Will Roxanne Perez truly break out in NXT?
Roxanne Perez won the inaugural Women’s Breakout Tournament, and is an NXT Women’s Tag Team Champion, but will she be THE NXT Women’s Champion after tonight? Or will the Toxic Goddess, Mandy Rose, do everything in her power to prevent that?
- Apollo Crews VS Giovanni Vinci; Vinci wins.
- Kayden Carter w/ Katana Chance VS Tatum Paxley w/ Ivy Nile; Paxley wins.
- Sanga VS Duke Hudson; Sanga wins.
- Solo Sikoa VS Von Wagner w/ The Robert Stone Brand; Double Count-Out Draw.
- Lash Legend VS Indi Hartwell; Hartwell wins.
- Tony D’Angelo & Channing Lorenzo w/ Legado del Fantasma VS Edris Enofe & Malik Blade; Tony & Lorenzo win.
- NXT Women’s Championship: Mandy Rose w/ Toxic Attraction VS Roxanne Perez w/ Cora Jade; Mandy wins and retains the title.
PLAY BY PLAY
Roxanne Perez is down in the parking lot!
The Breakout Tournament winner is down and Cora Jade is freaking out! Medics and referees rush over to figure out what happened, but who else would it be? Toxic Attraction made a threat last week, did they come through on it?
Apollo Crews VS Giovanni Vinci!
One star returned to NXT just as another started to rise. Will Apollo see an outcome that is in his favor? Or will it be another vittoria (victory) for #VeniVidiVinci?
The bell rings and the two circle. They tie up, Vinci puts Apollo in a corner but Apollo pushes back and they go back to center. Vinci gets around to roll Crews to a cover, ONE! Vinci facelocks, Apollo fights up but Vinci shifts to a chinlock. Fans rally for Apollo and he fights up to pry the hold open. Apollo headlocks for a takeover, but Vinci powers his way back to a headlock of his own. Vinci smiles but fans rally for Apollo. Apollo gets up, powers out, and they RAM shoulders! Vinci and Apollo circle, tie up, Vinci knees low. Vinci CHOPS Apollo to ropes then brings him out to scoop. Apollo slips off, shoves, things speed up, Vinci ducks ‘n’ dodges to run Apollo over!
Apollo gets to a corner, Vinci kicks him, but Apollo CHOPS back! Vinci CHOPS, Apollo CHOPS, and fans fire up as the CHOPS continue. Apollo forearms, CHOPS, repeat, then whip. Apollo hurdles, drops and dropkicks Vinci down! Fans fire up as Apollo stands tall! Apollo drags Vinci up, CHOPS him again, and has him in a corner. Apollo ROCKS Vinci, bumps him off buckles, then fires off haymakers and body shots. Apollo CHOPS Vinci, whips him corner to corner but Vinci reverses. Apollo KNEES Vinci away, goes up, and BLOCKBUSTERS! Cover, TWO! Apollo keeps cool as he brings Vinci up. Apollo reels Vinci in but Vinci slips out of the suplex to TOSS Apollo out!
Vinci goes out after Apollo, drags him up and scoops to SNAKE EYES off barriers! Vinci CLUBS Apollo against the barriers, then CHOPS him! The ring count climbs but Vinci puts Apollo in at 5 of 10. Vinci looms over Apollo as NXT goes picture in picture.
Vinci kicks Apollo to ropes, then CHOKES him! The ref counts, Vinci lets off, and the ref reprimands. Vinci brings Apollo up to turn him for a NECKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! Vinci is annoyed but he slaps Apollo around. Vinci whips Apollo hard into a corner! Apollo bounces off buckles and Vinci soaks up the heat from the fans. Vinci then goes to Apollo, drags him up by his ears and talks trash, but Apollo ROCKS Vinci with forearms! Apollo whips and leaps, but Vinci catches Apollo to FLAPJACK HOTSHOT! Apollo sputters, Vinci pushes him to a cover, TWO! Vinci keeps on Apollo with a facelock and grinds him into the mat.
Apollo endures, fans rally up, and Apollo fights up to throw body shots. Vinci clinches, shoves then CLOBBERS Apollo! Vinci is annoyed but he talks more trash. He kicks at Apollo, slaps him around, and Apollo goes to a corner. Vinci stands Apollo up to CLUB away on his back. Apollo falls and Vinci is back on the chinlock. Apollo endures again, fans rally up, but Vinci leans his weight on the hold. Apollo fights up again but Vinci drives him back down! Vinci shakes his head and he keeps on the hold as NXT returns to single picture. Fans rally up again, Apollo powers back up and he THROWS Vinci away!
Fans fire up while both men are down. Vinci and Apollo get up, and Apollo throws hands! Vinci shoves, CHOPS, then CHOPS again! Vinci whips, Apollo reverses, Vinci springboards, into a DROPKICK! Fans fire up again as both men are down! Apollo gets to one corner, Vinci to the other. Vinci runs in but only gets buckles! ENZIGURI from Apollo, then a LARIAT! And another! Apollo whips, and LEAPING LARIATS! Fans fire up as Apollo kips up! Apollo runs in at the corner to SPLASH! Then a whip corner to corner, but Apollo dodges the up ‘n’ over to GERMAN SUPLEX! Apollo holds on to GERMAN SUPLEX again!
Vinci fights free with elbows, but he swings into another GERMAN SUPLEX! Cover, TWO! Apollo and Vinci are down while fans chant “Suplex City!” Apollo and Vinci stir, Apollo reels Vinci in, but Vinci flying-mares free! Apollo boots, Vinci blocks, but Apollo BOOTS with the other foot! Apollo wants another but Vinci blocks the boot to LARIAT Apollo down! Fans rally up, Vinci stands over Apollo, but the ref is checking Apollo. Vinci wants after Apollo but the ref wants to be sure. Apollo is okay to continue so Vinci gets Apollo up. Vinci suplexes, but Apollo fights free! Apollo elbows from the corner, goes up the ropes, and leaps, INTO the suplex!! Cover, TWO!!
Vinci is shocked! Apollo is still in this and “This is Awesome!” Vinci drags Apollo up, reels him in, but Apollo back drops! Vinci rolls Apollo up, TWO! ENZIGURI!! Vinci wobbles, into the CREWS MISSILE!! But Apollo can’t cover! Vinci rolls away and out of the ring to safety! Apollo is frustrated, but so is Vinci. Vinci snatches that fan’s phone away so he can’t take pictures! Apollo puts Vinci in, the ref checks on him, but then XYON QUINN with an attack from out of the stands! Vinci gets Apollo in, to SIT-OUT POWERBOMB!! Cover, Vinci wins!
Winner: Giovanni Vinci, by pinfall
Give a huge assist to Xyon Quinn getting after Apollo over their war of words! Apollo didn’t see any of that coming, but will he see just how to get even with “The Perfect Superstar?”
Backstage interview with Cora Jade.
McKenzie asks for an update on Roxanne Perez, but Cora doesn’t have one. She wishes she did, but she can’t believe it. She knew they should’ve been more careful and she should’ve come with Roxie to the arena. Cora didn’t see anything, but she just knows it has Toxic Attraction written all over it. Toxic Attraction is pissed for losing, and scared that their reign over NXT is coming to an end. Mandy Rose is most scared of all because she knows Roxie would take that title right off her. It all just makes sense! Cora calms down, and hopes Roxie can pull through to compete tonight. If not, those bitches will have hell to pay!
Tiffany Stratton went to get pampered.
And O M G, she so needed this after the atrocity against Wendy Choo last week. Tiffany had to crawl on that dirty, disgusting warehouse floor to escape. She hasn’t even been able to look at her nails. And don’t get her started on her gear or hair. But in the end, she prevails and shut up Choo. Wendy is so obsessed. It’s so creepy. But Tiffany is going to leave Candy Land behind cuz obvi, she wants to see who wins tonight’s main event. But uh, this wasn’t the best manicure. Tiffany will spare this place the bad review, but will Tiffany be able to leave Wendy behind to go onto the gold?
Cameron Grimes is here!
But there is no smile or high energy for the Carolina Caveman after his loss to Bron Breakker in last week’s Great American Bash main event. Grimes gets the mic while fans chant “To The Moon! To The Moon!” Grimes wishes he could come out here and give all of us an excuse as to why he didn’t win the NXT Championship. But he can’t. Fans say “You Got Robbed!” but Grimes says no, he showed up in the best shape of his life and with a game plan. He even hit the Cave-In on Bron. But then the “Three!” never came. Bron is home in a sling, but he has the title. Grimes admits he almost said “North American Championship,” but that’s because losing that title is still on his mind, too.
Grimes has learned something, though. You can do everything the right way and it just still won’t be good enough. But that’s life, right? Last month, he lost the North American Championship. That’s just life. Grimes goes all in on the top title, and yeah, he lost. That’s just life! Grimes is just destined to be a loser! Cameron Grimes thought he was going #ToTheMoon, but then he crashes into the sun. Wait, Jordan Devlin McDonagh is heading out here now? The Irish Ace say she hates to kick a man when he’s down, but he’s going to do just that! Listen, “Grimy,” JD saw that match, and it was impressive. No one can take that way from Grimes.
But JD thinks that for all of us here, just wrap up the pity party and cry about it in the back. Fans boo but JD says that in about sixty seconds after losing, Grimes became old news. The whole game changed when the Irish Ace walked in. And all these people here, he fooled them all! They all thought he was debuting this week. And y’know who else thought that? That meathead, Bron Breakker! Grimes says if JD is going to be talking in the ring, then he should look Grimes in the eye. We all know who he is and what he did, so maybe JD should go after Grimes. Grimes knows about this Ace, but he’s more like an Irish ASS!
Fans join in calling JD an A-Hole, so JD HEAEDBUTTS Grimes! And then he whips Grimes, only for Grimes to reverses! JD avoids the Cave-In and Grimes fires up! Grimes says he’s got plenty of fight to give, so JD better get in this ring to get it! Fans fire up with Grimes, but will JD choose to wait until Grimes’ fire flames out?
Diamond Mind watches game film.
The Creed Brothers and Damon Kemp are watching just what happened when Julius hit that sliding forearm on Kemp. Kemp appreciates there’s no hard feelings and that they’re helping him study. Iron sharpens iron, diamonds cut diamonds. Diamond Mine Forever. They’re all more than happy to run it back. The Creeds head out, but then Roderick Strong walks in. Did Kemp really just say he’d love to “run it back” with the Creeds? Yeah, cuz- Are you serious?! Kemp is the reason they lost! Strong spent all this time Kemp training him, helping him improve, and Strong realized Kemp isn’t as good as he thinks.
What was going on? Ask the Creeds and Ivy, Strong is not big on excuses. Kemp was happy when Strong made the challenge, but we’ll see how Kemp feels after Strong embarrasses him next week! They’re going 1v1! Strong storms out and Kemp can’t believe he’s in this position. Is Diamond Mine still crumbling from within?
Backstage interview with Grayson Waller.
McKenzie is interrupted because Waller gets it, we’re going to talk about the Great American Bash. If that match was about points, Waller would’ve won and he would’ve won big! It was like 391 AD, wasn’t even close! Wait, what? Nevermind! Waller is supposed to say things didn’t go his way, and he points out that Wes Lee is why! Melo was set up, but then Nicky Nomad ruined Waller’s moment! Wes’ life sucks, but that doesn’t mean he has to ruin Waller’s! Let Wes know Waller’s looking for him. Now, back to the idiots on commentary.
Medics are still checking Roxanne Perez.
Cora is there with her, very worried about her status. Is the title match off for tonight?
Kayden Carter w/ Katana Chance VS Tatum Paxley!
KC Squared’s spitfire got into another argument with the powerlifter, but Diamond Mind’s Pitbull stepped up to back Tatum up. Will Tatum prove she is Diamond Mine material? Or will Kayden get the party going again?
NXT returns and Tatum makes her entrance. The bell rings, the two tie up, and they break. Kayden pie faces Tatum, but Tatum rushes in. Kayden trips her, Tatum kicks her away, then dodges her to wrangle for an armlock! Kayden fights up, rolls, but Tatum gator rolls her! Cover, ONE, but Tatum clamps onto the arm again. Kayden fights up, she whips but Tatum reverses. Things speed up but Kayden rolls Tatum to kick her! Kayden runs to springboard and basement dropkick! Cover, TWO! Kayden gets Tatum ‘s arms and stomps Tatum down! Kayden then runs to WRECK Tatum with a dropkick, right out of the ring!
Kayden shakes her hips but here comes Ivy Nile! Ivy backs Tatum up again and coaches her. Tatum gets back in, RAMS into Kayden, then throws body shots! Kayden BOOTS Tatum, CLUBS her, then whips her to a corner. Kayden runs in but Tatum dodges and DROPKICKS! Good height, and Tatum turns Kayden around to a NECKBREAKER! Katana coaches Kayden but Tatum MARIPOSAS! Cover, TWO! Kayden flounders to a corner, Tatum runs in and jumps up to HEADBUTT over and over! Seems Tatum can head bang with the best of them! Tatum kicks but Kayden blocks to flip her! Tatum handsprings through but Kayden trips her up!
