactics to screw over Cage. We definitely need some kind of FTW Championship match with a ringside band on Team Taz so Cage and Starks can truly settle this.

Malakai Black has a very good promo calling out Lee Johnson, and their match this Friday on Rampage is going to be a good one. Still hoping this leads to Malakai VS Dustin on a big time Dynamite like the Grand Slam in a few weeks. However, the Nightmare Family seems to be losing members and in ways I don’t really understand. The Gunn Club turning on Paul Wight feels like a really forced way to knock Wight down so that QT and the Factory can stand tall tonight. Does this math mean Wight wins his in-ring return against the younger star? If QT still wins, the math just looks gross. The Factory should’ve looked like chickens tonight so they could cheat Wight at All Out and have QT win.

Conti VS Ford was a great match to build up the women’s midcard while also giving some great momentum towards the Women’s Casino Battle Royal. Conti winning and Jay returning is great stuff, but given Rosa getting mugged by Nyla Rose and Jade Cargill, that just furthers my confidence in Rosa winning the match. Britt will surely find a way to win against Statlander so that Britt and Rosa can revisit their awesome feud and settle things with the title on the line. Plus, who doesn’t want to see them revisit their Unsanctioned Match in some form or another?

And then, even after how packed tonight was, there was SO MUCH awesome stuff in the 8 Man Tag main event. The Elite not only win but they stand tall after brutalizing just about everyone, but I really only see the tag titles changing hands. It’s the first tag cage match in AEW, the Lucha Brothers are fired up and have a lot they can do after as AEW Dynamite goes into “season three,” title change would be a great way to make All Out stand out. As for Omega, he does stand tall over Christian here, but Christian’s already Impact World Champion, Christian can do plenty with that over in Impact while AEW gets us back on track for Omega VS Hangman, the one true way Omega must lose the title.

My Score: 9.2/10


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

The Spanish God is on a Rampage!

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Will Sammy Guevara still reign?

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

OFFICIAL RESULTS

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

PLAY BY PLAY

AEW TNT Championship: Sammy Guevara VS Tony Nese!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Jurassic Express & Christian Cage speak.

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

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

 

Jade Cargill w/ Mark Sterling VS Janai Kai!

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

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

Winner: Jade Cargill, by pinfall

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

 

The Super Kliq speaks.

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

 

Eddie Kingston speaks.

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

 

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

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

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

 

BREAKING NEWS!

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

 

Mark Henry speaks to our main eventers!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Winners: FTR, by pinfall

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


My Thoughts:

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

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

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

My Score: 8.6/10


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

AEW’s in Hotlanta!

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AEW Dynamite 2021

It’s a Dynamite night in Atlanta!

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

OFFICIAL RESULTS

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

PLAY BY PLAY

Hangman Page is here!

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

Bryan Danielson VS Alan Angels!

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

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

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

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

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

Winner: Bryan Danielson, by submission

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

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

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

 

Miro… is in limbo?

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

 

CM Punk VS Lee Moriarty!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Winner: CM Punk, by pinfall

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

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

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

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

 

Backstage interview with Britt Baker and team.

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

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

 

Adam Cole heads to the ring!

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

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

 

Tony Nese speaks.

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

 

Wardlow w/ Shawn Spears VS ???

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

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

Winner: Wardlow, by pinfall

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

 

Backstage interview with PAC, Penta & Alex Abrahantes.

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

 

Gunn Club VS Darby Allin & Sting!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Winners: Darby Allin & Sting, by pinfall

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

 

Backstage interview with Chris Jericho.

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

 

Team Taz is on commentary.

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

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

 

Jade Cargill & Mark Sterling speak.

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Winner: Cody Rhodes, by pinfall

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


My Thoughts:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

My Score: 9/10


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