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Mitchell’s AEW Dynamite Results & Report! (2/16/22)

AEW returns to Nashville!

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AEW Dynamite 2021

This could be a chart-topping Dynamite!

As Revolution draws closer, AEW heats up with a TNT Championship match, a Face of the Revolution qualifier, a No Disqualifications match, and Inner Circle: Civil War!

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Bryan Danielson VS Lee Moriarty; Danielson wins.
  • Face of the Revolution Ladder Match Qualifier: Wardlow w/ Shawn Spears VS Max Caster w/ Anthony Bowens; wins and advances to the Face of the Revolution match.
  • Chris Jericho & Jake Hager VS Santana & Ortiz; Santana & Ortiz win.
  • No Disqualifications: Mercedes Martinez VS Thunder Rosa; Rosa wins.
  • AEW TNT Championship: Sammy Guevara VS Darby Allin; Guevara wins and retains the title.

PLAY BY PLAY

CM Punk sits in the ring.

Fans chant his name and Punk says, “If you don’t know by now, you should. My name is C, M, Punk. And what I am is straightedge. I’m drug free, I’m alcohol free, and that means I’m better than you. Does that sound familiar? Those words I spoke for the first time over 20 years ago, and they became the foundation for my career. And I can sit here in Nashville, Tennessee and feel pride that that foundation grew into such a career that I have managed to inspire the next generation of professional wrestling.” Some are in the back because they became wrestlers because of him. Some are straightedge like him, and some sit like he does.

And then there’s MJF. He tries to walk like Punk, to talk like Punk, but he can never think like Punk. But when MJF beat Punk in his hometown… twice… You would think that Punk would be furious. But the truth is, Max, Punk is proud of you. But where MJF strays from the path is failing to retain the knowledge he is being taught. MJF thinks he’s Piper in Portland, Bret in Calgary and Punk in Chicago, when he’s really just sh*tty little Max from shi*tty little Long Island. The foundation of MJF’s career is a diamond ring he won with the help of other people. So now the situation is this: because of last week, thanks to Jon Moxley’s assist, Punk now gets to pick the time, the place, and the match for his rematch with lil’ Max.

So to get right to it: the time is after sundown; the place is Orlando, Florida; the date is March 6th; the PPV is Revolution; which leaves Punk with a match type. He thought of his toughest matches ever. And the situation he’s in, maybe… They go in a cage. Well, Punk’s seen Wardlow, that guy can climb a cage and MJF can still run away from the lessons he needs to be taught. Piper in Portland? Well, Punk thinks back into the vault, the matches he’s had with legends. The cage matches were easy because believe it or not, he’s won more of those than he’s lost. And losing got Punk thinking. What matches has he lost?

The irony of losing a tough match is that is where you really learn. Punk says MJF needs to learn a lesson. The toughest matches, where Punk has literally left pieces of himself in the ring! Piper in Portland keeps repeating in Punk’s head. If MJF wants to be like Piper, he’ll have to be tied to Punk. Punk is poetically going to ask MJF what Piper once asked. Will you be Punk’s Valentine? He brings out a dog collar!! MJF is backstage, pissing himself, Punk is sure of that. No one wants to be in a dog collar match. They take years off your life, but that’s the lesson MJF needs to be taught! And Punk wants MJF to be here for this last part because Punk wants to see MJF’s face when he says it.

Punk waits, and here comes MJF! Punk wants MJF to take this all in. And he’ll leave us with this: the picture of young Maxwell and Punk. Max surely remembers “The greatest day of his life,” and it was just a Friday for Punk. But Sunday, March 6th, Orlando, Florida, will be the worst day of MJF’s life, and it’ll just be another Sunday to Punk. The price MJF paid to see Punk on that Friday long ago will be nothing compared to what he’ll pay on March 6th. The canvas Punk sits on won’t be stained with MJF’s sh*tty suntan, it’ll be stained with his BLOOD! Punk bites the dog collar chain as fans chant his name.

MJF’s answer? He just drops the mic! He has finally been silenced! But will Punk finally settle the score when he has MJF by the throat?

 

Backstage interview with Jurassic Express and Christian Cage.

AEW returns and Tony Schiavone announces that Revolution will have a TRIPLE THREAT for the AEW World Tag Team Championships. We’ll find out which teams will be going against Jungle Boy & Luchasaurus in next week’s Tag Team Battle Royale, and then the Casino Tag Team Battle Royale the week after. JB loves a good three way tag match, and loves winning battle royals. Captain Charisma laughs that off, and says over the next few weeks, there’ll be some changes in the AEW Tag Division. But after Revolution, one thing remains the same: Luchasaurus & JB as AEW World Tag Team Champions!

 

Bryan Danielson VS Lee Moriarty!

The American Dragon wants to forge the future of wrestling, but with Jon Moxley by his side. The Maniac has yet to give an answer, but Moriarty heard Bryan talking and wants to show him what he’s made of. Bryan has wanted nothing less, but will he get more than he bargained for out of #TYGASTYLE?

The bell rings and fans rally up already. Bryan offers a handshake, fans chant “YES! YES! YES!” but then Bryan leaves Moriarty hanging. They circle, tie up with knuckle locks, and go around. They trade facelocks, Moriarty waistlocks, but Bryan wrenches through to a double wristlock takedown. Moriarty fights up but Bryan puts him on ropes. The ref counts, fans sing for Moriarty, but Bryan SLAPS Moriarty! Bryan backs off and fans boo but Moriarty just checks his chin. Moriarty and Bryan circle, knuckle lock again, and Moriarty shoots in to trip Bryan for a toehold! Bryan endures, fights through to waistlock and get a leg.

Bryan drops a knee on the knee, has a toehold of his own, then stands on both legs. Bryan gets the arms, fans rally up and Bryan pulls the arms. Up, up and ROMERO SPECIAL! Moriarty endures the surfboard, Bryan brings him back into a dragon sleeper variation! But Moriarty claws Bryan’s face and gets the chicken wing! Bryan scrambles for the ropes to deny the rest of the hold, Moriarty lets up but Bryan puts him on ropes again. Another SLAP! Bryan kicks low, whips, but Moriarty rolls off the back, sweeps the legs and PENALTY KICKS the arm! Moriarty fires up and so do the fans Moriarty drags Bryan up and gets a straitjacket stretch,

Bryan powers through, puts the straitjacket on Moriarty, but Moriarty puts Bryan in a corner. Bryan lets go, Moriarty fires off EuroUppers! Moriarty whips corner to corner, Bryan goes up and over and things keep moving. Moriarty EuroUppers Bryan outta the ring! Then he slingshots, but lands on the apron. Bryan catches him coming back in, hooks him in the ropes and fires off YES KICKS! Though fans are torn, “YES!” “NO!” Bryan lets off as the ref counts, and then drags Moriarty along the rope for a DRAPING KNEE STRIKE! Bryan soaks up the cheers and jeers while AEW goes picture in picture.

Bryan taunts Moriarty, he drags Moriarty up by a knuckle lock, but Moriarty wrenches through! But Bryan claws Moriarty’s face to stop the elbow breaker! Bryan CLUBS Moriarty in the face, then bumps him off buckles. Bryan gives Moriarty more YES KICKS! The ref reprimands and counts, but Bryan just KCICKS again. Moriarty turns things around to fire off EuroUpper after EuroUpper, only for Bryan to DECK him with a EuroUpper in return! Bryan taunts Moriarty a bit more, paces around him, and then drags Moriarty up. Bryan HEADBUTTS Moriarty and Moriarty staggers to ropes.

Bryan taunts the fans, then brings Moriarty up to whip to ropes. Bryan CLOBBERS Moriarty, then soaks up the cheers and jeers again. Moriarty sputters but Bryan sits him up for a neck wrench. Moriarty endures as Bryan focuses on a chinbar. Bryan stands Moriarty up, but Moriarty throws body shots in return! Bryan HEADBUTTS him down! Bryan gets Moriarty up for a SNAP HALF HATCH! AEW returns to single picture, Bryan knuckle lock covers. TWO as Moriarty gets one arm up! Bryan tries again, TWO as Moriarty gets the other arm up. Bryan tries again, TWO as Moriarty bridges up!

Bryan puts his weight on Moriarty and brings him down! TWO as Moriarty bridges up! Bryan knees him down, TWO as Moriarty manages to get up again! Bryan tires a full body cover, TWO! Moriarty hooks Bryan’s legs with his legs! They both bridges, and then start throwing jabs! They topple over, Bryan gets on top to rain down fists! But Moriarty turns it around to do the same! But Bryan shifts, omoplata and LEBELLE LOCK! Moriarty scrambles, ROPEBREAK with a foot! The fans are thunderous as Bryan lets off at 4! “This is Awesome!” and still not over yet! Bryan kicks Moriarty at the ropes then eggs him on.

Bryan whips Moriarty, Moriarty reverses, SAIDO! Bryan tumbles to a corner and Moriarty fires up! Fans are fired up with Moriarty and he fires forearms! Bryan EuroUppers then eggs Moriarty on! Moriarty forearms back, so Bryan gives him another EuroUpper! Moriarty throws another forearm, Bryan EuroUppers again! And again! And again, but into a backslide! TWO!! Bryan hurries up, he backslides but Moriarty flips through, into a SLAP! Moriarty has had it with those! Moriarty SLAPS and ROCKS and forearms and elbows Bryan over and over! Bryan dodges, ROLLING ELBOW! Moriarty drops to his knees, but he blocks the buzzsaw!

Moriarty flips Bryan around, LARIAT, but Bryan catches it! But Moriarty turns that into his BELLY2BELLY! Cover, TWO!! Moriarty hurries to back mount, and he throws down palm strikes to Bryan’s back! This is the violence Bryan wanted! BORDER CITY STRETCH!! Bryan crawls, endures, reaches, fans duel but Bryan pops and rolls, TWO! Moriarty holds on but Bryan makes it a SNAP SHOULDER CAPTURE SUPLEX! Bryan grins, enjoying the violence! Moriarty gets up, BUSAIKU KNEE!! Bryan isn’t done, though! “It’s time to kick his head off!” Bryan gets the wrists, holds Moriarty up, DANIELSON STOMPS!

Bryan drags Moriarty into a TRIANGLE SLEEPER! No hands as Bryan flexes, Moriarty is OUT! Bryan wins!

Winner: Bryan Danielson, by submission

The American Dragon slays #TYGASTYLE, but then he gets a mic to speak. “Ladies and gentlemen, I came out here to teach Lee Moriarty a thing or two about violence. And I wanna know. Did he pass? Or did he fail?” Fans are torn, so Bryan says, “And that’s why I don’t trust the American public with anything.” But that’s not even why he’s got the mic. Bryan asked Jon Moxley to team up with him to create a whole new AEW! To teach the young wrestlers about violence! And Jon Moxley, Bryan wants his answer! Bryan waits, and here comes Mox! He enters from the crowd as always, and fans sing Wild Thing for him.

Moxley finally gets to ringside and enters the ring to join Bryan. But what’s his answer? Bryan hands the mic over and Moxley says, “Little over a decade ago, I was a lot like that Lee Moriarty kid. I was a lot like a lot of the kids in the AEW locker room. I was young, I was angry, I was poor, I had nothing to lose, and I took a shot at taking down the great American Dragon, Bryan Danielson.” It was an indie show in Ohio, Bryan was late, his flight was delayed because of weather, so they sent Tracy Smothers out to vamp with the fans for like 45 minutes. Finally, Mox goes to the ring, Bryan pulls up in his gear, goes through the kitchen to the ring and that’s the first time they met.

Mox met the best wrestler in the world. Mox gave everything he had, balls out, tooth ‘n’ nail, but came up short. But he got a taste of the best made Moxley meaner, angrier and want it more! Over the years, Mox had more shots at Bryan. And every single time, Mox came up short. In fact, Mox has never beaten Bryan Danielson. That’s true! So when Bryan showed up in AEW, everyone else was intimidated, but Moxley was excited to finally put the one head up on his wall he never had, to slay the one dragon he hadn’t yet. No puns intended, American Dragon. But as it turns out, Bryan Danielson doesn’t wanna fight Mox, he wants to join forces with him.

