The Scottish Warrior and the Tribal Chief, face-to-face!
SmackDown prepares for Clash at the Castle, by having the Undisputed WWE Universal Champion, Roman Reigns, look his #1 contender, Drew McIntyre, straight in the eye!
- Vacated WWE Women’s Tag Team Championship Tournament, Opening Round: Natalya & Sonya Deville VS Toxic Attraction; Toxic Attraction wins and advances.
- WWE Intercontinental Championship #1 Contender’s Fatal 5 Way: Ricochet VS Happy Corbin VS Sheamus VS Sami Zayn VS Mad Cap Moss; Sheamus wins and will challenge Gunther for the title.
- Liv Morgan VS Shotzi Blackheart; Liv wins.
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It’s episode 1200!!
Pat McAfee confirms he was only 11 when Michael Cole and Good ol’ Jim Ross called that original episode! And look where SmackDown is now!
Ronda Rousey is here!?
The Baddest Woman on the Planet just struts into the ring from the crowd! She has the music cut and Montreal is torn. She said she paid her fine and then some, so tonight she is NOT leaving until she’s reinstated! Adam Pearce, get out here and undo the suspension! Montreal cheers in support as she says she’s not letting SmackDown start until Pearce responds. Pearce walks out, with security, and he says he can’t just lift the suspension because she wants him to. They had this conversation: that kind of authority is above Pearce’s paygrade. Well who isn’t? Pearce knows she’s frustrated, and he also knows she can’t just hijack the show.
So please, Ronda, calm down and listen to him. He is asking respectfully here that she leave the ring peacefully. Fans boo and Ronda says, “Peacefully? Last week, I chose to leave peacefully.” Fans chant, “We Want Ronda!” “No We Don’t!” Ronda tells Pearce to not make her choose violence. A couple security guards step forward and Ronda is ready! She rocks, one BOOTS the other and SAYANAGIS the other! Then she KNEES the others, and she has one in the double wristlock! Pearce tells her he is asking nicely, but she puts on the ARMBAR!! The guard taps and reinforcements are called out!
Ronda lets off as Montreal Police is brought in! Fans want Ronda to keep raging but Pearce says this is different now. Ronda lets the officer cuff her and Ronda is escorted away. Ronda says she’s doing this because she wants to, but does she really need to be put in the squad car? Nice haircut, Pearce. The police drive away, will Ronda have to worry about more than just a suspension now? Wait, pulling in as the police drive away is a Yukon SUV, and it’s the TRIBAL CHIEF! Roman Reigns is here, ready to be face-to-face with Drew McIntyre, later tonight!
Vacated WWE Women’s Tag Team Championship Tournament, Opening Round: Natalya & Sonya Deville VS Toxic Attraction!
The Queen of Harts teams up with “Cruella,” ready to get some gold back around their waists. But so are their opponents, who are last minute replacements for an injured Zoey Stark and unavailable Nikkita Lyons. Will Gigi Dolin & Jacy Jayne help NXT take over and take the titles? Or will Natty & Sonya keep them from making SmackDown toxic?
But wait! Sneaking in as fans are Bayley, Dakota Kai & Iyo Sky! Seems they want to keep a close eye on this match. The teams sort out and Gigi ties up with Natty. Natty hits a headlock takeover but Gigi hits headscissors. Natty kips free and the two stand off. They reset, circle, and Gigi kicks low. Gigi wrenches, wristlocks, but Natty rolls and handsprings. Natty wrenches but Gigi throws her by her hair! Gigi soaks up the heat but Natty rolls her up! TWO, and Natty facelocks. Natty stares Bayley down, tags Sonya, and Sonya rolls Gigi, ONE! Sonya headlocks and grinds Gigi but Gigi pulls hair! Gigi powers out but Sonya runs her over!
