Mandy Rose’s reign reaches one full year!
Love her or hate her, Mandy Rose has been NXT Women’s Champion for 365 days and counting! But will someone try to ruin the Toxic Celebration?
- Grayson Waller VS R-Truth; Waller wins.
- Thea Hail w/ Chase U VS Kiana James; Kiana wins.
- Odyssey Jones VS Javier Bernal; Jones wins.
- Zoey Stark w/ Nikkita Lyons VS Indi Hartwell; Indi wins.
- Cora Jade VS Valentina Feroz; Cora wins.
- NXT Tag Team Championships: Pretty Deadly VS Bron Breakker & Wes Lee; Pretty Deadly wins and retains the titles.
PLAY BY PLAY
Bron Breakker is here!
The Big Booty Nephew is STILL NXT Champion after that high octane Halloween Havoc Triple Threat, and now he’s back from taking a minute to breathe. Fans bark it up as Bron gets the mic. Bron says, “Halloween Havoc was a monumental night for NXT. It was a monumental night for the entire locker room, and no, I’m not just talking about me. I’m talking about guys like Wes Lee, who climbed the ladder and captured the North American Championship. Guys like Julius Creed, in an Ambulance Match-” But Pretty Deadly makes their way out to interrupt! Kit Wilson says he has already “had enough of this nonsense.”
Fans boo as Kit tells Elton Prince, “It’s our glorious and exalted NXT Champion, Bron Breakker.” Elton says, “Yep, there he is, doing what he always does after he narrowly squeaks out a victory to keep his title.” Kit barks and mocks Bron. Bron laughs it off as Kit says, “Bah gawd, that was a scrap.” Elton mocks Bron by pretending to be Bron saying, “I’m a rough ‘n’ tough fighting champion. Where my next dog at? Step up!” “Where my dogs at?” Fans bark as Pretty Deadly strut into the ring, and Elton says Bron is “the absolute worst, and we’re sick of it.” Bron says, in his best British accent, “Well excuse me, mates. What do you two wankers want?”
Pretty Deadly gasp! “You do not talk to NXT’s dandiest highwaymen like that!” Kit says it’s bad enough for Wes Lee to be doing his Academy Award acceptance speech, and now we have this? Elton says Pretty Deadly should’ve opened tonight. Oh, Bron defended his championship for like the millionth time and he’s really cool beating people up left, right and center. Big deal! Pretty Deadly retained their titles last week, and their defense was bigger. So where’s their parade? They deserve the attention! It’s the pomp, the circumstance! Their moment to bask in the moment. Not like Bron, not like Wes and his Lifetime movie segments.
Elton says he likes that: The Pretty Deadly Spotlight. But wait! They’ve said his name enough times, so here comes Wes Lee! And Wes says, “Nope. Nope nope nope. I can’t listen to this anymore. For the sake of everyone, Pretty Deadly, SHUT UP!” Fans cheer but Pretty Deadly laughs that off. Wes says he appreciates Bron’s words. Appreciate? Well y’know who Kit doesn’t appreciate? WES! This is about Pretty Deadly! Let’s get back to Pretty Deadly. Bron says maybe Kit & Elton should “quit bitchin’,” and maybe if they weren’t in the back for three hours brushing their hair, maybe they would’ve been out here first.
Wes wants things to slow down. They must give Pretty Deadly credit, because they do have beautiful hair. Bron and Wes step up to Pretty Deadly, give the manes a touch, and Bron admits, that is good hair. Like angel hair. Wes is right, Bron does take things too far sometimes. So he’ll take a step back, and let Pretty Deadly have the spotlight. Wes says that’s growth right there. Kit says wow, thank you, Bronson. That’s lovely. Wes says he’ll give them an introduction! Elton is so excited! Wes says, “Please welcome to the ring, two of the tastiest snacks of NXT… Your NXT Tag Team Champions~! Pretty! Deadly~!”
Fans boo as Pretty Deadly point to each other. Elton thanks Bron & Wes for that. Now, everything is finally in order. Time for a #SIDEPLATECHECK! USH USH USH! Bron tells Pretty Deadly to hold on. If they are going to start the show, it’s bound that someone comes out to interrupt you. Wes says that’s true, there’s a pattern to how things go. Pretty Deadly starts talking, and someone comes up to interrupts. It’s usually… Someone wanting the titles! Well then who’d be coming for the titles? We wait, and Wes reveals, it’s him and Bron! See, Wes really misses the tag titles, and “Bron-Bron’s” never held them!