Kayden ties up the legs, TRAILER HITCH! Tatum endures, Ivy coaches her, but Kayden pushes on the leglock! Tatum reaches out, ROPEBREAK! Kayden lets Tatum go at 4, and Ivy coaches Tatum up. Kayden storms over, gets the legs and yanks Tatum, but Tatum uses that for a cradle! TATUM WINS!
Winner: Tatum Paxley, by pinfall
Snatching victory from the jaws of defeat, Tatum gets the last word on this one! Has she earned her way into the Diamond Mine?
Joe Gacy interrupts commentary.
He “humbly” apologizes for this interruption, but his message is too important to fall on deaf ears. There has been a breakthrough amongst the schism! The Dyad have found a point of comfort in revealing their true selves! Next week will be a purification, and hopefully others will see and understand that there is room in the shade under The Schism’s tree. Thank you for the indulgence. Just what does Gacy mean about “purification?” And at the very least, does this mean we’ll see who is under the hoods?
Sanga, Yulisa Leon & Valentina Feroz rewatch last week’s footage.
But not of any match. It’s of Sanga’s powerful CANNONBALL into the pool! The ladies love it when Sanga lets loose, but Duke Hudson barges in. Laugh it up, Sanga. He thinks that was funny? It wasn’t funny. Duke had to get water out of his ear all week! The ladies laugh but Duke is upset more. Sanga tells Duke that if he wants to take care of business, they can do that in the ring. That’s what Duke wants! Then that match is happening, after the break!
Fallon Henley’s bar is booming!
Everyone loves it here. And for the NEW NXT UK Tag Team Champions, life has been pretty sweet. Josh Briggs, Brooks Jensen and Fallon herself cheer, but then in walk Pretty Deadly. “Howdy, partners!” Elton Prince & Kit Wilson are sure no one here has seen two tasty snacks like them before. Brooks says these boys are in the wrong bar. Uh, no, they are not. They’re here for the champs. To think these two would bring those gorgeous UK titles into such a dump! And these hicks might be impressed, but Pretty Deadly aren’t. Well, sounds like they came in for more than just a drink. Yeah, they came for the titles!
Well, that’s good and all, but you’re in here so you’ll have to fight your way back out. It’s been a hot minute since Briggs & Jensen have been in a bar fight! Let’s go! Pretty Deadly isn’t so sure, but the rest of the patrons get between them all. Fallon gets a pool cue and says this is NOT happening here. IF they’re settling this, it’ll be in the ring. See y’all next week. Pretty Deadly leaves peacefully, and the champs get everyone another round! Will Kit & Elton be able to become TWO-TIME UK Tag Team Champions? Or will Briggs & Jensen have another reason to celebrate?
Sanga VS Duke Hudson!
Sanga is a big, big man, and he has a big, big cannonball. Will he send Duke sputtering away like he did in the pool? Or will the fun and games be over real quick?
The bell rings and Duke shoves Sanga. Sanga stops smiling and he shoves Duke down! Sanga storms up on Duke but Duke kicks form below. Duke gets up to throw haymakers and body shots, then he RAMS Sanga into the corner. Duke RAMS his shoulder in more, lets off as the ref counts, but Sanga puts Duke in the corner! Duke dodges, RAMS into Sanga again and fires off forearms! The ref reprimands, Duke whips but Sanga blocks! Sanga shakes his head and whips Duke into the corner to SPLASH! Sanga scoops Duke for a SNAKE EYES! And a POUNCE! Duke flounders and fans fire up with Sanga!
Duke flops out of the ring, Sanga wants him to get back in, but Duke wants space. Sanga grabs at Duke but Duke grabs the beard! Duke throws body shots, then a HCOP BLOCK! And a DDT! Cover, ONE!! Duke is shocked! Duke hurries to CLUB away on Sanga, but Sanga catches the arm! Sanga wrenches, fights up, but Duke RIPS at the chest hair! And Sanga’s got a lot of it! Duke fishhooks then ELBOWS Sanga in the head! Duke RAMS into Sanga, throws more body shots, then clinches. Sanga throws body shots, whips Duke to a corner then runs in to SPLASH again! Sanga scoops for a SIDEWALK SLAM! Sanga roars, fans fire up, and Sanga drops a BIG elbow!
Sanga isn’t done there! Duke stands and Sanga scoops, fireman’s carries, but Duke slips off. Duke elbows from the corner, runs in, and BOOTS! Sanga stays up to choke grip! Sanga says this is it! CHOKE SLAM! Cover, Sanga wins!
Winner: Sanga, by pinfall
Duke tried to bright the fight, but Sanga brought the thunder! Will Sanga storm his way up to something even bigger and better than this?
The Robert Stone Brand speaks.
Robert Stone himself says Solo Sikoa is a fighter, a savage, but he’s got no brains for challenging Von Wagner! Von is a three sport athlete! Sophia Cromwell says even the New York Mets were begging Von to sign with them. But Von chose DI football and pro-wrestling instead. Arm like a cannon with 90 miles per hour heaters! Von tells Stone to stop talking. This isn’t baseball or football, this is a fight. So it doesn’t matter if it’s the streets, the island, or in that ring, Von is going to see just how tough Solo really is! Vicious Von heads out, but will we see who’s the tougher man?
Solo Sikoa has a response.
“Von Wagner, you a bad man. Snapping bones. Let’s see if you can try that on me. Putting fools through tables. Let’s see if you can try that on me. Launching them into the fifth row. Hey, yo, try that on me!” It’s put up or shut up time for Von, and it is go time for Solo! The Street Champion is ready, will Von be?
Backstage interview with Toxic Attraction.
McKenzie says Mandy Rose must be feeling very good right now. Uh, she’s NXT Women’s Champion, of course she feels good. But McKenzie meant because they took out Roxanne in the parking lot. Ugh! That is quite the accusation to be making, McKenzie! Don’t blame them for Roxie getting hurt. Sucks for her but this is NXT. Luck can change in the blink of an eye. From pulling off the upset of the century one week, to wasting a title contract the next. If Roxie is out for awhile, she and Cora can just hand the belts back to Gigi & Jacy. But Mandy did say Roxie would be lucky to make it to their match this week.
Uh, McKenzie, you might not know this, but when you’re the champion, everything falls into place. Was that supposed to be Mandy denying the attack?
Solo Sikoa VS Von Wagner w/ The Robert Stone Brand!
Two of the toughest, meanest and biggest men in NXT collide, both hungry for that top spot. Who knocks the other out of the way to get that much closer to a title opportunity?
As Von makes his entrance, Solo goes right at him! They brawl on the ramp, Von knees low and he brings Solo to the ring. Solo blocks the apron bump to SMACK Von off the apron instead! Solo puts Von in, gets in the ring, and the match officially begins! The two tie up, are in a deadlock, and they break. Solo eggs Von on and they circle. Fans rally for Solo as he and Von tie up again. Von pulls hair, the ref reprimands, but Solo pushes back. They break, stare down, and Von shoves. Solo shoves back, they tie up again, and Von pulls hair again. Solo turns things around, they go around the ring, and Solo gets around to waistlock.
Von elbows free, headlocks but Solo powers up. Von holds on tight, Solo tries again and he gets free. But Von runs Solo over! Von eggs Solo on but Solo stays cool. They tie up again, Solo wrenches to a hammerlock but Von reaches for ropes. Solo keeps him from the ropes, headlocks, but Von powers out. Solo pulls hair to get the headlock back! Fans rally, Von endures and he powers out again. Solo RAMS shoulders but neither man falls! Von eggs Solo on so Solo runs. Solo ducks the haymaker to run Von over! And again! Solo scoops to SLAM Von, then he runs to FALLING HEADBUTT! Cover, TWO!
Solo looms over Von, and KICKS him down! Solo runs again to SENTON! Von bails out and Stone says Von to fight things his way, not Solo’s. Solo waits patiently for Von as NXT goes to break.
NXT returns and Von has Solo down in a chinlock. Solo endures and fights up while the fans rally. Von leans on Solo, but Solo still gets to his feet. Solo throws body shots, whips Von but Von reverses. Solo ducks but Von BOOTS him on the return! Cover, TWO! Solo survives and Von is frustrated. Von rains down fists, then drags Solo to ropes to CHOKE him! The ref counts, Stone talks trash, and Von lets off at 4 to KICK Solo in the back. Von CLUBS Solo, fans rally up and Solo gets to a corner. Von CLUBS Solo more, throws point blank clotheslines, then a running clothesline! Von whips corner to corner and hits another clothesline!
Von talks trash, whips corner to corner again, but Solo dodges! Von hits buckles and Solo hits a BIG back suplex! Fans fire up and Solo sees Von go to a corner. Fans rally with “UCE! SO!” but Von storms up on Solo. Solo blocks and counter punches! And again and again, and then an UPPERCUT! And an elbow! Solo whips but Von kicks! Solo just roars! Solo ducks the haymaker to SAMOAN DROP! SPLASH in the corner and Von sits down! “UCE! SO! UCE! SO!” And Solo runs in to HIP ATTACK! Fans fire up, Solo fires up, but Von bails out. Solo goes out after Von, but Von hits low! Von CLUBS Solo, and SMACKS him off the desk!
Solo just gets mad! Solo ELBOWS Von, Von fires haymakers, Solo hits them back! The ring count is climbing, Von and Solo brawl at the ramp! DOUBLE COUNT-OUT!
Double Count-Out Draw
The brawling continues, even as refs rush out! Von doesn’t want to stop and neither does Solo! They keep throwing hands all the way to the back! What will it take for these two gladiators to finish the fight?
Carmelo Hayes & Trick Williams have a night on the town.
With two ladies each, Melo and Trick party up to celebrate the win last week. Melo is still The A Champion, in and out of the ring. But don’t sleep on Trick, he got a W against Wes Lee. Poor Wes never saw it coming. And the night is still young, let’s go dancing! And the after party! Then let’s go to the penthouse! They have drinks and dancing, and Trick says Melo & Trick can take them places. Just look where they are. Remember back in the day when Melo & Trick were getting crossed up by fools on the court? Now they’re crossing the whole world! Kobe & Shaq! Dre & Snoop! The Dream Team! They’ll always be here. That’s all it is and- Oh, hold on. HOT TUB!
Trick asks, “Am I not the cleanest?” “Yes, Trick.” “Am I not the prettiest?” “Yes, Trick.” “Am I not the baddest mofo?” Melo says yeah, we go tit. They need a toast for the A Champ, and shout out to the haters! That’s all it is, and that’s all it’s ever gone be!
Lash Legend speaks.
“Indi Hartwell. Girl, you athletic, but you’re about to find out you ain’t no Lash Legend athletic.” You see her balling? She’s gonna do the same to Indi. Indi has a better shot at finding love on a dating app than getting a win off the one and only, “and you know you can’t clone me.” Lash heads out and the ball rolls, into a red baseball bat…
Chase University went on a field trip!
“London, here we come!” Andre Chase is pretty sure that big welcome banner is for them. Bodhi, Thea, welcome to London! Montage of them seeing the sights, and Chase U prides itself on exposing students to new experiences. Is The Queen a fan of Chase U? She has to be. Thea is very excited, Bodhi is still sore. Chase claims he’s going to be knighted. He will be SIR Andre Chase! This level of world view education is why Chase U is seventh best- Wait, what? Who wrote this? Glenn, is this you? You know damn well Chase U is ALWAYS number one! Chase oughta beat the hell out of that stupid SOB! Glenn is FIRED!
Lash Legend VS Indi Hartwell!
Lash may have been ballin’ in the WNBA, but she ain’t #IndiWrestling. Will Lash learn that she can dribble and dunk all she wants, what’s #IMPRESSIVE is what Indi’s done in NXT? Or is Lash going to show Indi is done in NXT?
The bell rings and the two tie up. Lash and Indi are in a deadlock, but Lash puts Indi in a corner then CLOBBERS her from behind! Lash talks trash, stands Indi up and TOSSE her to a corner. Indi elbows Lash away, kicks low and then reels Lash in for a suplex. Lash fights it, suplexes back but Indi slips out to waistlock. Lash bucks Indi but Indi DECKS Lash! Lash falls out of the ring, Indi goes out after her, but Lash RAMS her into the apron! Lash shoves Indi in, kicks her in, then looms over Indi. Lash drags Indi up but Indi throws body shots. Lash CLUBS Indi down but fans rally up. Lash talks trash, drags Indi up and suplexes, to then hang Indi out to dry!
Lash talks more trash, then YANKS Indi back in! Cover, ONE, but Lash KNEES Indi in the back. Lash hauls Indi up, turns her around and has a STANDING Bow ‘n’ Arrow! Lash dribbles Indi’s head in the ropes! Fans rally as Indi endures, and Indi fights free to a sunset flip! Lash stays up and drags Indi up, but Indi kicks the leg! Indi then rolls Lash up, TWO! Lash runs in but is sent into buckles! Indi kicks, CLUBS and JABS! Indi scoops Lash for a SIDEWALK SLAM! Cover, TWO! Lash gets to ropes but Indi storms up. Lash YANKS Indi into buckles! Lash hoists Indi up top and climbs up after her.
