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 Dynamite Results & Report! (2/1/23)
Dynamite is No Holds Barred!
Will Darby Allin still be the Relentless TNT Champion?
Samoa Joe wants the AEW TNT Championship back, but he knows Darby Allin is relentless. Tonight on Dynamite, they go NO HOLDS BARRED for the gold! Will Joe once again be the King of Television?
- Jon Moxley VS Hangman Page; Moxley wins.
- The Acclaimed w/ Billy Gunn VS Truth Magnum & Turbo Floyd; The Acclaimed wins.
- Brian Cage w/ Prince Nana VS Konosuke Takeshita; Takeshita wins.
- Bryan Danielson VS Timothy Thatcher; Bryan wins.
- AEW TBS Championship: Jade Cargill w/ Leila Grey VS Red Velvet; Cargill wins and retains the title.
- AEW TNT Championship No Holds Barred: Darby Allin w/ Sting VS Samoa Joe; wins and
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Jon Moxley w/ Wheeler Yuta VS Hangman Page!
The Maniac and the Cowboy go for their tiebreaker as Dynamite is in Dayton, Ohio! Will Ohio’s own knock this one out of the park like he did before? Or will there be some serious #CowboySh*t going down in Dayton?
Not only does Moxley have the Decoder by his side, he has his dad, Dan! Hangman makes his entrance next, and Moxley goes right after him! Moxley throws hands then whips Hangman into railing! The ref reprimands but Moxley sends Hangman into steel steps! Moxley throws hands, whips Hangman again and Hangman hits more railing hard! Fans fire up and the ref reprimands. Moxley just takes off his hoodie to CHOKE Hangman with it! Moxley TOSSES Hangman over the railing, and then he hops onto the railing! Dayton fires up, gives Moxley a hand, and Moxley FLYING AX HANDLES Hangman down!
Moxley brings Hangman up but Hangman throws hands! Hangman sits Moxley down, fires off more shots, then backs up. Hangman runs in to BOOT Moxley against railing! The ref reprimands, he wants this in the ring, but it isn’t a match yet so there’s no real repercussions. Hangman stalks Moxley along the way but Moxley kicks back. And CHOPS! Moxley trips Hangman then ties him up, FIGURE FOUR on the floor! Moxley and Hangman flip each other off but the ref still wants this in the ring. Hangman grabs someone’s beer and splashes Moxley with it! Moxley lets Hangman out of the hold, and then Hangman ROCKS Mox!
They go back to ringside, Moxley grabs a chair but Hangman CLUBS Moxley. But Moxley JAMS Hangman, tris him, and then drops an elbow on the leg! Moxley has a toehold, then he puts the chair around the leg! The ref reprimands but Moxley goes up the apron. The ref shouts at Moxley to not jump, but then Hangman gets free! Hangman CHUCKS the chair at Moxley’s head!! Moxley goes down and fans fire up! The ref reprimands again and wants this to get in the ring. Moxley is dazed, but Hangman drags him around, to suplex onto the chair! Hangman drags Moxley up and puts him in the ring, but he also brings the chair!
The ref stops Hangman, so Hangman leaves the chair behind. The bell finally rings, and Hangman runs in to forearm Moxley! Moxley hits back, they go back and forth! Moxley’s eyebrow is already busted open, but he keeps throwing shots. Hangman gets the edge, HEADBUTTS, then whips. Moxley reverses to dropkick the legs out! Moxley looms over Hangman, drags him into the INDIAN DEATHLOCK! Hangman endures, keeps his shoulders off the mat, but fans rally behind Moxley. Hangman drags himself back, reaches out, and gets the ROPEBREAK! The ref counts, Moxley lets Hangman go at 3.
Moxley brings Hangman up but Hangman gets around to GERMAN SUPLEXES! Moxley snarls but the blood is getting into his eye. Hangman DECKS Moxley and has him at the ropes. Hangman brings Moxley up, fans boo but Hangman CHOPS! Moxley flounders and falls and fans start dueling. Hangman stalks Moxley, sits him up, and he starts raining down fists right on the bloody eyebrow! Mox fans boo but Hangman fans are fired up for the “COWBOY SH*T!” Hangman wipes Moxley’s blood off on his chest, but then turns around into a CHOP! Moxley eggs Hangman on and Hangman CHOPS back!
Moxley CHOPS, Hangman CHOPS, fans “WOO~!” for the CHOP fight! Moxley shifts to boxing elbows, then runs, but Hangman catches the crossbody! FALL AWAY SLAM! Fans are torn while Moxley goes to the apron. Hangman runs, triangle jumps, but Moxley LARIATS first! Moxley drags Hangman up and to the apron, then turns Hangman, for a SLEEPER! The ref reprimands and wants this in the ring, but Hangman claws the bloody eyebrow! Moxley turns Hangman around, reels him in, but Hangman resists the lift! Hangman tries to lift, Moxley resists, and then Moxley lifts! Hangman fights that and lifts again, but Moxley still fights!
Both men are fighting for control, and Hangman fireman’s carries! To SNAKE EYES Moxley off the post! Moxley falls to the floor and Dynamite goes picture in picture!
The ref checks Moxley but he’s somehow okay to continue. Hangman goes over to fetch Moxley, and whips him into railing! Hangman ROCKS Moxley with haymakers as the bloody eyebrow becomes a crimson mask. Hangman refreshes the count, goes back to Moxley and CHOPS him! Moxley gets in Hangman’s face so Hangman CHOPS again! Moxley CHOPS and CHOPS and CHOPS, but Hangman DECKS him! Hangman snarls, looms over Moxley, and then drags him back up. Hangman puts Moxley in the ring, and rains down more fists on that bloody eyebrow! Moxley falls over, but Hangman gets the wrists!
Hangman sits Moxley up, for a DRAGON STOMP, but Moxley blocks! Moxley throws Hangman to a corner and fires off forearms and CHOPS on repeat! Moxley then hoists Hangman up top, climbs up after him, and CLAWS Hangman’s back, painfully slow! Then he CLAWS and BITES Hangman’s back, before blowing a kiss to the fans. But Hangman throws body shots in return! Dynamite returns to single picture as Hangman BITES Moxley’s forehead! Hangman then slips under Moxley to fireman’s carry him on the second rope! SUPER DEATH VALLEY DRIVER!! Cover, TWO!! Moxley survives and fans are fired up!
Fans duel as Hangman sits up. Hangman scowls while Moxley sits up. Moxley eggs Hangman on so Hangman kicks him! And BOOTS him! Hangman tells Moxley to stay down but he refuses. Moxley sits up, so Hangman BOOTS him! Moxley sits up to SLAP Hangman, and flips him off! Hangman is fuming, but he runs into a CUTTER! A standing count starts, fans count along as Moxley and Hangman stir. They sit up at 5 of 10, and Moxley throws a haymaker. Hangman throws it back, so Moxley gives another,. They go back and forth, Hangman wobbles but he CHOPS! Moxley CHOPS! Hangman forearms! Moxley forearms back!
