Mitchell’s AEW Rampage Results & Report! (10/7/22)
Death Triangle is on a Rampage!
AEW Friday Fight Night begins!
As Dynamite celebrates its Anniversary, Rampage shines with some gold! Will the Dark Order honor Brodie Lee’s memory with a Trios Championship victory?
- Six Man Tag: Blackpool Combat Club VS La Faccion Ingobernable; BCC wins.
- Tony Nese & Josh Woods w/ Mark Sterling VS The Varsity Blonds; Nese & Woods win.
- Madison Rayne & Skye Blue VS Tay Melo & Anna Jay “A S”; Tay & Jay win.
- AEW World Trios Championships: Death Triangle w/ Alex Abrahantes VS The Dark Order; Death Triangle wins and retains the titles.
PLAY BY PLAY
Six Man Tag: Blackpool Combat Club VS La Faccion Ingobernable!
Jon Moxley made sure Private Party didn’t “do the right thing” and beat up Hangman Page for Rush. And now, he brings Claudio Castagnoli & Wheeler Yuta along to do the next right thing, and that’s humble the ungovernable! Will The Swiss Superman, The Decoder and the AEW World Champion be rolling towards Toronto? Or will the LFI make the BCC all tranquilo?
Interestingly enough, The Firm’s W. Morrissey, Lee Moriarty, and Stokely Hathaway (who is eating some Boston Cream Pie) are all ringside to watch this one. The Firm was the group to snitch to LFI about Matt Hardy trying to “poach” Private Party, after all. The trios sort out and Claudio starts against Marq Quen. The two circle, tie up, and Claudio waistlocks to SLAM Quen down. Fans fire up for the cannon arms, and then Claudio yanks Quen right up. Quen goes to arm-drag but Claudio blocks that and shakes his head. Claudio whips Quen to a corner, runs in, but Quen BOOTS! Quen QUEBRADAS and covers, ONE!!
Claudio pops Quen up but Quen DROPKICKS him down! Quen kips up and swivels those hips. Quen EuroUppers Claudio, but big mistake! Claudio adjusts his head and EuroUppers Quen OFF his feet! Fans fire up, Claudio tags in Yuta, and the BCC mugs Quen. They double whip, then DOUBLE BOOT! Cover, ONE, but Yuta keeps on Quen with a wrench and wristlock. Yuta bends the arm around but Quen kicks free. Tag to Isiah Kassidy but he runs into a waistlock. Kassidy fights the lift, elbows free, but Yuta shoves him to a corner. Kassidy goes up and over, things speed up, Kassidy wheelbarrows and arm-drags!
Yuta arm-drags Kassidy back, fans fire up and Kassidy blocks a kick to step over and ENZIGURI! Kassidy does a dance but Yuta shoots in to hook Kassidy up into an IRON OCTOPUS! Fans fire up as Kassidy endures! Kassidy powers up but Yuta sunset flips, TWO! Yuta fakes dropkick to scare Kassidy and Yuta does his own dance. Kassidy is upset but he tags Rush. El Toro Blanco pushes past Yuta to SPIT at Moxley! Moxley tags in and fans fire up! The champion and the runner-up contender circle. They get forehead to forehead and then the forearms start flying! Fans rally as Moxley gets the edge, then he runs to BOOT!
Rush fires up and BOOTS back! Moxley shoots around, waistlocks but Rush elbows free. Rush waistlocks, Moxley resists the lift so Rush shoves. Moxley shoots back in, GERMAN SUPLEX! Fans fire up as Moxley takes aim and rums in, to clothesline in the corner! Moxley climbs up and rains down fists as AEW goes picture in picture.
Moxley goes all the way to TEN, then he BITES Rush’s forehead! Moxley whips corner to corner, but Rush BOOTS back! Then OVERHEAD Belly2Belly suplexes Moxley into buckles! Then Private Party BLASTS the BCC corner! Yuta tries to fight back but Rush ROCKS him and Kassidy DECKS him! Private Party sets up so Kassidy can go PARTY IN MOTION! Direct hit on Moxley, then Kassidy gets another boost to FLY onto Claudio! Quen goes up to 450 SPLASH Yuta on the ramp! Rush runs at Moxley, to jump and BOOT! Rush rolls back to tranquilo~! Quen & Kassidy join in, then Rush paces around to soak up the heat from DC.
Rush and Kassidy mug Moxley on the outside of the ring but the ref reprimands. Rush whips Moxley into railing! Rush grabs a spare camera cable from under the ring! He winds up and LASHES Moxley! And then CHOKES him! The ref has to keep the BCC back but Jose eggs Claudio on. Rush throws hands and a HEADBUTT! Moxley stumbles into the ring while Rush soaks up more heat. Rush has everyone hold on while he refreshes himself with water. Quen drags Moxley to the corner, Kassidy stomps Moxley down, and Rampage returns to single picture as Rush steps in. Rush gets upset with Kassidy but Kassidy gets upset back!
Jose pushes Kassidy for pushing Rush, then he SPLASHES Kassidy with the water! Rush whips Moxley to throw body shots, then he ROCKS Moxley into the corner. Rush digs his boot in, but Quen tags himself in! Rush is annoyed but he and Quen mug Moxley. Moxley SLAPS Quen and flips him off! Quen rushes in but Moxley dodges, the BOOT hits Rush! Quen hurries to get Moxley but Moxley X-PLEXES him down! Fans fire up as Moxley and Quen crawl, hot tags to Kassidy and Claudio! Claudio rallies and runs in to EuroUpper! Then he whips Kassidy for another EuroUpper! And then another EuroUpper! And then a BOOT!
Fans fire up for Claudio, because it’s time to go swinging! Kassidy flails, Quen gets his hands, but Claudio drags them both in! Claudio fireman’s carries Quen, blocks Kassidy’s kick, and he uses that to trip Kassidy up! Fans fire up as we get a UFO SWING COMBO!! Claudio stops at ten and drops them both! Fans fire up as Claudio then drags Kassidy up and tucks the arms. Rush HEADBUTTS Claudio! Moxley CUTTERS Rush! Quen and Kassidy ENZIGURI SUPERKICK combo on Moxley! Yuta CROSSBODIES Quen! Kassidy runs but Yuta feeds him to Claudio’s BACKBREAKER! And then short arm LARIAT!
Tag to Yuta and he goes up to FLYING SPLASH Kassidy! Cover, Rush breaks it with a KICK! Claudio runs in but into a SHOTGUN! Moxley gest up, SUPERKICK from Rush, but Moxley LARIATS on the return! Moxley kicks Rush out to then DIVE! Direct hit into the railing and fans are thunderous! Yuta drags Kassidy up but Kassidy CLAWS the eyes! Tag to Quen, Private Party rushes in, “This is Awesome!” as Yuta throws Quen out. Yuta then back drops Kassidy, but Private Party combines, SILLY- NO, Claudio blocks that with strength to POP-UP UPPERCUT Kassidy! Yuta sees Quen springboard in, gets under, and then hooks him up, UNDERHOOK SUPLEX!
Yuta has the arm, short arm scissor into a BICEP SLICER! Quen flails and endures, he TAPS! BCC wins!
Winners: Blackpool Combat Club, by submission
William Regal thanks commentary and says good night, the AEW World Champion and his comrades are successful! Will they all be rolling towards bigger and better in AEW’s fourth year?
AEW hears from Death Triangle and The Dark Order.
PAC says, “The anniversary of Brodie Lee’s last match. You Dark Order gentlemen are in search of an opportunity.” Preston Vance notes that in the AEW Trios Championship Tournament, he got hurt in the first round, that meant he could not compete alongside his brothers in arms. But Vance owes his entire career to Mr. Brodie. Brodie gave him his identity and his start here, so without Brodie, Vance might not even be wrestling right now. Alex Reynolds vows that tonight is the night Dark Order beats Death Triangle to become the NEW AEW World Trios Champions! Will Mr. Brodie Lee’s memory be exalted with gold?
Tony Nese & Josh Woods w/ Mark Sterling VS The Varsity Blonds!
Speaking of gold, The Premier Athlete & Technical Beast tried and failed to get Wardlow’s AEW TNT Championship and Samoa Joe’s ROH World Television Championship, but are still hopeful to get the AEW World Tag Team Championships. Will they start on that road at the expense of Griff Garrison & Brian Pillman Jr?
The teams sort out, Nese starts with BPJ and they circle. They tie up, Nese tackles BPJ and has a toehold but BPJ rolls to then facelock. BPJ gator rolls with Nese, but Nese wrenches and wristlocks. BPJ rolls, cartwheels and handsprings to then BOP Nese in the mouth with a foot! Nese is mad but he runs into an arm-drag! BPJ armlocks and wrenches but Nese gets to ropes. BPJ lets off to CHOP! BPJ ROCKS Nese, tags Griff, the Blonds mug Nese and then Griff wrenches. Nese throat chops Griff! Nese bumps Griff off buckles, tags Woods, but Griff fights back. He gets mugged but fans rally up.
Nese & Woods double whip, Griff holds ropes but Nese runs to trip him up. Woods KNEES Griff down! BPJ runs at Nese but gets the POST instead! Woods drags Griff up, Nese joins in, OLYMPIC NECKBREAKER! Cover, Sterling’s stable wins!
Winners: Tony Nese & Josh Woods, by pinfall
As the #PremierBeasts celebrate, Arn Anderson is watching backstage. Arn shakes his head, but then Sterling gets a mic. “Hold on a second, hold on a second.” Fans boo but Sterling says, “First of all, that was pretty easy. I never thought they had the makings of a varsity athlete. That’s why very recently, I trademarked the term ‘varsity’ in professional wrestling.” What? He did that? Because Sterling says a national champion and a Premier Athlete deserve that title! Therefore, from now on, you are looking at the VARSITY ATHLETES! And the Blonds can never use that name again or Sterling will sue!
“Now, to the important business at hand. My groin has been on fire since National Scissoring Day, and that heinous attack!” But speaking of, here comes The Acclaimed! Fans are fired up as Caster says, “Yo! Listen! Acclaimed on the mic, yeah, you know we unstoppable. Coming out here to make this show more watchable! Smart Mark’s always player hatin’. Y’all’re so boring, you know we gotta save the ratin’s! And next time you interrupt our team, I’ma rock you in the face like I’m Draymond Green! I think the people’ve had enough. Get out the ring or we gonna stomp you in the nuts!” Fans cheer and Sterling hurries away!
