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Mitchell’s AEW Dynamite Results & Report! (9/29/21)

Whose faith will be rewarded?

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AEW Dynamite Coverage 2

The AEW TNT Championship is in a match made in heaven!

Miro claims to be God’s Favorite Champion, but the Inner Circle’s SPANISH God disagrees! Will Sammy Guevara avenge Fuego del Sol and get the gold?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Adam Cole VS Jungle Boy; Cole wins.
  • Cody Rhodes & Lee Johnson w/ Arn Anderson VS Matt Sydal & Dante Martin; Cody & Johnson win.
  • Six Man Tag: Jon Moxley, Eddie Kingston & Darby Allin w/ Sting VS Anthony Greene & Bear Country; win.
  • 16 Man Tag: Orange Cassidy & The Dark Order VS The Hardy Family Office; Cassidy & The Dark Order win.
  • Anna Jay & Tay Conti VS Penelope Ford & The Bunny; Jay & Tay win.
  • AEW TNT Championship: Miro VS Sammy Guevara; Guevara wins and becomes the new AEW TNT Champion.

PLAY BY PLAY

AEW dedicates tonight to the late Jon Huber, aka Brodie Lee.

They’re in Rochester tonight and showing love to the Big Rig.

CM Punk joins commentary!

The Best of the World has fans singing Cult of Personality all over again as he joins Excalibur, Tony Schiavone and good ol’ Jim Ross for the night.

 

Adam Cole VS Jungle Boy!

The Panama City Playboy brings the BOOM to Rochester, but will he prove he’s the future of AEW over the front man of Jurassic Express? Or will Jack Perry be living the Jungle Life at his expense?

The bell rings and fans still sing with Tarzan Boy but Cole tells JB it doesn’t matter. They tie up, go back and forth in the deadlock but Cole gets to a waistlock then headlock. Fans duel as JB powers up but Cole holds tight. JB throws him off to get an arm but Cole headscissors. JB kips free, Cole headlocks again and puts JB in a corner. The ref counts, Cole lets off and whips corner to corner. JB goes up but Cole knows the over is coming so he hangs back. Cole headlocks and hits a takeover, but JB makes it a cover! ONE, and Cole grinds the headlock. Fans rally, JB fights up and powers Cole to ropes. The ref calls for the break and Cole lets off, but he and JB get chippy with strikes!

JB headlocks and grinds Cole down but Cole fights up to power out. JB runs Cole over! Fans fire up for JB as he stands over Cole, but Cole gets up. Knuckle lock, but Cole kicks and throws a haymaker! Cole stomps JB to a corner, throws more hands then wrenches and whips corner to corner. JB reverses. Cole goes up but JB sees the over and waistlocks. Knuckle lock and CHOP! JB goes up and up and rebounds to arm-drag! Cole gets up but JB dropkicks him out! JB kips up and fans are thunderous as Cole paces. JB waits on Cole as a ring count climbs. Fans are counting along, Cole slides in just to refresh things then bails right back out.

JB gives chase, Cole gets back in and stomps JB down. Cole gets JB up to bump off buckles, then he runs in, into a BOOT! JB goes up but Cole SHOVES him to the floor! Cole soaks up the cheers and jeers as JB clutches his head and legs. Cole goes out to fetch JB, bumps him off the apron, then stomps JB around. Cole puts JB in the ring, drags him up and turns him for a NECKBREAKER! JB sits up, Cole JAMS his knee into JB’s back. Cole clamps on a chinlock and grinds JB to the mat. Fans rally up and JB stands, throws body shots, and runs, but into a BIG back elbow! Cole points to himself and fans are again torn.

Cole stalks JB to ropes, drags him back up and into the corner. Cole wrenches and whips JB corner to corner hard, and JB hits buckles to fall to the mat. Cole grins as he watches JB gets back up. Cole throws forearms, wrenches and whips JB corner to corner then storms over, but JB elbows and forearms and CHOPS! JB whips, Cole reverses but JB dropkicks a leg out! JB keeps moving, Cole sidesteps but the COMEBACK LARIAT takes him down! Fans fire up behind JB as he gets Cole up and suplexes, but Cole wrenches out to throw a forearm. JB throws it back and the two go back and forth. Fans duel with Tarzan Boy and BOOM, JB BOOTS but Cole ENZIGURIS!

JB HEEL KICKS, Cole BOOTS! Cole brings JB up, but JB suplexes to a BRAINBUSTER! Fans are thunderous again as both men are down! Fans cheer for “A E DUB!” as Cole and JB slowly get up. Cole runs in, JB OVERHEAD suplexes him into buckles! Then dead lift GERMANS! Bridging cover, TWO! JB holds on and hoists Cole up to the top rope backwards. JB pulls Cole into a Tree of Woe but Cole knees him away! Cole sits up but JB KICKS him in the back! JB puts Cole back in the Tree, goes corner to corner and back again for a basement dropkick! Cole flops out of the Tree, JB covers, TWO! JB grows a bit frustrated now but Cole’s tougher than that.

JB drags Cole up, CLUBS him, then wrenches to a torture rack! Cole turns that into a cradle, TWO! Cole turns JB around for a BACKSTABBER! Cole gets JB back up, suplexes to a LAST SHOT! Cover, TWO!! JB survives and Cole is learning JB is tough, too! Fans keep rallying and dueling as Cole gets back up. JB slowly sits up, Cole stalks over and talks trash. Cole pie faces JB, fans boo, but JB SLAPS Cole back! JB gets Cole for a POISON-RANA! JB runs and BLINDSIDE LARIATS! Cover, TWO! But JB hurries to wrench, pump handle and rack, SHELLSHOCKED! Cover, TWO!! Cole survives and JB is seeing why he was NXT Triple Crown BAYBAY!

“This is Awesome!” but far from over as JB has to get Cole back up. JB pie faces Cole then runs, but into a SUPERKICK! JB falls out of the ring, Cole takes a moment to catch his breath, and a ring count begins. Cole goes to the corner as the count reaches 4 of 10, but he goes to the apron. Cole aims as JB stands, but JB avoids the sunrise! JB runs and DIVES into a JUMP KICK! Cole hurries to a corner but JB returns to FLYING RANA!! Both men crash to the floor and fans are thunderous! JB hobbles over, gets Cole up and in the ring, then step-in springboards, into a SUPERKICK! Cole is up top, PANAMA SUNRISE!! Cover, TWO?!?! More like 2.99!!

