The NXT Tag Division is still must-see!
MSK’s ready to be fighting NXT Tag Team Champions, but they’ll focus on fighting alongside Briggs & Brooks against Melo, Trick & Grizzled Young Veterans!
- Mandy Rose w/ Toxic Attraction VS Ember Moon; Rose wins.
- LA Knight VS Odyssey Jones; Knight wins.
- Joe Gacy VS Ikemen Jiro; Gacy wins.
- Cora Jade VS
Virginia FerryFranky Monet w/ Robert Stone; Jade wins.
- Pete Dunne w/ Ridge Holland VS Cameron Grimes; Dunne wins.
- Tony D’Angelo VS Malik Blade; D’Angelo wins.
- Indi Hartwell w/ Persia VS Mei Ying w/ Boa; Hartwell wins.
- NXT Tag Team Championships Fatal 4 Way Elimination: MSK VS Josh Briggs & Brooks Jensen VS Carmelo Hayes & Trick Williams VS Grizzled Young Veterans; MSK wins and retains the titles.
PLAY BY PLAY
Mandy Rose w/ Toxic Attraction VS Ember Moon!
With Gigi Dolin & Jacy Jayne by her side, the #ToxicGoddess took out the Franky Monet Brand and the NXT Women’s Champion to close out the night last week. But will she open the night with a big win over the Shenom? Or will Ember use a Rose to spark a new Prophecy of Flame?
The bell rings and Ember ties right up with Mandy. Mandy headlocks but fans rally behind Ember. Mandy hits a takeover, Ember headscissors but Mandy kips free to get the headlock again. Ember powers out, runs Mandy over with an elbow, then strikes a pose to mock Mandy. Things speed up, Ember stops but Mandy whips. Ember reverses and hurdles but Mandy SLAPS her! Mandy drags Ember up but Ember howls to fire off forearms! Ember kicks Mandy to a corner, scoops her into the Tree of Woe, then KICKS away on her back! Gigi & Jacy complain, the ref backs Ember off and Gigi & Jacy bail Mandy out of the ring.
Fans boo but Ember keeps her cool. Ember shrugs and builds speed to DIVE! Direct hit in Jacy, but Gigi gets Mandy out of the way! Mandy runs in but into an APRON POWERBOMB! Ember puts Mandy in the ring then shoves Gigi down. Ember goes back to the ring but Mandy CLOBBERS her at the ropes! Mandy drags Ember up, reels her into an inverted GUT WRENCH SUPLEX! Cover, TWO! Mandy puts Ember in the corner, stomps a mudhole then walks it off. Mandy snapmares and wraps on body scissors! Fans rally and duel as Mandy thrashes Ember around. Ember endures, pries at the scissors but Mandy adds a chinlock! Ember uses that to get a cover, TWO!
Mandy lets Ember free to CLUB her around the ring. Mandy brings Ember around into an OCTOPUS STRETCH! Ember endures, Mandy drives elbows into the ribs then digs it in. Ember hip tosses free! Ember wrenches and ROLLING ELBOWS to knock Mandy down! Mandy gets back up but Ember ENZIGURIS! Ember then snapmares Mandy and climbs up top. Ember leaps for a FLYING CODE BREAKER! Ember CLUBS Mandy back down, then goes back up top. Fans fire up for the ECL- No, Mandy gets under and comes back, KNEE FROM A ROSE! Cover, Mandy wins!
Winner: Mandy Rose, by pinfall
Toxic Attraction celebrates as their leader puts Ember out! Will Mandy be the one blazing a trail to the top after what she’s done to top women in NXT?
NXT hears from Legado del Fantasma.
Santos Escobar says, “Decisions, decisions, deciones.” He tells Hit Row has the world buzzing about SmackDown drafting the whole crew. But to him, SmackDown just saved Hit Row’s asses. Joaquin Wilde says, “It’s hard to respect a bunch of wannabe thugs whose deadliest weapons are their words.” Elektra Lopez says she shut B-Fab’s trap so there’s no more games. And Raul Mendoza says it’ll all end when Escobar leaves as North American Champion. Swerve can run to SmackDown like the coward they know he is, or he can prove he’s a man and defend that title. What kind of a man is Swerve? We’ll surely find out soon enough.
LA Knight VS Odyssey Jones!
The Million Dollar Megastar’s mega ego has gotten on everyone’s nerves, but especially on the Breakout Tournament’s runner-up, who got a lot closer to that title contract than Knight did the actual title. But will Odyssey #SoundtheAlarm and make this a bad night for Knight? Or will NXT still be LA Knight’s game even in 2.0, yeah?!
NXT returns as Knight makes his entrance. The bell rings, Knight stays near the ropes as he circles with Jones. Fans are on Jones’ side and Knight wants them to shut up, but he avoids getting cornered by the big man. Jones corners Knight again, Knight escapes and throws a haymaker! Knight gloats but Jones roars! Jones chases Knight, Knight dodges and throws another haymaker, but Jones just tosses him and SPLASHES him in the corner! Then TOSSES him across the way! Knight hobbles up, Jones TOSSES him the other way! Knight bails out and Jones goes out the side. Knight sees Jones storming up and goes around the way.
Knight gets in the ring, Jones pursues, and he runs Knight over! Jones runs in at the corner but Knight drop toeholds him into buckles! Knight clubs away on Jones’ back, but lets off as the ref counts. Knight chokes Jones on the ropes, lets off again, then chokes him again. Knight CLUBS Jones against the ropes but lets off as the ref counts. Fans jeer but Knight chokes Jones again! Knight goes in and KNEES Jones down! Knight gets in to stomp away on Jones, then runs to drop a jumping elbow! Fans tell Knight, “You Still Suck!” Cover, ONE!! Jones throws Knight off with that kick out and fans love this! Knight kicks, CLUBS and throws more hands, but Jones gets to his feet.
Knight scoops but Jones is so big, Knight falls over! Jones and Knight slowly get up, and Jones counter punches Knight, then DECKS him! And again! Jones whips, CLOBBERS Knight, and he fires up with the fans! Jones stalks Knight, gets him up and hits a back suplex GUT BUSTER! But wait! It’s Andre Chase! He’s yelling at Jones for last week but Jones DECKS him! But he turns around into a NECKBREAKER! Cover, ROPE- NO, Chase pushes the foot back in! Knight wins!
Winner: LA Knight, by pinfall
LA owes a lot to ACU, the Andre Chase University, and that PhD in BS! Will Jones get payback on the punk ass professor? Or will Chase have a lesson plan for that, too?
Backstage interview with Cameron Grimes.
The Carolina Cash Money Caveman says love is in the air. Did you see the #InDex wedding? Beautiful, absolutely beautiful. A bit pricey, but still beautiful. And then Cora Jade and Trey Baxter are having PDA’s in the locker rooms. Grimes is getting jealous. So Grimes is on the search to find himself a lucky lady. But then Pete Dunne and Ridge Holland walk in. The Bruiserweight says there ain’t a woman in the world who’d go even near Grimes. Listen to lover boy Peter! Watch who you’re talking to. Things might be changing around here, but nothing’s changed when it comes to Dunne. He is still the baddest man in NXT! Is Grimes listening?! Yeah, yeah, sure he is.
Then how about you hear this? Bruiserweight VS Grimes! Okay, okay, just excuse him. Grimes walks over to talk to some ladies waiting in the back. Any of them single? Well… NXT cuts away, but is the Million Dollar Caveman about to find himself a Lady Luck?
Kyle O’Reilly talks with Von Wagner in the locker room.
Kyle says that last week was the second time Wagner’s had his back, and he wants to know why. The truth is, Wagner took an opportunity and jumped on it. He doesn’t like Dunne or Holland any better than Kyle does. Wagner respects Kyle’s heart. As far as trust- Kyle stops him there. After the year he’s had, he trusts no one. Let Kyle handle business his way, and stay out of the way. Will Wagner accept that? Or will there be a third time that Kyle needs help from an unlikely ally?
Tommaso Ciampa heads to the ring!
Fans fire up for the NXT Champion, and he’s ready to address the state of the title scene! Who does the Psycho Killer see as a worthy contender? We find out, after the break.
NXT returns to the ring and Ciampa says “Let’s get right to it. On Tuesday night, October 26th, Halloween Havoc returns to NXT! And the champ, well the champ needs an opponent.” Ciampa knows the 2.0 roster is full of hungry men and women, but one man in particular says he isn’t a patient man. He wants to be the flag bearer of 2.0? That’s all fine and dandy, “but in the world we live in, actions speak louder than words. So the question is, who has the balls to come out here and take my NXT title from me?!” Ciampa waits, but here comes that impatient man, Bron Breakker! Bron goes right to the ring and stands face to face with Ciampa.
Bron tells Tommaso Ciampa, “I’ve treated you with nothing but respect since the day that I walked through the door. But I do not give a damn if I’ve been here for four minutes, four weeks or four months. I wanna be the NXT Champion!” And Ciampa wants to fight someone with balls? Bron’s got the biggest balls in the locker room! The match he wants, that the fans want, it happens at Halloween Havoc! Bron VS Ciampa for the title! Ciampa asks if Bron wants to know the difference between them. Bron wants the title. Ciampa NEEDS it. For Bron, the title is just a stepping stone to something bigger and better. For Ciampa, it IS that something bigger and better!
But Halloween Havoc is three weeks away. So as Ciampa sees it, Bron has three weeks to go from intern to a PhD, because CHALLENGE ACCEPTED! Bron is fired up, Ciampa pushes past him to take his leave, but these two meet again soon enough! Will there be gold in Bron’s future? Or just a hard learned lesson?
Joe Gacy speaks.
“While the world stood still when social media platforms crashed, I sat with my voice, the voice of a righteous and inclusive generation. I know one platform that won’t crash, and that is NXT 2.0, where tonight, I use the ring as our safe space. And tonight, we gather in unity to prove that conflict can be resolved peacefully. And yes, there can be two winners.” Is Gacy going to win, lose or draw more attention to his cause after tonight?
Indi Hartwell & Persia walk ‘n’ talk.
It was fun and all but sand gets everywhere. But how was it really? It looked amazing. And where is her man? Oh, he’s away this week. She really wore him out, y’know? Went through two packets! Wow, so 7? 8? 9 and a half! WHOA! Wait, what’s this smoke? Tian Sha?! GET OUT! Okay well that was freaky. Indi’s seen freakier. Well the honeymoon is over, but will Indi still be feeling good now that she’s back?
Joe Gacy VS Ikemen Jiro!
The Handsome One is already in the ring as Gacy makes his way to the “safe space” in the ring. But how does Gacy plan on making two winners in a 1v1 match?
The bell rings, fans chant for “I-KE-MEN! I-KE-MEN!” but Gacy offers a handshake. Jiro takes it and the two circle. They tie up, Jiro headlocks but Gacy powers out. They ram shoulders, neither falls, and Gacy gives Jiro the affirmation that he can knock Gacy down. Jiro runs, but he has to duck Gacy’s clothesline! Jiro comes back and arm-drags Gacy. Things speed up and Jiro RANAS! Gacy ducks the jacket punch and the two stand off. Fans rally for Jiro and Gacy gives Jiro respect. He offers another handshake, Jiro takes it, but Gacy uses that to whip him to a corner! Gacy corner splashes, and Gacy apologizes for the trick.
Gacy stands Jiro up, throws hands, then brings Jiro in for a suplex! Gacy drags Jiro up, whips him to ropes and CLOBBERS him with an elbow! Gacy apologizes again but fans seem divided on his “peaceful resolution.” Gacy scoops Jiro but Jiro sips out for a BACKBREAKER! And an IKE-TWIST! Gacy gets up, clutching his neck, and he gets a JACKET PUNCH! And another! And another! And a ROLLING JACKET PUNCH! Fans fire up with Jiro and he runs corner to corner at Gacy, but into a BOOT! Gacy goes up but Jiro GAMANGIRIS! Jiro goes up to FLYING HEADSCISSORS! Gacy hobbles up, into the IKE- NO! He dodges the kick to handspring LARIAT! Cover, Gacy wins!
Winner: Joe Gacy, by pinfall
Well, wait. Gacy won and Jiro lost. Well, Gacy stands Jiro up and gives him a respectful handshake and hug. Is Gacy practicing what he preaches after all? Is sportsmanship a way to make sure there are multiple winners?
Wait, who is that who stands up in the audience? Gacy is started by him at first, but then he smiles. Is there someone who is willing to stand up and follow Gacy?
NXT hears from Duke Hudson.
“NXT superstar, professional poker player. The two go hand in hand, really. It doesn’t matter if it’s the squared circle or the poker table. If I can play with your mind, then I’ve beaten you before it even begins.” And at Duke’s Poker Room, they don’t discriminate. All money is welcomed, because he’ll take it from you anyway. Whether the belt or the mat, #BetterLuckNextTime.
