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Mitchell’s NJPW WTL X Super Jr. Tag Results & Report! (11/23/22)

The Super Juniors tag back in!

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NJPW WTL X Super Jr.

Will Catch 2/2 get two more points?

The IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Champions won big in the first round, but they can’t rest easy! Will TJP & Francesco Akira win to close out another show?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Ryohei Oiwa & Yuto Nakashima VS Oskar Leube & Kosei Fujita; Leube & Fujita win.
  • 8 Man Tag: Tomoaki Honma, Hiroyoshi Tenzan, Master Wato & Jado VS Bullet Club; Bullet Club wins.
  • Six Man Tag: Los Ingobernables de Japon VS Suzuki-Gun; Suzuki-Gun wins.
  • Super Jr. Tag League 2022: KUSHIDA & Kevin Knight VS SHO & Dick Togo; Kushida & Knight win.
  • Super Jr. Tag League 2022: Ryusuke Taguchi & Chris Connors VS BUSHI & Titán; Bushi & Titán win.
  • Super Jr. Tag League 2022: Robbie Eagles & Tiger Mask VS YOH & Lio Rush; Yoh & Lio win.
  • Super Jr. Tag League 2022: DOUKI & Yoshinobu Kanemaru VS Ace Austin & Chris Bey; Ace & Bey win.
  • Super Jr. Tag League 2022: TJP & Francesco Akira VS Alex Zayne & El Lindaman; TJP & Akira win.

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Here are the current Super Jr. Tag League standings!

TJP & Akira: 1-0, 2 points
Zayne & Lindaman: 1-0, 2 points
Taguchi & Connors: 1-0, 2 points
Eagles & Tiger Mask: 1-0, 2 points
Austin & Bey: 1-0, 2 points
Yoh & Lio: 0-1, 0 points
Bushi & Titan: 0-1, 0 points
Sho & Dick: 0-1, 0 points
Douki & Kanemaru: 0-1, 0 points
KUSHIDA & Knight: 0-1, 0 points

 

Super Jr. Tag League 2022: KUSHIDA & Kevin Knight VS SHO & Dick Togo!

The #TimeJet and the House of Torture both fell in the first round, but someone’s gotta win now! Will Kushida & Knight make up for lost time? Or will the Murder Machine & Spoiler find a way to ruin things again?

The teams sort out and though Sho taunts Kushida, Kushida starts against Dick. Fans rally up as the two circle. They tie up, are in a deadlock, but Dick puts Kushida on the ropes. The ref counts, Dick lets off, but Kushida avoids the cheap shot! Kushida arm-drags Dick and grinds his arm. Dick moves around, Kushida keeps on the shoulder, but Dick fishhooks Kushida’s nose. Dick puts Kushida on the ropes, whips him away, but Kushida comes back with an arm-drag and a drop toehold! Kushida wrenches the arm and wristlocks! Kushida wrenches and brings Dick over to tag Knight. Knight wrenches the arm, then tags Kushida back in.

Knight hands off the arm for Kushida to wrench. Kushida taunts Sho, tags Knight, and hands off the arm again. Knight wrenches and hands off the arm, then Kushida wrenches and hands off the arm, repeat! They then double wrench and double snapmare, to double knee drop on the arms! Fans applaud but Sho rushes in to throw hands. Sho runs, but into a double hip toss! STANDING MOONSAULT SPLASH COMBO! Fans fire up as Knight drags Dick back up. Knight wrenches to an ELBOW BREAKER, then wrenches again. But Dick pokes Knight in the eyes! And headlock punches him down! If only fans could boo tonight…

Sho tags in and he DECKS Kushida! Dick drags Knight out, Sho goes to the apron, PENALTY KICK! Sho eggs Kushida on while Dick ROCKS Knight. Dick puts Knight on the apron for Sho to ROPE GUILLOTINE! Knight sputters and Sho grins. Fans rally up for Knight but Sho rakes his eyes! The ref has to keep an angry Kushida back, and Sho wrenches Knight to whip him to a corner. Sho forearm smashes, wrenches and kicks, KICKS and SUPERKICKS! Cover, Kushida breaks it! Sho complains but he drags Knight back up. Sho facelocks then tags in Dick. Knight fights back but Dick CLAWS his back!

Dick drags Knight up, ROCKS him with a right, then ROCKS him again. Dick digs his boot in and so does Sho, but the ref counts. They both let off at 4 and fans rally up again. Dick drags Knight up but Knight ROCKS him back! And again! And EuroUppers! But Dick drop toeholds into a FUJIWARA ARMBAR! Knight endures, so Dick drops a knee on the arm. Dick snapmares then fist drops! Cover, but Kushida breaks it again! Sho complains, but Dick stands on Knight’s leg to keep him down. Dick bumps Knight off buckles, he tags Sho in, and Sho taunts Kushida. But Knight fights back with forearms and CHOPS!

Fans rally but Sho rakes Knight’s eyes! The ref reprimands but Sho whips Knight to ropes. Knight reverses, hurdles, and Sho SPEARS Dick out of the ring! Fans fire up as Knight crawls, hot tag to Kushida! Kushida goes up top to FLYING AX HANDLE! Kushida ROCKS, whips, but Sho reverses. Kushida handsprings to back elbow! Fans fire up, Kushida dodges Sho then PELES! Kushida aims but Sho ducks the buzzsaw! Sho shoves Kushida at the ref! Kushida stops himself from running into the ref, but he turns around into a dropkick to the legs! Sho then PENALTY KICKS Kushida’s arm! A very Kushida thing to do!

Kushida hobbles to the corner, Sho runs in, but into an elbow! Kushida goes up to FLYING KNEE Sho’s arm! Fans fire up as both men clutch an elbow! Kushida and Sho glare at each other, Kushida KICKS Sho’s bad arm! Sho KICKS Kushida’s bad arm! Kushida KICKS Sho’s bad arm, then KICKS and KICKS and KICKS! Kushida wrenches the bad arm but Sho rakes Kushida’s eyes! The ref reprimands, Sho lets go, and Kushida ROUNDHOUSES the arm! Kushida runs, but into Dick’s cheap shot! Sho SPEARS Kushida! Tag to Dick and he runs to BLAST Knight! Sho and Dick stomp away on Kushida, then they drag him up.

