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Mitchell’s AEW Rampage Results & Report! (3/11/22)

Rampage is Limitless!

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AEW Rampage coverage

It’s a star-studded Rampage After Revolution!

AEW Rampage has the Relentless Darby Allin, Shane “Swerve” Strickland, mean Ms. Mercedes Martinez and Limitless Keith Lee, all on one night!

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Darby Allin w/ Sting VS Marq Quen w/ Isiah Kassidy; Darby wins.
  • Jamie Hayter w/ Britt Baker & Rebel VS Mercedes Martinez; Hayter wins.
  • Keith Lee VS QT Marshall w/ The Factory; Keith wins.
  • Swerve Strickland VS Tony Nese; Swerve wins.

PLAY BY PLAY

Darby Allin w/ Sting VS Marq Quen w/ Isiah Kassidy!

On Dynamite, The Relentless One and the Icon went after the Andrade Family Office after they kicked out Matt Hardy and beat him down, and now they look to settle things more directly. Will Darby ruin the party? Or will the party only turn up now that they got rid of Big Money Matt?

The bell rings and the two circle. They tie up, Quen kicks but Darby avoids it. Quen and Darby circle again, tie up and Darby wrenches to a wristlock. Darby trips Quen to then roll and wrench again. Quen rolls, kips up, but Darby tackles him down for a headlock! Quen kicks around and gets up to power out, but Darby hits a flying takedown! Fans rally for Darby as he grinds Quen. Quen fights up, powers out and arm-drags, but Darby hits a headlock takedown right out of it! Fans cheer this exchange, but Quen fights up again. Quen slips out of the headlock to get a hammerlock, but Darby reaches back to fight up.

Darby reaches around, moves around, and around, and he throws Quen right out! Then he builds speed, but Kassidy stands in the way! Fans boo and Sting steps over to warn Kassidy. Darby goes out and Kassidy finds himself cornered. But Quen swings, only to miss! Darby runs in, but is sent into steel steps! Quen and Kassidy egg Sting on but Sting says they’ll get theirs soon enough. Quen puts Darby in, stomps Darby around, and he drags Darby up to hang him out to dry! Darby flops down, Quen stomps him, then hip drops on him. Quen digs his boots in at the corner but lets off as the ref counts.

Quen drags Darby up, whips him corner to corner hard, and Darby bounces off the buckles. Quen drags Darby up again and bumps him off buckles. Quen fires off shots in the corner but fans boo. Quen soaks up the heat, he talks some trash, and he double knuckle bumps with Kassidy. Darby kicks back but Quen stomps him down! Quen drags Darby up, puts him in a corner and RAMS his shoulder in. The ref counts, Quen lets off and he drags Darby up again. Quen wraps Darby up in a cobra twist! Darby endures, but Quen holds the ropes! The ref looks and Quen stops, but then Quen tries again.

The ref keeps his eyes on Quen, but Quen still gets away with holding ropes! The ref kicks the arm, and Darby hip tosses Quen down! Fans rally up as both men slowly stand. Quen facelocks and drags Darby through the ropes. Quen CLUBS Darby, but Darby wrenches the arm to HOTSHOT it! Darby then goes out, only for Quen to trip him on the apron!

Rampage goes picture in picture as Quen gets back in the ring. Quen stomps Darby, drags him up and RAMS his shoulder in again. Quen throws hands, but lets off as the ref counts. Darby drags himself up but Quen whips him corner to corner hard! Quen runs in corner to corner, but Darby dodges! And rolls Quen up! TWO, Darby bounces off buckles into a kangaroo kick! Quen crawls to the cover, TWO! Quen goes to the corner and climbs up while gloating. But Darby trips him up! Darby hurries up top as Rampage returns to single picture, and the two brawl! Darby gets Quen up, SUPERPLEX! Cover, TWO!

But Darby holds on to get a FUJIWARA! Quen rolls but Darby facelocks! They end up in a corner, Quen RAMS Darby! And then RAMS him again! Quen TOSSES Darb, but Darby comes back to sunset flip! Only for Quen to backflip KNEE DROP! Cover, TWO! Quen grows annoyed but Kassidy coaches him up. Fans rally as Darby gets to a corner. Quen storms over, stomps Darby then whips, but Darby holds ropes! Quen stomps Darby, whips corner to corner, but Darby reverses. Darby runs, but into double knees! Quen gets Darby up, BACKFLIP DDT! Cover, TWO!! Quen is frustrated but fans fire up for Darby!

