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Mitchell’s AEW Dynamite Results & Report! (8/24/22)

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AEW Dynamite 2021

This cannot wait for All Out!

Jon Moxley and CM Punk are not waiting for All Out, they want to fight NOW! Who will be the UNDISPUTED AEW World Champion in Cleveland?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Dax Harwood VS Jay Lethal; Lethal wins.
  • Billy Gunn w/ The Acclaimed VS Colten Gunn w/ Austin Gunn; Colten wins.
  • Britt Baker w/ Jamie Hayter & Rebel VS KiLynn King; Baker wins.
  • Undisputed AEW World Championship: CM Punk VS Jon Moxley; Moxley wins and is the Undisputed AEW World Champion.
  • AEW World Trios Championship Tournament, Opening Round: Death Triangle VS The United Empire; The United Empire wins and advances.

PLAY BY PLAY

Chris Jericho heads to the ring!

Le Champion, The Wizard, is here to confront his young protégé, Daniel Garcia, about whether or not Garcia is a sports entertainer, or a pro-wrestler. Fans sing Judas for him, and then Jericho gets the mic. “You sound loud tonight, Cleveland!” Fans cheer that! “Welcome to Dynamite. And last week, there was a little bit of an issue between myself and one of my favorite members of the Jericho Appreciation Society. And we agreed to come out here tonight to discuss those issues and work them out, face to face.” So Jericho introduces one of his favorite people, a future world champion, his protégé, Daniel Garcia!

Fans cheer as the Dragonslayer makes his way out, a mic already in hand, and a worried look on his face. Garcia joins Jericho in the ring and fans chant, “You’re a Wrestler!” Jericho is annoyed by that, “I’m trying to be civil about this. Please shut up!” Fans boo but Jericho tells Garcia not to listen tot he fans. they don’t understand the connection Jericho and Garcia have. Garcia had a classic match with Bryan Danielson, and he slayed the dragon. But at the end of the match, emotions were running high, and Garcia put his hands on Jericho. Garcia spun Jericho around, slapped his hand away, but Garcia had just gone through hell and was disappointed from losing.

Jericho wants Garcia to apologize. Fans boo that and chant “NO! NO! NO!” Jericho says Garcia can just apologize. Garcia says, “You knew how special that moment was to me. You knew how special it was for me to share the ring with my hero, Bryan Danielson. Thirty minutes with my hero. People are calling it the greatest match in Dynamite history and it’s not even close. Rave reviews everywhere. I hung with my hero! The people who call him the best wrestler in the world, I hung with him for thirty minutes.” Fans cheer that. “That match that I had last week, it’s the kind of match that I always dreamt having as a kid.”

When Garcia was living at home in Buffalo, he dreamt of having that kind of match and he got to have it last week! Garcia can only hope there was someone watching at home, whether it’s his little nephew, his cousin, or any random kid anywhere in the country that wants to have that match to. Garcia wants them to feel the way he felt. “And when Bryan stuck his hand out to me, while I’m knocked out in the middle of that ring, and asked me for a sign of respect, I didn’t care if people called me a wrestler, I didn’t care if people called me a sports entertainer. All I cared about was that moment! And you ruined it! You ruined that moment for me, Chris!”

Jericho takes a moment, then says, “I’m sorry that you feel that way. But I wanna remind you of this: there will be many more moments like that for you, Danny. Because you are the Greatest Technical Sports Entertainer in the World Today! It’s true!” Deep down, Garcia knows he’s a Sports Entertainer, but Jericho wants to hear him say it. Fans chant, “You’re a Wrestler!” but Jericho insists he’s a Sports Entertainer! Now say it! But before Garcia can respond, here comes BRYAN! The American Dragon makes his way to the ring while fans chant, “YES! YES! YES!” Bryan says, “Daniel, I see that your mentor here is trying to bully you into saying you’re a Sports Entertainer.”

Bryan wants Daniel to listen. He can be whatever he wants to be and Bryan respects them wrestling last week. And in Bryan’s opinion, he does agree with the fans that Garcia is a wrestler. Fans cheer for that but Jericho says, “You’re really gonna do this to me? You’re a Sports Entertainer! And I wanna hear you say it! Right now! Look at me! SAY IT! TELL ME YOU’RE A SPORTS ENTERTAINER!” Garcia tells Jericho to stop! Garcia has a mentor here, a hero here, and he ha to make this decision in public?! He can’t! He can’t do that! Just leave him alone! But then Jericho grabs at Garcia, and Garcia shoves him down! Bryan can’t help but laugh at that.

Garcia is even more conflicted, but fans tell Jericho, “You Deserve It!” Garcia storms off and Bryan looks at Jericho as Jericho gets up and composes himself. “Y’know, Chris, I’m not the biggest fan of Sports Entertainment, but that was pretty entertaining.” Jericho tells Bryan that what pisses him off is that people keep saying Bryans’ the best wrestler in the world today. Why is it, when Jericho’s been around 15 years and hasn’t seen it once? Jericho is the greatest pro-wrestler ever. And from longevity and reinvention to altering the course of wrestling history, he might well be! But when it comes to wrestling, Jericho is the last survivor of Stu Hart’s Dungeon!

Jericho remembers ever hold Stu ever taught him, he is LIONHEART Chris Jericho, and he knows more about pro-wrestling than Bryan ever will! Fans do cheer that. But Bryan wonders if that’s true. Let’s say we could ask Jericho’s mentor, Stu Hart, who is the better wrestler, Lionheart or American Dragon, who do you think he’d say? If we asked Jericho’s hero, Owen Hart, who is the better wrestler, Lionheart or American Dragon, who do you think he’d say? If Jericho and Bryan had a match right here in Cleveland, Lionheart VS American Dragon, who do you think would win?! Oh, Bryan wants Dragon VS Lionheart? Well he’s got it! At ALL OUT!

Jericho tells Bryan to keep this in mind: Last time they were in the ring together, Jericho choked Bryan out and put him out for two months. Until All Out, Bryan needs to watch his back. Because you never know when he might hit you. JAKE HAGER hits Bryan! And then hits a SPINEBUSTER! Fans boo as Jericho raises Hager’s hand, but surely the match will be made! Lionheart Chris Jericho VS American Dragon Bryan Danielson, who wins and proves they are truly the best pro-wrestler in history?

 

Dax Harwood VS Jay Lethal!

FTR stood by Wardlow, because Pinnacle is forever! But will Dax the Ax cut down the longest reigning ROH World Champion ever? Or will he get a lethal dose of payback for standing by the Maestro of Mayhem?

Well, surprise, surprise. Seeing that Cash Wheeler returned to the back, Lethal has Sonjay Dutt & Satnam Singh return backstage, too. Who wins now that this will truly be 1v1?

The bell rings and the two circle. Fans rally up behind Dax, he and Jay tie up, and Lethal arm-drags Dax away. Dax gets up and circles with Lethal again, then tie up. Dax headlocks, Lethal powers out but Dax runs him over. Things keep moving, Dax slides under but Lethal runs, into a hip toss! Lethal kangaroo kicks, arm-drags again, but Dax headscissors! Lethal kips free, Dax headlocks for a takeover, but Lethal headscissors. Dax kips free, the two stand off and fans cheer! Lethal and Dax reset, circle, and fans rally up with “WOO~!” and chants of “F T R! F T R!” Lethal and Dax tie up, Lethal wrenches to a wristlock, but Dax rolls and wrenches back.

Dax slips through, headlocks, but Lethal powers out. Lethal hip tosses, handsprings and dropkicks Dax! Fans are torn but Lethal drags Dax up to bump him off buckles. Lethal throws hands, but Dax CHOPS! Dax stalks Lethal to a corner but Lethal kicks back. Lethal CHOPS Dax, but Dax CHOPS back! Lethal rakes Dax’s eyes! Dax pokes Letha’ in the eye! Dax CHOPS but Lethal CHOPS back! Dax CHOPS, CHOPS, but Lethal CHOPS again! Dax CHOPS and whips, but Lethal comes back, into a back drop! Fans fire up while Lethal writhes. Dax stomps Lethal’s hand, then fishhooks his nose! The ref reprimands but Dax whips Lethal.

Lethal reverses, Dax whips Lethal away on the return. Then CHOPS him again! Lethal is stinging but fans are fired up! Fans want that, “One More Time! One More Time!” so Dax CHOPS again! Dax climbs up to rain down fists! Lethal slips out, CLUBS Dax, then goes up, SUPER RUSSIAN LEG SWEEP! Both men are down while AEW goes picture in picture.

Lethal clutches his stinging chest but he gets back to his feet. Lethal stands Dax up for a BIG back suplex! Cover, ONE, but Lethal stalks Dax to a corner, Dax kicks but Lethal blocks to throw body shots, and a CHOP! Dax staggers away, but he CHOPS right back! Dax whips Lethal to a corner, Lethal reverses and Dax hits buckles hard! Lethal drops an elbow, covers, TWO! Lethal is annoyed but the ref defends his count. Lethal drags Dax up, scoops him, and hits a BACKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! Lethal rains down fists, clamps on a chinlock, and he grinds Dax down. Dax fights up, throws body shots and powers out, then gets Lethal with a SLEEPER!

But Lethal JAWBREAKERS right out! Both men are down while Lethal gasps for air. Lethal stands up, storms over to Dax and brings him up. Dax RAMS Lethal into a corner, digs his shoulder in, then EuroUppers! Dax EuroUppers again, CHOPS Lethal, then hoists him up top. Dax climbs up after Lethal, Lethal throws body shots and then shoves Dax down! Lethal adjusts, takes a moment to catch his breath, and Dynamite returns to single picture as he stands. MACHO- NO, Dax trips him up! Dax CHOPS Lethal, climbs up after him, but Lethal fights off the suplex! Lethal throws body shots then SUPER GOURD BUSTERS Dax down!

Dax staggers up, Lethal stands and leaps, but into a body shot! Dax then reels Lethal in, GERMAN SUPLEX! Dax holds on, Lethal throws elbows, but Dax GERMAN SUPLEXES again! Lethal still throws elbows and then he drops, but Dax turns the victory roll into a GERMAN SUPLEX! Fans fire up while both men are down again! The ref starts a standing count as both men stir. Lethal and Dax stand, Dax JABS and JABS, but Lethal kicks low! Lethal JABS, JABS and JABS! Dax ducks the haymaker to ROCK Lethal! Dax reels Lethal in, but Lethal victory rolls successfully, to get the leg! Dax scrambles to the ROPEBREAK!

Lethal holds on and Dax stands up. Dax swings, into the LETHAL COMBINATION! Cover, TWO! The backbreaker to complete shot was not enough to stop Dax! Dax gets to the apron, Lethal storms over but Dax CHOPS and CHOPS! Lethal ROCKS, CHOPS, but Dax CHOPS and shoulders in! Dax steps in but Lethal KICKs the leg! DRAPING DRAGON SCREW! Dax falls to the floor,. Lethal builds speed and DIVES! Direct hit into railing! Fans fire up while Lethal drags Dax up and in. Lethal steps through but Dax resists. Lethal CHOPS before putting on the FIGURE FOUR! Dax endures, reaches out, ROPEBREAK!

Lethal lets off at 4, but he comes right back to try again. Dax boots Lethal away, then trips Lethal up to step through! Lethal fights the Sharpshooter and rolls Dax to step through again! But Dax makes it a cradle, TWO!! Dax hurries up, but Lethal mule kicks the legs out! Lethal runs and handsprings, but Dax catches Lethal to spin him around! Dax reels Lethal in, gets him up, REBOUND POWERBOMB!! Cover, TWO!!! Lethal survives and Dax is beside himself! Fans say “This is Awesome!” as both men slowly rise. Dax snarls, gets Lethal’s legs, steps through, but Lethal fights the sharpshooter! He BOOTS Dax into a corner, then gets the leg, DRAGON SC-

NO! Dax spins through to sit on the cover! TWO!!! Lethal trips Dax, steps through but Dax rolls Lethal, TWO, but into the SHARPSHOOTER!! Lethal is caught, but he reaches out! Dax drags him from ropes and sits deep! Wait, Sonjay returns! Dax lets Lethal go as Sonjay points his stupid pencil at him! Dax grabs Sonjay by his tie, but then dodges Lethal’s cheap shot! Dax runs back in, but is sent into Sonjay! They clack heads, and Lethal rolls Dax up! TWO!! Dax stands but into a scoop! He turns it into a cradle, TWO!! Lethal escapes but Dax waistlocks! O’Conner Roll, TWO! Dax goes up the corner to CROSSBODY! Cover, TWO!

Fans fire up as both men have to catch their breath! Dax is up, he CHOPS Lethal, but Lethal goes for a leg. Dax steps over, CHOPS, CHOPS again, then EuroUppers! Dax EuroUppers but into hooks! Lethal wants the backslide but Dax slips out and around, O’Conner Roll! TWO as Lethal pulls tights! Lethal has the tights in his O’Conner Roll, Lethal wins!!

Winner: Jay Lethal, by pinfall

Lethal literally stole this one! Sonjay has a mic to say, “Give it up for my man, the best in the world, Jay Lethal!” And FTR, Sonjay ahs a message for them and their dumb buddy! You think you know what’s going on for All Out? Sonjay said it’d be a Trios Match, but he never told you who was on the team! So here’s a scoop for everyone: All Out will see Jay Lethal teaming with two close personal friends… MOTOR CITY MACHINE GUNS!! Chris Sabin & Alex Shelley, big names in Impact Wrestling and ROH, are coming to AEW! Will Lethal’s trio be even more lethal now? Or will The Pinnacle find a way to stay on top?

 

Backstage interview with Thunder Rosa.

Tony Schiavone is with the AEW Women’s World Champion, who already looks emotional. She is truly heartbroken, and feels she is letting the fans down. But she has to step down as champion, as she is unable to defend the title due to injury. So at All Out on September 4th, there will be an Interim AEW Women’s World Championship match. Toni Storm, Rosa’s friend and tag partner, Rosa hopes Toni’s dreams come true as she becomes the new interim champion.

But Rosa will remind everyone now, that this won’t stop her. This will only make her better. She will come back better and stronger, and with a bigger chip on her shoulder. Then who will face Toni at All Out to crown an Interim Women’s World Champion? It will be a FATAL 4 WAY, with the top contenders fighting it out! Toni Storm VS Britt Baker VS Jamie Hater VS Hikaru Shida!

 

Billy Gunn w/ The Acclaimed VS Colten Gunn w/ Austin Gunn!

Daddy Ass just wanted his sons to be as good as his boys, Max Caster & Anthony Bowens. How they were to do that, no one really knows. But now, after the betrayal by his flesh ‘n’ blood, Daddy Ass is gonna have to whoop some Ass… Boys! Will Billy do more than ground Colten tonight? Or will the youthful rebellion only grow stronger?

But speaking of The Acclaimed, Caster of course has a rap on deck! “The Gunn Club just turned into a stupid problem. Yo, Billy, I’m thinking you shoulda used a condom! Y’all about to get a savage beatin’! So bad, they gon’ call another talent meetin’! You little jerks get no respect. We wipe you out like Biden did student debt! Your whole life is a bad choice. Y’all’re not tough guys, y’all’re just Ass Boys!” Bowens of course adds, “CA-LEVELAAAND! The Acclaimed have arrived! Scissor me, Daddy Ass~!” But speaking of debt, will Billy make Colten pay for his betrayal?

