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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 Dark: Elevation Results & Report! (12/5/22)

Indianapolis gets Elevated!

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Elevation turns it up to nine!

AEW is racing towards Winter is Coming in Indianapolis as The Embassy is in action! Who betta than Brian Cage & The Gates of Agony?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Nick Comoroto w/ Aaron Solo VS Hagane Shinno; Shinno wins.
  • Nyla Rose & Marina Shafir w/ Vickie Guerrero VS Kitty LaFleur & Alice Crowley; Nyla & Shafir win.
  • Kiera Hogan VS Nikki Victory; Kiera wins.
  • Top Flight VS Truth Magnum & Turbo Floyd; Top Flight wins.
  • Madison Rayne VS Emi Sakura; Sakura wins.
  • Lee Moriarty w/ W. Morrissey VS Serpentico w/ Luther; Moriarty wins.
  • Six Man Tag: The Embassy w/ Prince Nana VS Dan Adams, Star Rider & Façade; The Embassy wins.
  • Alex Reynolds w/ John Silver VS Kip Sabian w/ Penelope Ford; Kip wins.
  • Konosuke Takeshita VS Aaron Solo w/ Nick Comoroto; Konosuke wins.

QUICK NOTES

A decent line-up. Good to see Top Flight in action after hearing Dante Martin was really hurting after that match with FTR. Good to see Konosuke in action. Reynolds VS Sabian could be a really good one, too. And good to see Kiera Hogan in action now that she’s on her own again. Wouldn’t surprise me if she and Diamante team up to go after The Baddies.


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Mitchell’s AEW Rampage Results & Report! (12/2/22)

Orange Cassidy is on a Rampage!

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Rampage Coverage 2022

The Freshly Squeezed fighting champion fights on!

Orange Cassidy defends his AEW All-Atlantic Championship once again, against QT Marshall, and in a LUMBERJACK MATCH!

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Darby Allin VS Cole Karter w/ Nick Comoroto; Darby wins.
  • Jay Lethal & Jeff Jarrett w/ Sonjay Dutt & Satnam Singh VS Private Party w/ Matt Hardy; Lethal & Jarrett win.
  • Athena VS Dani Mo; Athena wins.
  • AEW All-Atlantic Championship Lumberjack Match: Orange Cassidy VS QT Marshall; Cassidy wins and retains the title.

PLAY BY PLAY

Darby Allin VS Cole Karter w/ Nick Comoroto!

The Relentless One wants payback on the punk who impersonated The Icon, Sting, just for a quick buck! And though the real Sting heads to the back, Darby still has back-up in the baseball bat! Darby tells Comoroto to back off, but Comoroto throws his toothpick at him like a bootleg Bad Guy. So Darby CLOBBERS Comoroto with it! And again, and again! Karter stays back to let Comoroto take that beating. Fans fire up for Darby and Darby puts the bat down. Darby dares Karter to try it, and Karter makes a move, but Darby DIVES onto him! Darby RAMS Karter into railing, then SLAMS Karter’s hand off steel steps!

Darby puts Karter in the ring, the bell rings, and Darby aims at Karter again. SHOTGUN DROPKICK! Karter flounders to a corner, Darby fires off forearms on him, but the ref counts. Darby lets off, runs and SHOTGUNS Karter down, and Karter falls out of the ring! Fans fire up and Darby goes up the corner! But Karter shoves Darby! Darby crotches off ropes and falls to the floor! Karter drags Darby up, reel shim in and APRON POWERBOMBS him! Karter then puts Darby in the ring, but fans rally up. Karter looms over Darby, drags him up and whips him to the corner hard! Darby slumps down but Karter drags him up again.

Karter whips corner to corner again and even harder! Fans boo but Karter grins as he stalks Darby to the corner. Karter YANKS Darby right up, to a BUCKLE BOMB! Darby flops down, Karter drags him back up, and Karter DROPKICKS Darby down! Darby slumps out of the ring while Karter blows a kiss to the camera. Karter goes out to drag Darby back up. Karter RAMS Darby into steel steps! Fans boo as Karter swaggers around. Karter drags Darby up and into the ring, fans rally up harder for Darby as Karter stalks him. Karter CLUBS Darby, throws knee after knee, then covers, TWO!