Quen looms over Darby as fans rally up for him. Quen suplexes, but Darby pries free and gets a SCORPION DEATH DROP! Sting approves but both men are down. A standing count starts, Darby sits up at 4 of 10. Darby gets to a corner and climbs up fast, but Kassidy is there to distract! Darby talks trash, and Sting yanks Kassidy down! Sting whips Kassidy into the timekeeper’s area! But Quen trips Darby up! Darby hits ropes and then tumbles to the floor! Quen then goes up, to 450 SPLASH to the floor!! Quen proves he’s just as crazy as Darby and fans lose their minds over that one!

Quen writhes but he gets up as the ring count climbs. Quen goes to the ring and lets the count continue! The count is 6 of 10, but Darby gets up at 8, to get in at 9.9! Fans rally up but Quen covers, TWO!! Darby is still in this somehow, but Quen goes right back up. Quen vows to end it here, and he SHOOTING STAR PRESSES into a FUJIWARA!! Darby pulls way back, Quen taps! Darby wins!!

Winner: Darby Allin, by submission

Quen went to the extreme but it wasn’t enough to stop Darby! But wait, here comes the rest of the AFO! Jose, The Butcher, The Blade & The Bunny walk with El Idolo, but here come the HARDY BOYZ! Fans go nuts as Matt & Jeff are in their classic outfits! The AFO stand down, and Darby is in awe of these extreme icons! Will it eventually come to blows between El Idolo’s forces and these relentless legends?

 

BIG news for next week!

Rampage will have a special start time, 11:30 PM Eastern, or as soon as the NCAA Tournament coverage ends. Will AEW get in on the March Madness?

 

Dan Lambert and the Men of the Year speak.

Lambert goes first, saying, “We are here to make history, and as one of the premier pro-wrestling historians on this planet, I’ve already seen this Wardlow story play out before. In 1968, a 19-year-old Larry Zbyszko crawled out of the bushes into Bruno Sammartino’s backyard and begged for his guidance. He repaid that kindness with his betrayal, much like Wardlow did to MJF. But fear not, your TNT Champion will right that wrong next Wednesday on Dynamite, and Wardlow will go down in history as nothing more than another footnote in the greatest unbeaten streak AEW has ever seen.”

Ethan Page speaks up, saying, “Don’t let the one belt fool you, guys. On Wednesday night, Sky’s defending two titles: The TNT title, and his streak.” Scorpio tells “War Dog, nothing changes in San Antonio. You’re just a different opponent who’s gonna see the same result. This is the Face of TNT. Get used to it.” Scorpio snaps his fingers and we cut away. But will he really keep that win streak going? Or will Wardlow end Scorpio’s title reign in a snap?

 

The House of Black speaks.

Malakai starts by saying, “With the last rites concluded, the next rites will be written, and the guilt of a man who thought that he’d removed all poison from his heart. But we will make your eyes turn black again.” Brody King says, “Like a shark smelling blood, because that feeling of violence is like an addiction. And even now, you can reach out, and you can touch it and you can feel it, because we know your deepest…” “Secrets,” Buddy Matthews continues. “Dark, dark secrets. Which means the House knows your truth. Shh…” Who is the House speaking to? And what secrets do they know?

 

Jamie Hayter w/ Britt Baker & Rebel VS Mercedes Martinez!

AEW returns to ringside and everyone’s already here! Will the Doctor’s number one muscle do her job and take out their mercenary? Or will mean Ms. Mercedes mangle the Hayter for free?

The bell rings, Hayter and Mercedes circle and tie up. They go around, Mercedes turns Hayter around but Hayter fights the waistlock. Hayter drops in an attempt to break the hold but Mercedes holds on. Mercedes drags Hayter down, but Hayter slips out to facelock. Mercedes fights up, pries the hold and waistlocks again. Hayter switches, Mercedes switches, but Hayter reaches back for a headlock. Hayter hits a headlock takeover but Mercedes headscissors. Hayter kips free and the two stand off as fans cheer. Mercedes waits on Hayter and the two circle. Fans rally up, they tie up, and are in a deadlock.

