Mitchell’s AEW Dynamite Results & Report! (11/16/22)
We’re picking up speed!
AEW gears up for Full Gear!
Full Gear is just days away, so Dynamite is going to accelerate! The AEW World Title Eliminator Tournament Semifinals begins with Ethan Page VS Bandido!
- Bryan Danielson & Claudio Castagnoli VS Chris Jericho & Sammy Guevara; Bryan & Claudio win.
- Anthony Bowens w/ Max Caster & Billy Gunn VS Swerve Strickland; Swerve wins.
- AEW World Trios Championships: Death Triangle w/ Alex Abrahantes VS AR Fox & Top Flight; Death Triangle wins and retains the titles.
- AEW World Title Eliminator Tournament Semifinals: Ethan Page w/ Stokely Hathaway VS Bandido; Ethan wins and advances to Full Gear.
- AEW Women’s World Title Eliminator: Toni Storm VS Anna Jay “A S”; Storm wins and denies Anna a title opportunity.
PLAY BY PLAY
Bryan Danielson & Claudio Castagnoli VS Chris Jericho & Sammy Guevara!
Before the Blackpool Combat Club and the Jericho Appreciation Society battle over the ROH World Championship in a Fatal 4 Way, we see the American Dragon & Swiss Superman team up against #LeSexGods! Will Bryan & Claudio be able to gain an advantage before Full Gear? Or will #THEOCHO and Sammy use more sports entertainment to get one over on the pro-wrestlers?
As teams sort out, Jericho talks trash to Claudio, and that sparks a brawl! Claudio is after Jericho while Bryan and Sammy continue from last week’s Best 2 Outta 3! Claudio TOSSES Jericho out while Bryan CHOPS Sammy! Sammy CHOPS back! Jericho and Claudio brawl outside, Jericho CHOPS and CHOPS but Claudio EuroUppers! Bryan CHOPS and KICKS on repeat against Sammy! Sammy CLAWS Bryan’s bad eye! Claudio CLOBBERS Jericho against railing! Sammy digs at the eyebrow but the referee reprimands. Sammy lets off and whips but Bryan reverses to then kitchen sink knee! Fans fire up as the BCC has control.
Claudio whips but Jericho reverses to send Claudio into railing now! Bryan rains down HAMMER ‘N’ ANVIL ELBOWS, but Jericho storms in. Bryan catches Jericho to wrangle him down! Claudio gets in, he snapmares Sammy into position, and we get DOUBLE HAMMER ‘N’ ANVIL ELBOWS! Fans rally with “YES! YES! YES!” and the BCC let off as the ref reprimands. Bryan and Claudio forearm bump, then Bryan drags Sammy around to go after his legs. Bryan hooks the legs up, fishhooks Sammy’s nose, then he grabs the arms. Bryan brings Sammy up, up and away into the ROMERO SPECIAL!
Bryan lets Sammy down, tags Claudio, and he holds Sammy in place for Claudio to BOOT Sammy down! Claudio drags Sammy up, but Sammy pushes him to ropes. Sammy whips Claudio to then hurdle, flip, and DROPKICK! Sammy kips up so smooth but fans still boo. Jericho applauds Sammy and Sammy brings Claudio up. Sammy reels Claudio in, but Claudio suplexes! Claudio holds Sammy up, and he stares Jericho down as the fans count! Claudio does a squat! And another! And then the SLAM! Jericho runs in but Claudio suplexes him, too! Claudio pushes them down to DOUBLE SPLASH!
Fans fire up and Claudio tags Bryan. The BCC mug Sammy with a CHOP! Bryan bumps Sammy off buckles, then he CHOPS Sammy again. And KICKS! And CHOPS! And KICKS! CHOPS! KICK! But Sammy CLAWS the bad eye again! The ref reprimands, Sammy lets off and he tags in Jericho. Jericho bumps Bryan off buckles, CHOPS him now, then CHOPS again! And again! Jericho CHOPS Bryan down, then soaks up the heat. Fans boo so Jericho flips them off. Jericho flips Bryan off, but Bryan bends one of the middle fingers! Bryan isolates that arm and STOMPS it! Bryan bumps Jericho off buckles, CHOPS again, then tags Claudio.
Claudio EuroUppers Jericho and Jericho wobbles. Claudio EuroUppers Jericho down! Claudio traps Jericho in a seated cobra twist! Sammy reaches out, Claudio flips him off! But Jericho fights free to fire forearms and CHOPS! Bryan tags in and the BCC mugs Jericho. Bryan EuroUppers but Jericho ROCKS Bryan! Jericho CHOPS Bryan, then tags Sammy. Le Sex Gods double whip to double shoulder! Then they pose! Jericho storms up to stomp Bryan, then Sammy digs his boots in. Fans chant, “You Suck!” but Sammy climbs up. Sammy pretends he can’t hear the fans, then he hops down to CHOP Bryan.
Bryan gets in Sammy’s face, Sammy throws a forearm but Bryan CHOPS and KICKS and CHOPS and KICKS! Bryan whips corner to corner, goes corner to corner and DROPKICKS! Sammy stays up but Bryan DROPKICKS him again! But then Sammy drop toeholds Bryan into buckles! The ref reprimands, Sammy claims his jaw hurts, and that distracts the ref so that Jericho can CLOBBER Bryan with Floyd the Baseball Bat! Jericho hurries away and AEW goes picture in picture.
Jericho cheers himself on while Sammy drags Bryan from the corner. Sammy does the cocky pin a la Jericho, ONE! Sammy shouts at Bryan and he rains down fists! Then he BITES the bad eyebrow! Sammy then sits Bryan up to KICK him in the chest! And again! And again! And again, but Bryan blocks it! Bryan stands but Sammy CLAWS the bad eyes again! Tag to Jericho, they mug Bryan, and Jericho puts Bryan in the ropes to CHOKE! The ref counts, Jericho lets off, to then grind Bryan’s face into the ropes! The ref backs Jericho off and he just flexes. Jericho then storms over to Bryan and drags him up to CHOKE more!
The ref counts, Jericho stands on Bryan even, but he hops off at 4. Jericho CLUBS away on Bryan’s back, then soaks up the heat. Jericho runs, but Bryan dodges and the straddle attack hits ropes! Fans fire up while both men are down! Hot tag to Sammy and he DECKS Claudio! Claudio gets back up but the ref stops him. Sammy rains down fists on Bryan, then he soaks up the heat. Sammy pretends he can’t hear the fans, which only riles them up, and he tags Jericho back in. Dynamite returns to single picture and Le Sex Gods double suplex to hold Bryan up! They hold until ten before the SLAM! Jericho has the cocky cover, ONE!
Jericho drags Bryan up as fans rally, and Jericho CHOPS Bryan to a corner. Jericho stands Bryan up by pulling hair, and then he CHOPS Bryan again. And CHOPS again! But Bryan turns things around to CHOP! And CHOP! And CHOP! CHOP! Bryan whips but Jericho reverses, only for Bryan to go up and over! Bryan keeps moving, ducks ‘n’ dodges and CLOBBERS Jericho! Fans fire up while both men are down! Jericho and Bryan crawl, hot tag to Claudio! Claudio rallies on Jericho, TOSSES Sammy into the ring, then EuroUppers Jericho to a corner. Claudio drags Sammy up to TOSS at Jericho! And then he runs in to EuroUpper Jericho!
Claudio fires off uppercut after uppercut but the ref backs him off. Claudio cools off, but comes right back to fire more uppercuts! Fans fire up but the ref counts again. Claudio lets off, but then jukes around to fire off MORE EuroUppers! Claudio runs, and he LARIATS Jericho down! Cover, TWO! Jericho survives the onslaught but Claudio hauls him up. But Jericho back drops free! Claudio lands on his feet! Claudio ducks and springboards to FLYING UPPERCUT! Cover, TWO!! Jericho survives again but “This is Awesome!” Claudio drags Jericho around but Jericho pokes him in the eye! Jericho trips Claudio but Claudio fires elbows!
Claudio boots Jericho away to then trip Jericho! Fans fire up but Sammy gets in to SUPERKICK Claudio! Claudio uses that to CATAPULT Jericho! But Jericho lands safe on the corner! Jericho jumps to schoolboy Claudio and turn him! Sammy builds speed to FLY out onto Bryan! WALLS OF JERICHO!! Claudio endures, he crawls over and reaches out, but Sammy pulls the rope back! Jericho then pulls Claudio from ropes! Bryan POSTS Sammy! Bryan then goes up top to MISSILE DROPKICK Jericho down! Fans are thunderous as all four men are down! Bryan hurries back to his corner and fans rally up. Hot tags to Bryan and Sammy!
Sammy and Bryan stare down as they step forward. Fans boo as Sammy fires off forearm after forearm, but Bryan starts leaning into those shots! Sammy runs, but into a ROLLING ELBOW! Bryan dares Sammy to get back up. Sammy sits up, into a KICK! KICK! KICK! “YES! YES! YES!” Sammy ducks the buzzsaw and CLAWS the eyes! Fans boo but Sammy JUMP KNEES! Sammy vows to end this and he torture racks Bryan, to GO TO- NO, Bryan slips under and around to get the arm! Bryan wrangles Sammy into the LEBELL LOCK!! Sammy endures, crawls around, flails and reaches out, and he gets the ROPEBREAK!
Fans boo and Bryan lets go in frustration. Bryan hauls Sammy up, puts him up top, and CHOPS him! Bryan climbs up after Sammy, but Sammy throws body shots in return. Bryan and Sammy shift, and Sammy BITES Bryan’s forehead! Sammy stands to SUPER CUTTER!!! Hot tag to Jericho, LIONSAULT!! Cover, Claudio breaks it!! Fans are thunderous again and Sammy storms in, POP-UP UPPER! But Jericho CLUBS Claudio out of the ring! Jericho and Bryan stand, Jericho ROCKS and whips but Bryan ducks ‘n’ dodges, DOUBLE HEADBUTTS collide!! Fans rally again as both men crawl, hot tag to Claudio!
Jericho is almost to his corner, but Bryan DIVES out onto Sammy! Jericho grabs Floyd instead! Claudio is fired up, and he trips Jericho before he can swing! We get a SWISS SWING instead!! Fans count along as Claudio goes all the way to TEN! Claudio stops at 13, steps through, and he snatches the bat away! SHARPSHOOTER!! Jericho taps, the BCC win!
Winners: Bryan Danielson & Claudio Castagnoli, by submission
The Blackpool Combat Club are victorious together against the Jericho Appreciation Society! But at Full Gear, it’ll be every man for himself! Win or lose, will Bryan and Claudio still coexist in the BCC after? Or will somehow, someway, the JAS keep the ROH title in their possession?
AEW takes a closer look at Jon Moxley VS MJF.
The Maniac says, “There is no other Jon Moxley in the sport of professional wrestling.” And Maxwell Jacob Friedman says, “Jon Moxley is the best wrestler in the world, for now.” Excalibur says we’ve seen a different side out of MJF lately, but Moxley says MJF “is a child.” Jim Ross says that if nothing else, MJF is “very, very intelligent.” Taz says that MJF wanting to earn it this time… “Okay.” Excalibur says this is something MJF has never really done in AEW. JR says it’ll take the match of a lifetime for MJF to win.
Excalibur says Moxley has proven he’s the best wrestler in the world today, and Moxley says that he has “stared into the void of death. What’re you gonna do to me?” Will the Blue Eyed Battler be unstoppable as world champion? Or will the Devil of AEW have the prize he’s wanted for so long?
Darby Allin has another video.
It shows a smashed guitar a la Jeff Jarrett, and two body bags. Those body bags do some crowd surfing at a concert, and then end up in the middle of the desert. Sting hauls one body bag into his car and drives off. the bag unzips, and it’s Darby Allin. Darby hops up front and the Relentless Icons drive. Sting says, “Full Gear… It’s showtime.”
Jay Lethal, Sonjay Dutt & Satnam Singh respond.
They applaud the video and Sonjay says Sting and Darby cruising down the highway, they can show up at Full Gear because that is all he’s been wanting! Jeff Jarrett then walks in and says that he’s got this. “Sting. 24 years ago when we stepped foot in the ring against each other for the first time. You want to use your catchphrase for Full Gear, saying ‘It’s Showtime!’ Well Saturday night at Full Gear, it’s gonna be your LAST time.” Jeff then tells the camera to back up off him already. Will Double J & Jay have the final say on Sting’s legacy?
Anthony Bowens w/ Max Caster & Billy Gunn VS Swerve Strickland!
The Acclaimed will settle things with #SwerveInOurGlory at Full Gear, but we get a sampler as the Five Tool Player takes on Swerve 1v1! Will Bowens remind Swerve that EVERYONE loves The Acclaimed? Or will Bowens get lost in Whose House? SWERVE’S HOUSE!
But of course, Platinum Max has a diss track on deck! “Acclaimed getting warmed up for Full Gear with the brand new video world premiere! Swerve In Our Glory, yo, you ain’t special. Y’all’re ’bout to get burned like Jay Leno! We goin’ viral again! Swerve’s mad, I think he’s on his cycle again! Bowens gonna put him in the grave, and in Connecticut, everybody loves The Acclaimed!” Bowens gets the mic to say, “BRRRIIIDGEPOOOORT~! The Acclaimed have arrived! Scissor me, Daddy Ass!” And the moment we’ve all been waiting for, their brand new music video!