Cora Jade VS Virginia Ferry!
The youngest star in all of WWE skates down to the ring, and after getting a good couple of wins on 205 Live, is ready for her first NXT match! Except, wait, someone drags Ferry out of the ring?! It’s Franky Monet! And she RAMS Ferry into the steel steps! Then gives her a GLAM SLAM to the floor! Robert Stone is fired up, and he apologizes to Cora, but her new opponent is Franky! The ref allows it, and #CardSubjecttoChange is a thing in NXT 2.0! Will the young star still be able to shine when having to turn on a dime?
Cora Jade VS Franky Monet w/ Robert Stone!
The bell rings, Franky CLOBBERS Cora with a clothesline, then pushes her around. Franky elbows Cora against the ropes, whips then elbows her again! Franky laughs, bumps Cora off buckles and throws elbows. Franky CHOPS Cora, stomps a mudhole, then walks it off. Franky whips corner to corner hard, then runs in to METEORA! The ref counts, Frank lets off while grinning, but Trey Baxter appears! All Heart coaches up his girlfriend, but Franky drags Cora out to dribble her off the mat. Franky gets the legs but Cora kicks her away! Cora crawls for Trey but Franky drags her away into a chinlock stretch! Franky CLUBS Cora down then surfboard STOMPS her while staring Trey down!
Cora goes to a corner, Franky runs in but Cora SHINING WIZARDS! Cora staggers away but turns around into a SPEAR! Franky laughs maniacally and she drags Cora up to chicken wing. But Cora victory rolls! Cora wins!!
Winner: Cora Jade, by pinfall
Even Cora is shocked! Bougie Bad is incredibly mad, but will she be where the #GenerationofJade begins?
Backstage interview with MSK.
McKenzie asks Wes Lee & Nash Carter how they feel about this sudden change in the main event. It isn’t an 8 Man Tag anymore, but a FATAL 4 WAY for the titles! Nash says it’ll be tough, Wes says they have to keep their heads on a swivel. But GYV walk in and say this is typical MSK. Last week, they called themselves fighting champions, so here we are! The snakes have found loopholes! They’ll pin one of the two other teams because they know they can’t beat Grizzled Young Veterans! Enough of this! Shut up! They can make this ELIMINATION style, too! Briggs & Brooks walk in and say why wait? The brawling returns from last week right here in the backstage area!
Security and refs rush in and try to pull these four teams apart! With things now every team for themselves, who will be the last ones standing with those NXT Tag Team Championships?
NXT returns with a backstage interview with Ciampa.
He issued a challenge for Halloween Havoc, Bron Breakker immediately accepted it. How does Ciampa feel about that? Well, Bron is young, strong and a certifiable blue chipper. But he is going up against a certifiable main eventer, so this is going to be one hell of a match. But then Gacy walks in. Gacy saw Ciampa offer the opportunity to anyone with the balls to step up to him. That’s oddly specific and toxic energy. Gacy realizes Ciampa must be feeling the strength of privilege as champion, but Gacy speaks for a voice struggling to be heard. They speak through him, and they would love to be included in an opportunity for the title.
Ciampa sees what Gacy’s up to. If Gacy wants his shot, he has to beat Ciampa next week. If Gacy wins, he can join the Halloween Havoc title match and make it a Triple Threat. But no hugs. Ciampa promises that the ring next week won’t be a safe space for Gacy.
Raquel Gonzalez storms into the CWC!
Will Big Mami Cool look to hunt down and trample Mandy Rose for what happened last week?
Pete Dunne w/ Ridge Holland VS Cameron Grimes!
The Bruiserweight called the Million Dollar Caveman out, but now it’s time to put money where mouths are! Will Dunne make this a Bitter End for Grimes? Or will there be a Cave-In in Dunne’s future?
The bell rings and the two circle. Grimes gets a leg but Dunne counters with a facelock. Grimes wrenches out to a wristlock, Dunne rolls and kips up to then handspring and WRING Grimes out. Dunne traps the arm and SNAPS it back. Dunne then grinds the arm, digs a knee into the shoulder, but Grimes kips up. Grimes snapmares free and RANAS Dunne down! Grimes tells Dunne to #KissMuhGrits but Dunne trips him up! Dunne floats to a lateral press but Grimes slips out to arm-drag him down! Fans rally as Grimes has Dunne down in an armlock, but Dunne kicks, gets up, and powers out to speed things up. Dunne hurdles, drops and CLOBBERS Grimes with a clothesline!
Fans boo but Dunne shrugs as he bends Grimes’ fingers. Dunne isolates the arm to STOMP the arm! Dunne keeps after that arm and wraps it around ropes. The ref counts but Dunne stomps Grimes to the corner. Dunne wrenches, wrangles Grimes to the mat, then digs his knuckles into Grimes’ head. Dunne traps the one arm, bends the other and even bends the fingers. Grimes fights but Dunne throws kicks. Dunne wrenches but Grimes throws forearms! Dunne WRINGS Grimes out again! Then basement dropkicks Grimes in the back! Grimes flounders to ropes, Dunne wrings Grimes’ arm and bends the elbow, but Grimes throws body shots!
Grimes forearms but Dunne ROCKS Grimes! Grimes ends up in the corner but h e dodges Dunne’s enziguri! Grimes runs and rallies with big forearms! Fans chant “TO THE MOON!” as Grimes hits a running BOOT in the corner! Dunne flounders, Grimes goes up and Grimes CROSSBODIES! Cover, TWO! Grimes grits is teeth, drags Dunne up with a deadlift but Dunne elbows out of the waistlock. Dunne runs in to ENZIGURI! He shoves Grimes down to KNEE DROP on the arm! SNAP GERMAN! Dunne stomps the feet and BUZZSAWS Grimes down! Cover, TWO! But Dunne has the ARMBAR! Grimes hurries up, makes a cover, ONE and they roll together!
Grimes kicks, Dunne ducks, Grimes flips back to DEAD LIFT GERMAN! Bridging cover, TWO!! Fans fire up as Grimes snarls and gets to his feet. Grimes drags Dunne up, SUPER FOREARMS, then roundhouse, but Dunne ducks to ENZIGURI! Dunne goes after a buckle pad? That’s to distract the ref! Ridge Holland drags Grimes out, but KYLE goes after Holland! Kyle fires hands, Dunne goes out and THROWS Kyle over the desk! But Grimes PENALTY KICKS Dunne from the apron! Grimes puts Dunne in, runs but Dunne sends him into ropes! Pump handle, BITTER END! Cover, Dunne wins!
Winner: Pete Dunne, by pinfall
The Bruiserweight still wins out, but Kyle tackles Dunne! Holland drags Kyle up to HEADBUTT him in the back! Holland stomps Kyle, drags him up and scoops. Dunne ROUNDHOUSES Kyle before the NORTHERN GRIT DRIVER! Fans boo but Dunne just shrugs. With Holland on his way to SmackDown in a few weeks, will he and Dunne make sure to put everyone in their place these next few weeks?
NXT hears from Hit Row.
And they’re laughing and having a good time. Swerve says Santos is actually right, the WWE Universe is buzzing about Hit Row right now. But y’know who they ain’t buzzing about? Legado! Top Dolla can’t believe they think Hit Row is running away. Los estupidos. They ain’t runnin’ from nothing. They’re running to money! Ashante Thee Adonis points out SmackDown chose Hit Row. Everything they do is a mood. Act your age, Legado. And Swerve is so sick of this. Parking lots, in the ring, and Legado keeps making mistakes. But hola, chica. Lopez hung in the No DQ match but she didn’t win. Next time, B-Fab won’t be so nice.
So if Escobar wants to challenge Swerve’s manhood and his title reign, then challenge accepted. That way, Swerve can win and Escobar won’t see this title except on Friday nights. And if you didn’t know, now you know!
NXT shares footage from the break.
After getting beat down by Dunne & Holland, Von Wagner went out to the ring to check on Kyle. Kyle accepted that help, but will these two be able to turn things around on Dunne & Holland?
Tony D’Angelo VS Malik Blade!
It’s a double debut for NXT 2.0 tonight! The Chicago Italiano is here to bring the “family business” to pro-wrestling. Will he be too thick for Blade to cut through in his move up from 205 Live?
The bell rings and the two circle. D’Angelo talks some smack and then ties up with Malik. Fans fire up for Malik, Tony wrenches to a headlock and talks more trash. Malik powers out but Tony holds on tight. Malik pries the hold apart, Tony holds on tighter, and fans are rallying and dueling. Malik rolls Tony up, TWO! Malik throws body shots, Tony CLUBS him on the back! Tony headlocks but Malik powers out, only for Tony to run him over! Tony talks more smack, Malik gets up and the two go again. Tony blocks the takedown for a facelock, then shifts to a headlock. Tony grinds the headlock, Malik powers up and powers out.
Things speed up, Malik leaps but into Tony’s BACKBREAKER! Tony talks more trash, puts Malik in the corner and RAMS him in the back! But Malik BOOTS him back! Malik runs but Tony DECKS him! Tony drags Malik up by his ear, saying he’s gonna teach Malik a lesson his mama should’ve taught him a long time ago. But Malik fires off haymakers! Tony dodges but Malik dropkicks him out! Tony leads Malik on a cat ‘n’ mouse then TACKLES him down! Cover, TWO! Tony is annoyed but he wraps on a waistlock for a rear bearhug. Malik endures, fans rally and duel, and Malik fights up to his feet. Malik throws elbows, Tony shoves him into the corner hard!
Tony BOOTS Malik into buckles! The ref reprimands but Tony slaps Malik around. Tony facelocks, throws some body shots, then spins Malik around for a modified cobra twist. Malik elbows free, ducks and dodges then LEG LARIATS! Fans fire up, Malik goes corner to corner to A-LIST LARIAT! Tony staggers, Malik climbs, CROSSBODY! Cover, TWO! Another try, ONE! Tony gets up and wants a timeout? There’s no timeouts in wrestling! But Tony uses that to sucker Malik into a buckle! Then a BIG Belly2Belly! Tony paces around, says Malik’s down, and gets him up for a NORTHERN LIGHTS! Roll through and FISHERMAN NECKBREAKER! Cover, Tony wins!
Winner: Tony D’Angelo, by pinfall
Bada bing, bada boom! With wins like that, will Tony be untouchable here in NXT?
Backstage interview with Trick Williams & Carmelo Hayes.
It is official: tonight’s tag match is an NXT Tag Team Fatal 4 Way ELIMINATION match! Their thoughts? First, Melo wants to say, “D’Angelo? Forget about it!” You saw it all earlier, Trick & Melo came out on top of that scrap. And somehow, they’ve finessed their way into a title match without the contract. Melo don’t miss, Trick don’t but kiss. They’ll strap up the boots and make the ring sing, cuz they #BoutItBoutIt. Say it again for the people in the back. They bout it bout it! You’re looking at future champs, and that’s all there is to it. Will Melo sink this one from down town with the assist from Trick?
Indi Hartwell w/ Persia Pirotta VS Mei Ying w/ Boa!
The weird encounter backstage apparently raised the ire of Tian Sha’s dragon lady! Will she ruin #IndiWrestling’s return to the CWC?
NXT returns as Indi & Persia make their entrance. Indi shouts out #SexyDexi before getting in the ring with Mei Ying. The bell rings and Indi is very wary as Mei Ying stands up tall. Indi approaches but Mei Ying shoves her away. Indi tries again but Mei blocks and throws her down! Indi gets up, dodges Mei Ying and waistlocks, but Mei wrenches free and WRINGS Indi to then stomp her down! Indi gets up at the ropes, dodges Mei and manages a headlock, but Mei powers out and they ram shoulders. Neither falls so Indi runs again. She rams Mei but Mei RAMS her back! Indi falls over from that shot and sits up gasping for air.
Mei stomps Indi, claws her in the corner then double CHOPS her down! Mei stalks Indi, drags her up and clamp claws into the shoulders! Indi endures, fights up, but Mei digs her nails in deeper! Fans rally as Indi fights up. Indi throws body shots, a haymaker, but Mei just snarls. Mei spins Indi, ripcord and STRAIGHT PALM STRIKE! Indi flounders to ropes, but staggers into the THROAT STAB! They tumble out of the rings as Mei continues to torture Indi! She POSTS Indi, then runs in, but Persia takes the shot for her! Indi POSTS Mei Ying, puts her in the ring, and climbs up for the SAVAGE ELBOW! Cover, Indi wins!
Winner: Indi Hartwell, by pinfall
Persia and Indi get away, but Mei Ying sits up like the Deadman! Indi kisses her wedding ring, is Dexter somewhere watching and celebrating, too?
