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Mitchell’s AEW Dynamite Results & Report! (4/6/22)

Samoa Joe is All Elite!

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AEW Dynamite 2021

The Owen Hart Memorial Tournament qualifiers really heat up!

And in his AEW debut, SAMOA JOE gets his chance to join this historic field! Will Platinum Max be the first victim of the Samoan Submission Machine?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Adam Cole VS Christian Cage; Cole wins.
  • Owen Hart Memorial Men’s Tournament Qualifier: Samoa Joe VS Max Caster w/ Anthony Bowens; Joe wins and advances to the tournament.
  • Shawn Spears VS Capt. Shawn Dean; Dean wins.
  • Tables Tag Match: The Hardy Boyz VS The Butcher & The Blade; The Hardy Boyz win.
  • Owen Hart Memorial Women’s Tournament Qualifier: Hikaru Shida VS Julia Hart; Shida wins and advances to the tournament.
  • ROH & AAA World Tag Team Championships: FTR VS The Young Bucks; FTR wins and retains the titles.

PLAY BY PLAY

Adam Cole VS Christian Cage!

The leader of the Elite (in Kenny Omega’s absence) is chasing another shot at the AEW World Champion, but he has to go through Captain Charisma first! Who wins this first-time-ever singles showdown and strengthens their spot in the standings?

The bell rings and Boston fires up. Cole and Christian hear the dueling chants, then slowly circle. They tie up, go around, and Cole pushes Christian back only for Christian to put Cole in a corner. The ref counts as Christian digs his forearms in, but he lets off at 4. Cole keeps his cool and they circle again. They tie up, Christian gets around to waistlock and he drags Cole down. Christian floats to a facelock, but Cole slips out to one of his own. Christian fights up, wrenches to a headlock, but Cole powers up, only for Christian to hold tight. Cole fights back up, throws body shots, then powers out of the headlock, only for Christian to run him over!

Cole gets up in a huff and fans fire up again. Christian and Cole reset, feel things out, but Cole kicks low! Cole DECKS Christian, then brings him up to DECK him again! Cole bumps Christian off buckles, stomps away on him, then digs his boots in. The ref counts, Cole lets off at 4 and argues with the ref. Fans cheer and jeer but Cole soaks it all up. Cole goes back for Christian, scoops but Christian slips out. Christian wants the chicken wings but Cole slips away! Cole gets out of the ring but Christian keeps cool, coming that close to the Killswitch. But Cole gets up and SPITS at Christian! Then he runs away!

Christian cuts Cole off at the pass and CLOBBERS him! Fans fire up again and Christin stands Cole up to CHOP him against railing! They go around the way, Christian CHOPS Cole again! And again! They go in the ring, Christian CHOPS Cole in a corner! Christian puts Cole up top, ROCKS him, then climbs up, only for Cole to slip out and SUPERKICK the legs! Christian is in the Tree of Woe, Cole hammers and stomps him down! MULE KICK to the face! Christian falls out of the Tree and bails out of the ring, but now Cole pursues. Cole whips Christian into railing! And then into steel steps! Christian tumbles up and over, and Cole stands on the steps to soak up the heat!

Dynamite goes picture in picture as Cole watches Christian like a vulture. Cole then hops down, drags Christian up and whips him into railing! Cole tells the ref to cool off, and he refreshes the count to bring Christian back up and in. Cole then rains down rights, then sits Christian up to jam a knee into his back! Cole clamps on a chinlock and he grinds Christian down, but Christian endures. Fans rally, Christian fights up and he throws body shots. Christian ROCKS Cole, runs, but Cole CLOBBERS him with an elbow! Cole dusts off his hands, then stands on Christian at the ropes! The ref counts, and Cole steps off at 4.

Cole drags Christian back up, turns him, and hits a NECKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! Cole sits Christian up to clamp on another chinlock and Christian endures again. Christian fights up as fans rally. Christian throws more body shots but Cole kicks low. Dynamite returns to single picture, and Cole runs, but Christian TOSSES him out! Christian hurries up top and he LEAPS over the corner to CROSSBODY Cole! Both men are down and fans fire up! The ring count climbs, Cole and Christian crawl at 5 of 10. They get in at 6, then head for each other. Christian ROCKS Cole but Cole ROCKS him back! Christian fires off again, but Cole gives it back!

Christian UPPERCUTS, but Cole ENZIGURIS! Cole stomps Christian on his way to the corner, and Cole climbs up. Cole leaps, but into BOOTS! Christian climbs up to rain down fists, and he goes right to 10! Christian then shoves Cole, mule kicks and FLYING SUNSET FLIPS! Cover, TWO! Christian ROCKS Cole with another uppercut, whips but Cole reverses. Cole misses in the corner, SWING KICK! Christian goes up, FLYING TORNADO DDT! Cover, TWO! Fans rally up and Cole wants mercy? Christian runs in but into a knee! But then he ducks the enziguri! Christian gets the arms, but Cole shoves free!

Christian mule kicks again, goes up, but into a DRAPING BACKSTABBER! Cover, TWO! Christian is still in this and Cole is getting frustrated. Fans rally up, Cole tells Christian off, but Christian catches him for a cradle! TWO, and Christian blocks superkick and spins Cole into a REVERSE DDT! Christian hurries up top, DIVING HEADBUTT FLOPS! Cole mule kicks, then SUPERKICKS! Cole runs, SHINING WIZARD! Cover, TWO! Christian survives and Cole can’t believe it! Fans fire up as both men slowly rise. Cole throws a forearm, Christian uppercuts, repeat! Fans duel as the two stand, Christian fires off more uppercuts!

Christian stands on Cole now! Then he slingshots to UPPERCUT! Cole staggers, Christian goes up, and leaps into a SUPERKICK! Cover, TWO!! Christian survives and shocks Cole! Cole hurries up the corner, he aims at Christian, but Christian SHORYUKENS! Then he goes up, SUPER STEINER! Cover, TWO! Cole is still in this, but Christian doesn’t lose focus. Christian aims from a corner, he wants to go Rated R! But he runs into a mule kick! Cole hurries back up, aims again, PANAMA- NO! Christina pops him up and over, but Cole BOOTS him down! The kneepad comes down and Cole runs, but Christian ducks! Roll-up, TWO!!

Christian SPEARS outta nowhere! Cover, TWO!! And fans are thunderous with a standing ovation! Christian fires himself up as fans rally for “A E DUB!” Christian has the arms, but Cole hooks the ropes! Christian lets go but the ref keep shim back. Cole thumb’s Christian in the eye! Cole hits the BOOM!! Cover, Cole wins!

Winner: Adam Cole, by pinfall

And here comes reDRagon to beat up on Christian! But then Jurassic Express rush out! Jungle Boy goes after Kyle, Luchasaurus is after Fish! Christian helps out, they have this 3v2 now! They fight up the ramp and to the stage, but Cole is all alone. Cole figures he’ll just get outta here, but here comes HANGMAN! The Cowboy is storming out but Cole tells us all that they need to stop. Cole is not fighting Hangman until the title is on the line again! Hangman is afraid of Cole! Cole just beat a legend, and he’ll whoop Hangman’s ass any day of the week!

Hangman gets right in the ring, snatches the mic right outta Cole’s hands, and shouts, “So you wanna title match, huh?! You want a championship match, huh?! You want another match with Hangman, huh?! Look at me when I’m talking to you!” Adam and Adam get in each other’s face here, and fans are fired up! Hangman says after last week, Cole realized he couldn’t just steal the title. But fine, Hangman will give Cole another match, and it’ll serve as his punishment. Because unless he is mistaken, they have a live Rampage in Texas. So the match Cole thinks he wants so bad won’t just be a normal match and it won’t be on Cole’s terms. It’ll be in a TEXAS DEATHMATCH!!

Fans are thunderous again because we’re going to see some serious #CowboySh*t! Hangman tells Cole he has a week left. If Hangman were him, he’d get his affairs in order. Adam VS Adam II, AEW World Championship Texas Deathmatch, will things be bigger and deadlier in Texas?

 

AEW shares what happened at ROH Supercard of Honor.

After Jonathan Gresham won and became the undisputed ROH World Champion, Jay Lethal came out and said that in return for what Lethal did for Gresham’s career, it is only fair that Lethal is his next challenger. Gresham said Lethal has changed. But Lethal says no one would know who Gresham is without Lethal! Sonjay Dutt came out to try and stop these two from fighting, but then Sonjay DECKS the Octopus! They mugged Gresham, but then SAMOA JOE returned to ROH! He got in Lethal’s face, and then put Sonjay to sleep! And not only is Joe back in ROH, he is now ALL ELITE!!

Owen Hart Memorial Men’s Tournament Qualifier: Samoa Joe VS Max Caster w/ Anthony Bowens!

Boston is going nuts seeing the Samoan Submission Machine makes his way out to the ring! But to rain on everyone’s parade with a diss track is Platinum Max! “I’ma lay this dude down like a sex position. I’m Main Event Max, Joe’s X Division. So I’m sending you home. You’re not a tough guy, Joe, you just injury prone. And I’m bad for your health. Got that towel cuz you can’t stop playin’ with yourself! And Tony, why’d we give this guy a chance? When we beat them in the ratings, he was their champ!” Joe can’t help but shrug, that last part is true. Bowens says, BOSTOOOOON~! The Acclaimed have arrived!” But will they be leaving left out of the tournament?

The bell rings and the fans of course sing, “Joe is gonna kill~ you!” Caster says no he won’t. Caster talks trash to Joe, but the problem is when he pokes Joe in the chest. Caster gets closer and Joe HEADBUTTS him! Joe then JABS, JABS and JABS until Caster’s down in the corner, so Joe just stomps him! Joe breaks it down with some dance moves, then he JABS Caster more! Joe grins then whips Caster corner to corner hard, to then back body block, and PELE! Caster drops to his knees clutching his head, but Joe brings him up. Caster throws hands, but Joe knees low and snapmares to CHOP him on the back!

