What a Freshly Squeezed Dream Match this is!
Orange Cassidy retained the All-Atlantic Championship, and now has his All-Atlantic City Dream Match with NJPW’s KATSUYORI SHIBATA! Will Freshly Squeezed survive The Wrestler? Plus, Mike Tyson on commentary!
- AEW All-Atlantic Championship: Orange Cassidy VS Katsuyori Shibata; Cassidy wins and retains the title.
- Britt Baker & Jamie Hayter w/ Rebel VS Madison Rayne & Skye Blue; Britt & Hayter win.
- WARJOE VS The Gates of Agony w/ Prince Nana; WARJOE wins.
PLAY BY PLAY
Iron Mike Tyson is here!
The boxing legend is in Atlantic City, and he’s joining Excalibur, Tony Schiavone and Good Ol’ Jim Ross for this All-Atlantic City Dream Match!
AEW All-Atlantic Championship: Orange Cassidy w/ Best Friends & Danhausen VS Katsuyori Shibata!
Mr. Freshly Squeezed has fought and won two Triple Threats for this title, and he also won the right to name his next challenge for Rampage. The Wrestler has fought his way back from a devastating injury that didn’t just sideline him, it affected every aspect of his life. But Shibata is back, he’s been watching Cassidy’s back, so in return for all that, here we are! Will Shibata’s comeback hit a new level? Or will Cassidy be able to keep on winning?
The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and we see how this dream come true unfolds!
The bell rings and fans lose their minds already just seeing this. Cassidy already has his hands in his pockets as he and Shibata step up to each other. Shibata headlocks, Cassidy tries to power out but can’t without hands. Shibata hits a takeover, then shifts to a cover, ONE as Cassidy gets his shoulder up. Shibata pushes that down but Cassidy gets his hands out of his pockets to help with the headscissors. Shibata moves around and headstands, then pops free. Shibata gets the toehold, Cassidy throws him away, but Shibata cartwheels! Cassidy ducks the Penalty Kick, and then lounges on the mat! Shibata keeps moving, things speed up, and Cassidy sends Shibata out.
Cassidy ROCKS Shibata off the apron, then DIVES! Direct hit and both men hit railing! Fans are torn as Cassidy drags Shibata up, to send him into railing But Shibata comes back with a BOOT! Shibata RAMS Cassidy into railing! And then runs him into more railing! And then even more railing! Cassidy tumbles, Shibata refreshes the ring count, and fans fire up as Shibata sits down cross legged. Shibata goes back out after Cassidy, but Cassidy sends him into railing! Cassidy throws a forearm, Shibata throws it back, they go back and forth and fans fire up! The count is climbing, both men slide in at 9! Fans fire up as Rampage goes picture in picture.
Shibata and Cassidy reset, and Shibata baits Cassidy with a leg guard. Cassidy is oddly thrown off by that and backs up to a corner. Cassidy dares Shibata to climb up after him, but Shibata dares Cassidy to hop down after him. The ref tells Cassidy to hop down, and since they’re at an impasse, Cassidy obliges. Cassidy and Shibata reset, and Cassidy raises his hands. But Shibata trips Cassidy to get a leg! Shibata steps through to a FIGURE FOUR! Cassidy endures, pries at the hold, but Shibata puts it on tight! Cassidy crawls, reaches out, and gets the ROPEBREAK! Shibata lets off quickly to stomp Cassidy down.
Shibata drags Cassidy up, bumps him off buckles, and fires off forearm after forearm! The ref counts, Shibata runs corner to corner, but Cassidy kicks him first! Cassidy goes up, DEEP IMPACT! Rampage returns to single picture as fans fire up! Tyson also really liked that, and he’s wondering how Shibata’s head is holding up. Cassidy goes to the far corner, puts his hands in his pockets, and then runs in, to basement dropkick! And kip up! Fans fire up, Cassidy gives the “devastating” kicks! Cassidy powers up, but Shibata blocks the kick! Shibata stands, Cassidy ROCKS him! Cassidy runs, into an STO! Fans fire up as Shibata sits up.
Shibata storms after Cassidy, drags Cassidy up, but Cassidy resists. Shibata stomps him, tries again, but still Cassidy resists. Shibata stomps Cassidy more, then gives him his own “devastating” kicks! Is Cassidy annoyed that Shibata’s giving him a taste of his own medicine? That last kick is sharp! Cassidy and Shibata stare down, but then Cassidy sits down with crossed legs! Shibata joins him! Fans fire up as each man eggs the other on. Cassidy “slaps,” and “slaps,” etc. Cassidy winds up, to DOUBLE “slap.” Shibata SLAPS Cassidy! And stomps him! Shibata drags Cassidy up, whips and BOOTS! Then fires off a flurry of forearms!
Shibata goes corner to corner, fans fire up and Shibata HESITATION DROPKICKS! Fans fire up while Cassidy is dazed. Shibata drags Cassidy up HALF HATCHES! Cover, TWO! Shibata clamps onto Cassidy with a SLEEPER! But Cassidy fights up! Cassidy reaches out, ROPEBREAK! But Shibata back suplexes, only for Cassidy to land on his feet! Cassidy hits a BIG back suplex, but Shibata’s right up?! Shibata tries another back suplex but again Cassidy lands on his feet! Both men ROCK the other, and they both fall back! Fans are thunderous with both men down, and Tyson is chanting on commentary.
Cassidy stands first, he drags Shibata up, and Cassidy runs to PENALTY KICK! But Shibata sits up!? Fans are thunderous again and Cassidy sighs. Cassidy runs to PENALTY KICK but Shibata tanks it! Cassidy KICKS and KICKS but Shibata stays up! Cassidy PENALTY KICKS but Shibata stands up to SUPERMAN FOREARM! Fans are thunderous again and Shibata drags Cassidy up for more haymakers! Shibata reels Cassidy into a cobra twist! Cassidy endures, reaches out, but Shibata shifts to an IRON OCTOPUS! GROUND OCTOPUS!! Cassidy moves around, reaches out, ROPEBREAK!
Shibata lets go quickly and Tyson is loving the technical ability. Shibata suplexes, but gets STUN-DOG MILLIONAIRE! Fans fire up as Cassidy thinks about taking off the elbow pad. He chooses not to, and he gives Shibata the Kawada Kicks! Shibata stands up to fireman’s carry Cassidy! DEATH VALLEY DRIVER!! Shibata then drags Cassidy back up, fireman’s carries again, but STUN-DOG MILLIONAIRE returns! Cassidy runs, tilt-o-whirls, SPIKE-RANA! Shibata flounders up, into a BEACH BREAK!! Cover, TWO!! Shibata is hanging tough but off comes the elbow pad! Cassidy runs in, ORANGE PUNCH!
Shibata stays up!?! Shibata gets a SLEEPER!! Cassidy is going out! But he gets a second wind! Shibata reels Cassidy in for a BIG back suplex! Shibata hurries to run, but into an ORANGE PUNCH!! Cover, Cassidy wins!!
Winner: Orange Cassidy, by pinfall (still AEW All-Atlantic Championship)
Tyson loved that! That should go down in the history books by his estimate! Shibata’s return wasn’t victorious, but it was a statement made all the same! Shibata is back, and he shows respect to Cassidy with a handshake. Cassidy shows respect by giving Shibata his sunglasses! Who will be next for this Freshly Squeezed fighting champion? And when and where will we see The Wrestler back in the ring?
Backstage interview with Toni Storm.
Lexi Nair notes Toni will be defending the Interim AEW Women’s World Championship at Full Gear against Jamie Hayter, but we found out they were former friends. What Toni wants to know is “why did that nice girl that I was homeless with during the pandemic become such a bully? Maybe I’m just jealous though, right? Maybe I’m just jealous, because here’s me, never done a thing wrong to you, Jamie Hayter, and you just assault me whenever you please. And then there’s Britt, who continues to manipulate you the entire time you’ve been here. And she gets away with it, it’s totally fine.
“But all these decisions that you’re making, Jamie Hayter, you’re gonna have to take responsibility for them. Just like you’re going to be responsible for what I do to you at Full Gear.” The Lightning From Down Under is ready to strike down her former friend. Will #ToniTime finally stop the Hayter?
Backstage interview with The Blackpool Combat Club.
Specifically, Lexi Nair is with Bryan Danielson, Claudio Castagnoli and Lord William Regal. She says we saw a huge brawl between BCC and the Jericho Appreciation Society after the ROH World Championship match. What exactly are their issues with Chris Jericho? What’re their issues with him? Claudio says that while he can tolerate, and even appreciate, Jericho doing anything to retain the ROH World Championship, where Claudio draws the line is when Jericho attacks non-wrestlers like commentator, Ian Riccaboni. Jericho is “taking liberties.”
If Jericho wants to talk beating former champions from ROH, well guess what? Claudio is one! He also hasn’t gotten his rematch, so don’t look any further! Bryan says, “Y’know who else is a former ROH champion? Me. I brought honor, I brought prestige, to the ROH World Championship. You wanna know a list of the reasons why I dislike Chris Jericho? Rampage isn’t long enough! Chris, you give me one more opportunity, and I swear, I will take that ROH World Championship from around your waist, and I’m gonna stomp your face in.”
Regal steps in to say that both Bryan and Claudio have legitimate reasons as to why they want after Jericho. “So Chris, the ball’s in your court, sunshine. Make your choice!” Talk about being stuck between a rock and a hard place! Swiss Superman or American Dragon, who will #THEOCHO choose to defend his title against next?
Britt Baker & Jamie Hayter w/ Rebel VS Madison Rayne & Skye Blue!
The Doctor continues to claim conspiracy against her, so she’s not doing things the way others want. She and Hayter demanded a tag match to prove their superiority, will they do just that tonight? Or will the Coach & Student teach these two a thing or two?