Fans already chant “Wes Lee Two Belts!” as Bron says that’s very true. Because Pretty Deadly claim to be the best, then they should put the titles on the line against Bron & Wes, TONIGHT! Elton changes his mind, he knew he NEVER liked Wes! Kit says, “You think you’re going to embarrass us? Well tonight, Pretty Deadly have the last laugh.” Bron says, “We’ll see who’s smiling when Wes and I are holding up our NEW Tag Team Championships!” Elton says opening the show sucks, tonight can’t get any worse! Wait! Here comes R-Truth! Fans cheer and say, “What’s Up?!”
Truth high-fives with Bron and breaks it down with Wes, but Truth has his own match! Will the 21st Century Success Story see just what’s up when he faces the Truth?
Grayson Waller VS R-Truth!
NXT returns as Waller makes his entrance and fans boo. The bell rings and fans are already telling Waller what they think of him. Waller says Truth needs to learn that this is WALLER’s house! He runs this! Truth slaps Waller! Waller kicks low, CLUBS Truth, CLUBS him more and more, then throws knees against the ropes. Waller CHOKES Truth, lets off at 4, fans actually duel, and Waller whips. Truth holds ropes to stop himself, then he elbows Waller away. Truth CLOBBERS Waller, fans fire up, and Truth says, “What’s Up?” “WHAT’S UP!” But Waller JABS Truth! Waller says THAT’S what’s up! Fans boo again but Truth ducks the haymaker to hit an atomic drop!
Truth pops Waller for an atomic drop, then he hits a headlock takeover. Waller keeps his shoulders up, fights up, and he stomps Truth’s foot. Waller is free and he headlocks back, but Truth powers out. Waller runs Truth over, he mocks John Cena, and then he runs, but Truth trips Waller up! Truth hits a headlock takeover! Waller keeps his shoulder up, fans rally, and Waller fights up. Waller throws body shots, whips Truth away, but Truth runs Waller over! Fans fire up as Truth swivels then runs, but Waller ducks and hurdles. Truth ducks ‘n’ dodges to RANA! And then hip toss! Fans fire up as Waller gets to ropes.
“What’s up?” “WHAT’S UP!” But Truth runs into an STO! Fans boo as Waller smirks and goes to the corner. Waller goes up and out on the ropes, but Truth rolls away. Fans duel, Waller goes out and around the way, but Truth rolls the other way! Waller is annoyed but fans cheer, and Waller gets in, to get an UPPERCUT from Truth! Waller tumbles out of the ring, and Truth gets an idea. Truth does the splits, builds speed, and FLIES but clips the ropes! Truth hits the floor hard, only clipping Waller, and the ref hurries to check Truth. Both men are down while NXT goes picture in picture.
Waller checks his chin and gets away to the ring, but the ref is helping Truth up. The ref tells Waller to hold on while he checks with Truth, and Waller talks smack on the 54 time 24/7 Champion. “What Truth? What Truth?” Waller does push-ups to rub it in as medics check Truth. Waller turns up the heat as he talks trash to the fans, and Truth sits in the ring. It’s hard to say what he hurt but it seems Truth needs a bit more help. Waller again rubs it in by doing handsprings, handstands and jumping jacks. Waller even gets on the announce desk to rile the fans up. Waller starts mocking Booker T! SPINAROONI!!
NXT returns to single picture, and fans boo Waller while Truth is helped away. It seems this one has been called!
Winner: Grayson Waller, by referee stoppage
Fans boo as Waller shouts, “I’m not surprised! It doesn’t matter who it is! Whether it’s NXT, Raw, SmackDown, Grayson Waller is the most dominant superstar in this company, lad! And I am sick and tired of people sleeping on me. I just beat a 20 year vet in R-Truth, and I did that on my own!” Fans chant, “You Got Lucky!” and Waller says, “Yeah, I get lucky every night! NXT is Grayson Waller’s house, and ain’t nobody gonna change that.” Waller is cocky, lucky, and never going to stop. But will someone come along and show him this is far from his house?
Vic Joseph interviews The Schism.
