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Mitchell’s AEW Rampage Results & Report! (8/19/22)

Rampage will Swerve in Our Glory!

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AEW Rampage coverage

It’s a golden Friday night in Charleston!

On one night, AEW Rampage has the World Tag Team titles, the FTW title, and a match in the World Trios Championship tournament’s opening round!

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • AEW World Tag Team Championships: Swerve In Our Glory VS Private Party; Swerve In Our Glory wins and retains the titles.
  • FTW Championship: Hook VS Zack Clayton; Hook wins and retains the title.
  • Buddy Matthews w/ Julia Hart VS Serpentico; Buddy wins.
  • Penelope Ford VS Athena; Athena wins.
  • AEW World Trios Championships Tournament, Opening Round: Best Friends VS The Trustbusters; Best Friends win and advance.

PLAY BY PLAY

Claudio Castagnoli is here!

The ROH World Champion is accompanied by the ROH Pure Champion, Wheeler Yuta, and they go to the ring together. They shake Ricky “The Dragon” Steamboat’s hand then Claudio says it is great to stand in front of the fans as their ROH World Champion! But Claudio has to be honest, it feels even better tonight, because he is in front of one of his idols, one of the men who trained him, the legend that is Ricky Steamboat! Fans cheer and chant for “Ricky! Ricky!” Claudio continues to say that the only thing he feels odd about is being here in street clothes. He has to be honest, he feels much more comfortable in ring gear, defending his title,

So he’s gonna issue an open challenge! Next week on Rampage, anyone who wants to step up for this title, now is your chance! “I will!” It’s DUSTIN RHODES! The Natural says he’ll challenge Claudio. They have a long history, they’ve gone to war together. A lot of hard fought battles. And for 34 years, Dustin has dreamt of standing where Claudio is, holding a world heavyweight championship. Fans applaud that, and Dustin says they had a lot in common until recently. They both weren’t world champions. Claudio chased it forever, and now he’s got it. This is a dream of Dustin’s. If Claudio accepts his challenge, Dustin will give the best of The Natural we’ve ever seen!

Claudio says the two of them do have a lot in common. Every time someone comes up to Dustin and says he should’ve been world champion. Every time someone comes up to Dustin and says Dustin deserved this or that title, it nags at him, it burns at him, and it keeps him going. Because it kept Claudio going! That’s why Dustin is still here, that is why Dustin is having his best run right here in AEW! Fans cheer that, and Claudio says that when he looks in Dustin’s eyes, he still sees that same fire he’s had for over 40 years. And don’t think that just because Claudio is holding the title now means he lost his fire!

If Dustin wants his chance, and he promises to bring his A Game, then Dustin’s on! Fans cheer as Dustin tells Claudio, “In front of God and the world, and the best AEW fans, I give you my word, and I’ll see you next week in Cleveland.” And there you have it! Swiss Superman VS The Natural, for the ROH World Championship! Will Dustin finally get his one? Or will Claudio give it his all to keep it?

 

Backstage interview with Ruby Soho & Ortiz.

Lexi Nair says based on recent events, it’s safe to say these two have unfinished business with Sammy Guevara & Tay Melo. Yeah, you can call it that. But what it really is, is that Ruby and Ortiz have been chomping at the bit to get their hands on SamTay! From Ruby’s hand to Ortiz’s hair, they’ve wanted to get at those two for months! And they saw what SamTay did with “the kids” last week. That was cute, really. But try it against some dogs who have been around the block! Ortiz says next week, tomorrow, last night, five years, six months, 20 seconds, or even NOW if SamTay were here! Let’s fight, let’s fight, let’s fight!! Will Soho & Ortiz tear away the AAA World Mixed Tag Team titles from the newlyweds on Rampage in Cleveland?

 

AEW World Tag Team Championships: Swerve In Our Glory VS Private Party!

Speaking of titles, Keith Lee & Swerve Strickland were waiting for a top five ranked team to step up to challenge them. Marq Quen & Isiah Kassidy made this challenge while they were #6, but they’ve since moved up in the world, so it’s A-OK by the book now! Will Quen & Kassidy bring it back to the days when they were busting brackets and shocking the world? Or will they have no choice but to admit this is whose house? LIMITLESS HOUSE!

