AEW makes its debut in the North!
AEW makes a Dynamite debut in Toronto, Ontario, Canada! And to commemorate the moment, we get Jericho VS Danielson 3 for the ROH world title!
- “Jungle Boy” Jack Perry VS Luchasaurus w/ Christian Cage; Luchasaurus wins.
- WARJOE VS The Factory; WARJOE wins.
- Swerve Strickland VS Billy Gunn w/ The Acclaimed; Swerve wins.
- ROH World Championship: Chris Jericho VS Bryan Danielson; Jericho wins and retains the title.
- Toni Storm & Hikaru Shida VS Britt Baker & Jamie Hayter w/ Rebel; Storm & Shida win.
- AEW All-Atlantic Championship: PAC VS Orange Cassidy; Cassidy wins and becomes the new AEW All-Atlantic Champion.
PLAY BY PLAY
Renee Paquette is here!
Toronto goes wild as Mrs. Moxley makes her AEW debut! She introduces herself and welcomes us to Dynamite. “Joining me now is Canada’s own Christian Cage!” Fans are torn as Captain Charisma makes his way out on stage. She asks him how it feels to be back in Toronto, and he says it feels great. “And as the face of not only the city of Toronto but the country of Canada, I’m gonna go ahead right now and guarantee a victory tonight. And not just any guarantee, I’m talking this guarantee is locked in. This guarantee is 100%. It’s like the Toronto Maple Leafs losing in the first round of the playoffs guaranteed.” Toronto boos at being trolled.
But without further ado, Christian introduces his “Right Hand of Destruction,” Luchasaurus! The treacherous T-Rex makes his way out and Christian goes with him to the ring. Will this battle be what finally ends things between the former Jurassic Express members?
“Jungle Boy” Jack Perry VS Luchasaurus w/ Christian Cage!
The bell rings and JB rushes to SHOTGUN Luchasaurus! JB fires off but Luchasaurus TOSSES JB into the corner! JB dodges Luchasaurus to fire off fast hands! Luchasaurus shoves him away, then pops JB up to throw him to the apron. JB shoulders in, slingshots up and over to keep moving, and he SHOTGUNS Luchasaurus onto ropes! Fans fire up while Christian is on commentary. JB copies Christian with how he stands on Luchasaurus! Then he slingshots to ROCK Luchasaurus with that same uppercut! Christian says that’s cute, JB learned something. But JB turns around into a choke grip! Christian says this is why he dropped JB.
But JB wrenches and HOTSHOTS Luchasaurus! JB slides in, ducks ‘n’ dodges, then leaps, but into Luchasaurus’ arms! Luchasaurus pops JB around, HIGH ANGLE GERMAN! Fans are torn but Christian likes what he sees as JB goes to a corner. Luchasaurus storms over, drags him up, but JB CHOPS! Luchasaurus doesn’t flinch, he sits JB up on top to DECK him to the floor! Fans rally as Luchasaurus clears off the timekeeper’s table! Luchasaurus brings the table over and Christian wants Luchasaurus to put him through the table! Fans chant, “WE WANT TABLES!” and Luchasaurus gut wrenches JB up.
JB fights free before disaster strikes, and he ROCKS Luchasaurus! Luchasaurus POSTS JB in return! Fans boo as Luchasaurus refreshes the count. Luchasaurus drags JB up and then swings, but JB ducks! Luchasaurus’ hand hits POST! JB grabs that arm and wraps it around the post! Fans fire up as JB BOOTS the arm! Luchasaurus staggers away, JB refreshes the count then pursues. JB KICKS the bad arm, CLUBS it, then wrenches it, but Luchasaurus RAMS JB into the apron! And into railing! Luchasaurus drags JB up to whip him hard into railing! JB goes down in a heap and Luchasaurus refreshes the count.
Fans rally as Luchasaurus drags JB up for an APRON BACK SUPLEX! Christian likes what he sees while AEW goes picture in picture.
JB crawls into the ring but Luchasaurus stands on his back. Luchasaurus digs his heel in but JB endures. Luchasaurus stomps JB down, then pulls at the KT tape! Luchasaurus takes those strips off, then stands JB up so he can CLUB him on the back! JB writhes on the mat but he refuses to give up. Luchasaurus drags JB up but JB throws body shots! Fans fire up but Luchasaurus CLUB SJB, then suplexes to TOSS JB! JB writhes more and Luchasaurus paces. Luchasaurus stalks JB to a corner, watches him stand up, and then RAMS into him! JB falls over and Luchasaurus roars. Luchasaurus drags JB up and CHOPS him!
JB sputters but he CHOPS back! Luchasaurus whips JB corner to corner hard, and JB tumbles and lands on his head! Luchasaurus drags JB out of the corner to loom over him. Luchasaurus stands on JB’s face for a cover, TWO! Luchasaurus stands on JB’s face again but JB moves around. Luchasaurus digs his heel in, it’s basically a choke now and the ref counts. Luchasaurus steps off, but then stands on JB for another cover, TWO! Luchasaurus’ foot is in JB’s face but he bench presses it away! Dynamite returns to single picture as JB fights and gets free! Luchasaurus runs in but JB ducks and Luchasaurus POSTS himself!
Luchasaurus tumbles out and towards the table. Fans fire up as JB builds speed, JB DIVES! But Luchasaurus catches JB, for a CHOKE- RANA into the POST! Luchasaurus wobbles but Christian tries to stay confident. But JB fireman’s carries?! Luchasaurus is too big for that, especially with JB’s bad back. Christian says this is what he meant about JB has no brains. Luchasaurus gut wrenches but JB slips off! JB ROCKS Luchasaurus, Luchasaurus choke grips but JB WRINGS the arm and SUPERKICKS! Luchasaurus wobbles on the apron, JB RAMS into him! JB builds speed to SUNSET FLIP POWREBOMB Luchasaurus through the table!!
Fans lose their minds and Christian freaks out! That should be a disqualification! But the fine print is that Luchasaurus introduced the table, it was fair game! Fans rally as JB drags Luchasaurus up out of the wreckage and into the ring. But Christian Cage storms off commentary to go down the ramp! Christian shouts at JB but JB stares him down. Luchasaurus sits up like a dead man, and JB knows it! JB rushes in to SUPERKICK! And SUPERKICK! JB runs but Luchasaurus pops him for a FLAPJACK and LARIAT! Fireman’s carry, POWERSLAM! Cover, TWO!?! JB survives and fans fire up!
