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Mitchell’s AEW Dynamite Results & Report! (11/17/21)

It’s National Cowboy Sh*t Day!

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AEW Dynamite 2021

AEW enters a new era while a Cowboy comes home!

At Full Gear, Hangman Adam Page FINALLY became AEW World Champion! What will be the first act of the Cowboy Shit Era?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Bryan Danielson VS Evil Uno; Danielson wins.
  • The Butcher & The Blade w/ The Bunny & Matt Hardy VS Orange Cassidy & Tomohiro Ishii w/ Rocky Romero; Cassidy & Ishii win.
  • AEW TBS Championship Tournament Quarterfinals: Hikaru Shida VS Nyla Rose w/ Vickie Guerrero; Nyla wins and advances to the semifinals.
  • The Acclaimed VS Dante Martin & Lio Rush; Martin & Rush win.
  • AEW TNT Championship: Sammy Guevara VS Jay Lethal; Guevara wins and retains the title.

PLAY BY PLAY

The Elite speak backstage.

Brandon, we good? Yeah, they’re live. Ok shut up. Kenny Omega hasn’t watched his match back yet, and people are already asking, “When’s the rematch gonna be? When’re you gonna get your belt back, Kenny?” Omega lost, The Elite lost the night. Honestly, he’s disgusted. Not in Hanger, he won and so Omega congratulates him. But there’s things Omega has to fix, has to change, and he can’t do it here. If he can count on them to hold down the fort while he’s gone… Adam Cole says, “Don’t you worry about it, Cleaner. I got this.” Sorry, Omega was talking to the Bucks, but- Oh, no, right, sorry. Matt Jackson says they all will hold down the fort.

Cut it. Cut it, Brandon. He doesn’t right away but one thing is clear, Kenny Omega is stepping away to sort himself out. Will the Super Kliq be able to keep going without him?

 

The Dark Order is in the ring!

They’re here in Virginia to declare it National Cowboy Sh*t Day! And so introducing the NEW AEW WORLD CHAMPION, Hangman Adam Page!! Hangman walks out and his home state goes nuts as he’s wearing a “Virginia is for lovers” shirt and the world title! Hangman joins his friends in the ring and gets a few hugs before he gets the mic. Fans chant “You Deserve It!” and Hangman says he will stop them right there. He didn’t deserve it, he EARNED IT. Fans cheer that even more! “You Earned It! You Earned It!” Now, Hangman is usually a little shy, a little more reserved, and doesn’t really flap his gums, but he’s world champion so he’ll do whatever the hell he wants.

“Look, I’m still just a man with a job and a boss to answer to. And I told you all in our very first press conference that that boss was you. So if my boss will allow, I would love to stay in this ring and celebrate National Cowboy Sh*t Day with you.” Fans love the sound of that! Hangman knows that his championship carries a lot of weight. He knows it means a lot of responsibility. After Full Gear, Hangman knows that means up next is the American Dragon, Bryan Danielson. And speaking of, here he comes! Bryan applauds for Hangman, then gets a mic to say, “I came out to essentially say one thing: Congratulations, Hangman Adam Page!”

The two shake hands, and Bryan continues with, “I’m not gonna lie, I’m super excited for this match for the AEW World Championship. But… To be fair, I’m a little surprised and disappointed that it’s not Kenny Omega standing across the ring from me right now.” Hangman says that’s right, cuz he beat Omega’s ass at Full Gear. And he managed to do it in less than 30 minutes. Bryan smiles and fans chant for “Cowboy Sh*t” again as Bryan says he isn’t here to start beef. He didn’t want that for them. But to be fair, Hangman won’t be wrestling someone dressed as a Ghostbuster on Halloween. Bryan is coming to kick some ass.

And if fans want some Cowboy Sh*t, well that apparently doesn’t involve wrestling. Bryan’s been wrestling every week, Hangman’s the one flapping his gums. But hey, some people celebrate like that. When Bryan won a world title at WrestleMania, he wrestled the very next day! The very next day! But of course Virginia boos hard work! Well, if Bryan wants to wrestle for the title, then why not do it right here in Virginia? Bryan asks if fans want to see him and Hangman wrestle tonight. They chant ‘YES! YES! YES!” but Bryan says the thing is, he’d normally be up for it. However, he’s ready to wrestle, but Hangman has his cowboy boots and jeans, as well as a horrible leather jacket,

When Bryan got here, everyone told him that Hangman Adam Page has a long list of excuses as to why he’s failed in his career. Bryan doesn’t want to beat Hangman for Hangman to have the excuse that he’s not ready. Alright, then. The match won’t be tonight. But look, Hangman knows Virginia is for lovers, but he’ll still fight. They get forehead to forehead but the Dark Order keeps this from turning into a brawl! Bryan gets his mic and says Hangman has his little friends stopping him, he doesn’t want to fight! That riles Hangman up more and fans want to “Let Them Fight!” But Bryan says the Dark Order knows Bryan would kick his ass, they’d never let him go.

But then Hangman gets loose and tackles Bryan! Bryan scrambles out of the ring and the celebration has been cut short. But it’s fine that Bryan’s already out here, his match with Evil Uno will be next!

 

Bryan Danielson VS Evil Uno!

AEW returns, it seems the rest of the Dark Order went with Hangman to the back, this is truly 1v1 between the American Dragon and Player One! The bell rings, Uno and Bryan circle. They tie up, Bryan waistlocks, drops, trips Uno then turns him to a HALF CRAB! Uno crawls to the ropebreak. The fans chant for “UNO SH*T!” as Bryan lets off the hold at 4. Bryan and Uno reset, knuckle lock, and Bryan drops to roll, wrench and wrangle Uno with the wristlock. Bryan twists the arm, brings Uno up to headlock but Uno powers out. Bryan rams Uno but Uno rebounds to run Bryan over! Things speed up, Bryan gets caught with an atomic drop!

