Who will be living a nightmare tonight?
For months now, NXT has seen Tiffany Stratton talk down to Wendy Choo, and Wendy’s not having it! What happens when nothing’s holding them back?
- NXT UK Tag Team Championships: Josh Briggs & Brooks Jensen w/ Fallon Henley VS Gallus; Gallus wins by count-out, Briggs & Jensen retain the titles.
- Cameron Grimes VS Javier Bernal; Grimes wins
- Blair Davenport VS Indi Hartwell; Davenport wins.
- Legado del Fantasma w/ Tony D’Angelo VS The Dyad w/ Joe Gacy; The Dyad wins.
- Tyler Bate VS Von Wagner w/ Robert Stone; Bate wins.
- Lights Out: Tiffany Stratton VS Wendy Choo; Choo wins.
PLAY BY PLAY
Bron Breakker is here!
The NXT Championship is still on his shoulder after making it through NXT Heatwave, and through the Irish Ace, JD McDonagh. Bron gets a mic while fans bark, and he says, “Orlando, where my dogs wat?” The fans bark more and Bron says last week, JD and Bron had a banger in the ring. JD proved that when he steps through these ropes, he is one of the very best in the world. After the match, the NXT UK Champion, Tyler Bate, made his presence known. Fans chant for the “Big Strong Boy!” Bron is pretty sure Tyler didn’t fly here for the miles, so he should come out to the ring so they can talk. And so Tyler Bate appears again!
Tyler steps into the ring with a mic to once again be face-to-face with Bron. Tyler says the fans are kind to chant for him. And he thanks Bron for the kind invitation. And congratulations on the win last week against JD. Tyler’s been in the ring with JD, too, so he knows how good JD is, so big respect to Bron. And Bron is correct, Tyler is here for more than the air miles. Now, NXT UK has been host to some of the best this business has to offer. Right here and now, Tyler is the proud flagbearer of NXT UK, as the first and last NXT UK. With NXT Europe around the corner, Tyler can’t think o fa better way to kick things off than by unifying these two titles!
Fans cheer for that and Bron smiles. Bron knows who Tyler is, he was watching from afar. He knows how big of a threat Tyler is to the NXT Championship. And hell, thinking of NXT UK means thinking of Tyler Bate! But this isn’t the UK, this is THE NXT, where the greatest superstars in the world are! Fans cheer and bark, and Bron says he does agree: there should be ONE NXT Champion. “So in two weeks, let’s make history! Worlds Collide, Champion VS Champion, Title for Title!” Fans cheer as Tyler and Bron shake hands, then they both hold up their belts. Who will be THE NXT Champion after this epic NXT UK finale?
Mark Coffey admits, they’re three street hooligans who love a good scrap. But they never start fights they can’t finish. Wolfgang adds that for over three years, they’ve been the most dominant faction in NXT UK. The longest reigning tag team champions in NXT UK history. Joe says now, NXT will learn what they beat into the UK. They attacked Diamond Mine in their NXT 2.0 debut then called out Briggs & Jensen. “This is always and forever, Gallus Boys On Top!” Will they soon make ALL of NXT their kingdom?
NXT UK Tag Team Championships: Josh Briggs & Brooks Jensen w/ Fallon Henley VS Gallus!
Well, no sense in waiting! The good ol’ boys are ready to defend their titles against anyone, but will they be ready for the classic combo of Mark Coffey and Wolfgang?
Whoa, on their way out, Briggs & Jensen have to stop Fallon from scrapping with Lash Legend! Will the champions be able to focus on the fight in front of them? We’ll find out, after the break.
NXT returns and the champions make their entrance. The introductions are made, the belts are raised, and we see if Gallus Boys will be back on top!
The teams sort out, and Wolfgang attacks Briggs before the bell! Gallus fires off on Briggs with windmilling haymakers, then he puts Briggs in the Gallus corner. Mark tags in, moves Wolfgang aside and fires off knees! Mark ROCKS Briggs, whips him to ropes, but Briggs CLUBS him! Briggs clinches Mark, tags Jensen, and they whip to run Mark over with double shoulders! Briggs talks trash on Wolfgang and Jensen SPLASHES to then BULLDOG Mark! Cover, ONE!! Jensen drags Mark up to whip him to ropes, but Mark KICKS Jensen back! Mark ROCKS Jensen, tags Wolfgang, then they mug Jensen. Cover, ONE!
Wolfgang clamps onto Jensen, drops knees on him, then clamps on a chinlock. Jensen endures and fans rally up. Jensen fights but Wolfgang CLUBS him down! Wolfgang tags Mark, they mug Jensen more, but Jensen throws hands. Mark UPPERCUTS Jensen, tags Wolfgang, and the mugging continues! Wolfgang snapmares, covers, ONE! Wolfgang clamps onto Jensen with a facelock and he tags Mark. Mark throws hands but Jensen throws some back. Mark UPPERCUTS again, tags Wolfgang, but Jensen keep fighting! He gets loose, hot tag to Briggs! The hands start flying, Fallon and Joe are shouting, but Gallus is sent rolling!
Fans fire up with the good ol’ boys while NXT goes picture in picture! Joe calms Mark and Wolfgang down, Briggs dares someone to get back in. Gallus talks strategy, Wolfgang gets back in, but he tags Mark. Mark gets around Briggs to waistlock but Briggs pries free. Briggs wrenches, RAMS shoulders with Mark, then RAMS him again. Mark ROCKS Briggs, Briggs ROCKS Mark then runs him over! Tag to Jensen, and Briggs stands Mark up. Feed to Jensen’s shoulder tackle! Jensen clamps onto an arm, he thrashes Mark around, but Mark fights up. Jensen wrangles Mark down and keeps on the armlock.
Mark endures, fights up, but Jensen wrangles him again! Cover, ONE!! Jensen stays clamped on, he tags Briggs in, and they give some of that mugging back! feed to a BIG elbow from Briggs! Briggs pushes Mark to a cover, TWO! Briggs tries again but Mark resists. Briggs clamps onto the arm and even adds a chinbar. Mark fights up, Jensen tags in, and they double scoop SLAM Mark down! Cover, ONE!! Jensen clamps on with a facelock but then Wolfgang runs in! Jensen lets Mark go to stare Wolfgang down, but Mark CLOBBERS Jensen! Tag to Wolfgang and Mark turns Jensen around into a backslide, for Wolfgang to drop a knee on!
Wolfgang keeps Jensen from Briggs while Jensen clutches his face. The ref checks Jensen and Joe says they just left their mark. Wolfgang digs his fingers into Jensen’s face, then CHOKES him on the ropes! Wolfgang lets off as the ref counts and he argues the count. Wolfgang throws knees into Jensen, then some uppercuts, but Jensen hits back. Wolfgang ROCKS Jensen, facelocks and tags Mark. The mugging continues, and NXT returns to single picture. Mark snapmares, chinlocks and he grinds Jensen down. Fans rally up, Jensen stands up but Mark wrangles him down. Jensen fights up again, throws body shots, but Mark DECKS him!
Mark stomps Jensen, tags Wolfgang, and Gallus CLUBS Jensen. Wolfgang digs his fingers at Jensen’s face then CLUBS him on the forehead! Tag to Mark, then feed to the kitchen sink knee! BASEMENT SENTON from Wolfgang! Mark high stacks Jensen, TWO! Jensen is showing his toughness but Mark facelocks and grinds him down. Jensen fights up, fans rally, and Jensen reaches for Briggs. Mark CLUBS Jensen, swings on Briggs, but Jensen back drops Mark! Fans fire up, hot tags to Wolfgang and Briggs! Briggs throws hands on Gallus! He DECKS Wolfgang, then BOOTS him down! Mark returns but gets a SIDEWALK SLAM and SENTON!
Fans fire up as Joe gets up, and Briggs DECKS him! But then Lash CLOBBERS Fallon! Fallon rushes Lash, they brawl on the ramp, but Briggs breaks it up. But then Pretty Deadly attacks!! It’s a massive scrum on the outside, but the ref is still counting? It’s a COUNT-OUT!! Gallus
Winners: Gallus, by count-out (Briggs & Jensen retain the titles)
But then Damon Kemp rushes in and attacks! As do the Creeds! Diamond Mine is getting revenge! Brutus clotheslines Wolfgang out, Kemp SPEARS Mark and Julius CLOBBERS Joe! Security finally rushes in and breaks this up, but will Gallus go from the UK to the US tag titles?
Grayson Waller talks with a production staffer.
Lights are ready? Yes. Graphics are ready? Yes. Microphone set up? Uh… Seriously? That’s the most important part! Do it now! Hurry! The Grayson Waller Effect talk show debuts after the break!
Andre Chase introduces a new student.
They met this tremendous competitor during their field trip in the UK. Someone who’s lineage is steeped in the British catch-as-catch-can wrestling style. It is Charlie Dempsey! The others applaud his arrival, and Charlie is going to teach our class some moves. The volunteer steps up, gets on his hands and knees, and Dempsey immediately pushes him over, gets the leg and arm for his Blackpool Bow ‘n’ Arrow! Okay, easy, easy! This is just a demonstration! Dempsey lets off and the volunteer crawls away. Okay, Bodhi, let’s give it a go. He’s more advanced. Bodhi offers a handshake but Dempsey uses that to yank Bodhi into a clinch and neck wrench!
The other students are scared of Dempsey as he wraps Bodhi up in a sleeper, and even pinches Bodhi’s nose closed! Bodhi taps and Chase has Dempsey let off again. That’s enough! Bodhi sputters, and then he gets pissed! This is just practice, man! Chase has them stand down. Dempsey clearly misunderstood the purpose of this class. Maybe he wasn’t the right person to ask. Dempsey says this class is too soft! For homework, google “Billy Robinson.” Dempsey storms off, will the Chase U prospects learn to toughen up?
NXT makes it official!
For NXT Worlds Collide, September 4th, it will be a UNIFICATION MATCH! Bron Breakker VS Tyler Bate, Winner Takes All to be the UNDISPUTED NXT Champion! What other matches between both brands will be made these next 11 days?
Grayson Waller is in the ring.
And he snatches Vic Joseph’s mic! Enough screen time for you, Vic! Cameras on Waller for this historic night! Lights! Music! And graphics! Waller smiles as he takes a seat, this is G W E! The Grayson Waller Effect! NXT’s been aching for a show like this, and he will be the buzz of not only NXT but ALL the WWE Universe! Fans chant for “Johnny Wrestling!” but Waller says it doesn’t matter, that guy doesn’t wanna be in the ring with Waller! Every other talk show is about the guests, but make no mistake, this show is about Waller! And since he’s on the cutting edge of content innovation, go to his Instagram right now, submit a question!
Waller says he might even use these questions for his guest tonight. A one-of-a-kind athlete, a former WWE Intercontinental Champion, a former WWE United States Champion, he’s almost done it all. But for some reason, this guy is in NXT to take opportunities away from everyone. It’s APOLLO~… Crews. And as such, Apollo makes his way out. Apollo goes to the ring, gets a mic and looks Waller’s set over. “Wow, wow, wow, look at this! The Grayson Waller Effect really is in full effect. You did it up, man.” He’s got Instagram Live with fan interaction, good job. Apollo takes his seat at the desk but the chair goes down.
Fans chant “Grayson Sucks!” “NO!” but Waller says they’ll skip the niceties. Apollo, “How does it feel to be nothing more than a clout chaser?” Waller gets it, though. Everyone steals from his hype train! AJ Styles tried it. Half these Brits are trying it. And Apollo’s first night back- Whoa, hold on. Waller is asking Apollo why people are trying to steal from Waller. But why is Apollo here? Because Apollo Crews was born in NXT! Fans cheer that while Waller rolls his eyes. Apollo found something missing in himself, and he came back to NXT to find it. He knew some people would love it, like all the fans here. And he knew some would hate it and be jealous, like Waller here.
Waller is jealous? Absolutely! Here’s a question no one else has the balls to ask: Didn’t Apollo use to have an accent? Apollo laughs that off as Waller mocks the “proud Nigerian Warrior.” But now he’s back in NXT, no accent, no native garb, what’s up with that? “Is this the accent that you’re talking about, huh? Is this the one?” Yeah, there it is! Don’t get it twisted, dog. Apollo is still a Nigerian warrior. And Waller’s asking this like he should be ashamed? He’s proud of his heritage. He went to WrestleMania 37 and became Intercontinental Champion. Fans cheer that but Apollo says he got too caught up on the past and forgot about the future. So that brings Apollo to why he’s here again.
Oh, so he’s admitting he’s selfish? Let’s go to Instagram! Here’s one! “What are these visions you have? Can you do it on the show? On the first episode of the Grayson Waller Effect! You have a gift, do it, do it!” Apollo says it doesn’t work that way. He’s a big dreamer, a visual thinker, and we can all speak things into existence. There’s no greater force than knowing yourself. Oh so you’re saying you know what’s gonna happen? Like if someone will be in trouble, he can help them out? What a gift! But uh… Where was he when Gallus attacked Diamond Mine? That’s some scummy stuff! He knew something would happen but did nothing?
Well, first, stop interrupting him. That’s not how it happens. Uh, that’s exactly how it happens! Diamond Mine gets laid out after Apollo tries to tear them down! Apollo gets up but Waller backs off. Where’s Waller going? This was a conversation, mate. If Apollo can’t handle the heat, that’s on him. Oh, here’s a question: Grayson from Australia wants to know how Apollo feels about getting run out of NXT? Ain’t nobody running from Waller. Here’s a better question from Apollo in Orlando! Waller, how doe sit feel to be a low budget version of The Miz? OOOOOH! Wow. Waller doesn’t know if anyone gets it, but that’s a compliment! No, it’s not.
