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Mitchell’s AEW Rampage Results & Report! (10/21/22)

The Acclaimed are on a Rampage!

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Rampage Coverage 2022

Fight for your right to scissor finger!

Mark Sterling stole The Acclaimed’s scissors, all in a ploy to get a match! Will Max Caster & Anthony Bowens lose it all? Or will they make Smart Mark pay for trademark trolling them?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • AEW Tag Team Championships, Titles VS Trademark: The Acclaimed w/ Billy Gunn VS The Varsity Athletes w/ Mark Sterling; The Acclaimed win, retain the titles and win back the scissoring trademark.
  • FTW Championship: Hook VS Ari Daivari; Hook wins and retains the title.
  • Penelope Ford Leila Grey VS Willow Nightingale; Willow wins.
  • AEW All-Atlantic Championship Triple Threat: Orange Cassidy VS Rush VS Preston Vance; Cassidy wins and retains the title.

PLAY BY PLAY

AEW mourns the loss of Brian “Mongo” Muster.

AEW’s lead video engineer unexpectedly passed away earlier this week. “In addition to being an exceptional colleague, Brian was a dedicated father, fiancé, and friend. Many of those closest to Brian are part of our production team, and we appreciate their hard work every night, but tonight especially. Thank you, Brian. You will be missed.”

 

AEW Tag Team Championships, Titles VS Trademark: The Acclaimed VS The Varsity Athletes w/ Mark Sterling!

AEW had Title Tuesday for Dynamite, but we’re kicking off Title Fight Friday in Jacksonville with the homegrown product! But Shart- er, Smart Mark Sterling is holding a trademark technicality over them like the weasel he is! Max Caster has a rap to respond! “Acclaimed on the mic, we don’t care what you say! We ’bout to win like we won the reins on Tuesday! We’ll leave y’all with a concave chest. Y’all’ll get de-platformed like Kanye West! And y’all stole a trademark, cuz every week you put the ratings in the graveyard! You guys try be us. Smart Mark, we’re all gonna stomp you in the nuts!” Bowens gets the mic to say, “JEEEE-ACKSONVIIIIILE~! The Acclaimed… have arrived!”

But then Mark stops Bowens from the scissoring! Because everyone knows that Sterling has the trademark! The fans will get what they really want, even though they don’t deserve it. “SCISSOR ME, DADDY NE-” The Acclaimed attack from behind! Sterling scrambles away in his stupid magenta scissor suit, and it’s time to fight for our right to scissor finger!

Bowens fires off on Woods, Caster has Nese, fans are fired up but the ref tells them to get this to 1v1! The Acclaimed whip The Varsity Athletes, but Nese & Woods reverse, only for Caster & Bowens to throw them both out! Fans fire up and Caster throws up the two fingers, only for Sterling to remind him of the trademark. Bowens swings on Sterling but Nese & Woods attack from behind now! The Varsity Athletes throw The Acclaimed out now, and then Nese & Woods put up the fingers, to SCISSOR! Fans boo, that’s not the scissoring they want! The Acclaimed attack back again and Caster clotheslines Nese out!

Bowens bumps Woods off buckles then tags in Caster. Fans taunt the Varsity Athletes, “You Can’t Scissor!” Caster whips Bowens and Bowens forearms Woods! Bowens goes side to side while Caster back elbows, and Bowens returns to forearm smash again! Bowens whips Woods into a POWERSLAM from Caster! Fans fire up, Caster drags Woods up to whip. Caster then back drops Woods! Fans sing, “OH~ Scissor Me, Daddy~!” Caster wrenches Woods’ arm, but Woods wrenches back to then waistlock, spin and wrench. Caster wrenches back, Woods pushes him to ropes, and even puts him between ropes. The ref counts, but Woods YANKS Caster into the ropes!

