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Mitchell’s AEW Rampage Results & Report! (7/8/22)

Orange Cassidy is on a Rampage!

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Are forced signatures on a petition even legal?

Mark Sterling’s petty petition needs signatures, but will Tony Nese be able to squeeze Orange Cassidy into kicking Swerve out of AEW?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Eddie Kingston VS Konosuke Takeshita; Eddie wins.
  • Jonathan Gresham & Lee Moriarty VS The Gates of Agony w/ Tully Blanchard; The Gates of Agony win.
  • Mercedes Martinez & Serena Deeb VS Kayla Sparks & Christina Marie; Martinez & Deeb win.
  • Sign the Petition Match: Orange Cassidy w/ Best Friends VS Tony Nese w/ Mark Sterling; Cassidy wins and does NOT have to sign the petition.

PLAY BY PLAY

Eddie Kingston VS Konosuke Takeshita!

The Mad King wants to taste Chris Jericho’s blood, but especially after what the Jericho Appreciation Society did to Ruby Soho! For now, he’ll have to settle for facing the Future of DDT Pro. Will Eddie get plenty of blood, sweat and tears out of Konosuke? Or is the future now, at Eddie’s expense?

The bell rings, fans are fired up, and Eddie circles with Konosuke. They tie up, are in a deadlock, but Konosuke uses leverage to push Eddie. Eddie pushes back, and fans fire up as the two break. They go again, Eddie headlocks for the takeover but Konosuke headscissors. Eddie gets free to headlock and takeover again. Konosuke headscissors again, but Eddie gets free again and huffs to a corner. Fans rally as the two reset, and Eddie calls for the test of strength. Konosuke accepts and they knuckle lock, and then they go shoulder to shoulder. Both men fight for control, and Eddie wrenches to WRING Konosuke and get the motorcycle stretch!

Konosuke fights up, fights to turn things around, but Eddie holds on. Konosuke keeps trying, turns it onto Eddie and fans fire up! Eddie scowls and fights to turn it back, but Konosuke holds tight. Eddie turns things around on Konosuke and fans cheer again. Konosuke backs Eddie into the ropes and Eddie lets go of Konosuke’s arms. Konosuke turns around slowly, and he throws a hard shot into the ribs! Konosuke whips, Eddie reverses and KNEES Konosuke against ropes, to then GUT WRENCH SUPLEX! The straps come down and we see the rib tape. Eddie grimaces and hobbles around to get Konosuke up for a CHOP!

Konosuke stays up and fires a forearm! Eddie CHOPS, Konosuke forearms, so Eddie pokes Konosuke in the eye! Eddie stands Konosuke in the corner for MACHINE GUN CHOPS! But Konosuke turns things around for MACHINE GUN FOREARMS! Eddie HEADBUTTS Konosuke down! Fans fire up and Eddie hobbles over to sit Konosuke up. Eddie clamps on a chinlock and he grinds Konosuke but Konosuk endures. Fans rally, Konosuke fights and gets the ROPEBREAK, and Eddie lets off quickly, though giving an elbow to the head as he does. The ref reprimands but Eddie stands Konosuke up again to CHOP against the ropes!

Eddie whips, Konosuke ducks ‘n’ dodges to FLYING LARIAT! Fans fire up and Eddie goes to a corner. Konosuke runs in to forearm smash! Then a whip, but Eddie reverses, only for Konosuke to LARIAT! And BLUE THUNDER BOMB! Cover, TWO!! Eddie survives and Konosuke is surprised, but Konosuke gets Eddie up while Rampage goes picture in picture.

Eddie fights the lift, elbows free of the waistlock, but Konosuke fires off elbows of his own! Eddie SWATS Konosuke’s haymaker to SAIDO! Konosuke’s right up!? And he GERMAN SUPLEXES Eddie! But Eddie is right up to ENZIGURI! Konosuke SLIDING KNEES! Both men are down and a standing count starts. Fans rally up as the count reaches 5 of 10. Konosuke crawls to a cover, ROPEBREAK!! Eddie saves himself and Konosuke can’t believe it! Both men go to the apron, though, and fans fire up. Konosuke throws a forearm but Eddie gives it back as Rampage returns to single picture. Konosuke forearms, Eddie CHOPS!

Konosuke throws more forearms, but Eddie CHOPS and CHOPS and CHOPS! Eddie reels Konosuke in but Konosuke holds onto ropes. Konosuke elbows free, throws forearms, then turns Eddie around, APRON GERMAN SUPLEX! And Konosuke still holds on!? Konosuke drags Eddie from the apron, but Eddie grabs the apron skirt to resist! Eddie elbows free, but Konosuke comes back, into an EXPLODER to the floor! Fans fire up while both men are down on the outside! The ring count climbs, both men are still down at 5 of 10! And even 7! Kingston gets in at 8, Konosuke in at 9.5!! Fans fire up as both men stir!

Konosuke stands up first but Eddie follows. Konosuke and Eddie rush each other, DOUBLE LARIATS collide! Neither man falls, so they DOUBLE LARIAT again! Konosuke ROCKS Eddie with a forearm, runs, but into a LARIAT!! Cover, ONE?!?! Eddie doesn’t bother being shocked, he just gets Konosuke up for a LIGER BOMB!! Cover, TWO!!! Konosuke is still in this and fans are thunderous! “This is Awesome!” as Eddie scowls and drags Konosuke up. Eddie takes a breath before he URA- NO, Konosuke blocks the backhand to fire forearms! Eddie eggs Konosuke on so Konosuke ROCKS him again and again and again! BRAINBUSTER!! Cover, TWO!!!

Konosuke can’t believe it but Eddie survives! Fans rally and Konosuke throws forearms. Eddie gives them back, they get faster and faster as they go back and forth. Eddie eggs Konosuke on again then starts throwing palm strikes! Konosuke gives boxing elbows at the same time and fans fire up for the fury! Konosuke gets the edge, ROCKS Eddie again, but Eddie SHOTEIS! Konosuke shakes his head and fires off forearms to the head and ribs! Eddie wobbles, leans against Konosuke, then wrenches to CHOP and CHOP and CHOP! Konosuke wobbles, into a HALF ‘N’ HALF! But he’s right back up to LARIAT!!

Eddie’s right back up! Konosuke ducks the Uraken to ROLLING ELBOW and whip! But Eddie dodges the jump knee to URAKEN! JUMP KNEE comes back! ANOTHER URAKEN!! Eddie falls on the cover, and wins!!

Winner: Eddie Kingston, by pinfall

Now that was a slug fest! The difference between winning and losing may have been just one strike, but Eddie comes out on top! Will Eddie be razor sharp when he finally gets his hands on Jericho 1v1?

 

Athena and Kris Statlander speak.

The Fallen Goddess starts with, “We are gathered here today in support of one TBS Champion, Jade Cargill.” The Galaxy’s Greatest Alien adds, “#ThatBitch. The problem is that you’re a coward.” Athena agrees, Jade is “so scared that you’re gonna lose that TBS Championship that you have denied yourself real competition.” Kris says she and Athena are literally right here. Kris has been here since the beginning, and has given so much to AEW. But that means nothing to Jade when “scouting opponents.” Athena says she has traveled the world, won championships almost everywhere she’s been, and yet Jade surrounds herself with morons.

Kris says Jade should let her and Athena “help” Jade, because they ain’t going anywhere until they get what they deserve: an opportunity at the TBS Championship. Athena and Kris have called out the undefeated 34-0 champion, but will they get a spot on #ThatBitchShow?

 

Jonathan Gresham & Lee Moriarty VS The Gates of Agony w/ Tully Blanchard!

The ROH World Champion promised the young and savvy Moriarty a shot at this title, but Tully barged in to say title matches have to be earned, not handed out. But will Tully Blanchard Enterprises’ clients earn themselves a part in the title scene? Or will the Octopus and #TYGASTYLE tear down the Gates of Agony and clear a path to Death Before Dishonor?

The teams sort out and Toa Liona CLOBBERS Gresham out of the ring! Kaun grabs Moriarty in a facelock as the bell rings, and then he whips to kitchen sink KNEE! And SENTON! Cover, ONE!! Kaun drags Moriarty up to CHOP him to the corner, then tags in Liona. They double whip, trip Moriarty up and CLOBBER him! Liona drags Moriarty up, DECKS him, then CHOKES him on the ropes! The ref counts, Liona lets off at 4, then he brings Moriarty up to tag in Kaun. They whip Moriarty again, CLOBBER him, and Kaun slingshot sentons! Cover, TWO! Kaun stays between Moriarty and Gresham, and he stomps and kicks away on Moriarty.

Fans rally and Moriarty gets up to ROCK Kaun with a forearm! And another, and another! Moriarty elbows Liona away, slides under Kaun and KANGAROO KICKS! Liona tags in as Moriarty crawls, but Tully distracts Gresham from the tag! Liona drags Moriarty away, hauls him up, and whips him to ropes to jumping SAMOAN DROP! Cover, TWO! Moriarty is still in this but Liona stares Gresham down while Rampage goes picture in picture.

Liona looms over Moriarty then clamps on a shoulder claw! Moriarty endures, Gresham coaches him up, and Moriarty stands, only for Liona to CLUB him on the back. And then GERMAN SUPLEX him to the corner! Tag to Kaun, they mug Moriarty and dig their knees in! The ref counts, the Gates let off at 4, and Kaun drags Moriarty up to snap suplex! Cover, TWO! Kaun stomps Moriarty, CLUBS him, and then RAMS him into the corner. Moriarty fires elbows but Lion tags in to then SLAP Moriarty! Liona runs in and back elbows Moriarty down! Tully talks smack on the fans and Liona KICKS Moriarty in the side.

Liona stands on Moriarty at the ropes, the ref counts, but Kaun CHOKES Moriarty behind his back! Kaun lets off and Liona drags Moriarty to center to CLUB him down. Liona clamps on an armlock, and a claw into Moriarty’s ribs! Moriarty endures, fights up, but Lona wrenches and wristlocks. Moriarty throws forearms but can’t get free as Rampage goes to break.

