It gets cold when its about the gold!
Bryan Danielson has been a fire-breathing American Dragon, but will Hangman Page put him on ice to retain his AEW World Championship?
- AEW World Championship: Hangman Page VS Bryan Danielson; Time Limit Draw, Hangman retains the title.
- Matt Sydal VS Wardlow w/ Shawn Spears; Wardlow wins.
- Hikaru Shida VS Serena Deeb; Shida wins.
- Dynamite Diamond Ring Final: MJF VS Dante Martin; MJF wins and is still the Dynamite Diamond Ringbearer.
PLAY BY PLAY
AEW World Championship: Hangman Page VS Bryan Danielson!
No, you’re not seeing things. The second Winter is Coming is opening with a HUGE title match! Will #CowboyShit slay the American Dragon for what he’s done to the Dark Order? Or is there one more title change in 2021?
The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and what a hot start to Dynamite!
Bryan and Hangman stare down as the fans fire up. The ref has them back up and the bell rings. Fans fire up even more now as Hangman and Bryan approach. They tie up, are in a deadlock as they both dig deep, and fans are dueling. Hangman manages to push Bryan back towards a corner, then he lets off slowly as the ref calls for the ropebreak. Bryan shoves Hangman and then avoids the chop! Bryan does jumping jacks to taunt Hangman, and the two circle again. They knuckle lock for a test of strength and go shoulder to shoulder. Fans duel again as Bryan breaks one grip, wrenches the other, and gets a hammerlock.
Hangman reaches back to reverse the armlock and hits a fireman’s carry takeover! Hangman has the armlock now, but Bryan moves around. Hangman wrenches to a wristlock, Bryan rolls, bridges, and slips around to NORTHERN LIGHTS! Hangman gets away but Bryan soaks up all the cheers and jeers. Hangman keeps cool, he and Bryan reset again, but then Bryan uses ropes as a defense. Bryan smirks as he comes back and ties up with Hangman again. Bryan waistlocks, Hangman sits down, switches and headlocks. Bryan powers out, Hangman runs him over! Bryan trips him up but Hangman kicks him away! Bryan ducks the chop again and wags his finger.
Bryan again does jumping jacks to troll Hangman but Hangman isn’t losing his cool. Hangman and Bryan circle, feel things out, knuckle lock, but Bryan rolls and wrenches the wrist. Bryan wrenches to KNEE Hangman in the shoulder, but fans rally up. Hangman kips up, Bryan pushes Hangman to ropes. Bryan gives a hard shove, Hangman shoves back, and they each shove again. Bryan again uses ropes for defense but Hangman just backs off. Hangman and Bryan circle again, tie up, and Hangman headlocks. Hangman hits a takedown, Bryan headscissors but Hangman kips out. Roles reverses as Bryan headlocks for the takeover and Hangman headscissors.
Bryan kips free, Hangman sweeps to cover, ONE! Hangman avoids Bryan’s sweep to BOOT Bryan to a corner! Bryan sees he’s taking Hangman too lightly now, but he still smirks as he applauds. Bryan offers a handshake, fans don’t trust it. Bryan shoves Hangman and gets to ropes, but Hangman holds onto a leg. The ref calls for the break, Hangman lets go and backs away. Fans are fired up and dueling again as Hangman and Bryan tie up again. Bryan waistlocks, spins and wrenches an arm, but Hangman pushes through to headlock. Bryan powers out, things speed up, Hangman catches Bryan for a SLAM! And a CHOP! Bryan leans against ropes but then trips Hangman up!
Bryan has a toehold, changes it up to tie up the legs, and fans rally as Bryan KNEES Hangman in the back! Bryan shifts around, KNEES the other side, then fish hooks Hangman’s face! The ref counts, Bryan stops at 4, and reminds us he has until 5. Bryan KNEES Hangman again, then hooks up the legs. Bryan wants the arms, gets them, and pulls back and again to get Hangman up for the ROMERO SPECIAL! And then a chinlock, and then a dragon sleeper inside the Surfboard! Hangman fights free, Bryan shoves him down and then stands him up to CHOP! Hangman grins and wants Bryan to keep trying. Bryan CHOPS, then headbutts!
Bryan whips, Hangman walks through the CHOP to CHOP Bryan! Bryan goes to a corner and fans fire up again! Hangman brings Bryan up to suplex but Bryan blocks! They go back to the corner, Bryan turns things around and CHOPS! Hangman turns it back to CHOP again! Hangman climbs up to rain down fists! Fans count along, and Hangman gets all 10! Hangman walks around but Bryan trips him up! GROUND DRAGON SCREW! And then Bryan drops elbows and knees on the knee! Bryan pulls back on the toehold but Hangman endures. Hangman kicks with his free leg as fans duel, but Bryan spinning toeholds and has an INDIAN DEATHLOCK!
Bryan stomps the knees, sits up to throw body shots from all sides, and then forearms to knock Hangman down! Bryan lets off to soak up the cheers and jeers. Bryan drags Hangman up to EuroUpper! Bryan whips Hangman to the ropes, Hangman KICKS him back! Hangman runs in but Bryan puts him on the apron. Hangman BOOTS Bryan, but Bryan DECKS Hangman before the slingshot! Fans fire up, Bryan builds speed, but Hangman returns to BOOT Bryan down! Bryan goes to the apron, Hangman TRIANGLE JUMP LARIATS! Bryan falls to the floor, Hangman PLANCHAS! Direct hit and down goes Bryan! Fans fire up as Hangman rises and the ring count starts.
Hangman takes a moment before he gets Bryan up and into the ring. Hangman climbs the corner and fans fire up! Bryan stands, Hangman jumps into a KICK! Bryan grins as he knocks Hangman out of the air! Bryan drops knees into Hangman’s ribs, then whips him for a kitchen sink knee! Fans are torn as Bryan raises a fist. Bryan KICKS Hangman to the apron, then has the legs! ROPE GUILLOTINE! Hangman writhes to the apron, Bryan drags Hangman up and through the ropes. Bryan EuroUppers Hangman again and again as he’s stuck between the ropes, and then hooks his arms in the ropes to KICK and CHOP on repeat!
The ref counts, Bryan lets off at 4 to then throw knees into Hangman’s chest! Bryan has Hangman draping on the middle rope and he goes to the corner. Bryan climbs up, to GUILLOTINE KNEE DROP! Hangman falls, Bryan covers, TWO! Bryan is a bit annoyed but he wraps Hangman up in a seated cobra twist while AEW goes picture in picture.
Hangman endures and Bryan turns it into a cradle, TWO! Bryan keeps on Hangman with a chinlock, then changes it up to have both arms! Hangman fights but Bryan pushes Hangman’s face into the mat. Bryan then drives palm strikes into Hangman’s neck! Bryan stands up and taunts Hangman, then aims from the corner. PENALTY KICK to the ribs! Hangman flounders to the far corner, Bryan stands on the ropes to soak up even more heat. Bryan does more jumping jacks just to taunt everyone, but Hangman ROCKS him with forearm after forearm! Bryan turns things around to CHOP Hangman in the corner, and then CHOP again!
Bryan lets off just a moment and Hangman fires CHOPS in return! Hangman whips, Bryan reverses, Bryan kitchen sink knees again! Bryan pushes Hangman to a cover, TWO! Hangman is hanging tough, but Bryan JAMS his knee into Hangman’s back! Bryan has the arms for a motorcycle stretch, but again Hangman endures. Hangman fights up, Bryan tries to use his head for a point of leverage as AEW returns to single picture, and Hangman turns it around to hit a BIG back suplex! Fans fire up while both men are down, “This is Awesome!” Bryan gets to a corner, Hangman is in the other. Hangman storms over to CHOP Bryan again! And throw a forearm, then whip corner to corner.
Bryan goes up and over, keeps moving, ducks and dodges to crossbody, but Hangman catches him! FALL AWAY SLAM! Hangman kips up and fires up and the fans are with him! Bryan is in a corner again, Hangman storms over to CHOP again! And again! And then whip corner to corner. Bryan reverses, runs in but Hangman puts him on the top rope! Hangman then TRIANGLE JUMP LARIATS again! Bryan tumbles to the floor, and fans rally up as Hangman builds speed! Bryan stands up, Hangman DIVES! Direct hit and Bryan hits railing! Hangman goes back to the ring and to the corner. Hangman climbs, fans fire up again, ARIHARA MOONSAULT!! Direct hit and down goes Bryan!
Fans lose their minds for that one, and both men stir at ringside as a count starts. Hangman gets Bryan in quickly, and fans rally up as he runs, SLIDING- NO! Bryan catches lariat to ghost pin! TWO, and Hangman fireman’s carries! Bryan fights, but Hangman still hits the DEATH VALLEY DRIVER! Cover, TWO!! Bryan survives that one, and fans rally back up. Bryan drags himself to a corner, Hangman walks over. Hangman CHOPS Bryan again, and again, but Bryan tries to clinch to stop it. Hangman hoists Bryan up top to ROCK with a forearm! Hangman climbs up to join Bryan, but Bryan slips out the bottom and trips Hangman up!
Bryan climbs up behind Hangman, drives in elbows, but Hangman elbows Bryan right down! Hangman adjusts, and MOONSAULTS but FLOPS as Bryan moves! Bryan gets the arm, La Magistrol! TWO!! Hangman escapes but Bryan just stays on him. Bryan throws knees into Hangman against ropes, he throws body shots and then whips Hangman to ropes. Hangman schoolboys out of the kitchen sink, TWO! Bryan has the omoplata! Bryan wants the LeBelle but Hangman rolls it back, TWO!! Back drop turns into sunset flip, TWO! ANKLE LOCK!! And what a nasty angle Bryan has on it! Hangman endures, handstands, but Bryan PENALTY KICKS Hangman down!
Bryan drops another knee into ribs, then again! Hangman goes to a corner, Bryan tells the Hangman fans to shut up, and then he CHOPS Hangman in the corner! Bryan runs corner to corner, and dropkicks! And then another dropkick! And then POP-UP POWERBOMB from Hangman! Cover, TWO!! Hangman can’t believe it and the fans are thunderous! Hangman gets up, goes to the apron and takes aim! Slingshot, but Bryan bails out! Bryan narrowly avoids that one, but Hangman runs in to baseball slide! Hangman then goes to the corner again, but Bryan shoves him off! Hangman CRASHES on the apron! Bryan gets Hangman up, hammerlocks the arm and POSTS it!
Bryan drags Hangman up to put the arm through the corner, and he YANKS Hangman into the post! And again! And again!! Bryan leaves Hangman behind and strikes a pose, but the fans boo. Bryan pretends to be surprised, but then he grins again. Bryan revels in the heat, and Hangman is busted open! The ring count starts and is at 5 as AEW goes picture in picture again!
Hangman flounders, the medic is there with water, Hangman drinks some and the ref checks his wound. Bryan taunts the fans over this treatment for their champion. Hangman is definitely dazed from hitting the post, but Bryan just does more jumping jacks. And even push-ups! Bryan taunts the fans with a Yes chant tease, and instead holds up the middle finger. Hangman’s in really bad shape, and the ref and medic both check with him while AEW goes to break.
AEW returns, this match is continuing, and Bryan WRECKS Hangman with a dropkick! Fans boo but Bryan gets to the apron! Hangman slowly gets back up, Bryan hits a FLYING KNEE! Bryan rains down fists right on the wound! The ref reprimands, Bryan backs off, but then Bryan drags Hangman up to put in the ring. Bryan has Hangman on the apron now, and he gets on the apron to FLYING KNEE Hangman’s head! Bryan brings Hangman to the corner and SLAMS the arm into the post! The ref starts a ring count, Bryan gets in and soaks up more heat. Hangman sits up in a corner, Bryan stands him up and climbs up to rain down punches on the bloody forehead!
Bryan gets all 10 in before the ref counts 4, and Bryan reminds us he has until 5. Bryan digs Hangman’s face into the buckle in the corner and digs his boot in, too! The camera catches the blood flowing from Hangman’s head, and then Bryan BOOTS Hangman down! The ref has to check on Hangman again but Hangman refuses to end this here. Bryan wrenches the arm to hit an ELBOW BREAKER, then again! Fans are rallying and dueling all over again as Bryan wrenches a third time, for a third ELBOW BREAKER! But Hangman fires off forearms with the left! Bryan EuroUppers then runs, but Hangman catches Bryan!
Bryan slips out of the Fall Away to GERMAN SUPLEX! Bridging cover, TWO!! But Bryan has the arms, to CATTLE MUTILATION! Hangman fights up to resist and roll, to the ROPEBREAK! The ref counts, Bryan lets off quickly. Hangman goes to the apron, Bryan goes out after him with KICKS! Again and again, but then Hangman ducks and Bryan kicks POST! Bryan falls to the floor, clutching his leg! Hangman drags Bryan up to get the leg and RAM it into the post! Hangman refreshes the ring count, and he exposes the railing! Hangman puts Bryan’s leg in the gap and BOOTS the railing! Bryan falls in a heap and Hangman refreshes the count again.
Hangman puts Bryan in the ring, fans are thunderous again as Hangman gets Bryan up, and hits a SHINBREAKER! Back suplex, but Bryan lands on his leg! Bryan’s knee jams, Hangman trips Bryan up and steps through to a FIGURE FOUR! Bryan endures, reaches, rolls the hold, Hangman rolls it through, but Bryan gets the ROPEBREAK! Bryan clings to the ropes as AEW goes to break.