The bell rings and Stokely Hathaway is frowning in the crowd. Billy and Colten circle, fans cheer on “Daddy Ass! Daddy Ass!” Colten rushes in, gets around and shoves Billy away. Colten taunts Billy, but then cowers in the corner. The ref has Billy back off and Colten comes back. Fans rally up, the two tie up, and Colten arm-drags Billy away! Colten lounges on the corner, fans chant “Who’s Your Daddy?” Billy says he is! Billy and Colten circle, tie up, Colten headlocks, but Billy powers out. Things speed up, Colten whips Billy but gets run over! Fans fire up and Colten bails out! Now Billy lounges on the corner while AEW goes picture in picture.

Austin and Colten regroup, talk things over, and Colten paces around the outside. Austin talks trash on Billy, Colten slides in, and then Colten talks trash., Billy grabs Colten by his neck and puts him in a corner! Colten kicks, whips but Billy reverses. Colten goes up but Billy stays clear, to then CLOBBER him! Colten bails back out and Billy tells his sons to “SUCK IT!” Austin is furious but then Billy storms out and scares him off. Billy goes back for Colten, brings him around, and CLUBS him down! Even The Acclaimed are stinging from that one! Billy refreshes the ring count, stalks Colten around the way, and then brings him up by an ear!

Billy has The Acclaimed move aside and the fans prepare themselves. Billy TOSSES Colten into railing! Colten flops over and Billy scissor fingers some fans. Billy stalks Colten to the ramp, gets in his way, and brings him around to TOSS into more railing! Colten writhes, Billy scissor fingers more fans, then he drags Colten up. Dynamite returns to single picture and Billy puts Colten in the ring. Austin swipes at Billy and fans boo, but Colten DECKS Billy! Billy goes to a corner, Austin shouts at Colten to strike, and Colten stomps away on Billy! The ref backs Colten off and Billy drags himself up the ropes. Colten runs in, but Billy dodges the splash!

Billy CLOBBERS Colten again! And again! Fans fire up and Billy has Colten in a corner. Billy throws BIG haymakers over and over, then stomps away on Colten! Austin shouts at his dad to stop, and the ref has Billy back off. The ref even tells Billy he has to remember, that’s his son! Billy feels conflicted, and he helps Colten stand up. But then Stokely CLOBBERS Caster with the boombox! And Austin RAMS Bowens into steel steps! The ref is distracted by that, and Colten LOW BLOWS Billy!! Colten gets Billy up for COLT 45!! Cover, Colten wins!!

Winner: Colten Gunn, by pinfall

How could Colten do that to his own father?! But Stokely joins the Gunn Sons in the ring and offers them his card. And this time, they accept it! And then Austin & Colten both stomp away on Billy! The Acclaimed get in the ring, but Austin & Colten clobber them, too! But then “Whose House?” “SWERVE’S HOUSE!” The AEW World Tag Team Champions run the Ass Boys off! Fans are fired up for Swerve Strickland & Keith Lee, but what about The Acclaimed and Billy? Keith helps Billy to his feet, and there seems to be a brief moment of respect. But will all this drama over family and success go all out?

 

Backstage interview with Death Triangle and the United Empire.

Tony Schiavone says the main event is a match that’s been years in the making. The world has waited for this one. It will be The Death Triangle, PAC & The Lucha Brothers, are taking on The United Empire’s Aussie Open & Will Ospreay, in the AEW World Trios Championship Tournament! Ospreay says, “Oh, Pac, long time no see, brother. Last time we was in the ring together, it was a thirty minute time limit draw. I’m glad you got your friends with ya, cuz I’ve got mine. And we’ve got one mission, brother: ding, ding, ding! More gold for the United Empire.”

Pac tells Will, “What you need to understand is that we have been waiting far too long for this opportunity. So we’ve made a decision. Tonight, gentlemen, we’re not gonna kill ya. We’re gonna murder ya! Because All Elite Wrestling is Death Triangle territory, and tonight, United Empire, you find out the hard way.” Will Rey Fenix, Penta El Zero M and the All-Atlantic Champion be the ones conquering the AEW Trios Division? Or will the Commonwealth Kingpin and the NJPW Strong Tag Team Champions stake their claim for the glory of the Empire?

 

Britt Baker w/ Jamie Hayter & Rebel VS KiLynn King!

After the unfortunate news that La Mera Mera is down and out, this match has much higher stakes now! The Doctor is in the title picture, but could King Krazy earn herself a future opportunity tonight? Or will the Steel City’s favorite dentist be giving King a different kind of crown?

The bell rings and fans fire up. Britt talks trash then fires off forearms! King shoves Britt, Britt ducks the roundhouse but King blocks the superkick. King spins Britt to mule kick her, then runs the ropes. Britt avoids the boot, runs, ducks ‘n’ dodges, then SLINGBLADES King down! King gets to a corner, fans boo Britt, but some do still spell it out, “D! M! D!” Britt winks then fires off forearms on King! Britt whips King corner to corner, but King goes up to missile dropkick her down! King hurries to full nelson, but Britt breaks free and slips around. Ripcord ROLLING ELBOW! King goes back to a corner and Britt storms over to fire off forearms.

King hits back, they scrap, and Britt chokes King in the corner! The ref counts while fans chant “Pittsburgh Sucks!” Britt tells them no it doesn’t! She runs back at King, but King goes up and over to mule kick again! King fire sup for The Land, and she runs corner to corner, only for Britt to hit a BUCKLE SHOT! Britt goes out and she drags King into the corner to pull her shoulder into the post! The ref counts, Britt lets off and soaks up the heat from the Browns fans. Britt gets in the ring, drags King around and throws down elbows! Brit then ghost pins, TWO! Britt pie faces King around but King snarls.

Britt pie faces King again but King fires off forearms! Britt pushes King but King throws more forearms! Britt gives them back, then a mule kick! Britt runs, but King avoids the stomp to roll Britt! Britt rolls through, King boots a lariat away to ROUNDHOUSE and GERMAN SUPLEX! Fans fire up with King and she drags Britt back up. King full nelsons, lifts, and then flips Britt around for a SLAM! Cover, TWO!! Britt survives but King drags her back up. Fireman’s carry, but Britt fights free. Britt shoves King into a corner, then SUPERKICKS her down! And then another SUPERKICK! Britt runs to CURB STOMP!

Britt brings out her glove! Fans are torn but mostly booing. Britt clamps onto King with the RINGS OF SATURN, and then spells it out, “D! M! D!” LOCKJAW!! King taps, Britt wins!

Winner: Britt Baker, by submission

Britt gets the mic to tell Cleveland, “Isn’t it a shame about Thunder Rosa? It’s sad. But let me remind you, when the champion was Dr. Britt Baker, DMD, I wrestled my entire title reign with a broken freakin’ wrist, because that’s what a champion does!” As for the PPV, we still have half of #ThunderStorm, so luckily, Toni, she can finally be on a PPV and someone gives a damn. That’s because she’ll be in the ring with Britt. But speaking of, here she comes! Toni storms right to the ring, but Hayter runs her down and CLOBBERS her! Britt says Hayter is in that match, too! Hayter and Storm brawl, but Hayter throws Storm into the ring!

Fans boo as Hayter stomps Storm and Rebel gives Britt a Terrible Towel to wave around. But wait! Here comes the fourth woman in the Fatal 4, HIKARU SHIDA! The Full Metal Samurai has her kendo stick! She runs off Britt and her crew! Storm VS Shida VS Britt VS Hayter, who stands tall as the winds of change blow in the Windy City?

 

Backstage interview with The Acclaimed and Swerve In Our Glory.

Tony Schiavone is now with Caster, Bowens and the AEW World Tag Team Champions. Tony was going to talk with The Acclaimed but they’re a bit banged up right now. Swerve says yeah, they got whooped on. But it’s fine, Swerve & Keith didn’t mind coming out there to save them. Swerve In Our Glory loves The Acclaimed! Keith says to be honest, Caster & Bowens are ranked. More importantly, they’ve been ranked. So the save wasn’t just because of the love, but because they are worthy challengers for the AEW World Tag Team Championships at All Out.

Caster says, “Yo, listen. It’s nice you think we’re worthy, it’s nice that you saved us, but we don’t need your praise, we don’t need your help. Because we are the best homegrown tag team in AEW, and we are the winningest tag team, so I think we proved it.” Bowens says yes, AND The Acclaimed are the uncrowned champions of AEW! But now, they’ll take those tag titles home because like you said, EVERYONE loves The Acclaimed! Then is this match on for All Out? Will The Acclaimed have no choice but to #BaskInTheirGlory?

 

Undisputed AEW World Championship: CM Punk VS Jon Moxley!

This was meant to be the main event of All Out, but because tensions ran high to the point of exploding into fist fights, The Best in the World and the Blue Eyed Battler are battling it out in Cleveland! Will CM Punk prove he’s truly the best in the world today? Or will Moxley prove that “interim” was a meaningless asterisk and that he has been THE champion all along?

The introductions are made, the belts are raised, and in the end, only one man will hold THE belt of AEW!

Fans are thunderous already as the bell rings. Punk and Mox stare down, fans duel, and then Moxley and Punk circle. They tie up, are in a deadlock, but Moxley powers Punk back step by step. Punk pushes back, puts Mox in a corner, but Moxley turns it around. The ref counts, Mox lets off to then ROCK Punk! Mox fires off forearms and the fans are thunderous! The ref backs Moxley off and Moxley eggs Punk on! Punk gets up, and he SLAPS Moxley! Punk fires forearms in return, he backs Moxley down to the other corner, then he rains down haymakers! The ref counts, Punk throws knees, so the ref has to back Punk off.

Moxley HEADBUTTS Punk back! Moxley spins, but Punk ROUNDHOUSES! But Punk also falls, clutching his foot! That was the bad foot that he broke and had to get surgery for! Did he just break it again hitting Moxley’s head?! The ref checks, he calls the medic over, but Punk hobbles after Moxley. Moxley CLOBBERS Punk, then rains down HAMMER ‘N’ ANVIL ELBOWS! Punk grabs the arm but Moxley just keeps throwing shots! Punk is almost a ragdoll! Moxley then grabs the bad leg and twists it in a toehold! Punk endures so Moxley lets off and reels Punk in, DEATH RIDER!! Fans are thunderous while Moxley paces around!

Moxley aims a finger gun at Punk, BANG, and he drags Punk up. Another DEATH RIDER!! Cover, MOXLEY WINS!!

Winner: Jon Moxley, by pinfall (UNDISPUTED AEW World Champion)

Well damn! Moxley may have gotten lucky over Punk hurting his own foot, or maybe Punk got cocky thinking he could come back so soon, but either way, we just got the fastest AEW World Championship match ever! Moxley carries around both belts, one of them heading home while the other will be around his waist. Will Moxley turn right around from this and defend the belt at All Out? As for Punk, will he even be able to return after what just happened to him?

 

Backstage interview with Christian Cage.

Tony Schiavone reminds us of what Jungle Boy did to Captain Charisma just last week, and we can tell from the brace on Christian’s arm that it was serious damage. The challenge was made for All Out, and Christian Cage says he extended an olive branch to JB. Christian was giving JB one last opportunity to apologize to him for costing them the AEW World Tag Team Championships. Christian was giving JB one last opportunity to apologize for the personal and hurtful things JB said about Christian. Yes, Christian acknowledges he said awful things to JB, but the difference is, Christian wasn’t coming from a place of malice. That was tough love!

Christian says he was motivating JB in order to bring out the best version of him! But JB isn’t smart enough to see that because he thinks he’s better than he is, and thinks he’s smarter than he is. JB is not and never will be as smart as Christian Cage, you understand? JB has the audacity to challenge a living legend in this business to a match at All Out?! To make it even better, JB tries to maim and injure Christian! But that’s fine. Jack can’t throw anything at Christian that Christian hasn’t already seen. Christian’s seen it all! He’s done it all!

So in Chicago at All Out, JB finds out Christian is not average. If you wanna see average, you take that camera and scan the crowd of Cleveland! But Christian is an anomaly, he is special! And at All Out, even with Christian at less than 100%, JB finds out that he is not and never will be in Christian’s league! “Jungle Boy. I accept your challenge.”

 

Ricky Starks is here!

The Absolute heads to the ring, ready to respond to everything “Powerhouse” Will Hobbs has said and done to him since that betrayal a few weeks ago. Starks says, “Let’s get down to business, huh? I haven’t been in the best of moods, because quite frankly, I’m hurt and I’m pissed off! From dealing with Team Taz being over, losing the FTW title, dealing with QT and the Factory, and of course, I’ve got to deal with Powerhouse Hobbs turning his back on me! I got veterans back there telling me, ‘Hey, man, this is show business, it ain’t friends business, Ricky.’ And I understand what you’re saying, but I thought that I was the exception!

“I thought I was the exception because hey, I had a friend in Hobbs, a partner in crime. I had that guy who I trusted. Last year when I broke my neck, this guy called me every single week, checked up on me, made sure that I was okay mentally and physically. A guy that wanted to see me make a big comeback here. But the thing about people wanting to see you do good, is that they never want to see you do better than them.” Fans applaud that. “And don’t forget, Hobbs! When you were standing around in Jacksonville in a bedazzled T-shirt, being Britt Baker’s security guard, you were playing background player then!

“Then you met me and I showed you what it meant to have a seat at my table! If I ate, you ate! If I had the spotlight, I made sure it was big enough for the both of us! And you got the nerve to sit up here and blame me?! But I shoulda known. Because when you decided to turn your back on a nightmare, I should’ve known it’d happen to me. And that is exactly what you did. But you ended up hitting me in my neck, man! My neck, and you know that I was close to losing this all again!” Fans cheer Starks on as he gets real emotional now.

“I called you my friend, I considered you my friend! But you know what I call you now? I call you a low down, dirty, slime ball, scheming snake! And where I’m from, we cut the heads off of snakes!” Starks throws off his shirt and shouts, “And since you wanna quote New Jack City so much, here’s one for ya, jack! How about you bring your five dollar ass to Chicago, and fight me at All Out!?” Fans want to see that one! Will Starks give Hobbs an absolute fight in Chicago?

 

Jon Moxley speaks backstage.

“Oh, I’m sorry! Was that not how that was supposed to go? Best in the World my ass! Oh, the people that’re surprised right now? They’re the same people that wanted to write my obituary the moment CM Punk came back! They’re the same people who wanted to call me INTERIM champion, the same people who ALWAYS write me off! And those people, they don’t matter. They never did. Because the truth is, the answer to every problem, any problem you might have in professional wrestling, the answer is always Jon Moxley! There is only ONE Jon Moxley! There is nobody that can do what I do like I do! I AM professional wrestling!

“I’m not just some guy, I am THE GUY in the industry! And there are no limitations to what I can do, and I don’t follow any rules. Everybody’s always asking, ‘When is it gonna be my time? When is my time coming?’ I’m telling you, my time is right now. Right this minute, 2022, we’re living in it! My time is now! My time is right GADDAMN NOW!!” The Maniac is back on top and only getting started! Who will dare step to him for that title next?

 

Rampage is also ramping up!