Rampage returns and Liona keeps on that arm. Moriarty fights up again to throw more forearms. Moriarty reaches out, ROCKS Liona, but Liona whips him away! Liona runs in but only gets buckles as Moriarty dodges! Kaun tags in, Moriarty pushes Liona out of the way and ducks Kaun to DROPKICK him out of the ring! Liona rushes back in but Moriarty dumps him out! Fans fire up as Moriarty crawls for the corner, hot tag to- WHAT?! Gresham pulls his hand away?! The Octopus doesn’t care about Moriarty as Kaun gets him up for a back suplex! But Moriarty lands on his feet and fires off forearms!

Fans fire up as Moriarty BOOTS Liona down! Gresham hugs Tully? Is he a member of Tully Blanchard Enterprises now?! Was this all a set-up!? Moriarty still fires off forearms on Kaun, then ducks to back suplex! Liona tags in and he DISCUS LARIATS Moriarty inside-out! And then feed to Kaun, GUT BUSTER DROP!! Cover, the Gates of Agony win!

Winners: The Gates of Agony, by pinfall

Liona and Kaun were fed Moriarty on a silver platter! Will the even stronger TBE take over ROH?

 

Eddie Kingston speaks.

“Takeshita, my back hurts, my ribs hurt, my neck hurts, you are the future. I respect you, I’ve been dying to get in there with you. I respect you. Tell Akiyama I said hello. But now, since beating such a young, hungry competitor, what pro-wrestling is all about, now I’ve earned the right to turn my attention to you, Chris. You and your group, what you did to Ruby, you understand how much you’re gonna pay for that?” They’re probably sitting there thinking that Eddie always says that, he says that and didn’t make Chris bleed so Eddie’s a liar.

“Chris, I’m gonna make you bleed because you made me a liar. Because of what you did to the Combat Club, what you did to PNP, what you did to my Ruby. That was only about me, but the bleeding’s not only about me. Each drop of blood is gonna be for them. And y’know what? I’m gonna get your blood, because I don’t like being a liar. I want barbed wire. I want barbed wire everywhere. Every drop of blood is a sin that you have committed, Chris. And that last drop before you pass out, that’s for my Ruby.” Will The Wizard be bled dry to satiate the Mad King’s anger?

 

Mercedes Martinez & Serena Deeb VS Kayla Sparks & Christina Marie!

The OG Badass is still ROH Women’s World Champion, and the tag team of her and the Professor of Pro-Wrestling is still undefeated! Will that tag win streak continue, even with Death Before Dishonor around the corner? Or will Deeb’s appetite for gold make her turn into the Wolf that she is?

The teams sort out and Deeb starts against Marie. Deeb dares Marie to bring it, and Marie rushes in, only for Deeb to get around and CLUB her down. Deeb then DECKS Sparks, and she wrangles Marie into a wrench and NORTHERN LIGHTS! Deeb keeps on the arm, turns Marie over and STOMPS the arm! Deeb clinches, EuroUppers, and Marie goes to a corner. Deeb runs in to clothesline hard! Fans fire up as Deeb throws elbows, then Deeb brings Marie over. Deeb sweeps the legs and ROPE GUILLOTINES Marie! Sparks gets in but Deeb CLOBBERS her! Deeb tells Mercedes that she could learn something from Deeb.

But then Mercedes tags in! Deeb shouldn’t have gotten so close if she wanted to keep “teaching.” Deeb scowls but she BASEMENT UPPERCUTS Marie! Mercedes adds a SLIDING KNEE! Deeb drags Marie around by a leg, sits her up, and Mercedes runs to BOOT Marie back down! Fans fire up for the tense teamwork, and Mercedes hangs Marie out to dry! Marie flops back to the mat, Mercedes drags her around, and Mercedes runs the ropes. Deeb tags in before the BLINDSIDE FOREARM! Mercedes BOOTS Sparks, Deeb gets the legs and arm, SERENITY LOCK!! Marie taps, Deeb & Mercedes win!

Winners: Mercedes Martinez & Serena Deeb, by submission

Deeb holds on to punish Marie, and Mercedes keeps the ref from taking action. Mercedes gets Deeb off Marie herself and tells her the win is enough. Mercedes raises the belt up in the celebration, and Deeb CLOBBERS her! Deeb puts Mercedes in the SERENITY LOCK!! Mercedes is tapping!! Deeb lets go of Mercedes, having unleashed the Wolf of Wrestling! Will Deeb sink her teeth into the ROH Women’s World Championship soon enough?

 

Tony Schiavone interviews Tully Blanchard and Jonathan Gresham.

Schiavone asks why Gresham didn’t accept his partner, Moriarty’s tag in that match! Gresham says first off, Moriarty is NOT Gresham’s tag partner. Second of all, Gresham is THE FOUNDATION of ROH. He is the ROH World Champion! And yet, after signing his contract back in March, Gresham has sat at home this entire time! That is, until he got a phone call from Tully Blanchard. Tully laid out the plan and Gresham would’ve been a fool not to listen to him. Schiavone can see that, but he also informs us that Tony Khan has made it official: Gresham VS Moriarty for the ROH World Championship, next week on Rampage!

Tully says if you watched what he watched, then we can’t even be sure there’s enough left of Lee Moriarty to make it to that match. But we’ll all be there, because TBE is alive and well! Tully and Gresham shake hands again, will the Octopus strangle whatever is left of Moriarty in their ROH World Championship match?

 

Mark Henry talks with tonight’s main eventers!

The World’s Strongest Man starts with Orange Cassidy, noting tonight is a very special stipulation. Mark Sterling speaks up to say, “That’s right! Stipulations, we’ve got a big one. This is The People Against Swerve Strickland petition, or as I like to call it, ‘The PASS,’ to get him removed from the AEW roster.” If Tony Nese wins, then Mr. Cassidy must sign it. OBJECTION! Danhausen steps in, Very Nice, Very Evil, and fixing his tie. In this interview of Mr. Cassidy, you will direct all questions to Danhausen to forward on to his client, if he chooses to hear it. Cassidy says fine, he doesn’t care.

Sterling says that is the problem! But Nese speaks up to say the real problem is Cassidy doesn’t take anything seriously. But here’s something serious: not signing the petition is the biggest mistake Cassidy will make in his life. Mark Henry says there’s been enough talk. It’s time for the main event! Will the Premier Athlete get a freshly squeezed signature out of Cassidy? Or will Cassidy pass on the PASS?

 

Backstage interview with Lee Moriarty & Matt Sydal.

Lexi Nair says after what we just saw, Gresham’s actions were rather shocking. Sydal says yes, Gresham’s actions were downright disrespectful to Moriarty! They were dishonorable, from the man who comes from a lineage of honor, so it is quite shocking. Gresham shook Sydal’s hand earlier today with this grand plan in place to screw Moriarty over. But guess what? There are repercussions! Tony Khan made the match for the title, and that’ll be Friday on Rampage as part of Fyter Fest! Moriarty says it will be a FIGHT, where he takes that ROH World Championship. Will #TYGASTYLE tear into the Foundation and bring Gresham crumbling down?

 

Sign the Petition Match: Orange Cassidy w/ Best Friends VS Tony Nese w/ Mark Sterling!

Whatever the legality of a compelled signature on a petition, “Smart Mark” and the Premier Athlete vow they will get what they want or make Freshly Squeezed pay for opposing them. Will Nese & Sterling get their way? Or will this petty petition be shoved where the sun don’t shine?

The bell rings and even though this is Rochester, New York, fans cheer for Cassidy and not the New Yorker in Nese. Cassidy puts his hands up, but Nese rushes in. Cassidy dodges, gets space, but Nese is annoyed already. Cassidy and Nese circle, Cassidy puts his hands up, but Nese rushes in again! Cassidy hurdles over Nese, Nese reels Cassidy into a headlock and takeover, and then he grinds Cassidy down. Cassidy fights up, powers out and things speed up. Nese runs Cassidy over! Sterling fires up but Cassidy raises his hands! Cassidy puts his hands in his pockets! Nese runs in but Cassidy avoids the leg drop! And the next leg drop!

Cassidy bails out and Nese is furious but the fans fire up. Nese runs and slides but Cassidy dodges and gets in the ring. Cassidy builds speed, ducks ‘n’ dodges, then SHOTGUNS Nese down! Cassidy kips up and fans fire up! Nese bails out again and Sterling fans him off. Cassidy stomps and fans rally up. Cassidy builds speed, Nese slides in and CLOBBERS Cassidy! Sterling cheers but he’s the only one. Nese mocks Cassidy’s pockets and he drags Cassidy up. Cassidy rolls Nese up, ONE, but Cassidy backslides! ONE, but Cassidy reels Nese into a full nelson then snapmare, and a thumbs up! Fans fire up and Cassidy ghost pins, TWO!

Nese gets to a corner, Cassidy runs in corner to corner but is put on the apron. Cassidy ducks the haymaker to bump Nese off buckles, then he goes up. Nese SHORYUKENS! Cassidy is stuck up top, Nese KICKS him into the fireman’s carry and GUT BUSTER DROP! Cover, TWO! Nese is frustrated but he drags Cassidy up and throws him out hard. Nese distracts the referee and Sterling, like Dan Lambert not too long ago, mocks Cassidy’s slow kicks. But then Sterling stomps Cassidy in normal speed! The fans boo and Danhausen rushes in to run Sterling off. Nese goes out to fetch Cassidy while Rampage goes picture in picture.

Nese drags Cassidy up to CHOP, then he puts Cassidy in. Fans rally, Nese stalks Cassidy and warns Danhausen to stay back. Nese whips Cassidy corner to corner hard and Cassidy bounces off buckles. Cassidy writhes on the mat while Nese flexes. Nese stomps Cassidy at the ropes, then backs off to argue with the ref. Danhausen coaches Cassidy up, but Nese storms over. Danhausen tells Nese he better stay back or get cursed! And/or sued, Danhausen does have legal forms in his jacket pocket. Nese stands Cassidy up to ROCK him! And then he pulls hair, only for the ref to reprimand. Nese suplexes Cassidy but Cassidy fights it off!

Cassidy goes to suplex Nese! Nese fights that off, and throws knees low! Cassidy shoulders into Nese then slingshots up and over to sunset flip! Nese holds the ropes to resist, the ref counts, but Nese gets both hands on the ropes to stand up and KICK Cassidy down! Nese then PREMIER MOONSAULTS and FLOPS as Cassidy moves! Both men are down and stirring while fans rally up. Cassidy and Nese slowly rise as the standing count climbs, and are up at 4 of 10. Nese THROAT CHOPS Cassidy! The ref reprimands but the damage is done. Nese stands Cassidy up to run and HOTSHOT BULLDOG! Now PREMIER MOONSAULT! Cover, TWO!!

