AEW Friday Fight Night ends with GOLD!
It’s Battle of the Belts FOUR, with the ROH World Tag Team, AEW TBS and AEW All-Atlantic Championships all defended!
- AEW All-Atlantic Championship: PAC VS Trent Beretta; Pac wins and retains the title.
- AEW TBS Championship: Jade Cargill w/ The Baddies VS Willow Nightingale; Jade wins and retains the title.
- ROH World Tag Team Championships: FTR VS The Gates of Agony w/ Prince Nana; FTR wins and retains the titles.
PLAY BY PLAY
AEW All-Atlantic Championship: PAC VS Trent Beretta!
The Bastard is all fired up because he just finished out Rampage with Death Triangle! But he also did so the same way he did against Orange Cassidy! Will it be hammer time once again? Or will nothing stop Trent from avenging his Freshly Squeezed best friend?
The introductions are made, the All-Atlantic belt is raised, and we see if a double champion can win a double header!
The bell rings and Trent fires a forearm! Pac gives it back, fans fire up as they go back and forth! Trent gets the edge, he ROCKS Pac then runs, but Pac ROCKS Trent back! Trent and Pac fire more forearms again, Trent gets the edge again, and then Trent runs again. But Pac BOOTS him! Pac runs, Trent ROLLING ELBOWS! Trent then clotheslines Pac out of the ring! Fans fire up as Trent PLANCHAS! Direct hit and Trent rains down hands! Fans fire up as Trent stalks Pac around the way. Trent drags Pac up, CHOPS him, then Trent refreshes the count. Trent scoops to SLAM Pac on the floor! The count climbs but Trent puts Pac in.
Trent stalks Pac along the ropes and ROCKS him! And again! And again! The ref reprimands and counts, Trent lets off at 4. Trent runs in to DROPKICK Pac out of the ring! Trent keeps after Pac, drags him up, puts him in, but Pac hurries out the other side. Trent goes out to CLUB Pac, puts him in the ring, but Pac goes out the other side. So Trent runs in to SPEAR Pac! Fans fire up again as Trent drags Pac up and in! Trent aims from a corner, and BLINDSIDE KNEES Pac down! Cover, TWO!! Pac survives and Trent is annoyed. Trent stalks Pac but Pac bails out again. Fans rally for Trent but Pac SUPERKICKS him down!
A ring count starts while Pac catches his breath. Trent sits up and crawls, but Pac clears off the timekeeper’s table! Pac confiscates the table, brings it closer to the ring and ramp, then hurries after Trent. Trent BOOTS Pac! Trent puts Pac on the table, rains down fists, then he goes into the ring to go to the ramp! Fans fire up as Trent lines up a shot, runs, but Pac hurries away. Fans boo but Trent WRECKS Pac with a dropkick! Trent goes out to drag Pac up and put him in the ring again. Trent climbs up the corner but Pac hurries to anchor him. Trent CLUBS Pac down, adjusts, but Pac springs up to get at Trent! SUPERPLEX!!
Fans fire up while AEW goes picture in picture! A standing count starts, Trent stirs and the ref checks him. Trent is okay to continue, he and Pac slowly sit up. The count continues, Pac and Trent are on opposite ends at 3 of 10. Pac storms over to stomps Trent down! Pac digs his boot in, lets off as the ref counts, and then he stomps Trent again! Pac digs his knee into Trent now, the ref counts, but Pac lets off at 4. Pac snarls and he stalks Trent to the ropes. Pac puts Trent on the ropes to CHOKE! Pac lets off at 4 and the ref reprimands him. The ref warns Pac to listen to him about the count, but Pac goes to Trent in a corner.
Battle of the Belts 4 returns to single picture, fans sing, “OH~ He is a Bastard~!” and Trent CHOPS! Pac eggs Trent on, Trent CHOPS but Pac CLUBS him. Pac whips corner to corner hard, Pac runs in but Trent DOUBLE STOMPS him down! Fans fire up while both men are down and a standing count begins again. Pac clutches an arm as he gets up. Trent CHOPS Pac again! And ROCKS him! And CHOPS him! Pac swings but into a GERMAN SUPLEX! Trent holds on, he drags Pac up again, to HALF ‘N’ HALF! Pac got some air from that suplex! Trent snarls and grits his teeth as fans rally up. Trent runs in at the corner, to back elbow!
