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AEW continues the World Title Eliminator Tournament and begins the TBS Championship Tournament in Orlando’s Addition Arena! Will your choices make it to the next round?
- AEW World Title Eliminator Tournament Opening Round: Dustin Rhodes VS Bryan Danielson; Bryan wins and advances to the next round.
- AEW TBS Championship Tournament Opening Round: Penelope Ford VS Ruby Soho; Soho wins and advances to the next round.
- Bobby Fish VS Anthony Greene; Fish wins.
- AEW World Title Eliminator Tournament Opening Round: Lance Archer VS Eddie Kingston; Kingston wins and advances to the next round.
- Jungle Boy VS Brandon Cutler; Jungle Boy wins.
- Cody Rhodes w/ Arn Anderson VS Malakai Black; Cody wins.
PLAY BY PLAY
AEW World Title Eliminator Tournament Opening Round: Dustin Rhodes VS Bryan Danielson!
The Natural and the American Dragon open the action for tonight and Orlando is thunderous already! Who takes one step closer to the finals at Full Gear?
The bell rings and fans cheer as the two stare down. Dustin and Bryan circle, they shake hands and fans cheer the sportsmanship. Bryan and Dustin tie up, Bryan wrenches to a wristlock then hammerlock but Dustin reverses that onto Bryan. Fans rally and duel, Bryan drops to reverse the hammerlock then headlock. Dustin throws Bryan off and both men reset. They circle, feel out the knuckle lock but tie up with collar ‘n’ elbow. Dustin headlocks, Bryan powers out but Dustin runs him over! Things keep moving, Bryan hip tosses Dustin down! Dustin kicks Bryan away and arm-drag shim back! Bryan is up first and the two stand off.
Dustin and Bryan circle again as fans rally back up. They feel out and tie up with the knuckle locks now, but Bryan drops, rolls and trips Dustin to get a toehold. Bryan turns Dustin over, ties up the legs, and then knees Dustin in the side! And again! Bryan hooks up the deathlock and drops back to tweak it! Bryan gets up to do it again, but Dustin endures. Fans rally up, Bryan stands up and drops a third time! Then he turns to bring Dustin into BOW ‘N’ ARROW! Dustin gets the ropebreak and Bryan lets off. Dustin gets to the corner and Bryan backs off. Dustin gets up, walks off the pain and the two tie up again.
They go on ropes, the ref calls the break and Bryan throws a body shot as he lets off. Then he ROCKS Dustin with a EuroUpper! And another! Bryan whips, Dustin drops and uppercuts back! Bryan dumps Dustin out then builds speed, to DIVE! Direct hit and both men hit railing! Fans fire up as Dustin goes to the apron and CANNONBALLS! Direct hit in return and Dustin puts Bryan in the ring. Cover, ONE!! Dustin stomps Bryan, drops a knee on Bryan’s arm, then drags Bryan around. Dustin has the wristlock, Bryan fights up and rolls, bridges, breaks free and dropkicks a leg! Dustin falls back but Bryan takes a moment to catch his breath.
Bryan drags Dustin up, KICKS that leg, then KICKS Dustin against ropes. Bryan throws another EuroUpper, then goes for a back suplex. Dustin blocks, pries free and switches to GERMAN SUPLEX! Dustin KICKS Bryan in the back, drags him back up and bumps him off buckles. Dustin CHOPS, Bryan staggers to another corner but Dustin CHOPS him again! And again! Bryan CHOPS back! And KICKS! And headbutts! Bryan brings Dustin up, butterfly suplex! Cover, TWO, to a CROSS ARMBREAKER! Dustin clasps hands but Bryan pries at them with the arm scissor. Fans rally, Dustin endures but Bryan pries at the fingers! Bryan isolates the arm to STOMP it!
Dustin writhes as he clutches the elbow but fans fire up for the technical savagery. Bryan goes to the corner and we see Tony Nese watching in the front row. Dustin ROCKS Bryan on the top rope, throws uppercuts, then climbs up to join him. Fans fire up as Dustin stands on the very top, for a SUPERPLEX!! Double cover as both men are down, TWO!! “This is Awesome!” as a standing count begins. Dustin sits up at 3 but Bryan follows. They’re both up at 5, and Bryan throws a EuroUpper. Dustin throws a haymaker, Bryan gives it back! Bryan bumps Dustin off buckles, whips him corner to corner but Dustin reverses. Bryan goes up and over and runs, into a POWSERSLAM!
Dustin gets Bryan up, FINAL CUT!! Cover, TWO!! Bryan survives and Dustin is beside himself. Bryan rolls to a corner as fans rally. Dustin gets up and storms over to throw haymakers. Fans rally and duel even harder as Dustin climbs up the corner. Dustin rains down rights, takes in a half deep breath before giving dirty birds, and tops it off with the tenth! Dustin whips, Bryan reverses and Bryan escapes the bulldog to dropkick in the corner! Bryan unleashes KICKS and CHOPS on repeat! Bryan puts Dustin up top, climbs up but Dustin pushes him down! Bryan gets crotched, then Dustin FLYING CLOTHESLINES him down! Cover, TWO!
Bryan drags Dustin into the omoplata! Dustin resists, Bryan pulls at the head and arm. Bryan clubs Dustin into the LEBELLE LOCK! Dustin reaches, scoots around, and gets the ROPEBREAK! Bryan lets go at 4, Dustin crawls and Bryan KICKS him at the ropes! And again! And again! Dustin eggs Bryan on so Bryan KICKS him more! Dustin fires off haymakers, Bryan gives EuroUppers! Dustin kicks low but uppercuts into backslide! TWO!! Bryan kicks, Dustin blocks but Bryan ENZIGURIS! Fans fire up as both men are down! Bryan gets the wrists for DANIELSON STOMPS! Bryan lets off and fans are thunderous as he takes aim from a corner.
Dustin rises, Bryan runs in, but into a LARIAT! Dustin drags Bryan up and gets him for a PILEDRIVER!! Cover, TWO!? Bryan survives and Dustin can’t believe it! Fans are thunderous for “A E DUB! A E DUB!” Dustin drags Bryan up and reels him in, but Bryan knees free of the suplex, and ROUNDHOUSES! Dustin stays up, Bryan KICKS the leg, ROUNDHOUSES again, then jumps on for a GUILLOTINE! Dustin stays on his feet, powers up but then fades! Bryan changes grips and adds a body scissors! Dustin is OUT, Bryan wins!
Winner: Bryan Danielson, by submission (advances to the next round)
Bryan celebrates, but he also shows his respect to Dustin by checking on him. Will
The Elite speaks.
Is it hot in here, or what? It’s definitely the heat. They have the cameraman move up from their awesome shows to their faces. “Hey, Hanger. We heard the big news. Next week, it’s your Dark Order boys against The Elite.” Omega wishes he could say he’s excited, that he’s feeling festive because it’ll be Halloween, but every single week teaming with Hangman felt like Halloween. Why is that? Because while Omega was still the Best Bout Machine, was still the Cleaner, was still championship material, Hangman was cosplaying as a cowboy, trying to fool everyone. Omega knows the man behind the hat, shirt and skin tight jeans.
Omega knows Hangman can’t sleep at night because he’s afraid of failure. Going into Full Gear, Hangman’s burning through Negative One’s diapers than he is that homemade moonshine. And if people only knew Hangman the way Omega did, they wouldn’t be chanting “Cowboy Sh*t.” They’d be calling him “Coward Sh*t.” The Bucks and Cole compliment Omega on the sick burns but Omega humbly says it wasn’t all him. But will it be all on Omega when Hangman finally gets his hands on him 1v1?
AEW hears from FTR and the Lucha Brothers.
Dax Harwood says, “Right now in AEW, the AEW World Tag Team Champions are in a position to make more money than FTR, and that don’t set well with us, okay?” FTR came here to build on their legacies. They are proud to be AAA Tag Team Champions, but there’s one other belt that they need to complete the transformation to Greatest Tag Team of All Time, and that is THE AEW World Tag Team Championships.
Cash Wheeler remembers back to Full Gear 2020, they lost the titles to the Bucks. And for almost a full year, they sat on the sidelines and watched a bunch of children cosplay as tag champions. A bunch of little kids fought over who’s the best while daddy had to go take care of business. But daddy’s home now. They did Halloween a little bit early, so you can take all the shenanigans, dress up however you want, put on all the face paint you want, but you’re now looking at the greatest luchadores of all time in FTR.
Penta speaks in Spanish and Alex Abrahantes translates that on Dynamite, FTR hurt Penta’s brother, Fenix, then stole the titles. On Rampage, they attacked from behind. “FTR, you wanna play dirty?” They’ll show you what that’s really like. And Alex says for himself, revenge is coming! Dax responds that if they’re talking about revenge, if Fenix even shows up, all they’re doing is selling “wolf tickets,” and FTR don’t buy those. If you think a black eye is bad, just wait until Full Gear. #TopGuysOut. But what does FTR have in store when it’s champions VS champions?
Tony Schiavone is in the ring.
He notes it’s been a few weeks since we saw Darby Allin, and we know who did it, regardless of what any little rat will tell us. But to give us a proper update on Darby, it’s STIIIIING~! The snow, the crow, and the Icon! Sting goes to the ring and Schiavone know the fans love him. But what can he say about Darby’s condition? Before Sting can answer, MJF makes his entrance! MJF struts out, even, and has a mic. He mocks the fans booing. He knows it’s real hard for Florida but maybe they can show some class for once. “Darby’s little emo daddy, how you doing, buddy?” MJF isn’t out here to start a fight, the last thing he’d want to do is embarrass The Icon in front of these shmubs.
But MJF doesn’t think Sting wants to answer “that talentless waste of space” Schiavone’s question. Because if Sting did, then he’d have to tell the people the truth: their little hero, Darby, isn’t coming back. So Sting can come out, try and distract by having Schiavone- Fans tell MJF to STFU. But MJF says you can distract with the face paint, swinging a bat, howl and have his “stash” snow down upon them, but here’s what Sting needs to understand. “It’s easy to fool a bunch of people who solve their problems with gun violence and incest, but you ain’t fooling MJF!” Sting is a bad person! Everyone who has ever been his friend, when they need Sting most, where is he?
MJF continues as he gets into the ring. It’s because of Sting’s negligence that Darby ended up in the same spot as Sting’s other old pal, Lex Luger. “In a wheelch-” Sting DECKS MJF! MJF scrambles to a corner but Sting drag shim up, pulls off the jacket, and as Shawn Spears and Wardlow get in, Sting smacks them around with the jacket! Sting throws hands, has Wardlow in a corner, but Spears SMACKS him with a chair! Sting stays up!? But then Wardlow CLOBBERS Sting from behind! Spears adds on chair shot after chair shot! Fans call for Darby but MJF gets his jacket back and has Spears get another chair. Spears sits that chair up for MJF to take a seat.
Fans call MJF an A-hole as he gets the mic back to say, “Darby, Darby, Darby. I know you’re in a whole lot of pain, and I also know you’re watching. Did I break you mentally now, Darby Allin? Hmm?” They sit Sting up and MJF wants Darby to LOOK AT HIM!! MJF wants Darby to understand that no matter how many times people chant his name and want to see him come back to beat MJF’s face in, if Darby comes back, this is HIS future! “You will always fall short! You will always be second best to me and me alone!! Because I am the past, the present, and the future of professional wrestling.”
The Pinnacle leaves Sting behind, but Sting gets up! MJF has his boys stand back, MJF kisses his Dynamite Diamond Ring, and he DIAMOND PUNCHES Sting down!! Now the Pinnacle leaves, but will the Relentless Darby return to exact revenge?
Backstage interview with Britt Baker.
Schiavone is with the AEW Women’s World Champion and announces that at Full Gear, Britt defends that title against Tay Conti. Britt tells Tay, “Pardon me for not giving you the proper welcome you think you deserved when you first came to All Elite Wrestling.” But since Tay did what she did best and stick her nose in other people’s business, here we are. And Britt says it is time to study and learn that all Tay’s done since showing up here is shown everyone her ass. Meanwhile, Britt is showing everyone why she’s the most talked about name in women’s wrestling.
If Tay had just been a good little girl and worked her way up the ranks, Full Gear would’ve been one hell of a match. But since she went and put hands on what’s Britt’s, Britt is gonna lay her hands on Tay and beat that ass that Tay loves showing off. “Yours Truly, Dr. Britt Baker, D.M.D.”
AEW TBS Championship Tournament Opening Round: Penelope Ford VS Ruby Soho!
This tournament’s fourth seed, Kris Statlander, awaits the winner of this first match! Will the Superbad Girl keep knocking the Runaway down? Or will Ruby make Destination: Unknown the Galaxy’s Greatest Alien in round two?
