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Mitchell’s WWE Raw Results & Report! (10/24/22)

Bianca VS Bayley, one more time!

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WWE Raw 2022

The Role Model VS The EST, again!

Determined to be Raw Women’s Champion, Bayley takes on Bianca Belair 1v1 one more time! Will the Role Model earn another title match with some help? Or will Bianca dispatch Damage Control once and for all?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Karl Anderson w/ The OC VS Finn Balor w/ The Judgement Day; Finn wins.
  • The Miz VS R-Truth; Truth wins.
  • Mustafa Ali VS Austin Theory; Theory wins.
  • 4v1 Handicap Match: Omos w/ MVP VS Saul, Tom, Adam & Denny; Omos wins.
  • Elias VS Chad Gable w/ Otis; Elias wins.
  • Baron Corbin w/ JBL VS Johnny Gargano; Corbin wins.
  • Bianca Belair VS Bayley w/ Damage Control; Bayley wins.

PLAY BY PLAY

The Judgement Day heads to the ring!

They get the mics and the fans boo. Rhea starts by saying, “Last week, AJ found out what Mami’s known all along. And it is the same thing that I have been trying to get through to you thick skulled dimwits. And that is that The Judgement Day, we run Monday Night Raw. Oh, and another thing that AJ found out for himself, is that Dominik Mysterio is all man.” Finn says, “In perhaps one of the greatest matches of all time, AJ Styles faced off against mah man, Dom! And the Phenomenal AJ Styles crumbled under the pressure against the legendary Dominik Mysterio!”

Priest says that brings us to his favorite time of the night: “When you all rise. I SAID RISE!!” Fans boo instead as Priest shouts, “RISE! RISE! ALL RISE!! You rise and show respect for the greatest luchador in the history of this business, Dominik Mysterio!” Dom says, “The Judgement Day aren’t-” The boos are too loud! Dom says the Judgement Day are the only ones who ever believed in him! “And last week, I proved all of my haters and all of my doubters wrong when I beat AJ Styles clean in the middle of this ring. How did I do it? Everyone is asking how. It’s because I’m built differently!” Rhea says, “Yeah you are.”

Dom thinks about it, and he says he is this generation’s Eddie Guerrero! No, no, wait, Eddie was his generation’s Dominik Mysterio! Last week, what Dom did to Styles was just a small taste of what the Judgement Day- Wait! Here comes the OC! And they’ve got mics to respond! “Dominik Mysterio! SHUT UP!” Fans cheer that! “This is Charlotte, North Carolina, and they know good wrestling when they see it. And you are not it. You wanna compare yourself to Eddie Guerrero? Your generation? You’re the generation of James Ellsworth!” Gallows adds, “Jimmy No Chin!” The OC storms the ring but Judgment Day stands its ground.

Styles tells Dom there will come a time when he can’t hide behind Judgment Day because the OC will pick them off one by one. Finn says Styles is one to talk about hiding. He’s hiding in the Club that Finn started! And while Finn’s being honest, ever since Finn left the Club, everyone to come after him has lived off his legacy! “Today, the Judgement Day are in town. Step up, and get put down.” Karl tells Finn that it is time for him to stop talking! And it is time to remind Charlotte, NC why Karl Anderson is the toughest man in the building! Clear the ring and do this match, right now! Finn is all for that, so here it goes!

Karl Anderson w/ The OC VS Finn Balor w/ The Judgement Day!

Once part of the same Club, now divided by darkness, the Machine Gun takes on The Prince! Will this Good Brother humble his former friend? Or will Finn remind Karl who put him on the map?

The bell rings, they tie up, and Finn headlocks. Karl powers out but Finn runs him over, then mocks the Too Sweet! Finn boops Karl but Karl UPPERCUTS! Karl fires off forearms, then whips Finn to ropes, and a CALF KICK! Finn bails out and Karl throws up real Too Sweets! The Machine Gun has control and Raw goes to break.

Raw returns and Finn RAMS into Karl in the corner! And again, and again! The ref counts, Finn lets off, and Finn stands Karl up to CHOP him! Karl staggers, Finn puts him in another corner and CHOPS him again! Finn follows Karl to a third corner, whips him corner to corner, but Karl comes back to dropkick the legs out! Fans rally while both men are down. Finn staggers up, Karl stalks him and KICKS the leg out! Finn falls, flounders up, but Karl KICKS the leg out again! Finn staggers around again, and Karl snarls as he KICKS again! Karl puts Finn in a corner and wraps the leg around ropes! The ref counts and Karl lets off at 4.

Karl has the fans fire up for the JUMP KICK to the leg! Finn falls to the apron, hobbles up, but Karl grabs the bad leg! Karl has the leg in the ropes for a DRAPING DRAGON SCREW! Finn flops in, Karl covers, TWO! Karl keeps on the bad leg with a toehold and Judgement Day is freaking out. Karl keeps on the leg but Finn tries to fight with forearms. Finn hooks Karl with a leg but Karl clasps hands to hold off the armbar. Finn kicks and stomps Karl’s face! Finn lets off and hobbles on his bad leg. Finn drags Karl up, snapmares and CLUBS Karl on the neck! And again! And again! Finn then clamps on with a chinlock.

Karl endures and the OC rallies the fans. Karl fights up, moves around, but Finn CLUBS him in the back, then hits a NECKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! Rhea argues the count but Finn still smirks. Finn CLUBS Karl and wraps on a chinlock again. Karl endures again but the fans rally back up. Karl fights up, throws body shots, but Finn knees low! Finn whips Karl to a corner, runs in, but into a BOOT! Fans fire up, Finn runs in again but into an UPPERCUT! Karl CLOBBERS Finn, clobbers him again, then whips. Finn KICKS Karl, but Karl ROCKS Finn! Finn returns, into a SPINEBUSTER! Cover, TWO! Finn survives and Judgement Day is relieved as Raw goes to break.

