Will NXT feel the Grayson Waller Effect?
After calling out AJ Styles online, on TV, and even on Raw, will Grayson Waller close out the year strong? Or will someone shut NXT’s biggest mouth?
- Grayson Waller VS Odyssey Jones; Waller wins.
- Harland w/ Joe Gacy VS
THE Brian KendrickAndre Chase; Harland wins.
- Tiffany Stratton VS Fallon Henley; Stratton wins.
- Solo Sikoa VS Santos Escobar w/ Legado Del Fantasma; Sikoa wins.
- Malik Blade VS Von Wagner; Wagner wins.
- Cora Jade & Raquel Gonzalez VS Kay Lee Ray & Io Shirai; Jade & Gonzalez win and will face Mandy Rose for the NXT Women’s Championship at New Year’s Evil.
PLAY BY PLAY
Grayson Waller heads to the ring!
The fans boo the most hated man in NXT 2.0, but he just soaks it up as he struts his way out. He gets a mic as fans call him an A-Hole. “What better way to start the final NXT of 2021 than hands down the breakout star of the year, Grayson Waller! Hey, hey, hey. How was everyone’s Christmas? Rhetorical question, I couldn’t care less. I’ll tell you about my Christmas, though.” Waller woke up that morning and thought he was such a good boy, that he bought tickets to Monday Night Raw in Detroit. Waller was keeping to himself, when out of nowhere, AJ Styles wanted some of Waller’s clout. Some of that Waller rub!
Recap video shows Styles introducing Waller and how Waller said he wanted to see what it was like on Raw. Of course Waller likes it on Raw, it’s where stars are made. Except Waller’s not even close. Styles offered a tour and a Phenomenal Forearm, but Waller didn’t get either. Waller doesn’t get why fans think Styles is a good guy when he goes and threatens Waller. Styles shows up last week on Waller’s show, and his song sucks! Worst theme song he’s ever heard. Not even as good as Waller’s song. That song hits, fans try to get their fat asses out of the seats to dance to it. And Styles says Waller isn’t a star? There’s no star brighter than Waller!
And if not for Apollo Crews & Azeez, that would’ve been Styles’ last night as a WWE superstar! Waller would’ve given Styles a WAPOW! A Dexter Lumis special, if you get what he means. Oh but he was supposed to have a match with Lumis tonight, right? Lumis is delusional, thinking after the “Chairshot heard around the world,” he’d be cleared. “Hey, Dex. How’s your back? Is your catfish’d wife, Indi Hartwell, there with you?” Indi may be a Dexter Lumis Ten, but she’s more like a Grayson Waller Three. But hopefully they pay close attention! They supposedly found a suitable replacement tonight. But it doesn’t matter who they are, they’re gonna learn what the Grayson Waller Effect is all about.
Well #SoundTheAlarm, Odyssey Jones is here! He’s a good friend and a groomsman of Dexter’s, will Jones show he’s immune to the Grayson Waller Effect?
Grayson Waller VS Odyssey Jones!
The ref gets in, but Waller bails. Jones gets the mic to say Waller prances around here like he’s a big time star. “But the truth is, Grayson, you’re just a big time BITCH.” Waller doesn’t take that lightly, and he gets back to the ring as fans chant “Big Time Bitch!” at him. The bell rings and it’s on! Waller gives testing kicks but Jones backs him down to a corner. Waller gets in the ropes, the ref backs Jones off, and Waller comes back. Waller bops Jones, Jones TOSSES Waller to a corner, then SPLASHES! Jones TOSSES Waller across the way! Jones grins as he heads over, knees Waller into the corner, and again, then pushes Waller down.
Fans want that toss “One More Time!” but Waller JABS Jones. Jones CLUBS Waller! Jones runs, Waller drops but Jones stands on Waller’s back! Jones drags Waller up to CLUB him down again. Jones whips Waller to a corner, Waller goes up and over and rolls but runs into a scoop and SIDEWALK SLAM! Cover, TWO! Waller survives as NXT goes picture in picture.
Jones gets up, drags Waller to a corner and bumps him off buckles. Jones RAMS into Waller, digs his shoulder in, then RAMS Waller again! Jones hoists Waller up top, sets him on the top rope and CLUBS away on his chest! Jones DOUBLE AX HANDLES Waller down and Waller flops out of the ring! Jones goes out after Waller but Waller gets him in the ropes for a HOTSHOT! Waller then runs in to CLUB Jones and fire off body shots. Waller knees away in the corner, but lets off as the ref counts. Waller comes back with EuroUppers and JABS, then more body shots in the corner. Jones shoves Waller away but Waller kicks him low.
Waller brings Jones out for a cravat and neck wrench. Jones pries free, but Waller dropkicks a leg out, to then CLOBBER him from behind! Waller rains down fists, then KNEES Jones in the side. Waller stomps Jones around, sits him up and KNEES him in the back. Waller drags Jones up, brings him around for forearms and kicks. Jones goes to a corner, Waller runs in but Jones shoves him away. Waller mule kicks and Eddy Gordo Kicks right back! Waller CLUBS Jones on the neck with elbows, then talks trash while he pulls hair and kicks Jones to ropes. The ref reprimands but Waller drags Jones up to a cravat and neck wrench.
Jones endures, fights up, but Waller shoulders him down! Waller talks more trash while he cranks on the cravat. Jones fights back up as fans rally, and Jones throws hands as NXT returns to single picture. Waller throws knees now, then kicks Jones’ legs. Waller mocks DIY before the SUPERKICK! Waller then drags Jones to a drop zone and goes up a corner. Waller goes on the rope, BALLER ELBOW DROP! Cover, TWO! Jones is still in this but Waller throws more forearms. Jones throws body shots, Waller fires off fast hands! But Jones turns leg lariat into a TOSS! Waller gets up and Jones CLOBBERS him with big body blocks! Then a BACKBREAKER!
Waller goes to a corner, Jones fires up and the fans are with him. Jones runs in, Waller dodges and LEG LARIATS in the corner! Waller climbs up to rain down rights, but Jones stops him at 7! Jones pops Waller up but Waller brings a buckle pad with him! LAST RIDE! High stack, TWO!! Waller survives but Jones is seething. Jones runs in but Waller dodges, Jones hits the bare buckle! Waller somersaults in for the STUNNER! Cover, Waller wins!
Winner: Grayson Waller, by pinfall
Give an assist to some dumb luck with that turnbuckle, but Waller still pulled off the win. Will the 21st Century Success Story’s ego only grow more in the New Year?
But then AJ Styles reaches out on the titantron. Thanks for stopping by, Waller! You got some attention, right? That’s what he wanted, right? But Waller got the wrong kind of attention. Styles is going to be back at NXT next week! Time to put up or shut up at New Year’s Evil! Is NXT about to be phenomenal?
Backstage interview with Cora Jade & Raquel Gonzalez.
These two will be opponents with Mandy Rose in the NXT Women’s Championship Triple Threat, but tonight, Cora & Raquel will be working together against Toxic Attraction’s Gigi Dolin & Jacy Jayne. Cora says they can coexist. They’re on the same team like at WarGames, and this is about taking out the toxic trash. But Io Shirai walks in to say, “No matter who walks away with that championship, I want the first shot. Never got my rematch.” Raquel says this might be Shirai’s lucky day. But then Kay Lee Ray walks in, and she says, “I did tell you you would be needing that baseball bat.” Because it doesn’t matter if it’s Cora, Raquel or Mandy, KLR is getting next.
Shirai takes offense to that, but then Mandy Rose pops in on the screen. “Ladies, ladies, how cute is this? Now you have the whole WarGames team wanting a piece of me.” Story of her life. But considering they all want after her, maybe Gigi & Jacy can just take the night off so that KLR and Shirai can step in. And let’s make it even more interesting. The winning team will face Mandy at New Year’s Evil. She’s the champ, she’ll make sure this happens, and then they can just take care of the rest. Best of luck! Mandy blows a kiss for luck, and the stakes just got raised! Who moves on to get after the golden leader of Toxic Attraction?
Grayson Waller speaks.
He won’t let this go back to commentary, he wants the camera to stay with him. “AJ Styles, you wanna try and ruin my celebration? New Year’s Evil, huh? Put up or shut up! Grayson Waller has no problem doing that.” Then he bumps into MSK, literally. They want him to chillax, but he shouts, “Screw you!” That is atrocious language, sir! Waller has issues. But MSK is fired up because they’re next. Will Imperium show up when Wes Lee & Nash Carter call them out?
Tiffany Stratton speaks.
“Daddy says I’m ready to take over NXT and he’s never wrong. The real question is, is NXT ready for Tiffany Stratton?” We’ll find out one way or another, tonight!
Xyon Quinn speaks.
“Elektra. I know you want this as much as I do. It’s time to make a decision. It’s either me or Legado. And this needs to happen tonight. The choice is yours.” The ball is in Elektra Lopez’s court, will she listen to her heart or her pride?
MSK heads to the ring!
The Shaman Bro, Matt Riddle, helped Lee & Carter rejuvenate and now they’re back! And it feels so good! But the last time they were here was Halloween Havoc where they lost the NXT Tag Team Championships. But it’s okay. They were down, but they went on a beautiful journey, met the Shaman, and are higher than ever before! Riddle talks via video, last minute change of plans happen. But you gotta roll with the punches. He’ll be there in spirit, like a higher power. But he’s seen their journey, the NXT Universe has seen their journey, but there’s one last thing to do: challenge Imperium for the NXT Tag Team Champions! It’s their destiny, bros! Yes, it is!
Lee says they’re here to do one thing. “IMPERIUM~! Bring that ass here, boy!” And so, Marcel Barthel & Fabian Aichner appear! Aichner says, “MSK, MSK.” In Italian, he asks if they’re serious. Barthel says “Nein.” Subtitles, please? Sorry, they’re not cultured. Oh, not cultured? They don’t doubt that. But listen. MSK can sit around the fire, sing their songs and ride their scooters. That’s fine, do your thing. But the fact of the matter is, the two of them will never, ever be able to touch Imperium. The NXT Tag Team Championships are going to stay with the very best team this division has ever seen! They’re going to stay where they belong, and they belong to Imperium!
Firstly, the songs they sung were amazing. Their harmonies were on point. But if Imperium is feeling spicy, go and put the titles on the line right here, right now! But then WALTER speaks on the titantron! And he says in German and English, “You represent everything that is wrong in this great sport today. You’re a disgrace for the mat you stand on.” Barthel & Aichner are true champions who treat the titles with dignity and respect. MSK does not deserve a title match, only a beating with right hands. Riddle rejoins the video chat and can’t believe what he’s hearing. Riddle can’t sit back and hear them disrespect MSK.
So then how about this? New Year’s Evil, a big deal, now becomes an even bigger deal. How about three stallions, and he means himself and MSK, take on Walter and his goons in a Six Man Tag? Fans are going nuts for that! Walter asks, “Is that what you really want, you bare footed nerd?!” Then they will have it! Imperium accepts the challenge! Imperium is in this for the greater good, and will expose them for what they are: a bunch of showmen! They are Imperium, and to them, the mat is SACRED. New Year’s Evil might end up feeling like Worlds Collide! Will the Bro & MSK show the Ring General and his troops what really matters in the ring?
Joe Gacy speaks with Harland.
“Remember what he called you. Mr. Kendrick called you a freak. Harland, you are no freak.” But will he look like one when he takes on The Man with a Plan?
Backstage interview with Edris Enofe.
A huge win over Von Wagner, how did his first win in NXT feel? It felt fantastic! All his life, he’s had doubters, but what better way to close out 2021 than with- “YOU GOT LUCKY!” Von Wagner says Enofe got lucky in that win, and he’ll leave him laying just like he did last week! But Malik Blade comes to Enofe’s aid to say, “A win is a win.” Malik vows to do the same tonight! “WHO THE HELL ARE YOU!?” And Von pie faces Malik! Refs rush in to keep this from turning into a brawl, but will Von have to worry about his rage costing him tonight?
Harland w/ Joe Gacy VS THE Brian Kendrick!
Harland could’ve have seriously hurt this former NXT Cruiserweight Champion throwing him down the stairs, but somehow Kendrick is back up. Will Kendrick have a way to get his hooks in on Harland and make him pay?
But when Kendrick’s music hits, Kendrick doesn’t show? Gacy says he “knew” this was gonna happen. Kendrick is just like so many people in this cruel world: they talk a big game, but when they get confronted with their mistakes, they fail to show up. Mr. Kendrick is afraid to admit he was the problem, and that he did wrong by Harland. But then Andre Chase shows up? “Pardon the interruption, Mr. Gacy, Mr. Harland. But what we have right now… is a TEACHABLE MOMENT!” And Chase U doesn’t quit! They don’t run away from their problems! They take negatives and turn them into positives!
