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Mitchell’s AEW Dynamite Results & Report! (10/18/22)

It’s Tuesday night, and you know what that means!

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AEW Year 4

TUESDAY Night Dynamite is loaded!

There are FOUR different championships on the line for this special Tuesday Night Dynamite! How will the landscape in AEW change on this golden night?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • AEW World Trios Championships: Death Triangle VS Best Friends; win(s) and
  • Interim AEW Women’s World Championship: Toni Storm VS Hikaru Shida; Storm wins and retains the title.
  • ROH World Championship: Chris Jericho w/ Jake Hager VS Dalton Castle w/ The Boys; Jericho wins and retains the title.
  • AEW World Championship: Jon Moxley VS Hangman Page; Moxley wins and retains the title.

PLAY BY PLAY

AEW World Trios Championships: Death Triangle VS Best Friends!

The Bastard is no longer AEW’s one and only double champion as he lost the AEW All-Atlantic Championship to Orange Cassidy. And Cassidy said that was just the start! Will he become the Freshly Squeezed Double Champion when he and his Best Friends, Chuck Taylor & Trent Beretta, win the trios titles? Or will Pac, Rey Fenix & Penta El Zero Miedo make sure that never happens?

The introductions are made, the trios titles are raised, and #TitleTuesday starts with a grudge match!

The teams sort out, Pac starts with Trent, and at the bell, Pac rushes in but BOOTS Cassidy! Chuck checks Cassidy while Trent rolls Pac up, TWO! Pac’s rage almost got him! Trent headlocks, Pac powers out but Trent runs him over! Things speed up, Pac hurdles and runs but Trent drops. Trent hurdles, Pac leaps, and Trent LARIATS Pac down! Fans fire up while Pac scrambles away. Tag to Penta, he SUPERKICKS Trent! Chuck tags in but so does Fenix! The Lucha Brothers shove Chuck to a corner, Penta GAMANGIRIS and Fenix somersault FOREARMS! Trent whips Fenix out but Fenix lands on the apron! Penta gets Trent, MONKEY FLIP ENZIGURI COMBO!

Fans fire up as both Best Friends are down! Fenix goes up to SWANTON Chuck! Cover, TWO! The Kentucky Gentleman is still in this but Fenix keeps him down with elbow drops. Penta brings Chuck around, Fenix goes up, but Trent CLUBS Penta! Fenix jumps down to shove and ROCK Trent, then CHOP him! Fenix ROCKS Trent again, goes up, but Chuck CLUBS Fenix to get a crucifix! ALLEY-OOP SPINEBUSTER! Chuck tags in Cassidy! Best Friends stand Fenix up and Cassidy climbs up, but Pac pulls him down! Penta KICKS Trent’s leg, Fenix ROCKS Chuck! Death Triangle sends Best Friends out, and they say, “CERO! MIEDO!”

Everyone builds speed to TRIPLE TOPE!! Direct hit on all the Best Friends and Cincinnati is fired up! Death Triangle puts Cassidy in, coordinate, and Pac keeps Cassidy down with a knee. It’s a choke, the ref counts, and Pac lets off. Pac KICKS Cassidy down, drops a knee, then digs his knee in again. The ref counts, Pac lets off but fans rally up. Pac sits Cassidy up, tags Penta, and Death Triangle set up. Pac KICKS Cassidy, Fenix KICKS Cassidy, and then Penta KICKS Cassidy! Then TRIPLE BASEMENT DROPKICK! Fans fire up and Fenix drags Cassidy up. Fenix brings Cassidy over, and CHOPS! The fans are stinging from that AEW goes picture in picture.

Fenix CHOPS Cassidy again, tags Pac in, and then Fenix CHOPS Cassidy again! Pac brings Cassidy up, he encourages the fans to rally up, and Pac winds up, to snapmare. Pac trolls the fans and wraps on a chinlock to grind Cassidy down. Cassidy endures, kicks around, fights the hold, but Pac stomps him down! Pac stands Cassidy up in a corner and puts him up top. Pac riles up the fans, climbs up after Cassidy, but Chuck yanks him down! Pac ELBOWS Chuck, then he goes after Cassidy again. Trent gets in to CLUB Pac and climb up after him! Pac throws elbows on Trent now, and Trent staggers away. The Lucha Brothers rush in but Best Friends DECK them!

Both Chuck & Trent climb up after Pac now, but then Fenix & Penta CLUB and KICK them! The Lucha Brothers grab Best Friends, Pac still has Cassidy, DOUBLE POWERBOMB AND SUPERPLEX IN STEREO!! All six men are down and Cincy is giving a standing ovation! The ref checks the legal men, Pac and Cassidy are okay to continue so a standing count starts. Pac sits up first and stands at 5 of 10. Pac snarls, he looms over Cassidy, and he dares Cassidy to get up. Cassidy crawls to a corner and he eggs Pac on now. Pac grabs at Cassidy, drags him up by his hair, and stares Cassidy dead in the eye.

Dynamite returns to single picture and Pac SOBATS! And KICKS! And SOBATS again! Pac reels Cassidy in, suplexes, but Cassidy hits STUN-DOG MILLIONAIRE! Penta runs in to SLINGBLADE Cassidy! Penta runs at Chuck but gets a Sexy Chucky Knee! Fenix springboards to FLYING ARM-DRAG Chuck, and DOUBLE STOMP! Trent kicks Fenix, puts him in a corner, and hits a TORNADO DDT! Fans fire up as Trent fires up, but Pac KNEES Trent low! Pac whips Trent, Trent reverses but Pac falls to the floor! The Lucha Brothers DOUBLE SUPERKICK Trent down! Cassidy ducks their clotheslines to DOUBLE- NO, the rana is blocked!

Pac returns as The Lucha Brothers hold Cassidy up, Pac DROPKICKS Cassidy in that Tree of Woe style position! Chuck returns but Fenix DECKS him! The ref reprimands, this is to be 1v1, but Death Triangle drags Cassidy and rolls him into a wheelbarrow with Pac. Penta runs, CODE BREAKER and then DOUBLE STOMP from Fenix, into a GERMAN SUPLEX from Pac! Bridging cover, Best Friends break it in time!! Fans fire up and Fenix KICKS Chuck out of the ring. Penta throws Trent out, slides out, but Trent ROCKS Penta! Fenix goes out after Chuck to throw hands, but Chuck POSTS Fenix! Pac has Cassidy in a drop zone and climbs up!

Cassidy rolls away as Pac leaps so Pac lands on his feet. Trent ROCKS Pac, Chuck kicks, and then they hit SOLE FOOD HALF ‘N’ HALF! Pac flounders, Penta tags in, but he runs into a kick from Chuck, STUFFED PILEDRIVER, and a feed to Trent’s STALLING PILEDRIVER! Fans fire up and Best Friends coordinate, for a HUG! You GOT to give the people what they want! Trent & Chuck drag Penta up into the hammock position and Cassidy climbs up, HAMMOCK SPLASH!! Cover, Pac stomps it apart! Pac kicks Chuck, KICKS Trent, then stomps Trent down! Pac stomps Cassidy, stomps Chuck, then snarls as he paces.

