Who grabs the first spot in Revolution’s tag title match?
Jurassic Express will defend their AEW World Tag Team Championships at Revolution, and the first of TWO contenders will be determined in a battle royal!
- AEW World Tag Team Championship Contenders Battle Royal: reDRagon wins and will challenge for the titles at Revolution.
- The House of Black VS Death Triangle; Death Triangle wins.
- Face of the Revolution Ladder Match Qualifier: Ricky Starks VS Preston Vance; Starks wins and advances to the Face of the Revolution.
- AEW TBS Championship: Jade Cargill w/ Mark Sterling VS The Bunny w/ Matt Hardy; Cargill wins and retains the title.
- Bryan Danielson VS Daniel Garcia; Bryan wins.
PLAY BY PLAY
AEW World Tag Team Championship Contenders Battle Royal!
While all the other teams of AEW, such as Best Friends, the Young Bucks, reDRagon and FTR, Jurassic Express makes their way out to watch the madness! Who will be the first of two teams to earn a spot at Revolution?
The bell rings and all the teams rush into the ring! The Bucks are after Best Friends, Santana & Ortiz find FTR, reDRagon is after Private Party, but Billy Gunn wisely advises his sons, Austin & Colton, to hang back. You can’t win the match outside but you can’t lose it, either. The Dark Order’s Alex Reynolds & John Silver also mix it up, but then Butcher & Blade drag Best Friends out under the ropes to brawl. Blade shoves Chuck Taylor into steel steps, then he and Butcher get Trent up to SNAKE EYES off the barriers, then LARIAT! Reynolds DIVES to take them both out! Reynolds puts Blade back in, gets in and BOOTS Blade!
Blade dumps Reynolds up and out, then BLASTS him off the apron to ELIMINATE him! Blade flexes but Silver snarls and comes up to THRWO Blade out! Silver ELIMINATES Blade! But then the Gunn Club get in to CLOBBER Silver! Fans boo and taunt the “Ass Boys,” and Austin tries to tune them out. Santana & Ortiz creep up and fire off hands on the Gunn Club! Kyle O’Reilly mugs Matt Lee of 2point0, the Gunn Club starts fighting back on Santana & Ortiz. Colton holds ropes down and Austin whips, but Ortiz reverses and sends Austin out! Ortiz ELIMINATES Austin! Colton freaks out, and Santana grins. Big thumbs up before he dumps Colton out and ELIMINATES him!
Billy is upset his boys are out already, but then 2point0 goes after Santana & Ortiz. Drop toehold and BOOYAH elbow! But then Butcher CLOBBERS 2point0! The Bucks kick and whip Butcher but he busts through to DOUBLE LARIAT! But then reDRagon mug and whip Butcher, but he busts through their kicks! DOUBLE LARIATS! Trent CHOPS Butcher but Butcher eggs him on. Trent fires forearms but Butcher whips Trent to a corner. Butcher runs in, misses, and Trent gives him- NO! Butcher block the tornado to RUNNING JACKHAMMER! Butcher throws Trent out but Trent holds on!
Butcher ROCKS Trent but he still holds on! Butcher tries again but Chuck makes the save! They even hug! Butcher runs back in, the Best Friends toss him out and ELIMINATE him! But then reDRagon goes after Best Friends! Fish swings into SOLE FOOD HALF ‘N’ HALF! FTR mug Kyle, Trent whips Chuck in at Kyle but is put on the apron! Kyle BOOTS Trent, Chuck ROCKS Kyle! Fish staggers over, gets a leg, DRAPING DRAGON SCREW! Kyle BOOTS and ELIMINATES Chuck! Trent fires off CHOPS on reDRagon, back and forth, but into an armlock! Trent gets mugged by reDRagon!
Isiah Kassidy is put on the apron, then Silver dumps Quen! Quen hits the floor, Silver ELIMINATES him! Matt Hardy saves Kassidy, but then Silver DROPKICKS Kassidy! Quen and Hardy miss, Silver ELIMINATES Kassidy! Party’s over for Private Party! Meanwhile, there’s a cluster in a corner with the Bucks, reDRagon and 2point0. FTR hangs back in one corner, Santana & Ortiz are in another, and Johnny Hungy is all alone in his corner. Silver dodges 2point0 but gets 2 FOR THE SHOW! Silver is down but Ortiz fires off on Jeff Parker! 2point0 throws Ortiz over and fire off hands! Santana rushes over to dump and DOUBLE ELIMINATE 2point0!
But then the Bucks DOUBLE SUPERKICK and ELIMINATE Ortiz! Santana reels the Bucks in, QUEBRADA into DOUBLE SUPERKICKS! Silver runs in, into BIG RIG from FTR! The Bucks and FTR meet again and fans fire up! But then reDRagon mugs FTR! The mutuals of Adam Cole are all cool, but then Cash CHOPS Kyle! Fish brawls with Dax, Trent is after the Bucks. Dax gives CHOP and forearm on repeat to Fish, Matt Jackson is trying to scrape Santana off the apron while Nick is after Trent. Nick SHINING WIZARDS, ROUNDHOUSES, and forearms Trent down. FTR is after Kyle while Nick BULLDOGS Trent!
Nick swaggers as the Macho Buck, Fish helps Kyle against FTR. The Bucks mug Santana but Silver gets after Matt. Nick stomps Trent down low, Kyle adds on. Fish mule kicks Cash, Nick hits Santana, Dax goes after Fish. FTR CLUBS Kyle then brings him up. The Bucks mug Santana, fans rally behind Silver as he fires off on Fish. FTR dumps Kyle out but he holds on. FTR tries again, double trophy lift, but Nick saves him! FTR whips Nick! They ELIMINATE Nick! Matt is shocked, but reDRagon is busy mugging Trent. Santana TACKLES Matt! FTR holds back while reDRagon give Trent a BUTTERFLY DDT to WHEELBARROW SUPLEX!
Santana stomps Matt down, reDRagon double whip Trent up and out, but Trent holds on! Orange Cassidy appears from under the ring! He helps Trent to get back in! Trent CLOBBERS Fish, but Kyle gets a GUILLOTINE! Only for Trent to SUPLEX Kyle! Trent clotheslines Fish, then TORNADO DDT’s! Fish is up, Trent clotheslines and ELIMINATES Fish! But then FTR pounces, only for Trent to hold onto the ropes!
AEW is picture in picture as FTR try to dump Trent up and out. Trent kicks and holds on tight! Kyle stomps Silver, Santana fires off on Matt Jackson in the corner, and FTR let off on Trent so they can mug him. Silver kicks and forearms Kyle in return, but then FTR goes after Silver! Santana CHOPS Matt, Trent fights back on FTR! CHOP and kick and repeat! Trent CHOPS Cash’s ass! FTR falls back but Trent is after them in the corner with CHOPS! Matt rains down right hands on Santana but Santana dumps Matt over! Matt holds onto the corner and Santana is frustrated. Trent tries to dump Dax but Cash reels him in, BIG back suplex!
Santana tries to scrape Matt off the ring as receipt for earlier. FTR gets Silver up, suplex but Silver knees free! Silver throws body shots to snap suplex Dax! Cash stomps Silver down for that! Cash also CLUBS Trent to keep him down. Matt gets away from Santana to turn things around on him. Trent fires off on Kyle, FTR chokes Silver on the ropes. Kyle turns things around on Trent, Trent turns things around on him repeat. Silver fires off on FTR, but that’s still 2v1! Cash kicks low, CLUBS Silver against ropes, and AEW returns to single picture. Refs keep Tully Blanchard from helping out, but Silver is still outnumbered.
But then something gets the ref’s attention elsewhere, and Tully pulls Silver over the ropes! But Silver headscissors Cash and ELIMINATES him! Take that, Tully! And now, our final six are all one man each! FTR’s Dax Harwood, the Dark Order’s John Silver, reDRagon’s Kyle O’Reilly, Best Friend’s Trent Beretta, Proud ‘n’ Powerful’s Santana, and the Young Bucks’ Matt Jackson. Fans fire up as the six try and figure out who to go after. Trent goes after Dax, Santana is after Kyle, leaving Matt to brawl with Silver! Matt JABS then whips, but Silver dodges in the corner to KICK and SNAP GERMAN!
Silver fires off more, then cobra clutch BACKBREAKERS! But Kyle KICKS and fires off on Silver, leg sweep! Dax swings, Kyle ducks. Kyle kicks, Dax ducks. Dax fakes a punch to DDT Kyle! Trent BUSAIKU KNEES Dax! Santana staggers over and stares Trent down. Fans fire up even more as these two meet again after that insane feud between PNP and Best Friends! Santana does, too, and he flips Trent off before firing haymakers! Trent gives them back and fans rally for the brawl! Santana gets the edge, spins, but into Trent’s SNAP HALF ‘N’ HALF! Trent runs, into a DISCUS LARIAT!
Fans are thunderous, Santana runs at Trent, BOOT and Trent goes out! He’s still on the apron and he reels Santana in! Trent suplexes Santana out to join him but now they battle over suplex control! Santana gets Trent up but Trent knees free! They both throw forearms and BOOTS! Matt and Kyle BLAST them both and ELIMINATE them both! Cole’s friends are working together, and now stare down with Dax and Silver! FTR and Dark Order have no love lost for The Elite, so it’s them against Kyle and Matt! Dax CHOPS Kyle, Kyle fires back! Silver powers Matt up as Dax CHOPS Kyle again. Kyle throws knees but Dax bumps him off buckles.
Dax CHIPOS again, Kyle KICKS and KICKS in return. Matt fights Silver, Dax hammerlocks to back suplex Kyle! Kyle clutches his arm while Matt tries to power Silver out! Kyle goes out to the apron from under the ropes. Kyle catches Dax for a GUILLOTINE against the ropes! Kyle drags Dax up and out! Dax hurries to get ropes but Kyle has his arm! Dax elbows free of the armbar, and they brawl on the edge with forearms! Kyle KICKS, Dax CHOPS, repeat! Dax ROCKS Kyle, and again! Kyle wobbles, Matt pushes Silver aside, Kyle BOOTS Dax! Dax teeters, but he gets up to CHOP and ROCK and ROCK Kyle!
Dax stomps Kyle but Fish returns to SWEEP the legs and ELIMINATE Dax! Fans boo as reDRagon gets away with that one! Kyle regroups with Matt and they have Silver all to themselves. They mug Silver, bring him up, but Silver DOUBLE SUPLEXES them!! Fans are thunderous as Johnny Hungy rallies on The Elite! BIG back drop for Kyle! Matt runs in, into a drop toehold! Matt’s on ropes, Silver BOOTS him from behind! Then the SPIN DOCTOR! Silver is fired up, fans are going nuts, and Silver scoops Kyle. But Matt SUPERKICKS Silver down! Kyle gets Silver up, CHASING THE DRAGON REMIX!
Kyle says his arm is bad so Matt keeps on Silver. Matt throws Silver out, but Kyle also dumps Matt! KYLE WINS!!
Winners: reDRagon (advance to AEW Revolution)
So much for being friends with the Bucks! Jurassic Express is rather shocked, but the Bucks are furious! Nick & Matt argue with Kyle & Fish, but it won’t change what’s just happened. Will the Bucks even have make it to Revolution now? And speaking of that, here comes Hangman Adam Page! The AEW World Champion gets in, and he fires off on reDRagon for what they did last week! What do the Bucks do? Well, they’re just watching right now. Hangman DECKS Fish, DECKS Kyle, then looks a the Bucks. The Bucks wash their hands of this, but here comes ADAM COLE! Hangman blocks his superkick to CLOBBER him! And again!
Hangman rains down fists on Cole, and again the Bucks do nothing! Cole gets away, Hangman takes aim, but reDRagon saves Cole from Buck Shot! Wait, Silver CANNONBALLS reDRagon! Silver puts Kyle in for Hangman, to give Kyle BUCKSHOT! Cole is furious but fans are loving the #CowboyShit that just went down! Hangman then gets a chair to take a seat while he has a mic. “Who’s ready for story with Adam Page, baybay?” Cole is more upset now because that’s his thing!
Hangman takes a seat, and Hangman says this tale begins in 2008. A young, overconfident, smug little prick named Adam Cole entered the world of pro-wrestling. Cole became a world champion everywhere he went. “But uh, as he could see the writing on the wall and feel his world crumble around him, he clambered back to his old friends and decided to come for the most precious prize in professional wrestling, the AEW World Championship.” And Cole kept his eyes on that prize as he walked towards it step after step, never realizing that he was drawing closer and closer to a six foot hole in the ground.
And at Revolution, when Cole climbed into the ring thinking he’d leave as a champion, he took one step too close to that grave, “and the better Adam laid him down in it.” The world listened to the sound of Cole’s body hitting dirt with a freshly cut Buckshot, and that sound was BOOM. Hangman Page has called out the Panama City Playboy, what will Cole do to get his momentum back?
Backstage interview with Bryan Danielson.
The American Dragon is in the main event against Red Death, Daniel Garcia. Bryan says he’s been really impressed by Garcia, and is reminded of a younger version of Bryan. Garcia is technically excellent, vicious and violent on the mat, but the big difference is, Bryan had a great mentor in William Regal. Garcia’s hanging out with 2point0. Imagine if Garcia trained with Bryan or Moxley. That would be an entirely different level, and Bryan shows Garcia that difference tonight. But speaking of Moxley, Moxley said that before they fight together, they need to bleed together. Well, tonight, after this match, Bryan gives Moxley his answer.