Moxley eggs Hangman on, Hangman staggers over and CHOPS again! Moxley KICKS a leg, KICKS Hangman’s arm, then KICKS him again! Moxley ducks the haymaker to get the SLEEPER! Hangman shifts to SAIDO! But Moxley’s right up! SAIDO!! Hangman ends up in a corner and fans say “This is Awesome!” Moxley puts Hangman up top, climbs up after him, and hits a SUPER HALF HATCH SUPLEX!! Cover, TWO!! Moxley immediately rains down the HAMMER ‘N’ ANVIL ELBOWS! Then he clamps on a SLEEPER! Hangman endures as Moxley shifts to a BULLY CHOKE! Hangman pushes around, so Moxley shifts to get the wrists! DRAGON STOMPS!!
Moxley then drags Hangman up into the underhooks! But Hangman fights Death Rider! So Moxley rolls Hangman to an ARMBAR! Hangman endures, moves around, and reaches out to the ROPEBREAK! The ref counts and Moxley lets go at 4. Hangman crawls to a corner, fans rally up, and Moxley says this is it! Moxley runs in but Hangman TOSSES him up and out! Moxley staggers up, Hangman goes up top! ARIHARA MOONSAULT but Moxley moves! And LARIATS!! Both men are down at the ramp and fans are thunderous! The ref checks both men, Moxley is up first while fans lose their minds.
Moxley goes to the timekeeper’s area and he clears off the table! Moxley drags Hangman over, reels him in, but Hangman resists the lift! Hangman Alabama Lifts but Moxley fights that. DOUBLE LARIATS hit! And again! Moxley runs in, POP-UP POWERBOMB THROUGH THE TABLE!! Fans lose their minds again while Hangman leaves Moxley behind in the ring. The ring count climbs to 5 of 10 before Moxley sits up. The count is 7! Then “OCHO!” Moxley stands at 9, and springs in at 9.9!! But into a LARIAT!! And then Alabama Lift, DEADEYE!!! Cover, TWO?!?! Moxley survives and no one can believe it!
Hangman kicks at Moxley, almost taunting him. Hangman goes to a corner while Moxley’s fans boo. Hangman runs in, but Moxley dodges the stomp to KING KONG LARIAT!! Fans are thunderous as both men stand again. Moxley eggs Hangman on, and Hangman stands. Moxley throws a forearm, so Hangman hits back! Moxley forearms again, but so does Hangman! Fans duel, the forearms fly faster, and then Hangman gets the edge! SUPERKICK! Hangman reels Moxley in, fisherman’s a leg, but Moxley fights the suplex! Hangman powers it through, FISHERMAN CRADLE DRIVER!! Cover, TWO!?!?!?
Hangman’s wild eyes say he can’t believe Moxley survived! Hangman goes to the apron, he aims at Moxley, slingshot for the BUCK- NO! DEATH- NO, Hangman blocks to scoop! TOMBSTONE PILEDRIVER!!! But Hangman doesn’t cover, he goes to the apron! Hangman loads up, for the BUCKSHOT!!! Cover, TWO!?!?!? HOW?!?! Moxley has survived all of Hangman’s best, but Hangman has the BULLY CHOKE!! Hangman pulls back on Moxley’s favorite hold! Moxley shifts, fights back up, and he snapmares into a cradle! MOXLEY WINS!!
Winner: Jon Moxley, by pinfall
Moxley just taught Hangman not to play games! Hangman is furious that he got caught like that, but the Blackpool Combat Club steps into the ring. Yuta and Claudio keep Hangman back but Moxley stands up. Moxley and Hangman get in each other’s face but the BCC keep them apart. Hangman flips Moxley off, and fans want to “LET THEM FIGHT!” Moxley and Hangman keep jawing, they get close but Claudio keeps them separate. Moxley mocks Hangman by lying down, giving Hangman a chance. Hangman mocks Moxley back by doing a quick burpie push-up. Claudio tells Hangman to go and cool off.
Moxley flips Hangman off as he leaves, and fans celebrate their home state hero. Will there be a fourth round out of these two to truly settle things?
AEW takes a look at tonight’s TNT Championship No Holds Barred main event!
Darby Allin tells Samoa Joe, “I knew when I took this from you in Seattle that you’d want it back. And I know you’d stop at nothing to have it back. Well, I’m gonna make things fair. You beat me in Texas, and you granted me my rematch in Seattle. So I’m granting you your rematch in Ohio. But I want it under one condition: No Holds Barred.” Samoa Joe told the “Little Dead Boy” that Joe is “coming to take back what’s mine. The King will not be usurped by a man like you.” Darby says if he walks out the winner, Joe doesn’t get another rematch. If Joe walks out the winner, Darby won’t get a rematch. This will be the final chapter of their feud! So who writes their happily ever after?
Backstage interview with Jamie Hayter, The Bunny, The Butcher & The Blade.
Renee Paquette is with the AEW Women’s World Champion, as well as the mercenary trio. Renee thanks them for agreeing to no physicality, and understands that Allie the Bunny requested this time. Bunny tells Hayter, they’re all very impressed by Hayter’s win over Emi Sakura on Rampage last Friday. Now, Bunny feels like Sakura outshined Hayter, but great win nonetheless. And Bunny knows Hayter isn’t the type to back down from a challenge, right? Right. So here’s a challenge: next week on Dynamite, Hayter VS Bunny in a Title Eliminator Match! What does Hayter say? Hayter says absolutely! She bloody loves a challenge, and next week, she’s free.
Renee says there’s something happening as we speak! They get it on the television screen nearby, and it’s Britt Baker being mugged by Saraya and Toni Storm!! Bunny is shocked and Hayter is furious! Hayter hurries off, Saraya talks right into the camera, “AEW is OUR house!” Storm drags Britt up to RAM her into a garage door! Bunny more or less expresses exasperation, but will Hayter be able to save the Doctor?
The Acclaimed w/ Billy Gunn VS Truth Magnum & Turbo Floyd!
The AEW World Tag Team Champions have been reigning for 133 days, but they know the Gunn Sons, Austin & Colten, are gunning for them. But first, they tune up against “The Outrunners.” As always, Platinum Max has a diss track ready! “Acclaimed on the mic, you know we the nicest. Fighting two guys in their midlife crisis! I bet you have sex with each other. How we gonna fight the bootleg Beverly Brothers? C’mon, it’s not the 80s! Acclaimed gonna make you call it quits like you Tom Brady! ‘Ey, y’all should be ashamed. In Ohio, everybody loves The Acclaimed.”
Fans cheer, and Bowens gets the mic to say, “NNNUTTER CENTERRR~! The Acclaimed have arrived! SCISSOR ME, DADDY ASS!” And he does~! But while Caster & Bowens just embarrassed Truth & Turbo, are they walking into a trap game before taking on the Ass Boys?
