Blackpool Combat Club fights Rush’s mercenaries!
Before the special Tuesday Night Dynamite and his AEW World Championship defense, Jon Moxley is on Rampage alongside Claudio Castagnoli to settle things with La Faccion Ingobernable’s Butcher & Blade! Will Moxley make it out of Toronto in one piece?
- Jon Moxley & Claudio Castagnoli VS The Butcher & The Blade w/ The Bunny; Moxley & Claudio win.
- Nyla Rose w/ Vickie Guerrero & Marina Shafir VS Anna Jay “A S”; Nyla wins.
- Private Party’s Contract Ownership: Isiah Kassidy w/ Marq Quen VS Ethan Page w/ Stokely Hathaway; Ethan wins and The Firm acquires Matt Hardy & Private Party.
- Six Man Tag: The Pinnacle VS The Embassy; The Pinnacle wins.
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Jon Moxley & Claudio Castagnoli VS The Butcher & The Blade w/ The Bunny!
The AEW World Champion stopped Private Party from beating up on Hangman Page, and that upset La Faccion Ingobernable. But instead of handling business directly, Rush has sent the mercenaries after the Maniac! Will Butcher & Blade brutalize the Blackpool Combat Club for El Toro Blanco? Or will Moxley and the Swiss Superman be the ones sending LFI back in pieces?
The bell rings, and the mercenaries attack! Blade goes after Moxley while Butcher is after Claudio! Blade kicks Moxley out and Butcher throws Claudio while fans boo. The brawling continues outside, Butcher whips but Claudio reverses! Butcher hits railing hard, and Moxley fires off on Blade! Moxley whips Blade over the timekeeper’s desk! Fans fire up with the BCC and Moxley drags Blade up to CHOP! Claudio EuroUppers Blade, Moxley CHOPS Blade, and then Moxley brings Blade around the way. Moxley waves hi to Bunny in her maple leaf outfit, but Blade back suplexes Moxley onto the railing!
Blade stares Claudio down but the ref shouts at everyone to get in the ring. Blade puts Moxley in, CHOPS, but Moxley CHOPS! Blade CHOPS, Moxley CHOPS! And CHOPS and CHOPS and ROCKS and CHOPS! Moxley fires off, whips corner to corner, then runs in, but into a BOOT! Blade runs, but into a GERMAN SUPLEX! Blade flounders, Moxley keeps him from Butcher and wrenches. Tag to Claudio, Hangman is watching backstage, and Moxley snapmares Blade for Claudio to drop a leg, brother! Cover, ONE! Claudio drags Blade up and fans rally as he EuroUppers Blade down! Claudio drags Blade up to scoop but Blade rakes eyes!
Fans boo but Blade tags Butcher, and Butcher whips Claudio to KNEE him low! Then fireman’s carry SLAM, and then a run for a SHINING WIZARD! Butcher soaks up the heat and he drags Claudio up. Butcher suplexes but Claudio blocks! Claudio suplexes Butcher up and holds him for a second before the SLAM! Fans fire up but Butcher hurries to tag Blade! Blade HEADBUTTS, CHOPS, but Claudio scowls. Claudio EuroUppers, then EuroUppers again! Claudio puts Blade in a corner, EuroUppers again, then whips corner to corner for another EuroUpper! Claudio whips the other way, but BUNNY gets in!?
Fans boo but Bunny says she’s just protecting her hubby! The ref has Bunny back away, Blade swings but Claudio EuroUppers first! Butcher gets in to CLOBBER Claudio! Fans boo but the ref only sees Moxley storming in! Blade soaks up the heat as some blood pours from his forehead, and AEW goes picture in picture.
Blade brings Claudio around, bumps him off buckles, and tags in Butcher. Butcher CHOPS Claudio, bumps him off buckles, then whips him corner to corner hard! Claudio drops to his knees after hitting buckles, and Butcher drags him over. Tag to Blade, the mercs wrench and mug Claudio. Blade fires off in the corner, snapmares Claudio and KICKS him in the back! Bunny applauds but she’s the only one. Blade taunts Moxley, the ref keeps Moxley back, and Blade clamps on a chinlock. Claudio endures, even as Blade thrashes him around. Claudio fights up, throws body shots, but Blade squeezes tighter.
Rampage returns to single picture as Claudio reaches for Moxley. Blade keeps him back while reaching for Butcher, but then Claudio ROCKS Blade! That just sends Blade closer to Butcher! Butcher tags in, he DECKS Moxley! Claudio dodges Butcher but there’s no one to tag! Blade KNEES Claudio and Butcher LARIATS! Butcher drags Claudio up while Blade climbs, FLYING LARIAT SUPLEX COMBO! Cover, TWO!! Claudio is still in this and the mercs are furious! Butcher drags Claudio up, reels him in, and POWER- NO, Claudio slips free! Claudio reaches but Moxley isn’t back! Butcher shoves Claudio but Claudio EuroUppers! And then DISCUS LARIATS!
Fans fire up while both men are down, and Moxley’s back at the corner! Both men crawl, hot tags to Blade and Moxley! The Maniac hits a CUTTER on Blade! Moxley DECKS Butcher, then DIVES to take him out! Moxley storms past Bunny and she seethes as he gest in the ring. Moxley clotheslines Blade, puts him up top and then CHOPS! Moxley climbs, CLAWS Blade’s back, and then brings him up for a SUPERPLEX! Then Moxley drags Blade up for a PILEDRIVER! Cover, TWO!! But Moxley has the wrists for DRAGON STOMPS! Butcher BODY CHECKS Moxley! The ref reprimands but the mercs regroup!
Blade drags Moxley up and Butcher tags in. They set up, DRAG THE- NO, Claudio saves Moxley by carrying him up and outta there! Fans fire up as all four men stare down, and the elbow pads come off! Butcher BOOTS Claudio and Blade ROCKS Moxley, but Claudio and Moxley come back, dodge and DOUBLE LARIAT! The BCC is fired up, Claudio tags in, and they each give the mercs some DRAGON STOMPS! “This is Awesome!” while Bunny panics! Then DEATH RIDER and RICOLA BOMB!! Cover, the BCC wins!
Winners: Jon Moxley & Claudio Castagnoli, by pinfall
Fans are thunderous for that big win, but Moxley gets the mic to say, “Claudio, my friend, let me ask you a question. Does the Blackpool Combat Club care who we get in the ring with?” “NO!” Then here’s another question: “When the BCC gets knocked down, do we stay down?” “HELL NO!” “And finally, what is gonna happen next ween on Dynamite to the Cowboy if he don’t wanna step up?” “Son, you gonna get stepped ON!” The message was sent, and the Cowboy was watching. Will there be a lot of blood and #CowboySh*t in Cincinnati this Tuesday?
Backstage interview with Swerve In Our Glory.
Renee Paquette is with Swerve Strickland & Keith Lee, and she notes the huge victory over Billy Gunn on Dynamite. What’s next for them? Well first, Swerve welcomes Renee to AEW, aka “Whose house?” “SWERVE’S HOUSE!” “Exactly.” Obviously, the next goal is to get the AEW World Tag Team Championships back, but Swerve wants to address Billy. Swerve beat Billy, a guy who is twice Swerve’s size and age, but also… Swerve is already cracking up as he says Mark Sterling stole their gimmick! That’s the funniest thing! Doesn’t Keith think so?
Keith says he’s okay with Swerve reveling in what happened, but Keith wants Swerve to understand something. “I stuck with you because I believe in you. You’re not just good, but I believe you can be great. But you also represent me. Since when do we need to cheat to beat anyone?” And yes, Swerve basically cheated Billy. “The fact is, all of that nonsense means nothing.” Swerve is swerving into the wrong lane. Keith leaves Swerve to think on that. What will Swerve’s response to those insinuations be? Will the Limitless House start to fall apart?
Backstage interview with The Dark Order.
Renee is now with Evil Uno, Preston Vance, John Silver & Alex Reynolds, and asks them how they plan on recovering from another heartbreaking loss in that AEW Trios Championship match? Reynolds admits, that was heartbreaking. This is the second time they’ve failed to win those titles. But if there’s one thing they do best, it’s that they pick themselves up- Wait, Jose the Assistant to La Faccion Ingobernable walks in. He tells Vance, “Look at all these sad faces. We’ve been following you around for two months-” Vance says yes, LFI has been stalking him for two months. Jose says, “So then let’s do something about it!”
Vance says it’s been two months of LFI trying to recruit him, and then last week, LFI screws them out of the Trios titles! So now it’s not just affecting Vance, it’s affecting his friends. So Vance has an idea: next week, Vance VS Rush! When- Jose says if… But when Vance wins, LFI leaves him alone for good. The Dark Order shoos Jose, and then they put claws in. Wait, STU GRAYSON IS BACK?! Well, they’re in Canada, so he wasn’t gonna miss this! Player Two is back, and the Dark Order is fired up! Will Number 10 finally finish things with La Faccion? Or has the Dark Order gotten one member back just as they’re about to lose another?
The Jericho Appreciation Society is here!
The fans sing Judas as THE OCHO leads the way for Matthew Menard, Angelo Parker, Anna Jay “A S,” and the sports entertainment version of the prodigal son, Daniel Garcia! Red Death rejoined the fold, and we are about to hear why tonight. Jericho applauds Toronto for singing, and then Parker gets the mic. “Torontooo~! The family is back together, baby!” Menard gets a mic to say, “Do you wanna know what makes Daddy Magic’s nipples hard?” Toronto does. “Then how about the fact that the JAS is going to be together FOREVER!? FOREVER!! FOREVER!!”
Anna says, “And now, introducing the man of the hour, the man with the power, and the man too sweet to be sour, Daniel Garcia~!” Fans are torn but many do cheer. Garcia says, “Everybody has been asking me why I did what I did this past Wednesday. And don’t worry, I’m not gonna keep you waiting too long. I’m gonna tell you right now. Chris Jericho has always said that sports entertainers are superior.” Fans boo but Garcia says for a bit, he didn’t believe Jericho. He was being rebellious because the fans all told him he was a pro-wrestler, just like his hero, Bryan Danielson. Fans chant it now, “You’re a Wrestler!”
Garcia says that’s dead, it’s over, don’t say that anymore! Garcia will NEVER be a pro-wrestler! Bryan is Garcia’s hero, he taught Garcia so much about heart, guts, and fighting spirit. But when Jericho hit Garcia in the head with his ROH World title, that taught Garcia how to WIN! That’s when Garcia realized that sports entertainers DO beat pro-wrestlers every single time! “And guys, I got a little confession to make. My name is Daniel Garcia, and I am a sports entertainer!” Fans boo but Garcia just soaks it up.
Jericho says a lesson learned by Garcia and a lesson taught to Bryan that Jericho is the greatest Ring of Jericho Champion EVER! And Jericho vows to continue beating every single ROH World Champion that has ever existed! “BOYS!” Here comes DALTON CASTLE! He and The Boys, the Tate Twins, Brendan & Brent, are currently the ROH World Six Man Tag Team Champions, but The Peacock has been THE ROH World Champion in the past. Fans cheer as Castle has a mic. “Christopher… Chris. I used to be ROH World Champion, Chris. And to see that championship around your waist, a stupid, naïve, silly little goose… It makes me sick!”