Punk says this kind of action is why he wants to do commentary on his nights off! Cole drags JB up and pulls down a kneepad! Cole runs, ALL ABOUT THE- NO! SNARE TRAP!! JB has Cole caught!! Fans are going nuts as Cole drags himself and JB towards ropes! JB switches grip to get more torque but Cole is almost there! JB drags Cole away but Cole boots him out of the ring! JB returns, gets around but Cole grabs the ref! MULE KICK LOW BLOW!! ALL ABOUT THE BOOM!! Cover, Cole wins!!

Winner: Adam Cole, by pinfall

Cole grins as he gets away with that one! Jungle Jack Perry almost had The Elite’s prodigal son, but The Elite (The, the Elite!) come out to celebrate with their buddy. The Young Bucks, the Good Brothers, Brandon Cutler, Michael Nakazawa, Kenny Omega and Don Callis all strut their way to the ring as AEW goes to break.

 

AEW returns and The Elite is all in the ring.

Karl Anderson wants Rochester to welcome the #SuperElite. To be Elite, you gotta have: the Impact Tag Team Champions, The Good Brothers; Adam Cole BAYBAY; the AEW World Champion, Kenny Omega; and the greatest tag team that’s ever been in the ring, the Young Bucks! And though they don’t have the AEW World Tag Team Championships, they’re still EVP’s: Extremely Violent People! YEP! And then we’ve got Nakazawa and Cutler. Cole then gets the mic to say “I told you so,” because he told us all that he’d beat Jungle Boy, and that’s what he just did! “On top of that, I did it by myself. And do you now why? Because Adam Cole Baybay is ELITE.”

Cole says on top of that, Adam Cole Baybay is undefeated! Cutler gets the mic and says The Elite- SHUT UP, BRANDON. Nick takes the mic and asks Rochester if they’re ready to hear the best promo in all of pro-wrestling! Fans are torn but Nick hands it over to Nakazawa! Wait, what? Nakazawa tells the CM Punk chants to shut up! “I have nothing to say!” He then hands the mic to Omega. Omega says his telephone’s been ringing off the hook, his social medias, from Twitter to “The Gram” to Facebook to even MySpace, full to the brim with the same thing over and over again: “That was possibly the greatest match I’ve ever seen. That was probably AEW Dynamite’s greatest match.” And Omega says, “That’s cool. But see if I care.”

Omega tells Bryan Danielson that he took Omega to his limit. Bryan kicked him in his chest, in his belly, and then cashed in on the promise of kicking his head in. Fans chant “YES! YES! YES!” But Omega says Bryan couldn’t get the job done! The other problem? Bryan has ZERO RECORD, no rematch, and will never see Omega in the ring again. But speaking of, here comes BRYAN DANIELSON! Bryan has a mic to say, “Let’s see. Do you guys wanna see a rematch between me and Kenny Omega?” “YES! YES! YES!” Well the fans want a rematch, Bryan wants a rematch, but it appears Omega doesn’t have the balls to give us one! Fans chant “NO BALLS! NO BALLS!” at Omega.

“Ladies and gentlemen, I present to you, Kenny ‘No Balls’ Omega!” The Elite are upset over that on but fans chant, “Kenny No Balls!” Punk says to put that on a shirt. So now then, let’s see if anyone else in the Elite has balls! Bryan challenges any one of them to a match on Rampage! Omega says that’s funny. Big words from a small little man. Why Rampage? How about right now? Fans do like the sound of that. Omega says today’s lucky day, Bryan is on The Price is Right! Well okay then, but Bryan’s not coming alone! He calls out his back-up! The Elite Hunter, Frankie Kazarian! Captain Charisma, Christian Cage! Jungle Boy and Jurassic Express!

The Elite runs away, not ready to fight an even 6v6! “Kenny No Balls” isn’t doing himself any favors, but when and where will he and The Elite have to take on their rivals?

 

Backstage interview with The Lucha Brothers.

They and Alex Abrahantes stand proud as Rey Fenix & Penta El Zero M are the DUAL AEW World and AAA Tag Team Champions. But Andrade El Idolo interrupts already as he tells the “kids” congrats on having those belts. But where is Pac? No se? Jose has something to say, oddly. It has been a long time since they’ve defended the AAA Tag Team Championships, so it’s about time they do. Oh? Who is he to say that? Andrade says he can get his many luchador friends to take those titles. Fenix says anywhere, anytime, and Penta adds it’s because they have #CeroMiedo! Who, then, will El Idolo enlist as his lucha libre hitmen to take out the Lucha Brothers?

 

Cody Rhodes & Lee Johnson w/ Brandi Rhodes & Arn Anderson VS Matt Sydal & Dante Martin!

The American Nightmare is perhaps still reeling from his loss to Malakai Black, but maybe changing things up with a tag match can help him through. Will he and Big Shotty be able to ground the high-flying duo standing before them?

Teams sort out and Cody starts with Dante, despite Arn’s advice. They tie up, Cody headlocks and hits a takeover. Dante fights up as fans chant, “Cody Sucks!” Dante puts Cody on the ropes, lets off cleanly, and Cody cools off to tag in Johnson. Sydal tags in and now he circles with Johnson. They tie up, Sydal waistlocks, spins and headlocks to a takeover. Sydal floats to stand Johnson up for a snapmare, then again, and then a flying-mare! Johnson sits up into a KICK! Tag to Dante, he and Johnson circle as Arn coaches up Big Shotty. Johnson and Dante tie up, Dante waistlocks but Johnson headlocks.

Dante headlocks back, Johnson powers up and things speed up, Johnson runs Dante over. Things speed up again, Dante LEAPS over Johnson then kicks low. Dante whips but Johnson blocks and slips around to a back suplex. Dante lands on his feet and shoves Johnson to a corner, but Johnson goes up and over to handspring and run back in. Dante FLIPS up and over, then dodges a leg sweep with a handspring. The two stand off and get forehead to forehead. Cody and Sydal jump in to keep this from getting heated, but then Cody throws a forearm to Sydal! Sydal hits back, Dante and Johnson brawl, but Cody throws Sydal out as AEW goes picture in picture.