Fans chant “Low Budget Miz! Low Budget Miz!” Waller tells Apollo here’s another one. “How does it feel every single night when you go home to your kids, and you gotta tell ’em Daddy couldn’t cut it on Mondays and Fridays, so now he’s back in NXT?” Apollo tells Waller that he tells his kids, “Dad was a champ on Monday, Dad was a champ on Friday, and Dad’s soon gonna be a champ on Tuesday.” Fans cheer as Apollo DECKS Waller! And that, Waller, is the APOLLO CREWS EFFECT! Will Apollo prove he’s the ACE of NXT? Or will Waller get the last laugh?
Security does its best to guide Gallus out of the building.
But then Gallus spots Pretty Deadly! Kit Wilson smirks while Elton Prince says, “Excuse me, big boys. Being Pretty Deadly copycats doesn’t look good on you.” Kit adds, “Surprise! You’re not as good as us. So no matter how hard you try, you can’t steal our thunder.” Wolfgang says they’re talking a big game in front of security. Mark says they’re not here for Pretty Deadly, they’re here to take THEIR titles home! OH, their titles? Kit, remind Elton who took those titles from Gallus. It was Pretty Deadly, Elly! It was! Joe says that Briggs & Jensen and Diamond Mine aside, Gallus can definitely handle these two!
Security has to stop Gallus from getting at Pretty Deadly, and Pretty Deadly laugh as they leave. Will Gallus settle up with the tag team champions and their bitter rivals all at once?
Tyler Bate speaks.
“Hello, hello. Tyler Bate here, the first-ever, and now current NXT UK Champion. I have been the proud flagbearer of NXT UK since day one. In the six year history of the brand, I’ve grown up from a 19-year-old kid to a 25-year-old man. I’m called the Big Strong Boy for a reason. Ask anyone I’ve been it he ring with. At Worlds Collide, the NXT UK chapter comes to a close the same way it started: with me holding up this title.” But will it be a happy ending for Tyler Bate when he holds up that title and the NXT Championship together?
Backstage interview with Von Wagner & Robert Stone.
Stone interrupts McKenzie to say that Tyler Bate looks to survive, not unify titles. Everyone loves Tyler, but this is a new NXT. You think Von cares that Tyler is a two-time NXT UK Champion? That he’s the #1 attraction in all of Europe? That he’s the franchise? Von says Tyler is an international superstar, the Big Strong Boy. But Von is a big strong man! And we’ll see how strong and tough Tyler really is! And after Von crushes Tyler, he won’t even make it to Worlds Collide!
Cameron Grimes VS Javier Bernal!
Via a WWE Digital Exclusive, we learn that Bernal was talking trash about how he could’ve done some serious damage to the depressed Cameron Grimes. This is “Big Body Javi.” And in this match, Bernal makes his TV debut by knocking off the former North American Champion! But everyone else thinks he’s just a prick. Will Bernal back up his words? Or will Grimes use Bernal to reinvigorate his career and go #ToTheMoon?
But as Grimes makes his entrance, The Schism is watching from the perch! Will they not leave Grimes alone? But Grimes focuses on Bernal as the bell rings, until Gacy speaks. “Cameron, good luck.” Grimes and Bernal tie up, Grimes powers Bernal to a corner and digs his hands in. Bernal freaks out over that, and the ref backs Grimes up. Bernal was just exaggerating so he could CHOP BLOCK Grimes! Bernal BOOTS Grimes, fires off at the ropes, then whips Grimes to ropes. Grimes reverses and KICKS Bernal down! Fans fire up and Grimes snarls. Grimes storms in but Bernal YANKS him into buckles!
Bernal CLUBS Grimes, ROCKS him then kicks him. Bernal whips, Grimes reverses again but Bernal hits a BULLDOG! Cover, TWO! Bernal glares and stalks Grimes to a corner. Bernal stomps Grimes, digs his boot in, but lets off as the ref counts. Bernal clamps on with a chinlock but Grimes endures. Fans rally, Grimes fights up, and Grimes snapmares free! Bernal tackles Grimes but Grimes kicks him away to then KANGAROO KICK on the rebound! Bernal comes back again but into a back drop! Bernal flounders up, Grimes CLOBBERS him! And again! Grimes whips Bernal to ropes, then kitchen sink KNEES Bernal down! SLIDING KICK!
Fans fire up as Bernal goes to a corner. Bernal avoids the boot but not the SUPERKICK! Grimes aims, fans fire up, “TO! THE! MOON!” CAVE-IN!! Grimes stares Gacy down while he covers, Grimes wins!
Winner: Cameron Grimes, by pinfall
Grimes stares Gacy down even after, making sure Gacy understands he doesn’t need The Schism. But will the Schism disagree and “insist” he join them?
Blair Davenport speaks.
“Who is Blair Davenport, you ask? I’m what you get when you mix gothic charisma with cold-hearted fury.” Born in England, raised in New Zealand, she has a wicked willingness to do whatever she has to in order to win. So a message to the NXT Women’s Division: Enemies of the Heir, Beware Blair Davenport.
Alba Fyre speaks.
“No matter the weather, terrain or situation, those Fire Keepers kept those embers burning. Just like I won’t let anyone extinguish my flame. Lash won’t be the only woman to test me, but soon, all of them will know what she already knows: I am a warrior, and I will do whatever it takes to win. And to honor the women who surrounded that flame. From the Howls and Lochs of Scotland, all the way to NXT, keep your eyes peeled on the horizon. Because where there’s smoke, there’s Fyre!”
Blair Davenport VS Indi Hartwell!
The gothic heiress makes her NXT 2.0 in-ring debut, ready to prove she will dominate the world. But will she look less than #IMPRESSIVE against #IndiWrestling?
NXT returns and Blair makes her entrance. The bell rings and the two tie up. Indi puts Blair on ropes but lets off. They tie up again, Blair puts Indi in a corner, and she shoves Indi. Indi shoves back, rolls Blair up, ONE! Indi headlocks for a takeover but Blair fights up fast. Blair throws body shots, powers out, but Indi runs her over! Indi drags Blair up to a headlock to then hit another takeover. Blair fights up, fans rally, and Blair pulls hair. Blair then throws body shots, whips Indi, but Indi goes up and out. Indi ROCKS Blair, but Blair SHOTGUNS Indi down! Blair goes out to shove Indi but Indi avoids the post!
Indi elbows Blair, puts her in the ring, but Blair gets her with a DRAPING NECKBREAKER! Indi writhes, the ref checks on her, but Blair is chomping at the bit. Blair stomps Indi, the ref backs her off, but Blair gets Indi up to TWIST ‘N’ SHOUT! Cover, TWO! Indi is toughing it out and fans rally up but Blair clamps onto her. Blair wants the arms but Indi resists. Blair still gets the cobra clutch and she thrashes Indi around! Indi fights up, Blair throws knees, then hops on for a SLEEPER! Indi stays up and BACKPACK SENTONS! Blair lets go and both women crawl while fans rally up.
Blair and Indi head for each other, and Blair clinches. Indi ROCKS Blair! Then counter punches her! Then runs Blair over! Indi LARIATS, then dodges, to hit a SPINEBUSTER! Cover, TWO! Blair survives but Indi drags her up. Indi puts Blair in the ropes for an UPPERCUT, a BOOT, and then she climbs up as Blair flops over. Blair trips Indi off the top! Cover, TWO! Blair drags Indi up, but Indi gets a cradle! TWO! Blair BUZZSAWS Indi, then hauls her up! FALCON ARROW! Cover, Blair wins!!
Winner: Blair Davenport, by pinfall
It was rough from the start, but that’s how Blair likes it! Will all of NXT have to beware of Blair? But Blair isn’t done with Indi! KAMI-GOYE!! Indi falls out of the ring and Blair gets a mic! “The most menacing mistress of NXT UK has arrived! And I have just WASTED one of the best that this division has to offer. But y’know, I was #1 contender in the UK, so… I guess that the NXT Women’s Championship will do just fine. Because Blair Davenport is the rightful heir to the Women’s Championship!” But here comes the Toxic Goddess herself! Mandy Rose has the mic to tell Blair, “Wow. You’re reputation precedes you, honey.”
They haven’t met yet, so Mandy introduces herself. “And right now, you’re standing in MY ring, you entered into MY world, and in MY world, everyone follows my lead.” Mandy steps into the ring and tells Blair that Mandy is the most dominant women’s champion. And she’ll tell Blair like she’s told everyone else: put some respect on her name! You can’t just come over here and call the shots! Wait! MEIKO SATOMURA is here!! The Final Boss, the NXT UK Women’s Champion, is in the US! Meiko goes to the ring to stand with Blair and Mandy, also getting a mic. “Mandy, you’re wrong. You are not the most dominant Women’s Champion. That would be ME!”
Mandy tells Meiko that she is a legend, she’ll give Meiko that. But Mandy can’t think of a better way to put respect on her name than to beat a legend like Meiko! Well, at Worlds Collide, Mandy Rose VS Meiko Satomura, CHAMPION VS CHAMPION!! Blair says wait, hold on! No, no, no, these two can’t just forget about her! SHE is the #1 CONTENDER!! Fans tell Blair to “Shut The Hell Up!” but Meiko says okay. MAKE IT A TRIPLE THREAT MATCH!! The Final Boss dictates the terms, will the Goddess and the Heiress be able to hang with her?
Backstage interview with Tiffany Stratton.
Tiffany doesn’t care about the title scene right now, McKenzie, this is about her. Because she’s gonna beat Wendy Choo tonight, and then whoever walks out THE NXT Women’s Champion will have Tiffany to deal with. That sounds like she’s overlooking Wendy. Tiffany says, “Do I think I’m superior to my opponent? Um, yeah. Is that a crime? Um, no.” After tonight, Wendy won’t be able to show her face around here, which is a win for everyone. And then the Women’s Division and that unified title will be all about Tiffany. Tootles!
Tony D’Angelo meets with Legado Del Fantasma.
Last week, Elektra, Wilde & Cruz tried to get “cute.” They pulled out all the stops in that Street Fight: distractions, interference, brass knuckles. Cruz would’ve probably thrown the kitchen sink at Tony. But how’d that work out? This is why Tony is the Don and Escobar is gone! But Tony’s a forgiving man, so the past is the past. The future starts tonight with a win from Wilde & Cruz! C’mon, let’s go. Will Legado do as they’re told under Tony’s command? Or will the bitter taste in their mouths be too much to stomach?
JD McDonagh speaks.
“At Heatwave, I sacrificed myself. I stood in front of a charging bull, I just had to see what he had to offer. And y’know something? I think I enjoyed it more than you did. You’re never truly challenged if you run away from uncomfortable situations. Bron, my pain tolerance for you is only growing. So good luck at Worlds Collide. I’ll see you on the other side.” JD was hanging upside-down like a bat the whole time?! Will he fight his way back to the title? Or just creep out the competition?
Wes Lee & KC Squared respond to that.
Uh-uh, nope! That just gave Wes the creeps. Kayden asks Katana if she’s hung upside-down before. Yeah, but not like that! Between the ice bath, the acupuncture and then the finger prick with the pen, there is something wrong with JD! But let’s talk about the champs and all the gold that they have! Oh, oh! But take Wes’s advice. When you’re a champ, everyone’s coming for your titles. Keep your heads on a swivel. They have eyes on the back of their heads, and they’re the only true tag team champions in all of the WWE. They don’t need a tournament to prove it. Probably why they weren’t invited. OH!
But just like when Wes was a champ, KC Squared will take on anyone from anywhere. Worlds are colliding, and anyone who wants it can come get it. Wes is loving the vibes, but know someone is bound to pick that gauntlet up. KC Squared is counting on it! Well okay!
Indi Hartwell is still ringside?
She has a mic to say, “So this is what rock bottom feels like, huh? Sucks, doesn’t it? And no disrespect to Blair Davenport, she’s incredible. She’s probably gonna go unify the titles at Worlds Collide and take it back to NXT Europe. But Blair isn’t the problem. It’s me! It’s always been me!” Fans boo in disagreement but four months ago, Indi looked at herself and said she’s done with tears and setbacks. She was gonna stand on her own two feet, reach for the stars, reignite her career, but… Here she sits, in the same position she was after Stand & Deliver! What is she even saying? She’s just saying words!
WAIT! LUMIS IS HERE!! Indi turns around to see him!! They crawl to each other in the ring! Fans are going nuts for #InDex as they hug it out! And kiss! They’re reunited and they take their leave, Lumis carrying Indi away! They make it to the back, and Lumis gives Indi another message. She kisses him, and there are police sirens?! Well, he did kidnap Miz… Lumis is arrested and Indi looks at the letter. Fans are upset, but at least Lumis got to say- Er, write, good-bye.
Backstage interview with Cora Jade.
It was a controversial win, but Cora disagrees. She beat Roxanne Perez in the middle of that ring and no one believes she’s better? Yeah, yeah, everyone loves Roxie, she’s so amazing. But if Roxie’s amazing, then what does that make the woman who beat her? If the roles were reversed and Roxie DDT’d Cora on her kendo stick, everyone would be saying Cora got what she deserved! But because Cora does it, O M G, it’s the worst thing ever! And to all the guys who’ve never even been on a date, tweeting their little fingers away about how that should’ve been a disqualification, she has this to say: Go on a date! And no, inflatable dolls don’t count. Cora is better than Roxie, get over it.