Captain Insano!? The Ass Boys attacked him from behind, and Captain Insano will show them no mercy! Harsh words from a powerful man. But then someone calls in. It’s Keith Lee & Sneaky Swerve! “Captain Insano. We were wondering the statistical probability of Swerve In Our Glory beating the Acclaimed to regain our tag team championships at Full Gear.” Insano & The Acclaimed laugh! It’s ZERO!! Nice Water Boy reference.
“It’s eye for an eye, you be looking like Fetty Wap. You got your nose sticking out like a Netty Pot. You think you can beat The Acclaimed, but I bet you not. You’ve gotta better chance of doing that heavy squat. Bird-leg Swerve’s not tough in the street. Keep writing whack raps that’ll put me to sleep. Put some flowers on your grave like three petunias, and your tag partner looks like Cleveland Jr. This one goes out to Sneaky Swerve and Keith Lee, make the fans at home just turn off their TV. You nervous-Lee speak, Acclaimed at Full Gear, you need more than two gears in your whole career.
“How you gonna be a rapper and you can’t spit? How you gonna be a mogul on the D List? Selfies with unknown celebrities. Big fat stacks, little D energy! Eye for an eye, hand for a hand, don’t cross the line, you don’t stand where I stand. Acclaimed in the house, yeah, we cancel your plans. You will never be the tags champs again! Scissoring the only thing bringing world peace. Man, you got your family up in the dirt sheets. Fake stories, talk about how esteemed you are. Only a snake would align with the media.
“You got anemia, you at a lighter weight. I dangled you off the side of Empire State. Nobody’s repping insecurity like you do. Red carpet paparazzi gotta ask, ‘Who’re you?’ At All Out, we saw you’re not popular. At Grand Slam, you were not what you thought you were. Full Gear, the Acclaimed, no stopping us. We leave you with the IV, repping heart monitor.” The video ends with the flatline, and fans cheer. But then “Whose House?” “SWERVE’S HOUSE!” Caster may have talked big, but can Bowens win big for his team tonight?
But then Billy TACKLES Swerve at the ramp! Caster and the ref pull him away and more refs rush out! They EJECT Daddy Ass and Caster! Swerve smirks, but Bowens turns him around to ROCK him with a right! Bowens SMACKS Swerve off the steel steps, then he stands on Swerve’s hand! Bowens STOMPS the hand! Swerve hobbles away into the ring but Bowens pursues. Bowens and Swerve throw hands, the bell rings, and Bowens CHOPS Swerve in the corner. And CHOPS again! Bowens whips but Swerve reverses, only for Bowens to go up and over. Bowens rolls, hurdles, then headlocks.
Swerve powers out, Bowens hurdles, and Bowens mule kicks, front kicks, then runs to LEG LARIAT! Cover, TWO! Fans rally for Bowens and he has Swerve on the ropes. Bowens puts Swerve through the ropes, but Swerve CLUBS Bowens on the back! Fans rally for Bowens but Swerve blocks to ROCK and HOTSHOT! Bowens staggers away and shakes out the bad arm. Swerve gets in, he half nelsons, but Bowens switches and shoves. Swerve stops himself, gets around Bowens, rolls him and Eddy Gordo RANAS! Swerve BOOTS the haymaker to then basement dropkick! Fans boo but Swerve watches Bowens bail out. Swerve runs and FOSBURY FLOPS!
Swerve hurries back up to the apron and he wants Bowens to get up. Bowens stands, and Swerve BOOTS him back down! Swerve drags Bowens around, drags him up, and he hammerlocks an arm before a BACK SUPLEX on the railing! Bowens tumbles into the front row and fans boo while AEW goes picture in picture.
Swerve snarls as fans help Bowens back up and to ringside. Bowens clutches the arm but Swerve stalks him at ringside. Swerve chinbars Bowens while talking some trash. Swerve then POSTS Bowens! Swerve has some swagger as he stalks Bowens more. Swerve drags Bowens up and pulls him against the post! Bowens endures as the bad arm is bent against steel! The ref counts and Swerve shoves Bowens down. Swerve paces while Bowens drags himself into the ring. Swerve taunts Bowens as Bowens keeps a leg guard up. Swerve KICKS Bowens in the side, YANKS the bad arm, and KICKS Bowens in the ribs! Swerve CLUBS Bowens, but Bowens kicks back!
Swerve throws hands, he has Bowens in a corner, and he wraps the bad arm around the ropes! The ref counts but Swerve lets off at 4. Swerve “apologizes,” then he SUPERKICKS Bowens down! Swerve swaggers more, but Bowens swings! Swerve dodges, half nelsons and rolls Bowens to rain down fists! Bowens defends his bad arm but that leaves the other side open. Swerve clamps onto the bad arm and he grinds it with the cording hold! Bowens endures, even as Swerve smothers him into the mat. Dynamite returns to single picture, fans rally for Bowens, but Swerve does push-ups on the bad arm.
Bowens keeps moving around, he gets up and he powers Swerve into a corner! Swerve keeps on the armlock, but Bowens RAMS him in again! Swerve RAMS Bowens into buckles! Swerve snapmares and KICKS Bowens in the back! Fans boo but Swerve grins as he goes up the corner. But Bowens trips Swerve up! Swerve tumbles to the mat and crawls away! Fans fire up as Bowens stands up in the corner. Swerve runs in, Bowens dodges and GAMANGIRIS! Bowens whips corner to corner but Swerve reverses, only for Bowens to come back and CLOBBER Swerve! Fans rally for Bowens as he fires back up.
Swerve stands, Bowens ROCKS him with a haymaker! And another! Swerve runs in, Bowens sidesteps then follows to run Swerve over! Bowens kicks Swerve, CLUBS him over and over and over with elbows and forearms! Swerve wobbles to the corner and fans fire up with Bowens! Bowens runs corner to corner, forearm smash! Side to side, forearm smash! Bowens reels Swerve in, OLYMPIC SLAM! Cover, TWO! Bowens is frustrated but he drags Swerve back up. Bowens clinches but Swerve throws elbows. Swerve wrenches to a double wristlock! Bowens endures, Swerve half nelsons but Bowens slips free!
Bowens ELBOWS Swerve, ROCKS him, CHOPS him and SUPER- NO, Swerve dodges the kick to throw Bowens down! Swerve rolls and hauls Bowens up to a BRAINBUSTER! Bowens sits up, Swerve takes aim from the corner, and fans boo as Swerve asks, “Whose House?” “SWERVE’S HOUSE!” HOUSE CALL!! Cover, TWO!?! Bowens survives, but Swerve just STOMPS the bad arm! Swerve drags Bowens around, hammerlocks the good arm and stands on it as he pulls the bad arm! Swerve STOMPS the bad arm!! Bowens flails and clutches the shoulder! But Swerve goes up, KILL STOMPS!! Cover, TWO!?!?
Swerve can’t believe that Bowens survives! Bowens rises and Swerve tells him to look him in the eyes. HOUSE C- NO, Bowens avoids the kick, but then Swerve blocks the roll-up, to TWIST the arm! Then half nelson, J M L DRIVER!! Cover, Swerve wins!
Winner: Swerve Strickland, by pinfall
Sneaky Swerve? This was Sinister Swerve! Will Bowens be in any shape to help Caster defend the tag titles? Or will the Acclaimed have no choice but to #BaskInTheirGlory?
AEW takes a closer look at Jade Cargill VS Nyla Rose.
THE AEW TBS Champion says she has given this company her blood, sweat and tears, and yet someone can just come and steal her belt and no one can do anything about it? Tony Schiavone says Nyla’s antics “have really, really worked in her favor. She basically put herself in contention for the TBS title by stealing the belt.” Renee Paquette says she’s been around firsthand to see how pissed off Jade is not having the physical belt, and to feel this disrespected. But the Native Beast tells Jade, “When you came here to AEW, you thought you were gonna run roughshod all over the Women’s Division. Well guess what? Brrrrrring! It was me calling! Your wake-up call!”
Nyla vows to show Jade exactly why the most violent storms are named after people! But Jade says that when she gets her hands on Nyla and get that belt back, it won’t be a game! Will Jade stay the UNDEFEATED TBS Champion? Or will Nyla finally be the one to dethrone #ThatBitch?
Tony Schiavone is in the ring.
“Needless to say, a week ago, it was wild and it was crazy. And a lot of questions. With that in mind, here is the ROH World Television Champion, Samoa Joe!” The Samoan Submission Specialist makes his way out, and despite what he did to Wardlow, fans still chant his name. Joe gets in the ring with Schiavone and Schiavone says that was a shocker last week as we saw the end of #WARJOE. Why exactly did all of that go down? Fans now chant for “WARD~LOW!” and Joe says first and foremost, it is an honor to be in the ring with Schiavone. He reminds Joe of an old acquaintance named Paul, but hopefully this goes better than that.
That said, it was a “shocker” what Joe did to Wardlow? That it was unexpected? Schiavone says yes, it was. Joe asks Schiavone a question back: “Is it shocking for a man to refuse to be a victim. Is it shocking to hear somebody stating the fact that they want something from you, and you take it for face value and you take action? Is that shocking, Tony Schiavone?” Well, put it that way, then no. So then is it shocking that Wardlow, week after week, came here, ran his mouth and failed to recognize the most dangerous man in the room? For that mistake, he paid the ultimate price! Because Joe refuses to wait around and be a victim, unlike most of the fans in this arena tonight!
Fans boo but Joe says they’re the type of people to wait around for the storm to hit! The type of people who sit around and wait for someone to save them! Joe saves himself! And if anyone has a problem with that, they can take it up with Joe. But wait! POWERHOUSE WILL HOBBS heads out! Hobbs has his music stop so he can say, “Congratulations, Joe, but you’re a little bit late to the party. If you haven’t noticed, I’ve been the one kicking Wardlow’s ass for the pass several weeks. So why don’t I come down to the ring and kick your ass, champ?” Joe says he wants to see if Hobbs bumps knuckles as good as he flaps his gums! Joe tells Hobbs to get his ass in the ring!
Hobbs storms up, but here come WARDLOW! The AEW TNT Champion’s music puts Hobbs on edge, but Wardlow isn’t coming down the ramp! He hops the railing and SPEARS Joe in the ring! Wardlow rains down hands, Hobbs rushes in and goes after Wardlow! They brawl now, but then Joe rushes the two of them! The locker room sends out the biggest and bulkiest, like Josh Woods, The Butcher, The Blade and then some, and then even security rushes in! Fans want to “Let Them Fight!” but Hobbs slips out the side. Joe also exits, but Wardlow DECKS guard after guard! The Dark Order decide to just let Wardlow go.
Wardlow snarls and builds speed?! Wardlow FLIES onto the cluster!! Wardlow bowls over everyone, and then he tears off his shirt! He says this is Wardlow’s World, but will he topple two mountainous men to prove it?
Britt Baker speaks.
“Four times. Four times, Saraya, you stared me dead in the eyes and told me I don’t have what it takes to be a star. You reminded everyone that I’ve only been on television for three years. But in those three years, I went from a nervous, happy-to-be-here girl to a confident, tenacious, face of this company. In three years, I became a leader, and learned very quickly as a leader, you take all the blame when everyone else receives the credit. In three years, I became my own damn role model.
“And I wasn’t handed anything that you weren’t also handed, and that is an opportunity. I took that opportunity and I ran with it until I became undeniable, until every fan in that arena says it with me when I tell them I’m Dr. Britt Baker, DMD. And no, I didn’t wrestle in Madison Square Garden, but do you know where I did wrestle? In Daily’s Place. In Jacksonville, Florida, for over a year. When the fans couldn’t come to us, we were there for them. We kept the fire of professional wrestling burning in the darkest of times, and that’s an era you’ll never know.
And Saraya, I respect you. I respect that you fought addiction and won. I respect that you came back from a horrible neck injury. And I respect that you paved the ground for me to be standing right here, right now in this business. But this business owes you nothing. Nothing! It has moved on. And what you’re not gonna do is stand there and belittle me, belittle my accomplishments, belittle my blood, sweat and tears because you’re stuck in the past. I am the heart, I am the soul, I am the pulse of AEW. And if you think you’re above that, you can get the hell out. This is MY house.” The Doctor is ready to fight tooth and nail with the returning Saraya Knight, but who will truly be The Revolution?
AEW World Trios Championships: Death Triangle w/ Alex Abrahantes VS AR Fox & Top Flight!
The Bastard wants the Lucha Brothers to be more like him, especially if that’s what it takes to retain these titles. Rey Fenix & Penta El Zero Miedo didn’t seem so sure, but will they see what he means tonight? Or will this be a title match of shock & awe from three incredible high-flyers?
The introductions are made, the belts are raised, and we see what each side is willing to do to come out on top!
The trios sort out but tensions rise. The returning Darius Martin starts against Fenix while fans chant for “CERO MIEDO!” Fenix and Darius tie up, Fenix headlocks but Darius powers him to ropes. Fenix bucks the O’Conner Roll and drops down on Darius to cover, TWO! Darius knuckle lock covers, TWO as Fenix kips up! Fenix CHOPS Darius, goes up and up but Darius disrupts that to wrench and swing. Fenix dodges, but then is put on the apron. Fenix counter punches, throws Darius down, then slingshots over, but into a victory roll! Fenix rolls through that to have his own victory roll, but Darius throws Fenix up and out! Darius rallies the fans, but Fenix grabs at his legs!
