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Mitchell’s WWE NXT Results & Report! (10/25/22)

It’s Tag Title Tuesday!

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NXT White 'n' Gold Era

Double double, toil and trouble!

Halloween Havoc has come and gone, but there’re still more tricks and treats to be had! Will Pretty Deadly and KC Squared retain their tag titles? Or will we hear “AND NEW~” twice tonight?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • NXT Women’s Tag Team Championships: Kayden Carter & Katana Chance VS Nikkita Lyons & Zoey Stark; Kayden & Katana win and retain the title.
  • Shotzi Blackheart VS Lash Legend; Shotzi wins.
  • Five Minute Time Limit: Brutus Creed w/ Julius Creed VS Damon Kemp; No Contest.
  • NXT Tag Team Championships: Pretty Deadly VS Malik Blade & Edris Enofe; Pretty Deadly wins and retains the title.
  • Indi Hartwell VS Sol Ruca; Indi wins.
  • Ilja Dragunov VS JD McDonagh; JD wins.

PLAY BY PLAY

NXT Women’s Tag Team Championships: Kayden Carter & Katana Chance VS Nikkita Lyons & Zoey Stark!

KC Squared fought so hard again and again to get to the titles, and now that they have them, they’re ready to fight even harder! And they just might have to against the towering team they’re up against. Will the party keep on going? Or is this the night the music dies?

The introductions are made, the belts are raised, and we start off with gold!

Kayden and Lyons circle, tie up, and Lyons waistlocks to SLAM Kayden! Kayden fights up, slips out and SPANKS Lyons! Lyons smirks, gets an arm, and wrenches to a wristlock. Kayden rolls, but Lyons does a split out of the wrench! Kayden kicks but Lyons avoids it. The two get in each other’s face, Kayden shoves but Lyons RAMS Kayden into a corner! Tag to Stark, she keeps Kayden from Katana and CLOBBERS her! Cover, TWO! Stark clamps on a chinlock to grind Kayden down. Fans rally and duel, Kayden fights up, but Stark wrenches and snapmares. Stark runs but Kayden ducks to KANGAROO KICK!

Kayden wrenches and brings Stark over to tag Katana. The champs double whip, trip and basement dropkick! Slingshot senton! Cover, TWO! Katana keeps on Stark but Stark lifts her up! Katana fights to keep Stark down, but Stark back drops! Katana sunset flips but Stark drags her up! Stark whips, Katana RANAS, but Stark handsprings through! Fans duel with cheers and jeers, but Katana SHOTGUNS! Katana runs in but into a scoop! She slips out but Stark kicks low. Stark whips, Katana goes up and Kayden is there, SILLY STRING RANA! Fans fire up and Stark tags Lyons! Lyons runs Katana right over!

Lyons drags Katana up, whips her to a corner and runs in to DECK her! Cover, TWO! Lyons drags Katana up, gut wrenches and has the Canadian Rack! Katana endures as Lyons thrashes her around. Fans rally up and Katana reaches out. Katana slips off, ducks and tags Kayden! Kayden dodges, trades kicks with Lyons but Lyons hits a takedown to a toehold! Kayden endures, Lyons drags her from ropes, but Kayden kicks her away. Kayden ducks, tags Katana, then taunts Lyons. Katana hops on, Kayden kicks Lyons, victory roll! TWO! SHOTGUN! Katana tags Kayden back in, they both run and SHOTGUN Lyons out of the ring!

Stark rushes in but is sent out! KC Squared set up, DOUBLE CROSSBODIES, get caught! DOUBLE SCOOP SLAMS! Fans are torn as NXT goes picture in picture!

Lyons & Stark are fired up, and Lyons puts Kayden in the ring. Lyons drags Kayden up, drags her over, and tags Stark. They mug Kayden, then Stark scoops to SLAM her. Cover, TWO! Kayden hangs tough but Stark clamps on a chinlock. Stark thrashes Kayden around and leans on the hold. Fans rally up, Kayden fights to her feet and backs Stark into a corner. The ref counts, Kayden fights and Stark lets go, only to turn her around and CHOP! Kayden COHPS back! Stark kicks low, CHOPS again, then tags Lyons. The challengers double whip Kayden to ropes to double ELBOW! Cover, TWO!

Lyons keeps on Kayden with another chinlock. Kayden endures, fans rally up, but Lyons wrangles Kayden back down. Kayden keeps fighting and she throws body shots, but Lyons CLUBS her! Lyons shoves Kayden, Kayden gets around and has an IRON OCTOPUS! Lyons stays up as she endures, but she’s fading! GROUND OCTOPUS CRADLE! TWO!! Lyons escapes but Kayden is right back on her. Lyons powers up, but Kayden digs her elbow in as she pulls on the hold. Lyons powers her way out for a moment but Kayden hooks her with a leg again. They continue to struggle, Lyons stomps her way over to her corner, and NXT returns to single picture.

Fans rally and duel, Lyons swings free but Kayden JAWBREAKERS! Tag to Katana and she slingshot KICKS! Then she goes up to CROSSBODY! Lyons catches her for a swinging SIDE SLAM! Cover, TWO! Katana hangs tough now but Lyons grabs at her. Katana reaches out, Lyons reels her in and back suplexes! But Kayden tags in !Katana slips out, slide sunder, Katana CLOBBERS Lyons then DECKS Stark! Kayden rushes in, Stark returns but gets a dropkick! Kayden back body blocks them both! Then she DROPKICK SPLASHES them both! Kayden whips Lyons to ropes but Lyons reverses, but Kayden victory rolls and SUPERKICKS!

Tag to Katana and KC Squared combine! Wheelbarrow back suplex SPLASH! Cover, Stark barrels in to break it! Fans are thunderous for this opening contest! Katana has Lyons but Lyons TOSSES her! Hot tag to Stark! Stark and Katana brawl, Stark shoves Katana away then pops her up! Katana hits off buckles, Stark comes back to HALF ‘N’ HALF! Fans fire up and Stark is feeling it! Stark hauls Katana up, Z 3- NO, VICTORY ROLL! Cover, TWO!! Katana tags Kayden before the O’Conner Roll! TWO, Stark LARIATS Kayden out of the ring! Stark skins the cat, dodges Katana and rolls her up, STARK & LYONS WIN!!