Trent then TORNADO DDTs! Cover, TWO!! Pac survives, but Trent’s on the right path like Orange Cassidy was in his own match. Fans rally up and Pac crawls to the apron. Trent keeps him from getting away, but Pac throws a body shot. And an elbow! Pac whips but Trent reverses to send Pac into buckles! Trent then runs to LARIAT Pac inside-out! Fans fire up for Trent as he glares at Pac. Trent storms up, grabs Pac’s legs and YANKS him up, into a PILEDRIVER!! Cover, TWO!!! Pac survives again and Trent is beside himself! Fans chant, “This is Awesome!” while Trent thinks of what to do next.
Pac crawls away to the ropes at the ramp side, and goes to the ramp. Trent follows after, brings Pac up, but Pac suplexes, OFF THE RAMP AND THROUGH THE TABLE!!! DC loses its mind over that one, and the ref hurries to check both men! Somehow, Pac and Trent are okay to continue, but Pac has a cut on his shoulder. Pac drags Trent up, puts him in the ring, and fans rally as hard as they can for Trent as Pac climbs. Pac aims, for the BLACK ARROW, onto knees!!! Trent gets to the corner, he fires himself up and runs in at Pac, but Pac KICKS the Spear down!! Pac drags Trent up but Trent cradles! TWO!!!
Pac and Trent crawl after each other, fans again say “This is Awesome!” Pac kicks Trent down, goes up the corner, but Trent trips him up! Trent climbs up behind Pac, and he half nelsons! SUPER HALF ‘N’ HALF!! Cover, TWO!!! Pac survives and DC cannot believe it! Fans love “A E DUB!” as Trent Alabama Lifts, but Pac fights it to a STANDING BRUTALIZER!?! Trent drops to the mat but he kicks and reaches out! Pac keeps pulling on the hold but Trent gets the ROPEBREAK! Pac lets go in frustration, and fans hope they “FIGHT FOREVER!” But this has to end somehow, and Pac thinks on how to do that.
Pac goes outside, and he grabs the bell hammer again! He sits on the apron, Trent grabs at him, HAMMER TIME in the back suplex!! Cover, Pac wins!!
Winner: PAC, by pinfall (still AEW All-Atlantic Champion)
That’s three times Pac has used the hammer to win!! But ORANGE CASSIDY storms out to the ring! Cassidy fires off fists on Pac! Security hurries to stop him but he gets loose to get at Pac again! Fans rally for Freshly Squeezed but Pac scurries away. The Bastard still has both his belts, but if he keeps having to resort to such underhanded tactics, will he soon lose them both?
Backstage interview with The Jericho Appreciation Society.
As Chris Jericho told Tony Schiavone on commentary during Pac VS Trent, the ROH World Champion went and got Daddy Magic and Cool Hand Ange. Schiavone notes this Wednesday on Dynamite, it will be Chris Jericho VS Bryan Danielson Round 3, and it’ll be for the ROH title. There was some controversy, however, in the tag match win over Bryan Danielson & Daniel Garcia. Matt Menard says yes, that’s true. He tells Daniel Garcia, “We understand that there might come a time in a man’s life when he’s gotta leave the nest, he wants to go it alone. But we think you jumped the gun, because you ate a giant, steaming piece of HUMBLE PIE!”
Angelo Parker says, “He really did. He really did. Look, Daniel, it’s been nice seeing you go out and do your thing, right? But it’s time to come home. And don’t worry, bud, I think I can speak for everybody, man. We’re not mad. We’re just disappointed.” Jericho says yes, they are disappointed, but they’re also family. “These guys are like your two dads, and I’m like your older brother.” But sometimes, an older brother needs to teach a lesson. They taught Garcia that lesson in sports entertainment. Schiavone says, “You mean ‘systematic cheating.'” Jericho tells Schiavone not to say that. It was NOT cheating! It was a guideline on how to become a world champion.