Daddy Ass is there to check on Caster, but Woods goes out and shoves Billy aside. Fans boo but Woods runs away as Billy rushes at him! Sterling complains about Billy but then Billy uses that to trip Woods up! The ref looks at Billy, Billy shouts at Sterling, but the ref EJECTS Daddy Ass! Fans boo, Sterling screws The Acclaimed with legality again! Woods DECKS Bowens, Nese fires off on Caster and fans shout BS! Woods hits a NECKBREAKER, then covers, TWO!

AEW goes picture in picture as Nese soaks up the heat. Woods drags Caster up to bump him off buckles. Tag to Nese, Nese KICKS Caster, then whips him to ropes. Nese CLOBBERS Caster, then flexes on him. Woods swivels his hips, Nese mocks the scissor fingers, and then he kicks Caster. Caster throws body shots but Nese knees him into the corner. Tag to Woods and the Varsity Athletes mug Caster. Woods RAMS into Caster, then hits a SWINGING KNEE! The ref counts, Woods lets off, and Woods drags Caster up to ROCK him into the corner. Woods puts Caster up top, climbs up after him, but Caster throws body shots!

Caster HEADBUTTS Woods as Rampage returns to single picture! Woods staggers away, Caster CROSSBODIES! Direct hit but both men are down! Woods and Caster crawl for their corners, hot tags to Nese and Bowens! The Five Tool Player rallies on the Varsity Athletes with big hands and kicks! Bowens CLUBS away on Woods over and over, and fans fire up! Bowens kicks, KICKS and runs to LEAP FROG LEG DROP Nese! Cover, Woods KNEES it apart! Caster gets in but Woods fireman’s carries! T K O KNEE SMASH! Woods hurries over, tags in, and the Varsity Athletes double whip Bowens.

Woods runs in to forearm smash! Woods hoists Bowens up, Nese leaps over to SHORYUKEN! Nese then TOSSES Bowens to the JUMP KNEE from Woods! Tag to Nese, Woods drags Bowens up and Nese joins in, OLYMPIC NECKBREAKER! Cover, but Caster barrels in to break it!! Sterling is worried while fans are fired up. Caster roars, he fires off on Woods then fireman’s carries! LANDSLIDE! But Nese rolls Caster for a SOBAT! Bowens reels Nese in but Nese throat chops! Nese brings Bowens for a BULLDOG HOTSHOT with a PLANCHA for Caster! Nese takes out The Acclaimed in one go! Nese then hurries to shoulder Bowens and sunset flip!

Bowens rolls through to SHINING WIZARD in return! Woods runs in but Bowens ELBOWS, JABS, CHOPS and SUPERKICKS! Woods is down and fans fire up with Bowens! Tag to Caster, The Acclaimed get Nese up, THE ARRIVAL to the MIC DROP!! Cover, The Acclaimed win!

Winners: The Acclaimed, by pinfall (still AEW World Tag Team Champions)

Caster & Bowens retain the titles, but that’s not all! They get back the scissoring trademark! Wait, Sterling says no, that won’t change anything! He still has the official document! But Billy Gunn returns to grab Sterling and throw him into the ring! The Acclaimed bring Sterling around, to STOMP HIM IN THE NUTS!! Sterling is hurting, but that’s not all! Bowens goes up top, Caster & Billy hold Sterling open, SCISSOR ME TIMBERS!! And best of all, Billy rips up the document! Sterling has no trademark, THE ACCLAIMED SCISSOR FINGER~!! Will that teach Sterling not to troll trademarks?

 

Tony Schiavone has a sit-down talk with Jade Cargill.

The AEW TBS Champion wants her belt back, and she threatened to hijack all of Rampage to do it. Schiavone says that there is also the misfortune of Penelope Ford being unable to compete tonight, so one of The Baddies, Leila Grey, has been named as the replacement as a deal to placate Jade. Jade tells Schiavone to “cut the s*it,” because she is once again saving AEW’s precious Rampage. “As you all know, I am a professional, a woman of my word, unlike you, Tony Schiavone.” Jade set up Leila to whoop Willow Nightingale’s ass “and send her back to the indies where she belongs.”

