Dynamite starts off the Grand Slam in New York!
AEW enters the Arthur Ashe Stadium and comes out swinging! Will Dr. Britt Baker, DMD, still be champion after taking on Ruby Soho? Or will Ruby run away with that title?
- Kenny Omega w/ Don Callis VS Bryan Danielson; Time Limit Draw.
- MJF w/ Wardlow VS Brian Pillman Jr; MJF wins.
- Cody Rhodes VS Malakai Black; Malakai wins.
- Darby Allin & Sting VS FTR w/ Tully Blanchard; Darby & Sting win.
- AEW Women’s World Championship: Britt Baker w/ Rebel VS Ruby Soho; Baker wins and retains the title.
PLAY BY PLAY
Kenny Omega w/ Don Callis VS Bryan Danielson!
A dream match of this caliber is the perfect way to start any night, so why not start the Grand Slam with it? The Arthur Ashe Stadium is already thunderous just to see The Best Bout Machine VS The American Dragon, but is Dynamite going to blow the roof off the place with just the opener?
The bell rings and NYC is electric! Bryan is all smiles but Omega stone faced as they approach. Fans chant for “A E DUB!” and lose their minds, but Omega tells Bryan this is his show. The two finally start to circle and feel things out. They tie up and fans already cheer. Omega puts Bryan on the ropes, lets off cleanly, but then CHOPS Bryan! Omega smiles now but Bryan just brushes it off. Bryan and Omega circle, tie up, and Omega puts Bryan on ropes. Bryan turns things around, lets off, and he KICKS Omega down! Callis protests but Omega gets up in a huff. Omega and Bryan reset again, tie up, and Bryan wrenches an arm to a wristlock.
Bryan grinds Omega’s shoulder, Omega rolls and kips up to wrench and snapmare Bryan into a chinlock. Bryan slips out the back, hammerlocks, but Omega gets in the ropes. The fans boo but Bryan KICKS him down again! Omega bails out and Callis is at a loss for words. Callis coaches Omega up and Omega returns while fans are fired up. “F*** him up, Bryan, f*** him up.” Bryan and Omega tie up, Omega headlocks but Bryan powers out. Omega runs Bryan over with a shoulder, wipes the sweat from his brow but things speed up. Bryan drops but Omega sees the monkey flip coming so he cartwheels away. Omega then CHOPS Bryan to a corner!
Omega wants to go after Bryan but the ref has him back down. Bryan gets back up as Omega smirks, and Bryan calls for a test of strength. They tie up with knuckle locks as fans rally, and they go shoulder to shoulder! Omega uses leverage but Bryan drops to roll and wrench to a wristlock. Bryan tweaks fingers and wrist, wrangles Omega down and isolates the arm to stomp it! Bryan wrenches Omega’s arm again, puts him in a corner with a buckle bump, then CHOPS him! And then KICKS him! And CHOPS! KICK! CHOP! Omega staggers away but Bryan KICKS and CHOPS him in the other corner! Omega turns it around to CHOP and CHOP and CHOP!
Bryan turns it back to KICK and KICK and KICK! Bryan whips, Omega kicks him away, but Bryan dumps Omega up and out! Omega hits the floor, Bryan builds speed and DIVES! Direct hit into the railing! Fans keep that electric level going as Bryan looms over Omega. Bryan wrenches the bad arm, hammerlocks it and POSTS Omega shoulder first! Bryan wrenches, hammerlocks again and then POSTS Omega at the next corner! Bryan puts Omega in the ring, climbs up a corner, and leaps to KNEE Omega’s bad arm! Omega tries to get feeling in the arm but Bryan gets it for a top wristlock. Bryan brings Omega to the mat, isolates that arm again, fish hooks Omega’s face, then lets off.
Bryan fish hooks again, lets off as the ref counts 4, and then shows “FIVE!” before he STOMPS the arm! Omega crawls, Bryan gets that arm, wrenches and ELBOW BREAKER! Another wrench, but Omega rakes Bryan’s eyes! Fans boo but Omega stands Bryan up to CHOP! Omega CHOPS Bryan again, bump him off buckles, then digs his boot in. The ref counts, Omega lets off at 4, and he stomps a mudhole into Bryan! The ref reprimands, fans boo but Omega rolls his eyes. Omega stands Bryan up, CHOPS him again, and Bryan’s chest is almost as red as his tights! Omega CHOPS him again, Bryan grits his teeth but Omega CHOPS again!
Bryan paces around, Omega follows after to CHOP! Bryan CHOPS back! And CHOPS again! Bryan whips, Omega reverses and Omega kitchen sink knees! Then he KICKS Bryan in the back! Omega KNEES Bryan in the back while he’s down on the mat then KICKS him again! And again! Fans boo but Omega just tunes it all out as he sits Bryan up. Omega brings Bryan around to elbow him on the back, then CLUB him down. Omega stomps Bryan, brings him back up, but Bryan throws body shots. Omega SLAPS Bryan, Bryan SLAPS back! Omega throws a hard right, but Bryan throws body shots and CHOPS! Omega pokes Bryan in the eye!
Omega brings Bryan around to a fireman’s carry, “YOU! CAN’T! ESCAPE!” Rolling senton and MOONSAULT onto knees! Bryan grits his teeth as fans fire back up with “YES! YES! YES!” Bryan CHOPS Omega again, then KICKS, repeat! CHOP, whip, but Omega reverses. Bryan goes up and over and ducks to LEAPING LARIAT! Fans are fired up again as Bryan goes corner to corner for a dropkick! Bryan stands Omega up to KICK and KICK and KICK! Bryan puts Omega up top, climbs up to join him, SUPER STEINER! Cover, TWO! Omega is still in this but Bryan whips. Omega reverses again, runs in but Bryan dodges!