Dick & Sho double whip and double shoulder Kushida over! Cover, TWO, into a CROSSFACE! And for whatever reason, Evil & Yujiro have walked out to ringside. Kushida endures, reaches out, moves around, and lurches forward to get the ROPEBREAK! Fans applaud but Dick drags Kushida up. Dick reels Kushida in, underhooks, but Kushida back drops free! Dick sunset flips, but Kushida turns that into an ARMBAR! But Sho stomps him down! Knight gets in but Sho rakes Knight’s eyes and throws him out! Evil distracts the ref and Dick sets Kushida up. Yujiro gets in with his pimp cane! But Kushida ducks and the cane hits Dick!

Kushida sends Yujiro into Evil, then he runs to HANDSPRING KICK them both down! Sho kicks Kushida, rakes his eyes, then runs. But Knight runs in to DROPKICK Sho down! Fans fire up again and Knight PLANCHAS Sho down! Fans fire up more as Kushida PENALTY KICKS Dick’s bad arm! Kushida whips Dick to hip toss, cartwheel and basement dropkick! Fans fire up as Kushida underhooks, HAMMERLOCK SUPLEX! Bridging cover, #TimeJet wins!

Winners: Kushida & Kevin Knight, by pinfall (gain 2 points; Sho & Dick earn 0)

The House of Torture falls again! Will the only thing getting spoiled in Super Jr. Tag League be the chances Sho & Dick have of making the finals?

 

Super Jr. Tag League 2022: Ryusuke Taguchi & Chris Connors VS BUSHI & Titán!

The Wild Hips tasted success out the gate, but the Black Mask & El Inmortal were trumped by Ace Austin & Chris Bey. Will Taguchi & Connors continue to stampede in the second round? Or will Bushi & Titán stay tranquilo to get on the board?

Taguchi & Connors have their black bags again. Taguchi brings out water, but Connors brings out Sapporo brand beer! Fans rally up but Taguchi isn’t sure about this. Connors says it’s fine, and he takes a drink! Connors then realizes that Taguchi has to be okay to bike home later, so they put the beers away for now. The teams sort out and Connors starts against Titan. Fans rally as the bell rings, and the two circle. But then Bushi slides in to CLOBBER Connors! Titan kicks Connors to ropes, he and Bushi double whip, but Connors ducks and DOUBLE SHOULDERS them down! Fans fire up as LIJ go to opposite corners.

Connors runs in to elbow Titan, then elbow Bushi! Then he RAMS Titan, and he RAMS Bushi! Connors back drops Bushi away! Titan SOBATS, whips, but Connors reverses. Things speed up, Connors POUNCES Titan down! Fans fire up more and Connors drags Titan up. Tag to Taguchi and Taguchi stomps Titan down. Taguchi snapmares Titan and then clamps on a chinlock. Titan endures, even as Taguchi digs his knee in. Taguchi pushes Titan down and leans on the hold, but Titan moves around to get the ROPEBREAK! The ref counts, Taguchi lets off, and he sits Titan up for a point-blank hip. And then another!

Taguchi digs a stink face into Titan at the corner! Fans fire up as Taguchi gets a leg for OH MY GAH ANKLE! Titan has the ropebreak so Taguchi lets off again. Taguchi drags Titan up and bumps him off buckles. Tag to Connors, he runs and BLASTS Bushi! Connors whips Taguchi in to HIP ATTACK Titan! And again! And again! Then Taguchi whips Connors to back body block Titan down! Fans fire up as the Wild Hips butt bump! Cover, TWO! Fans rally, Connors drags Titan up, and Connors whips Titan to ropes. Titan springboards to CROSSBODY! Taguchi throws Titan down by his mask but Titan kips up to PELE back!

Titan SOBATS Connors, fireman’s carries, and hits a LANDSLIDE! Hot tag to Bushi, and Bushi stomps Connors around. Bushi bumps Connors off buckles, CHOPS him, then CHOPS again! And DOUBLE CHOPS Connors down! Bushi drags Connors up, snapmares him and wraps on a headscissor squeeze! Connors endures and fans rally up. Connors moves around, but Bushi drags him away from Taguchi. But Connors reaches to get the ROPEBREAK! Bushi CLAWS Connors’ face, but he lets off as the ref reprimands. Bushi stomps Connors, tags Titan, and Titan climbs as Bushi wrenches Connors.

Titan DOUBLE STOMPS Connors’ arm! Titan stomps Connors around while fans rally up. Connors rises, Titan KICKS and KICKS and fires off fast hands! SOBAT and Titan powers up! Titan runs, but Connors follows to SPEAR! Fans fire up while both men are down! Connors and Titan crawl, hot tags to Taguchi and Bushi! Bushi dodges to rake the eyes! Bushi runs, but into a HIP ATTACK! Fans fire up, Taguchi runs to HIP ATTACK at the ropes! And HIP ATTACK! And HIP ATTACK! Fans fire up as Taguchi brings Bushi back up. Taguchi snap suplexes, Uno Amigo! Another snap suplex, Dos Amigos! But Bushi fights free of Three Amigos!

Taguchi knees low, runs, but into an ENZIGURI! Taguchi wobbles around, but Connors runs in, the POUNCE sends Taguchi’s hips into Bushi! Fans fire up, Connors BLASTS Titan! Connors and Taguchi combine their powers! They aim at Bushi, “ORYA~!” DOUBLE HIP SANDWICH! Cover, Titan breaks it! Connors sends Titan back out and holds him down! Taguchi drags Bushi up, chicken wings, but Bushi victory rolls! TWO!! Taguchi has a leg, OH MY GAH ANKLE!! Bushi endures, Connors keeps Titan down, and Taguchi keeps Bushi from ropes! Bushi hops up, but Taguchi ducks the enziguri, only for the HEEL KICK to connect!