Mercedes powers Hayter back a few steps, but Hayter puts her on the ropes. Mercedes turns that around, the ref counts but Hayter turns it back around. They end up in a corner, Hayter turns things around on Mercedes, but she lets off slowly. Mercedes dodges the sucker punch to fire off haymakers, CHOPS and forearms! Mercedes whips Hayter corner to corner, runs in but into a boot! Hayter runs, RAMS Mercedes, but Mercedes stays up! Hayter kicks and whips, but Mercedes boots back! Mercedes runs and LARIATS Hayter down! Mercedes drags Hayter up, fires forearms and CHOPS!

Mercedes fires off more, then brings Hayter out. Hayter rakes Mercedes’ eyes! The ref reprimands but Britt likes what she sees as Hayter digs her boots in at the corner. The ref counts, Hayter lets off, and Rampage goes picture in picture.

Hayter CLUBS Mercedes, chokes her on the ropes, and Britt talks trash. Hayter lets off as the ref counts, but Britt keeps talking crap. Hayter kicks Mercedes around, has her in the corner, but Mercedes throws shots back! Hayter ROCKS and stomps Mercedes in the corner! The ref counts, Hayter lets off, and she takes a bow. Britt praises Hayter and Hayter drags Mercedes up. Hayter snap suplexes, covers, TWO! Hayter clamps onto Mercedes’ neck then drags her up to dig an elbow into the shoulders. Hayter pulls hair, the ref reprimands, so Hayter lets off to chinlock. Hayter JAMS her knee into Mercedes’ back and pulls harder on the hold.

Hayter digs her forearm in Mercedes’ face but Mercedes fights up. Hayter fireman’s carries but Mercedes fights free and shoves Hayter, for a ROLLING ELBOW! Mercedes throws back elbows over and over at the ropes, but Hayter throws her down by her hair! Hayter stomps Mercedes around, then stands on Mercedes’ head! Mercedes gets to a corner, Hayter takes her time walking over. Hayter drags Mercedes up, CHOPS her, then smirks. Hayter CHOPS again and Mercedes staggers to another corner. Hayter CLUBS Mercedes then CHOKES her! The ref reprimands as Rampage goes to break!

Rampage returns and Mercedes BUTTERFLY SUPLEXES! She holds on for a new take on Una Amiga! And then DOS AMIGA BUTTERFLY! And then the elevated BUTTERFLY SUPLEX! Cover, TWO!! Hayter survives but Mercedes drags Hayter back up. Mercedes CLUBS Hayter, fisherman’s but Hayter fights free. Hayter reels Mercedes in but Mercedes elbows free! Mercedes runs, but into the clinch! IRISH CURSE BACKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! Mercedes survives and Britt is not happy. Hayter drags Mercedes up, Mercedes throws body shots and palm strikes! Hayter haymakers and scoops, but Mercedes slips out!

Mercedes scoops, Hayter slips off, and Hayter shoves Mercedes to ropes, to DECK her with a forearm! Fans fire up and Britt is happy again. Hayter has wild eyes and she runs in at the corner, but Mercedes boots her! Mercedes EXPLODERS Hayter into buckles! Hayter flounders and fans rally up as Mercedes hoists Hayter to the top. Mercedes climbs up behind Hayter, CLUBS away on her, then stands her up, SPIDER GERMAN SUPLEX! Hayter gets folded for a moment, but Rebel gets in to distract the ref! Mercedes sits up on the corner, into Britt’s cheap shots! Mercedes falls to the mat as fans boo!

Mercedes gets up slowly, Hayter runs in, LARIAT! Cover, Hayter wins!

Winner: Jamie Hayter, by pinfall

Like doctor, like assistant! Hayter helped Britt screw over Thunder Rosa, Britt helped Hayter screw over Mercedes. But now they’re setting Mercedes up with the belt, but here comes Rosa with a chair! Rosa runs off Britt and her sidekicks! Will Rosa rip Britt apart inside that steel cage for St. Patrick’s Day Slam? Or will Britt still have a way to get away with the title?

 

Hikaru Shida speaks.

“Serena Deeb. Did you miss me? Oh, I missed you so much! I haven’t forgotten about you, even for a moment. Not in the hospital, not during rehab, not during my training. I’ve always been thinking about you. Thinking about revenge! What I did last Rampage is not enough! I need more! You can try to break my knee again, but this time, I will cut your head off!!” Will the Full Metal Warrior hunt the Wolf down and make her pay for treating her like prey?

