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Mitchell’s AEW Dynamite Results & Report! (3/9/22)

Fallout from Revolution!

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AEW Dynamite 2021

AEW turns the corner from Revolution to St. Patrick’s Day Slam!

AEW got through Revolution but there’s no stopping them now! Will Scorpio Sky stay unstoppable and take that TNT Championship from Sammy Guevara?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • AEW World Championship: Hangman Page VS Dante Martin; Hangman wins and retains the title.
  • Jon Moxley & Bryan Danielson w/ William Regal VS The Workhorsemen; Moxley & Bryan win.
  • PAC w/ Death Triangle VS Wheeler Yuta w/ Best Friends; PAC wins.
  • AEW World Tag Team Championships: Jurassic Express VS The Acclaimed; Jurassic Express wins and retains the titles.
  • AEW Women’s World Championship #1 Contender’s Match: Leyla Hirsch VS Thunder Rosa; Rosa wins and will challenge Britt Baker for the title at St. Patrick’s Day Slam.
  • AEW TNT Championship: Sammy Guevara VS Scorpio Sky w/ Dan Lambert; Scorpio wins and becomes the new AEW TNT Champion.

PLAY BY PLAY

Chris Jericho heads to the ring!

Le Champion’s letting his hair down as Fort Myers sings Judas for him. The Demo God didn’t win at Revolution against The Mad King, and he didn’t show Eddie Kingston the respect he promised, either! Jericho gets the mic, and he asks, “Are you ready for Dynamite? Last Sunday at Revolution was literally one of the greatest nights of my professional career. And even though my neck is still stiff and sore, and even though I lost to Eddie Kingston by tapping out to the Stretch Plum, it was still one of the best matches I have ever had in my career, and maybe one of the best matches I’ve ever had in AEW period.”

Jericho thanks Kingston for that. Kingston awakened something in Jericho he didn’t think was still there. Jericho says that he wasn’t sure this still existed in him. “But when it came down to it, after he won the big one and beat Chris Jericho, I didn’t live up to my word, and my word is everything. I refused to shake his hand.” The fans booing is just the same as Jericho’s reaction. Fans chant, “Shake His Hand!” and Jericho says he wants to. He was frustrated and angry so he needs to make it up to Kingston. Kingston won, he deserves Jericho’s respect so Jericho wants to pay his debt. If Kingston is back there, Jericho wants to apologize face to face.

Kingston makes his way out, fans chant for him, and Kingston gets in the mic. Kingston has the music cut, and he tells the fans that they’re gonna get real deep here. “The Friday night before the show, before the PPV, before the biggest match of my career, I didn’t want to show up. I wanted to go out and drink, I wanted to forget about my problems, I wanted the poison that has eaten me for years to do it again.” Jericho got in Kingston’s head about if he could win. He’s lost to Moxley, to Bryan, to Punk, to Miro, to everyone he’s faced in big matches. Kingston was afraid. But at Fan Fest, and please show some respect, Fort Myers. Austin ain’t here, don’t do that.

But seriously, anyway, Kingston isn’t kissing anyone’s asses, but when he had four separate people tell him they didn’t end their lives because they read his article, did you really think Kingston was gonna miss that PPV? Do you understand? After the match, Kingston went to his hotel room, you can laugh at him and he’ll beat you up about this, but he cried in his room. That’s because Kingston wanted to make those people proud. Not Jericho, not himself, those people. Fans cheer for that one! All Kingston can say is, as emotional as he’s getting, for those fans who were there, Kingston hopes he did you proud.

But now to the other issue. That handshake wasn’t for Kingston. He didn’t need the handshake, he needed the win. That handshake was for Jericho. What is Jericho missing inside that made him not want to do that? Kingston doesn’t see that as his problem, that looks like a Jericho problem. Kingston went in there, showed Jericho respect by dragging out the man who Kingston looked up to. The one in Japan, the J Cup, who faced the great Eddie Guerrero, the great Dean Malenko, the man Kingston respect. Lionheart Jericho! And y’know what? No matter what anyone says in the back, on Twitter, Jericho proved Kingston wrong because he is still number one.

BUT! Is that enough to fill that hole to make Jericho wanna shake Kingston’s hand or show Kingston respect? That’s the question Jericho has to answer now. Jericho says that everything Kingston just said is right. He has been obsessing about this the last two nights, so Jericho asks Kingston to hear him out. Jericho respects Kingston, he has his undying respect, and thanks him for giving him one of the best matches of his career, and Jericho would be honored if Kingston forgot about all that other stuff and shakes his hand. Jericho holds it out, Kingston takes it, and the two shake hands.

But wait, 2point0 and Daniel Garcia storm out o ruin the moment! And they rush the ring! They go after these two like they did a few months ago! They knock Jericho down easy because of the bad neck, then they mug Kingston 3v1! But here come Santana & Ortiz! Ortiz even has Floyd the Baseball Bat! Santana TACKLES Garcia and Ortiz runs off Jeff Parker & Matt Lee using Floyd! Santana stomps Garcia around, brings him up for 2point0 to see! Jericho gets Floyd from Ortiz, swings at 2point0, then HITS SANTANA?!?! And then ORTIZ!??! And now 2point0 & Garcia are working with Jericho?!?! What is this?!?

Jericho keeps hitting Ortiz, here comes JAKE HAGER! Big Hurt doesn’t understand what this is about! What happened to the Inner Circle?! Hager… CLOBBERS Ortiz?!?! Hager follows Le Champion and rains down forearms on Santana & Ortiz! Ortiz gets a DOUBLE IMPALER DDT from 2point0! Garcia puts Santana in a SHARPSHOOTER! Fans boo and jeer but 2point0 drags Kingston up while Proud ‘n’ Powerful are moved aside. Jericho SLAPS Kingston, then JAMS him with Floyd! But this still isn’t the end! Hager throws off his Inner Circle vest, 2point0 bring the timekeeper’s table over, and Hager hauls Kingston up!

Jericho helps Hager POWERBOMB Kingston through the table!! Jericho throws off the Inner Circle vest as well, and those are placed over Santana and Ortiz. “This is the Jericho Appreciation Society! And that… That’s entertainment.” The Inner Circle has been replaced, have they left Kingston, Santana and Ortiz for dead?

 

AEW shares CM Punk’s post match comments from Revolution.

“If there’s anybody in the locker room thinking they want the old CM Punk back, think twice.” Punk brutalized and was brutalized in the Dog Collar Match with MJF, but he didn’t quit. Punk needs to detox from all the ghosts and skeletons because he had to go to a place he didn’t want to and become a guy he doesn’t want to be. Punk will be picking the tacks out of his own skin, and will be picking the dry blood out of his ears for weeks. “That CM Punk is dead. Long live CM Punk.” Now that the Best in the World has gotten past the Salt of the Earth, what will he look for next?

 

AEW World Championship: Hangman Page VS Dante Martin!

