The Absolute vows to avenge himself!
Unable to compete because of an ambush, Ricky Starks is back to have his AEW World Title Eliminator match! But can he survive the Murderhawk Monster, Lance Archer, just to run into The Machine, Brian Cage?
- AEW World Title Eliminator Tournament, Opening Round: Ricky Starks VS Lance Archer; Starks wins and advances to the semifinals.
- FTW Championship: Hook VS Lee Moriarty w/ Stokely Hathaway; Hook wins and retains the title.
- Athena VS Madison Rayne; Athena wins.
- Eddie Kingston & Ortiz VS Konosuke Takeshita & Jun Akiyama; Takeshita & Akiyama win.
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AEW World Title Eliminator Tournament, Opening Round: Ricky Starks VS Lance Archer!
The Absolute dared the Murderhawk Monster to fight him backstage for real, and they’re doing just that! Archer digs Starks into a garage door, just like last week! Archer then whips, but Starks reverses to send Archer into road cases! Starks shakes it off, brings Archer up and RAMS him into the garage door! Archer staggers, but he scoops Starks to LAWN DART him into the garage door! Starks flounders, the ref tells them to get this to the ring! Archer drags Starks up, TOSSES him onto a road case, then pushes him over. Archer says Starks wanted this, so this is what he gets! They end up by the backstage viewing area, and Archer TOSSES a production crew member at Starks!
Starks dodges, and the crew member goes bowling through the chairs! STRIKE! Archer stalks Starks, but Starks SMACKS him with a trash can! Starks CLUBS Archer out and CLUBS him again, they’re off to the side of the stage! Starks SMACKS Archer with another trash can! And then SLAMS the can on him! Fans fire up but Archer hits Starks back and DUMPS him into the front row! Archer drags Starks up and brings him to ringside. Archer ROCKS Starks with a haymaker! New Jersey boos Archer, but he drags Starks away to CLUB him down. Archer drags Starks up the bleachers and fans fire up as they go higher and higher!
Starks fires haymakers back, chases Archer back down, but Archer SWATS Starks with a right! Archer soaks up the heat, but Starks LEAPS and KNEES Archer down! Fans fire up with Starks as he beats his chest! Starks pushes Archer around to ROCK with haymakers! But Archer choke grips! Archer lifts but Starks slips free to ROCK Archer again! But Archer FLIES over the railing to take Starks down! Archer throws his shirt off and he drags Starks into the ring. The bell finally rings and this match finally happens! Archer stalks Starks but fans rally for “RICKY! RICKY!” Archer snarls and he stands Starks up to swing.
Starks dodges to CHOP! Starks fires off haymaker after haymaker, then he BOOTS and clotheslines Archer out! Starks goes to the apron, Archer avoids the kick, and he catches Starks! APRON CHOKE SLAM!! Starks flops down and Archer grins while AEW goes picture in picture!
Archer stalks Starks, rips up a fan’s sign, and then he drags Starks up to bring around to SMACK off the timekeeper’s table! Starks slumps over while Archer soaks up the heat. Archer stands Starks up but Starks throws haymakers! Archer ROCKS Starks right back! Archer pushes Starks into the ring and follows him in. Archer drags Starks up and slaps him around before giving him crossface forearms! Archer CLUBS Starks down, and Starks flounders to the corner. Starks kicks back but Archer ROCKS him with an uppercut! Archer smothers Starks while Rampage returns to single picture. The ref counts and Archer lets off at 4.
Archer stands Starks up to ROCK him again. Fans rally for Ricky but the ref counts. Archer throws forearms, then he sets Starks up top. Archer ROCKS Starks with a right, and Starks wobbles! Starks sits back up, Archer lifts him with the inverted crucifix! But Starks fights and CLUBS away on Archer! Fans fire up as Starks goes way past ten! Then he shoves Archer, leaps, and FLYING SHOULDER TACKLES! Archer staggers but stays up! Starks fires up again, he dodges Archer and elbows him! Starks runs to LARIAT! Fans fire up with Starks and he watches Archer rise. Starks spins Archer around, to TORNADO- NO, no DDT!
Starks keeps moving, Archer dodges then follows, and Archer LARIATS Starks down! Cover, TWO!!! Starks survives nearly being decapitated, and fans are dueling! Archer drags Starks up, CLUBS him, then ripcords, but Starks slips around to TORNADO DDT! Direct hit this time and Starks stacks Archer, TWO!! Starks is a bit surprised, but he hurries to bring Archer up. Starks keeps his promise to go after those braids as he winds them up and reels Archer in with them! But Archer back drops free! Starks sunset flips, but Archer stays up! Archer drags Starks up, but Starks breaks free! Starks bobs ‘n’ weaves and ROCKS Archer!
Starks ROCKS Archer again, kicks low and runs, into the DERAILER!! But Starks rolled through it! He ducks ‘n’ dodges to SPEAR!! Cover, Starks wins!!
Winner: Ricky Starks, by pinfall (advances to the semifinals)
Talk about momentum! Starks hit Archer so hard, he rolled him up at the same time! And wouldn’t you know, Brian Cage makes his way out! The Machine and the Absolute will meet in Full Gear’s Zero Hour to finally find out who moves on to the tournament finals, which are now set for Dynamite this Thanksgiving Wednesday! But wait, Archer CLOBBERS Starks! Fans boo as the Murderhawk Monster is a sore loser! Archer sits the steel steps on its side, and he SMACKS Starks off it! Cage and Prince Nana are happy to see Archer choke grip Starks, for a CHOKE SLAM on the steps! Does Starks have any chance of winning against Cage now?
BIG news for next week’s Rampage!
Talk about a deal! Black Friday Rampage will be on at 4 PM Eastern, 1 PM Pacific! Make sure to write that down so you don’t forget!
AEW takes one last look at Moxley VS MJF.
The Maniac says, “Every time I go to the ring, I set the standard.” Excalibur says, “Jon Moxley really proved that he’s the best wrestler in the entire world.” But Maxwell Jacob Friedman says, “All the sh*t I’ve gone through, all the trauma, all the bullying, all the blood, the sweat, the tears, it would make it all worth it.” Jim Ross wants to know if MJF is truly physically tough enough. Moxley says he almost lost his family and almost lost his life over this. What can anyone do to him?
Backstage interview with Chris Jericho & Sammy Guevara.
Tony Schiavone is with Le Champion and The Spanish God as he brings up the ROH World Championship Fatal 4 Way. Jericho says that as he said a few weeks ago, he has no doubt in his mind that “sooner or later, Danielson and Claudio will be in the ring together and things are gonna break down and they’re gonna beat the hell out of each other. The egos are too big.” Sammy agrees by holding his hands out wide to denote the size of those egos. Jericho says that he is the greatest champion in ROH history, and he is telling us right now that this title stays within the Jericho Appreciation Society! Specifically with Jericho, #THEOCHO, because he and Sammy guarantee it!
Jericho heads out, and Sammy shakes his head with a chuckle and a grin. “We’ll see about that.” Is Sammy implying he will dethrone The Wizard to become an even greater ROH World Champion?
FTW Championship: Hook VS Lee Moriarty w/ Stokely Hathaway!
When you call out any and all champions on the AEW roster, you better be careful, because they just might #SendHook! Will the Cold-Hearted, Handsome Devil remain an undefeated FTW Champion? Or will #TAIGASTYLE be the first to bring The Firm some gold?
The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and we see if Moriarty ends up Mr. Sweet Sixteen!
The bell rings and Hook circles with Moriarty. The fans sing, “Hook is gonna kill~ you!” but Moriarty tunes it out. They tie up, go around, and Hook puts Moriarty in the corner. Moriarty turns it around, the ref counts, but Moriarty gets a cheap shot elbow in! But Hook TACKLES Moriarty! Hook gets Moriarty’s leg and wants a kneebar! Moriarty uses his free leg to hook Hook and bring him around, but Hook pops free of the headscissors! Fans cheer the exchange as Moriarty backs off. Stokely coaches Moriarty and he resets with Hook. Moriarty kicks but Hook dodges! Hook waistlocks, SLAMS Moriarty down, then facelocks!
Moriarty fights up, but Hook throws him down to then go for a wristlock! Moriarty clasps hands, rolls through, and he wrenches Hook to a wristlock. Hook wrenches through, reels Moriarty in, NORTHERN LIGHTS, and then a float! Hook hooks a leg and Moriarty’s head into a modified Bow ‘n’ Arrow! Moriarty throws elbows and he gets free. Hook hobbles up but into knees! Moriarty whips, Hook flips through the hip toss to shoot around, gut wrench, and SUPLEX! Fans fire up and Hook soaks it all up. Hook watches Moriarty get up, but Stokely swipes at him! The ref reprimands, but Moriarty BOOTS Hook down!
Hook bails out of the ring and Moriarty air guitars while Rampage goes picture in picture. The ref has Moriarty stay in the ring, Stokely talks trash on Hook, but Hook scares Stokely off. Hook slides in, but Moriarty stomps away on him! Moriarty has Hook in the corner, he throws body shots, and he ROCKS Hook with a forearm! Hook staggers away, Moriarty GRINDS his face into the ropes! The ref reprimands, Moriarty lets off, and then Moriarty cravats to throw big knees! Moriarty snapmares, then clamps onto Hook with a modified abdominal stretch. Moriarty has each arm, but Hook pushes through to get the waistlock.
Hook drags Moriarty up but Moriarty throws elbows! Moriarty traps Hook’s arm with his feet to TWEAK the arm! Hook hurries away to a corner, clutching the elbow. Moriarty storms up to dig his boot in! The ref counts, Moriarty lets off at 4, and Moriarty paces while Hook slowly stands. Moriarty CLUBS Hook down then eggs him on, so Hook throws body shots! Hook backs Moriarty down with those shots, puts Moriarty in a corner, but Moriarty bumps Hook off buckles! Moriarty pie faces Hook down, then storms up to bring Hook around. HALF HATCH BRIDGE! ONE!! Hook gets that shoulder up and Moriarty is furious!
Moriarty talks trash on the fans cheering Hook on, and he CLUBS Hook back down. Moriarty mockingly claps for Hook, then brings him up to wrench the arm. Hook endures and Rampage goes to break.