Fans fire up while Bushi and Taguchi are down. Connors hurries in and he drags Bushi up. Connors EuroUppers Bushi to a corner, then coordinates with Taguchi. Taguchi whips Connors in but Bushi dodges! Bushi BOOTS Taguchi, then sends Connors into him! Connors and Taguchi wobble, Titan knuckle locks with Bushi to go up and up and tightrope walk! Titan springboards to DOUBLE MISSILE DROPKICK! Fans fire up as Wild Hips fall out of the ring! Titan builds speed to FLY! Direct hit at the ramp! Titan fires up and fans fire up with him! Titan drags Taguchi up and puts him in, Bushi hobbles over to stand Taguchi up.

Taguchi fights the Fisherman Screw to knee low and run. But Titan SOBATS! Bushi sunset flips, Titan SPRINGBOARD SPLASHES! Cover, Connors breaks it! Connors knees Titan, whips, but Titan reverses. Titan goes Matrix to CALF KICK Connors out! Fans fire up and Bushi hobbles to ropes. Titan runs at Taguchi in the corner, CRAZY LARIAT! CODE BREAKER! Springboard, ANGEL INMORTAL!! Cover, LIJ wins!!

Winners: Bushi & Titán, by pinfall (gain 2 points; Taguchi & Connors earn 0)

The Wild Hips were just made to tranquilo! Will this be a pivotal turning point in the tournament? Or will it take more than one win for LIJ to get another shot at the titles?

 

Super Jr. Tag League 2022: Robbie Eagles & Tiger Mask VS YOH & Lio Rush!

The Flying Tigers are back and off to a great start, while Direct Drive & The Man of the Hour couldn’t bring down TJP & Francesco Akira. Will Yoh & Lio turn things around in the second round? Or will Eagles & Tiger keep hunting the top of the block?

The teams sort out and Lio starts against the legend. Fans rally as the two circle and feel things out. Tiger avoids Lio rushing in, but then Lio avoids Tiger. They reset, feel things out, Lio spins to get a leg! He spins Tiger to a waistlock but Tiger standing switches. Lio switches, Tiger switches, repeat! Lio slips under but then Tiger slips under! Lio rolls to victory roll, TWO! Lio swings into a backslide, TWO! The two stand off and fans applaud. Lio and Tiger stare down, and Lio bows! Tiger bows in return, and fans applaud the sportsmanship. Lio tells Tiger that he’ll tag out if Tiger tags out. Tiger agrees to that, but Lio sneaks up behind Tiger!

Eagles tags in before Lio whips, which Tiger reverses anyway. Lio redirects himself, and again, and leaps over the drop down! Tag to Yoh, Lio dodges Eagles and Eagles hits buckles. Lio whips Yoh to BLAST Tiger off the apron! Lio and Yoh combine, victory roll roll roll and SPLASH! Much smoother this time! Lio then sets up, DIRECT DRIVE IN MOTION! Fans fire up as the two high-ten. Yoh covers, TWO! Fans rally as Yoh stomps Eagles around. Yoh drags Eagles up, EuroUppers him back down, then tags Lio. Lio & Yoh double whip, double kick, then Yoh whips Lio, but Eagles avoids the scissor kick.

Eagles dropkicks Yoh’s leg out! Eagles dodges Lio, Tiger rushes in and flips Lio. Lio lands on his feet and blocks Tiger’s kick, but Tiger spin back kicks! Lio flops out of the ring, Tiger builds speed and DIVES onto Yoh! Eagles DIVES onto Lio, and thankfully a Young Lion shields the front row! Fans fire up for such speed from both Eagles & Tiger, and Eagles says hi to Desperado on commentary. Eagles drags Lio up and puts him in for Tiger, and Tiger drags Lio up. Eagles & Tiger double hip, double hip toss, and then KICK, KICK, KICK, and double basement dropkick! Yoh runs in, but into more kicks! DOUBLE ROUNDHOUSES take Yoh down!

Fans fire up and Eagles drags Lio up. Eagles snapmares Lio, runs and SLIDING KICKS! Cover, TWO! Eagles keeps on Lio by stepping through the legs. Lio scrambles around to the ROPEBREAK! Eagles lets off quickly, but he stomps Lio’s legs. Eagles scoops Lio to hold him up, then SLAM him into a drop zone! Fans rally as Eagles goes up the corner, 450, but Eagles has to bail out! Lio BOOTS Eagles, runs in, but into a knee! Lio ducks the roundhouse, RAMS low and SCISSOR KICKS Eagles down! Fans fire up while both men crawl for their corners! Hot tag to Yoh! Yoh runs in to BLAST Tiger, and then he CLOBBERS Eagles!

Yoh rallies, whips, but Eagles reverses. Yoh ducks ‘n’ dodges to FLYING FOREARM! Fans fire up and Eagles goes to a corner. Yoh runs in, but Eagles elbows him away. Eagles runs, but Yoh handsprings to dodge! Yoh mule kicks Eagles then turns him around, HEAD BUSTER! Then a suplex, for the FALCON ARROW! Cover, TWO!! Eagles is still in this but Yoh keeps his focus. Fans rally back up and Yoh drags Eagles up again. Yoh reels Eagles in, underhooks, but no drive! Eagles wrenches out but Yoh ROCKS him with a forearm! Yoh reels Eagles in but Eagles switches to CHOP BLOCK, and BLINDSIDE LARIAT!

Fans rally up while both men are down. Eagles crawls to hot tag Tiger! Tiger KICKS Yoh, KICKS, and SOBATS! Yoh goes to a corner, Tiger ROUNDHOUSES! Yoh flops down but Tiger drags him back up. Tiger underhooks, but Yoh blocks the lift! Yoh wrenches out, Tiger gest around, Yoh switches but Tiger victory rolls! TWO!! Tiger SOBATS again! And BUZZSAWS! Cover, TWO!! Yoh is still in this and fans rally up. Tiger drags Yoh up, gut wrenches, but Lio saves Yoh! Lio fires off on Tiger, runs, but into a gut wrench and BACKBREAKER! Fans fire up as Eagles gets in, and Tiger drags Yoh up. Feed to Eagles’ cravat, BOOSTED SLICED BREAD!