Luchasaurus stands while fans rally for “JUNGLE BOY! JUNGLE BOY!” Luchasaurus drags JB up, hauls him up and puts him on the top rope. Luchasaurus climbs up and fans boo as he goes to the very top. But JB throws body shots! JB slips out to CLUB Luchasaurus! Luchasaurus sits on the top rope and JB CLUBS him again. JB climbs up behind Luchasaurus, he punches away on Luchasaurus’ head! Fans count all the way to TEN, and then JB puts Luchasaurus in a Tree of Woe. JB goes corner to corner, but Luchasaurus headscissors to SPIKE JB! And then BUCKLE BOMB RAZOR’S EDGE! Then the CHOKE SLAM!! Cover, TWO!?!?
Fans are thunderous and Christian is shocked to see JB survive! Fans rally harder but JB is still down. Luchasaurus shakes out the bad arm, drags JB up, and straitjackets to torture rack. But JB fights with elbows! JB is free, Luchasaurus wobbles but he goes after him again. JB ducks ‘n’ dodges, but runs into a scoop and torture rack! But JB hits a CRUCIFIX DRIVER! Cover, TWO!!! JB drags Luchasaurus up and chicken wings! Christian is furious but Luchasaurus Electric Chairs free! But JB POISON-RANAS!! JB then hooks Luchasaurus up from here, KILLSWITCH!! Cover, TWO!?!?
No one can believe it, but Luchasaurus lives! But JB CLUBS away on Luchasaurus, into the SNARE TRAP!! Luchasaurus drags himself and JB over, Christian is there to shout at him to keep going, but JB pulls Luchasaurus’ arm back! Luchasaurus reaches with the other, ROPEBREAK! JB lets go and tries to drag Luchasaurus back. But Christian anchors Luchasaurus’ arm! JB is furious and he goes out after Christian, but the ref stops him. JB goes up, Christian distracts, and Luchasaurus choke grips! SUPER CHOKE SLAM!!! And then a torture rack, to the EXTINCTION LEVEL EVENT!! Cover, Luchasaurus wins!!
Winner: Luchasaurus, by pinfall
Captain Charisma gets a huge assist in this, and Luchasaurus stands tall! Is this the end of Jungle Boy’s mission of revenge? Or will he come back even more determined?
Backstage interview with The Firm.
Renee is with Ethan Page, Stokely Hathaway, and surprisingly, Jose the Assistant to La Faccion Ingobernable. It seems there is cause for celebration as a big deal has just been finalized. And then Matt Hardy storms in, Private Party behind them, and Hardy demands to know what they’ve done! Stokely says Hardy wanted his boys free, so they’re free! And guess what? Stokely purchased Private Party’s contracts using The Firm’s allowance, so now those contracts belong to Stokely! Hardy said he wanted them free from the likes of The Firm, too! So then how about Hardy fights All Ego in Toronto, the contracts on the line!
Everyone’s fired up, and Ethan says he’s down to fight in Toronto any time! Hardy cares about Private Party, right? Damn right he does! Then let them fight their own battles. Isiah Kassidy’s been smirking at Ethan, so how about a fight on Rampage this Friday? If Kassidy wins, the Private Party is free of The Firm. Hardy and Marq Quen pump up Kassidy to whip that ass. But then Ethan says in return, when Ethan wins, Hardy also belongs to The Firm! That seems to change things, but Hardy still pumps Kassidy up. Then they can do the Hardy Party right! Will Kassidy go on a Rampage and win their right to party?
WARJOE VS The Factory!
The dominant duo of the AEW TNT Champion and the ROH World TV Champion are back in action again, but we already have QT Marshall and his team in the ring. QT has a mic to say, “So WARJOE, huh? That’s how creative those two are? I mean, you take both your names and shorten them to put it together. War, Joe. War, Joe.” Fans chant for “WAR~ JOE!” and here they come! Will the Maestro of Mayhem and the Samoan Submission Specialist prove that a team by any other name would still kick major ass?
The teams sort out and QT sends Aaron Solo at Joe? Solo’s not even his tag partner! Joe TOSSES Solo, then QT and Comoroto attack! The ref rings the bell, Comoroto kicks Wardlow out but Joe isn’t bothered by QT’s haymakers. Wardlow drags Comoroto out, Joe atomic drops QT and BOOTS him down! SENTON! Wardlow smacks Comoroto off the apron, then CLUBS him down! Joe JABS and JABS and JABS away on QT to sit him down. Joe then drags QT up to the top rope, but Comoroto attacks! Joe CHOPS Comoroto! And CHOPS! And HEABUTTS! Comoroto falls out of the ring, but QT LEAPS! Only for Joe to walk out of the way.
Fans fire up and Joe tags Wardlow in! They mug QT, Wardlow uppercuts then RAMS QT, and repeat! Wardlow whips, QT KICKS back! Fans cheer for “WARD~LOW!” but QT says up theirs! But he turns around into a HEADBUTT! Wardlow then winds up to LARIAT QT down! QT flounders but tags Comoroto. Wardlow dodges to OVERHEAD Belly2Belly! And then OVERHEAD again! Wardlow clinches but Comoroto BELL CLAPS! Comoroto RAMS into Wardlow in the corner, then again and again! Comoroto lets off, scoops Wardlow, but Wardlow slips off, shoves and SPINEBUSTERS!
Tag to Joe and fans fire up! Joe gets Comoroto into the drop zone for Wardlow to SWANTON BOMB!! Fans are thunderous for the COQUINA CLUTCH!! Comoroto is OUT, WARJOE wins!
Winners: WARJOE, by submission
The match is over, but the fun’s just beginning! QT staggers in, Joe grabs him by the head and feeds him to Wardlow! POWERBOMB! Fans want that “ONE MORE TIME! ONE MORE TIME!” so WARJOE obliges! Joe feeds QT to Wardlow again, but here comes The Embassy! Prince Nana laughs as he leads Brian Cage, Bishop Kaun & Toa Liona out. Nana says, “Ladies and gentlemen, WARJOE!” Those guys are so disappointing, sticking their noses where it doesn’t belong: in Embassy business! Cage takes the mic to say they’re cutting the symphony crap off. No one wants to see that again. Fans boo in disagreement.
But Cage says no one wants to see WARJOE interfere when The Embassy had FTR right where they wanted them! Fans boo in disagreement again. Cage says in fact, is FTR even here? Cage hasn’t seen them. Knowing them, if it was up to Cage, he wouldn’t even let them into Canada! But wait! HERE’S FTR! The ROH, IWGP and AAA Tag Team Champions are in Toronto and Toronto is thunderous for them! Dax Harwood has a mic but he loves the raucous crowd here tonight. But see, there’s three Embassy, but WARJOE just had a hard ass night of work here! Dax can’t let them work Friday, too.