Lash Legend talks with some fans.
If y’all thought the premiere was good, next week on episode two, Lashing Out is gonna spill some real hot tea that’ll make Urban Meyer look likes child’s play. But Tony D’Angelo walks in and says if she really wants some eyes on her show, have him as her very first guest. Well, she’ll think about it. And she loves him in that new Sopranos prequel. Anyways… Lashing Out was so hot on the internet, she’s why Facebook and Instagram shut down! Will Lash Legend look to break the internet all over again?
Malcolm Bivens properly introduces Diamond Mine.
He will introduce us to each individual member and explain just what makes them special and why you should fear them. First up, their coach, Hideki “Hachiman” Suzuki! He teaches everyone how to be better versions of themselves. Hailing from Japan, he has blessed every continent with his presence and has left bodies in every single corner. He’s won more titles than Tom Brady, and he could kick Tom Brady’s ass. Hachiman says “Diamond Mine has just begun to climb the mountain called NXT. Keep an eye on us.”
Next, their newest member, Ivy Nile. She is half human, half Pitbull and has the greenlight to knock out every single woman in NXT. The star of the Titan Games, a mixed martial artist and a fitness competition veteran. More chiseled than Adonis (of myth, not Ashante Thee Adonis; but maybe him, too). She knows Bivens saw something in her. She is more powerful than ever. And don’t tell anyone but these two are Bivens’ favorites: the modern day embodiments of #RuthlessAgression, Julius & Brutus, the Creed Brothers. Division I athletes, All Americans and national champions. When you win as much as they have, you just stop counting. You can try to, but you won’t keep up.
And of course, last but not least, the centerpiece of Diamond Mine and the NXT Cruiserweight Champion, Roderick Strong. This group is special. They have taken him to new heights, and the title proves that. If you get in their way, you will regret it! #DiamondMineForever!
Raquel Gonzalez is here!
The NXT Women’s Champion apparently didn’t find Toxic Attraction in the back, but will she call them out to the ring? We find out, after the break.
NXT returns and Samantha Irvin is in the ring with Raquel to congratulate her on retaining the title last week, but brings up Toxic Attraction’s attack. Raquel stomps Sam there and says, “Message received. Toxic Attraction has been making headlines. But Mandy, has all that hair-dye seeped into your brain? Do you know who you jumped last week?!” Mandy’s made waves for what? A month? Raquel’s dominated the division for almost a YEAR. This title is not a fashion accessory, chicita. This means you’re the best female in the best division in the BUSINESS. If Mandy thinks Sarray busted her up with a dropkick, mi amore, touch the title again and you will be posing for a body cast!
As for her little- Oh speaking of! Here comes Toxic Attraction! Mandy tells Raquel to please stop. Mandy used to admire Raquel’s strength, tenacity and ambition. And say “What?” again if you don’t think she’s the sexiest woman alive! Fans still go “What?” so guess that means they don’t. But Raquel, now Mandy sees her as just desperate. “A desperate champion that knows her title reign is coming to an end.” And these idle threats simply fall on the floor. So just know Toxic Attraction is taking over. Not even the “unstoppable’ Raquel will slow them down. But it’s not Raquel’s fault! Gigi says Mandy is championship material! As are her and Jacy. Raquel can’t help but stare in awe!
Raquel can’t help but stare in awe at the stitches Gigi has in her head from Raquel bashing her with the title! Gigi storms up but Jacy laughs the insult off. Clearly, they can add jealousy along to desperation. And if Raquel has been living under a rock, which it looks like she has… They’re all over Raw AND SmackDown! They’re the faces of NXT 2.0 now! And soon enough, they will be holding all~ the gold in NXT! They’re not just Toxic Attraction, they’re THE attraction! Mandy and Jacy join Gigi in flanking the ring again, just like last week. Shall they have some fun? Ladies, if you will. Raquel is ready just like last time, too, and asks who wants stitches this time.
But wait! Here come Io Shirai and Zoey Stark! The NXT Women’s Tag Team Champions won’t let Toxic Attraction do what they want! As such, Toxic Attraction step back and back away from a fair fight. When will they throw down with the champions for their crowns?
Wagner talks with Kyle in the back.
Kyle ices his shoulder and Wagner says next week, it’s them against Holland & Dunne. Whether Kyle likes it or not, Wagner’s the only one watching Kyle’s back. Will Kyle let himself trust again in order to get even with his enemies?
Raquel talks with Shirai and Stark backstage.
The champ appreciates the help from the champs, but she didn’t need their help. Well it kinda looked that way to them. Shirai says she dislikes Toxic Attraction way more than she dislikes Raquel. Stark keeps the peace and says that they ARE the champions here. But Persia & Indi walk in to remind Shirai & Stark that Toxic Attraction aren’t the only ones the champs should worry about. Indi points at the belt, Shirai slaps that finger away. Raquel lets them talk this out and heads off. Stark asks if Shirai remembers how they got the belts. Oh right, that’s from beating Indi! Yeah, but Persia says there’s fresh blood in the water now.
Shirai says the only gold they will ever wear here are on Indi’s finger, and on Persia’s ears. Stark likes that sick burn and the champs head out. But will the Aussie besties best the champions when they finally get in the ring together?
NXT Tag Team Championships Fatal 4 Way Elimination: MSK VS Josh Briggs & Brooks Jensen VS Carmelo Hayes & Trick Williams VS Grizzled Young Veterans!
Briggs & Brooks make their entrances first but this match is all about who is last in the ring! Will the tag division still be must-see? Or will Wes Lee & Nash Carter be completely boxed out of the decision before the night is over?
NXT returns and GYV make their entrance. Zack Gibson & James Drake join Briggs, Brooks, and even Melo & Trick who are already in the ring. MSK now make their entrance, confident despite this being the biggest challenge of their reign. The introductions are made, the belts are raised, and in this kind of Fatal 4, only two teams are active. As such, Lee steps up for the champs and Liverpool’s Number One starts with him. Fans are fired up already as Gibson and Lee tie up. Gibosn waistlocks, trips Lee then knuckle locks. Lee pushes up from the cover to then sunset flip, ONE! Gibson runs into a takedown and cover, ONE! Lee avoids the sweep and headlocks!
Gibson powers out but Carter tags in! MSK Blitz, topped off with the DOUBLE STOMPS! Carter knuckle locks, CHOPS and goes up to FLYING ARM-DRAG! Gibson wants things to slow down, and Melo tags in. Melo has the fans on his side but things speed up in the ring. Melo rolls off, boots then ENZIGURIS! Melo runs to springboard SLINGBLADE! Fans fire up as Melo tags his boy, and Trick runs with him to DOUBLE STOMP Carter down! Trick gives Melo the assist for the springboard LEG DROP! Trick covers, TWO! Carter shoves him away, Brooks tags in. Brooks and Trick fire up and talk trash, then Trick SLAPS Brooks!
Trick says he’d punk Brooks’ ass out, but then Brooks fires off haymakers on Trick’s punk ass! Trick blocks, spins, and body shots! Then UPPERCUTS! Then runs, to LEAPING LARIAT! Fans fire up with Trick, then tag to Melo. Melo BOOTS Brooks, runs, but into a BIG atomic drop! Tag to Briggs, he and Brooks DOUBLE SHOULDER! Tag to Trick, he gets DOUBLE BOOTS! Briggs stays clear of GYV’s corner as James Drake swipes at him, but he and Brooks then DOUBLE HIP TOSS GYV in! Brooks ‘n’ Briggs SPLASH Trick and Drake, then SPLASH Melo and Gibson! They fire up and then things calm down. Briggs tags Wes in to let him “do the flip!”
Lee takes advantage of this and FLIES out onto Melo ‘n’ Trick! Fans fire up, Lee “welcomes’ Trick to the division and throws him in! Hot tag to Carter, he gets Trick up, MUST-SEE BLOCKBUSTER! Cover, MSK ELIMINATES Trick & Melo! One team down, three to go! MSK watches both opposing teams closely as NXT goes to break.
NXT returns and fans chant, “WE WANT MELO!” but are getting Gibson putting Lee in a corner. Lee hits back with body shots, but he runs into a scoop! Lee slips off, reaches out, but Gibson keeps him from the other teams to CLOBBER him! Gibson DECKS Carter, tags in Drake, and GYV gets Lee up. Feed to a clinch, Gibson goes up, MISSILE DROPKICK COMPLETE SHOT! Cover, TWO!! Lee lives and GYV is frustrated. Drake drags Lee up, tags Gibson, and they wrench and whip Lee for a DOUBLE LARIAT! Cover, TWO! Gibson scowls and looms over Lee. Gibson pushes Lee around while talking trash, then throws a forearm to put Lee back in the corner.
Gibson CLUBS Lee, ROCKS him with a right, then tags in Drake. They double whip, but Lee holds ropes to BOOT Gibson down! Drake blocks Lee’s path to Carter, but Lee waistlocks and swings around to tag in Carter after all! Carter rallies on GYV and fans fire up! Carter CHOPS Drake, whips but Drake reverses. Drake hurdles but Carter YANKS him out of the air, and then DEADLIFT GERMAN SUPLEXES! Drake flounders to a corner, Carter runs in and KNEES him, to a rolling snapmare and PENALTY KICK! STANDING SHOOTING STAR! Cover, Gibson drags Drake out! Carter goes to the corner and SUPERKICKS Gibson into Drake! Then ARIHARA MOONSAULTS!
Fans fire up as Carter takes out both GYV! Carter puts Drake in the ring but Gibson anchors Carter’s foot! Carter kicks Gibson away but runs into a waistlock from Drake. Carter elbows, Drake whips and Gibson tags in, but so does Brooks! GYV get Carter to jump, into a TICKET TO MAYHEM! Cover, but Carter’s no longer legal! Briggs storms in to shove Drake out! Gibson realizes who is behind him too late, and turns around into Brooks’ ROLLING HAYUMAKER! Brigs choke grips, he and Brooks combine for a CHOKE BOMB!! Cover, Briggs & Brooks ELIMINATE Grizzled Young Veterans! And now, it’s just them and the champs!
Lee makes sure Carter is okay and then he squares off with Brooks. Lee rushes in and punches low, then fires off palm strikes and KICKS! DROPKICK! Brooks wobbles, Lee runs but Brooks CLOBBERS him with an uppercut! Tag to Briggs, Brooks gets Lee up and Briggs runs, BOOT RUSSIAN LEG SWEEP! Cover, TWO!! Lee survives and Briggs can’t believe it! Fans fire up for MSK as Briggs drags Lee up. Briggs CLUBS Lee, tags Brooks, “This is Awesome!” as Brooks ‘n’ Briggs whip. DOUBLE CHOKE SLAM!! But Brooks ‘n’ Briggs ain’t done, they get Lee back up. CHOKE- NO! Carter tackles Briggs outta the ring! Lee RANAS Brooks down for a cover, MSK wins!!
Winners: MSK, by pinfall (still NXT Tag Team Champions)
The big bad hosses can’t believe how close they were to the titles! They get the belts, but they show respect to the champs by handing the belts to them. Have MSK finally gotten the division to see them as the champions they are? But wait, IMPERIUM attacks from behind! Marcel Barthel & Fabian Aichner are furious they weren’t anywhere near this match, and they give Carter a SPINEBUSTER to PENALTY KCIK! They stack Lee and Carter, Briggs ‘n’ Brooks run Imperium off! Will the Impeccable German & Pride of Italy get their shot at the gold? Or will MSK make another team respect their champions?
A great episode for NXT, especially for this 2.0 era. We got some good stuff out of the women’s division, with Mandy VS Ember opening the night in a fast but strong match. Raquel and Toxic Attraction have a good segment, especially with Shirai & Stark stepping in. Though, I feel like pacing and order of events is screwed up in the typical RawDown way. Toxic Attraction should’ve called out the champs before facing them, but with NXT having to rebuild their women’s tag division, there wasn’t really any other team to fill the gaps. Six Woman Tag should happen just because, and then we can see Indi & Persia get into the ring as a team along the way.
That random moment with Tian Sha turning into a match was very RawDown, but I bet that means Mei Ying ruins things for Indi & Persia. If only Xia Li was staying in NXT. Tian Sha as a women’s team would’ve been really good for this brand. Maybe Indi & Persia have their first match as a team against KC Squared. Even though Indi was a former champ, Persia still has to show her skills. Though, like that seems to matter when Briggs & Brooks, as well as Trick & Melo, got to be part of a title match when they’d yet to have tag matches anywhere. The main event was great all the same, but I’m both a bit surprised and disappointed it was Briggs & Brooks who made it to the end.
