Season’s beatings from AEW!
I’m dreaming of a Dynamite Christmas! Here’s an early present from AEW: CM Punk, Sting & Darby Allin take on The Pinnacle’s MJF & FTR!
- Adam Cole VS Orange Cassidy; Cole wins.
- Wardlow w/ Shawn Spears VS Shawn Dean; Wardlow wins.
- TBS Championship Tournament Semifinal: Nyla Rose w/ Vickie Guerrero VS Ruby Soho; Soho wins and advances to the finals.
- Malakai Black VS Griff Garrison w/ Brian Pillman Jr; Malakai wins.
- Six Man Tag: MJF & FTR VS CM Punk, Darby Allin & Sting; Punk, Darby & Sting win.
PLAY BY PLAY
Adam Cole VS Orange Cassidy!
We’re kicking off the festivities with a bang, BAYBAY! But will Cole show Freshly Squeezed it’s all about the boom?
The bell rings, fans rally and duel, and Cole talks trash as he steps to Cassidy. Cole dares Cassidy to cross the line in the sand, and Cassidy… walks around it! And then Cassidy dares Cole to do the same! Cole and Cassidy get face to face, Cole winds it up, “ADAM COLE, BAYBAY!” Cassidy makes Cole put his hands in Cassidy’s pockets! Coles shoves Cassidy, Cassidy dodges to get a headlock and takeover. Cole fights but Cassidy gives him a kiss on the cheek. Cole throws Cassidy away, kicks low and returns the headlock takeover. Cole says, “Don’t you EVER do that again!” Cassidy rolls Cole to a cover, TWO! Cassidy hits an arm-drag! Then he avoids Cole’s arm-drag! Oklahoma Roll, TWO!
Cassidy gets the headlock takeover back and fans cheer the exchange. Cole fights up, brings Cassidy to a knee and slips out the back to hammerlock then headlock. Cassidy returns the favor, steps over the arm, then gets the headlock. Cole throws elbows, then ROCKS Cassidy with a forearm! Cole headlocks, Cassidy powers out to get the headlock. Cole powers out, Cassidy avoids the headlock to get the headlock and takeover! Fans cheer but Cole fights with forearms to Cassidy’s face. Cole gets a headscissor, Cassidy bounces around to pop free, and then he stands up. Cassidy checks his neck, and fans cheer as the two reset.
Cassidy and Cole circle. they tie up but Cole kicks low! Cole wrenches to a wristlock, Cassidy reaches for rope but Cole keeps him away. Cole keeps Cassidy from the ropes again, so Cassidy rolls, handsprings and wrenches back! Fans cheer as Cassidy has the wristlock, then the headlock then the arm-drag! Then he rolls Cole around to a ghost pin, TWO! Cole kicks low, snapmares, and wraps on a chinlock. Cassidy endures, fans rally up, and Cassidy fights up. Cassidy pries free, gets a headlock, but Cole powers out. Cassidy goes up and over in the corner to schoolboy, TWO! Cole swings into a backslide! TWO, but Cassidy whips Cole.
Cole reverses, Cassidy goes up and over again but into a BACKSTABBER! Cover, TWO! Cole throws hands on Cassidy, wrenches and whips him corner to corner hard, and Cassidy bounces off buckles! Cole flexes but fans boo as he wrenches and whips Cassidy again. Cassidy hits buckles, Cole runs in, but Cassidy elbows him back. Cassidy boots Cole, then hops up, only for Cole to ROCK him with a right hand! Cole climbs up to join Cassidy, but Cassidy resists the superplex. Cole CLUBS Cassidy again and again, tries again, but Cassidy shoves Cole down! Cassidy leaps, CROSSBODY! Cassidy keeps moving, he ducks and dodges to tilt-o-whirl and DDT! Cover, TWO!
Fans rally as Cassidy goes to a corner. Cassidy climbs up, but the Young Bucks and Brandon Cutler creep out onto the stage. They head for ringside, but Cassidy LEAPS onto Cutler! No cold spray for you! But here come Best Friends! Trent, Chuck & Wheeler make sure the Bucks and Cutler stay down! Cassidy dodges Cole to DIVE onto the Bucks! The brawling continues up the ramp, but Cole RAMS Cassidy into steel steps! And then AGAIN! Cole is seething, but he brings the kneepad down. Cole lines it up, runs in, but Cassidy moves! The Boom hits steps! Cole clutches his knee and writhes as AEW goes picture in picture!
Cassidy gets up while the ref checks on Cole. Cole is okay to continue, Cassidy brings him up and RAMS him into railing! Cassidy “stalks” Cole, brings him up, lazy fist bumps the kid dressed as Cassidy, and then whips Cole into more railing! Cole flounders, Cassidy refreshes the ring count and even lounges a second before going back outside. Cassidy brings Cole up but Cole whips Cassidy into railing now! Cole walks off the pain in his knee to get in the ring and refresh the count. Cole drags Cassidy up to RAM him back into railing! Cole drags Cassidy up to put him in the ring, and then Cole JAMS his knee into Cassidy’s back. Cole gets the arms for a motorcycle stretch!
Cassidy endures, fights up, powers up, but Cole keeps him from putting hands in his pockets. Cassidy keeps trying, Cole keeps trying to stop him, so Cole throws a body shot! Cole whips, Cassidy ducks and dodges, DOUBLE LARIATS take both men down! Both men stir, a standing count begins, and AEW returns to single picture as fans count along. Both men sit up at 5 and Cole throws a forearm! Cassidy “chops” back! Cole ROCKS Cassidy with a forearm, dares Cassidy to hit him, so Cassidy “chops” again. Cole throws another forearm, Cassidy throws a “haymaker.” Cole throws another forearm, Cassidy “fires off” the shin kicks!