Rampage returns and Moriarty looms over Hook. He puts some stank on his crossface forearms as he goes side to side! But then Hook catches one! Moriarty CLUBS Hook on the back, runs, but into a LARIAT! Fans fire up while both men flounder on the mat. Stokely’s panicking while the standing count starts. Moriarty stands, he swings a haymaker, but Hook blocks to fire off body shots! Hook backs Moriarty down again, fires off on the ropes, but lets off as the ref counts. Hook cools off, brings Moriarty up again, and KNEES him low! Then SAYANAGIS him down! Stokely is frustrated as Hook clinches to STO!
Hook rolls Moriarty around, fisherman BUSTER! Fans fire up while both men are down again! Moriarty flounders to the corner, Hook storms over, but Moriarty kicks low! Moriarty clinches to BUCKLE SHOT! Moriarty pushes Hook away, goes up top fast, and then FLYING KNEE DROPS! Cover, TWO!! But into the KIMURA!! Moriarty has the double wristlock, Hook reaches out, his foot’s under the rope! ROPEBREAK! The ref counts, Moriarty lets go and argues with the ref. The ropebreak was legit, the ref had to call it. Hook staggers over, Moriarty rolls Hook up, with tights! TWO!! But Moriarty holds in, BORDER CITY STRETCH!!!
Hook fights around as fans rally up! Hook slips free, and has the REDRUM!!! WITH BODY SCISSORS!! Moriarty is OUT, Hook wins!!
Winner: Hook, by submission (still FTW Champion)
And that’s 16-0 for the Cold-Hearted Handsome Devil! Hook heads out, ready to move on already. Who will be next to step to him for this title? And will Moriarty think twice before calling out champions?
Backstage interview with The Dark Order and La Faccion Ingobernable.
Tony Schiavone is with John Silver, Preston Vance, Rush and Jose. They’ve all agreed to no physicality, and Jose speaks first. He wants Vance to think about what he’s doing. John Silver cost Vance a world title match, remember? Uh, no, Silver didn’t cost Vance anything, but he did cost “Captain Rushbag” his shot. Silver got a good chuckle out of it, too! He giggled all night! That’s the problem with Silver! Everything’s funny to him! He’s the clown of the Dark Order, when we have someone serious about pro-wrestling in Vance! Silver is acting real tough, like he thinks he can take on Rush & Jose.
Uh, you mean taking on 1.5 men? Jose’s last name is literally “The Assistant.” So of course Silver & Vance will take them on! Vance asks Silver what he means the two of them? Wait, what does Vance man? Vance leaves, not letting Silver speak for him. And then Rush tells Silver, “I’m gonna wipe that stupid smile off your face. I beat you once, and I’m gonna beat you once again! But this time,” in Spanish, he’ll beat Silver down like the dog he is! See you next week. Will someone end up black ‘n’ blue on Black Friday Rampage?
Athena VS Madison Rayne!
The Fallen Goddess has been alone in the dark, or rather on Dark and Dark: Elevation, and she’s become rather accustomed to showing her dark side. Will that new attitude continue as Athena is on a Rampage? Or will the Coach put her on the sidelines?
The bell rings and Athena DROPKICKS Rayne right away! Athena CLUBS away then TOSSES Rayne aside. Athena grins while Rayne finally gets her jacket off. Rayne is in the corner, Athena runs in, but Rayne BOOTS back! Rayne schoolgirls Athena into buckles! And then SLIDING LARIATS! Athena flounders, Rayne goes up top, and Rayne FLYING SPEARS Athena down! Athena bails out of the ring and the ref wants her to get back in. Rayne goes out after Athena, she runs in and wheelbarrows, but Athena blocks to SWING Rayne into railing! Athena TOSSES Rayne again, then she puts Rayne in the ring.
Fans rally for Athena’s aggression and she aims at Rayne in the corner. Athena runs, handsprings, then CHOPS Rayne! Athena mocks the queenly wave, but Rayne trips Athena to a jackknife bridge! TWO, and Athena SUPERKICKS! Athena reels Rayne in, suplexes, and holds Rayne up , but Rayne CUTTERS out of the suplex!! Athena and Rayne slowly rise, Rayne runs in and she clotheslines Athena down! And again! Rayne whips, Athena reverses but Rayne ROCKS her! Rayne dragon sleepers, but Athena pulls hair! She hits the ROLLING CUTTER, and the SLIDING FOREARM!
Athena rains down forearms, then she hauls Rayne up. Athena reels Rayne in, gets her up, CLIFFHANGER GUT BUSTER! Cover, Athena wins!
Winner: Athena, by pinfall
The Fallen Goddess crushed the Queen Bee, but she’s not done! She KICKS Rayne in the back, slaps her around, and the ref tells her to stop. Athena DECKS Aubrey Edwards!! That’s a fine for sure! But Athena doesn’t care, she puts Rayne in a CROSSFACE!! But wait, MERCEDES MARTINEZ storms out to the ring! The ROH Women’s World Champion ain’t letting Athena just do what she wants. Athena bails out as fans chant, “YOU F’D UP!” Will Athena have the OG Badass on her ass?
Backstage interview with Best Friends and The Factory.
Renee Paquette is with Orange Cassidy, Trent Beretta, Chuck Taylor, as well as QT Marshall, Aaron Solo, Cole Karter, Lee Johnson and Nick Comoroto. Renee says understandably, Best Friends have something to get off their chest and wanted to tell The Factory face-to-face. What is it they want to say? “Um, two things, Renee. First thing, is that all of us wanna fight all of you, five on five, tomorrow.” QT says there’s only three Best Friends here. Trent says, “No there’s not.” Surprise! Rocky Romero is here! Where’d he come from!? Well, alright, but that’s only four.
Uh, Cassidy did say there were two things, so here’s the second. Chuck presents a VHS tape?! “Boom!” What’re we supposed to do with that? Trent says it’s fine, he emailed the raw. Just watch the spooky video on this screen here. Then see you tomorrow. Renee, you might wanna go, it’s really spooky. Renee leaves with Best Friends, and the video begins.
Someone is fiddling with a giant film reel, then brings out a GIANT NAIL! Danhausen is spinning the reel, and he presents his collection of human teeth! QT doesn’t get it. It’s just Danhausen. They can take him out again. Full Gear Zero Hour has a HUGE Ten Man Tag! Will the Very Nice, Very Evil Overlord be very evil in his return?
Another message from the House of Black.
“To see the world and its symptoms as nothing short of demonic possession, we must use our greatest tool, our greatest ally. To stop all the idleness and vanity humans have bestowed upon themselves, a world where complacency and subpar have become both standard and rewarded. So stand and hear us as we call upon you. Stand and feel the creed in body and bone.” New recruits to the House step forward! And they fight Julia Hart, Brody King, Buddy Matthews & Malakai Black!
“Recite with us… I stand here before you wanting to merge with The Grey. O Brothers of the House, hear me, as it is my decision to stay, grant me my place amongst you so that I may do my plight to hear the whispers of forbidden knowledge, hidden from even the Devil’s sight. Now, more than ever, members of the House of Black, please rise.” The House has been rebuilt, will it stay standing no matter what happens to it now?
Mark Henry interviews tonight’s main eventers!
The World’s Strongest Man says Eddie Kingston & Ortiz are facing the best of DDT Pro. And Eddie said that facing Jun Akiyama is a dream match. Does he still feel the same tonight? Ortiz says he’ll take this. Eddie is definitely ready for tonight, and he has been for 18 years. Ortiz has been ready for 12 years, they train every day for opportunities like tonight. And you best believe, Team DDT, Eddie & Ortiz aren’t wrestling dumb! “They’re fighting us! They’re gonna have to prove that they’re better than us, because we’re the BEST! We’re the BEST! We’re The BEST!”
Konosuke tells Eddie, “I know you respect Akiyama. This is a dream match for you. But… This is gonna be a nightmare. You’re gonna have to fight for your life!” Well, looks like there’s been enough talk. It’s time for the main event! Will the Mad King & “Monkey” be ready for the Future and the Sternness?
Eddie Kingston & Ortiz VS Konosuke Takeshita & Jun Akiyama!
The teams sort out, and it’s clear Eddie wants to start against Akiyama, but Konosuke insists he start. Akiyama accepts, and the bell rings. Fans rally up for “Eddie! Eddie!” as he tells Konosuke to step aside and let THE Jun Akiyama fight. Konosuke still insists he start, so Eddie circles with him. They tie up, are in a deadlock, and Eddie pushes Konosuke back. They reset as fans rally for Eddie, and Eddie calls for a test of strength. Konosuke accepts and they knuckle lock. They go shoulder to shoulder and are still in a deadlock. Konosuke gets around to waistlock but Eddie wrenches the arm to a wristlock.
Eddie headlocks now, but Konosuke brings Eddie to the mat. Konosuke headlocks now, but Eddie powers out. They RAM shoulders, and Eddie dares Konosuke to run the ropes. Konosuke runs, but into a CHOP! Konosuke powers through it, but then runs into a BELLY2BELLY! Eddie brings Konosuke up and wrenches the arm to then tag in Ortiz. They hand off the wrench, and Eddie runs to DECK Akiyama! The ref reprimands but Ortiz wrenches Konosuke. Konosuke breaks free to ROCK Ortiz! Konosuke snapmares Ortiz, tags in Akiyama, and Akiyama storms up to Ortiz. Akiyama whips to ELBOW Ortiz, then he ROCKS Eddie in return!
Eddie gets in but Akiyama BOOTS him back out! Fans rally for Akiyama while Eddie shakes out his arm. Ortiz sits up and sputters, Akiyama CLUBS him down, but Ortiz throws body shots. Akiyama CLUBS Ortiz with elbows again, then he hauls Ortiz up for a PILEDRIVER!! Cover, TWO as Eddie storms up. Akiyama won’t let Eddie get his shot in, and he tags Konosuke. The ref checks Ortiz but he’s okay to continue, so Team DDT drags him up to double whip, Konosuke then whips Akiyama in for an elbow! Konosuke runs in to forearm smash! Konosuke feeds Ortiz to Akiyama for a BOOT! Akiyama then picks Ortiz up and Konosuke adds on, BULLDOG BACK SUPLEX!
Konosuke drags Ortiz to a cover, ONE!! Ortiz checks his teeth, and he fires forearms and CHOPS on Konosuke! Konosuke just takes it all, and he DECKS Ortiz with a right! Konosuke tags Akiyama back in, Akiyama looms over Ortiz but he stares Eddie down. Ortiz throws body shots and forearms, then a CHOP! Akiyama HEADBUTTS Ortiz and Rampage goes picture in picture.