But wait! ALBA FYRE is here! She has Lash’s basketball, and Indi yanks Lash down! SPINEBUSTER! Indi hurries to a corner, goes up top, and springboards, only to crash and burn! Cover, but Indi turns it around! INDI WINS!!
Winner: Indi Hartwell, by pinfall
It wasn’t as savage as Indi wanted, but she still got that win! Will Lash worry less about Indi and more about Fyre? Speaking of, Fyre has made it to the ring with her bat! She aims at Lash, and Lash wants her to wait! Lash dodges the homerun swing and goes running, only for Fyre to pursue! Fyre swings and hits the desk! Fyre says if Lash wants to talk, bring the fight to her! Will Lash be turned to ash after Fyre gets through with her?
The rest of the NXT Women’s Division talks backstage.
So who really did attack Roxanne? Amari Miller has been watching True Crime shows, it’s pretty much always the husband/boyfriend. Does Roxie even have a boyfriend? Nope. But Feroz and Leon talk in Spanish, so that makes Arianna Grace suspicious that they’re accusing one of them. But then SOLO AND VON are brawling! They’re going nuts backstage, Von throws Solo into a wall! But then Solo choke grips Von! Solo sends Von into a wall, the haymakers fly again, and they go out into the hall! Just where will they brawl next?
Backstage interview with Tony D’Angelo & The Family.
McKenzie says before tonight’s tag team match, does anyone here have an idea who attacked Roxanne Perez? Elektra Lopez says that is a horrible question. Why is she asking them? Because Legado del Fantasma has been known to attack people in the parking lot. Tony says no one attacked Roxanne on his crew because he didn’t give the order. Elektra is proving herself a loyal and vital part of the family. But tonight, we see where Cruz & Wilde stand. The music hits, and Tony says Elektra can stay in the bac. As for Cruz & Wilde, time for them to prove their worth.
The brawl is continuing outside!
Solo and Von have brawled towards a dumpster! Von CLUBS Solo, RAMS him into railing, but he drags Solo back up. Solo throws body shots, Von CLUBS Solo again, but Solo RAMS Von into a garage door! The producers want them to stop, but it’s Sophia who gets Von to let this go. Stone says this isn’t a game! Solo is stupid, this ain’t over! But Solo grabs Stone! “Who the hell do you think YOU are?!” Solo TOSSES Stone into the dumpster! Will Solo look to trash Von the next time he sees him?
Tony D’Angelo & Channing Lorenzo w/ Legado del Fantasma VS ???
NXT returns and Edris Enofe & Malik Blade are The Family’s opponents tonight. The bell rings, “Stacks” starts with Edris and they circle. They tie up, Edris wrenches, wristlocks, but Stacks pulls an ear! They end up on ropes and Stacks ROCKS Edris to snapmare and stomp! Stacks headlocks, Edris powers out but Stacks gets around to waistlock. Edris switches, Stacks elbows out and runs, but Edris jumps over, drops down and DROPKICKS Stacks down! Fans fire up as Edris arm-drags Stacks to a corner! Tag to Malik, feed to the drop toehold, and then BOOT to an ELBOW! Malik covers, TWO!
Malik keeps on Stacks, wrenches, Edris tags in. Edris goes up, drops AX HANDLES, then EuroUppers Stacks to a corner. Edris whips corner to corner, Stacks reverses but Edris goes up. Stacks blocks the headscissors to KICK Edris down! Tag to Tony and The Done stomps away. Tony gets Edris up, whips him to ropes then CLOBBERS him! Tony drags Edris up, puts him in the corner and tags Stacks. They mug Edris, Stacks stomps away, tag back to Tony. Tony stomps away on Edris, then KICKS him while he’s down. Tag back to Stacks, he stomps and kicks away on Edris, then tag back to Tony. They mug Edris then Tony throws body shots.
Tony hits a HALF HATCH SUPLEX, then he talks trash to Malik. Tony hauls Edris up, tags Stacks in, and they mug Edris again. Stacks snapmares Edris, then BOOTS him down! Stacks drags Edris up but fans rally. Edris counter punches Stacks, then leaps! Stacks catches Edris, throws him away, but Edris sunset flips! TWO, and Edris gets up, only for Stacks to CLOBBER him! Cover, TWO! Stacks snarls and clamps onto Edris. Stacks CLUBS Edris, then wraps him up in a seated cobra twist. Edris endures, fight sup, and he throws body shots! Stacks reels Edris in but Edris throws body shots. Stacks still back suplexes, but Edris lands on his feet!
Edris ducks Stacks to hot tag Malik! Malik rallies on Stacks and fans fire up! Malik whips Stacks to ropes for a BIG forearm! Fans fire up with Malik as he runs to LARIAT Stacks against ropes! Malik keeps moving, BIG leg drop, brother! Tony gets in but Malik DROPKICKS him back out! Stacks runs in, into a SPINEBUSTER! Cover, Edris keeps Tony away, TWO!! Tony RAMS Edris into steps, Malik sees that and shouts at Tony. But Stacks rolls Malik, TWO! Malik runs in but Stacks FLAPJACKS Malik off buckles! Tag to Tony and he gets Malik up, FOGEDABOUTIT! Cover, Tony & Stacks win!
Winners: Tony D’Angelo & Channing Lorenzo, by pinfall
But The Don isn’t satisfied, he tells Legado to beat up Malik! So Wilde & Cruz do as they’re told! GAMANGIRI LEG SWEEP COMBO! Tony says that’s what Malik gets for thinking he can beat The Don! Tony then pats Legado on the heads, saying they did good. Will Legado tolerate this patronizing much longer? Or are they waiting for the Emperor of Lucha to return?
Backstage interview with Nikkita Lyons.
McKenzie says Nikkita requested this interview. Does it have to do with information on Roxanne Perez? No, but this about how people think she’s the culprit. Yes, if not for Lyons’ injury, she would be the Breakout Tournament winner. But she doesn’t attack from behind. If she has a problem, she says it it someone’s face. But if Roxie can’t go and Mandy needs an opponent, Lyons will get her gear on and get in that ring to take that title! The moment of truth is approaching, what happens with tonight’s main event title match?
“When I was growing up, comics were my escape from reality. I could sit in my room and escape the chaos, slipping into a faraway time or universe. As I learned to fight, I wondered if I could emulate my idols, take the leap from page to reality. I could be everything I always wanted to be. I could be my own superhero, break free of the world I lived in, and inspire others. I could be a symbol. I remain anonymous, because it’s not about me, it’s about everyone else. I AM Axiom!” And it is time for his NXT 2.0 debut next week!
NXT Women’s Championship: Mandy Rose w/ Toxic Attraction VS Roxanne Perez w/ Cora Jade!
We still don’t know who attacked the Breakout Tournament winner, but if Toxic Attraction are number one on the suspects list, it’s only because of their past behavior. But innocent or not, will Mandy retain by default because of what happened? Or can the gamer girl wrestling prodigy still go tonight?
Gigi gets Mandy a mic so she can say, “Well… Okay, that’s enough out of you peasants. I think it’s been long enough, ladies. What do you say? Roxanne Perez isn’t woman enough to suck it up and challenge me tonight.” Mandy isn’t surprised, but she doesn’t blame her. Roxie couldn’t win, anyway. No one can beat Mandy! Mandy tells the fans to shut up about telling her to shut up, but the dueling continues. Mandy says Roxie could never challenge her, and no one can, because she runs NXT! Nothing will change that! But wait! Cora Jade’s music hits! Cora tells Mandy that she can just shut the hell up!
Mandy’s night isn’t over yet! Because the fans were promised an NXT Women’s Championship match, and that is what we’re going to get! If Roxie can’t go, CORA will step in! Mandy wants Cora to hold on. This might be the funniest thing she’s heard all night. Mandy is going to give Roxie- Well wait! Here comes Roxie! Despite the rib tape, Roxie wants her shot to be tonight! Cora says okay, go kick some ass! The bell rings and it is on! THESZ PRESS from Roxie! Mandy shoves Roxie away and hits the tape! Mandy KICKS the bad ribs, then drags Roxie up. Mandy reels Roxie in, scoops her, but Roxie slips off to roll her! TWO!
Mandy hurries up but Roxie CROSSBODIES! Mandy catches her, to FALL AWAY SLAM! Roxie writhes but Mandy drags Roxie up. Fans duel, Mandy KNEES Roxie in the side! Gigi & Jacy mock Roxie’s pain while Mandy RAMS into Roxie again and again! Mandy lets off at 4, but Roxie ROCKS her! And SHOTGUNS her! Roxie hurries after Mandy but Mandy blocks the whip! Mandy reels Roxie in again to hang her out to dry! Roxie flops out of the ring and to the floor! Mandy goes out, looms over Roxie, then she drags her up. Roxie wants mercy for the ribs but Mandy RAMS her into the apron! And again!
Mandy leaves Roxie behind to soak up the heat and NXT goes picture in picture. Roxie is in tears from the pain, but Cora coaches her up. Mandy goes out after Roxie to drag her up by the tape, and put her in the ring. Mandy wants to win this in the ring, too, and covers, TWO! Mandy is annoyed as Roxie toughs it out. Mandy drags Roxie up, snap suplexes, then covers, TWO! Mandy looms over Roxie, pulls at the rib tape, and makes Roxie a yoyo with it! The ref reprimands so Mandy drops Roxie. Mandy stomps Roxie on the back and stalks her to ropes. Mandy grabs at the tape, then kicks away at her on the ropes!
The ref reprimands, Mandy lets off and she drags Roxie up again. Snap- CRADLE! TWO!!! Roxie almost had Mandy, but Mandy CLOBBERS Roxie! Cover, TWO! Mandy is furious and she tears at the rib tape! She unwraps Roxie and Toxic Attraction is laughing! Mandy throws the tape away, looms over Roxie, then drags her up. Mandy whips Roxie hard into the buckles! Mandy stomps a mudhole then drags Roxie back up. Mandy CLUBS Roxie, hooks her up and has a cobra twist. Roxie endures as NXT returns to single picture. Fans rally, duel, but Mandy elbows away on Roxie’s ribs. Roxie endures, arm-drags free, and she runs, into a SPINEBUSTER! High stack, TWO!
Mandy is shocked that Roxie is still in this! Mandy KNEES Roxie in the side, drags her back, and she uses the tape to pull Roxie into the body scissors! Roxie endures the squeeze, fans rally up, but Mandy clamps on a chinlock. Roxie pries the chinlock open, pushes back to get a cover, TWO! Mandy lets Roxie go to hurry and RAM her into the corner. Mandy RAMS into Roxie again, and again! The ref counts, Mandy carries Roxie and runs, but Roxie slips out to a sunset flip! TWO!! Mandy KNEES Roxie in the ribs again! Fans rally, Mandy whips Roxie to a corner, then runs in, into a KNEE from Roxie!
Fans fire up and Roxie goes up! Toxic Attraction freaks out, Roxie CROSSBODIES! But she bounces off the landing! Fans are thunderous as both women get up, and Roxie counter punches Mandy! And again! Roxie whips, Mandy reverses but Roxie hits a LEAPING LARIAT! And another! Roxie fires up, adrenaline helping with the pain! UPPERCUT in the corner, then another! Mandy staggers, Roxie runs, tilt-o-whirl and RUSSIAN LEG SWEEP! Cover, TWO!! Mandy survives and Toxic Attraction can breathe again. Roxie hurries to hop on, POP- NO, Mandy slips free! Mandy runs in but POSTS herself!
Mandy flops out of the ring, Gigi & Jacy go to her side, but Roxie builds speed! Roxie DIVES to wipe out Mandy! Fans are thunderous, Jacy runs in but Roxie POSTS her! And SOBATS Gigi, to POST her! Roxie and Mandy are up,. Roxie hops on, POP ROX TO THE FLOOR!! Cora fires up and tells Roxie to get in the ring! Roxie drags Mandy up, puts her in, and Cora tells her to hurry! But then Jacy distracts the ref, and CORA CLOBBERS ROXIE?!?! WHY!?!? They’re best friends AND tag team champions together!! KNEE FROM A ROSE!! Cover, Mandy wins!
Winner: Mandy Rose, by pinfall (still NXT Women’s Champion)
How could Cora do this to Roxie?! HOW!? Does their friendship mean nothing if Roxie were to be a double champion? Toxic Attraction still has one belt, and Cora gets in the ring to say that SHE brought Roxie here and this is what Roxie does. Roxie is the selfish one?! Cora BEATS Roxie with her board, until it breaks!! What does this mean for their tag title reign?
This was a good episode, until they went the dumbest way possible with the Women’s Championship story. I am actually asking, not just kayfabe wondering, WHAT THE HELL are they doing?! Cora betrayed Roxie while they’re both champions, so what’s supposed to happen with the tag titles? And also, what a waste of the inaugural Women’s Breakout Tournament contract. Nikkita Lyons probably was their choice to win before her injury, but you can’t just take a piss on your own back-up plan! I am calling shenanigans and BS to the highest degree on this, I don’t care whose idea it was to do this.
