AEW is heading into year three!
AEW caps off their second year in a historic manner! Hikaru Shida goes for her 50th win while Sammy Guevara defends the TNT Championship!
- 8 Man Tag: The Elite VS Bryan Danielson, Christian Cage & Jurassic Express; The Elite wins.
- AEW TNT Championship: Sammy Guevara VS Bobby Fish; Guevara wins and retains the title.
- Darby Allin w/ Sting VS Nick Comoroto w/ The Factory; Darby wins.
- Hikaru Shida VS Serena Deeb; Deeb wins.
- Casino Ladder Match: Lance Archer VS Jon Moxley VS PAC VS Andrade El Idolo VS Orange Cassidy VS Matt Hardy VS ???; Hangman Page wins and earns a future AEW World Championship match.
PLAY BY PLAY
8 Man Tag: The Elite VS Bryan Danielson, Christian Cage & Jurassic Express!
No time wasted getting to this HUGE grudge match! Adam Cole, the Young Bucks & Kenny Omega open tonight against the many enemies of the #SuperElite, but will year three be elite? Be, be elite?
Jungle Boy starts with Nick Jackson. They circle, tie up and Nick headlocks. JB powers out but Nick runs him over. Things speed up, JB hurdles, Nick leaps and JB ducks the kick to O’Conner Roll. Nick bucks it, JB runs in to rebound and arm-drag, then dropkick! Fans fire up but Nick throat chops! Tag to Cole and he bumps JB off buckles to then stomp a mudhole into. Fans fire up as Cole paces, but JB turns things around to CHOP and CHOP and CHOP! JB whips corner to corner, Cole reverses but runs into a boot! JB gets Cole up to tag Christian in. Christian CHOPS Cole, then CHOPS him again! Tag back to JB and JB goes up to drop a CHOP!
JB wrenches, tags Christian back in, and he climbs up to drop an ax handle. Christian stands on Cole at the ropes and chokes him! The ref counts, Christina lets off to slingshot and uppercut! Christian then hooks Cole’s arms but Cole fights that off. Christian puts Cole in a corner to rain down rights! Christian goes way past 10, then hops down to drag Cole in. INVERTED DDT as Matt Runs in! Matt comes back into a FLAPJACK! Tag to JB, basement boot! Omega gets in but gets a DOUBLE HIP TOSS! Nick goes to check on his brother while JB goes after Cole. JB CHOPS Cole against ropes, whips him but Cole reverses and Nick gets a cheap shot!
JB elbows Nick down but Cole BOOTS JB! Cole drags JB up, tags in Omega, and Omega springboards for the ax handle! Fans fire up as Omega taunts Bryan. Omega wrenches JB, tags in Nick, and Nick climbs to drop ax handles. Fans chant, “Kenny No Balls!” but Nick wrenches JB to an ELBOW BREAKER! Nick YANKS the arm, tags Matt, and Matt climbs to drop into a kick! JB wrenches Nick, KICKS Matt, but the Bucks kick back. Nick goes up but JB trips him up! JB CHOPS Matt, knuckle locks and goes up to bounce the rope! Nick suffers but JB mule kicks him down to then FLYING ARM-DRAG Matt! Another arm-drag and fans are all fired up!
JB wrenches, tags in Bryan, and the American Dragon throws EuroUppers and CHOPS! Then KICKS against the ropes and CHOPS! KICK, CHOP, KICK KICK KICK! Fans are fired up as Bryan kicks Matt to the apron! Omega jumps in but then jumps out as Bryan glares at him. Bryan wrenches Matt’s arm, bumps him off buckles, and he tags in Luchasaurus! Fans fire up more as Luchasaurus whips Bryan in to dropkick Matt! Matt staggers into a CHOP! Matt is stinging but Luchasaurus puts him in the corner t fire off hands. Tag to JB, JB runs to DECK Cole! Christina hits Nick, Bryan and Luchasaurus knock Omega down.
Christian RAMS into Matt! Bryan forearms! JB uppercuts! Luchasaurus SPLASHES! Matt is fed to a full nelson, TAIL WHIP FACEBUSTER! Cover, the rest of the Elite break it! Things break down into a brawl! JB clotheslines Nick out but Cutler saves Nick from the plancha! Matt whips but Christian reverses, Matt hits apron! But Michael Nakazawa SMACKS Christian with his laptop! Christian DECKS Nakazawa, but he gets cold spray from Cutler! The Bucks coordinate, SUPER INDIETAKER to the ramp!! Cutler sprays the Bucks down like the good lackey he is while Marko Stunt checks on Christian. The medics also check, is Christian’s neck okay after that one?
But then Matt SUPERKICKS JB down! The Elite want to keep this going, but Stunt won’t let them touch Christian. So Matt SUPERKICKS Stunt down! The Elite put JB in and Matt rains down fists! And even BITES his forehead! The ref reprimands but Matt drags JB up to bump off buckles. Tag to Nick, he runs in to SHINING WIZARD! Tag to Cole, tag to Matt, then tag back to Nick. Cole has the camel clutch on JB while the Bucks clear out the others. The Bucks run and run and run… to SUPER KISS~! Cole lets JB go and Nick drags JB up. Tag to Omega and he kicks JB down. Omega drags JB up and makes the cameras look at his face.
Omega talks trash as he reels JB in, but JB suplexes to a BRAINBSUTER! Both men are down and the fans are thunderous! Omega drags JB away but JB enziguris, only for Omega to duck! Omega says he’s too smart for JB, and he gets JB up for a full nelson. JB breaks free, Omega shoves him, COMEBACKER! JB and Omega are down but the lackeys trip up Bryan and Luchasaurus! But Luchasaurus and Bryan beat the crap out of them for it! But the Bucks get JB away from the corner and back suplex. JB lands on his feet, then does the same! He slides under Matt but Nick kicks low. The Bucks double suplex but JB hits a DOUBLE DDT! Fans fire up as all three men are down!
Hot tags to Omega and Bryan! Bryan ducks the Polish Hammer to BOOT Cole! Now it’s all down to Omega and Bryan! Fans are thunderous with “YES! YES! YES!” Omega throws a forearm, but Bryan gives it back. Omega, Bryan, Omega, Bryan, “BOO! YEAH!” over and over and over! But Omega kicks low! Omega whips, Bryan goes up and over and keeps moving to duck and dodge and LEAPING LARIAT! Omega gets to a corner and Bryan has the fans fire up more. Bryan runs corner to corner to dropkick! And YES Kick! Again and again and again! Bryan then hoists Omega up top, climbs up to join him and SUPER STEINER him across the ring!
Bryan goes back up top, aims and leaps, DIVING HEADBUTT! Cover, the Bucks break it! Luchasaurus returns, the Bucks intercept! They double whip but Luchasaurus breaks the line to DOUBLE CLOTHESLINE! But Cole comes back with a SHINING WIZARD! But JB SUPERKICKS! Omega ducks JB to SNAP DRAGON! Bryan waits, rolling- NO! Omega ducks, but Bryan switches to a TIGER SUPLEX! Bridging cover, TWO! But Bryan gets the arms again, CATTLE MUTILATION! But Nick SWANTONS onto Bryan! “This is Awesome!” “A E DUB! A E DUB!” as Omega and Bryan crawl. Hot tags to Luchasaurus and Adam Cole!
Luchasaurus rallies on Cole and the Bucks, putting Nick in a corner hard, then putting Cole in another. Matt runs in but into a FLAPJACK! Omega gets a knee and a BOOT! Luchasaurus starts giving out corner clotheslines and BOOTS to the Super Elite! Cole SUPERKICKS, goes up top, PANAMA- Choke grip! Luchasaurus grabs Omega, too, CHOKE SLAM SANDWICH! But he turns around, and handsprings under the double superkicks! TAIL WHIP for Nick! ROUNDHOUSE for Matt! Then he goes out to ASAI MOONSAULT Omega and Cole! Fans are electric but Nick PENALTY KICKS Luchasaurus! JB hits a FLYING RANA to the ramp!!
Matt WRECKS JB with a dropkick but Bryan DIVES to take out Matt! Bryan goes up but Omega knocks him back down. Terminator Drums start up, and Omega builds speed to FLY! Direct hit on Bryan and Luchasaurus! Cole builds speed, but then just says, “ADAM COLE, BAYBAY!” Luchasaurus gets in as Cole soaks up the cheers and jeers, JURASSIC CHOKE SLAM to MESOZOIC MOONSAULT! Cover, TWO!! “This is Awesome!” but far from over as Luchasaurus tags JB! Luchasaurus stands Cole up, but Omega V-TRIGGERS JB! Omega runs into a choke grip, the Bucks distract the ref, Cole LOW BLOWS Luchasaurus!
The Bucks set Luchasaurus up for Omega, but even with help from Cole, they can’t keep Luchasaurus up in the air! Fans boo the baby bomb but the Elite decide to try that on a smaller guy. But JB fires off forearms and elbows and CHOPS! Omega rakes JB’s eyes, DOUBLE SUPERKICKS from the Bucks! SNAP DRAGON to a PANAMA SUNRISE!! Cover, but Bryan barrels in to break it! Bryan fires off forearms now, fans chanting “YES! YES! YES!” with every shot! Bryan’s floored the entire Elite and Omega wants mercy. Instead, he gets YES Kicks! Kick after kick after kick, then the BUZZ- NO! Omega blocks, TRIPLE SUPERKICKS!!
The Bucks set JB up, SUPER B T E TRIGGER!! All four knees!! Cole covers, the #SuperElite wins!!
Winners: The Elite, by pinfall
Somehow, someway, Cole, the Bucks and Omega find a way to win! Will All Elite Wrestling always be The Elite’s company?
Jon Moxley speaks.
“Lately, I’m a little pissed off, I’m a little outta sorts. I’ve lost patience for anything that takes patience so let’s just get down to it. The fact is, no matter what anybody wants to say, there is no man in AEW that can pin me. There is no man in AEW that can submit me. But tonight, they want to play games with ladders? What, y’all think I’ve never been in a ladder match before?” This is Philly! Let’s get stupid with ladders! Moxley doesn’t know what’s what anymore cuz he has a three-month-old at home and she’s insane! But AEW is his company and that is HIS belt! Will the Maniac get crazy and climb back up to the top?
CM Punk is here!
Philly sings Cult of Personality for him as he high-fives commentary then heads to the ring. But he does take a crowd dive detour first! Punk then gets the mic to ask, “Who’s tired of this yet?” Not the fans here! Punk shows up thinking they will, but he’s not so he’ll keep the love fest going. Do you see his new Jordans? He comes from humble beginnings, moved to Philadelphia and lived here about three years. Punk wrestled on Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays, then ran a wrestling school the other days. He ate, slept and breathed pro-wrestling. He loves Philly so much cuz it gave him so much, so thank you.
And because of that money, Punk bought an iPod and a laptop, holy s*it did he feel rich! But not because of the money, but spiritually. He had everything he wanted. He did all of those things and immersed himself in a community, he really hopes no one is sick of it because he loves being immersed back in this again. And because Philly is and always will be special, Punk wants to give back. Outside of buying these animals cheesecake, or cheesesteak, whichever it is, well, they can have their pick. Does Punk wrestle or do they get cheesesteaks? Fans seem pretty torn, actually. Okay then, go buy yourselves cheesesteaks, he’ll wrestle!
Punk say someone tried to stop all this before it began, he’s talking to Daniel Garcia! If Garcia has the balls, he’ll meet Punk on Rampage! LET’S GO!! The Best in the World just called out Red Death, will fans be celebrating that match with some cheesesteaks? And what’s even bigger, Punk gives the young man cosplaying Orange Cassidy those very Jordans! Thumbs up!
Arn Anderson has lit a literal fire.
He’s burning a suit jacket! “This is symbolic of the same thing Malakai Black did, coming in an unlocked door to AEW…” Cody Rhodes walks out and sees Arn burning this in his backyard. Arn sarcastically says Cody’s finally aware. C’mon down, Cody. Everyone thought Arn walked out on Cody but here he is. Cody says that was an expensive suit. Arn says Cody can have hit TV shows and buy multi-million dollar mansions, and when he’s winning, everyone will go, “Damn right, man, I’m happy for you.” Cody’s looking good right now, huh? Arn asks for the tie and Cody hands it over. Why doesn’t Cody just paint a star on his face again and it’ll be alright?
Arn says this is just more excess. Cody doesn’t want Arn to throw the tie away but then Arn slaps him! Cody threw Arn away, so it’s only fair. Cody throws the tie in the fire. Will all of this get Cody to reignite his fire for pro-wrestling?
AEW hears from Bobby Fish.
“I’ve been an athlete and a martial artist my entire life. I’ve wrestled in front of 40,000 people in the Tokyo Dome, I’ve won title all around this world, and that brings me to AEW.” Spanish God, Sammy Guevara, is destined to go down as the shortest reigning champion in AEW history. And why? You’re looking at him. Will Fish make this an infamous title match?
AEW TNT Championship: Sammy Guevara VS Bobby Fish!
Fuego Del Sol was avenged when his best friend, Sammy, defeated Miro 1v1 just last week on Dynamite! But the Infamous One made his presence known during Rhodes to the Top! Will this debut be Fish’s road right to the top?
The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and one way or another, history’s being made on the Dynamite Anniversary!
