Once again, AEW raises the stakes!
AEW brings Double or Nothing back to Las Vegas, so place your bets! Will Hangman Page be better than the Best in the World, CM Punk?
- The Buy-In – #Hookhausen VS Tony Nese & Mark Sterling; #Hoohkausen wins.
- MJF VS Wardlow; Wardlow wins and terminates his contract with MJF.
- The Young Bucks VS The Hardy Boyz; The Hardy Boyz win.
- AEW TBS Championship: Jade Cargill VS Anna Jay; Cargill wins and retains the title.
- Six Man Tag: The House of Black VS Death Triangle; The House of Black wins.
- Owen Hart Foundation Men’s Tournament Finals: Adam Cole VS Samoa Joe; Cole wins.
- Owen Hart Foundation Women’s Tournament Finals: Britt Baker VS Ruby Soho; Baker wins.
- Mixed Trios: Frankie Kazarian, Sammy Guevara & Tay Conti VS The Men of the Year & Paige VanZant; MOTY & VanZant win, Kaz and Sammy CANNOT challenge Scorpio for the TNT Championship ever again.
- Darby Allin VS Kyle O’Reilly; Kyle wins.
- AEW Women’s World Championship: Thunder Rosa VS Serena Deeb; Rosa wins and retains the title.
- Anarchy in the Arena: Blackpool Combat Club, Eddie Kingston, Santana & Ortiz VS The Jericho Appreciation Society; The JAS wins.
- AEW World Tag Team Championship Triple Threat: Jurassic Express VS Team Taz VS Keith Lee & Swerve Strickland; Jurassic Express wins and retains the titles.
- AEW World Championship: Hangman Page VS CM Punk; Punk wins and becomes the new AEW World Champion.
PLAY BY PLAY
The Buy-In – #Hookhausen VS Tony Nese & Mark Sterling!
Two of AEW’s most popular young stars were once at odds, but the Premier Athlete made them both his enemies out of jealousy and spite. And so, the Cold-Hearted, Handsome Devil and the Very Nice, Very Evil overlord join forces! Will Nese & Sterling regret ever wanting them to #SendHook? And to a lesser degree, Danhausen?
The teams sort out and fans are fired up as Hook starts against Nese. They circle, Nese is not taking Hook seriously but Vegas is roaring for Hook. Nese flexes on Hook, but Hook tackles him! Nese scrambles and Sterling regroups with him! Sterling says the ref needs to get control of Hook, this is ridiculous! But Danhausen tags in? Hook allows it, Nese laughs at Danhausen because of how he put him away under 15 seconds. Nese lets Danhausen have the headlock while fans are fired up, and then Nese powers out to run Danhausen over! Fans boo but things speed up. Danhausen hurdles, but Nese fakes out the drop. Danhausen avoids the elbow drop!
Danhausen then dodges the corner splash! And Nese staggers, into a CURSE! Fans fire up but Nese feels no such curse. Danhausen hurries to a corner and BOOTS Nese, then goes up to FLYING RANA! Nese flounders, Sterling tries to get in, but Danhausen uses a CURSE! Sterling falls on his face! Sterling scrambles out of the ring to check his nose. But Nese CLOBBERS Danhausen! Nese rains down fists while the fans boo but Nese soaks it all in. Nese drags Danhausen up, bumps him off buckles, and he tags Sterling in. Sterling stomps a mudhole into Danhausen but lets off to shimmy and shake. Sterling talks trash on Hook, but Hook just sticking a leg in scares him off.
Sterling tags Nese, Nese talks trash on Hook and kicks Danhausen. Nese whips Danhausen to a corner hard! Danhausen bounces off buckles and Nese flexes. Fans boo but Nese kicks Danhausen around. Nese has Danhausen in a corner, stomps him, then tags Sterling in. Fans rally for Danhausen but Sterling suplexes him up and over! Then he “runs” to drop a leg and miss! Tag to Nese, he DECKS Hook! Fans boo but Nese brings Danhausen up, Danhausen counters the haymaker into a spin and NORTHERN LIGHTS! Fans fire up while both men are down! Hook is back, too! Danhausen crawls, avoids Nese’s grip, hot tag to Hook!
Sterling runs away to leave Nese hanging! Hook throws Nese with an uchimada! Then a HARD corner clothesline, into a TAZ PLEX! Sterling tags in?! He defends it was just an encouraging pat on the back, but Hook TOSSES Sterling into the ring! Sterling writhes, but Nese rushes in to waistlock! Hook switches, Nese tries to turn things around but Hook gut wrenches for the EL CAMINO! Hook then catches Sterling for a TAZ PLEX! Fans fire up, Hook drags Sterling back up, and slashes the throat! But Danhausen wants in? Fans want it, too! Hook shrugs and tags Danhausen in! Danhausen fires up, to cover! HOOKHAUSEN WINS!
Winner: #Hookhausen, by pinfall
And they fist bump to celebrate! Is this the beginning of a journey to the AEW World Tag Team Championships?
MJF VS Wardlow!
Try as he might, Maxwell Jacob Friedman could not keep the War Dog down under his thumb. And he couldn’t keep this match from happening, either! But can he find a way to keep Wardlow under contract and absolutely ruin the rest of his life? Or will Wardlow prove MJF isn’t better than anyone else so that the whole world knows it?
Wardlow is escorted from the holding cell and to the ring. Fans chant for “WARD~LOW,” and they tell MJF he F’d up big time! Fans erupt as soon as Wardlow walks out on stage and down the ramp. The cuffs are undone, the chanting echoes throughout the arena, and MJF bails out as soon as Wardlow steps in the ring. MJF wants Wardlow backed off so the ref has Wardlow step away. Fans want Wardlow to “F HIM UP!” in reference to MJF. MJF gets annoyed, but he gets in the ring. The bell rings, and MJF bails right back out. Fans boo but MJF just soaks up the heat. Wardlow stays cool as MJF paces around with the ring count.
MJF tells Wardlow to back off, and he does. Fans taunt MJF with, “HE SHOWED UP!” in reference to MJF apparently not doing his meet ‘n’ greets. Wardlow argues with the ref and MJF rushes in! MJF cheap shots Wardlow, but he doesn’t budge! Wardlow then reels MJF in! MJF scrambles away and fans boo. MJF tells Vegas to shut up, but then he says this is happening on his time. Wardlow goes out after MJF but MJF gets back in the ring to soak up the heat. MJF then dodges Wardlow again, except Wardlow drags him up to the apron! MJF shoulders in, slingshot sunsets, but he can’t bring Wardlow down!
Wardlow drags MJF up to reel him in! Bot MJF BITES Wardlow on the top of his head! MJF throws a forearm, then another, but Wardlow just flexes on him. So MJF pokes Wardlow in the eye! The ref reprimands but MJF doesn’t care. MJF headlocks, only for Wardlow to power up. MJF ducks and dodges, rolls under the boot, and waistlocks. Fans chant, “MJF, F U!” but Wardlow bucks the O’Conner. Things speed up, MJF drops then jumps, but Wardlow catches him! MJF hurries to RANA out of the bomb! Cover, TWO! MJF suddenly clutches his leg! Wardlow doesn’t trust that MJF’s leg is actually hurting, and neither do the fans.
The ref still has to be sure, and we all catch MJF digging the Dynamite Diamond Ring out of his trunks! MJF looks up and realizes he’s been caught. The ref takes the ring away and pats MJF on the shoulder! MJF realizes he’s dead and he begs for mercy! MJF says no one wants to see him get hurt, but fans chant, “YES WE DO!” MJF says he’ll double Wardlow’s pay! No, TRIPLE! Wait, wait, QUADRUPLE! Hmm… Wardlow shakes on it, but that’s to trick MJF. Wardlow won’t let MJF go, and he smiles. Wardlow kicks low, reels MJF in, and fans are thunderous! POWERBOMB!! Fans are loving this but we all want that “ONE MORE TIME!”
Wardlow conducts the crowd and obliges, he gets MJF up again! POWERBOMB!! But the symphony has only begun and Wardlow is feeling it! He gets MJF back up again, for a POWERBOMB!! That’s three, but we still need the quartet! Wardlow gets MJF up, for the POWERBOMB! Roll right back up, a FIFTH POWERBOMB!! Cover, Wardlow lets off?! Everyone is enjoying the karma being dealt out to MJF! Wardlow says here’s one more! Fans chant, “YES! YES! YES!” and POWERBOMB NUMBER SIX!! Well, is half a dozen enough? Fans are chanting “TEN! TEN! TEN!” Wardlow gets MJF up again and LUCKY NUMBER SEVEN here in Vegas!
Wardlow takes in a deep breath, this is cathartic! And y’know what? He agrees, let’s go to 10! Wardlow brings MJF up, POWERBOMB NUMBER EIGHT! NUMBER NINE!! The straps come down for NUMBER TEN!!! Cover, Wardlow wins!
Winner: Wardlow, by pinfall (freed from his contract with MJF)
FREEDOM! “WARD~LOW” has literally thrown MJF away and is now free to sign directly with AEW! As for MJF, medics get a neck brace, backboard and stretcher to get him out of here. Fans chant, “You Deserve It!” at MJF, has Wardlow not only rid himself but all of AEW of the Scourge of the Earth?
Tony Schiavone interviews Wardlow on the stage, and he reports that Tony Khan has made Wardlow ALL ELITE! Wardlow loves seeing the graphic, as do the fans! And they chant again, “You Deserve It!” in a positive light. Now that we have #AllEliteWardlow, will we also see Wardlow become a champion?
The Young Bucks VS The Hardy Boyz!
Two tag teams that defined their generations, two tag teams that redefined tag team wrestling, and perhaps the top two tag teams ever! Matt & Nick Jackson, Matt & Jeff Hardy, Elite VS Delete, but who gets to say Vivaaa~ Las Vegas?
Fans are fired up as the teams stare down. The teams sort out and Matt Hardy says “DELETE!” Matt Jackson says “ELITE!” “DELETE!” “ELITE!” They push each other, say their catchphrases, and then they tie up. Hardy wrenches, wristlocks, but Jackson rolls, kips up and breaks to dropkick! Fans fire up as Jackson soaks up the heat. Nick says that was too easy for his Matt. The Matts tie up again, Hardy wrenches but Jackson hammerlocks. Hardy reaches down to trip Jackson but Jackson kicks Hardy into the corner. Hardy comes back into a leg sweep, cover, ONE! Hardy sweeps now, cover, ONE!
Jackson gets in Hardy’s face and points to the imaginary watch, saying time’s up for the Hardys! Fans rally and duel, Hardy and Jackson tie up. Jackson gets around to waistlock but Hardy backs him into the corner. Hardy throws back elbows, then tag to Jeff! The Hardys double whip but Jackson avoids the double back elbows, and he power walks to tag in Nick. Nick and Jeff circle, fans rally up and the two tie up. Hardy headlocks but Nick powers out, only for Jeff to run him over! Jeff does his dance, but Nick kips up! Nick stares Jeff down, kicks low, then headlocks back. Jeff powers out, Nick runs him over, and does his own Jeff dance!
Fans boo, but Jeff trips Nick, then DECKS him! And CLOBBERS him! Nick bails out but Matt joins Jeff in mocking the Bucks Flex! Nick gets in, but he trips on the rope! Then the Hardys double clothesline Nick back out! Matt Jackson gets in but the Hardys are right on him. They double whip, double back elbow, then FIST DROP SENTON COMBO! Fans fire up for the Hardys while Nick & Matt regroup. Brandon Cutler is there while the Bucks talk strategy. Matt Hardy calls Nick out with “YOU SUCK!” Nick gets in but the fans start chanting for Cutler! Nick is pissed and he shoves Cutler for making this about him!
Fans boo and Nick gets in to SLAP Hardy! Tag to Matt and he shoulders into Matt. Jackson slingshots up and over but Hardy CLOBBERS him! Hardy kicks low, snap suplexes, then tags in Jeff. Nick runs in but the Hardys get him for a DOUBLE GOURD BUSTER onto Matt Jackson! The Hardys then double whip, set up, but Nick saves his brother from Poetry in Motion and GAMANGIRIS Jeff outta the air! Matt Hardy rushes Matt Jackson but gets a back elbow! Jackson goes up but Hardy CLUBS him on the back! Hardy brings Jackson out in a crucifix but Nick SUPERKICKS Hardy down! Fans are torn but the Bucks soak up all of it.
Nick drags Jeff up from the outside and puts him in. Jackson stomps Jeff while Nick tries to get fans to chant, “That was Awesome!” Fans do chant along, and Matt stomps Jeff more. Matt Jackson gets Jeff up, and he uses Jeff’s hands to tell Matt Hardy, “SUCK IT!” Jackson bumps Jeff off the buckle and Jeff falls back. Tag to Nick, SLINGSHOT SENTON FIST DROP COMBO! Nick taunts Matt with some shimmies, then he scrapes his soles off Jeff’s face. Fans fire up, Nick bumps Jeff off buckles and tags his Matt back in. The Bucks double whip, Jeff ducks to come back and DOUBLE LARIAT! Fans fire up again and Jeff crawls, but Cutler trips Matt Hardy up!
Fans boo Cutler now but Nick applauds and gives thumbs up. Nick stomps Jeff, drags him up, and whips him to the corner. Jeff reverses, Nick reverses back and ROCKS Jeff! Nick pie faces, goes up the corner, WHISPER IN THE WIND FLOPS as Jeff moves! Jeff goes up, steadies himself a moment, then shows Nick how to WHISPER IN THE WIND! Direct hit and both men are down! Fans fire up again and rally as they crawl for their corners. The standing count is climbing, hot tag to Matt Hardy! Hardy rallies on Nick, whips him to ropes, then DECKS him! Hardy gives Nick “DELETE!” buckle bumps over and over!
Matt Jackson rushes in but Hardy gets him for forearm after forearm! Then he gives Jackson “DELETE!” buckle bumps! Cutler gets up, HE gets “DELETE!” buckle bumps! Cutler flops to the floor, SIDE EFFECT for Nick! Cover, TWO!! Hardy shrugs that off, he wants the Twist! Hardy kicks low but Nick shoves him away, and Matt Jackson holds ropes to dump Hardy out! Nick then goes to the apron, PENALTY KICK! The Bucks dare Jeff to bring it, and Jeff flips them off! Nick shoulders in, then slingshots, FACEBUSTER! Handspring MOONSAULT, but Hardy dodges to CLOBBER Nick! Jackson WRECKS Hardy, skins the cat, but Jeff dropkicks him!
Jeff lines up a shot on the apron, but Nick SJUPERKICKS him down! Jeff still falls on both Matts! Fans fire up and Jackson gets the Hardys both up. Nick goes up a corner, fans fire up again, SUPER CANNONBALL onto the Hardys! Fans fire up and the Bucks get Matt Hardy back in. Nick grins as he looms over Hardy and rains down fists! Nick then snarls, but Hardy eggs him on! SHINING WIZARD! Tag to Matt Jackson, he drags Matt Hardy over and Nick climbs. RISKY BUSINESS! Cover, TWO! Jackson says okay, if the moonsault and splash won’t do it, how about this? Jackson slaps Hardy around, then reels him in.
Hardy fights to switch, Jackson switches back but Hardy backs Jackson into the corner. Nick runs in, Hardy moves so the SHINING WIZARD hits Matt Jackson! Nick realizes the booboo, but he hurries back to the apron. But Hardy dodges again, PENALTY KICK hits Cutler! Fans fire up, Nick realizes the second booboo, but he runs into a back drop! Jeff is back up, he LEAPS and CLOBBERS Nick! Hardy catches Jackson for an APRON SIDE EFFECT! Fans are thunderous as all four men are down! The Hardys regroup while the ring count starts. Matt Hardy gets Matt Jackson back in and Jeff goes to their corner.
Jeff tags in, the Hardys double whip Jackson, set up and somehow, someway, POETRY IN MOTION! Direct hit and Jeff drags himself to the outside. Jeff goes up, Matt sets up, but no Twist! Matt Jackson trips and CATAPULTS Matt Hardy into Jeff! Then Nick springboards to DOUBLE STOMP Matt Hardy across Matt Jackson’s knees! Matt Jackson gets up top with Jeff, but Jeff JAWBREAKERS! Matt Jackson falls, Jeff throws off his shirt! Fans fire up again, SWANTON FLOP! Matt Jackson hauls Jeff up, to STEAL the TWIST OF FATE! Nick STEALS the SWANTON BOMB!! Cover, TWO!?!? WHAT!?!?
Fans are thunderous again, “This is Awesome!” and they truly mean it here. The Bucks drag Jeff up and have his arms. B T E- NO! Jeff ducks and knees hit each other! DOUBLE JAWBREAKERS! But the Bucks DOUBLE SUPERKICK back! DOUBLE SUPERKICK for Matt Hardy, too! Fans are thunderous again and Matt Hardy tries to get his brother up. The Hardys slowly rise, but the Bucks SUPERKICK them over and over and over and over and over!! Fans fire up as the Bucks raise their hands! But the Hardys are getting back up? The Bucks tell them to stay down, Matt SPITS at Nick, Jeff flips off and SPITS at Matt!
DOUBLE SUPERKICKS for Matt Hardy! DOUBLE SUPERKICKS for Jeff Hardy! Double covers, TWO!?!?! Vegas is electric while the Bucks are shocked! Cutler moves steel steps around for the Bucks, and they put it up on its side! Jeff probably remembers this from his match with Darby Allin not all that long ago. Matt Jackson SMACKS Jeff off them, then hauls him onto the steps. Matt climbs up with Jeff, Nick aims from the corner?! Fans are freaking out but Jeff fights Matt Jackson and Matt Hardy has Nick! Crucifix for the RAZOR’S EDGE!! Jeff SLAMS Matt Jackson on the steps and CLUBS him! Fans fire up as Matt Hardy fires down hands and Jeff climbs up!
Hardy DECKS Cutler to keep him away! Jeff aims at those steps, FULL METAL SWANTON!! TWIST OF FATE for Nick!! Cover, TWO!?! Nick survives and no one can believe it! Nick staggers around, into another TWIST OF- NO! Backslide counter, TWO!! SIDE EFFECT!! Then another TWIST OF FATE!! Jeff tags in and he goes up again! Fans are all standing for this one! SWANTON BOMB!! Cover, Hardys win!!
Winners: The Hardy Boyz, by pinfall
Jeff celebrates with the fans, then returns to celebrate with his brother! The Hardys are now, then and once again the best tag team, but will they be able to cement this legacy with some gold?
The Acclaimed Gunn Club have fun in Las Vegas!
Viva Las Vegas, the Acclaimed have arrived! And also the Gunn Club, don’t forget. Right, right, of course. ASS~ BOYS! Guys, c’mon. But hey, everyone’s jacked. They’ll document everything so Daddy can watch it back later. They’ll scissor everybody on that strip!
Billy Gunn returns later that day and finds them all passed out in their room. And the bathroom. The Ass Boys are disappointment but the Acclaimed are just hilariously adorable. Bowens is throwing up the scissors in his sleep? Billy tucks Caster in, quickly scissors Bowens, and hopes they sleep well.
AEW TBS Championship: Jade Cargill VS Anna Jay!
The inaugural TBS Champion is still undefeated at 31-0, and the Queenslayer is already among that number. But will Number 99’s second try be the one that gets it done? Or will the Star of the Show just be another guest star on #ThatBitchShow?
But speaking of shows, Vegas showgirls accompany Jade during her entrance. The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and with the Baddies looking on, who proves they’re the baddest in AEW?
Fans rally up and the two tie up right away. Jade puts Jay in the corner, lets off, then knees her low. Jade whips corner to corner, run sin but Jay BOOTS her! Jay goes up, leaps, but Jade catches her! Jade scoops, Jay slips off and waistlocks but Jade bucks that. But Jay catches Jade for a sleeper! Jade back suplexes before the Queenslayer hold can lock in, but Jay turns for a CROSSBODY! Jay doesn’t cover, she runs and leaps, but Jade catches her! FALL AWAY SLAM! Jade kips up and fans fire up! Jade EuroUppers and kicks Jay, to then snap suplex! Jade kips up again, then CLOBBERS Jay!
Fans rally, Jade goes up the corner to the very top, and she AX HANDLES Jay down! Jade toys with Jay, then goes to another corner. Jade climbs again, Jay gets away to the far corner. Jade changes her mind, gets in and kicks Jay again. Jade uppercuts, lines up her shot, and dribbles in to back elbow! Jade then shoves Jay down, goes up the corner, but Jay trips Jade up! Jay ROCKS Jade, goes up and brings Jade up, SUPERPLEX! Fans fire up while both women are down, and the Baddies grow worried! Jade and Jay stir, fans rally up, and Jay drags herself up the ropes. Jay is in the corner, Jade runs in but into an elbow!
Jay BOOTS Jade, dodges Jade then HEEL KICKS! Jay runs but Jade rushes at her. Jay dodges to LARIAT but Jade stays up! Fans fire up, Jay runs in at the corner, but Jade puts her on the apron. Jade swings but misses, Jay HOOK KICKS! Jay pushes Jade, climbs up the corner, and leaps for a BLOCKBUSTER! Jade bails out to slow this down, but Jay pursues! Jade kicks low, but Jay shoves Jade into steps! Jade gets back in the ring, the ref is busy checking her, and the Baddies attack! But Jay kicks Kiera Hogan, then she kicks Red Velvet! Jay reels them in for DOUBLE DDTs to the floor! The Baddies are down, Jay fires up, and she gets in, but into a BOOT!
Jade drags Jay up, hooks her up, JADE- NO! Victory roll, TWO!! SUPERKICK!! Both women are down and fans fire up again! But wait! Here comes Mark Sterling! He’s still sore from losing to #Hookhausen, but he won’t let another of his clients down! Sterling complains to the ref, but he slides his crutch into the ring! Only for Jay to grab it first! Jay JAMS Jade, then uses it for the RUSSIAN LEG SWEEP! Crutch goes bye, Jay covers, TWO!! Jade survives Sterling’s mistake and he is freaking out! But here comes JOHN SILVER! The Meatman gets Sterling with a kick and BRAINBUSTER to the floor!!
