The AEW X NJPW crossover continues!
Before opening the Forbidden Door, AEW and NJPW meet in Milwaukee! Can Jon Moxley and Hiroshi Tanahashi work together before fighting each other?
- Six Man Tag: Orange Cassidy & Roppongi Vice VS The United Empire; Cassidy & RPG Vice wins.
- AEW All-Atlantic Championship Qualifier: Malakai Black VS Penta Oscuro; Malakai wins and advances to The Forbidden Door.
- Hangman Page VS Silas Young; Hangman wins.
- Toni Storm VS Marina Shafir w/ Nyla Rose; Storm wins.
- Jon Moxley & Hiroshi Tanahashi VS Chris Jericho & Lance Archer; Moxley & Tanahashi win.
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Bryan Danielson is here!
Milwaukee fires up for the American Dragon’s return! Bryan has been out of action for a few weeks but he is still standing, and Tony Schiavone is in the ring to give him a formal introduction. And Schiavone also adds the big week for AEW! This Sunday, The Forbidden Door, and next Wednesday, BLOOD & GUTS! Schiavone says it’s great to have Bryan back for such a big week, and hands the mic over. Bryan says that he’s not giving it back. “This week is a great week to be an AEW fan. This week is a great week to be a professional wrestling fan!”
Fans cheer all that, and Bryan says again, Sunday is Forbidden Door, “an inter-promotional PPV with the two BEST pro-wrestling companies in the WORLD! You are going to see some excellent professional wrestling. And a week from today, on Dynamite, you get nearly the complete opposite with the bloody spectacle that is Blood & Guts!” Fans like the sound of that, and even chant, “Blood and Guts!” Bryan tells Milwaukee that he loves how they’re just excited for that violence as he is. And Bryan was expecting to be part of both those events. Chris Jericho had paid the self-proclaimed best technical wrestler in the world, Zack Sabre Jr., to challenge Bryan to a match.
ZSJ claims he was going to prove he is a better technical wrestler than Bryan Danielson. But Bryan was not only excited to prove that wasn’t true, but also to crush ZSJ’s throat. Bryan was excited to get into Blood & Guts to get revenge on Jericho and his “flaccid crew of cocksmen” for what they did at Double or Nothing. But unfortunately, Bryan has some good news and some bad news. Fans dread the bad news as Bryan begins. “Because of what Chris Jericho and Jake Hager did at Anarchy in the Arena, I am not cleared to compete, either at Forbidden Door or at Blood & Guts.”
But then Bryan has the good news! “Lest anybody be concerned about my overall health, you can tell that my mind is working at full, 100% capacity, I can jump into the ring, I can read 500 words a minute, I can run two miles and I won’t even break a sweat! So don’t worry about me coming back! I broke my neck, separated my shoulder, detached my retina, and there’s not a man in this world who can wrestle in this ring like I do right now!” Fans cheer that! “And that’s not even the good news! Here’s the good news! Eddie Kingston has gone on record to say that I’m a judgmental prick. Guess what? You’re damn right I am!
“And because I’m a judgmental prick, I have really, really high standards. So you know that when I promise you that something is going to be amazing, you know it’s going to be amazing. I have found… the one person I trust to take my place at Forbidden Door. The one person I trust to take my place at Blood & Guts. The one person I know in the entire world who will take it to ZSJ from a technical level, and then go and kick Chris Jericho’s head in at Blood & Guts! I have found that one person, and you are all going to be astounded by what he does in AEW!” But who is it? Who who who? Bryan points out he came out the “bad guy” tunnel, he’s not telling!
But do you know what? He won’t tell ZSJ either! So tune in this Sunday and you’ll see the greatest technical match of your lives! Fans are upset but Bryan wants to hear from them who is the best technical wrestler in the world! But wait! Zack Sabre Jr. is HERE! And the Submission Master eggs on Bryan “Dickhead” to give him something. Who is it that meets ZSJ in Chicago for the greatest technical showdown in wrestling? Will ZSJ be able to make him #JustTapOut?
Jon Moxley speaks.
“Sometimes it’s business, and sometimes it’s personal. But in a week’s time at Blood & Guts, it will most definitely be personal, Jericho Appreciation Society. What an ego trip. They blinded my best friend with fireball, and put my partner on the shelf, and last week, they came after me. In Vegas, we found out those guys can fight, and next week, we find out of this guys can survive. Because they’ll be locked in there with dogs who don’t know how to do anything else. Santana & Ortiz survived the streets of New York City. Eddie Kingston survived grinding in this business for 17 years! Wheeler survived everything we could throw at him. And me? I’ve been around the block a time or two.
“God, I hate Chris Jericho. Men like that, driven by money, fame, ego. We’ll find out just how much they’re wiling to suffer, just how much they’re willing to endure next week, inside that bloody steel cage. But before that, this Sunday, there’s a little matter of, oh, maybe the biggest match in my entire life, for the AEW World Championship against maybe the greatest wrestler who ever lived in Hiroshi Tanahashi.” This means more to Moxley than Tanahashi can imagine. These last three years of transforming into a better man and a father, this Sunday, Moxley will transform into what he always knew he could be after stepping into the ring with The Ace.
Tonight, Moxley and Tanahashi handle business. Then Sunday, it’s personal. Once the bell rings, Moxley has no respect for anyone. Will the Maniac be able to handle business so that he can finally get back to the top?
Six Man Tag: Orange Cassidy & Roppongi Vice VS The United Empire!
Chaos’ AEW branch assembles to take on the Commonwealth Kingpin and the Aussie Open! Freshly Squeezed is challenging Will Ospreay for the IWGP United States Heavyweight Championship while Rocky Romero & #JustTrent are part of a MASSIVE Triple Threat Tag Team Championship battle! Will Chaos have all the momentum going into that monumental PPV? Or will Ospreay, Fletcher & Davis conquer them here for the glory of the Empire?
The trios sort out and Rocky starts against Fletcher but the fans are fired up for Ospreay. Ospreay tells them to quit it, he doesn’t need their cheers. Rocky and Fletcher tie up, Fletcher waistlocks but Rocky elbows out and headlocks. Fletcher lifts Rocky, throws him, but Rocky dodges the haymaker to headlock again. Fletcher powers out, they RAM shoulders, but neither moves. So Rocky KICKS a leg! Rocky runs, slides, sobats and UPPERCUTS! Tag to Trent and fans fire up as RPG Vice double whip to double body shot. They both run, KNEE and LARIAT! Fans fire up but Fletcher flounders away to tag Mark Davis in.
Trent and Davis circle, Davis shoots in to get a leg but Trent kicks him away. Trent avoids a boot and CHOPS Davis, then forearms and CHOPS again! Davis BOOTS Trent down! Davis huffs and puffs and brings Trent up, only for Trent to get around and GERMAN SUPLEX him! Davis flounders up, Cassidy wants in? Fans fire up as Trent tags in Freshly Squeezed! Cassidy dodges Davis, waistlocks, but Davis switches and shoves Cassidy to a corner. Davis runs in but Cassidy tells him to hold on. Cassidy holds up his hands, and puts his hands in his pockets! Then he dodges Davis and SHOTGUN dropkicks him down! No hands kip-up!
Rocky tags in, then tags Trent. Rocky whips Cassidy so Cassidy can whip Rocky in for a clothesline! Rocky goes corner to corner while Cassidy winds up, another clothesline! Cassidy is finally back at the corner, and he just feeds Davis to RPG Vice’s DOUBLE LARIAT! Ospreay gets in but Trent back drops him! Chaos flexes, then Cassidy DECKS Davis! Chaos coordinates, Cassidy and Rocky build speed, and they DOUBLE DIVE, but into the arms of Aussie Open! Ospreay drags Trent out to DECK him! Aussie Open meet to SANDWICH Cassidy and Rocky! Then the Empire gets Chaos up, DOUBLE APRON BACK SUPLEX and an APRON POWERBOMB!!
Dynamite is picture in picture as the Empire gloats and Chaos writhes on the floor. Fletcher puts Trent in for Davis and Davis drags Trent up to scoop and SLAM! Davis drops a SENTON! Then a kneeling cover, ONE! Davis kicks Trent around, drags him over, and Ospreay tags in. The Empire mugs Trent, Ospreay CHOPS Trent down, then KNEES and ELBOWS and CLUBS him while he’s down! Ospreay soaks up the cheers and jeers and he drags Trent back up. Ospreay CHOPS Trent, then CHOPS him again! Ospreay then reels Trent in for the SPIN-OUT BACKBREAKER! Cover, TWO!
Ospreay drags Trent over, tags in Fletcher, and Fletcher stomps Trent. Fletcher stomps Trent’s leg then steps through to have a HALF CRAB! Trent endures, reaches out, and gets the ROPEBREAK! The ref counts, Fletcher lets go at 4, then tags in Davis. Davis stomps Trent now, paces around him, then brings him up to ROCK him with a forearm. Tag to Fletcher, and Fletcher whips Davis for Davis to whip Fletcher for Fletcher to whip Davis, but Trent BOOTS Davis away! Trent then catches Fletcher for a HALF ‘N’ HALF! Fans fire up as Dynamite returns to single picture! Trent crawls past Aussie Open, hot tag to Cassidy!
Cassidy… well, he gets in, and he “kicks” away on Aussie Open’s legs. Aussie Open barely even notices, but then they turn around. Cassidy avoids the double clotheslines to DOUBLE RANA! Fans fire up and Cassidy knuckle locks Fletcher, dodges Davis, and goes up top to FLYING RANA Davis! Cassidy runs, ducks and dodges Fletcher to tilt-o-whirl DDT! And kip up! Fans fire up again and Cassidy stares Ospreay down! Fans chant “Freshly Squeezed!” as Cassidy raises his hands, and eggs Ospreay on! Ospreay tags in and rushes over, but Cassidy moves and Rocky FLYING RANAS! Trent clotheslines Ospreay out hard!
Chaos builds speed, now they DOUBLE DIVE and PLANCHA! All three targets are hit and fans are thunderous! Trent puts Ospreay in and brings him up while fans fire up for “A E DUB!” Trent hangs Ospreay out to dry, Rocky missile dropkicks Ospreay down, and Trent adds a SLIDING BOOT! Cassidy is up top, FALLING SPLASH! Cover, TWO! Cassidy throws off the elbow pad, and fans fire up as he takes aim. Ospreay avoids the Orange Punch to CHOP! Ospreay whips, Cassidy tilt-o-whirls but Ospreay blocks the DDT to suplex! Cassidy slips out, waistlocks, but Ospreay switches. Cassidy elbows free, runs, but into the tiger wall kick and ENZIGURI!
Ospreay gets Cassidy up, but STUN-DOG MILLIONAIRE! Fans are thunderous again while both men are down! Cassidy flounders, Ospreay stirs, hot tags to Davis and Rocky! Rocky dodges Davis’ boot to run, and RANA! Rocky CHOPS Davis, CHOPS again, but Davis CHOPS Rocky off his feet! Tag to Fletcher, Aussie Open puts Rocky in a corner and they whip cycle for the BIG forearm! GAMANGIRI from Fletcher, then feed to the double underhooks! Davis lifts Rocky in a BUTTERFLY feed to Fletcher’s POWERBOMB! Cover, TWO!! Rocky survives and Milwaukee is thunderous again! Tag to Davis and Aussie Open gets Rocky back up.
Fans chant “This is Awesome!” as Davis fireman’s carries Rocky, pop-up to the- NO! Rocky blocks Fletcher’s roundhouse and sends it into Davis! Then Rocky hits SLICED BREAD on Fletcher! Davis ENZIGURIS Rocky, Cassidy CROSSBODIES Davis! PIP PIP CHEERIO from Ospreay! Trent dodges Ospreay to LARIAT him inside-out! Fletcher SUPERKICKS Trent, runs, but into DOUBLE JUMP KNEES! Trent goes back to the corner, tags in, and fans fire up again. Trent Alabama Lifts, but Davis trips Rocky on the apron! Ospreay gets in to ROUNDHOUSE Trent into a DESTROYER from Fletcher! Davis YANKS Trent by his legs into a PILEDRIVER!! Cover, Cassidy breaks it!!
Fans are thunderous again but Ospreay throws Cassidy out. Ospreay builds speed, handsprings and SASUKE SPECIALS, but Cassidy moves! Ospreay lands on his feet to see Cassidy give him a thumbs up. And then Rocky SUPER CROSSBODIES Ospreay down! Davis tags Fletcher in, Aussie Open gets Trent up! But Trent fights free, kick and TORNADO DDT! Hot tag to Cassidy! Fletcher flounders into the ORANGE PUNCH!! Cover, Chaos wins!
Winners: Orange Cassidy & Roppongi Vice, by pinfall
Talk about chaos! A hectic finish sees Freshly Squeezed and friends standing tall! But wait, here comes the IWGP Heavyweight Tag Team Champions, Great-O-Khan and Jeff Cobb! They help the Empire regroup, and then the five of them get on the apron. Fans chant for them, and so here comes FTR! Dax Harwood & Cash Wheeler may be RPG Vice’s opponents this Sunday, but they aren’t going to let NJPW wrestlers just do what they want in AEW! Who will reign supreme in tag team wrestling when both IWGP Heavyweight and ROH World Tag Team Championships are on the line?
Jay Lethal, Sonjay Dutt & Satnam Singh speak.
Sonjay says he is so happy, he just ordered a bunch of new pencils. He is so happy because Satnam’s in-ring debut went amazingly! Big wins for Jay Lethal left and right, too, and that means it is time for a celebration! They’re going to India! But Lethal says the biggest celebration is yet to come. Lethal is going to become the NEW ROH World Television Champion, but that only happens if Samoa Joe can get back to work. How long has he been gone? Satnam says it’s been a month! Yes, that means Joe is almost out of time.
So as Lethal sees it, Joe has two options: tape up the shoulder and come back to work to defend his title; or he just vacates the title so it goes to its rightful owner, the longest reigning ROH World TV Champion, Jay Lethal! The clock is ticking, Joe! What will the Samoan Submission Specialist choose to do with his title?
Tony Schiavone is back in the ring.
Dynamite returns and Schiavone brings up how last week’s episode had a shocking end! This man has so much to answer for, it’s Captain Charisma, Christian Cage! Fans boo as the living legend makes his way out, having betrayed Jungle Boy after losing the AEW World Tag Team Championships, hitting both a Killswitch and a Con-Chair-To. Christian joins Schiavone in the ring, and Schiavone brings up the “chairshot heard around the world.” Christian was a mentor to Jurassic Express, so why did he do what he did? Fans boo, and Christian says that he could stand here all night until they shut up, it’s up to Milwaukee.