Don’t worry, you’re not seeing things. The Cowboy only just defended this title at Revolution against Adam Cole and came away the winner, but he is a FIGHTING champion! Angel Dorado is the #2 ranked singles competitor and is getting his shot! Will Dante be flying higher than ever? Or will Cowboy Sh*t never stop?

The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and we see if “Dorado” becomes literal for Dante!

Dante and Hangman circle, they shake hands to show there is respect, and then tie up. Dante waistlocks, Hangman wrenches to a wristlock but Dante rolls and handsprings to flip and get free! Fans cheer as the two reset and circle again. They approach, Hangman gets around to waistlock now, but Dante uses ropes to buck that. They speed up, Dante rolls but Hangman springs up to tie up. Hangman headlocks, Dante powers out but Hangman runs him over. Hangman grabs a leg but Dante enziguris from below! Dante runs, whips, but Hangman runs him over again. Things speed up again, Dante hurdles and rolls back to headscissor!

Hangman’s up but Dante dropkicks him to a corner! Fans fire up and Dante goes after Hangman with a CHOP! Hangman just smirks. Dante eggs Hangman on and Hangman steps forward, into CHOP after CHOP after CHOP! Dante whips, Hangman reverses but Dante ducks and springboards, CROSSBODY! Cover, but Hangman rolls and rolls and gets up! Fans cheer the showing of power, and Hangman hits a FALL AWAY SLAM! Hangman kips up while Dante bails out to the apron. TRIANGLE JUMP LARIAT! Dante goes down and Dynamite goes picture in picture!

Dante gets up, Hangman PLANCHAS him right back down! Fans fire up and get high-fives from the champ, and Hangman catches his breath. The ring count is climbing, but Hangman puts Dante in at 5 of 10. Hangman gets in but Dante throws body shots. Hangman CHOPS Dante off his feet! Hangman stands Dante up, to CHOP him into a corner, and then CHOP him again! And again! Dante turns it around to CHOP and CHOP and CHOP! Dante runs, but Hangman follows to corner clothesline! And short arm LARIAT! Cover, TWO! Hangman keeps cool while fans fire up. Hangman brings Dante up and RAMS him into a corner.

Hangman RAMS his shoulder in again, digs his shoulder in, then hoists Dante up top. Hangman CHOPS Dante, climbs up to join him, but Dante throws forearms in return! Hangman hops down, Dante adjusts and leaps over. Dante dodges and jumps, but into a DEATH VALLEY DRIVER! Cover, TWO! Dante survives but Hangman keeps his cool. Dynamite returns to single picture and Hangman brings Dante up. Hangman whips Dante to a corner, runs in but Dante goes up and over! Dante runs back in but is put on the apron. ENZIGURI! Dante then climbs, leaps, BIG missile dropkick! Cover, TWO!

Dante is a little surprised but fans rally up. Hangman and Dante stand up, Hangman swings but Dante ducks to hit back! Dante ROCKS Hangman with a forearm, but Hangman blocks the whip! Hangman whips but Dante stops at the ropes. Hangman runs in but Dante jumps up an dover! Hangman ends up on the apron, Dante ROUNDHOUSES him down! Dante goes up and takes a page outta Hangman’s book, ARIHARA MOONSAULT! Direct hit and Dante lands on his feet! Fans are fired up for “A E DUB!” as Dante gets Hangman up. Dante puts Hangman in, goes back to the corner and climbs again!

Fans fire up as Dante aims, BIG MISSILE- POWERBOMB!! Hangman turns dropkick into a bomb, and covers, TWO!! Dante survives disaster but Hangman fires up! Fans rally as Hangman throws off the elbow pads. Fans rally for “COWBOY SH*T!” as Hangman walks to ropes. Dante grabs Hangman’s foot to anchor him, so Hangman kicks him away. Hangman goes to the apron but has to jump up as Dante baseball slides! Hangman ASAI MOONSAULTS, but has to land on his feet as Dante moves! Dante runs in, pop-up but he ranas! Hangman hits ropes, rebounds, but Dante dodges! Dante gets in, returns, and jumps up!

But Hangman shoves him off the top rope! Dante backflips to land on his feet! Hangman slingshots, BUCKSHOT!! Cover, Hangman wins!

Winner: Hangman Page, by pinfall (still AEW World Champion)

Angel Dorado flew high but the Cowboy hits hard! Hangman holds on against the top two contenders in the same week, who is next on the list?

Tony Schiavone joins Hangman in the ring to commend him on the win here and at Revolution. Schiavone gives Hangman the mic and he says, “Dante, hey. Get your ass back in here real quick.” Dante was about to leave but he decides to go back. Hangman tells Dante, “Look, last year, you got put in a tough position. Your brother got hurt, you had to do the unthinkable: enter singles competition, my friend. And you managed to make it all the way to the AEW World Championship. So I know Darius is back, and I know you guys will be going for the tag titles, but let me tell you. You are one of the hardest hitting, one of the fastest guys I’ve ever wrestled in my life.

“And I wanna tell you, should you make it back here, I’d be glad to do it again.” They shake hands and fans cheer the ringing endorsement. But then Adam Cole speaks up, “Oh for the love of God, would you shut your damn mouth?” Cole storms out and says, “Look at you, Hangman! Look at you! You’re on top of the world, right? You’re untouchable. Well, Sunday at Revolution, I proved that you’re not untouchable. Because at Revolution, we went to war. I took you to your absolute limit and you gave me everything that you had. So congratulations, Hangman, you got a fluke victory against Adam Cole.”

A fluke? Cole says anybody can get lucky once. Next time, Hangman will not get lucky again. Oh is that right? Yeah, it is! And let’s put that to the test! Okay, right now then! Cole says next week on Dynamite, Cole wants a Six Man Tag match where Hangman can “pick any two goons” he wants. Because as far as Cole’s partners, he has two very specific young men in mind. Two guys who know Hangman better than he knows himself. And they’re one of the best tag teams in the entire world, who are COLE’s friends, NOT Hangman’s! Cole is going to give Hangman a week to process this, but Cole promises to make Hangman’s life an absolute living hell!

Cole says Hangman’s days as AEW World Champion are numbered! Cole will not stop until he get what he wants! He will not stop until he gets what he deserves! He will not stop until he hears the words, “And NEW…! AEW World Champion! Adam Cole, BAYBAY!” The Panama City Playboy may be a sore loser, but will he turn it around into being a sore winner?

 

Jon Moxley & Bryan Danielson w/ William Regal VS The Workhorsemen!

The Maniac and the American Dragon went tooth ‘n’ nail, shed blood, sweat and tears in their 1v1 match, and even after a decision, they kept wanting to fight! William Regal sorted them out, and now they’re following through on being a team! But will they be able to survive their first test? Or will JD Drake & Anthony Henry capitalize on some dysfunction?

The teams sort out, at least on one end. Bryan rushes and dropkicks Henry down while Moxley goes after JD! Moxley bumps JD off buckles, stomps a mudhole in, then lets off to dig his forearms in. Moxley whips corner to corner and forearm smashes JD! Moxley runs and rams shoulders, but JD stays up! JD spins but Mox ducks the backhand to SAIDO! Tag to Bryan and Bryan KICKS JD! And KICKS! And KICKS! And KICKS, KICKS, KICKS! Then… BUZZSAW! JD flops over and Bryan drags JD up. JD powers Bryan to the corner and Henry tags in. JD CHOPS Bryan, Henry CHOPS, then throws EuroUppers and KICKS!