Uno sweeps the legs and stomps the hands! Then he Oklahoma Rolls, TWO! Bryan gets up but Uno CHOPS! Bryan frowns and SLAPS Uno! Bryan sits Uno up to KICK him down! And CHOPS him to ropes! Bryan bumps Uno off buckles, CHOPS him again, then KICKS and KICKS, then chancery suplexes! Fans boo but Bryan soaks up the heat. Bryan has a cocky cover even, ONE! Uno gets up, Bryan EuroUppers! Uno CHOPS, eggs Bryan on then CHOPS him again. Bryan EuroUppers then stomps Uno to a corner! Bryan fires off KICK after KICK in the corner, they’re “NO! NO! NO!” kicks! Bryan lets off at 4, then waits on Uno to get up.

Uno stands, and he eggs Bryan on! Bryan pie faces him instead, but Uno just gets back in his face. Bryan still pie faces, so Uno SLAPS him back! Uno CHOPS, forearms, CHOPS, repeat, over and over in the corner a la Moxley or something! Fans fire up as Uno lets off at 4, but Bryan dodges! Uno dodges, RANAS, and then swings. Bryan dodges to KICK! And KICK, but Uno blocks to spin Bryan to a NECKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! Uno keeps focus and fans rally up. Bryan gets up, Uno KICKS him! And BOOTS him! And SLAPS him! Both men spin and Bryan hits a ROLLING ELBOW! Uno flounders to a corner, Bryan says, “You wanna disrespect me?” Bryan SLAPS away from all sides!

Fans boo but Bryan soaks up the heat as he goes corner to corner, and he dropkicks Uno! And then goes corner to corner again to dropkick again! Bryan soaks up more heat as he goes a third time, but Uno BOOTS Bryan! Uno goes out and fans fire up as he climbs! SWANTON onto knees! Bryan aims from the corner, BUSAIKU KNEE! But Bryan isn’t done here! He’s going to use Uno to send a message to Hangman as he gives him DANIELSON STOMPS! Then he drags Uno into the TRIANGLE HOLD! Uno taps out, Bryan wins!

Winner: Bryan Danielson, by submission

No hands, either! Bryan holds on a little longer before he lets go, and the message is clear. Will Bryan look to make Hangman a one-and-done champion?

Tony Schiavone interviews Bryan in the ring about how “testy” things got. The fans are letting Bryan hear it, but he says, “You know what? I came out here to congratulate Hangman Adam Page. And because of his behavior, I ended up kicking his head in,” in reference to Uno. So it doesn’t matter when it will be, but until Bryan fights Hangman Page, he’ll take every member of the Dark Order and kick all their heads in! And next week, they’re going to be in Chicago, and Bryan hears there’s a Dark Order member from there. So guess what, Colt Cabana? If you’ve got any nuts, Bryan’s kicking your head in next week!

 

AEW shares MJF’s words from after Full Gear.

“What do I got to say? SO MUCH! Right now, look what I’m covered in.” It’s not just face paint, it’s Darby Allin’s shame. All MJF keeps hearing is how great a pro-wrestler Darby is! And how great a pro-wrestler Bryan is! And how great a pro-wrestler Eddie Kingston, CM Punk, Cody Rhodes, Malakai Black, Pentagon! Keep naming ’em, but guess what? MJF made us all look like idiots! People keep saying he’s “only good on the stick,” that he doesn’t have it bell to bell. SCREW THAT! AND SCREW YOU, TOO! See this swelling? MJF has no idea what’s going on inside his knee, but in his mind, he feels nothing but success!

Tonight, he proved us all wrong! He got all the cute little mark chants, but he enjoyed every single second of it because while they viscerally hate MJF”s guts, they have no choice but to admit just how damn good MJF really is! Darby got beat with a headlock takeover. And right about now, MJF is excited to go to Norfolk, Virginia. “Who knows what’s next on the horizon for one of the best wrestlers the world?” MJF says as he makes a belt gesture. “Who knows what’s next for the man with the best right hand in all of professional wrestling?” MJF says as he has the pinkie ring on. He is Maxwell Jacob Friedman, and he’s better than you, and now you have to admit it!

 

Backstage interview with Eddie Kingston.

Schiavone notes the “classic” against CM Punk, but before Kingston can say anything, Daniel Garcia & 2point0 walk over to gloat. “Sad Boy Eddie Kingston,” is he complaining yet? The little prick! But you know he will, because it’s typical of him! They’re sick and tired of the sad story. But the real sad story is that Kingston did not last as long with Punk as “our son,” Daniel Garcia. Kingston says one, just shut up, blockhead and friend. Two, Garcia is letting two grown men call him their son? Kingston doesn’t respect Garcia for that. Be a man, stand on your own.

Yeah, Kingston knows Garcia’s from Buffalo. He knows where he’s from and what they gotta do. Punk wanted to wrestle, Kingston’s gonna fight! 2point0 gets Garcia out of there, and Kingston begs to God that this one time, they only need this one promo to set up something. Kingston’s going to catering!

 

The Butcher & The Blade w/ The Bunny & Matt Hardy VS Orange Cassidy & Tomohiro Ishii w/ Best Friends!

The Hardy Family Office has loved wreaking havoc and causing chaos for Freshly Squeezed and his Best Friends, but now they’re calling in some reinforcements from NJPW! The NEW NEVER Openweight Champion, Chaos’ Stone Pitbull, is here to back Cassidy up, will they take a bite out of Big Money Matt’s bottom line?