 

Keith Lee VS QT Marshall w/ The Factory!

The Limitless One may have problems with Team Taz, but it’s really more with Will Hobbs and Ricky Starks. The Factory didn’t take kindly to that rejection, but will they feel even worse after QT gets crushed? Or will QT somehow, someway make Keith Lee look mortal?

The bell rings and fans sing for Keith, “OH~ Bask in His Glory~!” Keith conducts the audience but QT gets annoyed. QT talks trash, so Keith HEADBUTTS him down! Keith gets QT up, knuckle locks him, and Keith twists the wrist. Fans chant, “Keith Lee! WOOP WOOP!” and Keith straight arm levers QT up into the air! Keith holds him, drops him, then stands over QT as fans cheer. QT gets up and pokes Keith in the eye! Fans boo, QT fires off hands, then he taunts the song. Keith GRIZZLY MAGNUMS QT down for that! QT goes to a corner, Keith gets in to fire body shots! Keith then TOSSES QT across the ring!

Fans fire up and QT goes to the apron. Fans want that “One More Time!” and Keith brings QT up. QT HOTSHOTS Keith away! QT goes up the corner, and missile dropkicks! Keith is down! Cover, ONE!! QT goes flying just from the kick-out! QT brings Keith up and throws haymakers, but Keith gets mad! Keith snarls as he stands up, QT throws more haymakers, then a kick. QT whips but Keith blocks! Keith whips QT but QT goes up and over! QT keeps moving, but runs into a LARIAT! Fans fire up with Keith while The Factory panics! Keith fireman’s carries QT and carries him around, but QT grabs ropes!

Aaron Solo distracts the ref on the apron, and Nick Comoroto grabs Keith’s foot! QT slips off as Keith gets free, and QT SUPERKICKS! Keith staggers, QT ENZIGURIS! Keith drops to a knee and QT calls for it! QT waits for Keith to get up, DIAMOND- NO! Keith just stays up! Keith pushes QT, runs and POUNCES QT across the way! Keith then fireman’s carries QT for the BIG BANG CATASTROPHE! Cover, Keith wins!

Winner: Keith Lee, by pinfall

Solo jumps in to jump onto Keith! But Keith pops him off to TOSS him overhead! Comoroto gets in and fans fire up as the Freak Beast stares down with the Limitless One! Keith ROCKS Comoroto, then again! Comoroto throws haymakers, but Keith SWATS and ELBOWS Comoroto, pop-up for the SPIRIT BOMB! And Keith drags Solo up, to TOSS him out onto The Factory! Team Taz hops off commentary, they go to the ring, and Hobbs RAMS into Keith! Starks and Hobbs mug Keith but Keith swats them all away! But Hobbs hits a SPINEBUSTER! Team Taz stands tall, but it was still 2v1 after The Factory went after Keith. Will the Limitless One make them pay and #BaskInHisGlory?

 

Mark Henry talks with tonight’s main eventers.

Tony Nese is Swerve Strickland’s first opponent here in AEW, and he wanted to be the guy. Why? “Because I’m the Premier Athlete, okay? I’m on a winning streak! I haven’t been beat this year! But who gets all the praise? Who gets the big debut on Pay-Per-View where Tony Schiavone is going all crazy? Whoa, look, it’s Shane ‘Swerve’ Strickland! The crowd goes wild! I didn’t get that! And he doesn’t deserve it.” What is Swerve? Is Swerve a rapper? Well this isn’t a hip-hop show, this is a wrestling show. And Nese will give Swerve the welcome he’s always deserved.

Swerve tells Tony he sounds like “a real hatin’ ass dude right now,” but that’s exactly what Swerve expected. They have history, so how about some revisionist history tonight and Swerve whoops that ass on Fridays again? Oh, and, put some respect when you say “rapper,” cuz Swerve ain’t just a rapper. Swerve’s a mogul. And he’s about to turn this place into whose house? The fans reply, “Swerve’s House!” Swerve smiles and Henry says there’s been enough talk. It’s time for the main event! Will Swerve keep things how they were when he and Nese were 205 live? Or will Nese finally turn the tables on Swerve?

