Things get spooky before Crown Jewel!
With Crown Jewel just days away, Raw has The Beast, The Tribal Chief, and a Trick or Street Fight between a Bro and a Tree Trunk! This could be the scariEST Raw yet!
- Bianca Belair VS Nikki Cross; Bianca wins.
- Seth Rollins VS Austin Theory; Rollins wins.
- Damian Priest w/ The Judgement Day VS Karl Anderson w/ The OC; Anderson wins.
- Trick or Street Fight: Matt Riddle VS Otis w/ Chad Gable; Riddle wins.
- The Miz VS Mustafa Ali; Ali wins.
- WWE Women’s Tag Team Championships: Damage Control VS Asuka & Alexa Bliss; Asuka & Alexa win and become the new WWE Women’s Tag Team Champions.
PLAY BY PLAY
Bianca Belair VS Nikki Cross!
Dallas fires up for the RawEST Women’s Champion, and she’s ready for some payback! The Almost SuperHero stopped being a hero and she ran wild on everyone last week, will Nikki be stopped before she gets started? Or will Nikki be a speedbump ahead of Bianca’s Last Woman Standing Match?
The bell rings and Bianca is wary of Nikki. Nikki rushes in, Bianca sends her to a corner and RAMS into her! And again! And again! Nikki hammers Bianca but Bianca lifts her up! Nikki sunset flips but Bianca stays up to drag Nikki up, but Nikki gets around to shove. Bianca runs Nikki over! Bianca says, “You think you crazy?” Things speed up. Bianca handsprings and says kiss this. Fans rally but Nikki shouts at Bianca, “LET’S GO!” Things speed up, Bianca hurdles but Nikki CROSSBODIES! Nikki rains down fists and fans boo, but Bianca gets to a corner. Nikki stomps away on Bianca, lets off as the ref counts, then stands Bianca up.
Nikki RAMS into Bianca at the ropes, then stalks her as she staggers away. Nikki storms up, bumps Bianca off buckles, and again, but then Bianca blocks. Bianca elbows Nikki away and runs her over! And dropkicks her down! Fans fire up as Bianca kips up! Bianca runs in but Nikki BOOTS back! Nikki goes up and leaps, but Bianca catches her! Bianca hits a FALL AWAY SLAM! Bianca dares Nikki to bring it but Nikki bails out. Bianca pursues but Nikki trips her! Bianca gets hung up a second, and then Nikki SLAMS that leg on the apron! And again! Bianca kicks but Nikki CLUBS the bad leg, before she traps Bianca in the apron skirt!
Nikki HAMMERS away, the ref counts, but Nikki lets off just a moment before throwing more forearms! Nikki is fired up but Dallas boos as Raw goes to break.
Raw returns and Bianca snapmares Nikki then gets to a corner. Nikki runs in but Bianca puts her on the apron. Nikki ducks the haymaker to HOTSHOT! Then Nikki speeds things up, only to run into a BACKBREAKER! Bianca scoops and SLAMS Nikki, then scoop SLAMS her again! And again! Fans fire up as Bianca suplexes and holds Nikki up! Bianca holds then SLAMS then kips up! The bad knee bothers her but she still HANDSPRING MOONSAULTS onto knees! Nikki turns things around, gets to a corner, but Bianca storms over. Nikki YANKS Bianca into buckles! Fans rally but Nikki hops on with a SLEEPER!
Bianca staggers around with Nikki as a backpack, and they tumble out to the floor! Nikki hurries after Bianca to jump on again! SLEEPER, but Bianca fights to BACKPACK SENTON! But then here come Damage Control’s Iyo Sky & Dakota Kai! The fans boo and the ref tells them to leave since they have nothing to do with this match! But in this distraction, Bayley POSTS Bianca! Nikki CLOBBERS Bayley! Nikki gets in the ring and she DECKS Sky! Kai hurries over to that side but Nikki THRWOS Sky into barriers! Nikki CROSSBODIES Kai! Fans fire up with Nikki now and she gets back in the ring.
Nikki drags Bianca up but Bianca slips around to torture rack! KISS OF DEATH! Cover, Bianca wins!
Winner: Bianca Belair, by pinfall
DMG CTRL tried to do damage to the EST, but she ends up winning! Bayley gets in the ring to fire forearms on Bianca, and then Kai & Sky get in the ring with her. They all stomp Bianca, but ASUKA is back!! AND ALEXA BLISS!! They get in the ring, GERMAN SUPLEX for Kai, DDT for Sky! Bianca fires off on Bayley and then dropkicks her away! Bianca manages another kip up, and Asuka HIP ATTACKS Bayley from the apron! Alexa goes outside to CANNONBALL all of DMG CTRL down! Fans fire up as the Empress and the Five Foot Fury help the EST stand tall! But will Bianca be the Last Woman Standing at Crown Jewel?
Bianca regroups with Alexa and Asuka backstage.
She’s glad to have them back, and then Cathy Kelly walks over to say that both Asuka and Alexa battled back from injuries, but is Bianca finished with Nikki Cross headed into Crown Jewel? Bianca says things are settled for now, but she and Bayley are far from over. Last Woman Standing at Crown Jewel, Bayley talks about pinning Bianca. But come that match, only one of them is walking out. But just because one of them is walking out doesn’t mean Bianca’s going in there alone. Alexa says they’ve been on Bianca’s side since this started, and they’ll be there Saturday. Alexa and Asuka remember the injuries, and they’re not waiting. They’re settling this tonight!
Alexa also knows DMG CTRL is listening, so Iyo, Dakota, they want a Women’s Tag Team Championship match TONIGHT! Asuka says DMG CTRL is NOT ready for Alexa & Asuka!! Will there be new champions here in Dallas?
Raw holds a dual interview with Bobby Lashley and Brock Lesnar.
At least, that’s what’s supposed to happen. The Beast is still not in his seat. Corey Graves starts with Lashley for his thoughts on the rematch with Lesnar at Crown Jewel. Lashley says he’s not surprised by this. Lesnar’s been ducking him for 20 years now. If they fought 20 years ago, he would’ve exposed Lesnar like he did at the previous Royal Rumble when Lashley beat Lesnar. Or like two weeks ago when Lesnar came at Lashley but got Speared and put through the announce table. At Crown Jewel, it’ll be no different. Lashley will expose Lesnar for who he really is: a Bobby Lashley wannabe.
But wait! Lesnar is going to the ring!! The Beast is all smiles as he waves his cowboy hat to Dallas. Lashley is even less amused than he was a minute ago seeing this. Lesnar gets a mic as Dallas cheers him on, and Lesnar says, “Good evening, Texas! Now Brock Lesnar didn’t come to Texas to have a sit-down interview with Bobby Lashley. When Brock Lesnar visits these good folks in Texas, he wants to do what these folks of Texas would normally do, and that’s to fight! Bobby, you obviously didn’t get the memo. And even if you did, I know you can’t read it. So Bobby, get your ass out here for an ass beating!”
Lashley takes off the lapel mic, rushes off his set, and makes his own way to the stage! Fans fire up as The All Mighty throws off his jacket, and then Lesnar meets him at the ramp! Lesnar TACKLES Lashley, refs rush out as they brawl into the barriers, and now even security, management, and other superstars rush out to stop this! There is already about 30 people trying to stop this, and even TRIPLE H is shouting to keep the peace! HHH warns Lesnar but Lesnar doesn’t even listen! He gets loose and finds Lashley! They just manage to throw hands but then they get pulled apart again! HHH tells everyone else to throw these guys out. If they touch again, their match is OFF!
Fans want to “Let Them Fight!” but we know this has to wait until Saturday! Will anything be left standing when the All Mighty and the Beast Incarnate collide at Crown Jewel?
Seth Rollins VS Austin Theory!
Once upon a time, they were the Messiah of Raw and his disciple, but now they’re nothing more than opponents. The Visionary thinks he’s untouchable, but will the Youngest Mr. Money in the Bank prove he can do it even better than “The King of Cash-Ins?”
The bell rings and Rollins talks old times with Theory. Is Theory sure about this match-up? Theory says yes, but fans sing, “OH~ OHH~ OHHHH~!” Rollins and Theory approach, but then Rollins avoids Theory to hear the fans cheer. Rollins makes sure Theory hears Dallas loud and clear. Fans chant for “SETH! SETH! SETH!” and he ties up with Theory. Theory pulls hair, puts Rollins in the corner, but lets off at the ref’s count. Rollins avoids the chop and CHOPS Theory! Theory snarls but Rollins conducts the fans. Theory mocks it, but Rollins blocks his kick! Rollins taunts Theory, spins to sweep the leg and cover, ONE!
Rollins headlocks and laughs but Theory fights up and out. Theory hurdles, but Rollins turns his back drop into underhooks! Theory escapes the Pedigree and the ring and fans boo, but Rollins goes out after Theory. They go around, Rollins avoids the elbow drop and fans laugh at Theory. Theory is upset, he chases Rollins now, and then Theory avoids the elbow drop, except Rollins never dropped one! Rollins WRECKS Theory with a dropkick! Fans cheer as Theory staggers and flops! Rollins goes out to CHOP Theory against the barriers! And then Rollins brings Theory around to hang him out to dry! The front row cheers as Rollins goes to the desk!
Rollins hops up, leaps, FLYING KNEE! Down goes Theory and Dallas high-fives Rollins. Rollins drags Theory up, puts him in the ring, and then shoulders in. Rollins jumps but Theory trips him up! Rollins tumbles to the floor, Theory goes out after him, FLAPJACK to the desk! Fans chant “Theory Sucks!” but he RAMS Rollins into steel steps! Rollins writhe and Theory shouts, “I’m on top! ALL DAY!” as Raw goes to break.
Raw returns and Rollins throws body shots and a CHOP! And another CHOP! Rollins whips, Theory reverses and clotheslines in a corner! Theory then scoops to FALL AWAY SLAM! Cover, TWO! Fans rally up but Theory smirks. Theory talks trash on Rollins, “I’M the future now!” Theory throws a haymaker but Rollins snarls as he gets up. Theory throws another and now Rollins is seething! Rollins counter punches, and again! Theory throws haymakers, Rollins CHOPS! Theory CHOPS, Rollins ROCKS! Theory, Rollins, and then Rollins gets the edge! Fans fire up with the flurry, and Rollins SOBATS to KICK and run! Into an ELBOW!
Theory runs, but Rollins kitchen sink knees! Rollins fakes Theory out and clotheslines Theory out of the ring! Fans fire up and sing again, “OH~ OHH~ OHHHH~!” Rollins DIVES and takes out Theory! Rollins hurries back in, he builds speed again, and he DIVES! Another direct hit at the ramp! Fans continue to sing and Rollins is feeling it! Rollins builds speed again but he has to doge Theory! Theory elbows Rollins, fisherman’s a leg, but Rollins turns things around to FALCON ARROW! Cover, TWO! Fans fire up while both men are down, and Rollins sits up first. “This is Awesome!” “OH~ OHH~ OHHH~!” Rollins runs in but Theory avoids the stomp!
Theory is in a corner, he puts Rollins on the corner but Rollins HEADBUTTS back! And FLYING KNEES! And SUPERKICKS! Cover, TWO!! Theory is still in this but Rollins grins. Rollins says Theory can give up, it’s okay. Theory slowly rises, Rollins kicks him, reels him in and underhooks the arms! But Theory back drops! Rollins sunset flips but Theory sits on it! TWO and Rollins sunsets! TWO, Theory pushes to stack, TWO! Rollins has the sunset again, TWO! Theory has a cradle! TWO and Rollins has a ghost pin! TWO, ROLLING ELBOW from Theory! Into AOI SHODOU! Cover, TWO!! Rollins survives and fans are thunderous!
Theory is frustrated, he stands up and he watches Rollins stand. Theory fireman’s carries but Rollins slips free. Shove, but Theory blocks the superkick! But the DRAGON WHIP comes around! But Theory comes back, SOMERSAULT BLOCKBUSTER! Cover, TWO!! Theory is furious but Dallas is loving this! Fans rally behind Rollins but Theory says it’s time to go down! Theory fireman’s carries, but Rollins fights with elbows! Theory drops to a knee, but he lifts Rollins again! Rollins throws even more elbows and Theory falls! Rollins runs, but Theory fireman’s carries! Rollins slips off to ROLLING ELBOW! Then turn, DREAM-
NO, Theory ducks the elbow to SUPERKICK! And he CLOBBERS Rollins with a forearm! Both men are down and fans fire up again! Theory snarls and gets himself to the ropes. Fans rally as he goes over to Rollins and says, “King of the Cash-In? I’M the King! You wanna see why? I’m about to show you!” Theory reels Rollins in and underhooks the arms! Fans boo, but Rollins FLAPJACKS the Pedigree, into the CURB STOMP!! Cover, Rollins wins!