At the same time, MSK retaining to be attacked by Imperium, it makes sense that other Faces were still present to help MSK out. MSK VS Imperium is going to be great, who knows who wins there. Now we just need to see Walter be full-time in NXT 2.0 and he goes after the top title. Yes, Ciampa is facing Bron Breakker at this year’s Halloween Havoc, but I really hope Ciampa isn’t losing Goldie so soon after getting her back. Bron did great in his promo, at least, and he is still so very much “Rex Steiner” despite going in a different direction with his name. Gacy wants after the title, too, which is natural.
Gacy had a very good match with Jiro, and apparently that was Parker Boudreaux staring at him from the audience. Gacy will have a good match with Ciampa but I wonder if Boudreaux (Harland in NXT, I believe) gets involved in any way. Dunne VS Grimes was a good match, Kyle going after Holland makes sense, and then Wagner being there to help Kyle also makes sense. Wagner seems a little bland in delivering his promos but maybe he’s just getting comfortable on screen. Their match with Dunne VS Holland could even be Holland’s good-bye since he’ll be going to SmackDown cuz Vince wants that Yorkshire BEEF.
D’Angelo VS Malik was a really good match, and the fans really loved it because Malik is a local guy and for whatever reason, they’ve taken a liking to “Ey, oh, ey!” Tony. But Lash Legend did have a good Sopranos burn. We got quite the promo vignette out of Diamond Mine, and good promos from Legado and Hit Row. Escobar is definitely taking the title off Swerve but I hope they have an awesome match in the process. Swerve losing on the way out is fitting wrestling tradition, and that can make him hungry on SmackDown to go after the Intercontinental Championship. Escobar can then have a fresh run with a title, taking on just about anyone left in NXT 2.0.
My Score: 8.8/10
Andrew’s IMPACT Results & Match Ratings: 2.2.2023
Impact has a new number one contender, a few new signings and setting up for No Surrender. Lets see what happens tonight!
We’re coming off of Rich Swann becoming the number one contender, Joe Hendry creating another banger of a parody song and Bully Ray…being more like Bitchy Ray.
Also lets not overlook the fact that Dirty Dango officially signed with IMPACT as well. Which may not be huge, but with the current addition of Santino Marella, Dango being involved in storylines for the foreseeable; there could be some good comedy in store.
There we go, a bunch of stuff got set in motion; but we could always see some interesting wrinkles or just straight forward boredom. Only one way to find out! BUT FIRST! Raven is getting The Flock back together…maybe?
— IMPACT (@IMPACTWRESTLING) February 3, 2023
- Bullet Club (Ace & Bey) vs Kevin Knight & Kushida: Ace & Bey win via 1-2-Sweet – ***
- Gisele Shaw w/Jai Vidal vs Savannah Evans: Gisele wins via Denouement – ** 1/4
- Crazzy Steve w/ Black Taurus vs Sheldon Jean: Steve wins via King Kill 33 – N/A
- Johnny Swinger w/Zicky Dice vs Kenny King: Kenny wins via Royal Flush – N/A
- The Design (Kon, Deaner, Angels & Callihan) vs Josh Alexander, Frankie Kazarian, Yuya Uemura & Rich Swann: Callihan wins via Cactus Driver ’97 – ** 1/2
Bullet Club (Ace & Bey) vs Kevin Knight & Kushida
As much as I like Ace & Bey, a part of me would like MCMG versus Kushida and his new partner.
Early on its just counters, posing to the crowd and getting themselves over until Bey manages to sweep the leg, slingshot over the top rope for a stomp and take over a little. Knight manages to avoid a corner move, one legged Springboard Body Press, Jumping Frog Splash, and then a quick tag to Kushida. Some tandem moves from Kushida and Knight as Knight continues to mix it up with Bey.
Ace distracts Knight before the Springboard and Bey meets him in midair with a Dropkick and gets Ace in for some tandem offense and then Ace starts setting the pace. Double Arm Wringer into a tandem Back Rake. Then they wrestle Knight to the ground and keep him down for another Back Rake. Ace continues to set the pace and keep Knight mostly on the receiving end, until Knight rolls out of a lift, Ricky to Robert roll, Kushida gets the hot tag and starts clearing the ring. Bey tries Art of Finesse, Kushida catches him in a Flying Armbar but Bey turns it into a Cradle to get Kushida to break.
Electric Chair from Kushida, but before Knight can hit his Dropkick, Ace slides in and catches Knight on his back. Chicken Fight before Kushida and Knight finally hit their Tandem move but Ace makes the save. Ace wipes out Kushida, Knight forces Ace out, tries to go for a Plancha, but Bey was crotched on the top rope. As Knight tries to Plancha, Bey hits a Cutter out of nowhere on the apron. Ace sees the opening, 1-2-Sweet for the win!
— IMPACT (@IMPACTWRESTLING) February 3, 2023
Steph De Lander video package…that’s a pretty decent grab for IMPACT.
Gisele Shaw w/Jai Vidal vs Savannah Evans
Gisele faces off with Savannah and slaps her in the face a few times and refuses to back down. Savannah of course fires back, but when Gisele gets violent is when she’s at her best. After a big toss, Gisele powders, confers with Jai and the commercial kicks in. When we get back, Gisele has the advantage. But Savannah takes the short arm pull in, Side Slam for effect and distance.
Now they start trading strikes, that Savannah wins that war. A few short Lariats, Samoan Drop, and Gisele is reeling. Retreats to the corner, tries to stop Savannah with the Back Elbow, but eats a Spinebuster when she tries to continue. Fisherman’s Suplex Hold from Savannah for 2, Full Nelson Slam attempt, but Jai hits the apron and tries to seduce the referee as a distraction. Gisele hits the Denouement (Knee Strike) for the win.
The crowd is actively booing Gisele, but she powers through for her promo. It wasn’t great, but I’ll give her some credit for pushing through.
— IMPACT (@IMPACTWRESTLING) February 3, 2023
Crazzy Steve w/ Black Taurus vs Sheldon Jean
Sheldon Jean continues the arrogance, though he’s a nobody enhancement talent. It would be nice if some of these enhancement talent wrestlers didn’t all have that same arrogant persona. We all know Steve is going to win, this is just a storytelling tool to probably add to the Trey Miguel stuff.
Steve is entertaining, but this match is more predictable than most things. He hits King Kill 33, but apparently it’s called Belladonna’s Kiss now. Trey jumps Taurus, tries to spray paint Steve, but Steve bites him and spray paints himself causing Trey to powder out of confusion/fear.
Bully comes out to complain as has been his thing the last few weeks. But thankfully Mickie returns the favor from last week and interrupts Bully. Verbal jabs, Bully Ray insults Mickie, Mickie slaps him, Bully slams her and calls in the Good Hands to get the tables. Tommy Dreamer makes a save with a kendo stick. Good Hands vs Mickie & Tommy next week.
— IMPACT (@IMPACTWRESTLING) February 3, 2023
Oh good, this is exactly what I wanted from a few weeks ago! Kelly and Taylor will be a great team.
Johnny Swinger w/Zicky Dice vs Kenny King
Some goofy posturing and general Swinger antics. Eddy Gordo kick into Royal Flush, and Kenny gets the obvious win.
Bully has a segment in the back with Masha, and it seems like he’s a little smitten while he was trying to just manipulate her emotions to pick up the pieces after or during the tag match next week.
Cardona and Myers try to make their own diss track song…and it was awful. It was supposed to be bad, and yes, it achieved that. It was like Miz and Morrison, without comedic talent.
The Design (Kon, Deaner, Angels & Callihan) vs Josh Alexander, Frankie Kazarian, Yuya Uemura & Rich Swann
Deaner barks at Callihan to start against Swann, then commands him to tag out, and a multi-man match is always a little bit of everyone gets moments. So its just odd that the heel team will be dictated by Deaner to a degree. Uemura comes in second and he reminds me so much of a young Tanahashi its crazy. Deaner calls for the tag and squares off against Josh now.
An attempted jumping in the corner, but Josh gets space and it turns into all 8 men in at once. Josh goes right after Kon and tries to assert his dominance on the “power” of The Design. After the commercial, Uemura gets rocked but Kaz saves him with a blind tag and hits some of his classic moves on Angels and Callihan. Swann comes in but Deaner and Kon manage to ground Swann and put the momentum back in the hands on The Design.
Some stupid spots take away a little from the match while Swann is getting worked over. Swann slaps his leg when he eats a Dropkick from Angels, then tries to Leapfrog Deaner and jump to his corner, Deaner grabs him away but it just looks silly and like it was never going to work to begin with. Its the optime of doing too much and hurting the match. Josh eventually gets a hot tag, tags a square off with Kon, throws him around and King Kong Knee drops Kon. Ankle Lock gives the near fall but Kon kicks off, Uemura tags himself in, Callihan gets the tag, is about to finish off Uemura; but Deaner stops the Thumbs Up – so Josh breaks up the offense and we get all 8 men pulls off high impact moves.
Cactus Driver attempt, Uemura hits the Enzuigiri to stun Callihan. Goes to the top, Deaner trips Uemura, Cactus Driver ’97 wins the match.
Overall Score: 5/10
This was a weird episode. The only match worth watching was the opening tag match, the rest were predictable, boring or just had dumb spots in them. Backstage segments however, those were pretty great. The problem though, is they built off of either inside jokes, old WCW knowledge or not shutting off cringe immediately.
So while I loved the Raven & Reese segment, Kelly & Taylor, and found some amusement in the Cardona stuff…its really subjective and not exactly friendly to an uninitiated viewer. We got an episode that catered to already existing fans, which isn’t how to grow a brand.
Even though I enjoyed things for the most part, this was a lame episode from the perspective of retaining new eyes.
Mitchell’s AEW Dynamite Results & Report! (2/1/23)
Dynamite is No Holds Barred!
Will Darby Allin still be the Relentless TNT Champion?
Samoa Joe wants the AEW TNT Championship back, but he knows Darby Allin is relentless. Tonight on Dynamite, they go NO HOLDS BARRED for the gold! Will Joe once again be the King of Television?
- Jon Moxley VS Hangman Page; Moxley wins.
- The Acclaimed w/ Billy Gunn VS Truth Magnum & Turbo Floyd; The Acclaimed wins.
- Brian Cage w/ Prince Nana VS Konosuke Takeshita; Takeshita wins.
- Bryan Danielson VS Timothy Thatcher; Bryan wins.
- AEW TBS Championship: Jade Cargill w/ Leila Grey VS Red Velvet; Cargill wins and retains the title.
- AEW TNT Championship No Holds Barred: Darby Allin w/ Sting VS Samoa Joe; wins and
PLAY BY PLAY
Jon Moxley w/ Wheeler Yuta VS Hangman Page!
The Maniac and the Cowboy go for their tiebreaker as Dynamite is in Dayton, Ohio! Will Ohio’s own knock this one out of the park like he did before? Or will there be some serious #CowboySh*t going down in Dayton?
Not only does Moxley have the Decoder by his side, he has his dad, Dan! Hangman makes his entrance next, and Moxley goes right after him! Moxley throws hands then whips Hangman into railing! The ref reprimands but Moxley sends Hangman into steel steps! Moxley throws hands, whips Hangman again and Hangman hits more railing hard! Fans fire up and the ref reprimands. Moxley just takes off his hoodie to CHOKE Hangman with it! Moxley TOSSES Hangman over the railing, and then he hops onto the railing! Dayton fires up, gives Moxley a hand, and Moxley FLYING AX HANDLES Hangman down!
Moxley brings Hangman up but Hangman throws hands! Hangman sits Moxley down, fires off more shots, then backs up. Hangman runs in to BOOT Moxley against railing! The ref reprimands, he wants this in the ring, but it isn’t a match yet so there’s no real repercussions. Hangman stalks Moxley along the way but Moxley kicks back. And CHOPS! Moxley trips Hangman then ties him up, FIGURE FOUR on the floor! Moxley and Hangman flip each other off but the ref still wants this in the ring. Hangman grabs someone’s beer and splashes Moxley with it! Moxley lets Hangman out of the hold, and then Hangman ROCKS Mox!
They go back to ringside, Moxley grabs a chair but Hangman CLUBS Moxley. But Moxley JAMS Hangman, tris him, and then drops an elbow on the leg! Moxley has a toehold, then he puts the chair around the leg! The ref reprimands but Moxley goes up the apron. The ref shouts at Moxley to not jump, but then Hangman gets free! Hangman CHUCKS the chair at Moxley’s head!! Moxley goes down and fans fire up! The ref reprimands again and wants this to get in the ring. Moxley is dazed, but Hangman drags him around, to suplex onto the chair! Hangman drags Moxley up and puts him in the ring, but he also brings the chair!