Omega hits buckles, Bryan comes back but Omega goes up and over to RANA! Bryan bails out, Omega kneels and the Terminator drums begin. Omega builds speed, and FLIES! Direct hit and down go both men! Omega may have taken some tailbone damage but he gets up to his feet. “This is Awesome!” as Omega puts Bryan back in the ring. Omega takes aim, says BANG and runs, KOTARO- NO! Bryan slips out, O’Conner Roll, TWO! Omega has the tights, TWO!! Bryan gets the arms, for CATTLE MUTILATION!! Fans are thunderous as Omega endures, and Omega gets the ROPEBREAK! Bryan lets go quickly and Omega bails out to the ramp side.
Fans rally up as Bryan goes to the corner and climbs up! Bryan leaps to FLYING KNEE Omega down! Bryan soaks up the thunderous applause as he is on the LED ramp. Bryan sees Omega getting up, so he gives him some YES Kicks! “YES! YES! YES!” Bryan powers up but Omega blocks the Buzzsaw to a SNAP DRAGON TO THE LED RAMP! Fans lose their minds as Bryan skids down the Plexiglas to the carpeting. Omega has a wild look in his eyes as he gets up. Omega refreshes the count and then goes up the ramp and to the stage. He wants all the space he can get as he runs down at Bryan, for a NASTY V-TRIGGER!! Bryan is sputtering on the apron as AEW goes picture in picture!
Omega pushes Bryan off the apron and wants the ring count! The ref begins, fans counting along and Callis acting like this is over already. Bryan is stirring at 5 of 10, floundering at 6, but Callis keeps barking that this needs to go faster. Bryan is up and Callis scurries away, but then Bryan falls over. Omega goes out with a smirk and is taking his time fetching Bryan. Omega clears the timekeeper’s table while the ref says to get this back inside. Omega scoops and SLAMS Bryan onto the table! The table doesn’t break and Bryan slides off, but Omega leaves him behind for another ring count. Bryan crawls his way over at 4 of 10, flounders at 5, and Omega gets a refreshing bottle of water thanks to Callis.
The ring count is 7 of 10 but Bryan drags himself up and in! Fans cheer but Omega is annoyed. Omega crouches next to Bryan to ask him if this is how he wants to play it. Omega sits Bryan up, reels him in, but Bryan falls over again as AEW returns to single picture. Omega gets Bryan right up to BUCKLE BOMB! Bryan flops out of the ring and is back on the apron! The ref checks on Bryan but Omega just soaks up the heat. Omega climbs up the corner as Bryan stands up, BLINDSIDE MISSILE DROPKICK! Cover, TWO!! Bryan is still in this and Omega is frustrated. But Omega gets smug again as he says this is the end!
Omega drags Bryan up to full nelson, but Bryan drops down to victory roll! TWO!! Bryan swings, Omega gets around, but Bryan denies the nelson so Omega WHEEL KICKS from behind! Omega runs corner to corner as Bryan is in the corner, V-TRIGGER to the back! Omega wants to go after that repaired neck as he stands Bryan up again. Omega hoists Bryan up onto the top rope and climbs up to join him. Omega wants the full nelson again, but Bryan resists with all his might! Omega gets on the very top, Bryan slips under and trips Omega up! Omega lands on his best bout machine, but now Bryan climbs up after him!
Fans rally up as Bryan stands Omega up for a SUPER BACK SUPLEX! Both men are down as Omega sputters and Bryan clutches his arm. A standing count begins, and it reaches 5 of 10 before Bryan sits up. Omega follows and wags his finger. The counts tops, Bryan KICKS! And KICKS! Omega blocks and JABS! JAB! Bryan JABS back! And JABS, JABS, KICKS and runs, into a V-TRIGGER! Omega runs into a ROLLING ELBOW! Bryan hooks Omega up, FISHERMAN BACK SUPLEX! Bridging cover, TWO!! Omega narrowly escapes but the fans are electric all over again! Bryan grits his teeth while Callis stresses out, but fans cheer for “A E DUB!” for making this match happen!
Bryan climbs but Omega trips him up! Omega turns Bryan around, slowly climbs up behind him again, and gives headbutts and elbows to Bryan’s shoulders and neck. Omega clamps onto Bryan with a full nelson, for a SUPER DRAGON SUPLEX!!! Cover, TWO!?! Bryan survives and Omega is about to pull his blue hair out! Bryan flounders to the ropes and fans chant, “FIGHT FOREVER!” This has to end somehow, Omega says BANG and runs, V-TRIGGER! Omega reels Bryan in for the Electric Chair, but Bryan makes it a POISON-RANA!! Bryan saves himself, Omega tries to get his senses back, and he runs in, but knees the buckles! BUZZSAW from Bryan!!
Callis is very worried, he has his sunglasses off and shirt unbuttoned! Bryan fires up, Omega staggers up, KNEE- SPINEBUSTER! Flip over and V-TRIGGER!! Cover, TWO!!! Callis is furious but the count is the count! Omega puts Bryan in a drop zone, climbs up the corner again, and PHOENIX SPLASH FLOPS!! Bryan avoids disaster and fans are rallying again. Bryan grits his teeth and gives Omega more YES Kicks! Kick to the leg, kick to the chest, repeat! Omega throws forearms so Bryan gives them back! Fans go back and forth, Bryan goes back and forth, another BUZZSAW! Bryan says he’s going to finish this! DANIELSON STOMPS!! “YES! YES! YES!”
And then omoplata and roll over! Omega resists and he gets the ropebreak! But Bryan runs in to corner dropkick! Omega runs in to V-TRIGGER!! Omega ripcords but Bryan ROLLING ELBOWS! But Omega V-TRIGGERS again!! Both men drop as we’re in the last 30 seconds!! Both men glare at each other on the mat and they throw headbutts! Then they throw haymakers! Bryan KICKS and KICKS but Omega CHOPS and CHOPS! TIME’S UP!?!