Eagles rolls Yoh and feeds him to the TIGER DRIVER!! Cover, Lio breaks it! Eagles drags Lio up to throw him out, and then Eagles coordinates with Tiger. Fans rally up again and the Flying Tigers bring Yoh up. They double whip Yoh to the corner, then Eagles goes to the apron. They meet at the corner with an ENZIGURI ROUNDHOUSE COMBO! Fans fire up more as Tiger drags Yoh back up. Eagles springboards, but Yoh gets away! Yoh snapamres Tiger, kicks Eagles, but Eagles wrenches! Tiger ROUNDHOUSES Yoh down! But Lio rolls and SPIN KICKS Tiger! Lio kicks Eagles, whips, but Eagles reverses, only for Lio to reverse it back!

Lio dodges Eagles then handsprings around, but Eagles blocks to ROUNDHOUSE, SUPERKICK and PELE! Fans fire up as Eagles kips up! But Yoh powers up, only for Eagles to block his superkick! Eagles SLAPS Yoh, knees his leg, back elbows him, and hooks him up, but Yoh fights the Turbo Backpack! Eagles standing switches but Yoh switches back to BACKSTABBER! Eagles hobbles, Lio rebounds to STUNNER! Eagles staggers more, into a SUPERKICK! Fans fire up as Yoh & Lio roar! Yoh drags Tiger up, whips him to ropes, 3- NO, Tiger ROCKS Lio and crucifixes Yoh! TWO!! Tiger SOBATS Yoh, runs, but into 3 K!! Cover, Yoh & Lio win!

Winners: Yoh & Lio Rush, by pinfall (gain 2 points; Flying Tigers earn 0)

Chaos fought Chaos and it was chaos! But in the end, the Men of the Hour come out on top! They have their first two points, but will it be the first of many on the way to the top?

 

Super Jr. Tag League 2022: DOUKI & Yoshinobu Kanemaru VS Ace Austin & Chris Bey!

Japones del Mal & The Heel Master couldn’t tame Taguchi & Connors, and now they’re going up against the Bullet Club’s hot hand! Will Douki & Kanemaru bust two rounds in a row? Or will they keep things from being Too Sweet?

The teams sort out and Kanemaru starts against The Finesser. Fans rally as Kanemaru and Bey circle, tie up, and Kanemaru headlocks. Bey powers out but then pulls hair to reel Kanemaru into a headlock! The ref reprimands, Kanemaru powers out but Bey runs him over! Bey does a swinging swaggering dance, then throws up the Too Sweet. Things speed up, Bey rolls back to headscissors Kanemaru! Then he dropkicks the legs out and DOUBLE STOMPS him down! Bey DECKS Douki, then he and Ace double whip Kanemaru to a corner. Bey runs in but Kanemaru dodges and dropkicks Ace’s legs out!

Bey runs back at Kanemaru and mule kicks! Bey runs, but into a dropkick to the leg! Fans fire up as Kanemaru drags Bey around, and SMASHES the leg on the mat! Kanemaru stomps Bey’s leg, fans rally up, and Kanemaru drags Bey up again. SHIN BREAKER! Bey writhes and clutches his leg but Kanemaru taunts him. Kanemaru stomps Bey at the ropes, then stands on the leg! The ref counts, Kanemaru lets off, and Kanemaru drags Bey up to kick the leg again. Kanemaru whips Bey to ropes but Bey holds ropes. Bey BOOTS back and Ace tags in. Bey baits Kanemaru in then hurdles over! Kanemaru tumbles out, Ace is there to egg him on.

Kanemaru swings but Ace handsprings over and around to PENALTY KICK! Fans fire up as Bey tags back in, to PLANCHA! Douki rushes in but Ace shoulders into him. Ace slingshots up and over and throws Douki out. Ace builds speed while Bey sets up Suzuki-Gun, for the FLOP! Fans fire up as Bullet Club Too Sweet. Bey drags Kanemaru up and puts him in for Ace. Ace stomps Kanemaru while Bey stomps Douki. Ace pulls on Kanemaru’s arm with a mounted armbar, but he sneaks out his Ace of Spades! PAPER CUT!! Ace hides the card up his sleeve, and then drops knees on Kanemaru. Cover, TWO!

Fans rally and Ace drags Kanemaru up. Ace bumps Kanemaru off buckles and tags in Bey. Bullet Club double wrench Kanemaru’s arms and DOUBLE CLAW his back! They double drop toehold, Too Sweet, and DOUBLE CLAW him again! Fans applaud the shout outs to El Phantasmo and Bey mocks Kanemaru’s pain. Bey digs his boot into Kanemaru, lets off, and tells the ref to shut up. But Kanemaru kicks back from below! Bey stomps Kanemaru down! Bey snapmares, UPPERCUTS Kanemaru in the back, then covers, TWO! Fans rally up and Bey taunts Douki. The ref is busy keeping Douki back as Bey CHOKES Kanemaru!

Desperado is annoyed on commentary as Bey mocks Kanemaru’s sputtering. Bey drags Kanemaru up, whips him into the corner, and then tags Ace. Ace stomps Kanemaru, suplexes Kanemaru high and hard, then pulls on the bad fingers! Kanemaru endures, Ace drops knees on the arm! Ace flexes and fans applaud while Kanemaru clutches his bad arm. Fans rally up again, Ace KICKS Kanemaru in the side! Ace stands on Kanemaru’s face, sits him up and BOOTS him! Ace stomps Kanemaru in the corner, the ref backs him off, but Bey CHOKES Kanemaru! Bey gets away with that, claiming he was just checking on Kanemaru.

Ace stands Kanemaru up to CHOP him! Tag to Bey, then they hook Kanemaru up, SLIDE KICK RUSSIAN LEG SWEEP COMBO! Then LEG DROP MOONSAULT COMBO! Cover, Douki breaks it! Douki and Bey brawl, but Bey throws Douki out. Bey mocks Kanemaru while fans rally up. Bey drags Kanemaru up to hook him up in a cobra twist! Kanemaru endures, and he pulls on Bey’s ear! Bey throws a body shot then runs, and blocks Kanemaru’s hip toss. Kanemaru blocks Bey’s hip toss, but Bey knees low! Bey whips Kanemaru to the corner, runs in, but Kanemaru BOOTS back! Kanemaru runs to tilt-o-whirl and DDT!