Bowens has the mic to say, “WASHINGTON DEEE CEEE~! The Acclaimed have arrived! Scissor me, Daddy Ass~!” So of course, they DO! Will the now “Varsity Athletes” think before they call out the champs?
Eddie Kingston speaks.
“Oh, yeah, I’m sorry. I’m sorry I lost control. Is that what they want me to say? Is that what the producer told you to say? I’m sorry, everybody. I’m sorry I lost control. Are we done? Cuz I only get 30 seconds but MJF gets 15 minutes. Are we done? We’re done, right? I’m sorry. I’m sorry, right? Ass backwards, man, get outta here.” The Mad King “apologized,” but is this far from done between him and the Spanish God?
Madison Rayne & Skye Blue VS Tay Melo & Anna Jay “A S”!
The Queen Bee turned player coach has already found a talented protégé in the AEW Women’s Division, and is going to teach her the ways of pro-wrestling. But TayJay think Skye is better off following their example of sports entertainment. Will this be an “enter-tening” showdown? Or will it just be another Jericho Appreciation Society screw job?
The teams sort out, the Queen Bee starts against the Queenslayer and they circle. Fans rally for Madison but Tay takes a swipe. Jay runs in, Madison elbows her then ROCKS Tay! Jay comes back to elbow Madison and throw her down by her hair. But Jay talks too much trash, Madison rolls her up! TWO, and Jay tags Tay! Madison gets around, headlocks, then shifts sides to hammerlock. Tay grits her teeth but Madison swings her out and wristlocks to tag Skye. Skye & Rayne double whip, then trip and dropkick Tay! Cover, TWO! Skye keeps cool, drags Tay up, then whips. Jay manages a tag before the SHINING WIZARD, and then she runs in to KNEE Skye down!
Jay whips Skye into the corner, but Skye slips out to avoid the heel kick. Skye BOOTS Jay, then kicks at Tay, only for Tay to block and trip her up! Tay then spins Skye around to BOOT her back! Skye flops to the mat, TayJay soak up the heat together and blow kisses while AEW goes picture in picture.
Jay fetches Skye into the ring, covers, TWO! Jay drags Skye up and bumps her off buckles to then CHOP and ROCK! Tag to Tay and Jay whips her in to back elbow! Jay runs in to forearm smash! Jay kicks Skye down and Tay CHOKES her on the ropes! Tay lets off at 4, soaks up the heat, and she drags Skye up. Tay CLUBS Skye, but Skye swings, only for Tay to Gory Especial! But Skye sunset flips! TWO, Tay sits on it, TWO! Skye sits up, ducks the Penalty Kick and rolls Tay up, TWO! Tay dodges Skye to get around, swing her, and SIDE SLAM! Cover, TWO! Skye survives and Tay is frustrated already. Tay drags Skye up to whip her into a corner.
Tay talks trash on Madison, Jay CHOKES Skye while the ref is busy with the coach! Tay mugs Skye, fires off more forearms, but Skye pushes back. Skye shows heart, but Tay BOOTS her back down! Tay drags Skye to a cover, TWO! Tay smirks and half nelsons Skye to then full nelson. Skye endures and Rampage goes to break.
Rampage returns and both women are down after a collision! They both crawl, hot tags to Jay and Madison! Madison rallies with forearms and CHOPS! She DECKS Jay, DECKS Tay, then dodges Jay to ENZIGURI! Madison wrenches and NORTHERN LIGHTS! Bridging cover, TWO! Madison stands Jay up but Jay ROCKS her back! Jay whips, Madison reverses and then follows. Skye tags, Madison spins Jay and hits a KNEE SMASH! Jay staggers and Skye CROSSBODIES! Cover, TWO! Skye keeps focus on Jay to SUPER- NO, Jay blocks and spins Skye, but Skye LOW KICKS! Cover, Tay breaks it!
Tay says no no no, and she suplexes. Skye wrenches out but Tay kicks low. Tay Gotch Lifts for a PILEDRIVER! Madison rushes in and hits a CRUCIFIX DRIVER on Tay! Jay runs in, spins Madison around, Gory Especials to GORY BOMB! All four women are down and fans fire up! Jay finds Skye and runs in, spins her around, HOOK KICK! QUEEN- NO, Skye arm-drags free to SUPERKICK! Skye chicken wings and lifts, but Jay fights free to switch! Jay lifts but Sky elbows free! Skye runs, wheelbarrows, but Jay rolls it back and Tay runs in, KNEE!! Tay DECKS Madison while Jay puts on the QUEENSLAYER! Skye taps, TayJay wins!
Winners: Tay Melo & Anna Jay, by submission
Jay grins as she holds on, and she lets go once she knows Skye is out! TayJay celebrates, will the sports entertainers continue to beat up pro-wrestlers?
Swerve Strickland speaks.
“Next week, Toronto, Canada becomes whose house?” Fans can be heard shouting, “SWERVE’S HOUSE!” But Swerve takes off the sunglasses to get serious. He wants Billy Gunn to know now that Swerve isn’t after some “banger of a match” with him. He’s not trying to steal the show, he’s not trying to get all the applause, and he doesn’t even care about catchphrases. Swerve’s doing this to hurt Billy. It’s what he does and he does it very well. Billy says he’s “Daddy Ass,” but Father Time comes for us all. Swerve is the clock, and it’s running out for Billy. Next week, Billy’s time is up.
Mark Henry interviews our Rampage main eventers!
The World’s Strongest Man knows this is a big night for The Dark Order. First, they’re in an AEW World Trios Championship match. Second, they’re celebrating the anniversary of Brodie Lee’s last match. John Silver says Mark’s right, tonight is a big night. “Brodie was the man. He was the man responsible for getting us all AEW contracts. He’s the man that put us all together and he’s the man that made us one of the greatest tag teams in all of AEW.” Reynolds says, “And what better way of honoring Brodie Lee than by beating Death Triangle tonight, and Dark Order becoming the NEW AEW World Trios Champions?”
The Bastard, PAC, says, “Whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa! Respect to Mr. Brodie Lee, but you gentlemen must be aware of what you’ve gotten yourselves into. We are Death Triangle. And what does that mean, gentlemen?” Penta says (literally), “That we are the best trio in the universe!” Fenix says, “And nobody can stop us!” Pac says, “Especially not the Dark Order. So tonight, on AEW Rampage, Death Triangle reminds everybody exactly why we are the AEW Trios Champions.” Penta adds, “And that we have CERO! MIEDO!” Fenix says DC, this is El Triangulo de la Muerte! Mark says it looks like there’s been enough talk. It’s TIME for the main event!
AEW World Trios Championships: Death Triangle w/ Alex Abrahantes VS The Dark Order!
Just as we heard them say, The Bastard & The Lucha Brothers declare themselves the greatest trio in the universe, and these belts help prove that. But will those titles soon be leaving? Or will Pac stay AEW’s one and only dual champion going into Battle of the Belts?
The introductions are made, the trios belts are raised, and we see who leaves Rampage with these belts!
The trios sort out but then Death Triangle says screw it, and they attack! Pac is after Reynolds, Fenix is after Vance and Penta is after Silver! They brawl, Pac ROCKS Reynolds then the Lucha Brothers coordinate. Death Triangle triple whips but Reynolds & Silver send Pac & Penta out! Vance ROCKS Fenix, then Silver ROCKS Fenix! Reynolds ROCKS Fenix and Fenix drops to a knee. Fans rally, the Dark Order coordinates and they all build speed. Fenix BOOTS Vance but Silver & Reynolds DOUBLE DIVE to take out Pac & Penta! Fenix somersaults to RANA Vance! Cover, TWO! Vance staggers, Fenix runs in, but Vance blocks this rana!
Vance gets Fenix up, Fenix pops out the back, but he runs into double hip tosses and a TU LO SABE from Reynolds & Silver! Vance then deadlift suplexes Fenix and holds him up! Fans count all the way to TEN before the SLAM! Fans fire up with Vance, “TEN! TEN! TEN!” Vance drags Fenix up, bumps him off buckles and he tags Reynolds. Reynolds drags Fenix up, snapmares him along the ropes then steps up for an elbow drop! Cover, TWO! Reynolds drags Fenix up but Fenix JAWBREAKERS! Hot tag to Penta! Penta fires off on Reynolds, then shouts, “CERO! MIEDO!” Penta runs, into a SUPERKICK! Reynolds drags Penta away to bump him to tag Silver.
Silver & Reynolds whip, double drop toehold and double basement dropkick! Cover, TWO! Penta is still in this but Silver drags him up. Penta ROCKS Silver, Silver ROCKS Penta, and AEW goes picture in picture.
Penta CHOPS Silver, but Silver KICKS back! Penta CHOPS again, and Silver wobbles! Silver KICKS back, but Penta KICKS a leg! Penta headlocks, Silver powers out and CLOBBERS Penta! Cover, TWO! Silver keeps on Penta with a facelock and he brings him around to tag in Vance. The Dark Order mugs Penta, then Vance back suplexes high and hard! Cover, TWO! Another close call but Vance whips Penta to ropes. Penta holds ropes and then mule kicks! Tag to Pac and he runs in, into a BIG forearm! Vance puts Pac in the corner, stomps him, then tags Reynolds. Reynolds stomps a mudhole, then EuroUppers Pac!
Pac staggers to a corner, Reynolds EuroUppers again. Reynolds brings Pac around but Pac powers him into the corner! Feni tags in, he CHOPS Reynolds down! Reynolds gets up to ROCK Fenix! Then CHOP him! Reynolds RAMS Fenix into the corner, tags in Silver, and Silver sits Fenix up to KICK! Fenix CHOPS, Silver KICKS! The CHOPS and KICKS continue as Rampage goes to break.