Fans fire up as Silver evens things with Sterling, but Jade gets Jay with an EYE OF THE STORM! Cover, TWO!?! Jay survives but Jade drags her up! Chicken wings for the JAD- NO! Another victory roll, and Jay sweeps the legs! QUEENSLAYER CLUTCH!! The Baddies are freaking out, the fans are thunderous, and Jade fights up to her feet! Jay holds on tight but Jade RAMS her into buckles! Jade is free, runs in, but Jay dodges! Jade hits buckles, fans fire up and duel, and Jay climbs! Jade hurries to spin Jay around on the ropes! Jade goes up after Jay, they throw elbows at each other, and now MALCOLM BIVENS/STOKELY HATHAWAY appears?!
Fans are going nuts but Jay can’t believe how many people Jade has on her side! Jay and Jade keep throwing elbows, and Jade gets those chicken wings! SUPER JADED!!! Cover, Jade wins!!
Winner: Jade Cargill, by pinfall (still AEW TBS Champion)
What a stacked deck! Hathaway gets in to celebrate with The Baddies, Jade is 32-0!! But they set Jay up to teach her a lesson! Wait, here comes KRIS STATLANDER! Fans fire up as Kris stares all the Baddies down! Especially Red Velvet. And that’s not all! Here comes ATHENA!!! Formerly Ember Moon, the now #FallenGoddess is now in AEW! She stands alongside Jay and Kris against The Baddies and fans are going nuts all over again! Hathaway advises the Baddies to let this go for now, but somewhere, someway, this is going down! Who will be the one to finally give Jade Cargill that first loss?
Six Man Tag: The House of Black VS Death Triangle!
Malakai Black has slowly but surely spread his influence in AEW, and has brought in Brody King and Buddy Matthews to reinforce their message. But PAC, Penta Oscuro & Rey Fenix are standing up to their intimidation because they have #CeroMiedo! Will the fearless trio take control of the darkness? Or will the House always win when it’s Double or Nothing?
The House of Black has war paint, but Death Triangle comes prepared! Pac has his own hybrid mask, and Lil’ Penta sees the team off with Alex Abrahantes. The trios are tense but they still sort out, and it’s Fenix to start against Malakai himself. Fans chant for “CERO! MIEDO!” as Fenix and Malakai circle. They tie up, and Malakai wrenches. Fenix wrenches, Malakai wrenches, but Fenix wrenches back. Malakai wrenches again but Fenix breaks free. They knuckle lock, Malakai kicks low and whips Fenix, but Fenix handsprings against ropes! Fenix swings a haymaker but Malakai ducks to waistlock and GERMAN SUPLEX! But Fenix lands on his feet!
Fenix gets Malakai up, but Malakai blocks the haymaker to fire off a strike fest! But Fenix gets around to waistlock. Malakai switches, shoves, but Fenix RANAS! Fans rally for “LUCHA LIBRE!” as Fenix dodges to tiger feint and rewind, HEEL KICK misses as Malakai ducks! But Fenix sits down to avoid the Black Mass in time! Fenix crosses his legs as he stares Malakai down! So Malakai sits with him! Fans are fired up and then both men kip up! Malakai knees low, gets a wristlock, tag to Buddy. Buddy goes up, DOUBLE STOMPS but to Malakai’s arm as Fenix turns things around on them! Fenix pushes Buddy to the corner, but Buddy BOOTS him!
Buddy elbows Pac down but Penta ducks! Buddy goes up and over as Fenix runs in, but he turns around into a SUPERKICK! Tag to Penta, and Penta dodges and ducks, only to be sent out. Buddy runs but stops himself as Penta slithers in! Buddy says no no, and mocks Cero Miedo! Fans boo, Buddy blocks Penta’s chop and fires off his own strike fest! Foot stomp, but Penta avoids the knee! Penta mule kicks, KICKS, but Buddy ducks the roundhouse! Buddy back suplexes but Penta lands on his feet to SUPERKICK! Tag to Pac, Penta RANAS Buddy out! Then Penta hears Buddy coming, and gets right in his face!
Fans fire up as the two stare down, and Penta shouts, “CERO! MIEDO!” Then Pac SHOTGUNS Buddy! Buddy tags Brody and fans are fired up! Pac fires forearms but Brody DECKS Pac! Brody drags Pac up, ROCKS him with a right and has him in a corner. Brody CHOPS, then whips corner to corner. Brody runs in but Pac BOOTS him! Pac goes up, but Brody SHOVES him down! Brody DECKS Penta, Fenix springboards in but Brody DECKS him outta the air! Death Triangle regroups and Brody builds speed?! Only for Death Triangle to all get in! The House reinforces Brody, fans are thunderous, and the brawl is on!!
Buddy throws Penta out, Malakai throws Fenix out and Brody CLUBS Pac down! Buddy whips but Penta reverses and Buddy hits railing! Brody & Malakai double whip Pac at the corner, then Brody sends Malakai in. Pac dodges Malakai to whip back at Brody! Malakai slides under Brody and Brody runs in, but Pac gets out of the way. Malakai ROCKS Pac, but Pac still dodges Brody! Brody comes back to CLOBBER Pac! Fenix FLYING ARM-DRAGS and DOUBLE STOMPS Brody! Malakai fires off a strike fest on Fenix, step-up ELBOW! Penta runs in, springboard SLINGBLADES! Buddy is up top, METEORA!
Pac returns, he sobats, KICKS and SOBATS again, only to run into a BOOT! Buddy runs in, Pac bypasses to POISON-RANA!! Pac keeps moving, LARIAT! Fans are thunderous as all six men are down!! They cheer for “A E DUB!” Brody returns, he stalks Pac, but Pac throws body shots. Brody shoves Pac and gets him for a SCRAPBUSTER! Brody drags Pac back up, and CHOPS him back down! Tag to Malakai and they mug Pac. Malakai hauls Pac back up, KICKS him to the corner, then snapmares him into a chinlock. Pac endures as Malakai squeezes tight. Fans rally, Pac fights up, but Brody tags in. Pac arm-drags Malakai but Malakai ROUNDHOUSES Pac, Brody runs Pac over!
Buddy tags in then aims from the apron, slingshot senton! Cover, TWO! Buddy JAMS Pac with a knee, tags to Brody, and they bump Pac off buckles. Brody runs in to SPLASH Pac! Fans bark it up with Brody and he roars as he goes corner to corner, CANNONBALL! But he only gets buckles as Pac moves! Fans fire up, Pac crawls, but the House rushes in! Hot tag to Fenix and he starts firing off CHOPS! The House mugs Fenix but Fenix shoves Malakai into Buddy! Then Fenix hoists Malakai up onto Buddy’s shoulders, and he mule kicks the legs out! Buddy BOMBS Malakai! Penta gets in, SUPERKICK and SUPERKICK, then uno, dos, tres! DOUBLE SUPERKICKS!
The Lucha Brothers say “CERO! MIEDO!” They DOUBLE TOPE CONJILO onto Brody & Malakai! The brothers get Brody in and “This is Awesome!” Death Triangle coordinate, Penta wheelbarrows with Fenix, VICTORY ROLL SPLASH while Pac MOONSAULTS! Double cover, TWO!!! Brody survives but Death Triangle just regroups. Fenix fires up, “ANIMO!” Fans fire up with Fenix, and he brings Brody up. Fans rally but Brody throws body shots! Brody shoves, but Fenix comes back, step-up dropkick! Buddy rushes in but is sent back out! Fenix DIVES, but Buddy withstands it to suplex Fenix to the floor! FOSBURY FLOP from Pac!
Malakai MOONSAULTS Pac! Penta FLIES onto Malakai!! Fans are thunderous but there’s still Brody! They cheer Brody on and he figures what the hell! Brody builds speed, and FLIES! He clips apron but still hits Buddy, Pac and Penta! Brody puts Fenix in, the House regroups! Brody ROCKS Fenix, Malakai ELBOWS him, Buddy TOSSES Fenix into the PILEDRIVER!! Cover, but Penta and Pac barrel in to break it up! Brody tags Malakai, fans hope these trios “FIGHT FOREVER!” But it has to end somehow, and the House of Black all suplex the Death Triangle, only for the Death Triangle to escape each one!
Death Triangle shoves the House into itself, then everyone takes a corner! BOOTS for Malakai from Pac! GAMANGIRI for Brody from Penta! SOBAT for Buddy from Fenix! DOUBLE SUPERKICKS for Buddy! DOUBLE SUPERKICKS from Brody! Pac tags in, TRIPLE SUPERKICKS take Brody out! Malakai staggers, into a sobat! Pac suplexes, BRAINBUSTER! Cover, Buddy breaks it! Penta grabs Buddy but Buddy throws Penta out. And he throws Fenix out! Buddy goes out to the apron and brawls with Fenix. Buddy shoves Fenix into Penta, and then Fenix staggers. Buddy reels Fenix in, but Penta uses Fenix as a step to get an APRON DESTROYER!!
Fans lose their minds as Buddy goes down! Fenix fires off forearms on Brody but Brody ROCKS Fenix! Fenix KICKS Brody, Penta drags Brody out along the apron! Fenix goes up, FLYING DOUBLE STOMP DDT to the floor!! Malakai is all alone with Death Triangle! He eggs them on, blocks Penta’s kick but not Pac’s SUPERKICK! Or Fenix’s SUPERKICK! Penta is free and he SUPERKICKS Malakai down! Death Triangle says they’ll end this now! Fenix and Pac go up top on corners, Penta has Malakai all tucked in. “CERO! MIEDO!” But Malakai escapes, BLACK MASS for Penta! Fenix leaps, tiger feints, into BLACK MASS!!
Pac swings, misses, ducks Black Mass and ENZIGURIS! Malakai is down in the drop zone and fans fire up! Pac goes up top, but Buddy hurries in! Pac avoids Buddy to GAMANGIRI him down! 450 over Buddy to hit Malakai! But Buddy whips Pac, only for Pac to slide, get around, SNAP GERMAN! Pac tosses Buddy onto Brody! But Malakai aims at Pac! Waistlock, but Pac switches to SNAP GERMAN! Fans fire up and Alex wants this to finish! But the ref is busy with Alex. Pac LOW BLOWS Malakai while the ref isn’t looking! Pac says this is for that misting! But wait! The lights go out!! Is another member of the House here? JULIA HART!! SHE MISTS PAC!!!
Alex is freaking out, BLACK MASS hits Pac! Cover, House of Black wins!!!
Winners: The House of Black, by pinfall
Julia Hart shows her true colors! The darkness in her heart has taken over, and she tips things in favor of the House! Will their influence only spread until all of AEW is theirs?
Owen Hart Foundation Men’s Tournament Finals: Adam Cole VS Samoa Joe!
When this tournament began, the Undisputed Elite promised one of them would take this tournament’s cup, and as it stands, the Panama City Playboy is poised to fulfill that prophecy. But will the Samoan Submission Machine prove them oh so wrong? Or will the first name on that trophy read, “Adam Cole BAYBAY”?
The bell rings and fans rally and duel already. Cole and Joe circle, tie up, and Joe wrenches and wristlocks. Cole rolls, rolls, but Joe gets away. Fans chant for “OWEN! OWEN!” the man we honor with this tournament. Joe and Cole tie up again, and Joe puts Cole in a corner. The ref counts, Joe lets off slowly, and Cole tries to bring Joe into the ropes! Joe gets away and he stares Cole down. Cole comes back, he and Joe circle again. They feel things out, Cole calling for a test of strength. Joe reaches, Cole gets the hand but Joe JABS! And JABS! And JABS! Joe JABS over and over in the corner and fans fire up!
Joe lets off the jabs to CHOP! Cole staggers to another corner but Joe HEADBUTTS! “Joe is gonna kill~ you” and Joe bumps Cole off buckles. Joe whips corner to corner, back elbows then PELES! Fans fire up but Joe works on keeping his bad arm loose. Joe drags Cole up, EuroUppers him down, then looms over Cole. “C’mon, BAYBAY!” Joe JABS, Cole throws a body shot. Joe headbutts but Cole throws more body shots! Cole forearms, runs, but into a BIG elbow! Cole bails out and Joe pursues. Joe CHOPS Cole, follows him to the corner, and CHOPS him again! Joe gets space and fans fire up, Joe runs back in, into a SUPERKICK!
Cole hurries to get Joe up and POST him, bad arm first! The ring count climbs but Cole hauls Joe up to POST him! Cole refreshes the ring count, he goes around and follows Joe to the ramp side. Cole puts Joe in, then throws crossface forearms! Cole puts Joe on the ropes and CHOKES him! The ref counts, Cole lets off and soaks up the cheers and jeers. Cole goes back to throw a forearm but Joe CHOPS! And CHOPS! And JABS and JABS! But Cole kicks the bad arm! Cole wraps the bad arm around ropes and pulls! The ref counts, Cole lets off at 4. Cole drags Joe up and he goes after the bad arm with a top wristlock.
Joe endures, fans rally and duel, and Joe fights up. Cole talks trash but Joe throws hands to get free, but Cole hits an ARMBAR DDT! Cole goes to a corner and climbs up the ropes. Joe stands, Cole leaps, but Joe blocks the Panama Sunrise to tie up the knees, DOUBLE KNEE BUSTER! Fans rally as Cole bails out. Joe grabs at Cole but Cole PELES Joe away! Cole runs in at the corner, URENAGE! Joe sat Cole down, but he leans against the ropes. Cole drags himself away, Joe stalks him to JAB, JAB, JAB! Joe whips, and atomic drops to then BOOT Cole down, and SENTON! Cover, TWO! Cole survives and Joe is frustrated with his bad arm.
Joe drags Cole up, reels him in, but Cole wrenches out to ROCK Joe! Cole runs but into a POWERSLAM! Cover, TWO! Joe grits his teeth and works on getting his bad arm moving. Joe drags Cole up and reels him in, then lifts him up to the Canadian Rack! Cole slips free and PELES Joe down! Cole throws forearms, runs, and kicks Joe’s back drop away! BACKSTABBER! Cover, TWO! Cole clamps on a CROSSFACE! Joe reaches back, and gets his feet under the ropes, ROPEBREAK! The ref counts, Cole lets off at 4. Cole stomps Joe, then aims. SUPER- NO! Joe blocks, tucks Cole in, POWERBOMB! High stack, TWO, into an STF!
Cole endures as Joe has him down! Cole reaches for ropes, Joe gets that far arm, modified RINGS OF SATURN! Joe uses his good arm to keep the hold, but Cole kicks with his legs! ROPEBREAK! Joe lets go and fans rally up. But wait, here comes Bobby Fish! Joe goes after Fish while the ref is busy with Cole, Fish HOTSHOTS the bad arm! Cole BOOTS Joe, then brings down the kneepad! Cole runs, but Joe ducks the Boom! COQUINA CLUTCH!! Cole fades but Fish gets up, Joe DECKS him! Joe CHOPS Cole down! Joe snarls, he gets Cole up but Cole mule kicks the arm! Then SUPERKICKS Joe! Joe roars, SUPERKICK! Joe still roars, SUPERKICK! THE BOOM!! Cover, Cole wins!
Winner: Adam Cole, by pinfall (Inaugural Men’s Owen Hart Winner)
Cole’s prophecy comes true, but with some help from an Undisputed Elite ally. Who wins the women’s tournament to join Cole in the winner ceremony later tonight?
Owen Hart Foundation Women’s Tournament Finals: Britt Baker VS Ruby Soho!
The Doctor has already been AEW Women’s World Champion, but the Runaway is practically starving for something to hang her hat on. Will the trophy read “D M D” as Britt joins her boyfriend, Adam Cole? Or will Ruby’s Destination Unknown be her name in the history books?
Both Britt and Ruby get live music played for their entrances, but while Britt has one guitarist, Ruby has the entire band of Rancid! The bell rings and the two circle. Fans rally and duel, they tie up, and Britt pushes Ruby back to a corner. The ref counts, Britt lets off but pie faces Ruby. Ruby shrugs that off and resets. They tie up again, Britt wrenches, wristlocks, hammerlocks, but Ruby reaches around. Britt snapmares Ruby, covers, ONE! Fans rally as the two circle again. Ruby and Britt tie up with knuckle locks, Britt drops to wrench and wrangle Ruby. Fans duel, Britt digs a knee into Ruby’s head, but Ruby kips up to wrench and cording hold!
Britt pulls hair but the ref reprimands. Britt wrenches, Ruby wrenches, but Britt throws a forearm! Ruby holds the wrist, even as Britt tries to break free. Britt ROCKS Ruby, but Ruby still holds on to wrench again! Britt CHOPS, Ruby yanks the arm! Britt tries for ropes, but she puts Ruby in a corner. Ruby holds on, even as Britt fires forearms! Ruby refuses to let go! Britt keeps trying, pulls hair and whips free to then kitchen sink knee! Britt pushes Ruby down to cover, TWO! Britt brings Ruby up, ROCKS her again, then brings Ruby around to whip Ruby to the corner. Fans rally, Britt stomps Ruby, then brings her out.
Britt spells out DMD, ROCKS Ruby, then whips her in again. Ruby goes up and leaps to FLYING ARM-DRAG! Ruby starts rallying with lariats, then she blocks a kick to KNEE Britt down! Britt bails out, Ruby goes out to APRON MISSILE DROPKICK! Fans fire up but Ruby clutches her ribs. Ruby may have gone double-edged but she gets Britt up. Britt ROCKS Ruby then RAMS her into railing! Britt brings Ruby out, but Ruby snap suplexes Britt! Ruby drags Britt up, puts her in and climbs up the corner. Britt hurries but Ruby ROCKS Britt! And again! Ruby adjusts, but Britt trips her up! Ruby ends up stuck on the top rope!
Britt turns Ruby over to YANK her down off the corner! Britt stomps away, rains down forearms, but fans boo. The ref counts, Britt lets off and Ruby sputters. Britt taunts Ruby, CLUBS her in the ribs, then stomps her! Britt soaks up the cheers and jeers, but seems upset by the jeers having majority. Britt drags Ruby towards a corner and YANKS her into the post! Britt then pulls Ruby into the post! The ref counts, Britt lets off and BOOTS Ruby back in. Britt gets in at 5 of 10, and she kicks Ruby around. Britt toys with Ruby but the ref reprimands. Britt drags Ruby up b her hair, but Ruby throws body shots and a CHOP!
Ruby CHOPS, whips, but Britt reverses to RUSSIAN LEG SWEEP, and GROUND OCTOPUS! Ruby moves around, fans duel, but Britt throws elbows into the ribs! Britt gets a leg, it’s a modified BOW ‘N’ ARROW! But Rub makes that a cover, TWO! Britt CLUBS Ruby, Ruby ROCKS Britt! Ruby throws more forearms but Britt gets mad. Ruby CHOPS, Britt fires forearms! Ruby CHOPS, whips, but Britt reverses again to ripcord and DECK Ruby with an elbow! Britt goes up a corner and aims, but Ruby ROCKS her first! Ruby ROCKS Britt again, then again! Ruby climbs up after Britt and fans rally again. Ruby headbutts, CLUBS, and brings Britt up, SUPERPLEX!
Fans fire up and Ruby has to drag herself up. The standing count begins, fans rally, and Britt grabs Ruby’s hair by 5 of 10. Britt says fans don’t care about Ruby, and she fires off forearms! Ruby forearms back! Ruby starts to get the edge but Britt hits back. Fans rally as the shots go back and forth, faster and faster! Ruby gets the edge again and fans fire up! Britt staggers, but DOUBLE FOREARMS take both women down! The standing count is back but both women stir. They’re up at 5 of 10 again, and Britt has the fisherman. Ruby slips out of the swing, but Britt blocks No Future! Britt sits Ruby up for a SUPERKICK!
Britt runs, Ruby avoids the stomp and rolls Britt up, TWO! Britt kicks low, mule kicks a leg, SUPERKICK! But Ruby kicks back, KICKS again, then SAIDOS! Ruby hurries to a corner and fans fire up! Ruby is up top, SUPER SENTON!! Cover, TWO!! Britt survives and Ruby is frustrated but also in pain from her ribs! Ruby snarls and gets Britt up. Fans rally, Ruby hoists Britt up top, then climbs up after her. Britt hits back, Ruby throws shots, but Britt SUPER GOURD BUSTERS! Then the CURB STOMP! Cover, TWO!!? Ruby survives and shocks Britt! But Britt brings out the glove! Britt puts the glove on, spells out DMD, and she clamps onto Ruby!
Ruby resists, pushes up from the Rings of Saturn and rolls free! But Britt snatches her arm to drag her right back down! RINGS OF SATURN! But Ruby blocks the hand! Ruby pushes things to a cover, TWO!! But Ruby has the arm, wrench and NO FUTURE! Then the trip, and Ruby steps through! Fans are going nuts, for Ruby’s take on the SHARPSHOOTER! It’s deep and fans are thunderous as Britt endures! Britt reaches, crawls, bites her own finger to ignore the pain! Ruby lets off to SMASH the knee, then SHARPSHOOTER!! Britt endures, reaches out, ROPEBREAK! Ruby lets go in frustration and fans are thunderous!
Britt gets into the corner, Ruby runs in but misses! Britt runs but into a BOOT! Ruby goes up, reels Britt in, and hops on for a victory roll! TWO!! Britt has it back, BRITT WINS!
Winner: Britt Baker, by pinfall (Inaugural Women’s Owen Hart Winner)
The bad ribs held Ruby back and now Britt joins Cole in history! But rather surprisingly, Britt gives some respect to Ruby by helping her up. Britt goes up to the stage where Tony Schiavone awaits to hug in celebration. Cole appears, he hugs and kisses Britt in celebration. Schiavone formally introduces the winners, Britt and Cole, and then says that 18 months after the tragic passing of Owen Hart, his wife, Dr. Martha Hart, created the Owen Hart Foundation. Martha is here tonight to honor Owen and tonight’s winners. Vegas welcomes Martha as she makes her way out with Tony Khan. She goes to the podium as fans chant for Owen.
