Dynamite gives Cincinnati’s own a violent homecoming!
And that’s just how Jon Moxley likes it! The Maniac takes on the Meanest Man in the World, will Minoru Suzuki’s AEW in-ring debut be absolutely brutal?
- Dustin Rhodes VS Malakai Black; Malakai wins.
- “Powerhouse” Will Hobbs VS Dante Martin; Hobbs wins.
- Ruby Soho VS Jamie Hayter w/ Britt Baker & Rebel; Soho wins.
- Six Man Tag: The Pinnacle w/ Tully Blanchard VS The Dark Order; The Pinnacle wins.
- Jon Moxley VS Minoru Suzuki; Moxley wins.
PLAY BY PLAY
Dustin Rhodes VS Malakai Black!
Naturally, the Natural wants revenge for what happened to his brother, Cody, as well as Arn Anderson, Brock Anderson and Lee Johnson. However, when seeking revenge, you dig two graves: one for your enemy, and one for yourself. Will one or both of those proverbial graves be filled tonight? Or will Malakai simply give Dustin two coins to pay the toll at the River Styx?
The bell rings and these two fire off! Malakai knees low, boots but Dustin comes back to rally with clotheslines! Atomic drop and a running kick knocks Malakai down, but he ROUNDHOUSES Dustin back! Dustin comes back to ROCK Malakai with an uppercut, then he CLAWS Malakai’s back! Dustin keeps Malakai caught in the corner and he fires off body shot after body shot. Malakai resists but Dustin still GERMAN SUPLEXES him out of the corner! Dustin drops an elbow, paces around, then drags Malakai up to throw him out. Dustin goes out after Malakai to ROCK him with another uppercut! The ref wants this back in the ring but Malakai goes to the timekeeper’s area.
Dustin stalks Malakai and reels him in, but Malakai shoves free to BOOT Dustin! BACK SUPLEX through the timekeeper’s table! Fans are fired up and losing their minds as Makalai paces about. Malakai goes back to the ring to leave Dustin behind, and while the ref checks on Dustin, Malakai exposes a buckle! Malakai goes after Dustin again with kicks then brings him around to KICK into the ring. Malakai throws hands, fans rally and duel as Dustin ends up in a corner. Malakai throws uppercuts, Dustin hits back with haymakers! Malakai knees low, whips but Dustin reverses. Malakai stops himself, sends Dustin into buckles but Dustin elbows him away.
Dustin runs but into a kitchen sink knee! Cover, TWO! Dustin gets to ropes but Malakai drags him away with a chinlock. Malakai grinds Dustin down but fans rally up. Dustin fights to his feet, throws body shots but Malakai drops to get a leg for a KNEEBAR! Dustin endures as Malakai also has a HEEL HOOK in it! Dustin reaches, fans fire up and Dustin gets the ropebreak! Malakai holds on, lets go as the ref counts 4, then stomps away on the legs. Malakai KICKS Dustin’s leg, Dustin hobbles but Malakai keeps after him. Dustin hits back with uppercuts but Malakai KICKS his leg out! Fans rally and duel as hard as ever, cover, TWO!
Malakai gets a leg but Dustin kicks him away. Malakai kicks Dustin to a corner, whips him corner to corner but the leg gives out! Fans boo but Malakai grins as he stalks over to Dustin. “Are you not entertained?” Fans are mixed again as Malakai toys with Dustin. Malakai kicks Dustin around but Dustin fires up! Dustin uppercuts, Malakai kicks the leg! Dustin blocks the next kick to shove and clothesline! Dustin rallies up again, kicks low and hits the Rhodes Uppercut! Malakai is against ropes, Dustin falls for a feint, but then Dustin dodges the Penalty Kick to get the POWERSLAM after all! Cover, TWO! Malakai is showing his toughness but Dustin fires the fans up.
Dustin gets Malakai up, reels him in and calls for the end, but his leg bothers him! Malakai back drops, Dustin sunset flips! TWO, and Dustin ROCKS Malakai with another uppercut! Malakai is in the corner, Dustin climbs up and rains down fists! Malakai slips out at 7 to KICK Dustin’s leg out! Malakai aims from a corner, RUNNING KNEE! Cover, TWO!! Dustin survives and infuriates Malakai! Malakai snarls as he goes out and looks under the ring. He brings out Cody Rhodes’ boot! The boot Cody took off and Malakai took away! Malakai throws it to Dustin and dares him to avenge his brother. Dustin picks up the boot, glares at Malakai, but doesn’t use it as he kicks Malakai low!
Malakai kicks back, Dustin kicks again, hits the Rhodes Uppercut again, and then whips Malakai to a corner. Malakai reverses but runs into another kick! DESTROYER from Dustin!! Cover, TWO!! Malakai survives again and Dustin can’t believe it! Fans tell Dustin, “You Still Got It!” but he has to end it! Dustin reels Malakai in, suplexes, but Malakai slips out and gets away. Dustin runs in and fires off more haymakers! Dustin headlocks but Malakai slips out of the bulldog! Dustin runs back in, Malakai sweeps the legs and Dustin hits the bare buckle with his head! BLACK MASS!! Cover, Malakai wins!
Winner: Malakai Black, by pinfall
Dustin kept true to his morals, but so did Malakai. It’s just that Malakai has immorals! Dustin is bleeding from the mouth and a glassy look in the eyes, has the Nightmare Family fallen?
The Lucha Brothers speak.
Rey Fenix says, “Finally! The best tag team in the universe are the NEW AEW World Tag Team Champions!” Penta says in Spanish and Alex Abrahantes translates, “These championships cost us blood, sweat and tears. Anyone out there willing to suffer is welcome to try and take these from us.” Will any team in AEW find the courage to take on #CeroMiedo?
AEW hears from both Eddie Kingston and Miro.
“All Out. Biggest pay-per-view in history. Not just for AEW, but for all of professional wrestling. Me and you, Miro, we kicked it off, we started it off, and we went at it like two men are supposed to go at it. But then you go and use a low blow.” Anyone who knows anything about God knows that he has no favorites. That when it rains, it pours on the just and the unjust all the same. But the AEW TNT Champion recounts how Kingston said they’d walk through hell. Kingston can’t hurt a man as hot as Miro. Miro had to ice off his balls, too, Kingston. But he will offer Kingston’s broken bones to his bride and his soul to God. “This is the word of the Redeemer.” Are things far from done between the Mad King and the Best Man?
CM Punk is here!
The Best in the World was victorious in his return to action, and though this isn’t Chicago, Cincinnati is just as fired up to see him. And Punk is fired up to see Cincinnati! “We’re gonna get right to it, I’m gonna step all over your chanting. I wanna thank Darby Allin, and I wanna thank Sting, and I wanna thank all of you.” Punk comes out and won’t lie, he didn’t know if he had what it takes. But it’s like riding a violent bicycle! He’s back on the bike and wants to get in this ring again. Fans chant, “You Still Got It!” and he thanks them.
But guess what else we got? Karl Gotch trained Minoru Suzuki is in one hell of a main event that Punk as a wrestling fan will watch, “a local Cincinnati Maniac,” Jon Moxley take Suzuki on! And Punk also wants to say that Linda, who raised young Brian Pillman, is legitimately an angel. Fans cheer for Linda and Linda thanks them all for that. Punk says they’re “all about giving people their flowers here,” and notes that he saw Dark Side of the Ring and wants her and everyone to know that she is an angel and that we all appreciate her. Now who saw the PPV?! Fans all here cheer that. “Ruby Soho!” Fans of course cheer. “Adam Cole.” BAYBAY! “Bryan Danielson.” Fans all cheer “YES! YES! YES!”
Punk says the first person he texted as soon as he was out of the ring was his wife, April, and she said, “Baby, what’s next?” And Punk said, “I dunno.” Maybe Punk will leave it up to the fans. What is next for Punk? Fans seem to chant any number of names, but it sounds mostly like Moxley or Brian Pillman. But then Taz speaks up from commentary? Taz wants Punk to hear him out but fans boo. Punk says out of respect, they should let Taz speak. But also, don’t ever interrupt again! Taz says he is trying to be a gentleman, but Punk wants to be a tough guy so here’s the tough version. Taz has known Punk a real long time, and is tired of the BS love fest Punk’s putting on!
So while Punk was impressive in his one match with Darby, Taz wants to tell him this: “Don’t you ever mention out of your mouth any members of Team Taz that you wanna face. Don’t you ever do that.” Nobody was going on about Team Taz. Punk was just asking who fans wanted to see Punk face and the fans were saying Moxley and Pillman. But speaking of Team Taz, here comes Will Hobbs and Hook. Taz says Punk mentioned Team Taz on social media, interviews, radio spots, cuz Punk’s ass is everywhere right now! But don’t do it, Punk.
Punk laughs a bit and says since they have known each other and respects him, “Send Starks! Send Hook! Send me HOBBS!” And check it, all FOUR of them, “beat me if you can! Survive if I let you!” Punk just used Taz’s words against him, but will he have to watch out for the moment Team Taz takes him up on those words?
Santana and Ortiz speak.