AEW returns once again, Bryan drags himself up with ropes while Hangman walks over. Hangman has Bryan’s leg, but Bryan ENZIGURIS! Bryan fires up and shakes his head while fans boo. Bryan brings Hangman up to EuroUpper, but Hangman forearms back! They go back and forth, EuroUpper and forearm, but Bryan gets the edge. Bryan runs, POP-UP- NO, Bryan RANAS through! Cover, TWO!! But Bryan keeps an arm to get the ARMBAR!! Hangman clasps hands quickly to resist, but Bryan CLUBS the grip apart! Hangman turns, but into a TRIANGLE HOLD! Bryan throws fists, but Hangman deadlifts and POWERBOMBS! But Bryan holds on! And fires off elbows!!
Hangman is fading, but he rolls and gets to the ROPEBREAK! Bryan lets go and fans fire back up. Bryan gets his kneepad down to check on that knee, and we see it’s already taped up. Bryan gets Hangman up, and he HEADBUTTS the arm! And then KICKS, and KICKS, and HEADBUTTS it again! Another KICK, and another KICK! But Hangman HEADBUTTS back! Hangman scoops to a gut wrench, TOMBSTONE!! Cover, TWO!?!? Texas loves seeing the Deadman’s move but it didn’t finish this off! Again, fans say “This is Awesome!” as Bryan crawls to a corner. Hangman walks over, hoists Bryan up top and CHOPS him!
Bryan headbutts but Hangman CHOPS again! Bryan headbutts again, but Hangman CHOPS again! Hangman climbs up, hoists Bryan up, but Bryan throws body shots! Bryan sends Hangman down, then leaps to KNEE the bad arm! Then SHOULDER CAPTURE SUPLEX! Bridging cover, TWO!! Bryan bumps Hangman off buckles, hoists him up top and climbs up behind him. Bryan throws elbows into the shoulder, then he stands Hangman up. SUPER BACK SUPLEX!! Bryan crawls to the cover, TWO!! Hangman is still in this but Bryan has the arm. Bryan drives more elbows into the shoulder! Bryan then sits on Hangman’s back to PULL the arm back!
But Hangman fights to get the ROPEBREAK! Hangman goes back to the apron, Bryan taunts Hangman and kicks him. Bryan goes back to the apron, he brings Hangman up and Gotch holds, but Hangman resists the lift! Hangman Alabama lifts, for an APRON DEADEYE!!! Fans are all fired up for “COWBOY SHIT! COWBOY SHIT!” but Hangman hobbles over to drag Bryan up. Bryan crawls away, he knows Hangman wants to win this in the ring. Hangman refreshes the ring count, climbs up the corner again, and he SUPER CROSSBODIES onto the table!!! Bryan avoids disaster and Hangman crashes and burns! Bryan drags Hangman up from the wreckage as AEW goes picture in picture!
Hangman is deadweight, Bryan can’t get him to the ring with one bad leg. Bryan decides to pull up floormats! He ends up throwing one on top of Hangman, but Bryan refreshes the ring count so he has time to loom over Hangman. Bryan slaps Hangman around, drags him over to the bare patch, and DDT’s Hangman to concrete!! Bryan soaks up the heat, refreshes the ring count again, does one-leg jumping jacks, then he drags Hangman up and into the ring. Bryan hobbles back up as AEW goes to another break.
AEW returns yet again and Bryan drags Hangman up in a chinlock. Hangman fights out and waistlocks, to GERMAN SUPLEX! Both men are down again, but Hangman gets himself to ropes. Bryan dares him to bring the fight so Hangman heads back that way. Bryan KICKS Hangman, and KICKS him again! Bryan uses the right leg but that costs him! Hangman LARIATS, but the arm isn’t strong enough! Hangman still tries another lariat but Bryan stays up and shakes his head. Hangman tries again, Bryan comes back to BOOT the arm! Then he PENALTY KICKS the elbow! Bryan drags Hangman up, puts him back up top backwards, and climbs up again.
Bryan rains down elbows, punches at the wound again now that it’s clotted, and then he stands Hangman up. SUPER BACK SUPLEX BUT HANGMAN LANDS ON HIS FEET?!?! DISCUS LARIAT!!! Fans are electric as both men are down and a standing count begins! Hangman goes to ropes, Bryan stands up at center, they’re both up at 7. Hangman forearms, Bryan forearms back. Hangman forearms again, but so does Bryan! Hangman ROCKS Bryan with that third one, but Bryan comes back to HEADBUT and HEADBUTT and HEADBUTT! Bryan stands Hangman up to EuroUpper, then he catches the discus, but Hangman victory rolls! TWO, Bryan has it, TWO!
Bryan reels Hangman in, GERMAN SUPLEX, but again Hangman lands on his feet! ROLLING ELBOW! Bryan ROLLING ELBOWS back! Hangman ROLLING- ROUNDHOUSE from Bryan!! Bryan fire up to BUZZSAW Hangman down! Cover, TWO! This is still going, and there’s only FIVE minutes left in the 60 minute limit! Bryan wants to kick Hangman’s head in, and he gets the arms! DANIELSON STOMPS! Bryan cusses Hangman out then goes to a corner. Bryan aims as Hangman slowly rises, BUSAI- NO! Alabama lift to DEADEYE!! Cover, TWO!?!? HOW?!? But Hangman just fires up and grits his teeth as fans chant for “A E DUB! A E DUB!”
Hangman holds his bad arm, but he says HE is gonna kick Bryan’s head in!! Hangman gets Bryan’s arms, for COWBOY STOMPS! Fans are electric again as Hangman throws off the elbow pad! Hangman goes back to the apron, Bryan rises, slingshot for BUCK- NO! Bryan catches Hangman to the omoplata! LEBELLE LOCK!!! Hangman endures but he can’t even see with the grip on his eyes! Hangman keeps moving around, Bryan throws crossface forearms to keep the crossface hold on! Hangman fights, we’re under a minute left! Hangman CLUBS away on Bryan’s leg, fights back to a cover but Bryan keeps fighting it off! Fans are going nuts, Hangman gets legs!
CATAPULT and Bryan tumbles out of the ring! Bryan skins the cat, Hangman LARIATS Bryan down! Hangman drags himself to the apron, Bryan flounders to his feet, BUCKSHOT!!! BUT TIME’S UP!!!
Time Limit Draw; Hangman retains the AEW World Championship
Bryan was saved by the bell, but he was still going to lose after that shot! Hangman still holds onto his title, but fans want “FIVE MORE MINUTES!” Will we have to wait until some time in the future to see how this one truly ends?
The Elite speak.
Adam Cole says, “Oh, Best Friends. When are you guys gonna learn, when are you idiots, you morons, gonna learn not to mess with the Super Kliq?” And Bobby Fish, of course. Because last week on Dynamite, the Young Bucks destroyed Rocky Romero & Chuck Taylor. Then Best Friends at full strength were left laying on Rampage again! The Elite proved the Best Friends cannot hang. It seems that every time they meet, the Elite divide and conquer. Trent made his return, and look how that turned out? Nick Jackson suggests an 8 Man Tag for Rampage!
And then Matt adds, they can up the odds. They take the old 1993 minivan, destroy it, pull Sue out of the seat and SUPERKICK her down. They can end Trent’s mom’s career! Is she a…? Well, she does something for a living so they can end that career. Cole says that sounds like a great idea for a Christmas present. And don’t worry, there won’t be coal in their stocking this year, he promises that for Christmas Dynamite, it’ll be the best gift the Bucks have ever gotten. No spoilers, but they’ll love it. Merry Christmas, ya filthy animals!
Matt Sydal VS Wardlow w/ Shawn Spears!
The Dynamite Diamond Battle Royal had quite a lot of different clashes, and one of the bigger was between Sydal and the Pinnacle’s muscle. Will Sydal’s third eye see a way to survive? Or will become another Casualty of Wardlow?
The bell rings, Wardlow and Sydal tie up, and Wardlow throws Sydal to ropes. Sydal KICKS Wardlow’s leg over and over, but Wardlow ducks the roundhouse, only to get hit with the SOBAT! Wardlow still throws Sydal to a corner, but runs into a RANA, that he blocks! Wardlow brings Sydal up, Sydal slips out of the bomb to ROUNDHOUSE! And ROUNDHOUSE! Wardlow just gets mad! Sydal runs, WHEEL KICK, but into a POWERBOMB! Wardlow seethes and fans fire up as he gets Sydal up again! ANOTHER POWERBOMB! Shawn Spears gets the mic to say, “He ain’t getting up, man. Pin him!”
Fans say no, give him “One More Time!” So Wardlow obliges, a THIRD POWERBOMB! Now Wardlow covers, Wardlow wins!
Winner: Wardlow, by pinfall
Spears says, “Wardlow’s world, man!” But Spears adds that they don’t get paid by the hour, Wardlow can just make it a one and done next time. But wait, Spears SMACKS Sydal with the chair over and over! Spears then gets a call from “Maxie!” MJF wants Spears to pass a word along. Wardlow needs to go get the champagne for MJF’s post match victory. Spears will drive, Wardlow will by. They don’t even need to get dressed, Wardlow can just wear his ring gear. The Pinnacle heads out, but how much longer is Wardlow going to endure Maxwell Jacob Friedman treating him as a lackey?
AEW looks at the growing animosity between Tay Conti and Penelope Ford.
Tay says she is sick and tired of the Superbad Girl and her little Bunny running around with those brass knuckles. Maybe Ford can get in the ring with a real blackbelt in a Submission match? Ford says Conti wants a match where pins don’t matter? That’s fine, because she has the Muta Lock, and she has used it on a number of “hussies.” Ford doesn’t need the knuckles to win. She’ll leave that at home. Conti says she’ll make Ford tap out, just like this. “See you at Rampage, bitch!”
Malakai Black speaks.
“What makes a house strong? Is it the foundation? The bricks, the mortar? Or perhaps, the people that reside within it are the bricks, the mortar, the foundation. But even that foundation needs ideals. Ideals such as understanding that human nature is violent, and therefore accepting violence as as a part of who you are is key. Don’t fight it. Embrace it. There isn’t a more destructive species on this earth that is so intentionally cruel to one another than the human race. So why be in denial about it? Understand that your past is not a crutch, it is an arrow, and it’s biggest teacher is apathy.
“And therefore I will not question the teachings that The House bestows upon me but see it as a blessing, no matter how destructive. Understand that this can only be done by placing the house before everything and everyone else. And understand that not everyone will understand the teachings you bestow upon others. That through agony, the House will make them stronger. The House is bigger than you, the House is bigger than them. But lastly, the House always wins. Now your soul is worth more than a king.” Just who did Malakai convert tonight? Who else will he look to add to the House of Black?
Hikaru Shida VS Serena Deeb!
The first time these two met, the Full Metal Warrior was denied her 50th win. But in the rematch during the TBS Championship Tournament, Shida redeemed herself, hit that benchmark, and moved on to the next round. But the Woman of 1000 Holds couldn’t stand that, and so she made sure Shida didn’t make it past Nyla Rose. Will Deeb make sure Shida loses to her again? Or will will Shida make “The Professor of Professional Wrestling” wish she’d gone on winter break?
The moment Shida’s on the apron for her entrance, Deeb attacks! Shida throws her kendo stick at Deeb, rushes the ring, and the bell rings! Deeb jumps onto Shida but Shida brings her down fore forearms! Deeb turns it around, gives back some ground ‘n’ pound, but Shida turns it back around! Deeb gets away, goes to a corner, Shida fires off haymakers! Deeb turns things around to stomp away! Shida turns it back around, climbs up to rain down more fists, and fans fire up as Shida dropkicks as she lets off! Fans fire up with Shida and she drags Deeb back up. Shida whips corner to corner, runs in but Deeb puts her on the apron.
Shida ducks to ROCK Deeb, then climbs the ropes to CORSSBODY! Cover, Deeb rolls through and has the leg, TRAILER HITCH! Shida gets the ROPEBREAK, Deeb lets go at 4. Shida hobbles, Deeb EuroUppers her into the corner! And again! Deeb brings Shida around, EuroUppers again, but Shida shoves her away and dropkicks her down! Shida runs corner to corner but Deeb slips out! Knee hits buckles, then Deeb trips Shida to drag her into the corner! Deeb SLAMS Shida’s leg on the steel steps! Then Deebp ties the leg sup, and has a HANGING FIGURE FOUR! The ref counts, Deeb lets off at 4, and AEW goes picture in picture!
Deeb soaks up the heat as she goes to the apron. Deeb drags Shida up at the ropes, brings her in and turns her, HOTSHOT NECKBREAKER! Shida flops down and Deeb covers, TWO! Deeb gets the leg, stomps away on the bad leg, then steps over and rolls to THROW Shida into a HEEL HOOK! Shida throws haymakers but Deeb cranks the foot! Shida crawls, drags Deeb along, and she gets the ROPEBREAK! Deeb won’t let go, Shida stomps her with the free leg, but Deeb lets go as the ref counts 4. Deeb scowls at the fans, drags Shida up and snapmares to then scrape her sole on Shida’s face! Deeb gets the bad leg and GROUND DRAGON SCREWS it!
Deeb uses the bad leg to turn Shida over, then ties up the legs in a deathlock! Deeb soaks up the heat as she stands there, and then she falls back to JAM the legs! Shida writhes, Deeb drags her up. Deeb hooks Shida up and has the cobra twist! Shida endures as Deeb thrashes her around, and she hip tosses free! AEW returns to single picture, Deeb EuroUppers but Shida catches that to spin Deeb for forearm after forearm! Shida fires off on Deeb, shoves the ref away and keeps after Deeb! The ref reprimands, Shida lets off but is still fired up! Fans fire up with Shida, and she drags Deeb up from the ropes to whip. Deeb reverses, kicks the bad leg and runs, into an ENZIGURI! Cover, TWO!
