The Maniac is gambling with CERO! MIEDO!
Even though he’s to defend the AEW World Championship against MJF at Full Gear, Jon Moxley is putting that title on the line against Penta El Zero Miedo! Will Moxley lose it all before the PPV?
- Chris Jericho & Daniel Garcia VS Claudio Castagnoli & Wheeler Yuta; Claudio & Yuta win.
- AEW World Tag Team Championships #1 Contenders Match: FTR VS Swerve In Our Glory; Swerve In Our Glory wins and will challenge The Acclaimed for the titles.
- Bryan Danielson VS Sammy Guevara w/ Tay Melo; Bryan wins.
- Riho VS Jamie Hayter w/ Britt Baker & Rebel; Hayter wins.
- AEW World Championship: Jon Moxley VS Penta El Zero Miedo; Moxley wins and retains the title.
PLAY BY PLAY
Chris Jericho & Daniel Garcia VS Claudio Castagnoli & Wheeler Yuta!
The war between the Jericho Appreciation Society and the Blackpool Combat Club is far from over! The ROH World and ROH Pure Champions team up against the men they took these titles from! Will #THEOCHO and the Dragon Slayer continue to bury pro-wrestlers and the legacy of ROH? Or will the Swiss Superman & The Decoder finally put the JAS in their place?
The teams sort out, Claudio starts against Jericho, and Jericho flips off the fans. The fans boo but then Jericho gets in Claudio’s face. Claudio EuroUppers and EuroUppers and EuroUppers! Then he fires off on Jericho in the corner! The ref counts but Claudio reels Jericho in for a LARIAT! Garcia tags in, but he runs into a tilt-o-whirl BACKBREAKER! And a EuroUpper knocks Garcia off his feet! Claudio drags Garcia up, tags in Yuta, and the BCC double whip to DOUBLE BOOT! Yuta SLAPS Garcia around, kicks him around, and fans rally for Yuta. Yuta whips and dropkicks Garcia down! Yuta keeps Garcia from Jericho and he bends the arm!
Yuta has the armlock but Garcia fights up. Yuta puts Garcia in a corner, CHOPS him, then ROCKS him! CHOP! Forearm! And again! Yuta fires off forearm after forearm but lets off as the ref counts. Garcia DECKS Yuta with a sucker punch! Garcia CHOPS Yuta, throws forearms and more CHOPS! Garcia whips, Yuta goes up and over then scoops to SLAM Garcia, for a SENTON! Cover, TWO! Yuta keeps on Garcia with a chinlock and then taunts Jericho. Jericho runs in but Claudio intercepts with a BACKBREAKER! Together, Yuta and Claudio HAMMER ‘N’ ANVIL ELBOW away on Jericho and Yuta!
Hager gets on the apron but the ref stops him, only for Menard & Parker to slide in! They drag Garcia and Jericho out of the ring while fans boo. Claudio & Yuta nod to each other, and go out after them! Yuta BOOTS Garcia, Claudio EuroUppers Jericho, and they POST them at the corners! Yuta puts Garcia in, fans rally up, and Yuta stalks Garcia. Yuta drags Garcia up, whips him to the corner, then tags Claudio. Yuta whips Claudio in to EuroUpper Garcia! Then Claudio feeds Garcia to Yuta, EuroUpper GERMAN combo! Cover, TWO! Claudio keeps on Garcia with a suplex but Garcia slips out and pulls an ear!
Garcia fires forearms, runs, but into a trip! Claudio has the legs but Garcia kicks free! Tag to Jericho, he CHOPS Claudio, and CHOPS, and CHOPS! Claudio EuroUppers again and again, then whips. Jericho reverses, Hager trips Claudio up, but Claudio rushes out after him. But Jericho triangle jump DROPKICKS! Fans boo as the JAS has control and AEW goes picture in picture.
Jericho soaks up the heat, Yuta tells Hager to back off, but then Jericho distracts the ref and Hager mugs Claudio! Yuta storms up, Jericho goes out to kick Claudio from the apron, then Jericho brings Claudio around to smack off the timekeeper’s table! Jericho puts Claudio in the ring, stalks him, then slaps him around. Claudio hits back! Claudio EuroUppers, and again, but Jericho ENZIGURIS! Yuta is frustrated as Jericho drags Claudio away and tags Garcia. The JAS mugs Claudio, Garcia CLUBS Claudio down, and then Garcia stomps and drops elbows! Cover, TWO! Garcia taunts Yuta then drags Claudio away to tag Jericho.
The JAS mugs Claudio more, then Jericho CLUBS Claudio down. Jericho goes to suplex but Claudio blocks! Claudio suplexes Jericho back! Both men are down and fans rally up! Garcia tags in and he CLOBBERS Claudio! Garcia throws down knee after knee, then floats to a cover, TWO! Garcia stays between Claudio and Yuta, he kicks Claudio around, then clamps on a chinlock. Dynamite returns to single picture as fans boo. Garcia leans on the hold but Claudio fights his way up! Claudio stands with Garcia as a backpack, and fans rally. Claudio pries Garcia off to have him in position for a SLAM! Both men are down and fans fire up!
Garcia and Claudio crawl, hot tag to Jericho and he DECKS Yuta! The ref reprimands and fans boo, but Claudio blocks the Code Breaker to back drop! Jericho sunset flips and he has the legs! But Claudio throws Jericho away! Jericho kicks low, runs, but into a POP-UP UPPERCUT! Both men are down and fans fire up for Yuta! Hot tag to the Decoder! Yuta is up top, FLYING SPLASH!! Cover, TWO!! Garcia rushes in but Yuta tackles him! Yuta rains down fists but Garcia kicks him away. Yuta clotheslines Garcia out, then he spins Jericho around, OLYMPIC SLAM! Cover, TWO!! Yuta fires up and fans fire up with him! But Jericho throat chops!
Claudio tags in, he flapjacks Yuta to TORNADO DDT Jericho! Cover, TWO!! Jericho survives but Claudio drags him up. Claudio reels Jericho in, but Jericho back drops! Claudio lands on his feet! Claudio ducks ‘n’ dodges, and springboards, into a CODE BREAKER! Cover, Yuta breaks it! Garcia whips but Yuta reverses to send Garcia out! Yuta FLIES and takes out Garcia AND Menard and Parker! But Hager slips Floyd the Baseball Bat in! Jericho has it, but Claudio hits him with a POWERBOMB! Claudio then has the legs, and fans fire up! But Garcia runs in, only for Claudio to catch him into a fireman’s carry!
Fans fire up more as we get a UFO SWING COMBO!! Claudio goes for five before he drops them both! Hager gets on the apron but Claudio BOOTS him down! And then CANNONBALLS off the apron! And then a LARIAT for Menard, STOMPS for Garcia, and a EuroUpper for Parker! Yuta high-fives with Claudio and Claudio goes up top, FLYING UPPERCUT for Jericho! Then a Gotch hold, NEUTRALIZER!! Cover, BCC wins!
Winners: Claudio Castagnoli & Wheeler Yuta, by pinfall
The BCC have avenged themselves against the ROH World and ROH Pure Champions! Will we see a rematch for each title in the near future?
Backstage interview with Bryan Danielson.
Renee Paquette is with the American Dragon at the “Mongo Position” as she asks him about having his first match since losing out on the ROH World title, and it being against the JAS’s Sammy Guevara. Bryan says if he’s being honest, he’s frustrated. Frustrated that he lost to Jericho. Frustrated that Garcia turned his back on Bryan and hit him with that title belt. And frustrated that Yuta talked back to Bryan last week in their interview together! Bryan knows a lot of people hate Sammy, but Bryan has no problems with him. Well, other than his smug face and his stupid vlogs.
But all this frustration pent up in Bryan, for Jericho, Garcia, and Yuta, as Yuta walks up to Bryan, all of this will be taken out on Sammy tonight. Yuta says good! He’s glad Bryan is finally mad! Cuz did he see what just happened? Claudio & Yuta beat Jericho & Garcia! Yuta tells Bryan that he isn’t Bryan’s son or some kid, he’s a “grown ass man!” So if Bryan has problems with Yuta…! Bryan and Yuta start shoving, Claudio gets in the middle of it and shouts “STOP!” Regal also steps in. Claudio says this is a great day, because Claudio just pinned the ROH World Champion. Yuta did great, too. On top of that, it is Yuta’s birthday. And, Bryan is gonna beat the crap outta Sammy.
But after this match, the BCC is gonna sit down and talk it out like adults. Alright? Bryan and Yuta accept that, and Bryan heads out. Is the BCC going to be able to stick together with the JAS getting under their skin?
A message from… The Elite?
Kenny Omega’s voice is heard saying, “Myself, Nick & Matt, we set out on a path to change the world.” Footage from the AEW press conference in January of 2019 and then of Dynamite’s debut has The Elite erased from the footage. Every pivotal moment of The Elite’s AEW career is being erased. Are they saying AEW can’t be AEW if there’s no Elite?
Backstage interview with The Jericho Appreciation Society.
Tony Schiavone is with the full JAS, with Sammy, Tay Melo & Anna Jay “A S” joining Jericho and the others. There are some mic problems, but obviously they’re upset after that loss to the BCC. Menard shouts if Schiavone saw what happened out there. Garcia says the “Blackpool Cheater Club” makes him sick to his stomach! Jericho asks, “Can you believe that a man like Claudio Castagnoli would accept victory when there is a baseball bat in the middle of the ring, the entire world to see…” Schiavone brings up that Jericho brought that bat to the ring. Yes, but it was in the ring when the BCC won!
Jericho says he’s fired up, and Garcia’s fired up, and all of the JAS is fired up! All bets are off! Jericho isn’t just after former ROH World Champions! He’s after former ALL ROH champions! Pure Champions! Tag Team Champions! Women’s Champions! Jericho doesn’t care! He issues an open challenge to ANY former ROH champion to face #THEOCHO! And it won’t be a pretty sight! Claudio, this will be on you! And Sammy says tonight, he’ll do what he always does, and put on a show like no one has seen before, because he is that damn good. He’s gonna beat Bryan’s ass, again! There’s a birthday present for you, Yuta!
AEW World Tag Team Championships #1 Contenders Match: FTR VS Swerve In Our Glory!
Cash Wheeler & Dax Harwood are the TRIPLE Champions, having the AAA World, ROH World and IWGP Heavyweight Tag Team titles to their names, but they still want more. They’ve been sitting on the number one spot for months now, but must defend that before challenging The Acclaimed. Will FTR make everyone #FearTheirRise? Or will the Limitless House once again go for the gold?
Oh, look at that. The Gunn Sons, Austin & Colten, are doing their bad FTR cosplay again to taunt FTR. The teams in the ring sort out, but then The Acclaimed arrive! Fans fire up as Caster, Bowens and Daddy Ass chair scissor! They watch from the ramp, and we start with Cash and Swerve. The fans all sing, “Oh~ Scissor Me, Daddy~!” but Swerve and Cash tune that out. They approach, feel things out, and Cash shoots in but Swerve pushes him away. They go around some more, tie up, and Cash puts Swerve in the corner. Swerve turns it around, but Cash arm-drags him away. Swerve dusts himself off and fans rally for the action.
Cash and Swerve feel tings out, “Whose House?” “SWERVE’S HOUSE!” Cash shoots in, gets around, headlocks and grinds. Swerve endures, fights up and headlocks back. Fans rally for “F T R!” as Cash powers out but Swerve goes up and over and gets around to O’Conner Roll and Eddy Gordo RANA! Cash stands up but Swerve does a dance and fans applaud. The Gunn Sons are annoyed as Swerve flicks a hair tie at Cash. Cash takes that to put his hair up. Cash and Swerve tie up, Cash wrenches and wristlocks, then hits a fireman’s carry takeover to tag in Dax. Dax kicks low, snap suplexes, and then drops a leg! Cover, ONE!!
Dax wrenches but Swerve throws a body shot! Swerve tags Keith and fans boo. Keith is a little surprised but he steps in to rush Dax. Dax tries to arm-drag but Keith is way too big! Keith whips, Dax ducks ‘n’ dodges and ROCKS Keith! Tag to Cash, FTR double whip but Keith is too big for the Big Rig! Keith shoves Dax back, but FTR double ROCK him! And again! Swerve jumps in but he gets a double punch, too! FTR both run but Keith hurdles them both!! Then he drops to DOUBLE CROSSBODY!! Fans fire up for that and even The Acclaimed applaud. Keith smirks as Cash flounders to a corner and AEW goes picture in picture.
Keith storms up to Cash, brings him up, and Swerve gets a cheap shot in. The ref reprimands, but Keith throws body shots. Cash CHOPS Keith, and CHOPS, but Keith pushes him to the corner! Keith smothers Cash, Swerve taunts Cash, and Keith hits the GRIZZLY MAGNUM! Swerve taunts Cash’s pain and reaches out. Keith says sure and tags Swerve in. Swerve goes up, Keith wrenches Cash and Swerve traps him in the corner. Keith blocks Cash’s boot to GRIZZLY MAGNUM! Swerve CLUBS Cash, then kicks him around. Swerve drags Cash up, bumps him off buckles, and he tags Keith back in.
Swerve snapmares Cash, goes up and FALLING UPPERCUTS! Keith pushes Cash to a cover, ONE! Keith looms over Cash at the ropes, drags him up and wrenches. Cash CHOPS and CHOPS and ROCKS Keith, but Keith shoves Cash. Cash sunset flips but Keith is still too big! Keith drags Cash right up to GRIZZLY MAGNUM again! Cash is down and Keith brushes himself off. Cash goes to the apron, Swerve stands on him! Keith tells him let off and Swerve does, saying he’s just playing the game. Swerve tags in, then he anchors Cash’s leg. Cash kicks at Swerve but Swerve floats around to CLUB Cash down!