The teams sort out and Ishii starts with The Butcher. Fans rally up and Ishii dares Butcher to do something. Butcher just tags Blade. Blade gets in Ishii’s face and talks trash, then he throws a forearm. Ishii stays put! Blade throws more forearms but dodges Ishii’s to hit again! Blade runs but Ishii tanks the shoulder to DECK Blade! Ishii bumps Blade off buckles, then he tags Cassidy in. They double whip, and Ishii runs Blade over! Ishii looks at Cassidy, obviously expecting him to make that a double. Ishii then tells Cassidy to run the ropes. Cassidy does, for a falling SPLASH! Cover, ONE! Cassidy says it was that close. Um…

Cassidy brings Blade up but Blade knees low and RAMS Cassidy into a corner! Blade rams his shoulder in, then talks trash to Ishii. But Cassidy puts his hands in his pockets! He unleashes the “devastating” shin kicks! He dodges Blade’s clothesline, leaps over then SHOTGUN dropkicks! Butcher tags in as Cassidy kips up! Blade runs in, Cassidy dodges, Blade slides out and eggs Cassidy on. Cassidy puts his sunglasses on, but turns around into Butcher’s shoulder! Butcher hits Ishii but Ishii doesn’t budge! Butcher drags Cassidy up for a suplex TOSS! Butcher drags Cassidy up and bumps him off buckles. Tag to Blade and Blade CHOPS Cassidy!

Blade follows Cassidy to the other corner, stomps him and whips him out of the ring. Blade distracts the ref so Bunny can stomp Cassidy down! And Hardy DECKS Cassidy, too! AEW goes picture in picture as Hardy gets away with one.

Butcher drags Cassidy up, puts him in the ring, Blade covers, TWO! Blade drags Cassidy up to scoop, tag in Butcher, and they combine for the LEG DROP SIDEWALK SLAM! Cover, TWO! Cassidy is still in this but Butcher jams his knees into him. Butcher drags Cassidy up, tags in Blade, and they mug Cassidy in the corner. Butcher CHOPS Cassidy then exits. Ishii protests but the ref keeps him back. Blade tags Butcher back in and stomps Cassidy on his way out. Butcher taunts Ishii, then chokes Cassidy on the ropes! The ref counts, Butcher lets off, but the ref keeps Hardy back. Butcher drags Cassidy up to DECK him!

Butcher stares Ishii down, drags Cassidy back up, then whips him to the corner hard! Blade tags in, he digs his knee into Cassidy at the ropes. The ref counts, Blade lets off, the ref still watches Hardy. Blade goes to the apron to stomp Cassidy and stand on his head again. Tag to Butcher, he stomps Cassidy down as AEW returns to single picture. Tag back to Blade, they double whip Cassidy, but he tumbles up and out then dodges Blade and shoves Butcher out! Blade gets in to whip Cassidy to the corner but Cassidy goes up and over, and strolls tot he tag! Ishii runs in but Blade forearms! Ishii roars, forearms back, whips Blade but Blade reverses, only Ishii to come back with a shoulder!

Fans rally for Ishii as he CHOPS Blade in the corner! And again! And again! And again! Ishii whips corner to corner, Blade comes back but into a SAIDO! Cover, TWO! Ishii drags Blade up, suplexes, but Blade slips out to tag Butcher! Fans fire up to see the big men stare down forehead to forehead! Butcher forearms, Ishii forearms back, repeat! Butcher gets the edge, whips to the corner, and clotheslines! Ishii sputters, Butcher CHOPS him! And CHOPS him! And CHOPS him! Butcher stands Ishii up and CHOPS again! Ishii gets mad! Butcher CHOPS, Ishii just stares at him. Butcher throws forearms but Ishii leans into them! He’s backing Butcher down to the other corner!

Butcher keeps trying but Ishii ROCKS him with an elbow! Ishii gets Butcher up top, climbs up to join him, and lift shim for a SUPERPLEX! Cover, Blade breaks it! The ref reprimands but Butcher tags Blade in and Blade gets Ishii up. Ishii blocks the whip to put Blade in the corner! Clothesline, then a tag to Cassidy! Cassidy goes up top, CROSSBODY but both mercenaries catch him! They use Cassidy to RAM Ishii, then Butcher suplexes, only to get STUN-DOG MILLIONAIRE! Cassidy runs, tilt-o-whirls and dropkicks Butcher at the same time before he DDT’s Blade! Cover, TWO!! Blade survives but Cassidy takes off the armband!

Hardy freaks out but fans fire up! Cassidy glares at Hardy, takes aim on Blade, but Butcher gets in to intercept with a SIDE SLAM! Blade gets Cassidy up, DRAG THE LAKE!! Cover, but Ishii breaks it!! Ishii DECKS Butcher, gets Cassidy over to the corner and tags himself in! Ishii swings, Blade waistlocks! Butcher gets in but both Ishii and Blade duck! Ishii DECKS Blade, blocks a clothesline and fires off elbows on Butcher! Ishii CHOPS Butcher to a corner, CHOPS and forearms on repeat! Hardy distracts as he shouts for Ishii to stop this! Bunny also distracts the ref, Butcher goes for Ishii but gets a GERMAN SUPLEX!

Blade has the brass knuckles! But Rocky Romero drags Blade out! Hardy RAMS Rocky, Cassidy CROSSBODIES from the top!! Direct hit on Hardy and Blade! Cassidy puts Blade in for Ishii’s LARIAT!! And then the BRAINBUSTER!! Cover, Ishii & Cassidy win!

Winners: Orange Cassidy & Tomohiro Ishii, by pinfall

Chaos gets its first win in AEW! Will more of NJPW look to take a step through the forbidden door soon?

 

Backstage interview with Andrade El Idolo & FTR.

Schiavone is sure they’re all disappointed that they lost at Full Gear. Seriously, that is his question? Andrade tells Jose to get some balls! But Cody, Pac. Andrade proved that he is the better wrestler than them. He has beaten them both clean. But now, he will show them his bad side. Cash Wheeler says it’s safe to say FTR is frustrated, because they should’ve made history. But Cash wasn’t legal in that finish, they were robbed! So if Pac and Cody are going to stick their nose in FTR business, and if the Lucha Bros want to cheat them, then maybe we add Malakai Black to this, and we have an 8 Man Tag! They will even waive their fee on this one, they’ll do this for free!

