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Mitchell’s AEW Dynamite Results & Report! (8/31/22)

Chicago is Dynamite!

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AEW Dynamite 2021

The Windy City is All Elite!

Before going All Out this Sunday, AEW takes over Chicago! Dynamite pits The Elite against The United Empire in the Trios Championship Tournament!

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Bryan Danielson VS Jake Hager; Bryan wins.
  • Toni Storm & Hikaru Shida VS Britt Baker & Jamie Hayter w/ Rebel; Storm & Shida win.
  • Six Man Tag: FTR & Wardlow VS Silas Young, Ray Jones & Vic Capri; FTR & Wardlow win.
  • Fatal 4 Way: Wheeler Yuta VS Dante Martin VS Rey Fenix VS Rush; Yuta wins.
  • AEW World Trios Championships Tournament Semifinals: The Elite VS The United Empire; The Elite win and advance to All Out.

PLAY BY PLAY

Jon Moxley is here!

The UNDISPUTED AEW World Champion is in Chicago, and Chicago is fired up to see him entering from the crowd side! Moxley takes his time to enjoy the cheers before getting in the ring. He gets the mic and fans suddenly start chanting for CM Punk, but plenty of fans still chant for Moxley. Moxley shrugs and says, “Chicago, I know you love your boy, but I think they’re still mopping him off the mat in Cleveland.” Fans get real riled up hearing that. But if they wanna talk about it, let’s talk about it! Moxley once heard CM Punk described as, “The Modern Sixty Minute Man.” What a load of crap that turned out to be!

Moxley had 57 minutes left in him last week, but did Punk? Moxley doesn’t think so. “When guys get in the ring with me, the Undisputed AEW World Champion, the heart and soul of AEW, we find out what they’re really made of. I test them, I push them. And last week, we learned exactly what CM Punk is made of. At the moment where he hit me as hard as he could, he gave me his best shot, and he realized I didn’t care. And he knew I was just gonna keep coming forward, and keep coming forward, all night. At that exact moment, he started looking for a way out.” Fans boo but Moxley says it’s true! Punk claimed his foot hurt and he folded up into a little ball to die!

Fans duel again between Moxley and Punk, but Moxley says champions never fold. They have no idea how genuinely sorry Moxley is that Punk didn’t turn out to be what Chicago wanted him to be, or what anyone wanted him to be when he got back into this business. We all gave him a second chance in the greatest sport in the world, and it just didn’t work out. And while Moxley is sorry for that, he knows Chicago loves him,  Moxley has ZERO sympathy for Punk! That is because CM Punk has a fragile ego, fragile body, weak mind and weak spirit. The business is tough, it is what it is, and we move on.

Speaking of, Moxley has in his pocket an Open Challenge contract for a title match at All Out! It’s already signed, so he’ll just leave it right here. Because when he says anybody, anytime, any place, he means it! Fans chant for MJF, but Moxley says who knows who will sign this contract. Maybe it’s someone in AEW, maybe it’s someone from somewhere else. Maybe it’s someone from NJPW. Mox runs that, too! Does Rocky Romero have anyone else left? Let Moxley know! But whoever signs the contract, whoever wants to fight Mox, whoever wants to find out exactly what they’re made of, know this:

Before you step into the ring with Jon Moxley, he can out marathon you, he can out sprint you, he can out fight you, and he can out wrestle you. And it doesn’t matter who you are, he can assure you, he gives far fewer you-know-what’s than you do. He is the UNDISPUTED AEW World Champion, he is the fire-breathing, blood-spitting, living embodiment of pro-wrestling! He is indominable personified! “Wrestling Jon Moxley may be hazardous to your health. Whoever you are, you’ve been warned!” Moxley throws down the challenge, who will accept it to go All Out this Sunday?

 

Wait, someone heads to the ring!

AEW Producer, Ace Steel, grabs up the contract? He is a friend to CM Punk, and he puts the contract in his pocket. Is he going to sign it? Or is he hand delivering it to the Best in the World?

 

Backstage interview with Chris Jericho.

Tony Schiavone reminds us of the 1v1 match between Lionheart Jericho and the American Dragon, Bryan Danielson, this Sunday at All Out. Jericho says the Lionheart VS The American Dragon is a dream match for most, but a nightmare match for one, and that one is Bryan. And Jericho will tell us all why. Last week, Bryan asked if Stu Hart & Owen Hart were still alive, who would they think is the better wrestler between Jericho and Bryan. That has been bugging Jericho all week. Then Jericho realized, the Harts would appreciate Bryan’s wrestling skills a little more, but they would appreciate what Jericho’s done in the business way more.

Jericho has changed the game, accomplished so much, and that would impress Stu & Owen. And those accolades are going to include beating Bryan this Sunday. But in steps Daniel Garcia. He apologizes for being immature and ungrateful, and he pledges his loyalty to the Jericho Appreciation Society through and through. And this Sunday, Garcia knows Jericho will beat Bryan. Jericho’s the Lionheart, the Greatest Of All Time, it won’t even be close. And Garcia knows Jericho won’t need to cheat or attack from behind or have a distraction to do it. All Jericho needs to do is be the best version of himself, because Garcia believes in him.

Jericho appreciates that, and he believes in Garcia, too. Garcia is the most technically gifted Sports Entertainer in the world today! And this Sunday, it will be Lionheart Jericho. But until then, all’s far in wrestling and romance. So watch you back, Bryan! Garcia doesn’t like the sound of that, but will he accept the way Jericho does things now that he’s fully dedicated to the JAS?

Bryan Danielson VS Jake Hager!

William Regal joins commentary, as does Chris Jericho, but this match is meant to be just the American Dragon taking on the Big Hurt. Will Hager put the hurt on Bryan to tenderize him for Lionheart Chris Jericho at All Out?

The bell rings and the two circle. Fans rally for Bryan, but they also still sing some of Judas. Bryan tests the waters with kicks but Hager stays up. Hager pushes Bryan to ropes but Bryan gets free to KICK the leg. Hager shakes that off and circles with Bryan again. Bryan gets a leg but Hager facelocks to block. Hager puts Bryan in the corner while fans taunt him with “WE THE PEOPLE!” The ref counts but Hager throws body shots! The ref counts and reprimands, and Hager lets off at 4. Hager then TOSSES Bryan across the ring! Hager runs in but Bryan BOOTS him! Bryan jumps on but Hager stays up in the Guillotine hold!

Hager grits his teeth and powers up to throw Bryan off! Bryan baits Hager in, throws him out and builds speed to DIVE! Direct hit and Hager hits railing! Fans fire up as Bryan goes the apron for the LEAP, but into Hager’s arms! Hager runs and SPINEBUSTERS Bryan through the timekeeper’s table! Chicago loses its mind over that one! Hager gets up and roars but fans boo. Hager points to Jericho on commentary and then drags Bryan up. Hager POSTS Bryan, then POSTS him again! Bryan writhes, clutching his back, and the ring count climbs. Hager hauls Bryan up to suplex him to the floor! The ref reprimands but Hager gets in the ring to refresh the count.

Hager looms over Bryan, puts him in the ring, then rains down forearms! Bryan guards but Hager just keeps hammering him! Bryan tries to get Hager’s leg but Hager holds off the grapevine to then ROCK Bryan with a right hand! Hager paces around Bryan while fans boo, but Hager hauls Bryan up into a corner. Hager RAMS his shoulder in, lets off as the ref counts, and then he carries Bryan around for a SPINEBUSTER! Fans boo and AEW goes picture in picture.

Hager looms over Bryan, digs his knee into Bryan’s back, and then brings Bryan back with some chicken wings. Bryan endures and fans rally up. Bryan fights up to his feet, puts Hager in a corner, and Hager lets off, to CHOP Bryan down! Bryan throws body shots but Hager CLUBS him! Hager CHOPS Bryan again, and Bryan staggers away to another corner. Hager CHOKES Bryan on the ropes, but lets off as the ref counts. Hager stomps Bryan in the corner, lets off again, then digs his boot in. The ref counts as Hager stands on Bryan’s chest, and Hager hops off at 4. Hager blows a kiss to Chicago then drags Bryan up.

Hager tosses Bryan out of the ring, goes out after him, and RAMS him into railing! Fans fire up as Hager RAMS Bryan into more railing! Hager then puts Bryan back in the ring, soaks up the heat from Chicago and flexes as he paces around. Hager stalks Bryan to a corner, stands him up, and throws heavy body shots. Hager hoists Bryan up top, fans rally, and Hager CHOPS Bryan again! Dynamite returns to single picture as Hager climbs, and he CHOPS Bryan again! Hager shows off how big his hand is, and he ROCKS Bryan with haymaker after haymaker! Fans count, Hager stops at 5 because the ref is counting, but Bryan stands up! MISSILE DROPKICK!

Fans fire up while both men are down! Bryan fires himself up as the standing count climbs! Bryan gets to ropes at 4, dodges Hager and fires off KICKS! Hager drops, Bryan KICKS him more and more! Bryan powers up to BUZZSAW! Cover, TWO! But Bryan hurries to clamp on, for HAMMER ‘N” ANVIL ELBOWS! Hager blocks one, snapmares Bryan and then hoists him up! Bryan sunset flips through, but Hager drags him up! Bryan wants the ARMBAR, but Hager stays up to rain down HAMMER FISTS! But Bryan uses that to get a TRIANGLE HOLD! Bryan throws more elbows, but Hager deadlifts him! POWERBOMB!

Hager catches his breath, crawls after Bryan, and he throws down more hammer fists! Bryan again catches Hager, for the omoplata! Hager resists as Bryan reaches for his head, and he pushes Bryan back! ANKLE LOCK! Bryan endures, rolls, and leg picks to get the arm! LEBELL LOCK!! Hager reaches, fans are thunderous, and Hager crawls to the ROPEBREAK! Fans boo but Bryan lets off. Hager gets to a corner, fans rally up and Bryan CHOPS Hager! And KICKS! And CHOPS! And KICKS! Another CHOP, then Bryan runs corner to corner to DROPKICK! Bryan goes again, but Hager scoops him for an URENAGE!

Hager moves around to go for the Head ‘n’ Arm, but Bryan slips around to make it a cover, TWO!! Hager lets off, Bryan dodges him, comes back, BUSAIKU KNEE!! Cover, Bryan wins!

Winner: Bryan Danielson, by pinfall

Chicago is fired up, but here comes Angelo Parker & Matthew Menard! The JAS won’t let Bryan be in good shape for All Out, they’re mugging him right in the ring! But here comes the BCC! Claudio Castagnoli & Wheeler Yuta rush the ring and brawl with Cool Hand Ange and Daddy Magic! Claudio TOSSES Parker out of the ring, Yuta kicks Menard out! The brawling continues and Claudio sends Parker up the ramp! Yuta RAMS Menard into railing! Claudio drags Parker to the back and Yuta starts sending Menard that way. But Jericho brings a chair to the ring! Le Champion wants some insurance, but GARCIA rushes out here!

Garcia snatches the chair from Jericho!! Garcia and Jericho argue, they just talked about how Lionheart Jericho shouldn’t need all this! Jericho is upset, he turns around to look for Bryan, and gets a BUSAIKU KNEE for it!! Fans cheer as Bryan gets even with the JAS, and Garcia is conflicted all over again. Will that affirmation of loyalty mean nothing when Jericho isn’t even honest enough to face Bryan head on?

 

The Wingmen are in the ring… protesting?

Peter Avalon, Cezar Bononi, JD Drake & Ryan Nemeth have suddenly appeared, and while the others hold up picket signs with slogans like “MORE WINGMEN ON TBS & TNT,” “MORE WINGMEN ON TV!” and “GIVE THE WINGMEN MORE SCREENTIME,” the Hollywood Hunk has the mic. “Well, well, well! Wednesday night again, and guess who’s not booked again? I’ll give you a clue: it’s the hottest, handsomest, sexiest, prettiest, hunkiest boys on the roster! The Wingmen!” Avalon gets the mic to say, “And from now on, Wednesday nights will be known as Wingman Wednesdays! Pinkies out, boys!”

Wait! W MORRISSEY is here! The 7 foot tall mountain of a man is back in AEW, and he is storming right up to the ring. The Wingmen stand their ground, JD Drake trying to keep everyone calm. But then Bononi rushes Morrissey, and gets a BOOT for it! Nemeth & Avalon try but they get DOUBLE CLOTHESLINES! Drake CHOPS, but Morrissey doesn’t flinch! Morrissey fires up and shouts, “You wanna hit me?!” Drake tries again but Morrissey choke grips! CHOKE SLAM! Stokely Hathaway walks out to the ring now as Morrissey grabs Nemeth, RAMS him into Bononi, then reel shim back in for an even bigger CHOKE SLAM! Morrissey BOOTS Bononi out of the ring!

Fans fire up for Morrissey while Avalon staggers around. Stokely watches from the apron and Avalon begs for mercy! But when Morrissey doesn’t walk away, Avalon figures what the hell! Avalon tears off his shirt, fires up and runs in, but into a choke grip! Morrissey holds Avalon way over head, tells someone, or maybe everyone, that he’s watching them, then hits a GIGANTIC CHOKE SLAM!! Stokely finally steps into the ring, and he hands Morrissey his card. Is this stable Stokely is building just gotten that much bigger?

Tony Schiavone stops them at the ramp to ask Stokely what all these offers are about. What is Stokely planning with these wrestlers he’s recruiting? Stokely says it’s none of our business. Now, hold on! This is AEW, so it IS our business! Stokely grabs Tony’s collar and gets in Tony’s face as he shouts, “I said it’s none of your business!!” Tony pushes Stokely back, but Morrissey steps up. Tony has them settle down but Chicago is on Tony’s side. But the question is valid: Just what is Stokely planning? How far is he going to expand his brand?

 

Backstage interview with The United Empire.

Alex Marvez is in the locker room area and notes that later tonight, our main event will be the “Dynamite Finals” of the AEW World Trios Championships Tournament, with Will Ospreay & The United Empire facing The Elite. Ospreay says finally, after all these years, after the Cease & Desists and the constant undermining, Ospreay gets Omega. But then Don Callis walks in. Callis tells “William” it’s been a long time since Japan. Great to see Ospreay lighting it up there. Callis admires everything Ospreay does, and his performance last week on Dynamite was “absolutely fantastic.”