Joe KICKS Caster down, then runs to drop an elbow! Caster bails out, regroups with Bowens, and fans fire up as Joe DIVES! Direct hit on Caster! Fans chant for “JOE! JOE! JOE!” as he drags Caster up. Bowens talks trash so Joe steps to him. Caster sucker punches Joe! Caster CLUBS away on Joe, fires off more in the ring, then ROCKS him with a forearm! Caster back hands, but Joe doesn’t even flinch. Joe CLOBBERS Caster with an elbow! Joe puts Caster up top, tuck shim in, and yes, he brings out the MUSCLE BUSTER! Cover, Joe wins!

Winner: Samoa Joe, by pinfall (advances to the Owen Hart Memorial Tournament)

And the first man in this inaugural bracket is perhaps the most dangerous man in both ROH and AEW! But wait, Jay Lethal and Sonjay Dutt are on the tron, and they’re telling Joe to calm down. There’s a reason they’re in the back. They won’t rain on his parade or ruin his moment. They’re not going to do what he did to them at Supercard. Lethal and Sonjay have more class. They respect him more than he respects them, which is hard considering the fact that last week, these two changed their outlooks in life. Lethal’s new outlook: say and do whatever the hell he wants! And he wonders, would he have that same outlook if Joe just answered his damn phone?

Because for four months, Lethal tried to call his teacher, his mentor, for some advice. And Joe never answered. Now Joe is here, so he has a phone. But the problem is, he only ever answers the phone for billionaires. That is the real problem. Joe’s first shirt here should say, “The Samoan Gold Digger.” Sonjay likes that one! But Lethal is even more upset that he didn’t know Joe would be here! Lethal respects Joe enough to roll out the red carpet and get him a cake! Sonjay says they can still do that, though. Yeah, that’s true. It’s not too late! Next week, they’ll get Joe a present so big and grand, it’ll embody their love and show their respect for Joe.

Next week, New Orleans, Joe’s number one student gets him a gift that he’ll never forget. See you there! Joe isn’t quite sure what that’ll be, but will Joe be more focused on winning the Owen Hart Tournament as the #1 seed?

 

Tony Schiavone interviews Blackpool Combat Club.

Schiavone announces that for this Friday’s Rampage, Bryan Danielson is taking on Trent Beretta while Jon Moxley takes on the NEW ROH Pure Champion, Wheeler Yuta! William Regal says he is off his nut with excitement, because the BCC will definitely be on a rampage. The perfect wrestler, Bryan Danielson, taking on the perfectly talented Trent, Regal feels sorry for the poor lad. And then, Yuta, who has impressed both Regal and Bryan greatly, is gotta impress the hardest of all to impress. Young Wheeler won’t know if it’s daylight, moonlight, or Fanny by the gaslight once Moxley’s done with him.

Moxley says, “The forecast for this Friday night on Rampage: the sound of bones cracking like thunder, and raining blood.” The Maniac is more than ready to mangle Yuta, but will the Decoder prove he’s ready to join this club?

 

Shawn Spears VS Capt. Shawn Dean!

The grudge between Chairman and Captain goes back a bit, especially here in AEW. MJF joins commentary for this, because he promised Spears will win one for the Pinnacle. Will Maxwell Jacob Friedman be proven right? Or will the Captain capitalize on the turmoil within the faction?

The bell rings, the two circle and Spears shouts out to MJF. Spears and Dean tie up, Spears waistlocks but Dean switches. Spears switches back to scoop and BACKBREAKER! Spears mocks the salute while fans boo. MJF puts the “Canadian God” over as Spears stomps Dean. Spears drags Dean up to TOSS him out hard! Dean crashes down but fans rally up for him. Spears goes out, he points out the AEW security posters for Wardlow and he smears his boots on the picture. Fans still chant for “WARD~LOW!” as Spears puts Dean in. Spears CHOPS Dean in a corner, then soaks up the heat before he swings again. Dean dodges to CHOP back!

Dean CHOPS Spears again, and again! Dean whips but Spears reverses and kicks low. Spears then pump handles to give Dean a PACKAGE NECKBREAKER! Cover, but Spears lets off? MJF says Spears is playing with his food, but fans boo. Spears waits as Dean gets up slowly, then reels him in for the fireman’s carry! Fans still chant for Wardlow, and look out! Cameras spot something going on in the back. The security staff is all beat to hell! MJF is freaking out but he should know by now what’s going on! Spears sets Dean down to look around. Is he coming? Is Wardlow in Boston? HE IS! And he TOSSES more security, dribbles one against lockers, then TOSSES another!

Wardlow storms his way out and is coming through the crowd! MJF wants security to do them damn jobs, but they just get CLOBBERED time and again! Wardlow DECKS one, RAMS another into the railing, and is ringside! The bigger guards stop Wardlow, but Dean rolls up Spears! DEAN WINS!

Winner: Shawn Dean, by pinfall

Wardlow says that’s what MJF gets! Dean once again has a win over The Pinnacle, will he parlay this into bigger opportunities? And as for MJF and Spears, if they can’t keep Wardlow away, what’s going to happen with their win-loss records?

 

Tony Schiavone interviews Best Friends.

Chuck Taylor, Trent Beretta, Orange Cassidy, and new ROH Pure Champion, Wheeler Yuta, are here after hearing from Blackpool Combat Club and those match-ups on Rampage. Chuckie T speaks up, because he wants to talk with Wheeler. Wheeler knows the Kentucky Gentleman loves him, Cassidy loves him, and they helped train him and got him here. They bought him the tights he’s wearing. Yes, they know Wheeler wants to be the best wrestler he can, but there’s nothing saying he can’t do that with Best Friends.

But Trent says he doesn’t love Wheeler, Wheeler is a scumbag traitor. We all saw Bryan beat Wheeler’s ass last week, so watch what Trent does to Bryan this week, maybe even take notes. Learn something form the guys he’s gonna turn his back on. Trent pushes Wheeler, Wheeler tells Trent not to touch him. He doesn’t want Chuck touching him, either. Wheeler storms off, is Trent only making Wheeler’s departure a guarantee?

 

Sammy Guevara and Tay Conti are here!

And Sammy has his cue cards! Dynamite is picture in picture as the lovebirds work together. “Hey PLOP Team!” with a drawing of doodoo to make it clear what that means. “You’ve got more excuses than wins! Members! Or fans! How about we change your name? How does American Talk Team sound? That’s all you guys seem to do! Or… American Walk Team! After last week, I’m sure you’re doing a lot of that! By the way, I think we owe you some money.” Tay looks around in her pockets, and tada! One, two, three, four FIVE HUNDY! It’s that easy. Sammy then continues, “I think we owe you something else, too. Each and every one of you!

“While I have the record for another title shot, I want nothing more than sweet revenge. Sorry, we want nothing more than sweet revenge! And we won’t stop until we get it! Until then, we will keep breaking your crap!” Tay throws down the last card as the challenge has been issued, what will American Top Team have to say?

 

AEW shares footage from earlier tonight.

The Jericho Appreciation Society was brawling with Eddie Kingston, Santana & Ortiz! Kingston slams Jericho into a door, Proud ‘n’ Powerful beat down Daniel Garcia and the duo formerly known as 2Point0! And then they all focus on Jericho! Jericho is sent into more doors, and then the JAS goes running when Kingston brings in a flat screen TV!! Kingston tosses it at the doors, and it busts up! Hager got the van for the JAS to run away! Kingston laughs as “Monkey” Ortiz still tries to chase after. This was just a sampler, what happens when Kingston, Santana & Ortiz get to give JAS the whole deal?

 

Wait, Kingston heads to the ring!

The Mad King says it’s time to talk now. Fans fire up for Kingston as he, Santana & Ortiz go out. No waiting for music, either! “Chris Jericho! You two faced coward!” Did you see them go running? Jericho and his association, on site! That means Jericho could be with his wife and kids, Kingston will come after him! The other two morons, Big Daddy or whatever, they could be with their families, Kingston will get them! Garcia, well… Kingston is laughing here. He knows where Garcia lives! Does he think Kingston won’t just show up at his house? ON SITE! Santana gets the mic now and he says, “Look at ’em! The Jericho BITCH Society strikes again!”

Those scrubs! They know, this is what they do! Bring the hardest fights to these dogs, because this is what they do! Ortiz tells “Christopher” that when he grows a pair and stops running, come see these three in Louisiana for a good ol’ fashioned Six Man! Or not, doesn’t matter. ON SITE, Christopher! ON SITE! Kingston says, “My dude, we’re going to be in New Orleans, and we’re gonna beat your ass Junkyard Dog and Bush league style, BITCH!” The challenge has been issued, the warning has been given, will JAS have no choice but to toughen up and get what’s coming to them?

 

Tony Schiavone introduces Mark Sterling & Jade Cargill!

Smart Mark and his client, the undefeated AEW TBS Champion, 29-0 and counting, are here in Boston. We are approaching possibly win number 30 in 30 matches, and Schiavone knows the baddies are here tonight. Jade says first of all, Tony, cut the sh*t! She is here to formally introduce her baddy section, THE baddy section. Cameramen, do your jobs! Jade’s girls are here, they’re so beautiful. But you see, a baddie is beautiful, confident and knows herself. And she can stand up here and tell all the slobs that she knows herself! Sterling says it was difficult to find good looking women in Boston, but Jade is such a hard worker, she persisted and managed to do it.

Sterling will also tell us that the one person not allowed in that section tonight for sure is Marina Shafir. She may be badass, but she ain’t a baddie. She trash! She might as well just be called Number 30 at this point. Jade is tired of all these MMA losers coming into this business. She is tired of all the wrestler rejects coming into her ring and her show. Sterling was concerned about Marina’s background and how she calls herself, “The Problem.” Jade says, “The Problem?” Well thankfully, Jade is the Problem Solver. Jade is confident as ever, but will that confidence break along with the streak when she takes The Problem head-on?