Nese drags Cassidy into the body scissors! Cassidy endures as Nese puts on the squeeze, and he pries at the hold. Rampage returns to single picture as Cassidy pries the legs open, but Nese rains down fists! Nese then puts the body scissor on even tighter! Fans rally, Cassidy still endures, and Cassidy kicks around to get free! Nese drags Cassidy up to ROCK him with a forearm! Nese whips corner to corner hard and Cassidy bounces off buckles again. Fans rally for Cassidy but Nese stands Cassidy up. Nese whips corner to corner again, but Cassidy goes up and out then slingshots around Nese! Cassidy keeps moving, ducks ‘n’ dodges to tilt-o-whirl, but no DDT!

Nese hits a NORTHERN LIGHTS! Bridging cover, TWO!! Cassidy escapes and Nese is seething. Cassidy goes to a corner, Nese runs in but Cassidy BOOTS! Cassidy bots but Nese blocks to CLUB the leg and fire off haymakers! The ref backs Nese off, but fans rally up more. Nese drags Cassidy up to the top rope and ROCKS him with a haymaker. Nese climbs up after Cassidy but Cassidy blocks the suplex! Nese CLUBS away on Cassidy, brings him up again, but Cassidy ROCKS Nese back! Nese and Cassidy brawl up top! Fans fire up as the fists fly, and DOUBLE HAYMAKERS send Nese down and has Cassidy flop on the corner!

Fans fire up and Sterling gets up to bark at Cassidy! Danhausen yanks Sterling down! And… NO, no Curse as Nese WRECKS Danhausen with the dropkick! Sterling laughs at Danhausen but Nese turns around into a CROSSBODY! Cassidy keeps moving, ducks ‘n’ dodges, TILT-O- NO! Nese blocks and suplexes, STUN-DOG MILLIONAIRE! MICHINOKU DRIVER! Cover, TWO!! Nese survives the sudden turnaround and Sterling freaks out. Cassidy gets to a corner and fans fire up. Cassidy runs in, but Nese goes Matrix to dodge! Mule kick, knee lift and SUPERKICK! GERMAN SUPLEX! Bridging cover, TWO!! SOBAT from Nese and he covers, TWO!!!

Nese can’t believe it but the fans are thunderous! Fans rally as hard as they can for “FRESHLY SQUEEZED!” but Nese hauls Cassidy up. Pump handle and hook, but Cassidy slips out of the scoop to TORNADO DDT! Cassidy runs, tilt-o-whirls to DDT again!! Fans are thunderous as Cassidy goes up a corner, for DEEP IMPACT!! Cover, TWO!!?! Nese survives three different DDTs and Sterling is able to breathe again. Cassidy hurries to throw off that elbow pad and the fans are fired up! Sterling is on the apron again but Cassidy walks over his way. Cassidy gives him those shin kicks! Sterling claims he’s in pain! Is he planning a frivolous assault suit next?

Nese turns Cassidy around to pump handle and hook, for the PREMIER DRIVER!! Cover, TWO!!! Nese is stunned! Cassidy flounders into the corner, “This is Awesome!” Nese brings down his kneepad and runs side to side, but only into buckles! Cassidy gets away and Nese clutches his knee. The ref checks on him, and Sterling gets in with the clipboard! But Danhausen is back! He snatches the clipboard, and LOW BLOWS Sterling! Danhausen sends Sterling out, Nese hobbles and gets CURSED! Nese swings on Danhausen, but the ORANGE PUNCH hits!! Cover, Cassidy wins!!

Winner: Orange Cassidy, by pinfall (does NOT have to sign the petition)

Now that’s how you fight coercion! No one has to sign Sterling’s dumbass PASS, will Cassidy be heading for far more important things this Summer?


My Thoughts:

A great episode for Rampage that really sets up quite a bit for the two week Fyter Fest AEW has planned for this year. Eddie VS Konosuke was an awesome opener, but I figured Eddie would win this one. He has great momentum and gave a great promo going into his newest match with Chris Jericho. A Barbed Wire Deathmatch between those two is going to be awesome, and I would hope that after the promo we got, Eddie wins this one for all of his friends, especially for Ruby, and then he can move on from the Jericho Appreciation Society. We got a very good promo from Athena and Kris to throw things back at Jade, and I would hope Fyter Fest gives us one of them against Jade for the title.

That tag match out of Gresham, Moriarty and the Gates of Agony was a decent match but a great swerve! Gresham turning out to be the fourth client of Tully Blanchard was brilliant, because this is the Gresham I remember the last time I watched ROH. We also got a good promo from Sydal and Moriarty, Gresham VS Moriarty for the ROH World Championship is going to have great heat, but I would think Gresham retains. We got a very good tag squash from Deeb and Mercedes, but I just knew this was going to turn into Deeb turning on Mercedes. That will be the ROH Women’s World Championship match for sure, and I would think at Death Before Dishonor to fill that card out.

And we got a good main event interview and main event match. Danhausen was hilarious as the lawyer again, and of course he helps counter Sterling trying to screw Cassidy over. Cassidy wins, and if this is anything like Wardlow busting through Sterling’s silly lawsuit to go onto a title match, Cassidy should definitely get a title match after this. As I’ve been saying, I would love to revisit Cassidy VS Pac, they’d make for a great first defense of Pac’s All-Atlantic Championship, and Pac can retain without Cassidy being hurt too much.

My Score: 8.6/10


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

Dynamite is No Holds Barred!

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Will Darby Allin still be the Relentless TNT Champion?

Samoa Joe wants the AEW TNT Championship back, but he knows Darby Allin is relentless. Tonight on Dynamite, they go NO HOLDS BARRED for the gold! Will Joe once again be the King of Television?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Jon Moxley VS Hangman Page; Moxley wins.
  • The Acclaimed w/ Billy Gunn VS Truth Magnum & Turbo Floyd; The Acclaimed wins.
  • Brian Cage w/ Prince Nana VS Konosuke Takeshita; Takeshita wins.
  • Bryan Danielson VS Timothy Thatcher; Bryan wins.
  • AEW TBS Championship: Jade Cargill w/ Leila Grey VS Red Velvet; Cargill wins and retains the title.
  • AEW TNT Championship No Holds Barred: Darby Allin w/ Sting VS Samoa Joe; wins and

PLAY BY PLAY

Jon Moxley w/ Wheeler Yuta VS Hangman Page!

The Maniac and the Cowboy go for their tiebreaker as Dynamite is in Dayton, Ohio! Will Ohio’s own knock this one out of the park like he did before? Or will there be some serious #CowboySh*t going down in Dayton?

Not only does Moxley have the Decoder by his side, he has his dad, Dan! Hangman makes his entrance next, and Moxley goes right after him! Moxley throws hands then whips Hangman into railing! The ref reprimands but Moxley sends Hangman into steel steps! Moxley throws hands, whips Hangman again and Hangman hits more railing hard! Fans fire up and the ref reprimands. Moxley just takes off his hoodie to CHOKE Hangman with it! Moxley TOSSES Hangman over the railing, and then he hops onto the railing! Dayton fires up, gives Moxley a hand, and Moxley FLYING AX HANDLES Hangman down!

Moxley brings Hangman up but Hangman throws hands! Hangman sits Moxley down, fires off more shots, then backs up. Hangman runs in to BOOT Moxley against railing! The ref reprimands, he wants this in the ring, but it isn’t a match yet so there’s no real repercussions. Hangman stalks Moxley along the way but Moxley kicks back. And CHOPS! Moxley trips Hangman then ties him up, FIGURE FOUR on the floor! Moxley and Hangman flip each other off but the ref still wants this in the ring. Hangman grabs someone’s beer and splashes Moxley with it! Moxley lets Hangman out of the hold, and then Hangman ROCKS Mox!

They go back to ringside, Moxley grabs a chair but Hangman CLUBS Moxley. But Moxley JAMS Hangman, tris him, and then drops an elbow on the leg! Moxley has a toehold, then he puts the chair around the leg! The ref reprimands but Moxley goes up the apron. The ref shouts at Moxley to not jump, but then Hangman gets free! Hangman CHUCKS the chair at Moxley’s head!! Moxley goes down and fans fire up! The ref reprimands again and wants this to get in the ring. Moxley is dazed, but Hangman drags him around, to suplex onto the chair! Hangman drags Moxley up and puts him in the ring, but he also brings the chair!

The ref stops Hangman, so Hangman leaves the chair behind. The bell finally rings, and Hangman runs in to forearm Moxley! Moxley hits back, they go back and forth! Moxley’s eyebrow is already busted open, but he keeps throwing shots. Hangman gets the edge, HEADBUTTS, then whips. Moxley reverses to dropkick the legs out! Moxley looms over Hangman, drags him into the INDIAN DEATHLOCK! Hangman endures, keeps his shoulders off the mat, but fans rally behind Moxley. Hangman drags himself back, reaches out, and gets the ROPEBREAK! The ref counts, Moxley lets Hangman go at 3.

Moxley brings Hangman up but Hangman gets around to GERMAN SUPLEXES! Moxley snarls but the blood is getting into his eye. Hangman DECKS Moxley and has him at the ropes. Hangman brings Moxley up, fans boo but Hangman CHOPS! Moxley flounders and falls and fans start dueling. Hangman stalks Moxley, sits him up, and he starts raining down fists right on the bloody eyebrow! Mox fans boo but Hangman fans are fired up for the “COWBOY SH*T!” Hangman wipes Moxley’s blood off on his chest, but then turns around into a CHOP! Moxley eggs Hangman on and Hangman CHOPS back!

Moxley CHOPS, Hangman CHOPS, fans “WOO~!” for the CHOP fight! Moxley shifts to boxing elbows, then runs, but Hangman catches the crossbody! FALL AWAY SLAM! Fans are torn while Moxley goes to the apron. Hangman runs, triangle jumps, but Moxley LARIATS first! Moxley drags Hangman up and to the apron, then turns Hangman, for a SLEEPER! The ref reprimands and wants this in the ring, but Hangman claws the bloody eyebrow! Moxley turns Hangman around, reels him in, but Hangman resists the lift! Hangman tries to lift, Moxley resists, and then Moxley lifts! Hangman fights that and lifts again, but Moxley still fights!