Apollo VS Vinci was a very good opening match, but while Apollo didn’t see it with his Equalizer scenario power, I should’ve seen that Xyon would attack and cost Apollo the match. Apollo will of course go after Xyon and get a win over him, then he can go towards a title. Melo & Trick are partying it up, but Melo will be game time ready for that awesome match. Tiffany Stratton has a good promo but her calling out Wendy Choo makes me think this feud is far from over. Grimes and Devlin/McDonagh had a good promo and confrontation, that match can be seen as a #1 contender’s scenario while also being a good-bye feud for Grimes, because of course Devlin’s winning.
I liked the promo with Diamond Mine’s members, the group is falling apart more, and Strong VS Kemp could be the last straw. I would think Strong wins this, but that only gets him kicked out of the group. But that’s fine, because surely, Tatum Paxley is joining the group after getting a good win over Kayden Carter. KC Squared is really a team that got the short end of the stick, because they’ve been a solid tag team this whole time, yet passed over for a lot of other people. And it’s worse when you consider RawDown isn’t giving a damn about their tag division anymore, so even being called up would mean nothing for them.
Indi Hartwell got a win because her match was more about Lash and Fyre than her. I hope that the missed springboard was a work, it’d be a shame if Indi got hurt now while she has a chance to be a solo act. And speaking of Solo, I liked that he and Von had their match end in a draw and they just brawled throughout the arena. This definitely calls for a Falls Count Anywhere match between the two for the next big episode of NXT. And we got a pretty decent bar vignette from Briggs, Jensen and Pretty Deadly to set up their NXT UK Tag Team Championship match. I expected Briggs & Jensen to have their first easy defense be in NXT UK but whatever, NXT needs ratings, too.
Sanga is clearly becoming NXT’s newest ladies man as he continues to charm both Leon and Feroz, and he continues to whoop whoever steps to him. Duke Hudson also got the short stick of things because of who got cut and when. There was so much more potential for Duke, Dexter, Indi and Persia, but nope, Nick Khan said to let Dexter and Persia go and now Duke is lost in jobber limbo. Gacy’s promo didn’t do much, but it did establish that one, their faction has a name, “The Schism,” and two, The Dyad will show themselves so that we’ll all see what we knew: It’s Grizzled Young Veterans, Gibson & Drake.
Tony D’Angelo and the rest had a good promo section, and while he was telling Cruz & Wilde they had to prove their worth, where was the moment during the match where they did something? I was watching the whole time, saw nothing remotely similar to cheating or distracting. Them beating up Malik after was a rather cheap way to put pressure on them, but I bet that while Cruz & Wilde rejoin Escobar, there’s a good chance Lopez stays loyal to The Don since he’s been complimenting her good work.
We’re getting an interesting next step for “Axiom”/A-Kid. They were hiding his face, even though anyone who has heard him talk can tell it’s him, because he’s becoming a masked wrestler. The mask looks very good, and it does fit with him having a name that sounds very much like a comic book superhero, and with A-Kid’s in-ring ability, it will all blend together perfectly. I just didn’t expect this to be the direction they’d take him after how strongly NXT UK built him in their midcard.
My Score: 8.2/10
Andrew’s IMPACT Results & Match Ratings: 2.2.2023
Impact has a new number one contender, a few new signings and setting up for No Surrender. Lets see what happens tonight!
We’re coming off of Rich Swann becoming the number one contender, Joe Hendry creating another banger of a parody song and Bully Ray…being more like Bitchy Ray.
Also lets not overlook the fact that Dirty Dango officially signed with IMPACT as well. Which may not be huge, but with the current addition of Santino Marella, Dango being involved in storylines for the foreseeable; there could be some good comedy in store.
There we go, a bunch of stuff got set in motion; but we could always see some interesting wrinkles or just straight forward boredom. Only one way to find out! BUT FIRST! Raven is getting The Flock back together…maybe?
— IMPACT (@IMPACTWRESTLING) February 3, 2023
- Bullet Club (Ace & Bey) vs Kevin Knight & Kushida: Ace & Bey win via 1-2-Sweet – ***
- Gisele Shaw w/Jai Vidal vs Savannah Evans: Gisele wins via Denouement – ** 1/4
- Crazzy Steve w/ Black Taurus vs Sheldon Jean: Steve wins via King Kill 33 – N/A
- Johnny Swinger w/Zicky Dice vs Kenny King: Kenny wins via Royal Flush – N/A
- The Design (Kon, Deaner, Angels & Callihan) vs Josh Alexander, Frankie Kazarian, Yuya Uemura & Rich Swann: Callihan wins via Cactus Driver ’97 – ** 1/2
Bullet Club (Ace & Bey) vs Kevin Knight & Kushida
As much as I like Ace & Bey, a part of me would like MCMG versus Kushida and his new partner.
Early on its just counters, posing to the crowd and getting themselves over until Bey manages to sweep the leg, slingshot over the top rope for a stomp and take over a little. Knight manages to avoid a corner move, one legged Springboard Body Press, Jumping Frog Splash, and then a quick tag to Kushida. Some tandem moves from Kushida and Knight as Knight continues to mix it up with Bey.
Ace distracts Knight before the Springboard and Bey meets him in midair with a Dropkick and gets Ace in for some tandem offense and then Ace starts setting the pace. Double Arm Wringer into a tandem Back Rake. Then they wrestle Knight to the ground and keep him down for another Back Rake. Ace continues to set the pace and keep Knight mostly on the receiving end, until Knight rolls out of a lift, Ricky to Robert roll, Kushida gets the hot tag and starts clearing the ring. Bey tries Art of Finesse, Kushida catches him in a Flying Armbar but Bey turns it into a Cradle to get Kushida to break.
Electric Chair from Kushida, but before Knight can hit his Dropkick, Ace slides in and catches Knight on his back. Chicken Fight before Kushida and Knight finally hit their Tandem move but Ace makes the save. Ace wipes out Kushida, Knight forces Ace out, tries to go for a Plancha, but Bey was crotched on the top rope. As Knight tries to Plancha, Bey hits a Cutter out of nowhere on the apron. Ace sees the opening, 1-2-Sweet for the win!
— IMPACT (@IMPACTWRESTLING) February 3, 2023
Steph De Lander video package…that’s a pretty decent grab for IMPACT.
Gisele Shaw w/Jai Vidal vs Savannah Evans
Gisele faces off with Savannah and slaps her in the face a few times and refuses to back down. Savannah of course fires back, but when Gisele gets violent is when she’s at her best. After a big toss, Gisele powders, confers with Jai and the commercial kicks in. When we get back, Gisele has the advantage. But Savannah takes the short arm pull in, Side Slam for effect and distance.
Now they start trading strikes, that Savannah wins that war. A few short Lariats, Samoan Drop, and Gisele is reeling. Retreats to the corner, tries to stop Savannah with the Back Elbow, but eats a Spinebuster when she tries to continue. Fisherman’s Suplex Hold from Savannah for 2, Full Nelson Slam attempt, but Jai hits the apron and tries to seduce the referee as a distraction. Gisele hits the Denouement (Knee Strike) for the win.
The crowd is actively booing Gisele, but she powers through for her promo. It wasn’t great, but I’ll give her some credit for pushing through.
— IMPACT (@IMPACTWRESTLING) February 3, 2023
Crazzy Steve w/ Black Taurus vs Sheldon Jean
Sheldon Jean continues the arrogance, though he’s a nobody enhancement talent. It would be nice if some of these enhancement talent wrestlers didn’t all have that same arrogant persona. We all know Steve is going to win, this is just a storytelling tool to probably add to the Trey Miguel stuff.
Steve is entertaining, but this match is more predictable than most things. He hits King Kill 33, but apparently it’s called Belladonna’s Kiss now. Trey jumps Taurus, tries to spray paint Steve, but Steve bites him and spray paints himself causing Trey to powder out of confusion/fear.
Bully comes out to complain as has been his thing the last few weeks. But thankfully Mickie returns the favor from last week and interrupts Bully. Verbal jabs, Bully Ray insults Mickie, Mickie slaps him, Bully slams her and calls in the Good Hands to get the tables. Tommy Dreamer makes a save with a kendo stick. Good Hands vs Mickie & Tommy next week.
— IMPACT (@IMPACTWRESTLING) February 3, 2023
Oh good, this is exactly what I wanted from a few weeks ago! Kelly and Taylor will be a great team.
Johnny Swinger w/Zicky Dice vs Kenny King
Some goofy posturing and general Swinger antics. Eddy Gordo kick into Royal Flush, and Kenny gets the obvious win.
Bully has a segment in the back with Masha, and it seems like he’s a little smitten while he was trying to just manipulate her emotions to pick up the pieces after or during the tag match next week.
Cardona and Myers try to make their own diss track song…and it was awful. It was supposed to be bad, and yes, it achieved that. It was like Miz and Morrison, without comedic talent.
The Design (Kon, Deaner, Angels & Callihan) vs Josh Alexander, Frankie Kazarian, Yuya Uemura & Rich Swann
Deaner barks at Callihan to start against Swann, then commands him to tag out, and a multi-man match is always a little bit of everyone gets moments. So its just odd that the heel team will be dictated by Deaner to a degree. Uemura comes in second and he reminds me so much of a young Tanahashi its crazy. Deaner calls for the tag and squares off against Josh now.
An attempted jumping in the corner, but Josh gets space and it turns into all 8 men in at once. Josh goes right after Kon and tries to assert his dominance on the “power” of The Design. After the commercial, Uemura gets rocked but Kaz saves him with a blind tag and hits some of his classic moves on Angels and Callihan. Swann comes in but Deaner and Kon manage to ground Swann and put the momentum back in the hands on The Design.
Some stupid spots take away a little from the match while Swann is getting worked over. Swann slaps his leg when he eats a Dropkick from Angels, then tries to Leapfrog Deaner and jump to his corner, Deaner grabs him away but it just looks silly and like it was never going to work to begin with. Its the optime of doing too much and hurting the match. Josh eventually gets a hot tag, tags a square off with Kon, throws him around and King Kong Knee drops Kon. Ankle Lock gives the near fall but Kon kicks off, Uemura tags himself in, Callihan gets the tag, is about to finish off Uemura; but Deaner stops the Thumbs Up – so Josh breaks up the offense and we get all 8 men pulls off high impact moves.
Cactus Driver attempt, Uemura hits the Enzuigiri to stun Callihan. Goes to the top, Deaner trips Uemura, Cactus Driver ’97 wins the match.
Overall Score: 5/10
This was a weird episode. The only match worth watching was the opening tag match, the rest were predictable, boring or just had dumb spots in them. Backstage segments however, those were pretty great. The problem though, is they built off of either inside jokes, old WCW knowledge or not shutting off cringe immediately.
So while I loved the Raven & Reese segment, Kelly & Taylor, and found some amusement in the Cardona stuff…its really subjective and not exactly friendly to an uninitiated viewer. We got an episode that catered to already existing fans, which isn’t how to grow a brand.
Even though I enjoyed things for the most part, this was a lame episode from the perspective of retaining new eyes.
Mitchell’s AEW Dynamite Results & Report! (2/1/23)
Dynamite is No Holds Barred!
Will Darby Allin still be the Relentless TNT Champion?
Samoa Joe wants the AEW TNT Championship back, but he knows Darby Allin is relentless. Tonight on Dynamite, they go NO HOLDS BARRED for the gold! Will Joe once again be the King of Television?
- Jon Moxley VS Hangman Page; Moxley wins.
- The Acclaimed w/ Billy Gunn VS Truth Magnum & Turbo Floyd; The Acclaimed wins.
- Brian Cage w/ Prince Nana VS Konosuke Takeshita; Takeshita wins.
- Bryan Danielson VS Timothy Thatcher; Bryan wins.
- AEW TBS Championship: Jade Cargill w/ Leila Grey VS Red Velvet; Cargill wins and retains the title.
- AEW TNT Championship No Holds Barred: Darby Allin w/ Sting VS Samoa Joe; wins and
PLAY BY PLAY
Jon Moxley w/ Wheeler Yuta VS Hangman Page!
The Maniac and the Cowboy go for their tiebreaker as Dynamite is in Dayton, Ohio! Will Ohio’s own knock this one out of the park like he did before? Or will there be some serious #CowboySh*t going down in Dayton?
Not only does Moxley have the Decoder by his side, he has his dad, Dan! Hangman makes his entrance next, and Moxley goes right after him! Moxley throws hands then whips Hangman into railing! The ref reprimands but Moxley sends Hangman into steel steps! Moxley throws hands, whips Hangman again and Hangman hits more railing hard! Fans fire up and the ref reprimands. Moxley just takes off his hoodie to CHOKE Hangman with it! Moxley TOSSES Hangman over the railing, and then he hops onto the railing! Dayton fires up, gives Moxley a hand, and Moxley FLYING AX HANDLES Hangman down!