Moxley was listening to everything Bryan said that night. And honestly, he thought of how awesome that could be. All the arms they could snap, all the skulls they could cave in. They’d be a dream team dynasty of pure wrestling violence! Then Mox thought, not just about the destruction, but what they could create. The young guys they could bring along with them. They could give something back to the business and AEW, the legacy they could leave! And not to lie, Moxley couldn’t think of one good reason to say no to that. But then Moxley thought, is the only reason Bryan wants to be side by side with Moxley because he doesn’t want to find himself across the ring from Moxley?

Does Bryan know that Moxley will do to him what he’s done to everyone else put in front of him these last three years? If that’s the case, then Moxley’s already beaten Bryan Danielson. So does Bryan wanna genuinely be Moxley’s partner so that they can create? Or is it because he doesn’t want to be destroyed. So then Bryan, Moxley isn’t saying yes, but he’s not saying no. This is up to Bryan. Moxley isn’t that young kid anymore. And for all intents and purposes, this is their first meeting in AEW, Moxley doesn’t stand side by side with nobody until he bleeds with ’em first! Is that a match challenge? And will Bryan take Moxley up on it?

 

Keith Lee speaks.

“It was only a matter of time. The anticipation was essentially tangible. The Limitless One has arrived in AEW. And with the arrival comes the qualification for the Face of the Revolution ladder match. And it’s so fitting, as the first person to qualify, this is the one instance where you don’t save the best for last. It is the first and best and the new Face of the Revolution. It is yours truly, the Limitless One, Keith Lee. And when I tell you I’m coming here to make a statement, phase one is done. The ladder match is phase two, and when I’m done with that, the TNT Championship shall be mine.”

 

Face of the Revolution Ladder Match Qualifier: Wardlow w/ Shawn Spears VS Max Caster w/ Anthony Bowens!

We already know there is a Limitless One in the match, the The Pinnacle’s Maestro of Mayhem looks to break through to join him. But of course, Platinum Max has a diss rap on deck! “If Wardlow thinks he can beat me, he’s crazy. Acclaimed beats down brothers more than Da Baby. Look at him, I’m not trippin’. He’s overrated like Nashville Hot Chicken. I’m not the guy to be fightin’, I knock you out the first round like tha Titans. And we all know the sitch, boy. You not a man, just MJF’s bitch boy!” NASHVIIIILLE~! The Acclaimed have arrived! Will Max make the ladder match critically acclaimed? Or will Wardlow drop Caster harder than the beat?

The bell rings and Wardlow circles with Caster. They feel out the grapple but Caster backs off. They tie up, Wardlow fakes Caster but Caster gets away before the bomb. They tie up again, Caster gets around and clubs Wardlow, but it does nothing! Wardlow lunges but Caster slips away, and Bowens swipes Wardlow’s foot! The ref reprimands, Caster BOOTS Wardlow! Caster fires forearms in the corner, Wardlow shoves Caster away and dodges as AEW goes picture in picture.

Caster bounces off buckles, into Wardlow’s OVERHEAD Belly2Belly! Caster ends up in the opposite corner! He bails out before Wardlow can get him, but Wardlow goes out to pursue. And CLOBBER Caster with a clothesline! Fans rally, Spears cheers Wardlow on, and Wardlow brings Caster up to bump him off the apron. Wardlow glares at Bowens, Caster gets around the corner but Wardlow pursues. Wardlow puts Caster in, but Caster bails out the opposite side. Wardlow is annoyed as The Acclaimed regroup. Wardlow goes out, runs in but is sent into the steps! Bowens mocks Wardlow’s pain, but Wardlow still almost gets him!

Caster stomps Wardlow, SMACKS him off the steps, and then he brings Wardlow up. Wardlow throws a body shot but Caster ROCKS Wardlow, then APRON BACK SUPLEXES! Caster pushes Wardlow in, covers, ONE! Caster keeps on Wardlow with haymakers but Wardlow throws them back! They go back and forth, Wardlow gets the edge, but Cater hits back! Caster uppercuts then fires up, but Wardlow gives him a SPINEBUSTER! Wardlow rolls Caster, reels him in, but Bowens drags Caster out to  make the save! Bowens gets on the apron and eggs Wardlow on. And in a bit of Pinnacle copy-paste, Bowens drops his chain to Caster!

Wardlow runs Bowens off, goes after Caster and throws him in the ring. Wardlow calls his shot as AEW returns to single picture. Fans fire up, Spears tries to point out what The Acclaimed did, but that only distracts the ref when Caster PLATINUM PUNCHES Wardlow! Caster hurries up top, MIC DROP ELBOW! Cover, TWO!! Wardlow survives and The Acclaimed can’t believe it! Caster reels Wardlow in, puts one out, but Wardlow is too big to lift! Wardlow back drops out! Bowens tries to help Caster again, but Wardlow BOOTS Caster into Bowens! Wardlow then reels Caster in, POWERBOMB!

Fans are thunderous for “One More Time! One More Time!” Wardlow gets Caster up, POWERBOMB! And then again, POWERBOMB! One foot cover, Wardlow wins!

Winner: Wardlow, by pinfall (advances to the Face of the Revolution)

But then Bowens attacks! Bowens stomps Wardlow down, but Spears doesn’t see it happening! Wardlow gets up, choke grips and reels Bowens in, POWERBOMB!! And now Spears throws his chair around on The Acclaimed. What good is he as an accountabilibuddy? But at least Wardlow is in the ladder match. Will he win it and then the title, to unfortunately hand it over to MJF?

 

Backstage interview with Mercedes Martinez and Britt Baker.

Jamie Hayter and Rebel are of course with The Doctor as Tony Schiavone says the No Disqualification match is still to come. Mercedes says No DQ, no rules, no excuses. And Britt adds no losing. Remember: Britt brought Mercedes here, so she needs to finish Thunder Rosa. Then it is undeniable: Britt Baker, DMD, is the most powerful woman in all of pro-wrestling with the best squad, and the best sensei. In steps Cobra Kai’s Martin Kove, aka Sensei Kreese! Mercedes says she knows her job. It’s time to murder a b*tch. Britt asks Kove what to do if Mercedes loses. He says she knows what to do. “Finish her. No mercy.”

 

Rampage is gonna be a SLAM DUNK!

Because NBA All Star Weekend is this weekend, Rampage is going to be THREE HOURS EARLIER! Instead of 10 PM Eastern, it’ll be 7 PM!

 

AEW returns and Tony Schiavone is in the ring.

Schiavone introduces the AEW World Champion, HANGMAN ADAM PAGE! The Millennial Cowboy survived the Texas Deathmatch against Lance Archer and still has #PrettyPlatinum on his arm, and Nashville is ready for some #CowboyShit! Schiavone says this man doesn’t back down from a fight, and you can see the scars on his eyebrow. How is he doing, though, after that violent match? Hangman says he’s surprised, but then Adam Cole interrupts. “First of all, Nashville, if you could do me a favor, and please give a very warm round of applause for our AEW World Champion.” Hangman’s been in some battles!

There were the two matches with Bryan Danielson, then the war to win the title off Kenny Omega. Speaking of, that was a war with Lance Archer last week. One of the craziest Cole has ever seen, against one of the biggest and baddest AEW has to offer. And Hangman still has the title. Schiavone, get the hell outta the ring. Cole is alone with Hangman now as Cole says Hangman earned the right to call himself AEW World Champion. But Cole’s been a world champion everywhere he’s gone. But right now, Hangman is champion, but that reign will have to end pretty soon.

Hangman says he often wondered how it must’ve felt for Cole to leave, then watch from a distance as his friends built a wrestling empire without him. And Hangman also wonders that now it must feel weird being in the ring with his Bullet Club buddy, his ROH roommate, and seeing he’s the AEW World Champion, knowing that this is the one world title Cole will never hold. Cole says that’s funny, Hangman bringing up friendship. Let’s talk about that. Like Nick & Matt Jackson, the Young Bucks. They haven’t said Hangman’s name in weeks! Or what about the Dark Order? That’s supposed to be Hangman’s crew, but he hasn’t associated with them for months.

So truth be told, what kind of friend is Hangman? Hangman says he’s not perfect. Really, when he thinks about it, Cole doesn’t have the best record with friendship, either. So Hangman has regrets, has made mistakes, but the more Cole talks, the more Hangman thinks Cole getting in this ring with him was Cole’s biggest mistake. Cole wants Hangman to cool off. He’s just being frank because they’ve known each other for over a decade. And Hangman has become “an unbelievable professional wrestler, and an unbelievable world champion.

“But now, Hangman, I’m here in AEW. And truth be told, now that I’m here in AEW, where any time we’ve been in the same promotion together, you’ve always been known as the other Adam. Hangman puts the belt down, and the mic, and rolls up his sleeves. Cole wants Hangman to wait and listen. Cole means this from the bottom of his heart, he has nothing but love, respect and admiration for Hangman. If he could share the ring with anyone here, it’d be Hangman. So trust Cole when he says that some day, they will fight for the AEW World Championship. And it’ll be 1v1, man to man, Page VS Cole.

“And when that day does come, filled with respect, may the best man win.” Cole holds out a handshake, and Hangman takes it. Cole leaves, but will all of that love, respect and admiration turn into arrogance and violence? Wait, reDRagon attacks Hangman from behind!! Cole’s other friends are beating up Hangman! Cole rushes back in, and he joins in! That sure didn’t take long! But security rushes out, only to be pushed aside by Cole, Fish and O’Reilly! So here comes THE DARK ORDER! They outnumber Cole & reDRagon so they take off. The Dark Order’s Preston Vance takes his anger out on the security guards!

The rest of the Dark Order has to subdue Vance before he completely wipes them all out! But then he TOSSES the last guy out on to the rest! Is that Number 10 saying he will be the one to humble Adam Cole?

 

AEW hears from tonight’s main eventers.

Darby Allin says, “Everybody says that Sammy Guevara and Darby Allin both have a death wish. We don’t know why we do what we do, but I think it comes from something that’s missing in our lives. We try to fill this void. The only time that void wasn’t there was when I was TNT Champion.” Going out there and wrestling is therapy for Darby, so surely it is for Sammy. The Spanish God says, “Go back and look at any Darby Allin VS Sammy Guevara match, go back to our time on the indies, go back to AEW, it doesn’t matter, it’s all irrelevant. I beat him, he beat me, none of that matters now.”

They’ve both been TNT Champion. Darby was a great champion, but he’s not going to be better than Sammy. Darby says tonight means the most. He needs this. Who walks out of Nashville the strongest, most relentless TNT Champion in AEW?

 

Chris Jericho & Jake Hager VS Santana & Ortiz!

Speaking of Sammy, he put the rest of the Inner Circle on notice. If this issue can’t be resolved, then there shouldn’t be an Inner Circle. Will Le Champion and Rock Hard Hager make Santana & Ortiz fall in line? Or will Proud ‘n’ Powerful fight out of Jericho’s shadow to go for the gold?

The teams stare down, but then here comes Eddie Kingston! The Mad King is not someone Jericho wants to see, but the fans are happy to have him back! He fist bumps with Santana & Ortiz, he’s in their corner! Santana and Jericho start with the bell, and Jericho talks a little trash. Jericho pie faces Santana, Santana SLAPS Jericho! The brawl is on! Jericho ROCKS, CHOPS, CHOPS and CHOPS Santana, then whips. But Santana dodges to LARIAT! Jericho goes to a corner, Santana hits a FLYING FOREARM! Santana gets in Jericho’s face, the ref counts and Santana whips Jericho corner to corner.

Jericho BOOTS back, but Santana fires up! Santana fires forearms, CHOPS Jericho in the corner, and lets Jericho stew in that. Then he CHOPS again! Santana snapmares, hops up, and jumps for a missile dropkick! Cover, ONE! Santana gets Jericho up, tags Ortiz, and they double whip for an atomic drop, body shot, and DDT! Then they set up, step stoop MOONSAULT! Ortiz stares Hager down, then covers Jericho, TWO! Ortiz drags Jericho up to fisherman suplex! Bridging cover, TWO! Ortiz keeps on Jericho with forearms, then runs, but into a FLAPJACK! Cover, ONE! Jericho tags Hager, they get Ortiz up to double whip.