Jericho tells Bryan now that speaking of world titles, Jericho will continue to “desecrate the legacy of Ring of Honor in Toronto,” Jericho will “pillage the legend of Bryan Danielson,” but not as The Wizard, nor the Demo God, but as the return of Lionheart Chris Jericho! Jericho will walk out of the arena in Toronto still The Ring of Jericho Champion. The Ring of Jericho Era has begun. All hail the Ocho!
Claudio Castagnoli speaks.
“Next week, when AEW makes its long awaited Canadian debut, there will be a huge ROH match in Toronto. On one side, my good friend and Blackpool Combat Club teammate, Bryan Danielson, against one of our worst enemies, Chris Jericho. Chris, don’t you think I forgot how you won that ROH World title. If Bryan Danielson wins, one of my best friends, I’ve known him for over 20 years, we’ve wrestled all over the world, and I would love to do it one more time with the ROH title on the line. But no matter who wins, I’ll be waiting to bring honor back to the ROH World Championship.” Who will the Swiss Superman be aiming for after Dynamite in Toronto?
AEW TBS Championship: Jade Cargill w/ The Baddies VS Willow Nightingale!
As the undefeated streak grows, so does the ego. #ThatBitch is 38-0 and confident she’ll reach 39, but the optimistic powerhouse wonders: what would happen if Jade’s precious streak were to end? Will Willow be “The One?” Or just another one on the long, long list?
The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and we see another chapter written in Jade’s growing legend!
The bell rings and the two tie right up. Jade powers Willow to a corner, the fans rally and the ref counts. Jade lets off and talks some trash. Willow frowns, they tie up again, and Willow powers Jade back! The ref counts, Willow lets off and she eggs Jade on. They tie up again, go around, Willow headlocks but Jade powers out. They RAM shoulders, Willow grins but Jade talks trash. They get forehead to forehead but then Jade backs up, to kick low! Jade CLUBS Willow, talks some trash, and then brings Willow up. Jade bumps Willow off buckles, EuroUppers, then snapmares Willow. Willow is right up to SHOTGUN!
Willow back body blocks, spins around to clothesline, and then she snap suplexes! Cover, TWO! Willow frowns, stalks Jade to a corner, and Willow runs in but Jade elbows back! Jade runs, Willow dodges and tilt-o-whirls to then shove Jade out! The Baddies hurry to back Jade up and fix her hair, but Willow DIVES! Jade got outta there so the Baddies take the hit! Fans fire up with Willow and she storms over to ROCK Jade! Willow then wheelbarrows, but Jade SMACKS Willow off steel steps! Fans are torn but Jade talks a lot of trash as AEW goes picture in picture.
Jade drags Willow up, smacks her off the apron, then pushes her into the ring. Willow crawls, Jade takes time to flex, and Jade stalks Willow. Jade kicks Willow around, drags her up, and Jade snap suplexes! Then she kips up and fires up! Jade eggs Willow on, then she kicks Willow around. Jade EuroUppers Willow down, and Willow gets to a corner. Jade storms up, CHOKES Willow on the ropes, then lets off as the ref counts. The ref warns Jade, Willow staggers over to throw a forearm! Jade CLUBS Willow down and clamps on a chinlock. Jade leans on the hold but fans rally as Willow endures. Willow fights up, but Jade throws her down!
Jade taunts the fans cheering for Willow, then drags Willow up to chinlock again. Willow endures as Jade leans on the hold. Fans rally and Willow fights up but AEW goes to break.
BOTB 4 returns and Jade is showing off doing push-ups. Willow is in a corner, Jade dribbles but runs into a LARIAT! Willow starts rallying and fans fire up! Willow CLUBS away on Jade, whips her to ropes, but Jade reverses. Willow ducks ‘n’ dodges and then tilt-o-whirl RANAS! Jade flounders into a corner, fans fire up with Willow and she powers up to run in and CHOP! Jade sits down, Willow runs corner to corner again to CANNONBALL! Willow pushes Jade to the drop zone, goes up the corner, and MISSILE DROPKICKS! Cover, TWO! Jade is still in this but Willow brings down the straps!