Darius avoids the trip and turns wheelbarrow into waistlock. Fenix standing switches, Darius goes around and switches back. Fenix trips Darius but Darius boots Fenix to ropes! Fenix rolls back to wheelbarrow Darius but Darius arum-drags! Fenix tiger feint rewinds, but Darius ducks the heel kick! Both men bob ‘n’ weave and dodge kicks, and fans cheer the standoff! Fenix and Darius shake hands, then the tag out to their brothers. Dante and Penta circle now and fans rally with “CERO! MIEDO!” Penta steps up to Dante and tells him to listen. “CERO! MIEDO!” Penta pie faces Dante to ropes, but Dante flips up and over!
Dante ducks ‘n’ dodges to tiger walk kick Penta! Fans fire up as Penta rushes in, and Dante springboards to go up and over again! Dante rolls back, and TORNADO DDTs! Penta gets up, into a DROPKICK! Penta bails out and fans fire up! Penta hurries back in, and Dante tags Fox. Penta tags PAC! Fans fire up as these two stare down. Fans rally for the hometown Fox but Pac trips him! Things speed up, Pac handsprings over Fox but Fox trips Pac! Things speed up again, Fox handsprings over now and he eggs Pac on! Pac snarls, headlocks, but Fox powers out. Pac runs Fox over, keeps moving, but Fox hurdles and Pac leaps.
Fox keeps moving, now Pac hurdles and Fox leaps! Pac SOBATS, runs, but Fox follows. Pac dodges, but Fox goes Matrix to then ENZIGURI! Fans fire up as Pac goes to a corner. Fox runs in corner to corner, BIG back elbow! Snapmare roll and CUTTER! Pac bails out, Fox goes to the apron and he goes up the corner, to MOONSAULT! Fox puts Pac in, goes up the corner, and he SWANTON BOMBS! Cover, Penta PENALTY KICKS it apart! Dante ROUNDHOUSES Penta! Fenix jumps in, Dante gets under, Darius COMPLETE SHOTS! Fox & Top Flight have Pac in the corner, then they DOUBLE RIPCORD for the CUTTER!!
Fans fire up as Pac flops out of the ring to regroup with the Lucha Brothers. Fox & Top Flight build speed, but the Lucha Brothers SUPERKICK the Martins while Pac BOOTS Fox! Death Triangle then coordinate, SOBAT to double mule kicks! Then TRIPLE basement dropkicks sandwich Fox! The Martins return but get more DOUBLE SUPERKICKS! Then Death Triangle coordinates again, Penta runs to wheelbarrow with Fenix, VICTORY SPLASH STANDING MOONSAULT COMBO! Pac covers Fox, TWO!! Fox survives and fans fire up as AEW goes picture in picture.
Pac is annoyed but he looms over Fox. Pac drags Fox up, wrenches and bumps him off buckles. Tag to Penta, Penta drags Fox up and he hushes the crowd. Then he CHOPS Fox against ropes! Fox is gasping as he drops to his knees, but Penta wrenches him and brings him over. Tag to Fenix, Fenix has Fox against the ropes and CHOPS! Fox sputters while Fenix fires up the fans. Fenix fireman’s carries, WASTELAND SLAMS Fox down, and then Penta goes up top! QUE PASO~! Cover, TWO!! Fox survives that stomp to the exhaust pipe but Fenix keeps him down with a chinlock. Fenix bumps Fox of buckles then tags in Pac.
Fenix CHOPS Fox, Pac runs in, DOUBLE BOOTS hit their mark! Pac stays up, and he stomps away on Fox! Pac snarls, digs his boot in, but the ref counts. Pac lets off at 4, Fenix gets a cheap shot in! Pac drags Fox up, wrenches, and he tags Penta. They mug Fox, that BIG kick going right to the ribs. Penta lines up a shot and he KICKS Fox’s leg out! Penta tags Pac back in, they mug Fox with another kick, and Fox hobbles to the corner. Pac stomps Fox down, then lets off to bring Fox back up. Pac whips Fox corner to corner, runs in, but into a BOOT! Dynamite returns to single picture as Fox swings, but into a back suplex! Fox lands on his feet! Tag to Darius!
Darius rushes in to rally on Pac with big clotheslines! Darius whips, Pac kicks but Darius blocks to trip Pac up! Then PENALTY KICK! Darius drags Pac up, suplexes, BRAINBUSTER! Cover, ONE!! Pac shocks Darius but he drags Pac up. Darius puts Pac in the corner, UPPERCUTS, then tags Dante. Darius whips but Pac reverses, but Darius wings around Dante to then give him a boost for a dropkick to Pac! Pac staggers, Fenix tags in, and Fenix waistlocks Darius! But Darius throws Dante up and over so that Dante can waistlock Fenix! Pac aims at Darius but he dodges, and Pac has to pull up to not superkick Fenix!
Fenix elbows Dante away, but he and Pac argue about what just happened. But then Dante half nelsons Fenix and Darius reels Pac in, ASSISTED TORNADO DDT, and a HALF NELSON SLAM! Fans fire up with Top Flight as they kick, KICK and LARIAT Penta! Death Triangle bails out, Dante tags Fox, and Darius builds speed. Dante slingshots over Darius’s DIVE! Direct hit on Penta! Dante then goes up and FLIES to take out Pac & Fenix! The Martins set up Death Triangle for Fox’s IMPLODER SENTON! Direct hit on all three men and fans are thunderous! Fox puts Fenix in, he runs corner to corner, but Fenix BOOTS!
“This is Awesome!” as Fenix GAMANGIRIS Darius away! Fenix goes up, Fox goes up after him, ARABIAN PRESS SLAM! Fox goes back up top, 450 SPLASH!! Cover, Penta & Pac break it! The Martins rush back in, Darius throws out Pac but Penta throws out Dante. Pac RAMS Darius into railing! Penta RAMS Dante into railing! Fox whips Fenix but Fenix tiger feint rewinds and HEEL KICKS! Tag to Penta while Fox wobbles! A KICK to the side, then Penta reels him in! Fenix goes up top while Penta tucks Fox in, FEAR FACTOR! Fenix DIVES to take out the Martins! Penta sets Fox up and tags Pac in, for the BLACK ARROW!! Cover, Death Triangle wins!
Winners: Death Triangle, by pinfall (still AEW World Trios Champions)
It would seem The Bastard learned from the Lucha Brothers that they didn’t need to cheat to win! They just outgunned the human fighter jets! Pac gets the mic to say, “OI! Ladies and gentlemen, let me ask you a question. Do you think that Death Triangle are stupid? Huh?! Do you think that we’re not aware of what’s going on? Do you think we haven’t seen the videos, heard the rumors? Well what we’ll say is this. If there are certain individuals in this company who think they can make their triumphant return this Saturday at Full Gear… And if they think they can just mosey in and best the Death Triangle… Well that’s ridiculous.
“And you know who you are. So I will say this, and I will make it very, very simple for you. Gentlemen, we are…” “TRIANGULO DE LA MUERTE~!” “And if you want some this Saturday, then please bring the heat. Cuz I promise ya, Death Triangle runs from nobody! You understand?” Penta says you know what they have: CERO! MIEDO!! But wait! Another video plays on the tron! The ticking clock, Full Gear, the AEW World Trios Championships will be defended! Death Triangle VS… THE ELITE!! Fans are going nuts just to see it as a graphic!
Pac says, “Finally! Finally, some transparency! This Saturday, AEW Full Gear, Death Triangle VS The Elite. Gentlemen, you may think you’re coming for us. But we’ve been waiting for you.” Will Death Triangle be the death of The Elite? Or will Kenny Omega & The Young Bucks make up for the reign that never was?
Ricky Starks speaks.
“Lance Archer. You got one up on ol’ Absolute. I was not medically cleared to compete because of an attack by you, and that was cool. You love to attack people. Hey, so do I. That’s why this week on Rampage, it’s gonna be you and me. And I’m saying this: let’s start backstage! Let’s start with me wrapping my hands around your braids and dog-walking you around the arena. And then, breaking them off and making you choke on them! Why? Because I don’t talk in ifs, ands or maybes. I talk in absolutes. And the absolute truth is this: on Rampage this week, I am going to beat you!” The Absolute wants to fight, but will he learn that against the Murderhawk Monster, #EverybodyDies?
AEW World Title Eliminator Tournament Semifinals: Ethan Page w/ Stokely Hathaway VS Bandido!
All Ego got past The Mad King while the Most Wanted got past El Toro Blanco. Now they meet, with just one win left before moving on to Full Gear. Will The Firm soon have a ticket to New Jersey and that golden ticket? Or will Bandido humble All Ego this close to the PPV paycheck?
Before the match, Ethan has a mic to say, “Is that it? That’s all the reaction All Ego Ethan Page gets? Well listen to Ethan Page, you simple, basic ass civilians! Tonight, I’m walking through Bandido, and then, Saturday at Full Gear, I’m becoming #1 contender!” It doesn’t matter if it’s Mox or Max, because at Winter is Coming, you’re looking at the NEXT world champion! Ethan gets in the ring and Bandido makes his entrance. The bell rings and Bandido circles with Ethan. They tie up, Ethan headlocks, but Bandido powers through to wrench and wristlock. Ethan wrenches and hammerlocks to then headlock again.
Bandido slips out the back to hammerlock, but Ethan throws elbows. Ethan headlocks again, but Bandido wrenches out and wrenches around to wristlock. Ethan wrenches and wristlocks in return, but Bandido handsprings and breaks free to aim a finger gun. Fans fire up but Ethan kicks low. Ethan headlocks, Bandido powers out and then hurdles over. Bandido drops down, Ethan stops himself but Bandido runs in. Ethan sidesteps, Bandido rolls off Ethan’s back, and then Bandido ducks ‘n’ dodges to handspring! Ethan moves, but Bandido tilt-o-whirl headscissors him away! Fans fire up and Bandido runs in to UPPERCUT in the corner!
Bandido reels Ethan in, finger gun BANG and suplex, but Ethan blocks! Ethan suplexes but Bandido knees free! Bandido suplexes Ethan up and over! Cover, ONE! Bandido keeps on Ethan with an armlock but Ethan whips free. Ethan grabs at the ref to distract from Stokely swiping at Bandido! Bandido is distracted and Ethan CLOBBERS him from behind! Ethan rains down fists while the ref reprimands and AEW goes picture in picture!
Ethan soaks up the heat as he roars, and Stokely just nods and shrugs. Ethan looms over Bandido, drags him up, and scoops him to SLAM him! Then Ethan drops a BIG elbow! Cover, TWO! Ethan wraps on a rear bearhug to keep Bandido down, but Bandido endures. Bandido reaches out, crawls forward, and he gets the ROPEBREAK! The ref counts, Ethan lets go at 4, but Ethan drags Bandido back up. Bandido fires forearms and a SUPERKICK! Bandido runs, but Ethan runs Bandido over! Ethan glares as he paces, and then he shouts at fans. Ethan soaks up the heat from Bridgeport, then he goes back to Bandido.
Ethan drags Bandido up, reels him in, and he hits a BACKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! Ethan drags Bandido around, but Bandido powers Ethan to a corner! Bandido RAMS his shoulder in again and again, then finger gun BANG and- NO, Ethan dodges the splash! Ethan drags Bandido up to whip corner to corner hard! Bandido bounces off buckle and Stokely likes what he sees. Ethan tells the fans to kiss his ass! Ethan drags Bandido up, reels him in, and Dynamite returns to single picture. Fans rally for Bandido and he slips free of the crucifix lift! Bandido goes to a corner, Ethan runs in, but Bandido drops down to let Ethan hit buckles!
Bandido drop toeholds Ethan back into buckles, KICKS him, then sweeps the legs! Bandido runs to basement dropkick Ethan out of the ring! Bandido goes to the apron, he jumps over Ethan’s sweep, and he SUPERKICKS Ethan away! Bandido then climbs up the corner, stands on the post, and he ARIHARA MOONSAULTS!! Direct hit and down goes Ethan! Fans lose their minds and Stokely is stunned! Bandido puts Ethan in the ring, he climbs up the corner again, and Ethan stands for a SKY TWISTER! Cover, TWO!! Ethan survives and Stokely hurries to coach him up. Ethan stands, Bandido runs in! 21- NO, Ethan elbows free!
Ethan steps into the ropes to use them for a JUMPING CUTTER! Cover, TWO!! Bandido survives and fans fire up! Ethan drags Bandido up while Stokely seethes on the outside. Ethan puts Bandido up top backwards, then he climbs up top. Ethan brings Bandido up into the crucifix, SUPER- STEINER!! Bandido turns Ego’s Edge into a steiner, and then he trophy lifts Ethan! For the SLAM! Bandido goes up top fast, and he FROG SPLASHES!! Cover, TWO!?! Ethan survives Bandido’s tribute to Latino Heat! Stokely is still panicked as he shouts for Ethan to get up. Bandido hurries up top again, but Ethan trips him up!
Bandido takes a tumble to the mat and he clutches his leg. Ethan goes up top, but Bandido SWATS Ethan! Bandido climbs up now, he stands Ethan up, but the bad leg stops him. Ethan scoops Bandido for a SUPER SLAM! Bandido stands, into a FLYING SHOULDER TACKLE! Ethan then hauls Bandido up, for the EGO’S EDGE! Cover, Ethan wins!
Winner: Ethan Page, by pinfall (advances to Full Gear)
Ethan said it himself, “Two down, one to go!” But with Ricky Starks still having to face Lance Archer, and then the winner of that almost immediately having to face Brian Cage, who is it that meets All Ego in the finals?
AEW looks closer at Jungle Boy VS Luchasaurus II, in a Steel Cage!