Schiavone starts to say Jade will get her chance, and Jade says she better get her chance, to confront Nyla Rose in the ring tonight. Jade says she didn’t come here to save the show. This is a deal: Jade gives AEW Leila, and AEW gets Jade her belt back. PERIOD. Jade storms off, will AEW compel Nyla Rose to return the title to #ThatBitch?

 

Backstage interview with The Lucha Brothers, Eddie Kingston & Ortiz.

Alex stands with them all and notes that Ortiz asked for this time. Ortiz says yes, because he says Eddie’s got a problem. He’s been losing it, he’s been outta control, and Ortiz wanted everyone here to talk with him because they all care about him. Penta El Zero Miedo tells his “best friend,” “I know you are one of the best wrestlers in the world, but calmate,” take it easy! Rey Fenix adds that he remembers the first time they met Eddie. They all have the same mentor, and Eddie is a superstar. Alex Abrahantes tells Eddie that he knows how much the Lucha Brothers care about him. They don’t want Eddie losing his temper and losing another job.

Fenix wants to say more, but then The Bastard, Pac, speaks up. “Listen to them, Eddie. They’re champions. Compose yourself. How did that work out for you at Grand Slam, huh? In your own backyard…” Eddie is upset with Pac, but Ortiz says he didn’t invite Pac. The intervention may not have gone smoothly, but will the Mad King learn to be less mad?

 

FTW Championship: Hook VS Ari Daivari w/ Jeeves Kay!

The champions keep showing up in Jacksonville as now the Cold-Hearted, Handsome Devil settles things with the arrogant Persian Lion. Daivari Dinero thinks he can just buy titles off those more deserving, but will he need all that money for hospital bills after this?

The introductions are made, the belt is raised, as we’ll see if Daivari can put his money where his mouth is!

The bell rings but Daivari wants everyone to hold on. Daivari understands Hook didn’t wanna let Daivari buy the title. Maybe Hook’s not a check guy, maybe he doesn’t have a bank account and likes straight cash. Daivari gives Hook one last chance before kicking his ass and taking the belt. Take the money- Hook SLAPS the money away! Daivari scrambles to pick up the Benjamins, Hook picks Daivari up for an EXPLODER! Daivari bails out and Hook storms over, only for Daivari to trip him up and drag him out! Daivari brings Hook over but Hook blocks the bump to bump Daivari off the timekeeper’s table!

Daivari hurries into the ring, and Jeeves stands in Hook’s way! Hook gets around the butler but Daivari bumps Hook off buckles! Daivari fires off hands while fans rally for Hook. Daivari stomps a mudhole, he lets off at 4, and Daivari soaks up the heat. Jeeves cheers his boss on while Daivari puts Hook through ropes. Daivari hooks Hook up to CHOP! Daivari fires off haymakers, the ref counts, and Daivari lets off at 4, to BOOT Hook down! Fans boo but Jeeves slaps Hook with the cash! Daivari drags Hook up, puts him in a corner and he tells Hook he should’ve taken the money while he had the chance.

Hook blocks a punch to fire off body shots! Hook backs Daivari down, fires off in the other corner, but the ref backs Hook down. Hook storms up but into a BOOT! Daivari runs, into an STO! Hook rolls Daivari and hooks a leg for a FISHERMAN SUPLEX! Fans fire up with Hook, he stalks up on Daivari, but Jeeves distracts! O’Conner Roll, with tights! TWO!! Hook dodges Daivari and CLOBBERS Jeeves! But Daivari SUPERKICKS! Hook wobbles, Daivari reels him in, URENAGE! Cover, TWO!! Hook survives and Daivari is furious! Daivari slaps Hook around, brings him up, and wrenches to hammerlock. Hook ducks the lariat to whip Daivari to the apron!

