AEW arrives in Atlantic City!
Hangman Page defends his AEW World Championship against Lance Archer, in a TEXAS DEATHMATCH! Will the Murderhawk Monster end the cowboy shizz?
- Wardlow w/ Shawn Spears VS The Blade; Wardlow wins.
- Face of the Revolution Ladder Match Qualifier: Isiah Kassidy w/ AHFO VS Keith Lee; Lee wins and advances to the Face of the Revolution Ladder Match.
- FTR VS CM Punk & Jon Moxley; Punk & Moxley win and Punk gets his rematch with MJF.
- AEW TBS Championship Open Challenge: Jade Cargill w/ Mark Sterling VS A.Q.A; Cargill wins and retains the title.
- The Professor’s 5 Minute Rookie Challenge: Serena Deeb VS Katie Arquette; Deeb wins.
- AEW World Championship Texas Deathmatch: Hangman Page VS Lance Archer; Hangman wins and retains the title.
PLAY BY PLAY
Wardlow finishes set-up for something.
He sighs as he brings out cardboard cut-outs of MJF and walks down a beige plaid carpet. Fans chant for “CM Punk! CM Punk!” but as the cut-outs show, these are highlights of MJF’s dirty win over the Best in the World. Wardlow then gives Justin Roberts his introduction notes. “Ladies and gentlemen, introducing first, being accompanied by pro-wrestling great, Tully Blanchard, they are the living legends, FTR.” Dax Harwood & Cash Wheeler make their way out with Tully, all holding glasses of champagne as they strut to the ring. “Next, we have the greatest accountabilibuddy of all time, the Chair Man, Shawn Spears.”
Spears makes his way out, chugging the bottle of bubbly. And Spears gives Justin a big folder to read, “Soon to arrive to the ring, he hails from the most magical place in the world, Plainview, Long Island, New York. He is the three-time Dynamite Diamond Ring Champion, the man who has never been beaten clean in the middle of the ring and is undefeated in AEW. The man who pins shoulders on mats and bangs all the rats; the king of All Elite Wrestling; the undefeated, undisputed, uncrowned AEW World Champion; the past, the present and the future of professional wrestling; the greatest of all time; the sprawl god; the Salt of the Earth…
“The man who beat PG Punk twice in that dumpster fire known as Chicago in the M-M-M-MID west, ladies and gentlemen, please give a round of applause to the man who is better than you, and you know it… Maxwell Jacob Friedman, MJF.” Fans boo as MJF makes his entrance from the center of the stage, with men carrying him on a palanquin and young women leading the way in fancy dresses. MJF blows kisses to the Atlantic City crowd as they boo and jeer. The palanquin is brought right up to the apron, the young ladies give MJF kisses, that redhead really going for it.
MJF gets in to work up into a big group hug, that oddly doesn’t include Wardlow. And then confetti falls from the ceiling! MJF gets the mic to have his music stop. “It’s hot in AC tonight, baby!” So he’ll make this perfectly clear, he’s holding the mic so settle down. He’s pretty sure he made it crystal clear that he is the best wrestler on the planet. Not Kenny Omega, not Bryan Danielson, not Adam Cole, not Hangman Page. No no, you’re looking at the Best in the World! Scratch that. He beat Punk twice in Chicago, he’s better than the best in the world! But last week was bittersweet, he must admit. Fans tell MJF to STFU but he says he’s just getting started.
Last week, as MJF was on top of CM Punk after beating him twice in Chicago, a lot of emotion came over him. He realized he beat someone he grew up watching. So he leaned over to whisper two heartwarming words into his ear: “You Suck!” MJF high-fives Spears for the gottee, but seriously. If anyone deserves to hear “Thank you,” it is the man who helped him beat CM Punk twice in Chicago. That strapping young man’s name is… SHAWN SPEARS! What? Spears helping him in the warm-ups really helped. Fans chant, “Wardlow! Wardlow!” but Spears says given MJF’s historic win, he got MJF a gift!
Spears points to the titantron, and it’s a new graphic! “Better than the Best in the World, and you know it!” New shirt, too! Available now on AEW Shop. They can get that right now? Wow! But hold on, hold on. MJF isn’t here just to party, he’s here to make a statement. MJF is better than Bret in Canada, better than Piper in Portland, and damn sure better than Punk in Chicago! “It’s time I become your NEW AEW World Champion!” Fans boo that idea as hard as they can. But here comes CM Punk! No music, just Punk waving Tony Schiavone over.
Schiavone hurries over with a mic, and Punk says, “Gosh, y’know, I’m watching the monitor in the back, and you’re talking about beating me in Chicago. Your win in Chicago is about as suspect as your tan! I’m a little bit of an island amongst myself. I don’t like to ask for help. Luckily today, I learned from my mistake a couple of weeks ago.” Pinnacle is a bunch of jackasses that like to beat up one guy, so today, Punk’s got some friends. Fans fire up as out comes DARBY ALLIN and STIIIING! And they’ve brought baseball bats!
Punk warns the Pinnacle, “Take the jackets off, get your the dress shoes off, this is going to go one of two ways. I’m either gonna get what I want, or I’m going to come down here with my friends and I’m gonna beat it outta you!” Punk wants a rematch! MJF says he won twice, but Punk says he isn’t even talking to him! Punk means the guy who really beat him, WARDLOW! Cuz let’s face it. The whole lotta Pinnacle wouldn’t have won a thing if it wasn’t for that guy. And big man, listen up. You can be on the end of this beating, or you can grow some balls and leave those jerks. MJF wants everyone to just hold on!
First of all, MJF won all by himself! We all know it! Punk hopes Wardlow is hearing this. MJF says second of all, Wardlow hangs with Pinnacle not just cuz he’s under contract with MJF, but because he is their best friend! Everyone knows that! Max, shut up. MJF wants to say third of all, but Dax asks Punk if Punk thinks Dax likes dressing like this. No, he doesn’t look good in a damn suit. Dax is more comfortable in his ring gear. But if Punk’s talking rematches, then how about the absolute best tag team in this world getting a rematch?!
Punk talks it over with Sting and Darby, and all Dax had to do was ask. Punk, Darby and Sting have been itching for a rematch from Greensboro, especially since it lets him get his hands on “lil’ Max.” MJF still wants everyone to hold on! No way MJF wrestles in the cesspool of Atlantic City! Plus, this does give MJF an idea. If Punk wants a rematch against MJF, and MJFTR wants a rematch with Punk, Darby & Sting, then how about we roll the dice? Tony Khan will love this, too. Given the condition Punk’s in, if he can beat the greatest tag team, FTR, with any partner he chooses, MJF will give Punk any match, any time, anywhere!
However! The deal is, it can’t be “twiddle dumb or twiddle dipsh*t,” Darby and Sting. Of course. Those two have to head to the back, so good luck finding someone who doesn’t hate Punk’s guts! In the meantime, Wardlow, suit up because you’ve got a match up next. MJF is gonna keep this party rolling, because he is better than the Best in the World, and you know it! Will Punk find someone to join him against the AAA Tag Team Champions? Will he then win and get his rematch with MJF?
Andrade El Idolo meets with Darby & Sting backstage.
Schiavone holds the mic for Andrade as this “business” meeting finally happens. Finally, Andrade finds Darby’s boss. Nice to meet you, Senor Sting. Andrade knows, Darby knows, and everyone knows that the kid works for Sting. Sting thought Darby made it clear that’s not the case. Darby thought he did, too. A couple things, Andrade. One, Darby isn’t a kid. Number two, if you wanna talk to Darby and have a dispute with him, just talk to him mano a mano. Darby says Andrade needs to stop wasting his time. Darby has better things to do than work for Andrade. Like become the next TNT Champion.
Andrade smirks and says Darby will work for him. They have something in common. Darby wants that TNT Championship, but Andrade IS the next TNT Champion. Andrade leaves, and Sting can tell he means it. It seems the lines have been drawn, will Darby handle his business before Andrade snipes that title?
Wardlow w/ Shawn Spears VS The Blade!
The accountabilibuddy follows Mr. Mayhem out, who got ready as quickly as he could. Will the Pinnacle’s War Dog take one step closer to that Face of the Revolution Ladder Match? Or will he be cut down by the Andrade Hardy Family Office’s main mercenary?
Blade CHOP BLOCKS Wardlow from behind! The bell rings to get this on record as Blade stomps a mudhole into Wardlow! The ref backs Blade off, Wardlow gets up and hobbles to another corner. Blade runs in, but into a back elbow! Fans chant for Wardlow as he gets the bad leg moving. Blade kicks the leg out, throws forearms, then runs. Wardlow CLOBBERS Blade! Blade staggers up, Wardlow gets him for an OVERHEAD Belly2Belly! Wardlow still has to get his bad leg going, but he storms up on Blade for another OVERHEAD Belly2Belly! Spears cheers Wardlow on, and Wardlow stalks Blade for a third OVERHEAD Belly2Belly!
Wardlow hobbles on the bad leg as Spears coaches him up. Blade bails out, Wardlow goes out after him and bumps him off the apron. Wardlow walks better as he RAMS Blade into a post! Spears says to keep on him as AEW goes picture in picture.
Blade CHOPS, Wardlow CLUBS Blade! Wardlow SMACKS Blade off the chair in the corner! Wardlow walks off the pain in his leg, stomps Blade, then puts him in the ring. But then Wardlow drags Blade out to POST him! Blade staggers, kicks the bad leg, then hurries away. Wardlow still stalks Blade, drags Blade up and bumps him off the apron. Blade is dazed, Spears steps up but Wardlow says he’s got this. Spears backs off, but Blade kicks Wardlow low! Then throat chops him! Blade whips. Wardlow reverses and Blade hits the apron! Wardlow puts Blade in, Spears is fired up but Wardlow again says he needs to stay out of this.