Sammy and Fish circle, they tie up, and Fish knees low then ROCKS Sammy with a forearm! Fish throws heavy shots, Sammy gives them back and even CHOPS! Fish throws more heavy hands, kicks Sammy to the ropes, then lets off to whip. Sammy holds ropes to avoid the roundhouse but Fish says it was that close. They circle again, tie up, Sammy waistlocks but Fish wrenches out to a wristlock, Sammy spins, flips and arm-drags Fish away! Things speed up, Sammy hurdles and back flips then dropkicks Fish down! And smoothly kips up, too! Sammy runs in to RAM Fish in the corner, ENZIGURI then fires up the fans as he goes up and around, but Fish KICKS the legs out!
Fish drags Sammy up, clinches and throws knees, then ROCKS him with a forearm. Snapmare and slingshot senton! Cover, ONE!! Sammy hangs tough but Fish drags him up to KICK him in the back. Sammy gets up to kick and snapmare, then KICK in return. Fish stands up, throws forearms and knees but Sammy gives that back. Fish knees low again, whips to ropes and CLOBBERS Sammy with an elbow! Fans rally as Fish drags Sammy up. Sammy throws body shots but Fish suplexes. Sammy suplexes and hangs Fish out to dry as AEW goes picture in picture.
Fish slumps to the apron, Sammy throws forearms on him. Sammy ROUNDHOUSES but Fish stays up! Fish throws body shots but Sammy throws forearms, Fish DECKS Sammy in return! Fish gets back in, stalks Sammy and brings him around to KICK in the chest! Sammy falls back and gasps for air, but Fish drags him up to throw more knees! Fish then KICKS Sammy off his feet again! Cover, TWO! Fish sits Sammy up, Sammy throws body shots, but Fish throws knees. Fish runs but into a BIG back elbow! Fish goes out to the apron again but Sammy is after him. Sammy drags Fish up, but Fish suplexes Sammy! Sammy lands on the apron and they throw forearms back and forth!
Fish kicks low, but Sammy KNEES back! Fish drops but Sammy jumps the leg sweep! Only for Fish to SWEEP on the return! Sammy hits apron then floor, and he flounders to the railing. Fish gets Sammy up to RAM him into railing. Fish throws body shots, drags Sammy up and into the ring, then covers. TWO, but Fish keeps his cool and drags Sammy up as AEW returns to single picture.
Fans rally, Fish scoops and SLAMS Sammy, then goes out to slingshot senton again, but onto knees! Sammy fires up and fans fire up with him! Sammy waits for Fish to rise, and he runs in to ELBOW him down! Then LARIATS! Sammy whips Fish to a corner but Fish reverses. Fish runs in but into another elbow. Sammy goes up and leaps, into a BOOT! But he comes back to KNEE! Fish blocks the clothesline to fire off kicks, and SAIDO SUPLEX! Cover, TWO!! Sammy survives and fans rally up as Fish stands Sammy up. Fish throws even more knees, then BOOTS Sammy to a corner. Sammy BOOTS back, runs and wrenches to STANDING SPANISH FLY!!
Fish sits up in a daze, Sammy gets to the apron and drags himself up the corner. Fans rally, Sammy reaches the top rope, but Fish kicks his legs out! Fish sits Sammy up to ROCK him with a forearm. Fish climbs, brings Sammy up and throws body shots. They go to the very top and Fish SUPER FALCON ARROWS!! Fish has to crawl to the cover, though, TWO!! Sammy survives again and Fish can’t believe it! Fish drags Sammy back up, aims for the corner, EXPLODER into buckles! Cover, TWO!! Sammy still has life but Fish goes to the corner. Sammy slowly rises, Fish kicks but Sammy ducks! Torture rack and GTH!! High stack cover, Sammy wins!!
Winner: Sammy Guevara, by pinfall (still AEW TNT Champion)
But wait a minute. Here come Dan Lambert, American Top Team and the Men of the Year! They’re targeting the Inner Circle now that Chris Jericho is on the sidelines. Paige VanZant is egging Sammy on, but that’s to distract him from the BLINDSIDE by Scorpio Sky! Then it’s just a mugging by Junior Dos Santos! Lambert taunts the fans and mockingly wonders where Jericho is. But here comes Fuego Del Sol! He goes after Scorpio but gets caught and beat down by the rest of American Top Team! Fans boo but Lambert revels in it, until CHRIS JERICHO is here!! Jericho and Jake Hager run in to run off Lambert, but they take the fight to the MMA meat heads!
Jericho DECKS Dos Santos, Hager takes out two at once! The Inner Circle will not stand for this would be invasion, but then Lambert tells Judas to stop. The fans still sing it, even more so because it annoys Lambert! Lambert wants to clear up some confusion on who’s calling the shots! Jericho’s been a big deal for a long time, and Tony Conman has all the stroke in the world when he goes on tour to sh*tstain towns like Philadelphia! But you see, next week, Rampage is in Miami! South Florida is American Top Team Country! The King of 305 is Jorge Masvidal, and if anyone has a say, it’s him! The Balls of Jericho aren’t as big as they think!
So Lambert makes a Six Man Tag match! The Inner City Jerkoffs VS The Men of the Year and former UFC Heavyweight Champion, Junior Dos Santos! Homefield advantage goes to them, because Lambert and his baddest bodyguard on the planet are going to be ringside! And if you knee-d a reminder, well Jericho met him last week. Duh, it’s Jorge Masvidal! Jericho tells Lambert that he didn’t hear a damn thing he said! But he does know this! Wait, the mic cuts off? Oh, here’s one that works! Jericho says here’s what he does know! “We are going to beat the living SH*T out of you!!” AND that crap team! Then see you in Miami! Will things get downright ugly in South Beach?
The Acclaimed speak.
Or rather, Max Caster raps. “Yo, it’s the Acclaimed and we want the tag titles. Lucha Brothers ’bout to be dead on arrival. Fenix gonna burn up whenever we go off. If you ask Alex, Penta said no mas. You can’t handle the Acclaimed. Trust me, you wear those masks cuz you look so ugly. Friday, Rampage, see us in the ring, The Acclaimed winning the titles and doin’ our thang!” Anthony Bowens agrees, the Lucha Brothers are going to get their “Scooby-Doo villain lookin’ asses” stomped out and the tag titles are being taken away. And everyone will celebrate! Why? Because everyone loves The Acclaimed! And that’s a mic drop! But will Fenix & Penta really drop those titles like Caster does bars?
AEW returns with Tony Schiavone in the ring.
It’s Dynamite’s second anniversary and he heard from Tony Khan that the only way to celebrate that is in the great city of Philadelphia. Furthermore, two years ago that under the leadership of Tony Khan, AEW changed the wrestling business! The fans are to thank for that! And one year ago, AEW introduced the TNT Championship. We’ve had great TNT Champions since then. And on January 5th, 2022, AEW moves to TBS. Now that’s some old school stuff right there. As such, there will be a new championship! This title will be the TBS Championship, it will be in the AEW WOMEN’S DIVISION!
Aubrey Edwards gets to unveil the brand new AEW TBS Championship! It’s black with a blue ribbon and the TBS logo. There will be a tournament that culminates on January 5th with Dynamite’s move! Who will be in it and who will win it to start a new legacy in AEW?
AEW shares Jim Ross’ interview with Darby Allin.
Good ol’ JR appreciates that Darby wanted to have this time to talk. JR was uncomfortable listening to MJF speak last week, that guy was being a total arse. But JR is looking forward to tonight, Darby VS Nick Comoroto, a much, much larger man. But the meat of the matter here is Darby’s face paint. JR is sure Darby knows where this is going. Yes, Max made everything very public. But Darby will elaborate on why he paints his face. Max talked about Darby’s experience with his uncle when Darby was just five years old.
Yes, his uncle was drinking and driving, then passed away. That is what shaped Darby into who he is. He paints only half his face, because he feels half dead inside. Darby’s respect for people, his trust for people. It’s also why he has the words, “Nothing’s over until you’re in the ground,” tattooed on his chest. Darby did face death that day, but he’s still here. Max can say whatever he wants, and everyone can expect Darby to pop him in the face for it, but no. Mentally, physically, Max will not win this war. Max is a book Darby’s read a thousand times. No one has met someone like Darby, he guarantees it. Will Darby be relentless in toppling those who think they’re above him?
Darby Allin w/ Sting VS Nick Comoroto w/ The Factory!
The Icon is in Darby’s corner, but the Freak Beast has QT Marshall and Aaron Solo, so he has to be careful. Wait, nevermind, he LEAPS from the corner onto Comoroto and Solo! Down they go and Darby fires off on Comoroto! Comoroto scoops but Darby slips off to POST him! Darby puts Comoroto in the ring, the bell rings and Darby fires off! Comoroto blocks the whip, then whips Darby, only for Darby to leap frog and keep moving. Darby springboards to COFFIN ATTACK! And then a corner COFFIN ATTACK, to a SHOTGUN dropkick! Darby brings Comoroto around, fires off forearms but Comoroto shoves him.
Darby gets around to Throwback but no Stunner! COmoroto powers Darby to a POWERSLAM! Comoroto fires up and fans boo as AEW goes picture in picture.
Comoroto paces, QT applauds, and Darby drags himself to ropes. Comoroto drags Darby up, bumps him off buckles then throws body shots. Comoroto stomps Darby, digs his knee in, and the ref counts. Comoroto lets off, mocks the fans like he can’t hear them, then goes back to Darby. Comoroto TOSSES Darby across the ring! Comoroto taunts fans that Darby ain’t nothing, then he chokes Darby on the ropes. The ref counts, COmoroto lets off Darby and Darby gets to a corner. Comoroto whips him out then back in hard! Darby rolls and hits buckles, then writhes while Comoroto roars. Comoroto drags Darby up, scoops him, but Darby slips off to fire off forearms!
Comoroto knees low, whips Darby to a corner, then runs in corner to corner, only to RAM himself into buckles! Darby comes back to fire off forearms, but Comoroto shoves him away. Darby returns again but Comoroto lifts him up! Darby uses that to HOTSHOT Comoroto! But Comoroto comes back to drag Darby into the ring and back suplex! Darby lands on his feet, boots from the corner, then goes up to THROWBACK STUNNER! Comoroto is down, Darby fires up and climbs! COFFIN DROP!! Cover, Darby wins!
Winner: Darby Allin, by pinfall
Sting gets in the ring with Darby to make sure The Factory doesn’t try anything. But then QT slips in and turns Sting around, DIAMOND CUTTER! But Sting gets right back up!? QT ain’t no DDP, and he turns around into a LOW BLOW! Sting gives QT a SCORPION DEATH DROP! Will The Factory learn to leave the relentless ones alone? Is Darby’s message to MJF loud and clear?
The Dark Order talks backstage.
Evil Uno knows he hasn’t made the best decisions lately. He knows that sometimes they’ve disagreed. But from here on out, it is now up to the group who makes decisions. Alex Reynolds says that the decisions should be made by all of them. The others agree, and they agree on a Dark Order democracy! John Silver likes that they all did the claw as part of raising their hands. So then, the first thing they should vote on is… Alan Angels putting the mask back on! Bro is way too ugly. Hey, man, don’t you read Twitter? He and Silver look exactly alike so if Angels is ugly… What? Angels has a bald head and a beard, he looks more like Stu Grayson. Wait, what? Stu doesn’t see it.
They start bickering about who is the balder and more bearded, but Anna Jay shouts over them. Are they all on the same page or not? Right, sorry. Claws up. Will the next thing they vote on is who goes after what titles? Or perhaps, who they look to have #JoinDarkOrder?
Schiavone is in the ring with Dante Martin.
Philly is chanting for this great young athlete and Schiavone says it’s great to have him here. Dante thanks Schiavone and then takes the mic. “The past couple months, I’ve been proving I’m a problem to everybody in that locker room.” Fans cheer because they agree, and he says he’s been in the likes of Kenny Omega. Not only has Dante held his own, he’s given them a run for their money. This goes out to the locker room: Dante is here to fight ANYBODY they bring. In that case, the lights go out! And when they come back up, MALAKAI BLACK is in the ring!! Schiavone bails but Dante turns around to see the Dark Father. BLACK MIST, to BLACK MASS!!
The lights go back out, just like for Dante! And when they come back up, Dante is long gone but Malakai has the mic. “The House of Black accepts.” Malakai has his eyes on Angel Dorado, will he make Dante fall back to Earth?
AEW returns and Ricky Starks is in the ring!
“This right here is the original FTW Championship! The same championship that was built down the road in South Philadelphia. This is the same championship that Taz had, because it represented an FTW mindset, and the reason why I am the FTW Champion is because I have the same damn mindset.” But Starks can’t say the same for the former champ, Brian Cage. There’s a reason Starks is out here. Starks wanted to make history and do good by the people, but good ol’ Cage didn’t show up to work! Yeah, really sucks. Starks wanted to wrestle and challenge Cage’s carny ass to a Philly Street Fight. But wait, here IS Cage! Cage DID show, and now he’s going to the ring!
Starks swings on Cage but Cage dodges to CLOBBER Starks! Cage chases Starks to a corner and fires off clothesline after clothesline! Team Taz bails Starks out and fans boo that this isn’t continuing! Will The Machine finally get his hands on Absolute and absolutely destroy him?
The AEW Women’s Division responds to the TBS Championship.
Thunder Rosa does whatever she wants, whenever she wants, and she wants that title! Skye Blue knows she’s the youngest and newest kid on the block, but she is in it to win it! Ruby Soho says when they knocked on her door and invited her to the tournament, she did not expect it to be for a title. “So ladies, expect the unexpected.” That TBS is the kind of flavor Ruby likes. Mark Sterling asks if Jade Cargill heard about this new tournament. You mean the one she’s gonna win? She is gonna take that title and make it into #ThatBitchShow. TBS knows comedy, but are they about to see a whole lotta action?
Hikaru Shida VS Serena Deeb!