Raw returns again and Finn soaks up heat as he stands over Karl in a corner. Finn rains down fists, but Karl slips out to SUPERKICK a leg! Karl then gets Finn in position for a RUNNING POWERBOMB! Cover, TWO!! Finn survives and Karl can’t believe it! Judgement Day is relieved but The OC coach Karl to keep going. “This is Awesome!” as Karl runs in to UPPERCUT Finn! Fireman’s carry, but Finn fights to an ELBOW DROP DDT! Cover, TWO! Karl survives and the Judgement Day is furious! Finn KICKS Karl against ropes, stomps him around, then tells Styles this is for him! Springboard stomp! And another! And another!

Finn stomps away, the ref counts and Finn lets off at 4. Fans boo but Finn stalks Karl. Finn CHOPS Karl in a corner, whips him corner to corner, and he blocks the boot! Finn CHOPS, Karl UPPERCUTS! Karl goes up and blocks the gamangiri! Karl CLUBS away on the leg! Karl leaps, FLYING NECKBREAKER! Cover, TWO!! Everyone is shocked, both Judgement Day and OC! Finn gets to ropes, Karl CLUBS away on him! The ref counts, Karl lets off, and Karl whips. Finn ducks ‘n’ dodges, to SLINGBLADE! Finn staggers, Karl is in another corner, and Finn runs in! SHOTGUN sends Karl into the buckles!

Karl goes down, and Finn climbs up! Fans boo but Karl trips Finn up! Karl climbs up after Finn, brings him up to the very top, and he hits a SUPERPLEX! Both men are down, Karl crawls but Dom distracts the ref! Fans boo but Styles trips Dom up! Priest whips Styles into steel steps! And then over the announce desk! Gallows CLOBBERS Priest! Rhea POSTS Gallows! And scoops him!? To SLAM him on the floor! Rhea is fired up but Finn runs in at Karl. Karl dodges to JUMP KICK, then fireman’s carry! Dom gets in the ring! Rhea LOW BLOWS Karl!! Finn covers, Finn wins!

Winner: Finn Balor, by pinfall

The Judgement Day uses numbers as always, Rhea cannot be stopped without proper back-up for the OC! Will Rhea be a wild card again when this battle goes to Crown Jewel?

 

Johnny Gargano walks around backstage.

He looks at his whistle, but then The Miz finds him. Miz wants to know what Gargano thinks he knows. Gargano knows what’s going on here between Miz and Lumis. And that is…? Miz knows. NO, he doesn’t. Mike, c’mon. You know. No, he doesn’t. Because there is nothing to know. If there’s nothing to know, then why would Miz ask Gargano what he knows? Anyway, just quit lying and tell the truth! No, Gargano is lying! He’s just trolling! He’s trying to use Miz’s name to gain something, which he oddly admires. BUT, Miz is not Gargano’s little clickbait. Miz is going to go out there and tell the truth! Good! It’s what we want! They argue, Miz heads out, but just what is Miz going to confess?

 

Raw returns and The Miz is in the ring.

The Miz tells the cameras to ignore Dale Earnhardt Jr! Miz could beat him in a race in his Tesla! But back to Miz, Gargano has come forward and accused Miz of keeping a secret between Miz and He Who Shall Not Be Named. And yes, there is a secret! But first, let’s reveal some facts! Fact: a lunatic show sup to Raw uninvited and gets carried away by security. Fact: the very next week, he shows up again and kidnaps Miz, dragging him away from Tommaso Ciampa, who we haven’t seen in WEEKS! And then a few more weeks, Lumis repeatedly attacks and stalks Miz, and Miz finds himself waking up in peculiar situations that he doesn’t wanna talk about.

Those are all what we have witnessed, but what are we missing? Miz will fill in the blanks. The night Miz was about to win the United States Championship inside a Steel Cage, Lumis showed Miz why he was a target. Surely fans think it’s his good looks or his fame. No! That lunatic targeted Miz because of Miz’s mind. And not some kind of Hannibal Lecter, but his knowledge of in this ring and in this business. So when Miz chose to give a selfless act and share that expertise with an up-and-coming superstar, that maniac Lumis couldn’t stand Miz chose Ciampa over him. Lumis sat at home jobless, thinking Ciampa stole the career Lumis deserved, he plotted his revenge,

Miz didn’t want Ciampa to know that he is the reason this is all happening because Ciampa is Miz’s best friend. If you’ve seen Ciampa, let Miz know. But Gargano interrupts. “You’re so full of crap! We both know what really happened.” Miz defends that IS what happened. No, Miz is so full of himself, he doesn’t even realize his “friend” isn’t missing. Gargano texted Ciampa a minute ago. Ciampa is injured. Miz is just a liar. But if Miz wants Lumis and Gargano out of his life, then all Miz has to do is to tell the real truth. Or, Mike, you know what will happen. Gargano will blow his whistle. Fans want Gargano to do it!

Miz says no! When his hand goes up, you shut up! He’s been telling the truth! Over and over! Speaking of truth, here’s R-TRUTH! Miz and Gargano are both stunned to see Truth back. Truth goes all the way through his theme song before getting into the ring. Truth asks Charlotte, NC, “Make some noise! What’s up!?” Truth heard Miz wants to tell the truth, so here he is, dawg. Actually, yeah he is the REAL Truth. Has EVERYONE lost their mind? Did Truth eat too much “Crappy comfort food?!” Bro, Truth won’t stand here and have Miz talk crap on mac ‘n’ cheese. Right, maybe Miz is the idiot for thinking Carolina’s brains could handle this.

Truth stops Miz again. It’s one thing to drag Truth down here and not tell the secret. But bro, you can’t talk down about his hometown. Hey, Charlotte! How about Truth gives Miz a North Cackalack BUTT WHOOPING? Fans like that! Miz says no, they’re not fighting. What’s wrong? Afraid Truth is gonna beat the truth out of Miz? Gargano knows Lumis deflated Miz’s balls, but he didn’t know Miz didn’t have any left! OOOOOH~! Miz says fine! He wants a match! He wants Truth! You can’t handle the Truth! JINX! But will we all hear the truth of the matter after this?

The Miz VS R-Truth!