Will the American Dragon win Garcia over? And will he convince Moxley to take that next step towards their partnership?
MJF heads to the ring.
Maxwell Jacob Friedman has a mic, but he doesn’t look in a good mood after CM Punk told the world they’d be having a Dog Collar Match. MJF has the music cut and then he gets in the ring. Fans chant for CM Punk and MJF says, “Guys, I get it. I used to love CM Punk, too. And I get that you guys want to boo me, I’m not exactly the easiest person in the world to like. But just give me an opportunity here.” MJF says CM Punk showed a photo that for him was “just another Friday.” For MJF, that wasn’t. He knows it’s easy to think he was raised with a silver spoon in his mouth, or that we understood his upbringing.
But there was a time in MJF’s life, where the only reason he got up in the morning was pro-wrestling. Just like all the fans, MJF loves pro-wrestling! He loves AEW! And yes, that day did mean more to MJF than just a Friday. He goes back to 2007 when he was just 11 years old. He was dealing with a litany of learning disabilities, such as a severe case of ADD. Every day in school was hell. But the one thing that MJF was good at was football. He tried out for the team, one of only two Jewish kids that tried out. Oh, any Jews in the house? Sweet. But shockingly, MJF actually made it as a starting middle linebacker. For once, he felt he fit in.
And then the next day, he’s walking around school, his teammates walk up to him and he gets excited because he thinks he’s got friends. They look angry, though. And in their hands, they have rolls of quarters. All of them decided to throw the quarters at him as hard as they could, and told him to pick the quarters up. MJF went home, cried and cried and cried, but stopped because it was Friday. That meant he would meet his hero, CM Punk. Punk, the guy MJF looked up to. CM Punk, the Best in the World! That day meant everything to MJF. MJF promised that he’d be just like his hero, CM Punk. He’d speak up for himself! A 5 foot nothing ADD Jewish kid would be the best in the world!
Fast forward to December, 2013. MJF got stronger, faster, has football scholarships, but he doesn’t care. He wants to be like CM Punk! He wants to be a pro-wrestler! MJF studies tape, watches matches, until his eyes bleed. MJF practices promos in the mirror until he gets hoarse, all because he wants to be just like Punk! But then in January of 2014, “you leave me. When I needed you most, when I believed in you, you left me! You left ALL OF US!” MJF realized that if the Best in the World couldn’t do it, then why would some dumb, ADD riddled Jewish kid be able to? So MJF packed his bags, went off to college, and quit on his dreams, burying his happiness deep down.
Until one day, MJF is in his dorm room, scrolling on Instagram, and he sees an account known as The Wrestling Classic. And they have a photograph of CM Punk shaking hands with Bryan Danielson. CM Punk, the same guy MJF believed in, the same guy who left when MJF needed him most… MJF was livid. He packed his bags, got in his car and made a new promise. MJF would become the Best in the World in spite of CM Punk. MJF promised that whatever outcast kid at school was getting bullied, had MJF to watch on his screen! MJF was not going to leave them high and dry like Punk did, the “gutless coward!”
So at Revolution, March 6th, Punk can choke MJF with the chain, whip him with it, make him bleed buckets, but MJF will not quit! If he quits, he’ll be no better than Punk. And we all know that’s not the case! Because this is Maxwell Jacob Friedman, and he is BETTER than you, and you know it!! Mic drop and the fans actually respect MJF for that. But then here comes Punk! Punk gets up on the apron, he asks what MJF is doing and MJF just shrugs. Fans are all fired up as Punk gets in the ring. MJF stays put as Punk asks if that was true. Was it? MJF has a tear in his eye as he looks at Punk.
MJF then leaves, and fans boo again. MJF leaves it at this, and Punk isn’t sure what to make of it. Will the Best in the World be able to go after the Salt of the Earth after hearing all that? Or is this just where MJF wants him?
Backstage interview with Daniel Garcia & 2point0.
Tony Schiavone brings up what Bryan Danielson said, but Jeff Parker wants to clear the air. These three walked through these doors together. And now that Garcia is becoming the best, Bryan wants to swoop in? Matt Lee says, “No one gives a rat’s ass what it would’ve been like if you and Mox were his mentor! You wanna taste?! You’re gettin’ a taste tonight!” Garcia tells Bryan that Bryan may think he needs a lesson, but one thing Garcia doesn’t need to learn is violence. He was born into that, molded by that, and he’ll be the one teaching Bryan. Will Red Death look to slay the American Dragon?
The House of Black VS Death Triangle!
Malakai Black & Brody King thought they’d finished it. But instead, they may have only awoken something much darker than even their own hearts. Will the resurrection of PENTAGON DARK burn down the House of Black?
Pac makes his entrance alone, and then with a wild look on his face, he waves to the stage. Alex Abrahantes is there as a dark priest as Penta Oscuro rises from behind the headstone! He brings a shovel to the ring, will he use that to bury the Black Throne? The teams stare down, the ref tries to sort things out, but the brawl is on! Brody throws Pac out, Malakai ROCKS Penta! But Penta SUPERKICKS Malakai out! Then he SUPERKICKS Brody down! Penta goes up, to CROSSBODY and take them both down! Fans fire up and Penta puts Malakai in the ring. Pac has the ref ring the bell then he climbs up, for a 450 SPLASH! Cover, TWO!!
Pac and Penta argue the count, but Pac drags Malakai up to bump him off buckles. Tag to Penta and they mug Malakai. Penta wrenches an arm, KICKS away on a leg, but then Malakai throws forearms. Malakai BOOTS, but Penta stays up to throw body shots. Pac tags in, Death Triangle mugs Malakai more. Pac BOOTS Malakai down, then kicks him around. Pack brings Malakai up but Malakai powers him back. Tag to Brody and now the House of Black mug Pac. Brody CHOPS then whips, but Pac dodges, only for Brody to CLOBBER Pac with the left! Cover, TWO!
AEW goes picture in picture as Brody scoops and SLAMS Pac. Brody runs to drop a SENTON! Brody drags Pac up to ROCK him, then he digs his boots in. The ref counts, Brody lets off, and then he tags Malakai. They mug Pac again, and then Malakai snap suplexes Pac down. Cover, TWO, but Malakai holds onto an arm. Malakai wrenches an arm, snapmares Pac then KICKS him in the back again and again. Malakai drops knees on Pac’s head, covers, TWO! Malakai kicks Pac more, then drags him up in a facelock. Malakai hooks the arms while throwing knees, then he tags Brody. They mug Pac again, then Brody CHOPS Pac off his feet!
Brody drags Pac back up, scoops him, but Pac fights free! Pac runs but into a BOOT! Brody looms over Pac, and drags him up into a neck wrench. Pac endures as Brody digs his elbow into Pac’s head! Then Brody shifts to have an arm, CLUBS away on Pac’s chest, then covers. TWO, and Brody grows frustrated, but he taunts Pac and brings him up. Brody CLUBS Pac down, then stands Pac up to CHOP him off his feet again. Brody dares Pac to get up, then snap suplexes him down! Cover, TWO! Brody is frustrated again but he drags Pac back up. AEW returns to single picture as Brody CLUBS away on Pac’s back.
Fans rally but Brody taunts Penta. Penta run sin but into a knee! Brody puts Pac on Penta’s shoulders in an Electric Chair, and Brody CHOPS Pac into giving Penta a POISON-RANA! Fans fire up as Brody takes out Death Triangle with one move! Deaths Triangle regroups outside, Brody slashes his throat and builds speed! Malakai tags in before the DIVE! Direct hit on both Penta and Pac! Brody puts Pac in for Malakai, METEORA! ROUNDHOUSE to SNAP GERMAN! Bridging cover, but Penta breaks it! Malakai whips Penta out, then tags to Brody. Malakai drags Pac up, Brody waistlocks, and Malakai runs. But Pac kicks free, Malakai’s knee hits Brody!
Pac sobats and runs, Penta tags in before Pac ENZIGURIS Malakai down! Brody LARIATS Pac inside out, but Penta CROSSBODIES! All four men are down and fans fire up! A standing count begins, and it’s 5 of 10 before Malakai sits up. Malakai staggers over to get Penta up. Brody heads over, but Pack saves Penta from Dante’s Inferno! Pac rams Brody into Malakai and Malakai tumbles out of the ring! Brody fires off forearms and CHOPS on Death Triangle, then Brody runs, into a BOOT from Pac! Brody wobbles but stays up. Brody runs again, into another BOOT! Brody whips Pac away, runs in at the corner but misses!
Malakai tags in before Pac GERMAN SUPLEXES Brody! Death Triangle DOUBLE SUPERKICK Brody! Fans fire up as Pac goes to a corner and Penta brings Brody up. “CERO! MIEDO!” but Malakai gets in! Penta blocks the mist!! Then wheelbarrow for a victory roll, Death Triangle wins!!
Winners: Death Triangle, by pinfall
But Brody CLOBBERS them for it! Brody scoop SLAMS Pac onto Penta! Brody digs his boots into Penta’s face and neck! Malakai sputters, having his mist smothered back into him. Brody CLUBS away on Penta for it, then digs his fingers into Penta’s face. Pac gets up but Brody DECKS him! Malakai breathes again, and he CLOBBERS Abrahantes. Malakai gets Penta’s shovel! Brody hauls Penta up, scoop SLAMS him, and Malakai gets in the ring. Malakai has the shovel, and he aims it at Penta’s neck! But then the lights go out! That’s usually the House of Black’s move, but when the lights come up, BUDDY MATTHEWS is here!!
Malakai has seen a ghost! He can’t believe Buddy is here and neither can the fans! But at least the fans are excited about this! Brody and Malakai stay back as Buddy stands in between them and Death Triangle. But then Buddy KNEES Pac and stomps away on Penta! It was all an act from Malakai! Brody then goes out to CLOBBER security before they can stop this! Buddy rain s down fists on Penta, but Malakai pulls him away. Buddy is all fired up, Brody finishes mauling security, and he brings out a batch of chairs! Malakai has Buddy move aside as he gets a chair. Buddy helps put Penta on the chair, and Malakai tells Buddy to finish this.
Buddy has the arms, and he CURB STOMPS Penta into the chair! The lights go out again, and when they come back, the House of Black is gone. Their power grows by one, is all of AEW going to #FadetoBlack?
AEW hears from Britt Baker and Thunder Rosa.
The AEW Women’s World Champion says when Thunder Rosa walked through the door, she became a star. It was “Thunder! Rosa!” and that was it. But then La Mera Mera says, “Britt Baker and friends~! Oh my God, Britt, guess what? There’s a contract signing to make this official for Revolution on March 6th. You and your little friends have to come and show up.” Britt questions if Rosa is really a star. Britt beat her, Rosa never beat her on paper. That has to sting. Rosa says she’s bringing the pen, Britt can bring her friends and pals. Because guess what? This time, it will count.
Eddie Kingston heads to the ring!
And the Mad King is rather surprised security (probably not the guys Brody King demolished) is already here. He and Chris Jericho are of course having a face-to-face meeting here, but Kingston doesn’t get what this is about. He mocks them by standing next to them with hands together in front of him, just like them. Then Le Champion makes his entrance! Fans sing Judas for Jericho as he gets in the ring and gets himself a mic. Kingston says, “Okay, we’re done now? Are we done massaging your ego with that song? Are we done? Good!” First off, why is the cameraman in the ring? Kingston hates that guy.
Second, what is with the security? Jericho tells Kingston to calm down, but Kingston says he can’t because he doesn’t know these guys. Jericho says security is here so they can talk like men. No fighting like common street thugs, which Jericho knows Kingston likes to see himself as. Oh, Kingston’s a thug? Jericho doesn’t know Kingston. Fans rally behind Kingston as Kingston says, “This dude… Give me a second, because in all honesty, I have no idea why we’re doing this. I’m not a ‘sports entertainer,’ Chris. I’d rather just fight you.” But since Jericho won’t fight here, Kingston asks Tony Khan a favor. Give him any two women wrestlers here. Do something!
This is a wrestling company, not a sports entertainment company. Maybe go down the block for that. Fans are all fired up after that one! Jericho says they are just down the road from Stamford, so maybe he’ll give Kingston some sports entertainment. Except at least this one will be entertaining. Jericho has a story for Kingston about Kingston. “When I first heard that you were coming to AEW, Eddie, everyone in the locker room was so excited.” But Jericho had no idea who the hell Eddie Kingston was. He kept an eye on the independent scene but maybe he’d just missed Kingston. Maybe they meant Eddie Edwards.
But then, Jericho saw Kingston and realized why he’d never heard of him. Kingston just looks like a jobber. But wait, then Jericho saw the match against what’s his name, and heard that promo, and Jericho realized, that though he never heard of Kingston, Kingston was good. Kingston is very good. He’s special! He’s got what it takes to go to the top! And Jericho said that a few days later. And Jericho even said it’d be only a matter of time before Kingston was a huge Babyface in AEW because the people will love him! And he’s right! Kingston asks, “The hell’s a Babyface?”