The introductions are made, the belts are raised, and the first title match of the night begins!

Keith starts against Kassidy and fans sing, “Oh~ Bask in His Glory~!” Kassidy steps up to Keith and talks trash right to his face. Keith puts Kassidy in a corner, then TOSSES him! But Kassidy lands on his feet! Kassidy wags his finger then fires body shots and haymakers! Keith shoves Kassidy, Kassidy dodges and fires off more shots! Kassidy throws hands but Keith CLUBS him then GRIZZLY MAGNUMS! Kassidy falls, reaches out to Quen, but Keith drags him away! Kassidy tags Swerve and Keith stands Kassidy right up in the corner! Keith CHOPS Kassidy, Swerve taunts Quen then UPPERCUTS Kassidy!

Swerve snapmares Kassidy and goes up, but Kassidy UPPERCUTS first! Kassidy runs, but Swerve follows. Swerve hops over the dropdown to drag Kassidy up and suplex. Quen springboards in, but Swerve ducks and Quen crashes down! Quen flops out of the ring, Swerve suplexes but Kassidy RANAS! Swerve tumbles out, Kassidy builds speed to TORNILLO! Direct hit and even Keith is impressed as Rampage goes picture in picture.

Private Party regroups and Kassidy fires hands on Swerve. Kassidy puts Swerve in, tags Quen, and Quen goes up. Kassidy clinches Swerve for Quen to DOUBLE STOMP down! Quen taunts Keith but hurries back to Swerve. Quen RAMS into Swerve, and RAMS him in again. Quen lets off to swagger, and Kassidy gets a shot in! Quen knees Swerve low, whips him to ropes, and DROPKICKS him down! Kassidy encourages the fans to get loud but chances are they’re booing. Quen stands Swerve up, throws body shots on him, then tags Kassidy. Quen RAMS into Swerve, Kassidy taunts Keith and runs in, do-si-dos with Quen, but Swerve puts Kassidy on the apron!

Swerve blocks a kick from Quen to fire off haymakers, but Quen gives them back. Quen puts Swerve up top as Rampage returns to single picture. Quen fires forearms, he tags Kassidy in and Kassidy ENZIGURIS Swerve! Quen taunts Keith by stealing his Limitless Pose, then Quen runs, INTO KILL STOMPS! Swerve dodges Kassidy and hot tags Keith! Keith CLOBBERS Kassidy over and over, then OVERHEAD Belly2Belly suplexes Kassidy without even falling over! Keith SPLASHES Quen, TOSSES him, then SPLASHES Kassidy to TOSS him! Kassidy can’t land outta that one, and fans fire up! Keith runs to LARIAT! Cover, TWO!!

Kassidy survives and fans rally up! Keith looms over Kassidy and he drags Kassidy from the corner. Keith spins Kassidy but Kassidy DRAGON WHIPS! Tag to Quen, he springboards in, but into a POUNCE! Quen bounces off ropes, and Keith covers, TWO!! Private Party survives again but Swerve says they can end this. Keith tags Swerve and fans chant along, “Whose House?” “SWERVE’S HOUSE!” Swerve aims, runs in, HOUSE CALL! Cover, TWO?!!? Quen survives and shocks Swerve! Fans rally up while Quen twitches, and Swerve drags him back. Swerve half nelsons, lifts, JML DRIVER!! Cover, NOW Swerve In Our Glory wins!

Winners: Swerve In Our Glory, by pinfall (still AEW World Tag Team Champions)

The first defense is in the books, but Private Party gave them a fight. Keith shows his respect to Kassidy & Quen with a fist bump each, but will Andrade El Idolo be far from pleased with this?

 

Backstage interview with The Factory.

Anthony Ogogo’s in the back as QT Marshall and Aaron Solo play dominos while Nick Comoroto, Cole Karter and… Uh, whoever that guy in the bandana is, are all playing cards. Lexi Nair doesn’t understand what this is all about, but after what “Powerhouse” Will Hobbs had to say on Dynamite, are they at all worried what’s in store for them? QT says hopefully, Hobbs has good luck, because QT just won dominos! HAHA! But then speaking of, Hobbs barges in and FLIPS THE TABLE!! Whoa, whoa, whoa! Hold on, hold on! Everyone relax.