Renee Paquette says this match practically has to be settled inside the cage, “because there’s just been so many different outside factors with these two men, I think they just need to keep things contained, no outside sources, no bullsh*t. It just needs to be these two men settling the differences between them, and having a definitive winner.” Jungle Boy Jack Perry says that when he and Luchasaurus step into that ring together, after 15 YEARS of friendship, “one of us is a beast, and the other one is a man. It’s time to find out who’s who.” Will the Jurassic Express Civil War all come to a close at Full Gear?
Backstage interview with Saraya.
Renee again interviews Saraya as we are days away from Full Gear and the in-ring return of Saraya, her first match in five years, and her first match since she was medically cleared earlier this month. How is she feeling? Saraya feels fantastic. She feels lucky to have this opportunity to get back in the ring again. She never thought it’d happen. She was told it’d never happen, so she’s very fortunate. But she’s sick of the back and forth between her and Britt. Britt comes out to talk about opportunities, but Saraya tells Britt that Saraya also got an opportunity to be here. She wants to be here, she chose to be here because she wanted to beat the best, and that is Britt.
Saraya is sick of the talking, she doesn’t want to keep talking, she’ll see Britt this Saturday at Full Gear! The Revolution heads out, will she take over to make AEW her house?
AEW looks at Rampage’s big time tag match!
Ortiz says that for the first time in some time, he’s actually nervous. He’s going to be in there with a living legend in Jun Akiyama, and the up-and-coming star, Konosuke Takeshita. Konosuke says he’s back in AEW, and he’s with the Japanese legend, “Sternness” Jun Akiyama. Eddie Kingston says it was May 1st, 1998, Hiroshi Hase VS Jun Akiyama in the Tokyo Dome. Eddie saw that match and said to himself, “I want to fight Jun Akiyama.” Konosuke says he and Akiyama will show the world DDT Pro-Wrestling’s style.
Eddie says he’s waited for this his entire life, and no disrespect to Akiyama-san, but he’s coming at him with the greatest fight he’s ever fought with! So this Friday, Akiyama better bring it, too.
AEW Women’s World Title Eliminator: Toni Storm VS Anna Jay “A S”!
Originally meant to be La Faccion Ingobernable’s Bunny, a change had to be made when Bunny got sick and wasn’t cleared to compete. So now the Jericho Appreciation Society’s Star of the Show gets to have her chance! With a title match looming at Full Gear, will the Queenslayer strike down the Lightning From Down Under? Or will Anna not be able to weather the Storm?
The bell rings and Storm circles with Jay. They approach, but then Jay slips past Storm and celebrates a bit. Fans boo but Jay says she’s serious this time. They approach, but again Jay slips past Storm to smile and celebrate. “I got her!” Storm is annoyed, she and Jay approach and Jay gets around Storm again, only for Storm to reel her in for a headlock! Storm thrashes Jay around, hits a takeover, but Jay keeps her shoulders up. Jay kicks around, powers up and out, but Storm runs Jay over! Things speed up, Storm KICKS Jay, then runs to BOOT Jay down! Jay flounders to a corner as fans fire up.
Storm runs in to hop up and MONKEY FLIP! Jay flounders away again and fans fire up as Storm runs corner to corner, Jay moves, Storm goes up the corner, but Jay kicks the legs out! Jay hits a DRAPING BACKSTABBER! Storm flounders, Jay runs side to side, roll and KICK! Jay soaks up the heat while Storm sputters, and AEW goes picture in picture.
Jay stomps Storm around the ropes, drags her up and puts her through ropes to CHOKE her! The ref counts, Jay lets off at 4, and Jay mocks fans with fake tears. Jay puts Storm in a corner and digs her boot in! The ref counts again and Jay again lets off at 4. Jay soaks up more heat, but Storm ROCKS her with forearms! Jay ROCKS Storm back! Jay whips Storm to a corner, runs in and ELBOWS her! Jay taunts the fans, then she digs her boot into Storm! The ref counts while Jay takes a bow and blows a kiss. Jay lets off, ROCKS Storm with a forearm, then stalks Storm along the ropes. Jay whips and ELBOWS Storm again! Cover, TWO!
Jay argues the count but the ref defends it was fair. Jay CHOKES Storm, the ref counts, and Jay lets off at 4. Jay smiles and drags Storm up. Jay CLUBS Storm down then clamps on a chinlock. Storm endures as Jay leans on the hold and mocks the fans. Storm fights up, but Jay wrangles her back down! Jay leans on the hold but Storm still endures. Storm fights up, throws elbows, and fights free to throw a forearm! Jay throws it back, and Dynamite returns to single picture. Storm throws another forearm, Jay throws another one back. The forearms go back and forth, and Storm gets the edge!
Jay clinches, knees low and whips, but Storm reverses. Jay ducks but Storm hit a THESZ PRESS! And fast hands! Storm fires up and so do the fans! Storm drags Jay up, CLUBS her again and again and again! Storm runs, LARIATS, and then drags Jay right back up to FISHERMAN SUPLEX! Bridging cover, TWO! It wasn’t quite perfect and Storm is frustrated. Storm drags Jay by her legs, ties those up, but Jay kicks and gets the ROPEBREAK! Storm lets off to run side to side, SWEET CHEEKS MUSIC! Jay hits the floor and fans fire up! Storm goes out after Jay, but Jay YANKS Storm into steel steps!
Jay drags Storm up and Gory Especials for a GORY BOMB! Shoutout to her bestie, Tay Melo! Or maybe an old friend of Storm’s? Jay puts Storm in the ring, drags her up and wrenches, DANGEROUS HOOK KICK! Then another GORY BOMB!! Cover, TWO!?! Storm survives and Jay is furious! Anna shouts that she’s gonna choke Storm out! She wraps on one arm, but Storm arm-drags free! Storm runs in to SHOTGUN Jay down! Jay is in the corner, Storm runs in corner to corner, SWEET CHEEKS MUSIC!! And then the legs are tied up, in the TEXAS CLOVERLEAF!! Jay taps, Storm wins!
Winner: Toni Storm, by submission (denies Anna Jay a title opportunity)
Wait! Here comes Jamie Hayter! Storm’s former friend and next challenger is here, but she says she’s not here to fight? Hayter just wants to have a great match for the title with Storm. Storm holds the title up and then bumps Hayter. Hayter pushes back, but will she be able to knock Storm down? Or will Storm avenge another friend’s betrayal by proving she IS championship material?
BREAKING NEWS for “Full Gear Friday!”
Last week on Rampage, Lee Moriarty called out any and all champions under the AEW umbrella, and it was the Cold-Hearted, Handsome Devil who stepped up! Hook VS Moriarty for the FTW Championship happens live on Rampage! Plus, Athena VS Madison Rayne, and then the World Title Eliminator Quarterfinal, Starks VS Archer finally happens! Who wins to then face The Machine?
And BREAKING NEWS for Full Gear itself!
After the massive brawl between three massive men, it’ll be a massive Triple Threat for the AEW TNT Championship! Wardlow defends against BOTH Samoa Joe AND “Powerhouse” Will Hobbs! Will Wardlow’s World be changed forever after Saturday?
Jon Moxley heads to the ring!
William Regal accompanies the AEW World Champion as he makes his entrance through the crowd once again. Moxley gets a mic to say, “Thank you, Justin Roberts. I am Jon Moxley, and I am the AEW World Champion. And they say the championship doesn’t make the man, the man makes the championship. So who exactly is Jon Moxley? I’ll tell ya. I am the best professional wrestler on parent Earth. I am the baddest son of a bitch in this game. I talk sh*t and I back it up. I have traveled the world far and wide, seeking the toughest challenges. I have taken on all comers, and I have defined the AEW World Championship.
“And the announcers say like, ‘Oh, Jon Moxley, he loves to fight,’ like it’s a good thing. Like it’s something to be admired. It’s not. I’m sick in the head, man. I am literally sick in the head. I am addicted to the rush of adrenaline and pain and hurting myself and my opponent, being in wars, being in fights! I love it, man!” Fans cheer that! Moxley says no one can hurt him, because he literally doesn’t care. “That is exactly who Jon Moxley is. Now last week, I asked the question, ‘Who is MJF?’ And I am the world champion, so I scout my opponents, so I did a little research over the last few days to find out.
“And I found out a few things. I found out that MJF is actually a really good singer. Very good singer. I found out he has exactly one win in this ring in the last six months. He beat my Young Boy, actually. He took a summer vacation after some embarrassing bad Brian Pillman stuff. Took a summer vacation, came back with a Halloween mask on, and somebody handed him a poker chip in the worst ending to a ladder match I have ever seen. And now, he’s cashing in, he’s got a shot at the world heavyweight championship. That’s what we came to. So forgive me if I’m not exactly shaking in my boots.
“You people see the MJF he wants you to see, this perfectly curated version. Prepared speeches, handpicked opponents. I see a man dripping with insecurity, a kid playing wrestler. I see a man filled with fear that maybe he won’t live up to the hype. But you’re gonna see something very, very special this [Saturday] at Full Gear. You’re going to see the world champion do what he does best. MJF is not challenging me, I’m challenging MJF! I’m challenging you (MJF) to show me something! Show me you got some guts! Show me you got some balls! Show me something, MJF! Show me why everybody thinks you’re gonna be the future of this industry.”
Stokely Hathaway walks out? Stokely says Mox looks good, and then Lee Moriarty jumps in the ring! Moxley’s ready and he tosses Moriarty right back out! But the rest of The Firm attacks now! W. Morrissey CLOBBERS Moxley, then Ethan Page goes after Regal! The Gunns run in, Moriarty returns, and Morrissey and Moriarty stomp Moxley while the Gunns help Ethan hold Regal back! Fans boo, Ethan helps stomp Moxley now, and then Moriarty PENALTY KICKS Moxley! But here comes MJF! Maxwell Jacob Friedman storms out to the ring and dares The Firm to come after him now! MJF DECKS Austin, DECKS Colten, and then continues down the ramp!
MJF CLOBBERS Moriarty, slides in, but Morrissey choke grips! So MJF LOW BLOWS him! No matter how big you are, that still hurts! Ethan runs in but MJF dodges, the BOOT gets Morrissey! And then MJF pokes Ethan in the eyes and LOW BLOWS him, too! And then DECKS him with a haymaker! The Firm goes running and fans fire up with MJF! Regal guards Moxley but MJF tells The Firm that they should leave Connecticut before he “firmly take my boot and shove it up your ass!!” MJF then look to Moxley and says, “You, Jon, while you’re laying there, hopefully in a ton of pain, let me explain something.
“I did not save your ass cuz I like you, Jon, no. No, I saved you because I don’t want any of your piss-ant mark fan club making any excuses for ya when I know your lights clean out! No Dynamite Diamond Ring necessary! Ain’t that right, Will?” MJF and Regal glare at each other, and then MJF paces. “When I got in this business, my ultimate goal was to become the best wrestler in the world. And I’m not an idiot, Jon. I know this Saturday in the Prudential Center, I’m in for the fight of my life. You’re one double tough bad son of a bitch. But know this: I ain’t the same kid I was the first time we fought for that piece of gold.
“Y’see, this time, you can dump me on my head as many times as you want. You can make me bleed buckets. You can snap, crackle ‘n’ pop ever single ligament, joint and bone in my body, but I will not stop! Because I need that belt more than I need water, more than I need food, and more than I need oxygen! Because when you’re the man that holds the AEW World title, that makes you the best wrestler on God’s Green Earth, and GADAMMIT, it’s MY time!” Fans cheer that! “Now I heard you, Jon, I heard you last week when you said I’m not the Devil. That’s classic. Jon, maybe you haven’t been listening very well, so allow me to tell you.
“The greatest trick the Devil ever pulled was convincing the world he doesn’t exist. And this Saturday at Full Gear, you are going to find out that I AM the Devil himself! Because my name is Maxwell! Jacob! Friedman! And I’m better than you-” Moxley snatches the mic! Moxley says, “Y’know, I never really saw what the big deal was with you anyway. But this weekend at Full Gear, we’re gonna find out if you’ve got it in here. If you can’t find it in yourself, I will reach in and pull it outta you, because that’s my job. This Sunday… Is the show on Sunday or Saturday? Saturday? Okay. Full Gear, the training wheels come off.”
Moxley tosses the mic back to MJF, but MJF drops it. Regal is there to stare at both men as MJF points to the belt. MJF says it will be his, no matter what anyone wants. Moxley pushes past MJF to take his leave, but will the Maniac prove to MJF that he’s not better than him, and he knows it?
A great go-home Dynamite for AEW, but still with some big questions. Starks had a really good promo calling out Lance Archer, and Ethan VS Bandido was a great semifinal match, but uh… How is this going to work? Starks pulling double duty on Friday? Because I definitely see Starks going over Archer, and he’s meant to face Brian Cage, but will that be a “surprise” match on Rampage? Or part of Zero Hour on Saturday? Because they can’t just cut Cage out of the tournament, that’d be BS. Either way, Starks VS Ethan feels like the given World Title Eliminator Finals for Full Gear, so somehow Starks is going to make it through two monsters on the way to the PPV.
We got a great tag team opener with BCC VS JAS, and I like that Claudio swung Jericho while Jericho held the baseball bat. BCC wins is a sign that Jericho retains the ROH title, but who knows if it’s because Sammy gives Jericho the win, or because Sammy does all the work and Jericho takes advantage. Caster had a great rap live, and then had another hit in the newest music video. But then Swerve winning in the match, I’m pretty sure that means The Acclaimed win the title match and we start seeing Keith VS Swerve. Then, depending on how FTR VS Austin & Colten go at ROH Final Battle, it’s obvious we’ll get Acclaimed VS FTR going towards AEW Revolution in 2023.