Shida drags Deeb up, suplexes, and SLAMS Deeb down! Cover, TWO! Fans fire up, Shida goes to the corner and climbs, but Deeb turns her around and CLUBS her on the back! Shida is in the Tree of Woe, Deeb goes up top! Deeb has a HANGING HALF CRAB! The ref counts, Deeb lets go at 4 and Shida flops down. Deeb hops down to then kick at Shida. Fans rally up, Deeb goes out to the apron and peels off cover on the middle crossbar. Deeb brings Shida through, HOTSHOT NECKBREAKER to the bar! Shida flops down, Deeb drags her in and gets her up, POWERBOMB! High stack cover, TWO!! Shida survives, but Deeb drives in knee after knee into the shoulders!
LAST CHANCERY! Deeb uses another of her 1000 holds, but Shida fights her way over! Shida reaches out, ROPEBREAK! Deeb lets go quickly but she is seething! Deeb drags Shida up, facelock and TWIST ‘N’ SHOUT! And another! But Shida hits a FALCON ARROW! Both women are down, a standing count begins. Both women sit up at 4, then stand at 5. Shida fires forearms, but Deeb shoves. Shida AX KICKS! Then Shida reels Deeb in, Canadian rack, but Deeb slips off to backslide. Shida rolls through, Deeb reels her in! Deeb tucks the arms but Shida powers out! Deeb sunset flips, Shida rolls it to sit, but Deeb rolls through to HALF CRAB!!
Shida endures, drags herself over but Deeb drags her from ropes! Deeb sits deep on the leg but Shida powers up and turns over! Shida SLAPS away on Deeb, but Deeb SLAPS back! Deeb lets the leg go, then goes to the corner. Deeb pulls off a buckle pad! This isn’t very technical of Deeb but she just wants to hurt Shida! Shida blocks the buckle bump, elbows Deeb away, but Deeb runs in! Deeb avoids the buckle but Shida rolls her! TWO and Deeb sits on it, TWO! Deeb runs in, Shida avoids her and again Deeb avoids the bare buckle! Deeb ducks the roundhouse, trips, but Shida BOOTS Deeb into the buckle! Shida gets the jackknife bridge with one leg, Shida wins!!
Winner: Hikaru Shida, by pinfall
Deeb’s desire to destroy Shida is what brought her own downfall! Will Shida use this huge win to get back towards the AEW Women’s World Championship?
Tony Schiavone interviews the Varsity Blonds.
Brian Pillman Jr. & Griff Garrison are still upset after last week, when Malakai Black hit Julia Hart with the black mist! How is she doing? Griff says she isn’t here, obviously! Malakai ruined their celebration, he attacked Julia and left her screaming and crying. Then Malakai disappears in the dark. Real big man, isn’t he? Malakai might be intimidating, but he’s a coward. Griff promises to bring the fight to Malakai! BPJ wants Griff to calm down, he’s letting Malakai get in his head. This is what Malakai wants. What? Whose side are you on? Julia’s like their sister! If BPJ isn’t gonna fight the fight, Griff will! Griff dares Malakai to show up next week so he can break Malakai’s jaw!
Eddie Kingston speaks.
“Look, Garcia, 2point0, I’m really tired of this. You guys are just in my way. Mox is not here, I can’t tag with him. You guys jumped my boy, Monkey, AKA Ortiz, so guess what? It’s gonna be me, PNP, my best friend, Penta, and his brother, Fenix, against you three, and whoever you guys pick.” Kingston doesn’t care! As for Garcia himself, that ugly little man, Kingston’s coming after him especially. 10 Man Tag for Rampage, “let’s do it, boys! Don’t be scared.”
Dynamite Diamond Ring Final: MJF VS Dante Martin!
For the last two years, the Salt of the Earth has had this very valuable trump card in his back pocket, and he’s looking for a threepeat! Can he stay the perennial Dynamite Diamond Ringbearer? Or will Angel Dorado look to take that ice off MJF’s hands?
MJF struts down the ramp, gets in the face of some fans, and as they talk some smack to him, he snatches one guy’s hat away! MJF has a mic and has them cut his music. “This place is a goddamn dump!” Fans already chant, “You Suck!” but he tells Texas that their daughters swallow. Does Texas have a problem with MJF? Maybe they’d like him if he was more like them: anti-education and pro-incest. How about they keep their redneck mouths shut while he’s on the mic? MJF then calls out CM Punk and tells him, “You’ve got the balls to say all I do is go for low hanging fruit?
“That’s cool. Well, CM Punk, the second he got nervous last week, the best thing he could come up with was, ‘Um, uh, duh… Your local sports team sucks’ for ten straight minutes! So high brow, CM, I can’t see how you think of this stuff.” MJF especially loved the part where Punk said MJF needs to face him like a man so that Punk can move on to become world champion. Interesting. MJF didn’t realize an undefeated streak in underwhelming matches against underwhelming opponents made someone championship material. MJF thought that just made Punk the new Ryback. MJF deserves a title shot because he beat Hangman, just like he’ll beat Dante!
Speaking of Dante, he’s very talented but in a lot of trouble. Dante may be a great athlete, but MJF ain’t Punk. He won’t stand here and pretend he cares about the younger talent. He doesn’t give a damn. It’s easy to forget MJF is a top talent in the industry and yet he was only born in 1996. He’s the only top talent that’s young that matters. And he’s about to be a THREE-TIME Dynamite Diamond Ring Champion. Dante has the charisma and verbal ability of Helen Keller on Quaaludes, but MJF could beat him with a headlock takeover. MJF doesn’t claim to be the best in the world, he just IS. Mic drop and now Dante gets to make his entrance.
The bell rings and MJF gets the headlock takeover! Cover, TWO! Dante kips up and MJF scrambles away. Fans taunt MJF but MJF tells them to shut up. MJF kicks Dante, headlocks, but Dante powers out. MJF stomps Dante’s drop down, then struts about. Dante comes up behind MJF to SLAP him! MJF goes to slap back but Dante bobs ‘n’ weaves to fire off hands! Dante headlocks, MJF stomps a foot and gets the headlock. Dante powers out, MJF runs him over! Fans fire up for Dante, things speed up, Dante hurdles and hurdles and Monkey Flips! MJF gets up into a dropkick! Dante hits ROLLING THUNDER! Cover, TWO!! MJF survives those knees in his face but fans fire up!
Dante goes to a corner, springboards but MJF bails out! MJF denies the Nosedive Quebrada, but Dante just builds speed. MJF hurries around the corner to deny Dante a tope, so Dante goes out and around the way. MJF wants Dante to cool off, they get in the ring, but Dante avoids the elbow drop! Dante springboards again, but MJF shoves Dante down! Dante crashes into railing and MJF takes time to check his face in the ring. MJF goes out after Dante, brings Dante up and hammerlocks an arm, to RAM that arm into railing! MJF then soaks up all the heat form the fans, and even dares the front row to do something while AEW goes picture in picture.
MJF puts Dante in the ring, drags him up to wrench and WRING the arm out, then MJF smirks as he paces. MJF gets Dante’s arm, stands on the hand, and then pretends he can’t hear the fans. MJF STOMPS the hand! Dante clutches the fingers, MJF talks trash to the fans, but Dante throws body shots and haymakers! Dante ROCKS MJF with forearms, but MJF throws Dante down by his hair! Cover, TWO! MJF bends Dante’s fingers, then BITES one! The ref reprimands, MJF lets off, and Dante writhes again. MJF looms over Dante, Dante gets to ropes and hits back with more forearms. MJF rakes Dante’s eyes! MJF puts Dante in a corner, the ref counts, and MJF lets off.
MJF snapmares Dante to KNEE the bad arm. MJF drags Dante around, mounts the arm and makes lewd gestures before he JAMS the shoulder! MJF snapmares Dante, cranks the armlock, and Dante endures as MJF leans all his weight on him. Dante fights up, AEW returns to single picture, but MJF knees low. MJF tucks Dante’s arm into his tights, gets him up, but Dante fights free and moves around to victory roll! TWO, and Dante springboards to hop back, spin around, but MJF POWERBOMBS! MJF has his feet on the ropes in the high stack! The ref sees that and kicks MJF’s legs down! MJF is seething but fans fire up for the ref!
MJF puts Dante in a corner, hoists him up top, and then MJF climbs up. MJF wrenches Dante’s arm, but Dante headbutts MJF down! Dante gets up and springboards to missile dropkick MJF down! Both men are down, the standing count starts, and fans rally up for Dante! Dante gets to the apron, MJF storms over but into a BOOT! Dante triangle jumps, jumps over MJF then bait shim in to jump again! Dante builds speed and FLIES! Direct hit and down goes MJF! Dante puts MJF in, but MJF bails back out. So Dante JUMPS the corner to hit MJF with the tope conjilo! Dante puts MJF in, MJF rolls all the way out. So Dante gets in and FOSBURY FLOPS! Down goes MJF again!
Dante puts MJF back in, sees him already rolling back out, so fans want to see another! Dante goes up onto the rope to SHOOTING STAR PRESSE! He almost overshoots MJF but he gets enough of MJF to take him down! Fans are thunderous and losing their minds, and Dante finally as MJF in the ring. Dante DECKS MJF with a forearm, then another! MJF flounders, Dante goes to the corner and tries again. Still no Nosedive as MJF walks away. Dante ROCKS MJF with an uppercut! Dante climbs up to rain down fists on MJF! MJF stops him at 9, Dante lands on his feet out of the shove and CALF KICKS in the corner!
MJF blocks the whip, wrenches, whips but Dante goes up and over to sunset flip! TWO! Dante backslides, TWO! Dante schoolboys, TWO! Cradle, TWO! MJF hits the headlock takeover, TWO! Dante headscissors, MJF kips free, but Dante ducks the punch to sunset flip! TWO! MJF sits on it, TWO! Dante has the sunset, TWO! MJF high stacks, TWO and Dante throws MJF away. Dante hits the headlock takeover! TWO and MJF has the cover, TWO! Dante again, TWO! MJF again, TWO! They keep going back and forth, MJF headscissors but Dante jackknifes, TWO! Bridge and turn, MJF SIT-OU TPOWERBOMBS! Cover, TWO!! Fans are thunderous again as Dante flops out.
MJF goes out after Dante, puts him in the ring, and MJF flips off the fans. Dante slingshots MFJ in! Dante then goes back outside, triangle jump, NOSEDIVE!! Cover, but RICKY STARKS helps MJF get the ropebreak?! Team Taz is screwing Dante over because he got one over on them! Starks hurries off, Dante brings MJF up but MJF gets the FUJIWARA! SALT OF THE EARTH!! Dante taps, MJF wins!!
Winner: MJF, by submission (still Dynamite Diamond Ring Champion)
FTR appears to celebrate with their leader as he still has the ring on his finger. They hoist him up but Texas boos. But then the lights go out! And when they come back up, it’s STIIIIIIING! And Darby, too! They attack FTR for the attack last week! Dax throw s hands but Sting throws knees while Darby clobbers Cash! MJF gets back in to LOW BLOW Sting! MJF tackles Darby, he and Cash mug Darby! Fans chant for him, here comes CM PUNK!! Punk has the bat, a la Sting! Punk gets in, The Pinnacle runs away! Fans sing Cult of Personality as Punk hands Sting the bat.
Punk then gets the mic to say, “You don’t wanna do it one on one in Texas? Next week, you wanna bring your friends? That’s fine, because I’m bringing mine, and that’s the match! Deal with it!” Punk, Darby & Sting against MJF & FTR in a Six Man Tag?!? Now THAT is a Holiday Bash! But will the Best in the World, the Relentless One and the Icon be able to bash in Max, Dax & Cash for a black ‘n’ blue Christmas?
What an awesome episode! And now I see why only four matches were made: the world title match was HALF THE SHOW! That was an epic match, I did not think they’d pull another Bryan Danielson time limit draw on us but that was actually rather clever. Neither Hangman nor Bryan wins or loses, and I am very sure Battle of the Belts is a rematch of Hangman VS Bryan to settle things going into the new year and the change to TBS. We got a good promo from The Elite to give us the 8 Man Tag I was hoping for, and we also got a great promo from Kingston to give us a surprising 10 Man Tag of him, Santana, Ortiz & Lucha Brothers against Garcia, 2point0, and mystery partners. Those last two could literally be any Heel team in AEW and they’d all be great choices.
We got a very good vignette from Malakai Black and good response promo from the Varsity Blonds. Griff being gung-ho to fight Malakai is definitely going to get him beat. Malakai’s video implies he could be creating a faction, which I think would be a great move given how many people AEW has running around. That person he sprayed with mist could be kayfabed into just about anyone, I hope we get someone we’ve seen a lot of on Dark or Elevation get their chance here. That way, Malakai can take on both Varsity Blonds in a tag match with his team, and take on other factions that AEW has running around.
Wardlow of course won against Sydal but I like that Shawn Spears wanted him to hold back just on how it’s a waste of time pulverizing someone. Wardlow could’ve shown a bit more reluctance or annoyance at being told to go get champagne for MJF, but they’re slowly building towards the day Wardlow finally tells MJF to shove it and he leaves The Pinnacle. Shida VS Deeb was a great tiebreaker match, though I do find it interesting it came down to a bare buckle making the difference. For all we know, this could build into a best of 7, winner challenges a champion at Revolution or something. Either way, Shida could win the series and be primed as a top challenger.
A weird choice is making Conti VS Ford a Submission match. Conti has legit submission skills from judo, and proved her ability to fight off a submission in her match against Britt Baker. But Ford? Literally just the Muta Lock. Pretty sure Conti wins that to also prime herself for a title opportunity against the TBS Champion, who will probably be Jade. Surprised there were no vignettes for that tournament, but maybe there just wasn’t time after the hour long world title match. Maybe we can actually get both of those matches on the same night to get the TBS Championship Finals on the TBS debut.