Wardlow walks up the steel steps and Spears looks worried. Wardlow gets in, Blade ROCKS him with a right! Blade kicks low, Wardlow kicks back! Wardlow ROCKS Blade, puts him in a corner and stomps his leg in return. Wardlow hobbles, CLUBS Blade, and snarls as he reels Blade in. Wardlow suplexes, and even with the bad leg, he holds Blade up for a count of 10 before the SLAM! Wardlow flexes, makes the pecs dance, and Dynamite returns to single picture. Blade CHOPS, but Wardlow just gets pissed! Blade CHOPS again, Wardlow RAMS Blade into the corner! Wardlow RAMS his shoulder in, EuroUppers, then RAMS his shoulder again!
Wardlow repeats shoulders and EuroUppers but lets off as the ref counts 4. Wardlow rushes in, Blade KICKS him first! Then again! Wardlow staggers to the corner, Blade runs in, but Wardlow turns jump kick into POWERBOMB! Fans fire up and Wardlow has adrenaline helping him through the pain. Fans want “One More Time!” so Wardlow obliges! He gets Blade up, reels him in, POWERBOMB! Fans still want more, so Wardlow drags Blade up and in, for the third POWERBOMB! And then right back up for the FOURTH POWERBOMB! Cover, Wardlow wins!
Winner: Wardlow, by pinfall
The Powerbomb Symphony comes to Atlantic City, but of course Spears adds a CHAIRSHOT encore! Spears heads out and Wardlow’s mood is ruined. But did Wardlow at least prove he is worthy of the Face of the Revolution match?
Penta El Zero M has a message.
Alex Abrahantes says, “Penta says that when Malakai misted his face, he spit into his soul.” Penta drives into a graveyard and pulls out a shovel. “Penta says that if Malakai Black wants to live in darkness, he should be prepared to face the consequences. Penta says, ‘It’s time to rise, Penta Oscuro!'” The darkness within Penta is being resurrected! Will the House of Black regret pushing him this far?
Chris Jericho heads to the ring!
The mandatory meeting for the Inner Circle has come, and so Sammy Guevara and Jake Hager are following Le Champion out. But where are Santana & Ortiz? Fans still sing Judas for Jericho, and Jericho gets the mic. “Listen, I know that I said the whole Inner Circle was going to be out here tonight, but honestly, we haven’t seen Santana & Ortiz all day.” But here they come, on their own, as Proud ‘n’ Powerful. They aren’t wearing Inner Circle gear in any way, perhaps already sending a message to Jericho. Jericho says alright, he sees what they’re doing. That’s cute. They do deserve their own spotlight.
But something not cool was a couple weeks ago, when they refused to tag Jericho in during their Six Man Tag against Daniel Garcia & 2point0. They embarrassed Jericho, it was demeaning, and it robbed the fans who paid good money for their tickets of seeing Jericho wrestle. That’s unacceptable, disrespectful, and Jericho just wants to know why. Santana tells Jericho, “Enough with this corny sh*t. For the past few months, I’ve been struggling with this seeing the cup half full kind of mindset. But sometimes, you just got to see things for what they are and call a spade a spade. And at the end of the day, Chris Jericho only cares about one person, and that’s Chris Jericho.”
Any little fight they’ve had, anything they’ve had to shift their focus towards, has always been for the advancement of one person, and that’s Jericho. Is Santana wrong? And at any time it seems Santana & Ortiz have had a bit of spotlight, or making towards the top prize that is the AEW World Tag Team Championships, what happens, Jericho? It gets shut down, thrown to the side, so that they can come to his rescue! Is Santana wrong?! Fans say, “NO!” Santana says he ain’t done, either. Funny that they’re all out here, because Santana & Ortiz came out here to tell Jericho that the days of them playing second fiddle are over and done with!
And don’t raise the mic, Santana still ain’t finished. At the end of the day, it was Jericho always in their way! Jericho was always keeping them from having a bigger spotlight than him! It was always the fans who kept them going! Santana continues more, “I’ll tell you, I’ll tell you, and I’ll tell you,” as he points to Jericho, Sammy and Hager each in turn, and the same to the fans at home, look at Ortiz’s face and thank him with everything you’ve got. If not for Ortiz, Santana would’ve dropped Jericho’s ass a long time ago! Now Jericho can speak.
Jericho says Santana reminds himself of Eddie Guerrero. Super hyped up, blames everyone else, but goes back to an issue about the tag titles that Eddie Kingston planted in their heads. Kingston, what the hell has he ever done for Santana in AEW? What stroke does he have in AEW? ZERO! Jericho is the influencer here! And since he brought them here, on October 2nd, 2019, they’ve been in the main event of Pay-Per-Views, Dynamites, Rampages, and have made more money than they ever have before! And yet they still wanna put their shortcomings on him?!
Santana & Ortiz had a chance to be tag team champions on February 17th, 2021. But they lost to the Young Bucks. That had nothing to do with Jericho. Yet they wanna pool all their problems on him? Jericho brought them into the Inner Circle, he could kick them the hell out! As a matter of fact, when Jericho thinks about how he put this faction together, with attitudes like this, he has to ask himself, “Maybe I invited the wrong two members of LAX to join.” Oh no… Does Hager still have the numbers of Homicide and Hernandez? Santana goes to choke Jericho!! Sammy jumps in to stop them both, and reminds them that they are a family!
Jericho tells Sammy to shut up! Then Jericho immediately regrets it. Fans chant for Sammy and Santana tries to get Sammy to see things his way. Sammy tells Jericho to save the apology. He doesn’t know what’s going on right now, but he still loves these guys. They’re his family. Inner Circle forever, that’s what they always said. But to be honest with Jericho, Sammy’s goal is to become one of the greatest champions in pro-wrestling ever. And all this bickering, that’s not going to help things. So maybe… Sammy takes off his vest?! “I’ve quit this group before, and unless you guys can figure this s*it out, I’m gonna quit it again.”
The Spanish God has given an ultimatum to all sides of the Inner Circle! Ortiz grabs the mic to say, “What do you expect, Chris? You’re throwing around threats. First Sammy walks away, what’s next?” Jericho could’ve have it more twisted. He’s acting like Eddie Kingston’s never done anything for Santana & Ortiz? He couldn’t be more wrong. Just like the Inner Circle, Kingston is a brother in arms. And one thing is for sure, all this bickering they’re doing in the ring, it isn’t going to settle anything. So here’s a history lesson for where Proud ‘n’ Powerful come from.
“Where we come from, if we have an issue, we don’t settle it by doing this,” and he makes a talking motion with his hand. “We deal with it by using this.” And then he makes a fist! So next week, Santana & Ortiz VS Jericho & Hager! They settle it once and for all! Jericho says he never wanted it to come to this, but if they want a fight, then they’re gonna get one! And after Jericho & Hager slap them around, Santana & Ortiz will have an attitude adjustment. If they don’t, they’ll have to make some changes. See you next week. Attendance is mandatory! Will having a match be what makes or breaks the Inner Circle?
Backstage interview with Roppongi Vice.
Trent Beretta & Rocky Romero are with Schiavone, and coming up on this Friday’s Rampage, Roppongi Vice has its reunion against the Young Bucks! Rocky’s 100% and is ready! The world is ready for this! But then the Bucks show up because they saw on the format that they were having this interview. Matt & Nick don’t want to say hi, they wanna go! And then Adam Cole attacks from behind! Matt watches Cole stomp Rocky, and Nick facelocks Trent so Cole can LOW BLOW him! Matt & Nick sit Rocky up, “If you know what’s coming, say it with us out loud.” B T E TRIGGER! Then they get Trent up, and Cole sees someone walking up.
JAY WHITE?! The Switchblade is here in AEW!? And he RAMS Trent into the truck! Jay compliments Nick’s earrings, are things about to get Too Sweet in All Elite?
Face of the Revolution Ladder Match Qualifier: Isiah Kassidy w/ AHFO VS ???
Well, he may not have won the TNT Championship on Rampage, but one half of Private Party has another shot, if he wins this to go to the ladder match. But who is his opponent? We find out, after the break.
Dynamite returns, and it’s KEITH LEE!! The Limitless One is here, is he about to make this All E-LEE-TE Wrestling?
The bell rings and fans sing, “Oh~ Bask in His Glory~!” Lee soaks it up, Kassidy fires up and gets in his face! Quen hypes Kassidy up, too, but Lee TOSSES Kassidy across the ring! Matt Hardy is freaking out! Lee then drags Kassidy up by his head, but Kassidy throws forearms! Kassidy kicks low but Lee blocks the whip to reverse and HURDLE! Things keep going, Lee CROSSBODIES Kassidy down! Kassidy hurries out of the ring as fans fire up. “Keith Lee! WOOP WOOP!” Lee goes out, Quen puts Kassidy in. Quen shrugs, Lee says he sees him. Lee gets up, Kassidy punches but Lee blocks to buckle bump Kassidy.
Lee slingshots to CROSSBODY again! Kassidy twitches on the mat as Lee rises up. Lee looms over Kassidy, drags him up and brings him in. Lee smiles, but Kassidy slips under and around to dropkick! Lee wobbles, Kassidy runs, but Lee follows. Lee runs through the clothesline to POUNCE Kassidy out of the ring! Quen and Hardy can’t even register what happened! Hardy bails, going through the crowd! Lee fetches Kassidy, puts him in the ring, and keeps his eyes on Quen. Quen backs off, Kassidy distracts the ref, and Quen tries to grab Lee’s leg. Lee boots Quen away, but Kassidy triangle jump HOTSHOTS!
Lee staggers down, Quen shouts and Kassidy builds speed to TORNILLO! Both men are down, Kassidy hurries to get back in! Kassidy lets the ring count handle this, and Lee slowly rises. Lee stands at 5, gets in at 6. Kassidy runs in to fire off, but Lee shoves him away. Kassidy comes back for more, Lee shoves him away again. Kassidy mule kicks, BOOTS, but Lee just gets mad. Lee SWATS the screw high kick! Lee looms over Kassidy again, brings him up and fans rally. Lee shoves, pops Kassidy up, to the fireman’s carry! BIG BANG CATASTROPHE!! Cover, Lee wins!