Pac helps Penta to the corner and he tags in. Pac then grabs the bell hammer! Fans boo as Pac gets in the ring, but Fenix stops Pac! Fenix says they don’t need to win like this! Fenix takes the hammer away, and Cassidy rolls Pac up! TWO!!! Cassidy rushes in, Pac sidesteps to SNAP GERMAN! But Cassidy is up on his feet! ORANGE PUNCH!! Both men are down and fans are thunderous! Hot tags to Trent and Penta! Penta GAMANGIRIS Trent, then has Pac set up! STEP-UP DE- NO! Trent blocks the Destroyer, tucks Penta in, and Chuck is up top! STRONG ZERO!! Cover, Fenix breaks it in time!!!

Chuck whips Fenix to a corner, runs in but into a SUPERKICK! Fenix somersaults, DOUBLE CUTTER for Best Friends! “This is Awesome!” as Penta and Fenix coordinate. Penta tags Fenix in, Fenix springboards at Trent, but Trent gets under! Fenix Tiger Feints to HEEL KICK! Fireman’s carry, Fenix throws some knees, BLACK FIRE DRIVER! Cover, Death Triangle wins!

Winners: Death Triangle, by pinfall (still AEW World Trios Champions)

Fenix got The Bastard to do this the right way, and it worked out in the end! Pac apologizes and they celebrate together, will the Death Triangle be stronger than ever now?

 

AEW hears from Jon Moxley and Hangman Adam Page.

The Blue Eyed Battler says, “There is a sense of accomplishment coming back to Cincinnati, I left here with nothing. To come back as kind of a conqueror, there is a sense of satisfaction.” The Cowboy says he and Moxley have been in AEW three years now, “and in three years, I think we’ve beaten just about everyone there is to beat, except for each other. Last year in the Casino Ladder Match, at the end of the match, me and Moxley were on top of the ladder. Punches back and forth and back and forth, and who broke first? It wasn’t me.” Moxley says, “There is no man on this planet that is gonna walk into my home, my city, my home arena, and take anything outta my house. No effing way.”

Hangman says that title is Moxley’s, but the 18th is going to be his night. Angry, frustrated, battered and beaten, the Cowboy keeps coming back. But is this the Cowboy’s Comeback in the Maniac’s backyard?

 

Backstage interview with Britt Baker and friends.

Tony Schiavone says Toni Storm defends the Interim AEW Women’s World Championship against Hikaru Shida tonight, but The Doctor and her sidekicks are interested in watching that match. Britt says, “Interested? Mildly. ‘Extremely disgusted’ would be the right word, Tony, that Jamie Hayter or myself are not the current Interim Women’s World Champion.” Hayter says, “Mark our words: by the end of 2022, one of us will be Interim AEW Women’s World Champion.” Actually, jump ahead. One of them will be THE AEW Women’s World Champion, but that’s a whole ‘nother story. “Toni Time is over! Shida later!” Yours Truly, Dr. Britt Baker, DMD.

 

Interim AEW Women’s World Championship: Toni Storm VS Hikaru Shida!

Baker and Hayter aside, the Lightning From Down Under VS The Shining Samurai is a match ten YEARS in the making! They first faced off in Japan, and we saw them team up just last week, and now we see this clash come to AEW! Will Toni Time keep on keeping on? Or will Shida add a THIRD belt to her collection?

The introductions are made, the AEW title is raised, and interim or not, we see what it takes to reign in AEW!

The bell rings, fans rally up and the two shake hands to show there is respect here. Storm and Shida circle, fans duel, and the two tie up. Shida powers Storm to a corner, the ref counts, and Shida lets off fast. Storm and Shida reset as the dueling gets louder, and the two tie up again. Storm headlocks, Shida throws body shots but Storm hits a headlock takeover. Shida headscissors, Storm moves around to hop and pop free to then get a headlock again. Shida fights up, throws body shots, and powers out, only for Storm to run her over! Storm speeds things up, rolls and kicks Shida, then whips. Shida slips around, runs again and DROPKICKS Storm down!

Fans fire up with Shida, she goes out and climbs the ropes. Storm DECKS Shida first! Storm then runs to HIP ATTACK Shida to the floor! Fans fire up for that Sweet Hip Music as AEW goes picture in picture.

Storm drags Shida up and RAMS her into the apron! Storm puts Shida in, storms up on her, and stomps her around. Shida throws body shots but Storm ROCKS Shida with forearms. Shida shoves, Storm kicks low, and then Storm drags Shida up to wrench the hair! Shida pulls hair, Storm CLUBS her to a corner, and then Storm stomps away. Storm drags Shida up, wrenches the hair again, and Storm THROWS Shida to a corner! Storm storms up on Shida, drags her up and wrenches the hair again, to TOSS Shida across the way! Cover, TWO! Storm clamps onto Shida and pulls the arms back for a grounded motorcycle stretch!

Shida endures, moves around, reaches out with a foot, but Storm pulls on the arms for a proper motorcycle stretch. Shida fights up to her feet, turns things around, but Storm turns it back around! Storm makes Shida take a knee, then she shifts to a chinlock to grind Shida to the mat. Shida moves and gets the ROPEBREAK! The ref counts, Storm lets off but Storm gives Shida some toying kicks. Storm drags Shida up, for a HALF HATCH SUPLEX! Cover, TWO! Storm is annoyed but she drags Shida up. Shida throws body shots but Storm CLUBS her. Shida throws forearms, Storm throws them back, and Dynamite returns to single picture.

Shida gets the edge with a flurry of forearms and fans fire up! Shida runs, but Storm kicks low! Storm runs, but into a RANA! Fans fire up and Shida runs in, blocks the lariat and ROCKS Storm! Shida whips and KNEES down Storm! Fans fire up as Storm goes to a corner, and Shida climbs up to rain down fists! Shida goes all the way to TEN, and then pushes Storm out. Shida adjusts and jumps, MISSILE DROPKICK! Cover, TWO! Shida hurries to reel Storm in but Storm wrenches out to fire a forearm! Shida gives it back, they go back and forth, and fans rally with each shot! Storm HEADBUTTS but Shida ENZIGURIS! Both women are down and fans love it!

A standing count starts but Shida grits her teeth as she goes to a corner. Shida goes out to the apron and fans rally up. Shida climbs, but Storm CHOPS her first! Storm climbs up and brings Shida up. Storm has a gut wrench but Shida fights free. Shida HEADBUTTS and HEADBUTTS and HEADBUTTS! Storm falls back, Shida adjusts, METEORA! Shida drags Storm up to gut wrench and DOMINATOR! Cover, TWO!! Storm survives but Shida roars as she resets! Shida suplexes but Storm slips out! Storm waistlocks, Shida switches and shoves to then go to the corner, VENUS SHOOT misses! GERMAN SUPLEX!