The bell rings and Ford throws her jacket at Ruby to then mug her blindfolded! Ford stomps Ruby, drags her up, but Ruby stomps a foot and throws forearms and even headbutts! Ruby whips, Ford blocks the STO with a pull of Ruby’s hair, but Ruby has the cording hold! Fans rally behind Ruby but Ford hits low and CLUBS Ruby down. Ford drags Ruby up to bump her off buckles. Ford stomps a mudhole, the ref counts but Ford lets off. Ford goes corner to corner, handsprings and RAMS into Ruby! Ford goes side to side but Ruby dodges to then drag Ford out of the corner. Ford fights the suplex but Ruby reels her in to ROCK her with a forearm!
Ruby runs, rolls over Ford’s dropdown then mule kicks to run and YAKUZA KICK! Cover, TWO! Ruby rains down fists, drags Ford up and whips her to a corner. Ruby runs in but Ford puts her on the apron. Ford ROCKS Ruby, but Ruby KICKS Ford as she shoulders in! Ruby drags Ford to the apron, Ford ROCKS Ruby with a right. The Bunny comes frolicking out as the two brawl, and Ruby notices. Ruby avoids Bunny’s swipe but Ford BOOTS Ruby into the post! Ford then puts Ruby in position, spins and ROCKS her with a forearm! Ford soaks up the heat and mocks Ruby as AEW goes picture in picture. Ford puts Ruby in, covers, TWO!
Ford wraps on a chinlock and squeezes tight. Ruby endures, fights up, throws body shots but Ford KNEES her down! Cover, TWO! Ford drags Ruby up again and bumps her off buckles. Ford ROCKS Ruby with a forearm, then headlocks to scrape Ruby’s face along the ropes! The ref counts, Ford lets off but then chokes Ruby on the ropes! The ref counts, Ford and Bunny talk trash, and Ford lets off. Ford KICKS Ruby in the side, turns her around and gives her a HOTSHOT! Ruby flounders, Ford runs and dropkicks Ruby out of the ring! Bunny laughs at Ruby’s pain and gets in a cheap shot while the ref is busy with Ford!
A ring count starts, Ruby stirs at 3, Ford soaks up the heat as Ruby staggers up at 6. Ruby is in at 7, and Ford stomps away on her! Ford bumps Ruby off buckles, goes corner to corner, handsprings but into DEADLY NIGHTSHADE! Ruby then drags Ford up for a SAIDO! AEW returns to single picture as both women are down! A standing count starts, Bunny coaches Ford and gets her moving. Ford and Ruby get up at 6, Ford swings but Ruby ducks to CHOP! Ruby dodges again to CHOP and CHOP and CHOPS! Ford pulls hair, whips Ruby to ropes, but Ruby rolls, blocks the boot and KNEES back! Ruby backs up to SUPERKICK, then ENZIGURI!
Ruby runs, BLINDSIDE LARIAT! Cover, TWO! Ruby drags Ford up, whips her to a corner, then runs in but into an elbow. Ford boots Ruby again, then goes up and over! Ruby hits buckles but comes back, Ford goes Matrix! But Ruby gut wrenches Ford up into clinch, only for Ford to switch, shove and CUTTER! Cover, TWO!! Ford is furious and she drags Ruby. Ruby kicks, drags Ford down to a cradle, TWO! Ruby wrenches but Ford whips her away. Ruby ends up in a corner, she catches Ford for an STO! Fans fire up as Ruby climbs, but Ford gets under the jump! SPINNING HEEL KICK! And then the fireman’s carry to a GUT BUSTER DROP!! Cover, TWO!!
Ford is furious and so is The Bunny as Ruby survives! Bunny slides Ford the brass knuckles but the ref step son them! He won’t let them cheat like they have before! Ford and the ref scramble for the knuckles, Ruby rolls Ford up! Ruby wins!!
Winner: Ruby Soho, by pinfall (advances to the next round)
Ford argues with the ref, but Bunny gets in the ring. Ruby sees she’s outnumbered, but she won’t back down! But here comes Red Velvet! She and the Bunny are first round opponents, so Bunny retreats with Ford! Will Ruby make sure Velvet has back-up against Bunny and Ford?
“Do I look alright, Spears?” The Chair Man says MJF looks fantastic. MJF continues to talk to Darby Allin as he says he sent a little message. Wardlow asks about the BS last week, though. What’s he talking about? MJF shoved Wardlow into Sting! Oh, this is embarrassing. MJF won’t lie, he got nervous, it was fight or flight, it was not intentional. Wardlow knows MJF loves him, he’d never do something like that for real. But good thing he’s here because MJF has a favor to ask. Wardlow is doing a great job, which is why MJF pays him the big bucks. But MJF is starting to realize that that’s a lot of pressure to put on one person.
So MJF has assigned Wardlow an “accountabilibuddy.” A what? And of course, it’s Spears. Now, MJF would love to chat but he’s got a meeting. See you boys later! Pinnacle for life! MJF leaves and Spears is as shocked as anyone. Will this new dynamic only complicate things for the group?
Bobby Fish VS Anthony Greene!
The Infamous One has been back and forth already in his first few AEW matches, but there isn’t any shame losing to the Spanish God or the American Dragon. That said, will there be no shame for #RetroAG in losing to THE Bobby Fish?
The bell rings and the two circle. They feel things out and Fish throws heavy hands already! Greene goes to the apron, shoulders back into Fish, then counter punches him away. Greene climbs up, tightrope walks and CROSSBODIES! Cover, TWO! Greene goes after Fish but Fish throws knees and hands, then KICKS the leg! Fish snapmares Green to then go out and slingshot senton back in! Cover, TWO! Fish drags Greene up, throws more knees then BOOTS Greene to a corner. Fish throws in elbows and more knees, then whips. Greene reverses but Fish breaks free to RAM Greene into the far corner.
Fish isolates a leg, KICKS away on the other, then DRAGON SCREWS Greene down! Fish runs to SLIDING LARIAT! Fans fire up, Fish drags Green up to EXPLODER into the ropes! Greene flounder sup, Fish reads him his last rites, BUZZSAW! Cover, Fish wins!
Winner: Bobby Fish, by pinfall
And that’s all it takes for Fish to leave Greene black ‘n’ blue! But Fish isn’t done, he sees Greene get up and he KICKS the leg out! Fish mockingly asks, “What happened?” Fish rains down fists and forearms, the ref tells him to let off! Fish fishhooks Greene’s face! Fish even wraps on a SLEEPER! But here comes CM Punk! Punk is furious but Fish likes that The Best in the World came out. Will Fish give Punk a reason to throw down soon enough?
Backstage interview with Lio Rush & Dante Martin.
Schiavone says how last week, Lio said they’d be a tag team, so where do we stand this week? C’mon, Tony, you know Lio. Anything he does, he does big. He’s just here trying to take Dante on the highest flight possible, and that means showing him the way and that anything is possible if you have the right tools. All the things Matt Sydal hasn’t done since meeting Dante. Dante defends Sydal, saying he’s one of the best in the world. At what? Losing when it counts most? Lio gave Sydal a chance to prove himself and he failed. But do you know who is one of the best? Dante Martin. Lio wants to give Dante his chance to show that! He’d put money on Dante beating Sydal! Lio himself could beat Sydal!
Which is why they went to Tony Khan and got themselves their first tag match on AEW Rampage. Against who? The Sydal Brothers, of course. Lio is forcing Dante’s hand, will Dante be able to turn against the veterans who helped him to get in the good graces of the one investing in him?
AEW World Title Eliminator Tournament Opening Round: Lance Archer VS Eddie Kingston!
The American Dragon awaits in the next round, but either way he’s getting a heavy hitter! Will the Murderhawk Monster break the Mad King? Or will-
Oh wait! Kingston jumps Archer on stage! Fans fire up as Kingston throws hands and sends Archer to the ring! Archer hits back, they brawl around the way, and Archer ROCKS Kingston against the railing! Archer runs but Kingston tries to drop toehold! Archer stays up, he throws down hands, then grabs some random fan to scoop SLAM him onto Kingston! Wait, all that hair, that was Marcus Kross just trying to watch up close! Wrestlers aren’t even safe as just being spectators! Archer drags Kross up to the apron to choke grip and CHOKE SLAM onto Kingston!! This still isn’t even a match but Archer drags Kingston up and POSTS him!
Kingston staggers away, Archer stalks him and brings him around, but Kingston throws body shots and a CHOP! Archer doesn’t flinch, he ROCKS Kingston and then puts him in the ring. Archer finally gets in, and the bell rings! This is a match now as Archer elbows Kingston in the corner. Archer runs corner to corner to throw another elbow! And again! Archer drags Kingston up by his arm, stands him up in the corner and CHOPS him! But then Kingston pokes Archer in the eye! Archer ROCKS Kingston but Kingston leans on Archer. Archer puts Kingston up top, brings him up in the inverted crucifix, but Kingston fights free to get the DRAGON SLEEPER!
Archer stays up, Kingston pulls back on the hold and Archer drops to a knee! Kingston wants the arm but Archer throws hands. Kingston fires off on Archer, then runs, but Archer follows to BLINDSIDE LARIAT! Archer snarls as Kingston gets to the apron. Archer runs side to side as AEW goes picture in picture, to baseball slide dropkick! Kingston flops to the floor and Archer looks into the camera. Archer talks some smack but we can’t hear what he’s saying before he fetches Kingston. Archer gets Kingston up, bumps him off the timekeeper’s table, then follows Kingston as he staggers about. Archer puts Kingston against the apron to CHOP! Kingston CHOPS back!
Archer seethes, Kingston gets back in the ring, and Archer follows. Kingston CHOPS and CHOPS and CHOPS again! He pokes Archer in the eyes again, too! Then unleashes the MACHINE GUN CHOPS! Archer rakes Kingston’s eyes in return! Archer puts Kingston in a corner, the ref counts and Archer lets off. Archer digs his knee into Kingston at the corner, but again lets off as the ref counts. Kingston flounders, Archer ROCKS him with a forearm! Archer eggs Kingston on, pushes him around, but Kingston CHOPS again. Archer ROCKS Kingston again, stands him up in the corner, talks more trash but Kingston tries to claw at his face. Archer pushes Kingston’s hands away to CHOP!
Kingston staggers, Archer stalks him around the way, then stomps a mudhole into him. Archer digs his boots in again and thrashes about but the ref counts. Archer lets off, drags Kingston up and ROCKS him with more shots. Archer smirks as AEW returns to single picture, and he scoop SLAMS Kingston to a drop zone! Archer soaks up the heat as he goes up, VADER SPLASH! Cover, TWO! Archer argues the count but it was fair. Archer looms over Kingston, Kingston tries to fight from below and fans rally up. Kingston flounders up to SLAP Archer. Archer SLAPS Kingston back! Archer gives toying kicks, then digs his knee into Kingston’s head at the ropes!
The ref counts, Archer lets off, and Kingston flounders to another corner. Archer clamps onto Kingston’s face with both hands and pulls at the nose, but the ref counts. Archer lets off but he goes after Kingston’s face again. The ref counts, Archer tells him to shut up. Archer puts Kingston in the corner, goes corner to corner but Kingston dodges the elbow! Kingston runs in, but Archer BOOTS him down! Archer drags Kingston to center, goes back to the corner, and goes to the top rope for a MOONSAULT FLOP!! Archer even landed on his head as Kingston moved! Nese is still watching from the front row and he didn’t like that landing any better than Archer did.
The ref checks on Archer, Kingston gets to his feet, and Archer bails out. Kingston asks what’s up, the ref has him stay back. The medics check on Archer but Archer is somehow okay to continue. So Kingston Oklahoma Rolls! Kingston wins!!
Winner: Eddie Kingston, by pinfall (advances to the next round)
The Murderhawk Monster landing on his own head may have just saved Kingston! Will the Mad King be able to slay the American Dragon on next week’s Rampage?
The Men of the Year and Dan Lambert are in the ring!
Ethan Page says, “Oh, I suck?” Lambert and Scorpio Sky suck? NO! The Inner Circle SUCKS! They do! They lost twice to the Men of the Year. But here’s why they suck in detail. Jake Hager has an undefeated MMA record. Not that Ethan’s seen that. But he saw Scorpio pin Hager at Grand Slam! Santana & Ortiz? They’re “hard” and from the streets, but Men of the Year treat the streets like runways. They own every place they go, and they own the ring! Fans tell Ethan to STFU but he ignores them. Ethan moves on to Jericho, who isn’t here tonight, by the way. Which is a good thing, because there was enough time on the show to give Ethan the mic!