Cassidy powers up for Sweet Shin Music, but he dodges Cole’s clothesline to SUPERKICK! Cole uses 52 Fake Out! But Cassidy rolls Cole up, Cole rolls through, Cassidy SUPERKICKS! Cassidy gets Cole but Cole suplexes for GHOSTBUSTER! Cover, TWO!! Cole is frustrated, he drags Cassidy up, fireman’s carries, but Cassidy fights free! Fans are fired up for Freshly Squeezed but Cole shoves and BOOTS! Then suplexes, STUN-DOG MILLIONAIRE! Cassidy runs in at the corner, but Cole moves! Cassidy goes out and up and FLYING DDT! Cover, TWO!! Cole survives and a new standing count begins!
Cassidy is up at 3 and he drags Cole up, but Cole fireman’s carries! USHIGOROSHI! Then a basement BOOT knocks Cassidy down! Cole wants Cassidy to stay down, but then Cole drags Cassidy to a drop zone. Cole hops up, takes aim, but Cassidy scoots back to stay away. Cole rushes over, but into a cradle! TWO!! Cassidy scoops, MICHINOKU DRIVER! Cover, TWO!! Cole survives again! Cassidy goes to a corner and he puts on the sunglasses! Fans fire up, Cassidy climbs again, hands in pockets, and jumps, into a SUPERKICK! Cole goes up the corner, takes aim, PANAMA SUNRISE!! Cover, TWO!!? HOW?! Cole is shocked, and Greensboro is thunderous!
Cole brings his kneepad back down, sits Cassidy up, but Cassidy ducks the Boom! Alabama lift, BEACH BREAK!! TWO!?!? Cole returns the favor of the shocking survival! Cassidy throws off his armband and fans fire up! Cassidy aims, runs but Cole bails out to avoid the Orange Punch! Bobby Fish rushes down now and gets in the ref’s face about this. But wait, from out of the crowd! It’s KYLE O’REILLY!! AX ‘N’ SMASH!! Bobby bails, Kyle hides, Cole hits THE BOOM!! Cover, Cole wins!
Winner: Adam Cole, by pinfall
The Violent Artist has joined Cole and Fish in AEW, but are they friends or foes? The Best Friends rush back, Cole & Kyle fight them off! Fish helps out, and they’re mugging Trent & Chuck! Bobby & Kyle set up Chuck, Cole SUPERKICKS Chuck down! And then reDRagon gets Trent up for HIGH LOW!! The Bucks return, they’re wondering what’s going on here. Is this the Christmas gift Cole meant? Apparently, but is Cole Elite or Undisputed? Can’t he be both?
AEW has a BIG match set for the TBS debut!
After their ONE HOUR time limit draw at Winter is Coming, we’re getting Hangman Page VS Bryan Danielson II for Dynamite on January 5th! Will TBS see that Dynamite is “The Best Show?”
Tony Schiavone is in the ring!
Nothing like being in the Greensboro Coliseum! But let’s welcome from Virginia, the AEW World Champion, Hangman Page! The Cowboy is here and fans are fired up! Schiavone welcomes the champion, and says in two weeks, the rematch is part of the TBS debut. Schiavone wants to say that last week’s match was one of the greats in AEW history, and Hangman was so close to winning before time ran out. Hangman is handed the mic and he says he’ll stop that all here. After 60 minutes, covered in sweat and blood, his one arm barely hanging on and barely any air in his body, Hangman was handed back the title.
As AEW went to commercial, Hangman managed to get up the ramp, and he looked back at the title. He saw his reflection in it, and thought that it was a bit funny. In his three years in AEW, last week, he’d never felt less of a champion. “So the feeling from last week, the only feeling that I have, is disappointment.” But here comes Bryan Danielson to say, “Wait, wait, wait! Wait. Wait. Wait.” Fans chant, “YES! YES! YES!” but Bryan still wants us to wait. “Entitled Millennial Cowboy still has the AEW Championship around his shoulder, and he’s disappointed. Aww…! Poor cowboy! Let’s show all the people your emotions about how disappointed you are.”
You know who should be disappointed? The AEW fans! Bryan says he kicked Hangman’s ass for sixty minutes, and if anyone should be champion, it should be him! Fans are torn on that one. But Bryan isn’t someone who’s gonna come out and cry about things, or say how sad he is. No. The rematch is January 5th, and Bryan will just kick Hangman’s ass again. But here’s what Bryan doesn’t want to happen. Hangman survived sixty minutes because Bryan’s match with John Silver, he hurt his leg a little, or else he would’ve destroyed Hangman. But Bryan won’t wrestle in front of these idiots here tonight, or next week, or until January 5th!
But here’s another problem: if Hangman Page goes out there on the 5th, and stalls for sixty minutes to escape with the title, we just end up in the same situation, where the rightful champion standing right here empty handed, “and that piece of Cowboy Shit standing in the ring with the title.” But Bryan isn’t here to complain, he is not entitled. He came here with a solution! Here’s what Bryan proposes: January 5th, there are judges, so that if Hangman tries to stall, everyone will see and know that the true AEW World Heavyweight Champion is Bryan Danielson! Fans are chanting no? They don’t want that? Surely these idiots know he won that match!