He welcomes fans to a “very unique sit-down with Schism. Joe Gacy, Rip Fowler, Jagger Reed, and of course, Ava Raine.” Ava has been the talk of social media because no one thought it was her under that mask and red hood. Vic’s known her since she first stepped foot in the Performance Center, and there are others who have known her even longer. All of us have the same question: Why the Schism, and why now? Ava says “Nobody knew that it was me. Everyone thought they knew everything, and I showed them they know nothing. I’ve been around WWE my entire life. And nobody ever took the time to get to know me.
“Until I met Joe, Rip and Jagger. They were the only people who took the time to get to know me.” When she first arrived at the WWE PC, she suffered a devastating injury that required surgery. Do you know who texted her and called? Who checked on her? The “new guy,” Joe Gacy. Ava didn’t hear anything from anyone who claims to have known her for all those years. Vic didn’t mean it like that. Then how does he mean it? Because Vic didn’t ask Rip or Jagger why they joined Gacy, he only asked her. So why should she sit here and answer questions when Vic’s not even listening? He’s only making assumptions, just like everyone else.
Then Vic has a question for the group, starting with Gacy. Gacy must be loving the new spotlight The Schism has since the debut of Ava Raine. Gacy says Vic is “completely missing the point.” Ava isn’t here because she does something for them. “People have been asking her for things her entire life. Everyone asking for things that they don’t deserve. Asking her for things that they didn’t earn. Ava is here because we accept her for who she truly is, and that’s why she chose The Schism.”
Rip says there are more eyes on them than ever before, and there is heightened ridicule from the NXT locker room and the greater community. “They compare us to other groups past and present, but those other groups could never dream of achieving the togetherness that we have in The Schism. In fact, Vic, we would like to offer you one of our pins.” Jagger says, “The lack of acceptance is why we are who we are. When you take your mask off and reveal your true self, it’s too harsh for people, yet it is welcomed within The Schism. And we are not responsible for your unfavorable reactions.”
Vic says he’s sorry to see the picture a little clearer, but he does have one more question. It’s based off a tweet from Cameron Grimes: “It’s sad to see Schism has brainwashed Ava Raine.” What is their response to that, given they put Grimes behind them? Ava says no one brainwashed her, how dare you! She saw what Grimes could never see, and that is that together, The Schism can do so much more than she ever could alone. And how is it that Grimes is behind them? He didn’t beat them, he paid two guys to win for him. “You don’t get to reject The Schism and just walk away. We are committed to making an example out of Cameron Grimes, and we are going to follow through on that commitment next week, when Cameron Grimes faces Joe Gacy for the final time.”
Gacy says, “The Schism is strong together because they are four roots,” and the group says, “One tree.” Will Mr. Inclusion finally cross off Grimes in this final showdown? Or will Grimes be the one leaving The Schism behind as he goes #ToTheMoon?
Javier Bernal speaks to someone outside HBK’s office.
He knows these guys left it all in the ring last week, and they came so close. Don’t get him wrong, they’re great athletes and all, but they’re not championship material. Malik Blade & Edris Enofe are naturally offended by that, but Javi wants them to take it easy. Not everyone can be Big Body Javi. “But here’s some big body advice: don’t waste a meeting with Mr. Michaels. He’ll only tell you the same things that I told you.” They’re better off just watching Javi tonight. Wait, he has a match on NXT tonight? Yep! He texted good ol’ HBK and requested one. In fact, that’s why he’s here, HBK texted him to meet here to learn who he’s facing.
Malik & Edris are laughing, because out walks Odyssey Jones! Odyssey thanks HBK and says he won’t let the boss down. And then he sees Javi! Tonight, Big Body Javi goes 1v1 with “Big Body O.” See you out there, little man. Javi is already feeling the pain, will he be taking the L in Odyssey’s return to action?
Zoey Stark storms into the women’s locker room.
While Indi Hartwell, Tatum Paxley and others are chatting, Nikkita Lyons is trying to calm Zoey Stark down. Stark drops her bags too close to Indi’s and Indi gets upset. What’s Stark’s problem? What? They know Stark’s problem, she and Lyons lost in the tag title match last week! Yeah, the whole world saw that. Indi got dropped by Elektra Lopez, but you don’t see her all pouty. So get over it! Be grateful you’re even getting another championship match again next week. Some aren’t so lucky. When was the last time Indi was handed a title match, huh? Well, maybe that’s because Indi doesn’t deserve one.