Fans fire up while both men are down! Bey and Kanemaru crawl for their corners, hot tags to Douki and Ace! Douki dodges to kick and whip,. Ace reverses but Douki RANAS! Douki dodges again, springboards and FLYING BACK ELBOWS! Fans fire up with Douki as he runs to DOUBLE STOMP! Cover, TWO! Fans rally up as Douki aims, and he runs side to side. Ace puts Douki on the apron, but Douki ROCKS Ace back! Slingshot, but Ace blocks Daybreaker to a NORTHERN LIGHTS! Fisherman bridge, TWO!! Douki escapes and fans rally back up. Ace staggers up, drags Douki up in a waistlock, but Douki throws elbows.

Douki switches, Ace elbows out hard. Ace DECKS Kanemaru, knees Douki low, knee lifts then HEEL KICKS! Fans fire up and Ace calls Bey in. Bullet Club coordinates, Ace gives Bey the boost, but Kanemaru catches Bey! Kanemaru shoves Bey into Austin then ENZIGURIS Bey down! Kanemaru BOOTS Ace in the corner, he and Douki double whip to DOUBLE DROPKICK! Ace bails out, Kanemaru whips Douki so he can DIVE! Direct hit on Ace, Douki puts Ace in, and Kanemaru scoops! BRITISH FALL to Douki’s DIVING DOUBLE STOMPS! Cover, TWO!! But Douki drags Ace into ITALIAN STRETCH NUMBER 32!!

Ace endures and fans fire up! Ace fights to drag Douki around, and he reaches out, but Douki rolls him from the ropes! ITALIAN STRETCH! But Bey is up top! FROG SPLASH!! Direct hit on Douki and Ace is saved! Bey then triangle jumps to ENZIGURI Kanemaru down! Bey roars and fans fire up! But Douki HELL STABS Bey! Only to run into the PELE! Bey kips up, gets the boost, TOO SWEET CUTTER!! To the FOLD!! Cover, Bullet Club wins!

Winners: Ace Austin & Chris Bey, by pinfall (gain 2 points; Douki & Kanemaru earn 0)

Another win for the Inevitable & the Finesse! Will these two have a major impact on the block?

 

Super Jr. Tag League 2022: TJP & Francesco Akira VS Alex Zayne & El Lindaman!

The IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Champions, now known as Catch 2/2, lead the pack with their two points, but The Sauce & The G-Rex are right their with them! Will Zayne & Lindaman snatch those points and some golden tickets at the same time? Or will the Public Enemy & Nova Fireball stay hot in the block?

Of course Gideon Grey gives the United Empire’s representatives their introductions. The teams sort out and Akira starts against Zayne. Fans rally up as the two circle. They tie up, and Zayne pushes Akira to ropes. Akira wants the break, Red Shoes calls it, and Zayne lets off cleanly. Fans applaud and the two reset. Akira gets fans to clap, “CATCH! NI NI!” and he circles with Zayne. They approach but Akira gets around, and he smirks and laughs at Zayne. But Zayne says Akira’s scared! Akira says he’s not scared and the two reset. Zayne calls for the test of strength, but clearly there’s a height difference.

Akira and Zayne knuckle lock, but then Akira CHOPS! Akira dodges Zayne and taunts the “heavyweight.” Zayne storms in and Akira dodges. Zayne handsprings over and says, “I told you, I’m a Junior.” Fans applaud as things speed up, and Zayne blocks the tilt-o-whirl to then swing Akira around. Akira slips out to waistlock but Zayne switches and shoves Akira to ropes. Akira jumps up but Zayne blocks the rana! Zayne swings Akira back up, Akira slips free and dodges to dropkick! But Zayne rebounds to CHOP Akira down! Zayne says that’s finger licking good as Akira bails out. Fans applaud and Akira cools off.

Akira tells Zayne to back off and Zayne gives him space. Akira slides in, tags TJP, and fans fire up as Lindaman tags in! Lindaman and TJP circle, fans rally up, and the two tie up. TJP wrenches to a wristlock but Lindaman rolls and wrenches back. TJP rolls, spins, cartwheels, and brings Lindaman down for the twisting headscissors! Fans fire up but Lindaman powers up to stack TJP to a cover. TWO, and TJP twisting headscissors again! TJP wags his finger and throws up the crown. Fans rally behind TJP as he holds tight, but Lindaman fights up again. Lindaman throws TJP away, knees low, then whips him corner to corner.

Lindaman runs in but TJP BOOTS back! TJP runs, but Lindaman ROCKS him with a forearm! Lindaman whips, but TJP goes Spider-Man! TJP eggs Lindaman on and he runs in, but TJP dumps him to the apron! Lindaman hurries back up to slingshot and STOMP TJP down! Fans fire up as Lindaman looms over TJP. Lindaman drags TJP up, whips him to ropes, but TJP reverses and ducks the haymaker to spin Lindaman around! Facelock and suplex, but Lindaman slips free. Lindaman waistlocks, TJP switches but Lindaman throws an elbow to SAYANAGI! And DDT! Fans fire up as Akira runs in, into a kick!

Lindaman scoops Akira to SLAM him on TJP! Fans fire up more as Lindaman gets the better of the champs! Lindaman fires up and fans rally behind him as he drags TJP up. Lindaman wrenches TJP to a wristlock, brings him over and tags in Zayne. Zayne takes the handoff and YANKS TJP’s arm! Zayne keeps his eye on Akira, YANKS TJP’s arm, then he wrenches TJP again. Tag back to Lindaman and he kicks TJP. Lindaman wrenches the arm, and says he’s going to have a taste! Lindaman puts his mouth guard away to BITE TJP’s hand! Red Shoes reprimands but the fans fire up! Lindaman stops biting, just to tell Red Shoes that he’s not getting any.

Lindaman says Zayne’s getting a taste, though! Lindaman hands TJP off to Zayne and Zayne BITES TJP’s hand! Red Shoes keeps Akira back even though he has a legitimate gripe right now! Red Shoes reprimands, Zayne lets TJP go, and Lindaman says he’s not done yet! Lindaman BITES TJP’s hand again! Red Shoes counts and Lindaman stops. Lindaman says Zayne is going to have seconds now! Fans fire up but TJP wrenches and smothers Lindaman! TJP brings Lindaman over while Zayne is hyping up the crowd! Zayen BITES Lindaman’s hand! Lindman shouts and Zayne realizes who he’s biting! Zayne stops and apologizes!