Hangman says that Bryan’s real creative. Did it take him all week to come up with judges? Because Hangman came up with an Ironman match, Ladder match, Cage match, hell even an Inferno match, and just a match with no time limits. Because Bryan did something that no one’s done: took Hangman past 30, 40 and 50 minutes, out into those deep waters. Bryan tried to hold Hangman under, but the final seconds, the ones that counted, Hangman swam. If Hangman had three more seconds, he would’ve drowned Bryan. But y’know what? If they keep the time limit and they add judges, fine! Give some old guys a payday.
But Bryan better make sure he pays them in advance, cuz they won’t earn it. Hangman’s come way too far for this title. Hangman’s spilled far too much blood for this title! He has given way too much of himself for this title to have some old pricks sit at ringside to tell Hangman he’s not good enough, he’s not a champion, he’s only a B+ player. Because that’s just horseshit. So if the question is, “Can Hangman Adam Page beat Bryan Danielson in less than one hour?” In two weeks, the answer is… “YES!” Bryan says, “How dare you!” Hangman dares Bryan to do more, but enough’s been said! Who will be the title match judges? And will they be needed if we get another time limit draw?
MJF speaks with The Pinnacle.
He didn’t want the cameras here for this, but whatever. MJF thanks Shawn Spears being a great accountabilibuddy, and Wardlow did great with the post-match acquisition of champagne. That should’ve been done way before the match was over, and way before MJF & FTR got attacked by “those three Mid shmucks,” CM Punk, Sting & Darby Allin. Just outta curiosity, MJF’s paying Wardlow a lot of money to protect him, correct? He sure does. Well then they can only blame Punk. This is what Punk does to people. He drives them insane, and has burned every single bridge in his career.
That’s why MJF isn’t worried tonight. #MJFTR isn’t a team, it’s a family! And Punk knows nothing about that cuz he’s a loner. “Much like that emo skateboarding punk and his creepy clown uncle,” those three aren’t going to be able to coexist. Fans might’ve been fooled but not MJF. MJF knows Punk made the save for himself. Everything has to be about Punk, and when it’s not, that’s when the REAL Punk comes out to play. Is that more low hanging fruit? Punk just says that to hide the truth. But here’s the truth: inside the ring, Punk is rustier than the knife Darby uses to skin small animals. The fact is, that fake nice guy mask is slipping off faster than Sting’s Crusty the Clown make-up. And the fact is, when MJF gave Punk the opportunity to shake his hand and walked away, he chose early retirement!
Dax Harwood speaks up, saying FTR had no problems with Punk. But when someone threatens Dax’s position, his livelihood, his family, then there is a problem. The Pinnacle is Dax’s family. You’re looking at the three kings of pro-wrestling! If you wanna be a king, you gotta kill one, and those three don’t have the balls to do it. The Pinnacle is a family, a unified group, the absolute best unit in this world! Cuz when you’re Pinnacle, you’re always on top. But will MJFTR be knocked down from their perch by those they call misfits?
Wardlow w/ Shawn Spears VS Shawn Dean!
Obviously, the accountabilibuddy is with Pinnacle’s War Dog again. Will Spears keep Wardlow from going overboard against the Captain?
The bell rings and fans chant, “Wardlow’s gonna kill~ you!” Wardlow and Dean tie up, and Wardlow throws Dean down! Wardlow reels Dean in and fans know what’s coming! POWERBOMB! That’s one, and Spears wants Wardlow to leave it at that. But fans want “ONE MORE TIME!” so Wardlow obliges! ANOTHER POWERBOMB! Spears says that’s good, but Wardlow gets Dean up for a THIRD POWERBOMB! The Symphony is only getting going! A FOURTH POWERBOMB! Cocky cover, Wardlow wins!
Winner: Wardlow, by pinfall
And then Spears adds on with chair shots! Wardlow rolls his eyes but Spears raises Wardlow’s hand in victory. Spears says it’s time to go, and Wardlow seems very annoyed. When will the Pinnacle’s most powerful member get the respect he deserves?
AEW looks at the Christmas TNT Championship match.
Excalibur says Christmas is a great night for pro-wrestling. Sammy Guevara remembers back to the very first Dynamite, and his match with Cody Rhodes. That was Sammy’s biggest match then, but now tides have turned. Schiavone reminds us that Cody was the inaugural TNT Champion, and he put in the work defending that title. He cut such a frantic pace, but so has Sammy. A win over that former champion could cement Sammy’s reign. But if Cody can become a two-time TNT Champion, and on Christmas night, a night Dusty Rhodes once reigned supreme, it’d be a very special moment. Sammy says, “You think this is gonna be your present? Hell no!” All Cody’s getting is coal and an ass kicking. Will the Spanish God reign on the American Nightmare’s holidays?
Dan Lambert & The Men of the Year are in the nosebleeds.
Lambert quotes Shakespeare, “Heavy is the head that wears the crown.” Kings and queens of yesteryear knew that their position to make decisions over the lives of other people was not just a great privilege, but also a responsibility for justice. Lambert doesn’t expect people here to understand that. Their greatest difficulties are whether or not to download the latest updates on their cellphones, or to turn off the light in the mother’s basement and get outta the house. But to leaders like himself, Lambert knows those words ring true today. He leads the most successful MMA gym on the planet! He knows that every decision he makes must be fair to create a level playing field so the most successful are also the most deserving.
But Tony CONMAN is the flipside to that! Khan uses the buddy system! If you’re his buddy, you’re an EVP and you get every chance to shine. If not, it’s opening match status or backstage vignettes for the rest of your career. Scorpio Sky was one of the first AEW World Tag Team Champions. He’s the only man to pin Chris Jericho twice. Ethan Page has dressed better, wrestled better and won better than anybody since he got here. Yet these two studs are stuck on the sidelines Christmas night watching Cody get yet another title shot, against Sammy Guevara. If that doesn’t prove Lambert’s point, here’s the most blatant example of all of how Khan sets someone he doesn’t like up for failure.