So FTR has the perfect partner for this match. He’s an Ontario native, and Rampage on Friday is what? Cash Wheeler does the math. Ten? TEN! TEN! Fans like where this is going! This is The Pinnacle, after all. SHAWN SPEARS is back! Fans fire up as the Perfect Ten, PERFECT10N, the Chair Man, the missing piece of The Pinnacle, makes his return to AEW! And he grabs Solo to feed him to FTR’s BIG RIG!! Fans fire up as the Embassy bails for now. Will the Pinnacle go on a Rampage and take down The Machine and the Gates of Agony?
Backstage interview with the Jericho Appreciation Society.
Tony Schiavone is with Matt Menard, Angelo Parker and of course, the ROH World Champion, Chris Jericho, ahead of the ROH World Championship main event. Parker tells Bryan Danielson, “You’re a piece of garbage. Man, I wish I could stand here and say everything that’s happened recently has been strictly business, but that would make me a liar. Bryan, you made this personally by constantly trying to poach Daniel Garcia. YOU made this personal when you broke up our happy family.”
Menard shouts at Garcia! Then he gets quiet as he asks, “Do you think this is fun for us? Do you think it was fun for us when we sent you a giant, steaming piece of humble pie? I PROMISE YOU… It hurt us a lot more than it hurt you.” Chris Jericho says Garcia is family to them. He’s a son to Menard & Parker and a little brother to Jericho. And Bryan, last week, you forced Jericho to have to hurt his little brother. Garcia hasn’t returned Jericho’s calls or texts and it is tearing Jericho apart. Jericho has said sports entertainers beat pro-wrestlers every time. Schiavone again says it’s more like “systematic cheating.” Oh, of course you would, Schiavone.
But tonight, Jericho vows to be The Lionheart, “the greatest wrestler to ever come out of Stu Hart’s Dungeon. I’m gonna out wrestle you, Danielson. I’m gonna out fight you, Danielson. And I’m gonna leave T-Ront still Ring of Jericho Champion. The Ring of Jericho Era has arrived. All Honor the Ocho.” Will Jericho keep his promise and play things like a pro-wrestler? Or will he be unable to hep himself and do things like a sports entertainer?
Swerve Strickland VS Billy Gunn w/ The Acclaimed!
“Whose House?” “SWERVE’S HOUSE!” At least, that’s what Swerve wants it to be. But he isn’t here about houses, scissors, rapping or anything fun like that. Swerve wants to BREAK Daddy Ass so he can get back at Max Caster, Anthony Bowens and those AEW World Tag Team Championships. But first, Platinum Max drops another diss track! “Acclaimed on the mic, I’m a beast with words. Billy Gunn about to beat down Sneaky Swerve! Yo, you gonna need a new nose. Have your face swollen, lookin’ blacker than Trudeau’s! You wear fake gold, you’re a poser. How you gonna be a hoe in a hoser? Got the whole place laughing at you. We put you on the ice like Austin Matthews!”
Bowens gets the mic to say, “TOOOORONTOOOOOO~! The Acclaimed… have arrived! SCISSOR ME, DADDY ASS!” And he does~! But will this be Daddy’s House? Or will Swerve be the rock that crushes his scissors?
The bell rings and fans sing, “OH~ SCISSOR ME, DADDY~!” Billy revels in it and Swerve says okay. Billy takes off the number one selling shirt to show off those abs! Billy and Swerve get in each other’s face and Swerve talks some trash. Swerve shoves Billy but Billy ROCKS him with a right! Billy bumps Swerve off buckles, then brings Swerve into a headlock. Swerve powers Billy to ropes, powers out of the hold, but Billy runs him over! Fans fire up and Billy shows off the Deep V! Things speed up, Billy hurdles and he runs Swerve over! Then Billy shows off more hip! Swerve is flustered, Billy whips him but Swerve goes up and out and elbows back.
Swerve slingshots in to dropkick a leg out! Swerve swaggers now while fans boo and AEW goes picture in picture.
Billy bails out, Swerve goes out and takes aim from around the way. Swerve runs up to CHOP BLOCK! Billy hobbles away, Swerve reels him back in to RAM him into steel steps! Swerve then drags Billy up with a fishhook to the face! The ref reprimands, Swerve lets off with a shove, then he puts Billy in the ring. Swerve covers, ONE!! Billy’s still got it but Swerve goes after a leg. Swerve has a unique toehold, he CLUBS Billy, and then he wraps Billy up with a chinbar so he can throw shots into the ribs. Swerve shifts to go for an arm, and he whips, but Billy reverses. Billy runs in but into a BOOT! Swerve goes up for a FLYING STOMP to the leg!
Billy goes down and Swerve smirks as he stalks Billy. Swerve drags Billy around by the bad leg to stand on it, and then SMASH the knee! Billy clutches his leg but Swerve mocks the singing. Swerve stomps Billy more, drags him around and gets the legs to go after the bad knee. Billy fights but Swerve pulls on the leg. Billy pulls hair to bring Swerve in for haymakers! Swerve lets go of the leg and Dynamite returns to single picture. Billy hobbles up but Swerve is after his leg. Swerve CLUBS the thigh, then he facelocks. But Billy suplexes first! Swerve slips out and shoves Billy out of the ring! Fans boo while Billy clutches his leg again.
Swerve aims, slingshots and KNEE DROPS Billy right there! Swerve taunts the fans and then gets in the ring. Billy hobbles, drags himself up and gets on the apron at 7 of 10. Swerve brings Billy in to throw body shots! Fans boo and Billy flops down onto the mat. Fans rally, “Let’s Go, Daddy!” but Swerve fishhooks Billy. Swerve runs but into a scoop and POWERSLAM! Billy is down again and Swerve drags himself to a corner. Fans fire up as Billy rises, and Swerve rushes in, into a LARIAT! And another! Billy suplexes to JACKHAMMER! Billy shows he’s still got it, and he drags Swerve back up. Billy tells Swerve… “SCISSOR IT!” Billy runs but Swerve dodges!
Swerve gets to another corner, runs back in, but he blocks a boot for a KNEE JAMMER! Billy hobbles, Swerve SOMERSAULT COMPLETE SHOTS! Fans boo but Swerve goes up the corner. Swerve says scissor this. KILL STOMPS!! Cover, TWO!?! Billy survives and Swerve can’t believe it! Fans fire up for Billy but Swerve aims from a corner. Billy rises, Swerve has a wily grin and he runs in, HOUSE- NO, Billy swats that away to roll Swerve, and then MILLION DOLLAR- NO, arm-drag to a cover, WITH ROPES! SWERVE STEALS THE WIN!!