Hobbs says QT promised to “take care of that whiny ass b*tch,” Ricky Starks. Where Hobbs is from, your word is your bond. QT says of course! Nothing means more to him in this world than his word. Hand to God, The Factory will take care of Starks. Yes, last week didn’t work out as planned, but QT promises that his word IS his bond. Aight. Hobbs leaves, snatching away their snacks! Will QT do as he promises? Or will Hobbs have to wreck them and Ricky on his own?

 

FTW Championship: Hook VS Zack Clayton!

The Cold-Hearted Handsome Devil is always ready for a fight, and that’s why he’s FTW Champion now. But The Reality promises to give Hook a reality check and bring this title home to New Jersey! Will Clayton make his dream become a reality? Or will he be the one having to face the truth that you never want them to #SendHook?

But as Clayton makes his entrance, he has a mic to introduce himself. He’s an entertainment superstar, and certainly the biggest star here tonight in the disgusting wasteland that is West Virginia. “It’s a shame, really, that I have to win the FTW Championship here tonight in this cesspool!” Fans boo as Clayton gets in the ring and says he WILL win the title, and he will bring it home to a state that people actually respect in New Jersey! But Hook makes his entrance and fans cheer. The introductions are made, the title is raised, and we see if Clayton just ends up another victim!

Clayton talks trash, shoves Hook, but swings into REDRUM!!! Body scissors are on, Clayton is OUT! HOOK WINS!!

Winner: Hook, by submission (still FTW Champion)

Well, guess it’s back to Jersey Shore for Clayton. Hook gets his belt and gets out of the ring, will he just keep exciting the fans while putting wrestlers to sleep?

 

The Jericho Appreciation Society speaks.

That is to say, Matthew Menard & Angelo Parker speak. And Daddy Magic congratulates Hook on his win tonight. Hell of a win. Cool Hand Ange says it was downright impressive. But Hook walks around in a way that rubs them the wrong way. Hook thinks he’s a real tough guy, huh? Real cute. But y’know what it looks like to Menard? It looks like Hook wants a taste! He carries around the FTW Championship, but Parker wants to talk about that. That title is really rich in pro-wrestling history, right? Right. But what if it was held by a sports entertainer? What if? Is that Parker and/or Menard making a challenge? What will Hook have to say to that?

 

Backstage interview with Billy Gunn.

Lexi Nair says we all saw the betrayal of Austin & Colten Gunn on Dynamite, and Billy says, “It seems like the Ass Boys finally decided to put on their big boy pants. The problem is, they put their big boy pants on at the wrong time, and with the wrong person.” Billy’s sons have “called down the thunder,” and now they’ve got it! By them putting their hands on their own father, they’ve opened the door for him to spank their asses! Next week, on Dynamite, Billy’s bringing some friends: The Acclaimed! “EVERYONE loves The Acclaimed!” Will Anthony Bowens & Max Caster help Daddy Ass destroy his own flesh and blood?

 

Buddy Matthews w/ Julia Hart VS Serpentico!

With Hook tearing Clayton apart so fast, this standby match is now added to Rampage! Will the House of Black’s Aussie Juggernaut steamroll his opponent just as quickly as the FTW Champion?

The bell rings and Buddy SHOTGUNS Serpentico into the corner! Then he goes up top, only for Serpentico to slither out of the ring! Buddy hops down to the apron, to PENALTY KICK Serpentico down! Fans fire up as Buddy RAMS Serpentico into railing, then puts him back in the ring. Serpentico staggers to a corner, he BOOTS back, then hops up! Buddy frowns and catches the rana! Buddy makes it a BUCKLE BOMB, and then POP-UP KNEE! Then the pump handle, MURPHY’S LAW! Cover, Buddy wins!

Winner: Buddy Matthews, by pinfall

Not quite as quick but definitely as dominant! SNAKEMAN stood no chance, will The Dark Order stand a chance in the AEW World Trios Championship tournament?