 

Backstage interview with MJF and Shawn Spears.

Alex Marvez notes they’re both clearly upset after what happened, but MJF tells him not to say Wardlow’s name. Spears says, “Oink oink, piggy! You wanna get involved, War Dog? You are pissing up the wrong tree, my friend!” MJF calms Spears down and says he’ll make this real simple. Wardlow, MJF prays you show up next week. Because there will be twice as many security guards, and twice as much pain. As far as Dean goes, oh salute the captain! Military man, huh? Thank you for your service, but MJF will do him one better.

Next week, Dean VS MJF II, and there will not be another upset win. But what there will be is a purple heart for Dean, because MJF will hurt him worse than he could ever have been hurt in combat! Now let’s get out of here. And someone fix that damn TV! This is a damn circus! The Pinnacle has issued warnings of their own now, but will they be able to make good on them?

 

Tables Tag Match: The Hardy Boyz VS The Butcher & The Blade!

Matt & Jeff are always ready to go extreme, especially if it’s for revenge! Will they DELETE Andy Williams & Braxton Sutter? Or will the fix be in again courtesy of the Andrade Family Office?

A thing of note: this is more like a table best of three match, where one team only wins when the other team has had both members crash through tables. And secondly, emphasize crash because there will be counting accidental breaks. An offensive maneuver has to send someone through the tables or it’s just wrecked wood!

As the mercenaries make their entrance, they’re already bring out the furniture! Three tables are put in the ring, and then Blade rips the legs off a fourth! The Hardys make their entrance now and they rush in! The table legs are weapons as the bell rings! That’s new! Butcher CLUBS Matt, Blade CLUBS Jeff! Blade puts Jeff in the ring and stomps him, then props one table up in a corner. Jeff hits Blade back with haymakers, whips, but Blade reverses. Jeff stops himself but Blade CLOBBERS him! Blade throws off his jacket and hat, runs in, but Jeff dodges! Blade CRASHES through, but thanks to the special rules, he’s still in the match!

Butcher scoops Matt and he aims for the timekeeper’s table! But Matt slips off! Then he uses a chair, only for Butcher to DECK Matt anyway! Butcher then gets in and he CLUBS Jeff! Butcher stops Jeff from setting anything up, then he brings the table around to make a ramp. Butcher waistlocks, but Jeff resists the suplex! Jeff fights, Matt gets in, and the Hardys mug Butcher! Fans chant “DELETE! DELETE!” DOUBLE DDT! Both Hardy Boyz position the table, then they drag Butcher over. Butcher is set on the table ramp, the Hardys rain down fists, then Jeff throws off his shift! Jeff goes to the corner, climbs up top, but Blade hurries to trip him up!

Matt rushes over but Blade shoulders into him! Blade reels Matt in, FISHERMAN SCREW! Blade and Butcher coordinate now, and they set the table in position. They suplex and SPEAR Jeff through the table! That’s one point for the AFO as Dynamite goes picture in picture!

Hardy fights off the mercs but they mug him 2v1! They knock Matt down, stomps him, then dig their boots in. They move that broken table aside and set up another. Blade stomps Matt down while Butcher positions the table. That’s a bit tricky but Blade helps out. Blade then goes after Matt, but Matt fights back! HOTSHOT and Blade goes down! The Hardys regroup but Butcher stomps Matt down! Butcher grabs the legless table and props it up against the ring. Butcher props Matt up against that, and then runs in from the ramp! But Matt dodges and Butcher CRASHES through! But much like Blade, it doesn’t count because it was his own doing.

Blade CHOPS Matt against railing and rakes Matt’s eyes! Blade then CHOPS Matt more! And more! Blade brings Matt around but Matt hits back. Blade rakes eyes again! Matt staggers about and swings blind, almost hitting a ref! Blade CLUBS Matt, puts him in the ring, and then he gets a chair. Blade stalks Matt but Jeff anchors Blade’s foot! Butcher CLUBS Jeff and RAMS him into steps, but Matt SMACKS Blade with the chair! Matt then SMACKS Butcher as he gets in the ring! Matt SMACKS Blade again, then clotheslines him out! Matt SMACKS Butcher again, and again, and again as Dynamite returns to single picture!

Fans chant “DELETE!” with every chair shot! Matt drags Butcher onto the table, rains down fists, and then he DECKS Blade as he gets back up. Matt hurries to go to the top rope, and fans fire up as he LEG DROPS Butcher through the table! All tied up, it’s just down to Matt and Blade! Fans fire up with “DELETE! DELETE!” as Matt aims from the apron. But Blade moves, Matt CRASHES through the table! Again, not an elimination but it sure hurts! Blade wants Butcher to get up, they can still finish this. Blade drags Matt up, and whips him into railing! Matt falls over, Blade and Butcher get another table set up.

Fans fire up as Blade stands Matt up for Butcher to ROCK with a haymaker! They then put Matt on that table near the corner. Blade goes up, but Matt fights. Butcher sends Matt over railing, then CLUBS him. Blade brings another chair over, they get Matt up against the railing, and they’re teetering on the edge! DOUBLE SUPERPLEX, but where’d the table go!? All three men just crash to the floor, as it turns out Jeff pulled the table away! And then Jeff uses Butcher to leap off and CLOBBER Blade into railing! Jeff kicks Butcher and hits him with an atomic drop! Leg splitting leg drop!

Jeff kicks Blade, TWIST OF FATE! Blade staggers about, but Matt gets him for another TWIST OF FATE! Matt hobbles, Jeff is bringing out stuff from under the ring. It’s a LADDER! And he RAMS Butcher with it! And again! And again! Butcher goes down in a heap but Matt drags him up, TWIST OF FATE! The Hardys hurry to position tables together, and then have the ladder nearby! They go after Blade and bring him over to put him on the tables! Jeff is climbing, he wants to repeat last week’s wild tornado tag! Matt braces the ladder and fans fire up, SWANTON BOMB through the tables!!

Winners: The Hardy Boyz

And in a big comeback, down 0-1, Matt & Jeff defeat Butcher & Blade! But here comes El Idolo! Andrade, Jose, Bunny and Private Party make their way out, but Matt is ready with a chair! Andrade and his office continue their way down the ramp, but here comes STIIIING! Boston is thunderous as Sting appears on stage, with his BASEBALL BAT! Down goes Quen, down goes Kassidy, and Jose backs off quickly! Andrade uses Bunny as a shield? Sting won’t bash Bunny, so the AFO retreats. But is this far from over between El Idolo and The Icon?

 

Christian and Jurassic Express speak.

Well, Captain Charisma isn’t really in the mood. He tries to wash out something in his eye, then he CHUCKS the water bottle at the wall! Jungle Boy & Luchasaurus give him his space, and they turn their attention to reDRagon. JB admits those guys are tough, they hit hard, and have some dumbass cauliflower ears. And they’ve been champions all around the world. “But around here, things are determined by the records. And honestly, your guys’ is not even good enough to challenge us for these. But since you’ve been getting involved in our business week after week after week, why don’t we just challenge you?”

Next week, Dynamite, for the AEW World Tag Team Championships! Luchasaurus shouts, “Dragons! Dinosaurs! RAAAGH!” The title match they wanted is happening, will Fish & O’Reilly make the Jurassic Express’ reign go extinct?

 

AEW hears from Nyla Rose and Thunder Rosa.

The Native Beast tells La Mera Mera, “These past two, three weeks you’ve been champion, I genuinely, from the bottom of my heart, can appreciate your passion for this industry, your passion for Women’s Wrestling.” But Rosa says the last time they were in Texas, Nyla attacked from behind, like the coward that she is. Vickie says Rosa talks about giving women opportunities, but Vickie will send her client any day, any time, any place, any state! Rosa says Battle of the Belts II is in Garland, Texas, and yes, Nyla is getting the opportunity. If Nyla wants this, she can come and take it! Now THAT is a Saturday Fight Night! Will Rosa still be champion after a run in with this Vicious Vixen?

 

Tony Schiavone interviews Toni Storm and Jamie Hayter.

These two are the first to qualify for the Owen Hart Women’s Tournament. He thanks them for no physicality here, and also notes there is a chance these two meet in the tournament. Toni offers a handshake, citing no physicality. Hayter slaps the handshake away and tells Toni she really hopes to face off in the tournament. All that momentum and star power because everyone loves Toni, stops with Hayter. If anyone deserves to win this tournament, it’s Hayter! Toni says, “Sweetheart, this has only just begun.” These two leave without throwing down, but when and where in the tournament will the Lightning From Down Under strike?

 

Owen Hart Memorial Women’s Tournament Qualifier: Hikaru Shida VS Julia Hart w/ The Varsity Blonds!

The Full Metal Warrior wants to cut down the Professor of Pro-Wrestling, Serena Deeb, but she also wants her part in history. The same can be said for the Varsity Blonds’ no-longer-cheery cheerleader, but will that new edge be able to match up to Shida’s?

Julia KICKS Shida in the back during her entrance! Griff and BPJ are confused but the bell rings and Shida hits back! Julia pushes Shida to ropes, then chokes Shida with her letterman jacket! The Blonds are again confused, the ref reprimands and counts, and Julia stops at 4. Julia cools off, but then she tells the Blonds to just leave! They don’t get it, but BPJ storms off in a huff and Griff follows in confusion. Julia then handspring forearm smashes Shida in a corner! Julia whips corner to corner, handsprings again, but Shida fireman’s carries to put her on the top rope! TOP SHELF KNEE! Then Shida goes to the apron, runs in and KICKS Julia down!