Fans chant “You Look Weak!” at Karter but he drags Darby up to snap suplex! Cover, ONE, and AEW goes picture in picture. Karter sits Darby up to KNEE him in the back. Karter stomps Darby around, drags him up again, and whips him corner to corner hard! Darby bounces off buckles to hit the mat just as hard, and Karter smiles. Karter soaks up the heat, storms over to Darby, and stands him up to CLUB him again. Karter CHOPS Darby, stalks him to a corner, and bumps him off buckles. Karter bumps Darby off more buckles, then throws knees in. Karter CHOPS again, Darby pushes him back, so Karter CLUBS Darby again.

Karter puts Darby in another corner to back elbow. Karter soaks up the heat and Rampage returns to single picture. Karter runs but Darby dodges the splash! COFFIN SPLASH, but Karter waistlocks! Karter wrenches and JUMP KNEES Darby, to then suplex! Darby slips out to CHOP BLOCK! And PENALTY KICK to an arm! Darby snarls, he runs, but Karter ROLLING ELBOWS Darby down! Karter reels Darby in, but Darby fights the lift to wrench out and bend the fingers! Karter ROCKS Darby but Darby holds onto the hand. Karter ROCKS and CLUBS Darby again and again, but Darby twists the wrist!

Karter CLUBS the arms but Darby fires up a la Sting! Darby fires off fast hands, hops on, CODE RED! Cover, TWO!! Karter survives but fans still rally for Darby. Darby’s hand is bleeding from somewhere in the fingers, and he crawls to a corner. Darby hops up, but Karter trips Darby up! Karter climbs up, brings Darby up, and he SUPER FALCON ARROWS!! Cover, TWO! Darby survives and Karter is seething. Karter puts Darby in a drop zone and climbs up. Fans rally, Karter climbs, and Karter 450 FLOPS as Darby dodges! FUJIWARA ARMBAR!! Karter endures, rolls, but Darby wrenches, hammerlocks, and SCORPION DEATH DROPS!!

Fans fire up as Darby goes up top! COFFIN DROP!! Cover, Darby wins!

Winner: Darby Allin, by pinfall

Karter proved he’s worth something, but Darby proved it’s not enough! Will The Relentless One keep rolling until he’s looking at some gold?

 

Backstage interview with Keith Lee.

Renee Paquette notes she tried to get a word with the Limitless One last week, but can he give her anything about him and Swerve Strickland? Keith says it is an ongoing conversation, all he can say is… SHANE TAYLOR walks in?! A former ROH World Television Champion and former tag partner of Keith’s is now in AEW! And he’s here to ask Keith, “What is it with you and leaving family, dog?” Keith left Swerve behind two weeks ago, JD in Dallas, and Shane in ROH six years ago. Shane became the greatest ROH TV Champion of all time, but the business here is far from over.

So Shane says they settle this at ROH Final Battle! Shane Taylor & JD Griffey VS Keith Lee and… Well, he may wanna find some help. Swerve walks in now with a big smile on his face. Keith sighs. He asks Swerve, “Can I even count on you, dude?” Swerve takes off his sunglasses but doesn’t say anything. Is Swerve In Our Glory going to have one final battle together?

 

AEW hears from La Faccion Ingobernable and The Dark Order.

Jose the Assistant says, “After months of planning, La Faccion Ingobernable pulled off what nobody expected.” As for John Silver & Alex Reynolds, Silver says they were shocked. The Dark Order has been through a lot together, and for Preston Vance to do something like that blows his mind. The wounds for Silver & Reynolds will heal. But what Vance did to Negative One, Brodie Lee Jr., no one was there for him more than Vance. One day, they will all meet face to face one day, and that is when Vance realizes he made the biggest mistake of his life. But Rush says the Ingobernable Era is about to begin! Will nothing stop LFI now that they have Number 10?

 

Renee Paquette is in the ring.

