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Mitchell’s AEW Rampage Results & Report! (7/22/22)

The Cowboy is on a Rampage!

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AEW Fyter Fest 2022

It’s the 2022 Fyter Fest Finale!

To finish off Fyter Fest, Hangman Page and John Silver take on The Butcher & The Blade to avenge Alex Reynolds! Will Atlanta see some Cowboy Ish tonight?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Hangman Page & John Silver VS The Butcher & The Blade; Hangman & Silver win.
  • Lee Moriarty w/ Matt Sydal VS Dante Martin; Moriarty wins.
  • Britt Baker & Jamie Hayter w/ Rebel VS Skye Blue & Ashley D’Amboise; Baker & Hayter win.
  • High Stakes Rap Battle: Max Caster w/ Anthony Bowens VS Austin Gunn w/ Gunn Club; wins and chooses the tag match stipulations.
  • Jay Lethal w/ Sonjay Dutt & Satnam Singh VS Christopher Daniels; Lethal wins.

PLAY BY PLAY

Hangman Page & John Silver VS The Butcher & The Blade!

A face-to-face turned into a backstage brawl between The Dark Order and the mercenaries, and the Cowboy stepped up to defend his friends. Will Hangman and #MeatMan make Andy Williams & Braxton Sutter pay for what they did to Alex Reynolds? Or will they end up just like him instead?

As soon as the bell rings, Silver LAUNCHES himself at Butcher & Blade! Silver fires off hands, the ref has Hangman stay back, but Blade HOTSHOTS and Butcher CLOBBERS Silver! Butcher drags Silver up, tags in Blade, and Butcher CHOPS! Blade throws forearms, digs his boots in, but the ref counts. Blade lets off at 4, then he drags Silver up again. Blade CHOPS Silver, tags Butcher, then CHOKES Silver on the ropes. Blade lets off but Butcher CHOKES Silver now! The ref counts, Butcher lets off, and Butcher CHOPS Silver against ropes. Silver falls, Butcher taunts Hangman, then he DIGS Silver’s face into the ropes!

The ref counts, Butcher lets off and he tags Blade. Blade stomps a mudhole into Silver, but lets off at 4 to taunt Hangman. Blade drags Silver up, snarls, but the fans rally up. Blade stands Silver up, but Silver suplexes first! Hot tag to Hangman! Fans fire up and Hangman rallies on Blade, hits Butcher, BOOTS Blade again, then triangle jump LARIATS Butcher down! Blade runs in but Hangman dodges to scoop and FALL AWAY SLSM! Then kips up and PLANCHAS to take out Butcher! Hangman gets back in to DIVE onto Blade at the ramp! Hangman puts Blade in, goes up the corner, and fans fire up for “COWBY SH*T!” as Hangman FLYING LARIATS! Cover, TWO!!

Hangman keeps his cool, fans rally up again, but Butcher trips Hangman up to RAM him into railing! Butcher RAMS Hangman into apron, then back into railing! Butcher puts Hangman in, Blade tags him in, and Butcher digs his knee into Hangman at the ropes! The ref counts, Butcher lets off at 4, and Rampage goes picture in picture.

Butcher drags Hangman back up, put shim in a corner and CHOPS him! And CHOPS him, and whips him corner to corner hard! Hangman bounces off buckles and hits the mat. Butcher glares at Silver, and then he stands on Hangman! Butcher drags Hangman up, bumps him off buckles, and CHOPS him! Hangman fires forearms in return! Butcher pushes Hangman back to CHOP and CHOP and CHOP! Butcher bumps Hangman off more buckles, tags in Blade, and Blade snapmares to clamp on a chinlock. Hangman endures as Blade leans on the hold. Fans rally, Hangman fights up, and Hangman throws body shots.

Hangman ROCKS Blade with a forearm, then another! Blade claws Hangman’s eyes! The ref reprimands but Hangman fights back, throwing forearms on Blade and Butcher! Blade runs in but Hangman hurdles, hot tag to Silver! Fans fire up for Johnny Hungy as he rallies on the mercs! Silver FLAPJACKS Blade into Butcher! Silver whips, Blade reverses but Silver CLOBBERS him with an uppercut! Fans are thunderous, Silver runs corner to corner to forearm smash! And then OLYMPIC SLAM! Cover, Butcher breaks it! Butcher and Silver brawl, Silver gets the edge, but Blade joins in. Silver fires off another forearm, but gets a POP-UP GUTBUSTER!

Butcher DECKS Hangman, Blade gut wrench POWERBOMBS Silver! Cover, TWO!! Blade, blood coming from his eyebrow, is snarling through that crimson mask. Tag to Butcher, they get Silver up to scoop, but Silver slips out! Hot tag to Hangman! Hangman rallies with big forearms, over and over, but Butcher waistlocks! Hangman BOOTS Blade, elbows Butcher, and TOSSES Blade out of the ring! Hangman dodges Butcher, DOUBLE LARIATS collide but neither man falls! Fans fire up, the LAIRATS collide again! Hangman SWATS Butcher’s haymaker to hit a ROLLING ELBOW! Hangman runs, but Butcher follows, only for Hangman to dodge!

Hangman comes back in, but into a GERMAN SUPLEX, only for Hangman to land on his feet! DISCUS LARIAT! Hangman then sets up on the apron and fans are thunderous again. Hangman aims at Butcher, but Blade anchors his feet! Hangman kicks Blade away then ASAI MOONSAULTS, but Blade gets under it! Only for Silver to CANNONBALL! Direct hit and down goes Blade! Hangman gets to the apron and he BOOTS Butcher, into Silver’s ENZIGURI! HOTSHOT into the GERMAN SUPLEX! And then the BUCKSHOT!! Cover, Hangman & Silver win!

Winners: Hangman Page & John Silver, by pinfall

Alex Reynolds has been avenged! Hangman and Silver hug it out, will they and the rest of the Dark Order once again  head towards AEW gold?

 

AEW takes a closer look at Death Before Dishonor’s ROH Pure Championship match.

Wheeler Yuta is chuckling as he tells Daniel Garcia, “You’re breaking my heart. I guess I made things a little personal bringing up that car accident, huh?” Garcia points out Yuta belittling the car accident that almost ended Garcia’s life. Six months of recovery and his mom pushing him in a wheelchair, helping him on and off the toilet. This isn’t about wrestling anymore. But this will be under Pure Wrestling Rules, that is Yuta’s game. Yuta makes sure Garcia never challenges for this title again. Garcia says he’ll take Yuta down to the canvas, twist his body into the most uncomfortable ways he can imagine, and make him tap out. Who follows through with their promises at Death Before Dishonor?

 

Claudio Castagnoli is here!

The Swiss Cyborg also has a match at ROH DBD as he takes on Jonathan Gresham for THE ROH World Championship! What will Claudio have to say about that match? We’ll see, after the break.

AEW returns and Claudio has the mic to say, “ROH Death Before Dishonor, live this Saturday on PPV. Jonathan Gresham against Claudio Castagnoli for the ROH World Championship.” Fans like the sound of that. Claudio says he knows that world title is the one thing that’s been eluding him his whole career. But, Claudio never thought he was the best for winning the most titles. No, Claudio believes he’s the best because the fans support him, and because the fans believe in him. Gresham says he’ll outclass and outwrestle every single guy he faces. Claudio sees why Gresham believes that. It’s because he’s never faced Claudio!

Claudio knows Gresham says he’s The Foundation, but that foundation is about to get cracked! Gresham made the mistake of tugging on Superman’s cape! There is no one can hold a candle to what Claudio can do inside the ring! Fans cheer that on, and Claudio says he can’t think of a better way to continue this awesome new chapter in his career than this Saturday, live on PPV, beating Jonathan Gresham, because he is Claudio GADDAMN Castagnoli, YOUR NEW ROH WORLD CHAMPION!! Fans fire up with Claudio, but Tully Blanchard Enterprises is watching. Will The Octopus drag the Swiss Superman down to the depths? Or will nothing stop Claudio from cementing his in-ring legacy with gold?

 

Wardlow speaks.

The TNT Champion says, “I wanted this title because this title was defended by the best against the best. That’s what makes the TNT title stand out above the rest. I’ll beat the sh*t out of the entire AEW locker room, I’ll beat the sh*t out of the entire ROH locker room, I’ll beat the sh*t out of every locker room in professional wrestling. If you think you’re the man, you think you’re the top of the food chain, I welcome anyone and everyone into Wardlow’s World to find out where you stand.”

 

Lee Moriarty w/ Matt Sydal VS Dante Martin!

#TYGASTYLE got cheated out of the ROH World Championship when Jonathan Gresham stooped to new lows alongside Tully Blanchard. But his mentor said this match with the #INHUMAN Angel Dorado will help him get going again. Will peace, love and pro-wrestling prevail? Or will Moriarty have to unlock something more to get to that new level?

The bell rings and fans rally as the two stare down. The two shake hands to show there is respect here, and they tie up. They go around, Moriarty waistlocks and SLAMS Dante down, then floats to a facelock. Dante slips out to facelock back, but Moriarty slips through to facelock again. Moriarty wrenches and wristlocks, but Dante slips through to wrench and wristlock back. Moriarty spins, slips through, shoots around, spins Dante and has a cravat. Fans rally as Dante endures the neck wrench. Dante breaks the grip and has Moriarty’s arm to wrench and spin and wrench and flying-mare to a headlock, but Moriarty just slips right out!

Moriarty has an armlock to a hammerlock and he leans on Dante. Fans rally for this great technical exchange, but Dante fights up to his feet. Moriarty wants a half nelson but Dante breaks that to spin and trip Moriarty. Dante has the arm, La Magistrol, TWO! Moriarty trips Dante, does a Heisman pose then speeds things up. Dante drops but Moriarty handsprings over. Dante hurdles, then rolls back, but Moriarty blocks the headscissors. Dante gets around, shoves and follows Moriarty to then jump and RANA! Moriarty staggers up, but he BOOTS Dante down! Fans fire up as Moriarty drags Dante back up to throw some heavy knees!

Moriarty wrenches Dante’s arm, whips him to ropes, but Dante ducks ‘n’ dodges to flapjack DROPKICK! Fans fire up and Dante’s got a wild look in his eyes! Sydal checks on Moriarty as he bails out and Rampage goes picture in picture.

Dante waits at the ropes, Moriarty checks his chin but he’s alright. Dante gives Moriarty space to return and the two go again. They tie up, Moriarty gets a leg, Dante blocks the takedown and headlocks for a takeover. Moriarty endures, rolls Dante to a cover, ONE! Dante holds on, Moriarty wrenches free and has an ELBOW BREAKER! Dante staggers but runs back in, into a GUILLOTINE! Moriarty has Dante caught with the body scissors but Dante stays on his feet! So Moriarty hits a HALF HATCH SUPLEX! Bridging cover, TWO!! Moriarty just rolls back to rain down forearms! Moriarty then lets off and fires up!