But Chris gets to do literally whatever he wants. Last week, after losing, Jericho got the mic to flirt with Paige VanZant? Really? That’s what you do after losing? Well don’t worry, the only celebrity Jericho’s kissing is Masvidal’s knee. So while Jericho is floating at sea, take a good look at what the future holds! How Ethan can own the room and the mic! THEY are the future of AEW, not “that PR nightmare” Sammy Guevara! But speaking of, Sammy walks out and says, “Enough!” Ethan, Ethan, Ethan. To borrow a phrase from Sammy’s friend and mentor, “Would you please shut the hell up!?” How long are we going to listen to a grown man complain about life being unfair?
Sammy gets it, he’s been there. Sometimes life sucks. But instead of bitching and moaning, Sammy worked his ass off and became TNT Champion! Sammy gets real. The reason Ethan isn’t any further in this company is the same reason he calls himself All Ego: because the only person who gives a s*it about what you’ve done is you. As for Lambert, as much as Sammy hates to hear him talk, he wants to hear the stipulation from the “fat faced dips*it.” Lambert tells the fans to not even think about it, but they chant that anyway! Lighten up, Sammy. Lambert’s proud of the little guy. We all know what Sammy can do in the ring, but look at him kill it on the mic! Maybe this will put an end to the rumors of Sammy suckin’ on the stick!
But if Sammy wants Lambert’s terms, he’ll make them simple enough for even Sammy to understand. He isn’t sure if Sammy’s brain has taken more damage from the 630 flips through tables, or the 630 pounds of gel it’s absorbed propping up that ridiculous hairdo! Sammy has his 10 Man Tag, Inner Circle Jerks VS American Top Team & Men of the Year at Full Gear! IF and ONLY IF Sammy comes to Dynamite next week and puts his TNT Championship against Ethan Page, aaand if by some miracle of God that he wins. But when Sammy loses, not only does he give up the TNT title, he quits the Inner Circle, FOREVER!!
Sammy wants to get it straight. If he loses next week, he loses the most important title in professional wrestling today, and also loses his best friends, the Inner Circle. “You’ve got yourself a deal, asshole! Under one condition: when I beat Ethan Page, I get to decide the three members of American Top Team that the Inner Circle gets to kick their ass at Full Gear!” See you bitches in Boston, and see the fans again in picture in picture. Well if he’s in such an accepting mood, here’s an idea! Accept the whooping they about to put on him! The Men of the Year head up the ramp, but Sammy fights them 2v1! Santana, Ortiz & Hager show up to run Men of the Year off!
The lines have been drawn and the stakes have been raised, will Sammy stay not just a champion but an Inner Circle OG? Or will everything fall apart as Ethan strokes his All Ego?
Jon Moxley speaks.
“Right now, I’m supposed to be yelling and screaming about how I’m gonna wreck everybody and win this tournament, and for sure that’s gonna happen. But that’s not really what’s on my mind right now. I’ll keep it real with y’all, always have. Right now, I’m thinking about my daughter. My daughter’s eyes. The other day, I look into her eyes and she stares right back into mine.” He put his broken pinkie out, she grabs onto it, and squeezes it for everything she’s got. It occurs to Mox in that moment that he actually doesn’t give a crap about any of this. He doesn’t care about this tournament, or the AEW World Championship.
He doesn’t care about the ratings, who said what on Twitter, or “The Demo.” Moxley cares about that moment. He wants to get home with his teeth in his head and his head on his shoulders, “and for that to happen, other people gotta get hurt.” It’d be a lot easier if Moxley was a mailman or a gym teacher, but this is what he does. This tournament, high stakes, the world title, this isn’t a ladder climbing contest. This is everyone going into a dark alley and only one comes out. So who do you think it is that comes out? Moxley’s message to everyone else in the tournament is, “I’ll get you before you get me. I’ma win this whole damn thing.”
Sammy Guevara returns for picture in picture.
Just as he promised, he has his cards! “Orlando, Florida! Another week, another huge waste of time! Big surprise! American “Plop” Team come out to run their mouths AGAIN! I say… it’s time to run mine! Ethan Page, next week on Dynamite! “The Spanish God” Sammy Guevara VS “Loose Pecs” Ethan Page. It’ll be the Boston TNT Party!” AEW goes to break, but Sammy’s said his piece. Will he make good on his word and on his deal with American Top Team?
The Dark Order speaks.
Alex Reynolds brings up how it was a tough loss to The Super Kliq. Evil Uno agrees, but if you think a single loss is going to stop them, you’re mistaken! Sadly mistaken! Oh hey, Hangman walks in! He wants to apologize for not catching up with then, and for what happened after he left. These guys were right. Yes, they were. Wait, which part of the Dark Order was right? The important thing is, they all were. Not everyone in the group is going to agree with each other, they each did what they thought was right in the moment, and that’s why he wants to thank them and apologize to them.
But if they’re going back after The Elite, well things are getting real close to Halloween. And if Hangman knows those guys, they’re going to have costumes. Not to be outdone, the Dark Order will have theirs! John Silver votes for Bambi! Evil Uno says he has plenty of weird costumes in his closet. Oh, they know that, Uno. Stu Grayson doesn’t want to go overboard but everyone is arguing over what to go with. What will we see from the Dark Order when they take on the Elite?
Jungle Boy VS Brandon Cutler!
Jurassic Express wants to payback on The Elite for what they did to Captain Charisma and Luchasaurus, but they’re having to start at the literal bottom of the ladder. Will Jungle Jack Perry get some semblance of revenge when he takes down the cold spray wielding stooge? Or will Cutler introduce JB to the Ice Age?
The bell rings, JB dodges Cutler and clotheslines him out of the ring! JB then DIVES and takes Cutler to the railing! JB puts Cutler in, Cutler scrambles to a corner but JB runs in. Cutler BOOTS JB, goes up top and fires up, copying “ADAM COLE~ BAYBAY!” only to Panama BACK DROP! Cutler clutches his back, he might need cold spray. He SLAPS JB, though, and then hypes himself up. JB SLAPS and SLAPS and SLAPS, then knees low! JB reels Cutler in to POWERBOMB him! Then he turns Cutler over for the SNARE TRAP!! Cutler taps, JB wins!!
Winner: Jungle Boy, by submission
That was a cold SNAP right there! But JB gets a mic to say, “Well that was a nice little warm-up. Good try, dude. To be honest, I’m feeling pretty good still. And I’m ready to go again. So, why don’t one of you Elite pieces of SH*T come down here right now?!” JB waits, but when no one shows, he just drags Cutler back into the SNARE TRAP!! Cutler suffers, shouts for help, but then Adam Cole storms out! “What? You think you’re so big and bad because you’re picking on Brandon? Jungle Boy, you’re an embarrassment.” If JB wants to fight the Elite, well he’s right here! They can go right here, right now!
Cole throws off the jacket and goes down the ramp, gets on the apron, but JB DECKS him! Wait, the Young Bucks sneak up from the crowd side! They get in, DOUBLE SUPERKICKS for JB!! It was all to sucker JB in! The Super Kliq drags JB out and throws him to the ramp, then they mug him for running his mouth! They get JB up to the stage, get an arm each, B T E TRIGGER!! Then they set him up for THE BOOM! But JB crawls after them? Cole drags JB back up, brings him over to commentary, “When you gonna learn, Jungle Boy? You are nobody! WE run AEW!” The Bucks give JB a kiss good night, then they get him up. They TOSS JB off the stage and into spare tables!!
Nick waves bye to JB and Matt wants a replay from the guys in the truck. Cole says “This is OUR world! Always has been, always will be!” They love the replay, and Cutler’s even back with the cold spray. Will The Elite continue to destroy all who stand in their way? Or will The Dark Order’s Evil Uno, Stu Grayson, Colt Cabana and John Silver manage to take them down a peg?
“My God, we’re out of time, and my wife needs her champion back. All the violence that is going to come through me is now a reflection on you. On your silence and your arrogance. How dare you ignore me? How dare you test me? My God, my God, how dare you forsake me? Let them make me fight 100 times and I will snap 100 necks!! God’s Forsaken Champion will become God’s favorite again! But not because you want it. But because I will leave you no choice. My road home starts now. And the powder of bones will follow me to her. And I will hold her with blood on my hands and horror in my eyes. And that’s on YOU.”
Cody Rhodes w/ Arn Anderson VS Malakai Black!
The American Nightmare’s first encounter with the Dark Father left him questioning his future. His second encounter left him in a dark place, covered with mist and shame. But this final confrontation could put the final nail in the coffin, or could bring him back to his former glory! Will Cody finally avenge his previous failures? Or is there no stopping the House of Black?
The bell rings and the two tie right up! They go around, Cody waistlocks but Malakai switches. Cody trips Malakai but he rolls Cody. Cody comes back for a takeover, but Malakai boots the figure four away. Malakai trips Cody, facelocks, but they end up on the ropes. They let off for just a moment, Cody hits a headlock takeover but Malakai headscissors. Cody kips free but roles reverse as Malakai headlocks for the takeover and Cody headscissors. Malakai kips free, fans rally and duel as Malakai ROCKS Cody! Cody fires back, they go back and forth but Cody throws toe kick after toe kick. Cody throws hands but Malakai fires off a strike fest and a leg sweep!
Malakai rolls Cody, Cody kicks him away. Malakai feints to KICK Cody in the chest! Malakai kicks again but Cody blocks, only for Malakai to roll him to a KNEEBAR! Cody fights up, has a toehold then steps and stomps on Malakai’s face! Fans are torn as Cody lets off. Cody brings Malakai up, throws haymakers then runs, but Malakai CLOBBERS him! Cover, ONE!! Malakai wraps on a chinlock and squeezes tight. Cody fights up, Arn coaches him but Malakai waistlocks. Cody blocks the lift, elbows free, goes to a corner but has to go up and over as Malakai runs in! POWERSLAM! Cover, TWO!
Fans fire up, Cody throws his weight belt to the fans! Fans cheer as a young boy lays claim to the souvenir! Cody gets the legs, Malakai digs his fingers into Cody’s eyes! Malakai scrambles away, and he goes out to bring out a chair from under the ring! The ref reprimands, but who is that coming down the way? Malakai throws the chair into the ring buy the Nightmare Family’s Brock Anderson and Lee Johnson are here! They surely want payback as much as Cody, and Malakai doesn’t see Cody get the chair! Malakai bails back out to avoid the attack! Malakai sees Brock and Big Shotty coming close, so he gets in to sucker punch Cody!
AEW goes picture in picture as the ref tells Malakai to put the chair down. But Brock snatches it away! Malakai glares at Brock and Brock puts the chair under the ring. Cody trips Malakai up for the FIGURE FOUR! Malakai endures, Cody puts as much pressure as he can on the hold, but Malakai crawls and drags his way over to the ropebreak! The ref counts, Cody lets Malakai go, and Cody gets the fans fired up more as he brings Malakai up. Cody whips, Malakai reverses but Cody tumbles up and out, only for Malakai to BOOT him! Malakai HIP TOSSES Cody in, then sweeps the legs! Roll-up, but Cody boots Malakai away, only for Malakai to PENALTY KICK! Cover, TWO!
Malakai seethes and hobbles his way back out of the ring. Malakai brings out a TABLE now! Cody hurries over but Malakai DECKS him! Malakai sets up the table by ringside, hits Cody again, and joins him on the apron. Malakai KICKS, Cody blocks and SUPERKICKS! Cody lines things up, CROSS RHODES through the table!! Both men crawl out of the wreckage as AEW returns to single picture. Cody slowly rises and fetches Malakai, and Malakai is busted open! But he still POSTS Cody! Malakai goes looking under the ring, Arn gets in the ring to see what’s going on. Fans chant, “GET THE GLOCK!” to Arn as Cody slowly flounders around outside. Cody is busted open now!
Malakai crawls, Cody crawls around the way to follow him. The ref checks both men but they’re both somehow okay to continue. Cody manages to walk and he hobbles over towards Malakai. Malakai stands up, and here comes Andrade El Idolo! He aims at Arn, BANG! That’s in return for yesterday, and Jose gets in, to get a SPINEBUSTER from the Enforcer! But Malakai gives Arn THE MIST!! But here comes Pac! He goes after Andrade! He KICKS Andrade up the ramp, Andrade hits back, and they fight to the tunnel! Cody gets in the ring, runs at Malakai and fires off hands! Malakai BOOTS back, reels him in and ROCKS him with a forearm! QUEBRADA!!
But Cody is right back up! CROSS RHODES OUTTA NOWHERE!! Cover, TWO?!?! Malakai survives and shocks Cody! Cody fires up, stomps Malakai over and over, then drags Malakai up to suplex. Malakai knees back, is on the apron and he puts Cody through ropes to KICK him! Cody drops, Malakai goes up, DIVING DOUBLE STOMPS!! And then a boot to the JUMP KNEE, HIGH ANGLE GERMAN! Bridging cover, TWO!!! Cody narrowly escapes and fans are going nuts! But Malakai just waits for Cody to rise, BLACK MASS!!! But Cody flops to the ropes! Cody clings for dear life as Malakai tries to bring him in, then kicks him away.