Gacy says, “Mr. Chase, we admire the good work you do at Andre Chase University. In fact, did you know Harland used to be enrolled in school himself? Until he was unfairly and unjustly expelled.” But Mr. Chase, they would like to thank him. They thank him for volunteering himself as Kendrick’s replacement. What? Harland THROWS Chase down! The bell rings as Chase gets up, and that’s the match!
Harland w/ Joe Gacy VS Andre Chase!
Chase throws hands on Harland then BOOTS, but Harland stays up! Chase gets around, waistlocks, but Harland throws back elbows. He puts Chase in a corner, Chase flounders, and Harland choke grips to SHOVE Chase right out of the ring! Harland goes out after Chase, but keeps him from getting back in the ring! Harland YANKS Chase into the ropes! Chase sputters, Harland gets in and he dribbles Chase off the mat! Again and again, and again! Harland lets off and Chase is OUT! Harland wins!
Winner: Harland, by referee stoppage
Whatever it was that really happened to THE Brian Kendrick, maybe the lesson to be learned is to stay far, far away from Harland. Gacy asks if Harland feels better, and he doesn’t. So Harland goes back to the ring, only for Chase’s star pupil to get in the ring and shield him. So Harland pulls the student out of the ring! Harland hauls him up and carries him away to the back! What is he going to do to Chase U’s valedictorian!?
NXT Media catches up with Legado Del Fantasma.
What do they think of Quinn’s message to Elektra? Santos Escobar ignores that and Joaquin Wilde shoos the cameras. But Elektra walks out and wonder what’s going on. Were the guys waiting for her? Yes, because they want to know her answer. Solo Sikoa walks in and says, “My bad.” Escobar says no, Solo can’t just shrug off the familia. He doesn’t have time for this. But Wilde and Mendoza block the way. Solo says they have misplaced anger. If they want to have it out, do it in the ring. Solo walks off, and it seems a match has been made. Escobar tells Lopez this isn’t over. But then, will this influence Lopez’s decision?
Tiffany Stratton VS Fallon Henley!
It seems Daddy said it was finally time for his little girl to debut in NXT. But will she make Daddy proud? Or will she be just another pretty face?
The bell rings, Tiffany and Fallon circle and talk a little trash. They tie up, go around, and Tiffany shoves Fallon down and talks some more trash. Fallon and Tiffany tie up, Fallon gets a waistlock. Tiffany wrenches out to a wristlock, but Fallon slips through to wrench back to a wristlock of her own. Fallon keeps on the wrist, but Tiffany goes up the ropes and flips to WRING Fallon down! Tiffany has the cording hold and cranks the arm, but Fallon endures as fans rally up. Fallon gets up, chinbars, but Tiffany keeps on the arm. Tiffany still gets the chinbar and gets a headlock from it. Tiffany powers her way out of the hold to get her own headlock.
Fallon endures the grind, throws body shots, and powers out, only for Tiffany to run Fallon over! Tiffany applauds herself, things speed up, and Tiffany leaps over Fallon! But then Fallon sidesteps, only for Tiffany to block the hip toss. Tiffany scoops and SLAMS Fallon, then drags Fallon up to reel her in and whip to a corner. Handspring clothesline! Tiffany didn’t do it the cleanest, but she still blows a kiss before hitting the COMPLETE SHOT! Cover, Tiffany wins!
Winner: Tiffany Stratton, by pinfall
The “Buff Barbie” has a successful debut, but will she make Daddy proud as she starts her journey for gold?
Tony D’Angelo speaks.
“Petey Poppins, I warned you. I told you, when I put my fingers in your face, I mean business. Not like these other clowns, stunatz, in NXT who act tough. But you, oh you, you had to find out the hard way.” So Tony introduced Pete to his little friend. He loved the sound of the crowbar breaking Dunne’s hand. Watch it back in slow-mo like he did with the family. And Dunne’s face, the look of pain, the look of a man who shouldn’t have messed with Tony D. Tony’s grandfather, Junior, always told him, when you find a bully, smash him in the face, and they never come back. So maybe Dunne should take that advice and never come back. Or the beating Tony gives him will be a whole lot worse.
Wade Barrett is in the ring.
The NXT North American and Cruiserweight Championships are on the desk as Barrett announces that for New Year’s Evil, two men enter this ring as champions, and only one man will walk out. Tonight, they’ll make this match-up official. Please welcome the “leader of the Diamond Mine,” the Cruiserweight Champion, Roderick Strong! Strong enters, along with Malcom Bivens and the rest of Diamond Mine behind him. Strong sits with the Cruiserweight title on one end of the table, and Bivens says, “So, here we are. And backstage, I didn’t see Trick Williams. I didn’t see the self-proclaimed A Champion of NXT, Carmelo Hayes.”
But Bivens gets it! Gas prices are high, so the brothers couldn’t afford to make it.” Bivens understands. He doesn’t have that problem, but he understands. Strong would never put himself in that situation, though. But then here comes Melo & Trick! Trick says, “Whoa, whoa, whoa.” Bivens needs to get out of the way while grown men are talking. “Hey, Roddy, I just spoke with the A Champion, and we just decided to call you the B Champion. Cuz you won’t be champion for much longer.” The bigger, badder champion is going to beat Strong, take that belt from him, and unify those belts.
Trick and Melo get in the ring, and Trick says, “In other words, next Tuesday, you can strap up those boots and make the ring talk, but you’ve never been bout it bout it.” What? BIvens will do his best to translate for Diamond Mine, Wade and the fans. Trick said Strong is a second tier champion, and at New Year’s Evil, Strong will be unable to unify his championship with Melo’s. And that Trick will put on boots and stomp Strong until there is a substantial amount of rain. Wow that was the best one yet. Then tell Trick, Strong will kick his ass. “Roderick Strong said, ‘Ey, bruh! If you come at the king, you best not miss!'”
Around here, this is Strong’s block! If you want some, come get some!! Right now, you are out numbered! Fans are fired up but Trick says, “Outnumbered?!” Trick ain’t ever outnumbered! He’s 6’4″, 235, with eight abs, three chains, two women, and two feet! Bivens, do the math! Bivens doesn’t get paid enough to translate all this jive, he ain’t doin’ this. Barrett restores order, he has no clue what anyone is going on about! He’s lost! So let’s get this to business. Barrett wants to hear from the champions. Melo takes his seat and Barrett gives him a turn to speak.
“Roderick Strong, when I say I shoot, and I don’t miss, that’s not a catchphrase. That’s a lifestyle. Cuz I got aim like Denzel in The Equalizer, and Roddy, don’t play with me, because I will put you on a T-shirt.” If Strong takes a look at the guys he’s laid to rest, the difference between Strong and them, “is not a damn thing.” Melo takes what he wants, and next week, he is taking that Cruiserweight Championship by any means necessary to unify both titles and truly be THE A CHAMPION of NXT! Because he IS the most scintillating champion in NXT. “And that’s all it is, and that’s all it’s ever gonna be.” Bivens best Melo doesn’t even know how to spell scintillating.
Strong applauds, and says, “Bravo, Melo, bravo. The fact that you actually said that to my face is extremely impressive.” But Strong wants him to understand something. As much potential Melo has, New Year’s Evil will be life-changing for them both. For Strong, it’ll be the greatest night of his career when he unifies these titles and walks out a TWO-TIME North American Champion! And for Melo, he’ll be carried out and be forever known as, “Humbled Hayes.” And that is all it’s gonna be! Barrett says the time for talking is over. Time to sign on the dotted line! Strong is offered the contract first, and he signs right away. Then he passes it over to Melo, and Melo signs his part.
The contract gets thrown around a little more, but it is official! Melo gets heated, the table is pushed around, and Barrett gets out of the ring. Things stay civil but Bivens has the music cut out. Trick, y’know what’s bout it bout it? Lumis whooping your ass! Trick turns around and tells Bivens he’s sick of his mouth. Bivens better mind his mouth! But Bivens mockingly asks, “Can’t we all just get along?” But then Trick turns around into a DOUBLE SPINEBUSTER through the table from the Creed Brothers! Melo is furious but he can’t do anything about it! Will he just have to make Strong pay when they go belt for belt on New Year’s Evil?
Four tag teams, one goal: The NXT Tag Team Championships!
The Grizzled Young Veterans, The Creed Brothers, Josh Briggs & Brooks Jensen, and Jacket Time, are all competing for their shot at the titles! GYV’s Zack Gibson says the NXT Tag Division has become more competitive than ever, and Briggs says the best talent is right here. The Creed Brothers and Jacket Time add that they all dream of being champions. Gibson & Drake claim to be the best bar none, but Julius & Brutus say it is their destiny to be champions. Brooks quotes Mike Tyson, “Everybody’s got a game plan, until they get popped in the mouth.” You probably thought they were just some bar hopping, beer drinking, ass kickers. Well you’re right! And they will become champions!
But Kushida & Jiro says they will be the next champions! After winning against these three, they’re coming for Imperium! These four times are heading on a collision course, who comes out of it with golden tickets in their hands?
Solo Sikoa VS Santos Escobar w/ Legado Del Fantasma!
The Street Champion of the Island stepped into a mess and the Emperor of Lucha wants to take his frustrations out on him! But will Solo get the biggest win in his undefeated streak yet? Or will El Hijo del Fantasma use Solo to send a message to Xyon Quinn?
The bell rings and the two circle. Solo has his dukes up, and Escobar avoids his testing kick. They circle, tie up, and Solo powers Escobar to ropes. Escobar turns it around, the ref counts the ropebreak, and Escobar lets off to CHOP! Solo doesn’t even flinch! Escobar still grins as they two circle again. They tie up, Escobar waistlocks, but Solo resists the lift to throw some elbows. Escobar avoids those, rolls Solo up, but Solo gets away. Escobar says Solo can’t keep up with him, and they circle again. They tie up, Escobar waistlocks to flip but Solo stays up. Escobar avoids the stomp, and now Solo grins at how close that was.
Solo and Escobar reset again, circle, and tie up. Escobar wrenches, hammerlocks, but Solo powers his way around. Escobar has the hammerlock for a double wristlock now, but Solo gets a leg for a takedown. Escobar gets away, they go again, and Escobar shoots in to get a leg and a takedown, then a facelock. Escobar floats all around, chinlocks and shoots the half, but Solo fights up with Escobar as a backpack. Escobar shifts to get the arm for a cording hold, and it’s like a modified octopus hold! But Solo hip tosses out hard! Fans rally for Solo, Escobar gets up and they tie up again. Escobar wrenches, has the wristlock, but Solo powers up.
Solo blocks the whip to reverse it, and back elbow in the corner! Solo keeps moving to CLOBBER Escobar down! Solo gets Escobar up, scoops and SLAMS, then runs to drop the headbutt! Cover, TWO! Solo stalks Escobar but Escobar bails out. Solo pursues, throws a BIG right hand, then sees Wilde and Mendoza creep up. They back off, Escobar DOUBLE KNEES Solo into the post! Escobar then RAMS Solo into the apron, and he soaks up all the cheers and jeers as NXT goes to break.
NXT returns and Escobar has Solo down in a motorcycle stretch. Solo endures, fans rally and duel, and Solo fights up. Escobar shifts to facelock but Solo breaks free to fire off haymakers and CHOPS! Solo gets Escobar up to whip him to ropes, but Escobar hooks Solo up for a RUSSIAN LEG SWEEP! Body scissors to the sunset flip, TWO! Solo flounders away but fans rally up. Escobar stalks Solo, gets him up to shove and CLUB in the back! Escobar then dropkicks Solo into the ropes! Escobar stomps away at the ropes but the ref counts and Escobar stops at 4. Escobar talks trash on Solo, has a cocky cover, ONE! Escobar fires off kicks, then gets a leg for a deep Half Crab!
Solo endures as Escobar uses his body weight to keep the leg bend. Solo crawls, reaches out, and gets the ROPEBREAK! Fans rally, Escobar lets off, and Escobar aims to basement dropkick Solo right down! Cover, ONE!! Escobar is surprised, but he goes right for the FUJIWARA ARMBAR! Solo endures, fans rally and duel, and Escobar keeps on that arm, all the way to a cover, TWO! Solo is frustrating Escobar with that toughness, but Escobar eggs Solo on. “Fight me! Fight me like a man!” Escobar JABS, then kicks low! Escobar calls for Three Amigos already, but Solo stops him at uno! Solo suplexes and TOSSES Escobar, then DECKS him!