She wants Indianapolis to help her welcome the AEW World Tag Team Champions, the Acclaimed! And as such, Max Caster says, “Yo! Listen! Acclaimed calling out any team that wants drama! We make ’em say sorry like they were Balenciaga! We got the tag division getting worked up cuz we stay winning like Americans in World Cup. And Jeff Jarrett’s talking out his anus. You can’t throw your weight around like you’re Glenn Jacobs! Homie, this ain’t TNA. In All Elite, Everybody Loves The Acclaimed!” Bowens takes the mic to say, “INDIANAPOLIIIIIS~! The Acclaimed have arrived! SCISSOR ME, DADDY ASS~!” And so Billy Gun scissor fingers~!

Fans sing, “OH~ Scissor Me, Daddy~!” Renee says that the tag titles look really nice on them, but it begs the question: what’s next for The Acclaimed? Bowens can’t answer that without first addressing last week’s Dynamite. Jay Lethal & Jeff Jarrett went and interrupted the scissoring! Fans boo that. Bowens says them doing that can only mean one of two things. One: they’re jealous that EVERYONE LOVES THE ACCLAIMED! Or two: They wanna shot at the tag titles. Well guess what? You can’t cut the line, and Jeff Jarrett’s Colonel Sanders lookin’ ass just has to wait! Especially because there is a tag team that has been waiting a very, very long time to get their shot first.

Fans chant for FTR, and Bowens says The Acclaimed ARE fighting champions! Caster says, “That’s right!” Bowens says, “We are the Forever Champs!” “That’s right!” “We are the People’s Choice!” “That’s right!” “The People’s Voice!” “That’s right!” “And the people’s voices have been screaming that they want The Acclaimed to fight the best!” Fans fire up for that, but then here come the Gunn Sons, Austin & Colten. The fans boo because that’s not FTR, those are the “ASS~ BOYS!” Austin says look, their old friends, The Acclaimed and “Billy.” But The Acclaimed want the best tag team in the world? “WELL YOU’RE LOOKING AT ‘EM!”

Wait, Jeff Jarrett, Jay Lethal, Sonjay Dutt & Satnam Singh make their way out here. Sonjay asks what the Gunns are talking about. When he looks at them, all he sees are… ASS BOYS! Fans fire up for that! Sonjay tells the Gunns that what they’re looking at is a two-time Hall of Famer, the best pro-wrestler in the world, and they will show everyone why THEY are the greatest tag team today after they beat Private Party’s asses! Billy has everyone hold on. Fans cheer for Daddy Ass and he says, “Maybe you guys misunderstood what we said, but what we said was, ‘We want the best.'” And here comes F T R!!

Indy fires up as the THREE BELT CHAMPIONS, Cash Wheeler & Dax Harwood, with their AAA, IWGP and ROH World Tag Team Championships, head to the ring. FTR offer handshakes, and The Acclaimed take it! Fans fire up, it looks like we have a title match made for THIS WEDNESDAY! Will The Acclaimed stay the Forever Champs of AEW? Or will FTR go from three to FOUR pairs of titles draped on them at once?

 

AEW looks closer at the grudge between Hikaru Shida, Penelope Ford & The Bunny.

The Full Metal Warrior herself says “Holy Shida was on a Rampage, and somebody tried to ruin it.” Allie the Bunny says she spent the last six MONTHS rehabbing her neck, “watching other people get opportunities that I deserved.” Shida says if Bunny has something to say, then let’s go. But it will be for the Regina de Wave Championship! The Bunny says she’ll take that title, and make Shida feel how she felt, watching someone else take what was hers. Will The Bunny bring some gold to La Faccion? Or will nothing stop the wave of momentum Shida is riding?

 

Jay Lethal & Jeff Jarrett w/ Sonjay Dutt & Satnam Singh VS Private Party w/ Matt Hardy!

Team Double Jay is already waiting, and already promising a big win here tonight. But Marq Quen & Isiah Kassidy have been known to defy expectations before, so will they do that here tonight? Or will the Last Outlaw and his lethal tag team partner prove they are the best team today?