Great promos to hype up the Full Gear matches, too. Britt had a great response to Saraya tearing her down last week, and then Saraya had a good response to that. It’s not like Britt can’t be a Face after that promo, but Britt of course prefers being Heel and does a damn good job of it, so win or lose, Britt’s staying Heel after Full Gear. Storm VS Jay was a great title eliminator and main event match, but I figured Storm was going to win. Hayter showing up to not fight Storm was a nice twist, and who knows how their match goes. But given Storm wanted to face Thunder Rosa in the first place, I bet Storm holds on until Rosa returns so they can finally have it out.
All the video promos were good, too, from Jade and Nyla to Jungle Boy to Darby’s newest vignette and the response from Lethal and Jarrett. We also got a great promo from Eddie, Ortiz and Konosuke to hype up their match for Rampage. That is going to be awesome stuff, especially for the fact that a legend like Jun Akiyama is making an AEW debut. The FTW Championship for Rampage is going to be great, too, and then we got a great segment from Samoa Joe, Will Hobbs & Wardlow. I knew the Triple Threat was coming, but only Joe has the potential to become a double champion, so maybe that’s not happening. But this could be a great chance for Hobbs to get the title without Wardlow looking that weak. Then Hobbs and Wardlow feud towards Revolution.
We got an awesome Trios Championship match, Darius looked great in his TV return, but I figured Death Triangle would win. And it was great that Pac was self-aware and knew The Elite was going to return. He called them out, they basically responded with that graphic, and that Trios title match could be a show stealer. And then we got both a great hype vignette and a couple of promos from MJF and Moxley. The Firm attacking and then getting run off by MJF, this is keeping alive the idea that MJF is just pulling a bigger con than ever before, but I still really hope that’s just to swerve us back and MJF actually does do this on his own. Moxley underestimating MJF could also be his downfall, I can’t wait to see how this turns out.
My Score: 8.8/10
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Mitchell’s AEW Dynamite Results & Report! (3/22/23)
Independence is Dynamite!
Dream matches, grudge matches, title matches, oh my!
The AEW World Tag Team Championships, Moxley VS Grayson, Hook VS Stokely under NO DISQUALIFICATIONS, and Kenny Omega VS El Hijo del Vikingo, all on one night!
- Six Man Tag: Orange Cassidy, Darby Allin & Sting VS The Superbad Squad; Cassidy, Darby & Sting win.
- AEW World Tag Team Championships: The Gunns VS Top Flight; The Gunns win and retain the titles.
- No Disqualifications: Hook VS Stokely Hathaway; Hook wins.
- Jon Moxley w/ Wheeler Yuta & Claudio Castagnoli VS Stu Grayson w/ The Dark Order; Moxley wins.
- Toni Storm w/ The Outcasts VS Skye Blue; Storm wins.
- Kenny Omega VS El Hijo del Vikingo; Omega wins.
PLAY BY PLAY
There’s a medical emergency backstage!
Hangman Page is on the phone with someone while Brandon Cutler gets in the ambulance. Cutler tells Hangman to make sure someone’s with Nick, meaning MATT Jackson is in the ambulance! The ambulance drives away, and now Nick is loaded into a second! The Young Bucks were attacked before cameras were rolling, Don Callis calms Kenny Omega down, and Hangman rides with Nick. Omega has his main event match with AAA rival El Hijo del Vikingo, but who went after his best friends?
Six Man Tag: Orange Cassidy, Darby Allin & Sting VS The Superbad Squad!
Freshly Squeezed is still a champion, as he retained the now AEW International Championship in Canada. But now, a familiar foe is rearing his Superbad head once again. Kip Sabian is bringing Butcher & Blade with him to go after Cassidy while his Best Friends are down and out. But will Cassidy’s new pals be more than enough to turn back the Superbad Squad?
The trios sort out and Cassidy starts against Kip. Fans rally and chant for “FRESHLY SQUEEZED!” but Kip copies Cassidy putting his hands up. Cassidy rushes in, Kip gets around and waistlocks to headlock. Cassidy powers out, headlocks back, but Kip powers out, only for Cassidy to slip around and headlock again. Kip powers out, things speed up and Cassidy arm-drags, but Kip cartwheels through! Kip mocks Cassidy, Cassidy rushes in but Kip dumps him out. Kip fakes Cassidy out with an Arabian Press, then he mocks putting his hands up again. Cassidy rushes back in, dodges Kip now, and sends him out!
Cassidy mocks Kip, then puts his hands up. To put his hands in his pockets! Kip rushes in, Cassidy dodges and SHOTGUNS! Cassidy kips up and fans fire up, but Kip scrambles away to tag in Butcher. Butcher eggs Cassidy on, but fans cheer as Cassidy tags in STIIIING! The Icon steps to Andy Williams and Andy talks trash. Butcher swings a forearm, but Sting just brushes it off! Butcher throws another forearm, but then Sting counter punches! And back hands! And punches again! Sting kicks low, ROCKS Butcher, then fires off in the corner. But Butcher claws at the eyes! The fans boo but Butcher BITES Sting’s forehead!
Butcher BLASTS Cassidy and Darby, then mocks Sting’s howl. Butcher runs, but misses the splash! Sting runs to hit the STINGER SPLASH! Fans fire up as Sting snapmares and gets the legs! But Blade and Kip attack! Fans boo but Darby and Cassidy fight them off! Kip throws Cassidy out, Blade scoops and dumps Darby out, then the Superbad Squad coordinates. Butcher & Blade reel Sting in, Butcher tags Kip, and then they DOUBLE SUPLEX Sting! Kip goes up the corner, but Sting slow rolls away, a la Cassidy! Speaking of Cassidy, he and Darby go after Butcher & Blade on the outside! Fans fire up but Kip is frustrated.
Kip storms over to another corner and climbs up again, but Sting slow rolls the other way! Fans fire up, Darby reaches out and makes the tag! Kip leaps, Darby gets under to SLAP, HEADBUTT, roll and CODE RED! Cover, TWO! Kip is still in this and Penelope Ford gets on the apron! The ref reprimands her while Darby whips Kip. Kip reverses, Darby goes up the ropes, but Blade trips him up! Darby hits the mat hard, Kip stomps away, and fans boo while AEW goes picture in picture.
Kip drags Darby up while Butcher sends Cassidy into barriers! Kip hits a FISHERMAN SUPLEX! Bridging cover, TWO! Tag to Blade, the squad mugs Darby, then they send him into a corner. Blade runs in to CHOP! And CHOP! And then snapmare to PENATLY KICK! Cover, TWO! Blade drags Darby over, tags in Butcher, and they DOUBLE HEADBUTT Darby down. Butcher drags Darby up to CHOP him back down. Butcher drags Darby up to bump him off buckles, then he tags Kip. Kip stomps Darby, then taunts Sting. The ref reprimands Kip but that allows Blade to CHOKE Darby! Kip howls, tags Blade, and the mugging continues.
Blade brings Darby up to ROCK him with a forearm. Blade brings Darby around to whip him to ropes, to then POWERSLAM! Cover, TWO! Tag to Butcher, he stomps Darby, then ties up the legs. Darby throws hands from below, but Butcher still drags him into a TEXAS CLOVERLEAF! Darby endures, claws his way around, but even Penelope taunts him with shouting, “TAP! TAP!” Dynamite returns to single picture as Darby crawls towards his corner, only for Blade to swing him out into a POWERBOMB! Cover, TWO! Darby survives but Butcher tags Kip. Kip drags Darby up to wrench an arm and whip. Darby uses that to BLAST Butcher & Blade!
Kip runs in, blocks Darby’s boot and spins Darby around to back suplex. Darby lands on his feet, but his knee jams! Darby crawls and scrambles, but Kip drags him back! Kip catches Darby, Blade trips Sting! Blade sends Sting into barriers! Darby sunset flips Kip, Kip stays up so Darby lets him go to hot tag Cassidy! Fans are thunderous as Cassidy eggs Kip on! Kip rushes Cassidy but gets a buckle bump! Cassidy goes up top, and CROSSBODIES! Cassidy keeps moving, he ducks ‘n’ dodges to tilt-o-whirl DDT! And kip up! Fans are thunderous again as Cassidy gives Kip those “devastating” kicks! But then Butcher runs in to CLOBBER Cassidy!
Fans boo and the ref reprimands, but Butcher brings Cassidy up. Butcher lifts but Cassidy fights the bomb! Blade gets in, they DRAG THE LAKE!! Kip covers, TWO!! Cassidy survives and Kip is furious! Kip howls, runs and CANNONBALLS! Fans boo but Kip soaks it all up. Kip is too busy having fun, he misses Cassidy tag STIIIIING! Sting walks up to give those same “devastating” kicks! Kip thinks it’s Cassidy, and turns around into quite the surprise. Sting “beats” his chest, Kip swings, but into a LARIAT! Sting really fires up, and he rallies on the Superbad Squad! Kip springboards, but Sting catches him! SCORPION DEATHLOCK!!
Ford freaks out, Blade gets up and throws hands, but Sting doesn’t flinch! Butcher adds on, the 2v1 is too much and Kip gets free. But Darby returns to fire off on Butcher & Blade! Butcher blocks one, CLUBS Darby and then hoists Darby up. Darby BOOTS Blade, BITES Butcher’s hand, then runs to DOUBLE COFFIN SPLASH! Butcher & Blade bail out but Darby builds speed, into Kip’s body shot! Kip avoids Orange’s punch, to suplex, STUN-DOG MILLIONAIRE! Then Cassidy DIVES to take out Blade! Darby hops up to THROWBACK STUNNER on Kip, then he DIVES into Butcher!
Sting has Kip in the dragon sleeper, and fans are thunderous for the SCORPION DEATH DROP!! Cover, Sting’s team wins!
Winners: Sting, Darby Allin & Orange Cassidy
A huge win for the unlikeliest of trios, and Cassidy adorns Sting with the sunglasses! As for Darby, he is looking at the Double or Nothing banner. The Relentless One wants at MJF and the gold, will he be living it up in Las Vegas?
AEW shares backstage footage from last week.
After having his “Re-Bar-Mitzvah” interrupted by Darby Allin, Sammy Guevara and “Jungle Boy” Jack Perry, it was obvious Maxwell Jacob Friedman was mad. He curses up a storm, then says he is the world champion! But Darby Allin says the world title means much more than money and fame. It is him being him. And Jack Perry, for himself, his family, and everyone who supported him all this time, he is going to become champion on his own. Sammy says that the world title is his destiny! He said so since episode ONE of Dynamite that he is going to be world champion. But MJF says that’s not how it works! You don’t waltz up to the champ and call your shot, you EARN it!
MJF has beaten Darby, Sammy and JB once each in 1v1 competition in their AEW careers, and he tells them they have to become #1 contender. Good luck trying, because all three of them SUCK! Sammy says he’ll win as many matches as it takes to get that belt off MJF. JB says that you can check the record books. He’s already won more matches than any of them. Darby says he’s beaten Sammy and he’s beaten JB, so he will stop at nothing to make sure that MJF is no longer champion. Who of these three Young Pillars of AEW will be THE one that challenges MJF at Double or Nothing?
AEW takes a closer look at tonight’s main event dream match.
Excalibur narrates that, “In 2021, there was no one hotter in professional wrestling than Kenny Omega. Known as ‘The Belt Collector,’ Omega won championships around the world, including in Mexico, where he won the AAA Mega Championship. At the same time, El Hijo del Vikingo was quickly establishing himself as one of the premier luchadors in all of Mexico. A match was made for December 2021: Vikingo, Omega, for the first time ever for the AAA Mega Championship. Unfortunately, Omega’s injuries at Full Gear were so severe, they required surgery, keeping him out of action for nearly a year.
“Now, with Omega back at 100%, the dream match is on for tonight. Kenny Omega, El Hijo del Vikingo, live!” Who will come out as truly the best today?
AEW World Tag Team Championships: The Gunns VS Top Flight!
They may not be the Young Bucks, the Lucha Brothers or the Hardy Boyz, but Austin & Colten are the brother tag team reigning over AEW. But will they soon find out they are not nearly as good as they think they are? Or will the Gunns cause the Coldest Tag Team in the Game to melt down?
The introductions are made, the belts are raised, and we see who is really the better brother duo!
The teams sort out, Austin starts against Dante, and Independence taunts the “ASS~ BOYS!” Austin tunes that out, knuckle locks with Dante, and then he CHOPS! Austin goes up and up, but then says no no no. Austin hops down, swings on Dante, but misses! Dante knuckle locks and CHOPS, then he goes up and up and FLYING ARM-DRAGS! Dante kips up and fans fire up! Austin tags Colten, but Dante arm-drags Colten down! Tag to Darius, the Martins double whip and speed things up, to then DROPKICK Colten down! Austin runs in, but into a DROPKICK! The Gunns regroup, but the Martins double clothesline them up and out!
Fans fire up as Dante says they’re getting those belts. The “ASS~ BOYS!” regroup and Colten slides back in. Tag to Austin, he and Dante circle again, and Austin gets around to shove Dante to ropes. Dante BLASTS Colten before the cheap shot! Dante then goes up and over Austin, only for Austin to pull hair! The ref reprimands, but misses Colten HOTSHOT Dante down! Fans boo as Austin stomps and Dynamite goes picture in picture.