The ref stops Hangman, so Hangman leaves the chair behind. The bell finally rings, and Hangman runs in to forearm Moxley! Moxley hits back, they go back and forth! Moxley’s eyebrow is already busted open, but he keeps throwing shots. Hangman gets the edge, HEADBUTTS, then whips. Moxley reverses to dropkick the legs out! Moxley looms over Hangman, drags him into the INDIAN DEATHLOCK! Hangman endures, keeps his shoulders off the mat, but fans rally behind Moxley. Hangman drags himself back, reaches out, and gets the ROPEBREAK! The ref counts, Moxley lets Hangman go at 3.
Moxley brings Hangman up but Hangman gets around to GERMAN SUPLEXES! Moxley snarls but the blood is getting into his eye. Hangman DECKS Moxley and has him at the ropes. Hangman brings Moxley up, fans boo but Hangman CHOPS! Moxley flounders and falls and fans start dueling. Hangman stalks Moxley, sits him up, and he starts raining down fists right on the bloody eyebrow! Mox fans boo but Hangman fans are fired up for the “COWBOY SH*T!” Hangman wipes Moxley’s blood off on his chest, but then turns around into a CHOP! Moxley eggs Hangman on and Hangman CHOPS back!
Moxley CHOPS, Hangman CHOPS, fans “WOO~!” for the CHOP fight! Moxley shifts to boxing elbows, then runs, but Hangman catches the crossbody! FALL AWAY SLAM! Fans are torn while Moxley goes to the apron. Hangman runs, triangle jumps, but Moxley LARIATS first! Moxley drags Hangman up and to the apron, then turns Hangman, for a SLEEPER! The ref reprimands and wants this in the ring, but Hangman claws the bloody eyebrow! Moxley turns Hangman around, reels him in, but Hangman resists the lift! Hangman tries to lift, Moxley resists, and then Moxley lifts! Hangman fights that and lifts again, but Moxley still fights!
Both men are fighting for control, and Hangman fireman’s carries! To SNAKE EYES Moxley off the post! Moxley falls to the floor and Dynamite goes picture in picture!
The ref checks Moxley but he’s somehow okay to continue. Hangman goes over to fetch Moxley, and whips him into railing! Hangman ROCKS Moxley with haymakers as the bloody eyebrow becomes a crimson mask. Hangman refreshes the count, goes back to Moxley and CHOPS him! Moxley gets in Hangman’s face so Hangman CHOPS again! Moxley CHOPS and CHOPS and CHOPS, but Hangman DECKS him! Hangman snarls, looms over Moxley, and then drags him back up. Hangman puts Moxley in the ring, and rains down more fists on that bloody eyebrow! Moxley falls over, but Hangman gets the wrists!
Hangman sits Moxley up, for a DRAGON STOMP, but Moxley blocks! Moxley throws Hangman to a corner and fires off forearms and CHOPS on repeat! Moxley then hoists Hangman up top, climbs up after him, and CLAWS Hangman’s back, painfully slow! Then he CLAWS and BITES Hangman’s back, before blowing a kiss to the fans. But Hangman throws body shots in return! Dynamite returns to single picture as Hangman BITES Moxley’s forehead! Hangman then slips under Moxley to fireman’s carry him on the second rope! SUPER DEATH VALLEY DRIVER!! Cover, TWO!! Moxley survives and fans are fired up!
Fans duel as Hangman sits up. Hangman scowls while Moxley sits up. Moxley eggs Hangman on so Hangman kicks him! And BOOTS him! Hangman tells Moxley to stay down but he refuses. Moxley sits up, so Hangman BOOTS him! Moxley sits up to SLAP Hangman, and flips him off! Hangman is fuming, but he runs into a CUTTER! A standing count starts, fans count along as Moxley and Hangman stir. They sit up at 5 of 10, and Moxley throws a haymaker. Hangman throws it back, so Moxley gives another,. They go back and forth, Hangman wobbles but he CHOPS! Moxley CHOPS! Hangman forearms! Moxley forearms back!
Moxley eggs Hangman on, Hangman staggers over and CHOPS again! Moxley KICKS a leg, KICKS Hangman’s arm, then KICKS him again! Moxley ducks the haymaker to get the SLEEPER! Hangman shifts to SAIDO! But Moxley’s right up! SAIDO!! Hangman ends up in a corner and fans say “This is Awesome!” Moxley puts Hangman up top, climbs up after him, and hits a SUPER HALF HATCH SUPLEX!! Cover, TWO!! Moxley immediately rains down the HAMMER ‘N’ ANVIL ELBOWS! Then he clamps on a SLEEPER! Hangman endures as Moxley shifts to a BULLY CHOKE! Hangman pushes around, so Moxley shifts to get the wrists! DRAGON STOMPS!!
Moxley then drags Hangman up into the underhooks! But Hangman fights Death Rider! So Moxley rolls Hangman to an ARMBAR! Hangman endures, moves around, and reaches out to the ROPEBREAK! The ref counts and Moxley lets go at 4. Hangman crawls to a corner, fans rally up, and Moxley says this is it! Moxley runs in but Hangman TOSSES him up and out! Moxley staggers up, Hangman goes up top! ARIHARA MOONSAULT but Moxley moves! And LARIATS!! Both men are down at the ramp and fans are thunderous! The ref checks both men, Moxley is up first while fans lose their minds.
Moxley goes to the timekeeper’s area and he clears off the table! Moxley drags Hangman over, reels him in, but Hangman resists the lift! Hangman Alabama Lifts but Moxley fights that. DOUBLE LARIATS hit! And again! Moxley runs in, POP-UP POWERBOMB THROUGH THE TABLE!! Fans lose their minds again while Hangman leaves Moxley behind in the ring. The ring count climbs to 5 of 10 before Moxley sits up. The count is 7! Then “OCHO!” Moxley stands at 9, and springs in at 9.9!! But into a LARIAT!! And then Alabama Lift, DEADEYE!!! Cover, TWO?!?! Moxley survives and no one can believe it!
Hangman kicks at Moxley, almost taunting him. Hangman goes to a corner while Moxley’s fans boo. Hangman runs in, but Moxley dodges the stomp to KING KONG LARIAT!! Fans are thunderous as both men stand again. Moxley eggs Hangman on, and Hangman stands. Moxley throws a forearm, so Hangman hits back! Moxley forearms again, but so does Hangman! Fans duel, the forearms fly faster, and then Hangman gets the edge! SUPERKICK! Hangman reels Moxley in, fisherman’s a leg, but Moxley fights the suplex! Hangman powers it through, FISHERMAN CRADLE DRIVER!! Cover, TWO!?!?!?
Hangman’s wild eyes say he can’t believe Moxley survived! Hangman goes to the apron, he aims at Moxley, slingshot for the BUCK- NO! DEATH- NO, Hangman blocks to scoop! TOMBSTONE PILEDRIVER!!! But Hangman doesn’t cover, he goes to the apron! Hangman loads up, for the BUCKSHOT!!! Cover, TWO!?!?!? HOW?!?! Moxley has survived all of Hangman’s best, but Hangman has the BULLY CHOKE!! Hangman pulls back on Moxley’s favorite hold! Moxley shifts, fights back up, and he snapmares into a cradle! MOXLEY WINS!!
Winner: Jon Moxley, by pinfall
Moxley just taught Hangman not to play games! Hangman is furious that he got caught like that, but the Blackpool Combat Club steps into the ring. Yuta and Claudio keep Hangman back but Moxley stands up. Moxley and Hangman get in each other’s face but the BCC keep them apart. Hangman flips Moxley off, and fans want to “LET THEM FIGHT!” Moxley and Hangman keep jawing, they get close but Claudio keeps them separate. Moxley mocks Hangman by lying down, giving Hangman a chance. Hangman mocks Moxley back by doing a quick burpie push-up. Claudio tells Hangman to go and cool off.
Moxley flips Hangman off as he leaves, and fans celebrate their home state hero. Will there be a fourth round out of these two to truly settle things?
AEW takes a look at tonight’s TNT Championship No Holds Barred main event!
Darby Allin tells Samoa Joe, “I knew when I took this from you in Seattle that you’d want it back. And I know you’d stop at nothing to have it back. Well, I’m gonna make things fair. You beat me in Texas, and you granted me my rematch in Seattle. So I’m granting you your rematch in Ohio. But I want it under one condition: No Holds Barred.” Samoa Joe told the “Little Dead Boy” that Joe is “coming to take back what’s mine. The King will not be usurped by a man like you.” Darby says if he walks out the winner, Joe doesn’t get another rematch. If Joe walks out the winner, Darby won’t get a rematch. This will be the final chapter of their feud! So who writes their happily ever after?
Backstage interview with Jamie Hayter, The Bunny, The Butcher & The Blade.
Renee Paquette is with the AEW Women’s World Champion, as well as the mercenary trio. Renee thanks them for agreeing to no physicality, and understands that Allie the Bunny requested this time. Bunny tells Hayter, they’re all very impressed by Hayter’s win over Emi Sakura on Rampage last Friday. Now, Bunny feels like Sakura outshined Hayter, but great win nonetheless. And Bunny knows Hayter isn’t the type to back down from a challenge, right? Right. So here’s a challenge: next week on Dynamite, Hayter VS Bunny in a Title Eliminator Match! What does Hayter say? Hayter says absolutely! She bloody loves a challenge, and next week, she’s free.
Renee says there’s something happening as we speak! They get it on the television screen nearby, and it’s Britt Baker being mugged by Saraya and Toni Storm!! Bunny is shocked and Hayter is furious! Hayter hurries off, Saraya talks right into the camera, “AEW is OUR house!” Storm drags Britt up to RAM her into a garage door! Bunny more or less expresses exasperation, but will Hayter be able to save the Doctor?
The Acclaimed w/ Billy Gunn VS Truth Magnum & Turbo Floyd!
The AEW World Tag Team Champions have been reigning for 133 days, but they know the Gunn Sons, Austin & Colten, are gunning for them. But first, they tune up against “The Outrunners.” As always, Platinum Max has a diss track ready! “Acclaimed on the mic, you know we the nicest. Fighting two guys in their midlife crisis! I bet you have sex with each other. How we gonna fight the bootleg Beverly Brothers? C’mon, it’s not the 80s! Acclaimed gonna make you call it quits like you Tom Brady! ‘Ey, y’all should be ashamed. In Ohio, everybody loves The Acclaimed.”
Fans cheer, and Bowens gets the mic to say, “NNNUTTER CENTERRR~! The Acclaimed have arrived! SCISSOR ME, DADDY ASS!” And he does~! But while Caster & Bowens just embarrassed Truth & Turbo, are they walking into a trap game before taking on the Ass Boys?
The teams sort out, the Outrunners decide they’ll scissor finger! They mock the Mega Powers at the same time, but then Bowens SUPERKICKS Truth out of the ring! The bell rings, Caster CHOPS Turbo and scoops him to SLAM him! Tag to Bowens and Bowens goes up top! Caster holds open the legs, SCISSOR ME TURBO! Daddy Ass gets in the ring so that he and the boys can TRIPLE SCISSOR~! Bowens waits on Turbo, mule kicks and hits the ARRIVAL! Tag to Caster and he goes up top, MIC DROP! Cover, The Acclaimed win!
Winners: The Acclaimed, by pinfall
But wait! Raining on the parade are Austin & Colten! Fans taunt the “ASS~ BOYS~!” But they tune that out. They go to the ring, and Colten has a mic. “Hey, good match, guys. But we’re here to talk about something serious. Last week, what we said would make us happy are your belts. And we want a shot at those belts, and we want an answer right now.” Fans boo but Caster has the mic to say, “Yo! Yo! Yo! Yo! Listen.” Bowens says, “You two Rod ‘n’ Todd lookin’ asses want an answer. You do realize you are interrupting the most popular tag team in all of wrestling, right?” Caster adds, “That’s right!”
“The winningest tag team in AEW history!” “That’s right!” “The FOREVER champs, the Acclaimed!” “That’s right!” “And not to mention, EVERYONE! LOVES! THE ACCLAIMED!” But they are the People’s Choice, and the People’s Voice, they will ask the people. Colten says these fans can’t even read! But Bowens still asks Dayton’s opinion: Do the Ass Boys deserve a shot at the tag titles? “NOOO~!” Well, the people have spoken, so NO. Austin & Colten get in Caster’s & Bowens’ faces, but Billy tells them all to stop! Isn’t it enough already? Billy is so sick of this, he is just done! Billy says this is too much, so go ahead, beat the sh*t out of each other!