Cody runs and goes up and up to FLY! Sydal gets clear and Cody crashes! Sydal gets him back with a FLYING KNEE! Dante bumps Johnson off buckles, whips him to ropes but Johnson dodges to DIVE out onto Sydal! Cody and Johnson regroup but Dante runs in to SPRINGBOARD SWANTON! Dante wipes them both out and he’s all fired up! Sydal and Dante regroup and they get Johnson into the ring. The ref restores order and Dante drags Johnson over to tag Sydal. They double whip and leap frog to then double dropkick! Sydal covers, TWO! Sydal keeps on Johnson with a facelock, then floats to get the legs, BOW ‘N’ ARROW!

Johnson endures being bent back but Sydal lets him down to DOUBLJE STOMP his back! Tag to Dante, he runs in to FLIPPING SENTON! Cover, TWO! Dante keeps Johnson from Cody and bumps him hard off buckles. Tag to Sydal, they mug Johnson in the corner, then Sydal CHOPS! Sydal wrenches, reels Johnson in and RUSSIAN LEG SWEEPS! Sydal puts a half straitjacket on Johnson as AEW returns to single picture. Johnson fights up, throws body shots but Sydal half nelsons. Johnson fights free but Sydal elbows free. Sydla runs but into a dropkick! Both men are down, crawl for their corners, hot tags to Cody and Dante! Cody rallies, kick to Rhodes Uppercut! But Dante dropkicks!

Dante runs but into a POWERSLAM! Cover, TWO! Cody gets Dante up, whips but Dante goes WAY up to RANA! Dante and Cody throw big haymakers and forearms, and Dante gets the edge! Dante whips but Cody blocks and ROCKS him with a kick! Cody DISASTER KICKS Sydal, then spins Dante around and hooks him up! DIN’S FIRE!! Cover, TWO!! Dante survives and Cody is shocked! Cody gets Dante up as fans rally and scoops. Sydal gets in, Dante slips off, Sydal ROUNDHOUSES Cody down! Johnson gets in but Sydal RANAS him back out! Dante goes up and leaps for a HUGE missile dropkick! Cover, TWO!

Sydal rallies the fans up as Dante gets back up. Dante goes to a corner and climbs, springboards and TRIANGLE QUEBRADA! Cover, TWO!! Cody scrambles away, Dante runs in but is tossed out! Cody BOOTS Sydal down, Johnson brings him over to tag in! Sydal runs back in, Johnson dodges but Sydal SOBATS! Sydal facelocks but Johnson schoolboys to a SUPERKICK! Sydal bails out, Dante returns band rolls Johnson up, TWO!! Dante runs in, Johnson dodges to SUPERKICK! Fisherman for the USHIGOROSHI! Cover, Johnson and Cody win!

Winners: Cody Rhodes & Lee Johnson, by pinfall

The Nightmare Family wins as Johnson makes sure Cody doesn’t get in Cody’s own way. Tony Schiavone joins them in the ring to congratulate them on the big win. Fans boo but Cody says he knows the audience waited a long time for this show. Why wait? Where is Malakai Black!? Arn tells Cody to stop talking right now. July 7th, Malakai came into AEW and has systematically destroyed the family. This is Cody’s fight. Malakai destroyed Cody and Cody started taking off his boots. What the hell was that about? They didn’t talk that one through! Then in the rematch, Cody gets Malakai hurt but was worried more about Arn. Arn says to hell with worrying about him! It isn’t about Arn!

Arn tells Cody he should’ve finished the fight. Now here’s the difference that’s gonna keep him from going even an inch further. Malakai Black is an assassin, a predator, he will do anything to destroy the man he’s in the ring with. Just asks Lee! Or Arn’s son, Brock. Arn would take the fight but he’s just too damn old. But there are big differences between Arn and Cody is this. “You pull up to a red light, a man jerks your door open and says, ‘Outta the car, I’m taking your car.'” Cody would say, “Okay, take it. Just don’t hurt me.” Arn would pull out his Glock, put it on the man’s forehead and spill his brains on the concrete!

He’s ARN ANDERSON, and all that implies, so he’ll be damned if he’s gonna coach a loser! C’mon, Lee, at least you listen to him. The Coach is leaving Cody behind until Cody gets his guts back. What must the American Nightmare do to keep his life from becoming a nightmare?

 

Six Man Tag: Jon Moxley, Eddie Kingston & Darby Allin w/ Sting VS Anthony Greene & Bear Country!

The violent and unpredictable crew is sticking together for another wild night! Will the Maniac, the Mad King and the Relentless One be ready for a throwback with #RetroAG and the Bear Country boys, Boulder & Bronson?

Teams don’t even sort out because Mox goes right after Boulder! Kingston gets at Bronson so Darby and Greene stare down as those animals spill out of the ring. Greene fires up, but then offers Darby a handshake. Darby takes it, to WRING Greene out! Darby rolls, Magistrol, ONE! Greene gets up but Darby headlocks. Greene powers out but Darby runs him over. Things speed up, Darby arm-drags Greene and clamps onto the arm. Fans rally as Darby wrenches and wristlocks then tags in Kingston. Kingston CLUBS Greene’s arm, CHOPS him against ropes, then whips him to ropes. Kingston KNEES low, whips again and then kitchen sink knees Greene down.

Tag to Moxley but Greene gets away! Boulder tags in and the brawling continues! Moxley dodges to CHOP and CHOP and CHOP! Moxley runs but Boulder rams shoulders. Neither falls so Moxley goes again but Boulder rams him again. So Mox CHOPS Boulder! Moxley runs but leaps into Boulder’s arms! Bronson tags in, Boulder POWERSLAMS and Bronson BACK SENTONS! Cover, TWO! Bronson tags Boulder back in and Boulder DECKS Kingston! Bronson goes up, Boulder gives him an Electric Chair Lift, but Kingston returns to dropkick Boulder’s legs out! Bronson falls and staggers up but he ducks the uraken to back suplex, only for Kingston block.

Kingston switches and GERMAN SUPLEXES Bronson away! Bronson gets folded but Boulder clamps onto Kingston! Moxley waistlocks Boulder and gets him up but Boulder elbows him away. Boulder runs at Moxley but Moxley dodges! Greene tags in before the SNAP GERMAN! Greene lurks, but Darby sees the Bears and SUPER COFFIN DROPS! Greene SUPERKICKS Moxley, blocks Kingston’s kick to KNEE him back, and then goes up top fast! Greene does a pray, tightropes and CROSSBODIES! But he bounces off the maniacs! VIOLENT CROWN!! Cover, the wild things win!