Raw returns and fans taunt Miz with “Tiny Balls!” Miz says no, they’re MASSIVE! But Miz and Truth circle, Truth gets fans to chant, “What’s Up!?” Miz attacks Truth from behind! Miz stomps away on Truth, lets off as the ref counts, and then he tears his shirt off. Miz storms around, but Truth ROCKS him! And atomic drops him! And then kicks and runs, but Miz avoids the scissor kick to BOOT Truth down! Fans boo but Miz scowls as he storms over to Truth at the ropes. Miz CHOKES Truth on the ropes, fishhooks him, then lets off to run and STRADDLE ATTACK! Truth falls over, Miz drags him back up.

Miz chinlocks but Truth endures. Fans rally, Truth fights up and he throws body shots. Miz shoves Truth to a corner but Truth BOOTS back! Truth dodges and flying shoulders! Truth shouts out his hero, John Cena! SPIN-OUT BOMB! Fans fire up as Truth hits the splits, then says, “YOU CAN’T SEE ME!” But Miz KICKS Truth! They both run, BUSAIKU KNEE! Miz shouts out his bitter rival, the American Dragon, and he powers up as fans boo. Miz shouts, “MASSIVE! BALLS!!” Miz stalks Truth but then he spots LUMIS! Miz shouts about the man in the hoodie, but Truth rolls Miz up! TRUTH WINS!

Winner: R-Truth, by pinfall

Miz’s paranoia gets him again! Because that was just GARGANO in a hoodie! Gargano gives a thumbs up and Miz frowns. Will Miz

 

Backstage interview with Candice LeRae.

Cathy Kelly says Candice has made quite the impact. Is this what she expected when she made her return to the WWE? Candice says she wasn’t sure what to expect. First she’s in NXT, then her and her husband, Gargano, are having a child, and then they’re both on Raw. Candice says if she knew anything, it’s that this would be a challenge. But she’s had great support from Alexa Bliss, Asuka and Bianca Belair. But then Damage Control barges in and Bayley says, “Boo~! Bianca Belair sucks!” Bayley dismisses Cathy and takes over. Relax, they just have some questions. First, uh, WHO CARES?

There’s no Asuka or Alexa, they’re on the shelf, just like Becky Lynch. You’re welcome. DMG CTRL does what they want. Did you see SmackDown where they took care of Raquel & Shotzi? Candice asks Bayley what the point is. What’re they trying to prove? That they’re in control of the division now? The only thing they’ve all proven is that Iyo is still untrustworthy, Dakota is still spiteful, and Bayley is still NOT Raw Women’s Champion! Bayley says, “YET.” And if Candice doesn’t think they’re in control, then look around. Bayley doesn’t see any friends to help Candice. Candice shoves the camera over and DMG CTRL beats Candice up! Is DMG CTRL going to take control by any means necessary?

 

Elias walks around backstage.

The Drifter comes across Matt Riddle hitting the bong…os again. Riddle says, “Eli-Eli-O! What’s up, bro?” Well, Elias wanted to clear the air, but Riddle says no need to fear the air, it is clear. Riddle’s been working on his rhymes to work with Elias’ sweet tunes! Elias appreciates that, that’s very nice, but he has to say. Elias is a serious artist, the people love to hear him perform. But he has a long history of being disrespected and interrupted. So much so, Elias took a vow that if it ever happened again, he’d do something about it. But Riddle and Zeke were close, so Elias lets last week slide. But if it ever happens again, Elias won’t be so nice

Oh, okay, bro. But Riddle’s been hitting the bongs all week. Check! Smack smack, smack-smack-smack! Smack smack, smack-smack-smack! Elias is getting annoyed, but it’s Chad Gable who shouts, “SHOOOOOSH! SHOOSH. Okay?” It’s not bad enough Elias is back playing rotten tunes, we’ve got this clown now? Are they a band now? Blink One Eighty SHOOOSH? HAH! That’s not even funny, bro. They don’t have a name for the band yet. Well last week was a keyboard, is this week a kazoo? But to be serious, Gable wants Elias to shave his beard and pretend to be that moron, Ezekiel again. They liked Zeke better.

Elias says first, he and Riddle aren’t a band. Aw… Second, don’t you ever talk bad about his brother! Elias told Riddle how he hates being interrupted, and yet Gable and his big buffoon walk right in. So how about this? Gable can meet Elias in the ring and find out why WWE stands for Walk With Elias! Gable accepts. But Otis eats pieces like you for breakfast! Heh, they eat crap for breakfast. But anyway, will Master Gable learn a thing or two from The Drifter?

 

Mustafa Ali VS Austin Theory!

The Beacon wants an opportunity, and he’s taking on the guy who was handed opportunities on silver platters! Will Ali finally humble the Youngest Mr. Money in the Bank Ever and jump to a title shot? Or will Theory be taking more victory selfies than ever before?

The bell rings and wait, here comes Seth Freakin’ Rollins! The Visionary, the NEW United States Champion, struts his way out in a neon suit to get Charlotte, NC to sing his song. And also, to get in Ali’s head. Will the hungry contender be able to focus with the champion just on the outside? Theory and Ali circle as Rollins joins commentary, and the two tie up. Theory shoves Ali down and Ali gets to a corner. Theory talks trash, Rollins introduces himself, and Ali gets up. Ali and Theory circle, tie up, and Ali gets around to a headlock. Theory powers out, headlocks in return, but Ali throws body shots.

Ali powers out, things speed up, but Theory runs Ali over! Fans boo as Theory talks more trash, but Ali keeps cool. Ali and Theory circle again, they tie up, but Theory kicks low! Theory ROCKS Ali with a haymaker, then he puts Ali on the ropes to CHOKE him! The ref reprimands and counts, Theory lets off, and Rollins talks Theory up. Theory bumps Ali off buckles, RAMS his shoulder in again and again, then throws haymakers. Fans still sing for Rollins, “OH~ OHH~ OHHHH~!” and Rollins smiles. Theory slaps Ali around but Ali throws body shots and forearms! Ali whips, Theory reverses then kitchen sink knees! Cover, TWO!