Dynamite returns to single picture as Swerve throws hands and slaps Cash around. Swerve drags Cash over, tags Keith back in, and Gunn Sons are still upset. Cash throws hands and backs Keith down. Keith shoves Cash away but Cash kicks back! Cash rushes in, leaps, but Keith catches him! Dax and Cash reach out but they can’t make it! Keith RAMS Cash into the corner! Keith runs in but Cash dodges and Keith just gets buckles! Swerve tags himself in to stop Cash and bring him around! Cash reaches again and again, but he back drops Swerve away! Hot tag to Dax! Dax JABS and ROCKS Swerve and CHOPS him all around the ring!
Swerve ROCKS, Dax CHOPS, repeat! Dax backs Swerve down but Swerve tackles Dax! Swerve mounts but Dax rolls it through to CHOP again! And again! And again! Dax CHOPS away in the corner, but Keith storms over! Dax CHOPS Keith! And CHOPS! And CHOPS! Dax dodges the Grizzly Magnum to CHOP and CHOP and CHOP! Keith shoves, runs in but is sent out hard! Swerve swings, Dax waistlocks but Swerve victory rolls the German Suplex! TWO!! Dax cradles! TWO!! Swerve waistlocks and O’Conner Rolls, TWO! Swerve goes up and leaps, but he staggers! Dax scoops, Swerve pushes it over but Dax rolls through, TWO!!
Fans fire up for the fast and furious exchange! Even the Gunn Sons seem to show some semblance of respect. Dax drags Swerve up to GERMAN SUPLEX! Dax holds up, Swerve switches but Cash saves Dax! Dax elbows free, Cash tags in, and they pinball Swerve with haymakers! Then a POWERBOMB, flip through and SNAP DRAGON! Bridging cover, TWO!! Swerve survives by nanoseconds! Fans fire up and Cash drags Swerve up. Cash EuroUppers hard, then again! Swerve wobbles and snarls, he EuroUppers back! Cash EuroUppers, Swerve EuroUppers, but Cash hooks the arms! Swerve kicks Dax while in the backslide! Cash EuroUppers again!
Cash grabs at Swerve but Swerve reaches out to tag Keith! Swerve ROCKS Cash, Keith storms in and fireman’s carries. POP-UP ROLLING ELBOW ROUNDHOUSE COMBO!! Swerve goes out to BOOT Dax! Keith hoists Cash up, ELECTRIC CHAIR POWERBOMB!! Cover, TWO!?! Cash survives and no one can believe it! Norfolk is thunderous for FTR but Keith says they’ll just go up again. Swerve hops up, Keith drags Cash up, but Cash fights the bomb! Cash fights Swerve, too! Cash RANAS Keith away! Swerve BOOTS Cash, sets up, but Dax gets in to save Cash! Dax catches Swerve, brings him back up, SLINGSHOT- RANA from Swerve!
But Dax rolls through to deadlift and SLINGSHOT BOMB!! Fans are thunderous and Keith POUNCES Dax! Cash DROPKICKS Keith but Keith HEADBUTTS Cash! Keith falls on the cover, TWO!!! Fans are fired up as Cash survives again! The Gunn Sons are stunned because “This is Awesome!” Cash flounders to the corner but Keith follows. Keith knees Cash in the back, then goes up the corner. Keith brings Cash up, but Dax tags in! Cash fights free, Dax ROCKS Keith and CHOPS and CHOPS and CHOPS! FTR positions Keith up top, but Keith throws body shots! Fans anticipate something, and Keith starts to lift Dax!
Cash tags back in, hurries up the other corner, and Dax keeps trying! SUPERPLEX! And then the SPLASH!! Cover, TWO!?!? Keith survives Power & Glory somehow, so Cash tags Dax back in. FTR drags Keith up, they double whip, BIG- NO, Keith is still too big! And Swerve drags Cash out of the ring! Swerve hits a HOUSE CALL on Dax! Keith pops Dax up, but Cash SUPERKICKS Swerve! Dax slips off, Cash dodges Keith, BIG RIG!?!? Cover, Swerve drags Dax out!! Swerve is laughing but Cash is pissed! Cash goes out and grabs Swerve! Swerve whips Cash into the railing where the Gunn Sons are!
Swerve baits Dax in, Keith runs in, but Dax moves and Keith CLOBBERS Swerve! Roll-up, TWO!! LOW BLOW!! No one but the fans saw that! And the Gunns have Cash!! Keith pops Dax up, for BIG BANG CATASTROPHE!! Cover, Swerve & Keith win!!
Winners: Swerve In Our Glory, by pinfall (NEW #1 Contenders to the AEW World Tag Team Championships)
But the Gunn Sons are done playing! They beat up Cash and Dax! Fans boo but The Acclaimed run in to run the Gunns off! But the damage is done, we’re getting the third and decisive battle between The Acclaimed & Swerve In Our Glory! Will Caster & Bowens prove they are THE best tag team in AEW? Or will the titles soon return to the Limitless House?
Backstage interview with Saraya.
Renee is with “her girl,” and they’re both excited to be in AEW together. But then Britt Baker barges in to sarcastically say we’re all excited. But then Saraya stops Britt there, she’s not in the mood. Britt says Saraya’s the one who started this! Renee shouts over them both. This is insane! If they wanna talk about this, do it properly. Britt storms off, but will she and Saraya find a way to have it out?
AEW returns and Renee is on stage.
And she introduces… MJF! Norfolk goes nuts as Maxwell Jacob Friedman walks out. He has them cut his music, and fans chant his name. Renee starts but MJF cuts her off. “Ladies and gentlemen, the devil has arrived in Virginia! And I’ve got one solitary question, Virginia. We got any devil worshippers in the house tonight?” Fans cheer, and MJF asks the “ravishing” Renee, “all the disgusting poors watching at home would love to lay,” what she has for him. Well, tonight, Jon Moxley is putting his title on the line against Penta. Should he retain, then MJF will be facing Moxley for the title at Full Gear. How does MJF feel ahead of a match that monumental?
How does he feel about wrestling Moxley? MJF asks to borrow the mic and Renee hands it over. MJF asks, “You mean, how do I feel wrestling this guy.” And then he mocks Moxley’s strut, and then he mocks how Moxley talks, “ECK! MJF, at Full Gear, I’m gonna mash your bones, man. I’m gonna drink you blood. I’m gonna gargle your piss! Cuz I’m Jon Freakin’ Moxley!” Is that who we’re talking about? Yes, him… Well, Renee, in Virginia, MJF loves y’all. Even with all your shortcomings. But with all due respect, and he means that, “When I think of Jonathon, only one word comes to mind, and that word has got three letters, and it starts with an M. And that word is M-M-M-MID!!”
Renee says you can’t say “with all due respect” and then insult someone. Uh, with all due respect, shut your mouth. But listen… Last week, when MJF said he was gonna earn it, he meant it. Though, maybe he went outta control when he said he’d wrestle a whole match cleanly. Let’s just get that out of the way. He means relatively clean. He’s still MJF, let’s get real. But, there was one thing that got under MJF’s skin, and that was when “that disgusting, flea infested elderly rat, William Regal, decided to tell me that he didn’t use his brass knuckles because he needed to, but that he used them because he wanted to.”
MJF says Regal was alluding to the fact that MJF can’t beat Regal’s boy, Jon Moxley, without his Dynamite Diamond Ring. What do the fans think of that? The fans boo and MJF agrees, that’s BS. But he makes a promise here that for one night and one night only, at Full Gear, for the grandest prize of them all, MJF will NOT use his diamond ring. “Because, Will, I don’t need it. The only thing I’ve ever needed to be a success in my life is a grudge. And trust me, I’m chalked full of ’em!” MJF has taken all his grudges, mashed them down into one chip, and that chip is directly on his shoulder!
Come November 19th in his backyard, the metropolitan area of Newark, New Jersey, MJF ain’t fighting Regal! He ain’t fighting Moxley! He ain’t fighting Penta! MJF is fighting “every single sorry scumbag that ever told me I wasn’t good enough! And I am going to take this heavy chip off my shoulder and shove it down each and every one of their throats when I become your NEW AEW Champion of the World!” Fans fire up for that! MJF says it’s because he is a generational talent. But then Stokely Hathaway cuts him off? Stokely gets it! MJF wants Moxley at 100% at Full Gear, and trust Stokely when he says The Firm won’t lay a hand on that man.
MJF slaps the mic out of Stokely’s hand! MJF borrows Renee’s again to tell Stokely, “Perhaps you’ve gotten a little bit comfortable since you’ve known me for a very long time. So Virginia, we’re gonna cut Stokely some slack, huh?” Fans boo but MJF tells Stokely that “If Jon Moxley gets past Penta in the main event tonight, at Full Gear, I need him 110%, so him and Regal and all his weirdo fanboys have got NO excuses when I beat him in that ring! So you don’t go near him, you don’t lay a hand on him. Hell, you don’t even look at him. Or you’re fired.” Fans like the ultimatum, and Stokely smiles. Stokely leaves and MJF starts where he left off: he super over catchphrase.
Three, two, one, and fans say it with him! “Because MY NAME is Maxwell! Jacob! Friedman! And I’m better than you! And you know it!!” The Salt of the Earth actually wants to do this as close to the right way as he can, will he get it down in New Jersey?
AEW hears from The Kingdom and #WARJOE!
Matt Taven asks, “I just want to know who did we disrespect? Because I never said the name, ‘Warjoe.’ I would never say that name in the first place because it is an awful tag team name, but if you Melvins are throwing out title shots, then Matt Taven is gonna step up to the plate.” A ROH Grand Slam Champion, winning all the belts they had to offer, and you will see a NEW AEW TNT Champion.
But Wardlow says Taven can scream his name as loudly and as confidently as he wants, and he can list his experience and the titles he has won. But when you’re in the ring with Wardlow, none of it matters. Friday on Rampage, two things are inevitable: Taven being the next casualty of the Powerbomb Symphony; and Wardlow wins. Will Matt Taven find he’s just in Wardlow’s World now?
Bryan Danielson VS Sammy Guevara w/ Tay Melo!
The American Dragon said his piece earlier, but so did the Spanish God. The BCC won earlier, but is starting to fall apart. Can Bryan win to keep things going strong? Or will the JAS avenge themselves with a little sports entertainment?
The bell rings and Bryan stares down with Sammy. Then they rush in and Sammy KNEES Bryan! Sammy fires off hands and CHOPS, then he climbs up the corner to rain down fists! Sammy BITES Bryan, then CHOPS him and CLUBS him! Sammy whips corner to corner, runs in and RAMS into Bryan, then ENZIGURIS! Sammy soaks up the heat then jumps and jumps to FLYING CUTTER! Cover, TWO!! Bryan survives and seems off his game already! Sammy drags Bryan up to CLUB him more. Fans chant “Sammy Sucks!” but he torture racks. Bryan slips off to GERMAN SUPLEX, but Sammy lands on his feet!
Sammy goes up and over in the corner, then hurdles Bryan, flips and jumps, but Bryan catches the legs to an ANKLE LOCK! Bryan hooks the legs up and fans cheer as he fishhooks Sammy! The ref counts, Bryan lets go to get the arms. Bryan pulls, pulls and has the ROMERO SPECIAL! Sammy endures the floating surfboard, but Bryan lets Sammy down to throw forearm after forearm! Bryan then pushes Sammy down to drop knee after knee! Fans rally, Bryan looms over Sammy, and then he drags Sammy up. Bryan EuroUppers Sammy and Sammy flops against ropes. Bryan says, “You wanna play with me, Sammy?” EuroUpper!
Bryan CHOPS Sammy in the corner! And KICKS! And CHOPS! Sammy turns it around to CHOP and forearm, but Bryan just glares at him. Sammy fires off forearms but Bryan leans into them! Bryan is the one backing Sammy down! Sammy tries elbows but Bryan ROCKS Sammy! And CHOPS! And KICKS! And CHOPS! And KICKS! Bryan brings Sammy out to EuroUpper him down! Fans fire up while Bryan paces around. Bryan drags Sammy by his arm, isolates the arm and pulls it, to then bend the fingers! Sammy endures, reaches out, and he gets the ROPEBREAK! The ref counts, Bryan STOMPS the other arm!
The ref reprimands but Bryan drags Sammy back up. Bryan underhooks to BUTTERFLY SUPLEX into an ARMBAR! Sammy rolls and gets the ROPEBREAK! Bryan lets off to throw down palm strikes! And then fists! The ref checks, those are a bit closed, but Bryan stops at 4. Bryan asks the fans, “Wanna see me kick his head in?” Fans cheer! But Sammy scrambles out to Tay! Bryan runs to WRECK Sammy with a dropkick! And then leaps off the apron, but Sammy KNEES Bryan first!! Bryan staggers, Sammy goes up the apron, ASAI MOONSAULT! Sammy almost reaches the lights as he takes down Bryan!
AEW goes picture in picture as Tay applauds her husband and gives him a kiss. Sammy slides into the ring, and Tay gest a cheap shot on Bryan! Tay gets away with it, but the ref is suspicious of something happening. Fans tell the ref to get rid of Tay but the ref lets Tay stay for now. Bryan drags himself up and gets in the ring, but Sammy is on him with a rain of forearms and fists! The ref counts, Sammy lets off to facelock. Sammy snap suplexes, covers, TWO! Sammy is annoyed but he drags Bryan up. Sammy puts Bryan on the ropes to CHOKE! The ref counts and Sammy lets off, and Tay CHOKES Bryan now!