Sydal applauds as Moriarty stomps Dante. Moriarty brings Dante up, clinches, and EuroUppers! Dante staggers back and wobbles, but Moriarty wrenches to a Cording Hold. Moriarty wrangles Dante down to the mat to keep on that armlock, also digging a knee into Dante’s face. Dante fights up, throws body shots, but Moriarty CLOBBERS Dante as Rampage goes to break!

Fyter Fest returns and Moriarty is up top. Dante runs up to DRAGON RANA Moriarty down! Fans are thunderous and Sydal rallies both his students. But wait! Stokely Hathaway walks out here! Stokely is apparently still very interested in Moriarty but Moriarty ignores him to run at Dante. Dante slips out to the apron and Moriarty hits buckles! Moriarty rushes Dante again but Dante slingshots up and over to the adjacent side! GAMANGIRI! Moriarty staggers while Dante climbs, but Moriarty rushes to the corner! Dante shoves Moriarty away but Moriarty stands up, for the CROSSBODY! Cover, TWO! Moriarty survives but Dante is right on him!

Dante half nelsons but Moriarty fights the rest. Dante CLUBS away but Moriarty elbows back! Dante staggers and Moriarty rushes in. Dante springboards up and over, but Moriarty tiger feints through! Dante rushes in now, but Moriarty slides under to roll Dante, TWO! BORDER CITY STRETCH!! Dante endures the overhook crossface, manages to move around, and gets the ROPEBREAK! Moriarty lets go at the count of 4, and he snarls as he stomps away on Dante! Stokely applauds but Moriarty drags Dante up. Moriarty suplexes, but Dante slips out to half nelson! HALF NELSON SIDE SLAM! Cover, TWO!!

Fans are thunderous again but Dante is furious. Stokely applauds, Sydal coaches both his guys, and Dante goes to the apron. Dante jumps and jumps, NOSE- NO, Moriarty gets under! Dante hurries to O’Conner Roll, TWO! Moriarty has it now, and holds ropes!! Moriarty wins!!

Winner: Lee Moriarty, by pinfall

Sydal is shocked but Stokely loves it! Sydal gets on the mic to ask Moriarty, “Is this how you wanna do it? Is that how you wanna get that big win? Like this? I didn’t think you were desperate enough to take the low road. I believed in you! I believed in you! But now I believe I’m gonna have to kick your ass!” Sydal says next week on Rampage, Moriarty isn’t facing the student. He is facing the teacher, and Moriarty isn’t ready! Will Sydal teach #TYGASTYLE that peace, love and pro-wrestling still wins in the end?

 

AEW takes a closer look at Death Before Dishonor’s ROH Women’s World Championship match.

Ian Riccaboni believes Mercedes Martinez is going to do anything she can to hold on to this title. And Caprice Coleman says this isn’t a beauty pageant or a popularity contest, this is who hits the hardest, who wrestles the best, and who can finish their opponent first. Serena Deeb says she is at the highest level of her game, and there is no woman who can touch her. But Mercedes says that at DBD, she walks in as champion, and walks out as champion. Will the OG Badass show the Professor of Pro-Wrestling that she’s still got something to learn in this business?

 

Britt Baker & Jamie Hayter w/ Rebel VS Skye Blue & Ashley D’Amboise!

The Doctor and her assistants have been back for a little bit already, but tonight is the night they get back in the ring! Will the “Queen of Harts” prove she is still the Face of AEW? Or will she and Hayter still be winless as a duo?

The teams sort out and Britt starts with Skye. They circle, fans rally for the “DMD! DMD!” as she ties up with Skye. Britt wrenches to wristlock, and then she brings Skye down with a double wristlock. Britt makes that a cover, ONE but Britt holds onto the arm. Britt wrenches and YANKS Skye’s arm, but Skye cartwheels through to wristlock back! Britt slaps the arm away then ROCKS Skye! And she throws Skye by her hair! Fans still spell it with her, “D! M! D!” Britt stands Skye against the ropes to fire off forearms, then she whips Skye to ropes. Skye reverses and follows, goes Matrix, but Britt sweeps the arms! Cover, TWO!

SUPERKICK! Skye sits up in a daze and Britt smiles as she drags Skye back up. Tag to Hayter, she bumps Skye off buckles and stomps a mudhole into her. The ref counts, Hayter lets off, and Britt CHOKES Skye! Skye shakes Britt off but Hayter drags her up. Hayter whips Skye back into the corner, then sucker punches D’Amboise! Hayter rushes back in corner to corner but Skye slips out to the apron! Hayter stops from hitting buckles, but Skye ROCKS her with a forearm! Britt tags in before Hayter staggers away, then Britt trips up Skye on the apron! Britt brings Skye around, SWINGING DRAPING NECKBREAKER to the floor!

Britt smiles and waves to the camera before she puts Skye back in the ring. Britt clamps onto Skye and taunts D’Amboise before she chinlocks and CLUBS away on Skye! Ghost pin, TWO! Britt elbows away on Skye, then drags her up by her hair. Skye throws body shots but Britt ROCKS Skye! Britt whips, Skye kicks back! SUPER- NO, Britt blocks that and spins Skye, but Skye BASEMENT ENZIGURIS! Britt and Skye crawl to their corners, hot tags to Hayter and D’Amboise! D’Amboise dodges Hayter to fire off forearms! D’Amboise ROCKS Hayter, then runs in at the corner, but Hayter puts her on the apron.

D’Amboise HOTSHOTS Hayter, then slingshots in, but Hayter dodges the rolling neckbreaker! D’Amboise crashes ‘n’ burns, Britt gets in to SUPERKICK! Hayter BOOTS Skye, Britt ripcords and ROLLING ELBOWS D’Amboise for Hayter to hit the IRISH CURSE BACKBREAKER! Hayter signals to Britt and Britt has Rebel hand her the glove! Tag to Britt, Britt drags D’Amboise up the corner, TORNADO BUTTERFLY! Hayter hits a BLINDSIDE LARIAT!! Britt clamps on the LOCKJAW!! D’Amboise taps, Hayter & Britt win!

Winners: Britt Baker & Jamie Hayter, by submission

Their first win as a team is a dominant one! Will The Doctor and her assistants start to rise up the ranks and take over AEW again?

 

AEW gets a look at Ari Daivari.

The Persian Lion lives a luxurious life, but he doesn’t just sit around doing nothing. Daivari Dinero is on his way to AEW, will he be another golden asset to the company soon enough?

 

High Stakes Rap Battle: Max Caster w/ Anthony Bowens VS Austin Gunn w/ Gunn Club!

The Acclaimed, the Gunn Club and their posses are here, as is “Atlanta’s finest,” rap artist Lil’ Scrappy! Scrappy says he’s here to be the host and judge of the rap battle. He told “Big B” Billy that he’ll call this straight down the middle. But they did the coin toss in the back, so the first turn goes to Gunn Club. Now remember, the winner of this gets to choose the stipulations for a tag team match between The Acclaimed and the Gunn Club. So let’s get it on! Austin does a mic check before he gets going. “Aight, look, I’m not scared of you, mister! Why would I be scared of one of Bobby Lashley’s sisters?” Oof…

But Austin ain’t done! “Here’s a secret! You dated Kris Stat. Lemme tell you where you went wrong with dat! I’ll give y’all a teaser. It’s cuz Edward Scissorhands over here couldn’t please her. Now before you talk about Daddy Ass, your dad is Rich Caster. So how ’bout we talk ’bout which daddy’s career ended faster? He played Tight End. Bowens, is that giving you a fever? When y’all two roleplay, is that why you’re always the Wide Receiver?” Bowens wants at Austin but his side holds him back. Austin says, “Hold on, The Acclaimed and the Gunns, I’ll end it right here in GEORGIA~! So have a great day, and I got two words for ya!” Gunn Club says SUCK IT!!

Scrappy is surprised, even Daddy Ass got in on that. But Caster, where you at? Let’s go, Acclaimed. Caster says, “Yo. Yo! YO! YO! Listen. On the mic, I’m untouchable, you only playin’. You rappin’, that’s cultural appropriation. A White guy with a tough little rap voice. Your whole style’s booty, that’s why they call you Ass Boys!” Scrappy is stunned but Austin’s got his second turn. “You say you’re the best ra-ra-ra-wrassler alive, but you ain’t even good at that. I’d say stick to rap, but shiii, you ain’t even good at dat! Wassup with that? Oh by the way, JOHN CENA WANTS HIS GIMMICK BACK!” The whole Gunn Club goes “You Can’t See Me!”

Scrappy says that was harsh, but Caster gets to respond. “Yo, Austin Gunn, wow, you never thought to run. I been hot since your dumb dad was called The One. I’m the real star player, run the hearts of young. I’ll serve you and your chick with my awesome tongue. Yo, I thought you had heat, you haven’t spoke to me once. Bowens’ got a bigger spark when he’s holding blunts! Now I give it to you raw so you’re closer to done. Serving you is the only way I’m owning a Gunn. I’ll beat you, Colten and Billy from Oakland to Philly, choking you silly. Why? Cuz I’m so on my grizzy, throwing a milli, throwing up bombs. You know the Acclaimed on my Zac Wilson, I be showing your mom!

“Showing the skill! Go for the kill! Yo, you only go for hair replacement surgery, I opened the bill!” Caster serves Austin with an envelope! Scrappy feels that was inappropriate but… Caster says he’ll shut this down real quick. “How’s it feel to have a dad known for showing his crotch? And to do reality shows that nobody watched? You tried to work in ROH but your ass couldn’t. Tony bought the whole company just to burn your match footage! I rap bullets ’til the fans make the clap noise. No, I’m not a gun guy, that would be a bad choice. But I’ll still put a shell on you like a Blastoise. And no matter what, you’re just a couple of ASS BOYS!!”

Fans are thunderous and it’s already clear who won this! But Scrappy says Austin better try to get back, Caster threw Billy in it. Austin wavers, but Bowens says Austin is choking! His Buzz Lightyear lookin’ ass is shaking! Atlanta, Austin is choking! Scrappy asks Austin, but Austin says he is NOT an Ass Boy! Well, the Acclaimed won!

Winner: Max Caster (The Acclaimed choose the tag match stipulations)

Billy DECKS Scrappy!! And all hell breaks loose! Billy tosses the posse so that his sons could get after The Acclaimed! COLT 45 on Bowens! Billy brings out a trash can and tosses it to Austin! Colten feeds Caster to the TRASH CAN SMASH! The Gunn Club doesn’t care that they lost, they’re standing tall. But will the Acclaimed choose a match that makes the Gunn Club fall?