Moxley brings Hangman up but Hangman throws hands! Hangman sits Moxley down, fires off more shots, then backs up. Hangman runs in to BOOT Moxley against railing! The ref reprimands, he wants this in the ring, but it isn’t a match yet so there’s no real repercussions. Hangman stalks Moxley along the way but Moxley kicks back. And CHOPS! Moxley trips Hangman then ties him up, FIGURE FOUR on the floor! Moxley and Hangman flip each other off but the ref still wants this in the ring. Hangman grabs someone’s beer and splashes Moxley with it! Moxley lets Hangman out of the hold, and then Hangman ROCKS Mox!
They go back to ringside, Moxley grabs a chair but Hangman CLUBS Moxley. But Moxley JAMS Hangman, tris him, and then drops an elbow on the leg! Moxley has a toehold, then he puts the chair around the leg! The ref reprimands but Moxley goes up the apron. The ref shouts at Moxley to not jump, but then Hangman gets free! Hangman CHUCKS the chair at Moxley’s head!! Moxley goes down and fans fire up! The ref reprimands again and wants this to get in the ring. Moxley is dazed, but Hangman drags him around, to suplex onto the chair! Hangman drags Moxley up and puts him in the ring, but he also brings the chair!
The ref stops Hangman, so Hangman leaves the chair behind. The bell finally rings, and Hangman runs in to forearm Moxley! Moxley hits back, they go back and forth! Moxley’s eyebrow is already busted open, but he keeps throwing shots. Hangman gets the edge, HEADBUTTS, then whips. Moxley reverses to dropkick the legs out! Moxley looms over Hangman, drags him into the INDIAN DEATHLOCK! Hangman endures, keeps his shoulders off the mat, but fans rally behind Moxley. Hangman drags himself back, reaches out, and gets the ROPEBREAK! The ref counts, Moxley lets Hangman go at 3.
Moxley brings Hangman up but Hangman gets around to GERMAN SUPLEXES! Moxley snarls but the blood is getting into his eye. Hangman DECKS Moxley and has him at the ropes. Hangman brings Moxley up, fans boo but Hangman CHOPS! Moxley flounders and falls and fans start dueling. Hangman stalks Moxley, sits him up, and he starts raining down fists right on the bloody eyebrow! Mox fans boo but Hangman fans are fired up for the “COWBOY SH*T!” Hangman wipes Moxley’s blood off on his chest, but then turns around into a CHOP! Moxley eggs Hangman on and Hangman CHOPS back!
Moxley CHOPS, Hangman CHOPS, fans “WOO~!” for the CHOP fight! Moxley shifts to boxing elbows, then runs, but Hangman catches the crossbody! FALL AWAY SLAM! Fans are torn while Moxley goes to the apron. Hangman runs, triangle jumps, but Moxley LARIATS first! Moxley drags Hangman up and to the apron, then turns Hangman, for a SLEEPER! The ref reprimands and wants this in the ring, but Hangman claws the bloody eyebrow! Moxley turns Hangman around, reels him in, but Hangman resists the lift! Hangman tries to lift, Moxley resists, and then Moxley lifts! Hangman fights that and lifts again, but Moxley still fights!
Both men are fighting for control, and Hangman fireman’s carries! To SNAKE EYES Moxley off the post! Moxley falls to the floor and Dynamite goes picture in picture!
The ref checks Moxley but he’s somehow okay to continue. Hangman goes over to fetch Moxley, and whips him into railing! Hangman ROCKS Moxley with haymakers as the bloody eyebrow becomes a crimson mask. Hangman refreshes the count, goes back to Moxley and CHOPS him! Moxley gets in Hangman’s face so Hangman CHOPS again! Moxley CHOPS and CHOPS and CHOPS, but Hangman DECKS him! Hangman snarls, looms over Moxley, and then drags him back up. Hangman puts Moxley in the ring, and rains down more fists on that bloody eyebrow! Moxley falls over, but Hangman gets the wrists!
Hangman sits Moxley up, for a DRAGON STOMP, but Moxley blocks! Moxley throws Hangman to a corner and fires off forearms and CHOPS on repeat! Moxley then hoists Hangman up top, climbs up after him, and CLAWS Hangman’s back, painfully slow! Then he CLAWS and BITES Hangman’s back, before blowing a kiss to the fans. But Hangman throws body shots in return! Dynamite returns to single picture as Hangman BITES Moxley’s forehead! Hangman then slips under Moxley to fireman’s carry him on the second rope! SUPER DEATH VALLEY DRIVER!! Cover, TWO!! Moxley survives and fans are fired up!
Fans duel as Hangman sits up. Hangman scowls while Moxley sits up. Moxley eggs Hangman on so Hangman kicks him! And BOOTS him! Hangman tells Moxley to stay down but he refuses. Moxley sits up, so Hangman BOOTS him! Moxley sits up to SLAP Hangman, and flips him off! Hangman is fuming, but he runs into a CUTTER! A standing count starts, fans count along as Moxley and Hangman stir. They sit up at 5 of 10, and Moxley throws a haymaker. Hangman throws it back, so Moxley gives another,. They go back and forth, Hangman wobbles but he CHOPS! Moxley CHOPS! Hangman forearms! Moxley forearms back!
Moxley eggs Hangman on, Hangman staggers over and CHOPS again! Moxley KICKS a leg, KICKS Hangman’s arm, then KICKS him again! Moxley ducks the haymaker to get the SLEEPER! Hangman shifts to SAIDO! But Moxley’s right up! SAIDO!! Hangman ends up in a corner and fans say “This is Awesome!” Moxley puts Hangman up top, climbs up after him, and hits a SUPER HALF HATCH SUPLEX!! Cover, TWO!! Moxley immediately rains down the HAMMER ‘N’ ANVIL ELBOWS! Then he clamps on a SLEEPER! Hangman endures as Moxley shifts to a BULLY CHOKE! Hangman pushes around, so Moxley shifts to get the wrists! DRAGON STOMPS!!
Moxley then drags Hangman up into the underhooks! But Hangman fights Death Rider! So Moxley rolls Hangman to an ARMBAR! Hangman endures, moves around, and reaches out to the ROPEBREAK! The ref counts and Moxley lets go at 4. Hangman crawls to a corner, fans rally up, and Moxley says this is it! Moxley runs in but Hangman TOSSES him up and out! Moxley staggers up, Hangman goes up top! ARIHARA MOONSAULT but Moxley moves! And LARIATS!! Both men are down at the ramp and fans are thunderous! The ref checks both men, Moxley is up first while fans lose their minds.
Moxley goes to the timekeeper’s area and he clears off the table! Moxley drags Hangman over, reels him in, but Hangman resists the lift! Hangman Alabama Lifts but Moxley fights that. DOUBLE LARIATS hit! And again! Moxley runs in, POP-UP POWERBOMB THROUGH THE TABLE!! Fans lose their minds again while Hangman leaves Moxley behind in the ring. The ring count climbs to 5 of 10 before Moxley sits up. The count is 7! Then “OCHO!” Moxley stands at 9, and springs in at 9.9!! But into a LARIAT!! And then Alabama Lift, DEADEYE!!! Cover, TWO?!?! Moxley survives and no one can believe it!
Hangman kicks at Moxley, almost taunting him. Hangman goes to a corner while Moxley’s fans boo. Hangman runs in, but Moxley dodges the stomp to KING KONG LARIAT!! Fans are thunderous as both men stand again. Moxley eggs Hangman on, and Hangman stands. Moxley throws a forearm, so Hangman hits back! Moxley forearms again, but so does Hangman! Fans duel, the forearms fly faster, and then Hangman gets the edge! SUPERKICK! Hangman reels Moxley in, fisherman’s a leg, but Moxley fights the suplex! Hangman powers it through, FISHERMAN CRADLE DRIVER!! Cover, TWO!?!?!?
Hangman’s wild eyes say he can’t believe Moxley survived! Hangman goes to the apron, he aims at Moxley, slingshot for the BUCK- NO! DEATH- NO, Hangman blocks to scoop! TOMBSTONE PILEDRIVER!!! But Hangman doesn’t cover, he goes to the apron! Hangman loads up, for the BUCKSHOT!!! Cover, TWO!?!?!? HOW?!?! Moxley has survived all of Hangman’s best, but Hangman has the BULLY CHOKE!! Hangman pulls back on Moxley’s favorite hold! Moxley shifts, fights back up, and he snapmares into a cradle! MOXLEY WINS!!
Winner: Jon Moxley, by pinfall
Moxley just taught Hangman not to play games! Hangman is furious that he got caught like that, but the Blackpool Combat Club steps into the ring. Yuta and Claudio keep Hangman back but Moxley stands up. Moxley and Hangman get in each other’s face but the BCC keep them apart. Hangman flips Moxley off, and fans want to “LET THEM FIGHT!” Moxley and Hangman keep jawing, they get close but Claudio keeps them separate. Moxley mocks Hangman by lying down, giving Hangman a chance. Hangman mocks Moxley back by doing a quick burpie push-up. Claudio tells Hangman to go and cool off.
Moxley flips Hangman off as he leaves, and fans celebrate their home state hero. Will there be a fourth round out of these two to truly settle things?
AEW takes a look at tonight’s TNT Championship No Holds Barred main event!
Darby Allin tells Samoa Joe, “I knew when I took this from you in Seattle that you’d want it back. And I know you’d stop at nothing to have it back. Well, I’m gonna make things fair. You beat me in Texas, and you granted me my rematch in Seattle. So I’m granting you your rematch in Ohio. But I want it under one condition: No Holds Barred.” Samoa Joe told the “Little Dead Boy” that Joe is “coming to take back what’s mine. The King will not be usurped by a man like you.” Darby says if he walks out the winner, Joe doesn’t get another rematch. If Joe walks out the winner, Darby won’t get a rematch. This will be the final chapter of their feud! So who writes their happily ever after?
Backstage interview with Jamie Hayter, The Bunny, The Butcher & The Blade.
Renee Paquette is with the AEW Women’s World Champion, as well as the mercenary trio. Renee thanks them for agreeing to no physicality, and understands that Allie the Bunny requested this time. Bunny tells Hayter, they’re all very impressed by Hayter’s win over Emi Sakura on Rampage last Friday. Now, Bunny feels like Sakura outshined Hayter, but great win nonetheless. And Bunny knows Hayter isn’t the type to back down from a challenge, right? Right. So here’s a challenge: next week on Dynamite, Hayter VS Bunny in a Title Eliminator Match! What does Hayter say? Hayter says absolutely! She bloody loves a challenge, and next week, she’s free.
Renee says there’s something happening as we speak! They get it on the television screen nearby, and it’s Britt Baker being mugged by Saraya and Toni Storm!! Bunny is shocked and Hayter is furious! Hayter hurries off, Saraya talks right into the camera, “AEW is OUR house!” Storm drags Britt up to RAM her into a garage door! Bunny more or less expresses exasperation, but will Hayter be able to save the Doctor?
The Acclaimed w/ Billy Gunn VS Truth Magnum & Turbo Floyd!
The AEW World Tag Team Champions have been reigning for 133 days, but they know the Gunn Sons, Austin & Colten, are gunning for them. But first, they tune up against “The Outrunners.” As always, Platinum Max has a diss track ready! “Acclaimed on the mic, you know we the nicest. Fighting two guys in their midlife crisis! I bet you have sex with each other. How we gonna fight the bootleg Beverly Brothers? C’mon, it’s not the 80s! Acclaimed gonna make you call it quits like you Tom Brady! ‘Ey, y’all should be ashamed. In Ohio, everybody loves The Acclaimed.”
Fans cheer, and Bowens gets the mic to say, “NNNUTTER CENTERRR~! The Acclaimed have arrived! SCISSOR ME, DADDY ASS!” And he does~! But while Caster & Bowens just embarrassed Truth & Turbo, are they walking into a trap game before taking on the Ass Boys?
The teams sort out, the Outrunners decide they’ll scissor finger! They mock the Mega Powers at the same time, but then Bowens SUPERKICKS Truth out of the ring! The bell rings, Caster CHOPS Turbo and scoops him to SLAM him! Tag to Bowens and Bowens goes up top! Caster holds open the legs, SCISSOR ME TURBO! Daddy Ass gets in the ring so that he and the boys can TRIPLE SCISSOR~! Bowens waits on Turbo, mule kicks and hits the ARRIVAL! Tag to Caster and he goes up top, MIC DROP! Cover, The Acclaimed win!
Winners: The Acclaimed, by pinfall
But wait! Raining on the parade are Austin & Colten! Fans taunt the “ASS~ BOYS~!” But they tune that out. They go to the ring, and Colten has a mic. “Hey, good match, guys. But we’re here to talk about something serious. Last week, what we said would make us happy are your belts. And we want a shot at those belts, and we want an answer right now.” Fans boo but Caster has the mic to say, “Yo! Yo! Yo! Yo! Listen.” Bowens says, “You two Rod ‘n’ Todd lookin’ asses want an answer. You do realize you are interrupting the most popular tag team in all of wrestling, right?” Caster adds, “That’s right!”