Cody runs corner to corner, Malakai tosses him up and out! Cody bounces off apron, but he still avoids Malakai’s moonsault! Cody DIVES! Direct hit at the ramp! Cody puts Malakai back in and springboards, SUPER CODY CUTTER!! Then the CROSS RHODES AGAIN! But Cody holds on, turns Malakai around, double underhooks for a TIGER DRIVER ’98!! Cover, Cody wins!!
Winner: Cody Rhodes, by pinfall
Bloodied as he is, Cody stands tall over his nemesis! Is this issue settled between him and Malakai Black? Or has it only escalated further?
Another great Saturday Dynamite from top to bottom. The tournament matches were all great, but it was pretty clear after Archer’s header off his moonsault, that Oklahoma Roll was just a quick way to wrap it up. Dustin VS Bryan was a great opener for the night, and it is great that Bryan keeps winning with different submissions. He has his signatures like the LeBelle Lock and Cattle Mutilation but he can adapt to beat whoever he is facing. Bryan VS Kingston is going to be a great match in the next round, but I’m leaning towards Bryan winning. Moxley has a great promo where he isn’t winning this tournament as a wild man but as a father who needs to do this for his family. He’s definitely going to beat Preston Vance and he’s definitely beating Orange Cassidy but who knows how the finals go.
Ruby VS Ford was really good but I wish they’d just kept Bunny away. That was a clumsy brass knuckle situation, and I feel like Ruby’s good enough to beat Ford with more than just a quick pin finish. But whatever, they plugged Red Velvet VS The Bunny for later on, so I guess that much makes sense. Ruby VS Kris is going to be great, but I think Ruby wins as the hot hand. Britt had another good promo and her taking on Tay Conti at Full Gear is going to be a very good match. Britt is certainly winning, because I feel like it is only Thunder Rosa who can take that title off Britt. As I’ve said, that probably means Jade Cargill takes the TBS title but Rosa goes after Britt at Revolution.
We also got great stuff from The Pinnacle, with FTR and Lucha Bros establishing the rematch for Full Gear and then MJF upping things both with Sting and Darby but also the dysfunction that’s building between him and Wardlow. Wardlow and Spears were already teaming together on Dark and Elevation but now it sounds like Spears is supposed to go where Wardlow goes, so Spears might be in Wardlow’s corner on Dark and Elevation now. Miro had another passionate promo, but there’d be a bit more weight to it if he was on Dark and Elevation just wrecking people. Not even scheduled in a match, just people that had matches or were going to have matches and he destroys them.
The “terms” put between American Top Team and Inner Circle are fairly lame for how big they’re trying to make this story feel. Sammy has to put up his title and win to force American Top Team to get in a match? And if he loses, then that’s basically American Top Team taking something away from Inner Circle and just getting to lord it over them? How are these MMA guys supposed to be badass if they’re finding ways to not fight AEW wrestlers? Sammy’s definitely winning, keeping the title and staying in the Inner Circle and then who knows what happens with the 5v5 at Full Gear. There’s much more intrigue in Lio trying to turn Dante against the Sydals and whether it’ll work.
Cool to see Tony Nese in the crowd as one of those “this person’s signing with us” moments. No idea what the Premier Athlete does but I’m not really sure what more he can do when he could never quite get his personality going in the WWE. Bobby Fish’s match was clearly a vehicle to get him to a feud, but what a surprise that it’s CM Punk. They’re going to have a great, strike heavy match for sure. There was good stuff from all the overlap with The Elite, the Dark Order and Jurassic Express. Of course JB squashes Cutler but of course the Elite punk him out and basically sideline him.
Hangman had a great moment with The Dark Order, and I really can’t wait to see what next week’s Halloween Dynamite will have just in terms of costumes. Omega calling out Hangman was great stuff, too, and I feel like that last line was a purposefully clunky one. They should’ve clearly gone with “Chicken shit” to play off #CowboyShit. Definitely expect Hangman to make a move during the 8 Man Tag, maybe even in his own costume so no one realizes it’s him until he takes some kind of mask off. And lastly, Cody VS Malakai was great stuff, the fans were red hot but still against Cody for the most part. It’s probably because they knew he was winning here to make up for his losses before.
I did like that Brock Anderson, Lee Johnson and even Andrade and Pac were part of things. Cody sure likes blood, because it was so obvious we were being distracted while he bladed. Not quite sure how things go from here, but I’m sure Cody will want a Full Gear match with Malakai, maybe even No Disqualification so they can do more than just the table spot and the chair tease.
My Score: 9/10
Mitchell’s AEW Dynamite Results & Report! (12/7/22)
The best tag teams collide!
Will The Acclaimed hold onto their forever reign?
In an epic clash, The Acclaimed defend their AEW World Tag Team Championships against the THREE BELT CHAMPIONS, FTR! Will Cash Wheeler & Dax Harwood move up to FOUR belts tonight?
- Dynamite Diamond Ring Battle Royal: Ricky Starks wins and will challenge MJF for the Dynamite Diamond Ring.
- AEW TNT Championship: Samoa Joe VS Darby Allin; Joe wins and retains the title.
- Jake Hager & Daniel Garcia VS Claudio Castagnoli & Wheeler Yuta; Claudio & Yuta win.
- Six Woman Tag: Jade Cargill & The Baddies VS Madison Rayne, Skye Blue & Kiera Hogan; Jade & The Baddies win.
- AEW World Tag Team Championships: The Acclaimed VS FTR; The Acclaimed win and retain the titles.
PLAY BY PLAY
Dynamite Diamond Ring Battle Royal!
Another year, another battle for that coveted $150,000 diamond ring! But things are a little different, as Maxwell Jacob Friedman, our NEW AEW World Champion, has the prerogative to not participate in this match. Instead, think of this more as a #1 contender’s battle royal with the winner getting to choose when and where they face MJF for that ring. Ricky Starks vows that when he wins this match, he’ll make next week’s title match into a Winner Takes All! Will this be an Absolute Victory for Ricky Starks? Or will someone else in this crowded field take that diamond ticket instead?
Fans go wild as Starks makes his entrance, and then they go wild as “Jungle Boy” Jack Perry makes his entrance. We already have Brian Cage, The Butcher, The Blade, Orange Cassidy, Captain Shawn Dean, Matt Hardy, Ethan Page, Lee Moriarty, W. Morrissey, Kip Sabian, Dalton Castle and The Boys at ringside, but wait! Here comes The Natural, Dustin Rhodes! Fans fire up for the hometown hero, the bell rings, and everyone rushes into the ring! Well, almost everyone as Kip plays things a bit more shrewdly, and even Castle & The Boys wait as things sort out. Cassidy takes his time because that’s just the way Freshly Squeezed rolls.
The Butcher brawls with Dean, The Blade is after JB and Dustin is on Hardy while The Firm’s All Ego and #TAIGASTYLE mug Starks. Castle slides in to help Starks out, and Kip yanks Cassidy out under the bottom rope, wanting to continue things from Rampage’s All-Atlantic Championship Lumberjack Match! Kip RAMS Cassidy into railing! Ethan bumps Castle off buckles and Starks turns things around on Moriarty. Ethan CHOKES Castle while The Boys protest. Castle hits Ethan back, Moriarty turns things around on Starks to rain down fists. Starks stops that and hits an atomic drop! Hardy helps Ethan by going after Castle.
Dustin digs his boots into Ethan while Hardy dribbles Castle off buckles. Kip throws Cassidy around ringside, Dustin bumps Ethan off buckles. Dustin CHOPS Ethan, Cassidy turns things around on Kip but Kip sends Cassidy into the apron! Fans rally for Starks, Castle gives Hardy a raspberry? Dustin ROCKS Butcher, Dean throws hands on Cage. Kip and Cassidy are finally in the ring and Cassidy bounces Kip off buckles. And again! And again! Butcher CLUBS Cassidy down! Butcher and Kip work together on Cassidy but he kicks at them. Cassidy gets free, dodges Kip, and runs in at Kip, only for Kip to send him up and out!
Cassidy holds onto the ropes, but Kip BITES one of Cassidy’s hands! Cassidy still skins the cat to headscissor Kip! Kip resists, pushes Cassidy away, but Cassidy hits him back! Blades sucker punches Cassidy and drags him off! Blade ELIMINATES Cassidy, then POSTS him! Fans boo but the damage is done and Kip is all smiles. Dustin runs at Kip and hits a DESTROYER! Dustin clotheslines Kip up and out to ELIMINATE him! Fans fire up but then Butcher CLUBS Dustin! Butcher fires off hands but Dustin gives them back! They brawl with haymakers but Butcher knees low! And again! Butcher fireman’s carries but Dustin fights free!
Dustin is on the apron, he throws hands on Butcher while fans go nuts over Starks narrowly avoiding elimination at the hands of Matt Hardy! Dustin ROCKS Butcher, Hardy kicks at Starks. Moriarty is after Castle in a corner while Butcher rakes Dustin’s eyes! Butcher CLOBBERS Dustin and ELIMINATES him! Fans boo but Blade high-fives with Butcher while staying safe on the outside. Butcher fires off on Dustin, Cage throws Castle out! Cage KNEES Castle off the apron, but The Boys catch him! Cage ROCKS Castle again, the Boys keep Castle up again! And again! They carry Castle to safety on the other side of the ring!
But Cage is there! Cage swings, Castle ducks to ROCK Cage back! Castle gets in safe, but Cage scoops him! Cage TOSSES Castle out onto the Boys and ELIMINATES him! Fans boo but JB DROPKICKS Cage out of the ring! Cage stays on the apron, he ROCKS JB in the ropes, suplexes him, but JB slips out to waistlock! Cage elbows JB away, but JB SUPERKICKS Cage! Meanwhile, Starks is fighting off both Hardy and Ethan Page! He gets them to back off, before he DOUBLE AX HANDLES them both down! JB goes up a corner, he leaps at Cage, APRON METEORA! JB ELIMINATES Cage! Prince Nana is furious but fans are fired up as AEW goes picture in picture!
JB checks his leg as he gets in the ring. Moriarty is right on JB by pulling his hair! Moriarty UPPERCUTS JB, has him in a corner, and digs his boots in! Ethan stomps Dean while Hardy rushes Butcher. Butcher dumps Hardy but Hardy holds the ropes! Hardy fights his way back in, he CLUBS Butcher down, and Ethan applauds. The Firm give Hardy thumbs up as Hardy picks Butcher up and works to dump him out! Butcher holds on while Moriarty stomps Starks and Ethan keeps on Dean. Butcher fights off Hardy, then catches his breath leaning against ropes. Ethan makes Starks look at the camera before he CLUBS him down!
JB CLUBS Ethan! Moriarty full nelsons JB but JB elbows him away. JB digs a boot into Ethan and Starks joins in! They let off, drag Ethan up, and they work together to pick Ethan up! Ethan fights and Hardy helps Ethan for The Firm. Hardy bumps Starks off buckles again and again and again! JB fights Ethan off while Hardy shouts, “DELETE! Dean turns things around on Moriarty JB stomps Ethan then CLUBS Butcher. Dean scoops and SLAMS Moriarty while Hardy tries to throw Starks out again. But Starks drags Hardy up and over instead! Hardy dangles but so does Starks! Dynamite returns to single picture as Ethan hurries to save Hardy!
Starks fights Hardy but Ethan HOTSHOTS Starks! Starks sputters, Hardy gets in safe. Butcher fights off JB and Dean, but Dean fights him with forearms. The Firm all mug Starks, but fans rally up behind Starks. Starks fires off on Butcher while he can but Butcher ROCKS Starks! Starks runs to BLAST and ELIMINATE The Butcher! But then The Firm jumps right on him! Moriarty throws Starks out but Starks stays safe on the apron. Starks ROCKS Moriarty, JB runs in to RANA Moriarty up and out to ELIMINATE him!! But Morrissey BOOTS JB while he’s hanging on, and that ELIMINATES JB!!
Fans boo, Morrissey isn’t even really in this match! But Moriarty & Morrissey aren’t done with JB, either, as they drag him up, APRON CHOKE SLAM!! Hardy meanwhile hits Dean with a SIDE EFFECT! The refs reprimand, Moriarty and Morrissey back off, leaving Ethan, Hardy, Starks and Dean as our final four. Hardy drags Starks up to give him a SIDE EFFECT! Fans boo, but then Ethan tells Hardy to stop doing his V1 and raise Ethan’s hand in victory. But Ethan hasn’t won yet! Hardy says, “DELETE! DELETE! DELETE!” and then Ethan tells him to get Starks up. Hardy does as told, The Firm mugs Starks, and then they put him on the ropes.