Fans fire up as Willow drags Jade up. Willow gut wrenches but Jade elbows free. Jade runs but Willow dodges the boot! Willow tilt-o-whirls again but Jade makes it a POWERSLAM! Jade fire sup, chicken wings, JADED!! Cover, Jade wins!
Winner: Jade Cargill, by pinfall (still AEW TBS Champion)
And that is number 39! But “EXCUSE ME!!” Oh no, Vickie Guerrero is here! Vickie smiles at Jade, because Nyla Rose snatches the belt! Jade is furious but Nyla runs away with it! Literally! The Baddies pursue, but will the Native Beast hold the title hostage until she gets her own shot?
Backstage interview with Stokely Hathaway, Ethan Page and Matt Hardy.
Lexi Nair says there is a No Physicality Agreement in effect, and Hardy speaks first. “Why’re you two following me around like you’re my shadows? And why do you continue to stick your noses in my business?” Ethan says that’s done, don’t worry. We all saw what Rush did. Rush is a good boss, unlike Hardy. Rush laid down the law, he told Private Party they had to show up to work and do their jobs, and he even threatened his own employees with a lawsuit! All this contract tampering stuff- It’s NOT contract tampering! Why do they keep throwing that in his face? Stokely says Hardy doesn’t know? They have it right here! Exhibit A, Jose’s iPad!
Stokely shows us the video of Hardy talking with Private Party in 4K! Wow~! Oh, yes, they’re talking, but that’s not tampering! Hardy genuinely likes Private Party and he just wants what is best for them! Stokely points out Hardy is sweating and stuttering because he’s lying! He’s telling Duck Tales on national TV. Ethan tells Hardy to keep on lying. Hardy says if these two continue to stick their noses in his business, he will DELETE them off their faces! Oh, delete, huh? Stokely keeps Ethan back. This ain’t no copy office, talkin’ ’bout deleting. The Firm leaves, but will Hardy decide to take some executive action of his own?
Backstage interview with Hook.
Lexi Nair is with the FTW Champion, and notes that last week on Rampage, The Trustbusters presented him with an envelope. Has he looked inside? Hook holds it up. Is it open? What’s inside? Hook RIPS IT UP! Lexi can’t believe it! He doesn’t even know what’s in there, and he outright refuses!? Will the Trustbusters make the Cold-Hearted Handsome Devil pay for that?
BREAKING NEWS for next Wednesday!
AEW Dynamite in Toronto is going international with an All-Atlantic Championship rematch! Orange Cassidy gets another shot against The Bastard, Pac! Will everyone be more wary of letting Pac grab the ring bell hammer this time? Will we see a Freshly Squeezed All-Atlantic Champion crowned in Canada?
Toni Storm & Hikaru Shida speak.
The Interim AEW Women’s World Champion says, “Last month, it was supposed to be and Shida against Britt Baker & Jamie Hayter, but Britt decided to take the easy way out. She attacked Shida backstage like the coward that she is. But guess who’s back? And guess who’s back for blood? Shida’s back and she’s coming to get you.” The Full Metal Warrior tells Britt, “How many times must you try to stop me? I always come back stronger. And next week, you’ll find out!” A big tag team grudge match is set, will the Storm & the Sword strike down the Doctor and the Hayter?
ROH World Tag Team Championships: FTR VS The Gates of Agony w/ Prince Nana!
When the Embassy attacked Wardlow after his AEW TNT Championship defense on Dynamite, Cash Wheeler & Dax Harwood made the save! Toa Liona & Bishop Kaun weren’t intimidated, and now they’re coming after one of the THREE tag team titles FTR holds. Will the Gates of Agony soon be gilded and glorious? Or will they learn to #FearTheReign?
As FTR make their entrance, the Gunn Sons, Austin & Colten, are ringside to mock them in a really bad FTR cosplay. The Ass Boys have stated they’re gonna skip FTR in line for the AEW World Tag Team Championships, but are they cruisin’ for a bruisin from these tag team champions?
The introductions are made by Bobby Cruise, banged up as he is from Jericho’s attack on him. The ROH titles are raised, and Battle of the Belts 4 ends with a big finale!