Time Limit Draw
But the brawling continues!! These two don’t care about time limits, they want a winner!! LABELLE LOCK!!! Security rushes in, then The Elite! The Young Bucks and Adam Cole kick Bryan off Omega and Callis hurries in to make sure Omega is okay. Omega survives by the skin of his teeth but he’s the one in bad shape. Until Bryan gets a TRIPLE SUPERKICK from Cole & The Bucks!! Fans boo the #SuperKliq, but here come Christian Cage and Jurassic Express! Captain Charisma, Jungle Boy & Luchasaurus take the fight to Cole & The Bucks, but the Elite goes into retreat! Will the Super Kliq get what they deserve on Rampage this Friday?
CM Punk heads to the ring!
Before going up against “Powerhouse” Will Hobbs on Rampage, the Best in the World is here on Dynamite to talk to the people of New York! “I sure am glad I’m not wrestling on Dynamite. How do you follow that?” But it’s been a long time since he’s been in NYC. And even longer since pro-wrestling has been in NYC! Punk hears people telling him he should be mad, pissed off and he should be the “old” CM Punk. Trust him, you’ll see him eventually, but be careful what you wish for. Punk calls out Hobbs and Team Taz. “Half of y’all are from here and they don’t even like you.” Punk tried to walk down and mean mug but he hears and sees all the fans and just smiles! What does Punk have to be mad about?
But then Punk thinks about it. Last week on Dynamite, Hobbs jumped him from behind and put him through a table. And yes, it pissed Punk off, and yes, Punk is mad about it. But when his music hits and he steps out on stage, Punk can’t help feel the way he feels. The anger goes away and YES it’s a love fest! YES, Punk’s smiling and happy because he’s happy to see the fans! What Team Taz attempted to do was take this all away from him. Team Taz doesn’t want Cult of Personality and happy Punk enjoying pro-wrestling fans. Then Punk gets really pissed because it’s been SO long since he’s felt this, since he’s had this, since HE needed this, so NO ONE is taking this! This is HIS again!
Fans chant for “CM PUNK! CM PUNK!” all the way to the cheap seats in the back. So Team Taz, and Hobbs especially, you should’ve finished the job. You should’ve broken his neck and made sure the people who have PACKED Arthur Ashe Stadium wouldn’t get to hear Cult of Personality! “But you made a mistake, and you let me live. And really, you slept on the legend of CM Punk.” It isn’t Punk’s job to wake their asses up, it’s his job to tuck their asses in. Rampage Grand Slam, Powerhouse Hobbs GOES TO SLEEP! Punk may not be mad but he is fired up! Will Team Taz take a big loss when Punk hits one out of the park?
MJF w/ Wardlow VS Brian Pillman Jr. w/ Julia Hart!
Maxwell Jacob Friedman proved just how deplorable his personality is in Cincinnati, but now the Cincinnati hero is in the Big Apple! Will the Salt of the Earth continue to kick dirt in BPJ’s face? Or will the leader of the Pinnacle be grounded by the son of Flyin’ Brian?
The bell rings and MJF offers a handshake that we all know is a trap. BPJ know sit and he tackles MJF down for ground ‘n’ pound! MJF scrambles away, BPJ rushes in and clotheslines! Then fires off forearm after forearm! The ref counts, BPJ won’t let off, so the ref has to get in between them. MJF uses that opening to rake BPJ’s eyes! MJF bumps BPJ off buckles and tells NYC to shove it. MJF whips BPJ corner to corner, BJP goes up and over and arm-drags MJF around! Then a BIG hip toss to another whip. BPJ back drops MJF high and hard and NYC fires up! BPJ gets MJF up but MJF throat chops! MJF tells fans to hush, and then he chops! BPJ isn’t bothered!
BPJ CHOPS MJF and CHOPS and CHOPS! BPJ whips, MJF reverses, things speed up and BPJ fakes MJF out to kick him back. BPJ whips, MJF stops himself but BPJ dodges the kick! BPJ says he got MJF on that one, then brings MJF up. MJF SLAPS BPJ right down! MJF fires up and shouts, “Do you know who the hell I am?! I’m MJF! I will-” BPJ SLAPS MJF back! BPJ is fired up and MJF backs off to a corner. BPJ goes after him but MJF throws him into the buckles. MJF stomps a mudhole, whips corner to corner and WRINGS BPJ into the buckles! MJF soaks up the heat then goes back to BPJ to stomp the hand.
MJF puts on a top wristlock but fans rally. BPJ fights up, throws body shots and runs, to duck and dodge and sunset flip! TWO, and MJF runs in but into a backslide! TWO but BPJ ROCKS MJF with haymakers! MJF WRINGS BPJ’s arm again! Fans boo as MJF glares and AEW goes picture in picture.
MJF stands on BPJ’s arm and soaks up the heat a moment before he stomps the hand! MJF goes to a corner as BPJ goes to the other, and MJF storms over to wrap the bad arm around ropes. The ref counts as MJF pulls, and MJF lets off at 4. MJF then kicks the rope to jam BPJ’s arm! BPJ staggers to the corner, MJF wrenches his arm again and hammerlocks before the back suplex! Cover, TWO! MJF is annoyed but he sits BPJ up to kick him back down. MJF kicks BPJ around, stands him up, but BPJ throws body shots and forearms. BPJ goes to run but MJF throws him down by his hair! MJF paces around while AEW goes to break.
AEW returns and MJF DECKS BPJ with a haymaker. MJF smirks as he stalks BPJ to a corner. BPJ gets up, MJF shouts, “Where’s your boy!?” MJF wrenches, throws hands but BPJ ducks to CHOP and CHOP! And CHOP! BPJ wrenches, whips but MJF blocks to yank the arm! MJF whips, BPJ reverses but MJF goes up and over. BPJ goes up and up to CROSSBODY! BPJ can’t make the cover but fans fire up! Fans rally as MJF and BPJ stand. BPJ dodges again to rally with big forearms and clotheslines! BPJ dodges again to SUPERKICK! BPJ hurries to get MJF up to bump off buckles again and again! Fans count to 9, BPJ powers up but MJF elbows before the 10th!