The teams sort out and Kassidy starts against Lethal. They circle, tie up, and Kassidy gets around to headlock. Lethal back suplexes but Kassidy lands on his feet. Lethal blocks Kassidy’s hip toss but then Kassidy slips up and around him to arm-drag! Lethal stagger sup, Kassidy whips but Lethal reverses. Kassidy ducks the lariat to waistlock but Lethal elbows free! Lethal stomps Kassidy to the corner, tags in Jarrett, and fans boo as Jarrett and Lethal mug Kassidy. Jarrett stomps the mudhole, whips but Kassidy reverses to hip toss! Jarrett gets up, Kassidy pops ‘n’ locks, but Jarrett dodges the haymaker to DECK Kassidy!

Fans boo but Jarrett is feeling himself. Jarrett drags Kassidy up but Kassidy wrenches free! Tag to Quen, he leap frogs to HIP DROP the arm! Kassidy BOOTS Lethal, Quen kicks Jarrett, and Private Party whips Jarrett to the corner. Quen sets up, Kassidy runs in, squealing PARTY IN MOTION! Then feed to the DROPKICK! Quen covers, TWO! Quen wrenches, tags Kassidy and Kassidy goes up to DOUBLE STOMP the arm! Kassidy struts a la the Nature Boy, and he mocks Jarrett. Jarrett swings, Kassidy blocks, but Jarrett pokes Kassidy in the eye! Then Jarrett DECKS Kassidy! Fans boo, especially as Sonjay struts.

But Hardy pulls Sonjay off the apron! Sonjay gets heated, but it’s Satnam who steps to Hardy! Hardy backs off from the giant, but Lethal drags Kassidy out to RAM him into steel steps! The numbers game is paying off as Rampage goes picture in picture. Hardy helps Kassidy up but Lethal goes out to kick Kassidy down! Lethal RAMS Kassidy into the steel steps! The is busy reprimanding people and that allows Sonjay to get some stomps in! Lethal and Jarrett add theirs, then drag Kassidy up to put him in the ring. Jarrett stomps Kassidy more and more, then tags Lethal. Double Jay double whip but Kassidy reverses to send Lethal at ropes.

Lethal holds ropes to stop himself, and Jarrett hooks Kassidy up for a RUSSIAN LEG SWEEP! Lethal adds a basement dropkick! Cover, TWO! Kassidy reaches out but Lethal keeps him from Quen. Lethal bumps Kassidy off buckles, tags Jarrett in, and Jarrett drags Kassidy up to bump off more buckles. Jarrett whips Kassidy corner to corner hard, and Kassidy bounces off buckles. Jarrett puts Kassidy on the ropes to CHOKE him, then he runs to STRADDLE ATTACK! Jarrett struts now, as does Lethal and even Satnam. Jarrett then runs to LARIAT Kassidy down! Lethal applauds, tags in, and he covers, TWO!

Lethal CLUBS Kassidy down, covers again, TWO! Lethal rains down furious fists but the ref reprimands about the closed fists. Lethal looms over Kassidy, drags him back up, and snap suplexes! Lethal lets out a big “WOO~!” and then grins as AEW goes to break.

Rampage returns and Lethal has Kassidy in a facelock. But Kassidy NORTHERN LIGHTS Lethal away! And then Kassidy springboard STUNNERS Jarrett down! Kassidy dodges Lethal and hot tags Quen! Quen ROCKS Lethal, bumps him off buckles, then springboards to CROSSBODY! Fans fire up as Quen ducks ‘n’ dodges to flapjack DROPKICK! Fans fire up more as Quen DIVES onto Jarrett! Quen is all fire dup and he high-fives fans. Quen gets in, Lethal sends him out but Kassidy is there! SILLY STRING! Quen hurries up top but Jarrett storms over. Quen DECKS Jarrett, 450s, but has to bail out as Lethal moves!

Quen clutches his rib but Lethal goes after Kassidy. Kassidy kangaroo kicks Lethal into a schoolboy! But the ref is busy with Kassidy! Jarrett gets in to wrench and KNEE Quen! Lethal runs, handsprings, LETHAL INJECTION STROKE COMBINATION! Cover, Team Double Jay wins!

