AEW’s speeding up towards Full Gear!
AEW’s tournaments roll on as Anna Jay looks to be the Star of the Show against Jamie Hayter, with the winner facing Thunder Rosa!
- Kenny Omega w/ Michael Nakazawa VS Alan Angels; Omega wins.
- AAA Tag Team Championships Open Challenge: FTR w/ Tully Blanchard VS Samuray Del Sol & Aerostar; FTR wins and retains the titles.
- AEW TBS Championship Tournament Opening Round: Anna Jay VS Jamie Hayter; Hayter wins and advances to the next round.
- Cody Rhodes w/ Arn Anderson VS Andrade El Idolo w/ Jose; Andrade wins.
- AEW World Title Eliminator Tournament Semifinals: Orange Cassidy VS Miro; Miro wins and advances to Full Gear.
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AEW hopes the best for Jon Moxley.
As first shared on Twitter by Tony Khan, Jon Moxley is coming to terms with his personal demons, and we here, too, at the Chairshot wish him well.
Kenny Omega w/ Michael Nakazawa VS Alan Angels!
The Cleaner opens Dynamite against a man who’s proven he can keep with him. Independence is fired up for this one, but will Omega have smooth sailing into Full Gear?
The bell rings and Angels SHOTGUNS Omega! Angels fires off in the corner, stomps away on Omega, but lets off as the ref counts. Omega comes back with a hard kick down low! Omega CHOPS Angels, CHOPS him again, then chokes him against the ropes! The ref counts, fans boo and Omega lets off at 4. Omega CLUBS Angels, CHOPS him again, and fans taunt Omega with “KENNY NO BALLS!” Omega CLUBS Angels more, digs his boots in at the corner, but lets off at 4 again. Omega comes back for more and applauds himself but the ref counts again. Omega lets off at 4, whips Angels but Angels rolls and dodges and things speed up, calf kick from Angels! Cover, ONE!
Angels brings Omega up but Omega pokes him in the eye! Fans boo, the ref reprimands, but Omega reels Angels in for a back suplex. Angels lands on his feet, bobs ‘n’ weaves but swings into a full nelson! Angels arm-drags out and Omega goes to a corner. Angels runs in but into a boot! Omega runs in to KOTARO KRUSHER! And then he KICKS Angels right in the side! Omega runs to pie face STO Angels down! Cover, TWO! Omega slashes the throat, drags Angels up and reels him in to hook the leg. AOI SHODOU! Angels flounders, Omega takes aim and BANG! Omega runs but Angels dodges the V-Trigger to roll him up! TWO!!
Omega runs in, blocks the boot and puts Angels on the apron. Angels GAMANGIRIS, then he dodges Omega! Angels builds speed to DIVE! Direct hit into the railing! Angels drags Omega up, but Omega RAMS him into the apron! Omega snarls as he RAMS Angels into the railing! Omega has a wild grin as he brings Angels around RAM him into the apron edge. Angels stands and Omega CHOPS him! Omega whips, Angels tiger feints to kick from the apron! Angels goes up the corner to ARIHARA MOONSAULT! Direct hit again! Angels puts Omega in the ring, climbs up top and CROSSBODIES! Cover, TWO!!
Fans fire up and Angels hurries back to the corner. Angels climbs, Dark Order pose, FROG SPLASH onto knees! Omega saves himself and reels Angels in for a BUCKLE BOMB! And then a whip to a pop-up SPINEBUSTER! Cover, TWO!! Angels survives and Omega is frustrated. Omega drags Angels up, reels him in again and underhooks the arms. Angels resists the lift, Omega keeps trying. Omega throws down palm strike after strike to Angels’ neck! Fans rally and duel as Omega gets Angels back up. Omega underhooks again but Angels fights free! Omega ROCKS him with a forearm but Angels gives it back! Omega hits again, Angels KICKS the leg!
Omega hobbles, JABS, JABS, and Angels responds with forearms! Angels runs but into a CHOP! Omega reels Angels in to full nelson but Angeles breaks free! Angels goes to run but Omega reels him in to CLUB him! Electric Chair, but Angels sunset flips, TWO!! Omega V-TRIGGERS! Cover, TWO!! Omega was too cocky with that cover and fans are fired up! Omega kicks Angels back to ropes, takes aim again, BANG! V-TRIGGER! Omega keeps going, another V-TRIGGER! Cover, Omega wins!
Winner: Kenny Omega, by pinfall
Nakazawa gets the AEW World Champion a mic to tell Angels, “I never had a chance to thank you. You embarrassed me, you ruined my career, and from that, you gave yourself a great opportunity. But as the God of Pro-Wrestling, Angels, I have the power to giveth, and I have the power to taketh away. Nakazawa, give me the chair.” Nakazawa fetches the chair, just as Omega said. Omega kicks the chair to center and drags Angels over. Electric Chair lift, but here comes HANGMAN! Fans fire up and Omega is panicking! Nakazawa runs up but gets clobbered! Angels snatches the chair away, too! Slingshot, but Omega ducks the Buckshot just in time!
Hangman stares Omega down, and look what Omega left in the ring! Hangman sees the title, and picks it up! Hangman grins as he tells Omega, “I think you forgot something. So I’ll play nice, I’ll lay it right here. You better hold tight to it, you’ve got ten days.” Will the Cowboy take the title from the Best Bout Machine when they finally face off at Full Gear?
Malakai Black speaks.
“Why do men of power always think that their decisions serve more than their own interests?” Tony Khan’s decision to bar Malakai from ringside tonight will not affect anything. It will not change the outcome of this match. And do you know why this decision won’t have an affect? When they assassinated Caesar, it wasn’t just Markus that betrayed him. Ominous words from the Dark Father. Does that mean someone closer to Cody Rhodes is ready to betray him and join the House of Black?
CM Punk heads to the ring!
Independence rocks out for the Best in the World as he gets the mic. The fans chant his name as he squats in the ring. He’s sorry for not doing a stage dive. He’s not in the best mood. He just wants a few minutes to talk to us seriously. “There’s two people who aren’t here today, and one has a very legitimate reason as to not be here, and that’s the name I want to hear chanted, and that’s Jon Moxley.” Fans do chant for Moxley, and then Punk says he could spend all his time listening to that because it is important to him.
Punk has history with Jon Moxley. They’re not super tight or best of friends, but last night, Punk’s traveling here and he gets a phone call. He gets the situation explained to him, and he knows what it’s like to go and go and have to think you’re so tough and be sick yet show up to work and all these things that get compounded. Eventually, it gets to a point where you have to take yourself off the hamster wheel. He’s been criticized for it. But he doesn’t want anyone criticizing Moxley because Punk is so damn proud of him.
And he’ll say one last thing about it: If anyone here or watching at home is in a place where you think you need help, get help! Reach out, text or call someone! There’s nothing harder than you could do but also nothing more courageous. There’ve been plenty of times Punk thought about getting help but didn’t because he thought he was being a tough guy.
Now to the second guy that’s not here tonight… Eddie Kingston. Kingston’s not here so Punk can’t ask him to his face so he has to do this. It might be embarrassing but Punk felt Kingston was embarrassing himself last week. Punk doesn’t like being interrupted, so here we are. Punk doesn’t know what fabricated story Kingston has in his head, maybe there was something Punk did years ago, but there’s no such thing. Fans want him to fight Kingston, and Punk would, but Kingston isn’t here. Fans chant for Full Gear, and Full Gear is an option, but St. Louis is right up the road, so if Kingston has the balls, because Punk has the time, that’s where Punk will accept an apology.
And Punk will leave us with this. Because Moxley isn’t here, there’s a spot open in the title eliminator tournament, and Punk was going to fill that after settling up with Kingston. But now you don’t get that, you don’t get Punk VS Orange Cassidy, you don’t get possibly Punk VS Danielson at Full Gear. Don’t boo Punk, boo Kingston who thinks he’s somebody. Friday, Punk finds out exactly who Kingston is! The Best in the World just called out the Mad King for Rampage, will they go on a rampage in St. Louis?
“My God, I cursed you, I warned you, I threatened you. And then I waited patiently. And now the word comes in that The Redeemer, God’s Forsaken Champion, has been put in the title race all of a sudden. Is that you trying to help me? Or are you trying to toy with me? When I look up in anger, do you look down in fear? Because in this tournament, it is you who needs to prove yourself to me, like I need to prove myself to her. For my road home is clear now, and it is going to be paved with skulls with those who dare to stand in front of me! I will be champion! I will be forgiven! I will be loved! And then, you will be forgiven.” Will Orange Cassidy be living on a prayer against the wrath of Miro?
Backstage interview with The Super Kliq.
Alex Marvez is with Adam Cole, The Young Bucks and even Brandon Cutler, pointing out that Full Gear is coming. What is the plan for them? First of all, last week was 100% a fluke! Something like that will never happen again! And do you know why? Because he and the Bucks will remind everyone how bad they are! Nick Jackson says they’re tough guys! They’re not afraid of anyone! But then Christian Cage walks in. Matt Jackson tells him not to do anything stupid. It’s 3v1 (Cutler doesn’t count) and they’ll just beat him down like last time. Bad move, alright? But then LUCHASAURUS walks in! The Bucks try and talk this out, then try to walk away.
But then they throw hands, only to get thrown around! Christian fires hands on Cole while Luchasaurus takes care of both Bucks! And this spills out towards the arena area, just off to the side of the stage! The brawling continues but then Matt LOW BLOWS Luchasaurus! Cole whips Christian into the stage! The Super Kliq regroup to whip Luchasaurus into barriers! But wait! JUNGLE BOY FLIES IN from the stage!! Him being tossed last week did nothing to keep him out of this fight! But then Matt gets up to throat chop him! Matt goes up towards the stage, Christian SPEARS him down!
Christian brings Matt to the metal light structure, gets the arms, but Nick is there! SUPERKICK! The Bucks regroup, Cole crawls out from the tunnel as Luchasaurus stalks behind him! Luchasaurus choke grips the Bucks, throws Matt down and JB RANAS Matt down the ramp! Luchasaurus uppercuts Nick, headbutts Cole, and JB positions Cole for Luchasaurus to CHOKE SLAM Nick onto Cole! JB puts Cole in the SNARE TRAP! Luchasaurus TOSSES Nick down the ramp to join Matt! Christian returns and has CHAIRS! Christian wants to go Rated R as he puts Cole on one chair and gets the other! CON-CHAIR-TO!!
Cole twitches, fans want “One More Time!” but Christian leaves it at this. Will Captain Charisma and the Jurassic Express run through Super Kliq now that they’re back to 100%?
AEW hears from TBS Championship Tournament competitors.
Ruby Soho says that when Tony Khan first announced this tournament, it was monumental for the company. Kris Statlander knows she hasn’t faced Ruby before, but she’s known about her longer than Ruby’s known about Kris. Ruby says she is a big fan of Kris’, and admits this will be one hell of a match. The Galaxy’s Greatest Alien doesn’t need a title to prove herself, but it couldn’t hurt. Ruby’s nervous, but confident. Who comes out of the quarterfinals one step closer to that historic new title?
AAA Tag Team Championships Open Challenge: FTR w/ Tully Blanchard VS Samuray Del Sol & Aerostar!