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

Kingston makes sure that though they won, this moment is about Brodie Lee by borrowing a fan’s Brodie Lee sign. Sting gets to do the honors by giving Greene a SCORPION DEATH DROP! Will these violent icons continue to roll on into the Fall?

 

AEW hears from Ruby Soho and Britt Baker.

The Runaway says, “I had 20 thousand people. They were there with me that night. I have never felt like I had so many people in my corner.” The Doctor says that Ruby may have had 20 thousand singing a song, but that’s all. Britt proved again why she is the most dominant woman in pro-wrestling. Ruby knows she can’t just jump back to the front of the line so there’s work to do. Britt says, “Back of the line, babe.” Ruby Nono should know what it’s like to hit rock bottom. Ruby promises the next time she and Britt meet, Britt will learn the consequences of taking something from Ruby she’s wanted long before she ever even got here.

 

16 Man Tag: Orange Cassidy & The Dark Order VS The Hardy Family Office!

Talk about a MASSIVE match! Rare you see anything get even past 10, but we have an EIGHT VS EIGHT right here in Rochester! Freshly Squeezed stands alongside the men Brodie Lee brought out from the shadows and into the light, and they’re ready to bust up Big Money Matt’s conglomerate! But before the match, Hardy has the mic. “A year and a half ago, I was supposed to make my debut, right here in Rochester, New York! But fortunately, that was DELETED, because this place didn’t deserve Matt Hardy’s debut!” Hardy says Rochester is an awful town, and it only produces awful people, and doesn’t deserve a legend like him!

But Cassidy’s entrance interrupts! He’ll be facing Jack Evans in a Hair VS Hair match for Rampage, but he clearly doesn’t mind a quick tune-up. Preston Vance has a new Deathstroke inspired mask as he stands with all of the Dark Order, including Negative One! Is this the moment all seven stars align and win not just as a faction, but as a family?

The teams sort out and Butcher starts with Alex Reynolds, but then Evil Uno tags himself in. That doesn’t sit well already but then Alan Angels, also in a new mask, tags himself in. There’s already arguing but Angels throws off the mask to shove Uno! Butcher and Blade take advantage of the dysfunction and attack all three! Butcher shoves Angels to the corner, hauls him up and suplexes, then Blade adds a CROSSBODY! Cover, Vance breaks it! Blade drags Angels over, Marq Quen tags in and they mug Angels. Tag to Kassidy, Private Party mugs Angels and whips him corner to corner to then bring him back for a BOOT! FLAPJACK BULLDOG!

Kassidy SLAPS Angels down to cover, TWO! Angels hurries and tags in Cassidy, the one man not part of the drama. Private Party runs in but Cassidy dodges them both to double dropkick! And kip up! He fires off those “vicious” kicks but then Jack Evans attacks from behind! Cabana gets in and now everyone joins in! AEW goes picture in picture as it’s a chaotic brawl!

The HFO starts to take control as they throw Dark Order members out, and then Kassidy is cocky as he gets Cassidy up. Kassidy suplexes, covers, TWO! Kassidy drags Cassidy up to suplex again! Cover, TWO! Kassidy tags in Johl and they mug Cassidy. Jora Johl suplexes, holds Cassidy up for a counter of 10, then tags in Quen before the SLAM! Quen slingshots for the senton, then taunts The Dark Order. Quen stomps Cassidy, stands on him, then tags in Kassidy. Private Party whip but Cassidy reverses! Quen goes out, Kassidy whips Cassidy but runs into a boot. Cassidy sends Kassidy out but SILLY STRING FLOPS! Cassidy steps over Kassidy to lukewarm tag Stu Grayson!

Player 2 rallies on Private Party! OVERHEAD Belly2Belly for Kassidy! BOOTS for the mercs and haymakers for the Hybrid2! Blade gets in, Stu dodges to CLOBBER him! Stu whips, Blade reverses and Hardy dumps him out! The HFO mugs Stu but Uno goes right at Blade! The ref keeps him back, Stu is put in and Blade drags him up to tag in Johl. They mug Stu, tag to Angelico and he throws JABS and KICKS! Tag to Butcher, he mugs Stu and then tags Angelico back in. Tag to Evans, TH2 bring Stu around but he fights them off! AEW returns to single picture as TH2 mugs Stu again, then they DECK members of the Dark Order! Stu dodges TH2 to DOUBLE PELE!

Hot tag to Reynolds! Number 3 rallies on the TH2! Dropkick and handspring, but Evans kicks low. Evans runs but Uno moves Reynolds aside to BOOT Evans down! Uno and Reynolds look to each other, Angelico runs in but they both kick and whip. Angelico breaks up the double back drop with a kick to Uno, then he throws Reynolds into Uno! Uno falls out of the ring, Reynolds BOOTS Angelico away! Evans waistlocks but Reynolds breaks free! Pop-up KNEE! Cassidy tags in, he goes up and FALLING SPLASHES! Cover, TWO!! Evans survives but now Uno and Reynolds argue! Uno couldn’t tell Angelico shoved Reynolds into him!? Uno storms off, Stu hurries after.

Cassidy aims at Evans, but Evans turns Orange Punch into Backslide Bridge! Angels breaks it and all hell breaks loose again! The ref shouts for order, Cabana also tries to get Uno to realize what happened, but Negative One brings in special reinforcements: Anna Jay, Tay Conti and MAMA ONE, Amanda Huber! Negative One throws the papers at Uno!! And Amanda shouts at the boys to squash this beef because this is for Brodie! Fans are thunderous and Uno realizes he’s been in the wrong! Uno, Stu and Cabana run back in to join the fray!! The Dark Order clears the ring now, and Rochester is loving this!

Stu FLIES out onto Hardy and Quen! Angels and Cabana coordinate, ASAI MOONSAULTS IN STEREO!! Down go Angelico and Butcher on one side, Jora Johl on the other! Vance and Reynolds team up, UNLUCKY 13! The Powerbomb Moonsault takes out The Blade! Kassidy returns and Vance SPEARS him off the apron onto Hardy, Quen and the Butcher! This brings things back to just Cassidy and Evans! Hot tag to Johl, he runs in at Cassidy, but John Silver tags in to GAMANGIRI Johl! Number 4 CANNONBALLS onto Blade, EuroUppers Butcher, steps on Angelico, and Cabana gives him the go-ahead to BOOT Evans and CLOBBER Private Party!!