Ortiz wobbles and drops to his knees. Akiyama hauls Ortiz up for a BIG back suplex! Cover, TWO! Ortiz is toughing it out but Akiyama pushes him down in the corner. Akiyama runs in to KNEE Ortiz in the face! Tag to Konosuke and Team DDT double whip to double shoulder tackle! And then, DOUBLE RUNNING KNEE! Akiyama stares Eddie down before exiting the ring. Konosuke drags Ortiz up, whips him to a corner, and he runs in to BOOT Ortiz down! Konosuke drags Ortiz up, whips him corner to corner, and then runs in, but Ortiz puts Konosuke on the apron. Konosuke ROCKS Ortiz, goes up, but Ortiz ROCKS him back! And then SUPER CUTTERS!!
Fans fire up while both men are down! Ortiz and Konosuke sit up, Ortiz drags Konosuke over, and Eddie tags in. They mug Konosuke, Eddie CHOPS, then he turns Konosuke for a NECKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! Eddie stares Akiyama down as he sits Konosuke up for a chinlock. Konosuke endures as Eddie really cranks the hold. Konosuke fights up, Eddie headlocks and puts him in a corner. The ref counts, Eddie lets off, and then Eddie CHOPS! And CHOPS! And he taunts Akiyama before he fires off the MACHINE GUN CHOPS! Eddie gets all the way to nine, but Konosuke stops him and ROCKS him in return!
Konosuke backs Eddie down with boxing elbows, but Eddie pokes him in the eyes! The ref reprimands but fans cheer as Eddie BUTTERFLY SUPLEXES! Cover, TWO as Akiyama storms in! Eddie returns the favor, not letting Akiyama get a shot in. They stare down and fans fire up. Akiyama stands down, Eddie drags Konosuke up, and Eddie suplexes again! Tag to Ortiz, he brings Konosuke around to snap suplex! Tag back to Eddie, the two of them DOUBLE SUPLEX Konosuke! Cover, TWO! Konosuke hangs tough as Rampage returns to single picture. Eddie drags Konosuke up to facelock and he tags Ortiz in.
Ortiz takes the handoff then NORTHERN LIGHTS! Bridging cover, TWO! Ortiz stays between Konosuke and Akiyama, to then CLUB Konosuke down! Ortiz brings Konosuke up, tags Eddie back in, but Konosuke fights back with big forearms! But Ortiz rocks Konosuke with that body shot! Ortiz and Eddie mug Konosuke in a corner, then whip him corner to corner, only for Konosuke to reverse it! Ortiz ends up in the corner, Konosuke ELBOWS Eddie, then Konosuke runs at Ortiz. Ortiz catches Konosuke for a BACKBREAKER! Ortiz then feeds Konosuke to Eddie for a DDT! Cover, TWO!! Konosuke survives being spiked, but Eddie keeps staring Akiyama down.
Eddie dares Konosuke to get up, and the straps come down! Fans fire up, Konosuke stands up, and Konosuke CHOPS Eddie! Eddie grits his teeth, and he CHOPS back! Konosuke crouches but comes back, to CHOP Eddie! Eddie sputters and coughs, but he CHOPS back! Konosuke forearms, Eddie CHOPS, repeat! Konosuke gets the edge, whips, but Eddie reverses. Konosuke ducks ‘n’ dodges and LEAPING LARIATS! Fans fire up and Konosuke crawls to his corner, as does Eddie. Hot tags to Ortiz and Akiyama! Ortiz dodges and CHOPS, forearms, runs, but into a BOOT! Ortiz gets up in a huff, he forearms, CHOPS, runs, but into another BOOT!
Akiyama drags Ortiz up, whips him to a corner, but Ortiz goes up and over, only for the JUMP KNEE to hit! Akiyama tells Eddie to watch this, and he hauls Ortiz up! Ortiz fights the clinch, Eddie storms in, and Eddie CHOPS Akiyama! Akiyama forearms! Eddie CHOPS! They go back and forth, and then Akiyama ROCKS Eddie! And again! But Eddie CHOPS, CHOPS and CHOPS! Akiyama LARIATS Eddie down! Ortiz DROPKICKS Akiyama down! Ortiz dodges Konosuke and hits a POWERSLAM! Ortiz rolls, but Konosuke’s right up! BLUE THUNDER BOMB! Eddie runs at Konosuke, but Konosuke ROCKS him with a forearm!
Konosuke spins, but into Eddie’s SAIDO! Konosuke staggers up but flops back down, and fans fire up as all four men are down! A standing count starts, fans cheer on “ALL THESE GUYS! ALL THESE GUYS!” Eddie and Akiyama find each other and they throw forearms and CHOPS again! Akiyama HEADBUTTS, runs, but into a knee! And then an EXPLODER!! But Akiyama gets up, to give Eddie an EXPLODER!! Eddie gets back up, to ENZIGURI! Akiyama SHINING WIZARDS Eddie down!! Eddie flops out of the ring, and Akiyama runs at Ortiz in a corner! BLINDSIDE KNEE!! And then the EXPLODER!!! Cover, Team DDT wins!
Winners: Konosuke Takeshita & Jun Akiyama, by pinfall
The legend of Japanese wrestling still has it! He takes the win for DDT Pro, but will Akiyama and Eddie have THE dream match 1v1 in the near future?
A great episode for Rampage and a great go-home for Full Gear. Of course, all the hype videos are part of the AEW Countdown special, but we got a nice bit for Moxley and MJF that added to last night’s video. Great World Title Eliminator Tournament match for Starks and Archer, especially with them brawling backstage just as Starks said they’d do on Dynamite. But of course, cards subject to change, the tradition of this tournament ending at Full Gear must be broken. It’d be too much for Starks to do double duty on an already fat match card, so Starks VS Cage is part of the Zero Hour, and then I would think we get Starks VS Ethan Page on Dynamite, winner going on to Winter is Coming.
And I like that we’re getting a big 10 Man Tag for the Zero Hour with Best Friends VS The Factory. That was some great “stage magic” having Rocky just appear as if from nowhere because he’s shorter than Trent. And I like that QT didn’t make that big a deal of Danhausen’s video. It wasn’t really that creepy, but I do like that it had the teeth and the big iron nail. I’ve seen clips of Danhausen’s darker side, so I’m glad we’re going to get to see that in AEW. I bet he’s going to have much scarier face paint to really change the mood and scare The Factory. And either way, Best Friends are definitely winning.
Good stuff from Hook VS Moriarty, that is exactly what that match needed to be. Hook was finally tested, and he still came out on top. Hook isn’t at a Jade Cargill level winning streak, but there will come a point where he’ll need to face tougher competition. Athena VS Rayne was good, but again, I just don’t see what makes Rayne so great. Could that jackknife bridge have been any slower? But the main thing is, Athena wins but is becoming more and more vicious. Mercedes showing up was a great surprise, maybe we get OG Badass VS Fallen Goddess for the women’s title at ROH Final Battle. That’d be pretty big for Athena to be the first woman to have held the NXT Women’s and Women’s Tag titles, and then get the ROH Women’s World Championship.
Another great vignette from The House of Black, though I was kinda hoping seeing those new faces meant the House was expanding and getting at least one more member since AEW has so many more belts now. But for now, the House is getting stronger, and their video packages make me think they are going to attack Darby and Sting at Full Gear as part of revenge for All Out. Then the faction can start worrying about belts on the way to Revolution. And we got a good interaction from Silver, Vance, Rush and Jose. It is planting the seed that Vance will leave the Dark Order of his own free will, not because Rush won some match.
And speaking of such seeds, nice promo from Jericho and Sammy. Jericho is getting a big cocky thinking he can just keep his original protégé under his thumb forever. And while the Blackpool Combat Club does feel a moment away from collapsing, we could see Sammy be the one to break away from the Jericho Appreciation Society to strike out on his own. Now, I still don’t think it’ll cost Jericho the ROH title, but we could see an interesting twist in the story going towards Revolution. And then we got a great main event, but it was clear they were keeping Eddie and Akiyama at limited interaction to give us a 1v1 match down the line. That’s great for Eddie, because you know living the dream is legit for Eddie here, he really does want to go against the legend.
My Score: 8.7/10
Mitchell’s AEW Dynamite Results & Report! (2/1/23)
Dynamite is No Holds Barred!
Will Darby Allin still be the Relentless TNT Champion?
Samoa Joe wants the AEW TNT Championship back, but he knows Darby Allin is relentless. Tonight on Dynamite, they go NO HOLDS BARRED for the gold! Will Joe once again be the King of Television?
- Jon Moxley VS Hangman Page; Moxley wins.
- The Acclaimed w/ Billy Gunn VS Truth Magnum & Turbo Floyd; The Acclaimed wins.
- Brian Cage w/ Prince Nana VS Konosuke Takeshita; Takeshita wins.
- Bryan Danielson VS Timothy Thatcher; Bryan wins.
- AEW TBS Championship: Jade Cargill w/ Leila Grey VS Red Velvet; Cargill wins and retains the title.
- AEW TNT Championship No Holds Barred: Darby Allin w/ Sting VS Samoa Joe; wins and
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Jon Moxley w/ Wheeler Yuta VS Hangman Page!
The Maniac and the Cowboy go for their tiebreaker as Dynamite is in Dayton, Ohio! Will Ohio’s own knock this one out of the park like he did before? Or will there be some serious #CowboySh*t going down in Dayton?
Not only does Moxley have the Decoder by his side, he has his dad, Dan! Hangman makes his entrance next, and Moxley goes right after him! Moxley throws hands then whips Hangman into railing! The ref reprimands but Moxley sends Hangman into steel steps! Moxley throws hands, whips Hangman again and Hangman hits more railing hard! Fans fire up and the ref reprimands. Moxley just takes off his hoodie to CHOKE Hangman with it! Moxley TOSSES Hangman over the railing, and then he hops onto the railing! Dayton fires up, gives Moxley a hand, and Moxley FLYING AX HANDLES Hangman down!
Moxley brings Hangman up but Hangman throws hands! Hangman sits Moxley down, fires off more shots, then backs up. Hangman runs in to BOOT Moxley against railing! The ref reprimands, he wants this in the ring, but it isn’t a match yet so there’s no real repercussions. Hangman stalks Moxley along the way but Moxley kicks back. And CHOPS! Moxley trips Hangman then ties him up, FIGURE FOUR on the floor! Moxley and Hangman flip each other off but the ref still wants this in the ring. Hangman grabs someone’s beer and splashes Moxley with it! Moxley lets Hangman out of the hold, and then Hangman ROCKS Mox!