Just look how they’re treating Lambert! “Put yourself in an impossible situation. An utterly hopeless condition. Given an assignment you can never successfully complete! He actually wants me to get you to cheer for Cody Rhodes!” The Men of the Year laugh as Lambert says Cody’s a bigger dick than Lambert! “Newsflash: I don’t give a damn who you cheer for or who you boo. I don’t care if it’s Cody or Sammy standing tall at the end of that match on Christmas night. My only concern is that one of these guys gets the next title match. And when they do, we won’t need any help from the owner of the company to bring that title back to American Top Team!”
Lambert leaves it at that as the Closer and All Ego both claim next. Will either of them be ready for whoever comes out of Holiday Bash Part 2 the TNT Champion?
Schiavone interviews Britt Baker backstage.
Britt says Merry Christmas and wishes us a Happy AEW Holiday Bash. Ew, was that a bug on her chair? They’re never coming back to Greensboro. Schiavone wanted to talk about Battle of the Belts and Britt’s title match with Riho. Britt’s never beaten Riho 1v1. Yeah, well, she’s bigger, stronger and most importantly, the AEW Women’s World Champion, and she also has Jamie Hayter by her side. Uh, Rebel’s here, too. Well, even Hayter lost to Riho recently. Hayter slashes her throat at Schiavone for that comment. Britt says if they’re going to bring up the past, then let’s talk about all of 2021. You can’t bring up this year without calling it the Era of the DMD.
And here’s why: Britt didn’t slide in and take someone’s spot, and she didn’t inherit a throne. In fact, Britt built her own throne and her own kingdom! She’s built the division from the ground up, and she’s a pillar of this entire company! She is the pulse of AEW! And if you think 2022 is going to start with Riho, that little brat who just gets a title match whenever she wants, dethroning Britt, you have another thing coming. Riho should’ve just stayed under the bottom rope at All Out. Britt knows Riho wants a title for Christmas, but Riho’s outta her league. “You’ll shoot your eye out, kid.” Merry Christmas from Yours Truly, Britt Baker, DMD.
AEW looks back on Owen Hart.
To Mark Henry, Owen Hart represented family. Owen taught Mark a lot about how to get into the business. If someone ribs you, rib ’em back. Adam Cole says Owen was very influential. He made Cole appreciate the technical side of pro-wrestling. Cole loved watching Owen and Bret, and then Owen in NJPW. Owen was one of the best. Matt Hardy says Owen’s mark on the industry is showing the smaller, athletic and acrobatic wrestlers are absolutely important to pro-wrestling. 2point0 saw Owen Hart as the coolest guy, it was mind-blowing.
Hardy adds Owen was a groundbreaker, an innovator, and he really opened up the style of pro-wrestling, especially for “smaller” guys, the ones who weren’t 6’8″ and 380 pounds. Eddie Kingston, the way he grew up, a real man takes care of his family. That was Owen Hart. Dusty Rhodes says Owen was an incredible family man, an incredible wrestler and story teller, as well as ribber. One of the all time greats. Mark says Owen will go down as someone who brought fun and life to pro-wrestling. Shawn Spears says everyone should strive to be that kind of person. If you’re as gifted as Owen, and to have a beautiful soul, how much more can you ask for?
Cole says the reason Owen’s legacy will go on is because of how you constantly hear about the kind of man he was. Those who shared a locker room with him tell stories of how wonderful he was, and so it isn’t just about what he did in the ring, but who he was as a person.
TBS Championship Tournament Semifinal: Nyla Rose w/ Vickie Guerrero VS Ruby Soho!
The Native Beast got a first round bye and crushed Hikaru Shida. But the Runaway fought her way from round one against Penelope Ford to then defeat the Galaxy’s Greatest Alien, Kris Statlander. Will Ruby keep that run going? Or will she be eaten alive by this Vicious Vixen?
But while Ruby’s on the ropes waving to the fans, Nyla attacks! The bell rings as Nyla stomps away then throws body shots! Nyla pulls Ruby’s jacket off, stomps her down, then rains down fists! Fans boo, Nyla drags Ruby up and CLUBS her down! Nyla says Ruby’s’ jacket is stupid cuz it can’t even come off properly. Ruby finally gets free of her jacket, and she fires off CHOPS and forearms on Nyla! Ruby stomps a foot, sobats then front kicks, but runs into a SWAT! Nyla stomps Ruby more, then claws Ruby’s face! The ref reprimands and counts, Nyla lets off to bump Ruby off buckles. Nyla TOSSES Ruby corner to corner, then drags Ruby up to whip to ropes.
Ruby tilt-o-whirls through, and has the cording hold! Ruby fires off forearms and elbows, then ducks the clothesline. But Nyla blocks the STO with pure power, to URENAGE Ruby right down! Nyla drags Ruby back up, reels her in, but Ruby fights free to wrench, only for Nyla to CLOBBER her! Nyla drags Ruby back up, throws her out of the ring, and goes out after her. Nyla leaps from the apron to AX HANDLE Ruby down! Nyla fish hooks Ruby’s face to make her look at the camera and puppet her mouth. Ruby fights free to CHOP and CHOP back! Nyla kicks low, but Ruby blocks the apron bump to ROCK Nyla with forearms and uppercuts!