Callis says a lot of people feel Ospreay is the “Next Kenny Omega.” But that’s not the case. Callis says Ospreay is his own man. This is Will BAH GAWD Ospreay! He’s the man everyone’s talking about. And tonight, this will be the most exciting match for Callis since the last time we saw Omega and Ospreay in a tag match against each other. Ospreay took a One Winged Angel that night, but surely this will be different. Callis pats Ospreay on the shoulder, but Ospreay tells Callis to go. Right, of course, they’ve got to get ready for the match. Marvez, you heard him, get outta here. Callis leaves, and Ospreay does agree there, he has Marvez leave.

It seems the IWGP US Heavyweight Champion didn’t appreciate two-faced Callis heaping on the praise there. Will Will Ospreay make Callis actually mean it the next time he says Ospreay’s absolutely fantastic?

 

Toni Storm & Hikaru Shida VS Britt Baker & Jamie Hayter w/ Rebel!

Thunder Rosa’s injury prevents her from defending the title at All Out, so these four women will fight in a Fatal 4 Way to crown an Interim AEW Women’s World Champion! Will there be dysfunction in either of the teams? Or will The Doctor and her assistant be united in gaining momentum for the title match?

The teams sort out and Shida wants after Britt, but Hayter pie faces her and says she’s Shida’s opponent! So Shida ROCKS Hayter! Hayter kicks low, headlocks, but Shida powers out. Hayter runs Shida over but Shida kips up! Fans fire up, Hayter runs and runs Shida over again! Hayter drags Shida up to scoop, but Shida slips off and dodges the haymaker to redirect Hayter and RANA! OW, that faceplant! The ref checks Hayter but Shida tags Storm. Hayter is somehow okay so Storm stands her up for a EuroUpper! Storm stomps a mudhole into Hayter in the corner, tags Shida back in, and Shida climbs up. Storm holds Hayter in place for the AX HANDLES!

Shida stalks Hayter, brings her back around and tags Storm back in. Storm climbs now and she drops AX HANDLES! Storm drags Hayter up but Hayter JAWBREAKERS her away! Hayter hurries and tags Britt! Britt runs in but into a drop toehold! Storm drags Britt and whips her to the corner. Storm UPPERCUTS Britt, sweeps the legs, then backs up, only for Hayter to be there! Storm BOOTS Hayter for sneaking up on her, but Britt waistlocks Storm! Britt wristlocks and ripcords, but Storm ROCKS Britt first! Britt wobbles, Storm ROCKS her again, then Storm whips. Britt reverses and Hayter trips Storm up!

Hayter hammers Storm’s legs and Britt hurries to grab at Storm’s head but the ref has them back off. Britt stomps Storm instead, the ref reprimands her and Hayter, who is still hammering the thighs, and AEW goes picture in picture.

Hayter and Britt finally let off, and Britt drags Storm up to talk trash. Britt puts Storm in the corner, stomps away, then goes outside to drag Storm deeper into the corner. Britt pulls on Storm’s arms to pull her into the post! Hayter taunts Shida, the ref counts, and Britt lets off. Britt gets in the ring, drags Storm up, and keeps her from Shida by pulling hair! Tag to Hayter, Hayter CLUBS Storm down, then bumps Storm off buckles. Hayter bumps Storm off buckles again, then soaks up the heat. Hayter CLUBS Storm, keeps her from Shida again, and stomps away. Storm snap suplexes Storm, covers, TWO!

Hayter puts Storm back in the corner, tags Britt in, and then Hayter DECKS Shida with a sucker punch! Britt CHOKES Storm and the ref reprimands them both. Britt lets off, argues with the ref, and Hayter CHOKES Storm now! Hayter lets off in time, then Britt digs her boots in. The ref counts, Britt lets off, and Britt brings Storm up to ROCK her. Storm hits back, Britt ROCKS and whips Storm to a corner. Britt runs corner to corner, into a back elbow! Storm goes up the corner but Britt ROCKS Her again! Britt climbs up after Storm, but Storm CLUBS away on her! Storm and Britt fight for control as Dynamite returns to single picture.

Storm ROCKS Britt and she hops off the corner, then Storm reels her in! TORNADO DDT! Britt hurries to tag Hayter, and Hayter drags Storm from Shida. Storm BOOTS Hayter away, then hot tags Shida! The Full Metal Samurai blocks a shot, ROCKS Hayter, then goes up the corner to rain down fists! The fans count all the way to 10, and Shida fires up to DROPKICK Hayter! Shida brings Hayter in to suplex, hold on, and SLAM her down! Fans fire up with Shida as she goes to the apron. Shida climbs up the ropes, and springboards to METEORA! Cover, Britt breaks it in time! Storm gets in and she SHOTGUNS Britt down!

Shida drags Hayter up and she coordinates with Storm. Hayter holds off the double suplex to DOUBLE SUPLEX them! Tag to Britt and she hurries to drag Shida up. Britt fisherman’s for the FISHERMAN SCREW! Cover, TWO! Britt keeps on Shida with a wristlock, ripcords, but Shida turns that into a roll-up! TWO!! Britt escapes, SUPERKICKS Shida, and Rebel fires up! Fans duel as Britt snarls and runs. Shida avoids the stomp to waistlock! Britt switches, ripcords again, ROLLING ELBOW! Shida wobbles and Britt gets her glove! But Shida gets up to go up the corner! VENUS SHOOT!! Fans fire up while both women are down!

Shida bails out of the ring, she sees Hayter reaching out, so Shida trips Hayter off the apron! Storm runs in to SWEET HIP MUSIC!! Storm then gets Hayter with a TORNADO DDT to the floor! Shida gets back in the ring, aims at Britt, KATANA KICK!! Cover, Shida & Storm win!

Winners: Toni Storm & Hikaru Shida, by pinfall

The #FullMetalStorm conquers the Doctor and her assistant! They shake hands, because they know that it will be every woman for herself on Sunday. Will Shida go All Out to become a double champion? Will it finally be #ToniTime in AEW? Or will we see a TWO-TIME AEW Women’s World Champion in Dr. Britt Baker, DMD?

 

AEW hears from Kip Sabian and PAC.

“I’m a stickler for the details, but even the most meticulously thought out master plan can’t prepare for the perfect opportunity to just fall at your feet.” The Bastard fell for the simplest of ruses in that decoy box head. Kip can read him like a book! But the All-Atlantic Champion says, “Underrated, underappreciated, over it? I get it, Kip. After what you did, Kip, you have pestered me and badgered me, you want a shot at the All-Atlantic Championship.” Kip says that title is the perfect detour. And Sunday, Pac will be the first to “embrace the change.” Will Mr. Superbad have the perfectly planned return to action by making Pac the first former All-Atlantic Champion?

 

Miro speaks.

“Malakai Black, all I wanted to do last week was redeem you. But you attacked me, and you put your hands on the Redeemer! Darby, Sting, the last one who tried to help me ended up shaking so hard in Heaven, he shook three hands in hell. My God was so scared that he made a deal with the devil to take me out. How is that working out for you, you coward?! You think your mist can match my power?”

But then Darby Allin steps in! “Malakai, I think you’re very intimidated with what Brody King has been able to accomplish without you. Think about it! You were nowhere around when he choked me out and won the Royal Rampage. You were nowhere around when he beat me in the middle of the ring on Dynamite. Malakai, you need Buddy and Brody, they don’t need you. And the sooner they realize that, the faster your House is gonna burn down. Sting walks in, and says, “The enemy of the enemy is a friend! Showtime begins now!”

Miro says this Sunday, he will wreck the fools and Pagans, and they will all find out his power. They will come in wearing masks to hide their fear, only to leave with ones that deliver oxygen. For this is the word of the Redeemer! Will the #RelentlessIcons help Miro lay waste to the House of Black once and for all?

 

CM Punk is here!

Chicago fires up for their hometown hero as he walks out to the ring. However, Punk doesn’t look as excited, though that has a lot to do with how he lost the AEW World Championship last week in Moxley’s territory. Punk gets in the ring, gets the mic and already looks emotional as fans chant his name. “June 1st, I broke my foot. And that would’ve been bad enough, but then I wrestled an entire match on it, and to quote my surgeon, he says I pulverized the bones in my foot. So okay. Accidents happen. On June 8th, I got surgery for my shattered foot. I got three plates and sixteen screws put into my foot.

“Which real quick, is sixteen more times than this fat guy’s ever gotten screwed in his life.” WHOA~! But that’s what you get for heckling. Fans cheer Punk for that one, and Punk continues. “I probably shouldn’t have said that. But I probably shouldn’t have done a lot of things in my career. And apparently one of them was coming back too early from a very serious injury. And last week, I got beat up in Cleveland, and I had to drive home with just my thoughts. It’s okay, Chicago, it’s not the first time I’ve been beat up in Cleveland. But something about this time just didn’t sit well with me. Is my foot 100%? To be completely honest with you, yes.

“Last week, I was cleared by doctors, the x-rays look good. But the problem is, it’s a new 100%. And I don’t know if that 100% is good enough.” Fans don’t like the sound of where this is going, but Punk says he came back to pro-wrestling a year ago because he loves the business. And he knows the business doesn’t always love you back, but he came back because he loves the fans. Fans cheer that, and Punk says they do love him back. That’s why it hurts to feel like he let them down. “I wasn’t able to walk Larry for two months, and it hurt because I let him down so I could rush back to perform in front of all of you.”

Punk looks and sees his little sister in the front row, he feels like he let her down. “Maybe that love just…” Punk has to take a moment, and then continues. “Maybe that love just isn’t enough anymore.” But then Ace Steel marches out to the ring! He gets Punk’s attention and asks, “What is this?” Ace gets in the ring with Punk and asks what Punk is saying. This isn’t what they talked about when they agreed he’d come out here. Ace isn’t sure what happened between there and here, but this isn’t Punk. Ace apologizes for interrupting, but he trained Punk, and has been his coach since day one! Since the first day Punk walked into the Steel Domain, Punk has been fighting from underneath.

Punk has fought through everything to get to where he is! Ace has a career he is proud of, but he is most proud of Punk’s career, because Ace was there to coach him. Ace was coaching Punk from day one to do all this. They’re not just friends, they’ve seen those come and go. These two are family. And you don’t let family down! He didn’t let Chicago down! He filled an arena on a rumor that after seven years, he’d come back. And Ace isn’t letting Punk leave now. Punk fought his heart out in Cleveland, but he lost. So what? In Punk’s own words, “Life isn’t about how many times you get knocked down, it’s how many times you get up.” And then Ace SLAPS Punk!

Ace tells Punk to get the F up and fight!! Fight Sunday! Sign the open contract! Chicago is all fired up as Ace tells Punk to sign the contract and fight Moxley! Ace shoves the contract into Punk’s hand and a pen into the other. Ace then tells Punk, “If you forgot who you are, tell him, Chicago!” Fans chant for “CM PUNK! CM PUNK!” Ace tells Punk to sign the contract! Punk unzips his jacket, hugs Ace, and says, “Before I was ever CM Punk, I was just a punk rock kid from Chicago! I was borne lonely at Christ Hospital, blue in the face, with the cord wrapped around my neck, because they’ve been trying to kill me since the day I was born!”

Punk says they ain’t found the man who’s man enough to do it yet! “And Jon Moxley, you ain’t him!” Fans are even more fired up and Punk gets in the crowd! He tells Moxley that he may be wild, but he ain’t wild enough! “This is Chicago, where the weak are killed and eaten!” Punk goes up the bleachers and across one of the rows to say Chicago has different kids, but they have the same heartbeat! One pulse running through the streets which are their arteries, and Punk will pump the blood until it stops pumping! “Jon Moxley, at All Out, you can’t break my bones! You can’t drink my blood! Because I, WE, ARE CHICAGO!”

Punk has someone hold the mic, and he finds his part in the contract! Punk signs on the dotted line, and it is official! Will Punk prove that he IS the Best in the World? Or will Moxley make sure he is still undisputed?

 

AEW shares Jim Ross’ interview with Christian Cage and Jungle Boy.

Good ol’ JR sits with Captain Charisma and Jungle Jack Perry, on one condition: No physicality. JR isn’t even sure how to approach this situation, but he knows that with no physicality, Christian’s elbow won’t get any worse, and AEW appreciates Christian taking the time to share hits thoughts about this coming match. Of course you appreciate it, JR. You signed Christian to his very first contract in the business, so JR knows Christian is professional to a T. And Christian agreed to no physicality because that’s not an issue for him.

On Sunday, Jack has to step into the ring, be face-to-face with Christian, and realize he’s not in Christian’s league. And even when he’s less than 100%, Christian will destroy JB. JB will be a has-been at just 25 years old. Christian hopes JB is prepared to live for the rest of his life with that. JB say as much as he’d like to sit here and stare at Christian’s stupid, smug face and tell him he hates him, it’s a bit more complicated than that. JB has cared about Christian a lot. Their friendship felt very familiar to JB in a lot of ways. JB loved Christian. Whether or not Christian really cared about JB, he made it feel like he loved JB back.

As much as JB would like to believe “the real” Christian is in there somewhere, this was probably the real him all along. Christian says yeah, this is the real him. He isn’t here to be JB’s friend. He isn’t here to be a father or father figure. JB won’t let Christian talk about his father but Christian says he is just here to make money and win championships. Christian is in AEW for Christian. JB tells Christian about his father, the late Luke Perry. JB’s father taught him what it means to be a man. That is a lesson JB will teach Christian! This Sunday, Christian isn’t wrestling “Jungle Boy.” This Sunday, he FIGHTS Jack Perry!!

 

Six Man Tag: FTR & Wardlow VS Silas Young, Ray Jones & Vic Capri!

So much gold on the trio formerly known as The Pinnacle! The IWGP, AAA & ROH World Tag Team Champions and the AEW TNT Champion know that at All Out, they’re facing Jay Lethal, one of the greatest ROH World Heavyweight Champions, and the Motor City Machine Guns, one of the greatest tag teams period. Will this tune-up be an exclamation point before writing the conclusion to their story with Lethal this Sunday?