Winner: Swerve Strickland, by pinfall
Fans boo but here come The Acclaimed! They didn’t like how Swerve did Daddy Ass dirty. They go to Billy’s side to check that leg but Swerve tells them all to “SUCK IT!” But The Acclaimed try to cheer Billy up. They… “HOLD ON A SECOND!” Really? Mark Sterling comes out with Tony Nese and another petition. Sterling sarcastically says, “Sorry, where you guys about to scissor in there? Yikes.” But that means they ignored his emails. They have a very important document here. This has been issued to them by the greatest country in the world, the UNITED STATES OF AMERICA!
Toronto boos but Sterling says this document says he now owns the term, “SCISSOR ME” in professional wrestling! That means The Acclaimed can no longer do the hand symbols, they can no longer say the words, “Scissor Me,” and they can no longer sell their shirts! Fans tell Sterling off but Sterling tells the “potty mouths” to quiet down. Wait, hey! They can’t do what they’re doing! The Acclaimed go to scissor finger, but Sterling says fine! Do it! Because when they do, Sterling can sue them so hard, they’ll be stuck in the courts for months and have to forfeit their titles! Sterling says he is willing to work with them on this, though. There are some ideas.
“But until then, folks… SCISSOR ME, DADDY NESE!” And they do scissor! They rub it all in our faces, but is Sterling implying The Acclaimed will have to put up the titles to get back their favorite catchphrase?
Backstage interview with MJF.
Alex Marvez notes that last week, we started seeing a different side to Maxwell Jacob Friedman. After his win against Wheeler Yuta, Yuta offered a handshake, and it appeared MJF actually seriously considered that offer. That is, until The Firm attacked. And it was rather curious seeing MJF interact with William Regal during that moment. Just what is happening? MJF wants to explain but Stokely steps in to say, “Max, we did it! We caught Yuta lacking and we put that boy to sleep!” MJF, “Hey, I get it, dude! This is great! The ol’ Dynamite trope, I’m in the middle of an interview and you interrupt me. That’s hysterical!” MJF is sure everyone else finds this so funny.
But y’know who doesn’t? Daddy MJF doesn’t. Now Daddy MJF is gonna have to put Stokely on timeout. Okay, bud? And by the way, strike two. Strike one was when The Firm got involved in MJF’s business when he didn’t ask them to. If Stokely does that again, strike three, MJF will have to fire him. “So now here’s what’s gonna happen. For job security purposes, what you should do is take your Carlton Banks wardrobe wearing ass outta my shot. Buh-bye. Buh-bye, thank you.” MJF then turns to Marvez to finish the interview. You wanna know about MJF and Regal? “The Villain, right? Willie, by British little buddy, in my world, you’re about as villainous as Mary Poppins.”
MJF and Regal have a dark past, one Regal probably doesn’t remember while he was up on his high horse. But MJF assures us, Regal does not want to be reminded of it, and MJF is not afraid to tell. And for Yuta, was MJF going to shake his hands? Quite frankly, MJF isn’t even sure. He’s been doing a lot of self-reflection this week, and he has come to terms with the fact that at a very young age, MJF had to learn the hard way that nice guys finish last. And he’s no idiot. He knows everyone in the back hates his guts, probably wants him dead, and that makes up a large number of the fans, too.
But guess what? You don’t have a clue what it’s like to be MJF, waking up every morning, splashing water in his face, looking in the mirror and knowing he has no choice but to be the bad guy! MJF has broken his hand many times punching his own reflection. So if you don’t like him, TOUGH SH*T! Cuz guess what? When MJF walks through the curtain, he doesn’t like himself either! But that is what it takes to be world champion, then by hook or by crook, he’ll do it. He is the man with the plan, the man with the chip, and the man… who is a generational talent. We may have in fact seen a new side to MJF. Will this be what MJF needs to become AEW World Champion?
AEW returns with Tony Schiavone in the ring.
Schiavone says, “We’re live on Dynamite, and I don’t mind telling ya, in front of the greatest wrestling fans in the world here in Toronto, Canada, but next week, we are live on a Tuesday night, and we will be live in Cincinnati with a world title bout between Jon Moxley and Hangman Adam Page. With that in mind, the AEW Champion of the World, Jon… Moxley!” The Maniac makes his entrance from the crowd like always and fans fire up as he goes to the ring. Schiavone says we are six days away from seeing Moxley defend the title in his hometown, and not just against anyone but against a former world champion in Hangman Page.
Moxley says, “After three years, DAMN it’s good to be in Toronto!” Toronto cheers to have him here, too! “And for much of that three years, I have been the AEW World Champion, and they have come from far and wide, in all shapes and sizes and styles, to try and knock me from off the top of the mountain. They want what I got, but they ain’t walked a mile in my shoes. See, being world champion ain’t all fun ‘n’ games, it ain’t easy. You got a target on your back, everybody wants something from you, your time, your energy. You live every day in physical pain.
“Everybody wants to see you fall, and while other guys get there and they can’t handle it, they crumble under the pressure and self-destruct, some faster than others… The world champion does not have the luxury of being anxious, does not have the luxury of fear or doubt or hesitation or second guesses. Being the world champion is a dirty, dirty job, and you gotta be ruthless and indiscriminate. But gaddamn, I love this job.” And that brings Moxley to “our boy, The Cowboy, Hangman Page.” But speaking of, here he comes! Fans fire up as Hangman gets some pyro as he makes his way out to the ring!
Hangman circles with Moxley and he holds his hand out. Moxley hands over the mic and Hangman says, “Whatever you have to say about me, I want you to say it to my face. No, no, actually… You said it all last week. You said you respected who I was in the ring, you said you respected me as a person. And I would be lying if I didn’t tell you that coming from you, that meant the world to me. Because I have watched you for these past three years. And I’ve come to respect who you are in the ring and who you are outside of it, too. You are a hell of a champion, a hell of a father, a hell of a husband.
“And there have been times in the past three years when I looked at you, and I saw the kind of man I wanted to be.” Fans notice MJF is in the VIP box, though, holding onto his chip. Hangman says MJF can watch all he wants but he better listen. “Last week, you shattered the illusions I had about you when you called me a ‘nice kid.’ Is that how you feel about me, huh? You think I’m a kid? After all the niceties, the compliments, you wanna call me a kid? Is that how you feel about me? Answer me, I’m asking you a question! Am I a kid to you?” Moxley says, “That’s exactly what I think about you.” MJF chuckles at that.