Fans rally as things speed up. Gigi hurdles while Sonya slides, but Sonya SPEARES! Jackknife bridge, TWO! Gigi ROCKS Sonya, Sonya shoves Gigi but Gigi RAN- NO! Sonya holds on, throws Gigi off, and then ROCKS Gigi with forearms! Sonya talks trash but Gigi knees low. Gigi throws Sonya through ropes, tags Jacy and Jacy KNEES Sonya in! Cover, TWO! Jacy talks trash on Sonya, Bayley talks trash on Michael Cole, but Sonya bumps Jacy off the buckles! And again and again and again! Fans are torn as Sonya fires off kicks! Sonya then runs in, but Jacy dodges and Sonya POSTS herself! Sonya falls out, Jacy goes to the apron to CANNONBALL!
Jacy sees Natty coming and dodges her, Gigi PENALTY KICKS her! Toxic Attraction RAMS Natty into the steel steps! Bayley says they’re pretty good, but they’re not Kai & Sky! Toxic Attraction soaks up the cheers and jeers as SmackDown goes to break.
SmackDown returns and Gigi has Sonya in a BOW ‘N’ ARROW! Sonya endures and fans rally, Sonya pops free to a cover! TWO, Gigi CLUBS Sonya and whips her to the corner. Gigi tags Jacy, Gigi whips Jacy in to back body block! Then Jacy whips Gigi for a BRONCO BUSTER, then Jacy CANNONBALLS! Cover, TWO! Jacy is frustrated but fans rally up. Jacy drags Sonya up, whips Sonya to a corner, then run sin, but into a BOOT! Sonya elbows Gigi, BOOTS Jacy, then DECKS Gigi! Sonya runs but into an ELBOW from Jacy! Jacy mocks Natty and fans boo. Jacy steps through, and she goes to steal the Sharpshooter!
But Sonya BOOTS Jacy away! Fans fire up and Sonya crawls, but Jacy drags Sonya back! Sonya keeps reaching, fights up to her foot, and HOT TAG! Natty dodges Jacy, comes back and wrenches to a RUSSIAN LEG SWEEP! Then a snap suplex! Natty gets Jacy again, another snap suplex! And then a whip to the corner, but Jacy elbows back. But Natty GERMAN SUPLEXES! Fans fire up and Natty has the legs! SHARPSHOOT- NO, Jacy powers out! Gigi swipes but Natty glares at her, and Jacy CLOBBERS her! Tag to Gigi, SUPERKICK from Jacy! Gigi runs and she STO’s Natty down! Cover, Sonya breaks it in time!
Sonya throws Gigi out, Jacy ROCKS Sonya! Jacy throws Sonya out then pursues. Jacy grabs Sonya but Sonya fires off hands! Sonya whips, Jacy reverses, and Sonya hits barriers right in front of Bayley! Bayley talks trash that Sonya should’ve stuck to being a GM! Sonya drags herself up, Jacy BOOTS Sonya down! Gigi rolls Natty, TWO! Gigi dodges Natty, kicks low and runs again, but into the DISCUS! Fans fire up with Natty and she storms up to fire off forearms! Natty runs in again but into an elbow! Jacy sneaks a tag and Gigi runs in, but Natty trips her! Natty ties Gigi up in the SHARPSHOOTER! But Jacy rolls Natty up!! TOXIC ATTRACTION WINS!
Winners: Toxic Attraction, by pinfall (advance to the next round)
Bayley loves it! Gigi & Jacy now face Raquel Rodriguez & Aliyah next round, who will be the finalists for the “SmackDown” side of the bracket?
Sami Zayn is heading to Roman Reigns’ locker room.
But the bouncer checks who he is. Uh, he’s Montreal’s own, Sami Zayn. Well then, Roman would like to see him. Wo, really? Like, really? Sami knocks, then opens the door, and there’s Roman! Hey, Roman! How’s it going? He wanted to see Sami? Yeah, sit down. Sami sits on the couch and says it’ snice. Roman says it’s alright. But how’s everything going? Good! Very good! He’s been repping the Bloodline. It’s been good. Well, okay, it’s gotten a bit dicey lately. Sami and Jey have been getting into it. Jey was really going to town about leveling up and stuff, and it’s like Sami isn’t carrying his weight around here, which is a little annoying considering Sami took a Claymore for Jey! For the Bloodline!