Theory looms over Ali, he drags Ali up, but Ali throws hands! Ali whips, Theory reverses and hip tosses but Ali lands on his feet! Theory knees low, whips, but Ali ducks ‘n’ dodges to RANA! Theory flounders and Ali kips up! Fans fire up, Ali runs in and forearm smashes! Ali puts Theory up top, ROCKS him, then climbs up. Rollins doesn’t like this, but Ali is at the top. Theory throws hands and shoves Ali, but Ali flips to land on his feet! Theory jumps, but into a DROPKICK! Theory bails out and Rollins says that’s a good move. Ali is frustrated, but he glares at Rollins. Rollins tells Ali this is a great match, he has a great dropkick. Theory trips Ali up!

Theory SMACKS Ali off the desk, puts him on the apron, and hits a DRAPING NECKBREAKER! Rollins is loving this as Theory is in control and Raw goes to break.

Raw returns and Ali throws body shots on Theory. Ali then throws forearms, but Theory throws Ali out! Rollins laughs as Theory goes out to smack Ali off the apron. Theory puts Ali in, he soaks up the heat, and he takes his time getting back in the ring. Theory gets his phone, says, “This what you want?” Theory takes a quick selfie, but Ali DROPKICKS him off the apron! Hopefully Theory got that on camera! Ali goes up top to SUPER CANNONBALL! Fans fire up and Rollins is worried! Ali puts Theory in, dodges a haymaker to fire off fast hands! Ali has Theory in a corner but Theory turns it around, only for Ali to CHOP!

Ali whips, Theory reverses, Ali stops himself and slips out to ROUNDHOUSE! Theory staggers, Ali slingshots and somersaults to NECKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! Rollins is relieved but standing up out of his seat. Rollins tells Theory to get it together, but Ali drags him up. Ali hooks a leg but Theory stomps a foot! Theory suplexes, Ali slips out but Theory elbows him away. Ali SUPERKICKS, then goes up to TORNADO DDT! Cover, TWO! Corey Graves tries to calm Rollins down but Ali goes to a corner! Theory is in a drop zone, Ali is going up top! 450- NO, Ali has to bail out as Theory moves! Ali elbows Theory, leaps up, but no tornado this time!

Theory suplexes for an AOI SHOUDO! Cover, TWO!! Ali survives and Rollins is stressed out! Rollins tells Theory to stop fooling around, no more selfies! “Put him down!” Theory says he’ll put Ali A-Town Down! Theory fireman’s carries but Ali fights! Ali gets the ropes, slips off, and then ducks to BACKSTABBER! Theory is in a drop zone and Ali goes up again! Rollins is panicking, he rushes off commentary! The ref stops Rollins, Theory trips Ali up! Theory fireman’s carries, for A-TOWN DOWN!! Cover, Theory wins!

Winner: Austin Theory, by pinfall

The Visionary saw Ali was going to win, so he stopped that himself! Theory and Rollins celebrate together, but while Mr. MITB heads out, Rollins looms over Ali. Rollins mockingly applauds Ali’s efforts, then drags him up to TOSS him out! Fans are torn between boos and “OH~ OHH~ OHHHH~!” Rollins says Ali doesn’t belong in the ring with him, then goes out to TOSS Ali into the timekeeper’s area! “Still think you belong in the ring with me, huh? C’mon, Ali, quit fooling yourself.” Ali drags himself up but Rollins grabs him to whip him into a wall! “You don’t belong in MY WWE!” Rollins wants people to take Ali away, then he storms off to fetch the title.

Rollins struts his way up the ramp, saying Ali doesn’t belong, but then Ali LEAPS in outta nowhere! Ali fires off fists, not out of the fight just yet! They brawl with haymakers but Rollins knees low! Rollins whips Ali but Ali reverse, and Rollins runs into the stage tron! Rollins runs away and Ali says he is the problem that’s not going anywhere! Will Ali not stop until he’s stopped the Visionary?

 

Gargano hurries backstage.

Miz finds him and Gargano says not now, he has to check on Candice. Miz says Gargano dressed up as HIM, he deceived Miz! Well Miz has been deceiving everyone! Miz storms off, and then Gargano turns around to see JBL and Corbin. JBL says, “Johnny Wrestling! Internet hero! Independent darling. I don’t know what it’s like to be in Single A Baseball for a decade, we didn’t have to do that. But you’re int he major leagues now. And when you walk by a legend and a hall of famer, you stop and you introduce yourself. Because if this were the Attitude Era, son, you’d be carrying my bags.”

Gargano laughs, but JBL asks if he thinks it’s funny to mess with Miz. Learn respect. Gargano says he was 8 years old in the Attitude Era, but JBL is right, he will give JBL respect. JBL is a legend and a hall of famer, so here’s their introduction. Nice to meet yo, too, MC Hammer Pants. But what’s his name now? He changes his name so many times now, it’s hard to know. Is it Happy? Constable? King? Boring? Or, sorry, Baron. JBL has Corbin stand down, and says they should do this where everyone can see. Then they’ll all see what Raw’s greatest acquisition in history is all about when the Modern Day Wrestling God takes on Johnny Wrestling.

Gargano says that’s fine by him. Nice hats, by the way. JBL & Corbin head out, but will Gargano prove Corbin is far from a wrestling god?

 

4 on 1 Handicap Match: Omos w/ MVP VS Saul, Tom, Adam & Denny!

It’s one thing for a 2v1, and another thing for a 3v1, but a FOUR ON ONE? Only someone like the Nigerian Giant could even stand a chance in such a situation! Will Omos have a feast of destruction here tonight?

But before things get started, MVP has a mic to say, “Last week on SmackDown, the Nigerian Giant and the Monster of All Monsters came face to face for the very first time. And the 6’8″, 340 pound so-called Monster of All Monsters, was unceremoniously tossed from the ring like a child. Now Braun Strowman is one of the biggest, strongest, meanest big men ever to grace the WWE ring. And if that could happen to Braun Strowman, then gentlemen, I have to ask you, what chance do you think you have here today?” MVP wants them all to step closer. He promises nothing will happen to them before the bell.