Daddy Ass steps aside, fans fire up, but Austin says, “There you go. Do exactly what you did our entire childhoods and turn your back on us.” Billy stops walking up the ramp, but then chuckles as he keeps going. Austin says Billy should do what he used to do, and drown his sorrows at the bottom of a PILL BOTTLE! That gets Billy to turn around! Billy storms up on his sons and The Acclaimed, as well as the fans, tell the Ass Boys that they F’d up. Billy is up in Austin’s face and says, “So you two think you just put your big boy pants on? Then you just step up, and you just made the biggest mistake…”
The mic is wonky so Billy throws it down. Bowens gives Billy the good one. Billy wants Austin to look at him after what he just said. Austin looks up at his father’s eyes. Billy says if they’ve got their big boy pants on, if they think they got what it takes, if they think they have what Billy had, then we’ll see next week. They’ve got their title shots! The Acclaimed is surprised but the Ass Boys smile that they’re getting their way. Will Austin & Colten get what they want? Or just what they deserve?
Backstage interview with Jack Perry.
Alex Marvez is with Jungle Boy and notes that he and Hook are 2-0 as a team, having beaten The Firm’s Ethan Page & Matt Hardy. The question is: What’s next for #JungleHook? JB says that he had an amazing time teaming with Hook, and Hook has had JB’s back when no one else did. But JB’s done the tag team thing before. In fact, JB has been all the way to the top of that mountain, and fallen all the way down. But this year isn’t about that. What JB will say is that he’ll be a champion again, but all by himself. Then just what title will Jack Perry aim for in this Tarzan Life?
Brian Cage w/ Prince Nana VS Konosuke Takeshita!
Speaking of having people’s backs, just as The Machine and MJF were about to destroy Bryan Danielson, The Future of Wrestling rushed out to run them off! But now, Cage and Konosuke go toe to toe, will Cage make Konosuke pay for interfering?
The bell rings and Konosuke BOOTS Cage! Cage BOOTS Konosuke, then DOUBLE LARIATS collide! Cage swings but Konosuke swats it to ROLLING ELBOW! Cage wobbles, Konosuke runs, ducks ‘n’ dodges, and then TAKESHITA LINES! Cage bails out and fans fire up! Konosuke runs to BOOT Cage off the apron! Konosuke then PLANCHAS and takes Cage down at the ramp! Fans fire up, Konosuke winks at the camera, and then goes back to the apron. But Cage grabs a foot! Konosuke kicks and stomps Cage but Cage yanks Konosuke into a POST BOMB! Konosuke tumbles down and fans boo but Nana cheers.
Cage drags Konosuke up, puts him in, and runs to basement BOOT! Cover, TWO! Fans rally for Konosuke but Cage drags him back up. Cage reels Konosuke in, puts one out, but Konosuke wrenches out! Konosuke throws a forearm, but Cage gives it back! They go forearm for forearm, and Konosuke throws boxing elbows into the ROLLING ELBOW! Cage fights the back suplex, KNEES low, and brags, “Who betta than Cage?” But he runs into a BLUE THUNDER BOMB! Cover, TWO! Cage survives and Konosuke is surprised! Nana coaches Cage up but Konosuke aims from a corner. Konosuke runs in to JUMP KNEE, but Cage dodges!
Konosuke tumbles to the apron, Cage ROUNDHOUSES him! Cage climbs the ropes, and he stands Konosuke up. DEADLIFT SUPERPLEX! Fans boo but Cage flexes while Dynamite goes picture in picture.
Cage drops a knee on Konosuke, sits him up to KNEE him in the back again and again, then he stomps Konosuke back down. Cage paces, drags Konosuke up, and bumps him off buckles. Cage RAMS into Konosuke, RAMS him again, and then CHOPS him! Cage soaks up the heat, but Konosuke CHOPS back! Konosuke fires forearms, then another CHOP! And another CHOP! But Cage BOOTS Konosuke down! Cage grabs the legs, stomps Konosuke in the stomach, then paces around. Cage stands Konosuke up, wrenches and YANKS the arm, then RAMS shoulders. Cage wrenches, pump handles, and lifts, but Konosuke slips out!
Konosuke runs in but Cage ducks the boot to roll Konosuke up! Konosuke slips out, but runs into a drop toehold! Konosuke’s on ropes, Cage dials it up, TIGER FEINT KICK! Konosuke staggers to a corner, Cage runs in and UPPERCUTS, GAMANGIRIS, and GERMAN SUPLEXES! Cover, TWO!! Cage and Nana are annoyed, but Cage looms over Konosuke. Cage hears the fans rally for Konosuke, but Cage drags him up. Cage reels Konosuke in, puts out another one, and Dynamite returns to single picture as Cage lifts, only for Konosuke to RANA Cage into buckles! BLINDSIDE JUMP KNEE! Cage staggers, Konosuke goes up, FLYING KNEE!
Both men are down and fans fire up! Konosuke and Cage stir as the ring count starts. Konosuke sits up and feeds off the energy. Konosuke drags Cage up into a waistlock, but Cage elbows free! Cage whips, Konosuke LARIATS on the return! Konosuke drags Cage up, waistlocks and GERMAN SUPLEXES! Bridging cover, TWO!! Fans rally while Konosuke fires up. Konosuke aims from the corner as Cage stands, and Konosuke runs in, JUMP- NO! Cage blocks the knee to BUCKLE BOMB! And then fireman’s carry, to an F- NO! Konosuke lands out, lifts and LIGER BOMBS! Cover, TWO!! Cage survives but fans fire up behind Konosuke!
Konosuke aims again while Nana shouts to Cage. Cage stands, Konosuke runs in but the knee is blocked! Cage spins, Konosuke ducks! Konosuke spins, ROLLING ELBOW!! Konosuke reels Cage in, but Cage wrenches out to HEADBUTT! And then SAIDO!! But Konosuke is right up?! Into a DISCUS LARIAT from Cage!! Cover, TWO!?! Konosuke survives and Nana is furious! Cage says he’s gonna end this, and he suplexes, only for Konosuke to slip out! Konosuke suplexes, SHEER DROP BRAINBUSTER!! Cage roars as he rises up, but Konosuke ROCKS him with another elbow! And then another suplex, for another BRAINBUSTER!!! Cover, TWO!?!?
Cage survives, he must truly be a machine! But Dayton rallies behind Konosuke. Konosuke runs in, but into a SUPERKICK! Cage fireman’s carries, for the F10!! Nana says no prisoners! Cage drags Konosuke up again, puts him in the corner and hoists him to the top. Cage then goes to the outside and climbs up after Konosuke. But Konosuke throws forearms in return! Konosuke suplexes for a SUPER BRAINBUSTER!!! Fans are thunderous and Konosuke aims again! KNOCKOUT KNEE!!! Cover, Konosuke wins!!
Winner: Konosuke Takeshita, by pinfall
Cage may be a machine, but the machine just broke down against the bullet train! Will Konosuke continue to prove why he IS The Future of Wrestling?
Backstage interview with the Jericho Appreciation Society.
Renee is with Matthew Menard, Angelo Parker, Daniel Garcia, Sammy Guevara, and of course, Chris Jericho himself. Renee says that we heard Ricky Starks’ comments from last week, addressing how the JAS cheated to win. What is their reaction? Jericho says, “Cheated? We haven’t worked together in five years, and you’re accusing us of cheating? Let me say this, Renee. Ricky Starks, he didn’t lose to a baseball bat, no. Did you see a baseball bat in there?” Of course the JAS says no. Jericho says Starks lost to the JAS. And now Starks challenges them, “How can I get another match with Chris Jericho?”
Jericho says the JAS has an idea how Starks can do that. Right, Sammy? Sammy says yes. Garcia and Sammy put their heads together, and they came up with a great idea: The Guevara-Garcia… No, wait, the Garcia-Guevara Gauntlet! Danny thanks Sammy for the top billing on that name. Renee asks what kind of gauntlet they have in mind. Garcia says it’s a rather simple concept. “Ricky, first you’re gonna have to beat Cool Hand Ange. And if that happens, you’re gonna have to beat Daddy Magic.” Menard adds, “Beat Daddy Magic? I DON’T THINK SO!” Garcia says that if Starks somehow does that, then he beats either Garcia or Guevara, but they’ll reveal that the night of.
And then, if somehow, by the skin of his teeth, Starks makes it past all that, only then does Starks get his hands on Jericho. Jericho tells Starks, “You don’t call the shots around here, the Jericho Appreciation Society does. So if you can get through the Garcia-Guevara Gauntlet, I’ll be ready to rip your ass!” Will the Absolute survive three matches in one go to finally have another shot at The Ocho?
The Elite speak.
Matt Jackson asks Brandon Cutler if the camera is rolling as he, brother Nick, Kenny Omega, Michael Nakazawa and Don Callis are on the basketball court. Cutler says yes, they’re live, while Nakazawa and Callis are oiling Omega up. Matt says, “Ladies and gentlemen, check it out who it is! It’s the first-ever, two-time Trios Champions, The Elite.” Omega says that’s right, and he tells Top Flight, “I watched what you guys did. After a Best of 7 Series in a ladder match, you got one up on our boys. Well how ’bout next week, you bring your friend, AR Fox, next week and we’ll put these belts on the line, and you guys can shoot your shot.
“But hey, when you shoot that shot, you best not miss. Because The Elite never miss. Nick, if you will.” Nick takes the rock and shoots it, THREE POINTER! Oh, but wait! The Firm’s Stokely Hathaway, Ethan Page, Matt Hardy & Isiah Kassidy walk in. Callis has Cutler keep rolling, and Omega mockingly asks where Stokely is, he can’t see him. Oh haha, Stokely knows you see him, he’s right here. But listen, you three are doing NOTHING all week? No wrestling, nothing? Just a week off? Ethan thinks that’s funny. The Firm’s employees don’t have that luxury, they work every single week, and Ethan wants that streak to continue.
So Ethan says how about this: The Elite VS Ethan, Matt & “Zay,” Friday on Rampage. Omega tells Callis he isn’t so sure, but Callis says this is Matt Hardy. If they get footage of Hardy taking a One Winged Angel, they could sell that NFT for a lot of money. Hardy says, “What about an NFT with Matt Hardy Twist-Of-Fating Omega?” Ethan likes that better! Well, as far as a match, it’s done. The Elite VS The Whatever They Are. Kassidy says he hopes the Elite is ready, cuz they sure are. Kassidy unsettles Kenny with an arm around his shoulders and a moan, and Ethan says this is good business. Hey, Brandon, is it? Cut the camera!
Matt Jackson tells Ethan Page that he doesn’t tell Brandon what to do! THEY tell him! Turn off the camera, ya damn dumbass! And get off the court, they’re trying to play. But will this 3v3 pick-up game go The Elite’s way? Or is it a trap game before taking on Fox, Dante & Darius?
Bryan Danielson VS Timothy Thatcher!
In the American Dragon’s quest to be #1 contender, he has defeated Tony Nese, Konosuke Takeshita, Bandido and Brian Cage, an undefeated streak of 4-0 in 2023! But now, Maxwell Jacob Friedman has enlisted a fighter very much like Bryan in his savage technical ability. Will Bryan make it to the deadline still on top? Or is this where MJF wins before Revolution even begins?
The bell rings and the two circle. They feel out the grapple, but Bryan’s shoulder is an obvious target. They grapple, Bryan puts Thatcher on ropes but Thatcher shifts to get the arm. Thatcher wrangles Bryan but Bryan scrambles to the ROPEBREAK! The ref counts, Thatcher lets off, and then smirks as he watches Bryan get up. Bryan and Thatcher feel out another grapple, Thatcher puts him in the corner, and then European Uppercuts! And again! And again! Bryan sits down and Thatcher goes after the arm! Thatcher twists the elbow and wrist, isolates the arm, and stands on the hand! Thatcher KNEES the arm!
Bryan scrambles away but Thatcher is right on him with a double wristlock! Bryan powers Thatcher to ropes, and clasps his hands behind his back. The ref counts, the two let off, but then Bryan fires off body shots and kicks! Bryan grabs a leg to DRAGON SCREW! Bryan holds onto the leg, turns Thatcher over and ties those legs up, to get a Deathlock! Fans rally as Bryan sits on the hold, then SNAPS it! Bryan then shifts to a BOW ‘N’ ARROW! Thatcher pries the fingers away! Bryan shouts in pain but Thatcher twists the arm! And STOMPS it down! Fans boo but Thatcher grins with that missing-tooth smile.
Thatcher KNEES Bryan in the back, stalks him to a corner, but Bryan puts Thatcher in the corner to CHOP and CHOP and KICK and KICK! Fans rally, Bryan runs corner to corner, and DROPKICKS! Bryan facelocks but Thatcher wrenches and WRINGS Bryan’s arm! Fans boo more but Thatcher drags Bryan up with a double wristlock! Thatcher uses his height to lift Bryan off the mat! Then Thatcher pushes Bryan down, but Bryan keeps his shoulders up. Bryan crawls around, ROPEBREAK! Thatcher lets go at 4 while fans rally up. Bryan clutches his arm but Thatcher goes after it again as Dynamite goes picture in picture.