Winner: Keith Lee, by pinfall (advances to the Face of the Revolution)
Quen attacks from behind! Lee shrugs him off, but Quen dropkicks and dropkicks !Lee just roars, Quen dodges, Private Party DOUBLE DROPKICK! Lee falls out of the ring, and Kassidy PLANCHAS! But Lee catches him! Quen runs and FLIES, Lee drops Kassidy to catch Quen! Lee then POWERBOMBS Quen onto Kassidy! Lee drags Quen back up, to APRON POWERBOMB! Now Keith Lee can enjoy the moment. Have we just seen the Limitless Face of the Revolution?
AEW hears from Britt Baker, Mercedes Martinez and Thunder Rosa.
The Doctor says, “Just to make things clear for those who didn’t get it the first time, I brought in Mercedes Martinez. I paid her.” But La Mera Mera says she is never surprised. And at Rampage, it was no different. Britt makes sure Mercedes understands this time, that her rematch with Rosa will be a No Disqualifications match! Mercedes says No DQ means no excuses. “Everyone knows that the OG Badass performs best when there’s no rules.” But Rosa promises Mercedes that she’s not backing down. Next week, Rosa is ready for No DQ, and guess what? Mercedes has no idea what she’s gotten herself into!
Sammy Guevara returns for a cue card promo.
AEW goes picture in picture as Sammy “says,” “Earlier tonight, I set down my vest. I walked away. I did what you said, Chris. I ‘shut up.’ My actions spoke volumes, though. Not about the unraveling of the Inner Circle. Instead, the TNT Championship. Last week, I retained my title. But that doesn’t mean I’m safe. Andrade… Darby… And now… Keith Lee. My focus belongs on one thing: the Face of the Revolution Ladder Match! No matter who enters, or who wins, I will be watching! I will be ready! I am a FIGHTING champion! Let the revolution begin! Sincerely, Sammy Guevara, your UNDISPUTED TNT Champion.”
FTR VS CM Punk & ???
The bet is on, and the #TopGuys are doing MJF’s dirty work again. Cash Wheeler & Dax Harwood stand in the way of a rematch, who joins the Best in the World against The Pinnacle? It’s MOXLEY!! MJF and Spears are watching backstage, they can’t believe the Maniac is working with Punk! Will FTR stand a chance against two of the best in the world?
The teams sort out, Punk starts against Dax and fans are all fired up! Punk and Dax circle, tie up, and Dax headlocks for a takeover. Punk headscissors, Dax kips free and they stand off. Dax and Cash talk real quick, Dax and Punk tie up again, and Dax headlocks. Punk powers out, Dax runs him over, then things keep moving. Dax counters hip toss with a hip toss but Punk arm-drags then hits a headlock takeover. Dax headscissors, Punk kips free, and the two stand off again. Dax throws a tantrum while Punk smirks. The two circle again, tie up, and Dax spins Punk around to tag in Cash. Cash CLUBS Punk’s arm then wrenches it to a wristlock.
Punk endures as Cash hammerlocks, then Cash shifts to a headlock. Punk powers up, powers out, but Cash runs him over! Things keep moving, Punk hip tosses Cash down! Then arm-drags! Punk has the armlock now, Cash reaches out but Punk wrenches. Cash breaks free and gets away to his corner. Fans cheer for Moxley as Cash tags Dax. Punk hears the chants, does the shoulder slink, and tags in Moxley! Mox and Dax circle, they tie up, and Moxley headlocks to a takeover. Dax headscissors, Moxley kips free but Dax headlocks for the takeover. Moxley fights up, Dax grinds the hold, but Moxley powers out.
Dax runs Moxley over, things keep moving, and Moxley scoops to SLAM Dax! Moxley runs, PENALTY KICK! Then another PENALTY KICK! Moxley sits Dax up for a third PENALTY KICK! Moxley drops an elbow, covers, ONE! Moxley wrenches, ELBOW BREAKER, then tag to Punk! Dax claws at Moxley but Punk kicks Dax down. Punk stomps Dax to a corner but Cash swipes at him. The distraction allows Dax to CHOP BLOCK a leg! FTR soaks up the heat, Dax GROUND DRAGON SCREWS the leg! Tag to Cash, they stomp the leg then straddle attack it! Cash “surfs” on the bad leg but lets off at 4, for a DEATHLOCK SNAP!
Cash talks trash, Dax tags in and he SHOVES Cash to add to the DEATHLOCK SNAP! Punk writhes, Cash mocks the pain, but Dax drags Punk up. Fans rally but Dax puts Punk in a corner. Dax CHOPS, Punk shoves Dax, but Dax CHOPS again. Punk haymakers, then dodges, and Dax hits buckles! Both men are down and crawl for their corners. Hot tags to Cash and Mox! Moxley rallies on Cash, whips him to ropes then back drops him! Moxley gets Cash right up, X PLEX! Kick to Dax, Dax slips out of the suplex, but Moxley standing switches to GERMAN SUPLEX! Cash returns, Mox gets around him, GERMAN SUPLEX!
Mox kicks Dax, then kicks Cash! DOUBLE DDT!! Fans fire up as FTR bails out. Moxley builds speed, but Cash trips him! Cash hurries in, Punk springboards for a FLYING LARIAT! Punk gets the bad leg moving, he PLANCHAS, but FTR catches him! Moxley DIVES! Down goes everyone! Fans are loving this and AEW goes picture in picture!
Moxley and Punk regroup and get back up. Moxley gets Cash up and in, but Dax yanks Mox out. Mox RAMS Dax into railing! Moxley gets back in after Cash but Cash bails out. Moxley pursues, he fights both FTR members, but they mug him to the corner of railings. They RAM Mox into apron, but then Punk fires off on Dax! They fight in the corner, Moxley hits Cash back. Punk stomps away on Dax. Moxley TOSSES Cash over railing! Mox and Cash brawl in the crowd and the ref hurries to keep with them! Moxley throws hands, Cash staggers around, Moxley CLAWS Cash’s head! The ref reprimands, Mox stops to sit Cash down and CHOP him!
Moxley CHOPS Cash more, Punk snap suplexes Dax to the floor! Moxley brings Cash back to ringside, but Cash RAMS Moxley into steel steps! Cash gets Moxley up and smacks him off the apron. The ref tries to restore order but things move to the timekeeper’s table. FTR gets Moxley up for a DOUBLE BACK SUPLEX through the table! Moxley is down, Punk hobbles over as the ref checks on him. Moxley’s still in this somehow, FTR mocks his pain. Punk rallies with the fans and Moxley rises from the wreckage! AEW returns to single picture, the count is 4 of 10 as Moxley flounders over.
Moxley grits his teeth at 5 of 10, but he’s still on his knees. The count gets to 8, Moxley pushes himself up and in at 9! Cash stomps away on Moxley, digs his knee in, then drags him over to tag in Dax. FTR stomp away and dig their boots into Moxley. The ref counts, FTR lets off at 4, and Tully says to finish this. Dax EuroUppers Moxley down, then tags Cash back in. They DOUBLE GUILLOTINE CATAPULT Moxley into buckles! Cover, TWO! Moxley has a bloody cut on his head but he’s still in this. Dax tags in, he basement dropkicks Moxley down! Dax drops a leg, an elbow, and a headbutt! Cover, TWO!
Dax is frustrated but he keeps Moxley down with a chinlock. Fans rally up, Moxley fights up, but Dax ROCKS Moxley with a right! Mox ROCKS Dax back, but Cash hooks tights! Moxley still spins Dax around, but Cash tags in before the atomic drop! Cash tries but Mox denies the bulldog to a SAIDO! Fans fire up, Dax rushes Punk but Punk fires off hands! Moxley has no one to tag! Punk BOOTS Dax, hurries back but Cash BLASTS him off the apron! Cash uses the corner SHINING WIZARD, a la Punk! Cash then brings Mox over, tags in Dax, and FTR coordinates, WHEELBARROW LEG DROP! Cover, TWO!!
FTR can’t believe Moxley is still in this, but Dax goes up the corner. MACHO ELBOW misses! Moxley hurries, Cash tags in. Cash runs in, but into a LARIAT! Fans fire up as Moxley and Cash are both down! Moxley sees his corner, hot tags to Dax and Punk! Punk rallies on Dax, whips and CALF KICKS! Fans are thunderous as Punk runs in to SHINING WIZARD! And short arm LARIAT! Cover, TWO! Punk gets up, brings Dax up, but Dax shoves him to EuroUpper! Dax CLUBS Moxley, too! Dax puts Moxley up top, Cash climbs the other corner. But Punk shoves Cash down! Moxley fires off on Dax, then slips inside for an Electric Chair Lift!
Punk and Moxley coordinate, DOOMSDAY DEVICE!! Fans are electric as Moxley PLANCHAS out onto Cash! Punk covers Dax, TWO!! FTR survives and Tully is relieved. Cash is after Moxley on the outside, TORNADO DDT to the floor! Cash gets the ring bell!? Dax ROCKS Punk, suplexes, but Punk slips out and O’Conner Rolls! TWO, into the BELL SHOT!!! Dax hits a BRAINBUSTER!! Cover, TWO?!?? Punk survives and no one can believe it! This is how bad Punk wants after MJF! Dax drags Punk back up, EuroUppers hard, and Punk falls to his knees. Dax dares Punk to get back up, and then stands him up for another EuroUpper!
Punk leans against ropes, Dax stands him up again to EuroUpper, into arm hooks! Dax tags in as he and Punk spin around. Punk BOOTS Cash down, flips over the backslide, and fireman’s carries! Cash gets in, Dax blocks GTS, BIG RIG!! Cover, Moxley breaks it!! All four men are down and fans are loving this! “This is Awesome!” and still not over as Moxley sticks close to Punk. All four men stand, FTR throw haymakers but Punk and Mox give them back! It’s a brawl back and forth in stereo, and Punk and Moxley get the edge! Double whip, FTR reverses but Punk spins Dax around. Dax slips off so Punk lifts Cash!