But does Jey even text or call? How ungrateful! Sami calms down, realizing he’s venting about Roman’s family. But Roman agrees! Jey doesn’t appreciate anything. Thank you! They’re family, but c’mon. Why is Sami talking to Jey? He should be talking to Roman. Good point! Yes! Wait, is Sami in? The phone’s ringing. Oh, and it’s Jey! No way. It is! Then answer it. What? Really? Uh, okay. Sami answers the phone for Roman, and that’s right, Jey! It’s Sami! Sami is in Roman’s room, he was told to answer the phone. Just calm down, Jey, Sami will pass the word along, but now isn’t a good time. Sami will do it, though.
Sami tells Roman that Jey was screaming. Trouble at the border, apparently. The Usos won’t be here tonight. Well that’s not good. But hey! Sami’s here. Yeah, he is. He’s even in a Fatal 5 #1 Contender’s match for the Intercontinental Championship. That would look good in the Bloodline. Right? So Sami’s the guy! Sami will handle it. He’s gotta go get warmed up! They should do this more often. This was great. Roman tells Sami that one thing first. Is Sami still cool with KO? Kevin Owens? Yeah, they’re both from Montreal, they go back forever. Then just let KO know… Roman doesn’t “owe” anyone anything. Ever.
Y-Yeah, no, Sami gets it. Sami hasn’t really talked with Kevin lately, but Kevin should know that. Roman owes nothing to him, Okay, Sami’s gonna get going. Good luck out there, Uce. Sami is fired up, but Roman looks upset over the Usos’ issues. Will the Tribal Chief have to sort this mess out himself?
Maximum Male Models are in the ring!
Max & Maxxine Dupri stand with Maçé & Mansôör, and Max says, “Time and again, these two men, Mace and Mansoor, have titillated the juices of your guilty pleasures. And tonight’s no different. On the 1200th episode of SmackDown, we-” “HIT~ ROW~!” That’s right! B-Fab leads Ashante THEE Adonis & Top Dolla out and all the way to the ring. Max says okay, sorry, but this was a scheduled appearance by MMM. And to be honest, these two, especially Dolla, are NOT MMM material. Oh, too bad. DROPKICK for Mansoor and then a whip and TOSS for Mace! Fans fire up and Dolla shrugs.
“Ey yo! Montreal, what up? We got something special for y’all!” “And Adonisly… They acting like we never left!” Hit Row performs We Back, all the way back, all the way back! Maxxine wants to vibe but Max says no, MMM is getting out of here. McAfee tries to get Cole to vibe but Cole probably doesn’t know how to. But the details is crucial! PYRO! And if you didn’t know, now you know!
Scarlett says that, “The Tongue is not steel, yet it cuts.” Karrion Kross says, “Good evening, Mr. McIntyre. Last Monday night on Raw, something I said seemed to upset you. ‘Chosen One.’ Which begs the question, why? Whether you want to be or not, you are a chosen one. Just like Reigns. Doesn’t matter what you’ve ever done, or what you’re ever gonna do, this is what you are. But let’s review what bothers you about that. The fact that when you failed, they chose someone else. And that person built the table you failed to set.
“They chose you, and they were wrong. They chose you, and they were wrong. They chose you, McIntyre, and deep down inside, you’ve always known, they were wrong!!” But will Kross be wrong about McIntyre come Clash at the Castle?
WWE Intercontinental Championship #1 Contender’s Fatal 5 Way: Ricochet VS Happy Corbin VS Sheamus VS Sami Zayn VS Mad Cap Moss!
The One & Only still has beef with “Bum Ass,” but it’s being thrown in the mix with the Celtic Warrior, the Honorary Uce, and someone Corbin’s familiar with in the former funny man turned serious fighter! Who out of this fearsome five rises up to challenge Der Ring General, GUNTHER?