They go back to ringside, Moxley grabs a chair but Hangman CLUBS Moxley. But Moxley JAMS Hangman, tris him, and then drops an elbow on the leg! Moxley has a toehold, then he puts the chair around the leg! The ref reprimands but Moxley goes up the apron. The ref shouts at Moxley to not jump, but then Hangman gets free! Hangman CHUCKS the chair at Moxley’s head!! Moxley goes down and fans fire up! The ref reprimands again and wants this to get in the ring. Moxley is dazed, but Hangman drags him around, to suplex onto the chair! Hangman drags Moxley up and puts him in the ring, but he also brings the chair!
The ref stops Hangman, so Hangman leaves the chair behind. The bell finally rings, and Hangman runs in to forearm Moxley! Moxley hits back, they go back and forth! Moxley’s eyebrow is already busted open, but he keeps throwing shots. Hangman gets the edge, HEADBUTTS, then whips. Moxley reverses to dropkick the legs out! Moxley looms over Hangman, drags him into the INDIAN DEATHLOCK! Hangman endures, keeps his shoulders off the mat, but fans rally behind Moxley. Hangman drags himself back, reaches out, and gets the ROPEBREAK! The ref counts, Moxley lets Hangman go at 3.
Moxley brings Hangman up but Hangman gets around to GERMAN SUPLEXES! Moxley snarls but the blood is getting into his eye. Hangman DECKS Moxley and has him at the ropes. Hangman brings Moxley up, fans boo but Hangman CHOPS! Moxley flounders and falls and fans start dueling. Hangman stalks Moxley, sits him up, and he starts raining down fists right on the bloody eyebrow! Mox fans boo but Hangman fans are fired up for the “COWBOY SH*T!” Hangman wipes Moxley’s blood off on his chest, but then turns around into a CHOP! Moxley eggs Hangman on and Hangman CHOPS back!
Moxley CHOPS, Hangman CHOPS, fans “WOO~!” for the CHOP fight! Moxley shifts to boxing elbows, then runs, but Hangman catches the crossbody! FALL AWAY SLAM! Fans are torn while Moxley goes to the apron. Hangman runs, triangle jumps, but Moxley LARIATS first! Moxley drags Hangman up and to the apron, then turns Hangman, for a SLEEPER! The ref reprimands and wants this in the ring, but Hangman claws the bloody eyebrow! Moxley turns Hangman around, reels him in, but Hangman resists the lift! Hangman tries to lift, Moxley resists, and then Moxley lifts! Hangman fights that and lifts again, but Moxley still fights!
Both men are fighting for control, and Hangman fireman’s carries! To SNAKE EYES Moxley off the post! Moxley falls to the floor and Dynamite goes picture in picture!
The ref checks Moxley but he’s somehow okay to continue. Hangman goes over to fetch Moxley, and whips him into railing! Hangman ROCKS Moxley with haymakers as the bloody eyebrow becomes a crimson mask. Hangman refreshes the count, goes back to Moxley and CHOPS him! Moxley gets in Hangman’s face so Hangman CHOPS again! Moxley CHOPS and CHOPS and CHOPS, but Hangman DECKS him! Hangman snarls, looms over Moxley, and then drags him back up. Hangman puts Moxley in the ring, and rains down more fists on that bloody eyebrow! Moxley falls over, but Hangman gets the wrists!
Hangman sits Moxley up, for a DRAGON STOMP, but Moxley blocks! Moxley throws Hangman to a corner and fires off forearms and CHOPS on repeat! Moxley then hoists Hangman up top, climbs up after him, and CLAWS Hangman’s back, painfully slow! Then he CLAWS and BITES Hangman’s back, before blowing a kiss to the fans. But Hangman throws body shots in return! Dynamite returns to single picture as Hangman BITES Moxley’s forehead! Hangman then slips under Moxley to fireman’s carry him on the second rope! SUPER DEATH VALLEY DRIVER!! Cover, TWO!! Moxley survives and fans are fired up!
Fans duel as Hangman sits up. Hangman scowls while Moxley sits up. Moxley eggs Hangman on so Hangman kicks him! And BOOTS him! Hangman tells Moxley to stay down but he refuses. Moxley sits up, so Hangman BOOTS him! Moxley sits up to SLAP Hangman, and flips him off! Hangman is fuming, but he runs into a CUTTER! A standing count starts, fans count along as Moxley and Hangman stir. They sit up at 5 of 10, and Moxley throws a haymaker. Hangman throws it back, so Moxley gives another,. They go back and forth, Hangman wobbles but he CHOPS! Moxley CHOPS! Hangman forearms! Moxley forearms back!
Moxley eggs Hangman on, Hangman staggers over and CHOPS again! Moxley KICKS a leg, KICKS Hangman’s arm, then KICKS him again! Moxley ducks the haymaker to get the SLEEPER! Hangman shifts to SAIDO! But Moxley’s right up! SAIDO!! Hangman ends up in a corner and fans say “This is Awesome!” Moxley puts Hangman up top, climbs up after him, and hits a SUPER HALF HATCH SUPLEX!! Cover, TWO!! Moxley immediately rains down the HAMMER ‘N’ ANVIL ELBOWS! Then he clamps on a SLEEPER! Hangman endures as Moxley shifts to a BULLY CHOKE! Hangman pushes around, so Moxley shifts to get the wrists! DRAGON STOMPS!!
Moxley then drags Hangman up into the underhooks! But Hangman fights Death Rider! So Moxley rolls Hangman to an ARMBAR! Hangman endures, moves around, and reaches out to the ROPEBREAK! The ref counts and Moxley lets go at 4. Hangman crawls to a corner, fans rally up, and Moxley says this is it! Moxley runs in but Hangman TOSSES him up and out! Moxley staggers up, Hangman goes up top! ARIHARA MOONSAULT but Moxley moves! And LARIATS!! Both men are down at the ramp and fans are thunderous! The ref checks both men, Moxley is up first while fans lose their minds.
Moxley goes to the timekeeper’s area and he clears off the table! Moxley drags Hangman over, reels him in, but Hangman resists the lift! Hangman Alabama Lifts but Moxley fights that. DOUBLE LARIATS hit! And again! Moxley runs in, POP-UP POWERBOMB THROUGH THE TABLE!! Fans lose their minds again while Hangman leaves Moxley behind in the ring. The ring count climbs to 5 of 10 before Moxley sits up. The count is 7! Then “OCHO!” Moxley stands at 9, and springs in at 9.9!! But into a LARIAT!! And then Alabama Lift, DEADEYE!!! Cover, TWO?!?! Moxley survives and no one can believe it!
Hangman kicks at Moxley, almost taunting him. Hangman goes to a corner while Moxley’s fans boo. Hangman runs in, but Moxley dodges the stomp to KING KONG LARIAT!! Fans are thunderous as both men stand again. Moxley eggs Hangman on, and Hangman stands. Moxley throws a forearm, so Hangman hits back! Moxley forearms again, but so does Hangman! Fans duel, the forearms fly faster, and then Hangman gets the edge! SUPERKICK! Hangman reels Moxley in, fisherman’s a leg, but Moxley fights the suplex! Hangman powers it through, FISHERMAN CRADLE DRIVER!! Cover, TWO!?!?!?
Hangman’s wild eyes say he can’t believe Moxley survived! Hangman goes to the apron, he aims at Moxley, slingshot for the BUCK- NO! DEATH- NO, Hangman blocks to scoop! TOMBSTONE PILEDRIVER!!! But Hangman doesn’t cover, he goes to the apron! Hangman loads up, for the BUCKSHOT!!! Cover, TWO!?!?!? HOW?!?! Moxley has survived all of Hangman’s best, but Hangman has the BULLY CHOKE!! Hangman pulls back on Moxley’s favorite hold! Moxley shifts, fights back up, and he snapmares into a cradle! MOXLEY WINS!!
Winner: Jon Moxley, by pinfall
Moxley just taught Hangman not to play games! Hangman is furious that he got caught like that, but the Blackpool Combat Club steps into the ring. Yuta and Claudio keep Hangman back but Moxley stands up. Moxley and Hangman get in each other’s face but the BCC keep them apart. Hangman flips Moxley off, and fans want to “LET THEM FIGHT!” Moxley and Hangman keep jawing, they get close but Claudio keeps them separate. Moxley mocks Hangman by lying down, giving Hangman a chance. Hangman mocks Moxley back by doing a quick burpie push-up. Claudio tells Hangman to go and cool off.
Moxley flips Hangman off as he leaves, and fans celebrate their home state hero. Will there be a fourth round out of these two to truly settle things?
AEW takes a look at tonight’s TNT Championship No Holds Barred main event!
Darby Allin tells Samoa Joe, “I knew when I took this from you in Seattle that you’d want it back. And I know you’d stop at nothing to have it back. Well, I’m gonna make things fair. You beat me in Texas, and you granted me my rematch in Seattle. So I’m granting you your rematch in Ohio. But I want it under one condition: No Holds Barred.” Samoa Joe told the “Little Dead Boy” that Joe is “coming to take back what’s mine. The King will not be usurped by a man like you.” Darby says if he walks out the winner, Joe doesn’t get another rematch. If Joe walks out the winner, Darby won’t get a rematch. This will be the final chapter of their feud! So who writes their happily ever after?
Backstage interview with Jamie Hayter, The Bunny, The Butcher & The Blade.
Renee Paquette is with the AEW Women’s World Champion, as well as the mercenary trio. Renee thanks them for agreeing to no physicality, and understands that Allie the Bunny requested this time. Bunny tells Hayter, they’re all very impressed by Hayter’s win over Emi Sakura on Rampage last Friday. Now, Bunny feels like Sakura outshined Hayter, but great win nonetheless. And Bunny knows Hayter isn’t the type to back down from a challenge, right? Right. So here’s a challenge: next week on Dynamite, Hayter VS Bunny in a Title Eliminator Match! What does Hayter say? Hayter says absolutely! She bloody loves a challenge, and next week, she’s free.
Renee says there’s something happening as we speak! They get it on the television screen nearby, and it’s Britt Baker being mugged by Saraya and Toni Storm!! Bunny is shocked and Hayter is furious! Hayter hurries off, Saraya talks right into the camera, “AEW is OUR house!” Storm drags Britt up to RAM her into a garage door! Bunny more or less expresses exasperation, but will Hayter be able to save the Doctor?