Moxley kicks Dax low and underhooks the arms! Cash flails to get free, and he sends Punk into Mox and Dax! FTR hurries to get Punk in position, but Moxley saves Punk by putting a SLEEPER HOLD on Dax! REAR NAKED CHOKE! Punk catches Cash’s crossbody for the ANACONDA VICE!! Cash is tapping but the ref is too busy with Moxley and Dax! TULLY gets in!? He SMACKS Punk with his jacket! Punk is more annoyed than anything. Punk laughs and the ref sees Tully in the ring. Punk blocks a punch, scoops Tully to the fireman’s carry, GO TO SLEEP on Tully!! Cash rolls Punk with tights! TWO!!!
Cash gets Punk up, but Punk fireman’s carries! Moxley intercepts Dax quickly, PARADIGM SHIFT and GO TO SLEEP simultaneously!! Cover on Cash, Punk & Moxley win!
Winners: CM Punk & Jon Moxley, by pinfall (Punk gets his rematch with MJF)
And MJF is throwing a fit! Anytime, anywhere, in any kind of match Punk wants! Will MJF survive the rematch with THE Best in the World?
AEW TBS Championship Open Challenge: Jade Cargill w/ Mark Sterling VS A.Q.A!
Undefeated at 26-0, the inaugural TBS Champion and her lawyer promise she’ll continue to 27-0. But will the 25-year-old graduate of Booker T’s wrestling school become the 1 in 27-1? Or will A.Q.A find herself SOL in her AEW debut on #ThatBitchShow?
The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and we see if AQA can weather the storm that’s coming.
Jade and AQA circle, tie up, and Jade headlocks. Jade spins it around to a waistlock and a SLAM! AQA scrambles away and Jade says that’s one. Jade dares AQA to bring it, and they tie up again. Jade wrenches to a wristlock, grinds AQA down, but AQA fights up. Jade wrangles AQA down to the mat again, but AQA kips up, hooks a leg, but Jade shoves her away. AQA arm-drags Jade down! AQA gets a short arm scissor, but Jade rolls through and deadlifts AQA with one arm! And she flexes with the other arm! ELECTRIC CHAIR SLAM! And then Jade kips up! Fans cheer the power and athleticism as Jade gets AQA up.
Jade whips, flapjacks but AQA dropkicks! Jade tumbles out of the ring, AQA slides but Jade dodges to then DECK AQA! Fans rally up as AEW goes picture in picture and Jade smacks AQA off the apron.
Jade smacks AQA off the apron again, drags her back up, and THROWS her into the railing! Jade takes her time fetching AQA, and snap suplexes her to the floor! Jade kips up again while AQA is dazed. Jade drags AQA back up and throws her into the ring. Jade stalks AQA as she staggers around. Jade brings her in, but AQA JAWBREAKERS free! AQA runs, but leaps into Jade’s arms! Jade sighs and rolls her eyes before she hits a FALL AWAY SLAM! And again, Jade kips up. Jade says that’s three now. Jade drags AQA up just to throw her down, then drops an elbow! Cover, ONE but Jade lets off because she says that’s not enough.
Jade does push-ups just to show off! Jade gets five in, sees AQA going to the corner, and she “dribbles” before she DUNKS on AQA! Jade ROCKS AQA, hoists her up top, and tells her “I’m! That-” AQA ROCKS Jade with forearms! Jade ROCKS AQA back, and again, then lifts AQA off the corner! Jade carries AQA around before she DROPS her! Then she drops a SENTON! Cover, TWO!! AQA actually kicks out and Jade is upset. AEW returns to single picture, Jade drags AQA back up. AQA breaks free to ROCK Jade with more forearms! JUMPING FOREARM! Jade is still up so AQA throws her whole body at her!
Jade is still only wobbling, so AQA runs, to SLINGBLADE! Both women are down, AQA grits her teeth and fans fire up. Sterling coaches Jade but AQA is up first. AQA staggers over, brings Jade up, but Jade ROCKS her back! Jade whips, AQA tilt-o-whirls, DDT!! AQA puts Jade in the drop zone and goes up top! Fans fire up, AQA takes aim, SHOOTING STAR PRESS!! Cover, TWO!! That’s the closest anyone’s come to beating Jade! AQA hurries back up top, fans fire up again! Jade gets up to trip AQA and ROCK her! Jade whips AQA, AQA BOOTS her back! Jade fires off forearms, hoists AQA up top, and throws more forearms.
AQA shoves Jade, leaps into her arms, but into a TOUR OF THE ISLANDS!! Jade chicken wings and deadlifts AQA, for the JADED!! Cover, Jade wins!
Winner: Jade Cargill, by pinfall (still AEW TBS Champion)
And still undefeated! She’s 27-0 and only getting stronger, can anyone ever stop the force of nature that is Jade Cargill?
Adam Cole and the Young Bucks speak.
Brandon Cutler says they’re live, and says Matt’s tan looks great. Thanks, Brandon. Matt says this Friday night on Rampage, it’ll be the Young Bucks VS Roppongi Vice, who are supposedly at 100%. Right? Remember earlier? Nick says it’s time they climb back to the top of the rankings. Those tag team titles are coming back to the Bucks. And Adam Cole says speaking of Rampage, just like earlier tonight, if the Bucks need any back-up, Jay White’s their guy. Matt’s glad Cole mentioned White. Would it have killed Cole to even just text that he was going to invite someone like White?
Matt isn’t sure Cole’s aware, but uh, at one point, Jay White and Kenny Omega were archenemies. What’s going on here? Cole knows all that, but at this point, trust him. He’s never steered them wrong in the past, and so they can trust White. They may be The Elite now, but remember the oath: When you’re Bullet Club, you’re Bullet Club 4 Life. And just like White made a statement tonight, the Bucks make a statement on Rampage. And Cole has a statement of his own that he has to make. He’ll catch up with them in a bit. Okay. Cutler, did you know about White? He thinks he saw something on Reddit about it. Just what is going on around here?
The Professor’s 5 Minute Rookie Challenge: Serena Deeb VS Katie Arquette!
The Professor of Professional Wrestling, the Wolf, has a mic to say, “The last time you people saw me, it took me under three minutes to defeat Skye Blue. And let’s be real, there’s not a woman in the back that is on my level.” In fact, Deeb thinks there’s not a woman that can even go five minutes with her! So that’s why tonight, she issues the Professor’s Five Minute Rookie Challenge. Emphasis on rookie. Her opponent should be honored that she has the privilege to be in the ring with Deeb! And sweetheart, if you wanna put your life on the line, Deeb will gladly be the one to dig that grave. Is Deeb taking no prisoners here tonight?
The bell rings, the clock is ticking, and Deeb ties up with Katie. They go around, Deeb puts Katie in a corner. Deeb grinds forearms in, the ref counts, Deeb lets off at 4, but then EuroUppers! Deeb laughs and swaggers as she waits on Katie. Deeb gives Katie a free shot from behind. Katie waistlocks, Deeb switches and spins Katie around, TWIST ‘N’ SHOUT! Deeb mockingly shakes Katie’s hand, omoplatas the arm, and even takes some time to mock Katie. Deeb gets the leg, SERENITY LOCK! Katie taps right away, Deeb wins
Winner: Serena Deeb, by submission
With four minutes to spare! Deeb says, “I told you.” But will there come a rookie that Deeb finds can hang with her?
AEW hears from Jurassic Express and Gunn Club.
Jungle Boy recounts that the Gunn Club attacked Christian Cage, and they threw him in the snow. But what bothers JB most of all is their entitled attitudes. Gunn Club think they deserve to be in the top five. Colten Gunn says there’s been a lot of talk on what the Gunn Club deserves. But why wouldn’t they? JB says the simple matter of fact is that in the ring, Gunn Club is NOT on Jurassic Express’ level. Austin counters with how he and his brother are gorgeous and athletic. And to go old school, Billy says, “If you’re not down with that, we’ve got two words for ya. New champs.” Nice! Gottee! But will Gunn Club take those titles off Jurassic Express? Or will they truly be nothing more than Ass Boys?
AEW World Championship Texas Deathmatch: Hangman Page VS Lance Archer!
For whatever reason, Jake the Snake Roberts and Dan Lambert criticized the validity of the champ’s cowboy credentials. But the Murderhawk Monster simply wants to rip the gold out of Hangman’s cold, dead hands! In a match where only knockout or submission wins, will Archer prove #EverbodyDies? Or will Hangman break out some serious #CowboyShit and keep the title around his waist?
But wait! Hangman and Archer are already brawling backstage! Hangman RAMS Archer into the road cases, then into the scissor lift! Hangman pushes Archer up the steps to gorilla position, fans fire up as Hangman CLUBS him along. Archer DECKS Hangman in return, then choke grips! The bell rings to get this on record, and Hangman fights free with elbows. Hangman takes off the belt, to CLOBBER Archer with it! Archer staggers, Hangman RAMS him through the glass in the Murderhawk Monster door! At least it gets used… Fans fire up with Hangman and he throws off the vest, then gives the belt to the ref.
Hangman fetches Archer from the tunnel, Archer is already bloody! Hangman runs Archer down the ramp and into the ring. Hangman aims from the apron as Archer staggers up. Slingshot, BUCKSHOT!! Archer flops out of the ring, the standing count begins! If Archer can’t get up, he’s lost! The count is 5 of 10 quickly, but Archer stirs. Hangman paces as he waits, the count is 7, but Archer stands at 9! Hangman PLANCHAS! Down goes Archer, and Hangman gets back in the ring. Hangman builds speed, DIVES, into a trash can lid! Archer takes Hangman outta the air, then SMACKS Hangman over and over!