TJP tags Akira and then helps him with a RAILGUN DROPKICK! Akira wipes out Zayne & Lindaman! Fans fire up as TJP goes up and up and CROSSBODIES Zayne down! TJP gets back in, he and Akira double whip Lindaman. SOBAT, KICK, KICK and BASEMENT SHOTGUN! TJP covers, TWO! Fans rally up but TJP has Lindaman’s legs. TJP steps in for the SHARPSHOOTER, but then he shifts it down to an Indian Deathlock! TJP SNAPS the lock! And stands up, to SNAP it again! TJP rallies the fans and they fire up, but Zayne gets in! Zayne CHOPS TJP down, but that only snaps the lock again! Zayne drags TJP up, to CHOP him down again!

Lindaman explains this isn’t helping but Zayne isn’t listening! Zayne stands TJP up, only to realize he’s tied up with Lindaman. Zayne kicks but TJP blocks that, and spins Zayne around to SAIDO while he SNAPS the lock! Fans fire up while TJP lets Lindaman go. TJP drags Lindaman over, tags in Akira, and Catch 2/2 mugs Lindaman. Akira CLUBS Lindaman, taunts him, then CLUBS him. Lindaman CHOPS! Akira CLUBS! Lindaman CHOPS! Akira CHOPS! Lindaman staggers away to a corner and Akira is right on him. Akira whips corner to corner, runs in, and clotheslines! Snapmare and cover, TWO!

Akira stalks Lindaman to the corner, tags TJP, and fans rally again for “CATCH! NI NI!” They double whip, double atomic drop, then hook Lindaman up, RUSSIAN LEG SWEEP NECKBREAKER COMBO! Cover, TWO! TJP clamps on a chinlock and he grinds Lindaman down. Fans rally for Lindaman but TJP shifts to trap an arm. TJP has the chinlock again but Lindaman still endures. Fans rally and Lindaman fights around. Lindaman stands but TJP whips him to a corner. Lindaman reverses, runs in, but into a BOOT! Lindaman comes back, into another BOOT! Lindman is mad now, he blocks the boots and puts TJP in the ropes! DRAPING NECKBREAKER!

Fans fire up and both men crawl for their corners. Hot tags to Akira and Zayne! The Sauce rallies on Catch 2/2! ELBOW for Akira, spin and LARIAT for TJP! Fans fire up again and Zayne hauls Akira up. wrench and BAJA- NO, Akira rolls through! But Zayne ducks the Penalty Kick and rolls Akira for the EDDY GORDO KICK! Zayne wrenches and tries again, BAJA BLAST! Cover, TWO! Akira is still in this but Zayne keeps cool. Fans rally up, Zayne drags Akira up and reels him in. Zayne lifts but Akira fights it! Zayne CLUBS away on Akira, then SLAPS him! Zayne runs, but Akira follows! TJP tags in, Akira wheelbarrows then waistlocks.

TJP runs in but Zayne BOOTS him! Zayne elbows Akira, whips him but Akira reverses, only for Zayne to block! TJP kicks Zayne, Catch 2/2 double whip but Zayne still blocks! Zayne double whips the champs, but gets a DOUBLE DROPKICK for it! Fans fire up and rally with the champs. They drag Zayne up, double suplex, but Zayne blocks it! The champs throw body shots, get Zayne up, but he turns it around to DOUBLE SUPLEX the champs! Fans fire up as all three men are down! Zayne crawls for his corner, hot tag to Lindaman! Lindaman storms up to TJP and ROCKS him with a forearm! TJP staggers back up, into another forearm!

TJP throws a forearm, Lindaman throws another, fans rally as they go faster and faster, back and forth! Lindaman gets the edge, whips TJP to ropes, but TJP reverses. FLAPJACK FACEBUSTER! Akira WRECKS Zayne with a dropkick, TJP drags Lindaman up. Fans rally as Akira climbs and TJP Electric Chair Lifts Lindaman! But Zayne anchors Akira! Lindaman gets free, but TJP knocks him down. Akira kicks Zayne away, he and TJP try again. Dragon sleeper, DOUBLE STOMP ELBOW DROP DDT! TJP goes up top now, for the MAMBA SPLASH! Cover, Zayne breaks it!! Akira stomps Zayne out of the ring and fans rally up.

Akira coordinates with TJP and they get Lindaman back up. They both run the ropes, but Zayne trips Akira! Zayne rushes in but TJP ENZIGURIS him! TJP whips, Zayne reverses, Lindaman ELBOWS then ROLLING ELBOWS! TJP swings back, but into an EXPLODER! Fans fire up and Akira returns, SNAP HALF ‘N’ HALF for Lindaman! ENZIGURI for Zayne! Fans fire up with Akira and he runs, rolls but into a FALLING POWERBOMB!! All four men are down and fans are thunderous! Gideon rallies the Empire up and Akira stirs. Zayne crawls after Akira, TJP stirs on the other end.

Zayne puts Akira up top, but TJP runs in. Zayne sends TJP into Akira! Then uses TJP to get up and SUPER STEINER Akira! Zayne back suplexes TJP onto Akira, and then Lindaman deadlifts TJP for a GERMAN SUPLEX! Bridging cover, Akira breaks it in time! Lindaman drags Akira up to throw him out, then he builds speed! Tag to Zayne and Lindaman FLIES! Zayne drags TJP up and wraps him up! TACO- NO, TJP slips out to ROLLING SOBAT! Zayne staggers into the fireman’s carry, but Lindaman saves him! TJP uppercuts Lindaman, ROUNDHOUSES Zayne, then whips Lindaman. Lindaman reverses, but TJP gets around to inverted suplex!