Tay gets away with things again, Sammy digs his knee into Bryan and the ref counts. Sammy lets off at 4 and Bryan crawls to a corner. Sammy storms up to whip Bryan corner to corner. Sammy runs in, and he DROPKICKS Bryan, a la Bryan! Sammy soaks up the heat, then he goes corner to corner again, to DROPKICK! Bryan flounders and Sammy soaks up more heat. Sammy stands on Bryan for the cocky cover a la Jericho, but Bryan pushes him off before a count even starts. Dynamite returns to single picture and Sammy drags Bryan up. Sammy CLUBS Bryan, CLUBS him again, then soaks up more heat.
Fans rally for Bryan as Sammy tells the “stupid dragon” he hates him. Sammy KICKS Bryan a la Bryan, then KICKS and KICKS and KICKS! Fans chant “NO! NO! NO!” and Bryan starts snarling! Sammy powers up, but Bryan blocks the buzzsaw! To SLAP Sammy! Sammy falls over and flounders to a corner, but Bryan stands him up to CHOP! And KICK! And CHOP! And KICK! CHOP! KICK! KICK! KICK! KICK! Bryan whips, Sammy reverses but Bryan goes up and over and keeps moving to duck ‘n’ dodge and LEAPING LARIAT! Fans are fired up as Bryan storms up on Sammy. Bryan EuroUppers, whips, but Sammy kicks back.
Sammy runs in but is TOSSED out! Bryan builds speed to DIVE! Direct hit right to the railing! Fans fire up with Bryan, he drags Sammy into the ring and then goes up top. Bryan leaps for a MISSILE DROPKICK! And then a kip up! Fans fire up with Bryan more, and he gives Sammy a KICK! And a KICK! “YES! YES! YES!” Sammy ducks the Buzzsaw, shoves Bryan to ropes, and then hits a SPANISH FLY! Cover, TWO!! Bryan survives and Tay shouts to keep on him! Sammy drags Bryan to a drop zone and he goes up top! But Bryan trips Sammy up! Bryan climbs up behind Sammy and goes to the very top, for a SUPER BACK SUPLEX, but Sammy lands on his feet?!
Sammy hits a SPINEBUSTER, and he goes right up! MOONSAULT, but Sammy lands on his feet as Bryan moves! Bryan avoids the standing moonsault, too, but Sammy STANDING SHOOTING STARS onto knees! Bryan drags Sammy into the omoplata! LEBELL LOCK!!! Sammy is being bent back and fans are fired up! Sammy flails, reaches, rolls, and has the ROPEBREAK! Fans boo but Bryan lets off fast. Bryan drags Sammy by his arms, then he goes to a corner. Bryan climbs up, but Sammy springs up to join him! SUPER SPANISH FLY!! Cover, TWO!!! Bryan survives and Sammy can’t believe it!
Sammy throws down fists on Bryan, then BITES his forehead! The ref reprimands and counts, Sammy stops to torture rack. GO TO- NO, Bryan blocks the knee and slips around to hit a POISON-RANA?!? Fans fire up with Bryan and he aims from the corner! BUSAIKU KNEE!!! But Bryan isn’t satisfied! He wants to kick Sammy’s head in!! Bryan gets the wrists for some DRAGON STOMPS!! Tay freaks out but fans chant “YES! YES! YES!” And then the roll into the TRIANGLE HOLD!! Sammy flails, Bryan throws down elbows, and Sammy is OUT!! Bryan wins!
Winner: Bryan Danielson, by referee stoppage
The American Dragon takes out all those frustrations, but he might even have some to spare! Who will Bryan look to take all of that out on next?
Backstage interview with Rey Fenix & Alex Abrahantes.
Renee is with the Immortal Firebird and the Death Triangle’s hype man to ask them about Penta’s title match tonight. How do they see it going? Fenix says Penta will become the NEW AEW Double Champion! Alex agrees, Penta will beat Moxley for THE AEW World Championship. Sorry, though, Renee. And Fenix says Penta, or any member of Death Triangle, could be a Double Champion. Even Fenix! Alex agrees here, too, and says Fenix should go after the All-Atlantic Championship! But then Christian Cage & Luchasaurus barge in. Is that what they think?
Captain Charisma says that maybe they didn’t hear, but last week, Christian proclaimed HIS Right Hand of Destruction will go after every single person with a title in AEW. “Luchasaurus has been walking through the opposition left and right. Including Jungle Boy. Who pinned you,” Fenix. So if anyone deserves a shot at Orange Cassidy’s All-Atlantic title, it’s Luchasaurus. Do they understand? But then Cassidy walks in and says, “Y’all talking about me? You two talking about this? Well, next week, let’s do this.” What? Another Triple Threat for the Freshly Squeezed Champion? As chill as he is, is he crazy? Or just that confident?
Riho VS Jamie Hayter w/ Britt Baker & Rebel!
The inaugural AEW Women’s World Champion returned to save the interim champion, Toni Storm, from Britt Baker and her crew, so now she’s gotta take on Britt’s number one sidekick! Will Riho humble Hayter in her first match back? Or will Hayter love to ruin Riho’s return?
The bell rings and Hayter circles with Riho. They tie up, Riho headlocks but Hayter powers her to a corner. The ref counts, Hayter lets off and she circles with Riho again. They tie up, Riho headlocks but Hayter puts her in the corner again. Fans duel and Hayter lets off with a smack to the shoulder. Riho keeps cool and ties up with Hayter, but Hayter shoves her down. Hayter eggs Riho on, but Riho gets around to a waistlock. Hayter switches and SLAMS Riho down! Hayter drags Riho up but Riho arm-drags her away! Hayter storms up on Riho to run her over! Hayter smiles while fans are torn, and Hayter stomps Riho down. Cover, but Riho goes Matrix!
Riho runs, Hayter sidesteps, but Riho tilt-o-whirls to headscissor Hayter to ropes! Riho runs, but Britt trips her up! Fans boo, the ref reprimands, but Hayter runs in! Riho dumps Hayter out! Riho goes up and aims, SUPER CROSSBODY! Direct hit and down goes Hayter! Fans fire up for Riho and she stares Britt down. Britt backs off and Riho goes back to Hayter. But Hayter brings Riho around to RAM into the apron! And then whip her into railing! And then haul her up for an APRON BACK SUPLEX! Riho writhes and Hayter takes a breath. Britt talks trash, Hayter shoves Riho in and brings her up to a snap JACKHAMMER! Cover, TWO!
Hayter drags Riho up to SNAP HAMMER again! Cover, TWO! Hayter CHOKES Riho in frustration, but she lets off at 4. Hayter then dribbles Riho off the mat! Hayter digs her knee counts. Hayter choke her, but lets off as the ref counts. Hayter mockingly applauds as AEW goes picture in picture.
The ref reprimands but Hayter doesn’t care. Hayter drags Riho up and bumps her off buckles. Riho falls right over, but Hayter drags her up to RAM her into buckles on the other side! Hayter just waits on Riho now. Riho sputters and sits up slowly, but Hayter storms over to dig her boots in! The ref counts, Hayter lets off at 4 and Britt is all smiles. Hayter mocks Riho’s pain but Riho throws a body shot. Hayter CLUBS Riho down, then drags her up again. Hayter TOSSES Riho out of the ring, then distracts the ref so Britt can stomp Riho down! Britt digs her boot in, lets off, then taunts Riho. Riho glares at Britt, but Hayter drags Riho up to bump off the apron.
Hayter pushes Riho into the ring, kicks her around, then CLUBS her. Hayter CLUBS Riho more, and even AX HANDLES her down! Cover, TWO! Riho shows her toughness but Hayter CHOKES her again! Hayter drags Riho up to scoop and SLAM! Hayter swaggers around and mocks the rallying applause. Hayter watches Riho crawl, then stands on her head! The ref counts, Hayter lets off, and Hayter CLUBS Riho over and over. Dynamite returns to single picture but Riho throws hands. Hayter CLUBS Riho, Riho throws more hands! Fans duel, Hayter CLUBS then whips Riho. Riho handsprings through the lariat to SHOTGUN!
Riho runs side to side to wheelbarrow, but Hayter blocks! But then Riho fights through to STOMP 182! Both women are down and fans fire up! Britt and Rebel coach Hayter but Riho snarls. Riho goes to the corner, she runs corner to corner, and she KNEES Hayter! Rebel distracts but Riho DECKS her! Hayter runs in but Riho drop toeholds her to ropes! Riho dials it up, 619 blocked by Hayter! Hayter CLUBS away on Riho, hauls her up but Riho slips free to waistlock. Hayter throws elbows but Riho lets her spin around into a NORTHERN LIGHTS! Bridging cover, TWO! Hayter escapes but she and Riho are both down.
Fans rally, Riho goes back to a corner and she climbs up top. Riho waits on Hayter, leaps in, CROSSBODY! But Hayter rolls it through! Suplex to BRAINBUSTER!! Cover, TWO!?! Riho survives and shocks Hayter! Britt is frustrated, Hayter is furious, and Hayter drags Riho up. Hayter waistlocks but Riho fights with elbows! Hayter CLUBS Riho again, then brings Riho up to SAIDO- CROSSBODY! Riho lands on Hayter hard! Hayter flounders around, runs in but into BOOTS from Riho! Riho goes up, FLYING RANA! Hayter ends up in a drop zone and fans fire up as Riho points at her. Riho goes to the corner but Britt grabs at her!
Riho kicks Britt away, runs in at Hayter, but gets caught! Riho sunset flips but Hayter drags her up! POP-UP, CODE RED FROM RIHO!! Cover, TWO!?!? Hayter survives but Riho hammers her in frustration! Riho hurries to a corner and she climbs up top. DIVING STOMPS miss as Hayter moves! IRISH CURSE BACKBREAKER! Hayter drags Riho back up, ripcords, but Riho slips under the lariat to SNAP DRAGON! Cover, TWO?!?! Hayter survives again and Riho can’t believe it! Hayter crawls to a corner but Riho takes aim. Riho runs in corner to corner, but Hayter dodges! Riho hits buckles, Hayter reels her in! Ripcord, but Riho gets under to roll Hayter to a cradle! TWO!!!!
Hayter hurries to BOOT Riho back down! Hayter drags Riho around, ripcords, HATEMAKER!!! Cover, Hayter wins!!
Winner: Jamie Hayter, by pinfall
Riho put up a fight, but it wasn’t enough to stop this Hayter! Britt & Rebel celebrate with Hayter, but here comes Toni Storm! The AEW Women’s World Champion smiles and waves at Hayter, then holds up the belt! Will the Lightning From Down Under look to strike down Hayter once and for all?
Backstage interview with Eddie Kingston.
Renee is with the Mad King, and he says, “What up, sis?” Renee notes last Friday on Rampage, it was an intervention of sorts for Eddie Kingston. How is he? How’s he been? Eddie chuckles and says he’s great! He’s wonderful! That thing was fun, look at his smile. It’s great, really. But anyway, let’s talk about Moxley and his match tonight. Let’s stop worrying about Eddie, okay? Well, okay. Moxley will be defending his title against Penta, how does Eddie feel about that? Eddie says in all honesty, this will be a hard one for Moxley. Penta’s money, he’s Eddie’s friend, but Moxley will take this. And that’s it. Everyone else, leave Eddie alone.
BIG matches set for Rampage!
As the war rages on, the BCC’s Claudio & Yuta now take on Daddy Magic & Cool Hand Ange! Will the Swiss Superman & Decoder keep things rolling against Matthew Menard & Angelo Parker? Plus, Madison Rayne and Tay Melo will go 1v1 after their tag team encounter. Will the Queen Bee sting the Brazilian Goddess? And the AEW TNT Championship match is official, Matt Taven gets his shot at the War Dog! Will The Kingdom’s first move in AEW be to get some gold? Or just to get devastated by powerbombs?
Darby Allin speaks.
“As you can see, Sting hasn’t been here in quite some time. I’m gonna tell you a little story why. About a month ago, I went up to Sting and I told him, ‘Hey, I’m not happy. I’m not happy with where I’m going, I’m not happy with who I am, I just want to crawl into a hole and disappear from the world.’ And he said, ‘You can’t do that.’ And I said, ‘Why? Why can’t I do that?’ And he told me, ‘Because you’re Darby Allin. A former TNT Champion, the man that convinced to come out of retirement.’ And I said, ‘If that’s the case, then let me prove myself by myself.’
“And fast forward to last week, Jay Lethal comes up to me and says, ‘I have an old friend that knows your biggest weakness.’ Well, Jay, you can told your old friend I already know my biggest weakness, and my biggest weakness is myself. It’s been since day one I was born, I’ve been dancing on thin ice, and I have no safety net, I have no comfort zone. Tell your old friend to come to AEW Dynamite next week, and tell me to my face what my biggest weakness is.”
Jay Lethal and friends respond!
Lethal says, “Well, Darby, it seems you need to worry a little less about our friend, and a little more about how we have a match next week. And if you thought last week, that beating we gave you was something, you ain’t seen nothing yet, Darby! You are in for a rude awakening!” Sonjay Dutt asks if this is what Darby really wants. Does Darby wanna piss Sonjay off? Well if that’s what he wants, be careful what you wish for, because next week, Darby sure as hell is going to get it. The rematch is on, but just who is that old friend who knows Darby’s weakness?
AEW World Championship: Jon Moxley VS Penta El Zero Miedo w/ Alex Abrahantes!
The Maniac loves to fight, and between his match with Hangman Page going sideways and MJF not taking him on last week, he’s itching to fight someone with no fear of what’s going to happen. And so who better to answer the call then this man! Will Pentagon, one third of Death Triangle, have two titles after tonight? Or will having no fear have no effect on the wild thing?