Bryan stares Henry down! Henry throws more forearms and kicks then whips. Bryan reverses and kitchen sink knees! Then PENALTY KICK! Tag to Moxley, he drags Henry up to put him in the corner. Moxley forearms and stomps on repeat, then digs his boots in! The ref counts, Moxley hops down at 4 to tag in Bryan. Bryan drags Henry up to CHOP! And KICK! And CHOP! And KICK! Bryan snapmares Henry to then get the legs. Bryan stands on the legs, Henry tries to resist but Bryan still gets his arms. ROMERO SPECIAL! Tag to Moxley, and he BITES Henry’s forehead, before he CHOPS him down!

Moxley drags Henry up for an X-PLEX! Cover, ONE!! Henry gets away but Moxley runs in, but into an elbow. Henry BOOTS while skinning the cat, to then missile dropkick! Fans fire up, Henry gets over and tags in JD! JD CHOPS Moxley, but Moxley just stares him down. JD CHOPS and SLAPS, so Moxley SLAPS back! JD kicks low, whips, but Moxley LARIATS him down! Then Moxley DECKS Henry, tags in Bryan, and then DIVES out onto Henry! Bryan dodges JD to come back, BUSAIKU KNEE! PARADIGM SHIFT for Henry to the floor! DANIELSON STOMPS for JD!! And then LEBELLE LOCK!! JD taps, Bryan & Moxley win!

Winners: Jon Moxley & Bryan Danielson, by submission

William Regal is proud of his students as they come together and win! Regal and Schiavone join Bryan & Moxley in the ring, and Schiavone says that it was no doubt, we got a shocker at Revolution. Regal is in AEW! He has brought Moxley and Bryan together. Schiavone is glad to see “your lordship” again and fans are cheering him on. Regal says, “Mr. Schiavone, I thought we’d never do this again. It’s been 29 years since I first came to America and we were on TBS together. Can you believe that? 29 years. Time has flown by. My time is flying by, I’m 53 now. And let’s face facts, I’ve lived more than a hard life.

“I made it that way, through battles in the ring, through battles with myself. And it won’t be that long. Let’s face facts. Probably in the next, I don’t now, ’til I’m 65, 12 years ’til the wife’s pushing me to the sunny window so I can look out while a bit of toast is dribbling out of my mouth. Because I know that I’m not long for this world. Too many empty bottles, thousands of them, and a few broken hearts, sweetheart.” And Schiavone still hasn’t found a decent tailor in all that time. Let’s not go there.

Now Regal is here to obviously be with these incredible gentlemen here. But this is the first time Regal actually gets to thank Schiavone on camera, because 29 years ago, when Regal first came to America, and not to get too into the story, but Schiavone helped Regal in more ways than he can imagine. Schiavone was one of the first, so Regal thanks him. Now no more niceties. As Regal said, time is ticking. Obviously, he is no longer in his old job. For two months, he sat at home and completely checked out of the industry he had been in for 39 years this year. And then someone told him that his friend, Bryan Danielson, had mentioned him on AEW Dynamite.

That piqued Regal’s interest. He had to watch. Then he found out that his great friend of 21 years, Bryan Danielson, was going to fight Jon Moxley. Some, probably a lot of fans, given the timeframe of 29 years since he first came here, they know this. The only reason they know Regal was because of Bryan. Every time someone mentioned Bryan, whether it be ROH or anywhere else, Regal’s name was also mentioned. So it made a young group of wrestlers realize that as much of a rogue Regal is, what he will do is when someone wants to work hard, he makes them a better pro-wrestler!

The first thing Regal will do is what he did for Bryan: Regal will sit him down and tell him what not to do, and that will save them ten YEARS of their career. This is THE wrestler Regal should’ve been. Bryan is the PERFECT pro-wrestler. And there was a time where they spent time training with a group, they’d leave, and then Bryan would stay with Regal. That’d be 3 or 4 PM, then all the way to midnight, every night for five months, and learn. Then however many years, Regal would send Bryan here or there or mention him, doesn’t matter. Bryan became everything Regal couldn’t be because Bryan doesn’t have the problems Regal had.

And then we go to Moxley. 11 years ago, they met. And for a whole year, the psychological and physical problems that they put on themselves would make even the devil cry. So when Regal knew that these two were “going to knock the stuffing out of each other on Sunday,” Regal knew it was his time to come along. Regal knew that because they’re men, and they did it the right way in the ring, Regal thought he’d seen enough and came out. “What better could this younger generation have than the perfect combination: the perfect wrestler, and the perfect and utter sadistic person that will take things to a completely other level?”

Regal says that is why this team is together. Just a warning to the rest of AEW: “You will not like the outcome. And you either will step up, or you will get stepped on.” What will happen to the AEW Tag Division, and all of AEW, now that this perfect pairing is here?

 

Backstage interview with The Dark Order.

Alex Marvez is with pretty much everyone in the group as he asks them that after what we saw at Revolution, what is their relationship with Hangman Adam Page? Well he walks over to answer that for them. Sunday, Hangman apologizes. His temper got the best of him, he shouldn’t have gotten mad at them for helping out, so he’s sorry. Evil Uno says it’s cool. But then who will Hangman pick to take on Cole’s team? Silver thinks they should switch it up and use Alan Angels and Anna Jay. If not, Silver & Reynolds are always good, maybe Colt Cabana.

Oh, uh… Hangman just saw Jurassic Express in the hall. They want to get their hands back on the Young Bucks so Hangman just kinda said it was cool. Oh, that’s fine. Hangman can do his thing. Silver’s gotta work on his beard, Reynolds has a yoga class, it’s all good. Well alright, they can catch up after Hangman gets changed. So then, will the all championship team of Hangman, Jungle Boy & Luchasaurus crush the Super Kliq? That is, if Jurassic Express is still golden after tonight.

 

PAC w/ Death Triangle VS Wheeler Yuta w/ Best Friends!

This match was on standby just in case, so here it is! The Bastard and his team were on the losing end against the House of Black, but the Best Friends didn’t have that much better of a Sunday. Will Pac use Yuta as his redemption? Or will the Decoder have Pac all figured out?

The bell rings, they tie up and Pac puts Yuta on ropes. The ref counts, Pac lets off but then wrenches and YANKS the arm. And YANKS! And wrenches, but Yuta rolls and handsprings to arm-drag! Yuta dropkicks Pac down then covers, ONE! Fans fire up as Dynamite goes picture in picture.