Shida goes looking under the ring, and she finds a chair! Fans fire up and Shida sets it up, to then LEAP off it, to dropkick Julia down! Fans fire up with Shida and she puts Julia back in the ring. Shida gets in but Julia kicks the rope to jam her up! And then she hits a DDT! Julia rains down fists and CLUBS Shida as Dynamite goes picture in picture.

Julia keeps on Shida, slaps her around, but Shida hits back with body shots! Julia whips Shida to a corner then runs in to back elbow! Julia fires forearms, backs off, then digs her boots in! The ref counts, Julia lets off, and she taunts Shida right to her face. Julia snapmares Shida to then KICK her in the back! Julia CLUBS Shida again and again, but Shida hits back! Shida even pulls Julia’s hair! Julia pulls Shida’s hair, the ref reprimands them both, but Julia throws Shida down! Julia clamps on a chinlock, but Shida throws elbows. Julia gets the arms for a motorcycle stretch! Shida endures again, and fights her way up

Shida turns things around, rolls Julia up, TWO! Shida runs in but Julia slips around to HOOK KICK and STO! Then STANDING MOONSAULT! Cover, TWO! Shida is hanging in this but Julia CLUBS her! Julia puts Shida back on the ropes, and she stands on her with both feet! The ref counts, Julia hops off, and she drags Shida back up. Shida throws hands, ROCKS Julia, and CLUBS her on the back! Shida then brings Julia up but Julia ROCKS Shida back! They go back and forth with forearms, Julia giving as good as she gets! Julia runs, but Shida ROCKS her again! Dynamite returns to single picture as Shida fires off more shots!

Shida drags Julia back up, fires off more forearms, then CLUBS away on Julia’s back! It’s all Julia can do to shield her head and fans are fired up! Shida lets off as Julia flails feebly, and then Shida whips Julia to a corner. Shida runs corner to corner, to KNEE her down! Shida reels Julia in, Julia resists by kicking her legs, but Shida powers through to hit the suplex! Fans fire up, Shida runs, but Julia avoids the shining wizard! Julia goes to the apron but Shida climbs up the nearest corner. Shida brings Julia up to deadlift SUPERPLEX! Cover, TWO! Julia survives but Shida doesn’t lose focus! Shida brings Julia up again, reels her in, Canadian Rack!

But Julia rakes eyes! Fans boo but Julia turns it into a BULLDOG! Cover, TWO! Shida is still in this and Julia is frustrated! Julia decides to go up top, and she TWISTING MOONSAULT FLOPS as Shida moves! SLIDING ELBOW! KATANA KICK!! And then, FALCON ARROW! Cover, Shida wins!

Winner: Hikaru Shida, by pinfall (advances to the Owen Hart Tournament)

As tough and as mean as Julia has become, she’s still not on the level of a former AEW Women’s World Champion! But before Shida can really celebrate, Serena Deeb makes her way out! Or rather, she ambushes Shida! But Shida was ready! Shida has the kendo stick, Deeb has a chair! They’re in a standoff now, but Deeb has an evil smile as she leaves. The Wolf of Wrestling is clearly planning her next attack, but when and where will that happen?

 

Backstage interview with Swerve Strickland.

Alex Marvez says it was a big weekend for Swerve, as well as some friends at the Grammy’s in Las Vegas. Swerve says it was great, he got to show love to his guys, they won Grammy’s for their work on Kanye’s album. But the weekend had a rough start, Swerve and Keith Lee got put through tables by “Powerhouse” Hobbs and Ricky Starks. This ain’t over, you can bet on that. But for now, Swerve’s gonna get ready for some stuff he’s got to do. But just as Swerve hops into the locker room, he gets jumped by Team Taz! Keith Lee rushes in and he evens the odds! Only to get SMACKED off a table!

Swerve CLUBS Starks, but Starks RAMS Swerve into some cases! But then Keith POUNCES Hobbs through the wall, right into the other part of the locker room! Keith may be limitless, but will he and Hobbs demolish everything in their path as this feud continues?

 

ROH & AAA World Tag Team Championships: FTR VS The Young Bucks w/ Brandon Cutler!

Cash Wheeler & Dax Harwood went into Supercard of Honor champions, and came out DOUBLE champions! They’ve already made history with that feat, but they still need this to solidify themselves as THE BEST tag team of this generation! Will there be no denying FTR’s legacy after tonight? Or will Matt & Nick Jackson deny them that title while also taking these titles?

The introductions are made by none other than ROH’s Bobby Cruise, with the Bucks throwing their jackets at FTR. FTR shrugs that off, then throw their jackets back! All four belts are raised, and we’re going to see who leaves Boston with them and so much more!

The teams sort out, Matt starts against Cash and fans are already fired up! Matt and Cash pace around, Cash and Dax talk strategy, and fans are rallying for “F T R! F T R!” The Bucks don’t sweat it, Matt and Cash tie up, then break. And then they tie up and break. And then the tie up and Cash puts Matt in a corner. The ref counts, Matt turns it around but he lets off, to push Cash. Cash SHOVES Matt down! Cash shows haymaker and the Bucks stay back! Matt and Cash reset, tie up, and Cash gets a leg to tackle Matt. Cash drops for a headlock but Matt rolls Cash to a cover. ONE, Cash holds on but Matt fights up to his feet.

Cash hits a headlock takeover, Matt headscissors, and Matt holds tight. Cash kips free the second time, but Matt gets him for a headlock. Fans duel, “Let’s Go, Young Bucks!” “F T R!” Cash pries at the headlock, headlocks back, but Matt powers out. Cash runs Matt over and Matt tumbles out of the ring! Matt goes around the outside, Cash picks up the headband off the mat to wear it and mock the Bucks’ favorite flex pose! The Bucks regroup, stay cool thanks to Cutler’s spray, and Matt gets back in. Matt runs in but into a drop toehold! Cash wrenches, tags Dax, and then handoff of the wristlock.

Matt powers Dax to the corner, Nick tags in, but Dax gets away. Dax and Nick circle now, they tie up, and Dax headlocks to throw Nick down. Nick fights up, Dax wrenches and wristlocks. Nick grabs ropes and the ref wants the ropebreak. Dax lets off clean, but Nick throws his headband at Dax! Dax catches it, and puts it down his tights! To then THROW at Matt! Nick and Dax tie up, Dax headlocks and Nick powers out. Dax runs Nick over, things keep moving, Nick hurdles but Dax scoops to SLAM! Nick kangaroo kicks, headlock takeovers, but Dax headscissors. Nick kips free but Dax arm-drags him to an armlock!

Fans fire up with the exchange as Nick fights up. Nick puts Dax in the corner, Matt tags but Dax slips out now! The Bucks pursue, Dax gets back in and Cash is there waiting! All four men stand off and fans fire up again. The teams cool off, Matt and Dax circle. Fans duel, Dax and Matt feel things out but Matt sucker punches Cash! So Dax sucker punches Nick! Dax then ROCKS Matt, runs the ropes, but Nick trips him up! Matt runs now, but Cash trips him up! Nick and Cash get in to start throwing hands, so Matt and Dax do the same! Fans are thunderous for this brawl, but Nick DECKS Cash and kicks him out of the ring!

Matt ROCKS Dax, the Bucks double whip, to double hip toss and double handspring basement dropkick! Cash runs in, but he gets the same double hip toss and dropkicks, but he springs right up to DOUBLE LARIAT the Bucks! Fans are thunderous, Cash hurries to his corner and he tags in. Cash blocks Matt’s kick to trip him, and step through, SHARPSHOOTER! But Nick gets in, only for Cash to duck the superkick! Dax trips Nick up and he puts on a SHARPSHOOTER! Fans are electric for the double Sharpshooters! But the ref reprimands Dax, he and Nick aren’t legal! Speaking of not legal, Nick RAKES Cash’s face!

Cash lets Matt go, Dax has no choice but to let Nick go, and Nick DECKS Dax! Cash flounders around, Nick goes out, and the Bucks meet at the corner, CLOTHESLINE ENZIGURI COMBO! Then Matt runs corner to corner again, CANNONBALL ENZIGURI COMBO! Fans fire up but are mixed between cheers and jeers. Nick soaks up the heat either way, and Matt ROCKS Cash with a right hand. Matt CLUBS and ROCKS Cash more, throws body shots, then whips to ropes. Body shot and a RUSSIAN LEG SWEEP! Matt drags Cash to a drop zone, goes up, and drops an ax handle! Matt taunts the crowd and the ref keeps Dax back.

Nick gets his cheap shots in while the ref is distracted, then he and Matt fake a tag. The ref allows it from the clap sound, Nick scrapes Cash and chokes him on ropes! The ref counts, Nick lets off to do his Macho Man impression. Cash flops out of the ring but Dynamite goes picture in picture.

Cash gets up, Nick is on the apron, Nick drops ax handles on Cash! Nick puts Cash in, he drags him to the Bucks’ corner, and he tags in Matt. Matt stomps away on Cash, then he taunts Dax by tossing his hair. Matt goes back to Cash but Cash CHOPS and CHOPS! Matt JAWBREAKERS Cash back, then drags him back up. Matt snapmares Cash, tags Nick, slingshot senton fist drop combo! Dax wants after Nick as he taunts Dax, but the ref keeps him back. Nick facelocks Cash and grinds him down. Cash fights up, fans rally behind him, and Cash powers his way towards the FTR corner! But Nick JAWBREAKERS, too!

Cash flounders, Matt pie faces him! The ref reprimands but Matt kicks Cash! Nick BOOTS Cash, then clamps the facelock back on. Nick headstands to add pressure, then drops down to jam the hold. Cash still endures, fans still rally up, and Cash powers up to BACK DROP Nick away! Matt tags in, he stays between Cash and Dax! Matt DECKS Cash, then sits him up to DECK again! Matt rains down fists, the ref reprimands but Matt lets off to taunt Dax. Matt drags Cash up, wrenches, tag to Nick. Nick CLUBS the bad arm, then headlocks Cash to grind him down. Cash endures all over again, Dax coaches him up and fans rally up.