Winners: Jay Lethal & Jeff Jarrett, by pinfall

Jarrett insists the ref raise his and Lethal’s hands in victory, and Aubrey Edwards obliges. Will Jay & Double J prove they’re the best by climbing those AEW Tag Division rankings?

 

Renee Paquette interviews Saraya.

They’re having their promised sit-down interview two weeks after Saraya won her big return match at Full Gear. How is she feeling after her first match in over five years? Saraya legit has chills even now thinking about it. It was an emotional moment because she never thought she was getting in the ring again. Especially after five long years, yet also oddly short. Five years is long in pro-wrestling, though, and going out there again, it was incredible. What was it like to just talk to her family about this? The Knights are born and bred for wrestling, her brother was there that night. What was that like?

It was incredible having her brother, who has been there for her since day one. He even dressed as the Pink Power Ranger for her first match to be there. He had full on supported her, canceled all other plans, and was just as fired up as she was. She couldn’t help but run up to him to hug it out. Full Gear overall was a huge show, but especially Saraya’s moment for her and the Women’s Division. What is the big takeaway? Full Gear was a special night for the AEW Women’s Division with three matches on one night. Saraya was proud to have had that match with Britt Baker. Britt helped Saraya in many ways as someone who just came back from neck surgery.

Saraya is also proud of Jamie Hayter winning the title, that was a big deal. And even Toni Storm. Saraya saw the interview Renee had with Toni about wanting the title back. Saraya wants all the women here to know that she wants the title, too. It will be her and everyone going head-to-head. Renee looks forward to that, but when and where will The Revolution prove AEW is her house?

 

Athena VS ???

The Fallen Goddess has never been more dangerous. Dark and Elevation have brought out that dark side, and she’s gunning for the OG Badass and the ROH Women’s World Championship at Final Battle! But will she have a bit more than just a tune-up in Dani Mo?

The bell rings, Athena and Dani approach, and Athena DECKS Dani! Athena smirks, brings Dani up and snap suplexes! Una Amiga! Another snap suplex! Dos Amigas! Then the ANARCHY for the third! Cover, but Athena lets off! Athena plays like she’s surprised, but then she argues with the ref. Athena corners the ref and dares him to do something, but Dani rolls Athena up! TWO!! Dani hurries up to ROUNDHOUSE Athena! Athena shrugs it off?! Athena DECKS Dani again! And then rains down clubbing forearms! Athena roars and Indy fires up as she drags Dani back up. Athena RAMS Dani into the corner then STOMPS her down!

Athena soaks up the cheers and jeers then goes back for Dani. A fan shouts, “I love you, Athena!” and she says back, “I know.” Athena drags Dani up, reels her in, and gut wrenches to a CLIFFHANGER GUTBUSTER! Cover, Athena wins!

Winner: Athena, by pinfall

But winning isn’t enough for Athena as she drags Dani back up. Fans boo as Athena suplexes to GOURD BUSTER Dani out of the ring!! Dani tumbles but Athena goes out after her again. Athena RAMS Dani into railing, drags her up again, and then RAMS her into steel steps! Dani goes down in a heap and Athena calls out Mercedes! “Mercedes~! Come out and play~!” But when Mercedes doesn’t appear, Athena turns her attention back to Dani. More refs rush out to stop this, and Athena says alright. But then she blasts past them to METEORA Dani into the steel steps! The refs reprimand again, but Athena threatens Aubrey!

Fans boo but Athena grins as she takes her leave. Will this new darkness be what brings Athena into the golden spotlight?

 

Juice Robinson speaks.

“For those of you who don’t know who I am, my name is Juice Robinson. And I’m a former three-time IWGP United States Champion. I’m here to issue a challenge for December 10th, in Arlington, Texas, at ROH Final Battle, against the King of TV, Samoa Joe, the ROH Television Champion. Y’know, I’ve done a lot in Japan, but I need to prove myself in America. And if I’m gonna be a superstar on television, then I need that ROH World Television title around my waist. Joe, you may be the King of TV now, but kings get dethroned.” Will the Booster boost his own profile by taking one of #TwoBeltJoe’s belts?