The introductions are made, “Pretty Platinum” is raised, and we see who is meeting MJF in New Jersey!
The bell rings, fans are fired up already, and Penta stares down with Moxley. Fans duel, “CERO! MIEDO!” “Let’s Go, Moxley!” Penta and Moxley approach, talk some smack, and then Penta gives a shove. Moxley shoves back, and he eggs Penta on. They circle, tie up, and Moxley backs Penta down. But Penta backs Moxley into a corner, lets off as the ref calls the break, but then Moxley avoids a chop to CHOP back! Penta CHOPS, Moxley CHOPS, they CHOP and CHOP and CHOP and CHOP! Fans fire up and Moxley throws a forearm! Penta responds with a forearm, they throw forearms back and forth now, then turn this into a brawl!
Moxley KICKS a leg, runs, but into a half nelson! Moxley fights out, wrenches, but Penta blocks the underhooks! Penta wrenches, MULE KICKS, then reels Moxley in! “CERO! MIEDO!” But Moxley back drops! Penta sunset flips, Moxley rolls through but Penta ducks the Regal Knee to roll Moxley up, TWO! Moxley hurries but Penta ducks the lariat, and then has Moxley hold on. Penta wags his finger and says, “Listen! CERO! MIEDO!” Penta pie faces Moxley! Moxley tells Penta to listen. “F YOU!” And he flips Penta off! Fans fire up and Penta is annoyed. But Moxley blocks his Superkick and spins Penta around.
Penta ducks the lariat to SUPERKICK on the return! Moxley flops out of the ring, Penta builds speed and FLIES! Direct hit and fans fire up! Penta swaggers around and AEW goes picture in picture.
Penta has the fans chanting along with the Cero Miedo, then he goes back to fetch Moxley. Moxley sit sup, Penta KICKS him in the leg! Moxley hobbles, Penta follows after and he CHOPS Moxley against railing! And CHOPS him again! Penta swaggers, Moxley is stinging, but then Penta moves the steel steps around. Moxley storms over as Penta refreshes the count. Moxley CHOPS Penta as he slides back out! Moxley CHOPS and CHOPS and CHOPS and then brings Penta around, but Penta blocks the suplex! Penta throws body shots to snap suplex! Fans fire up, Penta borrows a fan’s hat, and then he swaggers up to Moxley to KICK his leg!
Moxley gets in the ring but Penta drags him back out! Penta smacks Moxley off the steel steps! And again! And again! Penta lets off to refresh the count again, and then he brings Moxley around to put him against a corner. Penta CHOPS Moxley against the post! Moxley is stinging, and Penta takes off his glove. Perfect throw and catch with Alex, and then Penta swings, but Moxley moves! Penta’s hand hits steel post! And then Moxley grabs that hand to bend the fingers! Moxley whips Penta into railing! And then puts him in the ring! Moxley slides in at 7 of 10, drags Penta up, and CHOPS him in the corner.
Moxley whips corner to corner, Penta goes up and over and hits a BACKSTABBER! Cover, TWO! Penta shakes his head, shakes out his bad hand, and fans clap along. Dynamite returns to single picture as fans chant, “CERO! MIEDO!” Clap, clap, clap-clap-clap. Penta stalks Moxley to the ropes, keeps him in place, and then KICKS him in the side! Moxley sputters and Penta eggs him on. Moxley goes to a corner, Penta stands him up and throws forearms. Penta whips corner to corner, runs in, but into a BOOT! Penta staggers, runs back in, but Moxley OVERHEAD Belly2Belly suplexes Penta into buckles!
Both men are down and fans rally up. A standing count begins, Penta drags himself up the corner but Moxley runs in to clothesline! And clothesline, and clothesline, and clothesline! Moxley climbs up to rain down fists, and fans count to TEN! Moxley BITES the mask! Moxley runs, into a SUPERKICK! Penta runs, into a BOOT! Moxley runs, Penta dodges and comes back to SLINGBLADE! Cover, TWO! Fans rally, both men stand, and Penta reels Moxley in, “CERO! MIEDO!” Penta tucks the arms, but Moxley fights free to CUTTER! Moxley drags Penta up, reels him in, PILEDRIVER! Cover, TWO!! But into a CROSSFACE!
Penta endures as Moxley pulls Penta’s face back! Penta moves, Moxley uses that for HAMMER ‘N’ ANVIL ELBOWS! And then the BULLY CHOKE! Penta endures, reaches back, but he’s just a toe away from the ropes. Penta slips out the back to CLUB Moxley! Penta hammerlocks one arm and pulls on the other! Moxley resists, Penta CLUBS away on the shoulder, but Moxley slips free! Moxley trips Penta, and gives him DRAGON STOMPS! ARM- NO, Penta rolls out of that armbar to hook the arm up again! Penta gets the other, DARK ARMBAR!!! Cover, TWO!!! Moxley survives and Penta is frustrated.
Fans rally as Moxley crawls with one good arm. Penta goes out after Moxley on the apron, they approach and Moxley CHOPS! Penta GAMANGIRIS! Moxley ROCKS Penta, but Penta CHOPS back! Moxley forearms again but Penta GAMANGIRIS again! Moxley staggers to the steel steps, and Penta shouts, “CERO! MIEDO!” Penta leaps, but no Destroyer! Moxley fights it to a DDT to the steel steps! Fans lose their minds and Penta flounders away into the ring. Moxley shakes the bad arm, gets back in the ring, and he aims double guns! Penta stands, Moxley runs in to KING KONG LARIAT!! Cover, TWO!?!?
Penta survives but Moxley doesn’t hesitate. Moxley puts Penta up top, CHOPS him, then climbs up top. Moxley rains down hands, but Penta throws body shots! Penta slips out and SUPERKICKS the legs out! Moxley is stuck in the ropes, Penta goes up top! WOE STOMPS!! Penta drags Moxley up, reels him in, “CERO! MIEDO!” FEAR FACTOR PILEDRIVER!! Cover, TWO!?!? Moxley survives and no one can believe it!! But Penta drags Moxley up to again shout, “CERO! MIEDO!” Penta runs, springboards, but into a kick! PARADIGM SHIFT! And then DEATH RIDER!! Cover, Moxley wins!!
Winner: Jon Moxley, by pinfall (still AEW World Champion)
The Maniac snatches the win away at the last moment, but who is in the ring now?! W. Morrissey!? And he BOOTS Moxley down! Then the rest of The Firm, from Lee Moriarty to Ethan Page to the Gunn Sons, swarm the ring to beat up Moxley! They’re going against MJF’s orders as they stomp away on Moxley! They drag Moxley up and feed him to a LARIAT from Colten Gunn! Fans boo but Moriarty goes up top. Morrissey sets Moxley up for Moriarty’s FLYING DOUBLE STOMPS! Stokely storms his way out to the ring and he’s all fired up! Morrissey rains down fists and then rips off his shirt. Fans boo as Stokely gest on the corner?
Security rushes out, but The Firm beat them down now! The Firm throws them all out, and then in the back, it seems The Firm locked the door to the Blackpool Combat Club’s locker room! No one can get in or out, meaning Moxley is all alone against Stokely’s thugs! The mugging of Moxley continues, and Austin gets a chair! Colten sits Moxley up but Moxley BOOTS Austin! Moxley DECKS Colten, DECKS Moriarty, but Ethan BOOTS Moxley back down! Colten rains down forearms, but here comes MJF! MJF looks torn! He did tell The Firm not to do this, but he doesn’t really care about Moxley. Fans boo as MJF goes back to the tunnel.
But then MJF comes running back out! MJF slides in to shove everyone away from Moxley! He tells them that they’re FIRED! The Firm is no longer HIS faction! But MJF says Moxley needs to have sense. But then Ethan BOOTS MJF!! Well, since they’re not his faction anymore, they don’t have to listen to him! They mug MJF now! Fans boo but now there’s no one to save MJF because these were his guys! Morrissey drags MJF up, feeds him to Ethan, and Ethan grins as he blows a kiss to Norfolk. EGO’S EDGE for MJF! And then Morrissey TOSSES MJF out of the ring! But that’s not all, as The Firm follows MJF out.
MJF starts fighting back, but that’s too many to fight off! The timekeeper’s table is cleared off, and Morrissey drags MJF up. Morrissey choke grips, MJF fights but gets mugged again. Morrissey then hauls MJF up with a choke grip, to CHOKE SLAM MJF through the table!! The Firm went rogue and now they’re doing whatever they want! Will anything stop them from taking over AEW? And what is the state of the world title match after both champion and challenger have been demolished?
Another great Dynamite, and fortunately, more wrestling than talking. Getting a title match just because was cool, and Moxley and Penta put on an amazing one. MJF had a great promo beforehand, and I am really liking that for all his Heel attitude, he is basically a Face now because fans love him and he wants to do things on his own. The Firm forcing his hand was great, and I feel like The Firm going after MJF was happening at some point anyway with Stokely getting power hungry. Moxley and MJF both get beat down so that does muddy some of the math, but there is still some time before the PPV. I’m wondering if MJF has a match against one of the Firm members as a tune-up. I’m pretty sure Moxley will, and that’ll be great stuff.
Good promos from Eddie Kingston and Rey Fenix to get their opinions on that main event. I also like that there was a lot of sarcasm from Eddie because of that intervention on Rampage. Eddie’s story being about how close he is to snapping is great, it makes the most out of working in his past with other companies. And then Fenix being confronted by Christian and Luchasaurus was good, as was Cassidy joining in. Cassidy is quickly becoming the fightingest All-Atlantic Champion by having two Triple Threat defenses in a row as his first two defenses. He’s starting strong, winning strong, and that might make it all the bigger when someone takes that title off him.
Great match out of Riho VS Hayter, but I figured Hayter would win to push her up the rankings towards the women’s title. Toni Storm showing up was of course a further sign of that, and Storm VS Hayter is going to be awesome stuff. Saraya and Britt also had a nice little encounter backstage, they’re building ever closer to that match for Saraya’s return to the ring. I’m thinking Storm and Saraya each win their matches against Hayter and Britt, but if either of them is losing, it might be Saraya because Britt will have Rebel to help her cheat. And from I’ve heard, it sounds like Storm wants to get the “interim” out of the way the same way Moxley did, maybe Storm is just named THE Women’s World Champion if Thunder Rosa isn’t back after Full Gear.
We got an awesome contender’s match from FTR VS Swerve In Our Glory, and I like all the moving parts of this. The Acclaimed were watching from a distance so as not to be a factor, other than the fans paying them some attention, while The Gunn Sons were ringside because they were going to be a factor. This of course sets up Gunns VS FTR for the ROH World Tag Team Championships while we’re getting Acclaimed VS Swerve & Keith Round 3. With how Swerve is going further and further Heel, I bet he and Keith lose and then Swerve turns on Keith and we get that feud. Then in Gunns VS FTR, there’s half a chance Gunns cheat to win and get The Firm their first belts.
Good promo from Taven and Wardlow to set up their match, but I would think Wardlow wins. His rise back up can’t be stopped just because The Kingdom shows up. We also got good promos from Darby and Lethal’s group to hype up their rematch. I would love if Lethal’s “old friend” who knows Darby’s weakness is Sting! Lethal and Sting were in Impact together, Sting knows Darby pretty well now, and Sting could spin it by saying if Darby wants to prove himself, then he needs to be able to overcome someone with everything in his favor. That in itself can help prove to Darby and to AEW that Darby is ready for the world title.
Great stuff from BCC and JAS. Great opening match from Claudio & Yuta VS Jericho & Garcia. That win is big, because I would love for Full Gear or even ROH Final Battle in December to have Claudio VS Jericho and Yuta VS Garcia, last chances for BCC to get those ROH titles back. Jericho calling out ALL of ROH is great, I would love to see ROH Women’s Champion, Mercedes Martinez, show up to whoop Anna and/or Tay in a title match. And we can see The Briscoes beat up on Menard & Parker, and we can use that promo to give us Jericho VS Samoa Joe at some point. Bryan VS Sammy was also great, and of course Bryan won. The BCC getting heated with each other is an intriguing twist, I can’t wait to see which way this goes.
And while not played up much in the broadcast, I really do like that little promo from The Elite. They did good with that golden Thanos snap type effect, and are of course pointing out that they are the reason for everything that has happened with this company. It is also a sign that they’re on their way back from the suspension, and maybe they’ll actually finally discuss that on camera because otherwise, casual viewers who still don’t know what happened after All Out won’t understand what’s going on. And with that, they can also call out Death Triangle over those Trios Championships, maybe Full Gear gives us Elite VS Death Triangle in a show stealer.
My Score: 8.8/10
Mitchell’s AEW Dynamite Results & Report! (2/1/23)
Dynamite is No Holds Barred!
Will Darby Allin still be the Relentless TNT Champion?
Samoa Joe wants the AEW TNT Championship back, but he knows Darby Allin is relentless. Tonight on Dynamite, they go NO HOLDS BARRED for the gold! Will Joe once again be the King of Television?
- Jon Moxley VS Hangman Page; Moxley wins.
- The Acclaimed w/ Billy Gunn VS Truth Magnum & Turbo Floyd; The Acclaimed wins.
- Brian Cage w/ Prince Nana VS Konosuke Takeshita; Takeshita wins.
- Bryan Danielson VS Timothy Thatcher; Bryan wins.
- AEW TBS Championship: Jade Cargill w/ Leila Grey VS Red Velvet; Cargill wins and retains the title.
- AEW TNT Championship No Holds Barred: Darby Allin w/ Sting VS Samoa Joe; wins and
PLAY BY PLAY
Jon Moxley w/ Wheeler Yuta VS Hangman Page!