The teams sort out and Rayne starts against Hayter. They tie up, Rayne gets around and waistlocks, then she wrenches an arm to a wristlock. Rayne brings Hayter over and Skye tags in, they double whip Hayter to ropes. They trip Hayter, basement dropkick, and then Skye covers, ONE! Skye wrenches, wristlocks, and slips around to spin Hayter. Hayter blocks the arm-drag to whip Skye away to a corner. Hayter runs in but Skye dodges! Hayter hits buckles, Skye GAMANGIRIS and climbs up top! Skye leaps to CROSSBODY! Cover, TWO! Skye keeps on Hayter with a clinch. Skye wrenches but Hayter kicks and CLUBS her.
Hayter scoops, Skye slips off, and Skye waistlocks. Hayter bucks her away, then FLAPJACK HOTSHOTS her! Skye sputters and Hayter DECKS Rayne! Fans boo while Rampage goes picture in picture.
Hayter soaks up the heat, drags Skye up and bumps her off buckles. Hayter CHOKES Skye, the ref counts and Hayter lets off to argue the count. That allows Britt to CHOKE Skye! Britt gets away with it as always, then tags in. Hayter stomps Skye, Britt stomps Skye, then Britt digs her boot in. Britt argues the count, Hayter gets a cheap shot in. Britt drags Skye up, throws forearm after forearm, then whips Skye to ropes. Britt follows to then SLINGBLADE! Cover, TWO! Britt drags Skye up and ROCKS her with a right! Britt whips Skye to a corner, Skye slips around and rolls Britt up, with a bridge! TWO!! Britt KICKS Skye down for getting too clever.
Britt taunts Skye, drags her up and over, and tags in Hayter. Hayter stomps Skye in the back again and again, then lets off to argue the count. Britt taunts Skye and Hayter drags Skye up for a SNAP JACKHAMMER! Cover, TWO! Skye is still in this but Hayter bumps her off buckles. And then again! Hayter brings Skye to the other corner to bump her off buckles more! Hayter and Britt soak up the heat, then Hayter DECKS Rayne again! Rayne storms in but the ref keeps her back as Hayter drags Skye around, and Rampage goes to break.
Rampage returns and Skye ROCKS Hayter with forearms! Hayter CLUBS Skye down, runs, but into a SUPERKICK! Both women are down and fans fire up! Hayter and Skye crawl, tag to Britt! Britt anchors Skye but Skye breaks free, mule kicks, but Britt blocks the superkick. Britt spins Skye but the DRAGON WHIP comes back! Hot tag to Rayne! Fans rally as Rayne rallies with big forearms and CHOPS on Britt! Rayne DECKS Britt, DECKS Hayter, then spins Britt around to KNEE SMASH and NECKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! Rayne drags Britt up with a waistlock but Britt fights it. Britt switches, Rayne spins free to RAYNE CUTTER!
Hayter hurries in, she gives Rayne an IRISH CURSE BACKBREAKER! But Skye gives Hayter a BACKSTABBER! Britt SUPERKICKS Skye! Rayne rolls Britt up, TWO! Britt kicks low, hooks a leg, FISHERMAN SCREW! Cover, Skye breaks it in time! Skye waistlocks Britt, Britt pries free to switch, then she spins Skye for a ROLLING ELBOW! Tag to Hayter, DOUBLE SUPERKICKS take out Rayne & Skye! Hayter makes sure Skye is out, Britt runs, but Rayne dodges the stomp! ENZIGURI! Hayter sees that and rushes in, but Rayne tilt-o-whirls to crucifix! Hayter blocks that and throws Rayne off, but Rayne dodges the boot!
Rayne rebounds but Hayter dodges her to waistlock, ripcord, and HATE MAKER!! Cover, Hayter & Britt win!
Winners: Britt Baker & Jamie Hayter, by pinfall
A big win for the bad girls, and Britt gets a mic. “Aww, Toni Storm thinks I’m a bully and now Jamie’s a bully.” But Hayter is stomping Rayne as Britt speaks! Britt tells Toni that they’re going to redefine what bullying is at Full Gear, when Hayter becomes the NEW AEW Women’s World Champion. But here comes Toni!! Storm storms up to the ring, Rebel rushes in to intercept, but Storm DECKS her! Storm kicks and RAMS Britt into railing, then she goes for Hayter! The brawl is on and fans are thunderous! Storm dodges to THESZ PRESS! And rain down fast hands! Hayter gives those back, Storm gets up and TACKLES Hayter, into the CLOVERLEAF!!
Hayter endures and then taps out! But it doesn’t matter, this is a fight! But Britt has the belt! Britt CLOBBERS Storm with it! Britt then hands that belt to Hayter! Will this be how it happens at Full Gear? Or will there be no new champion in New Jersey?
Lamar Jackson responds to what happened on Dynamite.
“I got called out. I wasn’t thinking he was going to call me out, because Jericho called me out, and I was like… I didn’t really hear what he said at first, and then they told me, and I was laughing like, ‘This man is crazy.’ But I enjoyed it, though, because growing up, I was a huge fan of wrestling.”
Backstage interview with Chris Jericho & Sammy Guevara.
Tony Schiavone asks Jericho to please stop attacking commentary. Stop attacking commentary? Okay, he can do that. But as for interviewers, NO GUARANTEES! Schiavone says okay, but he will say this. What Regal said about taking your pick, go ahead and take your pick: Bryan or Claudio. Jericho says, “William Regal, with his amazing general manager experience, is going to tell me which match I have to choose for my next ROH World Championship defense. Really? A less honorable man would say neither! But the Ocho, the Ring of Jericho Champion, what if I said both? Sounds crazy, right, Tony? But is it really?
“Cuz I don’t think the Blackpool Combat Club really likes each other. I don’t think they like standing in the same space. I don’t think they like breathing the same air. And I don’t think they like being in the same wrestling ring. So what if I said Claudio and Danielson, I’ll take you both on, because I know you’re going to tear each other apart? BUT, I’m not stupid. What if I bring in one of my guys to even the odds? What if I bring in Sammy Guevara and make it a 4 Way? This man’s been with me since day one in AEW. We have never shared a cross word EVER. Not in the Jericho Appreciation Society, not in the Inner Circle, and not now.
“Jericho VS Guevara VS Danielson VS Claudio, and when Claudio and Danielson beat the hell out of each other, and leave each other in a pile of Blackpool Combat BLOOD, it’ll just be me and Sammy left in the ring… Well, Sammy, I know you’re going to do the right thing. Right, little buddy?” Jericho leaves, but Sammy doesn’t look so sure now. Should it come to it, will the Spanish God bow down to The Wizard?
Ricky Starks is here!
Fans fire up for The Absolute as he makes his way out to the ring. He’s been away for a minute, but now he gest a mic to speak. “Y’all hear that? Y’all hear that? I hear every week, people online wanting to see Ricky Starks on TV!” Fans cheer because they have, too. Starks says he’s never had to beg or plead for people to have his back, has he? That’s because they like him and know he can deliver. They know that he is good! He doesn’t have to tell them that he’s good! They like him because of the pose! Starks hits the pose and fans cheer. Starks says he likes them, too. He has put in the work here since day one, and he hears everyone wanting to know.
Well guess what? He’s got the answer. This new tournament, there are six questions that people want to know. Well here’s an answer for one of ’em! That is why Starks is entering in the Full Gear AEW World Title Eliminator Tournament! Fans rally like the sound of that! Starks knows there are those who really tout that they’re an AEW pillar, but how can you be a pillar when things are crumbling around here?! But Starks says he will be the guy to hold this place up on his bare back! And it starts at Full Gear! “Don’t let the loose shirts and tight pants fool you, I’m walking into Full Gear as Ricky Starks. I’m walking out as the NEW AEW #1 Contender for the AEW Championship.”
And two things will happen here. Starks either goes on to face Jon Moxley, a guy who we all respect but has poured his blood for this company ten times over. Starks’ question for Moxley is, “What happens when that blood dries up?” OR… Starks might face MJF, “The Devil Himself!” “What happens when a generational talent meets an Absolute one? I don’t deal in ifs, ands or maybes! I deal in definites and truth. Why? Because I am Absolute Ricky Freakin’ Starks!” Fans are absolutely fired up to see this! Will Starks be THE contender after Full Gear?
Backstage interview with just Sammy Guevara.
Schiavone is still with the Spanish God, and it seemed pretty clear that earlier became an “uncomfortable situation.” Is that true? Or is Schiavone reading too much into it? Sammy says they aren’t going to worry about that. All anyone needs to know is that at Full Gear, in that ROH World Championship Fatal 4 Way, the title stays with the JAS. But what Sammy does want to talk about is a man he nearly beat a couple weeks ago in Bryan Danielson. Sammy says he took Bryan to his limit. Bryan was a dream match for Sammy. Sammy was working at Subway when he saw Bryan win the world title. Sammy said to himself, “Someday, I’m gonna wrestle that man. Not only wrestle, but beat him!”
That didn’t happen. But here’s how Sammy sees it: there is unfinished business. So next week, on Dynamite, Sammy wants a rematch! And in a Best 2 Out of 3 Falls! Because when Sammy beats Bryan, he wants no shadow of a doubt in who the best wrestler is when Sammy beats Bryan twice in one night!
Mark Henry speaks with tonight’s main eventers!
The World’s Strongest Man says to Prince Nana that he and The Gates of Agony are facing two singles champions in Wardlow & Samoa Joe. Are they ready? Nana says, “Huh? Mark Henry, what kind of question is that? Of course the Embassy is ready, we stay ready. We have Bishop Kaun, we have Toa, the Gates of Agony. Ladies and gentlemen, WarJoe, the question is this: Are YOU ready to walk through the Gates of Hell?”
Joe says Nana never quite has it, but Wardlow says no more talking. He’s walked through hell, he ain’t worried. He’s just concerned with one thing: Powerhouse Hobbs! Hobbs has attacked from behind twice, so Wardlow dares him to do it a third time. “I DARE YOU!” Wardlow storms off, Joe follows, and Mark says it looks like there’s been enough talk. It’s time for the main event! Toa roars and he heads out, will the Gates of Agony still be standing when these two tanks barrel into them?
WARJOE VS The Gates of Agony w/ Prince Nana!