Justin Roberts says it straight up: if the Full Metal Warrior wins here tonight, that is her historic 50th win! Shida will be immortalized as the first woman in AEW to reach that mark! But will the Woman of 1000 Holds hold Shida back from that benchmark in Philly?
The bell rings and the two circle as fans rally up. They tie up, Deeb arm-drags but Shida comes back. They tie up again, Shida arm-drags and Deeb gets a bit more serious. They approach, Deeb waistlocks, Shida switches but Deeb wrenches to a wristlock. Shida handsprings and wrenches back to a wristlock. Deeb spins, breaks and trips to then drag Shida back up and wrench the knuckle lock to a takedown. Shida headscissors but Deeb kips free, and fans cheer the standoff. Shida offers a handshake, Deeb SLAPS Shida’s face! Shida and Deeb tie up, Shida headlocks and grinds, but Deeb powers out. Shida redirects and BOOTS Deeb down!
Shida bumps Deeb off buckles, climbs up top and holds up 5-0! She rains down fast hands, but only gets about 7. Shida comes back to use a headbutt and a dropkick to pay Deeb back! Shida then drags Deeb out to the apron, CLUBS her, then gets space for the RUNNING KNEE LIFT! Fans fire up as Deeb falls to the floor. Shida gets the chair out! She sets it up, fans rally but Deeb takes the chair away and puts it back under the ring! Deeb gets in the ring, Shida chases after, ducks the haymaker but Deeb gets her with a DRAPING GUILLOTINE! And then, a DRAPING NECKBREAKER as AEW goes picture in picture!
Shida hits the floor, Deeb paces around to soak up cheer and jeers, then she taunts Shida as she’s on the floor. The ring count climbs, Shida gets up but Deeb goes out after her to put her in the ring. Shida hits back but Deeb stands her up for another NECKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! Deeb paces as Shida sits up. Deeb drags Shida up, Shida hits back again, but Deeb CLUBS her down. Deeb EuroUppers, then EuroUppers again. Deeb brings Shida around to DECK her with a EuroUpper! Deeb paces around, drags Shida back up, and whips her to then reel her in for a cobra twist! Shida endures as Deeb digs a claw into the ribs! Deeb then shifts to digging in an elbow as AEW goes to break.
AEW returns and fans rally up as both women slowly rise. Shida ROCKS Deeb with a forearm, then another! Deeb puts up her guard but Shida waits her out, to then ROCK her again! Shida reels Deeb in, guillotine SWING and TOSS! Fans fire up as Shida goes up top and Deeb slowly stands. Deeb turns around into a missile dropkick! Cover, TWO! Shida keeps her focus and drags Deeb up. Deeb blocks the suplex by grabbing a leg, so Shida CLUBS her on the back. Deeb wrenches and hooks Shida up for an IRON OCTOPUS! Shida endures so Deeb changes to reel her in, arm tuck! No DeebTox as Shida powers out and ROCKS her again!
Deeb EuroUppers, then ducks the enziguri! GEDO CLUTCH! TWO!! Shida gets up to KNEE Deeb down! Deeb flounders to her feet but flops out of the ring! Shida doesn’t want this victory the easy way, she climbs the ropes to CROSSBODY! Shida puts Deeb back in the ring, but Deeb CHOP BLOCKS Shida in the ropes! Then DRAPING DRAGON SCREW! Shida flops, Deeb drags her around to a TWIST ‘N’ SHOUT! Cover, TWO!! Deeb gets a leg, drags Shida around and then drops an elbow on the knee! Deeb does it again, but fans rally up for Shida. Deeb steps through, Shida boots her away then KNEES her in the corner!
Shida reels Deeb in, gut wrench but the leg gives up! Deeb escapes the Canadian rack but Shida dodges the chop block! ROUNDHOUSE! Then gut wrench to the DOMINATOR!! Cover, TWO!! Deeb survives and shocks Shida! Shida runs to SLIDING FOREARM! Then a suplex to the FALCON ARROW! Cover, TWO!! Deeb survives and fans fire up! Shida takes aim, draws, KATA- NO! Deeb blocks the spinning knee, but Shida comes back with thrusting knees! “This is Awesome!” as Shida tries again! Deeb blocks again, CLUBS away on the leg, but Shida clubs Deeb’s back! Deeb rakes Shida’s eyes! Then DRAGON SCREWS with some extra torque!
Deeb drags Shida up, reels her in and tucks the arms, DEEBTOX! Cover, TWO?!? Shida survives but Deeb gets her arm and omoplatas, to then SMASH the knee over an dover and over! SERENITY LOCK!! Shida taps, Deeb wins!!
Winner: Serena Deeb, by submission
NO 50th here! The Woman of 1000 Holds takes the already-made award and CRACKS it on Shida’s head! Fans boo but Deeb soaks it all up. Will Deeb be far more than someone else’s stepping stone in AEW?
Backstage interview with Darby Allin.
Alex Marvez congratulates him but he informs Darby that MJF just asked for a match with Darby next week. Does Darby accept the challenge? Of course. He thought MJF would never ask. But then a limousine rolls up and Darby already knows it’s MJF. Only for someone to SMACK Darby from behind with a chair! Oh of course, that’s Shawn Spears! And Shawn grabs the camera to film as Darby is mugged by the masked versions of FTR and Wardlow! They LAWNDART Darby into a stop sign! Then they bring the railing around and stack them on top of each other. Wardlow drags Darby up to a fireman’s carry and F10 Darby onto the steel!!
Then a maxed MJF rolls up using Darby’s own skateboard, to then CHOKE Darby with it!! The Pinnacle truly become thugs as they mug Darby, but will this only make Darby more determined to break MJF’s never-pinned, never-submitted streak?
Rampage makes it all official!
After calling him out earlier, CM Punk gets his wish! Daniel Garcia will face the Best in the World! Plus, before the TBS Tournament Brackets are even made, we’re getting Skye Blue VS Jade Cargill! Will the new girl shock the world and end Jade’s undefeated streak? And Brian Cage gets his chance, he will be facing Ricky Starks in that Philly Street Fight, FOR the FTW Championship! Can the Machine take back the title Team Taz cheated him out of? And in a rare FOURTH match on Rampage, the Lucha Brothers look to shut up The Acclaimed! The AEW World Tag Team Championships are on the line, has Platinum Max’s mouth written a check he and Bowens can’t cash?
AEW hears from Lio Rush.
“Yo, Dante. I know you probably can’t see right now, and your head is spinning a million miles per second, but I got to say that I am a huge fan.” Dante may not know him, but this is the Man of the Hour, Lio Rush. You can also him #LBOLio because he’s a businessman. Let’s talk business. Dante is hurtin’, and not just physically. Lio sees Dante and sees an undervalued commodity, a sleeping giant. Lio wants to take Dante to new heights. So here’s the proposal: If Dante takes the challenge from Malakai Black, maybe Dante needs a little guidance. Maybe Dante needs to #RiskRushRepeat and get dat money. So how about this? Lio can have his people call Dante, and they’ll talk soon.
Schiavone interviews Team Britt backstage.
Jamie Hayter & Rebel stand by AEW Women’s World Champion, Britt Baker, to discuss the NEW AEW TBS Championship. Britt is for one hoping for a Cartoon Network Title, but nonetheless, TBS is fantastic! Because now, all the jealous bitches can finally just fight amongst themselves instead of obsessing over her. Jealousy is in fact a disease, Britt has no cure for them, so have fun fighting in your little tournament. Britt will be watching from the top. Yours Truly, Dr. Britt Baker, DMD. Will Britt be watching one title race while overlooking those coming for her?
Medical update on Darby Allin.
Because of the blatant backstage assault by the poorly disguised Pinnacle, Darby is NOT medically cleared to compete next week on Dynamite. More will be said on Rampage this Friday, what consequences will there be for MJF and his minions?
Casino Ladder Match: Lance Archer VS Jon Moxley VS PAC VS Andrade El Idolo VS Orange Cassidy VS Matt Hardy VS ???
The innovative match type returns for another year of chaos and opportunity! All but entry number 7, the “Joker,” is known, and will be sent out at random. This match goes until someone brings down the giant poker chip and the opportunity for the AEW World Championship, but will it finish up fast or take all lucky seven to get it done?
First out, Freshly Squeezed Orange Cassidy, followed by The Bastard, PAC! These two know each other well, but what’re the odds it only takes these two?
The bell rings and Pac stares Cassidy down. Cassidy puts on his elbow pad, puts his hands up, but Pac keeps them from going in the pockets. Pac dares Cassidy to get serious, so the sunglasses are tossed aside. Cassidy and Pac tie up, Pac waistlocks and SLAMS Cassidy, then floats all over him to get a rear bearhug. Fans rally up and Cassidy stands up to switch and shove. Pac runs Cassidy over then mocks the fans. Things speed up, or at least they do for Pac as Cassidy just kinda lounges. Pac is annoyed, but Cassidy avoids his stomp and bails out. Pac pursues, Cassidy goes back in the ring but runs into a tilt-o-whirl BACKBREAKER!
Pac seethes, drags Cassidy up and throws him out of the ring. Pac then goes out to get a ladder and brings it into the ring. Cassidy gets in to slide the ladder back out? That’s not how a ladder match works! But Cassidy wants to put his hands in his pockets, until Pac rushes in! Cassidy dodges, comes back and tilt-o-whirls, only to be blocked! The clock hits zero just as Pac hits a BRAINBUSTER! The third entry is Andrade El Idolo! The Black Mask is ready to settle things and so is Pac! Andrade gets a tall ladder right from the get go, only for Pac to dropkick it into him! Pac then goes out to get his own ladder and put it in the ring.
Pac sets up his ladder, Andrade hurries into the ring, and he springboards to get to the top! Pac and Andrade throw forearms up top, Andrade SMACKS Pac off the top! Andrade skips the chip to SUPER SUNSET FLIP POWERBOMB Pac down!! Pac is all folded up and fans lose their minds! Andrade hobbles up, puts Pac in a corner and then takes the ladder to wedge in Pac’s face. Andrade rallies the fans and he runs corner to corner, but Cassidy stands in his way! Hands in the pockets! “Vicious” shin kicks! Andrade puts his hands up, and he does have pockets on his pants, but he CHOPS Cassidy instead! Andrade grins but Cassidy dodges to no-hands RANA!
Another countdown as Cassidy SHOTGUNS Pac into the ladder! The fourth entry is Big Money Matt! More deep history as Hardy goes right at Cassidy, and he catches the Orange Punch to a SIDE EFFECT! Hardy gets the ladder to RAM down Pac, RAM down Cassidy and RAM down Andrade! Hardy sets the ladder up and climbs! Cassidy hurries to anchor Matt, then drag him down. Hardy elbows Cassidy away to then SMACK Cassidy off the side! The ladder is put down on its side as AEW goes picture in picture.
Hardy waistlocks Cassidy but Cassidy ducks as Pac’s SUPERKICK comes in! Hardy takes the hit, Andrade gets in to put Pac on the apron then DECK him! Cassidy runs, dodges, tilt-o-whirl becomes a SHOTGUN dropkick for Hardy, and a DDT for Andrade!! Cassidy is right back up to throw Hardy out to join Andrade. Pac sees those targets and climbs up top! ARIHARA MOONSAULT onto both Hardy and Andrade! All three men are down on the ramp and we have 15 seconds until the next entry! Pac hurries in the ring, he and Cassidy stare down but the clock strikes zero! The fifth entry is the Murderhawk Monster!!
Lance Archer and Jake the Snake already have some scrub from the back, and Archer is carrying him to the ring! Archer throws the guy at Andrade but Andrade ducks, only to get a BOOT! Cassidy DIVES but Archer catches him in a choke grip! APRON CHOKE SLAM! Pac runs into a shove, Archer scoops him for the inverted crucifix! Pac escapes the Blackout to KICK away on the leg! Pac runs but Archer goes sideways to DERAIL him! Hardy returns and CLUBS Archer, but Archer JABS Hardy, and ripcords for a ride on the HELLACOASTER! Archer just solo’d the field and he sets up a ladder! Archer then goes out to fetch another ladder to make a bridge.
Archer drags Cassidy up, puts him on the bridge he made, then he climbs up the corner for a SPLASH onto Cassidy! Everything topples over, then Archer BOOTS Hardy out! Archer sets up one of the ladders, taking a moment to consider his options. The countdown is already hitting zero so he watches the ramp. Of course, the sixth entry is Jon Moxley! The Maniac comes in from the crowd as always, so Archer goes out to meet him! The beef starts here as they brawl among the Philly fans! Moxley kicks and headlocks then uses a fan’s chair to SMACK Archer! Archer heads back to ringside so Moxley KNEES him in the back!
Moxley RUSSIAN LEG SWEEPS Archer into railing! Moxley gets another chair and he runs in to THRWO it at Archer! Archer throws it back! Archer kicks Moxley around, then goes back to the ring to take the ladder and pick it up. But Cassidy gets in for an ORANGE PUNCH! Archer stays up but the ladder is now around his neck! Cassidy ORANGE PUNCHES through the ladder!! Archer is now doubled over, the ladder the only thing keeping him up and vice-versa. So Cassidy climbs Archer to climb the ladder! But Moxley yanks Cassidy down and whips him into the ladder! Archer staggers to a corner, Cassidy staggers into an X PLEX!