Fans are of course thunderous for their hometown hero, Sami Zayn, as he makes his entrance. The bell rings and Ricochet rushes Corbin! Corbin bails out, Sheamus CLOBBERS Ricochet, and Moss fires off on Sheamus! Fans sing “OLE~ OLE OLE OLEEE~! OLE~, OLE~!” for Sami as he stays back. Sheamus shoves Moss but Moss clotheslines Sheamus up and out !Sami is alone with Ricochet and he brings him around to a headlock. Ricochet powers out, things speedup, Ricochet hurdles and RANAS! Sami bails out and Ricochet says go ahead, boo! Ricochet runs, but Corbin gets in to CHOKE SLAM him! Cover, but everyone else breaks it!
Moss and Sheamus brawl, Sami fires off on Corbin in frustration, and fans fire up as Sami stomps away while SmackDown goes to break!
SmackDown returns and while Moss is down, Sami brings Corbin to the announce desk. Corbin blocks being dribbled off the desk, and Ricochet LEAPS off the steel steps to attack Sheamus! Corbin SMACKS Sami off the desk, Ricochet fires off hands on Sheamus, but Sheamus picks Ricochet up to RAM him into barriers! Ricochet falls down while Corbin drags Sami up. Sheamus fires off on Moss as he gets back up, and Corbin RAMS Sami into barriers! Fans boo Corbin and Sheamus and Corbin goes around the way to fetch Ricochet. Corbin puts Ricochet in the ring while Moss fires off hands on Sheamus!
Moss whips Sheamus into barriers while Corbin whips Ricochet hard into a corner! Ricochet writhes on the mat while Sheamus turns things around on Moss! Sheamus runs in but is tossed into the timekeeper’s area! Corbin whips Ricochet to ropes but Ricochet Tiger Wall Kicks! But Corbin DECKS Ricochet with a right! Moss gets in but Corbin knees him low. Corbin throws more knees, then whips him to a corner hard! Moss writhes now but fans chant, “We Want Sami!” Corbin drags Ricochet up to whip him hard corner to corner again! Ricochet hits chest first and falls back, then Corbin goes after Moss.
Moss ROCKS Corbin with haymakers, whips him but Corbin reverses. Corbin runs in, slides out and slides in, to LAIRAT Moss down! Sami returns but Corbin CLOBBERS him! Fans boo Corbin, as if they need a reason, but Corbin whips Ricochet. Ricochet ducks ‘n’ dodges to springboard but Corbin CLOBBER him outta the air! But Sheamus goes after Corbin! Fans fire up as Sheamus fires off hands and CLUBS Corbin around. Sheamus headlocks but Corbin powers out and sends Sheamus into buckles! Then he hits a BIG back suplex! Cover, ONE!! Corbin is annoyed, he runs in at Ricochet, but Ricochet goes up and over!
Corbin slides out then in, but Ricochet dodges to run and flapjack DROPKCIK! Moss returns, Ricochet dodges to springboard CROSSBODY Sami returns but Ricochet triangle jump DROPKICKS him down! Ricochet keeps moving, and tilt-o-whirl DDTs Corbin down! Fans fire up for the RUNNING SHOOTING STAR! Cover, TWO!! Moss returns, he dodges and ducks Ricochet to POUNCE him! Moss fires off haymakers on Sheamus, stomps him in a corner, then fires off more hands! Moss eggs Sheamus on but Sheamus throws heavy body shots! They brawl, Sheamus gets the edge but Moss whips! Sheamus reverses and Moss KICKS back!
Moss wings, into an IRISH CURSE BACKBREAKER! Sami returns, but he gets an IRISH CURSE! Sheamus grins as fans boo, and he mocks Gunther’s pose! Sheamus sees Moss on the apron, and gives him Beats of the Bodhrain! Fans count along and Sheamus goes all the way to nine, then winds up for TEN! Moss falls and then Sheamus sees Corbin on the other apron! Sheamus pulls Corbin’s shirt up for Beats of the Bodhrain! Wind up at nine, for TEN! Ricochet fires off forearms but Sheamus throws him out! Sheamus throws a body shot, then gives Ricochet Beats of the Bodhrain!! He doesn’t stop at 10, either! He goes all the way to 17, then just shoves Ricochet down!