Santana starts, “FTR, for the last few months, we sparked a new beginning within Santana and Ortiz. And after we beat them last week, now we’ve shifted our focus to the rest of this division. We climbing those ranks, we coming for that top spot, because everybody knows where we belong.” Ortiz says THEY’RE the best! So prove them wrong, boys!
Backstage interview with Ruby Soho.
Tony Schiavone says Soho won as the Joker in the Women’s Casino Battle Royal and has her title shot. Ruby gave an open challenge heading into tonight, and Britt Baker’s new pal, Jamie Hayter, accepted. Ruby says that she issued the challenge to make us see she didn’t just get lucky on Sunday. But Britt barges in with, “I would like to know why we’re wasting valuable TV time on the flavor of the week.” Britt says Ruby will become completely irrelevant after Hayter beats her tonight and after Britt retains her women’s world title.
Ruby says “Hello, Brittney. Nice to see you.” Ruby says these two have known each other a long time, because Ruby helped Britt break into the business. Which means Ruby knows what Britt is doing. Britt has given herself so many nicknames, from Role Model to Face of the Women’s Division to Ruby’s personal fav, “Baddest bitch on the block.” Britt says all this so that we don’t see what she’s not. Ruby says this is HER block now. Oh, well, what about the most epic nickname, AEW Women’s World Champion? And let’s talk about Ruby’s nickname, “Runaway.” Maybe Ruby should run away to catering where she’s been the last four years of her life!
Ruby gets heated but Hayter steps in. The match is coming, Britt has to rest from her title match. But Hayter will serve up plenty of whoop-ass, courtesy of Britt Baker, DMD. Team Doctor leaves and Ruby tells Schiavone that Britt may be his girl, but Ruby’s gonna whoop that girl’s ass. Will the Runaway run away with that title the first chance she gets?
“Powerhouse” Will Hobbs VS Dante Martin!
There’s beef between Taz and Punk now, but #TownBidness has to focus on Angel Dorado. Will strength or speed win out here in Cincinnati? We find out, after the break.
AEW returns to the ring and Dante Martin makes his entrance. Dante slides into the ring, but Hobbs gets him right away with a waistlock! The bell rings and Hobbs hits a back suplex! Dante lands on his feet but Hobbs CLOBBERS him! Hobbs looms over Dante, drags him up with two hands and whips but Dante kicks and fires off forearms! Dante dodges, springboards, but Hobbs catches him! Dante slips out, shoves, but then ducks and dodges again to then jump up and over and shotgun dropkick Hobbs out! Fans fire up with Dante and he builds speed to DIVE! But Hobbs catches Dante and TOSSES him into the post! Hobbs snarls as the ref reprimands him.
Hobbs tells fans to shut up about Punk, then he drags Dante up to dig his face into the post! The ref counts, Hobbs lets off and talks more trash as he whips Dante into the railing! Dante falls and grits his teeth but Hobbs slaps him around. Hobbs mocks the CM Punk chants, then drags Dante up to whip him into railing again! Hobbs refreshes the count as AEW goes picture in picture.
Hobbs hauls Dante up again, TOSSES him into the ring through the ropes, then takes his time returning. Hobbs KICKS Dante in the side, smirks, but Dante throws body shots! Hobbs CLUBS Dante down and clamps on a chinlock for crossface forearms! Hobbs grins as he clobbers Dante again, then pushes him around. Dante gets up but Hobbs dead lift suplexes him! And stalls for 5 before he SLAMS Dante down! Hook cheers but fans don’t seem as supportive. Hobbs suplexes to SLAM Dante down again, then he drags Dante to a corner. Hobbs chokes Dante on the ropes but lets off as the ref counts. Dante sputters while Hobbs snarls and scowls.
Hobbs pushes Dante around, brings him up, and throws him down by his hair! Hobbs looms over Dante, hauls him up and reels him into a bearhug! Dante endures but Hobbs thrashes him around! AEW returns to single picture, Cincy rallies for Dante but Hobbs SLAMS him down! Hobbs chuckles before he drops a knee on Dante’s gut! Then into the ribs! Hobbs gets annoyed that fans cheer for Dante but Hobbs has some supporters. Hobbs drops his kneepad to then drop a knee right into Dante’s gut! Hobbs even pulls Dante into the knee by clinching his head. Dante endures so Hobbs hammers away with big fists!
Hobbs lets off just to soak up the heat, and then he mockingly says, “It’s clobbering time!” Hobbs CLUBS Dante, gets space, but Dante dodges the knee drop! Hobbs winces, Dante gets up and kicks and then basement tiger feints! Hobbs hobbles, Dante gets up in a corner and goes up top. Dante leaps for a BIG missile dropkick! Then a BIG senton! Cover, TWO! Dante’s hangtime didn’t keep Hobbs down but Dante keeps moving. BOOT against the ropes and Hobbs falls out of the ring! Dante builds speed but Hook blocks the way! Fans boo but Dante just sighs. And then goes again to FLY over Hook to wipe out Hobbs!
Fans fire up with Dante as he gets Hobbs up. Dante manages to get Hobbs into the ring despite the size difference, then he goes to the apron. Dante aims, ENZIGURI and Hobbs wobbles! Hobbs stands, Dante GAMANGIRIS! Dante slingshots and goes around to dodge Hobbs, then CALF KICK! Dante keeps moving, forearm smash! Dante goes corner to corner, but into a HUGE SPINEBUSTER!! Cover, Hobbs wins!
Winner: Will Hobbs, by pinfall
The Powerhouse didn’t even need to use Town Bidness, that spinebuster from the mountaintop was enough! Will Hobbs be using that same power to crush everyone on his way to the top, and CM Punk?
Dan Lambert and the Men of the Year are here!
But up in the nosebleeds again. Lambert sarcastically says, “Well congratulations to AEW on bringing in CM Punk. And Bryan Danielson and Ruby Soho and Adam Cole and every other skinny little dork that’s 5’9″ or shorter that Tony Conman can use to deflect the spotlight away from the truth. But that truth is a persistent little fellow. No matter how hard you try to cover it up, no matter what depths you will go to keep it buried, no matter how easy it is you think it is to hide it from these mindless Millennials that make up this fanbase, it will always be there to show its face.” Fans chant STFU at Lambert as he continues with his rant.
“You may think this company is the hottest thing going in the world of professional wrestling. And you may think that you can keep playing these idiots like a fiddle. Hell, you may even trick most of them into looking up the lyrics to one of the worst songs in the history of the world and watch as they sing it to the heavens.” Ethan Page laughs while Scorpio Sky pretends to dry heave. “But you will never be able to hide the truth for long. This company has two real men wrestling for it, and you’re looking at them right now!” Yes, he means Ethan & Scorpio. But together, they will scream the truth with the voices of a thousand.
So if any tough guys can shut them up, Lambert invites them to do so rather than later before the truth burns AEW to the ground and we don’t need to hear the chant of “A E Dub.” The gauntlet has been cast, who will pick it up to drink the tears of Lambert and his “real men,” All Ego & The Closer?
AEW hears from Matt Hardy and Orange Cassidy.
Big Money Matt says, “Orange Cassidy, you think you’re so cool when you run your fingers through your hair. I am going to take your hair! I am going to shave your head!” Chuck Taylor whispers something to Cassidy and Cassidy says, “Matt Hardy said he wants to cut my hair. Whatever.” Wait, are we going to have a Hair VS Hair match in AEW? Will Hardy put his money where his mouth is? Or will he go bald trying?
MJF and Wardlow are here!
Maxwell Jacob Friedman has a mic and he scowls as he goes to the ring. He has the music cut early as fans chant at him, “You Tapped Out!” MJF explains to the “potbelly pigs” that prior to Sunday, he beat “that stumbling shmuck, Chris Jericho, three times!” That is true, but then MJF says he won a fourth time, clean and smack dab in the middle of the ring! Well… “But after the bell was rung and my music was hit, my match was restarted due to extreme bias against me.” And there IS bias against MJF because everyone in the back wants to BE MJF. But he wouldn’t expect a bunch of people to understand what he’s saying, since they’re all from “Shitsinnati.”
Now obviously these fans are gonna get on Twitter and type in all caps that “OMG MJF THAT’S NOT FAIR!” Let him make this clear to the marks: MJF means every word he says when he says Cincinnati, Ohio “is the biggest dumpster fire in the world!” Fans boo harder but MJF says this is the Midwest because everything in here is “mid.” (So not great, for one) Skyline Chili, #MID! The Cincinnati Reds, who haven’t won a World Series since 1990, #MID! And every single person who lives here? #MID! Oh, got a problem with MJF now, Cincy? How about they do something? Like jump the guardrail like he can beat the crap out of everyone in here! Oh wait, they won’t, they’re all cowards.
And look what’s right up front! Ms. Linda, don’t you make eye contract, he’ll knock her teeth out! And that also goes for lil’ miss 16 & Pregnant right next to her! Let’s see, is Daddy the father of that child? Oh, sorry, Roseanne, you got something to say? Should MJF get closer? Sure, why not! What you got, Preggo? She tells MJF that she is daughter of Cincinnati’s own, “The Loose Cannon,” Brian Pillman! Fans fire up for that one! MJF says, “Well, that certainly would explain your vile looks, so…” But here comes her brother, Brian Pillman JUNIOR! Bulletproof is fired up for being home, too, but he’s also heading to the ring.