Winners: Nikkita Lyons & Zoey Stark, by pinfall (NEW NXT Women’s Tag Team Champions)

But Katana protests! She made a tag! The ref didn’t see it, so another comes in! The officials discuss it as the announcement is made, and then things are changed! “Due to an unseen tag, the head referee has determined that this match will now restart!” Fans are torn on that, but Stark & Lyons fire back up. They just figure they gotta finish strong! The bell rings and he we go again!

The teams brawl, Lyons with Katana and Kayden with Stark! Katana dodges and Lyons POSTS herself! Kayden RAMS into Stark! The ref counts but Kayden tags Katana in, full view of the ref. They haul Stark up top, Kayden BOOTS Lyons down then SUPER CROSSBODIES! But Stark shoves Katana away! Katana jumps right back up, SUPER SPANISH FLY!! Cover, TWO!?! Stark survives and Katana can’t believe it! Fans argue if it was two or three, but Katana tags Kayden in. Kayden storms up, drags Stark up and fireman’s carries. Stark fights free to GERMAN SUPLEX! Both women are down, and Stark crawls to her corner! HOT TAG TO LYONS!

Lyons runs and DECKS Katana! She has Kayden alone, SPINNING ROUNDHOUSE! LYONS DEN!! Cover, Katana dropkicks it apart! Stark rushes in but Katana RANAS her out! Kayden has Lyons but Lyons BOOTS and scoops! But Kayden fights out to mule kick and SUPERKICK! And SUPERKICK again! Tag to Katana, they set Lyons up, HIGHLIGHT REEL!! Cover, KC SQUARED WIN!

Winners: Katana Chance & Kayden Carter, by pinfall (still NXT Women’s Tag Team Champions)

The controversy was dealt with and in the end, the champions retain! KC Squared prove the established team reigns supreme! But with how close that came, will Stark & Lyons come back for another try?

 

Ilja Dragunov speaks.

“My opportunity to fill the void in my soul that has been there for over three months. I was a fraction of a second away, so close, but yet so far. JD McDonagh stole my destiny. JD McDonah enjoys manipulating my reality. When he was in NXT UK, he was a cancer and a threat until I removed him. NOBODY is safe. Not myself, not Bron Breakker nobody, until he is removed again. And tonight, The Czar will eliminate JD McDonagh once and for all!” Will UNBESIEGBAR avenge himself and protect the future of NXT from the Necessary Evil?

 

An eerie figure walks in the shadows.

“This second coming isn’t about retribution. It’s about justice.” Then whose justice will be served?

 

Wes Lee heads to the ring!

The Must-See Kid is the NEW North American Champion and the fans are here for it! Wes gets the mic and fans chant, “You Deserve It!” Wes thanks them for that, and says he’s gonna get emotional again. Just hold on now. “I just wanted to come out here to thank you all for Saturday night. Never did I think I would make it to the WWE, let alone be a champion. And for damn sure, not be one on my own.” Fans cheer, and Wes says, “But the faith and the confidence of everyone here in NXT inspired and motivated me, especially when I was lost in the dark.” Fans cheer that, too!

“Winning this title gave me a sense of validation I have been searching for my entire life. That I belong. Like, there is a place for me. That I am loved for who I am and what I stand for, and for that, I am forever, forever grateful, y’all.” Fans cheer and Wes wants them to hold on again. When he was on top of that ladder and they all chanted he deserved it, that is a feeling that is indescribable. All he can say is thanks. “But look, in all honesty, we don’t deserve the love you all share for us all the time.” Fans chant, “Yes You Do!” Wes says to go with that, he will make sure to continue to exceed- Grayson Waller is here?

Waller tells Wes, “Stop sucking up, lad. You don’t deserve a thing and neither do they. I’m glad you had a good Saturday, cuz I didn’t. I Hate Halloween, it is a stupid, made up holiday.” Wes tells Waller he can’t come out here to rain on a parade cuz he lost. Oh, you think he lost? Sure, Apollo Crews rolled Waller into an inanimate object, but Waller won! What did Wes do? He climbed a ladder! Waller climbs a ladder at Home Depot and gets nothing. As far as Waller is concerned, he’s still up 1-0 on Apollo. But wait! R-TRUTH is here?! Truth has the fans say, “What’s up?” Truth is in a Joker costume as he joins Wes and Waller in the ring.

“Orlando, Florida, make some noise! WHAT’S UP!?” Truth says the mask got him a bit ashy, but ladies and gentlemen, ghouls ‘n’ goblins, welcome to HALLOWEEN HAVOC! Uh, Truth… Uh… But Truth says if you’re all ready for the spookiest night of the year- Waller speaks up. “What’re you doing?” Fans boo but Truth says, “Wait a minute, y’all. Dawg, that’s cool, man. You coming with that British accent!” Fans chant “British Accent!” at Waller, and Truth does his best Brit: “Are you excited about Halloween Havoc, mate? Excuse me, gov’nah.” Waller says news flash: He’s AUSTRALIAN! And Halloween Havoc was THREE DAYS AGO!

Fans boo but Truth laughs. He thinks Waller is tricking him. But Wes admits, it did happen. Wes won the title there. OH SNAP! Congrats! And Truth says, “My bad.” Truth asks how Waller did. Fans chant, “HE LOST! HE LOST!” Wes confirms, Waller lost in a casket match. Oh… Truth ain’t mad, Apollo Crews is nice. He is. But Waller was in the casket by himself? No spiders? It must’ve been dark. Truth would’ve been scared. Waller says he wasn’t scared, he just got rolled. Waller rolled one up? YEAAAH~! Truth’s gonna hang out in NXT more. NO! Waller would love nothing more than to beat Truth in his own house!

But Waller’s mind not in it. He’ll give Truth a week. then we can see what the Grayson Waller Effect really is. That is, if Truth can figure out the right day on the calendar. Oh, what good hospitality. On second thought… Waller takes a swing, but gets pinballed by Wes and Truth! Then Truth hits a CALF KICK! Truth TOSSES Waller and says, “I’ll see you next week! Happy Halloween!” But with next week being November 1st, will there be any treats left over? Or only tricks from the 21st Century Success Story?

 

Malik Blade & Edris Enofe speak backstage.

Malik admits he’s nervous. This is the biggest night of their careers! They can become champions! Edris says he’s nervous, too, but he knows they’ve got more than a shot. Pretty Deadly will bring it, but tonight, it is THEIR night! If Malik had one shot, one opportunity to seize everything you’ve ever wanted, would you capture it? Or just let it slip away? Is Enofe seriously spitting Eminem right now? Man, he’s just trying to get Malik ready! They’ve been day one! And that’s all they need! This is the time! They’ll get the titles and SHOCK THE WORLD! Will the

 

Quincy Elliot is in the ring!