Fans keep booing but Christian says the people here aren’t very smart so he’ll give them another chance. It is rude to make him talk over them, so maybe some decorum. SHUT YOUR DAMN MOUTHS! Christian answers the question by saying, “You didn’t think I was gonna let Jungle Boy eliminate me from the Casino Battle Royal last year and get away with it, now did you?” This is all because of that? That’s petty! Maybe, but here’s the thing: what’s more bothersome to Christian than losing a Casino Battle Royal was the reaction of each and every fan when it happened. “I am a legend in this business, and I deserve more respect than to be cheered when I get eliminated from a battle royal, do you understand me?”
Fans boo more but Christian says JB also cost him a massive winning bonus that night, and the fast track to the world title. So yeah, it pissed him off. But it got Christian thinking. If fans liked JB so much, Christian should to a little background check on him. Fans tell Christian to STFU but Christian says that despite his better judgement, he went on social media and look into the kid. “Man, what a cesspool social media has become, especially considering the wrestling corner of social media.” There are losers just like these fans here, tweeting away like their opinions matter or that they know anything about this business. You know NOTHING about Christian’s business!
Christian doesn’t need anyone’s comments about who he should be wrestling, what title he should be going for, or who he should be aligned with. He is one of the best to ever step foot in this ring, so he knows better than us, thank you. It’d be like if Christian pulled up to the drive-thru and told one of you idiots how to do your job! Schiavone wants to move to another subject but Christian says he’s not done yet. And if Schiavone interrupts again, he’s pulling that earring out of Schiavone’s head! Christian says JB cost him a lot of money, so Christian had to recoup it.
So in his research, Christian found that JB is actually pretty talented, so he hitched his wagon to that train and ride it until it went dry. Christian thought it was going to go for a long time, and he was making some easy money just giving JB those pep talks, standing beside him and in his corner, doing minimal work while cashing in big fat checks! You think Christian came back to elevate the younger talent? You think he’s here to help the next generation? No, that’s BS! He’s here to make money! Others out here complain about their paychecks, this and that, well here’s some advice, and since the fans are all too poor, it’ll be free. And this is for anyone in AEW, too.
“You wanna earn my paycheck? Here’s the deal. Try having a match that people actually talk about more than a week after it happens. Can you do that? I’m talking the type of match that parents sit their kids down and make them watch it over and over again. The type of match that changes the industry. The type of match they name PPVs after. Do that, and then you can be on my pay grade. Until then, eat my crumbs and enjoy it!” As for JB, Christian said he was gonna recoup that money, and JB does have the talent. JB just doesn’t have the brains. JB just doesn’t have the killer instinct. And somewhere along the way, Christian saw it happening.
The final nail in the coffin is that the one time Christian doesn’t give JB some pre-match advice, the one time he doesn’t walk down to the ring with them, JB loses the tag team championships. The gravy train ran dry, so as the old saying goes, “If you want something done right, you gotta do it yourself.” Christian is going to take control, get his hands dirty, and that pisses him off! Schiavone cuts Christian off here, because he wants to bring up what everyone was talking about on social media, and that is what Christian told JB’s mom and sister after the show. Christian went right up to them and said they raised JB as a POS!
Why would he do that to them?! Christian says he was just giving JB’s mom the chance to apologize for giving birth to JB, but instead she flipped Christian off. But here’s why she’s really mad: she saw her knight in shining armor go off into the sunset. She was a little sweet on Christian here, and wanted him to be JB’s new father. JB did look up to Christian like a father figure, but here’s the thing: Christian never wanted to be a father figure, JB has no father, because his father is dead. But that’s a good thing, because he’d be embarrassed to see how his son turned out! To see his son crumpled like a ball of paper at Christian’s feet, unable to get up and fight back!
Fans boo even harder as Christian tells JB, “Enjoy your early retirement at 25! Stay gone!” But wait! Here comes Luchasaurus! Christian says he’s been meaning to talk to Luchasaurus about this! Luchasaurus won’t listen to Christian, he just chokes him in the corner! Christian says that hurts, they need to talk but not in front of the people! Remember what happened to Marko! What?! Christian asks Luchasaurus let go, but bringing up Marko only angers him more! Christian then says Luchasaurus is like a son to him! Fans laugh at that but Luchasaurus actually lets him go. Christian says they need to talk but in private. Christian whispers something to Luchasaurus, and then hugs him?
Fans boo, but somehow, Christian has convinced Luchasaurus to show him mercy. They go to the back, just what has Captain Charisma got to say to Luchasaurus?
The Cutler Cam is live.
The Young Bucks and Kyle O’Reilly are impressed, Brandon’s finally doing his job right. But take a look at the AEW World Tag Team Championships. They’re back on the best tag team in the world! The Tag Division is number one again, and all is right with the world. The Bucks are back on top, as the first-ever TWO-TIME, TWO-TIME AEW World Tag Team Champions. Now you might be asking, “Young Bucks, are you gonna be on the Forbidden Door PPV this Sunday?” Well, geez, since they’re the original locksmiths that created the key that opened that damn door in the first place, yes, they’ll be there!
Matt asks Kyle how he’s feeling, and Kyle is pretty far from okay! Darby Allin takes out Fish, and then The Man Called Sting should be in jail for what he did to Kyle! That was completely unprovoked! If Kyle’s hands weren’t classified as lethal weapons, he’d sue Sting’s ass. But Forbidden Door, there’s Bullet Club’s Hikuleo, El Phantasmo, and oh yes, the greatest tag team of any generation, the Young Bucks, to take on Sting and all his cronies! Bucks back in the Bullet Club, one night only! They’re gonna Superkick the Forbidden Door down, because it’s SHOWTIME, folks! WOOOO~! CACAW~! Now cut it, Brandon!
AEW All-Atlantic Championship Qualifier: Malakai Black VS Penta Oscuro!
The Forbidden Door is open for one more as this new championship will be granted to the victor of the Fatal 4! The Bastard, PAC. The Redeemer, Miro. And the Stone Pitbull, Tomohiro Ishii. They all are heading to Chicago, but will it be the House of Black’s Dark Father, or the Man with No Fear that takes the final golden ticket?
The bell rings and fans chant for “CERO MIEDO!” Penta gets in Malakai’s face and tells him to listen! “CERO! MIEDO!” Penta pie faces Malakai, but then narrowly avoids the Black Mass! They brawl, Malakai knees low and runs, but into a SUPERKICK! Malakai bails out and Penta builds speed, but Malakai gets back in to CLOBBER Penta with an elbow! Penta bails out, Malakai goes to the corner. Malakai goes up and out, but Penta trips Malakai up! Penta gets back in the ring and builds speed, to FLY! Direct hit at the ramp and fans fire up! Penta hobbles over to get Malakai back in the ring, and then brings him around.
Fans fire up and duel as Penta reels Malakai in, but Malakai trips Penta! Malakai rolls Penta to his feet to ROCK him in the back! Penta drops to his knees but Malakai drags him back up to throw another forearm in the back. Malakai whips corner to corner but Penta reverses. Malakai goes up and over, but then so does Penta, to BACKSTABBER! Both men are down but Penta crawls to the cover, TWO! Penta gets Malakai’s arm but Malakai rolls him up, TWO! SLINGBLADE! Malakai bails out again, fans fire up, and Penta slingshots. Malakai moves so Penta lands safe on the apron, only for Malakai to sweep the legs!
Penta crashes down, Malakai RAMS him into the railing, and then KICKS him! Malakai POSTS Penta, then RAMS him into more railing while Dynamite goes picture in picture.
Penta writhes, but Malakai refreshes the ring count and comes back to put Penta in the ring. Malakai stomps Penta, turns him over, then stomps away on his back! Malakai even drops a knee! Penta crawls to ropes and then the corner, but Malakai brings him up. Malakai RAMS into Penta’s back, brings him around and wrenches to tuck the arm for an OCTOPUS STRETCH! Penta endures but Malakai throws elbows into his ribs! Penta fights, Malakai shifts to have a chinlock, but Penta throws body shots. But Malakai tucks Penta back in for another Octopus! Penta endures, arm-drags free, but Malakai KICKS him in the chest!
Penta ends up in a corner, Malakai runs in but Penta elbows him away. Penta superkicks but Malakai blocks, only to rush into Penta’s OVERHEAD Belly2Belly into the corner! Malakai flounders, Penta gets space and he runs in, but Malakai BOOTS him! Malakai QUEBRADAS but flops as Penta moves! Penta springboards to SLINGBLADE! Both men are down and a standing count begins while Dynamite returns to single picture. Fans rally and duel, Malakai stands first and he hobbles over to Penta. Malakai drags Penta up, waistlocks, but Penta elbows free. Malakai shoves Penta but Penta LARIATS! And then again!
Penta runs, wheelbarrows, victory roll and Penta goes up top for a CROSSBODY SPLASH! Malakai flounders to the apron, Penta goes out after him. Penta brings Malakai around, CHOPS him, and reels him in. Fans fire up as Penta tucks Malakai’s arms, but the back doesn’t allow Penta to lift! Malakai gets free and BOOTS Penta to the post! Malakai then drags Penta up to spin, but Penta ducks the heel kick to GAMANGIRI! Malakai wobbles, Penta reels him in and tucks the arms! Fans fire up for the lift, but Malakai slips back into the ring! ROUNDHOUSE, and then Malakai runs. Penta somersaults for a STUNNER! Cover, TWO!!
Fans fire up while both men are down again. Malakai gets himself to ropes, fans rally up, and Penta storms over. Penta hoists Malakai up top, CHOPS him, then climbs up after him. Malakai resists the lift then trips Penta up! Penta falls to the mat, Malakai goes back up top. COUP DE- NO, Penta avoids the double stomps, but Malakai blocks the kick to JUMP KNEE! Penta flops out of the ring, Malakai goes to the corner, ASAI MOONSAULT! Direct hit and fans fire up! Malakai gets Penta up and in again, then goes back up the corner! Penta rolls away, but Malakai still jumps, COUP DE GRACE! Cover, TWO!!
Penta survives and grits his teeth but Malakai brings him up. Penta shoves Malakai to the corner, but Malakai ROUNDHOUSES back! Malakai goes up again, but Penta GAMANGIRIS him first! Penta stretches his back, gets up top to get Malakai, and he tucks the arms! SUPER FEAR FACTOR!!! But Malakai rolls away and Penta can’t cover! Fans fire up while losing their minds, and Penta crawls to the far side. Penta grabs at Malakai, drags himself to the cover, ROPEBREAK!!! Malakai survives by mere inches and Penta can’t believe it! Fans chant, “This is Awesome!” as Penta gets Malakai back up and brings him around. Pump handle and half nelson, but the back gives up!
Malakai stands again, blocks Penta’s superkick, BLACK MASS!!! Cover, Malakai wins!!
Winner: Malakai Black, by pinfall (advances to The Forbidden Door)
But here comes PAC! The Bastard stares Malakai down, but then MIRO is on the tron! “My God. A week after I called you out, the All-Atlantic title came in. Is this your apology to me? All I wanted was my God, my gold, and my gorgeous wife. But you couldn’t help but test me, could you? Good. Because I will walk through The Forbidden Door, dragging all the Bastards and the Pagans with me, and I will redeem them all!! So to Malakai, Pac and Ishii, this Sunday at Forbidden Door, when I send you to meet your maker, you tell that coward The Redeemer wants to talk.” Miro is ready, Pac is ready, and Malakai will have to be ready, because only ONE can hold the gold!
“I always get what I want. And if I don’t, I take it. And the only thing I want is the TNT title. I’ve been waiting three years for this opportunity. I don’t take orders anymore. I told you, I’m coming for everything I want and everything I deserve. Scorpio Sky, when you’re healed and ready, I will gladly welcome you into Wardlow’s World!” When and where will the Face of TNT finally face the Maestro of Mayhem?
Adam Cole is here!
The Panama City Playboy, the “King of Harts,” and the #4 ranked singles wrestler in the AEW Men’s Division is joining commentary once again, because guess who is in the next match!
Hangman Page VS Silas Young!
The Cowboy still wants to start sh*t with NJPW’s IWGP World Heavyweight Champion, even if is Jay White now. But the ROH’s Last Real Man is making his AEW debut in a rather surprising crossover! Will Milwaukee’s own take the fight to Hangman? Or will Hangman prove he is worthy of something on Forbidden Door’s card?
The bell rings and fans fire up as the two tie up. Hangman wrenches an arm but Silas rolls, kips up, cartwheels and wrenches back. Hangman rolls, kips up, wrenches, hammerlocks, snapmares and the two stand off as fans applaud. Silas mockingly applauds as he and Hangman reset. They approach, Silas knees low and CLUBS Hangman. Silas headlocks, Hangman powers out to get his own headlock and a takeover. Silas headscissors, Hangman kips free, but Silas sweeps the legs! Cover, ONE, and Hangman sweeps, covers, ONE as Silas goes Matrix! Silas Oklahoma Rolls Hangman, ONE, and Hangman avoids a sweep to BOOT Silas down!
Fans fire up and Cole is annoyed that Hangman has the advantage. Silas gets to a corner, Hangman storms over and CHOPS! Hangman says one more and he CHOPS Silas again! Silas turns things around to CHOP Hangman! Hangman gets in Silas’ face, so Silas CHOPS again! Hangman CHOPS Silas down! Silas gets to ropes, Hangman whips but Silas reverses and rakes the eyes! Cole says that’s just getting a tactical advantage. Silas whips, Hangman reverses and sends Silas out hard! Hangman then aims and PLANCHAS, but Silas moves! Silas kicks low, puts Hangman back in, but Hangman swings right around to LARIAT Silas down!
Fans fire up while Hangman goes up the corner. Cole says Hangman is making a mistake, but Hangman hits the ARIHARA MOONSAULT! Direct hit and Silas goes down, and Hangman smirks at Cole as Dynamite goes picture in picture.
Hangman brings Silas up and into the ring, then aims from the apron. Silas staggers up, but he spots Hangman aiming for him and bails right out! No Buckshot yet, but Hangman gets in to storm over to the far side. Hangman brings Silas up, but Silas deadweights him. Hangman is annoyed and keeps trying, but Silas HOTSHOTS Hangman down! Then slingshot STOMPS, then JUMP STOMPS! Silas mockingly applauds, then he runs to SENTON! Cover, TWO! Silas wants a faster count but he kicks Hangman around. Silas throws hands on Hangman in the corner, then bumps him off buckles. Silas whips corner to corner hard, and Hangman tumbles off the buckles!