But Jericho continues to say that it was such a good feeling seeing Kingston busting his ass and getting over and overcoming his issues. Kingston finally, after all those years, signed a contract with AEW and made it to the big time at the age of 38. Everyone was so happy for Kingston! He deserves it, they’re excited, except for Jericho. Jericho didn’t give two shits about the sob story or about Eddie. And the reason why is because Jericho saw Kingston is just jealous of Jericho. Kingston didn’t make it until he was 38, but Jericho made it when he was just 22. Worldwide, man!
By the time Jericho was 38, he’d main-evented PPVs, toured the world, headlined arenas, was a multiple time world champion, and had made millions. Kingston is jealous! Oh, is Jericho done? Nope. Jericho says the reason Kingston is jealous is because deep down, Kingston doesn’t believe he can ever achieve what Jericho has, or can ever be on Jericho’s level. Well first off, “Christopher,” talking about this and that, do you want a cookie? Guess who doesn’t care? The only reason Jericho main-evented all over is because Kingston wasn’t there. Kingston is a different type of cat, dog. He doesn’t leech off people. He isn’t a lying carny or undercut people.
Kingston’s the type to tell the promoters to F off because he’ll do what he does and be himself until he dies. And he can look himself in the mirror. Now Jericho is out here, doing this, saying that, but Kingston doesn’t want to talk to Jericho. Jericho’s just sucking the blood outta Kingston but Kingston’s blood is too tough for Jericho. Kingston doesn’t pump Kool-Aid, y’know? Jericho can do this to the young guys, telling them they have bright futures and to work with him, PFFT! Kingston would rather do things on his own. And y’know what? Kingston just wants to fight. So how about it? Kingston VS Jericho, at Revolution. C’mon!
Jericho will answer that, but first he has a question of his own. Has Kingston ever heard of “Achievophobia?” Does Kingston know what that means? No, he just has a GED. Well, it means the fear of success. And that is Kingston to a T. Kingston is terrified to make it to the top, the level that Jericho lives on. If he did, he’d fall right off the other side and Kingston knows it. Kingston sees himself and his destiny as one of a failure. Jericho’s read the stories, the family history. Kingston shared it with the world. His first hero was his uncle, and he was a failure. Kingston drops his mic, he’s not for talking anymore.
But Jericho continues. Kingston also looked up to his father, a failure. Deep down, Kingston thinks he’s a failure, too. Jericho’s seen guys like him come and go and he knows what the problem is: Kingston doesn’t think he can win the big one. Kingston challenging Jericho, in this company, JERICHO is the big one! Not Moxley, not Bryan, not Punk, not Hangman Page. Jericho is the big guy in AEW! The Influencer, the Demo God, Le Champion, and if Kingston wants that at Revolution, then he’s got it! Jericho VS Kingston is happening! But like Jericho said, Kingston can’t win the big one and he won’t.
But if he does, Jericho swears to God he will look Kingston in the eye, shake his hand and tell him that he has his utmost and ultimate respect. That will mean Jericho helped Kingston get over what’s holding him back, and that is the fear of success. Ya dig?! Kingston picks the mic back up to tell Jericho this: They have the match, great. But don’t give him the Jericho that did the mimosa match. Don’t give him the Jericho that MJF shoved off the cage. Give Kingston the Jericho that was AEW’s first world champion! The Jericho that bled buckets in Tennessee! The Jericho that got respect from Kingston’s heroes.
Give Kingston the Jericho that turned WCW upside-down! Give Kingston the Jericho that his close friend Paul Levesque hated! Give Kingston that, or else Kingston will eat him alive. Fans are fired up again, and Jericho tells Kingston, “I’m gonna give you that Chris Jericho and so much more, Eddie Kingston. And I’ll say it again. I can see it in your eyes right now. You don’t believe that you can beat me. You don’t believe that you can win the big one. And your opinion of yourself deep down inside is the same opinion that I have of you. You are nothing more than a loser, and you always will be. You can’t win the big one, ever. Hit my music!”
Jericho leaves, working on the self doubt lurking inside Kingston. Will the Jericho Kingston wants be the very thing that takes him out? Or can the Mad King finally break through?
The Andrade Hardy Family Office meets backstage.
Big Money Matt tells El Idolo that he will be the winner this Friday on Rampage. Andrade is bringing the AEW TNT Championship to the AHFO as he takes out Sammy Guevara. But is Andrade going to tag Isiah Kassidy in like he did on Elevation? Andrade doesn’t need anyone in his corner to win. But they are a company. They have each other’s backs. Of course! Hardy was just teasing. Of course Andrade wins. But since Kassidy did win it for them on Monday, how about they get Andrade, Hardy and Kassidy in a Six Man against Sting, Sammy and Darby in the first-ever TORNADO TRIOS match at Revolution?
A huge challenge has been issued, but will the Icon, Spanish God and Relentless One make the AHFO regret gambling like that?
Face of the Revolution Ladder Match Qualifier: Ricky Starks w/ “Powerhouse” Will Hobbs VS Preston Vance!
Keith Lee, Wardlow and “Powerhouse” Will Hobbs have all qualified for this match, making it more like a land of giants than a ladder match. Will the FTW Champion add himself to give Team Taz a mathematical advantage? Or will the Dark Order’s Number 10 be the fourth giant in?
The bell rings and fans rally up as the two circle. They tie up, Vance throws Starks down, but Starks gets up in a huff. Starks dusts himself off and ties up with Vance again. Starks waistlocks, headlocks, but Vance powers out to run Starks over. Things speed up, Starks hurdles and kicks low. Starks CLUBS Vance, brings Vance around to whip, but Vance reverses. They ram shoulders, Starks tries again and fires a forearm. Starks runs and runs Vance over! Starks strikes a pose, but Vance gets up. Vance TOSSES Starks to the corner and CHOPS, forearms, repeat! Vance climbs up, rains down fists, but Starks slips out at 5.
Vance stalks Starks and ROCKS him with a right. Vance has Starks in a corner, brings him up, but STarks wrenches, kicks and TORANDO- NO! Vance blocks to suplex, and he holds Starks up! Fans rally and count, Vance drops Starks at 10! Fans fire up with Vance while AEW goes picture in picture. Vance covers, TWO!
Vance keeps cool, he stalks Starks again, and brings Starks up to throw forearms. Vance runs, but Starks sidestepse to hit Vance in the back with forearms! Starks springboard stomps Vance down, then swaggers about. Starks mocks the Dark Order hand, but Vance throws body shots. Starks CHOPS, then scoops to BACKBREAKER! Starks kisses his biceps, then slaps Vance around. Starks brings Vance up, RAMS into him at the corner, and then again. The ref counts, Starks lets off and knees Vance low. Vance goes down in a heap, so Starks hops up the corner to soak up the heat. Starks strikes another pose, then drops a stomp on Vance’s ribs!
The ref counts as Starks digs his boots in, but Starks lets off. Starks swaggers while Vance slowly gets up. Vance throws more body shots, but Starks CLUBS him down! Starks runs to drop a BIG elbow! Cover, TWO! Starks hears the fans chanting but brings Vance around. Vance ROCKS Starks with a right, then CHOPS! Vance ROCKS and CHOPS Starks in the corner, and repeat! Starks CHOPS back, then knees low. Starks throws forearms, Vance staggers and Starks kicks him at the ropes. Starks clubs and CHOPS, AEW returns to single picture as he whips. Vance ducks, dodges, and RAMS Starks down!
Starks flops out of the ring as fans fire up with Vance! Vance goes out to get Starks, but Starks slides into the ring. Vance pursues, catches Starks and pops him around, FULL NELSON! Starks scrambles, goes up the corner, but can’t get free! Vance shoves him and hits a DISCUS LARAIT! That was for Mr. Brodie! Vance wants to finish this off, he drags Starks up, FULL NELSON!! Starks pulls the mask!! Vance lets go to secure the mask, Starks runs to SPEAR!! Cover, Starks wins!
Winner: Ricky Starks, by pinfall (advances to the Face of the Revolution)
Hobbs cheers Starks, the FTW Champion is going to Revolution! Will Team Taz be guaranteed to take that brass ring and go after the TNT Championship next?
The Cutler Cam is live.
Adam Cole is in a bad move but reDRagon is feeling great after their win in the battle royal. Fish tells Brandon to keep it rolling, they’re going to the PPV! But then the Bucks storm in and are upset that one, Cutler is rolling, and two, reDRagon cheated them! That was a double cross! A what? Kyle claims he blacked out when he did that to Matt. Hell, they’ve still got a shot in next week’s Casino Battle Royal. Nick is still mad but Matt calms him down because that’s true. They have a shot. And now, they’re even more motivated. They’ll go to the PPV to kiss reDRagon’s ass! Oh well good luck~!
Cole shouts at reDRagon to stop egging the Bucks on. For the love of God, Cole has enough on his plate, he wants his friends to all get along. They’re a team! Then tell the Bucks! Well he’s telling reDRagon! Alright, well, Landon, stop rolling. Cole is again left alone, torn between two sides. Will Cole be able to focus on Hangman at all with this going on?
AEW TBS Championship: Jade Cargill w/ Mark Sterling VS The Bunny w/ Matt Hardy!
Still undefeated at 27-0, the money just keeps rolling in for the Jade Brand. But with the AHFO’s “wascally wabbit” coming for her, will Cargill be able to keep this #ThatBitchShow? Or will it soon be The Bunny’s show?
The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and we see who brings home the green and gold!
Jade and Bunny stare downface to face, then back up to tie up. They go around and Jade puts Bunny on the ropes. The ref counts, Jade lets off then SLAPS Bunny! Bunny ties up with Jade again, but Jade puts her in a corner. Bunny pulls hair to turn things around, but lets off at 4 to pie face Jade! Jade BOOTS Bunny down! Jade drags Bunny up, wrenches an arm to a wristlock, then brings her up with a straight arm lever! Jade SLAMS Bunny down, then drops a leg on the arm! Jade has the short arm scissor, then does push-ups to show off. Jade does three, flexes, then rolls Bunny into an omoplata!
Jade shifts to a hammerlock as Bunny fights up. Bunny moves around and throws Jade out to the apron! Bunny shakes out the bad arm, storms over, ducks the haymaker and HOTSHOTS Jade down! Jade sits on the apron, Bunny hits a SLIDING FOREARM to the back! Bunny then RUSSIAN LEG SWEEPS Jade into railing! The ref checks them both as AEW goes picture in picture.
Bunny and Jade are both okay, and now Big Money Matt walks out to ringside. What took him so long? Hardy tells sterling, “DELETE”! Sterling says no but Hardy keeps saying, “DELETE! DELETE! DELETE!” Manager chases lawyer around, Bunny gets in and DROPKICKS Jade headlong into buckles! Cover, TWO!! Jade survives being jammed but Bunny stomps her around. Bunny even CLAWS Jade on the back !Bunny whips but Jade blocks! Jade whips and scoops Bunny for a FALL AWAY SLAM! Jade kips up and smiles as fans fire up. Bunny writhes, Jade drags her back up and fireman’s carries.
Bunny fights off, shoves Jade and waistlocks, but Jade bucks the O’Conner Roll. Bunny ducks the boot to CULB away on Jade’s back! Bunny storms up, RAMS Jade into buckles, and then stomps a mudhole into her! The ref counts, Bunny lets off, but runs in corner to corner for another SLIDING FOREARM! Bunny laughs right into the camera, then covers. TWO!! Jade survives and Sterling breathes easy. Bunny seethes, wraps Jade up in a straitjacket stretch, but Jade endures. Bunny brings Jade back with body scissors but Jade fights up to her feet and RAMS Bunny into buckles! AEW is single picture as Jade dribbles and DUNKS on Bunny!
Jade fireman’s carries Bunn but Bunny claws her eyes! Bunny brings Jade around, kicks low and runs, KNEE LIFT! Jade staggers, Bunny runs in to THESZ- NO! SPINEBUSTER! Hardy gets on the apron to distract the ref, and he tosses the brass knuckles in! But then Sterling gives Jade the belt! Each woman has a shiny weapon while STerling and Hardy argue. Belt shields knuckles, and then the ref sees the evidence! Aubrey Edwards EJECTS Hardy! Oh, and also EJECTS Sterling! She could tell they each did something shady! Bunny rolls Jade! TWO!!! SUPERKICK! SUPERKICK!! Bunny reels Jade in, DOWN THE- NO! Chicken wings, JADED!! Cover, Jade wins!!
Winner: Jade Cargill, by pinfall (still AEW TBS Champion)
And still undefeated! She moves up to 28-0, and this is still #ThatBitchShow! Schiavone says to mark it on the board, but Jade snatches the mic to tell him to cut the shit! She is 28-0, soon to be 30 and 50 and zero! So the question is, who’s next? No, better yet, who’s left?! But before Jade can even say “open challenge,” here comes TAY CONTI! The Brazilian Blackbelt Beauty has a mic to say, “Hey, Jade. I’m not just next. Actually, I’m the one who’s gonna beat your ass, bitch!” Jade counters with, “At Revolution, bring it.” Tay does, as she gets right in the ring and right in Jade’s face! Jade eggs Tay on with a kiss on the forehead.
Tay swings on Jade, but Bunny gets in! Bunny fires off on Tay, but Tay shoves her away, spins her, TAY K O!! Jade then BOOTS Tay down! Jade holds up the belt right over Tay, but then here comes Anna Jay! Jay has a chair so Jade takes her leave. Will Tay get her revenge at Revolution? Or is there just no stopping Jade?