The teams sort out, the Outrunners decide they’ll scissor finger! They mock the Mega Powers at the same time, but then Bowens SUPERKICKS Truth out of the ring! The bell rings, Caster CHOPS Turbo and scoops him to SLAM him! Tag to Bowens and Bowens goes up top! Caster holds open the legs, SCISSOR ME TURBO! Daddy Ass gets in the ring so that he and the boys can TRIPLE SCISSOR~! Bowens waits on Turbo, mule kicks and hits the ARRIVAL! Tag to Caster and he goes up top, MIC DROP! Cover, The Acclaimed win!
Winners: The Acclaimed, by pinfall
But wait! Raining on the parade are Austin & Colten! Fans taunt the “ASS~ BOYS~!” But they tune that out. They go to the ring, and Colten has a mic. “Hey, good match, guys. But we’re here to talk about something serious. Last week, what we said would make us happy are your belts. And we want a shot at those belts, and we want an answer right now.” Fans boo but Caster has the mic to say, “Yo! Yo! Yo! Yo! Listen.” Bowens says, “You two Rod ‘n’ Todd lookin’ asses want an answer. You do realize you are interrupting the most popular tag team in all of wrestling, right?” Caster adds, “That’s right!”
“The winningest tag team in AEW history!” “That’s right!” “The FOREVER champs, the Acclaimed!” “That’s right!” “And not to mention, EVERYONE! LOVES! THE ACCLAIMED!” But they are the People’s Choice, and the People’s Voice, they will ask the people. Colten says these fans can’t even read! But Bowens still asks Dayton’s opinion: Do the Ass Boys deserve a shot at the tag titles? “NOOO~!” Well, the people have spoken, so NO. Austin & Colten get in Caster’s & Bowens’ faces, but Billy tells them all to stop! Isn’t it enough already? Billy is so sick of this, he is just done! Billy says this is too much, so go ahead, beat the sh*t out of each other!
Daddy Ass steps aside, fans fire up, but Austin says, “There you go. Do exactly what you did our entire childhoods and turn your back on us.” Billy stops walking up the ramp, but then chuckles as he keeps going. Austin says Billy should do what he used to do, and drown his sorrows at the bottom of a PILL BOTTLE! That gets Billy to turn around! Billy storms up on his sons and The Acclaimed, as well as the fans, tell the Ass Boys that they F’d up. Billy is up in Austin’s face and says, “So you two think you just put your big boy pants on? Then you just step up, and you just made the biggest mistake…”
The mic is wonky so Billy throws it down. Bowens gives Billy the good one. Billy wants Austin to look at him after what he just said. Austin looks up at his father’s eyes. Billy says if they’ve got their big boy pants on, if they think they got what it takes, if they think they have what Billy had, then we’ll see next week. They’ve got their title shots! The Acclaimed is surprised but the Ass Boys smile that they’re getting their way. Will Austin & Colten get what they want? Or just what they deserve?
Backstage interview with Jack Perry.
Alex Marvez is with Jungle Boy and notes that he and Hook are 2-0 as a team, having beaten The Firm’s Ethan Page & Matt Hardy. The question is: What’s next for #JungleHook? JB says that he had an amazing time teaming with Hook, and Hook has had JB’s back when no one else did. But JB’s done the tag team thing before. In fact, JB has been all the way to the top of that mountain, and fallen all the way down. But this year isn’t about that. What JB will say is that he’ll be a champion again, but all by himself. Then just what title will Jack Perry aim for in this Tarzan Life?
Brian Cage w/ Prince Nana VS Konosuke Takeshita!
Speaking of having people’s backs, just as The Machine and MJF were about to destroy Bryan Danielson, The Future of Wrestling rushed out to run them off! But now, Cage and Konosuke go toe to toe, will Cage make Konosuke pay for interfering?
The bell rings and Konosuke BOOTS Cage! Cage BOOTS Konosuke, then DOUBLE LARIATS collide! Cage swings but Konosuke swats it to ROLLING ELBOW! Cage wobbles, Konosuke runs, ducks ‘n’ dodges, and then TAKESHITA LINES! Cage bails out and fans fire up! Konosuke runs to BOOT Cage off the apron! Konosuke then PLANCHAS and takes Cage down at the ramp! Fans fire up, Konosuke winks at the camera, and then goes back to the apron. But Cage grabs a foot! Konosuke kicks and stomps Cage but Cage yanks Konosuke into a POST BOMB! Konosuke tumbles down and fans boo but Nana cheers.
Cage drags Konosuke up, puts him in, and runs to basement BOOT! Cover, TWO! Fans rally for Konosuke but Cage drags him back up. Cage reels Konosuke in, puts one out, but Konosuke wrenches out! Konosuke throws a forearm, but Cage gives it back! They go forearm for forearm, and Konosuke throws boxing elbows into the ROLLING ELBOW! Cage fights the back suplex, KNEES low, and brags, “Who betta than Cage?” But he runs into a BLUE THUNDER BOMB! Cover, TWO! Cage survives and Konosuke is surprised! Nana coaches Cage up but Konosuke aims from a corner. Konosuke runs in to JUMP KNEE, but Cage dodges!
Konosuke tumbles to the apron, Cage ROUNDHOUSES him! Cage climbs the ropes, and he stands Konosuke up. DEADLIFT SUPERPLEX! Fans boo but Cage flexes while Dynamite goes picture in picture.
Cage drops a knee on Konosuke, sits him up to KNEE him in the back again and again, then he stomps Konosuke back down. Cage paces, drags Konosuke up, and bumps him off buckles. Cage RAMS into Konosuke, RAMS him again, and then CHOPS him! Cage soaks up the heat, but Konosuke CHOPS back! Konosuke fires forearms, then another CHOP! And another CHOP! But Cage BOOTS Konosuke down! Cage grabs the legs, stomps Konosuke in the stomach, then paces around. Cage stands Konosuke up, wrenches and YANKS the arm, then RAMS shoulders. Cage wrenches, pump handles, and lifts, but Konosuke slips out!
Konosuke runs in but Cage ducks the boot to roll Konosuke up! Konosuke slips out, but runs into a drop toehold! Konosuke’s on ropes, Cage dials it up, TIGER FEINT KICK! Konosuke staggers to a corner, Cage runs in and UPPERCUTS, GAMANGIRIS, and GERMAN SUPLEXES! Cover, TWO!! Cage and Nana are annoyed, but Cage looms over Konosuke. Cage hears the fans rally for Konosuke, but Cage drags him up. Cage reels Konosuke in, puts out another one, and Dynamite returns to single picture as Cage lifts, only for Konosuke to RANA Cage into buckles! BLINDSIDE JUMP KNEE! Cage staggers, Konosuke goes up, FLYING KNEE!
Both men are down and fans fire up! Konosuke and Cage stir as the ring count starts. Konosuke sits up and feeds off the energy. Konosuke drags Cage up into a waistlock, but Cage elbows free! Cage whips, Konosuke LARIATS on the return! Konosuke drags Cage up, waistlocks and GERMAN SUPLEXES! Bridging cover, TWO!! Fans rally while Konosuke fires up. Konosuke aims from the corner as Cage stands, and Konosuke runs in, JUMP- NO! Cage blocks the knee to BUCKLE BOMB! And then fireman’s carry, to an F- NO! Konosuke lands out, lifts and LIGER BOMBS! Cover, TWO!! Cage survives but fans fire up behind Konosuke!