Sheamus puts Sami in and now fans turn sour on him! Sheamus grins and brings Sami in, but Sami HOTHOTS Sheamus! Corbin flounders in, he rushes Sami but Sami dumps him out! Sami builds speed, to FLY! Direct hit and down go Corbin and Sheamus! Montreal is thunderous for Sami as stands up! Sami gets in, he drags Ricochet up but ducks a kick! Ricochet fights the Blue Thunder and fires off hands. Ricochet runs, into a scoop and MICHINOKU! Cover, TWO!! Sami can’t believe it, but Ricochet is still in this. Sami goes to a corner and fans sing again. Sami aims at Ricochet but Moss intercepts! FALL AWAY-
NO! Sami slips out, gets around, BLUE THUNDER BOMB! Cover, TWO!!! Sami can’t believe it all over again, but fans are thunderous for him as he goes to the corner! Sami climbs up, but Corbin rushes over. Sami DECKS Corbin, but Ricochet springs up! Sami shoves Ricochet back down! Sheamus gets in, he ROCKS Sami then fires off more hands! Sheamus climbs up, fireman’s carries and shifts, SUPER WHITE NOISE!! Sami flounders out of the ring, clutching his arm! Did that White Noise just crush Sami? Ricochet CLOBBERS Sheamus, but Moss whips Ricochet! Moss RAMS into Ricochet, then RAMS into Sheamus!
Ricochet goes up and Moss POSTS himself! Ricochet ROCKS Sheamus, CHOPS Moss, but then Sheamus dodges! Sheamus scoops Moss, POWERSLAM! Other referees come out to check on Sami, is he out of this? Sheamus CLOBBERS Ricochet, but Corbin hits DEEP SIX! Ricochet FLYING LARIATS Corbin down! All four men in the ring are down and Sami is being taken to the back, while SmackDown goes to break!
SmackDown returns again and Moss fires hands on Sheamus up top. Moss climbs up after Sheamus, fires off hands, then scoops him for a SUPER FALL AWAY SLAM!! But Moss has to crawl to the cover! Fans still rally for Sami to return as Moss covers, TWO! Ricochet hurries to LIONSAULT! Cover, TWO! Corbin rains down fists on Ricochet! Corbin drags Ricochet up, whips him to ropes, but Ricochet slips through the lariat! Ricochet dumps Corbin out, Corbin hurries back in but Ricochet handsprings to BACK ELBOW! Corbin comes back to BOOT Ricochet! Corbin hauls Ricochet into a torture rack, for a NECKBREAKER! Cover, TWO!
Ricochet keeps this match alive and fans rally up. Corbin drags Ricochet up but then he sees Sheamus. Sheamus and Corbin fire off haymakers! Fans fire up for the scrum but Corbin knees low. Corbin scoops, Sheamus slips off and he dodges! Corbin hits buckles, Sheamus clotheslines Corbin up and out! But Moss rolls Sheamus up, TWO!! Sheamus swings but misses, then misses again, but the KNEE takes Moss down! Cover, TWO!!! Sheamus stands and fans rally up, still hoping for Sami to return. Sheamus shouts and aims at Moss, runs in, but Moss blocks the Brogue into the PANCAKE! RECOIL from Ricochet!
Ricochet hurries while Sheamus is in the drop zone! Ricochet’s up top, for the SHOOTING STAR PRESS! Cover, Corbin breaks it! Corbin reels Ricochet in, he slips out again, and Ricochet dumps Corbin back out! AND SAMI RETURNS! Sami holds his bad arm as he hobbles his way to ringside! Fans are thunderous again as Ricochet runs in, but into a BUCKLE EXPLODER! Sami goes to the other end, takes aim as Ricochet stands, for the HELLUVA KICK!! Cover, Corbin drags Sami out!! Corbin soaks up all the heat from Montreal, and he POSTS Sami! Fans tell Corbin he’s an A-Hole, but he doesn’t care!