Dax Harwood & Cash Wheeler were very specific, and very sneaky, about this open challenge. It was open to any two luchadors not named Rey Fenix and Penta El Zero Miedo. But will they #FeelTheRegret giving this chance to a duo they don’t know? Or will they actually prove they’re the best luchadors in the world today?
The introductions are made, the belts are raised, and we see if Dax & Cash can put their money where their mouths are!
The teams sort out and Cash sneaks up on Samuray. They circle, tie up, Cash powers Samuray to a corner. The ref calls for the break, Samuray avoids the cheap shot and headlocks. Cash powers out but Samuray headstands to handspring and headscissor! Dax gets in but a get a dropkick, too! Tag to Aero but FTR bails out. FTR regroups with Tully for a “timeout,” and take their time returning. Cash gets back in, tags to Dax, and now Dax circles with Aerostar. Aero shows off with his endless handsprings! Fans fire up, Dax flips him off! Dax and Aero tie up, Dax puts Aero in a corner and fires off hands! The ref counts, Dax stomps and CHOPS Aero, then throws uppercuts!
Dax tags in Cash, FTR double whip Aero but he goes up and up and TORNILLO Body attacks! Samuray gets in and gets a boost to double dropkick FTR out of the ring! Samuray springboards to SENTON! Aero runs and ESCALARA! Direct hit on Dax, Samuray starts up the “LUCHA! LUCHA!” chants. Aero puts FTR in then climbs up top to leap, but the double rana is blocked for a HOTSHOT! Cash covers, TWO! Cash is annoyed as AEW goes picture in picture.
Cash mocks the lucha chants, drags Aero to the FTR corner, and Dax gets his cheap shots in while the ref is busy with Cash and Samuray. Even Tully gets in on it as he chokes Aerostar on ropes! Cash hushes the fans then goes back to Aerostar. Cash drags Aero up, chokes him on ropes, but lets off as the ref counts. Cash tags Dax, FTR double suplex Aero to hang him out to dry! Aero flops to the floor, Dax goes out to fetch him and CHOP him against the railing! And then whips him into more railing! Dax gets in the face of some Aerostar fans then puts Aerostar in the ring. Aerostar gets away but just misses the tag! Dax tags in Cash, FTR mugs Aero in their corner!
Cash brings Aerostar up, scoops and RAMS him into the buckles! Aero ends up in a Tree of Woe, Dax tags in, and FTR go corner to corner to double basement dropkick! Cash tags back in, Dax DECKS Samuray, and FTR mocks the lucha chants before Cash whips Dax in! Aero sits up as AEW returns to single picture, and Dax gets posted up the middle! Cash runs over and CLUBS Aero, but Aero fights back with elbows! Cash falls, Aero adjusts, and Aero DIVES onto Dax!! They wipe out into railing, Aero hobbles back to the ring as fans lose their minds, and Cash stands to get a TRUST FALL! Hot tag to Samuray! Samuray CROSSBODIES! Cover, TWO!
Samuray fires off on Cash, mule kicks and front kicks! Dax gets in and gets kicks, too, but FTR double whip! They double back drop but Samuray lands on his feet! And does the splits! Aero jumps in to try the double rana again, but he’s caught! So Samuray double missile dropkicks them down! Samuray covers, TWO! Cash survives, Aerostar tags back in. They double whip Cash, then Aero runs in but is put on the apron. Samuray runs in, dodges Cash’s clothesline and comes back, Cash pops him up but he RANAS Dax! Aero RANAS Cash! Double rana covers, TWO!! Tully coaches FTR up but Darby Allin is watching from the shadows!
FTR regroup, Aero ducks and dodges but is put on the ropes. Aero body scissors Dax out, Samuray fires off on Cash! Cash blocks a clothesline to Gory Especial but Samuray slips out! Cash fights off the Shiranui but Samuray slips out of the suplex! Waistlock, switch, SOLINA DEL SOL!! Aerostar springboards and SPLASHES! Cover, Dax breaks it up! Dax drags and throws Aerostar down, but Samuray DIVES, only to be sent into barriers! Dax gets Samuray up, BRAINBUSTER to the floor! Aero BOOTS Dax down, ROCKS Cash, slips under and jumps up to victory roll! TWO!! Cash has it, and the ropes!! FTR win!!
Winners: FTR, by pinfall (still AAA Tag Team Champions)
Another sneaky win for The Pinnacle, but a close one at that! Will their luck run out when the Lucha Brothers come #ForTheirRevenge with the AEW World Tag Team titles on the line?
Backstage interview with Hikaru Shida.
Tony Schiavone presents Shida with a properly repaired 50th win trophy. But Nyla Rose and Vickie Guerrero walk in to sarcastically applaud. Congratulations! What a ride, what a journey, to get to 50. There were some speed bumps, but now she’s hitting a full on roadblock! Because very soon, it is Shida VS Nyla in the TBS Championship Tournament. Enjoy 50 wins. How long did it take her to get there? Nyla says she and Vickie are going to celebrate, because it’ll be an easy win for them. How’s that leg, by the way? The Full Metal Warrior knows she’s going into a battle with the Native Beast at less than 100%, but can she find the heart to overcome those odds?
The Inner Circle heads to the ring!
Independence serenades Chris Jericho, Sammy Guevara, Jake Hager, Santana & Ortiz with their rendition of Judas as they make their way down the ramp. Jericho gets the mic to shout out Kansas City! Last week, Sammy Guevara, the TNT Champion, the Spanish God, won against Ethan Page, which means at Full Gear, 10 Man Street Fight, Inner Circle VS Men of the Year & American Top Team, but Inner Circle gets to choose who faces them at Full Gear! But speaking of, here come The Men of the Year and American Top Team. Dan Lambert would really like to leave this “shi*tstain city” ASAP so let’s get this over with!
Jericho sees Lambert, Scorpio Sky, Ethan Page, and the rest on stage and says, “What an ugly collection of dumb idiots right here.” American Top Team, led by their mascot, “Dan ‘Don’t Call Me Dipsh*t’ Lambert.” Lambert won’t stand for the chants, and defends his face is not that fat! But Jericho, you need to put some respect on his name. He founded this team 25 years ago and made it the greatest gym in the history of the business! That makes him American Top Team member #1! But he has a collection of killers for Jericho to choose from, and an open contract signed by them. So let’s just get started. Fans want Lambert to STFU as the contract is brought down to the ring.
Lambert hopes they pull up a table for four and a high chair for lil’ Sammy, and allow Lambert to go over their menu selection. The main course will be the Men of the Year. The three selections from the MMA portion of the menu starts with former UFC Heavyweight Champions, Andrei Arlovski and Junior Dos Santos! Andrei has the most victories in the HISTORY of the UFC Heavyweight Division! And he knows they’re proud of Big Jake Hager’s Bellator record, but let’s not get a big head over it. Oh, too late. So bigger head. But there’s not one but two undefeated Bellator stars in “Hercules” Dalton Rosta and Austin Vanderford!
These Johnny Come Lately fans may not remember, but the Road Warriors used to say they snacked on danger, and dined on death. Hopefully the Inner Circle has a similar appetite. Time to pick your poison! Well… The contract is here, so they can choose any members. Hager starts it off by calling out Junior Dos Santos! Hager doesn’t want to say Dos Santos looks stupid, but he does look like Popeye. At Full Gear, the Inner Circle will drop him faster than his last fight, aka 71 seconds. That is pretty fast. Santana steps up and calls out Arlovski! He calls himself the pitbull? Hopefully not cuz of that pointy teeth BS he be wearing.
But check it, he’s always had rules and regulations to protect him. But what happens when there are no rules, there are no regulations! You want someone to bite? Bite this! Lambert says these guys belong in this town, because they’re just as dirty and rude. But before they make their third selection, speaking of disrespectful pieces of slime, Jericho had some nasty things to say about Paige VanZant back in Miami! Austin wants in this match for that reason! Austin gets the mic but Paige takes it to say she doesn’t need a man to fight her fights. They should put HER name down, because her schedule’s wide open! And Chris, there isn’t a filter out there that will hide the beating she’ll give him.
Y’know what? Given the look of those tight pants, no one in the Inner Circle has the BALLS to take her on! She could take them all five, by herself! Wait, she wants to take on all five of them by herself? Well that joke writes itself, doesn’t it? Maybe they can put it on her OnlyFans page. Ortiz wants to ask a serious question, and asks it in Spanish. Paige asks what Ortiz just said. Sammy translates it to, “You’re a bitch.” But alright, alright. The Inner Circle knows they have to choose one more. They could choose Paige, she’s tough as nails. They could choose her hubby, Austin Vanderford. They could choose that other guy.
But they are thinking about it, and choosing the guy who said he’s the number one member of American Top Team. Lambert freaks out and says he didn’t mean that literally! They choose DAN LAMBERT!! Fans are loving that! Lambert says check the tape! But he said any member of the American Top Team, and then said he was member number one! If Independence heard that right, say, “Fat Faced Dips*it!” Lambert tells them to shut up but it’s too late! See you at Full Gear so they can kick your asses!!
Backstage interview with Lio Rush, Dante Martin, Matt Sydal & Lee Moriarty.
Tony Schiavone says third time was the charm, what a match we saw on Friday’s Rampage between Sydal and Dante. Matt wants to say something: Congratulations, Dante Martin. Everything Sydal saw in him came to fruition in that match, and he still believes in him. And if Dante still wants to train with Lio and not Sydal, that’s fine. He has plenty of people he can train, such as Lee Moriarty! There is a lot of talent here, and they will go to the top. So let’s see if they mix it up with them! Oh, is that a challenge? Listen, Lio knows who Moriarty is. Very talented wrestler.
But make no mistake, he is not more talented than Dante Martin. Especially not with Lio in his corner. So challenge accepted! They will be ready, and Sydal better be ready to be on the highest flight. Then it sounds like a great tag team match in the works!
AEW TBS Championship Tournament Opening Round: Anna Jay VS Jamie Hayter w/ Britt Baker & Rebel!
The Queenslayer has a score to settle with The Doctor and her crew, but she’ll have to settle for getting at one of the sidekicks first. Will Number 99 keep it 100 and take on the number one seed, Thunder Rosa? Or will Hayter make Jay hate her even more?
The bell rings, Jay and Hayter circle, tie up, and Hayter powers Jay to ropes. The ref counts, Hayter lets off and Jay ducks the sucker punch to kick low! Jay headlocks, Hayter powers out, but Jay runs her over! Hayter gets up, Jay headlocks to a takeover! Hayter headscissors but Jay kips free to get another headlock. Hayter throws body shots, gets the headlock for herself but Jay throws body shots. Jay powers out, elbows Hayter down then covers, ONE! Hayter gets to ropes, Jay is after her but Hayter throws Jay out! Hayter brings Jay around to whip, but Jay reverses to send Hayter into railing! Hayter crashes hard but Jay dares her to get up, so she can kick her down!
Jay puts Hayter in the ring, Jay gets in the ropes but Hayter BOOTS her down! Hayter stomps away on Jay as AEW goes picture in picture.