Martha says thank you for that warm welcome, but then fans respond with, “Thank You, Martha!” Martha thanks the fans again, it is so amazing to be here in Las Vegas and the T-Mobile Arena. It is with great anticipation that we meet this moment in history where the amazing contributions of Owen Hart, one of the most incredible artisans of wrestling, are celebrated in the squared circle. “It is with deep, heartfelt sincerity that I thank Tony Khan, Chris Jericho, the producers of Dark Side of the Ring, the entire AEW crew who are incredible, Pro-Wrestling Tees, our legal teams, my sister, Virginia,” her children, OHJ & Athena, and of course the foundation committee.
But most of all, Martha thanks the fans for making this event possible. “It goes without saying that our partnership is a match made in heaven.” This tournament was truly fit for a queen and king, for Owen was the King of Harts, so this had to be a great tournament. But heavy lie the heads that wear the crowns, you titans of the ring who have earned your place in history. Let us congratulate these winners of the inaugural Owen Hart Foundation Tournaments. The Owen Cup is theirs to enjoy, until we meet again. Next year, Martha hopes to see everyone wearing beautiful hats like hers. Martha takes a bow, then presents the special Owen Hart commemorative belts!
Martha presents Cole with his and they hug. And of course, Britt is presented with hers, they hug, and lastly, the Owen Cup! The shining silver trophy is held up, and fans cheer this moment. With this, where will the AEW power couple, the inaugural King & Queen of Harts, go from here?
Mixed Trios: Frankie Kazarian, Sammy Guevara & Tay Conti VS The Men of the Year & Paige VanZant!
It’s been a long and winding road, filled with twists and turns, property damage and theft, and even a redesigned TNT Championship! But now, the Heavy Metal Rebel, the Spanish God and the Brazilian Blackbelt Beauty finally get their chance at revenge on Ethan Page, Scorpio Sky, and American Top Team’s leading lady! And if they fail, Kaz and Sammy can NEVER challenge Scorpio for the TNT Championship again! Have Kaz and SamTay fallen for Three Card Monte? Or will they come away with the jackpot?
The trios sort out, and Scorpio starts against his former friend, Kaz. They circle, but then Sammy tags in. Fans boo and Kaz is a little annoyed, but Scorpio tags Ethan. Ethan ROCKS, kicks and ROCKS Sammy again! Ethan whips and CLOBBERS Sammy! Ethan says he’s been waiting for this! He rains down fists from all sides! Ethan roars, then gets Sammy up, but Sammy RANAS free of the Ego’s Edge! Things speed up, Sammy flips over and dropkicks Ethan! Sammy kips up but Ethan is still up. Ethan choke grips, trophy lifts, and then POWERSLAMS Sammy! Cover, TWO! Tag to Scorpio, but Sammy tags Kaz.
Tay tells Kaz to go do his job, then asks if Sammy is okay. Scorpio arm-drags Kaz, Kaz arm-drags Scorpio, they both try to arm-drag and that cancels out. Kaz sobats, knee lifts, but Scorpio dodges to dropkick! Fans fire up and some chant for “S C U!” but Scorpio brings Kaz up. Scorpio whips, Kaz rolls of Scorpio’s back, things speed up and Kaz scoop SLAMS! Then springboard LEG DROP! Fans fire up with Kaz and he puts Scorpio in the corner. Tag to Sammy, Sammy struts but Kaz tells him to focus on Scorpio. Tay says let Sammy do what he wants, but Scorpio RAMS him into a corner!
Scorpio fires knees, then body shots! The ref counts, Scorpio just keeps firing hands, but he lets off to soak up the cheers and jeers. Scorpio drags Sammy up, whips, but Sammy reverses. Scorpio stops himself to BOOT Sammy! Sammy has the ref check his eye, Tay CLAWS Scorpio’s back! Fans boo, Lambert complains but Tay takes a bow. Sammy CLOBBERS Scorpio and Tay says he’s doing so good. Sammy goes to the apron, springboards in, FLYING CUTTER! Fans fire up but also boo. Kaz wants Sammy to cover but Sammy just flips PVZ and Ethan off! SamTay double suplex Scorpio down! Cover, TWO!
Sammy is frustrated but he drags Scorpio up. He asks if Kaz is going to work with him. Tag to Kaz, Kaz ROCKS Scorpio. Kaz CHOPS, whips Scorpio corner to corner, then runs to RUSSIAN LEG SWEEP! Kaz facelocks, Ethan tells a kid to shut up about tapping out to that. Scorpio fights up, throws body shots, but Kaz knees low. Kaz CHOPS Scorpio, but Scorpio blocks the whip. Scorpio whips. Ethan grabs Kaz but Kaz fights them off! GUILLOTINE LEG DROP for Ethan, but COMPLETE SHOT from Scorpio! Fans fire up and Tay just jumps in to DECK PVZ! Sammy says that was a home run! He and Tay then spin around together and kiss.
Kaz shouts to the idiots to give him a tag! Scorpio fireman’s carries, but Kaz slips out! Scorpio and Kaz go around, CROSSFACE CHICKEN WING!! But Scorpio RAMS Kaz into the corner! Kaz still holds on, Sammy reaches out to tag in! Sammy struts and Kaz gets in his face! They start shoving, Scorpio shoves them into each other! Scorpio crawls to his corner, hot tag to PVZ! PVZ and Tay finally face off and fans are thunderous! Tay pie faces but PVZ just smirks. PVZ TACKLES Tay and rains down forearms! Tay gets away but PVZ CLOBBERS her! And again! Fans fire up as PVZ waistlocks, lifts, BIG back suplex!
Tay flounders, PVZ runs in and handsprings to the back elbow! PVZ reels Tay into a fireman’s carry, but Sammy saves Tay! Fans boo but PVZ figures what the hell? BODY SHOT! Then tilt-o-whirl DDT! Fans fire up as PVZ mocks Sammy, and then eggs Tay on. Drop toehold and Tay falls into Sammy’s groin! PVZ drags Tay up, reels her in, MICHINOKU DRIVER! Cover, TWO!! Tay survives to keep Sammy’s TNT title hopes alive! But PVZ drags Tay up, reels her in, but Tay wrenches out and hits a drop sayanagi! Tay tells PVZ to STFU, BOOT in the corner! Tay goes side to side, BOOT! Then the other way, another BOOT!
Tay talks more trash and BOOTS PVZ down! Cover, TWO! Tay is surprised but she hurries to get PVZ up. PVZ ROCKS Tay, then runs to swipe at Sammy! Tay CLOBBERS PVZ, SWINGING FACEBUSTER! Sammy is so proud, he has to hug and lift Tay up for a kiss. But he’s not paying attention, the Men of the Year get in. Sammy wants Kaz to help him! Kaz gets in to tell Sammy “EAT SH*T!” MOTY mug Sammy, PVZ and Tay hit DOUBLE FACEBUSTERS! Sammy fights Scorpio off but Ethan CLOBBERS Sammy! Ethan whips, Sammy goes up to dropkick! SLINGSHOT CUTTER from Scorpio! But Kaz shoulders in to SLINGSHOT DDT!
Kaz tags in off Tay, and he DECKS Ethan! Then SLINGSHOT CUTTER to Scorpio!! Cover, TWO!! Ethan knees Kaz low then whips, but Kaz reverses to send Ethan out! Tay storms in, upset at Kaz for tagging in. Kaz tells her to just worry about herself, and then Kaz dodges! Sammy SUPERKICKS Tay!!! Sammy realizes what happened and Vegas is losing their minds! Kaz TOSSES Sammy, but Ethan ROUNDHOUSES! Scorpio TKO!! Men of the Year win!!
Winners: Men of the Year & Paige VanZant, by pinfall (Sammy and Kaz are BARRED from the TNT Championship)
American Top Team take back the titles SamTay stole, and now two contenders are crossed off the list! Will Scorpio ever lose his title now that the Spanish God and Heavy Metal Rebel are no longer a problem?
Darby Allin VS Kyle O’Reilly!
The Relentless One is seeking vengeance for #KillerKyle injuring Sting’s leg! But will he be able to get even with the Undisputed Elite’s MMA maestro? Or will this be where Darby’s own daring-do destroys him?
The bell rings and the two circle, and Darby goes for a leg. Kyle avoids it but Darby goes for another. Darby tries again, Kyle steps over and KNEES Darby down! Kyle gives palm strike ground ‘n’ pound, then wants the armbar! Darby gets the ropebreak, Kyle lets off at 4 and stomps Darby down! Fans rally for Darby but Kyle stands him up for knees. Kyle wrenches but Darby fires forearms. Kyle fires off strikes, then sweeps the legs! Darby is already spitting blood from a busted lip but Kyle gets him up to wrench and YANK the arm. Kyle RAMS shoulders, then VICES the arm between elbow and knee!
Kyle wrenches the arm again but Darby tries to claw eyes. Kyle ELBOW BREAKERS, then he hammerlocks the arm and lifts Darby up. Darby fights with elbows but Kyle still hits NORTHERN LIGHTS! Darby writhes, Kyle covers, TWO! Kyle keeps cool and he paces around, taunting Darby. Darby sits up but Kyle KICKS him. And KICKS! Darby snarls and fires off boxing elbows! Darby runs, but Kyle KNEES him against ropes. Kyle runs, into a dropkick to the legs! Darby hops on, CODE RED! Cover, TWO! Darby hurries after Kyle to CHOP BLOCK a leg! Darby then gets around to GUILLOTINE! But Kyle powers out to suplex!
Darby slips out, SCORPION DEATH DROP! That one’s for Sting! Fans rally, the standing count climbs, and Darby gets up at 3 of 10 to run. Darby springboards, Kyle catches the Coffin Splash but Darby switches the waistlock. Kyle wrenches free and drags Darby down with a DOUBLE WRISTLOCK! Darby throws knees but Kyle stands him back up. Darby throws more knees, gets free, but Kyle ROLLING ELBOWS! Kyle shoots in, Darby KNEES! Darby avoids the yoyo to THROWBACK STUNNER! Kyle flops out of the ring, Darby builds speed and DIVES- NO, Darby’s legs give out and he tumbles out into Kyle!
The ref checks them both and somehow they’re both okay to continue. Darby gets up, puts Kyle in, and fans fire up! Darby drags himself in but Kyle bails out the other side. Darby just DIVES again! INTO A GUILLOTINE!!! Kyle catches Darby and squeezes the life out of him! The ref says let go, this won’t end outside the ring like this! Kyle lets go, puts Darby in the ring, and he climbs up a corner. But Darby SLAPS Kyle first! Darby climbs up after Kyle, SUPER STEINER, but Kyle sunset flips! Darby counters with LAST SUPPER! TWO!! Kyle escapes, but Darby ROCKS him with a forearm!
Kyle fires off a strike fest, and sweeps the legs! Darby flounders, Kyle storms over, but Darby cradles! TWO, and Kyle suplexes Darby for a BRAINBUSTER! Cover, TWO, ARMBAR!! Darby clasps hands but Kyle gets the leg for an ANKLE LOCK! Darby endures, fans rally and duel, and Kyle GRAPEVINES the leg! Darby fights up, spins things around, SCORPION DEATHLOCK!! Kyle endures, crawls, reaches out, ROPEBREAK! Darby lets go, if mostly because he’s exhausted. Kyle drags himself to the apron and fans rally up. Darby runs in but Kyle ROCKS him. Kyle boots, into a DRAGON SCREW!
Darby hurries up a corner, APRON COFFIN DROP!! Both men tumble down and fans are fired up again! Darby drags Kyle up and in, then goes to the top rope again. COFFIN DROP into an ARMBAR!! Darby clasps hands, Kyle gets them apart!! Darby rolls it up, TWO! Kyle lets Darby go, but he and Darby go forehead to forehead. Then they go forearm for forearm! Back and forth, harder and harder, then Kyle fires off Kowata Kicks! Darby fires off palm strikes! Kyle KICKS a leg, then grabs Darby’s chain necklace! Darby uses that to HEADBUTT! Both men drop and fans fire up again! A standing count begins and both men stand at 4 of 10.
Kyle SLAPS Darby, grabs at the chain and puts it in Darby’s mouth! CHAIN ASSISTED GORY STRETCH, and the chain breaks!! Kyle puts Darby in a SLEEPER! Darby is fading, Kyle lets him go to PENALTY KICK! Cover, ONE?!?! PENALTY KICK again! Cover, TWO!!! Kyle just goes again, PENALTY KICK!! Kyle goes up top, KING KONG KNEE DROP!! Cover, Kyle wins!
Winner: Kyle O’Reilly, by pinfall
The Relentless One lived up to that nickname, but perhaps so did #KillerKyle! Kyle gets the win here, will this serve to get Kyle closer to some gold?
AEW Women’s World Championship: Thunder Rosa VS Serena Deeb!
La Mera Mera and the Professor of Pro-Wrestling are no strangers to each other, and are no strangers to putting in 110% just to get even half as far as they have. This will be a masterclass for sure, but who leaves Vegas knowing they are the leader of the pack?
The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and we see who is willing to put it all on the line!
Deeb and Rosa circle, fans rally up, and they tie up. They go around onto the ropes, off the ropes, back on ropes, then on the mat! They stand back up and fans fire up. They end up in a corner, the ref counts, and Deeb lets off. Fans duel, Rosa and Deeb like that, and they tie up again. Rosa waistlocks, Deeb pries free to switch. Rosa switches, trips Deeb, and floats to the facelock. Deeb slips out to wrench and wristlock. Rosa wrenches and ELBOW BREAKERS. Deeb slips through and spins to wrangle Rosa. Rosa bridges to avoid the cover and fans cheer this technical exchange. Rosa headscissors, Deeb kips up. Deeb headlocks for a takeover, but again Rosa headscissors and Deeb kips free.
Fans fire up as the two stand off. Deeb and Rosa circle, knuckle lock, and go shoulder to shoulder in a test of strength. They go around, Rosa hooks a leg, and Rosa bends Deeb back! Fans fire up as Deeb bridges, Rosa still gets the shoulders down. TWO as one arm comes up, Rosa pushes it down, TWO as the other arm comes up. Rosa tries again, TWO as Deeb bridges again. Rosa hops on but Deeb stays up! Fans fire up, Rosa brings Deeb up but Deeb reels Rosa into a double wristlock flip into the sunset, TWO! BUTTERFLY STRETCH! Rosa endures, shifts to get a cover, ONE! Rosa tries again, TWO!
Rosa slips around to a SEATED SURFBOARD! Rosa brings Deeb way back, then has the PENDULUM SURFBOARD! Deeb endures so Rosa drops, turns her over, and bridges back, TWO! Deeb kicks low, “This is Wrestling!” as Deeb whips. Rosa ducks and dodges and runs Deeb over! Fans fire up, things speed up again, Rosa whips Deeb away and keeps things going. Arm-drag then another, and Rosa trips Deeb to jackknife! TWO, Deeb EuroUppers but Rosa blocks and hooks the arms. They fight for control, Rosa tries to Gory Especial but Deeb rolls off her back. Rosa kicks low, RHODES UPPERCUT! Fans fire up as she takes a deep breath!
Rosa runs in but Deeb dodges and Rosa hits buckles. But Rosa still dropkicks Deeb down! Fans fire up with Rosa and she builds speed. Rosa slides but Deeb dodges. Rosa comes back but Deeb ducks to HOTSHOT! Deeb POSTS Rosa, then drags her in through ropes! DRAPING NECKBREAKER! Rosa flops down to the floor and Deeb goes out after her. Deeb puts Rosa in, storms up on her and brings Rosa up to a TWIST ‘N’ SHOUT! Cover, TWO! Rosa gets to a corner but Deeb brings her up to EuroUpper. Fans rally and duel, Deeb hoists Rosa up top backwards. Deeb CLUBS Rosa, climbs up and hooks Rosa up, ELEVATED GORY ESPECIAL!
The ref counts, Deeb lets off at 4 and Rosa flops to the mat. Deeb soaks up the heat, drags Rosa up, and Deeb shoves Rosa to catch her into a cobra twist! Deeb adds a neck wrench to it but Rosa endures. Fans rally and Rosa fights out to hip toss Deeb! Deeb comes back to EuroUpper! Rosa forearms, Deeb uppercuts! Rosa forearms again, Deeb uppercuts again! Rosa CHOPS! And CHOPS! And forearms! Deeb rebounds but into Rosa’s LARIAT! Rosa keeps going, another lariat and then a scoop! SLAM, and fans fire up with Rosa as she gets Deeb back up. Rosa whips Deeb hard into a corner, face first!
Deeb checks her face while fans rally up. Rosa runs corner to corner, A-LIST LARIAT! And then SWINGING KNEES! Fans fire up and Rosa keeps going, dropkick against ropes! Deeb staggers, Rosa hits a NORTHERN LIGHTS! Bridging cover, TWO! Rosa grows frustrated but fans rally up. Rosa brings Deeb up, scoops, but Deeb fights free. Deeb reels Rosa in but Rosa wrenches out. Deeb wrenches, wrenches, and hooks Rosa up, in an IRON OCTOPUS! Rosa endures, fans rally, and Rosa powers free! Deeb sunset flips, ONE, but Deeb has the leg to step through. Rosa kicks Deeb to a corner, but Deeb elbows her back.
Deeb goes up the ropes, and drags Rosa into a ROLLING CUTTER! Cover, TWO!! Rosa survives and Deeb is seething! Deeb drags Rosa up, reels her in again, tucks the arms, but Rosa fights free, RUSSIAN LEG SWEEP, and a roll back into a CROSSFACE! Deeb endures, fans fire up, Deeb rolls to a cover, TWO! Rosa holds on but Deeb moves around. Another cover, TWO! Deeb pops free to get Rosa’s leg! STRETCH MUFFLER! Rosa endures, fights up, but Deeb thrashes the leg! Rosa rolls, has Deeb’s leg, and she SMASHES it into the mat again and again! Deeb kicks Rosa way with her free leg, but Rosa dodges. DOUBLE LARIATS take both women down!
Fans are fired up as the standing count starts. Fans chant, “SI SE PUEDES!” for Rosa as she and Deeb rise. Rosa goes to a corner, Deeb runs in but Rosa BOOTS her! Rosa goes up, DOUBLE STOMPS to Deeb while she stands! Then DEATH VALLEY DRIVER! Cover, TWO!! Deeb lives but Rosa drags Deeb back up. Rosa ROCKS Deeb, runs, but Deeb follows to CHOP BLOCK! Deeb gets the leg, steps through, FIGURE FOUR! Rosa endures as the “WOO~” echoes out! Rosa sits up, Deeb SLAPS her! So Rosa SLAPS back! Deeb SLAPS again, so Rosa SLAPS again! It’s a SLAP fight in the leglock!
Rosa rolls the hold over but Deeb rolls it through, only for Rosa to roll it more! They roll and roll, and then fall out of the ring! The leglock is undone but both women are down! Fans fire up, Rosa hobbles up and roars! Rosa drags Deeb up, puts Deeb in, and she steps in, only for Deeb to get the DRAPING DRAGON SCREW! Deeb tucks Rosa in, DEEBTOX!! Cover, ROPEBREAK!!! Rosa survives but Deep HIP DROPS the leg! Deeb drags Rosa from ropes, hooks up the arm, and turns Rosa over, SERENITY LOCK!! Rosa endures, reaches, but Deed drags her away! Deeb drags Rosa up to tuck her back in, POWERBOMB! Deeb ties up the legs, TEXAS CLOVERLEAF!!
Rosa endures, fans rally and she gets the ROPEBREAK again! Deeb lets go at 4 but in frustration! Deeb drags Rosa up again, reels Rosa back in and tucks the arms again, but Rosa back drops! Sunset flip counter, but Rosa blocks that, TWO!! Rosa ROUNDHOUSES Deeb! Deeb staggers to a corner, Rosa runs in but knees a buckle! Deeb goes up top, Rosa ROCKS Deeb first! Rosa climbs, gets her bad leg moving, and fans fire up again! Deeb fights the superplex, they both throw body shots back and forth, and Rosa HEADBUTTS! Rosa goes to the very top, for a SUPERPLEX! But then she rolls through, for the scoop and FIRE THUNDER DRIVER!!! Cover, Rosa wins!!
Winner: Thunder Rosa, by pinfall (still AEW Women’s World Champion)
Rosa and Deeb went tooth ‘n’ nail, and in the end, Rosa is victorious! Will Rosa’s road as champion only get harder from here?
Anarchy in the Arena: Blackpool Combat Club, Eddie Kingston, Santana & Ortiz VS The Jericho Appreciation Society!
Pro-wrestling VS sports entertainment! Violence and chaos VS cheesy crap! Only one can stand tall when anything can happen here tonight! Will Jon Moxley, Bryan Danielson, The Mad King and Proud ‘n’ Powerful prove to Daniel Garcia, Jake Hager, Matt Menard, Angelo Parker and “The Wizard” leading them that when push comes to shove, pro-wrestling tears sports entertainment in half every time?
The JAS has matching street fight gear of white jeans and hats, and they wait for the BCC + PNP to get halfway down the bleachers before they attack! The anarchy is on already and fans get even closer to the action! Kingston’s after Jericho, Santana and Ortiz have Garcia and Hager, and it seems Moxley and Bryan have Menard and Parker. This has to end in the ring, but Kingston fishhooks Jericho first! Bryan and Parker have ended up ringside already, Moxley brings Menard along, Kingston keeps Jericho from running away to the upper level! Moxley sends Menard into seats! Parker and Bryan brawl around the back, Santana SMACKS Garcia with a chair!
Moxley helps Kingston with Jericho, but then Menard attacks Moxley! Also, Wild Thing hasn’t stopped playing at all. Santana DECKS Garcia, Moxley snap suplexes Menard! Kingston chokes Jericho, Bryan rains down fists on Parker! And Wild Thing starts over! Garcia sends Santana into railing, Moxley DIGS A FORK into Menard’s forehead! Jericho finally gets away from Kingston, but Moxley finds him and tosses him over tables! Santana snap suplexes Garcia! Jericho uses some kind of sunglasses stem shank on Moxley! Menard is BLEEDING all over his forehead but he and Kingston just keep going!