The Dynamite Diamond Ring match in the main event was great stuff. MJF showed ring IQ by avoiding Dante’s finisher again and again, but then Dante got to show off agility and stamina by hitting all those different high-flyer moves. I should’ve seen Ricky Starks screwing Dante over on behalf of Team Taz, and I really want to see Starks VS Dante for the FTW Championship. And we got a great brawl to close out the night and set up a Six Man Tag for Holiday Bash. I’m pretty sure one of the FTR guys takes the pin so Punk, Darby & Sting stay strong going into the separate blow-offs.
My Score: 9.3/10
Mitchell’s AEW Dynamite Results & Report! (10/5/22)
Happy Dynamite Anniversary!
AEW Dynamite starts on Year 4!
AEW celebrates the Dynamite Anniversary in a big, BIG way! Perhaps biggest of all, Daniel Garcia teams with Bryan Danielson to take on Chris Jericho & Sammy Guevara!
- MJF VS Wheeler Yuta; MJF wins.
- Darby Allin VS Jay Lethal; Darby wins.
- AEW TNT Championship: Wardlow VS Brian Cage w/ Prince Nana; Wardlow wins and retains the title.
- Six Woman Tag: Toni Storm, Willow Nightingale & Athena w/ Saraya VS Jamie Hayter, Serena Deeb & Penelope Ford w/ Britt Baker; Storm, Nightingale & Athena win.
- Hangman Page VS Rush w/ Jose; Hangman wins.
- Luchasaurus w/ Christian Cage VS Fuego Del Sol; Luchasaurus wins.
- Daniel Garcia & Bryan Danielson VS Chris Jericho & Sammy Guevara; Jericho & Guevara win.
PLAY BY PLAY
MJF VS Wheeler Yuta!
Maxwell Jacob Friedman is poised to go after the AEW World Championship whenever he wants, but he may have gone and upset the wrong one. The Blackpool Combat Club’s Decoder looks to prove MJF is not better than anyone, but will that be the case? Or will the Devil of AEW have another trick up his sleeve?
The bell rings and Yuta dares MJF to make a move. Fans rally behind Yuta and MJF is upset. MJF approaches, but then dodges Yuta to strut. MJF dusts himself off as fans duel, and then MJF and Yuta tie up. MJF pulls Yuta’s hair and pushes him backward into a corner. The ref counts, MJF lets off slowly, but Yuta avoids the sucker punch to ROCK MJF over and over! Yuta stomps away, throws haymakers, then whips corner to corner. MJF reverses, Yuta goes up and over and arm-drags MJF around! Yuta fakes MJF out on the third to do his own strut! Fans cheer, MJF rushes in but into a DROPKICK!
Yuta wrenches MJF around into an OLYMPIC SLAM! Fans fire up as Yuta climbs a corner! But MJF slow rolls away to the far corner. Yuta hops down, storms up but MJF uses ropes as a defense. Yuta pushes past the ref but MJF YANKS him into the buckles! MJF stomps away now, but lets off as the ref counts. MJF scowls while fans duel and MJF drags Yuta up. MJF whips corner to corner to WRING Yuta out into the buckles! MJF then soaks up the cheers and jeers. MJF mocks a fan in the crowd then goes back to Yuta. MJF CLAWS Yuta’s back, then KNEES Yuta in the back. MJF clamps on a chinlock but Yuta endures.
Fans rally and Yuta pries at the hold. Yuta fights up, throws body shots, then an elbow. Yuta waistlocks but MJF mule kicks a knee. Yuta JAWBREAKERS back! Yuta runs but MJF scoops for a BACKBREAKER to a gut wrench and SLAM! Cover, TWO! Fans duel while MJF argues the count. The ref defends that two is two as AEW goes picture in picture.
MJF CHOKES Yuta! The ref reprimands but MJF lets off. Yuta sit sup and gets to ropes. MJF CHOKES Yuta on the ropes! The ref counts, MJF lets off again, and Yuta sputters to a corner. MJF drags Yuta up, whips him corner to corner, and MJF back drops Yuta! MJF poses and fans duel, but then MJF tells them all “Up yours!” MJF whips Yuta to ropes, and he back drops Yuta again! MJF paces around, scowls at the fans, then he drags Yuta up in a corner. MJF whips corner to corner hard and Yuta bounces off the buckles. The ref checks but Yuta refuses to stop here. MJF whips Yuta hard into the other corner!
Yuta falls to the mat again while MJF tells DC off. MJF then storms over to Yuta and digs his boot in at the corner. The ref counts, MJF lets off at 4, and then he drags Yuta up. Yuta ROCKS MJF! And again! And again! Yuta fires off forearm after forearm, but then MJF throws Yuta down by his hair! The ref reprimands but MJF scowls again. MJF drags Yuta up again, bumps him off buckles, stares down the fans again, then he wrenches Yuta to whip corner to corner. Yuta reverses as Dynamite returns to single picture and MJF hits buckles hard! Both men are down, a standing count begins, and fans rally up.
MJF stands and he storms over, but Yuta cradles! TWO! MJF kicks low, whips Yuta to ropes, but Yuta kicks back! Yuta waistlocks, MJF flails and grabs the ropes. Yuta drags MJF from the ropes, and he avoids MJF stomping his feet! And again, and again! MJF elbows free, whips Yuta, but Yuta rewinds and gets around, GERMAN SUPLEX! Yuta holds on and drags MJF back up, for another GERMAN SUPLEX! Fans fire up as Yuta drags MJF up again, for the THIRD GERMAN SUPLEX! Bridging cover, TWO! #SuplexYuta drags MJF up again, for a FOURTH GERMAN! Fans fire up as Yuta kips up! Yuta roars and he hurries to a corner.
Yuta goes up top, but MJF rolls away again. Fans are torn but Yuta runs in this time, but into an elbow! MJF goes up and DOUBLE STOMPS Yuta’s arm! MJF grabs the bad arm, but Yuta switches around to waistlock! MJF fights the German, slips an arm in and wrenches to an ELBOW BREAKER! MJF whips, Yuta ducks ‘n’ dodges to whip, but MJF blocks. MJF whips, dodges, but Yuta jumps! MJF blocks the rana into a POWER BREAKER! Cover, TWO!! Yuta survives the powerbomb backbreaker fusion and MJF is beside himself! Fans rally and William Regal criticizes MJF for sulking rather than pouncing.
MJF kicks Yuta and slaps him around. Fans duel as Yuta eggs MJF on. MJF slaps so Yuta SLAPS! And ROCSK! And CHOPS! And repeat! ROLLING- NO, MJF kicks first, but Yuta blocks it! But then MJF pokes Yuta in the eye! The ref reprimands but MJF runs, into Yuta’s ENZIGURI! MJF wobbles and sits back and fans fire up with Yuta. Yuta shakes out his bad arm, CLAWS MJF’s face, then stands him up to CHOP! Yuta whips, MJF sunset flips, TWO! Yuta sits on the cover, TWO! MJF sunsets again, TWO! Yuta sits, ONE! MJF sunsets, ONE! Yuta, ONE! MJF, ONE! Repeat, repeat, repeat, repeat! Fans are loving this!
MJF has the sunset again, TWO! Yuta jackknifes, TWO as MJF bridges! MJF spins things around to hook the arms, but then swings Yuta out into a gut wrench! But Yuta fights it to turn that around! MJF fights it back again! But then Yuta victory rolls, TWO! MJF has it, TWO! Yuta has it back, TWO! MJF has it again, with crossed legs! TWO!! Yuta escapes, DOUBLE LARIATS take both men down! DC is thunderous for this one, and this is just the first match! They cheer for “A E DUB!” as a standing count begins. The count passes 5 of 10, then reaches 8! Yuta and MJF stir, sit up at 9, and they both stand at 9.5!
Yuta is in the corner, MJF runs in, but Yuta slips out! Yuta DECKS MJF, drags himself up top, but MJF gets up to trip him up! MJF sits Yuta up and hops up to join him, to then cravat! MJF drags Yuta onto his shoulder and then into the gut wrench! But Yuta kicks his heels together to fight that! Yuta slips back, and he CLAWS MJF’s face! Yuta then adjusts position, tightrope walks to SUPER STEINER! MJF flounders away and out of the ring, but Yuta DIVES! Direct hit and MJF moves the railing back! The fans are thunderous again as Yuta puts MJF in! Yuta hurries up top, but MJF starts rolling! And he flips Yuta off! YUTA STILL DIVING SPLASHES!! Cover, TWO!?!?
Fans are thunderous and Yuta can’t believe MJF survives! Yuta drags MJF up but he’s dead weight. “This is Awesome!” as Yuta gives MJF HAMMER ‘N’ ANVIL ELBOWS! MJF is a bobblehead, and then Yuta shifts him around into the SEAT- NO! MJF slips out to get SALT OF THE EARTH!! Yuta endures as MJF pushes that arm! Yuta shifts around, reaches out, but MJF drags Yuta away! OVER-THE-BACK FUJIWARA ARMBAR!! Yuta taps, MJF wins!
Winner: MJF, by submission
Fans are torn, but one thing that’s rather surprising here: MJF did things fair and square! Yuta gets up and he turns MJF around! Yuta wants MJF to acknowledge the fans on this one. Yuta offers a handshake! MJF isn’t sure, but Yuta says MJF can be a man here and shake Yuta’s hand. MJF is conflicted, but he reaches out… Only for Lee Moriarty to attack from behind! The Firm’s #TAIGASTYLE strikes, but MJF is mad?! MJF tells Moriarty that he did NOT order that. This is Moriarty going against MJF’s orders! Stokely Hathaway comes out, eating a pear, and he holds out MJF’s Dynamite Diamond Ring. MJF says he doesn’t want it like this, but Stokely tells him to just do it!
MJF takes the ring, puts it on, and Moriarty sits Yuta up. Fans boo but here comes Regal! Regal puts on the BRASS KNUCKLES! Stokely and Moriarty bail as fans chant for Regal. Regal gets in the ring with MJF, dares him to use the ring on him. Fans tell MJF that “YOU F’D UP!” MJF tells Regal he’s not gonna do this, and he storms off. Was this a moment of MJF having a change of heart? Is that even possible?
AEW looks at the THREE YEARS of history behind tonight’s main event.
Chris Jericho brought together a group known as The Inner Circle: himself, Santana, Ortiz, Jake Hager, and Sammy Guevara. The young Spanish God has been Jericho’s protégé since the beginning of Dynamite. On the other side, Daniel Garcia came in with “2Point0,” Matthew Menard & Angelo Parker, while The American Dragon, Bryan Danielson, came in alone to shake up the foundation of AEW. Bryan told Jon Moxley, “What if we took someone like Wheeler Yuta under our wing? What if we took someone like Daniel Garcia away from 2Point0?” That was the beginning of the Blackpool Combat Club.
As for Jericho, his Inner Circle soon fell apart, because Santana & Ortiz didn’t “appreciate” Jericho. But Hager and Guevara stayed by Jericho’s side in the Jericho Appreciation Society, which took in Garcia & 2Point0. Then cut to Anarchy in the Arena, the bloodiest faction warfare in AEW history, and perhaps in all of professional wrestling. Or perhaps, in sports entertainment. The JAS came out the winners as Jericho and Hager took Bryan out together. But Bryan didn’t stay away long, and he had a battle with Garcia. This started planting a seed in Garcia’s head, and Jericho questioned Garcia’s loyalties.
Bryan VS Garcia II went the American Dragon’s way and that infuriated Jericho. Garcia didn’t appreciate Jericho ruining the moment, but then Garcia had his own moment by taking Wheeler Yuta’s ROH Pure Championship. Jericho would do the same to Claudio Castagnoli and the ROH World Championship, but in a far less honorable way. Bryan made one more plea to Garcia that he could be BCC, but Jericho told him to shut up! Jericho has vowed to “desecrate” ROH and what it stands for. Will he do just that as he takes on the pro-wrestlers, Bryan Danielson & Daniel Garcia?
Backstage interview with The Jericho Appreciation Society.
Tony Schiavone says that showdown of BCC VS JAS is in tonight’s main event. Matthew Menard shouts at the camera, “Daniel Garcia! After everything we have been through together, you wanna spit in our face and team with Bryan Danielson? No problem! But you take a gift, a gift that this man (Chris Jericho) gave you, that hat, and throw it on the ground?!” Hager sure likes the hat. Angelo Parker says they walked into AEW together. 2Point0 loves Garcia. He is family! But it seems Garcia has lost his way.
Jericho says Garcia is a petulant child who sticks his finger in the light socket even though he’s been told not to. But that’s okay. It is that rebellious nature that brought him to the JAS. But Garcia needs to remember that every trick he was taught, he was taught by them. They taught him how to be a great sports entertainer. Schiavone says, “You’re talking about systematic cheating, right?” To-may-to, to-mah-to, Schiavone. Lessons will be taught, lessons will be learned, and Jericho just hopes Garcia makes the right decision. Sammy shouts, “And if you don’t…! We’re gonna end you.”
Jericho says, “Speaking of ending, Bryan, tonight is gonna be a taste of what you’re gonna get in Toronto. I’m gonna desecrate the legacy of ROH. I’m gonna leave Toronto as the Ring of Jericho Champion, and still be the Ocho.” Jericho has issued his title match challenge to Bryan Danielson, but will he end up losing here tonight?
Darby Allin VS Jay Lethal!