Pac headbutts Yuta in the stomach, then headlocks and SLAMS Yuta into the mat! Yuta checks his face but Pac brings him up. Pac whips Yuta hard into the corner and Yuta bounces off buckles. Pac stomps Yuta, KICKS him, then stomps him more. Pac stands on Yuta at the ropes but lets off as the ref counts. Pac paces, drags Yuta up and whips him out of the ring. Pac goes out, stares Cassidy down, but Penta walks over. Pac gets Yuta up and whips him hard into railing! Pac then gets Yuta up and snap suplexes him to the floor! Pac gets in the ring to let the count take care of Yuta, but Yuta gets in soon after.

Pac stomps Yuta and taunts him. Yuta hits back, Pac eggs him on so Yuta hits Pac again> Pac KNEES Yuta down! Pac stands on Yuta’s neck and taunts the Best Friends, but he lets off as the ref counts to 4. Pac paces, he stares Cassidy down, then sees Yuta getting up. Pac scuffs Yuta, sits him up while staring at Cassidy, then scuffs Yuta again. Pac eggs Yuta on, Yuta gets up and Dynamite returns to single picture. Pac continues to taunt Yuta so Yuta CHOPS him! And fires off forearms! Pac whips Yuta out, but Yuta rewinds and waistlocks to GERMAN SUPLEX! Fans fire up while both men are down!

Pac gets up, but Yuta atomic drops then ENZIGURIS! Yuta whips, Pac reverses but Yuta BOOTS from the corner! Yuta goes up, fakes Pac out, then CROSSBODIES! Cover, TWO!! Yuta almost had Pac but he fires up with the fans! Yuta drags Pac up, but Pac SOBATS! Pac waistlocks to deadlift GERMAN SUPLEX! Bridging cover, TWO! Pac argues with the ref but the ref defends that was two. Pac drags Yuta up, puts him up top, then climbs up to join him. Pac brings Yuta up for a SUPERPLEX BRAINBUSTER!! And then the BRUTALIZER! Yuta taps, Pac wins!

Winner: PAC, by submission

Pac lets off and the Best Friends check on Yuta. Will the Bastard look to be even more brutal after what the House of Black did to him?

 

The Cutler Cam is live.

Adam Cole stands with reDRagon and the Young Bucks, and Sunday didn’t go the best for them. Cole didn’t become world champion, neither team here took the tag titles. Matt Jackson says, “No thanks to Kyle & Bobby. Good job, guys.” The plan didn’t work out, but Kyle says it’s self-centered for Matt to say it’s reDRagon’s fault only. Cole has them stop arguing, because things will change next week in that Six Man Tag. Hangman, Cole has two guys who are the perfect partners for him. These guys live in Hangman’s head rent free, 24/7. These guys know how to party, and two of Cole’s very best friends!

Matt stops Cole there. He’s told Cole before. They want nothing to do with Hangman, even if it’s a match. Count them out. Oh, well, Cole wasn’t picking the Bucks anyway. It was going to be reDRagon. Oh, good. Cole storms off and Kyle says again, Matt is being self-centered. Work on that. Cutler says he would’ve chosen the Bucks. Shut up, Brandon. And reDRagon heard that! Will Cole, Kyle & Fish be the undisputed winners against the three AEW champions?

 

Backstage interview with FTR & Tully Blanchard.

Alex Marvez brings up that Dax Harwood & Cash Wheeler lost in two straight Tag Team Battle Royals, but where does their focus turn now? The titles? Or revenge on Bucks and reDRagon? Dax says that in private conversations, many, many times, pro-wrestling is Dax’s first love. All the way up until his wedding day with his wife, and then the birth of his baby girl. To be able to go back to Ashville, North Carolina, and tell his daughter that she can do whatever she wants, so long as she stands up for what she believes in, that means Dax & Uncle Dan have to do the same! So that means reDRagon and Bucks, Dax & Cash-

Tully speaks up. He wants to remind them that when he got involved with FTR, it was about championships. They listened to Tully, they want championships. He understands family, he has one, too. The kids need things, but AEW is about FTR winning the titles back! Dax grabs Tully by the collar and tells him this is about his family! Cash cools things off, but says that this is about family. Sadly, Tully ain’t family, so he’s fired. What a development for FTR and The Pinnacle as a whole! Will Dax & Cash get their revenge on The Elite one way or another?

 

The Andrade Hardy Family Office is in the ring.

El Idolo and his assistant, Jose, stand with Big Money Matt, Private Party, and the mercenaries, The Butcher & The Blade. Hardy says that they came out here tonight to start fresh. Hardy wants to make amends with the AHFO. Andrade came out here because he wants to FIRE Hardy from the group he started here! Andrade tells Hardy to tranquilo, take it easy. What happened to Hardy and Mr. Sting? Where’s the suit? Hardy is turning over a new leaf. Hardy apologized for treating everyone poorly, and his boys, Private Party. He puts a suit on, he transforms into an A-hole. Andrade knows what that is like, and same for Jose!

Whoa, seriously, Matt? Fans echo, “A-HOLE~!” and Hardy says he just wants to make things right. Well, okay. They will make this right. It will be a vote. Well, Hardy is fine with that, but he isn’t sure how good Andrade’s arithmetic is, because he can’t vote Hardy out unless Marq Quen & Isiah Kassidy side with Andrade. So if they want Hardy to stay, thumbs up. Thumbs down for firing Hardy. Thumbs down from Andrade, but thumbs up from Hardy. Jose says down, but the Private Party boys say up! And Hardy knew that was how it’d be. Hardy wants to work with them, but wait! The Private Party changes their votes!!

Andrade says, “In this business, you always but always need to watch your back.” Hardy looks around and sees the thumbs down! How could they do this to him? But then Andrade attacks Hardy from behind! And the mercs join in, and then so does Private Party! Now it’s just the ANDRADE Family Office! Private Party stands Hardy up and Andrade says he is THE BOSS! BOOT for Hardy! Jose applauds but then Andrade has Jose go fetch something. A chair! But wait, here comes Darby Allin and Sting! They may have had problems with Hardy, but they seem to have bigger beef with Andrade!

Darby and Sting go down the ramp but they’re still outnumbered. Jose keeps Hardy down with the chair but Sting and Darby still fight the thugs! Darby is mugged by Private Party, and eventually Butcher & Blade turn things around on Sting! BUT HERE COMES JEFF HARDY!!! The Charismatic Enigma throws hands on Private Party! And RUSSIAN LEG SWEEPS Blade, to JAWBREAKER Butcher! Hardy chases of Jose and Andrade, too! Darby and Hardy pinball Blade around, then Sting gets his shot in. Matt Hardy gives Blade a TWIST OF FATE! Jeff throws off the shirt, goes up top, SWANTON BOMB!!

Fans are going nuts to see the Hardy Boyz together here in AEW! Even Darby is shocked! Will Team Extreme revolutionize what’s going on here in AEW?

 

Backstage interview with Swerve Strickland.

A great response for Swerve at Revolutionary, but he make his in-ring debut on Rampage this Friday. Swerve says, “You know I’m like this. Debuting in AEW.” But Tony Nese applauds and sarcastically welcomes Swerve. Everyone is so excited to see him. Look at Schiavone, he was going crazy! They didn’t do that for Nese but whatever. Swerve doesn’t have an opponent yet, but seeing as how these two have history on Fridays, why not let the Premier Athlete welcome him properly? Swerve wondered who would be first to interrupt him. But of course it’s Nese.