Winner: Seth Rollins, by pinfall
Gold belt, gold tights, and even gold in his hair, the Visionary shines through! But will someone come for that US Championship soon enough?
Roman Reigns arrives!
He and Paul Heyman pull in backstage, and they alone head to gorilla. No Bloodline with him, will the Tribal Chief take care of business all by himself?
BREAKING NEWS for Crown Jewel!
Bray Wyatt is back and he’s making the trip! But what will happen when this new form of Bray takes Crown Jewel down the rabbit hole?
Roman Reigns heads to the ring!
Dallas is already raising the fingers as The Tribal Chief raises the titles for the pyro. Roman then continues to the ring, and he raises the belts again for more pyro. Fans chant, “UCEY! UCEY!” in reference to everything that happened on Friday. Roman smiles, and then Heyman hands over the mic for Roman to say, “Dallas, Texas! ACKNOWLEDGE ME!” Fans cheer and put up the ones again. And then “UCEY! UCEY!” returns. Roman says,
“Don’t worry, I got Sami and Jey out there in the world, working on becoming a little more Ucey. So by the time we’re done in Saudi Arabia, you should be seeing a new man. An Ucey Right Hand Man, Jey Uso.”
Roman says enough about that, though. Let’s be real right quick. “For over two years now, I’ve been hyping opponents. And the only thing that happens is we get to the match and they get smashed! And I don’t want y’all to think I’m dishonest. I’m not up here lying to you, no. So, I had to think about this, and… Let’s be honest: I’m the greatest of all time.” Fans cheer that, and Roman says he’s going up against a guy who has had two matches! “So there’s no way that I’m gonna sit up here and I’m gonna hype up a match with an outsider like Logan Paul.” The Tribal Chief will not do that. But the Wise Man will!
Heyman gets the mic back and he feels the pressure. “Ladies and gentlemen, my name is Paul Heyman. And as the Special Counsel and the Wise Man to the Tribal Chief, the GOAT, the Greatest of All Time, the Undisputed WWE Universal Heavyweight Champion, Roman… Reigns…! Well, it’s incumbent upon me to at least mention the fact that Logan Paul has these steel screws inserted into the hand that he is determined to throw that ‘one lucky punch’ with. And that Logan Paul has been training with HBK, Shawn Michaels. And yet, with all this on Logan Paul’s side, this Saturday at Crown Jewel, he’s gonna get SMASHED by the Tribal Chief, Roman Reigns!
“Because if there’s one thing in this world on the Island of Relevancy that Roman Reigns cannot tolerate, is an outsider. So, this Saturday-” The Miz is showing up? The Hollywood A-Lister struts his way to the ring with a smirk on his face and both Roman and Heyman are confused. Miz has a mic to say, “First and foremost, my Tribal Chief, I acknowledge you.,” A good start. Miz says he’s not here to antagonize but to help. No one knows Logan Paul better than Miz. Miz brought Logan Paul into the EWWE, trained him, taught him everything he knows in the ring, but there is one thing he couldn’t teach. That right hand is real.
Those steel pins in his hand give Logan Paul real knockout power. If you don’t believe Miz, ask Jey! Jey got knocked out! Miz is just sorry that he couldn’t show up quicker. Being a celebrity superstar philanthropist, he has been having to deal with a deranged stalker. But Roman, maybe they can help each other. Miz knows Logan Paul’s strengths and weaknesses. So maybe Roman helps with He Who Shall Not Be Named before Miz’s match with Mustafa Ali and Miz will help Roman neutralize Logan Paul. Roman takes the mic from Heyman back, and Roman says, “You’re just trying to cut a deal? Like, I scratch your back, you scratch mine?”
That’s not so bad. Roman is up for that. But before getting to the deal, Roman wants to ask Miz a question. Absolutely, Tribal Chief! This is your ring. Heyman says it is! Roman’s starting to like Miz. But then, why does everyone keep talking about Logan Paul knocking Roman out? SUPERMAN PUNCH for Miz! “When they should be talking about me knocking Logan Paul out? And then you’re not going to have any other choice but to ACKNOWLEDGE ME!” The Tribal Chief proves his fist is just as dangerous without steel pins. Will Roman prove this is HIS WWE? Or will Logan Paul just need luck on his side?
Miz is backstage in the trainer’s room.
He has an icepack on his jaw, and Cathy Kelly walks in to ask him about it. Miz says not now, he’ sin a lot of pain. But she just wanted to be sure that he knew Johnny Gargano sat down with Byron Saxton for an exclusive tell-all for later tonight. Miz says he honestly hasn’t thought about it, because he’s more concerned about getting his match with Ali cancelled for tonight. Also, all Gargano has is gotcha journalism, and Cathy should know that a story should never air or be publicized until it is verified by multiple and legitimate sources. Gargano’s source doesn’t even speak!
If the WWE airs this slanderous puff piece, then Miz will have no choice but to file a defamation suit that’ll make Johnny Depp and Amber Heard wince. But Ali walks in and says that is unfortunate. Ali was really looking forward to competing tonight. Everything is bigger in Texas! Well, almost everything. Don’t you dare. What? Don’t you dare…! What? OH! No, he wasn’t gonna say Miz has tiny balls! Miz vows to beat Ali, even with a broken jaw! Ali looks forward to it. Will this prove to Miz he needs to learn to keep his mouth shut?
Damian Priest w/ The Judgement Day VS Karl Anderson w/ The OC!
The Punisher takes his turn tonight, and of course the rest of his “family” are ringside. But will all the Machine Gun need to win is his Good Brothers watching his back?
The bell rings, Priest rushes in but Karl dodges to ROCK and UPPERCUT! But Priest TOSSES Karl to a corner! Karl dodges to CHOP, ROCK and ROCK Priest again. Karl whips, Priest reverses and ELBOWS Karl down! The Judgement Day cheers and Priest stands Karl up to ROCK him with a right. Priest whips, Karl KICKS back, then Karl runs in to clothesline Priest out of the ring! Priest lands on his feet, he drags Karl out, but Karl POSTS Priest! Karl claps at Judgement Day and he tells Dominik to watch himself. Dom says he wouldn’t, but then creeps up! Karl DECKS Dom, but Priest BOOTS Karl down! Fans boo and Priest dares Styles to do something while Raw goes to break.
Raw returns and Priest has Karl with a motorcycle stretch. Karl fights up, throws hands, but Priest knees low. Karl throws more forearms, but Priest BELL CLAPS! And ROLLING ELBOWS! Karl staggers to a corner, Priest runs in to jumping back elbow! Priest then hits the BROKEN ARROW! Cover, TWO! Rhea argues the count but Priest taunts Karl that he wants more pain. Priest KICKS Karl, drags him up, and says, “This is where you’re gonna learn.” But Karl hits a JAWBREAKER! Priest staggers, runs in but gets a BOOT! Karl dodges the elbow to JUMP KICK! Priest staggers, Karl CHOPS! And ROCKS! And UPPERCUTS!
Priest choke grips but Karl slips free! Mule kick! Karl dodges the boot to run and run Priest over! Karl runs to SENTON! Fans fire up with Karl and he whips. Priest reveres but Karl ducks and hits a SPINEBUSTER! Cover, TWO! Judgement Day coaches Priest but Karl goes up the corner! Fans fire up but Rhea distracts from the apron. The ref reprimands, Karl leaps, but into Priest’s arms! COMPLETE SHOT! Priest grins and the Judgement Day fires up while fans boo. Priest roars, drags Karl up, but Karl slips through to backslide! KARL WINS!
Winner: Karl Anderson
But the Judgement Day attack! The OC get in the ring, it is a wild brawl! Finn sends Karl out but Styles and Gallows have Dom and Priest! Finn stomps Karl, Dom wants mercy from Big LG, but Rhea LOW BLOWS him! Fans boo as the Eradicator defends Dom. But then Rhea dares Karl and Styles to fight her! She doesn’t give a damn! But then Priest and Finn attack Karl and Styles! Rhea smirks as she continues to be an indefensible X-factor. She feeds Styles to Priest for the RAZOR’S EDGE! Finn goes up and he aims at Karl as Dom stretches Karl out! COUP DE GRACE!! The Judgement Day then set Styles up for Dom as he climbs up!
Fans boo but Dom gives us some Latino Heat! FROG SPLASH!! The OC is down, but will they find a way to get back up at Crown Jewel?
“Braun Strowman, Friday night on SmackDown, you said that there is no giant in the world big enough for the Monster of All Monsters. And I thought when you said that, that perhaps when the Nigerian Giant tossed you out of the ring, perhaps you landed on your head. I’m gonna shoot straight with you: you can flip over all the trucks and snatch off all the car doors that you want, but you will never, ever, measure up to the 7’3″, 403 lbs. Nigerian Giant, Omos. You need to get that through your Neanderthal like skull. Because once and for all, you will find out Saturday at Crown Jewel.
“Or, perhaps, you’ll find out a little sooner. Because I’m coming to SmackDown on Friday, and I’ve arranged a little surprise for you.” Maxwell Vontavius Porter chuckles, will that surprise be anything but little?
JBL heads to the ring!
John Bradshaw Layfield is in Dallas and Dallas is happy to see him! But will JBL be in better spirits being in Texas? We’ll find out, after the break.
Raw returns and JBL says it is so good to be home in the Lonestar State of God Bless Texas! December 29th, 1845, “the rest of the colonies were allowed by Texas to join us, and the United States was formed with Texas at the center. You are welcome, America. And since before that time, Texas has always been defined by its legends. The whole state chanting for the Tyler Rose, yelling, ‘Run, Earl, Run!’ To the boy from Alvin, Texas throwing 100 mile per hour heat, telling Ron Ventura, ‘You’re welcome to come out here to join me.'” Stalback to Aikman to HOW ‘BOUT THEM COWBOYS?! The Von Ericks to STONE COLD STEVE AUSTIN!
“The greatness of Texas has been immeasurable, until you Snowflakes came along and ruined it. You Gen Z’ers, Millennials, and all you people who have enabled them have turned Texas into an embarrassment. I mean, today’s your day, right? Halloween? Where you teach your young children to go door to door begging for food. That is exactly what this young, entitled, lazy, safe-space-seeking generation does NOT need. So from a Texas legend, I wanna tell you that not one of you, not a single one, should be allowed to call yourselves a Texan. You disgust me.” Fans boo JBL, but JBL says he’ll still introduce greatness to this state!
JBL says this is the man who will save this business! So get up on your snowflake feet and clap your chubby hands to welcome the MODERN DAY WRESTLING GOD, BARON! CORBIN!! Corbin makes his way out, in the craziest looking tracksuit, and he leaves fans hanging on the high-fives. Are those tigers and flowers on that outfit? Corbin has the mic to say, “Ladies and gentlemen, you are welcome. Look, I know it made every single one of your nights to be in the presence of a Modern Day Wrestling God. You sit out there and you look up at me and go, ‘Man, that guy’s got it all.’ Let me tell you, you are right, I have it all. And all of you have very, very little.”
Corbin is here to say thanks from the bottom of his heart that the fans scraped together their last few dollars to get a ticket to see Corbin in the flesh tonight. JBL applauds but fans boo. Corbin knows it wasn’t easy. They probably had to put in an extra few hours at the factory, or whatever farm they work at, but that just shows Corbin how much they truly, truly love him. Fans boo even more, but Corbin says that’s just to look cool. He knows it’s hard to admit, but they all know the truth. And the truth is- R-TRUTH! Fans fire up as Truth gallops to the ring as a cowboy! Truth joins JBL and Corbin and he pets his little pony.
JBL says, “Hey! Buffoon! What’re you doing? You look ridiculous.” Truth says he just wanted to come out here to wish Dallas a Happy Halloween! But he especially wants to come out here and tell JBL & Corbin that he really, really, really really really really… likes their costumes. JBL says they’re not in costumes, “you idiot.” Oh, those are definitely costumes. JBL is like a mean, hostile, steaming mad, angry angry angry, outta touch old man. And Corbin, well, he’s just the world’s biggest- Corbin swings on Truth! Truth dodges and throws haymakers back! Corbin shoves Truth but gets a CALF KICK for it! And a low kick! But then JBL SMACKS Truth!
JBL and Truth argue and Corbin BLINDSIDES Truth! END OF DAYS! Fans boo but JBL shouts, “Good night!” JBL and Corbin laugh at Truth, but will someone come along and humble these so-called wrestling gods?
Damage Control talks with Nikki Cross backstage.