Sonjay Dutt is watching this backstage and taking notes with that pencil of his. The trios sort out and Wardlow starts against Ray Jones. Fans rally as the two step up to each other. Ray says he isn’t scared, and he pokes Wardlow in the shoulder. Wardlow HEADBUTTS Ray then keeps him standing up. Wardlow aims the finger gun, BANG and the wind-up, BIG LARIAT! Ray flounders but Wardlow drags him away. Tag to Cash, he drags Ray up and whips him to ropes to CLOBBER him! Cash drags Ray up to snap suplex! Tag to Dax, he drags Ray up to bump off buckles. Dax CHOPS Ray, then CHOPS again!

Ray ROCKS Dax back with a right, and he drags Dax over to tag in “Ice Pick” Vic and the two mug Dax. Vic whips, Dax reverses and wrenches to short arm LARIAT! Dax drags Vic up, tags Cash, and then Cash tags Wardlow. FTR whips Vic for the BIG RIG, and then they wipe out Silas & Ray! Wardlow drags Vic up, reels him in, and gives him the POWERBOMB! Fans chant “ONE MORE TIME!” and Wardlow conducts them. Wardlow drags Vic up, reels him back in, brings the straps down, and FTR helps give Vic a TRIPLE POWERBOMB! Cover, the Pinnacle wins!

Winners: FTR & Wardlow, by pinfall

Sonjay finishes taking notes, but will any of that help his guys on Sunday? Or will nothing stop this gold-stacked team from crushing Lethal & the MCMG?

 

Jon Moxley returns!

He heads back to the ring and gets himself a mic because he clearly wants to respond to what we saw earlier! “If that’s what your boy wants, that’s exactly what he’s gonna get. If CM Punk wants to go out on his shield here in Chicago in front of his hometown fans who made him what he is today… Well, Chicago, I guess he does owe you that much. So it will be CM Punk VS Jon Moxley one more time, this Sunday at All Out for the AEW World Championship! And CM Punk, if you think you’ve got one more miracle left in you, you better find it fast. Because the moment that bell rings, you are in danger! I’ll be trying to take your damn head off!”

Moxley says he’s gonna put on a display, a show, of glorious brutality and pro-wrestling violence that CM Punk has never experienced! And he will show the world the difference between a fake messiah, a martyr, and the real thing! A real champion! A legend being made right before your eyes! Moxley is fired up now! Will Ace Steel and CM Punk regret thinking they can make a comeback at the Maniac’s expense?

 

Backstage interview with The Dark Order.

Tony Schiavone is with Evil Uno & Preston Vance. Because of an injury to Vance’s knee last week on Rampage, he cannot compete in the tournament match set for this Friday. Uno says it was to be Dark Order VS Best Friends, and though Vance’s knee is not up to par, The Dark Order always has a plan! Uno will step in for Vance and- Andrade El Idolo walks in! Vance stands up but Andrade has him and Uno calm down. Andrade is sorry to hear about the knee. Andrade says The Dark Order used to have power. What happened to them? Do they need money? Jose hands Uno a fat stack of $100 bills! Well, thank you for that.

Andrade says he was thinking about giving The Dark Order a contract to work for him. Vance has the body, but maybe he could take the mask off- Uno stops Andrade there. Maybe Andrade doesn’t understand this, but Uno & Vance are Dark Order Forever. Take your money, and your cheap cologne, and get out of here. Uno puts the money in Andrade’s shirt pocket, and Andrade DECKS Uno! Andrade sucker punches Vance, takes one of the crutches, and he SMACKS Uno with it! And again! Jose has Vance stand down by threatening him with a stun gun! Andrade and Jose leave, but where does this leave The Dark Order for Rampage?

 

Fatal 4 Way: Wheeler Yuta VS Dante Martin VS Rey Fenix VS Rush!

Four men participating in this year’s Casino Ladder Match are facing off in an All Out appetizer! Will it be the Decoder, Angel Dorado, the Immortal Firebird or El Toro Blanco with all the momentum going into the big gamble?

The bell rings and Fenix rushes Rush! Rush dodges and sends Fenix to the ropes but Fenix Tiger Feints through. Yuta waistlocks Rush, Dante slides and trips up Fenix, then Dante kicks Fenix while Yuta shoves Rush to ropes. Things speed up in the ring while DOUBLE FOREARMS rock both Fenix and Dante! Yuta hurdles then drops while Rush leaps over. Yuta gets around to wrench and hook Rush up, IRON OCTOPUS! Rush endures while fans sing, “OLE~, OLE OLE OLE~! OLE~… OLE~…” Rush endures and powers out with a back drop, but Yuta comes back, into a POWERSLAM! But Dante springboards and CROSSBODIES Rush!

Dante keeps moving but Fenix ROCKS him! Fenix slingshots up and over and reels Dante in, Gory Especial for a GORY- SUNSET BOMB from Dante!! Cover, TWO!! Fenix handsprings and comes back, SPIKE-RANA! Cover, TWO!! Dante escapes but Fenix DROPKICKS him down! Fenix keeps moving and he DIVES onto Rush at the ramp! Fans are thunderous for this fast ‘n’ furious exchange! Fenix goes back for Rush while Yuta dodges Dante, and Yuta DIVES onto Fenix! Yuta shows he can fly, but then Dante goes up to FLY!! The Tornillo wipes out Fenix AND Yuta! Dante puts Rush in, goes up and leaps, into a HEADBUTT!

Rush SHOTGUNS Fenix and Dante off the apron, then fires up with the fans! Rush builds speed, and he FLIES! Direct hit on all three opponents! Rush stands up for the cheers and jeers while AEW goes picture in picture.

Rush RAMS Yuta into railing, then he goes back for Dante to TOSS him over the timekeeper’s table! Then Rush drags Fenix up to whip him hard into railing! Fenix flops down, Rush grabs some camera cables and he LASHES Fenix with them! Fenix goes floundering up the ramp and Rush goes after Yuta. Rush snapmares Yuta to KICK him in the back! Rush then sits Yuta down and gathers up more camera cables. Fans fire up and Rush puts Yuta in the ring. Rush stalks Yuta, kicks him around, but Yuta eggs him on. Rush eggs Yuta on, so Yuta ROCKS Rush! Rush ROCKS Yuta back! Yuta ROCKS Rush, Rush ROCKS Yuta!

Rush eggs Yuta on so Yuta ROCKS, CHOPS, repeat! Rush doesn’t budge, though! Rush CHOPS Yuta to a corner! Rush then sits Yuta down to stomp away on him! Then Rush goes corner to corner, jumps, but fakes Yuta out to BOOT him! Rush then rolls back to tranquilo! Fans fire up and Jose even puts up the fist. Rush storms up on Yuta, brings him up to the top rope, then CHOPS him! Fenix returns but Rush HEADBUTTS him down! Fenix flops to the floor, Rush drags Dante in through the ropes and CHOPS him down! Fenix crawls back in but Rush pulls at the mask! The ref reprimands that, Rush lets off, and he goes back to ROCK Yuta.

Rush climbs up after Yuta, but Yuta fights the superplex! Dante CLUBS Rush on the back and Dynamite returns to single picture. Dante drags Rush down, elbows him, then goes up after Yuta. Rush grabs Dante to SUPER GERMAN SUPLEX him, and Dante lands on Fenix!! Fans lose their minds, and Dante gets up into the MISSILE DROPKICK from Yuta! Rush JUMP KNEES Yuta, tucks him in, and hits a STRAITJACKET PILEDRIVER! Cover, TWO!?! Yuta survives and shocks Rush! Fans rally up and Rush storms up on Fenix. Fenix ENZIGURIS Rush out! Fenix whips but Dante reverses, only for Fenix to springboard!

But Dante catches Fenix in a half nelson! Dante lifts Fenix for a HALF NELSON SIDE SLAM! Cover, TWO!! Dante is frustrated but he drags Fenix back up. Dante reels Fenix in but Fenix fights the lift! Fenix CLUBS the legs, throws body shots, then gut wrenches Dante into a Canadian Rack! CLIFFHANGER GUTBUSTER, to an Alabama Lift, TWISTING POWERBOMB! Cover, Rush SHOTGUNS Fenix off the cover! Rush whips Fenix, Fenix Tiger Feints to HEEL KICK! Rush tumbles all the way out, Dante gets around Fenix to POISON-RANA! Not the cleanest but Dante gets himself to a corner! Fenix stirs and Dante springboards, but Yuta trips him up!

Dante crash lands and Yuta goes up now! Fenix SHORYUKENS Yuta! Yuta wobbles and Fenix goes up to LEAP onto Rush!! Fans are thunderous as everyone is down somewhere in the ring! Yuta drags himself back up, aims at Dante, DOUBLE STOMPS but Dante dodges! Yuta comes back, Dante puts him on the apron, Dante swings but Yuta counters to a slingshot hip toss and roll, SEATBELT!! YUTA WINS!!

Winner: Wheeler Yuta, by pinfall

The ROH Pure Champion secures a win with that signature cover! But now, add El Idolo, Penta El Zero M, Claudio GADDAM Castagnoli and the Joker, and that’s a wild match right there! Who comes out as the next #1 contender to the AEW World Championship when eight top stars go All Out?

 

Backstage interview with John Silver & Alex Reynolds.

Tony Schiavone knows they saw what happened to Uno & Vance, that takes out their two possible partners for Rampage! What’re they going to do? Reynolds says this Trios Tournament is the biggest opportunity the Dark Order has had in a long time. And if that means they have to go 3v2, then so be it. Silver says it’s not a big deal- Wait! Hangman Page walks in! He wanted this tournament to be their moment, but if Ten and Uno can’t do it, then they can count on him. Alright! Silver isn’t a booker or anything, but they’ll go get this figured out! This is awesome! Then Hangman Page is joining the tournament this Friday on Rampage! Will the Good, the Bad & The Hungy ride into the sunset once again?

 

AEW announces matches for All Out’s Zero Hour!

(AKA the Buy-In) It will be a rematch of Tomohiro Ishii VS Eddie Kingston! And then it is official, Kip Sabian will challenge PAC for the All-Atlantic Championship! And Hook will defend the FTW Championship against Angelo Parker! Can All Out get any bigger?!

 

AEW World Trios Championships Tournament Semifinals: The Elite VS The United Empire!

Speaking of All Out being a big deal, this tournament just keeps giving us incredible match-ups as The Cleaner, Kenny Omega, and the Young Bucks take on the Commonwealth Kingpin and Aussie Open! Everyone in this main event knows what it is to hold gold, but will the United Empire look to plant their flag in AEW? Or will The! Elite! The, the Elite return to prominence together?

“And now… He has a 1-0 record against Will Ospreay in their only singles match. He has a 3-0 trios record teaming with the Young Bucks VS Will Ospreay. He has drawn large crowds in Japan, and has sold more merchandise than Will Ospreay on two continents. He has held eight more championships than Will Ospreay. It is said that he is better looking, has better hair, a nicer smile, and does more charity work than Will Ospreay. He was victorious in his comeback match on Dynamite, which did not take place in NOOORTH~ CAROLINA! He is… KENNY! OOOOOOOOOOOMEEEEEEEEGAAAA~!”

Chicago goes wild as Omega, with Callis and Michael Nakazawa behind him, makes his way out on stage. The pyro goes off and then Omega joins the Bucks in the ring. Callis of course joins commentary while the trios sort out, and Omega insists he start. The Bucks stand down and Ospreay BOOTS Omega at the bell! Ospreay headlocks, Omega powers out, but Ospreay RAMS shoulders. Omega stays up, fans fire up and Omega pie faces Ospreay. Ospreay gets in Omega’s face, fans are going nuts, and Omega kicks low. Omega headlocks, Ospreay powers out but Omega runs Ospreay over. Ospreay kips up and pie faces Omega back!

Omega throws a forearm but Ospreay gives it back! Fans fire up as they go back and forth, then Ospreay CHOPS! Omega is stinging, even through his compression shirt, but Omega CHOPS back. Ospreay RAMS Omega into a corner, fires off haymakers, body shots and stomps, then even shoves the ref aside! The Bucks get in to throw Ospreay off of Omega, but then Aussie Open get in! Nick brawls with Fletcher while Matt brawls with Davis, the ref reprimands everybody, but Aussie Open set the Bucks up, only for the Bucks to dump them out! Omega hurries after Ospreay to CLUB him, CHOP him, then CHOP again!

Omega runs but Ospreay clotheslines Omega up and out! The Bucks kick Ospreay, then coordinate for the alley-oop RANA! Ospreay bails out and the Bucks aim at Aussie Open, DOUBLE PLANCHA! But Davis and Fletcher both catch the Bucks and hold them up! They SANDWICH Omega with the Bucks! Ospreay then climbs up a corner and Aussie Open sets The Elite up! SUPER SKY TWISTER takes out The Elite!! Fans are fired up and Ospreay grins. Ospreay drags Omega up while Aussie Open keeps on the Bucks. “This is Awesome!” as they brawl and smack the Elite off the railing. Davis ROCKS Omega and Fletcher CLUBS Nick!

The brawling goes up the ramp and to the stage! Ospreay has Matt, puts one out on him, but Matt back drops Ospreay! Ospreay lands hard on the ramp while AEW goes picture in picture!

The others brawl nearby, Aussie Open go to suplex Nick and Omega, but Nick and Omega both slip off. The Elite shoves Aussie Open into each other, then set them and Ospreay up for Matt to FLY!! Direct hit on the United Empire just off to stage right! The ref tells them all to get back in the ring and Nick CLUBS Ospreay that way. Omega follows and Nick puts Ospreay in the ring. Matt ROCKS Davis, leaves him and Fletcher behind, and Omega CLUBS Ospreay. Omega stomps Ospreay, CLUBS him, CLUBS him more, but Ospreay ROCKS him back! The hands keep flying back and forth, then Omega bumps Ospreay off Nick’s boot.

Tag to Nick, he and Omega stomp Ospreay, then Nick wrenches Ospreay to YANK the arm. Tag to Matt and Matt climbs up to DOUBLE STOMP the arm! Ospreay clutches his elbow but Matt brings Ospreay around to DECK him! Matt then drags Ospreay back up, snapmares him, and tags Nick. Nick slingshots, SENTON FIST DROP COMBO! Omega reaches out but Ospreay rushes at him! They scrap in the ropes but Omega uses that to facelock and trap Ospreay in the ropes. Nick kicks Ospreay in the back, then Omega shoves Ospreay down. Nick stands Ospreay up to scoop and SLAM him, then scrapes his soles off Ospreay’s face!