The Relentless One dared this former ROH World Champion to do things truly 1v1 with no one in their corners, and surprisingly, the challenge was accepted! Will Darby prove he is worthy of gold in time for Full Gear? Or will it be a Lethal Injection that puts the rising star down?
The bell rings and fans rally as the two circle. Lethal and Darby tie up, Lethal gets around to a waistlock but Darby switches. Lethal switches back, Darby switches again, Lethal switches again, but then Darby slips away. Fans cheer the standoff as the two reset. Darby and Lethal tie up, Darby headlocks, but Lethal slips through and wrenches into a headlock of his own. Darby pries free, headlocks back and hits the takeover. Lethal headscissors, Darby moves around to get free and get the headlock back, but Lethal back suplexes. Darby lands on his feet, Lethal arm-drags him down, but Darby shifts around to get the headlock back!
Lethal fights up as fans rally, and Lethal wrenches free. Lethal wrenches, wrenches, hammerlocks, but Darby reaches back. Fans rally and duel, Darby hammerlocks, but Lethal spins. Darby spins with him to keep the hammerlock, and then again! Lethal runs to ropes to throw Darby out. Darby hurries back in as Lethal slides out, and Darby eggs Lethal on. Lethal rushes in but Darby sidesteps. Lethal hooks Darby to whip, but Darby goes up, steadies himself and springboards for a FLYING ARM-DRAG! Fans fire up as Darby sweeps and covers, ONE! The two stand off again and fans cheer. Darby smirks and he offers a handshake.
Lethal considers it, but he kicks low! Lethal whips Darby to a corner, runs in but Darby goes up and over. Darby comes back to monkey flip but Lethal handsprings through. Lethal comes back to monkey flips but Darby lands on his feet! Darby stops from running into the ref, only to turn around into a dropkick to the legs! Lethal looms over Darby, drags him around by the bad leg, and isolates the leg to stomp the knee! And then springboard STOMP it! Darby clutches his leg and crawls away but Lethal KICKS Darby’s leg into the corner. Lethal drags Darby up for a SHIN BREAKER! Darby hobbles back but Lethal stands him up.
Lethal whips corner to corner but Darby falls over halfway! Fans rally and duel as Lethal stalks Darby. Darby kicks out Lethal’s legs! Lethal falls right into the GUILLOTINE! Darby pulls on the head but Lethal fights up. Darby body scissors to add on but Lethal CLUBS away on the back leg! Lethal suplexes, but Darby slips around to a REVERSE DDT! Not quite a Scorpion Death Drop but still effective! Darby crawls to a cover, TWO! Fans rally as AEW goes picture in picture.
Darby and Lethal slowly rise, and Darby fires off forearms! Lethal wobbles, Darby runs the ropes, but Lethal CHOP BLOCKS Darby off the ropes! Darby crashes down and Lethal paces. Lethal grabs the leg, drops elbow after elbow on the knee, and then keeps dropping more elbows! Lethal lets off after TEN elbows, and fans fire up. Lethal looms over Darby, covers, TWO! Lethal looms over Darby again, drags him up, and suplexes, only for Darby to cradle counter! TWO!! Lethal escapes, and he CLOBBERS Darby! Lethal catches his breath, drags Darby by the bad leg and puts that leg on the ropes. The ref reprimands, so Lethal drags Darby from the ropes.
Lethal drops another elbow on the knee! Darby claws at Lethal but Lethal pulls back on a toehold! Darby endures while AEW goes to break.
Dynamite returns and the ref counts as Lethal digs his boot into Darby’s leg. Lethal lets off at 4, goes to the far corner, and he waits on Darby to get up. Fans rally, Darby drags himself up and Lethal runs in. Lethal blocks Darby’s boots, hooks the bad leg in the ropes, and STOMPS the leg down! Darby hobbles, Lethal reels him in, GERMAN SUPLEX! Darby writhes and clutches his leg again but fans still rally. Lethal puts Darby up top, CLUBS the bad leg again and again, then climbs up to join Darby. Fans duel, Darby throws body shots, and then he ROCKS Lethal with a forearm! Darby stands up, but Lethal grabs the bad leg.
Darby CLUBS away on Lethal, but Lethal SUPER DRAGON SCREWS! And then gets the legs, steps through, and has the FIGURE FOUR! Darby endures and fans “WOO~!” as Lethal puts on the pressure. Darby swipes at Lethal but can’t reach. Darby reaches for the ropes now, fans rally as he crawls and drags Lethal with him, but Lethal drags Darby away! Lethal puts on as much pressure as he can, but Darby turns things over and gets the ROPEBREAK! Lethal lets off in frustration and Darby goes to a corner. Lethal runs in, but into an elbow! Darby hops up the corner to get a boost, but Lethal denies the Throwback!
Darby’s leg jams and he hobbles, Lethal runs to handspring! LETHAL- NO, Darby table tops the Injection! Lethal sits up, Darby hops on, CODE RED! Cover, TWO!! Lethal survives and fans fire up again. But wait, there’s Sonjay Dutt & Satnam Singh! They honored the request until now, and now they’re storming down to ringside! Darby climbs a corner but sees Sonjay, and then Lethal trips Darby up! Sonjay cheers but Lethal tells him and Satnam to go to the back. Lethal says he has this 1v1, but then Darby runs in to RANA! Darby has the cover, TWO! Lethal sunsets but Darby rolls through to come back with a prawn hold! Lethal rolls through that, but Darby sunsets!
Lethal rolls through the sunset to push Darby to one, only for Darby to roll through and step through! LAST SUPPER! DARBY WINS!!
Winner: Darby Allin, by pinfall
Sonjay & Satnam showed up, and maybe that cost Lethal! Lethal is frustrated, but Darby wants him to hold on. Darby is telling Lethal that he’s better than Sonjay & Satnam. Darby wants to shake hands on this, and fans chant “YES! YES!” Lethal is conflicted but Darby gives him a shove. Lethal shakes Darby’s hand! The only ones not happy about it are Sonjay & Satnam! But will they just have to accept that Lethal actually has some honor?
AEW looks closely at The Embassy.
Prince Nana says, “The day has come, my friends.” Originally under Tully Blanchard Enterprises, Prince Nana bought the managing rights to the Gates of Agony, Toa Liona & Kaun, and The Machine, Brian Cage. The Embassy is back, and the GOA will come after every single piece of gold in every single tag team division! And as for the TNT Championship… Brian Cage keeps hearing that this is somehow his comeback. It’s not a comeback, this is his arrival! And while Wardlow has had a hell of a year, that changes tonight, because he faces The Machine, the Swolverine!
And after tonight, Cage adds one more name to the list: The NEW AEW TNT Champion. “The answer to the question, ‘Who’s better than Brian Cage?’ is still, ‘Nobody.'” Nana tells everyone that you know the song: We in the money~! We in the money~! But will they be singing that song all the way to the bank?
AEW TNT Championship: Wardlow VS Brian Cage w/ Prince Nana!
The Clash of the Titans will have nothing on this! The Maestro of Mayhem has been conducting Powerbomb Symphonies week in and week out, but now he runs into a man very much his physical equal. Will the Machine not survive the war that’s coming? Or will this be the night the music died?
The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and in DC, THIS IS WAAAR~!
Fans rally up for “WARD~LOW!” as he stares down with Cage. Cage ROCKS Wardlow, powers him back and fires off in the corner! Cage RAMS his shoulder in again and again, then lets off to soak up the heat. Wardlow shakes out the cobwebs to then grab Cage and put him in the corner! Wardlow fires off body shots and RAMS his shoulder in again and again! Wardlow lets up, whips corner to corner, but Cage comes back to LARIAT! Wardlow stays up! Wardlow LARIATS, but Cage stays up! They stare down again and fans fire up as the haymakers start flying! Wardlow and Cage go back and forth, but Wardlow gets the edge.
Cage KNEES low, whips Wardlow to ropes, but Wardlow ducks ‘n’ dodges to RANA! Fans fire up from that insane agility, and Wardlow runs, only for Cage to duck and tilt-o-whirl headscissor! Wardlow ends up on ropes, Cage dials it up!? 619- NO!! Wardlow blocks the call, for a WORLD’S STRONGEST SLAM! Fans are fired up for Wardlow, but Nana is shouting at Cage to get up! Wardlow says it is time, and he drags Cage up. Wardlow reels Cage in, but Nana distracts Cage and the ref on the apron. The ref reprimands, but Cage Alabama Lifts Wardlow, for a SIT-OUT ALABAMA SLAM! Wardlow goes to a corner and Nana says to finish this!
AEW goes picture in picture and Cage goes to Wardlow. Cage digs his boot in, the ref counts and Cage lets off. Cage mocks the fans clapping for Wardlow, and he runs in side to side for a BOOT WASH! Cage then drags Wardlow up, scoops him, and carries him around to do bicep curls! And then FALL AWAY SLAM, without falling! Cage flexes while soaking up the heat. Cage drags Wardlow up but Wardlow throws body shots. Cage BOOTS Wardlow back down! Wardlow sees Nana talking smack and takes a swing, but Cage stomps Wardlow down. Cage digs his boot in, lets off at 4, and then drags Wardlow up again.
Cage scoops Wardlow to SLAM him, then runs to drop a leg, brother! Cover, ONE!! Cage clamps onto Wardlow with a chinlock to keep him down. Wardlow endures, fights up, and throws body shots. Cage KNEES low again, then has Wardlow in a corner for a BIG haymaker! Cage whips but Wardlow reverses, but Cage goes up and over to roll Wardlow. Wardlow slips free but Cage basement BOOTS him down! Nana cheers that agility and Cage soaks up the heat. Cage drags Wardlow up but Wardlow throws body shots. Cage knees low again, ROCKS Wardlow with a right, then HEADBUTTS him into a corner.
Cage KICKS away on Wardlow in the corner, soaks up the heat, and then storms up on Wardlow. Wardlow throws hands as Dynamite returns to single picture, and he backs Cage down! Cage JUMP KNEES back! Wardlow staggers, Cage storms up in the corner to wrench and whip. Wardlow goes up and up and hits WHISPER IN THE WIND?!? No one can believe it but that’s what happened! Cage staggers up but into Wardlow’s GERMAN SUPLEX! Cage staggers up again, but into another GERMAN SUPLEX! Nana is freaking out as Wardlow waistlocks again. Cage throws elbows, but ends up in an OVERHEAD Belly2Belly!
Fans fire up as Wardlow has Cage in a drop zone! Wardlow climbs up a corner, but Cage GAMANGIRIS! Wardlow goes to the apron, Cage climbs up and he brings Wardlow up! DEADLIFT SUPERPLEX!! Cover, TWO!! Wardlow survives and Nana is pissed! The ref defends the count but Cage looms over Wardlow. “This is Awesome!” as Cage says this is it! Suplex and- NO, Wardlow slips out to shove Cage to ropes, POP-UP SPINEBSUTER on the return! Cover, TWO!! Wardlow is frustrated but Nana rallies for Cage. Wardlow brings Cage up, winds up, but Cage ducks to fireman’s carry! F5!! Cover, TWO!!
Nana can’t believe it! He thought it was over already! Cage roars at Wardlow, brings him up, and reels him in. Fans boo as Cage wants to steal the Symphony! But Wardlow slips out to HEADBUTT! Cage roars, spins, but into another HEADBUTT! Wardlow shakes it off, winds up and LARIATS! Fans fire up as the straps come down! Nana is even more panicked, Wardlow brings Cage up and in, for the POWERBOMB! But Wardlow is just getting going, fans want it “ONE MORE TIME!” Wardlow conducts the DC choir and drags Cage back up! POWERBOMB THE SECOND! Wardlow is feeling it now, and he brings Cage up “ONE MORE TIME!”
Wardlow reels Cage back in, for POWERBOMB THE THIRD! And roll through to the FOURTH!! Cover, Wardlow wins!
Winner: Wardlow, by pinfall (still AEW TNT Champion)
The Machine pushed the War Dog, but not far enough! Wait! The Gates of Agony attack! The Embassy will not let Wardlow enjoy his victory! But here comes SAMOA JOE! The ROH World TV Champion gets in the ring to HEADBUTT Kaun and RAM him into the buckles! Fans are thunderous as Joe fires off JABS and haymakers! Cage and Toa go after Joe, then Cage goes back for Wardlow. This is 3v2 in the Embassy’s favor, and even Nana gets a shot in! But here comes FTR!! The ROH World Tag Team Champions storm right up to the ring, and now The Embassy bails out! Things are even now, and that’s not good for them!
Nana wants Toa & Kaun to stand down but fans are thunderous for Cash & Dax. The Embassy retreat, but will the Gates of Agony look to take away those ROH belts from the three-belt champs?
Britt Baker speaks.
“Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, as the Face of the AEW Women’s Division but most importantly, as a Role Model, I feel morally obligated to answer the question that everybody’s been asking. And the answer is no, Saraya will NOT be wrestling in AEW. The doctors have NOT medically cleared her to compete. So let’s ship her off in some bubble wrap and send her on her way. But I guess that officially makes this my house now, right? Yours Truly, Dr. Britt Baker, DMD.”
Six Woman Tag: Toni Storm, Willow Nightingale & Athena w/ Saraya VS Jamie Hayter, Serena Deeb & Penelope Ford w/ Britt Baker, Rebel & Kip Sabian!
A revolution has come to the AEW Women’s Division, and with the backing of the former WWE Diva’s Champion, the Interim AEW Women’s World Champion leads another battle against the Forces of Britt Baker! But will having Saraya’s support help Storm, Willow & Athena win the night? Or will someone score themselves a shortcut to a title match instead?