Shida ends up in a corner and Storm runs in, SWEET HIP MUSIC! Storm drags Shida up, fans duel as Storm TORNADO- NO, Shida blocks the DDT! Shida suplexes, FALCON ARROW! Cover, TWO!! Storm survives as Shida couldn’t get it all, but Shida still has more to give! KATA- NO, Storm ROCKS Shida first! Storm reels Shida in, but Shida back drops free! Storm sunset flips Shida, ONE as Shida has the PRAWN HOLD! TWO!!! Storm escapes, blocks the Tamashi and GERMAN SUPLEXES! Bridging cover, TWO!! But Storm holds on, brings Shida up again, but Shida throws elbows to fight free!

Shida runs, Storm ROCKS Shida and hits the TORNADO DDT with the ropes! Storm hauls Shida up, STORM ZERO!! Cover, Storm wins!

Winner: Toni Storm, by pinfall (still Interim AEW Women’s World Champion)

But here come Hayter & Rebel! Hayter stomps Storm down! Rebel has a crutch, and here comes Britt from the stage! They’re ruining the celebration, especially with Britt wearing a Steelers jersey in Cincy! Britt swaggers her way to the ring while Hayter and Rebel stomp away, but wait! Here comes SARAYA! She runs down and Britt dares her to do something! So Saraya CLOBBERS Britt! Saraya fires off hands, Britt hits back, they brawl while Rebel CRACKS Storm with that crutch! But Saraya brings Britt along to TOSS her over the railing!! Hayter hurries to help Britt, but here comes RIHO!!

Fans fire up as the former AEW Women’s World Champion rushes in! Riho dodges the crutch swing to SHOTGUN Rebel! Hayter runs in but Riho dumps her out! Riho goes up top, and SUPER CROSSBODIES Hayter down! Fans are thunderous as Riho saves Storm and helps her up. Storm hugs Riho in thanks, will Riho earn herself some Toni Time down the line? And just where have Britt and Saraya ended up brawling to the back?

 

WARJOE speaks!

In response to The Embassy’s attacks and the arrival of The Kingdom, the AEW TNT Champion, Wardlow, says he has “zero tolerance for disrespect. So now that you have, we get to teach you a lesson. And we can do it however you want: collectively, individually; either way, we are going to physically hurt you.” The ROH World Television Champion, Samoa Joe, dares them to “pick a championship. Your choice. I know right now you’re thinking to yourselves, ‘This is a golden opportunity.’ That cackling bird walking around ringside, she’s telling you, ‘Boys, this is our shot!'”

But Joe will explain to them what this really is: they are two men who have six million ways to die, and they still chose the wrong ones. Will the arrival of Maria Kanellis, Mike Bennett & Matt Taven soon turn into the departure of The Kingdom?

 

Backstage interview with FTR.

Renee Paquette is with Cash Wheeler & Dax Harwood, and what an insane 2022 they’d had so far! The AAA World Tag Team Championships, the IWGP Heavyweight Tag Team Championships and even the ROH World Tag Team Championships, and they are still #1 contenders to the AEW World Tag Team Championships. When are they planning on adding to the collection? Dax knows they and Renee go way back, and for the better part of a decade, Cash & Dax have been wanting to become the Greatest Tag Team of All Time. Now, Dax doesn’t know if they’ll ever truly reach that goal, but 2022 is a great starting point.

Yes, they are the ROH, IWGP and AAA World Tag Team Champions, but coming with that is a big target on their backs. So whether it’s AAA’s Dragon Lee & Dralístico, ROH’s Gates of Agony, or even last week, the return of ROH’s The Kingdom! They’re all gunning for tag titles, that huge target is even bigger. But ultimately, targets or not, FTR want those fourth belts, the AEW World Tag Team Championships. Cash says they’ve had the best year of their careers, a dream year, but at the end of the day, they have to have those AEW titles back. They have to become two-time AEW World Tag Team Champions, or they just can’t live with themselves.

Right now, they are the rightful #1 contenders, so- Wait, in walk Swerve In Our Glory, Swerve Strickland & Keith Lee. Swerve says, while munching on a Crunch bar, “I know y’all ain’t talking about #1 contendership up in whose house?” “SWERVE’S HOUSE!” But first of all, Swerve knows FTR has been putting their priorities in every other company but AEW, and now they wanna make claims? Six to seven months now, they’ve been #1 contenders, and now they wanna come at AEW? No, Swerve & Keith deserve that spot, not FTR. Keith speaks up, frustrated with Swerve talking. For once, Keith apologizes for Swerve.

And for once, the past few weeks, Keith actually agrees with Swerve. They do deserve a shot. FTR also agrees, Dax has respect for both Keith & Swerve. So if they want the shot at the AEW World Tag titles, then next week, Norfolk, Virginia, for the first time ever, FTR VS Swerve In Our Glory, to name THE #1 Contenders. Keith says, “Indubitably.” Fans cheer and Swerve can’t even! But FTR says this is their house, bitch! Will the #TopGuys stay on top of the AEW Rankings? Or will Swerve & Keith earn their way back to a shot at The Acclaimed?

 

Backstage interview with Darby Allin, Jay Lethal & Sonjay Dutt.

Alex Marvez makes sure everyone here understands that while Lethal & Sonjay requested this time with Darby, AEW Management is insistent on the No Physicality Agreement being upheld. Lethal says he did that so he could ask Darby for a rematch. Darby won a couple weeks ago, but Lethal says that was a fluke! Lethal would prove to Darby, the world, and to his best friend, Sonjay, that Lethal can beat Darby any time he wants! That’s why they’re here. Wow, all this just for a rematch? Yeah, two weeks ago, Darby did win, and he’ll beat Lethal again, so that Lethal will want another match, and it’ll keep going again and again and again.

Sonjay steps in to tell Darby that he should listen to what Sonjay has to say. Sonjay & Lethal know Darby’s weakness, and it wasn’t just Sonjay & Lethal who came up with it. “A good, close personal friend” pointed out exactly what Darby Allin’s weakness is. And now that he sees Darby up close, Sonjay thinks Darby looks like a “trash panda.” Darby tells Marvez to leave now. Lethal agrees, and Darby asks them, “You know my weakness, huh?” Darby shoves Lethal! And then he shoves Sonjay! So Lethal DECKS Darby! So much for that NPA! Lethal and Sonjay mug Darby, they go along towards the garage door, and Lethal RAMS Darby right into it!

Lethal puts Darby under the door and holds him down! Sonjay presses the button to close the door! It lowers right on Darby’s ribs! Darby is being squeezed and crushed while Lethal stomps away! Then Lethal goes around to the other side, and he puts Darby’s legs in the FIGURE FOUR! Darby is being tortured but security and staff rush in! They shout at Lethal, he lets Darby go, but will Darby even be able to make it to that rematch now?

 

Tony Schiavone is in the ring.

Schiavone is with the Blackpool Combat Club’s leader, William Regal! Schiavone says the main event is Cincinnati’s own, Jon Moxley, defending his title against Hangman Page! Regal says yes, and it is for the AEW World- Wait! Here comes MJF! We all knew MJF was going to show up sometime tonight, and now he’s showing up to interrupt this interview! Fans are fired up to see Maxwell Jacob Friedman as he joins Regal in the ring. MJF shows he is putting the Dynamite Diamond Ring away, and Regal shows he does have his brass knuckles. MJF says he’s not here to fight, he’s here to talk. Regal puts the knuckle dusters away, and MJF steps closer.