Jericho and Hager double shoulder Ortiz down! Hager pushes Ortiz around, “We’re family! WHY!?” Ortiz throws forearms but Hager DECKS him! Ortiz gets up, throws more, but Hager DECKS him again! Ortiz pops right back up, blocks Hager’s kick and elbows the leg! Ortiz dropkicks the leg, then fires more forearms! Ortiz runs, into an OVERHEAD Belly2Belly! Hager goes to the corner, HAGER BOMB! Cover, TWO! Hager looms over Ortiz as AEW goes picture in picture.

Hager puts Ortiz in the corner for heavy hands, then digs a knee in. Hager bumps Ortiz off buckles, tags in Jericho, and Jericho drags Ortiz up. Ortiz fires haymakers on Jericho! Ortiz runs, into a dropkick! Jericho gloats, then drags Ortiz up to back suplex! Jericho drags Ortiz up to whip him hard into the corner. Tag to Hager, they mug Ortiz, then Hager digs his knee in again. The ref counts,. Hager lets off at 4, but Jericho gets a cheap shot in. Hager throws hands, Ortiz hits back! Ortiz fights with more haymakers, but Hager shoves him back to SPLASH! Hager tags Jericho, they mug Ortiz more, and Jericho brings Ortiz to an open corner.

Jericho whips corner to corner to clothesline! Jericho throws more point blank clotheslines, over and over, and over and over! Jericho lets off, but Ortiz CHOPS him! Ortiz CHOPS again but then collapses. Ortiz gets up in a huff but Jericho BOOTS him down! Jericho drags Ortiz up, puts him on ropes and chokes him! The ref reprimands and counts, Jericho lets off and Kingston is there to coach Ortiz up. Jericho stands Ortiz up to DECK him with a right. Jericho brings Ortiz back up, AEW returns to single picture, and Ortiz fights off the suplex with body shots. Jericho knees low and snap suplexes!

Jericho catches his breath, stalks Ortiz as he crawls, and then drags him away from Santana. Jericho slaps Ortiz around, fans boo, and Jericho whips only for Ortiz to roll and come back with a LARIAT! Fans are thunderous as they rally up! Hot tags to Hager and Santana! Santana dodges Hager, BOOTS Jericho, then fires off on Hager! Santana CHOPS and CHOPS, whips but Hager reverses. Santana stops to CLUB, KICK and basement dropkick! Fans fire up with Santana but Jericho gets in to CODE BREAKER! Hager hits a POWERSLAM! Cover, TWO!! Santana survives and Kingston coaches him up.

Hager puts Santana in the corner, tags Jericho, and they mug Santana. They double whip him to an open corner, Hager whips Jericho for Jericho to whip Hager in, but Santana tosses Hager! Santana then waistlocks Jericho, Jericho back elbows so Santana LCUBS Jericho! Santana KICKS, runs, but Jericho kicks back! Jericho runs, to BULLDOG! Fans fire up as Jericho catches his breath. LION- NO! Ortiz stops the springboard, Santana hits a DRAPING RUSSIN LEG SWEEP! Ortiz CANNONBALLS Hager while Santana covers Jericho, TWO!! Jericho survives but Santana tags Ortiz back in.

PNP coordinate. they get Jericho up and Santana climbs. STREET SWEEPER!! Cover, TWO?!?! Jericho survives by mere nanoseconds, but Kingston says to just keep going! “This is Awesome!” PNP reset, tag to Santana and Ortiz fires off on Jericho. They set up, step-stool CANNONBALL caught for THE WALLS OF JERICHO!! Santana endures, reaches out, Kingston pushes the rope closer! Santana crawls, reaches out, ROPEBREAK!! Jericho lets go, Kingston is on the apron as he coaches Santana, Jericho TRIANGLE JUMP DROPKICKS him down! Jericho runs at Santana, but Santana ducks Judas Effect!

Ortiz SMACKS Jericho at the ropes! DISCUS LARIAT from Santana! Cover, PROUD ‘N’ POWERFUL WIN!!

Winners: Santana & Ortiz, by pinfall

Jericho gets up in a huff and storms after Kingston! They brawl at the ramp! The refs hurry to stop this before it gets going, but fans want to “Let Them Fight!” PNP leave with Kingston, have they just broken the Inner Circle?

 

Brandon Cutler’s camera is live backstage.

The Young Bucks, reDRagon and Adam Cole are gathered and Kyle says they just beat the hell outta Hangman. But where were the Bucks during all that? Matt says beating up Hangman is beating a dead horse. Anyone but him, honestly. Nick agrees, but Kyle doesn’t get that saying. Cole says for everyone to let it go. The next few weeks are a HUGE few weeks for The Elite. In two night’s time, Cole woops Preston Vance’s ass all over the ring. Then Jay White beats the hell outta Trent Beretta! And next week on Dynamite, one of two Tag Team Battle Royals happens to crown one of two contenders to the AEW World Tag Team Championships, for a Triple Threat match at Revolution.

And boys, next week is a good time for the Bucks to pick up a W. Oh, well, uh, maybe reDRagon wins the first one, and then the Bucks have a chance to win the second one. Oh, how funny. Kyle, where’ve you been again? Matt hasn’t seen Kyle in weeks. Uh, he was nominated for father of the year for having a first baby. Fish congratulates Kyle but Matt sarcastically says, “Oh, wow, so cool.” Matt has two kids, Nick has three. Guys, guys, c’mon! You all have beautiful kids! This group, this faction, it is also beautiful. They cannot be stopped, they have to get on the same page. Right, then the Bucks will see reDRagon in the battle royal.

Cole’s friends leave in different directions, Cutler asks him which way he’s gonna go. Shut up, Brandon, turn the camera off! With no one watching, which way does Cole go?

 

No Disqualifications: Mercedes Martinez VS Thunder Rosa!

Britt Baker brought in the mercenary known as Mean Ms. Mercedes, but her pipe attack wasn’t enough. Will Mercedes finish the job and crush La Mera Mera? Or will Rosa rip through Mercedes to get at the AEW Women’s World Champion?

Mercedes is so ready, she doesn’t even get in the ring. She has her pipe, and waits on Rosa right at the ramp. Rosa comes out in a Kill Bill The Bride aka Beatrix Kiddo, and she’s bringing a chair! The two lock eyes, ready their weapons, and CLASH! Mercedes drops the pipe, Rosa SMACKS and SMACKS Mercedes down! Rosa puts Mercedes in, the bell rings, and Mercedes punches back! Mercedes CHOPS Rosa, Rosa hits back. Rosa CHOPS, throws forearms, and Mercedes bails out. Rosa pursues, throws more forearms, then POSTS her! Mercedes drops, Rosa hurries to bring out a TABLE!

Fans fire up as Rosa sets up the table, but Mercedes ROCKS her first! Mercedes whips Rosa into the steel steps! Mercedes brings out a few chairs and puts them in the ring. Mercedes then whips Rosa, but Rosa reverses and Mercedes crashes through barriers! Rosa fires up, throws off the jacket, and kicks Mercedes around. The ref is taking liberties with the ring count as Rosa sits Mercedes down to stomp away! Rosa then brings Mercedes around and RAMS her into guard rail! Rosa climbs up the railing and fans get to be part of the action as she balances off them and CROSSBODIES Mercedes!

Rosa fires up, throws stuff around and AEW goes picture in picture. Rosa elbows Mercedes, drags her up and ROCKS her with a forearm. Rosa SMACKS Mercedes with some trash, but Mercedes hits back with uppercuts! Snap suplex onto the downed railing! Rosa writhes but Mercedes drags her up and back to ringside. Mercedes throws Rosa in, then goes looking under the ring. Mercedes brings out a trash can and puts that in the ring. Then she puts in the trash can lid, and gets in to drag Rosa up. Mercedes DECKS Rosa with a right, then SMACKS her with a chair! Mercedes steps over Rosa to then bring in more chairs!

Mercedes gets in, stomps Rosa, then drags her up to scoop. Rosa slips off, kicks low and hits a STUNNER! Cover, TWO!! Rosa ain’t Stone Cold but she goes outside to fetch that table. Rosa finishes setting it up, but then the leg malfunctions! Rosa says screw it, and gets the table propped up against the ring. Mercedes crawls out, Rosa is after her on the apron. Rosa CLUBS Mercedes, fireman’s carries, but Mercedes clubs free. Mercedes throws body shots and uppercuts, then reels Rosa in. AEW returns to single picture as Mercedes FISHERMAN BUSTERS through the table! The table breaks just enough for the two to slide down to the floor!

Fans lose their minds, Rosa and Mercedes writhe in agony, but somehow they’re both okay to continue. Mercedes is up first and she gets her pipe back! Mercedes puts that in the ring, gets one of the chairs, and she SMACKS Rosa! And JAMS her! Mercedes throws the chair away, puts Rosa in the ring, and then clears some space. Mercedes hoists Rosa up top, throws hands, then climbs up after Rosa. Mercedes fireman’s carries but Rosa fights free and SUPER STEINERS Mercedes away! Rosa then gets the trash can, to CHUCK it at Mercedes! And then Rosa puts the can on Mercedes, to run and BASEMENT DROPKICK! Cover, ROPEBREAK!!

Mercedes saves herself but Rosa drags her to a drop zone. Rosa goes up, but Mercedes SMACKS her with the trash can lid! And again! Rosa wobbles, turns around up top, and Mercedes climbs up behind her. Mercedes CLUBS Rosa, then SPIDER GERMAN SUPLEXES! Mercedes gets back up the corner, aims and ELBOW DROPS! Cover, TWO!! Rosa survives and Mercedes can’t believe it! Mercedes hurries to create a chair pile at center, then she reels Rosa in. Rosa blocks the powerbomb, Mercedes CLUBS away on her, but Rosa still fights free! Rosa slips around, CRUCIFIX DRIVER!

But Rosa drags Mercedes back up, reels her back in, FIRE THUNDER DRIVER on the chairs!! Cover, Rosa wins!!

Winner: Thunder Rosa, by pinfall

There was no mercy in this dojo! Rosa wins, getting the better of Britt’s mercenary again, but Rosa still isn’t done? She drags Mercedes up, to show her respect?! Fans cheer that, and Mercedes seems rather surprised. But here comes Britt and her girls. They storm right to the ring but Rosa stands her ground. Britt asks Kove again, “Now what?” “Finish her.” Britt signals to Hayter and Rebel, and they BLINDSIDE Rosa! They stomp away, then Britt gets in, wielding the pipe! Rebel drags Rosa over, Hayter stomps her more, and Britt looks to Mercedes. Britt holds out the pipe, and Mercedes takes it.

Mercedes looms over Rosa, but then looks at Britt. The hesitation is too much, Hayter CLOBBERS Mercedes! Hayter mugs Mercedes, Britt punches away on Rosa! Britt holds up the belt, and says, “D M D.” Will The Doctor still be golden, no matter who she has to take out?

 

AEW hears from The House of Black.

Malakai Black says, “Wicked hands suffer the unholy fires. Because violence begets violence. That’s why when they put their hands on me, the snakes coil around their arms and daggers pierce their skin. And that’s how they brought forth a stray king. All by design, because violence craves their destruction. And when that fire of destruction extinguishes, there is nothing left but ash. And from ashes, new forms grow. But no violence can truly create without judgement.” As Malakai deals the tarot cards, Brody King asks who they are waiting for. “History.” A knock comes at the door, but who walks in? Perhaps we’ll see, as next week will be a rematch of the House of Black VS Death Triangle!

 

AEW hears from Jay White!

“Everybody is talking about Switchblade, Jay White. Without me beating Kenny Omega for the IWGP United States Championship, maybe Kenny would’ve stayed in NJPW. And if Kenny had stayed, there would be no AEW. So AEW, you’re welcome. I’m the leader of Bullet Club. I am the catalyst. I am the man that in two night’s time on Rampage against Trent, I’ll show all of AEW how to breathe with the Switchblade. Because it’s still my era.”

 

AEW TNT Championship: Sammy Guevara VS Darby Allin!

Two of the Four Pillars. Two great TNT Champions in their own right. But only the Spanish God is the UNDISPUTED TNT Champion after dethroning the American Nightmare. Will Sammy still be golden in Nashville? Or will the Relentless One be bringing those belts home with him?