“Maxwell Jacob Friedman. Or should I say, Maxwell Jerkoff Friedman?” MJF doesn’t like that nickname but BPJ hears him talking trash about his hometown AND his family. Now, Max, we all know your good silver spoon upbringing. And MJF thinks where he’s from is the best place on earth. But BPJ says where he is from “is a place that breeds badasses!” Badasses like Brian Pillman Sr! Like Jon Moxley! MJF, you may be from luxurious Long Island, but BPJ is from the streets of Cincy, WELCOME TO THE JUNGLE! Fans are fired up for BPJ but MJF says, “Let me get this straight, Junior.” He thought it was a good idea to step to the mic with MJF? Yeah, real smart.
A real shame that BPJ’s mom, #Methanie- NOW BPJ rushes the ring! Wardlow stands guard but MJF says he meant to say Melanie. But it is a shame she couldn’t have birthed just about 500 other different second generation wrestlers, but unfortunately for MJF, she forgot to do to BPJ what she did to all the other prospects and swallow. Wardlow, sorry, but are you trying to help MJF like he did Sunday? Uh oh. MJF wants Wardlow to do him a solid and just stand in the corner and look pretty. MJF tells BPJ that if BPJ doesn’t get out of here right now, MJF will do to BPJ what Mama Pillman should’ve done to him 28 years ago and AB-
BPJ TACKLES MJF! And because Wardlow was told to stand aside, he lets it happen! BPJ fires off fists, but then Wardlow drags BPJ off to stop it before it gets too much. But then BPJ jukes him to stomp a mudhole into MJF! Wardlow waistlocks for a GERMAN SUPLEX! Fans boo but here comes Griff Garrison! But Wardlow CLOBBERS the Ivy League MVP, then feeds him to MJF’s Dynamite Diamond Ring PUNCH! Fans boo as the Varsity Blonds are down. MJF sits Griff up and aims that pinkie ring again. But BPJ jumps in to shield his friend and tag partner. Fans taunt MJF with, “You Tapped Out!” so MJF and Wardlow leave it at this. Is this far from done between the Salt of the Earth and Bulletproof Brian Pillman Jr?
Jon Moxley speaks.
“Minoru Suzuki. The most violent and sadistic wrestler in the history of Japan. The king of pro-wrestling, the King of Pancrase.” Maybe it’s just Moxley and where he’s from, but he never found Suzuki all that scary. Tonight, welcome to the jungle. “You gonna die~!”
Ruby Soho VS Jamie Hayter w/ Britt Baker & Rebel!
Things got personal backstage, but the Runaway will try to keep it business in the ring. Will Ruby run through the professional Hayter to get at her next destination?
The bell rings and Hayter tells fans to stop cheering for Ruby. Fans don’t care, they keep chanting for Ruby as she and Hayter circle. They tie up, Hayter shoves Ruby away but Ruby shrugs it off. They go again, Hayter puts Ruby in a corner, but the ref counts. Hayter lets off with a smack to Ruby’s cheek, but she smirks and goes right at Hayter. Ruby waistlocks, Hayter pries free to get a headlock, but Ruby throws body shots. Ruby powers out, Hayter runs her over! Things speed up, Ruby goes to hip toss but Hayter blocks. Hayter throws a body shot then goes to hip toss but Ruby blocks that to get the cording hold! Hayter goes to throw hands but Ruby cranks the arm!
Ruby throws forearms while Hayter is trapped, but Hayter pulls hair and whips free. Ruby rolls, comes back to block a kick and then KNEES Hayter back. Hayter ends up on ropes, Ruby runs in, but into a FLAPJACK HOTSHOT! Hayter throws Ruby hard into the bottom rope and Ruby sputters and gasps. Hayter KICKS Ruby then kicks her out of the ring as AEW goes picture in picture.
Hayter stalks after Ruby on the outside with Britt talking her up. Hayter gets Ruby up and brings her around the way to RAM into railing! Ruby grits her teeth and Britt talks trash while Hayter kicks and swipes at rowdy fans. Britt brings over a fan’s Ruby Soho sign, and Hayter takes it to rip it up! The ref has Britt and Rebel back off and Ruby throws hands on Hayter! Hayter CLUBS Ruby, gets her up and APRON BACK SUPLEXES! Hayter then makes sure the fan sees the torn pieces of their sign before soak up the heat. Hayter stalks Ruby and kicks her down, but Ruby throws body shots. Hayter CLUBS Ruby, Ruby throws body shots again then stomps a foot!
Ruby runs but into a SPINEBUSTER! Hayter rains down furious forearms then covers, TWO! Hayter argues the count but the ref says it was fair. Ruby gest to a corner, Hayter digs her boot in but lets off as the ref counts. Ruby sputters, Hayter argues with the ref again, then Hayter CLUBS Ruby again. Hayter bumps Ruby off buckles, then does it again but harder! And then again but harder still, having hit all three levels in the same corner. Hayter soaks up the heat and even eggs it on, and Britt gets a cheap shot in! Britt gets away with that before Hayter stomps a mudhole. AEW returns to single picture as Hayter whips Ruby corner to corner.
Hayter runs in but Ruby elbows her! Ruby goes up and hits DEADLY NIGHTSHADE! Fans fire up, Ruby goes side to side and YAKUZA KICKS Hayter in the back! Then the other way for another YAKUZA KICK! Then a third YAKUZA KICK! Fans fire up as Hayter staggers, but Hayter blocks the running Code Breaker! Hayter has Ruby rebound off ropes, only for Ruby to make that a TORNADO DDT! Cover, TWO! Hayter survives and Britt is relieved but Ruby grits her teeth. Ruby drags Hayter around, wrenches but Hayter clubs free! Hayter holds off the saido with clubbing elbows, then Electric Chair lifts Ruby! Ruby fights that, leans back and POISON-RANA ADJACENT! Cover, TWO!
Ruby gets Hayter up to throw haymakers but Hayter cravats for a NECKBREAKER! Hayter gets Ruby up, fireman’s carries, and USHIGOROSHI! Then Hayter runs to SLIDING LARIAT! Cover, TWO!! Ruby survives and frustrates Team Doctor! Hayter fires up, runs but Ruby wrenches to the RIOTT KICK!! Cover, Ruby wins!
Winner: Ruby Soho, by pinfall
That destination came outta nowhere but now here comes Britt! She CLOBBERS Ruby, and Rebel just laughs and shouts at Ruby as Britt gets her up, FISHERMAN SCREW! But here comes RIHO! Riho DECKS Rebel, ROCKS Britt, but Hayter hits a BACKBREAKER! Hayter drags Ruby over to line her up, but here comes KRIS STATLANDER! And Statlander has a CHAIR! The Galaxy’s Greatest Alien runs off Britt, Rebel and Hayter, but will Britt have to worry about all her enemies coming for her soon enough?
AEW hears from Brian Cage and Ricky Starks.
“Ricky, Ricky, Ricky. Aren’t you sick and tired of this?” Yes, Starks IS sick and tired of this, Cage. Last week, knocking him in the head, Starks thought Cage finally got some common sense. But Cage says to cut the crap. One on one, mano a mano, they’re settling this! And that is when The Machine will learn why they call Ricky #Absolute! But will the FTW Championship be back on the line with this grudge match?
Six Man Tag: The Pinnacle w/ Tully Blanchard VS The Dark Order!
Shawn Spears and FTR are united, and even have Wardlow with them now. Meanwhile, Evil Uno just faced Alan Angels on Dark and may have only made the dysfunction in the group grow. Anna Jay put them all on notice, can Uno, Stu and Johnny Hungy make it work to face a team no one likes?
The trios sort out and Silver starts with the Chairman, only for Stu to tag right in. Stu and Spears circle but then Silver tags back in! Spears chuckles as he and Silver circle now, and they tie up. Spears headlocks, Silver powers out but Spears runs him over. Spears flexes then shows off the dancing pecs. Silver scoops and SLAMS Spears! Things speed up, Silver runs Spears over and then flexes! Fans fire up, Silver brings Spears over, but he hesitates to even reach out to Uno. Silver tags Stu, they mug Spears, then Stu wrenches. Spears throws a haymaker then tags Cash Wheeler. Pinnacle mugs Stu, Cash CLOBBERS Stu with a clothesline!
Cash tags Spears back in, they mug Stu more, and then Spears back suplexes. Stu lands on his feet to dodge then PELE! Stu tags Uno, Uno gets Spears up, Stu springboards, ELBOSW DROP SIDEWALK SLAM! Cover, TWO! FTR was ready but they stand down. Uno whips Spears into a corner, then holds out a hand. Silver is again reluctant but he tags in. Uno whips Spears into the corner, Silver and Stu DOUBLE KICK Spears down! Silver feeds Spears to Uno’s BOOT, and maybe the Dark Order is fine. Cover, TWO! Silver keeps on Spears with a facelock but Spears jawbreakers free! Tag to Dax Harwood and he CHOPS Silver against ropes then throws uppercuts!