The trios sort out and Willow starts against Hayter in a rematch from last week’s Rampage. They circle, fans rally for both, but then Hayter tags out to Mrs. Superbad. Willow tags to Athena so Athena and Ford circle. Things speed up, Athena hurdles then drops but Ford leaps over. Ford comes back to tilt-o-whirl headscissor, but Athena handsprings through! Fans cheer as Athena and Ford reset. Ford runs in but into a sweep! Athena SHOTGUNS Ford down, then drags her up. Athena wrenches, whips, but Ford goes up the corner to BOOT back. Ford leaps but Athena catches her for a POWERSLAM! Cover, TWO!
Athena drags Ford up with a facelock but Ford RAMS her into the corner. Ford RAMS again, lets off, and both Hayter and Deeb hold Athena in place for the handspring back elbow! Tag to Deeb and fans cheer the Professor of Pro-Wrestling. Deeb EuroUppers, takes Athena off her feet, then fires up. Deeb whips Athena to ropes, Athena ducks ‘n’ dodges to springboard CROSSBODY! Cover, TWO! Tag to Storm, and she SHOTGUNS Deeb down! Storm drags Deeb up and TOSSES her across the way! Storm wrenches, CLUBS away on Deeb, and fans are torn. Britt protests, Saraya tells her to shush, and Storm runs to BOOT Deeb down!
Storm drags Deeb up, whips her to a corner, then runs in to uppercut! Storm holds Deeb in place, Hayter protests but the ref is busy with her so Athena gets in to forearm smash! Willow gets in to back body block! Storm HIP ATTACKS! Storm then drags Deeb up to reel her in. Hayter distracts again but Storm DECKS her, then DECKS Ford for good measure. But Deep CHOP BLOCKS Storm! Deeb rains down fists and fans fire up as AEW goes picture in picture.
The ref reprimands but Deeb lets off. Deeb glares at Athena and takes a swipe, then stands Storm up. Deeb EuroUppers, Storm staggers, and Deeb brings her around to bump off buckles. Deeb stomps a mudhole into Storm, then tags Ford. Ford pushes Storm back in to stomp a mudhole of her own! Tag to Hayter and she stomps away on Storm! The ref counts, Hayter lets off to drag Storm up into a snap suplex! Cover, TWO! Hayter hurries to keep Storm from her team and bumps her off buckles! Storm is down, Hayter tags Ford, and Ford drags Storm up to put on ropes. Ford CHOKES Storm and thrashes around, but lets off as the ref counts 4.
Ford argues with the ref but this is a distraction so Britt can CHOKE Storm! Britt lets off before she’s caught, and then Ford YANKS Storm into the ropes! Storm falls over, Ford drags her up again and wrenches to a wristlock. Tag to Hayter, she goes up and drops AX HANDLES on the bad arm! Hayter drags Storm up, tags Ford back in, and Ford goes up to drop AX HANDLES! Ford brings Storm around, tags Deeb, they mug Storm and Deeb brings Storm around to snapmare. Deeb wraps Storm up in a straitjacket stretch as Dynamite returns to single picture. Fans rally and Storm fights up to arm-drag free!
Storm stands to fire forearms on Deeb! Deeb goes low to get the takedown, and GROUND DRAGON SCREW! Storm clutches her leg while Deeb DECKS Willow! Athena avoids a shot, but Deeb hooks up Storm’s legs in a deathlock. Athena runs in, Deeb kicks her first, but Athena fights the suplex. Willow runs in but so does Hayter, and Hayter kicks Willow. STEREO SUPLEXES with the SNAP LOCK on the side! Fans cheer, they acknowledge that was good stuff. Deeb tags Ford, she drags Storm away, but Storm kicks her away! Ford tags Deeb ack in, and Deeb grabs Storm’s leg! Storm ENZIGURIS Deeb, hot tags to Hayter and Willow!
Fans fire up as Willow dodges and LARIATS Hayter! And ELBOWS! And BOOTS! Willow snarls, drags Hayter up to whip, and she hits a SPINEBUSTER! High stack, Deeb breaks it! Deeb stomps Willow, drags Hayter over and tags in. Deeb brings Willow up to throw uppercuts! Deeb CHOKES Willow on the ropes but the ref counts. Deeb lets off, Rebel talks trash and brings out a crutch! But Saraya snatches it! And then she swings on Rebel and Britt! Fans fire up, Deeb is distracted, and Willow cradles her! TWO! Deeb runs, Willow gets around to push and POUNCE! Fans fire up with Willow but Deeb tags Ford!
Ford runs in but into a scoop! Ford slips off to HEEL KICK! Willow goes down, but Athena reels Ford in for a Canadian Rack, CLIFFHANGER CODE BREAKER! Deeb SPEARS Athena! Storm SHOTGUNS Deeb! Hayter runs in, for an IRISH CURSE BACKBREAKER to Storm! Willow rises to SUPERKICK Hayter! Ford returns, goes Matrix to doge and CUTTER! Cover, TWO!! Fans fire up as Willow survives! Ford drags Willow up, runs to handspring, but Willow SHOTGUNS her while upside-down! Willow hauls Ford up, gut wrenches and DOCTOR BOMBS!! Cover, WILLOW’S TEAM WINS!
Winner: Toni Storm, Willow Nightingale & Athena, by pinfall
But Britt gets in to ruin the celebration because she gets in Saraya’s face. Britt keeps talking trash about if Saraya ain’t cleared, she doesn’t need to be here. But Saraya ROCKS Britt! Fans fire up as the brawl is on!! Hayter, Deeb, Ford and even Rebel get in, the brawl explodes! DC is loving this! Saraya TOSSES Britt out, and now she has Rebel all to herself! Rebel begs for mercy, but she gets a BOOT instead! Saraya shouts, “This is MY house!” Will Saraya prove to Britt that she can still go?
Backstage interview with Rush, Jose & Private Party.
Tony Schiavone notes that El Toro Blanco is taking on The Cowboy, Hangman Adam Page tonight, but it seems Jose The Assistant has “called the troops together.” And he did so because while Private Party showed up for work tonight, they haven’t been showing up in the ring. Jose has clips to prove it. Last week, Rush and Hangman brawling, but NO Private Party backing Rush up. Then the week before that, when Rush led The Butcher & The Blade in that blindside of Hangman, still no Private Party! Jose promises that Rush will blast Hangman again tonight. Rush tells Private Party to “do the right thing tonight!”
Jose lets Private Party know that they know Matt Hardy’s been talking with them. They better choose the right side in this. Jose and Rush leave, but will Marq Quen & Isiah Kassidy do what’s right? Or will they do what La Faccion Ingobernables wants?
The Acclaimed head to the ring!
Fans are fired up as there’s balloons and a podium. Max Caster has the mic, so “Yo! Listen! Acclaimed on the mic, what I’m saying is hot. Even in the senators are insider trading our stock. We will never be approved like a home loan. We did it on our own cuz we homegrown! Even Joe Biden is lovin’ it. He said, ‘Scissor me timbers,’ and didn’t even stutter it! Yo, we put ’em away. Hands up cuz it’s National Scissoring Day!” Bowens gets the mic to say, “WASHINGTON DEEEE CEEEEE! The Acclaimed have arrived! Scissor me, Daddy Ass~!” And he does! Fans fire up and sing, “OH~ Scissor Me, Daddy~!” as the champs go to the podium.
Bowens says he is glad they’re singing that, cuz Daddy loves to scissor! But Washington, D.C, welcome to the very first ever National Scissoring Day celebration! It is a very special night, unlike anything in our great sport’s history, and it is brought to you by The Acclaimed, the most popular team in ALL of professional wrestling! Caster adds, “That’s right!” The winningest team in AEW! That’s right! The best damn homegrown team in AEW history! THAT’S RIGHT! And today, it was made official thanks to every single fan. The “Scissor Me Daddy Ass” T-Shirt is the NUMBER ONE BEST SELLER IN 2022!!
Bowens says most importantly, The Acclaimed, your #ForeverChamps, have brought home gold! That means AEW no longer stands for All Elite Wrestling. No, it stands for ACCLAIMED EVERY WEDNESDAY! But now, this is cause for celebration, and the Acclaimed celebrate by scissoring. Bowens knows a thing or two about that. They used to Babe Ruth the Sultan of Swat, so you can call Anthony Bowens the Sultan of Scissors! And there may be a few of you tuning in for the very first time tonight because National Scissoring Day was trending all day long. Let’s break it down for you. Scissoring is a handshake, a sign of friendship, and a sign of true teamwork.
The Acclaimed understand that the people want to be represented by a real team. “Not two dudes who were thrown together like Keith Lee and Sneaky Swerve.” Fans boo to support that point. Bowens says “Sneaky Swerve” would like us to believe that he and Keith deserve to be AEW Tag Team Champions. Sneaky Swerve would like us to believe that he and Keith are the most popular tag team in the industry. But they’re WRONG! EVERYONE loves The Acclaimed! “Swerve, this isn’t your house.” Billy Gunn takes over here and says, “This is Daddy Ass’s house! Now for everybody in the building, and the millions…” “AND MILLIONS!” “… of people at home, it’s National Scissoring Day!”
That said, Billy was sent down to City Hall today, because he’s a big deal, and he was asked to present The Acclaimed with this. Billy brings out a big package wrapped in gold. Could it be…? The Acclaimed unwrap the package and… it’s the SCISSORS TO THE CITY! Y’know, like you see when someone has to cut a big ribbon. Bowens is all fired up, but he’s running with scissors! Billy tells him don’t do that. Bowens apologizes, and Caster goes to the podium. “Folks, at this point in the service, we’d like everybody to turn to your right and your left to offer a sign of peace to your neighbor via scissoring. Peace be with you, Anthony.” The Acclaimed scissor finger and the fans join in!
“And as National Scissoring Day comes to a close, I wanna talk about greatness. Yeah, guys, I wanna talk about greatness. About 40 years ago, here in this city, Washington DC, greatness was achieved when Washington won the Super Bowl. Yeah. Super Bowl 17. A lot of people here probably don’t remember that. I wasn’t even born yet, but it means a lot to me, because my dad was on that championship team.” Fans cheer for that, and Billy even hugs Caster. Caster continues to say, “And his Super Bowl ring is his prized possession. He wears it proudly to this day. And he achieved greatness here all those years ago, just like The Acclaimed achieved greatness when we won the AEW Tag Team titles.
“But this city represents, also, the ugly side of America, the division in our country. But one thing we can agree on is that everyone loves The Acclaimed.” Fans cheer that! So put your scissors up right now! Cuz it’s their duty to bring everyone together. Today, there is no Left or Right, no blue or red. “The Acclaimed wears pink, and everyone looks good in pink, baby! We are the People’s Choice, we are the People’s Voice, and we’re gonna make history here tonight. We’re gonna do the first-ever bipartisan scissor to unite this country. Let’s do it!” Fans fire up as the trio puts up the fingers… “Whose House?” Swerve Strickland is here to rain on the parade!
Fans boo but Swerve has a mic to say, “This is the most idiotic thing I’ve ever seen. Oh, congratulations on your whole number one selling T-shirt on AEWShop.com. Congratulations, Billy. Now some more kids can go to school and get suspended again in this decade like they did two ago. These are your tag champ role models you want for your children? These guys, right? Y’know what? Those two tag team championships shouldn’t even be on your shoulders, they should both be on Billy’s, because if it wasn’t for you, Swerve In Our Glory would still be tag team champions.”
Fans boo but Swerve says that for him and Keith to get back to what they do, they gotta get back to business. That means taking Billy out. So next week, in Toronto, it’ll be “Daddy Ass” himself, Billy Gunn stepping into whose house? “SWERVE’S HOUSE!” And it’ll be one-on-one. And don’t even think about bringing those two fingers up in Swerve’s face. You do that, Swerve will make sure Billy never uses that hand again. Because we all know rock beats scissors every day. Swerve even has a rock in his hand! But wait, Mark Sterling is storming out here? Sterling says, “I don’t wanna say I told you so, but I told you so! Paper covers rock, pal!”
Sterling brings back his petitions and says he’s been calling out Swerve for being a jerk for months! No one was listening, but Sterling expects that from the “idiots” in the crowd and watching at home. But the Acclaimed should wanna hear him out. They need Sterling. Fans boo that. But Sterling says they need him to beat Swerve because they can’t do it themselves. We saw Grand Slam, there was some controversy. So let’s all join together so Sterling can represent them in the fight against Swerve, and seal the deal tonight! Let’s give the people what they want, and that is the three of them scissoring Sterling! What?
Sterling turns around into a CHOP! And then Billy scoops to SLAM Sterling! Caster and Billy open Sterling up for SCISSOR ME TIMBERS!! Swerve rolls his eyes and leaves but Billy says wait! Before Swerve leaves, Billy ACCEPTS! Next week, Toronto Dynamite, Swerve VS Billy! But okay, Swerve can leave now, because The Acclaimed has just one more thing to do. They… SCISSOR!! But will Swerve Strickland crush Daddy Ass when Dynamite goes north?
AEW looks at The Dark Order VS Death Triangle!
Alex Reynolds says that this Friday will be bittersweet. It’s the second anniversary of Mr. Brodie Lee’s last ever match, but also the night that the Dark Order beats Death Triangle to become NEW AEW World Trios Champions! But PAC responds by telling Dark Order that while their “recipe” is fine, Death Triangle’s “ingredients are just a little bit more premium.” Preston Vance says, “What better way to win the Trios Championships than on the anniversary of Brodie Lee’s last match.” Penta El Zero Miedo says Death Triangle is the best trio in the universe, because they have CERO MIEDO!
John Silver mocks Pac’s accent when he says The Dark Order is coming for the Trios Championships! Not bad. But will it really be the Dark Order’s time to shine when Death Triangle is on a Rampage?