 

Mark Henry talks with tonight’s main eventers.

The World’s Strongest Man says QT Marshall is facing Orange Cassidy for the All-Atlantic title, but is there any reason he chose to make this a Lumberjack Match? Yes, it’s real simple: After what happened last week with The House of Black, QT wants his first championship opportunity to have no shenanigans. Speaking of shenanigans, QT points out how the Best Friends and Danhausen are dressed! By that, he’s pointing out how they’re in flannel and beanies, just like real lumberjacks. QT says their best friend is about to lose his title and they’re treating this like a joke! Danhausen asks, “Is this a joke!?” And they all bring out (plastic) axes!

Cassidy asks Mark, “Are we allowed to bring axes to the ring?” Mark says, “Absolutely not.” Oh. Well, okay. Mark says it looks like there’s been enough talk, but then Cassidy says no, they weren’t done talking yet. Can they get two more seconds? IT’S TIME! For the main event! Well, alright. But axes or no axes, will Cassidy cut down another contender? Or will QT Marshall finally prove he is God’s Gift to Wrestling?

 

Darby Allin speaks.

“The past few weeks, Full Gear, Rampage, I have been settling some personal scores that have been important to me. And now that those scores have been settled, nothing’s more important to me than winning back that TNT Championship. Samoa Joe. I’m putting out a challenge to you, and you said that you would accept if Wardlow was banned from ringside. This Wednesday in Austin, I’ll do you one more. I’m gonna have Sting banned from ringside, as well, because I want it to be just you and me, Joe.

“These fans chant something. It goes along the lines of, ‘Joe is gonna kill~ you. Joe is gonna kill~ you.’ Well you’re gonna have to bury me with that TNT Championship, because I am not leaving Dynamite without it.” Darby is ready to fight to the death, will he become a TWO-TIME TNT Champion? Or will the King of TV still be #TwoBeltJoe going into ROH Final Battle?

 

AEW All-Atlantic Championship Lumberjack Match: Orange Cassidy VS QT Marshall!

Not only are The Factor and Best Friends among the Lumberjacks, but so are The Varsity Athletes, The Trustbusters, Chaos Project, Ortiz, Brandon Cutler, Zack Clayton, Ethan Page, Private Party, and even some Indy indie wrestlers. The more the merrier if it keeps QT safe for the House of Black. But will he be able to focus on Freshly Squeezed? Or will Cassidy continue to be a fighting champion?

The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and with nowhere to run and hide, we see who is truly championship material!

The bell rings and as Cassidy puts his hands in his pockets, QT rushes in! Cassidy ducks ‘n’ dodges and leaps over! Then he SHOTGUNS QT down and kips up! QT bails out but on the Best Friends’ side! They put him in for Cassidy but QT knees low. QT whips Cassidy out to the Factory side of things, but Cassidy fires off “devastating” shin kicks on then, Clayton, Serpentico, and back again. QT runs out but Cassidy whips him around and around into railing! Then back into the ring! Cassidy hurries up top to CROSBODY, but into QT’s arms! BACKBREAKER! Cassidy staggers, QT whips and tilt-o-whirl BACKBREAKERS!

Fans rally for Cassidy but QT drags him up to toss him out. The Firm is there and Ethan tells Hardy to do his job! Hardy says okay, and he helps Cassidy up and into the ring! Fans cheer but Ethan is mad! That’s not what he meant, but that is what Lumberjacks are here for. QT still stomps Cassidy, ROCKS him with a right, then soaks up the heat. Ethan tells Hardy to leave since he’s not willing to play along. But Private Party is also told to stay. Fans boo and Hardy argues with Ethan but Hardy still leaves. QT whips Cassidy corner to corner hard and Cassidy bounces off buckles as AEW goes picture in picture.

QT drags Cassidy up, throws him out the side, and Ari Daivari stomps away on Cassidy! His old buddy, Tony Nese, joins in, as do Josh Woods, Chaos Project and Zack Clayton! They all stomp away, but then Best Friends storm over! They back everyone off and help Cassidy up. Trent puts Cassidy in, but QT is after him already. QT DECKS Cassidy with a right, then covers, TWO! Fans rally and so do the Lumberjacks. QT ROCKS Cassidy, Cassidy staggers away, but QT scoops him to hit a BACKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! QT is annoyed but he stomps Cassidy around. QT has the legs to stomp Cassidy in the gut!