“Ladies and gentlemen, give it up for everybody’s favorite scream queen, SHOTZI~!” And with that, the wild child and TCB Jr. ride on out! Shotzi’s ready to take care o’ bidness, will Lash learn when to not lash out?

 

Backstage interview with Apollo Crews.

McKenzie asks him after that big win on Saturday, is it safe to say that Waller is in his rearview? Yes, he is Truth’s problem now. But in all seriousness, Waller is annoying but very talented. Apollo knew the moment he shut Waller in the casket and shut Waller’s mouth that he could move on to what his original focus was. That is becoming THE NXT Champion! His first go, he never got to hold that title. Credit to Waller for taking Apollo off course, but now Apollo’s vision is clear! Apollo’s eyes and ears are locked in next week, because he heard…  Maybe this is a spoiler, but Bron will return next week, and Apollo will be very interested in what he has to say. Will Apollo’s future be him holding some gold?

 

Shotzi Blackheart w/ Quincy Elliot VS Lash Legend!

NXT returns and Lash makes her entrance. The bell rings, Shotzi dodges Lash and waistlocks, but Lash knees free. Lash throws more knees, TOSSES Shotzi across the way, then storms up to drag her up. Lash tosses Shotzi up and out to the apron, but then she soaks up the heat. Shotzi blocks Lash’s forearm to KICK her away! Shotzi gets in to dropkick the legs out, then drop toeholds. Lash stays up to stomp Shotzi down! Lash drags Shotzi up, scoops her but Shotzi slips out! Shotzi kicks Lash, BOOTS her from the corner, then goes up to bring her into a HANGING HEADSCISSOR! Fans howl as Shotzi lets go and goes back up top.

But Lash BOOTS Shotzi down! Shotzi hits the floor and Quincy check son her. Lash storms out, tells Quincy to back off, but he blows a kiss and drops it like it’s hot. Lash says nuh-uh, but Shotzi fires off hands! Lash and Shotzi scrap, Shotzi puts Lash in and hurries after her. Shotzi brings Lash up but Lash scoops to SLAM her! Lash stalks Shotzi to ropes, drags her around and wraps a leg around ropes! The ref counts, but Lash stomps the leg! Lash kicks Shotzi and she’s in a Tree of Woe situation! Shotzi frees herself but Lash drags her to a cover, TWO! Lash gets the bad leg for a STRETCH MUFFLER!

Fans rally as Shotzi endures and sits up! Shotzi throws down fists, then gets the ROPEBREAK! The ref counts, Lash doesn’t let go so Shotzi HOTSHOTS her! And BOOTS her! Shotzi goes to a corner, Lash blocks the boot but not the uppercut! Shotzi runs but Lash RAMS her into the corner! Lash puts Shotzi up top but Shotzi CLUBS Lash right down! Shotzi fires forearms, then fisherman’s a leg, NEVER WAKE UP! Cover, Shotzi wins!

Winner: Shotiz Blackheart, by pinfall

The Super Diva celebrates with the real scream queen, and Lash is silenced, for now. Will this win help Shotzi get up towards some kind of title in the Women’s Division?

 

Five Minute Time Limit: Brutus Creed w/ Julius Creed VS Damon Kemp!

With the big win on Saturday, Julius kept Diamond Mine together, and he kept his brother here on NXT. And now, Brutus looks to get some semblance of revenge for himself as he gets the Golden Gopher for one quick round. Will Kemp even last five minutes given all the damage done at Halloween Havoc?

Before the match, the Creeds have mics. Julius says they need to bear with him. His hands are all jacked up from that Ambulance match. But even Sunday was hard, getting up in all that pain. But it wouldn’t have compared had Julius lost and cost Brutus his career. Kemp learned that short term decisions have long term consequences. Juilus wrote the sentence but Brutus is going to punctuate it. Brutus says he can’t thank Julius enough for what he did. But Brutus will say, “Thank you, brother. Love you.” But now it’s HIS turn! Brutus tells Kemp that he promised them five minutes, so Kemp needs to get his ass out here so Brutus can beat it and finish what Kemp started!

But Kemp is on the tron! “Are you two dummies still angry? Julius, you got lucky. And Brutus, I got good news for ya. Medical spared you from getting pieced up tonight. I’m not medically cleared. But don’t worry, though. I still got five minutes of hell still waiting for ya. See you then.” Fans boo but Brutus tells Kemp that every day he has to wait, the ass whooping will get worse and worse and worse! Because it is Diamond Mine FOREVER! But then VEER & SANGA attack?! They beat down the Creeds, and fans boo! Sanga seems torn as Veer tells him to do it, but Sanga hesitates. so the MILLION DOLLAR LARIAT takes Julius out!

Sanga keep son Brutus, and then he follows through with the CHOKE SLAM!! Fans boo but Indus Sher IS back! And well dressed, at that. Ivy Nile storms out and asks them why, but the damage is done. Will these stylish assassins destroy the whole NXT Tag Team Division?

 

Pretty Deadly talk backstage.

Elton Prince takes a deep breath and says they need to concentrate. Tonight’s gonna be tough. Kit Wilson says “they” are fast. Elton agrees, those two are like cheetahs running full speed on the Serengeti. And they’re confident! That’s also a problem. But look who they’ve beaten. They’ve taken out every other team in NXT. In Kit’s opinion, they’re the two most athletic guys on the roster. Elton says they’re loved by everyone, too! Total sweethearts and fan favorites. Wait, shouldn’t they be talking about Edris & Malik? NAH! HAHAHA! They were talking about themselves because Malik & Edris have NO shot! Those two couldn’t even lace up Pretty Deadly’s fabulous boots!

The champions set to head out, but then SIDE PLATE CHECK~! Okay, now they’re ready. Will that confidence see Kit & Elton through? Or will it get them caught by the bracket busting underdogs?

 

Toxic Attraction FaceTimes each other.

Jacy Jayne is in the weight room while Gigi Dolin chills by the pool. Gigi calls Mandy Rose and she asks what everyone’s up to. Gigi says ,”What’s up, champ?” Gigi is getting her tan on, that Vitamin D. Where’s Jacy? She was going to meet Gigi but she’s at the gym. Jacy conference calls in and yes, she’s working out. Jacy getting jacked. Well, she tries. She’s getting buff so the zombies don’t get her? Uh, if Jacy remembers right, Gigi was the one that got stuck in a freezer. Well, be grateful they all got out alive and with Mandy’s title. They beat Alba Fyre at her own game, and karma at its finest. And Gigi hopes Jacy is bringing the cheese and wine.