MJF says, “Now here’s what’s gonna happen. I’m gonna tell a story, and I don’t care how long it is, you’re gonna listen. Because whether you realize it or not, you owe me that.” Fans boo as they aren’t so sure, but MJF continues, “Cincinnati, bear with me. When I was 19 years old, training in the business for one year at the Create A Pro-Wrestler Academy, one fateful day, I get pulled over to the side by my trainers, Pat Buck & Bryan Myers.” Fans applaud those names and MJF says yeah, they’re great guys. But they told MJF, “Kid, congrats, your hard work’s paid off. We got you WWE extra work.”

And to some, that might not sounds like a lot, but to MJF, it was the only show in town and it was an honor and opportunity. An opportunity is all MJF needed, so he packed his best gear, his best suit, and drove to the Barclays Center. Then, MJF and the extras were greeted and spoken to by none other than Sir William Regal. Regal told them, “You are all gonna go to the ring and have tryout matches before the show’s proceedings tonight.” Regal then had them all go against random opponents, put in a single file line, and MJF’s match was set to go on second. The first was two young dreamers, with the onlookers being Arn Anderson, Dean Malenko, Adam Pearce, and William Regal.

The wrestlers locked up, Malenko rang the bell and told them to get out. The second match was up, the pressure was on, MJF got his turn. He was shaking like a leaf, got in the ring, and knew he wasn’t fighting for a contract, but fighting for his life! “Cuz make no mistake about it, Will, professional wrestling is my life!” Fans cheer that! MJF says after his match, he was soaking wet with sweat from winning, and all four judges looked at him like he had eight heads. Then Regal pulled MJF away from the group and told him, “Follow me.” Regal led MJF to a separate room where it was just the two of them, and Regal said, “Kid, you’ve got three minutes to sell yourself to me. Go.”

“And boy, did I.” By the time MJF was done talking, Regal’s jaw was on the floor. And then Regal picked it up and said something MJF will never forget. Regal said, “Kid, I’m gonna get you a job here today.” MJF huffs and puffs as he asks, “And then what happened, huh? And then what happened? And then… I realized in that moment, I did it. I was no longer gonna be looked at by all the naysayers as a 5-foot-nothing, ADD riddled Jew boy, NO NO! I was gonna be a Superstar!” Fans cheer that, but there’s clearly still more. MJF says he had done it, he had accomplished his dream, and then, with a crooked grin, Regal asked, “How old are you, kid?” And MJF said, “19 years old, sir.”

Regal looked at MJF and said, “Kid, I’m sorry, but you’re much too young.” Fans boo now, seeing the twist. MJF said his heart stopped, his dreams evaporated, and in one fell swoop… Fans chant at Regal, “You Effed Up!” MJF says Regal then “resuscitated” MJF with his version of hope. “Kid, I don’t like to put my name on many people, but when I do, they get jobs here.” The list is small, but the list is as follows: Claudio Castagnoli; Bryan Danielson; and Cincinnati’s own, Jon Moxley. Regal told MJF that he saw something in MJF. When MJF “becomes of age,” Regal will put his name on MJF! But until then, MJF should go home, work his ass off, and every single month, send Regal a match and a promo.

So that’s what MJF did. MJF busted his ass! Month one, Regal responds, “Maxwell, thank you so much, I look forward to reviewing your progress.” Month two, “Maxwell, thank you so much, I look forward to reviewing your progress.” Then month three came, and after Regal told MJF to send in a match and a promo, Regal send MJF a promo that MJF still has saved to his phone to this day! Regal can smirk all he wants now, but he sent MJF this promo that MJF has read every single day since, so he’ll read it now! Fans cheer, liking the sound of that.

Here’s the email Regal sent: “Max, I’m a very, very busy man. I’ve got talent from all over the world to watch, and I’ve just had to sit for minutes watching you,” and this was in quotations, “‘show me your acting skills.’ Do not reply to this, but how would this make me say, ‘Oh, I know. Let’s hire Max.’ Make a name for yourself in the wrestling world and you’ll get noticed. That means being a high level performer. When you do, trust me, I’ll know. Unfortunately for you, the game has changed. The WWE exclusively hires the best talent in the world to the top world-class athletes. When you’re one of them, then maybe send me your stuff. Yours Sincerely, William Regal.”

Fans boo but Regal still smirks. MJF says that is the email Regal sent to a 19-year-old kid, “a CHILD WITH A DREAM! And you squandered it!!” MJF wants Regal to look at him. This is REAL, dammit! When MJF read that email, he wanted to quit pro-wrestling and his life. That email made MJF want to KILL HIMSELF!! Regal still smirks as MJF gets emotional, but Cincy fires up for MJF as he says, “But then I realized, if I did, then you and all the naysayers would win, and I couldn’t have that, now could I, Will? No no.” And now, the tables have turned. This is 2022, and Regal is nothing more than “a sad, withered old man who got FIRED!”

MJF tells Regal that Regal has snuck into MJF’s company like a rat, “sticking to talents far better than you ever were, like a succubus!” And y’know who MJF is? He’s MJF! The 26-year-old kid on top of the business as as generational talent! Fans agree there! And MJF is also the man who Regal’s former employers now would be willing to take several human lives simply to get MJF to put pen to paper in the bidding war of 2024. MJF wants Regal to look at him, MJF reads that email every single day. But not to put a chip on his shoulder, no. He just needs that for a good, hardy laugh. That’s who Regal is to MJF now: “nothing more than a joke.”

And y’know who MJF is about to become? AEW CHAMPION OF THE WORLD! Because he is Maxwell Jacob Friedman! And he’s better than you, and you know it!! MJF throws down the mic, Cincy gives him a standing ovation, even though that means MJF is gunning for their hometown hero. Regal picks up the mic to say, “Job well done. You mentioned being 19 and being a child. At 16, I left home and went to work on a carnival, and was having to fight grown men to get into this industry. I wasn’t trying to cast you aside, Max. I saw exactly in you what I’m seeing now, and it’s making me happy.

“I saw somebody who was going to be a big, big star. I wanted to light a fire under your backside. One, because we live in a day and age where you can’t have grown men smashing your face in when you’re 16, and when you’re 17, and when you’re crying every single night that you go to bed and there’s blood running out of every hole in your body and you want to quit, but you won’t let yourself, because at 17, I said, ‘No! I will not quit! I will keep going because I am going to be a professional wrestler!’ And if a bloody email is what it took to get you to this place, and you’ve held onto that for 7 YEARS… You’ve had it easy, sunshine.”

Regal says this is what MJF has had! He’s had it easy! MJF mastered something that he forgets, they spent several times together where Regal told MJF, “This is what you need to get good at, sunshine. You need to practice. Every time you brush your teeth, you need to stand and talk and practice and get so people take notice of you when you pick up a microphone.” Regal could see how talented MJF was then, and he watched MJF VS Wheeler Yuta last week, so he sees what an incredible talent MJF is now! MJF is 26, but before MJF was even born, Regal was insulting Mr. Schiavone, beating people up, and yet he would never lay a hand on Schiavone.