Starks holds on as both Hardy & Ethan lift, but Dean makes the save! Dean fires off hands on Ethan! Hardy goes after Dean, but Dean fires off hands on Hardy! Dean UPPERCUTS Hardy but Ethan CLUBS Dean! Ethan whips Dean, Dean gets around, FLOAT-OVER DDT! Dean kips up and fans fire up! Stokely is upset but Dean drags Ethan up to throw him up and over! Ethan holds on desperately and Hardy kicks Dean! TWIST OF FATE! Ethan shouts to throw Dean out and Hardy tells Ethan to do it. Ethan says fine, he drags Dean up and tosses Dean to ELIMINATE him! Fans are thunderous as now Starks is 2v1 against The Firm!
Ethan tells Hardy to do his job and help him win. Hardy shouts, “DELETE! DELETE! DELETE!” But he BLASTS Starks! The Firm mugs Starks and fans boo hard as ever! Ethan feeds Starks to the facelock, TWIST OF- NO, Starks shoves Hardy up and out to ELIMINATE him! Ethan fires off on Starks, it’s just the two of them now! Starks wrenches and TORNADO DDTS!! Fans are thunderous as Starks is electric! He runs in but Ethan dodges the Spear! ROUNDHOUSE! Ethan snarls, he drags Starks up, fireman’s carry, but Starks RANAS Ethan out! STARKS WINS!!
Winner: Ricky Starks (#1 contender to the Dynamite Diamond Ring)
But to rain on the parade already is MJF! The AEW World Champion and #TripleB, the Big Burberry Belt, are here with a mic as fans boo hard as they can. The fans then cheer on Starks and MJF smirks. MJF tells Starks, “I’ll be with you in one second.” MJF then says, “Bryan Danielson, a little birdy told me you didn’t wanna show up tonight, and I think I know the real reason why. The real reason why is because you’re terrified of me. And I don’t blame ya, bud. After what I did to your boy, Willy Reegs, I’d be scared, too.”
Fans boo but MJF says, “Because I’m a bad, bad man. And that’s why in a week from now, I’m gonna be a FOUR-TIME, FOUR-TIME, FOUR-TIME, F-F-F-FOUR-TIME beautiful Dynamite Diamond Ring Champion. And I will still be the holder of the grandest prize of ’em all, the Triple B, baby! Now Richard, people seem to really like you around here, huh?” Fans cheer Starks on again, and MJF says “They talk about you like you’re some underutilized god of professional wrestling. And trust me, you are very talented, you really are. But you wanna know the truth, bud? Here’s the truth, Absolute.” Fans tell MJF to STFU but he just shrugs that off.
MJF says the truth is that in comparison to MJF, Starks is the Absolute drizzling sh*t! Or should MJF say, “You’re a roody poo candy ass!” After all, Starks stole literally everything else from that guy. But no offense, Richard, you’re just “a Dollar Store Dwayne.” So MJF will call Starks “The Pebble.” So here’s what happens next week in the main event of Dynamite, little Pebble. Fans chant for the “PEBBLE~! PEBBLE~!” MJF says he’s gonna put The Pebble in his pocket, hop in his brand new Porsche, because unlike all the “simple-minded humanoids” of Austin, MJF is rich. MJF will drive Pebble to the nearest body of water, take him out of his pocket, and skip “your scrawny little pigeon-toed ass all the way back to Billy Corgan’s NWA so you can wrestle on YouTube where you belong!”
Fans boo but Starks just smirks. MJF says “Facts don’t care about your feelings, Texas!” But MJF doesn’t care that Starks is Absolute, because MJF is a Generational Talent, and his Reign of Terror has only just begun. MJF soaks up the heat and then Starks pushes right past him to get a mic of his own. Fans cheer on Starks but MJF tells them all to shut up. Starks tells “Maxi Pad”, which fans now chant at MJF, that he should’ve expected a fifth-rate Roddy Piper to come out here and try to steal the spotlight. Oh~, he trashed the city! OH~! He trashed the fans! How much more shtick does MJF got? Cuz the low hanging fruit is running dry!
Starks says every week, MJF walks out here smelling like paint thinner and ass, having spray tanned his eczema to where if he took his shirt off, his back would look like he laid on an ant colony for seven hours. MJF has his crappy shoes, pants that are never ironed, a shirt that is too small, that stupid scarf, and that even dumber haircut, and he acts like he’s better than Starks?! Give us a break!! Fans are fired up hearing that! “Everything about you screams, ‘Cheap.’ The cheap suits, the cheap shoes, the cheap heat. Oh my God, and you are our new AEW Champion, huh? Well here’s the thing. With that AEW Championship comes a big responsibility that you know nothing about!
“The difference between you and me is that when these people got behind me, I gave them a reason to keep going. When they put faith in you, you let them down. When Regal put faith in you, you let him down. But brother, when it comes to Ricky, I delivery on time, every time, every night, every week, every month! And you can take your little ass to Greece for three months because oh~, you didn’t get paid enough! Oh~, you got out politicked by somebody smarter than you! But the fact remains is that I’ve been here, busting my ass. You wanna talk responsibility? Let’s talk about the fact that you avoid responsibility! You avoid any type of pressure.
“I show up to sign meet ‘n’ greets, where you, you don’t care! You just blow it off because hey! Everybody hates Max, so he has nothing to lose, right? Yeah, well, guess what, buddy? There comes a lot of responsibility when it comes to people actually liking you. And beside your nose being a lot darker than the rest of your body, me on the other hand, I live with dignity, I live with respect. You know nothing about that! When I lived in my car in South Austin, guess what I was doing? I was grinding! I knew the responsibility of taking care of myself! When it comes to that woman right there, it’s MY responsibility to get her a car, to get her a house.
“And you think because you paid people, because you kissed ass, that Maxwell ‘I’m better than you,’ you can get whatever you want? Please, gimme a break.” Fans are all fired up! Starks tells MJF that next week is a BIG deal. Starks is putting up and shutting MJF up for once in his miserable, narcissistic, punk-ass little life! MJF doesn’t deserve the title but Starks does! Wrestling on YouTube? Guess what? Been there, done that, busted his ass to get here! He never needed a name to make it here, and he doesn’t need one to beat MJF’s ass! He is Ricky Starks, he is stand ten toes down right here.
Next week, Starks smacks that mole of MJF’s neck, stomps a new hole right into MJF, and then he takes that title! Fans are thunderous for Starks as he says he’s doing MJF a favor he’s never had done in his life: Starks takes the responsibility off this “little boy’s” plate. MJF LOW BLOWS Starks! Fans boo as MJF takes off the belt, the scarf, and brings out the Dynamite Diamond Ring. MJF puts the ring on, takes aim, and fans shout “F YOU MAX!” But Starks dodges to SPEAR!! Fans are THUNDEROUS as MJF falls out of his shoes and then falls out of the ring! Starks holds up the world title, will he be holding that and the Dynamite Diamond Ring at the end of Winter is Coming?
Darby Allin speaks.
“May 12th, 2021 was when I lost the TNT Championship. From that time ’til now, I feel like a lot of people have all said to me, ‘Darby Allin is being slept on. Darby Allin is forgotten about.’ Well it’s up to me to wake everyone up, and I’m gonna win that TNT Championship. I said that this crowd chants one thing, ‘Joe is gonna kill~ you.’ Well Joe, you’re gonna have to bury me with that TNT Championship, because I am not leaving Austin, Texas without it.”
Samoa Joe responds.
“Darby Allin, the curious little dead boy. I know exactly what you see when you look at me. You see a crucible that you wanna put yourself through. You see the violence that I inflict and you say to yourself, ‘That is a trial I can endure.’ Well, Darby, tonight you’re gonna learn that curiosity has a price that is about to get real expensive.” Will the Relentless Underdog put it all on the line just to get back that title? Or will he fail to dethrone the King of Pro-Wrestling Television?
Jon Moxley speaks.
“You think last week got a little outta hand? I don’t. In fact, I’m starting to really, really like The Cowboy, Hangman. Because he fell off his horse, dusted himself off, and got right back in the saddle, and he did his talking with his fists. There’s not enough of that around here. There’s too much talking. This is All Elite Wrestling, not All Elite Talking. There is no Blackpool Microphone Club. This is COMBAT! This is the sport of kings! Tonight, myself, Wheeler, Claudio, this Weekend at Final Battle, this Friday night on Rampage, we bring back 100 proof, in-your-face, ass-kicking wrestling! Jericho Appreciation Society. I’m so over the Jericho Appreciation Society.
“I’m gonna be out there tonight, just to make sure there’s no sports entertainment shenanigans. And this weekend, we put the JAS in our rearview mirror for good! Hangman Page, you want another piece? You know where to find me.” The Maniac heads out, but will he be able to focus on the JAS with the Cowboy coming for him?
AEW TNT Championship: Samoa Joe VS Darby Allin!
#TwoBeltJoe has been intimidating and brutal even when he’s had no belts. How much more vicious will he become in order to keep his throne as King of TV?
The introductions are made, the TNT title is raised, and we see if Darby wins, or even survives!
The bell rings and fans rally as Darby and Joe stare down. Fans do sing, “Joe is gonna kill~ you!” Joe steps up to Darby, daring him to do something. So Darby fires off fast hands! Joe puts Darby in a corner, but Darby dodges him to fire off hands again! Joe shoves Darby away, but Darby SHOTGUNS Joe out of the ring! Darby keeps moving to DIVE, but Joe casually moves aside and Darby crashes into railing! Joe grins as he goes back for Darby while fans lose their minds. Joe CLUBS Darby, drags him up, and sits him on the apron to then SWING him into the railing! And SWING into the apron! And back into railing!
Fans are torn but Joe soaks it all up. Joe goes back for Darby, and he tears up the floor mats! Joe drags Darby up and smacks him off the apron. Darby flounders around in a daze, but Joe drags him back up. Joe puts Darby in the ring, just to drag him out after refreshing the ring count. Joe then hits Darby with a BIG back suplex to the floor! Darby writhes, but at least that was a padded part. Joe refreshes the count himself now, and he drags Darby back up. Joe brings Darby to the bare patch now, and fans boo while the ref counts. Darby fights the lift but Joe still gets Darby up! Darby bends Joe’s fingers to get free!
Darby runs in, but Joe POWERSLAMS Darby to the bare concrete!! Joe shouts at Darby, “Do you wanna die, Darby?! HUH!?!” The ref checks Darby while AEW goes picture in picture.
Joe leaves Darby behind while he clutches an arm and his ribs. Joe returns, having refreshed the count, and he puts Darby in the ring. Joe stalks Darby, mockingly applauds, and then drags Darby up. Joe CHOPS Darby and he flops down into a corner. Joe stands on Darby’s neck, the ref counts, and Joe lets off at 4. Joe smirks as he paces around. Darby drags himself up in a corner but not very far. Joe drags Darby up but Darby throws body shots! Darby runs, but Joe CLOBBERS him with an elbow! Joe is fired up and he drags Darby into a neck wrench! Darby endures, even as Joe looms over him. Joe throws Darby down but fans rally up.
Darby flounders about and it amuses Joe. Darby kicks back, manages to kick harder, and he BOOTS Joe away! Darby stands to throw more body shots, but Joe HEADBUTTS Darby down! Joe snarls, he drags Darby back up, and he dumps Darby to the apron. Joe drags Darby up as Dynamite returns to single picture. Joe JABS Darby, and then runs him side to side to POST him! Fans lose their minds again and Joe pretends he can’t see where Darby went. Doc Sampson checks Darby and the ring count starts. Fans count along while Joe just strolls around the ring and flexes. Darby is somehow okay to continue, and he crawls his way over at 5 of 10.
Darby flounders up at 7 and in at 8! Fans cheer but Joe is annoyed. Joe asks Darby what more has to happen. Joe kicks him around, Darby gets mad. Darby SLAPS Joe and it staggers him! Darby runs, gets around, but Joe hits an atomic drop! And then runs to BOOT Darby down! Then he SENTONS! Cover, TWO!! Darby is still in this though he goes to the apron, and Joe can’t believe it! But then Joe builds speed! But Joe has to bail out as Darby slides back in! Darby PLANCHAS, but into a fireman’s carry! Darby fights free to RAM Joe into steel steps! Darby then goes up the corner for a SUPER COFFIN DROP!! Both men are down and fans are thunderous for “A E DUB! A E DUB!”