Solo rallies on Escobar, gets him up and fires off hands in the corner! Solo throws knees, whips Escobar to ropes, then gets Escobar up for a SAMOAN DROP! Fans fire up as Solo runs to drop the SENTON! Solo is all fired up and he waits for Escobar to get to a corner. Wilde gets on the apron but Solo DECKS him! And he DECKS Mendoza! But Escobar CHOP BLOCKS Solo’s leg! Escobar puts Solo up top, climbs up and whistles, SUPER STEINER! Escobar swaggers about, even with a little bit of blood in his nose. But wait, Xyon Quinn has appeared! So Escobar DIVES out to take him down! Escobar fires off on Quinn, not even giving Elektra a chance to talk to him!
Escobar says Lopez is la familia, just forget Quinn! But he gets in the ring to get a SUPERKICK from Solo! Solo goes up top, for the SPLASH!! Cover, Solo wins!
Winner: Solo Sikoa, by pinfall
And still undefeated! Quinn may not have gotten an answer from Lopez, but he still got one over on Escobar! But then, what will Lopez choose?
Backstage with McKenzie Mitchell.
She’s certain we’re all wondering who faces Mandy Rose for the NXT Women’s Championship at New Year’s Evil. The tag team match determines that later tonight! Plus, the title unification of North American VS Cruiserweight Champions, the Six Man Tag of Imperium VS MSK & Riddle, and then the phenomenal showdown of AJ Styles and Grayson Waller. And after the break, NXT looks closely at the New Year’s Evil main event, the NXT Championship match of Tommaso Ciampa VS Bron Breakker.
Wait, something’s going down in the parking lot!
There’s someone on the roof! Wait, it’s Harland and Joe Gacy with Chase’s prized student!! Harland drops the student safely on the roof, but he has made his point. If he can come that close to throwing someone off the top of the CWC, what will stop him from destroying every opponent he has in the ring?
NXT Media catches up with Solo Sikoa.
They congratulate him on his big win over Escobar, but what’s next? Anyone else that wants to get this work. BOA attacks! And he’s in full Tian Sha mode! He’s choking the life out of Solo, even as refs try to get him to stop! Boa goes after the CAMERAMAN! Security gets out there and Boa transforms back into himself! He doesn’t even realize what he’s done! Is there anything that can save Boa’s soul from the darkness within?
NXT takes a look at Ciampa VS Breakker II.
Halloween Havoc was just two months ago, but when Bron Breakker was supposed to become NXT Champion, no one told Tommaso Ciampa. The Psycho Killer showed the second generation star no mercy, and he “exposed” Bron. Bron says he made one simple mistake and it was all over. Failure taught Bron a lesson that he will not forget, and a mistake he will not make again. WarGames was a stepping stone towards Bron becoming champion. Bron took the win for Team 2.0, and Ciampa says Bron gained just a bit of confidence. But don’t mistake one battle for the war. The title is the war, and Ciampa hit back hard. Ciampa says Bron is not ready to be champion.
Bron says he’s coming for the title! He could’ve pulverized Ciampa again, but he chose not to. New Year’s Evil, blood is in the water, and Bron is going to be the shark that eats the Blackheart Ciampa alive! But is carnage going to be enough to stop the champion?
Malik Blade VS Von Wagner!
The hometown hero said a win is a win, but #ViciousVon looks to make an example out of him! Will Wagner get back on track by cutting down Blade?
The bell rings, Malik rushes in, but Von RAMS him right into a corner! Von rams his shoulder in more and more, then lets off as the ref counts. Von hauls Malik right back up to RAM into another corner! Von throws back elbows, then lets off as the ref counts. Malik throws forearms back, only for Von to knee him low! Von CLUBS Malik, whips him to ropes, but Malik dodges the boot to wrench, mule kick and SUPERKICK! Malik runs, into a pop-up TOSS! Robert Stone is watching backstage and likes what he sees as Von stomps and kicks Malik down. Von CLUBS Malik, drags him back up and CLUBS him again!
Fans boo, Malik shoves but Von stomps Malik again. Von gut wrenches and TOSSES Malik across the ring! Von looms over Malik, Malik throws back elbows but Von reels him in for a short arm LARIAT! Von soaks up the heat, whips but Malik fires off forearms in return! Malik gets around the one lariat but Von CLOBBERS him on the return! Malik flounders to a corner, Von runs in, but Malik elbows him back! Malik holds ropes as Von tries to bring him out, and Malik throws more elbows. Malik fires off forearms, but Von shoves. Malik ducks and dodges to dropkick! And dropkick again! Fans fire up as Malik goes to a corner! Malik springboards in, CROSSBODY!
Malik fires up and the fans are with him! Stone isn’t liking this, but Malik runs in, into Von’s LIFTING FLAT LINER! Von then gets Malik up, but Malik sunset flips through the bomb! TWO!! Von almost makes the same mistake as last week! Von hauls Malik up, OLYMPIC SLAM!! Von roars, drags Malik up to double underhooks, BUTTERFLY SLAM! Cover, Von wins!
Winner: Von Wagner, by pinfall
A win is a win, and Von did get this win. But he isn’t satisfied with it! He drags Malik up, but Enofe makes the save! Von is furious, but will he go another round with the Excellence of Execution soon enough?
Cora Jade & Raquel Gonzalez VS Kay Lee Ray & Io Shirai!
Mandy Rose “graciously” gave her sidekicks the night off so that the four that beat them at WarGames could have it out! And now, the plan for New Year’s Evil could change as easy as 1-2-3! Will #GenerationJade and Big Mami Cool keep things the way they were? Or will the Scary Queen of Scots and Evil Genius of the Sky both be a match away from having gold again?
The teams sort out and Shirai starts against Jade. They tie up, Shirai waistlocks but Jade elbows. Shirai avoids it then pie faces her. Jade swing but into Shirai’s knee! Shirai whips, Jade reverses but Shirai goes up and around and Jade runs into buckles. Jade comes back, tilt-o-whirls and headscissors, but Shirai handsprings through! Fans cheer and Shirai wags her finger. Jade runs back in but into a FLAPJACK! Shirai kips up, brings Jade up, but Jade kicks back. Jade then blocks a kick, trips Shirai, then rolls her up to a headlock. Shirai powers out, Jade blocks hip toss to arm-drag and lateral press, TWO!
Shirai sidesteps but Jade goes up the ropes to FLYING RANA! Jade runs to SHINING WIZARD Shirai against ropes, and Raquel tags in. Jade snapmares Shirai for Raquel’s BOOT! Cover, TWO! Raquel gets Shirai up, knuckle locks and wrenches to then lift Shirai with one arm! But Shirai slips around to sunset flip! Raquel stays up, drags Shirai up and throws her to the corner! KLR tags in and fans fire up. KLR dodges to CHOP and CHOP and CHOP! Raquel shoves KLR but KLR kicks back! KLR whips but Raquel blocks! KLR dodges one clothesline but not the LEFT! Tag to Jade, and Raquel trophy lifts her. But Shirai dropkicks Raquel down and Jade lands on KLR’s knees!
Raquel bails out, Shirai and KLR coordinate. KLR goes up and up and SWANTONS Raquel down! Shirai then goes to the apron to ASAI MOONSAULT! Raquel’s down again and fans fire up as NXT goes picture in picture.
Shirai and KLR are getting along well now and KLR goes back to Jade. Jade throws a body shot but KLR CLUBS her down. KLR cravats and neck wrenches Jade. Jade endures, throws body shots, but KLR throws knees. KLR snapmares, tags Shirai, and SHirai runs to basement dropkick Jade in the back! Cover, TWO! Shirai keeps cool, drags Jade up, and scoops to SLAM Jade down! Shirai hadnstands to drop knees on Jade, then covers, TWO! Jade is showing that toughness but Shirai bumps her off buckles. Tag to KLR, KLR snapmares Jade, then grabs the arms for a motorcycle stretch! Jade endures, Raquel and the fans rally up, and Jade fights up to her feet!
But KLR throws Jade down by her hair! KLR stomps Jade, and keeps her from Raquel with a straddle attack! KLR drags Jade up, suplexes for the GOURD BUSTER! Cover, TWO! Jade is still in this as NXT returns to single picture! KLR stays between Jade and Raquel, fans rally up but KLR CLUBS Jade down. KLR drags Jade up, scoops her and SLAMS her, then brings her around to get the leg. KLR SMASHES the knee, then has the leg again for a HALF CRAB! KLR sits on it deep and Jade endures! Raquel coaches Jade, fans rally up, and Jade crawls forward for the ropes. Jade reaches out, but KLR drags her back and sits even deeper!
Jade still endures, even as KLR pulls that leg way back! KLR can’t hold it any longer so she lets Jade go, to stand her up and turn her around. Gory Especial, but Jade pops free to sunset flip! TWO, and KLR CLOBBERS Jade! KLR drags Jade up, whips her, but Jade reverses to send KLR into a corner! But KLR comes back to ROCK Jade! Tag to Shirai, and Shirai clubs while KLR CLUBS Jade. KLR snap suplexes Jade down, then runs to DECK Raquel! Shirai is up top, but Raquel goes around to get Jade out of the ring! KLR DIVES and takes Raquel out! Shirai aims at Jade as she slowly rises, and Shirai runs in to basement dropkick Jade down!
Jade crawls to ropes, Shirai runs to 619! Jade staggers up, into a missile dropkick! Cover, TWO! Jade is showing us that same heart from WarGames, and she avoids Shinkansen! Hot tag to KLR, she gets Jade’s leg but Jade ENZIGURIS! KLR flops against ropes, Jade crawls for her corner! Hot tag to Ricky Desperado! Raquel fires off on KLR, then reels her in to lift, ALLEY OOP into the ropes! KLR staggers into a LARIAT! Raquel drags KLR back up, puts her in a corner and scoops to FALL AWAY SLAM! Raquel drags KLR around more, puts her in a drop zone and goes up top! VADER SENTON! Fans are fired up with Raquel, and she drags KLR back up, but KLR SUPERKICKS!
KLR SUPERKICKS into a CHINGONA BOMB!! Jade tags in but Raquel is confused! Jade warns her about Shirai! Raquel catches Shirai to TOSS her! Jade covers KLR, but Raquel breaks it?! They’re on the same team! Raquel says SHE has to do it, but then KLR SHOVES them into each other! O’Conner Roll, but Raquel pushes it back and Jade has the cover! Jade and Raquel win!
Winners: Cora Jade & Raquel Gonzalez, by pinfall (going to New Year’s Evil)
But they’re back to arguing about who gets the finish! They’re going to be going to New Year’s Evil either way, and Mandy says, “Well, well, well. Congratulations, ladies, I’m shocked. You may have won, but let me tell you something. Your selfish desires for my NXT Women’s Championship will be your downfall.” That’s why she made a Triple Threat! These two are so consumed of taking the title off Mandy, she’ll just erase them both from the picture as quickly as 1-2-3. See you at New Year’s Evil. Mandy kisses the belt, but will she be kissing it good-bye in one week?
A really good NXT and a great go-home to New Year’s Evil next week. We got a good vignette to recap and build Ciampa VS Breakker, but the math doesn’t change on that match. I think this is Bron’s moment, because it’ll be the New Year, and him losing twice to Ciampa would just eliminate him from the running. I love that we’re getting MSK & Riddle VS Imperium in a Six Man Tag, that is going to be awesome. But we also got a promo vignette from the other four tag teams in the running, so clearly those four teams will have a contender’s match of some sort to determine who faces the winner of Imperium VS MSK. Personally, Imperium VS Jacket Time could be a lot of fun just on the multilingual promos.
Waller opening was a logical move with how they’re really building this guy up. He gets to reference his time on Raw, he has a really good match with Odyssey Jones, and then Styles has a challenge for a New Year’s Evil match. Styles VS Waller will be very good, maybe the opening match to liven things up. Waller will surely cheat to win, I can’t see them having a RawDown guy burying a 2.0 guy outright. And I have a feeling LA Knight returns after to get revenge on Waller. Tiffany Stratton had a decent debut against Fallon Henley (FKA Tesha Price), but now hiding her face during her vignettes makes no sense. There was no “OH NO, what’s on her face?!” swerve, so why hide who this was?
Tony D’Angelo had a decent promo to follow up last week, I hope Dunne comes back to brutalize him in return and we get a No Disqualification match. I like that there was a lot of story intertwining with Quinn, Legado, Solo and Boa. Quinn puts out his ultimatum to Elektra, then distracts Escobar so that Solo can win and stay undefeated, but then Boa goes berserk and attacks Solo. Great editing on that Boa bit, too. And while his name is “Solo,” I hope Solo and Quinn team up to take on Legado or even Escobar and Boa together. Wagner has good story going with Edris Enofe and Robert Stone. Malik gave Wagner a really good match, Enofe makes the save, maybe that’s another tag match with Wagner and Stone against Malik and Enofe.