The teams sort out without upholding the Code of Honor, and Kaun starts against Dax. Fans rally for FTR as Dax and Kaun circle. They tie up, go around, and Kaun’s height gives him the advantage to put Dax in a corner. The ref counts, Kaun lets off with a shove, and he resets with Dax. They tie up again, Dax wrenches, but Kaun powers out. Dax runs Kaun over, things speed up, Dax ducks ‘n’ dodges, but Kaun blocks the hip toss to LARIAT Dax down! Kaun grins and he drags Dax around. Kaun rains down fists, Dax gets away and they scrap in a corner. Dax CHOPS Kaun, CHOPS again, then EuroUppers!
Dax brings Kaun around to ROCK with a haymaker. Dax whips, Kaun reverses but Dax ducks ‘n’ dodges and slides to kick and NECKBREAKER! Fans fire up, Liona gets in but Cash backs Dax up. FTR fires off haymakers on Liona, and they send him tumbling out of the ring! Nana stops Liona from getting right back in and Liona is pissed! Dax drags Kaun up to snap suplex! Tag to Cash, and Dax gives him a boost for a LEG DROP! Cover, ONE!! Kaun is tough but Cash EuroUppers him to a corner. Cash CHOPS, fans rally for FTR and Cash EuroUppers again. Cash whips corner to corner, Kaun reverses, but Cash goes up and over to keep moving, only for Kaun to LARIAT!
Fans rally, the Ass Boys taunt FTR, but Kaun drags Cash up. Kaun CHOPS Cash, stalks him along the ropes and he tags Liona. GOA mugs Cash, Liona scoops to SLAM Cash! Liona runs to FALLING HEADBUTT! Nana taunts Cash and Liona drags Cash back to CLUB away on him. Liona digs a claw into the shoulder, but Cash fights up. Cash throws elbows but Liona HEADBUTTS him down! Liona whips to then scoop but Cash sunset flips! Liona stays up to SIT on Cash! Fans rally for Cash but Liona tags Kaun. GOA double whip Cash hard into the corner, then Liona whips Kaun in for a SPLASH! Feed to the BELLY2BELLY! Kaun covers, TWO!
Dax jumped in but the ref has him go back to his corner. Kaun drags Cash up from the apron but Cash fights the suplex! Cash HOTSHOTS Kaun, fans rally for FTR, but Liona grabs Cash. Cash fires off body shots but Liona whips Cash into railing hard! Liona then runs, but Cash dodges to send Liona into railing! Fans fire up and “Fake TR” take selfies while AEW goes picture in picture.
Cash drags himself back into the ring and he crawls for his corner. But Kaun trips Dax off the apron! Kaun gets in, Cash cradles him! TWO!! Kaun staggers away, Cash runs in but is popped up to a fireman’s carry! AIR RAID CRASH! Cover, TWO! Dax was ready again but the ref has him back down. Kaun drags Cash up to throw him out, and Kaun distracts the ref so Nana can get some stomps in! Dax storms over that way but the ref intercepts him! Dax grabs a chair but the ref gets him to put it down. Dax points out what Nana was up to but too late, Nana runs off and Liona puts Cash in the ring hard. Kaun covers, TWO!
Kaun stomps Cash against ropes, digs his boots in, then lets off as the ref counts. Kaun tags Liona, but Cash fights back! That’s still 2v1, a CHOP sits him back down. Liona drags Cash up to pie face him around. Liona soaks up heat, CHOKES Cash on the ropes, but lets off as the ref counts. Dax is pissed again, but the ref keeps him back. The ref is wary of Nana, though, so Nana stays back. Liona looms over Cash, Cash throws body shots, but Liona CLUBS Cash back down. Tag to Kaun, he stays between Cash and Dax and facelocks to grind Cash down. Cash endures, fights up, and powers up! He pushes Kaun back towards the FTR corner!