WAIT! MIRO is here!! Fans fire up as The Redeemer storms out on stage, holding onto Malakai Black’s mask! Buddy rushes the ramp and brawls with Miro! Miro knees low, RAMS Buddy into steel steps, then he rips his shirt off and roars! Miro puts Buddy in the ring but Julia stares him down. Miro gets in, Buddy fires off but Miro CLOBBERS him! And then SPLASHES in the corner, to fire off haymakers! Miro stomps Buddy down and Julia scowls. Miro lets off and fans are fired up again! Miro has a wild look in his eye, and he shouts at Buddy, “Where are the Pagans?!” He wants the rest of the House of Black, but Buddy SLAPS him instead!

BEST KICK from Miro!! Buddy tumbles out of the ring and Julia goes to his side. Will the Redeemer wreck the entire House of Black all on his own?

 

Backstage interview with Britt Baker, Jamie Hayter & Rebel.

Britt cuts Lexi Nair off to say that they are disappointed to find out they are not needed for All Out. That’s because neither of them are #1 contenders to the AEW Women’s World- Rebel, take over! Rebel snatches the mic and shoos Lexi. Britt says Lexi’s right, though. But if they’re not fighting for the title, then there is nothing Britt would love more than to sit back and watch the “sh*tstorm” that is about to unfold for #ThunderStorm. Britt can’t think of a more toxic tag team in all of pro-wrestling. Because Britt, Jamie & Rebel are definitely not toxic people. Britt tells Rosa that she knows lightning can’t strike twice and she can’t beat Toni twice.

But come to think of it, is Toni’s mind right? She lost her title match to Rosa, and instead of getting back in line and gunning her down again, she buddied up with her. Make it make sense! But regardless, Britt and friends will be watching and waiting. Yours Truly, Dr. Britt Baker, DMD.

 

Penelope Ford VS Athena!

The Superbad Girl is back in action, ready to climb back up the ranks in AEW! But in her way is the Fallen Goddess who has made herself into a Baddie Hunter! Who wins here to head forward on the path to gold?

The bell rings and Ford ties up with Athena. Ford headlocks, Athena powers up and out, but Ford runs Athena over! Athena kips up and offers Ford a free shot. Ford swings but Athena dodges and then dodges again. Athena mocks Ford then arm-drags her into an armlock! Fans fire up for Athena and she brings Ford up. Ford knees low, whip Athena to a corner, then runs in to clothesline! Ford runs side to side but Athena KNEES her down! Athena brings Ford around, whips but Ford reverses. Ford handsprings in to back – NO, Athena waistlocks! Ford elbows free, runs again and wheelbarrows, victory roll sends Athena into ropes!

Ford runs side to side to DROPKICK Athena down! Box wearing Kip Sabian applauds his Superbad wife, and she goes up and STOMPS Athena on the apron! Fans boo but Ford smacks Athena off the apron, and again, as Rampage goes picture in picture.

Ford smacks Athena off the apron again, then calms down. Ford puts Athena in the ring, takes her time getting back in the ring, and she brings Athena up to CLUB her on the back. Ford CLUBS Athena more, whips her to ropes, and she CLOBBERS Athena on the return! Athena checks her face but Ford talks some trash. Ford brings her up but Athena throws body shots. Ford KNEES Low, BOOTS Athena down, then stalks her to a corner. Ford stomps Athena more, digs her boot in, but lets off as the ref counts. Ford soaks up the heat, then handsprings corner to corner, to hit the back elbow! Ford talks more trash, and LICKS Athena!

Athena shoves Ford away but Ford BOOTS her down! Cover, TWO! Ford is annoyed but she stalks Athena. Athena UPPERCUTS back! And fires forearms! Athena fireman’s carries but Ford fights off to CLUB Athena! Athena gets around, rolls Ford up, TWO! Ford scrambles after Athena but Athena SUPERKICKS her away! Athena runs, Ford goes Matrix to dodge and hit a STUNNER, and Rampage goes to break!

Rampage returns as Athena SHOTGUNS Ford into railing, right in front of Box Kip! Athena drags Ford up, has no idea what to make of Box Kip, and she puts Ford in the ring. Athena climbs up the corner as Ford slowly rises, O FACE!! Cover, Athena wins!