Dax snapmares, drops leg, elbow and headbutt! Cover, TWO! Cover again, TWO! Another cover, TWO! Dax flips Uno off so Uno gets in, but the ref keeps Uno back. Cash gets a cheap shot on Silver, then Dax eggs fans on. Dax drags Silver up, puts him in the corner but Silver fights out of the corner! Dax kicks low, reels Silver in, but Silver snap suplexes first! Fans fire up and Silver crawls, but The Pinnacle takes out the Dark Order! Spears grins as he flips Silver off. Silver still fights the Pinnacle with big shots! Silver KICKS away on Dax, then runs to BOOT Dax in the back, to a GERMAN! Bridging cover, TWO!!
Silver looks around, Spears talks smack but runs away. Dax whips Silver then drops down, sending Silver into Uno! Dax gets Silver up, SLINGSHOT SUPLEX! The Dark Order tries to sort things out as Dax tags Cash and Cash tags Spears. BIG RIG into the C4!! Cover, The Pinnacle wins!
Winners: The Pinnacle, by pinfall
Number 4 got hit with Spears’ powerful Death Valley, and now the Dark Order is left wallowing in their own frustrations! Uno drags Silver up and gets in his face about the collision! Everyone understands what happens except Uno and that pisses Silver off. Silver SHOVES Uno down, Stu CLOBBERS Silver! Angels SPEARS Stu! Vance and Cabana try to stop this from happening but they also start shoving each other! It seems the line has been drawn between the boys, but here come the ladies! Anna Jay & Tay Conti cannot believe this is happening, and Stu tries to apologize. Conti keeps Jay from stepping close, is Dark Order (not) fine?
AEW recaps the Women’s Casino Battle Royal.
Speaking of Anna Jay & Tay Conti, they note their “deeper issues” with The Bunny & Penelope Ford. But Bunny Allie is the one calling Jay & Tay the psychopaths! But #TayJay is back bit- Wait, hold on. Jade Cargill has Mark Sterling defend that her top level performance was dominant, but also educational. “Don’t trust none of these bitches!” But Nyla Rose says that actions speak louder than words, and her actions spoke the loudest, proving she is STILL the most dominant force in AEW. Thunder Rosa says she is rather heartbroken, because she was so close and yet so far. But Rosa never gives up, and she will get what she deserves. Who will be poised for a title shot after Baker VS Soho?
Tully Blanchard speaks.
He just wants to say that this is a flashback moment for him. He left the ring with three stars having demolished the other team. Then we look over at Darby Allin, Sting, people from past and present, “and that’s what leadership was! You people just watched leadership!” Meanwhile, Sting is just trying to live off of someone else again. Y’know what? Tully promises to put an end to that. He wants Tony Khan to make this for next week: Shawn Spears VS Darby Allin! Then there will come a time when it’s Tully VS Sting one more time. A lot of big words from the Four Horseman, but will his blast from the past come back to bite him in the butt?
Sammy Guevara is here!
And he has cue cards! He has them for picture in picture: “Every Summer has a story. Summer 2021 had some damn good ones! At All Out… Jericho DESTROYED Max! In Pittsburgh… Fuego became ALL ELITE! In Houston… Pam said ‘YES!’ While Summer may be coming to an end… the good times are far from over! The Inner Circle WILL stay on top! Fuego WILL make his mark! And I’ll keep getting those views!” Sammy plugs #Vlogcrew but what must-see moment happens next for the Spanish God?
The Elite head to the ring!
The Young Bucks lead the way but are moving slow from how beat up they are after the epic Steel Cage match where they also lost the AEW World Tag Team Championships. The Good Brothers are still Impact World Tag Team Champions, though. And given how Brandon Cutler is all smiles, Michael Nakazawa is carrying the belt around and Don Callis is feeling good, of course Kenny Omega is still THE AEW World Champion. Tony Schiavone says there’s a lot of gold in this group but then Callis takes over the interview. Callis says it is a pleasure to be here on the night the fans voted NUMBER ONE in the Pro-Wresting Illustrated 500! Thanks for the votes and money.
At All Out, it was all about The Elite! It was about Kenny Omega proving exactly why he IS the greatest in this industry. And it was all about the Bucks providing the fans with the memory that is the greatest tag team match ever! And in the course of that, the belts were STOLEN! But don’t worry, they’ve got a plan. Callis lets Nick explain, and Nick says that “Speaking of getting things back… We got our best friend back!!” Ladies and gentlemen, the “newest” member of The Elite, ADAM COLE~! Cole makes his entrance and he joins everyone in the ring for a group “ADAM COLE, BAYBAY!” Nick hands the mic over to Cole and Cole takes a moment to enjoy the fans chanting.
“Who’s ready for story-time with Adam Cole, baybay? But first of all…” Cole steps to Schiavone and says that he knows Schiavone is really “close” with Britt. But Cole swears that if Schiavone even looks at her the wrong way, he “will slap those stupid glasses of your face and whoop your ass, you understand me?” Now get out of the ring! NOW, nerd! Hurry up, you nerd! Can he go any slower?! GO! Cole has talking to do so step down, nerd. Schiavone does leave and Cole continues. “All Elite Wrestling. The greatest professional wrestling in the entire world! And do you wanna know what that is? It’s because of the guys in the ring right now.”
This very ring, the ropes, the stage, anyone who bought tickets, is all thanks to THE Elite! Cole knows he’s new here, but he’s been Elite for a very, very long time. For nearly 14 years, Cole has main evented, won world championships and shown he is a once in a generation professional wrestler. Now, Cole is with the very best! The Bucks are the greatest tag team of all time! Kenny Omega is a once in a lifetime professional wrestler and the AEW World Championship proves that! Now the Elite has Adam Cole Baybay. We should all be thanking Omega! Thanking the Bucks! Thanking THEM! The Elite is COMPLETE, baybay!
And if you don’t believe him, just wait until next week and Cole’s in-ring debut. After Cole proves to the world how good he really is, we’ll see just how Elite he really is. Omega says that sounds like cause for celebration. As much as he’d love to celebrate with the fans, there’s one thing Omega really, really despises: interruptions. At the PPV, they were so unceremoniously– Oh, there’s Flight of the Valkyrie again! Because here comes BRYAN DANIELSON! The American Dragon goes right to the ring but Omega has the music cut off. This was supposed to be THE ELITE’S moment. Omega has the others give him “the room” for a second so he can talk to their guest.
Hey, Bryan. It’s just them. Step on in to the squared circle. Fans cheer as Bryan gets in and stares down with Omega. Honestly speaking, Bryan is just the guy Omega wanted to talk with. Omega wants to cut to brass tax, but Bryan snatches the mic. “Quick question. Do you guys wanna see Bryan Danielson fight Kenny Omega?” “YES! YES! YES!” Well Omega is saying it doesn’t work like that here? So then wait, Omega’s the greatest wrestler to ever live, right? He says everyone’s not on his level! But Bryan just thinks Omega is afraid to take the match because he knows Bryan is better than him, and that he will kick Omega’s head in, and that Omega is NOT on Bryan’s level!
Omega takes off his fancy suit jacket and swings on Bryan! But into a takedown! YES LOCK!! Omega is tapping out!! But the Elite attack Bryan right away! They stomp Bryan and drag Omega to safety, but here come Christian Cage, Frankie Kazarian and Jurassic Express! They even the numbers just like at the end of All Out! And just like All Out, the Elite bail out of the ring! But this time, Luchasaurus picks up Marko Stunt to TOSS him! Fun Size takes out the Bucks! Jungle Boy FLIES to take out the Good Brothers! The Elite Hunter gets Cole with a leg drop! Cutler scurries but he is trapped like the rat he is! And no one is coming to save him! Bryan hits the RUNNING KNEE on Cutler!!
Fans are thunderous as the Yes Movement comes to AEW! Will he and the enemies of the Elite unite to finally shut down all those egos?
AEW has BIG news for Dynamite: Grand Slam!
After seeing how Malakai Black tore through the rest of the Nightmare Family, Cody Rhodes is on his way back! Will the American Nightmare be at 100% to avenge friends and brother? Or will he still fight even if he’s the walking wounded?
Jon Moxley VS Minoru Suzuki!
The Maniac is home and Cincinnati is happy to have him! But at the same time, the Meanest Man in the World makes his AEW Dynamite debut! Will these two be lonely warriors tonight as they revive their feud from NJPW? And who walks out of here as the king of the jungle?
The bell rings and fans are thunderous as the two stare down. Moxley and Suzuki talk trash and dare the other to do something, but Suzuki forearms first. “This is Awesome!” already because it’s finally happening again! Moxley winds up to forearm Suzuki! Suzuki grins and forearms back. Moxley checks his chin, forearms back and now the forearms fly faster and faster. Fans are fired up as they go back and forth. Suzuki ROCKS Moxley, Moxley ROCKS Suzuki, but Suzuki laughs and runs. Suzuki BOOTS Moxley, Moxley comes back to BOOT Suzuki! Both men share a laugh and the fans are fired up even more.