So yeah, let’s revisit their Fridays on Rampage, and Swerve will bless Nese again, by still beatin’ that ass. This ain’t Nese’s House, this is SWERVE’S House. See you Friday.

 

AEW returns and Schiavone is in the ring.

He welcomes us back to Dynamite, and let’s bring in the NEW Face of the Revolution, WARDLOW! The Maestro of Mayhem makes his way out, and no need for an accountabilibuddy, either. Wardlow won the ladder match and is preparing for a TNT Championship match, but Schiavone is really happy to see what Wardlow did with the Dynamite Diamond Ring to MJF. However, isn’t he still under contract with MJF? Wardlow says “We all have to come to a moment in life where we have to decide: Are we going to help somebody, and spend our lives accomplishing someone else’s goals and dreams? Or are we going to take that next step and take that chance and fulfill our own?”

Wardlow says that before Max, he spent too many years spending his life helping someone else build something while receiving nothing and still the demand for more in return. He thought his opportunity with MJF was his chance to free the wild animal from the circus. Little did Wardlow know that he walked out of one cage, and into another. He found himself spending his energy, his life, making sure Max was fulfilling his dreams. Now, Wardlow knew MJF wasn’t a good guy when he signed up for the job, and so everyone will have to forgive him for associating with such trash.

But to be honest, Wardlow grew up very poor, and had to watch his mother with a heart of gold struggle to raise him and his two older sisters. At a young age, Wardlow knew he wanted to be a pro-wrestler because he fell in love with it, but also because it’d grant him the opportunity to provide for himself, and his family. Max was his way of getting his foot in the door. Yes, here Wardlow is, and yes, MJF paid him a lot of money and yes, MJF changed Wardlow’s life. For that, Wardlow is thankful. But it doesn’t matter how much you pay someone, how much you help someone, it doesn’t give someone the right to disrespect them, threaten their family, and sure as hell doesn’t give you the right to put your hands on them!

Wardlow tells MJF that when MJF slapped him, MJF decided his own fate. Contract? Yes, he is still under contract, but he no longer gives a damn! And at Revolution, Wardlow’s actions were to let Max and everyone else know that he is no longer watch MJF’s back, no longer is body guard and no longer in The Pinnacle! Wardlow is finally FREE! Fans cheer that, and chant for “WARD~LOW!” Wardlow hopes MJF is as smart as he claims to be, and releases Wardlow from the BS. Now, in return, Wardlow will wash his hands of MJF and they can go their separate ways.

Don’t get him wrong, Wardlow would love to powerbomb MJF until he can no longer move. But Wardlow’s wasted three years on MJF, he won’t waste another ounce of energy. Karma will be Wardlow’s revenge while MJF gets everything he has coming to him. So Wardlow’s only concern now is getting that TNT Championship and obtaining a new contract. Then Wardlow isn’t stopping at the TNT title. After years of giving, Wardlow is finally taking, and he wants it all! So as of right now, Wardlow is letting everyone know, All Elite Wrestling is officially Wardlow’s world! Fans fire up as the big man puts out his mission statement! Will anyone, can anyone, stop him?

 

Backstage interview with Keith Lee and QT Marshall.

Alex Marvez says QT asked for this time, but Keith isn’t even sure what QT wants from him. QT wants to welcome Keith to AEW, and says he understands why Keith Lee is limitless. But it seems they have a common enemy in Team Taz. QT thought he and Taz were great friends, with Taz trusting QT to train his son, Hook. Didn’t Hook beat QT up? Yes, but that’s the learning process. QT says Keith seems to have issue with Ricky Starks & Will Hobbs. Keith, QT knows they don’t know each other, but QT has some stroke around here. The Factory has Keith’s back. Uh, Keith has a very large back, but he’s good.

Keith walks away and QT asks what he means by “you’re good?” Keith will pay for this! Is QT seriously going to try and make the Limitless One his enemy?

 

AEW World Tag Team Championships: Jurassic Express VS The Acclaimed!

Jungle Boy & Luchasaurus made it through two of the best tag teams in the world today, perhaps proving THEY are the best tag team today! But will they be able to keep that going with another challenge so soon? Or will Platinum Max Cater & Anthony Bowens derail the Jurassic Express?

The introductions are made, and naturally, Caster has a diss rap! “The fans wanna Acclaimed in this title match, they wanna see it all go down like the price of gas! Luchasaurus, man, he puts me to sleep. Christian’s the only one who ever brings heat! And Jungle Boy’s never seen a pair o’ boobs. All that hair on your head, and yet you can’t grow pewbs! The Acclaimed, beat you up and never stop talking. Number one like Batman at the box office!” Bowens gets the mic to shout, “FOOOOORT MYEER! The Acclaimed have arrived!” The titles are raised, but will Caster & Bowens be raising them in victory here?

The teams sort out, JB and Bowens tie up. They go around, Bowens puts JB in the corner then stomps away,. The ref counts, Bowens lets off but Caster pulls JB’s hair. Bowens stands JB up to CHOP him! Tag to Caster, but JB fights back with forearms and CHOPS! Bowens kicks low, whips, but JB goes up and around to jump over Bowens! He then headscissors Caster into ropes and dropkicks him down! JB kips up and brings Caster around to tag in Luchasaurus. They double whip then CHOP Caster down! Luchasaurus drags Caster up, puts him in the corner for fast hands, then ROCKS Caster!

Tag to JB, he climbs up and Luchasaurus scoop SLAMS Caster! JB KNEE-BOARD SENTONS! Cover, ONE!! Gunn Club jeer from the crowd but JB CHOPS Caster! JB runs but Bowens trips him! Bowens drags JB out, JB dodges to ROCK Bowens! JB hurries up but Caster CLOBBERS him Then Bowens adds a ROLLING ELBOW! The Acclaimed fire up but Christian and Luchasaurus creep over. Caster puts JB in as Dynamite goes picture in picture.

Caster drags JB up and tags in Bowens. The Acclaimed mugs JB, stomp him down, then Bowens has JB in the corner for more stomps. The ref counts, Bowens lets off to shout, “EVERYONE LOVES THE ACCLAIMED!” JB hits back from below! Bowens KICKS JB down, then tags in Caster. The Acclaimed get JB up to double suplex! But JB uses that to reach out! Caster covers, TWO! Caster clamps on a chinlock and he grinds JB down. JB fights up and throws body shots, then runs, into a BIG back elbow from Caster! Caster drags JB over and bumps him off buckles. Tag to Bowens, he runs and forearm smashes!

Caster adds a back elbow, Bowens adds a knee! Feed to Caster’s POWERSLAM! Bowens sucker punches Luchasaurus! Bowens covers, TWO! Luchasaurus is there but he stands down. Bowens drags JB up to stomp him, then gets him for a ripcord NECKBREAKER! Bowens again shouts, “EVERYONE LOVES THE ACCLAIMED!” Bowens stomps JB, but JB CHOPS! Bowens elbows Luchasaurus and stomps JB, then brings JB up for another NECKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! Bowens stays on JB with a chinlock and he grinds JB down. JB fights up, throws body shots, and Dynamite returns to single picture.