The introductions are made, both TNT belts are raised, and we see who is the one man who gets to have them both!

The two stare down as the bell rings and the fans rally up. More fans chant for Darby but Sammy shrugs that off. Darby and Sammy slowly circle, Darby offers a handshake and Sammy takes it. Fans cheer the sportsmanship, and the two tie up. Sammy shoves Darby, eggs him on, they tie up again. They break again, circle, tie up again, and go around. They end up in a corner, go along ropes more, but the ref counts. Sammy lets off, but then Darby headlocks! Sammy powers up but Darby holds on tight. Darby gets the takeover, Sammy moves around to make it a cover, ONE. Darby holds on, Sammy fights up to his feet.

Sammy pries free and hammerlocks but Darby switches that onto Sammy. Sammy tries to switch it back but Darby spins through to keep the hammerlock. Darby then flying-mares, sweeps the legs, covers, ONE as Sammy goes Matrix! But Darby gets him for a quick crucifix takedown, TWO! Darby has the headlock back and fans cheer the technical exchange. Sammy powers up to power out, then hurdles and flips, but Darby SHOTGUN dropkicks first! Darby runs in at the corner, but Sammy blocks monkey flip to put Darby up top. Sammy joins Darby, Darby fights him off, so Sammy TIGER WALL KICKS!

Sammy goes up fast, brings Darby up, but Darby fights the clinch! Darby elbows Sammy back down, but Sammy fireman’s carries! GUTBUSTER DROP on the buckle! Darby tumbles to the floor and fans lose their minds! Sammy goes out, drags Darby up and puts him in. Sammy covers, TWO! Sammy drags Darby up, hangs him out to dry on the ropes, then CLUBS him. Sammy goes to the corner, goes right up top, and GUILLOTINE SWANTONS!! Darby tumbles back to the floor and fans are thunderous as AEW goes picture in picture!

Sammy and Darby are both down, that move taking a lot out of them both. Darby stirs but Sammy goes out to fetch him. Sammy CLUBS Darby then whips him hard into railing. Sammy gets Darby back in the ring, brings him up and through the corner, to stand on Darby! Darby is bent against the second rope crossbar, but Sammy lets off as the ref counts. Darby sputters as he flops to the mat, but Sammy drags him up again. Sammy puts Darby up against the corner, and CHOPS him! Sammy stands Darby back up, to CHOP him again! And then CLOBBER him from behind! Cover, TWO! Sammy seethes but he keeps focus.

Sammy drags Darby up, scoops him and SLAMS him, then goes to the corner. Sammy climbs up, says a quick prayer, then MOONSAULTS! Darby moves, Sammy lands on his feet and staggers back. Sammy shakes out the leg and hobbles after Darby, but Darby blocks the whip by holding ropes. Sammy ROCKS Darby, CHOPS him, then whips Darby corner to corner hard! Darby slumps down in the corner, but Sammy drags him up. Sammy whips Darby corner to corner again, and Darby again slumps down. Sammy drags Darby up as AEW returns to single picture, for another whip, but Darby reverses! Sammy hits buckles face first! COFFIN SPLASH!

Darby keeps moving, another COFFIN SPLASH! Then a CHOP BLOCK to the leg! Standing COFFIN SPLASH to the leg! Fans rally up, Darby gets the leg and YANKS it back! Sammy writhes and clutches his leg, then drags himself to a corner. Darby storms over, hoists Sammy up top and CLUBS him on the back. Darby drags Sammy into a Tree of Woe, to then BEND the bad leg way, way back! The ref counts, Darby lets off at 4, but Sammy’s still stuck in the Tree! Darby goes up and pulls the leg in a HANGING HALF CRAB! Sammy sits up to ROCK Darby with a headbutt! Sammy gets Darby up, SPANISH FLY!!

But Sammy’s leg keeps him from making the cover! Sammy writhes, fans lose their minds, and Sammy manages the cover, TWO!! Darby survives because of the damage to Sammy’s leg! Fans rally and duel between these two, but Sammy says he knows what to do. Sammy drags Darby up, turns him around, dragon sleeper! But Darby knees free and swings. Sammy dodges, springboards, but Darby catches the legs! Step through, FIGURE FOUR! Sammy’s not the only one who can reference the American Nightmare! Sammy endures, works to turn this, and does! But Darby turns it back over! Sammy endures again!

Sammy flips Darby off, cusses him out, and SLAPS Darby on the face! Darby SLAPS back, it’s a SLAP fight in the leg lock! They ROCK each other and the hold comes apart! Fans applaud that great exchange as both men go to opposite corners. Sammy runs in, Darby dodges and the knee hits buckles! Darby hops on, THROWBACK- NO! Sammy denies the stunner, torture rack, but Darby blocks the knee! Step through, LAST SUPPER!! TWO!! Sammy escapes, Darby shoots in, THROWBACK STUNNER! Sammy flounders all the way out of the ring! But Darby just builds speed to DIVE!! Into a CUTTER?!?

Fans lose their minds as Sammy got that one outta nowhere! Fans are loving “A E DUB!” for this one as Sammy puts Darby back in. Sammy says he’s crazy, and fans hope these two “Fight Forever!” But it has to end somehow, and Sammy goes up top again. APRON SWANTON only gets apron!! Darby got outta the way and Sammy hit just the edge! His arm is twitching while he clutches his ribs! The ring count is climbing but Darby has to win this with pin or submission. Darby gets Sammy up, puts him in at 5 of 10, and hurries to drag Sammy to a drop zone. Darby goes up the corner now, keeping an eye on Sammy.

Darby reaches the top, fans are thunderous, but Jose, assistant to Andrade El Idolo, appears on the apron! But Sting appears to trip Jose up! Sting tosses Jose into railing! And then over them! But Andrade is here to TRIP Darby, and CLOBBER him with the contract! El Idolo just made Darby pay for not accepting his job offer! Darby is stuck up top, Sammy finally comes to and has no idea what just happened. Sammy shrugs and drags Darby into a torture rack. Even on one leg, GO TO HOSPITAL!! Cover, Sammy wins!

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

Matt Hardy hurries out to get his pound of flesh from Darby! Hardy rains down fists, but Sammy gets back in! Hardy bails out, but Andrade gets back in! TABLET SMACK! Sting runs Hardy off but Andrade snatches up the TNT Championship belts. Andrade wants to own them both, but Sting gets in, with his bat! Jose and Andrade hurry away with Hardy and the belts! Will the Andrade Hardy Family Office finally get some gold? Or will they have business to take care of with the Icon and the young pillars of AEW?


My Thoughts:

A great AEW that paved a lot of the road to Revolution. Punk opened with a great promo, and choosing Dog Collar match is pretty wild. MJF being speechless was a great touch, but I’d love if he was still just as speechless next week because of how brutal that match will be. Bryan VS Moriarty was an awesome match, certainly Moriarty’s best yet. Bryan of course wins, and I love that Moxley turns the tables on him. Bryan could choose to face Moxley, and if he wins he gets Moxley to join up, and I’m thinking that could be part of Revolution at this point. Keith Lee had a great promo, and he is clearly going to be treated/used right in AEW.

Wardlow had a great match with Caster, which was basically a handicap with The Acclaimed because Bowens was doing stuff and Spears didn’t do a thing until after Wardlow annihilated each of them. Just Wardlow and Keith Lee facing off in the Face of the Revolution ladder match is awesome, and then we’re going to add a bunch of other people to make it better. The House of Black has a very good vignette promo, and I love that there was a tease of a third member. Resist the temptation to go “Who’s the third man, brother?” if you can, but I am excited to see how this goes. One of the Varsity Blonds, perhaps?

Hangman and Cole had a great promo, lots of history yet to be visited, and what a great step towards the Elite civil war that’s brewing. Cole & reDRagon go after Hangman, Bucks apparently don’t care enough about Hangman to talk about him, but at least The Dark Order and Hangman are connected again. Cole VS Vance is going to probably be Vance’s best match but Cole is still going to win. The promo the Super KliqDragons had backstage was great stuff, especially Cole literally stuck in the middle, unsure who to walk away with. Jurassic Express & Christian have a good promo to set up the two different tag battle royals, and you can bet Bucks win one, reDRagon wins the other, Triple Threat where Jurassic Express can use Bucks and reDRagon against each other to retain.

We got a great match out of The Inner Circle, and how great for Eddie Kingston to show up. Santana & Ortiz get a big win, mostly cuz Jericho couldn’t ignore Kingston. Santana & Ortiz should definitely be in the tag team battle royals, maybe they disrupt the chances of Bucks and/or reDRagon winning, but maybe Jericho & Hager get in to ruin things for Santana & Ortiz. The Inner Circle has had a great run, this is definitely when they break up. Britt and group had a good promo, and what an interesting spot to plug the Cobra Kai series. No one swept the leg, so I’m disappointed. But Rosa VS Mercedes was awesome, and I did not see a Face turn for Mercedes through this.

Good promo from Jay White, he’ll have a great match with Trent on Rampage. And then, along with good promos from Darby and Sammy to hype up the main event, we got an AWESOME main event. And, after the news that Cody Rhodes is apparently gone from AEW, all the references to his moveset were genius. The match was bordering on PPV level, and then came the overbooking. But at the same time, of course Andrade screws over Darby. Andrade doesn’t like rejection, he wants to be the one to take the title, and I feel like instead of “If Darby loses, he works for Andrade,” we’re going to get a Face of the Revolution qualifier between them. That could go either way, but you can bet that’ll be overbooked as much as this match.

My Score: 8.9/10


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Mitchell’s AEW Dynamite Results & Report! (8/10/22)

MOX VS JERICHO 2!

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Can the Maniac tame the Lionheart?

Jon Moxley puts up the Interim AEW World Championship, but not against The Wizard of the Painmaker, but against LIONHEART Chris Jericho!! Will Dynamite never, ever, EEEVER… be the same, again?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Coffin Match: Darby Allin VS Brody King; Darby wins.
  • Tornado Tag: The Lucha Brothers VS La Faccion Ingobernable; LFI wins.
  • Luchasaurus VS Anthony Henry w/ JD Drake; Luchasaurus wins.
  • Ricky Starks VS Aaron Solo w/ The Factory; Starks wins.
  • AEW TBS Championship: Jade Cargill w/ The Baddies VS Madison Rayne; Cargill wins and retains the title.
  • Interim AEW World Championship: Jon Moxley VS Chris Jericho; Moxley wins and retains the title.

PLAY BY PLAY

Coffin Match: Darby Allin VS Brody King!

The Relentless One wants the House of Black’s behemoth to remember who brought him into AEW, but Brody wants to quite truly bury Darby and take his spot! Will the Coffin Drop one last time? Or will it be the House that falls?

Darby attacks Brody in the dark! The bell rings and fans are thunderous as Darby fires off on Brody in a corner! Brody shoves him away, runs in but into BOOTS! Darby gets his skateboard covered in tacks and SMACKS Brody with it! And again! Fans fire up more as Darby DIGS the tacks into Brody’s forehead! Brody fights it off, but he’s bleeding already! Darby stalks Brody while fans lose their minds! Brody bails out, Darby runs in but Brody ducks the board strike to DECK Darby! And then Brody TOSSES Darby over the timekeeper’s table! Brody BREAKS Darby’s board! But then Darby CLOBBERS Brody!

Darby dribbles Brody’s head off railing! Then off the steel steps! Brody’s blood is replacing his face paint! Darby BITES Brody but Brody shoves him away. Brody gets in the ring, Darby climbs up, but Brody choke grips! Darby DIGS his fingers at the eyes and then hops on top, SUPER CODE RED!! Fans are thunderous again as Brody flops away to the far side. Darby scurries over to push Brody off the apron and to the floor. Darby drags Brody by his arms but that’s some serious dead weight. Brody picks Darby up to RAM him into railing! Darby clutches his ribs, Brody CHOPS him off his feet! There’s a lot of blood painting ringside and it’s all from Brody!

Brody drags Darby up and runs him into more railing! The front row ends up moving back a bit from that one! Brody has to wipe his blood away, then he drags Brody up to whip him into more railing! Darby goes up and over while Brody roars and AEW goes picture in picture.