Backstage interview with Keith Lee.
Alex Marvez says Keith Lee was the first to make it into the Face of the Revolution match, and the field has grown ever since. Lee says it has substantially grown. Wardlow, big bad Hobbs, and now Starks. Starks is the only one he’s familiar with, actually. Starks says that’s right, and he walks right into view. Old faces, new territory. Starks puts bass in his voice as he says, “Hello, Keith Lee. How are you?” Starks knows Keith is new here, so here’s the rules: Team Taz runs things around here, and Starks ‘n’ Hobbs don’t care where you’ve come from or what you’ve done. Here, you start all over. So stay in your lane and mind your p’s and q’s. That’s all.
Hobbs snarls at Keith, but Starks says to save it for Revolution. Keith can take his time, they’ll be around. Has the Limitless One just become a target for Team Taz? Or has Team Taz just become a target of Keith Lee’s?
AEW is returning to Las Vegas!
May 25th is Wednesday Night Dynamite! May 27th is a LIVE Friday Night Rampage! And then on Sunday, May 29th, it will be AEW Double or Nothing 2022! It is the week fans have been waiting for, get your tickets on Friday, March 4th!
Bryan Danielson VS Daniel Garcia!
The American Dragon faces yet another young name he mentioned a few weeks ago. Bryan brought out the violence within Lee Moriarty, will he get plenty more of that from Red Death? Or will he get more than he bargained for from 2point0’s “son?”
The bell rings and fans fire up already as the two stare down from across the ring. They circle, feel things out, and tie up with knuckle locks. They go around, Bryan puts Garcia on ropes, traps an arm behind Garcia’s back, then ROCKS him with a forearm, and then with a EuroUpper! Bryan eggs Garcia on, uppercuts again, but Garcia gives those back. Bryan EuroUppers again and Garcia staggers away. Bryan eggs Garcia on but Garcia comes back. They circle, Bryan wants a leg but Garcia gets around to a waistlock. Garcia CHOPS but Bryan grins! Garcia eggs Bryan on now, then CHOPS again. Bryan shoots in, gets a leg pick and steps through for the Indian Deathlock!
Bryan taunts Garcia while SLAPPING him, and throwing down body shots! Garcia endures while doing his best to guard but Bryan drags him up into underhooks, BUTTERFLY SUPLEX into ARMBAR! Garcia clasps hands, Bryan shifts, omoplata but Garcia rolls. They go around, Bryan still gets the LeBelle Lock! Garcia still gets the ropebreak, so Bryan lets off at 4. Bryan gives Garcia a boot to the face, but Garcia is right up! Garcia forearms, Bryan EuroUppers again. Bryan puts Garcia in a corner, whips him corner to corner but Garcia reverses. Bryan goes up and over, things speed up and Bryan dodges, only for Garcia to CHOP BLOCK!
Fans fire up while Garcia seethes. AEW goes picture in picture as Garcia drags Bryan to step through for a toehold of his own! Garcia pulls back on almost a kneebar type, and he holds on as Bryan rolls to then tie Bryan’s legs up in a figure four. Garcia takes a moment to soak it all in before he rains down forearms on Bryan! Bryan rolls but Garcia still has the leg. Garcia drops elbows on the knee, but Bryan catches Garcia! Garcia clasps hands, hooks a leg with his legs, and has an ANKLE LOCK! Bryan rolls through to get on top and dig his knuckles into Garcia’s face! Garcia kicks Bryan away and gets to a corner.
Bryan storms over to drag Garcia up and stands him up in the corner. Bryan KICKS Garcia, but Garcia shakes his head. Bryan KICKS him again, and Garcia staggers on his knees. Bryan KICKS Garcia down again, then waits on him to get up. Garcia kicks Bryan, throws EuroUppers, and he DECKS Bryan with one! Garcia goes out to drag Bryan to the corner! Garcia SLAMS a leg into the post! Bryan winces but Garcia gets the bad leg again. Garcia SLAMS the leg into the post again! Garcia digs his knuckles into the leg but lets off as the ref counts. Garcia gets in the ring to stop the ring count, and he drags Bryan up to CHOP him to the corner.
Bryan staggers to another corner, Garcia is on him again with another CHOP! Garcia stalks Bryan to a third corner, for another CHOP! Bryan turns it around to CHOP and CHOP and CHOP and CHOP! Garcia blocks the kick, DRAGON SCREW! Garcia catches his breath, covers, TWO! Garcia seethes as he stalks Bryan to ropes. Garcia has the leg as AEW returns to single picture. Bryan hobbles but Garcia still DRAGON SCREWS him again! The ref reprimands about the ropebreak but Garcia apologizes. Garcia stands Bryan up to ROCK him with a forearm. Garcia then suplexes but Bryan blocks!
The ref counts the ropebreak but Garcia still tires. Bryan blocks again, to then suplex Garcia out to the floor! Garcia hits apron on the way down, Bryan waits for him to stand. FLYING KNEE! Fans fire up while Garcia checks his jaw. Bryan gets up, snarls and gets Garcia up to fireman’s carry and put him in the ring. Bryan then climbs the corner, leaps, missile dropkick! Bryan asks the fans if they want violence and they say “YES! YES! YES!” Bryan gets a leg, KICKS it, and then KICKS it again! Bryan drags Garcia by that leg for a HALF CRAB, to a HEEL HOOK! Garcia endures, reaches for Bryan’s face, but Bryan wrenches the foot!
Garcia gets Bryan’s foot for a HEEL HOOK! They have dueling submissions, but they also stomp each other over and over and over! Bryan sits up to rain down elbows! The two get away from each other, but Bryan comes back to get the arms. TIGER SUPLEX! Bridging cover, ONE!! So Bryan gest CATTLE MUTILATION!! Garcia refuses to quit, and he powers up and around to roll and ANKLE LOCK! Bryan endures, Garcia stomps his head to keep him down! But Bryan turns, pushes Garcia down with his legs, and then rains down more elbows! Bryan has the knuckle locks for a cover, TWO as Garcia gets one arm up!
The two fight up, forehead to forehead, but they throw forearms while still keeping the knuckle locks! They go back and forth like this, wobble, and then fire more shots! Bryan breaks the knuckle locks to SLAP Garcia! Bryan spins, but into Garcia’s choke grip! Bryan breaks free so Garcia SLAPS him! DRAGON- NO! Bryan blocks the screw to get DANIELSON STOMPS! And then TRIANGLE HOLD!! No hands, all flex! Garcia is OUT, Bryan wins!!
Winner: Bryan Danielson, by submission
Now that was violence! Bryan gets himself a mic, and he has the music stop so he can speak. “Garcia, that is exactly what I wanted to see. Was Garcia violent enough?” Fans are torn. But 2point0 jump Bryan from behind! They won’t stand for Bryan bullying their boy, but here comes MOXLEY! Fans go nuts as the Maniac storms down through the crowd and to ringside! 2point0 spot him and go after him, but he fights through to throw Matt Lee out, then clotheslines Jeff Parker out to join him! Garcia gets in with a chair, but Bryan stops him! So Garcia just goes bare handed, into a PARADIGM SHIFT!! And a nasty one!
Moxley kicks Garcia out, and now Moxley watches Bryan closely. Bryan has the chair, but he promised Moxley would get an answer. Fans chant “This is Awesome!” as Bryan gets the mic to say, “So, in order for us to fight together, we need to bleed together. I don’t need this to make anybody bleed.” The chair is tossed aside, and Bryan says if Moxley wants a match at Revolution, he’s got one! “But don’t be surprised if you’re the only person bleeding.” Will Maniac and American Dragon shed plenty of blood, sweat and tears before becoming the most violent duo AEW has ever seen?
Another great Dynamite with a lot more set up for Revolution. For one, we got an awesome Tag Battle Royal to open things. Battle royals are one of the spots AEW shines because they know how to innovate that kind of match. It was great for it to come down to six different halves of teams, and then from there, using the story of Cole and his friends to the advantage. I thought the Bucks were gonna get this one, so that was a good move to have reDRagon win this one. They also skillfully incorporated things with Hangman into this, where he goes after reDRagon more for himself than to help the Bucks, and then the Bucks don’t return the favor.
Hangman did great in his promo, we got a good set-up for Hangman & Dark Order taking on Undisputed Era, and this will all play into the go-home math for both the AEW World and World Tag titles. Cole and all his mutual friends also had a good promo to further the dysfunction in the group. We got one hell of a promo from MJF tonight. I heard the story about MJF being bullied for being Jewish back when he did that interview with Cody Rhodes in the early days of AEW, but it’s still a strong story when also tied into his passion for pro-wrestling. This could’ve been MJF’s Face turn, but I doubt it changes much of anything for Revolution. That Dog Collar match will still be brutal, and it could go either way.
House of Black VS Death Triangle was a very good match, and Penta Oscuro had quite the epic entrance. But what a way to take away from all that for Brody to beat the hell out of Penta and Pac, and then Buddy Matthews (FKA Buddy Murphy) to swerve them and be part of the House of Black. I hope Fenix can return soon so that they can have a Six Man match. We got a good promo vignette to announce the AEW Women’s World Championship contract signing for Rampage, I expect Mercedes Martinez to reinforce Rosa if Britt and her team start something. And then Britt VS Rosa is going to be an awesome match, this is the match I was hoping they’d give us last year, and this could finally be the time Rosa takes the title off Britt.
Kingston and Jericho had a great promo segment, which seems to be easy as anything for these two. They’re having the match I expected this whole time, it’s going to be awesome, and it could go either way. I’m leaning towards Kingston as Jericho has done a good job putting over the other guys he’s feuded with. We got a good AHFO group promo to hype up both the TNT Championship match this week and give us a big Tornado Trios match for Revolution. I feel like the AHFO will break even: if Andrade loses the TNT title match, he, Hardy and Kassidy find a way to win the tornado match.
It feels like Hardy is on his way out of his own faction so that it’ll end up the Andrade El Idolo Office or something. He wasn’t ringside with Bunny until late in the match, but he did add quite a bit to things once he was there. Naturally, Jade Cargill still wins, and I like that they jumped right into her next challenger. Tay getting knocked down was fine but Anna Jay rushing out there almost undercuts Tay being the challenger. But at the same time, people would wonder where Jay was if she didn’t since she’s Tay’s friend and tag partner. I don’t see Tay winning at Revolution but she will definitely give Jade an awesome match.
Great Face of the Revolution qualifier out of Starks VS Vance, but after Cole found a way to cheat Vance’s Full Nelson, of course Starks had his own way of doing that. Starks and Hobbs both being in the ladder match is going to be a great element to the match, and they’re probably going to be why Keith Lee doesn’t win. Great to hear AEW is going back to Vegas for Double or Nothing this year, that is going to be a wild week for AEW. Then we got a great main event out of Bryan VS Garcia. Of course Bryan won, and of course Bryan is going to have a match with Moxley at the PPV. That match could go either way, but it is guaranteed to be bloody, and I would love if they do still become a team no matter who wins.
My Score: 8.7/10
Mitchell’s AEW Dynamite Results & Report! (2/1/23)
Dynamite is No Holds Barred!
Will Darby Allin still be the Relentless TNT Champion?
Samoa Joe wants the AEW TNT Championship back, but he knows Darby Allin is relentless. Tonight on Dynamite, they go NO HOLDS BARRED for the gold! Will Joe once again be the King of Television?
- Jon Moxley VS Hangman Page; Moxley wins.
- The Acclaimed w/ Billy Gunn VS Truth Magnum & Turbo Floyd; The Acclaimed wins.
- Brian Cage w/ Prince Nana VS Konosuke Takeshita; Takeshita wins.
- Bryan Danielson VS Timothy Thatcher; Bryan wins.
- AEW TBS Championship: Jade Cargill w/ Leila Grey VS Red Velvet; Cargill wins and retains the title.
- AEW TNT Championship No Holds Barred: Darby Allin w/ Sting VS Samoa Joe; wins and
PLAY BY PLAY
Jon Moxley w/ Wheeler Yuta VS Hangman Page!
The Maniac and the Cowboy go for their tiebreaker as Dynamite is in Dayton, Ohio! Will Ohio’s own knock this one out of the park like he did before? Or will there be some serious #CowboySh*t going down in Dayton?
Not only does Moxley have the Decoder by his side, he has his dad, Dan! Hangman makes his entrance next, and Moxley goes right after him! Moxley throws hands then whips Hangman into railing! The ref reprimands but Moxley sends Hangman into steel steps! Moxley throws hands, whips Hangman again and Hangman hits more railing hard! Fans fire up and the ref reprimands. Moxley just takes off his hoodie to CHOKE Hangman with it! Moxley TOSSES Hangman over the railing, and then he hops onto the railing! Dayton fires up, gives Moxley a hand, and Moxley FLYING AX HANDLES Hangman down!
Moxley brings Hangman up but Hangman throws hands! Hangman sits Moxley down, fires off more shots, then backs up. Hangman runs in to BOOT Moxley against railing! The ref reprimands, he wants this in the ring, but it isn’t a match yet so there’s no real repercussions. Hangman stalks Moxley along the way but Moxley kicks back. And CHOPS! Moxley trips Hangman then ties him up, FIGURE FOUR on the floor! Moxley and Hangman flip each other off but the ref still wants this in the ring. Hangman grabs someone’s beer and splashes Moxley with it! Moxley lets Hangman out of the hold, and then Hangman ROCKS Mox!