 

Mark Henry speaks with tonight’s main eventers.

The World’s Strongest Man says Jay Lethal has been “dragging Samoa Joe’s name through the mud,” so it was really cool to see The Fallen Angel stand up for Joe. Christopher Daniels thanks Mark for saying that, but he says Joe doesn’t need anyone sticking up for him. Joe’s actions will speak for him at ROH Death Before Dishonor. But Daniels was just sick of hearing some punk smear Joe’s good name. Lethal says hold on. First of all, Mark was asking Lethal something. And if Lethal is being perfectly honest, Daniels shouldn’t be talking. And Daniels is worried about Joe’s name being dragged through the mud when that’s exactly what will happen to Daniels tonight.

Sonjay Dutt tells Daniels that “this is a classic example of when running your mouth goes wrong. Terribly wrong!” Daniels is sick of all the talking! Mark, can you please say your catchphrase so we can go to the ring and get this going? Well, looks like there’s been enough talk. It’s time for the main event! Will the Fallen Angel make sure to shut up Jay Lethal here before he even gets to Death Before Dishonor?

Jay Lethal w/ Sonjay Dutt & Satnam Singh VS Christopher Daniels!

The moment Lethal is in the ring, they start throwing hands! The bell rings as Daniels backs Lethal down to a corner. Daniels RAMS his shoulder in again and again, lets off as the ref counts, but Lethal turns it around to throw haymakers. Daniels dodges, he ROCKS Lethal, and fans fire up for the “FALLEN ANGEL!” Daniels whips Lethal to ropes, Lethal KICKS him back then ENZIGURIS! Daniels falls and Lethal finally takes off his vest. Lethal CHOPS Daniels, bumps him off buckles, and then JABS away in the corner. Lethal lets off at 4, whips corner to corner, but Daniels reverses! Lethal goes up and MOONSAULTS, but Daniels dodges!

Lethal hits the mat, fans fire up and Daniels scoops Lethal to SLAM him! Daniels goes to the apron to slingshot ELBOW DROP! Cover, ONE!! Lethal gets to ropes but Daniels is after him. Daniels brings Lethal up, whips him to ropes, then elbows him down! Cover, TWO! Lethal checks his face but Daniels CLUBS him. Daniels goes to buckle bump, but Lethal blocks that to rake Daniels’ eyes! The ref reprimands but Lethal hobbles after Daniels. Lethal CHOPS Daniels in a corner, EuroUppers, and Daniels flops against ropes. Fans rally as Lethal whips but Daniels reverses and CALF KICKS! Lethal bails out and fans fire up!

Daniels aims, PLANCHAS, but Lethal moves! Daniels lands on his feet but Lethal WRECKS him with a dropkick! Lethal then DIVES! Direct hit and Daniels hits railing! Lethal sits on the apron to soak up the heat, and he even high-tens Sonjay while Rampage goes picture in picture.

Lethal gets in the ring, paces while Daniels slowly drags himself up, and Lethal gives a shout out to the Macho Man. Lethal sees Daniels on the apron, he throws body shots and HOTSHOTS Daniels down! Daniels flounders, Lethal soaks up the heat, and a ring count starts. Daniels gets back on the apron, he blocks Lethal’s punch to ROCK him back! But Lethal ducks the chop to triangle jump DROPKICK Daniels down! Lethal builds speed again, to DIVE again! Daniels hits railings and falls in a heap! Lethal grins as he goes back into the ring. Daniels sits up while Lethal distracts the ref, and Sonjay stomps away on Daniels!

Sonjay gets away with all that, swaggers around with that pencil, and Lethal goes out to RAM Daniels into the apron. Lethal puts Daniels in, drags Daniels up, and he snapmares him into a chinlock. Daniels endures as Lethal leans on the hold. Daniels fights up, throws elbows, but Lethal snapmares and CHOPS, to then PENALTY KICK and KNEE DROP! Lethal is fired up as he mocks the Samoa Joe chants and the hang loose hand gesture. Daniels sits up but Lethal brings him around to EuroUpper. Daniels wobbles, Lethal EuroUppers him again! And again! Daniels falls over and Lethal brings him into a facelock.

Lethal grinds Daniels down again, but Daniels throws body shots! Lethal throws knees then another EuroUpper, but Daniels catches it to a backslide! TWO, and Lethal scoops Daniels for a BACKBREAKER! Lethal holds on, brings Daniels up and whips him to ropes. Hip toss and cartwheel for a BASEMENT DROPKICK! Lethal grins and soaks up the heat as Daniels goes to a corner. Fyter Fest returns to single picture and Lethal runs in to forearm smash! Lethal puts Daniels up top, slashes his throat a la Joe, and he tucks Daniels in! Daniels CLUBS Lethal to keep him from stealing Joe’s moves! Daniels BOOTS Lethal, but Lethal avoids the missile dropkick!

SUPERKICK! Daniels is down and Lethal catches his breath. Lethal whips Daniels, hip tosses but Daniels blocks! Daniels tries a hip toss of his own but Lethal blocks by grapping the plant leg. So Daniels KNEES Lethal down with the other! Fans fire up while both men are down, and Daniels drags himself to ropes. Sonjay gets on the apron to shout at Lethal. Lethal gets up, runs in, but misses and hits buckles! Daniels rallies with forearms and lariats, then he whips Lethal to a corner. Daniels runs in to forearm smash! Daniels climbs up, rains down fists, but Lethal carries Daniels away. Daniels slips off to STO!

Fans fire up with Daniels and he waits on Lethal. Lethal stands, Daniels whips but Lethal holds ropes to elbow back. Lethal runs in, into a BLUE THUNDER BOMB! Cover, TWO!! Lethal survives but Daniels says he’ll finish this! Fans fire up, Daniels drags Lethal up, URE- NO, Lethal arm-drags free! Daniels comes back, into the LETHAL COMBINATION! Backbreaker and Complete Shot take Daniels down, and Lethal heads to the corner. Lethal climbs, tells fans up theirs, and then aims at Daniels, HAIL TO THE- NO, Daniels sticks his boot up, only for Lethal to catch it! Lethal wags his finger, steps through, but into a cradle! TWO!!

Lethal BOOTS Daniels right down! Fans say “This is Awesome!” as Lethal says he’ll end this. Lethal stands Daniels up, runs and handsprings, but Daniels lets him go up and over! Daniels kicks low, hooks Lethal up, ANGEL’S – NO, back drop! Handspring, LETHAL INJECTION!! Cover, Lethal wins!

Winner: Jay Lethal, by pinfall

Two ROH legends battled, and Lethal is the legend standing tall! But then Sonjay stomps Daniels to add insult to injury! Fans boo but Sonjay hauls Daniels up so Singh can trophy lift and DROP Daniels to the floor!! That was a ten foot drop at least! Lethal mocks Joe more as he wraps on the COQUINA CLUTCH!! Sonjay talks trash on Joe while Daniels suffers! Daniels is red and passing out, Sonjay says that’ll be Joe on Saturday! Fans boo as Lethal lets Daniels go, but will Lethal do all this to Samoa Joe at Death Before Dishonor?


My Thoughts:

An awesome night for Rampage to help finish off Fyter Fest. Great opener out of Hangman & Silver VS Butcher & Blade, and of course Hangman & Silver win to get Hangman going again. Moriarty VS Dante was also great stuff, these guys are definitely the building blocks of the future. Moriarty cheating to win was a surprise, and Sydal stepping up to challenge Moriarty makes sense. I think Moriarty wins that one, too, and then he sides with Stokely Hathaway since he didn’t leave with him tonight. And of course Britt & Hayter win when they’re put up against Skye & D’Amboise. This is more a shame for Skye Blue. She was running pretty hot not too long ago, with the beginnings of feuds with Serena Deeb and The Baddies, but there was just no follow through.

Good vignettes to hype up the ROH Pure and ROH Women’s World Championship matches, and a good promo from Claudio to hype up the ROH World Championship match. As I’ve said before, Death Before Dishonor is quite the card, and those matches are hard to call. I would love if Claudio became world champion, but that all depends on the plans for ROH. Wardlow also had a good promo that called out pretty much every company that works with AEW, and I would love if the TNT Championship did more crossover matches. While the All-Atlantic Championship is a title that can visit other promotions, other promotions can send their stars to AEW to challenge Wardlow. I definitely want to see Wardlow taking on some NJPW guys.

That rap battle was wild. They were both digging into each other really hard to really give this feud some heat past Billy’s betrayal. I didn’t even realize Caster was part of the Bobby Lashley’s Sisters promo from years ago, but then Caster just demolished Austin after that. While the Gunn Club stood tall and used the trash can, pretty sure Acclaimed will win whatever No Disqualification tag match they have. And we got a great main event from Lethal and Daniels, but naturally Lethal wins with him going into the ROH World TV Championship match. I almost expected Joe to return and run Lethal off, but I guess that’d muddy the math. Lethal stands tall because I don’t see Joe losing the title, and Joe will help lead the way as ROH eventually gets back on a weekly programming schedule.

My Score: 8.7/10


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Mitchell’s AEW Dynamite Results & Report! (1/25/23)

Will Bryan Danielson’s streak continue?

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Bryan Danielson VS Brian Cage! American Dragon VS Machine!

Bryan Danielson is still fighting to become #1 contender, but in his way is Brian Cage! Will Brian stop Bryan from reaching MJF and the One Hour Ironman AEW World Championship match?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Ricky Starks & Action Andretti VS Chris Jericho & Sammy Guevara w/ Daniel Garcia; Jericho & Guevara win.
  • AEW TNT Championship: Darby Allin w/ Sting VS Buddy Matthews w/ Julia Hart; Darby wins and retains the title.
  • #JungleHook VS Ethan Page & Matt Hardy w/ Stokely Hathaway; #JungleHook wins.
  • Bryan Danielson VS Brian Cage w/ Prince Nana; Danielson wins.
  • Toni Storm VS Ruby Soho; Soho wins.
  • Mark Briscoe VS Jay Lethal; Mark wins.

PLAY BY PLAY

Ricky Starks & Action Andretti VS Chris Jericho & Sammy Guevara w/ Daniel Garcia!

The Absolute and his new friend are looking to settle things with the Jericho Appreciation Society, and after Action beat Daniel Garcia on Rampage, he and Starks are getting #LeSexGods! Will Starks & Andretti continue to get one over on the “JAS Holes?” Or will this be where Jericho gets even?