Bayley is trying to tell Nikki something but Nikki seems to be in her own little world. Nikki then glares at Bayley, before storming off. Is Bayley trying to get Nikki on her side?
Trick or Street Fight: Matt Riddle w/ Elias VS Otis w/ Chad Gable!
Bro, the Original Bro was just trying to be a good bro to the Drifter, and the Alpha Academy had to go and harsh their buzz. But Riddle did come to Elias’ aid when he needed it, so Elias is willing to return the favor. Riddle is dressed as Ezekiel to honor Zeke, but will Riddle be able to #ZekeOut? Or will Gable’s number one guy SHOOOOSH him?
Speaking of, Gable shouts, “SHOOOOOSH! Shoosh, please! Sure, I could’ve dressed up like Socrates or any great philosopher tonight, and it would’ve made perfect sense. But then I realized no one here would’ve got the joke, because I’m in front of a bunch of Dallas dimwits! Lucky for you, Halloween’s my favorite holiday, so I’m gonna make it easy for you. I dressed up as a personal hero, a modern day Hercules, Patrick Swayze himself, as the legendary dancer, Chip! A THANK YEW~! And allow me to introduce my luxurious partner, a man who’s gonna do some dirty dancing all over Mr. Matt Riddle, DALE~!”
Otis walks out, and together, the Academy reveals they’re shirtless! They strut, flex, and swivel all the way to the ring. No one is sure what to make of this, but will the tree trunk take all the treats for himself tonight? The bell rings and Riddle runs in, but Otis scoops! Riddle slips off, baits Otis to a corner and POSTS him into a SKELETON! Riddle goes up and out and PENALTY KICKS Gable! Then he FLOATING BRO ATTACKS The Academy! Fans fire up and Elias high-fives Riddle as Raw goes to break.
Raw returns and Otis has Riddle in a head vice! And looking around the ring, we missed a lot of madness during the break. Riddle endures, fights up, and he throws body shots. Otis knees low, CLUBS him, but Riddle counter punches! And again! And then he fires off palm strikes and KICKS! Otis blocks one but gets a KNEE in return! Riddle runs to forearm smash! He goes side to side to forearm smash again! Riddle goes the other way, but Otis CLOBBERS him! Gable cheers as Otis thrusts those hips. Otis puts Riddle in a corner, then clears some space. Otis runs in to SPLASH! Riddle drops and Gable signals to Otis.
Fans chant “We Want Tables!” but Gable says one night only and tonight is that night! Otis fires up, he does the CATERPILLAR! And the ELBOW! Otis drags Riddle up, scoops him, and pops him up but Riddle slips free! Riddle dodges, and Otis POSTS himself into a chair!! Elias throws a candy corn kendo stick to Riddle and Riddle SMACKS away on Otis! Fans fire up with Riddle and he pounds the mat! Riddle is hearing those voices, bro! But Gable CLOBBERS Riddle from the apron! “A THANK YEW~!” But then Elias KNEES Gable off the apron, and he falls through a table! Riddle leaps at Otis, but into a WORLD’S STRONGEST SLAM!
Otis snarls and goes to the corner. Otis climbs up, shimmies and shakes, and DOZER BOMBS onto nothing! Riddle dodges in time, and then Elias puts a pumpkin on Otis’ head! RKO with the pumpkin!! Cover, Riddle wins!
Winner: Matt Riddle, by pinfall
The Academy got wrecked tonight as the Bro and the Drifter combine forces! Will things be much sweeter for them from now on?
Damage Control talks backstage.
Kai is flipping out a bit about why this is happening! Why are Asuka & Alexa getting a title match when all they did was scream about how Kai & Sky aren’t ready? They’re just lucky DMG CTRL doesn’t back down from a challenge! The real question is: will Asuka & Alexa be able to compete after all the damage Kai & Sky inflict upon them? Sky says, “We are going to embarrass Asuka and Alexa!” Bayley agrees, and she will embarrass Bianca this Saturday. But they can’t get riled up like this. Sky has done way too much in her career to be overlooked, and Kai has been left behind too many times for anyone to think they can walk all over her.
Bayley vows that DMG CTRL will take over this division! Saturday, Bayley beats Bianca, and tonight, Kai & Sky beat Asuka & Alexa, and they will be the last women standing by this time next week. Kai calms down, will she and the Evil Genius deny the Empress and Lil’ Miss Bliss their thrones?
The Miz VS Mustafa Ali!
The Most Must-See Superstar was just trying to help the Head of the Table, but he got rejected pretty hard. Will Miz recover from his supposedly broken jaw and take a win? Or will The Beacon simply use Miz’s spotlight to get the opportunities he is fighting for?
Raw returns and Ali makes his entrance. The bell rings, Ali and Miz circle, and fans taunt Miz over his “TINY BALLS!” Miz is annoyed, but he ties up with Ali. Ali headlocks but Miz powers out and complains about the bad jaw. Ali says he barely squeezed. They tie up and Miz puts Ali in a corner. Ali dodges the cheap shot, but then Miz covers up! Ali is annoyed, this is a match! Fans boo, Miz runs in but Ali dodges. Miz narrowly avoids a roundhouse and scrambles to a corner. Ali storms up but Miz yanks him into the buckles! Miz stomps a mudhole in, then mocks Ali now. Miz whips Ali corner to corner hard and Ali drops to his knees.
Ali crawls to another corner and Miz storms up. Miz fishhooks Ali’s face, whips him corner to corner, but Ali goes up and over! Things speed up, Ali ducks ‘n ‘dodges, flips through the hip toss, and then Miz covers up! Ali rolls Miz, TWO! Ali atomic drops, mocks the tiny balls, and then CHOPS! And CHOPS! Ali whips corner to corner, Miz reverses but Ali slips out to slingshot in and NECKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! Miz writhes but Ali hurries to the corner! Ali climbs, fans rally, but Miz moves! Ali bails out of the 450 but runs into a BOOT! Ali is dazed and Miz rips his shirt to show off his muscles!
Fans boo as Miz stalks Ali and fishhooks Ali’s face. Miz then RAMS Ali into the buckles face first! The ref checks Ali while Miz snarls and Raw goes to break.
Raw returns and Miz shakes his head while Ali slowly sits up. Miz KICKS Ali, but Ali sits up again. Miz KICKS, Ali sits up, and Miz KICKS again! And again! And again! And again, again, again, again! Miz powers up and fans boo, but Ali ducks the Buzzsaw to BACKSTABBER! Fans rally up while both men are down, and Ali stands to CHOP! And CHOP! And CHOP! Ali whips, Miz reverses to knee low! Miz suplexes but Ali slips out to O’Conner- NO, Miz bucks that to kick the legs out! BASEMENT DDT! Cover, TWO! Fans boo while Miz seethes. Miz stalks Ali and full nelson, but Ali victory rolls! TWO!
Ali runs, tilt-o-whirls and DDTs!! Miz is down but he flounders out of the ring! Fans boo as Ali misses a chance. But Ali heads up top to SUPER CROSSBODY! Direct hit and fans fire up! Ali huffs and puffs and he brings Miz up. The ring count starts, and Miz SHOVES Ali over the desk! Miz then clears off the desk and he drags Ali up! The count is past 5 of 10 as Miz TOSSES Ali over the desk the other way! But then LUMIS grabs Miz from the crowd!! Miz scrambles free and hurries into the ring! Lumis runs away and security chases after! Miz is still shocked, but he turns around into a SUPERKICK from Ali!
Miz is down, Ali hurries up top! Fans fire up for Ali’s 450 SPLASH! Cover, Ali wins!
Winner: Mustafa Ali, by pinfall
Miz can’t blame the bad jaw, but he can blame Lumis for going after him! Will Johnny Gargano’s tell-all finally explain just what is going on here? As for Ali, he gets a great win, will he head for bigger and better soon enough?
WWE Investigates: The True Story of Dexter Lumis & The Miz.
Byron Saxton says that over the past few months, Lumis has stalked Miz “with a series of mental and physical attacks. But recently, someone has come forward claiming to have a bombshell regarding this explosive situation. his name is Johnny Gargano. He was a close friend of Lumis’ at NXT, and now he is a whistleblower with an inside scoop.” Byron sat down with Gargano to uncover what Gargano calls, “The truth.”
“Who is Dexter Lumis?” Gargano says that is a very layered question. Gargano’s known Lumis for years. Lumis has his quirks, like everyone, but Lumis is just a guy trying to make a living. Lumis married into Gargano’s NXT family, so Gargano had to accept him like a son-in-law. Or maybe a pet racoon. One in the same. But after the wedding, the family fell apart. How so? Lumis lost his job and fell on hard times. Gargano made a rather goofy reenactment all by himself, and notes that the firing took a toll on Lumis’ psyche. And in typical fashion, Miz took advantage. In what way? The struggling artist was given an opportunity, by a predator.
Gargano says Miz may not know this, but it’s time to get the truth out there! The whole truth! It was on the night of Gargano’s surprise return to the WWE in Toronto, 8/22/22. Just before Gargano went out there to hear the fans, he overheard Miz and Lumis talking. And since it’s 2022, Gargano recorded it on his phone. Take a listen. Miz told Lumis that he was a little snug with that sleeper, but this is working. People are buying it. Then Miz paid Lumis half of what he promised, and said he’d give Lumis the other half when this is done. Lumis was quiet, of course, but Miz said, “Don’t look at me like that. Take the money and keep your mouth shut. Oh yeah, that shouldn’t be an issue. Am I right? HAHAHA!”
So this has been some kind of arrangement? Gargano says Lumis was being paid to stage these “attacks!” But why would the Miz do this? Why? Because he thinks he’s a celebrity! And celebrities want attention, they fake stories and call the Paparazzi on themselves all the time! Miz wanted a stalker story and exploited Lumis! This is disgusting and vile! These are rather serious accusations Gargano is making. Gargano knows that, but look at the footage. The first time we saw Lumis on Raw, Miz glances and sees Lumis, but there were no physical altercations. And when Lumis dragged Miz away during that tag match, Miz practically walked out with him!
But what about the altercations during the United States Championship Cage Match, in which Lumis put Miz to sleep? Gargano knew Byron would ask that. But what better way to play the victim than to orchestrate your own downfall? Miz was never gonna beat Lashley anyway! So Miz found a painful way to keep blame off himself. Smart. But then why did Miz attack Lumis with a chair? Okay, Gargano can’t prove this one, but his theory is that somewhere along the way, Miz stopped paying. Miz lost control, and now Lumis is coming Miz after him to get what he’s owed. Byron says this is a shocking development. He thanks Gargano for his time. Is it true? Is this a scam gone sideways?
WWE Women’s Tag Team Championships: Damage Control VS Asuka & Alexa Bliss!
The Role Model helped her new allies get these titles, and they helped her become the #1 contender to the Raw Women’s Championship! But can Bayley help #CobraKai & The Evil Genius keep these titles? Or will the EST be a factor in the Empresses of Bliss taking these titles for their own?
Raw returns as DMG CTRL makes their entrance. The introductions are made, the belts are raised, and we see just who is in control of the WWE Women’s Tag Division!
The teams sort out and Sky starts with Alexa, and they fire forearms already! Alexa kicks Sky, bumps her off buckles, and then stomps a mudhole in! The ref counts, Alexa lets off, but stomps more! Sky kicks back but Alexa SLAMS Sky down! Alexa KICKS Sky in the back, then stands on her at the ropes for skateboard stomps! The ref counts, DMG CTRL protests, but Alexa lets off. Sky avoids the knee drop and then she LARIATS Alexa down! Sky hammers away on Alexa, bumps her off buckles, and she tags Kai in. Sky & Kai stomp Alexa, double whip her to ropes, and then trip her up, BOOT her, and sweep the legs to AX KICK and basement dropkick! Cover, ONE!!
Kai snarls and she CLUBS Alexa. Alexa elbows Kai, Kai CLUBS her again. Kai bumps Alexa off buckles, trips her up, and goes side to side to BOOT WASH! Cover, TWO! Bayley says they should have a replay of that boot. Sky tags in, she CLUBS Alexa but Alexa hits back. Sky stomps Alexa down, digs her boots in and hits a swinging knee drop! Bayley wants another replay but Sky covers, TWO! Sky tags Kai, they mug Alexa, and Kai digs her boots in. Alexa endures, the ref counts, and Kai lets off. Kai brings Alexa around, but Alexa wrenches and choke grips for the STO! Then INSULT2INJURY MK II! Cover, TWO!