QT paces around, QT mocks Cassidy by putting his hands in his tights. QT then stomps Cassidy more, drags him up again, but Cassidy hits a JAWBREAKER! Cassidy throws body shots, but QT CLUBS Cassidy down! QT rains down fists, the ref reprimands about the closed fists, but QT lets off to get in the ref’s face. QT drags Cassidy up, and tosses Cassidy out! The Varsity Athletes and others stomp away, the Best Friends hurry over again and push them all away. Cassidy gets in the ring but QT is after him again. QT whips Cassidy to a corner but Cassidy tumbles up and out! QT storms over but Cassidy dribbles him off buckles!

Cassidy stops, QT staggers away, and Cassidy climbs up again. QT runs back in but Cassidy moves aside and QT smacks off the corner! QT falls down, Cassidy finishes climbing, and he gives a lazy thumbs up as he FALLING SPLASHES! Cover, TWO!! QT survives and Rampage returns to single picture as Indy rallies up! Cassidy throws off the elbow pad and fires up! But Johnson & Solo rush in! The ref reprimands but Cassidy dodges, and Best Friends get in to clothesline The Factory back out! Fans fire up as Cassidy, Trent & Chuck flex. Then Best Friends DOUBLE PLANCHA the Factory down!

QT handsprings to NEURALIZER KICK! QT drags Cassidy up, suplexes, but STUN-DOG MILLIONAIRE hits! Cassidy runs to tilt-o-whirl, but QT blocks and spins Cassidy around! Inverted crucifix and toss, but Cassidy blocks the cutter! Cassidy shoves QT into buckles, then Alabama lifts, but the back gives up! QT pop-up FOREARMS Cassidy, then reels him in! LAST- RANA!! Cassidy then runs to tilt-o-whirl and whirl and whirl and DDT!! Fans fire up and the Lumberjacks all rally! QT flounders but Cassidy kips up! Fans fire up with Cassidy as he runs in at QT, ORANGE- NO, The Factory gets their leader to safety!

Cassidy frowns while Best Friends storm over again. The Factory backs off, Cassidy climbs up but QT GAMANGIRIS! QT drags Cassidy down, shouts, “I’m gonna break his neck!” but DANHAUSEN steps up! Danhausen CURSES QT!! QT mocks it, flips Danhausen off, then the Factory trips Danhausen off the apron! Best Friends go after them, more Lumberjacks join in, but Cassidy Alabama Lifts! APRON BEACH BREAK!! QT flounders, Cassidy aims from the ropes, springboard SWANTON wipes out the Lumberjacks!! Fans are fired up for “Freshly Squeezed! Freshly Squeezed!” as Best Friends and Factory brawl up the ramp!

QT flounders into the ring, Cassidy climbs the corner, but Penelope Ford creeps her way out. The Superbad Girl looks extra bad tonight, but she distracts Cassidy from the apron. The ref reprimands, telling her she has to hop down. But KIP SABIAN appears from outta nowhere! He SHOVES Cassidy off the top, into the DIAMOND CUTTER!!! QT covers, TWO!??! Cassidy survives, and Kip is amused, but QT is furious! QT throws off his elbow pads, runs in, into an ORANGE PUNCH!! And BEACH BREAK!! Cover, Cassidy wins!

Winner: Orange Cassidy, by pinfall (still AEW All-Atlantic Champion)

Kip Sabian isn’t bothered at all. He applauds Cassidy’s resilience, but then Cassidy DIVES onto Kip! Cassidy and Kip brawl, they go up the ramp, Kip bowls Cassidy to the stage! Kip drags Cassidy up as fans boo and he bowls Cassidy more. The Lumberjacks brawl with their own rivals, the Varsity Athletes are going after Ortiz and Isiah Kassidy! Cutler vlogs this all, but then the lights go out!! And when they come back up, THE HOUSE OF BLACK is here!! Malakai Black & Buddy Matthews are staring Nese & Woods down, while Brody King & Julia Hart stand on the stage. Nese rushes in but gets an STO! Buddy JUMP KNEES Woods!