Oh, now Lambert shows up to be in Archer’s corner. And he’s working on undoing a corner?! Archer staggers around, Lambert finishes unscrewing the crossbar! Archer SMACKS Hangman off a chair, Jake the Snake coaches him on. Archer drags Hangman up, TOSSES Hangman over railing, and then follows after to throw Hangman into the wall! Archer choke grips, to CHOKE- NO! Hangman lands on top of the barrier, kicks Archer away, and QUEBRADAS! Direct hit and down goes Archer! Fans are loving this “COWBOY SH*T!” as Hangman hobbles. Hangman brings Archer back to ringside but he realizes the top rope is gone! No more Buckshots!
Hangman glares at Lambert, grabs a corner, but Archer uses the ropes to reel Hangman in for a LARIAT! Archer pushes the ref aside to finish unhooking the top rope. AEW goes picture in picture as Archer ripcords and HELLACOASTERS!
Archer fires up but he has to wait on the standing count. Hangman is stirring, so Archer sees the hook on the end of the crossbar! Archer goes after Hangman’s face, and digs the hook into Hangman’s forehead!! The ref reprimands, but it’s not like there’s any disqualifications in this match! Archer lets off, the ref checks Hangman, but Archer goes out to bring out a TABLE from under the ring! And then a second table! Hangman is of course bleeding from where the hook got him, and Archer sets up the tables near the ring. Lambert tries to give Archer suggestions but Archer tells him to shut up.
Archer finishes setting the tables up, and Hangman flops out of the ring. Archer keeps looking for things under the table, and he brings out kendo sticks and a trash can. Archer goes to Hangman, kicks him and ROCKS him, then stalks him around the corner. Archer DIGS his fingers into the wound! Archer pushes Hangman back into the ring, moves things out of the way, and then brings Hangman up. Archer ROCKS Hangman with a right, and Hangman leans against the second rope. Archer goes to the apron, drags Hangman up and reels him in. Archer of course aims for the tables, but Hangman fights back!
Archer CLUBS Hangman, hoists him up, and AEW returns to single picture as Archer scoops. Hangman fights free of the inverted crucifix to ROCK Archer with forearms! Archer drops to a knee, Hangman Alabama lifts! Archer fights that off to choke grip! Hangman throws elbows! Hangman gets in the ring, BOOTS Archer, but Archer holds onto the ropes to stay up! Hangman BOOTS again, Archer wobbles! Hangman sputters through his own blood, to run in, but Archer ROCKS him first! And then throws him into the buckle! Hangman flops to the apron, Archer goes out after him. Archer pulls up the floor mats!
Jake the Snake gets involved, short arm LARIAT! Fans fire up for Jake, but Archer won’t let Jake have any more fun. Hangman kicks Archer back, and hits the DDT! Hangman says, “How’s that?!” and Jake just flips him off. Hangman gets Archer up, puts him back in the ring, and Hangman gets a kendo stick. Fans fire up as Hangman swings the stick around. Hangman SMACKS Archer on the back! Archer seethes, but Hangman SMACKS him again! Archer is firing up from these SMACKS! Hangman SMACKS away on Archer’s head! Hangman sets up the trash can, but Archer blocks the kendo stick!
Archer takes the stick, BREAKS it, then CHOKE SLAMS Hangman on the trash can!! That can is folded in half, and Hangman is down! The standing count begins, it’s already 5 of 10. Hangman sits up at 6, Archer uses a FORK to dig into Hangman’s wound! Archer JABS away! Fans chant, “You Sick F*ck” as Archer tastes the blood! Archer follows Hangman out of the ring, and CANNONBALLS off the apron! Down goes Hangman, and Archer holds up the belt as if he’s already won! The standing count begins, Archer looms over Hangman. Archer drags Hangman back into the ring, and looks under the ring for more.
Archer puts chairs in the ring, throwing them really. One almost hits Hangman, but Archer finds one with barbed wire woven into it! Archer is almost salivating as he puts that chair in the ring. Hangman flounders up, Archer BOOTS him down! Archer then gets the steel ring steps and brings them around. Archer used these last week, he wants to do it again! Archer scoops Hangman, inverted crucifix, BLACKOUT on the steel steps!! Hangman bounces off them, and fans are losing their minds! Archer grins as the count rises, but then the ref takes a moment to check. Hangman is somehow still in this, so Archer gets him back in the ring!
Archer has Hangman up, CLUBS away on his back, but Hangman snatches some of the barbed wire! Archer gets Hangman up, but Hangman throws down barbed wire fists! Hangman fights free of the bomb, puts the wire around his arm, ROLLING ELBOW! And then another ROLLING ELBOW! Archer BOOTS, ripcords, but Hangman gets around to GERMAN SUPLEX! Hangman fires up and fans fire up with him. Hangman gets the barbed wire off his arm, he uses the ref to handspring?! BUCKSHOT off the apron and THROUGH THE TABLES!!! Both men are down and the fans are losing their minds!
A standing count begins on both men! We’re at 4 of 10 as Hangman stirs. Lambert shouts for Archer to get up, but we’re at 8 of 10! Hangman stands and gets in the ring, the count hits 10!! Hangman wins!!
Winner: Hangman Page, by knockout (still AEW World Champion)
The Murderhawk Monster couldn’t kill the fighting spirit of the Millennial Cowboy, but here comes ADAM COLE, BAYBAY! Cole’s said he wants the world title, so he gets right in the ring to snatch it from the ref. Cole looks at the belt, Hangman realizes someone else is in the ring with him. Cole puts the belt on Hangman’s shoulders, then pats the belt. The Panama City Playboy is coming for Pretty Platinum, will Hangman be ready when he does?
An AWESOME episode for AEW here. And for once, they give us two women’s matches on one Dynamite! Granted, the second was Serena Deeb’s own personal challenge where she literally won’t give anyone more than five minutes with her. But it works in story because Deeb is very arrogant, and she made a point of it being rookies, not veteran talent. Deeb took her time and still got it down in a minute, so I bet this escalates to where someone really does give her trouble. This could be a great thing for one of the newer stars, like those we’ve seen on Elevation or Dark, while still building Deeb up until Shida makes a return.
Jade Cargill VS AQA was a pretty good match, and certainly a good showing for AQA. But of course, Jade wins. That streak is going to climb, and there’s even a chance Jade might get a shot at the AEW Women’s world title before losing at this point. Britt, Mercedes and Rosa have a good promo to set up the rematch, and I figured it’d be No DQ. Rosa will win, she’ll go after Britt at Revolution, and depending on the details, like Hayter’s growing distrust of Britt, Rosa might end up winning. Rosa is definitely the one that should take the title off Britt to go with their great feud from last year. No idea who takes the TBS title off Jade, though.
We got a pretty great opening segment with the Pinnacle, Punk and more. Of course MJF completely downplays Wardlow’s importance, and I like that Punk was the one to suggest Wardlow leave the group. Of course MJF tells Punk to find someone other than Darby or Sting to team with, and what a great surprise that it was Moxley. No Bryan Danielson tonight but he might bring up his offer to Moxley on Rampage. Of course Moxley and Punk win, and I would think Punk challenges MJF to a match at Revolution, and perhaps it’ll be an Ironman match to add onto how MJF was rubbing it in that he won “twice” in one night, so that whoever gets the most falls wins.
Wardlow gets himself another great win, they should’ve just made this the Face of the Revolution qualifier that puts Wardlow in, but maybe they’re going to let those matches fill up the coming weeks since we’ve still got a month before the PPV. Andrade had a good promo with Darby and Sting, and I would think both Andrade and Darby are going to be in the Face of the Revolution Ladder Match. They will probably cancel each other out and branch off into a match where if Andrade wins, Darby has to work for him, but then I think Darby wins just so we don’t have to go through those couple of weeks where Darby does stuff for Andrade.
We got good promos from Jurassic Express and Gunn Club to hype up their tag title match for Rampage, and I’m pretty sure Jurassic Express wins. Penta has a great vignette and Alex Abrahantes does a great job narrating, and Penta Oscuro = Pentagon Dark, he’s reviving his Lucha Underground persona! Pentagon Dark VS Malakai Black 1v1 is going to be awesome stuff that helps build the feud of Death Triangle VS House of Black. The Inner Circle “mandatory meeting” was good stuff, but also how I expected. Santana & Ortiz are basically halfway out the door, and so is Sammy. The tag match next week should definitely go PNP’s way, and they split off to go after Jurassic Express for Revolution, who knows if they win.
Tony Khan teased some new arrivals and “forbidden door” stuff, and y’know what? He delivered! Super Kliq jumps Roppongi Vice, but Switchblade helps out! We definitely need more Bullet Club in AEW, as we really only got Kenta to this point. Obviously, COVID is in the way of a lot of that, but what a great way to add dimension to the story developing within The Elite. And then KEITH LEE shows up and hell yes, he is in the Face of the Revolution match. I wanted Wardlow to win that, get the TNT title and clobber MJF with it in his Face turn, but maybe All E-LEE-TE Wrestling is the way to go, because Keith Lee definitely deserves the spotlight.
And WOW that main event. Texas Deathmatch just by name implies it’s going to be brutal, but this was something else. This even outdid some of the “Unsanctioned” Lights Out matches we’ve seen. It was incredibly clever for Lambert to take away the top rope so Hangman couldn’t do Buckshots over and over, but then also for Hangman to find a way around that and that to be the winning move. Hangman’s had one of the more competitive and literally bloody reigns for an AEW World Champion, that’s gotta earn him some points with people. But of course, Cole gets his moment at the end handing the belt to Hangman, that could make for one hell of a match at Revolution.
My Score: 9.2/10
Mitchell’s AEW Rampage Results & Report! (2/3/23)
The Elite are on a Rampage!
Is The Elite in for a tune-up or trap game tonight?
Though they plan to defend the AEW World Trios titles on Dynamite, Kenny Omega & the Young Bucks defend the titles against The Firm here on Rampage! Will they overlook Ethan Page, Matt Hardy & Isiah Kassidy and get caught?
- AEW World Trios Championships: The Elite VS Ethan Page, Matt Hardy & Isiah Kassidy; The Elite win and retain the titles.
- Swerve Strickland w/ Mogul Affiliates VS Brian Pillman Jr; Swerve wins.