Moxley then runs to SHOTGUN the ladder into Archer! Moxley puts the ladder in a corner as a ramp but the countdown is up! The Joker this year is… HANGMAN PAGE!! The Anxious Millennial Cowboy makes his return in a big way, and is wearing brand spankin’ new gear! Fans are thunderous as Hangman goes to the ring and throws hands with Moxley! Moxley runs but into a BIG right! Hangman then clotheslines Moxley up and out! Hangman dumps Archer out to join him, then catches Cassidy’s crossbody for a FALL AWAY SLAM onto the ladder! Hangman uses the ladder to triangle jump and LARIAT Andrade!
Hangman sees Hardy getting another ladder, so he PLANCHAS the ladder onto Hardy! Hangman fires up and gets in the ring, but Pac SMACKS him with a chair! Pac stomps Hangman over and over, then seethes as he gets a ladder. Pac stands that up in a corner, throws the other ladder out of the ring, and fetches a TABLE! Fans fire up as Pac stomps Hangman then sets the table back up in the ring. Pac puts Hangman on the table, goes up the ladder, but Andrade hurries to CLUB Pac down. Pac kicks Andrade, Andrade hits back. They brawl up top, Pac HEADBUTTS Andrade and El Idolo falls onto a ladder on the outside!!
Hangman gets up and he grabs at Pac! Hangman climbs, fires off forearms on Pac, then Alabama lifts! Fans already go nuts as Hangman hits DEADEYE through the table!! Hangman roars and stands despite clutching his knee. But Moxley gets in the ring to kick low and PARADIGM SHIFT!! The Maniac doesn’t care about #CowboyShit as he stands the ladder up. But Cassidy surges into the ring! He climbs right up, fires off hands on Moxley, but Moxley BITES ORANGE! Hardy shoves the ladder over and both Moxley and Cassidy fall into HOTSHOTS off the ropes! Hardy rolls Cassidy out and then puts him on a table.
Hardy throws down hands, then climbs a ladder, he goes V1 with the SUPER LEG DROP through the table!! But Hardy may have just DELETED himself and Cassidy from winning! Moxley is climbing the ladder in the ring but Archer hurries after him! Archer CHOKE SLAMS Moxley off the ladder, then moves table wreckage out of the way. But Hangman BUCKSHOTS outta nowhere!! Hangman climbs, Moxley returns and uses a chair to SMACK Hangman on the back! Moxley climbs now but Hangman is still on the other side. Moxley throws haymakers to send Hangman down, but Hangman climbs back up!
Hangman fires forearms, Moxley gives them back, fans are thunderous! The two slowly down, and Moxley suddenly falls off! Hangman is all alone, he climbs to the top! Hangman takes the chip off the hook thing, and wins!!
Winner: Hangman Page (NEW #1 Contender to the AEW World Championship)
A wild return and a wilder win, the Cowboy is riding high already! He toasts to Philly, but when and where will Hangman get his revenge and his title shot on Kenny Omega?
A great episode for AEW and a lot of great stuff set up for the near future. For one, the TBS Championship as the women’s midcard is great, and even with a lot of great choices to face Britt Baker, there are just that many great choices to have the TBS title. Shida VS Deeb was a great match tonight, but I feel like they telegraphed Shida not winning with all the hype and already having the crystal trophy prepared. Both women should definitely be in the tournament, though, and it’d be great for Shida if she had the pressure of winning number 50 and a tournament match put on her so that she gives a big opening round win like Ruby Soho.
The 8 Man Tag was an epic opener, but of course The Elite needed some help from Cutler and Nakazawa to essentially eliminate Christian Cage. The Elite winning is fine, as Adam Cole is still new to AEW and needs to build his win-loss record. CM Punk has a good moment putting Philly and its love of pro-wrestling over, and he’ll have a very good match with Daniel Garcia. He obviously puts his feud with Team Taz on hold now that we finally get Starks VS Cage. The Street Fight is totally so Team Taz can get involved but I bet Cage gets to wreck everyone as he goes for the title. I have no idea if Cage wins the belt or not but it’s just good to see the FTW Championship defended period.
Darby Allin has a pretty good interview promo with JR, he has a very good match with Comoroto, and the attack from The Pinnacle definitely extends the feud with MJF. I am betting the match of Darby VS MJF doesn’t happen until Full Gear, so expect weeks of MJF defending his team’s innocence and still running Darby down. Dante Martin being Malakai Black’s next target is quite the great move, especially for Dante. Can the House of Black recruit the people Malakai beats up? Whenever it is Darius finally gets back, Top Flight being led and guided by Malakai would be really cool, to me. Malakai is a striker and very technical, they’re fast and high-flying, it makes a great dynamic.
I also like that Lio Rush is reaching out trying to do his own recruiting. AEW likes having stables and factions, so it makes sense Lio would want to have someone to team up with. Dark Order skips having a supreme leader to make this into a family democracy type deal, but I have a feeling this just leads to a new way they start disagreeing and end up electing a new leader after all. Arn basically sneaking onto Cody’s property and burning his clothes was an interesting way for Arn to get Cody to wake up and be a wrestler first, face of AEW second. I am a bit surprised they did something like this so soon, there should’ve been more Cody doing his own soul searching and Arn focusing on Lee Johnson.
The TNT Championship was great stuff, especially for Fish’s AEW in-ring debut. Sammy of course retains, he only just got that belt. American Top Team further going after Inner Circle through Sammy was a logical move, and I have a feeling this Six Man Tag is mostly a holdover so they can save something like Masvidal VS Jericho or the return of the MMA Cage Match in AEW for Full Gear. Still not really feeling this MMA VS AEW thing, but whatever, seems like plenty of other fans are still into it. Then the Casino Ladder Match was a great match, a lot of great destruction and mayhem, but as I said before, all the feuds and history cancelled out, the Joker won.
Now Hangman being the Joker was a great way for him to return, but it is so clear that this win was to make up for the All Out audible. We all know CM Punk and Bryan Danielson coming to AEW was big, but I still say it shouldn’t have changed the plan of Hangman winning the world title at the PPV he failed to get it before. Full Gear will be where Omega VS Hangman happens, and yet I have no idea if Hangman gets the title now. It would help make Full Gear big and give year three a big start if Hangman goes into the holidays as top champion. Anxious Millennial Cowboy Thanksgiving and Christmas specials, anyone?
My Score: 9.1/10
Mitchell’s AEW Rampage Results & Report! (11/26/21)
Black Friday is on a Rampage!
Will Riho get a golden ticket tonight?
Tony Khan’s offering a major Black Friday deal and Britt Baker isn’t happy about it! If Riho defeats The Doctor, she gets an AEW Women’s world title match!
- Adam Cole & Bobby Fish VS Orange Cassidy & Wheeler Yuta w/ Chuck Taylor; win.
- AEW Women’s World Championship Black Friday Deal: Britt Baker w/ Jamie Hayter & Rebel VS Riho; Riho wins and earns a future title match against Britt Baker.
- Eddie Kingston VS Daniel Garcia w/ 2point0; Kingston wins.
PLAY BY PLAY
Adam Cole & Bobby Fish VS Orange Cassidy & Wheeler Yuta w/ Chuck Taylor!
It’s undisputed that both teams are great friends, but this is about seeing who are the best friends! Will Cole & Fish bring the boom? Or will Freshly Squeezed & The Decoder make Chaos proud here in Chicago?
The teams sort out and Yuta starts with Fish. They circle, feel it out, and then Fish shoots in to waistlock. Yuta switches, gets the ankle pick and the leg but Fish gets a leg back. Fish pushes to a cover, Yuta slips away before a count. They feel things out again, Fish steps in to knee low! Fish throws body shots, KICKS a leg, then ROCKS Yuta with a forearm. Fish whips, Yuta goes up and over but swings into a body shot! Yuta slips under to dropkick Fish down! Yuta wrenches, tags to Cassidy but Fish throws forearms. The Best Friends still double whip and, well Yuta forearms. Both Yuta and Cassidy run, KNEE DROP SPLASH COMBO! Cover, ONE!
Fish gets away and tags Cole. Fans fire up as Cole and Cassidy stare down. Cassidy takes off the sunglasses, but Cole stops him from putting his hands in his pockets. Cole hits the “BAYBAY!” pose, and then takes a bow. Cassidy puts his hands up, but Cole stops him again. Cassidy hammerlocks, spins, and WRINGS Cole out! Cole gets up in a huff as Cassidy spins and holds his hands up. But again Cole stops that with a waistlock! Cassidy switches, Cole switches, Cassidy reaches for legs, but then he puts his hands up. Cole shifts to a full nelson, but Cassidy still wants his pockets! Colle fights to keep those hands up, Cassidy uses his leg to break the nelson!
Cassidy switches, flying-mares, then thumbs up with Cole. Cole flails, Cassidy crucifix covers! TWO, and Cassidy builds up the energy. Cole runs in, Cassidy hurdles over, Yuta ROCKS Cole! Tag to Yuta, Cassidy and Yuta double whip Cole corner to corner. Yuta sends Cassidy but Sloth Style kicks in. Yuta runs to back elbow Cole, then go corner to corner to back elbow again! Cassidy finally arrives to feed Cole to Yuta’s scoop SLAM and SENTON! Cover, Fish drags Yuta off. Fans are fired up as Yuta drags Cole up. Cole JAWBREAKERS then runs in but Yuta elbows him away. Yuta goes up, Fish runs over and then Cole YANKS Yuta down!
Cole drags Yuta up, bumps him off buckles, stomps away, then tags in Fish. Fish stomps Yuta down, digs his knee in, but the ref counts. Fish lets off, drags Yuta up and clinches for knees. He bumps Yuta off buckles, fires forearms and body shots, then kicks. Tag to Cole, Cole drags Yuta up and throws more forearms. Yuta throws forearms back, runs, but into a fireman’s carry! USHIGOROSHI! Cole talks trash to Yuta then drags him back as AEW goes picture in picture.
Fish tags in, Cole anchors Yuta while Fish stomps away. Fish drags Yuta up, throws knees, then forearms, then brings Yuta around to snap suplex! Cover, TWO! Fish drags Yuta up, throws more knees, then snapmares him to go out and slingshot senton back in! Cover, TWO! Fish is annoyed but he drags Yuta up to knee him to the corner. Fish throws forearms, wrenches and taunts Cassidy before he back suplexes. Yuta lands on his feet but Fish CLOBBERS him! Yuta ducks the roundhouse, DOUBLE CLOTHESLINES knock both men down! AEW returns to single picture as fans rally up. Fish tags Cole, but Yuta sends Cole out! Fish drags Yuta away, Yuta ENZIGURIS free!
Yuta crawls over, but Cole trips Cassidy off the apron! Cole gets in to bump Yuta off the buckle, then stomps away on him. Tag to Fish, he drags Yuta up to BOOT him into the corner. Fish fires off fast hands and another BOOT! Tag to Cole, Fish holds Yuta and Cole runs in but Yuta back drops him! Yuta elbows Fish, elbows Cole, BOOTS Fish, then goes up to double missile dropkick! Cassidy is back, Yuta crawls over as fans rally up! Hot tag to Cassidy! Well, lukewarm with Cassidy’s speed. Cassidy puts his hands in his pockets and fires off the “devastating” shin kicks. He dodges the double clotheslines to DOUBLE DRPOKICK! Cassidy kips up to DOUBLE RANA!
Cassidy keeps moving, he uses Cole to kick and tilt-o-whirl to DDT Fish! Cole and Fish bail out, Yuta goes up and Cassidy builds speed! Cassidy DIVES< Yuta CROSSBODIES! Direct hit, Cassidy goes up and Yuta tags in! CROSSBODY then a DIVE onto Fish! Yuta SPLASHES Cole! Cover, TWO!! Tag back to Cassidy, he and Yuta get Cole up but Cole fires off forearms! Cole mule kicks Cassidy, BOOTS Yuta, then reels Cassidy in! Yuta rewinds, STUN-DOG MILLIONAIRE to a GERMAN SUPLEX! Jackknife bridge! But Fish breaks it!! Yuta gets up, Fish ROCKS him then mule kicks Cassidy! Fish KICKS Yuta down, then catches Cassidy to EXPLODER him into Yuta!
Fish tags in, he tackles Cassidy to a corner, then he isolates a leg to knee and KICK and DRAGON SCREW! SHINING WIZARD from Cole! Leg clutch cover, TWO!! KNEEBAR! Cole plays defense as Yuta gets in! Yuta then baits Cole and dodges the superkick to clobber Fish! Cole SUPERKICKS Yuta, Cassidy SUPERKICKS Cole! BEACH BREAK!! Cassidy powers up, but Fish TACKLES him to a corner! Fish has the leg, Cassidy breaks free but swings into the EXPLODER into buckles! Yuta tags in and spins Fish for an OLYMPIC SLAM! Cover, TWO!! Yuta STOMPS Fish, hauls him up, NORTHERN LIGHTS BOMB! Cover, TWO!!
Yuta goes to a corner, climbs up top, but Cole trips him up! The ref reprimands, Cassidy trips Cole! Cassidy takes off the elbow pad but Cole drags Cassidy out to throw him into steel steps! And then again! Fish goes after Yuta on the top rope, brings Yuta up, SUPER FALCON ARROW!! Cover, Fish & Cole win!
Winners: Adam Cole & Bobby Fish, by pinfall
Whether or not Cole & Fish are best friends, they’re the better team here tonight! Will they give everyone a reason to fear them?
Backstage interview with Tony Nese.
Tony Schiavone says the Premier Athlete has “mysteriously” been in the stands watching, but Nese stops him right there. There is no mystery to what he’s doing. He’s scouting the competition, because that’s what top athletes do. “We all know that there’s an open challenge for the TNT Championship, so I thought, what perfect way to make my debut on TNT than becoming the TNT Champion?” Based off what Nese has seen, if Ethan Page, Bobby Fish or Jay Lethal would’ve done their homework, Sammy Guevara wouldn’t be champion right now. Nese is 100% unimpressed, but here comes Sammy!