Fans chant, “Silly Goose! Silly Goose!” Castle broke his BACK for that title, and he’s willing to break Jericho’s to give that title and all the fans what they deserve! And that is a champion they can be proud of. “I’m a power peacock, pumping peacock power into this building! The energy in this room is fueled by the electricity in my veins! Do you understand, Chris?! These lights stay on because my heart beats! And if you grant me a title shot next week on Dynamite, OH, I will shock your face right off your body and be the NEW ROH World Champion!” Fans like the sound of that!
Jericho says, “Alright, Peacock. Next week, you want a championship match, you got it. But I’m gonna pull out your feathers one by one by one. The Ring of Jericho Era is here! All Honor the OCHO!” Tuesday Night Dynamite has another title match, and it will have the legacy of ROH on the line with it! Will Castle bring back the honor Jericho is trying to destroy? Or will Jericho cross another former champion off… the list?!
AEW hears from Toni Storm and Hikaru Shida.
The Lightning From Down Under says, “This Tuesday on Dynamite, I defend my AEW Women’s World Championship against my friend and tag team partner, Shida.” Hikaru Shida herself asks, “Who is the best? You? Or me? That is the question.” Storm knows what Shida is capable of, how legit she is. Shida says the answer to her own question is: SHIDA! The Shining Samurai, a DOUBLE CHAMPION in Japan, “who carried this division during the pandemic, just like Jon Moxley.” Storm says that just because she respects Shida, doesn’t mean Storm won’t hurt her. Storm vows to walk out still AEW Women’s World Champion.
As if Tuesday wasn’t big enough already! Will Storm strike down Shida? Or will Shida cut through the lightning to take home even more gold?
Nyla Rose w/ Vickie Guerrero & Marina Shafir VS Anna Jay “A S” w/ The JAS!
Speaking of gold, the Native Beast has possession of the AEW TBS Champion, but that’s because she snatched it from ringside. Nyla has been acting like the real champion, so the Queenslayer figures she can become the real champion by winning tonight. Will Anna literally take the title to play champion? Or will Nyla show that not all sports entertainers beat pro-wrestlers?
The bell rings and Nyla circles with Anna. They tie up, Nyla shoves Anna down and smirks. Anna comes back, gets around Nyla and ROCKS her! Nyla gets around Anna to waistlock and SLAM! Nyla floats and facelocks, and then lets off like she scored points. Anna KNEES Nyla, ROCKS her, but Nyla ROCKS Anna back! The forearms fly, Anna knees low again, but runs into a scoop and SLAM! Nyla drags Anna up again, scoops her and SLAMS her again, and then drops a leg! Cover, TWO! Nyla drags Anna back up as Vickie coaches her, and Nyla whips Anna into a corner for a SPLASH! Anna sits down and fans fire up as Nyla calls for it!
Nyla goes corner to corner, but Anna moves! Cannonball hits buckles! Menard & Parker talk trash on Nyla but she swipes at them. Anna hurries over to HOTSHOT Nyla down as AEW goes picture in picture.
Anna soaks up the heat and blows kisses. Anna then drops an elbow, covers, TWO! Anna CHOKES Nyla, digs her knee in and pulls Nyla into the knee. The ref counts, Anna lets off and talks smack on fans. Nyla goes to a corner, Anna runs in and HEEL KICKS! Anna talks more trash, blows more kisses, then she CHOKES Nyla on the ropes! Menard & Parker talk more trash but Shafir and Vickie storm over. The ref keeps his eyes on everyone as Vickie stops Parker from choking Nyla. Anna CLUBS away on Nyla, Vickie flirts with Parker, only to SNAP his suspender straps! Ow! Vickie coaches Nyla but Anna bumps Nyla off buckles.
Anna digs her boot in, the ref counts, and Anna lets off at 4. Parker & Menard applaud as Anna stands Nyla up, just to trip her! Anna runs side to side to somersault and KICK! Anna poses, covers, TWO! Nyla hangs tough and Anna is frustrated. Anny digs her knee in again, the ref counts, and Nyla grabs Anna’s face! Anna lets off and Nyla stands up, but Anna throws body shots. Anna CLUBS Nyla, ROCKS her, then pushes her to a cover, TWO! Anna is frustrated but she drags Nyla up. Nyla blocks the whip, reels Anna in and short arm LARIATS! The Native Beast is back in control as AEW goes to break!
Rampage returns and Nyla has Anna hung out on the ropes. Nyla KNEES Anna, then goes to the corner. Nyla climbs up and aims, FLYING KNEE, but Anna moves! Anna HOTSHOTS Nyla, then hurries in to run and BLOCKBUSTER! Cover, TWO! Nyla is still in this and the JAS is frustrated. Anna clamps onto Nyla but fans rally up. Anna shouts, “I’M GONNA CHOKE HER OUT!” She wraps on the QUEENSLAYER SLEEPER! Nyla endures, fights up, and snapmares free! Anna goes to a corner, Nyla storms in but into a BOOT! Anna goes up, leaps, but into Nyla’s arms! Nyla RAMS Anna into the corner, then lifts for a BEAST BOMB! Cover, Nyla wins!
Winner: Nyla Rose, by pinfall
Anna Jay gave Nyla one hell of a fight, but in the end, the self-proclaimed AEW TBS Champion wins it out! Vickie even has a poster to say, “1-0!” But they’ve poked fun at THE champion, so here comes Jade!! Followed by her Baddies, Leila Grey & Kiera Hogan, #ThatBitch storms her way down to ringside! But then Leila & Kiera say they’ll handle this because security is in the way. Security steps up to keep them back, as determined as they are. So here comes Jade! She BOOTS one, DECKS one, ELBOWS another, DECKS the same one, then DECKS the last one!! But in this confusion, Nyla and team slip away!
The Vicious Vixens have a little laugh at Jade’s expense, but this is far from over! Will Jade look to end Nyla’s “reign” soon enough?
The Trustbusters speak.
Ari Daivari tells Hook, “You know exactly what was in that envelope. I’m not trying to recruit Hook, I don’t want him to join the Trustbusters. Now that my trust has kicked in, I was trying to share my wealth with the young man. Hook, there was 50 THOUSAND dollars in that envelope that you tore up to purchase the FTW Championship. So since you like to do things the hard way, how about on Rampage, I take the championship from you by any means necessary?!” Daivari Dinero is playing a dangerous game, will he wish he never went after the Cold-Hearted, Handsome Devil?
Private Party’s Contract Ownership: Isiah Kassidy w/ Marq Quen & Matt Hardy VS Ethan Page w/ Stokely Hathaway!
Business is cutthroat in AEW, as Private Party’s contract was sold by the LFI to The Firm! But because Canada’s own All Ego loves a good challenge, he’s willing to gamble. If Kassidy wins, Private Party are free of The Firm and the #HardyParty can finally do things right. But if Kassidy loses, even Matt Hardy is part of The Firm! What happens when the stakes are raised in Toronto?
The bell rings, Ethan throws his jacket at Kassidy like a bad three pointer, and Kassidy catches it. But Ethan BOOTS Kassidy down! Ethan whips Kassidy, CLOBBERS him, and then flexes. Fans rally and duel, Ethan drags Kassidy up to trophy lift and carry around, for a TOSS! Kassidy staggers up and Ethan CLOBBERS him with a shoulder tackle! Hardy coaches Kassidy but Ethan taunts him with a bit of Jeff Hardy’s dance! Hardy says, “DELETE! DELETE!” Ethan blows Hardy a kiss then tells him to kiss this, and he goes back to Kassidy. Kassidy cradles, TWO!! Ethan swings, Kassidy doges to QUEBRADA and tilt-o-whirl DDT! Cover, TWO!!
Ethan bails out but Kassidy builds speed to FLY! The Tornillo takes out Ethan! Kassidy hurries to put Ethan in, but then Stokely gets in the way. Hardy storms up to get in Stokely’s face! Stokely scrambles away, Kassidy goes up and SWANTONS but FLOPS as Ethan dodges! Ethan drags Kassidy up, and steals the TWIST OF FATE! And then crucifix for the EGO’S EDGE!! Cover, Ethan wins!
Winner: Ethan Page, by pinfall (The Firm owns #HardyParty)
The fans are fired up for their hometown hero, but he’s more the villain of the story. What happens now that Matt Hardy is under The Firm’s control?
AEW hears from Best Friends.
Orange Cassidy says, “Hey, boys. I won this.” Cassidy is the NEW AEW All-Atlantic Champion, and Chuck Taylor says, “The boys are back on the stairs and that means we’re calling somebody out. Death Triangle.” Trent Beretta says, “I’m thinking we get some gold for all the boys. One, two, three. The Trios titles. What do you say we do it this Tuesday? Tuesday Night Dynamite.” Hands in, “Tuesday Dynamite” on three. Cassidy just now realizes Dynamite’s on a Tuesday this week. Yes, yes it is. Will Cassidy, Trent & Chuckie T turn the tables around on Pac & The Lucha Brothers by taking all their gold?
Mark Henry speaks with tonight’s main eventers!
The World’s Strongest Man welcomes us back to Rampage, and he starts with Prince Nana & the Embassy. They’ve been “gunning from the go, whether it be AEW or ROH.” Tonight, they’re up against the #TopGuys and Canada’s own, Shawn Spears! How do they feel this will work out? Nana says that he has Ebony & Ivory, and Brian Cage has him stop before he gets too deep into that. The Machine tells the #TopGuys that they’re facing top body guys. And Spears, they have ten different ways to hurt you tonight. The Pinnacle will find out, “Who better than Cage and the Gates of Agony?”
Spears stops Cage there, he’s killing us all. “You 900 pound charisma vacuum. I’ve been waiting five long months. The Perfect 10 is back. There are a few wrongs I need to make right, and tonight, that starts off on home turf with the world’s greatest tag team.” Dax Harwood says Cage, Liona & Kaun are three incredible athletes, they are going to look great on some 8 by 10s. But tonight’s gonna be a fight. If you can’t tell, Dax never backs down from a fight. On Wednesday, the Embassy said that they had them beat, but FTR found the Perfect 10. Cash Wheeler says “The Embassy might be forever, but The Pinnacle is always on top. So Top Guys, out.”
Then it looks like there’s been enough talk. It’s time for the main event! Liona roars as he heads for gorilla, will he, Kaun & Cage look to turn things upside-down?
Six Man Tag: The Pinnacle VS The Embassy!
Fans are fired up to see #PERFECT10N back again, and he’s fired up to be back! Will he and the TRIPLE CHAMPIONS be perfect even in this reunion?
The trios sort out and Spears starts against Cage. Fans are fired up for “TEN! TEN! TEN!” as he circles with Cage. But then Cage powers Spears up and into the Embassy corner! Cage fires off, tags Kaun, but Spears slips away. Spears and Kaun circle, they tie up, and Kaun wrenches to a wristlock. Spears endures, moves around, and rolls through to handspring and wrench back! Spears hooks Kaun up into an Octopus, then he slips around and around and spins Kaun to snapmare! Spears cartwheels to give us… “TEN!” Fans fire up more and Spears CHOPS Kaun to a corner. Spears storms up and climbs up to rain down fists!