The bell rings and Action starts against Sammy. Fans rally as Action and Guevara circle. They tie up, Action headlocks but Sammy back suplexes. Action lands on his feet to waistlock but Sammy switches. Action breaks free, slips under and shoves Sammy but Sammy hurdles over. Sammy shoves Action, Action ducks and handsprings but Sammy slides under! Sammy sweeps to a cover, ONE! Sammy jumps the sweep to Oklahoma Roll, ONE! Action trips Sammy but STANDING MOONSAULTS, but Sammy dodges! Action lands on his feet and the two stare down as mirror images! Fans fire up as the two slowly reset.

Sammy offers a handshake, and Action thinks about it, only for Sammy to SUPERKICK him down! Sammy rains down fists while fans boo, but Sammy puts Action in a corner. Sammy CHOPS as fans chant, “SAMMY SUCKS!” Sammy whips Action corner to corner, Action goes up and over and keeps moving, to duck ‘n’ dodge and tilt-o-whirl headscissor! Sammy flounders, Action runs in but Sammy bails out. Action springboards to superhero land, then he mocks Sammy’s spin and pose! Sammy throws a small fit, then he gets on the apron, into Action’s TRIANGLE DROPKICK! A very Jericho move!

Fans fire up as Action builds speed but Sammy slides back in. Sammy hurdles, backflips then DROPKICKS Action! Sammy spins and kips up but fans boo. Action bails out and Sammy builds speed now, but then he stops when the fans chant “YOU STILL SUCK!” Sammy slides out to CHOP Action! Sammy puts Action in but Action builds speed! Action DIVES but Garcia takes the hit for Sammy! Sammy then gets in and builds speed to FLY! Direct hit on Action and Sammy blows kisses to Tay Melo who is in the back. Sammy drags Action back up, puts him back in, and fans chant, “We Want Ricky!” Sammy puts Action up top instead.

Sammy climbs up after Action, and SUPER STEINERS! But Action lands on his feet! Fans are fired up, and Sammy runs into a SPANISH FLY! Cover, TWO! Hot tags to Starks and Jericho! Fans are thunderous as Starks is right in Jericho’s face! Jericho CHOPS but Starks CHOPS back! They CHOP and CHOP and CHOP back and forth! Starks fires off fast hands, then whips, but Jericho reverses, only for Starks to LARIAT! Jericho goes to a corner, Starks runs in, but Jericho BOOTS him away! Jericho hops up, leaps, but Starks turns Code Breaker into CATAPULT! Jericho hits buckles, Starks BLASTS Sammy then ROCKS Jericho!

Starks knuckle locks, CHOPS and goes up top! Starks gives a little bit of the Old School as fans fire up! But Sammy climbs up after him! SUPER CUTTER!! Fans are thunderous again and Jericho crawls to a cover, TWO!! Starks survives but Jericho gloats like he’s already won. Jericho drags Starks back up, brings him around and hits a BIG back suplex! Jericho drags Starks to the cocky cover, ONE! Jericho flips off the fans and the fans boo back. Jericho drags Starks up, bumps him off buckles and tags in Sammy. Jericho scoop SLAMS Starks, and Sammy drags Starks back up. Sammy scoops to SLAM Starks. Cocky cover, ONE!

Tag to Jericho, he scoops Starks to SLAM him again! Jericho and Sammy soak up the heat, then Sammy tags in again. Le Sex Gods double whip and double shoulder Starks down. Sammy spins, and they pose together! Fans boo but Garcia says that’s beautiful. Sammy grins as he goes up the corner. Jericho rallies the fans but they cheer for Starks. Sammy is up top, he flies, into BOOTS! Fans fire up as both men are down! Starks crawls, Sammy grabs his foot, but Starks still hot tags Action! Action CLOBBERS Sammy, LARIATS him, then CLOBBERS Jericho! Action spins Sammy around for a BACKBREAKER to NECKBREAKER!

Jericho runs in, he gets the BACKBREAKER and NECKBREAKER! Action kips up and fans fire up again! Action builds speed to DIVE onto Jericho! And then he gets in to DIVE onto Sammy! Action is all fired up and the fans are with him! Action puts Sammy in the ring, Jericho argues with the ref, and that allows Starks to TORNADO DDT Sammy! Action slingshots, goes up and up and MOONSAULTS! Cover, TWO! Sammy survives but Action drags him back up. Action CHOPS, whips, but Sammy reverses. Action ducks ‘n’ dodges, but DOUBLE CROSSBODIES collide! Fans rally up while both men are down!

Sammy and Action crawl, hot tags to Jericho and Starks again! Starks swings, misses, and Jericho DECKS Action! Jericho dodges Starks again, and again, but Starks SPEARS him!! Cover, Sammy runs in, but Starks gets away! The basement dropkick hits Jericho! Starks tosses Sammy, but Jericho rolls Starks! WITH TIGHTS! TWO!! Jericho runs in, but Starks catches the Code Breaker for a SIT-OUT POWERBOMB! Cover, TWO!! Jericho survives and fans are thunderous! Starks tags Action, and helps him with the slingshot senton! Action runs, springboards, FLYING CHUCK! Jericho is down in a drop zone!

Action goes up and SPLIT-LEG MOONSAULTS onto knees! Jericho tags Sammy in, and Sammy spins Action around. Action dodges but the JUMP KNEE hits! Sammy torture racks, GO TO- NO, Action lands on his feet! Action spins but Sammy ducks the kick! But the ENZIGURI comes back around! Action hurries to build speed but Jericho grabs Action’s hair! Action fights back but Jericho SLAPS him! But then Starks trips Jericho off the apron! Starks POSTS Jericho! But Sammy reels Action in to back suplex! Action lands on his feet, and gets up for a POISON-RANA! And then Action torture racks! NECKBREAKER! Cover, TWO!!

Fans are thunderous as Sammy survives! Action grows frustrated, but then Starks hits ROSHAMBEAUX to the floor! Jericho is down, Action runs in, but into a BOOT! Sammy goes up to the top, SUPER- Torture rack catch!! Action has Sammy again, but Sammy grabs ropes! Action throws Sammy away but Sammy distracts the ref, Garcia CLOBBERS Action with Floyd the Baseball Bat! Sammy torture racks, for GO TO HOSPITAL! Cover, Le Sex Gods win!!

Winners: Chris Jericho & Sammy Guevara, by pinfall

The JAS win thanks to Garcia! Sports entertainment wins the battle, but will Starks and Action find a way to win the war?

 

AEW honors and remembers Jay Briscoe.

Jay Briscoe himself once said, “Pro-wrestling’s in our soul. This is what we were created to do, man.” ROH is how he feeds his family, it is part of his life. And his family had his back. Jay & Mark are ROH legends, but even more than all the titles they held, Jay held family above all else. There isn’t a person in ROH or AEW who doesn’t respect, love and miss Jay Briscoe. #ThankYouJay.

 

AEW TNT Championship: Darby Allin w/ Sting VS Buddy Matthews w/ Julia Hart!

The Relentless One continues to be a fighting champion, and he wants to settle things with the House of Black. Darby beat Malakai, he beat Brody, but will he pull off the sweep in taking on the Aussie Juggernaut? Or will this title be the first gold for the House of Black?

AEW is picture in picture as Buddy finishes his entrance, but returns to single picture for Darby’s. The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and we see just how relentless Darby truly is!

The fans rally up for Darby at the bell. Buddy takes off his mask to reveal he has skull face paint to copy Darby. They circle, but then Julia gets on the apron. Darby is distracted and Buddy V-TRIGGERS him out of the ring! Buddy goes out to RAM Darby into railing, and then RAM him into more railing! Buddy puts Darby back in the ring, storms up, and knees low! Buddy TOSSES Darby to a corner and Darby bounces off buckles. Darby flounders out of the ring but Buddy goes to the apron. Darby blocks the Penalty Kick! Darby trips Buddy and Buddy hits the apron hard! Darby gest back in the ring, builds speed, and he DIVES!

But Buddy catches Darby for a suplex to the apron! Then Buddy drags Darby up for an APRON BACK SUPLEX! And then Buddy drags Darby out to SWING him into the railing! And again! And then a RAILING- RANA! Darby sends Buddy into railing and fans fire up! The ring count climbs to 5 of 10 as Buddy flounders back into the ring. Darby drags Buddy back out, RAMS him into the railing, then gets back in the ring. Buddy grabs Darby’s leg but Darby kicks free with the other. But Buddy YANKS the apron skirt to trip Darby up! Darby clutches his leg, but he rolls to the far side. The ref keeps Buddy back but Sting is concerned.

Buddy goes to the corner, climbs up, and APRON METEORAS!! Buddy pushes Darby into the ring, covers, TWO!! Darby survives but Buddy puts him in the corner. Buddy wraps the bad leg around the ropes to pull, but Darby rakes eyes! The ref counts, both men let go, but Darby goes up so he can hit the THROWBACK STUNNER! Buddy flops out of the ring, and now Darby climbs the corner! Darby SUPER COFFIN DROPS!! Both men are down and fans are thunderous again! Darby forces himself back up, and he puts Buddy in the ring. But then the lights go out! And when they’re back, BRODY AND MALAKAI are here!

Sting has his baseball bat, he’s keeping them from approaching, but then ORTIZ runs out! Ortiz kendo stick SMACKS Brody on the back! Malakai BOOTS Ortiz down and rains down fists! Sting SMACKS Brody with the bat! And again! But Buddy has Darby for a RUNNING POWERBOMB! Cover, TWO!! Darby survives and fans are thunderous! Ortiz and Malakai are brawling up the ramp, with Julia hurrying after, as AEW goes picture in picture!

Buddy stands back up and he looms over Darby. Buddy drags Darby up, but Darby resists the abdominal stretch. Buddy still pulls Darby’s arm back, but Darby pops free and climbs up around to a SLEEPER! Buddy endures, and he RAMS Darby into buckles! Darby holds on and he leans on the hold! Buddy fights back up, and he runs to CANNONBALL into the corner! Both men are down as Darby lets go of the hold! Buddy stomps Darby, CLUBS him, then drags him up again. Buddy trips Darby, ties up the legs, and Dynamite goes to break.

Dynamite returns and Darby has Buddy up top. Buddy resists the superplex and he SUNSET FLIPS, but Darby holds on! Buddy then tucks Darby in, only for Darby to kick at him! Buddy blocks that kick, Electric Chair Lifts, but Darby throws hands! Darby has Buddy dropping to his knees! But then Buddy fights up, only for Darby to POISON-RANA! Buddy flounders all the way out of the ring! Fans fire up, Darby goes out and he RAMS Buddy into railing! Darby SLAMS Buddy against the railing again and again, then lets off with a snarl. Darby drags Buddy up, puts him back in the ring, and Darby climbs up the corner.