Bayley is a little worried but Bianca encourages Alexa. Kai RAMS Alexa into a corner but Alexa elbows her away! Alexa goes up to RANA Kai and hot tag Asuka! Asuka dodges the boot, Kai ducks the roundhouse and grabs hair! Asuka breaks free to throw Kai by her hair! The ref reprimands but Asuka BACK HANDS, BACK HANDS, KICKS and BACK HANDS! Then GERMAN SUPLEXES! Fans fire up with Asuka as she glare at Sky. Asuka drags Kai up, reaches out, but Kai throws Asuka by her hair! Kai drags Asuka away and tags in Sky. Fans rally as Sky and Asuka stare down. They swing, dodge, RAM shoulders, and roar!
They start shoving, then the forearms start flying! Fans fire up as these rivals scrum! Asuka has the strike fest, but she runs into an UPPERCUT! Sky runs but Asuka dodges and LARIATS! Asuka drags Sky up, tags Alexa, and they double whip Sky to trip, ROCK, and BULLDOG! Alexa covers, TWO! Alexa keeps close on Sky and brings her up. Tag to Asuka, Asuka goes up and Alexa whips Sky into the MISSILE DROPKICK! Sky bails out, Asuka HIP ATTACKS Kai! Fans fire up and the challengers both WRECK DMG CTRL with dropkicks! Kay gets up fast to SHOTGUN Alexa! Asuka KICKS away on Sky, then ROCKS her with a haymaker!
Asuka kicks but Kai saves Sky and that foot hits POST! Sky hauls Asuka up to DRAGON SCREW the bad leg! Kai & Sky get in the ring while fans boo, but Raw goes to break.
Raw returns and Asuka ROCKS Sky! But Sky keeps her from Alexa and whips her away! Asuka uses that to DECK Kai! Asuka elbows Sky then LARIATS her down! Fans fire up while Asuka and Sky crawl. Sky anchors Asuka’s foot and drags her back again! Asuka throws elbows, switches with Sky, but Sky mule kicks al eg! But Asuka waistlocks, only for Sky to victory roll! STOMP 18- NO, Asuka avoids the double stomps and rolls Sky! TWO, and Sky SHOTEIS! Sky runs in but Asuka dumps her out! Fans fire up and Asuka crawls, but Bayley puts Sky in! Sky tags Kai, Kai runs over and drags Asuka away!
Asuka kicks Kai away, avoids Kai’s kick, and rolls her up, TWO! Kai swings but into a backslide! TWO!! Kai BOOTS Asuka, checks her teeth, then snarls as she whips Asuka., Asuka reverses and Kai tumbles out! Bayley is freaking out as Asuka crawls, but Sky runs in !Asuka sends Sky back out, hot tag to Alexa! Alexa rallies on Kai with big shoulders, and a THESZ PRESS to fast hands! Kai gets free but Alexa hits another THESZ PRESS! Kai kicks but Alexa blocks to spin, ROCK, CHOP and KNEE! And then SHOTGUN! Kai goes to ropes and fans fire up! Alexa runs in to DOUBLE KNEE Kai down!
Bayley checks on Sky, Kai YANKS Alexa into buckles! Kai runs in but Alexa goes up to SUNSET BOMB! Cover, TWO!! Kai survives and not even Bianca can believe that! Alexa drags Kai up and brings her over to tag Asuka back in. Fans rally as Asuka wrenches and hooks Kai up, SHOTGUN LEG SWEEP COMBO, into a KOJI KLUTCH! Sky breaks it as she hammers Asuka! Alexa gets in but swings into underhooks! TIGER BACKBREAKER! Kai has Asuka’s legs, and hits a LEG DDT! Kai leaves Asuka in a corner, tags in Sky, and Sky runs in with the SHINKANSEN! Asuka is dazed and Sky goes to the apron.
Fans boo as Sky springboards, MISSILE DROPKICK! Cover, TWO!! DMD CTRL can’t believe it, but Sky just hurries back up top. Asuka stands, Sky leaps again, but into a CODE BREAKER!! Cover, TWO!! INTO AN ARMBAR!! Sky endures, moves around, stacks Asuka, TWO! Sky is free but Asuka jumps on her! Takedown, into the chicken wing! But Bayley distracts the ref from the ASUKA LOCK! Sky is tapping, but Kai drops a leg! Bianca CLOBBERS Bayley for costing the team! Bianca CROSSBODIES Bayley over the barriers!! Alexa gets in, she has Kai, but Kai wrenches out to HEADBUTT! Kai ducks a roundhouse, Asuka ducks a roundhouse, Asuka’s ROUNDHOUSE hits!
Kai SCORPION KICKS in return! Bayley and Bianca brawl but Bianca puts Bayley up on barriers! Bayley fights free, she and Bianca climb up to the tech area! They’re brawling on the edge, but Bayley holds the braid! Bayley reels Bianca in, SUPER BAYLEY2BELLY through some tables!!! Fans are losing their minds over that! But meanwhile, Kai & Sky drag Asuka up. They double whip, but Asuka reverses to then mule kick Sky and HIP- NO, Kai dodges to BOOT! Alexa drags Kai out to RAM her into steel steps! Sky goes out to PENALTY- NO, Alexa dodges that! But Sky mule kicks her away on the return!
Sky hurries up top and aims at Asuka, OVER THE MOON- NO, Asuka moves! ROUNDHOUSE to Sky! Tag to Alexa and Alexa goes up! TWISTED BLISS!! Cover, ASUKA & ALEXA WIN!!
Winners: Asuka & Alexa Bliss, by pinfall (NEW WWE Women’s Tag Team Champions)
Dallas is thunderous as the Empresses of Bliss DETHRONE Damage Control! There’s even pyro to celebrate! DMG CTRL is without any gold now, will Bayley turn that around when she and Bianca have their biggEST showdown yet?
A great go-home Raw here, and such great advancement for just about everything. Great opening with Bianca VS Nikki, and we’re definitely getting to see the Nikki of old in her moveset. And getting a women’s tag title match out of nowhere was a great surprise, and Alexa & Asuka winning was an awesome surprise. I didn’t see that happening, but that made for a great closing moment. And after that great Bayley2Belly through tables, Bayley technically has the momentum, but I don’t know how or if this will affect the go-home math. It’d be fitting that with Kai & Sky losing the tag titles, Bayley takes the Raw Women’s title so that they have something. And then maybe Survivor Series: WarGames, they use the WarGames 3v3 to do Winners Take All.
I really like how they played the segment with Lashley and Lesnar. First, they say “face to face,” but then give us a sit-down interview with them in separate locations. But then, because Lesnar is Lesnar, he dares Lashley to meet him in person, and then that turns into a brawl with a HUGE flood of security and superstars. Also, Von Wagner was among them, so maybe he’s getting a call-up on the way to Survivor Series? Lesnar VS Lashley can still go either way, but honestly, I feel like this should be Lashley’s legit, undeniable win, because where does Lesnar even go? He lost to Roman Reigns at WrestleMania, and at SummerSlam, and I don’t think HHH will default to that rivalry the way Vince always did.
Rollins VS Theory was a rather surprising match-up, but a great one. Rollins wins, of course, and there’s not title match for Crown Jewel, so maybe we’re just waiting on Survivor Series giving us either a Triple Threat for the title, Rollins VS Theory VS Ali, or Champion VS Champion, Rollins VS Gunther. And I shouldn’t have been surprised that JBL couldn’t help but be a Heel, even to his favorite state. R-Truth is apparently Beetlejuice, where if you say his name, he’ll appear. Truth would make for a great feud with Corbin, because he is always hilarious and can still go in the ring. And of course MVP calls out Braun again, but I feel like that “surprise” is just Omos.
Bray going to Crown Jewel is a surprise. But I wonder if that means the first big development in his story happens there. Maybe Uncle Howdy appears in person to confront Bray on what is the truth about this new persona. We got a great Trick or Street Fight, though I think the fun stuff all happened during break so that only Dallas got to see it. But in the end, Riddle winning makes sense, as this story is really going to be about Riddle and Elias. Elias didn’t turn on Riddle here because he doesn’t like the Alpha Academy either, but there’s going to come a point where Elias loses his cool on Riddle and they end up feuding.
Great promo from Roman and Heyman to bury Logan Paul, and nice crossover with The Miz and his story. Miz offended Roman by validating the threat that is Logan Paul’s right hand, got a right hand in return, and then lost to Ali in a really good match before having the truth exposed by Gargano. “WWE Investigates” being created out of nowhere and treated as if it’s always been here is really weird, but I do like the plot twist that up until a certain point, Lumis stalking Miz was just for show. Now the match between Miz and Lumis can be both for a WWE contract and whatever amount of money Lumis is owed. And we can still get Indi Hartwell and Maryse involved since this is about their husbands (Indi’s in kayfabe, Maryse’s in real-life).
Judgement Day and The OC had a really good match, but I was surprised that Karl had another match. I would’ve thought this would be Gallows VS Priest but I guess then Karl wouldn’t get a great win out of this. The beatdown was as expected, though. The Six Man Tag is going to be a lot of fun, but I have no idea if we see a superstar like Tamina or Dana Brooke help the OC, or if we see Edge & Beth show up to also set up a Mixed Tag with Rhea & Dom. Either would be fine, but the idea is, I wouldn’t expect Beth to show up without Edge. They’re husband and wife, they’re a package deal in this story after what happened at Extreme Rules.
My Score: 8.8/10
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!
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?
— IMPACT (@IMPACTWRESTLING) February 3, 2023
- 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
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!
— IMPACT (@IMPACTWRESTLING) February 3, 2023
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.
— IMPACT (@IMPACTWRESTLING) February 3, 2023
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.
— IMPACT (@IMPACTWRESTLING) February 3, 2023
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.
Mitchell’s AEW Dynamite Results & Report! (2/1/23)
Dynamite is No Holds Barred!
Will Darby Allin still be the Relentless TNT Champion?
Samoa Joe wants the AEW TNT Championship back, but he knows Darby Allin is relentless. Tonight on Dynamite, they go NO HOLDS BARRED for the gold! Will Joe once again be the King of Television?
- Jon Moxley VS Hangman Page; Moxley wins.
- The Acclaimed w/ Billy Gunn VS Truth Magnum & Turbo Floyd; The Acclaimed wins.
- Brian Cage w/ Prince Nana VS Konosuke Takeshita; Takeshita wins.
- Bryan Danielson VS Timothy Thatcher; Bryan wins.
- AEW TBS Championship: Jade Cargill w/ Leila Grey VS Red Velvet; Cargill wins and retains the title.
- AEW TNT Championship No Holds Barred: Darby Allin w/ Sting VS Samoa Joe; wins and
PLAY BY PLAY
Jon Moxley w/ Wheeler Yuta VS Hangman Page!
The Maniac and the Cowboy go for their tiebreaker as Dynamite is in Dayton, Ohio! Will Ohio’s own knock this one out of the park like he did before? Or will there be some serious #CowboySh*t going down in Dayton?
Not only does Moxley have the Decoder by his side, he has his dad, Dan! Hangman makes his entrance next, and Moxley goes right after him! Moxley throws hands then whips Hangman into railing! The ref reprimands but Moxley sends Hangman into steel steps! Moxley throws hands, whips Hangman again and Hangman hits more railing hard! Fans fire up and the ref reprimands. Moxley just takes off his hoodie to CHOKE Hangman with it! Moxley TOSSES Hangman over the railing, and then he hops onto the railing! Dayton fires up, gives Moxley a hand, and Moxley FLYING AX HANDLES Hangman down!
Moxley brings Hangman up but Hangman throws hands! Hangman sits Moxley down, fires off more shots, then backs up. Hangman runs in to BOOT Moxley against railing! The ref reprimands, he wants this in the ring, but it isn’t a match yet so there’s no real repercussions. Hangman stalks Moxley along the way but Moxley kicks back. And CHOPS! Moxley trips Hangman then ties him up, FIGURE FOUR on the floor! Moxley and Hangman flip each other off but the ref still wants this in the ring. Hangman grabs someone’s beer and splashes Moxley with it! Moxley lets Hangman out of the hold, and then Hangman ROCKS Mox!
They go back to ringside, Moxley grabs a chair but Hangman CLUBS Moxley. But Moxley JAMS Hangman, tris him, and then drops an elbow on the leg! Moxley has a toehold, then he puts the chair around the leg! The ref reprimands but Moxley goes up the apron. The ref shouts at Moxley to not jump, but then Hangman gets free! Hangman CHUCKS the chair at Moxley’s head!! Moxley goes down and fans fire up! The ref reprimands again and wants this to get in the ring. Moxley is dazed, but Hangman drags him around, to suplex onto the chair! Hangman drags Moxley up and puts him in the ring, but he also brings the chair!