Hayter brings Jay up, bumps her off buckles, then dusts off her hands before she whips Jay corner to corner. Jay bounces off buckles, Hayter digs her boots into her at the ropes! The ref counts, Hayter lets off at 4 then drags Jay up. Hayter suplexes hard, covers, TWO! Hayter is annoyed and Britt argues the count on her behalf. Hayter brings Jay up, Jay throws body shots but Hayter clubs and stomps her own. Jay comes back with fast hands, then pulls hair! Hayter pulls hair to throw Jay down! Hayter tosses her hair and talks some trash before she drags Jay up and CLUBS her on the back. Hayter stalks Jay, kicks her around, stomps her, then throws her down again.
Hayter steps on Jay for a cocky cover, TWO! Hayter grins and brings Jay up to throw forearms. Hayter has Jay in the corner, she throws more forearms then stomps a mudhole into Jay! The ref backs Hayter off, Britt is there to talk trash while Hayter wraps an arm around ropes and pulls! The ref pulls Hayter back, but Britt chokes Jay! Hayter drags Jay up to suplex high and hard! Cover, TWO! Hayter is annoyed again as AEW returns to single picture. Hayter has an arm, kicks at Jay but Jay throws body shots! Hayter CLUBS Jay, whips her to ropes, but Jay throws Hayter down! And again! Jay bumps Hayter off buckles, then off more buckles!
Jay whips corner to corner, runs in and HEEL KICKS! Jay brings Hayter around, roars, DDT! Cover, TWO!! Hayter survives and Britt is relieved. Jay wraps on a sleeper! Not quite the Queenslayer but Hayter throws her off! Jay gets up and ducks a clothesline, QUEENSLAYER! Rebel gets in, the ref is distracted and Britt grabs at Jay! Jay lets Hayter go to glare at Britt, but Hayter CLOBBERS Jay from behind! Hayter runs to LARIAT! Cover, Hayter wins!
Winner: Jamie Hayter, by pinfall (advances to the next round)
Anna Jay couldn’t win against the unofficial 3v1, and now she gets mugged for it! But here comes TAY CONTI! Britt runs off so Tay fires off on Rebel and Hayter! Britt comes back but gets DECKED! Conti DECKS Hayter then BOOTS Britt down!! And then gives some ground ‘n’ pound! But now she gets mugged by the henchwomen! Rebel gives Britt her belt to put under Conti’s face, but here comes THUNDER ROSA! Rosa has her own beef with Team Britt and she SHOTGUNS Hayter down! Britt retreats, will she be able to survive Tay Conti at Full Gear? Will Rosa tear into Hayter as the next best thing to tearing into Britt?
Mark Sterling and Jade Cargill speak.
Smart Mark says, “Everyone knows that Jade Cargill has a bye in the TBS title tournament, and obviously that’s because of her unbelievable, amazing, undefeated record.” But this Friday, they will watch closely as we see Red Velvet VS The Bunny. But Jade sighs and says it doesn’t even matter who wins, and Sterling agrees, it doesn’t matter who wins. Because whoever wins will meet their ultimate demise, Jade Cargill. And Jade plans on making this short and sweet to rename that title #ThatBitchShow. But who gets to be part of the “pilot” of that show in the quarterfinal round?
MJF is here!
Maxwell Jacob Friedman swaggers out on stage alone and has the music cut as he heads down to the ring. “Let’s cut through the bull, huh, Darby? When all these fresh new faces came into this company, all the boys in the back were sweating bullets. But not us, man. Nah. Cuz we’re pillars. We know for a fact without us, this company doesn’t work.” MJF gets in the ring as he continues. “And out of all the pillars, I mean, we’re already top guys. Have been for awhile. And don’t get me wrong, the other two guys are great, Darby, but they’re not us. Because we have ‘it.’ We’ve had it way before Dynamite ever existed. These fans know who we are, and they know damn well what we’re going to become, and that, my friend, is legendary.
“So why is it that they boo me, and cheer you?” MJF says it used to make him really, really mad, and he’d even lose sleep over it. And he’s not deaf, he hears them every single week. They chant Darby’s name at the top of their lungs. They even do it now. And then it hit him. Of course they hate MJF! He reminds them of their perfect, successful boss, brother, step, ex, hell! He is a symbol of everything everyone wishes they could be, but simply can’t. But Darby is one of them! A misfit, an outcast, “an incel who can barely string together four words.” Darby claims to live life with reckless abandonment, but not because he’s too cool for school. It’s because deep down, he’s not good enough to be a normal, functioning member of society.
The people love Darby because they’re just like him. “You’ll never fit in, and you’ll never win. And sure, Darberino, you might be cool and brooding Darby Allin outside of the ring, but once you step foot in it, that all goes away, doesn’t it?” Darby lets his emotions get the best of him. He goes from proficient pro-wrestler to glorified stuntman. At Full Gear, Darby will lose to MJF because mentally, he’s weak. Darby will lose because he will be too concerned with battering MJF than beating him. He will lose because MJF is better than him, and he knows it. “And one more thing!”
Let’s just say that by some grace of God, Darby changes his ways in 10 days and he doesn’t come running at MJF like a brainless hyena. That’s great, bud, but MJF is still a better wrestler. There is a reason no one has beaten him clean in the ring, and it’s because he’s that damn good! It’s easy to overlook that, Darbs, because when someone is even a fraction as good as MJF on the mic, they can’t hang in the ring. And unfortunately for Darby and the mindless fans, Darby will find out that MFJ breaks the mold. MJF is so much better in the squared circle, he could beat Darby with a headlock takeover.
Darby has a mic and says, “Max. I am an outcast. I’m everything you called me. And at Full Gear, I’m not gonna attack you with my skateboard. I will keep my composure, and we will have a wrestling match. Because I’m gonna let my anger out right now tonight.” Darby heads for the ring and MJF eggs the fans on. “You wanna see it? Too bad.” MJF heads out of the ring before Darby gets there, but Sting and some Darby followers block MJF’s way! MJF is scared back to the ring, but then Shawn Spears and Wardlow rush in to fight the followers! MJF watches that brawl, but he sees Darby is creeping up towards the ring! MJF eggs Darby on, and they brawl in the front row!
Fabs get a preview up close and personal, but MJF rakes Darby’s eyes! And whips him into a barrier! MJF throws off his jacket and shouts at the fans, then he drags Darby back up to bowl off chairs! MJF brings Darby back to the ring, whips, but Darby reverses and MJF hits railing! Darby dribbles MJF’s head off the railing! Fans fire up with Darby as he gets space to run back in and CLOBBERS MJF up and over the railing!! Darby gets MJF up and into the ring! Darby’s up top in a hurry but MJF bails out just as fast! Fans boo as MJF runs around the ring and back to the crowd! Darby stares MJF down from the top rope, and now MJF is the one that’s furious! Will this explode into a fight no matter what either man says?
Cody Rhodes w/ Arn Anderson VS Andrade El Idolo w/ Jose!
The American Nightmare thought he’d settled things with Malakai Black, but things took a twisted turn as the Face of Latinos joined Malakai’s side. Andrade has called out Cody’s entitled and perhaps deluded ego, but will this battle of multi-generational stars end the way Andrade wants?
The bell rings and the two circle as they stare down. Fans rally and duel and Andrade SLAPS Cody! Cody ducks the clothesline to SLAP, kick and Rhodes Uppercut! Cody puts Andrade in a corner to fire off! Cody climbs, rains down fists and gets all the way to 9 before topping it off with the tenth! Cody then wrenches, whips corner to corner, but Andrade reverses. Cody tumbles up and out but Andrade goes out to join him! They brawl, Cody gets the edge but Andrade BOOTS! Cody drops down to TRIP Andrade! Andrade rolls into the ring, Cody slides in and reels him in to put up top! Cody climbs up behind Andrade, Andrade elbows him away!
Andrade adjusts, leaps but Cody anti-air dropkicks him down! Cody kicks and throws more hands, then runs to go up and up, only for Andrade to shove him out! Cody hits the floor, the ref keeps Andrade in, and AEW goes picture in picture.
Arn checks on Cody, Andrade wants after Cody but Cody hobbles. Andrade slips out other side to run around the way and CHOP BLOCK Cody down! Jose applauds Andrade while Cody gets up, Andrade throws a CHOP but Cody throws a fan’s water bottle! Andrade kicks Cody down, drags Cody up and into the ring, then stalks up behind him to KICK the leg out! Andrade stomps Cody down then fires up and fans fire up with him. Andrade stomps, gets a leg and turns Cody over to a HALF CRAB! Andrade twists the leg at an angle, Cody endures, turns over and throws hands! Cody is free but Andrade comes back to KNEE him down! Andrade paces while Cody is on the ropes, and AEW goes to break.
AEW returns as Andrade gets himself back in the ring. Cody hobbles up, Andrade reels him in but Cody elbows him back! Andrade CLUBS Cody, runs, but Cody follows to rally with forearms and clotheslines! Cody scoops and RUNNING POWERSLAMS! Cody fires up, fans are divided and Andrade stands. Cody kicks low, reels Andrade in and underhooks, but Andrade slips out. Cody ROCKS him with a forearm, runs but into the boot feint ELBOW! Cover, TWO!! Cody survives and drags himself to the corner where Arn’s coaching him up. Andrade drags Cody up and stomps a mudhole into him! Andrade grins and fans are also divided as he goes corner to corner.
Cody denies the knees by hitting a LARIAT! Cody calls for it, waits for Andrade to stand and goes for the dragon sleeper. Andrade spins it to snap suplex! Uno amigo! Another snap suplex, Dos Amigos! One more, but Cody fights it as fans chant for Eddie! Cody powers Andrade back but Andrade snap suplexes him into buckles! Three Amigos with something a little extra! Andrade fires up again, fans chant “SI! SI! SI!” and Andrade comes in with CIEN KNEES! Cover, TWO!! Cody survives again but Andrade grits his teeth. Andrade puts Cody in a drop zone, goes up top, and SPLIT LEG- NO! Cody avoids the moonsault, comes back to waistlock, but Andrade elbows out hard!
Andrade throws hands, Cody throws them back! Cody JABS and JABS and JABS and JABS! Flip, flop, fly, BIONIC ELBOW! Cody runs, but Andrade BOOTS him straight up! Andrade runs, Cody trips him and has the leg! But no Figure Four as Andrade slips out and trips Cody! “WOO~!” Andrade gets the leg, FIGURE FOUR! Wonder who he learned that from! Cody endures, keeps his shoulders up, turns and gets things reversed onto Andrade! Andrade endures, reaches, and gets a ROPEBREAK! The leglock is undone, Andrade flops out of the ring. Cody builds speed but Jose stands in his way! So Arn trips up Andrade’s personal assistant to DECK him!
Cody runs and builds speed, to DIVE into a double belt shot from FTR!! Andrade helped them get the AAA tag titles, this is them paying him back! FTR sneak under the ring, Andrade throws Cody in! Andrade drags Cody up, hammerlock for the DDT!! Cover, Andrade wins!
Winner: Andrade El Idolo, by pinfall
FTR reappear to celebrate with Andrade, as does Tully. They then stand Cody back up so Andrade can BOOT him down! FTR mugs Cody, but Arn gets in! Arn shoves Tully and the Horsemen stare down! Fans want to see this one! Tully takes off his jacket, but here come the Lucha Brothers! They brawl with FTR while Tully and Andrade retreat! Arn falls back to help Cody, Fenix whips Cash, Penta whips Dax but things get turned around. Fenix SUPERKICKS Fenix off the apron, the brothers DOUBLE SUPERKICK Dax! Fenix uses the tiger feint to back Cash off, and then Penta gets Dax up! Cash saves Dax from the LB Driver, but they’re 10 days away from Full Gear! Will FTR #FearTheRevenge of Fenix & Penta?