Rampage returns and Silver RAMS Fenix into the corner. Tag to Reynolds, Silver brings Fenix around but Fenix wrenches out and pushes Silver into Reynolds! Fenix then hoists Silver up, puts him on Reynolds’s shoulders, then he mule kicks Reynolds’s legs out to make him POWERBOMB Silver! BUZZSAW for Reynolds! Vance hurries in to get Fenix’s leg and whip him. Fenix turns the pop-up into an arm-drag DOUBLE STOMP! Fans fire up as Fenix hot tags Penta! Penta climbs up and leaps to CROSSBODY all three! Vance gets up and runs in but Penta dodges to GAMANGIRI in the corner! Reynolds runs in, into a SUPERKICK!
Silver runs in, into a fireman’s carry and CORNER DEATH VALLEY on Vance! BACKSTABBER for Reynolds! Cover, TWO! Penta tags Pac and then he and Fenix coordinate, DOUBLE slide to DOUBLE SUPERKICKS on Silver and Vance! Pac aims at Reynolds, he SOBATS, KICKS, and SUPERKICKS! Then GERMAN SUPLEXES! Bridging cover, Vance gets in to break it! Fenix and Penta attack him and Silver again and throw them out. Pac snapmares Reynolds, he BOOTS, Penta PENALTY KICKS and Fenix BUZZSAWS! Then TRIPLE BASEMENT DROPKICK! Fans fire up as Death Triangle stands tall.
Pac stalks Reynolds while fans rally with “CERO! MIEDO!” Pac drags Reynolds up, reels him in, and back suplexes hard! Trent ends up in a corner, Pac runs in, for a BIG uppercut! Pac covers, TWO! Reynolds is toughing it out but Pac stares down Silver and Vance. Pac drags Reynolds away, tags in Fenix, and Fenix ripcords to then SPINEBUSTER! Fenix calls to Penta and he goes up top. QUE PASO!! Dropkick to the buttocks, Fenix covers, TWO! Fenix clamps on a straitjacket and he grinds Reynolds down. Reynolds fights up but Penta tags in. Penta wrenches but Reynolds throws a forearm. Penta KICKS the leg out!
Penta swaggers, drags Reynolds and KICKS him in the arm! Penta sits on the arm for a mounted armbar, the ref has to keep everyone else back. Penta brings Reynolds up, puts him against ropes, and he hushes the crowd to CHOP! Reynolds leans against ropes, his chest stinging, but Penta wrenches. Tag to Pac, Death Triangle mugs Reynolds, and Pac snapmares Reynolds to stomp him down. Fans rally, Pac drags Reynolds up and throws him out! Reynolds tumbles to railing but Pac goes out after him. Pac snap suplexes Reynolds to the floor! Pac paces while AEW goes picture in picture.
Pac goes into the ring, the count begins, but Silver and Vance coach Reynolds from the corner. Fenix & Penta are there, the ref has them all stay back, and Reynolds gets himself in at 8 of 10! Pac mockingly applauds, before he stomps Reynolds down! Pac whips Reynolds into a corner hard, and Reynolds bounces off buckles to hit the mat. Pac stomps Reynolds, keeps between him and the Dark Order, and mocks the fans rallying for Dark Order. Reynolds throws a body shot but Pac KNEES Reynolds to the ropes. Pac mocks the fans, but Reynolds ROCKS him! And again! And again! But Pac SOBATS Reynolds right back down!
Pac stomps away on Reynolds in the corner, digs his boots in, then lets off at 4. Pac digs his boots in again, then lets off at 4. Pac tags Penta, Penta drags Reynolds up, and Reynolds hurries to reach out! Penta keeps him from the Dark Order, but Reynolds throws another forearm. Penta ripcords Reynolds, Reynolds ducks the roundhouse, but Penta elbows the pump handle away. Penta snapmares Reynolds into a motorcycle stretch! Tag to Pac, Pac stomps one of the arms, and he paces around. Pac scuffs Reynolds, taunts him, and Rampage returns to single picture. There’s a countdown in the corner of the screen, Battle of the Belts is meant to start live in under six minutes!
Pac taunts Reynolds, Reynolds throws hands but Pac still eggs him on. Reynolds ROCKS Pac! Pac clinches and whips but Reynolds jumps to DOUBLE STOMP the back drop down! Fans fire up as Reynolds crawls, but so does Pac! Hot tags to Fenix and Vance! Vance LARIATS Fenix, CLOBBERS Penta, BOOTS Pac, but Penta kicks back. The Lucha Bros double whip but Vance breaks the line to DOUBLE LARIAT! Vance gives Penta a BLUE THUNDER BOMB! Fenix gets a SPINEBUSTER! Vance flexes and fans fire up! “TEN! TEN! TEN!” Vance clamps onto Fenix, TOP TEN FULL NELSON! But Penta SUPERKICKS and Pac CLUBS him!
Pac CLUBS Vance down, Fenix and Penta BLAST Reynolds & Silver! Pac SOBATS Vance, KICKS, and then TRIPLE SUPERKICKS take him down! Penta runs, wheelbarrows with Fenix, and Pac even sets up, VICTORY SPLASH STANDING MOONSAULT COMBO! Fenix covers, TWO!! Vance survives “Negocio Riesgoso,” (Risky Business in Spanish) but Fenix drags him up. Fenix CLUBS away on Vance’s back and shouts, “ANIMO!” But Vance suplexes Fenix! Hot tags to Silver and Pac! Fans fire up as the Meat Man brawls with The Bastard! Silver gets the edge, Pac gives it back, Pac BOOTS! Silver BOOTS!
Silver runs, but Pac dodges to SNAP GERMAN! But Silver’s back up!? He swings, but into a backslide, that Silver rolls through to KICK, KICK and SUPERKICK, to a deadlift BRAINBUSTER!! Cover, TWO!! Pac survives and fans are thunderous! Silver stalks Pac as fans chant for “BRODIE! BRODIE!” Silver waistlocks but Pac lands out of the back suplex! Tag to Fenix, Pac BOOTS Silver, Fenix springboards but Silver gets under to then CLOBBER Fenix! Tag to Vance and he tags Reynolds. The Dark Order BLASTS the Death Triangle corner, then they hoist Fenix up! But Fenix fights free to fight back on all three with CHOPS!
Fenix bumps Silver, runs, SOMERSAULT- NO, Reynolds & Vance block the cutter, Silver returns, PENDULUM BOMB!! Cover, TWO?!? Fenix survives and we’re at the two minute warning! Reynolds drags Fenix to a corner and puts him up top! Reynolds climbs up after Fenix but Fenix ROCKS him with forearms! Fenix adjusts to SUPER STEINER!! Tag to Penta, he SLINGBLADES Reynolds! SLINGBLADE for Vance! SLING- NO, Silver slips out to SUPERKICK! Silver whips, Penta goes up and over, BACKSTABBER! Penta drags Silver up again, “CERO! MIEDO!” Tucks and- Silver sips out!
Silver dodges in the corner, GAMANGIRIS, then feeds Penta to Reynolds’ ROLLING ELBOW! ENZIGURI! STUNNER! GERMAN SUPLEX! And Vance’s DISCUS!! Cover, Pac & Fenix break it!! Reynolds throws Pac out, Silver throws Fenix out, “This is Awesome!” as Reynolds puts Penta up top! Reynolds climbs but Jose comes out! He still has that LFI contract for Vance! Reynolds fires off on Penta but Silver & Vance back Jose off. Wait, Rush has the bell hammer! He stares Pac down and hands him that hammer! Pac used this against Cassidy, he’ll do it with Reynolds! HAMMER SMASH! Fenix CROSSBODIES Vance!
Fenix and Silver brawl, Penta tags Pac and Pac clamps on the BRUTALIZER!! Reynolds is OUT, Death Triangle wins!!
Winners: Death Triangle, by submission (still AEW World Trios Champions)
Another dastardly win from Pac, he is still the Two Belt Bastard! Pac, Fenix & Penta are still trios champions, but Pac is going to have little time to rest! Will Pac use the same underhanded tactics to retain his other title tonight?
A great episode for Rampage, especially on such a big, busy week for AEW. BCC VS LFI was a great opener. It’s always fun when Claudio can do his swing or his airplane spin, but how great to see him do both at the same time. I figured BCC would win to put more pressure on the LFI’s story, and it also gives momentum to Moxley going into his title match in a couple weeks. I was a little surprised we got such a squash of the Varsity Blonds, who are now just “The Blonds,” I guess. Weird move in story for Nese & Woods to basically steal another team’s name but whatever. The Acclaimed had a great bit here, obviously furthering things towards a title match with Nese & Woods. Swerve also has a solid promo calling out Billy Gunn for their match next week.
Skye & Rayne VS TayJay was good, but I must say again, I just don’t see “it” in Madison Rayne. She didn’t mess anything up, but just something about the pace. It’s like she was going through things slowly to make sure she didn’t mess up. Either way, TayJay of course win to get the JAS going in the women’s division. Again, kinda need tag team prizes for it to really matter, though. Great promo from Kingston apologizing only because he was told to, and I feel like they really should’ve kept on his feud with Sammy Guevara to avoid that whole drama Sammy had with Andrade. Maybe they’ll get back to that to try and steer things away from said drama.
And of course, great stuff in the main event segment, both with the interview by Mark Henry and in that trios title match. I had a feeling that Death Triangle would retain, but what an interesting twist where it is LFI having them go down a more Heelish path. This whole time of Death Triangle resisting Andrade’s offers, and now it might be that they accept after all, depending on whether or not Andrade is still with AEW. Either way, Pac stays double champion, at least for right now, gotta hurry over to Battle of the Belts 4!
My Score: 8.7/10
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Mitchell’s AEW Dynamite Results & Report! (3/22/23)
Independence is Dynamite!
Dream matches, grudge matches, title matches, oh my!
The AEW World Tag Team Championships, Moxley VS Grayson, Hook VS Stokely under NO DISQUALIFICATIONS, and Kenny Omega VS El Hijo del Vikingo, all on one night!
- Six Man Tag: Orange Cassidy, Darby Allin & Sting VS The Superbad Squad; Cassidy, Darby & Sting win.
- AEW World Tag Team Championships: The Gunns VS Top Flight; The Gunns win and retain the titles.
- No Disqualifications: Hook VS Stokely Hathaway; Hook wins.
- Jon Moxley w/ Wheeler Yuta & Claudio Castagnoli VS Stu Grayson w/ The Dark Order; Moxley wins.
- Toni Storm w/ The Outcasts VS Skye Blue; Storm wins.