Konosuke aims again while Nana shouts to Cage. Cage stands, Konosuke runs in but the knee is blocked! Cage spins, Konosuke ducks! Konosuke spins, ROLLING ELBOW!! Konosuke reels Cage in, but Cage wrenches out to HEADBUTT! And then SAIDO!! But Konosuke is right up?! Into a DISCUS LARIAT from Cage!! Cover, TWO!?! Konosuke survives and Nana is furious! Cage says he’s gonna end this, and he suplexes, only for Konosuke to slip out! Konosuke suplexes, SHEER DROP BRAINBUSTER!! Cage roars as he rises up, but Konosuke ROCKS him with another elbow! And then another suplex, for another BRAINBUSTER!!! Cover, TWO!?!?
Cage survives, he must truly be a machine! But Dayton rallies behind Konosuke. Konosuke runs in, but into a SUPERKICK! Cage fireman’s carries, for the F10!! Nana says no prisoners! Cage drags Konosuke up again, puts him in the corner and hoists him to the top. Cage then goes to the outside and climbs up after Konosuke. But Konosuke throws forearms in return! Konosuke suplexes for a SUPER BRAINBUSTER!!! Fans are thunderous and Konosuke aims again! KNOCKOUT KNEE!!! Cover, Konosuke wins!!
Winner: Konosuke Takeshita, by pinfall
Cage may be a machine, but the machine just broke down against the bullet train! Will Konosuke continue to prove why he IS The Future of Wrestling?
Backstage interview with the Jericho Appreciation Society.
Renee is with Matthew Menard, Angelo Parker, Daniel Garcia, Sammy Guevara, and of course, Chris Jericho himself. Renee says that we heard Ricky Starks’ comments from last week, addressing how the JAS cheated to win. What is their reaction? Jericho says, “Cheated? We haven’t worked together in five years, and you’re accusing us of cheating? Let me say this, Renee. Ricky Starks, he didn’t lose to a baseball bat, no. Did you see a baseball bat in there?” Of course the JAS says no. Jericho says Starks lost to the JAS. And now Starks challenges them, “How can I get another match with Chris Jericho?”
Jericho says the JAS has an idea how Starks can do that. Right, Sammy? Sammy says yes. Garcia and Sammy put their heads together, and they came up with a great idea: The Guevara-Garcia… No, wait, the Garcia-Guevara Gauntlet! Danny thanks Sammy for the top billing on that name. Renee asks what kind of gauntlet they have in mind. Garcia says it’s a rather simple concept. “Ricky, first you’re gonna have to beat Cool Hand Ange. And if that happens, you’re gonna have to beat Daddy Magic.” Menard adds, “Beat Daddy Magic? I DON’T THINK SO!” Garcia says that if Starks somehow does that, then he beats either Garcia or Guevara, but they’ll reveal that the night of.
And then, if somehow, by the skin of his teeth, Starks makes it past all that, only then does Starks get his hands on Jericho. Jericho tells Starks, “You don’t call the shots around here, the Jericho Appreciation Society does. So if you can get through the Garcia-Guevara Gauntlet, I’ll be ready to rip your ass!” Will the Absolute survive three matches in one go to finally have another shot at The Ocho?
The Elite speak.
Matt Jackson asks Brandon Cutler if the camera is rolling as he, brother Nick, Kenny Omega, Michael Nakazawa and Don Callis are on the basketball court. Cutler says yes, they’re live, while Nakazawa and Callis are oiling Omega up. Matt says, “Ladies and gentlemen, check it out who it is! It’s the first-ever, two-time Trios Champions, The Elite.” Omega says that’s right, and he tells Top Flight, “I watched what you guys did. After a Best of 7 Series in a ladder match, you got one up on our boys. Well how ’bout next week, you bring your friend, AR Fox, next week and we’ll put these belts on the line, and you guys can shoot your shot.
“But hey, when you shoot that shot, you best not miss. Because The Elite never miss. Nick, if you will.” Nick takes the rock and shoots it, THREE POINTER! Oh, but wait! The Firm’s Stokely Hathaway, Ethan Page, Matt Hardy & Isiah Kassidy walk in. Callis has Cutler keep rolling, and Omega mockingly asks where Stokely is, he can’t see him. Oh haha, Stokely knows you see him, he’s right here. But listen, you three are doing NOTHING all week? No wrestling, nothing? Just a week off? Ethan thinks that’s funny. The Firm’s employees don’t have that luxury, they work every single week, and Ethan wants that streak to continue.
So Ethan says how about this: The Elite VS Ethan, Matt & “Zay,” Friday on Rampage. Omega tells Callis he isn’t so sure, but Callis says this is Matt Hardy. If they get footage of Hardy taking a One Winged Angel, they could sell that NFT for a lot of money. Hardy says, “What about an NFT with Matt Hardy Twist-Of-Fating Omega?” Ethan likes that better! Well, as far as a match, it’s done. The Elite VS The Whatever They Are. Kassidy says he hopes the Elite is ready, cuz they sure are. Kassidy unsettles Kenny with an arm around his shoulders and a moan, and Ethan says this is good business. Hey, Brandon, is it? Cut the camera!
Matt Jackson tells Ethan Page that he doesn’t tell Brandon what to do! THEY tell him! Turn off the camera, ya damn dumbass! And get off the court, they’re trying to play. But will this 3v3 pick-up game go The Elite’s way? Or is it a trap game before taking on Fox, Dante & Darius?
Bryan Danielson VS Timothy Thatcher!
In the American Dragon’s quest to be #1 contender, he has defeated Tony Nese, Konosuke Takeshita, Bandido and Brian Cage, an undefeated streak of 4-0 in 2023! But now, Maxwell Jacob Friedman has enlisted a fighter very much like Bryan in his savage technical ability. Will Bryan make it to the deadline still on top? Or is this where MJF wins before Revolution even begins?
The bell rings and the two circle. They feel out the grapple, but Bryan’s shoulder is an obvious target. They grapple, Bryan puts Thatcher on ropes but Thatcher shifts to get the arm. Thatcher wrangles Bryan but Bryan scrambles to the ROPEBREAK! The ref counts, Thatcher lets off, and then smirks as he watches Bryan get up. Bryan and Thatcher feel out another grapple, Thatcher puts him in the corner, and then European Uppercuts! And again! And again! Bryan sits down and Thatcher goes after the arm! Thatcher twists the elbow and wrist, isolates the arm, and stands on the hand! Thatcher KNEES the arm!
Bryan scrambles away but Thatcher is right on him with a double wristlock! Bryan powers Thatcher to ropes, and clasps his hands behind his back. The ref counts, the two let off, but then Bryan fires off body shots and kicks! Bryan grabs a leg to DRAGON SCREW! Bryan holds onto the leg, turns Thatcher over and ties those legs up, to get a Deathlock! Fans rally as Bryan sits on the hold, then SNAPS it! Bryan then shifts to a BOW ‘N’ ARROW! Thatcher pries the fingers away! Bryan shouts in pain but Thatcher twists the arm! And STOMPS it down! Fans boo but Thatcher grins with that missing-tooth smile.