- Saraya & Toni Storm VS The Renegade Sisters; Saraya & Storm win.
- Rush w/ La Faccion Ingobernable VS Christopher Daniels; Rush wins.
PLAY BY PLAY
AEW World Trios Championships: The Elite VS Ethan Page, Matt Hardy & Isiah Kassidy!
Kenny Omega and the Young Bucks accepted the challenge of the upstart Top Flight & AR Fox, but then they also accepted the challenge of The Firm’s All Ego! Will The Elite’s ego cost them in their very first defense? Or will they still keep their date with Fox, Dante & Darius for Dynamite?
The bell rings and the trios sort out. Dayton chants, “THE! ELITE! THE THE ELITE!” Nick Jackson starts against Isiah Kassidy, they circle, and they tie up. Nick wrenches to a wristlock, Kassidy rolls and handsprings to wrench and wristlock back. Nick uses ropes to flip through and wrench back to hit a headlock takeover. Kassidy headscissors, Nick kips free, but Kassidy hits a headlock takeover. Nick headscissors, Kassidy kips free, things speed up and Kassidy wheelbarrows to arm-drag! Kassidy kips up, but Nick blocks the chop to knuckle lock. Nick CHOPS, goes up and up, “LUCHA LIBRE~!” and arm-drags!
Kassidy staggers up into another arm-drag, and Nick has the armlock! Fans cheer but Ethan is furious. Nick wrenches Kassidy, tags Matt, and the Bucks double whip to bait Kassidy into a GUTBUSTER, to the NECKBREAKER BACKBREAKER COMBO! Fans fire up with the Bucks, and Matt points to Kenny. Fans fire up, and Matt tags in Omega! Hardy tags in and he circles with Omega. They tie up, break, and then go again. They break, go again, then Hardy headlocks. Omega powers out but Hardy runs him over. Things speed up but Hardy fakes out the hurdle! Hardy kicks low, reels Omega in, TWIST- NO, Omega powers out!
Omega runs in at the corner but Hardy dodges, and the V-Trigger hits buckles! Hardy reels Omega in, but Omega fights the Side Effect! Hardy staggers, Omega runs in but Hardy sends him out! Omega hurries back up but Hardy BLASTS him off the apron! Omega hits railing, Stokely laughs at him, and then Hardy goes up the corner! Omega stands up, but Ethan leaps to CLOBBER Omega! Ethan gives Hardy a thumbs up, he did that so Hardy wouldn’t have to risk himself. Ethan puts Omega in the ring, Ethan apparently snuck a tag that not even Hardy noticed. Ethan drags Omega up to scoop and SLAM him!
Fans boo but Ethan tells the Bucks to kiss this. Ethan drags Omega up, throws haymakers, and then has Omega in the corner. Ethan has Hardy and Kassidy hold Omega in place, then Ethan runs to BLAST the Bucks off the apron! Fans boo more but Ethan runs in, into Omega’s BOOT! Omega is free, he goes up and over Ethan to hot tag Nick! Ethan runs in, Omega dodges and the Bucks DOUBLE GAMANGIRI Ethan back! Nick then tags Matt while Omega RANAS Ethan! The Bucks double kick, Nick runs and Matt gives him the boost to RANA Ethan! Ethan hurries to tag Hardy, he runs in but into DOUBLE DROPKICKS!
Ethan shouts for Kassidy to do something, so Kassidy springboards, but the Bucks get clear to double elbow! They wheelbarrow and lift Kassidy, Omega runs in, WHEELBARROW KOTARO KRUSHER! Kassidy flounders out of the ring while the fans fire up with the Elite. Hardy returns but Omega sets up Ethan and Kassidy. Matt runs in to WRECK Ethan and Kassidy with a dropkick! Matt then holds the ropes for Nick to FLY and take them out! But Matt Hardy kicks Matt Jackson low and reels him in! TWIST- NO, NORTHERN LIGHTS! Matt Jackson starts up the Polar Express, but Ethan saves Hardy!
Ethan swings, but into a NORTHERN LIGHTS! Fans fire up with Jackson as he has Hardy for haymakers! And stomps! Jackson runs, Ethan trips him up but Jackson BOOTS Ethan! Hardy catches Jackson for a SIDE EFFECT! Cover, TWO! Hardy drags Jackson over and tags in Ethan. Ethan stomps Matt Jackson, going after the legs. Ethan talks trash on Dayton then brings Matt around for a BACKBREAKER! Fans boo but Ethan soaks up the heat as Rampage goes picture in picture.
Ethan drags Matt up, bumps him off Kassidy’s boot, then tags Kassidy in. Ethan and Kassidy mug Matt, Kassidy stomps away, then lets off as the ref counts. Kassidy drags Matt back up, tags Hardy, and they mug Matt Jackson now. Hardy brings Jackson around to fire forearms and elbows! Then Hardy has Jackson under the bottom rope, for a ROPE GUILLOTINE! Kassidy gives thumbs up as Hardy covers, TWO! Hardy drags Jackson up, bumps him off Ethan’s boot, and then tags Ethan in. Ethan and Hardy mug Jackson, abut Jackson fights back with haymakers! Rampage returns to single picture as Jackson backs Ethan down!
Matt Jackson runs but into a BOOT! Ethan BLASTS Omega and taunts Nick. Fans boo but Ethan drags Matt Jackson over to tag Hardy back in. Hardy drags Jackson up, bumps him off buckles and shouts “DELETE! DELETE!” Fans chant along, and Hardy goes through all three levels! Hardy grabs Jackson’s legs, and YANKS him into a POWERBOMB! Cover, but Nick breaks it! The ref reprimands but Nick backs off. Hardy drags Matt Jackson to the drop zone, goes up the corner, but then Ethan tags in! Fans boo as Ethan ruins Hardy’s good time. Ethan then copies Hardy’s stuff, but leaps into a SUPERKICK!
Fans rally as Ethan and Matt are down! Hot tag to Omega! Fans fire up as Omega goes up top to CROSSBODY Ethan! Kassidy runs in, to get a POLISH HAMMER! POLISH HAMMER for Ethan! Omega spins but Ethan dodges to kick low! Ethan whips, Omega reverses and fireman’s carries! “YOU! CAN’T! ESCAPE!” ROLLING SENTON, and the MOONSAULT! Cover, TWO! Fans fire up as Omega drags Ethan up into a half nelson. Ethan fights the full nelson, RAMS Omega into the corner, and Kassidy tags in. Kassidy and Hardy run to BLAST the Bucks while Ethan fires off back elbows on Omega!
Ethan whips Omega corner to corner, runs in and clotheslines! Kassidy adds a SPLASH, Hardy adds a clothesline! Hardy sets up, Ethan whips Kassidy, FIRM IN MOTION INTO DOUBLE SUPERKICKS!! Ethan is shocked to see what happened, but he runs into a SNAP DRAGON! Hardy runs in, kicks low, but Omega turns Twist into full nelson! Hardy elbows free, runs, and DOUBLE LARIATS take both men down! Nick goes up, but so does Kassidy! STEREO SWANTON BOMBS!! Nick takes out Hardy while Kassidy takes out Omega! Then Kassidy runs in, dodges Nick and goes up to FLYING COMPLETE SHOT!
Matt Jackson shouts “YOU’RE DEAD!” and he SUPERKICKS Kassidy! Ethan runs in, blocks a kick and spins Jackson to ROUNDHOUSE! and then deadlift POWERSLAM! But V-TRIGGER outta nowhere!! All six men are down and the fans are thunderous! A standing count begins, “This is Awesome!” and Omega crawls to hot tag Nick! Nick storms in to CLUB Kassidy. Kassidy throws a forearm, but Nick hits back! They go back and forth with heavy shots, but Kassidy gets the edge! Nick staggers, but he ROUNDHOUSES back! Nick whips, Kassidy reverses and SPIN KICKS! Nick goes to a corner, Kassidy runs in, but Nick dodges!
SHINING WIZARD! GAMANGIRI! FOREARM! BULLDOG! The Elite regroup and they aim at Kassidy, only for Hardy and Ethan to drag Omega and Matt Jackson out! They’re sent into railing hard, and Kassidy runs to hit a DESTROYER!! Nick flounders to a corner, Hardy sets up again! PARTY IN MOTION! Ethan & Kassidy put Nick up top, DOUBLE ICONOCLASM! And then a feed to the TWIST OF FATE!! Kassidy covers, Matt Jackson breaks it!! Ethan storms in, he gets Matt Jackson up, but he slips off the Ego’s Edge and Omega V-TRIGGERS Ethan down! Hardy throws Omega out!
Hardy runs in, Jackson moves, Hardy BLASTS Ethan! Hardy is shocked and he hurries to check on Ethan. Kassidy TOSSES Matt Jackson out, but Nick springboards in! CUTTER?!? Kassidy covers, TWO!!! Kassidy almost wins this on his own because Hardy and Ethan distracted with Ethan’s jaw. Nick tags Omega while Kassidy calls to his team. Hardy hurries over but Omega V-TRIGGERS Kassidy down!! Omega drags Kassidy away, tags Matt in and then Matt tags Nick. Jackson BLASTS Hardy, Omega Electric Chair Lifts Kassidy! ONE WINGED ANGEL!! Into B T E TRIGGER!!! Cover, The Elite wins!
Winners: The Elite, by pinfall (still AEW World Trios Champions)
This was no trap game, but this was far more than a tune-up! The Elite are red hot now, will they melt the Coldest Tag Team in the Game this Wednesday?
Backstage interview with Ricky Starks.
Lexi Nair is with The Absolute, and she brings up the Jericho Appreciation Society throw down the Garcia-Guevara Gauntlet challenge. Starks sorta got what he asked for, so what’s the plan? Starks says, “I can tell you it wasn’t a plan for us to match here,” in reference to his shirt and her whole ensemble both being a light khaki. But Starks admits he puts his foot in his mouth, something he’s known to do around here. But that’s okay, because if that is how Starks gets at Chris Jericho, then that is what he’s going to do. If that is the way to beat Jericho, to get out of the “Web of Jericho” that he has entangled himself in, that is what Starks will do.