Suzuki fires off fast hands, palm strikes and body shots! But Moxley ROCKS Suzuki! And then spins to ROLLING ELBOW! Suzuki staggers into ropes but Moxley gets him up to pull him against the ropes. Moxley pulls on Suzuki’s nose, the ref counts and Moxley lets go as fans chant, “F him up, Moxley, F him up!” Moxley goes after Suzuki again in picture in picture, but Suzuki turns that into a DRAPING ARMBAR! The ref counts and reprimands, Suzuki lets go at 4 and then drags Moxley out to wrench and wrap his arm around the post! The ref counts and reprimands again, Suzuki lets off to wrench and wrap Moxley’s arm around the other post.
The ref counts, Suzuki SLAMS Moxley’s arm into the post, Moxley clutches his wrist but Suzuki stomps him down. The ref starts a ring count, Suzuki kicks Moxley around then gets in the ring. Suzuki waits on Moxley as the count climbs, but Moxley gets in at 5 of 10. Suzuki stomps Moxley, drags him around by the bad arm and wrenches it to have a wristlock. Suzuki bends finger to elbow to shoulder for a KIMURA! Moxley endures as Suzuki leans into the hold. Fans rally, Suzuki shifts and SLAMS the arm on the mat. Moxley gets up in anger but leans on the ropes as he clutches that arm. Suzuki toys with Moxley and slaps him around!
Suzuki brings Moxley around and slaps him more. Moxley CHOPS back! Suzuki likes that but Moxley CHOPS him again! And again! Suzuki kicks low and then eggs Moxley on. Moxley gets up so Suzuki BOOTS him into a corner! Suzuki claps, the fans rally up and Suzuki goes corner to corner, into Moxley’s LARIAT! Moxley gets Suzuki up and suplexes high and hard! Cover, TWO! AEW returns to single picture as Suzuki goes to a corner. Moxley storms over to CHOP him again. Moxley whips corner to corner, fans hope they “Fight Forever!” but this show’s almost over! Suzuki reverses the whip to then BOOT Moxley in the corner!
Suzuki snapmares Moxley, runs and PENALTY KICK, but Moxley blocks it! Moxley CLUBS the leg, BITES Suzuki’s forehead, then lets off as the ref counts. Suzuki staggers about but comes back to BITE Moxley! The ref counts, Moxley HEADBUTTS! Suzuki HEADBUTTS back! Moxley wobbles but he HEADBUTTS again! Suzuki HEADBUTTS, Moxley HEADBUTTS, then they DOUBLE HEADBUTT! Both men fall over and fans are fired up! A standing count starts but both men are up at 3. “This is Awesome!” as they fire off SLAPS and forearms! The two stand, the forearms keep flying, and Suzuki ROCKS Moxley!
Suzuki ROCKS Moxley again, but Moxley fires up to LARIAT! Suzuki stays up to forearm, then he catches Moxley for a SLEEPER! Spin around and Gotch hold, but Moxley fights the piledriver with a back drop! Suzuki pops up but into a kick, PARADIGM SHIFT!! But Moxley isn’t done, he runs, Suzuki is bleeding from his eyebrow, and Moxley LARIATS him back down! Cover, ONE?!?! Moxley can’t believe that but Suzuki stands up. Moxley runs and LARIATS again, but Suzuki stays up on the power of rage! Moxley runs again, LARIATS, but Suzuki fights gravity with all his fighting spirit! Moxley runs again but Suzuki DROPKICKS him down!
Suzuki enjoys the blood from his own forehead as he wraps on the SLEEPER! Moxley slips free and ROCKS Suzuki with a haymaker! And then DECKS Suzuki with another! Moxley hauls Suzuki up into the underhooks, for a DEATH RIDER!! Moxley wins!!
Winner: Jon Moxley, by pinfall
The Cincy Maniac just made the ring red with Suzuki’s eyebrow blood, and now he gets to celebrate his triumphant homecoming! And as such, he goes out to the crowd to party with his people! Will this win be a big reason Moxley gets another shot at the AEW World Championship? Or at least get the attention of more NJPW stars for him to Strong Style brawl with?
Another great episode of AEW here, especially for following certainly one of the best AEW PPV’s. Opening with Dustin VS Malakai was a great choice, and it was a very good match. It also had great character work similar to Malakai VS Johnson, but I feel like it’s more of a rip that we’re just being told Dynamite Grand Slam has Cody VS Malakai instead of Cody doing a very heroic rescue of Dustin as his return. And it would actually be a great move if Malakai still won, so that Cody can shrug off the feelings of “Cody Wins LOL” some already criticize him for. Malakai needs to build and build until he’s taking on a champion, whoever that might be.
Speaking of champions, I like that we got a promo from Miro and Kingston, and I would love to see a rematch of those two where rules are thrown out the window. I don’t know if Kingston wins that, Miro is just that good right now. But Miro VS Malakai could be a thing, and what a great dynamic of Miro having his delusions and Malakai being about shattering arrogance as a story building to a great showdown. CM Punk had a very good promo segment, even if it was weird for Taz to just get attitude with him to set things up. Starks and Cage had a good promo video, their rematch is going to be great, Punk VS Starks should happen after that, FTW Championship completely optional in all that.
I really like that we got what I’ve said should be happening on Dark and Elevation tapings, in that we segue smoothly from one wrestler being ringside for some other reason to having their match right up next. Hobbs goes from trying to intimidate Punk to having a very good match with Dante Martin. Hobbs of course wins here so he can go towards a match with Punk with momentum. We got a slightly less cringe inducing promo from Lambert and his reverse psychology, but I have no idea why Archer isn’t just hunting these guys. It is clever that Lambert and his guys are in the nosebleeds so that they’re so far away from the ring, but we should get promos of Archer getting mad about that.
Nice quick plug for the next phase of Hardy VS Cassidy, and I really do like the idea of Hair VS Hair as a way to go about this. Hardy being shaved bald or even Cassidy being shaved bald could give both guys something fresh to work with. Though to be fair, Cassidy is so chill, a new haircut isn’t much of anything so this has to be coming around to “hurt” Hardy. MJF’s promo segment, just with everything he had to work with to get the fans pissed at him, that is the evil genius of his Heel persona. BPJ got to step up for his family and his town, and I really do like the idea that The Pinnacle as a whole is perhaps moving on from Inner Circle to these other young stars. MJF VS BPJ should get just as heated as MJF has made any other feud he’s been in.
Really good promos from Lucha Brothers and Santana & Ortiz, I am hoping those teams face off for the next tag title feud. Ruby Soho had a really good promo segment with Britt and her team, then had a really good match with Hayter. Riho and Statlander coming to Ruby’s rescue was nice stuff. Both Riho and Statlander have had beef with Britt so there’s continuity, and it seems we’re getting a big Six Woman Tag. Speaking of trios, got a good Six Man out of Pinnacle VS Dark Order, with great advancement in that Dark Order Civil War story. Tully was a bit stumbling in calling out Sting and Darby but again, I like that Pinnacle gets to move on to other stories.
The Elite had a great group promo allowing Adam Cole to have his Dynamite debut, and of course Bryan and the others come out to counteract things. Omega VS Bryan is definitely next, but we can get a lot of great stuff out of The Elite VS the various Elite Hunters, not just Kazarian but also the Jurassic Express and Christian. How about THAT be a Blood & Guts? Bucks, Good Brothers and Cole VS JB, Luchasaurus, Marko, Kaz and Christian, while we also get Omega VS Bryan on the same night. Maybe for the Dynamite Anniversary in October? Now THAT is a “season three premiere” to remember.
And of course, we got a great main event in Mox VS Suzuki, those two are a perfect combo. Moxley won because duh, AEW lets hometown heroes win. Should Kingston not dethrone Miro, and they wait on Miro VS Malakai, give me Miro VS Moxley! Miro and Moxley are their own brands of crazy, those two going head to head will be a lot of fun.
My Score: 9.2/10
Mitchell’s AEW Dark: Elevation Results & Report! (11/28/22)
Chicago gets Elevated!
Elevation has Thanksgiving leftovers!
AEW continues in Chicago with ten extra helpings of action! Will Matt Hardy & Private Party continue to get that money for The Firm?
- The Bunny VS Blair Onyx; The Bunny wins.
- Brandon Cutler VS “Man Scout” Jake Manning; Cutler wins.
- Nyla Rose & Marina Shafir w/ Vickie Guerrero VS Emi Sakura & Maki Itoh; Nyla & Shafir win.
- Konosuke Takeshita VS Ari Daivari; Takeshita wins.
- Lee Moriarty w/ Stokely Hathaway VS Robert Anthony; Moriarty wins.
- Jay Lethal & Satnam Singh w/ Sonjay Dutt VS GPA & Joe Alonzo; Lethal & Singh win.
- Six Man Tag: Best Friends & Rocky Romero VS Davey Bang, Freedom Ramsey & Yabo; Best Friends & Rocky win.