Fans count along, but Cage storms over. Spears DECKS him, then finishes his “TEN!” on Kaun! Liona rushes in but Spears dodges to DROPKICK Liona! Liona stays up, so Spears dropkicks the legs out! Liona stumbles to the floor, Spears PLANCHAS! But Cage & Liona catch him together! So Cash runs in to DROPKICK all that over! Fans fire up and AEW goes picture in picture!
Spears gets up and he points to Cash for kudos on that dropkick. Spears fetches Kaun but Nana distracts the ref. Spears puts Kaun in, but Liona and Cage drag Spears down to DOUBLE APRON SPINEBUSTER! Cash protests but the damage is done. Cage puts Spears in the ring for Kaun, Kaun covers, ONE!! Kaun drags Spears by a facelock, he tags in Liona, and the Gates of Agony mug Spears. Liona taunts the fans, then stalks Spears to a corner. Liona RAMS into Spears again and again! Liona drags Spears over, tags in Cage, and they mug Spears now. Cage ROCKS Spears and he falls over. Cage drags Spears back up but Spears throws body shots!
Spears CHOPS, and CHOPS, and CHOPS! Spears whips, Cage reverses, and Cage runs in to UPPERCUT in the corner! And then SAIDO! Cage soaks up the heat, covers, TWO! Spears survives but Dax was close by. Cage clamps on a chinlock, he squeezes tight, but Spears fights up. Spears throws body shots, gets free, but Cage wrenches and ELBOWS Spears down! Tag to Kaun, Kaun covers, TWO! Kaun stomps Spears, mocks the “TEN! TEN! TEN!” and then drags Spears up. Spears fights but Kaun keeps him from FTR. Spears keeps pushing, but Kaun KNEES low. Kaun has Spears in the Embassy corner, CLUBS him, then sits him up top.
Tag to Liona, then Liona tags Cage. Kaun climbs up to scoop and hit a TOP ROPE BACKBREAKER! Rampage returns to single picture as Spears flops to the apron. Liona goes out to join him, for an APRON SENTON! Liona roars and the Embassy soaks up the heat. Liona feeds Spears to Cage, for a deadlift SUPERPLEX! Cover, TWO!! Spears survives but again FTR was within reach just in case. Cage slashes his throat and vows to end this. Cage drags Spears up, fireman’s carries, and F- DDT!! Spears turns things around and fans are thunderous! Spears and Cage crawl, hot tag to Kaun! Kaun intercepts Spears and wags his finger at FTR.
Kaun says this happens on his time, but Spears slips under! Kaun hurries to grab a leg and keep Spears back! Spears BOOTS Kaun away, hot tag to Dax! Dax the Ax JABS away on Kaun then DECKS him! Liona runs in but Dax baits him into the corner! Liona tumbles up and out to the floor! Dax whips Kaun but Kaun ducks, only to run into a SPINEBUSTER! Fans are thunderous for “FTR! FTR!” Cage storms in and he DISCUS LARIATS Dax! Then Cage DECKS Cash! Fans boo but Kaun covers Dax, TWO!! Dax is still in this and Kaun is shocked. Kaun drags Dax up, fireman’s carries, and he tags Cage.
Cage climbs, Kaun his an AIR RAID CRASH! Cage hits a MACHO ELBOW! Cover, but Spears breaks it! Fans fire up, Liona returns to run at Spears! Spears dodges to dump Liona out! Cage fireman’s carries Spears for a F5!! Cage roars, he drags Dax up, and he tags Kaun in. Cage and Kaun coordinate, but Cash saves Dax from the double suplex! They double trip Cage and Kaun, for DOUBLE SHARPSHOOTERS!! Canada is electric for this one! Nana gets on the apron but Spears TOSSES him into the ring! Spears drags Nana around, and we have a THIRD SHARPSHOOTER!! Fans are electric for this shoutout to the Harts!
But Liona runs in to CLOBBER Cash and Spears! Liona grabs Dax while fans boo, and Liona reels Dax in, URENAGE! Fans boo more but Liona snarls as he goes out and aims. Liona runs in, but Cash saves Dax, Liona runs into the steel steps! But Cage grabs Dax, only for Spears to SUPERKICK! Cage comes back, Spears dodges the discus to mule kick a leg! Spears then hits a BASEMENT DDT to the floor! Fans fire up as all six men are down around the ringside! Dax shoulders into Kaun, slingshots up and over, but Kaun sits on the sunset, while holding ropes! Cash slaps those hands away and Dax is out at TWO!
Kaun is upset with Cash and takes a swing, but Cash avoids it! Dax rushes in, Cash sneaks a tack, Dax whips and then tag to Spears! HART ATTACK from FTR! FTR feeds Spears for the C4!! Cover, The Pinnacle wins!!
Winners: The Pinnacle, by pinfall
Now that is how you make a homecoming! It may not have been #PERFECT10N, but- Wait, wait, what? Matt Taven and Maria & Mike Kanellis-Bennett?! THE KINGDOM IS BACK!! And Maria introduces herself as “The First Lady of Professional Wrestling,” and she says The Kingdom had to come out here because FTR call themselves Top Guys, but they’ve never faced The Kingdom. Those ROH World and IWGP Heavyweight Tag Team titles belonged to The Kingdom first. AEW and everything it is built on was on The Kingdom’s backs, but The Kingdom’s never gotten the credit they deserve! “So let me introduce you to the real top guys: Mike Bennett, Matt Taven… We are The Kingdom!”
But then The Embassy attacks The Pinnacle from behind! But The Kingdom is also heading to the ring, The Pinnacle is getting mugged by two teams! That’s 5v3 in favor of The Embassy and Kingdom, and Mike sets Cash up on top. Liona adds a HEADBUTT before Mike brings Cash out in a backpack, DROPKICK STUNNER COMBO!! But wait! HERE COMES WARJOE!!! Samoa Joe & Wardlow are not going to be left out of this! Fans are thunderous as the AEW TNT and ROH World TV Champions storm right up to the ring. Nana bails out, The Embassy follows, as does The Kingdom! They don’t want a fair 5v5, but will they have no choice?
A great Rampage here that acted as a go-home to what is becoming a HUGE Tuesday Night Dynamite. Of course, AEW is setting up this special Tuesday episode to be huge because it has to compete with NXT’s go-home to Halloween Havoc. We’re getting FOUR title matches, with a great promo from Best Friends to call out Death Triangle, a great vignette from Storm and Shida before they have their… Well, is it no longer interim? Is Thunder Rosa going to be out of action so long that Storm is just THE champion by default? Either way, Storm VS Shida is going to be awesome, but I would think Storm wins because otherwise Shida has three belts.
We also got a great opening tag match from BCC VS Butcher & Blade. Naturally, BCC wins because Moxley needs momentum going into his title match with Hangman. We got a very good group promo from the Jericho Appreciation Society to explain Garcia’s reason for returning to the group. And while I was expecting Jay Lethal, I’m gladly surprised that Dalton Castle stepped up to the plate. Castle is a great example of pro-wrestling skill and sports entertainment charisma, he’s a great next opponent for Jericho, but as such, Jericho is surely winning. We might even see Jericho, Menard & Parker going for the ROH Six Man titles at some point just to add to the JAS “defacing” the ROH legacy.
Great promo from Dark Order to basically adjust from not having Vance VS Andrade, and it was great that Stu Grayson came back. I hope he sticks around, AEW had a chance to make Uno & Stu tag title contenders, maybe they do that right this time. Good promo from Daivari calling out Hook, but I’m thinking Hook beats Daivari. Hopefully it’s more of a competitive match so we can see what more Hook has as a wrestler. Good promo from Swerve and Keith, they’re of course back on the dysfunction story and that’s good for the intrigue. Ethan VS Kassidy was not as strong or as long of a match as I had hoped, but I’m even more surprised Ethan won. This will of course lead to #HardyParty reluctantly doing Heel things until they refuse and fight back.
Really good match from Nyla VS Anna, and Anna looked strong even though she lost. The Baddies storming down to the ring was a natural move, but that was rather clever that Nyla and team managed to sneak away. I wonder if Diamante will get in on this, as she has teamed with Nyla in the past, and she has her real-life relationship with Kiera Hogan to play off of. But I would hope they think to write this with a ringside ban on everyone so that it’s just Jade and Nyla for the title. Jade’s proven she doesn’t need interference to win, but she has used it when things weren’t going her way. She should reach 40-0 without even so much as a distraction if it’s to look strong.
And a great trios main event. Great to see Spears back, and of course he and FTR win out. The Kingdom making a reunion and AEW debut was a shocker, and now there’s a team that might actually take those ROH World Tag Team Championships off FTR. But with that final brawl where #WARJOE ran off The Kingdom and Embassy, I wonder if we’ll get Blood & Guts match for the Fall. I mean, why not? It’s a match type, it doesn’t need to be limited to one time a year like WWE’s done with Hell in a Cell. Plus, Blood & Guts with these ten guys would be awesome.
My Score: 8.7/10
Mitchell’s AEW Dynamite Results & Report! (2/1/23)
Dynamite is No Holds Barred!
Will Darby Allin still be the Relentless TNT Champion?
Samoa Joe wants the AEW TNT Championship back, but he knows Darby Allin is relentless. Tonight on Dynamite, they go NO HOLDS BARRED for the gold! Will Joe once again be the King of Television?
- Jon Moxley VS Hangman Page; Moxley wins.
- The Acclaimed w/ Billy Gunn VS Truth Magnum & Turbo Floyd; The Acclaimed wins.
- Brian Cage w/ Prince Nana VS Konosuke Takeshita; Takeshita wins.
- Bryan Danielson VS Timothy Thatcher; Bryan wins.
- AEW TBS Championship: Jade Cargill w/ Leila Grey VS Red Velvet; Cargill wins and retains the title.
- AEW TNT Championship No Holds Barred: Darby Allin w/ Sting VS Samoa Joe; wins and
PLAY BY PLAY
Jon Moxley w/ Wheeler Yuta VS Hangman Page!
The Maniac and the Cowboy go for their tiebreaker as Dynamite is in Dayton, Ohio! Will Ohio’s own knock this one out of the park like he did before? Or will there be some serious #CowboySh*t going down in Dayton?
Not only does Moxley have the Decoder by his side, he has his dad, Dan! Hangman makes his entrance next, and Moxley goes right after him! Moxley throws hands then whips Hangman into railing! The ref reprimands but Moxley sends Hangman into steel steps! Moxley throws hands, whips Hangman again and Hangman hits more railing hard! Fans fire up and the ref reprimands. Moxley just takes off his hoodie to CHOKE Hangman with it! Moxley TOSSES Hangman over the railing, and then he hops onto the railing! Dayton fires up, gives Moxley a hand, and Moxley FLYING AX HANDLES Hangman down!
Moxley brings Hangman up but Hangman throws hands! Hangman sits Moxley down, fires off more shots, then backs up. Hangman runs in to BOOT Moxley against railing! The ref reprimands, he wants this in the ring, but it isn’t a match yet so there’s no real repercussions. Hangman stalks Moxley along the way but Moxley kicks back. And CHOPS! Moxley trips Hangman then ties him up, FIGURE FOUR on the floor! Moxley and Hangman flip each other off but the ref still wants this in the ring. Hangman grabs someone’s beer and splashes Moxley with it! Moxley lets Hangman out of the hold, and then Hangman ROCKS Mox!