The Acclaimed w/ Billy Gunn VS Truth Magnum & Turbo Floyd!
The AEW World Tag Team Champions have been reigning for 133 days, but they know the Gunn Sons, Austin & Colten, are gunning for them. But first, they tune up against “The Outrunners.” As always, Platinum Max has a diss track ready! “Acclaimed on the mic, you know we the nicest. Fighting two guys in their midlife crisis! I bet you have sex with each other. How we gonna fight the bootleg Beverly Brothers? C’mon, it’s not the 80s! Acclaimed gonna make you call it quits like you Tom Brady! ‘Ey, y’all should be ashamed. In Ohio, everybody loves The Acclaimed.”
Fans cheer, and Bowens gets the mic to say, “NNNUTTER CENTERRR~! The Acclaimed have arrived! SCISSOR ME, DADDY ASS!” And he does~! But while Caster & Bowens just embarrassed Truth & Turbo, are they walking into a trap game before taking on the Ass Boys?
The teams sort out, the Outrunners decide they’ll scissor finger! They mock the Mega Powers at the same time, but then Bowens SUPERKICKS Truth out of the ring! The bell rings, Caster CHOPS Turbo and scoops him to SLAM him! Tag to Bowens and Bowens goes up top! Caster holds open the legs, SCISSOR ME TURBO! Daddy Ass gets in the ring so that he and the boys can TRIPLE SCISSOR~! Bowens waits on Turbo, mule kicks and hits the ARRIVAL! Tag to Caster and he goes up top, MIC DROP! Cover, The Acclaimed win!
Winners: The Acclaimed, by pinfall
But wait! Raining on the parade are Austin & Colten! Fans taunt the “ASS~ BOYS~!” But they tune that out. They go to the ring, and Colten has a mic. “Hey, good match, guys. But we’re here to talk about something serious. Last week, what we said would make us happy are your belts. And we want a shot at those belts, and we want an answer right now.” Fans boo but Caster has the mic to say, “Yo! Yo! Yo! Yo! Listen.” Bowens says, “You two Rod ‘n’ Todd lookin’ asses want an answer. You do realize you are interrupting the most popular tag team in all of wrestling, right?” Caster adds, “That’s right!”
“The winningest tag team in AEW history!” “That’s right!” “The FOREVER champs, the Acclaimed!” “That’s right!” “And not to mention, EVERYONE! LOVES! THE ACCLAIMED!” But they are the People’s Choice, and the People’s Voice, they will ask the people. Colten says these fans can’t even read! But Bowens still asks Dayton’s opinion: Do the Ass Boys deserve a shot at the tag titles? “NOOO~!” Well, the people have spoken, so NO. Austin & Colten get in Caster’s & Bowens’ faces, but Billy tells them all to stop! Isn’t it enough already? Billy is so sick of this, he is just done! Billy says this is too much, so go ahead, beat the sh*t out of each other!
Daddy Ass steps aside, fans fire up, but Austin says, “There you go. Do exactly what you did our entire childhoods and turn your back on us.” Billy stops walking up the ramp, but then chuckles as he keeps going. Austin says Billy should do what he used to do, and drown his sorrows at the bottom of a PILL BOTTLE! That gets Billy to turn around! Billy storms up on his sons and The Acclaimed, as well as the fans, tell the Ass Boys that they F’d up. Billy is up in Austin’s face and says, “So you two think you just put your big boy pants on? Then you just step up, and you just made the biggest mistake…”
The mic is wonky so Billy throws it down. Bowens gives Billy the good one. Billy wants Austin to look at him after what he just said. Austin looks up at his father’s eyes. Billy says if they’ve got their big boy pants on, if they think they got what it takes, if they think they have what Billy had, then we’ll see next week. They’ve got their title shots! The Acclaimed is surprised but the Ass Boys smile that they’re getting their way. Will Austin & Colten get what they want? Or just what they deserve?
Backstage interview with Jack Perry.
Alex Marvez is with Jungle Boy and notes that he and Hook are 2-0 as a team, having beaten The Firm’s Ethan Page & Matt Hardy. The question is: What’s next for #JungleHook? JB says that he had an amazing time teaming with Hook, and Hook has had JB’s back when no one else did. But JB’s done the tag team thing before. In fact, JB has been all the way to the top of that mountain, and fallen all the way down. But this year isn’t about that. What JB will say is that he’ll be a champion again, but all by himself. Then just what title will Jack Perry aim for in this Tarzan Life?
Brian Cage w/ Prince Nana VS Konosuke Takeshita!
Speaking of having people’s backs, just as The Machine and MJF were about to destroy Bryan Danielson, The Future of Wrestling rushed out to run them off! But now, Cage and Konosuke go toe to toe, will Cage make Konosuke pay for interfering?
The bell rings and Konosuke BOOTS Cage! Cage BOOTS Konosuke, then DOUBLE LARIATS collide! Cage swings but Konosuke swats it to ROLLING ELBOW! Cage wobbles, Konosuke runs, ducks ‘n’ dodges, and then TAKESHITA LINES! Cage bails out and fans fire up! Konosuke runs to BOOT Cage off the apron! Konosuke then PLANCHAS and takes Cage down at the ramp! Fans fire up, Konosuke winks at the camera, and then goes back to the apron. But Cage grabs a foot! Konosuke kicks and stomps Cage but Cage yanks Konosuke into a POST BOMB! Konosuke tumbles down and fans boo but Nana cheers.
Cage drags Konosuke up, puts him in, and runs to basement BOOT! Cover, TWO! Fans rally for Konosuke but Cage drags him back up. Cage reels Konosuke in, puts one out, but Konosuke wrenches out! Konosuke throws a forearm, but Cage gives it back! They go forearm for forearm, and Konosuke throws boxing elbows into the ROLLING ELBOW! Cage fights the back suplex, KNEES low, and brags, “Who betta than Cage?” But he runs into a BLUE THUNDER BOMB! Cover, TWO! Cage survives and Konosuke is surprised! Nana coaches Cage up but Konosuke aims from a corner. Konosuke runs in to JUMP KNEE, but Cage dodges!
Konosuke tumbles to the apron, Cage ROUNDHOUSES him! Cage climbs the ropes, and he stands Konosuke up. DEADLIFT SUPERPLEX! Fans boo but Cage flexes while Dynamite goes picture in picture.
Cage drops a knee on Konosuke, sits him up to KNEE him in the back again and again, then he stomps Konosuke back down. Cage paces, drags Konosuke up, and bumps him off buckles. Cage RAMS into Konosuke, RAMS him again, and then CHOPS him! Cage soaks up the heat, but Konosuke CHOPS back! Konosuke fires forearms, then another CHOP! And another CHOP! But Cage BOOTS Konosuke down! Cage grabs the legs, stomps Konosuke in the stomach, then paces around. Cage stands Konosuke up, wrenches and YANKS the arm, then RAMS shoulders. Cage wrenches, pump handles, and lifts, but Konosuke slips out!
Konosuke runs in but Cage ducks the boot to roll Konosuke up! Konosuke slips out, but runs into a drop toehold! Konosuke’s on ropes, Cage dials it up, TIGER FEINT KICK! Konosuke staggers to a corner, Cage runs in and UPPERCUTS, GAMANGIRIS, and GERMAN SUPLEXES! Cover, TWO!! Cage and Nana are annoyed, but Cage looms over Konosuke. Cage hears the fans rally for Konosuke, but Cage drags him up. Cage reels Konosuke in, puts out another one, and Dynamite returns to single picture as Cage lifts, only for Konosuke to RANA Cage into buckles! BLINDSIDE JUMP KNEE! Cage staggers, Konosuke goes up, FLYING KNEE!
Both men are down and fans fire up! Konosuke and Cage stir as the ring count starts. Konosuke sits up and feeds off the energy. Konosuke drags Cage up into a waistlock, but Cage elbows free! Cage whips, Konosuke LARIATS on the return! Konosuke drags Cage up, waistlocks and GERMAN SUPLEXES! Bridging cover, TWO!! Fans rally while Konosuke fires up. Konosuke aims from the corner as Cage stands, and Konosuke runs in, JUMP- NO! Cage blocks the knee to BUCKLE BOMB! And then fireman’s carry, to an F- NO! Konosuke lands out, lifts and LIGER BOMBS! Cover, TWO!! Cage survives but fans fire up behind Konosuke!
Konosuke aims again while Nana shouts to Cage. Cage stands, Konosuke runs in but the knee is blocked! Cage spins, Konosuke ducks! Konosuke spins, ROLLING ELBOW!! Konosuke reels Cage in, but Cage wrenches out to HEADBUTT! And then SAIDO!! But Konosuke is right up?! Into a DISCUS LARIAT from Cage!! Cover, TWO!?! Konosuke survives and Nana is furious! Cage says he’s gonna end this, and he suplexes, only for Konosuke to slip out! Konosuke suplexes, SHEER DROP BRAINBUSTER!! Cage roars as he rises up, but Konosuke ROCKS him with another elbow! And then another suplex, for another BRAINBUSTER!!! Cover, TWO!?!?
Cage survives, he must truly be a machine! But Dayton rallies behind Konosuke. Konosuke runs in, but into a SUPERKICK! Cage fireman’s carries, for the F10!! Nana says no prisoners! Cage drags Konosuke up again, puts him in the corner and hoists him to the top. Cage then goes to the outside and climbs up after Konosuke. But Konosuke throws forearms in return! Konosuke suplexes for a SUPER BRAINBUSTER!!! Fans are thunderous and Konosuke aims again! KNOCKOUT KNEE!!! Cover, Konosuke wins!!
Winner: Konosuke Takeshita, by pinfall
Cage may be a machine, but the machine just broke down against the bullet train! Will Konosuke continue to prove why he IS The Future of Wrestling?
Backstage interview with the Jericho Appreciation Society.
Renee is with Matthew Menard, Angelo Parker, Daniel Garcia, Sammy Guevara, and of course, Chris Jericho himself. Renee says that we heard Ricky Starks’ comments from last week, addressing how the JAS cheated to win. What is their reaction? Jericho says, “Cheated? We haven’t worked together in five years, and you’re accusing us of cheating? Let me say this, Renee. Ricky Starks, he didn’t lose to a baseball bat, no. Did you see a baseball bat in there?” Of course the JAS says no. Jericho says Starks lost to the JAS. And now Starks challenges them, “How can I get another match with Chris Jericho?”