Silas drags Hangman back up, but Hangman blocks the suplex. Silas RAMS Hangman into the corner, again again, then gets space. Silas runs in, but Hangman dodges and Silas hits buckles! Hangman brings Silas into a cradle, TWO! Silas kicks Hangman low and has him in the corner again. Silas brings Hangman out to snap suplex! Cover, TWO! Silas clamps on a rear bearhug and squeezes tight! Hangman fights up, throws elbows, but Silas kicks low again. Silas suplexes to put Hangman on ropes, MAGIC SCREW! Cover, TWO! Silas goes to the corner and climbs up, but Hangman ROCKS him first!
Dynamite returns to single picture as Hangman climbs up top. Fans rally as Hangman brings Silas up, for the SUPERPLEX! Fans fire up and a standing count begins. Hangman sits up and gets to ropes, then he goes after Silas. They’re standing at 5 and the haymakers start flying! Silas kicks but Hangman blocks to flip him, but Silas lands on his feet! Silas then gets around and hooks the arms, but Hangman holds off the backslide. Hangman spins Silas around and scoops him, for a FALL AWAY SLAM! Hangman kips up and fans fire up! Silas is in the corner, Hangman runs corner to corner, and clotheslines!
Hangman fireman’s carries but Silas slips off to shove Hangman into the corner. Silas runs in but is put on the apron. Hangman runs side to side and Silas tries to keep up, but he get a TRIANGLE JUMP LARIAT! Silas goes to the floor, Hangman PLANCHAS Silas down! Hangman puts Silas back in, goes up top, and FLYING LARIATS! Cover, TWO! Silas is still in this and Cole claims he’s focused, not upset. Cole is convinced Silas will turn this around and the fans duel as Hangman brings Silas up. Silas gets around to BACKBREAKER, and LARIAT! Cover, TWO! Fans fire up as Silas fireman’s carries, for the ROLLING SENTON!
Silas gets up the corner, headstand and ARABIAN- NO, Hangman avoids the press, waistlocks, and GERMAN SUPLEXES! Then LARIATS! Hangman goes to the apron and fans fire up as the elbow pad comes off. Silas stands up, into the BUCKSHOT! Cover, Hangman wins!
Winner: Hangman Page, by pinfall
Cole is furious and has them shut the music off! “Boys and girls, who’s ready for Storytime with Adam Cole, Baybay?” Wait, JAY WHITE is here! Cole looks confused as to why The Switchblade is here, and White tells Cole, “First off, let me apologize for coming out here and interrupting Storytime with Adam Cole. But I feel like I owe you an explanation. Over the last week, I’ve been giving it a lot of thought, and as the Catalyst of Professional Wrestling, I’m responsible for all of this. That means I’m responsible for making Forbidden Door as big as it can be.
“And as much as I would love to make it about Bullet Club and the Undisputed Elite, and do a favor for a good friend… My opponent at Forbidden Door still can’t be you. Because, Adam, you lost to him.” Hangman shrugs because that’s true. And then White adds, “Twice.” Ow… White tells Hangman that he and Milwaukee and the world all are just dying to know who White will face at Forbidden Door for his IWGP World Heavyweight Championship. White goes to the ring, and he can tell Hangman it won’t be him either. Hangman then slaps the mic out of White’s hand! White swings on Hangman but Hangman dodges to fire off haymakers!
Cole rushes the ring, Hangman DECKS him, then fires off on White! Hangman whips White but White reverses to send Hangman to the apron! But bad move, Hangman loads up! Cole LOW BLOWS Hangman!! Cole then pushes Hangman in and White fires off hands! Cole grabs the IWGP World Heavyweight Championship, and he aims at White?! White lets off on Hangman, and sees Cole! Cole claims he wants to hit Hangman with the belt, and White believes him, so White drags Hangman up. But then, that coin drop! IT’S OKADA!! Milwaukee explodes as Kazuchika Okada, the Rainmaker, is here!
Okada rushes the ring, White and Cole stand their ground, and the fight is on! Fans lose their minds as Okada fights Cole and White, and then Hangman gets back up! Adam has Adam and Okada has White as they fire off in opposite corners! Then Okada and Hangman stare at each other. Cole comes in, Hangman DECKS him! White rushes in, Okada gets around, ripcord, but White avoids the Rainmaker lariat! White and Cole bail out, IWGP World title on White’s shoulder. Fans are thunderous for Okada, but what does all this mean for Forbidden Door and NJPW’s top title?
Backstage interview with Jade Cargill & The Baddies.
Tony Schiavone is with the undefeated TBS Champion, as well as Keira Hogan and Stokely Hathaway. Schiavone says there is an injury to Red Velvet, and Jade says we can either all sit here and cry about that, or we can understand that the show must go on. Jade is STILL undefeated, and Kiera says Kris Statlander’s “alien looking ass” must think this is real funny since Velvet isn’t here because of her. But the joke is on Kris. Stokely has breaking news, drum roll please! Tony, drum roll! Bddddddt… Stokely says they’re looking for a NEW Baddie! If you want in, all you gotta do is follow these instructions.
First: Use #BaddieSearch in a post. Second: In 140 characters or less, tell them why you should be a Baddie. Or you could keep it one hundy, haha! Not everyone can grace the stage like they can, and you have to be a top notch bitch. And third: “Please, mah sisters in Christ, keep the photos PG.” Schiavone thanks them for their time, but Jade tells him to cut the sh*t. Didn’t we just say to keep it PG? But who will rise above in the #BaddieSearch and stand alongside #ThatBitch?
Athena and Kris Statlander respond!
They’re with Schiavone now, and after what The Baddies just said, O M G, they want to be Baddies, too! They can be sExY~! “You, too, can get the opportunity to stand next to Jade and find out what she smells like~!” Or, they could have the opportunity to be a tOp nOtCh bItCh~! But in all seriousness, it is very unfortunate to hear about Red Velvet. And as sad as that is, Jade must be frontin’ if she thinks Athena & Statlander are backing down. Athena says, “It doesn’t matter if you get one Baddie, two Baddies, hell, twenty Baddies. We are going to thwart each and every one of those hussies that’s set forth in our path.”
Statlander adds, “Absolutely no one can get in our way. Stokely certainly learned that lesson last week.” Oh, y’mean when Statlander smacked him in the back of the head? BOP! Exactly. So they can do their #BaddieSearch, because they’ve got the babe with the power, Willow Nightingale! And Jade, cut the sh*t! Will the Baddies be in bad shape after this trio is through with them?
Toni Storm VS Marina Shafir w/ Nyla Rose!
The Lightning From Down Under has an AEW Women’s World Championship match with Thunder Rosa this Sunday, but there’s only one problem: The Problem stands in her way! Will Storm be able to strike down Shafir? Or will she be stumbling her way into the Forbidden Door?
It is of note that the Native Beast is in Shafir’s corner after the two bonded over brutally beating opponents together on Dark: Elevation. Will Shafir soon be a Vicious Vixen like Nyla and Vickie Guerrero?
The bell rings and the two approach. Shafir BOOTS Storm down and Storm gets to a corner. Shafir storms up on Storm but Storm boots her back. Shafir laughs it off and circles with Storm. They tie up, Shafir gets a leg but Storm stays up. Fans rally, Storm hits a half hatch takeover to a cover, ONE and Shafir gets a faceclock. Shafir mounts and gets an arm to roll Storm! Storm flails, reaches out, and gets the ROPEBREAK! Shafir lets off but stares Storm down. Storm kicks at Shafir, then stands up. Shafir is after a leg again, tries a throw, but Storm clamps on. Shafir powers through for the takedown!
Storm keeps her shoulders up but Shafir shifts to get a foot. Storm rolls, reels Shafir in and headlocks. Shafir powers out but Storm redirects herself and dropkicks Shafir down! Fans fire up and Shafir gets to a corner. Storm stomps and whips, but Shafir reverses to sweep the legs! Shafir stares Storm down, then things speed up. Storm follows Shafir but Shafir KICKS her down! Storm goes to the apron and Shafir kicks her to the floor! The ref keeps Shafir from pursuing, so Nyla drops a SENTON on Storm! Fans boo as the Native Beast gets away with that one, and Shafir fetches Storm as Dynamite goes picture in picture.
Shafir brings Storm up and into the ring, and has her in a corner. Shafir walks into Storm’s kicks but she grabs the legs to kick away on them! Shafir digs her boots in at the ropes but lets off as the ref counts. Shafir paces, stalks Storm along the ropes, then brings her up for a cravat into the ropes! The ref reprimands, Shafir snapmares Storm and shifts to a chinlock. Storm endures, fights up, reaches out, but Shafir throws in knee after knee! Shafir then trips Storm and waistlocks to deadlift GERMAN SUPLEX! Storm sits up in a daze but Shafir drags her into a half nelson and wristlock combo.
Storm endures, fights up again, throws body shots, but Shafir trips Storm again and hard! Nyla applauds and Shafir covers, TWO! Shafir smirks as she drags Storma round. Storm kicks her away, Shafir cartwheels back and gets the arms for a straitjacket stretch! Storm endures again as Shafir even fishhooks her face! The ref reprimands, Shafir keeps on the straitjacket, but Storm still endures. Storm powers up as Dynamite returns to single picture, and she kicks free! Storm throws forearms, but Shafir shoves her and eggs her on! Storm throws more forearms, Shafir throws them back! Shafir chicken wings Storm to HEADBUTT her in the back!
Shafir spins Storm around again but Storm breaks free to HEADBUTT Shafir down! Shafir staggers up, Storm runs, but into a BOOT! Storm bails out of the ring and Shafir watches her. Shafir goes out, KICKS Storm around, then bumps her off the apron. Storm staggers around the way but Shafir pursues. SAYANAGI! Shafir drags Storm up again, shoves her into steel steps, but Storm avoids the boot! Shafir hobbles, Storm uses the steps for a TORNADO DDT to the floor! Storm hurries to put Shafir in, and she fires off clubbing forearms! Shafir wants the sayanagi but Storm blocks to GERMAN SUPLEX! Fans rally up as Storm fires up!
Storm runs at Shafir corner to corner, HIP ATTACK! Storm grabs at Shafir but so does Nyla. The ref reprimands and Nyla backs off. Storm gets Shafir up, but Shafir wrenches, pump handles, and lifts, only for Storm to slip out and roll Shafir up! With a bridge! STORM WINS!
Winner: Toni Storm, by pinfall
Storm solves the Problem, but Nyla CLOBBERS her! Nyla stomps Storm and Shafir joins in! They mug Storm, but here comes THUNDER ROSA! The champion gets in, dodges Nyla and SHOTGUNS Shafir! Nyla is after Rosa, but Rosa elbows her away and Storm CHOP BLOCKS Nyla’s leg! Rosa tops it off with an ENZIGURI! Storm grabs the belt to CLOBBER Nyla with it! Fans fire up but Rosa noticed that. Storm looks at the belt, then looks at Rosa. Storm hands the belt back to Rosa, but will Storm take it for her own this Sunday?
Darby Allin and Sting speak.
The Relentless One calls out The Undisputed Elite, saying they saw what these two did to Bobby Fish. “Kyle, you say you’re not medically cleared. I don’t believe that for one second. I just think you’re too afraid to show up this Sunday for Forbidden Door. So what do we have here? The Young Bucks and two members of Bullet Club, El Phantasmo and Hikuleo VS me and Sting. You think we’re gonna come alone? Oh, no. We’ve got two members of our own. You wanna get crazy? We can get crazy. Shingo and Hiromu! And one by one, Undisputed Elite, we’re gonna take you guys out. And it continues this Sunday at Forbidden Door.”
The Icon says, “We’re gonna keep kicking bodies all the way down the freakin’ hill! Until there’s nobody left. Two down, three, four more to go, it doesn’t matter to us. At Forbidden Door, it’s gonna be showtime.” A star-studded 8 Man Tag has been set! Will the Bucks, ELP and the Young Gun be able to make Chicago Too Sweet? Or will Darby & Sting tranquilo with Los Ingobernables de Japon?
AEW has Rampage set!
The Cold-Hearted Handsome Devil, Hook, is ready to take on whoever NJPW’s LA Dojo sends, and they’re sending Dylan Barrales, aka The DKC! Then, before the Forbidden Door Winners Take All Tag Title match, FTR’s Cash Wheeler and The United Empire’s Jeff Cobb face off 1v1! Will Cash be able to survive the “Imperial Unit?” Or will he go on a Tour of the Islands in Milwaukee?
Plus, Serena Deeb & Mercedes Martinez have been teaming up on Dark and Elevation, and their team will make its television debut! And to settle some old scores, Andrade El Idolo takes on Rey Fenix in a match of lucha libre superstars! Speaking of which…
AEW hears from Rey Fenix, Alex Abrahantes and Andrade.
Fenix asks Alex if he remembers a couple weeks ago, when Andrade took away Fenix’s opportunity to be the Interim AEW World Champion. Yes, that dastardly low blow in the battle royal! But El Idolo can’t believe Fenix is still crying about that. Andrade has other things to do. He has a wife now! But Fenix tells Andrade that when he showed up, he wanted the Lucha Brothers to work for him, but y’know what? Death Triangle works for nobody! So one more time, 1v1, on Rampage! Andrade says he is tranquilo, but he’ll see Fenix this Friday. Who comes out the better man when these two throw down?
The Forbidden Door just keeps getting bigger!
First, for the Buy-In: The Acclaimed & Gunn Club have been running strong, and now Max Caster and all three Gunns, from Austin to Colten to “Daddy Ass” himself, Billy Gunn, team up against more of the LA Dojo’s finest! The DKC, Kevin Knight, Alex Coughlin and Yuya Uemura go on an excursion of sorts, will they return home as conquering heroes?
And then, after what we saw from Jay White, Adam Cole, Hangman Page and Kazuchika Okada, the IWGP World Heavyweight Championship won’t be defended against one but THREE opponents! It will be a Fatal 4 Way, White VS Cole VS Hangman VS Okada! Will the Switchblade Era survive such a challenge? Or will the Windy City bring about the winds of change?
Jon Moxley & Hiroshi Tanahashi VS Chris Jericho & Lance Archer w/ SamTay!
Before battling for the Interim AEW World Championship as opponents, one of the best in AEW and one of the best in NJPW team together to take on some common enemies! Will the Maniac and The Ace stand tall against the Wizard and the Murderhawk Monster? Or will Jericho having The Spanish God and Brazilian Goddess in his corner be a factor?