Moxley says Hangman isn’t the same guy who knocked him off a 20 foot ladder one year ago. Next week in Cincy, if Hangman gets the shot to take Mox out, Mox doesn’t think Hangman has it in him to pull the trigger. Hangman says Mox might be right. He isn’t the same guy he was this time last year. Hangman hesitated in May and it cost him the title. He went through the Trios Tournament with his best friends and he failed! He’s had to watch week after week as his friends seemingly disappear. Hangman’s old friends have disappeared. And for all that Hangman did, he is left with nothing!
So no, he’s not the same! He’s angry, frustrated, can’t sleep at night, depressed and anxious! The medicine isn’t working, but Hangman is still here because he is a MAN! He is 31 years old, a former world tag team champion, a former world champion. He’s watched family members be lowered into the ground, and he’s brought new life into this world, just like Moxley. Hangman is a husband, father, has been choked until his face turned blue, and has been beaten in that same face over and over, but he keeps coming back because he is a MAN, DAMMIT!! Hangman even punches himself a couple times to get the point across! MJF’s even enjoying popcorn now.
Hangman knows what he has to do in Cincy, and he doesn’t care if Moxley’s cousins are there, if Moxley’s sister is there, or if his mother’s there. Hangman will beat Moxley within an inch of his life to take back the thing he never should’ve let slip away. And look at Hangman now! He has nothing but a shot and his word. Well, that and a bloody bruise he gave himself. But Hangman says next Tuesday, he has his shot, he gives Moxley his word, and he vows to be the NEW AEW World Champion. MJF is loving where this is going. Hangman wipes the blood from his brow and wipes it on Moxley’s shirt to say that is his word. But fans chant for MJF as he leans in with the chip.
Hangman says unlike MJF, Hangman wanted to come out here to tell Moxley all that face to face, man to man. Hangman drops the mic and pushes past Moxley, but then turns around to look at Moxley as he paces. These two leave it at this, but will there be any stopping this war in Cincinnati?
AEW hears from Chris Jericho and Bryan Danielson.
The Wizard says, “In just one week, a sports entertainer took over the entire history of ROH, changed the narrative.” The American Dragon says, “I am honored to be considered one of the many, as one of THE BEST ROH World Champions of all time. It made me who I am today.” Jericho says Ali VS Frazier, Steamboat VS Flair, those are all trumped by Jericho VS Danielson. It has been five YEARS since Jericho has wrestled in his home country of Canada, and he expects nothing less than a hero’s welcome. Bryan shouts, “I lose battles, Chris Jericho, but I don’t lose the war!” Jericho will pillage the legend of Bryan Danielson, but Bryan vows to take the ROH title where it belongs and win this war.
ROH World Championship: Chris Jericho VS Bryan Danielson!
Surprisingly, Bobby Cruise is willing to make the introductions for this match given what Jericho did to him last time. But Jericho also vows to “pillage” and ruin the legacies of every great ROH World Champion on the list. Will he continue that blasphemous crusade against ROH? Or will #THEOCHO stop here in the tiebreaker round?
The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and the bell rings. The Code of Honor is offered by Jericho. Bryan kicks it away! Then he ducks the kick to roll Jericho up, TWO! Bryan EuroUppers, Jericho CHOPS, repeat! Bryan then HEADBUTTS, HEADBUTTS and HEADBUTTS! Bryan fires off body shots and knees against the ropes, then he whips. Jericho reverses but Bryan turns dropkick into a CATAPULT! Jericho goes up and out and falls to the floor! Fans fire up and Bryan builds speed to DIVE! Direct hit at the ramp! Bryan drags Jericho up and scoops him to SLAM him on the floor!
Fans finish singing Judas on their own since Jericho used his Lionheart theme. Bryan puts Jericho in the ring, but Jericho CHOPS back. Bryan HEADBUTTS then throws body shots in the corner. Bryan SOBATS, KICKS, and climbs up to rain down fists! Fans count along, Bryan gets all TEN in! But Jericho CHOPS again! And again! And again! Jericho climbs up to then rain down fists of his own! Jericho gets TEN, then he lets off. Bryan CHOPS back! And CHOPS, and CHOPS, and CHOPS! Bryan KICKS Jericho in the corner, CHOPS, but Jericho CHOPS and CHOPS and CHOPS! Jericho has Bryan in a corner, hoists him up top, and he CHOPS again!
Jericho climbs up, fans fire up, and Jericho throws more hands! Jericho gets all TEN, then SUPER STEINERS! Fans fire up as Jericho flexes and AEW goes picture in picture.
Jericho soaks up the cheers from Toronto while Bryan gets to ropes. Jericho storms up on Bryan, SLAPS him around, but Bryan trips Jericho up! Bryan ties up Jericho’s legs, KNEES him in the side, and then flexes on him. Bryan throws down more KNEES, then he fishhooks Jericho! The ref counts, Bryan lets off at 4 and reminds him he has until 5! Bryan then stands Jericho up, shoves him and RAMS into him, then shoves him to CLUB him on the back! Jericho falls to his knees, and Bryan KICKS him in the chest! And KICKS, and KICKS, and KICKS! Bryan fires off KICKS from both sides, then BUZZSAWS! Jericho falls over, Bryan covers, ROPEBREAK!
Bryan is annoyed but he drags Jericho up to shove and RAM into him again. And shove to CLUB him again! Jericho falls to his knees against ropes while Bryan soaks up the cheers. Bryan shouts out Jushin Thunder Liger with his pose, but Jericho CHOPS and CHOPS and CHOPS! Bryan CHOPS and KICKS in return! And SOBATS! Bryan scoops Jericho to SLAM him, then he covers, TWO! Bryan clamps on a rear bearhug to keep Jericho down. Jericho fights up, Bryan brings him around to HEADBUTT his back! Dynamite returns to single picture as Bryan shoves and CLUBS Jericho again! And then another shove, but Jericho ROCKS Bryan!
Jericho ROCKS, CHOPS and whips, but Bryan reverses. Jericho catches Bryan for a DDT! Bryan goes to the apron, Jericho triangle jump DROPKICKS him down! Fans fire up while Bryan goes to the floor. Jericho runs again, triangle jump PLANCHA! Fans fire up more and Jericho drags Bryan up to CHOP! And CHOP! And whip into railing! Jericho brings Bryan into the ring, climbs up the corner, and he blows a kiss to the fans. Jericho reaches the top, but Bryan trips Jericho up! Bryan throws hands while fans rally for “O~CHO! O~CHO!” Bryan climbs up to underhook the arms, for a BUTTERFLY SUPERPLEX! And then the LEBELL LOCK!!