The four walk over, and MVP says Braun likes to say, “GET THESE HANDS~!” But have you ever seen hands as big as Omos’? Omos’ hand is as big as one guy’s head! Fists like Christmas hams! Beautiful. Gentlemen, MVP wants you all to know that he respects their ambition. And he applauds their courage. But before getting started, do they have good health insurance plans? Yes? Good. Braun, MVP hopes you’re watching. Because after Crown Jewel, there will only be ONE monster in the WWE, and that will be the Nigerian Giant, Omos! Referee, please ring this bell and let the carnage begin!

MVP steps out as the ref steps in, and the bell rings. The four men all flank Omos, but Omos grabs one to TOSS him! Omos runs another over, then the third! The fourth leaps but misses as Omos moves! Omos CHOKE SLAMS that man! ne jumps on Omos , the others attack, and they swarm him 3v1! But Omos EXPLODES out! Omos reels one in, BOOTS the other, and suplexes for a GOURD BUSTER! Another leaps, but into Omos’ arms! Omos scoops and LAWN DARTS him, before he BOOTS him! Omos then SPLASHES one in a corner, SPLASHES another, and MVP says let’s go home! Omos stomps one, then clamps onto the fourth! MOUNTAINTOP SLAM!

Omos drags all the men around and stacks them! Cover, Omos wins!

Winner: Omos, by pinfall

Four mere mortals still do not stack up to Omos! Will Braun stand a chance at Crown Jewel? Or is beating up four randos nothing compared to actually fighting a monster?

 

Elias VS Chad Gable w/ Otis!

The Drifter returns to action, and he won’t let this walk be interrupted like before. Will he be the one to silence Master Gable? Or will Gable win this one #ForTheAcademy?

The bell rings and the two circle. Gable fakes Elias out and then gets him for a gator roll! Gable floats around, rolls Elias, but Elias gets to ropes. The ref counts, Otis taunts that Elias can’t keep up, and Gable says, “A THANK YEW~!” Elias gets up and resets with Gable. They tie up, Elias wrenches and wristlocks. Gable rolls, bridges, handsprings, spins and breaks to “SHOOSH!” and headlock takeover! Elias headscissors, Gable kips free, but Elias headlocks for the takeover. Elias fights the headscissors off multiple times and grinds Gable down. Gable fights up, powers out, but Elias runs him over! Things keep moving, and Gable arm-drags, but Elias headlocks!

Gable fights up, powers out, things speed up again and Elias blocks hip toss to hip toss back! Elias scoops and SLAMS, but Gable kangaroo kicks! But Elias avoids Gable’s dropkick! Elias shooshes Gable! Elias then hooks Gable up, backslides, TWO! Elias rolls and drags Gable up to a suplex! Gable cradle counters, but Elias rolls through for a BIG suplex! Cover, TWO! Elias keeps cool and he eggs Gable on. Gable rams into Elias, whips him, but Elias ducks ‘n’ dodges, only for Gable to distract the ref and Otis dumps Elias! Otis says Elias has terrible balance while Raw goes to break.

Raw returns and Elias has Gable up top! Gable HEADBUTTS Elias away and he tumbles! Gable stands up to DIVING HEADBUTT! Cover, TWO!! Elias survives and Otis coaches Gable up. Fans rally, Gable drags Elias up and throws hands! Elias counter punches, and again, and again! Elias fires off fast hands and CHOPS, then rallies with big elbows! Elias reels Gable in, LEG CAPTURE EXPLODER! Elias runs in to SPLASH! Elias snapmares, fans fire up, “Who Wants to Walk with Elias?!” Fans fire up but Otis gets up. Elias swings and Otis gets away! Elias whips Gable, Gable reverses, but Elias goes up, only to get caught into an ANKLE LOCK!

Gable has the foot but Elias endures! Elias crawls, reaches out, fans rally and Elias rolls Gable into a cover! TWO!! Gable escapes, hurries to a corner, and dodges Elias! Gable hooks Elias for a crucifix into a DOMINATOR DDT!! Cover, TWO!! Elias survives and Gable can’t believe it! Gable tells fans to “SHOOSH~!” but the fans “SHOOSH!” back. Gable drags Elias into a drop zone, goes up top, and MOONSAULTS, into a KNEE!! Cover, TWO!?! Gable survives and Elias can’t believe it! Elias drags Gable up, reels him in but Gable waistlocks! Gable pushes Elias out of the ring, and Otis is there! Elias dodges and Otis POSTS himself!

Elisa hurries up and in but into a waistlock! He bucks the German Suplex to BOOT! Elisa suplexes Gable, ANARCHY! Cover, Elias wins!

Winner: Elias, by pinfall

But then Otis CLOBBERS Elias! The Academy won’t let Elias enjoy his first win back, but here comes RIDDLE! The Original Bro scooters like the wind and gets in the ring to KNEE Otis! And fireman’s carry Gable, BRO TO SLEEP! Otis runs in but Riddle tosses him out! And then PENALTY KICKS from the apron! FLOATING BRO ATTACK on the Academy! Riddle gets in to help Elias up! Elias appreciates the help, will he need Riddle to watch his back with Gable & Otis going after him?

 

The OC regroups backstage.

Styles is furious! Rhea gets involved in his match, she gets involved in Karl’s match, she is a problem! But Gallows says he has a “Rhealution.” They all know Gallows is the best with women! What? Rhea body slammed him! Body slams are his love language! Gallows heads out, but he is NOT good with women! What is he thinking?

Raw returns as Styles and Karl still worry. Gallows returns, and he’s sore again! Did Rhea get him again? They get him ice and now they agree, they have a problem. Styles says they will do something. But just what will that be?

 

Baron Corbin w/ JBL VS Johnny Gargano!

John Bradshaw Layfield heads out first to get on commentary, but will his presence help the “Modern Day Wrestling God” have continued success? Or will Johnny Wrestling school them both on what it takes to make it big?

Raw returns and JBL says he’d ask Charlotte, NC how they’re doing, but he doesn’t care. They are the problem! They have let these ambitionless, safe-space-seeking Millennials and Gen Z’ers create an atmosphere where mediocrity is the norm. This is why they like Johnny Gargano, and the NFL’s equivalent, Baker Mayfield. But Mayfield’s from Oklahoma, so what’d anyone expect? And he’s not even on the “stellar” 2-5 Carolina Panthers. Fans even took the GOAT of all GOATS, Michael Jordan, and made him into a loser! This is where dreams come to die. But now you’ll get to witness something, you’re welcome. You get to witness greatness!