MJF runs but into a SPINNING POWERSLAM! Cover, TWO! MJF escapes and bails out of the ring but BPJ rallies the fans. BPJ builds speed but MJF uses Julia as a shield! Fans boo the dicketry as MJF shoves Julia at BPJ then CLOBBERS him! MJF puts BPJ in the ring, Julia tells MJF off but MJF dares her to do something. She pie faces MJF, but MJF gets pissed and grabs her hand. But BPJ WRECKS MJF with a dropkick! BPJ drags MJF up and in, high-tens Julia, then aims from the corner. Fans are fired up as BPJ springboards, but MJF grabs the arm! SALT OF THE EARTH FUJIWARA!! BPJ taps, MJF wins!
Winner: MJF, by submission
And he slithers up to Julia to rub it in her face. “Somebody stop me! I’m begging ya!” Will MJF continue to inflate his ego until he’s truly reached the top of AEW?
Backstage interview with Chris Jericho & Jake Hager.
Alex Marvez points out their match at Rampage against The Men of the Year, Ethan Page & Scorpio Sky. Their thoughts? Hager says those guys are more like Boys of the Week. Those little boys are going to get spanked because they chose to follow “a fat-faced dipsh*t” in Dam Lambert. Jericho says Sky & Page made a mistake challenging The Inner Circle to a match in New York City! This is the hardest hitting, toughest town in America, and that is perfect for Big Hoss Hager and Le Champion Jericho, because they’re the hardest hitting, toughest tag team in AEW! And if Lambert insists on sticking his nose in their business, then Jericho is going to bite that nose off like Haku in Japan and spit it into the fifth room! PLAH!
As for America Top Team, bring ’em along! Jericho & Hager are feral, hungry, rabid, and ready to snack on some MMA big meatheads in the Big Apple, baby! Rampage Grand Slam, get ready!
Cody Rhodes w/ The Nightmare Family VS Malakai Black!
The American Nightmare made a triumphant return, just as the House of Black was looking to persecute those even supporting the Nightmare Family! But given how Malakai mangled him the first time around, does Cody stand a chance of defeating the Dark Father?
But speaking of the family, Brandi Rhodes and Arn Anderson are back to be in Cody’s corner! Malakai doesn’t seem even to register them as he keeps his now red eye on Cody. Fans are fired up at the bell and Malakai waits on Cody to do something. The two approach, Cody gets a takedown but Malakai kicks him away. Malakai wants a leg now but Cody rolls through to get away. Malakai kips up and the two stare down as fans cheer. Cody and Malakai circle again, then Malakai throws a forearm! Cody gives it back, Malakai throws another but Cody kicks low. Cody drops for the Rhodes Uppercut, then stands Malakai up for EuroUppers.
Malakai sweeps the legs, rolls Cody up, but then wants a submission! Cody kicks him away but he ducks the Penalty Kick! Cody bails out, Malakai builds speed, but he fakes Cody out with a Quebrada to then sit down cross-legged, with a little bow for showmanship. Fans cheer as Cody paces in a huff on the outside. Arn tries to calm him down, but Brandi gets in the ring to sit cross-legged, and she flips Malakai off! Malakai laughs, but Cody rushes in to drag Malakai up and whip him to ropes! Malakai gets around for a crucifix into an IRON OCTOPUS! Cody stays standing but Malakai keeps pulling on his arm! Cody gets to ropes but Malakai sunset flips, TWO!
Cody hurries up, Malakai runs in but is thrown out to the ramp. Cody hits a DISASTER KICK! Malakai falls back onto the LED as fans actually boo the American Nightmare! Cody shrugs that off and climbs up top to LEAP, into a JUMPING KNEE! Both men crash down but Malakai grins as he sits up. Cody writhes and clutches his arm as AEW goes picture in picture.
Cody crawls into the ring but Malakai is right behind him. Malakai gets Cody up to throw body shots and fast hands, then stomp away on the legs. Malakai whips Cody to ropes to CLOBBER him with an elbow! Body scissor catch to a HEEL HOOK! Cody endures, drags himself over and gets the ROPEBREAK! Malakai lets off, watches Cody get to ropes, and stalks up behind him again. Malakai brings Cody around for EuroUppers but Cody throws forearms back. They brawl, Cody throws body shots, Malakai BOOTS him into the corner! Cody falls to the apron, the ref has Malakai back off, but Brandi helps Cody stay up and get into the ring as AEW goes to break.
AEW returns and Malakai has the legs. He manages a cover, ONE, and Cody pops Malakai through for a sunset! TWO!! Malakai is up, BLACK MASS!!! But it sends Cody flopping out of the ring! Malakai hurries to get Cody up but he’s dead weight! The ring count climbs, Malakai goes into the ring and lets this continue. The count is 6 of 10, Cody manages to stand at 7 and gets in at 8! Malakai covers, ROPEBREAK! Malakai is frustrated that positioning is what keeps Cody in this. Brandi and Arn coach Cody, Malakai runs but Cody follows! Cody CHOP BLOCKS Malakai, then run sin at the corner. Malakai dodges and comes back but Cody dodges so the knee hits buckles!
Cody grabs Malakai’s leg but Malakai ROCKS him with a right! Cody goes to the ramp side, Malakai hobbles over, but Cody gets the leg in the ropes for a DRAPING DRAGON SCREW! Arn tells Cody to keep going and Cody runs at Malakai in the corner. Malakai boots but Cody blocks for a KNEE JAMMER! Cody fires up, CHOPS Malakai then brings him around, but Malakai back elbows free! Malakai KICKS Cody in the chest but that was his bad leg! Cody gets the dragon sleeper, Malakai spins out to waistlock but Cody switches to kick Malakai’s leg out. Cody aims from a corner, runs in but Malakai TOSSES him away! No bulldog for the Georgian here in NYC!