They go back to ringside, Moxley grabs a chair but Hangman CLUBS Moxley. But Moxley JAMS Hangman, tris him, and then drops an elbow on the leg! Moxley has a toehold, then he puts the chair around the leg! The ref reprimands but Moxley goes up the apron. The ref shouts at Moxley to not jump, but then Hangman gets free! Hangman CHUCKS the chair at Moxley’s head!! Moxley goes down and fans fire up! The ref reprimands again and wants this to get in the ring. Moxley is dazed, but Hangman drags him around, to suplex onto the chair! Hangman drags Moxley up and puts him in the ring, but he also brings the chair!
The ref stops Hangman, so Hangman leaves the chair behind. The bell finally rings, and Hangman runs in to forearm Moxley! Moxley hits back, they go back and forth! Moxley’s eyebrow is already busted open, but he keeps throwing shots. Hangman gets the edge, HEADBUTTS, then whips. Moxley reverses to dropkick the legs out! Moxley looms over Hangman, drags him into the INDIAN DEATHLOCK! Hangman endures, keeps his shoulders off the mat, but fans rally behind Moxley. Hangman drags himself back, reaches out, and gets the ROPEBREAK! The ref counts, Moxley lets Hangman go at 3.
Moxley brings Hangman up but Hangman gets around to GERMAN SUPLEXES! Moxley snarls but the blood is getting into his eye. Hangman DECKS Moxley and has him at the ropes. Hangman brings Moxley up, fans boo but Hangman CHOPS! Moxley flounders and falls and fans start dueling. Hangman stalks Moxley, sits him up, and he starts raining down fists right on the bloody eyebrow! Mox fans boo but Hangman fans are fired up for the “COWBOY SH*T!” Hangman wipes Moxley’s blood off on his chest, but then turns around into a CHOP! Moxley eggs Hangman on and Hangman CHOPS back!
Moxley CHOPS, Hangman CHOPS, fans “WOO~!” for the CHOP fight! Moxley shifts to boxing elbows, then runs, but Hangman catches the crossbody! FALL AWAY SLAM! Fans are torn while Moxley goes to the apron. Hangman runs, triangle jumps, but Moxley LARIATS first! Moxley drags Hangman up and to the apron, then turns Hangman, for a SLEEPER! The ref reprimands and wants this in the ring, but Hangman claws the bloody eyebrow! Moxley turns Hangman around, reels him in, but Hangman resists the lift! Hangman tries to lift, Moxley resists, and then Moxley lifts! Hangman fights that and lifts again, but Moxley still fights!
Both men are fighting for control, and Hangman fireman’s carries! To SNAKE EYES Moxley off the post! Moxley falls to the floor and Dynamite goes picture in picture!
The ref checks Moxley but he’s somehow okay to continue. Hangman goes over to fetch Moxley, and whips him into railing! Hangman ROCKS Moxley with haymakers as the bloody eyebrow becomes a crimson mask. Hangman refreshes the count, goes back to Moxley and CHOPS him! Moxley gets in Hangman’s face so Hangman CHOPS again! Moxley CHOPS and CHOPS and CHOPS, but Hangman DECKS him! Hangman snarls, looms over Moxley, and then drags him back up. Hangman puts Moxley in the ring, and rains down more fists on that bloody eyebrow! Moxley falls over, but Hangman gets the wrists!
Hangman sits Moxley up, for a DRAGON STOMP, but Moxley blocks! Moxley throws Hangman to a corner and fires off forearms and CHOPS on repeat! Moxley then hoists Hangman up top, climbs up after him, and CLAWS Hangman’s back, painfully slow! Then he CLAWS and BITES Hangman’s back, before blowing a kiss to the fans. But Hangman throws body shots in return! Dynamite returns to single picture as Hangman BITES Moxley’s forehead! Hangman then slips under Moxley to fireman’s carry him on the second rope! SUPER DEATH VALLEY DRIVER!! Cover, TWO!! Moxley survives and fans are fired up!
Fans duel as Hangman sits up. Hangman scowls while Moxley sits up. Moxley eggs Hangman on so Hangman kicks him! And BOOTS him! Hangman tells Moxley to stay down but he refuses. Moxley sits up, so Hangman BOOTS him! Moxley sits up to SLAP Hangman, and flips him off! Hangman is fuming, but he runs into a CUTTER! A standing count starts, fans count along as Moxley and Hangman stir. They sit up at 5 of 10, and Moxley throws a haymaker. Hangman throws it back, so Moxley gives another,. They go back and forth, Hangman wobbles but he CHOPS! Moxley CHOPS! Hangman forearms! Moxley forearms back!
Moxley eggs Hangman on, Hangman staggers over and CHOPS again! Moxley KICKS a leg, KICKS Hangman’s arm, then KICKS him again! Moxley ducks the haymaker to get the SLEEPER! Hangman shifts to SAIDO! But Moxley’s right up! SAIDO!! Hangman ends up in a corner and fans say “This is Awesome!” Moxley puts Hangman up top, climbs up after him, and hits a SUPER HALF HATCH SUPLEX!! Cover, TWO!! Moxley immediately rains down the HAMMER ‘N’ ANVIL ELBOWS! Then he clamps on a SLEEPER! Hangman endures as Moxley shifts to a BULLY CHOKE! Hangman pushes around, so Moxley shifts to get the wrists! DRAGON STOMPS!!
Moxley then drags Hangman up into the underhooks! But Hangman fights Death Rider! So Moxley rolls Hangman to an ARMBAR! Hangman endures, moves around, and reaches out to the ROPEBREAK! The ref counts and Moxley lets go at 4. Hangman crawls to a corner, fans rally up, and Moxley says this is it! Moxley runs in but Hangman TOSSES him up and out! Moxley staggers up, Hangman goes up top! ARIHARA MOONSAULT but Moxley moves! And LARIATS!! Both men are down at the ramp and fans are thunderous! The ref checks both men, Moxley is up first while fans lose their minds.
Moxley goes to the timekeeper’s area and he clears off the table! Moxley drags Hangman over, reels him in, but Hangman resists the lift! Hangman Alabama Lifts but Moxley fights that. DOUBLE LARIATS hit! And again! Moxley runs in, POP-UP POWERBOMB THROUGH THE TABLE!! Fans lose their minds again while Hangman leaves Moxley behind in the ring. The ring count climbs to 5 of 10 before Moxley sits up. The count is 7! Then “OCHO!” Moxley stands at 9, and springs in at 9.9!! But into a LARIAT!! And then Alabama Lift, DEADEYE!!! Cover, TWO?!?! Moxley survives and no one can believe it!
Hangman kicks at Moxley, almost taunting him. Hangman goes to a corner while Moxley’s fans boo. Hangman runs in, but Moxley dodges the stomp to KING KONG LARIAT!! Fans are thunderous as both men stand again. Moxley eggs Hangman on, and Hangman stands. Moxley throws a forearm, so Hangman hits back! Moxley forearms again, but so does Hangman! Fans duel, the forearms fly faster, and then Hangman gets the edge! SUPERKICK! Hangman reels Moxley in, fisherman’s a leg, but Moxley fights the suplex! Hangman powers it through, FISHERMAN CRADLE DRIVER!! Cover, TWO!?!?!?
Hangman’s wild eyes say he can’t believe Moxley survived! Hangman goes to the apron, he aims at Moxley, slingshot for the BUCK- NO! DEATH- NO, Hangman blocks to scoop! TOMBSTONE PILEDRIVER!!! But Hangman doesn’t cover, he goes to the apron! Hangman loads up, for the BUCKSHOT!!! Cover, TWO!?!?!? HOW?!?! Moxley has survived all of Hangman’s best, but Hangman has the BULLY CHOKE!! Hangman pulls back on Moxley’s favorite hold! Moxley shifts, fights back up, and he snapmares into a cradle! MOXLEY WINS!!
Winner: Jon Moxley, by pinfall
Moxley just taught Hangman not to play games! Hangman is furious that he got caught like that, but the Blackpool Combat Club steps into the ring. Yuta and Claudio keep Hangman back but Moxley stands up. Moxley and Hangman get in each other’s face but the BCC keep them apart. Hangman flips Moxley off, and fans want to “LET THEM FIGHT!” Moxley and Hangman keep jawing, they get close but Claudio keeps them separate. Moxley mocks Hangman by lying down, giving Hangman a chance. Hangman mocks Moxley back by doing a quick burpie push-up. Claudio tells Hangman to go and cool off.
Moxley flips Hangman off as he leaves, and fans celebrate their home state hero. Will there be a fourth round out of these two to truly settle things?
AEW takes a look at tonight’s TNT Championship No Holds Barred main event!
Darby Allin tells Samoa Joe, “I knew when I took this from you in Seattle that you’d want it back. And I know you’d stop at nothing to have it back. Well, I’m gonna make things fair. You beat me in Texas, and you granted me my rematch in Seattle. So I’m granting you your rematch in Ohio. But I want it under one condition: No Holds Barred.” Samoa Joe told the “Little Dead Boy” that Joe is “coming to take back what’s mine. The King will not be usurped by a man like you.” Darby says if he walks out the winner, Joe doesn’t get another rematch. If Joe walks out the winner, Darby won’t get a rematch. This will be the final chapter of their feud! So who writes their happily ever after?
Backstage interview with Jamie Hayter, The Bunny, The Butcher & The Blade.
Renee Paquette is with the AEW Women’s World Champion, as well as the mercenary trio. Renee thanks them for agreeing to no physicality, and understands that Allie the Bunny requested this time. Bunny tells Hayter, they’re all very impressed by Hayter’s win over Emi Sakura on Rampage last Friday. Now, Bunny feels like Sakura outshined Hayter, but great win nonetheless. And Bunny knows Hayter isn’t the type to back down from a challenge, right? Right. So here’s a challenge: next week on Dynamite, Hayter VS Bunny in a Title Eliminator Match! What does Hayter say? Hayter says absolutely! She bloody loves a challenge, and next week, she’s free.
Renee says there’s something happening as we speak! They get it on the television screen nearby, and it’s Britt Baker being mugged by Saraya and Toni Storm!! Bunny is shocked and Hayter is furious! Hayter hurries off, Saraya talks right into the camera, “AEW is OUR house!” Storm drags Britt up to RAM her into a garage door! Bunny more or less expresses exasperation, but will Hayter be able to save the Doctor?
The Acclaimed w/ Billy Gunn VS Truth Magnum & Turbo Floyd!
The AEW World Tag Team Champions have been reigning for 133 days, but they know the Gunn Sons, Austin & Colten, are gunning for them. But first, they tune up against “The Outrunners.” As always, Platinum Max has a diss track ready! “Acclaimed on the mic, you know we the nicest. Fighting two guys in their midlife crisis! I bet you have sex with each other. How we gonna fight the bootleg Beverly Brothers? C’mon, it’s not the 80s! Acclaimed gonna make you call it quits like you Tom Brady! ‘Ey, y’all should be ashamed. In Ohio, everybody loves The Acclaimed.”