Sheamus gets in as Corbin stands Ricochet up, BROGUE for Corbin!!! Cover, Sheamus wins!!
Winner: Sheamus, by pinfall (NEW #1 Contender for the WWE Intercontinental Championship)
Sami tried, he really did, but he couldn’t win against four top level opponents. However, The Celtic Warrior succeeds, and he is heading to Cardiff, Wales! Will Sheamus dethrone Gunther and finally complete his WWE Grand Slam?
The Viking Raiders hold a “Viking Funeral.”
With torches and shields, Erik & Ivar approach the altar of sticks and bones, as well as many items of The New Day’s. The master of ceremonies adorns them with special paint. “New Day, we are gathered here to celebrate our battles. And to prepare for what’s to come. We respect you as great warriors, champions, and heroes. But your time has passed. The wounds upon your flesh are merely a prelude. You failed to heed our warnings. Your folly and your pride have led you here. And now, Valhalla awaits. tonight, we stand upon these consecrated grounds to pay tribute. A great battle awaits. Soon, the sun will set upon the New Day. And will be the dawn of a new Viking day!”
The altar is set ablaze as we see highlights of the devastation Erik & Ivar have brought upon Kofi Kingston & Xavier Woods. Will this be the end of The New Day once and for all?
Backstage interview with Liv Morgan.
Kayla says Liv faces Shotzi Blackheart tonight. Is she worried that a match tonight could jeopardize her ability to face Shayna Baszler at Clash at the Castle? Liv says if she played it safe, she never would’ve won the title in the first place. She can’t sit on the sidelines and wonder how she’ll do. She has to get back in the ring and find out. She knows she has a huge target on her arm, but that’s no different than the target she has on her back as a champion. Ronda, Shayna, Shotzi and the entire SmackDown Women’s Division want what she has, and they will do anything to take it. But Liv will do anything to keep it. #WatchMe.
Liv Morgan VS Shotzi Blackheart!
SmackDown returns as the SmackDown Women’s Champion makes her entrance. Montreal is fired up to see her, but Kayla then interviews Shotzi in the back. She’s about to- to rip Liv’s arm from its socket and make her cry? Or maybe drive her knee into Liv’s elbow until she needs a robotic arm. Liv is overly emotional, and she thinks with her big, dumb heart. That’s why she’s coming out here trying to prove herself while hurt. Taking a match with Shotzi was a bad decision. One that Shotzi will make Liv pay for dearly! Shotzi laughs and makes her way out, will she welcome Liv to the ball pit?
The bell rings and Shotzi calls for a test of strength. Liv kicks her low instead! The hands start flying, Shotzi shoves Liv then wrenches the bad arm. Liv knee slow, SHOTGUNS Shotzi to a corner, then runs in to back body block! Liv rolls, runs back in and SHINING WIZARDS! Liv snapmares, but Shotzi comes back to ENZIGURI! Liv leans against ropes so Shotzi runs, SENTON against the ropes! Cover, TWO! Shotzi snarls and drags Liv by the bad arm. Shotzi wrenches, Liv gets the ropes and breaks free but Shotzi ROCKS Liv! Liv BOOTS back, goes up, and MISSILE DROPKICKS Shotzi away! Liv then runs in at the corner, but only gets buckles!
Shotzi runs in but Liv puts her on the apron. Shotzi ROCKS and ROUNDHOUSES Liv first! APRON DDT!! Liv flops to the floor and Shotzi laughs while SmackDown goes to break.