Buddy stands, Darby leaps, CROSSBODY! But Buddy rolls through to a cover, TWO! Darby gets around, CRUCIFIX DRIVER! Cover, TWO!! Buddy survives and fans fire up again! A standing count begins and fans say “This is Awesome!” Both men stir at 5 of 10, slowly rise at 6, drag themselves up the ropes, and stand before 8. Darby throws a hand but Buddy fires off a strike fest! Kick, stomp to the foot, and then the knee, but Darby avoids it to fire off his own strike fest! Darby hops on, but Buddy shrugs off Code Red! Backslide, TWO, but Buddy SOBATS! Buddy drags Darby up, BUCKLE BOMB! And then CURB STOMP! Cover, TWO!!!

Darby survives and fans are thunderous again! Buddy is frustrated, but he drags Darby back up. Buddy reels Darby in, pump handles, but Darby wheelbarrows to a victory roll! TWO!! Darby hops on, CODE RED! Cover, TWO!! Darby hurries to a corner while Buddy is down! Fans fire up as Darby climbs, but Buddy trips Darby up! Buddy turns Darby around, CHOPS him, then climbs up after him. Darby fights the superplex with body shots, but Buddy gives body shots back. Buddy suplexes again, but Darby shifts around to make it a SUPER SCORPION DEATH DROP!! Buddy’s under the ropes, Darby has to drag him away! Cover, TWO!!! Buddy survives and no one can believe it!

Darby climbs back up but Buddy goes to the apron. Darby SLAPS Buddy, SLAPS him again, and again! Then BOOTS him! Darby adjusts while Buddy is in the ropes! GUILLOTINE COFFIN DROP!!! Cover, Darby wins!!

Winner: Darby Allin, by pinfall (still AEW TNT Champion)

And with that, Darby checks off the last member of the House of Black! Tony Schiavone is with the Relentless One in the ring, and he says it is quite the run Darby is on. He is on a great win streak, including the Trios win alongside The Great Muta in Muta’s last Pro-Wrestling NOAH match. And all the consecutive title defenses, from Mike Bennett to Juice Robinson to Kushida, and now Buddy Matthews. Four in a row, all stemming from Darby’s amazing in against Samoa Joe in Seattle. But speaking of Joe, he’s on the tron! “Darby~! Little dead boy, little dead boy, what ever have you done?

“It was said that in the kingdoms of old, crimes of theft were punished by having your hand cut off.” But Joe tells Darby that in the Kingdom of the Joe, the One True King of Television, he will take everything from Darby. Darby’s gold, what he STOLE from Joe, feels comfortable and right. But know this: Joe is coming to take back what’s his. The King will not be usurped by a man like Darby! And Darby will learn that winning that TNT title was the greatest mistake of his career. “The King has spoken.” The ROH World Television Champion wants what Darby has, but when and where will they face off again?

 

Adam Cole speaks.

“The past six months, my entire recovery process, it was very much one step forward and two steps back. But today, today is a giant step forward. No one has any idea how much I missed being here. Seeing the crew, hearing the roar of the fans, just being in this ring for the first time in a very, very long time, it feels good. And it’s showing me that all this hard work, all this determination, it is paying off. I know I’m not exactly where I’d like to be yet, but every single day, I am working towards getting back and becoming a brand new Adam Cole.

“Tonight, I’m going to be able to rest easy, knowing that I got the chance to step into this AEW ring. Tonight, I’m gonna sleep easy knowing that there’s a roster full of some of the best pro-wresters on the planet that I’m gonna have the chance to tangle with. I don’t know exactly when that day is yet, but I promise you, that day is coming soon.” Adam Cole looks to the AEW Revolution sign in the arena. Can Cole make March 5th undisputed?

 

Is that Jeff Hardy’s music?!

It is! But wait, Matt Hardy and Ethan Page walk out. Ethan has them cut the music. He and Stokely Hathaway are upset that they played the wrong music. But don’t boo, Ethan and Matt are gonna look great! Ethan even gave Hardy back the Twist of Fate! But we all agreed as a team, Ethan is the star of the show! Right, Isiah? Stokely adds, “Ain’t that right, Isiah?” Isiah Kassidy says, “Hell nah!” What did he say!? “I said… Hell. Nah!” Stokely unbuttons Kassidy’s jacket to reveal the Ethan Page shirt. Why’s he wearing that, then? Stokely tells Kassidy to put the chain on him. Oh, wait, he’ll put it in a way Kassidy can understand: “Put my chain on, dead ass.”

Ethan says while that’s happening, play the RIGHT music! Ethan’s theme plays, All Ego and Hardy head to the ring. Will The Firm DELETE Jack Perry & the FTW Champion? Or will they regret wanting them to #SendJungleHook?

#JungleHook VS Ethan Page & Matt Hardy w/ Stokely Hathaway!

The teams sort out and JB starts against Hardy. But then Ethan tags in and fans boo. Ethan turns around into a CHOP! And a CHOP! JB whips, Ethan reverses but JB ducks ‘n’ dodges to RANA! JB wrenches Ethan’s arm, but Ethan pulls hair to put JB in the corner. Hardy tags in but JB gets away. Hook steps in and the young studs stare down Ethan & Hardy. Hardy says, “DELETE! DELETE!” and fans chant along. Ethan pie faces Hook, but then runs away! #JungleHook DOUBLE ELBOW Hardy down! Hook then chases after Ethan while JB throws hands on Hardy! Ethan swings on Hook but Hook ducks under to clinch!

Ethan elbows free and SMACKS Hook off the apron! Ethan then reels Hook in, Canadian Racks, but Hook slips free and JB DIVES to take out Ethan! Fans fire up as Jungle Hook forearm bump. JB gets in, but Hardy clinches him! JB fights free with elbows, then whips Hardy to ropes. Hardy reverses but JB KICKS him! JB runs but Ethan trips him up! Fans boo but Hardy RAMS JB into the corner! Hardy puts JB up top, tags Ethan, and they work together, DOUBLE ICONOCLASM, to a DOUBLE STALLING SUPLEX! Ethan and Hardy high-five, then Ethan drags JB back up. Ethan bumps JB off buckles while AEW goes picture in picture.

JB falls over and Ethan looms over him. Ethan drags JB up, ROCKS him with a forearm, and JB ends up in the corner. Tag to Hardy and Ethan digs his boot in. Hardy drags JB up to bump him off buckles again and again and again and again! Hardy lets off to throw up the V1, then he drags JB up. Hardy DECKS JB, then has him in the corner again. Hardy has JB in the ropes, for a ROPE GUILLOTINE! Ethan gives a thumbs up while JB flounders around. Hardy drags JB to a cover, TWO! Hardy drags JB up, JB throws hands, but Hardy CLUBS him down! Hardy drags JB up, wrenches him and RAMS shoulders.

Hardy stands JB up again to RAM shoulders again. Hardy wrenches, YANKS JB’s arm, then keeps him from Hook. JB still reaches out, but Hardy drags JB away for an ELBOW BREAKER! And another, and another, and another! Hardy wrenches the arm, ARMBAR DDT! cover, TWO! Hardy stays between JB and Hook, then drags JB to the corner. Hardy bumps JB off buckles, tags in Ethan, and they mug JB. Ethan wrenches, RAMS shoulders, then clamps onto JB’s arm with a double wristlock. JB endures and Dynamite returns to single picture. Fans rally but Ethan wrenches JB again. Tag to Hardy and Hardy goes up, for the AX HANDLE to the arm!

Ethan wants to try that! Hardy drags JB over, tags Ethan in, and Ethan goes up. Ethan plays it up then jumps, but JB kicks Ethan down! JB rolls over Ethan’s back to whip Hardy out of the ring! JB then slips under Ethan to hot tag Hook! Ethan realizes he’s in danger, and he turns around into a LARIAT! Hook waistlocks, gut wrenches, EL CAMINO! Hardy gets up but Hook BLASTS him off the apron! Hook goes back to Ethan to waistlock but Ethan elbows free. Ethan swings, but into the T-BONE! Fans fire up, Hook tags JB in. Hook and JB double whip, but Ethan holds ropes. Hook runs in but is sent to the apron!

JB runs in but Ethan BOOTS him! Hook grabs Ethan at the ropes, but Hardy YANKS Hook down! Hardy RAMS Hook into apron, Ethan storms up on JB, but JB cradles Ethan! TWO!! Ethan clinches but JB JAWBREAKERS! Ethan staggers, Hardy tags in, and Hardy runs, but JB ducks ‘n’ dodges! Springboard, into the SIDE EFFECT! Hardy says, “DELETE! DELETE!” and JB stands up. TWIST- WAIT, Ethan wants the tag?! Fans boo, Hardy has this on his own! But Hardy does as he’s told and tags Ethan! Ethan grins as he drags JB back up. Ethan goes for the Twist, but gets tripped up! JB has the SNARE TRAP!!

Ethan endures, Stokely freaks out, and Hardy reaches out! Ethan crawls, but Hook trips Hardy in return! Ethan taps, JUNGLE HOOK WINS!

Winners: #JungleHook, by submission

All Ego just lost because of that ego! These cold-hearted, handsome devils are undefeated at 2-0, will they think of making this a regular thing?

 

Billy Gunn, The Acclaimed & The Gunn Sons are in family therapy.

The AEW therapist asks who would like to start, and Billy says he should, as he called for this. He will address the biggest issue: When did Austin & Colten “become so entitled, and just spoiled brats?” Austin says, “I’m sorry if I forget. When did you have anything to do with how we were raised? Our entire childhood, you were on the road 320 days out of the year.” Colten says that the “dream of having the tag titles with them (The Acclaimed) was supposed to be with us, and you (Billy) ditched us.” Billy’s sons always come second to him, so when are they going to be first? Never, it seems.

Anthony Bowens speaks up. “I think you two are the biggest pieces of sh*t I have ever met in my entire life. And I mean that.” But Austin & Colten do have the opportunity to mend that. They had all the time in the world to make up for that time they missed with their dad, and the second Billy showed The Acclaimed even a little bit of attention, they couldn’t control their jealousy and put hands on him. That’s where The Acclaimed stepped in. That’s why Billy adopted The Acclaimed. Max Caster agrees, and that is why he has no sympathy for Austin & Colten. “You think you can be The Acclaimed, you want to be the champions, but you can’t do what we do.”