They go back to ringside, Moxley grabs a chair but Hangman CLUBS Moxley. But Moxley JAMS Hangman, tris him, and then drops an elbow on the leg! Moxley has a toehold, then he puts the chair around the leg! The ref reprimands but Moxley goes up the apron. The ref shouts at Moxley to not jump, but then Hangman gets free! Hangman CHUCKS the chair at Moxley’s head!! Moxley goes down and fans fire up! The ref reprimands again and wants this to get in the ring. Moxley is dazed, but Hangman drags him around, to suplex onto the chair! Hangman drags Moxley up and puts him in the ring, but he also brings the chair!
The ref stops Hangman, so Hangman leaves the chair behind. The bell finally rings, and Hangman runs in to forearm Moxley! Moxley hits back, they go back and forth! Moxley’s eyebrow is already busted open, but he keeps throwing shots. Hangman gets the edge, HEADBUTTS, then whips. Moxley reverses to dropkick the legs out! Moxley looms over Hangman, drags him into the INDIAN DEATHLOCK! Hangman endures, keeps his shoulders off the mat, but fans rally behind Moxley. Hangman drags himself back, reaches out, and gets the ROPEBREAK! The ref counts, Moxley lets Hangman go at 3.
Moxley brings Hangman up but Hangman gets around to GERMAN SUPLEXES! Moxley snarls but the blood is getting into his eye. Hangman DECKS Moxley and has him at the ropes. Hangman brings Moxley up, fans boo but Hangman CHOPS! Moxley flounders and falls and fans start dueling. Hangman stalks Moxley, sits him up, and he starts raining down fists right on the bloody eyebrow! Mox fans boo but Hangman fans are fired up for the “COWBOY SH*T!” Hangman wipes Moxley’s blood off on his chest, but then turns around into a CHOP! Moxley eggs Hangman on and Hangman CHOPS back!
Moxley CHOPS, Hangman CHOPS, fans “WOO~!” for the CHOP fight! Moxley shifts to boxing elbows, then runs, but Hangman catches the crossbody! FALL AWAY SLAM! Fans are torn while Moxley goes to the apron. Hangman runs, triangle jumps, but Moxley LARIATS first! Moxley drags Hangman up and to the apron, then turns Hangman, for a SLEEPER! The ref reprimands and wants this in the ring, but Hangman claws the bloody eyebrow! Moxley turns Hangman around, reels him in, but Hangman resists the lift! Hangman tries to lift, Moxley resists, and then Moxley lifts! Hangman fights that and lifts again, but Moxley still fights!
Both men are fighting for control, and Hangman fireman’s carries! To SNAKE EYES Moxley off the post! Moxley falls to the floor and Dynamite goes picture in picture!
The ref checks Moxley but he’s somehow okay to continue. Hangman goes over to fetch Moxley, and whips him into railing! Hangman ROCKS Moxley with haymakers as the bloody eyebrow becomes a crimson mask. Hangman refreshes the count, goes back to Moxley and CHOPS him! Moxley gets in Hangman’s face so Hangman CHOPS again! Moxley CHOPS and CHOPS and CHOPS, but Hangman DECKS him! Hangman snarls, looms over Moxley, and then drags him back up. Hangman puts Moxley in the ring, and rains down more fists on that bloody eyebrow! Moxley falls over, but Hangman gets the wrists!
Hangman sits Moxley up, for a DRAGON STOMP, but Moxley blocks! Moxley throws Hangman to a corner and fires off forearms and CHOPS on repeat! Moxley then hoists Hangman up top, climbs up after him, and CLAWS Hangman’s back, painfully slow! Then he CLAWS and BITES Hangman’s back, before blowing a kiss to the fans. But Hangman throws body shots in return! Dynamite returns to single picture as Hangman BITES Moxley’s forehead! Hangman then slips under Moxley to fireman’s carry him on the second rope! SUPER DEATH VALLEY DRIVER!! Cover, TWO!! Moxley survives and fans are fired up!
Fans duel as Hangman sits up. Hangman scowls while Moxley sits up. Moxley eggs Hangman on so Hangman kicks him! And BOOTS him! Hangman tells Moxley to stay down but he refuses. Moxley sits up, so Hangman BOOTS him! Moxley sits up to SLAP Hangman, and flips him off! Hangman is fuming, but he runs into a CUTTER! A standing count starts, fans count along as Moxley and Hangman stir. They sit up at 5 of 10, and Moxley throws a haymaker. Hangman throws it back, so Moxley gives another,. They go back and forth, Hangman wobbles but he CHOPS! Moxley CHOPS! Hangman forearms! Moxley forearms back!
Moxley eggs Hangman on, Hangman staggers over and CHOPS again! Moxley KICKS a leg, KICKS Hangman’s arm, then KICKS him again! Moxley ducks the haymaker to get the SLEEPER! Hangman shifts to SAIDO! But Moxley’s right up! SAIDO!! Hangman ends up in a corner and fans say “This is Awesome!” Moxley puts Hangman up top, climbs up after him, and hits a SUPER HALF HATCH SUPLEX!! Cover, TWO!! Moxley immediately rains down the HAMMER ‘N’ ANVIL ELBOWS! Then he clamps on a SLEEPER! Hangman endures as Moxley shifts to a BULLY CHOKE! Hangman pushes around, so Moxley shifts to get the wrists! DRAGON STOMPS!!
Moxley then drags Hangman up into the underhooks! But Hangman fights Death Rider! So Moxley rolls Hangman to an ARMBAR! Hangman endures, moves around, and reaches out to the ROPEBREAK! The ref counts and Moxley lets go at 4. Hangman crawls to a corner, fans rally up, and Moxley says this is it! Moxley runs in but Hangman TOSSES him up and out! Moxley staggers up, Hangman goes up top! ARIHARA MOONSAULT but Moxley moves! And LARIATS!! Both men are down at the ramp and fans are thunderous! The ref checks both men, Moxley is up first while fans lose their minds.
Moxley goes to the timekeeper’s area and he clears off the table! Moxley drags Hangman over, reels him in, but Hangman resists the lift! Hangman Alabama Lifts but Moxley fights that. DOUBLE LARIATS hit! And again! Moxley runs in, POP-UP POWERBOMB THROUGH THE TABLE!! Fans lose their minds again while Hangman leaves Moxley behind in the ring. The ring count climbs to 5 of 10 before Moxley sits up. The count is 7! Then “OCHO!” Moxley stands at 9, and springs in at 9.9!! But into a LARIAT!! And then Alabama Lift, DEADEYE!!! Cover, TWO?!?! Moxley survives and no one can believe it!
Hangman kicks at Moxley, almost taunting him. Hangman goes to a corner while Moxley’s fans boo. Hangman runs in, but Moxley dodges the stomp to KING KONG LARIAT!! Fans are thunderous as both men stand again. Moxley eggs Hangman on, and Hangman stands. Moxley throws a forearm, so Hangman hits back! Moxley forearms again, but so does Hangman! Fans duel, the forearms fly faster, and then Hangman gets the edge! SUPERKICK! Hangman reels Moxley in, fisherman’s a leg, but Moxley fights the suplex! Hangman powers it through, FISHERMAN CRADLE DRIVER!! Cover, TWO!?!?!?
Hangman’s wild eyes say he can’t believe Moxley survived! Hangman goes to the apron, he aims at Moxley, slingshot for the BUCK- NO! DEATH- NO, Hangman blocks to scoop! TOMBSTONE PILEDRIVER!!! But Hangman doesn’t cover, he goes to the apron! Hangman loads up, for the BUCKSHOT!!! Cover, TWO!?!?!? HOW?!?! Moxley has survived all of Hangman’s best, but Hangman has the BULLY CHOKE!! Hangman pulls back on Moxley’s favorite hold! Moxley shifts, fights back up, and he snapmares into a cradle! MOXLEY WINS!!
Winner: Jon Moxley, by pinfall
Moxley just taught Hangman not to play games! Hangman is furious that he got caught like that, but the Blackpool Combat Club steps into the ring. Yuta and Claudio keep Hangman back but Moxley stands up. Moxley and Hangman get in each other’s face but the BCC keep them apart. Hangman flips Moxley off, and fans want to “LET THEM FIGHT!” Moxley and Hangman keep jawing, they get close but Claudio keeps them separate. Moxley mocks Hangman by lying down, giving Hangman a chance. Hangman mocks Moxley back by doing a quick burpie push-up. Claudio tells Hangman to go and cool off.
Moxley flips Hangman off as he leaves, and fans celebrate their home state hero. Will there be a fourth round out of these two to truly settle things?
AEW takes a look at tonight’s TNT Championship No Holds Barred main event!
Darby Allin tells Samoa Joe, “I knew when I took this from you in Seattle that you’d want it back. And I know you’d stop at nothing to have it back. Well, I’m gonna make things fair. You beat me in Texas, and you granted me my rematch in Seattle. So I’m granting you your rematch in Ohio. But I want it under one condition: No Holds Barred.” Samoa Joe told the “Little Dead Boy” that Joe is “coming to take back what’s mine. The King will not be usurped by a man like you.” Darby says if he walks out the winner, Joe doesn’t get another rematch. If Joe walks out the winner, Darby won’t get a rematch. This will be the final chapter of their feud! So who writes their happily ever after?
Backstage interview with Jamie Hayter, The Bunny, The Butcher & The Blade.
Renee Paquette is with the AEW Women’s World Champion, as well as the mercenary trio. Renee thanks them for agreeing to no physicality, and understands that Allie the Bunny requested this time. Bunny tells Hayter, they’re all very impressed by Hayter’s win over Emi Sakura on Rampage last Friday. Now, Bunny feels like Sakura outshined Hayter, but great win nonetheless. And Bunny knows Hayter isn’t the type to back down from a challenge, right? Right. So here’s a challenge: next week on Dynamite, Hayter VS Bunny in a Title Eliminator Match! What does Hayter say? Hayter says absolutely! She bloody loves a challenge, and next week, she’s free.
Renee says there’s something happening as we speak! They get it on the television screen nearby, and it’s Britt Baker being mugged by Saraya and Toni Storm!! Bunny is shocked and Hayter is furious! Hayter hurries off, Saraya talks right into the camera, “AEW is OUR house!” Storm drags Britt up to RAM her into a garage door! Bunny more or less expresses exasperation, but will Hayter be able to save the Doctor?
The Acclaimed w/ Billy Gunn VS Truth Magnum & Turbo Floyd!
The AEW World Tag Team Champions have been reigning for 133 days, but they know the Gunn Sons, Austin & Colten, are gunning for them. But first, they tune up against “The Outrunners.” As always, Platinum Max has a diss track ready! “Acclaimed on the mic, you know we the nicest. Fighting two guys in their midlife crisis! I bet you have sex with each other. How we gonna fight the bootleg Beverly Brothers? C’mon, it’s not the 80s! Acclaimed gonna make you call it quits like you Tom Brady! ‘Ey, y’all should be ashamed. In Ohio, everybody loves The Acclaimed.”
Fans cheer, and Bowens gets the mic to say, “NNNUTTER CENTERRR~! The Acclaimed have arrived! SCISSOR ME, DADDY ASS!” And he does~! But while Caster & Bowens just embarrassed Truth & Turbo, are they walking into a trap game before taking on the Ass Boys?
The teams sort out, the Outrunners decide they’ll scissor finger! They mock the Mega Powers at the same time, but then Bowens SUPERKICKS Truth out of the ring! The bell rings, Caster CHOPS Turbo and scoops him to SLAM him! Tag to Bowens and Bowens goes up top! Caster holds open the legs, SCISSOR ME TURBO! Daddy Ass gets in the ring so that he and the boys can TRIPLE SCISSOR~! Bowens waits on Turbo, mule kicks and hits the ARRIVAL! Tag to Caster and he goes up top, MIC DROP! Cover, The Acclaimed win!
Winners: The Acclaimed, by pinfall
But wait! Raining on the parade are Austin & Colten! Fans taunt the “ASS~ BOYS~!” But they tune that out. They go to the ring, and Colten has a mic. “Hey, good match, guys. But we’re here to talk about something serious. Last week, what we said would make us happy are your belts. And we want a shot at those belts, and we want an answer right now.” Fans boo but Caster has the mic to say, “Yo! Yo! Yo! Yo! Listen.” Bowens says, “You two Rod ‘n’ Todd lookin’ asses want an answer. You do realize you are interrupting the most popular tag team in all of wrestling, right?” Caster adds, “That’s right!”
“The winningest tag team in AEW history!” “That’s right!” “The FOREVER champs, the Acclaimed!” “That’s right!” “And not to mention, EVERYONE! LOVES! THE ACCLAIMED!” But they are the People’s Choice, and the People’s Voice, they will ask the people. Colten says these fans can’t even read! But Bowens still asks Dayton’s opinion: Do the Ass Boys deserve a shot at the tag titles? “NOOO~!” Well, the people have spoken, so NO. Austin & Colten get in Caster’s & Bowens’ faces, but Billy tells them all to stop! Isn’t it enough already? Billy is so sick of this, he is just done! Billy says this is too much, so go ahead, beat the sh*t out of each other!