Ruby headbutts Nyla again and again and again as fans fire up! Vickie is furious as Ruby runs in, but Vickie gets Nyla out of the way! Ruby hits steps and Vickie laughs at Ruby’s pain. Nyla gets in the ring while AEW goes picture in picture.
Nyla goes back out to scoop and SLAM Ruby on the floor! Nyla then gets back in the ring to soak up the heat. Ruby writhes, a ring count starts, and it’s already 5 of 10 while Ruby is still down. Ruby drags herself up at and in at 7! Nyla scoops Ruby to SLAM her again! And then Nyla drops a leg! Cocky one hand cover, TWO! Nyla is frustrated, so she takes Ruby’s hand and BITES it! The ref reprimands, Nyla stops, then drags Ruby up. Ruby throws body shots and forearms, then she whips. Nyla blocks with power, whips Ruby to a corner, but Ruby elbows her back! Ruby goes up to headscissors, but Nyla pops her up to an Electric Chair!
Ruby fights back, but Nyla blocks the Poison-Rana to INVERTED ALABAMA SLAM Ruby into buckles! The ref checks on Ruby but somehow she’s okay to continue. Nyla drags her to a cover, TWO!! Ruby lives and Nyla is annoyed. Nyla stands on Ruby’s hand while raining down rights! Cover, TWO! Vickie shouts at the ref but Nyla drags Ruby up to scoop and SLAM again. Nyla runs and SPLASHES onto knees! AEW returns to single picture as Ruby LARIATS! Nyla stays up, so Ruby LARIATS again! Ruby dodges Nyla, blocks a kick to KNEE and SUPERKICK and ENZIGURI! Fans fire up with Ruby as she runs at the ropes, but Nyla blocks the monkey flip!
Nyla bounces Ruby off ropes, but Ruby uses that to TORNADO DDT! Cover, TWO!! Ruby is beside herself as Nyla bails out. Ruby goes to the apron, but Nyla looks under the ring? Nyla gets a chair! But Ruby DROPKICKS it into Nyla’s face! Vickie is upset while Nyla is down on the outside! Fans rally up, Ruby drags Nyla up and into the ring. Ruby climbs a corner, the ref checks on Nyla, and Vickie gets up on the apron to shove Ruby down! Ruby hotshots off ropes, and Nyla hurries to get Ruby draped over them! Nyla goes up, FLYING KNEE! Cover, TWO?!? Vickie is fuming and Nyla is shocked! Ruby clutches her arm, the ref has Nyla stay back.
The ref checks on Ruby but Ruby refuses to quit. So Nyla drags Ruby up to wrench and hammerlock the arm, to RAM it into the buckles! Nyla runs in, but Ruby BOOTS her! Ruby fires forearms with the good arm, and even CHOPS! Nyla CHOPS, then scoops Ruby, but Ruby turns that to a dragon sleeper! Nyla calls to Vickie, the ref is busy with Vickie again! Ruby lets Nyla go and then KICKS Vickie down! Nyla gets Ruby up for a BEAST BOMB!! Cover, TWO?!?!? HOW?!?! Nyla is foaming at the mouth! Nyla drags Ruby but Greensboro is thunderous! Nyla drags Ruby up the corner, but Ruby turns that into a SUPER NO FUTURE!!! Cover, Ruby wins!!!
Winner: Ruby Soho, by pinfall (advances to the finals)
Ruby took on Nyla and Vickie and she still won, with just one arm! But is Ruby just one win away from being the first-ever AEW TBS Champion?
Serena Deeb speaks.
After Hikaru Shida used the loose turnbuckle against Deeb, Deeb asks, “How can you call yourself a winner after what you did to me last week? You cheated your way to another tainted victory!” Shida has never decisively beaten Deeb, and this is far from over! This will go on and on until Deeb finishes her! Next time, Shida will be begging Khan to keep Deeb away from her for good! A bit revisionist from the Woman of 1000 Holds, but is nothing going to hold her back from breaking the Full Metal Warrior?
Malakai Black VS Griff Garrison w/ Brian Pillman Jr!
Talk about a nightmare before Christmas! The Dark Father stained Julia Hart with the dark mist, and the Ivy League MVP is furious over it! Will Griff avenge the Varsity Blond’s two-time cheerleading champion? Or will he be the next soul to Fade to Black?
The bell rings and Griff goes right at Malakai, but gets a ROUNDHOUSE for it! Griff goes down and sits up in a daze. Malakai crouches to talk to Griff, then runs, to go out and target BPJ! BPJ throws off his jacket, he’s ready! But then Griff DIVES and takes Malakai down at the ramp! Griff gets Malakai in, throws forearms, and Greensboro is behind their hometown hero! Griff fires off, but spins into Malakai’s KICK! And another! And another! Malakai then hits body scissor takedown to have the HEEL HOOK! Griff endures, scrambles over and gets the ROPEBREAK! Malakai holds on until 4, then takes his time. Fans rally for Griff and Griff ROCKS Malakai back!
Malakai fires off strikes and then KICKS away in the corner! Malakai throws a forearm then KICKS the leg! Malakai wants the leg but Griff hits back, so Malakai KICKS again. Malakai whips but Griff reverses to send Malakai into ropes! Malakai sputters, fans rally up, and Malakai storms over, into a BOOT! Griff hits a ROLLING ELBOW! Cover, TWO!! Malakai survives that Ivy League level elbow, but Griff gets him up for a back suplex. But Malakai fights that and Griff’s leg gives out! Malakai KICKS that leg, then JUMP KNEES Griff right down! Griff sits up, flounders, but Malakai kicks his arm away.