Thatcher KNEES Bryan in the back, stalks him to a corner, but Bryan puts Thatcher in the corner to CHOP and CHOP and KICK and KICK! Fans rally, Bryan runs corner to corner, and DROPKICKS! Bryan facelocks but Thatcher wrenches and WRINGS Bryan’s arm! Fans boo more but Thatcher drags Bryan up with a double wristlock! Thatcher uses his height to lift Bryan off the mat! Then Thatcher pushes Bryan down, but Bryan keeps his shoulders up. Bryan crawls around, ROPEBREAK! Thatcher lets go at 4 while fans rally up. Bryan clutches his arm but Thatcher goes after it again as Dynamite goes picture in picture.
Bryan endures but they’re also in the ropes so the ref counts. Thatcher lets off at 4, then digs his boot into Bryan at the corner. The ref counts, Thatcher lets off, only to stand on Bryan’s chest! The ref counts, Thatcher steps away, and he grins as he soaks up the heat. Thatcher mocks Bryan’s pain, then KNEES the bad shoulder! Thatcher KNEES Bryan again, goes out to drag Bryan tot he apron, and he SLAMS the arm on the edge! Bryan clutches his bicep and shoulder while the ref reprimands. Thatcher slides into the ring and stands Bryan up by his ears! Thatcher CLUBS Bryan on the chest! Thatcher fishhooks Bryan to stand him up, and CLUBS him again!
Bryan sits down, Thatcher stands him back up, and he hammerlocks the bad arm. Thatcher then back suplexes Bryan up and into the ring! Thatcher dusts off his hands while crawling to the cover, but Bryan wrangles him into the LEBELL LOCK!! Thatcher got cocky and got caught! But he scrambles to the ROPEBREAK! Bryan lets off quickly, but Thatcher is right on him! Thatcher UPPERCUTS the arm! Bryan goes to a corner, Thatcher KNEES him down, then drags Bryan back up. Thatcher EuroUppers Bryan, taunts the fans, then EuroUppers Bryan again. Bryan leans against ropes, Thatcher snarls at the fans, then gets in Bryan’s face.
Dynamite returns to single picture as Thatcher traps Bryan’s bad arm behind his back and throws hard body shots to that side. The ref counts but Thatcher grins as he throws more shots. Bryan fights back with HEADBUTTS! Fans fire up as Bryan backs Thatcher down, but Thatcher fires off body shot after body shot! Thatcher drags Bryan out to a hammerlock GROVIT, and then hits a GROVIT-PLEX! Cover, TWO!! Bryan is still in this but Thatcher snarls. Thatcher stalks Bryan at the ropes, bumps him off buckles, then reels Bryan in to hoist him up top. Thatcher UPPERCUTS, climbs up after Bryan, and he underhooks the arms!
Bryan resists and fans fire up! Bryan breaks free, throws body shot after body shot in return, and then HEADBUTTS Thatcher down! Thatcher growls and gets right back up! But Bryan throws more body shots! Fans rally “YES! YES! YES!” and Bryan HEADBUTTS again! Thatcher stays down this time, and Bryan stands up! Thatcher stands in time for the MISSILE DROPKICK! Both men are down as Bryan clutches his bad arm, but Dayton rallies up behind him! Bryan and Thatcher sit up, both snarl, and Thatcher EuroUppers! Bryan EuroUppers in return! They go uppercut for uppercut, but Thatcher gets the edge!
Bryan fires up to KICK! And KICK! Bryan KICKS away on Thatcher’s chest, “YES! YES! YES!” Bryan powers up but Thatcher blocks the Buzzsaw! Thatcher goes for the bad arm, wrangles Bryan down, but Bryan rolls through and gets around to waistlock. Thatcher bucks the O’Conner but runs into a backslide! TWO, FUJIWARA! No, Bryan rolls through to BUZZSAW! Cover, TWO!! But Bryan clamps on for HAMMER ‘N’ ANVIL ELBOWS! Fans rally again, but Thatcher blocks the arm! Bryan claws Thatcher’s face to get free, and get a SLEEPER! But Thatcher wants that bad arm! Bryan has to shift his grip, but Thatcher stands!
Thatcher pries the sleeper open because he can get the bad arm, but Bryan powers up! Bryan has the hold on tight, so Thatcher backs Bryan down! They end up ramming the ref into the corner! Bryan still holds on, but Thatcher hits a BIG back suplex! All three men are down and fans fire up! But here comes MJF! The AEW World Champion tells Dayton to shush, and he puts on the Dynamite Diamond Ring! MJF says, “It’s too damn easy. This is done! This is done!” MJF goes to the ring, but KONOSUKE flies in outta nowhere!! Konosuke won’t let MJF screw Bryan over! Konosuke attacks MJF, RAMS him into railing, and chases him to the back!
Bryan has Thatcher but Thatcher snatches the arm! FUJIWARA ARMBAR!! The ref is up, he asks Bryan, but Bryan endures! Thatcher pushes way back on the arm, but Bryan pushes his way forward with his legs! ROPEBREAK!! Fans fire up as Bryan survives by a literal foot! Thatcher lets go in frustration and he scowls as he throws hands on the bad arm. Thatcher drags Bryan up, clinches, BELLY2BELLY SUPLEX! Bryan flounders but Thatcher runs in, clinches, but Bryan switches! GERMAN SUPLEX! Thatcher fumes as he gets back up! Bryan dodges him, runs back in, BUSAIKU KNEE!! Cover, Bryan wins!
Winner: Bryan Danielson, by pinfall
Now 5-0 on the year, the quest continues! The American Dragon is not yet slain, but wait! MJF and Konosuke continue brawling backstage! MJF turns things around to send MJF into a road case! MJF gets a chair to CHUCK it at Konosuke’s head! And then he throws a trash bin! MJF says if Konosuke wants after him, this is what he gets! But Konosuke turns things back around to SMACK MJF off a table! MJF comes back, the hands fly, and security rushes in! Referees and management try to stop this, too! MJF says he’ll kill Konosuke but Konosuke says about the same in Japanese! Renee runs in to be on the scene, and she tells everyone to stop!
Renee informs everyone, “Per Tony Khan, next week on Dynamite in an Eliminator match, it will be Takeshita VS MJF!” MJF is pissed, he doesn’t agree to that, but he MUST! Will the Devil of AEW find that the Future of Wrestling is better than him?
Mogul Affiliates speak.
Swerve Strickland says, “It’s been a real relaxing last couple of weeks for Swerve and the Mogul Affiliates and all, since getting rid of some dead weight and all this. Until I was like, retriggered.” Dustin Rhodes returning to stand in front of Swerve’s camera, in front of Swerve’s lights, and with Swerve’s interviewer! “The Rhodes Family legacy really gets under my skin, with your father, Dusty Rhodes, giving Keith Lee the ‘Limitless’ moniker. So, since he’s not here, Dustin’s not here, either, let’s find some other nepotism, second generation punk boy to get rid of Friday night on Rampage. That means you, Brian Pillman. Ain’t that right, Parker?”