First, another of the AEW Trios Championships Tournament matches as the House of Black takes on The Dark Order. But will it be Uno or Vance that joins Silver & Reynolds against Malakai, Buddy & Brody? Then, the Mixed Tag grudge match happens as Sammy Guevara & Tay Melo take on Ortiz & Ruby Soho! And then, in answering a TNT Championship Open Challenge, the Hollywood Hunk, Ryan Nemeth, steps to Wardlow! Speaking of champions, the AEW TBS Champion, Jade Cargill, will speak on what, and perhaps who, is next for her! Then last but certainly not least, the ROH World Championship is on the line as Claudio GADDAMN Castagnoli takes on The Natural, Dustin Rhodes!

 

AEW World Trios Championship Tournament, Opening Round: Death Triangle VS The United Empire!

The Bastard is All-Atlantic Champion while Rey Fenix & Penta El Zero M are former AAA and AEW World Tag Team Champions. Aussie Open are the inaugural NJPW Strong Tag Team Champions, while their leader, the Commonwealth Kingpin, is DUAL Rev-Pro British and IWGP United States Heavyweight Champion. But we all know the world is not enough, and there is always more gold to collect! Which trio takes the first step to global domination in this inaugural AEW World Trios Championship tournament?

AEW returns as Death Triangle makes their entrance. Best Friends are watching from the crowd, knowing they’ll potentially face the winner of tonight’s match. The trios sort out, Fenix starts against Ospreay. The bell rings and Ospreay runs Fenix right over! Things speed up, Fenix hurdles but Ospreay leaps over. They keep moving, Ospreay hurdles but Fenix leaps over! Ospreay runs to RANA but Fenix handsprings through! Fenix runs to RANA, but Ospreay handsprings through! Ospreay handsprings to the ropes, but Fenix gets under his flip! Fenix handsprings now, but Ospreay handstands out of the cutter! Fenix ducks the Buzzsaw and kips up, Cleveland goes wild!

Ospreay and Fenix circle, Fenix offers a handshake but Ospreay slaps it away! Ospreay BOOTS Fenix, Penta rushes in to SUPERKICK Ospreay! Kyle Fletcher rushes in to BOOT Penta! Pac SUPERKICKS Fletcher, but Mark Davis gets in to BOOT The Bastard! The trios regroup and stare down! The ref wants them to back down, but the brawl pops off and fans fire up again! Ospreay RAMS Pac into a corner, Davis & Fletcher CLUB the Lucha Brothers down! Aussie Open then double whips Fenix, but Fenix handsprings to DOUBLE CUTTER! Aussie Open falls out of the ring but Ospreay CHOPS Fenix! Penta gets up but Ospreay kicks him low.

Ospreay CHOPS Pac, then he runs the ropes, but Penta & Pac double back drop him! Ospreay gets big air then bails out! Fans fire up with Death Triangle as they coordinate, “CERO! MIEDO!” Pac builds speed, the Lucha Brothers follow him, TRIPLE TOPE CONJILO!! Direct hit on all three targets and Death Triangle has Cleveland on their feet! Fenix puts Ospreay in the ring, CLUBs him on the back, then CHOPS him in the corner! Ospreay is stinging already but Fenix snapmares him. Penta runs in, wheelbarrows with Fenix, VICTORY ROLL SPLASH! Cover, ONE!! Fenix drags Ospreay up and tags in Pac, then CHOPS Ospreay again!

Ospreay is stinging all over again, but Pac stands Ospreay back up to CHOP him right down! Tag to Penta, and Penta drags Ospreay up. Penta hushes the crowd, and he CHOPS Ospreay, too! Ospreay grits his teeth and clutches his chest while fans chant, “CERO! MIEDO!” Penta wrenches Ospreay’s arm, tags Fenix, and Fenix springboards to drop AX HANDLES on the arm. Fenix SLAPS Ospreay, snapmares him and basement dropkicks him in the back! Cover, ONE!! Ospreay is showing the toughness of a G1 Climax Finalist while AEW goes picture in picture.

Fenix drags Ospreay up, RAMS into him, then tags Penta back in. Penta wrenches Ospreay’s arm again, and KICKS Ospreay’s leg! Ospreay hobbles, but he JABS Penta! Penta KICKS Ospreay’s leg out from under him! Penta then drags Ospreay up, tags Fenix back in, and Fenix KICKS the leg. Fenix dropkicks Ospreay down, then rallies the fans. Fenix drags Ospreay up, CLUBS him, snapmares him, and clamps onto both arms. Fenix traps one and pulls on the other, but Ospreay endures. Fenix adds a chinbar but then shifts to a ghost pin, TWO! Fenix CLUBS Ospreay but Ospreay RAMS Fenix into a corner.

Ospreay CHOPS Fenix, and CHOPS him again, giving Fenix payback for earlier. Fenix dodges the third chop to CHOP Ospreay off his feet! Fenix drags Ospreay up again to snapmare and clamp back onto the arm. Fenix almost has a Fujiwara Armbar but Ospreay resists and endures. Ospreay crawls but Fenix pulls back on the arm, to then grab at the other! Fenix pulls the arm back but Ospreay resists, so Fenix powers him to another ghost pin! TWO, and Fenix SUPERKICKS Ospreay! Ospreay slumps through the ropes, and Fletcher hurries over to make sure Pac doesn’t do anything. Pac stays back and Fletcher coaches Ospreay on.

Fenix rallies the fans again while Ospreay sits back up. Fenix storms up on Ospreay but Ospreay resists the whip by holding ropes. Fenix ROCKS Ospreay, whips but Ospreay still holds on! Dynamite returns to single picture and Fenix ROCKS Ospreay again. Fenix CHOPS, then whips, but Ospreay reverses! Davis trips Fenix and Ospreay BLASTS the Death Triangle corner! Davis then drapes Fenix out for Fletcher’s DOUBLE STOMPS! The United Empire turns the tide and Ospreay goes up top! SUPER SKY TWISTER to take out Penta & Pac! The fans fire up as Ospreay gets in the ring. Aussie Open is there to help Ospreay with a RAILGUN DROPKICK into Fenix! Cover, TWO!!

Fenix survives but Ospreay drags Fenix up. Fans chant “This is Awesome!” as Ospreay brings Fenix to the Empire’s corner. Ospreay tags in Fletcher, and Fletcher tags in Davis. Aussie Open drags Fenix up to double whip him to ropes. They double CHOP Fenix down, then Fletcher PENALTY KICKS and Davis SENTONS! Davis has a cocky cover, TWO! Davis kicks at Fenix, rains down forearms, then lets off to taunt Pac. Davis drags Fenix up, scoops him and SLAMS him, but fans rally for Fenix. Davis tags Fletcher, Fletcher mocks the fans and taunts Pac. Fenix pushes Fletcher but Fletcher pie faces him.

Fenix throws body shots but Fletcher doesn’t flinch. Fletcher eggs Fenix on, pie faces him more, but Fenix shoves him. Fletcher scoop SLAMS Fenix, then scowls. Fletcher drags Fenix up and tags in Davis. They keep Fenix from Death Triangle, wrench both arms, then pinball Fenix between forearms! Fenix ducks the double shot and Aussie Open clash elbows! Aussie Open hurries to try again, but Fenix ducks again! And this time is even harder! Fenix CHOPS Fletcher, CHOPS Davis, repeat! Fenix knuckle locks with both of them, kicks Fletcher then kicks Davis, then goes up and up and DOUBLE FLYING ARM-DRAGS!

Hot tag to Penta! Penta goes up top, for a DOUBLE CROSSBODY! Penta SLINGBLADES Davis! He SLINGBLADES Fletcher! Penta wheelbarrows with Davis to victory roll and CRUCIFIX DRIVER Fletcher!! Penta then stalks Davis, to SOBAT and reel him in! “CERO! MIEDO!” Penta tucks but Davis fights out to ROCK Penta! Penta SUPERKICKS back! Ospreay rushes in, Penta whips him, but Ospreay handsprings to NEURALIZER! Penta staggers into Davis’ fireman’s carry, and Fletcher is back! POP-UP KICK! Penta wobbles, Fletcher goes up top, and Davis scoops Penta, FLYING CUTTER! Cover, Fenix breaks it in time!

Ospreay storms in, TOSSES Fenix out, and AEW goes picture in picture again. Ospreay goes out after Fenix while Fletcher RAMS Penta into railing! Best Friends are right there so Fletcher taunts them, and Ospreay CHOPS Fenix into the front row! In the ring, Davis rains down fists on Penta then CHOKES him! The ref reprimands, Davis lets off, and then he drags Penta over to the Empire’s corner. Davis tags Ospreay in, Ospreay BOOTS Penta, then BOOTS him again! Ospreay reels Penta in for an ELBOW and Penta goes down! Ospreay stands on Penta’s head, the ref counts, and Ospreay lets off to soak up the heat.

Ospreay sits Penta up to go after the mask! The ref reprimands but Ospreay almost has the mask off! The ref counts, Ospreay lets off and argues with him. Ospreay drags Penta back up, bumps him off buckles, then soaks up more heat. Ospreay stands Penta up to DECK him! Ospreay drags Penta up, kicks low, and suplexes. Ospreay holds Penta up for a few seconds before the SLAM! Cover, TWO! Penta sits up and eggs Ospreay on! Fans rally, Ospreay stands Penta up and they go forehead to forehead. Penta tells Ospreay to listen: “CERO! MIEDO!” Ospreay ROCKS Penta, Penta ROCKS Ospreay! Ospreay ROCKS Penta again, so Penta ROCKS Ospreay again!

Penta eggs Ospreay on and Ospreay ROCKS him! Penta wobbles but he ROCKS Ospreay back! Ospreay winds up, but he pokes Penta in the eye! Aussie Open applauds and Ospreay whips Penta into an open corner. Penta SUPERKICKS Ospreay back as Dynamite returns to single picture. Ospreay comes back but Penta tosses him up! Ospreay headstands on the corner, but Penta SUPERKICKS him down!! Ospreay flounders and Penta tags Pac! Pac shoulders into Ospreay, slingshots up and over to then DOUBLE SHOTGUN Aussie Open off the corner! Pac dodges Ospreay to SNAP GERMAN! Fans fire up as The Bastard scowls!

Pac stalks Ospreay, waistlocks and deadlifts Ospreay! Ospreay flails, gets the ropes, but Fenix tightrope walks to PENALTY KICK him! Pac finishes the GERMAN SUPLEX! Bridging cover, TWO!! Ospreay survives and Pac is annoyed. Pac lines up a shot from the far side, but Aussie Open drags him out! So the Lucha Brothers do the same to Ospreay! Aussie Open and the Lucha Brothers get in the ring and they brawl! Fans are thunderous but the ref reprimands. Aussie Open get the edge, and they suplex in stereo, only for both brothers to slip out! The Lucha Brothers shove Aussie Open at each other, then DOUBLE SUPERKICK!

The Lucha Brothers shout, “CERO! MIEDO!” But Aussie Open DOUBLE BOOT in return! Aussie Open shouts for the Empire, but Pac and Ospreay slip in to STEREO DOUBLE POISON RANA!! Fans are losing their minds as Kingpin and Bastard stare down! Ospreay and Pac soak it all up, and they get forehead to forehead! The forearms start flying as fans praise “A E DUB! A E DUB!” Ospreay gets the edge, but Pac SOBATS! And front kicks! And SOBATS again! Pac runs, into the Tiger Wall Kick and ENZIGURI! Ospreay runs, but into another SNAP GERMAN! But he’s right on his feet! Springboard, OSCUTTER!! But all six men are down as fans are electric!

A standing count starts and Ospreay stirs at 4 of 10. Pac stirs at 6, both men slowly sit up and Ospreay drags Pac up at 8. Ospreay wrenches an arm, and CHOPS Pac off his feet! Ospreay staggers around, drags Pac back up, and he bumps Pac off buckles. Ospreay hoists Pac up top, climbs up after him, but Pac slips out and crotches Ospreay on the ropes! Ospreay manages to get around, but Pac climbs up after him now! Pac brings Ospreay up, for a SUPER BRAINBUSTER!!! But Pac can’t make the cover! Fenix drags Fletcher up but Fletcher whips Fenix into railing! Cleveland is still loving this as AEW goes picture in picture one more time!

Penta rushes in to SUPERKICK Fletcher down! Davis BOOTS Penta! Fenix BOOTS Davis! All four of them are down on the outside while Ospreay crawls to a corner. Fenix roars as he gets back up, but Davis runs in to CLOBBER Pac! Davis rains down forearms, but Fenix gets in to protest. The ref reprimands Fenix and reprimands Davis and they both bail out. Ospreay stands up, he wobbles over to Pac and brings him up to HEADBUTT him back down! Pac flounders against ropes as fans rally, and Ospreay brings him up to scoop for the SPIN-OUT BACKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! Ospreay roars in frustration, but then Aussie Open attacks Death Triangle’s corner!

Davis sends Penta into railing while Fletcher suplexes Fenix for a BRAINBUSTER to the floor! Ospreay puts Pac up top again, ROCKS him, then climbs up after him. Pac throws body shots and forearms, but Ospreay eggs him on! Pac fires off more forearms, but Ospreay fires off more HEADBUTTS! Ospreay stands on the very top, but Pac shoves him down!! Ospreay crashes into the drop zone and Pac adjusts! Pac stands, but Ospreay trips him up! A receipt for earlier! Ospreay climbs up and cravats Pac! Pac resists but Ospreay drags him onto his shoulder! Ospreay stands but Pac fights off whatever this is! Fenix runs in to go up and JUMP SOBAT Ospreay!

Ospreay wobbles, Fenix climbs up after him, but Ospreay fights him off! Fenix gets crotched as Dynamite returns to single picture one more time! Fenix GAMANGIRIS Ospreay! Fenix climbs up again, Ospreay throws body shots, but Fenix still SUPER STEINERS! OSPREAY LANDS ON HIS FEET!! Fans lose their minds all over again, but Fenix somersault CUTTERS! Penta gets in, builds speed, and he FLIES onto Davis! Fenix goes up to TORNILLO onto Fletcher! Pac stands up, he has Ospreay in the drop zone! BLACK ARROW!!! But onto Ospreay’s knees!!! Cradle, TWO!?!? Ospreay hurries to get Pac up and hook him! STORMBREAK- RANA!!! Pac covers, TWO!?!?!

Tag to Fenix, he springboards but Davis CLOBBERS him outta the sky!! Penta SUPERKICKS Davis, Fletcher SUPERKICKS Penta! Penta comes back, uses Davis as a step, DESTROYER for Fletcher!! Ospreay staggers up, looks for Pac and finds him in a corner. Fans are electric all over again, and Pac elbows Ospreay away! Pac goes up, for a QUEBRADA TORNADO DDT!! Ospreay is down again, Pac goes up top again, and fans are fired up! But Fletcher drags Ospreay out of the drop zone! Pac is pissed, but he just adjusts where he is on the corner, to be on the post itself! SUPER ARIHARA MOONSAULT!!

Fans are thunderous as Pac takes out Ospreay and Fletcher, but then Pac is spooked by the box headed Kip Sabian! Pac tells Kip to stop stalking him already. Pac snatches the box away, and it’s NOT Kip!? It’s some young guy with a big black eye and duct tape on his mouth, who wants Pac to show mercy! But then WHAM! The REAL Kip Sabian attacks Pac from behind! Kip drapes Pac on the railing, MAGIC SCREW!! Mr. Superbad is back, and he just screwed The Bastard over! And the ref missed all of it while tending to Fenix! Davis rushes in to CLOBBER Fenix! Then Davis keeps moving to clothesline in the corner, and then LARIAT Fenix inside-out!