Sammy’s the one unimpressed with Nese! Another new guy talking a lot of mess. Nese wants Sammy to relax. Is Sammy unable to take criticism? Oh he can take criticism, just not from a guy who hasn’t done s*it since he got here. Nese says there’s an open challenge, so he’s challenging Sammy next week. Challenge accepted, see you next week. Yeah you will. But then Nese SUCKER PUNCHES Sammy! Nese says the only reason Sammy has the title is because guys like Nese weren’t available yet. Nese leaves for now, but will he leave next Rampage the new TNT Champion?
Cash Wheeler starts by saying, “On Thanksgiving Eve in Chicago, we proved once again that we are the living lucha legends, the AAA World Tag Team Champions, and without a doubt the best tag team on the planet.” There’s a reason FTR is 2-0 against the Lucha Bros and the only win the Lucha Bros got was on the illegal man. There is no team on Earth, in this ring or in this business as good as FTR. Dax Harwood says they have a “history” with 2 outta 3 falls matches, so he is begging them that if they wanna prove it was no fluke, go 2 outta 3 falls with FTR. Right now, until they find someone better, write ’em a letter, #TopGuysOut!
AEW Women’s World Championship Black Friday Deal: Britt Baker w/ Jamie Hayter & Rebel VS Riho!
The Doctor better take the inaugural AEW Women’s World Champion seriously, because if Riho wins here, she’ll get a title match in the near future! Will Riho cash in on this great deal? Or will Britt deny her this huge holiday gift?
The bell rings and the two circle. They tie up, Britt wrenches an arm to hammerlock, then spin Riho to a snapmare. Riho slips out to wrench and have the arm. Britt gets up, powers through to spin and snapmare Riho again, but Riho slips out again to have the wristlock. Britt fights up, Riho keeps on the wristlock but Britt clubs free and ROCKS Riho with a right! Britt says, “D M D,” but Riho fires off forearms! Birtt pulls hair to throw Riho down! Cover, TWO as Riho goes Matrix! But Britt rolls her up again, TWO! Britt gets the arm but Riho fights to the ropebreak! The ref counts, Britt lets off but she stomps away on Riho!
The ref counts, Britt lets off, Hayter and Rebel choke Riho! Britt comes back to stand on Riho at the ropes, then lets off at 4. Britt drags Riho up to ROCK her again. Britt whips, Riho handsprings and dropkicks! Riho keeps moving to dropkick again! Britt bails out, Rebel checks on her, but Riho goes up a corner! Riho LEAPS and CROSSBODIES Britt and Rebel down! Fans fire up as Riho gets back up. Hayter checks on Britt but Riho comes back to drag Britt up. Riho puts Britt in, Britt goes to a corner. Riho runs in to forearm smash! Then she goes corner to corner again, but into a BUCKLE SHOT! Britt stands on Riho’s head and stomps away!
Britt drags Riho up by her hair, bumps her off buckles again and again, but the ref counts. Britt lets off and Riho flops down as AEW goes to break.
Rampage returns and Britt reels Riho into a suplex. Riho fights it off, wrenches and ROCKS Britt with forearms! Riho runs, Britt follows and SLINGBLADES! Cover, TWO! Britt hammers away with forearms, covers, TWO! Britt argues with the ref, then drags Riho up by her hair. The ref reprimands but Britt doesn’t care. Riho throws body shots, Britt clinches and whips Riho to a corner. Britt is annoyed as fans rally and duel, and Britt stomps Riho down! Britt lets off, gives another stomp, then drags RIho up for a forearm. Riho forearms back, fires off many more, but Britt kicks her low! Britt whips Riho to a corner, runs in but into boots! Riho runs and tilt-o-whirl headscissors!
Britt ends up in a corner, Riho goes corner to corner and KNEES Britt right in the head! Riho reels Britt in, but Britt blocks the Northern Lights and CLUBS Riho. Snap suplex into buckles! Britt drags Riho up, Alabama lift but Riho slips out to full nelson and DRAGON SUPLEX! Fans fire up as Riho crawls after Britt. Cover, TWO! Britt is still in this but Riho goes up the corner. Diving stomps but Britt dodges! Britt comes back, spins Riho and ROCKS her with a forearm! Alabama, AIR RAID CRASH! Cover, TWO!! Riho survives but Britt slaps her down. Britt runs, Riho dodges the stomp to kick and NORTHERN LIGHTS! Bridging cover, TWO!
Riho goes up, DIVING DOUBLE STOMPS!! Cover, TWO!! Britt survives but Riho keeps her focus. Riho run sin but Britt ducks the knees! Riho runs into buckles, but she avoids the swinging fisherman! Rolling cradle, RIHO WINS!!!
Winner: Riho, by pinfall (earns an AEW Women’s World Championship match)
Britt is FURIOUS! Riho snatches victory from the jaws of defeat,
El Idolo wasn’t done with Cody Rhodes after Dynamite went off the air! A bare concrete Hammerlock DDT may have downed the American Nightmare, but now Cody and Andrade will go 1v1 in an ATLANTA STREET FIGHT! Plus, after the confrontation on Dynamite, Gunn Club’s Colten & Billy Gunn take on Sting & Darby for a grudge match of two undefeated teams!
Mark Henry interviews our main eventers!
He starts with Daniel Garcia & 2point0, and how they’ve been attacking whoever, throwing coffee in people’s faces, and are generally out of control. Matt Lee says that’s right, they’re outta control! Eddie Kingston, hopefully you didn’t fill up on turkey, because tonight, you get a taste of Red Death on Black Friday! Great line. Jeff Parker adds that those interruptions weren’t on accident. They know Kingston and he reacted exactly how they thought he would! Garcia adds it’s Black Friday, another sold out arena for another Daniel Garcia main event. He vows to embarrass Kingston, and then Kingston will be the one giving Garcia thanks.
Kingston laughs at these three. He apologizes, but he can’t believe they’re serious. They throw coffee, attack him, say this and that, and Garcia’s acting all big and tough. He’s too light in the ass to mess with Kingston. Kingston will show Garcia what’s what in the ring. And as for his homeboys, they need to do Kingston a favor and shut up. Talk is cheap, partner. Then we’ve had enough talk. It’s time for the main event! Will Red Death be the one lucky to survive the Mad King?
Eddie Kingston VS Daniel Garcia w/ 2point0!
The bell rings and the two circle. They test things out, Garcia shoots in to get a leg but Kingston pushes him down to throw hands. Kingston has the arms, puts Garcia in a corner, the ref counts. Kingston won’t let off so the ref brings him back. Garcia shoots in but Kingston smothers him into the mat! Kinston clinches, they end up on the ropes, the ref counts. Kingston CLUBS Garcia before he lets off and fans fire up behind him. Garcia hangs back to get pointers from 2point0 before he approaches Kingston again. Garcia circles but then just bails out. Kingston is annoyed, but he’s ready when Garcia slides back in.
They tie up, Garcia throws a forearm, but Kingston fires off fast palm strikes! Then body strikes in the corner! Kingston stomps away on Garcia but 2point0 gets Garcia out of there! Kingston goes out to throw Matt Lee into railing! And then he SPINEBUSTERS Jeff Parker! Garcia gets in the ring, Kingston goes in but Garcia kicks him! And uppercuts! Garcia throws EuroUppers in the corner, then stomps away. Garcia digs his boots in, the ref counts, Garcia lets off at 4. Garcia paces, drags Kingston up and throws forearms. Garcia whips but Kingston holds ropes to Garcia forearms! Kingston headbutts! Garcia BOOTS, then whips, but Kingston blocks again.
Garcia keeps trying, Kingston CLUBS him down! Kingston CHOPS Garcia to a corner, CHOPS him again, and fires off the MACHINE GUN CHOPS, but Garcia dodges to fire off forearms! Kingston pokes Garcia in the eye! The ref reprimands but fans cheer. Garcia crawls to a corner, Kingston runs in but Garcia dodge. Garcia runs in but into an elbow. Kingston goes up, FLYING KNEE! Garcia is down but Kingston gets his legs to loosen up. Garcia goes to ropes but Kingston CHOPS him on the side! Kingston taunts Garcia then CHOPS him. Garcia throat chops back! Garcia CLUBS Kingston, stalks him around the ring and kicks the bad leg!
Garcia EuroUppers, Kingston BITES Garcia’s ear! The ref reprimands, Kingston lets off to stomp Garcia down. Kingston hobbles, drags Garcia up and suplexes for a GOURD BUSTER! Fans rally behind Kingston as he walks off the bad leg. Garcia crawls to a corner as AEW goes picture in picture.
Garcia shoulders into Kingston, throws hands but Kingston CHOPS him down! Kingston drags Garcia up, suplexes but Garcia blocks. Garcia pries free, knees low, and again, and again! Then he snap suplexes Kingston down! Cover, ONE! Garcia goes after an arm but Kingston rolls, only to end up in a triangle hold. Kinston fights free to rain down hammer fists! Garcia kicks back at Kingston but Kingston stands to drag Garcia up. Kingston CHOPS, Garcia staggers back and asks for mercy. Kingston runs in but into an elbow! Garcia pulls on Kingston’s ear and CLUBS it! The ref reprimands but 2point0 talk a lot of trash at the apron.
Garcia straddle attacks Kingston at the ropes! 2point0 is right in Kingston’s face, but then Garcia goes out to CLUB Kingston on the apron. And again! Kingston gets in the ring but Garcia is right after that ear! So Kingston BITES the hand! Garcia knees and CLUBS Kingston, but Kingston staggers around. Kingston almost hits the ref with that haymaker! Garcia whips Kingston but Kingston can barely run, so Garcia CHOP BLOCKS the leg! Cover, ONE!! Another, TWO! Kingston has Garcia by his hear so he can club away on Garcia’s head! Garcia gets loose to stomp Kingston down! Garcia has the bad leg and YANKS back on it!
Kingston crawls, Garcia is on him with a double wristlock. Kingston clasps hands so Garcia clubs the grip. The two struggle, AEW returns to single picture, Garcia uses his knee for leverage. Kingston clubs Garcia but Garcia stomps him down! Garcia sits Kingston up, boots him, but fans rally up. Kingston grits his teeth but Garcia stomps away on him! Garcia drags Kingston up, whips him to the corner but again Kingston can barely run. The ref checks with Kingston but he says he’s not quitting. Garcia runs in, but into an EXPLODER! Garcia rolls to ropes, 2point0 is there to coach him. A standing count climbs, Kingston is up at 4 of 10!
Kingston hobbles over to Garcia, but Garcia headlocks to block the saido! Garcia clubs away on Kingston’s head, then rolls him to a HEEL HOOK! Kingston endures, gets the ROPEBREAK! Garcia lets go at 4, fans are thunderous! Garcia gets the leg again for a standing toehold! Then he digs his heel into Kingston’s gut, stomps the bad legs, jackknife! TWO as Kingston rolls and gets Garcia up, POWERBOMB!! Both men are down and fans are fired up! A standing count climbs, 2point0 coaches Garcia up. Fans rally, Kingston drags himself up the ropes and hobbles over to Garcia. He brings Garcia up and CHOPS him o the back!
Garcia blocks the half nelson suplex, switches, but Kingston blocks the German Suplex. Garcia drags Kingston down to the HEEL HOOK! Kingston still gest the ROPEBREK, but Garcia drags him away! Kingston kicks with his free leg but Garcia LCOBBERS Kingston and fires off hammering hands! Fans boo but Garcia soaks up the heat. Garcia drags Kingston up, CHOPS him, but Kingston stays up. Garcia powers up and runs, but into a HALF ‘N’ HALF!! Both men are down and fans fire up for Kingston. Garcia flounders at ropes as 2point0 coaches him up again. Garcia crawls over to Kingston, they both stand up and Kingston throws a body shot.
Kingston fire smore body shots, Garcia gives back palm strikes, the fans fire up for the fast hand brawling! Garcia fires off palm strike after palm strike, but Garcia ENZIGURIS! Garcia comes back to LARIAT!! Garcia can’t cover as he catches his breath, but fans are thunderous again. Garcia hobbles up, gets Kingston by the ear, reels him in, but Kingston blocks the lift! So Garcia drops a knee! Kingston SLAPS Garcia! Garcia throat chops, but Kingston SLAPS Garcia again! Garcia fires off BOOTS, then gets Kingston up, only for Kingston to wrench and SAIDO!! Garcia flounders, ducks the Uraken but the URAKEN RETURNS!! Cover, Kingston wins
Winner: Eddie Kingston, by pinfall
But 2point0 pounce on Kingston! Fans boo as they mug the Mad King, but JERICHO gets off commentary to go to the ring! Jericho CLOBBERS Matt Lee, CLOTHESLINES Jeff Parker, and fans are thunderous for Le Champion! Kingston is still victorious, but will he and Jericho make sure 2point0 and Garcia watch who they pick a fight with from now on?
A great Rampage, and honestly really surprising. I didn’t think Riho was going to win here, but that was a great match and a great win. They’re going to have a great title match, probably at Battle of the Belts, but I am thinking Britt wins there. Cassidy & Yuta had a great showing, but Cole taking out Cassidy so that Yuta would take the loss makes sense. The Not Disputed Era lost to Jurassic Express, but they win here because they gotta stay afloat. I hope Trent Baretta is okay, he’s been gone for what feels like a really longtime.