Hook runs over, Daivari shoulders him away. Daivari swings, into the REDRUM!! Hook drags Daivari into the body scissors, Daivari taps! Hook wins!!

Winner: Hook, by submission

Hook holds on to make Daivari pay for his disrespect. Jeeves tries to wake Daivari up, but Hook gets him for REDRUM! Hook puts the butler to bed and stuffs the money in Jeeves’ mouth. Hook proved that he can’t be bought, but will anyone be able to prove Hook can be beat?

 

Backstage interview with The Firm.

Lexi Nair is with Stokely Hathaway, Ethan Page and Matt Hardy as she notes The Firm won control of the contracts of both Private Party and Matt Hardy. What is the Firm’s plan now? Hardy asks that, too! Why is he here? Where’s Private Party? Isiah Kassidy & Marq Quen are at the Stokely Hathaway Wrestling Academy so they can work on their fundamentals. Ethan says they can get the Hardy stink off them, too. So why is Hardy still here? Because he has a match. Tonight?! No, TV time is for people like Ethan. Hardy has a match on Elevation! Read your contract.

Now Hardy sees what this is: he’s being put in his place as the “uncultured” Matt Hardy. Matt starts rapping? “I got some contract from some punks the other day. I opened and read it, it said was suckers. They wanted me for The Firm or whatever, picture me givin’ a damn, I said NEVER!” Stokely is speechless and leaves. Ethan follows and Hardy smiles and waves as he says, “See you Monday.” Just what is going to happen now that Hardy is under the thumb of The Firm?

 

Leila Grey w/ Kiera Hogan VS Willow Nightingale!

Instead of Mrs. Superbad, we get a Baddie! But will Leila make Jade proud by purging the ever positive powerhouse from AEW? Or will Willow upset #ThatBitch with a big win in Jacksonville?

The bell rings and Willow circles with Leila. They approach but Leila dodges to strut around. Fans rally for Willow and she circles with Leila again. They approach again, Leila dodges again, but Willow comes right up behind her to waistlock! Willow lifts and SLAMS Leila, then floats to a facelock. Leila fights up, stomps a foot and powers Willow to a corner. Leila throws body shots but the ref counts. Leila digs her boot in, Willow pushes it away, but Leila ROCKS Willow with a right! Leila digs her boot in again but Willow pushes it back down. Leila whips corner to corner, Willow handsprings and comes back to waistlock!

Willow shoves Leila to run her over on the return! Fans fire up as Willow flexes! Leila gets to the apron, Willow drags her up, but Leila HOTSHOTS her away! Leila hurries in but Willow gets around to short arm LARIAT! Willow drags Leila up for another short arm LARIAT! And then again, but Leila throws an elbow! Willow just roars at her! Willow scoops and SLAMS Leila down! Fans fire up more and Willow taunts Kiera. Leila bails out, Willow gives chase, but Kiera grabs at Willow’s foot! Willow kicks Kiera away, and now Willow swings on her. Kiera dodges to SUPERKICK! The ref was busy with Leila and Keira gets away with it as Rampage goes picture in picture.

Leila goes out to fire forearms on Willow. Willow throws body shots, Leila CLUBS Willow, and Leila bumps Willow off the apron. Willow stumbles, Leila drags her up and CLUBS her against the apron. Leila refreshes the count and puts Willow in the ring. Leila takes her time returning and Willow throws body shots. Leila CLUBS Willow, t hen runs to SHOTGUN Willow down! Leila keeps moving to BULLDOG! Cover, TWO! Willow is powering up! Leila drags Willow up but Willow throws body shots. Leila CLUBS Willow down again, reels her in, but Willow throws more body shots. Willow turns things around for a NECKBREAKER!

Willow runs but Leila avoids the SENTON! Both women are down and Leila hurries after Willow. Leila stomps away, then she clamps onto Willow with a chinlock. Leila stretches Willow back but Willow endures and fights up. Leila becomes a backpack, and Willow RAMS her into a corner! Willow is free, and she throws more body shots as Rampage goes to break.