Parker Boudreaux says that’s right. “Ain’t that right, Trench?” The tattooed man says, “Yeah, that’s right.” Hoodies up, but will they put Bulletproof BPJ down?
BREAKING NEWS for next week!
February 8th, the deadline for Bryan Danielson becoming #1 contender, will see The American Dragon taking on La Faccion Ingobernable’s El Toro Blanco, RUSH!! And speaking of…
Backstage interview with LFI.
Lexi Nair is with El Toro Blanco, but also Jose the Assistant and “Perro Peligroso,” Preston Vance. She notes the announcement of Rush VS Bryan, but then there’s a knock at the door. MJF walks in and says, “Hola, mi hermanos! Senor Vance, Senor Jose, Senor Rrrrrush.” Rush asks what the hell this “perro” wants. MJF double checks, “perro” is dog, right? Well, there’s a little thing called personal space, so he’s just gonna take a step back. “But here’s the deal: my, uh, Spanish is come se dice… Mid. But I know one language, my friend, that is mucho, mucho universal.” And that is MONEY! A huge briefcase full of it!
MJF snaps the case shut and smiles. This first one is free of charge. But he has FIVE MORE filled to the brim with dinero. All Rush has to do is beat Bryan Danielson “by any means necessary.” All Rush needs to do is rip Bryan’s arm off and beat him over the head with it. Can Rush pull that off for him? Jose, translate. Jose translates, but Rush seems to understand explicitly. Rush tells MJF in Spanish, and MJF asks “dipsh*t” Jose to translate. Jose sums it up by saying they have a deal. Oh, is that right? That sounded a bit longer than that. But Rush, you don’t have to like MJF. He just has to get the job done. Pleasure doing business with you, perro.
MJF leaves, but Rush has his mission. Will Rush be raking in the money with one match? Or will nothing stop Bryan Danielson from earning his title match?
AEW TBS Championship: Jade Cargill w/ Leila Grey VS Red Velvet!
Finally, the biggest, fastest-rising star has reached her FIFTIETH match! But while the streak started with The Chef, will it end with her, too? Or will #ThatBitch not be stopped by even the person who knows her best?
The introductions are made, but Velvet attacks while Jade is strutting around! The bell rings, Velvet fires off forearms but Jade knees her low. Jade whips Velvet to a corner but Velvet boots her back! THESZ PRESS! Velvet rains down hands but Jade shoves her away. Velvet ducks but runs into an elbow! Jade drags Velvet up, but Velvet fires off forearms! Velvet whips, Jade blocks to reverse, but Velvet holds ropes. Jade runs in but Velvet sends her out! Leila hurries to Jade’s side but Velvet builds speed! Velvet WRECKS Jade with a dropkick! Velvet tells Leila to back off, then she storms up on Jade.
Jade elbows Velvet away, but Velvet comes back to ROCK Jade! Velvet CHOPS Jade right in front of her family! Velvet then puts Jade in the ring, storms up on her and Oklahoma Rolls! TWO! Jade staggers up, blocks a superkick, and she spins Velvet around. Velvet ducks the haymaker and runs the ropes, then wheelbarrows, but into a GERMAN SUPLEX! Fans fire up while Jade drags Velvet over to a cover, TWO! Velvet is toughing it out but Jade is getting frustrated. Jade scoops Velvet to SLAM her, then drops a BIG elbow! Cover, TWO, and Dynamite goes picture in picture.
Leila is annoyed and Jade frowns while Velvet sputters. Jade drags Velvet up, CLUBS her down, and Leila applauds. Jade bumps Velvet off top buckles, then middle buckles, then bottom buckles! Jade stands on Velvet in the corner and soaks up the cheers and jeers, but lets off at 4. Jade and the ref argue, but Leila gets cheap shots in! Leila scurries away and Jade hauls Velvet up for a FALL AWAY SLAM! And then kips up! Jade holds up both hands to say 50, and then flexes. Velvet bails out, Leila talks trash, and Jade storms over. Jade walks up but Velvet sends her into railing! Jade is getting mad, but Velvet avoids one haymaker to PENALTY KICK from the apron!
Velvet CROSSBODIES, but Jade catches her! Jade POSTS Velvet, then carries her around the way. Jade trophy lifts Velvet, goes up the steel steps, and then TOSSES Velvet at the ropes! Velvet falls, Jade covers, TWO!!! Velvet survives and Jade is getting real mad. Leila rallies the Baddie cheering section, and Jade stalks Velvet to a corner. Jade drags Velvet up, and TOSSES her across the way! Jade says that’s 50 right there, and then she does push-ups as Dynamite returns to single picture. But Velvet CHOPS! Jade CLUBS Velvet, then TOSSES her across the way again! Jade swaggers, dribbles, but Velvet dodges the dunk!
Velvet DROPKICKS Jade, then hits a CODE BREAKER! Jade staggers around, Velvet KICKS and KICKS and mule kicks! Velvet runs, but Jade BOOTS her down! Cover, TWO!! Velvet is still in this and wait! Kiera Hogan RAMS Leila into steel steps! The other former Baddie is here, but other refs come out to have her leave. This all distracts Jade, and Velvet rolls her up! Jade rolls through, but the STIR IT UP hits!! Cover, but the refs aren’t paying attention!! Fans count, Velvet would’ve won twice over by now! Aubrey Edwards finally notices and counts, TWO!! Jade survives and fans can’t believe it!!
Velvet is furious, she drags Jade around and hooks an arm, short arm scissor, and then the INVERSION! Jade endures, fights, but Velvet kicks at her! Jade endures as Velvet pulls on the arm, and she deadlifts Velvet! But Velvet sunset flips! Jade stays up, drags Velvet up with both hands, and pops her around! Chicken wings for JADED!!! Cover, Jade wins!!
Winner: Jade Cargill, by pinfall (still AEW TBS Champion)
FIFTY AND OH! Velvet came the closest of all, but will anyone ever stop Jade’s undefeated streak?
Backstage interview with Britt Baker.
Renee is with The Doctor, as well as Jamie Hayter, as they are with Doc Sampson. We only caught a glimpse of what happened to her earlier at the hands of Saraya & Storm, how is Britt feeling? Britt says this is fine. She’s fine, and if that’s how Storm & Saraya wanna play, that’s fine, too. Because Britt & Hayter can play that game, too. But wait, in walks Ruby Soho! Ruby just wants to talk. She heard what happened, is Britt good? Uh, Ruby, weren’t those your girls? Ruby has Britt hold on there. Ruby has nothing to do with Saraya & Storm, she doesn’t know what Britt’s talking about.
Britt says Ruby’s known Saraya & Storm a lot longer than she’s known the AEW originals, so sorry if it’s strange that Ruby only now shows up. But yeah, Britt is good. Hayter says Britt is great, actually. Ruby says she’s glad to hear it and walks off. There are battle lines being drawn, which side is the Runaway on?