Jericho says the JAS has an idea how Starks can do that. Right, Sammy? Sammy says yes. Garcia and Sammy put their heads together, and they came up with a great idea: The Guevara-Garcia… No, wait, the Garcia-Guevara Gauntlet! Danny thanks Sammy for the top billing on that name. Renee asks what kind of gauntlet they have in mind. Garcia says it’s a rather simple concept. “Ricky, first you’re gonna have to beat Cool Hand Ange. And if that happens, you’re gonna have to beat Daddy Magic.” Menard adds, “Beat Daddy Magic? I DON’T THINK SO!” Garcia says that if Starks somehow does that, then he beats either Garcia or Guevara, but they’ll reveal that the night of.
And then, if somehow, by the skin of his teeth, Starks makes it past all that, only then does Starks get his hands on Jericho. Jericho tells Starks, “You don’t call the shots around here, the Jericho Appreciation Society does. So if you can get through the Garcia-Guevara Gauntlet, I’ll be ready to rip your ass!” Will the Absolute survive three matches in one go to finally have another shot at The Ocho?
The Elite speak.
Matt Jackson asks Brandon Cutler if the camera is rolling as he, brother Nick, Kenny Omega, Michael Nakazawa and Don Callis are on the basketball court. Cutler says yes, they’re live, while Nakazawa and Callis are oiling Omega up. Matt says, “Ladies and gentlemen, check it out who it is! It’s the first-ever, two-time Trios Champions, The Elite.” Omega says that’s right, and he tells Top Flight, “I watched what you guys did. After a Best of 7 Series in a ladder match, you got one up on our boys. Well how ’bout next week, you bring your friend, AR Fox, next week and we’ll put these belts on the line, and you guys can shoot your shot.
“But hey, when you shoot that shot, you best not miss. Because The Elite never miss. Nick, if you will.” Nick takes the rock and shoots it, THREE POINTER! Oh, but wait! The Firm’s Stokely Hathaway, Ethan Page, Matt Hardy & Isiah Kassidy walk in. Callis has Cutler keep rolling, and Omega mockingly asks where Stokely is, he can’t see him. Oh haha, Stokely knows you see him, he’s right here. But listen, you three are doing NOTHING all week? No wrestling, nothing? Just a week off? Ethan thinks that’s funny. The Firm’s employees don’t have that luxury, they work every single week, and Ethan wants that streak to continue.
So Ethan says how about this: The Elite VS Ethan, Matt & “Zay,” Friday on Rampage. Omega tells Callis he isn’t so sure, but Callis says this is Matt Hardy. If they get footage of Hardy taking a One Winged Angel, they could sell that NFT for a lot of money. Hardy says, “What about an NFT with Matt Hardy Twist-Of-Fating Omega?” Ethan likes that better! Well, as far as a match, it’s done. The Elite VS The Whatever They Are. Kassidy says he hopes the Elite is ready, cuz they sure are. Kassidy unsettles Kenny with an arm around his shoulders and a moan, and Ethan says this is good business. Hey, Brandon, is it? Cut the camera!
Matt Jackson tells Ethan Page that he doesn’t tell Brandon what to do! THEY tell him! Turn off the camera, ya damn dumbass! And get off the court, they’re trying to play. But will this 3v3 pick-up game go The Elite’s way? Or is it a trap game before taking on Fox, Dante & Darius?
Bryan Danielson VS Timothy Thatcher!
In the American Dragon’s quest to be #1 contender, he has defeated Tony Nese, Konosuke Takeshita, Bandido and Brian Cage, an undefeated streak of 4-0 in 2023! But now, Maxwell Jacob Friedman has enlisted a fighter very much like Bryan in his savage technical ability. Will Bryan make it to the deadline still on top? Or is this where MJF wins before Revolution even begins?
The bell rings and the two circle. They feel out the grapple, but Bryan’s shoulder is an obvious target. They grapple, Bryan puts Thatcher on ropes but Thatcher shifts to get the arm. Thatcher wrangles Bryan but Bryan scrambles to the ROPEBREAK! The ref counts, Thatcher lets off, and then smirks as he watches Bryan get up. Bryan and Thatcher feel out another grapple, Thatcher puts him in the corner, and then European Uppercuts! And again! And again! Bryan sits down and Thatcher goes after the arm! Thatcher twists the elbow and wrist, isolates the arm, and stands on the hand! Thatcher KNEES the arm!
Bryan scrambles away but Thatcher is right on him with a double wristlock! Bryan powers Thatcher to ropes, and clasps his hands behind his back. The ref counts, the two let off, but then Bryan fires off body shots and kicks! Bryan grabs a leg to DRAGON SCREW! Bryan holds onto the leg, turns Thatcher over and ties those legs up, to get a Deathlock! Fans rally as Bryan sits on the hold, then SNAPS it! Bryan then shifts to a BOW ‘N’ ARROW! Thatcher pries the fingers away! Bryan shouts in pain but Thatcher twists the arm! And STOMPS it down! Fans boo but Thatcher grins with that missing-tooth smile.
Thatcher KNEES Bryan in the back, stalks him to a corner, but Bryan puts Thatcher in the corner to CHOP and CHOP and KICK and KICK! Fans rally, Bryan runs corner to corner, and DROPKICKS! Bryan facelocks but Thatcher wrenches and WRINGS Bryan’s arm! Fans boo more but Thatcher drags Bryan up with a double wristlock! Thatcher uses his height to lift Bryan off the mat! Then Thatcher pushes Bryan down, but Bryan keeps his shoulders up. Bryan crawls around, ROPEBREAK! Thatcher lets go at 4 while fans rally up. Bryan clutches his arm but Thatcher goes after it again as Dynamite goes picture in picture.
Bryan endures but they’re also in the ropes so the ref counts. Thatcher lets off at 4, then digs his boot into Bryan at the corner. The ref counts, Thatcher lets off, only to stand on Bryan’s chest! The ref counts, Thatcher steps away, and he grins as he soaks up the heat. Thatcher mocks Bryan’s pain, then KNEES the bad shoulder! Thatcher KNEES Bryan again, goes out to drag Bryan tot he apron, and he SLAMS the arm on the edge! Bryan clutches his bicep and shoulder while the ref reprimands. Thatcher slides into the ring and stands Bryan up by his ears! Thatcher CLUBS Bryan on the chest! Thatcher fishhooks Bryan to stand him up, and CLUBS him again!
Bryan sits down, Thatcher stands him back up, and he hammerlocks the bad arm. Thatcher then back suplexes Bryan up and into the ring! Thatcher dusts off his hands while crawling to the cover, but Bryan wrangles him into the LEBELL LOCK!! Thatcher got cocky and got caught! But he scrambles to the ROPEBREAK! Bryan lets off quickly, but Thatcher is right on him! Thatcher UPPERCUTS the arm! Bryan goes to a corner, Thatcher KNEES him down, then drags Bryan back up. Thatcher EuroUppers Bryan, taunts the fans, then EuroUppers Bryan again. Bryan leans against ropes, Thatcher snarls at the fans, then gets in Bryan’s face.
Dynamite returns to single picture as Thatcher traps Bryan’s bad arm behind his back and throws hard body shots to that side. The ref counts but Thatcher grins as he throws more shots. Bryan fights back with HEADBUTTS! Fans fire up as Bryan backs Thatcher down, but Thatcher fires off body shot after body shot! Thatcher drags Bryan out to a hammerlock GROVIT, and then hits a GROVIT-PLEX! Cover, TWO!! Bryan is still in this but Thatcher snarls. Thatcher stalks Bryan at the ropes, bumps him off buckles, then reels Bryan in to hoist him up top. Thatcher UPPERCUTS, climbs up after Bryan, and he underhooks the arms!
Bryan resists and fans fire up! Bryan breaks free, throws body shot after body shot in return, and then HEADBUTTS Thatcher down! Thatcher growls and gets right back up! But Bryan throws more body shots! Fans rally “YES! YES! YES!” and Bryan HEADBUTTS again! Thatcher stays down this time, and Bryan stands up! Thatcher stands in time for the MISSILE DROPKICK! Both men are down as Bryan clutches his bad arm, but Dayton rallies up behind him! Bryan and Thatcher sit up, both snarl, and Thatcher EuroUppers! Bryan EuroUppers in return! They go uppercut for uppercut, but Thatcher gets the edge!
Bryan fires up to KICK! And KICK! Bryan KICKS away on Thatcher’s chest, “YES! YES! YES!” Bryan powers up but Thatcher blocks the Buzzsaw! Thatcher goes for the bad arm, wrangles Bryan down, but Bryan rolls through and gets around to waistlock. Thatcher bucks the O’Conner but runs into a backslide! TWO, FUJIWARA! No, Bryan rolls through to BUZZSAW! Cover, TWO!! But Bryan clamps on for HAMMER ‘N’ ANVIL ELBOWS! Fans rally again, but Thatcher blocks the arm! Bryan claws Thatcher’s face to get free, and get a SLEEPER! But Thatcher wants that bad arm! Bryan has to shift his grip, but Thatcher stands!
Thatcher pries the sleeper open because he can get the bad arm, but Bryan powers up! Bryan has the hold on tight, so Thatcher backs Bryan down! They end up ramming the ref into the corner! Bryan still holds on, but Thatcher hits a BIG back suplex! All three men are down and fans fire up! But here comes MJF! The AEW World Champion tells Dayton to shush, and he puts on the Dynamite Diamond Ring! MJF says, “It’s too damn easy. This is done! This is done!” MJF goes to the ring, but KONOSUKE flies in outta nowhere!! Konosuke won’t let MJF screw Bryan over! Konosuke attacks MJF, RAMS him into railing, and chases him to the back!
Bryan has Thatcher but Thatcher snatches the arm! FUJIWARA ARMBAR!! The ref is up, he asks Bryan, but Bryan endures! Thatcher pushes way back on the arm, but Bryan pushes his way forward with his legs! ROPEBREAK!! Fans fire up as Bryan survives by a literal foot! Thatcher lets go in frustration and he scowls as he throws hands on the bad arm. Thatcher drags Bryan up, clinches, BELLY2BELLY SUPLEX! Bryan flounders but Thatcher runs in, clinches, but Bryan switches! GERMAN SUPLEX! Thatcher fumes as he gets back up! Bryan dodges him, runs back in, BUSAIKU KNEE!! Cover, Bryan wins!