Harland not facing Kendrick tonight was a big bummer. I wanted to see Kendrick’s return, but they didn’t even so much as kayfabe what happened to Kendrick past Gacy’s spin of Kendrick chickening out. Chase was a great replacement, though, and we still don’t have a full name for Chase’s star pupil but what a strong swerve there where we think he’s going to be thrown off a building, only to be spared. I hope Kendrick shows up to have that match with Harland, or at least a brawl with Harland during New Year’s Evil to set up a match the week after. Of course, the Cruiserweight Division is being put out of its misery, so Kendrick returning would be moot anyway.
The contract signing of Strong and Hayes was a bit of a mess but perhaps in a good way. Strong has his fight camp posse with him, Melo just has Trick, the promos were good, I just weep for what Vince has done to the Cruiserweight Division again. He killed it years ago with Hornswoggle being the last champion, now he’s killed it again by having it fuse with the North American Championship. The only thing that saves it is if there’s a draw and neither champion gets the other champion’s title, but Vince sure as hell ain’t booking that, he clearly wants there to only be one midcard belt and nothing else.
We got a great story out of the women’s title tonight. Mandy pulls a great Heel move pitting all her enemies against each other, but I think it’s also to cover for Gigi & Jacy not being in fighting shape. And I mean that in both health, in that they’re still sore from WarGames, and also in them needing to sharpen their skills (mostly Jacy on that one). KLR & Shirai made a great team, I almost want KLR to replace Zoey Stark so that “Team Scary Evil Geniuses” can take those titles from Gigi & Jacy and add some drama to the story of Shirai and Stark.
Meanwhile, Cora & Raquel were of course winning to keep the advertised match on the card, but the finish just seemed sloppy. Why did they have to argue about who gets the cover to win? They both go to the Triple Threat, so they could just edit out the arguing, Raquel still plays defense and boom, they win. I get they wanted to plant the seed of dysfunction to go with Mandy’s closing promo, but there were other ways to get there that are far more traditional in pro-wrestling.
My Score: 8.3/10
Andrew’s IMPACT Results & Match Ratings: 2.2.2023
Impact has a new number one contender, a few new signings and setting up for No Surrender. Lets see what happens tonight!
We’re coming off of Rich Swann becoming the number one contender, Joe Hendry creating another banger of a parody song and Bully Ray…being more like Bitchy Ray.
Also lets not overlook the fact that Dirty Dango officially signed with IMPACT as well. Which may not be huge, but with the current addition of Santino Marella, Dango being involved in storylines for the foreseeable; there could be some good comedy in store.
There we go, a bunch of stuff got set in motion; but we could always see some interesting wrinkles or just straight forward boredom. Only one way to find out! BUT FIRST! Raven is getting The Flock back together…maybe?
— IMPACT (@IMPACTWRESTLING) February 3, 2023
- Bullet Club (Ace & Bey) vs Kevin Knight & Kushida: Ace & Bey win via 1-2-Sweet – ***
- Gisele Shaw w/Jai Vidal vs Savannah Evans: Gisele wins via Denouement – ** 1/4
- Crazzy Steve w/ Black Taurus vs Sheldon Jean: Steve wins via King Kill 33 – N/A
- Johnny Swinger w/Zicky Dice vs Kenny King: Kenny wins via Royal Flush – N/A
- The Design (Kon, Deaner, Angels & Callihan) vs Josh Alexander, Frankie Kazarian, Yuya Uemura & Rich Swann: Callihan wins via Cactus Driver ’97 – ** 1/2
Bullet Club (Ace & Bey) vs Kevin Knight & Kushida
As much as I like Ace & Bey, a part of me would like MCMG versus Kushida and his new partner.
Early on its just counters, posing to the crowd and getting themselves over until Bey manages to sweep the leg, slingshot over the top rope for a stomp and take over a little. Knight manages to avoid a corner move, one legged Springboard Body Press, Jumping Frog Splash, and then a quick tag to Kushida. Some tandem moves from Kushida and Knight as Knight continues to mix it up with Bey.
Ace distracts Knight before the Springboard and Bey meets him in midair with a Dropkick and gets Ace in for some tandem offense and then Ace starts setting the pace. Double Arm Wringer into a tandem Back Rake. Then they wrestle Knight to the ground and keep him down for another Back Rake. Ace continues to set the pace and keep Knight mostly on the receiving end, until Knight rolls out of a lift, Ricky to Robert roll, Kushida gets the hot tag and starts clearing the ring. Bey tries Art of Finesse, Kushida catches him in a Flying Armbar but Bey turns it into a Cradle to get Kushida to break.
Electric Chair from Kushida, but before Knight can hit his Dropkick, Ace slides in and catches Knight on his back. Chicken Fight before Kushida and Knight finally hit their Tandem move but Ace makes the save. Ace wipes out Kushida, Knight forces Ace out, tries to go for a Plancha, but Bey was crotched on the top rope. As Knight tries to Plancha, Bey hits a Cutter out of nowhere on the apron. Ace sees the opening, 1-2-Sweet for the win!
— IMPACT (@IMPACTWRESTLING) February 3, 2023
Steph De Lander video package…that’s a pretty decent grab for IMPACT.
Gisele Shaw w/Jai Vidal vs Savannah Evans
Gisele faces off with Savannah and slaps her in the face a few times and refuses to back down. Savannah of course fires back, but when Gisele gets violent is when she’s at her best. After a big toss, Gisele powders, confers with Jai and the commercial kicks in. When we get back, Gisele has the advantage. But Savannah takes the short arm pull in, Side Slam for effect and distance.
Now they start trading strikes, that Savannah wins that war. A few short Lariats, Samoan Drop, and Gisele is reeling. Retreats to the corner, tries to stop Savannah with the Back Elbow, but eats a Spinebuster when she tries to continue. Fisherman’s Suplex Hold from Savannah for 2, Full Nelson Slam attempt, but Jai hits the apron and tries to seduce the referee as a distraction. Gisele hits the Denouement (Knee Strike) for the win.
The crowd is actively booing Gisele, but she powers through for her promo. It wasn’t great, but I’ll give her some credit for pushing through.
— IMPACT (@IMPACTWRESTLING) February 3, 2023
Crazzy Steve w/ Black Taurus vs Sheldon Jean
Sheldon Jean continues the arrogance, though he’s a nobody enhancement talent. It would be nice if some of these enhancement talent wrestlers didn’t all have that same arrogant persona. We all know Steve is going to win, this is just a storytelling tool to probably add to the Trey Miguel stuff.
Steve is entertaining, but this match is more predictable than most things. He hits King Kill 33, but apparently it’s called Belladonna’s Kiss now. Trey jumps Taurus, tries to spray paint Steve, but Steve bites him and spray paints himself causing Trey to powder out of confusion/fear.
Bully comes out to complain as has been his thing the last few weeks. But thankfully Mickie returns the favor from last week and interrupts Bully. Verbal jabs, Bully Ray insults Mickie, Mickie slaps him, Bully slams her and calls in the Good Hands to get the tables. Tommy Dreamer makes a save with a kendo stick. Good Hands vs Mickie & Tommy next week.
— IMPACT (@IMPACTWRESTLING) February 3, 2023
Oh good, this is exactly what I wanted from a few weeks ago! Kelly and Taylor will be a great team.
Johnny Swinger w/Zicky Dice vs Kenny King
Some goofy posturing and general Swinger antics. Eddy Gordo kick into Royal Flush, and Kenny gets the obvious win.
Bully has a segment in the back with Masha, and it seems like he’s a little smitten while he was trying to just manipulate her emotions to pick up the pieces after or during the tag match next week.
Cardona and Myers try to make their own diss track song…and it was awful. It was supposed to be bad, and yes, it achieved that. It was like Miz and Morrison, without comedic talent.
The Design (Kon, Deaner, Angels & Callihan) vs Josh Alexander, Frankie Kazarian, Yuya Uemura & Rich Swann
Deaner barks at Callihan to start against Swann, then commands him to tag out, and a multi-man match is always a little bit of everyone gets moments. So its just odd that the heel team will be dictated by Deaner to a degree. Uemura comes in second and he reminds me so much of a young Tanahashi its crazy. Deaner calls for the tag and squares off against Josh now.
An attempted jumping in the corner, but Josh gets space and it turns into all 8 men in at once. Josh goes right after Kon and tries to assert his dominance on the “power” of The Design. After the commercial, Uemura gets rocked but Kaz saves him with a blind tag and hits some of his classic moves on Angels and Callihan. Swann comes in but Deaner and Kon manage to ground Swann and put the momentum back in the hands on The Design.
Some stupid spots take away a little from the match while Swann is getting worked over. Swann slaps his leg when he eats a Dropkick from Angels, then tries to Leapfrog Deaner and jump to his corner, Deaner grabs him away but it just looks silly and like it was never going to work to begin with. Its the optime of doing too much and hurting the match. Josh eventually gets a hot tag, tags a square off with Kon, throws him around and King Kong Knee drops Kon. Ankle Lock gives the near fall but Kon kicks off, Uemura tags himself in, Callihan gets the tag, is about to finish off Uemura; but Deaner stops the Thumbs Up – so Josh breaks up the offense and we get all 8 men pulls off high impact moves.
Cactus Driver attempt, Uemura hits the Enzuigiri to stun Callihan. Goes to the top, Deaner trips Uemura, Cactus Driver ’97 wins the match.
Overall Score: 5/10
This was a weird episode. The only match worth watching was the opening tag match, the rest were predictable, boring or just had dumb spots in them. Backstage segments however, those were pretty great. The problem though, is they built off of either inside jokes, old WCW knowledge or not shutting off cringe immediately.
So while I loved the Raven & Reese segment, Kelly & Taylor, and found some amusement in the Cardona stuff…its really subjective and not exactly friendly to an uninitiated viewer. We got an episode that catered to already existing fans, which isn’t how to grow a brand.
Even though I enjoyed things for the most part, this was a lame episode from the perspective of retaining new eyes.
Mitchell’s AEW Dynamite Results & Report! (2/1/23)
Dynamite is No Holds Barred!
Will Darby Allin still be the Relentless TNT Champion?
Samoa Joe wants the AEW TNT Championship back, but he knows Darby Allin is relentless. Tonight on Dynamite, they go NO HOLDS BARRED for the gold! Will Joe once again be the King of Television?
- Jon Moxley VS Hangman Page; Moxley wins.
- The Acclaimed w/ Billy Gunn VS Truth Magnum & Turbo Floyd; The Acclaimed wins.
- Brian Cage w/ Prince Nana VS Konosuke Takeshita; Takeshita wins.
- Bryan Danielson VS Timothy Thatcher; Bryan wins.
- AEW TBS Championship: Jade Cargill w/ Leila Grey VS Red Velvet; Cargill wins and retains the title.
- AEW TNT Championship No Holds Barred: Darby Allin w/ Sting VS Samoa Joe; wins and
PLAY BY PLAY
Jon Moxley w/ Wheeler Yuta VS Hangman Page!
The Maniac and the Cowboy go for their tiebreaker as Dynamite is in Dayton, Ohio! Will Ohio’s own knock this one out of the park like he did before? Or will there be some serious #CowboySh*t going down in Dayton?
Not only does Moxley have the Decoder by his side, he has his dad, Dan! Hangman makes his entrance next, and Moxley goes right after him! Moxley throws hands then whips Hangman into railing! The ref reprimands but Moxley sends Hangman into steel steps! Moxley throws hands, whips Hangman again and Hangman hits more railing hard! Fans fire up and the ref reprimands. Moxley just takes off his hoodie to CHOKE Hangman with it! Moxley TOSSES Hangman over the railing, and then he hops onto the railing! Dayton fires up, gives Moxley a hand, and Moxley FLYING AX HANDLES Hangman down!
Moxley brings Hangman up but Hangman throws hands! Hangman sits Moxley down, fires off more shots, then backs up. Hangman runs in to BOOT Moxley against railing! The ref reprimands, he wants this in the ring, but it isn’t a match yet so there’s no real repercussions. Hangman stalks Moxley along the way but Moxley kicks back. And CHOPS! Moxley trips Hangman then ties him up, FIGURE FOUR on the floor! Moxley and Hangman flip each other off but the ref still wants this in the ring. Hangman grabs someone’s beer and splashes Moxley with it! Moxley lets Hangman out of the hold, and then Hangman ROCKS Mox!
They go back to ringside, Moxley grabs a chair but Hangman CLUBS Moxley. But Moxley JAMS Hangman, tris him, and then drops an elbow on the leg! Moxley has a toehold, then he puts the chair around the leg! The ref reprimands but Moxley goes up the apron. The ref shouts at Moxley to not jump, but then Hangman gets free! Hangman CHUCKS the chair at Moxley’s head!! Moxley goes down and fans fire up! The ref reprimands again and wants this to get in the ring. Moxley is dazed, but Hangman drags him around, to suplex onto the chair! Hangman drags Moxley up and puts him in the ring, but he also brings the chair!