Kaun powers Cash away from the FTR corner, but Cash just powers up again! Cash is almost there, but Kaun throws him down by his hair! Kaun looms over Cash, ROCKS him with a right, then stands him up for another one! Kaun facelocks to grind Cash down again and Nana tells him to squeeze! Cash endures, fights up, and he powers his way towards the FTR corner! BOTB 4 returns as Cash atomic drops! Kaun lets go but RAMS Cash into the GOA corner! Kaun RAMS into Cash more, tags Liona, but Cash fires off forearms and elbows! He DECKS Kaun but Liona shoves Cash back to the corner. Liona runs in but Cash dodges! Liona tumbles up and out!
Fans fire up as Cash crawls his way over, but Kaun gets a foot! Cash hops, Kaun reels him in, but Cash lands out of the back suplex! Cash ducks under to hot tag Dax! Fans fire up as Dax the Ax JABS and JABS and DECKS Kaun! And DECKS him again! Liona CLOBBERS Dax! Liona whips Dax for a SAMOAN DROP! Cover, TWO! Dax is still in this and Nana argues the count. Two is two, fans rally for FTR but Liona says thumbs down! Liona drags Dax up, prepares that thumb, but Cash grabs it! Liona shoves Cash away but Dax gets free. Dax goes to the GOA corner but Liona grabs him with both hands to put him up top!
Cash runs in but Liona HEADBUTTS him down! Liona turns around, Dax CROSSBODIES, but into Liona’s arms! Cash MISSILE DROPKICKS Liona over! Dax covers, TWO!! Kaun returns, dodges Dax once but Dax DECKS him the second time! Dax brings Liona around, tags Cash, they double whip but Liona breaks the line! Liona CROSSBODIES but FTR ducks! Liona crashes ‘n’ burns right outta the ring! FTR drags Liona up onto the apron, through the ropes, DOUBLE DRAPING DDT! Fans fire up but Kaun tags in! Kaun runs in, fireman’s carries Cash, BOOTS Dax, but Cash slips off. Kaun switches, shoves, but Cash ducks.
Cash is tripped up by Liona just being there like a lump! Cash kicks Liona down, but Kaun fireman’s carries for the GUTBUSTER DROP! Cover, TWO!! Cash survives and fans rally up again! Kaun argues the count but two is two. The ref checks Liona, he’s somehow okay, and fans rally for FTR. Kaun drags Cash up, Dax helps block the German Suplex and he tags in! Cash slips out underneath, then feeds Kaun to Dax, Dax lifts and Cash goes up, SPIKE PILEDRIVER!! Cover, Liona drags Dax off in time! But Cash fires off hands! FTR throws haymakers, double whips, but Liona is too big for a Big Rig!
Liona shoves Dax away but FTR goes after him with haymakers again! They shove, then try again! Liona is still too big! Liona CLUBS Dax, UPPERCUTS Cash, HEADBUTTS Dax, and roars! Liona runs, but Dax uses that for the BIG RIG!! Fans are thunderous but Kaun CLOBBERS Cash! Dax gets around, O’Conner Roll but Nana distracts! The champs would’ve won by now!! Dax swings on Nana but Nana grabs him! Kaun storms up but into a BOOT! Dax then sends Kaun into Nana! Down goes the prince, Dax backslides Kaun, FTR wins!
Winners: FTR, by pinfall (still ROH World Tag Team Champions)
But the Embassy still wants to fight! They go after FTR, Liona CHOKES Cash in a corner, and here comes Brian Cage to add on! Fans boo but now even Nana gets shots in! Cage drags Cash up while Liona HEABUTTS Dax! But “THIS IS WAAAAR~!” The AEW TNT Champion storms right in and he fires off haymakers on everyone! But that’s still 3v1! Cage and Liona are big, but Wardlow still RAMS Cage into a corner! Wardlow fires hands on Liona but even Nana gets shots in, it’s 4v1! Kaun mocks the fans cheering for Wardlow, but here comes SAMOA JOE! The ROH World TV Champion DECKS Liona, HEADBUTTS Kaun, then dodges Cage to JAB and JAB and JAB!
Joe clotheslines Cage up and out of the ring! #WARDJOE helps out FTR against the Embassy, will this one end up being some kind of 4v4 war?