The Maniac and the Cowboy go for their tiebreaker as Dynamite is in Dayton, Ohio! Will Ohio’s own knock this one out of the park like he did before? Or will there be some serious #CowboySh*t going down in Dayton?
Not only does Moxley have the Decoder by his side, he has his dad, Dan! Hangman makes his entrance next, and Moxley goes right after him! Moxley throws hands then whips Hangman into railing! The ref reprimands but Moxley sends Hangman into steel steps! Moxley throws hands, whips Hangman again and Hangman hits more railing hard! Fans fire up and the ref reprimands. Moxley just takes off his hoodie to CHOKE Hangman with it! Moxley TOSSES Hangman over the railing, and then he hops onto the railing! Dayton fires up, gives Moxley a hand, and Moxley FLYING AX HANDLES Hangman down!
Moxley brings Hangman up but Hangman throws hands! Hangman sits Moxley down, fires off more shots, then backs up. Hangman runs in to BOOT Moxley against railing! The ref reprimands, he wants this in the ring, but it isn’t a match yet so there’s no real repercussions. Hangman stalks Moxley along the way but Moxley kicks back. And CHOPS! Moxley trips Hangman then ties him up, FIGURE FOUR on the floor! Moxley and Hangman flip each other off but the ref still wants this in the ring. Hangman grabs someone’s beer and splashes Moxley with it! Moxley lets Hangman out of the hold, and then Hangman ROCKS Mox!
They go back to ringside, Moxley grabs a chair but Hangman CLUBS Moxley. But Moxley JAMS Hangman, tris him, and then drops an elbow on the leg! Moxley has a toehold, then he puts the chair around the leg! The ref reprimands but Moxley goes up the apron. The ref shouts at Moxley to not jump, but then Hangman gets free! Hangman CHUCKS the chair at Moxley’s head!! Moxley goes down and fans fire up! The ref reprimands again and wants this to get in the ring. Moxley is dazed, but Hangman drags him around, to suplex onto the chair! Hangman drags Moxley up and puts him in the ring, but he also brings the chair!
The ref stops Hangman, so Hangman leaves the chair behind. The bell finally rings, and Hangman runs in to forearm Moxley! Moxley hits back, they go back and forth! Moxley’s eyebrow is already busted open, but he keeps throwing shots. Hangman gets the edge, HEADBUTTS, then whips. Moxley reverses to dropkick the legs out! Moxley looms over Hangman, drags him into the INDIAN DEATHLOCK! Hangman endures, keeps his shoulders off the mat, but fans rally behind Moxley. Hangman drags himself back, reaches out, and gets the ROPEBREAK! The ref counts, Moxley lets Hangman go at 3.
Moxley brings Hangman up but Hangman gets around to GERMAN SUPLEXES! Moxley snarls but the blood is getting into his eye. Hangman DECKS Moxley and has him at the ropes. Hangman brings Moxley up, fans boo but Hangman CHOPS! Moxley flounders and falls and fans start dueling. Hangman stalks Moxley, sits him up, and he starts raining down fists right on the bloody eyebrow! Mox fans boo but Hangman fans are fired up for the “COWBOY SH*T!” Hangman wipes Moxley’s blood off on his chest, but then turns around into a CHOP! Moxley eggs Hangman on and Hangman CHOPS back!
Moxley CHOPS, Hangman CHOPS, fans “WOO~!” for the CHOP fight! Moxley shifts to boxing elbows, then runs, but Hangman catches the crossbody! FALL AWAY SLAM! Fans are torn while Moxley goes to the apron. Hangman runs, triangle jumps, but Moxley LARIATS first! Moxley drags Hangman up and to the apron, then turns Hangman, for a SLEEPER! The ref reprimands and wants this in the ring, but Hangman claws the bloody eyebrow! Moxley turns Hangman around, reels him in, but Hangman resists the lift! Hangman tries to lift, Moxley resists, and then Moxley lifts! Hangman fights that and lifts again, but Moxley still fights!
Both men are fighting for control, and Hangman fireman’s carries! To SNAKE EYES Moxley off the post! Moxley falls to the floor and Dynamite goes picture in picture!
The ref checks Moxley but he’s somehow okay to continue. Hangman goes over to fetch Moxley, and whips him into railing! Hangman ROCKS Moxley with haymakers as the bloody eyebrow becomes a crimson mask. Hangman refreshes the count, goes back to Moxley and CHOPS him! Moxley gets in Hangman’s face so Hangman CHOPS again! Moxley CHOPS and CHOPS and CHOPS, but Hangman DECKS him! Hangman snarls, looms over Moxley, and then drags him back up. Hangman puts Moxley in the ring, and rains down more fists on that bloody eyebrow! Moxley falls over, but Hangman gets the wrists!
Hangman sits Moxley up, for a DRAGON STOMP, but Moxley blocks! Moxley throws Hangman to a corner and fires off forearms and CHOPS on repeat! Moxley then hoists Hangman up top, climbs up after him, and CLAWS Hangman’s back, painfully slow! Then he CLAWS and BITES Hangman’s back, before blowing a kiss to the fans. But Hangman throws body shots in return! Dynamite returns to single picture as Hangman BITES Moxley’s forehead! Hangman then slips under Moxley to fireman’s carry him on the second rope! SUPER DEATH VALLEY DRIVER!! Cover, TWO!! Moxley survives and fans are fired up!
Fans duel as Hangman sits up. Hangman scowls while Moxley sits up. Moxley eggs Hangman on so Hangman kicks him! And BOOTS him! Hangman tells Moxley to stay down but he refuses. Moxley sits up, so Hangman BOOTS him! Moxley sits up to SLAP Hangman, and flips him off! Hangman is fuming, but he runs into a CUTTER! A standing count starts, fans count along as Moxley and Hangman stir. They sit up at 5 of 10, and Moxley throws a haymaker. Hangman throws it back, so Moxley gives another,. They go back and forth, Hangman wobbles but he CHOPS! Moxley CHOPS! Hangman forearms! Moxley forearms back!
Moxley eggs Hangman on, Hangman staggers over and CHOPS again! Moxley KICKS a leg, KICKS Hangman’s arm, then KICKS him again! Moxley ducks the haymaker to get the SLEEPER! Hangman shifts to SAIDO! But Moxley’s right up! SAIDO!! Hangman ends up in a corner and fans say “This is Awesome!” Moxley puts Hangman up top, climbs up after him, and hits a SUPER HALF HATCH SUPLEX!! Cover, TWO!! Moxley immediately rains down the HAMMER ‘N’ ANVIL ELBOWS! Then he clamps on a SLEEPER! Hangman endures as Moxley shifts to a BULLY CHOKE! Hangman pushes around, so Moxley shifts to get the wrists! DRAGON STOMPS!!
Moxley then drags Hangman up into the underhooks! But Hangman fights Death Rider! So Moxley rolls Hangman to an ARMBAR! Hangman endures, moves around, and reaches out to the ROPEBREAK! The ref counts and Moxley lets go at 4. Hangman crawls to a corner, fans rally up, and Moxley says this is it! Moxley runs in but Hangman TOSSES him up and out! Moxley staggers up, Hangman goes up top! ARIHARA MOONSAULT but Moxley moves! And LARIATS!! Both men are down at the ramp and fans are thunderous! The ref checks both men, Moxley is up first while fans lose their minds.
Moxley goes to the timekeeper’s area and he clears off the table! Moxley drags Hangman over, reels him in, but Hangman resists the lift! Hangman Alabama Lifts but Moxley fights that. DOUBLE LARIATS hit! And again! Moxley runs in, POP-UP POWERBOMB THROUGH THE TABLE!! Fans lose their minds again while Hangman leaves Moxley behind in the ring. The ring count climbs to 5 of 10 before Moxley sits up. The count is 7! Then “OCHO!” Moxley stands at 9, and springs in at 9.9!! But into a LARIAT!! And then Alabama Lift, DEADEYE!!! Cover, TWO?!?! Moxley survives and no one can believe it!
Hangman kicks at Moxley, almost taunting him. Hangman goes to a corner while Moxley’s fans boo. Hangman runs in, but Moxley dodges the stomp to KING KONG LARIAT!! Fans are thunderous as both men stand again. Moxley eggs Hangman on, and Hangman stands. Moxley throws a forearm, so Hangman hits back! Moxley forearms again, but so does Hangman! Fans duel, the forearms fly faster, and then Hangman gets the edge! SUPERKICK! Hangman reels Moxley in, fisherman’s a leg, but Moxley fights the suplex! Hangman powers it through, FISHERMAN CRADLE DRIVER!! Cover, TWO!?!?!?
Hangman’s wild eyes say he can’t believe Moxley survived! Hangman goes to the apron, he aims at Moxley, slingshot for the BUCK- NO! DEATH- NO, Hangman blocks to scoop! TOMBSTONE PILEDRIVER!!! But Hangman doesn’t cover, he goes to the apron! Hangman loads up, for the BUCKSHOT!!! Cover, TWO!?!?!? HOW?!?! Moxley has survived all of Hangman’s best, but Hangman has the BULLY CHOKE!! Hangman pulls back on Moxley’s favorite hold! Moxley shifts, fights back up, and he snapmares into a cradle! MOXLEY WINS!!
Winner: Jon Moxley, by pinfall
Moxley just taught Hangman not to play games! Hangman is furious that he got caught like that, but the Blackpool Combat Club steps into the ring. Yuta and Claudio keep Hangman back but Moxley stands up. Moxley and Hangman get in each other’s face but the BCC keep them apart. Hangman flips Moxley off, and fans want to “LET THEM FIGHT!” Moxley and Hangman keep jawing, they get close but Claudio keeps them separate. Moxley mocks Hangman by lying down, giving Hangman a chance. Hangman mocks Moxley back by doing a quick burpie push-up. Claudio tells Hangman to go and cool off.
Moxley flips Hangman off as he leaves, and fans celebrate their home state hero. Will there be a fourth round out of these two to truly settle things?
AEW takes a look at tonight’s TNT Championship No Holds Barred main event!
Darby Allin tells Samoa Joe, “I knew when I took this from you in Seattle that you’d want it back. And I know you’d stop at nothing to have it back. Well, I’m gonna make things fair. You beat me in Texas, and you granted me my rematch in Seattle. So I’m granting you your rematch in Ohio. But I want it under one condition: No Holds Barred.” Samoa Joe told the “Little Dead Boy” that Joe is “coming to take back what’s mine. The King will not be usurped by a man like you.” Darby says if he walks out the winner, Joe doesn’t get another rematch. If Joe walks out the winner, Darby won’t get a rematch. This will be the final chapter of their feud! So who writes their happily ever after?
Backstage interview with Jamie Hayter, The Bunny, The Butcher & The Blade.
Renee Paquette is with the AEW Women’s World Champion, as well as the mercenary trio. Renee thanks them for agreeing to no physicality, and understands that Allie the Bunny requested this time. Bunny tells Hayter, they’re all very impressed by Hayter’s win over Emi Sakura on Rampage last Friday. Now, Bunny feels like Sakura outshined Hayter, but great win nonetheless. And Bunny knows Hayter isn’t the type to back down from a challenge, right? Right. So here’s a challenge: next week on Dynamite, Hayter VS Bunny in a Title Eliminator Match! What does Hayter say? Hayter says absolutely! She bloody loves a challenge, and next week, she’s free.
Renee says there’s something happening as we speak! They get it on the television screen nearby, and it’s Britt Baker being mugged by Saraya and Toni Storm!! Bunny is shocked and Hayter is furious! Hayter hurries off, Saraya talks right into the camera, “AEW is OUR house!” Storm drags Britt up to RAM her into a garage door! Bunny more or less expresses exasperation, but will Hayter be able to save the Doctor?
The Acclaimed w/ Billy Gunn VS Truth Magnum & Turbo Floyd!
The AEW World Tag Team Champions have been reigning for 133 days, but they know the Gunn Sons, Austin & Colten, are gunning for them. But first, they tune up against “The Outrunners.” As always, Platinum Max has a diss track ready! “Acclaimed on the mic, you know we the nicest. Fighting two guys in their midlife crisis! I bet you have sex with each other. How we gonna fight the bootleg Beverly Brothers? C’mon, it’s not the 80s! Acclaimed gonna make you call it quits like you Tom Brady! ‘Ey, y’all should be ashamed. In Ohio, everybody loves The Acclaimed.”
Fans cheer, and Bowens gets the mic to say, “NNNUTTER CENTERRR~! The Acclaimed have arrived! SCISSOR ME, DADDY ASS!” And he does~! But while Caster & Bowens just embarrassed Truth & Turbo, are they walking into a trap game before taking on the Ass Boys?
The teams sort out, the Outrunners decide they’ll scissor finger! They mock the Mega Powers at the same time, but then Bowens SUPERKICKS Truth out of the ring! The bell rings, Caster CHOPS Turbo and scoops him to SLAM him! Tag to Bowens and Bowens goes up top! Caster holds open the legs, SCISSOR ME TURBO! Daddy Ass gets in the ring so that he and the boys can TRIPLE SCISSOR~! Bowens waits on Turbo, mule kicks and hits the ARRIVAL! Tag to Caster and he goes up top, MIC DROP! Cover, The Acclaimed win!
Winners: The Acclaimed, by pinfall
But wait! Raining on the parade are Austin & Colten! Fans taunt the “ASS~ BOYS~!” But they tune that out. They go to the ring, and Colten has a mic. “Hey, good match, guys. But we’re here to talk about something serious. Last week, what we said would make us happy are your belts. And we want a shot at those belts, and we want an answer right now.” Fans boo but Caster has the mic to say, “Yo! Yo! Yo! Yo! Listen.” Bowens says, “You two Rod ‘n’ Todd lookin’ asses want an answer. You do realize you are interrupting the most popular tag team in all of wrestling, right?” Caster adds, “That’s right!”