Oh, is that so? Yeah, actually, because the last time Stark checked, title matches aren’t handed out, they’re earned! Oh, earned, right. Well Stark is gonna earn a boot in the face. Then maybe Indi’s gonna earn a knee to the jaw! Oh, then let’s do that right now! Lyons and the rest of the locker room keep these two apart, but will Stark and Indi look to follow through on all that talk later tonight?
Andre Chase gives Thea Hail a pep talk at gorilla.
He wants Thea to be hydrated and with her head in the game. Thea wanted it, she’s got it! The rematch with Kiana James! Thea fires up and Chase asks her how she feels! “Mr. Chase… Something just doesn’t feel right.” The Chase U banner remains untouched without Bodhi… Who’s gonna carry the flag now? BAM! DUKE HUDSON busts through a paper wall! DUKE will carry the flag! “LET’S GOOOO~! CHASE U! CHASE U!” Chase says Duke’s got the right idea! Let’s go! Thea hurries after Chase and Duke, is this going to be the start of comeback season?
Thea Hail w/ Chase U VS Kiana James!
Chase U’s star recruit may have failed the first time, but she promises not to let Professor Andre down! Will Thea’s studying and hard work pay off in the rematch? Or will the Calculator’s plans continue to go accordingly?
The bell rings and the two circle. Fans rally, Kiana and Thea tie up, and Kiana KNEES Thea low! Kiana clamps onto an arm and CLUBS away on it! Kiana SLAMS the arm on the ropes, then ROCKS Thea with a right! Kiana talks trash, wrenches and WRINGS the bad arm, then RAMS Thea into the buckles. Fans rally for Thea and Thea kicks back! Thea fires off forearms but Kiana KNEES low again. Kiana steps over and JAMS the arm, then stomps Thea down. Cover, TWO! Fans rally but Kiana clamps onto Thea with a seated abdominal stretch. Fans rally as Thea endures, Thea fights, but Kiana cranks on the top wristlock.
Thea fights up, bridges, but Kiana wrangles her back down! Fans continue to rally, Duke waves that banner as hard as he can, but Kiana drops knees on the bad arm! And more knees! Kiana taunts Thea, throws her down then stomps her down! Kiana throws Thea by her hair again and the ref reprimands. Fans boo, Kiana clamps onto Thea again, and Kiana gets the top wristlock back. Fans rally, Thea endures and fights up, and Thea arm-drags free! Kiana staggers to a corner, Thea runs in and blocks a boot to bring Kiana out, for a short arm LARIAT! And an elbow! And another elbow! Fans fire up and Thea runs in to SPLASH!
Thea rolls back, runs in again, and SPLASHES again! Thea dropkicks legs out, runs, and hits the ROLLING NECKBREAKER! Fans fire up with Thea and she goes up the corner! Thea roars, leaps, and CROSSBODIES! But Kiana rolls through and picks Thea up! But Thea cradle counters, TWO!! Kiana escapes, kicks Thea down, then brings her around to throw by her hair again! Kiana runs, to SLING-SHOT! Cover, Duke helps the ropebreak! The ref and Chase both reprimand Duke, “We don’t cheat around here!” Chase tells Duke to go to the back! Duke snarls but he accepts Chase’s orders.
But Kiana CLOBBERS Thea and CHOKES her! Thea flounders, Kia runs in, SLING-SHOT again! Cover, Kiana wins!!
Winner: Kiana James, by pinfall
And with that slingblade complete shot combo, the 401K, Kiana DOES go 2-0 against Thea! Duke was just trying to help, but will everyone learn from this #TeachableMoment?
Chase helps Thea up, but CHARLIE DEMPSEY attacks! Dempsey puts on a SLEEPER!! Chase is red, but Duke rushes in! Duke chases of Dempsey, then Duke helps Chase to his feet. And he even offers Thea a hand. Thea takes it, fans cheer, and perhaps Chase U will be stronger than ever now.
Backstage interview with Fallon Henley, Brooks Jensen & Josh Briggs.
McKenzie Mitchell is with the country trio and wants their take on tonight’s tag title main event. Briggs says they’re pulling for Wes & Bron to win, but if they can’t, Pretty Deadly won’t be able to run from Briggs & Jensen much longer. Jensen says those two pretty boys will fall to some country men! Fallon says that’s right! Pretty Deadly’s time is running out. But then in walks Kiana James’ assistant, Giana, to hand Fallon a document. Briggs scolds Jensen for not having his eyes up a little higher on Giana, but Fallon reads the document. Look at this! Oh no…! What moves is Kiana making outside of the ring?