SmackDown returns again and Shotzi knocks Liv down! Shotzi runs in again but Liv dodges! Liv kicks but Shotzi blocks to KICK back! And ROLLING ELBOW! Liv wobbles, into the QUESTION MARK KCIK! Shotzi fireman’s carries but Liv fights it off to a CRUCIFIX DRIVER! Cover, TWO!! Shotzi survives but Liv is clutching her bad arm. Liv runs in at the ropes, Shotzi dodges and waistlocks to then chicken wing! TIGER SUPLEX! Bridging cover, TWO! Both women are down and fans rally up! Shotzi and Liv glare at each other, and they start firing hands on the mat! Shotzi gets the edge, she CLUBS away on Liv’s bad arm, then drags Liv up.
Shotzi shouts, “You’re a phony, Liv! A PHONY!” Liv hits a CODE BREAKER! Liv then gets Shotzi at the ropes, ObLIVion!! Cover, Liv wins!
Winner: Liv Morgan, by pinfall
The champions toughs it out, but then SHAYNA ambushes Liv! Shayna BOOTS Liv down, throws off her jacket, and she gets the bad arm! Shayna twists the wrist and elbow, stands on Liv’s head, then drags her around to isolate the arm! Shayna lets down her hair as she spares Liv. “I want to break your arm so bad, but I’ll wait until we get to Cardiff. That’s the only reason!” Shayna then BOOTS Liv in the face! Did Shayna just bring back the killer inside? Can Liv find a way to survive Shayna and win like she did against Ronda?
Speaking of Ronda…
Adam Pearce chose not to press charges for trespassing, and Ronda was released under her own recognizance. But will Rowdy Ronda only try this again next week?
Roman Reigns puts on the title belts.
The Undisputed WWE Universal Champion is without his Wise Man and without his cousins, will he be able to handle this face-to-face all on his own?
Drew McIntyre also prepares backstage.
He takes his jacket off the hanger, only to find Kross’ hourglass sitting there. McIntyre grumbles and storms out, is it only a matter of time before Mr. Doomsday decides to strike again?
Roman Reigns heads to the ring!
The Tribal Chief holds onto the Universal Championship while wearing the World Championship, as he reaches 719 days in his reign! But he alone holds up the belts for the pyro before continuing down the ramp. He then goes into the ring, holds up the belts again, and we get more pyro. A production staff member hands Roman the mic since there is no Heyman or Usos. Roman takes a moment as fans cheer and jeer, and he says, “Montreal…! ACKNOWLEDGE ME!” Fans are more than happy to do that! He has them calm down and says, “Here’s the deal. I’m not here every week anymore. So every once in awhile, people gonna come out here and say some stupid stuff.
“So I just want to set the record straight. If anyone ever comes out here and says they’re the face of the company that’s not me, they’re lying. If anybody ever comes out here and says they’re the main event and it’s not me, they’re lying! And if anyone ever comes out here and says that they carry this company on this back, Drew McIntyre, YOU’RE LYING! There’s only one man that can say they’re the face of this company, there’s only one man that can say they’re the main event. Not a ‘main eventer,’ THE main event, and there’s only one man that carries this company on his back, and his name is the Tribal Chief, the Head of the Table, ROMAN! REIGNS!”
Fans cheer in acknowledgment, and Roman says he’s said this many, many times: he’s a man of his word! What he says has substance here. So he doesn’t have to say anything face-to-face to Drew, because he is BENEATH Roman. But wait! Here comes McIntyre! Fans fire up as McIntyre gets his own pyro then storms to the ring. McIntyre gets himself a mic to say that he’d love to have said everything he’s said lately to Roman’s face, but as Roman just said himself, he’s not really here anymore. So McIntyre gets right to it: Roman isn’t representing the titles they deserve to be represented, and so Roman does NOT deserve to be champion!
Roman looks confused while fans are cheering that. “I don’t deserve it? I don’t deserve to be champion? After everything I just said, do you not understand?” NO, Roman does NOT deserve it! And why? Let’s look at the last couple of years. Roman’s had the Wise Man, Paul Heyman, working for him politically. Roman’s got the Usos doing work for him physically, taking bullets for him. And sure, when they’re all together, they’re “The Bloodline.” Yeah, yeah, who can take down The Bloodline? Probably nobody! They’re in GOD MODE, but Roman Reigns is just a man! And right now, McIntyre sees something different in Roman’s eyes when it’s just them: FEAR.