Cody crawls, Malakai lifts him up with his foot. Fans are thunderous but Cody gets the leg to spin Malakai. Malakai knees free of the sleeper, Cody dodges to CODY CUTTER!! Dragon sleeper, CROSS RHODES!! Cover, TWO!?!? Arn is shocked and is up on the apron to coach Cody up. Fans are fired up, Cody has Arn go to the other side but then Arn FALLS?! Arn isn’t good at moving around the ring like he used to be, and the ref is busy with Arn while Cody whips. Malakai reverses and Cody runs into Arn! Cody is stunned, Brandi checks on Arn, but Cody BOOTS Malakai out of the ring! Cody hurries outside, checks in with Arn a second but Arn says to care more about the match!
Cody hurries after Malakai, finds him in a gap between steps and ramp and drags him up. Cody gets Malakai in the ring, stomps him in the corner, then stands him up for fast hands. Cody keeps after Malakai, but the ref pulls him back. Cody shoves the ref away!? Cody’s temper is getting the better of him, and Malakai SPITS BLACK MIST!! Cradle, Malakai wins!!
Winner: Malakai Black, by pinfall
Never turn your back on the House of Black! Brandi and Arn hurry to wash the mist out of Cody’s eyes, but will Cody finally see that he’s no longer on top of the world?
AEW looks closely at the coming TNT Championship showdown.
Sammy Guevara says, “Winning a match is one thing. But beating down a defenseless man after, that just ain’t right.” Fuego Del Sol lost both match and brand new car, and Miro decides to add insult to injury. Miro says he has been humiliating Sammy’s friends for weeks, so why only now does Sammy have the bravery to help? Maybe it’s because he saw everyone attacking the neck. Yes, Miro broke his neck in 2012, but his God fixed him and his wife nursed him back to health. Miro’s powerful body is theirs to control! God demands pain, she demands pleasure. Sometimes pain, too. But Sammy can keep coming after a weakness, but Miro will keep calm knowing he’s a fool.
Next week, live on Dynamite, God’s Favorite VS Spanish God! To celebrate, Sammy will get Fuego another new car. Will that promise come to fruition? Or will The Redeemer make Sammy into a false prophet?
Darby Allin & Sting VS FTR w/ Tully Blanchard!
The Relentless One and The Icon were called out by the rather delusional memory of the Pinnacle’s Horseman. Darby dealt with The Chair Man, but now he and Sting ride again to take on Dax Harwood & Cash Wheeler! Will Tully make sure his young #LivingLegends make this more than a blast from the Stinger Man’s past?
The teams sort out, Darby starts with Dax and fans are fired up. Dax and Darby tie up, Dax powers Darby to the FTR corner and Cash tags in. Darby gets away and FTR watches Sting. Fans are fired up for Darby but he tags in Sting! Sting has special war paint for the occasion, but Dax tags in Cash. Cash and Sting tie up, Sting shoves Cash away to the ropes! Cash stays back as he circles with Sting, but Dax grabs at Sting’s shirt! Sting goes after Dax but Cash attacks from behind! FTR mugs Sting while Darby protests, and they get away with a double whip. Sting comes back to CLOBBER Cash, then he CLOBBERS Dax!
Sting fires off big hands on FTR, then scoop SLAMS Dax! Scoop SLAM for Cash, and fans are thunderous! Cash is in a corner, Sting runs in but Dax drags Cash out of harm’s way! The Stinger Splash hits buckles! Cash gets back in, puts Sting in the corner and tags Dax. FTR mugs Sting, the ref counts and they let off at 4. Dax snapmares, drops a leg, covers, TWO! Dax whips Sting to ropes, Sting dodges and ducks to RAM Dax down with a shoulder! Sting wobbles and falls, head first into Dax’s ax! Dax and Sting crawl, hot tags to Cash and Darby! Darby rallies on FTR, back body block for Dax and boots for Cash!
Darby rolls and runs back to SHOTGUN Cash into Dax! Then a two-for-one COFFIN SPLASH! Darby keeps moving, SPRINGBOARD COFFIN SPLASH! Both FTR members fall out of the ring, Darby goes up, SUPER COFFIN- NO! FTR catches then SLAMS Darby into the apron! FTR is in control as AEW goes picture in picture.
Cash drags Darby up to ROCK him with a EuroUpper! Then CHOPS him against the apron! Darby CHOPS back but Cash knees low! Cash goes into the ring to distract the ref so Dax can DECK Darby! Dax gets Darby up, puts him in the ring, Cash stays between Darby and Sting and stomps Darby down. Cash drags Darby up in a headlock and brings him towards the FTR corner, but Darby back suplexes free! Darby and Cash are both down but Cash powers past Darby to tag in Dax! Dax gets between Darby and Sting but Darby hops on for a CODE RED! Cover, TWO! Dax drags Darby up to reel him in for a LARIAT! Dax admires the face paint on his arm and taunts Sting with it.
Dax drags Darby up, shoves him and catches him on the rebound for a cobra twist! Darby endures, Cash reaches out and FTR forms a chain for leverage! Sting protests, but this just distracts the ref! Cash “tags” in and puts Darby back in the cobra twist! Darby endures, the ref sees this and questions the tag. Tully defends FTR but the ref doesn’t believe him, so he has Dax and Cash switch again. Dax gets Darby but Darby turns cobra twist into inside cradle! But the ref is still busy arguing so he’s late to the count! TWO!! Dax gets Darby up to CLUB him down in the corner. Dax chokes Darby on the ropes, Tully brings out a rag, and AEW returns to single picture as Tully nods.