“The winningest tag team in AEW history!” “That’s right!” “The FOREVER champs, the Acclaimed!” “That’s right!” “And not to mention, EVERYONE! LOVES! THE ACCLAIMED!” But they are the People’s Choice, and the People’s Voice, they will ask the people. Colten says these fans can’t even read! But Bowens still asks Dayton’s opinion: Do the Ass Boys deserve a shot at the tag titles? “NOOO~!” Well, the people have spoken, so NO. Austin & Colten get in Caster’s & Bowens’ faces, but Billy tells them all to stop! Isn’t it enough already? Billy is so sick of this, he is just done! Billy says this is too much, so go ahead, beat the sh*t out of each other!
Daddy Ass steps aside, fans fire up, but Austin says, “There you go. Do exactly what you did our entire childhoods and turn your back on us.” Billy stops walking up the ramp, but then chuckles as he keeps going. Austin says Billy should do what he used to do, and drown his sorrows at the bottom of a PILL BOTTLE! That gets Billy to turn around! Billy storms up on his sons and The Acclaimed, as well as the fans, tell the Ass Boys that they F’d up. Billy is up in Austin’s face and says, “So you two think you just put your big boy pants on? Then you just step up, and you just made the biggest mistake…”
The mic is wonky so Billy throws it down. Bowens gives Billy the good one. Billy wants Austin to look at him after what he just said. Austin looks up at his father’s eyes. Billy says if they’ve got their big boy pants on, if they think they got what it takes, if they think they have what Billy had, then we’ll see next week. They’ve got their title shots! The Acclaimed is surprised but the Ass Boys smile that they’re getting their way. Will Austin & Colten get what they want? Or just what they deserve?
Backstage interview with Jack Perry.
Alex Marvez is with Jungle Boy and notes that he and Hook are 2-0 as a team, having beaten The Firm’s Ethan Page & Matt Hardy. The question is: What’s next for #JungleHook? JB says that he had an amazing time teaming with Hook, and Hook has had JB’s back when no one else did. But JB’s done the tag team thing before. In fact, JB has been all the way to the top of that mountain, and fallen all the way down. But this year isn’t about that. What JB will say is that he’ll be a champion again, but all by himself. Then just what title will Jack Perry aim for in this Tarzan Life?
Brian Cage w/ Prince Nana VS Konosuke Takeshita!
Speaking of having people’s backs, just as The Machine and MJF were about to destroy Bryan Danielson, The Future of Wrestling rushed out to run them off! But now, Cage and Konosuke go toe to toe, will Cage make Konosuke pay for interfering?
The bell rings and Konosuke BOOTS Cage! Cage BOOTS Konosuke, then DOUBLE LARIATS collide! Cage swings but Konosuke swats it to ROLLING ELBOW! Cage wobbles, Konosuke runs, ducks ‘n’ dodges, and then TAKESHITA LINES! Cage bails out and fans fire up! Konosuke runs to BOOT Cage off the apron! Konosuke then PLANCHAS and takes Cage down at the ramp! Fans fire up, Konosuke winks at the camera, and then goes back to the apron. But Cage grabs a foot! Konosuke kicks and stomps Cage but Cage yanks Konosuke into a POST BOMB! Konosuke tumbles down and fans boo but Nana cheers.
Cage drags Konosuke up, puts him in, and runs to basement BOOT! Cover, TWO! Fans rally for Konosuke but Cage drags him back up. Cage reels Konosuke in, puts one out, but Konosuke wrenches out! Konosuke throws a forearm, but Cage gives it back! They go forearm for forearm, and Konosuke throws boxing elbows into the ROLLING ELBOW! Cage fights the back suplex, KNEES low, and brags, “Who betta than Cage?” But he runs into a BLUE THUNDER BOMB! Cover, TWO! Cage survives and Konosuke is surprised! Nana coaches Cage up but Konosuke aims from a corner. Konosuke runs in to JUMP KNEE, but Cage dodges!
Konosuke tumbles to the apron, Cage ROUNDHOUSES him! Cage climbs the ropes, and he stands Konosuke up. DEADLIFT SUPERPLEX! Fans boo but Cage flexes while Dynamite goes picture in picture.
Cage drops a knee on Konosuke, sits him up to KNEE him in the back again and again, then he stomps Konosuke back down. Cage paces, drags Konosuke up, and bumps him off buckles. Cage RAMS into Konosuke, RAMS him again, and then CHOPS him! Cage soaks up the heat, but Konosuke CHOPS back! Konosuke fires forearms, then another CHOP! And another CHOP! But Cage BOOTS Konosuke down! Cage grabs the legs, stomps Konosuke in the stomach, then paces around. Cage stands Konosuke up, wrenches and YANKS the arm, then RAMS shoulders. Cage wrenches, pump handles, and lifts, but Konosuke slips out!
Konosuke runs in but Cage ducks the boot to roll Konosuke up! Konosuke slips out, but runs into a drop toehold! Konosuke’s on ropes, Cage dials it up, TIGER FEINT KICK! Konosuke staggers to a corner, Cage runs in and UPPERCUTS, GAMANGIRIS, and GERMAN SUPLEXES! Cover, TWO!! Cage and Nana are annoyed, but Cage looms over Konosuke. Cage hears the fans rally for Konosuke, but Cage drags him up. Cage reels Konosuke in, puts out another one, and Dynamite returns to single picture as Cage lifts, only for Konosuke to RANA Cage into buckles! BLINDSIDE JUMP KNEE! Cage staggers, Konosuke goes up, FLYING KNEE!
Both men are down and fans fire up! Konosuke and Cage stir as the ring count starts. Konosuke sits up and feeds off the energy. Konosuke drags Cage up into a waistlock, but Cage elbows free! Cage whips, Konosuke LARIATS on the return! Konosuke drags Cage up, waistlocks and GERMAN SUPLEXES! Bridging cover, TWO!! Fans rally while Konosuke fires up. Konosuke aims from the corner as Cage stands, and Konosuke runs in, JUMP- NO! Cage blocks the knee to BUCKLE BOMB! And then fireman’s carry, to an F- NO! Konosuke lands out, lifts and LIGER BOMBS! Cover, TWO!! Cage survives but fans fire up behind Konosuke!
Konosuke aims again while Nana shouts to Cage. Cage stands, Konosuke runs in but the knee is blocked! Cage spins, Konosuke ducks! Konosuke spins, ROLLING ELBOW!! Konosuke reels Cage in, but Cage wrenches out to HEADBUTT! And then SAIDO!! But Konosuke is right up?! Into a DISCUS LARIAT from Cage!! Cover, TWO!?! Konosuke survives and Nana is furious! Cage says he’s gonna end this, and he suplexes, only for Konosuke to slip out! Konosuke suplexes, SHEER DROP BRAINBUSTER!! Cage roars as he rises up, but Konosuke ROCKS him with another elbow! And then another suplex, for another BRAINBUSTER!!! Cover, TWO!?!?
Cage survives, he must truly be a machine! But Dayton rallies behind Konosuke. Konosuke runs in, but into a SUPERKICK! Cage fireman’s carries, for the F10!! Nana says no prisoners! Cage drags Konosuke up again, puts him in the corner and hoists him to the top. Cage then goes to the outside and climbs up after Konosuke. But Konosuke throws forearms in return! Konosuke suplexes for a SUPER BRAINBUSTER!!! Fans are thunderous and Konosuke aims again! KNOCKOUT KNEE!!! Cover, Konosuke wins!!
Winner: Konosuke Takeshita, by pinfall
Cage may be a machine, but the machine just broke down against the bullet train! Will Konosuke continue to prove why he IS The Future of Wrestling?
Backstage interview with the Jericho Appreciation Society.
Renee is with Matthew Menard, Angelo Parker, Daniel Garcia, Sammy Guevara, and of course, Chris Jericho himself. Renee says that we heard Ricky Starks’ comments from last week, addressing how the JAS cheated to win. What is their reaction? Jericho says, “Cheated? We haven’t worked together in five years, and you’re accusing us of cheating? Let me say this, Renee. Ricky Starks, he didn’t lose to a baseball bat, no. Did you see a baseball bat in there?” Of course the JAS says no. Jericho says Starks lost to the JAS. And now Starks challenges them, “How can I get another match with Chris Jericho?”
Jericho says the JAS has an idea how Starks can do that. Right, Sammy? Sammy says yes. Garcia and Sammy put their heads together, and they came up with a great idea: The Guevara-Garcia… No, wait, the Garcia-Guevara Gauntlet! Danny thanks Sammy for the top billing on that name. Renee asks what kind of gauntlet they have in mind. Garcia says it’s a rather simple concept. “Ricky, first you’re gonna have to beat Cool Hand Ange. And if that happens, you’re gonna have to beat Daddy Magic.” Menard adds, “Beat Daddy Magic? I DON’T THINK SO!” Garcia says that if Starks somehow does that, then he beats either Garcia or Guevara, but they’ll reveal that the night of.
And then, if somehow, by the skin of his teeth, Starks makes it past all that, only then does Starks get his hands on Jericho. Jericho tells Starks, “You don’t call the shots around here, the Jericho Appreciation Society does. So if you can get through the Garcia-Guevara Gauntlet, I’ll be ready to rip your ass!” Will the Absolute survive three matches in one go to finally have another shot at The Ocho?
The Elite speak.
Matt Jackson asks Brandon Cutler if the camera is rolling as he, brother Nick, Kenny Omega, Michael Nakazawa and Don Callis are on the basketball court. Cutler says yes, they’re live, while Nakazawa and Callis are oiling Omega up. Matt says, “Ladies and gentlemen, check it out who it is! It’s the first-ever, two-time Trios Champions, The Elite.” Omega says that’s right, and he tells Top Flight, “I watched what you guys did. After a Best of 7 Series in a ladder match, you got one up on our boys. Well how ’bout next week, you bring your friend, AR Fox, next week and we’ll put these belts on the line, and you guys can shoot your shot.
“But hey, when you shoot that shot, you best not miss. Because The Elite never miss. Nick, if you will.” Nick takes the rock and shoots it, THREE POINTER! Oh, but wait! The Firm’s Stokely Hathaway, Ethan Page, Matt Hardy & Isiah Kassidy walk in. Callis has Cutler keep rolling, and Omega mockingly asks where Stokely is, he can’t see him. Oh haha, Stokely knows you see him, he’s right here. But listen, you three are doing NOTHING all week? No wrestling, nothing? Just a week off? Ethan thinks that’s funny. The Firm’s employees don’t have that luxury, they work every single week, and Ethan wants that streak to continue.
So Ethan says how about this: The Elite VS Ethan, Matt & “Zay,” Friday on Rampage. Omega tells Callis he isn’t so sure, but Callis says this is Matt Hardy. If they get footage of Hardy taking a One Winged Angel, they could sell that NFT for a lot of money. Hardy says, “What about an NFT with Matt Hardy Twist-Of-Fating Omega?” Ethan likes that better! Well, as far as a match, it’s done. The Elite VS The Whatever They Are. Kassidy says he hopes the Elite is ready, cuz they sure are. Kassidy unsettles Kenny with an arm around his shoulders and a moan, and Ethan says this is good business. Hey, Brandon, is it? Cut the camera!
Matt Jackson tells Ethan Page that he doesn’t tell Brandon what to do! THEY tell him! Turn off the camera, ya damn dumbass! And get off the court, they’re trying to play. But will this 3v3 pick-up game go The Elite’s way? Or is it a trap game before taking on Fox, Dante & Darius?
Bryan Danielson VS Timothy Thatcher!
In the American Dragon’s quest to be #1 contender, he has defeated Tony Nese, Konosuke Takeshita, Bandido and Brian Cage, an undefeated streak of 4-0 in 2023! But now, Maxwell Jacob Friedman has enlisted a fighter very much like Bryan in his savage technical ability. Will Bryan make it to the deadline still on top? Or is this where MJF wins before Revolution even begins?
The bell rings and the two circle. They feel out the grapple, but Bryan’s shoulder is an obvious target. They grapple, Bryan puts Thatcher on ropes but Thatcher shifts to get the arm. Thatcher wrangles Bryan but Bryan scrambles to the ROPEBREAK! The ref counts, Thatcher lets off, and then smirks as he watches Bryan get up. Bryan and Thatcher feel out another grapple, Thatcher puts him in the corner, and then European Uppercuts! And again! And again! Bryan sits down and Thatcher goes after the arm! Thatcher twists the elbow and wrist, isolates the arm, and stands on the hand! Thatcher KNEES the arm!
Bryan scrambles away but Thatcher is right on him with a double wristlock! Bryan powers Thatcher to ropes, and clasps his hands behind his back. The ref counts, the two let off, but then Bryan fires off body shots and kicks! Bryan grabs a leg to DRAGON SCREW! Bryan holds onto the leg, turns Thatcher over and ties those legs up, to get a Deathlock! Fans rally as Bryan sits on the hold, then SNAPS it! Bryan then shifts to a BOW ‘N’ ARROW! Thatcher pries the fingers away! Bryan shouts in pain but Thatcher twists the arm! And STOMPS it down! Fans boo but Thatcher grins with that missing-tooth smile.