Dynamite returns and Archer makes his entrance. William Regal has joined commentary to watch this one in person. Tanahashi makes his entrance from the stage, followed by Moxley’s entrance from the crowd. Moxley flips off SamTay before he joins Tanahashi at the ramp. They talk game plan, and then they rush the ring! The brawl is on and fans fire up! Moxley throws hands with Jericho while Archer knees and CLUBS Tanahashi! Archer bumps Tanahashi off buckles but Moxley tosses Jericho out. The ref rings the bell once it’s just Tanahashi and Archer, but Jericho hits Moxley back on the outside with forearms!
Jericho punches Moxley into having a seat in the corner, but Moxley kicks back and rams Jericho into railing. Tanahashi throws forearms on Archer but Archer eggs Tanahashi on! Tanahashi throws hands, Archer hits back, and fans count along as Moxley rains down fists on Jericho! Moxley tops it off with an elbow as the tenth hit, and Tanahashi starts backing Archer down with a strike fest! Fans are fired up as Moxley whips Jericho into more railing! Tanahashi runs and dropkicks Archer’s legs out! Archer hobbles, Tanahashi runs again, but into a full nelson SLAM! Archer drags Tanahashi up, tags Jericho, and they mug the Ace.
Jericho soaks up the heat, then brings Tanahashi up to CHOP! And forearm, and forearm again! Jericho throws haymakers in the corner, the ref reprimands, but Jericho keeps throwing hands. Tanahashi blocks a punch to give counter punches! Tanahashi backs Jericho down, throws shots in the corner, then whips corner to corner. Jericho reverses, Tanahashi bounces off buckles, and Jericho runs in, only for Tanahashi to send his bulldog into buckles! Jericho is stuck, Tanahashi runs corner to corner to SPLASH Jericho down! Fans fire up as Jericho falls back and Tanahashi wobbles. Tanahashi gets Jericho up, wrenches, and tags Moxley.
Moxley and Tanahashi mug Jericho, then Moxley snapmares Jericho for HAMMER ‘N’ ANVIL ELBOWS! Fans fire up as Moxley goes way past ten this time! Moxley even BITES Jericho on the forehead! SamTay protest and the ref reprimands, but Moxley lets off. Moxley taunts Archer then clotheslines Jericho out of the ring! Moxley goes out after Jericho to ROCK him with haymakers! Moxley bumps Jericho off the apron, then whips him into the timekeeper’s table! Moxley CLAWS Jericho’s back, then bends him back with a crossface! Moxley tells Jericho this is just a sampler of Blood & Guts!
Moxley puts Jericho in the ring, but Archer gets in. The ref tells Archer to get out, but this is just so Sammy can grab at Moxley! Moxley kicks Sammy away but then Jericho TRIANGLE JUMP DROPKICKS Moxley down! Jericho drags Moxley in, and then ROPE GUILLOTINES him! Jericho tags Archer in, they mug Moxley, and Archer slaps Moxley around. Moxley fires off forearms, Archer just eggs him on, so Moxley runs. But Archer goes the other way, and DERAILS Moxley! Archer fires up and fans are torn as Dynamite goes picture in picture.
Archer DECKS Tanahashi, the ref reprimands, but Archer stands on Moxley’s head! The ref reprimands and counts, Archer lets off and he throws Moxley out. Archer then goes to the apron, to CANNONBALL! Direct hit and down goes Moxley! Fans boo and give thumbs down but Archer just soaks it all in. Archer puts Moxley back in the ring, tags Jericho back in, and Jericho looms over Moxley. Moxley reaches out as Tanahashi gets back on the apron, but Jericho slaps Moxley around. Jericho brings Moxley up for a back suplex! Cocky cover, TWO! Jericho drags Moxley up and throws him back out, and Moxley is swinging wild as he staggers.
Jericho gets in Tanahashi’s face and the ref is busy with them, so Sammy cheap shots Moxley! Archer adds on, then holds Moxley’s arms back so Tay can get a shot in! SamTay sneak away and Archer tells fans to give him some space. Archer puts Moxley in for Jericho and Jericho covers, TWO! Jericho drags Moxley back up, brings him around and suplexes high and hard! Jericho flexes while Moxley writhes and Jericho drags him away. Tag to Archer, they mug Moxley again, and then Archer puts Moxley in a corner. Archer CHOPS Moxley down, then clamps on a chinlock. Archer twists Moxley’s head and claws at his eyes, but the ref reprimands.
Archer lets Moxley go, then mockingly applauds. Fans rally up, Archer stands Moxley up, and Moxley throws haymakers! Archer knees low and Moxley falls down! Archer brings Moxley up to bump off buckles, then he tags Jericho. They mug Moxley more, the ref counts, and Archer stops at 4. Jericho snamares Moxley and KICKS him in the back. Jericho soaks up the heat as Dynamite returns to single picture, and he even encourages the fans to get louder. Fans rally for Moxley but Jericho SLAPS him! And SLAPS him again! Moxley CHOPS Jericho! And CHOPS! And CHOPS! Moxley fires up, runs, but into a throat chop!
Jericho runs, springboards, LIONSAULT onto knees! Fans fire up while both men are down! Moxley and Jericho crawl for their corners, hot tag to Tanahashi! Tanahashi fires off on Jericho, whips him to ropes, but Jericho reverses. Tanahashi FLYING FOREARMS! Tanahashi DECKS Archer for earlier, then he back elbows Jericho. Tanahashi goes up to CROSSBODY! Fans fire up with the air guitar! Tanahashi scoops Jericho to SLAM him, then he goes up the corner. SUNSET SENTON! Cover, TWO! Jericho survives but Tanahashi fires up. Fans fire up with him and Tanahashi runs, SLING-
NO, Jericho spins Tanahashi around to underhook the arms! But Tanahashi back drops free! Jericho rolls Tanahashi and wants the legs! Fans fire up, Tanahashi drags Jericho into a cradle, TWO!! Jericho escapes, dodges the haymaker and hits a CODE BREAKER! Cover, Moxley breaks it! Archer gets in to throw Moxley out, then goes out after him, only for Moxley to get right back in! Moxley DIVES and takes Archer down! Fans fire up while Jericho slowly rises in the ring. Tanahashi also gets up, and they throw forearms back and forth on their knees. Fans rally as the forearms go back and forth, even as they stand up.
Tanahashi gets the edge, whips Jericho to ropes, but Jericho KICK him back! Jericho spins but Tanahashi ducks the Judas Effect! Tanahashi steals the CODE BREAKER! Tanahashi hurries up the corner and fans fire up! Jericho stands, for the HIGH FLY ATTACK! But Jericho rolls through it to have the legs! WALLS OF JERICHO!! Tanahashi endures, Archer CLOBBERS Moxley, and fans are thunderous! Tanahashi reaches, but Jericho is sitting on this deep! Moxley manages to get in to give Jericho a CUTTER! Archer gets in to BOOT Moxley! Archer then hauls Tanahashi up, reels him in, but Tanahashi avoids lariat to SLINGBLADE!
All four men are down and fans are thunderous again! Moxley makes his way back to his corner as fans rally. Sammy coaches Jericho, but Tanahashi stirs. Jericho flops out of the ring but gets back in. Hot tag to Moxley, hot tag to Archer! Moxley LARIATS, Archer stays up! Moxley LARIATS again but Archer just eggs him on! Moxley runs but Archer follows this time, to ROCK Moxley at the ropes! Archer runs but now Moxley follows, Moxley ROCKS Archer at the ropes! Moxley runs, but into the scoop! Inverted Crucifix, but Moxley slips off! Kick and PARADIGM SHIFT!! Tag to Tanahashi and he’s right up top! HIGH FLY FLOW!! Cover, Mox & Tana win!!
Winners: Jon Moxley & Hiroshi Tanahashi, by pinfall
They held it together and won together! But now, this Sunday, the Maniac and the Once in a Century Talent will meet as opponents. Who will walk out the Forbidden Door our Interim AEW World Champion?
As for Jericho, EDDIE KINGSTON attacks him! The Mad King throws hands on Jericho, but Sammy leaps at him! Kingston fights Sammy off but now Jericho comes back! Moxley isn’t sure if he should go help, but WHEELER YUTA appears! Yuta helps Kingston fight off Le Sex Gods! Yuta sends Jericho into railing, Kingston brings Sammy all the way around the send into railing by the timekeeper’s area! Kingston gets a chair, dodges Sammy’s jump knee, and SMACKS Sammy in the head! Yuta stomps Sammy down, but MINORU SUZUKI is here! The Meanest Man in the World strolls on out and Milwaukee is going nuts!
Kingston is stunned, but Yuta goes after Suzuki and they brawl on the ramp! Suzuki knees low, CLUBS Yuta, Jericho and Kingston are brawling again! Wait, is that SHOTA UMINO!? The Shooter is helping the Decoder go after the Murder Grandpa! Sammy goes after Umino, and this entire time, Tanahashi and Moxley have just been staring down! Referees rush out to stop the madness but Suzuki knocks Yuta down and has a chair! Archer helps hold Yuta down for the SMACK to the back! And then the rest of the Jericho Appreciation Society rushes out to help Jericho! Angelo Parker & Matt Menard help him mug Umino!
Kingston rushes over with a chair and that gets Parker & Menard to let off. Sammy is still after Umino, so Santana & Ortiz rush out! Proud ‘n’ Powerful get after Sammy and Jericho, then Jake Hager and Daniel Garcia appear to go after Umino! Suzuki and Archer blast Yuta with a fan’s popcorn bucket!! Security rushes out but now they’re part of the fight! And still the Ace and Maniac stare down! Is this chaos just a sampler of what’s going to happen inside the double steel cage that is Blood & Guts?
An awesome Dynamite, especially with it as a double go-home. And unlike WWE go-homes, they don’t shove in a bunch of recap packages, they just let a lot of the on-screen talent tell you what happened last week. Like with Christian’s promo to explain why he did what he did. It seems odd that he started helping Jungle Boy because of a grudge, but him basically riding JB’s coattails to get easy money does make sense. That jab about JB’s late father, Luke Perry, was major Heel heat, holy crap. And Christian managing to stop Luchasaurus from just choke slamming him to hell was surprising. But who knows, maybe Christian manipulates Luchasaurus into turning on JB.
Great opening promo tonight from Bryan Danielson, even though he did announce he’ll be out of action for some time. But I do like that they’re managing to use this to add a fourth man to Blackpool Combat Club who will face ZSJ, and apparently be the sixth man on the BCC side in Blood & Guts. And it has to be six, because Moxley names himself, Eddie, Santana, Ortiz and Yuta in the match. This could be anyone, and I will love seeing whoever it is taking on ZSJ and joining BCC in one fell swoop for a huge debut in AEW. Lethal, Sonjay & Singh have a good promo, and you know Samoa Joe’s response will be an ROH World TV Championship match, probably on TV.
The Six Man Tag match was great stuff, but Cassidy & Roppongi Vice winning surely means Ospreay retains the US Championship (that he doesn’t even have because Juice Robinson is holding the belt hostage) and RPG Vice is taking the pin so FTR or United Empire can win without the other being weakened. Then FTR and United Empire can do a more dedicated program for the Summer, perhaps having FTR even show up on New Japan Strong. Good promos from Bucks & Kyle as well as Darby & Sting to set up a really fun 8 Man Tag. I like that Shingo & Hiromu are joining Darby & Sting, and I have a feeling Sting’s team wins, Hikuleo surely taking the pin.
Wardlow has a good promo to keep up the hype for his TNT Championship match. Great AEW All-Atlantic Championship Qualifier from Malakai VS Penta, but I knew Malakai was going to win so that the Fatal 4 won’t have two parts of Death Triangle. And great promo from Miro to call out his opponents and pretty much solidify the fact that he is winning that title. Very good promos from The Baddies to let us know they’re adding a new member, and great response promo from Kris & Athena to poke fun at them, and at the WWE “be sexy for TV time” stuff Athena brought up in her shoot interview.
Them shifting from Anna Jay to Willow Nightingale in the Six Woman Tag is fine, plans clearly head to change after Velvet got hurt. I just hope this new Baddie is a new star getting some time, not a swerve like Anna turning Heel or Willow turning on Kris and Athena. Great match from Storm VS Shafir, that was way better than just the usual tune-up stuff before a big match. Also, Nyla and Shafir sticking together as a duo makes me wonder why Vickie Guerrero’s Vicious Vixens stable hasn’t grown yet. Vickie really should try to get more women on her team, especially since there’s two women’s titles now.
Good promos from Fenix and Andrade to set up a Rampage match, and that will be awesome stuff. Hangman VS Silas was great stuff for Silas to make an AEW debut with. But Hangman wins, and we get great surprises with White and Okada showing up. A great little brawl, and a tease of Cole turning on White, and a Fatal 4 Way for the IWGP World title is awesome! This could be a way for Okada to win the belt back without pinning White, or vice-versa, White retaining without pinning Okada. It also gives us all the combinations we expected, like White VS Cole, White VS Hangman, Okada VS Cole and Okada VS Hangman, all in one amazing match.
And of course, what a great main event tag match and ending segment. Moxley and Tanahashi didn’t need to do team moves, they just needed to work together, and just as I anticipated last week, they win so that they both have momentum going into Forbidden Door. And I love that they kept staring at each other, ignoring everything going on outside the ring. That brawl was a great way to send things off before the Six Man Tag at Forbidden Door and Blood & Guts next week, this is going to be an awesome week for AEW.
My Score: 8.9/10
Mitchell’s AEW Dynamite Results & Report! (12/7/22)
The best tag teams collide!
Will The Acclaimed hold onto their forever reign?
In an epic clash, The Acclaimed defend their AEW World Tag Team Championships against the THREE BELT CHAMPIONS, FTR! Will Cash Wheeler & Dax Harwood move up to FOUR belts tonight?
- Dynamite Diamond Ring Battle Royal: Ricky Starks wins and will challenge MJF for the Dynamite Diamond Ring.
- AEW TNT Championship: Samoa Joe VS Darby Allin; Joe wins and retains the title.
- Jake Hager & Daniel Garcia VS Claudio Castagnoli & Wheeler Yuta; Claudio & Yuta win.
- Six Woman Tag: Jade Cargill & The Baddies VS Madison Rayne, Skye Blue & Kiera Hogan; Jade & The Baddies win.
- AEW World Tag Team Championships: The Acclaimed VS FTR; The Acclaimed win and retain the titles.