Nick spits at Fletcher and the ref is busy holding him and Davis back. Nick drags Ospreay over to the corner, tags Matt back in, and the Bucks double whip Ospreay to ropes. Ospreay ducks the double clothesline to handspring and DOUBLE NEURALIZER! All three men go down and fans fire up! Ospreay flounders, rolls, and hot tags Davis! Dynamite returns to single picture as Davis picks Nick up. Davis RAMS Nick into Matt at the corner for another Bucks sandwich! Davis then TOSSES Nick, clotheslines Matt, CHOPS Nick and clotheslines Matt again! Another CHOP for Nick, another clothesline for Matt, but then Nick ducks the next chop!

The Bucks both kick Davis low, whip him to ropes, but Davis handsprings?! And DOUBLE LARIATS! Davis scoops Nick, but then sees Matt staggering over. Davis sets Nick down so he can DOUBLE SCOOP the Bucks!! DOUBLE SLAM!! Davis shows his brute strength and fans fire up! Tag to Fletcher and Aussie Open coordinate. Davis fireman’s carries Matt for the POP-UP KICK! Then Davis scoops Matt, Fletcher goes up, LAWN DART CUTTER! Cover, Omega breaks it! Fans cheer but Fletcher is annoyed. He tags Davis back in, Aussie Open double pump handle and lift, but Matt RANAS Davis away!

Matt baits Fletcher in and TOSSES him out, but Ospreay runs in! Matt dodges to wheelbarrow and VICTORY ROLL FACEBUSTER! Fans fire up and Matt crawls for his corner, hot tag to Omega! Omega rallies on Davis with Polish Hammers! Davis ducks the discus, kicks low and whips, but Omega slips around and redirects to then dropkick the leg out. Omega keeps moving to KOTARO KRUSHER! Cover, TWO! Davis survives but Omega drags Davis up in a full nelson. Fletcher runs in but Omega just gets him for the SNAP DRAGON! Davis runs in, into the SNAP DRAGON! Ospreay returns, but Omega throws him out!

Ospreay holds on, Omega aims at Davis and says BANG! But Ospreay skins the cat to HOOK KICK Omega! Ospreay springboards, OSCUT- NO! SNAP DRAG- NO!! Ospreay lands on his feet and RANAS Omega out! Fans are thunderous and Ospreay builds speed, SASUKE SPECIAL!! NO! Omega stepped back! SNAP DRAGON to the floor! Omega says he’s also smarter than Ospreay. Omega goes back to the ring and climbs up a corner. Aussie Open rushes in, Fletcher GAMANGIRIS! Davis & Fletcher both climb as fans hope these trios “FIGHT FOREVER!” Aussie Open stalling DOUBLE SUPERPLEX Omega down! Davis covers, Nick breaks it!

Davis snarls but he rains down forearms on Omega. Tag to Ospreay and he storms up on Omega. Ospreay rips at the compression shirt! Ospreay has exposed the rib tape and shoulder tape, and he throws body shots! Ospreay rips at the tape now, then shoves Omega to CLUB him on the back! Ospreay drags Omega up, scoops him, and hits the SPIN OUT BACKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! Ospreay is annoyed but he stay son Omega as AEW goes picture in picture.

Ospreay drags Omega up by his hair, bumps him off buckles, then CHOPS him! Omega sits down, Ospreay tags Davis, and Davis stands Omega up. Davis ROCKS Omega then stalks him to another corner. Davis RAMS his shoulder into Omega, and again! The ref counts, Davis RAMS into Omega again, then hauls him up for a SPINEBUSTER! Cover, Matt breaks it! Davis throws Matt out then taunts Nick. Nick talks trash back and Davis sucker punches him down! Omega throws body shots on Davis, but Davis hauls Omega up to RAM him into the Empire’s corner! Tag to Fletcher, he scoops and SLAMS Omega!

Fletcher rains down elbows on Omega, then lets off while Ospreay smirks. Fletcher CLUBS Omega, puts him back in the corner and throws body shots. Ospreay tags in, Fletcher makes Omega stand up, and Ospreay taunts the Bucks. Ospreay goes back to Omega, brings him out, and KNEES him in the ribs! Ospreay hooks Omega up in a cobra twist and Omega endures. Fans rally, Ospreay talks trash at them, but Omega fights free! Omega hip tosses Ospreay down! But Aussie Open reels Omega back into the corner! Ospreay runs in, Omega BOOTS him away! Omega throws elbows on Aussie Open, then he goes up and over Ospreay!

Ospreay scrambles to stop Omega from tagging out! Ospreay anchors a foot, drags Omega away, but Omega throws haymakers! Omega HEABUTTS Ospreay and gets free! Dynamite returns to single picture, hot tag to Nick! Fans fire up as Nick runs at Ospreay! Ospreay blocks the monkey flip but Nick rebounds off the ropes to hit a DESTROYER! Ospreay flops out, Fletcher gets in but knuckle locks and CHOPS him! Nick goes up and up and “LUCHA LIBRE~!” to take out BOTH Aussie Open! Nick goes out to PENALTY KICK Ospreay! Nick shoulders into both Davis & Fletcher, and then slingshots for a DOUBLE FACEBUSTER!

Nick then handsprings out to TORNADO DDT Ospreay to the floor! Fans are thunderous as Nick solos the Empire! Nick puts Ospreay in, goes up the corner and 450’s onto knees! Ospreay counters in time, and steals the SNAP DRAGON! Ospreay mocks Omega’s finger gun and aims at Nick, but Omega gets in! Omega gets in Ospreay’s face and the forearms start flying! Fans fire up as the shots go back and forth! Ospreay gets the edge, Omega CHOPS back! Omega runs, but into the Tiger Wall Kick! Omega ducks the enziguri and runs, but Ospreay slips through the lariat! LIGER BOMB!! Fans are losing their minds while Ospreay tags Fletcher.

Fletcher & Davis get in, they double wrench and double pump handle Nick to then lift him up. We saw the Empire do this to Fenix last week as Ospreay springboards, but NICK hits the cutter!! Aussie Open is in shock and Omega drags Davis out of the ring! Fletcher whips but Matt tags in! Nick goes up and over, Matt SUPERKICKS Fletcher! Nick SHINING WIZARDS, GAMANGIRIS, FOREARMS, then feeds to Omega’s POP-UP POWERBOMB! Omega rolls Fletcher into sitting up, DOUBLE SUPERKICK V-TRIGGER COMBO!! Cover, Davis breaks it in time!! Nick tosses Davis out, then goes up and up to ESCALARA and take out Davis!

Matt has Fletcher and scoops! Nick aims, springboards, but into an OSCUTTER!! Fletcher turns things around on Matt, and Ospreay goes up?! Davis drags Omega out to APRON POWERBOMB him, while Ospreay SHOOTING STARS into the MELTZER DRIVER!!!! Cover, TWO!?!?! Matt survives and NO ONE can believe it!! Ospreay prepares his arm while fans are loving “A E DUB!” for this! Aussie Open sits Matt up but Nick anchors Ospreay. Ospreay BOOTS Nick away, but turns around into a V-TRIGGER! Matt fights free, Nick SUPERKICKS Fletcher! Nick dodges Davis, the Bucks DOUBLE SUPERKICK Davis!

The Elite sees Fletcher all alone, so they TRIPLE SUPERKICK him! Fans are thunderous as Matt tags Omega in. Omega aims at Fletcher, BANG, and- Ospreay steals V-Trigger!! Ospreay blocks Nick’s superkick and sends it into Matt! Then Ospreay SUPERKICKS Nick! Ospreay runs, into a double hip toss and feed to Omega’s gut wrench! Nick gets a boost from Matt for an INDIETAKER!! Omega remembers Fletcher is the legal man and he reloads! BANG and V-TRIGGER!! Then the Electric Chair, ONE WINGED ANGEL!! Cover, THE ELITE WINS!!

Winners: The Elite, by pinfall (advance to the finals at All Out)

A match worthy of the main event! A main event worthy of the AEW World Trios Championship Tournament! And a victory worthy of going to the finals at All Out! Will Omega & The Young Bucks prove they are worthy of being the inaugural champions? Who proves themselves worthy to be their opponents this Friday on Rampage?


My Thoughts:

What a great episode of AEW, especially for a go-home. It did start to feel a little talky in the middle, but AEW has been feeling a bit more talky lately. It’s still been good stuff, there’s just been a lot of it. Moxley had a great promo to open the show, but I just knew that even with it being an “open challenge,” it was going to be Punk answering it. Punk also had a great promo that really got the fans hyped up, but with it playing out this way, it just felt rather melodramatic to me. We will still get the awesome match we expected to see in Cleveland, but this was a very interesting route to take to get there.

Similarly, I had a feeling Hangman Page would somehow end up the third partner for Silver & Reynolds. Andrade whooping Uno after Vance was ruled out by his injury was a surprising way to get there, but maybe we also get a Dark Order VS LFI/AFO feud after All Out. And after just an amazing main event between The Elite and The United Empire, I am pretty sure we get Elite VS Dark Order & Hangman. It will be an awesome match that will reference all the story between Hangman and his old friends, and it will truly make that match hard to call. But news just came out that Bobby Fish’s AEW contract won’t be renewed, so I have a feeling we won’t get Undisputed VS Elite after all.

We got great stuff out of Bryan Danielson, Daniel Garcia and the rest of Jericho Appreciation Society. Bryan VS Hager was a great match and of course Bryan wins for momentum going into All Out. Garcia expects Jericho to be better than he is and that comes back to bite him when the rest of JAS attacks Bryan. Garcia costs Jericho here, so will he cost Bryan at All Out? I thought Garcia was joining BCC but it’s harder to tell what’s going to happen here. We also got a great return to AEW for W. Morrissey where he wipes out The Wingmen and then joins Stokely. And it was good that someone asked what Stokely’s planning. He’s either breaking away from The Baddies, or he’s creating a faction that is actually booked strong in both men’s and women’s divisions.

We got a great interview promo from Christian and JB, and of course AEW uses “No Physicality Agreement” here. Both men delivered their parts perfectly, and that is an even bigger deal for JB. JB is coming into his own through this feud, and win or lose, Jungle Boy will be a certified contender for a singles title going into the Fall. We got a good promo vignette from Pac and Kip to set up their title match, and a great promo from Miro, Darby & Sting to set up a Six Man Tag with House of Black. I have a feeling Pac retains, but anything can happen in #RelentlessRedeemers VS House of Black that then helps set up an eventual Miro VS Malakai 1v1 match.

FTR & Wardlow crush their opponents, and Silas didn’t even get to be part of the match. I again say that this is to set up FTR VS MCMG for the ROH tag titles, so there’s a good chance the team of #LethalMachineGuns finds a way to win. We got a great tag match from Storm & Shida VS Britt & Hayter, and the Faces win so there is half a chance Britt and Hayter conspire so that one of them (Britt) wins in the end. I’d like for Storm to win to vindicate her after how she was treated on main roster WWE and how things have been a little rocky in AEW, but Britt is a worthy Heel to become a two-time champion and taunt Toni in the chase, so it’s between those two to me.

And we got an awesome Fatal 4 Way to hype up the Casino Ladder Match. It is a bit strange that we’re getting two members each from three factions (Claudio & Yuta of BCC; the Lucha Bros of Death Triangle; and Andrade & Rush of LFI), and then it’s literally the Joker as the one person who isn’t attached to anyone. It was awesome to see Yuta get the win here tonight but he is the ROH Pure Champion, so don’t expect him to become a contender. Same for Claudio being ROH World Champion. And there’s still plenty of beef between Lucha Bros and LFI that those four could cancel out. The Joker usually isn’t the winner of these “casino” matches but this could be the time. Could it be… MJF?!

My Score: 8.8/10


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Mitchell’s AEW Dynamite Results & Report! (12/7/22)

The best tag teams collide!

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AEW Year 4

Will The Acclaimed hold onto their forever reign?

In an epic clash, The Acclaimed defend their AEW World Tag Team Championships against the THREE BELT CHAMPIONS, FTR! Will Cash Wheeler & Dax Harwood move up to FOUR belts tonight?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Dynamite Diamond Ring Battle Royal: Ricky Starks wins and will challenge MJF for the Dynamite Diamond Ring.
  • AEW TNT Championship: Samoa Joe VS Darby Allin; Joe wins and retains the title.
  • Jake Hager & Daniel Garcia VS Claudio Castagnoli & Wheeler Yuta; Claudio & Yuta win.
  • Six Woman Tag: Jade Cargill & The Baddies VS Madison Rayne, Skye Blue & Kiera Hogan; Jade & The Baddies win.
  • AEW World Tag Team Championships: The Acclaimed VS FTR; The Acclaimed win and retain the titles.

PLAY BY PLAY

Dynamite Diamond Ring Battle Royal!

Another year, another battle for that coveted $150,000 diamond ring! But things are a little different, as Maxwell Jacob Friedman, our NEW AEW World Champion, has the prerogative to not participate in this match. Instead, think of this more as a #1 contender’s battle royal with the winner getting to choose when and where they face MJF for that ring. Ricky Starks vows that when he wins this match, he’ll make next week’s title match into a Winner Takes All! Will this be an Absolute Victory for Ricky Starks? Or will someone else in this crowded field take that diamond ticket instead?

Fans go wild as Starks makes his entrance, and then they go wild as “Jungle Boy” Jack Perry makes his entrance. We already have Brian Cage, The Butcher, The Blade, Orange Cassidy, Captain Shawn Dean, Matt Hardy, Ethan Page,  Lee Moriarty, W. Morrissey, Kip Sabian, Dalton Castle and The Boys at ringside, but wait! Here comes The Natural, Dustin Rhodes! Fans fire up for the hometown hero, the bell rings, and everyone rushes into the ring! Well, almost everyone as Kip plays things a bit more shrewdly, and even Castle & The Boys wait as things sort out. Cassidy takes his time because that’s just the way Freshly Squeezed rolls.