The teams sort out and Wardlow tarts with Kaun. Kaun dodges, ducks, then slides out to taunt Wardlow. Wardlow is frustrated already but he waits as Kaun returns. Wardlow runs in but into a shoulder! Kaun slingshots, but Wardlow RAMS him into a corner! Wardlow keeps throwing in his shoulder, then lets off to UPPERCUT! Wardlow throws another shoulder, another uppercut, then runs in. Kaun dodges, fires off body shots and then whips corner to corner. Kaun runs in to SPLASH! Kaun growls but Wardlow CLOBBERS him! Fans fire up and Wardlow rains down fists! Wardlow lets off to drag Kaun up and he tags Joe in.
Fans fire up as Joe brings Kaun around, but Kaun gets away. Tag to Toa Liona, and fans sing, “Joe is gonna kill~ you!” Joe circles with Liona, they tie up, and Liona UPPERCUTS Joe! Liona RAMS Joe into a corner, fires off, but lets off as the ref counts. Liona snarls but Joe CHOPS him! And JABS! JABS! JABS! Joe backs Liona down and then fires off more JABS before he AX HANDLES Liona down! Fans fire up, Joe brings Liona up, but Liona throws big knees! Liona whips, Joe reverses and back elbows in the corner, to PELE! Fans fire up but Kaun creeps over. Joe backs Kaun down with a glare, then goes back for Liona.
Liona BITES Joe’s ear! Tyson was here, Liona must be taking a page out of his playbook! The ref counts, Liona lets off, and Kaun CLOBBERS Joe! Cover, ONE!! Joe is still in this but Liona hammers away while Rampage goes picture in picture.
Liona drags Joe up, tags Kaun in, and the Gates of Agony mug Joe. They CLUB Joe, CHOKE him on the ropes, then let off at the ref’s count. Kaun CHOPS Joe, ROCKS him, then CHOPS again. Joe CHOPS back! Kaun throws a forearm, a knee, and then headlocks. Liona tags in, the Gates mug Joe again, and then Liona whips Kaun in for a SPLASH! Kaun feeds Joe to a LARIAT! Cover, ONE!! Liona is frustrated but he drags Joe into a claw in the shoulder. Fans rally as Joe endures, but Liona has a full back mount for more leverage. Joe still fights up, throws body shots, but Liona knees low! Joe falls over and Liona tags Kaun.
Kaun drags Joe around to CLUB him down. And CLUB him again. Kaun CLUBS Joe at the ropes but Joe goes to a corner. Kaun smothers Joe with a forearm but lets off as the ref counts. Joe CHOPS back again! Joe HEADBUTTS Kaun and Kaun drops to a knee. Joe brings Kaun up but Kaun rakes the eyes! Kaun digs his boot into Joe’s neck while pulling on an arm. The ref counts, Kaun lets off and he tags Liona. Liona takes the handoff to pull on the arm and SLAM it down. Liona kicks Joe around, pie faces him, then taunts the fans. Joe CHOPS Liona! And CHOPS! And CHOPS! Liona throat chops!
Liona whips, Joe reverses but Liona comes back to CLOBBER Joe! Liona drags Joe over, tags Kaun in, and they stomp Joe down. Kaun clamps on a chinlock and he grinds Joe down. Joe endures, even as a knee digs into his back. Rampage returns to single picture and Joe fights up as fans rally. Joe throws body shots, but Kaun dropkicks! Joe staggers, Kaun runs in, but into an URENAGE! Fans fire up as Joe crawls for his corner, hot tag to Wardlow! Wardlow rallies on the Gates, and gets Kaun with a GERMAN SUPLEX! And then another GERMAN SUPLEX! Liona rushes in, Wardlow gets around but Liona fights the waistlock.
Liona elbows free, runs, but into a REBOUND GERMAN! Wardlow roars and fans fire up! Wardlow runs but Kaun BOOTS him! Kaun runs in but into a SPINEBUSTER! Cover, Liona breaks it! Liona hammers away on Wardlow but the ref counts. Liona roars, runs, but Joe trips Liona and drags him out! COQUINA CLUTCH! Fans fire up and Wardlow has Kaun now! Wind up and LARIAT! Fans are already starting up the chorus, but Nana shouts at Wardlow! Wardlow grabs Nana at the apron! To DECK him! Fans fire up but Kaun rolls Wardlow up! TWO! KNEE!! Kaun fires off forearms, but Wardlow HEADBUTTS!
Wardlow shakes out the cobwebs, brings down the straps, and he reels Kaun in! Fans fire up for the POWERBOMB! Wardlow roars and conducts the fans, and he gets Kaun up for another POWERBOMB! Roll through and then a THIRD POWERBOMB! And then a FOURTH! Cover, WARJOE wins!
Winners: WARJOE, by pinfall
Nana can’t believe it, but his Gates of Agony have fallen! But here comes the POWERHOUSE! Will Hobbs heard what Wardlow had to say, so here he comes! Wardlow pushes Joe aside so he can dare Hobbs to fight! Joe lets that one slide, but will Wardlow still be standing after taking on the Breaker of Backs?
A great Rampage here, with quite a bit set up for Full Gear. Rampages being live seem to be the whole reason Rampages matter now. The promos from the BCC and JAS setting up a ROH Championship Fatal 4 Way is great stuff, and of course Jericho is going to use Bryan and Claudio against each other while also assuming he can just use one of his own teammates as an insurance policy. But with how Sammy looked after being asked to take the fall, and how he called Bryan out, it’d be quite the twist if it was Sammy leaving Jericho’s faction and actually meaning it this time. But one way or another, given it’s a Fatal 4 Way, it’s very likely Jericho retains because his strategy plays out.
Great opening with the All-Atlantic Championship. I thought Shibata was going to lose because of Pac interfering, but it was much more meaningful that he and Cassidy had a great match that finished clean. It was a bit rough at parts but Shibata might’ve been trying to do more than he’s actually ready for. And Mike Tyson’s good speaking on commentary, but his timing’s a bit off, as he did crosstalk with the others quite a bit. But Tyson also seems like a genuine fan, so he was probably just genuinely excited. And Cassidy can still have a title match for Full Gear against Pac, or just about anyone.
Britt & Hayter of course won the tag match, and while Storm had a good promo, her getting beat down in that brawl is natural for the math of the build. Hayter stands tall now, and will probably find other ways to stand tall as we get closer to Full Gear, suggesting Storm retains the title. And I really liked Starks’ promo. This World Title Eliminator Tournament field is already great just on Dante Martin, Ethan Page and Ricky Starks. Starks could very well be a shoe-in for finalist as fans really do like him, and he really does have everything to be champion. And Starks calling out the pillars, he and MJF should feud just for the hell of it, title or not.
And while WARJOE VS Gates of Agony wasn’t advertised, they gave us a really good tag match for the main event. I figured WARJOE would win, but I like the detail of Wardlow wanting after Hobbs and even getting on Joe’s nerves a touch. If WARJOE isn’t pulling off the Two Man Power Trip, they might as well have a reason to split. But either way, Wardlow VS Hobbs, I bet that happens at Full Gear, and that could go either way because Hobbs himself has what it takes to be champion. And it’d be awesome for all the former Team Taz members to get belts.
My Score: 8.6/10
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
PLAY BY PLAY
Jon Moxley w/ Wheeler Yuta VS Hangman Page!
The Maniac and the Cowboy go for their tiebreaker as Dynamite is in Dayton, Ohio! Will Ohio’s own knock this one out of the park like he did before? Or will there be some serious #CowboySh*t going down in Dayton?
Not only does Moxley have the Decoder by his side, he has his dad, Dan! Hangman makes his entrance next, and Moxley goes right after him! Moxley throws hands then whips Hangman into railing! The ref reprimands but Moxley sends Hangman into steel steps! Moxley throws hands, whips Hangman again and Hangman hits more railing hard! Fans fire up and the ref reprimands. Moxley just takes off his hoodie to CHOKE Hangman with it! Moxley TOSSES Hangman over the railing, and then he hops onto the railing! Dayton fires up, gives Moxley a hand, and Moxley FLYING AX HANDLES Hangman down!
Moxley brings Hangman up but Hangman throws hands! Hangman sits Moxley down, fires off more shots, then backs up. Hangman runs in to BOOT Moxley against railing! The ref reprimands, he wants this in the ring, but it isn’t a match yet so there’s no real repercussions. Hangman stalks Moxley along the way but Moxley kicks back. And CHOPS! Moxley trips Hangman then ties him up, FIGURE FOUR on the floor! Moxley and Hangman flip each other off but the ref still wants this in the ring. Hangman grabs someone’s beer and splashes Moxley with it! Moxley lets Hangman out of the hold, and then Hangman ROCKS Mox!
They go back to ringside, Moxley grabs a chair but Hangman CLUBS Moxley. But Moxley JAMS Hangman, tris him, and then drops an elbow on the leg! Moxley has a toehold, then he puts the chair around the leg! The ref reprimands but Moxley goes up the apron. The ref shouts at Moxley to not jump, but then Hangman gets free! Hangman CHUCKS the chair at Moxley’s head!! Moxley goes down and fans fire up! The ref reprimands again and wants this to get in the ring. Moxley is dazed, but Hangman drags him around, to suplex onto the chair! Hangman drags Moxley up and puts him in the ring, but he also brings the chair!
The ref stops Hangman, so Hangman leaves the chair behind. The bell finally rings, and Hangman runs in to forearm Moxley! Moxley hits back, they go back and forth! Moxley’s eyebrow is already busted open, but he keeps throwing shots. Hangman gets the edge, HEADBUTTS, then whips. Moxley reverses to dropkick the legs out! Moxley looms over Hangman, drags him into the INDIAN DEATHLOCK! Hangman endures, keeps his shoulders off the mat, but fans rally behind Moxley. Hangman drags himself back, reaches out, and gets the ROPEBREAK! The ref counts, Moxley lets Hangman go at 3.