The ref stops Hangman, so Hangman leaves the chair behind. The bell finally rings, and Hangman runs in to forearm Moxley! Moxley hits back, they go back and forth! Moxley’s eyebrow is already busted open, but he keeps throwing shots. Hangman gets the edge, HEADBUTTS, then whips. Moxley reverses to dropkick the legs out! Moxley looms over Hangman, drags him into the INDIAN DEATHLOCK! Hangman endures, keeps his shoulders off the mat, but fans rally behind Moxley. Hangman drags himself back, reaches out, and gets the ROPEBREAK! The ref counts, Moxley lets Hangman go at 3.
Moxley brings Hangman up but Hangman gets around to GERMAN SUPLEXES! Moxley snarls but the blood is getting into his eye. Hangman DECKS Moxley and has him at the ropes. Hangman brings Moxley up, fans boo but Hangman CHOPS! Moxley flounders and falls and fans start dueling. Hangman stalks Moxley, sits him up, and he starts raining down fists right on the bloody eyebrow! Mox fans boo but Hangman fans are fired up for the “COWBOY SH*T!” Hangman wipes Moxley’s blood off on his chest, but then turns around into a CHOP! Moxley eggs Hangman on and Hangman CHOPS back!
Moxley CHOPS, Hangman CHOPS, fans “WOO~!” for the CHOP fight! Moxley shifts to boxing elbows, then runs, but Hangman catches the crossbody! FALL AWAY SLAM! Fans are torn while Moxley goes to the apron. Hangman runs, triangle jumps, but Moxley LARIATS first! Moxley drags Hangman up and to the apron, then turns Hangman, for a SLEEPER! The ref reprimands and wants this in the ring, but Hangman claws the bloody eyebrow! Moxley turns Hangman around, reels him in, but Hangman resists the lift! Hangman tries to lift, Moxley resists, and then Moxley lifts! Hangman fights that and lifts again, but Moxley still fights!
Both men are fighting for control, and Hangman fireman’s carries! To SNAKE EYES Moxley off the post! Moxley falls to the floor and Dynamite goes picture in picture!
The ref checks Moxley but he’s somehow okay to continue. Hangman goes over to fetch Moxley, and whips him into railing! Hangman ROCKS Moxley with haymakers as the bloody eyebrow becomes a crimson mask. Hangman refreshes the count, goes back to Moxley and CHOPS him! Moxley gets in Hangman’s face so Hangman CHOPS again! Moxley CHOPS and CHOPS and CHOPS, but Hangman DECKS him! Hangman snarls, looms over Moxley, and then drags him back up. Hangman puts Moxley in the ring, and rains down more fists on that bloody eyebrow! Moxley falls over, but Hangman gets the wrists!
Hangman sits Moxley up, for a DRAGON STOMP, but Moxley blocks! Moxley throws Hangman to a corner and fires off forearms and CHOPS on repeat! Moxley then hoists Hangman up top, climbs up after him, and CLAWS Hangman’s back, painfully slow! Then he CLAWS and BITES Hangman’s back, before blowing a kiss to the fans. But Hangman throws body shots in return! Dynamite returns to single picture as Hangman BITES Moxley’s forehead! Hangman then slips under Moxley to fireman’s carry him on the second rope! SUPER DEATH VALLEY DRIVER!! Cover, TWO!! Moxley survives and fans are fired up!
Fans duel as Hangman sits up. Hangman scowls while Moxley sits up. Moxley eggs Hangman on so Hangman kicks him! And BOOTS him! Hangman tells Moxley to stay down but he refuses. Moxley sits up, so Hangman BOOTS him! Moxley sits up to SLAP Hangman, and flips him off! Hangman is fuming, but he runs into a CUTTER! A standing count starts, fans count along as Moxley and Hangman stir. They sit up at 5 of 10, and Moxley throws a haymaker. Hangman throws it back, so Moxley gives another,. They go back and forth, Hangman wobbles but he CHOPS! Moxley CHOPS! Hangman forearms! Moxley forearms back!
Moxley eggs Hangman on, Hangman staggers over and CHOPS again! Moxley KICKS a leg, KICKS Hangman’s arm, then KICKS him again! Moxley ducks the haymaker to get the SLEEPER! Hangman shifts to SAIDO! But Moxley’s right up! SAIDO!! Hangman ends up in a corner and fans say “This is Awesome!” Moxley puts Hangman up top, climbs up after him, and hits a SUPER HALF HATCH SUPLEX!! Cover, TWO!! Moxley immediately rains down the HAMMER ‘N’ ANVIL ELBOWS! Then he clamps on a SLEEPER! Hangman endures as Moxley shifts to a BULLY CHOKE! Hangman pushes around, so Moxley shifts to get the wrists! DRAGON STOMPS!!
Moxley then drags Hangman up into the underhooks! But Hangman fights Death Rider! So Moxley rolls Hangman to an ARMBAR! Hangman endures, moves around, and reaches out to the ROPEBREAK! The ref counts and Moxley lets go at 4. Hangman crawls to a corner, fans rally up, and Moxley says this is it! Moxley runs in but Hangman TOSSES him up and out! Moxley staggers up, Hangman goes up top! ARIHARA MOONSAULT but Moxley moves! And LARIATS!! Both men are down at the ramp and fans are thunderous! The ref checks both men, Moxley is up first while fans lose their minds.
Moxley goes to the timekeeper’s area and he clears off the table! Moxley drags Hangman over, reels him in, but Hangman resists the lift! Hangman Alabama Lifts but Moxley fights that. DOUBLE LARIATS hit! And again! Moxley runs in, POP-UP POWERBOMB THROUGH THE TABLE!! Fans lose their minds again while Hangman leaves Moxley behind in the ring. The ring count climbs to 5 of 10 before Moxley sits up. The count is 7! Then “OCHO!” Moxley stands at 9, and springs in at 9.9!! But into a LARIAT!! And then Alabama Lift, DEADEYE!!! Cover, TWO?!?! Moxley survives and no one can believe it!
Hangman kicks at Moxley, almost taunting him. Hangman goes to a corner while Moxley’s fans boo. Hangman runs in, but Moxley dodges the stomp to KING KONG LARIAT!! Fans are thunderous as both men stand again. Moxley eggs Hangman on, and Hangman stands. Moxley throws a forearm, so Hangman hits back! Moxley forearms again, but so does Hangman! Fans duel, the forearms fly faster, and then Hangman gets the edge! SUPERKICK! Hangman reels Moxley in, fisherman’s a leg, but Moxley fights the suplex! Hangman powers it through, FISHERMAN CRADLE DRIVER!! Cover, TWO!?!?!?
Hangman’s wild eyes say he can’t believe Moxley survived! Hangman goes to the apron, he aims at Moxley, slingshot for the BUCK- NO! DEATH- NO, Hangman blocks to scoop! TOMBSTONE PILEDRIVER!!! But Hangman doesn’t cover, he goes to the apron! Hangman loads up, for the BUCKSHOT!!! Cover, TWO!?!?!? HOW?!?! Moxley has survived all of Hangman’s best, but Hangman has the BULLY CHOKE!! Hangman pulls back on Moxley’s favorite hold! Moxley shifts, fights back up, and he snapmares into a cradle! MOXLEY WINS!!
Winner: Jon Moxley, by pinfall
Moxley just taught Hangman not to play games! Hangman is furious that he got caught like that, but the Blackpool Combat Club steps into the ring. Yuta and Claudio keep Hangman back but Moxley stands up. Moxley and Hangman get in each other’s face but the BCC keep them apart. Hangman flips Moxley off, and fans want to “LET THEM FIGHT!” Moxley and Hangman keep jawing, they get close but Claudio keeps them separate. Moxley mocks Hangman by lying down, giving Hangman a chance. Hangman mocks Moxley back by doing a quick burpie push-up. Claudio tells Hangman to go and cool off.
Moxley flips Hangman off as he leaves, and fans celebrate their home state hero. Will there be a fourth round out of these two to truly settle things?
AEW takes a look at tonight’s TNT Championship No Holds Barred main event!
Darby Allin tells Samoa Joe, “I knew when I took this from you in Seattle that you’d want it back. And I know you’d stop at nothing to have it back. Well, I’m gonna make things fair. You beat me in Texas, and you granted me my rematch in Seattle. So I’m granting you your rematch in Ohio. But I want it under one condition: No Holds Barred.” Samoa Joe told the “Little Dead Boy” that Joe is “coming to take back what’s mine. The King will not be usurped by a man like you.” Darby says if he walks out the winner, Joe doesn’t get another rematch. If Joe walks out the winner, Darby won’t get a rematch. This will be the final chapter of their feud! So who writes their happily ever after?
Backstage interview with Jamie Hayter, The Bunny, The Butcher & The Blade.
Renee Paquette is with the AEW Women’s World Champion, as well as the mercenary trio. Renee thanks them for agreeing to no physicality, and understands that Allie the Bunny requested this time. Bunny tells Hayter, they’re all very impressed by Hayter’s win over Emi Sakura on Rampage last Friday. Now, Bunny feels like Sakura outshined Hayter, but great win nonetheless. And Bunny knows Hayter isn’t the type to back down from a challenge, right? Right. So here’s a challenge: next week on Dynamite, Hayter VS Bunny in a Title Eliminator Match! What does Hayter say? Hayter says absolutely! She bloody loves a challenge, and next week, she’s free.
Renee says there’s something happening as we speak! They get it on the television screen nearby, and it’s Britt Baker being mugged by Saraya and Toni Storm!! Bunny is shocked and Hayter is furious! Hayter hurries off, Saraya talks right into the camera, “AEW is OUR house!” Storm drags Britt up to RAM her into a garage door! Bunny more or less expresses exasperation, but will Hayter be able to save the Doctor?
The Acclaimed w/ Billy Gunn VS Truth Magnum & Turbo Floyd!
The AEW World Tag Team Champions have been reigning for 133 days, but they know the Gunn Sons, Austin & Colten, are gunning for them. But first, they tune up against “The Outrunners.” As always, Platinum Max has a diss track ready! “Acclaimed on the mic, you know we the nicest. Fighting two guys in their midlife crisis! I bet you have sex with each other. How we gonna fight the bootleg Beverly Brothers? C’mon, it’s not the 80s! Acclaimed gonna make you call it quits like you Tom Brady! ‘Ey, y’all should be ashamed. In Ohio, everybody loves The Acclaimed.”
Fans cheer, and Bowens gets the mic to say, “NNNUTTER CENTERRR~! The Acclaimed have arrived! SCISSOR ME, DADDY ASS!” And he does~! But while Caster & Bowens just embarrassed Truth & Turbo, are they walking into a trap game before taking on the Ass Boys?
The teams sort out, the Outrunners decide they’ll scissor finger! They mock the Mega Powers at the same time, but then Bowens SUPERKICKS Truth out of the ring! The bell rings, Caster CHOPS Turbo and scoops him to SLAM him! Tag to Bowens and Bowens goes up top! Caster holds open the legs, SCISSOR ME TURBO! Daddy Ass gets in the ring so that he and the boys can TRIPLE SCISSOR~! Bowens waits on Turbo, mule kicks and hits the ARRIVAL! Tag to Caster and he goes up top, MIC DROP! Cover, The Acclaimed win!
Winners: The Acclaimed, by pinfall
But wait! Raining on the parade are Austin & Colten! Fans taunt the “ASS~ BOYS~!” But they tune that out. They go to the ring, and Colten has a mic. “Hey, good match, guys. But we’re here to talk about something serious. Last week, what we said would make us happy are your belts. And we want a shot at those belts, and we want an answer right now.” Fans boo but Caster has the mic to say, “Yo! Yo! Yo! Yo! Listen.” Bowens says, “You two Rod ‘n’ Todd lookin’ asses want an answer. You do realize you are interrupting the most popular tag team in all of wrestling, right?” Caster adds, “That’s right!”
“The winningest tag team in AEW history!” “That’s right!” “The FOREVER champs, the Acclaimed!” “That’s right!” “And not to mention, EVERYONE! LOVES! THE ACCLAIMED!” But they are the People’s Choice, and the People’s Voice, they will ask the people. Colten says these fans can’t even read! But Bowens still asks Dayton’s opinion: Do the Ass Boys deserve a shot at the tag titles? “NOOO~!” Well, the people have spoken, so NO. Austin & Colten get in Caster’s & Bowens’ faces, but Billy tells them all to stop! Isn’t it enough already? Billy is so sick of this, he is just done! Billy says this is too much, so go ahead, beat the sh*t out of each other!