- Kenny Omega VS El Hijo del Vikingo; Omega wins.
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There’s a medical emergency backstage!
Hangman Page is on the phone with someone while Brandon Cutler gets in the ambulance. Cutler tells Hangman to make sure someone’s with Nick, meaning MATT Jackson is in the ambulance! The ambulance drives away, and now Nick is loaded into a second! The Young Bucks were attacked before cameras were rolling, Don Callis calms Kenny Omega down, and Hangman rides with Nick. Omega has his main event match with AAA rival El Hijo del Vikingo, but who went after his best friends?
Six Man Tag: Orange Cassidy, Darby Allin & Sting VS The Superbad Squad!
Freshly Squeezed is still a champion, as he retained the now AEW International Championship in Canada. But now, a familiar foe is rearing his Superbad head once again. Kip Sabian is bringing Butcher & Blade with him to go after Cassidy while his Best Friends are down and out. But will Cassidy’s new pals be more than enough to turn back the Superbad Squad?
The trios sort out and Cassidy starts against Kip. Fans rally and chant for “FRESHLY SQUEEZED!” but Kip copies Cassidy putting his hands up. Cassidy rushes in, Kip gets around and waistlocks to headlock. Cassidy powers out, headlocks back, but Kip powers out, only for Cassidy to slip around and headlock again. Kip powers out, things speed up and Cassidy arm-drags, but Kip cartwheels through! Kip mocks Cassidy, Cassidy rushes in but Kip dumps him out. Kip fakes Cassidy out with an Arabian Press, then he mocks putting his hands up again. Cassidy rushes back in, dodges Kip now, and sends him out!
Cassidy mocks Kip, then puts his hands up. To put his hands in his pockets! Kip rushes in, Cassidy dodges and SHOTGUNS! Cassidy kips up and fans fire up, but Kip scrambles away to tag in Butcher. Butcher eggs Cassidy on, but fans cheer as Cassidy tags in STIIIING! The Icon steps to Andy Williams and Andy talks trash. Butcher swings a forearm, but Sting just brushes it off! Butcher throws another forearm, but then Sting counter punches! And back hands! And punches again! Sting kicks low, ROCKS Butcher, then fires off in the corner. But Butcher claws at the eyes! The fans boo but Butcher BITES Sting’s forehead!
Butcher BLASTS Cassidy and Darby, then mocks Sting’s howl. Butcher runs, but misses the splash! Sting runs to hit the STINGER SPLASH! Fans fire up as Sting snapmares and gets the legs! But Blade and Kip attack! Fans boo but Darby and Cassidy fight them off! Kip throws Cassidy out, Blade scoops and dumps Darby out, then the Superbad Squad coordinates. Butcher & Blade reel Sting in, Butcher tags Kip, and then they DOUBLE SUPLEX Sting! Kip goes up the corner, but Sting slow rolls away, a la Cassidy! Speaking of Cassidy, he and Darby go after Butcher & Blade on the outside! Fans fire up but Kip is frustrated.
Kip storms over to another corner and climbs up again, but Sting slow rolls the other way! Fans fire up, Darby reaches out and makes the tag! Kip leaps, Darby gets under to SLAP, HEADBUTT, roll and CODE RED! Cover, TWO! Kip is still in this and Penelope Ford gets on the apron! The ref reprimands her while Darby whips Kip. Kip reverses, Darby goes up the ropes, but Blade trips him up! Darby hits the mat hard, Kip stomps away, and fans boo while AEW goes picture in picture.
Kip drags Darby up while Butcher sends Cassidy into barriers! Kip hits a FISHERMAN SUPLEX! Bridging cover, TWO! Tag to Blade, the squad mugs Darby, then they send him into a corner. Blade runs in to CHOP! And CHOP! And then snapmare to PENATLY KICK! Cover, TWO! Blade drags Darby over, tags in Butcher, and they DOUBLE HEADBUTT Darby down. Butcher drags Darby up to CHOP him back down. Butcher drags Darby up to bump him off buckles, then he tags Kip. Kip stomps Darby, then taunts Sting. The ref reprimands Kip but that allows Blade to CHOKE Darby! Kip howls, tags Blade, and the mugging continues.
Blade brings Darby up to ROCK him with a forearm. Blade brings Darby around to whip him to ropes, to then POWERSLAM! Cover, TWO! Tag to Butcher, he stomps Darby, then ties up the legs. Darby throws hands from below, but Butcher still drags him into a TEXAS CLOVERLEAF! Darby endures, claws his way around, but even Penelope taunts him with shouting, “TAP! TAP!” Dynamite returns to single picture as Darby crawls towards his corner, only for Blade to swing him out into a POWERBOMB! Cover, TWO! Darby survives but Butcher tags Kip. Kip drags Darby up to wrench an arm and whip. Darby uses that to BLAST Butcher & Blade!
Kip runs in, blocks Darby’s boot and spins Darby around to back suplex. Darby lands on his feet, but his knee jams! Darby crawls and scrambles, but Kip drags him back! Kip catches Darby, Blade trips Sting! Blade sends Sting into barriers! Darby sunset flips Kip, Kip stays up so Darby lets him go to hot tag Cassidy! Fans are thunderous as Cassidy eggs Kip on! Kip rushes Cassidy but gets a buckle bump! Cassidy goes up top, and CROSSBODIES! Cassidy keeps moving, he ducks ‘n’ dodges to tilt-o-whirl DDT! And kip up! Fans are thunderous again as Cassidy gives Kip those “devastating” kicks! But then Butcher runs in to CLOBBER Cassidy!
Fans boo and the ref reprimands, but Butcher brings Cassidy up. Butcher lifts but Cassidy fights the bomb! Blade gets in, they DRAG THE LAKE!! Kip covers, TWO!! Cassidy survives and Kip is furious! Kip howls, runs and CANNONBALLS! Fans boo but Kip soaks it all up. Kip is too busy having fun, he misses Cassidy tag STIIIIING! Sting walks up to give those same “devastating” kicks! Kip thinks it’s Cassidy, and turns around into quite the surprise. Sting “beats” his chest, Kip swings, but into a LARIAT! Sting really fires up, and he rallies on the Superbad Squad! Kip springboards, but Sting catches him! SCORPION DEATHLOCK!!
Ford freaks out, Blade gets up and throws hands, but Sting doesn’t flinch! Butcher adds on, the 2v1 is too much and Kip gets free. But Darby returns to fire off on Butcher & Blade! Butcher blocks one, CLUBS Darby and then hoists Darby up. Darby BOOTS Blade, BITES Butcher’s hand, then runs to DOUBLE COFFIN SPLASH! Butcher & Blade bail out but Darby builds speed, into Kip’s body shot! Kip avoids Orange’s punch, to suplex, STUN-DOG MILLIONAIRE! Then Cassidy DIVES to take out Blade! Darby hops up to THROWBACK STUNNER on Kip, then he DIVES into Butcher!
Sting has Kip in the dragon sleeper, and fans are thunderous for the SCORPION DEATH DROP!! Cover, Sting’s team wins!
Winners: Sting, Darby Allin & Orange Cassidy
A huge win for the unlikeliest of trios, and Cassidy adorns Sting with the sunglasses! As for Darby, he is looking at the Double or Nothing banner. The Relentless One wants at MJF and the gold, will he be living it up in Las Vegas?
AEW shares backstage footage from last week.
After having his “Re-Bar-Mitzvah” interrupted by Darby Allin, Sammy Guevara and “Jungle Boy” Jack Perry, it was obvious Maxwell Jacob Friedman was mad. He curses up a storm, then says he is the world champion! But Darby Allin says the world title means much more than money and fame. It is him being him. And Jack Perry, for himself, his family, and everyone who supported him all this time, he is going to become champion on his own. Sammy says that the world title is his destiny! He said so since episode ONE of Dynamite that he is going to be world champion. But MJF says that’s not how it works! You don’t waltz up to the champ and call your shot, you EARN it!
MJF has beaten Darby, Sammy and JB once each in 1v1 competition in their AEW careers, and he tells them they have to become #1 contender. Good luck trying, because all three of them SUCK! Sammy says he’ll win as many matches as it takes to get that belt off MJF. JB says that you can check the record books. He’s already won more matches than any of them. Darby says he’s beaten Sammy and he’s beaten JB, so he will stop at nothing to make sure that MJF is no longer champion. Who of these three Young Pillars of AEW will be THE one that challenges MJF at Double or Nothing?
AEW takes a closer look at tonight’s main event dream match.
Excalibur narrates that, “In 2021, there was no one hotter in professional wrestling than Kenny Omega. Known as ‘The Belt Collector,’ Omega won championships around the world, including in Mexico, where he won the AAA Mega Championship. At the same time, El Hijo del Vikingo was quickly establishing himself as one of the premier luchadors in all of Mexico. A match was made for December 2021: Vikingo, Omega, for the first time ever for the AAA Mega Championship. Unfortunately, Omega’s injuries at Full Gear were so severe, they required surgery, keeping him out of action for nearly a year.
“Now, with Omega back at 100%, the dream match is on for tonight. Kenny Omega, El Hijo del Vikingo, live!” Who will come out as truly the best today?
AEW World Tag Team Championships: The Gunns VS Top Flight!
They may not be the Young Bucks, the Lucha Brothers or the Hardy Boyz, but Austin & Colten are the brother tag team reigning over AEW. But will they soon find out they are not nearly as good as they think they are? Or will the Gunns cause the Coldest Tag Team in the Game to melt down?
The introductions are made, the belts are raised, and we see who is really the better brother duo!
The teams sort out, Austin starts against Dante, and Independence taunts the “ASS~ BOYS!” Austin tunes that out, knuckle locks with Dante, and then he CHOPS! Austin goes up and up, but then says no no no. Austin hops down, swings on Dante, but misses! Dante knuckle locks and CHOPS, then he goes up and up and FLYING ARM-DRAGS! Dante kips up and fans fire up! Austin tags Colten, but Dante arm-drags Colten down! Tag to Darius, the Martins double whip and speed things up, to then DROPKICK Colten down! Austin runs in, but into a DROPKICK! The Gunns regroup, but the Martins double clothesline them up and out!