Daddy Ass steps aside, fans fire up, but Austin says, “There you go. Do exactly what you did our entire childhoods and turn your back on us.” Billy stops walking up the ramp, but then chuckles as he keeps going. Austin says Billy should do what he used to do, and drown his sorrows at the bottom of a PILL BOTTLE! That gets Billy to turn around! Billy storms up on his sons and The Acclaimed, as well as the fans, tell the Ass Boys that they F’d up. Billy is up in Austin’s face and says, “So you two think you just put your big boy pants on? Then you just step up, and you just made the biggest mistake…”
The mic is wonky so Billy throws it down. Bowens gives Billy the good one. Billy wants Austin to look at him after what he just said. Austin looks up at his father’s eyes. Billy says if they’ve got their big boy pants on, if they think they got what it takes, if they think they have what Billy had, then we’ll see next week. They’ve got their title shots! The Acclaimed is surprised but the Ass Boys smile that they’re getting their way. Will Austin & Colten get what they want? Or just what they deserve?
Backstage interview with Jack Perry.
Alex Marvez is with Jungle Boy and notes that he and Hook are 2-0 as a team, having beaten The Firm’s Ethan Page & Matt Hardy. The question is: What’s next for #JungleHook? JB says that he had an amazing time teaming with Hook, and Hook has had JB’s back when no one else did. But JB’s done the tag team thing before. In fact, JB has been all the way to the top of that mountain, and fallen all the way down. But this year isn’t about that. What JB will say is that he’ll be a champion again, but all by himself. Then just what title will Jack Perry aim for in this Tarzan Life?
Brian Cage w/ Prince Nana VS Konosuke Takeshita!
Speaking of having people’s backs, just as The Machine and MJF were about to destroy Bryan Danielson, The Future of Wrestling rushed out to run them off! But now, Cage and Konosuke go toe to toe, will Cage make Konosuke pay for interfering?
The bell rings and Konosuke BOOTS Cage! Cage BOOTS Konosuke, then DOUBLE LARIATS collide! Cage swings but Konosuke swats it to ROLLING ELBOW! Cage wobbles, Konosuke runs, ducks ‘n’ dodges, and then TAKESHITA LINES! Cage bails out and fans fire up! Konosuke runs to BOOT Cage off the apron! Konosuke then PLANCHAS and takes Cage down at the ramp! Fans fire up, Konosuke winks at the camera, and then goes back to the apron. But Cage grabs a foot! Konosuke kicks and stomps Cage but Cage yanks Konosuke into a POST BOMB! Konosuke tumbles down and fans boo but Nana cheers.
Cage drags Konosuke up, puts him in, and runs to basement BOOT! Cover, TWO! Fans rally for Konosuke but Cage drags him back up. Cage reels Konosuke in, puts one out, but Konosuke wrenches out! Konosuke throws a forearm, but Cage gives it back! They go forearm for forearm, and Konosuke throws boxing elbows into the ROLLING ELBOW! Cage fights the back suplex, KNEES low, and brags, “Who betta than Cage?” But he runs into a BLUE THUNDER BOMB! Cover, TWO! Cage survives and Konosuke is surprised! Nana coaches Cage up but Konosuke aims from a corner. Konosuke runs in to JUMP KNEE, but Cage dodges!
Konosuke tumbles to the apron, Cage ROUNDHOUSES him! Cage climbs the ropes, and he stands Konosuke up. DEADLIFT SUPERPLEX! Fans boo but Cage flexes while Dynamite goes picture in picture.
Cage drops a knee on Konosuke, sits him up to KNEE him in the back again and again, then he stomps Konosuke back down. Cage paces, drags Konosuke up, and bumps him off buckles. Cage RAMS into Konosuke, RAMS him again, and then CHOPS him! Cage soaks up the heat, but Konosuke CHOPS back! Konosuke fires forearms, then another CHOP! And another CHOP! But Cage BOOTS Konosuke down! Cage grabs the legs, stomps Konosuke in the stomach, then paces around. Cage stands Konosuke up, wrenches and YANKS the arm, then RAMS shoulders. Cage wrenches, pump handles, and lifts, but Konosuke slips out!
Konosuke runs in but Cage ducks the boot to roll Konosuke up! Konosuke slips out, but runs into a drop toehold! Konosuke’s on ropes, Cage dials it up, TIGER FEINT KICK! Konosuke staggers to a corner, Cage runs in and UPPERCUTS, GAMANGIRIS, and GERMAN SUPLEXES! Cover, TWO!! Cage and Nana are annoyed, but Cage looms over Konosuke. Cage hears the fans rally for Konosuke, but Cage drags him up. Cage reels Konosuke in, puts out another one, and Dynamite returns to single picture as Cage lifts, only for Konosuke to RANA Cage into buckles! BLINDSIDE JUMP KNEE! Cage staggers, Konosuke goes up, FLYING KNEE!
Both men are down and fans fire up! Konosuke and Cage stir as the ring count starts. Konosuke sits up and feeds off the energy. Konosuke drags Cage up into a waistlock, but Cage elbows free! Cage whips, Konosuke LARIATS on the return! Konosuke drags Cage up, waistlocks and GERMAN SUPLEXES! Bridging cover, TWO!! Fans rally while Konosuke fires up. Konosuke aims from the corner as Cage stands, and Konosuke runs in, JUMP- NO! Cage blocks the knee to BUCKLE BOMB! And then fireman’s carry, to an F- NO! Konosuke lands out, lifts and LIGER BOMBS! Cover, TWO!! Cage survives but fans fire up behind Konosuke!
Konosuke aims again while Nana shouts to Cage. Cage stands, Konosuke runs in but the knee is blocked! Cage spins, Konosuke ducks! Konosuke spins, ROLLING ELBOW!! Konosuke reels Cage in, but Cage wrenches out to HEADBUTT! And then SAIDO!! But Konosuke is right up?! Into a DISCUS LARIAT from Cage!! Cover, TWO!?! Konosuke survives and Nana is furious! Cage says he’s gonna end this, and he suplexes, only for Konosuke to slip out! Konosuke suplexes, SHEER DROP BRAINBUSTER!! Cage roars as he rises up, but Konosuke ROCKS him with another elbow! And then another suplex, for another BRAINBUSTER!!! Cover, TWO!?!?
Cage survives, he must truly be a machine! But Dayton rallies behind Konosuke. Konosuke runs in, but into a SUPERKICK! Cage fireman’s carries, for the F10!! Nana says no prisoners! Cage drags Konosuke up again, puts him in the corner and hoists him to the top. Cage then goes to the outside and climbs up after Konosuke. But Konosuke throws forearms in return! Konosuke suplexes for a SUPER BRAINBUSTER!!! Fans are thunderous and Konosuke aims again! KNOCKOUT KNEE!!! Cover, Konosuke wins!!
Winner: Konosuke Takeshita, by pinfall
Cage may be a machine, but the machine just broke down against the bullet train! Will Konosuke continue to prove why he IS The Future of Wrestling?
Backstage interview with the Jericho Appreciation Society.
Renee is with Matthew Menard, Angelo Parker, Daniel Garcia, Sammy Guevara, and of course, Chris Jericho himself. Renee says that we heard Ricky Starks’ comments from last week, addressing how the JAS cheated to win. What is their reaction? Jericho says, “Cheated? We haven’t worked together in five years, and you’re accusing us of cheating? Let me say this, Renee. Ricky Starks, he didn’t lose to a baseball bat, no. Did you see a baseball bat in there?” Of course the JAS says no. Jericho says Starks lost to the JAS. And now Starks challenges them, “How can I get another match with Chris Jericho?”
Jericho says the JAS has an idea how Starks can do that. Right, Sammy? Sammy says yes. Garcia and Sammy put their heads together, and they came up with a great idea: The Guevara-Garcia… No, wait, the Garcia-Guevara Gauntlet! Danny thanks Sammy for the top billing on that name. Renee asks what kind of gauntlet they have in mind. Garcia says it’s a rather simple concept. “Ricky, first you’re gonna have to beat Cool Hand Ange. And if that happens, you’re gonna have to beat Daddy Magic.” Menard adds, “Beat Daddy Magic? I DON’T THINK SO!” Garcia says that if Starks somehow does that, then he beats either Garcia or Guevara, but they’ll reveal that the night of.
And then, if somehow, by the skin of his teeth, Starks makes it past all that, only then does Starks get his hands on Jericho. Jericho tells Starks, “You don’t call the shots around here, the Jericho Appreciation Society does. So if you can get through the Garcia-Guevara Gauntlet, I’ll be ready to rip your ass!” Will the Absolute survive three matches in one go to finally have another shot at The Ocho?
The Elite speak.
Matt Jackson asks Brandon Cutler if the camera is rolling as he, brother Nick, Kenny Omega, Michael Nakazawa and Don Callis are on the basketball court. Cutler says yes, they’re live, while Nakazawa and Callis are oiling Omega up. Matt says, “Ladies and gentlemen, check it out who it is! It’s the first-ever, two-time Trios Champions, The Elite.” Omega says that’s right, and he tells Top Flight, “I watched what you guys did. After a Best of 7 Series in a ladder match, you got one up on our boys. Well how ’bout next week, you bring your friend, AR Fox, next week and we’ll put these belts on the line, and you guys can shoot your shot.
“But hey, when you shoot that shot, you best not miss. Because The Elite never miss. Nick, if you will.” Nick takes the rock and shoots it, THREE POINTER! Oh, but wait! The Firm’s Stokely Hathaway, Ethan Page, Matt Hardy & Isiah Kassidy walk in. Callis has Cutler keep rolling, and Omega mockingly asks where Stokely is, he can’t see him. Oh haha, Stokely knows you see him, he’s right here. But listen, you three are doing NOTHING all week? No wrestling, nothing? Just a week off? Ethan thinks that’s funny. The Firm’s employees don’t have that luxury, they work every single week, and Ethan wants that streak to continue.
So Ethan says how about this: The Elite VS Ethan, Matt & “Zay,” Friday on Rampage. Omega tells Callis he isn’t so sure, but Callis says this is Matt Hardy. If they get footage of Hardy taking a One Winged Angel, they could sell that NFT for a lot of money. Hardy says, “What about an NFT with Matt Hardy Twist-Of-Fating Omega?” Ethan likes that better! Well, as far as a match, it’s done. The Elite VS The Whatever They Are. Kassidy says he hopes the Elite is ready, cuz they sure are. Kassidy unsettles Kenny with an arm around his shoulders and a moan, and Ethan says this is good business. Hey, Brandon, is it? Cut the camera!
Matt Jackson tells Ethan Page that he doesn’t tell Brandon what to do! THEY tell him! Turn off the camera, ya damn dumbass! And get off the court, they’re trying to play. But will this 3v3 pick-up game go The Elite’s way? Or is it a trap game before taking on Fox, Dante & Darius?
Bryan Danielson VS Timothy Thatcher!
In the American Dragon’s quest to be #1 contender, he has defeated Tony Nese, Konosuke Takeshita, Bandido and Brian Cage, an undefeated streak of 4-0 in 2023! But now, Maxwell Jacob Friedman has enlisted a fighter very much like Bryan in his savage technical ability. Will Bryan make it to the deadline still on top? Or is this where MJF wins before Revolution even begins?
The bell rings and the two circle. They feel out the grapple, but Bryan’s shoulder is an obvious target. They grapple, Bryan puts Thatcher on ropes but Thatcher shifts to get the arm. Thatcher wrangles Bryan but Bryan scrambles to the ROPEBREAK! The ref counts, Thatcher lets off, and then smirks as he watches Bryan get up. Bryan and Thatcher feel out another grapple, Thatcher puts him in the corner, and then European Uppercuts! And again! And again! Bryan sits down and Thatcher goes after the arm! Thatcher twists the elbow and wrist, isolates the arm, and stands on the hand! Thatcher KNEES the arm!
Bryan scrambles away but Thatcher is right on him with a double wristlock! Bryan powers Thatcher to ropes, and clasps his hands behind his back. The ref counts, the two let off, but then Bryan fires off body shots and kicks! Bryan grabs a leg to DRAGON SCREW! Bryan holds onto the leg, turns Thatcher over and ties those legs up, to get a Deathlock! Fans rally as Bryan sits on the hold, then SNAPS it! Bryan then shifts to a BOW ‘N’ ARROW! Thatcher pries the fingers away! Bryan shouts in pain but Thatcher twists the arm! And STOMPS it down! Fans boo but Thatcher grins with that missing-tooth smile.
Thatcher KNEES Bryan in the back, stalks him to a corner, but Bryan puts Thatcher in the corner to CHOP and CHOP and KICK and KICK! Fans rally, Bryan runs corner to corner, and DROPKICKS! Bryan facelocks but Thatcher wrenches and WRINGS Bryan’s arm! Fans boo more but Thatcher drags Bryan up with a double wristlock! Thatcher uses his height to lift Bryan off the mat! Then Thatcher pushes Bryan down, but Bryan keeps his shoulders up. Bryan crawls around, ROPEBREAK! Thatcher lets go at 4 while fans rally up. Bryan clutches his arm but Thatcher goes after it again as Dynamite goes picture in picture.