Thatcher KNEES Bryan in the back, stalks him to a corner, but Bryan puts Thatcher in the corner to CHOP and CHOP and KICK and KICK! Fans rally, Bryan runs corner to corner, and DROPKICKS! Bryan facelocks but Thatcher wrenches and WRINGS Bryan’s arm! Fans boo more but Thatcher drags Bryan up with a double wristlock! Thatcher uses his height to lift Bryan off the mat! Then Thatcher pushes Bryan down, but Bryan keeps his shoulders up. Bryan crawls around, ROPEBREAK! Thatcher lets go at 4 while fans rally up. Bryan clutches his arm but Thatcher goes after it again as Dynamite goes picture in picture.
Bryan endures but they’re also in the ropes so the ref counts. Thatcher lets off at 4, then digs his boot into Bryan at the corner. The ref counts, Thatcher lets off, only to stand on Bryan’s chest! The ref counts, Thatcher steps away, and he grins as he soaks up the heat. Thatcher mocks Bryan’s pain, then KNEES the bad shoulder! Thatcher KNEES Bryan again, goes out to drag Bryan tot he apron, and he SLAMS the arm on the edge! Bryan clutches his bicep and shoulder while the ref reprimands. Thatcher slides into the ring and stands Bryan up by his ears! Thatcher CLUBS Bryan on the chest! Thatcher fishhooks Bryan to stand him up, and CLUBS him again!
Bryan sits down, Thatcher stands him back up, and he hammerlocks the bad arm. Thatcher then back suplexes Bryan up and into the ring! Thatcher dusts off his hands while crawling to the cover, but Bryan wrangles him into the LEBELL LOCK!! Thatcher got cocky and got caught! But he scrambles to the ROPEBREAK! Bryan lets off quickly, but Thatcher is right on him! Thatcher UPPERCUTS the arm! Bryan goes to a corner, Thatcher KNEES him down, then drags Bryan back up. Thatcher EuroUppers Bryan, taunts the fans, then EuroUppers Bryan again. Bryan leans against ropes, Thatcher snarls at the fans, then gets in Bryan’s face.
Dynamite returns to single picture as Thatcher traps Bryan’s bad arm behind his back and throws hard body shots to that side. The ref counts but Thatcher grins as he throws more shots. Bryan fights back with HEADBUTTS! Fans fire up as Bryan backs Thatcher down, but Thatcher fires off body shot after body shot! Thatcher drags Bryan out to a hammerlock GROVIT, and then hits a GROVIT-PLEX! Cover, TWO!! Bryan is still in this but Thatcher snarls. Thatcher stalks Bryan at the ropes, bumps him off buckles, then reels Bryan in to hoist him up top. Thatcher UPPERCUTS, climbs up after Bryan, and he underhooks the arms!
Bryan resists and fans fire up! Bryan breaks free, throws body shot after body shot in return, and then HEADBUTTS Thatcher down! Thatcher growls and gets right back up! But Bryan throws more body shots! Fans rally “YES! YES! YES!” and Bryan HEADBUTTS again! Thatcher stays down this time, and Bryan stands up! Thatcher stands in time for the MISSILE DROPKICK! Both men are down as Bryan clutches his bad arm, but Dayton rallies up behind him! Bryan and Thatcher sit up, both snarl, and Thatcher EuroUppers! Bryan EuroUppers in return! They go uppercut for uppercut, but Thatcher gets the edge!
Bryan fires up to KICK! And KICK! Bryan KICKS away on Thatcher’s chest, “YES! YES! YES!” Bryan powers up but Thatcher blocks the Buzzsaw! Thatcher goes for the bad arm, wrangles Bryan down, but Bryan rolls through and gets around to waistlock. Thatcher bucks the O’Conner but runs into a backslide! TWO, FUJIWARA! No, Bryan rolls through to BUZZSAW! Cover, TWO!! But Bryan clamps on for HAMMER ‘N’ ANVIL ELBOWS! Fans rally again, but Thatcher blocks the arm! Bryan claws Thatcher’s face to get free, and get a SLEEPER! But Thatcher wants that bad arm! Bryan has to shift his grip, but Thatcher stands!
Thatcher pries the sleeper open because he can get the bad arm, but Bryan powers up! Bryan has the hold on tight, so Thatcher backs Bryan down! They end up ramming the ref into the corner! Bryan still holds on, but Thatcher hits a BIG back suplex! All three men are down and fans fire up! But here comes MJF! The AEW World Champion tells Dayton to shush, and he puts on the Dynamite Diamond Ring! MJF says, “It’s too damn easy. This is done! This is done!” MJF goes to the ring, but KONOSUKE flies in outta nowhere!! Konosuke won’t let MJF screw Bryan over! Konosuke attacks MJF, RAMS him into railing, and chases him to the back!
Bryan has Thatcher but Thatcher snatches the arm! FUJIWARA ARMBAR!! The ref is up, he asks Bryan, but Bryan endures! Thatcher pushes way back on the arm, but Bryan pushes his way forward with his legs! ROPEBREAK!! Fans fire up as Bryan survives by a literal foot! Thatcher lets go in frustration and he scowls as he throws hands on the bad arm. Thatcher drags Bryan up, clinches, BELLY2BELLY SUPLEX! Bryan flounders but Thatcher runs in, clinches, but Bryan switches! GERMAN SUPLEX! Thatcher fumes as he gets back up! Bryan dodges him, runs back in, BUSAIKU KNEE!! Cover, Bryan wins!
Winner: Bryan Danielson, by pinfall
Now 5-0 on the year, the quest continues! The American Dragon is not yet slain, but wait! MJF and Konosuke continue brawling backstage! MJF turns things around to send MJF into a road case! MJF gets a chair to CHUCK it at Konosuke’s head! And then he throws a trash bin! MJF says if Konosuke wants after him, this is what he gets! But Konosuke turns things back around to SMACK MJF off a table! MJF comes back, the hands fly, and security rushes in! Referees and management try to stop this, too! MJF says he’ll kill Konosuke but Konosuke says about the same in Japanese! Renee runs in to be on the scene, and she tells everyone to stop!
Renee informs everyone, “Per Tony Khan, next week on Dynamite in an Eliminator match, it will be Takeshita VS MJF!” MJF is pissed, he doesn’t agree to that, but he MUST! Will the Devil of AEW find that the Future of Wrestling is better than him?
Mogul Affiliates speak.
Swerve Strickland says, “It’s been a real relaxing last couple of weeks for Swerve and the Mogul Affiliates and all, since getting rid of some dead weight and all this. Until I was like, retriggered.” Dustin Rhodes returning to stand in front of Swerve’s camera, in front of Swerve’s lights, and with Swerve’s interviewer! “The Rhodes Family legacy really gets under my skin, with your father, Dusty Rhodes, giving Keith Lee the ‘Limitless’ moniker. So, since he’s not here, Dustin’s not here, either, let’s find some other nepotism, second generation punk boy to get rid of Friday night on Rampage. That means you, Brian Pillman. Ain’t that right, Parker?”
Parker Boudreaux says that’s right. “Ain’t that right, Trench?” The tattooed man says, “Yeah, that’s right.” Hoodies up, but will they put Bulletproof BPJ down?
BREAKING NEWS for next week!
February 8th, the deadline for Bryan Danielson becoming #1 contender, will see The American Dragon taking on La Faccion Ingobernable’s El Toro Blanco, RUSH!! And speaking of…
Backstage interview with LFI.
Lexi Nair is with El Toro Blanco, but also Jose the Assistant and “Perro Peligroso,” Preston Vance. She notes the announcement of Rush VS Bryan, but then there’s a knock at the door. MJF walks in and says, “Hola, mi hermanos! Senor Vance, Senor Jose, Senor Rrrrrush.” Rush asks what the hell this “perro” wants. MJF double checks, “perro” is dog, right? Well, there’s a little thing called personal space, so he’s just gonna take a step back. “But here’s the deal: my, uh, Spanish is come se dice… Mid. But I know one language, my friend, that is mucho, mucho universal.” And that is MONEY! A huge briefcase full of it!
MJF snaps the case shut and smiles. This first one is free of charge. But he has FIVE MORE filled to the brim with dinero. All Rush has to do is beat Bryan Danielson “by any means necessary.” All Rush needs to do is rip Bryan’s arm off and beat him over the head with it. Can Rush pull that off for him? Jose, translate. Jose translates, but Rush seems to understand explicitly. Rush tells MJF in Spanish, and MJF asks “dipsh*t” Jose to translate. Jose sums it up by saying they have a deal. Oh, is that right? That sounded a bit longer than that. But Rush, you don’t have to like MJF. He just has to get the job done. Pleasure doing business with you, perro.
MJF leaves, but Rush has his mission. Will Rush be raking in the money with one match? Or will nothing stop Bryan Danielson from earning his title match?
AEW TBS Championship: Jade Cargill w/ Leila Grey VS Red Velvet!
Finally, the biggest, fastest-rising star has reached her FIFTIETH match! But while the streak started with The Chef, will it end with her, too? Or will #ThatBitch not be stopped by even the person who knows her best?
The introductions are made, but Velvet attacks while Jade is strutting around! The bell rings, Velvet fires off forearms but Jade knees her low. Jade whips Velvet to a corner but Velvet boots her back! THESZ PRESS! Velvet rains down hands but Jade shoves her away. Velvet ducks but runs into an elbow! Jade drags Velvet up, but Velvet fires off forearms! Velvet whips, Jade blocks to reverse, but Velvet holds ropes. Jade runs in but Velvet sends her out! Leila hurries to Jade’s side but Velvet builds speed! Velvet WRECKS Jade with a dropkick! Velvet tells Leila to back off, then she storms up on Jade.
Jade elbows Velvet away, but Velvet comes back to ROCK Jade! Velvet CHOPS Jade right in front of her family! Velvet then puts Jade in the ring, storms up on her and Oklahoma Rolls! TWO! Jade staggers up, blocks a superkick, and she spins Velvet around. Velvet ducks the haymaker and runs the ropes, then wheelbarrows, but into a GERMAN SUPLEX! Fans fire up while Jade drags Velvet over to a cover, TWO! Velvet is toughing it out but Jade is getting frustrated. Jade scoops Velvet to SLAM her, then drops a BIG elbow! Cover, TWO, and Dynamite goes picture in picture.
Leila is annoyed and Jade frowns while Velvet sputters. Jade drags Velvet up, CLUBS her down, and Leila applauds. Jade bumps Velvet off top buckles, then middle buckles, then bottom buckles! Jade stands on Velvet in the corner and soaks up the cheers and jeers, but lets off at 4. Jade and the ref argue, but Leila gets cheap shots in! Leila scurries away and Jade hauls Velvet up for a FALL AWAY SLAM! And then kips up! Jade holds up both hands to say 50, and then flexes. Velvet bails out, Leila talks trash, and Jade storms over. Jade walks up but Velvet sends her into railing! Jade is getting mad, but Velvet avoids one haymaker to PENALTY KICK from the apron!
Velvet CROSSBODIES, but Jade catches her! Jade POSTS Velvet, then carries her around the way. Jade trophy lifts Velvet, goes up the steel steps, and then TOSSES Velvet at the ropes! Velvet falls, Jade covers, TWO!!! Velvet survives and Jade is getting real mad. Leila rallies the Baddie cheering section, and Jade stalks Velvet to a corner. Jade drags Velvet up, and TOSSES her across the way! Jade says that’s 50 right there, and then she does push-ups as Dynamite returns to single picture. But Velvet CHOPS! Jade CLUBS Velvet, then TOSSES her across the way again! Jade swaggers, dribbles, but Velvet dodges the dunk!
Velvet DROPKICKS Jade, then hits a CODE BREAKER! Jade staggers around, Velvet KICKS and KICKS and mule kicks! Velvet runs, but Jade BOOTS her down! Cover, TWO!! Velvet is still in this and wait! Kiera Hogan RAMS Leila into steel steps! The other former Baddie is here, but other refs come out to have her leave. This all distracts Jade, and Velvet rolls her up! Jade rolls through, but the STIR IT UP hits!! Cover, but the refs aren’t paying attention!! Fans count, Velvet would’ve won twice over by now! Aubrey Edwards finally notices and counts, TWO!! Jade survives and fans can’t believe it!!
Velvet is furious, she drags Jade around and hooks an arm, short arm scissor, and then the INVERSION! Jade endures, fights, but Velvet kicks at her! Jade endures as Velvet pulls on the arm, and she deadlifts Velvet! But Velvet sunset flips! Jade stays up, drags Velvet up with both hands, and pops her around! Chicken wings for JADED!!! Cover, Jade wins!!
Winner: Jade Cargill, by pinfall (still AEW TBS Champion)
FIFTY AND OH! Velvet came the closest of all, but will anyone ever stop Jade’s undefeated streak?