Bowens knees low, then shakes his head. Bowens whips but JB hits the COMEBACKER! Both men are down, they head for their corners, hot tag to Caster! Caster gets JB’s legs but JB kicks him away! Hot tag to Luchasaurus! Luchasaurus rallies on The Acclaimed, BOOT for caster! Back elbow in the corner for Bowens, then one for Caster! Back again for Bowens, but Caster dodges. The Acclaimed regroup, only to get DOUBLE LARIATS! Fans fire up with Luchasaurus, and he gets The Acclaimed with choke grips! But The Acclaimed gets away to the outside but Luchasaurus pursues.

Luchasaurus swats Caster’s clothesline, choke grips him, and and dodges the boom box attack! Luchasaurus shoves Caster into Bowens, and JB FLIES out onto them both! JB gets Bowens up and into the ring and Luchasaurus rolls to SPIKE Bowens with headscissors! CHOKE SLAM for Caster! STANDING MOONSAULT, cover, Bowens breaks it! Gunn Club are the only ones happy about that! Luchasaurus throws Bowens out, tags JB in, and he aims at Caster. Luchasaurus runs in but into an elbow! Caster goes up but Luchasaurus CHOPS him on the back! Electric Chair Lift, JB goes up and up, but Bowens trips him up!

Caster slips off and shoves Luchasaurus for Bowens to dump him out! Bowens tags in, he drags JB up! JB fights the clinch with elbows, ROLLING ELBOW, then a forearm for Caster! Bowens fires off the strike fest, SUPERKICK! Tag back to Caster, Bowens reels JB in! CRITICALLY ACCLAIMED to MIC DROP! Cover, Luchasaurus breaks it! Fans fire up but Bowens kicks Luchasaurus out. Bowens goes to the apron but Luchasaurus catches him! Bowens pokes Luchasaurus in the eye! Luchasaurus blocks the boom box attack, Caster RWECKS Luchasaurus with a dropkick! Caster tags Bowens in and hurries to get JB.

The Acclaimed work together, POP-UP DOUBLE BOMB! Cover, TWO!! JB survives that remix and The Acclaimed are furious! “This is Awesome!” as Caster gets his platinum chain. Bowens distracts the ref, Caster has the chain, but Christian drags him out! Luchasaurus DECKS Caster, JB cradles Bowens! TWO!! Bowens swings but misses, and he’s sent into the Jurassic Express corner, HEADBUTT from Luchasaurus! Luchasaurus tags in, JB puts Bowens up top. Electric Chair, GAMANGIRI, and then JB goes up and up, JURASSIC DOOMSDAY!! TAIL WHIP for Caster! Cover, Jurassic Express wins!

Winners: Jurassic Express, by pinfall (still AEW World Tag Team Champions)

Three top teams in the world came for Jurassic Express, but none of them could stop the champs! Will JB & Luchasaurus be able to do the same alongside Hangman against Cole, Fish & O’Reilly?

 

Jade Cargill & Mark Sterling speak.

The TBS Champion says, “All we wanna know is, who’s next?” Smart Mark Sterling asks, “Who’s left?” Jade’s beaten Red Velvet. That was easy. She beat The Bunny. Forgot about her. Skye Blue. Anna Jay! And now, Tay Conti. Next is the biggest opportunity of them all: 30-0 undefeated streak. This open challenge has a very important question. “Who wants to step up and receive my beautiful kiss of death on #ThatBitchShow?”

 

AEW Women’s World Championship #1 Contender’s Match: Leyla Hirsch VS Thunder Rosa!

After Leyla scored a not so legit win in the Buy In, and after an even less fair loss for La Mera Mera, the rankings have switched. Will Leyla still be number one and head for Britt Baker next week? Or will Thunder Rosa use Leyla to vent so she can get a rematch with the “good” doctor?

The bell rings, the two circle and tie up. Leyla gets around, waistlocks then traps the arms for a takedown. She gets a dragon sleeper but Rosa slips out to facelock. Leyla slips out, waistlocks, but Rosa switches. Leyla sits down, breaks free, and fans cheer this opening exchange. Rosa and Leyla circle, fans rally, and Leyla shoots in to get a leg. Rosa hops around, Leyla sweeps the leg to cover, ONE! Leyla keeps on Rosa and throws her over, then pushes her around. Rosa slips out, has Leyla’s arm but Leyla uses that to fireman’s carry throw Rosa down. Leyla wrenches the arm, Rosa breaks free, and fans cheer again.

Rosa and Leyla talk some trash, Leyla shoves and things speed up. Rosa hurdles, arm-drags, then gets up to arm-drag again! And then dropkick! Leyla gets to a corner, Rosa runs in and clotheslines! Then she clotheslines point blank! Rosa brings Leyla out to scoop, but Leyla turns that into a takedown and stomp! Leyla wrenches, WRINGS Rosa into the mat, and she soaks up all the heat as Dynamite goes picture in picture.

Leyla puts Rosa on ropes and digs her knees in. The ref counts, Leyla lets off, but then she chokes Rosa on the second rope! The ref counts, Leyla lets off and Rosa throws elbows. Leyla CLOBBERS Rosa into the corner, then she fires forearms and shoulders! Leyla carries Rosa around to then SPINEBUSTER! Cover, TWO! Leyla drops knees on Rosa’s shoulder, has the arm and hammerlocks it. Leyla makes it a cover, over, TWO as Rosa bridges, but then Leyla CLUBS Rosa down. Leyla goes up a corner to soak up the heat, but Rosa CLUBS Leyla down! Rosa CHOPS Leyla in the corner, but Leyla gets around to CLUB back!

Leyla reels Rosa in for a snap suplex! Cover, TWO! Leyla KICKS Rosa in the back! Rosa slowly gets up and hits back with body shots, but Leyla CLUBS her again! And again! Leyla drags Rosa up, puts her on the top rope, CLUBS her more, and has her in a Tree of Woe. Leyla pulls the bad arm around ropes! The ref counts, Leyla lets off at 4 and Rosa falls out of the Tree. Leyla backs off, to METEORA! And swinging dropkick! Cover, TWO! Leyla is frustrated but she clamps onto the bad arm. Leyla puts it in a top wristlock and she thrashes Rosa around. Rosa endures, throws some shots back, and gets up.

Rosa keeps throwing hands, then hits a JAWBREAKER! Dynamite returns to single picture, Rosa starts to rally with clotheslines! Rosa baits Leyla in, drop toehold into the ropes! Rosa runs to dropkick Leyla in the back! Fans fire up and Rosa runs again, another dropkick into ropes! Rosa gets Leyla up, NORTHERN LIGHTS! Bridging cover, TWO! Rosa fires up and fans rally behind her. Rosa runs corner to corner to A-LIST LARIAT! Leyla sits down, Rosa goes up to swing in, but into a GERMAN SUPLEX! Bridging cover, TWO!! Leyla CLUBS away on Rosa, then drags Rosa into a drop zone. Leyla goes up top, but Rosa trips her up!