Malakai lifts Griff with his foot, but then kisses him goodnight before going after that leg! DEEP HALF CRAB!! Griff taps, Malakai wins!
Winner: Malakai Black, by submission
Malakai won’t stop, either! BPJ gets in and shoves Malakai away. BPJ checks on Griff, but turns around into the BLACK MASS!! BPJ goes down, Black has destroyed the Blonds! What more will Malakai do to tear down the shining lights in AEW?
Matt Hardy & Private Party speak.
“Jurassic Express, what an adorable moment you shared with the Lucha Bros.” Marq Quen mockingly says it almost made him cry. But congratulations, Jungle Boy & Luchasaurus are still #1 contenders to the tag team titles. But Hardy wants to see Private Party to take that from them! So for Christmas Rampage, Isiah Kassidy will pound Jungle Boy’s ass, and even injure him! Kassidy pretends to get a phone call, and he says that all he has to do is take JB out, and Private Party are the new #1 contenders. Nice! If JB is injured, that status is DELETED!
Jurassic Express & Christian Cage respond.
Kassidy thinks he’s going to pound JB’s ass? Don’t think so. What is going to happen is that Jurassic Express will wake up on Christmas morning, open their presents, hit the boards real quick, then head to the arena. JB will bring a big lump of coal to shove up Kassidy’s ass! And after Rampage, Kassidy will be spittin’ out diamonds. Christian adds that “those two little dipshits, Private Party can wear as many watches as they want. It will never be their time so long as Jurassic Express is here!” The Hardy Family Office won’t walk away with Jurassic Express’ #1 contender spot, but it is Christmas. They should get something nice, so how about going to AEW Shop and buying some of these limited edition Jurassic Express Christmas shirts? Merry Christmas!
Six Man Tag: MJF & FTR VS CM Punk, Darby Allin & Sting!
Max, Dax & Cash claim they’re family, living legends, and the top guys of AEW. But will they be able to win without using that Dynamite Diamond Ring, those AAA Tag Team Championships or Tully Blanchard? Or is MJFTR just SOL against the Best in the World, the Relentless One & The Icon?
The trios sort out, MJF starts against Punk. Punk’s sporting the Bladerunner surfer Sting face paint from the 90s and fans are fired up as Punk and MJF circle. MJF then tags out to Dax and fans boo. MJF soaks up the heat like he did something great, and Dax circles with Punk. Dax gets to a corner as fans chant for Punk. Dax and Punk tie up, Punk puts Dax back in the corner, but Dax powers his way out to get a headlock and takeover. Punk headscissors, Dax kips free and hits another headlock takeover, only for Punk to headscissor again. Dax kips free again, hits a third headlock takeover, but Punk again headscissors, and again Dax kips free.
Dax shoves Punk, but Punk smirks and shoves back. Dax SLAPS Punk, so Punk SLAPS Dax! MJF & Cash hurry to Dax’s side but Sting & Darby are ready behind Punk. The ref has the teams back off, Punk and Dax tie up again. Dax headlocks, Punk powers out but Dax runs him over. Things keep moving, Punk hip tosses Dax down! And then arm-drags! Punk wrenches the arm, has the wristlock, but Dax ROCKS him with a forearm! Tag to Cash, but Cash runs into a scoop and SLAM! Punk wrenches Cash’s arm, tags in Darby, and Darby grinds the headlock. Cash powers out, drops down, then CLOBBERS Darby with an elbow! MJF dares fans to chant for Darby now!
Cash drags Darby up to ROCK him with a EuroUpper! Cash brings Darby in to scoop but Darby slips out and drop steps to dropkick! Then a deep arm-drag, a wrench and a wristlock! Cash gets away before Darby can tag out. Fans chant, “We Want Sting!” but MJF tags in. MJF dares Darby to tag someone, and Punk gets in! MJF bails out and runs away! They go around the ring, MJF tags to Cash, but Punk is ready! Cash stays back, fans boo, Punk and Cash knuckle lock. Cash kicks the arm, wrenches it and has the wristlock. Punk fights up, pushes through to wrench and wristlock back! Punk points to him, and tags in STIIIING!
Fans go nuts as Sting wrenches the arm and YANKS it! And YANKS it, and YANKS it! Cash kicks back, whips, but Sting reverses to send Cash at the corner. Cash bumps off buckles, Sting sweeps the legs! Sting grabs those legs but Cash bails out to regroup with Dax. MJF joins FTR to talk it out, but Sting storms over. Cash hotshots Sting down! Tag to MJF, MJF CHOPS, but Sting doesn’t even flinch! MJF grins and dusts Sting off, trying to make nice. MJF gives a thumbs up, Sting grabs that arm! MJF reaches out, Sting brings MJF over, but MJF fights his way back! They tug-o-war, Sting short arm LARIATS MJF down! Tag to Punk, MJF scrambles away! The chase is on again!
MJF goes to the crowd! Punk pursues but MJF is hauling ass up the stairs! They go to the back, run around in the concourse, and then return, going down other steps. They’re heading back for ringside, and MJF baseball slides into the ring! Tag to Cash, MJFTR scramble and Punk has FTR in the way. So Darby DIVES and bowls them all over!! Fans are fired up as AEW goes picture in picture!