And Roman should be scared, because there is not a man alive that Drew McIntyre cannot tear apart with his bear hands. At Clash at the Castle, McIntyre tears Roman apart, takes those titles from him, and y’know what? We’re alone tonight, this is a unique opportunity since Roman’s actually in the building. McIntyre feels like having a fight in Montreal! McIntyre throws his shirt off and dares Roman to do the same. Roman fires off hands and he backs McIntyre down! But McIntyre throws big counter punches! Then he clinches Roman to hit an OVERHEAD Belly2Belly !Roman writhes, gets the world title off, and McIntyre takes aim!
But SAMI gets in and takes the CLAYMORE!! Roman hits a SUPERMAN PUNCH! The Honorary Uce serves his purpose and fans are fired up for him! But Roman aims at McIntyre now, “OOAH~!” CLAYMORE!!! McIntyre still hits Roman!! The champion is down, and McIntyre holds the belts up!! Will we see this happen in Cardiff? Or will McIntyre be proven right when The Bloodline can regroup and help their Tribal Chief?
Another great episode for SmackDown, and a lot of great build towards Clash at the Castle. I just don’t know about that opening segment. It is logical that Ronda keeps trying to force her way back into being an active superstar, but them trying to make her Stone Cold Ronda isn’t working on me. She’s just Cold Ronda. But at least we moved on to a very good tag team match for the tag title tournament. WWE broke the news themselves that Zoey Stark & Nikkita Lyons were out (surely all kayfabe reasons) and that Toxic Attraction was in. It should’ve been an established NXT team to begin with, but whatever.
Toxic Attraction gets a great win to introduce themselves to fans who only watch RawDown, and Bayley’s group ringside was a nice touch. There’s a chance Toxic Attraction make the finals since they’re going against a rag tag team like Raquel & Aliyah, and they’ll have a great match against either team from Raw. We also got a good segment from Liv, Shotzi and Shayna. Great match and win for Liv to prove her resilience, but also a great attack from Shayna to show that killer instinct again. Shayna VS Liv is going to be a really good match, especially on the story merits of Liv just trying to win without getting more beat up.
I didn’t expect a recorded vignette for the Viking Raiders’ “funeral” for the New Day, but it was a well made and well delivered promo. If Kofi & Woods are as beat up as they are, can they even have a match against Erik & Ivar? Or will we get some kind of No Disqualification tag match out of this to essentially make up for the New Day being at less than 100%? Then, we got quite the bait and switch with Maximum Male Models starting a segment but getting kicked out by Hit Row. I chose not to try and keep up with the rap skills of Hit Row, having learned my lesson last year when Swerve was still with WWE and just leaving me in the dust.
But it’s good to see we’re getting a lot more out of the WWE Tag Division midcard. Hit Row, MMM and Los Lotharios can all start feuding on SmackDown to determine contenders to the Usos. And nice little plot twist of having the Usos “stuck at the border” so that Roman was without his usual back-up. Roman and Sami had a great segment together, and Sami really did carry his weight tonight. Even though he lost, Montreal was loving Sami out there, and I just knew that he went down in the middle so he could valiantly return. But in the end, Sheamus wins, and he is going to have an awesome match with Gunther. However, I don’t see Sheamus winning the Intercontinental Championship. Gunther’s just getting going, so Sheamus will be a great name on Gunther’s resume.
Good promo from Karrion Kross to warn both McIntyre and Roman, and while he may or may not be right about McIntyre, he’s definitely right about Roman being a chosen one. And then we got great promos out of Roman and McIntyre before turning it into a brawl. I thought Sami taking the Claymore was gonna help Roman gets advantage but nope, McIntyre stands tall! This isn’t the go-home yet so this doesn’t write McIntyre off, it just shows that he’s right: Roman needs his back-up to have a chance.
My Score: 8.8/10
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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