Legado del Fantasma w/ Tony D’Angelo VS The Dyad w/ Joe Gacy!
Joaquin Wilde & Cruz Del Toro have no choice but to follow The Don, while “Rip Fowler” and “Jagger Reed” chose to follow Joe Gacy. Whose leadership will lead their duo to a victory?
Returning the favor from earlier, Grimes is watching this match from the perch! Gacy takes notice and smiles, though he’s always smiling one way or another. Meanwhile, Tony snatches away the Legado shirts and throws them to the crowd! The teams sort out, and Cruz starts against Reed. The two circle, fans rally for Legado, and they tie up. Reed wrenches an arm, wristlocks, but Cruz rolls and kips up to wrench back. Cruz headlocks, Reed powers out, and thigs speed up. Reed hurdles, Cruz slides, and Reed denies the tilt-o-whirl. Cruz dodges the haymaker, RANAS Reed, and fans fire up! Tony doesn’t like the lucha?
Reed headlocks, Rip tags in, and things speed up again. Cruz dodges the haymaker from Rip to springboard and use Reed as a boost to FLYING ARM-DRAG Rip! Wilde gets in to RANA Reed out, and the Dyad regroups at the ramp. Legado double DIVE and take them out! Tony is upset and tells them no lucha crap! This is wrestling! Cruz puts Rip in and argues with Tony but Tony says he doesn’t care. Cruz shoulders into Rip, springboards and crossbodies, TWO! Fans rally, Cruz wrenches and wristlocks but Rip knees low! Rip sucker punches Wilde, too, but then Cruz JABS and CHOPS! Cruz whips, Rip holds ropes and BOOTS back!
Tag to Reed, Rip clinches and Reed ENZIGURIS! Then MAYHEM IN MOTION, down goes Wilde! Rip DIVES?! He never did that as Gibson, maybe Gacy’s teachings are working. Reed drags Cruz up to ROCK him with a left. Reed then ROCKS Cruz again, and he drags Cruz up for another haymaker! Cruz falls out, Rip tags in and sets him up, PLANCHA BACKBREAKER! That’s still grizzled, but hugging it out is definitely The Schism… The Dyad puts Cruz back in, Rip ROCKS Cruz but Cruz fights back! He BOOTS Rip, ROCKS Reed, but Rip knees low! Rip shoves but Cruz KICKS and ENZIGURIS! Fans fire up as both men crawl!
Hot tags to Reed and Wilde! Wilde springboard SENTONS Reed! Wilde fires off haymakers, dodges Reed and wheelbarrows to arm-drag him to a corner! Rip runs in but into a ripcord and CHOP! Wilde goes up, around and FLYING ARM-DRAGS Rip! Then he TILT-O-WHIRL DDTS! The fans are thunderous but Tony is furious! Clothesline and tag, Cruz GAMANGIRIS! Tag back, Legado hit a DOUBLE SUPELX! Cover, Rip breaks it! Cruz whips, Rip reverses and he throws Cruz out! Wilde DECKS Rip but Reed rolls him up! Wilde rolls through to swing around to a ghost pin, TWO!!
Reed runs in but into haymakers! Reed powers Wilde back, tag to Rip, but Wilde wheelbarrows. Reed feeds him to Rip! GRIT YOUR TEETH! And then, TICKET TO HAYHEM!! Cover, The Dyad wins!
Winners: The Dyad, by pinfall
Gacy celebrates with his disciples as they put the last nail in the coffin of Legado. They hug it out, and then they look to Grimes. Will Grimes join The Schism? Will Cruz & Wilde leave Tony?
Javier Bernal walks around backstage.
People tell him he had a good match and will get a win next time, but he shrugs it off. But then a young lady says he “almost” got that win. Almost? Almost might be good enough for someone like her, but for “Big Body Javi,” that doesn’t cut it. Next time she talks to him, show respect. But then Hank the security guard tells Bernal to respect a lady. Oh, whatever, man. He can do what he wants, he’s Big Body Javi! The young lady leaves and Hank tells Bernal he can call himself whatever he wants. But you do NOT talk to a woman like that. Time to hit the showers. Bernal leaves, but will Hank have to put this prick in his place?
Wilde, Cruz & Lopez storm out of the building.
They cannot believe how Tony’s treating them. Worst night ever. But then an SUV pulls up! And Escobar’s in the driver’s seat! “You didn’t think I was gonna leave without you, did you? La familia stays together. So you’re ready to go?” YES! Legado defies Tony D’Angelo and leaves NXT as one! But where will we see them next?
Tyler Bate VS Von Wagner w/ Robert Stone!
NXT UK’s first and only Triple Crown Champion is preparing to become the first UNDISPUTED NXT Champion, but that’s at Worlds Collide. Will Tyler survive entering Wagner’s World? Or will Bate prove who is really the big strong man around here?
NXT returns as Von & Stone make their entrance. Bron is watching this backstage as the bell rings, and the two circle. Bate and Von tie up, Bate gets an arm but Von picks him up and throws him away! Fans rally for Bate as Von eggs him on. Bate dodges Von, headlocks, but Von powers up. Bate holds on, Von powers out, and Von runs Bate over! Von YANKS Bate’s arm, RAMS shoulders, then knuckle locks to wrench the wrist. Von straight arm levels Bate up! Bate slips off to ROCK, CHOP and ROCK Von again! Von pushes, Bate dodges and DROPKICKS! And DROPKICKS! And then UPPERCUTS in the corner!
Bate climbs up to rain down fists! Fans count but Von shoves Bate away at 5 and BOOTS Bate down! Fans boo and Bron shakes his head. Von sits Bate up to rain down fists! Von TOSSES Bate into a corner, then runs in to SPLASH! Von brings Bate around, CLUBS him down, and Von talks trash. Von drags Bate up, trophy lifts him, and then DROPS Bate! Bate writhes while Von soaks up the heat. Von clamps onto Bate with a chinlock but fans chant, “You Suck! You Suck!” Bate endures, fights up, and fans rally. Bate throws body shots, then more body shots, then haymakers! Von shoves, but Bate dodges to fire off more hands!
Bate kicks low, reels Von in, but Von fights the underhooks! Von back drops but Bate lands on his feet! Bate leaps but into Von’s arms! BACKBREAKER and a FALL AWAY SLAM! Von looms over Bate but fans boo. Von rains down fists, then CLUBS Bate in the chest. Fans rally up and Von pulls Bate’s hair. The ref reprimands, Von scoops Bate for another trophy lift, but Bate slips off! Bate UPPERCUTS Von, then ENZIGURIS him out of the ring! Fans fire up and Bate builds speed to FLY! Direct hit and down goes Von at the ramp! Bate gets up and fans rally behind him, Von shoves Bate, gets in the ring, but Bate pursues!
Bate runs in to UPPERCUT at the corner! And then a clinch, but Von fights off the exploder. Von reels Bate in, gets him up, but Bate fights the bomb! Bate lands on his feet to fire off heavy hands! Von drops to a knee, shoves Bate away but Bate roars! Fans fire up, but Von reels Bate in for a short arm LARIAT! Cover, TWO! Bate survives, showing why he is a champion at all. Von snarls, drops elbows, then rains down more fists! Fans rally up again but Von drags Bate to his feet. Von fireman’s carries but Bate fights free! Bate shoves Von, dodges the boot, and rebounds to LARIAT! Von stays up but Bate just runs again!
Rebound- Choke grip! But Bate slips through the slam! Bop up, BANG hits!! And then BANG hits again!! And then ROLLING KICK! Von flounders around, Bate hits an EXPLODER! And a kip up! Bate goes up top and fans are thunderous, SKY TWISTER! Cover, Bate wins!
Winner: Tyler Bate, by pinfall
Wagner’s World just got rocked! Will we see #TylerTwoBelts at Worlds Collide?
The Diamond Mine is feeling good.
Kemp and the Creeds got Gallus tonight, and they’ll get ’em again in next week’s Six Man Tag! Roddy says yeah, they’re gonna destroy Gallus! Uh, no, Roddy, Kemp & The Creeds will destroy Gallus. Julius only rolls with teammates he can trust. He doesn’t trust Roddy? No, he doesn’t. Briggs & Jensen walk in and tell Diamond Mine to calm down. Creeds have Gallus next week, so save a piece for these guys. Strong says absolutely not! Not after what Gallus did to Diamond Mine! Diamond Mine is gonna destroy Gallus! Strong tells Julius to ignore “these dorks,” but Briggs calls Strong out for running his mouth!
Briggs says Strong went on and on about the Creeds being the best team in the WWE. But they’re not even the best team in NXT! Strong says Briggs and Jensen are both dorks! Julius tells Strong that his opinion doesn’t carry as much weight around here as it used to. Julius steps to Briggs & Jensen to say that if they want it, they can get it after Gallus! Both teams are looking forward to it, but will things get complicated in the NXT Tag Division with two brands merging as one?
Lights Out: Tiffany Stratton VS Wendy Choo!
Ever since coming to NXT, “Buff Barbie” has been more like a Mean Girl in spandex. And number one among those she’s picked on is the pajama partying, prank playing fan favorite. There will be no disqualifications, no count-outs, and no holding back! Who wins and who goes night-night when it’s Lights Out?
NXT returns and Wendy makes her entrance. She makes sure to hydrate, then she unzips her Taco Tuesday onesie to show off her chocolate chip romper! The bell rings and the lights go down, and both women start throwing hands! Wendy ROCKS Tiffany but Tiffany CHOPS Wendy! Wendy CHOPS back, then whips Tiffany to ropes. Tiffany reverses, Wendy ducks ‘n’ dodges and DROPKCISK Tiffany down! Fans fire up and Tiffany bails out. Wendy goes out, runs in, but dodges the tennis racket attack! Wendy kicks low, grabs the racket and JAMS Tiffany with it! Wendy ten grabs a trash can and RAMS Tiffany with it! And then dumps it out on her!
Wendy makes Tiffany wear the can, then she grabs the racket to SMACK the can! And again! Quite the forehand serve she’s got there! And then she SMACKS the top of the can! Tiffany falls over, Wendy takes the can off and puts it in the ring. Wendy puts Tiffany in the ring, whips her to a corner, and then runs in to RAM into her! Wendy digs her shoulder in, RAMS it in again and again, then runs side to side to BOOT Tiffany down! Fans fire up but Tiffany bails out. Tiffany goes looking under the ring, and brings out the toolbox! Wendy storms over, but Tiffany JAMS her with the box! Tiffany dumps the tools out and grabs a spare crossbar!
Tiffany aims, Wendy dodges, and Tiffany SMACKS the post! tiffany’s hand gets hurt from that, and Wendy smacks Tiffany off the apron. Tiffany gets in the ring, fans chant “We Want Tables!” but Wendy gets in the ring to get the trash can. Wendy wedges that into the corner, storms up to Tiffany, and whips her into the corner! Tiffany stops from hitting the can, then she elbows Wendy away. Tiffany whips Wendy , she stops herself and mule kicks Tiffany. Then front kicks! Then CLOBBERS Tiffany! Wendy eggs Tiffany on, whips her to ropes, then hits an OVERHEAD Belly2Belly! Fans are fired up as Tiffany is in the corner.
Wendy handsprings in, but Tiffany sends her into the can! And then RAMS her into it! Wendy flops out of the ring, Tiffany taunts her and RAMS her into steel steps! Tiffany says she can do this all day, and NXT goes picture in picture.
Tiffany flexes on Wendy, talks more trash, then slaps Wendy around. Tiffany talks trash on the fans, too, then brings Wendy up. Tiffany smacks Wendy off the apron, throws trash at her, then buries her in it. Tiffany paces around while Wendy sit sup. Wendy throws body shots and haymakers, then dodges Tiffany to CLOBBER her with her thermos! Wendy goes back to her bed and starts pushing it down the ramp! She gains speed and RAMS Tiffany with it! The bed stops next to the ring, but Tiffany JAMS Wendy with a chair! Then SMACKS her with it! Tiffany SMACKS Wendy again, then throws the chair down.
Tiffany pushes Wendy around, talks more trash, then dumps the mattress off the bedframe. Tiffany drags Wendy over, stands her up, but Wendy blocks the suplex! And again! Wendy RAMS Tiffany into the apron, puts her in the ring, and brings a chair with her. Tiffany ROCKS Wendy as NXT returns to single picture. And again! But Wendy holds onto ropes! Wendy RAMS into Tiffany, hurries inside, but Tiffany hits a POWERSLAM! Cover, TWO! Fans rally while Wendy writhes. Tiffany crawls and finds the chair again. Tiffany sets the chair on top of Wendy, goes up the corner, and MOONSAULTS to FLOP!
Wendy writhes, the chair is in the middle of the ring, but Wendy crawls her way around to Tiffany. Wendy brings Tiffany up to suplex her onto the chair! Cover, TWO!! Tiffany is showing her toughness but Wendy goes outside the ring. Wendy grabs that crossbar Tiffany was using, and she puts it across Tiffany’s face! Tiffany endures the Full Metal Camel Clutch! Tiffany reaches out, grabs her purse, and she gets her HAIRSPRAY! She sprays Wendy in the face!! Tiffany gets the can, JAMS Wendy with it, then sets the can down. Tiffany brings Wendy up to POWERBOMB her on the trash can! Cover, TWO!!