Brody stalks after Darby into the crowd, drags him up and gorilla presses, to TOSS Darby back to ringside! Brody then drags Darby up to CHOP him against the apron! Brody stalks Darby, scoops him and SLAMS him! Brody then gets a lot of space, for the SENTON! Brody storms around, looks under the ring, and finds a TABLE! Fans fire up to see that! Brody gets the table in the ring, then goes back to fetch Darby. Brody drags Darby up to RAM him into even more railing! And then he gets another TABLE! Brody sets this table up outside the ring and drags Darby up off the floor. Brody CHOPS Darby towards the table, then gets a THIRD TABLE!

Brody sets this table up next to the second, but the leg breaks off! Brody throws that defective table aside while AEW returns to single picture. Brody puts Darby on the one table, then climbs up the corner! SUPER SPLASH through the table but NOT Darby! Darby avoids certain destruction and the fans fire up behind him. Darby drags himself up with the apron skirt and then the ropes. Brody crawls around and Darby has a wild look in his eyes, but then the lights go out! The lights come back on and it’s Malakai Black AND BUDDY MATTHEWS! Darby doesn’t care how many targets there are, he still builds speed! But Julia Hart trips him up! The FULL House is here!

Buddy CHOP BLOCKS Darby! Buddy stomps away while fans boo and Malakai gets in the ring. POP-UP KNEE from Buddy, and he gives Darby MURPHY’S LAW! Malakai walks over, crouches by Darby and Buddy steps up the table in the corner. Malakai puts Darby up against the table and Brody barks from the corner. Brody runs in, to CANNONBALL through the table! And this time, Darby IS part of the crash! Fans chant for Sting as Buddy and Malakai drag Darby from the wreckage, and then Buddy opens the coffin. But inside, it’s STIIIIING! Sting has his baseball bat, and he JAMS, and CRACKS and SMACKS Buddy!!

Sting whips Buddy hard into steel steps! Buddy tumbles over and Sting gets in the ring,. Malakai sits down, Brody stagger sup, Sting CLOBBERS Brody with it. Sting throws the bat to Malakai?! Sting is daring Malakai to try something, but Malakai thinks better of it. Fans boo as Malakai walks away, and he tells Brody he has to finish this. Sting slowly follows Malakai as he leaves, not letting this one go! Fans fire up, and Darby DIVES! He hits Brody towards the coffin but into the lid! The coffin closes and Darby opens it back up. Brody throws body shots and then RAMS Darby into more railing! Brody scoops and SLAMS Darby on the steel steps!

Brody closes the coffin, moves it around, then opens it back up. Brody drags Darby up and scoops him onto his shoulder. Brody goes up the steps, then to the apron. Darby fights back! Darby slips off and grabs Brody’s steel chain! Brody drags Darby into the SLEEPR, but Darby ROCKS Brody with the STEEL CHAIN FIST! And then he CHOKES Brody with the chain!! Brody suffers the hangman’s sleeper, and then Darby lets him go! Brody tumbles right into the coffin and it closes! DARBY WINS!

Winner: Darby Allin

The coffin didn’t drop, but it did slam shut! Darby survives this quite horrific battle with Brody, but will things only escalate with Buddy Matthews back and Sting going after Malakai?

 

Jon Moxley speaks.

“Y’know, I was thinking. Since y’all’re coming at me with your ‘interim’ just about every two seconds, and we already have the FTW belt, just for fun, what if we called this the FYI belt? Just an idea. This was forged in Cincinnati, Ohio, in Piccadilly. And just like the famed Hart Dungeon in Calgary, this championship is about pain and how much you can endure. For over two decades, we have watched the last survivor of the Dungeon, ‘Lionheart’ Chris Jericho, and we have watched his fighting spirit on full display. Tonight, I’m going to test it. And I am going to push it to its breaking point. And Chris, if your fighting sprit doesn’t break, your body will.”

 

Chris Jericho responds!

“After two and a half years, tonight, Chris Jericho takes back what’s rightfully his. Tonight, I will become the new AEW World Champion! I’m gonna beat ya, Moxley, and I’m gonna tell ya why. You wanted to face Lionheart Chris Jericho. You wanted to face the last survivor of Stu Hart’s Dungeon. Well be careful what you wish for, Mox! Cuz Stu wasn’t some kind of loveable old man, no. He was vicious! He was violent! He was a sadist! And the pain he put me through is something I never wanted to think about again. Until tonight.

“You talk about painting the canvas red with blood and scattering teeth across the ring. Well you can fix a tooth. You can heal a cut. But what I’m gonna do to you isn’t so easily fixable. I’m gonna twist you, Mox. I’m gonna turn you, and wrench the sh*t outta you tonight! I was the first AEW World Champion, and tonight, Lionheart Chris Jericho, the last survivor of Stu Hart’s Dungeon, will be the NEXT AEW World Champion! I guaran-effing-tee it!!”

 

Next week, the AEW World Trios Championship Tournament begins!

Culminating with the final at All Out on September 4th, 2022, the opening round will be: Death Triangle VS Will Ospreay & Aussie Open! The House of Black VS The Dark Order! Best Friends VS The Trustbusters! And La Faccion Ingobernable, now adding DRAGON LEE to the team, against the Young Bucks, and whoever they choose to join them. But who will that be? We’ll have to wait and see!

 

Tornado Tag: The Lucha Brothers VS La Faccion Ingobernable!

Speaking of all those great trios, Death Triangle’s Penta El Zero M & Rey Fenix are taking on Andrade El Idolo & Rush in an unbridled battle of lucha libre! Will Penta & Fenix show everyone the power of #CeroMiedo? Or will LFI make AEW tranquilo?

The bell rings and since no one needs to tag, Penta and Andrade get in each other’s face. Rush and Fenix stare down, too, and the brawl just fires off! They haymakers fly, Fenix knees Rush and Andrade DECKS Penta. Rush whips Fenix to a corner to clothseline, then he and Andrade stomp the brothers. Fans are torn as Andrade fires up. Penta yanks ANdrade back to GAMANGIRI! Rush runs in to DECK Penta! Fenix SOBATS Rush, then runs corner to corner, but into an OVERHEAD Belly2Belly into the corner! Andrade rusn now, but into a SLINGBLADE from Penta! Rush tears off his shirt and throws it at Penta!

Fans fire up as Penta and Rush circle. Penta goes to headlock but Rush shoves him away. Things speed up, Rush CHOPS on the run! Penta CHOPS back! Rush fires up, Penta runs, but into a ROLLING ELOW! Rush runs, into a SUPERKICK! Fans fire up as Rush bails out and regroups with Andrade. Penta builds speed but Andrade and Rush split up. Penta chooses Rush but Andrade trips him up! Fenix watches Andrade to then DIVE onto Rush! Direct hit into railing and Fenix puts Rush in. Penta gets Rush up but Fenix DIVES to take out Andrade at the ramp! Penta half nelsons, pump handles KARMA!! Cover, TWO!!

Fans are thunderous with “CERO! MIEDO!” Fenix climbs up and Penta tucks Rush in, but Andrade shoves Penta over to thwart the driver! Fenix jumps into a DROPKICK! But Penta SUPERKICKS Rush! Only for Rush to POWERSLAM Penta! Fenix KICKS Rush, then runs and jumps, but into a double hip toss SLAM onto Penta! Rush and Andrade double cover the brothers, TWO!! Both Penta and Fenix kick out and fans rally up. Andrade rains down fists on Penta, and Rush CHOPS Fenix out of the ring. Fans rally as LFI fist bump then DOUBLE TOPE CONJILO! Direct hit on both brothers at the ramp and fans fire up!

AEW goes picture in picture as Andrade puts Penta in the ring. Rush RAMS Fenix into railing while Andrade covers, TWO! Penta keeps his team in this and he goes to the apron. Rush CHOPS Fenix against railing, then drags him up to whip into more railing! Rush snampares Fenix and uses camera cable to LASH him! Andrade hits a DDT onto a chair! Rush CHOKES Fenix with the cables! Andrade leaves Penta behind to bring Fenix up and into the ring. LFI kick Fenix around, fans rally behind “CERO! MIEDO!” but LFI go out after Penta! They mug Penta, stomp him down, then Rush grabs a chair! Andrade has Rush hold on, that’d be a disqualification.

Andrade puts Penta in the ring and he boots Penta down! Andrade clamps onto Penta with an armlock while Rush snapmares Fenix into a neck wrench. Rush is digging at Fenix’s mask! Andrade sits Fenix up and has Rush run, and he basement dropkicks Fenix down! AEW returns to single picture as Andrade puts Penta in a corner and CHOPS him! LFI double whips Penta corner to corner, then Rush runs in. Penta dodges to SUPERKICK Andrade, GAMANGIRI Rush, then wheelbarrow victory roll, FLYING DDT on Rush! Fans fire up as Fenix knuckle locks and CHOPS Andrade to go up and up and FLYING RANA Rush!

Penta swings on Andrade but Andrade ducks. Andrade shoves Penta to a corner and follows him, but Penta goes up and over and BACKSTABBERS! Cover, TWO! But Penta and Fenix wheelbarrow SPLASH! Cover, TWO!! Rush runs in, into DOUBLE SUPERKICKS! Fans fire up and Fenix runs in to get a boost from Penta, BIG SPLASH on Rush! Cover, Andrade breaks it! LFI regroups while fans are thunderous! The brothers say uno, dos, tres! SUPERKICKS! LFI bails out and fans shout, “CERO! MIEDO!” Now the Lucha Brothers DOUBLE TOPE CONJILO! They return the favor and the fans fire up for the Latino Heat!

Fenix puts Andrade in and fans chant “EDDIE! EDDIE!” Fenix climbs, to FROG SPLASH onto knees! Cover, TWO!! Fenix survives and Andrade is frustrated. Rush returns and fans rally up. LFI drags Fenix up and they set him up, but Fenix ducks and the SUPERKICK hits Rush! Andrade hurries to reel Fenix in but Fenix fights the hammerlock! Penta SUPERKICKS Andrade! Rush SHOTGUNS Penta! Andrade pounds the mat and fans fire up! Andrade runs corner to corner, CIEN KNEES for Penta! But Fenix JUMP SOBATS Andrade! Rush shoves Fenix to a corner but Fenix BOOTS back! Fenix goes up and up, and leaps into a POWERBOMB!

But Penta SOMERSAULT CUTTERS Rush! Fans are thunderous as all four men are down on the mat! A standing count starts, someone has to stand up! We’re at 5 of 10, then 7! Penta is on the apron with Andrade but Rush rushes in, into a GAMANGIRI! Penta reels Andrade in, “CERO! MIEDO!” But it isn’t a package piledriver, it’s a DESTROYER!! Fans are thunderous again as Penta and Fenix get Rush on the apron. Penta reels Rush in and hooks him up but Rush fights! Penta CLUBS away on Rush, “CERO! MIEDO!” Fenix is up top, but Andrade trips up the tightrope walk! Rush KNEES Penta down!

LFI goes after Fenix, but Fenix ROCKS Andrade! Rush HEADBUTTS Fenix! Fenix wobbles but stays on his feet, so Andrade ELBOW DROP DDTs! Cover, TWO!! Rush intercepts Penta with another knee and then ties the tail of his mask to the ropes! Andrade helps tie a double knot, and fans boo as LFI uses Penta’s lucha tradition against him! But Fenix SUPERKICKS Andrade! Only to turn around into Rush’s SHOTGUN MISSILE DROPKICK! Rush drags Fenix up and tucks the arms, STRAITJACKET PILEDRIVER!! Cover, PENTA LEAVES HIS MASK TO BREAK IT!!! His brother is more important than his mask!

But then Alex Abrahantes slides a spare mask in for Penta! Penta grabs for it, but Andrade stands on Penta’s hand! Andrade snatches the mask and grins. Jose CLBOBERS Alex and Andrade throws the mask away! Rush drags Penta up to TOSS Penta, but Fenix rolls Andrade! Rush breaks it!! Andrade whips Fenix into the corner and stomps away! Fans chant to someone to “THROW IT BACK!” in reference to Penta’s spare mask. Rush takes aim, BULL’S HORNS!! Rush drags Fenix up and feeds him to Andrade! LA SOMBRA DDT! Cover, LFI wins!