A Golden Gloves boxing champion! A former NFL star! A former Mr. MITB and Andre the Giant Battle Royal Winner. Raw’s greatest addition! Get on your HOOVES and put your chubby hands together to welcome the Modern Day Wrestling God, MR. BARON CORBIN! Fans boo instead as Corbin makes his way out. Corbin shakes JBL’s hand while fans boo. But then fans cheer as Gargano makes his entrance! The bell rings and JBL returns to commentary. Fans rally for “Johnny Wrestling!” as Gargano ties up with Corbin. Corbin shoves Gargano back then mockingly applauds. Corbin run sin, Gargano dodges and fires off hands!

Gargano climbs up, he rains down fists, but Corbin carries Gargano! Gargano sunset flips, covers, TWO! Gargano ducks ‘n’ dodges and RANAS! Then he DROPKICKS Corbin out! Gargano builds speed to DIVE! Corbin hits railing and Gargano fires up with the fans! Gargano sees Corbin get in, he goes to the apron, and he shoulder sin. Gargano slingshots, into a HAYMAKER! Gargano flops to the floor and fans boo but Corbin shouts out JBL at commentary. Corbin goes out, drags Gargano up and carries him around to POST him! Gargano drops to his knees and Corbin swaggers around. Corbin drags Gargano up and puts him in the ring.

Corbin hears the fans taunt him and he just tells them to hush. Corbin gets in the ring, drags Gargano up and knees him low! Fans continue to taunt “BUM ASS CORBIN!” but he whips Gargano to a corner. Corbin SPLASHES Gargano down, then swaggers around. Corbin looms over Gargano, drags him up, taunts the fans more, “This is a hero to you?” Corbin DECKS Gargano! Corbin drags Gargano up and reels him in, but Gargano knees free! And ROLLING ELBOWS! But Corbin comes back to CLOBBER Gargano! Corbin runs in but is sent out! Corbin hurries back in but Gargano dropkicks him back out!

Gargano slingshots, he fakes Corbin out and SUPERKICKS! Then LEAPS, but into Corbin’s arms! Corbin SLAMS Gargano on the desk! JBL loves that and he high-fives Corbin as Raw goes to break.

Raw returns again and Corbin has Gargano in a corner. Corbin throws body shots, the ref counts, and Corbin TOSSES Gargano across the way! Fans boo as Corbin stalks Gargano. Corbin taunts the fans, but Gargano throws forearms! Gargano backs Corbin down but Corbin knees low then whips Gargano into a corner! Corbin torture racks Gargano for a NECKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! Corbin frowns as Gargano survives! Gargano goes to a corner and fans chant, “You Can’t Wrestle!” Corbin says he CAN, but he runs into a BOOT! Gargano ELBOWS Corbin away, then dodges to POST Corbin!

Fans rally up and Gargano fires off more forearms! Corbin shoves but Gargano CLOBBERS him! Gargano ENZIGURIS Corbin to a corner, then runs in to DOUBLE KNEE! And BULLDOG! Fans fire up, JBL says he has faith in Corbin, and Corbin puts Gargano on the apron. Corbin elbows Gargano, but runs into a SLINGSHOT SPEAR! Cover, TWO! Corbin survives, showing his toughness, too. JBL says he’s not worried, even as Gargano hobbles over to Corbin. Gargano wrenches but Corbin choke grips and shoves Gargano away. Gargano KNEES Corbin, goes up top, and leaps, into Corbin’s arms! FALL AWAY SLAM! JBL loves that!

Corbin taunts the fans as they boo more. Corbin drags Gargano up, reels him in, but Gargano slips around to crucifix takedown! TWO! BUZZSAW! Gargano fires off boxing elbows, CLUBS away, then runs, into a DEEP SIX! Cover, TWO!! Gargano survives, showing why he’s an NXT Triple Crown Winner! Corbin snarls, he stalks Gargano to a corner, and fans rally up for “Johnny Wrestling!” Corbin puts Gargano up top, ROCKS him, then talks trash on fans. Corbin climbs up, he grins at Gargano and throws more forearms. But Gargano throws forearms back! He HEADBUTTS Corbin away! Gargano adjusts, leaps, Corbin slides out then in!

Gargano SUPERKICKS!! Cover, TWO!! Corbin survives, reminding us why he has his accolades. Corbin flops out of the ring and Gargano builds speed! Gargano DIVES, but Corbin catches him to SMACK him off the desk! Corbin makes sure JBL’s hat stays safe as he clears off the desk! JBL likes where this is going, “Playtime is over! Good night, Johnny Wrestling.” But Gargano SUPERKICKS! Corbin runs in, but is sent into steel steps! Gargano climbs up onto the desk, fans fire up, and Gargano sees the hat. JBL sees Gargano see the hat, tells him not to think about it, but Gargano picks it up! Gargano puts it on! And does a dance!

Johnny Cowboy blows off the six shooters, then leaps to TORNADO DDT Corbin to the floor! Gargano has the hat, give sit back to JBL, NOT! Gargano wears the hat and he GAMANGIRIS Corbin! Corbin distracts the ref, JBL TRIPS Gargano! END OF DAYS!! Cover, Corbin wins!

Winner: Baron Corbin, by pinfall

JBL didn’t take kindly to Gargano touching his hat, and he makes sure Gargano pays for it! Will Corbin continue to rise to the top as WWE’s Modern Day Wrestling God with JBL watching his back?

 

Backstage interview with Bianca Belair.

Cathy asks the RawEST Women’s Champion that considering the “bad blood” Between her and DMG CTRL, what does tonight’s match mean? A win here means putting an end to all o fit. Superstars like Candice LeRae are catching strays and Bianca won’t stand for it if she’s the leader of the division. She is going outnumbered, but if she has to take out Kai & Sky, then that’s what she’ll do. Because now, this has become bigger than the title, bigger than ego. This is about payback. Bayley has taken out every single one of Bianca’s friends, so Bianca isn’t stopping until Bayley is left with absolutely nothing! Will this be the MeanEST we’ve seen Bianca be yet?