Daddy Ass steps aside, fans fire up, but Austin says, “There you go. Do exactly what you did our entire childhoods and turn your back on us.” Billy stops walking up the ramp, but then chuckles as he keeps going. Austin says Billy should do what he used to do, and drown his sorrows at the bottom of a PILL BOTTLE! That gets Billy to turn around! Billy storms up on his sons and The Acclaimed, as well as the fans, tell the Ass Boys that they F’d up. Billy is up in Austin’s face and says, “So you two think you just put your big boy pants on? Then you just step up, and you just made the biggest mistake…”
The mic is wonky so Billy throws it down. Bowens gives Billy the good one. Billy wants Austin to look at him after what he just said. Austin looks up at his father’s eyes. Billy says if they’ve got their big boy pants on, if they think they got what it takes, if they think they have what Billy had, then we’ll see next week. They’ve got their title shots! The Acclaimed is surprised but the Ass Boys smile that they’re getting their way. Will Austin & Colten get what they want? Or just what they deserve?
Backstage interview with Jack Perry.
Alex Marvez is with Jungle Boy and notes that he and Hook are 2-0 as a team, having beaten The Firm’s Ethan Page & Matt Hardy. The question is: What’s next for #JungleHook? JB says that he had an amazing time teaming with Hook, and Hook has had JB’s back when no one else did. But JB’s done the tag team thing before. In fact, JB has been all the way to the top of that mountain, and fallen all the way down. But this year isn’t about that. What JB will say is that he’ll be a champion again, but all by himself. Then just what title will Jack Perry aim for in this Tarzan Life?
Brian Cage w/ Prince Nana VS Konosuke Takeshita!
Speaking of having people’s backs, just as The Machine and MJF were about to destroy Bryan Danielson, The Future of Wrestling rushed out to run them off! But now, Cage and Konosuke go toe to toe, will Cage make Konosuke pay for interfering?
The bell rings and Konosuke BOOTS Cage! Cage BOOTS Konosuke, then DOUBLE LARIATS collide! Cage swings but Konosuke swats it to ROLLING ELBOW! Cage wobbles, Konosuke runs, ducks ‘n’ dodges, and then TAKESHITA LINES! Cage bails out and fans fire up! Konosuke runs to BOOT Cage off the apron! Konosuke then PLANCHAS and takes Cage down at the ramp! Fans fire up, Konosuke winks at the camera, and then goes back to the apron. But Cage grabs a foot! Konosuke kicks and stomps Cage but Cage yanks Konosuke into a POST BOMB! Konosuke tumbles down and fans boo but Nana cheers.
Cage drags Konosuke up, puts him in, and runs to basement BOOT! Cover, TWO! Fans rally for Konosuke but Cage drags him back up. Cage reels Konosuke in, puts one out, but Konosuke wrenches out! Konosuke throws a forearm, but Cage gives it back! They go forearm for forearm, and Konosuke throws boxing elbows into the ROLLING ELBOW! Cage fights the back suplex, KNEES low, and brags, “Who betta than Cage?” But he runs into a BLUE THUNDER BOMB! Cover, TWO! Cage survives and Konosuke is surprised! Nana coaches Cage up but Konosuke aims from a corner. Konosuke runs in to JUMP KNEE, but Cage dodges!
Konosuke tumbles to the apron, Cage ROUNDHOUSES him! Cage climbs the ropes, and he stands Konosuke up. DEADLIFT SUPERPLEX! Fans boo but Cage flexes while Dynamite goes picture in picture.
Cage drops a knee on Konosuke, sits him up to KNEE him in the back again and again, then he stomps Konosuke back down. Cage paces, drags Konosuke up, and bumps him off buckles. Cage RAMS into Konosuke, RAMS him again, and then CHOPS him! Cage soaks up the heat, but Konosuke CHOPS back! Konosuke fires forearms, then another CHOP! And another CHOP! But Cage BOOTS Konosuke down! Cage grabs the legs, stomps Konosuke in the stomach, then paces around. Cage stands Konosuke up, wrenches and YANKS the arm, then RAMS shoulders. Cage wrenches, pump handles, and lifts, but Konosuke slips out!
Konosuke runs in but Cage ducks the boot to roll Konosuke up! Konosuke slips out, but runs into a drop toehold! Konosuke’s on ropes, Cage dials it up, TIGER FEINT KICK! Konosuke staggers to a corner, Cage runs in and UPPERCUTS, GAMANGIRIS, and GERMAN SUPLEXES! Cover, TWO!! Cage and Nana are annoyed, but Cage looms over Konosuke. Cage hears the fans rally for Konosuke, but Cage drags him up. Cage reels Konosuke in, puts out another one, and Dynamite returns to single picture as Cage lifts, only for Konosuke to RANA Cage into buckles! BLINDSIDE JUMP KNEE! Cage staggers, Konosuke goes up, FLYING KNEE!
Both men are down and fans fire up! Konosuke and Cage stir as the ring count starts. Konosuke sits up and feeds off the energy. Konosuke drags Cage up into a waistlock, but Cage elbows free! Cage whips, Konosuke LARIATS on the return! Konosuke drags Cage up, waistlocks and GERMAN SUPLEXES! Bridging cover, TWO!! Fans rally while Konosuke fires up. Konosuke aims from the corner as Cage stands, and Konosuke runs in, JUMP- NO! Cage blocks the knee to BUCKLE BOMB! And then fireman’s carry, to an F- NO! Konosuke lands out, lifts and LIGER BOMBS! Cover, TWO!! Cage survives but fans fire up behind Konosuke!
Konosuke aims again while Nana shouts to Cage. Cage stands, Konosuke runs in but the knee is blocked! Cage spins, Konosuke ducks! Konosuke spins, ROLLING ELBOW!! Konosuke reels Cage in, but Cage wrenches out to HEADBUTT! And then SAIDO!! But Konosuke is right up?! Into a DISCUS LARIAT from Cage!! Cover, TWO!?! Konosuke survives and Nana is furious! Cage says he’s gonna end this, and he suplexes, only for Konosuke to slip out! Konosuke suplexes, SHEER DROP BRAINBUSTER!! Cage roars as he rises up, but Konosuke ROCKS him with another elbow! And then another suplex, for another BRAINBUSTER!!! Cover, TWO!?!?
Cage survives, he must truly be a machine! But Dayton rallies behind Konosuke. Konosuke runs in, but into a SUPERKICK! Cage fireman’s carries, for the F10!! Nana says no prisoners! Cage drags Konosuke up again, puts him in the corner and hoists him to the top. Cage then goes to the outside and climbs up after Konosuke. But Konosuke throws forearms in return! Konosuke suplexes for a SUPER BRAINBUSTER!!! Fans are thunderous and Konosuke aims again! KNOCKOUT KNEE!!! Cover, Konosuke wins!!
Winner: Konosuke Takeshita, by pinfall
Cage may be a machine, but the machine just broke down against the bullet train! Will Konosuke continue to prove why he IS The Future of Wrestling?
Backstage interview with the Jericho Appreciation Society.
Renee is with Matthew Menard, Angelo Parker, Daniel Garcia, Sammy Guevara, and of course, Chris Jericho himself. Renee says that we heard Ricky Starks’ comments from last week, addressing how the JAS cheated to win. What is their reaction? Jericho says, “Cheated? We haven’t worked together in five years, and you’re accusing us of cheating? Let me say this, Renee. Ricky Starks, he didn’t lose to a baseball bat, no. Did you see a baseball bat in there?” Of course the JAS says no. Jericho says Starks lost to the JAS. And now Starks challenges them, “How can I get another match with Chris Jericho?”
Jericho says the JAS has an idea how Starks can do that. Right, Sammy? Sammy says yes. Garcia and Sammy put their heads together, and they came up with a great idea: The Guevara-Garcia… No, wait, the Garcia-Guevara Gauntlet! Danny thanks Sammy for the top billing on that name. Renee asks what kind of gauntlet they have in mind. Garcia says it’s a rather simple concept. “Ricky, first you’re gonna have to beat Cool Hand Ange. And if that happens, you’re gonna have to beat Daddy Magic.” Menard adds, “Beat Daddy Magic? I DON’T THINK SO!” Garcia says that if Starks somehow does that, then he beats either Garcia or Guevara, but they’ll reveal that the night of.
And then, if somehow, by the skin of his teeth, Starks makes it past all that, only then does Starks get his hands on Jericho. Jericho tells Starks, “You don’t call the shots around here, the Jericho Appreciation Society does. So if you can get through the Garcia-Guevara Gauntlet, I’ll be ready to rip your ass!” Will the Absolute survive three matches in one go to finally have another shot at The Ocho?
The Elite speak.
Matt Jackson asks Brandon Cutler if the camera is rolling as he, brother Nick, Kenny Omega, Michael Nakazawa and Don Callis are on the basketball court. Cutler says yes, they’re live, while Nakazawa and Callis are oiling Omega up. Matt says, “Ladies and gentlemen, check it out who it is! It’s the first-ever, two-time Trios Champions, The Elite.” Omega says that’s right, and he tells Top Flight, “I watched what you guys did. After a Best of 7 Series in a ladder match, you got one up on our boys. Well how ’bout next week, you bring your friend, AR Fox, next week and we’ll put these belts on the line, and you guys can shoot your shot.
“But hey, when you shoot that shot, you best not miss. Because The Elite never miss. Nick, if you will.” Nick takes the rock and shoots it, THREE POINTER! Oh, but wait! The Firm’s Stokely Hathaway, Ethan Page, Matt Hardy & Isiah Kassidy walk in. Callis has Cutler keep rolling, and Omega mockingly asks where Stokely is, he can’t see him. Oh haha, Stokely knows you see him, he’s right here. But listen, you three are doing NOTHING all week? No wrestling, nothing? Just a week off? Ethan thinks that’s funny. The Firm’s employees don’t have that luxury, they work every single week, and Ethan wants that streak to continue.
So Ethan says how about this: The Elite VS Ethan, Matt & “Zay,” Friday on Rampage. Omega tells Callis he isn’t so sure, but Callis says this is Matt Hardy. If they get footage of Hardy taking a One Winged Angel, they could sell that NFT for a lot of money. Hardy says, “What about an NFT with Matt Hardy Twist-Of-Fating Omega?” Ethan likes that better! Well, as far as a match, it’s done. The Elite VS The Whatever They Are. Kassidy says he hopes the Elite is ready, cuz they sure are. Kassidy unsettles Kenny with an arm around his shoulders and a moan, and Ethan says this is good business. Hey, Brandon, is it? Cut the camera!
Matt Jackson tells Ethan Page that he doesn’t tell Brandon what to do! THEY tell him! Turn off the camera, ya damn dumbass! And get off the court, they’re trying to play. But will this 3v3 pick-up game go The Elite’s way? Or is it a trap game before taking on Fox, Dante & Darius?
Bryan Danielson VS Timothy Thatcher!
In the American Dragon’s quest to be #1 contender, he has defeated Tony Nese, Konosuke Takeshita, Bandido and Brian Cage, an undefeated streak of 4-0 in 2023! But now, Maxwell Jacob Friedman has enlisted a fighter very much like Bryan in his savage technical ability. Will Bryan make it to the deadline still on top? Or is this where MJF wins before Revolution even begins?
The bell rings and the two circle. They feel out the grapple, but Bryan’s shoulder is an obvious target. They grapple, Bryan puts Thatcher on ropes but Thatcher shifts to get the arm. Thatcher wrangles Bryan but Bryan scrambles to the ROPEBREAK! The ref counts, Thatcher lets off, and then smirks as he watches Bryan get up. Bryan and Thatcher feel out another grapple, Thatcher puts him in the corner, and then European Uppercuts! And again! And again! Bryan sits down and Thatcher goes after the arm! Thatcher twists the elbow and wrist, isolates the arm, and stands on the hand! Thatcher KNEES the arm!
Bryan scrambles away but Thatcher is right on him with a double wristlock! Bryan powers Thatcher to ropes, and clasps his hands behind his back. The ref counts, the two let off, but then Bryan fires off body shots and kicks! Bryan grabs a leg to DRAGON SCREW! Bryan holds onto the leg, turns Thatcher over and ties those legs up, to get a Deathlock! Fans rally as Bryan sits on the hold, then SNAPS it! Bryan then shifts to a BOW ‘N’ ARROW! Thatcher pries the fingers away! Bryan shouts in pain but Thatcher twists the arm! And STOMPS it down! Fans boo but Thatcher grins with that missing-tooth smile.