Winners: La Faccion Ingobernable, by pinfall

There was no saving Fenix & Penta from tranquilo! Will adding Dragon Lee only make LFI even more dangerous in the coming Trios Championship tournament?

 

The Young Bucks are on the Cutler Cam.

Matt & Nick Jackson have Brandon Cutler follow them because they need to get this on tape. The Bucks visit the Dark Order and Hangman Page. Sorry to barge in, but they mean no disrespect. They just wanted this on camera. John Silver says that’s fine, they have a BTE bit to film later anyway. Evil Uno asks Hangman and the Bucks if the rest of them should step out for this. No, no, it’s fine. The Bucks want the whole world to know this: They thank Hangman for saving them last week when he didn’t have to. Word on the street is, The Undisputed Elite are going to be around for a long time, and Hangman didn’t have to run them off.

The world has seen how the Bucks have treated Hangman, from what they’ve said to what they’ve done. They’re not proud of that and would take it all back if they could. So, Matt has been thinking and reminiscing. His favorite, most fun time of his career was when the three of them and The Elite were together, runnin’ and gunnin’ and doing this. They were building the revolution that became AEW. The friendship, the camaraderie, but then after AEW became a reality, things just got really weird. Matt knows Hangman felt that, too. Maybe it was the money, the TV time, the fame, but the Bucks got weird and selfish and if they could take it all back, they would.

So Matt just wants to say he is sorry. He means it. And… They’re here in this building, the very building Hangman won the AEW World Championship. Matt stood from afar and was so proud of Hangman, but he couldn’t even man up and say it! Hangman became a superstar! He wasn’t that other guy in The Elite, he WAS the Elite that night. Matt is so proud of Hangman, and wished he had enjoyed the journey over the destination. They can never get that time back. And Matt isn’t sure who he is anymore. He looks in the mirror and wonders if the internet trolls are right that he and Nick are awful. Maybe those people are on to something! Maybe they’re bad people.

But Matt knows one thing: when they’re around Hangman, he brings out the good in them. That is why Cutler’s camera is right here. The Bucks want to ask Hangman here and now: Will he be their third man in the trios tournament? The Hung Bucks can take on anyone! What does Hangman say? Huh? One last time! Hangman knew this would happen. He’d love to, guys, but he can’t. He knows Matt just said he was so proud of Hangman winning the world title and all that, but… The Bucks didn’t, The Dark Order did. These guys have been there for Hangman for those years The Bucks weren’t.

And in this AEW World Trios Championship tournament, Hangman feels this is The Dark Order’s chance. He feels he should have their backs the way they’ve always had his. He won’t be in the tournament at all, the Dark Order guys will be the team. So Hangman can’t be in their corner and in the Bucks’ corner at the same time. Hangman is sorry, but the Bucks get that. Hangman does know the Bucks should find someone who would never turn their backs on them. The Bucks get that. It’s fine. They can talk later. Good luck, Dark Order! Cutler asks The Bucks if they think Hangman meant him for the tournament. SHUT UP, BRANDON!

 

Jungle Boy is here!

Fans swing their arms and sing along while the pyro goes off! Jungle Jack is joining commentary for this one, but he doesn’t feel it’ll be that long. Because it’s LUCHASAURUS!

Luchasaurus VS Anthony Henry w/ JD Drake!

Jurassic Express is united, but JB is letting the wrestling dinosaur run his own course. Will Luchasaurus go all Godzilla on one half of the Workhorsemen?

The bell rings and Henry rushes in with forearms, but Luchasaurus TOSSES him to a corner! And then clotheslines! Luchasaurus hauls Henry up to pop him around for a GERMAN SUPLEX! Henry flounders, JD coaches him up, but Luchasaurus storms up on him. Henry ENZIGURIS, but Luchasaurus doesn’t budge! Luchasaurus HEADBUTTS Henry down! Luchasaurus hauls Henry back up, for the FOSSILIZER! Cover, Luchasaurus wins!

Winner: Luchasaurus, by pinfall

JB knew he wouldn’t be here long. But wait, Christian Cage is applauding from the back. “Impressive win, Luchasaurus. Now, Jungle Boy, I was gonna go out there and rip that headset off your head and slap the s*it outta you, right here, right now, but I decided the people of Minneapolis, they don’t deserve to see me in person.” JB throws off the headset as Christian says he is having way too much fun- OH NO! JB found Christian but security stops him from tearing into Christian! Captain Charisma runs off, Luchasaurus CLOBBERS the security! CHOKE SLAM onto a trunk! AEW producer Pat Buck rushes in, but gets a HEADBUTT for it!

JB tells Luchasaurus to take it easy, and make sure Pat’s okay. JB goes off to hunt down Christian, will he finally get his hands on the sleazy legend?

 

Miro speaks.

“Malakai. You’ve put me through changes, dragged me into the dark, but then I saw Hell was empty. Because all the devils are here.” Julia Hart walks over?! She tells Miro, “Embrace the gift. Give into it like I did.” Miro removes Julia’s hand from his face, and says there is only one woman who can touch The Redeemer, and Julia is not her. Tell the Pagans that he accepts their gift, and that he will own it so that he may use it to destroy them. “My warpath to my God is clear now. And it leads directly through The House of Black. These are the words of the Redeemer!” Will Miro join Sting and Darby in their fight against Malakai and his minions? Or is he going to destroy them on his own?

 

Backstage interview with “Powerhouse” Will Hobbs.

Mark Henry asks Hobbs if it is safe to assume, that after what happened last week, that he is done with Ricky Starks? Hobbs chuckles, but before he can answer, QT Marshall & The Factory walk over. QT tells Mark that this isn’t Will Hobbs, it’s POWERHOUSE Hobbs. And is he done with Starks? Hobbs left some crumbs, but tonight, Aaron Solo and The Factory sprinkles those crumbs around like parmesan cheese on mama’s spaghetti. And Hobbs doesn’t need to worry about a guy like Starks. Look at him! QT sees a world title in Hobbs’ future. The Factory can handle Starks, “because nobody says no to The Factory.”

Hobbs tells QT, “Don’t let your problem become mine.” Hobbs then leaves and Mark looks to QT. Will The Factory take Hobbs’ warning seriously? Will Starks make an absolute fool out of QT when he takes on Solo tonight?

 

Jay Lethal, Sonjay Dutt & Satnam Singh are here!

They go to the ring, all fired up and dressed to the nines. Sonjay gets a mic to say he’s on a high! Did the fans see Battle of the Belts last Saturday? They did to Wardlow the unthinkable. “Nobody has done to Wardlow what we did last Saturday night. Satnam Singh, One in a Billion, 7’4″, he choke slammed Wardlow right through a table! Wardlow was like 20 feet high up in the air!” Satnam rocks! But Wardlow, you may think that they’re done with you, but they’re not done by a long shot! Lethal gets the mic to say that last Saturday, they sent a message. The message is A) Defend the TNT Championship against Lethal one more time, or B) they come find him and just take the title!

Fans chant for “WARD~LOW!” and wouldn’t you know? Here comes Wardlow! Wardlow says Lethal wants another shot? Then he’s got it! But for tonight, eh whoops all three of their asses! And wait! Following behind are the TOP GUYS! F T R!! Fans are fired up for Cash Wheeler & Dax Harwood, draped in gold from ROH, NJPW and AAA! This unofficial Pinnacle reunion storms its way to the ring, so Lethal and his boys bail out! Sonjay looks for something under the ring, but there’s nothing good. Cash dares someone to get in the ring, but Lethal’s group flanks them. Lethal rushes in, but Wardlow blocks hi and ROCKS him, into the BIG RIG!

Lethal bails back out and Sonjay checks on him. Lethal’s crew retreats for now, will Wardlow and FTR stay Top Guys in AEW?

 

Backstage interview with the Jericho Appreciation Society.

Tony Schiavone is with Daniel Garcia, Angelo Parker, Matt Menard and Anna “Jay AS” but Parker has him shush. Menard says he can feel it! The world can feel it! Daddy Magic’s lucky red jacket is here, and history will be made tonight! Moxley, it’s been a hell of a run, but it comes to an end TONIGHT! Because tonight is the Jericho Championship Appreciation Party! Did you see the spread?! There’s hors d’oeuvres, amuse-bouche, even a fondue fountain! And Schiavone, you are NOT invited! But best yet, they’ve got A Little Bit o’ the Bubbly! It’s time for the AEW Galaxy to APPRECIATE US!

And while talking about appreciation, you know who should appreciate Garcia? Bryan Danielson. Bryan got another paid vacation with his family and that garden. Garcia put Bryan to sleep and owns him now. He is the Dragonslayer! Anna then shouts at a random stage hand and says if they don’t believe Garcia is the Dragonslayer, she’s gonna choke them out!! And then she does!! Will the JAS be celebrating with Le Champion after tonight’s main event?

 

Ricky Starks VS Aaron Solo w/ The Factory!

The Absolute may be without his FTW Championship and without Team Taz, but he is not about to pay for protection or join up with QT Marshall’s mockery of a mafia. Will Starks prove to his other former tag partner that he’s still a dangerous man? Or will Solo show him the power of The Factory?

Solo rushes Starks the second he’s in the ring but Starks dodges! The bell rings and Starks fires off hands with Solo! Fans fire up but Solo ROCKS Starks. Solo whips Starks to a corner but Starks comes back to CLOBBER Solo! Starks then dodges Solo to back drop him, and strike his pose! Fans fire up, and Starks whips Solo. Solo reverses, Cole Karter trips Starks up, and Solo CLOBBERS Starks! But the ref saw that and EJECTS Karter! So much for his two dimes in this match. Solo is mad and he storms up on Starks but Starks CHOPS him! Solo ROCKS Starks, fires off hands in the corner, then stomps a mudhole in.

The ref counts, Solo lets off at 4, and he talks trash on Starks while fans rally behind Starks. Solo stands Starks up, throws hands and then SLAPS Starks! Solo grins but Starks scowls. Solo and Starks clinch, Starks shoves Solo away and the hands start flying! Starks ROCKS Solo again and again then whips, but Solo reverses. Starks JAWBREAKERS, then dodges Solo to TORNADO DDT! Fans fire up and Starks runs to BOOT Solo! Starks reels Solo in, strikes his pose, and underhooks to lift, but Solo RANAS free! Solo kicks but Starks blocks and side steps, then ducks the Screw High Kick to SPEAR Solo on the return!! Cover, Starks wins!

Winner: Ricky Starks, by pinfall

That was an absolutely exciting finish to the match! QT sends the Freak Beast to the ring, with a chair! Starks sees him coming, dodges that chair shot, and hits a SPINEBUSTER! Starks calls out Hobs with that one! And then he underhooks Comoroto, only for Solo to CLOBBER Starks from behind! Comoroto gets the chair back, but Starks sends Solo into Comoroto! Starks bails, but he sees QT and Ogogo storming down the ramp! Starks goes up and over the railing, QT tumbles as he tries to follow, and Starks gets away! Hobbs is in the back, and he rips the TV off the mount and slams it down! Powerhouse is pissed that Starks survives, will he have to handle Starks himself?

 

Backstage interview with Gunn Club.

Billy is telling his boys to toughen up, but Lexi Nair asks them about how they’re feeling after the Dumpster Match loss. Funny she should bring that up, because they were just going over that. Billy was trying to figure out how, in one night, these two could RUIN the only match Billy made famous! This is what makes Billy miss The Acclaimed. But wait, Stokely Hathaway walks in? He tells “Grandpa Ass” that it’s time to go to bed, it’s after 8 PM! They’ve got some Ensure in catering, maybe Billy can go get himself a bottle. As for the Gunn boys, they can start taking their careers a little more seriously.

Billy grabs the card away from Stokely. “The jokes are old and funny, but you’re about to have a really bad day.” Stokely says alright, that’s fine. Stokely leaves, and Billy says to make it up to Austin & Colten, they have a match for Rampage. But then Danhausen walks in! He and “the big bearded fellow” will see the Ass Boys this Friday. Don’t touch them! Get away. Who is Danhausen talking about for his tag team partner? Trent?

 

Backstage interview with Best Friends.