Moxley brings Hangman up but Hangman gets around to GERMAN SUPLEXES! Moxley snarls but the blood is getting into his eye. Hangman DECKS Moxley and has him at the ropes. Hangman brings Moxley up, fans boo but Hangman CHOPS! Moxley flounders and falls and fans start dueling. Hangman stalks Moxley, sits him up, and he starts raining down fists right on the bloody eyebrow! Mox fans boo but Hangman fans are fired up for the “COWBOY SH*T!” Hangman wipes Moxley’s blood off on his chest, but then turns around into a CHOP! Moxley eggs Hangman on and Hangman CHOPS back!
Moxley CHOPS, Hangman CHOPS, fans “WOO~!” for the CHOP fight! Moxley shifts to boxing elbows, then runs, but Hangman catches the crossbody! FALL AWAY SLAM! Fans are torn while Moxley goes to the apron. Hangman runs, triangle jumps, but Moxley LARIATS first! Moxley drags Hangman up and to the apron, then turns Hangman, for a SLEEPER! The ref reprimands and wants this in the ring, but Hangman claws the bloody eyebrow! Moxley turns Hangman around, reels him in, but Hangman resists the lift! Hangman tries to lift, Moxley resists, and then Moxley lifts! Hangman fights that and lifts again, but Moxley still fights!
Both men are fighting for control, and Hangman fireman’s carries! To SNAKE EYES Moxley off the post! Moxley falls to the floor and Dynamite goes picture in picture!
The ref checks Moxley but he’s somehow okay to continue. Hangman goes over to fetch Moxley, and whips him into railing! Hangman ROCKS Moxley with haymakers as the bloody eyebrow becomes a crimson mask. Hangman refreshes the count, goes back to Moxley and CHOPS him! Moxley gets in Hangman’s face so Hangman CHOPS again! Moxley CHOPS and CHOPS and CHOPS, but Hangman DECKS him! Hangman snarls, looms over Moxley, and then drags him back up. Hangman puts Moxley in the ring, and rains down more fists on that bloody eyebrow! Moxley falls over, but Hangman gets the wrists!
Hangman sits Moxley up, for a DRAGON STOMP, but Moxley blocks! Moxley throws Hangman to a corner and fires off forearms and CHOPS on repeat! Moxley then hoists Hangman up top, climbs up after him, and CLAWS Hangman’s back, painfully slow! Then he CLAWS and BITES Hangman’s back, before blowing a kiss to the fans. But Hangman throws body shots in return! Dynamite returns to single picture as Hangman BITES Moxley’s forehead! Hangman then slips under Moxley to fireman’s carry him on the second rope! SUPER DEATH VALLEY DRIVER!! Cover, TWO!! Moxley survives and fans are fired up!
Fans duel as Hangman sits up. Hangman scowls while Moxley sits up. Moxley eggs Hangman on so Hangman kicks him! And BOOTS him! Hangman tells Moxley to stay down but he refuses. Moxley sits up, so Hangman BOOTS him! Moxley sits up to SLAP Hangman, and flips him off! Hangman is fuming, but he runs into a CUTTER! A standing count starts, fans count along as Moxley and Hangman stir. They sit up at 5 of 10, and Moxley throws a haymaker. Hangman throws it back, so Moxley gives another,. They go back and forth, Hangman wobbles but he CHOPS! Moxley CHOPS! Hangman forearms! Moxley forearms back!
Moxley eggs Hangman on, Hangman staggers over and CHOPS again! Moxley KICKS a leg, KICKS Hangman’s arm, then KICKS him again! Moxley ducks the haymaker to get the SLEEPER! Hangman shifts to SAIDO! But Moxley’s right up! SAIDO!! Hangman ends up in a corner and fans say “This is Awesome!” Moxley puts Hangman up top, climbs up after him, and hits a SUPER HALF HATCH SUPLEX!! Cover, TWO!! Moxley immediately rains down the HAMMER ‘N’ ANVIL ELBOWS! Then he clamps on a SLEEPER! Hangman endures as Moxley shifts to a BULLY CHOKE! Hangman pushes around, so Moxley shifts to get the wrists! DRAGON STOMPS!!
Moxley then drags Hangman up into the underhooks! But Hangman fights Death Rider! So Moxley rolls Hangman to an ARMBAR! Hangman endures, moves around, and reaches out to the ROPEBREAK! The ref counts and Moxley lets go at 4. Hangman crawls to a corner, fans rally up, and Moxley says this is it! Moxley runs in but Hangman TOSSES him up and out! Moxley staggers up, Hangman goes up top! ARIHARA MOONSAULT but Moxley moves! And LARIATS!! Both men are down at the ramp and fans are thunderous! The ref checks both men, Moxley is up first while fans lose their minds.
Moxley goes to the timekeeper’s area and he clears off the table! Moxley drags Hangman over, reels him in, but Hangman resists the lift! Hangman Alabama Lifts but Moxley fights that. DOUBLE LARIATS hit! And again! Moxley runs in, POP-UP POWERBOMB THROUGH THE TABLE!! Fans lose their minds again while Hangman leaves Moxley behind in the ring. The ring count climbs to 5 of 10 before Moxley sits up. The count is 7! Then “OCHO!” Moxley stands at 9, and springs in at 9.9!! But into a LARIAT!! And then Alabama Lift, DEADEYE!!! Cover, TWO?!?! Moxley survives and no one can believe it!
Hangman kicks at Moxley, almost taunting him. Hangman goes to a corner while Moxley’s fans boo. Hangman runs in, but Moxley dodges the stomp to KING KONG LARIAT!! Fans are thunderous as both men stand again. Moxley eggs Hangman on, and Hangman stands. Moxley throws a forearm, so Hangman hits back! Moxley forearms again, but so does Hangman! Fans duel, the forearms fly faster, and then Hangman gets the edge! SUPERKICK! Hangman reels Moxley in, fisherman’s a leg, but Moxley fights the suplex! Hangman powers it through, FISHERMAN CRADLE DRIVER!! Cover, TWO!?!?!?
Hangman’s wild eyes say he can’t believe Moxley survived! Hangman goes to the apron, he aims at Moxley, slingshot for the BUCK- NO! DEATH- NO, Hangman blocks to scoop! TOMBSTONE PILEDRIVER!!! But Hangman doesn’t cover, he goes to the apron! Hangman loads up, for the BUCKSHOT!!! Cover, TWO!?!?!? HOW?!?! Moxley has survived all of Hangman’s best, but Hangman has the BULLY CHOKE!! Hangman pulls back on Moxley’s favorite hold! Moxley shifts, fights back up, and he snapmares into a cradle! MOXLEY WINS!!
Winner: Jon Moxley, by pinfall
Moxley just taught Hangman not to play games! Hangman is furious that he got caught like that, but the Blackpool Combat Club steps into the ring. Yuta and Claudio keep Hangman back but Moxley stands up. Moxley and Hangman get in each other’s face but the BCC keep them apart. Hangman flips Moxley off, and fans want to “LET THEM FIGHT!” Moxley and Hangman keep jawing, they get close but Claudio keeps them separate. Moxley mocks Hangman by lying down, giving Hangman a chance. Hangman mocks Moxley back by doing a quick burpie push-up. Claudio tells Hangman to go and cool off.
Moxley flips Hangman off as he leaves, and fans celebrate their home state hero. Will there be a fourth round out of these two to truly settle things?
AEW takes a look at tonight’s TNT Championship No Holds Barred main event!
Darby Allin tells Samoa Joe, “I knew when I took this from you in Seattle that you’d want it back. And I know you’d stop at nothing to have it back. Well, I’m gonna make things fair. You beat me in Texas, and you granted me my rematch in Seattle. So I’m granting you your rematch in Ohio. But I want it under one condition: No Holds Barred.” Samoa Joe told the “Little Dead Boy” that Joe is “coming to take back what’s mine. The King will not be usurped by a man like you.” Darby says if he walks out the winner, Joe doesn’t get another rematch. If Joe walks out the winner, Darby won’t get a rematch. This will be the final chapter of their feud! So who writes their happily ever after?
Backstage interview with Jamie Hayter, The Bunny, The Butcher & The Blade.
Renee Paquette is with the AEW Women’s World Champion, as well as the mercenary trio. Renee thanks them for agreeing to no physicality, and understands that Allie the Bunny requested this time. Bunny tells Hayter, they’re all very impressed by Hayter’s win over Emi Sakura on Rampage last Friday. Now, Bunny feels like Sakura outshined Hayter, but great win nonetheless. And Bunny knows Hayter isn’t the type to back down from a challenge, right? Right. So here’s a challenge: next week on Dynamite, Hayter VS Bunny in a Title Eliminator Match! What does Hayter say? Hayter says absolutely! She bloody loves a challenge, and next week, she’s free.
Renee says there’s something happening as we speak! They get it on the television screen nearby, and it’s Britt Baker being mugged by Saraya and Toni Storm!! Bunny is shocked and Hayter is furious! Hayter hurries off, Saraya talks right into the camera, “AEW is OUR house!” Storm drags Britt up to RAM her into a garage door! Bunny more or less expresses exasperation, but will Hayter be able to save the Doctor?
The Acclaimed w/ Billy Gunn VS Truth Magnum & Turbo Floyd!
The AEW World Tag Team Champions have been reigning for 133 days, but they know the Gunn Sons, Austin & Colten, are gunning for them. But first, they tune up against “The Outrunners.” As always, Platinum Max has a diss track ready! “Acclaimed on the mic, you know we the nicest. Fighting two guys in their midlife crisis! I bet you have sex with each other. How we gonna fight the bootleg Beverly Brothers? C’mon, it’s not the 80s! Acclaimed gonna make you call it quits like you Tom Brady! ‘Ey, y’all should be ashamed. In Ohio, everybody loves The Acclaimed.”
Fans cheer, and Bowens gets the mic to say, “NNNUTTER CENTERRR~! The Acclaimed have arrived! SCISSOR ME, DADDY ASS!” And he does~! But while Caster & Bowens just embarrassed Truth & Turbo, are they walking into a trap game before taking on the Ass Boys?