Darby fights free of FTR! He won’t let them wipe his face paint away again! Darby ROCKS Dax with forearm after forearm, then he elbows Cash down. Dax kicks low and ROCKS Darby with a EuroUpper! Dax whips Darby to a corner, runs in but Darby goes up and over! Cash gets in, Darby slides under while tripping Cash up! FTR regroups and they both catch Darby before he can make a tag! They toss Darby away, but he rolls under them, hot tag to the Icon! DOUBLE KNEE SMASH! Sting clotheslines Cash out, fires off on Dax, then whips Dax for a SPINEBUSTER! Cover, TWO! Fans chant “You Still Got It!” for Sting as he stands Dax back up, only for Dax to uppercut him out!
Dax and Cash coordinate as they drag Darby in! Darby isn’t the legal man but they want to finish him off! But Sting shoves Cash off the top rope! Dax lifts Darby, Darby fights the piledriver and Sting hits a CROSSBODY!! Cover, TWO!! Sting DECKS Cash off the apron, but Dax waistlocks! Sting bucks the O’Conner Roll but Cash HOTSHOTS Sting into a schoolboy! Cover, TWO!! Sting escapes and fans are fired up! Dax snarls but he slashes the throat and sticks out his tongue a la the Deadman. Dax gut wrenches but Sting fights to dragon sleeper! Darby goes up top, Cash trips him up! Cash clubs Darby, Sting throws Cash into the ring!
Sting whips Cash into Dax then DOUBLE STINGER SPLASH! Another whip to send Cash into the other corner, STING SPLASH! But Tully gives Dax a chair! Dax wedges the chair into the FTR corner while Sting gives Cash SCORPION DEATH DROP! Darby’s stuck in a Tree of Woe so he can’t help Sting as he fires up! Sting runs in, but Dax dodges! Sting stops himself in time and doesn’t hit the chair! Dax runs back in, but Sting RAMS him into the chair! Tully is shocked his plan backfired so masterfully! Sting DECKS Tully, rolls Dax, TWO!! Dax survives, but Sting gets him for a SCORPION DEATHLOCK!
Dax reaches out to Cash but Darby sits up on the corner! SUPER COFFIN DROP onto Cash!! Dax taps, Sting & Darby win!!
Winners: Sting & Darby Allin, by submission
Darby drags himself up into the ring to join Sting in celebrating this huge win! Will these relentless icons prove to be a force to be reckoned with in the AEW Tag Division?
AEW Women’s World Championship: Britt Baker w/ Rebel & Jamie Hayter VS Ruby Soho!
Shots were fired on last week’s Rampage, but now it’s time to throw hands! Will we once again be reminded of why Dr. Britt Baker, DMD is the face of the AEW Women’s Division? Or will the Runaway make this main event one to remember with a walk-off?
The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and we see if Destination Unknown is here in NYC!
The fans rally and duel already as the two circle. They tie up, go around, and as Britt powers Ruby back, Ruby powers Britt back. Ruby gets a heel trip and dribbles Britt on the mat! Britt fights back up, Ruby headlocks but Britt throws body shots. Britt pops out the back, spins Ruby around and drags her down to grind the arm. Britt fish hooks and brings Ruby into a lateral press, ONE! Britt wrenches the arm, wristlocks, but Ruby stomps a foot and gets a waistlock. Britt resists the lift, Ruby shifts to a headlock, but Britt pulls hair to power out. Ruby runs Britt over, things speed up, and Ruby rolls to come back and whip. Britt reverses and redirects but Ruby dodges!
Ruby blocks a kick to KNEE Britt! Ruby wrenches but Britt gets to the ropes and bails out. Team Britt hurries over to check on her, but Ruby climbs up the corner! Ruby leaps to CROSSBODY Hayter and Rebel down! Britt got clear, of course, and she comes back with a SUPERKICK! Ruby wobbles on her feet but Britt puts her in the ring. Britt has Ruby on the apron for a DRAPING MAGIC SCREW! Fans are torn between cheers and jeers as they rally and duel, but AEW goes picture in picture.
Britt goes back out to fetch Ruby, giving her toying kicks before she picks Ruby up. Britt taunts Ruby’s faces as she makes them look at Ruby’s face. Britt bumps Ruby off the apron, shoves her inside and then reels her in for underhooks. BUTTERFLY SUPLEX! Britt drags Ruby to a cover, TWO! Britt grows annoyed but she drags Ruby into a corner. Britt goes outside to bring Ruby to the post and PULLS on the arms! The post digs into Ruby’s shoulder while Britt digs her heel into Ruby’s face! The ref counts, Britt lets off to argue, but Britt goes back after Ruby in the ring. Britt stands on Ruby’s head and digs in her heel until the ref counts.
Ruby throws body shots but Britt CLUBS her down! Britt drags Ruby up, throws forearms, and has Ruby in a corner. Britt kicks Ruby down, stomps a mudhole in, but lets off as the ref counts again. Ruby gets up to throw more body shots but Britt whips Ruby hard into the corner. Britt takes a moment before she digs her palms into Ruby’s face! The ref counts, Britt lets off and brings Ruby around for a cravat. Britt has the neck wrench but she also throws in knees! Ruby flops over, Britt covers, TWO! Britt gets Ruby up, pie faces then whips her back into the corner, but Ruby elbows back! Britt CLUBS Ruby, grins as she goes corner to corner, but into another elbow!
AEW returns to single picture as Ruby goes up to give Britt DEADLY NIGHTSHADE! Ruby goes side to side as fans fire up and she YAKUZA KICKS Britt! Then side to side again, another YAKUZA KICK! A THIRD YAKUZA KICK! Fans fire up as Britt staggers into Ruby’s ST- NO, Britt blocks the takedown but Ruby elbows Britt back. Britt wrenches to ROCK Ruby with a forearm, then she reels Ruby in. Ruby slips out of the fisherman to SAIDO! Britt flounders, fans fire up and Ruby SUPERKICKS back! Ruby runs, but Britt SUPERKICKS again! Both women are down and the fans are fired up while Team Britt panics!