Winner: Athena, by pinfall

Ford’s return loses momentum already, but wait! The Baddies creep in from the crowd! Keira Hogan CLOBBERS Athena from behind! Leila Grey rains down fists, Kiera joins in, but fans boo as they drag Athena up. Jade Cargill makes her way out, and Stokely Hathaway holds the TBS Championship for her, then hands her a sledgehammer! Jade sees Athena’s wings, and SMASHES them! And again! And again! Kiera & Leila make Athena watch, and then Jade heads to the ring! Athena powers up and drives the Baddies into each other! Athena DECKS Leila, fires off on Kiera, but Jade gets in! HAMMER SHOT to the stomach!

Jade stands over Athena as she hands the hammer to Stokely and gets the belt back. Jade makes Athena look at the belt, because this is as close as Athena will get to it. Will #ThatBitch do anything and everything she can to keep the Fallen Goddess down?

 

AEW looks at the grudge between Ricky Starks and Will Hobbs.

Absolute Ricky Starks says, “You sure had a lot to say, didn’t you, Hobbs?” Hobbs said on Dynamite how Starks said he’s okay with losing, but how Hobbs isn’t. Hobbs said his one job in Team Taz was to keep Starks the champion, but Starks screwed that up. And Hobbs said he doesn’t just break backs, he breaks necks. Starks says he’s got plenty to say back this Wednesday on Dynamite. Just what will Starks tell the world now?

 

Mark Henry talks with tonight’s main eventers!

The second match in the World Trios Championship Tournament sees Orange Cassidy & Best Friends take on Ari Daivari & The Trustbusters. But Ari cuts Mark off to say tonight will be a walk in the park for his team. To be honest, Cassidy isn’t looking too good after Sonny Kiss kicked him right in those tiny tangerines. But that was last week, let’s focus on this week and how the Trustbusters are getting one step closer to becoming the first-ever AEW World Trios Champions! But Trent says The Trustbusters are barely even a team, so they’re not gonna win.

Chuck Taylor says they wanna come down here and kick Cassidy in the dick. Three years ago in Charleston, they had a trios match, and Best Friends won! They’ll do it again tonight. Since 2019, Best Friends has been waiting for something like this, and these belts were made for them! Well, there’s been enough talk- Mark, hold on. That’s Cassidy’s line. No, it’s not…! Oh, right, sorry. Again, there’s been enough talk. It’s time for the main event! Will Best Friends prove those titles will be Freshly Squeezed? Or will Daivari Dinero’s investments pay off?

AEW World Trios Championships Tournament, Opening Round: Best Friends VS The Trustbusters!

The trios sort out and the Kentucky Gentleman starts against Daivari. They circle, Slim J distracts Chuck and Daivari attacks! Daivari knocks Chuck down, stomps away at the ropes, then tags in J. They double whip, Chuck ducks to shove Ari into J, then gives Ari SOLE FOOD! Tag to Trent but J ROCKS Chuck! J rakes Trent’s eyes! The ref reprimands, J lets off and climbs up to throw hands! But Chuck CLUBS J, reels him into a crucifix! Chuck uses that to feed J to Trent’s POWERBOMB! Cover, Ari breaks it! Chuck whips but Daivari reverses to put Chuck in a corner. SEXY CHUCKIE KNEE! Trent then SHOTGUN KNEES Daivari down!

Fans fire up and Cassidy offers a hand. But Parker Boudreaux tags in and CLOBBERS Trent! Then Parker DECKS Cassidy, and he CLOBBERS Chuck so hard, he falls out with him! Parker lands on his feet, though, so that was impressive. Then Parker drags Chuck up to TOSS him into railing! Fans boo, Daivari whips Trent hard into railing! Trent tumbles up and over into the crowd! Daivari talks trash on Trent while Parker rains down fists on Chuck. Slim J RAMS Cassidy into railing, Daivari feeds Trent to Parker’s LARIAT! Daivari stomps Trent while Rampage goes picture in picture.