Regal is what they’d call an ODV, an Ordinary, Decent Villain. Anyone that steps between the ropes, that’s fair game. But you never put your hand on someone like Schiavone. Regal wanted MJF to be where he is, and knew he had it in him. The only problem is, MJF let Regal down because he took shortcuts. MJF hasn’t done anything to prove anything to Regal yet! Just because MJF gets paid here doesn’t prove anything. Just because he makes lots of money doesn’t prove anything. MJF hired people to do his dirty work, he hides behind a diamond ring to knock people out. Regal doesn’t need a ring to knock people out. When Regal used the brass knuckles, it’s just because he likes hitting people with brass knuckles!

“Max, don’t take any shortcuts. You wanna be a real bad guy? You wanna be The Devil? Then make a name for yourself by doing it right. Beat everybody that stands in front of you, and I don’t care what liberties you take with your pettiness, just get to that place. But if you want to be The Devil, show the world right now.” Regal turns around! “Or are you just going to take another shortcut and so you can come out here and act like a victim, and whine and cry.” MJF takes out the diamond ring and puts it on! Fans boo but Regal just stands still. MJF is conflicted. Regal turns back around with a smirk, but then sighs and says, “You still have a lot to prove.”

Regal drops the mic and leaves MJF with his thoughts. MJF has the Casino Ladder Match poker chip, but will he reconsider cashing it in tonight?

 

Dalton Castle speaks.

The Peacock sees Jericho with the ROH World Championship, and he says, “It’s not fair to the viewers, it’s not fair to Ring of Honor, and unfortunately, it’s up to me and my Boys to do something about this. There is gonna be a forest fire of color, and I am gonna leave Cincinnati the NEW ROH World Champion!” But will Castle be able to dethrone #THEOCHO? We find out in mere moments!

 

Backstage interview with The Acclaimed.

Renee is with the AEW World Tag Team Champions and Billy Gunn, and she says ever since they won the titles, everyone wants a piece of them, especially Mark Sterling. Billy first wants to welcome Renee to AEW, “and yes, someone is trying to take away the phenomenon that everybody in this building and the millions… and millions of people are doing at home, called scissoring.” Anthony Bowens this Friday, live in Jacksonville where The Acclaimed was born, it will be The Acclaimed VS Tony Nese & Josh Woods! Caster adds, “That’s right!” “Titles VS Trademark!” “That’s right!” “And we’re gonna get back to scissoring, because EVERYONE loves the Acclaimed!”

“That’s right! And Mark Sterling, you wanna cool us off and get involved with what we’ve got going on? No, we’re hot forever. So Smart Mark, AKA Shart Mark, on Friday night, we’re gonna stomp you in the nuts!” Bowens kicks at the ground to demonstrate, and that’s a mic drop. Will Caster & Bowens win back their right to scissor finger? Or will “The Varsity Athletes” steal something else from a more popular team?

 

Renee Paquette has a sit down interview with Bryan Danielson & Wheeler Yuta.

She says first thing’s first, she wants his reaction to unfortunately losing to Chris Jericho for the ROH World Championship. Bryan says it is never fun to lose a match, but especially to Jericho and for the ROH Championship. That title means so much to Bryan, and is part of the person and wrestler he has become. So yeah, not ideal. Renee says one thing we can all see is the reaction to what went down with Daniel Garcia. How has that been sitting with him after a week? Bryan says he had high hopes for Garcia. Bryan looks at Garcia as someone who could not just be the next Bryan Danielson, but even surpass him as a technical wrestler.

Bryan has seen Garcia do so many incredible things at such a young age, that with the right guidance, Garcia could be the best wrestler they’ve ever seen. Renee points out that she notices Yuta’s reactions to this. Yeah… “The best wrestler you’ve ever seen.” Yuta can’t believe Bryan is surprised by how things went down last week. Has Bryan not paid attention? Yuta and Claudio have, they saw this a mile away. Garcia was clearly using Bryan. Garcia has “Dragonslayer” in his tron, and he was tricking Bryan to get what he wants and what Jericho wants. Garcia is a snake! And Bryan didn’t see it.

Yuta thought that when he bled to be Blackpool Combat Club, it meant something. It means something to Moxley, who is AEW World Champion. It means something to Claudio, because he agrees with Yuta. Claudio sees it. But maybe Yuta shouldn’t have met his hero, because this clearly doesn’t mean anything to Bryan. Yuta storms off, Bryan isn’t sure what to make of this. Is the BCC going to crumble, all because of Garcia’s betrayal?

 

ROH World Championship: Chris Jericho w/ Jake Hager VS Dalton Castle w/ The Boys!

The Wizard vows to desecrate the legacy of Ring of Honor one former world champion at a time. He started by defeating Claudio, and then he continued by cheating the American Dragon and Bandido. Will he do even worse to The Peacock? Or will Dalton Castle become DUAL ROH World Six Man and World Heavyweight Champion?

The introductions are made by Bobby Cruise, THE world title is raised, and we see how much longer #THEOCHO lasts!

The bell rings, Jericho offers the Code of Honor, and Castle reaches out to accept, to then stuck his hand down his tights! Castle rummages around for a MIDDLE FINGER! Jericho CHOPS! And CHOPS! And CHOPS! Castle throws forearms, Jericho throws forearms, then Jericho whips. Castle reverses and CLOBBERS Jericho! Fans fire up as things speed up, Castle runs Jericho over! Castle hits a BIG hip toss, and fans fire up more! Castle runs in but Jericho throws him out! Castle lands on his feet, the Boys fan him off, and it seems there are even extra non-Tate-Twin Boys. for back-up. Castle cools off, then fires himself up!

Cincy gets fired up, too, Castle gets in, and he catches Jericho to an EXPLODER! And then another! Jericho hobbles and Castle drop steps to EXPLODER again! Castle gut wrenches Jericho up, Jericho fights but Castle still throws him around! And around, and around! GUT WRENCH SUPLEX! Cover, TWO! Castle is annoyed but Hager distracts! Castle DECKS Hager and fans fire up. Castle says, “Bring me a Boy!” Brent gets in and Castle THROWS him at Hager! Direct hit! Now Brendan gets in, Castle THROWS him at Hager! And then Boy 3 gets in and Castle THROWS him at Hager! Down goes Rock Hard Hager!

Fans fire up and Castle clamps onto Jericho with a rear bearhug. AEW goes picture in picture as Castle rolls Jericho around, then chicken wings the arm to throw down elbows! Castle clamps on with a chinlock and he grinds Jericho. Castle shifts to a facelock but Jericho rakes eyes! Jericho soaks up the heat, storms up and ROCKS Castle, then has Castle in a corner. Jericho fires off forearms, Castle hits back! Castle forearms, CHOPS, repeat, and he backs Jericho down to the other corner! Castle whips corner to corner, runs in but Jericho BOOTS! Castle falls, The Boys fan him, but Jericho flips off them and the fans in Cincy!