A standing count begins, fans rally and duel again, and Hayter coaches Britt up. Britt sits up but flops back over. Ruby gets up and throws a forearm! And another! They stand, Britt forearms back! Ruby forearms again, Britt checks her chin and hits Ruby back. Fans fire up as Ruby fires off a headbutt and an uppercut, then an elbow and another headbutt! Ruby whips, Britt reverses to a RUSSIAN LEG SWEEP! Britt rolls back with it to go for the Rings of Saturn but Ruby slips out to a waistlock! Britt stands, blocks the suplex with a headlock and throws punches. They go to ropes, Ruby powers out but Britt ducks to SLINGBLADE!
Rebel gets Britt her glove and The Doctor is ready to operate! Britt flips Ruby off before she CURB- NO! Ruby trips up the stomp to get a modified HALF CRAB! The angle is almost a kneebar but Britt kicks free! Ruby just gets both legs now, drags Britt around, and CATAPULTS Britt into buckles! Britt is dazed, Ruby ENZIGURIS her down! Britt is in the drop zone and Ruby climbs up! Fans are fired up again as Ruby STAGE DIVE SENTONS! Cover, TWO!! Britt survives and Ruby contains her frustration. Team Britt is there to coach her up but Ruby is after her with CHOPS! Ruby runs corner to corner but into a BOOT!
Ruby stays up, tries again, but Britt wrenches and spins for a SWINGING FISHERMAN NECKBREAKER! SUPERKICK! Cover, TWO!! Britt is beside herself as Ruby survives. Hayter argues with fans as Britt goes to a corner. Britt’s giving a shoutout to her man but Ruby elbows her first! Ruby goes up from the outside but Team Britt says they can catch Britt on the suplex. Britt fights that off just in case, the two brawl on the corner, and Britt ROCKS Ruby! Ruby CLUBS back, fans fire up as they keep climbing, Britt gets Ruby for a SUPER AIR RAID CRASH!! Cover, TWO!?!? Ruby barely survives that one and no one can believe it!
Ruby flops out of the ring but Hater and Rebel flank her. Ruby can’t get away as Britt goes out and kicks, only for Ruby to block! But Britt STOMPS Ruby to the steps, then SUPERKICKS from above! The ref keeps her eyes on Hayter, but Britt runs in to CURB STOMP Ruby down!! Cover, TWO!?!? Ruby does it again and Britt is seething! Britt argues with Aubrey but Ruby rolls Britt up, TWO!! Britt’s grudge with Aubrey almost cost her and Ruby gets Britt’s arm! Wrench and NO FUTURE KICK!! But Rebel hurries up onto the apron to distract! Ruby gives her NO FUTURE! Hayter is on the other side, she baits Ruby in and HOTSHOTS her down!
Ruby staggers around and Britt drags her down into the Rings of Saturn! Then the LOCKJAW!! Ruby can’t do anything, she taps! Britt wins!
Winner: Britt Baker, by submission (still AEW Women’s World Champion)
Ruby should’ve been reminded that Britt has back-up that always comes in handy! But now we’ll all have to hear about it again and again that Britt Baker, DMD, is still on top! Will anyone be able to get past the stacked deck that’s in Britt’s favor?
What an awesome night for AEW! I said it earlier, I’ll say it again for real, the perfect way to open was with the perfectly booked Omega VS Bryan. AEW has been saving up using time limit draws just for a moment like this and it was exactly what it needed to be. Omega was taking Bryan seriously, they gave us what already felt like a title match and yet there’s still a chance for more because it was just a draw. The Elite of course came out to protect their leader, and of course we got a quick brawl with Christian & Jurassic Express to hype up Rampage’s Six Man Tag. That match is also going to be great but I would think the Super Kliq finds a way to win so The Elite stays strong.
CM Punk had a good point in his promo, hard to follow Omega VS Bryan with anything. But his promo was a very good thing to go with because he got just as fired up as anybody hyping up his match with Hobbs. Punk is definitely winning his first televised match in seven years, but with Ricky Starks still having to settle things with Brian Cage, what is he supposed to do with Team Taz after? Is Hook even old enough to be signed as a wrestler? Is Taz going to come out of retirement for one night? Is Team Taz going to add someone new since they kicked out Brian Cage weeks ago? Kinda hoping on that last one, I’m sure someone who has been on Dark and Elevation would love to join Team Taz and feud with Punk.
MJF VS BPJ was great stuff, and I am more surprised Wardlow didn’t get involved. MJF instead picking on Julia makes sense, because he’s such a tool. I wouldn’t mind seeing this continue if MJF & Wardlow took on the Varsity Blonds in full. Jericho & Hager had a really good promo to call out Ethan & Scorpio, their match is going to be pretty good, but I feel like the Men of the Year have to win to keep this going. We also got a really good promo vignette from Sammy Guevara and Miro, and I am definitely expecting Miro to retain because his list of TNT Championship showdowns is still packed with great names. I mentioned Wardlow for Dark, but MJF could easily give us great story with Miro with the promo battles.
Cody VS Malakai was great stuff, and a lot of it went the way it should have. What was wild was the fans flipping the script and making Cody into the Heel. Cody might not want to “turn” Heel, but he could still cleverly be a Heel while not thinking of himself as the villain, hence the entire homage to Homelander from The Boys. I feel like Malakai should move on from Cody but maybe Cody can’t let this loss go because of the black mist. There’s still the anniversary show to plan something big for, and TNT advertised monster and horror movies for October so maybe there’s some corporate synergy in a No Disqualification match between these two.
Darby & Sting VS FTR was great stuff, and Sting really got going in this match. Darby just loves going off onto the apron, because I thought he was going to hit Dax on the inside with that Coffin Drop but instead goes after Cash. Sting and Darby win, they could start to make a case of being tag title contenders but then something happens and we see Darby want to pull away from Sting or even face Sting. That’d be quite the match but fans seem to really like the duo so who knows how it goes. And it was a great move that the title match of the night was the main event, Britt VS Ruby definitely worthy of that spot.