Winner: Bryan Danielson, by pinfall
Now 5-0 on the year, the quest continues! The American Dragon is not yet slain, but wait! MJF and Konosuke continue brawling backstage! MJF turns things around to send MJF into a road case! MJF gets a chair to CHUCK it at Konosuke’s head! And then he throws a trash bin! MJF says if Konosuke wants after him, this is what he gets! But Konosuke turns things back around to SMACK MJF off a table! MJF comes back, the hands fly, and security rushes in! Referees and management try to stop this, too! MJF says he’ll kill Konosuke but Konosuke says about the same in Japanese! Renee runs in to be on the scene, and she tells everyone to stop!
Renee informs everyone, “Per Tony Khan, next week on Dynamite in an Eliminator match, it will be Takeshita VS MJF!” MJF is pissed, he doesn’t agree to that, but he MUST! Will the Devil of AEW find that the Future of Wrestling is better than him?
Mogul Affiliates speak.
Swerve Strickland says, “It’s been a real relaxing last couple of weeks for Swerve and the Mogul Affiliates and all, since getting rid of some dead weight and all this. Until I was like, retriggered.” Dustin Rhodes returning to stand in front of Swerve’s camera, in front of Swerve’s lights, and with Swerve’s interviewer! “The Rhodes Family legacy really gets under my skin, with your father, Dusty Rhodes, giving Keith Lee the ‘Limitless’ moniker. So, since he’s not here, Dustin’s not here, either, let’s find some other nepotism, second generation punk boy to get rid of Friday night on Rampage. That means you, Brian Pillman. Ain’t that right, Parker?”
Parker Boudreaux says that’s right. “Ain’t that right, Trench?” The tattooed man says, “Yeah, that’s right.” Hoodies up, but will they put Bulletproof BPJ down?
BREAKING NEWS for next week!
February 8th, the deadline for Bryan Danielson becoming #1 contender, will see The American Dragon taking on La Faccion Ingobernable’s El Toro Blanco, RUSH!! And speaking of…
Backstage interview with LFI.
Lexi Nair is with El Toro Blanco, but also Jose the Assistant and “Perro Peligroso,” Preston Vance. She notes the announcement of Rush VS Bryan, but then there’s a knock at the door. MJF walks in and says, “Hola, mi hermanos! Senor Vance, Senor Jose, Senor Rrrrrush.” Rush asks what the hell this “perro” wants. MJF double checks, “perro” is dog, right? Well, there’s a little thing called personal space, so he’s just gonna take a step back. “But here’s the deal: my, uh, Spanish is come se dice… Mid. But I know one language, my friend, that is mucho, mucho universal.” And that is MONEY! A huge briefcase full of it!
MJF snaps the case shut and smiles. This first one is free of charge. But he has FIVE MORE filled to the brim with dinero. All Rush has to do is beat Bryan Danielson “by any means necessary.” All Rush needs to do is rip Bryan’s arm off and beat him over the head with it. Can Rush pull that off for him? Jose, translate. Jose translates, but Rush seems to understand explicitly. Rush tells MJF in Spanish, and MJF asks “dipsh*t” Jose to translate. Jose sums it up by saying they have a deal. Oh, is that right? That sounded a bit longer than that. But Rush, you don’t have to like MJF. He just has to get the job done. Pleasure doing business with you, perro.
MJF leaves, but Rush has his mission. Will Rush be raking in the money with one match? Or will nothing stop Bryan Danielson from earning his title match?
AEW TBS Championship: Jade Cargill w/ Leila Grey VS Red Velvet!
Finally, the biggest, fastest-rising star has reached her FIFTIETH match! But while the streak started with The Chef, will it end with her, too? Or will #ThatBitch not be stopped by even the person who knows her best?
The introductions are made, but Velvet attacks while Jade is strutting around! The bell rings, Velvet fires off forearms but Jade knees her low. Jade whips Velvet to a corner but Velvet boots her back! THESZ PRESS! Velvet rains down hands but Jade shoves her away. Velvet ducks but runs into an elbow! Jade drags Velvet up, but Velvet fires off forearms! Velvet whips, Jade blocks to reverse, but Velvet holds ropes. Jade runs in but Velvet sends her out! Leila hurries to Jade’s side but Velvet builds speed! Velvet WRECKS Jade with a dropkick! Velvet tells Leila to back off, then she storms up on Jade.
Jade elbows Velvet away, but Velvet comes back to ROCK Jade! Velvet CHOPS Jade right in front of her family! Velvet then puts Jade in the ring, storms up on her and Oklahoma Rolls! TWO! Jade staggers up, blocks a superkick, and she spins Velvet around. Velvet ducks the haymaker and runs the ropes, then wheelbarrows, but into a GERMAN SUPLEX! Fans fire up while Jade drags Velvet over to a cover, TWO! Velvet is toughing it out but Jade is getting frustrated. Jade scoops Velvet to SLAM her, then drops a BIG elbow! Cover, TWO, and Dynamite goes picture in picture.
Leila is annoyed and Jade frowns while Velvet sputters. Jade drags Velvet up, CLUBS her down, and Leila applauds. Jade bumps Velvet off top buckles, then middle buckles, then bottom buckles! Jade stands on Velvet in the corner and soaks up the cheers and jeers, but lets off at 4. Jade and the ref argue, but Leila gets cheap shots in! Leila scurries away and Jade hauls Velvet up for a FALL AWAY SLAM! And then kips up! Jade holds up both hands to say 50, and then flexes. Velvet bails out, Leila talks trash, and Jade storms over. Jade walks up but Velvet sends her into railing! Jade is getting mad, but Velvet avoids one haymaker to PENALTY KICK from the apron!
Velvet CROSSBODIES, but Jade catches her! Jade POSTS Velvet, then carries her around the way. Jade trophy lifts Velvet, goes up the steel steps, and then TOSSES Velvet at the ropes! Velvet falls, Jade covers, TWO!!! Velvet survives and Jade is getting real mad. Leila rallies the Baddie cheering section, and Jade stalks Velvet to a corner. Jade drags Velvet up, and TOSSES her across the way! Jade says that’s 50 right there, and then she does push-ups as Dynamite returns to single picture. But Velvet CHOPS! Jade CLUBS Velvet, then TOSSES her across the way again! Jade swaggers, dribbles, but Velvet dodges the dunk!
Velvet DROPKICKS Jade, then hits a CODE BREAKER! Jade staggers around, Velvet KICKS and KICKS and mule kicks! Velvet runs, but Jade BOOTS her down! Cover, TWO!! Velvet is still in this and wait! Kiera Hogan RAMS Leila into steel steps! The other former Baddie is here, but other refs come out to have her leave. This all distracts Jade, and Velvet rolls her up! Jade rolls through, but the STIR IT UP hits!! Cover, but the refs aren’t paying attention!! Fans count, Velvet would’ve won twice over by now! Aubrey Edwards finally notices and counts, TWO!! Jade survives and fans can’t believe it!!
Velvet is furious, she drags Jade around and hooks an arm, short arm scissor, and then the INVERSION! Jade endures, fights, but Velvet kicks at her! Jade endures as Velvet pulls on the arm, and she deadlifts Velvet! But Velvet sunset flips! Jade stays up, drags Velvet up with both hands, and pops her around! Chicken wings for JADED!!! Cover, Jade wins!!
Winner: Jade Cargill, by pinfall (still AEW TBS Champion)
FIFTY AND OH! Velvet came the closest of all, but will anyone ever stop Jade’s undefeated streak?
Backstage interview with Britt Baker.
Renee is with The Doctor, as well as Jamie Hayter, as they are with Doc Sampson. We only caught a glimpse of what happened to her earlier at the hands of Saraya & Storm, how is Britt feeling? Britt says this is fine. She’s fine, and if that’s how Storm & Saraya wanna play, that’s fine, too. Because Britt & Hayter can play that game, too. But wait, in walks Ruby Soho! Ruby just wants to talk. She heard what happened, is Britt good? Uh, Ruby, weren’t those your girls? Ruby has Britt hold on there. Ruby has nothing to do with Saraya & Storm, she doesn’t know what Britt’s talking about.
Britt says Ruby’s known Saraya & Storm a lot longer than she’s known the AEW originals, so sorry if it’s strange that Ruby only now shows up. But yeah, Britt is good. Hayter says Britt is great, actually. Ruby says she’s glad to hear it and walks off. There are battle lines being drawn, which side is the Runaway on?
BREAKING NEWS for Rampage!
Not only are The Elite and The Firm having it out, it is for the AEW World Trios Championships! Will Kenny & The Young Bucks make it through All Ego, Hardy & Kassidy to then take on Fox & Top Flight? Or will there be a change of plans for Dynamite? And speaking of Saraya & Storm, they are in tag team action once again, but will they continue to beat down All Elite homegrown talent? Plus, before taking on Bryan Danielson, Rush will take on the Fallen Angel, Christopher Daniels, in an epic match of former ROH World Heavyweight Champions! Will El Toro Blanco build momentum going into his battle with The American Dragon?
AEW TNT Championship No Holds Barred: Darby Allin w/ Sting VS Samoa Joe!
The series is tied at 1-1, with the Samoan Submission Specialist winning in Texas, but the Relentless One winning in his hometown of Seattle. Dynamite in Dayton is throwing out all the rules except one: win! Will Darby continue to be the fighting champion? Or will Joe return to being the One True King of Wrestling Television?
The introductions are made, the TNT title is raised, and one way or another, this is the series finale of Darby VS Joe!
Darby takes off his trench coat to reveal he, uh, customized his Hoodlum hoodie. He’s covered it in thumbtacks!! And as soon as he’s in the ring, he rushes in to COFFIN SPLASH Joe! Joe is reeling from the tack attack but Darby fires off tack-covered forearms! Fans fire up as Darby runs corner to corner, but Joe dodges the splash to GAMANGIRI! Joe then wraps up an arm in his towel, to LARIAT Darby down! Fans rally, Joe pulls Darby’s tack hoodie off and throws it away. Joe drags Darby up to CHOP him! Darby goes to a corner, but Darby kicks back. Joe stomps Darby, stomps him down, then storms off.