Tully Blanchard tells Arn that if he wants to stick his nose in somewhere, Tully ain’t Jose. He’s got one more in him! HEUVOS! BIG ones. Will El Idolo y The Pinnacle get their payback on the American Nightmare, the British Bastard, and the AEW World Tag Team Champions?

 

Tay Conti speaks.

“Even when I lose, I win. And I did not fail against Britt. I learned. And now, I’m not starting from scratch, I’m starting from experience. And let me tell you something else. Next time I have a title shot, I’m coming out of it as your new champion.” But how long will the Brazilian Blackbelt Beauty have to wait for her next chance at the gold?

 

Backstage interview with Britt Baker.

Schiavone of course talks with The Doctor, and still AEW Women’s World Champion. Britt says she is honestly “getting a little exhausted carrying this women’s division.” So as your Role Model, she directs the spotlight to our future AEW TBS Champion, Jamie Hayter. Wait, she’s got a tough match against Thunder Rosa. No no no no. Do NOT say that name on DMD TV, got it? But no, since you said it, let’s put it out there. Thunder Rosa is on her way to being completely irrelevant on Hayter’s rise to gold. Yours Truly, Dr. Britt Baker, DMD. But will Britt have to eat those words when La Mera Mera gets her hands on Hayter?

 

AEW TBS Championship Tournament Quarterfinals: Hikaru Shida VS Nyla Rose w/ Vickie Guerrero!

The Full Metal Warrior and the Native Beast have battled for a belt before, but only one of them can move one step closer to this newly minted title. After what Serena Deeb did to her, is Shida at 100%? Or is she already at a huge disadvantage against the Vicious Vixen?

The bell rings and the hands start flying! Nyla kicks Shida’s bad leg, but Shida dodges and runs. Nyla catches the knee attack to throw Shida to a corner. Shida dodges to fire off forearms! Nyla turns things around for body shots! Nyla puts the bad leg on ropes but Shida kicks with the good leg! Shida bumps Nyla, runs in and KNEES her down! Shida goes up top, missile dropkick! Cover, TWO! Shida gets Nyla up but Nyla blocks the suplex to get the leg! SHIN- NO! Shida makes it a crossbody! Shida runs, SLIDING FOREARM! Shida gets Nyla up fast, but Nyla suplexes her instead! Fans boo but Nyla storms after Shida. Shida BOOTS, QUESTION MARK KICKS, but Nyla bails out!

Fans rally for Shida, Vickie coaches Nyla up. Shida waits on Nyla, but Nyla takes her time. Shida goes out but Nyla gets back in. Now Nyla waits on Shida, so Shida takes her time. Shida gets in the side, Nyla drops an elbow on her! Nyla stands on Shida at the ropes, but lets off as the ref counts. Nyla bumps Shida off buckles, RAMS her with shoulders and says she’s gonna be the next champ! BIG EuroUpper, and then she snapmares Shida down. Nyla KICKS Shida in the back, paces around, and she stands on Shida’s bad leg! Nyla stomps the leg, then wraps it around the ropes to pull! The ref counts, Nyla lets off at 3, then drags Shida up to choke her on the ropes!

The ref counts again as fans boo, but Nyla lets off at 4. Shida sputters, Nyla drags Shida up and puts her on other ropes to choke her again. The ref counts, Nyla stops at 4, but Vickie uses Shida’s own kendo stick to choke her! Fans boo, Vickie gets away with it, and Nyla drags Shida up to scoop and SLAM! Nyla stands on the bad leg, then drags her up to get the leg. CORNER SHIN BREAKER! Shida clutches her knee, flops out of the ring, but fans chant, “SHUT UP, VICKIE!” Nyla goes out and whips Shida, but Shida reverses to send Nyla crashing into railing! The ring count climbs but Shida gets the chair! Shida sets it up, fires up, but Nyla CLOBBERS her first!

Nyla drags Shida up and makes her take a seat in the chair. Nyla CLUBS Shida, then goes up to the apron. Nyla aims, for a FLYING CANNONBALL onto the chair! Shida got out of the way just in time! Shida puts Nyla in, and then she snatches the kendo stick from Vickie! Vickie runs but trips, so Shida SMACKS her at the ramp! Fans fire up with Shida and she gets to the corner! Shida climbs, Nyla intercepts with a ROCKET LAUNCHER! Shida rolls away, Nyla clutches her back, and AEW goes picture in picture.

Nyla drags Shida up, clamps on and has a neck wrench with a shoulder claw! Nyla stands right over Shida as she endures it all! Nyla’s back bothers her so she can’t hold it forever. She CLUBS Shida more, drags her up and suplexes! Cover, TWO! Nyla drags Shida by the bad leg to SMASH the knee on the mat! Vickie grits her teeth as she rises up and coaches Nyla. Nyla puts on a camel clutch and pulls Shida way back! Shida endures, Vickie screams, but Shida crawls over and gets the ROPEBREAK! Nyla lets go, clutching her own back. Shida gets up, Nyla runs in, but Shida dumps her out! Nyla ends up back where the chair wreckage is!

Shida goes out, CLUBS Nyla on her back, then whips her into more railing! Shida gets in the ring and then climbs up! Nyla crawls over, Shida gets the fans fired up, and she CROSSBODIES Nyla down! Shida gets Nyla back in the ring and fires up as AEW returns to single picture. But the ref misses SERENA DEEB attacking from the crowd!! The chop block takes Shida down! Nyla drags Shida up the ropes, CLUBS and KNEES her, then goes to the corner! Nyla climbs up, for the GUILLOTINE KNEE DROP! Cover, TWO!! Shida survives the Serena Screwjob! Nyla drags Shida up, but Shida clubs away on Nyla’s leg! Nyla CLUBS the bad leg, gets Shida up, but Shida fights the bomb!