Backstage interview with Britt Baker.
Renee is with The Doctor, as well as Jamie Hayter, as they are with Doc Sampson. We only caught a glimpse of what happened to her earlier at the hands of Saraya & Storm, how is Britt feeling? Britt says this is fine. She’s fine, and if that’s how Storm & Saraya wanna play, that’s fine, too. Because Britt & Hayter can play that game, too. But wait, in walks Ruby Soho! Ruby just wants to talk. She heard what happened, is Britt good? Uh, Ruby, weren’t those your girls? Ruby has Britt hold on there. Ruby has nothing to do with Saraya & Storm, she doesn’t know what Britt’s talking about.
Britt says Ruby’s known Saraya & Storm a lot longer than she’s known the AEW originals, so sorry if it’s strange that Ruby only now shows up. But yeah, Britt is good. Hayter says Britt is great, actually. Ruby says she’s glad to hear it and walks off. There are battle lines being drawn, which side is the Runaway on?
BREAKING NEWS for Rampage!
Not only are The Elite and The Firm having it out, it is for the AEW World Trios Championships! Will Kenny & The Young Bucks make it through All Ego, Hardy & Kassidy to then take on Fox & Top Flight? Or will there be a change of plans for Dynamite? And speaking of Saraya & Storm, they are in tag team action once again, but will they continue to beat down All Elite homegrown talent? Plus, before taking on Bryan Danielson, Rush will take on the Fallen Angel, Christopher Daniels, in an epic match of former ROH World Heavyweight Champions! Will El Toro Blanco build momentum going into his battle with The American Dragon?
AEW TNT Championship No Holds Barred: Darby Allin w/ Sting VS Samoa Joe!
The series is tied at 1-1, with the Samoan Submission Specialist winning in Texas, but the Relentless One winning in his hometown of Seattle. Dynamite in Dayton is throwing out all the rules except one: win! Will Darby continue to be the fighting champion? Or will Joe return to being the One True King of Wrestling Television?
The introductions are made, the TNT title is raised, and one way or another, this is the series finale of Darby VS Joe!
Darby takes off his trench coat to reveal he, uh, customized his Hoodlum hoodie. He’s covered it in thumbtacks!! And as soon as he’s in the ring, he rushes in to COFFIN SPLASH Joe! Joe is reeling from the tack attack but Darby fires off tack-covered forearms! Fans fire up as Darby runs corner to corner, but Joe dodges the splash to GAMANGIRI! Joe then wraps up an arm in his towel, to LARIAT Darby down! Fans rally, Joe pulls Darby’s tack hoodie off and throws it away. Joe drags Darby up to CHOP him! Darby goes to a corner, but Darby kicks back. Joe stomps Darby, stomps him down, then storms off.
Joe goes out to look under the ring, and he brings out a TABLE! Dayton fires up, Joe picks the table up, but Darby DIVES into the table and Joe! The table doesn’t break but it, Joe and Darby all hit the floor! Joe is busted open on his forehead and fans fire up! Darby hurries to stand the table up, to then drop it on Joe! Darby then brings the steel steps around into the corner of the railing. Darby whips, Joe reverses, and Darby not only clips steel steps, he clips railing! Darby lands on his feet just from momentum, but he soon falls to his knees, clutching his back! Fans lose their minds while Joe stalks out after Darby.
Joe stands Darby up, throws knees into him, and then throws him into railing. Joe drags Darby up and they go up the bleachers. Joe SMACKS Darby off the handrail, then brings him up further. Joe smacks Darby off more railing, then keeps him going up. But Darby fights back! Darby CLUBS and CLAWS Joe’s back! Fans fire up but Joe DUMPS Darby down the steps! Fans are going nuts while Joe glares through his crimson mask, and Dynamite goes picture in picture.
Joe drags Darby up again, grinds him against the handrail, then SMACKS him off a fan’s chair! They go back to the lower level as Darby kicks Joe and crawls away. Joe keeps after Darby, drags him up, and brings him around the way to TOSS back to ringside! Darby narrowly misses hitting steel steps head first! Joe stalks Darby, drags Darby back up, then scoop SLAMS him on the steps! Darby writhes, flounders away, but Joe follows him to the corner. Darby throws Joe’s ROH World TV title at him, but that only upsets Joe. Joe storms in after Darby, stalks him to a corner, and waits on Darby to stand before he DECKS him!
Joe eggs Darby on as he stands over him. Darby doesn’t stand so Joe makes him. Joe snapmares to CHOP Darby on the back! And PENALTY KICK him in the chest! And then drops a fist on his head! Joe watches Darby writhe and the ref checks on him. Joe grins through the crimson mask, then stomps Darby down. Joe kicks Darby, then clamps on a neck wrench! Joe leans all his weight on Darby but Darby throws body shots. Joe doesn’t budge, and he CLUBS Darby down. Joe grins as Darby tires to sit back up. Joe clamps the neck wrench back on and he twists even harder! Darby endures, and Dynamite returns to single picture as Darby throws more body shots.
Joe lets go of the neck wrench, Darby hobbles and runs, but into an ELBOW! Darby falls over and Joe covers, TWO! Joe keeps focus as he looms over Darby. Joe KICKS Darby to a corner, and then stomps him. Fans rally and duel, but Joe is annoyed by that. Joe drags Darby up, DECKS him with a forearm, then clamps on another neck wrench! It’s practically a vice on Darby’s head, squeezing his skull! Darby endures, fights up, and he RAMS Joe into buckles! Darby fires off forearms and SLAPS! Darby runs corner to corner, but into the URENAGE! Cover, TWO!! Darby survives the #STJOE, but Joe stands Darby up to CHOP him!
Darby staggers, Joe CHOPS him again! Darby flops to the apron, Joe builds speed and he BOOTS Darby to the floor! Joe then storms out and looks under the ring. Joe brings out another TABLE! Fans fire up again but Joe has fans move aside. Fans oblige and Joe rests the table against railing. Darby is in the ring, Joe goes in and brings Darby up, but Darby JAWBREAKERS before the sleeper could lock in! Darby runs in at the corner to CHOP! And CHOP! And CHOP! Darby CHOPS away on Joe, but Joe TOSSES Darby right out of the ring! Joe has been treating Darby like a throw pillow, emphasis on the “throw!”
Darby flounders up, but Joe goes back over to bring him back in. Joe suplexes high and hard! Joe then goes out to fetch chairs! Joe puts a handful of chairs in the ring, then sets them up together. Fans fire up as they’re back to back to make a wedge! Joe stands Darby up, brings him over, BIG back suplex on the chair wedge!! Darby writhes and Joe has a sadistic smile. “Joe is gonna kill~ you!” Joe turns the chairs around to face each other, then brings Darby back up. But Darby uses POCKET SAND to stop the bomb! CODE RED!! Cover, TWO!! Joe survives but Darby hurries to hop on! THROWBACK STUNNER!
Joe falls into a drop zone, and Darby hurries to get his hoodie back! Darby puts that back on, climbs up the corner, and COFFIN DROPS!! Cover, TWO!?!? Joe survives the tack-enhanced senton and fans can’t believe it! Darby hurries outside and goes looking. Darby uses a knife to cut the strings that hold down the canvas! Some are tough but they all give way, and Darby pulls the canvas away. Darby then drags off the foam padding to expose bare wood! Darby is deconstructing the ring in order to better destroy Joe! Darby sees Joe outside, builds speed and DIVES, but Joe walks away! Darby CRASHES THROUGH THE TABLE!!!
Dayton is losing their minds as Joe puts Darby back in! Joe sets Darby’s tack covered jacket down, he picks Darby up, and he POWERBOMBS him on the tacks! AND THEN HE SMOTHERS DARBY WITH THE TACK JACKET!! Darby DIGS at Joe’s eyes!! Joe lets Darby go, but he staggers around blindly! Joe stands up into a CHAIR SHOT! And another! And another! Darby has Joe on the hard wood, climbs up top, but Joe pushes the ref into the ropes to trip Darby up!! Joe climbs up after Darby, tucks him in, and hits a SUPER MUSCLE BUSTER TO THE WOOD!!!! Cover, JOE WINS!!!
Winner: Samoa Joe, by pinfall (NEW AEW TNT Champion)
Darby’s relentless streak is over! Samoa Joe is now a TWO-TIME TWO BELT CHAMPION! But wait! “THIS IS WAAAR~!” Fans go nuts for Wardlow as he storms down to the ring! Joe is just as shocked as Wardlow runs in! SPEAR!! Wardlow rains down fists on the man who took his title and his top knot! Wardlow rips his shirt off, drags Joe up, but Joe scrambles away! Fans boo but Joe isn’t going to fight again so soon after the war he just went through. Security rushes out but Wardlow CLOBBERS them all! Then he hauls one up to POWERBOMB out onto all the others!! Wardlow will not be denied, when and where will he get his hands on Joe?
This was an awesome Dynamite! Same balance of action and talking, but the action was all on a different level this week. Of the talking, we got good stuff out of this AEW Originals VS Imports in the Women’s Division. Saraya & Storm really up their Heel heat by just attacking Britt unprovoked, and then Ruby checking in on Britt was an interesting turnaround from her telling she didn’t want Britt’s help. But we’re getting closer and closer to that big tag(?) match. Hell, make it a Blood & Guts match but with the women rather than the men. Saraya leads a team, Britt leads a team, Ruby will choose Britt’s side and there could even be a twist of Shida betraying Saraya during the match to cost the anti-AEW team.
Good promo from the JAS to set up things with Starks. I just knew Starks would have to beat everyone in the JAS eventually, so it’s clever for them to get it all done in one gauntlet match. Starks will of course make it past Menard and Parker, and I bet that just as it looks like Garcia is stepping up to face Starks, Guevara takes the spotlight from him. Starks will still get through the final opponent, and he’ll get his match with Jericho. Good promo from Mogul Affiliates, because one: it establishes that their group doesn’t like multigenerational wrestlers, and two: it gave Granden Goetzman his wrestler name, “Trench.” Swerve will surely beat BPJ, but I bet Dustin teams up with BPJ and Brock Anderson as a sort of AEW take on WWE’s Legacy faction to take on Mogul Affiliates.
Good promo from Jack Perry, but I’m surprised he waited until now to establish that he’s done with tag teams. But I suppose he’s done with The Firm, too, so he’s done needing reinforcements. As it stands, if he wants a singles title, he could start with the All-Atlantic Championship, but I could see JB making a move for THE AEW World title. Speaking of The Firm, good promo from them and The Elite. I wonder if this was really live or just the take where Nick actually made that shot. Anyway, I’m also surprised the trios match for Rampage is for the titles when the titles are going to be on the line for Dynamite. But I suppose if Orange Cassidy and Darby Allin are fighting champions, then so should the Elite. Which of course means The Elite win on Rampage to go on to face Fox & Flight.
We got an awesome match from Bryan VS Thatcher, but of course Bryan wins to keep his story going. Even after he had that awesome match with Brian Cage, Konosuke going after MJF was a great move. And getting himself an Eliminator match is a good, too, but I feel like MJF finds a way to stand tall. He’ll either cheat to win, or just get himself disqualified quickly so his night will be over quickly. MJF also had a really good promo with LFI. Rush is a great choice to take on Bryan Danielson, and Rush is also going to have a great match with Christopher Daniels on Rampage. I’m sure Bryan will still find a way to win and we’ll still get that Ironman match, it just has to be how this goes.
It’s mostly because I don’t even know who is the #2 contender, since AEW still hasn’t kept up with rankings in this new year. AEW bringing out a sudden twist of MJF still having that One Hour Ironman match against someone other than Bryan would be great stuff, since MJF has been so focused on Bryan, but I feel like getting MJF VS Bryan is still the thing everyone wants to see. Great opening match out of Hangman VS Moxley, and of course Moxley bleeds. It’s practically in his contract. But Hangman losing by a roll-up was a great surprise, and them still being after each other after, this has to continue until Revolution.
The Acclaimed winning a squash was a bit surprising, but obviously that was to make room for the promo that set up things with The Gunn Sons. But Billy suddenly saying his sons can have a title match with The Acclaimed? I hope there isn’t a turn coming where Billy is suddenly on his sons’ side again. It just feels like something is fishy, but who knows. Really good TBS title match from Jade and Velvet, but I guess since this wasn’t at a PPV, Jade wasn’t about to lose. Kiera trying to help Velvet only to mess things up was at least a good detail to protect Jade. But at this rate, who is even going to beat Jade when she’s gotten through even some great established names.
And of course, an awesome No Holds Barred match for the TNT title. Great innovation, such as Darby’s tack covered jacket and the different table spots. I was actually rather surprised to see Joe win this to once again be dual champion. But at the same time, Wardlow returning to continue his story with Joe is a logical reason as to why Joe needs to have the TNT title again. Perhaps Wardlow gets the TNT title back to have a second chance with that, and Darby can move up into the world title scene. And assuming MJF retains at Revolution, it works for Darby to be next as they have history in AEW.
My Score: 9/10
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