 

Gargano returns backstage.

Miz walks over and says he and Maryse got a Get Well card for Candice. Gargano says that’s actually rather nice. Miz says they’ve all had a really tough night. And Miz was thinking, they can just put the nonsense behind them. They can sit down, talk like reasonable men. Gargano says the only reasonable thing to do is tell the truth. And next week, if Miz doesn’t, Gargano will. But wow, Miz didn’t even sign the card. And Miz is rich, why not put money in it? Gargano heads off, but will Miz own up to this secret?

 

WWE looks at the coming Lesnar VS Lashley II.

The Beast, one of the most decorated men in fight sports and one of the most dangerous men in WWE history, and The All Mighty, another highly decorated and highly powerful wrestler. “What will happen as these two powerhouses head for a collision at Crown Jewel?” They’ve each cost the other a title in the past, but nothing has been settled between these two titans. On November 5th, “two of the WWE’s most dominant heavyweights, most decorated champions, will collide in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.” Will anyone or anything be left standing?

 

Bianca Belair VS Bayley w/ Damage Control!

The Six Woman Tag at Clash at the Castle was just the beginning, but the Extreme Rules Ladder match was far from the end! Will the RawEST Women’s Champion finally shut down Bayley? Or will the Role Model get one more win to earn one more chance?

Raw returns and Bianca makes her entrance. The bell rings, Bayley tells fans to shut up about The EST, then she circles with Bianca. They tie up, Bianca powers Bayley back but Bayley turns it around. Bianca turns it back around, the ref counts, and Bianca lets off. Bianca eggs Bayley on, they circle again and tie up again. Bayley manages to put Bianca in a corner with a pull of the hair, but she lets off as the ref counts. Bianca and Bayley reset again, they tie up, and Bianca waistlocks to SLAM Bayley down! Fans rally but Bayley fights up. Bayley pries at the hold, throws an elbow and she’s free! Bayley frowns as fans chant for Bianca.

Bayley wrenches an arm, CLUBS it, and talks some smack. Bayley KICKS the arm, clamps onto it again, but Bianca fight sup. Bayley taunts Bianca, and Bianca scoop SLAMS her! Bianca shakes out the beat up arm, but Bayley keeps her cool. The two reset and circle again. They tie up, Bayley headlocks but Bianca powers out to run Bayley over! Bianca runs, handsprings over Bayley, and tells her to kiss this! Things speed up again, Bianca leaps but Bayley catches her dropdown to a cover! TWO, and Bayley wrenches! Bianca goes up and over, handsprings more, but Bayley DECKS her! Cover, TWO!

Bayley is annoyed, she storms up on Bianca in a corner. Bayley CHOPS, then runs, but Bianca gest around to roll her up! TWO, and Bianca waistlocks again. O’Conner Roll, TWO! Bianca goes up, over, and then gets around to reel Bayley in! Suplex and roll through to another suplex, but Bayley fights it! Bayley wrenches, wrangles Bianca, and has a headlock! Bayley shifts to a bit of a Bully Choke, but Bianca fights up to scoop and BACKBREAKER! Bayley staggers and stumbles and fans fire up. Bianca goes to the ropes to PLANCHA! Direct hit and fans fire up as Raw goes to break!

Raw returns again and Bayley has Bianca down in another chinlock. Bianca endures and fans rally up but Bayley kicks a leg out. Bayley runs to BLINDSIDE LARIAT! Bayley then drags Bianca to the apron to suplex her to the floor! They almost hit the desk, but Bayley pushes Bianca around. Bayley puts Bianca in the ring, covers, TWO! Bianca is showing she’s still the toughEST, but Bayley has a mounted armlock now. Bianca endures, fights up, and fans rally again. Bianca rolls Bayley up, ONE! Bayley swings, into a counter punch! And another! And another! Bianca fires forearms but Bayley throws her by her hair!

Bianca goes to a corner, Bayley storms up as a fan shouts, “YOU SUCK, BAYLEY!” Bayley shouts back, “YOU SUCK!” and then she fires off on Bianca. Bayley says this is for that fan, and she climbs up to rain down fists! But Bianca slips out, YANKS Bayley into the buckles, and then brings her into a torture rack! But Bayley holds ropes! Bayley clings to that rope, gets down and HOTSHOTS Bianca! Cover, ONE!! The toughEST is still in a bad way as she clutches that bad arm. Bayley kicks Bianca around, but Bianca throws elbows. Bayley wraps the bad arm around ropes and YANKS it! Fans rally for the “E S T! E S T!” but Bayley drags Bianca.

Bayley wrenches but Bianca scoops! Bayley slips out to WRING Bianca out and stomp her down! Bayley runs, but Bianca avoids the elbow drop! And then another elbow drop! Bianca is in the corner, Bayley runs in but into an elbow! Bianca slips out and Bayley runs into buckles! Bianca shoulders in, slingshots up and over and Bayley tumbles out! Kai & Sky coach Bayley up and she flounders to the desk. Bayley hurries back in, but Bianca wrenches her into a suplex! Fans fire up as Bianca pounds the mat with her good arm. Bayley stirs, Bianca rises, and Bianca runs Bayley over! And over! And DROPKICKS!

Bianca kips up, fans fire up and she runs in at the corner! Bianca goes up to give Bayley those fists back! The fans count past ten to 13, but Bayley pulls the hair! Bayley has the braid but Bianca reels her in to scoop and SLAM, and then HANDSPRING MOONSAULT onto knees!! Bayley gets Bianca up, waistlocks but Bianca bucks free. Bayley catches Bianca but Bianca slips out to roll her up! TWO, and Bayley CLOBBERS Bianca! Bayley huffs and puffs and she drags Bianca to a drop zone. Bayley goes up, takes aim, MACHO ELBOW onto knees! Bianca hurries to HANDSPRING MOONSAULT! It hits, Bianca covers, TWO!!