The ref stops Hangman, so Hangman leaves the chair behind. The bell finally rings, and Hangman runs in to forearm Moxley! Moxley hits back, they go back and forth! Moxley’s eyebrow is already busted open, but he keeps throwing shots. Hangman gets the edge, HEADBUTTS, then whips. Moxley reverses to dropkick the legs out! Moxley looms over Hangman, drags him into the INDIAN DEATHLOCK! Hangman endures, keeps his shoulders off the mat, but fans rally behind Moxley. Hangman drags himself back, reaches out, and gets the ROPEBREAK! The ref counts, Moxley lets Hangman go at 3.
Moxley brings Hangman up but Hangman gets around to GERMAN SUPLEXES! Moxley snarls but the blood is getting into his eye. Hangman DECKS Moxley and has him at the ropes. Hangman brings Moxley up, fans boo but Hangman CHOPS! Moxley flounders and falls and fans start dueling. Hangman stalks Moxley, sits him up, and he starts raining down fists right on the bloody eyebrow! Mox fans boo but Hangman fans are fired up for the “COWBOY SH*T!” Hangman wipes Moxley’s blood off on his chest, but then turns around into a CHOP! Moxley eggs Hangman on and Hangman CHOPS back!
Moxley CHOPS, Hangman CHOPS, fans “WOO~!” for the CHOP fight! Moxley shifts to boxing elbows, then runs, but Hangman catches the crossbody! FALL AWAY SLAM! Fans are torn while Moxley goes to the apron. Hangman runs, triangle jumps, but Moxley LARIATS first! Moxley drags Hangman up and to the apron, then turns Hangman, for a SLEEPER! The ref reprimands and wants this in the ring, but Hangman claws the bloody eyebrow! Moxley turns Hangman around, reels him in, but Hangman resists the lift! Hangman tries to lift, Moxley resists, and then Moxley lifts! Hangman fights that and lifts again, but Moxley still fights!
Both men are fighting for control, and Hangman fireman’s carries! To SNAKE EYES Moxley off the post! Moxley falls to the floor and Dynamite goes picture in picture!
The ref checks Moxley but he’s somehow okay to continue. Hangman goes over to fetch Moxley, and whips him into railing! Hangman ROCKS Moxley with haymakers as the bloody eyebrow becomes a crimson mask. Hangman refreshes the count, goes back to Moxley and CHOPS him! Moxley gets in Hangman’s face so Hangman CHOPS again! Moxley CHOPS and CHOPS and CHOPS, but Hangman DECKS him! Hangman snarls, looms over Moxley, and then drags him back up. Hangman puts Moxley in the ring, and rains down more fists on that bloody eyebrow! Moxley falls over, but Hangman gets the wrists!
Hangman sits Moxley up, for a DRAGON STOMP, but Moxley blocks! Moxley throws Hangman to a corner and fires off forearms and CHOPS on repeat! Moxley then hoists Hangman up top, climbs up after him, and CLAWS Hangman’s back, painfully slow! Then he CLAWS and BITES Hangman’s back, before blowing a kiss to the fans. But Hangman throws body shots in return! Dynamite returns to single picture as Hangman BITES Moxley’s forehead! Hangman then slips under Moxley to fireman’s carry him on the second rope! SUPER DEATH VALLEY DRIVER!! Cover, TWO!! Moxley survives and fans are fired up!
Fans duel as Hangman sits up. Hangman scowls while Moxley sits up. Moxley eggs Hangman on so Hangman kicks him! And BOOTS him! Hangman tells Moxley to stay down but he refuses. Moxley sits up, so Hangman BOOTS him! Moxley sits up to SLAP Hangman, and flips him off! Hangman is fuming, but he runs into a CUTTER! A standing count starts, fans count along as Moxley and Hangman stir. They sit up at 5 of 10, and Moxley throws a haymaker. Hangman throws it back, so Moxley gives another,. They go back and forth, Hangman wobbles but he CHOPS! Moxley CHOPS! Hangman forearms! Moxley forearms back!
Moxley eggs Hangman on, Hangman staggers over and CHOPS again! Moxley KICKS a leg, KICKS Hangman’s arm, then KICKS him again! Moxley ducks the haymaker to get the SLEEPER! Hangman shifts to SAIDO! But Moxley’s right up! SAIDO!! Hangman ends up in a corner and fans say “This is Awesome!” Moxley puts Hangman up top, climbs up after him, and hits a SUPER HALF HATCH SUPLEX!! Cover, TWO!! Moxley immediately rains down the HAMMER ‘N’ ANVIL ELBOWS! Then he clamps on a SLEEPER! Hangman endures as Moxley shifts to a BULLY CHOKE! Hangman pushes around, so Moxley shifts to get the wrists! DRAGON STOMPS!!
Moxley then drags Hangman up into the underhooks! But Hangman fights Death Rider! So Moxley rolls Hangman to an ARMBAR! Hangman endures, moves around, and reaches out to the ROPEBREAK! The ref counts and Moxley lets go at 4. Hangman crawls to a corner, fans rally up, and Moxley says this is it! Moxley runs in but Hangman TOSSES him up and out! Moxley staggers up, Hangman goes up top! ARIHARA MOONSAULT but Moxley moves! And LARIATS!! Both men are down at the ramp and fans are thunderous! The ref checks both men, Moxley is up first while fans lose their minds.
Moxley goes to the timekeeper’s area and he clears off the table! Moxley drags Hangman over, reels him in, but Hangman resists the lift! Hangman Alabama Lifts but Moxley fights that. DOUBLE LARIATS hit! And again! Moxley runs in, POP-UP POWERBOMB THROUGH THE TABLE!! Fans lose their minds again while Hangman leaves Moxley behind in the ring. The ring count climbs to 5 of 10 before Moxley sits up. The count is 7! Then “OCHO!” Moxley stands at 9, and springs in at 9.9!! But into a LARIAT!! And then Alabama Lift, DEADEYE!!! Cover, TWO?!?! Moxley survives and no one can believe it!
Hangman kicks at Moxley, almost taunting him. Hangman goes to a corner while Moxley’s fans boo. Hangman runs in, but Moxley dodges the stomp to KING KONG LARIAT!! Fans are thunderous as both men stand again. Moxley eggs Hangman on, and Hangman stands. Moxley throws a forearm, so Hangman hits back! Moxley forearms again, but so does Hangman! Fans duel, the forearms fly faster, and then Hangman gets the edge! SUPERKICK! Hangman reels Moxley in, fisherman’s a leg, but Moxley fights the suplex! Hangman powers it through, FISHERMAN CRADLE DRIVER!! Cover, TWO!?!?!?
Hangman’s wild eyes say he can’t believe Moxley survived! Hangman goes to the apron, he aims at Moxley, slingshot for the BUCK- NO! DEATH- NO, Hangman blocks to scoop! TOMBSTONE PILEDRIVER!!! But Hangman doesn’t cover, he goes to the apron! Hangman loads up, for the BUCKSHOT!!! Cover, TWO!?!?!? HOW?!?! Moxley has survived all of Hangman’s best, but Hangman has the BULLY CHOKE!! Hangman pulls back on Moxley’s favorite hold! Moxley shifts, fights back up, and he snapmares into a cradle! MOXLEY WINS!!
Winner: Jon Moxley, by pinfall
Moxley just taught Hangman not to play games! Hangman is furious that he got caught like that, but the Blackpool Combat Club steps into the ring. Yuta and Claudio keep Hangman back but Moxley stands up. Moxley and Hangman get in each other’s face but the BCC keep them apart. Hangman flips Moxley off, and fans want to “LET THEM FIGHT!” Moxley and Hangman keep jawing, they get close but Claudio keeps them separate. Moxley mocks Hangman by lying down, giving Hangman a chance. Hangman mocks Moxley back by doing a quick burpie push-up. Claudio tells Hangman to go and cool off.
Moxley flips Hangman off as he leaves, and fans celebrate their home state hero. Will there be a fourth round out of these two to truly settle things?
AEW takes a look at tonight’s TNT Championship No Holds Barred main event!
Darby Allin tells Samoa Joe, “I knew when I took this from you in Seattle that you’d want it back. And I know you’d stop at nothing to have it back. Well, I’m gonna make things fair. You beat me in Texas, and you granted me my rematch in Seattle. So I’m granting you your rematch in Ohio. But I want it under one condition: No Holds Barred.” Samoa Joe told the “Little Dead Boy” that Joe is “coming to take back what’s mine. The King will not be usurped by a man like you.” Darby says if he walks out the winner, Joe doesn’t get another rematch. If Joe walks out the winner, Darby won’t get a rematch. This will be the final chapter of their feud! So who writes their happily ever after?
Backstage interview with Jamie Hayter, The Bunny, The Butcher & The Blade.
Renee Paquette is with the AEW Women’s World Champion, as well as the mercenary trio. Renee thanks them for agreeing to no physicality, and understands that Allie the Bunny requested this time. Bunny tells Hayter, they’re all very impressed by Hayter’s win over Emi Sakura on Rampage last Friday. Now, Bunny feels like Sakura outshined Hayter, but great win nonetheless. And Bunny knows Hayter isn’t the type to back down from a challenge, right? Right. So here’s a challenge: next week on Dynamite, Hayter VS Bunny in a Title Eliminator Match! What does Hayter say? Hayter says absolutely! She bloody loves a challenge, and next week, she’s free.
Renee says there’s something happening as we speak! They get it on the television screen nearby, and it’s Britt Baker being mugged by Saraya and Toni Storm!! Bunny is shocked and Hayter is furious! Hayter hurries off, Saraya talks right into the camera, “AEW is OUR house!” Storm drags Britt up to RAM her into a garage door! Bunny more or less expresses exasperation, but will Hayter be able to save the Doctor?
The Acclaimed w/ Billy Gunn VS Truth Magnum & Turbo Floyd!
The AEW World Tag Team Champions have been reigning for 133 days, but they know the Gunn Sons, Austin & Colten, are gunning for them. But first, they tune up against “The Outrunners.” As always, Platinum Max has a diss track ready! “Acclaimed on the mic, you know we the nicest. Fighting two guys in their midlife crisis! I bet you have sex with each other. How we gonna fight the bootleg Beverly Brothers? C’mon, it’s not the 80s! Acclaimed gonna make you call it quits like you Tom Brady! ‘Ey, y’all should be ashamed. In Ohio, everybody loves The Acclaimed.”
Fans cheer, and Bowens gets the mic to say, “NNNUTTER CENTERRR~! The Acclaimed have arrived! SCISSOR ME, DADDY ASS!” And he does~! But while Caster & Bowens just embarrassed Truth & Turbo, are they walking into a trap game before taking on the Ass Boys?
The teams sort out, the Outrunners decide they’ll scissor finger! They mock the Mega Powers at the same time, but then Bowens SUPERKICKS Truth out of the ring! The bell rings, Caster CHOPS Turbo and scoops him to SLAM him! Tag to Bowens and Bowens goes up top! Caster holds open the legs, SCISSOR ME TURBO! Daddy Ass gets in the ring so that he and the boys can TRIPLE SCISSOR~! Bowens waits on Turbo, mule kicks and hits the ARRIVAL! Tag to Caster and he goes up top, MIC DROP! Cover, The Acclaimed win!
Winners: The Acclaimed, by pinfall
But wait! Raining on the parade are Austin & Colten! Fans taunt the “ASS~ BOYS~!” But they tune that out. They go to the ring, and Colten has a mic. “Hey, good match, guys. But we’re here to talk about something serious. Last week, what we said would make us happy are your belts. And we want a shot at those belts, and we want an answer right now.” Fans boo but Caster has the mic to say, “Yo! Yo! Yo! Yo! Listen.” Bowens says, “You two Rod ‘n’ Todd lookin’ asses want an answer. You do realize you are interrupting the most popular tag team in all of wrestling, right?” Caster adds, “That’s right!”
“The winningest tag team in AEW history!” “That’s right!” “The FOREVER champs, the Acclaimed!” “That’s right!” “And not to mention, EVERYONE! LOVES! THE ACCLAIMED!” But they are the People’s Choice, and the People’s Voice, they will ask the people. Colten says these fans can’t even read! But Bowens still asks Dayton’s opinion: Do the Ass Boys deserve a shot at the tag titles? “NOOO~!” Well, the people have spoken, so NO. Austin & Colten get in Caster’s & Bowens’ faces, but Billy tells them all to stop! Isn’t it enough already? Billy is so sick of this, he is just done! Billy says this is too much, so go ahead, beat the sh*t out of each other!