PLAY BY PLAY
Dynamite Diamond Ring Battle Royal!
Another year, another battle for that coveted $150,000 diamond ring! But things are a little different, as Maxwell Jacob Friedman, our NEW AEW World Champion, has the prerogative to not participate in this match. Instead, think of this more as a #1 contender’s battle royal with the winner getting to choose when and where they face MJF for that ring. Ricky Starks vows that when he wins this match, he’ll make next week’s title match into a Winner Takes All! Will this be an Absolute Victory for Ricky Starks? Or will someone else in this crowded field take that diamond ticket instead?
Fans go wild as Starks makes his entrance, and then they go wild as “Jungle Boy” Jack Perry makes his entrance. We already have Brian Cage, The Butcher, The Blade, Orange Cassidy, Captain Shawn Dean, Matt Hardy, Ethan Page, Lee Moriarty, W. Morrissey, Kip Sabian, Dalton Castle and The Boys at ringside, but wait! Here comes The Natural, Dustin Rhodes! Fans fire up for the hometown hero, the bell rings, and everyone rushes into the ring! Well, almost everyone as Kip plays things a bit more shrewdly, and even Castle & The Boys wait as things sort out. Cassidy takes his time because that’s just the way Freshly Squeezed rolls.
The Butcher brawls with Dean, The Blade is after JB and Dustin is on Hardy while The Firm’s All Ego and #TAIGASTYLE mug Starks. Castle slides in to help Starks out, and Kip yanks Cassidy out under the bottom rope, wanting to continue things from Rampage’s All-Atlantic Championship Lumberjack Match! Kip RAMS Cassidy into railing! Ethan bumps Castle off buckles and Starks turns things around on Moriarty. Ethan CHOKES Castle while The Boys protest. Castle hits Ethan back, Moriarty turns things around on Starks to rain down fists. Starks stops that and hits an atomic drop! Hardy helps Ethan by going after Castle.
Dustin digs his boots into Ethan while Hardy dribbles Castle off buckles. Kip throws Cassidy around ringside, Dustin bumps Ethan off buckles. Dustin CHOPS Ethan, Cassidy turns things around on Kip but Kip sends Cassidy into the apron! Fans rally for Starks, Castle gives Hardy a raspberry? Dustin ROCKS Butcher, Dean throws hands on Cage. Kip and Cassidy are finally in the ring and Cassidy bounces Kip off buckles. And again! And again! Butcher CLUBS Cassidy down! Butcher and Kip work together on Cassidy but he kicks at them. Cassidy gets free, dodges Kip, and runs in at Kip, only for Kip to send him up and out!
Cassidy holds onto the ropes, but Kip BITES one of Cassidy’s hands! Cassidy still skins the cat to headscissor Kip! Kip resists, pushes Cassidy away, but Cassidy hits him back! Blades sucker punches Cassidy and drags him off! Blade ELIMINATES Cassidy, then POSTS him! Fans boo but the damage is done and Kip is all smiles. Dustin runs at Kip and hits a DESTROYER! Dustin clotheslines Kip up and out to ELIMINATE him! Fans fire up but then Butcher CLUBS Dustin! Butcher fires off hands but Dustin gives them back! They brawl with haymakers but Butcher knees low! And again! Butcher fireman’s carries but Dustin fights free!
Dustin is on the apron, he throws hands on Butcher while fans go nuts over Starks narrowly avoiding elimination at the hands of Matt Hardy! Dustin ROCKS Butcher, Hardy kicks at Starks. Moriarty is after Castle in a corner while Butcher rakes Dustin’s eyes! Butcher CLOBBERS Dustin and ELIMINATES him! Fans boo but Blade high-fives with Butcher while staying safe on the outside. Butcher fires off on Dustin, Cage throws Castle out! Cage KNEES Castle off the apron, but The Boys catch him! Cage ROCKS Castle again, the Boys keep Castle up again! And again! They carry Castle to safety on the other side of the ring!
But Cage is there! Cage swings, Castle ducks to ROCK Cage back! Castle gets in safe, but Cage scoops him! Cage TOSSES Castle out onto the Boys and ELIMINATES him! Fans boo but JB DROPKICKS Cage out of the ring! Cage stays on the apron, he ROCKS JB in the ropes, suplexes him, but JB slips out to waistlock! Cage elbows JB away, but JB SUPERKICKS Cage! Meanwhile, Starks is fighting off both Hardy and Ethan Page! He gets them to back off, before he DOUBLE AX HANDLES them both down! JB goes up a corner, he leaps at Cage, APRON METEORA! JB ELIMINATES Cage! Prince Nana is furious but fans are fired up as AEW goes picture in picture!
JB checks his leg as he gets in the ring. Moriarty is right on JB by pulling his hair! Moriarty UPPERCUTS JB, has him in a corner, and digs his boots in! Ethan stomps Dean while Hardy rushes Butcher. Butcher dumps Hardy but Hardy holds the ropes! Hardy fights his way back in, he CLUBS Butcher down, and Ethan applauds. The Firm give Hardy thumbs up as Hardy picks Butcher up and works to dump him out! Butcher holds on while Moriarty stomps Starks and Ethan keeps on Dean. Butcher fights off Hardy, then catches his breath leaning against ropes. Ethan makes Starks look at the camera before he CLUBS him down!
JB CLUBS Ethan! Moriarty full nelsons JB but JB elbows him away. JB digs a boot into Ethan and Starks joins in! They let off, drag Ethan up, and they work together to pick Ethan up! Ethan fights and Hardy helps Ethan for The Firm. Hardy bumps Starks off buckles again and again and again! JB fights Ethan off while Hardy shouts, “DELETE! Dean turns things around on Moriarty JB stomps Ethan then CLUBS Butcher. Dean scoops and SLAMS Moriarty while Hardy tries to throw Starks out again. But Starks drags Hardy up and over instead! Hardy dangles but so does Starks! Dynamite returns to single picture as Ethan hurries to save Hardy!
Starks fights Hardy but Ethan HOTSHOTS Starks! Starks sputters, Hardy gets in safe. Butcher fights off JB and Dean, but Dean fights him with forearms. The Firm all mug Starks, but fans rally up behind Starks. Starks fires off on Butcher while he can but Butcher ROCKS Starks! Starks runs to BLAST and ELIMINATE The Butcher! But then The Firm jumps right on him! Moriarty throws Starks out but Starks stays safe on the apron. Starks ROCKS Moriarty, JB runs in to RANA Moriarty up and out to ELIMINATE him!! But Morrissey BOOTS JB while he’s hanging on, and that ELIMINATES JB!!
Fans boo, Morrissey isn’t even really in this match! But Moriarty & Morrissey aren’t done with JB, either, as they drag him up, APRON CHOKE SLAM!! Hardy meanwhile hits Dean with a SIDE EFFECT! The refs reprimand, Moriarty and Morrissey back off, leaving Ethan, Hardy, Starks and Dean as our final four. Hardy drags Starks up to give him a SIDE EFFECT! Fans boo, but then Ethan tells Hardy to stop doing his V1 and raise Ethan’s hand in victory. But Ethan hasn’t won yet! Hardy says, “DELETE! DELETE! DELETE!” and then Ethan tells him to get Starks up. Hardy does as told, The Firm mugs Starks, and then they put him on the ropes.
Starks holds on as both Hardy & Ethan lift, but Dean makes the save! Dean fires off hands on Ethan! Hardy goes after Dean, but Dean fires off hands on Hardy! Dean UPPERCUTS Hardy but Ethan CLUBS Dean! Ethan whips Dean, Dean gets around, FLOAT-OVER DDT! Dean kips up and fans fire up! Stokely is upset but Dean drags Ethan up to throw him up and over! Ethan holds on desperately and Hardy kicks Dean! TWIST OF FATE! Ethan shouts to throw Dean out and Hardy tells Ethan to do it. Ethan says fine, he drags Dean up and tosses Dean to ELIMINATE him! Fans are thunderous as now Starks is 2v1 against The Firm!
Ethan tells Hardy to do his job and help him win. Hardy shouts, “DELETE! DELETE! DELETE!” But he BLASTS Starks! The Firm mugs Starks and fans boo hard as ever! Ethan feeds Starks to the facelock, TWIST OF- NO, Starks shoves Hardy up and out to ELIMINATE him! Ethan fires off on Starks, it’s just the two of them now! Starks wrenches and TORNADO DDTS!! Fans are thunderous as Starks is electric! He runs in but Ethan dodges the Spear! ROUNDHOUSE! Ethan snarls, he drags Starks up, fireman’s carry, but Starks RANAS Ethan out! STARKS WINS!!
Winner: Ricky Starks (#1 contender to the Dynamite Diamond Ring)
But to rain on the parade already is MJF! The AEW World Champion and #TripleB, the Big Burberry Belt, are here with a mic as fans boo hard as they can. The fans then cheer on Starks and MJF smirks. MJF tells Starks, “I’ll be with you in one second.” MJF then says, “Bryan Danielson, a little birdy told me you didn’t wanna show up tonight, and I think I know the real reason why. The real reason why is because you’re terrified of me. And I don’t blame ya, bud. After what I did to your boy, Willy Reegs, I’d be scared, too.”
Fans boo but MJF says, “Because I’m a bad, bad man. And that’s why in a week from now, I’m gonna be a FOUR-TIME, FOUR-TIME, FOUR-TIME, F-F-F-FOUR-TIME beautiful Dynamite Diamond Ring Champion. And I will still be the holder of the grandest prize of ’em all, the Triple B, baby! Now Richard, people seem to really like you around here, huh?” Fans cheer Starks on again, and MJF says “They talk about you like you’re some underutilized god of professional wrestling. And trust me, you are very talented, you really are. But you wanna know the truth, bud? Here’s the truth, Absolute.” Fans tell MJF to STFU but he just shrugs that off.
MJF says the truth is that in comparison to MJF, Starks is the Absolute drizzling sh*t! Or should MJF say, “You’re a roody poo candy ass!” After all, Starks stole literally everything else from that guy. But no offense, Richard, you’re just “a Dollar Store Dwayne.” So MJF will call Starks “The Pebble.” So here’s what happens next week in the main event of Dynamite, little Pebble. Fans chant for the “PEBBLE~! PEBBLE~!” MJF says he’s gonna put The Pebble in his pocket, hop in his brand new Porsche, because unlike all the “simple-minded humanoids” of Austin, MJF is rich. MJF will drive Pebble to the nearest body of water, take him out of his pocket, and skip “your scrawny little pigeon-toed ass all the way back to Billy Corgan’s NWA so you can wrestle on YouTube where you belong!”
Fans boo but Starks just smirks. MJF says “Facts don’t care about your feelings, Texas!” But MJF doesn’t care that Starks is Absolute, because MJF is a Generational Talent, and his Reign of Terror has only just begun. MJF soaks up the heat and then Starks pushes right past him to get a mic of his own. Fans cheer on Starks but MJF tells them all to shut up. Starks tells “Maxi Pad”, which fans now chant at MJF, that he should’ve expected a fifth-rate Roddy Piper to come out here and try to steal the spotlight. Oh~, he trashed the city! OH~! He trashed the fans! How much more shtick does MJF got? Cuz the low hanging fruit is running dry!
Starks says every week, MJF walks out here smelling like paint thinner and ass, having spray tanned his eczema to where if he took his shirt off, his back would look like he laid on an ant colony for seven hours. MJF has his crappy shoes, pants that are never ironed, a shirt that is too small, that stupid scarf, and that even dumber haircut, and he acts like he’s better than Starks?! Give us a break!! Fans are fired up hearing that! “Everything about you screams, ‘Cheap.’ The cheap suits, the cheap shoes, the cheap heat. Oh my God, and you are our new AEW Champion, huh? Well here’s the thing. With that AEW Championship comes a big responsibility that you know nothing about!
“The difference between you and me is that when these people got behind me, I gave them a reason to keep going. When they put faith in you, you let them down. When Regal put faith in you, you let him down. But brother, when it comes to Ricky, I delivery on time, every time, every night, every week, every month! And you can take your little ass to Greece for three months because oh~, you didn’t get paid enough! Oh~, you got out politicked by somebody smarter than you! But the fact remains is that I’ve been here, busting my ass. You wanna talk responsibility? Let’s talk about the fact that you avoid responsibility! You avoid any type of pressure.
“I show up to sign meet ‘n’ greets, where you, you don’t care! You just blow it off because hey! Everybody hates Max, so he has nothing to lose, right? Yeah, well, guess what, buddy? There comes a lot of responsibility when it comes to people actually liking you. And beside your nose being a lot darker than the rest of your body, me on the other hand, I live with dignity, I live with respect. You know nothing about that! When I lived in my car in South Austin, guess what I was doing? I was grinding! I knew the responsibility of taking care of myself! When it comes to that woman right there, it’s MY responsibility to get her a car, to get her a house.
“And you think because you paid people, because you kissed ass, that Maxwell ‘I’m better than you,’ you can get whatever you want? Please, gimme a break.” Fans are all fired up! Starks tells MJF that next week is a BIG deal. Starks is putting up and shutting MJF up for once in his miserable, narcissistic, punk-ass little life! MJF doesn’t deserve the title but Starks does! Wrestling on YouTube? Guess what? Been there, done that, busted his ass to get here! He never needed a name to make it here, and he doesn’t need one to beat MJF’s ass! He is Ricky Starks, he is stand ten toes down right here.
Next week, Starks smacks that mole of MJF’s neck, stomps a new hole right into MJF, and then he takes that title! Fans are thunderous for Starks as he says he’s doing MJF a favor he’s never had done in his life: Starks takes the responsibility off this “little boy’s” plate. MJF LOW BLOWS Starks! Fans boo as MJF takes off the belt, the scarf, and brings out the Dynamite Diamond Ring. MJF puts the ring on, takes aim, and fans shout “F YOU MAX!” But Starks dodges to SPEAR!! Fans are THUNDEROUS as MJF falls out of his shoes and then falls out of the ring! Starks holds up the world title, will he be holding that and the Dynamite Diamond Ring at the end of Winter is Coming?
Darby Allin speaks.
“May 12th, 2021 was when I lost the TNT Championship. From that time ’til now, I feel like a lot of people have all said to me, ‘Darby Allin is being slept on. Darby Allin is forgotten about.’ Well it’s up to me to wake everyone up, and I’m gonna win that TNT Championship. I said that this crowd chants one thing, ‘Joe is gonna kill~ you.’ Well Joe, you’re gonna have to bury me with that TNT Championship, because I am not leaving Austin, Texas without it.”