Jericho drags Castle up, reels him in, and hits a BIG back suplex! Jericho kicks Castle around, then has the cocky cover, TWO! Jericho drags Castle up, brings him around, but Castle throws body shots. Jericho throws a forearm then bumps Castle off buckles. Jericho fires point blank clotheslines like the Tribal Chief, then hoists Castle up top. Castle claws at Jericho but Jericho ROCKS and CHOPS him back. Jericho climbs up, brings Castle up, but Castle resists. Jericho and Castle throw body shots, but Castle GOURD BUSTERS Jericho down! Castle adjusts, and the Peacock LEAPS, into a dropkick! Jericho knocks Castle out of the sky!

Castle and Jericho are both down but Jericho stands first to soak up the cheers and jeers. Dynamite returns to single picture and Hager soaks up the heat along with Jericho. Jericho storms up to Castle, CHOPS him, CHOPS again, and again! Castle turns it around to CHOP Jericho! And forearm! And CHOP! And then CHOP LARIAT! Castle whips corner to corner, runs in again, but Jericho dodges! Castle hits buckles and tumbles out of the ring! Castle staggers up as The Boys fan him off. Jericho triangle jumps but Castle trips him up! Castle goes side to side and back again for a DROPKICK! Jericho falls to the floor and fans fire up!

Castle slides in the ring, then runs to DIVE! Jericho hits railing, Castle throws forearms and then he whips. Jericho reverses, Castle Tiger Feints to RANA! But Hager runs in! Castle dodges, and The Boys swarm Hager! Fans fire up but Hager explodes out! Hager fights but the Boys keep him cornered! Jericho and Castle get in the ring, things speed up, and DOUBLE CROSSBODIES collide! The Boys snatch the bucket hat! Fans fire up but Hager is pissed now! Hager shouts, “DON’T! TOUCH! MY! HAT!” He starts throwing Boys all around ringside! He BOOTS Boy 4! He DECKS Boy 3! He throws Brendan into railing!

Hager takes back the hat and puts it on. “I like this hat!” Castle WRECKS Hager, but Jericho rolls Castle! TWO, but Jericho trips Castle! Jericho turns Castle but Castle makes it a cradle, TWO!! Castle clinches, rolls Jericho around, JULIE NEWMAR CLUTCH!! Jericho is caught in that body scissor cobra clutch combo, but he fights free with the free hand! Jericho rains down forearms, then gets the legs! Jericho turns Castle, for the WALLS OF JERICHO! Castle endures, Jericho sits deep, but Castle fights his way forward! ROPEBREAK! The fans are thunderous but Jericho thinks he won! The ref tells him no, that was just the ropebreak!

Jericho argues with the ref, as always, but Aubrey Edwards doesn’t take that! Jericho turns to Castle as Castle rushes in! Jericho dodges a lariat, but the LEFT SIDE comes in! Cover, TWO!! Castle can’t believe how close that was! But Jericho throws forearms, so Castle gives them back. They go back and forth, Castle HEADBUTTS but Jericho CHOPS! They just go back and forth, forearms and CHOPS, but Castle gets boxing elbows in! Castle runs, but into a throat chop! Jericho LIONSAULTS, but into a GERMAN SUPLEX! Bridging cover, TWO!! Castle is too tired to be frustrated, but fans are thunderous again!

“This is Awesome!” as Castle drags Jericho up. Castle goes to Alabama Lift but Jericho CLUBS away on his back. Jericho underhooks the arms, but Castle wrenches out. Jericho dodges the swing, but Castle catches him to the Alabama! BANGARANG!!! Cover, TWO!?!? Jericho survives Castle’s best shot but Castle smiles?! Castle SLAPS Jericho, ROCKS him, and brings him up. Castle throws forearm after forearm, after forearm after forearm! Jericho wobbles, swings, but into a catch. Castle tries an elbow but Jericho ducks, JUDAS EFFECT!!! Cover, Jericho wins!!

Winner: Chris Jericho, by pinfall (still ROH World Champion)

Jericho managed to pull that one out without cheating! And the rest of the Jericho Appreciation Society appears to celebrate, but Jericho has the music cut. “All Honor the Ocho! I said I was gonna desecrate the legacy of ROH, and I’m doing it! ROH champions: out! ROH ring announcers: done! Even ROH commentators…” Jericho has the JAS go after Ian Riccoboni! Menard & Parker drag Ian from the desk, and Jericho aims the belt! But Jerry Lynn grabs the belt from Jericho to yell at him about this! Jericho LOW BLOWS Lynn! And then scoops him, to TOMBSTONE Lynn on the belt!!! The ultimate disrespect!

Security and refs rush out as Jericho celebrates his win. The Wizard continues to cross line after line, will anyone be able to stop his reign of terror?

 

Christian Cage speaks.

“Now there’s been a misconception lately that somehow, somehow, I brainwashed Luchasaurus. Now that couldn’t be the furthest thing from the truth. In fact, I think it’s pretty obvious, Jungle Boy, that as far as intelligence goes, Luchasaurus was the brains of your team, was he not?” Luchasaurus nods in agreement. “We are through with you! We are on to bigger and better things, my friend. In fact, it’s gonna be all gold from here on out. If you have a championship, if you are a champion in AEW, this is your warning. Because the reality is about to give you a bitch slap in the form of My Right Hand of Destruction, Luchasaurus.”

 

Backstage interview with The Baddies.

Renee tries to get a word with Leila Grey & Kiera Hogan, but they tell her they don’t have time! They’ve got business to take care of. But then the Baddies walk into their leader, Jade Cargill, and she asks where her belt went. She doesn’t see it. Kiera explains they’ve been looking for Nyla Rose everywhere but they can’t find her. Jade says duh, that’s because Nyla’s not here! How did they not know that? Leila says they do have something. Uh, Kiera has something. Kiera found out that Nyla will be in Jacksonville for Rampage. Is that right? Then perfect, because Jade will be in Jacksonville for Rampage. In fact, she’ll walk right to the ring and demand her belt back.

Jade looks at the camera and says, “Tony Khan, here’s the deal: either you get Nyla Rose to bring me my belt because she’s too much of a chicken sh*t; or I will hijack your show for sixty minutes. See you Friday.” Will the Native Beast have no choice but to turn over the AEW TBS Championship? Or will Jade have no choice but to turn Rampage into #ThatBitchShow?

 

AEW World Championship: Jon Moxley VS Hangman Page!

Quite the homecoming for Cincinnati’s own, but he wouldn’t have it any other way. This has been building for three years, and now we will finally see The Maniac VS The Cowboy 1v1, and for the greatest prize in AEW! Will the hometown hero keep this belt home with him? Or will Cincy see some serious #CowboySh*t?

The introductions are made, Moxley makes his way through the crowd, and #TitleTuesday ends with one for the ages!

MJF is spotted clutching his poker chip, but Hangman doesn’t wait for Moxley to make it to ringside! Hangman goes hunting, and the brawl is on! Fans are thunderous already as Hangman makes Mox take a seat, and then BOOTS him down! Fans are torn but mostly boo as Hangman snap suplexes Moxley on the floor! The ref reprimands but Hangman doesn’t go to ringside, he goes up the bleachers. Hangman finds his way to the railing and spots where he left Moxley. Fans are torn again as Hangman sets up to SUPER ARIHARA MOONSAULT! Direct hit and down goes Moxley! Hangman revels in the fans losing their minds while AEW goes picture in picture!

