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Mitchell’s AEW Dynamite Results & Report! (11/2/22)

So much gold in Baltimore!

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AEW Year 4

FIVE champions in action on one Dynamite!

Before reaching Full Gear and his match with MJF, Jon Moxley is going up against #TAIGASTYLE, Lee Moriarity, in an AEW World Title Eliminator match! Will The Firm get in on the Pretty Platinum picture?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Darby Allin VS Jay Lethal w/ Satnam Singh & Sonjay Dutt; Lethal wins.
  • AEW World Title Eliminator: Jon Moxley VS Lee Moriarty w/ Stokely Hathaway; Moxley wins and denies Moriarty a title opportunity.
  • ROH World Championship Open Challenge: Chris Jericho VS Colt Cabana; Jericho wins and retains the title.
  • AEW All-Atlantic Championship Triple Threat: Orange Cassidy VS Rey Fenix w/ Alex Abrahantes VS Luchasaurus w/ Christian Cage; Cassidy wins and retains the title.
  • AEW TBS Championship: Jade Cargill w/ Leila Grey VS Marina Shafir; Cargill wins and retains the title.
  • ROH World Television Championship: Samoa Joe VS Brian Cage w/ Prince Nana; Joe wins and retains the title.

PLAY BY PLAY

Darby Allin VS Jay Lethal w/ Satnam Singh & Sonjay Dutt!

The Relentless One doesn’t care who it is that knows his supposed weakness, he’s taking Jay Lethal on head-on! But will we find out just who this “old friend” who knows them both so well?

Darby rushes Lethal as he makes his entrance! Fans fire up as they brawl at the ramp! Lethal RAMS Darby into the apron, DECKS him, then clears the media out of the way to TOSS Darby over the timekeeper’s table! But Darby’s right back up and he LEAPS onto Lethal! Darby rains down hands, puts Lethal in the ring, and then slides in. The bell rings and Darby CROSSBODIES Lethal into ropes, tumbling out of the ring himself! Darby drags Lethal out to RAM into railing as Sonjay & Satnam finally catch up to Lethal. Darby slides back in the ring, builds speed, but Satnam stands in the way!

Darby slides out, goes around Satnam, but Lethal hits a hard body shot! Lethal brings Darby around, ROCKS him, then hits a monkey flip! But Darby lands on his feet! But he can’t stop his momentum enough, he still hits steel steps! Darby falls over, Lethal refreshes the count, and he stalks Darby to the railing. Lethal drags Darby under the railing, and then recreates that Figure Four with the garage door! Darby endures and the ref counts, Lethal lets off at 4! Lethal goes back to the ring while Darby crawls out of the railing. Fans boo but Lethal soaks up the heat. Sonjay mocks Darby as Darby hobbles into the ring.

Lethal stomps Darby to the apron as fans rally up. Darby drags himself up with the ropes, Lethal runs in, but Darby elbows him back! And then boots, only for Lethal to block! Lethal puts that leg on the ropes to STOMP the knee! And then APRON GERMAN SUPLEX! Darby flops to the floor and Lethal grins as AEW goes picture in picture.

Sonjay talks up Lethal while the ref checks Darby. Darby writhes but he’s still in this. Lethal just waits as Darby slowly drags himself up again. Lethal goes out to the steel steps and drags Darby up to fireman’s carry. Lethal gives Darby SNAKE EYES to the steps! Darby falls back but Lethal puts him in the ring to cover, TWO! Lethal pushes Darby down again, TWO! Lethal stomps the bad ribs, drags Darby up and whips him to ropes. Lethal FLAPJACKS Darby, and Darby almost lands on his head! Cover, TWO!! Darby is still in this but Lethal keeps on him with knees to the back! Lethal drops knee after knee, then ties Darby’s legs up.

Lethal pulls Darby back but Darby gets the ROPEBREAK! Lethal lets off at 4, drags Darby up and brings him around, to hit an atomic BACKBREAKER! Fans rally up for Darby but Lethal pretends not to hear them. Lethal puts Darby in a cobra twist! Darby endures, even as Lethal punches him in the ribs, and still Darby reaches out to a ROPEBREAK! Lethal lets off, brings Darby around, but Darby fights the back suplex with a headlock and punches. Dynamite returns to single picture as Lethal CLUBS Darby in return. Lethal tries again, but Darby fishhooks the nose! Lethal throws Darby away, Darby lands on his feet, and ducks ‘n’ dodges to COFFIN SPLASH!

Fans rally, Darby runs in at the corner, but into KNEES! Lethal thwarts a second Coffin Splash, and he brings Darby in for a dragon sleeper. Lethal hooks the leg, FISHERMAN FACEBUSTER! Fans applaud that unique modification, and now Lethal goes to the corner. Fans boo as Lethal climbs up, MACHO ELBOW into a GHOST PIN! TWO!! Lethal escapes but Darby sweeps! Cover, ONE as Lethal goes Matrix! Lethal handsprings, into a body scissors! Darby has the SLEEPER!! Lethal flails but he’s caught! Lethal manages to turn over and stand, but Darby squeezes tight! Lethal stands, and he RAMS Darby into buckles! Darby still holds on!

Lethal is fading, but he RAMS Darby into buckles again! Fans duel as Lethal is fading! Lethal stands again, and goes back, but Darby sends him into buckles! THROWBACK STUNNER! Lethal falls over and Darby sees his chance! Fans fire up as Darby goes to a corner and climbs! Darby reaches the top but Lethal bails out of the ring. Fans boo but Darby hops down. Satnam is in the way again and he dares Darby to try. Darby builds speed, to DIVE! He bounces off Satnam!! Fans lose their minds, but then the ref EJECTS Satnam & Sonjay! Sonjay & Satnam are furious, and Lethal tries to reason with the ref.

But then someone cosplaying Sting attacks Darby with a baseball bat!! That can’t be the real Sting, right? Lethal hits a LETHAL INJECTION on Darby!! Cover, Lethal wins!

Winner: Jay Lethal, by pinfall

It took all the tricks in the book and a totally fake Sting, but Lethal ties up the series with Darby! Lethal and his friends hug Cole Karter! The Factory’s Cole Karter helped Lethal take out Darby, and now he helps them stomp Darby! But wait! Here’s the REAL STING!! The music is playing, the lights are blue, Lethal, Karter, Sonjay & Satnam hurry to the ramp, but someone gets in the ring behind Darby! That’s not Sting, or even a fake Sting, it’s JEFF JARRETT! And he gives Darby a SMASH HIT!! Double J gets the mic to tell Darby, “You just got a lesson from the Last Outlaw. You ask what that lesson is. Darby, whatever you worship, it becomes your weakness.

“Yeah, look at that pool of blood.” Oh, wow, there is quite a bit of blood from the back of Darby’s head. But Jarrett says that since Darby idolizes Sting, Sting has become Darby’s weakness. “And now that I’ve got Darby Allin outta the way, I’ve got a message not only for the entire AEW roster, not only for you, Schiavone, and the other clowns that you have up there with you,” and maybe the cameraman, too! For every bozo in production, this goes for you, too! But most importantly, this goes “to the insane, the rabid, the delusional AEW fanbase.” Jarrett’s family got into this business back in 1946. That means for over 75 YEARS, three generations, wherever the Jarretts went, they left an impact.

Jarrett is a two-time Hall of Famer, a 12 time world champion, and he assures you from day one- Fans chant “You Still Suck!” Jarrett says from day one, his fingerprints, his father’s fingerprints, his grandmother’s fingerprints, Mrs. Christine Jarrett, have been all over AEW! But Jarrett assures us, before he’s done with this place, there will be full body bags! “Choke on that, slap nuts!” The Last Outlaw fires the first shot against Darby, Sting, and all of AEW, but will he, Lethal and the rest run roughshod?

 

Jon Moxley speaks.

“AEW Dynamite live, I love that energy, that electricity here in Baltimore, Maryland. I can’t get enough of it. It’s a drug I love. And this is just another night for me, but for young Mr. Lee Moriarty, this is the biggest night of his life. A World Title Eliminator, he has the chance to change his fortunes forever, if he can get the job done tonight. All he has to do tonight is rely on his talents, his athleticism, his skills, of which there are many.

“Maybe Lee Moriarty feels a little snubbed by the Blackpool Combat Club. But hey, that’s not true, we didn’t snub you. I actually really like you a lot. But me and Danielson just decided you’re just not mean enough. You’re just not quite nasty enough. You’re just not quite… violent enough for the BCC, just yet. But we’re not going to leave you out in the cold. After all, we’re teachers. Tonight, I’m going to give you a lesson in pain and perseverance when I back you into a corner like a wild animal and make you fight your way out.

“You’re gonna have to dig down deep, into your guts, in that place where bad intentions that we don’t like to talk about lie. And there’s only one way out, Lee. And that’s through me. So if you’ve got any, uh, unrequited anger or angst or revenge boiling somewhere deep down in your body, maybe you got picked on when you were in high school, something like that, now would be the time to bring it to the surface. I want you to be mean, I want you to be nasty, I want you to be violent. I ain’t got time for anything else!” The AEW World Champion is daring #TAIGASTYLE to bare his fangs, will this come back to bite him?

 

Someone is editing AEW history.

Kenny Omega & The Young Bucks win the AEW World Trios Championships at All Out, only for someone to stop it there, and replace it with Death Triangle’s win the next Dynamite. And then, The Elite is replaced on the posters with Death Triangle. How can All Elite Wrestling be that without The Elite?

 

AEW World Title Eliminator: Jon Moxley VS Lee Moriarty w/ Stokely Hathaway!

The Maniac knows he has Maxwell Jacob Friedman at Full Gear, but he has some business to take care of with The Firm after they jumped him. Will Moxley put all that to bed here and have a clear path to New Jersey? Or can Moriarty take advantage of a sore and distracted champion?

Ethan Page joins commentary to watch Lee “smack around the champion.” The bell rings, Moriarty has his dukes up as he circles with Moxley. Baltimore rallies for Mox as he approaches and ties up with Moriarty. Moriarty shoots in, Moriarty gets Moxley with a cravat, but Moxley shoots around to trip Moriarty up. Moxley flips Moriarty, floats to a facelock, but Moriarty slips that onto Moxley. Moxley slips free and fans applaud the exchange. Moxley and Moriarty tie up again, Moxley KICKS a leg, but Moriarty KICKS back! They go back and forth, KICK for KICK, then Moxley DECKS Moriarty with a forearm!

Moxley puts Moriarty in a corner, climbs up and rains down fists! Fans count all the way to TEN, then Moxley BITES Moriarty! The ref reprimands, Stokely protests, but Moxley lets off. Moxley brings Moriarty out for a HALF HATCH, cover, TWO! Moxley shifts to rear mount and put on a chinlock. Moriarty fights up, gets to the ropes, and the ref calls the ropebreak. Moxley lets off but Moriarty throws an elbow! Moriarty ROCKS, KICKS and CHOPS Moxley against ropes, then he soaks up the heat. Moriarty runs to UPPERCUT in the corner, then he whips corner to corner to UPPERCUT again! Moxley reverses the whip this time to clothesline!

Moxley whips corner to corner now, he runs in, but Moriarty dodges and Moxley POSTS himself! Moriarty brings Moxley out, hammerlock DDT! Both men are down as AEW goes picture in picture.

Stokely smiles while Moxley writhes and gets to the apron. Moriarty hurries to run and baseball slide Moxley out of the ring! Moriarty then goes out, hoists Moxley up, and hammerlocks before the scoop and SLAM to the floor! Moriarty soaks up the heat, Stokely talks some smack, and Moriarty refreshes the count. But Moxley CHOPS! Moriarty hits the bad arm, uppercuts, then whips Moxley into the steel steps! Moxley writhes, clutching that arm, but Stokely pats Moriarty on the back. Moxley gets in the ring, Moriarty follows and UPPERCUTS in the corner. Moriarty digs his boot in, the ref counts and Moriarty lets off.

Moriarty soaks up more heat as he lightly bounces on his feet. Moriarty drags Moxley up, wrenches the arm, and UPPERCUTS the shoulder! And again! Moriarty whips to WRING Moxley out, and he drops a leg on the arm! Moriarty scissors the arm, drops an elbow on the elbow, and Stokely applauds. Fans rally for Moxley and he CHOPS, ROCKS and ROCKS Moriarty again! Moxley reels Moriarty in, but Moriarty back drops! Moxley sunset flips but Moriarty rolls through to PENALTY KICK! Cover, TWO! Moriarty snarls and drags Moxley back up to facelock. Moriarty suplexes but Moxley blocks as Dynamite returns to single picture.

Moxley suplexes Moriarty for the X PLEX! Moriarty lands on his arm and Ethan is upset! Moxley crawls after Moriarty, and he throws a forearm! Moriarty gives it back but Moxley throws another! Moxley fires boxing elbows, whips, but Moriarty BOOTS Moxley away. Moriarty springboards for a FLYING FOREARM! Then a HALF HATCH! Bridging cover, TWO! Moriarty rains down elbows and forearms on Moxley! Moriarty talks trash on Moxley, and he knuckle locks the hands for DRAGON STOMPS! Fans boo but Moxley is fighting his way up! Fans fire up as Moxley and Moriarty are forehead to forehead!