Samoa Joe responds.
“Darby Allin, the curious little dead boy. I know exactly what you see when you look at me. You see a crucible that you wanna put yourself through. You see the violence that I inflict and you say to yourself, ‘That is a trial I can endure.’ Well, Darby, tonight you’re gonna learn that curiosity has a price that is about to get real expensive.” Will the Relentless Underdog put it all on the line just to get back that title? Or will he fail to dethrone the King of Pro-Wrestling Television?
Jon Moxley speaks.
“You think last week got a little outta hand? I don’t. In fact, I’m starting to really, really like The Cowboy, Hangman. Because he fell off his horse, dusted himself off, and got right back in the saddle, and he did his talking with his fists. There’s not enough of that around here. There’s too much talking. This is All Elite Wrestling, not All Elite Talking. There is no Blackpool Microphone Club. This is COMBAT! This is the sport of kings! Tonight, myself, Wheeler, Claudio, this Weekend at Final Battle, this Friday night on Rampage, we bring back 100 proof, in-your-face, ass-kicking wrestling! Jericho Appreciation Society. I’m so over the Jericho Appreciation Society.
“I’m gonna be out there tonight, just to make sure there’s no sports entertainment shenanigans. And this weekend, we put the JAS in our rearview mirror for good! Hangman Page, you want another piece? You know where to find me.” The Maniac heads out, but will he be able to focus on the JAS with the Cowboy coming for him?
AEW TNT Championship: Samoa Joe VS Darby Allin!
#TwoBeltJoe has been intimidating and brutal even when he’s had no belts. How much more vicious will he become in order to keep his throne as King of TV?
The introductions are made, the TNT title is raised, and we see if Darby wins, or even survives!
The bell rings and fans rally as Darby and Joe stare down. Fans do sing, “Joe is gonna kill~ you!” Joe steps up to Darby, daring him to do something. So Darby fires off fast hands! Joe puts Darby in a corner, but Darby dodges him to fire off hands again! Joe shoves Darby away, but Darby SHOTGUNS Joe out of the ring! Darby keeps moving to DIVE, but Joe casually moves aside and Darby crashes into railing! Joe grins as he goes back for Darby while fans lose their minds. Joe CLUBS Darby, drags him up, and sits him on the apron to then SWING him into the railing! And SWING into the apron! And back into railing!
Fans are torn but Joe soaks it all up. Joe goes back for Darby, and he tears up the floor mats! Joe drags Darby up and smacks him off the apron. Darby flounders around in a daze, but Joe drags him back up. Joe puts Darby in the ring, just to drag him out after refreshing the ring count. Joe then hits Darby with a BIG back suplex to the floor! Darby writhes, but at least that was a padded part. Joe refreshes the count himself now, and he drags Darby back up. Joe brings Darby to the bare patch now, and fans boo while the ref counts. Darby fights the lift but Joe still gets Darby up! Darby bends Joe’s fingers to get free!
Darby runs in, but Joe POWERSLAMS Darby to the bare concrete!! Joe shouts at Darby, “Do you wanna die, Darby?! HUH!?!” The ref checks Darby while AEW goes picture in picture.
Joe leaves Darby behind while he clutches an arm and his ribs. Joe returns, having refreshed the count, and he puts Darby in the ring. Joe stalks Darby, mockingly applauds, and then drags Darby up. Joe CHOPS Darby and he flops down into a corner. Joe stands on Darby’s neck, the ref counts, and Joe lets off at 4. Joe smirks as he paces around. Darby drags himself up in a corner but not very far. Joe drags Darby up but Darby throws body shots! Darby runs, but Joe CLOBBERS him with an elbow! Joe is fired up and he drags Darby into a neck wrench! Darby endures, even as Joe looms over him. Joe throws Darby down but fans rally up.
Darby flounders about and it amuses Joe. Darby kicks back, manages to kick harder, and he BOOTS Joe away! Darby stands to throw more body shots, but Joe HEADBUTTS Darby down! Joe snarls, he drags Darby back up, and he dumps Darby to the apron. Joe drags Darby up as Dynamite returns to single picture. Joe JABS Darby, and then runs him side to side to POST him! Fans lose their minds again and Joe pretends he can’t see where Darby went. Doc Sampson checks Darby and the ring count starts. Fans count along while Joe just strolls around the ring and flexes. Darby is somehow okay to continue, and he crawls his way over at 5 of 10.
Darby flounders up at 7 and in at 8! Fans cheer but Joe is annoyed. Joe asks Darby what more has to happen. Joe kicks him around, Darby gets mad. Darby SLAPS Joe and it staggers him! Darby runs, gets around, but Joe hits an atomic drop! And then runs to BOOT Darby down! Then he SENTONS! Cover, TWO!! Darby is still in this though he goes to the apron, and Joe can’t believe it! But then Joe builds speed! But Joe has to bail out as Darby slides back in! Darby PLANCHAS, but into a fireman’s carry! Darby fights free to RAM Joe into steel steps! Darby then goes up the corner for a SUPER COFFIN DROP!! Both men are down and fans are thunderous for “A E DUB! A E DUB!”
Darby staggers about, but he pushes Joe into the ring. Darby keeps moving, COFFIN- NO, the splash is caught to a SLEEPER! But Darby drops to KICK Joe away! Darby slips around, THROWBACK STUNNER!! Joe stays up so Darby hops on, CODE RED!! Cover, TWO!!! Joe survives but Darby has new life! Fans are giving a standing ovation as Joe and Darby rise. Joe goes to a corner, Darby runs in but into the URENAGE! Joe drags Darby up and puts him on the top rope. But Darby claws Joe’s face! Joe CHOPS Darby, climbs up after him, and hoists Darby up. But Darby BITES Joe’s forehead!! Joe falls back, Darby adjusts, COFFIN DROP!! Into the COQUINA CLUTCH!!!
Darby flails, he reaches out, but the sleeper and body scissors squeezes tight! Darby has a wild look in his eyes, until those eyes roll back! Darby is OUT, Joe wins!!
Winner: Samoa Joe, by submission (still AEW TNT Champion)
Darby fought his heart out, but we are still in the #TwoBeltJoe Era! Darby manages to stand up again, and he says he’s not dead! Joe has to put him down for him to stop! Darby dares Joe to keep fighting, but Joe HEADBUTTS Darby down! Joe grabs Darby’s own skateboard and he brings it over. Fans boo as Joe scares off the ref with the board! Joe then drags Darby up, puts the board down wheels up, and he puts Darby on the corner. Joe tucks Darby in! MUSCLE BUSTER on the wheels!!! Darby isn’t even moving, but Joe still puts the COQUINA CLUTCH back on!! The ref reprimands, more refs rush out but HERE COMES WARDLOW!!
Wardlow rushes to the ring and Joe runs away! Fans cheer on “WARD~LOW! WARD~LOW!” as he reminds Joe that they’re not through with each other! Joe moves on to ROH Final Battle to defend his ROH World Television Championship against Juice Robinson, will Joe make it through The Booster only to find Wardlow’s World waiting for him?
Backstage interview with Kip Sabian and Orange Cassidy.
Tony Schiavone says there is a No Physicality Agreement in place as these two are here to talk. What is on Cassidy’s mind? Cassidy doesn’t know what Kip is doing, but he doesn’t need to do this. If he wants a title shot, just ask. Kip says, “How convenient, my sweet little Clementine. You wait until an unprovoked attack by Dustin Rhodes. I’m hurt. You just don’t want me at my best.” Cassidy says if Kip isn’t gonna fight this Friday on Rampage, then find someone who can. Kip ponders the idea, and heads out. Cassidy asks Schiavone if that’s a yes. Seems so. Then who will crazy Kip find as a Superbad proxy to take on the All-Atlantic Champion?
Chris Jericho speaks.
“Initially, what started out as a deliberate desecration of the legacy of ROH has now led me to become the greatest ROH Champion of all time. Oh, the irony. Claudio, you don’t have the belief that you can beat me when it counts and become the ROH World Champion once again. Isn’t that true? That is why I’m gonna beat you at Final Battle, and it is why you’re gonna have to join the Jericho Appreciation Society. But Claudio, I am telling you this right now, it is going to be the best thing for you. I am looking so forward to taking you under my wing, and most importantly, I am looking so forward to beating you at Final Battle. I’ll see you then, Claudio. All Honor The Ocho.”
Jake Hager & Daniel Garcia w/ Sammy Guevara VS Claudio Castagnoli & Wheeler Yuta w/ Jon Moxley!
Speaking of the war between JAS and BCC, another battle happens here in Austin! Will “Rock Hard” Hager & the “Dragonslayer” use sports entertainment to gain the momentum before the Final Battle? Or will the Swiss Superman & Decoder use a pro-wrestling solution on their JAS problem?
The teams sort out and Yuta starts against Garcia in a preview of their ROH Pure Championship rematch set for Saturday. They circle, then Garcia tags to Hager. Hager and Yuta circle, but then Hager has everyone hold on. Because he’s brings out the purple bucket hat, and throws it to Claudio! Hager says Claudio needs to get used to wearing that. Claudio considers it, he holds the hat up, but then he PUNTS the hat to the crowd! Hopefully Austin likes that hat. Hager KNEES Yuta, CLUBS him, then back suplexes! Yuta lands on his feet, CHOPS Hager, but Hager swings. Yuta dodges but Hager CLOBBERS Yuta!
Hager drags Yuta up, bumps him off buckles and tags Garcia in. The JAS mugs Yuta with a CHOP and some stomps. The ref counts, Garcia digs his boots in but he lets off at 4. Yuta gets up to COHP and forearm and repeat! Garcia CHOPS, Yuta CHOPS, repeat! Yuta whips, Garcia reverses and runs in but Yuta goes up and over. Yuta scoops Garcia to SLAM him, then SENTON! Cover, TWO! Yuta keeps on Garcia with a pull of the ear, then he tags Claudio. BCC double whip and DOUBLE BOOT! Garcia scrambles away, tags Hager, but Hager runs into a drop toehold! Claudio facelocks then armlocks while fans chant, “WE THE PEOPLE!”
Claudio chinbars then goes after an arm, but Hager throws elbows. Hager ROCKS Claudio with rights, whips him corner to corner, but Claudio goes up and over. Claudio hip tosses then covers, ONE!! Claudio keeps on the arm, tag to Yuta, and Yuta climbs up to AX HANDLE the arm! Yuta wrenches, but Hager shoves him to a corner. Hager runs in but into a BOOT! Yuta hops up, leaps and MISSILE DROPKICKS Hager down! Garcia runs in but Yuta slips around, OLYMPIC SLAM! Garcia bails out, Yuta builds speed and Yuta DIVES to take out both Hager and Garcia! Fans fire up as Yuta puts Hager in.
Yuta climbs up, but Sammy distracts! Garcia shoves Yuta off the top and Hager catches him! Claudio protests but Moxley grabs a chair! Hager SLAMS Yuta down while Moxley storms after Sammy. Hager runs to the corner for the HAGER BOMB! Cover, TWO!! Yuta survives, Moxley backs away from Sammy, but Hager tags Garcia in. Garcia and Hager mug Yuta, Garcia throws EuroUppers and forearms. Yuta fights back with forearms and elbows of his own! Garcia kicks low then CHOPS Yuta down! Garcia fishhooks Yuta’s face, pushes him down, then argues with the ref. Garcia storms after Yuta, but then sucker punches Claudio!
Yuta headbutts Garcia low! Garcia suplexes, Yuta turns it around to suplex and he puts Garcia up top. Yuta climbs up after Garcia, brings him up, and hits a SUPERPLEX! Both men are down and fans fire up while AEW goes picture in picture! Garcia and Yuta crawl, Moxley coaches Yuta up, but Garcia tags Hager! Hager runs in to BLAST Claudio! Hager bumps Yuta off buckles and digs his boot in! The ref reprimands and counts, Hager lets off, and Garcia CHOKES Yuta while the ref is busy with a protesting Moxley. Sammy also gets a shot in before Garcia lets Yuta go. Hager looms over Yuta, drags him up and chicken wings the arms.
Yuta endures as Hager grinds a shoulder, but fans rally up. Yuta fights up, reaches out, but Hager whips him away from Claudio. Yuta holds ropes then he dumps Hager out! Hager hurries back up to drag Yuta out! Hager RAMS Yuta into railing! And then Hager puts Yuta back in to cover, TWO! Hager hauls Yuta up, tags Garcia in, and the JAS mug Yuta again. Garcia grinds his forearm into Yuta’s face, fishhooks Yuta’s nose, and he talks trash to the fans. The ref counts, Garcia lets off, and he snapmares Yuta to then mock Claudio’s cannon arms. Garcia wraps on a chinlock and he grinds Yuta down. Yuta endures while Garcia pushes up for added pressure.
Moxley and Claudio coach Yuta as he fights his way up. Garcia clinches but Yuta JAWBREAKERS free! Dynamite returns to single picture as both men crawl. Yuta reaches out, but Garcia drags him away! Yuta slips under to ROCK Garcia! Garcia BOOTS Yuta, but Yuta rewinds and slips around, GERMAN SUPLEX! Fans fire up and both men crawl again. Hot tags to Hager and Claudio! Fans fire up as Claudio rallies on Hager with EuroUpper after EuroUpper! Claudio whips Hager to a corner for a BIG uppercut! Then he whips Hager corner to corner for another BIG uppercut! Claudio fires off more EuroUppers, but the ref counts.
Claudio lets off at 4, then jukes to EuroUpper again and again and again! Claudio puts Hager up top, EuroUppers again, then climbs up to join him. Claudio stands on the very top, for a SUPER STEINER! It wasn’t the cleanest but it worked! Cover, TWO!! Hager survives but clutches a shoulder. Claudio trips Hager to have the legs! Fans fire up but Garcia hops on with a SLEEPER! Claudio stays up, Yuta climbs, and Claudio SLAMS Garcia down for Yuta’s DIVING SPLASH! Fans fire up, but Hager trips Claudio to an ANKLE LOCK! But Claudio turns, BOOTS Hager, only for Hager to lift! Claudio sunset flips through, to get the SWISS SWING!!
Fans count along, Hager goes around and around and around for TEN! Sammy is freaking out as Hager staggers, into a LARIAT! Cover, TWO!! Hager is still in this but Claudio drags him up. Claudio reels Hager in, Gotch Lifts, but Hager back drops! Claudio lands on his feet, dodges, but Sammy stops the springboard! The ref reprimands, but Moxley trips Sammy off the apron! Moxley DECKS Sammy and fans fire up! Claudio finishes the leap, but into a SPINEBUSTER from Hager! Hager has the leg for the ANKLE LOCK! Claudio endures, reaches out, but Hager drags him from ropes! Garcia runs in to intercept Yuta!