Fans are fired up as Wendy survives! Wendy crawls and Tiffany pursues, they’re both going for the corner. “This is Awesome!” as Tiffany goes up the corner, only for Wendy to YANK her down! Wendy goes outside the ring, looks around in the bedding, and she brings her body pillow in! Wendy CLOBBERS Tiffany with it! Because inside that pillow is LEGO BRICKS! Wendy pours them all out on the mat, and there’s a lot of them! Fans are loving this as Wendy brings Tiffany around. Tiffany breaks the full nelson, but Wendy fights the German Suplex! Wendy elbows Tiffany away, but runs into a scoop! FALL AWAY SLAM! Wendy just narrowly misses the pile!
Tiffany drags Wendy up and tries again! Scoop SLAM onto the Legos! Wendy writhes and fans are thunderous for “NXT! NXT!” Tiffany drags herself up the ropes, runs and DOUBLE STOMPS Wendy onto the Legos! Cover, TWO!!! Tiffany can’t believe it but Wendy is still in this! Fans again declare “This is Awesome!” as Tiffany tries to figure out what to do now. Tiffany gets her purse again, kicks Wendy out of the ring, and Tiffany brings out powder! But Wendy kicks the powder into Tiffany’s face! Full Nelson BODY SLAM through the bedframe!! Fans lose their minds over that one as Wendy puts Tiffany back in the ring!
Wendy goes up the corner, and from the very top, VADER BOMB!! Cover, Wendy wins!
Winner: Wendy Choo, by pinfall
And that’s night-night for Tiff-Tiff! Will Wendy use this momentum to get herself that future title opportunity Tiffany was talking about?
The champions and challengers are backstage for contract signings.
Blair signs her part, then Mandy signs hers. She slides the contract to Meiko, and Meiko signs her part. It is now official! The Triple Threat for the NXT and NXT UK Women’s Championships is official, it will be Winner Takes All! And at the same time, Bate and Bron sign their contract to make their match official! Who will be the UNDISPUTED NXT Champion and UNDISPUTED NXT Women’s Champion after Worlds Collide?
A great NXT to set us up for a lot of Worlds Collide action. It seems instead of transitioning the NXT UK titles into NXT Europe titles, they’re unifying NXT UK with their NXT US counterparts. Bron and Tyler had a great promo to set up their unification match, and I feel like that one could go either way. I personally hope Tyler wins, though. As great as Bron is, his push needs to slow down at some point. Tyler would make for a fresh top champion, but given JD’s promo, I have a bad feeling Bron wins. Tyler had a good match with Von, and of course Tyler wins, but this momentum might be to feed the usual booking math.
Speaking of JD, Wes Lee’s reaction to JD’s promo makes me think we get Wes VS JD as a feud before JD gets back to a title. And KC Squared talking smack on all the brands got me wondering if we’ll get crossover between NXT and a team from Raw or SmackDown. Blair VS Indi had a rough match, honestly. That Falcon Arrow did not land quite how it should have, but point was, of course Blair wins. Blair calls out the champs, the champs respond, and that Triple Threat will be great. But of course, this is to protect the champs while at least one of them loses their titles. I feel like the best scenario is Blair pinning Mandy so Meiko isn’t hurt, and then Blair will have to face the pressure of being chased.
I also like that we got quiet contract signings in the “office,” not wordy ones in the ring. We’ve seen plenty of contract signing segments, and will still see them again and again on RawDown, so NXT doesn’t need to waste time with them. But while the top singles titles are being unified, I’m surprised we’re not outright getting that with the tag titles. Honestly, that was the only weird spot of tonight. Lash attacking Fallon is one thing, but how was Pretty Deadly attacking Briggs & Jensen not a disqualification to end the title match? Either way, Gallus wins the match without taking the titles, so what would it matter?
Gallus and Diamond Mine get into it, but then so do Gallus and Pretty Deadly, and Diamond Mine with Briggs & Jensen. I do like that we’re getting these blended stories, but what does this mean for the UK tag titles? Will there be one last UK tag title match and then the titles are retired? Will we get Creeds VS Briggs & Jensen? Or will we get a wild Fatal 4 Way that’s also Winners Take All? Personally, hoping for that third option. It’d work out much like the Women’s Triple Threat, where the champions are protected. One team, or both teams, could lose their belts, and then they chase the new Undisputed NXT Tag Team Champions in the Fall.
Bernal is rising up the ranks since he got to face Grimes tonight, but of course he loses. And “Hank” is totally gonna kick Bernal’s ass at some point, that’ll be great for Hank. The Schism watching Grimes and Grimes watching Schism, Grimes VS Gacy probably won’t be set up for the go-home, but it could help lead the way into what comes after Worlds Collide. Legado VS Dyad was a great tag match, but it makes sense in many ways for Dyad to win. Dyad needs something to get going, and it was a great sendoff for Legado since they’re ALL leaving NXT to probably show up on SmackDown this Friday. Or the Friday after Clash at the Castle so they can hit the ground running.
Great introduction to Charlie Dempsey for the NXT 2.0 fans, and him feuding with Chase U is going to be a lot of fun. Cora has a good promo talking trash on, well, internet fans like even myself. I will neither confirm or deny her assumptions about not having gone on a date or anything else of that kind, but I did question why a kendo stick DDT wasn’t a DQ. But this also means Cora VS Roxie II is on the horizon and that’s going to be awesome. Also good promo from Alba Fyre, reminding everyone that she’s still here and will be coming for the women’s championship in the future, too.
I loved the #InDex reunion, and I even love that it didn’t last because Lumis had to be (kayfabe) arrested. Lumis can get out on bail for kidnapping, Indi can join him on Raw, and we can even get to #InDex VS the It Couple, Miz & Maryse. That match probably won’t happen for Clash at the Castle, that’s too soon. But Extreme Rules is in October, and something about that feels just right for Dexter Lumis’ first major WWE event. And last but not least, we got an awesome match out of Wendy VS Tiffany under “Lights Out,” which is just Isla Dawn’s “World of Darkness.” But either way, great stuff, from the Legos to the bedframe breaking. And I am so glad it’s Wendy who won, she deserved the win in this blow-off, and with a 66% chance of a Heel being Women’s Champion, Wendy is a great Face to go after the title.
My Score: 8.6/10
Andrew’s IMPACT Results & Match Ratings: 2.2.2023
Impact has a new number one contender, a few new signings and setting up for No Surrender. Lets see what happens tonight!
We’re coming off of Rich Swann becoming the number one contender, Joe Hendry creating another banger of a parody song and Bully Ray…being more like Bitchy Ray.
Also lets not overlook the fact that Dirty Dango officially signed with IMPACT as well. Which may not be huge, but with the current addition of Santino Marella, Dango being involved in storylines for the foreseeable; there could be some good comedy in store.
There we go, a bunch of stuff got set in motion; but we could always see some interesting wrinkles or just straight forward boredom. Only one way to find out! BUT FIRST! Raven is getting The Flock back together…maybe?
— IMPACT (@IMPACTWRESTLING) February 3, 2023
- Bullet Club (Ace & Bey) vs Kevin Knight & Kushida: Ace & Bey win via 1-2-Sweet – ***
- Gisele Shaw w/Jai Vidal vs Savannah Evans: Gisele wins via Denouement – ** 1/4
- Crazzy Steve w/ Black Taurus vs Sheldon Jean: Steve wins via King Kill 33 – N/A
- Johnny Swinger w/Zicky Dice vs Kenny King: Kenny wins via Royal Flush – N/A
- The Design (Kon, Deaner, Angels & Callihan) vs Josh Alexander, Frankie Kazarian, Yuya Uemura & Rich Swann: Callihan wins via Cactus Driver ’97 – ** 1/2
Bullet Club (Ace & Bey) vs Kevin Knight & Kushida
As much as I like Ace & Bey, a part of me would like MCMG versus Kushida and his new partner.
Early on its just counters, posing to the crowd and getting themselves over until Bey manages to sweep the leg, slingshot over the top rope for a stomp and take over a little. Knight manages to avoid a corner move, one legged Springboard Body Press, Jumping Frog Splash, and then a quick tag to Kushida. Some tandem moves from Kushida and Knight as Knight continues to mix it up with Bey.
Ace distracts Knight before the Springboard and Bey meets him in midair with a Dropkick and gets Ace in for some tandem offense and then Ace starts setting the pace. Double Arm Wringer into a tandem Back Rake. Then they wrestle Knight to the ground and keep him down for another Back Rake. Ace continues to set the pace and keep Knight mostly on the receiving end, until Knight rolls out of a lift, Ricky to Robert roll, Kushida gets the hot tag and starts clearing the ring. Bey tries Art of Finesse, Kushida catches him in a Flying Armbar but Bey turns it into a Cradle to get Kushida to break.
Electric Chair from Kushida, but before Knight can hit his Dropkick, Ace slides in and catches Knight on his back. Chicken Fight before Kushida and Knight finally hit their Tandem move but Ace makes the save. Ace wipes out Kushida, Knight forces Ace out, tries to go for a Plancha, but Bey was crotched on the top rope. As Knight tries to Plancha, Bey hits a Cutter out of nowhere on the apron. Ace sees the opening, 1-2-Sweet for the win!
— IMPACT (@IMPACTWRESTLING) February 3, 2023
Steph De Lander video package…that’s a pretty decent grab for IMPACT.
Gisele Shaw w/Jai Vidal vs Savannah Evans
Gisele faces off with Savannah and slaps her in the face a few times and refuses to back down. Savannah of course fires back, but when Gisele gets violent is when she’s at her best. After a big toss, Gisele powders, confers with Jai and the commercial kicks in. When we get back, Gisele has the advantage. But Savannah takes the short arm pull in, Side Slam for effect and distance.
Now they start trading strikes, that Savannah wins that war. A few short Lariats, Samoan Drop, and Gisele is reeling. Retreats to the corner, tries to stop Savannah with the Back Elbow, but eats a Spinebuster when she tries to continue. Fisherman’s Suplex Hold from Savannah for 2, Full Nelson Slam attempt, but Jai hits the apron and tries to seduce the referee as a distraction. Gisele hits the Denouement (Knee Strike) for the win.
The crowd is actively booing Gisele, but she powers through for her promo. It wasn’t great, but I’ll give her some credit for pushing through.
— IMPACT (@IMPACTWRESTLING) February 3, 2023
Crazzy Steve w/ Black Taurus vs Sheldon Jean
Sheldon Jean continues the arrogance, though he’s a nobody enhancement talent. It would be nice if some of these enhancement talent wrestlers didn’t all have that same arrogant persona. We all know Steve is going to win, this is just a storytelling tool to probably add to the Trey Miguel stuff.
Steve is entertaining, but this match is more predictable than most things. He hits King Kill 33, but apparently it’s called Belladonna’s Kiss now. Trey jumps Taurus, tries to spray paint Steve, but Steve bites him and spray paints himself causing Trey to powder out of confusion/fear.
Bully comes out to complain as has been his thing the last few weeks. But thankfully Mickie returns the favor from last week and interrupts Bully. Verbal jabs, Bully Ray insults Mickie, Mickie slaps him, Bully slams her and calls in the Good Hands to get the tables. Tommy Dreamer makes a save with a kendo stick. Good Hands vs Mickie & Tommy next week.
— IMPACT (@IMPACTWRESTLING) February 3, 2023
Oh good, this is exactly what I wanted from a few weeks ago! Kelly and Taylor will be a great team.
Johnny Swinger w/Zicky Dice vs Kenny King
Some goofy posturing and general Swinger antics. Eddy Gordo kick into Royal Flush, and Kenny gets the obvious win.
Bully has a segment in the back with Masha, and it seems like he’s a little smitten while he was trying to just manipulate her emotions to pick up the pieces after or during the tag match next week.
Cardona and Myers try to make their own diss track song…and it was awful. It was supposed to be bad, and yes, it achieved that. It was like Miz and Morrison, without comedic talent.
The Design (Kon, Deaner, Angels & Callihan) vs Josh Alexander, Frankie Kazarian, Yuya Uemura & Rich Swann
Deaner barks at Callihan to start against Swann, then commands him to tag out, and a multi-man match is always a little bit of everyone gets moments. So its just odd that the heel team will be dictated by Deaner to a degree. Uemura comes in second and he reminds me so much of a young Tanahashi its crazy. Deaner calls for the tag and squares off against Josh now.
An attempted jumping in the corner, but Josh gets space and it turns into all 8 men in at once. Josh goes right after Kon and tries to assert his dominance on the “power” of The Design. After the commercial, Uemura gets rocked but Kaz saves him with a blind tag and hits some of his classic moves on Angels and Callihan. Swann comes in but Deaner and Kon manage to ground Swann and put the momentum back in the hands on The Design.
Some stupid spots take away a little from the match while Swann is getting worked over. Swann slaps his leg when he eats a Dropkick from Angels, then tries to Leapfrog Deaner and jump to his corner, Deaner grabs him away but it just looks silly and like it was never going to work to begin with. Its the optime of doing too much and hurting the match. Josh eventually gets a hot tag, tags a square off with Kon, throws him around and King Kong Knee drops Kon. Ankle Lock gives the near fall but Kon kicks off, Uemura tags himself in, Callihan gets the tag, is about to finish off Uemura; but Deaner stops the Thumbs Up – so Josh breaks up the offense and we get all 8 men pulls off high impact moves.
Cactus Driver attempt, Uemura hits the Enzuigiri to stun Callihan. Goes to the top, Deaner trips Uemura, Cactus Driver ’97 wins the match.
Overall Score: 5/10
This was a weird episode. The only match worth watching was the opening tag match, the rest were predictable, boring or just had dumb spots in them. Backstage segments however, those were pretty great. The problem though, is they built off of either inside jokes, old WCW knowledge or not shutting off cringe immediately.