Wow, thanks for the invite, girls. Uh, Mandy, you said you had a photoshoot. Oh right, she does. The champ is in demand, but so is Toxic Attraction. Mandy says next week, they’re celebrating Mandy’s one year anniversary! You better be ready, because as long as they hold the title, there’s Toxic Attraction, and then there’s everyone else. Just how big will the Toxic Goddess exalt herself and her historic accomplishment?

 

NXT Tag Team Championships: Pretty Deadly VS Malik Blade & Edris Enofe!

Former NXT UK Tag Team Champions, TWO-TIME NXT Tag Team Champions, and the team that unified those titles at World Collide, it is needless to say Kit & Elton have egos as big as the Atlantic Ocean. But the bigger they are, the harder they fall! Will Malik & Edris SHOCK THE WORLD when they dethrone the “tasty” tag team champions? Or will we all be crying over some Spilt Milk?

The introductions are made, the belts are raised, and we have our second tag title match of the night!

The teams sort out, Malik and Kit start, and Malik DROPKICKS Kit right at the bell! Tag to Edris, Malik goes up for a BLOCKBUSTER! Edris is up top, MACHO ELBOW! Cover, Elton breaks it in time! A fast start and a close call! Malik throws Elton out, then he tags back in. The challengers double whip, body shot and trip to a BOOT and LARIAT! Kit bails out but fans fire up with the challengers! Malik & Edris hurry out, they CLOBBER Kit and put him in the ring. Kit runs, Malik speeds it up but Elton tags in. Kit anchors Malik for Elton to DECK him! Fans boo but Elton EuroUppers Malik. Elton kicks Malik, whips, and CLOBBERS him!

Elton stalks Malik, he kicks him to the corner, but swings into a back suplex! Kit tags in before the atomic drop, to then hop up! Elton body shots, Kit victory rolls, TWO! Malik sweeps the leg and drops a knee! Fans rally, Malik tags Edris, and Edris goes up. Malik wrenches the arm, Edris drops an ax handle! Kit elbows Edris but Edris kicks back. Kit whips, Edris sunset flips and stacks, TWO! Kit goes to a corner, he kicks a leg out, and then he throws hands! Kit clinches, EuroUppers Edris down, then stands him back up for another EuroUpper! Tag to Elton but Edris lifts! Kit fights free, the tag is clear this time, and Elton leaps, into a body shot!

Edris wrenches Elton, tags Malik, and Malik goes up to drop ax handles! Malik keeps on Elton with a whip but Elton reverses. Elton scoops for a SIDEWALK SLAM! Cover, TWO! Elton snarls and he drags Malik up. Elton EuroUppers Malik, tags Kit, and fireman’s carries. Malik slips off, Edris tag sin but Pretty Deadly mugs Malik! they double whip, Malik goes up and over, then under, then baits the champs into the CROSSBODY! Edris & Malik DROPKICK  Pretty Deadly! Pretty Deadly get up, to get clotheslined out of the ring! Fans fire up for Malik & Edris as NXT goes picture in picture!

Malik & Edris dare someone to come back and Pretty Deadly regroup. They check each other, they’re both fine, and they talk it out. Kit gets in but slides out to taunt Edris. Edris keeps cool and Kit slides in to kick back! Kit CHOPS Edris in a corner, facelocks, and then CHOPS him again! Edris snarls and Kit wants him to calm down. Edris CHOSP and CHOPS and CHOPS back! Edris keeps on Kit, pumps up and CHOPS! Kit flounders, Edris swipes at Elton, but Kit attacks! Elton tags in, leap frog and DDT! Elton fires up and he kicks Edris around. Elton drags Edris up to suplex high and hard! cover, TWO!

Elton looms over Edris, drags him back up and digs a knee in for the chinlock. Edris endures, fans rally, and Edris fights the chinlock. NXT returns to single picture as Edris throws hands! Edris ROCKS Elton over and over, but Elton keeps him from Malik! Elton scoops and SLAMS him! Then he drops a knee, only to miss! Edris gets out, Kit tags in! Kit reels Edris in, but Edris suplexes Kit to the floor! Edris gets in, Elton gets Kit in to tag! Elton gets Edris’s foot, keeps him from Malik, and reels him in for a LARIAT! He sucker punches Malik, too! Fans boo and Malik scowls, but Elton looms over Edris.

Elton drags Edris by his arm while fans rally. Elton taunts Edris, “Shock the world?” Elton stomps away on Edris, then drags him up. Edris JAWBREAKERS! Elton wobbles but tags Kit! Kit throws Edris out but Edris is on the apron! Edris shoulders in, slingshots over, but Kit stays up! Kit flails and reaches, tag to Elton! But Edris avoids the fist! Hot tag to Malik! Malik rallies on Pretty Deadly and fans fire up! Malik ducks ‘n’ dodges and CLOBBERS Elton! Fans fire up with Malik and he runs to LARIAT Elton at the ropes! Malik goes out and up the corner, but Elton runs away! Fans boo, so Malik drops and runs to FLY over the corner!!

Direct hit on both Pretty Deadly and fans lose their minds! Malik puts Elton up, goes up and CROSSBODIES! Cover, TWO!! Elton survives and Malik can’t believe it! Malik dares Elton to get up, but Elton resists. Malik fireman’s carries but Elton slips off. O’Conner Roll, TWO! Elton tags Kit and BOOTS Malik! Pretty Deadly set up, ASSISTED GUT BUSTER! Cover, TWO!! Malik is toughing it out and frustrating Pretty Deadly! Kit tells Malik to stay down but the fans rally for their hometown hero! Malik and Kit throw haymakers back and forth, faster and faster! They stand, Malik gets the edge, but Kit spins him to a backslide!

Malik slips off, tag to Edris! BOOT for Kit, CUTTER COMPLETE SHOT COMBO!! Cover, TWO!!! Kit survives, showing why Pretty Deadly are champs at all! Kit KANGAROO KICKS, but Edris staggers to KNEE! He falls on the cover, Malik intercepts Elton! TWO!! Fans argue that should’ve been it, but Malik tags in. Edris fireman’s carries, Malik runs, but Edris’ legs let out! Malik fires off on Kit, eh fireman’s carries. But Elton CLOBBERS Edris! Kit POSTS Malik! Tag to Elton, Pretty Deadly- SUNSET FLIP! But Elton grabs Malik, only for Malik to victory roll! TWO!?!? Elton escapes by the seat of his fashionable tights!