Thatcher KNEES Bryan in the back, stalks him to a corner, but Bryan puts Thatcher in the corner to CHOP and CHOP and KICK and KICK! Fans rally, Bryan runs corner to corner, and DROPKICKS! Bryan facelocks but Thatcher wrenches and WRINGS Bryan’s arm! Fans boo more but Thatcher drags Bryan up with a double wristlock! Thatcher uses his height to lift Bryan off the mat! Then Thatcher pushes Bryan down, but Bryan keeps his shoulders up. Bryan crawls around, ROPEBREAK! Thatcher lets go at 4 while fans rally up. Bryan clutches his arm but Thatcher goes after it again as Dynamite goes picture in picture.
Bryan endures but they’re also in the ropes so the ref counts. Thatcher lets off at 4, then digs his boot into Bryan at the corner. The ref counts, Thatcher lets off, only to stand on Bryan’s chest! The ref counts, Thatcher steps away, and he grins as he soaks up the heat. Thatcher mocks Bryan’s pain, then KNEES the bad shoulder! Thatcher KNEES Bryan again, goes out to drag Bryan tot he apron, and he SLAMS the arm on the edge! Bryan clutches his bicep and shoulder while the ref reprimands. Thatcher slides into the ring and stands Bryan up by his ears! Thatcher CLUBS Bryan on the chest! Thatcher fishhooks Bryan to stand him up, and CLUBS him again!
Bryan sits down, Thatcher stands him back up, and he hammerlocks the bad arm. Thatcher then back suplexes Bryan up and into the ring! Thatcher dusts off his hands while crawling to the cover, but Bryan wrangles him into the LEBELL LOCK!! Thatcher got cocky and got caught! But he scrambles to the ROPEBREAK! Bryan lets off quickly, but Thatcher is right on him! Thatcher UPPERCUTS the arm! Bryan goes to a corner, Thatcher KNEES him down, then drags Bryan back up. Thatcher EuroUppers Bryan, taunts the fans, then EuroUppers Bryan again. Bryan leans against ropes, Thatcher snarls at the fans, then gets in Bryan’s face.
Dynamite returns to single picture as Thatcher traps Bryan’s bad arm behind his back and throws hard body shots to that side. The ref counts but Thatcher grins as he throws more shots. Bryan fights back with HEADBUTTS! Fans fire up as Bryan backs Thatcher down, but Thatcher fires off body shot after body shot! Thatcher drags Bryan out to a hammerlock GROVIT, and then hits a GROVIT-PLEX! Cover, TWO!! Bryan is still in this but Thatcher snarls. Thatcher stalks Bryan at the ropes, bumps him off buckles, then reels Bryan in to hoist him up top. Thatcher UPPERCUTS, climbs up after Bryan, and he underhooks the arms!
Bryan resists and fans fire up! Bryan breaks free, throws body shot after body shot in return, and then HEADBUTTS Thatcher down! Thatcher growls and gets right back up! But Bryan throws more body shots! Fans rally “YES! YES! YES!” and Bryan HEADBUTTS again! Thatcher stays down this time, and Bryan stands up! Thatcher stands in time for the MISSILE DROPKICK! Both men are down as Bryan clutches his bad arm, but Dayton rallies up behind him! Bryan and Thatcher sit up, both snarl, and Thatcher EuroUppers! Bryan EuroUppers in return! They go uppercut for uppercut, but Thatcher gets the edge!
Bryan fires up to KICK! And KICK! Bryan KICKS away on Thatcher’s chest, “YES! YES! YES!” Bryan powers up but Thatcher blocks the Buzzsaw! Thatcher goes for the bad arm, wrangles Bryan down, but Bryan rolls through and gets around to waistlock. Thatcher bucks the O’Conner but runs into a backslide! TWO, FUJIWARA! No, Bryan rolls through to BUZZSAW! Cover, TWO!! But Bryan clamps on for HAMMER ‘N’ ANVIL ELBOWS! Fans rally again, but Thatcher blocks the arm! Bryan claws Thatcher’s face to get free, and get a SLEEPER! But Thatcher wants that bad arm! Bryan has to shift his grip, but Thatcher stands!
Thatcher pries the sleeper open because he can get the bad arm, but Bryan powers up! Bryan has the hold on tight, so Thatcher backs Bryan down! They end up ramming the ref into the corner! Bryan still holds on, but Thatcher hits a BIG back suplex! All three men are down and fans fire up! But here comes MJF! The AEW World Champion tells Dayton to shush, and he puts on the Dynamite Diamond Ring! MJF says, “It’s too damn easy. This is done! This is done!” MJF goes to the ring, but KONOSUKE flies in outta nowhere!! Konosuke won’t let MJF screw Bryan over! Konosuke attacks MJF, RAMS him into railing, and chases him to the back!
Bryan has Thatcher but Thatcher snatches the arm! FUJIWARA ARMBAR!! The ref is up, he asks Bryan, but Bryan endures! Thatcher pushes way back on the arm, but Bryan pushes his way forward with his legs! ROPEBREAK!! Fans fire up as Bryan survives by a literal foot! Thatcher lets go in frustration and he scowls as he throws hands on the bad arm. Thatcher drags Bryan up, clinches, BELLY2BELLY SUPLEX! Bryan flounders but Thatcher runs in, clinches, but Bryan switches! GERMAN SUPLEX! Thatcher fumes as he gets back up! Bryan dodges him, runs back in, BUSAIKU KNEE!! Cover, Bryan wins!
Winner: Bryan Danielson, by pinfall
Now 5-0 on the year, the quest continues! The American Dragon is not yet slain, but wait! MJF and Konosuke continue brawling backstage! MJF turns things around to send MJF into a road case! MJF gets a chair to CHUCK it at Konosuke’s head! And then he throws a trash bin! MJF says if Konosuke wants after him, this is what he gets! But Konosuke turns things back around to SMACK MJF off a table! MJF comes back, the hands fly, and security rushes in! Referees and management try to stop this, too! MJF says he’ll kill Konosuke but Konosuke says about the same in Japanese! Renee runs in to be on the scene, and she tells everyone to stop!
Renee informs everyone, “Per Tony Khan, next week on Dynamite in an Eliminator match, it will be Takeshita VS MJF!” MJF is pissed, he doesn’t agree to that, but he MUST! Will the Devil of AEW find that the Future of Wrestling is better than him?
Mogul Affiliates speak.
Swerve Strickland says, “It’s been a real relaxing last couple of weeks for Swerve and the Mogul Affiliates and all, since getting rid of some dead weight and all this. Until I was like, retriggered.” Dustin Rhodes returning to stand in front of Swerve’s camera, in front of Swerve’s lights, and with Swerve’s interviewer! “The Rhodes Family legacy really gets under my skin, with your father, Dusty Rhodes, giving Keith Lee the ‘Limitless’ moniker. So, since he’s not here, Dustin’s not here, either, let’s find some other nepotism, second generation punk boy to get rid of Friday night on Rampage. That means you, Brian Pillman. Ain’t that right, Parker?”
Parker Boudreaux says that’s right. “Ain’t that right, Trench?” The tattooed man says, “Yeah, that’s right.” Hoodies up, but will they put Bulletproof BPJ down?
BREAKING NEWS for next week!
February 8th, the deadline for Bryan Danielson becoming #1 contender, will see The American Dragon taking on La Faccion Ingobernable’s El Toro Blanco, RUSH!! And speaking of…
Backstage interview with LFI.
Lexi Nair is with El Toro Blanco, but also Jose the Assistant and “Perro Peligroso,” Preston Vance. She notes the announcement of Rush VS Bryan, but then there’s a knock at the door. MJF walks in and says, “Hola, mi hermanos! Senor Vance, Senor Jose, Senor Rrrrrush.” Rush asks what the hell this “perro” wants. MJF double checks, “perro” is dog, right? Well, there’s a little thing called personal space, so he’s just gonna take a step back. “But here’s the deal: my, uh, Spanish is come se dice… Mid. But I know one language, my friend, that is mucho, mucho universal.” And that is MONEY! A huge briefcase full of it!
MJF snaps the case shut and smiles. This first one is free of charge. But he has FIVE MORE filled to the brim with dinero. All Rush has to do is beat Bryan Danielson “by any means necessary.” All Rush needs to do is rip Bryan’s arm off and beat him over the head with it. Can Rush pull that off for him? Jose, translate. Jose translates, but Rush seems to understand explicitly. Rush tells MJF in Spanish, and MJF asks “dipsh*t” Jose to translate. Jose sums it up by saying they have a deal. Oh, is that right? That sounded a bit longer than that. But Rush, you don’t have to like MJF. He just has to get the job done. Pleasure doing business with you, perro.
MJF leaves, but Rush has his mission. Will Rush be raking in the money with one match? Or will nothing stop Bryan Danielson from earning his title match?
AEW TBS Championship: Jade Cargill w/ Leila Grey VS Red Velvet!
Finally, the biggest, fastest-rising star has reached her FIFTIETH match! But while the streak started with The Chef, will it end with her, too? Or will #ThatBitch not be stopped by even the person who knows her best?
The introductions are made, but Velvet attacks while Jade is strutting around! The bell rings, Velvet fires off forearms but Jade knees her low. Jade whips Velvet to a corner but Velvet boots her back! THESZ PRESS! Velvet rains down hands but Jade shoves her away. Velvet ducks but runs into an elbow! Jade drags Velvet up, but Velvet fires off forearms! Velvet whips, Jade blocks to reverse, but Velvet holds ropes. Jade runs in but Velvet sends her out! Leila hurries to Jade’s side but Velvet builds speed! Velvet WRECKS Jade with a dropkick! Velvet tells Leila to back off, then she storms up on Jade.
Jade elbows Velvet away, but Velvet comes back to ROCK Jade! Velvet CHOPS Jade right in front of her family! Velvet then puts Jade in the ring, storms up on her and Oklahoma Rolls! TWO! Jade staggers up, blocks a superkick, and she spins Velvet around. Velvet ducks the haymaker and runs the ropes, then wheelbarrows, but into a GERMAN SUPLEX! Fans fire up while Jade drags Velvet over to a cover, TWO! Velvet is toughing it out but Jade is getting frustrated. Jade scoops Velvet to SLAM her, then drops a BIG elbow! Cover, TWO, and Dynamite goes picture in picture.
Leila is annoyed and Jade frowns while Velvet sputters. Jade drags Velvet up, CLUBS her down, and Leila applauds. Jade bumps Velvet off top buckles, then middle buckles, then bottom buckles! Jade stands on Velvet in the corner and soaks up the cheers and jeers, but lets off at 4. Jade and the ref argue, but Leila gets cheap shots in! Leila scurries away and Jade hauls Velvet up for a FALL AWAY SLAM! And then kips up! Jade holds up both hands to say 50, and then flexes. Velvet bails out, Leila talks trash, and Jade storms over. Jade walks up but Velvet sends her into railing! Jade is getting mad, but Velvet avoids one haymaker to PENALTY KICK from the apron!
Velvet CROSSBODIES, but Jade catches her! Jade POSTS Velvet, then carries her around the way. Jade trophy lifts Velvet, goes up the steel steps, and then TOSSES Velvet at the ropes! Velvet falls, Jade covers, TWO!!! Velvet survives and Jade is getting real mad. Leila rallies the Baddie cheering section, and Jade stalks Velvet to a corner. Jade drags Velvet up, and TOSSES her across the way! Jade says that’s 50 right there, and then she does push-ups as Dynamite returns to single picture. But Velvet CHOPS! Jade CLUBS Velvet, then TOSSES her across the way again! Jade swaggers, dribbles, but Velvet dodges the dunk!
Velvet DROPKICKS Jade, then hits a CODE BREAKER! Jade staggers around, Velvet KICKS and KICKS and mule kicks! Velvet runs, but Jade BOOTS her down! Cover, TWO!! Velvet is still in this and wait! Kiera Hogan RAMS Leila into steel steps! The other former Baddie is here, but other refs come out to have her leave. This all distracts Jade, and Velvet rolls her up! Jade rolls through, but the STIR IT UP hits!! Cover, but the refs aren’t paying attention!! Fans count, Velvet would’ve won twice over by now! Aubrey Edwards finally notices and counts, TWO!! Jade survives and fans can’t believe it!!
Velvet is furious, she drags Jade around and hooks an arm, short arm scissor, and then the INVERSION! Jade endures, fights, but Velvet kicks at her! Jade endures as Velvet pulls on the arm, and she deadlifts Velvet! But Velvet sunset flips! Jade stays up, drags Velvet up with both hands, and pops her around! Chicken wings for JADED!!! Cover, Jade wins!!
Winner: Jade Cargill, by pinfall (still AEW TBS Champion)
FIFTY AND OH! Velvet came the closest of all, but will anyone ever stop Jade’s undefeated streak?
Backstage interview with Britt Baker.