Daddy Ass steps aside, fans fire up, but Austin says, “There you go. Do exactly what you did our entire childhoods and turn your back on us.” Billy stops walking up the ramp, but then chuckles as he keeps going. Austin says Billy should do what he used to do, and drown his sorrows at the bottom of a PILL BOTTLE! That gets Billy to turn around! Billy storms up on his sons and The Acclaimed, as well as the fans, tell the Ass Boys that they F’d up. Billy is up in Austin’s face and says, “So you two think you just put your big boy pants on? Then you just step up, and you just made the biggest mistake…”
The mic is wonky so Billy throws it down. Bowens gives Billy the good one. Billy wants Austin to look at him after what he just said. Austin looks up at his father’s eyes. Billy says if they’ve got their big boy pants on, if they think they got what it takes, if they think they have what Billy had, then we’ll see next week. They’ve got their title shots! The Acclaimed is surprised but the Ass Boys smile that they’re getting their way. Will Austin & Colten get what they want? Or just what they deserve?
Backstage interview with Jack Perry.
Alex Marvez is with Jungle Boy and notes that he and Hook are 2-0 as a team, having beaten The Firm’s Ethan Page & Matt Hardy. The question is: What’s next for #JungleHook? JB says that he had an amazing time teaming with Hook, and Hook has had JB’s back when no one else did. But JB’s done the tag team thing before. In fact, JB has been all the way to the top of that mountain, and fallen all the way down. But this year isn’t about that. What JB will say is that he’ll be a champion again, but all by himself. Then just what title will Jack Perry aim for in this Tarzan Life?
Brian Cage w/ Prince Nana VS Konosuke Takeshita!
Speaking of having people’s backs, just as The Machine and MJF were about to destroy Bryan Danielson, The Future of Wrestling rushed out to run them off! But now, Cage and Konosuke go toe to toe, will Cage make Konosuke pay for interfering?
The bell rings and Konosuke BOOTS Cage! Cage BOOTS Konosuke, then DOUBLE LARIATS collide! Cage swings but Konosuke swats it to ROLLING ELBOW! Cage wobbles, Konosuke runs, ducks ‘n’ dodges, and then TAKESHITA LINES! Cage bails out and fans fire up! Konosuke runs to BOOT Cage off the apron! Konosuke then PLANCHAS and takes Cage down at the ramp! Fans fire up, Konosuke winks at the camera, and then goes back to the apron. But Cage grabs a foot! Konosuke kicks and stomps Cage but Cage yanks Konosuke into a POST BOMB! Konosuke tumbles down and fans boo but Nana cheers.
Cage drags Konosuke up, puts him in, and runs to basement BOOT! Cover, TWO! Fans rally for Konosuke but Cage drags him back up. Cage reels Konosuke in, puts one out, but Konosuke wrenches out! Konosuke throws a forearm, but Cage gives it back! They go forearm for forearm, and Konosuke throws boxing elbows into the ROLLING ELBOW! Cage fights the back suplex, KNEES low, and brags, “Who betta than Cage?” But he runs into a BLUE THUNDER BOMB! Cover, TWO! Cage survives and Konosuke is surprised! Nana coaches Cage up but Konosuke aims from a corner. Konosuke runs in to JUMP KNEE, but Cage dodges!
Konosuke tumbles to the apron, Cage ROUNDHOUSES him! Cage climbs the ropes, and he stands Konosuke up. DEADLIFT SUPERPLEX! Fans boo but Cage flexes while Dynamite goes picture in picture.
Cage drops a knee on Konosuke, sits him up to KNEE him in the back again and again, then he stomps Konosuke back down. Cage paces, drags Konosuke up, and bumps him off buckles. Cage RAMS into Konosuke, RAMS him again, and then CHOPS him! Cage soaks up the heat, but Konosuke CHOPS back! Konosuke fires forearms, then another CHOP! And another CHOP! But Cage BOOTS Konosuke down! Cage grabs the legs, stomps Konosuke in the stomach, then paces around. Cage stands Konosuke up, wrenches and YANKS the arm, then RAMS shoulders. Cage wrenches, pump handles, and lifts, but Konosuke slips out!
Konosuke runs in but Cage ducks the boot to roll Konosuke up! Konosuke slips out, but runs into a drop toehold! Konosuke’s on ropes, Cage dials it up, TIGER FEINT KICK! Konosuke staggers to a corner, Cage runs in and UPPERCUTS, GAMANGIRIS, and GERMAN SUPLEXES! Cover, TWO!! Cage and Nana are annoyed, but Cage looms over Konosuke. Cage hears the fans rally for Konosuke, but Cage drags him up. Cage reels Konosuke in, puts out another one, and Dynamite returns to single picture as Cage lifts, only for Konosuke to RANA Cage into buckles! BLINDSIDE JUMP KNEE! Cage staggers, Konosuke goes up, FLYING KNEE!
Both men are down and fans fire up! Konosuke and Cage stir as the ring count starts. Konosuke sits up and feeds off the energy. Konosuke drags Cage up into a waistlock, but Cage elbows free! Cage whips, Konosuke LARIATS on the return! Konosuke drags Cage up, waistlocks and GERMAN SUPLEXES! Bridging cover, TWO!! Fans rally while Konosuke fires up. Konosuke aims from the corner as Cage stands, and Konosuke runs in, JUMP- NO! Cage blocks the knee to BUCKLE BOMB! And then fireman’s carry, to an F- NO! Konosuke lands out, lifts and LIGER BOMBS! Cover, TWO!! Cage survives but fans fire up behind Konosuke!
Konosuke aims again while Nana shouts to Cage. Cage stands, Konosuke runs in but the knee is blocked! Cage spins, Konosuke ducks! Konosuke spins, ROLLING ELBOW!! Konosuke reels Cage in, but Cage wrenches out to HEADBUTT! And then SAIDO!! But Konosuke is right up?! Into a DISCUS LARIAT from Cage!! Cover, TWO!?! Konosuke survives and Nana is furious! Cage says he’s gonna end this, and he suplexes, only for Konosuke to slip out! Konosuke suplexes, SHEER DROP BRAINBUSTER!! Cage roars as he rises up, but Konosuke ROCKS him with another elbow! And then another suplex, for another BRAINBUSTER!!! Cover, TWO!?!?
Cage survives, he must truly be a machine! But Dayton rallies behind Konosuke. Konosuke runs in, but into a SUPERKICK! Cage fireman’s carries, for the F10!! Nana says no prisoners! Cage drags Konosuke up again, puts him in the corner and hoists him to the top. Cage then goes to the outside and climbs up after Konosuke. But Konosuke throws forearms in return! Konosuke suplexes for a SUPER BRAINBUSTER!!! Fans are thunderous and Konosuke aims again! KNOCKOUT KNEE!!! Cover, Konosuke wins!!
Winner: Konosuke Takeshita, by pinfall
Cage may be a machine, but the machine just broke down against the bullet train! Will Konosuke continue to prove why he IS The Future of Wrestling?
Backstage interview with the Jericho Appreciation Society.
Renee is with Matthew Menard, Angelo Parker, Daniel Garcia, Sammy Guevara, and of course, Chris Jericho himself. Renee says that we heard Ricky Starks’ comments from last week, addressing how the JAS cheated to win. What is their reaction? Jericho says, “Cheated? We haven’t worked together in five years, and you’re accusing us of cheating? Let me say this, Renee. Ricky Starks, he didn’t lose to a baseball bat, no. Did you see a baseball bat in there?” Of course the JAS says no. Jericho says Starks lost to the JAS. And now Starks challenges them, “How can I get another match with Chris Jericho?”
Jericho says the JAS has an idea how Starks can do that. Right, Sammy? Sammy says yes. Garcia and Sammy put their heads together, and they came up with a great idea: The Guevara-Garcia… No, wait, the Garcia-Guevara Gauntlet! Danny thanks Sammy for the top billing on that name. Renee asks what kind of gauntlet they have in mind. Garcia says it’s a rather simple concept. “Ricky, first you’re gonna have to beat Cool Hand Ange. And if that happens, you’re gonna have to beat Daddy Magic.” Menard adds, “Beat Daddy Magic? I DON’T THINK SO!” Garcia says that if Starks somehow does that, then he beats either Garcia or Guevara, but they’ll reveal that the night of.
And then, if somehow, by the skin of his teeth, Starks makes it past all that, only then does Starks get his hands on Jericho. Jericho tells Starks, “You don’t call the shots around here, the Jericho Appreciation Society does. So if you can get through the Garcia-Guevara Gauntlet, I’ll be ready to rip your ass!” Will the Absolute survive three matches in one go to finally have another shot at The Ocho?
The Elite speak.
Matt Jackson asks Brandon Cutler if the camera is rolling as he, brother Nick, Kenny Omega, Michael Nakazawa and Don Callis are on the basketball court. Cutler says yes, they’re live, while Nakazawa and Callis are oiling Omega up. Matt says, “Ladies and gentlemen, check it out who it is! It’s the first-ever, two-time Trios Champions, The Elite.” Omega says that’s right, and he tells Top Flight, “I watched what you guys did. After a Best of 7 Series in a ladder match, you got one up on our boys. Well how ’bout next week, you bring your friend, AR Fox, next week and we’ll put these belts on the line, and you guys can shoot your shot.
“But hey, when you shoot that shot, you best not miss. Because The Elite never miss. Nick, if you will.” Nick takes the rock and shoots it, THREE POINTER! Oh, but wait! The Firm’s Stokely Hathaway, Ethan Page, Matt Hardy & Isiah Kassidy walk in. Callis has Cutler keep rolling, and Omega mockingly asks where Stokely is, he can’t see him. Oh haha, Stokely knows you see him, he’s right here. But listen, you three are doing NOTHING all week? No wrestling, nothing? Just a week off? Ethan thinks that’s funny. The Firm’s employees don’t have that luxury, they work every single week, and Ethan wants that streak to continue.
So Ethan says how about this: The Elite VS Ethan, Matt & “Zay,” Friday on Rampage. Omega tells Callis he isn’t so sure, but Callis says this is Matt Hardy. If they get footage of Hardy taking a One Winged Angel, they could sell that NFT for a lot of money. Hardy says, “What about an NFT with Matt Hardy Twist-Of-Fating Omega?” Ethan likes that better! Well, as far as a match, it’s done. The Elite VS The Whatever They Are. Kassidy says he hopes the Elite is ready, cuz they sure are. Kassidy unsettles Kenny with an arm around his shoulders and a moan, and Ethan says this is good business. Hey, Brandon, is it? Cut the camera!
Matt Jackson tells Ethan Page that he doesn’t tell Brandon what to do! THEY tell him! Turn off the camera, ya damn dumbass! And get off the court, they’re trying to play. But will this 3v3 pick-up game go The Elite’s way? Or is it a trap game before taking on Fox, Dante & Darius?
Bryan Danielson VS Timothy Thatcher!
In the American Dragon’s quest to be #1 contender, he has defeated Tony Nese, Konosuke Takeshita, Bandido and Brian Cage, an undefeated streak of 4-0 in 2023! But now, Maxwell Jacob Friedman has enlisted a fighter very much like Bryan in his savage technical ability. Will Bryan make it to the deadline still on top? Or is this where MJF wins before Revolution even begins?
The bell rings and the two circle. They feel out the grapple, but Bryan’s shoulder is an obvious target. They grapple, Bryan puts Thatcher on ropes but Thatcher shifts to get the arm. Thatcher wrangles Bryan but Bryan scrambles to the ROPEBREAK! The ref counts, Thatcher lets off, and then smirks as he watches Bryan get up. Bryan and Thatcher feel out another grapple, Thatcher puts him in the corner, and then European Uppercuts! And again! And again! Bryan sits down and Thatcher goes after the arm! Thatcher twists the elbow and wrist, isolates the arm, and stands on the hand! Thatcher KNEES the arm!
Bryan scrambles away but Thatcher is right on him with a double wristlock! Bryan powers Thatcher to ropes, and clasps his hands behind his back. The ref counts, the two let off, but then Bryan fires off body shots and kicks! Bryan grabs a leg to DRAGON SCREW! Bryan holds onto the leg, turns Thatcher over and ties those legs up, to get a Deathlock! Fans rally as Bryan sits on the hold, then SNAPS it! Bryan then shifts to a BOW ‘N’ ARROW! Thatcher pries the fingers away! Bryan shouts in pain but Thatcher twists the arm! And STOMPS it down! Fans boo but Thatcher grins with that missing-tooth smile.
Thatcher KNEES Bryan in the back, stalks him to a corner, but Bryan puts Thatcher in the corner to CHOP and CHOP and KICK and KICK! Fans rally, Bryan runs corner to corner, and DROPKICKS! Bryan facelocks but Thatcher wrenches and WRINGS Bryan’s arm! Fans boo more but Thatcher drags Bryan up with a double wristlock! Thatcher uses his height to lift Bryan off the mat! Then Thatcher pushes Bryan down, but Bryan keeps his shoulders up. Bryan crawls around, ROPEBREAK! Thatcher lets go at 4 while fans rally up. Bryan clutches his arm but Thatcher goes after it again as Dynamite goes picture in picture.