Kit TRIPS Edris on the apron! Elton CLOBBERS Malik in the distraction! Tag to Kit, Pretty Deadly set up, SPILT MILK!!! Cover, Pretty Deadly win!!

Winners: Pretty Deadly, by pinfall (still NXT Tag Team Champions)

Dirty or not, that’s why no one has been able to stop Pretty Deadly. Kit & Elton keep their side plates intact, will Malik & Edris have to climb up from the bottom again?

 

JD McDonagh speaks.

“I nearly didn’t get out of bed on Sunday morning. Because I wasn’t the NXT Champion. But neither was Ilja Dragunov. So it’s not all bad news, right? And Ilja describes me as a cancer. But he’s the one reoccurring for me. Spreading everywhere I go, like a malignant little growth in the back of my mind. I get called a lot of things, but there’s on nickname that I got recently that I rather like: The Necessary Evil. Because there is a necessary evil, a devil inside me, that I can access that others shy away from.” Ilja’s face on Saturday was priceless.

But there’s another expression JD wants tonight: a look of pain because he won’t be leaving this building on his own strength. Ilja will be incapacitated and damaged beyond repair, wishing he’d never heard JD’s name, and that he never came to NXT. Will the Irish Ace unleash that Necessary Evil to end UNBESIEGBAR?

 

Backstage interview with Zoey Stark.

McKenzie knows that was a tough loss, but what is she feeling? Stark says she had it. She had the titles in her hands. Everything she busted her ass for was taken away. Kayden & Katana are the luckiest team right now. Lyons apologizes but Stark tells her that’s not her fault. Things happen in the heat of the moment, and that was just frustrating that the ref didn’t see the tags. But it’s okay. Stark & Lyons will get a rematch, and they will get the gold for sure this time. Can Lyons & Stark keep their cool and finish it off for sure next time?

 

The Schism heads to the ring.

Joe Gacy, Rip Fowler, Jagger Reed and the mysterious little red riding hood go to the ring, all wearing those yellow smiley masks. Gacy takes his off to say, “Pride and arrogance are commonplace in NXT. Take a good look at these luminaries right here, and reflect on the strength that comes from our humble unity. These pioneers, three of many more to come, understand that togetherness is the greatest accomplishment! Our mission statement is clear: remove your mask, and join the Schism, or… be torn down!”

Fans boo as Rip takes off his mask to say, “NXT is a den of selfishness and greed. Envious of others’ good fortunes, superstars and fans alike put themselves before the greater good of our unity. And we hear your comments towards us, but we understand that it is simply a reflection of your own shortcomings. Only by coming together can the system work. Water the roots, and more roots will grow! But allow them to dry out, and so will all hope.”

Jagger adds, “Wrath is a manipulative emotional state. Uncontrolled negativity affects both the personal and the social well-being. To be truly healthy, you must learn to control it correctly. Anger divides and pain brings pain. But love… Love brings love. And The Schism only builds stronger together as a unit.” Gacy says, “There are people in this world who you would think have everything they could ever want, but are empty and depleted on the inside. Rip Fowler, Jagger Reed, learned that the path to ever lasting unity comes from showing their true selves. Now, the time has come for you to take your next step,” Red.

“To sit under the Schism’s tree, you must do the same and reveal your true self. But remember: there is no going back.” Red steps down and unzips the jacket. The hood comes down, and the mask comes off to reveal… THE ROCK’S DAUGHTER, SIMONE ALEXANDRA JOHNSON!! Simone says, “The love and acceptance the Schism has given me defies any preconceived notions of who I’m supposed to be. This family completes me. I am Ava Raine.” The Schism hug it out! Gacy says, “This collective of hearts beats together in harmony. Four roots, one tree.” Love is blind, grass is greener on the other side, and now will Raine help The Schism reign over NXT?

 

Backstage interview with Sol Ruca.

McKenzie says this is her second match in NXT, and it’s against Indi Hartwell. How is Sol feeling? Nervous and excited, the same way she does when she’s about to drop in on a wave or flying through the air. Indi is badass, but Sol… Indi walks in. “A bit of advice from someone who’s been here for more than one match: Doing tricks to wow the audience is cool, I’ll give you that; but it’s only gonna get you so far in NXT. It’s all about winning. And you’re about to learn that right now.” Will the Surfer Girl learn a thing or two from #IndiWrestling?

 

NXT shares a call to the Performance Center.

A receptionist gives a standard message, “You have reached the WWE Performance Center. Please leave your name, number, and a brief message after the beep, and we will get back to you at our earliest convenience. Have a great day.” The person says, “Let go of all your pain, washing away your deepest fears. Listen with your eyes, speaking with your ears. Awaken from the pits you call the dark, opening up to my soliloquy is just the start. Watch as I come and leave my mark, as I plan to rip all of NXT apart. Sincerely, SCRYPTS.” What?

 

Indi Hartwell VS Sol Ruca!

NXT returns as Sol makes her entrance. The bell rings and Indi scoops Sol to SLAM her! And scoop SLAM her! Indi smirks and whips but Sol reverses. Things speed up, Sol leaps but then goes Matrix to dodge! Sol scoops and carries Indi to SLAM her! And scoop SLAM her again! Cover, ONE! Sol is frustrated, but she handsprings in! Indi dodges but Sol elbows her. Solo whips, Indi holds ropes to avoid the dropkick, and Sol stagger sup into a LARIAT! Indi smirks as she drags Sol back up for another LARIAT! And then another LARIAT! Indi stalks Sol to BLINDSIDE FOREARM! Cover, Indi wins!

Winner: Indi Hartwell, by pinfall

Now that was impressive. The veteran shows the new girl on the block what’s what, is this Indi’s chance to finally- Wait! Elektra Lopez POSTS Indi!! Lopez drags Sol up to BLUE THUNDER BOMB! Legado may be gone but Lopez is back and she KICKS Sol while she’s down. “La Madrina is BACK!” Will she take over all on her own now that she’s her own boss?

 

NXT checks on Chase U.