Buddy POP-UP KNEES Kassidy! Malakai & Buddy stomp away on Kassidy, Brody attacks the Lumberjacks on the ramp! Brody joins the others, fans are thunderous for the House as they mug Ortiz! But then Malakai tells them NO, not Ortiz. What? Why? Is there something Malakai sees in Ortiz? But with the bloodlust needing satisfaction, Buddy drags Serpentico up! DANTE’S INFERNO!! Julia applauds and Indy is fired up! And then the House goes after everyone again! The bodies are sent flying around into railing! Will the House of Black rise to tear down all others in their way?


My Thoughts:

A very good Rampage here to set up a lot more as AEW and ROH head for the New Year. Samoa Joe having two titles means a lot more people are after him. Juice Robinson has a good promo to call out Joe for the ROH TV title, and Juice did have a stint in ROH so this isn’t completely out of nowhere. Darby had a great match with Cole Karter, though it was really more Karter had his best match in AEW, or perhaps his entire career. But I like that Darby wants after the TNT title, he is going to have one hell of a match with Joe on Dynamite. That Dynamite is both a Winter is Coming go-home and ROH Final Battle go-home, so it’ll have to be huge.

Speaking of which, Acclaimed VS FTR for the AEW Tag Team Championships, that is huge. It’s happening this Wednesday as opposed to Winter is Coming, so I have a feeling shenanigans help The Acclaimed retain. The Gunn Sons probably cost FTR so that they can have an ROH Tag Team Championship match at Final Battle, which they will then lose because FTR is probably going to help sell networks on ROH under Tony Khan. We got a good tag match out of Jarrett & Lethal VS Private Party, and of course Sonjay & Satnam are the advantage that helps Jay & Jarrett win. They’ll surely climb the ranks and come around to challenge for the tag titles in time for Revolution in March.

Good backstage segment with Shane Taylor showing up in AEW, and get use of continuity in Keith Lee’s career. I remember watching those days when Keith and Shane made a huge splash in ROH as a team, and then suddenly Keith is in NXT. This is going to be good stuff, but I wonder if Swerve ditches Keith to join up with Shane and take over at least the ROH Tag Division. Good interview promo from Saraya, though it did start to blur the lines of kayfabe and reality just a little when Saraya talked about Britt helping her in that match. But naturally, Saraya wants the AEW Women’s Division to get stronger, but also wants to get in on a title scene. I don’t see Saraya being relegated to Dark and Elevation, so maybe they work out something for a Winter is Coming match.

Speaking of women’s championships, good promo from Shida and Bunny to truly bring the Regina de Wave title onto AEW programming. I’m pretty sure Shida retains that title, but it at least counts as something big for Bunny. Great stuff out of Athena really upping her Heel credentials. Fans still wanted to cheer her dominating Dani but Athena made sure they had something to boo with her extracurriculars after the match. Athena VS Mercedes is going to be great for Final Battle, no idea who wins that one. And good promo from LFI and Dark Order. I bet we see some great tag matches of Rush & Vance VS Silver & Reynolds to not only build both factions back up, but help one get going in the tag title rankings so that one of them (probably LFI) can go after The Acclaimed.

And of course, hilarious and great stuff out of Cassidy and the Lumberjacks. Cassidy was of course winning but I was surprised to see Kip Sabian go after him. That should be a good feud since Kip’s trying this new Joker meets Riddler character. And it was great to see the House of Black appear to beat up every Lumberjack around. Though, I wonder what that detail of Malakai sparing Ortiz the finisher was about. Is the House going to recruit Ortiz to their side? Ortiz and Eddie Kingston feuding with the House would be some awesome stuff. But I wouldn’t want Ortiz betraying Eddie, that’s too much like Vance ditching the Dark Order. House of Black should be raising up some names from Dark or Elevation to give them some TV time.

My Score: 8.7/10


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