The teams sort out, the Outrunners decide they’ll scissor finger! They mock the Mega Powers at the same time, but then Bowens SUPERKICKS Truth out of the ring! The bell rings, Caster CHOPS Turbo and scoops him to SLAM him! Tag to Bowens and Bowens goes up top! Caster holds open the legs, SCISSOR ME TURBO! Daddy Ass gets in the ring so that he and the boys can TRIPLE SCISSOR~! Bowens waits on Turbo, mule kicks and hits the ARRIVAL! Tag to Caster and he goes up top, MIC DROP! Cover, The Acclaimed win!
Winners: The Acclaimed, by pinfall
But wait! Raining on the parade are Austin & Colten! Fans taunt the “ASS~ BOYS~!” But they tune that out. They go to the ring, and Colten has a mic. “Hey, good match, guys. But we’re here to talk about something serious. Last week, what we said would make us happy are your belts. And we want a shot at those belts, and we want an answer right now.” Fans boo but Caster has the mic to say, “Yo! Yo! Yo! Yo! Listen.” Bowens says, “You two Rod ‘n’ Todd lookin’ asses want an answer. You do realize you are interrupting the most popular tag team in all of wrestling, right?” Caster adds, “That’s right!”
“The winningest tag team in AEW history!” “That’s right!” “The FOREVER champs, the Acclaimed!” “That’s right!” “And not to mention, EVERYONE! LOVES! THE ACCLAIMED!” But they are the People’s Choice, and the People’s Voice, they will ask the people. Colten says these fans can’t even read! But Bowens still asks Dayton’s opinion: Do the Ass Boys deserve a shot at the tag titles? “NOOO~!” Well, the people have spoken, so NO. Austin & Colten get in Caster’s & Bowens’ faces, but Billy tells them all to stop! Isn’t it enough already? Billy is so sick of this, he is just done! Billy says this is too much, so go ahead, beat the sh*t out of each other!
Daddy Ass steps aside, fans fire up, but Austin says, “There you go. Do exactly what you did our entire childhoods and turn your back on us.” Billy stops walking up the ramp, but then chuckles as he keeps going. Austin says Billy should do what he used to do, and drown his sorrows at the bottom of a PILL BOTTLE! That gets Billy to turn around! Billy storms up on his sons and The Acclaimed, as well as the fans, tell the Ass Boys that they F’d up. Billy is up in Austin’s face and says, “So you two think you just put your big boy pants on? Then you just step up, and you just made the biggest mistake…”
The mic is wonky so Billy throws it down. Bowens gives Billy the good one. Billy wants Austin to look at him after what he just said. Austin looks up at his father’s eyes. Billy says if they’ve got their big boy pants on, if they think they got what it takes, if they think they have what Billy had, then we’ll see next week. They’ve got their title shots! The Acclaimed is surprised but the Ass Boys smile that they’re getting their way. Will Austin & Colten get what they want? Or just what they deserve?
Backstage interview with Jack Perry.
Alex Marvez is with Jungle Boy and notes that he and Hook are 2-0 as a team, having beaten The Firm’s Ethan Page & Matt Hardy. The question is: What’s next for #JungleHook? JB says that he had an amazing time teaming with Hook, and Hook has had JB’s back when no one else did. But JB’s done the tag team thing before. In fact, JB has been all the way to the top of that mountain, and fallen all the way down. But this year isn’t about that. What JB will say is that he’ll be a champion again, but all by himself. Then just what title will Jack Perry aim for in this Tarzan Life?
Brian Cage w/ Prince Nana VS Konosuke Takeshita!
Speaking of having people’s backs, just as The Machine and MJF were about to destroy Bryan Danielson, The Future of Wrestling rushed out to run them off! But now, Cage and Konosuke go toe to toe, will Cage make Konosuke pay for interfering?
The bell rings and Konosuke BOOTS Cage! Cage BOOTS Konosuke, then DOUBLE LARIATS collide! Cage swings but Konosuke swats it to ROLLING ELBOW! Cage wobbles, Konosuke runs, ducks ‘n’ dodges, and then TAKESHITA LINES! Cage bails out and fans fire up! Konosuke runs to BOOT Cage off the apron! Konosuke then PLANCHAS and takes Cage down at the ramp! Fans fire up, Konosuke winks at the camera, and then goes back to the apron. But Cage grabs a foot! Konosuke kicks and stomps Cage but Cage yanks Konosuke into a POST BOMB! Konosuke tumbles down and fans boo but Nana cheers.
Cage drags Konosuke up, puts him in, and runs to basement BOOT! Cover, TWO! Fans rally for Konosuke but Cage drags him back up. Cage reels Konosuke in, puts one out, but Konosuke wrenches out! Konosuke throws a forearm, but Cage gives it back! They go forearm for forearm, and Konosuke throws boxing elbows into the ROLLING ELBOW! Cage fights the back suplex, KNEES low, and brags, “Who betta than Cage?” But he runs into a BLUE THUNDER BOMB! Cover, TWO! Cage survives and Konosuke is surprised! Nana coaches Cage up but Konosuke aims from a corner. Konosuke runs in to JUMP KNEE, but Cage dodges!
Konosuke tumbles to the apron, Cage ROUNDHOUSES him! Cage climbs the ropes, and he stands Konosuke up. DEADLIFT SUPERPLEX! Fans boo but Cage flexes while Dynamite goes picture in picture.
Cage drops a knee on Konosuke, sits him up to KNEE him in the back again and again, then he stomps Konosuke back down. Cage paces, drags Konosuke up, and bumps him off buckles. Cage RAMS into Konosuke, RAMS him again, and then CHOPS him! Cage soaks up the heat, but Konosuke CHOPS back! Konosuke fires forearms, then another CHOP! And another CHOP! But Cage BOOTS Konosuke down! Cage grabs the legs, stomps Konosuke in the stomach, then paces around. Cage stands Konosuke up, wrenches and YANKS the arm, then RAMS shoulders. Cage wrenches, pump handles, and lifts, but Konosuke slips out!
Konosuke runs in but Cage ducks the boot to roll Konosuke up! Konosuke slips out, but runs into a drop toehold! Konosuke’s on ropes, Cage dials it up, TIGER FEINT KICK! Konosuke staggers to a corner, Cage runs in and UPPERCUTS, GAMANGIRIS, and GERMAN SUPLEXES! Cover, TWO!! Cage and Nana are annoyed, but Cage looms over Konosuke. Cage hears the fans rally for Konosuke, but Cage drags him up. Cage reels Konosuke in, puts out another one, and Dynamite returns to single picture as Cage lifts, only for Konosuke to RANA Cage into buckles! BLINDSIDE JUMP KNEE! Cage staggers, Konosuke goes up, FLYING KNEE!
Both men are down and fans fire up! Konosuke and Cage stir as the ring count starts. Konosuke sits up and feeds off the energy. Konosuke drags Cage up into a waistlock, but Cage elbows free! Cage whips, Konosuke LARIATS on the return! Konosuke drags Cage up, waistlocks and GERMAN SUPLEXES! Bridging cover, TWO!! Fans rally while Konosuke fires up. Konosuke aims from the corner as Cage stands, and Konosuke runs in, JUMP- NO! Cage blocks the knee to BUCKLE BOMB! And then fireman’s carry, to an F- NO! Konosuke lands out, lifts and LIGER BOMBS! Cover, TWO!! Cage survives but fans fire up behind Konosuke!
Konosuke aims again while Nana shouts to Cage. Cage stands, Konosuke runs in but the knee is blocked! Cage spins, Konosuke ducks! Konosuke spins, ROLLING ELBOW!! Konosuke reels Cage in, but Cage wrenches out to HEADBUTT! And then SAIDO!! But Konosuke is right up?! Into a DISCUS LARIAT from Cage!! Cover, TWO!?! Konosuke survives and Nana is furious! Cage says he’s gonna end this, and he suplexes, only for Konosuke to slip out! Konosuke suplexes, SHEER DROP BRAINBUSTER!! Cage roars as he rises up, but Konosuke ROCKS him with another elbow! And then another suplex, for another BRAINBUSTER!!! Cover, TWO!?!?
Cage survives, he must truly be a machine! But Dayton rallies behind Konosuke. Konosuke runs in, but into a SUPERKICK! Cage fireman’s carries, for the F10!! Nana says no prisoners! Cage drags Konosuke up again, puts him in the corner and hoists him to the top. Cage then goes to the outside and climbs up after Konosuke. But Konosuke throws forearms in return! Konosuke suplexes for a SUPER BRAINBUSTER!!! Fans are thunderous and Konosuke aims again! KNOCKOUT KNEE!!! Cover, Konosuke wins!!
Winner: Konosuke Takeshita, by pinfall
Cage may be a machine, but the machine just broke down against the bullet train! Will Konosuke continue to prove why he IS The Future of Wrestling?
Backstage interview with the Jericho Appreciation Society.
Renee is with Matthew Menard, Angelo Parker, Daniel Garcia, Sammy Guevara, and of course, Chris Jericho himself. Renee says that we heard Ricky Starks’ comments from last week, addressing how the JAS cheated to win. What is their reaction? Jericho says, “Cheated? We haven’t worked together in five years, and you’re accusing us of cheating? Let me say this, Renee. Ricky Starks, he didn’t lose to a baseball bat, no. Did you see a baseball bat in there?” Of course the JAS says no. Jericho says Starks lost to the JAS. And now Starks challenges them, “How can I get another match with Chris Jericho?”
Jericho says the JAS has an idea how Starks can do that. Right, Sammy? Sammy says yes. Garcia and Sammy put their heads together, and they came up with a great idea: The Guevara-Garcia… No, wait, the Garcia-Guevara Gauntlet! Danny thanks Sammy for the top billing on that name. Renee asks what kind of gauntlet they have in mind. Garcia says it’s a rather simple concept. “Ricky, first you’re gonna have to beat Cool Hand Ange. And if that happens, you’re gonna have to beat Daddy Magic.” Menard adds, “Beat Daddy Magic? I DON’T THINK SO!” Garcia says that if Starks somehow does that, then he beats either Garcia or Guevara, but they’ll reveal that the night of.