So while I loved the Raven & Reese segment, Kelly & Taylor, and found some amusement in the Cardona stuff…its really subjective and not exactly friendly to an uninitiated viewer. We got an episode that catered to already existing fans, which isn’t how to grow a brand.
Even though I enjoyed things for the most part, this was a lame episode from the perspective of retaining new eyes.
Mitchell’s AEW Dynamite Results & Report! (2/1/23)
Dynamite is No Holds Barred!
Will Darby Allin still be the Relentless TNT Champion?
Samoa Joe wants the AEW TNT Championship back, but he knows Darby Allin is relentless. Tonight on Dynamite, they go NO HOLDS BARRED for the gold! Will Joe once again be the King of Television?
- Jon Moxley VS Hangman Page; Moxley wins.
- The Acclaimed w/ Billy Gunn VS Truth Magnum & Turbo Floyd; The Acclaimed wins.
- Brian Cage w/ Prince Nana VS Konosuke Takeshita; Takeshita wins.
- Bryan Danielson VS Timothy Thatcher; Bryan wins.
- AEW TBS Championship: Jade Cargill w/ Leila Grey VS Red Velvet; Cargill wins and retains the title.
- AEW TNT Championship No Holds Barred: Darby Allin w/ Sting VS Samoa Joe; wins and
PLAY BY PLAY
Jon Moxley w/ Wheeler Yuta VS Hangman Page!
The Maniac and the Cowboy go for their tiebreaker as Dynamite is in Dayton, Ohio! Will Ohio’s own knock this one out of the park like he did before? Or will there be some serious #CowboySh*t going down in Dayton?
Not only does Moxley have the Decoder by his side, he has his dad, Dan! Hangman makes his entrance next, and Moxley goes right after him! Moxley throws hands then whips Hangman into railing! The ref reprimands but Moxley sends Hangman into steel steps! Moxley throws hands, whips Hangman again and Hangman hits more railing hard! Fans fire up and the ref reprimands. Moxley just takes off his hoodie to CHOKE Hangman with it! Moxley TOSSES Hangman over the railing, and then he hops onto the railing! Dayton fires up, gives Moxley a hand, and Moxley FLYING AX HANDLES Hangman down!
Moxley brings Hangman up but Hangman throws hands! Hangman sits Moxley down, fires off more shots, then backs up. Hangman runs in to BOOT Moxley against railing! The ref reprimands, he wants this in the ring, but it isn’t a match yet so there’s no real repercussions. Hangman stalks Moxley along the way but Moxley kicks back. And CHOPS! Moxley trips Hangman then ties him up, FIGURE FOUR on the floor! Moxley and Hangman flip each other off but the ref still wants this in the ring. Hangman grabs someone’s beer and splashes Moxley with it! Moxley lets Hangman out of the hold, and then Hangman ROCKS Mox!
They go back to ringside, Moxley grabs a chair but Hangman CLUBS Moxley. But Moxley JAMS Hangman, tris him, and then drops an elbow on the leg! Moxley has a toehold, then he puts the chair around the leg! The ref reprimands but Moxley goes up the apron. The ref shouts at Moxley to not jump, but then Hangman gets free! Hangman CHUCKS the chair at Moxley’s head!! Moxley goes down and fans fire up! The ref reprimands again and wants this to get in the ring. Moxley is dazed, but Hangman drags him around, to suplex onto the chair! Hangman drags Moxley up and puts him in the ring, but he also brings the chair!
The ref stops Hangman, so Hangman leaves the chair behind. The bell finally rings, and Hangman runs in to forearm Moxley! Moxley hits back, they go back and forth! Moxley’s eyebrow is already busted open, but he keeps throwing shots. Hangman gets the edge, HEADBUTTS, then whips. Moxley reverses to dropkick the legs out! Moxley looms over Hangman, drags him into the INDIAN DEATHLOCK! Hangman endures, keeps his shoulders off the mat, but fans rally behind Moxley. Hangman drags himself back, reaches out, and gets the ROPEBREAK! The ref counts, Moxley lets Hangman go at 3.
Moxley brings Hangman up but Hangman gets around to GERMAN SUPLEXES! Moxley snarls but the blood is getting into his eye. Hangman DECKS Moxley and has him at the ropes. Hangman brings Moxley up, fans boo but Hangman CHOPS! Moxley flounders and falls and fans start dueling. Hangman stalks Moxley, sits him up, and he starts raining down fists right on the bloody eyebrow! Mox fans boo but Hangman fans are fired up for the “COWBOY SH*T!” Hangman wipes Moxley’s blood off on his chest, but then turns around into a CHOP! Moxley eggs Hangman on and Hangman CHOPS back!
Moxley CHOPS, Hangman CHOPS, fans “WOO~!” for the CHOP fight! Moxley shifts to boxing elbows, then runs, but Hangman catches the crossbody! FALL AWAY SLAM! Fans are torn while Moxley goes to the apron. Hangman runs, triangle jumps, but Moxley LARIATS first! Moxley drags Hangman up and to the apron, then turns Hangman, for a SLEEPER! The ref reprimands and wants this in the ring, but Hangman claws the bloody eyebrow! Moxley turns Hangman around, reels him in, but Hangman resists the lift! Hangman tries to lift, Moxley resists, and then Moxley lifts! Hangman fights that and lifts again, but Moxley still fights!
Both men are fighting for control, and Hangman fireman’s carries! To SNAKE EYES Moxley off the post! Moxley falls to the floor and Dynamite goes picture in picture!
The ref checks Moxley but he’s somehow okay to continue. Hangman goes over to fetch Moxley, and whips him into railing! Hangman ROCKS Moxley with haymakers as the bloody eyebrow becomes a crimson mask. Hangman refreshes the count, goes back to Moxley and CHOPS him! Moxley gets in Hangman’s face so Hangman CHOPS again! Moxley CHOPS and CHOPS and CHOPS, but Hangman DECKS him! Hangman snarls, looms over Moxley, and then drags him back up. Hangman puts Moxley in the ring, and rains down more fists on that bloody eyebrow! Moxley falls over, but Hangman gets the wrists!
Hangman sits Moxley up, for a DRAGON STOMP, but Moxley blocks! Moxley throws Hangman to a corner and fires off forearms and CHOPS on repeat! Moxley then hoists Hangman up top, climbs up after him, and CLAWS Hangman’s back, painfully slow! Then he CLAWS and BITES Hangman’s back, before blowing a kiss to the fans. But Hangman throws body shots in return! Dynamite returns to single picture as Hangman BITES Moxley’s forehead! Hangman then slips under Moxley to fireman’s carry him on the second rope! SUPER DEATH VALLEY DRIVER!! Cover, TWO!! Moxley survives and fans are fired up!
Fans duel as Hangman sits up. Hangman scowls while Moxley sits up. Moxley eggs Hangman on so Hangman kicks him! And BOOTS him! Hangman tells Moxley to stay down but he refuses. Moxley sits up, so Hangman BOOTS him! Moxley sits up to SLAP Hangman, and flips him off! Hangman is fuming, but he runs into a CUTTER! A standing count starts, fans count along as Moxley and Hangman stir. They sit up at 5 of 10, and Moxley throws a haymaker. Hangman throws it back, so Moxley gives another,. They go back and forth, Hangman wobbles but he CHOPS! Moxley CHOPS! Hangman forearms! Moxley forearms back!
Moxley eggs Hangman on, Hangman staggers over and CHOPS again! Moxley KICKS a leg, KICKS Hangman’s arm, then KICKS him again! Moxley ducks the haymaker to get the SLEEPER! Hangman shifts to SAIDO! But Moxley’s right up! SAIDO!! Hangman ends up in a corner and fans say “This is Awesome!” Moxley puts Hangman up top, climbs up after him, and hits a SUPER HALF HATCH SUPLEX!! Cover, TWO!! Moxley immediately rains down the HAMMER ‘N’ ANVIL ELBOWS! Then he clamps on a SLEEPER! Hangman endures as Moxley shifts to a BULLY CHOKE! Hangman pushes around, so Moxley shifts to get the wrists! DRAGON STOMPS!!
Moxley then drags Hangman up into the underhooks! But Hangman fights Death Rider! So Moxley rolls Hangman to an ARMBAR! Hangman endures, moves around, and reaches out to the ROPEBREAK! The ref counts and Moxley lets go at 4. Hangman crawls to a corner, fans rally up, and Moxley says this is it! Moxley runs in but Hangman TOSSES him up and out! Moxley staggers up, Hangman goes up top! ARIHARA MOONSAULT but Moxley moves! And LARIATS!! Both men are down at the ramp and fans are thunderous! The ref checks both men, Moxley is up first while fans lose their minds.
Moxley goes to the timekeeper’s area and he clears off the table! Moxley drags Hangman over, reels him in, but Hangman resists the lift! Hangman Alabama Lifts but Moxley fights that. DOUBLE LARIATS hit! And again! Moxley runs in, POP-UP POWERBOMB THROUGH THE TABLE!! Fans lose their minds again while Hangman leaves Moxley behind in the ring. The ring count climbs to 5 of 10 before Moxley sits up. The count is 7! Then “OCHO!” Moxley stands at 9, and springs in at 9.9!! But into a LARIAT!! And then Alabama Lift, DEADEYE!!! Cover, TWO?!?! Moxley survives and no one can believe it!
Hangman kicks at Moxley, almost taunting him. Hangman goes to a corner while Moxley’s fans boo. Hangman runs in, but Moxley dodges the stomp to KING KONG LARIAT!! Fans are thunderous as both men stand again. Moxley eggs Hangman on, and Hangman stands. Moxley throws a forearm, so Hangman hits back! Moxley forearms again, but so does Hangman! Fans duel, the forearms fly faster, and then Hangman gets the edge! SUPERKICK! Hangman reels Moxley in, fisherman’s a leg, but Moxley fights the suplex! Hangman powers it through, FISHERMAN CRADLE DRIVER!! Cover, TWO!?!?!?
Hangman’s wild eyes say he can’t believe Moxley survived! Hangman goes to the apron, he aims at Moxley, slingshot for the BUCK- NO! DEATH- NO, Hangman blocks to scoop! TOMBSTONE PILEDRIVER!!! But Hangman doesn’t cover, he goes to the apron! Hangman loads up, for the BUCKSHOT!!! Cover, TWO!?!?!? HOW?!?! Moxley has survived all of Hangman’s best, but Hangman has the BULLY CHOKE!! Hangman pulls back on Moxley’s favorite hold! Moxley shifts, fights back up, and he snapmares into a cradle! MOXLEY WINS!!
Winner: Jon Moxley, by pinfall
Moxley just taught Hangman not to play games! Hangman is furious that he got caught like that, but the Blackpool Combat Club steps into the ring. Yuta and Claudio keep Hangman back but Moxley stands up. Moxley and Hangman get in each other’s face but the BCC keep them apart. Hangman flips Moxley off, and fans want to “LET THEM FIGHT!” Moxley and Hangman keep jawing, they get close but Claudio keeps them separate. Moxley mocks Hangman by lying down, giving Hangman a chance. Hangman mocks Moxley back by doing a quick burpie push-up. Claudio tells Hangman to go and cool off.
Moxley flips Hangman off as he leaves, and fans celebrate their home state hero. Will there be a fourth round out of these two to truly settle things?
AEW takes a look at tonight’s TNT Championship No Holds Barred main event!
Darby Allin tells Samoa Joe, “I knew when I took this from you in Seattle that you’d want it back. And I know you’d stop at nothing to have it back. Well, I’m gonna make things fair. You beat me in Texas, and you granted me my rematch in Seattle. So I’m granting you your rematch in Ohio. But I want it under one condition: No Holds Barred.” Samoa Joe told the “Little Dead Boy” that Joe is “coming to take back what’s mine. The King will not be usurped by a man like you.” Darby says if he walks out the winner, Joe doesn’t get another rematch. If Joe walks out the winner, Darby won’t get a rematch. This will be the final chapter of their feud! So who writes their happily ever after?
Backstage interview with Jamie Hayter, The Bunny, The Butcher & The Blade.
Renee Paquette is with the AEW Women’s World Champion, as well as the mercenary trio. Renee thanks them for agreeing to no physicality, and understands that Allie the Bunny requested this time. Bunny tells Hayter, they’re all very impressed by Hayter’s win over Emi Sakura on Rampage last Friday. Now, Bunny feels like Sakura outshined Hayter, but great win nonetheless. And Bunny knows Hayter isn’t the type to back down from a challenge, right? Right. So here’s a challenge: next week on Dynamite, Hayter VS Bunny in a Title Eliminator Match! What does Hayter say? Hayter says absolutely! She bloody loves a challenge, and next week, she’s free.
Renee says there’s something happening as we speak! They get it on the television screen nearby, and it’s Britt Baker being mugged by Saraya and Toni Storm!! Bunny is shocked and Hayter is furious! Hayter hurries off, Saraya talks right into the camera, “AEW is OUR house!” Storm drags Britt up to RAM her into a garage door! Bunny more or less expresses exasperation, but will Hayter be able to save the Doctor?
The Acclaimed w/ Billy Gunn VS Truth Magnum & Turbo Floyd!
The AEW World Tag Team Champions have been reigning for 133 days, but they know the Gunn Sons, Austin & Colten, are gunning for them. But first, they tune up against “The Outrunners.” As always, Platinum Max has a diss track ready! “Acclaimed on the mic, you know we the nicest. Fighting two guys in their midlife crisis! I bet you have sex with each other. How we gonna fight the bootleg Beverly Brothers? C’mon, it’s not the 80s! Acclaimed gonna make you call it quits like you Tom Brady! ‘Ey, y’all should be ashamed. In Ohio, everybody loves The Acclaimed.”