Rampage returns and both women are down. Willow crawls over to Leila, drags her around and throws forearms. Willow whips Leila to a corner, runs in and back body blocks! Then turns around to LARIAT! Willow snapmares and BOOTS Leila! Fans fire up, Willow whips Leila to ropes and hits a SPINEBUSTER! High stack, TWO! Willow keeps focus and fans rally up. Willow drags Leila up and reels her in to a fireman’s carry. Leila fights free, and RUSSIAN LEG SWEEPS! Willow flounders to a corner and Leila runs in to SHINING WIZARD! Leila headlocks but no bulldog, BACK SUPLEX! Willow and Kiera start arguing, Leila rolls Willow up! ONE!!

Leila staggers, Willow shoves her into Kiera! Willow and Leila scrap, Willow ROUNDHOUSES Leila down! Willow hauls Leila up, gut wrenches for the DOCTOR BOMB! Cover, Willow wins!

Winner: Willow Nightingale, by pinfall

Well, Jade’s going to be disappointed that her girls couldn’t get it done. Will Willow prove she’s worth of another title opportunity down the line?

Schiavone interviews Willow in the ring about this unexpected change in the match. Give it up for Willow as she is officially ALL ELITE! Fans fire up for the graphic and the news! Willow hugs Schiavone, but here comes #ThatBitch! Jade storms her way out to the ring, and she has a chair. Willow lets Jade and The Baddies have the ring, and Jade takes a seat. Kiera snatches the mic to give it to Jade. “Nyla. Since I’m a classy woman and not some bum ass thief, I’ma give you 10 seconds to bring me back my belt.” Jade starts counting it down, fans count along, and at “TWO!” the tron shows us Marina Shafir & Vickie Guerrero!

“Hey, Jade!” “Hi, Jade!” Is Jade looking for this? In the driver’s seat of the car, it’s Nyla Rose! “And I said, JAaAAaaAADE! JaaaaAaaade, Jade, Jade… Is this what you’re looking for?” The TBS Championship belt! Nyla tells Jade, “I know you’re looking for me, and I know you’re looking for the championship. However, I miss Jacksonville way too much. We got your keys from valet, thanks for the lift. Bye~!” The Vicious Vixens just jacked Jade’s ride! The Baddies hurry but it’s too late, Nyla’s taking off! Jade shouts, “I meant what I said! I’m not leaving this ring until I get my belt back!” Jade takes a seat, but security steps in?

Jade DECKS one guard, then another! Jade gets pissed and she dares security to bring it! And then she DECKS another! Jade is leaving the ring after all, will she hunt down the Native Beast until they finally have it out in the ring?

 

AEW shares footage from Thursday night.

It was 10 PM Eastern in Daily’s Place, and Alex Marvez was interviewing Preston Vance on his issues with La Faccion Ingobernable. But then Jose the Assistant walked in to inform everyone that this is his absolute last chance to join LFI. He doesn’t have to face Rush, but- Vance says it doesn’t matter. He wants to face Rush, he doesn’t want an LFI contract. But then Rush walks in and tells Vance that he needs to listen. This is the first and last time Rush will say this: bring the fight because Rush will beat his ass! But then wait, Orange Cassidy pops up from behind the bar?! Cassidy has his backpack, and he brings out his All-Atlantic Championship!

“Hey. What’s up. You guys see this yet? I won it. In Canada. Uh… Want some beers?” Vance tells Cassidy his mask doesn’t have a mouth. Bummer. What about Rush? Rush doesn’t want Cassidy’s drink, he wants that title, and he wants Vance! Cassidy can help Rush out then. “If you want that (the belt), and you wanna fight that (Vance), I’ll fight you both. At the same time. For that (the belt).” The Freshly Squeezed All-Atlantic Champion is very daring! But will he regret stacking the odds against himself? Or can Cassidy beat both The Dark Order’s Ten and El Toro Blanco?