Hager and Ortiz have tables set up! Garcia is helping Hager with Ortiz, Kingston punches Menard down the way. Jericho tries to get away on a Rascal wheelchair, but Moxley gets him in a SLEEPER! Kingston shows off Menard’s crimson mask and fans love it! Moxley headlocks and punches Jericho as they go closer to ringside. Moxley knees low, throws more hands, but Jericho smacks him with someone’s workbag! Santana & Ortiz put Hager in the ring, they might be looking to end this! DOUBLE SUPLEX! Jericho and Moxley keep brawling, Kingston and Menard go up the stairs. Ortiz covers Hager, TWO!
Jericho and Moxley crash through barriers! Menard punches Kingston up against a wall! Jericho DECKS Moxley! Jericho grabs the soundboard and SMASHES it! No more Wild Thing! Moxley ROCKS Jericho! Bryan stalks Parker,, Menard and Kingston brawl in the hallway! Now we can hear Kingston and Menard talking trash and grunting while they brawl. Bryan and Parker continue up higher and higher into the crowd! Bryan is not letting off, and Kingston has Menard right in front of fans in the pavilion! PNP has Hager, STREET SWEEPER through tables!!! Fans lose their minds, as if this all wasn’t nuts!
Moxley SMACKS Jericho with the jib cam! Moxley stalks Jericho through the crowd, Garcia SPEARS Ortiz through the timekeeper’s table! Menard and Kingston are using mustard and ketchup now! They’re brawling on the floor! Bryan smacks Parker off a camera! Garcia turns the steel steps sideways, drags Ortiz onto the apron, and then over to the steps! FULL METAL PILEDRIVER!! Bryan RAMS Parker into the camera again! Parker is busted open! Kingston sends Menard into the merch stand! Bryan goes after Jericho now! And he still punches Parker, too! Menard RAMS Kingston with a maintenance ladder!
Moxley returns to CLOBBER Jericho! Parker and Jericho hurry to ringside but the BCC are in pursuit. Parker CLOBBERS Bryan with a bell! Garcia has found Kingston and is hammering his wounds! Jericho and Moxley suplex onto chairs! Fans rally for “A E DUB!” and Moxley has a cooler! He CHUCKS it at Jericho’s head! Garcia gags Kingston with a belt and then drags him along the pavilion! Garcia and Kingston throw hands, kicks, Garcia drags Kingston down and CHOKES him with the belt! Then he actually does drag Kingston! Jericho rains down fists on Bryan, then gives Moxley the WALLS OF JERICHO on top of a table!
The table breaks underneath them! Jericho clutches his leg! Kingston turns things around on Garcia, only for Garcia to send him into a wall! “I’m like that!” Moxley and Jericho brawl to the ring, Moxley gets into the ring to DIVE on Jericho! FIGURE FOUR on the ramp! Garcia throws elbows! Hager CHOKES Moxley to stop Moxley, but Bryan goes after Hager! Garcia SHINING WIZARDS Kingston down! Bryan KICKS Hager against railing again and again and again! “YES! YES! YES!” Moxley undoes a ring rope!? Hager suplexes Bryan to the ramp! Kingston staggers, a crimson mask on his own face now as he stomps Garcia!
Kingston stalks Garcia back to the arena, and Moxley has undone the entire top rope! He JAMS Jericho with a crossbar, then he YANKS the rope up Jericho’s crotch! Garcia and Kingston brawl inside a freight elevator! Moxley LASHES Jericho with the buckle bar! Bryan hooks Hager with one of the other turnbuckle bars! Santana & Ortiz have found more tables for them and 2Point0! “This is Awesome!” as those four brawl! Moxley has a table! Hager CLOBBERS Bryan and now wraps him around the ropes that remain. Santana SNAKE EYES Parker off tables, Jericho SMACKS Moxley with a chair!
Moxley JABS Jericho back. Parker and Menard are on tables, then PNP bring in a ladder! The ladder is set up between the tables, PNP start to climb! Moxley KNEES Jericho out of a chair! Moxley brings out a BARBED WIRE PANEL! Hager has an ANKLE LOCK, but Bryan fights it with one of his own! PNP are at the top of the ladder, for SYNCHRONIZED SPLASHES through the tables!! Fans lose their minds over that one! Jericho BLASTS Moxley with a fire extinguisher! The ref checks on Moxley while Hager and Bryan get themselves back up in the ring. Moxley manages to crawl back, too, it seems these four are the only ones in any good shape, comparitavely speaking.
Moxley gets in the ring, as does Jericho. They all meet in the center, Jericho punches Bryan so Bryan punches Jericho. Jericho punches Moxley but Moxley punches Hager. Bryan brawls with Jericho, Moxley brawls with Hager, and fans fire up as the fists fly as they all stand back up! Bryan gets a SLEEPER on Jericho, Moxley snapmares Hager, STEREO HAMMER ‘N’ ANVIL ELBOWS!! “YES! YES! YES!” Bryan finally drags Jericho into the LEBELLE LOCK! BULLY CHOKE for Hager!! Jericho and Hager endure, but here’s Kingston! WITH A CAN O’ GASOLINE!? Fans are freaking out already! Hager and Moxley fall out of the ring, Bryan keeps Jericho down!
Kingston gets in, and he dumps the gasoline ALL OVER JERICHO. And a bit of Bryan, too. Bryan gets pissed, now they fight!! Moxley gets in to stop his friend and his tag partner from fighting! Jericho SMACKS them all with a chair!! Hager returns to CLOBBER Moxley onto the barbed wire panel!! Fans lose their minds again! Jericho JUDAS EFFECT on Kingston! Jericho hurries to wipe himself clean of the gasoline, then Hager sets Bryan up for Jericho. CROSSBAR SMASH!! Cover, TWO!??! Bryan survives and fans are thunderous! Hager and Jericho mug Bryan, “You’re a stupid son of a bitch!” Bryan fights back and fights free!
Fans fire up as Bryan throws forearms all over the place! And KICKS! Bryan KICKS away on Hager in what’s left of a corner! Again and again and again! Then he DECKS Hager with a forearm! Hager gets up, shoves, but Bryan dodges, BUSAIKU KNEE! Jericho has the chair! BUSAIKU KNEE through the chair!! Cover, TWO!?!?! Jericho survives and no one can believe it! Referees finally get Moxley out of the barbed wire but Bryan gives Jericho KICK after KICK after KICK! BUZZSAW! Fans are thunderous as the American Dragon stands tall! “Now I’m gonna his F***ING HEAD IN!” But Hager has Floyd the baseball bat! Hager CLOBBERS Bryan’s legs!!
Jericho has the WALLS OF JERICHO, and Hager uses a rope to CHOKE Bryan!!! Bryan endures but he’s out! JAS WINS!!
Winners: The Jericho Appreciation Society, by submission
This was not just anarchy, this was violence and malice! And somehow, someway, the SPORTS ENTERTAINERS won! But can they even call themselves that with how far they pushed themselves to win this fight? Or is that just the magic of The Wizard and his Jericho Appreciation Society?
Andrade El Idolo speaks.
El Idolo says he is not here in AEW to lose. He “acquired” the AFO from Matt Hardy, but this group is not working! They’re all losers! Jose, do you have the contract? Yes, the new contract for Andrade’s new business partner. No, his new friend. This man is the top wrestler in the world! One of the best! You know him, right? Y-Yes, of course! There’s a knock at the door, and Andrade has Jose answer it. IT’S TORO BLANCO, RUSH!! Andrade welcomes his long time friend, and they Los Ingobernables fist bump! Is AEW now property of the ungovernables?!
Backstage interview with The Men of the Year and Dan Lambert.
Lexi Nair asks them how it feels to finally put their rivalry with Sammy to bed? Uh, how does Dan feel? Golden! How does Scorpio feel? Oh so good. And for Ethan, a man who’s been pissed off every few weeks these last few months, he’s feeling great. Hell, it felt real good to get his hands on Sammy! But to be honest, it feels even better to be finished and done with those pieces of trash and finally finally finally move on to bigger and better. They’ve been going up and down the road, and now the book is finally closed. Kaz and Sammy will NEVER challenge for Scorpio’s TNT Championship. So who is next? Who thinks they have what it takes to be the Face of TNT?
In walks DANTE MARTIN! Angel Dorado tells Scorpio that just because Sammy can’t, doesn’t mean Dante can’t. Okay, okay. Scorpio has seen Dante wrestle, and he’s a great talent with a hell of a future. But he is not ready for the fire. If Dante wants it, come to SoCal and you’ll get your shot. But when you’re down on your back, looking up at the Hollywood sign, just remember that you asked for it. S C U in SoCal!
AEW World Tag Team Championship Triple Threat: Jurassic Express VS Team Taz VS Keith Lee & Swerve Strickland!
Jungle Boy & Luchasaurus won these titles in a Triple Threat, but will they lose them in one? Or can they somehow find a way to stop Ricky Starks, “Powerhouse” Will Hobbs, as well as #SwerveInGlory?
The introductions are made, the belts are raised, and we see if this gamble pays off in Las Vegas!
Team Taz snatches at the belts but JB shoves Starks. The belts are put aside, all the teams jaw at each other, and then Team Taz attacks them all! Starks brawls with Swerve, Hobbs is after Luchasaurus, but Keith gets Hobbs! JB and Luchasaurus meet at the corner to STEREO MOONSAULT everyone else down! Jurassic Express coordinate, ELBOW DROP SIDEWALK SLAM on Starks! Cover, TWO! Luchasaurus scoops, Starks slips out, staggers, Swerve tags himself in off Luchasaurus! Starks rushes in but Swerve rolls and EDDY GORDO RANAS! Starks knees low, tags Hobbs, but Swerve gets away.
Swerve and Hobbs circle, Swerve tries a takedown but Hobbs stays up. Hobbs shoves Swerves away to CLOBBER Swerve! Fans fire up, Hobbs hauls Swerve up but Swerve wrenches. Hobbs shoves Swerve away but Keith tags in! Swerve and Keith pinball Hobbs, then Keith fireman’s carries to toss into the ROLLING ELBOW ENZIGURI COMBO! Tag back to Swerve and he BOOTS Starks! Keith SPLASHES Hobbs, Swerve back elbows, Keith SPLASHES again! Feed to a JUMP KICK! Swerve trips to jackknife, JB gets in to break it. Fans sing “OH~ Bask in His Glory!” Swerve talks trash on JB but Hobbs picks him up!
Swerve shoves Hobbs away, JB tags in! Things speed up, JB hurdles then RANAS! Then JB DIVES on Swerve and send shim into railing! JB keeps moving, another DIVE! And then JB FLIES, but Keith catches him! Swerve BOOTS Luchasaurus, Keith POWERBOMBS JB onto Luchasaurus! And again! Keith brings JB up to put in the ring and Swerve gets in, but Hobbs tags off him! Hobbs tells Swerve to get to his corner, then Hobbs stalks JB. Hobbs brings JB up, suplexes, and stalls! SLAM, and fans fire up. JB gets up to CHOP, and CHOP, but Hobbs knees low! Hobbs wrenches, DECKS JB, then tags Starks.
Starks stomps JB, drags JB up, then brings him around to whip. Tilt-o-whirl BACKBREAKER! Starks strikes his pose and fans fire up! Starks taunts Keith & Swerve while he gets JB up and brings him around. Starks whips JB to the open corner but JB BOOTS him! JB runs in, Starks spins, knuckle locks, CHOPS, and he goes up to tightrope walk. Starks shows off, but JB trips him up! That was absolutely not what Starks wanted. Hobbs tags in while Keith & Swerve laugh at Starks. Hobbs has JB’s leg but JB ENZIGURIS! But Luchasaurus is still down! JB dodges Hobbs, Swerve tags in and fires forearms!
Swerve runs, ROCKS Hobbs, then goes again. Swerve dodges, and CLOBBERS Hobbs! Fans fire up and Swerve runs in to uppercut at the corner! Swerve kicks a leg out, goes up, FALLING UPERCUT! Luchasaurus is back but Swerve trips and BOOTS him down! Starks returns but Swerve TOSSES him onto Jurassic Express! Starks lands hard and Keith says, “OH~ MY GOD~!” Then Keith gives Swerve a hand in going up, up and MOONSAULTS onto the group! Fans fire up, Swerve shoulders into Hobbs and then he slingshots in to somersault, but Hobbs grabs him for a lift! Swerve sunset flips, Hobbs brings Swerve up again to pop-up, but Swerve RANAS! CALF KICK!
Swerve pushes Hobbs to a cover, TWO! Keith gets in and he pops Hobbs right up! Swerve goes up, but Hobbs fights this combo move off! Hobbs gets to the top rope, has Swerve, SUPERPLEX! Luchasaurus is back, though, and he tags in off Swerve! Starks gets in, but gets run over! Luchasaurus BOOTS Keith, clamps onto Hobbs and fires off hands in the corner! Swerve runs in but get a FLAPJACK, and a clothesline! Starks runs in but Luchasaurus catches him to RAM into Hobbs! Back body block for Swerve, Team Taz dodges but Luchasaurus DOUBLE LARIATS! Fans fire up and Luchasaurus choke grips Hobbs!
Hobbs pries free but Luchasaurus BOOTS him! Keith tags in and fans want to see this! We have three certified titans in here! Hobbs swings on Luchasaurus but Luchasaurus blocks! Keith talks smack but gets smacked for it! Luchasaurus handsprings, TAIL WHIP for Keith, ROUNDHOUSE for Hobbs! Choke grips for them both?! But they choke grip him back! DOUBLE CHOKE SLAM!! Keith and Hobbs circle now and fans fire up again. The hands start flying, Hobbs runs but Keith catches him to TOSS him out of the ring! Keith then decides to build speed!! Keith FLIES!! Direct hit on Jurassic Express and Hobbs!!
Keith puts Luchasaurus in while fans are thunderous! Keith looms over Luchasaurus, fans sing for him again, but Luchasaurus sits up to choke grip! Keith breaks free, back elbows, but Luchasaurus HEADBUTTS! Luchasaurus fireman’s carries, DEATH VALLEY DRIVER! Cover, ONE!! Luchasaurus and Keith get back up, and they stare down. The hands start flying again! Keith gets the edge, but then DOUBLE LARIATS collide! Hobbs is up top!? For a DOUBLE BLOCKBUSTER!!! Fans are thunderous again as everyone is down! JB and Starks are back, they tag in off Keith and Luchasaurus. JB kicks, whips, but Starks reverses. JB kicks, TORNADO-
NO! Starks trips JB, stacks with feet on the ropes! But Christian stops that! Hobbs YANKS Christian down and RAMS him into steps! JB dodges Starks to DIVE onto Hobbs and fire off hands! JB checks on Christian but he says to get in. Starks SPEARS JB! Cover, TWO!?!? Starks is furious and fans can’t believe it! Swerve gets in, Starks shoves him back out. Starks gets JB up, underhooks, rebound off ropes for the ROSHAMBEAUX!!! Cover, Luchasaurus breaks it!! Starks kicks Luchasaurus but Luchasaurus BOOTS him down! Swerve tags in off Starks, Luchasaurus turns around into Hobbs’ SPINEBUSTER!
Swerve runs in, Hobbs pops him up but gets STOMPS! Fans fire up and Swerve drags JB up and in. Half nelson, but JB switches. Luchasaurus runs in but Swerve gets away, the BOOT hits JB!! Keith POUNCES Luchasaurus! Swerve gets JB up for Keith to pop-up! Swerve is up top, SWERVE IN GLORY!! Cover, HOBBS BREAKS IT!! Hobbs fires off haymakers, Keith GRIZZLY MAGNUMS! Keith keeps on Hobbs at the ropes, Starks uses the FTW belt to CLOBBER Keith!!! Fans boo but Hobbs runs at Swerve, only to get POST! Swerve gets JB up, JB SUPERKICKS! Starks returns, he has the belt again! But Christian trips Starks up again!
Swerve rolls JB up, TWO!!! JB rushes in but Swerve fakes him out, kicks a leg and BUZZSAWS! Swerve is up top, but JB avoids the stomps! JB goes up, hops back, fires down fists, but no Poison-Rana! Luchasaurus helps JB, THORASSIC EXPRESS!!! Cover, JURASSIC EXPRESS WINS!
Winners: Jurassic Express, by pinfall (still AEW World Tag Team Champions)
The numbers weren’t in their favor, and yet they still come out on top! Though, Captain Charisma was a bit of a third man in this match. But after coming away with this huge victory, will Jurassic Express be all but unstoppable?
AEW World Championship: Hangman Page VS CM Punk!
This is the moment of truth! The Cowboy revealed that he has lost his respect for The Best in the World, because to Hangman, CM Punk doesn’t respect this title! Hangman wants to expose and destroy Punk, but Punk says this isn’t personal, it’s just business. Will Hangman do what’s best for business and deny Punk this title? Or will there be no more #CowboySh*t when it’s #ClobberingTime?
The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and it is time to see just who is The Best in the World!
Fans are dueling but the Punk fans are louder. Hangman and Page stare down, then slowly approach. They get forehead to forehead and fans fire up. Punk shoves Hangman but Hangman comes back to shove Punk. They tie up, Punk puts Hangman on ropes and really crowds him as fans duel. The ref counts, Punk lets off, and they tie up again. Hangman puts Punk in a corner, grinds his forearms in Punk’s face, but lets off as the ref counts. They go again, Hangman pushes Punk but Punk turns it around to CHOP! Hangman just grins. Hangman CHOPS, Punk CHOPS, Hangman CHOPS, Punk headlocks!
Punk puts Hangman in a corner, the ref calls for the break but Punk scuffs Hangman with a forearm. Hangman scowls but shrugs that off. Fans duel hard as ever as the two circle again. They tie up, are in a deadlock now, but Punk headlocks. Hangman powers out, Punk rams shoulders but Hangman ROCKS him with a right! Hangman headlocks, Punk powers out but Hangman rams shoulders. Punk forearms, CHOSP but Hangman CHOPS! We’re back to a CHOP fight, Punk sends Hangman stinging. Punk stomps Hangman in the leg, then whips him to ropes to CLOBBER him with an elbow! Hangman sits up but Punk snapmares and covers, ONE!
Punk clamps onto an arm and fans duel as Hangman endures. Hangman gets up and backs Punk to a corner. Hangman elbows and ROCKS Punk out of the break! Hangman stomps a mudhole into Punk and fans are torn. Hangman snarls as he comes back for Punk and CHOPS him. And CHOPS again! And CHOPS again! Punk CHOPS back, CHOPS again, then turns Hangman around to CHOP him on the back! Punk whips corner to corner hard, and Hangman bounces off buckles. Punk whips Hangman to ropes, body shots and RUSSIAN LEG SWEEPS! Cover, ONE! Fans still duel but Punk’s side is still stronger.
Punks talks Hangman to ropes, brings him up, and scoops to SLAM! Hangman gets up as the “COWBOY SH*T!” is getting louder. Punk scoop SLAMS again, and now fans boo! Punk takes it in stride as he gets Hangman up to scoop and SLAM again. Punk then goes to a corner and climbs up top. Hangman stands, Punk leaps, CROSSBODY, but Hangman rolls through! Hangman brings Punk up to FALL AWAY SLAM! And a kip up! Fans fire up but there are still those who boo him, too. Punk is on the apron, Hangman TRIANGLE JUMP LARIATS! Punk goes down, Hangman PLANCHAS to take him down!
Fans fire up, some taunt Hangman, but Hangman paces. Fans rally and duel, things starting to even out. Hangman brings Punk up and RAMS him into railing! Hangman refreshes the count, and digs Punk’s head into the steel steps! Hangman lets off, the ring count is 3 of 10 but Hangman puts Punk in at 4. Hangman is on the apron and he soaks up the cheers and jeers. Hangman gets in, drags Punk up and ROCKS him with a forearm. Punk forearms, Hangman forearms, Punk gets the edge but runs into a ROLLING ELBOW! Fans fire up, but Hangman doesn’t cover. Hangman wants fans to get louder, both the positive and the negative.
Punk gets to a corner, Hangman is right on him. Hangman CHOPS, then brings Punk up to wrench and whip corner to corner! Punk hits chest first, fans duel, “F U HANGMAN!” “COWBOY SH*T!” Hangman drags Punk up, whips him corner to corner but Punk reverses, only for Hangman to CLOBBER him! Hangman goes to the apron, takes aim, and fans fire up! Hangman wants it all to get louder so the fans do get louder. Punk rises, Hangman aims, but Punk BLASTS him! Punk knew Hangman’s moveset too well for that to work. Hangman flounders but Punk goes out after him. Punk runs in, into a pop-up APRON BOMB!
Fans duel again and Hangman goes up the corner. Punk gets in before the moonsault so Hangman FLYING LARIATS! Hangman tosses Punk back out, and he still wants to go up top! Punk CLUBS Hangman and keeps him down! Punk then climbs up after Hangman, but Hangman slips down. Punk drags him back up, to SUPERPLEX! Fans fire up and a standing count begins. The count is 5 of 10 before either guy gets up. Hangman uses ropes to stand at 6, Punk ROCKS him. Hangman ROCKS Punk back, so Punk fires off more forearms! SOBAT, KICK and a whip, to CALF KICK! Hangman gets to a corner, Punk runs in and SHINING WIZARDS!
Punk headlocks to BULLDOG! Punk then goes to the apron while Hangman is dazed in the ring. Hangman slowly gets up as Punk takes aim. Springboard FLYING LARIAT! Punk fires up and fans are torn again, but Punk steps through, but Hangman throws hands! Punk staggers away, but he fireman’s carries! Hangman slips off, Punk slips around to NECKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! Punk keeps his focus and fans rally back up as he climbs. But Hangman ROCKS him first! Punk tumbles to the floor! Hangman hurries out and goes up the corner again, to ARIHARA MOONSAULT! Direct hit but Hangman hobbles back after Punk.
Hangman puts Punk in, fans rally up for the “COWBOY SH*T!” as he aims. Punk slowly gets up, Hangman slingshots, BUCK- NO! Takedown and step through, SHARPSHOOTER!! Fans are even more torn over this! Hangman endures as Punk sits deep! Hangman reaches out, crawls forward, ROPEBREAK! The ref counts, reprimands Punk, and Punk lets go. Fans rally, Hangman clutches his leg, and Punk slingshots, but his leg doesn’t hold up! Hangman fireman’s carries! But Punk slips off to trip Hangman! Hangman kicks Punk with his free leg! Punk flops back to the apron and fans rally up again.