Fans fire up as Dante says they’re getting those belts. The “ASS~ BOYS!” regroup and Colten slides back in. Tag to Austin, he and Dante circle again, and Austin gets around to shove Dante to ropes. Dante BLASTS Colten before the cheap shot! Dante then goes up and over Austin, only for Austin to pull hair! The ref reprimands, but misses Colten HOTSHOT Dante down! Fans boo as Austin stomps and Dynamite goes picture in picture.
Austin whips Dante out of the ring, then taunts Darius to distract the ref. Colten stomps away on Dante! Colten puts Dante in before anyone notices, and Austin bumps Dante off buckles. Tag to Colten, he stomps Dante, but lets off as the ref reprimands. Colten stomps some more, he and Austin taunt Independence and Darius, then Colten drags Dante up. Colten DECKS Dante, then mocks the fans. Colten ROCKS Dante, ROCKS him again, then suplexes. Cover, TWO! Colten stays between the Martin brothers, drags Dante over and bumps him off buckles. Tag to Austin, he stomps Dante now, then digs his boots in.
The ref reprimands but Austin mocks the fans rallying for Dante. Austin lets off and Colten CHOKES Dante! Colten lets off Dante before he gets caught, and Austin tags Colten in. Colten drags Dante up, whips him to ropes, and the Gunns body shot, knee lift and LARIAT! Cover, TWO! Colten stays between the Martins again, drags Dante up and whips him to the corner. Colten runs in but Dante dodges the splash! Austin tags in and hurries to stop Dante. Austin shoves Dante down, but Dante fakes Austin out to go under! Austin still grabs a leg, tags Colten back in, and the Gunns double back suplex! But Dante lands on his feet!
Dynamite returns to single picture, Dante goes over Austin, over Colten, and tags in Darius! Darius rallies on the Gunns and fans fire up! Darius hits an atomic drop on Austin, then LARIATS Colten! Mule kick for Austin, and Darius whips him at Colten. Austin reverses but Darius uses that to UPPERCUT Colten! Austin runs back in, but is sent into Colten! Darius uses Austin to get up and ENZIGURI Colten! Darius then GERMAN SUPLEXES Austin, and STANDING SPANISH FLIES Colten! Cover, TWO! Fans rally as Darius drags Colten up. Tag to Dante, Top Flight double whip, but Colten ducks and tags Austin!
Darius leaps to CROSSBODY Colten! Austin runs in, but into a hall nelson SLAM! cover, TWO!! Dante keeps cool, he goes to the corner, but Colten grabs his leg! Dante kicks Colten away, Darius DIVES onto Colten to hit him into railing! Dante GAMANGIRIS Austin, goes up and up and NOSEDIVES!! Cover, Colten breaks it!! Fans boo but Colten was within the rules. Wait, is that THE KINGDOM!? Mike Bennett & Matt Taven are mugging Darius over their ROH losses! But Dante FLIES out onto them! Direct hit and fans fire up! Dante hurries back up, springboards again, but Austin gets under!
Colten gets in, Dante runs into a 3:10 TO YUMA!! Cover, the Gunns win!
Winners: The Gunns, by pinfall (still AEW World Tag Team Champions)
Fans boo that the Gunns win, but Darius is pissed at The Kingdom! Darius chases off Mike & Matt, will Top Flight get revenge in ROH? As for the Gunns, they hear FTR coming! Fans fire up again as Dax Harwood & Cash Wheeler step out on stage with mics in their hands! Colten gets a mic to have the FTR music stop. Colten says no one wants to hear that song and no one wants to see FTR. Fans boo because they disagree. FTR says they’re not here to fight. They’re here to talk business. Well, no one wants to hear you talk! The Gunns don’t like or respect FTR. And guess what? FTR are LOSERS! They lost three sets of belts, and lost to the Gunns!
There is nothing FTR can say or offer them to get a rematch. NOTHING! Nothing? So like, if they said they’ll never challenge the Gunns again for those titles should they lose- NO! Do you not hear what Austin is saying, “you hillbillies? NOTHING! There’s NOTHING! What do you have to offer?! NOTHING!!” Then if the Gunns wanna prove their first win wasn’t a fluke, should they win against FTR again, FTR will never tag together in AEW again. Oh, the break up? So heartbreaking! LOOK AT HIS FACE! NOTHING!! Okay, okay. Dax says if FTR can’t beat the Gunns to win the AEW World Tag Team Championships, FTR will just quit AEW.
Fans boo, but it seems that got through to the Gunns. If the Gunns beat FTR again, FTR leaves AEW forever? Yes, that’s what Dax said. Well, in that case, deal! The Gunns and FTR shake on it, but then Gunns literally spin in FTR’s faces! The Gunns run for it, but the match is coming either way. Will the “ASS~ BOYS!” get their asses kicked? Or will they be the team that banishes FTR from AEW?
Backstage interview with Jade Cargill, Leila Grey & Mark Sterling.
Renee Paquette is with the AEW TBS Champion, her Last Baddie Standing and her legal representation. Renee says that Taya Valkyrie is All Elite now, and she has her eye on the TBS title. What is Jade’s reaction to that? “Renee, cut the sh*t. We had this Taya girl come in and interrupt my moment to answer an open challenge that was already closed, baby girl. And then, had the audacity to use my finisher. Mark, tie this up.” Sterling has a document, it is a Cease & Desist order. This will be sent to Taya Valkyrie, telling Taya that she is no longer allowed to use the chicken wing facebuster, which is also Jade’s move, as her finisher.
Leila says that she should deliver this document to Taya personally, this Saturday on Rampage. Because she has a few words of her own for Taya. So that’s an official challenge? Yes. Welcome to #ThatBitchShow. Will La Wera Loca have a jaded response to this frivolous lawsuit?
No Disqualifications: Hook VS Stokely Hathaway!
An injured arm turned into a suspension turned into a settlement turned into a high stakes bet that The Firm lost, and now it has resulted in this match. And though Ethan Page, Matt Hardy, Isiah Kassidy, Lee Moriarty & “Big Bill” Morrissey see Stokely off, they can’t stay per the stipulations of the bet. As the introduction says, “He’s not as large as the men he represents, he has the heart of a lion and the wisdom of an owl.” But will any of that help him defeat The Cold-Hearted Handsome Devil?
As Hook makes his entrance, Stokely grabs the mic to say, “Whoa, whoa, whoa! I’ve got some breaking news! I spoke to Dr. Simpson (he means Sampson) earlier, and he said I am not medically cleared to compete. I know, I know. I wanted to so bad. And I would also, what a coinky-dink, announce that I am retiring.” What? Stokely thanks all 12 of his fands, God bless! Justin, here, doctor’s note. Make it official. Justin takes the note, and it reads, “He is SICK.” Justin says that with all due respect, that’s a receipt for Wingstop. The ref RIPS the receipt! And the bell rings! Fans fire up and Hook is ready, so Stokely bails!
Stokely runs around the ring, out to the crowd, but Hook pursues! Fans fire up as Hook chases Stokely down, drags him back, CLUBS him, then brings him over to KNEE and TOSS! Stokely ends up at ringside again and fans are thunderous! Hook stalks Stokely, Stokely runs in to UPPERCUT, but Stokely bounces off of Hook! Stokely scurries away, gets back up, and runs in, but into a leg capture! EL CAMINO to the floor! Fans fire up as Hook drags Stokely up, puts him in the ring, and then looks under the ring. Fans fire up more, because here comes a SPARE GUARD RAIL! Hook puts that in the ring while the Firm can only watch.
Hardy tries to calm the group down, Stokely can take care of himself with things getting “hardcore.” Ethan says no he can’t, they didn’t practice any of the hardcore stuff! Stokely bails out again but Hook puts the railing in a corner. Hook drags Stokely up but Stokely BLASTS Hook with the fire extinguisher! Fans boo but Stokely gets a chair! Stokely smacks the steps a couple times, he says, “I’m not a killer, but don’t push me! That’s Tupac.” Stokely hurries in, fans rally up, and Stokely swings, but Hook blocks! Hook BOOTS Stokely, then SMACKS him on the back! And again! And again! And again!
Hook throws the chair aside, Stokely is barely moving! But Hook drags Stokely up to EL CAMINO onto the railing! The railing BENDS! Hook drags Stokely off the railing, covers, but then pulls him up at TWO! Hook wants REDRUM!!! Stokely is OUT, Hook wins!
Winner: Hook, by submission
The FTW Champion could’ve ended it sooner, but he chose to teach Stokely a lesson: Do not get on Hook’s bad side. Hardy says Ethan must avenge Stokely! Ethan can beat Hook! Hardy is gonna get a match made right now! All Ego is ready, but will he be ready when they #SendHook?
Adam Cole is here!
Fans fire up as the Undisputed One heads to the ring. Naturally, everyone joins in on the “BOOM!” and “ADAM COLE BAYBAY!” Cole gets the mic and says, “Wow. Hey, hey, I think I know the answer to this, but who’s ready for Storytime with Adam Cole, baybay?” Everyone cheers! Cole continues with, “Seven days. We are just seven days away from me making my in-ring return here in AEW. And listen, I know I’ve talked a ton about my struggles and what I went through, but as far as how I’m feeling right now? Guys, I feel freaking great. I have never been more ready, never been more prepared, to get back in this ring, doing what I love, and that is wrestle for AEW.”
Fans are fired up, and Cole knows everyone has questions. “The biggest one being: Who is my opponent going to be on March 29th?” Fans echo, “Who? Who? Who?” Cole starts to speak, but here comes Daniel Garcia! Fans boo as Red Death has the mic to say, “Hey, hey, hey, hey, hey. Who’s ready for Storytime with Daniel Garcia, baybay?” Garcia knows Cole’s been gone awhile, so here’s an update on a few things. Fans tell Garcia to STFU already but Garcia says since Cole’s been gone, Garcia’s become a real veteran in AEW. All the boys in the back respect him so much that he is a locker room leader!
Fans boo more but Garcia says as locker room leader, it is his duty to come out here to not only welcome Cole back, but to put him in his place, too. Garcia says Cole may not remember, but here’s an update on what Garcia’s been doing the last nine months while Cole was home, “playing stupid video games on Twitch.” Cole smirks but allows it. Brody King: beat him! Ricky Starks: beat him! Bryan Danielson: Garcia beat him, too. Garcia’s main-evented more AEW programming over the past year than anyone else on the roster! Garcia is the lifeblood that pumps through this company. And he’s to respect Cole? To welcome Cole back? Where’s Garcia’s warm welcome?