 

Mark Henry interviews two-thirds of tonight’s main event.

The World’s Strongest Man welcomes us back, and gets video bombed by Cassidy? Cassidy seems to think he’s doing the interview. But since he’s here, Mark Henry asks Cassidy why he’s getting in on Vance VS Rush, and putting his title on the line? “Um… I dunno. I felt like it?” Vance says he’s very glad Cassidy felt like it, because not only will Vance get to beat Rush’s ass all over Jacksonville, he gets to walk out the NEW All-Atlantic Champion! Rush tells Ten that when he beats Vance, Vance will learn what Ingobernable means! Jose tells Cassidy that he’s about to have the shortest title reign in AEW history because El Toro Blanco is taking that title!

“And listen to me, perros!” Rush tells them both. “When you mess with the bull, you get the horns!” Cassidy steals Mark Henry’s line! “Well, it looks like there’s been enough talk.” Mark stops him there to finish it up. “It’s time…! For the main event!”

AEW All-Atlantic Championship Triple Threat: Orange Cassidy w/ Danhausen & Best Friends VS Rush w/ Jose VS Preston Vance w/ Negative One!

As if there weren’t enough changes to the grudge match between LFI and The Dark Order, now there’s a golden prize on the line! Will Rush gain both a championship and a henchman? Will Number Ten become the number one? Or will somehow, someway, Orange Cassidy come out still with that title in his backpack?

The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and we see who defies the odds to close out the night!

The bell rings and Vance fires off forearms with Rush! They were meant to fight all along, and Cassidy stays back to let them have it out. DOUBLE FOREARMS make both men wobble, but then they realize Cassidy is just standing there. Cassidy puts his hands up, and then into his pockets! Cassidy unleashes the “devastating” shin kicks! To Rush! Then Vance! Then back again! And then he “powers up,” but Rush DECKS Vance! Rush runs at Cassidy but Cassidy dodges and ducks and SHOTGUNS! And kips up! Fans fire up with Cassidy as he builds speed to DIVE at Vance! Direct hit and Vance hits railng!

Cassidy goes up top, he leaps at Rush, but into a HEADBUTT! Rush fires up, fans fire up as he runs corner to corner, but he jumps to just BOOT Cassidy! And then he tranquilos~! Fans fire up as Vance returns but Rush DECKS him again! Rush drags Vance up to RAM into railing! Rush takes someone’s water to SPLASH Vance! And then he smacks Vance off the timekeeper’s table! And then RAMS him into the wall! Vance takes a seat and Rush goes back to find Cassidy. Rush RAMS Cassidy into railing, then he starts looking under the ring. Rush and Vance brawl again, but Rush snapmares Vance down.

Fans tell Rush off as he drags spare camera cables out! He LASHES Vance, then CHOKES him! Rush makes Vance suffer as there are no disqualifications in Triple Threats. Rush lets off and soaks up the heat. Vance sputters while Rush blows kisses to the fans. Rush goes back for Cassidy again, and he snapmares Cassidy to then stomp him down! Rush steps on Cassidy, Jose brings him the camera cable, and Rush LASHES Cassidy in the leg! And then CHOKES him like he did to Vance! Cassidy endures, the ref reprimands but Rush lets off. Rush argues with the ref, but then Rush goes back for Vance. Rush CHOPS Vance, then puts him in the ring.

Rush hurries in but Vance LARIATS! And LARIATS again! And LARIATS again! Rush bails out, Vance pursues, and now Vance CHOPS Rush! And ROCKS him! Rush ROCKS Vance, and again! Cassidy DIVES in! But both men catch him, and bring him over, DOUBLE CHOKE SLAM on the table! The table doesn’t break but Cassidy might have! Rush sets the table up against the wall while Rampage goes picture in picture.