Hangman hobbles over, Punk ROUNDHOUSES him away! Punk aims, slingshots, but the legs still don’t hold up! Punk still manages to PUNK SHOT! Cover, TWO! Hangman won’t go down to Punk’s bootleg Buckshot! Punk then calls for his move, by saying night night to Hangman. Punk hobbles over, fireman’s carries, but Hangman slips off and spins Punk around! Fireman’s carry, Punk fights it! Hangman goes to a corner again, Punk runs in, SHINING- NO! Punk got caught! LAST RIDE!! Jackknife roll through to the Alabama Lift! DEADEYE!! But the leg slows Hangman’s cover, TWO!?!? Punk survives and no one can believe it!
Hangman grits his teeth and hobbles back over. Fans get loud as Hangman says night night to Punk! Hangman drags Punk up, fireman’s carries, but Punk flails to get the ropes! Hangman pulls, tosses Punk, but Punk ROUNDHOUSES! But Hangman still fireman’s carries!? GO TO SLEEP!!! Cover, TWO!??! Now no one can believe this! Fans rally and duel hard as ever while Hangman and Punk stir. Punk checks his chin, but Hangman gets in his face. Hangman throws a forearm, but Punk gives a haymaker back. Hangman haymakers, Punk forearms! Hangman stands Punk up to ROCK him with an elbow! Punk KICKS the bad leg!
Punk staggers, KICKS the leg again, then throws big forearms! Hangman hits back, they go back and forth and fans rally. Punk gets the edge again, runs, but into a BOOT! Hangman winces from the pain in his leg but fans rally up. Hangman manages to run, but into Punk’s BOOT! Punk runs, but Hangman clotheslines them both out of the ring! Hangman hurries to get Punk up, and TOSSES him over the timekeeper’s table! Hangman picks up the belt to say it is his, and Punk will never have it! Fans duel, the ref takes the belt back, and Hangman puts Punk in the ring. Hangman aims, tunes up the band, and fans rally up with him.
Punk stands, Hangman slingshots, BUCK- Fireman’s carry! Punk swings Hangman around, the ref gets hit with the boots! Hangman slips off and LARIATS Punk down!! But then Hangman realizes what happened to the ref. Hangman checks on the ref, but then he thinks as he looks at Punk and the world title belt… Fans boo, they don’t want Hangman to do this! Hangman hobbles over to get the belt. Hangman glares at Punk, and he wants Punk to get up! Punk does sit up, and he wants Hangman to show mercy! Hangman looks at the belt, then at Punk. Hangman throws the belt down, fans fire up for their Cowboy!
Slingshot, into a spin and fireman’s carry! GO TO SLEEP!!! Cover, Punk wins!!!
Winner: CM Punk, by pinfall (NEW AEW World Champion)
Hangman did it the right way, but that cost him the title! Punk is a champion in wrestling again after what feels like forever! And if this is how hard he fought to get this belt, how hard will he fight to keep it? How hard will Hangman have to fight to get this belt back?
What a night for AEW right here. Was this perhaps the biggest, longest Double or Nothing yet? It sure felt like there was more to it than before. And I can’t really complain about too much, a lot of this was great stuff. Well, okay, there are things I can bring up. There seemed to be technical and production aspects that weren’t the best, but just minor annoyances. And that I just knew Cole & Britt would both win the tournaments. And in the case of the Anarchy in the Arena match, that was exactly the chaos I expected where we couldn’t really appreciate everything going on, but we got to see everything that mattered in the end. I see now that they saved the dysfunction between Bryan and Kingston for this very moment, and that is why JAS won.
Jade Cargill is great in the ring and on the mic, but boy she sure ends up protected. But at least it’s as a Heel, Heels would want ways to ensure their victory. Bivens/Hathaway apparently swooping in to take Jade away from Sterling is a wild move, but Bivens is such a great talker, he’ll fit right in with The Baddies. The dysfunction between SamTay and Kaz was played up about as I expected, but I was surprised Kaz and Sammy lost. But I suppose it’s the best way for everyone to move on from this. Maybe Kaz and Sammy feud as they’ll blame each other for the loss. And I love that Dante Martin wants next. He’ll give Scorpio one hell of a match, but I would think Scorpion wins.
The main event was great stuff but in trying to figure out the crowd reaction, even commentary thought fans didn’t like the “preening” and needing to play things up both guys were doing. AEW being different from WWE, you go in expecting almost nonstop action and the character stuff is in the selling and facial reactions, not having to look to fans for the energy. A Heel like MJF can taunt a crowd to get them to boo more, but when Hangman was ready to slingshot, he should’ve just stayed focused on Punk. And while Hangman going Heel here would’ve been pretty wild, I do like how they kept him Face and now he’s a former champion.
I had a feeling his next chapter would be about finding his way back, and hopefully they can iron out the wrinkles with how this first reign went. And as for Punk, this win opens up a floodgate of matches he could have for the rest of this year and maybe beyond. And if AEW can manage it, we might see Punk VS Omega before we see Omega VS Hangman and/or Punk VS Hangman II.
My Score: 9.5/10
Mitchell’s AEW Rampage Results & Report! (2/3/23)
The Elite are on a Rampage!
Is The Elite in for a tune-up or trap game tonight?
Though they plan to defend the AEW World Trios titles on Dynamite, Kenny Omega & the Young Bucks defend the titles against The Firm here on Rampage! Will they overlook Ethan Page, Matt Hardy & Isiah Kassidy and get caught?
- AEW World Trios Championships: The Elite VS Ethan Page, Matt Hardy & Isiah Kassidy; The Elite win and retain the titles.
- Swerve Strickland w/ Mogul Affiliates VS Brian Pillman Jr; Swerve wins.
- Saraya & Toni Storm VS The Renegade Sisters; Saraya & Storm win.
- Rush w/ La Faccion Ingobernable VS Christopher Daniels; Rush wins.
PLAY BY PLAY
AEW World Trios Championships: The Elite VS Ethan Page, Matt Hardy & Isiah Kassidy!
Kenny Omega and the Young Bucks accepted the challenge of the upstart Top Flight & AR Fox, but then they also accepted the challenge of The Firm’s All Ego! Will The Elite’s ego cost them in their very first defense? Or will they still keep their date with Fox, Dante & Darius for Dynamite?
The bell rings and the trios sort out. Dayton chants, “THE! ELITE! THE THE ELITE!” Nick Jackson starts against Isiah Kassidy, they circle, and they tie up. Nick wrenches to a wristlock, Kassidy rolls and handsprings to wrench and wristlock back. Nick uses ropes to flip through and wrench back to hit a headlock takeover. Kassidy headscissors, Nick kips free, but Kassidy hits a headlock takeover. Nick headscissors, Kassidy kips free, things speed up and Kassidy wheelbarrows to arm-drag! Kassidy kips up, but Nick blocks the chop to knuckle lock. Nick CHOPS, goes up and up, “LUCHA LIBRE~!” and arm-drags!
Kassidy staggers up into another arm-drag, and Nick has the armlock! Fans cheer but Ethan is furious. Nick wrenches Kassidy, tags Matt, and the Bucks double whip to bait Kassidy into a GUTBUSTER, to the NECKBREAKER BACKBREAKER COMBO! Fans fire up with the Bucks, and Matt points to Kenny. Fans fire up, and Matt tags in Omega! Hardy tags in and he circles with Omega. They tie up, break, and then go again. They break, go again, then Hardy headlocks. Omega powers out but Hardy runs him over. Things speed up but Hardy fakes out the hurdle! Hardy kicks low, reels Omega in, TWIST- NO, Omega powers out!
Omega runs in at the corner but Hardy dodges, and the V-Trigger hits buckles! Hardy reels Omega in, but Omega fights the Side Effect! Hardy staggers, Omega runs in but Hardy sends him out! Omega hurries back up but Hardy BLASTS him off the apron! Omega hits railing, Stokely laughs at him, and then Hardy goes up the corner! Omega stands up, but Ethan leaps to CLOBBER Omega! Ethan gives Hardy a thumbs up, he did that so Hardy wouldn’t have to risk himself. Ethan puts Omega in the ring, Ethan apparently snuck a tag that not even Hardy noticed. Ethan drags Omega up to scoop and SLAM him!
Fans boo but Ethan tells the Bucks to kiss this. Ethan drags Omega up, throws haymakers, and then has Omega in the corner. Ethan has Hardy and Kassidy hold Omega in place, then Ethan runs to BLAST the Bucks off the apron! Fans boo more but Ethan runs in, into Omega’s BOOT! Omega is free, he goes up and over Ethan to hot tag Nick! Ethan runs in, Omega dodges and the Bucks DOUBLE GAMANGIRI Ethan back! Nick then tags Matt while Omega RANAS Ethan! The Bucks double kick, Nick runs and Matt gives him the boost to RANA Ethan! Ethan hurries to tag Hardy, he runs in but into DOUBLE DROPKICKS!
Ethan shouts for Kassidy to do something, so Kassidy springboards, but the Bucks get clear to double elbow! They wheelbarrow and lift Kassidy, Omega runs in, WHEELBARROW KOTARO KRUSHER! Kassidy flounders out of the ring while the fans fire up with the Elite. Hardy returns but Omega sets up Ethan and Kassidy. Matt runs in to WRECK Ethan and Kassidy with a dropkick! Matt then holds the ropes for Nick to FLY and take them out! But Matt Hardy kicks Matt Jackson low and reels him in! TWIST- NO, NORTHERN LIGHTS! Matt Jackson starts up the Polar Express, but Ethan saves Hardy!
Ethan swings, but into a NORTHERN LIGHTS! Fans fire up with Jackson as he has Hardy for haymakers! And stomps! Jackson runs, Ethan trips him up but Jackson BOOTS Ethan! Hardy catches Jackson for a SIDE EFFECT! Cover, TWO! Hardy drags Jackson over and tags in Ethan. Ethan stomps Matt Jackson, going after the legs. Ethan talks trash on Dayton then brings Matt around for a BACKBREAKER! Fans boo but Ethan soaks up the heat as Rampage goes picture in picture.
Ethan drags Matt up, bumps him off Kassidy’s boot, then tags Kassidy in. Ethan and Kassidy mug Matt, Kassidy stomps away, then lets off as the ref counts. Kassidy drags Matt back up, tags Hardy, and they mug Matt Jackson now. Hardy brings Jackson around to fire forearms and elbows! Then Hardy has Jackson under the bottom rope, for a ROPE GUILLOTINE! Kassidy gives thumbs up as Hardy covers, TWO! Hardy drags Jackson up, bumps him off Ethan’s boot, and then tags Ethan in. Ethan and Hardy mug Jackson, abut Jackson fights back with haymakers! Rampage returns to single picture as Jackson backs Ethan down!
Matt Jackson runs but into a BOOT! Ethan BLASTS Omega and taunts Nick. Fans boo but Ethan drags Matt Jackson over to tag Hardy back in. Hardy drags Jackson up, bumps him off buckles and shouts “DELETE! DELETE!” Fans chant along, and Hardy goes through all three levels! Hardy grabs Jackson’s legs, and YANKS him into a POWERBOMB! Cover, but Nick breaks it! The ref reprimands but Nick backs off. Hardy drags Matt Jackson to the drop zone, goes up the corner, but then Ethan tags in! Fans boo as Ethan ruins Hardy’s good time. Ethan then copies Hardy’s stuff, but leaps into a SUPERKICK!
Fans rally as Ethan and Matt are down! Hot tag to Omega! Fans fire up as Omega goes up top to CROSSBODY Ethan! Kassidy runs in, to get a POLISH HAMMER! POLISH HAMMER for Ethan! Omega spins but Ethan dodges to kick low! Ethan whips, Omega reverses and fireman’s carries! “YOU! CAN’T! ESCAPE!” ROLLING SENTON, and the MOONSAULT! Cover, TWO! Fans fire up as Omega drags Ethan up into a half nelson. Ethan fights the full nelson, RAMS Omega into the corner, and Kassidy tags in. Kassidy and Hardy run to BLAST the Bucks while Ethan fires off back elbows on Omega!
Ethan whips Omega corner to corner, runs in and clotheslines! Kassidy adds a SPLASH, Hardy adds a clothesline! Hardy sets up, Ethan whips Kassidy, FIRM IN MOTION INTO DOUBLE SUPERKICKS!! Ethan is shocked to see what happened, but he runs into a SNAP DRAGON! Hardy runs in, kicks low, but Omega turns Twist into full nelson! Hardy elbows free, runs, and DOUBLE LARIATS take both men down! Nick goes up, but so does Kassidy! STEREO SWANTON BOMBS!! Nick takes out Hardy while Kassidy takes out Omega! Then Kassidy runs in, dodges Nick and goes up to FLYING COMPLETE SHOT!
Matt Jackson shouts “YOU’RE DEAD!” and he SUPERKICKS Kassidy! Ethan runs in, blocks a kick and spins Jackson to ROUNDHOUSE! and then deadlift POWERSLAM! But V-TRIGGER outta nowhere!! All six men are down and the fans are thunderous! A standing count begins, “This is Awesome!” and Omega crawls to hot tag Nick! Nick storms in to CLUB Kassidy. Kassidy throws a forearm, but Nick hits back! They go back and forth with heavy shots, but Kassidy gets the edge! Nick staggers, but he ROUNDHOUSES back! Nick whips, Kassidy reverses and SPIN KICKS! Nick goes to a corner, Kassidy runs in, but Nick dodges!
SHINING WIZARD! GAMANGIRI! FOREARM! BULLDOG! The Elite regroup and they aim at Kassidy, only for Hardy and Ethan to drag Omega and Matt Jackson out! They’re sent into railing hard, and Kassidy runs to hit a DESTROYER!! Nick flounders to a corner, Hardy sets up again! PARTY IN MOTION! Ethan & Kassidy put Nick up top, DOUBLE ICONOCLASM! And then a feed to the TWIST OF FATE!! Kassidy covers, Matt Jackson breaks it!! Ethan storms in, he gets Matt Jackson up, but he slips off the Ego’s Edge and Omega V-TRIGGERS Ethan down! Hardy throws Omega out!
Hardy runs in, Jackson moves, Hardy BLASTS Ethan! Hardy is shocked and he hurries to check on Ethan. Kassidy TOSSES Matt Jackson out, but Nick springboards in! CUTTER?!? Kassidy covers, TWO!!! Kassidy almost wins this on his own because Hardy and Ethan distracted with Ethan’s jaw. Nick tags Omega while Kassidy calls to his team. Hardy hurries over but Omega V-TRIGGERS Kassidy down!! Omega drags Kassidy away, tags Matt in and then Matt tags Nick. Jackson BLASTS Hardy, Omega Electric Chair Lifts Kassidy! ONE WINGED ANGEL!! Into B T E TRIGGER!!! Cover, The Elite wins!
Winners: The Elite, by pinfall (still AEW World Trios Champions)
This was no trap game, but this was far more than a tune-up! The Elite are red hot now, will they melt the Coldest Tag Team in the Game this Wednesday?
Backstage interview with Ricky Starks.
Lexi Nair is with The Absolute, and she brings up the Jericho Appreciation Society throw down the Garcia-Guevara Gauntlet challenge. Starks sorta got what he asked for, so what’s the plan? Starks says, “I can tell you it wasn’t a plan for us to match here,” in reference to his shirt and her whole ensemble both being a light khaki. But Starks admits he puts his foot in his mouth, something he’s known to do around here. But that’s okay, because if that is how Starks gets at Chris Jericho, then that is what he’s going to do. If that is the way to beat Jericho, to get out of the “Web of Jericho” that he has entangled himself in, that is what Starks will do.
“I am no stranger to having the deck stacked against me, because I always find a way. Parker, Daddy Magic, Sammy, Danny, it doesn’t matter. Because in El Paso, Texas, I am gonna to prove exactly why I am Absolute. And when I do get my way, Chris, I am going to embarrass you. And I am going to beat you, again.” Starks is ready for everything the JAS is going to throw at him, but will that still get him the win?
Team Triple J speaks.
Jay Lethal tells the others, “Right now, we are riding high. But the Screen Actors Guild and AEW, they’re trying to rain on our parade by distorting on the camera Sonjay’s Golden Globe. I tell you what, just like last week, when we embarrassed the Best Friends and Danhausen, we proved that in the ring, we can’t be matched! And I bet right now, Paul Walter Hauser is sitting at home without a Golden Globe, wishing that he had better friends.” Jeff Jarrett says, “I bet Mr. Walter Hauser wishes he never ever stepped foot in the Kia Forum! Because what happened the last time? I bet he’s wishing he never went on The Late Late Show with James Corden!”
But Best Friends respond!
Danhausen is upset that he got smashed in the head with a Grammy! No, it was a Golden Globe. But keep going, this is good energy. Yes! Danhausen was “decimating” their giant, Satnam Singh, and then he was caught off guard by a GOLDEN GLOBE! That was bad. So YOU will be cursed if it happens again! It shouldn’t happen again, right? It shouldn’t. Danhausen says it WON’T happen again! But when and where will we see the sequel to this showdown of friends and enemies?
Swerve Strickland w/ Mogul Affiliates VS Brian Pillman Jr!
For whatever reason, second generation wrestlers get on Swerve’s nerves. He can’t get after The Natural just yet, but he’s settling for #FlyinBrian41 here tonight! Will BPJ use his homefield advantage to stop the Mogul? Or will Dayton be “Whose House?” “SWERVE’S HOUSE!”
The bell rings and Swerve circles with BPJ. They tie up, go around, and BPJ powers Swerve to a corner. Swerve pushes back and wrenches to a wristlock. BPJ rolls, cartwheels, handsprings and headstands, but Swerve pushes him down to turn BPJ over to a ghost pin! TWO, BPJ gets up but Swerve is after him. BPJ whips Swerve to a corner, Swerve goes up and over and O’Conner Rolls, then Eddy Gordo RANAS, but BPJ rolls through to stand back up. Fans cheer the technical exchange. BPJ and Swerve tie up again, Swerve pulls BPJ’s hair and puts him in the corner. BPJ turns things around, and he swings, only for Swerve to duck.
Swerve whips BPJ but BPJ rolls, handsprings and kangaroo kicks! Swerve checks his nose while fans rally up. Swerve runs in, BPJ dodges, things speed up and BPJ hurdles to drop. Swerve handsprings over, things keep moving, but BPJ steps on Swerve! Fans fire up as BPJ asks, “Whose House?” “BRIAN’S HOUSE!” But Swerve takes off his necklace to wrap around his fist as he ROCKS BPJ with a sucker punch! Fans boo, Swerve whips, but BPJ reverses and DROPKICKS! Swerve bails out, BPJ builds speed, and fans fire up as BPJ WRECKS Swerve with a dropkick! BPJ hurries away from Trench & Boudreaux while Rampage goes picture in picture.
BPJ grins while Swerve is furious. Boudreaux & Trench help Swerve stand up. BPJ talks some smack but Swerve has his guys stand down. Swerve goes up the steps and into the ring, and he ties up with BPJ. Swerve kicks BPJ, ROCKS him with a right, then swings, but misses in the corner! BPJ CHOPS, ROCKS, and wrenches before he whips corner to corner. BPJ runs in to clothesline, CHOP, and NORTHERN LIGHTS! Bridging cover, TWO! BPJ rallies the fans while Swerve grits his teeth. BPJ storms up but Swerve gets around to JAM the leg! BPJ falls over and clutches the knee while Swerve taunts Dayton.
Swerve stands on BPJ’s leg, throws down fists, then kicks him around. Swerve stands BPJ up, BPJ throws hands, but Swerve KICKS the leg out! Swerve goes to the corner, goes up, and he taunts the fans before the FALLING UPPERCUT! Swerve swaggers and smirks at all the fans before he goes back to BPJ. Swerve kicks the leg, grinds an arm, and Rampage goes to break.
Rampage returns as BJP and Swerve fire forearm after forearm at each other! BPJ CHOPS, CHOPS, then SLAPS! Swerve staggers, BPJ grabs at him, but Swerve brushes that away to ROCK BPJ with a haymaker! BPJ staggers to a corner, Swerve storms over, but he blocks a boot! Swerve brings BPJ out, slips around that leg and hits a BACKBREAKER! BPJ staggers, Swerve SLAPS him, but BPJ SUPERKICKS! And LARIATS! Cover, TWO! Swerve survives but BPJ fires up! Fans rally as BPJ fireman’s carries. Swerve fights free, and he SLAPS away on BPJ’s back. BPJ snapmares, Swerve blocks the superkick and he mule kicks the bad leg!
Swerve aims from the corner as BPJ clutches his knee. BPJ stands but the bad leg gives out! And then the HOUSE CALL!! Cover, TWO!?! BPJ survives and Swerve is fuming! Dayton fires up but Swerve drags BPJ up. Swerve bumps BPJ off buckles, hoists him up top, then climbs up after him. BPJ throws body shots in return, then climbs up to HOTSHOT Swerve away! Trench distracts BPJ, BPJ runs him off, and the ref is busy with Trench, allowing Boudreaux to trip BPJ up! Fans boo, but Swerve hurries to go out after BPJ and drag him up! Fireman’s carry, APRON DEATH VALLEY DRIVER!!
Swerve hurries up a corner and BPJ sits up, for the KILL STOMPS!! Cover, Swerve wins!
Winner: Swerve Strickland, by pinfall
Mogul Affiliates comes through for their leader, Swerve takes out a second generation star! #HoodiesUp, and the big men stand Swerve up. Trench feeds BPJ to Boudreaux’s LARIAT! Then Swerve brings out the necklace, but here comes DUSTIN RHODES! The Natural has a TURNBUCKLE CROSSBAR! Dustin uses that to run off Mogul Affiliates, but this war has only just begun. Will Dustin prove to Swerve that being second generation doesn’t make him better, but that being better makes him better?
The House of Black speaks.