“I am no stranger to having the deck stacked against me, because I always find a way. Parker, Daddy Magic, Sammy, Danny, it doesn’t matter. Because in El Paso, Texas, I am gonna to prove exactly why I am Absolute. And when I do get my way, Chris, I am going to embarrass you. And I am going to beat you, again.” Starks is ready for everything the JAS is going to throw at him, but will that still get him the win?
Team Triple J speaks.
Jay Lethal tells the others, “Right now, we are riding high. But the Screen Actors Guild and AEW, they’re trying to rain on our parade by distorting on the camera Sonjay’s Golden Globe. I tell you what, just like last week, when we embarrassed the Best Friends and Danhausen, we proved that in the ring, we can’t be matched! And I bet right now, Paul Walter Hauser is sitting at home without a Golden Globe, wishing that he had better friends.” Jeff Jarrett says, “I bet Mr. Walter Hauser wishes he never ever stepped foot in the Kia Forum! Because what happened the last time? I bet he’s wishing he never went on The Late Late Show with James Corden!”
But Best Friends respond!
Danhausen is upset that he got smashed in the head with a Grammy! No, it was a Golden Globe. But keep going, this is good energy. Yes! Danhausen was “decimating” their giant, Satnam Singh, and then he was caught off guard by a GOLDEN GLOBE! That was bad. So YOU will be cursed if it happens again! It shouldn’t happen again, right? It shouldn’t. Danhausen says it WON’T happen again! But when and where will we see the sequel to this showdown of friends and enemies?
Swerve Strickland w/ Mogul Affiliates VS Brian Pillman Jr!
For whatever reason, second generation wrestlers get on Swerve’s nerves. He can’t get after The Natural just yet, but he’s settling for #FlyinBrian41 here tonight! Will BPJ use his homefield advantage to stop the Mogul? Or will Dayton be “Whose House?” “SWERVE’S HOUSE!”
The bell rings and Swerve circles with BPJ. They tie up, go around, and BPJ powers Swerve to a corner. Swerve pushes back and wrenches to a wristlock. BPJ rolls, cartwheels, handsprings and headstands, but Swerve pushes him down to turn BPJ over to a ghost pin! TWO, BPJ gets up but Swerve is after him. BPJ whips Swerve to a corner, Swerve goes up and over and O’Conner Rolls, then Eddy Gordo RANAS, but BPJ rolls through to stand back up. Fans cheer the technical exchange. BPJ and Swerve tie up again, Swerve pulls BPJ’s hair and puts him in the corner. BPJ turns things around, and he swings, only for Swerve to duck.
Swerve whips BPJ but BPJ rolls, handsprings and kangaroo kicks! Swerve checks his nose while fans rally up. Swerve runs in, BPJ dodges, things speed up and BPJ hurdles to drop. Swerve handsprings over, things keep moving, but BPJ steps on Swerve! Fans fire up as BPJ asks, “Whose House?” “BRIAN’S HOUSE!” But Swerve takes off his necklace to wrap around his fist as he ROCKS BPJ with a sucker punch! Fans boo, Swerve whips, but BPJ reverses and DROPKICKS! Swerve bails out, BPJ builds speed, and fans fire up as BPJ WRECKS Swerve with a dropkick! BPJ hurries away from Trench & Boudreaux while Rampage goes picture in picture.
BPJ grins while Swerve is furious. Boudreaux & Trench help Swerve stand up. BPJ talks some smack but Swerve has his guys stand down. Swerve goes up the steps and into the ring, and he ties up with BPJ. Swerve kicks BPJ, ROCKS him with a right, then swings, but misses in the corner! BPJ CHOPS, ROCKS, and wrenches before he whips corner to corner. BPJ runs in to clothesline, CHOP, and NORTHERN LIGHTS! Bridging cover, TWO! BPJ rallies the fans while Swerve grits his teeth. BPJ storms up but Swerve gets around to JAM the leg! BPJ falls over and clutches the knee while Swerve taunts Dayton.
Swerve stands on BPJ’s leg, throws down fists, then kicks him around. Swerve stands BPJ up, BPJ throws hands, but Swerve KICKS the leg out! Swerve goes to the corner, goes up, and he taunts the fans before the FALLING UPPERCUT! Swerve swaggers and smirks at all the fans before he goes back to BPJ. Swerve kicks the leg, grinds an arm, and Rampage goes to break.
Rampage returns as BJP and Swerve fire forearm after forearm at each other! BPJ CHOPS, CHOPS, then SLAPS! Swerve staggers, BPJ grabs at him, but Swerve brushes that away to ROCK BPJ with a haymaker! BPJ staggers to a corner, Swerve storms over, but he blocks a boot! Swerve brings BPJ out, slips around that leg and hits a BACKBREAKER! BPJ staggers, Swerve SLAPS him, but BPJ SUPERKICKS! And LARIATS! Cover, TWO! Swerve survives but BPJ fires up! Fans rally as BPJ fireman’s carries. Swerve fights free, and he SLAPS away on BPJ’s back. BPJ snapmares, Swerve blocks the superkick and he mule kicks the bad leg!
Swerve aims from the corner as BPJ clutches his knee. BPJ stands but the bad leg gives out! And then the HOUSE CALL!! Cover, TWO!?! BPJ survives and Swerve is fuming! Dayton fires up but Swerve drags BPJ up. Swerve bumps BPJ off buckles, hoists him up top, then climbs up after him. BPJ throws body shots in return, then climbs up to HOTSHOT Swerve away! Trench distracts BPJ, BPJ runs him off, and the ref is busy with Trench, allowing Boudreaux to trip BPJ up! Fans boo, but Swerve hurries to go out after BPJ and drag him up! Fireman’s carry, APRON DEATH VALLEY DRIVER!!
Swerve hurries up a corner and BPJ sits up, for the KILL STOMPS!! Cover, Swerve wins!
Winner: Swerve Strickland, by pinfall
Mogul Affiliates comes through for their leader, Swerve takes out a second generation star! #HoodiesUp, and the big men stand Swerve up. Trench feeds BPJ to Boudreaux’s LARIAT! Then Swerve brings out the necklace, but here comes DUSTIN RHODES! The Natural has a TURNBUCKLE CROSSBAR! Dustin uses that to run off Mogul Affiliates, but this war has only just begun. Will Dustin prove to Swerve that being second generation doesn’t make him better, but that being better makes him better?
The House of Black speaks.
Malakai says, “There was a saying that reads, ‘Assumptions are a poison that create unrealistic expectations.’ And what is the poison that you people created? The assumption that Eddie Kingston was going to join the House. No, the House does not want Eddie, and Eddie does not want The House. The House did what it always does, and what its mission has been since the beginning: prove that every human being on this planet, no matter how true of heart, is corruptible. And it takes the smallest push into the right direction to peel off the layers of virtue and let that venom of hate grow.
“There is no forgiveness for people like you and me, Eddie. And like Cain did to Abel, you do what you can’t help but do, because it is your nature. It is the balance of who you are in this world. Because no man is ever truly…” The Mad King has begun his descent, will there be no going back now that he has begun to #FadeToBlack?
Saraya & Toni Storm VS The Renegade Sisters!
Speaking of a descent, the Revolution and the Lightning have stooped to shocking lows as of late, all in the name of showing the AEW homegrown talent that they, the outsiders, know what is best for business. But will they continue to do whatever they want to the AEW Women’s Division? Or will Charlette & Robyn be just the renegades to fight The Revolution?
The teams sort out and after a rock-paper-scissors game that goes nowhere, Robyn steps up to Storm. Storm doesn’t seem to take Robyn seriously but Robyn eggs her on. Robyn and Storm tie up, go around, and end up against ropes, in a corner, and then to more ropes. Storm lets off to pie face Robyn. Robyn ROCKS Storm! And again, and again, and then she CHOPS! Robyn whips, Storm reverses but Robyn ducks, only to run into Storm’s THESZ PRESS! Storm rains down fists, then she drags Robyn up. Storm puts Robyn in the ropes, CHOKES Robyn, then argues with the ref so Saraya can CHOKE Robyn, too!
The fans boo as Saraya fires off knees on Robyn! Storm sucker punches Charlette! Storm runs to HIP ATTACK Robyn off the apron! Fans are torn while Robyn lands on the floor. Storm and Saraya bring Robyn up to RAM her into steel steps! And then into the railing! The ref has to keep Charlette back, and Saraya says Charlette is crazy! Storm drags Robyn up and puts her in the ring to then drag her over. Tag to Saraya, they mug Robyn, and Saraya short arm LARIATS! And again! And again! Fans boo but Saraya smiles and soaks it all up. Saraya drags Robyn up, tells fans to shut up, but Robyn waistlocks.
Saraya elbows free, whips Robyn to a corner, SHINING WIZARD! Fans boo but Saraya just revels in it. Saraya snapmares and SHINING WIZARDS again! Cover, TWO!! Robyn survives but Saraya drags Robyn up. Robyn RAMS Saraya into a corner, but it’s the enemy corner! Storm tags in, she and Saraya mug Robyn, and then Storm snap suplexes Robyn down! Cover, TWO! Robyn is hanging tough but Storm clamps on a full nelson. Fans rally as Robyn endures and fights up. Storm thrashes Robyn around, but Robyn fights up and breaks the nelson! Only for Storm to throw her down by her hair! Fans boo and the ref reprimands, but Storm just scowls.
Storm kicks Robyn around, toying with her, but Robyn gets mad. Robyn ROCKS Storm! Robyn eggs Storm on so Storm hits back! Robyn ROCKS, CHOPS and repeat! Storm swing, Robyn dodges and ENZIGURIS! Fans fire up as both women are down! Storm a nd Robyn crawl, hot tag to Charlette! Charlette rallies on Storm and Saraya! SPLASH in the corner! Charlette rallies the fans with “GET! YOU! SOME!” Charlette runs in, but Storm SHOTGUNS her down! Charlette flounders to a corner, Storm runs in, SWEET HIP MUSIC! Storm brings Charlette up for Saraya to YAKUZA KICK! STORM ZERO!! Cover, Storm & Saraya win!