Lindaman slips out to waistlock! Zayne SUPERKICKS TJP into the GERMAN SUPLEX! Zayne jackknifes for a DOUBLE BRIDGE, TWO!!! TJP survives and fans are thunderous again! Zayne & Lindaman rise and coordinate. Lindaman drags TJP up, wrenches and KUMAGOROSHI! Zayne says “ITADAKIMASU~!” Zayne goes up and CINNAMON TWISTS but FLOPS as Akira drags TJP away! Akira dumps Lindaman out, then PLANCHAS! TJP crawls over to Zayne, Zayne roars but TJP SUPERKICKS! Zayne swings but TJP BOOTS and ROUNDHOUSES him! TJP runs, into a V-TRIGGER!

Zayne runs but Akira SUPERKICKS! But Zayne runs back in! He LARIATS Akira but TJP rolls Zayne up! TWO!! TJP SOB- NO, Zayne blocks the sobat to wrap TJP up! TACO- Victory roll from TJP! CATCH 2/2 WINS!!

Winners: TJP & Francesco Akira, by pinfall (gain 2 points; Zayne & Lindaman earn 0)

The Sauce was hot but TJP was able to handle the heat! Zayne and Lindaman are eating bitter defeat, but will they only be hungrier next round?

As for TJP & Akira, the fans clap “CATCH! NI NI!” since they can’t cheer it tonight. TJP gets the mic, and says “Buenos dias. Oh, sumimasen. Buon giorno. Oh, gomenasai. Ciao.” TJP realizes that’s still not right. “Hello.” Wait… “KONNICHIWA!” Fans applaud as he finally remembered Japanese. TJP hopes the fans here remember from a couple days ago, “Catch, Two Two.” Fans again clap along, “CATCH! TWO TWO!” as TJP points side to side. “Arigato!” TJP then asks the Orchestrator what he has to say to the fans this fine evening.

Gideon says, “Well, all I’d like to say is, on behalf of Francesco Akira, on behalf of TJP, on behalf of myself, and on behalf of the whole of the United Empire… <WE ARE THE UNITED EMPIRE~!” Another win for the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Champions, will they be rolling into the finals of the Super Jr. Tag League?

 

Here are the NEW Super Jr. Tag League standings!

TJP & Akira: 2-0, 4 points
Austin & Bey: 2-0, 4 points
Zayne & Lindaman: 1-1, 2 points
KUSHIDA & Knight: 1-1, 2 points
Bushi & Titan: 1-1, 2 points
Yoh & Lio: 1-1, 2 points
Eagles & Tiger Mask: 1-1, 2 points
Taguchi & Connors: 1-1, 2 points
Sho & Dick: 0-2, 0 points
Douki & Kanemaru: 0-2, 0 points


My Thoughts:

A great second round for the Super Juniors side of this series. Also I do want note that while Suzuki-Gun was declared the winners against LIJ this time, it was via count-out. That furthers my belief that Takagi and Taichi will have some kind of no count outs related match for the KOPW trophy at WrestleKingdom 17. But anyway, just going by the standings, I figured House of Torture and Douki-Kanemaru would be the bottom two with zero points. Sho & Dick are suffering the karma the faction has built up, Evil & Yujiro showing up again couldn’t save them. And while Douki is improving, he is still a lower level name, he and Kanemaru aren’t getting to the finals.

Obviously on the flipside, the champs stay undefeated to lead the block, but Bullet Club’s Ace & Bey being the other undefeated team is a nice surprise. I believe they’re doing great work in Impact, and Ace got to look great in the Best of the Super Juniors this year. They are going to give TJP & Akira one hell of a match, but that’s not going to be for awhile yet. However, TJP & Akira are facing LIJ next, and after a good win off Wild Hips, Bushi & Titan might have a chance of snatching the win.

My Score: 8.5/10


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Andrew’s IMPACT Results & Match Ratings: 2.2.2023

Impact has a new number one contender, a few new signings and setting up for No Surrender. Lets see what happens tonight!

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We’re coming off of Rich Swann becoming the number one contender, Joe Hendry creating another banger of a parody song and Bully Ray…being more like Bitchy Ray.

Also lets not overlook the fact that Dirty Dango officially signed with IMPACT as well. Which may not be huge, but with the current addition of Santino Marella, Dango being involved in storylines for the foreseeable; there could be some good comedy in store.

There we go, a bunch of stuff got set in motion; but we could always see some interesting wrinkles or just straight forward boredom. Only one way to find out! BUT FIRST! Raven is getting The Flock back together…maybe?

Ratings:

  • Bullet Club (Ace & Bey) vs Kevin Knight & Kushida: Ace & Bey win via 1-2-Sweet – ***
  • Gisele Shaw w/Jai Vidal vs Savannah Evans: Gisele wins via Denouement – ** 1/4
  • Crazzy Steve w/ Black Taurus vs Sheldon Jean: Steve wins via King Kill 33 – N/A
  • Johnny Swinger w/Zicky Dice vs Kenny King: Kenny wins via Royal Flush – N/A
  • The Design (Kon, Deaner, Angels & Callihan) vs Josh Alexander, Frankie Kazarian, Yuya Uemura & Rich Swann: Callihan wins via Cactus Driver ’97 – ** 1/2

 

Results:

Bullet Club (Ace & Bey) vs Kevin Knight & Kushida

As much as I like Ace & Bey, a part of me would like MCMG versus Kushida and his new partner.

Early on its just counters, posing to the crowd and getting themselves over until Bey manages to sweep the leg, slingshot over the top rope for a stomp and take over a little. Knight manages to avoid a corner move, one legged Springboard Body Press, Jumping Frog Splash, and then a quick tag to Kushida. Some tandem moves from Kushida and Knight as Knight continues to mix it up with Bey.

Ace distracts Knight before the Springboard and Bey meets him in midair with a Dropkick and gets Ace in for some tandem offense and then Ace starts setting the pace. Double Arm Wringer into a tandem Back Rake. Then they wrestle Knight to the ground and keep him down for another Back Rake. Ace continues to set the pace and keep Knight mostly on the receiving end, until Knight rolls out of a lift, Ricky to Robert roll, Kushida gets the hot tag and starts clearing the ring. Bey tries Art of Finesse, Kushida catches him in a Flying Armbar but Bey turns it into a Cradle to get Kushida to break.