Moxley ROCKS Moriarty with a forearm, Moriarty returns it, but they both keep the knuckle locks! Moxley throws more forearms, then he flips Moriarty over the back to get free and LARIAT! Moxley crawls to the cover, ONE, but Moxley has the knuckle locks again! Fans fire up as Moxley gives Moriarty DRAGON STOMPS! Moxley drags Moriarty up for DEATH- NO, Moriarty fights that, wrenches and TWEAKS the arm! Moriarty wrenches, hammerlocks, but Moxley spins through to CUTTER! Cover, TWO!! Ethan breathes easier on commentary but Moxley crawls after Moriarty again.

Fans rally and Moxley dares Moriarty to bring it. Moriarty throws forearms but Moxley just takes them! Moxley eggs him on, then he SLAPS Moriarty! Moriarty is wobbling as Moxley paints him with palm strikes! Moriarty avoids the lariat to fire off hands, but Moxley blocks a kick! So Moriarty KNEES free! And SAIDO! But Moxley’s right back up!? SAIDO!! But Moriarty’s right back up! But Moxley turns saido into takeover, and he wants the kimura! Moriarty resists so Moxley goes for an armbar! But Moriarty rolls through that to flip Moxley over, STF, into BORDER CITY STRETCH! Moxley endures, but Moriarty shifts to rain down forearms to the back!

Fans rally but the BORDER CITY STRETCH returns! Moxley endures more, moves around, makes it a cradle, TWO!! Moxley rains down HAMMER ‘N’ ANVIL ELBOWS!! Moriarty manages to block one, but Moxley makes it an ARMBAR!! Moriarty taps, Moxley wins!

Winner: Jon Moxley, by submission (denies Moriarty a title opportunity)

Ethan storms off commentary and rushes the ring! He BOOTS Moxley down! Fans boo as All Ego seethes and stands over Moxley. Stokely puts Moxley’s belt over him, but will The Firm have this title once Ethan Page wins the World Title Eliminator Tournament?

 

Renee Paquette has a sit-down interview with Saraya and Britt Baker.

Well, she was supposed to, but only Saraya is here. Britt felt she didn’t need to be here, apparently, but that’s fine, Renee and Saraya can still talk. Saraya says she’s used to this now. She knows what it takes to be a star. With Britt, she doesn’t care about anyone but herself. She doesn’t care about the division, about the locker room, or anyone apart from herself. When Saraya grew up in this industry, the 30 years of her life, 17 of those were wrestling. Saraya once had to wrestle the same day she got hit by a car! Saraya had to build divisions everywhere she went, so Britt should feel lucky to have even had this interview.

Renee says they’re both here, this is an official welcome back to wrestling for Saraya. But why now? And why AEW? “There is something special about AEW. When it started three years ago, it was kind of that rebel company, and you see all these amazing faces go over there,” and Saraya just felt it’d be so great to be part of that. Once the timing came around, it was just perfect, and the division needed some help to build itself up even more. It’s already fantastic, but Saraya felt she could give it just that little bit more. Then that leads to Renee’s second question, “the elephant in the room,” where is Saraya medically?

We all know five years ago, Saraya got injured in the ring, that led to some spinal stenosis and lack of spinal fluid in the spinal cord. It seemed like she hung up the boots, but now she’s back, so where does she stand? Saraya says she wasn’t going to do this today, but there’s one more doctor she needs to consult. Saraya says we’ll know in a week’s time, what will be the state of Saraya’s in-ring career?

 

Tony Schiavone interviews William Regal backstage.

Schiavone says November 19th, Full Gear’s main event is Moxley VS MJF for the AEW World Championship. Regal says after what he witnessed last week, it showed to him, “Dear Max, that you have all the potential in the world, but you still have a long way to go to being a true villain. At Full Gear, all the potential in the world isn’t going to help you become the AEW World Champion when you have to face a real demon in Jon Moxley.” Will Lord Regal’s assertion be true? Or will MJF unlock something that will allow him to finally make it over to the other side?

 

The Acclaimed heads to the ring!

Platinum Max has the mic to say, “Yo, listen! Acclaimed on the mic and we ill with the word play. Make some noise, cuz it’s Billy Gunn’s birthday! And I hope you don’t feel vexed. We didn’t get a cake cuz it wasn’t in your meal prep. Swerve’s acting like he’s on drugs. I’m a make his ass pay like I’m Elon Musk! We’ll beat his ass silly, and let’s have everybody say Happy Birthday to Billy.” Fans cheer and Anthony Bowens says, “BALTIMOOOOOORE~! The Acclaimed have arrived!” The Acclaimed scissor finger, but that’s because Billy’s fingers are messed up from what Swerve did to him on Friday. Fans sing, “Oh~ Scissor Me, Daddy~!” to make up for it.

Bowens says they are so glad the fans are enthusiastic, because this was a very tough weekend. Last Rampage, “Sneaky Swerve did some damage to Daddy Ass’s fingers, and now he can’t scissor.” Scissoring is taking over the world! The World Series! Arenas all around the world! Right, cameraman? YEAH~! But of course, they can’t have a Daddy Ass birthday bash without scissoring, so they’re starting off hot with gift number one! The brand new Acclaimed foam SCISSOR FINGERS~! They put those on Billy, “so that when a sneaky snake like Swerve breaks your hands, you can still…” “SCISSOR ME, DADDY ASS!” There it is!

Caster sees the great signs, the scissor shirts, and big scissors, all to celebrate Daddy Ass. And it’s true, AEW now stands for Acclaimed Every Wednesday. And it’s a fact of life that EVERYONE loves The Acclaimed! And furthermore, everyone loves Daddy Ass. So who brought gifts for Daddy? Throw up some signs! Throw up some scissors! Who wants to give Billy a gift? There’s all sorts of messages, like “Happy Birthday, Daddy Ass!” “Scissor Me Timbers!” Wait, a Sneaky Swerve Dartboard? Not bad. But Caster chooses the scissors with the party hat! They bring that in for Daddy! Happy birthday from everyone here in Baltimore!

Oh, but they’re not done yet! No, far from it. Billy’s been in the business for over 30 years and has accomplished a lot. An ELEVEN-TIME Tag Team Champion. That’s right! A two-time tag team of the year winner. That’s right! And in 2006, he was part of the worst segment of all time anywhere. That’s right… Reverse battle royal or something? That was a thing. But more importantly, Billy’s a Hall of Famer, a stand-up guy, and is now… the WORLD’S GREATEST DADDY!! They modified a trophy just for Billy and fans cheer as he accepts the award. Fans chant “DADDY ASS!” and Bowens says there’s one last thing.

Bowens says he planned so much more, like special guests from Billy’s past, but unfortunately, two cancelled last minute, and the rest were just upset Billy didn’t go to the reunion. Billy does a “SUCK IT!” for old time’s sake! But most importantly, the last couple of months, he’s been a mentor and father figure to The Acclaimed and he has meant the world to them. This final gift touches the soul. They filed paperwork, and they have a certificate of adoption! The Sultan of Scissors, Anthony Bowens, has signed it! Platinum Max Caster has signed it! The Acclaimed just need a signature from Billy!

Fans chant “Sign It! Sign It!” Billy says, “I get to be your daddy?” But wait! Billy’s biological sons, the “Ass~ Boys!” are here! Austin & Colten Gunn want this to stop. Did their invitation get lost in the mail? They didn’t get invited to their father’s birthday party? Billy says The Acclaimed are his sons! Well, even though they weren’t invited, being that they’re his lovable sons, they still got him a gift. Billy turns around into a BOOT from W. Morrissey! And then Morrissey CLOBBERS The Acclaimed! The Gunn Sons beat up on the tag champs while Morrissey stomps Billy! Fans boo but here comes FTR!

Fans fire up as Cash Wheeler & Dax Harwood storm down to the ring! The Firm bails, but the ROH-AAA-IWGP Tag Team Champions stand tall with the AEW World Tag Team Champions. But FTR also pick up the AEW World Tag Team titles. FTR hand the belts over to the champions, this match surely to come down the line. But with Gunn Club in the way first, will Dax & Cash make sure Austin & Colten #FearTheRepercussions of their actions?

 

Tony Schiavone interviews Britt Baker backstage.

And she interrupts him, too, as he welcomes us to her interview with her people on her time and in her world. “What? You thought I was going to jump just because you said to, Saraya and Renee? Well, I have been a victim of conspiracy for far too long, so I’m not showing up to your party.” Jamie Hayter is also here, and she says she is sick of it all. She’s sick of the BS! She just wants to wrestle! Britt does, too! They should wrestle together as the best female tag team on the planet. Find them a team to face on Friday. Yours Truly, Britt Baker, DMD.

 

ROH World Championship Open Challenge: Chris Jericho w/ Daniel Garcia & Jake Hager VS ???

The Wizard, Le Champion, continues his mission to desecrate, destroy and degrade the legacy of ROH, and he doesn’t care who it is, he just wants to face any former champion of ROH! Singles, tag, trios, Women’s Division, it doesn’t matter to him! But then, who will accept that challenge in hopes of shutting Jericho up? Jericho gets the mic to say, “So last week, after Claudio, that jackass, took a tainted victory over The Ocho, it made me mad! And now, like I said, I am ready for an open challenge tonight, against any former ROH champion. World champion, tag team champion, Pure Champion, Women’s Champion, I DON’T CARE! I’ll even whip Lamar Jackson’s ass!”

Fans get riled up hearing that but Lamar just stays put. Jericho says tonight will be another monumental night in the Ring of Jericho Era! ALL HONOR THE OCHO! But who is it? Show yourself! Jericho wants to know! “BOOM BOOM! Colt Cabana!” Fans go nuts! Cabana is back and ready to go, will he go from former tag team champion to NEW ROH World Champion? The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and we see if Jericho wins this with honor or sports entertainment!

The bell rings and fans are thunderous with “WELCOME BACK!” Cabana and Jericho step up to each other, and Jericho offers the Code of Honor. Cabana takes it, and they go forehead to forehead. Cabana pushes Jericho into the corner, but he lets off. Jericho shoves, Cabana shoves, and then Cabana fires off! The ref counts and Cabana backs off. Jericho storms up, Cabana headlocks, Jericho powers out but Cabana runs Jericho over! Fans cheer, Jericho gets up and ties up with Cabana. Cabana headlocks, Jericho powers out but Cabana runs him over! Cabana then fakes Jericho out to KICK him! Cabana rains down fists and fans are thunderous!

Cabana lets off, he kicks Jericho to the corner and whips corner to corner. Jericho reverses, but Cabana BOOTS him! Cabana goes up, Jericho gets under, but Cabana sunset flips from below! TWO, and Jericho stands up for Cabana to CHOP, and clothesline against ropes! And again! And then forearms! Cabana whips, Jericho holds ropes and bails out, regrouping with Hager & Garcia. Cabana pursues and CLUBS Jericho! And ROCKS him! And ELBOWS him! Jericho CHOPS, and CHOPS, but Cabana snarls. Jericho CLUBS and ROCKS Cabana, puts him in the ring and climbs up, but Cabana ROCKS him in return!

Cabana throws haymakers, hops up to to get Jericho in the fireman’s carry, but Jericho and Cabana fall to the floor! Garcia & Hager check on Jericho while AEW goes picture in picture.

Jericho and Cabana stir, the ref has Garcia and Hager back off, and Jericho gets in the ring. Cabana sits up, Jericho grabs at him from the apron but Cabana ROCKS Jericho! Cabana gets on the apron, ELBOWS Jericho, then bumps him off buckles! Cabana brings Jericho side to side to bump him off more buckles! And again the other way, but Jericho triangle jumps to DROPKICK! Cabana goes down and Garcia mocks him with applause. Jericho soaks up the heat, Garcia dares Cabana to get up and fight, but the ring count climbs. Jericho mocks the fans, flips them off, and then goes out to fetch Cabana.

Jericho puts Cabana in the ring, storms in after him, and slaps him around! And even more! Jericho slaps Cabana more and more, talks trash, sits Cabana up, but Cabana counter slaps! And again! And again! Cabana CHOPS, runs, but into a throat chop! Jericho drags Cabana up to back suplex! Cocky cover, TWO! Jericho paces, taunts the fans, soaks up the heat again, and goes back to Cabana as he sits up. Jericho throws hands, Cabana eggs him on, and Dynamite returns to single picture as the forearms go back and forth! Fans rally as Cabana gets the edge but boo as Jericho takes it back. Jericho runs, into a HIP ATTACK!

Fans fire up and Cabana DOUBLE CHOPS! And DOUBLE CHOPS! Cabana has Jericho in a corner, CHOPS again, and then whips corner to corner. Jericho reverses, Cabana comes back with a forearm! Jericho is down, Cabana goes up, FALLING SPLASH! Cover, TWO!! Fans rally and Cabana keeps his eyes on Jericho. Cabana goes up the corner again, but Jericho trips him up! Cabana lands on his apple core and Jericho CLUBS him on the back. Jericho drags Cabana from the top rope with an Electric Chair, but Cabana CLUBS and victory rolls! TWO!! Jericho escapes, trips Cabana, and tries to turn Cabana!

Fans rally as Cabana kicks Jericho away! Cabana drags Jericho into a cradle, TWO!! Jericho swings, misses, and Cabana JABS, JABS, JABS! Flip, flop- EYE POKE from Jericho! But Cabana ducks the Judas Effect, backslide, into the BILLY GOAT’S CURSE!! Cabana has his inverted Boston Crab and Jericho endures! Fans rally, Jericho fights up, Cabana leans on the hold, but Jericho turns over! Jericho kicks Cabana, but Cabana comes back with the SUPERMAN CLUTCH! Cover, but Hager sweeps the hands! Fans boo while Garcia and Hager fire up. But Cabana ASAI MOONSAULTS Hager & Garcia down!!