Where is Garcia’s respect when he’s been here, been doing this, and proved himself as one of the best pro-wrest- Oops. Freudian slip there? Garcia corrects himself, “Sports entertainers on the planet today!” That’s what Garcia is! So what makes Cole so special? “What makes me special? When they ring the freakin’ bell, that’s what makes me special! That’s what makes m e special.” Cole admits he likes Garcia. Garcia is really, really good. And some day, he could be leading the charge in AEW. The problem is the company he keeps.
“The Jericho Appreciation Society, they’ve done a great job of giving you this false sense of security. This overconfidence, which sometimes is good, and sometimes is bad. But let me remind you, even me not wrestling for nine months, I am still Adam Cole Baybay. I am a multi-time world champion. I have traveled the globe, fought and beat some of the very best! As a matter of fact, while I was sitting at home for nine months, I was wondering if I’d ever get the chance to wrestle again, hoping, praying, willing to do anything for a second chance. And looks like I found that second chance.”
Fans fire up and Cole says if Garcia is crazy enough to want the match, then dammit, he’s on! Adam Cole VS Daniel Garcia, first-time-ever, next week on Dynamite! But Cole will remind Garcia of something: “This is not just my return match; this is a statement. It’s a statement to the entire locker room that one of the best damn pro-wrestlers on the planet is BACK, baybay.” Fans are fired up for “ADAM COLE! ADAM COLE!” Cole hopes Garcia realizes what he’ sin for. Because Cole promises next week will be a great night. A great night for Cole, for the fans, but for Garcia… Not so much. “See you next week, Garcia. BOOM.”
Cole is ready, Garcia is ready, but will the Dragonslayer stay a great sports enner-tay-ners? Or will the pro-wrestler in him rise to the surface against one of the greatest pro-wrestlers alive today?
Alex Marvez is outside The Elite’s locker room.
Marvez can hear a conversation going on inside, and he steps inside. Callis and Omega are talking, and Callis wants Marvez to hold on. What is Omega’s concern here? Omega’s concern is that his best friends left in an ambulance! He should’ve gone with them! Callis says he sent Cutler and Nakazawa with them. Omega has a match tonight! Hear Callis out. He’s a glass half full kind of guy. Injuries happen, but hear him out. The Bucks going to the hospital might’ve been the best thing for Omega and Callis. It allows for focus! Omega is in a singles match, the God of Pro-Wrestling is back! “Those kids will be fine in a few months.”
Callis now has Marvez join in. “Kenny Omega VS El Hijo del Vikingo is gonna blow the roof off! The God of Pro-Wrestling is BACK, and it starts tonight on Dynamite! Now get out.” Marvez throws this back to ringside, but is Callis only thinking of his benefit, not Kenny’s?
Jon Moxley w/ The Blackpool Combat Club VS Stu Grayson w/ The Dark Order!
The Maniac, along with Claudio Castagnoli & Wheeler Yuta, have torn into the Dark Order from Silver to Reynolds to Evil Uno. They did all that to anger Hangman Page, but they’ve also angered #PlayerTwo! Moxley may be #ForgedByCombat, but will he survive someone born and bred for combat?
The bell rings and Stu RAMS Moxley into a corner! Fans fire up as Stu fires off on Moxley but lets off as the ref counts. Moxley turns things around to CHOP! And CHOP! And CHOP! Moxley pie faces Stu, but Stu turns things around to CHOP back! Stu stalks Moxley to another corner, KNEES him and CLUBS him, then stalks him to a third corner. Moxley kicks low, ROCKS Stu with a forearm, then another, then digs his boots in. The ref counts, Moxley steps off at 4, then Moxley drags Stu up to headlock takeover. Stu keeps his shoulders up, the Dark Order coaches him up but Moxley gets a knuckle lock cover. TWO as Stu gets his left arm up.
Moxley pushes the hand down, covers, TWO as Stu gets the right arm up. Moxley pushes that arm down again, covers, ONE as Stu gets his left arm back up. Stu fights to his feet but Moxley kicks low. Moxley headlocks, Stu powers out but Moxley RAMS him! Moxley runs, but Stu RAMS him! Moxley runs in, clips Stu but is sent out of the ring. Stu hurries out after Moxley, Moxley throws a chair! Stu avoids it, ROCKS Moxley and puts him in the ring. Moxley kicks back, but Stu RANAS! Stu fires forearms, CHOPS Moxley in the corner, then throws knees. Stu whips corner to corner, Moxley reverses and avoids the up ‘n’ over!
Moxley reels Stu in for a SAIDO! Stu staggers up but then flops out to the apron. Moxley runs to BLAST Stu off and to the barriers! Moxley flips Stu off while Dynamite goes picture in picture.
Yuta & Claudio taunt Stu as the ring count climbs. The Dark Order coaches Stu up and he gets in the ring at 5 of 10, but Moxley is right on him. Stu throws a forearm, then another, and another, and another! But Moxley ROCKS Stu with just one! Stu falls over and Claudio yawns. It seems this isn’t competitive enough for the Swiss Superman. Moxley has the legs, he stomps Stu in the stomach, then ties the legs up. But Stu fights back with fists! Moxley still powers Stu into the TEXAS CLOVERLEAF! Stu endures as Moxley sits deep, and he reaches out to the ROPEBREAK! The ref counts, Moxley lets off at 4.
Moxley drags Stu up to CHOP, but Stu CHOPS back! Stu fires forearms, whips, and DROPKICKS Moxley! Moxley goes to a corner, Stu is after hm with a whip, but Moxley reverses to clothesline! Moxley then brings Stu out to X-PLEX! Moxley paces around, the BCC applauds, but the Dark Order coaches Stu. Moxley reels Stu in, lifts him, and hooks the legs to hit the GOTCH PILEDRIVER! Cover, TWO!! Stu is still in this, but Moxley has the knuckle locks back. Dynamite returns to single picture as Moxley rains down the DRAGON STOMPS! Cover, TWO!! Stu hangs tough again, but Moxley just taunts him.
Fans rally, Stu rises, and Moxley KICKS him in the chest! And KICKS him again! Moxley eggs Stu on, then KICKS him more! Moxley SLAPS Stu! Stu snarls and stands up to fire off forearms! Stu whips, Moxley reverses but Stu CLOBBERS him! Stu dodges, tilt-o-whirls and REVERSE DDTS! Then he rains down HAMMER ‘N’ ANVIL ELBOWS! Fans fire up as Stu gives Moxley a taste of his own medicine! And then the SIDE EFFECT! SPRINGBOARD MARIPOSA! Cover, TWO!! Moxley survives and Stu grows frustrated. Stu hurries up a corner, but Yuta distracts! Fans boo but the Dark Order storm up on the BCC!
Stu decides to change course, he ARIHARA MOONSAULTS onto Yuta & Claudio! But Moxley DIVES onto Stu! Moxley puts Stu in the ring, hurries after him, but Stu BOOTS Moxley down! Stu hurries back up top, for the 450 SPLASH!! Cover, TWO!! Moxley survives again and Stu is shocked! But Stu slashes the throat and drags Moxley up. Torture rack, but Moxley slips off right into the BULLY CHOKE!! Stu endures, but he’s turning red! Moxley shifts to the facelock to throw in KNEE after KNEE! Then he shifts to the REAR NAKED CHOKE! But Stu fights up to his feet! Fans fire up but Stu is fading again!
But Stu is still on his feet, and he revives! BACKPACK CANNONBALL!! Both men crash into buckles and Stu is free! Fans are thunderous again and Moxley sputters back to his feet. Moxley brings Stu up, but Stu slips out of the underhooks! PELE!! Moxley falls down and the BCC coach him up. Stu goes back to a corner, climbs back up top, but Moxley ROCKS him first! Moxley climbs, CLUBS away on Stu, then CLAWS Stu’s back. Moxley HEADBUTTS Stu, brings him up into underhooks! SUPER DEATH RIDER!! Cover, Moxley wins!!
Winner: Jon Moxley, by pinfall
The Dark Order hurry into the ring and Moxley backs off, there won’t be any extracurriculars here. But will the Dark Order ever get payback on the mean SOBs in the BCC?
Backstage interview with Ricky Starks.
Renee says she can feel the frustration coming off The Absolute. The back ‘n’ forth with him and Juice Robinson, where do they stand? You tell him! Starks is “sick and tired of talking back and forth. No action, all talk.” Starks doesn’t wanna stand around, take time off his vacation, just to say Juice, he doesn’t like that you attacked him from behind. That’s cool and all, but whatever! How about this, though? Saturday Night Rampage, Starks is done talking. If Juice wants to face him man to man, then he can find Starks on Rampage! If not, just stop! Starks is over it, he is so sick of it! This is the craziest thing he’s been a part of his whole life!
Starks is issuing the open challenge to Juice. If Juice accepts it or not, is a man or not, Starks doesn’t give a damn anymore. The Absolute will be waiting, but will the Booster oblige?
AEW presents an all-new episode of QTV!
QT Marshall says great job last week in their debut, keep the “credibility train” rolling. CHOO-CHOO~! He needs scoops! Harley Cameron says she actually has discovered a “hot new prospect.” Goes by the name of Rey Fenix. And actually, here’s some footage. Hobbs POUNCING Fenix into buckles int heir TNT title match, and the spinebuster, and the Town Business. Everyone has a laugh, and QT says, “Imagine being in the Lucha Brothers, and your own lucha brother doesn’t come out to help you.” Aaron Solo says there is definitely some miedo! Then he laughs while also puffing mouth spray…?
QT asks who the hecc is Alex Abrahantes? Harley says Alex should work on his “character development.” Speaking of, how about Solo stealing Wardlow’s identity and freezing all of his accounts? Oopsie~! Yeah, Wardlow’s gonna lose his house and car, too! And Solo hacked into some observer’s accounts, started this whole thing about hotels. HAHA! QT just got a call from Hobbs. This Saturday on Rampage, another Open Challenge for the TNT title! Can’t wait to see who is the next chapter in the Book of Hobbs. Well, wait no longer! PENTA wants payback for Fenix as he answers the call! Will Hobbs be the one with some fear?