Rush drags Cassidy up, brings him around, and he wants Vance to help him. Vance agrees, only to CLUB Rush on the back! Vance brings Rush around but Rush whips Vance through the table! Rush grins as he stands tall, but it seems only Jose is applauding. Rush paces around before he drags Vance up and into the ring. Rush stands Vance up in a corner, asks fans to be quiet, and he CHOPS! Vance is stinging but Rush CHOPS again! Rush whips corner to corner, run sin and SPLASHES! Rush snapmares and basement dropkicks! Cocky cover, TWO! Rush argues but the ref says that was a fair count.

Rush stomps Vance around, pretends to take his head off and punt it into the crowd! Rush wants the ref to say it was good but Vance throws body shots! Vance backs Rush to a corner but Rush KNEES low! Rush mocks the Dark Order’s claw hand, then he drags Vance up to DECK him! Rush kicks Vance around, has him in a corner, and he stands on Vance’s head! Rush hops up to the corner to soak up heat. Jose CHOKES Vance! The ref can only reprimand as Rush also digs his boots in. Vance throws body shots in return abut Rush DECKS him again! Rush tears at the mask! Danhausen coaches Cassidy while the ref reprimands Rush.

Rush argues with the ref, there’s nothing wrong in a No Disqualifications setting. Rush clamps on a chinlock to grind Vance down, but Vance fights his way up. Vance throws body shots, then ROCKS Rush! Vance ROCKS Rush again and Rampage returns to single picture. Vance runs in, Rush puts him on the apron and ROCKS him! Rush runs but into a SLINGSHOT SPEAR! Cassidy returns, he runs in, ORANGE- NO, Vance catches the punch into the arm hooks! Cassidy fights the full nelson, and wants to put his hands in his pockets! Vance spins Cassidy around to suplex, but Cassidy hits STUN-DOG MILLIONAIRE!

Cassidy runs, ducks ‘n’ dodges Rush to tilt-o-whirl DDT! Fans fire up as Cassidy throws off his armband! Cassidy runs in, into a BOOT from Vance! Vance spins, but Cassidy ducks to BEACH BREAK!! Cover, but Jose breaks it! Fans boo as Jose soaks it all up. Cassidy frowns but Danhausen gets in! Fans fire up as Danhausen CURSES Jose! And then DICK PUNCHES him! Rush returns and shoves Danhausen into Cassidy! Rush DECKS Danhausen! Fans boo but Rush grins. Rush runs in but Cassidy dodges, only for Rush to SUPERKICK! Cassidy comes back, into an OVERHEAD Belly2Belly into the corner!

Rush taunts Cassidy, but fans taunt Rush with “TIGHTY WHITIES!” Rush frowns, turns around, and Vance LARIATS him down! And again! Vance gets around to scoop and POWERBOMB! Then a SPINEBUSTER! Vance roars and fans fire up with him! “TEN! TEN! TEN!” Cassidy wheelbarrows but Vance blocks to WHEELBARROW GERMAN! And then the DISCUS!! Cover, Rush breaks it in time! Vance is furious but he drags Rush up to ROCK him! Vance runs in to clothesline, CHOP, CHOP and ROCK! Vance fires off but Rush turns things around. Rush pulls at the mask! The fans boo as Rush uses the mask to blind Vance!

Rush mugs Vance, kicks and stomps him down, then runs, into an ORANGE PUNCH!! But Rush falls out of the ring! Vance fixes his mask, DISC- NO, Cassidy ducks again! But Vance sunset flips through the Beach Break! But Cassidy sits down on the cover! With hands in pockets! Cassidy wins!!

Winner: Orange Cassidy, by pinfall (still AEW All-Atlantic Champion)

It was a Triple Threat on a whim, and Cassidy still comes out on top! Cassidy is still champion, who will be next for him and this title? As for Vance and Rush, this is far from over, but Vance leaves with Negative One. When and where will The Dark Order and LFI settle this once and for all?