Fans are thunderous, Cabana runs in to FLYING APPLE! He keeps moving, but runs into a CODE BREAKER! Cover, Jericho wins!

Winner: Chris Jericho, by pinfall (still ROH World Champion)

Score one more for sports entertainment! Cabana’s shocking return had a disappointing ending, will the Ring of Jericho Era continue whether we like it or not?

But wait! Matthew Menard & Angelo Parker drag Ian Riccaboni from commentary! They bring him to Jericho and Jericho SLAPS Ian! And snatches his glasses away! Jericho mocks Ian, SLAPS him, BREAKS the glasses, then aims with the world title belt! But CLAUDIO attacks! Claudio tackles Jericho, only for Hager and the rest to drag him away! Claudio gets mugged, but then here comes BRYAN DANIELSON! The American Dragon takes out Parker but Garcia is after him! Sammy Guevara rushes out to add more on the JAS side, but then WHEELER YUTA attacks Sammy! BCC and JAS brawl but the JAS has numbers!

Security rushes out, fans want to “Let Them Fight!” but this is not happening here. What will it take to end the war between pro-wrestlers and sports entertainers?

 

Renee interviews Death Triangle backstage.

She’s with the AEW World Trios Championships, but Rey Fenix has his shot at the All-Atlantic Championship up next. He could become the NEW Double Champion, what is he feeling? Fenix says he’s feeling happy, he’s feeling great, and ready! Tonight, he will be the NEW All-Atlantic Champion! #DoubleDouble! PAC speaks up, and he says as someone who knows something being Double Champion, if Fenix wants revenge, like real revenge, he may not have wanted to use the bell hammer last time, and that was his prerogative. But this time, it’d be legal. Pac is telling him now, “the hammer, Rey. If you’re smart about it my friend, trust me. This tonight, can be your golden ticket.”

But hey, the choice is his. Just something to think about. Pac leaves, and Penta says they should talk about this. Will the Firebird do as The Bastard would? Or will he stay true to himself?

 

AEW All-Atlantic Championship Triple Threat: Orange Cassidy VS Rey Fenix w/ Alex Abrahantes VS Luchasaurus w/ Christian Cage!

Not only is this match about Freshly Squeezed upping the ante on himself again, and not only is this about Luchasaurus and Fenix both going for their first taste of singles gold in AEW, but this is about having an All-Atlantic City Dream Match this Friday on Rampage! Who wins both belt and contract in one fell swoop?

The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and we see who wins a dream come true!

The bell rings, Fenix and Luchasaurus both eye Cassidy while fans rally up. Fenix and Cassidy then agree they should go after the bigger guy! They fire off hands, but Luchasaurus shoves them away! Luchasaurus CHOPS Cassidy down then choke grips Fenix, but Fenix breaks free to CHOP, mule kick and- UPPERCUT from Luchasaurus! Luchasaurus choke grips Cassidy but Fenix SUPERKICKS! Cassidy SUPERKICKS! DOUBLE DROPKICKS send Luchasaurus out! Fans fire up and Cassidy stares down with Fenix. Cassidy unleashes the “devastating” shin kicks! Fenix whips Cassidy, Cassidy reverses, Fenix tiger feints but Cassidy ducks the heel kick!

Cassidy runs, ducks ‘n’ dodges, then arm-drags Fenix away! Fenix goes to a corner, Cassidy runs in but into a BOOT! Fenix goes out, ducks the haymaker, then hops up to KICK Cassidy! Fenix runs, ducks ‘n’ dodges to springboard FLYING ARM-DRAG! Cassidy avoids the stomps then runs, to tilt-o-whirl-whirl-whirl DDT! Cover, TWO! Ghost pin, TWO! Fenix kips up but so does Cassidy, and fans fi reup for that exchange. Cassidy catches his breath, Fenix nods, but Luchasaurus gets back in. Fenix & Cassidy run, dodge, but get run over! Fans boo but Luchasaurus POSTS Fenix! Luchasaurus suplexes Cassidy, and SLAMS him down!

Cassidy goes to a corner, Luchasaurus runs in to back elbow! He back elbows Fenix, then Cassidy again! Fenix dodges, but Luchasaurus comes back to DOUBLE LARIAT! Fans boo but Luchasaurus just soaks up the heat while AEW goes picture in picture.

Luchasaurus storms over to Cassidy and drags him up. Luchasaurus puts him in a corner, CHOPS him, then stands him up again. Luchasaurus whips corner to corner hard and Cassidy bounces off buckles. Christian Cage seems confident enough to leave ringside and join commentary as Luchasaurus chokes Cassidy at the ropes. Luchasaurus lets off to drag Cassidy back up and scoop. Luchasaurus hits a SIDEWALK SLAM! Cover, Fenix breaks it! Luchasaurus UPPERCUTS, but Fenix CHOPS back! Fenix CHOPS again, but Luchasaurus UPPERCUTS Fenix down! Cover, TWO! Luchasaurus CHOKES Fenix!

The ref reprimands but he can’t disqualify, but still Luchasaurus lets off. Luchasaurus drags Fenix up, Fenix throws a forearm, but Luchasaurus DECKS him! Luchasaurus whips Fenix hard into the corner and Fenix hits chest first! Fenix falls, so Luchasaurus UPPERCUTS Cassidy! Cassidy flops in a corner and out to the floor, so Luchasaurus goes back to Fenix. Luchasaurus sits Fenix up but Fenix eggs him on. Luchasaurus kicks Fenix around, drags him up, but Fenix CHOPS! And CHOPS! And CHOPS! Luchasaurus tosses Fenix to a corner and UPPERCUTS again! Luchasaurus drags Fenix up as Dynamite returns to single picture.

Fenix fires off body shots but Luchasaurus CLUBS him down! Luchasaurus drags Cassidy up, suplexes, but STUN-DOG MILLIONAIRE hits! And Fenix SUPERKICKS! Luchasaurus goes down just as Christian was praising him! Cassidy whips Fenix in to JUMP SOBAT Luchasaurus! Feed to the ORANGE PUNCH! Luchasaurus falls out of the ring, Christian is upset, and now Fenix stares Cassidy down. Fenix shoves Cassidy, but they see Luchasaurus is up at ramp side. Fenix & Cassidy build speed, and DOUBLE DIVE! But Luchasaurus SWATS Fenix while he catches Cassidy! Luchasaurus then SHOVES Cassidy into steel steps!

Luchasaurus stalks Fenix to the timekeeper’s area, to CHOKE SLAM him through the table!! Fans lose their minds and fire up as Christian enjoys what his Right Hand of Destruction just did. Luchasaurus drags Cassidy up but Cassidy fires off hands! Luchasaurus ROCKS then BOOTS Cassidy up the ramp! Luchasaurus eggs Cassidy on, shoves him further up the ramp, and now they’re at the stage. Luchasaurus runs in but Cassidy dodges! ORANGE- NO, Luchasaurus blocks! Luchasaurus HEADBUTTS Cassidy, and keeps him standing with a choke grip! But JUNGLE BOY is here! He SMACKS Luchasaurus with a chair!

Christian is furious as JB SMACKS Luchasaurus again! Christian gets off commentary to shout at JB, but JB chases him off! JB then runs to CROSSBODY Luchasaurus off the stage and THROUGH a table!!! Fans lose their minds for what Jack Perry just did to get even a modicum of revenge! JB high-fives fans, and Cassidy and Fenix have returned to the ring! But here comes Pac! Pac puts Cassidy in the ring, and he offers Fenix the bell hammer! Fenix takes the hammer and gets in the ring! To DROP the hammer! Pac is upset but fans cheer, only for Cassidy to victory roll! TWO! Fenix has the cover, TWO!

Cassidy gets up, Fenix SUPERKICKS! Somersault, ORANGE PUNCH!!! Cover, Cassidy wins!!

Winner: Orange Cassidy, by pinfall (still AEW All-Atlantic Champion)

But Pac attacks! Pac stomps all his frustrations into Cassidy, and then rains down fists! Fans boo but The Bastard is living up to his name! Pac demands the bell hammer, and he grabs it off the floor. But wait! Is that… KATSUYORI SHIBATA?!?! NJPW’s Wrestler is here, and he’s with Best Friends!! Rocky Romero, Chuck Taylor & Trent Beretta storm to the ring with Shibata, and Pac backs off! Fans are losing their minds all over again as Shibata gets in the ring with Cassidy. Shibata points at the title! Cassidy holds up the contract, and hands it to Shibata! Shibata writes his name on the challenger’s spot, and we have a match for Rampage!!

 

Tony Schiavone interviews Swerve Strickland backstage.

He is thrilled to be with both Swerve Strickland and platinum recording artist, Rick Ross! The biggest boss, Rick Ross! But as exciting as that is, Schiavone has to ask Swerve, why did he do that to Billy Gunn? Whoa, wait, hold on. Keep it positive here today. Rick Ross is making this clear that he is here for one reason and one reason only: making sure that Swerve is the biggest name in the industry, and the largest recording artist in the world! They’re here celebrating that! Keith Lee walks in and says what’s good! But he’s here for Swerve? Swerve is okay responding to Rick Ross but he won’t text his tag partner back?

Swerve isn’t sure what Keith is talking about. Rick Ross says keep it positive, they’re here celebrating. Alright, here’s keeping it positive: Their team, Swerve In Our Glory, is the #1 contender to the AEW World Tag Team Championships. However, Swerve attacked Billy Gunn. Keith watched things back! FALSE ACCUSATIONS! No, this is facts! And furthermore, who was behind the camera when Swerve assaulted Billy? Who is sick enough to stand there and watch that? Swerve says that is a lot of questions. Rick Ross says that’s not what we’re focused on! Just focus on being the number one duo in the world.

Swerve agrees, and he says they can do this: an 8 Man Tag. SIOG & Gunn Club VS The Acclaimed & FTR! Toast to that! Rick Ross encourages them all to toast, even Schiavone, and Keith reluctantly joins in. Will they all be #1 in the world after one more go with Caster & Bowens?

 

AEW TBS Championship: Jade Cargill w/ Leila Grey VS Marina Shafir!

Still undefeated at now 40-0 (check Elevation for that milestone), and still AEW TBS Champion, but still without the belt because Nyla Rose won’t let her have it back! Will The Problem add on by taking away Jade’s rightful claim to the title? Or will #ThatBitch have no problem going 41-0?

The introductions are made, but no belt can be raised, so it’s just about the fight!

But wait, speaking of the belt, here comes Nyla Rose! But Vickie Guerrero makes herself known first with “EXCUSE ME!” Jade does her best to ignore that as she ties up with Shafir. Jade puts Shafir in the corner, Vickie shrieks more, and Nyla tells commentary to take a break, she is gonna do the play by play. Jade is taking it to Marina in the corner with uppercuts, “but hopefully she doesn’t get distracted by THE TBS Champion at the top of the ramp.” Nyla swivels the hips while Jade stomps away on Shafir. Vickie notes how good Nyla looks, both the robe and the belt on her waist. Shafir gets out of the ring but Jade goes out to kick her around.

Vickie notes that, according to Jade, Nyla was supposed to be home tonight eating chips. Nyla admits that’s true, and she starts eating chips on the ramp! Jade drags Shafir up but Shafir fires off body shots, chops and knees! Shafir whips but Jade reverses and Shafir hits railing! Jade storms up on Shafir, brings her up and puts her in the ring. Shafir writhes and now Jade dares Nyla to step to her. Nyla says hold on! Jade being so obsessed with numbers, pay attention to the ref. Jade rushes in at 8 of 10, Nyla tells her to watch some Sesame Street when this is done, and Shafir gets Jade in a waistlock!

Jade fights, Shafir rolls her and wants the leg, but Jade kicks her away! Jade then BOOTS Shafir down! Fans fire up with Jade and she storms around. Jade chicken wings and lifts Shafir, JADED!! Cover, Jade wins!

Winner: Jade Cargill, by pinfall (still AEW TBS Champion)

Still undefeated at 41-0, and Kiera Hogan is sneaking up on Nyla! Kiera grabs for the belt, but Nyla CLOBBERS her! Jade hurries over, but not to help her Baddie, but to berate her for failing. Will #ThatBitch ever get her belt back? Or will Nyla constantly taunt her with it until she gets her own shot?

 

The House of Black speaks.

“What has become of us? What have you all done?” Julia Hart says last rites for Malakai Black? And for Buddy, and for Brody. “Have you all abandoned your faith this quickly? You have us burning at the stakes so soon, clinging like children to this new world. Afraid to abandon it.” The bodies are taken out to the water. “Now come the ways of old. Now comes the worship of death. All must end so that all can suffer anew.” “Father of the Black Light, giver of the scythe that takes, giver of the scythe that creates. Forget me not. See me now, mother.” Is this not the death but a new life for the House of Black?

 

BREAKING NEWS for Rampage!

On top of Cassidy VS Shibata in their All-Atlantic City Dream Match, Britt & Hayter have opponents! Skye Blue & Madison Rayne have stepped up, will the student and coach be enough to shut up the Doctor and her assistant? And the Full Gear World Title Eliminator Tournament will have more names announced! Who will get in on that golden opportunity that leads to New Jersey?

But speaking of Full Gear…

It is now official! For the Interim AEW Women’s World Championship, it will be Toni Storm VS Jamie Hayter! Hayter gets the shot she’s wanted, will she hit the mark? Or will the Lightning From Down Under strike down the Hayter? And speaking of that…

 

AEW hears from Toni Storm and Jamie Hayter.