Swerve Strickland VS Tony Nese!

The bell rings and the two circle. Fans chant, “Whose House?” “Swerve’s House!” Nese tells them to shut up, this is HIS house! But no one chants for Tony’s House. Nese and Swerve circle, tie up, and Swerve hooks an arm to wrench and wrangle Nese down. Nese scrambles and gets to the ROPEBREAK, but Swerve lets off fast. Nese bails out and fans rally up for Swerve. Nese tells fans to shut up then he gets back in the ring. They tie up, Swerve gets a leg and trips Nese up. Nese grabs at Swerve’s leg but Swerve steps over to chinbar Nese. Nese wrenches back, has the wristlock, but Swerve uses ropes to flip through.

Swerve arm-drags Nese away and then hip tosses him down! Swerve gets the leg and wants the Half Crab but Nese hurries to get the ROPEBREAK. Swerve lets off at 3 this time and Nese kicks at Swerve as he goes to the apron. Nese tells fans to shut up again while Swerve waits on Nese. Nese returns, he and Swerve circle, and Nese kicks low. Nese CHOPS, whips Swerve corner to corner, then runs in, only for Swerve to go up, over, roll Nese and handspring headscissor! Fans fire up and Swerve whips. Nese holds ropes, Swerve gets annoyed, but Nese dodges, only for Swerve to drop down and trip Nese up!

Swerve keeps moving, basement dropkick! Nese flounders while fans fire up, but Nese pie faces Swerve away. Swerve storms up on Nese but Nese dumps him out, only for Swerve to handspring and land on his feet! Nese is frustrated but he slingshots. Swerve gets clear, Nese lands on the apron, and then Nese cartwheels to avoid Swerve! Nese runs in, but Swerve ducks and Nese crashes! Swerve goes to the apron and he BOOTS Nese down from above! Fans fire up for “Whose House?” “Swerve’s House!” Swerve swaggers, he gets Nese up and into the ring, but Nese pulls the apron skirt. Nese puts the skirt over Swerve’s head to then dropkick Swerve down!

Fans boo and the ref reprimands but Nese goes out as Rampage goes picture in picture. Nese stomps Swerve, paces around, then drags him up. Nese whips Swerve into steel steps hard! The steps go sliding away while Swerve writhes. Nese gets Swerve up and into the ring, chases after, and CLOBBERS Swerve with an elbow! Nese rains down fists then lets off to cover, ONE!! Nese is annoyed again and he drags Swerve up. Swerve throws body shots, but Nese grabs an ear! Swerve hits Nese again and CHOPS him! Swerve throws haymakers but Nese dropkicks him down! Cover, TWO! Nese is annoyed again but he literally flexes on Swerve.

Nese talks trash, drags Swerve up and throws him out of the ring. Swerve goes to railing as Nese flexes again. The ring count climbs but Swerve gets to the apron. Nese drags Swerve into the ring, but Swerve puts him on ropes. The ref counts, Swerve throws some body shots. Swerve reels Nese into a waistlock, then GERMAN SUPLEXES, but Nese lands on his feet! Nese DOUBLE STOMPS Swerve down, then covers, TWO! Swerve survives but now Nese has the body scissors! Nese puts the squeeze on Swerve but Swerve endures. Swerve moves around, Nese pulls hair but the ref reprimands.

Swerve clubs the legs, reaches out for ropes, but Nese squeezes tighter. Swerve pushes back to a cover, TWO! Nese still holds Swerve down, but fans rally up. Swerve pries at the legs as Rampage returns to single picture, and Nese clubs Swerve on the back. Swerve CHOPS Nese, turns around inside the scissors, but Nese pushes Swerve down with a chinbar. Swerve fights, Nese CHOPS him! Swerve CHOPS back! Nese CHOPS again, so Swerve throws forearms! Swerve gets free of the scissors to fire off more shots! Nese gets away, gets Swerve up but Swerve fire seven more shots! Swerve ducks Nese’s counter punch to ROCK him with a right!