Darby drags Cash up and puts him in the ring. Punk kicks Cash around, brings him over and bumps him off buckles. Punk fires forearms again and again, then tags Darby. They mug Cash, Darby fires off, then tags Sting. Sting gets to mug Cash now, and he brings Cash around for a BELL CLAP! And CLAWS to the back! Cash goes to the apron, Sting drags him up to suplex back in! Tag to Punk, he stays between Cash and the corner to stomp him down. Punk hits a RUSSIAN LEG SWEEP! Cover, TWO! Dax gets in to talk trash but Punk keeps Cash down with a cording hold. Punk slaps Cash around, puts him in a corner and climbs up to rain down fists! Punk gets all ten!
Punk hops off to then DECK Cash with a right hand! Cover, TWO! Punk keeps Cash down with a facelock and brings him over. Tag to Darby, they mug Cash more, and Darby fires off knees! The ref reprimands the hair pulling but Darby CHOPS Cash in the corner. Darby cravats and has a standing neck wrench but Cash endures. AEW returns to single picture, Cash reaches out, Dax tags in. Darby throws Cash away to fire off on MJF and Dax! JAWBREAKER for Dax, but Cash FLAPJACK HOTSHOTS Darby! Darby tumbles to apron then to floor, Dax gets Darby up to whip him into railing! MJF stomps away on Darby and then Dax drags Darby up.
Dax suplexes Darby high and hard to the floor, and MJF gloats, “That’s what it’s all about!” MJF puts Darby in for Cash, he tags Dax. Dax drags Darby around to drop the leg, drop the elbow, then drop a headbutt! Dax drags Darby up, tags Cash, and FTR mug Darby with double headbutts! Tag to MJF, he spits water at Punk! The ref is busy with Punk storming in and MJF CHOKES Darby in the corner! Dax adds on, then MJF snapmares Darby to a chinlock. Darby endures, fans rally up and Darby fights up! MJF rakes Darby’s eyes! MJF scoops and SLAMS Darby, then tags Dax. Dax drags Darby up, CHOPS him to ropes, then scoops him to SLAM him again!
Tag to Cash, he steps on Darby’s face! Cash drags Darby up to scoop and SLAM! Tag to MJF, MJF drags Darby up while taunting Punk. MJF scoops to SLAM Darby, steps on his face, and tags Dax. Dax taunts Darby to go tag his partners, and MJF soaks up the heat. Dax scoops and SLAMS Darby again! Tag back to Cash, he stays between Darby and his corner, then taunts Darby to get up. Punk rallies the fans, Cash scoops Darby but Darby makes it a cradle! TWO!! Cash runs in but misses and hits buckles! Darby scoops and SLAMS Cash! Both men are down and fans are thunderous! Hot tag to Sting! Sting rallies on FTR while MJF stays away!
Sting whips Dax corner to corner to bump him off buckles again and again, all three levels! Cash runs in but Sting dodges to then BACK DROP him! MJF runs in, to get a SPINEBUSTER! Sting back bumps Dax, to then STINGER SPLASH Cash! And then one for Dax! Cash runs in but is sent into Dax! Sting holds them back, for Darby to COFFIN SPLASH them both! Punk runs in to SHINING WIZARD them both! Sting then runs in to STINGER SPLASH Dax! Dax flops down, Sting gets the legs! SCORPION DEATHLOCK! But Cash distracts the ref and MJF has Sting for a BULLDOG! Fans boo but Dax covers, TWO! MJF grins while AEW goes picture in picture again.
Dax puts Sting in a corner, throws EuroUppers, but Sting hits back with haymakers! They go back and forth, Sting gets the edge but Dax drop toeholds to then tag in Cash! Cash stomps Sting down, tags MJF, and Cash holds Sting up so MJF can wind up, and rake the eyes! MJF soaks up the heat, then he stomps Sting’s leg! MJF taunts Punk, the ref has to keep him back again, and then MJF CHOKES Sting! MJF covers, TWO! MJF drags Sting over, wrenches, and tags in Dax. They mug Sting, Dax wrenches and wrangles Sting to the mat. Dax thrashes the arm, but Sting endures and fights up. Dax knuckle locks, but Sting fights up, and AEW goes to break.
AEW returns again and Cash has Sting in a cobra twist. Sting endures, fans rally up, and Sting throws Cash off! Cash runs in, DOUBLE LARIATS take both men down! Fans rally, the two men crawl, hot tag to Dax! Dax fires off on Sting in a corner, then whips him corner to corner. Dax mocks Sting and runs in, but into a scoop and SLAM! Sting flounders but Cash helps Dax get back to the corner. MJF tags in to keep Sting from the corner, but Sting hits a BULLDOG in return! Cash grabs at Sting, but Sting falls, head first into MJF’s nuts! MJF writhes in pain, but he manages to tag in Cash. But Sting tags in Punk! Punk jumps in, rallies on FTR, CALF KICK for Cash!
Punk dodges Dax to CALF KICK him! SHINING WIZARD for Cash, SHINING WIZARD for Dax in the other! BULLDOG CLOTHESLINE COMBO! Punk keeps going and he DIVES out onto Dax! Punk then goes to the corner, climbs up top, and CROSSBODIES Cash! Cover, TWO! Fans fire up with Punk as he says it’s time for bed! Punk gets Cash up, but Cash holds ropes! Dax saves Cash and tags, but Punk still fights FTR off with forearms! ROUNDHOUSE for Cash, then a spin and NECKBREAKER for Dax! Cover, TWO! Punk goes back to the corner, but Cash anchors his foot! Punk kicks Cash away, adjusts, but Dax trips him up!