Storm says, “A lot of people don’t know this, but me and Jamie Hayter go way back. During the pandemic, me and Jamie actually lived together in England, so we spent a lot of months together. We became best friends. If anything, we became like sisters. When I first got here, when I walked into my first day in AEW…  Jamie Hayter wouldn’t even talk to me. She wouldn’t even look at me. It was quite clear.” Hayter says, “My change of attitude? That’s weird, I thought I was being nice. What do you mean, change of attitude? I feel like I’m the same old Jamie Hayter I always have been. Maybe you just didn’t know who I was before.”

Storm knew Hayter was no longer her friend, she was Britt’s. But now these former friends fight for the title! Will all those feelings and frustrations boil to the surface at Full Gear?

 

ROH World Television Championship: Samoa Joe VS Brian Cage w/ Prince Nana!

The Embassy wants gold, but they made the mistake of how they went after it. The Machine has angered the Samoan Submission Specialist, is he about to be disassembled? Or will not even the rage of Samoa Joe be enough to stop the Swolverine?

The introductions are made by Bobby Cruise, the title is raised, and we see if there is someone who’s better than Brian Cage!

The bell rings and Cage circles with Joe. Fans rally with “Joe is gonna kill~ you!” Joe makes sure Cage hears that. Cage and Joe tie up, Joe headlocks, but Cage powers up and out. Joe rams shoulders but Cage shrugs that off. Joe runs again, they RAM shoulders, but Cage shakes his head. Cage dares Joe to try again, fans rally behind Joe, but then Cage reels Joe in to ROCK with a forearm! And again! Cage whips, Joe ducks ‘n’ dodges to run Cage over! Fans fire up while Cage slowly gets up. Cage throws forearms, has Joe in a corner, and he fires off forearms! Cage lets off to ask, “Who betta than Brian Cage?!”

But Cage turns around into a CHOP! Joe JABS, JABS, JABS, again and again then CHOPS Cage to a corner. Joe brings Cage out but Cage fires off forearms! Joe CHOPS again, whips corner to corner, then runs in to back elbow and PELE! Cage wobbles against ropes, Joe brings him around to snapmare and CHOP the back! PENALTY KICK to the front! Running ELBOW DROP! Cover, ONE!! Nana gets on the apron but Joe chases him off. Nana still talks trash, but Joe goes back to Cage. Cage DROPKICKS! Fans boo but Nana says that’s how smart they are. Cage CLUBS and rains down fists on Joe, then stomps away at the ropes.

The ref counts, Cage lets off and puts Joe in a corner. Cage RAMS Joe, and RAMS him, then CHOPS! Joe staggers while he’s stinging, but Cage CHOKES Joe on the ropes. The ref counts, Cage lets off, Nana keeps talking trash, and Cage starts firing off KICK after KICK! Cage SOBATS, then he brings Joe around. Cage wrenches, whips, and LARIATS! Cage flexes but fans boo. Cage drags Joe up, but Joe JABS, JABS, JABS! Cage kicks low, whips, then runs in to UPPERCUT and PELE! Then a GERMAN SUPLEX! Fans cheer the strength while AEW goes picture in picture.

Cage looms over Joe, runs and drops a leg, brother. Cage keeps moving, another leg drop! And another leg drop! Cover, TWO! Cage is annoyed and so is Nana, but Cage drags Joe up to give him crossface forearms! Cage clamps onto Joe with a CAMEL CLUTCH! Joe endures as Cage bends him back! Joe fights up, pries at the hold, and BITES Cage’s hand! The ref reprimands but Joe CHOPS! And CHOPS! And whips, but Cage reverses! Joe BOOTS back, but Cage clotheslines all the same! Cage drags Joe to then drop a knee! Cover, ONE!! Cage is annoyed, Nana is shouting, but Cage clamps on a chinlock to squeeze Joe’s head.

Joe endures, fights up, but Cage wrangles him right back down! Joe endures all over again, gets a second wind and he fights to his feet. Joe throws body shots and then CHOPS! Joe runs but Cage follows to ELBOW him down! Joe flops out of the ring and Cage soaks up the heat. Dynamite returns to single picture a Cage builds speed and FLIES! Cage clears the ropes and hits Joe at the ramp! Fans fire up for that uncanny display of agility! Cage puts Joe in the ring, storms up and flexes, but fans boo now. Cage loves showing off, and he drags Joe up. Joe JABS! JABS! JABS! Cage SOBATS again! Cage runs, into a CHOP!

Joe atomic drops Cage, runs and BOOTS him down! SENTON! Cover, TWO! Cage is still in this and Joe is frustrated. Fans rally up as Joe drags Cage up. Joe whips Cage into the corner, then POWERSLAMS on the return! Cover, TWO! Joe is a bit surprised by that and Nana is upset, too. Joe drags Cage up, reels him in, but Cage wrenches out to JUMP KNEE! And SUPERKICK! Joe ends up on ropes, Cage dials it up, 619!! Cage goes up a corner, for a TWISTING ELBOW DROP! Cover, TWO!!! Joe survives and Nana is going nuts! The ref defends his count but Cage drags Joe up. Cage wrenches, hooks, but Joe throws down elbows.

Cage knees back, wrenches and pump handles, to flip Joe for the DRIVER! Cover, TWO!!! Joe still survives and Nana cannot believe it! But Cage aims, runs, spins, but Joe ducks to get the SLEEPER! But Cage OLYMPIC SLAMS free!! Cage runs, DISCUS LARIAT!! Cover, TWO!?! Nana is stunned all over again! Cage signs the death warrant, he drags Joe up and fireman’s carries, but Joe slips off to SLEEPER! Cage tries to throw Joe but Joe shifts arms! COQUINA CLUTCH!!! Cage TAPS, Joe wins!!

Winner: Samoa Joe, by submission (still ROH World Television Champion)

Joe wins, but here come the Gates of Agony! Liona & Kaun attack Joe and fans boo! Nana tells Joe this is what he gest, but here comes WARDLOW!! The AEW TNT Champion is here to back up his tag partner and run off the Embassy! Wardlow almost gets a hand on Cage, but Cage and the GOA get away. Wait, creeping up from behind, it’s POWERHOUSE HOBBS! A SPINEBUSTER for Wardlow!! Hobbs picks up the TNT belt and holds it over Wardlow! Is this a glimpse into a future chapter in the Book of Hobbs?


My Thoughts:

A great episode here, with quite a bit set up for the following weeks, and even some for Full Gear. Good promo from Storm and Hayter, and Storm sure ends up in a lot of “We used to be friends” feuds. Hayter & Britt are definitely going to win against Skye & Rayne, so that’s momentum for Hayter. And Britt choosing to not join Renee and Saraya in their interview was a very in-character Heel move. This is of course just propelling things closer and closer to Saraya’s return match being against Britt, and that could be a big moment for Full Gear. I can’t say whether Hayter beats Storm or not, but I would think Saraya’s first match back is going to be a win.

Great opening match from Darby and Allin, even with all the overbooking, but I would not have guessed that they’d pull an nWo Sting with Cole Karter, or that Jeff Jarrett would join Lethal here in AEW. Karter being fake Sting fell flat as could be because who even cares about Karter here in AEW? But Jarrett joining in was at least surprising. Jarrett VS Sting is going to be a thing, and that’ll be fun for old time’s sake. And great stuff out of Moxley VS Moriarty. I did like that Moxley’s promo implied the door’s always open to the guys Bryan mentioned, if they just come to their senses and get vicious as hell. Ethan attacking Moxley indicates he’ll be a frontrunner in the world title eliminator tournament, and maybe this will be Ethan’s push he’s been waiting for.

I’m actually rather surprised we didn’t see MJF at all tonight, but Regal did shout him out in his own promo. Regal of course predicts Moxley winning but who knows what’ll happen at Full Gear. We got a great segment from The Acclaimed and Billy Gunn, and of course Billy’s biological sons took offense when Bowens suggested adoption. We’re definitely getting a Six Man Tag of The Acclaimed & Daddy Ass VS The Firm’s Gunns & Morrissey. Then that’ll lead into FTR VS Gunns at ROH Final Battle in December.

And on the other side, we got a good promo with Rick Ross, Keith Lee & Swerve to address how messed up that was for Swerve to break Billy’s fingers. I wonder if Rick Ross was the cameraman… But anyway, this just adds to Keith not wanting to tag with Swerve over how he’s the Heel in this. Can’t wait to see how that goes in the title match, that’ll be another show stealer at Full Gear like it was at All Out. That will definitely be The Acclaimed’s win as Keith & Swerve are probably going to fall apart as a team during the match.

Great vignette for the House of Black, it definitely dismisses any thoughts that Malakai was leaving. Maybe they make their presence known again at Full Gear for either the tag or trios titles. And a good little video for The Elite where they’re again making a point of AEW trying to be AEW without them. The video being specifically about the trios titles could be foreshadowing that their return will be all about the trios titles so that they can get those belts back and have the fun they were meant to. And Cabana being Jericho’s surprise opponent was great, because one: I’ve been missing Cabana. And two: it’s a sign that CM Punk is out, so Cabana can come back without stress.

But of course Jericho wins, he’s going to keep this Ring of Jericho thing going. But the BCC being united going after the JAS and saving Ian was cool. Maybe we get a Six Man Tag, then who knows, maybe we get Yuta VS Garcia for the Pure title again, maybe Yuta moves up to go after Jericho since Jericho wants after all former ROH title holders, and Yuta counts since he had the Pure Championship before Garcia. I would love if Jericho faced Rush, that’d be really good stuff. Hell, let’s bring in Minoru Suzuki since he was a former ROH World TV Champion. Or Jeff Cobb, he was also one. Any of those names would be fun stuff against Jericho, and their factions would work against JAS.

The TBS Championship match was of course a whole lot of nothing given the story of Nyla holding onto the belt while Jade still has the title. Nyla was pretty funny on the mic, though. And though Kiera tried, she’s one third Nyla’s size so she wasn’t going to snatch that belt back. This obviously culminates at Full Gear, we’re either seeing 42-0 (unless AEW pads Jade’s numbers with Dark and Elevation again) or we’re seeing Jade take her first loss because Nyla and Vickie are playing the distraction game better than Jade and The Baddies. And I really hope Jade and Nyla get to give us a match that steals the show, both are such great characters and impressive athletes, they deserve nothing less.

Awesome stuff out of the All-Atlantic Championship. For one, great Triple Threat, I do like that AEW is having this title be that competitive. Then we got a great return from Jungle Boy, he took it to Luchasaurus and that grudge match is coming around. And of course, Pac is trying to have the others join in on blurring the lines, but Fenix & Penta aren’t having it. If The Elite really are coming back for the trios titles, maybe Death Triangle falling apart is the reason The Elite beats them in the match. But Cassidy winning is great, and I could NOT have guessed Shibata would show up. Cassidy VS Shibata is great stuff, but I’m thinking Pac has to screw that match up. Shibata feels bigger than the All-Atlantic title, and it just makes sense that Cassidy VS Pac happens one more time to put things to bed.

And we got great stuff in the main event for the ROH World TV title. Joe VS Cage was a great match but naturally, Joe wins. The Embassy keeps wanting after the ROH titles, because duh, they’re going to be a big part of ROH’s revival. Hobbs attacking Wardlow was also a natural move, and Hobbs VS Wardlow has to be for Full Gear, too. Who knows how things go, but it would be awesome for Hobbs to get that title, he’s put in great work.

My Score: 8.7/10


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Mitchell’s AEW Dynamite Results & Report! (2/1/23)

Dynamite is No Holds Barred!

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Will Darby Allin still be the Relentless TNT Champion?

Samoa Joe wants the AEW TNT Championship back, but he knows Darby Allin is relentless. Tonight on Dynamite, they go NO HOLDS BARRED for the gold! Will Joe once again be the King of Television?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Jon Moxley VS Hangman Page; Moxley wins.
  • The Acclaimed w/ Billy Gunn VS Truth Magnum & Turbo Floyd; The Acclaimed wins.
  • Brian Cage w/ Prince Nana VS Konosuke Takeshita; Takeshita wins.
  • Bryan Danielson VS Timothy Thatcher; Bryan wins.
  • AEW TBS Championship: Jade Cargill w/ Leila Grey VS Red Velvet; Cargill wins and retains the title.
  • AEW TNT Championship No Holds Barred: Darby Allin w/ Sting VS Samoa Joe; wins and

PLAY BY PLAY

Jon Moxley w/ Wheeler Yuta VS Hangman Page!

The Maniac and the Cowboy go for their tiebreaker as Dynamite is in Dayton, Ohio! Will Ohio’s own knock this one out of the park like he did before? Or will there be some serious #CowboySh*t going down in Dayton?

Not only does Moxley have the Decoder by his side, he has his dad, Dan! Hangman makes his entrance next, and Moxley goes right after him! Moxley throws hands then whips Hangman into railing! The ref reprimands but Moxley sends Hangman into steel steps! Moxley throws hands, whips Hangman again and Hangman hits more railing hard! Fans fire up and the ref reprimands. Moxley just takes off his hoodie to CHOKE Hangman with it! Moxley TOSSES Hangman over the railing, and then he hops onto the railing! Dayton fires up, gives Moxley a hand, and Moxley FLYING AX HANDLES Hangman down!