Nese had a decent promo before Sammy got there, and then things got good. His line about not being available is a great nod to WWE letting him and a tone of their people go, but it would be more legit if one of those other guys said it. Nese will give Sammy a great match but Sammy’s totally winning. Then Kingston VS Garcia was an awesome main event, probably Garcia’s best match in AEW. I figured Kingston would win, but then 2point0 going after him to prompt Jericho to get involved was a nice way to end. Kingston and Jericho teaming up would be pretty cool to see.
My Score: 8.5/10
Mitchell’s AEW Dynamite Results & Report! (11/24/21)
This is a full plate for Dynamite!
AEW is loading up before Thanksgiving!
Before all the stuffing, turkey and pumpkin pie, AEW serves up heaping helpings of action! Cody Rhodes & Death Triangle take on Andrade, Malakai & FTR!
- CM Punk VS QT Marshall w/ The Factory; Punk wins.
- Gunn Club VS Bear Country; Gunn Club wins.
- TBS Championship Tournament Quarterfinals: Thunder Rosa VS Jamie Hayter w/ Britt Baker & Rebel; Rosa wins and advances to the semifinals.
- Bryan Danielson VS Colt Cabana; Danielson wins.
- 8 Man Tag: Cody Rhodes & Death Triangle VS Andrade El Idolo, Malakai Black & FTR; Andrade, Malakai & FTR win.
PLAY BY PLAY
CM Punk heads to the ring!
Chicago goes nuts as AEW opens with their hometown hero! But then MJF shows up to kill the mood. MJF of course has a mic as he goes to the ring. Fans call him an A-Hole as he gets in the ring with Punk and just smirks at him. Fans then chant for Punk, but MJF says, “Doesn’t feel so good getting interrupted, does it, Punky Brewster? Quiet frankly-” Fans now switch to chanting STFU. But frankly, Punk hurt MJF’s feelings. It was almost as bad as that time Punk quit, took his ball and went home like a little bitch. What was great, though, was #ThePipebomb. So good, legendary even. What we’d all call a great promo. The Pipebomb was probably Punk’s best moment.
But here’s the problem, bud. Every MJF moment is the best MJF moment. Cuz unlike Punk, MJF isn’t a one trick pony. Don’t get it twisted, MJF respects Punk and what he’s done, and even that he’s straightedge, Not that MJF could ever imagine a straightedge guy could look so much like a meth addict. And it must be so hard, considering if he had his face, MJF would have to down eight shots of whiskey just to look at himself. But MJF really respects how Punk handled the situation between them. Punk can pretend there wasn’t one, but there is. Punk could be asked about dream matches, would name every other wrestler except for MJF.
Punk can pretend he isn’t interested, but in reality, it’s cuz he doesn’t want none. Punk’s whole career on the stick has been big fish in a small pond, but next to MJF, Punk’s just a minnow. Punk doesn’t want to go toe to toe on the stick? Well too bad. MJF’s gonna finish Punk faster than Punk’s UFC career. MJF smiles his smug smile again while fans boo. MJF wants Punk want to check his watch. Because if Punk wants to retort, it won’t say clobbering time. It’ll say outta time. Punk can drop pipebombs all he wants, because MJF drops nukes! Punk finally does get the mic, fans fire up and MJF patiently waits.
“I’m so disappointed in you. But let’s not start there. Let’s show our guest a little bit of Chicago hospitality.” Punk likes that MJF introduced himself as a proper young man to his elder. And Punk had no idea his first name was Maxwell. He thought MJF was for “My Jealous Fan.” Punk has the time. If MJF is hung up on Punk never mentioning him during press, that was by design. The last thing Punk wanted was to feed MJF’s rotten little ego. Punk is in MJF’s head. He might even be a poster on MJF’s wall. Doesn’t change Punk’s disappointment. He’s heard about the great MJF, and then he did what no one else has been able to do: he shut up the great MJF without saying a word.
And MJF has had seven days to think of good zingers, and he came out with the lowest hanging fruit. MJF thinks he’s revolutionary when in reality, he’s just a less famous MIZ! OUCH! Okay, settle down, settle down. MJF tells “Punky” that was solid. Creative stuff. Almost what MJF wanted. In fact, “almost what I wanted,” perfectly encapsulates Punk’s AEW run so far. Maybe it’s true. “Nostalgia is a drug that cause us to misconstrue our memories, and you, my friend, are no more than nostalgia.” And guess what? Punk is right! MJF was a fan! How couldn’t he have been? In this ring, on the mic, no one could touch Punk! Punk was the best! Or so MJF thought.
Ever since Punk’s almighty return, he’s struggled to beat the easiest competition or say anything of intrigue. MJF gets a little closer and says Punk’s breath smells like sh*t. Maybe cuz he’s been kissing so much ass! He’s been kissing ass all over! MJF will do a quick impression. “It sure is great to be back here in [insert name of town]. I love being a part of [insert name of company]. Gee whiz, I sure am looking forward to my match with [insert name of opponent]. Robotic Pucker Up Punk. You’ve gone soft, man. Your hair’s going gray, and looking at your eyes, if anybody needs to GO to Sleep, it’s you, bud.”
MJF just realized! This isn’t CM Punk. This is PG Punk! What happened to the guy MJF grew up on? The renegade! The ass-kicker! The outsider! This is more like a guy preaching Hustle, Loyalty and Respect. Whoa…! Except here’s the problem, PG. We can see you! MJF can see through him! Punk claimed he came back for the younger talent, but he also claimed he’d only come back for “a boat load of money.” Punk claimed he couldn’t fix pro-wrestling from his couch, yet he stayed put on it for seven long years. Excuse after excuse not to come back. Por que? Why? Cuz he was making comic books no one read or movies no one saw?
Or is it because Punk was terrified? Punk was scared he couldn’t hang anymore, or that he couldn’t in the first place. MJF shouts down the booing fans and says he’s here to tell Punk that he should be scared. In the other company, you were a cult hero because you were held down, should’ve been showcased as the number one. Yeah, and now here he is, has all the opportunity to prove those people right, but can he? Do the fans think Punk can do it? Chicago sure does. MJF is glad they think that now, but what about in a month? Two months? A year? Punk envies MJF. And Punk doesn’t like MJF because he represents everything in the business Punk hates.
MJF was born for this. He’s a clean cut professional, a promotor’s wet dream, but Punk was a tattooed misfit from the dumpiest part of the Midwest known as CHICAGO. Punk had to work his tail off, and MJF commends him for that. But MJF knows what eats Punk up inside. It’s the fact that after all the hard world, the blood, sweat, tears and sacrifice, deep down Punk and the fans know that Punk’s been nothing more than second best. Whether it was You Can’t See Me, or the King of Kings, Punk was never up to snuff. And now that Punk is in MJF’s ring and MJF’s company, it won’t be any different! Punk may say he’s Best in the World, but MJF is better than you, and you know it!
MJF and Punk stare down, and Punk says there’s some truth to that. A little. Scared? Coming back after seven years, yeah. Punk won’t lie. He didn’t know if the fans would remember or care about him. He didn’t know if he still had it. But trust Punk, he’s not scared anymore. And certainly not of MJF. The timing might not match up but Punk was selling out Madison Square Garden while MJF was marking out for Rosie O’Donnell. And the last time MJF did a song and dance, he made the New York Times! WOW~! Wanna sing him a song now, Maxwell? Don’t worry, MJF is in the ring with a professional and he’ll make the papers again. But this time it’ll be the obituaries!
Punk says MJF just enrolled himself into a school his parents can’t pay for. MJF talked too much, just like Punk back in the day! But Punk backed it up. MJF can’t back up shit without his backup! FTR, Shawn Spears, Wardlow, that is how MJF gets things done. Punk saw AEW, said that’s where he wants to be and test himself, and he went for the heart and soul of it, and that was Darby Allin! Now that chews MJF up, doesn’t it? And Punk beat Darby Allin, and didn’t need a pinkie ring to do it! MJF is too busy talking about how he’s the best, but he doesn’t realize he’s been replaced by BRITT BAKER! Fans chant “DMD! DMD!” for the Doctor.
Punk says MJF thinks he’s made great points, he still talks too much and they’ve wasted the people’s time. Chicago is the Second City, not because there’s somewhere better. Punk will be #2 with a bullet, cuz just like Chicago, when it burned down, they just built it back up on top of the smoldering embers! And who’s the man around here? MJF? No. The only way MJF will be number one is for MJF to wait until Tony Khan has a daughter that MJF can marry! Oh…! Punk says last time in Chicago, yeah Punk is happy to be here. He gave them free ice cream bars! But the only thing Punk can think is better is punching MJF in his needle dick right now!
Fans are thunderous as MJF throws off the scarf and jacket! But then he bails out. Punk waves bye, but will MJF man up and give Punk the fight everyone wants to see?
CM Punk VS QT Marshall w/ The Factory!
AEW returns and QT is in the ring. He wants Punk to focus on him, and they tie up. Punk headlocks, QT powers out but Punk runs him over. Punk flexes and fans cheer while QT gets up in a huff. QT paces, circles with Punk, they tie up and Punk headlocks. QT powers out again, Aaron Solo swipes at Punk! Punk glares at Solo but QT CLUBS him from behind. QT brings Punk around, scoops but Punk slips out to scoop and SLAM QT! QT gets up, into another scoop SLAM! And then another! Chicago fires up as Punk drags QT up again for another scoop SLAM! QT goes to a corner, Punk brings him up to snapmare and cover. ONE, but Punk has the chinlock.
QT fights up, puts Punk in the corner but the ref counts the ropebreak. QT lets off but Nick Comoroto grabs at him! But the ref sees that and EJECTS the Factory! Chicago sings, “Hey hey hey! Good bye~!” QT sees his guys up the ramp, but then Punk ducks his clothesline to scoop and SLAM! Is that seven or six? QT knees low, ROCKS Punk with a haymaker then bumps him off buckles. QT throws more hands, soaks up the heat, whips Punk to ropes but Punk reverses to CLOBBER QT! Punk puts QT in a corner, climbs up and rains down hands! Punk punches from all sides to get 10, then he whips corner to corner! QT tumbles up and flops down!
Punk drags QT back up, QT RAMS him into the corner! QT ROCKS Punk with a haymaker, then drags him up to snapmare and stomp Punk’s face! QT swaggers around while fans boo, and QT covers, TWO! QT soaks up more heat, then he clamps hands onto Punk for a neck wrench. Punk endures, fights up as fans rally, and Punk throws elbows. Punk throws hands, QT kicks back from a corner. QT throws hands, whips Punk corner to corner but Punk reverses. QT comes back into a back drop! Punk then runs and clotheslines QT out of the ring! Punk aims from the apron, and leaps to CLOBBER QT with the flying clothesline! Fans fire up while AEW goes picture in picture!
Punk catches his breath while feeding off the fans’ energy. Punk bumps QT off the apron, puts him in the ring, then brings QT up, only for QT to hotshot him down! QT drags Punk into the ring, stomps him down, then lets off as the ref counts. QT drags Punk up to suplex and hold Punk up for a few seconds before the SLAM! QT then takes his time to drop the leg, brother! Cover, TWO! QT argues the count but the ref says it was fair. QT clamps on a chinlock and grinds Punk down. Punk endures, fights back up, stomps a foot then throws body shots. Punk throws hands, runs but into a kitchen sink knee! Punk grits his teeth while he’s down on the mat.
QT pushes Punk, covers, TWO! QT looms over Punk, drags him up and throws clubbing crossface forearms. QT clamps on with another neck wrench but Punk still endures. AEW returns to single picture and fans rally. Punk fights up, throws elbows to get free again, and runs, but into pop-up HAYMAKER! And then QT gets Punk up, SIT-OUT POWERBOMB! Cover, TWO!! QT is furious but fans still rally for Punk. QT rains down fists, soaks up the heat, pretends he can’t hear the fans, then tells them to shove it! QT pushes Punk around, “You ain’t nothing!” Punk gets up to ROUNDHOUSE! QT falls and fans fire up!
QT returns but Punk counter punches! Punk whips and CLOBBERS QT, then spins him for a NECKBREAKER! Fans fire up more as QT flounders. Punk runs in to SHINING WIZARD! And then he reels QT in for a short arm LARIAT! Punk goes to the corner, and fans fire up as he climbs! Punk aims, MACHO ELBOW! Fans are thunderous and Punk says night night! QT staggers up into the fireman’s carry! GO TO SLEEP! Cover, Punk wins!
Winner: CM Punk, by pinfall
Still undefeated in AEW! When and where will Punk get to show MJF that he’s still that same renegade ass kicker from back in the day?
Backstage interview with Christian Cage & Jurassic Express.
They have a lot of momentum given Full Gear and Rampage. Jungle Boy points out he beat Bobby Fish twice. They do have a lot of momentum and it feels damn good. Funny thing is, when you have the kind of momentum they have, you can’t help but feel damn near invincible! When you feel this way, good things happen. For example, Christian find out his guys here are the #1 contenders in the AEW Tag Division! Now, they’ve been here before, but the difference is the momentum, the confidence, and Christian Cage. He’ll make sure they get those tag titles! Luchasaurus roars, will Jurassic Express finally strike gold?
Eddie Kingston is in catering.
He doesn’t know what the cameraman is doing here, but he’s having his food. But yo, Moxley, he misses you! But then Daniel Garcia & 2point0 walk in. They apologize for things last week. They read the article in The Player’s Tribune. It was fantastic, touching, got to them and the entire world. But as his friend, they see Kingston is happy and full. That is great. But that means he’s not hungry anymore. He’s hungry for cake. But Matt Lee says this is the kiss of death for a fighter. Jeff Parker says they’ve all known each other a long time, so they’re here to help. Kingston couldn’t help his friend so- What did he say? They splash Kingston with his coffee!