The students talk before class but Professor Andre gets them to take their seats. Wait, where’s Bodhi Hayward? He said he’d be prepared this week. Duke Hudson apologizes for entering late, but he was looking for Bodhi. He couldn’t find him anywhere. Thea Hail has no idea, either, despite being his roommate. Chase says he is a bit disappointed, as Bodhi was going to give a presentation on the holiday traditions of pro-wrestling. Duke hopes his Granny Smith apple makes up for it. Y’know what they say: A bad apple spoils the bunch. Sit down, Duke. Fair enough. Duke takes Bodhi’s seat next to Thea and we move on.

Next week is November, a big month for the WWE with many big events. They’ll cover a lot of material in a short amount of time, so take great notes. Thea’s pen is out of ink so Duke lends her his. But what’s he gonna write with? Duke will just memorize it all. Oh, are Chase’s words not effin’ important enough to write down? Does he speak to enjoy the sound of his own effin’ voice?! Get a pen and take notes! duke accepts that and promises it won’t happen again. Chase appreciates that.

Now, holiday traditions in WWE include Survivor Series, which has had many historic moments. Wait, Duke sneaks someone else’s pen off their desk! That sly snake! Is Duke going to grift his way through this class? Or will someone call him out on it?

 

The countdown is coming.

Before the year is over, NXT DEADLINE arrives! Will time run out? And for who?

 

Roxanne Perez speaks.

“I don’t like the person I became at Halloween Havoc. I can’t even believe that that’s me. Two former best friends did everything they can to destroy each other. I’m not sorry for what I did. Cora wasn’t excited about our potential, she was afraid of mine. Through losing a best friend, I found a whole new level of belief in myself. I can stand on my own. Friends are gonna come and go, but no matter who changes around me, I have to stay true to who I am, and why I’m here.” Will the Breakout Star shine as her best self from here on out?

 

Malik & Edris regroup backstage.

Malik laments that that could’ve been their last chance. Edris agrees, but they then spot ODYSSEY JONES pulling up with a truckload of ladies! He says they were oh so close to winning, but it’s okay. Tonight, they go out and have the time of their lives! Forget about the match, hope up in the truck, have a bit of fun, and they’ll get it all back on track next week. Edris is for it! He hops on, and Malik jumps IN! They ride out into the night, will a bit of cutting loose help them turn things back around?

 

Ilja Dragunov VS JD McDonagh!

The Czar and the Irish Ace are about to go around one more time, and this could be the nastiest, most violent round yet! Will Dragunov rid himself and NXT of the “cancer” that is The Irish Ace? Or will the Necessary Evil be an inevitability?

NXT returns as JD makes his entrance. Ilja doesn’t wait for the bell, he drags JD into the ring while he’s on the corner! The ref checks, JD is mad, the bell rings and Ilja GERMAN SUPLEXES! JD throws elbows but can’t get away, Ilja GERMAN SUPLEXES again! JD keeps fighting with elbows but Ilja shifts to a GOTCH LIFT SUPLEX! Bridging cover, TWO! JD survives and shakes his jacket off but Ilja is after him. Ilja CHOPS JD in a corner and JD staggers away! JD goes to another corner, Ilja CHOPS again! Ilja bumps JD off buckles, but JD kicks low and CHOPS in return! And CHOPS and CHOPS and CHOPS!

JD whips, Ilja reverses then runs in to knee JD! Ilja pushes JD to then BOOT him! Fans fire up with Ilja and he drags JD up. Ilja CLUBS JD right back down! JD flounders to ropes but Ilja brings him around. Ilja CLUBS JD, then waistlocks. Fans rally, Ilja drags JD up, but JD throws back elbows. JD HEADBUTTS the bad ribs! JD throws body shots on that target, then he whips Ilja to kitchen sink knee him down! Ilja sits up and seethes, but JD storms up to snap- NO, Ilja blocks the suplex to scoop and SLAM! Fans rally, Ilja stalks JD and drags him up. Ilja CHOPS JD off his feet, but dares him to get back up!

Fans rally, Ilja waistlocks and he drags JD up. JD fights to a switch, shoves, but Ilja Tiger Feints. The ribs cause him to fall, though! Ilja stands, JD has him at the ropes! JD suplexes but Ilja fights it! Ilja suplexes JD! JD fights that to HOTSHOT Ilja! Fans boo while Ilja flounders on the apron. JD BLASTS Ilja and Ilja hits the desk! JD smirks while fans boo and the ref checks Ilja. JD wants after Ilja but the ref tells him to stay back. The ref has to check Ilja but he says a medic needs to step in. Fans boo as the medical team checks Ilja. Ilja sputters and JD says just name him the winner! Ilja clutches his rib but he doesn’t want this to stop, and NXT goes to break.

NXT returns and JD kicks low! JD suplexes, and he hangs Ilja out to dry! But Ilja flips right over and ends up clipping JD! Both men are down, but JD stands up first to snarl and scowl. JD kicks Ilja around, drags him up, and hits an atomic BACKBREAKER! Cover, ONE!! Ilja toughs it out but JD throws knee after knee into the back! Cover, TWO! JD clamps on a rear bearhug and he thrashes Ilja around. Fans rally, Ilja endures, and Ilja fights up to his feet to throw elbows on JD! Ilja is free but JD throws a body shot to the bad ribs! JD waistlocks to SLAM Ilja back down. Fans rally again as Ilja endures the bearhug.

Ilja fights with more elbows, and he has JD wobbling. JD throws another body shot, but Ilja fires a forearm! JD trades those forearms, they go back and forth and fans rally. Ilja fires boxing elbows! JD ROCKS Ilja with one, but JD spins to CHOP! And then he CHOPS a leg! And CHOPS JD from behind! Waistlock, but the ribs stop the suplex! JD ROCKS, Ilja PELES! Both men are down and fans are thunderous! Ilja nods and stands back up. Ilja roars and aims from a corner! Ilja runs corner to corner to KNE EJD, then he snapmares JD down. Ilja goes up, KING KONG KNEE DROP! Ilja roars again and goes back up as fans fire up!

Ilja aims again, SUPER SENTON onto knees!! JD saves himself at the last second and deals major damage to Ilja! JD crawls over, drags Ilja by a leg, and then he stomps the bad ribs! JD flounders his way up the corner, fans rally up and Ilja stands to CHOP! Ilja climbs, JD CLUBS away on him, but Ilja still rises! Ilja HEADBUTTS again and again and then stands on the very top! Fans fire up for the SUPERPLEX! But then Ilja rolls through and FALLING FOREARMS!! But the bad ribs won’t let Ilja cover! “This is Awesome!” all the same as Ilja makes his way back to a corner. Ilja aims and shouts, “UN! BE! SIEG! BAR!”