Fans cheer, and Bowens gets the mic to say, “NNNUTTER CENTERRR~! The Acclaimed have arrived! SCISSOR ME, DADDY ASS!” And he does~! But while Caster & Bowens just embarrassed Truth & Turbo, are they walking into a trap game before taking on the Ass Boys?
The teams sort out, the Outrunners decide they’ll scissor finger! They mock the Mega Powers at the same time, but then Bowens SUPERKICKS Truth out of the ring! The bell rings, Caster CHOPS Turbo and scoops him to SLAM him! Tag to Bowens and Bowens goes up top! Caster holds open the legs, SCISSOR ME TURBO! Daddy Ass gets in the ring so that he and the boys can TRIPLE SCISSOR~! Bowens waits on Turbo, mule kicks and hits the ARRIVAL! Tag to Caster and he goes up top, MIC DROP! Cover, The Acclaimed win!
Winners: The Acclaimed, by pinfall
But wait! Raining on the parade are Austin & Colten! Fans taunt the “ASS~ BOYS~!” But they tune that out. They go to the ring, and Colten has a mic. “Hey, good match, guys. But we’re here to talk about something serious. Last week, what we said would make us happy are your belts. And we want a shot at those belts, and we want an answer right now.” Fans boo but Caster has the mic to say, “Yo! Yo! Yo! Yo! Listen.” Bowens says, “You two Rod ‘n’ Todd lookin’ asses want an answer. You do realize you are interrupting the most popular tag team in all of wrestling, right?” Caster adds, “That’s right!”
“The winningest tag team in AEW history!” “That’s right!” “The FOREVER champs, the Acclaimed!” “That’s right!” “And not to mention, EVERYONE! LOVES! THE ACCLAIMED!” But they are the People’s Choice, and the People’s Voice, they will ask the people. Colten says these fans can’t even read! But Bowens still asks Dayton’s opinion: Do the Ass Boys deserve a shot at the tag titles? “NOOO~!” Well, the people have spoken, so NO. Austin & Colten get in Caster’s & Bowens’ faces, but Billy tells them all to stop! Isn’t it enough already? Billy is so sick of this, he is just done! Billy says this is too much, so go ahead, beat the sh*t out of each other!
Daddy Ass steps aside, fans fire up, but Austin says, “There you go. Do exactly what you did our entire childhoods and turn your back on us.” Billy stops walking up the ramp, but then chuckles as he keeps going. Austin says Billy should do what he used to do, and drown his sorrows at the bottom of a PILL BOTTLE! That gets Billy to turn around! Billy storms up on his sons and The Acclaimed, as well as the fans, tell the Ass Boys that they F’d up. Billy is up in Austin’s face and says, “So you two think you just put your big boy pants on? Then you just step up, and you just made the biggest mistake…”
The mic is wonky so Billy throws it down. Bowens gives Billy the good one. Billy wants Austin to look at him after what he just said. Austin looks up at his father’s eyes. Billy says if they’ve got their big boy pants on, if they think they got what it takes, if they think they have what Billy had, then we’ll see next week. They’ve got their title shots! The Acclaimed is surprised but the Ass Boys smile that they’re getting their way. Will Austin & Colten get what they want? Or just what they deserve?
Backstage interview with Jack Perry.
Alex Marvez is with Jungle Boy and notes that he and Hook are 2-0 as a team, having beaten The Firm’s Ethan Page & Matt Hardy. The question is: What’s next for #JungleHook? JB says that he had an amazing time teaming with Hook, and Hook has had JB’s back when no one else did. But JB’s done the tag team thing before. In fact, JB has been all the way to the top of that mountain, and fallen all the way down. But this year isn’t about that. What JB will say is that he’ll be a champion again, but all by himself. Then just what title will Jack Perry aim for in this Tarzan Life?
Brian Cage w/ Prince Nana VS Konosuke Takeshita!
Speaking of having people’s backs, just as The Machine and MJF were about to destroy Bryan Danielson, The Future of Wrestling rushed out to run them off! But now, Cage and Konosuke go toe to toe, will Cage make Konosuke pay for interfering?
The bell rings and Konosuke BOOTS Cage! Cage BOOTS Konosuke, then DOUBLE LARIATS collide! Cage swings but Konosuke swats it to ROLLING ELBOW! Cage wobbles, Konosuke runs, ducks ‘n’ dodges, and then TAKESHITA LINES! Cage bails out and fans fire up! Konosuke runs to BOOT Cage off the apron! Konosuke then PLANCHAS and takes Cage down at the ramp! Fans fire up, Konosuke winks at the camera, and then goes back to the apron. But Cage grabs a foot! Konosuke kicks and stomps Cage but Cage yanks Konosuke into a POST BOMB! Konosuke tumbles down and fans boo but Nana cheers.
Cage drags Konosuke up, puts him in, and runs to basement BOOT! Cover, TWO! Fans rally for Konosuke but Cage drags him back up. Cage reels Konosuke in, puts one out, but Konosuke wrenches out! Konosuke throws a forearm, but Cage gives it back! They go forearm for forearm, and Konosuke throws boxing elbows into the ROLLING ELBOW! Cage fights the back suplex, KNEES low, and brags, “Who betta than Cage?” But he runs into a BLUE THUNDER BOMB! Cover, TWO! Cage survives and Konosuke is surprised! Nana coaches Cage up but Konosuke aims from a corner. Konosuke runs in to JUMP KNEE, but Cage dodges!
Konosuke tumbles to the apron, Cage ROUNDHOUSES him! Cage climbs the ropes, and he stands Konosuke up. DEADLIFT SUPERPLEX! Fans boo but Cage flexes while Dynamite goes picture in picture.
Cage drops a knee on Konosuke, sits him up to KNEE him in the back again and again, then he stomps Konosuke back down. Cage paces, drags Konosuke up, and bumps him off buckles. Cage RAMS into Konosuke, RAMS him again, and then CHOPS him! Cage soaks up the heat, but Konosuke CHOPS back! Konosuke fires forearms, then another CHOP! And another CHOP! But Cage BOOTS Konosuke down! Cage grabs the legs, stomps Konosuke in the stomach, then paces around. Cage stands Konosuke up, wrenches and YANKS the arm, then RAMS shoulders. Cage wrenches, pump handles, and lifts, but Konosuke slips out!
Konosuke runs in but Cage ducks the boot to roll Konosuke up! Konosuke slips out, but runs into a drop toehold! Konosuke’s on ropes, Cage dials it up, TIGER FEINT KICK! Konosuke staggers to a corner, Cage runs in and UPPERCUTS, GAMANGIRIS, and GERMAN SUPLEXES! Cover, TWO!! Cage and Nana are annoyed, but Cage looms over Konosuke. Cage hears the fans rally for Konosuke, but Cage drags him up. Cage reels Konosuke in, puts out another one, and Dynamite returns to single picture as Cage lifts, only for Konosuke to RANA Cage into buckles! BLINDSIDE JUMP KNEE! Cage staggers, Konosuke goes up, FLYING KNEE!
Both men are down and fans fire up! Konosuke and Cage stir as the ring count starts. Konosuke sits up and feeds off the energy. Konosuke drags Cage up into a waistlock, but Cage elbows free! Cage whips, Konosuke LARIATS on the return! Konosuke drags Cage up, waistlocks and GERMAN SUPLEXES! Bridging cover, TWO!! Fans rally while Konosuke fires up. Konosuke aims from the corner as Cage stands, and Konosuke runs in, JUMP- NO! Cage blocks the knee to BUCKLE BOMB! And then fireman’s carry, to an F- NO! Konosuke lands out, lifts and LIGER BOMBS! Cover, TWO!! Cage survives but fans fire up behind Konosuke!
Konosuke aims again while Nana shouts to Cage. Cage stands, Konosuke runs in but the knee is blocked! Cage spins, Konosuke ducks! Konosuke spins, ROLLING ELBOW!! Konosuke reels Cage in, but Cage wrenches out to HEADBUTT! And then SAIDO!! But Konosuke is right up?! Into a DISCUS LARIAT from Cage!! Cover, TWO!?! Konosuke survives and Nana is furious! Cage says he’s gonna end this, and he suplexes, only for Konosuke to slip out! Konosuke suplexes, SHEER DROP BRAINBUSTER!! Cage roars as he rises up, but Konosuke ROCKS him with another elbow! And then another suplex, for another BRAINBUSTER!!! Cover, TWO!?!?
Cage survives, he must truly be a machine! But Dayton rallies behind Konosuke. Konosuke runs in, but into a SUPERKICK! Cage fireman’s carries, for the F10!! Nana says no prisoners! Cage drags Konosuke up again, puts him in the corner and hoists him to the top. Cage then goes to the outside and climbs up after Konosuke. But Konosuke throws forearms in return! Konosuke suplexes for a SUPER BRAINBUSTER!!! Fans are thunderous and Konosuke aims again! KNOCKOUT KNEE!!! Cover, Konosuke wins!!
Winner: Konosuke Takeshita, by pinfall
Cage may be a machine, but the machine just broke down against the bullet train! Will Konosuke continue to prove why he IS The Future of Wrestling?
Backstage interview with the Jericho Appreciation Society.
Renee is with Matthew Menard, Angelo Parker, Daniel Garcia, Sammy Guevara, and of course, Chris Jericho himself. Renee says that we heard Ricky Starks’ comments from last week, addressing how the JAS cheated to win. What is their reaction? Jericho says, “Cheated? We haven’t worked together in five years, and you’re accusing us of cheating? Let me say this, Renee. Ricky Starks, he didn’t lose to a baseball bat, no. Did you see a baseball bat in there?” Of course the JAS says no. Jericho says Starks lost to the JAS. And now Starks challenges them, “How can I get another match with Chris Jericho?”
Jericho says the JAS has an idea how Starks can do that. Right, Sammy? Sammy says yes. Garcia and Sammy put their heads together, and they came up with a great idea: The Guevara-Garcia… No, wait, the Garcia-Guevara Gauntlet! Danny thanks Sammy for the top billing on that name. Renee asks what kind of gauntlet they have in mind. Garcia says it’s a rather simple concept. “Ricky, first you’re gonna have to beat Cool Hand Ange. And if that happens, you’re gonna have to beat Daddy Magic.” Menard adds, “Beat Daddy Magic? I DON’T THINK SO!” Garcia says that if Starks somehow does that, then he beats either Garcia or Guevara, but they’ll reveal that the night of.
And then, if somehow, by the skin of his teeth, Starks makes it past all that, only then does Starks get his hands on Jericho. Jericho tells Starks, “You don’t call the shots around here, the Jericho Appreciation Society does. So if you can get through the Garcia-Guevara Gauntlet, I’ll be ready to rip your ass!” Will the Absolute survive three matches in one go to finally have another shot at The Ocho?
The Elite speak.