Darby staggers about, but he pushes Joe into the ring. Darby keeps moving, COFFIN- NO, the splash is caught to a SLEEPER! But Darby drops to KICK Joe away! Darby slips around, THROWBACK STUNNER!! Joe stays up so Darby hops on, CODE RED!! Cover, TWO!!! Joe survives but Darby has new life! Fans are giving a standing ovation as Joe and Darby rise. Joe goes to a corner, Darby runs in but into the URENAGE! Joe drags Darby up and puts him on the top rope. But Darby claws Joe’s face! Joe CHOPS Darby, climbs up after him, and hoists Darby up. But Darby BITES Joe’s forehead!! Joe falls back, Darby adjusts, COFFIN DROP!! Into the COQUINA CLUTCH!!!
Darby flails, he reaches out, but the sleeper and body scissors squeezes tight! Darby has a wild look in his eyes, until those eyes roll back! Darby is OUT, Joe wins!!
Winner: Samoa Joe, by submission (still AEW TNT Champion)
Darby fought his heart out, but we are still in the #TwoBeltJoe Era! Darby manages to stand up again, and he says he’s not dead! Joe has to put him down for him to stop! Darby dares Joe to keep fighting, but Joe HEADBUTTS Darby down! Joe grabs Darby’s own skateboard and he brings it over. Fans boo as Joe scares off the ref with the board! Joe then drags Darby up, puts the board down wheels up, and he puts Darby on the corner. Joe tucks Darby in! MUSCLE BUSTER on the wheels!!! Darby isn’t even moving, but Joe still puts the COQUINA CLUTCH back on!! The ref reprimands, more refs rush out but HERE COMES WARDLOW!!
Wardlow rushes to the ring and Joe runs away! Fans cheer on “WARD~LOW! WARD~LOW!” as he reminds Joe that they’re not through with each other! Joe moves on to ROH Final Battle to defend his ROH World Television Championship against Juice Robinson, will Joe make it through The Booster only to find Wardlow’s World waiting for him?
Backstage interview with Kip Sabian and Orange Cassidy.
Tony Schiavone says there is a No Physicality Agreement in place as these two are here to talk. What is on Cassidy’s mind? Cassidy doesn’t know what Kip is doing, but he doesn’t need to do this. If he wants a title shot, just ask. Kip says, “How convenient, my sweet little Clementine. You wait until an unprovoked attack by Dustin Rhodes. I’m hurt. You just don’t want me at my best.” Cassidy says if Kip isn’t gonna fight this Friday on Rampage, then find someone who can. Kip ponders the idea, and heads out. Cassidy asks Schiavone if that’s a yes. Seems so. Then who will crazy Kip find as a Superbad proxy to take on the All-Atlantic Champion?
Chris Jericho speaks.
“Initially, what started out as a deliberate desecration of the legacy of ROH has now led me to become the greatest ROH Champion of all time. Oh, the irony. Claudio, you don’t have the belief that you can beat me when it counts and become the ROH World Champion once again. Isn’t that true? That is why I’m gonna beat you at Final Battle, and it is why you’re gonna have to join the Jericho Appreciation Society. But Claudio, I am telling you this right now, it is going to be the best thing for you. I am looking so forward to taking you under my wing, and most importantly, I am looking so forward to beating you at Final Battle. I’ll see you then, Claudio. All Honor The Ocho.”
Jake Hager & Daniel Garcia w/ Sammy Guevara VS Claudio Castagnoli & Wheeler Yuta w/ Jon Moxley!
Speaking of the war between JAS and BCC, another battle happens here in Austin! Will “Rock Hard” Hager & the “Dragonslayer” use sports entertainment to gain the momentum before the Final Battle? Or will the Swiss Superman & Decoder use a pro-wrestling solution on their JAS problem?
The teams sort out and Yuta starts against Garcia in a preview of their ROH Pure Championship rematch set for Saturday. They circle, then Garcia tags to Hager. Hager and Yuta circle, but then Hager has everyone hold on. Because he’s brings out the purple bucket hat, and throws it to Claudio! Hager says Claudio needs to get used to wearing that. Claudio considers it, he holds the hat up, but then he PUNTS the hat to the crowd! Hopefully Austin likes that hat. Hager KNEES Yuta, CLUBS him, then back suplexes! Yuta lands on his feet, CHOPS Hager, but Hager swings. Yuta dodges but Hager CLOBBERS Yuta!
Hager drags Yuta up, bumps him off buckles and tags Garcia in. The JAS mugs Yuta with a CHOP and some stomps. The ref counts, Garcia digs his boots in but he lets off at 4. Yuta gets up to COHP and forearm and repeat! Garcia CHOPS, Yuta CHOPS, repeat! Yuta whips, Garcia reverses and runs in but Yuta goes up and over. Yuta scoops Garcia to SLAM him, then SENTON! Cover, TWO! Yuta keeps on Garcia with a pull of the ear, then he tags Claudio. BCC double whip and DOUBLE BOOT! Garcia scrambles away, tags Hager, but Hager runs into a drop toehold! Claudio facelocks then armlocks while fans chant, “WE THE PEOPLE!”
Claudio chinbars then goes after an arm, but Hager throws elbows. Hager ROCKS Claudio with rights, whips him corner to corner, but Claudio goes up and over. Claudio hip tosses then covers, ONE!! Claudio keeps on the arm, tag to Yuta, and Yuta climbs up to AX HANDLE the arm! Yuta wrenches, but Hager shoves him to a corner. Hager runs in but into a BOOT! Yuta hops up, leaps and MISSILE DROPKICKS Hager down! Garcia runs in but Yuta slips around, OLYMPIC SLAM! Garcia bails out, Yuta builds speed and Yuta DIVES to take out both Hager and Garcia! Fans fire up as Yuta puts Hager in.
Yuta climbs up, but Sammy distracts! Garcia shoves Yuta off the top and Hager catches him! Claudio protests but Moxley grabs a chair! Hager SLAMS Yuta down while Moxley storms after Sammy. Hager runs to the corner for the HAGER BOMB! Cover, TWO!! Yuta survives, Moxley backs away from Sammy, but Hager tags Garcia in. Garcia and Hager mug Yuta, Garcia throws EuroUppers and forearms. Yuta fights back with forearms and elbows of his own! Garcia kicks low then CHOPS Yuta down! Garcia fishhooks Yuta’s face, pushes him down, then argues with the ref. Garcia storms after Yuta, but then sucker punches Claudio!
Yuta headbutts Garcia low! Garcia suplexes, Yuta turns it around to suplex and he puts Garcia up top. Yuta climbs up after Garcia, brings him up, and hits a SUPERPLEX! Both men are down and fans fire up while AEW goes picture in picture! Garcia and Yuta crawl, Moxley coaches Yuta up, but Garcia tags Hager! Hager runs in to BLAST Claudio! Hager bumps Yuta off buckles and digs his boot in! The ref reprimands and counts, Hager lets off, and Garcia CHOKES Yuta while the ref is busy with a protesting Moxley. Sammy also gets a shot in before Garcia lets Yuta go. Hager looms over Yuta, drags him up and chicken wings the arms.
Yuta endures as Hager grinds a shoulder, but fans rally up. Yuta fights up, reaches out, but Hager whips him away from Claudio. Yuta holds ropes then he dumps Hager out! Hager hurries back up to drag Yuta out! Hager RAMS Yuta into railing! And then Hager puts Yuta back in to cover, TWO! Hager hauls Yuta up, tags Garcia in, and the JAS mug Yuta again. Garcia grinds his forearm into Yuta’s face, fishhooks Yuta’s nose, and he talks trash to the fans. The ref counts, Garcia lets off, and he snapmares Yuta to then mock Claudio’s cannon arms. Garcia wraps on a chinlock and he grinds Yuta down. Yuta endures while Garcia pushes up for added pressure.
Moxley and Claudio coach Yuta as he fights his way up. Garcia clinches but Yuta JAWBREAKERS free! Dynamite returns to single picture as both men crawl. Yuta reaches out, but Garcia drags him away! Yuta slips under to ROCK Garcia! Garcia BOOTS Yuta, but Yuta rewinds and slips around, GERMAN SUPLEX! Fans fire up and both men crawl again. Hot tags to Hager and Claudio! Fans fire up as Claudio rallies on Hager with EuroUpper after EuroUpper! Claudio whips Hager to a corner for a BIG uppercut! Then he whips Hager corner to corner for another BIG uppercut! Claudio fires off more EuroUppers, but the ref counts.
Claudio lets off at 4, then jukes to EuroUpper again and again and again! Claudio puts Hager up top, EuroUppers again, then climbs up to join him. Claudio stands on the very top, for a SUPER STEINER! It wasn’t the cleanest but it worked! Cover, TWO!! Hager survives but clutches a shoulder. Claudio trips Hager to have the legs! Fans fire up but Garcia hops on with a SLEEPER! Claudio stays up, Yuta climbs, and Claudio SLAMS Garcia down for Yuta’s DIVING SPLASH! Fans fire up, but Hager trips Claudio to an ANKLE LOCK! But Claudio turns, BOOTS Hager, only for Hager to lift! Claudio sunset flips through, to get the SWISS SWING!!
Fans count along, Hager goes around and around and around for TEN! Sammy is freaking out as Hager staggers, into a LARIAT! Cover, TWO!! Hager is still in this but Claudio drags him up. Claudio reels Hager in, Gotch Lifts, but Hager back drops! Claudio lands on his feet, dodges, but Sammy stops the springboard! The ref reprimands, but Moxley trips Sammy off the apron! Moxley DECKS Sammy and fans fire up! Claudio finishes the leap, but into a SPINEBUSTER from Hager! Hager has the leg for the ANKLE LOCK! Claudio endures, reaches out, but Hager drags him from ropes! Garcia runs in to intercept Yuta!
Garcia has Yuta’s legs for the DRAGON TAMER!! The JAS have double submissions and fans boo! But Claudio rolls to send Hager into Garcia! EUROUPPER! Cover, BCC wins!!
Winners: Claudio Castagnoli & Wheeler Yuta, by pinfall
Fans fire up and Moxley joins his brothers in the club to celebrate! Tony Schiavone joins them all to interview them. He knows they just got a big win ahead of a big night on Saturday, but they have to talk about what happened at Full Gear. Here is an interview Schiavone did with William Regal a few weeks back that might explain some things.
The footage plays and Schiavone talks with his “long time friend,” Regal. Regal says it will be 30 years in January. Full Gear was unbelievable, but Schiavone wanted to know about how all that transpired. Regal told Schiavone before that “people are only going to see this if something bad happens to me. And when you’re somebody like me, and spent your life being as horrible as I have, you’re always expecting something bad to happen.” Schiavone says Regal is the Villain of Villains. Well, Regal took great exception to what MJF did to Schiavone. And MJF seems to be made about emails and this and that, so Regal just gave MJF what he wanted.
MJF is world champion now. But do you know that saying, “Be careful what you wish for?” Because now, everyone in the company will be chasing MJF. Regal realized a few months ago that the three veteran members of the Blackpool Combat Club don’t need Regal around anymore. He’s “surplus to requirements.” But he knew they wouldn’t let him go, either. But he needed to show them why they don’t need him, and why they can teach Wheeler Yuta how to become the greatest professional wrestler in the world, because they’ve all got that capability. “But you have to lead by example.”
So hopefully, and Regal knows he will, because Moxley is a very calculating man, Moxley will understand this. “The reason I did what I did, and to lead by example, was to teach you the final thing that I could ever teach you. Always stay one step ahead, and make sure you always keep eyes in the back of your head. I’m Blackpool Combat Club ’til the day I die. Fellas, it’s been emotional.” Lord William Regal’s message ends, and Schiavone says that was two weeks ago, before what MJF did. He knows they’re all a bit speechless, but does anyone have a comment?
Moxley takes the mic to say, “All I know is one thing for sure. The three men in this ring live and breathe for the sport of professional wrestling! You can call us whatever you want, but December 10th, ROH Final Battle, this war with the Jericho Appreciation Society is OVER! These men make a statement. This Friday night on Rampage, I make a statement! I’m gonna challenge any wrestler in the world to come right here in this ring and find out just where you stand on the food chain. This Friday on Rampage, I make a statement! At Final Battle, they make a statement! Pro-wrestling is about to make a serious statement!”
The fans fire up hearing that from Moxley, but who will step up to his Open Challenge? And can Claudio and Yuta both take back the ROH titles to restore that honor to those championships?
The House of Black speak.
Malakai says, “This company has allowed itself to be corrupted. Corrupted by people that point fingers at others while still holding the shovel in their hands that they used to dig the graves for others. And now, it is sick and it is dying. And perhaps it is time for myself and the House to… put down this corruption. Ms. Hart, what is the crime?” Julia steps out from the shadows to say, “The crime is treason.” Malakai asks “Mr. Matthews, what is the verdict?” Buddy walks out from the shadows to say, “Verdict: War.” “And Mr. King, what is the sentence?” Brody walks out to say, “It as if you throw a side of beef to a pack of wild dogs. We will tear the meat from the bone. The sentence is extermination.”