AEW returns as Tony Schiavone is in the ring.
And he’s joined by “Johnny Hungy,” John Silver of the Dark Order! Friday in St. Louis for AEW Rampage, Silver will take on Adam Cole 1v1! Schiavone wants to stay neutral, but he really hopes Silver kicks Cole’s you-know-what. Silver thanks Schiavone for that, but it won’t really be John Silver VS Adam Cole this Friday. No? No, it’ll be John Silver VS #BUDGE. And since #BUDGE has been here, Silver’s been trying to give him some advice. Maybe he should change his hear, get rid of the hair, change his name to Budge, become the Dark Order’s manager, but he hasn’t taken any of that advice. If he did, he wouldn’t have gotten that Con-Chair-To from Christian…
But Cole not taking Silver’s advice makes Silver mad! Silver will be ready! It’ll be the Meat Man, Johnny Hungy, and this Friday, Silver kicks some BUDGE ASS! Silver is hungry for a fight, will Adam Cole be able to give it to him after what we saw earlier tonight?
AEW looks closer at Velvet VS Bunny.
Bunny knows Red Velvet likes to play by the rules as a “nice person.” But being nice doesn’t win you championships. Unlike Velvet, Bunny does whatever it takes. She’ll be the villain of the story if it means winning the TBS Championship. Velvet says The Bunny couldn’t have chosen a better opponent. She better bring everything she has. Velvet beat her once, and under these circumstances, she won’t hesitate to beat that ass again. But with Jade Cargill waiting on the other side, is the winner really just the next big loser?
Bryan Danielson is here!
The American Dragon is already a finalist, having defeated Eddie Kingston in an all-time classic on Rampage. But he wants to be here to personally watch what goes down in the other semifinal match. Bryan joins commentary and thanks JR and Excalibur for having him. He says Kingston didn’t want to give up, so he had to elbow him into oblivion. Kingston was furious and that brought about the incident with CM Punk, but that will be settled with a face-to-face this Friday. For now, we see who heads to Full Gear with Bryan!
AEW World Title Eliminator Tournament Semifinals: Orange Cassidy VS Miro!
This was meant to be Freshly Squeeze’s chance at avenging Wheeler Yuta, but that’s all water under the bridge now. His ribs are still taped up, will he be able to tough it out through another brutal match? Or will God’s Forsaken take matters into his own hands and crush all in his path?
The bell rings and we see Big Money Matt Hardy watching from the crowd again. Hardy’s grudge with Cassidy is far from done, but he’ll simply watch someone else go after Cassidy. Cassidy goes to put his hands in his pockets but Miro rushes in! Cassidy scrambles to another corner, raises his hands again, but then baits Miro into buckles! And he unleashes the “devastating” shin kicks! Miro is not amused, but Cassidy dodges him again and goes to the apron and then around the way to the ramp. Fans cheer as Cassidy puts his hands in his pockets! Miro scowls, rushes out but Cassidy rushes back in and returns, to DIVE! But into Miro’s hands, and an OVERHEAD Belly2Belly!
Miro talks trash as Cassidy writhes, and Miro drags Cassidy up to DECK him! AEW goes picture in picture as Miro POSTS Cassidy! Cassidy crawls, Miro pulls at the rib tape and uses that to drag Cassidy around. Miro throws Cassidy around, pulls the tape away, and gets Cassidy into the ring. Cover, TWO! Cassidy gets to ropes and drags himself up but Miro brings him around to a facelock. Miro has the fans fire up before he suplexes Cassidy high and hard! And then does it again! And then gut wrench TOSSES Cassidy! Miro wants to hear more from the fans, and even climbs the corner to look up at the sky. He seems to ask if God is watching this closely.
Miro stalks Cassidy, drags him up and brings him around to a bearhug! Cassidy endures, throws elbows, but Miro just squeezes tighter! Miro then scoops and SLAMS Cassidy down! Miro lets fans get louder as he rips the rest of the rib tape away. Miro looms over Cassidy, mocks him with the tape, then scoops again. Cassidy slips out to a STUNNER! Miro staggers, Cassidy hobbles up and is in the corner. Miro RAMS into Cassidy then stomps him down! The ref counts, Miro lets off at 4, and AEW returns to single picture. Miro snarls while the ref checks on Cassidy. Cassidy is okay so Miro whips him hard into the corner!
Miro encourages fans to get loud again as he stands Cassidy up. Miro whips Cassidy into the corner, but Cassidy hits back with a forearm! Cassidy fires up and fires off forearms!! Miro shoves Cassidy back, Cassidy dodges in the corner and then shoves Miro into buckles! Cassidy runs to SHOTGUN dropkick! He kips up through the pain and runs, into a tilt-o-whirl DDT! Cover, TWO!! Miro survives but Cassidy throws off his elbow pad! Fans fire up as Cassidy aims from the corner. Miro bails out to avoid the Orange Punch! Miro rests against the timekeeper’s area but Cassidy goes up top! FLYING ELBOW through the table!! Fans lose their minds as both men are down and Hardy talks trash!
Cassidy drags himself back towards the ring and the ring count is 6 of 10! Cassidy’s in, Miro stirs at 7. We’re at 8, then 9! Miro hobble sup and in at 9.99!! Miro survives, Orange takes aim, Miro hobbles up and ORANGE- NO! Miro catches Cassidy to pop him up! Cassidy slips out, gets Miro up, BEACH BREAK!! Cover, TWO!?!? Cassidy shrugs it off, aims from a corner, Miro flounders up! ORANGE- CHOP BLOCK! BEST KICK!!! Miro storms around and shouts, “GAME! OVER!” Stomp and GAME OVER CLUTCH!!! Cassidy taps, Miro wins!
Winner: Miro, by submission (advances to the finals)
And now we know the Full Gear match-up! Bryan goes right to the ring and stares Miro down. Fans are fired up to see these two in the ring together, and Bryan offers a handshake. Miro steps away without taking it. Miro may not respect Bryan now, but will the American Dragon make him show respect after their title contender’s match?
Another great episode for Dynamite here. And as they say, the show must go on. It is honestly a great thing for Moxley to go into rehab. The first step to solving a problem is admitting you have one, and a lot of that promo he had last week felt very real. Again, we here at the Chairshot wish Moxley all the best, Moxley can and will definitely get through this. And while I was waiting for Miro to take opportunities for himself on Elevation or Dark, him getting the spot against Cassidy in the tournament and in the main event is great for him. Miro and Cassidy had a great match, but just as Mox was the surefire winner, Miro won here and now we get a great match-up for Full Gear.
Omega VS Angels as an apparent last minute addition was actually great stuff. Great match from Angels again but Omega wins to get momentum, but then the math kinda cancels out as Hangman gets after him and stands tall. There’s still the go-home next week, who knows how that goes. I also like that there’s a lot going on for the Super Kliq, with Christian and Jurassic Express returning but also still beef with Dark Order. Trios Championship tease here since that’s some big trios contenders right there. Also I loved the teasing Silver did to Cole in regards to the RawDown rumors. Cole VS Silver is going to be really good stuff for Rampage this week.
Punk had a great promo because in one go, he gives his shoot support of Moxley and his kayfabe condemnation of Kingston. Punk and Kingston will have a face to face that will definitely turn into a match, and perhaps it gets a spot on Full Gear, not that it has to. Good promos from the TBS tournament entries, but I still see Ruby and Velvet winning. Jade and Sterling had a good promo, and I’m pretty sure Jade wins against Velvet there, too. Hayter winning was a big surprise to me, but I suppose it makes more sense for Team Britt to be on their heels. Rosa will definitely beat Hayter, Britt will surely retain against Conti, I’m sure we’ll still get Britt VS Rosa after all this.
Great to see Samuray Del Sol (aka Kalisto) and Aerostar in AEW and they had a good match with FTR. Could’ve been a bit better but I think Aero went a little too hot into one of those dives and that slowed things down after that. FTR retains, of course, to attempt becoming the next dual champions between AAA and AEW. Still hoping they were going to make this Winner Takes All, but oh well. We got a fun segment from Inner Circle and American Top Team, and I just knew that Lambert would be chosen. Lambert even saying the words that Jericho used against him was a foreshadowing of it. But that was half the reason this was a Street Fight Tag, so that the non-wrestlers could be involved and not worry about the subtle rules. And Lambert is in it to take the loss, count on that.
We also got a good promo from Sydal and Lio, though I didn’t expect Sydal to get weirdly passive aggressive about his protégé leaving him for someone else. But this is great for Moriarty, he really is a great in-ring talent, he and Dante are going to tear it up all on their own. MJF and Darby had a great promo segment, and I like that Sting brought Darby Allin followers like they had for the warehouse fight with Team Taz. Darby clotheslining MJF over the railing was the most physical one of those I’ve ever seen, and their match will probably be very physical for being what Darby promises to be a normal, technical match. Those guys might even steal the show just to prove they are two of the four young AEW pillars.
And I’m surprised Cody didn’t make himself the main event, but I suppose the tournament story should take center stage. Cody VS Andrade was great stuff, and I suppose one way around Malakai’s ringside ban is to have FTR help out. I almost feel like there could be a way to make Andrade a member of The Pinnacle. Or he could even take it over? Who knows, there could be an upheaval the way MJF’s been treating Wardlow. But it was all good stuff to pump up FTR VS Lucha Bros, and puts a bit more heat into Cody’s feud with Andrade and Malakai. Pac should’ve been part of this, too, to keep things going on his end, but maybe that happens in the go-home.
My Score: 9/10
Mitchell’s AEW Dynamite Results & Report! (2/8/23)
There’s gold in El Paso!
Dynamite becomes championship fight night!
From the tag to the trios to both men’s and women’s world championships, AEW is giving out title opportunities on Dynamite! Who strikes gold in El Paso?
- AEW World Title Eliminator: MJF VS Konosuke Takeshita; MJF wins and denies Konosuke a title match.
- AEW Women’s World Title Eliminator: Jamie Hayter w/ Britt Baker & Rebel VS The Bunny w/ Penelope Ford; Hayter wins and denies Bunny a title match.
- The Garcia-Guevara Gauntlet Challenge: Ricky Starks VS The Jericho Appreciation Society; The JAS wins and denies Starks a match with Chris Jericho.
- Bryan Danielson VS Rush; Bryan wins.
- AEW World Trios Championships: The Elite VS AR Fox & Top Flight; The Elite win and retain the titles.
- AEW World Tag Team Championships: The Acclaimed VS The Gunns; win and
PLAY BY PLAY
AEW World Title Eliminator: MJF VS Konosuke Takeshita!
While he is determined to not have the One Hour Ironman Match with Bryan Danielson, Maxwell Jacob Friedman has no choice but to have this match with The Future of Wrestling. Will MJF cross Konosuke off the list of contenders? Or will Konosuke have a golden ticket for a real shot at the Big Burberry Belt?