Matt Jackson asks Brandon Cutler if the camera is rolling as he, brother Nick, Kenny Omega, Michael Nakazawa and Don Callis are on the basketball court. Cutler says yes, they’re live, while Nakazawa and Callis are oiling Omega up. Matt says, “Ladies and gentlemen, check it out who it is! It’s the first-ever, two-time Trios Champions, The Elite.” Omega says that’s right, and he tells Top Flight, “I watched what you guys did. After a Best of 7 Series in a ladder match, you got one up on our boys. Well how ’bout next week, you bring your friend, AR Fox, next week and we’ll put these belts on the line, and you guys can shoot your shot.
“But hey, when you shoot that shot, you best not miss. Because The Elite never miss. Nick, if you will.” Nick takes the rock and shoots it, THREE POINTER! Oh, but wait! The Firm’s Stokely Hathaway, Ethan Page, Matt Hardy & Isiah Kassidy walk in. Callis has Cutler keep rolling, and Omega mockingly asks where Stokely is, he can’t see him. Oh haha, Stokely knows you see him, he’s right here. But listen, you three are doing NOTHING all week? No wrestling, nothing? Just a week off? Ethan thinks that’s funny. The Firm’s employees don’t have that luxury, they work every single week, and Ethan wants that streak to continue.
So Ethan says how about this: The Elite VS Ethan, Matt & “Zay,” Friday on Rampage. Omega tells Callis he isn’t so sure, but Callis says this is Matt Hardy. If they get footage of Hardy taking a One Winged Angel, they could sell that NFT for a lot of money. Hardy says, “What about an NFT with Matt Hardy Twist-Of-Fating Omega?” Ethan likes that better! Well, as far as a match, it’s done. The Elite VS The Whatever They Are. Kassidy says he hopes the Elite is ready, cuz they sure are. Kassidy unsettles Kenny with an arm around his shoulders and a moan, and Ethan says this is good business. Hey, Brandon, is it? Cut the camera!
Matt Jackson tells Ethan Page that he doesn’t tell Brandon what to do! THEY tell him! Turn off the camera, ya damn dumbass! And get off the court, they’re trying to play. But will this 3v3 pick-up game go The Elite’s way? Or is it a trap game before taking on Fox, Dante & Darius?
Bryan Danielson VS Timothy Thatcher!
In the American Dragon’s quest to be #1 contender, he has defeated Tony Nese, Konosuke Takeshita, Bandido and Brian Cage, an undefeated streak of 4-0 in 2023! But now, Maxwell Jacob Friedman has enlisted a fighter very much like Bryan in his savage technical ability. Will Bryan make it to the deadline still on top? Or is this where MJF wins before Revolution even begins?
The bell rings and the two circle. They feel out the grapple, but Bryan’s shoulder is an obvious target. They grapple, Bryan puts Thatcher on ropes but Thatcher shifts to get the arm. Thatcher wrangles Bryan but Bryan scrambles to the ROPEBREAK! The ref counts, Thatcher lets off, and then smirks as he watches Bryan get up. Bryan and Thatcher feel out another grapple, Thatcher puts him in the corner, and then European Uppercuts! And again! And again! Bryan sits down and Thatcher goes after the arm! Thatcher twists the elbow and wrist, isolates the arm, and stands on the hand! Thatcher KNEES the arm!
Bryan scrambles away but Thatcher is right on him with a double wristlock! Bryan powers Thatcher to ropes, and clasps his hands behind his back. The ref counts, the two let off, but then Bryan fires off body shots and kicks! Bryan grabs a leg to DRAGON SCREW! Bryan holds onto the leg, turns Thatcher over and ties those legs up, to get a Deathlock! Fans rally as Bryan sits on the hold, then SNAPS it! Bryan then shifts to a BOW ‘N’ ARROW! Thatcher pries the fingers away! Bryan shouts in pain but Thatcher twists the arm! And STOMPS it down! Fans boo but Thatcher grins with that missing-tooth smile.
Thatcher KNEES Bryan in the back, stalks him to a corner, but Bryan puts Thatcher in the corner to CHOP and CHOP and KICK and KICK! Fans rally, Bryan runs corner to corner, and DROPKICKS! Bryan facelocks but Thatcher wrenches and WRINGS Bryan’s arm! Fans boo more but Thatcher drags Bryan up with a double wristlock! Thatcher uses his height to lift Bryan off the mat! Then Thatcher pushes Bryan down, but Bryan keeps his shoulders up. Bryan crawls around, ROPEBREAK! Thatcher lets go at 4 while fans rally up. Bryan clutches his arm but Thatcher goes after it again as Dynamite goes picture in picture.
Bryan endures but they’re also in the ropes so the ref counts. Thatcher lets off at 4, then digs his boot into Bryan at the corner. The ref counts, Thatcher lets off, only to stand on Bryan’s chest! The ref counts, Thatcher steps away, and he grins as he soaks up the heat. Thatcher mocks Bryan’s pain, then KNEES the bad shoulder! Thatcher KNEES Bryan again, goes out to drag Bryan tot he apron, and he SLAMS the arm on the edge! Bryan clutches his bicep and shoulder while the ref reprimands. Thatcher slides into the ring and stands Bryan up by his ears! Thatcher CLUBS Bryan on the chest! Thatcher fishhooks Bryan to stand him up, and CLUBS him again!
Bryan sits down, Thatcher stands him back up, and he hammerlocks the bad arm. Thatcher then back suplexes Bryan up and into the ring! Thatcher dusts off his hands while crawling to the cover, but Bryan wrangles him into the LEBELL LOCK!! Thatcher got cocky and got caught! But he scrambles to the ROPEBREAK! Bryan lets off quickly, but Thatcher is right on him! Thatcher UPPERCUTS the arm! Bryan goes to a corner, Thatcher KNEES him down, then drags Bryan back up. Thatcher EuroUppers Bryan, taunts the fans, then EuroUppers Bryan again. Bryan leans against ropes, Thatcher snarls at the fans, then gets in Bryan’s face.
Dynamite returns to single picture as Thatcher traps Bryan’s bad arm behind his back and throws hard body shots to that side. The ref counts but Thatcher grins as he throws more shots. Bryan fights back with HEADBUTTS! Fans fire up as Bryan backs Thatcher down, but Thatcher fires off body shot after body shot! Thatcher drags Bryan out to a hammerlock GROVIT, and then hits a GROVIT-PLEX! Cover, TWO!! Bryan is still in this but Thatcher snarls. Thatcher stalks Bryan at the ropes, bumps him off buckles, then reels Bryan in to hoist him up top. Thatcher UPPERCUTS, climbs up after Bryan, and he underhooks the arms!
Bryan resists and fans fire up! Bryan breaks free, throws body shot after body shot in return, and then HEADBUTTS Thatcher down! Thatcher growls and gets right back up! But Bryan throws more body shots! Fans rally “YES! YES! YES!” and Bryan HEADBUTTS again! Thatcher stays down this time, and Bryan stands up! Thatcher stands in time for the MISSILE DROPKICK! Both men are down as Bryan clutches his bad arm, but Dayton rallies up behind him! Bryan and Thatcher sit up, both snarl, and Thatcher EuroUppers! Bryan EuroUppers in return! They go uppercut for uppercut, but Thatcher gets the edge!
Bryan fires up to KICK! And KICK! Bryan KICKS away on Thatcher’s chest, “YES! YES! YES!” Bryan powers up but Thatcher blocks the Buzzsaw! Thatcher goes for the bad arm, wrangles Bryan down, but Bryan rolls through and gets around to waistlock. Thatcher bucks the O’Conner but runs into a backslide! TWO, FUJIWARA! No, Bryan rolls through to BUZZSAW! Cover, TWO!! But Bryan clamps on for HAMMER ‘N’ ANVIL ELBOWS! Fans rally again, but Thatcher blocks the arm! Bryan claws Thatcher’s face to get free, and get a SLEEPER! But Thatcher wants that bad arm! Bryan has to shift his grip, but Thatcher stands!
Thatcher pries the sleeper open because he can get the bad arm, but Bryan powers up! Bryan has the hold on tight, so Thatcher backs Bryan down! They end up ramming the ref into the corner! Bryan still holds on, but Thatcher hits a BIG back suplex! All three men are down and fans fire up! But here comes MJF! The AEW World Champion tells Dayton to shush, and he puts on the Dynamite Diamond Ring! MJF says, “It’s too damn easy. This is done! This is done!” MJF goes to the ring, but KONOSUKE flies in outta nowhere!! Konosuke won’t let MJF screw Bryan over! Konosuke attacks MJF, RAMS him into railing, and chases him to the back!
Bryan has Thatcher but Thatcher snatches the arm! FUJIWARA ARMBAR!! The ref is up, he asks Bryan, but Bryan endures! Thatcher pushes way back on the arm, but Bryan pushes his way forward with his legs! ROPEBREAK!! Fans fire up as Bryan survives by a literal foot! Thatcher lets go in frustration and he scowls as he throws hands on the bad arm. Thatcher drags Bryan up, clinches, BELLY2BELLY SUPLEX! Bryan flounders but Thatcher runs in, clinches, but Bryan switches! GERMAN SUPLEX! Thatcher fumes as he gets back up! Bryan dodges him, runs back in, BUSAIKU KNEE!! Cover, Bryan wins!
Winner: Bryan Danielson, by pinfall
Now 5-0 on the year, the quest continues! The American Dragon is not yet slain, but wait! MJF and Konosuke continue brawling backstage! MJF turns things around to send MJF into a road case! MJF gets a chair to CHUCK it at Konosuke’s head! And then he throws a trash bin! MJF says if Konosuke wants after him, this is what he gets! But Konosuke turns things back around to SMACK MJF off a table! MJF comes back, the hands fly, and security rushes in! Referees and management try to stop this, too! MJF says he’ll kill Konosuke but Konosuke says about the same in Japanese! Renee runs in to be on the scene, and she tells everyone to stop!
Renee informs everyone, “Per Tony Khan, next week on Dynamite in an Eliminator match, it will be Takeshita VS MJF!” MJF is pissed, he doesn’t agree to that, but he MUST! Will the Devil of AEW find that the Future of Wrestling is better than him?
Mogul Affiliates speak.
Swerve Strickland says, “It’s been a real relaxing last couple of weeks for Swerve and the Mogul Affiliates and all, since getting rid of some dead weight and all this. Until I was like, retriggered.” Dustin Rhodes returning to stand in front of Swerve’s camera, in front of Swerve’s lights, and with Swerve’s interviewer! “The Rhodes Family legacy really gets under my skin, with your father, Dusty Rhodes, giving Keith Lee the ‘Limitless’ moniker. So, since he’s not here, Dustin’s not here, either, let’s find some other nepotism, second generation punk boy to get rid of Friday night on Rampage. That means you, Brian Pillman. Ain’t that right, Parker?”
Parker Boudreaux says that’s right. “Ain’t that right, Trench?” The tattooed man says, “Yeah, that’s right.” Hoodies up, but will they put Bulletproof BPJ down?
BREAKING NEWS for next week!
February 8th, the deadline for Bryan Danielson becoming #1 contender, will see The American Dragon taking on La Faccion Ingobernable’s El Toro Blanco, RUSH!! And speaking of…
Backstage interview with LFI.