Cash fights up as Dynamite returns to single picture. Cash throws Nick away, fakes him out, and snap suplexes him down! Matt tags in, he again intercepts, and whips Cash to Nick, only for Cash to dropkick Nick off the apron! Cash then TOSSES Matt out, and fans fire up with Dax! Cash crawls but Matt gets in to anchor the feet! Nick is creeping up on Dax, and as Cash kicks Matt away, Nick SUPERKICKS Dax down! No tag and fans boo as Nick says he’s smarter than FTR. Matt kicks Cash around, drags him back up, and whips him to the corner. The Bucks try again, but Cash dodges and the enziguri becomes a GAMANGIRI on Matt!

Fans fire up again as Cash stands. Nick springboards, into an UPPERCUT! Fans are electric all over again, hot tag to Dax! Dax fires off jabs and haymakers on the Bucks! Snap suplex for Matt! Snap suplex for Nick onto Matt! Dax clotheslines Nick out, CHOPS and uppercuts Matt on repeat in the corner, then only lets off as the ref counts. Dax whips, Matt reverses, but Dax catches him for a cradle! TWO, and Matt sunset flips! TWO, Dax sits on the hold! TWO, Dax rebounds to jackknife! TWO as Matt bridges up! Matt spins Dax around, backslide denied as the two men sit down. They roll and it’s a double cover, TWO!!!

Dax swings but Matt ducks! Matt swings but Dax ducks! Dax fakes Matt out, reels him in, and PILEDRIVER! Cover, TWO!! Cutler breathes again in the corner as he continues to vlog this, and the fans give this a standing ovation! Dax drags Matt up and around, and “This is Awesome!” as Dax puts Matt up top. Dax CHOPS Matt, climbs up again, but Nick ROCKS Dax and shoves him down! Cash returns but Nick fires off hands! Cash ducks to spin Nick around, APRON BACK SUPLEX! Nick staggers away and Cash goes after Matt. Matt knocks Cash away but Dax trips Matt up! Dax climbs up, Cash tags in!

Cash goes to the adjacent corner and Dax hits a SUPERPLEX! But Nick springboards up to SUPER STEINER Cash! All four men are down and all the fans are standing for this one! The standing count begins as fans chant for “A E DUB!” Matt tags Nick, they have Cash in the corner, Nick SHINING WIZARDS, ROUNDHOUSES, FOREARMS, and BULLDOG DROPKICK COMBO! Tag back to Matt, Nick goes out to PENALTY KICK Dax! Nick shoulders into Cash, SLINGSHOT FACEBUSTER to the cartwheel, ASAI MOONSAULT gets caught by Dax! BRAINBUSTER to the floor! But Matt WRECKS Dax with a dropkick!

Matt skins the cat, into Cash’s Gory Especial! GORY BOMB!! Cover, TWO!! Matt survives and no one can believe it! Cash calls to Dax, fans are volcanic, and FTR coordinates. They whip Matt, BIG- NO, Nick SUPERKICKS Dax then grabs the ref! Matt stopped the code breaker to LOW BLOW Cash! Fans boo as the ref misses that! The Bucks whip Cash and steal the BIG RIG!! Cover, TWO!?! Cash survives and the fans are loving it! Matt drags Cash back up, Nick goes to a corner, MORE BANG FOR YOUR BUCK!! Cover off the moonsault, TWO!!! Cash survives again and Matt is beside himself! Matt tries another cover, TWO! Another, TWO!

Nick goes to the timekeeper’s area and he grabs an ROH belt. Dax intercepts and tug-o-wars with Nick! Matt hurries to get Cash but Cash rolls him in a cradle! TWO!! Nick BOOTS Dax, the ref is busy with Matt and Nick BELT SHOTS Cash!!!! Matt rolls Cash up with tights! DAX BREAKS IT!! Fans have reached that maximum level, they can’t get any more hyped up for this! But then Bucks DOUBLE SUPERKICK Dax down! Nick goes to the corner to tag in, and they drag Cash up by his arms. Fans boo, Cash resists, B T E TRIGGER!!! Cover, ROPEBREAK!!! The Bucks think they’ve won, the timekeeper even rings the bell, but the ref points out what happened!!

The Bucks are furious! That can’t be, but it is! The Bucks shrug it off quickly, they know they can finish this! Tag back to Matt as all of Boston is for FTR! Nick sets up on the apron, Matt scoops Cash, but Dax intercepts Nick’s springboard flip! Cash turns the gut wrench around on Matt, too, Dax slingshot POWERBOMBS Nick while Cash TOMBSTONES Matt!! Cash hurries, tag to Dax, and FTR hurry to get Matt up! They have the arms! Matt SPITS in their faces, so F T R TRIGGER!! And they even steal the kisses on both cheeks! BIG FREAKIN’ RIG!!! Cover, FTR wins!!!

Winners: FTR, by pinfall (still ROH & AAA Tag Team Champions)

Tony Schiavone wants to know if there’s such a thing as a 10 star match, and y’know what? That might be what this one was! FTR keep both titles AND prove they are truly #TopGuys! The Bucks tried everything but they couldn’t outdo Cash & Dax! Will any team come even close to stopping them now?


My Thoughts:

What an awesome night for Dynamite! Commentary itself was saying this was a PPV level card, and it came damn close. Cole VS Christian was a great opener, and naturally Cole won to keep going up the AEW singles ranks. And of course reDRagon went after Christian to bring Jurassic Express out, along with Hangman coming out to confront Cole. Hangman is becoming Texas Deathmatch man, and that is awesome. He and Cole are going to tear it up on that Rampage. Jurassic Express has a great promo calling out reDRagon and they’re going to have a great match for the tag titles next week.

But then AEW is again undercutting their own Battle of the Belts special. If the tag titles are next Dynamite, and if the world title is on Rampage, the only title match right now for BOTB II is the women’s title! Rosa, Nyla and Vickie had a good promo vignette, and I suppose the women’s titles could both get the spotlight on BOTB II, since Jade and Sterling had a good promo to run down Marina Shafir. But again, two title matches doesn’t make much of a special. As I’ve said because they’ve been hyping this up for weeks, but Rosa will win her match, and Jade will come the closest she has to losing, but the titles stay where they are.

Samoa Joe had a great debut in AEW, Caster had a very good rap, and of course Joe is moving on into the Owen Hart Tournament. Lethal and Sonjay had a good promo to tie things in with ROH, which I feel I’ll have to keep an eye on at least now. Especially with Wheeler Yuta being the ROH Pure Champion. He had a great promo with Best Friends, and it’s all but given that he’ll join Blackpool Combat Club after this week. We got a good cue card promo from #Tammy, or #SamTay, whatever you wanna call Sammy & Tay. Of course they’re going to escalate things with American Top Team, that mixed tag is coming.

Good stuff with Wardlow again beating security guards and distracting Spears while pissing MJF off. Dean wins again, I feel like there could be a loose alliance between him, Punk and Wardlow, all the guys MJF hates. We got great stuff out of JAS and Kingston-Santana-Ortiz. It was great continuity thing to have the bashed up screen just there the whole night after Kingston tossed it. That Six Man is gonna happen, and maybe another. One with Jericho & 2Point0, the other with Jericho, Garcia and Hager. Then we’ll surely get Kingston VS Jericho II at Double or Nothing, and I bet JAS cheats so Jericho wins that.

We got awesome stuff out of the Tables match, and I do like that they made it “elimination” or however you wanna call it. Naturally, the Hardy Boyz win, and naturally AFO comes out after them, only to be backed down by Sting. As I said before, we could end this with Andrade VS Sting 1v1. Hayter and Toni have a good promo segment to hype up the tournament, and to foreshadow that this is at least a semifinal match. Shida VS Julia was great stuff, especially with Julia showing her darker side even more. It’s only a matter of time before Julia takes off that eye patch and she has the same spooky eye as Malakai Black. Deeb showing up was natural, too, and that is probably our other semifinal. Hayter VS Toni, Deeb VS Shida, winners face off in an epic finals.

Great stuff out of Team Taz brawling with Keith and Swerve, especially that Pounce to finish it. They should have a Falls Count Anywhere Tag or something, then we can get Keith VS Starks. Hell, add the FTW Championship to the BOTB II card as like a great opener to hype everyone up. And then that main event, that was no less than Tag Team Match of the Year. You cannot watch that match and act like it was less than the best tag match anywhere in wrestling today. Hell, that was good enough to be in consideration for MATCH of the year. There was nothing weak in that match, I loved every bit of it, and not only are FTR Faces now, they’re practically the top Faces, even over Jurassic Express.

My Score: 9.2/10


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Mitchell’s AEW Rampage Results & Report! (2/3/23)

The Elite are on a Rampage!

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Is The Elite in for a tune-up or trap game tonight?

Though they plan to defend the AEW World Trios titles on Dynamite, Kenny Omega & the Young Bucks defend the titles against The Firm here on Rampage! Will they overlook Ethan Page, Matt Hardy & Isiah Kassidy and get caught?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • AEW World Trios Championships: The Elite VS Ethan Page, Matt Hardy & Isiah Kassidy; The Elite win and retain the titles.
  • Swerve Strickland w/ Mogul Affiliates VS Brian Pillman Jr; Swerve wins.
  • Saraya & Toni Storm VS The Renegade Sisters; Saraya & Storm win.
  • Rush w/ La Faccion Ingobernable VS Christopher Daniels; Rush wins.

PLAY BY PLAY

AEW World Trios Championships: The Elite VS Ethan Page, Matt Hardy & Isiah Kassidy!

Kenny Omega and the Young Bucks accepted the challenge of the upstart Top Flight & AR Fox, but then they also accepted the challenge of The Firm’s All Ego! Will The Elite’s ego cost them in their very first defense? Or will they still keep their date with Fox, Dante & Darius for Dynamite?