Fans cheer, and Bowens gets the mic to say, “NNNUTTER CENTERRR~! The Acclaimed have arrived! SCISSOR ME, DADDY ASS!” And he does~! But while Caster & Bowens just embarrassed Truth & Turbo, are they walking into a trap game before taking on the Ass Boys?
The teams sort out, the Outrunners decide they’ll scissor finger! They mock the Mega Powers at the same time, but then Bowens SUPERKICKS Truth out of the ring! The bell rings, Caster CHOPS Turbo and scoops him to SLAM him! Tag to Bowens and Bowens goes up top! Caster holds open the legs, SCISSOR ME TURBO! Daddy Ass gets in the ring so that he and the boys can TRIPLE SCISSOR~! Bowens waits on Turbo, mule kicks and hits the ARRIVAL! Tag to Caster and he goes up top, MIC DROP! Cover, The Acclaimed win!
Winners: The Acclaimed, by pinfall
But wait! Raining on the parade are Austin & Colten! Fans taunt the “ASS~ BOYS~!” But they tune that out. They go to the ring, and Colten has a mic. “Hey, good match, guys. But we’re here to talk about something serious. Last week, what we said would make us happy are your belts. And we want a shot at those belts, and we want an answer right now.” Fans boo but Caster has the mic to say, “Yo! Yo! Yo! Yo! Listen.” Bowens says, “You two Rod ‘n’ Todd lookin’ asses want an answer. You do realize you are interrupting the most popular tag team in all of wrestling, right?” Caster adds, “That’s right!”
“The winningest tag team in AEW history!” “That’s right!” “The FOREVER champs, the Acclaimed!” “That’s right!” “And not to mention, EVERYONE! LOVES! THE ACCLAIMED!” But they are the People’s Choice, and the People’s Voice, they will ask the people. Colten says these fans can’t even read! But Bowens still asks Dayton’s opinion: Do the Ass Boys deserve a shot at the tag titles? “NOOO~!” Well, the people have spoken, so NO. Austin & Colten get in Caster’s & Bowens’ faces, but Billy tells them all to stop! Isn’t it enough already? Billy is so sick of this, he is just done! Billy says this is too much, so go ahead, beat the sh*t out of each other!
Daddy Ass steps aside, fans fire up, but Austin says, “There you go. Do exactly what you did our entire childhoods and turn your back on us.” Billy stops walking up the ramp, but then chuckles as he keeps going. Austin says Billy should do what he used to do, and drown his sorrows at the bottom of a PILL BOTTLE! That gets Billy to turn around! Billy storms up on his sons and The Acclaimed, as well as the fans, tell the Ass Boys that they F’d up. Billy is up in Austin’s face and says, “So you two think you just put your big boy pants on? Then you just step up, and you just made the biggest mistake…”
The mic is wonky so Billy throws it down. Bowens gives Billy the good one. Billy wants Austin to look at him after what he just said. Austin looks up at his father’s eyes. Billy says if they’ve got their big boy pants on, if they think they got what it takes, if they think they have what Billy had, then we’ll see next week. They’ve got their title shots! The Acclaimed is surprised but the Ass Boys smile that they’re getting their way. Will Austin & Colten get what they want? Or just what they deserve?
Backstage interview with Jack Perry.
Alex Marvez is with Jungle Boy and notes that he and Hook are 2-0 as a team, having beaten The Firm’s Ethan Page & Matt Hardy. The question is: What’s next for #JungleHook? JB says that he had an amazing time teaming with Hook, and Hook has had JB’s back when no one else did. But JB’s done the tag team thing before. In fact, JB has been all the way to the top of that mountain, and fallen all the way down. But this year isn’t about that. What JB will say is that he’ll be a champion again, but all by himself. Then just what title will Jack Perry aim for in this Tarzan Life?
Brian Cage w/ Prince Nana VS Konosuke Takeshita!
Speaking of having people’s backs, just as The Machine and MJF were about to destroy Bryan Danielson, The Future of Wrestling rushed out to run them off! But now, Cage and Konosuke go toe to toe, will Cage make Konosuke pay for interfering?
The bell rings and Konosuke BOOTS Cage! Cage BOOTS Konosuke, then DOUBLE LARIATS collide! Cage swings but Konosuke swats it to ROLLING ELBOW! Cage wobbles, Konosuke runs, ducks ‘n’ dodges, and then TAKESHITA LINES! Cage bails out and fans fire up! Konosuke runs to BOOT Cage off the apron! Konosuke then PLANCHAS and takes Cage down at the ramp! Fans fire up, Konosuke winks at the camera, and then goes back to the apron. But Cage grabs a foot! Konosuke kicks and stomps Cage but Cage yanks Konosuke into a POST BOMB! Konosuke tumbles down and fans boo but Nana cheers.
Cage drags Konosuke up, puts him in, and runs to basement BOOT! Cover, TWO! Fans rally for Konosuke but Cage drags him back up. Cage reels Konosuke in, puts one out, but Konosuke wrenches out! Konosuke throws a forearm, but Cage gives it back! They go forearm for forearm, and Konosuke throws boxing elbows into the ROLLING ELBOW! Cage fights the back suplex, KNEES low, and brags, “Who betta than Cage?” But he runs into a BLUE THUNDER BOMB! Cover, TWO! Cage survives and Konosuke is surprised! Nana coaches Cage up but Konosuke aims from a corner. Konosuke runs in to JUMP KNEE, but Cage dodges!
Konosuke tumbles to the apron, Cage ROUNDHOUSES him! Cage climbs the ropes, and he stands Konosuke up. DEADLIFT SUPERPLEX! Fans boo but Cage flexes while Dynamite goes picture in picture.
Cage drops a knee on Konosuke, sits him up to KNEE him in the back again and again, then he stomps Konosuke back down. Cage paces, drags Konosuke up, and bumps him off buckles. Cage RAMS into Konosuke, RAMS him again, and then CHOPS him! Cage soaks up the heat, but Konosuke CHOPS back! Konosuke fires forearms, then another CHOP! And another CHOP! But Cage BOOTS Konosuke down! Cage grabs the legs, stomps Konosuke in the stomach, then paces around. Cage stands Konosuke up, wrenches and YANKS the arm, then RAMS shoulders. Cage wrenches, pump handles, and lifts, but Konosuke slips out!
Konosuke runs in but Cage ducks the boot to roll Konosuke up! Konosuke slips out, but runs into a drop toehold! Konosuke’s on ropes, Cage dials it up, TIGER FEINT KICK! Konosuke staggers to a corner, Cage runs in and UPPERCUTS, GAMANGIRIS, and GERMAN SUPLEXES! Cover, TWO!! Cage and Nana are annoyed, but Cage looms over Konosuke. Cage hears the fans rally for Konosuke, but Cage drags him up. Cage reels Konosuke in, puts out another one, and Dynamite returns to single picture as Cage lifts, only for Konosuke to RANA Cage into buckles! BLINDSIDE JUMP KNEE! Cage staggers, Konosuke goes up, FLYING KNEE!
Both men are down and fans fire up! Konosuke and Cage stir as the ring count starts. Konosuke sits up and feeds off the energy. Konosuke drags Cage up into a waistlock, but Cage elbows free! Cage whips, Konosuke LARIATS on the return! Konosuke drags Cage up, waistlocks and GERMAN SUPLEXES! Bridging cover, TWO!! Fans rally while Konosuke fires up. Konosuke aims from the corner as Cage stands, and Konosuke runs in, JUMP- NO! Cage blocks the knee to BUCKLE BOMB! And then fireman’s carry, to an F- NO! Konosuke lands out, lifts and LIGER BOMBS! Cover, TWO!! Cage survives but fans fire up behind Konosuke!
Konosuke aims again while Nana shouts to Cage. Cage stands, Konosuke runs in but the knee is blocked! Cage spins, Konosuke ducks! Konosuke spins, ROLLING ELBOW!! Konosuke reels Cage in, but Cage wrenches out to HEADBUTT! And then SAIDO!! But Konosuke is right up?! Into a DISCUS LARIAT from Cage!! Cover, TWO!?! Konosuke survives and Nana is furious! Cage says he’s gonna end this, and he suplexes, only for Konosuke to slip out! Konosuke suplexes, SHEER DROP BRAINBUSTER!! Cage roars as he rises up, but Konosuke ROCKS him with another elbow! And then another suplex, for another BRAINBUSTER!!! Cover, TWO!?!?
Cage survives, he must truly be a machine! But Dayton rallies behind Konosuke. Konosuke runs in, but into a SUPERKICK! Cage fireman’s carries, for the F10!! Nana says no prisoners! Cage drags Konosuke up again, puts him in the corner and hoists him to the top. Cage then goes to the outside and climbs up after Konosuke. But Konosuke throws forearms in return! Konosuke suplexes for a SUPER BRAINBUSTER!!! Fans are thunderous and Konosuke aims again! KNOCKOUT KNEE!!! Cover, Konosuke wins!!
Winner: Konosuke Takeshita, by pinfall
Cage may be a machine, but the machine just broke down against the bullet train! Will Konosuke continue to prove why he IS The Future of Wrestling?
Backstage interview with the Jericho Appreciation Society.
Renee is with Matthew Menard, Angelo Parker, Daniel Garcia, Sammy Guevara, and of course, Chris Jericho himself. Renee says that we heard Ricky Starks’ comments from last week, addressing how the JAS cheated to win. What is their reaction? Jericho says, “Cheated? We haven’t worked together in five years, and you’re accusing us of cheating? Let me say this, Renee. Ricky Starks, he didn’t lose to a baseball bat, no. Did you see a baseball bat in there?” Of course the JAS says no. Jericho says Starks lost to the JAS. And now Starks challenges them, “How can I get another match with Chris Jericho?”
Jericho says the JAS has an idea how Starks can do that. Right, Sammy? Sammy says yes. Garcia and Sammy put their heads together, and they came up with a great idea: The Guevara-Garcia… No, wait, the Garcia-Guevara Gauntlet! Danny thanks Sammy for the top billing on that name. Renee asks what kind of gauntlet they have in mind. Garcia says it’s a rather simple concept. “Ricky, first you’re gonna have to beat Cool Hand Ange. And if that happens, you’re gonna have to beat Daddy Magic.” Menard adds, “Beat Daddy Magic? I DON’T THINK SO!” Garcia says that if Starks somehow does that, then he beats either Garcia or Guevara, but they’ll reveal that the night of.
And then, if somehow, by the skin of his teeth, Starks makes it past all that, only then does Starks get his hands on Jericho. Jericho tells Starks, “You don’t call the shots around here, the Jericho Appreciation Society does. So if you can get through the Garcia-Guevara Gauntlet, I’ll be ready to rip your ass!” Will the Absolute survive three matches in one go to finally have another shot at The Ocho?
The Elite speak.
Matt Jackson asks Brandon Cutler if the camera is rolling as he, brother Nick, Kenny Omega, Michael Nakazawa and Don Callis are on the basketball court. Cutler says yes, they’re live, while Nakazawa and Callis are oiling Omega up. Matt says, “Ladies and gentlemen, check it out who it is! It’s the first-ever, two-time Trios Champions, The Elite.” Omega says that’s right, and he tells Top Flight, “I watched what you guys did. After a Best of 7 Series in a ladder match, you got one up on our boys. Well how ’bout next week, you bring your friend, AR Fox, next week and we’ll put these belts on the line, and you guys can shoot your shot.
“But hey, when you shoot that shot, you best not miss. Because The Elite never miss. Nick, if you will.” Nick takes the rock and shoots it, THREE POINTER! Oh, but wait! The Firm’s Stokely Hathaway, Ethan Page, Matt Hardy & Isiah Kassidy walk in. Callis has Cutler keep rolling, and Omega mockingly asks where Stokely is, he can’t see him. Oh haha, Stokely knows you see him, he’s right here. But listen, you three are doing NOTHING all week? No wrestling, nothing? Just a week off? Ethan thinks that’s funny. The Firm’s employees don’t have that luxury, they work every single week, and Ethan wants that streak to continue.
So Ethan says how about this: The Elite VS Ethan, Matt & “Zay,” Friday on Rampage. Omega tells Callis he isn’t so sure, but Callis says this is Matt Hardy. If they get footage of Hardy taking a One Winged Angel, they could sell that NFT for a lot of money. Hardy says, “What about an NFT with Matt Hardy Twist-Of-Fating Omega?” Ethan likes that better! Well, as far as a match, it’s done. The Elite VS The Whatever They Are. Kassidy says he hopes the Elite is ready, cuz they sure are. Kassidy unsettles Kenny with an arm around his shoulders and a moan, and Ethan says this is good business. Hey, Brandon, is it? Cut the camera!
Matt Jackson tells Ethan Page that he doesn’t tell Brandon what to do! THEY tell him! Turn off the camera, ya damn dumbass! And get off the court, they’re trying to play. But will this 3v3 pick-up game go The Elite’s way? Or is it a trap game before taking on Fox, Dante & Darius?
Bryan Danielson VS Timothy Thatcher!
In the American Dragon’s quest to be #1 contender, he has defeated Tony Nese, Konosuke Takeshita, Bandido and Brian Cage, an undefeated streak of 4-0 in 2023! But now, Maxwell Jacob Friedman has enlisted a fighter very much like Bryan in his savage technical ability. Will Bryan make it to the deadline still on top? Or is this where MJF wins before Revolution even begins?