Shida has the seated senton to the TRIANGLE HOLD!! Nyla endures, fights around, but Shida rolls her from the ropes! Nyla fights up, dead lifts, and POWERBOMBS! Then the BACK SENTON to the leg! Vickie is shrieking for Nyla to end this, and Nyla goes up top! SUPER SENTON misses! Nyla flops around, Shida jackknife bridges, TWO?!?! So close and yet so far! But Shida takes aim, KATA_ NO! Nyla blocks to the STRETCH MUFFLER!! Shida is hanging in the air, she taps out! Nyla wins!!

Winner: Nyla Rose, by submission (advances to the semifinals)

Perhaps Serena’s screwjob worked out after all! The Native Beast moves on, waiting for the winner of Statlander VS Soho, but will Shida get her revenge on Serena for this?

 

Malakai Black speaks.

“The definition of a nightmare is to have an unpleasant or frightening dream, in a place where natural law doesn’t apply. So in Chicago, the four of us are going to haunt the four of you. We will cast you out. And I will make it so that the very air that you breathe will turn toxic and corrupt your lungs. And when you’re laying on the ground, gasping for air, you will realize what small part you have played in the massive equation that now seems to unfold in front of you. Deep breaths, my friends, while oxygen is still on your side.” Will Malakai look to suffocate the American Nightmare next week?

 

MJF, Shawn Spears & Wardlow walk out to the ring.

The Pinnacle are all in suits and MJF of course has the mic. “Cut my music, cut my music.” He then hands the mic to Spears, and he tells Virginia that Maxwell here, who could defeat any one of their heroes with a simple headlock takeover, would appreciate absolute silence at this time. They don’t give it to him and they boo. This is why Spears is a great friend and accountabilibuddy. But “Norfunk, Virginia,” he needs to explain something to the bumpkins. They are looking at the guy that checks all the boxes inside the ring and on the microphone. MJF is easily the most completely pro-wrestler on the planet.

He is the man who will start a bidding war in the year 2024. MJF is the past, the present, and the future of pro-wrestling. And more over, he could take their hometown horse and send him straight to the glue factory. Hell, he could take a big cowboy sh*t right on his title reign. But the rankings don’t tell us that story, do they? Because the rankings don’t tell you the truth! Even though the fans hate him so much, deep down, they know he deserves to be the next AEW World Champion! NOBODY in that locker room is nearly as good as MJF. NOBODY in that locker room is on MJF’s level. But here comes THE BEST IN THE WORLD, CM PUNK!

Fans go nuts to see Punk walk out and go to the ring to join MJF and his guys. MJF chews his gum, frowns as he looks around, and fans lose their minds already. “No no no, no no no. No.” Fans tell MJF to STFU already. Okay, okay. MJF introduces himself and holds out a hand, but Punk leaves him hanging! Punk grins and maybe even laughs as he leaves and goes back up the ramp! Is Punk going to prove he can outdo MJF without even saying a word?

 

Backstage interview with Darby Allin.

His match with MJF, many feel, was match of the night at Full Gear, even if it didn’t go Darby’s way. Darby tells “Max” that he still did not break Darby mentally. Darby doesn’t know when and where, but they will have a rematch. As for now, Darby is taking time off. He wants the biggest and the baddest in AEW, but then the Gunn Club walks over. Billy couldn’t help but hear that. So challenge accepted! Billy is the biggest and the baddest, so just say when. Colt tells Darby not to forget his skateboard, and Austin taunts Darby with, “I like turtles.” Darby smirks, because screw it, let’s do it. Will Darby give Billy Gun his first loss in AEW?

 

The Super Kliq speaks, again.

Brandon, you idiot. But Cole is so sick and tired of Jungle Boy, of Luchasaurus and of Christian Cage! Full Gear was the first night of their careers, and maybe even of their lives! Jungle Boy thinks he’s a Jungle Man now? So tough, trying to end Matt’s life on TV! His kids watching at home with popcorn! And he isn’t cleared, nor is Nick. But you heard them. The Elite, especially them, will be stronger than ever! In two nights’ time, AEW Rampage, it will be Jungle Boy & Luchasaurs VS Adam Cole and one of his best friends in the entire world, Bobby Fish!

The Infamous One steps in to say one guy tries to look like Tarzan while the other is a grown man dressing up as a dinosaur! Enough is enough! Time to put an end to the Jurassic joke once and for all. And that, is Un- no, you can’t say that here… Cut, Brandon, cut.

 

The Acclaimed VS Dante Martin & Lio Rush!

Max Caster & Anthony Bowens tried to recruit Angel Dorado to make their duo a trio, but they weren’t exactly nice about it. But speaking of not being nice, Platinum Max has another rap! “Dante’s fightin’ the Acclaimed again. He’s got more partners than Pete Davidson. You can’t make a choice. You a little bitch, put some bass in your voice! And yo, Lio, you a amateur. And I think you’re better off as a manager. We leavin’ y’all hurtin’. Funny, we’re in Virginia, and both of y’all’re virgins!” Isn’t Lio married?

Anthony tells Norfolk the Acclaimed have arrived, but Lio & Dante DOUBLE DIVE! There’s some words to ya mother! But will Lio & Dante keep their tag team momentum rolling against the fourth ranked team in the division?

Dante puts Bowens in, the bell rings and Dante runs. Bowens dodges, Dante uses the ropes to flip up and over! Lio KICKS Bowens in the ropes, Dante bumps him off buckles to uppercut! Tag to Lio, they double whip Bowens to leap frog and redirect, to then juke and whip and trip, basement dropkick! Cover, TWO! Lio says it’s time, and he brings Bowens up to wrench. Tag to Dante, he climbs up and double stomps the arm! Dante drags Bowens up to throw forearms, but Bowens turns things around to CHOP! And CHOP! And CHOP! Dante CHOPS back! Dante brings Bowens around, whips, but Bowens reverses and Caster trips Dante up, out and RAMS him into railing!