Austin whips Dante out of the ring, then taunts Darius to distract the ref. Colten stomps away on Dante! Colten puts Dante in before anyone notices, and Austin bumps Dante off buckles. Tag to Colten, he stomps Dante, but lets off as the ref reprimands. Colten stomps some more, he and Austin taunt Independence and Darius, then Colten drags Dante up. Colten DECKS Dante, then mocks the fans. Colten ROCKS Dante, ROCKS him again, then suplexes. Cover, TWO! Colten stays between the Martin brothers, drags Dante over and bumps him off buckles. Tag to Austin, he stomps Dante now, then digs his boots in.
The ref reprimands but Austin mocks the fans rallying for Dante. Austin lets off and Colten CHOKES Dante! Colten lets off Dante before he gets caught, and Austin tags Colten in. Colten drags Dante up, whips him to ropes, and the Gunns body shot, knee lift and LARIAT! Cover, TWO! Colten stays between the Martins again, drags Dante up and whips him to the corner. Colten runs in but Dante dodges the splash! Austin tags in and hurries to stop Dante. Austin shoves Dante down, but Dante fakes Austin out to go under! Austin still grabs a leg, tags Colten back in, and the Gunns double back suplex! But Dante lands on his feet!
Dynamite returns to single picture, Dante goes over Austin, over Colten, and tags in Darius! Darius rallies on the Gunns and fans fire up! Darius hits an atomic drop on Austin, then LARIATS Colten! Mule kick for Austin, and Darius whips him at Colten. Austin reverses but Darius uses that to UPPERCUT Colten! Austin runs back in, but is sent into Colten! Darius uses Austin to get up and ENZIGURI Colten! Darius then GERMAN SUPLEXES Austin, and STANDING SPANISH FLIES Colten! Cover, TWO! Fans rally as Darius drags Colten up. Tag to Dante, Top Flight double whip, but Colten ducks and tags Austin!
Darius leaps to CROSSBODY Colten! Austin runs in, but into a hall nelson SLAM! cover, TWO!! Dante keeps cool, he goes to the corner, but Colten grabs his leg! Dante kicks Colten away, Darius DIVES onto Colten to hit him into railing! Dante GAMANGIRIS Austin, goes up and up and NOSEDIVES!! Cover, Colten breaks it!! Fans boo but Colten was within the rules. Wait, is that THE KINGDOM!? Mike Bennett & Matt Taven are mugging Darius over their ROH losses! But Dante FLIES out onto them! Direct hit and fans fire up! Dante hurries back up, springboards again, but Austin gets under!
Colten gets in, Dante runs into a 3:10 TO YUMA!! Cover, the Gunns win!
Winners: The Gunns, by pinfall (still AEW World Tag Team Champions)
Fans boo that the Gunns win, but Darius is pissed at The Kingdom! Darius chases off Mike & Matt, will Top Flight get revenge in ROH? As for the Gunns, they hear FTR coming! Fans fire up again as Dax Harwood & Cash Wheeler step out on stage with mics in their hands! Colten gets a mic to have the FTR music stop. Colten says no one wants to hear that song and no one wants to see FTR. Fans boo because they disagree. FTR says they’re not here to fight. They’re here to talk business. Well, no one wants to hear you talk! The Gunns don’t like or respect FTR. And guess what? FTR are LOSERS! They lost three sets of belts, and lost to the Gunns!
There is nothing FTR can say or offer them to get a rematch. NOTHING! Nothing? So like, if they said they’ll never challenge the Gunns again for those titles should they lose- NO! Do you not hear what Austin is saying, “you hillbillies? NOTHING! There’s NOTHING! What do you have to offer?! NOTHING!!” Then if the Gunns wanna prove their first win wasn’t a fluke, should they win against FTR again, FTR will never tag together in AEW again. Oh, the break up? So heartbreaking! LOOK AT HIS FACE! NOTHING!! Okay, okay. Dax says if FTR can’t beat the Gunns to win the AEW World Tag Team Championships, FTR will just quit AEW.
Fans boo, but it seems that got through to the Gunns. If the Gunns beat FTR again, FTR leaves AEW forever? Yes, that’s what Dax said. Well, in that case, deal! The Gunns and FTR shake on it, but then Gunns literally spin in FTR’s faces! The Gunns run for it, but the match is coming either way. Will the “ASS~ BOYS!” get their asses kicked? Or will they be the team that banishes FTR from AEW?
Backstage interview with Jade Cargill, Leila Grey & Mark Sterling.
Renee Paquette is with the AEW TBS Champion, her Last Baddie Standing and her legal representation. Renee says that Taya Valkyrie is All Elite now, and she has her eye on the TBS title. What is Jade’s reaction to that? “Renee, cut the sh*t. We had this Taya girl come in and interrupt my moment to answer an open challenge that was already closed, baby girl. And then, had the audacity to use my finisher. Mark, tie this up.” Sterling has a document, it is a Cease & Desist order. This will be sent to Taya Valkyrie, telling Taya that she is no longer allowed to use the chicken wing facebuster, which is also Jade’s move, as her finisher.
Leila says that she should deliver this document to Taya personally, this Saturday on Rampage. Because she has a few words of her own for Taya. So that’s an official challenge? Yes. Welcome to #ThatBitchShow. Will La Wera Loca have a jaded response to this frivolous lawsuit?
No Disqualifications: Hook VS Stokely Hathaway!
An injured arm turned into a suspension turned into a settlement turned into a high stakes bet that The Firm lost, and now it has resulted in this match. And though Ethan Page, Matt Hardy, Isiah Kassidy, Lee Moriarty & “Big Bill” Morrissey see Stokely off, they can’t stay per the stipulations of the bet. As the introduction says, “He’s not as large as the men he represents, he has the heart of a lion and the wisdom of an owl.” But will any of that help him defeat The Cold-Hearted Handsome Devil?
As Hook makes his entrance, Stokely grabs the mic to say, “Whoa, whoa, whoa! I’ve got some breaking news! I spoke to Dr. Simpson (he means Sampson) earlier, and he said I am not medically cleared to compete. I know, I know. I wanted to so bad. And I would also, what a coinky-dink, announce that I am retiring.” What? Stokely thanks all 12 of his fands, God bless! Justin, here, doctor’s note. Make it official. Justin takes the note, and it reads, “He is SICK.” Justin says that with all due respect, that’s a receipt for Wingstop. The ref RIPS the receipt! And the bell rings! Fans fire up and Hook is ready, so Stokely bails!
Stokely runs around the ring, out to the crowd, but Hook pursues! Fans fire up as Hook chases Stokely down, drags him back, CLUBS him, then brings him over to KNEE and TOSS! Stokely ends up at ringside again and fans are thunderous! Hook stalks Stokely, Stokely runs in to UPPERCUT, but Stokely bounces off of Hook! Stokely scurries away, gets back up, and runs in, but into a leg capture! EL CAMINO to the floor! Fans fire up as Hook drags Stokely up, puts him in the ring, and then looks under the ring. Fans fire up more, because here comes a SPARE GUARD RAIL! Hook puts that in the ring while the Firm can only watch.
Hardy tries to calm the group down, Stokely can take care of himself with things getting “hardcore.” Ethan says no he can’t, they didn’t practice any of the hardcore stuff! Stokely bails out again but Hook puts the railing in a corner. Hook drags Stokely up but Stokely BLASTS Hook with the fire extinguisher! Fans boo but Stokely gets a chair! Stokely smacks the steps a couple times, he says, “I’m not a killer, but don’t push me! That’s Tupac.” Stokely hurries in, fans rally up, and Stokely swings, but Hook blocks! Hook BOOTS Stokely, then SMACKS him on the back! And again! And again! And again!
Hook throws the chair aside, Stokely is barely moving! But Hook drags Stokely up to EL CAMINO onto the railing! The railing BENDS! Hook drags Stokely off the railing, covers, but then pulls him up at TWO! Hook wants REDRUM!!! Stokely is OUT, Hook wins!
Winner: Hook, by submission
The FTW Champion could’ve ended it sooner, but he chose to teach Stokely a lesson: Do not get on Hook’s bad side. Hardy says Ethan must avenge Stokely! Ethan can beat Hook! Hardy is gonna get a match made right now! All Ego is ready, but will he be ready when they #SendHook?
Adam Cole is here!
Fans fire up as the Undisputed One heads to the ring. Naturally, everyone joins in on the “BOOM!” and “ADAM COLE BAYBAY!” Cole gets the mic and says, “Wow. Hey, hey, I think I know the answer to this, but who’s ready for Storytime with Adam Cole, baybay?” Everyone cheers! Cole continues with, “Seven days. We are just seven days away from me making my in-ring return here in AEW. And listen, I know I’ve talked a ton about my struggles and what I went through, but as far as how I’m feeling right now? Guys, I feel freaking great. I have never been more ready, never been more prepared, to get back in this ring, doing what I love, and that is wrestle for AEW.”
Fans are fired up, and Cole knows everyone has questions. “The biggest one being: Who is my opponent going to be on March 29th?” Fans echo, “Who? Who? Who?” Cole starts to speak, but here comes Daniel Garcia! Fans boo as Red Death has the mic to say, “Hey, hey, hey, hey, hey. Who’s ready for Storytime with Daniel Garcia, baybay?” Garcia knows Cole’s been gone awhile, so here’s an update on a few things. Fans tell Garcia to STFU already but Garcia says since Cole’s been gone, Garcia’s become a real veteran in AEW. All the boys in the back respect him so much that he is a locker room leader!
Fans boo more but Garcia says as locker room leader, it is his duty to come out here to not only welcome Cole back, but to put him in his place, too. Garcia says Cole may not remember, but here’s an update on what Garcia’s been doing the last nine months while Cole was home, “playing stupid video games on Twitch.” Cole smirks but allows it. Brody King: beat him! Ricky Starks: beat him! Bryan Danielson: Garcia beat him, too. Garcia’s main-evented more AEW programming over the past year than anyone else on the roster! Garcia is the lifeblood that pumps through this company. And he’s to respect Cole? To welcome Cole back? Where’s Garcia’s warm welcome?
Where is Garcia’s respect when he’s been here, been doing this, and proved himself as one of the best pro-wrest- Oops. Freudian slip there? Garcia corrects himself, “Sports entertainers on the planet today!” That’s what Garcia is! So what makes Cole so special? “What makes me special? When they ring the freakin’ bell, that’s what makes me special! That’s what makes m e special.” Cole admits he likes Garcia. Garcia is really, really good. And some day, he could be leading the charge in AEW. The problem is the company he keeps.
“The Jericho Appreciation Society, they’ve done a great job of giving you this false sense of security. This overconfidence, which sometimes is good, and sometimes is bad. But let me remind you, even me not wrestling for nine months, I am still Adam Cole Baybay. I am a multi-time world champion. I have traveled the globe, fought and beat some of the very best! As a matter of fact, while I was sitting at home for nine months, I was wondering if I’d ever get the chance to wrestle again, hoping, praying, willing to do anything for a second chance. And looks like I found that second chance.”
Fans fire up and Cole says if Garcia is crazy enough to want the match, then dammit, he’s on! Adam Cole VS Daniel Garcia, first-time-ever, next week on Dynamite! But Cole will remind Garcia of something: “This is not just my return match; this is a statement. It’s a statement to the entire locker room that one of the best damn pro-wrestlers on the planet is BACK, baybay.” Fans are fired up for “ADAM COLE! ADAM COLE!” Cole hopes Garcia realizes what he’ sin for. Because Cole promises next week will be a great night. A great night for Cole, for the fans, but for Garcia… Not so much. “See you next week, Garcia. BOOM.”
Cole is ready, Garcia is ready, but will the Dragonslayer stay a great sports enner-tay-ners? Or will the pro-wrestler in him rise to the surface against one of the greatest pro-wrestlers alive today?
Alex Marvez is outside The Elite’s locker room.
Marvez can hear a conversation going on inside, and he steps inside. Callis and Omega are talking, and Callis wants Marvez to hold on. What is Omega’s concern here? Omega’s concern is that his best friends left in an ambulance! He should’ve gone with them! Callis says he sent Cutler and Nakazawa with them. Omega has a match tonight! Hear Callis out. He’s a glass half full kind of guy. Injuries happen, but hear him out. The Bucks going to the hospital might’ve been the best thing for Omega and Callis. It allows for focus! Omega is in a singles match, the God of Pro-Wrestling is back! “Those kids will be fine in a few months.”
Callis now has Marvez join in. “Kenny Omega VS El Hijo del Vikingo is gonna blow the roof off! The God of Pro-Wrestling is BACK, and it starts tonight on Dynamite! Now get out.” Marvez throws this back to ringside, but is Callis only thinking of his benefit, not Kenny’s?
Jon Moxley w/ The Blackpool Combat Club VS Stu Grayson w/ The Dark Order!
The Maniac, along with Claudio Castagnoli & Wheeler Yuta, have torn into the Dark Order from Silver to Reynolds to Evil Uno. They did all that to anger Hangman Page, but they’ve also angered #PlayerTwo! Moxley may be #ForgedByCombat, but will he survive someone born and bred for combat?
The bell rings and Stu RAMS Moxley into a corner! Fans fire up as Stu fires off on Moxley but lets off as the ref counts. Moxley turns things around to CHOP! And CHOP! And CHOP! Moxley pie faces Stu, but Stu turns things around to CHOP back! Stu stalks Moxley to another corner, KNEES him and CLUBS him, then stalks him to a third corner. Moxley kicks low, ROCKS Stu with a forearm, then another, then digs his boots in. The ref counts, Moxley steps off at 4, then Moxley drags Stu up to headlock takeover. Stu keeps his shoulders up, the Dark Order coaches him up but Moxley gets a knuckle lock cover. TWO as Stu gets his left arm up.