Speaking of Trent, Schiavone is with Trent, Chuck Taylor and Orange Cassidy because they had something they wanted to show everyone. Cassidy high-fives Trent and Chuck, is this what he was talking about? But then the Trustbusters, Ari Daivari, Slim J & Parker Bourdeaux, walk over. Ari has Slim J get the mic to hold it for him. Ari says he’s been trying to get a hold of Cassidy all week! But Cassidy hasn’t answered any of Ari’s texts, calls or emails! Now that the trust has kicked in, Ari is investing in the best talent in AEW. He wants to bring Cassidy to superstardom, and all he’s gotta do is ditch the morons right here!

Whoa, whoa, whoa. Cassidy doesn’t know what Ari’s talking about, but whatever his question is, the answer is no. Trent & Chuck back him up. Is that it? The final answer is no? Alright, that’s fine. They’ll learn first hand what happens to people who say know to Daivari Dinero! Will the Trustbusters beat the Best Friends right out of the AEW World Trios Championship Tournament? Or will it be more like the other way around?

 

AEW TBS Championship: Jade Cargill w/ The Baddies VS Madison Rayne!

The undefeated streak and inaugural title reign continue as #ThatBitch is 35-0! But she’s up against a FIVE-TIME Women’s World Champion and THREE-TIME Women’s Tag Team Champion. Will Madison reign in AEW? Or will the storm that’s coming make Madison quake by the lake?

The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and we see if Madison is the one, or just another one.

Jade and Rayne get face to face and fans rally up. Jade shoves Rayne down but Rayne is right back up! Jade applauds Rayne, kisses her on the forehead, pats her on the top of her head, then offers a handshake. Rayne fires off forearms instead! Rayne whips, Jade blocks, then reels Rayne in for a knee! Jade CLUBS Rayne, storms up and kicks her low, and Rayne goes to a corner. Jade runs in but Rayne goes up! Jade hits buckles and Rayne hits a missile dropkick! Fans fire up as Jade bails out and Kiera fans her off. Rayne goes to the apron, Jade avoids the Penalty Kick to Electric Chair! Jade pops Rayne around, but Rayne throws hands to RANA Jade away!

Rayne stalks Jade, SHOVES her into railing, then fires up! Fans fire up with Rayne but Jade gets in the ring. Rayne gets on the apron, and the ref watches Kiera! Rayne tells her not to even, and Kiera backs off. Rayne gets in, Jade SPEARS her outta nowhere! And then kips up! Fans fire up as Jade flexes, and AEW goes picture in picture.

Rayne crawls to the apron but Jade storms over. Rayne shoulders into Jade, Jade ROCKS Rayne, then suplexes Rayne up and into the ring! A hard landing and both women are down! Kiera coaches Jade up but Rayne gets to the corner. Jade runs in and fires off forearms! Jade then TOSSES Rayne across the way! Jade says taht’s why she’s 35-0! Jade does push-ups and fans cheer her on. Jade then storms up on Rayne to stomp her in the corner. Jade TOSSES Rayne the other way now, then dribbles, into a BOOT! Rayne goes up again, but Jade ROCKS her first! Jade trophy lifts Rayne off the corner and carries her around, to then DROP her!

Fans fire up for Jade’s power and Kiera says that’s right! Jade looms over Rayne, stomps her around, kicks her around, and talks trash. Jade pie faces Rayne but Rayne throws body shots! Jade CLUBS Rayne, drags her up and DCKS her! Rayne goes to a corner, Jade drags her up and ROCKS her again. Jade whips Rayne corner to corner hard and Rayne falls down. Jade mocks Rayne’s pain then stomps Rayne more. Jade dribbles and runs corner to corner to DUNK on Rayne! Jade keeps dribbling and she drags Rayne back up. Rayne throws body shots again but Jade CLUBS her down. Jade drags Rayne up to suplex and hold her up!

AEW returns to single picture as Jade still has Rayne in the stalling suplex, with one arm! Then the SLAM! Jade covers, TWO! Kiera is upset, and she tells fans to shut up about the two! Jade drags Rayne up, but Rayne JAWBREAKERS! Jade staggers, Rayne gets up and throws forearms! Fans rally, Rayne CHOPS and forearms on repeat! Jade spins Rayne but Rayne kicks low. Then ENZIGURIS! Jade staggers again, Rayne reels Jade in, turns Jade and hits a NECKBREAKER! Rayne fires up and goes to the corner. Fans fire up as Rayne climbs, and Jade staggers up into the BLOCKBUSTER! Cover, TWO!

Rayne drags Jade back up, Jade throws body shots, but Rayne has a GUILLTOINE! Jade powers Rayne up, but Rayne makes it a SATELLITE DDT!! Cover, TWO!! Jade survives and Rayne is shocked! Rayne sees Kiera on the apron and grabs her by her hair! Jade rushes in, Rayne dodges and the BOOT gets Kiera! Rayne rolls Jade up, TWO!! Rayne kicks but misses, Jade BOOTS Rayne down! Jade drags Rayne up, chicken wings her, but Rayne switches to knee low! CROSS- NO, Jade slips through to chicken wing! JADED! Cover, Jade wins!

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

THIRTY-SIX! Jade has one 36 singles matches in a row, no losses anywhere on her record, and she just crossed off a big name. But wait! That Baddie fan in the crowd hops the railing, and it’s ATHENA! The Fallen Goddess was in disguise, and Jade turns around into a HAYMAKER! Athena fires off on Jade, whips her to ropes, but Kiera helps Jade get away! Fans boo but Athena snatches up the TBS Championship! Will Athena be the one to finally dethrone #ThatBitch?

 

Backstage interview with Thunder Rosa & Toni Storm.

Schiavone says it was a big week for #ThunderStorm last week, from that tag team defeat to the successful AEW Women’s World Championship defense at Battle of the Belts III. But a big announcement here: Kris Statlander is injured and cannot compete, making Toni Storm the #1 contender once again. Rosa says in this sport, this happens all the time, and they have to rise to the occasion. This isn’t what Rosa wanted but it is what it is. Storm agrees, she didn’t see it going down like this, either. But next week, Storm will be in action and plans to keep the momentum going. And Storm’s main goal is to be AEW Women’s World Champion.

Rosa says she wishes Storm luck in her match, but they’ll talk about a possible title match after that. Will #ThunderStorm be torn apart by the gold?

 

AEW has more for Rampage’s Quake by the Lake!

After being called out again and again by Daniel Garcia, Bryan Danielson will make his return to address his status! Plus, we’ll hear(?) from the FTW Champion, the Handsome Devil, HOOK! And it turns out, Danhausen’s “big bearded guy” is none other than ERICK REDBEARD!! It will be the debut of #Beardhausen in a match with the Gunn Club! And ahead of their Trios match with Best Friends, Ari Daivari sends out his heavy hitter, Parker Boudreaux, against the returning Sonny Kiss! Plus, Ari Daivari himself is in action, against Orange Cassidy! Will Daivari get to personally show Cassidy why it was a bad move to reject him?

Then, after their big Street Fight win just last Friday, Swerve in Our Glory is back to speak on the state of the AEW World Tag Team Championships! And lastly, #SamTay, Sammy Guevara & Tay Conti Melo, bring the AAA World Mixed Tag Team Championships to AEW, and defend them against Dante Martin & Skye Blue! Will the newlyweds lose their gold to Angel Dorado & Cielo Azul?

 

BREAKING NEWS for next week!

As part of the Game of Thrones: House of the Dragon crossover, it will be Dragonslayer VS American Dragon! Daniel Garcia VS Bryan Danielson, the REMATCH! And it will be BEST TWO OUT OF THREE FALLS!! Will Red Death get the better of Bryan again? Or will Bryan be the one doing the slaying this time?

 

Interim AEW World Championship: Jon Moxley VS Chris Jericho!

As far as The Maniac is concerned, there is nothing “interim” about what he’s been doing! He says he IS the AEW World Champion, no matter when or where CM Punk returns in the future. Likewise, Jericho vows to become the new AEW World Champion here tonight, because he’s bringing out the Lionheart! He even uses the classic theme and some NJPW highlights! Will this be more than a nostalgia trip for everyone tonight? Or will Moxley refuse to lose the belt he’s fought so hard to get back?

The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and we see if a Wild Thing can tame a Lionheart!

Fans are fired up already with the bell, Jericho flips Moxley off! Moxley just flips Jericho off in return! They circle, tie up, and Jericho arm-drags! Moxley is mad already as Jericho grins. The two reset, slowly circle, and they tie up again. Jericho arm-drags again and now Moxley is getting frustrated. Jericho soaks up the cheers and jeers and circles with Moxley again. They knuckle lock, go for a test of strength, and fans duel. Jericho powers Moxley back, headlocks, but Moxley pries free to headlock and hits the takeover. Jericho headscissors, Moxley kips free and fans cheer the new standoff.

Jericho and Moxley tie up again, Moxley shoots in, around and headlocks. Jericho powers out, Moxley rams shoulders, and neither man falls. Jericho shouts at Moxley, then runs, to ram Moxley! Moxley just SLAPS Jericho, so Jericho SLAPS back! Moxley kicks low and underhooks but Jericho trips Moxley up! Jericho has the legs, but Moxley resists the turnover and spins to throw Jericho away! Both men get up, Jericho wrenches and hammerlocks to then drag Moxley down for a Mexican Jave armbar! Jericho throws elbows into Moxley’s neck, fans rally up with “SKOL! SKOL! SKOL!” and Jericho shifts from that hold to a leglock clutch!

Moxley endures as Jericho keeps him hovering off the mat! Moxley fights and squeaks out, to CHOP! And CHOP! Jericho CHPOS, Moxley CHOPS, repeat! Moxley eggs Jericho on then forearms to a snapmare and KICK! Moxley flips Jericho off again, then dares him to getup. Jericho stands, kicks and snapmares to KICK in the back, and neck wrench! Jericho pulls on Moxley’s earring! AND RIPS IT OUT!! Fans can’t believe how vicious Jericho is! Jericho drops the earring while Moxley gets to the apron. TRIANGLE JUMP DROPKICK! Moxley is hit and tumbles to the floor! Jericho soaks up the cheers and jeers while AEW goes picture in picture.

Jericho shows off the earring again, Moxley writhes on the outside, and the ref reprimands about the earring. Jericho flips everyone off and goes out to put the earring on the timekeeper’s table. Jericho storms up on Moxley, throws elbows into the earlobe, and it is bleeding! Moxley staggers away, Jericho follows after and has him sit in the corner. Jericho rains down fists on that ear, then he RAMS Moxley into the railing! Jericho then soaks up the heat before going back to Moxley. Jericho drags Moxley up, puts him back in the ring, and Moxley staggers away while clutching his ear. Jericho stomps away on Moxley in the corner, focusing on the ear!

The ref reprimands, counts, and Jericho backs off at 4. Jericho drags Moxley back into a CAMEL CLUTCH! Fans rally while Moxley endures, and Jericho lets Moxley go. Jericho taunts the fans and they cheer and jeer. Moxley gets up to CHOP! And CHOP! And CHOP! Moxley runs, but into a DROPKICK! Jericho has his cocky cover, ONE! Jericho grins and paces around, then brings Moxley up for a BIG back suplex! Jericho then runs to BOOT Moxley down! Jericho continues to soak up the heat as AEW returns to single picture. Jericho flips fans off, taunts the jeering and booing, but then turns around into a LARIAT from Moxley!

Fans fire up while both men are down, and Moxley, still trying to stop his ear from bleeding, fires off hands on Jericho, Jericho hits back, Moxley fires off forearms and kicks and uppercuts! Moxley runs, but into a spin and underhooks, TIGER BACKBREAKER! Fans fire up and Jericho runs to LARIAT Moxley down! Jericho then LIONSAULTS! He’s still got it! Cover, TWO, and Moxley gets Jericho’s arm for an ARMBAR! Jericho flails, moves around, clasps hands, but Moxley fights the grip by BENDING the fingers! ARMBAR!! Jericho fights around, throws down elbows, again focusing on the ear!