Nese goes to a corner, Swerve storms over but is put on the apron. Swerve throws body shots through the ropes, then he slingshots and somersaults, but into a SHORYUKEN from Nese! Nese gets Swerve up, brings him over and BULLDOG HOTSHOTS! Nese then PREMIER TRIANGLE MOONSAULTS, but he FLOPS as Swerve moves! Fans fire up, Swerve gets to a corner but Nese goes for a waistlock. Swerve breaks free with a leg to then ROCK Nese again! Swerve CHOPS Nese off his feet! And again! Swerve whips Nese to a corner and uppercuts, then snapmares for the FLYING UPPERCUT to Nese’s shoulders!

Fans fire up and Swerve grits his teeth. Nese gets up, Swerve shoves him and scoops, tilt-o-whirl SLAM, deadlift BRAINBUSTER! Cover, TWO! Nese survives but Swerve snarls. Fans rally up again as Swerve goes back to a corner. Swerve goes right up, but Nese SHORYUKENS again! Swerve is stuck up top, Nese runs in to KICK him into a fireman’s carry! And then GUTBUSTER DROP! Cover, TWO! Swerve survives and fans fire up even more! Nese snarls and he stalks Swerve to a corner. Nese scrapes his boot off Swerve’s face then digs it in, but lets off as the ref counts. Nese runs side to side, but Swerve somersaults to clinch!

Nese shoves Swerve away, then puts Swerve on the apron. Swerve slingshots up an dover to sunset flip, but Nese rolls through to SOBAT! Swerve is down, Nese goes up top! 450 SPLASH! Cover, TWO!! Swerve shocks Nese and fans rally up! Nese kicks Swerve around but Swerve gets up. Nese pushes him, so Swerve kicks back! Swerve gives another scuffing kick but Nese CHOPS! Swerve fires off fast hands! Swerve whips,  Nese slides under to pump handle! Scoop, but Swerve turns that around on Nese! Nese gets to ropes and then the apron, but Swerve trips him to SUPERKICK! Nese is wobbling on the apron, Swerve goes out to DOUBLE STOMP him down!

Swerve drags Nese back into the ring and aims from a corner. Swerve slingshots and somersaults, COMPLETE SHOT! Cover, TWO! Nese survives but Swerve aims, HOUSE CALL!! But Swerve isn’t done there! Swerve goes right up, KILL STOMPS!! Cover, Swerve wins!

Winner: Swerve Strickland, by pinfall

Whose House? Swerve’s House! Swerve was on a Rampage and he won, just like he promised! Is this just the first of many wins for Strickland now that he’s All Elite?


My Thoughts:

Another great Rampage! Though of course NCAA March Madness gets in the way of Rampage next week. Darby VS Quen was a great opener, and Darby of course wins, but I also like that the Hardy Boyz showed up to make sure the Andrade Family Office didn’t go after Darby & Sting. This furthers the idea that we’ll get an 8 Man Tag of Darby, Sting & Hardy Boyz VS Private Party, Butcher & Blade. Then we can have Andrade take on Matt or Jeff Hardy 1v1 as the blow-off. Lambert and The Men of the Year had a good promo, and as I said with Dynamite, I’m thinking MJF ruins things for Wardlow and Scorpio retains.

The House of Black has another very good promo, and I’m thinking it’s supposed to be Pac they were referring to  since they brought up the person’s eyes. But I am intrigued to know what this secret could be, that might make for a really cool twist. Hikaru Shida had a good promo to hype up the feud with Serena Deeb, and we got a good match out of Hayter VS Mercedes. But of course, Mercedes gets cheated just like Rosa did. I therefore can see Mercedes coming out to go after Hayter and Rebel the moment they try to interfere during the steel cage match. Then that will allow Rosa to win against Britt and become AEW Women’s World Champion in her hometown.

Of course Keith Lee beats QT, and of course he gets past Comoroto and Solo, but it should’ve been obvious Starks and Hobbs were going to get after Keith. I would love to see Keith VS Hobbs 1v1, and then Keith VS Starks after. Maybe the FTW Championship is on the line? And then we got a great main event out of Swerve VS Nese, definitely worthy of the hype Swerve comes in with and the streak Nese was on. AEW knows how to use great wrestlers as great wrestlers, and Swerve is a great wrestler so you can bet he’ll be going for that TNT Championship sooner rather than later. Swerve feuding with the Men of the Year would make for a good Spring or Summer story.

My Score: 8.5/10


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Mitchell’s AEW Dynamite Results & Report! (2/1/23)

Dynamite is No Holds Barred!

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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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