Gunn Club, Billy, Austin & Colten all together, they would’ve been fine, but they wouldn’t have been what this is now. They wouldn’t have the top merchandise. That’s funny coming from Caster. Who helped Caster when Bowens was in a wheelchair? The Gunns. And yet in Caster’s raps, he had the nerve to call them “Ass Boys.” They were all supposed to be friends. And then when Bowens finally got out of the wheelchair, he hits Austin in the head with a crutch! And yet, Austin & Colten are the bad guys? That’s somehow their fault? Bowens says not to rewrite history, but they start arguing. Billy and the therapist calm this all down.

Billy gets both points, he really does. But Austin & Colten took the easy way out! What happened to them? Colten says their faults as sons are Billy’s failures as a father. Billy takes a breath. This has to get resolved, this is getting to be too much, and Billy can’t handle it. What is it the Gunns want? What would make them happy? The AEW World Tag Team Championships. Austin & Colten leave, and reconciliation seems impossible. Is fighting the only thing left that can end this?

 

Backstage interview with Hangman Page.

Renee Paquette again interviews The Cowboy, and says that after talking last week, something stuck with her. She asked Hangman what was next for him, and he gave a rather vague response. She wants to know if he’ll be more specific this week about what he wants to accomplish. Hangman says that sometimes, Renee asks questions “that we really don’t want to answer.” And without getting too into his personal life and keeping it to wrestling, the more Hangman looks forward, he can’t help but see back. Back to Ohio, where this all started with him and Jon Moxley. And Hangman sees now that he and Moxley are 1-1.

And Hangman knows now that next week, AEW will be in Dayton, Ohio. So the next thing Hangman would like to try and do would be the impossible: knockout Jon Moxley in Ohio. But then Wheeler Yuta walks in to tell Hangman that he has one thing right: it IS impossible for Hangman to knockout Moxley in Ohio. But while Moxley isn’t cleared to compete tonight, Moxley will be ready for next week, and he accepts the challenge. Well, good. But speaking of challenges, Hangman sure is running his mouth a lot about a guy who isn’t cleared, so how about he face YUTA on Rampage?

Hangman says sure, but he has a question for Yuta: “Why do you think what happened to Jon isn’t gonna happen to you, too?” Hangman tells the Decoder he’ll see him Friday, will the Cowboy make an example out of him before going for the tiebreaker with Moxley?

 

Bryan Danielson VS Brian Cage w/ Prince Nana!

The race to becoming #1 contender continues for the American Dragon! He just has to win all the way through February 8th in two weeks, but he’s running into The Machine! MJF gave Cage a fat stack of cash as reason to break Danielson, will he come through for the AEW World Champion?

The bell rings and fans rally behind Danielson. Bryan stares down with Brian, they circle, and then tie up. Cage shoves Bryan away and Bryan goes to a corner. Cage flexes and grins but Bryan comes back. They circle, feel things out, and knuckle lock. They go shoulder to shoulder in a test of strength, but of course Cage has the advantage there. Bryan fights back up, rolls, breaks one knuckle lock and drop toeholds. Cage stays up, so Bryan grabs the leg to KICK it! Cage hobbles to a corner, but he snarls as he resets with Bryan. They tie up, Cage powers Bryan to a corner, and he RAMS a shoulder in! And again, and again!

Cage CHOPS Bryan, CHOPS him again, then stalks Bryan to a corner. Bryan CHOPS, fires off body shots and KICKS, but the ref counts. Cage shoves Bryan away before 4! Cage then grabs a leg, drags Bryan around, but Bryan slips under the lariat to crucifix takedown! TWO, but Bryan holds on for HAMMER ‘N’ ANVIL ELBOWS! Fans chant “YES!” with each shot, but Cage just powers up to a fireman’s carry! But Bryan slips free to get the arm! LEBELL LOCK! Cage endures, reaches out, crawls forward, and reaches with a foot for the ROPEBREAK! Bryan lets go and Cage bails out. Bryan runs to WRECK Cage with a dropkick!

Bryan keeps moving, he DIVES and sends Cage into railing! Bryan gets in the ring again, goes up the corner, and he SUPER CROSSBODIES! Direct hit and down goes Cage! Fans fire up with Bryan while Nana coaches Cage on. Bryan stands Cage up to KICK him against the apron, and KICK again! And again! Bryan puts Cage in, climbs the corner again, but Cage gets under the leap! Bryan comes back into a trophy lift! And a TOSS into the corner! Fans boo while Cage shouts, “Who betta than Cage?!” Cage goes corner to corner to UPPERCUT, GAMANGIRI, and GERMAN SUPLEX! Bryan flounders away, clutching an arm.

Bryan goes to the apron, Cage goes out and drags him up. Nana talks trash as Cage hits an APRON BACK SUPLEX! Fans boo, the ref checks Bryan, and Dynamite goes picture in picture.

Bryan writhes but he’s still in this. Cage drags Bryan around, stomps him, then drags him up. Cage THROWS Bryan into railing, and Bryan again clutches his arm. Bryan flops over while Cage soaks up the heat. Cage drags Bryan up, hammerlocks the arm, and RAMS him into railing! Bryan clutches his shoulder and Cage soaks up more heat. Cage drags Bryan up and puts him in the ring, then drags him to the apron. Cage holds out the bad arm to KICK it! Bryan clutches the bicep while Cage gets in the ring. Cage drags Bryan up to clinch and COMPLETE SHOT! Bryan writhes, Cage soaks up more heat, and Cage flexes.

Cage stalks Bryan, ROCKS him with a forearm, and CHOPS him in the corner! And CHOPS again! Bryan staggers but Cage grabs him for a MOUNTED ARMBAR! Cage bends the fingers and twists the wrist! Bryan endures, so Cage wrenches to an ARMBAR DDT! Cover, TWO! Bryan is still in this but Cage says he’s gonna break that arm! Cage swaggers around while talking trash, and he clamps on another double wristlock! Bryan endures as Cage cranks the hold! Bryan fights up and reaches out for ropes, but then Cage drags him up to add a BEARHUG to the mix! Dynamite returns to single picture as fans rally and Bryan endures!

Bryan throws headbutt after headbutt after headbutt and fans chant “YES! YES! YES!” Cage lets go, Bryan KICKS his leg! And KICKS him in the chest! KICK after KICK and Bryan backs Cage down! Bryan goes to whip but Cage blocks! Bryan’s bad arm lets go, and Cage CLOBBERS Bryan in the corner! Cage whips Bryan corner to corner, but Bryan goes up and over- NO, Cage catches Bryan! SHOULDER BREAKER! Cage soaks up the heat and he goes to the ropes. Cage drags Bryan up as Nana says it’s time to go to sleep! DEADLIFT SUPERPLEX! Bryan writhes while Cage continues to soak up the heat. Cage says he’s gonna do one more!

Bryan is back on the apron, Cage drags him back up. Cage waistlocks for a DEADLIFT GERMAN SUPLEX! Cover, TWO!! Nana is furious but the ref defends his count. Bryan is still in this and fans rally up, but Cage puts Bryan up in the corner. Cage tucks him in, CHEEKY NANDOS! Cage goes up the corner from the outside, puts one out on Bryan’s back, but Bryan holds the ropes! Bryan SCORPION KICKS, then CLUBS the legs! Bryan throws forearms on Cage, but Cage shoves him down! Bryan comes back to DROPKICK! Fans fire up as Cage wobbles up top! Bryan climbs up and brings Cage up, for a SUPERPLEX! Fans fire up while both men are down!

Bryan fires up as he rises up! Cage sits up, into “YES!” kicks! “YES! YES! YES!” Bryan powers up, BUZZSAW! Cover, TWO! Cage is still in this but Bryan grabs the arms! DRAGON STOMPS! But the bad arm hurts, so Bryan shifts to a TRIANGLE HODL! But Cage deadlifts Bryan! But Bryan drops to pick the ankle, ANKLE LOCK! Cage endures, Bryan reels him in, leg-trapped GERMAN SUPLEX! But Cage is right up to SUPERKICK! Bryan ROLLING ELBOWS! Cage DISCUS into a ROUNDHOUSE! Cage still comes back, but Bryan ducks the discus, goes corner to corner, BUSAIKU- NO, Cage catches Bryan for a BUCKLE BOMB!

Cage then gets Bryan up again, POWERBOMB! High stack, to a deadlift, but Bryan sunset flips! Bryan has the high stack, BRYAN WINS!!

Winner: Bryan Danielson, by pinfall

The undefeated streak in 2023 continues! Bryan is 5-0 with just two more matches to go! But Cage CLOBBERS Bryan! Fans boo but Cage stomps away on Bryan! Cage drags Bryan up to the Gory Especial, for WEAPON X!! Fans boo but here comes MJF! The AEW World Champion goes right to ringside, he stops the timekeeper from ringing the bell, and he puts his belt down on the table. MJF shoves the tech out of the way to grab that guy’s chair! MJF has Cage drag Bryan up, and Cage throws Bryan to the floor! MJF hands the chair over to Cage and Cage sits it up. Cage puts Bryan’s arm through the chair!

Cage aims for the corner, and he POSTS Bryan’s arm!! Bryan’s arm gets smashed in the vice! Cage then puts Bryan back in the ring for MJF. Fans are torn as MJF circles around Bryan. MJF stands on Bryan’s bad arm and digs his boot in! Then MJF rains down fists on Bryan! Fans boo more, but MJF just roars! Cage returns with the chair, and he puts that chair around Bryan’s bad arm again! MJF goes up the corner while Cage holds Bryan down. But KONOSUKE TAKESHITA runs out! The Future promised to have Bryan’s back, so here he is! MJF runs away like the coward he is, but Cage brawls with Konosuke!

Cage ROCKS Konosuke, but Konosuke ROCKS Cage! Cage mule kicks, front kicks, but Konosuke dodges to JUMP KNEE!! Cage bails out and Nana has him retreat. Nana says Konosuke is a “stupid kid” and he’ll get what he deserves, but what about Bryan? Did MJF’s mercenary do enough damage to get the job done? Or can Bryan still make it through and be the #1 contender?

 

Backstage interview with Bryan Danielson.

Renee is with Bryan in the trainer’s room to get a medical update. Doc Sampson says Bryan’s got a partially subluxation to the shoulder joint, AKA it’s not good. So what does that mean for the immediate future? In Sampson’s opinion- Bryan says he doesn’t care what Sampson thinks! Can he wrestle or not? Sampson hesitates, so Bryan shouts, “CAN I WRESTLE OR CAN I NOT WRESTLE!?” Sampson says at this point, no! But Bryan says, “Yes I can!” Sampson says it’s a partial sub-whatever, Bryan doesn’t care if it’s dislocated! Bryan wrestled SIXTY GADDAMN MINUTES with a separated shoulder!! “Ain’t nobody stopping me from wrestling!”