Bryan endures but they’re also in the ropes so the ref counts. Thatcher lets off at 4, then digs his boot into Bryan at the corner. The ref counts, Thatcher lets off, only to stand on Bryan’s chest! The ref counts, Thatcher steps away, and he grins as he soaks up the heat. Thatcher mocks Bryan’s pain, then KNEES the bad shoulder! Thatcher KNEES Bryan again, goes out to drag Bryan tot he apron, and he SLAMS the arm on the edge! Bryan clutches his bicep and shoulder while the ref reprimands. Thatcher slides into the ring and stands Bryan up by his ears! Thatcher CLUBS Bryan on the chest! Thatcher fishhooks Bryan to stand him up, and CLUBS him again!
Bryan sits down, Thatcher stands him back up, and he hammerlocks the bad arm. Thatcher then back suplexes Bryan up and into the ring! Thatcher dusts off his hands while crawling to the cover, but Bryan wrangles him into the LEBELL LOCK!! Thatcher got cocky and got caught! But he scrambles to the ROPEBREAK! Bryan lets off quickly, but Thatcher is right on him! Thatcher UPPERCUTS the arm! Bryan goes to a corner, Thatcher KNEES him down, then drags Bryan back up. Thatcher EuroUppers Bryan, taunts the fans, then EuroUppers Bryan again. Bryan leans against ropes, Thatcher snarls at the fans, then gets in Bryan’s face.
Dynamite returns to single picture as Thatcher traps Bryan’s bad arm behind his back and throws hard body shots to that side. The ref counts but Thatcher grins as he throws more shots. Bryan fights back with HEADBUTTS! Fans fire up as Bryan backs Thatcher down, but Thatcher fires off body shot after body shot! Thatcher drags Bryan out to a hammerlock GROVIT, and then hits a GROVIT-PLEX! Cover, TWO!! Bryan is still in this but Thatcher snarls. Thatcher stalks Bryan at the ropes, bumps him off buckles, then reels Bryan in to hoist him up top. Thatcher UPPERCUTS, climbs up after Bryan, and he underhooks the arms!
Bryan resists and fans fire up! Bryan breaks free, throws body shot after body shot in return, and then HEADBUTTS Thatcher down! Thatcher growls and gets right back up! But Bryan throws more body shots! Fans rally “YES! YES! YES!” and Bryan HEADBUTTS again! Thatcher stays down this time, and Bryan stands up! Thatcher stands in time for the MISSILE DROPKICK! Both men are down as Bryan clutches his bad arm, but Dayton rallies up behind him! Bryan and Thatcher sit up, both snarl, and Thatcher EuroUppers! Bryan EuroUppers in return! They go uppercut for uppercut, but Thatcher gets the edge!
Bryan fires up to KICK! And KICK! Bryan KICKS away on Thatcher’s chest, “YES! YES! YES!” Bryan powers up but Thatcher blocks the Buzzsaw! Thatcher goes for the bad arm, wrangles Bryan down, but Bryan rolls through and gets around to waistlock. Thatcher bucks the O’Conner but runs into a backslide! TWO, FUJIWARA! No, Bryan rolls through to BUZZSAW! Cover, TWO!! But Bryan clamps on for HAMMER ‘N’ ANVIL ELBOWS! Fans rally again, but Thatcher blocks the arm! Bryan claws Thatcher’s face to get free, and get a SLEEPER! But Thatcher wants that bad arm! Bryan has to shift his grip, but Thatcher stands!
Thatcher pries the sleeper open because he can get the bad arm, but Bryan powers up! Bryan has the hold on tight, so Thatcher backs Bryan down! They end up ramming the ref into the corner! Bryan still holds on, but Thatcher hits a BIG back suplex! All three men are down and fans fire up! But here comes MJF! The AEW World Champion tells Dayton to shush, and he puts on the Dynamite Diamond Ring! MJF says, “It’s too damn easy. This is done! This is done!” MJF goes to the ring, but KONOSUKE flies in outta nowhere!! Konosuke won’t let MJF screw Bryan over! Konosuke attacks MJF, RAMS him into railing, and chases him to the back!
Bryan has Thatcher but Thatcher snatches the arm! FUJIWARA ARMBAR!! The ref is up, he asks Bryan, but Bryan endures! Thatcher pushes way back on the arm, but Bryan pushes his way forward with his legs! ROPEBREAK!! Fans fire up as Bryan survives by a literal foot! Thatcher lets go in frustration and he scowls as he throws hands on the bad arm. Thatcher drags Bryan up, clinches, BELLY2BELLY SUPLEX! Bryan flounders but Thatcher runs in, clinches, but Bryan switches! GERMAN SUPLEX! Thatcher fumes as he gets back up! Bryan dodges him, runs back in, BUSAIKU KNEE!! Cover, Bryan wins!
Winner: Bryan Danielson, by pinfall
Now 5-0 on the year, the quest continues! The American Dragon is not yet slain, but wait! MJF and Konosuke continue brawling backstage! MJF turns things around to send MJF into a road case! MJF gets a chair to CHUCK it at Konosuke’s head! And then he throws a trash bin! MJF says if Konosuke wants after him, this is what he gets! But Konosuke turns things back around to SMACK MJF off a table! MJF comes back, the hands fly, and security rushes in! Referees and management try to stop this, too! MJF says he’ll kill Konosuke but Konosuke says about the same in Japanese! Renee runs in to be on the scene, and she tells everyone to stop!
Renee informs everyone, “Per Tony Khan, next week on Dynamite in an Eliminator match, it will be Takeshita VS MJF!” MJF is pissed, he doesn’t agree to that, but he MUST! Will the Devil of AEW find that the Future of Wrestling is better than him?
Mogul Affiliates speak.
Swerve Strickland says, “It’s been a real relaxing last couple of weeks for Swerve and the Mogul Affiliates and all, since getting rid of some dead weight and all this. Until I was like, retriggered.” Dustin Rhodes returning to stand in front of Swerve’s camera, in front of Swerve’s lights, and with Swerve’s interviewer! “The Rhodes Family legacy really gets under my skin, with your father, Dusty Rhodes, giving Keith Lee the ‘Limitless’ moniker. So, since he’s not here, Dustin’s not here, either, let’s find some other nepotism, second generation punk boy to get rid of Friday night on Rampage. That means you, Brian Pillman. Ain’t that right, Parker?”
Parker Boudreaux says that’s right. “Ain’t that right, Trench?” The tattooed man says, “Yeah, that’s right.” Hoodies up, but will they put Bulletproof BPJ down?
BREAKING NEWS for next week!
February 8th, the deadline for Bryan Danielson becoming #1 contender, will see The American Dragon taking on La Faccion Ingobernable’s El Toro Blanco, RUSH!! And speaking of…
Backstage interview with LFI.
Lexi Nair is with El Toro Blanco, but also Jose the Assistant and “Perro Peligroso,” Preston Vance. She notes the announcement of Rush VS Bryan, but then there’s a knock at the door. MJF walks in and says, “Hola, mi hermanos! Senor Vance, Senor Jose, Senor Rrrrrush.” Rush asks what the hell this “perro” wants. MJF double checks, “perro” is dog, right? Well, there’s a little thing called personal space, so he’s just gonna take a step back. “But here’s the deal: my, uh, Spanish is come se dice… Mid. But I know one language, my friend, that is mucho, mucho universal.” And that is MONEY! A huge briefcase full of it!
MJF snaps the case shut and smiles. This first one is free of charge. But he has FIVE MORE filled to the brim with dinero. All Rush has to do is beat Bryan Danielson “by any means necessary.” All Rush needs to do is rip Bryan’s arm off and beat him over the head with it. Can Rush pull that off for him? Jose, translate. Jose translates, but Rush seems to understand explicitly. Rush tells MJF in Spanish, and MJF asks “dipsh*t” Jose to translate. Jose sums it up by saying they have a deal. Oh, is that right? That sounded a bit longer than that. But Rush, you don’t have to like MJF. He just has to get the job done. Pleasure doing business with you, perro.
MJF leaves, but Rush has his mission. Will Rush be raking in the money with one match? Or will nothing stop Bryan Danielson from earning his title match?
AEW TBS Championship: Jade Cargill w/ Leila Grey VS Red Velvet!
Finally, the biggest, fastest-rising star has reached her FIFTIETH match! But while the streak started with The Chef, will it end with her, too? Or will #ThatBitch not be stopped by even the person who knows her best?
The introductions are made, but Velvet attacks while Jade is strutting around! The bell rings, Velvet fires off forearms but Jade knees her low. Jade whips Velvet to a corner but Velvet boots her back! THESZ PRESS! Velvet rains down hands but Jade shoves her away. Velvet ducks but runs into an elbow! Jade drags Velvet up, but Velvet fires off forearms! Velvet whips, Jade blocks to reverse, but Velvet holds ropes. Jade runs in but Velvet sends her out! Leila hurries to Jade’s side but Velvet builds speed! Velvet WRECKS Jade with a dropkick! Velvet tells Leila to back off, then she storms up on Jade.
Jade elbows Velvet away, but Velvet comes back to ROCK Jade! Velvet CHOPS Jade right in front of her family! Velvet then puts Jade in the ring, storms up on her and Oklahoma Rolls! TWO! Jade staggers up, blocks a superkick, and she spins Velvet around. Velvet ducks the haymaker and runs the ropes, then wheelbarrows, but into a GERMAN SUPLEX! Fans fire up while Jade drags Velvet over to a cover, TWO! Velvet is toughing it out but Jade is getting frustrated. Jade scoops Velvet to SLAM her, then drops a BIG elbow! Cover, TWO, and Dynamite goes picture in picture.
Leila is annoyed and Jade frowns while Velvet sputters. Jade drags Velvet up, CLUBS her down, and Leila applauds. Jade bumps Velvet off top buckles, then middle buckles, then bottom buckles! Jade stands on Velvet in the corner and soaks up the cheers and jeers, but lets off at 4. Jade and the ref argue, but Leila gets cheap shots in! Leila scurries away and Jade hauls Velvet up for a FALL AWAY SLAM! And then kips up! Jade holds up both hands to say 50, and then flexes. Velvet bails out, Leila talks trash, and Jade storms over. Jade walks up but Velvet sends her into railing! Jade is getting mad, but Velvet avoids one haymaker to PENALTY KICK from the apron!
Velvet CROSSBODIES, but Jade catches her! Jade POSTS Velvet, then carries her around the way. Jade trophy lifts Velvet, goes up the steel steps, and then TOSSES Velvet at the ropes! Velvet falls, Jade covers, TWO!!! Velvet survives and Jade is getting real mad. Leila rallies the Baddie cheering section, and Jade stalks Velvet to a corner. Jade drags Velvet up, and TOSSES her across the way! Jade says that’s 50 right there, and then she does push-ups as Dynamite returns to single picture. But Velvet CHOPS! Jade CLUBS Velvet, then TOSSES her across the way again! Jade swaggers, dribbles, but Velvet dodges the dunk!
Velvet DROPKICKS Jade, then hits a CODE BREAKER! Jade staggers around, Velvet KICKS and KICKS and mule kicks! Velvet runs, but Jade BOOTS her down! Cover, TWO!! Velvet is still in this and wait! Kiera Hogan RAMS Leila into steel steps! The other former Baddie is here, but other refs come out to have her leave. This all distracts Jade, and Velvet rolls her up! Jade rolls through, but the STIR IT UP hits!! Cover, but the refs aren’t paying attention!! Fans count, Velvet would’ve won twice over by now! Aubrey Edwards finally notices and counts, TWO!! Jade survives and fans can’t believe it!!
Velvet is furious, she drags Jade around and hooks an arm, short arm scissor, and then the INVERSION! Jade endures, fights, but Velvet kicks at her! Jade endures as Velvet pulls on the arm, and she deadlifts Velvet! But Velvet sunset flips! Jade stays up, drags Velvet up with both hands, and pops her around! Chicken wings for JADED!!! Cover, Jade wins!!
Winner: Jade Cargill, by pinfall (still AEW TBS Champion)
FIFTY AND OH! Velvet came the closest of all, but will anyone ever stop Jade’s undefeated streak?
Backstage interview with Britt Baker.
Renee is with The Doctor, as well as Jamie Hayter, as they are with Doc Sampson. We only caught a glimpse of what happened to her earlier at the hands of Saraya & Storm, how is Britt feeling? Britt says this is fine. She’s fine, and if that’s how Storm & Saraya wanna play, that’s fine, too. Because Britt & Hayter can play that game, too. But wait, in walks Ruby Soho! Ruby just wants to talk. She heard what happened, is Britt good? Uh, Ruby, weren’t those your girls? Ruby has Britt hold on there. Ruby has nothing to do with Saraya & Storm, she doesn’t know what Britt’s talking about.
Britt says Ruby’s known Saraya & Storm a lot longer than she’s known the AEW originals, so sorry if it’s strange that Ruby only now shows up. But yeah, Britt is good. Hayter says Britt is great, actually. Ruby says she’s glad to hear it and walks off. There are battle lines being drawn, which side is the Runaway on?
BREAKING NEWS for Rampage!
Not only are The Elite and The Firm having it out, it is for the AEW World Trios Championships! Will Kenny & The Young Bucks make it through All Ego, Hardy & Kassidy to then take on Fox & Top Flight? Or will there be a change of plans for Dynamite? And speaking of Saraya & Storm, they are in tag team action once again, but will they continue to beat down All Elite homegrown talent? Plus, before taking on Bryan Danielson, Rush will take on the Fallen Angel, Christopher Daniels, in an epic match of former ROH World Heavyweight Champions! Will El Toro Blanco build momentum going into his battle with The American Dragon?