Hangman paces, he sits Moxley up and he kicks him against the wall! Hangman drags Moxley up, brings him around with a cravat and then throws him into more barriers, But Moxley turns things around to ROCK Hangman! And ROCK him again! And again! Fans are getting even closer to the action as Moxley just punches away on Hangman’s head! Moxley brings Hangman with him along the way, and gives him headlock punches! Moxley then climbs up onto the barriers for fans to see and cheer. Moxley leaps to AX HANDLE Hangman down! The ref insists they get this to ringside, but Hangman kicks low and RAMS Moxley into railing!

Moxley, already a bit bloodied, staggers and sits down. Hangman punches away on that bloody forehead, then takes a taste of Moxley’s blood! Hangman then puts Moxley in the ring and gets on the apron, only for Moxley to DECK him! Hangman staggers now, Moxley builds speed and DIVES! Direct hit and both men are down on the floor! Moxley stands up, he brings Hangman up, and he ROCKS Hangman with a right. Moxley follows Hangman around the way, keep son him with CHOPS, and then puts Hangman in the ring. The bell finally rings, and this is finally a match, only for Moxley to throw Hangman back out!

Moxley goes out to whip Hangman, but Hangman reverses and Moxley hits steel steps! Dynamite returns to single picture, Moxley flops over, and Hangman storms over. Hangman drags Moxley up, and smacks him off the steps! Hangman rains down fists as the ring count climbs, and fans are torn as their hometown hero is even bloodier now. Moxley staggers away punch drunk, but Hangman follows him into the ring. Moxley leans against ropes, Hangman storms over again and drags Moxley up. Fans duel, Hangman snap suplexes, then covers, TWO! Hangman KICKS Moxley in the back! And then BOOTS him in the face!

Moxley sits up to egg Hangman on! Fans fire up and Hangman throws more hands on the bloody forehead. Hangman reels Moxley in, but Moxley trips Hangman to tie up the legs! FIGURE FOUR! Fans fire up as Hangman endures and Moxley flips Hangman off! Hangman tells Moxley, “F YOU!” but Moxley just thrashes the leg lock more! Hangman throws hands, and he digs fingers in that forehead wound! The ref reprimands and counts but Moxley lets the leg lock go so he can get away. Moxley goes to ropes again while fans rally up. Moxley has a crimson mask, he goes to a corner, and fans duel harder.

Hangman CHOPS Moxley, Moxley snarls and goes to another corner. Hangman storms up to CHOP again! Moxley shakes his head, stomps around, and he eggs Hangman on! Hangman CHOPS, but Moxley turns things around to CHOP! And forearm! And CHOP! Repeat! Moxley whips corner to corner, Hangman reverses and Moxley hits buckles hard! Moxley falls to the mat, Hangman storms over and brings Moxley up. Hangman scoops for a FALL AWAY SLAM! Hangman kips up and fans are torn again. Moxley rushes in to CUTTER! Both men are down again and fans fire up! Hangman gets to a corner and Moxley rises.

Cincy is loud for Moxley now and he runs in to clothesline! Moxley climbs up to rain down fist, and then he BITES Hangman’s forehead! The ref reprimands and counts, Moxley lets off, only to climb up and BITE Hangman’s forehead again! Moxley hoists Hangman up top, CHOPS him, then climbs up after him to CLAW Hangman’s back! Moxley stands Hangman up to SUPERPLEX! Double knuckle lock cover, TWO! Moxley turns those knuckle locks into DRAGON STOMPS! Moxley then shifts to an ARMBAR! Hangman clasps hands to resist, Moxley pries at the fingers, but Hangman fights. Moxley pries the fingers apart, ARMBAR!

Hangman flails and reaches out, ROPEBREAK! The ref counts, Moxley lets off at 4, and wait, MJF has disappeared from his VIP skybox. Moxley goes out on the apron, he drags Hangman up, but Hangman fights! Hangman Alabama Lifts, APRON DEADEYE!! Both men flop down as AEW returns to picture in picture.

The ref checks and somehow Moxley is okay to continue. Hangman gets in the ring, but he has to get Moxley. Hangman hobbles his way over, he stands Moxley up, and he CHOPS! Hangman follows Moxley around the way, CHOPS him again, and then puts him in the ring. Hangman BOOTS Moxley down! Cover, TWO! Moxley is still in this, but Hangman drags Moxley by a leg. HALF CRAB! Moxley endures as Hangman sits deep! Moxley powers up to turn and roll, and he gets Hangman’s leg to trip him! Moxley drags Hangman into an STF! Hangman endures now, but he gets the ROPEBREAK fast!

Moxley lets off quickly, he drags Hangman up and puts him in a corner. Moxley RAMS into Hangman, and again, and again! Moxley gets space but Hangman moves, Moxley POSTS himself! Hangman storms up to throw haymakers on the bloodied face of Moxley. Hangman puts Moxley up top, CHOPS him, and Moxley wobbles. Hangman climbs up, but Moxley ROCKS him with a forearm! Hangman hits back, they brawl up top, and Dynamite returns to single picture as Moxley throws boxing elbows. Moxley hooks Hangman’s arms, but Hangman throws body shots. Hangman HEADBUTTS, then stands up, for a SUPER FALL AWAY SLAM!

Hangman crawls to the cover, turns Moxley over, TWO!! Fans rally and duel as both men rise. Hangman drags Moxley up, Alabama Lifts, but Moxley fights it! Hangman ROCKS Mox, runs, but Mox shoots around to GERMAN SUPLEX! But Hangman lands on his feet! Moxley blocks the lariat, but the SOUTHPAW comes around! Fans fire up, Hangman runs, but into Moxley’s KING KONG LARIAT!! Both men are down and fans are thunderous! The ref checks Hangman, and then he has Doc Sampson check him. Hangman could be out cold, or he could be concussed. Moxley backs down and fans boo, they don’t want this to end! But the ref calls for the bell!

Winner: Jon Moxley, by referee stoppage (still AEW World Champion)

The hometown hero wins, but not the way he wanted. William Regal goes to the ring to celebrate with Moxley all the same, will Hangman have to fight his way back to this title once again? As for Moxley, he gets the mic to address the crowd. “Ladies and gentlemen, I hope and pray that Hangman Adam Page recovers to 100%, can walk again, talk again, play with his little baby again, and come perform for all you fans again. But this is a dangerous game that we play, and you gotta have guts to play it. You gotta risk it all to play it. You gotta put every single thing on the line every time you step into this ring if you want to be successful in professional wrestling.

“And since I’m on live television, and I’m out here, and I’ve still got a lot of energy in me, I was watching earlier while I was getting ready, and some little [censored] is talking a lot of s*it. And I usually just let him talk his s*it because basically, he’s not worth breaking a knuckle on. But the Yankees didn’t go into extra innings so we still got some TV time, so… If MJF, you wanna prove just who the hell you say you are, why don’t you get your little suburban ass out here in my ring in Cincinnati, right now!” Fans like the sound of that, and here comes MJF! And he has a ref! And his chip! Is he cashing in!? MJF puts the ref in the ring, but then Regal asks him what’s the play.