Silver is up top, fans are ELECTRIC, and Johl stands up. Silver leaps but Johl gets under, only to run into a TEN OUTTA TEN SPINEBUSTER! Hardy gets up to get an ORANGE PUNCH! Vance hauls Johl up, and feeds him to the BEAVER BOY BLITZ!! Uno and Stu get in on this one, #FINISHHIM! FATALITY!! Silver covers, the Dark Order and Orange Cassidy win!!

Winners: Orange Cassidy & The Dark Order, by pinfall

Finally, all the internal strife is put aside with big handshakes and even bigger hugs! Amanda, Tay and Jay join in, and Negative One is hoisted up onto Vance’s shoulders. Reconciliation on a Wednesday night, you know what that means! Will the Dark Order finally be running on all cylinders towards the top of AEW?

 

AEW hears from Lio Rush.

“Tony K’s been hitting me up for weeks saying that he wants me to be All Elite. Well here I am. You know me. The Man of the Hour, Lio Rush. But you can also call me LBO Lio, because I’m a businessman.” But what is an LBO? It stands for “Leverage Buy Out.” Lio borrows money against companies that need a little guidance. Lio’s the capital, he runs the ship, he makes profit for himself and for the companies, then uses that profit to pay off loans and make sure he and his are straight. That’s true success and wealth. Lio has the keys, it just takes some risk, Rush, repeat. Lio promises it’ll work here, because he’s done it before. Will this investment have big returns for both Lio and AEW?

 

FTR speaks.

Dax Harwood says his daddy always told him, “Son, excuses are just crutches for the week and the untalented. You ain’t weak and you ain’t untalented.” Daddy Harwood was right, but this might be an excuse. FTR lost themselves on the fact Cash Wheeler almost lost his life, and FTR lost themselves on the fact they wanted to embarrass Darby & Sting. But tonight, with the greatest mind in tag team wrestling steering FTR’s ship, they are revitalized, rejuvenated and refocused. And that is very bad news for everyone else in AEW, but very good news for FTR and The Pinnacle. #TopGuys OUT.

 

Dan Lambert and The Men of the Year are in the ring.

He wants to hear from Chris Jericho and see what’s on his mind. But oh wait, Jorge Masvidal’s knee is in Jericho’s mind and now Jericho is at the plastic surgeon’s office, trying to get it removed. But if the fans could shut up and show respect to their elders for once, Lambert will give Jericho a compliment. Jericho’s had one of the greatest careers in this business. And the greatest was taking a floundering start-up promotion stuck in poor booking decisions and recruiting skinny acrobats, putting it on his shoulder, and injected it with rocket fuel to become the hottest promotion in decades.

But not withstanding the series of unfortunate events, the story has an even happier ending than “a Millennial’s night alone in their mom’s basement, if you know what I mean.” Judging from the look of the supposed men in this crowd, they know what he means. As fate would have it, Chris Jericho decided to come out and confront The Men of the Year, as well as American Top Team, “and it was that decision that brought his illustrious career to an end. We bashed his brains into scrambled eggs at Rampage. He will never wrestle again. There will be no more Fozzy records. His earning potential right now is that same as yours: ZERO.”

American Top Team chopped off the head of the AEW snake, made Tony Conman’s job a lot more difficult, and best of all, the junior jock riders that want to see the circus will never again swing on the balls of Jericho! Fans tell Lambert to STFU but he’s already done as Scorpio takes the mic. He tells the fans to shut up, and says about a year ago, he stood in the ring and looked right in the camera and asked, “Are you paying attention?” Scorpio was one of the first champions in AEW! He’s had one of the best winning percentages since DAY ONE. Not that long ago, he climbed the ladder, “grabbed the giant Sonic ring, and become the Face of the Revolution, and it still wasn’t good enough!”

Scorpio says one person who was paying attention was Dan Lambert. “He sees what you ignore! He sees Scorpio Sky as a main eventer! Just like Ethan Page!” Ethan says someone NOT paying attention are the idiots in the crowd! Because they look past guys like Ethan & Scorpio! They don’t see the Men of the Year as tough guys? Why? Just cuz they don’t throw up middle fingers? They don’t swear? They don’t paint their faces? They don’t wear faux leather? The fans think that all makes someone tough? Y’know what’s tough? Two black belts in martial arts! Never being pinned or submitted in AEW!

Ethan is overlooked by not having action figures, show posters or a part in the show intro! But Ethan isn’t going overlooked and neither is Scorpio! Ethan has the best smile in pro-wrestling, the tightest pecs in the game, dresses like a champ, talks like a champ and walks like a champ! And now, he rolls with champions! American Top Team, Men of the Year, they’re THE top team! Strong words but will they back it all up from here on out?

 

Hikaru Shida speaks.

“AEW Dynamite’s second anniversary. In these two years, many things have happened. Moving to America, the women’s tournament in Japan, and being the longest reigning champion in AEW.” But now, Shida is after another great honor: first woman to 50 wins!

Serena Deeb applauds Shida’s win-loss record, but that 50th win won’t mean anything if it isn’t against her, the Woman of 1000 Holds. Shida is excited to face one of the wrestlers she respects most, but Serena says that she invites Shida to the Deeb Dojo. Shida vows to walk out of AEW’s second anniversary the winner against the best technical wrestler in the world. Will the Full Metal Warrior get the big 5-0 as Dynamite turns 2?

 

Anna Jay & Tay Conti VS Penelope Ford & The Bunny!

Two strong duos in the AEW Women’s Division are going to finally settle things, not just for Dark Order VS HFO but for themselves! Will #TayJay knockout the Superbad Girl and her even badder buddy? Or will the HFO at least get one winner’s purse for the week?

Teams don’t even sort out as Tay & Jay rush the ring. Ford & Bunny charge back but Tay & Jay avoid the haymakers to trip them up! Tay & Jay drag Ford & Bunny out, Tay ROCKS Ford with a right while Jay RAMS Bunny into steel steps! Tay snap suplexes Ford to the floor while Jay puts Bunny in the ring. The bell rings, Jay rains down fists on Bunny but Bunny shoves her away. Jay hits back then whips Bunny into the corner for a back elbow. Tag to Tay, they double whip Bunny and then double elbow her down! Cover, TWO! Conti grounds ‘n’ pounds but Ford kicks her down. Jay gets in, Ford ROCKS her with a right, but Conti spins Ford around for drop sayanagi after drop sayanagi!