The bell rings and the trios sort out. Dayton chants, “THE! ELITE! THE THE ELITE!” Nick Jackson starts against Isiah Kassidy, they circle, and they tie up. Nick wrenches to a wristlock, Kassidy rolls and handsprings to wrench and wristlock back. Nick uses ropes to flip through and wrench back to hit a headlock takeover. Kassidy headscissors, Nick kips free, but Kassidy hits a headlock takeover. Nick headscissors, Kassidy kips free, things speed up and Kassidy wheelbarrows to arm-drag! Kassidy kips up, but Nick blocks the chop to knuckle lock. Nick CHOPS, goes up and up, “LUCHA LIBRE~!” and arm-drags!

Kassidy staggers up into another arm-drag, and Nick has the armlock! Fans cheer but Ethan is furious. Nick wrenches Kassidy, tags Matt, and the Bucks double whip to bait Kassidy into a GUTBUSTER, to the NECKBREAKER BACKBREAKER COMBO! Fans fire up with the Bucks, and Matt points to Kenny. Fans fire up, and Matt tags in Omega! Hardy tags in and he circles with Omega. They tie up, break, and then go again. They break, go again, then Hardy headlocks. Omega powers out but Hardy runs him over. Things speed up but Hardy fakes out the hurdle! Hardy kicks low, reels Omega in, TWIST- NO, Omega powers out!

Omega runs in at the corner but Hardy dodges, and the V-Trigger hits buckles! Hardy reels Omega in, but Omega fights the Side Effect! Hardy staggers, Omega runs in but Hardy sends him out! Omega hurries back up but Hardy BLASTS him off the apron! Omega hits railing, Stokely laughs at him, and then Hardy goes up the corner! Omega stands up, but Ethan leaps to CLOBBER Omega! Ethan gives Hardy a thumbs up, he did that so Hardy wouldn’t have to risk himself. Ethan puts Omega in the ring, Ethan apparently snuck a tag that not even Hardy noticed. Ethan drags Omega up to scoop and SLAM him!

Fans boo but Ethan tells the Bucks to kiss this. Ethan drags Omega up, throws haymakers, and then has Omega in the corner. Ethan has Hardy and Kassidy hold Omega in place, then Ethan runs to BLAST the Bucks off the apron! Fans boo more but Ethan runs in, into Omega’s BOOT! Omega is free, he goes up and over Ethan to hot tag Nick! Ethan runs in, Omega dodges and the Bucks DOUBLE GAMANGIRI Ethan back! Nick then tags Matt while Omega RANAS Ethan! The Bucks double kick, Nick runs and Matt gives him the boost to RANA Ethan! Ethan hurries to tag Hardy, he runs in but into DOUBLE DROPKICKS!

Ethan shouts for Kassidy to do something, so Kassidy springboards, but the Bucks get clear to double elbow! They wheelbarrow and lift Kassidy, Omega runs in, WHEELBARROW KOTARO KRUSHER! Kassidy flounders out of the ring while the fans fire up with the Elite. Hardy returns but Omega sets up Ethan and Kassidy. Matt runs in to WRECK Ethan and Kassidy with a dropkick! Matt then holds the ropes for Nick to FLY and take them out! But Matt Hardy kicks Matt Jackson low and reels him in! TWIST- NO, NORTHERN LIGHTS! Matt Jackson starts up the Polar Express, but Ethan saves Hardy!

Ethan swings, but into a NORTHERN LIGHTS! Fans fire up with Jackson as he has Hardy for haymakers! And stomps! Jackson runs, Ethan trips him up but Jackson BOOTS Ethan! Hardy catches Jackson for a SIDE EFFECT! Cover, TWO! Hardy drags Jackson over and tags in Ethan. Ethan stomps Matt Jackson, going after the legs. Ethan talks trash on Dayton then brings Matt around for a BACKBREAKER! Fans boo but Ethan soaks up the heat as Rampage goes picture in picture.

Ethan drags Matt up, bumps him off Kassidy’s boot, then tags Kassidy in. Ethan and Kassidy mug Matt, Kassidy stomps away, then lets off as the ref counts. Kassidy drags Matt back up, tags Hardy, and they mug Matt Jackson now. Hardy brings Jackson around to fire forearms and elbows! Then Hardy has Jackson under the bottom rope, for a ROPE GUILLOTINE! Kassidy gives thumbs up as Hardy covers, TWO! Hardy drags Jackson up, bumps him off Ethan’s boot, and then tags Ethan in. Ethan and Hardy mug Jackson, abut Jackson fights back with haymakers! Rampage returns to single picture as Jackson backs Ethan down!

Matt Jackson runs but into a BOOT! Ethan BLASTS Omega and taunts Nick. Fans boo but Ethan drags Matt Jackson over to tag Hardy back in. Hardy drags Jackson up, bumps him off buckles and shouts “DELETE! DELETE!” Fans chant along, and Hardy goes through all three levels! Hardy grabs Jackson’s legs, and YANKS him into a POWERBOMB! Cover, but Nick breaks it! The ref reprimands but Nick backs off. Hardy drags Matt Jackson to the drop zone, goes up the corner, but then Ethan tags in! Fans boo as Ethan ruins Hardy’s good time. Ethan then copies Hardy’s stuff, but leaps into a SUPERKICK!

Fans rally as Ethan and Matt are down! Hot tag to Omega! Fans fire up as Omega goes up top to CROSSBODY Ethan! Kassidy runs in, to get a POLISH HAMMER! POLISH HAMMER for Ethan! Omega spins but Ethan dodges to kick low! Ethan whips, Omega reverses and fireman’s carries! “YOU! CAN’T! ESCAPE!” ROLLING SENTON, and the MOONSAULT! Cover, TWO! Fans fire up as Omega drags Ethan up into a half nelson. Ethan fights the full nelson, RAMS Omega into the corner, and Kassidy tags in. Kassidy and Hardy run to BLAST the Bucks while Ethan fires off back elbows on Omega!

Ethan whips Omega corner to corner, runs in and clotheslines! Kassidy adds a SPLASH, Hardy adds a clothesline! Hardy sets up, Ethan whips Kassidy, FIRM IN MOTION INTO DOUBLE SUPERKICKS!! Ethan is shocked to see what happened, but he runs into a SNAP DRAGON! Hardy runs in, kicks low, but Omega turns Twist into full nelson! Hardy elbows free, runs, and DOUBLE LARIATS take both men down! Nick goes up, but so does Kassidy! STEREO SWANTON BOMBS!! Nick takes out Hardy while Kassidy takes out Omega! Then Kassidy runs in, dodges Nick and goes up to FLYING COMPLETE SHOT!

Matt Jackson shouts “YOU’RE DEAD!” and he SUPERKICKS Kassidy! Ethan runs in, blocks a kick and spins Jackson to ROUNDHOUSE! and then deadlift POWERSLAM! But V-TRIGGER outta nowhere!! All six men are down and the fans are thunderous! A standing count begins, “This is Awesome!” and Omega crawls to hot tag Nick! Nick storms in to CLUB Kassidy. Kassidy throws a forearm, but Nick hits back! They go back and forth with heavy shots, but Kassidy gets the edge! Nick staggers, but he ROUNDHOUSES back! Nick whips, Kassidy reverses and SPIN KICKS! Nick goes to a corner, Kassidy runs in, but Nick dodges!

SHINING WIZARD! GAMANGIRI! FOREARM! BULLDOG! The Elite regroup and they aim at Kassidy, only for Hardy and Ethan to drag Omega and Matt Jackson out! They’re sent into railing hard, and Kassidy runs to hit a DESTROYER!! Nick flounders to a corner, Hardy sets up again! PARTY IN MOTION! Ethan & Kassidy put Nick up top, DOUBLE ICONOCLASM! And then a feed to the TWIST OF FATE!! Kassidy covers, Matt Jackson breaks it!! Ethan storms in, he gets Matt Jackson up, but he slips off the Ego’s Edge and Omega V-TRIGGERS Ethan down! Hardy throws Omega out!

Hardy runs in, Jackson moves, Hardy BLASTS Ethan! Hardy is shocked and he hurries to check on Ethan. Kassidy TOSSES Matt Jackson out, but Nick springboards in! CUTTER?!? Kassidy covers, TWO!!! Kassidy almost wins this on his own because Hardy and Ethan distracted with Ethan’s jaw. Nick tags Omega while Kassidy calls to his team. Hardy hurries over but Omega V-TRIGGERS Kassidy down!! Omega drags Kassidy away, tags Matt in and then Matt tags Nick. Jackson BLASTS Hardy, Omega Electric Chair Lifts Kassidy! ONE WINGED ANGEL!! Into B T E TRIGGER!!! Cover, The Elite wins!

Winners: The Elite, by pinfall (still AEW World Trios Champions)

This was no trap game, but this was far more than a tune-up! The Elite are red hot now, will they melt the Coldest Tag Team in the Game this Wednesday?

 

Backstage interview with Ricky Starks.

Lexi Nair is with The Absolute, and she brings up the Jericho Appreciation Society throw down the Garcia-Guevara Gauntlet challenge. Starks sorta got what he asked for, so what’s the plan? Starks says, “I can tell you it wasn’t a plan for us to match here,” in reference to his shirt and her whole ensemble both being a light khaki. But Starks admits he puts his foot in his mouth, something he’s known to do around here. But that’s okay, because if that is how Starks gets at Chris Jericho, then that is what he’s going to do. If that is the way to beat Jericho, to get out of the “Web of Jericho” that he has entangled himself in, that is what Starks will do.