“The winningest tag team in AEW history!” “That’s right!” “The FOREVER champs, the Acclaimed!” “That’s right!” “And not to mention, EVERYONE! LOVES! THE ACCLAIMED!” But they are the People’s Choice, and the People’s Voice, they will ask the people. Colten says these fans can’t even read! But Bowens still asks Dayton’s opinion: Do the Ass Boys deserve a shot at the tag titles? “NOOO~!” Well, the people have spoken, so NO. Austin & Colten get in Caster’s & Bowens’ faces, but Billy tells them all to stop! Isn’t it enough already? Billy is so sick of this, he is just done! Billy says this is too much, so go ahead, beat the sh*t out of each other!
Daddy Ass steps aside, fans fire up, but Austin says, “There you go. Do exactly what you did our entire childhoods and turn your back on us.” Billy stops walking up the ramp, but then chuckles as he keeps going. Austin says Billy should do what he used to do, and drown his sorrows at the bottom of a PILL BOTTLE! That gets Billy to turn around! Billy storms up on his sons and The Acclaimed, as well as the fans, tell the Ass Boys that they F’d up. Billy is up in Austin’s face and says, “So you two think you just put your big boy pants on? Then you just step up, and you just made the biggest mistake…”
The mic is wonky so Billy throws it down. Bowens gives Billy the good one. Billy wants Austin to look at him after what he just said. Austin looks up at his father’s eyes. Billy says if they’ve got their big boy pants on, if they think they got what it takes, if they think they have what Billy had, then we’ll see next week. They’ve got their title shots! The Acclaimed is surprised but the Ass Boys smile that they’re getting their way. Will Austin & Colten get what they want? Or just what they deserve?
Backstage interview with Jack Perry.
Alex Marvez is with Jungle Boy and notes that he and Hook are 2-0 as a team, having beaten The Firm’s Ethan Page & Matt Hardy. The question is: What’s next for #JungleHook? JB says that he had an amazing time teaming with Hook, and Hook has had JB’s back when no one else did. But JB’s done the tag team thing before. In fact, JB has been all the way to the top of that mountain, and fallen all the way down. But this year isn’t about that. What JB will say is that he’ll be a champion again, but all by himself. Then just what title will Jack Perry aim for in this Tarzan Life?
Brian Cage w/ Prince Nana VS Konosuke Takeshita!
Speaking of having people’s backs, just as The Machine and MJF were about to destroy Bryan Danielson, The Future of Wrestling rushed out to run them off! But now, Cage and Konosuke go toe to toe, will Cage make Konosuke pay for interfering?
The bell rings and Konosuke BOOTS Cage! Cage BOOTS Konosuke, then DOUBLE LARIATS collide! Cage swings but Konosuke swats it to ROLLING ELBOW! Cage wobbles, Konosuke runs, ducks ‘n’ dodges, and then TAKESHITA LINES! Cage bails out and fans fire up! Konosuke runs to BOOT Cage off the apron! Konosuke then PLANCHAS and takes Cage down at the ramp! Fans fire up, Konosuke winks at the camera, and then goes back to the apron. But Cage grabs a foot! Konosuke kicks and stomps Cage but Cage yanks Konosuke into a POST BOMB! Konosuke tumbles down and fans boo but Nana cheers.
Cage drags Konosuke up, puts him in, and runs to basement BOOT! Cover, TWO! Fans rally for Konosuke but Cage drags him back up. Cage reels Konosuke in, puts one out, but Konosuke wrenches out! Konosuke throws a forearm, but Cage gives it back! They go forearm for forearm, and Konosuke throws boxing elbows into the ROLLING ELBOW! Cage fights the back suplex, KNEES low, and brags, “Who betta than Cage?” But he runs into a BLUE THUNDER BOMB! Cover, TWO! Cage survives and Konosuke is surprised! Nana coaches Cage up but Konosuke aims from a corner. Konosuke runs in to JUMP KNEE, but Cage dodges!
Konosuke tumbles to the apron, Cage ROUNDHOUSES him! Cage climbs the ropes, and he stands Konosuke up. DEADLIFT SUPERPLEX! Fans boo but Cage flexes while Dynamite goes picture in picture.
Cage drops a knee on Konosuke, sits him up to KNEE him in the back again and again, then he stomps Konosuke back down. Cage paces, drags Konosuke up, and bumps him off buckles. Cage RAMS into Konosuke, RAMS him again, and then CHOPS him! Cage soaks up the heat, but Konosuke CHOPS back! Konosuke fires forearms, then another CHOP! And another CHOP! But Cage BOOTS Konosuke down! Cage grabs the legs, stomps Konosuke in the stomach, then paces around. Cage stands Konosuke up, wrenches and YANKS the arm, then RAMS shoulders. Cage wrenches, pump handles, and lifts, but Konosuke slips out!
Konosuke runs in but Cage ducks the boot to roll Konosuke up! Konosuke slips out, but runs into a drop toehold! Konosuke’s on ropes, Cage dials it up, TIGER FEINT KICK! Konosuke staggers to a corner, Cage runs in and UPPERCUTS, GAMANGIRIS, and GERMAN SUPLEXES! Cover, TWO!! Cage and Nana are annoyed, but Cage looms over Konosuke. Cage hears the fans rally for Konosuke, but Cage drags him up. Cage reels Konosuke in, puts out another one, and Dynamite returns to single picture as Cage lifts, only for Konosuke to RANA Cage into buckles! BLINDSIDE JUMP KNEE! Cage staggers, Konosuke goes up, FLYING KNEE!
Both men are down and fans fire up! Konosuke and Cage stir as the ring count starts. Konosuke sits up and feeds off the energy. Konosuke drags Cage up into a waistlock, but Cage elbows free! Cage whips, Konosuke LARIATS on the return! Konosuke drags Cage up, waistlocks and GERMAN SUPLEXES! Bridging cover, TWO!! Fans rally while Konosuke fires up. Konosuke aims from the corner as Cage stands, and Konosuke runs in, JUMP- NO! Cage blocks the knee to BUCKLE BOMB! And then fireman’s carry, to an F- NO! Konosuke lands out, lifts and LIGER BOMBS! Cover, TWO!! Cage survives but fans fire up behind Konosuke!
Konosuke aims again while Nana shouts to Cage. Cage stands, Konosuke runs in but the knee is blocked! Cage spins, Konosuke ducks! Konosuke spins, ROLLING ELBOW!! Konosuke reels Cage in, but Cage wrenches out to HEADBUTT! And then SAIDO!! But Konosuke is right up?! Into a DISCUS LARIAT from Cage!! Cover, TWO!?! Konosuke survives and Nana is furious! Cage says he’s gonna end this, and he suplexes, only for Konosuke to slip out! Konosuke suplexes, SHEER DROP BRAINBUSTER!! Cage roars as he rises up, but Konosuke ROCKS him with another elbow! And then another suplex, for another BRAINBUSTER!!! Cover, TWO!?!?
Cage survives, he must truly be a machine! But Dayton rallies behind Konosuke. Konosuke runs in, but into a SUPERKICK! Cage fireman’s carries, for the F10!! Nana says no prisoners! Cage drags Konosuke up again, puts him in the corner and hoists him to the top. Cage then goes to the outside and climbs up after Konosuke. But Konosuke throws forearms in return! Konosuke suplexes for a SUPER BRAINBUSTER!!! Fans are thunderous and Konosuke aims again! KNOCKOUT KNEE!!! Cover, Konosuke wins!!
Winner: Konosuke Takeshita, by pinfall
Cage may be a machine, but the machine just broke down against the bullet train! Will Konosuke continue to prove why he IS The Future of Wrestling?
Backstage interview with the Jericho Appreciation Society.
Renee is with Matthew Menard, Angelo Parker, Daniel Garcia, Sammy Guevara, and of course, Chris Jericho himself. Renee says that we heard Ricky Starks’ comments from last week, addressing how the JAS cheated to win. What is their reaction? Jericho says, “Cheated? We haven’t worked together in five years, and you’re accusing us of cheating? Let me say this, Renee. Ricky Starks, he didn’t lose to a baseball bat, no. Did you see a baseball bat in there?” Of course the JAS says no. Jericho says Starks lost to the JAS. And now Starks challenges them, “How can I get another match with Chris Jericho?”
Jericho says the JAS has an idea how Starks can do that. Right, Sammy? Sammy says yes. Garcia and Sammy put their heads together, and they came up with a great idea: The Guevara-Garcia… No, wait, the Garcia-Guevara Gauntlet! Danny thanks Sammy for the top billing on that name. Renee asks what kind of gauntlet they have in mind. Garcia says it’s a rather simple concept. “Ricky, first you’re gonna have to beat Cool Hand Ange. And if that happens, you’re gonna have to beat Daddy Magic.” Menard adds, “Beat Daddy Magic? I DON’T THINK SO!” Garcia says that if Starks somehow does that, then he beats either Garcia or Guevara, but they’ll reveal that the night of.
And then, if somehow, by the skin of his teeth, Starks makes it past all that, only then does Starks get his hands on Jericho. Jericho tells Starks, “You don’t call the shots around here, the Jericho Appreciation Society does. So if you can get through the Garcia-Guevara Gauntlet, I’ll be ready to rip your ass!” Will the Absolute survive three matches in one go to finally have another shot at The Ocho?
The Elite speak.
Matt Jackson asks Brandon Cutler if the camera is rolling as he, brother Nick, Kenny Omega, Michael Nakazawa and Don Callis are on the basketball court. Cutler says yes, they’re live, while Nakazawa and Callis are oiling Omega up. Matt says, “Ladies and gentlemen, check it out who it is! It’s the first-ever, two-time Trios Champions, The Elite.” Omega says that’s right, and he tells Top Flight, “I watched what you guys did. After a Best of 7 Series in a ladder match, you got one up on our boys. Well how ’bout next week, you bring your friend, AR Fox, next week and we’ll put these belts on the line, and you guys can shoot your shot.
“But hey, when you shoot that shot, you best not miss. Because The Elite never miss. Nick, if you will.” Nick takes the rock and shoots it, THREE POINTER! Oh, but wait! The Firm’s Stokely Hathaway, Ethan Page, Matt Hardy & Isiah Kassidy walk in. Callis has Cutler keep rolling, and Omega mockingly asks where Stokely is, he can’t see him. Oh haha, Stokely knows you see him, he’s right here. But listen, you three are doing NOTHING all week? No wrestling, nothing? Just a week off? Ethan thinks that’s funny. The Firm’s employees don’t have that luxury, they work every single week, and Ethan wants that streak to continue.
So Ethan says how about this: The Elite VS Ethan, Matt & “Zay,” Friday on Rampage. Omega tells Callis he isn’t so sure, but Callis says this is Matt Hardy. If they get footage of Hardy taking a One Winged Angel, they could sell that NFT for a lot of money. Hardy says, “What about an NFT with Matt Hardy Twist-Of-Fating Omega?” Ethan likes that better! Well, as far as a match, it’s done. The Elite VS The Whatever They Are. Kassidy says he hopes the Elite is ready, cuz they sure are. Kassidy unsettles Kenny with an arm around his shoulders and a moan, and Ethan says this is good business. Hey, Brandon, is it? Cut the camera!
Matt Jackson tells Ethan Page that he doesn’t tell Brandon what to do! THEY tell him! Turn off the camera, ya damn dumbass! And get off the court, they’re trying to play. But will this 3v3 pick-up game go The Elite’s way? Or is it a trap game before taking on Fox, Dante & Darius?
Bryan Danielson VS Timothy Thatcher!
In the American Dragon’s quest to be #1 contender, he has defeated Tony Nese, Konosuke Takeshita, Bandido and Brian Cage, an undefeated streak of 4-0 in 2023! But now, Maxwell Jacob Friedman has enlisted a fighter very much like Bryan in his savage technical ability. Will Bryan make it to the deadline still on top? Or is this where MJF wins before Revolution even begins?
The bell rings and the two circle. They feel out the grapple, but Bryan’s shoulder is an obvious target. They grapple, Bryan puts Thatcher on ropes but Thatcher shifts to get the arm. Thatcher wrangles Bryan but Bryan scrambles to the ROPEBREAK! The ref counts, Thatcher lets off, and then smirks as he watches Bryan get up. Bryan and Thatcher feel out another grapple, Thatcher puts him in the corner, and then European Uppercuts! And again! And again! Bryan sits down and Thatcher goes after the arm! Thatcher twists the elbow and wrist, isolates the arm, and stands on the hand! Thatcher KNEES the arm!
Bryan scrambles away but Thatcher is right on him with a double wristlock! Bryan powers Thatcher to ropes, and clasps his hands behind his back. The ref counts, the two let off, but then Bryan fires off body shots and kicks! Bryan grabs a leg to DRAGON SCREW! Bryan holds onto the leg, turns Thatcher over and ties those legs up, to get a Deathlock! Fans rally as Bryan sits on the hold, then SNAPS it! Bryan then shifts to a BOW ‘N’ ARROW! Thatcher pries the fingers away! Bryan shouts in pain but Thatcher twists the arm! And STOMPS it down! Fans boo but Thatcher grins with that missing-tooth smile.
Thatcher KNEES Bryan in the back, stalks him to a corner, but Bryan puts Thatcher in the corner to CHOP and CHOP and KICK and KICK! Fans rally, Bryan runs corner to corner, and DROPKICKS! Bryan facelocks but Thatcher wrenches and WRINGS Bryan’s arm! Fans boo more but Thatcher drags Bryan up with a double wristlock! Thatcher uses his height to lift Bryan off the mat! Then Thatcher pushes Bryan down, but Bryan keeps his shoulders up. Bryan crawls around, ROPEBREAK! Thatcher lets go at 4 while fans rally up. Bryan clutches his arm but Thatcher goes after it again as Dynamite goes picture in picture.