Bryan endures but they’re also in the ropes so the ref counts. Thatcher lets off at 4, then digs his boot into Bryan at the corner. The ref counts, Thatcher lets off, only to stand on Bryan’s chest! The ref counts, Thatcher steps away, and he grins as he soaks up the heat. Thatcher mocks Bryan’s pain, then KNEES the bad shoulder! Thatcher KNEES Bryan again, goes out to drag Bryan tot he apron, and he SLAMS the arm on the edge! Bryan clutches his bicep and shoulder while the ref reprimands. Thatcher slides into the ring and stands Bryan up by his ears! Thatcher CLUBS Bryan on the chest! Thatcher fishhooks Bryan to stand him up, and CLUBS him again!
Bryan sits down, Thatcher stands him back up, and he hammerlocks the bad arm. Thatcher then back suplexes Bryan up and into the ring! Thatcher dusts off his hands while crawling to the cover, but Bryan wrangles him into the LEBELL LOCK!! Thatcher got cocky and got caught! But he scrambles to the ROPEBREAK! Bryan lets off quickly, but Thatcher is right on him! Thatcher UPPERCUTS the arm! Bryan goes to a corner, Thatcher KNEES him down, then drags Bryan back up. Thatcher EuroUppers Bryan, taunts the fans, then EuroUppers Bryan again. Bryan leans against ropes, Thatcher snarls at the fans, then gets in Bryan’s face.
Dynamite returns to single picture as Thatcher traps Bryan’s bad arm behind his back and throws hard body shots to that side. The ref counts but Thatcher grins as he throws more shots. Bryan fights back with HEADBUTTS! Fans fire up as Bryan backs Thatcher down, but Thatcher fires off body shot after body shot! Thatcher drags Bryan out to a hammerlock GROVIT, and then hits a GROVIT-PLEX! Cover, TWO!! Bryan is still in this but Thatcher snarls. Thatcher stalks Bryan at the ropes, bumps him off buckles, then reels Bryan in to hoist him up top. Thatcher UPPERCUTS, climbs up after Bryan, and he underhooks the arms!
Bryan resists and fans fire up! Bryan breaks free, throws body shot after body shot in return, and then HEADBUTTS Thatcher down! Thatcher growls and gets right back up! But Bryan throws more body shots! Fans rally “YES! YES! YES!” and Bryan HEADBUTTS again! Thatcher stays down this time, and Bryan stands up! Thatcher stands in time for the MISSILE DROPKICK! Both men are down as Bryan clutches his bad arm, but Dayton rallies up behind him! Bryan and Thatcher sit up, both snarl, and Thatcher EuroUppers! Bryan EuroUppers in return! They go uppercut for uppercut, but Thatcher gets the edge!
Bryan fires up to KICK! And KICK! Bryan KICKS away on Thatcher’s chest, “YES! YES! YES!” Bryan powers up but Thatcher blocks the Buzzsaw! Thatcher goes for the bad arm, wrangles Bryan down, but Bryan rolls through and gets around to waistlock. Thatcher bucks the O’Conner but runs into a backslide! TWO, FUJIWARA! No, Bryan rolls through to BUZZSAW! Cover, TWO!! But Bryan clamps on for HAMMER ‘N’ ANVIL ELBOWS! Fans rally again, but Thatcher blocks the arm! Bryan claws Thatcher’s face to get free, and get a SLEEPER! But Thatcher wants that bad arm! Bryan has to shift his grip, but Thatcher stands!
Thatcher pries the sleeper open because he can get the bad arm, but Bryan powers up! Bryan has the hold on tight, so Thatcher backs Bryan down! They end up ramming the ref into the corner! Bryan still holds on, but Thatcher hits a BIG back suplex! All three men are down and fans fire up! But here comes MJF! The AEW World Champion tells Dayton to shush, and he puts on the Dynamite Diamond Ring! MJF says, “It’s too damn easy. This is done! This is done!” MJF goes to the ring, but KONOSUKE flies in outta nowhere!! Konosuke won’t let MJF screw Bryan over! Konosuke attacks MJF, RAMS him into railing, and chases him to the back!
Bryan has Thatcher but Thatcher snatches the arm! FUJIWARA ARMBAR!! The ref is up, he asks Bryan, but Bryan endures! Thatcher pushes way back on the arm, but Bryan pushes his way forward with his legs! ROPEBREAK!! Fans fire up as Bryan survives by a literal foot! Thatcher lets go in frustration and he scowls as he throws hands on the bad arm. Thatcher drags Bryan up, clinches, BELLY2BELLY SUPLEX! Bryan flounders but Thatcher runs in, clinches, but Bryan switches! GERMAN SUPLEX! Thatcher fumes as he gets back up! Bryan dodges him, runs back in, BUSAIKU KNEE!! Cover, Bryan wins!
Winner: Bryan Danielson, by pinfall
Now 5-0 on the year, the quest continues! The American Dragon is not yet slain, but wait! MJF and Konosuke continue brawling backstage! MJF turns things around to send MJF into a road case! MJF gets a chair to CHUCK it at Konosuke’s head! And then he throws a trash bin! MJF says if Konosuke wants after him, this is what he gets! But Konosuke turns things back around to SMACK MJF off a table! MJF comes back, the hands fly, and security rushes in! Referees and management try to stop this, too! MJF says he’ll kill Konosuke but Konosuke says about the same in Japanese! Renee runs in to be on the scene, and she tells everyone to stop!
Renee informs everyone, “Per Tony Khan, next week on Dynamite in an Eliminator match, it will be Takeshita VS MJF!” MJF is pissed, he doesn’t agree to that, but he MUST! Will the Devil of AEW find that the Future of Wrestling is better than him?
Mogul Affiliates speak.
Swerve Strickland says, “It’s been a real relaxing last couple of weeks for Swerve and the Mogul Affiliates and all, since getting rid of some dead weight and all this. Until I was like, retriggered.” Dustin Rhodes returning to stand in front of Swerve’s camera, in front of Swerve’s lights, and with Swerve’s interviewer! “The Rhodes Family legacy really gets under my skin, with your father, Dusty Rhodes, giving Keith Lee the ‘Limitless’ moniker. So, since he’s not here, Dustin’s not here, either, let’s find some other nepotism, second generation punk boy to get rid of Friday night on Rampage. That means you, Brian Pillman. Ain’t that right, Parker?”
Parker Boudreaux says that’s right. “Ain’t that right, Trench?” The tattooed man says, “Yeah, that’s right.” Hoodies up, but will they put Bulletproof BPJ down?
BREAKING NEWS for next week!
February 8th, the deadline for Bryan Danielson becoming #1 contender, will see The American Dragon taking on La Faccion Ingobernable’s El Toro Blanco, RUSH!! And speaking of…
Backstage interview with LFI.
Lexi Nair is with El Toro Blanco, but also Jose the Assistant and “Perro Peligroso,” Preston Vance. She notes the announcement of Rush VS Bryan, but then there’s a knock at the door. MJF walks in and says, “Hola, mi hermanos! Senor Vance, Senor Jose, Senor Rrrrrush.” Rush asks what the hell this “perro” wants. MJF double checks, “perro” is dog, right? Well, there’s a little thing called personal space, so he’s just gonna take a step back. “But here’s the deal: my, uh, Spanish is come se dice… Mid. But I know one language, my friend, that is mucho, mucho universal.” And that is MONEY! A huge briefcase full of it!
MJF snaps the case shut and smiles. This first one is free of charge. But he has FIVE MORE filled to the brim with dinero. All Rush has to do is beat Bryan Danielson “by any means necessary.” All Rush needs to do is rip Bryan’s arm off and beat him over the head with it. Can Rush pull that off for him? Jose, translate. Jose translates, but Rush seems to understand explicitly. Rush tells MJF in Spanish, and MJF asks “dipsh*t” Jose to translate. Jose sums it up by saying they have a deal. Oh, is that right? That sounded a bit longer than that. But Rush, you don’t have to like MJF. He just has to get the job done. Pleasure doing business with you, perro.
MJF leaves, but Rush has his mission. Will Rush be raking in the money with one match? Or will nothing stop Bryan Danielson from earning his title match?
AEW TBS Championship: Jade Cargill w/ Leila Grey VS Red Velvet!
Finally, the biggest, fastest-rising star has reached her FIFTIETH match! But while the streak started with The Chef, will it end with her, too? Or will #ThatBitch not be stopped by even the person who knows her best?
The introductions are made, but Velvet attacks while Jade is strutting around! The bell rings, Velvet fires off forearms but Jade knees her low. Jade whips Velvet to a corner but Velvet boots her back! THESZ PRESS! Velvet rains down hands but Jade shoves her away. Velvet ducks but runs into an elbow! Jade drags Velvet up, but Velvet fires off forearms! Velvet whips, Jade blocks to reverse, but Velvet holds ropes. Jade runs in but Velvet sends her out! Leila hurries to Jade’s side but Velvet builds speed! Velvet WRECKS Jade with a dropkick! Velvet tells Leila to back off, then she storms up on Jade.
Jade elbows Velvet away, but Velvet comes back to ROCK Jade! Velvet CHOPS Jade right in front of her family! Velvet then puts Jade in the ring, storms up on her and Oklahoma Rolls! TWO! Jade staggers up, blocks a superkick, and she spins Velvet around. Velvet ducks the haymaker and runs the ropes, then wheelbarrows, but into a GERMAN SUPLEX! Fans fire up while Jade drags Velvet over to a cover, TWO! Velvet is toughing it out but Jade is getting frustrated. Jade scoops Velvet to SLAM her, then drops a BIG elbow! Cover, TWO, and Dynamite goes picture in picture.
Leila is annoyed and Jade frowns while Velvet sputters. Jade drags Velvet up, CLUBS her down, and Leila applauds. Jade bumps Velvet off top buckles, then middle buckles, then bottom buckles! Jade stands on Velvet in the corner and soaks up the cheers and jeers, but lets off at 4. Jade and the ref argue, but Leila gets cheap shots in! Leila scurries away and Jade hauls Velvet up for a FALL AWAY SLAM! And then kips up! Jade holds up both hands to say 50, and then flexes. Velvet bails out, Leila talks trash, and Jade storms over. Jade walks up but Velvet sends her into railing! Jade is getting mad, but Velvet avoids one haymaker to PENALTY KICK from the apron!
Velvet CROSSBODIES, but Jade catches her! Jade POSTS Velvet, then carries her around the way. Jade trophy lifts Velvet, goes up the steel steps, and then TOSSES Velvet at the ropes! Velvet falls, Jade covers, TWO!!! Velvet survives and Jade is getting real mad. Leila rallies the Baddie cheering section, and Jade stalks Velvet to a corner. Jade drags Velvet up, and TOSSES her across the way! Jade says that’s 50 right there, and then she does push-ups as Dynamite returns to single picture. But Velvet CHOPS! Jade CLUBS Velvet, then TOSSES her across the way again! Jade swaggers, dribbles, but Velvet dodges the dunk!
Velvet DROPKICKS Jade, then hits a CODE BREAKER! Jade staggers around, Velvet KICKS and KICKS and mule kicks! Velvet runs, but Jade BOOTS her down! Cover, TWO!! Velvet is still in this and wait! Kiera Hogan RAMS Leila into steel steps! The other former Baddie is here, but other refs come out to have her leave. This all distracts Jade, and Velvet rolls her up! Jade rolls through, but the STIR IT UP hits!! Cover, but the refs aren’t paying attention!! Fans count, Velvet would’ve won twice over by now! Aubrey Edwards finally notices and counts, TWO!! Jade survives and fans can’t believe it!!
Velvet is furious, she drags Jade around and hooks an arm, short arm scissor, and then the INVERSION! Jade endures, fights, but Velvet kicks at her! Jade endures as Velvet pulls on the arm, and she deadlifts Velvet! But Velvet sunset flips! Jade stays up, drags Velvet up with both hands, and pops her around! Chicken wings for JADED!!! Cover, Jade wins!!
Winner: Jade Cargill, by pinfall (still AEW TBS Champion)
FIFTY AND OH! Velvet came the closest of all, but will anyone ever stop Jade’s undefeated streak?
Backstage interview with Britt Baker.