- Athena VS Laynie Luck; Athena wins.
- Six Man Tag: #HardyParty VS Chaos Project & Isaiah Moore; Hardy Party wins.
- Eddie Kingston & Ortiz VS Aaron Solo & Nick Comoroto w/ The Factory; Eddie & Ortiz win.
Nice to see some of these names back. It’s been a minute since Robert Anthony’s been on an AEW YouTube show, he’ll give Moriarty a real good match. Maki Itoh is always great to have on the show. Satnam Singh having another match is good, it probably means he’s gearing up to get in on a feud soon. And Chaos Project being in a match means Luther is back. Pretty sure Isaiah Moore takes the lose in that match, though, so that Luther’s return is ruined with him or Serpentico looking bad. Though, it’s not like they were looking all that strong, either.
Mitchell’s AEW Rampage Results & Report! (11/25/22)
It’s a special Black Friday Rampage!
FTR is on a Rampage!
AEW Rampage is on at a special time for Black Friday, and talk about a deal! Will FTR still be ROH World Tag Team Champions after facing Top Flight? Or will be Dante & Darius Martin be the new #TopGuys?
- ROH World Tag Team Championships: FTR VS Top Flight; FTR wins and retains the titles.
- Darby Allin w/ Sting VS Anthony Henry w/ JD Drake; Darby wins.
- Hikaru Shida VS Queen Aminata; Shida wins.
- Six Man Tag: The Dark Order VS Rush, The Butcher & The Blade; Rush, Butcher & Blade win.
PLAY BY PLAY
ROH World Tag Team Championships: FTR VS Top Flight!
Cash Wheeler & Dax Harwood are still THREE BELT CHAMPIONS, and have been itching for a challenge. Darius & Dante Martin have stepped up based on the mutual respect these two teams have for each other. But who will be the real top guys around here after today?
The introductions are made, the belts are raised, and there’s a golden deal on this Black Friday!
Dax starts with Darius and they circle. They tie up, break, and go again. Darius arm-drags Dax and stares him down. Fans rally up, Dax keeps cool and he circles with Darius again. They tie up, Dax headlocks but Darius powers out. Dax runs Darius over, scoops and SLAMS him, but Darius kangaroo kicks back. Darius arm-drags Dax, but Dax headscissors! Darius kips free and wags his finger as fans fire up. Dax still stays cool and circles with Darius again. They tie up, Darius headlocks but Dax powers out. Darius runs Dax over, covers, ONE! Darius runs Dax over again, covers, ONE! Dax CLOBBERS Darius and fans fire up.
Dax drops a leg, pushes Darius to a cover, TWO! Tag to Cash, FTR DOUBLE HEADBUTT Darius! Cash EuroUppers Darius, CHOPS him against the ropes, and brings Darius around to whip and scoop. Darius slips off to arm-drag! Tag to Dante, Top Flight go after the arm with a wrench and a kick. Cash swings, Dante ducks but Cash comes back with the elbow! Cash ROCKS Dante then CHOPS and HEADBUTTS him! Cash headlocks but Dante powers out. Cash runs Dante over, things speed up, and Cash whips the back drop away. Dante ducks, Darius tags, Dante blocks a hip toss but Cash blocks one back.
Dante throws a body shot, goes up and over Cash and then shoves him into a GAMANGIRI! Top Flight double whip, duck and hurdle, then body shot, front kick and LEG SWEEP DDT COMBO! Darius covers, ONE!! Cash is tough but Dax was there, too. Darius tells Dax to back off and then he goes back for Cash. But Cash whips Darius to RAM him at the corner! Cash pushes Darius to the corner, tags Dax, and Dax CHOPS Darius down! Fans rally and duel, Dax drags Darius up to EuroUpper! Dax snarls, he drags Darius up, but Darius CHOPS back! Dax CHOPS, Darius CHOPS, Dax DECKS Darius! And then DECKS Dante!
Dax tags Cash, FTR double whip but Darius sunset flips! Dax keeps Cash up but Dante springboards in, MISSILE DROPKICK for Dax! Darius finishes the sunset while Dante covers Dax, TWO! FTR pop up both brothers but Top Flight both RANA free, to covers! TWO!! Dante BOOTS Dax down, Darius mule kicks Cash! TORNADO DDT and a tag! Dante goes up but Dax gets Cash outta there! Fans fire up and Dante hops down to go out and ROCK Cash! AEW goes picture in picture as Dante puts Cash in.
Dax goes after Dante! They brawl on the outside, Dante ROCKS Dax, but slides into stomps from Cash! Cash snapmares Dante to KICK him in the back! Cash EuroUppers Dante down, then drags him over. Tag to Dax, Dax stomps Dante then drags him up to back suplex! Cover, TWO! Dax keeps Dante from Darius and bumps him off buckles. Dax CHOPS Dante, but Dante turns things around to CHOP Dax! Dax turns it back around to CHOP Dante! Dante flops over and Dax drags him back up. Dax hits a back suplex but Dante lands on his feet! Dante CLOBBERS Dax, and again! Cash runs in but Dante CLOBBERS him!
Dante whips but Dax reverses, only for Dante to go up and out and GAMANGIRI! Rampage returns to single picture as Dante springboards and DOUBLE MISSILE DROPKICKS FTR! Fans fire up and Darius rushes in. The Martins have FTR in opposite corners and then whip them, but FTR reverse to send the Martins in. The brothers do-si-do, duck ‘n’ dodge, and DOUBLE DROPKICK! FTR regroups but the Martins clothesline them both up and out! Fans fire up as Dante holds the ropes for Darius to DIVE! Then Dante comes back to go up and FLY! Dante doesn’t have the best takeoff but he still take FTR down!
Darius puts Cash in, Dante goes back up top to CROSSBODY! Cover, TWO!! Dax survives that aerial assault but Dante tags Darius. Dax fights them back with forearms and CHOPS! Darius kicks but Dax DECKS him! Dante PELES Dax, but all three men are down! Dax hurries over to his corner, Dante runs in. Dax puts Dante on the apron and Cash tags in. Dante fights off FTR with haymaker and elbows, then HEADBUTTS Cash while jumping in! Dante drags Cash up, but Dax hops up behind Dante! Dante elbows Dax away, drags Cash back up, but Cash throws Dante to Dax’s Electric Chair! SLINGSHOT BOMB, and then a DIVING SPLASH from Cash! Cover, Darius breaks it!!
Fans fire up as all four men are down! Dax snarls and brings Darius up. He ducks a kick, jumps a sweep and ROCKS Darius! Darius ROUNDHOUSES, whips, but Dax reverses to wrench and short arm LARIAT! Dax hurries to his corner, tags in, and FTR drags Dante up. FTR double whip Dante, but Darius breaks up Big Rig! Dante sunset flips but Dax rolls through! Dax swings on Darius but misses, and Darius shoves Dax into another sunset flip! With bridge! TWO!! Top Flight is frustrated as Dax escapes, and they throw forearms on Dax! Dante gives Darius the boost, TORNADO DDT! Dante goes up, SPLASH! Cover, Cash barrels in to break it!!
Fans are thunderous as all four men are down again! Chicago is dueling as the teams regroup. Darius SOBATS Cash but Cash JABS, JABS, JABS! Darius bobs ‘n’ weaves but Cash dodges to UPPERCUT! Darius rebounds to whip and SPANISH FLY! But Dante deadlifts to a BRAINBUSTER! And then he deadlifts Dante, but Dante slips out to hop up, victory roll! TWO!! Dax scoops, Dante makes it a cradle! TWO! Wheelbarrow cradle, TWO!! Dante hops up, but Dax throws him away! Dax waistlocks, Dante switches, Cash tags! O’Conner Roll, but Dax sends Dante into an alley-oop! Dante lands safe on the ropes to BOOT Cash!
Dante adjusts, springboards, but FTR get under the Nosedive! BIG RIG!!! Cover, FTR wins!!
Winners: FTR, by pinfall (still ROH World Tag Team Champions)
Cash & Dax are still the best tag team in the world! But wait, Austin & Colten Gunn come out to mockingly praise the champs. Will the Ass Boys get their turn at the titles come ROH Final Battle?
“Powerhouse” Will Hobbs speaks.
He’s back home in Oakland, California as he says, “When you open up the Book of Hobbs, you look death in the face. And you read word-for-word, and look in my eyes, you believe the good word. This is life. A life you know nothing about. A life you want nothing a part of. So whatever higher being you believe in, I want you to look up in the sky, I want you to look down low. Just like everyone has taken everything that’s meant something to me, I’m taking everything that means something to you.” Who will Hobbs take from first to be back where he wants to be?
Chris Jericho is here!
The Wizard is still Le Champion! After a brutal and bloody battle with Tomohiro Ishii, Jericho is still #THEOCHO! The rest of the Jericho Appreciation Society walks out with him while Chicago sings Judas for them. Jericho and Garcia chest bump just to show that the bloody spot on Jericho’s chest doesn’t bother him. Angelo Parker starts by telling Chicago to pipe down because Cool Hand Ange has something to say: “ALL HONOR THE OCHO~!” Fans are bit torn on that but it’s the truth. Jericho says, “Is there any doubt that I am the greatest ROH champion of all time? Any doubt?” Fans are again torn.