But before this turns into a brawl, security and staff step in! Kingston throws the table over, but will he get his pound of flesh from 2point0 and “their son” soon enough?
Gunn Club VS Bear Country!
Billy Gunn and his son, Colten, step up to keep the #Gunndefeated streak alive, but they’re running into Boulder & Bronson! Will Bear Country maul the Gunns-
Wait, Gunn Club attacks Bear Country first! They stomp them in corners, whip them but Bear Country reverses to send the Gunns into each other! Bronson TOSSES Colten, Boulder trophy lifts Billy! The bell rings to put this on record as Boulder DROPS Billy! Billy bails out, Austin coaches him and his brother up. Bronson runs at Colten but is sent into buckles! Boulder scoops Billy, Austin makes a save! Colten then RAMS Boulder into the steps! Gunn Club gets Bronson in and puts him into the ring. Colten gets in but Bronson fires off on him! Colten ducks and dodges but runs into a lift and TOSS! Bronson fires up, DECKS Billy, then drags Colten up.
Austin shouts for his brother to get up but Bronson runs, so Austin trips him up! Colten gets Bronson for the COLT 45!! Cover, Gunn Club wins!
Winners: Gunn Club, by pinfall
The Bear Country boys were outgunned, but here comes STING and DARBY ALLIN! Wait, only the Icon is on the ramp? Austin rushes up the ramp but Darby CLOBBERS him outta nowhere! Now Darby and Sting rush the ring, only for Billy and Colten to bail out. The Gunn Club regroups on their way out, but will they have to face up to the Relentless One soon enough?
AEW presents Battle of the Belts!
January 8th, live on TNT, Dynamite becomes Battle of the Belts! All the champions will have to defend their titles, but will it be a gold rush for their challengers?
Adam Cole & Bobby Fish talk backstage.
Brandon, just keep the damn thing rolling, Cole’s already pissed. These past few weeks have sucked! They lost at Full Gear, then on Rampage, and now there’s this Friendsgiving thing? What the hell is going on? Fish says the Bucks aren’t cleared. Cole knows, because he talks to them every single day. They’re not just teammates, they’re best friends! Almost family! But THE Best Friends walk in. Cole & Fish walked right past them, they know Chuck Taylor, Orange Cassidy & Wheeler Yuta are Best Friends. They don’t walk around doing the weird hand thing. Cole says Best Friends is just a name for them. Where’s even Trent?
And Cassidy is probably a horrible friend and Yuta doesn’t even have friends! So if they think they can look Fish & Cole in the face and say they’re better friends, then you’re kidding yourself. What’s Yuta’s middle name? Cassidy steps up. Fine. Cole & Fish are tired of being disrespected! They leave, but will they prove they’re better friends than Best Friends?
Tony Schiavone presides over a meeting backstage.
After the ultimatum on the offer, Team Taz finally gets Lio Rush & Dante Martin to sit down and look at the contract. Taz says Dante is either in or out. No more games, dude. A golden opportunity for Dante here, but Taz doesn’t even know why Lio is here. Lio asks who Taz is talking to, because he sure isn’t talking to Lio like that. Anything that has to do with Dante involves Lio. Well don’t come at Taz like that, this is simply business. So Dante has the pen, sign. Lio says this is business they want no part of. But then Dante picks up the pen and signs?! Dante is leaving Lio to join Team Taz! He even has some of Hook’s chips! A shocking development, but why did Dante make the change?
TBS Championship Tournament Quarterfinals: Thunder Rosa VS Jamie Hayter w/ Britt Baker & Rebel!
Because of her first round bye, La Mera Mera’s been waiting for this moment. But the AEW Women’s World Champion is very confident in her sidekick moving on to become the other champion in this division. Will Rosa disappoint them both here tonight?
The two tie up even before the bell and they go around the ring! Rosa puts Hayter on ropes. Hayter pushes back and puts Rosa in a corner. Rosa turns it back around, Hayter pulls hair but Rosa throws Hayter down! They get back up, Hayter throws Rosa! They get up again, Hayter throws a body shot then puts Rosa on the ropes to choke her! The ref counts, Hayter CHOPS as she lets off. Rosa scowls to SLAP Hayter back! Rosa whips, Hayter reverses and throws Rosa out hard! Hayter goes out after her to whip her, only for Rosa to reverse and send Hayter into railing! Rosa kicks Hayter, bumps her off the apron, then gets in to refresh the count.
Rosa goes out but Hayter RAMS her into the apron, CHOPS her then CLUBS her down! Hayter CLUBS Rosa again, RAMS her into the railing, then fires forearms and body shots. Hayter bumps Rosa off the apron, Rosa kicks back! Rosa CHOPS, CHOPS and puts Hayter in the ring. Rosa gets in but Hayter stomps her down! Hayter stomps away at the ropes, the ref counts and Hayter lets off. Fans fire up. Rosa throws body shots but Hayter CLUBS her down again. Rosa throws body shots, fans fire up and Hayter covers up. Rosa lets off, whips Hayter to ropes but Hayter reverses to CLOBBER her with an elbow! And KICK her in the back!
Hayter CLUBS Rosa to ropes, chokes her with a foot, then lets off as the ref counts. Hayter whips, Rosa reverse and drop toeholds Hayter onto ropes! Rosa fires up and runs to dropkick Hayter in the back! Rosa keeps Hayter down, fans fire up as she runs again, and she STRADDLE ATTACKS! Fans fire up, Rosa clubs Hayter on the apron and drag her down. Hayter hits back but Rosa throws her into railing! Rosa throws Hayter into railing again! Rosa goes back into the ring, builds speed and WRECKS Hayter with the dropkick! Fans fire up, Rosa gets Hayter and snap suplexes her on the floor! Rosa stomps Hayter, goes up to the apron, and she refreshes the count before she LEAPS!
Hayter catches Rosa to POST her then SLAM her! Rosa writhes on the outside while AEW goes picture in picture.
Hayter CLUBS Rosa, puts her in the ring, then stalks Rosa to a cover, ONE! Hayter drags Rosa up, snapmares and KICKS him. Cover, TWO! Hayter drags Rosa up and bumps her off buckles. Hayter throws forearms over and over, then brings her in for a snap suplex! Hayter drags Rosa up but Rosa blocks the suplex to throw body shots. Rosa jumps on for a GUILLOTINE! Hayter stays up, even as Rosa body scissors, and Hayter powers out to SLAM Rosa down! Hayter kicks Rosa to a corner, then throws body shots. Hayter chokes Rosa, the ref counts but Hayter throws forearms. Hayter scoops Rosa to SLAM her, then soaks up the heat.
Hayter CLUBS Rosa, throws forearms, but Rosa kicks low! Rosa kicks away on the legs then ROUNDHOUSES! Hayter stays up, Rosa runs but Hayter SPINEBUSTERS! HALF CRAB! Hayter sits deep on the leg, but Rosa crawls and gets to the ropes! The ref counts, Hayter lets off, and she fires off hands on Rosa in the corner. AEW returns to single picture, fans rally and duel. Hayter throws hands, climbs up to join Rosa but Rosa hits her back! Hayter has to climb again, Rosa fights more, then GOURD BUSTERS Hayter down! Rosa adjusts, leaps, missile dropkick! Hayter ends up in the other corner, Rosa fires up and runs in, A-LIST LARIAT!
Rosa sits Hayter down, goes up and SWINGING DOUBLE KNEES! Fans fire up as Rosa goes corner to corner again, HESITATION DROPKICK! Rosa drags Hayter to a cover, TWO! Rosa drags Hayter back up, tries to suplex but her back bothers her. Hayter throws body shots, URENAGE BACKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! Hayter keeps on Rosa with a chinlock and stretch! Rosa fights up, throws body shots then wrenches to hook Hayter up! Hayter blocks the sweep to throw more body shots and ROCKS Rosa with a forearm! Rosa throws a haymaker, Hayter gives it back! They fire off fast hands and fans love it! Hayter ROCKS Rosa, CLUBS her in the back, then brings her around.
Hayter suplexes, Rosa slips out to RUSSIAN LEG SWEEP! Roll through and step over, PERUVIAN NECK TIE! But Rebel distracts! Britt gets in and drags Rosa off Hayter! Rosa stares down, Hayter gets Rosa, but Rosa moves and the SUPERKICK hits Hayter! Rosa throws Britt into Rebel! Hayter staggers, Rosa runs in, wheelbarrow to victory roll! ROSA WINS!
Winner: Thunder Rosa, by pinfall (advances to the semifinals)
La Mera Mera overcomes the stacked deck, and perhaps puts a damper on Friendsgiving! Hayter storms off, is she still going to be Britt’s buddy after this? As for Rosa, will she
Backstage interview with Chris Jericho.
What is next for Le Champion? Well, before getting to that, he just wants to say that despite all the grief he’s given Alex Marvez, this is Thanksgiving Eve, so- 2point0 and Daniel Garcia barge in, boasting about what they did to Eddie Kingston. Then they see Jericho, and bond as Canadians. Well maybe instead of bragging about throwing coffee in his face like jackasses, get some chains and nails to protect you from when Kingston breaks into their homes and beats their stuffed turkey asses. Jericho also can’t stop staring at Matt Lee’s square head. Look how square he is! He’s like an ugly SpongeBob SquarePants. Right, Chicago? “Square Head! Square Head!”
And Jericho will say this one time. If they ever, ever interrupt him again, he won’t throw coffee in their faces. He’ll knock their teeth down their throats. Ya dig? No trouble. But watch your mouth. 2point0 leave “the funny guy” behind, and Jericho says Happy Thanksgiving.
Britt Baker sits down for Friendsgiving.
She, Tony Schiavone and Rebel sit at the table, and Britt says this didn’t go as planned. But she will say that she is thankful that she could give them the best Thanksgiving dinner ever. Fat free pumpkin pie for Schiavone, and Rebel doesn’t need the carbs. But this all started off horribly because Rosa advanced. Rosa winning that TBS title will doom it for life. But one thing that is still very, very right is Britt is still AEW Women’s World Champion. Schiavone is thankful for his friends, but he has some bad news. Here’s some tape. See, earlier this year, All Out in Chicago, Riho was never actually eliminated in the battle royal.
So Tony Khan has decided, for Rampage Black Friday, it will be a “Black Friday Deal” match. Britt VS Riho, and if Riho wins on Friday, she gets a world title shot. No no no! Britt doesn’t like that. There are only Black Friday deals and matches. If Riho wants a deal, go to the mall. That’s all there is to it. Well it’s been booked, sorry… Well now Schiavone has ruined another holiday. This cuts him out of the Christmas party! And who put ice in the red wine? Was that Schiavone, too? And no, no DMD! Schiavone ruined it all. But will Britt find herself on the bad end of a golden opportunity against the inaugural AEW Women’s World Champion?
Bryan Danielson VS Colt Cabana!
The American Dragon vows that until he gets his match with AEW World Champion, Hangman Page, he’ll take down the members of the Dark Order! And he decided to go after the hometown boy here in Chicago! Will BOOM BOOM have to go bye-bye after Bryan is done with him?
The bell rings, Cabana shows off the dancing pecs, and fans are fired up already. Bryan and Cabana tie up, Bryan wrenches to a wristlock but Cabana rolls, breaks free and drop toeholds to a facelock. Bryan wrenches out, back drops and has the armbar! Cabana gets the ropebreak, Bryan lets off at 4 but gets a cheap shot in as he does. Cabana keeps his cool as he and Bryan reset. They tie up, Bryan headlocks but Cabana wrenches and hammerlocks. Bryan reverses that onto Cabana, then brings him down to have the arms. Cabana fights up, turns the motorcycle stretch on Bryan, then brings him into a modified surfboard!
Bryan slips off to KICK away on Cabana’s leg! Cabana goes to a corner, Bryan CHOPS him! And CHOPS! And CHOPS! Cabana paces, Bryan wrenches to an ELBOW BREAKER! Bryan brings Cabana down to KICK! Cabana snarls, Bryan KICKS him in the back! And KICKS him again! Cabana eggs Bryan on then CHOPS back! Bryan EuroUppers and puts Cabana in a corner. Bryan brings Cabana corner to corner to bump him off buckles then KICK him again! Bryan goes corner to corner, but Cabana dodges the dropkick! Bryan crashes and fans fire up! Cabana CHOPS, Bryan swings but Cabana dodges to JAB, JAB, JAB! Flip, flop, fly, BIONIC ELBOW!
Bryan is in a corner, but he dodges the Flying Apple to GERMAN SUPLEX! Bryan runs in to dropkick Cabana! Bryan turns Cabana around to KICK! And CHOP! And KICK! And CHOP! Bryan puts Cabana up top, climbs up behind him, fish hooks the face, but lets off as the ref counts. Bryan stands up on the very top, brings Cabana up, but Cabana punches! Cabana elbows Bryan down, then adjusts to MOONSAULT! Cover, TWO! Fans fire up and Cabana gets Bryan up o fire off BIONIC ELBOWS as he has wrist control! But Bryan gets around, STO to DANIELSON STOMPS! Then omoplata, flex and LEBELLE LOCK! Cabana barely manages to tap, he’s that out of it! Bryan wins!
Winner: Bryan Danielson, by submission
Bryan holds on longer, but then lets off when he’s satisfied. He even points out a bit of tooth that he kicked out of Cabana’s head! Bryan picks it up and holds it up like a trophy! AEW is picture in picture as Bryan soaks up the heat and Cabana realizes what happened to his own tooth. Schiavone is headed to the ring to interview Bryan, and AEW goes to break.