Tay whips Ford to an open corner, tags Jay, and fans fire up! Tay & Jay each run to a corner, HEEL KICK for Bunny and PUMP KICK for Ford! Tay & Jay switch to do it again, but Bunny dodges and Tay tumbles to the outside! Jay gets distracted but Ford hits a BACKSTABBER! Feed to Bunny’s HOTSHOT, then Bunny sets Jay on the corner. Forearm to Ford’s TRIANGLE KNEE DROP! Fans rally and duel as AEW goes picture in picture.

Ford drags Jay in to rain down forearms, then she drags Jay over to ropes. Ford chokes Jay, thrashes her around but lets off as the ref counts. Ford turns Jay around for a HOTSHOT! Cover, TWO! Ford drags Jay over and tags in Bunny. They mug Jay and Bunny CLAWS Jay’s back! Bunny taunts Conti and distracts the ref so Ford can choke Jay! Bunny then runs in to STOMP Jay down. The bad girls get away with that one as Bunny brings Jay up and around. Bunny whips Jay into the corner again, tags in Ford, then Ford bump Jay off buckles. Ford goes corner to corner to handspring back elbow! Ford goes side to side, Bunny tags in and Ford BOOTS Jay down!

Bunny runs in, SLIDING D! Cover, TWO! Bunny sighs but sits Jay up to KICK her in the back. Bunny wraps on a chinlock and grinds Jay down as AEW goes to break.

AEW returns and both women are down! Bunny and Jay crawl, hot tags to Ford and Conti! Conti rallies with big clotheslines and fans fire up as she SUPERKICKS! Conti spins Ford, goes up and up and leaps to CROSSBODY! Conti drags Ford up, tags Jay and they double snap suplex! Cover, Bunny breaks it! Conti storms in but Bunny throws her out! Jay staggers up, Ford CLUBS her while Bunny CLUBS and KICKS Conti around. Jay swings on Ford but Ford dodges by going Matrix, and springs up to get a STUNNER! Ford fireman’s carries for a GUT BUSTER DROP! Cover, TWO!! Jay survives and Ford is frustrated but fans fire up.

Ford puts Jay in a drop zone, climbs up top, and MOONSAULTS, but FLOPS as Jay moves! Bunny rushes in but Conti drags her back out! Spin and TAY K O!! Jay gets Ford up and wrenches, DANGEROUS JAY KICK, to the QUEENSLAYER!! Ford drops down and fades out, #TayJay wins!!

Winners: Tay Conti & Anna Jay, by submission

Retribution and another celebration for the Dark Order in Brodie Lee Country! Will AEW soon #JoinDarkOrder in all the divisions?

 

AEW looks closer at the coming Women’s Triple Threat.

Mark Sterling says that AEW is finally giving #JadeBrand the challenge she’s been asking for. This Friday on Rampage, Thunder Rosa AND Nyla Rose get their asses beat! But Thunder Rosa reminds us that in a Triple Threat, anything goes. There are no disqualifications, so “you are in store for a major party, ladies!” But Nyla tells Jade and Rosa not to worry. Their pain will be her pleasure! Vickie Guerrero laughs but will she be crying when the Native Beast gets caught by another hungry alpha female?

 

MJF is here!

Maxwell Jacob Friedman, with Wardlow right behind him, heads to the ring and already has a mic. “Cut my music, cut my music.” He’s from upstate, these lowlifes should pipe down. He wants this company to be successful and is willing to do whatever it takes to make that happen, so long as he is given what he deserves. MJF will get to that, but first, “we are on the precipice of something truly spectacular. This company keeps building more and more momentum, and whether I care to admit it or not, there are a handful of young men who have been here since the beginning who will keep pushing this company forward for the next couple of decades.”

Four men he thinks of exactly, like four pillars. Jungle Boy Jack Perry, MJF beat him. Sammy Guevara, MJF beat him. Darby Allin, blah blah blah whatever, and then the strongest pillar of all, the one who had the first match at All In, the first match in the history of AEW, and the youngest athlete to ever main event an AEW PPV. This pillar is a TWO-TIME Dynamite Diamond Ring Champion, the one who is better than you and you know it, MAXWELL JACOB FRIEDMAN. MJF brings all of this up because without him, AEW ain’t s*it! He is the past, present and future of AEW, and that is why HE deserves to be AEW World Champion!!

PIPE DOWN, ROCHESTER! “Tony Khan, we’re real good friends, I love you. As a matter of fact, out of all the Khans in professional wrestling, you’re easily in my top two. However, if you don’t start giving me the opportunities I deserve, well I have other friends from back in the day…” Fans chant for “CM Punk! CM Punk!” and MJF is amused. But speaking of those friends, MJF could go back to MLW and call on BRUCE PRITCHARD. And Brucy’s on speed dial. But wait, here comes that third pillar, DARBY ALLIN! The Relentless One already got his workout in so he’s going to the ring to get in MJF’s face!

MJF wants everyone to hold on and says, “Well if it isn’t freaky deeky Darby! Listen up, buddy. As much as I love the whole school shooter, mime on a surfboard routine, not a huge fan of you interrupting me.” But MJF is sure as to why: Darby is jealous! But let MJF explain something to ol’ Darbarino, the Darbinator, “there is nothing wrong with being the second best guy.” Some of the best number two guys are incredible! Lou Gehrig, Scotty Pippin, and STING! Now MJF, he’s more like Wayne Gretzky, Babe Ruth and Michael Jordan. Darby asks if MJF is done talking. MJF keeps saying he’ll leave if he doesn’t get what he wants, so just GO! No one would care!

Darby says that he is AEW 4 Life until DEATH. How can MJF be the number one pillar when Darby’s been the one to win a title? Oh okay okay! Sick burn, Darb! But as much as MJF loves Darby’s Batman voice… MJF will back off because he does respect Darby for being straightedge. But do people know why Darby’s straightedge? Because when Darby was but a wee little pup, he’d decided to hop in the car with his drunken, sloppy, alcoholic uncle. And they went for a joyride, but they got into an accident. Darby’s uncle died that night, didn’t he? And that’s a travesty, but do you know why? Fans tell MJF he’s an A-Hole as MJF says “That night, the wrong man died!”