Fletcher returns to SHOTGUN Penta! Ospreay gets in and the Empire is all fired up! Ospreay turns Fenix, Aussie Open double wrench the arms, and this time, TRIPLE FOREARMS!! Aussie Open drags Fenix back up, hold him up with the double pump handles, and Ospreay springboards! OS-COREALIS!!! Cover, the Empire wins!!

Winners: The United Empire, by pinfall (advance to the semifinals)

What a shocker! Just as Death Triangle had this one, Ospreay & Aussie Open turn it all around! Maybe it’s a bracket buster for some, but the Kingpin and his soldiers stand tall!

WAIT! Kenny Omega & The Young Bucks are here!! Fans go wild for THE ELITE! Omega & The Bucks are set to take on the United Empire next week, but Ospreay is daring Omega to get in the ring NOW! Fletcher & Davis stand down, but the Bucks still aren’t sure. Omega says it’ll be fine and starts heading down the ramp, only for Don Callis to stop him! Callis desperately wants Omega to wait, for both his health’s sake and for the big money showdown. Who wins this amazing dream match that’s going down in the Trios Tournament?


My Thoughts:

A great episode of Dynamite here tonight, and definitely a wild one. First, not having the world title match be the main event foreshadowed shenanigans, but I could not have guessed it would go that way. I suppose it’s clever that they used Punk’s bad foot that way, but wow, I did not expect it to become a squash! Moxley had a great promo after, but then, are we setting up a PPV match in just the go-home episode next week? That’s a bit wild. Then in a more unfortunate twist, the current injury curse strikes again as Thunder Rosa is hurt. But we’re getting quite the interim championship match. Britt has a great match with KiLynn, and of course we have a brief brawl of the four contenders.

Because this is an interim championship match, it could go any which way, but I feel like Hayter’s there to take the pin. It’d be great if Toni Storm took the win here, but there’s a chance Britt wins this and then Toni chases her going into Full Gear. Rampage has a lot of stuff this week, and I would think Jade Cargill’s going to talk trash on Athena to set up their title match. Wardlow VS Nemeth for the TNT Championship will surely go Wardlow’s way, but there will be shenanigans after to add to the coming trios match. Dax VS Lethal was an awesome match, and Sonjay of course introduces the swerve. Lethal & Motor City Machine Guns VS The Pinnacle is going to be awesome, and I bet this sets up FTR VS MCMG for the ROH World Tag Team Championships.

We got an awesome promo from Starks to hype up his match with Hobbs, he showed great emotion. That one could be a show stealer. We also got a very good promo from Christian Cage to make his match with Jungle Boy official. We got a very good match out of Billy VS Colten, especially with the overbooking of Stokely and Austin attacking The Acclaimed. Of course the Sons of a Gunn join Stokely’s stable, I feel like All Out will be where that faction officially debuts. They might even attack during Swerve In Our Glory VS The Acclaimed for the tag titles. Good promo from those teams, that match is going to be great stuff, but one way or another, I don’t see Keith & Swerve losing just yet.

Great opening promo segment with Jericho, Garcia and Bryan. Garcia is doing great in showing emotional conflict, and of course we’re getting Jericho VS Bryan at All Out now. Garcia might get involved in that, and that will be where he shows his true colors. Personally, hoping he swerves Jericho and joins BCC but I have a bad feeling he’ll swerve Bryan and stay JAS. And we got a great promo from Pac and Ospreay to hype up that amazing main event! As I’ve said this whole time, I thought we were getting Death Triangle VS La Faccion Ingobernable to then lead us to Death Triangle VS Best Friends, but hell, The Elite VS The United Empire is too good to pass up. I’m pretty sure The Elite wins, and they have a very good chance of being the inaugural Trios Champions.

My Score: 8.8/10


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Mitchell’s AEW Rampage Results & Report! (11/25/22)

It’s a special Black Friday Rampage!

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Rampage Coverage 2022

FTR is on a Rampage!

AEW Rampage is on at a special time for Black Friday, and talk about a deal! Will FTR still be ROH World Tag Team Champions after facing Top Flight? Or will be Dante & Darius Martin be the new #TopGuys?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • ROH World Tag Team Championships: FTR VS Top Flight; FTR wins and retains the titles.
  • Darby Allin w/ Sting VS Anthony Henry w/ JD Drake; Darby wins.
  • Hikaru Shida VS Queen Aminata; Shida wins.
  • Six Man Tag: The Dark Order VS Rush, The Butcher & The Blade; Rush, Butcher & Blade win.

PLAY BY PLAY

ROH World Tag Team Championships: FTR VS Top Flight!

Cash Wheeler & Dax Harwood are still THREE BELT CHAMPIONS, and have been itching for a challenge. Darius & Dante Martin have stepped up based on the mutual respect these two teams have for each other. But who will be the real top guys around here after today?

The introductions are made, the belts are raised, and there’s a golden deal on this Black Friday!

Dax starts with Darius and they circle. They tie up, break, and go again. Darius arm-drags Dax and stares him down. Fans rally up, Dax keeps cool and he circles with Darius again. They tie up, Dax headlocks but Darius powers out. Dax runs Darius over, scoops and SLAMS him, but Darius kangaroo kicks back. Darius arm-drags Dax, but Dax headscissors! Darius kips free and wags his finger as fans fire up. Dax still stays cool and circles with Darius again. They tie up, Darius headlocks but Dax powers out. Darius runs Dax over, covers, ONE! Darius runs Dax over again, covers, ONE! Dax CLOBBERS Darius and fans fire up.

Dax drops a leg, pushes Darius to a cover, TWO! Tag to Cash, FTR DOUBLE HEADBUTT Darius! Cash EuroUppers Darius, CHOPS him against the ropes, and brings Darius around to whip and scoop. Darius slips off to arm-drag! Tag to Dante, Top Flight go after the arm with a wrench and a kick. Cash swings, Dante ducks but Cash comes back with the elbow! Cash ROCKS Dante then CHOPS and HEADBUTTS him! Cash headlocks but Dante powers out. Cash runs Dante over, things speed up, and Cash whips the back drop away. Dante ducks, Darius tags, Dante blocks a hip toss but Cash blocks one back.

Dante throws a body shot, goes up and over Cash and then shoves him into a GAMANGIRI! Top Flight double whip, duck and hurdle, then body shot, front kick and LEG SWEEP DDT COMBO! Darius covers, ONE!! Cash is tough but Dax was there, too. Darius tells Dax to back off and then he goes back for Cash. But Cash whips Darius to RAM him at the corner! Cash pushes Darius to the corner, tags Dax, and Dax CHOPS Darius down! Fans rally and duel, Dax drags Darius up to EuroUpper! Dax snarls, he drags Darius up, but Darius CHOPS back! Dax CHOPS, Darius CHOPS, Dax DECKS Darius! And then DECKS Dante!

Dax tags Cash, FTR double whip but Darius sunset flips! Dax keeps Cash up but Dante springboards in, MISSILE DROPKICK for Dax! Darius finishes the sunset while Dante covers Dax, TWO! FTR pop up both brothers but Top Flight both RANA free, to covers! TWO!! Dante BOOTS Dax down, Darius mule kicks Cash! TORNADO DDT and a tag! Dante goes up but Dax gets Cash outta there! Fans fire up and Dante hops down to go out and ROCK Cash! AEW goes picture in picture as Dante puts Cash in.

Dax goes after Dante! They brawl on the outside, Dante ROCKS Dax, but slides into stomps from Cash! Cash snapmares Dante to KICK him in the back! Cash EuroUppers Dante down, then drags him over. Tag to Dax, Dax stomps Dante then drags him up to back suplex! Cover, TWO! Dax keeps Dante from Darius and bumps him off buckles. Dax CHOPS Dante, but Dante turns things around to CHOP Dax! Dax turns it back around to CHOP Dante! Dante flops over and Dax drags him back up. Dax hits a back suplex but Dante lands on his feet! Dante CLOBBERS Dax, and again! Cash runs in but Dante CLOBBERS him!

Dante whips but Dax reverses, only for Dante to go up and out and GAMANGIRI! Rampage returns to single picture as Dante springboards and DOUBLE MISSILE DROPKICKS FTR! Fans fire up and Darius rushes in. The Martins have FTR in opposite corners and then whip them, but FTR reverse to send the Martins in. The brothers do-si-do, duck ‘n’ dodge, and DOUBLE DROPKICK! FTR regroups but the Martins clothesline them both up and out! Fans fire up as Dante holds the ropes for Darius to DIVE! Then Dante comes back to go up and FLY! Dante doesn’t have the best takeoff but he still take FTR down!

Darius puts Cash in, Dante goes back up top to CROSSBODY! Cover, TWO!! Dax survives that aerial assault but Dante tags Darius. Dax fights them back with forearms and CHOPS! Darius kicks but Dax DECKS him! Dante PELES Dax, but all three men are down! Dax hurries over to his corner, Dante runs in. Dax puts Dante on the apron and Cash tags in. Dante fights off FTR with haymaker and elbows, then HEADBUTTS Cash while jumping in! Dante drags Cash up, but Dax hops up behind Dante! Dante elbows Dax away, drags Cash back up, but Cash throws Dante to Dax’s Electric Chair! SLINGSHOT BOMB, and then a DIVING SPLASH from Cash! Cover, Darius breaks it!!

Fans fire up as all four men are down! Dax snarls and brings Darius up. He ducks a kick, jumps a sweep and ROCKS Darius! Darius ROUNDHOUSES, whips, but Dax reverses to wrench and short arm LARIAT! Dax hurries to his corner, tags in, and FTR drags Dante up. FTR double whip Dante, but Darius breaks up Big Rig! Dante sunset flips but Dax rolls through! Dax swings on Darius but misses, and Darius shoves Dax into another sunset flip! With bridge! TWO!! Top Flight is frustrated as Dax escapes, and they throw forearms on Dax! Dante gives Darius the boost, TORNADO DDT! Dante goes up, SPLASH! Cover, Cash barrels in to break it!!

Fans are thunderous as all four men are down again! Chicago is dueling as the teams regroup. Darius SOBATS Cash but Cash JABS, JABS, JABS! Darius bobs ‘n’ weaves but Cash dodges to UPPERCUT! Darius rebounds to whip and SPANISH FLY! But Dante deadlifts to a BRAINBUSTER! And then he deadlifts Dante, but Dante slips out to hop up, victory roll! TWO!! Dax scoops, Dante makes it a cradle! TWO! Wheelbarrow cradle, TWO!! Dante hops up, but Dax throws him away! Dax waistlocks, Dante switches, Cash tags! O’Conner Roll, but Dax sends Dante into an alley-oop! Dante lands safe on the ropes to BOOT Cash!

Dante adjusts, springboards, but FTR get under the Nosedive! BIG RIG!!! Cover, FTR wins!!

Winners: FTR, by pinfall (still ROH World Tag Team Champions)

Cash & Dax are still the best tag team in the world! But wait, Austin & Colten Gunn come out to mockingly praise the champs. Will the Ass Boys get their turn at the titles come ROH Final Battle?

 

“Powerhouse” Will Hobbs speaks.

He’s back home in Oakland, California as he says, “When you open up the Book of Hobbs, you look death in the face. And you read word-for-word, and look in my eyes, you believe the good word. This is life. A life you know nothing about. A life you want nothing a part of. So whatever higher being you believe in, I want you to look up in the sky, I want you to look down low. Just like everyone has taken everything that’s meant something to me, I’m taking everything that means something to you.” Who will Hobbs take from first to be back where he wants to be?

 

Chris Jericho is here!

The Wizard is still Le Champion! After a brutal and bloody battle with Tomohiro Ishii, Jericho is still #THEOCHO! The rest of the Jericho Appreciation Society walks out with him while Chicago sings Judas for them. Jericho and Garcia chest bump just to show that the bloody spot on Jericho’s chest doesn’t bother him. Angelo Parker starts by telling Chicago to pipe down because Cool Hand Ange has something to say: “ALL HONOR THE OCHO~!” Fans are  bit torn on that but it’s the truth. Jericho says, “Is there any doubt that I am the greatest ROH champion of all time? Any doubt?” Fans are again torn.

Jericho says he’s beaten everyone thrown in his way, including in one of the greatest matches in Dynamite history against Tomohiro Ishii! Fans do agree with that a bit. “I’ve bled for this title, I have sweat for this title, I have earned this title. I am The Ocho. And not even Claudio Castagnoli can come out on the stage and give me a cheap shot, not even that’s gonna slow me down!” So the question to everyone is: who will uncrown the king of ROH? The fans? That four-eyes in the fifth row? But wait, here comes Claudio! Jericho’s jaw starts feeling sore again as Claudio says, “Chris, you asked if there’s any doubt that you are the greatest ROH champion. Well, there is no doubt in my mind that you are not.

“I know that I can beat you. I beat you twice! The problem is, I started doubting myself when I couldn’t beat you when it counts. And to me, the most important thing is believing in yourself. When I came here, I wanted to be the best professional wrestler I can be. And I know I am the best professional wrestler when I don’t doubt myself. So to me, I don’t just need to beat you for this ROH World Champion, I have to beat you!” Jericho says, “Okay, you have to beat me. Maybe you should be more worried about the Blackpool Combat Club since they’re falling apart at the seams, Claudio.”

Claudio says that is a problem. He cannot focus on anything else. He hasn’t slept since Saturday and losing to Jericho. Claudio can’t sleep, focus, can barely talk. It all bothers him. He NEEDS a shot at the ROH World Championship. So he wants another shot at Jericho’s title? Should Jericho give Claudio a shot? Chicago seems to think so! Jericho tells Claudio, “You want it? Forget it.” Fans boo and the JAS laughs. Claudio sighs as Jericho says there is nothing Claudio has to offer Jericho. But then Matt Menard says maybe there is something he can offer.

“Daddy Magic has an idea! Claudio, you’re a hell of a professional wrestler. But let’s not forget there was a time when you were a fantastic sports entertainer. I think you would make an excellent addition to the Jericho Appreciation Society. How about that, Chris?” Jericho likes how Daddy Magic thinks! He’s making Jericho’s nipples hard. Jericho tells Claudio that despite the fact Claudio sucker punched him, Jericho will give Claudio that one more chance. BUT if Claudio loses, and he will lose, he will join the JAS! Claudio considers that challenge.

“You’re right. I was a great sports entertainer. And I still am a great sports entertainer. And I would be a tremendous asset to the Jericho Appreciation Society. But I know deep in my heart, despite all my doubts, and I have a feeling you know as well, I’m an even better professional wrestler! Look in my eyes, Chris. Come Final Battle, I will throw you around like a little kid, and I will beat you for that ROH World Championship! I’ll bring honor back to this title, and I will be the NEW ROH World Champion!” Fans like the sound of that! But will December 10th be Claudio’s final battle as a pro-wrestler?

 

Backstage interview with Toni Storm.

Renee Paquette sits with the former champion, and knows she and Hayter had an amazing match at Full Gear. Unfortunately, Toni did lose the title. But Renee wants to talk about how Hayter won. Toni says deep down, she’s actually proud. She always knew Hayter could do it, and at Full Gear, they tore the house down. And they got to see just how tough Hayter is. But we didn’t see Jamie Hayter beat Toni Storm, she needed Britt & Rebel again. And if Hayter can look in the mirror and be cool with that, fine. But Toni could never do that. And that’s the difference between them.