“I am no stranger to having the deck stacked against me, because I always find a way. Parker, Daddy Magic, Sammy, Danny, it doesn’t matter. Because in El Paso, Texas, I am gonna to prove exactly why I am Absolute. And when I do get my way, Chris, I am going to embarrass you. And I am going to beat you, again.” Starks is ready for everything the JAS is going to throw at him, but will that still get him the win?

 

Team Triple J speaks.

Jay Lethal tells the others, “Right now, we are riding high. But the Screen Actors Guild and AEW, they’re trying to rain on our parade by distorting on the camera Sonjay’s Golden Globe. I tell you what, just like last week, when we embarrassed the Best Friends and Danhausen, we proved that in the ring, we can’t be matched! And I bet right now, Paul Walter Hauser is sitting at home without a Golden Globe, wishing that he had better friends.” Jeff Jarrett says, “I bet Mr. Walter Hauser wishes he never ever stepped foot in the Kia Forum! Because what happened the last time? I bet he’s wishing he never went on The Late Late Show with James Corden!”

But Best Friends respond!

Danhausen is upset that he got smashed in the head with a Grammy! No, it was a Golden Globe. But keep going, this is good energy. Yes! Danhausen was “decimating” their giant, Satnam Singh, and then he was caught off guard by a GOLDEN GLOBE! That was bad. So YOU will be cursed if it happens again! It shouldn’t happen again, right? It shouldn’t. Danhausen says it WON’T happen again! But when and where will we see the sequel to this showdown of friends and enemies?

 

Swerve Strickland w/ Mogul Affiliates VS Brian Pillman Jr!

For whatever reason, second generation wrestlers get on Swerve’s nerves. He can’t get after The Natural just yet, but he’s settling for #FlyinBrian41 here tonight! Will BPJ use his homefield advantage to stop the Mogul? Or will Dayton be “Whose House?” “SWERVE’S HOUSE!”

The bell rings and Swerve circles with BPJ. They tie up, go around, and BPJ powers Swerve to a corner. Swerve pushes back and wrenches to a wristlock. BPJ rolls, cartwheels, handsprings and headstands, but Swerve pushes him down to turn BPJ over to a ghost pin! TWO, BPJ gets up but Swerve is after him. BPJ whips Swerve to a corner, Swerve goes up and over and O’Conner Rolls, then Eddy Gordo RANAS, but BPJ rolls through to stand back up. Fans cheer the technical exchange. BPJ and Swerve tie up again, Swerve pulls BPJ’s hair and puts him in the corner. BPJ turns things around, and he swings, only for Swerve to duck.

Swerve whips BPJ but BPJ rolls, handsprings and kangaroo kicks! Swerve checks his nose while fans rally up. Swerve runs in, BPJ dodges, things speed up and BPJ hurdles to drop. Swerve handsprings over, things keep moving, but BPJ steps on Swerve! Fans fire up as BPJ asks, “Whose House?” “BRIAN’S HOUSE!” But Swerve takes off his necklace to wrap around his fist as he ROCKS BPJ with a sucker punch! Fans boo, Swerve whips, but BPJ reverses and DROPKICKS! Swerve bails out, BPJ builds speed, and fans fire up as BPJ WRECKS Swerve with a dropkick! BPJ hurries away from Trench & Boudreaux while Rampage goes picture in picture.

BPJ grins while Swerve is furious. Boudreaux & Trench help Swerve stand up. BPJ talks some smack but Swerve has his guys stand down. Swerve goes up the steps and into the ring, and he ties up with BPJ. Swerve kicks BPJ, ROCKS him with a right, then swings, but misses in the corner! BPJ CHOPS, ROCKS, and wrenches before he whips corner to corner. BPJ runs in to clothesline, CHOP, and NORTHERN LIGHTS! Bridging cover, TWO! BPJ rallies the fans while Swerve grits his teeth. BPJ storms up but Swerve gets around to JAM the leg! BPJ falls over and clutches the knee while Swerve taunts Dayton.

Swerve stands on BPJ’s leg, throws down fists, then kicks him around. Swerve stands BPJ up, BPJ throws hands, but Swerve KICKS the leg out! Swerve goes to the corner, goes up, and he taunts the fans before the FALLING UPPERCUT! Swerve swaggers and smirks at all the fans before he goes back to BPJ. Swerve kicks the leg, grinds an arm, and Rampage goes to break.

Rampage returns as BJP and Swerve fire forearm after forearm at each other! BPJ CHOPS, CHOPS, then SLAPS! Swerve staggers, BPJ grabs at him, but Swerve brushes that away to ROCK BPJ with a haymaker! BPJ staggers to a corner, Swerve storms over, but he blocks a boot! Swerve brings BPJ out, slips around that leg and hits a BACKBREAKER! BPJ staggers, Swerve SLAPS him, but BPJ SUPERKICKS! And LARIATS! Cover, TWO! Swerve survives but BPJ fires up! Fans rally as BPJ fireman’s carries. Swerve fights free, and he SLAPS away on BPJ’s back. BPJ snapmares, Swerve blocks the superkick and he mule kicks the bad leg!

Swerve aims from the corner as BPJ clutches his knee. BPJ stands but the bad leg gives out! And then the HOUSE CALL!! Cover, TWO!?! BPJ survives and Swerve is fuming! Dayton fires up but Swerve drags BPJ up. Swerve bumps BPJ off buckles, hoists him up top, then climbs up after him. BPJ throws body shots in return, then climbs up to HOTSHOT Swerve away! Trench distracts BPJ, BPJ runs him off, and the ref is busy with Trench, allowing Boudreaux to trip BPJ up! Fans boo, but Swerve hurries to go out after BPJ and drag him up! Fireman’s carry, APRON DEATH VALLEY DRIVER!!

Swerve hurries up a corner and BPJ sits up, for the KILL STOMPS!! Cover, Swerve wins!

Winner: Swerve Strickland, by pinfall

Mogul Affiliates comes through for their leader, Swerve takes out a second generation star! #HoodiesUp, and the big men stand Swerve up. Trench feeds BPJ to Boudreaux’s LARIAT! Then Swerve brings out the necklace, but here comes DUSTIN RHODES! The Natural has a TURNBUCKLE CROSSBAR! Dustin uses that to run off Mogul Affiliates, but this war has only just begun. Will Dustin prove to Swerve that being second generation doesn’t make him better, but that being better makes him better?

 

The House of Black speaks.

Malakai says, “There was a saying that reads, ‘Assumptions are a poison that create unrealistic expectations.’ And what is the poison that you people created? The assumption that Eddie Kingston was going to join the House. No, the House does not want Eddie, and Eddie does not want The House. The House did what it always does, and what its mission has been since the beginning: prove that every human being on this planet, no matter how true of heart, is corruptible. And it takes the smallest push into the right direction to peel off the layers of virtue and let that venom of hate grow.

“There is no forgiveness for people like you and me, Eddie. And like Cain did to Abel, you do what you can’t help but do, because it is your nature. It is the balance of who you are in this world. Because no man is ever truly…” The Mad King has begun his descent, will there be no going back now that he has begun to #FadeToBlack?

 

Saraya & Toni Storm VS The Renegade Sisters!

Speaking of a descent, the Revolution and the Lightning have stooped to shocking lows as of late, all in the name of showing the AEW homegrown talent that they, the outsiders, know what is best for business. But will they continue to do whatever they want to the AEW Women’s Division? Or will Charlette & Robyn be just the renegades to fight The Revolution?

The teams sort out and after a rock-paper-scissors game that goes nowhere, Robyn steps up to Storm. Storm doesn’t seem to take Robyn seriously but Robyn eggs her on. Robyn and Storm tie up, go around, and end up against ropes, in a corner, and then to more ropes. Storm lets off to pie face Robyn. Robyn ROCKS Storm! And again, and again, and then she CHOPS! Robyn whips, Storm reverses but Robyn ducks, only to run into Storm’s THESZ PRESS! Storm rains down fists, then she drags Robyn up. Storm puts Robyn in the ropes, CHOKES Robyn, then argues with the ref so Saraya can CHOKE Robyn, too!

The fans boo as Saraya fires off knees on Robyn! Storm sucker punches Charlette! Storm runs to HIP ATTACK Robyn off the apron! Fans are torn while Robyn lands on the floor. Storm and Saraya bring Robyn up to RAM her into steel steps! And then into the railing! The ref has to keep Charlette back, and Saraya says Charlette is crazy! Storm drags Robyn up and puts her in the ring to then drag her over. Tag to Saraya, they mug Robyn, and Saraya short arm LARIATS! And again! And again! Fans boo but Saraya smiles and soaks it all up. Saraya drags Robyn up, tells fans to shut up, but Robyn waistlocks.

Saraya elbows free, whips Robyn to a corner, SHINING WIZARD! Fans boo but Saraya just revels in it. Saraya snapmares and SHINING WIZARDS again! Cover, TWO!! Robyn survives but Saraya drags Robyn up. Robyn RAMS Saraya into a corner, but it’s the enemy corner! Storm tags in, she and Saraya mug Robyn, and then Storm snap suplexes Robyn down! Cover, TWO! Robyn is hanging tough but Storm clamps on a full nelson. Fans rally as Robyn endures and fights up. Storm thrashes Robyn around, but Robyn fights up and breaks the nelson! Only for Storm to throw her down by her hair! Fans boo and the ref reprimands, but Storm just scowls.

Storm kicks Robyn around, toying with her, but Robyn gets mad. Robyn ROCKS Storm! Robyn eggs Storm on so Storm hits back! Robyn ROCKS, CHOPS and repeat! Storm swing, Robyn dodges and ENZIGURIS! Fans fire up as both women are down! Storm a nd Robyn crawl, hot tag to Charlette! Charlette rallies on Storm and Saraya! SPLASH in the corner! Charlette rallies the fans with “GET! YOU! SOME!” Charlette runs in, but Storm SHOTGUNS her down! Charlette flounders to a corner, Storm runs in, SWEET HIP MUSIC! Storm brings Charlette up for Saraya to YAKUZA KICK! STORM ZERO!! Cover, Storm & Saraya win!