Bryan tells “Max” that while he claims there’s some monster, Bryan just sees fear! MJF is afraid of getting hurt, of being exposed, and that Bryan will take the one thing MJF cares most about in this world in the AEW World Championship! But when Bryan does, he won’t just expose MJF. Bryan will show that what’s really behind MJF’s mask is a fraud. And then, the person who will be and should be AEW World Champion is Bryan Danielson! Bryan tells Sampson that he’s not stopping Bryan from wrestling ever again. Bryan heads out, but is this a move that plays right into MJF’s hands?

 

Toni Storm VS Ruby Soho!

As they say, “Card subject to change.” What was meant to be a Triple Threat cannot be as Britt Baker is out with injury. But that’s more than okay with these two! They don’t like Britt, and after Storm turned on Willow Nightingale, Soho doesn’t like Storm, either! Will there be #NoFuture for #ToniTime? Or will Destination Unknown be struck by the Lightning From Down Under?

The bell rings and fans rally as Storm and Soho circle. They tie up, go around, go along the ropes, and in a corner. The roundabout ends with Soho in control, but Storm shoves her away. Soho storms back up but Storm bails out. Storm lets things cool off and then steps back into the ring. They circle, Soho rushes in but Storm throws her down by her hair! Soho gets right up to shove Storm but Storm shoves her back. Soho throws a forearm but Storm gives it back! Fans fire up as the shots go back and forth, and Soho gets the edge! But Storm stomps Soho’s foot, runs the ropes, and BOOTS Soho down!

Fans duel as Storm scowls and stalks Soho to a corner. Storm digs her boots in, lets off, then drags Soho up. TORNADO- NO, Soho powers out, then spins Storm around to ROCK, CHOP and repeat! Soho has Storm in the corner for even more! The ref counts, Soho reels back, but Storm puts up her guard! Soho waits, Storm lowers her guard, and Soho ROCKS her! Soho drags Storm out to whip but Storm reverses. Soho goes up to catch Storm, but Storm throws her to the apron! Storm swings but Soho counter punches! Soho steps up but Storm pie faces her down! Storm runs to HIP ATTACK Soho to the floor!

Fans boo but Storm just grins. Storm goes to the apron and mockingly asks what happened. Storm then stand Soho up to CHOP! Fans rally for Soho but Storm whips her into railing! And then into the apron! Storm POSTS Soho and Soho falls, but Storm drags her back up. Storm whips Soho into railing hard! Soho writhes while Storm goes into the ring to soak up the heat. Storm again acts like she doesn’t know what’s wrong, while Dynamite goes picture in picture.

Soho crawls her way over to the ring but Storm wants the count. The count begins, but Soho drags her way over. Storm paces around, Soho gets in at 5 of 10, but Storm stands on her! The ref counts, Storm steps off quickly, and then she drags Soho up. Storm CHOPS again, but Soho eggs her on! Storm CHOPS again, and again, and then ROCKS Soho with a forearm! Soho goes to a corner, Storm stands her up to UPPERCUT! Storm TOSSES Soho across the way, then storms up, only for Ruby to kick her low. Storm stomps a mudhole into Soho! Storm scowls as she lets off, and then she digs her knee in!

The ref counts, Storm lets off at 4, and Soho sputters to the ropes. Storm CHOKES Soho on the ropes with both knees! The ref counts, Storm lets off, and then she drags Soho up. Snap suplex! Cover, TWO! Storm shakes her head, not understanding why Soho’s fighting so hard. Storm kicks her around, stands on Soho’s fingers, and then CLUBS Soho down. Storm clamps onto Soho with a seated full nelson! Soho endures and fans rally up. Soho fights to her feet, but Storm thrashes her back down! Storm leans on the hold but Soho still endures. Soho fights back to her feet and Dynamite returns to single picture.

Fans rally for Soho and she runs to RAM Storm into buckles! Soho elbows Storm, goes up and hits DEADLY NIGHTSHADE! Storm staggers, Soho reels her in, SAIDO! Soho drags Storm up, to SAIDO again! Storm stagger sup, into palm strikes and a SOBAT! Front KICK, STO! Fans fire up with Soho as she has a wild look in her eyes! Soho spins Storm around, reels her in, and clinches, but Storm rolls Soho up with tights! TWO!! Storm knees low, reels Soho in, but Soho wrenches out to NO FUTURE KICK! Storm goes down, Soho covers, TWO!! Storm survives and Soho is frustrated. But Soho drags Storm into a drop zone!

Soho climbs the corner as fans fire up. Soho aims, and SUPER- NO, she has to bail out of the senton as Storm moves! Soho blocks a kick to KNEE Storm back! Storm clutches her nose and goes to ropes! The ref has Soho stay back as Storm holds her nose. It was broken once before, did it get broken again? Fans boo, they don’t trust this. Soho isn’t sure what to do, she didn’t want to hurt Storm. But then Storm YANKS Soho into ropes! It WAS a fake-out! And then Storm GERMAN SUPLEXES Soho! Fans boo more as Storm smiles and breathes just fine. Storm then runs corner to corner, SWEET HIP MUSIC!! And then TORNADO DDT! Cover, TWO!!

Soho survives and fans fire up while Storm loses her mind! Storm drags Soho up and reels her in, but BRITT BAKER is here?!? Injured or not, The Doctor is still gonna show up on AEW! Storm snarls at the DMD, but turns around into DESTINATION UNKNOWN! Cover, Soho wins!!

Winner: Ruby Soho, by pinfall

Again, injured or not, Britt had an effect on this match! The homegrown star tipped the scales in Soho’s favor, have the battle lines been drawn?

 

MJF speaks.

“My apologies that I’m speaking to you people in a dimly lit locker room, but unfortunately, some people, ah, they just can’t seem to control their emotions around here. Granted, I’m not the first Jew that had to hide from a man with blue eyes, now am I? Takeshita! Yeah, that’s right, big man, I know how to pronounce your name. Granted, I still think ‘Take-a-shit-a’ is freakin’ hilarious. But hey, I can’t force the fans to have taste. But I have taste, Takeshita. I think you’re really talented, man. Inside that squared circle, you are very, very talented. But unfortunately, up top, you’re a little bit smooth-brain. You think it’s a good idea to dance with the devil, and I am here to tell you, you can’t match my tempo. So stay out of my business, or there will be consequences.

“Speaking of, Bryan Danielson! The American Dragon! How’s that wing of yours doing, bud? Bet it’s hanging on by a thread. But no, you’re gonna keep on going, right? You’re gonna keep on marching towards March 5th, AEW Revolution, that One Hour Ironman Match. Because you’re so brave, you’re a valiant warrior, you’re a hero! At least, that’s what the fans think of you, but I know better. See, I know you’re obsessed. Just like I’m obsessed with Triple B, the AEW World Championship. See, this belt gives me a reason to get out of bed in the morning. Because this belt stands for the simple fact that all my blood, sweat, hard work, tears, and my sins, they were all worth it.

“This belt turns my catchphrase into a fact! This belt does make me better than you, and you know it. This belt is the only thing in my life that makes me feel whole. And you wanna take that away from me, Bryan? Why? Don’t you have enough, man? Loving family, adoring fanbase, first ballot Hall of Fame career, but no. You need to take away from Max! I know the real reason why, Bryan. It’s because just like me, you’ve got a hole in your soul and you’re trying to fill it. But I’m not the one to get that job done, Bryan. Nah, not by a long shot. Bad things happen to people that mess with MJF in this company.

“Matter of fact, I remember knocking out some big British guy. Kinda looked like Ellen DeGeneres on meth. The name’s on the tip of my tongue. Ah, it’s not important. What is important is this: Tonight was just the tip of the iceberg, and if you keep trying to take away the one thing in this world that brings me happiness, you’re gonna find out that tonight was only physical pain, and physical pain is fleeting. You don’t want me to get to the mental pain, Bryan. Because that really leaves a scar.

“Now this week, Tony Khan has issued out an open contract to any man to fight you on next week’s Dynamite. So I made a phone call to a man who loves inflicting pain. A man who gets off on scientifically dismantling men limb from limb. It’s been a fun ride, Dragon. But I’m afraid it’s over. Roll the clip.” MJF’s next mercenary: TIMOTHY THATCHER!! He just won in brutal fashion in Pro-Wrestling Noah, and he really does enjoy hurting his opponents! Will Thatcher do the dirty work of MJF and tear that subluxated arm clean off?

 

BREAKING NEWS for Rampage!

On top of Hangman VS Yuta, and on top of “Powerhouse” Hobbs being back in action, we will see an AEW Women’s World Championship Eliminator match! Jamie Hayter takes on THE Emi Sakura!

Jamie Hayter speaks.

“In my opinion, Emi Sakura is a professional wrestling legend. The amount of times she’s broken her back for this business, bled for this business. She got her bloody head shaved for this business! She’s the kind of woman I need to be in the ring with, and I need to beat her.” Hayter knows it’s been awhile since she and Emi met in the ring, but she’s different now. And when they face off on Rampage, even the legend will understand #HayterHitsHard.

 

BREAKING NEWS for Dynamite next week!

On top of Hangman VS Moxley, Round 3, and on top of The Acclaimed in action, we get Darby VS Joe for the AEW TNT Championship, NO HOLDS BARRED!! What won’t these two do to finally settle things?

 

Mark Briscoe VS Jay Lethal!

To honor the memory of the late, great Jay Briscoe, his brother and tag partner, as well a his long time friend and rival, will close out tonight. Ian Riccaboni and Caprice Coleman join Excalibur on commentary for this one, because this one is for family!

AEW returns from break and Mar makes his entrance, holding onto the ROH World Tag Team Championships. Bobby Cruise makes the introductions as the emotions already well up inside Lethal and Mark. The bell rings, Lethal and Mark shake hands not just to uphold the Code of Honor, but to share in genuine emotion. The fans fire up as the two circle and tie up. Mark headlocks for a takeover, Lethal headscissors, but Mark kips free. They reset and tie up again. Mark wrenches to a wristlock, then gets a top wristlock. Lethal powers out, Mark ducks ‘n’ dodges and slides, to arm-drag Lethal down!

Fans fire up but Lethal fights up to whip Mark. Mark reverses but Lethal goes up the corner and leaps. Mark gets under that, Lethal slides under but runs into a scoop and SLAM! Mark goes for legs but Lethal kangaroo kicks him away. Lethal arm-drags now, and the two stand off. Fans applaud as the two take a moment to catch their breath and wipe their eyes. Fans rally up, Mark and Lethal tie up again. They go around, Mark puts Lethal in the ring, but Lethal turns it around. The ref counts, Lethal CHOPS! Mark stares Lethal down and says, “It’s like that?” Lethal says, “Yeah, it’s like that.” So Mark turns Lethal around to CHOP back!