Both men are fighting for control, and Hangman fireman’s carries! To SNAKE EYES Moxley off the post! Moxley falls to the floor and Dynamite goes picture in picture!

The ref checks Moxley but he’s somehow okay to continue. Hangman goes over to fetch Moxley, and whips him into railing! Hangman ROCKS Moxley with haymakers as the bloody eyebrow becomes a crimson mask. Hangman refreshes the count, goes back to Moxley and CHOPS him! Moxley gets in Hangman’s face so Hangman CHOPS again! Moxley CHOPS and CHOPS and CHOPS, but Hangman DECKS him! Hangman snarls, looms over Moxley, and then drags him back up. Hangman puts Moxley in the ring, and rains down more fists on that bloody eyebrow! Moxley falls over, but Hangman gets the wrists!

Hangman sits Moxley up, for a DRAGON STOMP, but Moxley blocks! Moxley throws Hangman to a corner and fires off forearms and CHOPS on repeat! Moxley then hoists Hangman up top, climbs up after him, and CLAWS Hangman’s back, painfully slow! Then he CLAWS and BITES Hangman’s back, before blowing a kiss to the fans. But Hangman throws body shots in return! Dynamite returns to single picture as Hangman BITES Moxley’s forehead! Hangman then slips under Moxley to fireman’s carry him on the second rope! SUPER DEATH VALLEY DRIVER!! Cover, TWO!! Moxley survives and fans are fired up!

Fans duel as Hangman sits up. Hangman scowls while Moxley sits up. Moxley eggs Hangman on so Hangman kicks him! And BOOTS him! Hangman tells Moxley to stay down but he refuses. Moxley sits up, so Hangman BOOTS him! Moxley sits up to SLAP Hangman, and flips him off! Hangman is fuming, but he runs into a CUTTER! A standing count starts, fans count along as Moxley and Hangman stir. They sit up at 5 of 10, and Moxley throws a haymaker. Hangman throws it back, so Moxley gives another,. They go back and forth, Hangman wobbles but he CHOPS! Moxley CHOPS! Hangman forearms! Moxley forearms back!

Moxley eggs Hangman on, Hangman staggers over and CHOPS again! Moxley KICKS a leg, KICKS Hangman’s arm, then KICKS him again! Moxley ducks the haymaker to get the SLEEPER! Hangman shifts to SAIDO! But Moxley’s right up! SAIDO!! Hangman ends up in a corner and fans say “This is Awesome!” Moxley puts Hangman up top, climbs up after him, and hits a SUPER HALF HATCH SUPLEX!! Cover, TWO!! Moxley immediately rains down the HAMMER ‘N’ ANVIL ELBOWS! Then he clamps on a SLEEPER! Hangman endures as Moxley shifts to a BULLY CHOKE! Hangman pushes around, so Moxley shifts to get the wrists! DRAGON STOMPS!!

Moxley then drags Hangman up into the underhooks! But Hangman fights Death Rider! So Moxley rolls Hangman to an ARMBAR! Hangman endures, moves around, and reaches out to the ROPEBREAK! The ref counts and Moxley lets go at 4. Hangman crawls to a corner, fans rally up, and Moxley says this is it! Moxley runs in but Hangman TOSSES him up and out! Moxley staggers up, Hangman goes up top! ARIHARA MOONSAULT but Moxley moves! And LARIATS!! Both men are down at the ramp and fans are thunderous! The ref checks both men, Moxley is up first while fans lose their minds.

Moxley goes to the timekeeper’s area and he clears off the table! Moxley drags Hangman over, reels him in, but Hangman resists the lift! Hangman Alabama Lifts but Moxley fights that. DOUBLE LARIATS hit! And again! Moxley runs in, POP-UP POWERBOMB THROUGH THE TABLE!! Fans lose their minds again while Hangman leaves Moxley behind in the ring. The ring count climbs to 5 of 10 before Moxley sits up. The count is 7! Then “OCHO!” Moxley stands at 9, and springs in at 9.9!! But into a LARIAT!! And then Alabama Lift, DEADEYE!!! Cover, TWO?!?! Moxley survives and no one can believe it!

Hangman kicks at Moxley, almost taunting him. Hangman goes to a corner while Moxley’s fans boo. Hangman runs in, but Moxley dodges the stomp to KING KONG LARIAT!! Fans are thunderous as both men stand again. Moxley eggs Hangman on, and Hangman stands. Moxley throws a forearm, so Hangman hits back! Moxley forearms again, but so does Hangman! Fans duel, the forearms fly faster, and then Hangman gets the edge! SUPERKICK! Hangman reels Moxley in, fisherman’s a leg, but Moxley fights the suplex! Hangman powers it through, FISHERMAN CRADLE DRIVER!! Cover, TWO!?!?!?

Hangman’s wild eyes say he can’t believe Moxley survived! Hangman goes to the apron, he aims at Moxley, slingshot for the BUCK- NO! DEATH- NO, Hangman blocks to scoop! TOMBSTONE PILEDRIVER!!! But Hangman doesn’t cover, he goes to the apron! Hangman loads up, for the BUCKSHOT!!! Cover, TWO!?!?!? HOW?!?! Moxley has survived all of Hangman’s best, but Hangman has the BULLY CHOKE!! Hangman pulls back on Moxley’s favorite hold! Moxley shifts, fights back up, and he snapmares into a cradle! MOXLEY WINS!!

Winner: Jon Moxley, by pinfall

Moxley just taught Hangman not to play games! Hangman is furious that he got caught like that, but the Blackpool Combat Club steps into the ring. Yuta and Claudio keep Hangman back but Moxley stands up. Moxley and Hangman get in each other’s face but the BCC keep them apart. Hangman flips Moxley off, and fans want to “LET THEM FIGHT!” Moxley and Hangman keep jawing, they get close but Claudio keeps them separate. Moxley mocks Hangman by lying down, giving Hangman a chance. Hangman mocks Moxley back by doing a quick burpie push-up. Claudio tells Hangman to go and cool off.

Moxley flips Hangman off as he leaves, and fans celebrate their home state hero. Will there be a fourth round out of these two to truly settle things?

 

AEW takes a look at tonight’s TNT Championship No Holds Barred main event!

Darby Allin tells Samoa Joe, “I knew when I took this from you in Seattle that you’d want it back. And I know you’d stop at nothing to have it back. Well, I’m gonna make things fair. You beat me in Texas, and you granted me my rematch in Seattle. So I’m granting you your rematch in Ohio. But I want it under one condition: No Holds Barred.” Samoa Joe told the “Little Dead Boy” that Joe is “coming to take back what’s mine. The King will not be usurped by a man like you.” Darby says if he walks out the winner, Joe doesn’t get another rematch. If Joe walks out the winner, Darby won’t get a rematch. This will be the final chapter of their feud! So who writes their happily ever after?

 

Backstage interview with Jamie Hayter, The Bunny, The Butcher & The Blade.

Renee Paquette is with the AEW Women’s World Champion, as well as the mercenary trio. Renee thanks them for agreeing to no physicality, and understands that Allie the Bunny requested this time. Bunny tells Hayter, they’re all very impressed by Hayter’s win over Emi Sakura on Rampage last Friday. Now, Bunny feels like Sakura outshined Hayter, but great win nonetheless. And Bunny knows Hayter isn’t the type to back down from a challenge, right? Right. So here’s a challenge: next week on Dynamite, Hayter VS Bunny in a Title Eliminator Match! What does Hayter say? Hayter says absolutely! She bloody loves a challenge, and next week, she’s free.

Renee says there’s something happening as we speak! They get it on the television screen nearby, and it’s Britt Baker being mugged by Saraya and Toni Storm!! Bunny is shocked and Hayter is furious! Hayter hurries off, Saraya talks right into the camera, “AEW is OUR house!” Storm drags Britt up to RAM her into a garage door! Bunny more or less expresses exasperation, but will Hayter be able to save the Doctor?

 

The Acclaimed w/ Billy Gunn VS Truth Magnum & Turbo Floyd!

The AEW World Tag Team Champions have been reigning for 133 days, but they know the Gunn Sons, Austin & Colten, are gunning for them. But first, they tune up against “The Outrunners.” As always, Platinum Max has a diss track ready! “Acclaimed on the mic, you know we the nicest. Fighting two guys in their midlife crisis! I bet you have sex with each other. How we gonna fight the bootleg Beverly Brothers? C’mon, it’s not the 80s! Acclaimed gonna make you call it quits like you Tom Brady! ‘Ey, y’all should be ashamed. In Ohio, everybody loves The Acclaimed.”

Fans cheer, and Bowens gets the mic to say, “NNNUTTER CENTERRR~! The Acclaimed have arrived! SCISSOR ME, DADDY ASS!” And he does~! But while Caster & Bowens just embarrassed Truth & Turbo, are they walking into a trap game before taking on the Ass Boys?

The teams sort out, the Outrunners decide they’ll scissor finger! They mock the Mega Powers at the same time, but then Bowens SUPERKICKS Truth out of the ring! The bell rings, Caster CHOPS Turbo and scoops him to SLAM him! Tag to Bowens and Bowens goes up top! Caster holds open the legs, SCISSOR ME TURBO! Daddy Ass gets in the ring so that he and the boys can TRIPLE SCISSOR~! Bowens waits on Turbo, mule kicks and hits the ARRIVAL! Tag to Caster and he goes up top, MIC DROP! Cover, The Acclaimed win!

Winners: The Acclaimed, by pinfall

But wait! Raining on the parade are Austin & Colten! Fans taunt the “ASS~ BOYS~!” But they tune that out. They go to the ring, and Colten has a mic. “Hey, good match, guys. But we’re here to talk about something serious. Last week, what we said would make us happy are your belts. And we want a shot at those belts, and we want an answer right now.” Fans boo but Caster has the mic to say, “Yo! Yo! Yo! Yo! Listen.” Bowens says, “You two Rod ‘n’ Todd lookin’ asses want an answer. You do realize you are interrupting the most popular tag team in all of wrestling, right?” Caster adds, “That’s right!”