And then, if somehow, by the skin of his teeth, Starks makes it past all that, only then does Starks get his hands on Jericho. Jericho tells Starks, “You don’t call the shots around here, the Jericho Appreciation Society does. So if you can get through the Garcia-Guevara Gauntlet, I’ll be ready to rip your ass!” Will the Absolute survive three matches in one go to finally have another shot at The Ocho?
The Elite speak.
Matt Jackson asks Brandon Cutler if the camera is rolling as he, brother Nick, Kenny Omega, Michael Nakazawa and Don Callis are on the basketball court. Cutler says yes, they’re live, while Nakazawa and Callis are oiling Omega up. Matt says, “Ladies and gentlemen, check it out who it is! It’s the first-ever, two-time Trios Champions, The Elite.” Omega says that’s right, and he tells Top Flight, “I watched what you guys did. After a Best of 7 Series in a ladder match, you got one up on our boys. Well how ’bout next week, you bring your friend, AR Fox, next week and we’ll put these belts on the line, and you guys can shoot your shot.
“But hey, when you shoot that shot, you best not miss. Because The Elite never miss. Nick, if you will.” Nick takes the rock and shoots it, THREE POINTER! Oh, but wait! The Firm’s Stokely Hathaway, Ethan Page, Matt Hardy & Isiah Kassidy walk in. Callis has Cutler keep rolling, and Omega mockingly asks where Stokely is, he can’t see him. Oh haha, Stokely knows you see him, he’s right here. But listen, you three are doing NOTHING all week? No wrestling, nothing? Just a week off? Ethan thinks that’s funny. The Firm’s employees don’t have that luxury, they work every single week, and Ethan wants that streak to continue.
So Ethan says how about this: The Elite VS Ethan, Matt & “Zay,” Friday on Rampage. Omega tells Callis he isn’t so sure, but Callis says this is Matt Hardy. If they get footage of Hardy taking a One Winged Angel, they could sell that NFT for a lot of money. Hardy says, “What about an NFT with Matt Hardy Twist-Of-Fating Omega?” Ethan likes that better! Well, as far as a match, it’s done. The Elite VS The Whatever They Are. Kassidy says he hopes the Elite is ready, cuz they sure are. Kassidy unsettles Kenny with an arm around his shoulders and a moan, and Ethan says this is good business. Hey, Brandon, is it? Cut the camera!
Matt Jackson tells Ethan Page that he doesn’t tell Brandon what to do! THEY tell him! Turn off the camera, ya damn dumbass! And get off the court, they’re trying to play. But will this 3v3 pick-up game go The Elite’s way? Or is it a trap game before taking on Fox, Dante & Darius?
Bryan Danielson VS Timothy Thatcher!
In the American Dragon’s quest to be #1 contender, he has defeated Tony Nese, Konosuke Takeshita, Bandido and Brian Cage, an undefeated streak of 4-0 in 2023! But now, Maxwell Jacob Friedman has enlisted a fighter very much like Bryan in his savage technical ability. Will Bryan make it to the deadline still on top? Or is this where MJF wins before Revolution even begins?
The bell rings and the two circle. They feel out the grapple, but Bryan’s shoulder is an obvious target. They grapple, Bryan puts Thatcher on ropes but Thatcher shifts to get the arm. Thatcher wrangles Bryan but Bryan scrambles to the ROPEBREAK! The ref counts, Thatcher lets off, and then smirks as he watches Bryan get up. Bryan and Thatcher feel out another grapple, Thatcher puts him in the corner, and then European Uppercuts! And again! And again! Bryan sits down and Thatcher goes after the arm! Thatcher twists the elbow and wrist, isolates the arm, and stands on the hand! Thatcher KNEES the arm!
Bryan scrambles away but Thatcher is right on him with a double wristlock! Bryan powers Thatcher to ropes, and clasps his hands behind his back. The ref counts, the two let off, but then Bryan fires off body shots and kicks! Bryan grabs a leg to DRAGON SCREW! Bryan holds onto the leg, turns Thatcher over and ties those legs up, to get a Deathlock! Fans rally as Bryan sits on the hold, then SNAPS it! Bryan then shifts to a BOW ‘N’ ARROW! Thatcher pries the fingers away! Bryan shouts in pain but Thatcher twists the arm! And STOMPS it down! Fans boo but Thatcher grins with that missing-tooth smile.
Thatcher KNEES Bryan in the back, stalks him to a corner, but Bryan puts Thatcher in the corner to CHOP and CHOP and KICK and KICK! Fans rally, Bryan runs corner to corner, and DROPKICKS! Bryan facelocks but Thatcher wrenches and WRINGS Bryan’s arm! Fans boo more but Thatcher drags Bryan up with a double wristlock! Thatcher uses his height to lift Bryan off the mat! Then Thatcher pushes Bryan down, but Bryan keeps his shoulders up. Bryan crawls around, ROPEBREAK! Thatcher lets go at 4 while fans rally up. Bryan clutches his arm but Thatcher goes after it again as Dynamite goes picture in picture.
Bryan endures but they’re also in the ropes so the ref counts. Thatcher lets off at 4, then digs his boot into Bryan at the corner. The ref counts, Thatcher lets off, only to stand on Bryan’s chest! The ref counts, Thatcher steps away, and he grins as he soaks up the heat. Thatcher mocks Bryan’s pain, then KNEES the bad shoulder! Thatcher KNEES Bryan again, goes out to drag Bryan tot he apron, and he SLAMS the arm on the edge! Bryan clutches his bicep and shoulder while the ref reprimands. Thatcher slides into the ring and stands Bryan up by his ears! Thatcher CLUBS Bryan on the chest! Thatcher fishhooks Bryan to stand him up, and CLUBS him again!
Bryan sits down, Thatcher stands him back up, and he hammerlocks the bad arm. Thatcher then back suplexes Bryan up and into the ring! Thatcher dusts off his hands while crawling to the cover, but Bryan wrangles him into the LEBELL LOCK!! Thatcher got cocky and got caught! But he scrambles to the ROPEBREAK! Bryan lets off quickly, but Thatcher is right on him! Thatcher UPPERCUTS the arm! Bryan goes to a corner, Thatcher KNEES him down, then drags Bryan back up. Thatcher EuroUppers Bryan, taunts the fans, then EuroUppers Bryan again. Bryan leans against ropes, Thatcher snarls at the fans, then gets in Bryan’s face.
Dynamite returns to single picture as Thatcher traps Bryan’s bad arm behind his back and throws hard body shots to that side. The ref counts but Thatcher grins as he throws more shots. Bryan fights back with HEADBUTTS! Fans fire up as Bryan backs Thatcher down, but Thatcher fires off body shot after body shot! Thatcher drags Bryan out to a hammerlock GROVIT, and then hits a GROVIT-PLEX! Cover, TWO!! Bryan is still in this but Thatcher snarls. Thatcher stalks Bryan at the ropes, bumps him off buckles, then reels Bryan in to hoist him up top. Thatcher UPPERCUTS, climbs up after Bryan, and he underhooks the arms!
Bryan resists and fans fire up! Bryan breaks free, throws body shot after body shot in return, and then HEADBUTTS Thatcher down! Thatcher growls and gets right back up! But Bryan throws more body shots! Fans rally “YES! YES! YES!” and Bryan HEADBUTTS again! Thatcher stays down this time, and Bryan stands up! Thatcher stands in time for the MISSILE DROPKICK! Both men are down as Bryan clutches his bad arm, but Dayton rallies up behind him! Bryan and Thatcher sit up, both snarl, and Thatcher EuroUppers! Bryan EuroUppers in return! They go uppercut for uppercut, but Thatcher gets the edge!
Bryan fires up to KICK! And KICK! Bryan KICKS away on Thatcher’s chest, “YES! YES! YES!” Bryan powers up but Thatcher blocks the Buzzsaw! Thatcher goes for the bad arm, wrangles Bryan down, but Bryan rolls through and gets around to waistlock. Thatcher bucks the O’Conner but runs into a backslide! TWO, FUJIWARA! No, Bryan rolls through to BUZZSAW! Cover, TWO!! But Bryan clamps on for HAMMER ‘N’ ANVIL ELBOWS! Fans rally again, but Thatcher blocks the arm! Bryan claws Thatcher’s face to get free, and get a SLEEPER! But Thatcher wants that bad arm! Bryan has to shift his grip, but Thatcher stands!
Thatcher pries the sleeper open because he can get the bad arm, but Bryan powers up! Bryan has the hold on tight, so Thatcher backs Bryan down! They end up ramming the ref into the corner! Bryan still holds on, but Thatcher hits a BIG back suplex! All three men are down and fans fire up! But here comes MJF! The AEW World Champion tells Dayton to shush, and he puts on the Dynamite Diamond Ring! MJF says, “It’s too damn easy. This is done! This is done!” MJF goes to the ring, but KONOSUKE flies in outta nowhere!! Konosuke won’t let MJF screw Bryan over! Konosuke attacks MJF, RAMS him into railing, and chases him to the back!
Bryan has Thatcher but Thatcher snatches the arm! FUJIWARA ARMBAR!! The ref is up, he asks Bryan, but Bryan endures! Thatcher pushes way back on the arm, but Bryan pushes his way forward with his legs! ROPEBREAK!! Fans fire up as Bryan survives by a literal foot! Thatcher lets go in frustration and he scowls as he throws hands on the bad arm. Thatcher drags Bryan up, clinches, BELLY2BELLY SUPLEX! Bryan flounders but Thatcher runs in, clinches, but Bryan switches! GERMAN SUPLEX! Thatcher fumes as he gets back up! Bryan dodges him, runs back in, BUSAIKU KNEE!! Cover, Bryan wins!
Winner: Bryan Danielson, by pinfall
Now 5-0 on the year, the quest continues! The American Dragon is not yet slain, but wait! MJF and Konosuke continue brawling backstage! MJF turns things around to send MJF into a road case! MJF gets a chair to CHUCK it at Konosuke’s head! And then he throws a trash bin! MJF says if Konosuke wants after him, this is what he gets! But Konosuke turns things back around to SMACK MJF off a table! MJF comes back, the hands fly, and security rushes in! Referees and management try to stop this, too! MJF says he’ll kill Konosuke but Konosuke says about the same in Japanese! Renee runs in to be on the scene, and she tells everyone to stop!