Jericho endures, Bryan throws elbows into the ribs! Bryan goes back to the crossface, Jericho pries at the hold, and Menard futilely tries to push the ropes towards Jericho. Fans rally up, Jericho moves around and he rains down fists on Bryan! Jericho has the legs, for the WALLS OF JERICHO!! Fans are thunderous as Bryan endures now! Jericho sits deep on the Walls but Bryan grits his teeth. Bryan turns, slips through, grabs Jericho’s legs and pushes Jericho down! Bryan throws hands into the abs! And then forearms at Jericho’s face! Bryan drags Jericho by his legs, to steal THE WALLS OF JERICHO!!
Bryan sits deep and shouts “YES!” Fans are torn, “YES!” “NO!” but Jericho works to turn! Jericho tucks Bryan into a cradle, TWO!! Bryan ROUNDHOUSES Jericho down! Cover, TWO!! Jericho survives but Bryan keeps his cool. Bryan wags his finger but fans know, “This is Awesome!” Bryan steps over Jericho to hook him up, for HAMMER ‘N’ ANVIL ELBOWS! Fans duel, “YES!” “NO!” “YES!” “NO!” Jericho blocks the elbow to fireman’s carry, DEATH VALLEY DRIVER! Cover, TWO!! Jericho grits his teeth and goes to a corner. Jericho storms up to KICK Bryan down! Then LIONSAULT FLOPS as Bryan moves!
Bryan hurries up top and leaps, FLYING KNEE! Bryan resets on the other corner, for another FLYING KNEE! Fans are torn as Bryan goes up again. Jericho stands, but he CODE BREAKERS Bryan out of the air!! Cover, TWO!! Bryan survives and the JAS can’t believe it! Bryan and Jericho sits up and they throws hands. Bryan HEADBUTTS, Jericho throws more hands but Bryan throws more HEADBUTTS! They stand up, Jericho CHOPS but Bryan CHOPS! They CHOP back and forth, but Jericho backs Bryan to a corner. Jericho CHOPS, whips corner to corner, but Bryan goes up and over, ducks ‘n’ dodges, but so does Jericho!
Bryan ducks a Judas Effect! Jericho ducks the roundhouse! Jericho shoves Bryan into the ref!! The ref falls out of the ring, Bryan ducks another haymaker, DOUBLE LARIATS take both men down! Fans are thunderous but the JAS hurry to grab the ROH belt! Menard slides that in to Jericho, Jericho takes hold of it, is he going to be a sports entertainer in the end? Jericho aims as Bryan slowly rises, but Bryan stares Jericho down. Wait! Here comes DANIEL GARCIA! He snatches the title from Jericho! Fans are torn as Garcia tells Jericho to do this the right way. Jericho shoves Garcia, Garcia shoves back, Bryan BUSAIKU KNEES Jericho!!
But then Garcia CLOBBERS Bryan?!?! Fans are freaking out! Is Garcia still part of the JAS!? Menard & Parker get the ref in the ring, Jericho crawls to the cover, and Jericho wins!
Winner: Chris Jericho, by pinfall (still ROH World Champion)
The ROH Pure Champion stays loyal to the JAS and he hugs it out with Jericho! But here comes the BCC! Wheeler Yuta, Claudio Castagnoli and William Regal will not stand for this! They chase off the JAS, is this the end of the war? Or just another battle lost?
Backstage interview with Nyla Rose, Marina Shafir & Vickie Guerrero.
Renee is with The Vicious Vixens as they shine up the AEW TBS Championship, and Vickie makes sure Renee addresses Nyla as the AEW TBS Champion. But with all due respect, she isn’t actually champion yet. No need to worry about details, Renee. Cuz, isn’t she, though? Renee, this may be your first day on the job here, but possession is nine-tenths of the law. So to quote Stallone, “I AM the law!” But then in walks Anna Jay “A S.” Jay tells Nyla that she sees her parading with the belt, acting like it’s hers. Here’s an idea: Nyla should wrestle the sports entertainer, Anna Jay, this Friday on Rampage so that Jay can take the belt so she can show Nyla and Jade what a REAL champion looks like.
Vickie wants to discuss this but Nyla says no, it’s cool. Let’s remix this. So Anna Jay A S, show up on Friday, and Nyla will whoop that A S S. Will the Native Beast prove she can be a better fighting champion than Jade Cargill? Or will the UNDEFEATED and actual champion have something to say about this?
Toni Storm & Hikaru Shida VS Britt Baker & Jamie Hayter w/ Rebel!
A match meant to happen months ago finally happens in Toronto! The Lightning From Down Under & The Full Metal Warrior want to finally get some payback on The Doctor and her assistants, will they find such satisfaction here tonight? Or will Britt & Hayter earn themselves some golden opportunities against the Interim AEW Women’s World Champion and the now DUAL Regina de Wave and International Ribbon Tag Team Champion?
The teams sort out and Hayter starts against Shida. Hayter waves to Storm but Shida calls out Britt. Hayter shoves Shida, so Shida ties up with Hayter. They go around, fans rally for Hayter, but Shida shoves her down! Shida wants Britt, so Britt reaches out. Hayter reaches out, only to sucker punch Shida! They’re not gonna give Shida what she wants, and Hayter CLUBS Shida. Hayter ROCKS Shida, then sings, “O~ CANADA!” Hayter CHOPS, whips, but Shida shoots around, redirects and DROPKICKS Hayter down! Fans fire up and Shida puts Hayter in the corner. Tag to Storm and she fires off on Hayter!
Storm wrenches a pigtail to CLUB away on Hayter’s back! Fans fire up, the ref reprimands the hair pulling, so Storm lets Hayter go. Storm runs, BOOTS Hayter down, then drags her up to whip her into a corner. Storm runs in to UPPERCUT, then she trips Hayter up. Storm goes corner to corner but Britt anchors Storm! Fans boo but Hayter BOOTS Storm down! Fans like Hayter and cheer as she stomps and CLUBS away on Storm, and Dynamite goes picture in picture.
Hayter dusts off her hands, snap suplexes Storm and covers, TWO! Britt says Hayter’s so good, and Hayter drags Storm up. Hayter bumps Storm off buckles, tags in Britt, and Britt digs her boots into Storm! Hayter sucker punches Shida, Britt lets off and Britt pulls Storm into the post! Britt pulls and pulls but the ref counts. Britt lets off to argue with the ref, and so does Rebel, but Britt slides in to keep Storm from Shida. Britt taunts Shida, then tags in Hayter. They mug Storm, Hayter stomps a mudhole in, but the ref counts. Hayter lets off to then DECK Shida! Shida is furious and the ref reprimands, but Hayter just distracts so Britt can get a shot in.