Rosa turns Leyla around, CLUBS her, then climbs up to give headbutts! Leyla hits back, but Rosa gets Leyla up, SUPERPLEX! Roll through, to fireman’s carry! TKO NECKBREAKER! Rosa runs to SLIDING LARIAT! Cover, TWO!! Leyla survives and makes it to the apron. Rosa grits her teeth, chases after, but Leyla HOTSHOTS the bad arm! And then she goes to pull the same trick from Sunday! Leyla has the spare turnbuckle bar, but Red Velvet shows up! Velvet throws Leyla in to keep her from using the bar! Leyla is pissed, but she turns around into Rosa’s kick! Scoop and- No, Leyla slips out!

Leyla pump handles and DUMPS Rosa down! LEGIT ARMBAR!! Rosa endures, clasps hands, fights around, and she gets the ROPEBREAK! Fans fire up as Leyla lets off. Leyla CLUBS Rosa more, yanks her in, but Rosa sunset flips it! TWO! Leyla runs in, Rosa dodges the knee to roll Leyla! Scoop and FIRE THUNDER DRIVER!! Cover, Rosa wins!!

Winner: Thunder Rosa, by pinfall (NEW #1 Contender to the AEW Women’s World Championship)

Now this was legit! La Mera Mera is one week away from her rematch, will she get revenge on Britt for St. Patrick’s Day?

Tony Schiavone speaks from commentary that that was a tremendous win for Rosa, she should feel great about it. And it was one year ago at St. Patrick’s Day Slam that Rosa had that amazing Unsanctioned Lights Out Match with Britt Baker. Now, in her hometown of San Antonio, in the title rematch, it will be in a STEEL CAGE! Rosa is fired up to hear that! Will that cage keep out Britt’s little buddies so Rosa can have a real shot?

Britt Baker responds.

“Hey, Thunder. Champ here. It’s funny how you had a little more pep in your step getting down the ramp tonight. I guess that’s how it works when you think you actually have a shot at beating your opponent. Speaking of which, I beat you at Revolution, so why instead of going to the back of the line like everyone else, did you get an Eliminator Match three nights later? And now, I have to wrestle you in a cage to keep my friends out, but you get all of San Antonio backing you? This conspiracy sh*t lives on. Hey, Red Velvet! How you doing, girl? Thunder, I’m happy you finally found a friend, but where’s Mercedes? She didn’t make it to the party?

“That’s okay, she’s not gonna be available next week anyways, regardless of the cage, after Jamie finishes her this week on Rampage. And Thunder, I’m not afraid of you. I’m not afraid of a cage. What I’m afraid of is what becomes of All Elite Wrestling if carny riffraff like you becomes champion. Remember: almost a year ago in that Lights Out Match, you go the pin. But who really won? Yours truly, Dr. Britt Baker, DMD.” Britt said a lot of big words, but will she have to eat them all when she and Rosa are locked inside the cage?

 

AEW TNT Championship: Sammy Guevara VS Scorpio Sky w/ Ethan Page & Dan Lambert!

The Spanish God retained against both El Idolo and Darby Allin, but no one has pinned or submitted The Closer in over a year. We know Wardlow is waiting on the other side, but who brings the gold to the St. Patrick’s Day Slam?

The introductions are made, the belt is raised, it’s title VS streak, something’s gotta give!

Sammy and Scorpio stare down, then Scorpio rushes in! Sammy dodges, fires off and CHOPS Scorpio in the corner! Scorpio turns it around to CHOP and CHOP! Sammy fires haymakers back, but Scorpio knees low. Scorpio whips, Sammy reverses and hurdles, then flips, then dropkicks! Scorpio bails out, Sammy kips up so smooth! Scorpio regroups with All Ego and Fat Headed Dips*it, but Sammy storms over. Scorpio ROCKS Sammy with a sucker punch, then ROCKS him again! Sammy ROCKS Scorpio back, then whips him into railing, right in front of Paige VanZant and her hubby!

Sammy refreshes the count, looks under the ring, and brings out a TABLE! Fans fire up but Ethan complains, this isn’t No Disqualification! Sammy RAMS Scorpio into steel steps, then refreshes the count again. Sammy finishes setting up the table, Lambert and Ethan are furious with the ref. Sammy gets Scorpio up but Scorpio fireman’s carries! Sammy slips off to RAM Scorpio into railing again, then SUPERKICKS him down! Scorpio flops under the table, Sammy goes around to get him. Sammy puts Scorpio on the table, throws down hands, then tells the fans he’s loco! Sammy goes up top and fans fire up!

The ref warns Sammy, this still isn’t no disqualification! Sammy doesn’t care, he’s LOCO! 630 SENTON, but Scorpio moves! Sammy goes through the table, ALONE! Ethan coaches Scorpio up while Lambert is having the time of his life! Fans lose their minds, a medic checks on Sammy, but Scorpio stomps Sammy down! Tay Conti rushes out to check on Sammy, too, and Dynamite goes picture in picture.

The medic still checks Sammy, he does have bad ribs from Revolution. Sammy is shaking his head, this was probably too reckless for even him. More refs come out, they talk over the situation. Ethan and Lambert have Scorpio stay in the ring while Sammy is still being checked out. Tay is very worried as Sammy does his best to explain to the medic. Scorpio does a mock ring count, and hits ten. He acts like he wins, but uh, titles don’t change on count outs, right? Sammy tries to sit up but even that is hard. Sammy slowly stands up, and has Tay and the medic support him. They’re walking towards the ramp, is this match done?

Sammy takes a moment to rest, still tries to explain, and then he gets up again. Wait, is Sammy saying he can continue?! Tay and the medic don’t think that’s good, but Sammy gets in the ring! The ref checks with him if this is really what he wants, and Sammy says yes! Dynamite returns to single picture, this match continues! And he SPITS in Scorpio’s face to egg him on! They start throwing hands fast and furious, and fans cheer on the guts! Scorpio fires knees on the ribs, throws Sammy out hard, and Tay is back to check on him again. Scorpio goes out and tells Tay to back off. He says this is what happens.

Scorpio gives Sammy a kiss on the cheek to taunt Tay, and then VanZant starts talking trash. Tay stares her down but leaves it at that. Scorpio gets Sammy up, for a BACKBREAKER! Scorpio gets right in Sammy’s face as he writhes, but Sammy pie faces back. Scorpio gets Sammy up again, for another BACKBREAKER! Tay cheers Sammy on but Scorpio talks trash right to his face. Scorpio looms over Sammy, drags him back up, and hits a third BACKBREAKER! Cover, TWO!! Sammy stays in this but the kick-out seems to hurt just as much as anything else! Scorpio digs his knee into Sammy with a chinlock!