Jericho steps over, INVERTED MOTORCYCLE STRETCH! Moxley endures his arms being bent back, uses that to hook a leg and trip Jericho, for an ANKLE LOCK!! Jericho endures, rolls, kicks Moxley away, but Moxley shoots in and around to a GERMAN SUPLEX! Jericho’s right back up! Jericho gets around, to GERMAN SUPLEX Moxley! Moxley stands up but staggers about, the blood a crimson mask on that left side of his face. Jericho runs in to clothesline in the corner! And again, and again, and again! Jericho hoists Moxley up top to CHOP, then climbs up after him for the SUPER STEINER! Fans fire up as Jericho chases Moxley down! Cover, TWO!!

Jericho doesn’t bother being frustrated with Moxley’s toughness, he just goes outside to YANK Moxley into the post! And SLAM the legs against the steel! The ref reprimands but Jericho SLAMS the legs into the post again! Jericho then ties those legs up, shouts out The Hitman with the HANGING FIGURE FOUR!! The ref counts, Jericho lets go at 4! Moxley crawls and hobbles away but Jericho stalks him. Moxley catches the haymaker into a FUJIWARA, then the CROSSFACE! Jericho endures but Moxley pulls him way back! Jericho fights, but Moxley just keeps pulling back! Jericho pries at the hands, clubs at them, then rolls through to get the legs!

Moxley fights but Jericho works to turn him over! Fans fire up as Jericho keeps trying, WALLS OF JERICHO!! Jericho sits deep on the hold but Moxley endures! Fans are thunderous and dueling, and Moxley is fading! Moxley stays conscious as AEW goes picture in picture!

Moxley pushes up, fades again, but he gets a second wind! Moxley pushes up, crawls on his elbows through the bloodstains he himself has left on this mat, but his body starts giving out again! Jericho keeps sitting on the hold, but Moxley flips him off! Moxley fights forward again, manages to tuck and roll, and he throws haymakers from below! Jericho stomps Moxley in return! And then turns him again, back into the WALLS!! Moxley endures and fans are thunderous! Moxley keeps fighting, this is maybe his third or fourth wind, but he’s still so far from the ropes! AEW returns to single picture as Jericho shouts for Moxley to just quit!

Moxley crawls, and claws, and scratches, and reaches the ROPEBREAK! Jericho lets off, and he again argues with the ref that he won! Bu the didn’t, that was the ropebreak! Jericho stomps away on Moxley in frustration, then lets off as he tries to think what he has to do. Moxley stands, Jericho TRIANGLE JUMPS but Moxley tosses him to the floor! Moxley gets back in the ring, hobbles with his bad back and massive blood loss, and he gets up the corner! SUPER DIVING AX HANDLES! Then a ground ‘n’ pound at the ramp!! Fans fire up as Moxley just fires off! Moxley drags Jericho up, “This is Awesome!” as this returns to the ring.

Moxley climbs the corner again, leaps, into a CODE BREAKER!! Jericho shoots Moxley down, covers him, TWO!!! Even after everything, Moxley is still in this! Jericho stands and Moxley sits up, and Moxley eggs Jericho on! So Jericho BOOTS him down! Jericho rains down fists on Moxley, tells him to stay down, then he rips off a buckle pad! The ref reprimands and tries to fix that one, but Jericho just rips off another one! Again, the ref reprimands and tries to fix the buckle pad, but Jericho calls to someone. Someone tosses Floyd the Baseball Bat in, but WAY over Jericho’s head! Sammy Guevara’s in the crowd and realizes how bad he did.

Jericho chases to get Floyd, then rushes in to CLOBBER Moxley! The ref was too busy with buckle pads to see it! Cover, TWO!?!? Moxley survives the Sammy screw job?! Jericho gets the legs, but Moxley makes it a cradle, TWO! Jericho swings, into a SLEEPER!! Moxley squeezes tight, Jericho claws at the hold, but pushes Moxley into bare steel!! Moxley staggers into the JUDAS EFFECT!! Jericho crawls to the cover, TWO!?!?! Moxley survives the unstoppable Judas Effect elbow!! No one can believe it and Jericho is furious! Fans hope they “Fight Forever!” but this has to end somehow!

Jericho hurries outside, he grabs the AEW title belt, and brings it into the ring. The ref tries to stop him but Jericho just pushes past and swings on Moxley! Moxley avoids the belt shot to send Jericho into bare steel! Jericho tastes karma, and then the SLEEPER!! Jericho is fading as Moxley squeezes him into the BULLY CHOKE! Moxley rains down elbows and fists, then cranks the hold! But Jericho slips out and rains down elbows of his own! And then, LIONTAMER!!! Moxley endures Jericho’s original submission hold, but Moxley turns it around and drags Jericho down! Moxley rains down forearms to the back of Jericho’s head before the SLEEPER!!

Jericho endures, but he is bleeding from the buckle shot! Moxley traps Jericho’s arm and legs with the body scissors, fans are thunderous as Jericho keeps reaching out, BUT JERICHO TAPS!! Moxley wins!!

Winner: Jon Moxley, by submission (still Interim AEW World Champion)

Lionheart fought his heart out, and did bring out quite a few tricks in his book, but Moxley still holds onto the title! But wait, here comes Sammy and Jake Hager! They CLOBBER Moxley and stomp him down! Fans boo as Jericho’s most faithful lieutenants mug Moxley! But wait, here comes the Blackpool Combat Club, as well as Ortiz and Eddie Kingston! Claudio Castagnoli CLOBBERS Sammy, Ortiz CLOBBERS Jericho, then Claudio hands Sammy off to Yuta so that he and Kingston can go after Hager and Jericho! Fans are thunderous, the bell is ringing, the rest of the JAS rush out! Parker, Menard and Garcia go after the BCC, they have the numbers advantage!

Jericho grabs the AEW world title, Menard sets Moxley up, but wait!! C M PUNK is here!!! The Best in the World storms out to the ring, he CLOBBERS Parker, DECKS Garcia, then dodges Sammy to RAM him into steel steps! Punk dumps Hager out, dodges the belt shot and DECKS Jericho! And again! And then Punk clotheslines Jericho up and out! Fans are electric as Punk storms around, but Moxley grabs the AEW title belt. And even with everything that just happened, it is clear that the question is now: Who is THE AEW World Champion? Punk and Moxley stare down and fans lose their minds! Moxley flips Punk off, then bumps him on the way out!

Will Moxley prove HE is the Best in the World? Or will Punk, now 100%, go all out to prove that he is the UNDISPUTED AEW World Champion?


My Thoughts:

This was another awesome event for AEW, though they didn’t do much in the way to put a theme on this. “Quake by the Lake” was a clever name but they didn’t have props to fit the theme, like camping tents or a campfire. But anyway, the Coffin match was a great opener, though I should’ve known the House of Black would get involved. Great to see Buddy is back, and great use of the lights going out to sneak Sting into the coffin. Sting VS Malakai is coming, but I wonder if they’re going to have Miro join Sting and Darby in a brutal Six Man Tag of some kind after that promo he had. Miro says as much that he’s not joining the House of Black, so that’d be a logical move to me.

I really like the bracket we’re getting for the AEW World Trios Championship Tournament. Really good interaction between Best Friends and Trustbusters to set up matches for Rampage and to give some heat to their match in the opening round. I would think Best Friends win in the tournament, as I see Parker Boudreaux beating Sonny Kiss, and Ari Daivari possibly cheating to beat Cassidy. And great to see that NJPW is sending the United Empire’s Ospreay & Aussie Open, though I don’t see them getting through Death Triangle. After that awesome Tornado Tag where LFI wins, I think they get through the Bucks and their mystery third man.

Speaking of which, great promo from Bucks, Hangman and Dark Order. This all fits within Hangman’s larger story perfectly. He can’t just go back to the guys who left him out in the cold, but he is at least back out of the tournament entirely to let whatever three of the Dark Order try to win. I have a feeling the Bucks will have no choice but to use Cutler, and then Cutler takes the lose to LFI. LFI and Death Triangle then meet in the semifinals for an awesome 3v3 version of what we got tonight. And who knows who they face in the finals, but it’ll be an awesome match at All Out. Personally, would love if it comes down to Best Friends VS Death Triangle, I still want that feud to start again.

Great squash match win for Luchasaurus, and great brawl backstage. Christian of course avoids the fight, and Luchasaurus might get (kayfabe) fined and/or suspended for headbutting Pat Buck. What is it about Pat Buck that he gets beat up by talent? Great little bit from Lethal’s group and then Wardlow and FTR. Wardlow VS Lethal 2 is going to be great, not sure if there will be a Six Man Tag as the go-home to it, because it’s so obvious Sonjay would take the loss on that one. At some point, some team from somewhere has to beat FTR for one of those three titles they hold, and I feel like it’ll be a team from AAA to get those AAA belts since FTR has had those the longest.

Good little promo from Thunder Rosa & Toni Storm getting to the tension Britt Baker was bringing up. That title match could definitely be part of All Out, but I wonder if Britt tries to take the #1 contender spot in the last few weeks before then. Good interaction from Hobbs and The Factory, but QT is making it a little too obvious they’re just copying Tony D’Angelo from NXT. Great match from Starks and Solo, and Starks makes The Factory all look like dorks. Hobbs is mad, but we know Hobbs and Starks are going to have it out between now and All Out. Good stuff from Gunn Club and Danhausen, #Beardhausen is going to be a really fun team for Rampage.

Really good match from the TBS Championship, but I will say like I did for Rampage last week, Madison Rayne doesn’t actually seem that exciting or skilled of a wrestler. She’s somehow become a multiple time champion, but nothing about what we got out of her and Jade really thrilled me. And even then, we all knew Jade was winning. But a great little ambush from Athena, I really hope Athena gets the match for All Out, and I also hope Athena gets the title. Jade’s already set an incredible bar for a singles champion in AEW, and even if she loses at All Out, Jade can easily pivot to the world title to finish out 2022.

Great group promo from the JAS to hype up the main event as well as their own stuff, and I love that we’re getting 2 outta 3 falls for Garcia VS Bryan. Awesome main event for the title, practically PPV worthy, and of course there was blood. But WOW, ripping out the earring. A little disappointing but of course Jericho cheats with help from the JAS, but in the end, Moxley still wins. Great brawl and great return from CM Punk, was not expecting him so soon. But that means they’re going to set up Punk VS Moxley for the title at All Out because duh, it’s in Chicago again. No offense to Chicago, but one day, All Out should be somewhere else. But hey, they’re getting their hometown hero there, no idea if he wins to be Undisputed AEW World Champion or not.

My Score: 9.1/10


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Mitchell’s AEW Dark Results & Report! (8/9/22)

Best Friends get Dark!

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AEW Dark 2

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Before entering the AEW Trios Championship Tournament, Best Friends are in action, in separate matches! Will tonight’s Dark be Freshly Squeezed?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • 8 Man Tag: Private Party, The Butcher & The Blade w/ The Bunny VS Isaiah Broner, Brayden Lee, James Alexander & Sam Moore; Private Party, Butcher & Blade win.
  • Anna “Jay A.S.” w/ The Jericho Appreciation Society VS Megan Meyers; Anna wins.
  • Best Friends w/ Danhausen VS Rohit Raju & Ren Jones; Best Friends win.
  • Evil Uno & Preston Vance VS Peter Avalon & JD Drake; Uno & Vance win.
  • Marina Shafir & Nyla Rose w/ Vickie Guerrero VS Heather Reckless & Joseline Navarro; Shafir & Nyla win.
  • Kris Statlander VS Sierra; Statlander wins.
  • Six Man Tag: The Trustbusters VS Sonny Kiss, Zack Clayton & Xavier Walker; The Trustbusters win.
  • Six Woman Tag: Ruby Soho, Athena & Hikaru Shida VS Serena Deeb, Leva Bates & Emi Sakura; Soho, Athena & Shida win.
  • Orange Cassidy VS Anthony Henry w/ JD Drake; Cassidy wins.

QUICK NOTES

So it seems Ari Daivari, Parker Boudreaux & Slim J are a trio now under The Trustbusters name. Good to see Sonny Kiss back in action but Kiss, Clayton & Walker aren’t winning that one. And I’m still wondering if The Wingmen are really a thing with JD Drake also spending time with Anthony Henry as the Workhorsemen. For that matter, why wasn’t it Best Friends VS The Wingmen in a 3v3? Or are they going to use that as an easy win in the opening round of the AEW Trios Championship Tournament?


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