The Butcher brawls with Dean, The Blade is after JB and Dustin is on Hardy while The Firm’s All Ego and #TAIGASTYLE mug Starks. Castle slides in to help Starks out, and Kip yanks Cassidy out under the bottom rope, wanting to continue things from Rampage’s All-Atlantic Championship Lumberjack Match! Kip RAMS Cassidy into railing! Ethan bumps Castle off buckles and Starks turns things around on Moriarty. Ethan CHOKES Castle while The Boys protest. Castle hits Ethan back, Moriarty turns things around on Starks to rain down fists. Starks stops that and hits an atomic drop! Hardy helps Ethan by going after Castle.

Dustin digs his boots into Ethan while Hardy dribbles Castle off buckles. Kip throws Cassidy around ringside, Dustin bumps Ethan off buckles. Dustin CHOPS Ethan, Cassidy turns things around on Kip but Kip sends Cassidy into the apron! Fans rally for Starks, Castle gives Hardy a raspberry? Dustin ROCKS Butcher, Dean throws hands on Cage. Kip and Cassidy are finally in the ring and Cassidy bounces Kip off buckles. And again! And again! Butcher CLUBS Cassidy down! Butcher and Kip work together on Cassidy but he kicks at them. Cassidy gets free, dodges Kip, and runs in at Kip, only for Kip to send him up and out!

Cassidy holds onto the ropes, but Kip BITES one of Cassidy’s hands! Cassidy still skins the cat to headscissor Kip! Kip resists, pushes Cassidy away, but Cassidy hits him back! Blades sucker punches Cassidy and drags him off! Blade ELIMINATES Cassidy, then POSTS him! Fans boo but the damage is done and Kip is all smiles. Dustin runs at Kip and hits a DESTROYER! Dustin clotheslines Kip up and out to ELIMINATE him! Fans fire up but then Butcher CLUBS Dustin! Butcher fires off hands but Dustin gives them back! They brawl with haymakers but Butcher knees low! And again! Butcher fireman’s carries but Dustin fights free!

Dustin is on the apron, he throws hands on Butcher while fans go nuts over Starks narrowly avoiding elimination at the hands of Matt Hardy! Dustin ROCKS Butcher, Hardy kicks at Starks. Moriarty is after Castle in a corner while Butcher rakes Dustin’s eyes! Butcher CLOBBERS Dustin and ELIMINATES him! Fans boo but Blade high-fives with Butcher while staying safe on the outside. Butcher fires off on Dustin, Cage throws Castle out! Cage KNEES Castle off the apron, but The Boys catch him! Cage ROCKS Castle again, the Boys keep Castle up again! And again! They carry Castle to safety on the other side of the ring!

But Cage is there! Cage swings, Castle ducks to ROCK Cage back! Castle gets in safe, but Cage scoops him! Cage TOSSES Castle out onto the Boys and ELIMINATES him! Fans boo but JB DROPKICKS Cage out of the ring! Cage  stays on the apron, he ROCKS JB in the ropes, suplexes him, but JB slips out to waistlock! Cage elbows JB away, but JB SUPERKICKS Cage! Meanwhile, Starks is fighting off both Hardy and Ethan Page! He gets them to back off, before he DOUBLE AX HANDLES them both down! JB goes up a corner, he leaps at Cage, APRON METEORA! JB ELIMINATES Cage! Prince Nana is furious but fans are fired up as AEW goes picture in picture!

JB checks his leg as he gets in the ring. Moriarty is right on JB by pulling his hair! Moriarty UPPERCUTS JB, has him in a corner, and digs his boots in! Ethan stomps Dean while Hardy rushes Butcher. Butcher dumps Hardy but Hardy holds the ropes! Hardy fights his way back in, he CLUBS Butcher down, and Ethan applauds. The Firm give Hardy thumbs up as Hardy picks Butcher up and works to dump him out! Butcher holds on while Moriarty stomps Starks and Ethan keeps on Dean. Butcher fights off Hardy, then catches his breath leaning against ropes. Ethan makes Starks look at the camera before he CLUBS him down!

JB CLUBS Ethan! Moriarty full nelsons JB but JB elbows him away. JB digs a boot into Ethan and Starks joins in! They let off, drag Ethan up, and they work together to pick Ethan up! Ethan fights and Hardy helps Ethan for The Firm. Hardy bumps Starks off buckles again and again and again! JB fights Ethan off while Hardy shouts, “DELETE! Dean turns things around on Moriarty JB stomps Ethan then CLUBS Butcher. Dean scoops and SLAMS Moriarty while Hardy tries to throw Starks out again. But Starks drags Hardy up and over instead! Hardy dangles but so does Starks! Dynamite returns to single picture as Ethan hurries to save Hardy!

Starks fights Hardy but Ethan HOTSHOTS Starks! Starks sputters, Hardy gets in safe. Butcher fights off JB and Dean, but Dean fights him with forearms. The Firm all mug Starks, but fans rally up behind Starks. Starks fires off on Butcher while he can but Butcher ROCKS Starks! Starks runs to BLAST and ELIMINATE The Butcher! But then The Firm jumps right on him! Moriarty throws Starks out but Starks stays safe on the apron. Starks ROCKS Moriarty, JB runs in to RANA Moriarty up and out to ELIMINATE him!! But Morrissey BOOTS JB while he’s hanging on, and that ELIMINATES JB!!

Fans boo, Morrissey isn’t even really in this match! But Moriarty & Morrissey aren’t done with JB, either, as they drag him up, APRON CHOKE SLAM!! Hardy meanwhile hits Dean with a SIDE EFFECT! The refs reprimand, Moriarty and Morrissey back off, leaving Ethan, Hardy, Starks and Dean as our final four. Hardy drags Starks up to give him a SIDE EFFECT! Fans boo, but then Ethan tells Hardy to stop doing his V1 and raise Ethan’s hand in victory. But Ethan hasn’t won yet! Hardy says, “DELETE! DELETE! DELETE!” and then Ethan tells him to get Starks up. Hardy does as told, The Firm mugs Starks, and then they put him on the ropes.

Starks holds on as both Hardy & Ethan lift, but Dean makes the save! Dean fires off hands on Ethan! Hardy goes after Dean, but Dean fires off hands on Hardy! Dean UPPERCUTS Hardy but Ethan CLUBS Dean! Ethan whips Dean, Dean gets around, FLOAT-OVER DDT! Dean kips up and fans fire up! Stokely is upset but Dean drags Ethan up to throw him up and over! Ethan holds on desperately and Hardy kicks Dean! TWIST OF FATE! Ethan shouts to throw Dean out and Hardy tells Ethan to do it. Ethan says fine, he drags Dean up and tosses Dean to ELIMINATE him! Fans are thunderous as now Starks is 2v1 against The Firm!

Ethan tells Hardy to do his job and help him win. Hardy shouts, “DELETE! DELETE! DELETE!” But he BLASTS Starks! The Firm mugs Starks and fans boo hard as ever! Ethan feeds Starks to the facelock, TWIST OF- NO, Starks shoves Hardy up and out to ELIMINATE him! Ethan fires off on Starks, it’s just the two of them now! Starks wrenches and TORNADO DDTS!! Fans are thunderous as Starks is electric! He runs in but Ethan dodges the Spear! ROUNDHOUSE! Ethan snarls, he drags Starks up, fireman’s carry, but Starks RANAS Ethan out! STARKS WINS!!

Winner: Ricky Starks (#1 contender to the Dynamite Diamond Ring)

But to rain on the parade already is MJF! The AEW World Champion and #TripleB, the Big Burberry Belt, are here with a mic as fans boo hard as they can. The fans then cheer on Starks and MJF smirks. MJF tells Starks, “I’ll be with you in one second.” MJF then says, “Bryan Danielson, a little birdy told me you didn’t wanna show up tonight, and I think I know the real reason why. The real reason why is because you’re terrified of me. And I don’t blame ya, bud. After what I did to your boy, Willy Reegs, I’d be scared, too.”

Fans boo but MJF says, “Because I’m a bad, bad man. And that’s why in a week from now, I’m gonna be a FOUR-TIME, FOUR-TIME, FOUR-TIME, F-F-F-FOUR-TIME beautiful Dynamite Diamond Ring Champion. And I will still be the holder of the grandest prize of ’em all, the Triple B, baby! Now Richard, people seem to really like you around here, huh?” Fans cheer Starks on again, and MJF says “They talk about you like you’re some underutilized god of professional wrestling. And trust me, you are very talented, you really are. But you wanna know the truth, bud? Here’s the truth, Absolute.” Fans tell MJF to STFU but he just shrugs that off.

MJF says the truth is that in comparison to MJF, Starks is the Absolute drizzling sh*t! Or should MJF say, “You’re a roody poo candy ass!” After all, Starks stole literally everything else from that guy. But no offense, Richard, you’re just “a Dollar Store Dwayne.” So MJF will call Starks “The Pebble.” So here’s what happens next week in the main event of Dynamite, little Pebble. Fans chant for the “PEBBLE~! PEBBLE~!” MJF says he’s gonna put The Pebble in his pocket, hop in his brand new Porsche, because unlike all the “simple-minded humanoids” of Austin, MJF is rich. MJF will drive Pebble to the nearest body of water, take him out of his pocket, and skip “your scrawny little pigeon-toed ass all the way back to Billy Corgan’s NWA so you can wrestle on YouTube where you belong!”

Fans boo but Starks just smirks. MJF says “Facts don’t care about your feelings, Texas!” But MJF doesn’t care that Starks is Absolute, because MJF is a Generational Talent, and his Reign of Terror has only just begun. MJF soaks up the heat and then Starks pushes right past him to get a mic of his own. Fans cheer on Starks but MJF tells them all to shut up. Starks tells “Maxi Pad”, which fans now chant at MJF, that he should’ve expected a fifth-rate Roddy Piper to come out here and try to steal the spotlight. Oh~, he trashed the city! OH~! He trashed the fans! How much more shtick does MJF got? Cuz the low hanging fruit is running dry!

Starks says every week, MJF walks out here smelling like paint thinner and ass, having spray tanned his eczema to where if he took his shirt off, his back would look like he laid on an ant colony for seven hours. MJF has his crappy shoes, pants that are never ironed, a shirt that is too small, that stupid scarf, and that even dumber haircut, and he acts like he’s better than Starks?! Give us a break!! Fans are fired up hearing that! “Everything about you screams, ‘Cheap.’ The cheap suits, the cheap shoes, the cheap heat. Oh my God, and you are our new AEW Champion, huh? Well here’s the thing. With that AEW Championship comes a big responsibility that you know nothing about!

“The difference between you and me is that when these people got behind me, I gave them a reason to keep going. When they put faith in you, you let them down. When Regal put faith in you, you let him down. But brother, when it comes to Ricky, I delivery on time, every time, every night, every week, every month! And you can take your little ass to Greece for three months because oh~, you didn’t get paid enough! Oh~, you got out politicked by somebody smarter than you! But the fact remains is that I’ve been here, busting my ass. You wanna talk responsibility? Let’s talk about the fact that you avoid responsibility! You avoid any type of pressure.

“I show up to sign meet ‘n’ greets, where you, you don’t care! You just blow it off because hey! Everybody hates Max, so he has nothing to lose, right? Yeah, well, guess what, buddy? There comes a lot of responsibility when it comes to people actually liking you. And beside your nose being a lot darker than the rest of your body, me on the other hand, I live with dignity, I live with respect. You know nothing about that! When I lived in my car in South Austin, guess what I was doing? I was grinding! I knew the responsibility of taking care of myself! When it comes to that woman right there, it’s MY responsibility to get her a car, to get her a house.

“And you think because you paid people, because you kissed ass, that Maxwell ‘I’m better than you,’ you can get whatever you want? Please, gimme a break.” Fans are all fired up! Starks tells MJF that next week is a BIG deal. Starks is putting up and shutting MJF up for once in his miserable, narcissistic, punk-ass little life! MJF doesn’t deserve the title but Starks does! Wrestling on YouTube? Guess what? Been there, done that, busted his ass to get here! He never needed a name to make it here, and he doesn’t need one to beat MJF’s ass! He is Ricky Starks, he is stand ten toes down right here.

Next week, Starks smacks that mole of MJF’s neck, stomps a new hole right into MJF, and then he takes that title! Fans are thunderous for Starks as he says he’s doing MJF a favor he’s never had done in his life: Starks takes the responsibility off this “little boy’s” plate. MJF LOW BLOWS Starks! Fans boo as MJF takes off the belt, the scarf, and brings out the Dynamite Diamond Ring. MJF puts the ring on, takes aim, and fans shout “F YOU MAX!” But Starks dodges to SPEAR!! Fans are THUNDEROUS as MJF falls out of his shoes and then falls out of the ring! Starks holds up the world title, will he be holding that and the Dynamite Diamond Ring at the end of Winter is Coming?

 

Darby Allin speaks.

“May 12th, 2021 was when I lost the TNT Championship. From that time ’til now, I feel like a lot of people have all said to me, ‘Darby Allin is being slept on. Darby Allin is forgotten about.’ Well it’s up to me to wake everyone up, and I’m gonna win that TNT Championship. I said that this crowd chants one thing, ‘Joe is gonna kill~ you.’ Well Joe, you’re gonna have to bury me with that TNT Championship, because I am not leaving Austin, Texas without it.”

Samoa Joe responds.

“Darby Allin, the curious little dead boy. I know exactly what you see when you look at me. You see a crucible that you wanna put yourself through. You see the violence that I inflict and you say to yourself, ‘That is a trial I can endure.’ Well, Darby, tonight you’re gonna learn that curiosity has a price that is about to get real expensive.” Will the Relentless Underdog put it all on the line just to get back that title? Or will he fail to dethrone the King of Pro-Wrestling Television?

 

Jon Moxley speaks.

“You think last week got a little outta hand? I don’t. In fact, I’m starting to really, really like The Cowboy, Hangman. Because he fell off his horse, dusted himself off, and got right back in the saddle, and he did his talking with his fists. There’s not enough of that around here. There’s too much talking. This is All Elite Wrestling, not All Elite Talking. There is no Blackpool Microphone Club. This is COMBAT! This is the sport of kings! Tonight, myself, Wheeler, Claudio, this Weekend at Final Battle, this Friday night on Rampage, we bring back 100 proof, in-your-face, ass-kicking wrestling! Jericho Appreciation Society. I’m so over the Jericho Appreciation Society.