BREAKING NEWS for Rampage!
Not only are The Elite and The Firm having it out, it is for the AEW World Trios Championships! Will Kenny & The Young Bucks make it through All Ego, Hardy & Kassidy to then take on Fox & Top Flight? Or will there be a change of plans for Dynamite? And speaking of Saraya & Storm, they are in tag team action once again, but will they continue to beat down All Elite homegrown talent? Plus, before taking on Bryan Danielson, Rush will take on the Fallen Angel, Christopher Daniels, in an epic match of former ROH World Heavyweight Champions! Will El Toro Blanco build momentum going into his battle with The American Dragon?
AEW TNT Championship No Holds Barred: Darby Allin w/ Sting VS Samoa Joe!
The series is tied at 1-1, with the Samoan Submission Specialist winning in Texas, but the Relentless One winning in his hometown of Seattle. Dynamite in Dayton is throwing out all the rules except one: win! Will Darby continue to be the fighting champion? Or will Joe return to being the One True King of Wrestling Television?
The introductions are made, the TNT title is raised, and one way or another, this is the series finale of Darby VS Joe!
Darby takes off his trench coat to reveal he, uh, customized his Hoodlum hoodie. He’s covered it in thumbtacks!! And as soon as he’s in the ring, he rushes in to COFFIN SPLASH Joe! Joe is reeling from the tack attack but Darby fires off tack-covered forearms! Fans fire up as Darby runs corner to corner, but Joe dodges the splash to GAMANGIRI! Joe then wraps up an arm in his towel, to LARIAT Darby down! Fans rally, Joe pulls Darby’s tack hoodie off and throws it away. Joe drags Darby up to CHOP him! Darby goes to a corner, but Darby kicks back. Joe stomps Darby, stomps him down, then storms off.
Joe goes out to look under the ring, and he brings out a TABLE! Dayton fires up, Joe picks the table up, but Darby DIVES into the table and Joe! The table doesn’t break but it, Joe and Darby all hit the floor! Joe is busted open on his forehead and fans fire up! Darby hurries to stand the table up, to then drop it on Joe! Darby then brings the steel steps around into the corner of the railing. Darby whips, Joe reverses, and Darby not only clips steel steps, he clips railing! Darby lands on his feet just from momentum, but he soon falls to his knees, clutching his back! Fans lose their minds while Joe stalks out after Darby.
Joe stands Darby up, throws knees into him, and then throws him into railing. Joe drags Darby up and they go up the bleachers. Joe SMACKS Darby off the handrail, then brings him up further. Joe smacks Darby off more railing, then keeps him going up. But Darby fights back! Darby CLUBS and CLAWS Joe’s back! Fans fire up but Joe DUMPS Darby down the steps! Fans are going nuts while Joe glares through his crimson mask, and Dynamite goes picture in picture.
Joe drags Darby up again, grinds him against the handrail, then SMACKS him off a fan’s chair! They go back to the lower level as Darby kicks Joe and crawls away. Joe keeps after Darby, drags him up, and brings him around the way to TOSS back to ringside! Darby narrowly misses hitting steel steps head first! Joe stalks Darby, drags Darby back up, then scoop SLAMS him on the steps! Darby writhes, flounders away, but Joe follows him to the corner. Darby throws Joe’s ROH World TV title at him, but that only upsets Joe. Joe storms in after Darby, stalks him to a corner, and waits on Darby to stand before he DECKS him!
Joe eggs Darby on as he stands over him. Darby doesn’t stand so Joe makes him. Joe snapmares to CHOP Darby on the back! And PENALTY KICK him in the chest! And then drops a fist on his head! Joe watches Darby writhe and the ref checks on him. Joe grins through the crimson mask, then stomps Darby down. Joe kicks Darby, then clamps on a neck wrench! Joe leans all his weight on Darby but Darby throws body shots. Joe doesn’t budge, and he CLUBS Darby down. Joe grins as Darby tires to sit back up. Joe clamps the neck wrench back on and he twists even harder! Darby endures, and Dynamite returns to single picture as Darby throws more body shots.
Joe lets go of the neck wrench, Darby hobbles and runs, but into an ELBOW! Darby falls over and Joe covers, TWO! Joe keeps focus as he looms over Darby. Joe KICKS Darby to a corner, and then stomps him. Fans rally and duel, but Joe is annoyed by that. Joe drags Darby up, DECKS him with a forearm, then clamps on another neck wrench! It’s practically a vice on Darby’s head, squeezing his skull! Darby endures, fights up, and he RAMS Joe into buckles! Darby fires off forearms and SLAPS! Darby runs corner to corner, but into the URENAGE! Cover, TWO!! Darby survives the #STJOE, but Joe stands Darby up to CHOP him!
Darby staggers, Joe CHOPS him again! Darby flops to the apron, Joe builds speed and he BOOTS Darby to the floor! Joe then storms out and looks under the ring. Joe brings out another TABLE! Fans fire up again but Joe has fans move aside. Fans oblige and Joe rests the table against railing. Darby is in the ring, Joe goes in and brings Darby up, but Darby JAWBREAKERS before the sleeper could lock in! Darby runs in at the corner to CHOP! And CHOP! And CHOP! Darby CHOPS away on Joe, but Joe TOSSES Darby right out of the ring! Joe has been treating Darby like a throw pillow, emphasis on the “throw!”
Darby flounders up, but Joe goes back over to bring him back in. Joe suplexes high and hard! Joe then goes out to fetch chairs! Joe puts a handful of chairs in the ring, then sets them up together. Fans fire up as they’re back to back to make a wedge! Joe stands Darby up, brings him over, BIG back suplex on the chair wedge!! Darby writhes and Joe has a sadistic smile. “Joe is gonna kill~ you!” Joe turns the chairs around to face each other, then brings Darby back up. But Darby uses POCKET SAND to stop the bomb! CODE RED!! Cover, TWO!! Joe survives but Darby hurries to hop on! THROWBACK STUNNER!
Joe falls into a drop zone, and Darby hurries to get his hoodie back! Darby puts that back on, climbs up the corner, and COFFIN DROPS!! Cover, TWO!?!? Joe survives the tack-enhanced senton and fans can’t believe it! Darby hurries outside and goes looking. Darby uses a knife to cut the strings that hold down the canvas! Some are tough but they all give way, and Darby pulls the canvas away. Darby then drags off the foam padding to expose bare wood! Darby is deconstructing the ring in order to better destroy Joe! Darby sees Joe outside, builds speed and DIVES, but Joe walks away! Darby CRASHES THROUGH THE TABLE!!!
Dayton is losing their minds as Joe puts Darby back in! Joe sets Darby’s tack covered jacket down, he picks Darby up, and he POWERBOMBS him on the tacks! AND THEN HE SMOTHERS DARBY WITH THE TACK JACKET!! Darby DIGS at Joe’s eyes!! Joe lets Darby go, but he staggers around blindly! Joe stands up into a CHAIR SHOT! And another! And another! Darby has Joe on the hard wood, climbs up top, but Joe pushes the ref into the ropes to trip Darby up!! Joe climbs up after Darby, tucks him in, and hits a SUPER MUSCLE BUSTER TO THE WOOD!!!! Cover, JOE WINS!!!