“The winningest tag team in AEW history!” “That’s right!” “The FOREVER champs, the Acclaimed!” “That’s right!” “And not to mention, EVERYONE! LOVES! THE ACCLAIMED!” But they are the People’s Choice, and the People’s Voice, they will ask the people. Colten says these fans can’t even read! But Bowens still asks Dayton’s opinion: Do the Ass Boys deserve a shot at the tag titles? “NOOO~!” Well, the people have spoken, so NO. Austin & Colten get in Caster’s & Bowens’ faces, but Billy tells them all to stop! Isn’t it enough already? Billy is so sick of this, he is just done! Billy says this is too much, so go ahead, beat the sh*t out of each other!

Daddy Ass steps aside, fans fire up, but Austin says, “There you go. Do exactly what you did our entire childhoods and turn your back on us.” Billy stops walking up the ramp, but then chuckles as he keeps going. Austin says Billy should do what he used to do, and drown his sorrows at the bottom of a PILL BOTTLE! That gets Billy to turn around! Billy storms up on his sons and The Acclaimed, as well as the fans, tell the Ass Boys that they F’d up. Billy is up in Austin’s face and says, “So you two think you just put your big boy pants on? Then you just step up, and you just made the biggest mistake…”

The mic is wonky so Billy throws it down. Bowens gives Billy the good one. Billy wants Austin to look at him after what he just said. Austin looks up at his father’s eyes. Billy says if they’ve got their big boy pants on, if they think they got what it takes, if they think they have what Billy had, then we’ll see next week. They’ve got their title shots! The Acclaimed is surprised but the Ass Boys smile that they’re getting their way. Will Austin & Colten get what they want? Or just what they deserve?

 

Backstage interview with Jack Perry.

Alex Marvez is with Jungle Boy and notes that he and Hook are 2-0 as a team, having beaten The Firm’s Ethan Page & Matt Hardy. The question is: What’s next for #JungleHook? JB says that he had an amazing time teaming with Hook, and Hook has had JB’s back when no one else did. But JB’s done the tag team thing before. In fact, JB has been all the way to the top of that mountain, and fallen all the way down. But this year isn’t about that. What JB will say is that he’ll be a champion again, but all by himself. Then just what title will Jack Perry aim for in this Tarzan Life?

 

Brian Cage w/ Prince Nana VS Konosuke Takeshita!

Speaking of having people’s backs, just as The Machine and MJF were about to destroy Bryan Danielson, The Future of Wrestling rushed out to run them off! But now, Cage and Konosuke go toe to toe, will Cage make Konosuke pay for interfering?

The bell rings and Konosuke BOOTS Cage! Cage BOOTS Konosuke, then DOUBLE LARIATS collide! Cage swings but Konosuke swats it to ROLLING ELBOW! Cage wobbles, Konosuke runs, ducks ‘n’ dodges, and then TAKESHITA LINES! Cage bails out and fans fire up! Konosuke runs to BOOT Cage off the apron! Konosuke then PLANCHAS and takes Cage down at the ramp! Fans fire up, Konosuke winks at the camera, and then goes back to the apron. But Cage grabs a foot! Konosuke kicks and stomps Cage but Cage yanks Konosuke into a POST BOMB! Konosuke tumbles down and fans boo but Nana cheers.

Cage drags Konosuke up, puts him in, and runs to basement BOOT! Cover, TWO! Fans rally for Konosuke but Cage drags him back up. Cage reels Konosuke in, puts one out, but Konosuke wrenches out! Konosuke throws a forearm, but Cage gives it back! They go forearm for forearm, and Konosuke throws boxing elbows into the ROLLING ELBOW! Cage fights the back suplex, KNEES low, and brags, “Who betta than Cage?” But he runs into a BLUE THUNDER BOMB! Cover, TWO! Cage survives and Konosuke is surprised! Nana coaches Cage up but Konosuke aims from a corner. Konosuke runs in to JUMP KNEE, but Cage dodges!

Konosuke tumbles to the apron, Cage ROUNDHOUSES him! Cage climbs the ropes, and he stands Konosuke up. DEADLIFT SUPERPLEX! Fans boo but Cage flexes while Dynamite goes picture in picture.

Cage drops a knee on Konosuke, sits him up to KNEE him in the back again and again, then he stomps Konosuke back down. Cage paces, drags Konosuke up, and bumps him off buckles. Cage RAMS into Konosuke, RAMS him again, and then CHOPS him! Cage soaks up the heat, but Konosuke CHOPS back! Konosuke fires forearms, then another CHOP! And another CHOP! But Cage BOOTS Konosuke down! Cage grabs the legs, stomps Konosuke in the stomach, then paces around. Cage stands Konosuke up, wrenches and YANKS the arm, then RAMS shoulders. Cage wrenches, pump handles, and lifts, but Konosuke slips out!

Konosuke runs in but Cage ducks the boot to roll Konosuke up! Konosuke slips out, but runs into a drop toehold! Konosuke’s on ropes, Cage dials it up, TIGER FEINT KICK! Konosuke staggers to a corner, Cage runs in and UPPERCUTS, GAMANGIRIS, and GERMAN SUPLEXES! Cover, TWO!! Cage and Nana are annoyed, but Cage looms over Konosuke. Cage hears the fans rally for Konosuke, but Cage drags him up. Cage reels Konosuke in, puts out another one, and Dynamite returns to single picture as Cage lifts, only for Konosuke to RANA Cage into buckles! BLINDSIDE JUMP KNEE! Cage staggers, Konosuke goes up, FLYING KNEE!

Both men are down and fans fire up! Konosuke and Cage stir as the ring count starts. Konosuke sits up and feeds off the energy. Konosuke drags Cage up into a waistlock, but Cage elbows free! Cage whips, Konosuke LARIATS on the return! Konosuke drags Cage up, waistlocks and GERMAN SUPLEXES! Bridging cover, TWO!! Fans rally while Konosuke fires up. Konosuke aims from the corner as Cage stands, and Konosuke runs in, JUMP- NO! Cage blocks the knee to BUCKLE BOMB! And then fireman’s carry, to an F- NO! Konosuke lands out, lifts and LIGER BOMBS! Cover, TWO!! Cage survives but fans fire up behind Konosuke!

Konosuke aims again while Nana shouts to Cage. Cage stands, Konosuke runs in but the knee is blocked! Cage spins, Konosuke ducks! Konosuke spins, ROLLING ELBOW!! Konosuke reels Cage in, but Cage wrenches out to HEADBUTT! And then SAIDO!! But Konosuke is right up?! Into a DISCUS LARIAT from Cage!! Cover, TWO!?! Konosuke survives and Nana is furious! Cage says he’s gonna end this, and he suplexes, only for Konosuke to slip out! Konosuke suplexes, SHEER DROP BRAINBUSTER!! Cage roars as he rises up, but Konosuke ROCKS him with another elbow! And then another suplex, for another BRAINBUSTER!!! Cover, TWO!?!?

Cage survives, he must truly be a machine! But Dayton rallies behind Konosuke. Konosuke runs in, but into a SUPERKICK! Cage fireman’s carries, for the F10!! Nana says no prisoners! Cage drags Konosuke up again, puts him in the corner and hoists him to the top. Cage then goes to the outside and climbs up after Konosuke. But Konosuke throws forearms in return! Konosuke suplexes for a SUPER BRAINBUSTER!!! Fans are thunderous and Konosuke aims again! KNOCKOUT KNEE!!! Cover, Konosuke wins!!

Winner: Konosuke Takeshita, by pinfall

Cage may be a machine, but the machine just broke down against the bullet train! Will Konosuke continue to prove why he IS The Future of Wrestling?

 

Backstage interview with the Jericho Appreciation Society.

Renee is with Matthew Menard, Angelo Parker, Daniel Garcia, Sammy Guevara, and of course, Chris Jericho himself. Renee says that we heard Ricky Starks’ comments from last week, addressing how the JAS cheated to win. What is their reaction? Jericho says, “Cheated? We haven’t worked together in five years, and you’re accusing us of cheating? Let me say this, Renee. Ricky Starks, he didn’t lose to a baseball bat, no. Did you see a baseball bat in there?” Of course the JAS says no. Jericho says Starks lost to the JAS. And now Starks challenges them, “How can I get another match with Chris Jericho?”

Jericho says the JAS has an idea how Starks can do that. Right, Sammy? Sammy says yes. Garcia and Sammy put their heads together, and they came up with a great idea: The Guevara-Garcia… No, wait, the Garcia-Guevara Gauntlet! Danny thanks Sammy for the top billing on that name. Renee asks what kind of gauntlet they have in mind. Garcia says it’s a rather simple concept. “Ricky, first you’re gonna have to beat Cool Hand Ange. And if that happens, you’re gonna have to beat Daddy Magic.” Menard adds, “Beat Daddy Magic? I DON’T THINK SO!” Garcia says that if Starks somehow does that, then he beats either Garcia or Guevara, but they’ll reveal that the night of.

And then, if somehow, by the skin of his teeth, Starks makes it past all that, only then does Starks get his hands on Jericho. Jericho tells Starks, “You don’t call the shots around here, the Jericho Appreciation Society does. So if you can get through the Garcia-Guevara Gauntlet, I’ll be ready to rip your ass!” Will the Absolute survive three matches in one go to finally have another shot at The Ocho?

 

The Elite speak.

Matt Jackson asks Brandon Cutler if the camera is rolling as he, brother Nick, Kenny Omega, Michael Nakazawa and Don Callis are on the basketball court. Cutler says yes, they’re live, while Nakazawa and Callis are oiling Omega up. Matt says, “Ladies and gentlemen, check it out who it is! It’s the first-ever, two-time Trios Champions, The Elite.” Omega says that’s right, and he tells Top Flight, “I watched what you guys did. After a Best of 7 Series in a ladder match, you got one up on our boys. Well how ’bout next week, you bring your friend, AR Fox, next week and we’ll put these belts on the line, and you guys can shoot your shot.

“But hey, when you shoot that shot, you best not miss. Because The Elite never miss. Nick, if you will.” Nick takes the rock and shoots it, THREE POINTER! Oh, but wait! The Firm’s Stokely Hathaway, Ethan Page, Matt Hardy & Isiah Kassidy walk in. Callis has Cutler keep rolling, and Omega mockingly asks where Stokely is, he can’t see him. Oh haha, Stokely knows you see him, he’s right here. But listen, you three are doing NOTHING all week? No wrestling, nothing? Just a week off? Ethan thinks that’s funny. The Firm’s employees don’t have that luxury, they work every single week, and Ethan wants that streak to continue.