MJF is still in street gear, he throws down his scarf and takes off his shirt, and the ref has the belt. Moxley flips MJF off to egg him on, but then MJF bails out? MJF tells Regal if he is to earn this, then hold onto the chip! MJF runs to commentary, grabs a mic, and he shouts, “You wanna talk about me cutting corners? Nah. You wanna talk about me being a man? These people KNOW I’m a man!” Regal chuckles but MJF says, “Here’s what’s gonna go down! I’m gonna cash that chip in, but when I do, I don’t want you at 50%, I don’t want you right after a match. I want you 110%! I don’t want any excuses!

“I wanna make sure, that when I beat you, clean, smackdab in the middle of that ring, that there’s not a GADDAMN QUESTION that I’m better than you and you know it! I’m cashing my chip in… FULL GEAR! Because for the first time, look at me when I say this, Regal, you piece of s*it! For the first time in my miserable life… I’m gonna earn it.” Fans fire up for that one! Regal grins and Moxley seems up for that. MJF is going to do things the right way, and Moxley grabs the mic. It seems there’s difficulties, Moxley is annoyed, “the show’s going downhill.”

But his response to MJF is explaining just what MJF will earn: the heel of Moxley’s boot in his mouth; MJF’s teeth rolling around in his mouth and going down his effin’ throat; Moxley’s fist right up MJF’s ass; MJF’s throat getting squeezed until his head turns purple and pops off like a Pez dispenser; a date with destiny, a date a lot of people don’t make it out of the ring standing, a date with Moxley, the best wrestler in the world, the AEW World Champion! And we’re gonna find out just what MJF is made of as Moxley makes an example out of him to show the whole world that getting in the ring with Moxley is dangerous as all hell!

November 19th can’t get here soon enough! Will Maxwell Jacob Friedman finally put his money where his mouth is? Or will the Maniac prove that once and for all, no one messes with the Maniac?


My Thoughts:

This was an awesome AEW, and when they established there’d be four title matches, I just knew those would be the only matches, and that each match would be awesome. Opening with the Trios titles makes a lot of sense, as does Death Triangle retaining, but I’m a little unsure about that bit where Fenix stopped Pac from cheating. By normal conventions, that moment would’ve cost them. But at the same time, AEW is refraining from having another AEW Double Champion so soon. I suppose Death Triangle did need to establish they talked among themselves about Pac’s cheating, and the fastest way to do that is in a match, not in a promo segment.

Good promo from Britt and friends to lead into the women’s title match, and a great women’s title match at that. I figured Storm would retain, and of course Britt’s crew goes after her. Saraya going after Britt was a logical move, and I suppose this means AEW is going to clear her. I just hope it’s more a tag match and not 1v1. Riho returning is great, that makes for a great number of match-ups, including Riho VS Storm. Good bit from Jade & The Baddies to set up a confrontation for Rampage, and chances are, we get a brawl from Jade and Nyla to set up a title match for Full Gear. Part of that build should be Marina Shafir and even Diamante joining Nyla in a Six Woman Tag against The Baddies.

Good promo from WARJOE to call out The Kingdom, though taking them on in singles matches is not what I expected. Really good segment from Lethal and Darby to set up their rematch, which will be a wild one after that garage door vice spot. Really good promo from FTR and Swerve In Our Glory, that is going to be a great tag match that I honestly can’t predict. FTR could take on The Acclaimed but then it’d be a shame for Acclaimed to lose those belts. But I feel like Swerve In Our Glory is just one loss away from breaking up, and I feel like the best time for that would be in another loss to The Acclaimed.

The Acclaimed also have a good promo calling out Sterling’s stable, and I just knew we were getting Titles VS Trademark. The Acclaimed will of course win so that they can have an even bigger scissor finger celebration than National Scissoring Day, especially with it being a homecoming to Jacksonville and I would think Daily’s Place. Good promo from Christian Cage to call out champions, but with WARJOE busy, I feel like Luchasaurus is either going after FTW Champion, Hook, or All-Atlantic Champion, Orange Cassidy. Either is fine, but I don’t see Luchasaurus dethroning either. Hook is still in that weird space where he hasn’t even been pushed to his limits, and Cassidy should be feuding with Ethan Page over Ethan’s promo calling out all comedy characters.

That was a really good sit-down interview promo for Yuta and Bryan. I sensed Yuta would be upset by this whole Garcia thing, and here it is! Granted, I didn’t sense nor wanted Garcia defaulting back to JAS, but still. Yuta says the others agree with him, is Bryan going to get kicked out of the faction he suggested forming? Or is Bryan going to see things Yuta’s way and give up on Garcia? We got an awesome match out of Jericho and Castle, and I like that they just threw in a couple jobbers to be the extra Boys, just so Hager would have more people to throw around. Jericho wins 99% clean, as Hager could be considered a distraction, but I suppose at some point, Jericho would win clean against someone. Jericho doubling down by wanting to hurt Riccoboni and then hurting Jerry Lynn was some good Heel Heat, I can’t wait to see who is next for his ROH hit list.

And of course, just amazing stuff out of MJF, Regal, and how it relates to the world title. MJF again digs down deep and bares part of his soul, and even then Regal throws that all back in his face because MJF was being biased. The main event was building into something awesome, it is a damn shame Hangman got hurt. I think I speak for everyone at The Chairshot in wishing Hangman all the best, he has really worked hard to get where he is now. But MJF coming out to establish that he won’t do a Money in the Bank Heel cash-in but more a Face cash-in is great stuff. Moxley VS MJF at Full Gear is going to be awesome stuff, and they’ve got a full month to build it, so who knows what further twists and turns happen along the way.

My Score: 9/10


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Will Darby Allin still be the Relentless TNT Champion?

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

OFFICIAL RESULTS

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

PLAY BY PLAY

Jon Moxley w/ Wheeler Yuta VS Hangman Page!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Winner: Jon Moxley, by pinfall

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

Winners: The Acclaimed, by pinfall

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

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

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

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

 

Backstage interview with Jack Perry.

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

 

Brian Cage w/ Prince Nana VS Konosuke Takeshita!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Winner: Konosuke Takeshita, by pinfall

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

 

Backstage interview with the Jericho Appreciation Society.

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

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

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

 

The Elite speak.

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

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

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

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

 

Bryan Danielson VS Timothy Thatcher!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Winner: Bryan Danielson, by pinfall

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

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

 

Mogul Affiliates speak.

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

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

 

BREAKING NEWS for next week!

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

Backstage interview with LFI.

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Backstage interview with Britt Baker.

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

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

 

BREAKING NEWS for Rampage!

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


My Thoughts:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

My Score: 9/10


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

Orlando stays Dark!

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Universal Studios is still the AEW Dark Arena!

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

OFFICIAL RESULTS

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

QUICK NOTES

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

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


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