Malakai says, “There was a saying that reads, ‘Assumptions are a poison that create unrealistic expectations.’ And what is the poison that you people created? The assumption that Eddie Kingston was going to join the House. No, the House does not want Eddie, and Eddie does not want The House. The House did what it always does, and what its mission has been since the beginning: prove that every human being on this planet, no matter how true of heart, is corruptible. And it takes the smallest push into the right direction to peel off the layers of virtue and let that venom of hate grow.
“There is no forgiveness for people like you and me, Eddie. And like Cain did to Abel, you do what you can’t help but do, because it is your nature. It is the balance of who you are in this world. Because no man is ever truly…” The Mad King has begun his descent, will there be no going back now that he has begun to #FadeToBlack?
Saraya & Toni Storm VS The Renegade Sisters!
Speaking of a descent, the Revolution and the Lightning have stooped to shocking lows as of late, all in the name of showing the AEW homegrown talent that they, the outsiders, know what is best for business. But will they continue to do whatever they want to the AEW Women’s Division? Or will Charlette & Robyn be just the renegades to fight The Revolution?
The teams sort out and after a rock-paper-scissors game that goes nowhere, Robyn steps up to Storm. Storm doesn’t seem to take Robyn seriously but Robyn eggs her on. Robyn and Storm tie up, go around, and end up against ropes, in a corner, and then to more ropes. Storm lets off to pie face Robyn. Robyn ROCKS Storm! And again, and again, and then she CHOPS! Robyn whips, Storm reverses but Robyn ducks, only to run into Storm’s THESZ PRESS! Storm rains down fists, then she drags Robyn up. Storm puts Robyn in the ropes, CHOKES Robyn, then argues with the ref so Saraya can CHOKE Robyn, too!
The fans boo as Saraya fires off knees on Robyn! Storm sucker punches Charlette! Storm runs to HIP ATTACK Robyn off the apron! Fans are torn while Robyn lands on the floor. Storm and Saraya bring Robyn up to RAM her into steel steps! And then into the railing! The ref has to keep Charlette back, and Saraya says Charlette is crazy! Storm drags Robyn up and puts her in the ring to then drag her over. Tag to Saraya, they mug Robyn, and Saraya short arm LARIATS! And again! And again! Fans boo but Saraya smiles and soaks it all up. Saraya drags Robyn up, tells fans to shut up, but Robyn waistlocks.
Saraya elbows free, whips Robyn to a corner, SHINING WIZARD! Fans boo but Saraya just revels in it. Saraya snapmares and SHINING WIZARDS again! Cover, TWO!! Robyn survives but Saraya drags Robyn up. Robyn RAMS Saraya into a corner, but it’s the enemy corner! Storm tags in, she and Saraya mug Robyn, and then Storm snap suplexes Robyn down! Cover, TWO! Robyn is hanging tough but Storm clamps on a full nelson. Fans rally as Robyn endures and fights up. Storm thrashes Robyn around, but Robyn fights up and breaks the nelson! Only for Storm to throw her down by her hair! Fans boo and the ref reprimands, but Storm just scowls.
Storm kicks Robyn around, toying with her, but Robyn gets mad. Robyn ROCKS Storm! Robyn eggs Storm on so Storm hits back! Robyn ROCKS, CHOPS and repeat! Storm swing, Robyn dodges and ENZIGURIS! Fans fire up as both women are down! Storm a nd Robyn crawl, hot tag to Charlette! Charlette rallies on Storm and Saraya! SPLASH in the corner! Charlette rallies the fans with “GET! YOU! SOME!” Charlette runs in, but Storm SHOTGUNS her down! Charlette flounders to a corner, Storm runs in, SWEET HIP MUSIC! Storm brings Charlette up for Saraya to YAKUZA KICK! STORM ZERO!! Cover, Storm & Saraya win!
Winners: Saraya & Toni Storm, by pinfall
The outsiders win, but they’re not done! Saraya brings out cans of spray paint! Toni CLOBBERS Robyn, Saraya chases the ref out of the ring, and they start spraying the Renegades! They put big green L’s on the Renegades, will they continue to hand out those L’s to the AEW Women’s Division?
Adam Cole speaks.
“There is nothing that I love more than professional wrestling. And I have worked harder every single day than I ever have in my entire life. Because for me, I thought my dream was dead. And when your dreams die, your hope dies. I never, ever lost hope, because I refused to let anybody or anything stand in my way of getting back inside that squared circle. And I have no idea who my first opponent will be when I return, but I can promise you this: You are going to get the best damn pro-wrestler on the planet. And his name…” ADAM COLE, BAYBAY! AEW Revolution is the target, will Adam Cole make it all about the boom?
Mark Henry welcomes us back to Rampage.
The World’s Strongest Man says, “Before former ROH Champion, Rush, faces Bryan Danielson this Wednesday, he will face former ROH Champion, Christopher Daniels tonight on Rampage.” The Fallen Angel tells El Toro Blanco, “Your reputation precedes you, but I am not intimidated by reputation. And I’m not a stepping stone for anyone, Rush.” But Rush tells Daniels, “You have never faced anybody like Rush.” Rush continues on in Spanish, then says in English, “Just remember: if you mess with the bull, you get the horns.” Mark Henry then says, “It’s TIME! For the main event!” Will Rush be rolling into El Paso and his battle with the American Dragon? Or will this be the rise of the Fallen Angel?
Rush w/ La Faccion Ingobernable VS Christopher Daniels!
The bell rings and fans rally for the Fallen Angel. Daniels and Rush circle, tie up, and Daniels waistlocks. Rush switches, Daniels switches back but Rush sits. Daniels holds on for a moment but Rush switches back. They stand, Daniels shifts to hit a headlock takeover. Rush headscissors, Daniels pries free to trip Rush to a cover, ONE! The two stand off and fans cheer. Rush and Daniels reset to circle again. They tie up, Rush wrenches and YANKS the arm, then wrenches to CLUB the arm. Rush YANKS the arm but Daniels uses ropes to flip through and arm-drag Rush away! Rush stands up, sidesteps, but Daniels blocks the hip toss!
Daniels tries but now Rush blocks the hip toss. Rush swings but Daniels blocks the haymaker to hit a NECKBREAKER! Daniels then CLOBBERS Rush! Cover, TWO! Fans rally, Daniels drags Rush up and CLUBS him. Daniels whips Rush to ropes to calf kick him out! Daniels then builds speed and DIVES! Direct hit at the ramp and fans fire up as Rampage goes picture in picture.
Daniels drags Rush up and into the ring, hurries up the corner, but Jose distracts! Daniels AX HANDLES Jose down! But Rush DECKS Daniels with a sucker punch! Daniels flops out of the ring and Rush distracts the ref so “Perro Peligroso” can attack! Preston Vance holds up the Ingobernables fist, then he POSTS Daniels! Vance even CHOKES Daniels with the stolen masks of luchadors Vance has beaten outside of AEW! Vance gets away with all this as Rush goes out after Daniels. But then Vance distracts the ref so that Rush can beat down Daniels! Rush drags Daniels around the way to throw him into railing!
Rush throws knee after knee into Daniels against the railing while Jose hurries to get the bright green cable! Rush throws down fists, Jose throws the cable over, and Rush holds it up. Rush then gathers some slack, to LASH Daniels! And then CHOKE him with it! Daniels can only cough and sputter because Vance is still in the ref’s face! Rush lets Daniels go, then drags him up to put him in the ring. Jose gives Rush some water to refresh himself, then Jose shows off just one of the many fat stacks MJF gave LFI on Dynamite. Rush uses the fat stack to fan himself off, then gives it to Vance. Rush then gets in the ring to CHOP Daniels!
Rush whips Daniels corner to corner, runs in and clotheslines! Then he sits Daniels down to rain down forearms! The ref reprimands and counts, Rush lets off at 4. Jose beats the apron like a drum and Rush runs corner to corner, to fake Daniels out on the Bull’s Horns! Daniels lets his guard down, and Rush KICKS him in the face! Daniels clutches his jaw while Rush rolls back to tranquilo. Rush then drags Daniels up to throw him out, and of course Vance is right on Daniels! Vance CHOPS Daniels while Rush distracts the ref. Vance puts Daniels back in, Rush stands on Daniels with a cocky cover, ONE!
Rush is annoyed but he stomps away on Daniels. Rampage returns to single picture as Rush pretends to take Daniels’ head and kicks it into the crowd. But then he KICKS Daniels in the side! Daniels goes to the apron, fans boo, but Rush kicks him to the floor. Rush again distracts the ref, and Vance uses the fat stack of cash to SLAP Daniels! Vance then makes it rain on Daniels, and stands him up to CHOP him down! Fans boo as Jose also makes it rain on Daniels. Vance puts Daniels in the ring, Rush drags Daniels up and throws body shots. Rush tosses Daniels back out, and then “apologizes” to the ref as a way to distract him!
Jose and Vance stand Daniels up, Jose chicken wings Daniels’ arms, and Vance runs in. Daniels moves, the BOOT takes out Jose! Fans fire up, Vance is shocked, and Daniels POSTS Vance! Daniels throws Jose into the ring then goes around the way. Rush is distracted by his assistant being where he shouldn’t be, and Daniels slips in to roll Rush up! TWO!! Rush escapes, but Daniels baits him into the corner. Daniels dodges, ENZIGURIS, and fans fire up! Rush staggers, Daniels runs in and LARIATS Rush! And CHOPS! And wrenches to a BLUE THUNDER BOMB! Cover, TWO!! Rush survives but Daniels fires back up!
Daniels drags Rush up, CLUBS him again and again, then runs, but Rush follows! CHOP! CHOP! But Daniels swings! Rush dodge to SUPERKICK! Rush roars, swings, but into a fireman’s carry! DEATH VALLEY DRIVER! Cover, TWO!! But into a KOJI KLUTCH!! Rush endures, Vance drags Rush’s leg to the ROPEBREAK! Fans boo but Daniels lets Rush go all the same. Daniels knows it was that damn dog, but Rush rolls Daniels up! WITH TIGHTS! TWO, and Rush swings again, but into the URENAGE! Daniels points to the corner and fans fire up! Daniels goes up, for the BEST MOONSAULT EVER onto knees!!
Rush OVERHEAD Belly2Belly suplexes Daniels into the corner! Rush makes sure Daniels sits up, and then he stomps away with both feet! Fans boo, Rush stomps around then runs corner to corner, BULL’S HORNS!! Cover, Rush wins!
Winner: Rush, by pinfall
Though it was a valiant effort, Christopher Daniels fought a 3v1 the entire time, he had no chance of winning out. Will Bryan Danielson also have no chance against those odds? Or will the American Dragon find a way to slay El Toro Blanco?
A really good Rampage here. The trios titles opening was quite the surprise, but it was a great match. The Firm looked good, but of course they also had the story of Ethan stealing the spotlight from his own teammates every chance he could. As such, The Elite win, and now we’re going to get a stacked episode of Dynamite. The trios titles, the tag titles, and eliminator matches for the women’s world title and men’s world title. Of those, I’m fairly confident The Elite retain their titles, that would only be their second defense and they have got to be heading to AEW Revolution with these belts. No idea who they’d face then, though.
Plenty of good promos again. Starks responding to the JAS gauntlet didn’t necessarily add anything, he’s of course going to find his way through. Malakai’s promo was equally good but it effectively established what’s going on with the story of House of Black and Eddie Kingston. Triple J and Best Friends are definitely going to have another match, and as I said before, I hope Paul Walter Hauser gets involved to avenge Triple J stealing his Golden Globe. And great new promo from Cole, though it doesn’t necessarily add anything more. Cole is surely going to be part of the Revolution card, and whoever he faces is going to put Cole over but in a very good match.
Really good match out of Swerve VS BPJ, but of course that as a Heel leading a faction, Swerve wins because his guys help out. But it also made sense for Dustin to show up and run the Mogul Affiliates off. As I sensed on Dynamite, Dustin is surely going to team up with BPJ and Brock Anderson against Mogul Affiliates in a Six Man Tag. And as AEW seems to struggle establishing new team names, I’m assuming Brian Pillman Jr. and Brock Anderson are gonna be “Lineage” (stylized LineAGE) as a sort of AEW version of Legacy. I say that cuz LineAGE was on BPJ’s tights. Dustin can also join LineAGE if he wants, and maybe LineAGE can get going in the Trios Division.
The Renegade Sisters got a good showing against Storm & Saraya, but of course they also lost to Storm & Saraya. And I suddenly had inspiration seeing Saraya & Storm spray paint big green L’s on the Renegades. Will Saraya & Storm be like The Outsiders, Nash & Hall, and they get an NWO moment at Revolution? The “third woman” will be someone who is currently Face and seems like they’re on AEW’s side. It probably won’t be Shida, she doesn’t seem to like how Saraya & Storm are going. But with Saraya & Storm wearing green and using green paint, and Ruby Soho having green hair, I wonder if Ruby is pushed to the point where she ends up seeing things Saraya’s way.
Still disappointing that Mark Henry’s segment is being trimmed down more and more, but I’m thinking it’s to give more time to the main event match. But this main event was a great main event, even though I just knew Daniels would lose. Rush VS Bryan will be great stuff, and I am sure Bryan will look close to losing because of Jose and Vance getting involved, but surely Bryan will find a way to win.
My Score: 8.6/10
Mitchell’s AEW Dynamite Results & Report! (2/1/23)
Dynamite is No Holds Barred!
Will Darby Allin still be the Relentless TNT Champion?
Samoa Joe wants the AEW TNT Championship back, but he knows Darby Allin is relentless. Tonight on Dynamite, they go NO HOLDS BARRED for the gold! Will Joe once again be the King of Television?
- Jon Moxley VS Hangman Page; Moxley wins.
- The Acclaimed w/ Billy Gunn VS Truth Magnum & Turbo Floyd; The Acclaimed wins.
- Brian Cage w/ Prince Nana VS Konosuke Takeshita; Takeshita wins.
- Bryan Danielson VS Timothy Thatcher; Bryan wins.
- AEW TBS Championship: Jade Cargill w/ Leila Grey VS Red Velvet; Cargill wins and retains the title.
- AEW TNT Championship No Holds Barred: Darby Allin w/ Sting VS Samoa Joe; wins and
PLAY BY PLAY
Jon Moxley w/ Wheeler Yuta VS Hangman Page!
The Maniac and the Cowboy go for their tiebreaker as Dynamite is in Dayton, Ohio! Will Ohio’s own knock this one out of the park like he did before? Or will there be some serious #CowboySh*t going down in Dayton?
Not only does Moxley have the Decoder by his side, he has his dad, Dan! Hangman makes his entrance next, and Moxley goes right after him! Moxley throws hands then whips Hangman into railing! The ref reprimands but Moxley sends Hangman into steel steps! Moxley throws hands, whips Hangman again and Hangman hits more railing hard! Fans fire up and the ref reprimands. Moxley just takes off his hoodie to CHOKE Hangman with it! Moxley TOSSES Hangman over the railing, and then he hops onto the railing! Dayton fires up, gives Moxley a hand, and Moxley FLYING AX HANDLES Hangman down!
Moxley brings Hangman up but Hangman throws hands! Hangman sits Moxley down, fires off more shots, then backs up. Hangman runs in to BOOT Moxley against railing! The ref reprimands, he wants this in the ring, but it isn’t a match yet so there’s no real repercussions. Hangman stalks Moxley along the way but Moxley kicks back. And CHOPS! Moxley trips Hangman then ties him up, FIGURE FOUR on the floor! Moxley and Hangman flip each other off but the ref still wants this in the ring. Hangman grabs someone’s beer and splashes Moxley with it! Moxley lets Hangman out of the hold, and then Hangman ROCKS Mox!
They go back to ringside, Moxley grabs a chair but Hangman CLUBS Moxley. But Moxley JAMS Hangman, tris him, and then drops an elbow on the leg! Moxley has a toehold, then he puts the chair around the leg! The ref reprimands but Moxley goes up the apron. The ref shouts at Moxley to not jump, but then Hangman gets free! Hangman CHUCKS the chair at Moxley’s head!! Moxley goes down and fans fire up! The ref reprimands again and wants this to get in the ring. Moxley is dazed, but Hangman drags him around, to suplex onto the chair! Hangman drags Moxley up and puts him in the ring, but he also brings the chair!
The ref stops Hangman, so Hangman leaves the chair behind. The bell finally rings, and Hangman runs in to forearm Moxley! Moxley hits back, they go back and forth! Moxley’s eyebrow is already busted open, but he keeps throwing shots. Hangman gets the edge, HEADBUTTS, then whips. Moxley reverses to dropkick the legs out! Moxley looms over Hangman, drags him into the INDIAN DEATHLOCK! Hangman endures, keeps his shoulders off the mat, but fans rally behind Moxley. Hangman drags himself back, reaches out, and gets the ROPEBREAK! The ref counts, Moxley lets Hangman go at 3.
Moxley brings Hangman up but Hangman gets around to GERMAN SUPLEXES! Moxley snarls but the blood is getting into his eye. Hangman DECKS Moxley and has him at the ropes. Hangman brings Moxley up, fans boo but Hangman CHOPS! Moxley flounders and falls and fans start dueling. Hangman stalks Moxley, sits him up, and he starts raining down fists right on the bloody eyebrow! Mox fans boo but Hangman fans are fired up for the “COWBOY SH*T!” Hangman wipes Moxley’s blood off on his chest, but then turns around into a CHOP! Moxley eggs Hangman on and Hangman CHOPS back!
Moxley CHOPS, Hangman CHOPS, fans “WOO~!” for the CHOP fight! Moxley shifts to boxing elbows, then runs, but Hangman catches the crossbody! FALL AWAY SLAM! Fans are torn while Moxley goes to the apron. Hangman runs, triangle jumps, but Moxley LARIATS first! Moxley drags Hangman up and to the apron, then turns Hangman, for a SLEEPER! The ref reprimands and wants this in the ring, but Hangman claws the bloody eyebrow! Moxley turns Hangman around, reels him in, but Hangman resists the lift! Hangman tries to lift, Moxley resists, and then Moxley lifts! Hangman fights that and lifts again, but Moxley still fights!
Both men are fighting for control, and Hangman fireman’s carries! To SNAKE EYES Moxley off the post! Moxley falls to the floor and Dynamite goes picture in picture!
The ref checks Moxley but he’s somehow okay to continue. Hangman goes over to fetch Moxley, and whips him into railing! Hangman ROCKS Moxley with haymakers as the bloody eyebrow becomes a crimson mask. Hangman refreshes the count, goes back to Moxley and CHOPS him! Moxley gets in Hangman’s face so Hangman CHOPS again! Moxley CHOPS and CHOPS and CHOPS, but Hangman DECKS him! Hangman snarls, looms over Moxley, and then drags him back up. Hangman puts Moxley in the ring, and rains down more fists on that bloody eyebrow! Moxley falls over, but Hangman gets the wrists!
Hangman sits Moxley up, for a DRAGON STOMP, but Moxley blocks! Moxley throws Hangman to a corner and fires off forearms and CHOPS on repeat! Moxley then hoists Hangman up top, climbs up after him, and CLAWS Hangman’s back, painfully slow! Then he CLAWS and BITES Hangman’s back, before blowing a kiss to the fans. But Hangman throws body shots in return! Dynamite returns to single picture as Hangman BITES Moxley’s forehead! Hangman then slips under Moxley to fireman’s carry him on the second rope! SUPER DEATH VALLEY DRIVER!! Cover, TWO!! Moxley survives and fans are fired up!
Fans duel as Hangman sits up. Hangman scowls while Moxley sits up. Moxley eggs Hangman on so Hangman kicks him! And BOOTS him! Hangman tells Moxley to stay down but he refuses. Moxley sits up, so Hangman BOOTS him! Moxley sits up to SLAP Hangman, and flips him off! Hangman is fuming, but he runs into a CUTTER! A standing count starts, fans count along as Moxley and Hangman stir. They sit up at 5 of 10, and Moxley throws a haymaker. Hangman throws it back, so Moxley gives another,. They go back and forth, Hangman wobbles but he CHOPS! Moxley CHOPS! Hangman forearms! Moxley forearms back!
Moxley eggs Hangman on, Hangman staggers over and CHOPS again! Moxley KICKS a leg, KICKS Hangman’s arm, then KICKS him again! Moxley ducks the haymaker to get the SLEEPER! Hangman shifts to SAIDO! But Moxley’s right up! SAIDO!! Hangman ends up in a corner and fans say “This is Awesome!” Moxley puts Hangman up top, climbs up after him, and hits a SUPER HALF HATCH SUPLEX!! Cover, TWO!! Moxley immediately rains down the HAMMER ‘N’ ANVIL ELBOWS! Then he clamps on a SLEEPER! Hangman endures as Moxley shifts to a BULLY CHOKE! Hangman pushes around, so Moxley shifts to get the wrists! DRAGON STOMPS!!
Moxley then drags Hangman up into the underhooks! But Hangman fights Death Rider! So Moxley rolls Hangman to an ARMBAR! Hangman endures, moves around, and reaches out to the ROPEBREAK! The ref counts and Moxley lets go at 4. Hangman crawls to a corner, fans rally up, and Moxley says this is it! Moxley runs in but Hangman TOSSES him up and out! Moxley staggers up, Hangman goes up top! ARIHARA MOONSAULT but Moxley moves! And LARIATS!! Both men are down at the ramp and fans are thunderous! The ref checks both men, Moxley is up first while fans lose their minds.
Moxley goes to the timekeeper’s area and he clears off the table! Moxley drags Hangman over, reels him in, but Hangman resists the lift! Hangman Alabama Lifts but Moxley fights that. DOUBLE LARIATS hit! And again! Moxley runs in, POP-UP POWERBOMB THROUGH THE TABLE!! Fans lose their minds again while Hangman leaves Moxley behind in the ring. The ring count climbs to 5 of 10 before Moxley sits up. The count is 7! Then “OCHO!” Moxley stands at 9, and springs in at 9.9!! But into a LARIAT!! And then Alabama Lift, DEADEYE!!! Cover, TWO?!?! Moxley survives and no one can believe it!