Moxley brings Hangman up but Hangman throws hands! Hangman sits Moxley down, fires off more shots, then backs up. Hangman runs in to BOOT Moxley against railing! The ref reprimands, he wants this in the ring, but it isn’t a match yet so there’s no real repercussions. Hangman stalks Moxley along the way but Moxley kicks back. And CHOPS! Moxley trips Hangman then ties him up, FIGURE FOUR on the floor! Moxley and Hangman flip each other off but the ref still wants this in the ring. Hangman grabs someone’s beer and splashes Moxley with it! Moxley lets Hangman out of the hold, and then Hangman ROCKS Mox!

They go back to ringside, Moxley grabs a chair but Hangman CLUBS Moxley. But Moxley JAMS Hangman, tris him, and then drops an elbow on the leg! Moxley has a toehold, then he puts the chair around the leg! The ref reprimands but Moxley goes up the apron. The ref shouts at Moxley to not jump, but then Hangman gets free! Hangman CHUCKS the chair at Moxley’s head!! Moxley goes down and fans fire up! The ref reprimands again and wants this to get in the ring. Moxley is dazed, but Hangman drags him around, to suplex onto the chair! Hangman drags Moxley up and puts him in the ring, but he also brings the chair!

The ref stops Hangman, so Hangman leaves the chair behind. The bell finally rings, and Hangman runs in to forearm Moxley! Moxley hits back, they go back and forth! Moxley’s eyebrow is already busted open, but he keeps throwing shots. Hangman gets the edge, HEADBUTTS, then whips. Moxley reverses to dropkick the legs out! Moxley looms over Hangman, drags him into the INDIAN DEATHLOCK! Hangman endures, keeps his shoulders off the mat, but fans rally behind Moxley. Hangman drags himself back, reaches out, and gets the ROPEBREAK! The ref counts, Moxley lets Hangman go at 3.

Moxley brings Hangman up but Hangman gets around to GERMAN SUPLEXES! Moxley snarls but the blood is getting into his eye. Hangman DECKS Moxley and has him at the ropes. Hangman brings Moxley up, fans boo but Hangman CHOPS! Moxley flounders and falls and fans start dueling. Hangman stalks Moxley, sits him up, and he starts raining down fists right on the bloody eyebrow! Mox fans boo but Hangman fans are fired up for the “COWBOY SH*T!” Hangman wipes Moxley’s blood off on his chest, but then turns around into a CHOP! Moxley eggs Hangman on and Hangman CHOPS back!

Moxley CHOPS, Hangman CHOPS, fans “WOO~!” for the CHOP fight! Moxley shifts to boxing elbows, then runs, but Hangman catches the crossbody! FALL AWAY SLAM! Fans are torn while Moxley goes to the apron. Hangman runs, triangle jumps, but Moxley LARIATS first! Moxley drags Hangman up and to the apron, then turns Hangman, for a SLEEPER! The ref reprimands and wants this in the ring, but Hangman claws the bloody eyebrow! Moxley turns Hangman around, reels him in, but Hangman resists the lift! Hangman tries to lift, Moxley resists, and then Moxley lifts! Hangman fights that and lifts again, but Moxley still fights!

Both men are fighting for control, and Hangman fireman’s carries! To SNAKE EYES Moxley off the post! Moxley falls to the floor and Dynamite goes picture in picture!

The ref checks Moxley but he’s somehow okay to continue. Hangman goes over to fetch Moxley, and whips him into railing! Hangman ROCKS Moxley with haymakers as the bloody eyebrow becomes a crimson mask. Hangman refreshes the count, goes back to Moxley and CHOPS him! Moxley gets in Hangman’s face so Hangman CHOPS again! Moxley CHOPS and CHOPS and CHOPS, but Hangman DECKS him! Hangman snarls, looms over Moxley, and then drags him back up. Hangman puts Moxley in the ring, and rains down more fists on that bloody eyebrow! Moxley falls over, but Hangman gets the wrists!

Hangman sits Moxley up, for a DRAGON STOMP, but Moxley blocks! Moxley throws Hangman to a corner and fires off forearms and CHOPS on repeat! Moxley then hoists Hangman up top, climbs up after him, and CLAWS Hangman’s back, painfully slow! Then he CLAWS and BITES Hangman’s back, before blowing a kiss to the fans. But Hangman throws body shots in return! Dynamite returns to single picture as Hangman BITES Moxley’s forehead! Hangman then slips under Moxley to fireman’s carry him on the second rope! SUPER DEATH VALLEY DRIVER!! Cover, TWO!! Moxley survives and fans are fired up!

Fans duel as Hangman sits up. Hangman scowls while Moxley sits up. Moxley eggs Hangman on so Hangman kicks him! And BOOTS him! Hangman tells Moxley to stay down but he refuses. Moxley sits up, so Hangman BOOTS him! Moxley sits up to SLAP Hangman, and flips him off! Hangman is fuming, but he runs into a CUTTER! A standing count starts, fans count along as Moxley and Hangman stir. They sit up at 5 of 10, and Moxley throws a haymaker. Hangman throws it back, so Moxley gives another,. They go back and forth, Hangman wobbles but he CHOPS! Moxley CHOPS! Hangman forearms! Moxley forearms back!

Moxley eggs Hangman on, Hangman staggers over and CHOPS again! Moxley KICKS a leg, KICKS Hangman’s arm, then KICKS him again! Moxley ducks the haymaker to get the SLEEPER! Hangman shifts to SAIDO! But Moxley’s right up! SAIDO!! Hangman ends up in a corner and fans say “This is Awesome!” Moxley puts Hangman up top, climbs up after him, and hits a SUPER HALF HATCH SUPLEX!! Cover, TWO!! Moxley immediately rains down the HAMMER ‘N’ ANVIL ELBOWS! Then he clamps on a SLEEPER! Hangman endures as Moxley shifts to a BULLY CHOKE! Hangman pushes around, so Moxley shifts to get the wrists! DRAGON STOMPS!!

Moxley then drags Hangman up into the underhooks! But Hangman fights Death Rider! So Moxley rolls Hangman to an ARMBAR! Hangman endures, moves around, and reaches out to the ROPEBREAK! The ref counts and Moxley lets go at 4. Hangman crawls to a corner, fans rally up, and Moxley says this is it! Moxley runs in but Hangman TOSSES him up and out! Moxley staggers up, Hangman goes up top! ARIHARA MOONSAULT but Moxley moves! And LARIATS!! Both men are down at the ramp and fans are thunderous! The ref checks both men, Moxley is up first while fans lose their minds.

Moxley goes to the timekeeper’s area and he clears off the table! Moxley drags Hangman over, reels him in, but Hangman resists the lift! Hangman Alabama Lifts but Moxley fights that. DOUBLE LARIATS hit! And again! Moxley runs in, POP-UP POWERBOMB THROUGH THE TABLE!! Fans lose their minds again while Hangman leaves Moxley behind in the ring. The ring count climbs to 5 of 10 before Moxley sits up. The count is 7! Then “OCHO!” Moxley stands at 9, and springs in at 9.9!! But into a LARIAT!! And then Alabama Lift, DEADEYE!!! Cover, TWO?!?! Moxley survives and no one can believe it!

Hangman kicks at Moxley, almost taunting him. Hangman goes to a corner while Moxley’s fans boo. Hangman runs in, but Moxley dodges the stomp to KING KONG LARIAT!! Fans are thunderous as both men stand again. Moxley eggs Hangman on, and Hangman stands. Moxley throws a forearm, so Hangman hits back! Moxley forearms again, but so does Hangman! Fans duel, the forearms fly faster, and then Hangman gets the edge! SUPERKICK! Hangman reels Moxley in, fisherman’s a leg, but Moxley fights the suplex! Hangman powers it through, FISHERMAN CRADLE DRIVER!! Cover, TWO!?!?!?

Hangman’s wild eyes say he can’t believe Moxley survived! Hangman goes to the apron, he aims at Moxley, slingshot for the BUCK- NO! DEATH- NO, Hangman blocks to scoop! TOMBSTONE PILEDRIVER!!! But Hangman doesn’t cover, he goes to the apron! Hangman loads up, for the BUCKSHOT!!! Cover, TWO!?!?!? HOW?!?! Moxley has survived all of Hangman’s best, but Hangman has the BULLY CHOKE!! Hangman pulls back on Moxley’s favorite hold! Moxley shifts, fights back up, and he snapmares into a cradle! MOXLEY WINS!!

Winner: Jon Moxley, by pinfall

Moxley just taught Hangman not to play games! Hangman is furious that he got caught like that, but the Blackpool Combat Club steps into the ring. Yuta and Claudio keep Hangman back but Moxley stands up. Moxley and Hangman get in each other’s face but the BCC keep them apart. Hangman flips Moxley off, and fans want to “LET THEM FIGHT!” Moxley and Hangman keep jawing, they get close but Claudio keeps them separate. Moxley mocks Hangman by lying down, giving Hangman a chance. Hangman mocks Moxley back by doing a quick burpie push-up. Claudio tells Hangman to go and cool off.

Moxley flips Hangman off as he leaves, and fans celebrate their home state hero. Will there be a fourth round out of these two to truly settle things?

 

AEW takes a look at tonight’s TNT Championship No Holds Barred main event!

Darby Allin tells Samoa Joe, “I knew when I took this from you in Seattle that you’d want it back. And I know you’d stop at nothing to have it back. Well, I’m gonna make things fair. You beat me in Texas, and you granted me my rematch in Seattle. So I’m granting you your rematch in Ohio. But I want it under one condition: No Holds Barred.” Samoa Joe told the “Little Dead Boy” that Joe is “coming to take back what’s mine. The King will not be usurped by a man like you.” Darby says if he walks out the winner, Joe doesn’t get another rematch. If Joe walks out the winner, Darby won’t get a rematch. This will be the final chapter of their feud! So who writes their happily ever after?

 

Backstage interview with Jamie Hayter, The Bunny, The Butcher & The Blade.

Renee Paquette is with the AEW Women’s World Champion, as well as the mercenary trio. Renee thanks them for agreeing to no physicality, and understands that Allie the Bunny requested this time. Bunny tells Hayter, they’re all very impressed by Hayter’s win over Emi Sakura on Rampage last Friday. Now, Bunny feels like Sakura outshined Hayter, but great win nonetheless. And Bunny knows Hayter isn’t the type to back down from a challenge, right? Right. So here’s a challenge: next week on Dynamite, Hayter VS Bunny in a Title Eliminator Match! What does Hayter say? Hayter says absolutely! She bloody loves a challenge, and next week, she’s free.

Renee says there’s something happening as we speak! They get it on the television screen nearby, and it’s Britt Baker being mugged by Saraya and Toni Storm!! Bunny is shocked and Hayter is furious! Hayter hurries off, Saraya talks right into the camera, “AEW is OUR house!” Storm drags Britt up to RAM her into a garage door! Bunny more or less expresses exasperation, but will Hayter be able to save the Doctor?

 

The Acclaimed w/ Billy Gunn VS Truth Magnum & Turbo Floyd!

The AEW World Tag Team Champions have been reigning for 133 days, but they know the Gunn Sons, Austin & Colten, are gunning for them. But first, they tune up against “The Outrunners.” As always, Platinum Max has a diss track ready! “Acclaimed on the mic, you know we the nicest. Fighting two guys in their midlife crisis! I bet you have sex with each other. How we gonna fight the bootleg Beverly Brothers? C’mon, it’s not the 80s! Acclaimed gonna make you call it quits like you Tom Brady! ‘Ey, y’all should be ashamed. In Ohio, everybody loves The Acclaimed.”

Fans cheer, and Bowens gets the mic to say, “NNNUTTER CENTERRR~! The Acclaimed have arrived! SCISSOR ME, DADDY ASS!” And he does~! But while Caster & Bowens just embarrassed Truth & Turbo, are they walking into a trap game before taking on the Ass Boys?

The teams sort out, the Outrunners decide they’ll scissor finger! They mock the Mega Powers at the same time, but then Bowens SUPERKICKS Truth out of the ring! The bell rings, Caster CHOPS Turbo and scoops him to SLAM him! Tag to Bowens and Bowens goes up top! Caster holds open the legs, SCISSOR ME TURBO! Daddy Ass gets in the ring so that he and the boys can TRIPLE SCISSOR~! Bowens waits on Turbo, mule kicks and hits the ARRIVAL! Tag to Caster and he goes up top, MIC DROP! Cover, The Acclaimed win!

Winners: The Acclaimed, by pinfall

But wait! Raining on the parade are Austin & Colten! Fans taunt the “ASS~ BOYS~!” But they tune that out. They go to the ring, and Colten has a mic. “Hey, good match, guys. But we’re here to talk about something serious. Last week, what we said would make us happy are your belts. And we want a shot at those belts, and we want an answer right now.” Fans boo but Caster has the mic to say, “Yo! Yo! Yo! Yo! Listen.” Bowens says, “You two Rod ‘n’ Todd lookin’ asses want an answer. You do realize you are interrupting the most popular tag team in all of wrestling, right?” Caster adds, “That’s right!”

“The winningest tag team in AEW history!” “That’s right!” “The FOREVER champs, the Acclaimed!” “That’s right!” “And not to mention, EVERYONE! LOVES! THE ACCLAIMED!” But they are the People’s Choice, and the People’s Voice, they will ask the people. Colten says these fans can’t even read! But Bowens still asks Dayton’s opinion: Do the Ass Boys deserve a shot at the tag titles? “NOOO~!” Well, the people have spoken, so NO. Austin & Colten get in Caster’s & Bowens’ faces, but Billy tells them all to stop! Isn’t it enough already? Billy is so sick of this, he is just done! Billy says this is too much, so go ahead, beat the sh*t out of each other!