The bell rings and the two circle. They feel out the grapple, but Bryan’s shoulder is an obvious target. They grapple, Bryan puts Thatcher on ropes but Thatcher shifts to get the arm. Thatcher wrangles Bryan but Bryan scrambles to the ROPEBREAK! The ref counts, Thatcher lets off, and then smirks as he watches Bryan get up. Bryan and Thatcher feel out another grapple, Thatcher puts him in the corner, and then European Uppercuts! And again! And again! Bryan sits down and Thatcher goes after the arm! Thatcher twists the elbow and wrist, isolates the arm, and stands on the hand! Thatcher KNEES the arm!
Bryan scrambles away but Thatcher is right on him with a double wristlock! Bryan powers Thatcher to ropes, and clasps his hands behind his back. The ref counts, the two let off, but then Bryan fires off body shots and kicks! Bryan grabs a leg to DRAGON SCREW! Bryan holds onto the leg, turns Thatcher over and ties those legs up, to get a Deathlock! Fans rally as Bryan sits on the hold, then SNAPS it! Bryan then shifts to a BOW ‘N’ ARROW! Thatcher pries the fingers away! Bryan shouts in pain but Thatcher twists the arm! And STOMPS it down! Fans boo but Thatcher grins with that missing-tooth smile.
Thatcher KNEES Bryan in the back, stalks him to a corner, but Bryan puts Thatcher in the corner to CHOP and CHOP and KICK and KICK! Fans rally, Bryan runs corner to corner, and DROPKICKS! Bryan facelocks but Thatcher wrenches and WRINGS Bryan’s arm! Fans boo more but Thatcher drags Bryan up with a double wristlock! Thatcher uses his height to lift Bryan off the mat! Then Thatcher pushes Bryan down, but Bryan keeps his shoulders up. Bryan crawls around, ROPEBREAK! Thatcher lets go at 4 while fans rally up. Bryan clutches his arm but Thatcher goes after it again as Dynamite goes picture in picture.
Bryan endures but they’re also in the ropes so the ref counts. Thatcher lets off at 4, then digs his boot into Bryan at the corner. The ref counts, Thatcher lets off, only to stand on Bryan’s chest! The ref counts, Thatcher steps away, and he grins as he soaks up the heat. Thatcher mocks Bryan’s pain, then KNEES the bad shoulder! Thatcher KNEES Bryan again, goes out to drag Bryan tot he apron, and he SLAMS the arm on the edge! Bryan clutches his bicep and shoulder while the ref reprimands. Thatcher slides into the ring and stands Bryan up by his ears! Thatcher CLUBS Bryan on the chest! Thatcher fishhooks Bryan to stand him up, and CLUBS him again!
Bryan sits down, Thatcher stands him back up, and he hammerlocks the bad arm. Thatcher then back suplexes Bryan up and into the ring! Thatcher dusts off his hands while crawling to the cover, but Bryan wrangles him into the LEBELL LOCK!! Thatcher got cocky and got caught! But he scrambles to the ROPEBREAK! Bryan lets off quickly, but Thatcher is right on him! Thatcher UPPERCUTS the arm! Bryan goes to a corner, Thatcher KNEES him down, then drags Bryan back up. Thatcher EuroUppers Bryan, taunts the fans, then EuroUppers Bryan again. Bryan leans against ropes, Thatcher snarls at the fans, then gets in Bryan’s face.
Dynamite returns to single picture as Thatcher traps Bryan’s bad arm behind his back and throws hard body shots to that side. The ref counts but Thatcher grins as he throws more shots. Bryan fights back with HEADBUTTS! Fans fire up as Bryan backs Thatcher down, but Thatcher fires off body shot after body shot! Thatcher drags Bryan out to a hammerlock GROVIT, and then hits a GROVIT-PLEX! Cover, TWO!! Bryan is still in this but Thatcher snarls. Thatcher stalks Bryan at the ropes, bumps him off buckles, then reels Bryan in to hoist him up top. Thatcher UPPERCUTS, climbs up after Bryan, and he underhooks the arms!
Bryan resists and fans fire up! Bryan breaks free, throws body shot after body shot in return, and then HEADBUTTS Thatcher down! Thatcher growls and gets right back up! But Bryan throws more body shots! Fans rally “YES! YES! YES!” and Bryan HEADBUTTS again! Thatcher stays down this time, and Bryan stands up! Thatcher stands in time for the MISSILE DROPKICK! Both men are down as Bryan clutches his bad arm, but Dayton rallies up behind him! Bryan and Thatcher sit up, both snarl, and Thatcher EuroUppers! Bryan EuroUppers in return! They go uppercut for uppercut, but Thatcher gets the edge!
Bryan fires up to KICK! And KICK! Bryan KICKS away on Thatcher’s chest, “YES! YES! YES!” Bryan powers up but Thatcher blocks the Buzzsaw! Thatcher goes for the bad arm, wrangles Bryan down, but Bryan rolls through and gets around to waistlock. Thatcher bucks the O’Conner but runs into a backslide! TWO, FUJIWARA! No, Bryan rolls through to BUZZSAW! Cover, TWO!! But Bryan clamps on for HAMMER ‘N’ ANVIL ELBOWS! Fans rally again, but Thatcher blocks the arm! Bryan claws Thatcher’s face to get free, and get a SLEEPER! But Thatcher wants that bad arm! Bryan has to shift his grip, but Thatcher stands!
Thatcher pries the sleeper open because he can get the bad arm, but Bryan powers up! Bryan has the hold on tight, so Thatcher backs Bryan down! They end up ramming the ref into the corner! Bryan still holds on, but Thatcher hits a BIG back suplex! All three men are down and fans fire up! But here comes MJF! The AEW World Champion tells Dayton to shush, and he puts on the Dynamite Diamond Ring! MJF says, “It’s too damn easy. This is done! This is done!” MJF goes to the ring, but KONOSUKE flies in outta nowhere!! Konosuke won’t let MJF screw Bryan over! Konosuke attacks MJF, RAMS him into railing, and chases him to the back!
Bryan has Thatcher but Thatcher snatches the arm! FUJIWARA ARMBAR!! The ref is up, he asks Bryan, but Bryan endures! Thatcher pushes way back on the arm, but Bryan pushes his way forward with his legs! ROPEBREAK!! Fans fire up as Bryan survives by a literal foot! Thatcher lets go in frustration and he scowls as he throws hands on the bad arm. Thatcher drags Bryan up, clinches, BELLY2BELLY SUPLEX! Bryan flounders but Thatcher runs in, clinches, but Bryan switches! GERMAN SUPLEX! Thatcher fumes as he gets back up! Bryan dodges him, runs back in, BUSAIKU KNEE!! Cover, Bryan wins!
Winner: Bryan Danielson, by pinfall
Now 5-0 on the year, the quest continues! The American Dragon is not yet slain, but wait! MJF and Konosuke continue brawling backstage! MJF turns things around to send MJF into a road case! MJF gets a chair to CHUCK it at Konosuke’s head! And then he throws a trash bin! MJF says if Konosuke wants after him, this is what he gets! But Konosuke turns things back around to SMACK MJF off a table! MJF comes back, the hands fly, and security rushes in! Referees and management try to stop this, too! MJF says he’ll kill Konosuke but Konosuke says about the same in Japanese! Renee runs in to be on the scene, and she tells everyone to stop!
Renee informs everyone, “Per Tony Khan, next week on Dynamite in an Eliminator match, it will be Takeshita VS MJF!” MJF is pissed, he doesn’t agree to that, but he MUST! Will the Devil of AEW find that the Future of Wrestling is better than him?
Mogul Affiliates speak.
Swerve Strickland says, “It’s been a real relaxing last couple of weeks for Swerve and the Mogul Affiliates and all, since getting rid of some dead weight and all this. Until I was like, retriggered.” Dustin Rhodes returning to stand in front of Swerve’s camera, in front of Swerve’s lights, and with Swerve’s interviewer! “The Rhodes Family legacy really gets under my skin, with your father, Dusty Rhodes, giving Keith Lee the ‘Limitless’ moniker. So, since he’s not here, Dustin’s not here, either, let’s find some other nepotism, second generation punk boy to get rid of Friday night on Rampage. That means you, Brian Pillman. Ain’t that right, Parker?”
Parker Boudreaux says that’s right. “Ain’t that right, Trench?” The tattooed man says, “Yeah, that’s right.” Hoodies up, but will they put Bulletproof BPJ down?
BREAKING NEWS for next week!
February 8th, the deadline for Bryan Danielson becoming #1 contender, will see The American Dragon taking on La Faccion Ingobernable’s El Toro Blanco, RUSH!! And speaking of…
Backstage interview with LFI.
Lexi Nair is with El Toro Blanco, but also Jose the Assistant and “Perro Peligroso,” Preston Vance. She notes the announcement of Rush VS Bryan, but then there’s a knock at the door. MJF walks in and says, “Hola, mi hermanos! Senor Vance, Senor Jose, Senor Rrrrrush.” Rush asks what the hell this “perro” wants. MJF double checks, “perro” is dog, right? Well, there’s a little thing called personal space, so he’s just gonna take a step back. “But here’s the deal: my, uh, Spanish is come se dice… Mid. But I know one language, my friend, that is mucho, mucho universal.” And that is MONEY! A huge briefcase full of it!
MJF snaps the case shut and smiles. This first one is free of charge. But he has FIVE MORE filled to the brim with dinero. All Rush has to do is beat Bryan Danielson “by any means necessary.” All Rush needs to do is rip Bryan’s arm off and beat him over the head with it. Can Rush pull that off for him? Jose, translate. Jose translates, but Rush seems to understand explicitly. Rush tells MJF in Spanish, and MJF asks “dipsh*t” Jose to translate. Jose sums it up by saying they have a deal. Oh, is that right? That sounded a bit longer than that. But Rush, you don’t have to like MJF. He just has to get the job done. Pleasure doing business with you, perro.
MJF leaves, but Rush has his mission. Will Rush be raking in the money with one match? Or will nothing stop Bryan Danielson from earning his title match?
AEW TBS Championship: Jade Cargill w/ Leila Grey VS Red Velvet!
Finally, the biggest, fastest-rising star has reached her FIFTIETH match! But while the streak started with The Chef, will it end with her, too? Or will #ThatBitch not be stopped by even the person who knows her best?
The introductions are made, but Velvet attacks while Jade is strutting around! The bell rings, Velvet fires off forearms but Jade knees her low. Jade whips Velvet to a corner but Velvet boots her back! THESZ PRESS! Velvet rains down hands but Jade shoves her away. Velvet ducks but runs into an elbow! Jade drags Velvet up, but Velvet fires off forearms! Velvet whips, Jade blocks to reverse, but Velvet holds ropes. Jade runs in but Velvet sends her out! Leila hurries to Jade’s side but Velvet builds speed! Velvet WRECKS Jade with a dropkick! Velvet tells Leila to back off, then she storms up on Jade.
Jade elbows Velvet away, but Velvet comes back to ROCK Jade! Velvet CHOPS Jade right in front of her family! Velvet then puts Jade in the ring, storms up on her and Oklahoma Rolls! TWO! Jade staggers up, blocks a superkick, and she spins Velvet around. Velvet ducks the haymaker and runs the ropes, then wheelbarrows, but into a GERMAN SUPLEX! Fans fire up while Jade drags Velvet over to a cover, TWO! Velvet is toughing it out but Jade is getting frustrated. Jade scoops Velvet to SLAM her, then drops a BIG elbow! Cover, TWO, and Dynamite goes picture in picture.
Leila is annoyed and Jade frowns while Velvet sputters. Jade drags Velvet up, CLUBS her down, and Leila applauds. Jade bumps Velvet off top buckles, then middle buckles, then bottom buckles! Jade stands on Velvet in the corner and soaks up the cheers and jeers, but lets off at 4. Jade and the ref argue, but Leila gets cheap shots in! Leila scurries away and Jade hauls Velvet up for a FALL AWAY SLAM! And then kips up! Jade holds up both hands to say 50, and then flexes. Velvet bails out, Leila talks trash, and Jade storms over. Jade walks up but Velvet sends her into railing! Jade is getting mad, but Velvet avoids one haymaker to PENALTY KICK from the apron!
Velvet CROSSBODIES, but Jade catches her! Jade POSTS Velvet, then carries her around the way. Jade trophy lifts Velvet, goes up the steel steps, and then TOSSES Velvet at the ropes! Velvet falls, Jade covers, TWO!!! Velvet survives and Jade is getting real mad. Leila rallies the Baddie cheering section, and Jade stalks Velvet to a corner. Jade drags Velvet up, and TOSSES her across the way! Jade says that’s 50 right there, and then she does push-ups as Dynamite returns to single picture. But Velvet CHOPS! Jade CLUBS Velvet, then TOSSES her across the way again! Jade swaggers, dribbles, but Velvet dodges the dunk!
Velvet DROPKICKS Jade, then hits a CODE BREAKER! Jade staggers around, Velvet KICKS and KICKS and mule kicks! Velvet runs, but Jade BOOTS her down! Cover, TWO!! Velvet is still in this and wait! Kiera Hogan RAMS Leila into steel steps! The other former Baddie is here, but other refs come out to have her leave. This all distracts Jade, and Velvet rolls her up! Jade rolls through, but the STIR IT UP hits!! Cover, but the refs aren’t paying attention!! Fans count, Velvet would’ve won twice over by now! Aubrey Edwards finally notices and counts, TWO!! Jade survives and fans can’t believe it!!