Bryan endures but they’re also in the ropes so the ref counts. Thatcher lets off at 4, then digs his boot into Bryan at the corner. The ref counts, Thatcher lets off, only to stand on Bryan’s chest! The ref counts, Thatcher steps away, and he grins as he soaks up the heat. Thatcher mocks Bryan’s pain, then KNEES the bad shoulder! Thatcher KNEES Bryan again, goes out to drag Bryan tot he apron, and he SLAMS the arm on the edge! Bryan clutches his bicep and shoulder while the ref reprimands. Thatcher slides into the ring and stands Bryan up by his ears! Thatcher CLUBS Bryan on the chest! Thatcher fishhooks Bryan to stand him up, and CLUBS him again!
Bryan sits down, Thatcher stands him back up, and he hammerlocks the bad arm. Thatcher then back suplexes Bryan up and into the ring! Thatcher dusts off his hands while crawling to the cover, but Bryan wrangles him into the LEBELL LOCK!! Thatcher got cocky and got caught! But he scrambles to the ROPEBREAK! Bryan lets off quickly, but Thatcher is right on him! Thatcher UPPERCUTS the arm! Bryan goes to a corner, Thatcher KNEES him down, then drags Bryan back up. Thatcher EuroUppers Bryan, taunts the fans, then EuroUppers Bryan again. Bryan leans against ropes, Thatcher snarls at the fans, then gets in Bryan’s face.
Dynamite returns to single picture as Thatcher traps Bryan’s bad arm behind his back and throws hard body shots to that side. The ref counts but Thatcher grins as he throws more shots. Bryan fights back with HEADBUTTS! Fans fire up as Bryan backs Thatcher down, but Thatcher fires off body shot after body shot! Thatcher drags Bryan out to a hammerlock GROVIT, and then hits a GROVIT-PLEX! Cover, TWO!! Bryan is still in this but Thatcher snarls. Thatcher stalks Bryan at the ropes, bumps him off buckles, then reels Bryan in to hoist him up top. Thatcher UPPERCUTS, climbs up after Bryan, and he underhooks the arms!
Bryan resists and fans fire up! Bryan breaks free, throws body shot after body shot in return, and then HEADBUTTS Thatcher down! Thatcher growls and gets right back up! But Bryan throws more body shots! Fans rally “YES! YES! YES!” and Bryan HEADBUTTS again! Thatcher stays down this time, and Bryan stands up! Thatcher stands in time for the MISSILE DROPKICK! Both men are down as Bryan clutches his bad arm, but Dayton rallies up behind him! Bryan and Thatcher sit up, both snarl, and Thatcher EuroUppers! Bryan EuroUppers in return! They go uppercut for uppercut, but Thatcher gets the edge!
Bryan fires up to KICK! And KICK! Bryan KICKS away on Thatcher’s chest, “YES! YES! YES!” Bryan powers up but Thatcher blocks the Buzzsaw! Thatcher goes for the bad arm, wrangles Bryan down, but Bryan rolls through and gets around to waistlock. Thatcher bucks the O’Conner but runs into a backslide! TWO, FUJIWARA! No, Bryan rolls through to BUZZSAW! Cover, TWO!! But Bryan clamps on for HAMMER ‘N’ ANVIL ELBOWS! Fans rally again, but Thatcher blocks the arm! Bryan claws Thatcher’s face to get free, and get a SLEEPER! But Thatcher wants that bad arm! Bryan has to shift his grip, but Thatcher stands!
Thatcher pries the sleeper open because he can get the bad arm, but Bryan powers up! Bryan has the hold on tight, so Thatcher backs Bryan down! They end up ramming the ref into the corner! Bryan still holds on, but Thatcher hits a BIG back suplex! All three men are down and fans fire up! But here comes MJF! The AEW World Champion tells Dayton to shush, and he puts on the Dynamite Diamond Ring! MJF says, “It’s too damn easy. This is done! This is done!” MJF goes to the ring, but KONOSUKE flies in outta nowhere!! Konosuke won’t let MJF screw Bryan over! Konosuke attacks MJF, RAMS him into railing, and chases him to the back!
Bryan has Thatcher but Thatcher snatches the arm! FUJIWARA ARMBAR!! The ref is up, he asks Bryan, but Bryan endures! Thatcher pushes way back on the arm, but Bryan pushes his way forward with his legs! ROPEBREAK!! Fans fire up as Bryan survives by a literal foot! Thatcher lets go in frustration and he scowls as he throws hands on the bad arm. Thatcher drags Bryan up, clinches, BELLY2BELLY SUPLEX! Bryan flounders but Thatcher runs in, clinches, but Bryan switches! GERMAN SUPLEX! Thatcher fumes as he gets back up! Bryan dodges him, runs back in, BUSAIKU KNEE!! Cover, Bryan wins!
Winner: Bryan Danielson, by pinfall
Now 5-0 on the year, the quest continues! The American Dragon is not yet slain, but wait! MJF and Konosuke continue brawling backstage! MJF turns things around to send MJF into a road case! MJF gets a chair to CHUCK it at Konosuke’s head! And then he throws a trash bin! MJF says if Konosuke wants after him, this is what he gets! But Konosuke turns things back around to SMACK MJF off a table! MJF comes back, the hands fly, and security rushes in! Referees and management try to stop this, too! MJF says he’ll kill Konosuke but Konosuke says about the same in Japanese! Renee runs in to be on the scene, and she tells everyone to stop!
Renee informs everyone, “Per Tony Khan, next week on Dynamite in an Eliminator match, it will be Takeshita VS MJF!” MJF is pissed, he doesn’t agree to that, but he MUST! Will the Devil of AEW find that the Future of Wrestling is better than him?
Mogul Affiliates speak.
Swerve Strickland says, “It’s been a real relaxing last couple of weeks for Swerve and the Mogul Affiliates and all, since getting rid of some dead weight and all this. Until I was like, retriggered.” Dustin Rhodes returning to stand in front of Swerve’s camera, in front of Swerve’s lights, and with Swerve’s interviewer! “The Rhodes Family legacy really gets under my skin, with your father, Dusty Rhodes, giving Keith Lee the ‘Limitless’ moniker. So, since he’s not here, Dustin’s not here, either, let’s find some other nepotism, second generation punk boy to get rid of Friday night on Rampage. That means you, Brian Pillman. Ain’t that right, Parker?”
Parker Boudreaux says that’s right. “Ain’t that right, Trench?” The tattooed man says, “Yeah, that’s right.” Hoodies up, but will they put Bulletproof BPJ down?
BREAKING NEWS for next week!
February 8th, the deadline for Bryan Danielson becoming #1 contender, will see The American Dragon taking on La Faccion Ingobernable’s El Toro Blanco, RUSH!! And speaking of…
Backstage interview with LFI.
Lexi Nair is with El Toro Blanco, but also Jose the Assistant and “Perro Peligroso,” Preston Vance. She notes the announcement of Rush VS Bryan, but then there’s a knock at the door. MJF walks in and says, “Hola, mi hermanos! Senor Vance, Senor Jose, Senor Rrrrrush.” Rush asks what the hell this “perro” wants. MJF double checks, “perro” is dog, right? Well, there’s a little thing called personal space, so he’s just gonna take a step back. “But here’s the deal: my, uh, Spanish is come se dice… Mid. But I know one language, my friend, that is mucho, mucho universal.” And that is MONEY! A huge briefcase full of it!
MJF snaps the case shut and smiles. This first one is free of charge. But he has FIVE MORE filled to the brim with dinero. All Rush has to do is beat Bryan Danielson “by any means necessary.” All Rush needs to do is rip Bryan’s arm off and beat him over the head with it. Can Rush pull that off for him? Jose, translate. Jose translates, but Rush seems to understand explicitly. Rush tells MJF in Spanish, and MJF asks “dipsh*t” Jose to translate. Jose sums it up by saying they have a deal. Oh, is that right? That sounded a bit longer than that. But Rush, you don’t have to like MJF. He just has to get the job done. Pleasure doing business with you, perro.
MJF leaves, but Rush has his mission. Will Rush be raking in the money with one match? Or will nothing stop Bryan Danielson from earning his title match?
AEW TBS Championship: Jade Cargill w/ Leila Grey VS Red Velvet!
Finally, the biggest, fastest-rising star has reached her FIFTIETH match! But while the streak started with The Chef, will it end with her, too? Or will #ThatBitch not be stopped by even the person who knows her best?
The introductions are made, but Velvet attacks while Jade is strutting around! The bell rings, Velvet fires off forearms but Jade knees her low. Jade whips Velvet to a corner but Velvet boots her back! THESZ PRESS! Velvet rains down hands but Jade shoves her away. Velvet ducks but runs into an elbow! Jade drags Velvet up, but Velvet fires off forearms! Velvet whips, Jade blocks to reverse, but Velvet holds ropes. Jade runs in but Velvet sends her out! Leila hurries to Jade’s side but Velvet builds speed! Velvet WRECKS Jade with a dropkick! Velvet tells Leila to back off, then she storms up on Jade.
Jade elbows Velvet away, but Velvet comes back to ROCK Jade! Velvet CHOPS Jade right in front of her family! Velvet then puts Jade in the ring, storms up on her and Oklahoma Rolls! TWO! Jade staggers up, blocks a superkick, and she spins Velvet around. Velvet ducks the haymaker and runs the ropes, then wheelbarrows, but into a GERMAN SUPLEX! Fans fire up while Jade drags Velvet over to a cover, TWO! Velvet is toughing it out but Jade is getting frustrated. Jade scoops Velvet to SLAM her, then drops a BIG elbow! Cover, TWO, and Dynamite goes picture in picture.
Leila is annoyed and Jade frowns while Velvet sputters. Jade drags Velvet up, CLUBS her down, and Leila applauds. Jade bumps Velvet off top buckles, then middle buckles, then bottom buckles! Jade stands on Velvet in the corner and soaks up the cheers and jeers, but lets off at 4. Jade and the ref argue, but Leila gets cheap shots in! Leila scurries away and Jade hauls Velvet up for a FALL AWAY SLAM! And then kips up! Jade holds up both hands to say 50, and then flexes. Velvet bails out, Leila talks trash, and Jade storms over. Jade walks up but Velvet sends her into railing! Jade is getting mad, but Velvet avoids one haymaker to PENALTY KICK from the apron!
Velvet CROSSBODIES, but Jade catches her! Jade POSTS Velvet, then carries her around the way. Jade trophy lifts Velvet, goes up the steel steps, and then TOSSES Velvet at the ropes! Velvet falls, Jade covers, TWO!!! Velvet survives and Jade is getting real mad. Leila rallies the Baddie cheering section, and Jade stalks Velvet to a corner. Jade drags Velvet up, and TOSSES her across the way! Jade says that’s 50 right there, and then she does push-ups as Dynamite returns to single picture. But Velvet CHOPS! Jade CLUBS Velvet, then TOSSES her across the way again! Jade swaggers, dribbles, but Velvet dodges the dunk!
Velvet DROPKICKS Jade, then hits a CODE BREAKER! Jade staggers around, Velvet KICKS and KICKS and mule kicks! Velvet runs, but Jade BOOTS her down! Cover, TWO!! Velvet is still in this and wait! Kiera Hogan RAMS Leila into steel steps! The other former Baddie is here, but other refs come out to have her leave. This all distracts Jade, and Velvet rolls her up! Jade rolls through, but the STIR IT UP hits!! Cover, but the refs aren’t paying attention!! Fans count, Velvet would’ve won twice over by now! Aubrey Edwards finally notices and counts, TWO!! Jade survives and fans can’t believe it!!
Velvet is furious, she drags Jade around and hooks an arm, short arm scissor, and then the INVERSION! Jade endures, fights, but Velvet kicks at her! Jade endures as Velvet pulls on the arm, and she deadlifts Velvet! But Velvet sunset flips! Jade stays up, drags Velvet up with both hands, and pops her around! Chicken wings for JADED!!! Cover, Jade wins!!
Winner: Jade Cargill, by pinfall (still AEW TBS Champion)
FIFTY AND OH! Velvet came the closest of all, but will anyone ever stop Jade’s undefeated streak?
Backstage interview with Britt Baker.
Renee is with The Doctor, as well as Jamie Hayter, as they are with Doc Sampson. We only caught a glimpse of what happened to her earlier at the hands of Saraya & Storm, how is Britt feeling? Britt says this is fine. She’s fine, and if that’s how Storm & Saraya wanna play, that’s fine, too. Because Britt & Hayter can play that game, too. But wait, in walks Ruby Soho! Ruby just wants to talk. She heard what happened, is Britt good? Uh, Ruby, weren’t those your girls? Ruby has Britt hold on there. Ruby has nothing to do with Saraya & Storm, she doesn’t know what Britt’s talking about.
Britt says Ruby’s known Saraya & Storm a lot longer than she’s known the AEW originals, so sorry if it’s strange that Ruby only now shows up. But yeah, Britt is good. Hayter says Britt is great, actually. Ruby says she’s glad to hear it and walks off. There are battle lines being drawn, which side is the Runaway on?
BREAKING NEWS for Rampage!