A really good special here, especially for following up Rampage on a long night of wrestling. Great use of Pac closing out Rampage to have his match with Trent open this hour. Great stuff out of that match, too, but even without Pac using a hammer to tip the scales in the Trios title match, I think Pac was gonna use the hammer again here. Cassidy coming back was a nice little surprise, and we’re going to get a great rematch for Dynamite in Toronto. I was sensing Cassidy getting the belt to feud with Ethan “Anti-Comedy Gimmicks” Page, maybe that happens now? Ethan, Stokely and Hardy have a good promo to set up their own match, that should be good stuff.
Good promo from the JAS to hype up the story with Garcia and Bryan, and good promo from Claudio, as well. Jericho VS Bryan can probably go either way, but with Jericho wanting to take on all former ROH World Champions, I feel like #THEOCHO has to continue past Bryan and Claudio. Also, there are plenty of other ROH based dream matches, like Jericho VS Jay Lethal or Jericho VS Samoa Joe. Good “promo” from Hook. I figured he wasn’t going to accept anything from The Trustbusters, and now he can basically rip through the faction to power himself up more. Hook can finally have some longer matches with Daivari, Sonny Kiss, and even Slim J and “Jeeves Kay,” but he and Parker Boudreaux would definitely have a Brock Lesnar VS Goldberg type of short but hard hitting match.
Good promo from Shida & Storm to call out Britt & Hayter, that tag match will be a lot of fun. It will also be a great way to set up Storm VS Hayter for the interim title, that’s just a logical move. Jade VS Willow was great stuff, and at least Jade didn’t win with help from the Baddies. Nyla stealing the belt seemed a bit silly but I suppose she and Vickie will do whatever it takes to get Jade to accept a challenge. That match can definitely happen at Full Gear because win or lose, that’s going to be historic. Jade can go to 40-0 while still champion, or her first loss happens on a huge stage.
And of course, really good stuff out of FTR VS GOA, and even the Ass Boys cosplaying to mock FTR. There was a bit of a rough spot in the middle as I think they were all a bit tired, but they pushed through and finished it off. GOA looks strong in defeat, but of course The Embassy gives us a repeat from Dynamite. I don’t think Nana will actually compete, maybe he enlists a new faction member so we can get a big 4v4 tag.
My Score: 8.7/10
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
Mitchell’s AEW Dark Results & Report! (1/31/23)
Orlando stays Dark!
Universal Studios is still the AEW Dark Arena!
As they prepare to go after the AEW World Trios Championships, AR Fox & Top Flight reunite to take on The Wingmen: Peter Avalon, Ryan Nemeth & Cezar Bononi!
- Six Man Tag: AR Fox & Top Flight VS The Wingmen; Fox & Top Flight win.
- Red Velvet VS Sofia Castillo; Velvet wins.
- Zack Clayton VS Fulton; Clayton wins.
- Brock Anderson & Brian Pillman Jr. w/ Arn Anderson VS Rosario Grillo & Dean Alexander; Anderson & Pillman win.
- Skye Blue VS Renee Michelle; Skye wins.
- Shane Taylor Promotions VS Mr. G & Dante Casanova; Shane Taylor Promotions wins.
- Yuka Sakazaki VS Avery Breaux; Yuka wins.
- The Workhorsemen VS Liam Gray & Adrian Alanis; The Workhorsemen win.
- Angelico w/ Serpentico & Luther VS Konosuke Takeshita; Konosuke wins.
A solid line-up, and I like that we’re getting to see Brock Anderson & Brian Pillman Jr. in action together after a backstage promo on Elevation not too long ago. Not sure what the team name is but two second generation stars together is a logical combination. Angelico VS Konosuke, that is going to be a great match, but I give the win to Konosuke. Red Velvet is in action again after also being on Elevation, she’s definitely building momentum towards taking on Jade Cargill for Jade’s 50th match. And good to see Shane Taylor Promotions in action here. They’ll be a strong part of the ROH Tag Team Division, even after having lost to Keith Lee after Swerve abandoned Keith.
And good to see AR Fox & Top Flight in action, and against The Wingmen. For one, good to see Avalon, Nemeth & Bononi teaming all together again. And this will be a good match to build momentum for Fox & Flight.
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