MJF eggs Darby on to hit him, but Darby instead keeps his cool and says no. He won’t hit MJF, because MJF will not break him. If MJF has anything else, now’s the time to keep talking. Darby dares MJF to keep talking. Oh, MJF isn’t gonna break Darby? Fine. They’re done. MJF goes out of the ring, Wardlow follows after. Darby just stares MJF down, but this fight has only just begun. Will Darby be the one to break MJF’s streak of singles victories?

 

Bryan Danielson has his Rampage opponent!

Nick Jackson of the Young Bucks steps up to his challenge! Will it be a one man Superkick Party? Or will Bryan prove that he’s got The Elite’s number?

The Dynamite Anniversary just got even bigger!

The Elite WILL face their hunters as it will be an 8 Man Tag! Adam Cole, the Young Bucks and Kenny Omega take on Bryan Danielson, Christian Cage and Jurassic Express! Will the American Dragon earn his way to that 1v1 rematch he wants with Omega? Or will the Cleaner clear him out of the way once and for all?

And on top of that, it is the return of the Casino Ladder Match! Who climbs up to bring down a golden opportunity for the AEW World Championship?

 

AEW hears from Sammy Guevara and Miro.

Sammy says, “I knew Fuego wanted to challenge Miro. I had no idea he was gonna put his f***ing car on the line.” Miro adds, “He kept coming back for more, betting his car, betting his wife, betting his apartment. Maybe he’s got a gambling problem, but that’s not my business.” Sammy knows Miro is over 6 feet, at least 250 pounds of all muscle and built like a Greek god. But friendship with Fuego aside, he’s been working for a title his whole career. Sammy used to do this in his backyard for nobody and nothing! His best friend may’ve lost the car, but Sammy can buy him a new one when they celebrate! That TNT Championship showdown is in the main event, after the break!

AEW TNT Championship: Miro VS Sammy Guevara!

We just heard from both men but now we see who backs words with action! Will the Redeemer “forgive” the Spanish God through a baptism by fire? Or will Sammy disillusion Miro and take that title for his own?

The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and only one can reign on high!

Fans are fired up as Miro paces and Sammy watches him closely. Sammy rushes in but Miro avoids the flying knee with ease. They circle, Sammy tries again but Miro SWATS him out of the air! Miro drops an elbow, then stomps Sammy before dragging him up and knocking him back down! Miro hauls Sammy up in a dead lift suplex! Fans are torn as Miro swaggers about. Miro stomps Sammy’s legs, clubs him on the shoulders, then stands him up to CLUB him in the back! Sammy crawls, Miro stalks up and looms over him. Fans duel as Miro stands Sammy up and swings. Sammy counter punches, throws forearms, then runs, but into a BIG elbow! Cover, ONE!!

Miro watches Sammy closely, brings him back up and takes the necklace up to choke Sammy! The ref counts, Miro lets off and the chain has broken. Miro takes the necklace, throws it away, then stands Sammy up to scoop. Sammy slips out, dodges and runs in to CROSSBODY himself and Miro out of the ring! Both men hit the floor and the ring count begins. Sammy POSTS Miro, CLUBS him, but Miro shoves him away. Miro runs in but is sent into steps! Sammy hurries to bump Miro off the steps, then he climbs up to SMACK Miro off them again! Sammy puts Miro in at 6 of 10, climbs up the corner and aims, SHOOTING STAR into Miro’s arms!!

Miro gets Sammy back up to OVERHEAD Belly2Belly him away! Fans are thunderous as AEW goes picture in picture!

Miro takes his time to gloat at the corners, but he doesn’t seem tog et a good enough reception. He finds the right one and stands up tall to soak up cheers and jeers. Miro then goes back to Sammy where he fell, drags him up and throws body shots and KICKS. Sammy falls over and Miro seems a bit disappointed. Miro goes out to walk around and cool off. Miro doesn’t want the fans to cheer, but Sammy goes out to CLOBBER him! Sammy POSTS Miro again, hobbles after him and CLUBS him, but Miro scoops Sammy to FALL AWAY SLAM! Sammy flounders and Miro storms over to stand on his head! The fans boo but Miro grinds his boot into Sammy’s face.

Miro drags Sammy back up, SLAPS him around, but Sammy fires forearms in return! Sammy CHOPS, forearms, repeat, but Miro POSTS him! Sammy flounders into the ring, Miro goes in to cover, TWO! Miro stalks Sammy, almost taunting him with his grin, and then wraps on a chinlock. Sammy endures as Miro squeezes tight and AEW returns to single picture. Fans rally up, Miro lets off to drive in elbow after elbow into Sammy’s shoulders, then he puts the chinlock back on. Miro grinds Sammy into the mat but fans still rally up behind him. Sammy fights back up and JAWBREAKERS free! Miro staggers but he whips Sammy to a corner.

Miro runs in but Sammy dodges and leaps, but into a GERMAN SUPLEX! Miro reaches up to the sky to gather up power, and he stands Sammy up to short arm LARIAT! Miro encourages fans to get louder as he stands Sammy up again. Short arm LARIAT! Sammy flounders around, fans want “One More Time!” Miro likes the sound of that and encourages them to get louder. Miro then stands Sammy up, runs, but into a SPANISH FLY!! Sammy fires up now and fans join him! Sammy aims and SUPERKICKS! Miro sits up but Sammy aims again, RUNNING KNEE! Sammy keeps Miro reeling, he runs in again but Miro gets around! GERMAN SUPLEX, but Sammy lands on his feet!

Miro runs in at Sammy but Sammy dodges, Miro goes up and over then to the floor! Miro flounders up now, Sammy builds speed to FLY over the corner!! Direct hit and fans lose their minds! Sammy gets Miro up, puts him into the ring then hurries up top! But Miro gets up so Sammy leaps over! Sammy leaps in, into a SWINGING URENAGE! Cover, TWO!! Sammy survives and frustrates Miro! “This is Awesome!” but Miro is upset. Miro storms around, aims from a corner and stomps the mat. Miro wants Sammy to stand, and Sammy slowly rises. BEST KICK misses and Sammy KNEES Miro in the corner! Sammy KNEES Miro again, then runs in to RAM Miro and GAMANGIRI!