My Thoughts:

A great episode for Rampage to follow up the big night on Tuesday. The Acclaimed opening the night was a good move, and it was a really good match with the “Varsity Athletes,” another thing Sterling stole from within AEW. But of course The Acclaimed retained and won back the scissor finger gag, and now they’ll await the winner of next Wednesday’s #1 contenders match. Hook VS Daivari was very good, especially for that Hook wasn’t just squashing Daivari. It had the usual Heel moves of Daivari’s corner man interfering and distracting, but Hook established he can overcome that and is still champion. I feel like a prolonged feud with The Trustbusters could help Hook finally get past the squash matches and into something more.

I’m a little confused by the switch from Penelope to Leila. Maybe they wanted Willow to get a win on the night she’s announced to be officially part of AEW, and it would’ve really hurt Penelope’s own return push if she lost here. Either way, this is great for Willow, even if the AEW Women’s Division is still struggling for time in the ring, because at least now Willow is on contract and is getting that money. We got a good bit from Nyla and her crew, though, as they take even more things from Jade. There’s still a lot of time before Full Gear, so I’m sure there will be even more confrontations and gags between Jade and Nyla before the big match.

Good promo bit from The Firm, though I’m as perplexed by rapper Matt Hardy as Stokely. I suppose this could be the start of Hardy’s “fighting against a corrupt boss” story like we’ve seen in pro-wrestling before, and he might drive Stokely so crazy that he lets Hardy out of his contract. Nice “intervention” promo segment from Eddie Kingston and all his friends, but it’s a roundabout way to setting up what was almost obvious here: trios championship feud. Eddie & Ortiz will find a third man and they will challenge Death Triangle at Full Gear. Personally, I would’ve loved for Santana to be the third man, but last I remember, he just wasn’t feeling it anymore and stepped away from wrestling.

I find it very interesting how AEW has danced around Vance VS anyone from LFI. They waited too long on Vance VS Andrade and then Andrade gets himself into trouble fighting with Sammy Guevara. Then they audible to Vance VS Rush but take their time, and then just throw Cassidy and the All-Atlantic title onto it. The way they set the Triple Threat up was really goofy, but I suppose that follows Cassidy’s character. This was Cassidy’s first defense, so it’s quite a big one under his belt. And because we haven’t had Vance VS Rush 1v1, that will definitely come back around for either next Rampage or for the Full Gear Buy-In. And at this point, I don’t know which way it’ll go, but I feel it could go either way and it’d still work out as Vance has improved in the ring and even on the mic.

My Score: 8.6/10


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Mitchell’s AEW Dynamite Results & Report! (2/1/23)

Dynamite is No Holds Barred!

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Will Darby Allin still be the Relentless TNT Champion?

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

OFFICIAL RESULTS

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

PLAY BY PLAY

Jon Moxley w/ Wheeler Yuta VS Hangman Page!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Winner: Jon Moxley, by pinfall

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

Winners: The Acclaimed, by pinfall

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

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

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

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

 

Backstage interview with Jack Perry.

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

 

Brian Cage w/ Prince Nana VS Konosuke Takeshita!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Winner: Konosuke Takeshita, by pinfall

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

 

Backstage interview with the Jericho Appreciation Society.

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

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

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

 

The Elite speak.

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

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

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

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

 

Bryan Danielson VS Timothy Thatcher!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Winner: Bryan Danielson, by pinfall

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

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

 

Mogul Affiliates speak.

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

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

 

BREAKING NEWS for next week!

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

Backstage interview with LFI.

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Backstage interview with Britt Baker.

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

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

 

BREAKING NEWS for Rampage!

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


My Thoughts:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

My Score: 9/10


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

Orlando stays Dark!

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Universal Studios is still the AEW Dark Arena!

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

OFFICIAL RESULTS

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

QUICK NOTES

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

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


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