Daddy Ass steps aside, fans fire up, but Austin says, “There you go. Do exactly what you did our entire childhoods and turn your back on us.” Billy stops walking up the ramp, but then chuckles as he keeps going. Austin says Billy should do what he used to do, and drown his sorrows at the bottom of a PILL BOTTLE! That gets Billy to turn around! Billy storms up on his sons and The Acclaimed, as well as the fans, tell the Ass Boys that they F’d up. Billy is up in Austin’s face and says, “So you two think you just put your big boy pants on? Then you just step up, and you just made the biggest mistake…”

The mic is wonky so Billy throws it down. Bowens gives Billy the good one. Billy wants Austin to look at him after what he just said. Austin looks up at his father’s eyes. Billy says if they’ve got their big boy pants on, if they think they got what it takes, if they think they have what Billy had, then we’ll see next week. They’ve got their title shots! The Acclaimed is surprised but the Ass Boys smile that they’re getting their way. Will Austin & Colten get what they want? Or just what they deserve?

 

Backstage interview with Jack Perry.

Alex Marvez is with Jungle Boy and notes that he and Hook are 2-0 as a team, having beaten The Firm’s Ethan Page & Matt Hardy. The question is: What’s next for #JungleHook? JB says that he had an amazing time teaming with Hook, and Hook has had JB’s back when no one else did. But JB’s done the tag team thing before. In fact, JB has been all the way to the top of that mountain, and fallen all the way down. But this year isn’t about that. What JB will say is that he’ll be a champion again, but all by himself. Then just what title will Jack Perry aim for in this Tarzan Life?

 

Brian Cage w/ Prince Nana VS Konosuke Takeshita!

Speaking of having people’s backs, just as The Machine and MJF were about to destroy Bryan Danielson, The Future of Wrestling rushed out to run them off! But now, Cage and Konosuke go toe to toe, will Cage make Konosuke pay for interfering?

The bell rings and Konosuke BOOTS Cage! Cage BOOTS Konosuke, then DOUBLE LARIATS collide! Cage swings but Konosuke swats it to ROLLING ELBOW! Cage wobbles, Konosuke runs, ducks ‘n’ dodges, and then TAKESHITA LINES! Cage bails out and fans fire up! Konosuke runs to BOOT Cage off the apron! Konosuke then PLANCHAS and takes Cage down at the ramp! Fans fire up, Konosuke winks at the camera, and then goes back to the apron. But Cage grabs a foot! Konosuke kicks and stomps Cage but Cage yanks Konosuke into a POST BOMB! Konosuke tumbles down and fans boo but Nana cheers.

Cage drags Konosuke up, puts him in, and runs to basement BOOT! Cover, TWO! Fans rally for Konosuke but Cage drags him back up. Cage reels Konosuke in, puts one out, but Konosuke wrenches out! Konosuke throws a forearm, but Cage gives it back! They go forearm for forearm, and Konosuke throws boxing elbows into the ROLLING ELBOW! Cage fights the back suplex, KNEES low, and brags, “Who betta than Cage?” But he runs into a BLUE THUNDER BOMB! Cover, TWO! Cage survives and Konosuke is surprised! Nana coaches Cage up but Konosuke aims from a corner. Konosuke runs in to JUMP KNEE, but Cage dodges!

Konosuke tumbles to the apron, Cage ROUNDHOUSES him! Cage climbs the ropes, and he stands Konosuke up. DEADLIFT SUPERPLEX! Fans boo but Cage flexes while Dynamite goes picture in picture.

Cage drops a knee on Konosuke, sits him up to KNEE him in the back again and again, then he stomps Konosuke back down. Cage paces, drags Konosuke up, and bumps him off buckles. Cage RAMS into Konosuke, RAMS him again, and then CHOPS him! Cage soaks up the heat, but Konosuke CHOPS back! Konosuke fires forearms, then another CHOP! And another CHOP! But Cage BOOTS Konosuke down! Cage grabs the legs, stomps Konosuke in the stomach, then paces around. Cage stands Konosuke up, wrenches and YANKS the arm, then RAMS shoulders. Cage wrenches, pump handles, and lifts, but Konosuke slips out!

Konosuke runs in but Cage ducks the boot to roll Konosuke up! Konosuke slips out, but runs into a drop toehold! Konosuke’s on ropes, Cage dials it up, TIGER FEINT KICK! Konosuke staggers to a corner, Cage runs in and UPPERCUTS, GAMANGIRIS, and GERMAN SUPLEXES! Cover, TWO!! Cage and Nana are annoyed, but Cage looms over Konosuke. Cage hears the fans rally for Konosuke, but Cage drags him up. Cage reels Konosuke in, puts out another one, and Dynamite returns to single picture as Cage lifts, only for Konosuke to RANA Cage into buckles! BLINDSIDE JUMP KNEE! Cage staggers, Konosuke goes up, FLYING KNEE!

Both men are down and fans fire up! Konosuke and Cage stir as the ring count starts. Konosuke sits up and feeds off the energy. Konosuke drags Cage up into a waistlock, but Cage elbows free! Cage whips, Konosuke LARIATS on the return! Konosuke drags Cage up, waistlocks and GERMAN SUPLEXES! Bridging cover, TWO!! Fans rally while Konosuke fires up. Konosuke aims from the corner as Cage stands, and Konosuke runs in, JUMP- NO! Cage blocks the knee to BUCKLE BOMB! And then fireman’s carry, to an F- NO! Konosuke lands out, lifts and LIGER BOMBS! Cover, TWO!! Cage survives but fans fire up behind Konosuke!

Konosuke aims again while Nana shouts to Cage. Cage stands, Konosuke runs in but the knee is blocked! Cage spins, Konosuke ducks! Konosuke spins, ROLLING ELBOW!! Konosuke reels Cage in, but Cage wrenches out to HEADBUTT! And then SAIDO!! But Konosuke is right up?! Into a DISCUS LARIAT from Cage!! Cover, TWO!?! Konosuke survives and Nana is furious! Cage says he’s gonna end this, and he suplexes, only for Konosuke to slip out! Konosuke suplexes, SHEER DROP BRAINBUSTER!! Cage roars as he rises up, but Konosuke ROCKS him with another elbow! And then another suplex, for another BRAINBUSTER!!! Cover, TWO!?!?

Cage survives, he must truly be a machine! But Dayton rallies behind Konosuke. Konosuke runs in, but into a SUPERKICK! Cage fireman’s carries, for the F10!! Nana says no prisoners! Cage drags Konosuke up again, puts him in the corner and hoists him to the top. Cage then goes to the outside and climbs up after Konosuke. But Konosuke throws forearms in return! Konosuke suplexes for a SUPER BRAINBUSTER!!! Fans are thunderous and Konosuke aims again! KNOCKOUT KNEE!!! Cover, Konosuke wins!!

Winner: Konosuke Takeshita, by pinfall

Cage may be a machine, but the machine just broke down against the bullet train! Will Konosuke continue to prove why he IS The Future of Wrestling?

 

Backstage interview with the Jericho Appreciation Society.

Renee is with Matthew Menard, Angelo Parker, Daniel Garcia, Sammy Guevara, and of course, Chris Jericho himself. Renee says that we heard Ricky Starks’ comments from last week, addressing how the JAS cheated to win. What is their reaction? Jericho says, “Cheated? We haven’t worked together in five years, and you’re accusing us of cheating? Let me say this, Renee. Ricky Starks, he didn’t lose to a baseball bat, no. Did you see a baseball bat in there?” Of course the JAS says no. Jericho says Starks lost to the JAS. And now Starks challenges them, “How can I get another match with Chris Jericho?”

Jericho says the JAS has an idea how Starks can do that. Right, Sammy? Sammy says yes. Garcia and Sammy put their heads together, and they came up with a great idea: The Guevara-Garcia… No, wait, the Garcia-Guevara Gauntlet! Danny thanks Sammy for the top billing on that name. Renee asks what kind of gauntlet they have in mind. Garcia says it’s a rather simple concept. “Ricky, first you’re gonna have to beat Cool Hand Ange. And if that happens, you’re gonna have to beat Daddy Magic.” Menard adds, “Beat Daddy Magic? I DON’T THINK SO!” Garcia says that if Starks somehow does that, then he beats either Garcia or Guevara, but they’ll reveal that the night of.

And then, if somehow, by the skin of his teeth, Starks makes it past all that, only then does Starks get his hands on Jericho. Jericho tells Starks, “You don’t call the shots around here, the Jericho Appreciation Society does. So if you can get through the Garcia-Guevara Gauntlet, I’ll be ready to rip your ass!” Will the Absolute survive three matches in one go to finally have another shot at The Ocho?

 

The Elite speak.

Matt Jackson asks Brandon Cutler if the camera is rolling as he, brother Nick, Kenny Omega, Michael Nakazawa and Don Callis are on the basketball court. Cutler says yes, they’re live, while Nakazawa and Callis are oiling Omega up. Matt says, “Ladies and gentlemen, check it out who it is! It’s the first-ever, two-time Trios Champions, The Elite.” Omega says that’s right, and he tells Top Flight, “I watched what you guys did. After a Best of 7 Series in a ladder match, you got one up on our boys. Well how ’bout next week, you bring your friend, AR Fox, next week and we’ll put these belts on the line, and you guys can shoot your shot.

“But hey, when you shoot that shot, you best not miss. Because The Elite never miss. Nick, if you will.” Nick takes the rock and shoots it, THREE POINTER! Oh, but wait! The Firm’s Stokely Hathaway, Ethan Page, Matt Hardy & Isiah Kassidy walk in. Callis has Cutler keep rolling, and Omega mockingly asks where Stokely is, he can’t see him. Oh haha, Stokely knows you see him, he’s right here. But listen, you three are doing NOTHING all week? No wrestling, nothing? Just a week off? Ethan thinks that’s funny. The Firm’s employees don’t have that luxury, they work every single week, and Ethan wants that streak to continue.

So Ethan says how about this: The Elite VS Ethan, Matt & “Zay,” Friday on Rampage. Omega tells Callis he isn’t so sure, but Callis says this is Matt Hardy. If they get footage of Hardy taking a One Winged Angel, they could sell that NFT for a lot of money. Hardy says, “What about an NFT with Matt Hardy Twist-Of-Fating Omega?” Ethan likes that better! Well, as far as a match, it’s done. The Elite VS The Whatever They Are. Kassidy says he hopes the Elite is ready, cuz they sure are. Kassidy unsettles Kenny with an arm around his shoulders and a moan, and Ethan says this is good business. Hey, Brandon, is it? Cut the camera!

Matt Jackson tells Ethan Page that he doesn’t tell Brandon what to do! THEY tell him! Turn off the camera, ya damn dumbass! And get off the court, they’re trying to play. But will this 3v3 pick-up game go The Elite’s way? Or is it a trap game before taking on Fox, Dante & Darius?

 

Bryan Danielson VS Timothy Thatcher!

In the American Dragon’s quest to be #1 contender, he has defeated Tony Nese, Konosuke Takeshita, Bandido and Brian Cage, an undefeated streak of 4-0 in 2023! But now, Maxwell Jacob Friedman has enlisted a fighter very much like Bryan in his savage technical ability. Will Bryan make it to the deadline still on top? Or is this where MJF wins before Revolution even begins?

The bell rings and the two circle. They feel out the grapple, but Bryan’s shoulder is an obvious target. They grapple, Bryan puts Thatcher on ropes but Thatcher shifts to get the arm. Thatcher wrangles Bryan but Bryan scrambles to the ROPEBREAK! The ref counts, Thatcher lets off, and then smirks as he watches Bryan get up. Bryan and Thatcher feel out another grapple, Thatcher puts him in the corner, and then European Uppercuts! And again! And again! Bryan sits down and Thatcher goes after the arm! Thatcher twists the elbow and wrist, isolates the arm, and stands on the hand! Thatcher KNEES the arm!

Bryan scrambles away but Thatcher is right on him with a double wristlock! Bryan powers Thatcher to ropes, and clasps his hands behind his back. The ref counts, the two let off, but then Bryan fires off body shots and kicks! Bryan grabs a leg to DRAGON SCREW! Bryan holds onto the leg, turns Thatcher over and ties those legs up, to get a Deathlock! Fans rally as Bryan sits on the hold, then SNAPS it! Bryan then shifts to a BOW ‘N’ ARROW! Thatcher pries the fingers away! Bryan shouts in pain but Thatcher twists the arm! And STOMPS it down! Fans boo but Thatcher grins with that missing-tooth smile.

Thatcher KNEES Bryan in the back, stalks him to a corner, but Bryan puts Thatcher in the corner to CHOP and CHOP and KICK and KICK! Fans rally, Bryan runs corner to corner, and DROPKICKS! Bryan facelocks but Thatcher wrenches and WRINGS Bryan’s arm! Fans boo more but Thatcher drags Bryan up with a double wristlock! Thatcher uses his height to lift Bryan off the mat! Then Thatcher pushes Bryan down, but Bryan keeps his shoulders up. Bryan crawls around, ROPEBREAK! Thatcher lets go at 4 while fans rally up. Bryan clutches his arm but Thatcher goes after it again as Dynamite goes picture in picture.