Bowens goes out, he and Caster double suplex Dante to the floor! Bowens puts Dante in, drags him back and tags in Caster. Caster goes up to jump and STOMP Dante in the chest! Caster brings Dante up, Dante throws shots but Caster knees low. Cater whips to CLOBBER Dante! And then stomp him, then rain down fists! Lio coaches Dante, Caster taunts but Dante kicks back! Bowens tags in as Caster anchors Dante, and Bowens stomps away. Bowens rains down rights, fans rally up and Dante throws body shots in return. Bowens ROCKS Dante, puts him in the corner and tags Caster in. The Acclaimed mug Dante, then Caster turns him for a NECKBREAKER! Cover, TWO!

Caster tries again, TWO! A third try, TWO! Caster is annoyed, he stomps Dante as AEW goes picture in picture.

Caster drags Dante up, Dante throws body shots and kicks, but Caster trips him! Caster rolls Dante to BOOT at the ropes! Caster puts Dante in the corner, tags in Bowens, and the Acclaimed mug Dante more. Bowens brings Dante around to suplex high and hard! Cover, TWO! Bowens keeps on Dante with a cravat and he grinds Dante down. Dante throws body shots, Bowens facelocks, but Dante powers his way over! Bowens knees low then DECKS Lio! Bowens bumps Dante off buckles, tags Caster, and then RUSSIAN LEG SWEEPS, for Caster to drop an ax handle! Cover, TWO! Caster stays between Dante and Lio with a facelock as AEW goes to break.

AEW returns and The Acclaimed whip Dante to their corner. But Dante BOOTS Bowens, KICKS Caster down, then uses them as steps to leap and hot tag Lio! The Man of the Hour uses Bowens as a step to RANA Caster into ropes! Lio goes up and over Bowens, Bowens whips but Lio reverses then follows, ducks down, rolls Bowens up, SPINNING ROUNDHOUSE! Fans fire up with Lio as he handspring kicks Caster down! Bowens back suplexes but Lio lands on his feet for fast hands and the SUPER FOREARM! Bowens staggers into a body shot and SCISSOR KICK! Cover, TWO! Bowens survives the speed assault but Lio keeps his cool.

Fans rally up as Lio thinks what to do. Lio calls to Dante, but he goes up top. Lio leaps but Bowens moves! Lio rolls through but into a throat chop! Lio BOOTS Caster for that, then ducks Bowens! Dante GAMANGIRIS Bowens away, then triangle jumps! Caster avoids the #Nosedive but Lio kicks and HEEL KICKS Caster down! Bowens elbows, JABS, CHOPS and SUPERKICKS for a Five Tool Strike Fest! But Dante hits a HUGE MISSILE DROPKICK! All four men are down and fans are thunderous! A standing count begins, reaches 5 of 10, but Lio sits up first. He calls to Dante, facelocks Bowens, but Bowens BACK DROPS Lio away!

Bowens runs in but Lio sends him into the corner! Caster tags in, runs in and DECKS Dante! Caster brings Lio up, blocks a kick, flips Lio but Lio lands on his feet, but Caster LARIATS! Tag to Bowens, CLAIM TO FAME! Cover, Dante breaks it! “This is awesome!” as Caster rocks and whips Dante, only to get a springboard SHOTGUN! Dante runs in but Bowens dodges to put Dante in the ropes and ENZIGURI! Dante resists the rope DDT to enziguri! NOSEDIVE!! He sets Bowens up for Lio’s FROG SPLASH!! Cover, Lio & Dante win!!

Winners: Lio Rush & Dante Martin, by pinfall

Another HUGE win for this fast & furious duo, but here comes Team Taz! Ricky Starks has a mic but so does Taz himself. Taz congratulates Lio & Dante on the win. But Lio, great to see you back at work. His condolences to the family, but a lot of folks are a little uncomfortable with how they offered a contract to Dante while Lio was gone. But Lio of all people knows business. He prides himself on that, but Taz is a businessman, too. His team are all businessmen. So Dante, you have a golden opportunity. The team is patient, waited a long time just to get Will Hobbs, and in fact, the one year anniversary of Hobbs in Team Taz is coming up! Thanks for the applause.

But here’s the thing. Hobbs has accomplished a lot with his great support staff. So here’s the deal, Dante. If you choose to go with Team Taz, that will be the start to a hall of fame worthy career. Or just a mediocre one with Lio. The choice is his. Dante is still on the clock, but will he stick with what’s working for him in #LBOLio?

 

Christian Cage & Jurassic Express speak.

Captain Charisma wants to get this straight. At Full Gear, it was the worst night of the Super Kliq’s career. Funny, watching Jungle Boy slam that chair on Matt’s head was personally one of the greatest moments of Christian’s career. And now, they want redemption? Well obviously, Cole has never hold the saying, “Never bring a Fish to a fist fight.” JB says, “So what? You guys are gonna try and end us on Friday night?” Fish and Cole had their chances last week, but they couldn’t do it. The scruff might be off JB’s chin, but the changes inside are here to stay. Hit them with chairs, put them through tables. Hell, JB will eat thumbtacks for breakfast, he doesn’t care. Because they are better than ever! They’ll see Fish & Cole on Rampage!

 

AEW looks closer at Cargill VS Velvet.

Red Velvet says she and Jade have a lot of history already. Velvet was Cargill’s first match in that Mixed Tag with Shaq and Cody. Yes, Cargill beat Velvet twice before, but Velvet’s been scouting. Everything Cargill does wrong, Velvet will do right. After Rampage last week, Cargill said, “You think you did something tonight?” Going after Cargill, throwing cake in Sterling’s face. Velvet messed up is what she did. This is Cargill’s anniversary, and Velvet’s gonna get her ass whooped on #ThatBitchShow! Velvet is done playing games, Cargill is lucky to have a bye. Now, her ass is Velvet’s! Who moves on to the semifinals this Friday?