Hangman kicks at Moxley, almost taunting him. Hangman goes to a corner while Moxley’s fans boo. Hangman runs in, but Moxley dodges the stomp to KING KONG LARIAT!! Fans are thunderous as both men stand again. Moxley eggs Hangman on, and Hangman stands. Moxley throws a forearm, so Hangman hits back! Moxley forearms again, but so does Hangman! Fans duel, the forearms fly faster, and then Hangman gets the edge! SUPERKICK! Hangman reels Moxley in, fisherman’s a leg, but Moxley fights the suplex! Hangman powers it through, FISHERMAN CRADLE DRIVER!! Cover, TWO!?!?!?
Hangman’s wild eyes say he can’t believe Moxley survived! Hangman goes to the apron, he aims at Moxley, slingshot for the BUCK- NO! DEATH- NO, Hangman blocks to scoop! TOMBSTONE PILEDRIVER!!! But Hangman doesn’t cover, he goes to the apron! Hangman loads up, for the BUCKSHOT!!! Cover, TWO!?!?!? HOW?!?! Moxley has survived all of Hangman’s best, but Hangman has the BULLY CHOKE!! Hangman pulls back on Moxley’s favorite hold! Moxley shifts, fights back up, and he snapmares into a cradle! MOXLEY WINS!!
Winner: Jon Moxley, by pinfall
Moxley just taught Hangman not to play games! Hangman is furious that he got caught like that, but the Blackpool Combat Club steps into the ring. Yuta and Claudio keep Hangman back but Moxley stands up. Moxley and Hangman get in each other’s face but the BCC keep them apart. Hangman flips Moxley off, and fans want to “LET THEM FIGHT!” Moxley and Hangman keep jawing, they get close but Claudio keeps them separate. Moxley mocks Hangman by lying down, giving Hangman a chance. Hangman mocks Moxley back by doing a quick burpie push-up. Claudio tells Hangman to go and cool off.
Moxley flips Hangman off as he leaves, and fans celebrate their home state hero. Will there be a fourth round out of these two to truly settle things?
AEW takes a look at tonight’s TNT Championship No Holds Barred main event!
Darby Allin tells Samoa Joe, “I knew when I took this from you in Seattle that you’d want it back. And I know you’d stop at nothing to have it back. Well, I’m gonna make things fair. You beat me in Texas, and you granted me my rematch in Seattle. So I’m granting you your rematch in Ohio. But I want it under one condition: No Holds Barred.” Samoa Joe told the “Little Dead Boy” that Joe is “coming to take back what’s mine. The King will not be usurped by a man like you.” Darby says if he walks out the winner, Joe doesn’t get another rematch. If Joe walks out the winner, Darby won’t get a rematch. This will be the final chapter of their feud! So who writes their happily ever after?
Backstage interview with Jamie Hayter, The Bunny, The Butcher & The Blade.
Renee Paquette is with the AEW Women’s World Champion, as well as the mercenary trio. Renee thanks them for agreeing to no physicality, and understands that Allie the Bunny requested this time. Bunny tells Hayter, they’re all very impressed by Hayter’s win over Emi Sakura on Rampage last Friday. Now, Bunny feels like Sakura outshined Hayter, but great win nonetheless. And Bunny knows Hayter isn’t the type to back down from a challenge, right? Right. So here’s a challenge: next week on Dynamite, Hayter VS Bunny in a Title Eliminator Match! What does Hayter say? Hayter says absolutely! She bloody loves a challenge, and next week, she’s free.
Renee says there’s something happening as we speak! They get it on the television screen nearby, and it’s Britt Baker being mugged by Saraya and Toni Storm!! Bunny is shocked and Hayter is furious! Hayter hurries off, Saraya talks right into the camera, “AEW is OUR house!” Storm drags Britt up to RAM her into a garage door! Bunny more or less expresses exasperation, but will Hayter be able to save the Doctor?
The Acclaimed w/ Billy Gunn VS Truth Magnum & Turbo Floyd!
The AEW World Tag Team Champions have been reigning for 133 days, but they know the Gunn Sons, Austin & Colten, are gunning for them. But first, they tune up against “The Outrunners.” As always, Platinum Max has a diss track ready! “Acclaimed on the mic, you know we the nicest. Fighting two guys in their midlife crisis! I bet you have sex with each other. How we gonna fight the bootleg Beverly Brothers? C’mon, it’s not the 80s! Acclaimed gonna make you call it quits like you Tom Brady! ‘Ey, y’all should be ashamed. In Ohio, everybody loves The Acclaimed.”
Fans cheer, and Bowens gets the mic to say, “NNNUTTER CENTERRR~! The Acclaimed have arrived! SCISSOR ME, DADDY ASS!” And he does~! But while Caster & Bowens just embarrassed Truth & Turbo, are they walking into a trap game before taking on the Ass Boys?
The teams sort out, the Outrunners decide they’ll scissor finger! They mock the Mega Powers at the same time, but then Bowens SUPERKICKS Truth out of the ring! The bell rings, Caster CHOPS Turbo and scoops him to SLAM him! Tag to Bowens and Bowens goes up top! Caster holds open the legs, SCISSOR ME TURBO! Daddy Ass gets in the ring so that he and the boys can TRIPLE SCISSOR~! Bowens waits on Turbo, mule kicks and hits the ARRIVAL! Tag to Caster and he goes up top, MIC DROP! Cover, The Acclaimed win!
Winners: The Acclaimed, by pinfall
But wait! Raining on the parade are Austin & Colten! Fans taunt the “ASS~ BOYS~!” But they tune that out. They go to the ring, and Colten has a mic. “Hey, good match, guys. But we’re here to talk about something serious. Last week, what we said would make us happy are your belts. And we want a shot at those belts, and we want an answer right now.” Fans boo but Caster has the mic to say, “Yo! Yo! Yo! Yo! Listen.” Bowens says, “You two Rod ‘n’ Todd lookin’ asses want an answer. You do realize you are interrupting the most popular tag team in all of wrestling, right?” Caster adds, “That’s right!”
“The winningest tag team in AEW history!” “That’s right!” “The FOREVER champs, the Acclaimed!” “That’s right!” “And not to mention, EVERYONE! LOVES! THE ACCLAIMED!” But they are the People’s Choice, and the People’s Voice, they will ask the people. Colten says these fans can’t even read! But Bowens still asks Dayton’s opinion: Do the Ass Boys deserve a shot at the tag titles? “NOOO~!” Well, the people have spoken, so NO. Austin & Colten get in Caster’s & Bowens’ faces, but Billy tells them all to stop! Isn’t it enough already? Billy is so sick of this, he is just done! Billy says this is too much, so go ahead, beat the sh*t out of each other!
Daddy Ass steps aside, fans fire up, but Austin says, “There you go. Do exactly what you did our entire childhoods and turn your back on us.” Billy stops walking up the ramp, but then chuckles as he keeps going. Austin says Billy should do what he used to do, and drown his sorrows at the bottom of a PILL BOTTLE! That gets Billy to turn around! Billy storms up on his sons and The Acclaimed, as well as the fans, tell the Ass Boys that they F’d up. Billy is up in Austin’s face and says, “So you two think you just put your big boy pants on? Then you just step up, and you just made the biggest mistake…”
The mic is wonky so Billy throws it down. Bowens gives Billy the good one. Billy wants Austin to look at him after what he just said. Austin looks up at his father’s eyes. Billy says if they’ve got their big boy pants on, if they think they got what it takes, if they think they have what Billy had, then we’ll see next week. They’ve got their title shots! The Acclaimed is surprised but the Ass Boys smile that they’re getting their way. Will Austin & Colten get what they want? Or just what they deserve?
Backstage interview with Jack Perry.
Alex Marvez is with Jungle Boy and notes that he and Hook are 2-0 as a team, having beaten The Firm’s Ethan Page & Matt Hardy. The question is: What’s next for #JungleHook? JB says that he had an amazing time teaming with Hook, and Hook has had JB’s back when no one else did. But JB’s done the tag team thing before. In fact, JB has been all the way to the top of that mountain, and fallen all the way down. But this year isn’t about that. What JB will say is that he’ll be a champion again, but all by himself. Then just what title will Jack Perry aim for in this Tarzan Life?
Brian Cage w/ Prince Nana VS Konosuke Takeshita!
Speaking of having people’s backs, just as The Machine and MJF were about to destroy Bryan Danielson, The Future of Wrestling rushed out to run them off! But now, Cage and Konosuke go toe to toe, will Cage make Konosuke pay for interfering?
The bell rings and Konosuke BOOTS Cage! Cage BOOTS Konosuke, then DOUBLE LARIATS collide! Cage swings but Konosuke swats it to ROLLING ELBOW! Cage wobbles, Konosuke runs, ducks ‘n’ dodges, and then TAKESHITA LINES! Cage bails out and fans fire up! Konosuke runs to BOOT Cage off the apron! Konosuke then PLANCHAS and takes Cage down at the ramp! Fans fire up, Konosuke winks at the camera, and then goes back to the apron. But Cage grabs a foot! Konosuke kicks and stomps Cage but Cage yanks Konosuke into a POST BOMB! Konosuke tumbles down and fans boo but Nana cheers.
Cage drags Konosuke up, puts him in, and runs to basement BOOT! Cover, TWO! Fans rally for Konosuke but Cage drags him back up. Cage reels Konosuke in, puts one out, but Konosuke wrenches out! Konosuke throws a forearm, but Cage gives it back! They go forearm for forearm, and Konosuke throws boxing elbows into the ROLLING ELBOW! Cage fights the back suplex, KNEES low, and brags, “Who betta than Cage?” But he runs into a BLUE THUNDER BOMB! Cover, TWO! Cage survives and Konosuke is surprised! Nana coaches Cage up but Konosuke aims from a corner. Konosuke runs in to JUMP KNEE, but Cage dodges!
Konosuke tumbles to the apron, Cage ROUNDHOUSES him! Cage climbs the ropes, and he stands Konosuke up. DEADLIFT SUPERPLEX! Fans boo but Cage flexes while Dynamite goes picture in picture.
Cage drops a knee on Konosuke, sits him up to KNEE him in the back again and again, then he stomps Konosuke back down. Cage paces, drags Konosuke up, and bumps him off buckles. Cage RAMS into Konosuke, RAMS him again, and then CHOPS him! Cage soaks up the heat, but Konosuke CHOPS back! Konosuke fires forearms, then another CHOP! And another CHOP! But Cage BOOTS Konosuke down! Cage grabs the legs, stomps Konosuke in the stomach, then paces around. Cage stands Konosuke up, wrenches and YANKS the arm, then RAMS shoulders. Cage wrenches, pump handles, and lifts, but Konosuke slips out!
Konosuke runs in but Cage ducks the boot to roll Konosuke up! Konosuke slips out, but runs into a drop toehold! Konosuke’s on ropes, Cage dials it up, TIGER FEINT KICK! Konosuke staggers to a corner, Cage runs in and UPPERCUTS, GAMANGIRIS, and GERMAN SUPLEXES! Cover, TWO!! Cage and Nana are annoyed, but Cage looms over Konosuke. Cage hears the fans rally for Konosuke, but Cage drags him up. Cage reels Konosuke in, puts out another one, and Dynamite returns to single picture as Cage lifts, only for Konosuke to RANA Cage into buckles! BLINDSIDE JUMP KNEE! Cage staggers, Konosuke goes up, FLYING KNEE!
Both men are down and fans fire up! Konosuke and Cage stir as the ring count starts. Konosuke sits up and feeds off the energy. Konosuke drags Cage up into a waistlock, but Cage elbows free! Cage whips, Konosuke LARIATS on the return! Konosuke drags Cage up, waistlocks and GERMAN SUPLEXES! Bridging cover, TWO!! Fans rally while Konosuke fires up. Konosuke aims from the corner as Cage stands, and Konosuke runs in, JUMP- NO! Cage blocks the knee to BUCKLE BOMB! And then fireman’s carry, to an F- NO! Konosuke lands out, lifts and LIGER BOMBS! Cover, TWO!! Cage survives but fans fire up behind Konosuke!
Konosuke aims again while Nana shouts to Cage. Cage stands, Konosuke runs in but the knee is blocked! Cage spins, Konosuke ducks! Konosuke spins, ROLLING ELBOW!! Konosuke reels Cage in, but Cage wrenches out to HEADBUTT! And then SAIDO!! But Konosuke is right up?! Into a DISCUS LARIAT from Cage!! Cover, TWO!?! Konosuke survives and Nana is furious! Cage says he’s gonna end this, and he suplexes, only for Konosuke to slip out! Konosuke suplexes, SHEER DROP BRAINBUSTER!! Cage roars as he rises up, but Konosuke ROCKS him with another elbow! And then another suplex, for another BRAINBUSTER!!! Cover, TWO!?!?
Cage survives, he must truly be a machine! But Dayton rallies behind Konosuke. Konosuke runs in, but into a SUPERKICK! Cage fireman’s carries, for the F10!! Nana says no prisoners! Cage drags Konosuke up again, puts him in the corner and hoists him to the top. Cage then goes to the outside and climbs up after Konosuke. But Konosuke throws forearms in return! Konosuke suplexes for a SUPER BRAINBUSTER!!! Fans are thunderous and Konosuke aims again! KNOCKOUT KNEE!!! Cover, Konosuke wins!!
Winner: Konosuke Takeshita, by pinfall
Cage may be a machine, but the machine just broke down against the bullet train! Will Konosuke continue to prove why he IS The Future of Wrestling?
Backstage interview with the Jericho Appreciation Society.
Renee is with Matthew Menard, Angelo Parker, Daniel Garcia, Sammy Guevara, and of course, Chris Jericho himself. Renee says that we heard Ricky Starks’ comments from last week, addressing how the JAS cheated to win. What is their reaction? Jericho says, “Cheated? We haven’t worked together in five years, and you’re accusing us of cheating? Let me say this, Renee. Ricky Starks, he didn’t lose to a baseball bat, no. Did you see a baseball bat in there?” Of course the JAS says no. Jericho says Starks lost to the JAS. And now Starks challenges them, “How can I get another match with Chris Jericho?”
Jericho says the JAS has an idea how Starks can do that. Right, Sammy? Sammy says yes. Garcia and Sammy put their heads together, and they came up with a great idea: The Guevara-Garcia… No, wait, the Garcia-Guevara Gauntlet! Danny thanks Sammy for the top billing on that name. Renee asks what kind of gauntlet they have in mind. Garcia says it’s a rather simple concept. “Ricky, first you’re gonna have to beat Cool Hand Ange. And if that happens, you’re gonna have to beat Daddy Magic.” Menard adds, “Beat Daddy Magic? I DON’T THINK SO!” Garcia says that if Starks somehow does that, then he beats either Garcia or Guevara, but they’ll reveal that the night of.
And then, if somehow, by the skin of his teeth, Starks makes it past all that, only then does Starks get his hands on Jericho. Jericho tells Starks, “You don’t call the shots around here, the Jericho Appreciation Society does. So if you can get through the Garcia-Guevara Gauntlet, I’ll be ready to rip your ass!” Will the Absolute survive three matches in one go to finally have another shot at The Ocho?
The Elite speak.
Matt Jackson asks Brandon Cutler if the camera is rolling as he, brother Nick, Kenny Omega, Michael Nakazawa and Don Callis are on the basketball court. Cutler says yes, they’re live, while Nakazawa and Callis are oiling Omega up. Matt says, “Ladies and gentlemen, check it out who it is! It’s the first-ever, two-time Trios Champions, The Elite.” Omega says that’s right, and he tells Top Flight, “I watched what you guys did. After a Best of 7 Series in a ladder match, you got one up on our boys. Well how ’bout next week, you bring your friend, AR Fox, next week and we’ll put these belts on the line, and you guys can shoot your shot.
“But hey, when you shoot that shot, you best not miss. Because The Elite never miss. Nick, if you will.” Nick takes the rock and shoots it, THREE POINTER! Oh, but wait! The Firm’s Stokely Hathaway, Ethan Page, Matt Hardy & Isiah Kassidy walk in. Callis has Cutler keep rolling, and Omega mockingly asks where Stokely is, he can’t see him. Oh haha, Stokely knows you see him, he’s right here. But listen, you three are doing NOTHING all week? No wrestling, nothing? Just a week off? Ethan thinks that’s funny. The Firm’s employees don’t have that luxury, they work every single week, and Ethan wants that streak to continue.
So Ethan says how about this: The Elite VS Ethan, Matt & “Zay,” Friday on Rampage. Omega tells Callis he isn’t so sure, but Callis says this is Matt Hardy. If they get footage of Hardy taking a One Winged Angel, they could sell that NFT for a lot of money. Hardy says, “What about an NFT with Matt Hardy Twist-Of-Fating Omega?” Ethan likes that better! Well, as far as a match, it’s done. The Elite VS The Whatever They Are. Kassidy says he hopes the Elite is ready, cuz they sure are. Kassidy unsettles Kenny with an arm around his shoulders and a moan, and Ethan says this is good business. Hey, Brandon, is it? Cut the camera!
Matt Jackson tells Ethan Page that he doesn’t tell Brandon what to do! THEY tell him! Turn off the camera, ya damn dumbass! And get off the court, they’re trying to play. But will this 3v3 pick-up game go The Elite’s way? Or is it a trap game before taking on Fox, Dante & Darius?
Bryan Danielson VS Timothy Thatcher!
In the American Dragon’s quest to be #1 contender, he has defeated Tony Nese, Konosuke Takeshita, Bandido and Brian Cage, an undefeated streak of 4-0 in 2023! But now, Maxwell Jacob Friedman has enlisted a fighter very much like Bryan in his savage technical ability. Will Bryan make it to the deadline still on top? Or is this where MJF wins before Revolution even begins?
The bell rings and the two circle. They feel out the grapple, but Bryan’s shoulder is an obvious target. They grapple, Bryan puts Thatcher on ropes but Thatcher shifts to get the arm. Thatcher wrangles Bryan but Bryan scrambles to the ROPEBREAK! The ref counts, Thatcher lets off, and then smirks as he watches Bryan get up. Bryan and Thatcher feel out another grapple, Thatcher puts him in the corner, and then European Uppercuts! And again! And again! Bryan sits down and Thatcher goes after the arm! Thatcher twists the elbow and wrist, isolates the arm, and stands on the hand! Thatcher KNEES the arm!
Bryan scrambles away but Thatcher is right on him with a double wristlock! Bryan powers Thatcher to ropes, and clasps his hands behind his back. The ref counts, the two let off, but then Bryan fires off body shots and kicks! Bryan grabs a leg to DRAGON SCREW! Bryan holds onto the leg, turns Thatcher over and ties those legs up, to get a Deathlock! Fans rally as Bryan sits on the hold, then SNAPS it! Bryan then shifts to a BOW ‘N’ ARROW! Thatcher pries the fingers away! Bryan shouts in pain but Thatcher twists the arm! And STOMPS it down! Fans boo but Thatcher grins with that missing-tooth smile.
Thatcher KNEES Bryan in the back, stalks him to a corner, but Bryan puts Thatcher in the corner to CHOP and CHOP and KICK and KICK! Fans rally, Bryan runs corner to corner, and DROPKICKS! Bryan facelocks but Thatcher wrenches and WRINGS Bryan’s arm! Fans boo more but Thatcher drags Bryan up with a double wristlock! Thatcher uses his height to lift Bryan off the mat! Then Thatcher pushes Bryan down, but Bryan keeps his shoulders up. Bryan crawls around, ROPEBREAK! Thatcher lets go at 4 while fans rally up. Bryan clutches his arm but Thatcher goes after it again as Dynamite goes picture in picture.
Bryan endures but they’re also in the ropes so the ref counts. Thatcher lets off at 4, then digs his boot into Bryan at the corner. The ref counts, Thatcher lets off, only to stand on Bryan’s chest! The ref counts, Thatcher steps away, and he grins as he soaks up the heat. Thatcher mocks Bryan’s pain, then KNEES the bad shoulder! Thatcher KNEES Bryan again, goes out to drag Bryan tot he apron, and he SLAMS the arm on the edge! Bryan clutches his bicep and shoulder while the ref reprimands. Thatcher slides into the ring and stands Bryan up by his ears! Thatcher CLUBS Bryan on the chest! Thatcher fishhooks Bryan to stand him up, and CLUBS him again!
Bryan sits down, Thatcher stands him back up, and he hammerlocks the bad arm. Thatcher then back suplexes Bryan up and into the ring! Thatcher dusts off his hands while crawling to the cover, but Bryan wrangles him into the LEBELL LOCK!! Thatcher got cocky and got caught! But he scrambles to the ROPEBREAK! Bryan lets off quickly, but Thatcher is right on him! Thatcher UPPERCUTS the arm! Bryan goes to a corner, Thatcher KNEES him down, then drags Bryan back up. Thatcher EuroUppers Bryan, taunts the fans, then EuroUppers Bryan again. Bryan leans against ropes, Thatcher snarls at the fans, then gets in Bryan’s face.
Dynamite returns to single picture as Thatcher traps Bryan’s bad arm behind his back and throws hard body shots to that side. The ref counts but Thatcher grins as he throws more shots. Bryan fights back with HEADBUTTS! Fans fire up as Bryan backs Thatcher down, but Thatcher fires off body shot after body shot! Thatcher drags Bryan out to a hammerlock GROVIT, and then hits a GROVIT-PLEX! Cover, TWO!! Bryan is still in this but Thatcher snarls. Thatcher stalks Bryan at the ropes, bumps him off buckles, then reels Bryan in to hoist him up top. Thatcher UPPERCUTS, climbs up after Bryan, and he underhooks the arms!
Bryan resists and fans fire up! Bryan breaks free, throws body shot after body shot in return, and then HEADBUTTS Thatcher down! Thatcher growls and gets right back up! But Bryan throws more body shots! Fans rally “YES! YES! YES!” and Bryan HEADBUTTS again! Thatcher stays down this time, and Bryan stands up! Thatcher stands in time for the MISSILE DROPKICK! Both men are down as Bryan clutches his bad arm, but Dayton rallies up behind him! Bryan and Thatcher sit up, both snarl, and Thatcher EuroUppers! Bryan EuroUppers in return! They go uppercut for uppercut, but Thatcher gets the edge!