The bell rings and MJF has El Paso settle down as he offers a handshake to Konosuke. Konosuke shakes his head instead, not trusting this. Fans call MJF an A-Hole, but MJF still offers the handshake. Konosuke takes the handshake after all, but MJF kicks low! Konosuke was right to not trust MJF before! MJF whips, Konosuke ducks ‘n’ dodges and CLOBBERS MJF with the Takeshita Line! Fans fire up and Konosuke has MJF in a corner. Konosuke climbs up to rain down fists! Fans count along to nine, but MJF carries Konosuke off the corner for an atomic drop! MJF tells fans, “Up yours,” then runs, but into the JUMP KNEE!
Fans fire up again as Konosuke stands tall! Konosuke waits on MJF to get up, runs in, but MJF uses the ref as a shield! Fans boo as MJF tackles Konosuke and drops knees on the arm again and again! MJF drags Konosuke up and WRINGS him out into buckles! Fans taunt “Maxi-Pad!” but MJF just taunts them back. MJF drags Konosuke up, clamps onto the arm and also fishhooks Konosuke’s nose. Fans duel, “Let’s Go, Maxwell!” “MAXWELL SUCKS!” Konosuke fights up, throws forearm after forearm and is free! Konosuke runs, MJF spins him and WRINGS his arm out again! MJF drags Konosuke up, hammerlock and lift for a DDT! Cover, TWO!
Fans rally while MJF grows frustrated. MJF drags Konosuke by the bad arm, and BITES the fingers! The ref counts, MJF lets off, and he stalks Konosuke to a corner. MJF CLAWS Konosuke, whips, but Konosuke blocks. MJF CLUBS the bad arm and soaks up the heat. MJF whips, Konosuke reverses but MJF blocks the whip to reverse. MJF swings, into an EXPLODER into buckles! Fans fire up again while both men are down! Konosuke goes to the other corner, runs back in and BOOTS MJF! Konosuke keeps going, for another BOOT! Fans fire up, Konosuke keeps moving, but MJF moves! The boot gets caught up, MJF rolls Konosuke, TWO!
MJF whips, Konosuke reverses but MJF goes up, into a KICK! Konosuke pushes MJF down, brings him up and suplexes, BRAINBUSTER! Cover, TWO!! MJF survives and frustrates Konosuke but fans fire up. Konosuke clutches the bad arm, goes to a corner and climbs, and fans fire up for the Latino Heat from the Japanese Phenomenon! FROG SPLASH!! Cover, TWO!! Fans cheer for “EDDIE! EDDIE!” while Konosuke grits his teeth. Konosuke drags MJF up, suplexes again, but MJF blocks. MJF wrenches the bad arm, they roll, Konosuke rolls free and tilt-o-whirls, but MJF has him in position!
But Konosuke kicks his way to reverse positions! Tuck and BASTARD DRIVER!! But then a deadlift WHEELBARROW GERMAN!! Fans are thunderous for Konosuke as he gets his bad arm working. Konosuke runs in but MJF bails out. Fans boo, but Konosuke doesn’t look away. Konosuke slingshots, but MJF moves to avoid the Plancha! Konosuke crashes ‘n’ burns and MJF is in the ring. The ring count climbs, but MJF goes out at 4 of 10. MJF fetches Konosuke, SLAMS the bad arm on the floor, then drags him up again. MJF says, “This is your boy? He’s done!” But Konosuke turns things around to POST MJF!
Fans fire up and Konosuke puts MJF in the ring. Fans chant “You Deserve It!” at MJF as Konosuke stalks him. Konosuke drags MJF to a drop zone, fires back up, and he goes up the corner. But MJF hits ropes to trip Konosuke up! Fans boo but MJF says he’s smarter than that. MJF climbs up behind Konosuke, brings him up, but Konosuke CLUBS MJF! Konosuke adjusts, to SUPER TAKESHITA LINE! But MJF lands on his feet?!? MJF SUPESRKICKS, runs, but into a FOREARM! MJF rebounds, ROLLING ELBOW! Konosuke rebounds to LARIAT!! Both men are down and fans are giving a standing ovation!
Fans are loving “A E DUB!” for this incredible opening contest. Konosuke crawls over to MJF and covers, TWO!! SALT OF THE EARTH FUJIWARA ARMBAR!! Konosuke bites his other hand to endure, rolls MJF over, TWO! MJF runs in, Konosuke sends him out and then builds speed to FLY!! Direct hit and fans are thunderous again! Konosuke puts MJF in the ring again, fires up and El Paso fires up with him. “This is Awesome!” as Konosuke returns to the ring. MJF rolls away, Konosuke brings a kneepad down, and Konosuke runs in! But MJF bails out again! Fans boo as MJF just narrowly avoids the strike.
MJF is down as the ring count starts but Konosuke goes out to fetch MJF. Konosuke puts MJF in but MJF uses the ref as a shield again! The ref gets free as Konosuke steps in, but MJF kicks the ropes to hit Konosuke low!! Fans boo as MJF gets away with that one! MJF drives knees into the bad arm again and again! Fans boo more but MJF spits at them. MJF lines up the shot, runs in, but Konosuke avoids the knee drop! MJF and Konosuke both stand up, MJF swings but Konosuke blocks, but that’s the bad arm! MJF calls Konosuke an idiot, but Konosuke ROCKS MJF with a straight right! And then forearm after forearm!
MJF kicks low but Konosuke blocks! Only to claw Konosuke’s eyes! Fans boo, MJF runs, but Konosuke ducks and runs. MJF dodges, runs, but Konosuke RANAS, into a POWERBOMB BACKBREAKER! But that’s MJF’s bad leg! MJF clutches his knee while Konosuke writhes from the bad back. Fans rally up as MJF goes to a corner. MJF runs in, into a BLUE THUNDER BOMB!! Cover, TWO!! Konosuke hurries to go to a corner, run in, DRIVE KNEE!! Cover, ROPEBREAK!! MJF survives by a literal foot! Konosuke can’t believe it but fans fire back up again. Konosuke drags MJF back to center and fans fire up again.
Konosuke goes to the apron, goes up the ropes, SPRINGBOARD SWANTON FLOP! MJF hurries to get the SALT OF THE EARTH!! Konosuke endures, fans rally but MJF pushes back as hard as he can! Konosuke reaches out, crawls, moves around, and gets the ropes, only for MJF to drag Konosuke and BRIDGE the armbar! Konosuke taps, MJF wins!
Winner: MJF, by submission (denies Konosuke Takeshita a title match)
The Devil of AEW may have cheated Konosuke at some point, he finishes Konosuke off himself in the end. MJF then demands the ref hand the Dynamite Diamond Ring back. The ref obliges, and then MJF pushes the ref down! MJF is armed with his favorite weapon and he’s aiming at Konosuke! Fans boo, but MJF hits the DIAMOND RING PUNCH! Fans boo even harder, but MJF throws down fists on Konosuke! Konosuke’s busted open, but here comes BRYAN DANIELSON! The American Dragon chases MJF off, but the damage to The Future was done. Will Bryan make it through the night to be THE #1 contender?
Samoa Joe speaks.
“What stands before you is your assurance that all is right in the universe. I stand here, Samoa Joe, your ROH World Television Champion, and once again, your rightful TNT Champion. And Darby Allin, though I may not agree with the way you conduct yourself in the ring, I will say this: you are a worthy and a brave adversary. But do you know who is not a brave and worthy adversary, is you, Wardlow. I have taken your championship and I have taken your scalp. What more do you want me to take from you?
“I understand but you don’t. From the very beginning, from when WARJOE started, that I knew men like you are ambitious and need to be put down immediately, and that’s what I did. So Wardlow, if you come for me, know I know that you are a man with many secrets. And week after week, I will peel away that onion, and I will expose you for those secrets. Because you may be coming to take my championship from me, but Wardlow, I will take everything from you.” The One True King of Television has spoken, but will the Maestro of Mayhem heed his warning?
AEW Women’s World Title Eliminator: Jamie Hayter w/ Britt Baker & Rebel VS The Bunny w/ Penelope Ford!
While there is division within the Women’s Division, the champion is still welcoming all challengers. The Bunny wants to sink her teeth into 24 carats, but will she be tasting the Hayterade instead?
The bell rings and fans rally as the two approach. Fans are strongly behind Hayter but Bunny offers a handshake. Hayter accepts it, and it isn’t a trick, so the two circle. They tie up, go around, and Hayter headlocks to a takeover. Bunny tries to chinbar but Hayter keeps things moving around in a circle. Bunny pulls hair, the ref reprimands and Bunny lets go. They stand up, Bunny pushes Hayter to ropes and powers out. Hayter runs Bunny over! Things speed up, Hayter runs Bunny over again and again! Fans fire up with Hayter and she kisses the biceps. Hayter runs in but Bunny elbows her away!
Bunny goes up, reels Hayter in, and has a HANGING HEADSCISSOR! The ref counts, Bunny thrashes around but she lets off at 4. Hayter sputters but Bunny brings her onto the ropes. Bunny goes to suplex but Hayter blocks! Hayter suplexes Bunny into the ring! Fans fire up while Bunny crawls to the far side. Ford coaches Bunny but Hayter ROCKS Bunny first! Bunny avoids the shoulder, knees Hayter in the ropes, then turns her for a NECKBREAKER HOTSHOT! Bunny drags Hayter out to snap suplex Hayter to the floor, AND the steps! Hayter clutches a leg while Bunny soaks up the heat and AEW goes picture in picture.
Bunny drags Hayter up, brings her around, but Hayter RAMS Bunny into railing! And whips her into the apron! Hayter fixes her hair, but then Bunny claws her eyes! Bunny whips Hayter into the steel steps! Hayter clutches her arm as she hobbles away but Rebel checks on her. Bunny refreshes the ring count and puts Hayter back in. Hayter throws body shots and she backs Bunny to a corner! Hayter then lets off, runs back in and CHOPS! Bunny rakes Hayter’s eyes! Bunny CHOPS Hayter in return, then CHOPS again! Bunny huffs and puffs, stomps a mudhole into Hayter, then lets off as the ref counts.
Bunny goes to the far side, comes running back in, SLIDING FOREARM! Bunny laughs and smiles into the camera, then digs her forearm into Hayter’s face. The ref counts, Bunny YANKS Hayter out to a cover, TWO! Hayter throws some elbows into Bunny’s back but Bunny rains down fists! The ref reprimands about closed fists, but Bunny just smiles. Bunny drags Hayter up, brings her through the ropes and to the apron, then reels her in. Hayter fights the lift, and RAMS Bunny into the post! Hayter kicks and CLUBS Bunny, but Bunny BOOTS back! Hayter BOOTS Bunny, CLUBS her some more, but Bunny CHOPS!
Hayter CHOPS, Bunny mule kicks! Bunny and Hayter each grab hair, DOUBLE APRON FACEBUSTERS! Dynamite returns to single picture as fans fire up! Both women crawl into the ring, Britt borrows a fan sign that reads “Hayterade is my workout drink!” But then Ford takes the sign from Britt to RIP it up! Fans boo and Brit is shocked. Bunny runs in at Hayter, but into an EXPLODER! Hayter clinches again, Bunny fights but the EXPLODER hits again! Hayter drags Bunny back up, Ford coaches Bunny up, but HAYTERADE hits! Cover, Hayter wins!