Renee steers things to the news from Dynamite that there is no more “interim” and even Toni’s reign counts as a true world title reign, what is her reaction? Well just look at Toni’s face. She never saw the title as “interim.” She went out there, week after week, holding onto the title as if it was always official, because that is what this division deserves. Then with all of these things, what’s next? Toni broke her face losing the belt, she’ll break it again to get it back. When will the Lightning From Down Under strike back against the Hayter?

 

Darby Allin w/ Sting VS Anthony Henry w/ JD Drake!

The Relentless Icons won another big PPV tag match, but they’re not slowing down here! Will Darby get back on the singles track against one half of the Workhorsemen?

The bell rings and Darby stares Henry down. Fans rally for Darby, he and Henry slowly circle. They tie up, are in a deadlock, but Henry arm-drags. Darby holds on, fight sup, and arm-drags back. They’re still locked up collar ‘n’ elbow, and Henry fights back up. Darby gets around to a waistlock, Henry switches but Darby switches back. Henry snapmares and KICKS but Darby just smiles. Henry snapmares again and KICKS again, but Darby just stands up. Henry snapmares but Darby cradles, TWO!! Henry knees low and snarls. Henry whips but Darby sunset flips! Henry stays up, drags Darby up in a deadlift suplex, but Darby gest to the apron!

Henry ROCKS Darby, runs, but Darby goes up and over! Darby comes back to DIVE into JD! Scrap Metal takes the hit for the Saint, and Darby gets in. Things speed up, Henry fireman’s carries to HOTSHOT Darby! Henry goes out, SPITS at Darby, then APRON STO’s Darby down! Henry taunts the fans while AEW goes picture in picture.

Henry drags Darby around and CLUBS him on the back. Henry whips Darby hard into railing! Darby drops to his knees and Henry kicks him down. Henry drags Darby back up, puts him in the ring, and watches Sting as he gets back in. Henry paces around while soaking up heat, and then he gives Darby a NECK TWIST! He even holds on after as he falls! Henry KICKS Darby around, wraps him up in a straitjacket stretch, but Darby endures. Darby fights up, knees low and throws body shots. Henry shoves, Darby ducks the kick to fire off palm strikes and a HEADBUTT! Darby hops on but Henry shrugs the Yoshi-tonic off!

Henry waistlocks to GERMAN SUPLEX, but Darby lands on his feet! Darby ducks ‘n’ dodges to COFFIN- GERMAN SUPLEX! Cover, TWO!! Henry is seething but he stalks Darby to a corner. Sting coaches Darby up but Henry whips Darby corner to corner hard! Darby falls in a heap, Henry pats himself on the back. Henry mocks the fans booing him, and he drags Darby up to whip the other way. Darby hits buckles hard again and Rampage goes to break.

Rampage returns and Henry has Darby in a Tree of Woe! Henry KICKS away on Darby’s chest, the ref counts, but Henry lets off at 4. Henry soaks up more heat, then runs in to HESITATION DROPKICK! Henry sits Darby up, and then hits a DRAPING NECKBREAKER! Cover, TWO!! Darby survives and Henry is losing his cool. Henry goes to the corner and climbs up. Darby moves and the King Kong Knee hits mat! Darby runs in to CODE RED! Cover, TWO! Henry survives and slides out of the ring. JD helps Henry around the way but Darby rushes over. Darby puts Henry in, but then Henry distracts the ref so JD can pop-up and CLOBBER Darby!

JD drags Darby back up and puts him in for Henry, but here comes Sting! Henry covers, TWO!! JD turns around, Sting CLOBBERS him! Sting whips JD into railing! Henry is furious at Sting, but he hoists Darby up top. Henry climbs up after Darby and says this is for Sting! SUPERPLEX! And then a roll through to a suplex, but Darby turns it into a SCORPION DEATHDROP! Fans fire up and Darby roars! Darby goes to the corner, he climbs up top, and COFFIN DROPS!! Cover, Darby wins!

Winner: Darby Allin, by pinfall

Relentless as always, it’s another big win for Darby! Sting joins Darby in the ring to check on him, will they both be rolling to the top of the ranks?

 

Backstage interview with Athena.

Lexi Nair notes that The Fallen Goddess is back from suspension, and Athena asks why was she suspended! “We have this big ass TV, a billionaire boss, modern technology, but yet no footage. What am I supposed to do? I got docked a week’s pay, I’ve been suspended, what else do you need from me?” Maybe an apology to referee, Aubrey Edwards? Oh! A public apology! Well, sorry. Oh, then she’ll be reinstated for Monday. Good, dismissed. Athena scares Lexi off, and then talks to the camera. “I was wondering how long it was going to take you to show up, Mercedes. I beat trash bag wrestler after trash bag wrestler after trash bag wrestler, and finally you show up!

“So when are you gonna put the ROH Women’s Championship on the line? Cuz I’m waiting, and I’m game.” The Fallen Goddess is aiming for the OG Badass, but will she be the one shot down?

 

Hikaru Shida VS Queen Aminata!

Speaking of returns, The Full Metal Warrior is back in action, and she is surely wanting after more gold! She is still International Ribbon Tag Team Champion and Regina de Wave Champion, but will she find her way back to THE AEW Women’s World Championship?

Wait, before the match begins, The Bunny and Penelope Ford frolic their way out here. What do they have with Shida? Aminata just CLOBBERS her from behind in the distraction! The bell rings, Aminata bumps Shida off buckles, then puts her through the ropes. Aminata goes to the apron to BOOT WASH Shida into the post! Shida flounders, Aminata drags her up and around to Alabama Lift into the- NO, Shida sunset flips and jackknife bridges, TWO!! Aminata escapes, kicks low, and she runs, but Shida follows! Aminata redirects herself but Shida DECKS her! And then FALCONW ARROW!

Shida roars and fans fire up! Shida aims, for the KATANA!! Cover, Shida wins!

Winner: Hikaru Shida, by pinfall

The warrior deals with the queen, but what about the Superbad Girls? They back down for now, but will they pounce on their prey soon enough?

 

Mark Henry interviews tonight’s main eventers!

Well, more like this afternoon’s. But the World’s Strongest Man says it was a tag match originally, but was promoted to a Trios Match given the history between LFI and Dark Order. But uh, where’s Preston Vance? John Silver says they really have no idea. Evil Uno is searching, but Alex Reynolds promises Number Ten will be here. The LFI have been annoying the crap out of them for months, so this ends here! But Braxton “The Blade” Sutter says, “Nah nah nah nah! Listen, newsflash, slick! It doesn’t matter if Ten shows up, Fourteen, 26, 37! All we know is the three of us are here to kick ass!”

And Andy “The Butcher” Williams says Blade ain’t lying, there WILL be an ass-kicking party tonight! The only ones invited are The Dark Order! Rush says he is sick and tired of talking, he wants to fight! He is ready to fight! He NEEDS to fight! “Let’s go, perros!” Then there’s been enough talk. It’s time for the main event! Will El Toro, Butcher & Blade be satisfied with just Three & Four? Or will Vance come through and back up his friends?

 

Backstage interview with FTR.

Lexi Nair congratulates them on their title defense, adding to their amazing year. Dax says yes, it has been a great year. But please, let him and Cash handle it from here. Dax says, “What a great ’22 it’s been. I’m told I’ve got 30 seconds. What a great ’22 it’s been, and this is my best friend in the world and I love him more than anybody else, aside from maybe my family. And we have a great legacy as a tag team, but 2022 has done something for me that no other year has done. It has allowed me to etch my name with the greatest wrestlers in the world, so right now, I gotta shoot my shot before the year is done, okay?

“I am challenging for Wednesday night, I challenge the best wrestler in the world. What do you say, Bryan Danielson, huh? Me and you, Wednesday night. Top Guys, out.” This match is NOW official! Will Dax the Ax slay the American Dragon?

 

Six Man Tag: The Dark Order VS Rush, The Butcher & The Blade w/ LFI!

Preston Vance may be Number Ten, but he’s been the number one prospect for La Faccion Ingobernable. But he’s also been resisting their offers because of loyalties to the Dark Order. Will he come through for Alex Reynolds & John Silver? Or will El Toro Blanco and his mercenaries make him pay for being so stubborn?

As the Dark Order make their entrance, there is no Number Ten, so this looks to be 3v2. The bell rings, and the brawl is on 3v2! Silver gets mugged and thrown out but Reynolds takes it to Blade! Rush ROCKS Silver, he and Butcher whip Silver into railing! Blade whips Reynolds but Reynolds dodges in the corner to elbow smash! Reynolds keeps moving, FLYING ELBOW and a BOOT! Fans fire up but Butcher anchors Reynolds. Blade CLOBBERS Reynolds, drags him up and puts him in the corner. Blade CHOPS, Rush pulls Reynolds’ hair, and Butcher tags in. They mug Reynolds with a DOUBLE HEADBUTT!

Butcher drags Reynolds up to COHP him back down! Tag back to Blade, Reynolds throws body shots but Blade suplexes him. Reynolds knees free, shoves Blade into Butcher, and he scrambles to tag Silver! Johnny Hungy dodges the mercs to DECK Rush! Silver ROUNDHOUSES Butcher, FLAPJACKS Blade, then runs! Silver ducks ‘n’ dodges to CLOBBER Butcher! And then he OLYMPIC SLAMS Blade! Fans fire up with the Meat Man, and he runs to DIVE onto Butcher! But Butcher catches him and feeds him to Rush’s HAYMAKER! LFI drags Silver up to put in the ring as AEW goes picture in picture.

Blade rains down fists, then he tags in Butcher. Butcher stomps Silver, drags him up, and then throws him out! Rush has the spare cables to LASH Silver! And then CHOKE him! The ref is busy keeping Reynolds back and Rush gets away with choking Silver! Rush drags Silver up and CHOPS him, the ref reprimands that, so Rush puts Silver in. Butcher bumps Silver off buckles, CHOPS him more, then stalks him as he crawls on the mat. Butcher brings Silver over, tags in Blade, and the mercs mug Silver. Blade stands Silver up to ROCK him with a right but Silver throws body shots! Silver THROWS Blade out!

Silver crawls but Rush storms in to kick him down. Rush kicks Silver but Silver BOOTS Rush! But Blade trips Reynolds off the apron! Blade hurries away and Butcher CLOBBERS Reynolds! Blade puts Silver in the corner, Rush runs to jump and BOOT! Rush tranquilos while the ref reprimands them all. Blade drags Silver up to KICK him in the back. Blade clamps on a chinlock and he grinds Silver down. Silver endures, fights up, and throws body shots over and over! Silver then KICKS and KICKS and ROCKS Blade! Silver runs, but Blade CLOBBERS him! Tag to Butcher and Butcher drags Silver up to CHOP back down!

Butcher stalks Silver to ropes, drags him back up, and CLUBS him back down. Butcher CHOKES Silver on ropes, and Rush tranquilos while digging his boot in! The ref reprimands them both, Butcher lets off and Rush shrugs. Rampage returns to single picture and Blade tags in. The mercs drag Silver up, fireman’s carry and TOSS, but Silver blocks the kick! Silver spins Blade, SUPERKICKS Butcher, then gets around Blade to STANDING SLICED BREAD! Fans fire up for Silver as he crawls over, but Rush CLOBBERS Reynolds! Fans boo but Rush looms over Silver. Rush kicks Silver around, stomps him, but lets off to argue with the ref.

Bunny talks trash on Silver but here come Uno, Negative One and… YES, NUMBER TEN!! Vance runs to the ring, he gets right up in Rush’s face, and… He CLOBBERS Silver!! Fans boo as Vance is no longer loyal to Dark Order! The mercs hold Uno back, Rush hits BULL’S HORNS on Silver!! Cover, LFI win!! Then Uno is sent hard into the steps! Reynolds rushes in at Vance but Rush CLOBBERS him first! Feed to the DISCUS!! Negative One can’t believe it! His best friend uses his father’s move in this betrayal! Vance flips off Chicago, and Rush drags Uno into the ring. Uno pleads with Vance, but Vance stands him up, for a DISCUS!!

Fans are booing harder as Rush & Vance RIP UP Uno’s mask! They then bring a table to ringside! Reynolds is brought over, Vance and Rush drag him up on the apron, DOUBLE CHOKE SLAM through the table!! Chicago is thunderous with boos and jeers as Vance puts up the Ingobernable fist! Vance walks up the ramp, Negative One asks why, but Vance just throws the mask down at his feet! Number Ten is no more, Preston Vance has shown his true colors! Will this be a new era for LFI in AEW?


My Thoughts:

A great Rampage, especially for being on at a different time (blame NHL if you wanted this to be on later). FTR VS Top Flight was a great opener, but I figured FTR would win. Ass Boys/Gunn Sons showing up at the end was also a natural move, they’ve been slowly (perhaps too slowly) building to FTR VS Gunns for the ROH World Tag titles and Final Battle is definitely the place to do that. Hell, it’ll be even more obvious should Austin & Colten do something during Dax VS Bryan on Dynamite next week. And speaking of Final Battle, no offense to Claudio, it might’ve just been Chicago being rowdy, but that promo with Jericho wasn’t as crisp as it should’ve been. Jericho VS Claudio II with the stipulation of Claudio joining JAS if he loses is a nice move, and definitely makes it feel like either guy could win.

Great match from Darby VS Henry, but I’m surprised nothing really came of it. I suppose there’s a way to give us Relentless Icons VS Workhorsemen, even though I don’t know what that really does for Darby & Sting. Good promo from Toni Storm, and it was clear that she broke her nose with the puffy black eyes she had. Storm isn’t done with Hayter, clearly, but she’ll have to fight her way up to the front of the line. Ford & Bunny showing up during Shida’s match was an interesting tease, I’m just not sure at what. Perhaps Shida bringing her tag team partner, Ibuki Hoshi, to bring Ice Ribbon Wrestling into AEW’s family of partnerships?

And we got great stuff out of the main event. The Dark Order VS LFI in the main event seemed a bit odd, but it foreshadowed something big happening, so of course Vance turns and joins LFI. It is a shame that The Dark Order has fallen so far since the passing of Mr. Brodie Lee, but I suppose it was inevitable. Vance giving up his mask was obviously more symbolic than anything, as The Dark Order had moved away from everyone wearing masks, and it was really just Vance and Uno. Brodie Lee said to wear a mask, Vance was holding onto that for the memory, but now he doesn’t care because he’s been losing. Vance is going to be a strong addition to LFI, he can be their midcard guy while Rush is a top title guy, and this might be what Vance needs to get up to that level.

My Score: 8.6/10


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Mitchell’s AEW Dynamite Results & Report! (11/23/22)

Fallout from Full Gear!

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AEW Year 4

Who’s hungry for gold?

Full Gear was full of surprises, but Dynamite is bringing a feast for the eyes! Will Chris Jericho keep #THEOCHO alive against Stone Pitbull, Tomohiro Ishii?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • AEW All-Atlantic Championship: Orange Cassidy VS Jake Hager; Cassidy wins and retains the title.
  • AEW World Title Eliminator Finals: Ethan Page VS Ricky Starks; Starks wins and has an AEW World Championship match at Winter is Coming.
  • AEW World Trios Championships Best of Seven, Match 2: Death Triangle VS The Elite; Death Triangle wins and leads the series 2-0.
  • Triple Threat Tag: Britt Baker & Jamie Hayter w/ Rebel VS TayJay VS Willow Nightingale & Sky Blue; Britt & Hayter win.
  • ROH World Championship: Chris Jericho VS Tomohiro Ishii; Jericho wins and retains the title.