 

The Lucha Brothers speak.

Alex Abrahantes translates for Penta, “FTR, stop your crying. On more than one occasion, you tried to cheat to win. But you’re so pathetic and you suck so bad, that you couldn’t even get the job done.” Fenix says in Chicago, that 8 Man Tag match, the Death Triangle and Cody Rhodes have something special for him. Y’know why? Because they are the best four man team in the UNIVERSE! They are the Lucha Brothers, and they have CERO MIEDO!!

 

AEW TNT Championship: Sammy Guevara VS Jay Lethal!

The Spanish God and the Inner Circle were victorious at Full Gear, but there’s no time to rest! Sammy welcomes this new addition to the AEW roster, but will this lethal challenge be Sammy’s last?

The introductions are made, the title is raised, and we see if Lethal steps in through the open door and walks out with gold!

Fans rally as Lethal and Sammy stare down. They circle, tie up, and go around. Sammy waistlocks, Lethal elbows but Sammy hops up and over to go up and over in the corner. Lethal dodges, handsprings, but into a torture rack! Lethal slips off, trips and “WOO~” but Sammy makes it a cradle! TWO, La Magistrol blocked! TWO, and Sammy Oklahoma Rolls, TWO! Lethal sweeps legs, covers, ONE! Another sweep but Sammy fisherman bridges! TWO and the two stand off! Fans cheer as they talk a little trash, then reset. They circle, tie up, and Sammy headlocks. “This is Wrestling!” as Lethal powers out to whip, then he hip tosses and handsprings to basement dropkick! Cover, ONE!!

Sammy gets up but Lethal is on him with a scoop and BACKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! Sammy clutches the bandaged ribs, but Lethal drags him up to CLUB those bad ribs! Lethal suplexes but Sammy blocks! Sammy throws body shots, Lethal hits back to whip and kitchen sink knee! Fans duel, Lethal drags Sammy up to suplex, but Sammy wrenches out! Only to get a LETHAL COMBINATION! Sammy bails out, Lethal builds speed but Sammy gets in to KNEE Lethal down! Lethal bails out, Sammy FLIES out after him! Direct hit into the railing but it was double-edged for Sammy’s ribs! Fans are still fired up for “A E DUB! A E DUB!” as Sammy climbs.

SHOOTING STAR onto knees!! Lethal saves himself and both men are down as AEW goes picture in picture.

A standing count begins, the two men stir but Lethal sits up first at 4. Lethal gets to ropes, Sammy goes out to the apron then to the floor. Lethal sees him out there and waits as the ring count climbs now. Sammy is still down at 4 so Lethal goes out after him. Lethal can’t win the title on a count-out but Sammy pushes him away and crawls. The ref checks, Lethal wants after Sammy but he gives them space. The medic, Doc Samson, even comes in to check on Sammy. Sammy’s ribs could be worse than thought. Lethal gets impatient, he wants to know what the status of this match is. Sammy sits up, but does need help standing. Lethal holds the ropes open but is Sammy able to continue?

AEW returns to single picture, Sammy tells the doc and the ref to shut up, he wants to fight! Sammy is in the ring, he eggs Lethal on! The ref has no choice but to let this continue, Sammy pie faces Lethal! And flips Lethal off! SO the hand start flying! Fans are fired up as Lethal stomps Sammy down! Lethal drags Sammy up, whips him and FLAPJACKS Sammy high and hard! Lethal calls for it, handsprings, but Sammy blocks the cutter to spin Lethal, STANDING SPANISH FLY!! Both men are down again and Lethal rolls out to the floor. Sammy grits his teeth as fans rally up, and he builds speed, but he has to avoid a boot!

Lethal whips Sammy out, builds speed and DIVES, but Sammy blocks enough of it to suplex and BRAINBUSTER to the floor! Fans are fired up as both men are down on the outside! The ref checks on both men, “This is Awesome!” as Sammy gets up and leans on the timekeeper’s table. Lethal staggers over but Sammy elbows him then fires off forearms! Lethal pushes Sammy back but Sammy KNEES Lethal down! Lethal ends up on the timekeeper’s table, and Sammy fires himself up! Sammy goes up and fans are thunderous as he says he’s LOCO! SWANTON through the table, but Lethal got out of the way!! Fans lose their minds as Sammy is down in the wreckage!

Lethal drags Sammy up and into the ring! Sammy is down, Lethal climbs and fans fire up again! HAIL TO THE KING!! But Sammy makes it a ghost pin!? TWO!! Lethal gets Sammy up, but Sammy slips out of the bomb. Lethal blocks the kick and goes around to LARIAT, but Sammy lands on his feet!? SUPERKICK! Lethal CHOP BLOCKS the legs! Dragon sleeper with a fisherman, FLIPPING FACEBUSTER! Cover, TWO!! But Lethal has the leg! FIGURE FOUR LEGLOCK! Sammy endures, drags himself and Lethal over, only for Lethal to drag him and Sammy away from ropes! Sammy’s shoulders are down, it’s a cover! TWO!

Sammy crawls again, Lethal wrenches back on the foot! Sammy still gets the ROPEBREAK! Lethal lets go in frustration, and fans hope they “FIGHT FOREVER!” However, the show has to end some time so Lethal gets Sammy up and into a cobra twist! Sammy goes around with him, torture racks but the ribs don’t hold! Lethal spins, into a KNEE! Sammy tries again, but still can’t! Lethal full nelson SUPLEXES, but Sammy lands on his feet for another KNEE! Sammy grits his teeth, runs, and KNEES Lethal down again!! Sammy slashes his throat and roars, and he gets the torture rack! G T H!! Cover, Sammy wins!!!