Renee informs everyone, “Per Tony Khan, next week on Dynamite in an Eliminator match, it will be Takeshita VS MJF!” MJF is pissed, he doesn’t agree to that, but he MUST! Will the Devil of AEW find that the Future of Wrestling is better than him?
Mogul Affiliates speak.
Swerve Strickland says, “It’s been a real relaxing last couple of weeks for Swerve and the Mogul Affiliates and all, since getting rid of some dead weight and all this. Until I was like, retriggered.” Dustin Rhodes returning to stand in front of Swerve’s camera, in front of Swerve’s lights, and with Swerve’s interviewer! “The Rhodes Family legacy really gets under my skin, with your father, Dusty Rhodes, giving Keith Lee the ‘Limitless’ moniker. So, since he’s not here, Dustin’s not here, either, let’s find some other nepotism, second generation punk boy to get rid of Friday night on Rampage. That means you, Brian Pillman. Ain’t that right, Parker?”
Parker Boudreaux says that’s right. “Ain’t that right, Trench?” The tattooed man says, “Yeah, that’s right.” Hoodies up, but will they put Bulletproof BPJ down?
BREAKING NEWS for next week!
February 8th, the deadline for Bryan Danielson becoming #1 contender, will see The American Dragon taking on La Faccion Ingobernable’s El Toro Blanco, RUSH!! And speaking of…
Backstage interview with LFI.
Lexi Nair is with El Toro Blanco, but also Jose the Assistant and “Perro Peligroso,” Preston Vance. She notes the announcement of Rush VS Bryan, but then there’s a knock at the door. MJF walks in and says, “Hola, mi hermanos! Senor Vance, Senor Jose, Senor Rrrrrush.” Rush asks what the hell this “perro” wants. MJF double checks, “perro” is dog, right? Well, there’s a little thing called personal space, so he’s just gonna take a step back. “But here’s the deal: my, uh, Spanish is come se dice… Mid. But I know one language, my friend, that is mucho, mucho universal.” And that is MONEY! A huge briefcase full of it!
MJF snaps the case shut and smiles. This first one is free of charge. But he has FIVE MORE filled to the brim with dinero. All Rush has to do is beat Bryan Danielson “by any means necessary.” All Rush needs to do is rip Bryan’s arm off and beat him over the head with it. Can Rush pull that off for him? Jose, translate. Jose translates, but Rush seems to understand explicitly. Rush tells MJF in Spanish, and MJF asks “dipsh*t” Jose to translate. Jose sums it up by saying they have a deal. Oh, is that right? That sounded a bit longer than that. But Rush, you don’t have to like MJF. He just has to get the job done. Pleasure doing business with you, perro.
MJF leaves, but Rush has his mission. Will Rush be raking in the money with one match? Or will nothing stop Bryan Danielson from earning his title match?
AEW TBS Championship: Jade Cargill w/ Leila Grey VS Red Velvet!
Finally, the biggest, fastest-rising star has reached her FIFTIETH match! But while the streak started with The Chef, will it end with her, too? Or will #ThatBitch not be stopped by even the person who knows her best?
The introductions are made, but Velvet attacks while Jade is strutting around! The bell rings, Velvet fires off forearms but Jade knees her low. Jade whips Velvet to a corner but Velvet boots her back! THESZ PRESS! Velvet rains down hands but Jade shoves her away. Velvet ducks but runs into an elbow! Jade drags Velvet up, but Velvet fires off forearms! Velvet whips, Jade blocks to reverse, but Velvet holds ropes. Jade runs in but Velvet sends her out! Leila hurries to Jade’s side but Velvet builds speed! Velvet WRECKS Jade with a dropkick! Velvet tells Leila to back off, then she storms up on Jade.
Jade elbows Velvet away, but Velvet comes back to ROCK Jade! Velvet CHOPS Jade right in front of her family! Velvet then puts Jade in the ring, storms up on her and Oklahoma Rolls! TWO! Jade staggers up, blocks a superkick, and she spins Velvet around. Velvet ducks the haymaker and runs the ropes, then wheelbarrows, but into a GERMAN SUPLEX! Fans fire up while Jade drags Velvet over to a cover, TWO! Velvet is toughing it out but Jade is getting frustrated. Jade scoops Velvet to SLAM her, then drops a BIG elbow! Cover, TWO, and Dynamite goes picture in picture.
Leila is annoyed and Jade frowns while Velvet sputters. Jade drags Velvet up, CLUBS her down, and Leila applauds. Jade bumps Velvet off top buckles, then middle buckles, then bottom buckles! Jade stands on Velvet in the corner and soaks up the cheers and jeers, but lets off at 4. Jade and the ref argue, but Leila gets cheap shots in! Leila scurries away and Jade hauls Velvet up for a FALL AWAY SLAM! And then kips up! Jade holds up both hands to say 50, and then flexes. Velvet bails out, Leila talks trash, and Jade storms over. Jade walks up but Velvet sends her into railing! Jade is getting mad, but Velvet avoids one haymaker to PENALTY KICK from the apron!
Velvet CROSSBODIES, but Jade catches her! Jade POSTS Velvet, then carries her around the way. Jade trophy lifts Velvet, goes up the steel steps, and then TOSSES Velvet at the ropes! Velvet falls, Jade covers, TWO!!! Velvet survives and Jade is getting real mad. Leila rallies the Baddie cheering section, and Jade stalks Velvet to a corner. Jade drags Velvet up, and TOSSES her across the way! Jade says that’s 50 right there, and then she does push-ups as Dynamite returns to single picture. But Velvet CHOPS! Jade CLUBS Velvet, then TOSSES her across the way again! Jade swaggers, dribbles, but Velvet dodges the dunk!
Velvet DROPKICKS Jade, then hits a CODE BREAKER! Jade staggers around, Velvet KICKS and KICKS and mule kicks! Velvet runs, but Jade BOOTS her down! Cover, TWO!! Velvet is still in this and wait! Kiera Hogan RAMS Leila into steel steps! The other former Baddie is here, but other refs come out to have her leave. This all distracts Jade, and Velvet rolls her up! Jade rolls through, but the STIR IT UP hits!! Cover, but the refs aren’t paying attention!! Fans count, Velvet would’ve won twice over by now! Aubrey Edwards finally notices and counts, TWO!! Jade survives and fans can’t believe it!!
Velvet is furious, she drags Jade around and hooks an arm, short arm scissor, and then the INVERSION! Jade endures, fights, but Velvet kicks at her! Jade endures as Velvet pulls on the arm, and she deadlifts Velvet! But Velvet sunset flips! Jade stays up, drags Velvet up with both hands, and pops her around! Chicken wings for JADED!!! Cover, Jade wins!!
Winner: Jade Cargill, by pinfall (still AEW TBS Champion)
FIFTY AND OH! Velvet came the closest of all, but will anyone ever stop Jade’s undefeated streak?
Backstage interview with Britt Baker.
Renee is with The Doctor, as well as Jamie Hayter, as they are with Doc Sampson. We only caught a glimpse of what happened to her earlier at the hands of Saraya & Storm, how is Britt feeling? Britt says this is fine. She’s fine, and if that’s how Storm & Saraya wanna play, that’s fine, too. Because Britt & Hayter can play that game, too. But wait, in walks Ruby Soho! Ruby just wants to talk. She heard what happened, is Britt good? Uh, Ruby, weren’t those your girls? Ruby has Britt hold on there. Ruby has nothing to do with Saraya & Storm, she doesn’t know what Britt’s talking about.
Britt says Ruby’s known Saraya & Storm a lot longer than she’s known the AEW originals, so sorry if it’s strange that Ruby only now shows up. But yeah, Britt is good. Hayter says Britt is great, actually. Ruby says she’s glad to hear it and walks off. There are battle lines being drawn, which side is the Runaway on?
BREAKING NEWS for Rampage!
Not only are The Elite and The Firm having it out, it is for the AEW World Trios Championships! Will Kenny & The Young Bucks make it through All Ego, Hardy & Kassidy to then take on Fox & Top Flight? Or will there be a change of plans for Dynamite? And speaking of Saraya & Storm, they are in tag team action once again, but will they continue to beat down All Elite homegrown talent? Plus, before taking on Bryan Danielson, Rush will take on the Fallen Angel, Christopher Daniels, in an epic match of former ROH World Heavyweight Champions! Will El Toro Blanco build momentum going into his battle with The American Dragon?
AEW TNT Championship No Holds Barred: Darby Allin w/ Sting VS Samoa Joe!
The series is tied at 1-1, with the Samoan Submission Specialist winning in Texas, but the Relentless One winning in his hometown of Seattle. Dynamite in Dayton is throwing out all the rules except one: win! Will Darby continue to be the fighting champion? Or will Joe return to being the One True King of Wrestling Television?
The introductions are made, the TNT title is raised, and one way or another, this is the series finale of Darby VS Joe!
Darby takes off his trench coat to reveal he, uh, customized his Hoodlum hoodie. He’s covered it in thumbtacks!! And as soon as he’s in the ring, he rushes in to COFFIN SPLASH Joe! Joe is reeling from the tack attack but Darby fires off tack-covered forearms! Fans fire up as Darby runs corner to corner, but Joe dodges the splash to GAMANGIRI! Joe then wraps up an arm in his towel, to LARIAT Darby down! Fans rally, Joe pulls Darby’s tack hoodie off and throws it away. Joe drags Darby up to CHOP him! Darby goes to a corner, but Darby kicks back. Joe stomps Darby, stomps him down, then storms off.
Joe goes out to look under the ring, and he brings out a TABLE! Dayton fires up, Joe picks the table up, but Darby DIVES into the table and Joe! The table doesn’t break but it, Joe and Darby all hit the floor! Joe is busted open on his forehead and fans fire up! Darby hurries to stand the table up, to then drop it on Joe! Darby then brings the steel steps around into the corner of the railing. Darby whips, Joe reverses, and Darby not only clips steel steps, he clips railing! Darby lands on his feet just from momentum, but he soon falls to his knees, clutching his back! Fans lose their minds while Joe stalks out after Darby.