PLAY BY PLAY

William Regal is in the ring!

Fans boo as he says, “Ladies and gentlemen, would you like to hear from your new world champion, Mr. Friedman?” Fans cheer that! Well, we will hear from him, next week. Fans boo again. Regal says that Mr. Friedman has no time for such places as… Where are they again? Chicago? Oh… Fans chant, “We Want Punk!” but Regal says MJF is on the set of a major motion picture. Fans are surely all wondering, “What is the union between Mr. Friedman and myself?” Fans chant “F U REGAL!” and he just smirks. “So uncouth.” But Regal says he’ll tell us this: a number of weeks ago, Regal sent an email to MJF that we will not be privy to until next week when MJF explains everything.

So next week on Dynamite, the Devil Himself, your NEW AEW World Champion, Maxwell Jacob Friedman, will be here. But someone who is here now is MOXLEY! The former AEW World Champion goes to the ring from the crowd, staring the snarling Sir William Regal down. Fans tell Regal, “YOU F’D UP!” as Moxley gets ever closer. Moxley slowly steps into the ring, but then Bryan Danielson rushes out here! Bryan keeps Moxley from getting at Regal and fans boo! Moxley shoves Bryan but Bryan stands his ground between Moxley and Regal. Bryan gets the mic to say, “Hey! Hey! Hey, listen, Mox. Listen, listen. Hey!”

Bryan says he doesn’t know why Regal did that, and it was a bad thing, but they’ve all done bad things! Fans boo because this was really bad. But Bryan asks Moxley to please not go after Regal. Regal has a bad neck and two bleeds on his brain, Moxley can’t hurt Regal. Moxley stands down, but he is pacing with the bottled up anger. Fans still want Moxley to hit someone. Bryan SLAPS Moxley, and then he apologizes! Bryan then gets on his knees to BEG Moxley to listen! Bryan knows the fans are booing but the struggles that Moxley has dealt with, Bryan’s dad struggled with those same things. This is more than just wrestling.

Bryan says when his dad had those struggles, Bryan didn’t understand. There was only one person who could teach him how and that was Regal. Bryan wants Moxley to tune the fans out and listen to just him. Because of Regal, Bryan could understand his father’s struggles. And for the last ten years of his life before he passed, Bryan was there to love his father, because of Regal! Now just imagine, please, just try to imagine someone teaching Moxley’s daughter to love him in spite of his struggles. Fans call BS but Bryan asks Moxley to spare Regal for Bryan’s sake. Bryan loves Regal. Fans boo that, too.

Moxley sighs and leans against the ropes. Fans keep telling Moxley to go after Regal and Moxley can’t tune them out. Moxley glares at Regal but he looks at Bryan. He takes the mic, Bryan steps aside, and Moxley steps right up to Regal as he says, “Your Lordship… I only want one thing from you. I want you to run. Run far away, as far away as you can, and you never, EVER come back. Right now. Walk. And keep on walking.” Moxley drops the mic, that is his one and only warning. Regal steps out of the ring and fans tell him to GTFO. Regal leaves, being spared from the Maniac’s rage. Fans sing “NANA NA NA, HEY HEY HEY, good bye~!”

Moxley is still rather red, but this was the best he could do to show mercy to Regal. As for MJF, will Moxley hunt him down the moment he’s in an arena?

 

Backstage interview with Keith Lee.

Renee Paquette tells him the cameras are live, and says we all saw what happened at Full Gear. Where is Keith’s head at after this all came to a head? Keith sighs, but then Swerve steps in. Renee lets them talk in private, and Keith tells Swerve to choose his words wisely. Swerve takes off his sunglasses, Keith takes off his jacket. Swerve looks to the camera, and covers it up. “Let’s talk.” “Without that, huh? Okay.” Is the team formerly known as Swerve In Our Glory still a team at all? Or will they come to an understanding off camera?

 

AEW All-Atlantic Championship: Orange Cassidy w/ Best Friends VS Jake Hager w/ The Jericho Appreciation Society!

Freshly Squeezed is coming off a big Ten Man Tag win with his Best Friends, but now he’s back to being a fighting champion. Will Cassidy be able to hold onto the title? Or will Rock Hard Hager make everyone APPRECIATE him?

The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and we see if, uh… Whatever.

The bell rings, Cassidy steps to Hager, takes off the sunglasses and gives them to the ref. But Hager takes the glasses to put them on! They do go well with the bucket hat. Cassidy grabs for the hat but Hager won’t let him touch it. So Cassidy puts his hands in his pockets! Cassidy unleashes the “devastating” shin kicks! But Hager swings, only for Cassidy to dodge and SHOTGUN! And kip up! But Hager CLOBBERS Cassidy! Hager talks trash as Cassidy flounders to the corner. Hager storms up, whips corner to corner, but Cassidy tumbles up and out. Cassidy ducks the clothesline to bump Hager off buckles! The purple hat goes flying!

Fans fire up as Hager stares at the hat on the mat. Hager grabs Cassidy with both hands to throw him! Cassidy holds the ropes and he dumps Hager out! Cassidy then sees the hat, and he picks it up! Angelo Parker runs in, OLE as Cassidy baits him with the hat. Matthew Menard runs in, OLE again! Cassidy goes to put the hat but Daniel Garcia snatches it away! Fans boo and Cassidy frowns. Rocky Romero trips Garcia up! And Cassidy has the hat! He ROCKS Hager, DIVES, but Hager catches him! Hager POSTS Cassidy, to then FLAPJACK him on the apron! Parker puts the hat back on Hager! Hager says don’t touch his hat, and AEW goes picture in picture.

Hager flexes while Parker “kicks dirt” at Cassidy. Hager and Garcia secret handshake and then Hager drags Cassidy up. Hager puts Cassidy in the ring, drags him up, and wraps on a BEARHUG! Cassidy endures as Hager carries him around, and then Hager RAMS Cassidy into buckles! Cassidy throws elbows but Hager holds on. Cassidy grabs the hat! Hager thrashes Cassidy around for that! Cassidy drops the hat so Hager drops Cassidy. Hager puts the hat back on, then stalks Cassidy to a corner. Hager digs his knee in, the ref counts, so Hager switches to a boot. The ref still counts, Hager lets off, and both Menard and Parker talk trash at Cassidy.

Best Friends run Parker & Menard off, but Hager drags Cassidy up to put him through ropes. ROPE GUILLOTINE! Hager drags Cassidy away to a cover, TWO! Hager keeps cool and sits Cassidy up for a motorcycle stretch. Cassidy endures, fights up, and goes to put his hands in his pockets! Hager stops him, Cassidy keeps trying! They fight for control, but Hager lets Cassidy go to throw him down by his hair! The ref reprimands but Hager soaks up the heat. Hager kneels on Cassidy as Dynamite returns to single picture. Cassidy keeps his shoulders up so Hager kicks him around. Hager then whips Cassidy up and out, only for Cassidy to skin the cat!

Hager CLUBS Cassidy’s hand, KICKS the other, then ROCKS Cassidy! But Cassidy trust falls with Best Friends! They catch him and help him down. Hager runs in and BLASTS Best Friends! But Cassidy DIVES! Direct hit and Hager hits railing! Cassidy puts Hager in, the JAS go after Cassidy, so Cassidy springboard CANNONBALLS! Cassidy hurries up the corner, leaps at Hager, but Hager catches him again! Hager pops Cassidy around to a suplex, but STUN-DOG MILLIONAIRE hits! Cassidy runs, ducks ‘n’ dodges, tilt-o-whirl DDT on the hat! Cover, TWO! Hager is still in this but Cassidy crawls to the corner.

Fans rally up as Cassidy takes off the armband! Cassidy gives the lazy thumbs up, runs in at Hager, but Hager catches him for an URENAGE! Cover, TWO! Cassidy survives and Hager is furious! Hager puts the hat back on and he stomps away on Cassidy. Hager runs corner to corner, HAGER BOMB, but he blocks the boots! ANKLE LOCK!! Cassidy flails around and reaches out but Hager holds on. Cassidy rolls, kicks away but Hager still holds on. So Cassidy throws the hat! Hager ROCKS Cassidy and gets the hat back. ORANGE PUNCH!! Hager is still up so Cassidy victory rolls, Cassidy wins!!

Winner: Orange Cassidy, by pinfall (still AEW All-Atlantic Champion)

Hager’s obsession with his hat costs him, and the champion is still Freshly Squeezed! And of course, Best Friends GROUP- NO, The Factory’s music cuts off the hug! QT Marshall says after Full Gear, there’s a lot of unfinished business. It seems Cassidy has no problem giving out title shots one after another, so… Wait, QT’s mic dies on him. QT still rants as he storms up to the ring, but then the lights turn off! Eerie music plays, and when the lights come back up… JULIA HART is on stage! And she calls forth THE HOUSE OF BLACK!! They’re IN THE RING!! They attack Best Friends!!

The Factory are in shock, but they stay back as Buddy Matthews, Brody King & Malakai Black kick out Best Friends! Fans fire up and The Factory applauds, too. But then the House of Black goes after The Factory! Malakai BOOTS QT, Buddy & Brody BLAST Karter and Johnson! Comoroto gets in but Brody CLOBBERS him! The destruction continues on the outside as the House of Black goes after anyone and everyone they can get their hands on! Referees and presumably the AEW Dark card rush out, but they all get destroyed, too! Malakai tosses one pour soul OFF the ramp! Julia smiles and fans fire up as the House of Black stands tall.

But they’re not done, either! Buddy brings a security guard over, and with Brody, they get him up for the DANTE’S INFERNO on the stage!! Malakai gets a mic and says, “Members of the House of Black… Please rise.” Fans cheer this devastating return, who will the House of Black tear down next?

 

AEW share “Jungle Boy” Jack Perry’s thoughts from after his Steel Cage Match.

“That was my best friend in the entire world, and at the same time, he’s hurt me worse than almost anybody that I’ve ever met. But at the same time, it was also cathartic to be out there, because all that pain and resentment, it came out. As much as he’s put me through, and as much as I resented him and wanted to kill him, I felt in a way, that we again shared a moment that neither of us will ever forget, and I’m glad that I got to share it with him. And I’m glad I won. I kicked your ass.”

 

AEW World Title Eliminator Finals: Ethan Page w/ Stokely Hathaway VS Ricky Starks!

The tournament was meant to end at Full Gear, but things happen, and Absolute Ricky Starks couldn’t wrap things up until last Saturday. But now, he and All Ego battle for the chance at the AEW World Championship! Who will MJF be facing when Winter is Coming?

But as the introductions are being made, Stokely has the music stop. “Give it up for the future number one contender for the AEW World Championship, All Ego, Ethaaaaaaaan… PAAAAGE!” Fans boo and Ethan asks, “Oh, you guys don’t like that? You guys think Ricky Starks is gonna win tonight? Well, listen up! When Ricky Starks is in the middle of this ring crying after I beat his ass, all you Chicago babies can join in and cry like the losers you all are!” Fans boo, but then Starks makes his entrance! Fans cheer, but with as much tape as is on Starks, maybe Ethan has a point. The bell rings, fans rally for Ricky as he circles with Ethan.

Ethan and Starks feel things out, knuckle lock, but Ethan kicks him in the bad ribs. Ethan then lounges on the top rope to mock Starks. Starks and Ethan circle again, Starks waistlocks. Ethan wrenches out and hammerlocks, then he CLUBS Starks. Starks staggers away to a corner and Ethan talks trash. Ethan does jumping jacks to mock Starks, then he and Starks circle again. Starks kicks and CLUBS and CLUBS and CLUBS Ethan! Starks ROCKS Ethan to a corner, fires off hands from all sides, then rains down more fists! Fans fire up as the ref pulls Starks away! Ethan shakes out the cobwebs, and RAMS into the bad ribs!

Ethan bumps Starks off buckles, ROCKS him and follows him to the corner. Ethan ROCKS Starks, RAMS into him, then RAMS into him again! Ethan talks trash to the fans at home, but Starks CHOPS back! And CHOPS! And CHOPS! Starks whips corner to corner but Ethan reverses. Starks goes up but Ethan KICKS him out of the air! Stokely cheers and Ethan stomps away on Starks in the corner. The ref counts, Ethan lets off, and Starks staggers away. Ethan has Starks in another corner, KNEES him low, then brings him out. Ethan KNEES Starks low again, soaks up the heat, and fans continue to rally for Starks.

Ethan talks trash on Starks, runs the ropes, but Starks SPEARS Ethan! Fans fire up but both men are down as that took a lot out of Starks, too! Starks flops out of the ring, Ethan goes out after him. Ethan kicks Starks in the ribs, drags him up and RAMS him into railing! Ethan brings Starks along as AEW goes picture in picture.

Ethan RAMS Starks into steel steps! Starks falls back, clutching ribs and shoulder. Ethan soaks up the heat again while the ref checks on Starks. Starks is somehow okay to continue, so Ethan drags Starks up. Ethan DROPS Starks on the railing! Starks is stuck halfway into the front row, but Ethan drags him back. Ethan puts Starks in the ring, stomps him around, and he soaks up more heat as Starks winces from the pain. Ethan stomps Starks, drags him up, but Starks CHOPS! And CHOPS! And CHOPS again! Starks runs, but Ethan catches the crossbody to a BACKBREAKER! Ethan springboard STOMPS Starks in the ribs! And again!

Ethan digs his heel into Starks’ body but the ref counts. Ethan lets off, drags Starks back up, and reels Starks in to suplex high and hard! Starks crawls away to a corner while Ethan grins and flexes. Ethan swaggers over to Starks, brings him up, but Starks CHOPS and ROCKS Ethan! Dynamite returns to single picture as Starks throws shot after shot! Starks CHOPS again, Stokely is furious, but Starks ROCKS Ethan in the corner. Ethan ROCKS and CLUBS Starks back, then whips him to a corner. Starks reverses and Ethan hits buckles! Starks runs, Ethan ducks and kicks low. Ethan whips, Starks slips around and hits a TORNADO, but Ethan hangs Starks out to dry!

Starks flops to the apron but Ethan goes out to join him. Ethan drags Starks up, fireman’s carries, but Starks throws elbows! Starks gets in the ring, ROCKS Ethan with a forearm, and Ethan goes to the floor. Fans fire up as Starks builds speed! Starks DIVES, but Stokely saves Ethan! Starks crashes ‘n’ burns and shouts in pain! Ethan and Stokely high-five, but the ref EJECTS Stokely! Ethan and Stokely are furious but the fans love it! Ethan assures Stokely that he can handle this from here, and he drags Starks into the ring. The ref checks on Starks but he’s somehow okay. Ethan climbs, Starks gets up and ROCKS Ethan!

Starks climbs up but Ethan throws hands back. They brawl up top, Starks CLUBS Ethan then throws down fists. Ethan throws body shots back! Ethan scoops Starks but Starks throws elbows! Starks is on the ropes again as eh throws forearms. But Ethan ROCKS Starks, ROCKS him again, but Starks ROCKS Ethan back! Starks stands on the very top!? SUPERPLEX!! Both men are down and fans fire up! Starks crawls but Ethan sits up. Ethan kicks but Starks blocks to throw haymakers! Starks gets around to fire off more shots! Starks ROCKS Ethan, kicks him low, then whips him to ropes. Ethan reverses but Starks returns with a SWINGING NECKBREAKER!