So Ethan says how about this: The Elite VS Ethan, Matt & “Zay,” Friday on Rampage. Omega tells Callis he isn’t so sure, but Callis says this is Matt Hardy. If they get footage of Hardy taking a One Winged Angel, they could sell that NFT for a lot of money. Hardy says, “What about an NFT with Matt Hardy Twist-Of-Fating Omega?” Ethan likes that better! Well, as far as a match, it’s done. The Elite VS The Whatever They Are. Kassidy says he hopes the Elite is ready, cuz they sure are. Kassidy unsettles Kenny with an arm around his shoulders and a moan, and Ethan says this is good business. Hey, Brandon, is it? Cut the camera!

Matt Jackson tells Ethan Page that he doesn’t tell Brandon what to do! THEY tell him! Turn off the camera, ya damn dumbass! And get off the court, they’re trying to play. But will this 3v3 pick-up game go The Elite’s way? Or is it a trap game before taking on Fox, Dante & Darius?

 

Bryan Danielson VS Timothy Thatcher!

In the American Dragon’s quest to be #1 contender, he has defeated Tony Nese, Konosuke Takeshita, Bandido and Brian Cage, an undefeated streak of 4-0 in 2023! But now, Maxwell Jacob Friedman has enlisted a fighter very much like Bryan in his savage technical ability. Will Bryan make it to the deadline still on top? Or is this where MJF wins before Revolution even begins?

The bell rings and the two circle. They feel out the grapple, but Bryan’s shoulder is an obvious target. They grapple, Bryan puts Thatcher on ropes but Thatcher shifts to get the arm. Thatcher wrangles Bryan but Bryan scrambles to the ROPEBREAK! The ref counts, Thatcher lets off, and then smirks as he watches Bryan get up. Bryan and Thatcher feel out another grapple, Thatcher puts him in the corner, and then European Uppercuts! And again! And again! Bryan sits down and Thatcher goes after the arm! Thatcher twists the elbow and wrist, isolates the arm, and stands on the hand! Thatcher KNEES the arm!

Bryan scrambles away but Thatcher is right on him with a double wristlock! Bryan powers Thatcher to ropes, and clasps his hands behind his back. The ref counts, the two let off, but then Bryan fires off body shots and kicks! Bryan grabs a leg to DRAGON SCREW! Bryan holds onto the leg, turns Thatcher over and ties those legs up, to get a Deathlock! Fans rally as Bryan sits on the hold, then SNAPS it! Bryan then shifts to a BOW ‘N’ ARROW! Thatcher pries the fingers away! Bryan shouts in pain but Thatcher twists the arm! And STOMPS it down! Fans boo but Thatcher grins with that missing-tooth smile.

Thatcher KNEES Bryan in the back, stalks him to a corner, but Bryan puts Thatcher in the corner to CHOP and CHOP and KICK and KICK! Fans rally, Bryan runs corner to corner, and DROPKICKS! Bryan facelocks but Thatcher wrenches and WRINGS Bryan’s arm! Fans boo more but Thatcher drags Bryan up with a double wristlock! Thatcher uses his height to lift Bryan off the mat! Then Thatcher pushes Bryan down, but Bryan keeps his shoulders up. Bryan crawls around, ROPEBREAK! Thatcher lets go at 4 while fans rally up. Bryan clutches his arm but Thatcher goes after it again as Dynamite goes picture in picture.

Bryan endures but they’re also in the ropes so the ref counts. Thatcher lets off at 4, then digs his boot into Bryan at the corner. The ref counts, Thatcher lets off, only to stand on Bryan’s chest! The ref counts, Thatcher steps away, and he grins as he soaks up the heat. Thatcher mocks Bryan’s pain, then KNEES the bad shoulder! Thatcher KNEES Bryan again, goes out to drag Bryan tot he apron, and he SLAMS the arm on the edge! Bryan clutches his bicep and shoulder while the ref reprimands. Thatcher slides into the ring and stands Bryan up by his ears! Thatcher CLUBS Bryan on the chest! Thatcher fishhooks Bryan to stand him up, and CLUBS him again!

Bryan sits down, Thatcher stands him back up, and he hammerlocks the bad arm. Thatcher then back suplexes Bryan up and into the ring! Thatcher dusts off his hands while crawling to the cover, but Bryan wrangles him into the LEBELL LOCK!! Thatcher got cocky and got caught! But he scrambles to the ROPEBREAK! Bryan lets off quickly, but Thatcher is right on him! Thatcher UPPERCUTS the arm! Bryan goes to a corner, Thatcher KNEES him down, then drags Bryan back up. Thatcher EuroUppers Bryan, taunts the fans, then EuroUppers Bryan again. Bryan leans against ropes, Thatcher snarls at the fans, then gets in Bryan’s face.

Dynamite returns to single picture as Thatcher traps Bryan’s bad arm behind his back and throws hard body shots to that side. The ref counts but Thatcher grins as he throws more shots. Bryan fights back with HEADBUTTS! Fans fire up as Bryan backs Thatcher down, but Thatcher fires off body shot after body shot! Thatcher drags Bryan out to a hammerlock GROVIT, and then hits a GROVIT-PLEX! Cover, TWO!! Bryan is still in this but Thatcher snarls. Thatcher stalks Bryan at the ropes, bumps him off buckles, then reels Bryan in to hoist him up top. Thatcher UPPERCUTS, climbs up after Bryan, and he underhooks the arms!

Bryan resists and fans fire up! Bryan breaks free, throws body shot after body shot in return, and then HEADBUTTS Thatcher down! Thatcher growls and gets right back up! But Bryan throws more body shots! Fans rally “YES! YES! YES!” and Bryan HEADBUTTS again! Thatcher stays down this time, and Bryan stands up! Thatcher stands in time for the MISSILE DROPKICK! Both men are down as Bryan clutches his bad arm, but Dayton rallies up behind him! Bryan and Thatcher sit up, both snarl, and Thatcher EuroUppers! Bryan EuroUppers in return! They go uppercut for uppercut, but Thatcher gets the edge!

Bryan fires up to KICK! And KICK! Bryan KICKS away on Thatcher’s chest, “YES! YES! YES!” Bryan powers up but Thatcher blocks the Buzzsaw! Thatcher goes for the bad arm, wrangles Bryan down, but Bryan rolls through and gets around to waistlock. Thatcher bucks the O’Conner but runs into a backslide! TWO, FUJIWARA! No, Bryan rolls through to BUZZSAW! Cover, TWO!! But Bryan clamps on for HAMMER ‘N’ ANVIL ELBOWS! Fans rally again, but Thatcher blocks the arm! Bryan claws Thatcher’s face to get free, and get a SLEEPER! But Thatcher wants that bad arm! Bryan has to shift his grip, but Thatcher stands!

Thatcher pries the sleeper open because he can get the bad arm, but Bryan powers up! Bryan has the hold on tight, so Thatcher backs Bryan down! They end up ramming the ref into the corner! Bryan still holds on, but Thatcher hits a BIG back suplex! All three men are down and fans fire up! But here comes MJF! The AEW World Champion tells Dayton to shush, and he puts on the Dynamite Diamond Ring! MJF says, “It’s too damn easy. This is done! This is done!” MJF goes to the ring, but KONOSUKE flies in outta nowhere!! Konosuke won’t let MJF screw Bryan over! Konosuke attacks MJF, RAMS him into railing, and chases him to the back!

Bryan has Thatcher but Thatcher snatches the arm! FUJIWARA ARMBAR!! The ref is up, he asks Bryan, but Bryan endures! Thatcher pushes way back on the arm, but Bryan pushes his way forward with his legs! ROPEBREAK!! Fans fire up as Bryan survives by a literal foot! Thatcher lets go in frustration and he scowls as he throws hands on the bad arm. Thatcher drags Bryan up, clinches, BELLY2BELLY SUPLEX! Bryan flounders but Thatcher runs in, clinches, but Bryan switches! GERMAN SUPLEX! Thatcher fumes as he gets back up! Bryan dodges him, runs back in, BUSAIKU KNEE!! Cover, Bryan wins!

Winner: Bryan Danielson, by pinfall

Now 5-0 on the year, the quest continues! The American Dragon is not yet slain, but wait! MJF and Konosuke continue brawling backstage! MJF turns things around to send MJF into a road case! MJF gets a chair to CHUCK it at Konosuke’s head! And then he throws a trash bin! MJF says if Konosuke wants after him, this is what he gets! But Konosuke turns things back around to SMACK MJF off a table! MJF comes back, the hands fly, and security rushes in! Referees and management try to stop this, too! MJF says he’ll kill Konosuke but Konosuke says about the same in Japanese! Renee runs in to be on the scene, and she tells everyone to stop!

Renee informs everyone, “Per Tony Khan, next week on Dynamite in an Eliminator match, it will be Takeshita VS MJF!” MJF is pissed, he doesn’t agree to that, but he MUST! Will the Devil of AEW find that the Future of Wrestling is better than him?

 

Mogul Affiliates speak.

Swerve Strickland says, “It’s been a real relaxing last couple of weeks for Swerve and the Mogul Affiliates and all, since getting rid of some dead weight and all this. Until I was like, retriggered.” Dustin Rhodes returning to stand in front of Swerve’s camera, in front of Swerve’s lights, and with Swerve’s interviewer! “The Rhodes Family legacy really gets under my skin, with your father, Dusty Rhodes, giving Keith Lee the ‘Limitless’ moniker. So, since he’s not here, Dustin’s not here, either, let’s find some other nepotism, second generation punk boy to get rid of Friday night on Rampage. That means you, Brian Pillman. Ain’t that right, Parker?”

Parker Boudreaux says that’s right. “Ain’t that right, Trench?” The tattooed man says, “Yeah, that’s right.” Hoodies up, but will they put Bulletproof BPJ down?

 

BREAKING NEWS for next week!

February 8th, the deadline for Bryan Danielson becoming #1 contender, will see The American Dragon taking on La Faccion Ingobernable’s El Toro Blanco, RUSH!! And speaking of…

Backstage interview with LFI.