AEW TNT Championship No Holds Barred: Darby Allin w/ Sting VS Samoa Joe!
The series is tied at 1-1, with the Samoan Submission Specialist winning in Texas, but the Relentless One winning in his hometown of Seattle. Dynamite in Dayton is throwing out all the rules except one: win! Will Darby continue to be the fighting champion? Or will Joe return to being the One True King of Wrestling Television?
The introductions are made, the TNT title is raised, and one way or another, this is the series finale of Darby VS Joe!
Darby takes off his trench coat to reveal he, uh, customized his Hoodlum hoodie. He’s covered it in thumbtacks!! And as soon as he’s in the ring, he rushes in to COFFIN SPLASH Joe! Joe is reeling from the tack attack but Darby fires off tack-covered forearms! Fans fire up as Darby runs corner to corner, but Joe dodges the splash to GAMANGIRI! Joe then wraps up an arm in his towel, to LARIAT Darby down! Fans rally, Joe pulls Darby’s tack hoodie off and throws it away. Joe drags Darby up to CHOP him! Darby goes to a corner, but Darby kicks back. Joe stomps Darby, stomps him down, then storms off.
Joe goes out to look under the ring, and he brings out a TABLE! Dayton fires up, Joe picks the table up, but Darby DIVES into the table and Joe! The table doesn’t break but it, Joe and Darby all hit the floor! Joe is busted open on his forehead and fans fire up! Darby hurries to stand the table up, to then drop it on Joe! Darby then brings the steel steps around into the corner of the railing. Darby whips, Joe reverses, and Darby not only clips steel steps, he clips railing! Darby lands on his feet just from momentum, but he soon falls to his knees, clutching his back! Fans lose their minds while Joe stalks out after Darby.
Joe stands Darby up, throws knees into him, and then throws him into railing. Joe drags Darby up and they go up the bleachers. Joe SMACKS Darby off the handrail, then brings him up further. Joe smacks Darby off more railing, then keeps him going up. But Darby fights back! Darby CLUBS and CLAWS Joe’s back! Fans fire up but Joe DUMPS Darby down the steps! Fans are going nuts while Joe glares through his crimson mask, and Dynamite goes picture in picture.
Joe drags Darby up again, grinds him against the handrail, then SMACKS him off a fan’s chair! They go back to the lower level as Darby kicks Joe and crawls away. Joe keeps after Darby, drags him up, and brings him around the way to TOSS back to ringside! Darby narrowly misses hitting steel steps head first! Joe stalks Darby, drags Darby back up, then scoop SLAMS him on the steps! Darby writhes, flounders away, but Joe follows him to the corner. Darby throws Joe’s ROH World TV title at him, but that only upsets Joe. Joe storms in after Darby, stalks him to a corner, and waits on Darby to stand before he DECKS him!
Joe eggs Darby on as he stands over him. Darby doesn’t stand so Joe makes him. Joe snapmares to CHOP Darby on the back! And PENALTY KICK him in the chest! And then drops a fist on his head! Joe watches Darby writhe and the ref checks on him. Joe grins through the crimson mask, then stomps Darby down. Joe kicks Darby, then clamps on a neck wrench! Joe leans all his weight on Darby but Darby throws body shots. Joe doesn’t budge, and he CLUBS Darby down. Joe grins as Darby tires to sit back up. Joe clamps the neck wrench back on and he twists even harder! Darby endures, and Dynamite returns to single picture as Darby throws more body shots.
Joe lets go of the neck wrench, Darby hobbles and runs, but into an ELBOW! Darby falls over and Joe covers, TWO! Joe keeps focus as he looms over Darby. Joe KICKS Darby to a corner, and then stomps him. Fans rally and duel, but Joe is annoyed by that. Joe drags Darby up, DECKS him with a forearm, then clamps on another neck wrench! It’s practically a vice on Darby’s head, squeezing his skull! Darby endures, fights up, and he RAMS Joe into buckles! Darby fires off forearms and SLAPS! Darby runs corner to corner, but into the URENAGE! Cover, TWO!! Darby survives the #STJOE, but Joe stands Darby up to CHOP him!
Darby staggers, Joe CHOPS him again! Darby flops to the apron, Joe builds speed and he BOOTS Darby to the floor! Joe then storms out and looks under the ring. Joe brings out another TABLE! Fans fire up again but Joe has fans move aside. Fans oblige and Joe rests the table against railing. Darby is in the ring, Joe goes in and brings Darby up, but Darby JAWBREAKERS before the sleeper could lock in! Darby runs in at the corner to CHOP! And CHOP! And CHOP! Darby CHOPS away on Joe, but Joe TOSSES Darby right out of the ring! Joe has been treating Darby like a throw pillow, emphasis on the “throw!”
Darby flounders up, but Joe goes back over to bring him back in. Joe suplexes high and hard! Joe then goes out to fetch chairs! Joe puts a handful of chairs in the ring, then sets them up together. Fans fire up as they’re back to back to make a wedge! Joe stands Darby up, brings him over, BIG back suplex on the chair wedge!! Darby writhes and Joe has a sadistic smile. “Joe is gonna kill~ you!” Joe turns the chairs around to face each other, then brings Darby back up. But Darby uses POCKET SAND to stop the bomb! CODE RED!! Cover, TWO!! Joe survives but Darby hurries to hop on! THROWBACK STUNNER!
Joe falls into a drop zone, and Darby hurries to get his hoodie back! Darby puts that back on, climbs up the corner, and COFFIN DROPS!! Cover, TWO!?!? Joe survives the tack-enhanced senton and fans can’t believe it! Darby hurries outside and goes looking. Darby uses a knife to cut the strings that hold down the canvas! Some are tough but they all give way, and Darby pulls the canvas away. Darby then drags off the foam padding to expose bare wood! Darby is deconstructing the ring in order to better destroy Joe! Darby sees Joe outside, builds speed and DIVES, but Joe walks away! Darby CRASHES THROUGH THE TABLE!!!
Dayton is losing their minds as Joe puts Darby back in! Joe sets Darby’s tack covered jacket down, he picks Darby up, and he POWERBOMBS him on the tacks! AND THEN HE SMOTHERS DARBY WITH THE TACK JACKET!! Darby DIGS at Joe’s eyes!! Joe lets Darby go, but he staggers around blindly! Joe stands up into a CHAIR SHOT! And another! And another! Darby has Joe on the hard wood, climbs up top, but Joe pushes the ref into the ropes to trip Darby up!! Joe climbs up after Darby, tucks him in, and hits a SUPER MUSCLE BUSTER TO THE WOOD!!!! Cover, JOE WINS!!!
Winner: Samoa Joe, by pinfall (NEW AEW TNT Champion)
Darby’s relentless streak is over! Samoa Joe is now a TWO-TIME TWO BELT CHAMPION! But wait! “THIS IS WAAAR~!” Fans go nuts for Wardlow as he storms down to the ring! Joe is just as shocked as Wardlow runs in! SPEAR!! Wardlow rains down fists on the man who took his title and his top knot! Wardlow rips his shirt off, drags Joe up, but Joe scrambles away! Fans boo but Joe isn’t going to fight again so soon after the war he just went through. Security rushes out but Wardlow CLOBBERS them all! Then he hauls one up to POWERBOMB out onto all the others!! Wardlow will not be denied, when and where will he get his hands on Joe?
This was an awesome Dynamite! Same balance of action and talking, but the action was all on a different level this week. Of the talking, we got good stuff out of this AEW Originals VS Imports in the Women’s Division. Saraya & Storm really up their Heel heat by just attacking Britt unprovoked, and then Ruby checking in on Britt was an interesting turnaround from her telling she didn’t want Britt’s help. But we’re getting closer and closer to that big tag(?) match. Hell, make it a Blood & Guts match but with the women rather than the men. Saraya leads a team, Britt leads a team, Ruby will choose Britt’s side and there could even be a twist of Shida betraying Saraya during the match to cost the anti-AEW team.
Good promo from the JAS to set up things with Starks. I just knew Starks would have to beat everyone in the JAS eventually, so it’s clever for them to get it all done in one gauntlet match. Starks will of course make it past Menard and Parker, and I bet that just as it looks like Garcia is stepping up to face Starks, Guevara takes the spotlight from him. Starks will still get through the final opponent, and he’ll get his match with Jericho. Good promo from Mogul Affiliates, because one: it establishes that their group doesn’t like multigenerational wrestlers, and two: it gave Granden Goetzman his wrestler name, “Trench.” Swerve will surely beat BPJ, but I bet Dustin teams up with BPJ and Brock Anderson as a sort of AEW take on WWE’s Legacy faction to take on Mogul Affiliates.
Good promo from Jack Perry, but I’m surprised he waited until now to establish that he’s done with tag teams. But I suppose he’s done with The Firm, too, so he’s done needing reinforcements. As it stands, if he wants a singles title, he could start with the All-Atlantic Championship, but I could see JB making a move for THE AEW World title. Speaking of The Firm, good promo from them and The Elite. I wonder if this was really live or just the take where Nick actually made that shot. Anyway, I’m also surprised the trios match for Rampage is for the titles when the titles are going to be on the line for Dynamite. But I suppose if Orange Cassidy and Darby Allin are fighting champions, then so should the Elite. Which of course means The Elite win on Rampage to go on to face Fox & Flight.
We got an awesome match from Bryan VS Thatcher, but of course Bryan wins to keep his story going. Even after he had that awesome match with Brian Cage, Konosuke going after MJF was a great move. And getting himself an Eliminator match is a good, too, but I feel like MJF finds a way to stand tall. He’ll either cheat to win, or just get himself disqualified quickly so his night will be over quickly. MJF also had a really good promo with LFI. Rush is a great choice to take on Bryan Danielson, and Rush is also going to have a great match with Christopher Daniels on Rampage. I’m sure Bryan will still find a way to win and we’ll still get that Ironman match, it just has to be how this goes.
It’s mostly because I don’t even know who is the #2 contender, since AEW still hasn’t kept up with rankings in this new year. AEW bringing out a sudden twist of MJF still having that One Hour Ironman match against someone other than Bryan would be great stuff, since MJF has been so focused on Bryan, but I feel like getting MJF VS Bryan is still the thing everyone wants to see. Great opening match out of Hangman VS Moxley, and of course Moxley bleeds. It’s practically in his contract. But Hangman losing by a roll-up was a great surprise, and them still being after each other after, this has to continue until Revolution.
The Acclaimed winning a squash was a bit surprising, but obviously that was to make room for the promo that set up things with The Gunn Sons. But Billy suddenly saying his sons can have a title match with The Acclaimed? I hope there isn’t a turn coming where Billy is suddenly on his sons’ side again. It just feels like something is fishy, but who knows. Really good TBS title match from Jade and Velvet, but I guess since this wasn’t at a PPV, Jade wasn’t about to lose. Kiera trying to help Velvet only to mess things up was at least a good detail to protect Jade. But at this rate, who is even going to beat Jade when she’s gotten through even some great established names.
And of course, an awesome No Holds Barred match for the TNT title. Great innovation, such as Darby’s tack covered jacket and the different table spots. I was actually rather surprised to see Joe win this to once again be dual champion. But at the same time, Wardlow returning to continue his story with Joe is a logical reason as to why Joe needs to have the TNT title again. Perhaps Wardlow gets the TNT title back to have a second chance with that, and Darby can move up into the world title scene. And assuming MJF retains at Revolution, it works for Darby to be next as they have history in AEW.
My Score: 9/10
Mitchell’s AEW Dark Results & Report! (1/31/23)
Orlando stays Dark!
Universal Studios is still the AEW Dark Arena!
As they prepare to go after the AEW World Trios Championships, AR Fox & Top Flight reunite to take on The Wingmen: Peter Avalon, Ryan Nemeth & Cezar Bononi!
- Six Man Tag: AR Fox & Top Flight VS The Wingmen; Fox & Top Flight win.
- Red Velvet VS Sofia Castillo; Velvet wins.
- Zack Clayton VS Fulton; Clayton wins.
- Brock Anderson & Brian Pillman Jr. w/ Arn Anderson VS Rosario Grillo & Dean Alexander; Anderson & Pillman win.
- Skye Blue VS Renee Michelle; Skye wins.
- Shane Taylor Promotions VS Mr. G & Dante Casanova; Shane Taylor Promotions wins.
- Yuka Sakazaki VS Avery Breaux; Yuka wins.
- The Workhorsemen VS Liam Gray & Adrian Alanis; The Workhorsemen win.
- Angelico w/ Serpentico & Luther VS Konosuke Takeshita; Konosuke wins.
A solid line-up, and I like that we’re getting to see Brock Anderson & Brian Pillman Jr. in action together after a backstage promo on Elevation not too long ago. Not sure what the team name is but two second generation stars together is a logical combination. Angelico VS Konosuke, that is going to be a great match, but I give the win to Konosuke. Red Velvet is in action again after also being on Elevation, she’s definitely building momentum towards taking on Jade Cargill for Jade’s 50th match. And good to see Shane Taylor Promotions in action here. They’ll be a strong part of the ROH Tag Team Division, even after having lost to Keith Lee after Swerve abandoned Keith.
And good to see AR Fox & Top Flight in action, and against The Wingmen. For one, good to see Avalon, Nemeth & Bononi teaming all together again. And this will be a good match to build momentum for Fox & Flight.
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