AEW returns and…
Schiavone is in the ring with Bryan, the #1 contender for the AEW World Championship, and undefeated since arriving here. Bryan isn’t making many friends. That’s funny, because when he debuted in Chicago, he got a much different reaction than this. And Bryan wonders, “Is it me? Or is it you?” Bryan has one word to describe that: fickle. Bryan is not fickle. Bryan came out here, said that he was going to kick Cabana’s head in, and not only did he do that, he kicked Cabana’s teeth out! Next week, in Atlanta, there are a couple Dark Orders from there! Bryan invites either one of them to fight him next week so he can kick their heads in!
All of this is leading to the ultimate head kicking, and that is Hangman Adam Page. But speaking of, here comes Hangman! The AEW World Champion goes right to the ring, title on his shoulder and mic in hand. Hangman gets in the ring and stares Bryan down. “I get it, you made your point. You said you’d kick Cabana’s head in, and you did. But that’s the last. Because we’re in Chicago, and this city, this building, well they hold a very special place in my heart.” Hangman can’t think of a better place or time to defend this title than right here and right now. But Bryan says of course Hangman would say that after he’s already had a match!
To Bryan, this isn’t cowboy s*it, it’s COWARD s*it. Well then tell you what. If Bryan won’t do the match right now, Hangman ain’t leaving without a fight. And Hangman will make it fair by giving Bryan the first shot. Hangman puts his hands back and fans chant, “YES! YES! YES!” Bryan wont’ be insulted like that. Bryan drops the mic then SLAPS Hangman! Then they start throwing hands! Fans fire up, Hangman whips but Bryan reveres! Hangman goes up and out to BOOT, then slingshot, but Bryan runs from the Buckshot! This showdown is coming, what happens when these two finally throw down?
AEW takes one more look at Statlander VS Soho.
When Ruby arrived in AEW, there was a long list of women she wanted to face. Statlander was at the top. Kris has been rebuilt, more powerful and more galactic. Kris vows to defeat Ruby and be the first ever TBS Champion as #OUrLeader. Ruby wants to prove to AEW, to the others and to herself that she’s the best. So she has to take on the best. A true dream match, but only one can advance! We’ll see who that is, next Wednesday on Dynamite!
8 Man Tag: Cody Rhodes & Death Triangle VS Andrade El Idolo, Malakai Black & FTR!
The American Nightmare teams with The British Bastard and the Lucha Brothers to take on common enemies. The Face of Lucha Libre, the Dark Father and the AAA Tag Team Champions all want to demean and destroy Cody, Pac, Rey Fenix & Penta El Zero M, but will they be the ones living the nightmare before Thanksgiving?
AEW returns as Death Triangle, and Alex Abrahantes, make their entrance, followed by Cody making his. Tensions are rising as the eight men stare down, and fans chant for “CERO! MIEDO!” The teams sort out, Cody steps up and Dax Harwood starts for his team. Dax and Cody both have heat from Chicago, but Cody seems to like that he has more. He and Dax tie up, go around, Cody puts Dax in a corner but Dax turns it around. Dax lets off, but then he and Cody talk trash. They feel out the grapple, tie up again, and Cody headlocks. Dax powers out, drops, but Cody runs him over! Cody and Dax reset, tie up again, and Dax headlocks.
Cody powers out, Dax runs him over but they keep going. Cody hurdles, Dax kicks low and brings Cody around to slingshot off the ropes. Cody slips out, waistlocks, but Dax bucks the O’Conner Roll. Dax turns into the kick and Rhodes Uppercut! Cody scoops to POWERSLAM! Off comes the weight belt! Fans want the free souvenir, Cody THORWS it way back there! Some fans chant, “Throw it back!” Cody gets Dax up but Dax pulls hair! Cody drags Dax away, tag to Pac. Pac takes the hand-off, wrenches to a wristlock, the fan DOES throw Cody’s belt back! Dax pulls Pac’s hair, then throws hands. Andrade snatches up Cody’s belt to throw it under the ring!
Pac ROCKS Dax with a forearm, Dax CHOPS! Pac CHOPS, Dax CHOPS! Pac CHOPS, Dax headlocks but Pac powers out and CLOBBERS him! Pac CLOBBERS Dax again, whips him to the ropes but Dax reverses, only for Pac to CLOBBER him again! Pac looms over Dax, drags him up but Dax back suplexes! Tag to Cash, he stays between Pac and his team but misses the elbow drop! Pac arm-drags, has the arm, wrenches, someone fetches Cody’s belt from under the ring to give it back to him. Cash rolls, wrenches, wristlocks, wrenches again, but Pac rolls and handsprings to wrench. Cash handsprings through the wring! But Pac BOOTS him down!
Pac scoops to SLAM Cash, tag to Penta. Penta goes up, Pac gets the legs, QUE PASO? Stomps to the groin, cover, TWO! Penta drags Cash up but Cash throws a forearm! Penta steadies himself, and CHOPS! Cash CHOPS, Penta CHOPS again! Cash kicks low then runs, but into a SUPERKICK! Penta gets the fans to say along, “CERO! MIEDO!” Penta runs but into a LARIAT! Cash drags Penta over, Andrade tags in and he covers, TWO! Andrade looms over Penta, brings him up and reel shim in, but Penta cradles! TWO, Andrade stomps Penta. Andrade whips Penta to a corner, runs in and back elbows! Andrade scoops, Penta slips out and tags in Fenix!
Fenix goes up and over Andrade, Andrade kicks low then whips. Fenix Tiger Feints then baits Andrade in to GAMANGIRI! Springboard for the RANA! Then a dropkick! Cover, ONE!! Basement dropkick keeps Andrade down! Fans fire up, Fenix gets Andrade up, tag to Penta. Penta tags Pac, the Lucha Brothers snapmare and then Death Triangle TRIPLE KICK and TRIPLE BASEMENT DROPKICK! Cover, ONE!! Andrade survives, Penta brings Andrade around to wrench, then Cody intercepts a tag from Pac. Cody wrenches, YANKS the arm but Andrade ROCKS him! Andrade shoves Cody to the corner and they mug Cody! Fans go nuts as they get away with it, too!
Malakai tags in, suplexes, but Cody slips out, tag to Fenix! Fenix BOOTS Malakai, dodges FTR, handsprings to DOUBLE CUTTER! Andrade gets in but gets a sobat! Fenix wrenches Malakai to CHOP! Knuckle lock, Fenix goes up and up and leaps to RANA Andrade! Then he BOOTS, mule kicks and BUZZSAWS Malakai! Fans are thunderous for Fenix as he shouts, “ANIMO!” Fenix runs but Tully is there! Cash gets up, Fenix DECKS him! Fenix DECKS Dax, too, but Malakai blocks a kick for an STO! Then he bumps Fenix off buckles hard! Malakai fires off as AEW goes picture in picture.
Malakai drags Fenix up, tags Andrade in, Andrade even took his fancy pants off! He CHOPS Fenix down, soaks up the heat, Alex and Tully get into it but stop as the ref reprimands. Tag to Dax, he and Andrade split the wishbone on Fenix. Dax then CLOBBERS Fenix, covers, TWO! Dax wraps on a chinlock to grind Fenix down. Fenix endures, fights up, throws body shots, but Dax squeezes tighter. Dax keeps Fenix from his corner with a headlock but Fenix back suplexes! Both men are down, crawl for their corners, Cash tags in to keep Fenix from his! Cash snap suplexes Fenix down and mocks Latino Heat! Cash chokes Fenix on the ropes, but lets off, so that Dax and Tully can choke Fenix!
Malakai get a cheap shot in before Cash goes back to Fenix. Cash chokes Fenix more, the ref counts, and Cash lets off at 4. Tag to Malakai and he brings Fenix up to KICK him into the corner. Malakai snapmares to drop knees, then he gets Fenix up for a half nelson. Tag o Andrade, they mug Fenix, then they put Fenix on the ropes. Cash gets a cheap shot in, tags in, then drags Fenix up. Fenix fights back but Cash ROCKS him with an uppercut! Cash chokes Fenix on the ropes again as AEW returns to single picture. Cash wants everyone to calm down while he dials it up! But Fenix ducks the 619, then shows the Tiger Feint HEEL KICK! Both men are down and Chicago is thunderous!
Hot tags to Andrade and Penta! CROSSBODY from Penta then he BLASTS FTR! Penta wheelbarrows Andrade to DOUBLE DDT FTR!! Andrade kicks low, whips Penta to a corner, Penta goes up and over to BACKSTABBER! Cover, TWO! Andrade survives but Penta drags Andrade up to CHOP him! Andrade shove shim, Pac tags in! Pac goes up to missile dropkick Andrade down! Then he BOOTS Malakai! And uppercuts Dax! And Uppercuts Cash! Malakai storms in but Pac sidesteps to SNAP GERMAN! Pac builds speed to FLY and take out Malakai and Andrade! Pac puts Andrade in, aims, but Malakai anchors a foot! Pac kicks him away, shoulders Andrade, slingshots, and fires off kicks!
Pac runs, to BOOT Andrade down! Cash fireman’s carries to a BACKBREAKER! Penta gets in to get Cash for MADE IN JAPAN! Dax gets Penta and tuck shim in, PILEDRIVER! Fenix springboards to missile dropkick! Malakai gets Fenix up to throw him, Tiger Feint but Malakai ducks the kick to KNEE Fenix down! Cody gets Malakai for FINAL RECKONING! Cody throws his weight belt out again, runs at Andrade but Andrade ducks and the SUPERKICK hits Pac! Cody scoops Andrade, Andrade gets Cody, BACKBREAKER to ELBOW DROP DDT! Andrade runs at Pac, into an OVERHEAD Belly2Belly into buckles! ALL EIGHT are down, but now Tully and Arn step into the ring!!
Fans are electric as these Horsemen stare down! Tully throws off the jacket, but Jose wants a part of this! Jose says HE has the huevos, but Arn and Tully DECK him! Alex even throws Jose out! FTR gets in to back Tully up, but Fenix springboards to CROSSBODY FTR! Tully bails, Penta SLINGBLADES Cash! Then SLINGBLADE Cash! Fenix and Penta clothesline FTR out! Fans are thunderous as the Lucha Brothers build speed! Penta TOPE CONJILO, Fenix SUPER CROSSBODIES! Malakai MISTS Pac!! Pac flounders, Andrade HAMMERLOCK DDT’s! BLACK MASS to Cody! Cover, Andrade and team win!!
Winners: Andrade El Idolo, Malakai Black & FTR, by pinfall
A nasty way to win an absolute war! Will this alliance be something all four men are thankful for this year?
What an awesome AEW right here! Great set up for upcoming things, too. Great promos from Cole & Fish with Best Friends, as well as Kingston, 2point0 and Daniel Garcia, to set up these matches for Rampage, and Britt VS Riho is going to be a great match for the “Black Friday Deal.” I kinda hope Riho wins that, because then she can challenge Britt at “Battle of the Belts,” aka AEW’s Clash of Champions. Britt VS Riho for the title is going to be huge, too, and then it still saves someone like Thunder Rosa for AEW Revolution. I am a little surprised Rosa won tonight, when Britt interfered just as expected. But Rosa might not win against Cargill, so maybe we’re still on track for Britt VS Rosa.
Punk had quite the opening, being part of both an opening promo and opening match, but it all worked great in story. Punk and MJF took some powerful shots at each other, and at the WWE at the same time, and without considering who is Heel and who is Face, I think MJF not only kept even with Punk, he might’ve squeaked that one out. Punk VS QT was a good match, and of course Punk wins. Punk VS MJF can’t be delayed all the way until Revolution, but it almost feels too big for Winter is Coming, Battle of the Belts or the TBS switchover. It’d have to be a half an hour main event for one of those TV specials to feel appropriate.
Christian Cage & Jurassic Express have a good promo to make it known they’re coming for the tag titles, so maybe they’re going to be the ones at Battle of the Belts challenging Lucha Brothers. Sammy Guevara wasn’t on the episode, only Jericho was here to have his moment with 2point0 and Daniel Garcia, I’m sure we’ll get things set up for that TNT Championship next week since Tony Khan’s going to announce more of that card this Friday. Gunn Club taking on Bear Country was to keep that undefeated streak going while also setting things up for them and Darby-Sting. Maybe they face off for Winter is Coming as the one year anniversary of Sting in AEW.
I am really surprised Dante Martin signed the Team Taz contract and left Lio Rush behind. There wasn’t a lot of explanation as to why, that will surely be coming next week, but I kinda hope this means Team Taz can get into the tag division with Dante and Hobbs being a duo. Also, I wonder if something happens where Battle of the Belts gives us an FTW Championship match where Ricky Starks gets to shine while also helping someone else look good. Bryan VS Cabana was awesome stuff, Bryan is really embracing being Heel here. Hangman showing up after Bryan has his match does kinda feed into Bryan’s point from last week, though, but their brawl was really good.
The 8 Man Tag main event was awesome stuff, even with the Cody Rhodes heat kinda distracting from some of it. Cody was surely playing it up, though. He knows many fans are turning on him, he probably didn’t need to throw the belt, but it was a pretty great moment for that belt to be thrown back at him. I do appreciate that, after Pac takes the accidental superkick, he didn’t turn on Cody because he knows that was an accident. The Heels winning here makes sense, it can escalate this feud to something bigger for Winter is Coming before Penta & Fenix defend the tag titles at Battle of the Belts. I still wonder if Andrade will take over The Pinnacle since he’s been spending more time with FTR than MJF has been.
My Score: 9.2/10
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