“I’m gonna be out there tonight, just to make sure there’s no sports entertainment shenanigans. And this weekend, we put the JAS in our rearview mirror for good! Hangman Page, you want another piece? You know where to find me.” The Maniac heads out, but will he be able to focus on the JAS with the Cowboy coming for him?

 

AEW TNT Championship: Samoa Joe VS Darby Allin!

#TwoBeltJoe has been intimidating and brutal even when he’s had no belts. How much more vicious will he become in order to keep his throne as King of TV?

The introductions are made, the TNT title is raised, and we see if Darby wins, or even survives!

The bell rings and fans rally as Darby and Joe stare down. Fans do sing, “Joe is gonna kill~ you!” Joe steps up to Darby, daring him to do something. So Darby fires off fast hands! Joe puts Darby in a corner, but Darby dodges him to fire off hands again! Joe shoves Darby away, but Darby SHOTGUNS Joe out of the ring! Darby keeps moving to DIVE, but Joe casually moves aside and Darby crashes into railing! Joe grins as he goes back for Darby while fans lose their minds. Joe CLUBS Darby, drags him up, and sits him on the apron to then SWING him into the railing! And SWING into the apron! And back into railing!

Fans are torn but Joe soaks it all up. Joe goes back for Darby, and he tears up the floor mats! Joe drags Darby up and smacks him off the apron. Darby flounders around in a daze, but Joe drags him back up. Joe puts Darby in the ring, just to drag him out after refreshing the ring count. Joe then hits Darby with a BIG back suplex to the floor! Darby writhes, but at least that was a padded part. Joe refreshes the count himself now, and he drags Darby back up. Joe brings Darby to the bare patch now, and fans boo while the ref counts. Darby fights the lift but Joe still gets Darby up! Darby bends Joe’s fingers to get free!

Darby runs in, but Joe POWERSLAMS Darby to the bare concrete!! Joe shouts at Darby, “Do you wanna die, Darby?! HUH!?!” The ref checks Darby while AEW goes picture in picture.

Joe leaves Darby behind while he clutches an arm and his ribs. Joe returns, having refreshed the count, and he puts Darby in the ring. Joe stalks Darby, mockingly applauds, and then drags Darby up. Joe CHOPS Darby and he flops down into a corner. Joe stands on Darby’s neck, the ref counts, and Joe lets off at 4. Joe smirks as he paces around. Darby drags himself up in a corner but not very far. Joe drags Darby up but Darby throws body shots! Darby runs, but Joe CLOBBERS him with an elbow! Joe is fired up and he drags Darby into a neck wrench! Darby endures, even as Joe looms over him. Joe throws Darby down but fans rally up.

Darby flounders about and it amuses Joe. Darby kicks back, manages to kick harder, and he BOOTS Joe away! Darby stands to throw more body shots, but Joe HEADBUTTS Darby down! Joe snarls, he drags Darby back up, and he dumps Darby to the apron. Joe drags Darby up as Dynamite returns to single picture. Joe JABS Darby, and then runs him side to side to POST him! Fans lose their minds again and Joe pretends he can’t see where Darby went. Doc Sampson checks Darby and the ring count starts. Fans count along while Joe just strolls around the ring and flexes. Darby is somehow okay to continue, and he crawls his way over at 5 of 10.

Darby flounders up at 7 and in at 8! Fans cheer but Joe is annoyed. Joe asks Darby what more has to happen. Joe kicks him around, Darby gets mad. Darby SLAPS Joe and it staggers him! Darby runs, gets around, but Joe hits an atomic drop! And then runs to BOOT Darby down! Then he SENTONS! Cover, TWO!! Darby is still in this though he goes to the apron, and Joe can’t believe it! But then Joe builds speed! But Joe has to bail out as Darby slides back in! Darby PLANCHAS, but into a fireman’s carry! Darby fights free to RAM Joe into steel steps! Darby then goes up the corner for a SUPER COFFIN DROP!! Both men are down and fans are thunderous for “A E DUB! A E DUB!”

Darby staggers about, but he pushes Joe into the ring. Darby keeps moving, COFFIN- NO, the splash is caught to a SLEEPER! But Darby drops to KICK Joe away! Darby slips around, THROWBACK STUNNER!! Joe stays up so Darby hops on, CODE RED!! Cover, TWO!!! Joe survives but Darby has new life! Fans are giving a standing ovation as Joe and Darby rise. Joe goes to a corner, Darby runs in but into the URENAGE! Joe drags Darby up and puts him on the top rope. But Darby claws Joe’s face! Joe CHOPS Darby, climbs up after him, and hoists Darby up. But Darby BITES Joe’s forehead!! Joe falls back, Darby adjusts, COFFIN DROP!! Into the COQUINA CLUTCH!!!

Darby flails, he reaches out, but the sleeper and body scissors squeezes tight! Darby has a wild look in his eyes, until those eyes roll back! Darby is OUT, Joe wins!!

Winner: Samoa Joe, by submission (still AEW TNT Champion)

Darby fought his heart out, but we are still in the #TwoBeltJoe Era! Darby manages to stand up again, and he says he’s not dead! Joe has to put him down for him to stop! Darby dares Joe to keep fighting, but Joe HEADBUTTS Darby down! Joe grabs Darby’s own skateboard and he brings it over. Fans boo as Joe scares off the ref with the board! Joe then drags Darby up, puts the board down wheels up, and he puts Darby on the corner. Joe tucks Darby in! MUSCLE BUSTER on the wheels!!! Darby isn’t even moving, but Joe still puts the COQUINA CLUTCH back on!! The ref reprimands, more refs rush out but HERE COMES WARDLOW!!

Wardlow rushes to the ring and Joe runs away! Fans cheer on “WARD~LOW! WARD~LOW!” as he reminds Joe that they’re not through with each other! Joe moves on to ROH Final Battle to defend his ROH World Television Championship against Juice Robinson, will Joe make it through The Booster only to find Wardlow’s World waiting for him?

 

Backstage interview with Kip Sabian and Orange Cassidy.

Tony Schiavone says there is a No Physicality Agreement in place as these two are here to talk. What is on Cassidy’s mind? Cassidy doesn’t know what Kip is doing, but he doesn’t need to do this. If he wants a title shot, just ask. Kip says, “How convenient, my sweet little Clementine. You wait until an unprovoked attack by Dustin Rhodes. I’m hurt. You just don’t want me at my best.” Cassidy says if Kip isn’t gonna fight this Friday on Rampage, then find someone who can. Kip ponders the idea, and heads out. Cassidy asks Schiavone if that’s a yes. Seems so. Then who will crazy Kip find as a Superbad proxy to take on the All-Atlantic Champion?

 

Chris Jericho speaks.

“Initially, what started out as a deliberate desecration of the legacy of ROH has now led me to become the greatest ROH Champion of all time. Oh, the irony. Claudio, you don’t have the belief that you can beat me when it counts and become the ROH World Champion once again. Isn’t that true? That is why I’m gonna beat you at Final Battle, and it is why you’re gonna have to join the Jericho Appreciation Society. But Claudio, I am telling you this right now, it is going to be the best thing for you. I am looking so forward to taking you under my wing, and most importantly, I am looking so forward to beating you at Final Battle. I’ll see you then, Claudio. All Honor The Ocho.”

 

Jake Hager & Daniel Garcia w/ Sammy Guevara VS Claudio Castagnoli & Wheeler Yuta w/ Jon Moxley!

Speaking of the war between JAS and BCC, another battle happens here in Austin! Will “Rock Hard” Hager & the “Dragonslayer” use sports entertainment to gain the momentum before the Final Battle? Or will the Swiss Superman & Decoder use a pro-wrestling solution on their JAS problem?

The teams sort out and Yuta starts against Garcia in a preview of their ROH Pure Championship rematch set for Saturday. They circle, then Garcia tags to Hager. Hager and Yuta circle, but then Hager has everyone hold on. Because he’s brings out the purple bucket hat, and throws it to Claudio! Hager says Claudio needs to get used to wearing that. Claudio considers it, he holds the hat up, but then he PUNTS the hat to the crowd! Hopefully Austin likes that hat. Hager KNEES Yuta, CLUBS him, then back suplexes! Yuta lands on his feet, CHOPS Hager, but Hager swings. Yuta dodges but Hager CLOBBERS Yuta!

Hager drags Yuta up, bumps him off buckles and tags Garcia in. The JAS mugs Yuta with a CHOP and some stomps. The ref counts, Garcia digs his boots in but he lets off at 4. Yuta gets up to COHP and forearm and repeat! Garcia CHOPS, Yuta CHOPS, repeat! Yuta whips, Garcia reverses and runs in but Yuta goes up and over. Yuta scoops Garcia to SLAM him, then SENTON! Cover, TWO! Yuta keeps on Garcia with a pull of the ear, then he tags Claudio. BCC double whip and DOUBLE BOOT! Garcia scrambles away, tags Hager, but Hager runs into a drop toehold! Claudio facelocks then armlocks while fans chant, “WE THE PEOPLE!”

Claudio chinbars then goes after an arm, but Hager throws elbows. Hager ROCKS Claudio with rights, whips him corner to corner, but Claudio goes up and over. Claudio hip tosses then covers, ONE!! Claudio keeps on the arm, tag to Yuta, and Yuta climbs up to AX HANDLE the arm! Yuta wrenches, but Hager shoves him to a corner. Hager runs in but into a BOOT! Yuta hops up, leaps and MISSILE DROPKICKS Hager down! Garcia runs in but Yuta slips around, OLYMPIC SLAM! Garcia bails out, Yuta builds speed and Yuta DIVES to take out both Hager and Garcia! Fans fire up as Yuta puts Hager in.

Yuta climbs up, but Sammy distracts! Garcia shoves Yuta off the top and Hager catches him! Claudio protests but Moxley grabs a chair! Hager SLAMS Yuta down while Moxley storms after Sammy. Hager runs to the corner for the HAGER BOMB! Cover, TWO!! Yuta survives, Moxley backs away from Sammy, but Hager tags Garcia in. Garcia and Hager mug Yuta, Garcia throws EuroUppers and forearms. Yuta fights back with forearms and elbows of his own! Garcia kicks low then CHOPS Yuta down! Garcia fishhooks Yuta’s face, pushes him down, then argues with the ref. Garcia storms after Yuta, but then sucker punches Claudio!

Yuta headbutts Garcia low! Garcia suplexes, Yuta turns it around to suplex and he puts Garcia up top. Yuta climbs up after Garcia, brings him up, and hits a SUPERPLEX! Both men are down and fans fire up while AEW goes picture in picture! Garcia and Yuta crawl, Moxley coaches Yuta up, but Garcia tags Hager! Hager runs in to BLAST Claudio! Hager bumps Yuta off buckles and digs his boot in! The ref reprimands and counts, Hager lets off, and Garcia CHOKES Yuta while the ref is busy with a protesting Moxley. Sammy also gets a shot in before Garcia lets Yuta go. Hager looms over Yuta, drags him up and chicken wings the arms.

Yuta endures as Hager grinds a shoulder, but fans rally up. Yuta fights up, reaches out, but Hager whips him away from Claudio. Yuta holds ropes then he dumps Hager out! Hager hurries back up to drag Yuta out! Hager RAMS Yuta into railing! And then Hager puts Yuta back in to cover, TWO! Hager hauls Yuta up, tags Garcia in, and the JAS mug Yuta again. Garcia grinds his forearm into Yuta’s face, fishhooks Yuta’s nose, and he talks trash to the fans. The ref counts, Garcia lets off, and he snapmares Yuta to then mock Claudio’s cannon arms. Garcia wraps on a chinlock and he grinds Yuta down. Yuta endures while Garcia pushes up for added pressure.

Moxley and Claudio coach Yuta as he fights his way up. Garcia clinches but Yuta JAWBREAKERS free! Dynamite returns to single picture as both men crawl. Yuta reaches out, but Garcia drags him away! Yuta slips under to ROCK Garcia! Garcia BOOTS Yuta, but Yuta rewinds and slips around, GERMAN SUPLEX! Fans fire up and both men crawl again. Hot tags to Hager and Claudio! Fans fire up as Claudio rallies on Hager with EuroUpper after EuroUpper! Claudio whips Hager to a corner for a BIG uppercut! Then he whips Hager corner to corner for another BIG uppercut! Claudio fires off more EuroUppers, but the ref counts.

Claudio lets off at 4, then jukes to EuroUpper again and again and again! Claudio puts Hager up top, EuroUppers again, then climbs up to join him. Claudio stands on the very top, for a SUPER STEINER! It wasn’t the cleanest but it worked! Cover, TWO!! Hager survives but clutches a shoulder. Claudio trips Hager to have the legs! Fans fire up but Garcia hops on with a SLEEPER! Claudio stays up, Yuta climbs, and Claudio SLAMS Garcia down for Yuta’s DIVING SPLASH! Fans fire up, but Hager trips Claudio to an ANKLE LOCK! But Claudio turns, BOOTS Hager, only for Hager to lift! Claudio sunset flips through, to get the SWISS SWING!!

Fans count along, Hager goes around and around and around for TEN! Sammy is freaking out as Hager staggers, into a LARIAT! Cover, TWO!! Hager is still in this but Claudio drags him up. Claudio reels Hager in, Gotch Lifts, but Hager back drops! Claudio lands on his feet, dodges, but Sammy stops the springboard! The ref reprimands, but Moxley trips Sammy off the apron! Moxley DECKS Sammy and fans fire up! Claudio finishes the leap, but into a SPINEBUSTER from Hager! Hager has the leg for the ANKLE LOCK! Claudio endures, reaches out, but Hager drags him from ropes! Garcia runs in to intercept Yuta!

Garcia has Yuta’s legs for the DRAGON TAMER!! The JAS have double submissions and fans boo! But Claudio rolls to send Hager into Garcia! EUROUPPER! Cover, BCC wins!!

Winners: Claudio Castagnoli & Wheeler Yuta, by pinfall

Fans fire up and Moxley joins his brothers in the club to celebrate! Tony Schiavone joins them all to interview them. He knows they just got a big win ahead of a big night on Saturday, but they have to talk about what happened at Full Gear. Here is an interview Schiavone did with William Regal a few weeks back that might explain some things.