Velvet is furious, she drags Jade around and hooks an arm, short arm scissor, and then the INVERSION! Jade endures, fights, but Velvet kicks at her! Jade endures as Velvet pulls on the arm, and she deadlifts Velvet! But Velvet sunset flips! Jade stays up, drags Velvet up with both hands, and pops her around! Chicken wings for JADED!!! Cover, Jade wins!!
Winner: Jade Cargill, by pinfall (still AEW TBS Champion)
FIFTY AND OH! Velvet came the closest of all, but will anyone ever stop Jade’s undefeated streak?
Backstage interview with Britt Baker.
Renee is with The Doctor, as well as Jamie Hayter, as they are with Doc Sampson. We only caught a glimpse of what happened to her earlier at the hands of Saraya & Storm, how is Britt feeling? Britt says this is fine. She’s fine, and if that’s how Storm & Saraya wanna play, that’s fine, too. Because Britt & Hayter can play that game, too. But wait, in walks Ruby Soho! Ruby just wants to talk. She heard what happened, is Britt good? Uh, Ruby, weren’t those your girls? Ruby has Britt hold on there. Ruby has nothing to do with Saraya & Storm, she doesn’t know what Britt’s talking about.
Britt says Ruby’s known Saraya & Storm a lot longer than she’s known the AEW originals, so sorry if it’s strange that Ruby only now shows up. But yeah, Britt is good. Hayter says Britt is great, actually. Ruby says she’s glad to hear it and walks off. There are battle lines being drawn, which side is the Runaway on?
BREAKING NEWS for Rampage!
Not only are The Elite and The Firm having it out, it is for the AEW World Trios Championships! Will Kenny & The Young Bucks make it through All Ego, Hardy & Kassidy to then take on Fox & Top Flight? Or will there be a change of plans for Dynamite? And speaking of Saraya & Storm, they are in tag team action once again, but will they continue to beat down All Elite homegrown talent? Plus, before taking on Bryan Danielson, Rush will take on the Fallen Angel, Christopher Daniels, in an epic match of former ROH World Heavyweight Champions! Will El Toro Blanco build momentum going into his battle with The American Dragon?
AEW TNT Championship No Holds Barred: Darby Allin w/ Sting VS Samoa Joe!
The series is tied at 1-1, with the Samoan Submission Specialist winning in Texas, but the Relentless One winning in his hometown of Seattle. Dynamite in Dayton is throwing out all the rules except one: win! Will Darby continue to be the fighting champion? Or will Joe return to being the One True King of Wrestling Television?
The introductions are made, the TNT title is raised, and one way or another, this is the series finale of Darby VS Joe!
Darby takes off his trench coat to reveal he, uh, customized his Hoodlum hoodie. He’s covered it in thumbtacks!! And as soon as he’s in the ring, he rushes in to COFFIN SPLASH Joe! Joe is reeling from the tack attack but Darby fires off tack-covered forearms! Fans fire up as Darby runs corner to corner, but Joe dodges the splash to GAMANGIRI! Joe then wraps up an arm in his towel, to LARIAT Darby down! Fans rally, Joe pulls Darby’s tack hoodie off and throws it away. Joe drags Darby up to CHOP him! Darby goes to a corner, but Darby kicks back. Joe stomps Darby, stomps him down, then storms off.
Joe goes out to look under the ring, and he brings out a TABLE! Dayton fires up, Joe picks the table up, but Darby DIVES into the table and Joe! The table doesn’t break but it, Joe and Darby all hit the floor! Joe is busted open on his forehead and fans fire up! Darby hurries to stand the table up, to then drop it on Joe! Darby then brings the steel steps around into the corner of the railing. Darby whips, Joe reverses, and Darby not only clips steel steps, he clips railing! Darby lands on his feet just from momentum, but he soon falls to his knees, clutching his back! Fans lose their minds while Joe stalks out after Darby.
Joe stands Darby up, throws knees into him, and then throws him into railing. Joe drags Darby up and they go up the bleachers. Joe SMACKS Darby off the handrail, then brings him up further. Joe smacks Darby off more railing, then keeps him going up. But Darby fights back! Darby CLUBS and CLAWS Joe’s back! Fans fire up but Joe DUMPS Darby down the steps! Fans are going nuts while Joe glares through his crimson mask, and Dynamite goes picture in picture.
Joe drags Darby up again, grinds him against the handrail, then SMACKS him off a fan’s chair! They go back to the lower level as Darby kicks Joe and crawls away. Joe keeps after Darby, drags him up, and brings him around the way to TOSS back to ringside! Darby narrowly misses hitting steel steps head first! Joe stalks Darby, drags Darby back up, then scoop SLAMS him on the steps! Darby writhes, flounders away, but Joe follows him to the corner. Darby throws Joe’s ROH World TV title at him, but that only upsets Joe. Joe storms in after Darby, stalks him to a corner, and waits on Darby to stand before he DECKS him!
Joe eggs Darby on as he stands over him. Darby doesn’t stand so Joe makes him. Joe snapmares to CHOP Darby on the back! And PENALTY KICK him in the chest! And then drops a fist on his head! Joe watches Darby writhe and the ref checks on him. Joe grins through the crimson mask, then stomps Darby down. Joe kicks Darby, then clamps on a neck wrench! Joe leans all his weight on Darby but Darby throws body shots. Joe doesn’t budge, and he CLUBS Darby down. Joe grins as Darby tires to sit back up. Joe clamps the neck wrench back on and he twists even harder! Darby endures, and Dynamite returns to single picture as Darby throws more body shots.
Joe lets go of the neck wrench, Darby hobbles and runs, but into an ELBOW! Darby falls over and Joe covers, TWO! Joe keeps focus as he looms over Darby. Joe KICKS Darby to a corner, and then stomps him. Fans rally and duel, but Joe is annoyed by that. Joe drags Darby up, DECKS him with a forearm, then clamps on another neck wrench! It’s practically a vice on Darby’s head, squeezing his skull! Darby endures, fights up, and he RAMS Joe into buckles! Darby fires off forearms and SLAPS! Darby runs corner to corner, but into the URENAGE! Cover, TWO!! Darby survives the #STJOE, but Joe stands Darby up to CHOP him!
Darby staggers, Joe CHOPS him again! Darby flops to the apron, Joe builds speed and he BOOTS Darby to the floor! Joe then storms out and looks under the ring. Joe brings out another TABLE! Fans fire up again but Joe has fans move aside. Fans oblige and Joe rests the table against railing. Darby is in the ring, Joe goes in and brings Darby up, but Darby JAWBREAKERS before the sleeper could lock in! Darby runs in at the corner to CHOP! And CHOP! And CHOP! Darby CHOPS away on Joe, but Joe TOSSES Darby right out of the ring! Joe has been treating Darby like a throw pillow, emphasis on the “throw!”
Darby flounders up, but Joe goes back over to bring him back in. Joe suplexes high and hard! Joe then goes out to fetch chairs! Joe puts a handful of chairs in the ring, then sets them up together. Fans fire up as they’re back to back to make a wedge! Joe stands Darby up, brings him over, BIG back suplex on the chair wedge!! Darby writhes and Joe has a sadistic smile. “Joe is gonna kill~ you!” Joe turns the chairs around to face each other, then brings Darby back up. But Darby uses POCKET SAND to stop the bomb! CODE RED!! Cover, TWO!! Joe survives but Darby hurries to hop on! THROWBACK STUNNER!
Joe falls into a drop zone, and Darby hurries to get his hoodie back! Darby puts that back on, climbs up the corner, and COFFIN DROPS!! Cover, TWO!?!? Joe survives the tack-enhanced senton and fans can’t believe it! Darby hurries outside and goes looking. Darby uses a knife to cut the strings that hold down the canvas! Some are tough but they all give way, and Darby pulls the canvas away. Darby then drags off the foam padding to expose bare wood! Darby is deconstructing the ring in order to better destroy Joe! Darby sees Joe outside, builds speed and DIVES, but Joe walks away! Darby CRASHES THROUGH THE TABLE!!!
Dayton is losing their minds as Joe puts Darby back in! Joe sets Darby’s tack covered jacket down, he picks Darby up, and he POWERBOMBS him on the tacks! AND THEN HE SMOTHERS DARBY WITH THE TACK JACKET!! Darby DIGS at Joe’s eyes!! Joe lets Darby go, but he staggers around blindly! Joe stands up into a CHAIR SHOT! And another! And another! Darby has Joe on the hard wood, climbs up top, but Joe pushes the ref into the ropes to trip Darby up!! Joe climbs up after Darby, tucks him in, and hits a SUPER MUSCLE BUSTER TO THE WOOD!!!! Cover, JOE WINS!!!
Winner: Samoa Joe, by pinfall (NEW AEW TNT Champion)
Darby’s relentless streak is over! Samoa Joe is now a TWO-TIME TWO BELT CHAMPION! But wait! “THIS IS WAAAR~!” Fans go nuts for Wardlow as he storms down to the ring! Joe is just as shocked as Wardlow runs in! SPEAR!! Wardlow rains down fists on the man who took his title and his top knot! Wardlow rips his shirt off, drags Joe up, but Joe scrambles away! Fans boo but Joe isn’t going to fight again so soon after the war he just went through. Security rushes out but Wardlow CLOBBERS them all! Then he hauls one up to POWERBOMB out onto all the others!! Wardlow will not be denied, when and where will he get his hands on Joe?
This was an awesome Dynamite! Same balance of action and talking, but the action was all on a different level this week. Of the talking, we got good stuff out of this AEW Originals VS Imports in the Women’s Division. Saraya & Storm really up their Heel heat by just attacking Britt unprovoked, and then Ruby checking in on Britt was an interesting turnaround from her telling she didn’t want Britt’s help. But we’re getting closer and closer to that big tag(?) match. Hell, make it a Blood & Guts match but with the women rather than the men. Saraya leads a team, Britt leads a team, Ruby will choose Britt’s side and there could even be a twist of Shida betraying Saraya during the match to cost the anti-AEW team.
Good promo from the JAS to set up things with Starks. I just knew Starks would have to beat everyone in the JAS eventually, so it’s clever for them to get it all done in one gauntlet match. Starks will of course make it past Menard and Parker, and I bet that just as it looks like Garcia is stepping up to face Starks, Guevara takes the spotlight from him. Starks will still get through the final opponent, and he’ll get his match with Jericho. Good promo from Mogul Affiliates, because one: it establishes that their group doesn’t like multigenerational wrestlers, and two: it gave Granden Goetzman his wrestler name, “Trench.” Swerve will surely beat BPJ, but I bet Dustin teams up with BPJ and Brock Anderson as a sort of AEW take on WWE’s Legacy faction to take on Mogul Affiliates.
Good promo from Jack Perry, but I’m surprised he waited until now to establish that he’s done with tag teams. But I suppose he’s done with The Firm, too, so he’s done needing reinforcements. As it stands, if he wants a singles title, he could start with the All-Atlantic Championship, but I could see JB making a move for THE AEW World title. Speaking of The Firm, good promo from them and The Elite. I wonder if this was really live or just the take where Nick actually made that shot. Anyway, I’m also surprised the trios match for Rampage is for the titles when the titles are going to be on the line for Dynamite. But I suppose if Orange Cassidy and Darby Allin are fighting champions, then so should the Elite. Which of course means The Elite win on Rampage to go on to face Fox & Flight.
We got an awesome match from Bryan VS Thatcher, but of course Bryan wins to keep his story going. Even after he had that awesome match with Brian Cage, Konosuke going after MJF was a great move. And getting himself an Eliminator match is a good, too, but I feel like MJF finds a way to stand tall. He’ll either cheat to win, or just get himself disqualified quickly so his night will be over quickly. MJF also had a really good promo with LFI. Rush is a great choice to take on Bryan Danielson, and Rush is also going to have a great match with Christopher Daniels on Rampage. I’m sure Bryan will still find a way to win and we’ll still get that Ironman match, it just has to be how this goes.
It’s mostly because I don’t even know who is the #2 contender, since AEW still hasn’t kept up with rankings in this new year. AEW bringing out a sudden twist of MJF still having that One Hour Ironman match against someone other than Bryan would be great stuff, since MJF has been so focused on Bryan, but I feel like getting MJF VS Bryan is still the thing everyone wants to see. Great opening match out of Hangman VS Moxley, and of course Moxley bleeds. It’s practically in his contract. But Hangman losing by a roll-up was a great surprise, and them still being after each other after, this has to continue until Revolution.
The Acclaimed winning a squash was a bit surprising, but obviously that was to make room for the promo that set up things with The Gunn Sons. But Billy suddenly saying his sons can have a title match with The Acclaimed? I hope there isn’t a turn coming where Billy is suddenly on his sons’ side again. It just feels like something is fishy, but who knows. Really good TBS title match from Jade and Velvet, but I guess since this wasn’t at a PPV, Jade wasn’t about to lose. Kiera trying to help Velvet only to mess things up was at least a good detail to protect Jade. But at this rate, who is even going to beat Jade when she’s gotten through even some great established names.
And of course, an awesome No Holds Barred match for the TNT title. Great innovation, such as Darby’s tack covered jacket and the different table spots. I was actually rather surprised to see Joe win this to once again be dual champion. But at the same time, Wardlow returning to continue his story with Joe is a logical reason as to why Joe needs to have the TNT title again. Perhaps Wardlow gets the TNT title back to have a second chance with that, and Darby can move up into the world title scene. And assuming MJF retains at Revolution, it works for Darby to be next as they have history in AEW.
My Score: 9/10
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