JD stands, Ilja runs in, but the ribs hold him back again! JD laughs at Ilja’s pain, but then Ilja scowls. That scares JD! Ilja runs in, TORPEDO- SLEEPER HOLD!! JD catches Ilja and squeezes the air out of him! Ilja is being twisted but his second wind helps him fight! Ilja pries at the hands and arms, but JD thrashes around! Ilja has blood in his mouth but he’s not giving up! The ref checks, Ilja is OUT!! JD WINS!

Winner: JD McDonagh, by referee stoppage

But JD isn’t letting go!! JD is foaming from the mouth as he lets go of Ilja! Cancer or not, JD is dangerous! Ilja is put on a backboard, then on a stretcher. JD grins as he admires the damage he’s done. Will the Irish Ace be more than just the necessary evil as he looks to get one more shot at gold?


My Thoughts:

A great NXT to follow up Halloween Havoc and set up some more things, but also some rather curious things. One, that whole “SCRYPTS” thing. I suppose a WWE call center promo is a bit out of the box, but it just sounds like a low tech version of Bray Wyatt’s White Rabbit campaign. No idea who this will be or how this character is supposed to work, but I suppose NXT trying something different is commendable in itself. Another thing was giving us Ilja VS JD here so soon. It was a great match and a brutal finish, but I don’t know how JD winning is supposed to serve a purpose to the title scene. we saw Bron beat him 1v1, we should’ve gotten Bron VS Ilja 1v1 just to see how that goes. Now, I know Apollo stated his claim, but WWE sticks to Face VS Heel, so I don’t see Apollo getting his shot yet.

Speaking of, why is Waller getting into the North American Championship stuff with Wes Lee when Waller lost at Halloween Havoc? Granted, Waller is one of the Heels who can do a lot both on the mic and in the ring, and that segment with Truth was hilarious. Classic Truth forgetting what day it is, and so I hope he forgets next week, too, so that he’ll be in costume again for November 1st. But even if he doesn’t forget things, he and Waller can have a fun match that I’m sure Waller wins to establish he wants after the North American title. Waller will be a good win for Wes to establish his reign, and we can get matches with other Heels after.

We got a decent match out of Shotzi and Lash, mostly for Lash and Shotzi just not quite clicking. To my surprise, Xyon Quinn didn’t show up to go after Quincy so there wasn’t anything further set up there. Maybe they start that next week with a month to build towards NXT Deadline. We also got an interesting swerve on Damon Kemp not taking on Brutus, and then having Indus Sher attack the Creeds. Maybe Veer & Sanga are Kemp’s muscle now? That would make for a good Six Man: Roderick Strong & The Creeds VS Kemp & Indus Sher.

Nice little surprise that after Indi squashes Sol, Lopez returns with force. Lopez will probably get at a title this time now that she isn’t just playing sidekick to male superstars like Escobar and Tony D. And Lopez VS Indi can be a great way to send Indi to main so she can finally join Lumis in his story on Raw. And I like that we got more to the vignette for Dijak’s return to NXT. He got to narrate it this time, so nice play off of “retribution,” and who knows who he’ll wreck when he first shows himself. At this point, throw him right at the top title. Bron can face a guy who is bigger than him, and technically struggle, but we’ll more than likely see Bron overcome that challenge, too.

Of course Toxic Attraction sets up Mandy’s celebration, which I hope gets crashed hard. I was hoping it’d be Roxanne Perez, but her promo basically has her double down on being the nice Face when she should be doubling down on a newfound edge. If not Roxie, then maybe Mandy’s next opponent will be another NXT UK star wanting another shot. But at the same time, there’s a chance Mandy would just bury them 1v1, too. The Chase U segment was good, and it’s establishing more of what Duke is up to. He keeps kissing up to Chase and Thea while more than likely he’s the reason Bodhi didn’t make it to class today.

The tag title matches were both great, with the Women’s Tag titles opening without even entrances. I am a bit torn on how that one went, but it was more out-of-the-box thinking to have a controversial finish that gets resolved in the same moment. Stark & Lyons technically won but they don’t, so that rematch they’re having will be like an unofficial tiebreaker to see which team is really the best. I personally still feel like this can be the moment that sends KC Squared to main so they can go for the WWE Women’s Tag titles next.

The men’s tag team title match was great, too, especially with those promos from both sides. Malik & Edris have shown great growth, going from jobbers to stars, but I guess they’ve still got a ways to go. But great return for Odyssey, he could form a trio with those guys and they can feud with The Schism and other factions. And of course, for how odd and bootleg Bray Wyatt The Schism has been, how amazing is it that Simone, daughter of The Rock, is debuting as a major character already? Ava Raine (I had to double check that spelling) already has a good look with the red hair and red contact lens, and maybe, just maybe, The Schism is allowed to be a faction that goes after all the divisions and actually gets something done.

My Score: 8.6/10


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Andrew’s IMPACT Results & Match Ratings: 2.2.2023

Impact has a new number one contender, a few new signings and setting up for No Surrender. Lets see what happens tonight!

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We’re coming off of Rich Swann becoming the number one contender, Joe Hendry creating another banger of a parody song and Bully Ray…being more like Bitchy Ray.

Also lets not overlook the fact that Dirty Dango officially signed with IMPACT as well. Which may not be huge, but with the current addition of Santino Marella, Dango being involved in storylines for the foreseeable; there could be some good comedy in store.

There we go, a bunch of stuff got set in motion; but we could always see some interesting wrinkles or just straight forward boredom. Only one way to find out! BUT FIRST! Raven is getting The Flock back together…maybe?

Ratings:

  • Bullet Club (Ace & Bey) vs Kevin Knight & Kushida: Ace & Bey win via 1-2-Sweet – ***
  • Gisele Shaw w/Jai Vidal vs Savannah Evans: Gisele wins via Denouement – ** 1/4
  • Crazzy Steve w/ Black Taurus vs Sheldon Jean: Steve wins via King Kill 33 – N/A
  • Johnny Swinger w/Zicky Dice vs Kenny King: Kenny wins via Royal Flush – N/A
  • The Design (Kon, Deaner, Angels & Callihan) vs Josh Alexander, Frankie Kazarian, Yuya Uemura & Rich Swann: Callihan wins via Cactus Driver ’97 – ** 1/2

 

Results:

Bullet Club (Ace & Bey) vs Kevin Knight & Kushida

As much as I like Ace & Bey, a part of me would like MCMG versus Kushida and his new partner.