Toni Storm w/ The Outcasts VS Skye Blue!
The Lightning From Down Under has been striking down “spoiled rookies” again and again, but in the Dark. Will she do so again in the spotlight of Dynamite? Or will Skye roll the Storm away?
The bell rings and Storm BLASTS Skye with a forearm! Then she stomps a mudhole into Skye in the corner! The ref counts, Storm lets off but she grins and soaks up the heat. Soho & Saraya mock Skye, then Storm bumps her off buckles., Skye elbows back, fires forearms in return, and the fans fire up! But Storm knees low! Storm whips Skye, Skye kicks back! Skye ROCKS Storm again and again, but Storm shoves her away. Skye comes back, spins Storm for a KNEE SMASH and a DROPKICK! Storm bails out, fans fire up and Skye goes to the apron! FLYING RANA! Fans fire up with Skye but Saraya is mad.
Skye puts Storm in the ring, climbs up the corner, but Storm ROCKS her! Skye falls to the apron, then Storm HIP ATTACKS Skye to the floor! Storm distracts the ref, allowing Soho & Saraya to stomp away on Skye! Fans boo but the Outcasts get away with it! Saraya says, “This is OUR house!” Storm goes out to fetch Skye, and RAMS her into the apron. Storm CHOPS Skye against the post, then bumps her off the other. Storm CHOPS Skye again! Saraya says do it again! Storm puts some stank on this one, but Skye ducks, so the chop hits POST! Saraya & Soho panic as Storm clutches her fingers! Skye then runs in, but Storm dodges so Soho gets DECKED!
Storm CLOBBERS Skye from behind while the ring count climbs. Storm refreshes the ring count, Saraya shouts at Skye, and Storm CHOPS Skye again. Storm stalks Skye around the way as Dynamite goes picture in picture.
Storm drags Skye around to snap suplex her to the floor! Storm flexes, perhaps taunting Jamie Hayter wherever she’s watching this from, and then she goes back for Skye. Storm puts Skye in the ring, flexes more, then drags Skye up. Storm whips Skye to ropes, BOOTS her down, covers, ONE! Cover again, TWO! Another cover, TWO!! Skye is still in this but Storm clamps on with a full nelson. Storm leans on the hold, thrashes Skye around, but Skye endures. Skye fights up, but Storm throws her down by her hair! The ref reprimands but Storm just stalks Skye. Storm kicks Skye around, has her in the corner, and digs her boot in.
The ref counts, Storm stomps but lets off at 4. Storm drags Skye up to snap suplex! Storm grins then stalks Skye. Storm drags Skye up to snap suplex again! Storm flexes more, stalks Skye to another corner, then wrenches her hair to TOSS her across the way! The ref reprimands but Storm just wrenches hair and TOSSES Skye again! Dynamite returns to single picture as Storm soaks up the heat. But Skye shoves Storm down! And then TOSSES Storm by her hair! And again! Skye fires up, runs corner to corner, but Storm puts her on the apron. Skye ROUNDHOUSES! Skye climbs up, to CROSSBODY!
Fans fire up, Skye keeps moving, she ducks ‘n’ dodges to tilt-o-whirl headscissor! Storm ends up on ropes, Skye runs to SHINING WIZARD! Snapmare and SUPER- NO, Storm blocks and spins Skye, but Skye BASEMENT ENZIGURIS! Cover, TWO!! Storm survives and Skye grows frustrated. Saraya & Soho are also frustrated, they rally for Storm but the fans rally for Skye. Saraya tells the fans to shut up! Skye runs, hops on, but Storm shrugs her off! Skye SUPERKICKS! Skye runs, into a THESZ PRESS! Storm rains down fists, then she snarls as she stands back up. Storm gets the legs, but Skye kicks her away!
Skye runs in, only for Storm to spin her around! Storm uses the ropes, TORNADO DDT! Cover, TWO!! Skye survives and fans fire up! Saraya is furious but the ref says the count was fair. Skye goes to a corner but Storm says kiss this. SWEET HIP- NO, Skye picks the ankle! Skye KNEES Storm, runs, avoids Soho’s swipe, and she hits CODE BLUE!! But Soho is still distracting the ref!! Skye would’ve had this if not for Soho! Skye gets in Soho’s face, swings at her, but Storm runs in! Skye sends Storm into Soho, rolls and bridges, TWO!!! Storm stands, into a BOOT! Skye full nelsons, Storm arm-drags free to SHOTGUN Skye down!
Saraya says Storm has this now! Storm says kiss this, and here comes SWEET HIP MUSIC!! GERMAN SUPLEX, and then STORM ZERO!! Cover, Storm wins!
Winner: Toni Storm, by pinfall
The Outcasts with the assist, but now they bring out the spray paint! Fans boo as the Outcast scare off the ref, then surround Skye! But here comes Riho and Willow! Just like last week, Riho has the pipe!! Riho runs the Outcast off and warns them. The Outcasts leave for now, having gotten the win. Will Riho, Willow and Skye start thinking of sticking together from now on?
The AEW medical staff checks on Stu Grayson.
They’re working on his left arm, where did they feel it pop? But then Moxley sneaks up to say, “It’s just business.” And he puts on the SLEEPER!! Claudio & Yuta TOSS the medics aside! Stu is all alone as Moxley chokes him out, then SMACKS him off a trunk! The BCC give Stu the icepack back then leave, what will Hangman & the Dark Order have to say about this?
Kenny Omega VS El Hijo del Vikingo!
The AAA Mega Championship match that was meant to happen in December of 2021 was denied because of injury and misfortune. But now we are all fortunate enough to have this match happen here! “HE was the longest reigning Mega Champion at 765 days, 292 days more than El Hijo del Vikingo. HE never lost that title. HE is undefeated in singles matches in Mexico and also on Dynamite. Many people say HE is also undefeated at life. HE is often complimented on his accomplishments, matches, chiseled physique and hair, yet he is personally proud of his win-loss record in Independence, Missouri, which is better than his record of 1-1 in… NOOOORTH CAROLINA~!
“He arrives tonight after his 833 mile journey from Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. Weighing 224 pounds, HE is…! KENNY! OOOOOOOOOOOOMEEEEGAAAAAA~!” The fans go wild for the Cleaner, the Best Bout Machine, and Don Callis’ God of Pro-Wrestling, but will Omega prove he is better than the Mega Champion?
But as Omega makes his way down the ramp, El Hijo del Vikingo DIVES onto him! Fans fire up, EHDV throws off his cape, then he runs again, to FLY! Direct hit again and Independence is thunderous! EHDV puts Omega in the ring, springboards and MISSILE DROPKICKS! Omega ends up in a corner, EHDV runs in to clothesline! EHDV fires off forearms, but Omega turns it around to fire them back! The ref wants them to let off, this isn’t a match yet! Omega rains down fists, lets off, and now the bell rings! Fans are thunderous as Omega stomps EHDV down. Omega drags EHDV up, whips him corner to corner, but EHDV slips out to the apron!
Omega hits buckles, then EHDV ENZIGURIS! And GAMANGIRIS! EHDV climbs up, and jumps to IMPOLODER DRAGONRANA! Omega goes flying, then staggers up into the SCREW HIGH KICK! Omega’s on the ropes, EHDV runs to DOUBLE KNEE him through the ropes! Omega falls to the floor, EHDV refreshes the count, and fans say “This is Awesome!” EHDV SHOOTING STAR PRESSES to the floor! A bit double-edged, but fans lose their minds! Callis protests, the ring count climbs, but EHDV puts Omega in the ring. EHDV aims, slingshots and then springboards to 450 SPLASH! Cover, TWO!!
Omega goes to a corner, EHDV runs in to GAMANGIRI again! Omega staggers away, EHDV pursues but Omega CHOPS! And CHOPS again! EHDV falls over but Omega stalks him to a corner. Omega brings EHDV up to JAB! And JAB! fans rally and duel, Omega drags EHDV up to whip. Omega scoops EHDV for a tilt-o-whirl BACKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! Omega drags EHDV back up fast, to fisherman BUSTER! Cover, TWO! EHDV hangs tough and Omega is frustrated but the fans are loving this. Omega stalks EHDV to the ropes, scrapes him to the apron, and then Omega goes out to follow EHDV.
Omega CLUBS EHDV, and whips him hard into barriers! EHDV falls in a heap, but Omega goes looking under the ring. Omega brings out a TABLE! Fans fire up for that, and Omega stands that table up near the ring. The ref reprimands, this isn’t a Tables match or anything like that. But fans chant, “WE WANT TABLES!” as Dynamite goes picture in picture.
Omega drags EHDV up, puts him in the ring, and Omega storms up to scoop and BACKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! Omega clamps on with an armlock and chinbar, but he also fishhooks EHDV’s face! The ref reprimands, Omega lets off, but then pulls on EHDV’s hair! The ref counts but Omega lets off at 4. Omega looms over EHDV, stomps him, stomps him more, then springboard stomps! Omega drags EHDV around to KNEE him in the side! And again! Cover, TWO! EHDV hangs tough but Omega just snarls. Omega drags EHDV up to CHOP him back down! Omega drags EHDV up again to CLUB him back down!
Omega drags EHDV up at the ropes, ROCKS him with a right hand, then ROCKS him again! And again! And again! The ref reprimands and counts, Omega lets off, but then Omega CHOKES EHDV with his foot! Dynamite returns, the fans boo and the ref counts, but Omega lets off at 4 again. Omega ROCKS EHDV again, JABS him, then whips him to ropes. EHDV ducks ‘n’ dodges to tilt-o-whirl RANA! Omega goes to the apron, fans fire up as EHDV pursues! EHDV ROCKS Omega, but Omega tomahawk chops back! EHDV CHOPS, but Omega CHOPS! EHDV CHOPS back, so Omega BOOTS him! Omega runs in, goes up, and he MONKEY FLIPS EHDV on the apron!
EHDV falls to the floor while fans lose minds over how tight that one was. Omega drags EHDV up to the apron, and he grins as he looks at the table he set up. Omega drags EHDV up, the ref reprimands but Omega full nelsons! EHDV slips free to GAMANGIRI again! EHDV goes up top, balances on the post, and FLYING DRAGONRANAS!! Fans are thunderous as Omega hits the floor! Omega flounders into the ring, EHDV shoves him further in. Fans say “This is Awesome!” as both men go to corners. EHDV runs corner to corner to clothesline! EHDV hoists Omega up top, and GAMANGIRIS yet again!