Lethal nods and smiles. Mark eggs Lethal on so Lethal CHOPS! Mark CHOPS! Lethal CHOPS! Mark CHOPS! They CHOP and CHOP and Mark gets the edge! Mark fires up but Lethal CHOPS and CHOPS! Lethal whips, Mark reverses and runs in to clothesline! Mark snapmares, runs and basement BOOTS! Fans fire up and Mark brings Lethal up. Mark UPPERCUTS, then whips. Lethal reverses and hip tosses! Cartwheel and basement dropkick! Fans rally as Lethal stalks Mark to ropes. Lethal brings Mark up, suplexes, but Mark slips free to waistlock. Lethal elbows free, runs, but Mark follows to forearm!

Mark reels Lethal in, fans fire up, and Mark turns Lethal for a very Jay Briscoe style NECKBREAKER! Fans fire up for the shoutout and Mark covers, TWO! Mark dares Lethal to get up as Dynamite goes picture in picture.

Lethal goes to the apron, Mark waits on him to get up and then storms over. Lethal clings to ropes, the ref counts, and Mark lets off. Mark goes out after Lethal to bring him up but Lethal fights the clinch. Lethal ROCKS Mark with a forearm, but Mark ROCKS Lethal back! Mark eggs Lethal on so Lethal ROCKS Mark back! Fans fire up as Mark ROCKS Lethal! Lethal ROCKS Mark, Mark shouts and ROCKS Lethal! And kicks low! And CHOPS! And then LARIATS Lethal back into the ring, only for Lethal to DROPKICK Mark off the apron! Lethal builds speed to DIVE! Direct hit and Mark hits railing!

Lethal paces around the way, rolls into the ring just to refresh the count, and then he goes back for Mark. Lethal brings Mark up to put him in the ring, covers, ONE! Lethal pushes Mark down again, ONE! Lethal clamps on a chinlock to grind Mark down. Mark endures, fights up, and throws body shots. Lethal snapmares and basement dropkicks Mark down! Lethal covers, TWO! Another cover, TWO! Lethal goes back to the chinlock and grinds Mark down again. Mark fights up, throws body shots and elbows, and Dynamite returns to single picture. Mark ROCKS Lethal, CHOPS him, then fires off fast hands! REDNECK KUNG FU!

Mark whips Lethal corner to corner but Lethal reverses. Mark goes up and out, ROCKS Lethal, then UPPERCUTS! The Redneck Kung Fu is hard to beat! Mark goes up top, leaps, FLYING CHOP! Fans are thunderous for Mark but Lethal waistlocks! Mark elbows free then PELES! Lethal goes to a corner, Mark runs in, and he SPLASHES! Mark puts Lethal up top, power sup, and UPPERCUTS again! Mark then crosses Lethal’s arms, for an ICONOCLASM! Cover, TWO!! Lethal survives but Mark pounds the mat. Fans rally up behind him, Mark drags Lethal up and tucks the arms! But Lethal fights the lift!

Mark tries to lift Lethal but he resists, so Mark SLAPS Lethal! And CLUBS him! Mark turns Lethal again but Lethal slips free, BACKBREAKER to COMPLETE SHOT! The Lethal Combination hits! Cover, TWO! Mark is still in this and fans rally up behind him. Lethal stomps a leg, steps through, but Mark rolls Lethal up! TWO, and Lethal BOOTS Mark! Then SCREW HIGH KICKS! Lethal suplexes, but Mark fights it! Lethal tries again, and GOURD BUSTERS! Lethal handsprings, LETHAL INJECTION!! But Mark rolls all the way out of the ring! Fans are thunderous and Lethal can’t believe it! Lethal goes out and he fetches Mark.

Lethal drags Mark up and to the ring but fans rally. Mark karate chops Lethal again and again! But Lethal RAMS him into railing! Mark flops to the timekeeper’s table, Lethal CLUBS him down. Lethal lines up a shot, and he puts Mark on the table. Lethal goes to the corner and climbs up!? Fans are already freaking out, but Mark gets in the ring! Lethal hops down but Mark DECKS him! Mark builds speed to WRECK Lethal with a dropkick! Fans fire up with Mark as he is on the apron., and he RUNNING BLOCKBUSTERS to the floor! Fans are thunderous as Mark ROCKS Lethal and puts him on the table!

Mark goes to the corner and he climbs up top! Fans are thunderous for the SUPER FROGGY-BOW through the table!!! Fans lose their minds and give a standing ovation for that one! Mark throws things aside, including a chair, and the ref has to get that chair out of the ring. Mark puts Lethal in the ring, “This is Awesome!” as Mark covers, TWO!?!? Lethal is still in this and Mark can’t believe it! Mark drags Lethal up, underhooks, but Lethal NORTHERN LIGHTS! Bridging cover, TWO!! Mark still has the arms hooked! But Lethal escapes by slipping out underneath! Lethal handsprings, but Mark follows! LARIAT!!

Mark drags Lethal up, he underhooks the arms, but Lethal wrenches out, into another LARIAT! Mark finally has the underhooks, JAY DRILLER!!! Cover, Mark wins!!

Winner: Mark Briscoe, by pinfall

The standing ovation is back, Mark wins this one for his brother! On what would’ve been Jay’s 39th birthday, we all celebrate the life, career, passion, dedication and love of Jay Briscoe. The combined AEW and ROH roster is on stage to join the standing ovation as Lethal and Mark hug it out. Lethal then goes up the ramp, he hugs it out with Sonjay Dutt, and Mark celebrates with the fans. Mark then hugs it out with Christopher Daniels, Tony Khan, and even Rush and BJ Whitmer. #ThankYouJayBriscoe, we will always remember you.


My Thoughts:

A great episode, but made even better by Warner Brothers Discovery letting off on their anti-Briscoe stance in the wake of Jay’s passing. Mark VS Lethal was such a great match, especially in terms of honoring Jay. There will still be a bigger, more ROH based tribute show via Honor Club, but I almost feel like nothing else could top what we got. We also got a good promo from Adam Cole to further hype his return, and I think Revolution is a good target to aim for. Another month is a good amount of time to prepare, but he’d have to find an opponent to face pretty quickly to make sure they can put it on the card and advertise it.

Great opening tag match, and of course the JAS cheat to get the win. The feud between them and Starks-Andretti is far from over, but I think there has to be one last 1v1 of Starks VS Jericho to really settle it. Great TNT title match from Darby VS Buddy, with great overbooking of Sting and Ortiz getting after Malakai and Brody. This very well could be how Ortiz proves to Eddie Kingston that he was never in cahoots with The House of Black, but maybe Eddie just thinks this was a fake-out. Pretty funny swerve with the theme music for Ethan & Hardy VS Jungle Hook. Great match, too, and good booking of the finish. Jungle Hook really could become a full-time team, fans love them both anyway.

And then Darby VS Joe being set up next week, TNT title under No Holds Barred, holy crap that’s going to be awesome. They’re going to go above and beyond, and that could mean either guy wins. But at the same time, it’d be a shame for Darby only holding onto the title for a month just to give Joe another double title run. Darby will surely win, and I would love if Hobbs showed up after to attack and stake his claim to the title. Darby VS Hobbs could be awesome stuff, and probably set for Revolution to really add to that PPV.

Good “therapy” promo from Acclaimed and Gunn Club. I’m with Daddy Ass, those were good points from both sides, and of course this is about the tag titles. Acclaimed will surely win their tag match next week, only for Gunns to attack them like they did with FTR to get at them. Acclaimed VS Gunns could happen at Revolution, but they’d really have to stretch this out somehow. Good promo from Hangman and I’m surprised we’re getting Hangman VS Moxley Round 3 so soon. And still not Unsanctioned No Holds Barred like I expected. Hangman VS Yuta will be a great match for Rampage, and I would think Hangman will win that.

Great stuff from Bryan VS Brian, and of course we get both Bryan winning but his arm being viciously attacked. Konosuke making the save was great, though he could’ve gotten out there a bit sooner. Good promo from MJF to call both Konosuke and Bryan out, and I would love to see Konosuke VS Cage at some point. Bryan had a great promo to tell off Doc Sampson and MJF, and Bryan will definitely find a way to win his next two matches. Bryan winning with one arm, then wrestling against MJF for an hour with one arm, that’s gonna be some powerful stuff. But somehow, someway, MJF is surely winning at Revolution.

Good promo from Hayter to call out Emi Sakura, and that will be a real good match for Rampage. And great stuff from Soho VS Storm in place of the Triple Threat we were supposed to get. Britt Baker’s injury is being kept under wraps, but it clearly wasn’t too serious since she was able to show up and distract Storm. Tony Khan has been quoted as saying the Triple Threat will happen when Britt is 100%, and maybe it’ll name a #1 contender to Hayter’s title for Revolution. At the same time, Shida has to get in on this story after finding herself stuck between Saraya & Storm with their “We’re better cuz we got started before AEW” and the fact AEW got her international success.

My Score: 8.9/10


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Mitchell’s AEW Dark Results & Report! (1/24/23)

Britt Baker gets Dark!

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Universal Studios belongs to Dr. Britt Baker, DMD.

Ahead of a Triple Threat on Wednesday Night Dynamite, Britt Baker returns to AEW Dark for a Tuesday tune-up! Will The Doctor be ready for Toni Storm and Ruby Soho?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Britt Baker VS Billie Starkz; Baker wins.
  • Six Man Tag: The Dark Order VS Baliyan Akki, Marcus Kross & Vary Morales; The Dark Order wins.
  • Tony Deppen VS Serpentico w/ Luther; Serpentico wins.
  • Matt Sydal VS Cezar Bononi w/ Peter Avalon; Sydal wins.
  • Harley Cameron VS Brittany J; Cameron wins.
  • Madison Rayne VS Kaci Lennox; Rayne wins.
  • Action Andretti VS Bronson w/ The Iron Savages; Action win.
  • Anthony Henry VS Mascara Dorada; Dorada wins.

QUICK NOTES

A good line-up, and good to see Matt Sydal back in action. That should be a good return win for him against big bad Bononi. Harley Cameron is a bit of a surprise. Sure, she showed up in AEW sometime last year, but she performed in a musical trio alongside Scarlett Bordeaux and Shotzi Blackheart to cover I Put A Spell On You for WWE around Halloween time. WWE could’ve/should’ve scooped her up then but hey, at least she’s somewhere. Anthony Henry VS Mascara Dorada looks to be a great match-up that could go either way. And of course, Britt will get a win here to be ready for Dynamite on Wednesday.


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