Garcia has Yuta’s legs for the DRAGON TAMER!! The JAS have double submissions and fans boo! But Claudio rolls to send Hager into Garcia! EUROUPPER! Cover, BCC wins!!
Winners: Claudio Castagnoli & Wheeler Yuta, by pinfall
Fans fire up and Moxley joins his brothers in the club to celebrate! Tony Schiavone joins them all to interview them. He knows they just got a big win ahead of a big night on Saturday, but they have to talk about what happened at Full Gear. Here is an interview Schiavone did with William Regal a few weeks back that might explain some things.
The footage plays and Schiavone talks with his “long time friend,” Regal. Regal says it will be 30 years in January. Full Gear was unbelievable, but Schiavone wanted to know about how all that transpired. Regal told Schiavone before that “people are only going to see this if something bad happens to me. And when you’re somebody like me, and spent your life being as horrible as I have, you’re always expecting something bad to happen.” Schiavone says Regal is the Villain of Villains. Well, Regal took great exception to what MJF did to Schiavone. And MJF seems to be made about emails and this and that, so Regal just gave MJF what he wanted.
MJF is world champion now. But do you know that saying, “Be careful what you wish for?” Because now, everyone in the company will be chasing MJF. Regal realized a few months ago that the three veteran members of the Blackpool Combat Club don’t need Regal around anymore. He’s “surplus to requirements.” But he knew they wouldn’t let him go, either. But he needed to show them why they don’t need him, and why they can teach Wheeler Yuta how to become the greatest professional wrestler in the world, because they’ve all got that capability. “But you have to lead by example.”
So hopefully, and Regal knows he will, because Moxley is a very calculating man, Moxley will understand this. “The reason I did what I did, and to lead by example, was to teach you the final thing that I could ever teach you. Always stay one step ahead, and make sure you always keep eyes in the back of your head. I’m Blackpool Combat Club ’til the day I die. Fellas, it’s been emotional.” Lord William Regal’s message ends, and Schiavone says that was two weeks ago, before what MJF did. He knows they’re all a bit speechless, but does anyone have a comment?
Moxley takes the mic to say, “All I know is one thing for sure. The three men in this ring live and breathe for the sport of professional wrestling! You can call us whatever you want, but December 10th, ROH Final Battle, this war with the Jericho Appreciation Society is OVER! These men make a statement. This Friday night on Rampage, I make a statement! I’m gonna challenge any wrestler in the world to come right here in this ring and find out just where you stand on the food chain. This Friday on Rampage, I make a statement! At Final Battle, they make a statement! Pro-wrestling is about to make a serious statement!”
The fans fire up hearing that from Moxley, but who will step up to his Open Challenge? And can Claudio and Yuta both take back the ROH titles to restore that honor to those championships?
The House of Black speak.
Malakai says, “This company has allowed itself to be corrupted. Corrupted by people that point fingers at others while still holding the shovel in their hands that they used to dig the graves for others. And now, it is sick and it is dying. And perhaps it is time for myself and the House to… put down this corruption. Ms. Hart, what is the crime?” Julia steps out from the shadows to say, “The crime is treason.” Malakai asks “Mr. Matthews, what is the verdict?” Buddy walks out from the shadows to say, “Verdict: War.” “And Mr. King, what is the sentence?” Brody walks out to say, “It as if you throw a side of beef to a pack of wild dogs. We will tear the meat from the bone. The sentence is extermination.”
Malakai says it has been decided. “To anyone that has an issue with what we have done over the past two weeks, or anything that’s been said here, well next week Wednesday, come one, come all.” The House of Black drifts into the shadows, who will be the first to be torn apart?
AEW returns with Jamie Hayter’s sit-down interview.
Tony Schiavone sits with the undisputed AEW Women’s World Champion, and he notes that last week, she asked the question, “Why not a sit-down interview with me?” Well, here we are, and the floor is hers. Hayter says Saraya got a sit-down, cool. Toni Storm got one, alright. But not with Hayter? That baffles her. So no, Schiavone, you ask her something. What does he wanna know? Well, Schiavone notes the AEW Women’s Division has been blossoming. Great competitors are showing up, and this week on Rampage, we will see Hikaru Shida VS The Bunny for Shida’s Regina di Wave Championship. What are Hayter’s thoughts on the division?
Hayter says it is getting “interesting.” But unfortunately for everyone else, Hayter is on top now. And everyone is trying to grind their way to the top to get her title. She will do her duty as champion to be both reigning and defending. Hayter will have a very, very close look at that Regina de Wave title match on Rampage. “Thing is, it doesn’t really hold a candle to the AEW Women’s World Championship, does it?” Schiavone says nothing does, and Hayter agrees. This is AEW. But Hayter will “give one of those girls the opportunity of a lifetime. Whoever wins that match, they get to wrestle me for the AEW Women’s World Championship, if they dare.”
Schiavone says Hayter’s going to be a fighting champion and she says that’s right. She is a fighting champion, “and a bloody good one at that.” Who will be the Regina di Wave Champion after Rampage? And will they accept Hayter’s challenge to them?
Six Woman Tag: Jade Cargill & The Baddies VS Madison Rayne, Skye Blue & Kiera Hogan!
The UN-DE-FEA-TED AEW TBS Champion got her belt back but got rid of the weak link, as she puts it. Red Velvet is back, Leila Grey is still around, but Kiera Hogan got kicked to the curb! Will Kiera get revenge on #ThatBitch with help from the Coach & Student? Or will Jade be undefeated even in trios action?
The teams sort out, Jade starts against Skye. The fans rally up but Jade says no, she’s above Skye. Tag to Velvet and Velvet gets her return to action already. Velvet and Skye tie up, they go around, and Velvet wrenches to a wristlock. Skye cartwheels, wrenches and wristlocks back. Then she slips around to hook, but Velvet blocks the arm-drag. Velvet brings Skye up but Skye shifts sides to arm-drag Velvet from the other arm! Velvet staggers up and fans fire up. Skye and Velvet tie up again, Velvet headlocks but Skye snapmares free. Skye steps over an arm, and wraps Velvet up for a creative take on La Magistrol, TWO!
Velvet has a cover now, TWO! Skye has it back, ONE! Velvet has the cover again, TWO! Fans fire up for that exchange, and Velvet has to admit that was good. Velvet offers a handshake, Skye accepts, and then Skye turns to her partners. But Velvet throws Skye down by her hair! The ref reprimands, fans boo, and Velvet bumps Skye off buckles. Tag to Grey, the Baddies double whip to double CHOP! Grey covers, ONE!! Fans rally, Grey drags Skye up to whip her to a corner. Grey runs in to SHINING WIZARD! Grey then headlocks but Skye denies the bulldog to kick the legs out! Grey blocks a superkick but Skye spins through to KICK Grey down!
Fans fire up as Skye drags Grey back up, tag to Rayne. Skye & Rayne double whip, trip and basement dropkick Grey! Rayne covers, ONE!! Rayne drags Grey up to bump her off buckles! Tag back to Skye, Rayne snapmares but Grey scrambles away to tag in Velvet! Velvet ducks Skye’s clothesline to come back, but Skye dodges to SUPERKICK! Velvet flops to the outside and fans rally as Skye builds speed. Skye falls into the apron skirt trap! Velvet fires off on Skye! The ref reprimands, Velvet lets off, then she climbs over Skye to stand on the apron while AEW goes picture in picture.
Velvet stirs it up and has a taste while Skye flops out of the skirt. Velvet puts Skye back in the ring, clamps onto an arm and grinds the shoulder. Velvet bumps Skye off buckles, tags in Grey, and Grey taunts Rayne and Kiera while Velvet uses Skye as a boxing bag! Jade also talks trash on Skye while the ref reprimands Grey and keeps Kiera back. Grey hurries over to pull Skye’s hair! The Baddies mug Skye, then Grey tags in. The Baddies double suplex Skye high and hard! Jade applauds her team while Grey covers, TWO! Grey is annoyed but she rains down fists on Skye. Grey wraps on a headlock and she grinds Skye down.
Fans rally as Skye endures. Grey stands over Skye while pulling on the hold, but Skye still fights her way up. But Grey wrangles Skye back down! Grey grinds the hold, Skye keeps her shoulders up, and fans rally again. Skye fights up a second time, she throws body shots, and then she JAWBREAKERS! Grey staggers away, tag to Velvet, and she runs to BLAST Rayne! Velvet stands Skye up to mule kick, then she covers, TWO! Dynamite returns to single picture as Velvet tells the ref something’s in her eye, while choking Skye with a knee! The ref notices the choke, she counts and Velvet steps off at 4. Velvet talks trash to Rayne, covers Skye, TWO!
Velvet drags Skye up but Skye breaks free. Velvet mule kicks, brings Skye around and- NO, Skye slips out of the Final Slice! DOUBLE LARIATS take them both down! Fans fire up as Skye and Velvet crawl. Velvet grabs Skye’s leg to keep her from her team, but Skye fights up to stand up. Velvet throws the leg down, but they both SUPERKICK! Both women go down again and fans fire up! Skye crawls, as does Velvet, hot tags to Kiera and Jade! Jade storms up, Kiera dodges and Kiera fires off forerams and CHOPS! Jade shoves back but Kiera SHOTGUNS Jade! Kiera sees Grey coming and tosses her out! Kiera goes side to side to BOOT WASH Jade!
Velvet runs in but Kiera sends her out now! Fans fire up with Kiera while Rayne DECKS Grey! Kiera runs in but Jade blocks the boot for a SPINEBUSTER!! Jade taunts Kiera, drags her up to chicken wings, but Kiera switches out! Hot tag to Rayne! Rayne dodges jade, ENZIGURIS, then reels her in! Ripcord, RAYNE- NO, Jade ROCKS Rayne first! Then chicken wings, for the JADED! Cover, The Baddies win!
Winners: Jade Cargill & The Baddies, by pinfall
Just as Kiera was on fire, she let off to see if Rayne could stop Jade. Jade was not stopped, she is 43-0 overall now, and still TBS Champion. Will The Baddies continue to dominate AEW?
Backstage interview with Saraya.
Tony Schiavone is with The Revolution on a very festive set. Schiavone congratulates Saraya on her return to action and the win, and she thanks him for that. Saraya is actually surprised Britt isn’t- Oh, wait, here she is. Britt says no one needs to worry now. And Britt also congratulates Saraya on “the biggest win” of her entire career. It will never happen again. Also, Britt was thinking about something Saraya mentioned to her. Something about everything being handed to her on a silver platter. But Saraya came to AEW, and her first match was a PPV match against “the biggest star in the Women’s Division.”
So here’s one more thing handed to Saraya: Tickets to the Kia Forum, for the January 11th edition of Dynamite. Saraya can be front row and watch Britt be the star that she is, or maybe she can step in the ring again. Saraya tells “Baby girl,” she would love to beat Britt again. Of course! Round two! Uh, no, Britt didn’t say it’d be against her. Saraya forgot that Britt has the AEW Women’s World Champion, Jamie Hayter, with her at all times. Except right now. But it will be a tag match, Britt & Hayter VS Saraya and whoever Saraya can find to tag with her. But good luck, Saraya will never beat Britt & Hayter.
Britt heads out and Saraya asks Schiavone if he wants to get in the ring. Britt brings Schiavone with her so Saraya accepts that she’ll have to find someone. She has a little over a month, who will The Revolution invite to her house?
BREAKING NEWS for Rampage!
Jon Moxley’s open challenge has been answered by THE FUTURE! Konosuke Takeshita is stepping up to take on The Maniac, will Konosuke be the one to make a statement? Plus, we see Moriarty & Morrissey of The Firm in action, we hear from Ruby Soho and Tay Melo about their renewed feud, and we hear from Athena ahead of her ROH Women’s World Championship match against Mercedes Martinez!
AEW World Tag Team Championships: The Acclaimed VS FTR!
Max Caster & Anthony Bowens want to prove they’re the best, so that means facing the best! Cash Wheeler & Dax Harwood have been AEW World Tag Team Champions before, but they want to make history be becoming FOUR BELT CHAMPIONS! Will FTR stand for #FourTitleReigns? Or will Platinum Max & the Five Tool Player prove they are AEW’s Forever Champions?
Caster of course has a rap on deck! “Acclaimed on the mic, it’s about to be a problem. You the Top Guys but you ’bout to the bottoms. Whole world just scissoring. We gonna beat y’all down right in the ring! FTR, you’re a joke. I think your name stands for Find The Remote! Yo, you just a hocker. You gonna lose just like Herschel Walker.” Bowens gets the mic to say, “AUSTIIIIN, TEXAAAAAS~! The Acclaimed have arrived! SCISSOR ME, DADDY ASS~!” And he does! The introductions are made, the AEW belts are raised, and we see who has what it takes to be THE BEST team in the world!
The teams sort out and fans are thunderous for both teams. Bowens and Dax start, they circle, and fans sing, “OH~ Scissor Me, Daddy~!” Bowens smirks and conducts the fans while Dax keeps his cool. They tie up, go around, and Dax puts Bowens in the corner. Tag to Cash but Bowens gets away. Cash and Bowens circle now, and we see Sonjay Dutt, Satnam Singh, Jay Lethal & Jeff Jarrett all watching backstage. Cash and Bowens tie up, Bowens headlocks but Cash turns it around. Bowens powers out but Cash runs him over. Things speed up, Cash hits a headlock takeover but Bowens headscissors. Cash kips free and hits another headlock takeover.
Bowens headscissors again, Cash kips free again, avoids a sweep and waistlocks to roll and bridge to a cover, TWO! Cash hits another headlock takeover but Bowens rolls that to a cover, TWO! Bowens and Cash stand off and fans fire up. Cash talks with Dax, then Bowens tags Caster in. Cash tags Dax, Caster swaggers and taunts Dax. They circle, tie up, and Dax headlocks. Caster powers out, Dax runs him over! Things keep moving, Caster hurdles and hip tosses! Caster then dropkicks Dax, arm-drags him, and he grinds the shoulder! Fans fire up as Caster brings Dax over. Tag to Bowens, they hand off the wrench to ELBOW BREAKER! But Dax ROCKS Bowens!