Renee is with The Doctor, as well as Jamie Hayter, as they are with Doc Sampson. We only caught a glimpse of what happened to her earlier at the hands of Saraya & Storm, how is Britt feeling? Britt says this is fine. She’s fine, and if that’s how Storm & Saraya wanna play, that’s fine, too. Because Britt & Hayter can play that game, too. But wait, in walks Ruby Soho! Ruby just wants to talk. She heard what happened, is Britt good? Uh, Ruby, weren’t those your girls? Ruby has Britt hold on there. Ruby has nothing to do with Saraya & Storm, she doesn’t know what Britt’s talking about.
Britt says Ruby’s known Saraya & Storm a lot longer than she’s known the AEW originals, so sorry if it’s strange that Ruby only now shows up. But yeah, Britt is good. Hayter says Britt is great, actually. Ruby says she’s glad to hear it and walks off. There are battle lines being drawn, which side is the Runaway on?
BREAKING NEWS for Rampage!
Not only are The Elite and The Firm having it out, it is for the AEW World Trios Championships! Will Kenny & The Young Bucks make it through All Ego, Hardy & Kassidy to then take on Fox & Top Flight? Or will there be a change of plans for Dynamite? And speaking of Saraya & Storm, they are in tag team action once again, but will they continue to beat down All Elite homegrown talent? Plus, before taking on Bryan Danielson, Rush will take on the Fallen Angel, Christopher Daniels, in an epic match of former ROH World Heavyweight Champions! Will El Toro Blanco build momentum going into his battle with The American Dragon?
AEW TNT Championship No Holds Barred: Darby Allin w/ Sting VS Samoa Joe!
The series is tied at 1-1, with the Samoan Submission Specialist winning in Texas, but the Relentless One winning in his hometown of Seattle. Dynamite in Dayton is throwing out all the rules except one: win! Will Darby continue to be the fighting champion? Or will Joe return to being the One True King of Wrestling Television?
The introductions are made, the TNT title is raised, and one way or another, this is the series finale of Darby VS Joe!
Darby takes off his trench coat to reveal he, uh, customized his Hoodlum hoodie. He’s covered it in thumbtacks!! And as soon as he’s in the ring, he rushes in to COFFIN SPLASH Joe! Joe is reeling from the tack attack but Darby fires off tack-covered forearms! Fans fire up as Darby runs corner to corner, but Joe dodges the splash to GAMANGIRI! Joe then wraps up an arm in his towel, to LARIAT Darby down! Fans rally, Joe pulls Darby’s tack hoodie off and throws it away. Joe drags Darby up to CHOP him! Darby goes to a corner, but Darby kicks back. Joe stomps Darby, stomps him down, then storms off.
Joe goes out to look under the ring, and he brings out a TABLE! Dayton fires up, Joe picks the table up, but Darby DIVES into the table and Joe! The table doesn’t break but it, Joe and Darby all hit the floor! Joe is busted open on his forehead and fans fire up! Darby hurries to stand the table up, to then drop it on Joe! Darby then brings the steel steps around into the corner of the railing. Darby whips, Joe reverses, and Darby not only clips steel steps, he clips railing! Darby lands on his feet just from momentum, but he soon falls to his knees, clutching his back! Fans lose their minds while Joe stalks out after Darby.
Joe stands Darby up, throws knees into him, and then throws him into railing. Joe drags Darby up and they go up the bleachers. Joe SMACKS Darby off the handrail, then brings him up further. Joe smacks Darby off more railing, then keeps him going up. But Darby fights back! Darby CLUBS and CLAWS Joe’s back! Fans fire up but Joe DUMPS Darby down the steps! Fans are going nuts while Joe glares through his crimson mask, and Dynamite goes picture in picture.
Joe drags Darby up again, grinds him against the handrail, then SMACKS him off a fan’s chair! They go back to the lower level as Darby kicks Joe and crawls away. Joe keeps after Darby, drags him up, and brings him around the way to TOSS back to ringside! Darby narrowly misses hitting steel steps head first! Joe stalks Darby, drags Darby back up, then scoop SLAMS him on the steps! Darby writhes, flounders away, but Joe follows him to the corner. Darby throws Joe’s ROH World TV title at him, but that only upsets Joe. Joe storms in after Darby, stalks him to a corner, and waits on Darby to stand before he DECKS him!
Joe eggs Darby on as he stands over him. Darby doesn’t stand so Joe makes him. Joe snapmares to CHOP Darby on the back! And PENALTY KICK him in the chest! And then drops a fist on his head! Joe watches Darby writhe and the ref checks on him. Joe grins through the crimson mask, then stomps Darby down. Joe kicks Darby, then clamps on a neck wrench! Joe leans all his weight on Darby but Darby throws body shots. Joe doesn’t budge, and he CLUBS Darby down. Joe grins as Darby tires to sit back up. Joe clamps the neck wrench back on and he twists even harder! Darby endures, and Dynamite returns to single picture as Darby throws more body shots.
Joe lets go of the neck wrench, Darby hobbles and runs, but into an ELBOW! Darby falls over and Joe covers, TWO! Joe keeps focus as he looms over Darby. Joe KICKS Darby to a corner, and then stomps him. Fans rally and duel, but Joe is annoyed by that. Joe drags Darby up, DECKS him with a forearm, then clamps on another neck wrench! It’s practically a vice on Darby’s head, squeezing his skull! Darby endures, fights up, and he RAMS Joe into buckles! Darby fires off forearms and SLAPS! Darby runs corner to corner, but into the URENAGE! Cover, TWO!! Darby survives the #STJOE, but Joe stands Darby up to CHOP him!
Darby staggers, Joe CHOPS him again! Darby flops to the apron, Joe builds speed and he BOOTS Darby to the floor! Joe then storms out and looks under the ring. Joe brings out another TABLE! Fans fire up again but Joe has fans move aside. Fans oblige and Joe rests the table against railing. Darby is in the ring, Joe goes in and brings Darby up, but Darby JAWBREAKERS before the sleeper could lock in! Darby runs in at the corner to CHOP! And CHOP! And CHOP! Darby CHOPS away on Joe, but Joe TOSSES Darby right out of the ring! Joe has been treating Darby like a throw pillow, emphasis on the “throw!”
Darby flounders up, but Joe goes back over to bring him back in. Joe suplexes high and hard! Joe then goes out to fetch chairs! Joe puts a handful of chairs in the ring, then sets them up together. Fans fire up as they’re back to back to make a wedge! Joe stands Darby up, brings him over, BIG back suplex on the chair wedge!! Darby writhes and Joe has a sadistic smile. “Joe is gonna kill~ you!” Joe turns the chairs around to face each other, then brings Darby back up. But Darby uses POCKET SAND to stop the bomb! CODE RED!! Cover, TWO!! Joe survives but Darby hurries to hop on! THROWBACK STUNNER!
Joe falls into a drop zone, and Darby hurries to get his hoodie back! Darby puts that back on, climbs up the corner, and COFFIN DROPS!! Cover, TWO!?!? Joe survives the tack-enhanced senton and fans can’t believe it! Darby hurries outside and goes looking. Darby uses a knife to cut the strings that hold down the canvas! Some are tough but they all give way, and Darby pulls the canvas away. Darby then drags off the foam padding to expose bare wood! Darby is deconstructing the ring in order to better destroy Joe! Darby sees Joe outside, builds speed and DIVES, but Joe walks away! Darby CRASHES THROUGH THE TABLE!!!
Dayton is losing their minds as Joe puts Darby back in! Joe sets Darby’s tack covered jacket down, he picks Darby up, and he POWERBOMBS him on the tacks! AND THEN HE SMOTHERS DARBY WITH THE TACK JACKET!! Darby DIGS at Joe’s eyes!! Joe lets Darby go, but he staggers around blindly! Joe stands up into a CHAIR SHOT! And another! And another! Darby has Joe on the hard wood, climbs up top, but Joe pushes the ref into the ropes to trip Darby up!! Joe climbs up after Darby, tucks him in, and hits a SUPER MUSCLE BUSTER TO THE WOOD!!!! Cover, JOE WINS!!!
Winner: Samoa Joe, by pinfall (NEW AEW TNT Champion)
Darby’s relentless streak is over! Samoa Joe is now a TWO-TIME TWO BELT CHAMPION! But wait! “THIS IS WAAAR~!” Fans go nuts for Wardlow as he storms down to the ring! Joe is just as shocked as Wardlow runs in! SPEAR!! Wardlow rains down fists on the man who took his title and his top knot! Wardlow rips his shirt off, drags Joe up, but Joe scrambles away! Fans boo but Joe isn’t going to fight again so soon after the war he just went through. Security rushes out but Wardlow CLOBBERS them all! Then he hauls one up to POWERBOMB out onto all the others!! Wardlow will not be denied, when and where will he get his hands on Joe?
This was an awesome Dynamite! Same balance of action and talking, but the action was all on a different level this week. Of the talking, we got good stuff out of this AEW Originals VS Imports in the Women’s Division. Saraya & Storm really up their Heel heat by just attacking Britt unprovoked, and then Ruby checking in on Britt was an interesting turnaround from her telling she didn’t want Britt’s help. But we’re getting closer and closer to that big tag(?) match. Hell, make it a Blood & Guts match but with the women rather than the men. Saraya leads a team, Britt leads a team, Ruby will choose Britt’s side and there could even be a twist of Shida betraying Saraya during the match to cost the anti-AEW team.
Good promo from the JAS to set up things with Starks. I just knew Starks would have to beat everyone in the JAS eventually, so it’s clever for them to get it all done in one gauntlet match. Starks will of course make it past Menard and Parker, and I bet that just as it looks like Garcia is stepping up to face Starks, Guevara takes the spotlight from him. Starks will still get through the final opponent, and he’ll get his match with Jericho. Good promo from Mogul Affiliates, because one: it establishes that their group doesn’t like multigenerational wrestlers, and two: it gave Granden Goetzman his wrestler name, “Trench.” Swerve will surely beat BPJ, but I bet Dustin teams up with BPJ and Brock Anderson as a sort of AEW take on WWE’s Legacy faction to take on Mogul Affiliates.
Good promo from Jack Perry, but I’m surprised he waited until now to establish that he’s done with tag teams. But I suppose he’s done with The Firm, too, so he’s done needing reinforcements. As it stands, if he wants a singles title, he could start with the All-Atlantic Championship, but I could see JB making a move for THE AEW World title. Speaking of The Firm, good promo from them and The Elite. I wonder if this was really live or just the take where Nick actually made that shot. Anyway, I’m also surprised the trios match for Rampage is for the titles when the titles are going to be on the line for Dynamite. But I suppose if Orange Cassidy and Darby Allin are fighting champions, then so should the Elite. Which of course means The Elite win on Rampage to go on to face Fox & Flight.
We got an awesome match from Bryan VS Thatcher, but of course Bryan wins to keep his story going. Even after he had that awesome match with Brian Cage, Konosuke going after MJF was a great move. And getting himself an Eliminator match is a good, too, but I feel like MJF finds a way to stand tall. He’ll either cheat to win, or just get himself disqualified quickly so his night will be over quickly. MJF also had a really good promo with LFI. Rush is a great choice to take on Bryan Danielson, and Rush is also going to have a great match with Christopher Daniels on Rampage. I’m sure Bryan will still find a way to win and we’ll still get that Ironman match, it just has to be how this goes.
It’s mostly because I don’t even know who is the #2 contender, since AEW still hasn’t kept up with rankings in this new year. AEW bringing out a sudden twist of MJF still having that One Hour Ironman match against someone other than Bryan would be great stuff, since MJF has been so focused on Bryan, but I feel like getting MJF VS Bryan is still the thing everyone wants to see. Great opening match out of Hangman VS Moxley, and of course Moxley bleeds. It’s practically in his contract. But Hangman losing by a roll-up was a great surprise, and them still being after each other after, this has to continue until Revolution.
The Acclaimed winning a squash was a bit surprising, but obviously that was to make room for the promo that set up things with The Gunn Sons. But Billy suddenly saying his sons can have a title match with The Acclaimed? I hope there isn’t a turn coming where Billy is suddenly on his sons’ side again. It just feels like something is fishy, but who knows. Really good TBS title match from Jade and Velvet, but I guess since this wasn’t at a PPV, Jade wasn’t about to lose. Kiera trying to help Velvet only to mess things up was at least a good detail to protect Jade. But at this rate, who is even going to beat Jade when she’s gotten through even some great established names.
And of course, an awesome No Holds Barred match for the TNT title. Great innovation, such as Darby’s tack covered jacket and the different table spots. I was actually rather surprised to see Joe win this to once again be dual champion. But at the same time, Wardlow returning to continue his story with Joe is a logical reason as to why Joe needs to have the TNT title again. Perhaps Wardlow gets the TNT title back to have a second chance with that, and Darby can move up into the world title scene. And assuming MJF retains at Revolution, it works for Darby to be next as they have history in AEW.
My Score: 9/10
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