Electric Chair from Kushida, but before Knight can hit his Dropkick, Ace slides in and catches Knight on his back. Chicken Fight before Kushida and Knight finally hit their Tandem move but Ace makes the save. Ace wipes out Kushida, Knight forces Ace out, tries to go for a Plancha, but Bey was crotched on the top rope. As Knight tries to Plancha, Bey hits a Cutter out of nowhere on the apron. Ace sees the opening, 1-2-Sweet for the win!

Steph De Lander video package…that’s a pretty decent grab for IMPACT.

Gisele Shaw w/Jai Vidal vs Savannah Evans

Gisele faces off with Savannah and slaps her in the face a few times and refuses to back down. Savannah of course fires back, but when Gisele gets violent is when she’s at her best. After a big toss, Gisele powders, confers with Jai and the commercial kicks in. When we get back, Gisele has the advantage. But Savannah takes the short arm pull in, Side Slam for effect and distance.

Now they start trading strikes, that Savannah wins that war. A few short Lariats, Samoan Drop, and Gisele is reeling. Retreats to the corner, tries to stop Savannah with the Back Elbow, but eats a Spinebuster when she tries to continue. Fisherman’s Suplex Hold from Savannah for 2, Full Nelson Slam attempt, but Jai hits the apron and tries to seduce the referee as a distraction. Gisele hits the Denouement (Knee Strike) for the win.

The crowd is actively booing Gisele, but she powers through for her promo. It wasn’t great, but I’ll give her some credit for pushing through. 

Crazzy Steve w/ Black Taurus vs Sheldon Jean

Sheldon Jean continues the arrogance, though he’s a nobody enhancement talent. It would be nice if some of these enhancement talent wrestlers didn’t all have that same arrogant persona. We all know Steve is going to win, this is just a storytelling tool to probably add to the Trey Miguel stuff.

Steve is entertaining, but this match is more predictable than most things. He hits King Kill 33, but apparently it’s called Belladonna’s Kiss now. Trey jumps Taurus, tries to spray paint Steve, but Steve bites him and spray paints himself causing Trey to powder out of confusion/fear.

Bully comes out to complain as has been his thing the last few weeks. But thankfully Mickie returns the favor from last week and interrupts Bully. Verbal jabs, Bully Ray insults Mickie, Mickie slaps him, Bully slams her and calls in the Good Hands to get the tables. Tommy Dreamer makes a save with a kendo stick. Good Hands vs Mickie & Tommy next week. 

Oh good, this is exactly what I wanted from a few weeks ago! Kelly and Taylor will be a great team.

Johnny Swinger w/Zicky Dice vs Kenny King

Some goofy posturing and general Swinger antics. Eddy Gordo kick into Royal Flush, and Kenny gets the obvious win.

Bully has a segment in the back with Masha, and it seems like he’s a little smitten while he was trying to just manipulate her emotions to pick up the pieces after or during the tag match next week. 

Cardona and Myers try to make their own diss track song…and it was awful. It was supposed to be bad, and yes, it achieved that. It was like Miz and Morrison, without comedic talent.

The Design (Kon, Deaner, Angels & Callihan) vs Josh Alexander, Frankie Kazarian, Yuya Uemura & Rich Swann

Deaner barks at Callihan to start against Swann, then commands him to tag out, and a multi-man match is always a little bit of everyone gets moments. So its just odd that the heel team will be dictated by Deaner to a degree. Uemura comes in second and he reminds me so much of a young Tanahashi its crazy. Deaner calls for the tag and squares off against Josh now.

An attempted jumping in the corner, but Josh gets space and it turns into all 8 men in at once. Josh goes right after Kon and tries to assert his dominance on the “power” of The Design. After the commercial, Uemura gets rocked but Kaz saves him with a blind tag and hits some of his classic moves on Angels and Callihan. Swann comes in but Deaner and Kon manage to ground Swann and put the momentum back in the hands on The Design.

Some stupid spots take away a little from the match while Swann is getting worked over. Swann slaps his leg when he eats a Dropkick from Angels, then tries to Leapfrog Deaner and jump to his corner, Deaner grabs him away but it just looks silly and like it was never going to work to begin with. Its the optime of doing too much and hurting the match. Josh eventually gets a hot tag, tags a square off with Kon, throws him around and King Kong Knee drops Kon. Ankle Lock gives the near fall but Kon kicks off, Uemura tags himself in, Callihan gets the tag, is about to finish off Uemura; but Deaner stops the Thumbs Up – so Josh breaks up the offense and we get all 8 men pulls off high impact moves.

Cactus Driver attempt, Uemura hits the Enzuigiri to stun Callihan. Goes to the top, Deaner trips Uemura, Cactus Driver ’97 wins the match.

 

Overall Score: 5/10

This was a weird episode. The only match worth watching was the opening tag match, the rest were predictable, boring or just had dumb spots in them. Backstage segments however, those were pretty great. The problem though, is they built off of either inside jokes, old WCW knowledge or not shutting off cringe immediately.

So while I loved the Raven & Reese segment, Kelly & Taylor, and found some amusement in the Cardona stuff…its really subjective and not exactly friendly to an uninitiated viewer. We got an episode that catered to already existing fans, which isn’t how to grow a brand.

Even though I enjoyed things for the most part, this was a lame episode from the perspective of retaining new eyes.


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

Dynamite is No Holds Barred!

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Will Darby Allin still be the Relentless TNT Champion?

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

OFFICIAL RESULTS

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

PLAY BY PLAY

Jon Moxley w/ Wheeler Yuta VS Hangman Page!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Winner: Jon Moxley, by pinfall

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

Winners: The Acclaimed, by pinfall

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

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

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

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

 

Backstage interview with Jack Perry.

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

 

Brian Cage w/ Prince Nana VS Konosuke Takeshita!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Winner: Konosuke Takeshita, by pinfall

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

 

Backstage interview with the Jericho Appreciation Society.

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

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

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

 

The Elite speak.

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

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

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

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

 

Bryan Danielson VS Timothy Thatcher!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Winner: Bryan Danielson, by pinfall

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

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

 

Mogul Affiliates speak.

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

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

 

BREAKING NEWS for next week!

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

Backstage interview with LFI.

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Backstage interview with Britt Baker.

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

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

 

BREAKING NEWS for Rampage!

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


My Thoughts:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

My Score: 9/10


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