Jericho says he’s beaten everyone thrown in his way, including in one of the greatest matches in Dynamite history against Tomohiro Ishii! Fans do agree with that a bit. “I’ve bled for this title, I have sweat for this title, I have earned this title. I am The Ocho. And not even Claudio Castagnoli can come out on the stage and give me a cheap shot, not even that’s gonna slow me down!” So the question to everyone is: who will uncrown the king of ROH? The fans? That four-eyes in the fifth row? But wait, here comes Claudio! Jericho’s jaw starts feeling sore again as Claudio says, “Chris, you asked if there’s any doubt that you are the greatest ROH champion. Well, there is no doubt in my mind that you are not.
“I know that I can beat you. I beat you twice! The problem is, I started doubting myself when I couldn’t beat you when it counts. And to me, the most important thing is believing in yourself. When I came here, I wanted to be the best professional wrestler I can be. And I know I am the best professional wrestler when I don’t doubt myself. So to me, I don’t just need to beat you for this ROH World Champion, I have to beat you!” Jericho says, “Okay, you have to beat me. Maybe you should be more worried about the Blackpool Combat Club since they’re falling apart at the seams, Claudio.”
Claudio says that is a problem. He cannot focus on anything else. He hasn’t slept since Saturday and losing to Jericho. Claudio can’t sleep, focus, can barely talk. It all bothers him. He NEEDS a shot at the ROH World Championship. So he wants another shot at Jericho’s title? Should Jericho give Claudio a shot? Chicago seems to think so! Jericho tells Claudio, “You want it? Forget it.” Fans boo and the JAS laughs. Claudio sighs as Jericho says there is nothing Claudio has to offer Jericho. But then Matt Menard says maybe there is something he can offer.
“Daddy Magic has an idea! Claudio, you’re a hell of a professional wrestler. But let’s not forget there was a time when you were a fantastic sports entertainer. I think you would make an excellent addition to the Jericho Appreciation Society. How about that, Chris?” Jericho likes how Daddy Magic thinks! He’s making Jericho’s nipples hard. Jericho tells Claudio that despite the fact Claudio sucker punched him, Jericho will give Claudio that one more chance. BUT if Claudio loses, and he will lose, he will join the JAS! Claudio considers that challenge.
“You’re right. I was a great sports entertainer. And I still am a great sports entertainer. And I would be a tremendous asset to the Jericho Appreciation Society. But I know deep in my heart, despite all my doubts, and I have a feeling you know as well, I’m an even better professional wrestler! Look in my eyes, Chris. Come Final Battle, I will throw you around like a little kid, and I will beat you for that ROH World Championship! I’ll bring honor back to this title, and I will be the NEW ROH World Champion!” Fans like the sound of that! But will December 10th be Claudio’s final battle as a pro-wrestler?
Backstage interview with Toni Storm.
Renee Paquette sits with the former champion, and knows she and Hayter had an amazing match at Full Gear. Unfortunately, Toni did lose the title. But Renee wants to talk about how Hayter won. Toni says deep down, she’s actually proud. She always knew Hayter could do it, and at Full Gear, they tore the house down. And they got to see just how tough Hayter is. But we didn’t see Jamie Hayter beat Toni Storm, she needed Britt & Rebel again. And if Hayter can look in the mirror and be cool with that, fine. But Toni could never do that. And that’s the difference between them.
Renee steers things to the news from Dynamite that there is no more “interim” and even Toni’s reign counts as a true world title reign, what is her reaction? Well just look at Toni’s face. She never saw the title as “interim.” She went out there, week after week, holding onto the title as if it was always official, because that is what this division deserves. Then with all of these things, what’s next? Toni broke her face losing the belt, she’ll break it again to get it back. When will the Lightning From Down Under strike back against the Hayter?
Darby Allin w/ Sting VS Anthony Henry w/ JD Drake!
The Relentless Icons won another big PPV tag match, but they’re not slowing down here! Will Darby get back on the singles track against one half of the Workhorsemen?
The bell rings and Darby stares Henry down. Fans rally for Darby, he and Henry slowly circle. They tie up, are in a deadlock, but Henry arm-drags. Darby holds on, fight sup, and arm-drags back. They’re still locked up collar ‘n’ elbow, and Henry fights back up. Darby gets around to a waistlock, Henry switches but Darby switches back. Henry snapmares and KICKS but Darby just smiles. Henry snapmares again and KICKS again, but Darby just stands up. Henry snapmares but Darby cradles, TWO!! Henry knees low and snarls. Henry whips but Darby sunset flips! Henry stays up, drags Darby up in a deadlift suplex, but Darby gest to the apron!
Henry ROCKS Darby, runs, but Darby goes up and over! Darby comes back to DIVE into JD! Scrap Metal takes the hit for the Saint, and Darby gets in. Things speed up, Henry fireman’s carries to HOTSHOT Darby! Henry goes out, SPITS at Darby, then APRON STO’s Darby down! Henry taunts the fans while AEW goes picture in picture.
Henry drags Darby around and CLUBS him on the back. Henry whips Darby hard into railing! Darby drops to his knees and Henry kicks him down. Henry drags Darby back up, puts him in the ring, and watches Sting as he gets back in. Henry paces around while soaking up heat, and then he gives Darby a NECK TWIST! He even holds on after as he falls! Henry KICKS Darby around, wraps him up in a straitjacket stretch, but Darby endures. Darby fights up, knees low and throws body shots. Henry shoves, Darby ducks the kick to fire off palm strikes and a HEADBUTT! Darby hops on but Henry shrugs the Yoshi-tonic off!
Henry waistlocks to GERMAN SUPLEX, but Darby lands on his feet! Darby ducks ‘n’ dodges to COFFIN- GERMAN SUPLEX! Cover, TWO!! Henry is seething but he stalks Darby to a corner. Sting coaches Darby up but Henry whips Darby corner to corner hard! Darby falls in a heap, Henry pats himself on the back. Henry mocks the fans booing him, and he drags Darby up to whip the other way. Darby hits buckles hard again and Rampage goes to break.
Rampage returns and Henry has Darby in a Tree of Woe! Henry KICKS away on Darby’s chest, the ref counts, but Henry lets off at 4. Henry soaks up more heat, then runs in to HESITATION DROPKICK! Henry sits Darby up, and then hits a DRAPING NECKBREAKER! Cover, TWO!! Darby survives and Henry is losing his cool. Henry goes to the corner and climbs up. Darby moves and the King Kong Knee hits mat! Darby runs in to CODE RED! Cover, TWO! Henry survives and slides out of the ring. JD helps Henry around the way but Darby rushes over. Darby puts Henry in, but then Henry distracts the ref so JD can pop-up and CLOBBER Darby!
JD drags Darby back up and puts him in for Henry, but here comes Sting! Henry covers, TWO!! JD turns around, Sting CLOBBERS him! Sting whips JD into railing! Henry is furious at Sting, but he hoists Darby up top. Henry climbs up after Darby and says this is for Sting! SUPERPLEX! And then a roll through to a suplex, but Darby turns it into a SCORPION DEATHDROP! Fans fire up and Darby roars! Darby goes to the corner, he climbs up top, and COFFIN DROPS!! Cover, Darby wins!
Winner: Darby Allin, by pinfall
Relentless as always, it’s another big win for Darby! Sting joins Darby in the ring to check on him, will they both be rolling to the top of the ranks?
Backstage interview with Athena.
Lexi Nair notes that The Fallen Goddess is back from suspension, and Athena asks why was she suspended! “We have this big ass TV, a billionaire boss, modern technology, but yet no footage. What am I supposed to do? I got docked a week’s pay, I’ve been suspended, what else do you need from me?” Maybe an apology to referee, Aubrey Edwards? Oh! A public apology! Well, sorry. Oh, then she’ll be reinstated for Monday. Good, dismissed. Athena scares Lexi off, and then talks to the camera. “I was wondering how long it was going to take you to show up, Mercedes. I beat trash bag wrestler after trash bag wrestler after trash bag wrestler, and finally you show up!
“So when are you gonna put the ROH Women’s Championship on the line? Cuz I’m waiting, and I’m game.” The Fallen Goddess is aiming for the OG Badass, but will she be the one shot down?
Hikaru Shida VS Queen Aminata!
Speaking of returns, The Full Metal Warrior is back in action, and she is surely wanting after more gold! She is still International Ribbon Tag Team Champion and Regina de Wave Champion, but will she find her way back to THE AEW Women’s World Championship?
Wait, before the match begins, The Bunny and Penelope Ford frolic their way out here. What do they have with Shida? Aminata just CLOBBERS her from behind in the distraction! The bell rings, Aminata bumps Shida off buckles, then puts her through the ropes. Aminata goes to the apron to BOOT WASH Shida into the post! Shida flounders, Aminata drags her up and around to Alabama Lift into the- NO, Shida sunset flips and jackknife bridges, TWO!! Aminata escapes, kicks low, and she runs, but Shida follows! Aminata redirects herself but Shida DECKS her! And then FALCONW ARROW!