Hayter runs in to CHOKE Storm while the ref is busy with Shida now. Hayter drags Storm up, whips her to ropes and runs her over! Hayter kicks Storm around, keeps between her and Shida, then wraps on a chinlock. Storm endures as Hayter thrashes her around and leans on the hold. Storm endures, fights back up, and she throws body shots. Hayter throws Storm by her hair! Hayter “apologizes” to the ref, then she CLUBS Storm. Storm ROCKS Hayter, Hayter ROCKS Storm, they go back and forth and then wobble. Hayter swings but Storm ducks to hit a NECKBREAKER! Hayter crawls over, Dynamite returns to single picture, hot tags to Britt and Shida!
Shida runs in, Britt ducks ‘n’ dodges and ripcords, but Shida blocks the rolling elbow! Shida knuckle locks to fire off forearm after forearm! Fans fire up as Shida whips and KNEES Britt down! Britt goes to a corner, Shida storms over to climb up and rain down fists! Fans count all the way to TEN, but Hayter grabs Shida! Shida CLUBS Hayter, to SUPERPLEX her in! But Britt kicks Shida, only for Shida to slip out of the fisherman, to suplex Britt onto Hayter! Fans fire up as Shida goes out to climb the ropes, for the SPRINGBOARD METEORA! Cover, TWO!! Britt survives but Shida keeps her focus.
Fans fire up as Shida aims, KATAN- NO! Britt blocks, Hayter reels Shida in, IRISH CURSE BACKBREAKER! Storm runs in, swings but into a clinch! IRISH- NO, Storm wheelbarrows into a BULLDOG! Britt runs in, spins Storm and fisherman’s, FISHERMAN SCREW! Rebel gives Britt the glove! Fans fire up but Shida ROCKS Britt first! Shida ROCKS Hayter, ROCKS Britt, repeat! Shida runs, but into DOUBLE SUPERKICKS! Hayter runs to SLIDING LARIAT! Britt runs to CURB STOMP! Cover, but Storm breaks it in time!! Fans fire up, Hayter whips but Storm reverses to toss Hayter! Britt ROCKS Storm, but swings into a TORNADO DDT!
Shida hits the SLIDING ELBOW! Shida feeds Britt to Storm’s STORM ZERO PILEDRIVER! Storm drags Britt for Shida to cover, but Hayter barrels in to break it! Fans fire up and Hayter fires up! Hayter drags Storm up but gets a HEADBUTT! Shida goes up to FLYING ENZIGURI on Hayter! Storm goes out to TORNADO DDT Hayter to the floor! Shida brings Britt up, “This is Awesome!” FALCON- CRADLE! TWO!! Britt hurries to clamp onto the RINGS OF SATURN! LOCKJAW but Shida rolls it up! TWO!! Britt is furious, but Shida spins her to ROCK her! And then reels her in, FALCON ARROW!! Cover, but Britt flips it! TWO, Shida sits on it! TWO!!
They roll and roll, Shida has the cradle! SHIDA & STORM WIN!
Winners: Toni Storm & Hikaru Shida, by pinfall
The former AEW Women’s World Champion snatches this away from another former AEW Women’s World Champion! Will this earn Shida a shot at the Interim title? Or will she have to keep on fighting for that opportunity?
The Butcher & The Blade speak.
Andy Williams shouts, “Hey, Claudio! Hey, Mox! You crumbs! You tried to make Rush look bad by throwing around his kids.” Braxton Sutter says, “News flash, slick: good luck on Rampage this Friday when you’re in there with a couple of real men! The Butcher & The Blade, we kick ass!” Then they both shot, “FIGHT US!” back and forth. Bunny steps in to bite at the camera. Will the mercenaries of LFI take out the Blackpool Combat Club? Or will they be the ones taken out?
AEW All-Atlantic Championship: PAC VS Orange Cassidy!
The Bastard is still AEW’s first and only Double Champion, but through nefarious means each and every title match. He thought he hammered Orange Cassidy out of commission, but Freshly Squeezed is back for revenge! Will Cassidy be the one beating Pac to a pulp? Or will it be hammer time once again?
The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and Dynamite in Toronto has an explosive main event!
The bell rings, Pac dodges an Orange Punch! Pac SOBATS, KICKS, SOBATS again, then runs and SHOTGUNS Cassidy down! Pac roars, fans are torn, but Cassidy fires off forearms! Pac shoves Cassidy away to UPPERCUT him in the corner. Pac whips corner to corner, runs in and BOOTS Cassidy! Fans rally for “FRESHLY SQUEEZED!” but Pac taunts the fans to keep going. Pac brings Cassidy up, puts Cassidy’s hands in his pockets for him, and then mocks Cassidy with “devastating” shin kicks! Cassidy sighs, but Pac “powers up,” and “powers up,” more, but Cassidy SHOTGUNS him! And no-hands kips up!
Pac bails out, Cassidy builds speed and DIVES! But Pac catches him!? And turns that into a FALCON ARROW to the floor! Fans fire up and lose their minds while Pac blows snot on Cassidy. Pac pretends he can’t hear the fans while AEW goes picture in picture.
Pac paces while the ring count climbs. Pac drags Cassidy up, brings him around, and he grins as he RAMS Cassidy into railing! Pac BOOTS Cassidy, drags him up and then brings Cassidy around to put him in the ring. Pac stalks Cassidy, circles like the shark he is, and he BOOTS Cassidy down! Pac dares Cassidy to get up, and Cassidy sits up, into a mule kick! Cassidy sits up again, kicks feebly, but Pac just eggs everyone on. Pac stomps away on Cassidy, then drags him out of the ring to drop him on the floor. The ref reprimands but Pac drags Cassidy even further away! They go all the way up the ramp!
The ref hurries after them as they just about reach the stage. The ref reprimands, but Pac drags Cassidy up to scoop and TOMBSTONE PILEDRIVER to the ramp!! Pac talks trash in Cassidy’s face, then tells the ref to go back to the ring already. The Bastard leaves Cassidy behind, wanting a ring count to start. The ref argues with Pac, but Cassidy is stirring as the count begins. Dynamite returns to single picture, fans rally for Cassidy, but he’s so far away! Cassidy rolls down the ramp! Genius! Cassidy is already back to ringside, and he flounders the rest of the way! We’re past 5 of 10, we’re at 7, and Cassidy staggers and falls at 8!