Dax CHOPS Punk, climbs up top to join him, but Punk fights back with body shots! MONGOLIAN CHOPS! Dax fires forearms, Punk gives them back! They brawl up top, Dax wobbles and Punk DECKs him! But Dax gets right back up, Cash tags in! SUPERPLEX and FLYING SPLASH! The Power Play works out, Dax DECKS Sting and Darby! Cash covers, TWO!! Punk survives and FTR is frustrated! Cash DECKS Sting off the apron again, tag to Dax. FTR drags Punk up to double whip, but Punk ducks, and Darby runs in to CROSSBODY Cash and himself out of the ring! Punk O’Conner Rolls Dax, TWO! MJF and Darby CRASH into the timekeeper’s table on the outside!
Dax ROCKS Punk with a right! Punk ROUNDHOUSES Dax down! Fans fire up as both men are on the mat and a standing count begins! Darby crawls from the wreckage, MJF is right behind him. Punk and Dax throw forearm after forearm, then even haymakers! Dax has a busted eyebrow but he’s just firing off more! Punk fires forearms, but spins into a HAYMAKER! Dax runs, into a fireman’s carry! But Dax blocks the GTS, Cash gets in, BIG RIG!! Sting gets in to break the cover! Sting DECKS Cash, but MJF slithers in! MJF kicks Sting, reels him in and smirks, to DDT! But Sting’s right back up while MJF gloats! MJF runs away but Sting YANKS the ropes to jam MJF’s junk!!
Sting brings MJF back in to CHOP and whip to HIP TOSS MJF out onto FTR!! The ref hurries to check on MJF, who hit hard at the railing. But Sting climbs up to aim at FTR! SUPER CROSSBODY onto the Pinnacle!!! Greensboro is losing their minds for the Icon throwing caution to the wind! Sting gets MJF up and in for Punk. MJF flounders, Punk says it’s time for bed! But Dax gets MJF out, and Punk fireman’s carries! G T S, to SCORPION DEATH LOCK! Darby is up top, COFFIN DROP!! Punk covers, Punk’s team wins!!
Winners: CM Punk, Darby Allin & Sting, by pinfall
That was definitely clobbering time! The Best in the World, the Relentless One & The Icon stand tall, but MJF complains on commentary that Punk was the one avoiding him the entire match! MJF says CM Punk is a literal punk and a coward! If that’s so, then when and where will MJF finally back up his words and take on CM Punk?
Another great Dynamite, but not much of a holiday related one. Britt’s Christmas party with Schiavone was just that interview, and she was in a comfy armchair with a glass of wine, barely anything else to make it a party. Though I suppose it works in kayfabe as no one else likes Britt. But she had a good promo to hype up her title match with Riho for Battle of the Belts, that is going to be a really good one, but I would think Britt retains. She did have a good point that Riho isn’t always around from how Riho goes back and forth between Japan and the US. We got a great TBS Championship Tournament match out of Nyla VS Ruby, and they did a great job making Ruby’s win a hard earned one.
Speaking of Battle of the Belts, but what is the world title supposed to do if they’re giving us Hangman VS Bryan II on the Dynamite before? Bryan and Hangman had a good promo segment to hype up the rematch, and I do like that Hangman brought up a lot of great alternates for their rematch’s stipulation. Honestly, I forgot until Bryan brought up judges that there were judges at Jericho VS Cody, where Cody lost all rights to challenge for the top title. Will something screwy happen in the rematch to where they’ll give us the third just days later at Battle of the Belts? Or will there be a decisive winner and then they immediately bring up the next contender?
We got an awesome vignette for people to share their feelings about Owen Hart and also plug the Owen Hart Foundation tournaments. I never got a chance to watch him myself, but it’s just as they said: you hear about Owen from those who did know him and can attest to how great he was as both wrestler and person. We got a really good vignette to hype up Sammy VS Cody for Christmas, but I do have to admit Lambert had a good promo to point out the kayfabe of Cody getting stuff just because. Cody really could pile on the heat from the fans by winning on Christmas, and then take on Scorpio and Ethan in consecutive matches and see how fans react to that. It’d be really something if it was either this Christmas Rampage match or the Men of the Year that brought out Cody’s true Heel nature.
We got great stuff all in one segment for the Elite tonight with how Cole VS Cassidy went down. All logical stuff with Best Friends thwarting The Bucks, and then Fish trying it, to then give us the AEW debut of Kyle O’Reilly! For one, this was a given, and I like that we’re already getting this feeling of Cole having to choose between The Elite and the Undisputed Era. Or to put it another way, Cole has to choose between Bullet Club and NJPW or ROH and Future Shock. I really hope this means that when Omega returns, we end up with Elite OG VS Undisputed Era, that is going to be awesome stuff. Also, getting reDRagon back together when WWE dropped the ball in the latter days of NXT 1.0 is a great win for AEW.
We got a good back and forth in the promos from Hardy Family Office and Jurassic Express to hype up some of that, but I would think that’s Jungle Boy’s win. We also got great stuff from Malakai Black and the Varsity Blonds. I almost thought this was going to be where Malakai’s faction started coming together but I guess we’re getting that more for New Year’s Smash or the TBS debut. Deeb had a good promo to hype up the fact that she and Shida are going to be having an extended series of matches. And then we got great stuff out of The Pinnacle. Really good group promo and the passive aggressive disrespect towards Wardlow.
And then of course, we got an awesome Six Man main event, and holy crap MJF taking that bit of a header. Everybody was going pretty hot by the end, but that was the scarier moment in the match. The Faces win, of course, to put it on MJF to man up and face Punk 1v1. I’m also thinking, maybe FTR take on Darby & Sting 2v2. Maybe with the AAA titles on the line? And FTR can even cheat Darby & Sting so that a team signed with AAA can be the ones to dethrone FTR.
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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