Shida roars and fans fire up! Shida aims, for the KATANA!! Cover, Shida wins!
Winner: Hikaru Shida, by pinfall
The warrior deals with the queen, but what about the Superbad Girls? They back down for now, but will they pounce on their prey soon enough?
Mark Henry interviews tonight’s main eventers!
Well, more like this afternoon’s. But the World’s Strongest Man says it was a tag match originally, but was promoted to a Trios Match given the history between LFI and Dark Order. But uh, where’s Preston Vance? John Silver says they really have no idea. Evil Uno is searching, but Alex Reynolds promises Number Ten will be here. The LFI have been annoying the crap out of them for months, so this ends here! But Braxton “The Blade” Sutter says, “Nah nah nah nah! Listen, newsflash, slick! It doesn’t matter if Ten shows up, Fourteen, 26, 37! All we know is the three of us are here to kick ass!”
And Andy “The Butcher” Williams says Blade ain’t lying, there WILL be an ass-kicking party tonight! The only ones invited are The Dark Order! Rush says he is sick and tired of talking, he wants to fight! He is ready to fight! He NEEDS to fight! “Let’s go, perros!” Then there’s been enough talk. It’s time for the main event! Will El Toro, Butcher & Blade be satisfied with just Three & Four? Or will Vance come through and back up his friends?
Backstage interview with FTR.
Lexi Nair congratulates them on their title defense, adding to their amazing year. Dax says yes, it has been a great year. But please, let him and Cash handle it from here. Dax says, “What a great ’22 it’s been. I’m told I’ve got 30 seconds. What a great ’22 it’s been, and this is my best friend in the world and I love him more than anybody else, aside from maybe my family. And we have a great legacy as a tag team, but 2022 has done something for me that no other year has done. It has allowed me to etch my name with the greatest wrestlers in the world, so right now, I gotta shoot my shot before the year is done, okay?
“I am challenging for Wednesday night, I challenge the best wrestler in the world. What do you say, Bryan Danielson, huh? Me and you, Wednesday night. Top Guys, out.” This match is NOW official! Will Dax the Ax slay the American Dragon?
Six Man Tag: The Dark Order VS Rush, The Butcher & The Blade w/ LFI!
Preston Vance may be Number Ten, but he’s been the number one prospect for La Faccion Ingobernable. But he’s also been resisting their offers because of loyalties to the Dark Order. Will he come through for Alex Reynolds & John Silver? Or will El Toro Blanco and his mercenaries make him pay for being so stubborn?
As the Dark Order make their entrance, there is no Number Ten, so this looks to be 3v2. The bell rings, and the brawl is on 3v2! Silver gets mugged and thrown out but Reynolds takes it to Blade! Rush ROCKS Silver, he and Butcher whip Silver into railing! Blade whips Reynolds but Reynolds dodges in the corner to elbow smash! Reynolds keeps moving, FLYING ELBOW and a BOOT! Fans fire up but Butcher anchors Reynolds. Blade CLOBBERS Reynolds, drags him up and puts him in the corner. Blade CHOPS, Rush pulls Reynolds’ hair, and Butcher tags in. They mug Reynolds with a DOUBLE HEADBUTT!
Butcher drags Reynolds up to COHP him back down! Tag back to Blade, Reynolds throws body shots but Blade suplexes him. Reynolds knees free, shoves Blade into Butcher, and he scrambles to tag Silver! Johnny Hungy dodges the mercs to DECK Rush! Silver ROUNDHOUSES Butcher, FLAPJACKS Blade, then runs! Silver ducks ‘n’ dodges to CLOBBER Butcher! And then he OLYMPIC SLAMS Blade! Fans fire up with the Meat Man, and he runs to DIVE onto Butcher! But Butcher catches him and feeds him to Rush’s HAYMAKER! LFI drags Silver up to put in the ring as AEW goes picture in picture.
Blade rains down fists, then he tags in Butcher. Butcher stomps Silver, drags him up, and then throws him out! Rush has the spare cables to LASH Silver! And then CHOKE him! The ref is busy keeping Reynolds back and Rush gets away with choking Silver! Rush drags Silver up and CHOPS him, the ref reprimands that, so Rush puts Silver in. Butcher bumps Silver off buckles, CHOPS him more, then stalks him as he crawls on the mat. Butcher brings Silver over, tags in Blade, and the mercs mug Silver. Blade stands Silver up to ROCK him with a right but Silver throws body shots! Silver THROWS Blade out!
Silver crawls but Rush storms in to kick him down. Rush kicks Silver but Silver BOOTS Rush! But Blade trips Reynolds off the apron! Blade hurries away and Butcher CLOBBERS Reynolds! Blade puts Silver in the corner, Rush runs to jump and BOOT! Rush tranquilos while the ref reprimands them all. Blade drags Silver up to KICK him in the back. Blade clamps on a chinlock and he grinds Silver down. Silver endures, fights up, and throws body shots over and over! Silver then KICKS and KICKS and ROCKS Blade! Silver runs, but Blade CLOBBERS him! Tag to Butcher and Butcher drags Silver up to CHOP back down!
Butcher stalks Silver to ropes, drags him back up, and CLUBS him back down. Butcher CHOKES Silver on ropes, and Rush tranquilos while digging his boot in! The ref reprimands them both, Butcher lets off and Rush shrugs. Rampage returns to single picture and Blade tags in. The mercs drag Silver up, fireman’s carry and TOSS, but Silver blocks the kick! Silver spins Blade, SUPERKICKS Butcher, then gets around Blade to STANDING SLICED BREAD! Fans fire up for Silver as he crawls over, but Rush CLOBBERS Reynolds! Fans boo but Rush looms over Silver. Rush kicks Silver around, stomps him, but lets off to argue with the ref.
Bunny talks trash on Silver but here come Uno, Negative One and… YES, NUMBER TEN!! Vance runs to the ring, he gets right up in Rush’s face, and… He CLOBBERS Silver!! Fans boo as Vance is no longer loyal to Dark Order! The mercs hold Uno back, Rush hits BULL’S HORNS on Silver!! Cover, LFI win!! Then Uno is sent hard into the steps! Reynolds rushes in at Vance but Rush CLOBBERS him first! Feed to the DISCUS!! Negative One can’t believe it! His best friend uses his father’s move in this betrayal! Vance flips off Chicago, and Rush drags Uno into the ring. Uno pleads with Vance, but Vance stands him up, for a DISCUS!!
Fans are booing harder as Rush & Vance RIP UP Uno’s mask! They then bring a table to ringside! Reynolds is brought over, Vance and Rush drag him up on the apron, DOUBLE CHOKE SLAM through the table!! Chicago is thunderous with boos and jeers as Vance puts up the Ingobernable fist! Vance walks up the ramp, Negative One asks why, but Vance just throws the mask down at his feet! Number Ten is no more, Preston Vance has shown his true colors! Will this be a new era for LFI in AEW?
A great Rampage, especially for being on at a different time (blame NHL if you wanted this to be on later). FTR VS Top Flight was a great opener, but I figured FTR would win. Ass Boys/Gunn Sons showing up at the end was also a natural move, they’ve been slowly (perhaps too slowly) building to FTR VS Gunns for the ROH World Tag titles and Final Battle is definitely the place to do that. Hell, it’ll be even more obvious should Austin & Colten do something during Dax VS Bryan on Dynamite next week. And speaking of Final Battle, no offense to Claudio, it might’ve just been Chicago being rowdy, but that promo with Jericho wasn’t as crisp as it should’ve been. Jericho VS Claudio II with the stipulation of Claudio joining JAS if he loses is a nice move, and definitely makes it feel like either guy could win.
Great match from Darby VS Henry, but I’m surprised nothing really came of it. I suppose there’s a way to give us Relentless Icons VS Workhorsemen, even though I don’t know what that really does for Darby & Sting. Good promo from Toni Storm, and it was clear that she broke her nose with the puffy black eyes she had. Storm isn’t done with Hayter, clearly, but she’ll have to fight her way up to the front of the line. Ford & Bunny showing up during Shida’s match was an interesting tease, I’m just not sure at what. Perhaps Shida bringing her tag team partner, Ibuki Hoshi, to bring Ice Ribbon Wrestling into AEW’s family of partnerships?
And we got great stuff out of the main event. The Dark Order VS LFI in the main event seemed a bit odd, but it foreshadowed something big happening, so of course Vance turns and joins LFI. It is a shame that The Dark Order has fallen so far since the passing of Mr. Brodie Lee, but I suppose it was inevitable. Vance giving up his mask was obviously more symbolic than anything, as The Dark Order had moved away from everyone wearing masks, and it was really just Vance and Uno. Brodie Lee said to wear a mask, Vance was holding onto that for the memory, but now he doesn’t care because he’s been losing. Vance is going to be a strong addition to LFI, he can be their midcard guy while Rush is a top title guy, and this might be what Vance needs to get up to that level.
My Score: 8.6/10
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