Malakai says it has been decided. “To anyone that has an issue with what we have done over the past two weeks, or anything that’s been said here, well next week Wednesday, come one, come all.” The House of Black drifts into the shadows, who will be the first to be torn apart?
AEW returns with Jamie Hayter’s sit-down interview.
Tony Schiavone sits with the undisputed AEW Women’s World Champion, and he notes that last week, she asked the question, “Why not a sit-down interview with me?” Well, here we are, and the floor is hers. Hayter says Saraya got a sit-down, cool. Toni Storm got one, alright. But not with Hayter? That baffles her. So no, Schiavone, you ask her something. What does he wanna know? Well, Schiavone notes the AEW Women’s Division has been blossoming. Great competitors are showing up, and this week on Rampage, we will see Hikaru Shida VS The Bunny for Shida’s Regina di Wave Championship. What are Hayter’s thoughts on the division?
Hayter says it is getting “interesting.” But unfortunately for everyone else, Hayter is on top now. And everyone is trying to grind their way to the top to get her title. She will do her duty as champion to be both reigning and defending. Hayter will have a very, very close look at that Regina de Wave title match on Rampage. “Thing is, it doesn’t really hold a candle to the AEW Women’s World Championship, does it?” Schiavone says nothing does, and Hayter agrees. This is AEW. But Hayter will “give one of those girls the opportunity of a lifetime. Whoever wins that match, they get to wrestle me for the AEW Women’s World Championship, if they dare.”
Schiavone says Hayter’s going to be a fighting champion and she says that’s right. She is a fighting champion, “and a bloody good one at that.” Who will be the Regina di Wave Champion after Rampage? And will they accept Hayter’s challenge to them?
Six Woman Tag: Jade Cargill & The Baddies VS Madison Rayne, Skye Blue & Kiera Hogan!
The UN-DE-FEA-TED AEW TBS Champion got her belt back but got rid of the weak link, as she puts it. Red Velvet is back, Leila Grey is still around, but Kiera Hogan got kicked to the curb! Will Kiera get revenge on #ThatBitch with help from the Coach & Student? Or will Jade be undefeated even in trios action?
The teams sort out, Jade starts against Skye. The fans rally up but Jade says no, she’s above Skye. Tag to Velvet and Velvet gets her return to action already. Velvet and Skye tie up, they go around, and Velvet wrenches to a wristlock. Skye cartwheels, wrenches and wristlocks back. Then she slips around to hook, but Velvet blocks the arm-drag. Velvet brings Skye up but Skye shifts sides to arm-drag Velvet from the other arm! Velvet staggers up and fans fire up. Skye and Velvet tie up again, Velvet headlocks but Skye snapmares free. Skye steps over an arm, and wraps Velvet up for a creative take on La Magistrol, TWO!
Velvet has a cover now, TWO! Skye has it back, ONE! Velvet has the cover again, TWO! Fans fire up for that exchange, and Velvet has to admit that was good. Velvet offers a handshake, Skye accepts, and then Skye turns to her partners. But Velvet throws Skye down by her hair! The ref reprimands, fans boo, and Velvet bumps Skye off buckles. Tag to Grey, the Baddies double whip to double CHOP! Grey covers, ONE!! Fans rally, Grey drags Skye up to whip her to a corner. Grey runs in to SHINING WIZARD! Grey then headlocks but Skye denies the bulldog to kick the legs out! Grey blocks a superkick but Skye spins through to KICK Grey down!
Fans fire up as Skye drags Grey back up, tag to Rayne. Skye & Rayne double whip, trip and basement dropkick Grey! Rayne covers, ONE!! Rayne drags Grey up to bump her off buckles! Tag back to Skye, Rayne snapmares but Grey scrambles away to tag in Velvet! Velvet ducks Skye’s clothesline to come back, but Skye dodges to SUPERKICK! Velvet flops to the outside and fans rally as Skye builds speed. Skye falls into the apron skirt trap! Velvet fires off on Skye! The ref reprimands, Velvet lets off, then she climbs over Skye to stand on the apron while AEW goes picture in picture.
Velvet stirs it up and has a taste while Skye flops out of the skirt. Velvet puts Skye back in the ring, clamps onto an arm and grinds the shoulder. Velvet bumps Skye off buckles, tags in Grey, and Grey taunts Rayne and Kiera while Velvet uses Skye as a boxing bag! Jade also talks trash on Skye while the ref reprimands Grey and keeps Kiera back. Grey hurries over to pull Skye’s hair! The Baddies mug Skye, then Grey tags in. The Baddies double suplex Skye high and hard! Jade applauds her team while Grey covers, TWO! Grey is annoyed but she rains down fists on Skye. Grey wraps on a headlock and she grinds Skye down.
Fans rally as Skye endures. Grey stands over Skye while pulling on the hold, but Skye still fights her way up. But Grey wrangles Skye back down! Grey grinds the hold, Skye keeps her shoulders up, and fans rally again. Skye fights up a second time, she throws body shots, and then she JAWBREAKERS! Grey staggers away, tag to Velvet, and she runs to BLAST Rayne! Velvet stands Skye up to mule kick, then she covers, TWO! Dynamite returns to single picture as Velvet tells the ref something’s in her eye, while choking Skye with a knee! The ref notices the choke, she counts and Velvet steps off at 4. Velvet talks trash to Rayne, covers Skye, TWO!
Velvet drags Skye up but Skye breaks free. Velvet mule kicks, brings Skye around and- NO, Skye slips out of the Final Slice! DOUBLE LARIATS take them both down! Fans fire up as Skye and Velvet crawl. Velvet grabs Skye’s leg to keep her from her team, but Skye fights up to stand up. Velvet throws the leg down, but they both SUPERKICK! Both women go down again and fans fire up! Skye crawls, as does Velvet, hot tags to Kiera and Jade! Jade storms up, Kiera dodges and Kiera fires off forerams and CHOPS! Jade shoves back but Kiera SHOTGUNS Jade! Kiera sees Grey coming and tosses her out! Kiera goes side to side to BOOT WASH Jade!
Velvet runs in but Kiera sends her out now! Fans fire up with Kiera while Rayne DECKS Grey! Kiera runs in but Jade blocks the boot for a SPINEBUSTER!! Jade taunts Kiera, drags her up to chicken wings, but Kiera switches out! Hot tag to Rayne! Rayne dodges jade, ENZIGURIS, then reels her in! Ripcord, RAYNE- NO, Jade ROCKS Rayne first! Then chicken wings, for the JADED! Cover, The Baddies win!
Winners: Jade Cargill & The Baddies, by pinfall
Just as Kiera was on fire, she let off to see if Rayne could stop Jade. Jade was not stopped, she is 43-0 overall now, and still TBS Champion. Will The Baddies continue to dominate AEW?
Backstage interview with Saraya.
Tony Schiavone is with The Revolution on a very festive set. Schiavone congratulates Saraya on her return to action and the win, and she thanks him for that. Saraya is actually surprised Britt isn’t- Oh, wait, here she is. Britt says no one needs to worry now. And Britt also congratulates Saraya on “the biggest win” of her entire career. It will never happen again. Also, Britt was thinking about something Saraya mentioned to her. Something about everything being handed to her on a silver platter. But Saraya came to AEW, and her first match was a PPV match against “the biggest star in the Women’s Division.”
So here’s one more thing handed to Saraya: Tickets to the Kia Forum, for the January 11th edition of Dynamite. Saraya can be front row and watch Britt be the star that she is, or maybe she can step in the ring again. Saraya tells “Baby girl,” she would love to beat Britt again. Of course! Round two! Uh, no, Britt didn’t say it’d be against her. Saraya forgot that Britt has the AEW Women’s World Champion, Jamie Hayter, with her at all times. Except right now. But it will be a tag match, Britt & Hayter VS Saraya and whoever Saraya can find to tag with her. But good luck, Saraya will never beat Britt & Hayter.
Britt heads out and Saraya asks Schiavone if he wants to get in the ring. Britt brings Schiavone with her so Saraya accepts that she’ll have to find someone. She has a little over a month, who will The Revolution invite to her house?
BREAKING NEWS for Rampage!
Jon Moxley’s open challenge has been answered by THE FUTURE! Konosuke Takeshita is stepping up to take on The Maniac, will Konosuke be the one to make a statement? Plus, we see Moriarty & Morrissey of The Firm in action, we hear from Ruby Soho and Tay Melo about their renewed feud, and we hear from Athena ahead of her ROH Women’s World Championship match against Mercedes Martinez!
AEW World Tag Team Championships: The Acclaimed VS FTR!
Max Caster & Anthony Bowens want to prove they’re the best, so that means facing the best! Cash Wheeler & Dax Harwood have been AEW World Tag Team Champions before, but they want to make history be becoming FOUR BELT CHAMPIONS! Will FTR stand for #FourTitleReigns? Or will Platinum Max & the Five Tool Player prove they are AEW’s Forever Champions?
Caster of course has a rap on deck! “Acclaimed on the mic, it’s about to be a problem. You the Top Guys but you ’bout to the bottoms. Whole world just scissoring. We gonna beat y’all down right in the ring! FTR, you’re a joke. I think your name stands for Find The Remote! Yo, you just a hocker. You gonna lose just like Herschel Walker.” Bowens gets the mic to say, “AUSTIIIIN, TEXAAAAAS~! The Acclaimed have arrived! SCISSOR ME, DADDY ASS~!” And he does! The introductions are made, the AEW belts are raised, and we see who has what it takes to be THE BEST team in the world!
The teams sort out and fans are thunderous for both teams. Bowens and Dax start, they circle, and fans sing, “OH~ Scissor Me, Daddy~!” Bowens smirks and conducts the fans while Dax keeps his cool. They tie up, go around, and Dax puts Bowens in the corner. Tag to Cash but Bowens gets away. Cash and Bowens circle now, and we see Sonjay Dutt, Satnam Singh, Jay Lethal & Jeff Jarrett all watching backstage. Cash and Bowens tie up, Bowens headlocks but Cash turns it around. Bowens powers out but Cash runs him over. Things speed up, Cash hits a headlock takeover but Bowens headscissors. Cash kips free and hits another headlock takeover.
Bowens headscissors again, Cash kips free again, avoids a sweep and waistlocks to roll and bridge to a cover, TWO! Cash hits another headlock takeover but Bowens rolls that to a cover, TWO! Bowens and Cash stand off and fans fire up. Cash talks with Dax, then Bowens tags Caster in. Cash tags Dax, Caster swaggers and taunts Dax. They circle, tie up, and Dax headlocks. Caster powers out, Dax runs him over! Things keep moving, Caster hurdles and hip tosses! Caster then dropkicks Dax, arm-drags him, and he grinds the shoulder! Fans fire up as Caster brings Dax over. Tag to Bowens, they hand off the wrench to ELBOW BREAKER! But Dax ROCKS Bowens!
Dax bumps Bowens off buckles, CHOPS him, and fans “WOO~!” Bowens fires forearms in return, then CHOPS back! Dax CHOPS! Bowens CHOPS! Bowens fires more forearms, then whips, but Dax blocks a hip toss, only for Bowens to block a hip toss, and repeat! They go around and around, they end up on the ropes and the ref counts. Fans fire up as Dax slowly lets off, but Bowens shoves him. Cash steps in, but then so does Caster, and things are heated between the teams. The ref has them cool off, but then the brawl erupts! Austin is loving this as Cash UPPERCUTS Caster while Bowens has Dax in the corner!
Caster gets up, he dodges Cash to clothesline Cash out! Cash lands hard while Dax turns things around on Bowens. Dax ROCKS Bowens but Caster scoops him to SLAM him! Bowens goes up, SCISSOR ME TIMBERS! Fans fire up and Bowens calls to Caster. They SCISSOR FINGER! Bowens tags Caster back in, then he drags Dax up. The Acclaimed mug Dax, Caster whips but Dax ducks ‘n’ dodges then trips Caster! Dax ties Caster up, but Caster punches and BOOTS his way out of the Sharpshooter! Caster has the legs now, and he figures out the hook. Cash runs in but Bowens trips him! Bowens steps through, The Acclaimed have DOUBLE SHARPSHOOTERS!!
Fans are thunderous as FTR endures! Dax crawls, ROPEBREAK, and The Acclaimed let off. FTR regroups on the outside while Daddy Ass SCISSOR FINGERS his boys! Caster goes out to ROCK Dax, and Bowens is after Cash. Cash POSTS Bowens, Dax ROCKS Caster! Cash BOOTS Caster, Dax moves the apron skirt out of the way so Cash can bump Caster right off the edge! Then they put Caster under the ring, to CATAPULT GUILLOTINE Caster with the ring frame! Caster writhes while checking his teeth, and FTR SCISSOR FINGER! Fans aren’t sure what to make of that as AEW goes picture in picture.