Fans fire up and Starks pumps himself up! Starks drags Ethan up, uses the ropes, TORNADO DDT! Stack cover, TWO!! Ethan is still in this but Starks is too hurt to be frustrated. Starks throws off his elbow pads, drags Ethan back up, and he underhooks the arms! But Ethan RAMS Starks into the corner! And DECKS Starks with a forearm! RIPCORD POWERSLAM! Cover, TWO!! Starks survives but Ethan slashes his throat! Ethan roars and drags Starks back up to gut wrench. Starks slips off to schoolboy, TWO!! Ethan BOOTS Starks, ROUNDHOUSES, and then runs, but Starks dodges! SPEAR!!

Fans fire up as Starks fires up in a corner! ANOTHER SPEAR!! Cover, Starks wins!!

Winner: Ricky Starks, by pinfall (NEW #1 Contender to the AEW World Championship)

That was absolutely a gutsy performance! And now, in three weeks, Starks gets his shot at the champion, Maxwell Jacob Friedman! Will Starks make MJF look like a transitional champion? Or will MJF be better than Starks, and you know it?

 

Wardlow speaks.

“Waking up Sunday morning, the reality that I was no longer TNT Champion settled in. I was very angry. And I went back to see what exactly happened, because last thing I knew, I was powerbombing Hobbs multiple times, doing what I always do, finishing the symphony and win. Watched the video back, and I see now that it got interrupted by a belt shot to the back of my head. Samoa Joe, you are not the most dangerous man in the room. You are not the TNT Champion, I am. And this is Wardlow’s World.” Will Wardlow hunt down #TwoBeltsJoe and take his belt back?

 

AEW shares video of the “encounter” between Jade Cargill and Bow Wow.

The UNDEFEATED TBS Champion and her Baddies were celebrating her 42nd win and her regaining physical possession of the belt. However, them ushering people out of the way at the Millennium Tour red carpet got Bow Wow’s attention. Bow Wow had his security usher them out, which got Jade all heated.

Backstage interview with Jade Cargill & The Baddies.

Renee is with Jade, Kiera Hogan, Leila Grey, and the returning Red Velvet, and asks them all about what exactly happened with Jade and Bow Wow. No comment. No more clout for that “whack ass rapper.” But Jade is happy to finally have the belt back, with no help at all… Kiera and Leila look to the side while Velvet shrugs. But more importantly, Velvet IS back! And to celebrate, it’ll be a Baddie-bration next week in Indianapolis. Wait, why not tonight? Because been here, done that, whack town, moving on. As for Jade’s legal matters, Mark Sterling is back on retainer.

Smart Mark steps in and says, “As far as the Bow Wow situation is concerned, Jade Cargill’s official statement is, ‘No comment.'” Velvet likes that. Now, time to plan the party. They need balloons, champagne, cake, all green! The Baddies head out but Jade has Kiera stay back. Sterling has a document for her to sign? Kiera is agreeing to the assessment that she did not live up to her end of the deal, and as far as anyone is concerned, Kiera is NOT a Baddie. What?! Kiera gets kicked out just as Velvet comes back to the fold! What is Kiera to do now that she’s been kicked to the curb?

 

AEW World Trios Championships Best of Seven, Match 2: Death Triangle VS The Elite!

If you’re wondering when the first of this series started, it was at Full Gear. Rey Fenix gave in to the dastardly ways of The Bastard and used the bell hammer against Kenny Omega to secure the win, but that doesn’t sit well with Tony Khan. Will The Cleaner & Young Bucks correct another wrong done to them? Or will Fenix, Penta & Pac go up 2-0 already?

Chicago is chanting for “CM PUNK!” as The Elite make their entrance. Don Callis joins commentary again to put over the God of Wrestling, Kenny Omega. Pac has a face brace given the broken nose he suffered at Full Gear. The introductions are made, the belts are raised, and it’s time for round two! Omega steps right up to Fenix given the hammer shot, and he shoves Fenix! Fenix says it’s what the Elite would’ve done! Omega sighs, shakes Fenix’s hand, and then hits a V-TRIGGER! Penta and Pac rush in but they get intercepted by the Bucks! The Bucks stomp and throw them out, then they help Omega stomp Fenix.

Fans boo hard, but Matt WRECKS Penta with a dropkick! Nick DECKS Pac, and Omega drags Fenix up. The Bucks coordinate, they put one out on Penta and Pac, for DOUBLE APRON POWERBOMBS! Omega whips Fenix to SKY HIGH SPINEBUSTER! Cover, TWO! Matt whips Penta into railing, then whips him back the other way! Penta runs back at Matt to SLINGBLADE! Nick FLYING RANAS Penta! But Pac runs in to SHOTGUN Nick! Omega DECKS Pac from the apron, and fans boo as he sets up. The Terminator Drums still start, and the Bucks set up the Bastard. Omega says night night, runs, but Fenix SOMERSAULT CUTTERS!

Fenix goes up and up to TORNILLO onto everyone!! Chicago is thunderous, and even sing “OLE~ OLE OLE OLE~!” as Fenix puts Omega back in. Fenix drags Omega up, tags Pac in, snapmare and Penta gets in. They KICK, KICK and KICK, then TRIPLE BASEMENT DROPKICK! Fenix drags Omega into position, Penta runs to wheelbarrow, VICTORY SPLASH MOONSAULT COMBO! Pac covers, TWO! Pac goes to a corner, springboards, but Omega gets under! Omega waistlocks, Pac switches, Omega switches, Pac switches back, Omega elbows out hard! Pac falls, clutching his busted nose, and the ref has Omega back off.

Omega argues with the ref, but Nick PENALTY KICKS Pac! Matt BLASTS the Lucha Brothers! Matt goes up top now and ARIHARA MOONSAULTS! Direct hit on the Lucha Bros, and Nick puts Pac in for Omega. Nick does his best Macho Man while Omega looms over Pac. Omega drags Pac up, Pac ROCKS Omega with forearms! Pac fires off hands, Omega hits back, but Pac ROCKS Omega! Pac runs in but Omega BOOTS him away! Omega runs to KOTARO KRUSHER! Cover, TWO! Omega is annoyed but he tags Matt in. Matt swaggers and jogs around Pac, before dropping the fist! AEW goes picture in picture as Matt stalks Pac to a corner.

Matt stands Pac up to DECK him with a right! Matt drags Pac back up, Nick waves him over, and Matt bumps Pac off Nick’s boot. Nick tags in, stomps Pac around, then he taunts Fenix & Penta with Latino Heat. Nick drags Pac up, Omega and Matt put their feet up, and Nick bumps Pac off both boots! Nick SPITS at Fenix! The ref has to keep Fenix back, and Nick drags Pac up. Tag to Matt, Matt fires up and aims, to slingshot and… Fall on his butt. Maybe copying Hangman is harder than he thought. Nick CLUBS Pac down and stomps him! Matt says his ankle gave out! Seems he’s mocking a certain someone with that.

Matt drags Pac up, grins, and bumps Pac off Nick’s and Omega’s boots! Tag to Omega and Omega says they’re going to go another round! They get fans to count along “FOUR!” but Pac throws body shots! Omega CLUBS Pac, whips him in, but Pac reverses! Omega hits the Bucks’ boots! And then the Lucha Brothers CLOBBER the Bucks! Dynamite returns to single picture, Pac crawls to his corner, but Matt trips Penta off the apron! Omega storms up on Pac, drags him up, and Omega wrenches Pac’s arm, to BITE it! The ref counts, Omega lets off and argues with the ref again. Pac goes to ropes, Omega runs over, but Pac sidesteps to SNAP GERMAN!

Fans fire up while Pac and Omega are both down. Pac crawls, Omega sits up, hot tags to Penta and Matt! Penta CROSSBODIES the Bucks! Then mule kick for Matt, wheelbarrow roll with Nick and DDT for Matt! Tilt-o-whirl BACKBREAKER for Nick! Tilt-o-whirl BACKBREAKER for Matt! Tilt-o-whirl BACKBREAKER for Omega! Fans are thunderous as Penta tags Fenix. Fenix goes up and up to FLYING ARM-DRAG Matt! Nick kicks Fenix to a corner but is put on the ropes! Fenix CHOPS Matt, knuckle locks and goes up and up again, SUPER STEINER for Nick! Matt SUPERKICKS Fenix! Fenix kips up to SUPERKICK back!

Fans are electric as everyone is down around ringside! Fenix and Matt crawl for their corners, hot tags to Pac and Omega! Omega swings but misses! Pac SOBATS, KICKS, “This is Awesome!” as Pac SOBATS again. Pac runs but into a cheap shot! Matt grins, Omega V-TRIGGERS from behind! SNAP DRAGON! Tag to Nick, tag to Matt, and the Bucks BLAST the Lucha Brothers. The Bucks sit Pac up, and they pull the face brace off!! The ref reprimands but it isn’t really illegal to do that. Pac throws body shots on Nick! And on Matt! Omega CLUBS Pac, then goes to the corner to tag back in. Omega then tags Matt back in, and all three surround Pac.

Pac sits up, the Elite fire sup, TRIPLE SUPERKICK! Cover, the Lucha Bros break it! The Bucks throw Penta out, then Fenix. Nick builds speed and goes up, up and ESCALARAS to take out the Lucha Bros! Matt tags Omega in and Pac is on the ropes. Omega says BANG and runs, V-TRIGGER!! Then the Electric Chair Lift, ONE-WINGED- NO! Pac slips off, kicks and whips but Omega reverses to fireman’s carry! Fans boo, he better not! GO TO SLEEP!!! Cover, TWO!?!? The Bastard survives and Omega is furious!! Omega tags Matt, Matt drags Pac up and Nick sets up on the apron. But Fenix tightrope walks to KICK Nick!

Pac victory rolls, TWO!! Omega runs in but Fenix dumps him out! Fenix DIVES to take out Nick and Omega at the ramp! Pac dodges Matt, waistlocks, but Matt gets to ropes. The ref is checking on everyone on the outside, Matt LOW BLOWS Pac! Fans boo and Alex Abrahantes points it out, but the damage is done! Matt gets the bell hammer! But Penta slithers up behind him to shout, “CERO! MIEDO!” But DOS HAMMERS! BAM to Matt!! Pac covers, Death Triangle wins!!

Winners: Death Triangle, by pinfall (lead the series 2-0)

Fenix and Penta argue about resorting to the hammers all over again, but in the end, they’re up big on The Elite! Will Death Triangle look to finish this off before the New Year? Or will Omega & The Bucks get on the board in Indianapolis?

 

Renee Paquette is on stage.

“Chicago, what a night we have had so far! Now, I am out here with a massive announcement that pertains to the Women’s Division. Due to the extent of the injuries to the AEW Women’s World Champion, Thunder Rosa, and the uncertainty of when she could return to action, AEW and Thunder Rosa have reached a mutual agreement. AEW management has been forced to ask Thunder Rosa to relinquish the championship. Thunder Rosa was a fighting champion for AEW, she is willing to step aside and forfeit the title to the benefit of AEW, but more importantly, to the benefit of all of the women of AEW.

“Now that being said, please join me in welcoming your NEW AEW Women’s World Champion, Jamie Hayter!” Fans cheer as the interim is no longer interim, and Hayter walks out on stage with Britt and Rebel. This is the Hayter Era and Renee congratulates her. How does she feel? Britt speaks up to say, “Renee, thank you for telling all these people what they already knew, and that is that Jamie Hayter is the undisputed AEW Women’s World Champion! And let me let you in on a little secret, Ne-Ne. We were never even considering the word ‘interim,’ it’s not even in our vocabulary. Now take this mic, step aside, and let the champ walk to the ring.”

Britt follows Hayter, and they’re ready to take on some hungry competition. Will “The Killer & The Pillar” crush the hopes of four contenders all at once? Or will someone snatch a golden ticket off Hayter on the way to the holidays?

Triple Threat Tag: Britt Baker & Jamie Hayter w/ Rebel VS TayJay VS Willow Nightingale & Sky Blue!

AEW returns as the Jericho Appreciation Society’s Brazilian Goddess and Star of the Show make their entrance. In this kind of Triple Threat, only two teams are legal at any time, so Tay steps to the champ! Tay and Hayter tie up, Hayter wrenches and wristlocks. Tay endures, pries free to wrench back and she hammerlocks. Tay then waistlocks, but Hayter headlocks back. Hayter hits a takeover, Tay rolls her to a cover, ONE! Hayter holds on, Tay fights up but can’t power out as Hayter holds on tight. Tay powers out to a headlock of her own, but Hayter powers out to run Tay over. Tay gets up into a kick and whip, and Hayter runs her over again.

Hayter hauls Tay up but Anna gets in! TayJay double suplex but Hayter fights that, to DOUBLE SUPLEX TayJay! Fans fire up and Hayter drags Tay up to SNAP HAMMER! Cover, TWO! Hayter drags Tay up, bumps her off buckles, and she tags Britt. Britt fires forearms on Tay, CHOKES her, and then lets off at the count. Hayter CHOKES Tay but Tay fights though. Britt full nelsons and snapmares Tay to a ghost pin, TWO! Britt fires forearms on Tay, whips her to ropes, then follows, ducks ‘n’ dodges, then SLINGBLADES! Cover, TWO! Britt brings Tay up, but Tay wrenches out to ROCK Britt! Tay brings Britt around, tags Jay, and they double suplex Britt!

Britt flounders to tag in Willow! Willow runs in but Anna ROCKS her first! Anna whips Willow to the corner, Tay whips her in, but Willow dodges Anna to ROCK Tay and whip her into Anna! Willow SANDWICHES then LARIATS TayJay! Snapmare and BOOT for Anna! Willow scoops Anna to SLAM her! Skye runs in to wheelbarrow with Willow, WHEELBARROW SPLASH! Cover, TWO! Willow frowns and brings Anny up. Willow whips, Anna reverses, and Tay gets a cheap shot in! Willow swings on Tay but Tay HOTSHOTS her! Anna THROWS Willow out hard, then Tay drags her up! Tay whips Willow hard into railing!

Anna soaks up the heat while Tay puts Willow in, and AEW goes picture in picture. Anna CHOKES Willow on the ropes, lets off as the ref counts, and she bumps Willow off buckles. Anna fires forearms, tags in Tay, and they pull Willow’s hair. Tay BOOTS Willow, then brings her around to snap suplex! Cover, TWO! Tay is frustrated but she drags Willow up to CLUB away on her. Tay drags Willow up but Willow fires forearms back! Tay DECKS Willow! Tay drags Willow up, RAMS her into the corner, then tags Anna. Anna runs in to back elbow! Anna stands Willow up to dig her boot in! The ref counts, Anna lets off, and Willow fires off forearms!

Willow fireman’s carries but Anna slips off to ROCK Willow again. Anna kicks her around, then CHOKES Willow on the mat. The ref counts, Anna lets off, and she bumps Willow off buckles. Anna ROCKS Willow, CHOKES her, then tags Tay. Anna still CHOKES Willow until Tay stomps Willow down. Tay CHOKES Willow on the ropes! Tag to Anna, she drags Willow up, but Willow powers her way towards the DMD corner! Tay rushes in to CLUB Willow to stop that, then she takes over with the DD TAY! Cover, Britt breaks it! TayJay talk trash with Killer & Pillar, but Sky e tags in! Skye goes up, and CROSSBODIES TayJay!