The ring count is climbing but Parker puts Trent in the ring at 6 of 10. Parker stalks Trent to a corner, throws heavy body shots, then whips Trent corner to corner hard! Trent tumbles up, tumbles back, and Parker CLOBBERS him! Parker hits a STANDING SPLASH, then he drags Trent back up to tag in J. J snapmares Trent to ENZIGURI, then cover, TWO! J drags Trent up, puts him on the ropes and CHOKES him! The ref counts, J lets off at 4, then he distracts the ref so Kiss can claw at Trent! J makes the ref check Chuck and Cassidy, and then he CHOKES Trent on the mat! The ref comes back and reprimands, so J lets off.

J drags Trent up, SMASHES his knee into Trent’s face, then sits Trent back up. Trent throws body shots, but J DECKS Trent! J drags Trent by his legs, tells the ref to check Cassidy again, and then he NUT PUNCHES Trent! Cover, TWO! J drags Trent back into a chinlock, and he throws crossface forearms! J facelocks Trent and brings him around, but Trent CHOPS and ROCKS J, then CHOPS again! J ROCKS Trent then rakes the eyes! J clinches Trent, Daivari tags in, and they mug Trent in the corner before Daivari hits a NECKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! Daivari clamps onto Trent and throws down elbows and knees!

Daivari clamps on a chinlock and he grinds Trent to the mat. Trent endures and fans rally up. Trent fights to his feet, throws body shots, but Daivari keeps him from the corner! Trent ROCKS Daivari, reaches out, and Rampage returns to single picture. Daivari still keeps Trent from his corner, so Trent ROCKS him again! And then he breaks free to ROLLING ELBOW! Daivari tags J and J runs to BLAST Chuck! Cassidy ducks J’s sucker punch, then stares him down. J taunts Cassidy by putting his hands in his pockets, but Trent uses that to hit a HALF ‘N’ HALF! Hot tag to Cassidy! Fans fire up and Cassidy “kicks” away on J.

Daivari rushes in but Cassidy dodges his haymaker to shove him away. Cassidy runs in but is put on the apron. Cassidy bumps Daivari off buckles, goes up top and leaps, to CROSSOBY J! Then he ducks ‘n’ dodges Daivari to tilt-o-whirl DDT! And kip up! Fans fire up and Cassidy puts his hands in his pockets! Parker storms in, and Cassidy eggs him on. Parker swings, Cassidy dodges, but Parker catches Cassidy in a choke grip! Parker whips Cassidy and CLOBBERS him! Best Friends get in to attack Parker! They double whip but Parker breaks the line to DOUBLE LARIAT the Best Friends! Parker SPLASHES Trent, then he SPLASHES Chuck!

Parker watches Chuck stagger, he puts him in the same corner as Trent, then runs in, only to get buckles! Chuck clotheslines, Trent clotheslines, and Best Friends give Cassidy a speed boost to TRIPLE DROPKICK! Parker falls out of the ring and fans fire up! Cassidy fetches J, whips, but J reverses to RUNNING CUTTER! ENZIGURI for Trent! J goes up top to SUPER TORNILLO the Best Friends down! J gets in, rips off his shirt and he drags Cassidy up! But Cassidy whips J to the corner! Daivari tag sin, J BOOTS Cassidy then hits a CORKSCREW ENZIGURI! Daivari is up top, LION SPLASH! Cover, Best Friends break it!

Chuck throws Daivari out, Trent drags J up and throws him out. But Parker drags Trent out to fireman’s carry! Chuck rushes in to kick Parker! And Chuck throws forearms on Parker, only for Parker to choke grip! Trent SPEARS Parker into railing! Parker stays up but doubled over, so Cassidy runs in to ORANGE PUNCH Parker over the railing! Fans are thunderous as Cassidy hurries into the ring. Daivari distracts the ref, Kiss trips Cassidy up! Back into those tangerines! Hot tag to J and J goes up, FLYING REVERSE DDT!! Cover, TWO!?!? Cassidy survives and J is shocked! Fans are thunderous as Cassidy flounders around.