Lexi Nair is with El Toro Blanco, but also Jose the Assistant and “Perro Peligroso,” Preston Vance. She notes the announcement of Rush VS Bryan, but then there’s a knock at the door. MJF walks in and says, “Hola, mi hermanos! Senor Vance, Senor Jose, Senor Rrrrrush.” Rush asks what the hell this “perro” wants. MJF double checks, “perro” is dog, right? Well, there’s a little thing called personal space, so he’s just gonna take a step back. “But here’s the deal: my, uh, Spanish is come se dice… Mid. But I know one language, my friend, that is mucho, mucho universal.” And that is MONEY! A huge briefcase full of it!

MJF snaps the case shut and smiles. This first one is free of charge. But he has FIVE MORE filled to the brim with dinero. All Rush has to do is beat Bryan Danielson “by any means necessary.” All Rush needs to do is rip Bryan’s arm off and beat him over the head with it. Can Rush pull that off for him? Jose, translate. Jose translates, but Rush seems to understand explicitly. Rush tells MJF in Spanish, and MJF asks “dipsh*t” Jose to translate. Jose sums it up by saying they have a deal. Oh, is that right? That sounded a bit longer than that. But Rush, you don’t have to like MJF. He just has to get the job done. Pleasure doing business with you, perro.

MJF leaves, but Rush has his mission. Will Rush be raking in the money with one match? Or will nothing stop Bryan Danielson from earning his title match?

 

AEW TBS Championship: Jade Cargill w/ Leila Grey VS Red Velvet!

Finally, the biggest, fastest-rising star has reached her FIFTIETH match! But while the streak started with The Chef, will it end with her, too? Or will #ThatBitch not be stopped by even the person who knows her best?

The introductions are made, but Velvet attacks while Jade is strutting around! The bell rings, Velvet fires off forearms but Jade knees her low. Jade whips Velvet to a corner but Velvet boots her back! THESZ PRESS! Velvet rains down hands but Jade shoves her away. Velvet ducks but runs into an elbow! Jade drags Velvet up, but Velvet fires off forearms! Velvet whips, Jade blocks to reverse, but Velvet holds ropes. Jade runs in but Velvet sends her out! Leila hurries to Jade’s side but Velvet builds speed! Velvet WRECKS Jade with a dropkick! Velvet tells Leila to back off, then she storms up on Jade.

Jade elbows Velvet away, but Velvet comes back to ROCK Jade! Velvet CHOPS Jade right in front of her family! Velvet then puts Jade in the ring, storms up on her and Oklahoma Rolls! TWO! Jade staggers up, blocks a superkick, and she spins Velvet around. Velvet ducks the haymaker and runs the ropes, then wheelbarrows, but into a GERMAN SUPLEX! Fans fire up while Jade drags Velvet over to a cover, TWO! Velvet is toughing it out but Jade is getting frustrated. Jade scoops Velvet to SLAM her, then drops a BIG elbow! Cover, TWO, and Dynamite goes picture in picture.

Leila is annoyed and Jade frowns while Velvet sputters. Jade drags Velvet up, CLUBS her down, and Leila applauds. Jade bumps Velvet off top buckles, then middle buckles, then bottom buckles! Jade stands on Velvet in the corner and soaks up the cheers and jeers, but lets off at 4. Jade and the ref argue, but Leila gets cheap shots in! Leila scurries away and Jade hauls Velvet up for a FALL AWAY SLAM! And then kips up! Jade holds up both hands to say 50, and then flexes. Velvet bails out, Leila talks trash, and Jade storms over. Jade walks up but Velvet sends her into railing! Jade is getting mad, but Velvet avoids one haymaker to PENALTY KICK from the apron!

Velvet CROSSBODIES, but Jade catches her! Jade POSTS Velvet, then carries her around the way. Jade trophy lifts Velvet, goes up the steel steps, and then TOSSES Velvet at the ropes! Velvet falls, Jade covers, TWO!!! Velvet survives and Jade is getting real mad. Leila rallies the Baddie cheering section, and Jade stalks Velvet to a corner. Jade drags Velvet up, and TOSSES her across the way! Jade says that’s 50 right there, and then she does push-ups as Dynamite returns to single picture. But Velvet CHOPS! Jade CLUBS Velvet, then TOSSES her across the way again! Jade swaggers, dribbles, but Velvet dodges the dunk!

Velvet DROPKICKS Jade, then hits a CODE BREAKER! Jade staggers around, Velvet KICKS and KICKS and mule kicks! Velvet runs, but Jade BOOTS her down! Cover, TWO!! Velvet is still in this and wait! Kiera Hogan RAMS Leila into steel steps! The other former Baddie is here, but other refs come out to have her leave. This all distracts Jade, and Velvet rolls her up! Jade rolls through, but the STIR IT UP hits!! Cover, but the refs aren’t paying attention!! Fans count, Velvet would’ve won twice over by now! Aubrey Edwards finally notices and counts, TWO!! Jade survives and fans can’t believe it!!

Velvet is furious, she drags Jade around and hooks an arm, short arm scissor, and then the INVERSION! Jade endures, fights, but Velvet kicks at her! Jade endures as Velvet pulls on the arm, and she deadlifts Velvet! But Velvet sunset flips! Jade stays up, drags Velvet up with both hands, and pops her around! Chicken wings for JADED!!! Cover, Jade wins!!

Winner: Jade Cargill, by pinfall (still AEW TBS Champion)

FIFTY AND OH! Velvet came the closest of all, but will anyone ever stop Jade’s undefeated streak?

 

Backstage interview with Britt Baker.

Renee is with The Doctor, as well as Jamie Hayter, as they are with Doc Sampson. We only caught a glimpse of what happened to her earlier at the hands of Saraya & Storm, how is Britt feeling? Britt says this is fine. She’s fine, and if that’s how Storm & Saraya wanna play, that’s fine, too. Because Britt & Hayter can play that game, too. But wait, in walks Ruby Soho! Ruby just wants to talk. She heard what happened, is Britt good? Uh, Ruby, weren’t those your girls? Ruby has Britt hold on there. Ruby has nothing to do with Saraya & Storm, she doesn’t know what Britt’s talking about.

Britt says Ruby’s known Saraya & Storm a lot longer than she’s known the AEW originals, so sorry if it’s strange that Ruby only now shows up. But yeah, Britt is good. Hayter says Britt is great, actually. Ruby says she’s glad to hear it and walks off. There are battle lines being drawn, which side is the Runaway on?

 

BREAKING NEWS for Rampage!

Not only are The Elite and The Firm having it out, it is for the AEW World Trios Championships! Will Kenny & The Young Bucks make it through All Ego, Hardy & Kassidy to then take on Fox & Top Flight? Or will there be a change of plans for Dynamite? And speaking of Saraya & Storm, they are in tag team action once again, but will they continue to beat down All Elite homegrown talent? Plus, before taking on Bryan Danielson, Rush will take on the Fallen Angel, Christopher Daniels, in an epic match of former ROH World Heavyweight Champions! Will El Toro Blanco build momentum going into his battle with The American Dragon?

 

AEW TNT Championship No Holds Barred: Darby Allin w/ Sting VS Samoa Joe!

The series is tied at 1-1, with the Samoan Submission Specialist winning in Texas, but the Relentless One winning in his hometown of Seattle. Dynamite in Dayton is throwing out all the rules except one: win! Will Darby continue to be the fighting champion? Or will Joe return to being the One True King of Wrestling Television?

The introductions are made, the TNT title is raised, and one way or another, this is the series finale of Darby VS Joe!

Darby takes off his trench coat to reveal he, uh, customized his Hoodlum hoodie. He’s covered it in thumbtacks!! And as soon as he’s in the ring, he rushes in to COFFIN SPLASH Joe! Joe is reeling from the tack attack but Darby fires off tack-covered forearms! Fans fire up as Darby runs corner to corner, but Joe dodges the splash to GAMANGIRI! Joe then wraps up an arm in his towel, to LARIAT Darby down! Fans rally, Joe pulls Darby’s tack hoodie off and throws it away. Joe drags Darby up to CHOP him! Darby goes to a corner, but Darby kicks back. Joe stomps Darby, stomps him down, then storms off.

Joe goes out to look under the ring, and he brings out a TABLE! Dayton fires up, Joe picks the table up, but Darby DIVES into the table and Joe! The table doesn’t break but it, Joe and Darby all hit the floor! Joe is busted open on his forehead and fans fire up! Darby hurries to stand the table up, to then drop it on Joe! Darby then brings the steel steps around into the corner of the railing. Darby whips, Joe reverses, and Darby not only clips steel steps, he clips railing! Darby lands on his feet just from momentum, but he soon falls to his knees, clutching his back! Fans lose their minds while Joe stalks out after Darby.

Joe stands Darby up, throws knees into him, and then throws him into railing. Joe drags Darby up and they go up the bleachers. Joe SMACKS Darby off the handrail, then brings him up further. Joe smacks Darby off more railing, then keeps him going up. But Darby fights back! Darby CLUBS and CLAWS Joe’s back! Fans fire up but Joe DUMPS Darby down the steps! Fans are going nuts while Joe glares through his crimson mask, and Dynamite goes picture in picture.

Joe drags Darby up again, grinds him against the handrail, then SMACKS him off a fan’s chair! They go back to the lower level as Darby kicks Joe and crawls away. Joe keeps after Darby, drags him up, and brings him around the way to TOSS back to ringside! Darby narrowly misses hitting steel steps head first! Joe stalks Darby, drags Darby back up, then scoop SLAMS him on the steps! Darby writhes, flounders away, but Joe follows him to the corner. Darby throws Joe’s ROH World TV title at him, but that only upsets Joe. Joe storms in after Darby, stalks him to a corner, and waits on Darby to stand before he DECKS him!

Joe eggs Darby on as he stands over him. Darby doesn’t stand so Joe makes him. Joe snapmares to CHOP Darby on the back! And PENALTY KICK him in the chest! And then drops a fist on his head! Joe watches Darby writhe and the ref checks on him. Joe grins through the crimson mask, then stomps Darby down. Joe kicks Darby, then clamps on a neck wrench! Joe leans all his weight on Darby but Darby throws body shots. Joe doesn’t budge, and he CLUBS Darby down. Joe grins as Darby tires to sit back up. Joe clamps the neck wrench back on and he twists even harder! Darby endures, and Dynamite returns to single picture as Darby throws more body shots.