Bryan endures but they’re also in the ropes so the ref counts. Thatcher lets off at 4, then digs his boot into Bryan at the corner. The ref counts, Thatcher lets off, only to stand on Bryan’s chest! The ref counts, Thatcher steps away, and he grins as he soaks up the heat. Thatcher mocks Bryan’s pain, then KNEES the bad shoulder! Thatcher KNEES Bryan again, goes out to drag Bryan tot he apron, and he SLAMS the arm on the edge! Bryan clutches his bicep and shoulder while the ref reprimands. Thatcher slides into the ring and stands Bryan up by his ears! Thatcher CLUBS Bryan on the chest! Thatcher fishhooks Bryan to stand him up, and CLUBS him again!

Bryan sits down, Thatcher stands him back up, and he hammerlocks the bad arm. Thatcher then back suplexes Bryan up and into the ring! Thatcher dusts off his hands while crawling to the cover, but Bryan wrangles him into the LEBELL LOCK!! Thatcher got cocky and got caught! But he scrambles to the ROPEBREAK! Bryan lets off quickly, but Thatcher is right on him! Thatcher UPPERCUTS the arm! Bryan goes to a corner, Thatcher KNEES him down, then drags Bryan back up. Thatcher EuroUppers Bryan, taunts the fans, then EuroUppers Bryan again. Bryan leans against ropes, Thatcher snarls at the fans, then gets in Bryan’s face.

Dynamite returns to single picture as Thatcher traps Bryan’s bad arm behind his back and throws hard body shots to that side. The ref counts but Thatcher grins as he throws more shots. Bryan fights back with HEADBUTTS! Fans fire up as Bryan backs Thatcher down, but Thatcher fires off body shot after body shot! Thatcher drags Bryan out to a hammerlock GROVIT, and then hits a GROVIT-PLEX! Cover, TWO!! Bryan is still in this but Thatcher snarls. Thatcher stalks Bryan at the ropes, bumps him off buckles, then reels Bryan in to hoist him up top. Thatcher UPPERCUTS, climbs up after Bryan, and he underhooks the arms!

Bryan resists and fans fire up! Bryan breaks free, throws body shot after body shot in return, and then HEADBUTTS Thatcher down! Thatcher growls and gets right back up! But Bryan throws more body shots! Fans rally “YES! YES! YES!” and Bryan HEADBUTTS again! Thatcher stays down this time, and Bryan stands up! Thatcher stands in time for the MISSILE DROPKICK! Both men are down as Bryan clutches his bad arm, but Dayton rallies up behind him! Bryan and Thatcher sit up, both snarl, and Thatcher EuroUppers! Bryan EuroUppers in return! They go uppercut for uppercut, but Thatcher gets the edge!

Bryan fires up to KICK! And KICK! Bryan KICKS away on Thatcher’s chest, “YES! YES! YES!” Bryan powers up but Thatcher blocks the Buzzsaw! Thatcher goes for the bad arm, wrangles Bryan down, but Bryan rolls through and gets around to waistlock. Thatcher bucks the O’Conner but runs into a backslide! TWO, FUJIWARA! No, Bryan rolls through to BUZZSAW! Cover, TWO!! But Bryan clamps on for HAMMER ‘N’ ANVIL ELBOWS! Fans rally again, but Thatcher blocks the arm! Bryan claws Thatcher’s face to get free, and get a SLEEPER! But Thatcher wants that bad arm! Bryan has to shift his grip, but Thatcher stands!

Thatcher pries the sleeper open because he can get the bad arm, but Bryan powers up! Bryan has the hold on tight, so Thatcher backs Bryan down! They end up ramming the ref into the corner! Bryan still holds on, but Thatcher hits a BIG back suplex! All three men are down and fans fire up! But here comes MJF! The AEW World Champion tells Dayton to shush, and he puts on the Dynamite Diamond Ring! MJF says, “It’s too damn easy. This is done! This is done!” MJF goes to the ring, but KONOSUKE flies in outta nowhere!! Konosuke won’t let MJF screw Bryan over! Konosuke attacks MJF, RAMS him into railing, and chases him to the back!

Bryan has Thatcher but Thatcher snatches the arm! FUJIWARA ARMBAR!! The ref is up, he asks Bryan, but Bryan endures! Thatcher pushes way back on the arm, but Bryan pushes his way forward with his legs! ROPEBREAK!! Fans fire up as Bryan survives by a literal foot! Thatcher lets go in frustration and he scowls as he throws hands on the bad arm. Thatcher drags Bryan up, clinches, BELLY2BELLY SUPLEX! Bryan flounders but Thatcher runs in, clinches, but Bryan switches! GERMAN SUPLEX! Thatcher fumes as he gets back up! Bryan dodges him, runs back in, BUSAIKU KNEE!! Cover, Bryan wins!

Winner: Bryan Danielson, by pinfall

Now 5-0 on the year, the quest continues! The American Dragon is not yet slain, but wait! MJF and Konosuke continue brawling backstage! MJF turns things around to send MJF into a road case! MJF gets a chair to CHUCK it at Konosuke’s head! And then he throws a trash bin! MJF says if Konosuke wants after him, this is what he gets! But Konosuke turns things back around to SMACK MJF off a table! MJF comes back, the hands fly, and security rushes in! Referees and management try to stop this, too! MJF says he’ll kill Konosuke but Konosuke says about the same in Japanese! Renee runs in to be on the scene, and she tells everyone to stop!

Renee informs everyone, “Per Tony Khan, next week on Dynamite in an Eliminator match, it will be Takeshita VS MJF!” MJF is pissed, he doesn’t agree to that, but he MUST! Will the Devil of AEW find that the Future of Wrestling is better than him?

 

Mogul Affiliates speak.

Swerve Strickland says, “It’s been a real relaxing last couple of weeks for Swerve and the Mogul Affiliates and all, since getting rid of some dead weight and all this. Until I was like, retriggered.” Dustin Rhodes returning to stand in front of Swerve’s camera, in front of Swerve’s lights, and with Swerve’s interviewer! “The Rhodes Family legacy really gets under my skin, with your father, Dusty Rhodes, giving Keith Lee the ‘Limitless’ moniker. So, since he’s not here, Dustin’s not here, either, let’s find some other nepotism, second generation punk boy to get rid of Friday night on Rampage. That means you, Brian Pillman. Ain’t that right, Parker?”

Parker Boudreaux says that’s right. “Ain’t that right, Trench?” The tattooed man says, “Yeah, that’s right.” Hoodies up, but will they put Bulletproof BPJ down?

 

BREAKING NEWS for next week!

February 8th, the deadline for Bryan Danielson becoming #1 contender, will see The American Dragon taking on La Faccion Ingobernable’s El Toro Blanco, RUSH!! And speaking of…

Backstage interview with LFI.

Lexi Nair is with El Toro Blanco, but also Jose the Assistant and “Perro Peligroso,” Preston Vance. She notes the announcement of Rush VS Bryan, but then there’s a knock at the door. MJF walks in and says, “Hola, mi hermanos! Senor Vance, Senor Jose, Senor Rrrrrush.” Rush asks what the hell this “perro” wants. MJF double checks, “perro” is dog, right? Well, there’s a little thing called personal space, so he’s just gonna take a step back. “But here’s the deal: my, uh, Spanish is come se dice… Mid. But I know one language, my friend, that is mucho, mucho universal.” And that is MONEY! A huge briefcase full of it!

MJF snaps the case shut and smiles. This first one is free of charge. But he has FIVE MORE filled to the brim with dinero. All Rush has to do is beat Bryan Danielson “by any means necessary.” All Rush needs to do is rip Bryan’s arm off and beat him over the head with it. Can Rush pull that off for him? Jose, translate. Jose translates, but Rush seems to understand explicitly. Rush tells MJF in Spanish, and MJF asks “dipsh*t” Jose to translate. Jose sums it up by saying they have a deal. Oh, is that right? That sounded a bit longer than that. But Rush, you don’t have to like MJF. He just has to get the job done. Pleasure doing business with you, perro.

MJF leaves, but Rush has his mission. Will Rush be raking in the money with one match? Or will nothing stop Bryan Danielson from earning his title match?

 

AEW TBS Championship: Jade Cargill w/ Leila Grey VS Red Velvet!

Finally, the biggest, fastest-rising star has reached her FIFTIETH match! But while the streak started with The Chef, will it end with her, too? Or will #ThatBitch not be stopped by even the person who knows her best?

The introductions are made, but Velvet attacks while Jade is strutting around! The bell rings, Velvet fires off forearms but Jade knees her low. Jade whips Velvet to a corner but Velvet boots her back! THESZ PRESS! Velvet rains down hands but Jade shoves her away. Velvet ducks but runs into an elbow! Jade drags Velvet up, but Velvet fires off forearms! Velvet whips, Jade blocks to reverse, but Velvet holds ropes. Jade runs in but Velvet sends her out! Leila hurries to Jade’s side but Velvet builds speed! Velvet WRECKS Jade with a dropkick! Velvet tells Leila to back off, then she storms up on Jade.

Jade elbows Velvet away, but Velvet comes back to ROCK Jade! Velvet CHOPS Jade right in front of her family! Velvet then puts Jade in the ring, storms up on her and Oklahoma Rolls! TWO! Jade staggers up, blocks a superkick, and she spins Velvet around. Velvet ducks the haymaker and runs the ropes, then wheelbarrows, but into a GERMAN SUPLEX! Fans fire up while Jade drags Velvet over to a cover, TWO! Velvet is toughing it out but Jade is getting frustrated. Jade scoops Velvet to SLAM her, then drops a BIG elbow! Cover, TWO, and Dynamite goes picture in picture.

Leila is annoyed and Jade frowns while Velvet sputters. Jade drags Velvet up, CLUBS her down, and Leila applauds. Jade bumps Velvet off top buckles, then middle buckles, then bottom buckles! Jade stands on Velvet in the corner and soaks up the cheers and jeers, but lets off at 4. Jade and the ref argue, but Leila gets cheap shots in! Leila scurries away and Jade hauls Velvet up for a FALL AWAY SLAM! And then kips up! Jade holds up both hands to say 50, and then flexes. Velvet bails out, Leila talks trash, and Jade storms over. Jade walks up but Velvet sends her into railing! Jade is getting mad, but Velvet avoids one haymaker to PENALTY KICK from the apron!

Velvet CROSSBODIES, but Jade catches her! Jade POSTS Velvet, then carries her around the way. Jade trophy lifts Velvet, goes up the steel steps, and then TOSSES Velvet at the ropes! Velvet falls, Jade covers, TWO!!! Velvet survives and Jade is getting real mad. Leila rallies the Baddie cheering section, and Jade stalks Velvet to a corner. Jade drags Velvet up, and TOSSES her across the way! Jade says that’s 50 right there, and then she does push-ups as Dynamite returns to single picture. But Velvet CHOPS! Jade CLUBS Velvet, then TOSSES her across the way again! Jade swaggers, dribbles, but Velvet dodges the dunk!

Velvet DROPKICKS Jade, then hits a CODE BREAKER! Jade staggers around, Velvet KICKS and KICKS and mule kicks! Velvet runs, but Jade BOOTS her down! Cover, TWO!! Velvet is still in this and wait! Kiera Hogan RAMS Leila into steel steps! The other former Baddie is here, but other refs come out to have her leave. This all distracts Jade, and Velvet rolls her up! Jade rolls through, but the STIR IT UP hits!! Cover, but the refs aren’t paying attention!! Fans count, Velvet would’ve won twice over by now! Aubrey Edwards finally notices and counts, TWO!! Jade survives and fans can’t believe it!!

Velvet is furious, she drags Jade around and hooks an arm, short arm scissor, and then the INVERSION! Jade endures, fights, but Velvet kicks at her! Jade endures as Velvet pulls on the arm, and she deadlifts Velvet! But Velvet sunset flips! Jade stays up, drags Velvet up with both hands, and pops her around! Chicken wings for JADED!!! Cover, Jade wins!!

Winner: Jade Cargill, by pinfall (still AEW TBS Champion)

FIFTY AND OH! Velvet came the closest of all, but will anyone ever stop Jade’s undefeated streak?

 

Backstage interview with Britt Baker.

Renee is with The Doctor, as well as Jamie Hayter, as they are with Doc Sampson. We only caught a glimpse of what happened to her earlier at the hands of Saraya & Storm, how is Britt feeling? Britt says this is fine. She’s fine, and if that’s how Storm & Saraya wanna play, that’s fine, too. Because Britt & Hayter can play that game, too. But wait, in walks Ruby Soho! Ruby just wants to talk. She heard what happened, is Britt good? Uh, Ruby, weren’t those your girls? Ruby has Britt hold on there. Ruby has nothing to do with Saraya & Storm, she doesn’t know what Britt’s talking about.

Britt says Ruby’s known Saraya & Storm a lot longer than she’s known the AEW originals, so sorry if it’s strange that Ruby only now shows up. But yeah, Britt is good. Hayter says Britt is great, actually. Ruby says she’s glad to hear it and walks off. There are battle lines being drawn, which side is the Runaway on?

 

BREAKING NEWS for Rampage!

Not only are The Elite and The Firm having it out, it is for the AEW World Trios Championships! Will Kenny & The Young Bucks make it through All Ego, Hardy & Kassidy to then take on Fox & Top Flight? Or will there be a change of plans for Dynamite? And speaking of Saraya & Storm, they are in tag team action once again, but will they continue to beat down All Elite homegrown talent? Plus, before taking on Bryan Danielson, Rush will take on the Fallen Angel, Christopher Daniels, in an epic match of former ROH World Heavyweight Champions! Will El Toro Blanco build momentum going into his battle with The American Dragon?