J shouts to Parker but DANHAUSEN is there! Danhausen doesn’t want Kiss so Kiss steps aside. Danhausen CURSES J!! J doesn’t get it, but he turns around into a DOUBLE CHOKE SLAM from Best Friends! ORANGE PUNCH for Daivari! Best Friends drag J up, Cassidy climbs up on top! HAMMOCK SPLASH!! Cover, Best Friends win!!

Winners: Best Friends, by pinfall (advance to the next round)

Trustbusters just busted! With the House of Black taking on The Dark Order next week, who will Cassidy, Trent & Chuck face in the semifinals?


My Thoughts:

A great Rampage here, though I will say, it’s weird how they’ve nicknamed the brackets in the Trios tournament the “Dynamite bracket” and the “Rampage bracket.” I know that it’s meant to just let everyone know where/when the matches are happening, but it comes off as if they’re saying “these matches are good enough for Dynamite, while these are only good enough for Rampage.” That aside, we did get a great match out of Best Friends VS Trustbusters. I didn’t think it was going to be the main event, but I suppose it was still good enough for that. Of course Best Friends win, they’ve been speaking logic and truth in their promos, they’re definitely going to be finalists.

Especially after what we saw with Miro attacking Buddy Matthews. Of course Buddy beats Serpentico, but Miro beats him down and sends a message to the rest of the House. so expect Miro to cost the House a match in this tournament. Also, nice bit of “this match was on standby” after Hook just humiliates Zack Clayton. Clayton’s better off joining QT’s bootleg version of Tony D’Angelo’s Sopranos knockoff. And Hobbs getting in The Factory’s face was great stuff. Starks had a promo to hype up him talking on Dynamite, but that seemed like a waste of time. If he was challenging Hobbs to a match on Dynamite, that would be different. But a promo to hype a promo? C’mon, TK.

Good promo from Britt to taunt Thunder Rosa and Toni Storm, and I feel like her line about “Make it make sense” is a jab at Tony Khan for just doing stuff for the hell of it. Good match from Ford and Athena, and I thought the Baddies were going to attack her during the match, but an attack after the match makes just as much sense. Them smashing Athena’s robo wing backpack seemed like a cheap way to get heat, but whatever. Jade VS Athena definitely needs to happen for All Out, and maybe Athena gets allies to hold the Baddies back so that she has a chance. All Out would be the only place for Jade to lose the title, but I can’t be sure it happens.

Claudio has a great opening promo to issue an open challenge for his title, and Dustin Rhodes is honestly a great choice. Those two can have a great match for the ROH World title, but as great as Dustin is, I’m pretty sure Claudio retains. And a great tag team championship match from Keith & Swerve VS Private Party that could’ve easily been the main event tonight. Private Party looked great even in losing, but I figured the champs would retain. I wonder if Private Party will turn Face and rebel against Andrade. Private Party could have an awesome match against La Faccion Ingobernable, but chances are, they’ll lose that, too. But even in losing, that could make fans really get behind Private Party again and then Private Party can fight their way up to tag titles from somewhere.

My Score: 8.6/10


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

Dynamite is No Holds Barred!

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Will Darby Allin still be the Relentless TNT Champion?

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

OFFICIAL RESULTS

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

PLAY BY PLAY

Jon Moxley w/ Wheeler Yuta VS Hangman Page!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Winner: Jon Moxley, by pinfall

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

Winners: The Acclaimed, by pinfall

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

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

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

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

 

Backstage interview with Jack Perry.

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

 

Brian Cage w/ Prince Nana VS Konosuke Takeshita!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Winner: Konosuke Takeshita, by pinfall

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

 

Backstage interview with the Jericho Appreciation Society.

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

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

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

 

The Elite speak.

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

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

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

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

 

Bryan Danielson VS Timothy Thatcher!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Winner: Bryan Danielson, by pinfall

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

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

 

Mogul Affiliates speak.

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

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

 

BREAKING NEWS for next week!

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

Backstage interview with LFI.

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Backstage interview with Britt Baker.

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

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

 

BREAKING NEWS for Rampage!

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


My Thoughts:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

My Score: 9/10


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

Orlando stays Dark!

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Universal Studios is still the AEW Dark Arena!

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

OFFICIAL RESULTS

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

QUICK NOTES

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

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


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