Winners: Saraya & Toni Storm, by pinfall
The outsiders win, but they’re not done! Saraya brings out cans of spray paint! Toni CLOBBERS Robyn, Saraya chases the ref out of the ring, and they start spraying the Renegades! They put big green L’s on the Renegades, will they continue to hand out those L’s to the AEW Women’s Division?
Adam Cole speaks.
“There is nothing that I love more than professional wrestling. And I have worked harder every single day than I ever have in my entire life. Because for me, I thought my dream was dead. And when your dreams die, your hope dies. I never, ever lost hope, because I refused to let anybody or anything stand in my way of getting back inside that squared circle. And I have no idea who my first opponent will be when I return, but I can promise you this: You are going to get the best damn pro-wrestler on the planet. And his name…” ADAM COLE, BAYBAY! AEW Revolution is the target, will Adam Cole make it all about the boom?
Mark Henry welcomes us back to Rampage.
The World’s Strongest Man says, “Before former ROH Champion, Rush, faces Bryan Danielson this Wednesday, he will face former ROH Champion, Christopher Daniels tonight on Rampage.” The Fallen Angel tells El Toro Blanco, “Your reputation precedes you, but I am not intimidated by reputation. And I’m not a stepping stone for anyone, Rush.” But Rush tells Daniels, “You have never faced anybody like Rush.” Rush continues on in Spanish, then says in English, “Just remember: if you mess with the bull, you get the horns.” Mark Henry then says, “It’s TIME! For the main event!” Will Rush be rolling into El Paso and his battle with the American Dragon? Or will this be the rise of the Fallen Angel?
Rush w/ La Faccion Ingobernable VS Christopher Daniels!
The bell rings and fans rally for the Fallen Angel. Daniels and Rush circle, tie up, and Daniels waistlocks. Rush switches, Daniels switches back but Rush sits. Daniels holds on for a moment but Rush switches back. They stand, Daniels shifts to hit a headlock takeover. Rush headscissors, Daniels pries free to trip Rush to a cover, ONE! The two stand off and fans cheer. Rush and Daniels reset to circle again. They tie up, Rush wrenches and YANKS the arm, then wrenches to CLUB the arm. Rush YANKS the arm but Daniels uses ropes to flip through and arm-drag Rush away! Rush stands up, sidesteps, but Daniels blocks the hip toss!
Daniels tries but now Rush blocks the hip toss. Rush swings but Daniels blocks the haymaker to hit a NECKBREAKER! Daniels then CLOBBERS Rush! Cover, TWO! Fans rally, Daniels drags Rush up and CLUBS him. Daniels whips Rush to ropes to calf kick him out! Daniels then builds speed and DIVES! Direct hit at the ramp and fans fire up as Rampage goes picture in picture.
Daniels drags Rush up and into the ring, hurries up the corner, but Jose distracts! Daniels AX HANDLES Jose down! But Rush DECKS Daniels with a sucker punch! Daniels flops out of the ring and Rush distracts the ref so “Perro Peligroso” can attack! Preston Vance holds up the Ingobernables fist, then he POSTS Daniels! Vance even CHOKES Daniels with the stolen masks of luchadors Vance has beaten outside of AEW! Vance gets away with all this as Rush goes out after Daniels. But then Vance distracts the ref so that Rush can beat down Daniels! Rush drags Daniels around the way to throw him into railing!
Rush throws knee after knee into Daniels against the railing while Jose hurries to get the bright green cable! Rush throws down fists, Jose throws the cable over, and Rush holds it up. Rush then gathers some slack, to LASH Daniels! And then CHOKE him with it! Daniels can only cough and sputter because Vance is still in the ref’s face! Rush lets Daniels go, then drags him up to put him in the ring. Jose gives Rush some water to refresh himself, then Jose shows off just one of the many fat stacks MJF gave LFI on Dynamite. Rush uses the fat stack to fan himself off, then gives it to Vance. Rush then gets in the ring to CHOP Daniels!
Rush whips Daniels corner to corner, runs in and clotheslines! Then he sits Daniels down to rain down forearms! The ref reprimands and counts, Rush lets off at 4. Jose beats the apron like a drum and Rush runs corner to corner, to fake Daniels out on the Bull’s Horns! Daniels lets his guard down, and Rush KICKS him in the face! Daniels clutches his jaw while Rush rolls back to tranquilo. Rush then drags Daniels up to throw him out, and of course Vance is right on Daniels! Vance CHOPS Daniels while Rush distracts the ref. Vance puts Daniels back in, Rush stands on Daniels with a cocky cover, ONE!
Rush is annoyed but he stomps away on Daniels. Rampage returns to single picture as Rush pretends to take Daniels’ head and kicks it into the crowd. But then he KICKS Daniels in the side! Daniels goes to the apron, fans boo, but Rush kicks him to the floor. Rush again distracts the ref, and Vance uses the fat stack of cash to SLAP Daniels! Vance then makes it rain on Daniels, and stands him up to CHOP him down! Fans boo as Jose also makes it rain on Daniels. Vance puts Daniels in the ring, Rush drags Daniels up and throws body shots. Rush tosses Daniels back out, and then “apologizes” to the ref as a way to distract him!
Jose and Vance stand Daniels up, Jose chicken wings Daniels’ arms, and Vance runs in. Daniels moves, the BOOT takes out Jose! Fans fire up, Vance is shocked, and Daniels POSTS Vance! Daniels throws Jose into the ring then goes around the way. Rush is distracted by his assistant being where he shouldn’t be, and Daniels slips in to roll Rush up! TWO!! Rush escapes, but Daniels baits him into the corner. Daniels dodges, ENZIGURIS, and fans fire up! Rush staggers, Daniels runs in and LARIATS Rush! And CHOPS! And wrenches to a BLUE THUNDER BOMB! Cover, TWO!! Rush survives but Daniels fires back up!
Daniels drags Rush up, CLUBS him again and again, then runs, but Rush follows! CHOP! CHOP! But Daniels swings! Rush dodge to SUPERKICK! Rush roars, swings, but into a fireman’s carry! DEATH VALLEY DRIVER! Cover, TWO!! But into a KOJI KLUTCH!! Rush endures, Vance drags Rush’s leg to the ROPEBREAK! Fans boo but Daniels lets Rush go all the same. Daniels knows it was that damn dog, but Rush rolls Daniels up! WITH TIGHTS! TWO, and Rush swings again, but into the URENAGE! Daniels points to the corner and fans fire up! Daniels goes up, for the BEST MOONSAULT EVER onto knees!!
Rush OVERHEAD Belly2Belly suplexes Daniels into the corner! Rush makes sure Daniels sits up, and then he stomps away with both feet! Fans boo, Rush stomps around then runs corner to corner, BULL’S HORNS!! Cover, Rush wins!
Winner: Rush, by pinfall
Though it was a valiant effort, Christopher Daniels fought a 3v1 the entire time, he had no chance of winning out. Will Bryan Danielson also have no chance against those odds? Or will the American Dragon find a way to slay El Toro Blanco?
A really good Rampage here. The trios titles opening was quite the surprise, but it was a great match. The Firm looked good, but of course they also had the story of Ethan stealing the spotlight from his own teammates every chance he could. As such, The Elite win, and now we’re going to get a stacked episode of Dynamite. The trios titles, the tag titles, and eliminator matches for the women’s world title and men’s world title. Of those, I’m fairly confident The Elite retain their titles, that would only be their second defense and they have got to be heading to AEW Revolution with these belts. No idea who they’d face then, though.
Plenty of good promos again. Starks responding to the JAS gauntlet didn’t necessarily add anything, he’s of course going to find his way through. Malakai’s promo was equally good but it effectively established what’s going on with the story of House of Black and Eddie Kingston. Triple J and Best Friends are definitely going to have another match, and as I said before, I hope Paul Walter Hauser gets involved to avenge Triple J stealing his Golden Globe. And great new promo from Cole, though it doesn’t necessarily add anything more. Cole is surely going to be part of the Revolution card, and whoever he faces is going to put Cole over but in a very good match.
Really good match out of Swerve VS BPJ, but of course that as a Heel leading a faction, Swerve wins because his guys help out. But it also made sense for Dustin to show up and run the Mogul Affiliates off. As I sensed on Dynamite, Dustin is surely going to team up with BPJ and Brock Anderson against Mogul Affiliates in a Six Man Tag. And as AEW seems to struggle establishing new team names, I’m assuming Brian Pillman Jr. and Brock Anderson are gonna be “Lineage” (stylized LineAGE) as a sort of AEW version of Legacy. I say that cuz LineAGE was on BPJ’s tights. Dustin can also join LineAGE if he wants, and maybe LineAGE can get going in the Trios Division.
The Renegade Sisters got a good showing against Storm & Saraya, but of course they also lost to Storm & Saraya. And I suddenly had inspiration seeing Saraya & Storm spray paint big green L’s on the Renegades. Will Saraya & Storm be like The Outsiders, Nash & Hall, and they get an NWO moment at Revolution? The “third woman” will be someone who is currently Face and seems like they’re on AEW’s side. It probably won’t be Shida, she doesn’t seem to like how Saraya & Storm are going. But with Saraya & Storm wearing green and using green paint, and Ruby Soho having green hair, I wonder if Ruby is pushed to the point where she ends up seeing things Saraya’s way.
Still disappointing that Mark Henry’s segment is being trimmed down more and more, but I’m thinking it’s to give more time to the main event match. But this main event was a great main event, even though I just knew Daniels would lose. Rush VS Bryan will be great stuff, and I am sure Bryan will look close to losing because of Jose and Vance getting involved, but surely Bryan will find a way to win.
My Score: 8.6/10
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
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