Joe goes out to look under the ring, and he brings out a TABLE! Dayton fires up, Joe picks the table up, but Darby DIVES into the table and Joe! The table doesn’t break but it, Joe and Darby all hit the floor! Joe is busted open on his forehead and fans fire up! Darby hurries to stand the table up, to then drop it on Joe! Darby then brings the steel steps around into the corner of the railing. Darby whips, Joe reverses, and Darby not only clips steel steps, he clips railing! Darby lands on his feet just from momentum, but he soon falls to his knees, clutching his back! Fans lose their minds while Joe stalks out after Darby.
Joe stands Darby up, throws knees into him, and then throws him into railing. Joe drags Darby up and they go up the bleachers. Joe SMACKS Darby off the handrail, then brings him up further. Joe smacks Darby off more railing, then keeps him going up. But Darby fights back! Darby CLUBS and CLAWS Joe’s back! Fans fire up but Joe DUMPS Darby down the steps! Fans are going nuts while Joe glares through his crimson mask, and Dynamite goes picture in picture.
Joe drags Darby up again, grinds him against the handrail, then SMACKS him off a fan’s chair! They go back to the lower level as Darby kicks Joe and crawls away. Joe keeps after Darby, drags him up, and brings him around the way to TOSS back to ringside! Darby narrowly misses hitting steel steps head first! Joe stalks Darby, drags Darby back up, then scoop SLAMS him on the steps! Darby writhes, flounders away, but Joe follows him to the corner. Darby throws Joe’s ROH World TV title at him, but that only upsets Joe. Joe storms in after Darby, stalks him to a corner, and waits on Darby to stand before he DECKS him!
Joe eggs Darby on as he stands over him. Darby doesn’t stand so Joe makes him. Joe snapmares to CHOP Darby on the back! And PENALTY KICK him in the chest! And then drops a fist on his head! Joe watches Darby writhe and the ref checks on him. Joe grins through the crimson mask, then stomps Darby down. Joe kicks Darby, then clamps on a neck wrench! Joe leans all his weight on Darby but Darby throws body shots. Joe doesn’t budge, and he CLUBS Darby down. Joe grins as Darby tires to sit back up. Joe clamps the neck wrench back on and he twists even harder! Darby endures, and Dynamite returns to single picture as Darby throws more body shots.
Joe lets go of the neck wrench, Darby hobbles and runs, but into an ELBOW! Darby falls over and Joe covers, TWO! Joe keeps focus as he looms over Darby. Joe KICKS Darby to a corner, and then stomps him. Fans rally and duel, but Joe is annoyed by that. Joe drags Darby up, DECKS him with a forearm, then clamps on another neck wrench! It’s practically a vice on Darby’s head, squeezing his skull! Darby endures, fights up, and he RAMS Joe into buckles! Darby fires off forearms and SLAPS! Darby runs corner to corner, but into the URENAGE! Cover, TWO!! Darby survives the #STJOE, but Joe stands Darby up to CHOP him!
Darby staggers, Joe CHOPS him again! Darby flops to the apron, Joe builds speed and he BOOTS Darby to the floor! Joe then storms out and looks under the ring. Joe brings out another TABLE! Fans fire up again but Joe has fans move aside. Fans oblige and Joe rests the table against railing. Darby is in the ring, Joe goes in and brings Darby up, but Darby JAWBREAKERS before the sleeper could lock in! Darby runs in at the corner to CHOP! And CHOP! And CHOP! Darby CHOPS away on Joe, but Joe TOSSES Darby right out of the ring! Joe has been treating Darby like a throw pillow, emphasis on the “throw!”
Darby flounders up, but Joe goes back over to bring him back in. Joe suplexes high and hard! Joe then goes out to fetch chairs! Joe puts a handful of chairs in the ring, then sets them up together. Fans fire up as they’re back to back to make a wedge! Joe stands Darby up, brings him over, BIG back suplex on the chair wedge!! Darby writhes and Joe has a sadistic smile. “Joe is gonna kill~ you!” Joe turns the chairs around to face each other, then brings Darby back up. But Darby uses POCKET SAND to stop the bomb! CODE RED!! Cover, TWO!! Joe survives but Darby hurries to hop on! THROWBACK STUNNER!
Joe falls into a drop zone, and Darby hurries to get his hoodie back! Darby puts that back on, climbs up the corner, and COFFIN DROPS!! Cover, TWO!?!? Joe survives the tack-enhanced senton and fans can’t believe it! Darby hurries outside and goes looking. Darby uses a knife to cut the strings that hold down the canvas! Some are tough but they all give way, and Darby pulls the canvas away. Darby then drags off the foam padding to expose bare wood! Darby is deconstructing the ring in order to better destroy Joe! Darby sees Joe outside, builds speed and DIVES, but Joe walks away! Darby CRASHES THROUGH THE TABLE!!!
Dayton is losing their minds as Joe puts Darby back in! Joe sets Darby’s tack covered jacket down, he picks Darby up, and he POWERBOMBS him on the tacks! AND THEN HE SMOTHERS DARBY WITH THE TACK JACKET!! Darby DIGS at Joe’s eyes!! Joe lets Darby go, but he staggers around blindly! Joe stands up into a CHAIR SHOT! And another! And another! Darby has Joe on the hard wood, climbs up top, but Joe pushes the ref into the ropes to trip Darby up!! Joe climbs up after Darby, tucks him in, and hits a SUPER MUSCLE BUSTER TO THE WOOD!!!! Cover, JOE WINS!!!
Winner: Samoa Joe, by pinfall (NEW AEW TNT Champion)
Darby’s relentless streak is over! Samoa Joe is now a TWO-TIME TWO BELT CHAMPION! But wait! “THIS IS WAAAR~!” Fans go nuts for Wardlow as he storms down to the ring! Joe is just as shocked as Wardlow runs in! SPEAR!! Wardlow rains down fists on the man who took his title and his top knot! Wardlow rips his shirt off, drags Joe up, but Joe scrambles away! Fans boo but Joe isn’t going to fight again so soon after the war he just went through. Security rushes out but Wardlow CLOBBERS them all! Then he hauls one up to POWERBOMB out onto all the others!! Wardlow will not be denied, when and where will he get his hands on Joe?
This was an awesome Dynamite! Same balance of action and talking, but the action was all on a different level this week. Of the talking, we got good stuff out of this AEW Originals VS Imports in the Women’s Division. Saraya & Storm really up their Heel heat by just attacking Britt unprovoked, and then Ruby checking in on Britt was an interesting turnaround from her telling she didn’t want Britt’s help. But we’re getting closer and closer to that big tag(?) match. Hell, make it a Blood & Guts match but with the women rather than the men. Saraya leads a team, Britt leads a team, Ruby will choose Britt’s side and there could even be a twist of Shida betraying Saraya during the match to cost the anti-AEW team.
Good promo from the JAS to set up things with Starks. I just knew Starks would have to beat everyone in the JAS eventually, so it’s clever for them to get it all done in one gauntlet match. Starks will of course make it past Menard and Parker, and I bet that just as it looks like Garcia is stepping up to face Starks, Guevara takes the spotlight from him. Starks will still get through the final opponent, and he’ll get his match with Jericho. Good promo from Mogul Affiliates, because one: it establishes that their group doesn’t like multigenerational wrestlers, and two: it gave Granden Goetzman his wrestler name, “Trench.” Swerve will surely beat BPJ, but I bet Dustin teams up with BPJ and Brock Anderson as a sort of AEW take on WWE’s Legacy faction to take on Mogul Affiliates.
Good promo from Jack Perry, but I’m surprised he waited until now to establish that he’s done with tag teams. But I suppose he’s done with The Firm, too, so he’s done needing reinforcements. As it stands, if he wants a singles title, he could start with the All-Atlantic Championship, but I could see JB making a move for THE AEW World title. Speaking of The Firm, good promo from them and The Elite. I wonder if this was really live or just the take where Nick actually made that shot. Anyway, I’m also surprised the trios match for Rampage is for the titles when the titles are going to be on the line for Dynamite. But I suppose if Orange Cassidy and Darby Allin are fighting champions, then so should the Elite. Which of course means The Elite win on Rampage to go on to face Fox & Flight.
We got an awesome match from Bryan VS Thatcher, but of course Bryan wins to keep his story going. Even after he had that awesome match with Brian Cage, Konosuke going after MJF was a great move. And getting himself an Eliminator match is a good, too, but I feel like MJF finds a way to stand tall. He’ll either cheat to win, or just get himself disqualified quickly so his night will be over quickly. MJF also had a really good promo with LFI. Rush is a great choice to take on Bryan Danielson, and Rush is also going to have a great match with Christopher Daniels on Rampage. I’m sure Bryan will still find a way to win and we’ll still get that Ironman match, it just has to be how this goes.
It’s mostly because I don’t even know who is the #2 contender, since AEW still hasn’t kept up with rankings in this new year. AEW bringing out a sudden twist of MJF still having that One Hour Ironman match against someone other than Bryan would be great stuff, since MJF has been so focused on Bryan, but I feel like getting MJF VS Bryan is still the thing everyone wants to see. Great opening match out of Hangman VS Moxley, and of course Moxley bleeds. It’s practically in his contract. But Hangman losing by a roll-up was a great surprise, and them still being after each other after, this has to continue until Revolution.
The Acclaimed winning a squash was a bit surprising, but obviously that was to make room for the promo that set up things with The Gunn Sons. But Billy suddenly saying his sons can have a title match with The Acclaimed? I hope there isn’t a turn coming where Billy is suddenly on his sons’ side again. It just feels like something is fishy, but who knows. Really good TBS title match from Jade and Velvet, but I guess since this wasn’t at a PPV, Jade wasn’t about to lose. Kiera trying to help Velvet only to mess things up was at least a good detail to protect Jade. But at this rate, who is even going to beat Jade when she’s gotten through even some great established names.
And of course, an awesome No Holds Barred match for the TNT title. Great innovation, such as Darby’s tack covered jacket and the different table spots. I was actually rather surprised to see Joe win this to once again be dual champion. But at the same time, Wardlow returning to continue his story with Joe is a logical reason as to why Joe needs to have the TNT title again. Perhaps Wardlow gets the TNT title back to have a second chance with that, and Darby can move up into the world title scene. And assuming MJF retains at Revolution, it works for Darby to be next as they have history in AEW.
My Score: 9/10
Mitchell’s AEW Dark Results & Report! (1/31/23)
Orlando stays Dark!
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!
- 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.
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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