Renee is with The Doctor, as well as Jamie Hayter, as they are with Doc Sampson. We only caught a glimpse of what happened to her earlier at the hands of Saraya & Storm, how is Britt feeling? Britt says this is fine. She’s fine, and if that’s how Storm & Saraya wanna play, that’s fine, too. Because Britt & Hayter can play that game, too. But wait, in walks Ruby Soho! Ruby just wants to talk. She heard what happened, is Britt good? Uh, Ruby, weren’t those your girls? Ruby has Britt hold on there. Ruby has nothing to do with Saraya & Storm, she doesn’t know what Britt’s talking about.
Britt says Ruby’s known Saraya & Storm a lot longer than she’s known the AEW originals, so sorry if it’s strange that Ruby only now shows up. But yeah, Britt is good. Hayter says Britt is great, actually. Ruby says she’s glad to hear it and walks off. There are battle lines being drawn, which side is the Runaway on?
BREAKING NEWS for Rampage!
Not only are The Elite and The Firm having it out, it is for the AEW World Trios Championships! Will Kenny & The Young Bucks make it through All Ego, Hardy & Kassidy to then take on Fox & Top Flight? Or will there be a change of plans for Dynamite? And speaking of Saraya & Storm, they are in tag team action once again, but will they continue to beat down All Elite homegrown talent? Plus, before taking on Bryan Danielson, Rush will take on the Fallen Angel, Christopher Daniels, in an epic match of former ROH World Heavyweight Champions! Will El Toro Blanco build momentum going into his battle with The American Dragon?
AEW TNT Championship No Holds Barred: Darby Allin w/ Sting VS Samoa Joe!
The series is tied at 1-1, with the Samoan Submission Specialist winning in Texas, but the Relentless One winning in his hometown of Seattle. Dynamite in Dayton is throwing out all the rules except one: win! Will Darby continue to be the fighting champion? Or will Joe return to being the One True King of Wrestling Television?
The introductions are made, the TNT title is raised, and one way or another, this is the series finale of Darby VS Joe!
Darby takes off his trench coat to reveal he, uh, customized his Hoodlum hoodie. He’s covered it in thumbtacks!! And as soon as he’s in the ring, he rushes in to COFFIN SPLASH Joe! Joe is reeling from the tack attack but Darby fires off tack-covered forearms! Fans fire up as Darby runs corner to corner, but Joe dodges the splash to GAMANGIRI! Joe then wraps up an arm in his towel, to LARIAT Darby down! Fans rally, Joe pulls Darby’s tack hoodie off and throws it away. Joe drags Darby up to CHOP him! Darby goes to a corner, but Darby kicks back. Joe stomps Darby, stomps him down, then storms off.
Joe goes out to look under the ring, and he brings out a TABLE! Dayton fires up, Joe picks the table up, but Darby DIVES into the table and Joe! The table doesn’t break but it, Joe and Darby all hit the floor! Joe is busted open on his forehead and fans fire up! Darby hurries to stand the table up, to then drop it on Joe! Darby then brings the steel steps around into the corner of the railing. Darby whips, Joe reverses, and Darby not only clips steel steps, he clips railing! Darby lands on his feet just from momentum, but he soon falls to his knees, clutching his back! Fans lose their minds while Joe stalks out after Darby.
Joe stands Darby up, throws knees into him, and then throws him into railing. Joe drags Darby up and they go up the bleachers. Joe SMACKS Darby off the handrail, then brings him up further. Joe smacks Darby off more railing, then keeps him going up. But Darby fights back! Darby CLUBS and CLAWS Joe’s back! Fans fire up but Joe DUMPS Darby down the steps! Fans are going nuts while Joe glares through his crimson mask, and Dynamite goes picture in picture.
Joe drags Darby up again, grinds him against the handrail, then SMACKS him off a fan’s chair! They go back to the lower level as Darby kicks Joe and crawls away. Joe keeps after Darby, drags him up, and brings him around the way to TOSS back to ringside! Darby narrowly misses hitting steel steps head first! Joe stalks Darby, drags Darby back up, then scoop SLAMS him on the steps! Darby writhes, flounders away, but Joe follows him to the corner. Darby throws Joe’s ROH World TV title at him, but that only upsets Joe. Joe storms in after Darby, stalks him to a corner, and waits on Darby to stand before he DECKS him!
Joe eggs Darby on as he stands over him. Darby doesn’t stand so Joe makes him. Joe snapmares to CHOP Darby on the back! And PENALTY KICK him in the chest! And then drops a fist on his head! Joe watches Darby writhe and the ref checks on him. Joe grins through the crimson mask, then stomps Darby down. Joe kicks Darby, then clamps on a neck wrench! Joe leans all his weight on Darby but Darby throws body shots. Joe doesn’t budge, and he CLUBS Darby down. Joe grins as Darby tires to sit back up. Joe clamps the neck wrench back on and he twists even harder! Darby endures, and Dynamite returns to single picture as Darby throws more body shots.
Joe lets go of the neck wrench, Darby hobbles and runs, but into an ELBOW! Darby falls over and Joe covers, TWO! Joe keeps focus as he looms over Darby. Joe KICKS Darby to a corner, and then stomps him. Fans rally and duel, but Joe is annoyed by that. Joe drags Darby up, DECKS him with a forearm, then clamps on another neck wrench! It’s practically a vice on Darby’s head, squeezing his skull! Darby endures, fights up, and he RAMS Joe into buckles! Darby fires off forearms and SLAPS! Darby runs corner to corner, but into the URENAGE! Cover, TWO!! Darby survives the #STJOE, but Joe stands Darby up to CHOP him!
Darby staggers, Joe CHOPS him again! Darby flops to the apron, Joe builds speed and he BOOTS Darby to the floor! Joe then storms out and looks under the ring. Joe brings out another TABLE! Fans fire up again but Joe has fans move aside. Fans oblige and Joe rests the table against railing. Darby is in the ring, Joe goes in and brings Darby up, but Darby JAWBREAKERS before the sleeper could lock in! Darby runs in at the corner to CHOP! And CHOP! And CHOP! Darby CHOPS away on Joe, but Joe TOSSES Darby right out of the ring! Joe has been treating Darby like a throw pillow, emphasis on the “throw!”
Darby flounders up, but Joe goes back over to bring him back in. Joe suplexes high and hard! Joe then goes out to fetch chairs! Joe puts a handful of chairs in the ring, then sets them up together. Fans fire up as they’re back to back to make a wedge! Joe stands Darby up, brings him over, BIG back suplex on the chair wedge!! Darby writhes and Joe has a sadistic smile. “Joe is gonna kill~ you!” Joe turns the chairs around to face each other, then brings Darby back up. But Darby uses POCKET SAND to stop the bomb! CODE RED!! Cover, TWO!! Joe survives but Darby hurries to hop on! THROWBACK STUNNER!
Joe falls into a drop zone, and Darby hurries to get his hoodie back! Darby puts that back on, climbs up the corner, and COFFIN DROPS!! Cover, TWO!?!? Joe survives the tack-enhanced senton and fans can’t believe it! Darby hurries outside and goes looking. Darby uses a knife to cut the strings that hold down the canvas! Some are tough but they all give way, and Darby pulls the canvas away. Darby then drags off the foam padding to expose bare wood! Darby is deconstructing the ring in order to better destroy Joe! Darby sees Joe outside, builds speed and DIVES, but Joe walks away! Darby CRASHES THROUGH THE TABLE!!!
Dayton is losing their minds as Joe puts Darby back in! Joe sets Darby’s tack covered jacket down, he picks Darby up, and he POWERBOMBS him on the tacks! AND THEN HE SMOTHERS DARBY WITH THE TACK JACKET!! Darby DIGS at Joe’s eyes!! Joe lets Darby go, but he staggers around blindly! Joe stands up into a CHAIR SHOT! And another! And another! Darby has Joe on the hard wood, climbs up top, but Joe pushes the ref into the ropes to trip Darby up!! Joe climbs up after Darby, tucks him in, and hits a SUPER MUSCLE BUSTER TO THE WOOD!!!! Cover, JOE WINS!!!
Winner: Samoa Joe, by pinfall (NEW AEW TNT Champion)
Darby’s relentless streak is over! Samoa Joe is now a TWO-TIME TWO BELT CHAMPION! But wait! “THIS IS WAAAR~!” Fans go nuts for Wardlow as he storms down to the ring! Joe is just as shocked as Wardlow runs in! SPEAR!! Wardlow rains down fists on the man who took his title and his top knot! Wardlow rips his shirt off, drags Joe up, but Joe scrambles away! Fans boo but Joe isn’t going to fight again so soon after the war he just went through. Security rushes out but Wardlow CLOBBERS them all! Then he hauls one up to POWERBOMB out onto all the others!! Wardlow will not be denied, when and where will he get his hands on Joe?
This was an awesome Dynamite! Same balance of action and talking, but the action was all on a different level this week. Of the talking, we got good stuff out of this AEW Originals VS Imports in the Women’s Division. Saraya & Storm really up their Heel heat by just attacking Britt unprovoked, and then Ruby checking in on Britt was an interesting turnaround from her telling she didn’t want Britt’s help. But we’re getting closer and closer to that big tag(?) match. Hell, make it a Blood & Guts match but with the women rather than the men. Saraya leads a team, Britt leads a team, Ruby will choose Britt’s side and there could even be a twist of Shida betraying Saraya during the match to cost the anti-AEW team.
Good promo from the JAS to set up things with Starks. I just knew Starks would have to beat everyone in the JAS eventually, so it’s clever for them to get it all done in one gauntlet match. Starks will of course make it past Menard and Parker, and I bet that just as it looks like Garcia is stepping up to face Starks, Guevara takes the spotlight from him. Starks will still get through the final opponent, and he’ll get his match with Jericho. Good promo from Mogul Affiliates, because one: it establishes that their group doesn’t like multigenerational wrestlers, and two: it gave Granden Goetzman his wrestler name, “Trench.” Swerve will surely beat BPJ, but I bet Dustin teams up with BPJ and Brock Anderson as a sort of AEW take on WWE’s Legacy faction to take on Mogul Affiliates.
Good promo from Jack Perry, but I’m surprised he waited until now to establish that he’s done with tag teams. But I suppose he’s done with The Firm, too, so he’s done needing reinforcements. As it stands, if he wants a singles title, he could start with the All-Atlantic Championship, but I could see JB making a move for THE AEW World title. Speaking of The Firm, good promo from them and The Elite. I wonder if this was really live or just the take where Nick actually made that shot. Anyway, I’m also surprised the trios match for Rampage is for the titles when the titles are going to be on the line for Dynamite. But I suppose if Orange Cassidy and Darby Allin are fighting champions, then so should the Elite. Which of course means The Elite win on Rampage to go on to face Fox & Flight.
We got an awesome match from Bryan VS Thatcher, but of course Bryan wins to keep his story going. Even after he had that awesome match with Brian Cage, Konosuke going after MJF was a great move. And getting himself an Eliminator match is a good, too, but I feel like MJF finds a way to stand tall. He’ll either cheat to win, or just get himself disqualified quickly so his night will be over quickly. MJF also had a really good promo with LFI. Rush is a great choice to take on Bryan Danielson, and Rush is also going to have a great match with Christopher Daniels on Rampage. I’m sure Bryan will still find a way to win and we’ll still get that Ironman match, it just has to be how this goes.
It’s mostly because I don’t even know who is the #2 contender, since AEW still hasn’t kept up with rankings in this new year. AEW bringing out a sudden twist of MJF still having that One Hour Ironman match against someone other than Bryan would be great stuff, since MJF has been so focused on Bryan, but I feel like getting MJF VS Bryan is still the thing everyone wants to see. Great opening match out of Hangman VS Moxley, and of course Moxley bleeds. It’s practically in his contract. But Hangman losing by a roll-up was a great surprise, and them still being after each other after, this has to continue until Revolution.
The Acclaimed winning a squash was a bit surprising, but obviously that was to make room for the promo that set up things with The Gunn Sons. But Billy suddenly saying his sons can have a title match with The Acclaimed? I hope there isn’t a turn coming where Billy is suddenly on his sons’ side again. It just feels like something is fishy, but who knows. Really good TBS title match from Jade and Velvet, but I guess since this wasn’t at a PPV, Jade wasn’t about to lose. Kiera trying to help Velvet only to mess things up was at least a good detail to protect Jade. But at this rate, who is even going to beat Jade when she’s gotten through even some great established names.
And of course, an awesome No Holds Barred match for the TNT title. Great innovation, such as Darby’s tack covered jacket and the different table spots. I was actually rather surprised to see Joe win this to once again be dual champion. But at the same time, Wardlow returning to continue his story with Joe is a logical reason as to why Joe needs to have the TNT title again. Perhaps Wardlow gets the TNT title back to have a second chance with that, and Darby can move up into the world title scene. And assuming MJF retains at Revolution, it works for Darby to be next as they have history in AEW.
My Score: 9/10
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