The footage plays and Schiavone talks with his “long time friend,” Regal. Regal says it will be 30 years in January. Full Gear was unbelievable, but Schiavone wanted to know about how all that transpired. Regal told Schiavone before that “people are only going to see this if something bad happens to me. And when you’re somebody like me, and spent your life being as horrible as I have, you’re always expecting something bad to happen.” Schiavone says Regal is the Villain of Villains. Well, Regal took great exception to what MJF did to Schiavone. And MJF seems to be made about emails and this and that, so Regal just gave MJF what he wanted.

MJF is world champion now. But do you know that saying, “Be careful what you wish for?” Because now, everyone in the company will be chasing MJF. Regal realized a few months ago that the three veteran members of the Blackpool Combat Club don’t need Regal around anymore. He’s “surplus to requirements.” But he knew they wouldn’t let him go, either. But he needed to show them why they don’t need him, and why they can teach Wheeler Yuta how to become the greatest professional wrestler in the world, because they’ve all got that capability. “But you have to lead by example.”

So hopefully, and Regal knows he will, because Moxley is a very calculating man, Moxley will understand this. “The reason I did what I did, and to lead by example, was to teach you the final thing that I could ever teach you. Always stay one step ahead, and make sure you always keep eyes in the back of your head. I’m Blackpool Combat Club ’til the day I die. Fellas, it’s been emotional.” Lord William Regal’s message ends, and Schiavone says that was two weeks ago, before what MJF did. He knows they’re all a bit speechless, but does anyone have a comment?

Moxley takes the mic to say, “All I know is one thing for sure. The three men in this ring live and breathe for the sport of professional wrestling! You can call us whatever you want, but December 10th, ROH Final Battle, this war with the Jericho Appreciation Society is OVER! These men make a statement. This Friday night on Rampage, I make a statement! I’m gonna challenge any wrestler in the world to come right here in this ring and find out just where you stand on the food chain. This Friday on Rampage, I make a statement! At Final Battle, they make a statement! Pro-wrestling is about to make a serious statement!”

The fans fire up hearing that from Moxley, but who will step up to his Open Challenge? And can Claudio and Yuta both take back the ROH titles to restore that honor to those championships?

 

The House of Black speak.

Malakai says, “This company has allowed itself to be corrupted. Corrupted by people that point fingers at others while still holding the shovel in their hands that they used to dig the graves for others. And now, it is sick and it is dying. And perhaps it is time for myself and the House to… put down this corruption. Ms. Hart, what is the crime?” Julia steps out from the shadows to say, “The crime is treason.” Malakai asks “Mr. Matthews, what is the verdict?” Buddy walks out from the shadows to say, “Verdict: War.” “And Mr. King, what is the sentence?” Brody walks out to say, “It as if you throw a side of beef to a pack of wild dogs. We will tear the meat from the bone. The sentence is extermination.”

Malakai says it has been decided. “To anyone that has an issue with what we have done over the past two weeks, or anything that’s been said here, well next week Wednesday, come one, come all.” The House of Black drifts into the shadows, who will be the first to be torn apart?

 

AEW returns with Jamie Hayter’s sit-down interview.

Tony Schiavone sits with the undisputed AEW Women’s World Champion, and he notes that last week, she asked the question, “Why not a sit-down interview with me?” Well, here we are, and the floor is hers. Hayter says Saraya got a sit-down, cool. Toni Storm got one, alright. But not with Hayter? That baffles her. So no, Schiavone, you ask her something. What does he wanna know? Well, Schiavone notes the AEW Women’s Division has been blossoming. Great competitors are showing up, and this week on Rampage, we will see Hikaru Shida VS The Bunny for Shida’s Regina di Wave Championship. What are Hayter’s thoughts on the division?

Hayter says it is getting “interesting.” But unfortunately for everyone else, Hayter is on top now. And everyone is trying to grind their way to the top to get her title. She will do her duty as champion to be both reigning and defending. Hayter will have a very, very close look at that Regina de Wave title match on Rampage. “Thing is, it doesn’t really hold a candle to the AEW Women’s World Championship, does it?” Schiavone says nothing does, and Hayter agrees. This is AEW. But Hayter will “give one of those girls the opportunity of a lifetime. Whoever wins that match, they get to wrestle me for the AEW Women’s World Championship, if they dare.”

Schiavone says Hayter’s going to be a fighting champion and she says that’s right. She is a fighting champion, “and a bloody good one at that.” Who will be the Regina di Wave Champion after Rampage? And will they accept Hayter’s challenge to them?

 

Six Woman Tag: Jade Cargill & The Baddies VS Madison Rayne, Skye Blue & Kiera Hogan!

The UN-DE-FEA-TED AEW TBS Champion got her belt back but got rid of the weak link, as she puts it. Red Velvet is back, Leila Grey is still around, but Kiera Hogan got kicked to the curb! Will Kiera get revenge on #ThatBitch with help from the Coach & Student? Or will Jade be undefeated even in trios action?

The teams sort out, Jade starts against Skye. The fans rally up but Jade says no, she’s above Skye. Tag to Velvet and Velvet gets her return to action already. Velvet and Skye tie up, they go around, and Velvet wrenches to a wristlock. Skye cartwheels, wrenches and wristlocks back. Then she slips around to hook, but Velvet blocks the arm-drag. Velvet brings Skye up but Skye shifts sides to arm-drag Velvet from the other arm! Velvet staggers up and fans fire up. Skye and Velvet tie up again, Velvet headlocks but Skye snapmares free. Skye steps over an arm, and wraps Velvet up for a creative take on La Magistrol, TWO!

Velvet has a cover now, TWO! Skye has it back, ONE! Velvet has the cover again, TWO! Fans fire up for that exchange, and Velvet has to admit that was good. Velvet offers a handshake, Skye accepts, and then Skye turns to her partners. But Velvet throws Skye down by her hair! The ref reprimands, fans boo, and Velvet bumps Skye off buckles. Tag to Grey, the Baddies double whip to double CHOP! Grey covers, ONE!! Fans rally, Grey drags Skye up to whip her to a corner. Grey runs in to SHINING WIZARD! Grey then headlocks but Skye denies the bulldog to kick the legs out! Grey blocks a superkick but Skye spins through to KICK Grey down!

Fans fire up as Skye drags Grey back up, tag to Rayne. Skye & Rayne double whip, trip and basement dropkick Grey! Rayne covers, ONE!! Rayne drags Grey up to bump her off buckles! Tag back to Skye, Rayne snapmares but Grey scrambles away to tag in Velvet! Velvet ducks Skye’s clothesline to come back, but Skye dodges to SUPERKICK! Velvet flops to the outside and fans rally as Skye builds speed. Skye falls into the apron skirt trap! Velvet fires off on Skye! The ref reprimands, Velvet lets off, then she climbs over Skye to stand on the apron while AEW goes picture in picture.

Velvet stirs it up and has a taste while Skye flops out of the skirt. Velvet puts Skye back in the ring, clamps onto an arm and grinds the shoulder. Velvet bumps Skye off buckles, tags in Grey, and Grey taunts Rayne and Kiera while Velvet uses Skye as a boxing bag! Jade also talks trash on Skye while the ref reprimands Grey and keeps Kiera back. Grey hurries over to pull Skye’s hair! The Baddies mug Skye, then Grey tags in. The Baddies double suplex Skye high and hard! Jade applauds her team while Grey covers, TWO! Grey is annoyed but she rains down fists on Skye. Grey wraps on a headlock and she grinds Skye down.

Fans rally as Skye endures. Grey stands over Skye while pulling on the hold, but Skye still fights her way up. But Grey wrangles Skye back down! Grey grinds the hold, Skye keeps her shoulders up, and fans rally again. Skye fights up a second time, she throws body shots, and then she JAWBREAKERS! Grey staggers away, tag to Velvet, and she runs to BLAST Rayne! Velvet stands Skye up to mule kick, then she covers, TWO! Dynamite returns to single picture as Velvet tells the ref something’s in her eye, while choking Skye with a knee! The ref notices the choke, she counts and Velvet steps off at 4. Velvet talks trash to Rayne, covers Skye, TWO!

Velvet drags Skye up but Skye breaks free. Velvet mule kicks, brings Skye around and- NO, Skye slips out of the Final Slice! DOUBLE LARIATS take them both down! Fans fire up as Skye and Velvet crawl. Velvet grabs Skye’s leg to keep her from her team, but Skye fights up to stand up. Velvet throws the leg down, but they both SUPERKICK! Both women go down again and fans fire up! Skye crawls, as does Velvet, hot tags to Kiera and Jade! Jade storms up, Kiera dodges and Kiera fires off forerams and CHOPS! Jade shoves back but Kiera SHOTGUNS Jade! Kiera sees Grey coming and tosses her out! Kiera goes side to side to BOOT WASH Jade!

Velvet runs in but Kiera sends her out now! Fans fire up with Kiera while Rayne DECKS Grey! Kiera runs in but Jade blocks the boot for a SPINEBUSTER!! Jade taunts Kiera, drags her up to chicken wings, but Kiera switches out! Hot tag to Rayne! Rayne dodges jade, ENZIGURIS, then reels her in! Ripcord, RAYNE- NO, Jade ROCKS Rayne first! Then chicken wings, for the JADED! Cover, The Baddies win!

Winners: Jade Cargill & The Baddies, by pinfall

Just as Kiera was on fire, she let off to see if Rayne could stop Jade. Jade was not stopped, she is 43-0 overall now, and still TBS Champion. Will The Baddies continue to dominate AEW?

 

Backstage interview with Saraya.

Tony Schiavone is with The Revolution on a very festive set. Schiavone congratulates Saraya on her return to action and the win, and she thanks him for that. Saraya is actually surprised Britt isn’t- Oh, wait, here she is. Britt says no one needs to worry now. And Britt also congratulates Saraya on “the biggest win” of her entire career. It will never happen again. Also, Britt was thinking about something Saraya mentioned to her. Something about everything being handed to her on a silver platter. But Saraya came to AEW, and her first match was a PPV match against “the biggest star in the Women’s Division.”

So here’s one more thing handed to Saraya: Tickets to the Kia Forum, for the January 11th edition of Dynamite. Saraya can be front row and watch Britt be the star that she is, or maybe she can step in the ring again. Saraya tells “Baby girl,” she would love to beat Britt again. Of course! Round two! Uh, no, Britt didn’t say it’d be against her. Saraya forgot that Britt has the AEW Women’s World Champion, Jamie Hayter, with her at all times. Except right now. But it will be a tag match, Britt & Hayter VS Saraya and whoever Saraya can find to tag with her. But good luck, Saraya will never beat Britt & Hayter.

Britt heads out and Saraya asks Schiavone if he wants to get in the ring. Britt brings Schiavone with her so Saraya accepts that she’ll have to find someone. She has a little over a month, who will The Revolution invite to her house?

 

BREAKING NEWS for Rampage!

Jon Moxley’s open challenge has been answered by THE FUTURE! Konosuke Takeshita is stepping up to take on The Maniac, will Konosuke be the one to make a statement? Plus, we see Moriarty & Morrissey of The Firm in action, we hear from Ruby Soho and Tay Melo about their renewed feud, and we hear from Athena ahead of her ROH Women’s World Championship match against Mercedes Martinez!

 

AEW World Tag Team Championships: The Acclaimed VS FTR!

Max Caster & Anthony Bowens want to prove they’re the best, so that means facing the best! Cash Wheeler & Dax Harwood have been AEW World Tag Team Champions before, but they want to make history be becoming FOUR BELT CHAMPIONS! Will FTR stand for #FourTitleReigns? Or will Platinum Max & the Five Tool Player prove they are AEW’s Forever Champions?

Caster of course has a rap on deck! “Acclaimed on the mic, it’s about to be a problem. You the Top Guys but you ’bout to the bottoms. Whole world just scissoring. We gonna beat y’all down right in the ring! FTR, you’re a joke. I think your name stands for Find The Remote! Yo, you just a hocker. You gonna lose just like Herschel Walker.” Bowens gets the mic to say, “AUSTIIIIN, TEXAAAAAS~! The Acclaimed have arrived! SCISSOR ME, DADDY ASS~!” And he does! The introductions are made, the AEW belts are raised, and we see who has what it takes to be THE BEST team in the world!

The teams sort out and fans are thunderous for both teams. Bowens and Dax start, they circle, and fans sing, “OH~ Scissor Me, Daddy~!” Bowens smirks and conducts the fans while Dax keeps his cool. They tie up, go around, and Dax puts Bowens in the corner. Tag to Cash but Bowens gets away. Cash and Bowens circle now, and we see Sonjay Dutt, Satnam Singh, Jay Lethal & Jeff Jarrett all watching backstage. Cash and Bowens tie up, Bowens headlocks but Cash turns it around. Bowens powers out but Cash runs him over. Things speed up, Cash hits a headlock takeover but Bowens headscissors. Cash kips free and hits another headlock takeover.

Bowens headscissors again, Cash kips free again, avoids a sweep and waistlocks to roll and bridge to a cover, TWO! Cash hits another headlock takeover but Bowens rolls that to a cover, TWO! Bowens and Cash stand off and fans fire up. Cash talks with Dax, then Bowens tags Caster in. Cash tags Dax, Caster swaggers and taunts Dax. They circle, tie up, and Dax headlocks. Caster powers out, Dax runs him over! Things keep moving, Caster hurdles and hip tosses! Caster then dropkicks Dax, arm-drags him, and he grinds the shoulder! Fans fire up as Caster brings Dax over. Tag to Bowens, they hand off the wrench to ELBOW BREAKER! But Dax ROCKS Bowens!

Dax bumps Bowens off buckles, CHOPS him, and fans “WOO~!” Bowens fires forearms in return, then CHOPS back! Dax CHOPS! Bowens CHOPS! Bowens fires more forearms, then whips, but Dax blocks a hip toss, only for Bowens to block a hip toss, and repeat! They go around and around, they end up on the ropes and the ref counts. Fans fire up as Dax slowly lets off, but Bowens shoves him. Cash steps in, but then so does Caster, and things are heated between the teams. The ref has them cool off, but then the brawl erupts! Austin is loving this as Cash UPPERCUTS Caster while Bowens has Dax in the corner!