Bryan endures but they’re also in the ropes so the ref counts. Thatcher lets off at 4, then digs his boot into Bryan at the corner. The ref counts, Thatcher lets off, only to stand on Bryan’s chest! The ref counts, Thatcher steps away, and he grins as he soaks up the heat. Thatcher mocks Bryan’s pain, then KNEES the bad shoulder! Thatcher KNEES Bryan again, goes out to drag Bryan tot he apron, and he SLAMS the arm on the edge! Bryan clutches his bicep and shoulder while the ref reprimands. Thatcher slides into the ring and stands Bryan up by his ears! Thatcher CLUBS Bryan on the chest! Thatcher fishhooks Bryan to stand him up, and CLUBS him again!
Bryan sits down, Thatcher stands him back up, and he hammerlocks the bad arm. Thatcher then back suplexes Bryan up and into the ring! Thatcher dusts off his hands while crawling to the cover, but Bryan wrangles him into the LEBELL LOCK!! Thatcher got cocky and got caught! But he scrambles to the ROPEBREAK! Bryan lets off quickly, but Thatcher is right on him! Thatcher UPPERCUTS the arm! Bryan goes to a corner, Thatcher KNEES him down, then drags Bryan back up. Thatcher EuroUppers Bryan, taunts the fans, then EuroUppers Bryan again. Bryan leans against ropes, Thatcher snarls at the fans, then gets in Bryan’s face.
Dynamite returns to single picture as Thatcher traps Bryan’s bad arm behind his back and throws hard body shots to that side. The ref counts but Thatcher grins as he throws more shots. Bryan fights back with HEADBUTTS! Fans fire up as Bryan backs Thatcher down, but Thatcher fires off body shot after body shot! Thatcher drags Bryan out to a hammerlock GROVIT, and then hits a GROVIT-PLEX! Cover, TWO!! Bryan is still in this but Thatcher snarls. Thatcher stalks Bryan at the ropes, bumps him off buckles, then reels Bryan in to hoist him up top. Thatcher UPPERCUTS, climbs up after Bryan, and he underhooks the arms!
Bryan resists and fans fire up! Bryan breaks free, throws body shot after body shot in return, and then HEADBUTTS Thatcher down! Thatcher growls and gets right back up! But Bryan throws more body shots! Fans rally “YES! YES! YES!” and Bryan HEADBUTTS again! Thatcher stays down this time, and Bryan stands up! Thatcher stands in time for the MISSILE DROPKICK! Both men are down as Bryan clutches his bad arm, but Dayton rallies up behind him! Bryan and Thatcher sit up, both snarl, and Thatcher EuroUppers! Bryan EuroUppers in return! They go uppercut for uppercut, but Thatcher gets the edge!
Bryan fires up to KICK! And KICK! Bryan KICKS away on Thatcher’s chest, “YES! YES! YES!” Bryan powers up but Thatcher blocks the Buzzsaw! Thatcher goes for the bad arm, wrangles Bryan down, but Bryan rolls through and gets around to waistlock. Thatcher bucks the O’Conner but runs into a backslide! TWO, FUJIWARA! No, Bryan rolls through to BUZZSAW! Cover, TWO!! But Bryan clamps on for HAMMER ‘N’ ANVIL ELBOWS! Fans rally again, but Thatcher blocks the arm! Bryan claws Thatcher’s face to get free, and get a SLEEPER! But Thatcher wants that bad arm! Bryan has to shift his grip, but Thatcher stands!
Thatcher pries the sleeper open because he can get the bad arm, but Bryan powers up! Bryan has the hold on tight, so Thatcher backs Bryan down! They end up ramming the ref into the corner! Bryan still holds on, but Thatcher hits a BIG back suplex! All three men are down and fans fire up! But here comes MJF! The AEW World Champion tells Dayton to shush, and he puts on the Dynamite Diamond Ring! MJF says, “It’s too damn easy. This is done! This is done!” MJF goes to the ring, but KONOSUKE flies in outta nowhere!! Konosuke won’t let MJF screw Bryan over! Konosuke attacks MJF, RAMS him into railing, and chases him to the back!
Bryan has Thatcher but Thatcher snatches the arm! FUJIWARA ARMBAR!! The ref is up, he asks Bryan, but Bryan endures! Thatcher pushes way back on the arm, but Bryan pushes his way forward with his legs! ROPEBREAK!! Fans fire up as Bryan survives by a literal foot! Thatcher lets go in frustration and he scowls as he throws hands on the bad arm. Thatcher drags Bryan up, clinches, BELLY2BELLY SUPLEX! Bryan flounders but Thatcher runs in, clinches, but Bryan switches! GERMAN SUPLEX! Thatcher fumes as he gets back up! Bryan dodges him, runs back in, BUSAIKU KNEE!! Cover, Bryan wins!
Winner: Bryan Danielson, by pinfall
Now 5-0 on the year, the quest continues! The American Dragon is not yet slain, but wait! MJF and Konosuke continue brawling backstage! MJF turns things around to send MJF into a road case! MJF gets a chair to CHUCK it at Konosuke’s head! And then he throws a trash bin! MJF says if Konosuke wants after him, this is what he gets! But Konosuke turns things back around to SMACK MJF off a table! MJF comes back, the hands fly, and security rushes in! Referees and management try to stop this, too! MJF says he’ll kill Konosuke but Konosuke says about the same in Japanese! Renee runs in to be on the scene, and she tells everyone to stop!
Renee informs everyone, “Per Tony Khan, next week on Dynamite in an Eliminator match, it will be Takeshita VS MJF!” MJF is pissed, he doesn’t agree to that, but he MUST! Will the Devil of AEW find that the Future of Wrestling is better than him?
Mogul Affiliates speak.
Swerve Strickland says, “It’s been a real relaxing last couple of weeks for Swerve and the Mogul Affiliates and all, since getting rid of some dead weight and all this. Until I was like, retriggered.” Dustin Rhodes returning to stand in front of Swerve’s camera, in front of Swerve’s lights, and with Swerve’s interviewer! “The Rhodes Family legacy really gets under my skin, with your father, Dusty Rhodes, giving Keith Lee the ‘Limitless’ moniker. So, since he’s not here, Dustin’s not here, either, let’s find some other nepotism, second generation punk boy to get rid of Friday night on Rampage. That means you, Brian Pillman. Ain’t that right, Parker?”
Parker Boudreaux says that’s right. “Ain’t that right, Trench?” The tattooed man says, “Yeah, that’s right.” Hoodies up, but will they put Bulletproof BPJ down?
BREAKING NEWS for next week!
February 8th, the deadline for Bryan Danielson becoming #1 contender, will see The American Dragon taking on La Faccion Ingobernable’s El Toro Blanco, RUSH!! And speaking of…
Backstage interview with LFI.
Lexi Nair is with El Toro Blanco, but also Jose the Assistant and “Perro Peligroso,” Preston Vance. She notes the announcement of Rush VS Bryan, but then there’s a knock at the door. MJF walks in and says, “Hola, mi hermanos! Senor Vance, Senor Jose, Senor Rrrrrush.” Rush asks what the hell this “perro” wants. MJF double checks, “perro” is dog, right? Well, there’s a little thing called personal space, so he’s just gonna take a step back. “But here’s the deal: my, uh, Spanish is come se dice… Mid. But I know one language, my friend, that is mucho, mucho universal.” And that is MONEY! A huge briefcase full of it!
MJF snaps the case shut and smiles. This first one is free of charge. But he has FIVE MORE filled to the brim with dinero. All Rush has to do is beat Bryan Danielson “by any means necessary.” All Rush needs to do is rip Bryan’s arm off and beat him over the head with it. Can Rush pull that off for him? Jose, translate. Jose translates, but Rush seems to understand explicitly. Rush tells MJF in Spanish, and MJF asks “dipsh*t” Jose to translate. Jose sums it up by saying they have a deal. Oh, is that right? That sounded a bit longer than that. But Rush, you don’t have to like MJF. He just has to get the job done. Pleasure doing business with you, perro.
MJF leaves, but Rush has his mission. Will Rush be raking in the money with one match? Or will nothing stop Bryan Danielson from earning his title match?
AEW TBS Championship: Jade Cargill w/ Leila Grey VS Red Velvet!
Finally, the biggest, fastest-rising star has reached her FIFTIETH match! But while the streak started with The Chef, will it end with her, too? Or will #ThatBitch not be stopped by even the person who knows her best?
The introductions are made, but Velvet attacks while Jade is strutting around! The bell rings, Velvet fires off forearms but Jade knees her low. Jade whips Velvet to a corner but Velvet boots her back! THESZ PRESS! Velvet rains down hands but Jade shoves her away. Velvet ducks but runs into an elbow! Jade drags Velvet up, but Velvet fires off forearms! Velvet whips, Jade blocks to reverse, but Velvet holds ropes. Jade runs in but Velvet sends her out! Leila hurries to Jade’s side but Velvet builds speed! Velvet WRECKS Jade with a dropkick! Velvet tells Leila to back off, then she storms up on Jade.
Jade elbows Velvet away, but Velvet comes back to ROCK Jade! Velvet CHOPS Jade right in front of her family! Velvet then puts Jade in the ring, storms up on her and Oklahoma Rolls! TWO! Jade staggers up, blocks a superkick, and she spins Velvet around. Velvet ducks the haymaker and runs the ropes, then wheelbarrows, but into a GERMAN SUPLEX! Fans fire up while Jade drags Velvet over to a cover, TWO! Velvet is toughing it out but Jade is getting frustrated. Jade scoops Velvet to SLAM her, then drops a BIG elbow! Cover, TWO, and Dynamite goes picture in picture.
Leila is annoyed and Jade frowns while Velvet sputters. Jade drags Velvet up, CLUBS her down, and Leila applauds. Jade bumps Velvet off top buckles, then middle buckles, then bottom buckles! Jade stands on Velvet in the corner and soaks up the cheers and jeers, but lets off at 4. Jade and the ref argue, but Leila gets cheap shots in! Leila scurries away and Jade hauls Velvet up for a FALL AWAY SLAM! And then kips up! Jade holds up both hands to say 50, and then flexes. Velvet bails out, Leila talks trash, and Jade storms over. Jade walks up but Velvet sends her into railing! Jade is getting mad, but Velvet avoids one haymaker to PENALTY KICK from the apron!
Velvet CROSSBODIES, but Jade catches her! Jade POSTS Velvet, then carries her around the way. Jade trophy lifts Velvet, goes up the steel steps, and then TOSSES Velvet at the ropes! Velvet falls, Jade covers, TWO!!! Velvet survives and Jade is getting real mad. Leila rallies the Baddie cheering section, and Jade stalks Velvet to a corner. Jade drags Velvet up, and TOSSES her across the way! Jade says that’s 50 right there, and then she does push-ups as Dynamite returns to single picture. But Velvet CHOPS! Jade CLUBS Velvet, then TOSSES her across the way again! Jade swaggers, dribbles, but Velvet dodges the dunk!
Velvet DROPKICKS Jade, then hits a CODE BREAKER! Jade staggers around, Velvet KICKS and KICKS and mule kicks! Velvet runs, but Jade BOOTS her down! Cover, TWO!! Velvet is still in this and wait! Kiera Hogan RAMS Leila into steel steps! The other former Baddie is here, but other refs come out to have her leave. This all distracts Jade, and Velvet rolls her up! Jade rolls through, but the STIR IT UP hits!! Cover, but the refs aren’t paying attention!! Fans count, Velvet would’ve won twice over by now! Aubrey Edwards finally notices and counts, TWO!! Jade survives and fans can’t believe it!!
Velvet is furious, she drags Jade around and hooks an arm, short arm scissor, and then the INVERSION! Jade endures, fights, but Velvet kicks at her! Jade endures as Velvet pulls on the arm, and she deadlifts Velvet! But Velvet sunset flips! Jade stays up, drags Velvet up with both hands, and pops her around! Chicken wings for JADED!!! Cover, Jade wins!!
Winner: Jade Cargill, by pinfall (still AEW TBS Champion)
FIFTY AND OH! Velvet came the closest of all, but will anyone ever stop Jade’s undefeated streak?
Backstage interview with Britt Baker.