Backstage interview with Madison Rayne & Skye Blue.
Schiavone introduces the coach of the AEW Women’s Division, and she says it has been great being here. In the few months she’s been here, she’s seen endless potential in the division, particularly in Skye. Skye is truly a rising star and she’s becoming quite the wrestler. But TayJay, Tay Melo & Anna Jay “A S,” walk over and say this is a joke. Madison, as Skye’s coach? What Skye really needs is a sports entertainment coach, to give Skye charisma, personality and flair. Skye says for once, TayJay might be right. She could work on her “charisma” while they can work on their wrestling. But uh, there’s two and two, and then Rampage this Friday. What do they say?
Tay says that’s perfect! Because as Jericho always says, sports entertainer always beat pro-wrestlers. TayJay head and Madison copies Matthew Menard by saying, “It’s gonna be enter-tening.”
Hangman Page VS Rush w/ Jose!
The Cowboy and El Toro Blanco were the last two in the Golden Ticket Battle Royal, and in the end, Hangman won the prize. But things are far from settled between these two, will Hangman also avenge John Silver? Or will he get the horns before ever making it to the title match?
The bell rings and fans are thunderous already for “COWBOY S*IT!” Rush rushes in, Hangman dodges and fires hands. Rush gives them back, they brawl and fans fire up! Rush ROCKS Hangman but Hangman comes back to CHOP! Rush CHOPS, Hangman CHOPS, and now it’s a CHOP fight! Rush fires up and eggs Hangman on so Hangman CHOPS and CHOPS and CHOPS! Hangman shakes out his hand, runs, but Rush blasts past, gets around and waistlocks. Hangman switches but Rush switches back to shove Hangman away. Hangman goes up and out to the apron but Rush rolls back to tranquilo!
Jose anchors Hangman’s foot! Rush then rushes in to DECK Hangman! Rush goes out after Hangman to drag him up and RAM him into railing! Rush brings Hangman around to SMACK off the chair in the corner, then he drags Hangman up again. Jose distracts the ref so Rush can use the camera cable to LASH Hangman! And then CHOKE him! The ref sees something’s up and reprimands, Rush lets off at 4. Rush soaks up the heat then drags Hangman up to RAM into more railing! Rush keeps on Hangman as AEW goes picture in picture.
Rush RAMS Hangman into steel steps! The ref reprimands, Rush puts Hangman in the ring and he soaks up more heat. Rush gets in as Hangman goes to a corner, and Rush looms over him. Rush drags Hangman up, CHOPS him, then ROCKS him with a forearm. Rush whips corner to corner, runs in and KNEES Hangman, then snapmares him down for a basement dropkick! Hangman writhes but Rush tranquilos again. Rush soaks up more heat from DC, then stalks Hangman to another corner. Hangman CHOPS back, so Rush CHOPS. Hangman CHOPS, Rush CHOPS, the CHOP fight is back!
Rush ROCKS Hangman with a right, sits Hangman down in the corner and digs his boot in. The ref counts, Rush lets off and “apologizes,” but Jose CHOKES Hangman behind the ref’s back! Rush pretends he can’t hear the ref, and Jose lets off before he gets caught. Rush stomps Hangman more, then drags him up to slingshot suplex! Rush CHOKES Hangman but the ref counts. Rush lets off and “apologizes,” but then he tells the fans to shut up. Rush goes back to Hangman, kicks him around, but Hangman throws body shots! Rush KICKS Hangman down, then stomps him more! Rush pretends to take Hangman’s head off and kick it into the crowd.
Dynamite returns to single picture, and Hangman throws hands! Rush ROCKS Hangman, whips him to ropes, but Hangman reverses. Rush ducks ‘n’ dodges to CROSSBODY, but into Hangman’s FALL AWAY SLAM! Hangman fires up with the kip up! Fans fire up, but Rush kips up to ROCK Hangman! Rush soaks up the heat, and MJF is backstage with his poker chip. Rush KICKS Hangman, whips him corner to corner, but Rush runs in to be put on the apron. Hangman triangle jump LARIATS! Fans fire up as Hangman then aims to PLANCHA! Direct hit and down goes Rush! Fans fire up as Hangman drags Rush up and into the ring.
Hangman catches his breath and fans rally up behind him. Hangman slides in, Rush runs in but Hangman dodges! Rush leaps, into a fireman’s carry, DEATH VALLEY DRIVER! Cover, TWO! Rush is still in this but fans rally behind Hangman. Rush goes to a corner, Hangman storms over and he gives scuffing kicks. Hangman eggs Rush, Rush gets up and Hangman CHOPS! Rush choke grips Hangman but Hangman throws forearms. Rush doesn’t budge and he eggs Hangman on, so the forearms come in! Rush ROCKS Hangman back! Hangman sits in the corner, Rush stomps away on him, then stands on his shoulders! The ref counts, but Hangman powers up!
Hangman lifts Rush as he stands on the shoulders! Hangman then gets Rush in position, POWERBOMB! Hangman goes right into the jackknife bridge, TWO!! Rush survives again but fans rally for Hangman. Hangman snarls and goes to the apron. He throws off the elbow pads, but Rush runs in! Hangman ROCKS Rush first, but Jose anchors Hangman again! Hangman kicks Jose away, slingshots, BUCK- HEADBUTT! JUMP KNEE! And then the tuck, for a STRAITJACKET PILEDRIVER!! Cover, TWO!!! Hangman survives and shocks Rush! But Rush tastes his own blood coming from a busted nose, and he revels in it!
Hangman goes to a corner, Rush takes aim and goes corner to corner! Rush runs in, but Hangman LARIATS! Hangman reloads, slingshots, BUCKSHOT!! Cover, Hangman wins!!
Winner: Hangman Page, by pinfall
The Cowboy puts the bull away and is heading to Cincinnati with momentum! But wait, Private Party heads out! Are they going to do “the right thing?” Wait! Here comes MOXLEY! The AEW World Champion isn’t gonna let Quen & Kassidy rough up his challenger. Moxley gets a mic and gets in the ring as Private Party backs away. Moxley and Hangman go forehead to forehead, and Moxley says, “I’ve been waiting for this for three years. Three years of AEW Dynamite. Three years of watching you, three years of studying you because I knew this was coming. Three years of us circling each other. Between the two of us, we’ve beaten just about everybody there is to beat here in AEW. Except each other.
“On October 18th, at the Heritage Bank Center in Cincinnati, Ohio, my home arena, the arena I literally grew up in… For real, I used to smoke and drink under the bridge outside.” But on that Tuesday night, Moxley and Hangman will be one last man standing here in AEW. In 13 days, Cowboy, Moxley leaves his house, walks down the street, shows up at Heritage Bank Center, and will break Hangman’s face. Moxley will choke Hangman until he turns blue, because he is in the way of Moxley being the one true top guy in AEW, of being the world champion, and of being THE best in the world!
“And I’ve all the respect in the world for your abilities, I have all the respect in the world for your talents. I admire you as a person. But when that bell rings, with the world championship on the line, I ain’t got any gaddamn respect for anything.” Hangman takes the mic and says, “If you’ve been waiting for this so long, where the hell are you going right now?” Fans like the sound of that! Moxley gets back in the ring, fans chant for “COWBOY SH*T!” but Moxley says, “You’re a sweet kid. And like a lot of kids around here, you say a bunch of bulls*it and your mouth gets you in trouble. I’m gonna let you off the hook just once. But this is your final warning. You’ve got 13 days. You watch your damn mouth.”
Moxley leaves, having put it in simple terms. But MJF is smiling as he watches this backstage. Whether it’s Maniac or Cowboy, will The Devil come to collect from the winner?
Backstage interview with Willow Nightingale.
Schiavone says that was a big win tonight as Willow got the pin, her career is on the upswing. Willow thanks Schiavone for that, she is stoked! But she’s more than just “happy to be here,” she is on a roll! At Battle of the Belts, she wants to challenge for the AEW TBS Championship! Uh, what? The Baddies barge in and give Willow trash. Willow shoves Leila & Kiera back, but Jade says, “What? I already beat you like, twice.” Singles and tag! So it seems Willow just wants to be #39. Willow says Jade may have beaten her twice, but how about a third? Jade’s sure confident that she’ll go 39-0, but no one is undefeated forever! So what if Jade actually does go 38-1, and it’s Willow who is “The One!?”
Willow looks at the title then takes her leave. Will she be the one to leave with that title on Friday? Or will Willow’s roll hit a wall?
Luchasaurus w/ Christian Cage VS Fuego Del Sol!
Captain Charisma leads the way for his own personal kaiju, both of them having battered and bruised Jungle Boy after their betrayals. Will Luchasaurus continue to demolish all put in his path? Or will the Fire of the Sun burn down the towering tyrant lizard?
The bell rings, Fuego rushes in, but Luchasaurus catches him with a choke grip! For the CHOKE SLAM! But that’s not enough for Christian, and Luchasaurus drags Fuego up again. Straitjacket, torture rack, EXTINCTION!! Cover, Luchasaurus wins!
Winner: Luchasaurus, by pinfall
Christian is all smiles, but he still wants Luchasaurus to take out the trash. Luchasaurus gut wrenches Fuego to a Crucifix, but HERE COMES JUNGLE BOY! He has a chair and he JAMS Luchasaurus with it! Fuego is spared but JB SMACKS Luchasaurus on the back! Luchasaurus falls out of the ring but is right back up! Christian keeps Luchasaurus from rushing back in at the angry Jack Perry! JB gets a mic to say, “Look at me, you traitor! You were my best friend in the entire world. You were my BEST FRIEND! And after everything that we have been through together, you chose him. And you broke my heart.”
JB takes a moment before he continues. “But now, I am going to break your fingers. I am going to break your nose. I am going to break your arm! I am going to break you piece by miserable piece until I break YOU! You pick the time and you pick the place, I’ll be ready.” Christian snatches the mic to say, “I told you not to come back this week, Jungle Boy. And it’ll be just as easy for us to step into this ring, drop you, and leave you in a pool of your own piss and blood. But y’know what? You got me thinking here. You said we pick the time and place? Well we’re in your nation’s capital of Washington, DC. And apparently I’m the only honest person in Washington, DC, because I can tell you right now, that match will not be happening in this cesspool in front of these losers!”
Fans boo but Christian says the time is next week on Dynamite! The place is Christian’s hometown of Toronto! Will Jungle Boy finally get his revenge in front of Christian’s hometown crowd?
BREAKING NEWS for Friday Fight Night!
On top of the AEW World Trios Championship match of Death Triangle VS Dark Order, the match of Skye Blue & Madison Rayne VS TayJay is official! Plus, the AEW Tag Team Championship contenders race heats up as Smart Mark’s stable of Tony Nese & Josh Woods will take on the Varsity Blonds. Then, after the tense confrontation earlier, Jon Moxley brings the Blackpool Combat Club’s Wheeler Yuta & Claudio Castagnoli with him to take on Rush & Private Party!
Plus, Battle of the Belts just gets better! First, Jade VS Willow for the AEW TBS Championship is now official! Will Willow become the one in 38-1? And after their own tense confrontation, FTR will defend their ROH World Tag Team Championships against The Embassy’s Gates of Agony, Toa Liona & Kaun! And of course, win or lose from Rampage, Pac defends his All-Atlantic Championship against Trent Beretta! Will #JustTrent be facing a two-belt or one-belt Bastard to close out the night? Speaking of which…
AEW looks closer at PAC VS Trent!
The Bastard says, “Trent Beretta. You’re upset that I hurt your little buddy, are ya? Your ‘best friend.'” Trent says “Pac calls himself a Bastard. I guess it’s cuz he talks in a fake scary voice and he makes mean faces. And he needs to use a hammer to win matches and hurt our friend.” Pac says Cassidy blindsided him and yet Pac’s the bad guy. Trent says this Friday, he gets revenge. And he won’t need a hammer to hurt someone. But Pac says, “I’m a bastard, what did you expect? But at Battle of the Belts, I’ll have no problem hurting you, as well.” Trent says, “NEW All-Atlantic Champ. Hands in, boys.” Chuckie T is there to join in, but will Best Friends be celebrating a vengeful victory?
Daniel Garcia & Bryan Danielson VS Chris Jericho & Sammy Guevara!
The ROH Pure Champion has been torn between the influence of his hero in The American Dragon and his mentor in The Wizard. He has also been torn between the definitions of a “professional wrestler” and a “sports entertainer,” and which one fits him best. But one thing is for sure, Garcia wants some respect from Jericho, not cheap gifts and cheap tactics! Will Garcia and his hero humble the ROH World Champion and the Spanish God? Or will the Jericho Appreciation Society just sports entertain their way to another cheap victory?
The teams sort out and Garcia starts with Jericho, student against mentor and ROH Pure Champion VS ROH World Champion! Fans chant, “F YOU SAMMY!” while Jericho wants to uphold the Code of Honor. Garcia hopes he’s honest, and shakes Jericho’s hand. Jericho doesn’t try any tricks, they circle, and tie up. Jericho arm-drags Garcia fast and then holds up his hands in victory. Sammy rallies Jericho but Jericho and Garcia tie up. Garcia denies the arm-drag and wags his finger. Jericho rushes in, Garcia gets around to trip Jericho up, floats all over him, and mounts! Fans cheer but Jericho is upset.
Garcia gator rolls Jericho around, floats around again and slaps away on Jericho’s head! Garcia kicks dirt at him, too! Jericho is upset more, and he CHOPS Garcia! Garcia CHOPS back! Jericho CHOPS, Garcia CHOPS, and CHOPS, and CHOPS, and CHOPS! Garcia whips, Jericho reverses, and Sammy trips Garcia up! Sammy pretends he didn’t but fans boo. Sammy tags in while Jericho seems hesitant, and Sammy rains down fists! Fans boo but Sammy stops to taunt Bryan. Sammy goes back to Garcia, he drags Garcia up and CLUBS Garcia. Sammy suplexes, Garcia slips out and shoves to dropkick the legs out!