Bayley is showing her own toughness as a WWE Grand Slam Champion and she bails out. Bianca pursues, runs in, but is put into the timekeeper’s area! Bayley YANKS Bianca back over by her braid, and has her again, DRAPING ARMBAR DDT to the floor!! Bianca writhes and fans boo as Raw goes to break.

Raw returns once again, and Bianca has Bayley up top. Fans fire up as Bianca climbs up, but Bayley fights the superplex. Bayley swings, Bianca flips back, and comes back to try again! Bayley throws body shots, slips down and YANKS Bianca into buckles! Bayley gets in, and she torture racks Bianca! Bayley steals- NO, Bianca slips out to STEAL BAYLEY2BELLY!! Cover, TWO!!! Bayley survives her own move, and Bianca is shocked! Bayley bails out again but Bianca reaches for her. Bianca grabs the braid again and drags Bayley out to RAM her into barriers! Kai & Sky applaud but fans boo as Bayley brings Bianca up.

Bayley whips but Bianca reverses, Bayley hits steel steps! Bianca drags Bayley up and puts her in, and then hurries after. Bianca talks smack on Bayley, drags her up but Bayley ROCKS her! Bianca ROCKS back! Bayley throws a forearm, Bianca gives it back, it’s a scrapper! Bianca runs, ducks ‘n’ dodges but Bayley follows, to run into a SPINEBUSTER! High stack, TWO!! Kai & Sky are stressing out as Bianca goes up top. Sky distracts and Bayley ROCKS Bianca! Bayley climbs up, brings Bianca up, SUPER BALEY2BELLY!! Cover, TWO!?! Bianca survives and DMG CTRL can’t believe it!

Fans are thunderous for the “EST! EST!” but Bayley drags her up first. Bayley throws Bianca out to the floor, then she tells the others to take the desk apart. Kai & Sky do as told, and then Bayley drags Bianca up. But Bianca ROCKS Bayley! Bianca ROCKS Kai, ROCKS Sky, blocks the wrecking ball dropkick, and she swings Bayley around! POWERBOMB on the desk! It doesn’t break, so Bianca drags Bayley up to POST BOMB her! And then Bianca brings Bayley back, to ALLEY-OOP to the apron! Bianca drags Bayley up and in, but Sky trips her up! Sky RAMS Bianca into the desk! Kai BOOTS Bianca down! The ref misses it all!!

Kai & Sky shove Bianca in but the ref reprimands them. The ref EJECTS Kai & Sky! Wait, who is up top!? She SUPER CROSSBODIES everyone!! EVEN the ref! But Bayley hooks Bianca up, only for Bianca to power out! Bianca slips around, wrenches and torture racks, KISS OF DEATH!! But no ref to count!! Bianca would’ve won twice over! But then this new person POSTS Bianca! It’s NIKKI CROSS!! She hits THE PURGE!! Cross just took out EVERYONE, but lets Bayley take the win! A new ref rushes out to count! Bayley wins!!

Winner: Bayley, by pinfall

But then Nikki CLOBBERS Bayley! Nikki is a superhero no more, she starts beating Bayley with that studded jacket! Fans boo as Nikki stands over champion and challenger, just what does this mean for the title scene?


My Thoughts:

A really good Raw, though Charlotte, NC could’ve gotten a bit more fired up for some stuff. I liked the opening with Judgement Day and The OC, and of course Rhea helps Finn win this. I also liked The OC acknowledging that they need a way to counter Rhea given the co-ed rules of WWE: men can’t hit women, but women can get away with hitting men. I don’t know if there’s any female superstar on Raw to recruit, but this would be a good opportunity for say Tamina or Dana Brooke. Now, given those choices, Rhea would win whatever 1v1 is set up there, but it’d keep her busy from interfering with the guys feuding.

We got really good stuff out of this big story of Miz and Lumis, especially with adding Gargano since he talks and Lumis doesn’t. Also, I love that Truth came out because of a classic misunderstanding. I also like that they touched on Ciampa disappearing through Gargano texting him as an actual friend of his. Miz might be compelled to tell the truth if he loses a match to Gargano or Lumis, I’m just not sure what that secret could be. Gargano had a good interaction with JBL and Corbin, and Gargano had a great match with Corbin, but of course JBL interferes so Corbin can win. And at least Corbin’s ring gear looked better this time.

Ali VS Theory was a bit out of nowhere, but they gave us a great match and it was great to have Rollins be part of it. Theory wins thanks to Ali but then Ali gets the better of Rollins in the brawl. Maybe Theory gets back in the US Championship story for this stretch while the Universal Championship is busy with Logan Paul. Theory being involved could even be a way to keep Ali from beating Rollins to protect both of them until Survivor Series or beyond. And of course Omos mauls four jobbers. Braun should probably do more than beat up more jobbers. If Braun were to beat two or more established guys, then I’d accept that because he’s beating more talented wrestlers than the randos being fed to Omos.

Great backstage promo from Elias, Riddle and the Alpha Academy. Elias looked so ready to bop Riddle and that was a nice tease of there still being some Heel inside Elias. Elias VS Gable was a great match, and one of the main things I point to in thinking Charlotte NC was dead. That was a creative and awesome finish for Elias to win with. And Riddle making the save of course sets up Riddle & Elias VS Alpha Academy, and then maybe Elias snaps and beats up Riddle. And we got a good vignette from Lesnar and Lashley to hype up their rematch. Omos VS Braun has the potential to break a lot of stuff ringside, Lesnar VS Lashley should just break everything those two don’t. I don’t know who wins, but this one will be a lot of fun either way.

And we got some solid stuff out of the Raw Women’s Division. DMG CTRL busting up Candice’s interview and then kayfabe injuring her is pretty par for the course, setting up Candice, Alexa & Asuka all to come back together as a unit to beat up on all three of them. Bayley VS Bianca was also a great match, and also why I thought that crowd was dead. That match was just below Extreme Rules’ match, and I liked the surprise twist that Nikki is no longer A.S.H. but just herself, Nikki Cross. I almost thought “Doudrop” Piper Niven was going to join in but Nikki looked great just taking out everyone. Also a bit of a surprise Nikki let the match resolve, but I still sense she’ll want in on the title match.

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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