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

Somehow, someway, Sammy powers through to take Lethal down! He is still golden, and the Inner Circle appears to celebrate with him! Sammy shows Lethal respect, will these two look to go another round down the line? Who will be next up for this tough as nails TNT Champion?


My Thoughts:

A great post PPV episode! Right away, great stuff from The Elite with them semi-kayfabing Omega stepping away for his real-life recovery. The Super Kliq calling out Christian & Jurassic Express was nice, but I feel like they should focus more on the story brewing between them and Hangman. Though, I did like Fish getting in this and wanting to use Undisputed Era catchphrase only to get cut off. Cole & Fish VS Jurassic Express is going to be great stuff, could go either way. We got a great opening segment with Bryan going out there to sorta crash the Cowboy Shit celebration, and Bryan was at least in character being Heel to Hangman and the Dark Order. That was some great stuff, as was Bryan VS Uno, and Bryan is going to have a great series of matches with the other members.

MJF had a really good post Full Gear promo, and his segment with Punk was great for how Punk just dissed him completely! But this is a tough one to call because neither one has lost. Punk surely gets cheated like Darby did, because MJF’s first loss in AEW can’t just happen just because it’s Punk. If anything, Punk being cheated elevates things and Punk takes on MJF again and gives MJF his first loss. Darby himself had a decent moment with the Gunn Club, I have a feeling Sting gets involved to hold the Gunn sons at bay. Maybe we get a tag match, Darby & Sting VS Austin & Colt, that ends the #Gunndefeated streak.

Kingston had a great moment with 2point0 and Garcia, and I also hope this is a one time thing, they just get in the ring on like Dynamite next week for Thanksgiving. We got a great tag match from Butcher & Blade VS Cassidy & Ishii. Ishii naturally gets the win, he’s great. Great promos from Andrade, FTR, the Lucha Brothers, and of course Malakai Black. That 8 Man is going to be nuts, too hard to call right now. Britt has a good promo to plug Hayter VS Rosa, I have a feeling Britt cheats Rosa, Rosa goes after her for the top title so that Hayter can take the loss in the tournament to winner of Cargill VS Velvet, which also got a good vignette to plug that.

Nyla VS Shida was great stuff, but wow, I didn’t think Serena would keep her grudge this long. Nyla is facing a Face either way with Statlander VS Soho, I’m thinking Nyla faces Soho to put her over. We got a great tag match out of Dante & Lio VS The Acclaimed, and naturally the Faces win to then have Team Taz walk out and remind us about the offer. Pretty sure Dante stays with Lio, we get Lio & Dante VS Hobbs & Starks. Dante VS Starks for the FTW Championship would be awesome to see, even if Dante doesn’t win. The TNT Championship was awesome stuff, Lethal got a great debut but Sammy winning makes sense to keep this reign going.

My Score: 9.2/10


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

Dynamite is No Holds Barred!

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Will Darby Allin still be the Relentless TNT Champion?

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

OFFICIAL RESULTS

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

PLAY BY PLAY

Jon Moxley w/ Wheeler Yuta VS Hangman Page!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Winner: Jon Moxley, by pinfall

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

Winners: The Acclaimed, by pinfall

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

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

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

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

 

Backstage interview with Jack Perry.

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

 

Brian Cage w/ Prince Nana VS Konosuke Takeshita!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Winner: Konosuke Takeshita, by pinfall

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

 

Backstage interview with the Jericho Appreciation Society.

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

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

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

 

The Elite speak.

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

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

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

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

 

Bryan Danielson VS Timothy Thatcher!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Winner: Bryan Danielson, by pinfall

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

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

 

Mogul Affiliates speak.

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

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

 

BREAKING NEWS for next week!

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

Backstage interview with LFI.

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Backstage interview with Britt Baker.

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

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

 

BREAKING NEWS for Rampage!

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


My Thoughts:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

My Score: 9/10


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

Orlando stays Dark!

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Universal Studios is still the AEW Dark Arena!

As they prepare to go after the AEW World Trios Championships, AR Fox & Top Flight reunite to take on The Wingmen: Peter Avalon, Ryan Nemeth & Cezar Bononi!

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Six Man Tag: AR Fox & Top Flight VS The Wingmen; Fox & Top Flight win.
  • Red Velvet VS Sofia Castillo; Velvet wins.
  • Zack Clayton VS Fulton; Clayton wins.
  • Brock Anderson & Brian Pillman Jr. w/ Arn Anderson VS Rosario Grillo & Dean Alexander; Anderson & Pillman win.
  • Skye Blue VS Renee Michelle; Skye wins.
  • Shane Taylor Promotions VS Mr. G & Dante Casanova; Shane Taylor Promotions wins.
  • Yuka Sakazaki VS Avery Breaux; Yuka wins.
  • The Workhorsemen VS Liam Gray & Adrian Alanis; The Workhorsemen win.
  • Angelico w/ Serpentico & Luther VS Konosuke Takeshita; Konosuke wins.

QUICK NOTES

A solid line-up, and I like that we’re getting to see Brock Anderson & Brian Pillman Jr. in action together after a backstage promo on Elevation not too long ago. Not sure what the team name is but two second generation stars together is a logical combination. Angelico VS Konosuke, that is going to be a great match, but I give the win to Konosuke. Red Velvet is in action again after also being on Elevation, she’s definitely building momentum towards taking on Jade Cargill for Jade’s 50th match. And good to see Shane Taylor Promotions in action here. They’ll be a strong part of the ROH Tag Team Division, even after having lost to Keith Lee after Swerve abandoned Keith.

And good to see AR Fox & Top Flight in action, and against The Wingmen. For one, good to see Avalon, Nemeth & Bononi teaming all together again. And this will be a good match to build momentum for Fox & Flight.


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