Britt VS Ruby bordered on PPV level, and Ruby got to show a lot, and Britt’s minions helping was to keep Ruby strong in her loss. Now AEW just has to get Thunder Rosa going so we can get that rematch for the anniversary show.
My Score: 9.3/10
Mitchell’s AEW Dark Results & Report! (10/20/21)
Another Best Of!
Another three hours of fan favorites!
AEW continues reliving its best and most beloved matches from Dark and Dark: Elevation! Will one of yours make the cut?
- Matt Sydal VS PAC w/ Lucha Brothers; Pac wins.
- Darby Allin VS CIMA; Darby wins.
- Strong Hearts & Private Party VS The Young Bucks & The Rhodes Brothers w/ Brandi Rhodes & MJF; The Bucks & the Rhodes win.
- Brian Pillman Jr. VS Eddie Kingston; Kingston wins.
- Yuka Sakazaki & Riho VS Britt Baker & Penelope Ford w/ Kip Sabian; Baker & Ford win.
- The Factory VS Matt Sydal & Dante Martin; Sydal & Martin win.
- Six Man Tag: Chaos Project & Max Caster VS Jurassic Express; Jurassic Express wins.
- Mixed Tag Match: Kip Sabian & Penelope Ford VS Kenny Omega & Riho; Omega & Riho win.
- Six Man Tag: Chaos Project & Ricky Shane Page VS Jon Moxley, Eddie Kingston & Darby Allin w/ Sting; Moxley, Kingston & Allin win.
- 8 Man Tag: The Lucha Brothers, The Butcher & The Blade VS Private Party & SoCal Uncensored; The Lucha Brothers, Butcher & Blade win.
- Falls Count Anywhere: Kip Sabian w/ Penelope Ford VS Joey Janela; Janela wins.
- Brandon Cutler & Peter Avalon w/ Leva Bates VS The Young Bucks; The Young Bucks win.
- Six Man Tag: Danny Limelight & The Sydal Brothers VS Kenny Omega, Konosuke Takeshita & Michael Nakazawa; Omega, Takeshita & Nakazawa win.
Honestly, a lot of the first special got a lot of good ones, I’m not sure what’s left.
It’s always kind of a trip to look back even just a couple years in pro-wrestling. I forgot there was a time when Cody interacted with the rest of The Elite. Honestly, that 8 Man was a lot of fun, I wonder if we’ll ever get interactions between the Elite and Nightmare Family again. And I forgot one of Penelope’s earliest matches in AEW was such a great one with her, Britt, Riho & Yuka. I should’ve also remembered about the Cruise of Jericho having Dark matches. Also I forgot Caster had such a bad mustache when he first showed up. And I forgot how rough that Falls Count Anywhere got, like the table spot where Kip and Penelope don’t break the table but just bounce off it.
Mitchell’s AEW Dark Results & Report! (10/19/21)
Miami gets Dark!
Half a dozen for Dark in South Beach!
AEW still has more in Miami! Will Gunn Club continue their undefeated tag streak? Will Nyla Rose, Diamante & Emi Sakura be a winning combination again?
- Jamie Hayter w/ Britt Baker & Rebel VS Tiffany Nieves; Hayter wins.
- Six Man Tag: The Gunn Club VS Dean Alexander, Diamond Sheik & Alex Chamberlain; Gunn Club wins.
- Six Woman Tag: Kris Statlander, Red Velvet & Thunder Rosa VS Nyla Rose, Diamante and Emi Sakura w/ Vickie Guerrero & Lulu Pencil; Statlander, Velvet & Rosa win.
- Lance Archer VS OT Fernandez; Archer wins.
- Frankie Kazarian VS Aaron Solo w/ The Factory; Kaz wins.
- 8 Man Tag: Daniel Garcia, 2point0 & Serpentico VS The Dark Order; The Dark Order wins.
Nyla Rose, Diamante & Emi Sakura just won on Elevation, they might lose here since Statlander and Rosa are now on Velvet’s team. Gunn Club will surely win and really should be on the tag title chase after Full Gear to give credence to their story. And that 8 Man Tag looks like a lot of fun, as it’ll be Stu Grayson, Colt Cabana, Alan Angels and Preston Vance for The Dark Order.
An even 40 minutes is a nice size for this episode. Hayter makes QUICK work of Nieves, and I was right about Gunn Club of course. We got another great Six Woman Tag, and I like that there was a tiny bit of dysfunction in Nyla-Diamante-Sakura over getting after Thunder Rosa. Velvet essentially gets redemption from Elevation by winning it for her team here. And as I said with Elevation, AEW could really get their women’s tag division plans back on track at any moment. With Dynamite, Rampage, Elevation and Dark Classic, there is plenty of airtime for them to feature the women’s tag titles (or medals if they want to do that again) and can give fans reason to tune into everything.
Jade Cargill and Mark Sterling have a good promo segment to hype up the TBS Championship Tournament bracket. Jade really can come out of the tournament the champ, or even lose in the finals to then go right after Britt Baker. Hell, Jade wins the title then goes after Britt anyway to try and be AEW’s first double champion. Well, double AEW champion since we’ve seen plenty of cross-promotion champions. Archer dragging out his opponent then brutalizing him is great stuff, as was Eddie Kingston on commentary to watch that match. The Factory really needs to add more people, they’re already kinda stale at just QT, Solo and Comoroto.
And of course, that big 8 Man is the main event, no Luther is a surprise but there was still plenty of dysfunctional interaction between Serpentico, Garcia and 2point0. Angels sticking with no mask is also a surprise, but he gets a great showing for himself. I hope we get more Dark Order VS Hardy Family Office, that seemed like a promising feud. At the same time, we need to see 2point0 and the various Dark Order duos get into the tag title chase after Full Gear and on the way to Revolution.
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