EHDV climbs up after Omega, fans fire up again as they start to brawl! Omega HEADBUTTS, reels EHDV in, and SUPER POWER- STEINER!!! EHDV reverses just in time, Omega clutches his head! EHDV goes to the ropes, stands from the middle and PHOENIX SPLASHES in!!! Cover, TWO?!?! Omega survives by nanoseconds!! Independence is electric as both men rise up! They hope these two “FIGHT FOREVER!” but it has to end somehow! EHDV throws a forearm, a SOBAT, and then he runs to springboard, into a POWERBOMB!! And then another POWERBOMB! Roll through and V-TRIGGER!! Cover, TWO!!!
Omega is furious as EHDV survives! Omega slashes his throat, drags EHDV up, and he full nelsons for a SNAP DRAGON SUPLEX! Omega snarls, he puts EHDV on the ropes and takes aim. BANG and V-TRIGGER!! But that’s not the end of it! Omega drags EHDV up, deadweight as he is, and Electric Chair Lifts! But EHDV throws down fists! EHDV hops down, UPPERCUTS, then goes up and up to FLYING POISON-RANA!!! Omega tumbles to the apron, and EHDV crawls over to push him onto the table! EHDV builds speed while fans fire up, and he goes up to ESCALARA 630 SENTON through the table!!!!
Independence is volcanic for “A E DUB! A E DUB!” while Callis is freaking out! Both men are down in the wreckage as the ring count starts. EHDV crawls away at 3 of 10, Omega finally stirs at 4. Both men drag themselves up at 6, stand at “OCHO!” And both men slide in at 9! EHDV covers, TWO!!! Omega is still in this and EHDV is beside himself! Fans rally up, both men rise again, and EHDV throws a haymaker! Omega gives it back, they go back and forth, faster and faster! They go forearm for forearm, stand up, and keep throwing shots! EHDV gets the edge, SOBATS, runs, into a V-TRIGGER!!
Omega whips, EHDV rolls up and SUNSET FLIP BOMBS! TWO?!?!? Omega narrowly escapes again and even HE is shocked! But EHDV hurries to a corner and climbs up top! Omega flounders in the drop zone, EHDV 630 SENTONS but FLOPS as Omega moves!! EHDV flounders up, into a V-TRIGGER!!! Omega drags EHDV up, Electric Chair Lifts, ONE WINGED ANGEL!!!! Cover, OMEGA WINS!
Winner: Kenny Omega, by pinfall
This was a dream match the moment it was made, but this became an all-time classic by the end! Tony Schiavone joins Callis and Omega in the ring to say this was an incredible match. Omega is back in singles competition, and that was one for the ages! Omega thanks Schiavone for that. The more time goes by, the more he wonders if he can still do this kind of stuff for the fans. Wait, wait! THE BCC JUMPS OMEGA!! Moxley, Claudio & Yuta all mug Omega, and fans boo while Callis can only shout at the ref to stop this! The BCC stand Omega up so they can throw body shots and haymakers!
Fans continue to boo, but wait! Sirens? An ambulance has returned? For who? Wait, HANGMAN is driving it!! The Cowboy has a 2×4, with nails in it! Fans are going nuts for “COWBOY SH*T!” while the BCC stomp away on Omega. But here comes Hangman, wood in hand! The BCC decide to bail! Callis checks on Omega but the damage has been done. Hangman wants Moxley to get his ass back in here, but he stays back. Callis tries to calm Hangman down, but he almost gets 2×4 to the face! Callis keeps pulling at Hangman’s arm to hold him back, but Hangman shakes free and Callis falls right down! Omega comes to, and misunderstands why Callis is down!
Callis blames Hangman but Hangman says he didn’t do anything to Don! Omega and Hangman argue, Callis cowers behind Omega, and Omega takes Callis’ side. Fans boo, but is this just Callis keeping Omega all to himself?
A great episode of Dynamite, but it already feels like they’re gonna keep things going until Double or Nothing, no big thing for April. We got a great promo out of the Four Young Pillars, and MJF is making the other three run the #1 contender race like he did Bryan Danielson from now until, I dunno, probably May 3rd so that May can focus on building MJF VS his challenger. Hard to say who it’ll be, but Darby’s off to a good start with that great Six Man Tag. Darby, Sting and Cassidy made an eclectic but great combination, especially with Sting borrowing some Freshly Squeezed tactics. And Cassidy’s International Championship card is open to just about anyone at this point.
Really good tag title match, but I should’ve figured shenanigans would help The Gunns retain. The Kingdom and Top Flight are solidly ROH Tag title contenders with #ReachForTheSky needing teams. Plus, The Gunns’ real story is with FTR, who came back to have a really good promo with them. Gunns VS FTR, Titles VS AEW contracts could honestly go either way. There’s a lot of talk out there of FTR going back to WWE since it’s under HHH right now, so this move could be how FTR exits AEW, but this could also be what guarantees FTR staying. Either way, this is going to be some really big stuff for the titles.
Good promo from Jade and her group, and you do have to appreciate Sterling’s gimmick of bringing about frivolous lawsuits on behalf of people to poke fun at wrestling tropes. The security guards finally got justice, even though they also got crushed by Wardlow, and now finishers that are exactly the same but with different names are being questioned. Pretty sure Leila loses the match and Taya tears up that document, though. Then it’ll be about who hits the chicken wing facebuster first to win that title. Jade has done an amazing job being an undefeated inaugural TBS Champion, but now is the time to move on to someone else so Jade can move on to the top title.
Great segment out of Hook, Stokely and The Firm. Great show from Stokely with trying to weasel out of this, then trying to run away from this, but of course he gets thrown around. Awesome use of spare guard railing, though. I figured Hook VS Ethan was going to be how this wraps up, can’t wait to see how that goes. And I appreciate Starks getting a little meta on the bad pacing of feuds. Starks VS Juice for Rampage, if it happens, will be great stuff, and maybe shenanigans helps Juice win to keep this going. Though, I feel like Starks and Juice could each be doing something better than spinning their wheels with each other. Give me Starks VS Hobbs and Orange VS Juice for those respective titles.
Speaking of which, only the second QTV segment and I’m just done with it. But they did point out the weird logic of Penta not being out there with Fenix last week. Penta VS Hobbs will probably go the same as Fenix VS Hobbs did, and Wardlow will come back for revenge. Also, another wrestling trope that needs poking at: Solo confessed to illegal activities but he won’t get investigated or arrested because it’s wrestling. If Sterling were a Face lawyer, he’d be right on Solo’s ass. But maybe Wardlow beats the crap out of Solo as his punishment, then he gets his shot at Hobbs at Double or Nothing to put this story to rest.
Great promo from Cole and Garcia, and I appreciate they had Garcia have that slip of the tongue. Garcia is of course enjoying the fun side of being a sports entertainer, showing off his personality and just doing whatever shenanigans he wants, but he also clearly enjoys the pro-wrestling stuff of just fighting. Garcia VS Cole is going to be awesome stuff, but Garcia and the JAS also have their story with the House of Black so who knows how the finish goes. Great match out of Storm VS Skye, and Skye looked great even in defeat. Another inconsistency in wrestling logic: Riho & Willow should’ve been ringside to start because they know The Outcasts will be up to no good. But I suppose that does give Riho & Willow their moment of heroism in running the Outcasts off.
I bring up that inconsistency in logic because that match was after Moxley VS Grayson, where both men had their allies ringside. The men can think to bring their boys but the women’s division can’t think to bring their friends along, when we’ve also always seen Britt have Rebel and/or Hayter and vice-versa? Anyway, great stuff out of Moxley VS Grayson, and Grayson also looked awesome even in defeat. The BCC apparently went after everyone Hangman considers a friend, as the Bucks were taken out off-camera by them, and then the BCC jump Grayson.
And then, for being a non-title TV main event, Omega VS El Hijo del Vikingo went above and beyond anything I would’ve expected. There were some scary moments, like that Super Steiner counter to the powerbomb. But then again, it wouldn’t feel like an AAA match if there wasn’t some risk like that. BCC jumping Omega after he wins was a good way to keep the Elite reunion story going, but now there’s the new wrinkle of Don Callis wanting Omega to stay a singles star. To be fair, this is very much like the story of Callis, Omega and The Elite when AEW first got started. Callis wants Omega to return to that Omega, and he throws Hangman under the bus.
Another pro-wrestling logic thing is that no one watches the show back when it’s done, unless it helps the story. And I would hope Omega does that here to see what really happened as opposed to just trusting Callis and distrusting Omega. Or if not Omega, the Bucks can. The Bucks will have seen it on TV at the hospital (kayfabe) and The Bucks will tell Omega that Hangman didn’t hit Callis. Callis is also trying to recruit Konosuke, so it’d be great if Callis only comes out of this with one client. If Omega realizes not to trust Callis over The Elite, then Callis and Konosuke can stick together. If Omega still keeps Callis around, Konosuke can reject Callis to stay his own man.
My Score: 8.9/10
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Mitchell’s AEW Dark Results & Report! (3/21/23)
Toni Storm gets Dark!
AEW Dark is on #ToniTime!
The Outcasts have drawn a line in the AEW Women’s Division, and are daring everyone else to cross it! Will Toni Storm strike down another “entitled rookie?”
- Juice Robinson VS Leon Ruffin; Juice wins.
- Kiera Hogan VS Leila Grey; Leila wins.
- The Iron Savages VS The Wingmen; The Iron Savages win.
- The Renegades VS Avery Breaux & Mafiosa; The Renegades win.
- Toni Storm VS Billie Starkz; Storm wins.
Another surprisingly short line-up for Dark, with a couple matches that could go either way. The Iron Savages, formerly Bear Country, and the Wingmen will be a good one, but I’m leaning towards Bronson & Boulder winning that. Kiera Hogan VS Leila Grey, former Baddie taking on Jade’s last sidekick standing, could also go either way, but I’m leaning towards Kiera. But it’ll be good to see Robyn & Charlette Renegade get a win here to build that unofficial Women’s Tag Division AEW has.
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