Lexi Nair is with El Toro Blanco, but also Jose the Assistant and “Perro Peligroso,” Preston Vance. She notes the announcement of Rush VS Bryan, but then there’s a knock at the door. MJF walks in and says, “Hola, mi hermanos! Senor Vance, Senor Jose, Senor Rrrrrush.” Rush asks what the hell this “perro” wants. MJF double checks, “perro” is dog, right? Well, there’s a little thing called personal space, so he’s just gonna take a step back. “But here’s the deal: my, uh, Spanish is come se dice… Mid. But I know one language, my friend, that is mucho, mucho universal.” And that is MONEY! A huge briefcase full of it!
MJF snaps the case shut and smiles. This first one is free of charge. But he has FIVE MORE filled to the brim with dinero. All Rush has to do is beat Bryan Danielson “by any means necessary.” All Rush needs to do is rip Bryan’s arm off and beat him over the head with it. Can Rush pull that off for him? Jose, translate. Jose translates, but Rush seems to understand explicitly. Rush tells MJF in Spanish, and MJF asks “dipsh*t” Jose to translate. Jose sums it up by saying they have a deal. Oh, is that right? That sounded a bit longer than that. But Rush, you don’t have to like MJF. He just has to get the job done. Pleasure doing business with you, perro.
MJF leaves, but Rush has his mission. Will Rush be raking in the money with one match? Or will nothing stop Bryan Danielson from earning his title match?
AEW TBS Championship: Jade Cargill w/ Leila Grey VS Red Velvet!
Finally, the biggest, fastest-rising star has reached her FIFTIETH match! But while the streak started with The Chef, will it end with her, too? Or will #ThatBitch not be stopped by even the person who knows her best?
The introductions are made, but Velvet attacks while Jade is strutting around! The bell rings, Velvet fires off forearms but Jade knees her low. Jade whips Velvet to a corner but Velvet boots her back! THESZ PRESS! Velvet rains down hands but Jade shoves her away. Velvet ducks but runs into an elbow! Jade drags Velvet up, but Velvet fires off forearms! Velvet whips, Jade blocks to reverse, but Velvet holds ropes. Jade runs in but Velvet sends her out! Leila hurries to Jade’s side but Velvet builds speed! Velvet WRECKS Jade with a dropkick! Velvet tells Leila to back off, then she storms up on Jade.
Jade elbows Velvet away, but Velvet comes back to ROCK Jade! Velvet CHOPS Jade right in front of her family! Velvet then puts Jade in the ring, storms up on her and Oklahoma Rolls! TWO! Jade staggers up, blocks a superkick, and she spins Velvet around. Velvet ducks the haymaker and runs the ropes, then wheelbarrows, but into a GERMAN SUPLEX! Fans fire up while Jade drags Velvet over to a cover, TWO! Velvet is toughing it out but Jade is getting frustrated. Jade scoops Velvet to SLAM her, then drops a BIG elbow! Cover, TWO, and Dynamite goes picture in picture.
Leila is annoyed and Jade frowns while Velvet sputters. Jade drags Velvet up, CLUBS her down, and Leila applauds. Jade bumps Velvet off top buckles, then middle buckles, then bottom buckles! Jade stands on Velvet in the corner and soaks up the cheers and jeers, but lets off at 4. Jade and the ref argue, but Leila gets cheap shots in! Leila scurries away and Jade hauls Velvet up for a FALL AWAY SLAM! And then kips up! Jade holds up both hands to say 50, and then flexes. Velvet bails out, Leila talks trash, and Jade storms over. Jade walks up but Velvet sends her into railing! Jade is getting mad, but Velvet avoids one haymaker to PENALTY KICK from the apron!
Velvet CROSSBODIES, but Jade catches her! Jade POSTS Velvet, then carries her around the way. Jade trophy lifts Velvet, goes up the steel steps, and then TOSSES Velvet at the ropes! Velvet falls, Jade covers, TWO!!! Velvet survives and Jade is getting real mad. Leila rallies the Baddie cheering section, and Jade stalks Velvet to a corner. Jade drags Velvet up, and TOSSES her across the way! Jade says that’s 50 right there, and then she does push-ups as Dynamite returns to single picture. But Velvet CHOPS! Jade CLUBS Velvet, then TOSSES her across the way again! Jade swaggers, dribbles, but Velvet dodges the dunk!
Velvet DROPKICKS Jade, then hits a CODE BREAKER! Jade staggers around, Velvet KICKS and KICKS and mule kicks! Velvet runs, but Jade BOOTS her down! Cover, TWO!! Velvet is still in this and wait! Kiera Hogan RAMS Leila into steel steps! The other former Baddie is here, but other refs come out to have her leave. This all distracts Jade, and Velvet rolls her up! Jade rolls through, but the STIR IT UP hits!! Cover, but the refs aren’t paying attention!! Fans count, Velvet would’ve won twice over by now! Aubrey Edwards finally notices and counts, TWO!! Jade survives and fans can’t believe it!!
Velvet is furious, she drags Jade around and hooks an arm, short arm scissor, and then the INVERSION! Jade endures, fights, but Velvet kicks at her! Jade endures as Velvet pulls on the arm, and she deadlifts Velvet! But Velvet sunset flips! Jade stays up, drags Velvet up with both hands, and pops her around! Chicken wings for JADED!!! Cover, Jade wins!!
Winner: Jade Cargill, by pinfall (still AEW TBS Champion)
FIFTY AND OH! Velvet came the closest of all, but will anyone ever stop Jade’s undefeated streak?
Backstage interview with Britt Baker.
Renee is with The Doctor, as well as Jamie Hayter, as they are with Doc Sampson. We only caught a glimpse of what happened to her earlier at the hands of Saraya & Storm, how is Britt feeling? Britt says this is fine. She’s fine, and if that’s how Storm & Saraya wanna play, that’s fine, too. Because Britt & Hayter can play that game, too. But wait, in walks Ruby Soho! Ruby just wants to talk. She heard what happened, is Britt good? Uh, Ruby, weren’t those your girls? Ruby has Britt hold on there. Ruby has nothing to do with Saraya & Storm, she doesn’t know what Britt’s talking about.
Britt says Ruby’s known Saraya & Storm a lot longer than she’s known the AEW originals, so sorry if it’s strange that Ruby only now shows up. But yeah, Britt is good. Hayter says Britt is great, actually. Ruby says she’s glad to hear it and walks off. There are battle lines being drawn, which side is the Runaway on?
BREAKING NEWS for Rampage!
Not only are The Elite and The Firm having it out, it is for the AEW World Trios Championships! Will Kenny & The Young Bucks make it through All Ego, Hardy & Kassidy to then take on Fox & Top Flight? Or will there be a change of plans for Dynamite? And speaking of Saraya & Storm, they are in tag team action once again, but will they continue to beat down All Elite homegrown talent? Plus, before taking on Bryan Danielson, Rush will take on the Fallen Angel, Christopher Daniels, in an epic match of former ROH World Heavyweight Champions! Will El Toro Blanco build momentum going into his battle with The American Dragon?
AEW TNT Championship No Holds Barred: Darby Allin w/ Sting VS Samoa Joe!
The series is tied at 1-1, with the Samoan Submission Specialist winning in Texas, but the Relentless One winning in his hometown of Seattle. Dynamite in Dayton is throwing out all the rules except one: win! Will Darby continue to be the fighting champion? Or will Joe return to being the One True King of Wrestling Television?
The introductions are made, the TNT title is raised, and one way or another, this is the series finale of Darby VS Joe!
Darby takes off his trench coat to reveal he, uh, customized his Hoodlum hoodie. He’s covered it in thumbtacks!! And as soon as he’s in the ring, he rushes in to COFFIN SPLASH Joe! Joe is reeling from the tack attack but Darby fires off tack-covered forearms! Fans fire up as Darby runs corner to corner, but Joe dodges the splash to GAMANGIRI! Joe then wraps up an arm in his towel, to LARIAT Darby down! Fans rally, Joe pulls Darby’s tack hoodie off and throws it away. Joe drags Darby up to CHOP him! Darby goes to a corner, but Darby kicks back. Joe stomps Darby, stomps him down, then storms off.
Joe goes out to look under the ring, and he brings out a TABLE! Dayton fires up, Joe picks the table up, but Darby DIVES into the table and Joe! The table doesn’t break but it, Joe and Darby all hit the floor! Joe is busted open on his forehead and fans fire up! Darby hurries to stand the table up, to then drop it on Joe! Darby then brings the steel steps around into the corner of the railing. Darby whips, Joe reverses, and Darby not only clips steel steps, he clips railing! Darby lands on his feet just from momentum, but he soon falls to his knees, clutching his back! Fans lose their minds while Joe stalks out after Darby.
Joe stands Darby up, throws knees into him, and then throws him into railing. Joe drags Darby up and they go up the bleachers. Joe SMACKS Darby off the handrail, then brings him up further. Joe smacks Darby off more railing, then keeps him going up. But Darby fights back! Darby CLUBS and CLAWS Joe’s back! Fans fire up but Joe DUMPS Darby down the steps! Fans are going nuts while Joe glares through his crimson mask, and Dynamite goes picture in picture.
Joe drags Darby up again, grinds him against the handrail, then SMACKS him off a fan’s chair! They go back to the lower level as Darby kicks Joe and crawls away. Joe keeps after Darby, drags him up, and brings him around the way to TOSS back to ringside! Darby narrowly misses hitting steel steps head first! Joe stalks Darby, drags Darby back up, then scoop SLAMS him on the steps! Darby writhes, flounders away, but Joe follows him to the corner. Darby throws Joe’s ROH World TV title at him, but that only upsets Joe. Joe storms in after Darby, stalks him to a corner, and waits on Darby to stand before he DECKS him!
Joe eggs Darby on as he stands over him. Darby doesn’t stand so Joe makes him. Joe snapmares to CHOP Darby on the back! And PENALTY KICK him in the chest! And then drops a fist on his head! Joe watches Darby writhe and the ref checks on him. Joe grins through the crimson mask, then stomps Darby down. Joe kicks Darby, then clamps on a neck wrench! Joe leans all his weight on Darby but Darby throws body shots. Joe doesn’t budge, and he CLUBS Darby down. Joe grins as Darby tires to sit back up. Joe clamps the neck wrench back on and he twists even harder! Darby endures, and Dynamite returns to single picture as Darby throws more body shots.
Joe lets go of the neck wrench, Darby hobbles and runs, but into an ELBOW! Darby falls over and Joe covers, TWO! Joe keeps focus as he looms over Darby. Joe KICKS Darby to a corner, and then stomps him. Fans rally and duel, but Joe is annoyed by that. Joe drags Darby up, DECKS him with a forearm, then clamps on another neck wrench! It’s practically a vice on Darby’s head, squeezing his skull! Darby endures, fights up, and he RAMS Joe into buckles! Darby fires off forearms and SLAPS! Darby runs corner to corner, but into the URENAGE! Cover, TWO!! Darby survives the #STJOE, but Joe stands Darby up to CHOP him!
Darby staggers, Joe CHOPS him again! Darby flops to the apron, Joe builds speed and he BOOTS Darby to the floor! Joe then storms out and looks under the ring. Joe brings out another TABLE! Fans fire up again but Joe has fans move aside. Fans oblige and Joe rests the table against railing. Darby is in the ring, Joe goes in and brings Darby up, but Darby JAWBREAKERS before the sleeper could lock in! Darby runs in at the corner to CHOP! And CHOP! And CHOP! Darby CHOPS away on Joe, but Joe TOSSES Darby right out of the ring! Joe has been treating Darby like a throw pillow, emphasis on the “throw!”