Winners: Saraya & Toni Storm, by pinfall

The outsiders win, but they’re not done! Saraya brings out cans of spray paint! Toni CLOBBERS Robyn, Saraya chases the ref out of the ring, and they start spraying the Renegades! They put big green L’s on the Renegades, will they continue to hand out those L’s to the AEW Women’s Division?

 

Adam Cole speaks.

“There is nothing that I love more than professional wrestling. And I have worked harder every single day than I ever have in my entire life. Because for me, I thought my dream was dead. And when your dreams die, your hope dies. I never, ever lost hope, because I refused to let anybody or anything stand in my way of getting back inside that squared circle. And I have no idea who my first opponent will be when I return, but I can promise you this: You are going to get the best damn pro-wrestler on the planet. And his name…” ADAM COLE, BAYBAY! AEW Revolution is the target, will Adam Cole make it all about the boom?

 

Mark Henry welcomes us back to Rampage.

The World’s Strongest Man says, “Before former ROH Champion, Rush, faces Bryan Danielson this Wednesday, he will face former ROH Champion, Christopher Daniels tonight on Rampage.” The Fallen Angel tells El Toro Blanco, “Your reputation precedes you, but I am not intimidated by reputation. And I’m not a stepping stone for anyone, Rush.” But Rush tells Daniels, “You have never faced anybody like Rush.” Rush continues on in Spanish, then says in English, “Just remember: if you mess with the bull, you get the horns.” Mark Henry then says, “It’s TIME! For the main event!” Will Rush be rolling into El Paso and his battle with the American Dragon? Or will this be the rise of the Fallen Angel?

Rush w/ La Faccion Ingobernable VS Christopher Daniels!

The bell rings and fans rally for the Fallen Angel. Daniels and Rush circle, tie up, and Daniels waistlocks. Rush switches, Daniels switches back but Rush sits. Daniels holds on for a moment but Rush switches back. They stand, Daniels shifts to hit a headlock takeover. Rush headscissors, Daniels pries free to trip Rush to a cover, ONE! The two stand off and fans cheer. Rush and Daniels reset to circle again. They tie up, Rush wrenches and YANKS the arm, then wrenches to CLUB the arm. Rush YANKS the arm but Daniels uses ropes to flip through and arm-drag Rush away! Rush stands up, sidesteps, but Daniels blocks the hip toss!

Daniels tries but now Rush blocks the hip toss. Rush swings but Daniels blocks the haymaker to hit a NECKBREAKER! Daniels then CLOBBERS Rush! Cover, TWO! Fans rally, Daniels drags Rush up and CLUBS him. Daniels whips Rush to ropes to calf kick him out! Daniels then builds speed and DIVES! Direct hit at the ramp and fans fire up as Rampage goes picture in picture.

Daniels drags Rush up and into the ring, hurries up the corner, but Jose distracts! Daniels AX HANDLES Jose down! But Rush DECKS Daniels with a sucker punch! Daniels flops out of the ring and Rush distracts the ref so “Perro Peligroso” can attack! Preston Vance holds up the Ingobernables fist, then he POSTS Daniels! Vance even CHOKES Daniels with the stolen masks of luchadors Vance has beaten outside of AEW! Vance gets away with all this as Rush goes out after Daniels. But then Vance distracts the ref so that Rush can beat down Daniels! Rush drags Daniels around the way to throw him into railing!

Rush throws knee after knee into Daniels against the railing while Jose hurries to get the bright green cable! Rush throws down fists, Jose throws the cable over, and Rush holds it up. Rush then gathers some slack, to LASH Daniels! And then CHOKE him with it! Daniels can only cough and sputter because Vance is still in the ref’s face! Rush lets Daniels go, then drags him up to put him in the ring. Jose gives Rush some water to refresh himself, then Jose shows off just one of the many fat stacks MJF gave LFI on Dynamite. Rush uses the fat stack to fan himself off, then gives it to Vance. Rush then gets in the ring to CHOP Daniels!

Rush whips Daniels corner to corner, runs in and clotheslines! Then he sits Daniels down to rain down forearms! The ref reprimands and counts, Rush lets off at 4. Jose beats the apron like a drum and Rush runs corner to corner, to fake Daniels out on the Bull’s Horns! Daniels lets his guard down, and Rush KICKS him in the face! Daniels clutches his jaw while Rush rolls back to tranquilo. Rush then drags Daniels up to throw him out, and of course Vance is right on Daniels! Vance CHOPS Daniels while Rush distracts the ref. Vance puts Daniels back in, Rush stands on Daniels with a cocky cover, ONE!

Rush is annoyed but he stomps away on Daniels. Rampage returns to single picture as Rush pretends to take Daniels’ head and kicks it into the crowd. But then he KICKS Daniels in the side! Daniels goes to the apron, fans boo, but Rush kicks him to the floor. Rush again distracts the ref, and Vance uses the fat stack of cash to SLAP Daniels! Vance then makes it rain on Daniels, and stands him up to CHOP him down! Fans boo as Jose also makes it rain on Daniels. Vance puts Daniels in the ring, Rush drags Daniels up and throws body shots. Rush tosses Daniels back out, and then “apologizes” to the ref as a way to distract him!

Jose and Vance stand Daniels up, Jose chicken wings Daniels’ arms, and Vance runs in. Daniels moves, the BOOT takes out Jose! Fans fire up, Vance is shocked, and Daniels POSTS Vance! Daniels throws Jose into the ring then goes around the way. Rush is distracted by his assistant being where he shouldn’t be, and Daniels slips in to roll Rush up! TWO!! Rush escapes, but Daniels baits him into the corner. Daniels dodges, ENZIGURIS, and fans fire up! Rush staggers, Daniels runs in and LARIATS Rush! And CHOPS! And wrenches to a BLUE THUNDER BOMB! Cover, TWO!! Rush survives but Daniels fires back up!

Daniels drags Rush up, CLUBS him again and again, then runs, but Rush follows! CHOP! CHOP! But Daniels swings! Rush dodge to SUPERKICK! Rush roars, swings, but into a fireman’s carry! DEATH VALLEY DRIVER! Cover, TWO!! But into a KOJI KLUTCH!! Rush endures, Vance drags Rush’s leg to the ROPEBREAK! Fans boo but Daniels lets Rush go all the same. Daniels knows it was that damn dog, but Rush rolls Daniels up! WITH TIGHTS! TWO, and Rush swings again, but into the URENAGE! Daniels points to the corner and fans fire up! Daniels goes up, for the BEST MOONSAULT EVER onto knees!!

Rush OVERHEAD Belly2Belly suplexes Daniels into the corner! Rush makes sure Daniels sits up, and then he stomps away with both feet! Fans boo, Rush stomps around then runs corner to corner, BULL’S HORNS!! Cover, Rush wins!

Winner: Rush, by pinfall

Though it was a valiant effort, Christopher Daniels fought a 3v1 the entire time, he had no chance of winning out. Will Bryan Danielson also have no chance against those odds? Or will the American Dragon find a way to slay El Toro Blanco?


My Thoughts:

A really good Rampage here. The trios titles opening was quite the surprise, but it was a great match. The Firm looked good, but of course they also had the story of Ethan stealing the spotlight from his own teammates every chance he could. As such, The Elite win, and now we’re going to get a stacked episode of Dynamite. The trios titles, the tag titles, and eliminator matches for the women’s world title and men’s world title. Of those, I’m fairly confident The Elite retain their titles, that would only be their second defense and they have got to be heading to AEW Revolution with these belts. No idea who they’d face then, though.

Plenty of good promos again. Starks responding to the JAS gauntlet didn’t necessarily add anything, he’s of course going to find his way through. Malakai’s promo was equally good but it effectively established what’s going on with the story of House of Black and Eddie Kingston. Triple J and Best Friends are definitely going to have another match, and as I said before, I hope Paul Walter Hauser gets involved to avenge Triple J stealing his Golden Globe. And great new promo from Cole, though it doesn’t necessarily add anything more. Cole is surely going to be part of the Revolution card, and whoever he faces is going to put Cole over but in a very good match.

Really good match out of Swerve VS BPJ, but of course that as a Heel leading a faction, Swerve wins because his guys help out. But it also made sense for Dustin to show up and run the Mogul Affiliates off. As I sensed on Dynamite, Dustin is surely going to team up with BPJ and Brock Anderson against Mogul Affiliates in a Six Man Tag. And as AEW seems to struggle establishing new team names, I’m assuming Brian Pillman Jr. and Brock Anderson are gonna be “Lineage” (stylized LineAGE) as a sort of AEW version of Legacy. I say that cuz LineAGE was on BPJ’s tights. Dustin can also join LineAGE if he wants, and maybe LineAGE can get going in the Trios Division.

The Renegade Sisters got a good showing against Storm & Saraya, but of course they also lost to Storm & Saraya. And I suddenly had inspiration seeing Saraya & Storm spray paint big green L’s on the Renegades. Will Saraya & Storm be like The Outsiders, Nash & Hall, and they get an NWO moment at Revolution? The “third woman” will be someone who is currently Face and seems like they’re on AEW’s side. It probably won’t be Shida, she doesn’t seem to like how Saraya & Storm are going. But with Saraya & Storm wearing green and using green paint, and Ruby Soho having green hair, I wonder if Ruby is pushed to the point where she ends up seeing things Saraya’s way.

Still disappointing that Mark Henry’s segment is being trimmed down more and more, but I’m thinking it’s to give more time to the main event match. But this main event was a great main event, even though I just knew Daniels would lose. Rush VS Bryan will be great stuff, and I am sure Bryan will look close to losing because of Jose and Vance getting involved, but surely Bryan will find a way to win.

My Score: 8.6/10


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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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