Winner: Jamie Hayter, by pinfall (denies Bunny a title match)
#HayterHitsHard is more than a catchphrase, and Bunny found that out face first. But then, who will come after Hayter and this title come Revolution in March?
Backstage interview with Saraya & Toni Storm.
Renee Paquette is with the Revolution and the Lightning to congratulate them on last week’s tag match win. But of course, they saw the AEW Women’s World Champion, Jamie Hayter, in action. Saraya says they did, and congrats, “baby girl.” But uh, Hayter’s just like everyone else here: a loser! In fact, Leva Bates is walking by so Saraya invites her over. Doesn’t Leva look so cute right now? Well, thanks! But doesn’t her name start with L? Yeah. That’s great, because, uh… Oh, Renee, you might wanna stand aside for this. Toni, do you wanna do the honors? Yes! BLAM! She sucker punches Leva to knock her down, and then she and Saraya stomp her out!
Toni has a can of spray paint! Saraya shakes it up, and sprays a big green L on Leva’s white shirt! Both sides, too! Saraya says they’re not here to make friends, they’re here to take over. Will Saraya & Storm make everyone in the AEW Women’s Division take the L?
Backstage interview with MJF.
Or rather, Lexi Nair is waiting outside MJF’s locker room, where there is an AEW security guard posted. Lexi notes this is to ask about MJF’s brutal attack on Konosuke after their match. MJF shouts to let her in, so the guard opens the door. Lexi walks in and MJF tells her to have a seat. She sits, he chugs some water then tosses the bottle aside. MJF tells Konosuke, “Everybody was talking about you like you were the next big thing, and I’ll give you credit, big man, you’re really good. But you’re no match for a generational talent such as myself. But don’t blame yourself, bud. Nobody is.
“Bryan Danielson, you treat me like I’m some sort of scumbag. These fans treat me like I’m a scumbag. I don’t know if you people hate me because I’m twisted, or if I’m twisted because you people hate me. But here’s what I do know. I know that a man does not know what he is truly made of until he is met with adversity. I remember the first time I was. Oh, yeah, Lexi Nair. It was junior year of high school, and boy oh boy was I a speed demon. I loved whipping around in my beautiful blue Camaro, and I just kept getting speed ticket after speed ticket after speed ticket.
“And eventually, I was only one point away from getting my license revoked, and then junior prom hit. Me and my football buddy, we showed up in our lettermans, and we hooked up with all the fine hotties Long Island has to offer. But there was one girl in particular, for legal reasons let’s call her ‘Liv.’ Man, she was my high school crush. I saw her cross the dance floor. Beautiful, sun-kissed brown skin, amazing light brown eyes, short curly brown hair, and the most infectious smile you’ve ever seen. She was perfect.” MJF walked up to her and told her, “Hey, baby, let’s go for a spin.” They got in the Camaro, he got to driving and she got to… Well, let’s just say she distracted him.
Once things finished up, MJF decided to put pedal to the metal and unfortunately, it was raining that night “like cats and dogs.” They hydroplaned, went roaring and spinning off the road, and in a panic, MJF put his foot on the brake but instead hit the accelerator, and at 90 miles per hour, BOOM! They hit a telephone pole. When MJF woke up, he tasted pennies in his mouth. He was confused, concussed, didn’t understand. When he looked down, his hands were covered in blood. And he looked over at his sweet Liv. Her head had cracked the windshield, she was not moving at all. He put a finger under her nose, and thank God she was still breathing.
Off in the distance, MJF heard police sirens. “There it was, Dragon: adversity. In that moment, I found out what type of man I am. You wanna know who I am, Dragon? I’m the type of guy who dragged Liv’s lifeless body and switched seats with her so when the cops showed up, I wasn’t the one driving. IN THIS LIFE, THERE ARE WINNERS, AND THERE ARE LOSERS! The history books don’t care how you get the job done! You wanna talk about exposing me, Dragon?! Tonight, I expose YOU!! You will be met with adversity, and everybody watching at home will know that you don’t have the guts, you don’t have the temerity, you don’t the balls to do what it takes to be a winner!”
MJF vows there will be NO world title match on March 5th at Revolution! There will be NO Ironman match, and Bryan will “never, ever come close to holding the greatest prize of them all, the Triple B! Because yes, Bryan, I am a scumbag. And I’m damn proud of it.” MJF grins as he admires the title, but will even the lowest of the low that he is be able to slay the American Dragon?
The Garcia-Guevara Gauntlet Challenge: Ricky Starks VS The Jericho Appreciation Society!
The Absolute wants one more match with The Wizard, but he has to get through the rest of the “JAS Holes” first. Will Starks win three in a row to get his shot at Chris Jericho?
Ricky Starks VS Angelo Parker w/ Matthew Menard!
First up is Cool Hand Ange, and the two fire off hands at the bell! Fans fire up as Starks gets the edge and has Parker on the ropes. Parker rakes eyes, the ref reprimands but Parker ROCKS Starks! Parker snap suplexes, covers, ONE!! Parker pushes Starks down to stomp him, covers, TWO! Parker drags Starks up, whips him to ropes and CALF KICKS him down! Cover, with feet on the ropes! The ref sees that, it’s so blatant! The ref kicks Parker off the ropes and the two argue. Starks goes to a corner and fans rally up but Parker stands Starks up. Starks ROCKS Parker, but Parker shoots in to roll him up! TWO, Starks kicks low!
Starks gets Parker up but Parker rakes eyes to avoid Roshambeaux! Parker whips, Starks ducks ‘n’ dodges to SPEAR! Cover, Starks ELIMINATES Parker! But Daddy Magic is right here, ready to go!
Ricky Starks VS Matthew Menard w/ Angelo Parker!
Menard swings, Starks dodges, and he rolls Menard up, Starks ELIMINATES Menard!! Fans are fired up as Starks dispatches 2Point0 in quick fashion! But the third man is a mystery, so who is it? The Dragonslayer, Daniel Garcia! Starks waits on Garcia and his leather pants, but then Sammy Guevara’s music hits? It seems the Spanish God swerved all of us, including Garcia! Guevara hugs Garcia, keeping us all guessing. Sammy and Garcia each go to the apron, Sammy steps in but Starks chases him off! Garcia gets in, he officially takes the third spot!
Ricky Starks VS Daniel Garcia w/ Sammy Guevara!
Garcia stomps away on Starks while fans boo. Sammy soaks up the heat, Garcia digs his boots into Starks and then also soaks up the heat. The ref counts, Garcia lets off at 4, and he storms up to stand Starks up. Garcia fires body shots, whips Starks corner to corner hard, and Starks bounces off buckles! Fans chant “Sammy Sucks!” but Sammy says he does not. Garcia stands Starks up but Starks CHOPS! And CHOPS! And fires off forearms! Starks runs, but Garcia CLOBBERS him! Garcia and Sammy soak up more heat, and Sammy says “That’s my best friend!” as AEW goes picture in picture.
Garcia drags Starks up in a corner but Starks holds onto the ropes. Garcia stomps away on Starks, stalks him along the ropes, and facelocks. Garcia snap suplexes Starks near the ropes, then goes to the apron. Garcia eggs the fans on, then he slingshots, just to scuff Starks! Garcia flips off the fans and Sammy laughs it up while Starks sneers. Garcia storms up on Starks, pushes him around, then pie faces him. Starks fires off fast hands! Starks knees low, CLUBS away on Garcia, but Garcia turns Starks around to DDT! Cover, TWO! Garcia mocks Starks, slaps him around, but Starks SLAPS back! They SLAP fight, then Garcia rains down fists!
Garcia lets off and Starks goes to a corner. Garcia stands on Starks on the ropes, mocks the fans, then lets off as the ref counts. The ref also tells Sammy to stay back and Sammy backs up. Garcia storms up on Starks but Starks kicks from below! Garcia stomps Starks, stands him up, and hits a BIG back suplex! Starks writhes and fans rally up but Sammy mocks them. Starks gets to ropes, drags himself up, but Garcia stands him up to talk trash right in his hear. Garcia fishhooks Starks’ face then CLUBS him on the back! Starks throws elbows and body shots in return! Dynamite returns to single picture as Starks wrenches an arm.
Starks kicks low, reels Garcia in, but Garcia trips Starks! Garcia steps through, but Starks makes it a cradle! TWO!! Garcia and Starks get up, Starks ducks ‘n’ dodges, SPEAR into a GUILLOTINE!! Starks flails and Sammy is fired up as Garcia has Starks down! Fans rally as Starks fights up again, pries the hold open and hits a POWERBOMB!! Starks is too tired to cover, though! A standing count starts and fans count along. Starks crawls towards a corner and reaches it by 5 of 10, but then he goes to the apron. Starks stands at 6, climbs the corner, but Garcia rolls to SHORYUKEN! Fans boo but Garcia drags Starks back up!
Garcia climbs up, he has Starks on the top rope, SUPERPLEX! Roll through to a suplex from Starks! BRAINBUSTER!! Cover, TWO!! Garcia survives and Sammy is relieved but fans rally behind “RICKY! RICKY!” Starks goes to a corner, he fires up and brings Garcia up! Canadian Rack but Garcia slips free to the apron! Garcia ROCKS Starks, reels him in and suplexes, but Starks lands on the apron. Starks throws body shots, Garcia ROCKS him, but the haymakers go back and forth! They speed up, Garcia BOOTS, but Starks SPEARS Garcia on the apron! Both men fall and fans fire up again! But a JUDAS EFFECT from a masked man?!
Fans boo but this supposed fan stares Starks down. Garcia puts Starks in the ring, covers, Garcia wins!!
Winner: Daniel Garcia, by pinfall (Starks will NOT get a match with Jericho)
The “fan” walks into the ring, takes off his mask, and duh! It’s CHRIS JERICHO!! Garcia and Sammy are “shocked” and they hug it out with The Wizard. Jericho absolutely screws Starks over, will Starks ever get even with him?
Backstage interview with The Acclaimed.
Renee is with Max Caster, Anthony Bowens and Daddy Ass. Tonight is a big night with the AEW World Tag Team Championships on the line, but for Billy Gunn specifically, this match has him in the middle. How is Billy feeling? Billy admits she’s right, he is being pulled in different directions. He cares about all four men, so as a team, as The Acclaimed became the tag team champions, they did that as a team. So the decision Billy has made tonight has come as a team decision. Billy is staying in the back to let all four men handle their business.
Caster says that is right. The Acclaimed is the world’s best tag team, the world’s favorite tag team, The People’s Choice, the People’s Voice, and THE AEW World Tag Team Champions. So Billy, they support this choice. He and Bowens have this. Bowens says yeah, but let’s give the people what they want. “SCISSOR ME, DADDY ASS~!” They scissor finger for luck, but will things go The Acclaimed’s way? Or will The Gunn Sons finally make their father proud?
Backstage interview with Bryan Danielson.
AEW returns as Renee is with Bryan and Konosuke in the medical trainer’s room. Bryan came to the aid of Konosuke, but tonight is the final opportunity to win and be named THE #1 Contender to MJF’s title to also have that SIXTY MINUTE Ironman Match. And tonight, Bryan faces Rush- Whoa! Someone just slammed the door shut! And now they’ve blocked it! It won’t open!! Three guesses who did it and why.
Bryan Danielson VS Rush!