Joe lets go of the neck wrench, Darby hobbles and runs, but into an ELBOW! Darby falls over and Joe covers, TWO! Joe keeps focus as he looms over Darby. Joe KICKS Darby to a corner, and then stomps him. Fans rally and duel, but Joe is annoyed by that. Joe drags Darby up, DECKS him with a forearm, then clamps on another neck wrench! It’s practically a vice on Darby’s head, squeezing his skull! Darby endures, fights up, and he RAMS Joe into buckles! Darby fires off forearms and SLAPS! Darby runs corner to corner, but into the URENAGE! Cover, TWO!! Darby survives the #STJOE, but Joe stands Darby up to CHOP him!

Darby staggers, Joe CHOPS him again! Darby flops to the apron, Joe builds speed and he BOOTS Darby to the floor! Joe then storms out and looks under the ring. Joe brings out another TABLE! Fans fire up again but Joe has fans move aside. Fans oblige and Joe rests the table against railing. Darby is in the ring, Joe goes in and brings Darby up, but Darby JAWBREAKERS before the sleeper could lock in! Darby runs in at the corner to CHOP! And CHOP! And CHOP! Darby CHOPS away on Joe, but Joe TOSSES Darby right out of the ring! Joe has been treating Darby like a throw pillow, emphasis on the “throw!”

Darby flounders up, but Joe goes back over to bring him back in. Joe suplexes high and hard! Joe then goes out to fetch chairs! Joe puts a handful of chairs in the ring, then sets them up together. Fans fire up as they’re back to back to make a wedge! Joe stands Darby up, brings him over, BIG back suplex on the chair wedge!! Darby writhes and Joe has a sadistic smile. “Joe is gonna kill~ you!” Joe turns the chairs around to face each other, then brings Darby back up. But Darby uses POCKET SAND to stop the bomb! CODE RED!! Cover, TWO!! Joe survives but Darby hurries to hop on! THROWBACK STUNNER!

Joe falls into a drop zone, and Darby hurries to get his hoodie back! Darby puts that back on, climbs up the corner, and COFFIN DROPS!! Cover, TWO!?!? Joe survives the tack-enhanced senton and fans can’t believe it! Darby hurries outside and goes looking. Darby uses a knife to cut the strings that hold down the canvas! Some are tough but they all give way, and Darby pulls the canvas away. Darby then drags off the foam padding to expose bare wood! Darby is deconstructing the ring in order to better destroy Joe! Darby sees Joe outside, builds speed and DIVES, but Joe walks away! Darby CRASHES THROUGH THE TABLE!!!

Dayton is losing their minds as Joe puts Darby back in! Joe sets Darby’s tack covered jacket down, he picks Darby up, and he POWERBOMBS him on the tacks! AND THEN HE SMOTHERS DARBY WITH THE TACK JACKET!! Darby DIGS at Joe’s eyes!! Joe lets Darby go, but he staggers around blindly! Joe stands up into a CHAIR SHOT! And another! And another! Darby has Joe on the hard wood, climbs up top, but Joe pushes the ref into the ropes to trip Darby up!! Joe climbs up after Darby, tucks him in, and hits a SUPER MUSCLE BUSTER TO THE WOOD!!!! Cover, JOE WINS!!!

Winner: Samoa Joe, by pinfall (NEW AEW TNT Champion)

Darby’s relentless streak is over! Samoa Joe is now a TWO-TIME TWO BELT CHAMPION! But wait! “THIS IS WAAAR~!” Fans go nuts for Wardlow as he storms down to the ring! Joe is just as shocked as Wardlow runs in! SPEAR!! Wardlow rains down fists on the man who took his title and his top knot! Wardlow rips his shirt off, drags Joe up, but Joe scrambles away! Fans boo but Joe isn’t going to fight again so soon after the war he just went through. Security rushes out but Wardlow CLOBBERS them all! Then he hauls one up to POWERBOMB out onto all the others!! Wardlow will not be denied, when and where will he get his hands on Joe?


My Thoughts:

This was an awesome Dynamite! Same balance of action and talking, but the action was all on a different level this week. Of the talking, we got good stuff out of this AEW Originals VS Imports in the Women’s Division. Saraya & Storm really up their Heel heat by just attacking Britt unprovoked, and then Ruby checking in on Britt was an interesting turnaround from her telling she didn’t want Britt’s help. But we’re getting closer and closer to that big tag(?) match. Hell, make it a Blood & Guts match but with the women rather than the men. Saraya leads a team, Britt leads a team, Ruby will choose Britt’s side and there could even be a twist of Shida betraying Saraya during the match to cost the anti-AEW team.

Good promo from the JAS to set up things with Starks. I just knew Starks would have to beat everyone in the JAS eventually, so it’s clever for them to get it all done in one gauntlet match. Starks will of course make it past Menard and Parker, and I bet that just as it looks like Garcia is stepping up to face Starks, Guevara takes the spotlight from him. Starks will still get through the final opponent, and he’ll get his match with Jericho. Good promo from Mogul Affiliates, because one: it establishes that their group doesn’t like multigenerational wrestlers, and two: it gave Granden Goetzman his wrestler name, “Trench.” Swerve will surely beat BPJ, but I bet Dustin teams up with BPJ and Brock Anderson as a sort of AEW take on WWE’s Legacy faction to take on Mogul Affiliates.

Good promo from Jack Perry, but I’m surprised he waited until now to establish that he’s done with tag teams. But I suppose he’s done with The Firm, too, so he’s done needing reinforcements. As it stands, if he wants a singles title, he could start with the All-Atlantic Championship, but I could see JB making a move for THE AEW World title. Speaking of The Firm, good promo from them and The Elite. I wonder if this was really live or just the take where Nick actually made that shot. Anyway, I’m also surprised the trios match for Rampage is for the titles when the titles are going to be on the line for Dynamite. But I suppose if Orange Cassidy and Darby Allin are fighting champions, then so should the Elite. Which of course means The Elite win on Rampage to go on to face Fox & Flight.

We got an awesome match from Bryan VS Thatcher, but of course Bryan wins to keep his story going. Even after he had that awesome match with Brian Cage, Konosuke going after MJF was a great move. And getting himself an Eliminator match is a good, too, but I feel like MJF finds a way to stand tall. He’ll either cheat to win, or just get himself disqualified quickly so his night will be over quickly. MJF also had a really good promo with LFI. Rush is a great choice to take on Bryan Danielson, and Rush is also going to have a great match with Christopher Daniels on Rampage. I’m sure Bryan will still find a way to win and we’ll still get that Ironman match, it just has to be how this goes.

It’s mostly because I don’t even know who is the #2 contender, since AEW still hasn’t kept up with rankings in this new year. AEW bringing out a sudden twist of MJF still having that One Hour Ironman match against someone other than Bryan would be great stuff, since MJF has been so focused on Bryan, but I feel like getting MJF VS Bryan is still the thing everyone wants to see. Great opening match out of Hangman VS Moxley, and of course Moxley bleeds. It’s practically in his contract. But Hangman losing by a roll-up was a great surprise, and them still being after each other after, this has to continue until Revolution.

The Acclaimed winning a squash was a bit surprising, but obviously that was to make room for the promo that set up things with The Gunn Sons. But Billy suddenly saying his sons can have a title match with The Acclaimed? I hope there isn’t a turn coming where Billy is suddenly on his sons’ side again. It just feels like something is fishy, but who knows. Really good TBS title match from Jade and Velvet, but I guess since this wasn’t at a PPV, Jade wasn’t about to lose. Kiera trying to help Velvet only to mess things up was at least a good detail to protect Jade. But at this rate, who is even going to beat Jade when she’s gotten through even some great established names.

And of course, an awesome No Holds Barred match for the TNT title. Great innovation, such as Darby’s tack covered jacket and the different table spots. I was actually rather surprised to see Joe win this to once again be dual champion. But at the same time, Wardlow returning to continue his story with Joe is a logical reason as to why Joe needs to have the TNT title again. Perhaps Wardlow gets the TNT title back to have a second chance with that, and Darby can move up into the world title scene. And assuming MJF retains at Revolution, it works for Darby to be next as they have history in AEW.

My Score: 9/10


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Mitchell’s AEW Dark Results & Report! (1/31/23)

Orlando stays Dark!

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Universal Studios is still the AEW Dark Arena!

As they prepare to go after the AEW World Trios Championships, AR Fox & Top Flight reunite to take on The Wingmen: Peter Avalon, Ryan Nemeth & Cezar Bononi!

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Six Man Tag: AR Fox & Top Flight VS The Wingmen; Fox & Top Flight win.
  • Red Velvet VS Sofia Castillo; Velvet wins.
  • Zack Clayton VS Fulton; Clayton wins.
  • Brock Anderson & Brian Pillman Jr. w/ Arn Anderson VS Rosario Grillo & Dean Alexander; Anderson & Pillman win.
  • Skye Blue VS Renee Michelle; Skye wins.
  • Shane Taylor Promotions VS Mr. G & Dante Casanova; Shane Taylor Promotions wins.
  • Yuka Sakazaki VS Avery Breaux; Yuka wins.
  • The Workhorsemen VS Liam Gray & Adrian Alanis; The Workhorsemen win.
  • Angelico w/ Serpentico & Luther VS Konosuke Takeshita; Konosuke wins.

QUICK NOTES

A solid line-up, and I like that we’re getting to see Brock Anderson & Brian Pillman Jr. in action together after a backstage promo on Elevation not too long ago. Not sure what the team name is but two second generation stars together is a logical combination. Angelico VS Konosuke, that is going to be a great match, but I give the win to Konosuke. Red Velvet is in action again after also being on Elevation, she’s definitely building momentum towards taking on Jade Cargill for Jade’s 50th match. And good to see Shane Taylor Promotions in action here. They’ll be a strong part of the ROH Tag Team Division, even after having lost to Keith Lee after Swerve abandoned Keith.

And good to see AR Fox & Top Flight in action, and against The Wingmen. For one, good to see Avalon, Nemeth & Bononi teaming all together again. And this will be a good match to build momentum for Fox & Flight.


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