Early on its just counters, posing to the crowd and getting themselves over until Bey manages to sweep the leg, slingshot over the top rope for a stomp and take over a little. Knight manages to avoid a corner move, one legged Springboard Body Press, Jumping Frog Splash, and then a quick tag to Kushida. Some tandem moves from Kushida and Knight as Knight continues to mix it up with Bey.

Ace distracts Knight before the Springboard and Bey meets him in midair with a Dropkick and gets Ace in for some tandem offense and then Ace starts setting the pace. Double Arm Wringer into a tandem Back Rake. Then they wrestle Knight to the ground and keep him down for another Back Rake. Ace continues to set the pace and keep Knight mostly on the receiving end, until Knight rolls out of a lift, Ricky to Robert roll, Kushida gets the hot tag and starts clearing the ring. Bey tries Art of Finesse, Kushida catches him in a Flying Armbar but Bey turns it into a Cradle to get Kushida to break.

Electric Chair from Kushida, but before Knight can hit his Dropkick, Ace slides in and catches Knight on his back. Chicken Fight before Kushida and Knight finally hit their Tandem move but Ace makes the save. Ace wipes out Kushida, Knight forces Ace out, tries to go for a Plancha, but Bey was crotched on the top rope. As Knight tries to Plancha, Bey hits a Cutter out of nowhere on the apron. Ace sees the opening, 1-2-Sweet for the win!

Steph De Lander video package…that’s a pretty decent grab for IMPACT.

Gisele Shaw w/Jai Vidal vs Savannah Evans

Gisele faces off with Savannah and slaps her in the face a few times and refuses to back down. Savannah of course fires back, but when Gisele gets violent is when she’s at her best. After a big toss, Gisele powders, confers with Jai and the commercial kicks in. When we get back, Gisele has the advantage. But Savannah takes the short arm pull in, Side Slam for effect and distance.

Now they start trading strikes, that Savannah wins that war. A few short Lariats, Samoan Drop, and Gisele is reeling. Retreats to the corner, tries to stop Savannah with the Back Elbow, but eats a Spinebuster when she tries to continue. Fisherman’s Suplex Hold from Savannah for 2, Full Nelson Slam attempt, but Jai hits the apron and tries to seduce the referee as a distraction. Gisele hits the Denouement (Knee Strike) for the win.

The crowd is actively booing Gisele, but she powers through for her promo. It wasn’t great, but I’ll give her some credit for pushing through. 

Crazzy Steve w/ Black Taurus vs Sheldon Jean

Sheldon Jean continues the arrogance, though he’s a nobody enhancement talent. It would be nice if some of these enhancement talent wrestlers didn’t all have that same arrogant persona. We all know Steve is going to win, this is just a storytelling tool to probably add to the Trey Miguel stuff.

Steve is entertaining, but this match is more predictable than most things. He hits King Kill 33, but apparently it’s called Belladonna’s Kiss now. Trey jumps Taurus, tries to spray paint Steve, but Steve bites him and spray paints himself causing Trey to powder out of confusion/fear.

Bully comes out to complain as has been his thing the last few weeks. But thankfully Mickie returns the favor from last week and interrupts Bully. Verbal jabs, Bully Ray insults Mickie, Mickie slaps him, Bully slams her and calls in the Good Hands to get the tables. Tommy Dreamer makes a save with a kendo stick. Good Hands vs Mickie & Tommy next week. 

Oh good, this is exactly what I wanted from a few weeks ago! Kelly and Taylor will be a great team.

Johnny Swinger w/Zicky Dice vs Kenny King

Some goofy posturing and general Swinger antics. Eddy Gordo kick into Royal Flush, and Kenny gets the obvious win.

Bully has a segment in the back with Masha, and it seems like he’s a little smitten while he was trying to just manipulate her emotions to pick up the pieces after or during the tag match next week. 

Cardona and Myers try to make their own diss track song…and it was awful. It was supposed to be bad, and yes, it achieved that. It was like Miz and Morrison, without comedic talent.

The Design (Kon, Deaner, Angels & Callihan) vs Josh Alexander, Frankie Kazarian, Yuya Uemura & Rich Swann

Deaner barks at Callihan to start against Swann, then commands him to tag out, and a multi-man match is always a little bit of everyone gets moments. So its just odd that the heel team will be dictated by Deaner to a degree. Uemura comes in second and he reminds me so much of a young Tanahashi its crazy. Deaner calls for the tag and squares off against Josh now.

An attempted jumping in the corner, but Josh gets space and it turns into all 8 men in at once. Josh goes right after Kon and tries to assert his dominance on the “power” of The Design. After the commercial, Uemura gets rocked but Kaz saves him with a blind tag and hits some of his classic moves on Angels and Callihan. Swann comes in but Deaner and Kon manage to ground Swann and put the momentum back in the hands on The Design.

Some stupid spots take away a little from the match while Swann is getting worked over. Swann slaps his leg when he eats a Dropkick from Angels, then tries to Leapfrog Deaner and jump to his corner, Deaner grabs him away but it just looks silly and like it was never going to work to begin with. Its the optime of doing too much and hurting the match. Josh eventually gets a hot tag, tags a square off with Kon, throws him around and King Kong Knee drops Kon. Ankle Lock gives the near fall but Kon kicks off, Uemura tags himself in, Callihan gets the tag, is about to finish off Uemura; but Deaner stops the Thumbs Up – so Josh breaks up the offense and we get all 8 men pulls off high impact moves.

Cactus Driver attempt, Uemura hits the Enzuigiri to stun Callihan. Goes to the top, Deaner trips Uemura, Cactus Driver ’97 wins the match.

 

Overall Score: 5/10

This was a weird episode. The only match worth watching was the opening tag match, the rest were predictable, boring or just had dumb spots in them. Backstage segments however, those were pretty great. The problem though, is they built off of either inside jokes, old WCW knowledge or not shutting off cringe immediately.

So while I loved the Raven & Reese segment, Kelly & Taylor, and found some amusement in the Cardona stuff…its really subjective and not exactly friendly to an uninitiated viewer. We got an episode that catered to already existing fans, which isn’t how to grow a brand.

Even though I enjoyed things for the most part, this was a lame episode from the perspective of retaining new eyes.


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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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