Sammy goes up as Miro staggers. Sammy throws down hands but Miro throws them back! Miro climbs up to join Sammy, but Sammy fights back with body shots and forearms! Sammy headbutts Miro down, then leaps to FLYING CUTTER!! Sammy slashes the throat, torture racks but Miro is too big for Sammy! Miro shoves Sammy away to BEST KICK! Cover, TWO!?! Sammy survives and Miro is furious! Miro shouts, “GAME! O-” But Sammy flops out of the ring! Miro takes his rage out on a corner turnbuckle pad! And then another in another corner! The ref reprimands but Miro keeps pulling the top buckles.

But here comes Fuego! Fuego won’t let Miro take anymore pads away, but Miro DECKS him! Sammy returns, KNEE! Miro staggers into a bare buckle!!Sammy then gets Miro for a TORNADO DDT!!! Fuego’s spirit is helping Sammy! TORTURE RACK TO GO TO HOSPITAL!! Sammy hurries up top! SAMMY 630!! Cover, SAMMY WINS!!

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

The Spanish God dethrones the false prophet! Brodie Lee would surely be proud of Sammy taking up the belt he loved so much! Negative One, Alan Angels, even Dante Martin, Capt. Shawn Dean, Matt Sydal and the rest of the Dark Order run out to celebrate with Sammy! Will this be a shining new era for AEW?


My Thoughts:

An awesome episode for AEW, especially with it being so much in honor of Jon Huber/Brodie Lee. As such, I really love that it was the moment The Dark Order got over their dysfunction as a faction in what was already a really exciting and fun 16 Man Tag. Also I think AEW just set the record for biggest tag match on number of participants. But I do wish we just went right into #TayJay VS Ford & Bunny. Yes, Men of the Year had a great promo to restate things they said from a Grand Slam backstage promo they had, but I do not need Dan Lambert making things gross with the tired cliché of being the bully saying nerds are in basements jackin’ it. We just needed Inner Circle VS Men of the Year, not an awful pro-wrestling VS MMA invasion crossover fusion.

Awesome stuff from Cole VS Jungle Boy to open, though. And we got more great stuff as the enemies of The Elite close in. Bryan VS Nick Jackson is going to be great for Rampage, the 8 Man at the Anniversary is going to be awesome, but somehow, someway, this has to lead to Omega VS Bryan at Full Gear. Lucha Brothers being called out by El Idolo and Jose was pretty good stuff, and I definitely like that we’re getting more AAA X AEW. Honestly, any AAA tag team could show up and it’s going to be a great match and great exposure for American audiences to AAA’s talent.

We got a great match out of Cody & Johnson VS Sydal & Dante, and I like that Johnson was the one taking charge at the end since Cody has to “get his head right.” I am really shocked that Arn went that far with his promo but hey, fans seemed into it. Cody’s got a crisis of confidence coming, but I feel like it should’ve been him getting mad at Arn and Johnson. Cody can bring up how hectic his life is being new father and EVP, among other things, so of course he’d struggle in the ring. It’d be understandable but also selfish, making for a good dynamic of Heel and Face for a Tweener Cody we haven’t seen in awhile. Also, it plugs Rhodes to the Top which is right up AEW’s alley.

Lio Rush delivered his promo well, but is he really going to be AEW’s stonks man like NXT has Cameron Grimes? Shida VS Deeb is going to be killer for the Anniversary, and I fully expect Shida to get her 50th for that night to make it very historic. FTR gave a good promo, in that it was mostly Dax giving that promo, but he really is a strong talker. I’m still sensing Santana & Ortiz will get in on the tag title scene first but FTR will still stay strong in some way to stay near the top five. We got a good promo from Ruby and Britt, much in the way Miro and Eddie Kingston had a promo to kinda cap off their feud. Ruby could feud with quite a few midcard women and stay strong in her own right.

MJF had another powerful promo, because for one, he definitely has a point about the AEW Four Pillars. Jungle Boy, Sammy Guevara, Darby Allin and MJF are definitely top choices in their generation and just about the entire roster or any roster. And MJF mentioning Darby, I had a feeling they would be up next for each other. But DAMN, they’re really letting MJF go after some personal territory. Moxley, Kingston & Darby had a really fun match with Greene & Bear Country but we’re definitely going to get some killer stuff out of MJF and Darby, maybe even Sting and Wardlow on the side. The feud with the Pinnacle could even bring Moxley and Kingston along so that they go after FTR in a real great bunch of scraps.

And of course, that TNT Championship match was awesome stuff. I figured Fuego would get involved somehow but I am genuinely surprised Sammy won tonight. I didn’t think Miro was going to lose until he’d cleared out a few more names, but what a night to make history when it comes to the title Brodie Lee helped pump up with his feud against Cody Rhodes. Of course there is “corporate synergy” forcing us to watch the Rhodes to the Top premiere, with Sammy Guevara’s celebratory promo happening during a commercial break for Cody’s reality show. Either way, this is definitely quite the great shocker, and I would love to see where they go for this towards Full Gear.

My Score: 9.3/10


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Mitchell’s AEW Dynamite Results & Report! (2/1/23)

Dynamite is No Holds Barred!

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Will Darby Allin still be the Relentless TNT Champion?

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

OFFICIAL RESULTS

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

PLAY BY PLAY

Jon Moxley w/ Wheeler Yuta VS Hangman Page!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Winner: Jon Moxley, by pinfall

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

Winners: The Acclaimed, by pinfall

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

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

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

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

 

Backstage interview with Jack Perry.

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

 

Brian Cage w/ Prince Nana VS Konosuke Takeshita!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Winner: Konosuke Takeshita, by pinfall

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

 

Backstage interview with the Jericho Appreciation Society.

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

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

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

 

The Elite speak.

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

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

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

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

 

Bryan Danielson VS Timothy Thatcher!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Winner: Bryan Danielson, by pinfall

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

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

 

Mogul Affiliates speak.

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

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

 

BREAKING NEWS for next week!

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

Backstage interview with LFI.

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Backstage interview with Britt Baker.

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

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

 

BREAKING NEWS for Rampage!

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


My Thoughts:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

My Score: 9/10


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Mitchell’s AEW Dark Results & Report! (1/31/23)

Orlando stays Dark!

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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!

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • 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.

QUICK NOTES

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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