The count is 9, but Cassidy surges in at 9.99!! Pac puts on the BRUTALIZER!! Cassidy kicks and flails, he starts fading, but then a second wind helps Cassidy fight his way around to the ROPEBREAK! The ref counts, Pac holds until 4! Pac is frustrated but the ref tells him to respect his authority. Pac cools off and he slides back out to go tot he timekeeper’s table. The ref intercepts him and tells him, “Not today!” We’ve seen this three times already, the ref knows to watch Pac. But Cassidy DIVES to take out Pac! And then again to DIVE for a TORNADO DDT!! Pac is bent and Cassidy puts him in! Cassidy runs, tilt-o-whirls, and DDTs!!
Fans are thunderous as Cassidy kips up, to ORANGE PUNCH!! Cover, TWO!?!? Pac survives impact after impact and Cassidy is beside himself! Fans rally, Cassidy goes to a corner and he goes up. “This is Awesome!” as Cassidy reaches the top. Cassidy watches Pac slow roll out to the apron, and Cassidy smirks. It’s a very Cassidy thing to do. Cassidy nods and adjusts, and he still leaps! But into a BOOT! Pac reels Cassidy in, but Cassidy turns that to an APRON BEACH BREAK!! Cassidy pushes Pac into the ring, he throws off the elbow pad, and fans fire up! Pac stands, for the ORANGE- NO, Pac ducks under to fireman’s carry! NORTHERN LIGHTS!
But Pac doesn’t cover, he wrenches to a BRUTALIZER!!! Cassidy endures as Pac pulls him back! Cassidy pushes through, rolls and gets the ROPEBREAK! The ref counts, Pac lets off in 4 and is even more frustrated. Pac has a bloody ear somehow, but he ignores that to go out. And he goes for the hammer! But then someone grabs Pac! Disguised as part of the ring staff, it’s DANHAUSEN~! The Very Nice, Very Evil Overlord is making sure this is fair and square! But he does… CURSE PAC!! Pac DECKS Danhausen! Pac blows snot at him, too! But then the ref gets in Pac’s face! Fans fire up as the ref tells Pac the law, so Pac hands the hammer over.
But while the ref puts that hammer back, Pac grabs a spare hammer from under the ring!! Pac aims at Cassidy, fans boo, but Cassidy RIGHT HOOKS first!! Cassidy grabs the hammer, the ref tells him not to do this, and Cassidy roars in anger. Cassidy grits his teeth, but he hands the hammer over. But Pac rolls Cassidy up! TWO!! Cassidy dodges to ORANGE PUNCH!! Cassidy is seething and fans are thunderous again! Cassidy reloads in the corner, roars with all his might, ORANGE PUNCH!!!! Cover, Cassidy wins!!
Winner: Orange Cassidy, by pinfall (NEW AEW All-Atlantic Champion)
The Bastard tried his nasty tricks, but they all backfired! We have a Freshly Squeezed champion, and that is Orange Cassidy! Orange confetti flies as the Best Friends get in the ring. They all HUG! GOT to give the people what they want! Will Cassidy take this, his first title in AEW, to new heights?
A great episode for AEW here, great first time in Canada for them, and some great stuff set up for the weeks to come. Great main event for the All-Atlantic Championship, but I was rather surprised it was the main event with the ROH title also on the card. But I suppose if there was going to be a new champ crowned, it works to make that celebration be the closing moment so fans finish Dynamite happy. And now, as I’ve been saying, I see Cassidy VS Ethan Page happening for this title, after we see Ethan VS Kassidy. That is an interesting way to riff on the “poaching” stories, and I’m not really sure which way that match will go, either result could be a lot of fun.
Speaking of the ROH title, again surprised that wasn’t the main, but again, probably didn’t wanna leave fans feeling sour. The match itself was awesome, but I was very disappointed that they had Garcia go back to JAS. Feels like a missed opportunity like with Britt VS Hayter but whatever, I suppose this keeps the lines clear in BCC VS JAS. If we get Garcia VS Bryan again, that’s fine, that’d be an awesome ROH Pure Championship match to see what these two can do under those rules. Who knows who faces Jericho next, though I’ve said who is still out there to face that I’d wanna see. There’s a lot of possibilities going to Full Gear, so who knows.
Great to see Renee showing up, she already had great interview promos with the various stars tonight. Great bit from Nyla and Anna Jay, that will be a fun match but I think Jade will show up to snatch the belt back. Somehow, someway, we get Jade VS Nyla for Full Gear. Good opening with Christian for him to get Heel heat with Toronto, and an awesome match from Jungle Boy and Luchasaurus. But of course Christian interferes to help Luchasaurus win. JB VS Christian will have to wait for Full Gear at earliest because of Christian’s legit arm injury, but when that finally happens, it’ll be a great one.
WARJOE is now a thing, so that’s cool. Of course they beat The Factory, and of course The Embassy starts trouble. And of course FTR shows up to put a stop to that. But what a great surprise that Shawn Spears is back! The Pinnacle minus MJF is all Face, and they’re going to have a great match against The Embassy for Rampage. It could go either way, but since FTR already beat the Gates of Agony, I feel like Pinnacle wins to get past them once and for all. Great stuff out of Billy VS Swerve, including Caster’s rap. But of course Swerve cheats to win as he is the Heel in all this. I just can’t believe Sterling’s gone from MJF’s attorney to frivolous lawsuits to trademark squatting. That titles VS trademark is totally happening, though.
Great tag match from Storm & Shida VS Britt & Hayter. Great win for Shida to get her back into the AEW Women’s title conversation. She’s already got two belts, I don’t think she’ll get the AEW title as a third, but she would give Storm one hell of a match. I still think Full Gear should be Storm VS Hayter for some real hot stuff, all it takes is Hayter getting another win in the next couple weeks to be #1 contender (not that AEW’s own site has updated in weeks). And it’ll definitely be Hayter, not Britt, as Britt might be reserved as Saraya’s opponent for Saraya’s highly anticipated return to in-ring action, assuming Saraya gets cleared in time for Full Gear.
And we got some just incredible promos tonight! MJF putting Stokely in his place and then sharing all that about his self-esteem, that was wild stuff. And then we got great promos from Moxley and Hangman to hype up their title match next week. Hangman’s was stronger, but I just don’t see Moxley losing the title in his hometown. But at the same time, I don’t think it matters which one wins, MJF could/should totally cash in, just to see how fans will react. Fans might compel MJF to go Face, he’s already walking that line. And should MJF get that belt, then it works that Full Gear will be in New Jersey, which isn’t too far from New York, so it’ll practically be a home game for MJF when he takes on Mox, Hangman or both.
My Score: 8.8/10
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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