Joe stands Darby up, throws knees into him, and then throws him into railing. Joe drags Darby up and they go up the bleachers. Joe SMACKS Darby off the handrail, then brings him up further. Joe smacks Darby off more railing, then keeps him going up. But Darby fights back! Darby CLUBS and CLAWS Joe’s back! Fans fire up but Joe DUMPS Darby down the steps! Fans are going nuts while Joe glares through his crimson mask, and Dynamite goes picture in picture.
Joe drags Darby up again, grinds him against the handrail, then SMACKS him off a fan’s chair! They go back to the lower level as Darby kicks Joe and crawls away. Joe keeps after Darby, drags him up, and brings him around the way to TOSS back to ringside! Darby narrowly misses hitting steel steps head first! Joe stalks Darby, drags Darby back up, then scoop SLAMS him on the steps! Darby writhes, flounders away, but Joe follows him to the corner. Darby throws Joe’s ROH World TV title at him, but that only upsets Joe. Joe storms in after Darby, stalks him to a corner, and waits on Darby to stand before he DECKS him!
Joe eggs Darby on as he stands over him. Darby doesn’t stand so Joe makes him. Joe snapmares to CHOP Darby on the back! And PENALTY KICK him in the chest! And then drops a fist on his head! Joe watches Darby writhe and the ref checks on him. Joe grins through the crimson mask, then stomps Darby down. Joe kicks Darby, then clamps on a neck wrench! Joe leans all his weight on Darby but Darby throws body shots. Joe doesn’t budge, and he CLUBS Darby down. Joe grins as Darby tires to sit back up. Joe clamps the neck wrench back on and he twists even harder! Darby endures, and Dynamite returns to single picture as Darby throws more body shots.
Joe lets go of the neck wrench, Darby hobbles and runs, but into an ELBOW! Darby falls over and Joe covers, TWO! Joe keeps focus as he looms over Darby. Joe KICKS Darby to a corner, and then stomps him. Fans rally and duel, but Joe is annoyed by that. Joe drags Darby up, DECKS him with a forearm, then clamps on another neck wrench! It’s practically a vice on Darby’s head, squeezing his skull! Darby endures, fights up, and he RAMS Joe into buckles! Darby fires off forearms and SLAPS! Darby runs corner to corner, but into the URENAGE! Cover, TWO!! Darby survives the #STJOE, but Joe stands Darby up to CHOP him!
Darby staggers, Joe CHOPS him again! Darby flops to the apron, Joe builds speed and he BOOTS Darby to the floor! Joe then storms out and looks under the ring. Joe brings out another TABLE! Fans fire up again but Joe has fans move aside. Fans oblige and Joe rests the table against railing. Darby is in the ring, Joe goes in and brings Darby up, but Darby JAWBREAKERS before the sleeper could lock in! Darby runs in at the corner to CHOP! And CHOP! And CHOP! Darby CHOPS away on Joe, but Joe TOSSES Darby right out of the ring! Joe has been treating Darby like a throw pillow, emphasis on the “throw!”
Darby flounders up, but Joe goes back over to bring him back in. Joe suplexes high and hard! Joe then goes out to fetch chairs! Joe puts a handful of chairs in the ring, then sets them up together. Fans fire up as they’re back to back to make a wedge! Joe stands Darby up, brings him over, BIG back suplex on the chair wedge!! Darby writhes and Joe has a sadistic smile. “Joe is gonna kill~ you!” Joe turns the chairs around to face each other, then brings Darby back up. But Darby uses POCKET SAND to stop the bomb! CODE RED!! Cover, TWO!! Joe survives but Darby hurries to hop on! THROWBACK STUNNER!
Joe falls into a drop zone, and Darby hurries to get his hoodie back! Darby puts that back on, climbs up the corner, and COFFIN DROPS!! Cover, TWO!?!? Joe survives the tack-enhanced senton and fans can’t believe it! Darby hurries outside and goes looking. Darby uses a knife to cut the strings that hold down the canvas! Some are tough but they all give way, and Darby pulls the canvas away. Darby then drags off the foam padding to expose bare wood! Darby is deconstructing the ring in order to better destroy Joe! Darby sees Joe outside, builds speed and DIVES, but Joe walks away! Darby CRASHES THROUGH THE TABLE!!!
Dayton is losing their minds as Joe puts Darby back in! Joe sets Darby’s tack covered jacket down, he picks Darby up, and he POWERBOMBS him on the tacks! AND THEN HE SMOTHERS DARBY WITH THE TACK JACKET!! Darby DIGS at Joe’s eyes!! Joe lets Darby go, but he staggers around blindly! Joe stands up into a CHAIR SHOT! And another! And another! Darby has Joe on the hard wood, climbs up top, but Joe pushes the ref into the ropes to trip Darby up!! Joe climbs up after Darby, tucks him in, and hits a SUPER MUSCLE BUSTER TO THE WOOD!!!! Cover, JOE WINS!!!
Winner: Samoa Joe, by pinfall (NEW AEW TNT Champion)
Darby’s relentless streak is over! Samoa Joe is now a TWO-TIME TWO BELT CHAMPION! But wait! “THIS IS WAAAR~!” Fans go nuts for Wardlow as he storms down to the ring! Joe is just as shocked as Wardlow runs in! SPEAR!! Wardlow rains down fists on the man who took his title and his top knot! Wardlow rips his shirt off, drags Joe up, but Joe scrambles away! Fans boo but Joe isn’t going to fight again so soon after the war he just went through. Security rushes out but Wardlow CLOBBERS them all! Then he hauls one up to POWERBOMB out onto all the others!! Wardlow will not be denied, when and where will he get his hands on Joe?
This was an awesome Dynamite! Same balance of action and talking, but the action was all on a different level this week. Of the talking, we got good stuff out of this AEW Originals VS Imports in the Women’s Division. Saraya & Storm really up their Heel heat by just attacking Britt unprovoked, and then Ruby checking in on Britt was an interesting turnaround from her telling she didn’t want Britt’s help. But we’re getting closer and closer to that big tag(?) match. Hell, make it a Blood & Guts match but with the women rather than the men. Saraya leads a team, Britt leads a team, Ruby will choose Britt’s side and there could even be a twist of Shida betraying Saraya during the match to cost the anti-AEW team.
Good promo from the JAS to set up things with Starks. I just knew Starks would have to beat everyone in the JAS eventually, so it’s clever for them to get it all done in one gauntlet match. Starks will of course make it past Menard and Parker, and I bet that just as it looks like Garcia is stepping up to face Starks, Guevara takes the spotlight from him. Starks will still get through the final opponent, and he’ll get his match with Jericho. Good promo from Mogul Affiliates, because one: it establishes that their group doesn’t like multigenerational wrestlers, and two: it gave Granden Goetzman his wrestler name, “Trench.” Swerve will surely beat BPJ, but I bet Dustin teams up with BPJ and Brock Anderson as a sort of AEW take on WWE’s Legacy faction to take on Mogul Affiliates.
Good promo from Jack Perry, but I’m surprised he waited until now to establish that he’s done with tag teams. But I suppose he’s done with The Firm, too, so he’s done needing reinforcements. As it stands, if he wants a singles title, he could start with the All-Atlantic Championship, but I could see JB making a move for THE AEW World title. Speaking of The Firm, good promo from them and The Elite. I wonder if this was really live or just the take where Nick actually made that shot. Anyway, I’m also surprised the trios match for Rampage is for the titles when the titles are going to be on the line for Dynamite. But I suppose if Orange Cassidy and Darby Allin are fighting champions, then so should the Elite. Which of course means The Elite win on Rampage to go on to face Fox & Flight.
We got an awesome match from Bryan VS Thatcher, but of course Bryan wins to keep his story going. Even after he had that awesome match with Brian Cage, Konosuke going after MJF was a great move. And getting himself an Eliminator match is a good, too, but I feel like MJF finds a way to stand tall. He’ll either cheat to win, or just get himself disqualified quickly so his night will be over quickly. MJF also had a really good promo with LFI. Rush is a great choice to take on Bryan Danielson, and Rush is also going to have a great match with Christopher Daniels on Rampage. I’m sure Bryan will still find a way to win and we’ll still get that Ironman match, it just has to be how this goes.
It’s mostly because I don’t even know who is the #2 contender, since AEW still hasn’t kept up with rankings in this new year. AEW bringing out a sudden twist of MJF still having that One Hour Ironman match against someone other than Bryan would be great stuff, since MJF has been so focused on Bryan, but I feel like getting MJF VS Bryan is still the thing everyone wants to see. Great opening match out of Hangman VS Moxley, and of course Moxley bleeds. It’s practically in his contract. But Hangman losing by a roll-up was a great surprise, and them still being after each other after, this has to continue until Revolution.
The Acclaimed winning a squash was a bit surprising, but obviously that was to make room for the promo that set up things with The Gunn Sons. But Billy suddenly saying his sons can have a title match with The Acclaimed? I hope there isn’t a turn coming where Billy is suddenly on his sons’ side again. It just feels like something is fishy, but who knows. Really good TBS title match from Jade and Velvet, but I guess since this wasn’t at a PPV, Jade wasn’t about to lose. Kiera trying to help Velvet only to mess things up was at least a good detail to protect Jade. But at this rate, who is even going to beat Jade when she’s gotten through even some great established names.
And of course, an awesome No Holds Barred match for the TNT title. Great innovation, such as Darby’s tack covered jacket and the different table spots. I was actually rather surprised to see Joe win this to once again be dual champion. But at the same time, Wardlow returning to continue his story with Joe is a logical reason as to why Joe needs to have the TNT title again. Perhaps Wardlow gets the TNT title back to have a second chance with that, and Darby can move up into the world title scene. And assuming MJF retains at Revolution, it works for Darby to be next as they have history in AEW.
My Score: 9/10
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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