Fans rally up, Sammy fights to his feet and throws haymakers and body shots! Sammy fires off shots, runs, and turns Scorpio’s kitchen sink into a roll-up! TWO!! Sammy CHOPS Scorpio, but he drops to a knee. Sammy CHOPS again, and he whips but Scorpio reverses. Sammy back elbows from a corner, and jump kicks! Sammy gets out, springboards back in, FLYING CUTTER!! Cover, TWO!! Scorpio survives and fans are thunderous! Sammy snarls, slashes his throat, and he brings Scorpio up. But Scorpio fireman’s carries for the TK- NO! Sammy slips out, SUPERKICKS back, and torture racks! G T H!!! But Scorpio gets away before a cover!

Sammy hurries to get Scorpio into a drop zone! Sammy goes up, and SHOOTING STARS onto knees!! Both men are down and Lambert distracts the ref. Ethan gets on the apron but Tay YANKS him down! Tay says no he don’t! But VanZant jumps the rail to CLOBBER Tay! And RAM her into steel steps! Sammy is distracted, Scorpio gets a T K O!!! Cover, Scorpio wins!!!

Winner: Scorpio Sky, by pinfall (NEW AEW TNT Champion)

The streak still lives, and Scorpio is now the first to check off his second AEW title! But speaking of which, Scorpio CLOBBERS Sammy with one of the belts!! Tay gets up and VanZant shoves her into the ring! BUZZSAW! Tay flops onto Sammy, and VanZant shows off her AEW contract. VanZant uses Tay’s ass as the table to sign it! American Top Team is taking over! But with Wardlow waiting, will Scorpio’s reign end real quick?


My Thoughts:

Wow, I have never seen a wrestling company do such a big follow-up show like this. We just got Revolution, and St. Patrick’s Day Slam is coming next, but AEW sandwiching what was practically a PPV on TV was a major power play. We got a powerful opening segment with Jericho baiting Kingston and even Santana & Ortiz into a trap to recreate the Inner Circle into a new faction. I had the weirdest feeling something like this would happen, but I never thought it’d happen. And then we got an awesome surprise in a world title match for Dante. This was definitely AEW’s nod towards Dante being another of their young pillars.

At the same time, Hangman having any match was a great way to bring Adam Cole out and essentially demand a rematch. Of course, this all threads through the story of dysfunction within The Elite and Cole’s social circle. I knew right away that Cole was making us think he meant the Young Bucks but was really going with reDRagon. I did not expect Hangman to say he was going with Jurassic Express over The Dark Order, but there’s still the on again, off again relationship that Hangman has with them that AEW plays with. Jurassic Express having another title defense here was also a great surprise, and it was great stuff with The Acclaimed.

Wardlow of course was going to say he was breaking off from MJF, but that was a really well done promo for him. FTR had a really good promo, too, and firing Tully was quite the surprise. It seems that while the Inner Circle’s ashes have born a new faction, it feels like The Pinnacle is just going to fall apart period. Maybe Tully defaults to being Shawn Spears’ manager, and then they together help MJF. Good promo from Keith and QT to set up a match there, and a good promo from Swerve and Nese to vaguely reference WWE 205 Live and the golden days it had with these two. I would think Swerve wins his debut in a great match with Nese.

Great “standby” match from Pac VS Yuta. It didn’t necessarily block off more from Death Triangle VS House of Black, but it did harken back to when Pac feuded with Cassidy. AHFO had a good segment together, and this was the moment everyone was figuring would happen. Matt Hardy gets kicked out but he gets back-up from Brother Nero! The Hardys are together again again, and I’m thinking we get an 8 Man Tag since Darby and Sting also joined in. Leyla VS Rosa was a very good match, and it was great of Velvet to stop Leyla from cheating. That sets up Velvet VS Leyla, and then I really like that they’re stepping up Britt VS Rosa to a Steel Cage.

Britt had a good promo that does technically have a good point about Rosa coming back so soon, but the easy counter is that management has eyes and is fed up with her cheating. Though, I’m pretty sure that, like any other cage match, interference still happens. I just hope that with Rosa being in her hometown and AEW actually letting hometown heroes go over, this is finally Rosa’s win. Jade had a good promo to leave it open that she’ll be expecting someone to step up. Not really sure who there is with many names busy in stories, but maybe we’ll get a nice surprise through the “Forbidden Door.”

We got a great tag debut for Moxley & Bryan, and even a good AEW debut for The Workhorsemen. But whoever was being put against Moxley & Bryan, they were going to lose. Regal had an awesome promo, a powerful promo, that showed us the path that led these three to this moment, and I am very excited. Whether Moxley & Bryan become an AEW Two Man Power Trip or add some of those young names Bryan mentioned before to their team and still take over everything here. And then, what a main event! I did not think Sammy would crash through the table and sell the ribs, and then still lose because of American Top Team.

Next week, Scorpio VS Wardlow is going to be great stuff, could go either way because American Top Team or MJF can screw Wardlow. And VanZant targeting Tay Conti, that’s a good audible with Cody & Brandi gone. Hell, it’s an improvement because Tay is legit just like VanZant.

My Score: 9.1/10


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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?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • 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?


My Thoughts:

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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Mitchell’s AEW Dark Results & Report! (1/31/23)

Orlando stays Dark!

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Universal Studios is still the AEW Dark Arena!

As they prepare to go after the AEW World Trios Championships, AR Fox & Top Flight reunite to take on The Wingmen: Peter Avalon, Ryan Nemeth & Cezar Bononi!

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Six Man Tag: AR Fox & Top Flight VS The Wingmen; Fox & Top Flight win.
  • Red Velvet VS Sofia Castillo; Velvet wins.
  • Zack Clayton VS Fulton; Clayton wins.
  • Brock Anderson & Brian Pillman Jr. w/ Arn Anderson VS Rosario Grillo & Dean Alexander; Anderson & Pillman win.
  • Skye Blue VS Renee Michelle; Skye wins.
  • Shane Taylor Promotions VS Mr. G & Dante Casanova; Shane Taylor Promotions wins.
  • Yuka Sakazaki VS Avery Breaux; Yuka wins.
  • The Workhorsemen VS Liam Gray & Adrian Alanis; The Workhorsemen win.
  • Angelico w/ Serpentico & Luther VS Konosuke Takeshita; Konosuke wins.

QUICK NOTES

A solid line-up, and I like that we’re getting to see Brock Anderson & Brian Pillman Jr. in action together after a backstage promo on Elevation not too long ago. Not sure what the team name is but two second generation stars together is a logical combination. Angelico VS Konosuke, that is going to be a great match, but I give the win to Konosuke. Red Velvet is in action again after also being on Elevation, she’s definitely building momentum towards taking on Jade Cargill for Jade’s 50th match. And good to see Shane Taylor Promotions in action here. They’ll be a strong part of the ROH Tag Team Division, even after having lost to Keith Lee after Swerve abandoned Keith.

And good to see AR Fox & Top Flight in action, and against The Wingmen. For one, good to see Avalon, Nemeth & Bononi teaming all together again. And this will be a good match to build momentum for Fox & Flight.


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