Dax bumps Bowens off buckles, CHOPS him, and fans “WOO~!” Bowens fires forearms in return, then CHOPS back! Dax CHOPS! Bowens CHOPS! Bowens fires more forearms, then whips, but Dax blocks a hip toss, only for Bowens to block a hip toss, and repeat! They go around and around, they end up on the ropes and the ref counts. Fans fire up as Dax slowly lets off, but Bowens shoves him. Cash steps in, but then so does Caster, and things are heated between the teams. The ref has them cool off, but then the brawl erupts! Austin is loving this as Cash UPPERCUTS Caster while Bowens has Dax in the corner!
Caster gets up, he dodges Cash to clothesline Cash out! Cash lands hard while Dax turns things around on Bowens. Dax ROCKS Bowens but Caster scoops him to SLAM him! Bowens goes up, SCISSOR ME TIMBERS! Fans fire up and Bowens calls to Caster. They SCISSOR FINGER! Bowens tags Caster back in, then he drags Dax up. The Acclaimed mug Dax, Caster whips but Dax ducks ‘n’ dodges then trips Caster! Dax ties Caster up, but Caster punches and BOOTS his way out of the Sharpshooter! Caster has the legs now, and he figures out the hook. Cash runs in but Bowens trips him! Bowens steps through, The Acclaimed have DOUBLE SHARPSHOOTERS!!
Fans are thunderous as FTR endures! Dax crawls, ROPEBREAK, and The Acclaimed let off. FTR regroups on the outside while Daddy Ass SCISSOR FINGERS his boys! Caster goes out to ROCK Dax, and Bowens is after Cash. Cash POSTS Bowens, Dax ROCKS Caster! Cash BOOTS Caster, Dax moves the apron skirt out of the way so Cash can bump Caster right off the edge! Then they put Caster under the ring, to CATAPULT GUILLOTINE Caster with the ring frame! Caster writhes while checking his teeth, and FTR SCISSOR FINGER! Fans aren’t sure what to make of that as AEW goes picture in picture.
Cash mocks the fans with the scissor fingers while Billy checks Caster. Dax shouts at him to get back, then he puts Caster in the ring. Dax storms up on Caster and BOOTS him down! Tag to Cash, and Dax bumps Caster off Cash’s knees. Caster staggers, Cash CHOPS him! And CHOPS again! Caster flops over and Cash soaks up the cheers and jeers. Caster gest to ropes, Cash is on him with a EuroUpper! Cash flexes and then drags Caster up to snapmare. Cash clamps on a chinlock and he thrashes Caster around. Caster endures as Cash grinds him down into the mat. Caster fights up, throws body shots, but Cash shoves and RAMS into him!
Cash headlocks, then short arm LARIATS Caster down! Tag to Dax, he drops a leg, then covers, TWO! Dax drags Caster up and around, for a BIG back suplex! Tag to Cash, he stays between Caster and Bowens, and he sits Caster up for the chinlock. Caster endures again as Cash grinds him back down. Fans rally, Caster fights up, and Dynamite returns to single picture. Caster throws body shots, arm-drags free, but Cash KNEES Caster down! Cash brings Caster up to CHOP him, then he hoists Caster to the top rope. Cash ROCKS Caster, CHOPS him, then climbs up after him. Caster resists, throws body shots, and fans fire up!
Caster shoves Cash down! Caster adjusts, CROSSBODIES, and both men are down! Austin is thunderous as both men crawl. Team Double Jay all critique what they’re seeing, wanting someone to capitalize. Hot tag from Cash to Dax! Dax stays between The Acclaimed and he DECKS Caster! Dax takes a swing on Bowens but he avoids it, and then Dax turns around into a BIG back drop! Hot tag to Bowens! Bowens rallies on FTR with haymakers and elbows! Bowens kicks Dax low, then CLUBS and CLUBS and ELBOWS and CLUBS away on Dax! Fans fire up with Bowens and he dodges Cash to mule kick, front KICK and FAMOUSER!
Dax returns but Bowens ELBOWS, JABS, CHOPS and SUPERKICKS Dax down! Bowens runs to SHINING WIZARD! Cover, TWO!! Dax survives and Bowens grows frustrated. Billy coaches him through it and fans are dueling. Bowens watches Dax rise, to mule kick, front KICK and FAM- NO, Dax slips out to GERMAN SUPELX! Dax holds on to GERMAN SUPLEX again! Dax drags Bowens up again, but Bowens switches! They go to ropes, O’Conner, TWO and Cash is there! Bowens stops from running into Cash, but then Dax rushes in! Bowens moves, Dax stops from running into Cash! Bowens runs in, Dax moves, and Bowens does run into Cash!
Cash goes down, Bowens wobbles, Dax O’Conner Rolls, TWO! Dax stops himself in time from hitting buckles, but he turns around into a fireman’s carry! USHIGOROSHI! Cover, TWO!! Dax survives and Bowens is beside himself! Fans are thunderous all over again! Bowens drags Dax up, ducks his haymaker, but Cash tags in before the atomic drop! Bowens elbows Cash, ROCKS Dax, then wrenches Dax’s arm. Dax ROCKS Bowens, reels him in, Cash goes up! SPIKE PILEDRIVER!! Cover, TWO?!?! Bowens survives and FTR can’t believe it! Cash cools off, he drags Bowens around and tags in Dax.
Fans rally for Bowens but FTR drag Bowens up again. They double suplex, but Caster SPEARS Cash! Bowens cradles Dax, TWO!!! Bowens ROLLING ELBOWS Dax down, then tags Caster! They roll Dax into Caster’s wheelbarrow, Bowens runs around, WHEELBARROW CUTTER!! Cover, TWO!!! Dax survives again and The Acclaimed can’t believe it! The Acclaimed hurry as fans duel again. Caster drags Dax up, coordinates with Bowens, but Dax slips out of the bomb! Dax BOOTS Caster into Bowens! Bowens falls out, Cash slides in! Dax whips, but Caster fights the flapjack! Bowens shoves Cash into Dax!
Dax stays up and swings on Caster, but Caster dodges! Caster gets Dax up, but now Dax fights the flapjack! Cash CLOBBERS Bowens! Dax sunset flips, Caster rolls through and runs at Dax! Dax POSTS Caster with that! And then the BIG RIG!!! Cover, Bowens breaks it in time!!! Fans are shocked and FTR cannot believe it! “This is Awesome!” as Cash watches Bowens on the apron. Cash runs in to BLAST him to the railing! Dax drags Caster up, he hoists Caster up top then tags Cash. Dax climbs up after Caster while Cash goes to the other corner. But Bowens DECKS Dax! Cash leaps but into the ARRIVAL!! Caster adjusts, for the MIC DROP FLOP!!
Cash avoids disaster, but Bowens CLOBBERS Dax! Bowens swings at Cash, but into a Gory Especial, and GORY BOMB!! Caster rolls Cash up! TWO!! Caster BOOTS Cash, CHOPS him, but Cash DISCUS LARIATS!! Cover, TWO!! Cash drags Caster up, short arm LARIAT! And then another short arm LARIAT! Cash reels Caster in, hauls him up, POWERBOMB! Jackknife, but Caster rolls it through!! THE ACCLAIMED WIN!!!
Winners: The Acclaimed, by pinfall (still AEW World Tag Team Champions)
FTR is shocked! Caster & Bowens win by the skin of their teeth, but all it takes is a moment! But to show respect to Cash & Dax, they offer up the scissor fingers. FTR join in on a HUGE SCISSORING! But then from the back, the Gunn Sons, Austin & Colten, are sarcastically clapping. Austin tells FTR, “So close! Legacy, bye-bye. And Colten, the fans thought we would get involved? Haha, no. You guys are TRASH!” Colten says, “But Austin, they’ve had a pretty good year. And we don’t want it to end yet. So we got you guys some Christmas presents.”
Austin & Colten bring out a couple stockings, and Austin reads the card. “Oh, it looks like it’s written in blood. It’s from… DEM BOYS! The Briscoe Bros! Saturday, Final Battle!” But wait, there’s more! In the stockings, Austin & Colten bring out DOG COLLARS!! The Briscoes want a Double Dog Collar Tag Team Match! “Merry Christmas, b*tch!!” Jay & Mark Briscoe threw out the challenge, and FTR are all for it! But will the three-belt champions soon lose one of those in the most brutal way possible?
A pretty awesome episode for AEW here as a go-home to a lot of things going on under the AEW umbrella. For one, great battle royal to open the night. I knew Starks would win but AEW still does a great job with the chaotic nature of battle royals, and in using them to give us a lot of story at once. I bet Jungle Boy moves on from Luchasaurus & Christian Cage (for now) by taking on The Firm after that just nasty looking apron choke slam JB took from Morrissey. Plus, there was a lot going on with Matt Hardy and Ethan Page, Hardy is going to be conflicted all the way until the moment Hardy can’t take it anymore and he rebels against The Firm.
Then after the win, Starks and MJF have an amazing promo. Starks tore into MJF, but because Starks stood tall tonight, I’m pretty sure MJF retains his title and diamond ring. A bit of a shame for Starks then, but he’s proven himself a world title picture guy, so surely Starks finds his way back around during MJF’s “reign of terror.” Great promos from Darby and Joe ahead of their title match, and I don’t think I’ve seen anyone take a powerslam to bare concrete and still wrestle. I figured Joe would retain, though, as he now has Wardlow coming for him. Joe VS Juice happens at Final Battle, Joe surely retains there, too, and then I think we get Joe VS Wardlow for Holiday Bash or New Year’s Smash. Joe can try ducking Wardlow but he can’t duck him for three months to get to AEW Revolution.
Speaking of one of the things to come out of the battle royal, I like that Cassidy and Kip had an interaction. But at the same time, Kip using what happened in the battle royal as an excuse not to face Cassidy for Rampage was pretty good Heel stuff. Cassidy could be facing just about anyone with Kip able to bring anyone in, but I would love if they used this moment to bring Miro back. There’s a lot of reasons why, from Kip being the guy who brought Miro into AEW to begin with, and Miro wanting the All-Atlantic Championship from how he almost had that title in the first place. And that’d be something to make Rampage an amazing episode.
Good promos from Hayter, Saraya and Britt, and I like that Hayter wants to be a fighting champion. She helped hype up Shida VS Bunny, and now that the winner gets a title match, that’s going to be even better stuff. I think Shida wins to retain, and then Shida and Hayter can have a big match for one of the holiday episodes. Britt challenging Saraya for a match in January is pretty interesting stuff, and of course it’s a tag match so Britt doesn’t have to face Saraya 1v1. I think Saraya ends up bringing Toni Storm into that match, and there’s a way to get them all into the title scene. I would love if this led to Britt VS Hayter to give us the story they could’ve/should’ve before.
Good match from The Baddies VS Kiera, Skye & Rayne. It was rather awkward booking that Kiera tags in right as she was doing great, but someone needed to take that loss other than her. Jade stays undefeated but Kiera could be the one they’ll build into taking the TBS Championship off her. Kiera is also returning to her “Fire” look from Women of Wrestling, so that’s pretty cool. Kiera and Jade can go full Starfire VS Blackfire from the Teen Titans and that’d be a great little nod to both their nerdier sides given all of Jade’s great cosplay ring gears for her big matches. Now, sadly, Bow Wow might still be a distraction for Jade, but at least Kiera will be someone we’ve seen in AEW and not someone brand new brought in just to beat Jade.
Great promo from Moxley to call out Hangman while hyping up BCC VS JAS. And good promo from Jericho to hype up his match with Claudio. Great tag match as well, and BCC winning out makes sense. The go-home math adds up to where JAS finds a way to retain the titles. Regal having a video message that was rather “If you’re seeing this, I’m dead” trope. But I’m a little perplexed by Regal’s logic, and by the BCC more or less shrugging it off. I thought it would’ve been more effective if someone attacked during that moment but I supposed that’d be too much given BCC VS JAS has to still wrap up. Moxley VS Konosuke will be great stuff, but Moxley is surely winning, and then Hangman probably comes out to make a challenge for Winter is Coming or New Year’s Smash.
Really good promo from The House of Black, and who knows who they’ll face first, because it’s all to bide their time until Death Triangle VS The Elite settles. Then the House can go after the AEW Trios Champions for the next feud. And then we got an awesome tag team championship main event. Acclaimed VS FTR was borderline PPV level, but I’m honestly surprised The Acclaimed won. This really should’ve been a bigger moment than it was treated, because we were then just given the Ass Boys being the proxies to the Briscoes. This is sadly a spotlight on how Tony Khan isn’t able to handle both companies at once, because one, should we not have had FTR VS Gunn Sons by this point? The Gunns have been pestering FTR for so long, they should get a shot at the ROH titles!
Yes, Briscoes VS FTR Part 3 with dog collars is going to be awesome stuff that makes Final Battle even better, but c’mon. Unless FTR is dropping those belts to Briscoes, it’s going to be even worse when the Ass Boys take the titles off them. I know FTR has been busy with the other two belts of theirs, but c’mon. The Gunns were mocking FTR a couple months ago at Battle of the Belts 4, that should’ve given us a promo of the two teams arguing, an ROH tag title match happens, and there, done. Ass Boys get their shot, they miss, they move on to try the AEW World Tag titles because The Firm wants all sorts of belts.
My Score: 8.9/10
Mitchell’s AEW Dark Results & Report! (12/6/22)
Atlantic City gets Dark!
Anyone feeling luck in the Dark?
With AEW Dynamite tomorrow and ROH Final Battle this weekend, Dark brings out Dalton Castle & The Boys! Will the ROH Six Man Tag Team Champions find worthy opponents in time for December 10th?
- Six Man Tag: Dalton Castle & The Boys VS Justin Corino, Jaden Valo & Defarge; Castle & The Boys win.
- Leva Bates VS Abadon; Abadon wins.
- Brian Cage VS Leon Ruffin; Cage wins.
- Jay Lethal & Satnam Singh w/ Sonjay Dutt VS The Brick City Boyz; Lethal & Singh win.
- Athena VS B3CCA; Athena wins.
- Trent Beretta w/ Chuck Taylor VS Anthony Henry w/ JD Drake; Trent wins.
A shorter card here, and from way back a month ago when AEW was in Atlantic City ahead of Full Gear. Dalton Castle & The Boys are in action on this episode because per last night’s Elevation, they more or less called out The Embassy. Castle & The Boys VS Cage & The Gates of Agony probably ends up a Final Battle preshow match, and I feel like that would/should be the time The Embassy takes those titles. Castle & The Boys have been great ROH Six Man Tag Team Champions, but The Embassy is going to look like a joke if they can’t get a pin off one of the Boys.
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