The American Dragon is just one win away from being 6-0 in 2023, but El Toro Blanco just had his henchmen trap Bryan in a room! MJF also makes his entrance, and he hobbles to the ring in a track suit. Fans boo but MJF blows a kiss. MJF tells referee Aubrey Edwards that they need to talk real quick. MJF hobbles into the ring but fans taunt him with “Maxi-Pad!” MJF isn’t sure if they’re aware, but considering the AEW rulebook and bylaws, Bryan Danielson is scheduled for his match right here and now in “sh*tty El Paso.” But he’s not here! Fans tell MJF off, but MJF says he no habla Espanol.
Anyway, his point is, the bell needs to ring and start the match right now. Aubrey signals, the bell rings, and now the ten count begins. But we can see Bryan is still stuck in the room! Bryan RAMS the door, and he busts it down! MJF panics and wants a faster count as Bryan and Konosuke fight off Vance and Jose! MJF says Bryan doesn’t have the guts, but Bryan is running at full sprint to gorilla! MJF tells Aubrey to count faster because we’re only at 4 of 10! He shouts but Aubrey only now counts “FIVE!” Fans cheer Aubrey on as she goes as slow as she can, and here’s Bryan!! Bryan slides in, Rush stomps away, and the match is truly on!
Rush drags Bryan up, rips his shirt off and CHOPS! Bryan staggers, Rush CHOPS him in another corner. Rush whips corner to corner, runs and clotheslines, then whips corner to corner to SPLASH! MJF joins commentary, very upset about not getting his way, but Rush snapmares and basement dropkicks Bryan! Rush does a bow but fans boo. Rush kicks Bryan around, taunts him, and sits Bryan up to CHOP! Bryan powers up and fans rally! Rush kicks, and kicks, and stomps, then drags Bryan around to stomp him on the ropes. Aubrey reprimands, Rush lets off, and Bryan stands up. Rush talks trash, then CHOPS again!
Bryan huffs and puffs and fans fire up! Bryan CHOPS back! Rush CHOPS! Bryan CHOPS! They CHOP back and forth, Rush eggs Bryan on and the CHOPS continue. Bryan then fires HEADBUTT after HEADBUTT on Rush! Fans fire up, Bryan BOOTS Rush then runs. Rush sidesteps to SNAP GERMAN! And BASEMENT KNEE! Bryan bails out, Rush pursues and RAMS him into railing! Rush RAMS Bryan into more railing! Rush smacks Bryan off the chair in the corner, then refreshes the ring count. Rush “apologizes” to Aubrey before he runs in at Bryan, to SHOTGUN Bryan into the railing! MJF says that is why Rush is worth every single penny.
Fans rally, Rush drags Bryan up, and he SMACKS him off the chair again! MJF defends that he is not panicked about this, and says Rush has practically already won. Rush digs his fingers into Bryan’s forehead to get at the bloody wound! Rush makes us look as he puts on a chinlock. Rush tastes Bryan’s blood! Fans boo, Aubrey reprimands, but Rush stands Bryan up to CHOP him down! Rush refreshes the count again to KNEE Bryan back down. Rush drags Bryan up, HEADBUTTS to go after the bloody forehead, and then he RAMS Bryan into more railing! Bryan has a crimson mask forming as Rush RAMS him into more railing!
MJF insults Tony Schiavone while Rush throws KNEE after KNEE into Bryan against the railing. Rush ROCKS Bryan with a forearm, then scuffs his boot on Bryan. Bryan stands, Rush talks trash, and he CHOPS again! Rush puts Bryan in the ring then soaks up the heat. MJF says he is having a blast and Taz doesn’t get why people dislike him. Rush is on the apron but Bryan fires off forearms! The fans cheer ‘YES! YES! YES!” and Bryan goes to the apron. Bryan CHOPS Rush, Rush CHOPS Bryan! They CHOP back and forth, then Bryan SLAPS and CHOPS on repeat! MJF is freaking out again as Bryan fires off haymakers!
Rush falls, gets back up, Bryan runs in, OVERHEAD Belly2Belly to the floor!! MJF is loving it and fans are losing their minds as Dynamite goes picture in picture.
Aubrey checks on Bryan as that crimson mask has grown. Rush goes out to fetch Bryan, drags him up but Bryan resists, so Rush rains down HEADBUTTS! Aubrey has Rush let off and get back in the ring. Rush does as told, Bryan sits up in a daze as the crimson mask is all over now. Rush stands on the corner to soak up the heat. Rush goes out again to bring Bryan up and SMACK him off another chair in the corner of railing. Rush takes a bottle of water, washes himself off, and then goes back to ROCK Bryan with a forearm! Bryan staggers away, Rush stalks him, and then grabs a chair! Aubrey stops Rush and Bryan gets into the ring.
Rush huffs and puffs, but he gets in the kick Bryan around. Rush stomps away on Bryan at the ropes, but Aubrey reprimands. Rush lets off, and fans rally up as Bryan sits up. Rush stands Bryan up to CHOP! Then he sits Bryan down, goes corner to corner, only to BOOT Bryan in the face. Rush rolls back to tranquilo while Bryan flops over, Aubrey checks Bryan, he says he can still fight, so the match continues and Dynamite returns to single picture. Fans tell off Rush but he stands Bryan up to kick low and ROCK him with a forearm. But Bryan drags Rush right down! LEBELL LOCK!! MJF panics as Rush fights toward ropes!
Bryan tries to keep Rush back but Rush gets the ROPEBREAK! Bryan lets off, builds speed, but Rush walks away. Bryan stop and fans boo, but Bryan then DIVES from the other way!! Bryan stands Rush up to RAM him into railing! Bryan sits Rush down, goes to the far side, and runs back in to DROPKICK Rush against railing! MJF is furious but fans are thunderous as Bryan stands Rush up. Bryan puts Rush in the ring, climbs up the corner, but Rush stands up! Bryan MISSILE DROPKICKS Rush down! Fans stay fired up as Bryan nods and rises up. MJF says the fans should shut up, they’re distracting Rush. But fans chant, “This is Awesome!”
A standing count starts, but Bryan stands at 5 of 10. Rush sits up, Bryan KICKS him! And KICKS him! And KICKS! “SI! SI! SI!” Rush choke grips Bryan but Bryan breaks free to CHOP! Rush CHOPS back! The CHOPS go back and forth again! Bryan KICKS and KICKS and KICKS and he has Rush in a corner for more kicks! Rush turns things around to CHOP! CHOP! CHOP! Bryan turns things around to CHOP! KICK! Repeat! Rush turns it around again to CHOP and CHOP, and then he jumps on Bryan to stomp away! Fans boo but MJF likes it! Rush scrapes Bryan, runs corner to corner, but Bryan follows and DROPKICKS Rush first!
Bryan keeps moving, to DROPKICK again! Bryan keeps moving, but Rush SUPERMAN ELBOWS! Rush drags Bryan up, reels him in, tucks the arms! STRAITJACKET PILEDRIVER!! Cover, TWO!! MJF is furious but the fans are thunderous! “SI! SI! SI!” MJF says they can cheer Bryan all they want, he’s not making it to Revolution! Rush rains down forearms in the corner but Aubrey counts. Rush lets off, goes to the far corner and runs back in, BUSAIKU KNEE!! Bryan hits first and covers, TWO!! MJF is relieved and even applauding. Fans chant “SI SE PUEDES!” as Bryan and Rush rise again, forehead to forehead.
Rush ROCKS Bryan, but Bryan ROCKS Rush! Bryan gets the edge, Rush CHOPS, CHOPS and CHOPS! But Bryan HEADBUTTS! Rush HEADBUTTS! Bryan wobbles, Rush eggs him on, and Bryan powers up! They DOUBLE HEADBUTT again and again and again! Fans are thunderous and even MJF and Taz can’t believe what they’re seeing! Both men wobble, Rush eggs Bryan, so Bryan SLAPS! Rush SLAPS Bryan down! But Bryan comes back, they DOUBLE SLAP! They both wobble, Bryan runs in but Rush dodges to SNAP GERMAN! Bryan goes to a corner, Rush runs in but Bryan BOOTS back!
Rush staggers, Bryan runs in, BUSAIKU KNEE!!! Cover, Bryan wins!!
Winner: Bryan Danielson, by pinfall (NEW #1 Contender to the AEW World Championship)
MJF is pissed, but Taz says he knew Bryan was gonna pull it off! MJF hobbles angrily down the ramp, glaring right at Bryan! MJF gets in the ring and aims as Bryan rises. MJF DIAMOND RING SUCKER PUNCHES Bryan!! MJF rains down fists like he did on Konosuke!! SALT OF THE EARTH ARMBAR!! Fans tell MJF off but MJF says Bryan’s not making it to March! Security rushes out but MJF DECKS each of them! MJF gets the SALT OF THE EARTH on again! More security guards rush out to pry MJF off Bryan! The Devil of AEW is desperate to deny the American Dragon, but is there no stopping what’s coming?
Backstage interview with The Impractical Jokers.
Tony Schiavone is with James “Murr” Murray and “Q” Brian Quinn ahead of the brand new season for Impractical Jokers tomorrow night, Thursday, February 9th, premiering on both TBS and TruTV. They’re happy to be here, but what is that behind Murr’s back? It’s Chris Jericho’s baseball bat, Floyd! The official bat, check the logo. Q and Murr remember back to when Jericho was a guest on Impractical Jokers, torturing Q and putting him in an ice bath, and honestly, being just a total diva the entire time. He needed a scented candle before he’d be on camera. Oddly, the scent he wanted was loofah. Like, what?
But anyway, in the spirit of Impractical Jokers, Q and Murr are here to loosen Jericho up a bit and played a joke on him. Possession is nine-tenths of the law, Floyd is legally theirs now. Jericho won’t get the bat back until the Jokers say so. Jericho can respond to this situation during the Impractical Jokers premiere. The ball is in his court, Jericho can do whatever he wants. Then will The Wizard have something to say about the Tenderloins taking his stuff?
AEW World Trios Championships: The Elite VS AR Fox & Top Flight!
Kenny Omega & The Young Bucks made it through The Firm’s Ethan Page, Matt Hardy & Isiah Kassidy on Friday Night Rampage, but they’re not stopping! They’re defending the belts all over again against The Coldest Trio in the Game. Will the, Elite, the the Elite, stay the two-time two-time AEW World Trios Champions? Or will Fox, Dante & Darius be flying higher than ever before after tonight?
The introductions are made, the trios belts are raised, and we see who is truly elite!
The trios sort out and of course Don Callis joins commentary. Nick Jackson starts against Dante Martin and they tie up. Dante puts Nick on ropes but lets off with pats on the shoulder. Nick and Dante tie up, Nick arm-drags but Dante comes back. Things speed up, Dante flips over the dropdown then backflips as Nick runs in. Nick storms back up but Dante kicks the haymaker away. Dante whips, Nick reverses but Dante tiger wall kicks and DROPKICKS! Then he tells Matt and Omega to “SUCK IT!” Dante A-List Lariats Nick in the corner then tags Darius. Darius slips in to snap suplex, and then kips up out of the way for Dante’s slingshot senton!