Renee is with The Doctor, as well as Jamie Hayter, as they are with Doc Sampson. We only caught a glimpse of what happened to her earlier at the hands of Saraya & Storm, how is Britt feeling? Britt says this is fine. She’s fine, and if that’s how Storm & Saraya wanna play, that’s fine, too. Because Britt & Hayter can play that game, too. But wait, in walks Ruby Soho! Ruby just wants to talk. She heard what happened, is Britt good? Uh, Ruby, weren’t those your girls? Ruby has Britt hold on there. Ruby has nothing to do with Saraya & Storm, she doesn’t know what Britt’s talking about.
Britt says Ruby’s known Saraya & Storm a lot longer than she’s known the AEW originals, so sorry if it’s strange that Ruby only now shows up. But yeah, Britt is good. Hayter says Britt is great, actually. Ruby says she’s glad to hear it and walks off. There are battle lines being drawn, which side is the Runaway on?
BREAKING NEWS for Rampage!
Not only are The Elite and The Firm having it out, it is for the AEW World Trios Championships! Will Kenny & The Young Bucks make it through All Ego, Hardy & Kassidy to then take on Fox & Top Flight? Or will there be a change of plans for Dynamite? And speaking of Saraya & Storm, they are in tag team action once again, but will they continue to beat down All Elite homegrown talent? Plus, before taking on Bryan Danielson, Rush will take on the Fallen Angel, Christopher Daniels, in an epic match of former ROH World Heavyweight Champions! Will El Toro Blanco build momentum going into his battle with The American Dragon?
AEW TNT Championship No Holds Barred: Darby Allin w/ Sting VS Samoa Joe!
The series is tied at 1-1, with the Samoan Submission Specialist winning in Texas, but the Relentless One winning in his hometown of Seattle. Dynamite in Dayton is throwing out all the rules except one: win! Will Darby continue to be the fighting champion? Or will Joe return to being the One True King of Wrestling Television?
The introductions are made, the TNT title is raised, and one way or another, this is the series finale of Darby VS Joe!
Darby takes off his trench coat to reveal he, uh, customized his Hoodlum hoodie. He’s covered it in thumbtacks!! And as soon as he’s in the ring, he rushes in to COFFIN SPLASH Joe! Joe is reeling from the tack attack but Darby fires off tack-covered forearms! Fans fire up as Darby runs corner to corner, but Joe dodges the splash to GAMANGIRI! Joe then wraps up an arm in his towel, to LARIAT Darby down! Fans rally, Joe pulls Darby’s tack hoodie off and throws it away. Joe drags Darby up to CHOP him! Darby goes to a corner, but Darby kicks back. Joe stomps Darby, stomps him down, then storms off.
Joe goes out to look under the ring, and he brings out a TABLE! Dayton fires up, Joe picks the table up, but Darby DIVES into the table and Joe! The table doesn’t break but it, Joe and Darby all hit the floor! Joe is busted open on his forehead and fans fire up! Darby hurries to stand the table up, to then drop it on Joe! Darby then brings the steel steps around into the corner of the railing. Darby whips, Joe reverses, and Darby not only clips steel steps, he clips railing! Darby lands on his feet just from momentum, but he soon falls to his knees, clutching his back! Fans lose their minds while Joe stalks out after Darby.
Joe stands Darby up, throws knees into him, and then throws him into railing. Joe drags Darby up and they go up the bleachers. Joe SMACKS Darby off the handrail, then brings him up further. Joe smacks Darby off more railing, then keeps him going up. But Darby fights back! Darby CLUBS and CLAWS Joe’s back! Fans fire up but Joe DUMPS Darby down the steps! Fans are going nuts while Joe glares through his crimson mask, and Dynamite goes picture in picture.
Joe drags Darby up again, grinds him against the handrail, then SMACKS him off a fan’s chair! They go back to the lower level as Darby kicks Joe and crawls away. Joe keeps after Darby, drags him up, and brings him around the way to TOSS back to ringside! Darby narrowly misses hitting steel steps head first! Joe stalks Darby, drags Darby back up, then scoop SLAMS him on the steps! Darby writhes, flounders away, but Joe follows him to the corner. Darby throws Joe’s ROH World TV title at him, but that only upsets Joe. Joe storms in after Darby, stalks him to a corner, and waits on Darby to stand before he DECKS him!
Joe eggs Darby on as he stands over him. Darby doesn’t stand so Joe makes him. Joe snapmares to CHOP Darby on the back! And PENALTY KICK him in the chest! And then drops a fist on his head! Joe watches Darby writhe and the ref checks on him. Joe grins through the crimson mask, then stomps Darby down. Joe kicks Darby, then clamps on a neck wrench! Joe leans all his weight on Darby but Darby throws body shots. Joe doesn’t budge, and he CLUBS Darby down. Joe grins as Darby tires to sit back up. Joe clamps the neck wrench back on and he twists even harder! Darby endures, and Dynamite returns to single picture as Darby throws more body shots.
Joe lets go of the neck wrench, Darby hobbles and runs, but into an ELBOW! Darby falls over and Joe covers, TWO! Joe keeps focus as he looms over Darby. Joe KICKS Darby to a corner, and then stomps him. Fans rally and duel, but Joe is annoyed by that. Joe drags Darby up, DECKS him with a forearm, then clamps on another neck wrench! It’s practically a vice on Darby’s head, squeezing his skull! Darby endures, fights up, and he RAMS Joe into buckles! Darby fires off forearms and SLAPS! Darby runs corner to corner, but into the URENAGE! Cover, TWO!! Darby survives the #STJOE, but Joe stands Darby up to CHOP him!
Darby staggers, Joe CHOPS him again! Darby flops to the apron, Joe builds speed and he BOOTS Darby to the floor! Joe then storms out and looks under the ring. Joe brings out another TABLE! Fans fire up again but Joe has fans move aside. Fans oblige and Joe rests the table against railing. Darby is in the ring, Joe goes in and brings Darby up, but Darby JAWBREAKERS before the sleeper could lock in! Darby runs in at the corner to CHOP! And CHOP! And CHOP! Darby CHOPS away on Joe, but Joe TOSSES Darby right out of the ring! Joe has been treating Darby like a throw pillow, emphasis on the “throw!”
Darby flounders up, but Joe goes back over to bring him back in. Joe suplexes high and hard! Joe then goes out to fetch chairs! Joe puts a handful of chairs in the ring, then sets them up together. Fans fire up as they’re back to back to make a wedge! Joe stands Darby up, brings him over, BIG back suplex on the chair wedge!! Darby writhes and Joe has a sadistic smile. “Joe is gonna kill~ you!” Joe turns the chairs around to face each other, then brings Darby back up. But Darby uses POCKET SAND to stop the bomb! CODE RED!! Cover, TWO!! Joe survives but Darby hurries to hop on! THROWBACK STUNNER!
Joe falls into a drop zone, and Darby hurries to get his hoodie back! Darby puts that back on, climbs up the corner, and COFFIN DROPS!! Cover, TWO!?!? Joe survives the tack-enhanced senton and fans can’t believe it! Darby hurries outside and goes looking. Darby uses a knife to cut the strings that hold down the canvas! Some are tough but they all give way, and Darby pulls the canvas away. Darby then drags off the foam padding to expose bare wood! Darby is deconstructing the ring in order to better destroy Joe! Darby sees Joe outside, builds speed and DIVES, but Joe walks away! Darby CRASHES THROUGH THE TABLE!!!
Dayton is losing their minds as Joe puts Darby back in! Joe sets Darby’s tack covered jacket down, he picks Darby up, and he POWERBOMBS him on the tacks! AND THEN HE SMOTHERS DARBY WITH THE TACK JACKET!! Darby DIGS at Joe’s eyes!! Joe lets Darby go, but he staggers around blindly! Joe stands up into a CHAIR SHOT! And another! And another! Darby has Joe on the hard wood, climbs up top, but Joe pushes the ref into the ropes to trip Darby up!! Joe climbs up after Darby, tucks him in, and hits a SUPER MUSCLE BUSTER TO THE WOOD!!!! Cover, JOE WINS!!!
Winner: Samoa Joe, by pinfall (NEW AEW TNT Champion)
Darby’s relentless streak is over! Samoa Joe is now a TWO-TIME TWO BELT CHAMPION! But wait! “THIS IS WAAAR~!” Fans go nuts for Wardlow as he storms down to the ring! Joe is just as shocked as Wardlow runs in! SPEAR!! Wardlow rains down fists on the man who took his title and his top knot! Wardlow rips his shirt off, drags Joe up, but Joe scrambles away! Fans boo but Joe isn’t going to fight again so soon after the war he just went through. Security rushes out but Wardlow CLOBBERS them all! Then he hauls one up to POWERBOMB out onto all the others!! Wardlow will not be denied, when and where will he get his hands on Joe?
This was an awesome Dynamite! Same balance of action and talking, but the action was all on a different level this week. Of the talking, we got good stuff out of this AEW Originals VS Imports in the Women’s Division. Saraya & Storm really up their Heel heat by just attacking Britt unprovoked, and then Ruby checking in on Britt was an interesting turnaround from her telling she didn’t want Britt’s help. But we’re getting closer and closer to that big tag(?) match. Hell, make it a Blood & Guts match but with the women rather than the men. Saraya leads a team, Britt leads a team, Ruby will choose Britt’s side and there could even be a twist of Shida betraying Saraya during the match to cost the anti-AEW team.
Good promo from the JAS to set up things with Starks. I just knew Starks would have to beat everyone in the JAS eventually, so it’s clever for them to get it all done in one gauntlet match. Starks will of course make it past Menard and Parker, and I bet that just as it looks like Garcia is stepping up to face Starks, Guevara takes the spotlight from him. Starks will still get through the final opponent, and he’ll get his match with Jericho. Good promo from Mogul Affiliates, because one: it establishes that their group doesn’t like multigenerational wrestlers, and two: it gave Granden Goetzman his wrestler name, “Trench.” Swerve will surely beat BPJ, but I bet Dustin teams up with BPJ and Brock Anderson as a sort of AEW take on WWE’s Legacy faction to take on Mogul Affiliates.
Good promo from Jack Perry, but I’m surprised he waited until now to establish that he’s done with tag teams. But I suppose he’s done with The Firm, too, so he’s done needing reinforcements. As it stands, if he wants a singles title, he could start with the All-Atlantic Championship, but I could see JB making a move for THE AEW World title. Speaking of The Firm, good promo from them and The Elite. I wonder if this was really live or just the take where Nick actually made that shot. Anyway, I’m also surprised the trios match for Rampage is for the titles when the titles are going to be on the line for Dynamite. But I suppose if Orange Cassidy and Darby Allin are fighting champions, then so should the Elite. Which of course means The Elite win on Rampage to go on to face Fox & Flight.
We got an awesome match from Bryan VS Thatcher, but of course Bryan wins to keep his story going. Even after he had that awesome match with Brian Cage, Konosuke going after MJF was a great move. And getting himself an Eliminator match is a good, too, but I feel like MJF finds a way to stand tall. He’ll either cheat to win, or just get himself disqualified quickly so his night will be over quickly. MJF also had a really good promo with LFI. Rush is a great choice to take on Bryan Danielson, and Rush is also going to have a great match with Christopher Daniels on Rampage. I’m sure Bryan will still find a way to win and we’ll still get that Ironman match, it just has to be how this goes.
It’s mostly because I don’t even know who is the #2 contender, since AEW still hasn’t kept up with rankings in this new year. AEW bringing out a sudden twist of MJF still having that One Hour Ironman match against someone other than Bryan would be great stuff, since MJF has been so focused on Bryan, but I feel like getting MJF VS Bryan is still the thing everyone wants to see. Great opening match out of Hangman VS Moxley, and of course Moxley bleeds. It’s practically in his contract. But Hangman losing by a roll-up was a great surprise, and them still being after each other after, this has to continue until Revolution.
The Acclaimed winning a squash was a bit surprising, but obviously that was to make room for the promo that set up things with The Gunn Sons. But Billy suddenly saying his sons can have a title match with The Acclaimed? I hope there isn’t a turn coming where Billy is suddenly on his sons’ side again. It just feels like something is fishy, but who knows. Really good TBS title match from Jade and Velvet, but I guess since this wasn’t at a PPV, Jade wasn’t about to lose. Kiera trying to help Velvet only to mess things up was at least a good detail to protect Jade. But at this rate, who is even going to beat Jade when she’s gotten through even some great established names.
And of course, an awesome No Holds Barred match for the TNT title. Great innovation, such as Darby’s tack covered jacket and the different table spots. I was actually rather surprised to see Joe win this to once again be dual champion. But at the same time, Wardlow returning to continue his story with Joe is a logical reason as to why Joe needs to have the TNT title again. Perhaps Wardlow gets the TNT title back to have a second chance with that, and Darby can move up into the world title scene. And assuming MJF retains at Revolution, it works for Darby to be next as they have history in AEW.
My Score: 9/10
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