Moxley pushes the hand down, covers, TWO as Stu gets the right arm up. Moxley pushes that arm down again, covers, ONE as Stu gets his left arm back up. Stu fights to his feet but Moxley kicks low. Moxley headlocks, Stu powers out but Moxley RAMS him! Moxley runs, but Stu RAMS him! Moxley runs in, clips Stu but is sent out of the ring. Stu hurries out after Moxley, Moxley throws a chair! Stu avoids it, ROCKS Moxley and puts him in the ring. Moxley kicks back, but Stu RANAS! Stu fires forearms, CHOPS Moxley in the corner, then throws knees. Stu whips corner to corner, Moxley reverses and avoids the up ‘n’ over!
Moxley reels Stu in for a SAIDO! Stu staggers up but then flops out to the apron. Moxley runs to BLAST Stu off and to the barriers! Moxley flips Stu off while Dynamite goes picture in picture.
Yuta & Claudio taunt Stu as the ring count climbs. The Dark Order coaches Stu up and he gets in the ring at 5 of 10, but Moxley is right on him. Stu throws a forearm, then another, and another, and another! But Moxley ROCKS Stu with just one! Stu falls over and Claudio yawns. It seems this isn’t competitive enough for the Swiss Superman. Moxley has the legs, he stomps Stu in the stomach, then ties the legs up. But Stu fights back with fists! Moxley still powers Stu into the TEXAS CLOVERLEAF! Stu endures as Moxley sits deep, and he reaches out to the ROPEBREAK! The ref counts, Moxley lets off at 4.
Moxley drags Stu up to CHOP, but Stu CHOPS back! Stu fires forearms, whips, and DROPKICKS Moxley! Moxley goes to a corner, Stu is after hm with a whip, but Moxley reverses to clothesline! Moxley then brings Stu out to X-PLEX! Moxley paces around, the BCC applauds, but the Dark Order coaches Stu. Moxley reels Stu in, lifts him, and hooks the legs to hit the GOTCH PILEDRIVER! Cover, TWO!! Stu is still in this, but Moxley has the knuckle locks back. Dynamite returns to single picture as Moxley rains down the DRAGON STOMPS! Cover, TWO!! Stu hangs tough again, but Moxley just taunts him.
Fans rally, Stu rises, and Moxley KICKS him in the chest! And KICKS him again! Moxley eggs Stu on, then KICKS him more! Moxley SLAPS Stu! Stu snarls and stands up to fire off forearms! Stu whips, Moxley reverses but Stu CLOBBERS him! Stu dodges, tilt-o-whirls and REVERSE DDTS! Then he rains down HAMMER ‘N’ ANVIL ELBOWS! Fans fire up as Stu gives Moxley a taste of his own medicine! And then the SIDE EFFECT! SPRINGBOARD MARIPOSA! Cover, TWO!! Moxley survives and Stu grows frustrated. Stu hurries up a corner, but Yuta distracts! Fans boo but the Dark Order storm up on the BCC!
Stu decides to change course, he ARIHARA MOONSAULTS onto Yuta & Claudio! But Moxley DIVES onto Stu! Moxley puts Stu in the ring, hurries after him, but Stu BOOTS Moxley down! Stu hurries back up top, for the 450 SPLASH!! Cover, TWO!! Moxley survives again and Stu is shocked! But Stu slashes the throat and drags Moxley up. Torture rack, but Moxley slips off right into the BULLY CHOKE!! Stu endures, but he’s turning red! Moxley shifts to the facelock to throw in KNEE after KNEE! Then he shifts to the REAR NAKED CHOKE! But Stu fights up to his feet! Fans fire up but Stu is fading again!
But Stu is still on his feet, and he revives! BACKPACK CANNONBALL!! Both men crash into buckles and Stu is free! Fans are thunderous again and Moxley sputters back to his feet. Moxley brings Stu up, but Stu slips out of the underhooks! PELE!! Moxley falls down and the BCC coach him up. Stu goes back to a corner, climbs back up top, but Moxley ROCKS him first! Moxley climbs, CLUBS away on Stu, then CLAWS Stu’s back. Moxley HEADBUTTS Stu, brings him up into underhooks! SUPER DEATH RIDER!! Cover, Moxley wins!!
Winner: Jon Moxley, by pinfall
The Dark Order hurry into the ring and Moxley backs off, there won’t be any extracurriculars here. But will the Dark Order ever get payback on the mean SOBs in the BCC?
Backstage interview with Ricky Starks.
Renee says she can feel the frustration coming off The Absolute. The back ‘n’ forth with him and Juice Robinson, where do they stand? You tell him! Starks is “sick and tired of talking back and forth. No action, all talk.” Starks doesn’t wanna stand around, take time off his vacation, just to say Juice, he doesn’t like that you attacked him from behind. That’s cool and all, but whatever! How about this, though? Saturday Night Rampage, Starks is done talking. If Juice wants to face him man to man, then he can find Starks on Rampage! If not, just stop! Starks is over it, he is so sick of it! This is the craziest thing he’s been a part of his whole life!
Starks is issuing the open challenge to Juice. If Juice accepts it or not, is a man or not, Starks doesn’t give a damn anymore. The Absolute will be waiting, but will the Booster oblige?
AEW presents an all-new episode of QTV!
QT Marshall says great job last week in their debut, keep the “credibility train” rolling. CHOO-CHOO~! He needs scoops! Harley Cameron says she actually has discovered a “hot new prospect.” Goes by the name of Rey Fenix. And actually, here’s some footage. Hobbs POUNCING Fenix into buckles int heir TNT title match, and the spinebuster, and the Town Business. Everyone has a laugh, and QT says, “Imagine being in the Lucha Brothers, and your own lucha brother doesn’t come out to help you.” Aaron Solo says there is definitely some miedo! Then he laughs while also puffing mouth spray…?
QT asks who the hecc is Alex Abrahantes? Harley says Alex should work on his “character development.” Speaking of, how about Solo stealing Wardlow’s identity and freezing all of his accounts? Oopsie~! Yeah, Wardlow’s gonna lose his house and car, too! And Solo hacked into some observer’s accounts, started this whole thing about hotels. HAHA! QT just got a call from Hobbs. This Saturday on Rampage, another Open Challenge for the TNT title! Can’t wait to see who is the next chapter in the Book of Hobbs. Well, wait no longer! PENTA wants payback for Fenix as he answers the call! Will Hobbs be the one with some fear?
Toni Storm w/ The Outcasts VS Skye Blue!
The Lightning From Down Under has been striking down “spoiled rookies” again and again, but in the Dark. Will she do so again in the spotlight of Dynamite? Or will Skye roll the Storm away?
The bell rings and Storm BLASTS Skye with a forearm! Then she stomps a mudhole into Skye in the corner! The ref counts, Storm lets off but she grins and soaks up the heat. Soho & Saraya mock Skye, then Storm bumps her off buckles., Skye elbows back, fires forearms in return, and the fans fire up! But Storm knees low! Storm whips Skye, Skye kicks back! Skye ROCKS Storm again and again, but Storm shoves her away. Skye comes back, spins Storm for a KNEE SMASH and a DROPKICK! Storm bails out, fans fire up and Skye goes to the apron! FLYING RANA! Fans fire up with Skye but Saraya is mad.
Skye puts Storm in the ring, climbs up the corner, but Storm ROCKS her! Skye falls to the apron, then Storm HIP ATTACKS Skye to the floor! Storm distracts the ref, allowing Soho & Saraya to stomp away on Skye! Fans boo but the Outcasts get away with it! Saraya says, “This is OUR house!” Storm goes out to fetch Skye, and RAMS her into the apron. Storm CHOPS Skye against the post, then bumps her off the other. Storm CHOPS Skye again! Saraya says do it again! Storm puts some stank on this one, but Skye ducks, so the chop hits POST! Saraya & Soho panic as Storm clutches her fingers! Skye then runs in, but Storm dodges so Soho gets DECKED!
Storm CLOBBERS Skye from behind while the ring count climbs. Storm refreshes the ring count, Saraya shouts at Skye, and Storm CHOPS Skye again. Storm stalks Skye around the way as Dynamite goes picture in picture.
Storm drags Skye around to snap suplex her to the floor! Storm flexes, perhaps taunting Jamie Hayter wherever she’s watching this from, and then she goes back for Skye. Storm puts Skye in the ring, flexes more, then drags Skye up. Storm whips Skye to ropes, BOOTS her down, covers, ONE! Cover again, TWO! Another cover, TWO!! Skye is still in this but Storm clamps on with a full nelson. Storm leans on the hold, thrashes Skye around, but Skye endures. Skye fights up, but Storm throws her down by her hair! The ref reprimands but Storm just stalks Skye. Storm kicks Skye around, has her in the corner, and digs her boot in.
The ref counts, Storm stomps but lets off at 4. Storm drags Skye up to snap suplex! Storm grins then stalks Skye. Storm drags Skye up to snap suplex again! Storm flexes more, stalks Skye to another corner, then wrenches her hair to TOSS her across the way! The ref reprimands but Storm just wrenches hair and TOSSES Skye again! Dynamite returns to single picture as Storm soaks up the heat. But Skye shoves Storm down! And then TOSSES Storm by her hair! And again! Skye fires up, runs corner to corner, but Storm puts her on the apron. Skye ROUNDHOUSES! Skye climbs up, to CROSSBODY!
Fans fire up, Skye keeps moving, she ducks ‘n’ dodges to tilt-o-whirl headscissor! Storm ends up on ropes, Skye runs to SHINING WIZARD! Snapmare and SUPER- NO, Storm blocks and spins Skye, but Skye BASEMENT ENZIGURIS! Cover, TWO!! Storm survives and Skye grows frustrated. Saraya & Soho are also frustrated, they rally for Storm but the fans rally for Skye. Saraya tells the fans to shut up! Skye runs, hops on, but Storm shrugs her off! Skye SUPERKICKS! Skye runs, into a THESZ PRESS! Storm rains down fists, then she snarls as she stands back up. Storm gets the legs, but Skye kicks her away!
Skye runs in, only for Storm to spin her around! Storm uses the ropes, TORNADO DDT! Cover, TWO!! Skye survives and fans fire up! Saraya is furious but the ref says the count was fair. Skye goes to a corner but Storm says kiss this. SWEET HIP- NO, Skye picks the ankle! Skye KNEES Storm, runs, avoids Soho’s swipe, and she hits CODE BLUE!! But Soho is still distracting the ref!! Skye would’ve had this if not for Soho! Skye gets in Soho’s face, swings at her, but Storm runs in! Skye sends Storm into Soho, rolls and bridges, TWO!!! Storm stands, into a BOOT! Skye full nelsons, Storm arm-drags free to SHOTGUN Skye down!
Saraya says Storm has this now! Storm says kiss this, and here comes SWEET HIP MUSIC!! GERMAN SUPLEX, and then STORM ZERO!! Cover, Storm wins!
Winner: Toni Storm, by pinfall
The Outcasts with the assist, but now they bring out the spray paint! Fans boo as the Outcast scare off the ref, then surround Skye! But here comes Riho and Willow! Just like last week, Riho has the pipe!! Riho runs the Outcast off and warns them. The Outcasts leave for now, having gotten the win. Will Riho, Willow and Skye start thinking of sticking together from now on?
The AEW medical staff checks on Stu Grayson.
They’re working on his left arm, where did they feel it pop? But then Moxley sneaks up to say, “It’s just business.” And he puts on the SLEEPER!! Claudio & Yuta TOSS the medics aside! Stu is all alone as Moxley chokes him out, then SMACKS him off a trunk! The BCC give Stu the icepack back then leave, what will Hangman & the Dark Order have to say about this?
Kenny Omega VS El Hijo del Vikingo!
The AAA Mega Championship match that was meant to happen in December of 2021 was denied because of injury and misfortune. But now we are all fortunate enough to have this match happen here! “HE was the longest reigning Mega Champion at 765 days, 292 days more than El Hijo del Vikingo. HE never lost that title. HE is undefeated in singles matches in Mexico and also on Dynamite. Many people say HE is also undefeated at life. HE is often complimented on his accomplishments, matches, chiseled physique and hair, yet he is personally proud of his win-loss record in Independence, Missouri, which is better than his record of 1-1 in… NOOOORTH CAROLINA~!
“He arrives tonight after his 833 mile journey from Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. Weighing 224 pounds, HE is…! KENNY! OOOOOOOOOOOOMEEEEGAAAAAA~!” The fans go wild for the Cleaner, the Best Bout Machine, and Don Callis’ God of Pro-Wrestling, but will Omega prove he is better than the Mega Champion?
But as Omega makes his way down the ramp, El Hijo del Vikingo DIVES onto him! Fans fire up, EHDV throws off his cape, then he runs again, to FLY! Direct hit again and Independence is thunderous! EHDV puts Omega in the ring, springboards and MISSILE DROPKICKS! Omega ends up in a corner, EHDV runs in to clothesline! EHDV fires off forearms, but Omega turns it around to fire them back! The ref wants them to let off, this isn’t a match yet! Omega rains down fists, lets off, and now the bell rings! Fans are thunderous as Omega stomps EHDV down. Omega drags EHDV up, whips him corner to corner, but EHDV slips out to the apron!