Winner: Samoa Joe, by pinfall (NEW AEW TNT Champion)
Darby’s relentless streak is over! Samoa Joe is now a TWO-TIME TWO BELT CHAMPION! But wait! “THIS IS WAAAR~!” Fans go nuts for Wardlow as he storms down to the ring! Joe is just as shocked as Wardlow runs in! SPEAR!! Wardlow rains down fists on the man who took his title and his top knot! Wardlow rips his shirt off, drags Joe up, but Joe scrambles away! Fans boo but Joe isn’t going to fight again so soon after the war he just went through. Security rushes out but Wardlow CLOBBERS them all! Then he hauls one up to POWERBOMB out onto all the others!! Wardlow will not be denied, when and where will he get his hands on Joe?
This was an awesome Dynamite! Same balance of action and talking, but the action was all on a different level this week. Of the talking, we got good stuff out of this AEW Originals VS Imports in the Women’s Division. Saraya & Storm really up their Heel heat by just attacking Britt unprovoked, and then Ruby checking in on Britt was an interesting turnaround from her telling she didn’t want Britt’s help. But we’re getting closer and closer to that big tag(?) match. Hell, make it a Blood & Guts match but with the women rather than the men. Saraya leads a team, Britt leads a team, Ruby will choose Britt’s side and there could even be a twist of Shida betraying Saraya during the match to cost the anti-AEW team.
Good promo from the JAS to set up things with Starks. I just knew Starks would have to beat everyone in the JAS eventually, so it’s clever for them to get it all done in one gauntlet match. Starks will of course make it past Menard and Parker, and I bet that just as it looks like Garcia is stepping up to face Starks, Guevara takes the spotlight from him. Starks will still get through the final opponent, and he’ll get his match with Jericho. Good promo from Mogul Affiliates, because one: it establishes that their group doesn’t like multigenerational wrestlers, and two: it gave Granden Goetzman his wrestler name, “Trench.” Swerve will surely beat BPJ, but I bet Dustin teams up with BPJ and Brock Anderson as a sort of AEW take on WWE’s Legacy faction to take on Mogul Affiliates.
Good promo from Jack Perry, but I’m surprised he waited until now to establish that he’s done with tag teams. But I suppose he’s done with The Firm, too, so he’s done needing reinforcements. As it stands, if he wants a singles title, he could start with the All-Atlantic Championship, but I could see JB making a move for THE AEW World title. Speaking of The Firm, good promo from them and The Elite. I wonder if this was really live or just the take where Nick actually made that shot. Anyway, I’m also surprised the trios match for Rampage is for the titles when the titles are going to be on the line for Dynamite. But I suppose if Orange Cassidy and Darby Allin are fighting champions, then so should the Elite. Which of course means The Elite win on Rampage to go on to face Fox & Flight.
We got an awesome match from Bryan VS Thatcher, but of course Bryan wins to keep his story going. Even after he had that awesome match with Brian Cage, Konosuke going after MJF was a great move. And getting himself an Eliminator match is a good, too, but I feel like MJF finds a way to stand tall. He’ll either cheat to win, or just get himself disqualified quickly so his night will be over quickly. MJF also had a really good promo with LFI. Rush is a great choice to take on Bryan Danielson, and Rush is also going to have a great match with Christopher Daniels on Rampage. I’m sure Bryan will still find a way to win and we’ll still get that Ironman match, it just has to be how this goes.
It’s mostly because I don’t even know who is the #2 contender, since AEW still hasn’t kept up with rankings in this new year. AEW bringing out a sudden twist of MJF still having that One Hour Ironman match against someone other than Bryan would be great stuff, since MJF has been so focused on Bryan, but I feel like getting MJF VS Bryan is still the thing everyone wants to see. Great opening match out of Hangman VS Moxley, and of course Moxley bleeds. It’s practically in his contract. But Hangman losing by a roll-up was a great surprise, and them still being after each other after, this has to continue until Revolution.
The Acclaimed winning a squash was a bit surprising, but obviously that was to make room for the promo that set up things with The Gunn Sons. But Billy suddenly saying his sons can have a title match with The Acclaimed? I hope there isn’t a turn coming where Billy is suddenly on his sons’ side again. It just feels like something is fishy, but who knows. Really good TBS title match from Jade and Velvet, but I guess since this wasn’t at a PPV, Jade wasn’t about to lose. Kiera trying to help Velvet only to mess things up was at least a good detail to protect Jade. But at this rate, who is even going to beat Jade when she’s gotten through even some great established names.
And of course, an awesome No Holds Barred match for the TNT title. Great innovation, such as Darby’s tack covered jacket and the different table spots. I was actually rather surprised to see Joe win this to once again be dual champion. But at the same time, Wardlow returning to continue his story with Joe is a logical reason as to why Joe needs to have the TNT title again. Perhaps Wardlow gets the TNT title back to have a second chance with that, and Darby can move up into the world title scene. And assuming MJF retains at Revolution, it works for Darby to be next as they have history in AEW.
My Score: 9/10
Mitchell’s AEW Dark Results & Report! (1/31/23)
Orlando stays Dark!
Universal Studios is still the AEW Dark Arena!
As they prepare to go after the AEW World Trios Championships, AR Fox & Top Flight reunite to take on The Wingmen: Peter Avalon, Ryan Nemeth & Cezar Bononi!
- Six Man Tag: AR Fox & Top Flight VS The Wingmen; Fox & Top Flight win.
- Red Velvet VS Sofia Castillo; Velvet wins.
- Zack Clayton VS Fulton; Clayton wins.
- Brock Anderson & Brian Pillman Jr. w/ Arn Anderson VS Rosario Grillo & Dean Alexander; Anderson & Pillman win.
- Skye Blue VS Renee Michelle; Skye wins.
- Shane Taylor Promotions VS Mr. G & Dante Casanova; Shane Taylor Promotions wins.
- Yuka Sakazaki VS Avery Breaux; Yuka wins.
- The Workhorsemen VS Liam Gray & Adrian Alanis; The Workhorsemen win.
- Angelico w/ Serpentico & Luther VS Konosuke Takeshita; Konosuke wins.
A solid line-up, and I like that we’re getting to see Brock Anderson & Brian Pillman Jr. in action together after a backstage promo on Elevation not too long ago. Not sure what the team name is but two second generation stars together is a logical combination. Angelico VS Konosuke, that is going to be a great match, but I give the win to Konosuke. Red Velvet is in action again after also being on Elevation, she’s definitely building momentum towards taking on Jade Cargill for Jade’s 50th match. And good to see Shane Taylor Promotions in action here. They’ll be a strong part of the ROH Tag Team Division, even after having lost to Keith Lee after Swerve abandoned Keith.
And good to see AR Fox & Top Flight in action, and against The Wingmen. For one, good to see Avalon, Nemeth & Bononi teaming all together again. And this will be a good match to build momentum for Fox & Flight.
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