Bryan fires up to KICK! And KICK! Bryan KICKS away on Thatcher’s chest, “YES! YES! YES!” Bryan powers up but Thatcher blocks the Buzzsaw! Thatcher goes for the bad arm, wrangles Bryan down, but Bryan rolls through and gets around to waistlock. Thatcher bucks the O’Conner but runs into a backslide! TWO, FUJIWARA! No, Bryan rolls through to BUZZSAW! Cover, TWO!! But Bryan clamps on for HAMMER ‘N’ ANVIL ELBOWS! Fans rally again, but Thatcher blocks the arm! Bryan claws Thatcher’s face to get free, and get a SLEEPER! But Thatcher wants that bad arm! Bryan has to shift his grip, but Thatcher stands!
Thatcher pries the sleeper open because he can get the bad arm, but Bryan powers up! Bryan has the hold on tight, so Thatcher backs Bryan down! They end up ramming the ref into the corner! Bryan still holds on, but Thatcher hits a BIG back suplex! All three men are down and fans fire up! But here comes MJF! The AEW World Champion tells Dayton to shush, and he puts on the Dynamite Diamond Ring! MJF says, “It’s too damn easy. This is done! This is done!” MJF goes to the ring, but KONOSUKE flies in outta nowhere!! Konosuke won’t let MJF screw Bryan over! Konosuke attacks MJF, RAMS him into railing, and chases him to the back!
Bryan has Thatcher but Thatcher snatches the arm! FUJIWARA ARMBAR!! The ref is up, he asks Bryan, but Bryan endures! Thatcher pushes way back on the arm, but Bryan pushes his way forward with his legs! ROPEBREAK!! Fans fire up as Bryan survives by a literal foot! Thatcher lets go in frustration and he scowls as he throws hands on the bad arm. Thatcher drags Bryan up, clinches, BELLY2BELLY SUPLEX! Bryan flounders but Thatcher runs in, clinches, but Bryan switches! GERMAN SUPLEX! Thatcher fumes as he gets back up! Bryan dodges him, runs back in, BUSAIKU KNEE!! Cover, Bryan wins!
Winner: Bryan Danielson, by pinfall
Now 5-0 on the year, the quest continues! The American Dragon is not yet slain, but wait! MJF and Konosuke continue brawling backstage! MJF turns things around to send MJF into a road case! MJF gets a chair to CHUCK it at Konosuke’s head! And then he throws a trash bin! MJF says if Konosuke wants after him, this is what he gets! But Konosuke turns things back around to SMACK MJF off a table! MJF comes back, the hands fly, and security rushes in! Referees and management try to stop this, too! MJF says he’ll kill Konosuke but Konosuke says about the same in Japanese! Renee runs in to be on the scene, and she tells everyone to stop!
Renee informs everyone, “Per Tony Khan, next week on Dynamite in an Eliminator match, it will be Takeshita VS MJF!” MJF is pissed, he doesn’t agree to that, but he MUST! Will the Devil of AEW find that the Future of Wrestling is better than him?
Mogul Affiliates speak.
Swerve Strickland says, “It’s been a real relaxing last couple of weeks for Swerve and the Mogul Affiliates and all, since getting rid of some dead weight and all this. Until I was like, retriggered.” Dustin Rhodes returning to stand in front of Swerve’s camera, in front of Swerve’s lights, and with Swerve’s interviewer! “The Rhodes Family legacy really gets under my skin, with your father, Dusty Rhodes, giving Keith Lee the ‘Limitless’ moniker. So, since he’s not here, Dustin’s not here, either, let’s find some other nepotism, second generation punk boy to get rid of Friday night on Rampage. That means you, Brian Pillman. Ain’t that right, Parker?”
Parker Boudreaux says that’s right. “Ain’t that right, Trench?” The tattooed man says, “Yeah, that’s right.” Hoodies up, but will they put Bulletproof BPJ down?
BREAKING NEWS for next week!
February 8th, the deadline for Bryan Danielson becoming #1 contender, will see The American Dragon taking on La Faccion Ingobernable’s El Toro Blanco, RUSH!! And speaking of…
Backstage interview with LFI.
Lexi Nair is with El Toro Blanco, but also Jose the Assistant and “Perro Peligroso,” Preston Vance. She notes the announcement of Rush VS Bryan, but then there’s a knock at the door. MJF walks in and says, “Hola, mi hermanos! Senor Vance, Senor Jose, Senor Rrrrrush.” Rush asks what the hell this “perro” wants. MJF double checks, “perro” is dog, right? Well, there’s a little thing called personal space, so he’s just gonna take a step back. “But here’s the deal: my, uh, Spanish is come se dice… Mid. But I know one language, my friend, that is mucho, mucho universal.” And that is MONEY! A huge briefcase full of it!
MJF snaps the case shut and smiles. This first one is free of charge. But he has FIVE MORE filled to the brim with dinero. All Rush has to do is beat Bryan Danielson “by any means necessary.” All Rush needs to do is rip Bryan’s arm off and beat him over the head with it. Can Rush pull that off for him? Jose, translate. Jose translates, but Rush seems to understand explicitly. Rush tells MJF in Spanish, and MJF asks “dipsh*t” Jose to translate. Jose sums it up by saying they have a deal. Oh, is that right? That sounded a bit longer than that. But Rush, you don’t have to like MJF. He just has to get the job done. Pleasure doing business with you, perro.
MJF leaves, but Rush has his mission. Will Rush be raking in the money with one match? Or will nothing stop Bryan Danielson from earning his title match?
AEW TBS Championship: Jade Cargill w/ Leila Grey VS Red Velvet!
Finally, the biggest, fastest-rising star has reached her FIFTIETH match! But while the streak started with The Chef, will it end with her, too? Or will #ThatBitch not be stopped by even the person who knows her best?
The introductions are made, but Velvet attacks while Jade is strutting around! The bell rings, Velvet fires off forearms but Jade knees her low. Jade whips Velvet to a corner but Velvet boots her back! THESZ PRESS! Velvet rains down hands but Jade shoves her away. Velvet ducks but runs into an elbow! Jade drags Velvet up, but Velvet fires off forearms! Velvet whips, Jade blocks to reverse, but Velvet holds ropes. Jade runs in but Velvet sends her out! Leila hurries to Jade’s side but Velvet builds speed! Velvet WRECKS Jade with a dropkick! Velvet tells Leila to back off, then she storms up on Jade.
Jade elbows Velvet away, but Velvet comes back to ROCK Jade! Velvet CHOPS Jade right in front of her family! Velvet then puts Jade in the ring, storms up on her and Oklahoma Rolls! TWO! Jade staggers up, blocks a superkick, and she spins Velvet around. Velvet ducks the haymaker and runs the ropes, then wheelbarrows, but into a GERMAN SUPLEX! Fans fire up while Jade drags Velvet over to a cover, TWO! Velvet is toughing it out but Jade is getting frustrated. Jade scoops Velvet to SLAM her, then drops a BIG elbow! Cover, TWO, and Dynamite goes picture in picture.
Leila is annoyed and Jade frowns while Velvet sputters. Jade drags Velvet up, CLUBS her down, and Leila applauds. Jade bumps Velvet off top buckles, then middle buckles, then bottom buckles! Jade stands on Velvet in the corner and soaks up the cheers and jeers, but lets off at 4. Jade and the ref argue, but Leila gets cheap shots in! Leila scurries away and Jade hauls Velvet up for a FALL AWAY SLAM! And then kips up! Jade holds up both hands to say 50, and then flexes. Velvet bails out, Leila talks trash, and Jade storms over. Jade walks up but Velvet sends her into railing! Jade is getting mad, but Velvet avoids one haymaker to PENALTY KICK from the apron!
Velvet CROSSBODIES, but Jade catches her! Jade POSTS Velvet, then carries her around the way. Jade trophy lifts Velvet, goes up the steel steps, and then TOSSES Velvet at the ropes! Velvet falls, Jade covers, TWO!!! Velvet survives and Jade is getting real mad. Leila rallies the Baddie cheering section, and Jade stalks Velvet to a corner. Jade drags Velvet up, and TOSSES her across the way! Jade says that’s 50 right there, and then she does push-ups as Dynamite returns to single picture. But Velvet CHOPS! Jade CLUBS Velvet, then TOSSES her across the way again! Jade swaggers, dribbles, but Velvet dodges the dunk!
Velvet DROPKICKS Jade, then hits a CODE BREAKER! Jade staggers around, Velvet KICKS and KICKS and mule kicks! Velvet runs, but Jade BOOTS her down! Cover, TWO!! Velvet is still in this and wait! Kiera Hogan RAMS Leila into steel steps! The other former Baddie is here, but other refs come out to have her leave. This all distracts Jade, and Velvet rolls her up! Jade rolls through, but the STIR IT UP hits!! Cover, but the refs aren’t paying attention!! Fans count, Velvet would’ve won twice over by now! Aubrey Edwards finally notices and counts, TWO!! Jade survives and fans can’t believe it!!
Velvet is furious, she drags Jade around and hooks an arm, short arm scissor, and then the INVERSION! Jade endures, fights, but Velvet kicks at her! Jade endures as Velvet pulls on the arm, and she deadlifts Velvet! But Velvet sunset flips! Jade stays up, drags Velvet up with both hands, and pops her around! Chicken wings for JADED!!! Cover, Jade wins!!
Winner: Jade Cargill, by pinfall (still AEW TBS Champion)
FIFTY AND OH! Velvet came the closest of all, but will anyone ever stop Jade’s undefeated streak?
Backstage interview with Britt Baker.
Renee is with The Doctor, as well as Jamie Hayter, as they are with Doc Sampson. We only caught a glimpse of what happened to her earlier at the hands of Saraya & Storm, how is Britt feeling? Britt says this is fine. She’s fine, and if that’s how Storm & Saraya wanna play, that’s fine, too. Because Britt & Hayter can play that game, too. But wait, in walks Ruby Soho! Ruby just wants to talk. She heard what happened, is Britt good? Uh, Ruby, weren’t those your girls? Ruby has Britt hold on there. Ruby has nothing to do with Saraya & Storm, she doesn’t know what Britt’s talking about.
Britt says Ruby’s known Saraya & Storm a lot longer than she’s known the AEW originals, so sorry if it’s strange that Ruby only now shows up. But yeah, Britt is good. Hayter says Britt is great, actually. Ruby says she’s glad to hear it and walks off. There are battle lines being drawn, which side is the Runaway on?
BREAKING NEWS for Rampage!
Not only are The Elite and The Firm having it out, it is for the AEW World Trios Championships! Will Kenny & The Young Bucks make it through All Ego, Hardy & Kassidy to then take on Fox & Top Flight? Or will there be a change of plans for Dynamite? And speaking of Saraya & Storm, they are in tag team action once again, but will they continue to beat down All Elite homegrown talent? Plus, before taking on Bryan Danielson, Rush will take on the Fallen Angel, Christopher Daniels, in an epic match of former ROH World Heavyweight Champions! Will El Toro Blanco build momentum going into his battle with The American Dragon?
AEW TNT Championship No Holds Barred: Darby Allin w/ Sting VS Samoa Joe!
The series is tied at 1-1, with the Samoan Submission Specialist winning in Texas, but the Relentless One winning in his hometown of Seattle. Dynamite in Dayton is throwing out all the rules except one: win! Will Darby continue to be the fighting champion? Or will Joe return to being the One True King of Wrestling Television?
The introductions are made, the TNT title is raised, and one way or another, this is the series finale of Darby VS Joe!
Darby takes off his trench coat to reveal he, uh, customized his Hoodlum hoodie. He’s covered it in thumbtacks!! And as soon as he’s in the ring, he rushes in to COFFIN SPLASH Joe! Joe is reeling from the tack attack but Darby fires off tack-covered forearms! Fans fire up as Darby runs corner to corner, but Joe dodges the splash to GAMANGIRI! Joe then wraps up an arm in his towel, to LARIAT Darby down! Fans rally, Joe pulls Darby’s tack hoodie off and throws it away. Joe drags Darby up to CHOP him! Darby goes to a corner, but Darby kicks back. Joe stomps Darby, stomps him down, then storms off.
Joe goes out to look under the ring, and he brings out a TABLE! Dayton fires up, Joe picks the table up, but Darby DIVES into the table and Joe! The table doesn’t break but it, Joe and Darby all hit the floor! Joe is busted open on his forehead and fans fire up! Darby hurries to stand the table up, to then drop it on Joe! Darby then brings the steel steps around into the corner of the railing. Darby whips, Joe reverses, and Darby not only clips steel steps, he clips railing! Darby lands on his feet just from momentum, but he soon falls to his knees, clutching his back! Fans lose their minds while Joe stalks out after Darby.
Joe stands Darby up, throws knees into him, and then throws him into railing. Joe drags Darby up and they go up the bleachers. Joe SMACKS Darby off the handrail, then brings him up further. Joe smacks Darby off more railing, then keeps him going up. But Darby fights back! Darby CLUBS and CLAWS Joe’s back! Fans fire up but Joe DUMPS Darby down the steps! Fans are going nuts while Joe glares through his crimson mask, and Dynamite goes picture in picture.
Joe drags Darby up again, grinds him against the handrail, then SMACKS him off a fan’s chair! They go back to the lower level as Darby kicks Joe and crawls away. Joe keeps after Darby, drags him up, and brings him around the way to TOSS back to ringside! Darby narrowly misses hitting steel steps head first! Joe stalks Darby, drags Darby back up, then scoop SLAMS him on the steps! Darby writhes, flounders away, but Joe follows him to the corner. Darby throws Joe’s ROH World TV title at him, but that only upsets Joe. Joe storms in after Darby, stalks him to a corner, and waits on Darby to stand before he DECKS him!
Joe eggs Darby on as he stands over him. Darby doesn’t stand so Joe makes him. Joe snapmares to CHOP Darby on the back! And PENALTY KICK him in the chest! And then drops a fist on his head! Joe watches Darby writhe and the ref checks on him. Joe grins through the crimson mask, then stomps Darby down. Joe kicks Darby, then clamps on a neck wrench! Joe leans all his weight on Darby but Darby throws body shots. Joe doesn’t budge, and he CLUBS Darby down. Joe grins as Darby tires to sit back up. Joe clamps the neck wrench back on and he twists even harder! Darby endures, and Dynamite returns to single picture as Darby throws more body shots.
Joe lets go of the neck wrench, Darby hobbles and runs, but into an ELBOW! Darby falls over and Joe covers, TWO! Joe keeps focus as he looms over Darby. Joe KICKS Darby to a corner, and then stomps him. Fans rally and duel, but Joe is annoyed by that. Joe drags Darby up, DECKS him with a forearm, then clamps on another neck wrench! It’s practically a vice on Darby’s head, squeezing his skull! Darby endures, fights up, and he RAMS Joe into buckles! Darby fires off forearms and SLAPS! Darby runs corner to corner, but into the URENAGE! Cover, TWO!! Darby survives the #STJOE, but Joe stands Darby up to CHOP him!
Darby staggers, Joe CHOPS him again! Darby flops to the apron, Joe builds speed and he BOOTS Darby to the floor! Joe then storms out and looks under the ring. Joe brings out another TABLE! Fans fire up again but Joe has fans move aside. Fans oblige and Joe rests the table against railing. Darby is in the ring, Joe goes in and brings Darby up, but Darby JAWBREAKERS before the sleeper could lock in! Darby runs in at the corner to CHOP! And CHOP! And CHOP! Darby CHOPS away on Joe, but Joe TOSSES Darby right out of the ring! Joe has been treating Darby like a throw pillow, emphasis on the “throw!”
Darby flounders up, but Joe goes back over to bring him back in. Joe suplexes high and hard! Joe then goes out to fetch chairs! Joe puts a handful of chairs in the ring, then sets them up together. Fans fire up as they’re back to back to make a wedge! Joe stands Darby up, brings him over, BIG back suplex on the chair wedge!! Darby writhes and Joe has a sadistic smile. “Joe is gonna kill~ you!” Joe turns the chairs around to face each other, then brings Darby back up. But Darby uses POCKET SAND to stop the bomb! CODE RED!! Cover, TWO!! Joe survives but Darby hurries to hop on! THROWBACK STUNNER!
Joe falls into a drop zone, and Darby hurries to get his hoodie back! Darby puts that back on, climbs up the corner, and COFFIN DROPS!! Cover, TWO!?!? Joe survives the tack-enhanced senton and fans can’t believe it! Darby hurries outside and goes looking. Darby uses a knife to cut the strings that hold down the canvas! Some are tough but they all give way, and Darby pulls the canvas away. Darby then drags off the foam padding to expose bare wood! Darby is deconstructing the ring in order to better destroy Joe! Darby sees Joe outside, builds speed and DIVES, but Joe walks away! Darby CRASHES THROUGH THE TABLE!!!
Dayton is losing their minds as Joe puts Darby back in! Joe sets Darby’s tack covered jacket down, he picks Darby up, and he POWERBOMBS him on the tacks! AND THEN HE SMOTHERS DARBY WITH THE TACK JACKET!! Darby DIGS at Joe’s eyes!! Joe lets Darby go, but he staggers around blindly! Joe stands up into a CHAIR SHOT! And another! And another! Darby has Joe on the hard wood, climbs up top, but Joe pushes the ref into the ropes to trip Darby up!! Joe climbs up after Darby, tucks him in, and hits a SUPER MUSCLE BUSTER TO THE WOOD!!!! Cover, JOE WINS!!!
Winner: Samoa Joe, by pinfall (NEW AEW TNT Champion)
Darby’s relentless streak is over! Samoa Joe is now a TWO-TIME TWO BELT CHAMPION! But wait! “THIS IS WAAAR~!” Fans go nuts for Wardlow as he storms down to the ring! Joe is just as shocked as Wardlow runs in! SPEAR!! Wardlow rains down fists on the man who took his title and his top knot! Wardlow rips his shirt off, drags Joe up, but Joe scrambles away! Fans boo but Joe isn’t going to fight again so soon after the war he just went through. Security rushes out but Wardlow CLOBBERS them all! Then he hauls one up to POWERBOMB out onto all the others!! Wardlow will not be denied, when and where will he get his hands on Joe?
This was an awesome Dynamite! Same balance of action and talking, but the action was all on a different level this week. Of the talking, we got good stuff out of this AEW Originals VS Imports in the Women’s Division. Saraya & Storm really up their Heel heat by just attacking Britt unprovoked, and then Ruby checking in on Britt was an interesting turnaround from her telling she didn’t want Britt’s help. But we’re getting closer and closer to that big tag(?) match. Hell, make it a Blood & Guts match but with the women rather than the men. Saraya leads a team, Britt leads a team, Ruby will choose Britt’s side and there could even be a twist of Shida betraying Saraya during the match to cost the anti-AEW team.
Good promo from the JAS to set up things with Starks. I just knew Starks would have to beat everyone in the JAS eventually, so it’s clever for them to get it all done in one gauntlet match. Starks will of course make it past Menard and Parker, and I bet that just as it looks like Garcia is stepping up to face Starks, Guevara takes the spotlight from him. Starks will still get through the final opponent, and he’ll get his match with Jericho. Good promo from Mogul Affiliates, because one: it establishes that their group doesn’t like multigenerational wrestlers, and two: it gave Granden Goetzman his wrestler name, “Trench.” Swerve will surely beat BPJ, but I bet Dustin teams up with BPJ and Brock Anderson as a sort of AEW take on WWE’s Legacy faction to take on Mogul Affiliates.
Good promo from Jack Perry, but I’m surprised he waited until now to establish that he’s done with tag teams. But I suppose he’s done with The Firm, too, so he’s done needing reinforcements. As it stands, if he wants a singles title, he could start with the All-Atlantic Championship, but I could see JB making a move for THE AEW World title. Speaking of The Firm, good promo from them and The Elite. I wonder if this was really live or just the take where Nick actually made that shot. Anyway, I’m also surprised the trios match for Rampage is for the titles when the titles are going to be on the line for Dynamite. But I suppose if Orange Cassidy and Darby Allin are fighting champions, then so should the Elite. Which of course means The Elite win on Rampage to go on to face Fox & Flight.
We got an awesome match from Bryan VS Thatcher, but of course Bryan wins to keep his story going. Even after he had that awesome match with Brian Cage, Konosuke going after MJF was a great move. And getting himself an Eliminator match is a good, too, but I feel like MJF finds a way to stand tall. He’ll either cheat to win, or just get himself disqualified quickly so his night will be over quickly. MJF also had a really good promo with LFI. Rush is a great choice to take on Bryan Danielson, and Rush is also going to have a great match with Christopher Daniels on Rampage. I’m sure Bryan will still find a way to win and we’ll still get that Ironman match, it just has to be how this goes.
It’s mostly because I don’t even know who is the #2 contender, since AEW still hasn’t kept up with rankings in this new year. AEW bringing out a sudden twist of MJF still having that One Hour Ironman match against someone other than Bryan would be great stuff, since MJF has been so focused on Bryan, but I feel like getting MJF VS Bryan is still the thing everyone wants to see. Great opening match out of Hangman VS Moxley, and of course Moxley bleeds. It’s practically in his contract. But Hangman losing by a roll-up was a great surprise, and them still being after each other after, this has to continue until Revolution.
The Acclaimed winning a squash was a bit surprising, but obviously that was to make room for the promo that set up things with The Gunn Sons. But Billy suddenly saying his sons can have a title match with The Acclaimed? I hope there isn’t a turn coming where Billy is suddenly on his sons’ side again. It just feels like something is fishy, but who knows. Really good TBS title match from Jade and Velvet, but I guess since this wasn’t at a PPV, Jade wasn’t about to lose. Kiera trying to help Velvet only to mess things up was at least a good detail to protect Jade. But at this rate, who is even going to beat Jade when she’s gotten through even some great established names.
And of course, an awesome No Holds Barred match for the TNT title. Great innovation, such as Darby’s tack covered jacket and the different table spots. I was actually rather surprised to see Joe win this to once again be dual champion. But at the same time, Wardlow returning to continue his story with Joe is a logical reason as to why Joe needs to have the TNT title again. Perhaps Wardlow gets the TNT title back to have a second chance with that, and Darby can move up into the world title scene. And assuming MJF retains at Revolution, it works for Darby to be next as they have history in AEW.
My Score: 9/10
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