Sammy crawls but Garcia tags Bryan! Bryan dodges Sammy to DROPKICK Jericho! Bryan fires off on Sammy with haymakers, then he EuroUppers Sammy hard in the corner! Bryan KICKS away in the corner, whips Sammy corner to corner, but Sammy reverses, only for Bryan to go up and over! Bryan keeps moving, he ducks Sammy to DIVE onto Jericho! Bryan sees Sammy coming and ROCKS him out of the tope! Bryan goes up top and fans fire up as AEW goes picture in picture!
Sammy staggers, into Bryan’s MISSILE DROPKICK! Bryan kips up and fans fire up. Bryan waits on Sammy to sit up, to give him a KICK! And a KICK! And a KICK! Sammy sits up but into more KICKS! Then the BUZZ- NO, Sammy ducks to roll Bryan up! TWO, into the omoplata! LEBELL LOCK!! Jericho rushes in to BOOT Bryan! The ref reprimands but too late, Jericho tags in. But Bryan drop toeholds Jericho to get the arms! CATTLE MUTILATION! Jericho endures but Bryan tips over to then chicken wing Jericho for a TIGER- NO, Jericho victory rolls through and has the legs! WALLS OF JERICHO!!
Bryan endures now as Jericho sits deep! Garcia gets in but Jericho lets off. The two stare down, but Bryan rolls Jericho up! TWO, and Bryan CHOPS! Jericho CHOPS, Bryan EuroUppers! Bryan fires off more uppercuts, whips Jericho to ropes but Jericho reverses and CLOBBERS Bryan! Jericho then DECKS Garcia with a sucker punch! Jericho seems conflicted after he did it, but he turns around into an OVERHEAD Belly2Belly! Sammy tags in, goes up top and leaps, but Bryan catches him for a GERMAN SUPLEX! Sammy ends up in a corner, Bryan fires up and runs in, to DROPKICK! Sammy wobbles, into Bryan’s BUTTERFLY SUPLEX!
Dynamite returns to single picture, Excalibur assures us that is the final commercial break, and Bryan climbs up top! Jericho trips Bryan up, Sammy GAMANGIRIS! Sammy goes up top after Bryan, for a SUPER SPANISH FLY! Cover, TWO!! Bryan survives and fans rally up, but Sammy rains down fists. Sammy snarls and fires up, and he sits Bryan up for a chinlock. Sammy then pushes Bryan down to stomp. Sammy tags Jericho, they double whip and double shoulder Bryan over! Sammy spins and poses with Jericho, Le Sex Gods are back at it. Jericho drags Bryan up, tags Sammy back in, and Jericho CHOPS!
Jericho and Sammy mug Bryan with haymakers and CHOPS, then Sammy whips. Bryan ducks ‘n’ dodges as fans bring back “F YOU SAMMY!” DOUBLE CROSSBODIES collide! Both men are down, fans rally up and both men crawl, hot tags to Garcia and Jericho! These two stare down and fans fire up more. But Sammy jumps in, only for Garcia to DECK him outta the sky! Garcia and Jericho stare down again, and the brawl is on! Fans are thunderous as Garcia gets the edge! Garcia stomps a mudhole, the ref counts but Garcia won’t let off so the ref backs him down! Garcia is fired up and so are the fans.
Jericho stands, Garcia choke grips but Jericho breaks that, only for Garcia to ROCK him with a right! And then SAIDO! Cover, TWO! Garcia runs to PENALTY KICK! Fans fire up as Garcia goes again, but Jericho trips him! But Garcia turns Walls into a DRAGON SLAYER!! Jericho endures Garcia’s take on the Sharpshooter, fans fire up, but Sammy gets in to SUPERKICK Garcia down! Then Sammy FLIES to take out Bryan! Sammy says he’s the best, but fans chant, “You Still Suck!” Jericho covers Garcia, TWO! Jericho drags Garcia up to CHOP him. Garcia grits his teeth, Jericho CHOPS again.
Jericho CHOPS but Garcia glares at him. Jericho CHOPS, Garcia CHOPS and CHOPS and CHOPS! Garcia whips, but Jericho avoids the dropkick! LIONSAULT onto knees! Jericho hurries to tag Sammy and Sammy hurries up top. Sammy leaps, but into a REAR NAKED CHOKE!! Sammy flails, Garcia shifts to a CROSSFACE!! Bryan intercepts Jericho, to get a CROSSFACE!! Fans are thunderous for the double crossfaces, but Sammy and Jericho move around. So Bryan and Garcia shift position for STEREO HAMMER ‘N’ ANVIL ELBOWS! Fans chant “YES! YES! YES!” with every shot! Bryan dumps Jericho out and he helps Garcia put Sammy in a corner.
Bryan hauls Sammy up top, then he and Garcia both climb up. They bring Sammy up for a DOUBLE SUPER BACK SUPLEX! But Sammy lands on his feet!! Sammy wags his finger, and SCREW HIGH KICKS Garcia! Sammy dodges Bryan to then STANDING SPANISH FLY! Sammy reels Garcia in, back suplex KICK! Cover, TWO!! Garcia is still in this and Sammy is furious! Fans say “You Still Suck!” as Sammy torture racks Garcia. GO TO- NO, Garcia blocks the knee to SLAP Sammy, and SPIKE PILEDRIVER!! Cover, Jericho drags Garcia off! But Bryan FLYING KNEES Jericho down! Garcia pushes Sammy but Sammy fires off forearms!
Sammy roars, runs, but into a BOOT! Garcia runs, into a SUPERKICK! Garcia rebounds to LARIAT Sammy inside-out! Both men are down in the ring, Bryan EuroUppers Jericho outside! Bryan runs, but into a SPINEBUSTER on the timekeeper’s table! Jericho drags Bryan up to suplex Bryan through the table!! They’re down on the outside now while fans lose their minds! Garcia sits up, he gets Sammy’s arms and drags him up. Garcia turns but Sammy fights free to JUMP KNEE! Torture rack, GO TO HOSPITAL!! Garcia is down but Sammy isn’t done, he rains down fists! Sammy wants to hurt Garcia for leaving the JAS!
Sammy goes to the corner, goes up top, SHOOTING STAR onto knees!! Garcia has the legs, for the DRAGON SLAYER!! Sammy endures as Garcia sits deep, but Jericho CLOBBERS Garcia with the ROH title belt!! Fans boo but the ref missed it as she was checking on Sammy! Sammy crawls himself to cover Garcia, the JAS wins!!
Winners: Chris Jericho & Sammy Guevara, by pinfall
Another cheap trick and the sports entertainers win! The rest of the JAS comes out to celebrate with them, and of course SamTay kiss. Jericho still seems torn having to do this to his protégé, but is this all the more reason for Garcia to leave the JAS and join the BCC? Can Bryan redeem himself and ROH by taking the world title away from Jericho? Or is the future of ROH nothing but the OCHO?
A great episode for AEW to celebrate the Dynamite Anniversary while also serving as a go-home to “Friday Fight Night.” However, with that, the elephant in the room needs to be addressed. After getting at it via Twitter, Sammy and Andrade couldn’t help but throw down backstage in person. Tony Khan sent Andrade home when Sammy’s been the instigator the whole time, but Sammy was scheduled for tonight’s main event so oF CoUrSe SaMmY sTaYs~! I agree with a fan sign I saw tonight: HIRE HR EXPERTS. This shouldn’t be happening to a company that is meant to be the positive alternative to what WWE was under Vince. Ironically, while scraps happened (Jericho oddly being a part of a few), it never went like this with Vince.
But some credit must be given to Tony Khan, him pivoting from the hyped up Mask VS Contract of Vance VS Andrade to a fun AEW World Trios Championship match was good thinking. The Dark Order sadly won’t win, despite it being the anniversary of Brodie Lee’s last match and by proxy, a night to remember his memory, but Vance was likely losing his mask anyway so a bit of a silver lining. Pac and Trent also have a good promo vignette for their 1v1 title match, but I think Pac is sweeping the night. And I think after Pac wins, Ethan Page needs to call him out since that was the story set up weeks ago when Ethan said he wanted that All-Atlantic title.
We got an awesome opener from MJF and Yuta, and of course MJF wins to have momentum for his inevitable cash-in. However, I am really intrigued by how The Firm took initiative and did the Heel stuff for him. MJF didn’t want it that way because perhaps deep down, he really does respect Yuta given their history from before AEW. Regal stepping up was also really cool, and I guess we’ll see how this goes. MJF watching Hangman VS Rush was also a nice touch. Hangman VS Rush was an awesome match, too, and LFI putting the screws to Private Party is really good stuff. Moxley defending Hangman to preserve their match is good stuff, and they had a great promo interaction. BCC is definitely winning against LFI by pinning Private Party and that’ll push #HardyParty VS LFI/AFO.
Great match from Darby VS Lethal, and I should’ve figured Sonjay & Satnam would still show up at some point. We got a similarly intriguing moment where Darby got Lethal to show some respect, and maybe Lethal is on his way to changing things. Great TNT Championship match, Wardlow and Cage are guys who both defy expectations for their musculature, but I had a feeling Wardlow would retain. Great brawl as The Embassy goes after Wardlow, only to bring out Samoa Joe and FTR. FTR VS GOA is going to be good stuff, but FTR will surely retain. And of course Luchasaurus wins his match, it wouldn’t have mattered who that was. JB showing up was a great surprise, and now we’re getting JB VS Luchasaurus in Toronto, that’ll be great stuff.
Great Six Woman Tag, and it really was great that Willow got the pin. Willow going after the TBS Championship was a bit of a surprise, but I suppose Face VS Heel dictates this match-up. I’m a little surprised this is happening when we got a tease of Jade VS Nyla last week, but I guess they just want to get Jade to 40 already. Jade will beat Willow, she’ll probably beat Nyla, and then who knows, maybe the 41st match is where Jade finally loses. As for Storm, I feel like they definitely need to push Hayter since fans love her, too.
At the same time, they are definitely teasing Saraya’s return to the ring and she’ll definitely have a match with Britt, either 1v1 or a tag match so it isn’t all on Saraya in case there’s ring rust. Skye & Rayne VS TayJay will be a decent match for Rampage but that promo was not the best. On one hand, TayJay may have a point that Skye is still green in presenting a personality. But Skye saying TayJay, each part having proven themselves in the ring these last three years, is bad. To me, Tay and Jay could each believably take down Rayne, because I still don’t see “it” in Rayne.
National Scissoring Day was hilarious stuff, and was proof that fans really do love The Acclaimed. But while I expected the Gunn Sons to interrupt because of how they’ve been talking crap, it was whose house? SWERVE’S HOUSE! Swerve VS Billy is going to be great, but I would think Swerve wins. Maybe Keith & Swerve have to beat Austin & Colten to get that rematch? Or do we get a Triple Threat again to clear out multiple teams at once? I did like that Sterling just expected The Acclaimed to side with him against their common enemy of Swerve, only for Sterling to take the hit.
I will say, for the backstage crap that went down between Sammy and Andrade, we still got a good group promo from the JAS, a great vignette to hype up the main event, and a great main event match. Unfortunately, Sammy’s nuclear heat detracted from the story that was going on, maybe they should’ve just called an audible and put Hager or one of the 2Point0 boys in there. And in the end, the JAS cheats again because duh, they’re Heels. But with Jericho VS Bryan III for the ROH World title is going to be great stuff next week. With Jericho getting the win here tonight, I would think Bryan wins next week, but we’ll just have to wait and see. I also totally expect Garcia to have a match with Jericho to decide his fate: join BCC as a pro-wrestler, or be stuck in JAS as a sports entertainer.
My Score: 8.8/10
Mitchell’s AEW Dark Results & Report! (10/4/22)
It’s Dark before the Anniversary!
Dark paves the way to the Dynamite Anniversary!
AEW is about to celebrate Dynamite’s Anniversary, but there’s plenty of action in the Dark! Will Dante Martin & Matt Sydal outwork the Workhorsemen?
- Marina Shafir VS Sio Nieves; Shafir wins.
- Ari Daivari w/ The Trustbusters VS AR Fox; Daivari wins.
- Tony Nese & Josh Woods w/Mark Sterling VS Rohit Raju & Invictus Khash; Nese & Woods win.
- Abadon VS Freya States; Abadon wins.
- Slim J w/ The Trustbusters VS Blake Christian; Slim J wins.
- Ryan Nemeth & Cezar Bononi w/ Peter Avalon VS Eli Isom & Chris Farrow; Nemeth & Bononi win.
- Parker Boudreaux w/ The Trustbusters VS Terry Kid; Boudreaux wins.
- Skye Blue VS Robyn Renegade w/ Charlette Renegade; Skye wins.
- The Iron Savages w/ JT Davidson VS Gus De La Vega & Levy Valenzuela; The Iron Savages win.
- Dante Martin & Matt Sydal VS The Workhorsemen; Dante & Sydal win.
Good line-up here. I feel like the Trustbusters are gonna sweep the night because they’ll all be supporting each other with Heel tactics. Honestly, I feel Blake Christian and AR Fox would each win their match-ups if they didn’t have to worry about outside distractions. Good to see the former Bear Country, now Iron Savages, Boulder & Bronson, back in action. They’ll definitely get a good return win. And Dante & Sydal VS JD Drake & Anthony Henry is a great tag match, and I would think Dante & Sydal win that.
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