 

AEW TNT Championship No Holds Barred: Darby Allin w/ Sting VS Samoa Joe!

The series is tied at 1-1, with the Samoan Submission Specialist winning in Texas, but the Relentless One winning in his hometown of Seattle. Dynamite in Dayton is throwing out all the rules except one: win! Will Darby continue to be the fighting champion? Or will Joe return to being the One True King of Wrestling Television?

The introductions are made, the TNT title is raised, and one way or another, this is the series finale of Darby VS Joe!

Darby takes off his trench coat to reveal he, uh, customized his Hoodlum hoodie. He’s covered it in thumbtacks!! And as soon as he’s in the ring, he rushes in to COFFIN SPLASH Joe! Joe is reeling from the tack attack but Darby fires off tack-covered forearms! Fans fire up as Darby runs corner to corner, but Joe dodges the splash to GAMANGIRI! Joe then wraps up an arm in his towel, to LARIAT Darby down! Fans rally, Joe pulls Darby’s tack hoodie off and throws it away. Joe drags Darby up to CHOP him! Darby goes to a corner, but Darby kicks back. Joe stomps Darby, stomps him down, then storms off.

Joe goes out to look under the ring, and he brings out a TABLE! Dayton fires up, Joe picks the table up, but Darby DIVES into the table and Joe! The table doesn’t break but it, Joe and Darby all hit the floor! Joe is busted open on his forehead and fans fire up! Darby hurries to stand the table up, to then drop it on Joe! Darby then brings the steel steps around into the corner of the railing. Darby whips, Joe reverses, and Darby not only clips steel steps, he clips railing! Darby lands on his feet just from momentum, but he soon falls to his knees, clutching his back! Fans lose their minds while Joe stalks out after Darby.

Joe stands Darby up, throws knees into him, and then throws him into railing. Joe drags Darby up and they go up the bleachers. Joe SMACKS Darby off the handrail, then brings him up further. Joe smacks Darby off more railing, then keeps him going up. But Darby fights back! Darby CLUBS and CLAWS Joe’s back! Fans fire up but Joe DUMPS Darby down the steps! Fans are going nuts while Joe glares through his crimson mask, and Dynamite goes picture in picture.

Joe drags Darby up again, grinds him against the handrail, then SMACKS him off a fan’s chair! They go back to the lower level as Darby kicks Joe and crawls away. Joe keeps after Darby, drags him up, and brings him around the way to TOSS back to ringside! Darby narrowly misses hitting steel steps head first! Joe stalks Darby, drags Darby back up, then scoop SLAMS him on the steps! Darby writhes, flounders away, but Joe follows him to the corner. Darby throws Joe’s ROH World TV title at him, but that only upsets Joe. Joe storms in after Darby, stalks him to a corner, and waits on Darby to stand before he DECKS him!

Joe eggs Darby on as he stands over him. Darby doesn’t stand so Joe makes him. Joe snapmares to CHOP Darby on the back! And PENALTY KICK him in the chest! And then drops a fist on his head! Joe watches Darby writhe and the ref checks on him. Joe grins through the crimson mask, then stomps Darby down. Joe kicks Darby, then clamps on a neck wrench! Joe leans all his weight on Darby but Darby throws body shots. Joe doesn’t budge, and he CLUBS Darby down. Joe grins as Darby tires to sit back up. Joe clamps the neck wrench back on and he twists even harder! Darby endures, and Dynamite returns to single picture as Darby throws more body shots.

Joe lets go of the neck wrench, Darby hobbles and runs, but into an ELBOW! Darby falls over and Joe covers, TWO! Joe keeps focus as he looms over Darby. Joe KICKS Darby to a corner, and then stomps him. Fans rally and duel, but Joe is annoyed by that. Joe drags Darby up, DECKS him with a forearm, then clamps on another neck wrench! It’s practically a vice on Darby’s head, squeezing his skull! Darby endures, fights up, and he RAMS Joe into buckles! Darby fires off forearms and SLAPS! Darby runs corner to corner, but into the URENAGE! Cover, TWO!! Darby survives the #STJOE, but Joe stands Darby up to CHOP him!

Darby staggers, Joe CHOPS him again! Darby flops to the apron, Joe builds speed and he BOOTS Darby to the floor! Joe then storms out and looks under the ring. Joe brings out another TABLE! Fans fire up again but Joe has fans move aside. Fans oblige and Joe rests the table against railing. Darby is in the ring, Joe goes in and brings Darby up, but Darby JAWBREAKERS before the sleeper could lock in! Darby runs in at the corner to CHOP! And CHOP! And CHOP! Darby CHOPS away on Joe, but Joe TOSSES Darby right out of the ring! Joe has been treating Darby like a throw pillow, emphasis on the “throw!”

Darby flounders up, but Joe goes back over to bring him back in. Joe suplexes high and hard! Joe then goes out to fetch chairs! Joe puts a handful of chairs in the ring, then sets them up together. Fans fire up as they’re back to back to make a wedge! Joe stands Darby up, brings him over, BIG back suplex on the chair wedge!! Darby writhes and Joe has a sadistic smile. “Joe is gonna kill~ you!” Joe turns the chairs around to face each other, then brings Darby back up. But Darby uses POCKET SAND to stop the bomb! CODE RED!! Cover, TWO!! Joe survives but Darby hurries to hop on! THROWBACK STUNNER!

Joe falls into a drop zone, and Darby hurries to get his hoodie back! Darby puts that back on, climbs up the corner, and COFFIN DROPS!! Cover, TWO!?!? Joe survives the tack-enhanced senton and fans can’t believe it! Darby hurries outside and goes looking. Darby uses a knife to cut the strings that hold down the canvas! Some are tough but they all give way, and Darby pulls the canvas away. Darby then drags off the foam padding to expose bare wood! Darby is deconstructing the ring in order to better destroy Joe! Darby sees Joe outside, builds speed and DIVES, but Joe walks away! Darby CRASHES THROUGH THE TABLE!!!

Dayton is losing their minds as Joe puts Darby back in! Joe sets Darby’s tack covered jacket down, he picks Darby up, and he POWERBOMBS him on the tacks! AND THEN HE SMOTHERS DARBY WITH THE TACK JACKET!! Darby DIGS at Joe’s eyes!! Joe lets Darby go, but he staggers around blindly! Joe stands up into a CHAIR SHOT! And another! And another! Darby has Joe on the hard wood, climbs up top, but Joe pushes the ref into the ropes to trip Darby up!! Joe climbs up after Darby, tucks him in, and hits a SUPER MUSCLE BUSTER TO THE WOOD!!!! Cover, JOE WINS!!!

Winner: Samoa Joe, by pinfall (NEW AEW TNT Champion)

Darby’s relentless streak is over! Samoa Joe is now a TWO-TIME TWO BELT CHAMPION! But wait! “THIS IS WAAAR~!” Fans go nuts for Wardlow as he storms down to the ring! Joe is just as shocked as Wardlow runs in! SPEAR!! Wardlow rains down fists on the man who took his title and his top knot! Wardlow rips his shirt off, drags Joe up, but Joe scrambles away! Fans boo but Joe isn’t going to fight again so soon after the war he just went through. Security rushes out but Wardlow CLOBBERS them all! Then he hauls one up to POWERBOMB out onto all the others!! Wardlow will not be denied, when and where will he get his hands on Joe?


My Thoughts:

This was an awesome Dynamite! Same balance of action and talking, but the action was all on a different level this week. Of the talking, we got good stuff out of this AEW Originals VS Imports in the Women’s Division. Saraya & Storm really up their Heel heat by just attacking Britt unprovoked, and then Ruby checking in on Britt was an interesting turnaround from her telling she didn’t want Britt’s help. But we’re getting closer and closer to that big tag(?) match. Hell, make it a Blood & Guts match but with the women rather than the men. Saraya leads a team, Britt leads a team, Ruby will choose Britt’s side and there could even be a twist of Shida betraying Saraya during the match to cost the anti-AEW team.

Good promo from the JAS to set up things with Starks. I just knew Starks would have to beat everyone in the JAS eventually, so it’s clever for them to get it all done in one gauntlet match. Starks will of course make it past Menard and Parker, and I bet that just as it looks like Garcia is stepping up to face Starks, Guevara takes the spotlight from him. Starks will still get through the final opponent, and he’ll get his match with Jericho. Good promo from Mogul Affiliates, because one: it establishes that their group doesn’t like multigenerational wrestlers, and two: it gave Granden Goetzman his wrestler name, “Trench.” Swerve will surely beat BPJ, but I bet Dustin teams up with BPJ and Brock Anderson as a sort of AEW take on WWE’s Legacy faction to take on Mogul Affiliates.

Good promo from Jack Perry, but I’m surprised he waited until now to establish that he’s done with tag teams. But I suppose he’s done with The Firm, too, so he’s done needing reinforcements. As it stands, if he wants a singles title, he could start with the All-Atlantic Championship, but I could see JB making a move for THE AEW World title. Speaking of The Firm, good promo from them and The Elite. I wonder if this was really live or just the take where Nick actually made that shot. Anyway, I’m also surprised the trios match for Rampage is for the titles when the titles are going to be on the line for Dynamite. But I suppose if Orange Cassidy and Darby Allin are fighting champions, then so should the Elite. Which of course means The Elite win on Rampage to go on to face Fox & Flight.

We got an awesome match from Bryan VS Thatcher, but of course Bryan wins to keep his story going. Even after he had that awesome match with Brian Cage, Konosuke going after MJF was a great move. And getting himself an Eliminator match is a good, too, but I feel like MJF finds a way to stand tall. He’ll either cheat to win, or just get himself disqualified quickly so his night will be over quickly. MJF also had a really good promo with LFI. Rush is a great choice to take on Bryan Danielson, and Rush is also going to have a great match with Christopher Daniels on Rampage. I’m sure Bryan will still find a way to win and we’ll still get that Ironman match, it just has to be how this goes.

It’s mostly because I don’t even know who is the #2 contender, since AEW still hasn’t kept up with rankings in this new year. AEW bringing out a sudden twist of MJF still having that One Hour Ironman match against someone other than Bryan would be great stuff, since MJF has been so focused on Bryan, but I feel like getting MJF VS Bryan is still the thing everyone wants to see. Great opening match out of Hangman VS Moxley, and of course Moxley bleeds. It’s practically in his contract. But Hangman losing by a roll-up was a great surprise, and them still being after each other after, this has to continue until Revolution.

The Acclaimed winning a squash was a bit surprising, but obviously that was to make room for the promo that set up things with The Gunn Sons. But Billy suddenly saying his sons can have a title match with The Acclaimed? I hope there isn’t a turn coming where Billy is suddenly on his sons’ side again. It just feels like something is fishy, but who knows. Really good TBS title match from Jade and Velvet, but I guess since this wasn’t at a PPV, Jade wasn’t about to lose. Kiera trying to help Velvet only to mess things up was at least a good detail to protect Jade. But at this rate, who is even going to beat Jade when she’s gotten through even some great established names.

And of course, an awesome No Holds Barred match for the TNT title. Great innovation, such as Darby’s tack covered jacket and the different table spots. I was actually rather surprised to see Joe win this to once again be dual champion. But at the same time, Wardlow returning to continue his story with Joe is a logical reason as to why Joe needs to have the TNT title again. Perhaps Wardlow gets the TNT title back to have a second chance with that, and Darby can move up into the world title scene. And assuming MJF retains at Revolution, it works for Darby to be next as they have history in AEW.

My Score: 9/10


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Mitchell’s AEW Dark Results & Report! (1/31/23)

Orlando stays Dark!

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Universal Studios is still the AEW Dark Arena!

As they prepare to go after the AEW World Trios Championships, AR Fox & Top Flight reunite to take on The Wingmen: Peter Avalon, Ryan Nemeth & Cezar Bononi!

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Six Man Tag: AR Fox & Top Flight VS The Wingmen; Fox & Top Flight win.
  • Red Velvet VS Sofia Castillo; Velvet wins.
  • Zack Clayton VS Fulton; Clayton wins.
  • Brock Anderson & Brian Pillman Jr. w/ Arn Anderson VS Rosario Grillo & Dean Alexander; Anderson & Pillman win.
  • Skye Blue VS Renee Michelle; Skye wins.
  • Shane Taylor Promotions VS Mr. G & Dante Casanova; Shane Taylor Promotions wins.
  • Yuka Sakazaki VS Avery Breaux; Yuka wins.
  • The Workhorsemen VS Liam Gray & Adrian Alanis; The Workhorsemen win.
  • Angelico w/ Serpentico & Luther VS Konosuke Takeshita; Konosuke wins.

QUICK NOTES

A solid line-up, and I like that we’re getting to see Brock Anderson & Brian Pillman Jr. in action together after a backstage promo on Elevation not too long ago. Not sure what the team name is but two second generation stars together is a logical combination. Angelico VS Konosuke, that is going to be a great match, but I give the win to Konosuke. Red Velvet is in action again after also being on Elevation, she’s definitely building momentum towards taking on Jade Cargill for Jade’s 50th match. And good to see Shane Taylor Promotions in action here. They’ll be a strong part of the ROH Tag Team Division, even after having lost to Keith Lee after Swerve abandoned Keith.

And good to see AR Fox & Top Flight in action, and against The Wingmen. For one, good to see Avalon, Nemeth & Bononi teaming all together again. And this will be a good match to build momentum for Fox & Flight.


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