Not only are The Elite and The Firm having it out, it is for the AEW World Trios Championships! Will Kenny & The Young Bucks make it through All Ego, Hardy & Kassidy to then take on Fox & Top Flight? Or will there be a change of plans for Dynamite? And speaking of Saraya & Storm, they are in tag team action once again, but will they continue to beat down All Elite homegrown talent? Plus, before taking on Bryan Danielson, Rush will take on the Fallen Angel, Christopher Daniels, in an epic match of former ROH World Heavyweight Champions! Will El Toro Blanco build momentum going into his battle with The American Dragon?
AEW TNT Championship No Holds Barred: Darby Allin w/ Sting VS Samoa Joe!
The series is tied at 1-1, with the Samoan Submission Specialist winning in Texas, but the Relentless One winning in his hometown of Seattle. Dynamite in Dayton is throwing out all the rules except one: win! Will Darby continue to be the fighting champion? Or will Joe return to being the One True King of Wrestling Television?
The introductions are made, the TNT title is raised, and one way or another, this is the series finale of Darby VS Joe!
Darby takes off his trench coat to reveal he, uh, customized his Hoodlum hoodie. He’s covered it in thumbtacks!! And as soon as he’s in the ring, he rushes in to COFFIN SPLASH Joe! Joe is reeling from the tack attack but Darby fires off tack-covered forearms! Fans fire up as Darby runs corner to corner, but Joe dodges the splash to GAMANGIRI! Joe then wraps up an arm in his towel, to LARIAT Darby down! Fans rally, Joe pulls Darby’s tack hoodie off and throws it away. Joe drags Darby up to CHOP him! Darby goes to a corner, but Darby kicks back. Joe stomps Darby, stomps him down, then storms off.
Joe goes out to look under the ring, and he brings out a TABLE! Dayton fires up, Joe picks the table up, but Darby DIVES into the table and Joe! The table doesn’t break but it, Joe and Darby all hit the floor! Joe is busted open on his forehead and fans fire up! Darby hurries to stand the table up, to then drop it on Joe! Darby then brings the steel steps around into the corner of the railing. Darby whips, Joe reverses, and Darby not only clips steel steps, he clips railing! Darby lands on his feet just from momentum, but he soon falls to his knees, clutching his back! Fans lose their minds while Joe stalks out after Darby.
Joe stands Darby up, throws knees into him, and then throws him into railing. Joe drags Darby up and they go up the bleachers. Joe SMACKS Darby off the handrail, then brings him up further. Joe smacks Darby off more railing, then keeps him going up. But Darby fights back! Darby CLUBS and CLAWS Joe’s back! Fans fire up but Joe DUMPS Darby down the steps! Fans are going nuts while Joe glares through his crimson mask, and Dynamite goes picture in picture.
Joe drags Darby up again, grinds him against the handrail, then SMACKS him off a fan’s chair! They go back to the lower level as Darby kicks Joe and crawls away. Joe keeps after Darby, drags him up, and brings him around the way to TOSS back to ringside! Darby narrowly misses hitting steel steps head first! Joe stalks Darby, drags Darby back up, then scoop SLAMS him on the steps! Darby writhes, flounders away, but Joe follows him to the corner. Darby throws Joe’s ROH World TV title at him, but that only upsets Joe. Joe storms in after Darby, stalks him to a corner, and waits on Darby to stand before he DECKS him!
Joe eggs Darby on as he stands over him. Darby doesn’t stand so Joe makes him. Joe snapmares to CHOP Darby on the back! And PENALTY KICK him in the chest! And then drops a fist on his head! Joe watches Darby writhe and the ref checks on him. Joe grins through the crimson mask, then stomps Darby down. Joe kicks Darby, then clamps on a neck wrench! Joe leans all his weight on Darby but Darby throws body shots. Joe doesn’t budge, and he CLUBS Darby down. Joe grins as Darby tires to sit back up. Joe clamps the neck wrench back on and he twists even harder! Darby endures, and Dynamite returns to single picture as Darby throws more body shots.
Joe lets go of the neck wrench, Darby hobbles and runs, but into an ELBOW! Darby falls over and Joe covers, TWO! Joe keeps focus as he looms over Darby. Joe KICKS Darby to a corner, and then stomps him. Fans rally and duel, but Joe is annoyed by that. Joe drags Darby up, DECKS him with a forearm, then clamps on another neck wrench! It’s practically a vice on Darby’s head, squeezing his skull! Darby endures, fights up, and he RAMS Joe into buckles! Darby fires off forearms and SLAPS! Darby runs corner to corner, but into the URENAGE! Cover, TWO!! Darby survives the #STJOE, but Joe stands Darby up to CHOP him!
Darby staggers, Joe CHOPS him again! Darby flops to the apron, Joe builds speed and he BOOTS Darby to the floor! Joe then storms out and looks under the ring. Joe brings out another TABLE! Fans fire up again but Joe has fans move aside. Fans oblige and Joe rests the table against railing. Darby is in the ring, Joe goes in and brings Darby up, but Darby JAWBREAKERS before the sleeper could lock in! Darby runs in at the corner to CHOP! And CHOP! And CHOP! Darby CHOPS away on Joe, but Joe TOSSES Darby right out of the ring! Joe has been treating Darby like a throw pillow, emphasis on the “throw!”
Darby flounders up, but Joe goes back over to bring him back in. Joe suplexes high and hard! Joe then goes out to fetch chairs! Joe puts a handful of chairs in the ring, then sets them up together. Fans fire up as they’re back to back to make a wedge! Joe stands Darby up, brings him over, BIG back suplex on the chair wedge!! Darby writhes and Joe has a sadistic smile. “Joe is gonna kill~ you!” Joe turns the chairs around to face each other, then brings Darby back up. But Darby uses POCKET SAND to stop the bomb! CODE RED!! Cover, TWO!! Joe survives but Darby hurries to hop on! THROWBACK STUNNER!
Joe falls into a drop zone, and Darby hurries to get his hoodie back! Darby puts that back on, climbs up the corner, and COFFIN DROPS!! Cover, TWO!?!? Joe survives the tack-enhanced senton and fans can’t believe it! Darby hurries outside and goes looking. Darby uses a knife to cut the strings that hold down the canvas! Some are tough but they all give way, and Darby pulls the canvas away. Darby then drags off the foam padding to expose bare wood! Darby is deconstructing the ring in order to better destroy Joe! Darby sees Joe outside, builds speed and DIVES, but Joe walks away! Darby CRASHES THROUGH THE TABLE!!!
Dayton is losing their minds as Joe puts Darby back in! Joe sets Darby’s tack covered jacket down, he picks Darby up, and he POWERBOMBS him on the tacks! AND THEN HE SMOTHERS DARBY WITH THE TACK JACKET!! Darby DIGS at Joe’s eyes!! Joe lets Darby go, but he staggers around blindly! Joe stands up into a CHAIR SHOT! And another! And another! Darby has Joe on the hard wood, climbs up top, but Joe pushes the ref into the ropes to trip Darby up!! Joe climbs up after Darby, tucks him in, and hits a SUPER MUSCLE BUSTER TO THE WOOD!!!! Cover, JOE WINS!!!
Winner: Samoa Joe, by pinfall (NEW AEW TNT Champion)
Darby’s relentless streak is over! Samoa Joe is now a TWO-TIME TWO BELT CHAMPION! But wait! “THIS IS WAAAR~!” Fans go nuts for Wardlow as he storms down to the ring! Joe is just as shocked as Wardlow runs in! SPEAR!! Wardlow rains down fists on the man who took his title and his top knot! Wardlow rips his shirt off, drags Joe up, but Joe scrambles away! Fans boo but Joe isn’t going to fight again so soon after the war he just went through. Security rushes out but Wardlow CLOBBERS them all! Then he hauls one up to POWERBOMB out onto all the others!! Wardlow will not be denied, when and where will he get his hands on Joe?
This was an awesome Dynamite! Same balance of action and talking, but the action was all on a different level this week. Of the talking, we got good stuff out of this AEW Originals VS Imports in the Women’s Division. Saraya & Storm really up their Heel heat by just attacking Britt unprovoked, and then Ruby checking in on Britt was an interesting turnaround from her telling she didn’t want Britt’s help. But we’re getting closer and closer to that big tag(?) match. Hell, make it a Blood & Guts match but with the women rather than the men. Saraya leads a team, Britt leads a team, Ruby will choose Britt’s side and there could even be a twist of Shida betraying Saraya during the match to cost the anti-AEW team.
Good promo from the JAS to set up things with Starks. I just knew Starks would have to beat everyone in the JAS eventually, so it’s clever for them to get it all done in one gauntlet match. Starks will of course make it past Menard and Parker, and I bet that just as it looks like Garcia is stepping up to face Starks, Guevara takes the spotlight from him. Starks will still get through the final opponent, and he’ll get his match with Jericho. Good promo from Mogul Affiliates, because one: it establishes that their group doesn’t like multigenerational wrestlers, and two: it gave Granden Goetzman his wrestler name, “Trench.” Swerve will surely beat BPJ, but I bet Dustin teams up with BPJ and Brock Anderson as a sort of AEW take on WWE’s Legacy faction to take on Mogul Affiliates.
Good promo from Jack Perry, but I’m surprised he waited until now to establish that he’s done with tag teams. But I suppose he’s done with The Firm, too, so he’s done needing reinforcements. As it stands, if he wants a singles title, he could start with the All-Atlantic Championship, but I could see JB making a move for THE AEW World title. Speaking of The Firm, good promo from them and The Elite. I wonder if this was really live or just the take where Nick actually made that shot. Anyway, I’m also surprised the trios match for Rampage is for the titles when the titles are going to be on the line for Dynamite. But I suppose if Orange Cassidy and Darby Allin are fighting champions, then so should the Elite. Which of course means The Elite win on Rampage to go on to face Fox & Flight.
We got an awesome match from Bryan VS Thatcher, but of course Bryan wins to keep his story going. Even after he had that awesome match with Brian Cage, Konosuke going after MJF was a great move. And getting himself an Eliminator match is a good, too, but I feel like MJF finds a way to stand tall. He’ll either cheat to win, or just get himself disqualified quickly so his night will be over quickly. MJF also had a really good promo with LFI. Rush is a great choice to take on Bryan Danielson, and Rush is also going to have a great match with Christopher Daniels on Rampage. I’m sure Bryan will still find a way to win and we’ll still get that Ironman match, it just has to be how this goes.
It’s mostly because I don’t even know who is the #2 contender, since AEW still hasn’t kept up with rankings in this new year. AEW bringing out a sudden twist of MJF still having that One Hour Ironman match against someone other than Bryan would be great stuff, since MJF has been so focused on Bryan, but I feel like getting MJF VS Bryan is still the thing everyone wants to see. Great opening match out of Hangman VS Moxley, and of course Moxley bleeds. It’s practically in his contract. But Hangman losing by a roll-up was a great surprise, and them still being after each other after, this has to continue until Revolution.
The Acclaimed winning a squash was a bit surprising, but obviously that was to make room for the promo that set up things with The Gunn Sons. But Billy suddenly saying his sons can have a title match with The Acclaimed? I hope there isn’t a turn coming where Billy is suddenly on his sons’ side again. It just feels like something is fishy, but who knows. Really good TBS title match from Jade and Velvet, but I guess since this wasn’t at a PPV, Jade wasn’t about to lose. Kiera trying to help Velvet only to mess things up was at least a good detail to protect Jade. But at this rate, who is even going to beat Jade when she’s gotten through even some great established names.
And of course, an awesome No Holds Barred match for the TNT title. Great innovation, such as Darby’s tack covered jacket and the different table spots. I was actually rather surprised to see Joe win this to once again be dual champion. But at the same time, Wardlow returning to continue his story with Joe is a logical reason as to why Joe needs to have the TNT title again. Perhaps Wardlow gets the TNT title back to have a second chance with that, and Darby can move up into the world title scene. And assuming MJF retains at Revolution, it works for Darby to be next as they have history in AEW.
My Score: 9/10
Mitchell’s AEW Dark Results & Report! (1/31/23)
Orlando stays Dark!
Universal Studios is still the AEW Dark Arena!
As they prepare to go after the AEW World Trios Championships, AR Fox & Top Flight reunite to take on The Wingmen: Peter Avalon, Ryan Nemeth & Cezar Bononi!
- Six Man Tag: AR Fox & Top Flight VS The Wingmen; Fox & Top Flight win.
- Red Velvet VS Sofia Castillo; Velvet wins.
- Zack Clayton VS Fulton; Clayton wins.
- Brock Anderson & Brian Pillman Jr. w/ Arn Anderson VS Rosario Grillo & Dean Alexander; Anderson & Pillman win.
- Skye Blue VS Renee Michelle; Skye wins.
- Shane Taylor Promotions VS Mr. G & Dante Casanova; Shane Taylor Promotions wins.
- Yuka Sakazaki VS Avery Breaux; Yuka wins.
- The Workhorsemen VS Liam Gray & Adrian Alanis; The Workhorsemen win.
- Angelico w/ Serpentico & Luther VS Konosuke Takeshita; Konosuke wins.
A solid line-up, and I like that we’re getting to see Brock Anderson & Brian Pillman Jr. in action together after a backstage promo on Elevation not too long ago. Not sure what the team name is but two second generation stars together is a logical combination. Angelico VS Konosuke, that is going to be a great match, but I give the win to Konosuke. Red Velvet is in action again after also being on Elevation, she’s definitely building momentum towards taking on Jade Cargill for Jade’s 50th match. And good to see Shane Taylor Promotions in action here. They’ll be a strong part of the ROH Tag Team Division, even after having lost to Keith Lee after Swerve abandoned Keith.
And good to see AR Fox & Top Flight in action, and against The Wingmen. For one, good to see Avalon, Nemeth & Bononi teaming all together again. And this will be a good match to build momentum for Fox & Flight.
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