Cash mocks the fans with the scissor fingers while Billy checks Caster. Dax shouts at him to get back, then he puts Caster in the ring. Dax storms up on Caster and BOOTS him down! Tag to Cash, and Dax bumps Caster off Cash’s knees. Caster staggers, Cash CHOPS him! And CHOPS again! Caster flops over and Cash soaks up the cheers and jeers. Caster gest to ropes, Cash is on him with a EuroUpper! Cash flexes and then drags Caster up to snapmare. Cash clamps on a chinlock and he thrashes Caster around. Caster endures as Cash grinds him down into the mat. Caster fights up, throws body shots, but Cash shoves and RAMS into him!
Cash headlocks, then short arm LARIATS Caster down! Tag to Dax, he drops a leg, then covers, TWO! Dax drags Caster up and around, for a BIG back suplex! Tag to Cash, he stays between Caster and Bowens, and he sits Caster up for the chinlock. Caster endures again as Cash grinds him back down. Fans rally, Caster fights up, and Dynamite returns to single picture. Caster throws body shots, arm-drags free, but Cash KNEES Caster down! Cash brings Caster up to CHOP him, then he hoists Caster to the top rope. Cash ROCKS Caster, CHOPS him, then climbs up after him. Caster resists, throws body shots, and fans fire up!
Caster shoves Cash down! Caster adjusts, CROSSBODIES, and both men are down! Austin is thunderous as both men crawl. Team Double Jay all critique what they’re seeing, wanting someone to capitalize. Hot tag from Cash to Dax! Dax stays between The Acclaimed and he DECKS Caster! Dax takes a swing on Bowens but he avoids it, and then Dax turns around into a BIG back drop! Hot tag to Bowens! Bowens rallies on FTR with haymakers and elbows! Bowens kicks Dax low, then CLUBS and CLUBS and ELBOWS and CLUBS away on Dax! Fans fire up with Bowens and he dodges Cash to mule kick, front KICK and FAMOUSER!
Dax returns but Bowens ELBOWS, JABS, CHOPS and SUPERKICKS Dax down! Bowens runs to SHINING WIZARD! Cover, TWO!! Dax survives and Bowens grows frustrated. Billy coaches him through it and fans are dueling. Bowens watches Dax rise, to mule kick, front KICK and FAM- NO, Dax slips out to GERMAN SUPELX! Dax holds on to GERMAN SUPLEX again! Dax drags Bowens up again, but Bowens switches! They go to ropes, O’Conner, TWO and Cash is there! Bowens stops from running into Cash, but then Dax rushes in! Bowens moves, Dax stops from running into Cash! Bowens runs in, Dax moves, and Bowens does run into Cash!
Cash goes down, Bowens wobbles, Dax O’Conner Rolls, TWO! Dax stops himself in time from hitting buckles, but he turns around into a fireman’s carry! USHIGOROSHI! Cover, TWO!! Dax survives and Bowens is beside himself! Fans are thunderous all over again! Bowens drags Dax up, ducks his haymaker, but Cash tags in before the atomic drop! Bowens elbows Cash, ROCKS Dax, then wrenches Dax’s arm. Dax ROCKS Bowens, reels him in, Cash goes up! SPIKE PILEDRIVER!! Cover, TWO?!?! Bowens survives and FTR can’t believe it! Cash cools off, he drags Bowens around and tags in Dax.
Fans rally for Bowens but FTR drag Bowens up again. They double suplex, but Caster SPEARS Cash! Bowens cradles Dax, TWO!!! Bowens ROLLING ELBOWS Dax down, then tags Caster! They roll Dax into Caster’s wheelbarrow, Bowens runs around, WHEELBARROW CUTTER!! Cover, TWO!!! Dax survives again and The Acclaimed can’t believe it! The Acclaimed hurry as fans duel again. Caster drags Dax up, coordinates with Bowens, but Dax slips out of the bomb! Dax BOOTS Caster into Bowens! Bowens falls out, Cash slides in! Dax whips, but Caster fights the flapjack! Bowens shoves Cash into Dax!
Dax stays up and swings on Caster, but Caster dodges! Caster gets Dax up, but now Dax fights the flapjack! Cash CLOBBERS Bowens! Dax sunset flips, Caster rolls through and runs at Dax! Dax POSTS Caster with that! And then the BIG RIG!!! Cover, Bowens breaks it in time!!! Fans are shocked and FTR cannot believe it! “This is Awesome!” as Cash watches Bowens on the apron. Cash runs in to BLAST him to the railing! Dax drags Caster up, he hoists Caster up top then tags Cash. Dax climbs up after Caster while Cash goes to the other corner. But Bowens DECKS Dax! Cash leaps but into the ARRIVAL!! Caster adjusts, for the MIC DROP FLOP!!
Cash avoids disaster, but Bowens CLOBBERS Dax! Bowens swings at Cash, but into a Gory Especial, and GORY BOMB!! Caster rolls Cash up! TWO!! Caster BOOTS Cash, CHOPS him, but Cash DISCUS LARIATS!! Cover, TWO!! Cash drags Caster up, short arm LARIAT! And then another short arm LARIAT! Cash reels Caster in, hauls him up, POWERBOMB! Jackknife, but Caster rolls it through!! THE ACCLAIMED WIN!!!
Winners: The Acclaimed, by pinfall (still AEW World Tag Team Champions)
FTR is shocked! Caster & Bowens win by the skin of their teeth, but all it takes is a moment! But to show respect to Cash & Dax, they offer up the scissor fingers. FTR join in on a HUGE SCISSORING! But then from the back, the Gunn Sons, Austin & Colten, are sarcastically clapping. Austin tells FTR, “So close! Legacy, bye-bye. And Colten, the fans thought we would get involved? Haha, no. You guys are TRASH!” Colten says, “But Austin, they’ve had a pretty good year. And we don’t want it to end yet. So we got you guys some Christmas presents.”
Austin & Colten bring out a couple stockings, and Austin reads the card. “Oh, it looks like it’s written in blood. It’s from… DEM BOYS! The Briscoe Bros! Saturday, Final Battle!” But wait, there’s more! In the stockings, Austin & Colten bring out DOG COLLARS!! The Briscoes want a Double Dog Collar Tag Team Match! “Merry Christmas, b*tch!!” Jay & Mark Briscoe threw out the challenge, and FTR are all for it! But will the three-belt champions soon lose one of those in the most brutal way possible?
A pretty awesome episode for AEW here as a go-home to a lot of things going on under the AEW umbrella. For one, great battle royal to open the night. I knew Starks would win but AEW still does a great job with the chaotic nature of battle royals, and in using them to give us a lot of story at once. I bet Jungle Boy moves on from Luchasaurus & Christian Cage (for now) by taking on The Firm after that just nasty looking apron choke slam JB took from Morrissey. Plus, there was a lot going on with Matt Hardy and Ethan Page, Hardy is going to be conflicted all the way until the moment Hardy can’t take it anymore and he rebels against The Firm.
Then after the win, Starks and MJF have an amazing promo. Starks tore into MJF, but because Starks stood tall tonight, I’m pretty sure MJF retains his title and diamond ring. A bit of a shame for Starks then, but he’s proven himself a world title picture guy, so surely Starks finds his way back around during MJF’s “reign of terror.” Great promos from Darby and Joe ahead of their title match, and I don’t think I’ve seen anyone take a powerslam to bare concrete and still wrestle. I figured Joe would retain, though, as he now has Wardlow coming for him. Joe VS Juice happens at Final Battle, Joe surely retains there, too, and then I think we get Joe VS Wardlow for Holiday Bash or New Year’s Smash. Joe can try ducking Wardlow but he can’t duck him for three months to get to AEW Revolution.
Speaking of one of the things to come out of the battle royal, I like that Cassidy and Kip had an interaction. But at the same time, Kip using what happened in the battle royal as an excuse not to face Cassidy for Rampage was pretty good Heel stuff. Cassidy could be facing just about anyone with Kip able to bring anyone in, but I would love if they used this moment to bring Miro back. There’s a lot of reasons why, from Kip being the guy who brought Miro into AEW to begin with, and Miro wanting the All-Atlantic Championship from how he almost had that title in the first place. And that’d be something to make Rampage an amazing episode.
Good promos from Hayter, Saraya and Britt, and I like that Hayter wants to be a fighting champion. She helped hype up Shida VS Bunny, and now that the winner gets a title match, that’s going to be even better stuff. I think Shida wins to retain, and then Shida and Hayter can have a big match for one of the holiday episodes. Britt challenging Saraya for a match in January is pretty interesting stuff, and of course it’s a tag match so Britt doesn’t have to face Saraya 1v1. I think Saraya ends up bringing Toni Storm into that match, and there’s a way to get them all into the title scene. I would love if this led to Britt VS Hayter to give us the story they could’ve/should’ve before.
Good match from The Baddies VS Kiera, Skye & Rayne. It was rather awkward booking that Kiera tags in right as she was doing great, but someone needed to take that loss other than her. Jade stays undefeated but Kiera could be the one they’ll build into taking the TBS Championship off her. Kiera is also returning to her “Fire” look from Women of Wrestling, so that’s pretty cool. Kiera and Jade can go full Starfire VS Blackfire from the Teen Titans and that’d be a great little nod to both their nerdier sides given all of Jade’s great cosplay ring gears for her big matches. Now, sadly, Bow Wow might still be a distraction for Jade, but at least Kiera will be someone we’ve seen in AEW and not someone brand new brought in just to beat Jade.
Great promo from Moxley to call out Hangman while hyping up BCC VS JAS. And good promo from Jericho to hype up his match with Claudio. Great tag match as well, and BCC winning out makes sense. The go-home math adds up to where JAS finds a way to retain the titles. Regal having a video message that was rather “If you’re seeing this, I’m dead” trope. But I’m a little perplexed by Regal’s logic, and by the BCC more or less shrugging it off. I thought it would’ve been more effective if someone attacked during that moment but I supposed that’d be too much given BCC VS JAS has to still wrap up. Moxley VS Konosuke will be great stuff, but Moxley is surely winning, and then Hangman probably comes out to make a challenge for Winter is Coming or New Year’s Smash.
Really good promo from The House of Black, and who knows who they’ll face first, because it’s all to bide their time until Death Triangle VS The Elite settles. Then the House can go after the AEW Trios Champions for the next feud. And then we got an awesome tag team championship main event. Acclaimed VS FTR was borderline PPV level, but I’m honestly surprised The Acclaimed won. This really should’ve been a bigger moment than it was treated, because we were then just given the Ass Boys being the proxies to the Briscoes. This is sadly a spotlight on how Tony Khan isn’t able to handle both companies at once, because one, should we not have had FTR VS Gunn Sons by this point? The Gunns have been pestering FTR for so long, they should get a shot at the ROH titles!
Yes, Briscoes VS FTR Part 3 with dog collars is going to be awesome stuff that makes Final Battle even better, but c’mon. Unless FTR is dropping those belts to Briscoes, it’s going to be even worse when the Ass Boys take the titles off them. I know FTR has been busy with the other two belts of theirs, but c’mon. The Gunns were mocking FTR a couple months ago at Battle of the Belts 4, that should’ve given us a promo of the two teams arguing, an ROH tag title match happens, and there, done. Ass Boys get their shot, they miss, they move on to try the AEW World Tag titles because The Firm wants all sorts of belts.
My Score: 8.9/10
Mitchell’s AEW Dark Results & Report! (12/6/22)
Atlantic City gets Dark!
Anyone feeling luck in the Dark?
With AEW Dynamite tomorrow and ROH Final Battle this weekend, Dark brings out Dalton Castle & The Boys! Will the ROH Six Man Tag Team Champions find worthy opponents in time for December 10th?
- Six Man Tag: Dalton Castle & The Boys VS Justin Corino, Jaden Valo & Defarge; Castle & The Boys win.
- Leva Bates VS Abadon; Abadon wins.
- Brian Cage VS Leon Ruffin; Cage wins.
- Jay Lethal & Satnam Singh w/ Sonjay Dutt VS The Brick City Boyz; Lethal & Singh win.
- Athena VS B3CCA; Athena wins.
- Trent Beretta w/ Chuck Taylor VS Anthony Henry w/ JD Drake; Trent wins.
A shorter card here, and from way back a month ago when AEW was in Atlantic City ahead of Full Gear. Dalton Castle & The Boys are in action on this episode because per last night’s Elevation, they more or less called out The Embassy. Castle & The Boys VS Cage & The Gates of Agony probably ends up a Final Battle preshow match, and I feel like that would/should be the time The Embassy takes those titles. Castle & The Boys have been great ROH Six Man Tag Team Champions, but The Embassy is going to look like a joke if they can’t get a pin off one of the Boys.
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