Fans fire up as Chicago’s own SMASHES Jay! Dynamite returns to single picture, Skye whips and SHINING WIZARDS Jay at the ropes, then SUPERKICKS her down! Skye SUPER- NO, Jay blocks and spins Skye but Skye KICKS Anna down! Cover, Hayter breaks it! Hayter whips Jay to the corner, Britt tags in off Jay, and Hayter ELBOWS Jay down! Britt runs at Skye to spin her and FISHERMAN SCREW! But Willow is in to fireman’s carry! DEATH VALLEY DRIVER! Jay rushes in to HOOK KICK! Hayter BOOTS Jay! Tay BOOTS Hayter! Skye and Tay DOUBLE LARIAT! They stay up, to DOUBLE ROUNDHOUSE!

Skye and Tay still stand, Skye SUPERKICKS Tay! Tay wobbles around, into the CODE BLUE!! But Britt SUPERKICKS Skye! Britt feeds Skye to the HATE BREAKER! Then CURB STOMP! Cover, Britt & Hayter win!

Winners: Britt Baker & Jamie Hayter, by pinfall

The Pillar & The Killer are still a successful tag team, and the Hayter Era begins! Who will be the first to step up to the new champion?

 

Backstage interview with FTR and Top Flight.

Renee is with “two of the best tag teams in all of AEW,” and Dante & Darius had something to say. But Dax Harwood speaks up first. He doesn’t throw out compliments a lot, but he must say, Darius had a string of bad luck but he’s always been impressive. And Top Flight with AR Fox almost became World Trios Champions last week. That impressed Dax, too. So what he wants from now on, for the next few decades to come, is Top Flight to take over tag team wrestling. Darius appreciates that, but there’s a reason Top Flight wanted to talk. And speaking of impressed, Top Flight’s been impressed with FTR for years.

Darius says it is a dream match, Top Flight VS FTR. So if they’re all impressed, FTR will put the ROH World Tag Team Championships on the line for Black Friday Rampage. Cash says they have always liked Top Flight, and they don’t say no to a fight. They’re on! They all shake hands, and Dante says, “Top Flight, out.” Dax says that’s clever, but that’s kinda FTR’s thing. Will the ROH World Tag titles still be FTR’s thing after the special afternoon Rampage?

 

The Acclaimed is here!

Max Caster & Anthony Bowens finally settled things with Swerve & Keith, and they’re still AEW World Tag Team Champions! Caster has a rap ready, “Acclaimed back at it with the story of the year, cuz we broke up Keith & Swerve at Full Gear. New champs, Hayter, MJF, but Acclaimed retained, we’re staying at the apex. You wanna shot, put your name on the ballot, and get your nuts slapped like Lethal & Jarrett! Yo, we cuttin’ all the dead weight. Chicago knows, it’s Acclaimed Every Wednesday!” Bowens says, “CHICAGOOOO~! The Acclaimed have arrived! Cut the music.” The music stops and fans sing, “OH~ Scissor Me, Daddy~!”

Bowens says, “Chicago, it’s good to be back! And there’s’ a lot to be thankful for. It’s Thanksgiving Eve! Starting with Max and I retaining the AEW tag team titles, further proving that EVERYONE! LOVES! The Acclaimed! And not only that. My shoulder’s feeling better. But most importantly…” Billy Gunn unwraps the fingers! So of course, “SCISSOR ME, DADDY ASS~!” But then Jay Lethal, Sonjay Dutt & Satnam Singh interrupt from the tron. Sonjay has them stop right there. Did he just hear their names come outta the Acclaimed’s mouths?! Lethal warns them to keep Jarrett’s name out their freakin’ mouths!

Speaking of, Double J steps into frame to say, “Listen up, Slap Max! And you two, Daddy Ass, and Junior Ass, and all you other AEW ass clowns! You wanna talk smack? Well Max, I’ll give you something to rap about. Acclaimed, you best be watching your backs.” Fans chant, “TNA SUCKS!” and Billy says, “Somebody get that old ass off my screen, would ya?” Fans cheer for that! Billy has pull around here cuz he’s Billy. And now, the moment everyone’s been waiting for… Chicago, SCISSOR TIME!! And the fingers scissor!! The Acclaimed doesn’t sweat Double J and Jay, but will the #LethalOutlaws come for the gold soon enough?

 

ROH World Championship: Chris Jericho VS Tomohiro Ishii!

The Wizard is still “Ring of Jericho” Champion after Full Gear because, whether he wanted to or not, Sammy Guevara played his part in that Fatal 4 Way. But now, the Stone Pitbull is coming after Le Champion! Will Ishii prove he’s not that Young Lion Jericho remembers? Or will Jericho check another name off the list?

The introductions are made by Bobby Cruise, the belt is raised, and we see if even Ishii must hail #THEOCHO!

The bell rings and Jericho already flips off Chicago. And then he flips off Ishii. Ishii just steps to Jericho, Jericho tells him he’s a BAKA KOUHAI (stupid junior), but then Ishii SLAPS him! Jericho snarls and SLAPS back! Ishii SLAPS, Jericho SLAPS, it’s a SLAP fight! SLAP SLAP SLAP SLAP SLAP and fans fire up as the shots keep going! Ishii ROCKS Jericho with that last one, then snapmares to KICK him! Jericho winces and rolls out of the ring. Ishii waits on Jericho, and even holds the ropes open for his senpai. Jericho doesn’t accept, he gets in on the other side. Jericho throws forearms but Ishii eggs him on!

Jericho throws forearm after forearm but Ishii doesn’t budge! Then Ishii starts throwing forearms in return! Fans fire up as the forearms go back and forth now! Forearm after forearm after forearm, but then Jericho gets the edge! Jericho runs, into a SAIDO! Ishii runs but Jericho avoids the sliding lariat! But Ishii blocks the Code Breaker! Ishii throws Jericho away, but Jericho ducks Ishii’s enziguri! Fans fire up as the two stand off. Jericho and Ishii check their cheeks, they circle again, and they tie up again. Jericho and Ishii are in a deadlock, Jericho headlocks, but Ishii powers out. They RAM shoulders, and they yell at each other!

Ishii runs, RAMS Jericho, then Jericho runs to RAM Ishii! Ishii rebounds to run Jericho over! Fans fire up and Ishii finally feels those collisions. Jericho goes to a corner, Ishii storms over, but Jericho SLAPS! SLAPS! SLAPS! Ishii just eggs Jericho on, then SLAPS back! And CHOPS! Jericho CHOPS and Ishii winces. Ishii CHOPS and Jericho sputters! Jericho CHOPS, Ishii CHOPS, and Jericho staggers back. Jericho snarls, CHOPS, but Ishii CHOPS back! Jericho CHOPS, Ishii CHOPS, repeat! They CHOP and CHOP and CHOP, then they both wobble as they clutch their stinging chests while AEW goes picture in picture.

Jericho CHOPS again, but Ishii CHOPS again! Jericho roars, CHOPS, CHOPS, and CHOPS! Ishii CHOPS and CHOPS and CHOPS in return! Jericho drops to his knees and Ishii finally feels the pain. Ishii taunts Jericho-senpai, and Jericho comes back to CHOP! Ishii CHOPS, the CHOP fight is back on! Jericho’s chest is bleeding from one spot! But Jericho still CHOPS Ishii! Ishii CHOPS back! And CHOPS! And CHOPS! Ishii just keeps hitting that bloody spot! But Jericho CHOPS back! Ishii CHOPS again! Ishii eggs Jericho on, then CHOPS again! Jericho CHOPS, Ishii CHOPS, they just keep going!

Ishii CHOPS and CHOPS and CHOPS! Jericho wobbles to ropes but Ishii CHOPS him more and more! The ref warns about getting up high, but then Jericho blocks to COHP and CHOP and CHOP in return! Jericho’s arm is tiring out! But he still CHOPS! Ishii CHOPS, Jericho CHOPS, repeat! The CHOPS go harder and harder, and Chicago gives this a standing ovation! Jericho CHOPS, Ishii ROARS, Jericho CHOPS! Ishii CHOPS, Jericho CHOPS, and they CHOP as Dynamite returns to single picture! Jericho’s chest is so red, and not even from the blood! Fans hope they “CHOP FOREVER!” At this rate, they just might!

The CHOPS just keep going, and Jericho finally gets the edge! But Ishii just roars again! To CHOP Jericho off his feet!! Jericho sits up a bloody mess, Ishii rests against ropes, and fans are loving this. Jericho and Ishii get back up, to CHOP even more!! Ishii CHOPS Jericho to the corner, he keeps giving CHOPS, then he whips corner to corner. Jericho reverses, but Ishii comes back to run him over! Jericho goes to a corner, Ishii runs in and Jericho BOOTS him! Jericho runs to LARIAT Ishii into the corner! Jericho fires off point blank clotheslines over and over! Ishii sits but Jericho keeps after him with stomps!

The ref backs Jericho off, and he drags Ishii back up. Jericho CHOPS Ishii, then climbs up to rain down fists! Jericho goes all the way to nine but Ishii brings him out to POWERBOMB! Stack cover, TWO!! Ishii and Jericho are both down and fans rally up. Ishii rises first, and he waits on Jericho. Ishii runs, LARIATS, but Jericho stays up! Jericho eggs Ishii on, Ishii runs but Jericho BOOTS him! Ishii roars at Jericho, Jericho roars back! They both run, and Jericho CLOBBERS Ishii with the cross chop! Ishii is on the apron, Jericho triangle jumps, into an ELBOW from Ishii! Ishii drags Jericho up, to suplex!

Jericho fights the suplex, is on the apron, and he kicks low to APRON DDT!! Both men are down and fans lose their minds! The ring count starts while both men are down. Ishii stirs at 4 of 10, but Jericho slowly stands at 6. Jericho ROCKS Ishii, Ishii ROCKS him back, and they go forearm for forearm! They hear the count reach 9 and they both slide in! Jericho ROCKS Ishii, Ishii ROCKS Jericho, and the forearms keep going! Ishii falls, Jericho kicks him around! Jericho runs, into a GERMAN SUPLEX! Jericho gets up, he GERMAN SUPLEXES Ishii! But Ishii is up, only to run into another GERMAN SUPLEX!

Ishii is up! But hen he falls back down! Jericho LIONSAULTS! Cover, ONE?!?! Fans are thunderous and Jericho is shocked! Jericho ROCKS Ishii, and hits a CODE BREAKER! Cover, TWO!!! Ishii survives and no one can believe it! “This is Awesome!” as Jericho waits on Ishii. Ishii slowly rises, Jericho runs in, but Ishii swats the Judas Effect to HEADBUTT Jericho down! Fans are thunderous as Ishii roars again! Ishii sits Jericho up, runs and SLIDING LARIATS! Cover, TWO!! Jericho survives but Ishii just roars again! Ishii drags Jericho up, but Jericho suplexes! Ishii fights that but Jericho trips him!

Jericho has the legs, he turns but Ishii bridges to throw Jericho! Ishii STEALS THE CODE BREAKER! Fans are thunderous and Ishii runs, to LARIAT!! Cover, TWO!!! Jericho is still in this! Ishii drags Jericho up, suplexes, but Jericho fights! Jericho wrenches, Ishii fires forearms and boxing elbows! ENZI- NO, Jericho blocks the kick! WALLS OF JERICHO!!! Ishii endures as Jericho sits deep! Fans are thunderous as Ishii crawls and claws around, but Jericho drags him away from ropes! Ishii still fights, tucks and rolls but Jericho throws down forearms! Jericho turns Ishii around again, LION TAMER!!! Ishii endures, but he FLIPS JERICHO OFF! Then he taps! Jericho wins!!

Winner: Chris Jericho, by submission (still ROH World Champion)

The Ocho did it without cheating! Jericho may not realize it, but he might be just as much a pro-wrestler as anyone! But he still wants after Ian Riccaboni!? Instead, CLAUDIO comes out to DECK Jericho! The Swiss Superman sends a message to Le Champion, we will see these two fight at Final Battle?


My Thoughts:

What a great post-PPV episode for AEW. When MJF wasn’t advertised for showing up tonight, I just knew he was doubling down on being a Heel by acting high and mighty now that he’s world champion. But we got a great segment from Regal, Bryan and Moxley. Moxley is understandably PISSED, and Bryan defending Regal was also great stuff. This isn’t necessarily Blackpool Combat Club breaking up so much as Regal defecting to MJF’s side, but this is just one more nail in the coffin. And they even kept “MJF never really fired The Firm” alive, since Starks won the Eliminator Tournament in a great match with Ethan Page. MJF VS Starks is going to be great stuff, and this whole MJF era is going to be a lot of fun.

I actually liked that Keith and Swerve didn’t argue or fight on camera, because this is a very creative take on a tag team breaking up. I feel like them reuniting as a team isn’t likely, but even if they do, it is only inevitable that they finally come to blows and have their own singles feud. Great stuff from Cassidy VS Hager, especially with all the antics surrounding the purple bucket hat. Cassidy retains, of course, but I like that the House of Black used this opportunity to return and just beat the crap out of everyone. I am thinking Malakai gets in on the All-Atlantic title, and we could see Buddy & Brody go for the tag titles.

Wardlow of course wants the TNT title, and I’m thinking they set up a match for Winter is Coming. Joe can go to Final Battle as a double champion, probably stay double champion, and then we’ll see if Wardlow can take the TNT title off Joe. Good promo from The Baddies but a shame that Kiera was the most loyal Baddie yet she’s the one getting kicked out. Maybe Kiera teams up with Diamante and they go after Jade together. It’s also great that the “interim” is gone, Hayter is THE champion (and apparently Toni Storm will be retroactively). Now all we need is her to break away from Britt. We did get a great Triple Threat Tag with Hayter and Britt winning, and I wonder if Britt ends up the #1 contender, compelling her and Hayter to have a match. After all, wins and losses matter.

Though, that doesn’t explain Lethal & Jarrett calling out The Acclaimed like they’re up next or something. Jarrett & Lethal lost to Sting & Darby, it should be Sting & Darby up next, except that not even AEW does Faces VS Faces or Heels VS Heels. Top Flight VS FTR is going to be awesome, but I think FTR wins, and then they can set up something for Final Battle. Still expecting it to be Austin & Colten Gunn, they have been getting at FTR so much that it just makes sense.

That Trios Championship Best of Seven match was awesome stuff, but also what a wild moment because fans were loud for both sides of the CM Punk argument. Most of Chicago was pro-Punk but there was still a vocal minority saying “F CM Punk.” The Elite added on by trolling Punk with mocking how Punk hurt himself doing the Buckshot and what not. To my surprise, The Elite didn’t win this one, either! And it was because Penta used a hammer! It seems all of Death Triangle is going to have to come to terms with Heel tactics if the team is to stick together. As for The Elite, they may have to keep an eye on those hammers. I’m thinking The Elite make a comeback no later than Winter is Coming. And I would think this goes all the way to the seventh match, that’s how epic these two teams are.

And that was an awesome main event! Jericho, for all his character’s talk of sports entertainment being superior, reminded everyone that he is an icon for a reason. He and Ishii really brought the Strong Style, but I had a feeling Jericho was going to retain. And Claudio clobbering Jericho as he was calling out Riccaboni was good stuff. Clearly, Claudio VS Jericho is happening at Final Battle, and that could be an epic match on the level of this main event. I honestly can’t be sure who else AEW can bring in for Jericho to face, but I can’t see Jericho losing the title just yet. Maybe the Jericho Appreciation Society will bring out a list of former ROH champions to face.

My Score: 9/10


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