Caster gets up, he dodges Cash to clothesline Cash out! Cash lands hard while Dax turns things around on Bowens. Dax ROCKS Bowens but Caster scoops him to SLAM him! Bowens goes up, SCISSOR ME TIMBERS! Fans fire up and Bowens calls to Caster. They SCISSOR FINGER! Bowens tags Caster back in, then he drags Dax up. The Acclaimed mug Dax, Caster whips but Dax ducks ‘n’ dodges then trips Caster! Dax ties Caster up, but Caster punches and BOOTS his way out of the Sharpshooter! Caster has the legs now, and he figures out the hook. Cash runs in but Bowens trips him! Bowens steps through, The Acclaimed have DOUBLE SHARPSHOOTERS!!

Fans are thunderous as FTR endures! Dax crawls, ROPEBREAK, and The Acclaimed let off. FTR regroups on the outside while Daddy Ass SCISSOR FINGERS his boys! Caster goes out to ROCK Dax, and Bowens is after Cash. Cash POSTS Bowens, Dax ROCKS Caster! Cash BOOTS Caster, Dax moves the apron skirt out of the way so Cash can bump Caster right off the edge! Then they put Caster under the ring, to CATAPULT GUILLOTINE Caster with the ring frame! Caster writhes while checking his teeth, and FTR SCISSOR FINGER! Fans aren’t sure what to make of that as AEW goes picture in picture.

Cash mocks the fans with the scissor fingers while Billy checks Caster. Dax shouts at him to get back, then he puts Caster in the ring. Dax storms up on Caster and BOOTS him down! Tag to Cash, and Dax bumps Caster off Cash’s knees. Caster staggers, Cash CHOPS him! And CHOPS again! Caster flops over and Cash soaks up the cheers and jeers. Caster gest to ropes, Cash is on him with a EuroUpper! Cash flexes and then drags Caster up to snapmare. Cash clamps on a chinlock and he thrashes Caster around. Caster endures as Cash grinds him down into the mat. Caster fights up, throws body shots, but Cash shoves and RAMS into him!

Cash headlocks, then short arm LARIATS Caster down! Tag to Dax, he drops a leg, then covers, TWO! Dax drags Caster up and around, for a BIG back suplex! Tag to Cash, he stays between Caster and Bowens, and he sits Caster up for the chinlock. Caster endures again as Cash grinds him back down. Fans rally, Caster fights up, and Dynamite returns to single picture. Caster throws body shots, arm-drags free, but Cash KNEES Caster down! Cash brings Caster up to CHOP him, then he hoists Caster to the top rope. Cash ROCKS Caster, CHOPS him, then climbs up after him. Caster resists, throws body shots, and fans fire up!

Caster shoves Cash down! Caster adjusts, CROSSBODIES, and both men are down! Austin is thunderous as both men crawl. Team Double Jay all critique what they’re seeing, wanting someone to capitalize. Hot tag from Cash to Dax! Dax stays between The Acclaimed and he DECKS Caster! Dax takes a swing on Bowens but he avoids it, and then Dax turns around into a BIG back drop! Hot tag to Bowens! Bowens rallies on FTR with haymakers and elbows! Bowens kicks Dax low, then CLUBS and CLUBS and ELBOWS and CLUBS away on Dax! Fans fire up with Bowens and he dodges Cash to mule kick, front KICK and FAMOUSER!

Dax returns but Bowens ELBOWS, JABS, CHOPS and SUPERKICKS Dax down! Bowens runs to SHINING WIZARD! Cover, TWO!! Dax survives and Bowens grows frustrated. Billy coaches him through it and fans are dueling. Bowens watches Dax rise, to mule kick, front KICK and FAM- NO, Dax slips out to GERMAN SUPELX! Dax holds on to GERMAN SUPLEX again! Dax drags Bowens up again, but Bowens switches! They go to ropes, O’Conner, TWO and Cash is there! Bowens stops from running into Cash, but then Dax rushes in! Bowens moves, Dax stops from running into Cash! Bowens runs in, Dax moves, and Bowens does run into Cash!

Cash goes down, Bowens wobbles, Dax O’Conner Rolls, TWO! Dax stops himself in time from hitting buckles, but he turns around into a fireman’s carry! USHIGOROSHI! Cover, TWO!! Dax survives and Bowens is beside himself! Fans are thunderous all over again! Bowens drags Dax up, ducks his haymaker, but Cash tags in before the atomic drop! Bowens elbows Cash, ROCKS Dax, then wrenches Dax’s arm. Dax ROCKS Bowens, reels him in, Cash goes up! SPIKE PILEDRIVER!! Cover, TWO?!?! Bowens survives and FTR can’t believe it! Cash cools off, he drags Bowens around and tags in Dax.

Fans rally for Bowens but FTR drag Bowens up again. They double suplex, but Caster SPEARS Cash! Bowens cradles Dax, TWO!!! Bowens ROLLING ELBOWS Dax down, then tags Caster! They roll Dax into Caster’s wheelbarrow, Bowens runs around, WHEELBARROW CUTTER!! Cover, TWO!!! Dax survives again and The Acclaimed can’t believe it! The Acclaimed hurry as fans duel again. Caster drags Dax up, coordinates with Bowens, but Dax slips out of the bomb! Dax BOOTS Caster into Bowens! Bowens falls out, Cash slides in! Dax whips, but Caster fights the flapjack! Bowens shoves Cash into Dax!

Dax stays up and swings on Caster, but Caster dodges! Caster gets Dax up, but now Dax fights the flapjack! Cash CLOBBERS Bowens! Dax sunset flips, Caster rolls through and runs at Dax! Dax POSTS Caster with that! And then the BIG RIG!!! Cover, Bowens breaks it in time!!! Fans are shocked and FTR cannot believe it! “This is Awesome!” as Cash watches Bowens on the apron. Cash runs in to BLAST him to the railing! Dax drags Caster up, he hoists Caster up top then tags Cash. Dax climbs up after Caster while Cash goes to the other corner. But Bowens DECKS Dax! Cash leaps but into the ARRIVAL!! Caster adjusts, for the MIC DROP FLOP!!

Cash avoids disaster, but Bowens CLOBBERS Dax! Bowens swings at Cash, but into a Gory Especial, and GORY BOMB!! Caster rolls Cash up! TWO!! Caster BOOTS Cash, CHOPS him, but Cash DISCUS LARIATS!! Cover, TWO!! Cash drags Caster up, short arm LARIAT! And then another short arm LARIAT! Cash reels Caster in, hauls him up, POWERBOMB! Jackknife, but Caster rolls it through!! THE ACCLAIMED WIN!!!

Winners: The Acclaimed, by pinfall (still AEW World Tag Team Champions)

FTR is shocked! Caster & Bowens win by the skin of their teeth, but all it takes is a moment! But to show respect to Cash & Dax, they offer up the scissor fingers. FTR join in on a HUGE SCISSORING! But then from the back, the Gunn Sons, Austin & Colten, are sarcastically clapping. Austin tells FTR, “So close! Legacy, bye-bye. And Colten, the fans thought we would get involved? Haha, no. You guys are TRASH!” Colten says, “But Austin, they’ve had a pretty good year. And we don’t want it to end yet. So we got you guys some Christmas presents.”

Austin & Colten bring out a couple stockings, and Austin reads the card. “Oh, it looks like it’s written in blood. It’s from… DEM BOYS! The Briscoe Bros! Saturday, Final Battle!” But wait, there’s more! In the stockings, Austin & Colten bring out DOG COLLARS!! The Briscoes want a Double Dog Collar Tag Team Match! “Merry Christmas, b*tch!!” Jay & Mark Briscoe threw out the challenge, and FTR are all for it! But will the three-belt champions soon lose one of those in the most brutal way possible?


My Thoughts:

A pretty awesome episode for AEW here as a go-home to a lot of things going on under the AEW umbrella. For one, great battle royal to open the night. I knew Starks would win but AEW still does a great job with the chaotic nature of battle royals, and in using them to give us a lot of story at once. I bet Jungle Boy moves on from Luchasaurus & Christian Cage (for now) by taking on The Firm after that just nasty looking apron choke slam JB took from Morrissey. Plus, there was a lot going on with Matt Hardy and Ethan Page, Hardy is going to be conflicted all the way until the moment Hardy can’t take it anymore and he rebels against The Firm.

Then after the win, Starks and MJF have an amazing promo. Starks tore into MJF, but because Starks stood tall tonight, I’m pretty sure MJF retains his title and diamond ring. A bit of a shame for Starks then, but he’s proven himself a world title picture guy, so surely Starks finds his way back around during MJF’s “reign of terror.” Great promos from Darby and Joe ahead of their title match, and I don’t think I’ve seen anyone take a powerslam to bare concrete and still wrestle. I figured Joe would retain, though, as he now has Wardlow coming for him. Joe VS Juice happens at Final Battle, Joe surely retains there, too, and then I think we get Joe VS Wardlow for Holiday Bash or New Year’s Smash. Joe can try ducking Wardlow but he can’t duck him for three months to get to AEW Revolution.

Speaking of one of the things to come out of the battle royal, I like that Cassidy and Kip had an interaction. But at the same time, Kip using what happened in the battle royal as an excuse not to face Cassidy for Rampage was pretty good Heel stuff. Cassidy could be facing just about anyone with Kip able to bring anyone in, but I would love if they used this moment to bring Miro back. There’s a lot of reasons why, from Kip being the guy who brought Miro into AEW to begin with, and Miro wanting the All-Atlantic Championship from how he almost had that title in the first place. And that’d be something to make Rampage an amazing episode.

Good promos from Hayter, Saraya and Britt, and I like that Hayter wants to be a fighting champion. She helped hype up Shida VS Bunny, and now that the winner gets a title match, that’s going to be even better stuff. I think Shida wins to retain, and then Shida and Hayter can have a big match for one of the holiday episodes. Britt challenging Saraya for a match in January is pretty interesting stuff, and of course it’s a tag match so Britt doesn’t have to face Saraya 1v1. I think Saraya ends up bringing Toni Storm into that match, and there’s a way to get them all into the title scene. I would love if this led to Britt VS Hayter to give us the story they could’ve/should’ve before.

Good match from The Baddies VS Kiera, Skye & Rayne. It was rather awkward booking that Kiera tags in right as she was doing great, but someone needed to take that loss other than her. Jade stays undefeated but Kiera could be the one they’ll build into taking the TBS Championship off her. Kiera is also returning to her “Fire” look from Women of Wrestling, so that’s pretty cool. Kiera and Jade can go full Starfire VS Blackfire from the Teen Titans and that’d be a great little nod to both their nerdier sides given all of Jade’s great cosplay ring gears for her big matches. Now, sadly, Bow Wow might still be a distraction for Jade, but at least Kiera will be someone we’ve seen in AEW and not someone brand new brought in just to beat Jade.

Great promo from Moxley to call out Hangman while hyping up BCC VS JAS. And good promo from Jericho to hype up his match with Claudio. Great tag match as well, and BCC winning out makes sense. The go-home math adds up to where JAS finds a way to retain the titles. Regal having a video message that was rather “If you’re seeing this, I’m dead” trope. But I’m a little perplexed by Regal’s logic, and by the BCC more or less shrugging it off. I thought it would’ve been more effective if someone attacked during that moment but I supposed that’d be too much given BCC VS JAS has to still wrap up. Moxley VS Konosuke will be great stuff, but Moxley is surely winning, and then Hangman probably comes out to make a challenge for Winter is Coming or New Year’s Smash.

Really good promo from The House of Black, and who knows who they’ll face first, because it’s all to bide their time until Death Triangle VS The Elite settles. Then the House can go after the AEW Trios Champions for the next feud. And then we got an awesome tag team championship main event. Acclaimed VS FTR was borderline PPV level, but I’m honestly surprised The Acclaimed won. This really should’ve been a bigger moment than it was treated, because we were then just given the Ass Boys being the proxies to the Briscoes. This is sadly a spotlight on how Tony Khan isn’t able to handle both companies at once, because one, should we not have had FTR VS Gunn Sons by this point? The Gunns have been pestering FTR for so long, they should get a shot at the ROH titles!

Yes, Briscoes VS FTR Part 3 with dog collars is going to be awesome stuff that makes Final Battle even better, but c’mon. Unless FTR is dropping those belts to Briscoes, it’s going to be even worse when the Ass Boys take the titles off them. I know FTR has been busy with the other two belts of theirs, but c’mon. The Gunns were mocking FTR a couple months ago at Battle of the Belts 4, that should’ve given us a promo of the two teams arguing, an ROH tag title match happens, and there, done. Ass Boys get their shot, they miss, they move on to try the AEW World Tag titles because The Firm wants all sorts of belts.

My Score: 8.9/10


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Mitchell’s AEW Dark Results & Report! (12/6/22)

Atlantic City gets Dark!

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Anyone feeling luck in the Dark?

With AEW Dynamite tomorrow and ROH Final Battle this weekend, Dark brings out Dalton Castle & The Boys! Will the ROH Six Man Tag Team Champions find worthy opponents in time for December 10th?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Six Man Tag: Dalton Castle & The Boys VS Justin Corino, Jaden Valo & Defarge; Castle & The Boys win.
  • Leva Bates VS Abadon; Abadon wins.
  • Brian Cage VS Leon Ruffin; Cage wins.
  • Jay Lethal & Satnam Singh w/ Sonjay Dutt VS The Brick City Boyz; Lethal & Singh win.
  • Athena VS B3CCA; Athena wins.
  • Trent Beretta w/ Chuck Taylor VS Anthony Henry w/ JD Drake; Trent wins.

QUICK NOTES

A shorter card here, and from way back a month ago when AEW was in Atlantic City ahead of Full Gear. Dalton Castle & The Boys are in action on this episode because per last night’s Elevation, they more or less called out The Embassy. Castle & The Boys VS Cage & The Gates of Agony probably ends up a Final Battle preshow match, and I feel like that would/should be the time The Embassy takes those titles. Castle & The Boys have been great ROH Six Man Tag Team Champions, but The Embassy is going to look like a joke if they can’t get a pin off one of the Boys.


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