Omega hits buckles, then EHDV ENZIGURIS! And GAMANGIRIS! EHDV climbs up, and jumps to IMPOLODER DRAGONRANA! Omega goes flying, then staggers up into the SCREW HIGH KICK! Omega’s on the ropes, EHDV runs to DOUBLE KNEE him through the ropes! Omega falls to the floor, EHDV refreshes the count, and fans say “This is Awesome!” EHDV SHOOTING STAR PRESSES to the floor! A bit double-edged, but fans lose their minds! Callis protests, the ring count climbs, but EHDV puts Omega in the ring. EHDV aims, slingshots and then springboards to 450 SPLASH! Cover, TWO!!
Omega goes to a corner, EHDV runs in to GAMANGIRI again! Omega staggers away, EHDV pursues but Omega CHOPS! And CHOPS again! EHDV falls over but Omega stalks him to a corner. Omega brings EHDV up to JAB! And JAB! fans rally and duel, Omega drags EHDV up to whip. Omega scoops EHDV for a tilt-o-whirl BACKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! Omega drags EHDV back up fast, to fisherman BUSTER! Cover, TWO! EHDV hangs tough and Omega is frustrated but the fans are loving this. Omega stalks EHDV to the ropes, scrapes him to the apron, and then Omega goes out to follow EHDV.
Omega CLUBS EHDV, and whips him hard into barriers! EHDV falls in a heap, but Omega goes looking under the ring. Omega brings out a TABLE! Fans fire up for that, and Omega stands that table up near the ring. The ref reprimands, this isn’t a Tables match or anything like that. But fans chant, “WE WANT TABLES!” as Dynamite goes picture in picture.
Omega drags EHDV up, puts him in the ring, and Omega storms up to scoop and BACKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! Omega clamps on with an armlock and chinbar, but he also fishhooks EHDV’s face! The ref reprimands, Omega lets off, but then pulls on EHDV’s hair! The ref counts but Omega lets off at 4. Omega looms over EHDV, stomps him, stomps him more, then springboard stomps! Omega drags EHDV around to KNEE him in the side! And again! Cover, TWO! EHDV hangs tough but Omega just snarls. Omega drags EHDV up to CHOP him back down! Omega drags EHDV up again to CLUB him back down!
Omega drags EHDV up at the ropes, ROCKS him with a right hand, then ROCKS him again! And again! And again! The ref reprimands and counts, Omega lets off, but then Omega CHOKES EHDV with his foot! Dynamite returns, the fans boo and the ref counts, but Omega lets off at 4 again. Omega ROCKS EHDV again, JABS him, then whips him to ropes. EHDV ducks ‘n’ dodges to tilt-o-whirl RANA! Omega goes to the apron, fans fire up as EHDV pursues! EHDV ROCKS Omega, but Omega tomahawk chops back! EHDV CHOPS, but Omega CHOPS! EHDV CHOPS back, so Omega BOOTS him! Omega runs in, goes up, and he MONKEY FLIPS EHDV on the apron!
EHDV falls to the floor while fans lose minds over how tight that one was. Omega drags EHDV up to the apron, and he grins as he looks at the table he set up. Omega drags EHDV up, the ref reprimands but Omega full nelsons! EHDV slips free to GAMANGIRI again! EHDV goes up top, balances on the post, and FLYING DRAGONRANAS!! Fans are thunderous as Omega hits the floor! Omega flounders into the ring, EHDV shoves him further in. Fans say “This is Awesome!” as both men go to corners. EHDV runs corner to corner to clothesline! EHDV hoists Omega up top, and GAMANGIRIS yet again!
EHDV climbs up after Omega, fans fire up again as they start to brawl! Omega HEADBUTTS, reels EHDV in, and SUPER POWER- STEINER!!! EHDV reverses just in time, Omega clutches his head! EHDV goes to the ropes, stands from the middle and PHOENIX SPLASHES in!!! Cover, TWO?!?! Omega survives by nanoseconds!! Independence is electric as both men rise up! They hope these two “FIGHT FOREVER!” but it has to end somehow! EHDV throws a forearm, a SOBAT, and then he runs to springboard, into a POWERBOMB!! And then another POWERBOMB! Roll through and V-TRIGGER!! Cover, TWO!!!
Omega is furious as EHDV survives! Omega slashes his throat, drags EHDV up, and he full nelsons for a SNAP DRAGON SUPLEX! Omega snarls, he puts EHDV on the ropes and takes aim. BANG and V-TRIGGER!! But that’s not the end of it! Omega drags EHDV up, deadweight as he is, and Electric Chair Lifts! But EHDV throws down fists! EHDV hops down, UPPERCUTS, then goes up and up to FLYING POISON-RANA!!! Omega tumbles to the apron, and EHDV crawls over to push him onto the table! EHDV builds speed while fans fire up, and he goes up to ESCALARA 630 SENTON through the table!!!!
Independence is volcanic for “A E DUB! A E DUB!” while Callis is freaking out! Both men are down in the wreckage as the ring count starts. EHDV crawls away at 3 of 10, Omega finally stirs at 4. Both men drag themselves up at 6, stand at “OCHO!” And both men slide in at 9! EHDV covers, TWO!!! Omega is still in this and EHDV is beside himself! Fans rally up, both men rise again, and EHDV throws a haymaker! Omega gives it back, they go back and forth, faster and faster! They go forearm for forearm, stand up, and keep throwing shots! EHDV gets the edge, SOBATS, runs, into a V-TRIGGER!!
Omega whips, EHDV rolls up and SUNSET FLIP BOMBS! TWO?!?!? Omega narrowly escapes again and even HE is shocked! But EHDV hurries to a corner and climbs up top! Omega flounders in the drop zone, EHDV 630 SENTONS but FLOPS as Omega moves!! EHDV flounders up, into a V-TRIGGER!!! Omega drags EHDV up, Electric Chair Lifts, ONE WINGED ANGEL!!!! Cover, OMEGA WINS!
Winner: Kenny Omega, by pinfall
This was a dream match the moment it was made, but this became an all-time classic by the end! Tony Schiavone joins Callis and Omega in the ring to say this was an incredible match. Omega is back in singles competition, and that was one for the ages! Omega thanks Schiavone for that. The more time goes by, the more he wonders if he can still do this kind of stuff for the fans. Wait, wait! THE BCC JUMPS OMEGA!! Moxley, Claudio & Yuta all mug Omega, and fans boo while Callis can only shout at the ref to stop this! The BCC stand Omega up so they can throw body shots and haymakers!
Fans continue to boo, but wait! Sirens? An ambulance has returned? For who? Wait, HANGMAN is driving it!! The Cowboy has a 2×4, with nails in it! Fans are going nuts for “COWBOY SH*T!” while the BCC stomp away on Omega. But here comes Hangman, wood in hand! The BCC decide to bail! Callis checks on Omega but the damage has been done. Hangman wants Moxley to get his ass back in here, but he stays back. Callis tries to calm Hangman down, but he almost gets 2×4 to the face! Callis keeps pulling at Hangman’s arm to hold him back, but Hangman shakes free and Callis falls right down! Omega comes to, and misunderstands why Callis is down!
Callis blames Hangman but Hangman says he didn’t do anything to Don! Omega and Hangman argue, Callis cowers behind Omega, and Omega takes Callis’ side. Fans boo, but is this just Callis keeping Omega all to himself?
A great episode of Dynamite, but it already feels like they’re gonna keep things going until Double or Nothing, no big thing for April. We got a great promo out of the Four Young Pillars, and MJF is making the other three run the #1 contender race like he did Bryan Danielson from now until, I dunno, probably May 3rd so that May can focus on building MJF VS his challenger. Hard to say who it’ll be, but Darby’s off to a good start with that great Six Man Tag. Darby, Sting and Cassidy made an eclectic but great combination, especially with Sting borrowing some Freshly Squeezed tactics. And Cassidy’s International Championship card is open to just about anyone at this point.
Really good tag title match, but I should’ve figured shenanigans would help The Gunns retain. The Kingdom and Top Flight are solidly ROH Tag title contenders with #ReachForTheSky needing teams. Plus, The Gunns’ real story is with FTR, who came back to have a really good promo with them. Gunns VS FTR, Titles VS AEW contracts could honestly go either way. There’s a lot of talk out there of FTR going back to WWE since it’s under HHH right now, so this move could be how FTR exits AEW, but this could also be what guarantees FTR staying. Either way, this is going to be some really big stuff for the titles.
Good promo from Jade and her group, and you do have to appreciate Sterling’s gimmick of bringing about frivolous lawsuits on behalf of people to poke fun at wrestling tropes. The security guards finally got justice, even though they also got crushed by Wardlow, and now finishers that are exactly the same but with different names are being questioned. Pretty sure Leila loses the match and Taya tears up that document, though. Then it’ll be about who hits the chicken wing facebuster first to win that title. Jade has done an amazing job being an undefeated inaugural TBS Champion, but now is the time to move on to someone else so Jade can move on to the top title.
Great segment out of Hook, Stokely and The Firm. Great show from Stokely with trying to weasel out of this, then trying to run away from this, but of course he gets thrown around. Awesome use of spare guard railing, though. I figured Hook VS Ethan was going to be how this wraps up, can’t wait to see how that goes. And I appreciate Starks getting a little meta on the bad pacing of feuds. Starks VS Juice for Rampage, if it happens, will be great stuff, and maybe shenanigans helps Juice win to keep this going. Though, I feel like Starks and Juice could each be doing something better than spinning their wheels with each other. Give me Starks VS Hobbs and Orange VS Juice for those respective titles.
Speaking of which, only the second QTV segment and I’m just done with it. But they did point out the weird logic of Penta not being out there with Fenix last week. Penta VS Hobbs will probably go the same as Fenix VS Hobbs did, and Wardlow will come back for revenge. Also, another wrestling trope that needs poking at: Solo confessed to illegal activities but he won’t get investigated or arrested because it’s wrestling. If Sterling were a Face lawyer, he’d be right on Solo’s ass. But maybe Wardlow beats the crap out of Solo as his punishment, then he gets his shot at Hobbs at Double or Nothing to put this story to rest.
Great promo from Cole and Garcia, and I appreciate they had Garcia have that slip of the tongue. Garcia is of course enjoying the fun side of being a sports entertainer, showing off his personality and just doing whatever shenanigans he wants, but he also clearly enjoys the pro-wrestling stuff of just fighting. Garcia VS Cole is going to be awesome stuff, but Garcia and the JAS also have their story with the House of Black so who knows how the finish goes. Great match out of Storm VS Skye, and Skye looked great even in defeat. Another inconsistency in wrestling logic: Riho & Willow should’ve been ringside to start because they know The Outcasts will be up to no good. But I suppose that does give Riho & Willow their moment of heroism in running the Outcasts off.
I bring up that inconsistency in logic because that match was after Moxley VS Grayson, where both men had their allies ringside. The men can think to bring their boys but the women’s division can’t think to bring their friends along, when we’ve also always seen Britt have Rebel and/or Hayter and vice-versa? Anyway, great stuff out of Moxley VS Grayson, and Grayson also looked awesome even in defeat. The BCC apparently went after everyone Hangman considers a friend, as the Bucks were taken out off-camera by them, and then the BCC jump Grayson.
And then, for being a non-title TV main event, Omega VS El Hijo del Vikingo went above and beyond anything I would’ve expected. There were some scary moments, like that Super Steiner counter to the powerbomb. But then again, it wouldn’t feel like an AAA match if there wasn’t some risk like that. BCC jumping Omega after he wins was a good way to keep the Elite reunion story going, but now there’s the new wrinkle of Don Callis wanting Omega to stay a singles star. To be fair, this is very much like the story of Callis, Omega and The Elite when AEW first got started. Callis wants Omega to return to that Omega, and he throws Hangman under the bus.
Another pro-wrestling logic thing is that no one watches the show back when it’s done, unless it helps the story. And I would hope Omega does that here to see what really happened as opposed to just trusting Callis and distrusting Omega. Or if not Omega, the Bucks can. The Bucks will have seen it on TV at the hospital (kayfabe) and The Bucks will tell Omega that Hangman didn’t hit Callis. Callis is also trying to recruit Konosuke, so it’d be great if Callis only comes out of this with one client. If Omega realizes not to trust Callis over The Elite, then Callis and Konosuke can stick together. If Omega still keeps Callis around, Konosuke can reject Callis to stay his own man.
My Score: 8.9/10
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Mitchell’s AEW Dark Results & Report! (3/21/23)
Toni Storm gets Dark!
AEW Dark is on #ToniTime!
The Outcasts have drawn a line in the AEW Women’s Division, and are daring everyone else to cross it! Will Toni Storm strike down another “entitled rookie?”
- Juice Robinson VS Leon Ruffin; Juice wins.
- Kiera Hogan VS Leila Grey; Leila wins.
- The Iron Savages VS The Wingmen; The Iron Savages win.
- The Renegades VS Avery Breaux & Mafiosa; The Renegades win.
- Toni Storm VS Billie Starkz; Storm wins.
Another surprisingly short line-up for Dark, with a couple matches that could go either way. The Iron Savages, formerly Bear Country, and the Wingmen will be a good one, but I’m leaning towards Bronson & Boulder winning that. Kiera Hogan VS Leila Grey, former Baddie taking on Jade’s last sidekick standing, could also go either way, but I’m leaning towards Kiera. But it’ll be good to see Robyn & Charlette Renegade get a win here to build that unofficial Women’s Tag Division AEW has.
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