Darby flounders up, but Joe goes back over to bring him back in. Joe suplexes high and hard! Joe then goes out to fetch chairs! Joe puts a handful of chairs in the ring, then sets them up together. Fans fire up as they’re back to back to make a wedge! Joe stands Darby up, brings him over, BIG back suplex on the chair wedge!! Darby writhes and Joe has a sadistic smile. “Joe is gonna kill~ you!” Joe turns the chairs around to face each other, then brings Darby back up. But Darby uses POCKET SAND to stop the bomb! CODE RED!! Cover, TWO!! Joe survives but Darby hurries to hop on! THROWBACK STUNNER!
Joe falls into a drop zone, and Darby hurries to get his hoodie back! Darby puts that back on, climbs up the corner, and COFFIN DROPS!! Cover, TWO!?!? Joe survives the tack-enhanced senton and fans can’t believe it! Darby hurries outside and goes looking. Darby uses a knife to cut the strings that hold down the canvas! Some are tough but they all give way, and Darby pulls the canvas away. Darby then drags off the foam padding to expose bare wood! Darby is deconstructing the ring in order to better destroy Joe! Darby sees Joe outside, builds speed and DIVES, but Joe walks away! Darby CRASHES THROUGH THE TABLE!!!
Dayton is losing their minds as Joe puts Darby back in! Joe sets Darby’s tack covered jacket down, he picks Darby up, and he POWERBOMBS him on the tacks! AND THEN HE SMOTHERS DARBY WITH THE TACK JACKET!! Darby DIGS at Joe’s eyes!! Joe lets Darby go, but he staggers around blindly! Joe stands up into a CHAIR SHOT! And another! And another! Darby has Joe on the hard wood, climbs up top, but Joe pushes the ref into the ropes to trip Darby up!! Joe climbs up after Darby, tucks him in, and hits a SUPER MUSCLE BUSTER TO THE WOOD!!!! Cover, JOE WINS!!!
Winner: Samoa Joe, by pinfall (NEW AEW TNT Champion)
Darby’s relentless streak is over! Samoa Joe is now a TWO-TIME TWO BELT CHAMPION! But wait! “THIS IS WAAAR~!” Fans go nuts for Wardlow as he storms down to the ring! Joe is just as shocked as Wardlow runs in! SPEAR!! Wardlow rains down fists on the man who took his title and his top knot! Wardlow rips his shirt off, drags Joe up, but Joe scrambles away! Fans boo but Joe isn’t going to fight again so soon after the war he just went through. Security rushes out but Wardlow CLOBBERS them all! Then he hauls one up to POWERBOMB out onto all the others!! Wardlow will not be denied, when and where will he get his hands on Joe?
This was an awesome Dynamite! Same balance of action and talking, but the action was all on a different level this week. Of the talking, we got good stuff out of this AEW Originals VS Imports in the Women’s Division. Saraya & Storm really up their Heel heat by just attacking Britt unprovoked, and then Ruby checking in on Britt was an interesting turnaround from her telling she didn’t want Britt’s help. But we’re getting closer and closer to that big tag(?) match. Hell, make it a Blood & Guts match but with the women rather than the men. Saraya leads a team, Britt leads a team, Ruby will choose Britt’s side and there could even be a twist of Shida betraying Saraya during the match to cost the anti-AEW team.
Good promo from the JAS to set up things with Starks. I just knew Starks would have to beat everyone in the JAS eventually, so it’s clever for them to get it all done in one gauntlet match. Starks will of course make it past Menard and Parker, and I bet that just as it looks like Garcia is stepping up to face Starks, Guevara takes the spotlight from him. Starks will still get through the final opponent, and he’ll get his match with Jericho. Good promo from Mogul Affiliates, because one: it establishes that their group doesn’t like multigenerational wrestlers, and two: it gave Granden Goetzman his wrestler name, “Trench.” Swerve will surely beat BPJ, but I bet Dustin teams up with BPJ and Brock Anderson as a sort of AEW take on WWE’s Legacy faction to take on Mogul Affiliates.
Good promo from Jack Perry, but I’m surprised he waited until now to establish that he’s done with tag teams. But I suppose he’s done with The Firm, too, so he’s done needing reinforcements. As it stands, if he wants a singles title, he could start with the All-Atlantic Championship, but I could see JB making a move for THE AEW World title. Speaking of The Firm, good promo from them and The Elite. I wonder if this was really live or just the take where Nick actually made that shot. Anyway, I’m also surprised the trios match for Rampage is for the titles when the titles are going to be on the line for Dynamite. But I suppose if Orange Cassidy and Darby Allin are fighting champions, then so should the Elite. Which of course means The Elite win on Rampage to go on to face Fox & Flight.
We got an awesome match from Bryan VS Thatcher, but of course Bryan wins to keep his story going. Even after he had that awesome match with Brian Cage, Konosuke going after MJF was a great move. And getting himself an Eliminator match is a good, too, but I feel like MJF finds a way to stand tall. He’ll either cheat to win, or just get himself disqualified quickly so his night will be over quickly. MJF also had a really good promo with LFI. Rush is a great choice to take on Bryan Danielson, and Rush is also going to have a great match with Christopher Daniels on Rampage. I’m sure Bryan will still find a way to win and we’ll still get that Ironman match, it just has to be how this goes.
It’s mostly because I don’t even know who is the #2 contender, since AEW still hasn’t kept up with rankings in this new year. AEW bringing out a sudden twist of MJF still having that One Hour Ironman match against someone other than Bryan would be great stuff, since MJF has been so focused on Bryan, but I feel like getting MJF VS Bryan is still the thing everyone wants to see. Great opening match out of Hangman VS Moxley, and of course Moxley bleeds. It’s practically in his contract. But Hangman losing by a roll-up was a great surprise, and them still being after each other after, this has to continue until Revolution.
The Acclaimed winning a squash was a bit surprising, but obviously that was to make room for the promo that set up things with The Gunn Sons. But Billy suddenly saying his sons can have a title match with The Acclaimed? I hope there isn’t a turn coming where Billy is suddenly on his sons’ side again. It just feels like something is fishy, but who knows. Really good TBS title match from Jade and Velvet, but I guess since this wasn’t at a PPV, Jade wasn’t about to lose. Kiera trying to help Velvet only to mess things up was at least a good detail to protect Jade. But at this rate, who is even going to beat Jade when she’s gotten through even some great established names.
And of course, an awesome No Holds Barred match for the TNT title. Great innovation, such as Darby’s tack covered jacket and the different table spots. I was actually rather surprised to see Joe win this to once again be dual champion. But at the same time, Wardlow returning to continue his story with Joe is a logical reason as to why Joe needs to have the TNT title again. Perhaps Wardlow gets the TNT title back to have a second chance with that, and Darby can move up into the world title scene. And assuming MJF retains at Revolution, it works for Darby to be next as they have history in AEW.
My Score: 9/10
Mitchell’s AEW Dark Results & Report! (1/31/23)
Orlando stays Dark!
Universal Studios is still the AEW Dark Arena!
As they prepare to go after the AEW World Trios Championships, AR Fox & Top Flight reunite to take on The Wingmen: Peter Avalon, Ryan Nemeth & Cezar Bononi!
- Six Man Tag: AR Fox & Top Flight VS The Wingmen; Fox & Top Flight win.
- Red Velvet VS Sofia Castillo; Velvet wins.
- Zack Clayton VS Fulton; Clayton wins.
- Brock Anderson & Brian Pillman Jr. w/ Arn Anderson VS Rosario Grillo & Dean Alexander; Anderson & Pillman win.
- Skye Blue VS Renee Michelle; Skye wins.
- Shane Taylor Promotions VS Mr. G & Dante Casanova; Shane Taylor Promotions wins.
- Yuka Sakazaki VS Avery Breaux; Yuka wins.
- The Workhorsemen VS Liam Gray & Adrian Alanis; The Workhorsemen win.
- Angelico w/ Serpentico & Luther VS Konosuke Takeshita; Konosuke wins.
A solid line-up, and I like that we’re getting to see Brock Anderson & Brian Pillman Jr. in action together after a backstage promo on Elevation not too long ago. Not sure what the team name is but two second generation stars together is a logical combination. Angelico VS Konosuke, that is going to be a great match, but I give the win to Konosuke. Red Velvet is in action again after also being on Elevation, she’s definitely building momentum towards taking on Jade Cargill for Jade’s 50th match. And good to see Shane Taylor Promotions in action here. They’ll be a strong part of the ROH Tag Team Division, even after having lost to Keith Lee after Swerve abandoned Keith.
And good to see AR Fox & Top Flight in action, and against The Wingmen. For one, good to see Avalon, Nemeth & Bononi teaming all together again. And this will be a good match to build momentum for Fox & Flight.
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Down The Wire: NFL No Cap Recap Divisional Weekend
Tom and Dave are back, with no cap, to give you their thoughts on an exciting NFL Divisional Playoff weekend!
Mitchell’s Hyrule Puro-Resu Results & Report! (1/31/23)
The Bracket of Courage!
Mitchell’s Hyrule Puro-Resu Results & Report! (1/30/23)
The Bracket of Wisdom!
Bandwagon Nerds #168: One…And Done?
With Patrick O’Dowd out for the next 2 weeks, the Nerds hit the pause button on That 70’s Project to...
Andrew’s Judgmental Album Reviews: Samia – Honey (2023)
Deciding to venture into Indie Pop Rock again! The JAR tackles newer artist Samia and her sophomore album Honey!
Mitchell’s Hyrule Puro-Resu Results & Report! (1/29/23)
The Bracket of Power!
Andrew’s IMPACT Results & Match Ratings: 2.2.2023
Impact has a new number one contender, a few new signings and setting up for No Surrender. Lets see what...
Mindless Wrestling Podcast: Rob, Put Down The Shovel
What hit? What Missed? What does Rob think of Women's wrestling? Find out this week as we recap the 2023...
Mitchell’s AEW Dynamite Results & Report! (2/1/23)
Dynamite is No Holds Barred!
Greg DeMarco Show: Wrestling Has More Than One Royal Rumble (It Has Two)
A night to remember at the 2023 Royal Rumble--but what stood out? What does it all mean for WrestleMania? Plus...
Mitchell’s WWE NXT Results & Report! (1/31/23)
NXTag Team Tuesday!
Mitchell’s AEW Dark Results & Report! (1/31/23)
Orlando stays Dark!
Mitchell’s WWE Raw Results & Report! (1/30/23)
We're on the Road to WrestleMania!
Mitchell’s AEW Dark: Elevation Results & Report! (1/30/23)
Lexington gets Elevated!
King: Plotting The Return Of Randy Orton To WWE
Chris King is back with his look at the best scenario to bring Randy Orton back to WWE, and the...
DWI Podcast #360: Royal Rumble Reactions
PC Tunney and Dave Ungar get together to give their reactions and analysis of WWE's 36th annual Royal Rumble!!