Matt Jackson runs in but the Martins drop toehold Matt onto Nick! Fox tags in to slingshot senton onto both Bucks! Omega runs in but Fox dodges to DROPKICK him out! Fans rally for Kenny but Fox bumps Nick off buckles. Tag back to Darius, he brings Nick out but Nick swings. Darius ducks but Matt tags in before the atomic drop hits! Darius ROCKS Nick in a corner, whips him corner to corner, but Nick goes up and over and reels Darius in, GUTBUSTER! “SEE YOU IN HELL!” NECKBREAKER BACKBREAKER COMBO! The Bucks see Dante running in, they double hip toss but Dante rebounds off ropes! Dante double arm-drags but the Bucks both handspring!
The Bucks DOUBLE DROPKICK Dante! Fox leaps in but the Bucks dodge, Omega SLAM DUNKS Fox down! Fans fire up as The Elite stand tall. Nick stands Darius up, ROCKS him, and Matt asks, “Who wants to see Kenny Omega?” Fans fire up and Nick tags Omega in! Fans fire up even more and Omega makes the pecs dance. Omega CLUBS Darius, CLUBS him again, and hushes fans. Omega CHOPS and Darius drops to his knees! Omega stands Darius up, CHOPS him down again, then ROCKS him with a right. Omega JABS, brings Darius in but Darius throws body shots. Omega CHOPS and Darius falls over again!
Omega whips Darius to the corner, runs in, DOUBLE ENZIGURI BODY BLOCK COMBO! Omega reels Darius in to scoop, for a BACKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! Darius is hanging tough and Dynamite goes picture in picture.
Omega drags Darius up, brings him over and bumps him off Nick’s boot. Tag to Nick, he wrenches Darius’ arm to YANK it. Then wrench and YANK again! Nick tags Matt in, Matt climbs up, and Matt DOUBLE STOMPS the arm! Matt swaggers about and brings Darius back up. Matt snap suplexes, covers, TWO! Another cover, TWO! Matt is a little annoyed but he drags Darius up again. Matt uses Darius’ arm to say “SUCK IT!” to Dante and Fox. But Darius rolls Matt up! TWO and Matt CLOBBERS Darius! Matt dusts his hands off and brings Darius over. Matt bumps Darius off buckles, tag to Nick, snapmare and SLINGSHOT SENTON FIST DROP COMBO!
Nick SPITS at Dante! The ref keeps Dante back, Nick bumps Darius off both Omega’s and Matt’s boots! Tag to Matt, he and Nick mug Darius. Tag to Omega, he and Matt mug Darius. Omega tags Matt back in, and Matt winds up… to BITE Darius on the back! Omega lets go and Matt pushes Darius down. Matt facelocks to grind Darius down but Darius endures. Darius fights up, Dynamite returns to single picture and Darius throws body shots, only for Matt to throw him down by his hair. Matt stays between Darius and his team, Darius stands, but Matt SUPERKICKS Dante instead! And then DECKS Fox for good measure!
Fans rally as Matt aims again, but Darius dodges the superkick! Matt shoves Darius to ropes, Darius uses that to come back and whip Matt. Nick sneaks a tag, before the STANDING SPANISH FLY! But Nick SPLASHES onto knees! Darius saves himself but it’s a bit double-edged given the history of leg injuries. Omega runs in to CLUB Fox! Fox shoulders back in, climbs up and ROCKS Omega! Fox flips over Omega to ROLLING THUNDER on Nick! Omega rushes in to kick Fox low, then whip, but Fox reverses to UPPERCUT! Snapmare roll and CUTTER! But the Bucks mug Fox! They whip, he crisscrosses them up!
Fox kicks Matt, whips Nick to a corner, then runs in at Nick to A-LIST LARIAT! Matt runs in, Fox ELBOWS him away. Fox trips Nick, skins the cat, “This is Awesome!” as Fox SWINGING DROPKICKS Nick, and uses that to roll back for a CUTTER on Matt! Nick runs in but Fox ducks the Penalty Kick to kip up and CUTTER! Fans fire up as Fox fires up, having taken down each of The Elite! Fans rally, Fox builds speed, and he FLIES to take out the Bucks! Fox returns to FLY and take out Omega! Fox hurries back in with Omega, then FLIES to take out the Bucks again! Fox hurries up a corner and aims, SWANTON BOMB! Cover, TWO!!
Fox is a bit surprised but Omega toughs it out. Fox brings Omega up but Omega ROCKS him with right hands! Omega JABS, Fox kicks low, and Omega goes to a corner. Fox runs in but into a BOOT! Omega is up, but Fox jumps to ARABIAN PRESS SPLASH! Fans rally up as the two men crawl! Hot tags to Dante and Nick! Dante rallies and DROPKICKS, then facelocks. Nick JAWBREAKERS, tag to Matt, and Nick runs in. Dante flips up and over, Nick tumbles out to the floor! Matt runs in but Dante jumps over without ropes! Dante runs in, ducks ‘n’ dodges to RANA! Fans fire up again as Matt goes to a corner.
Dante runs in, Matt dodges but Dante goes up. Dante BOOTS, jumps, but into the NORTHERN LIGHTS! The Polar Express starts up! But Dante slips out, waistlocks, but Matt powers him to ropes. Darius tags in before the O’Conner Roll, both Darius and Fox run in. But Matt gets them for DOUBLE NORTHERN LIGHTS!! TRIPLE COVER, TWO!!! Fans are thunderous as Matt almost gets the whole team! Matt tags Nick, then they both aim at Darius. Nick mule kicks, Matt front kicks, but Darius blocks Nick’s superkick and sends it into Matt! Then Darius PELES Nick! Hot tag to Dante and he runs in to whip Nick. Nick reverses but Darius gives Dante the boost up and over!
Darius reels Nick in and Dante gives Darius the boost now for the TORNADO DDT!! Dante covers, Matt breaks it! Fox throws Matt out then goes to the apron. Fox springboards from the top rope, IMPLODER SENTON! Fox wipes out Matt, Omega, and even Brandon Cutler and Michael Nakazawa! Fans are thunderous as Top Flight drags Nick up. NOSEDIVEBOMB!!! Fox tags in, for the 450 SPLASH!!! Cover, OMEGA BREAKS IT IN TIME!!! Fans are losing their minds, and are even louder in saying “THIS IS AWESOME!” Fox puts Nick up top, runs in and jumps up, but Omega catches Fox to block the press!
Nick and Omega have Fox on the ropes, DRAPING SNAP DRAGON! But Dante CLUBS Nick, springboards and FLYING LARIATS Omega down! But Nick FLYING ARM-DRAGS Dante! Darius BOOTS Nick, steps in, COMPLETE SHOT! Matt SUPERKICKS Darius and then SUPERKICKS Dante! SLICED BREAD for Darius! Fox stands, ducks the kick to ENZIGURI! Nick and Omega are back, they double hip toss Fox and bounce him off the ropes, into Matt’s gut wrench! Nick runs, Omega gives him the boost, MELTZER DRIVER!!! Cover, Top Flight breaks it!! Fans are electric as Nick clears the ring of Top Flight.
Tag to Omega, Nick and Matt coordinate, monkey flip to the ARIHARA MOONSAULT! Top Flight is down, and Omega takes aim at Fox! BANG and V-TRIGG- NO!! Roll-up, TWO!!! V-TRIGGER!! Gut wrench to the DOCTOR BOMB! Cover, TWO!! Fox survives but the V-TRIGGER hits again!! Omega drags Fox up, Electric Chair Lift, ONE WINGED- VICTORY ROLL!!! TWO!?!? Fox goes Matrix to avoid the lariat! Kip up but the enziguri misses! Ghost pin, TWO!! Fox has a cradle, Omega gets the ghost pin back, THE ELITE WIN!!
Winners: The Elite, by pinfall (still AEW World Trios Champions)
By the skin of their teeth, Omega & The Bucks hold onto the belts! As close as they came, will Fox & Top Flight get another opportunity at these titles down the line? Or are The Elite going to have an even bigger challenge come Revolution?
Backstage interview with Stokely Hathaway.
Lexi Nair says there seems to be a lot of cracks in the Firm’s foundation, starting with the infighting between Ethan Page and Matt Hardy. Stokely stops her there and says there are NO cracks in this foundation. Everyone is good, chilling in the hotel right now. But Stokely does have a problem with HOOK! “Everything that has gone wrong, I will say, is Hook’s fault. Lee Moriarty has a loss because of Hook. Ethan Page has a loss because of Hook. Matt Hardy’s walking around bitchin’, asking for a raise because of Hook. Isiah Kassidy is moaning in people’s ears like he’s Lil’ Kim, because of Hook.”
But speaking of, Hook walks down the hall to be right behind Stokely. Stokely puts on a kiss-up smile and says he was just talking about Hook. Next time they’re in Harlem, they can both go to Silvia’s, get some mac ‘n’ cheese. It’s bangin’! Stokely puts his hand on Hook’s shoulder, but Hook wraps him up in a cording hold! Lexi says Hook should stop, he could hurt Stokely! Hook tells Stokely, “The cost of those words.” Hook lets go, Stokely wants medical. Will Stokely make sure to watch his back before mouthing off?
AEW World Tag Team Championships: The Acclaimed VS The Gunns!
And it all comes down to this. Not only is this the big main event on this golden Dynamite, it is the culmination of a partnership turned into a bitter rivalry. Daddy Ass is keeping out of this, will his boys and his sons finally put this one to rest?
But of course, Platinum Max has a diss track on deck! “Acclaimed is still winning there before you all. You will never finish us, like the border wall! You ain’t gonna get the titles soon. We shoot you down like a Chinese spy balloon! Mic drop on the Culo Ninos, pendejos tengas huevos piquenos! Y’all’re lookin’ so mad, boys. You will never be Acclaimed, you are just the Ass Boys!” Bowens says, “ELLLL PASOOOO~! The Acclaimed have arrived!” Austin & Colten shrug off the insults, but will Caster & Bowens add insult to injury? The belts are raised, and we’re going to see who Daddy Ass is proud of the most!
Mitchell’s AEW Dark Results & Report! (2/7/23)
Konosuke Takeshita gets Dark!
The future of wrestling could be defined in the Dark!
Konosuke Takeshita is going strong in AEW, but he takes on MLW’s EJ Nduka! Will Konosuke still be The Future? Or will The Judge bring down the law?
- Blake Christian VS Serpentico w/ Spanish Announce Project; Blake wins.
- Rush w/ Jose the Assistant VS Aiden Park; Rush wins.
- Kiera Hogan VS Megan Meyers; Kiera wins.
- Dalton Castle w/ The Boys VS Dante Casanova; Castle wins.
- Slim J w/ The Trustbusters VS Mascara Dorada; Dorada wins.
- The Outrunners VS Logan Cruz & Tyshaun Perez; The Outrunners win.
- Baliyan Akki VS Rico Gonzalez; Akki wins.
- Konosuke Takeshita VS EJ Nduka; Takeshita wins.
Another pretty good line-up, but the highlight is of course Konosuke VS Nduka. Both are great, having been champions outside of AEW. In fact, Nduka will be featured on tonight’s debut edition of MLW Underground on the Reelz channel. Nduka is challenging Alex Hammerstone for the MLW World Heavyweight Championship in a Last Man Standing match. Between AEW Dark on YouTube and the MLW television debut, Nduka is going to get noticed by a lot of wrestling fans, and he very well could be the new MLW Champion the next time he’s in AEW.
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