Wes and Bron talk backstage.
Bron congratulates Wes on the big North American Championship win. That was a huge accomplishment. Wes thanks Bron for that, and thanks Bron for stepping up, because going after the tag titles is going to be tough. But it might be tougher trying to hold both belts on their shoulders! Bron likes the sound of that, but then in walks Robert Stone. “There’s the gentlemen I’m looking for! The unbeatable, the unstoppable Bron Breakker. Now, a guy who is so unstoppable, he cares more about winning the NXT tag titles than defending his own.” Bron says Stone has five seconds to get to the point.
Stone says the point is that Bron knows in his heart that he could take on anyone in NXT, except for one guy. That guy is bigger than Bron, stronger than Bron, and that guy is Von Wagner. Bron laughs again. Stone says Bron can enjoy doubling up on championships tonight, because when Bron does, Von will happily take the NXT Championship off him. Bron says that’s fine with him. But tell Von that next time, Von should just come after Bron himself instead of sending his errand boy. Now Stone needs to get outta there before Bron puts his head through a locker. Stone laughs that off, then frowns as he leaves.
Wes says, “See you, Mr. Stone.” But will the Big Booty Nephew soon find himself living in Wagner’s World?
Odyssey Jones VS Javier Bernal!
#SoundTheAlarm, look who is back in action! NXT starts on The Odyssey once again, will Jones start where he left off? Or will Big Body Javi find a way to be a big body buzzkill?
NXT returns and Javi makes his entrance. The bell rings and Jones circles with Javi. Fans rally for Odyssey as the two approach. Javi gets around, waistlocks Jones, but Jones CLUBS him right down! Jones knuckle locks Javi and that alone hurts Javi! Javi reaches for ropes but Jones reels him in for a shoulder! Jones scoops with one arm, and SLAMS Javi! Fans fire up and Jones is all smiles, but Javi gets up to CHOP him! Jones glares at Javi, and he TOSSES Javi to a corner! Jones CLUBS Javi, Javi stumbles and flounders, and fans rally up. Jones short arm LARIATS Javi, and he then rolls all over Javi! And again!
Fans rally, Jones runs and hits one more roll on Javi! Javi gets to a corner, Jones storms over but Javi slips away. Jones’ leg bothers him and Javi CLUBS Jones on the back! And again! And again! Javi climbs up, he rains down punches on Jones, but Jones uses that to Electric Chair Lift! Javi slips off, he dropkicks the leg and Jones staggers! Javi CHOP BLOCKS and Jones goes down! Fans boo as Javi DDTs the leg! And drops an elbow! And another elbow! And another! Fans boo but Javi steps through to have a standing toehold. But Jones BOOTS Javi all the way out of the ring! Javi runs back in to clamp on a chinlock!
Fans rally as Jones endures and fights up! Jones RAMS Javi back into buckles! Javi just jumps back on! Jones RAMS Javi into more buckles, but Javi clamps on with a headlock. Jones picks up and TOSSES Javi away! Javi staggers up, into a LARIAT! And another LARIAT! Jones roars, whips, and swings, but Javi ducks! Only to return and get run over! Fans fire up with Jones and he runs in at Javi to back body block! Javi staggers into a SWINGING SIDE SLAM! Cover, Jones wins!
Winner: Odyssey Jones, by pinfall
#SoundTheAlarm, Jones’ return is victorious! Will Javi take a form of his own advice and not waste time asking HBK for things? Will Jones’ odyssey finally lead to some gold?
Toxic Attraction heads to the ring.
Gigi Dolin & Jacy Jayne flank the Toxic Goddess, Mandy Rose, as she is still NXT Women’s Champion after Halloween Havoc. And not only that, she has been champion for over ONE FULL YEAR! As such, the Toxic Lounge is now in the ring for this Toxic Anniversary Celebration. Mandy, Gigi & Jacy strut into the ring, title raised, and pictures of Mandy’s best victories on display. Jacy says, “Bow in the presence of greatness! One year. One year of proving everybody wrong. 365 DAYS of being the Baddest Bitch in the Game! 365 days of being the most dominant champion in NXT history.”
Gigi says, “Mandy Rose is absolutely untouchable. But you all underestimated her, you mocked her, you didn’t believe in her. But she has proven time and time again that she is superior to every person in that locker room, man or woman.” Jacy says Mandy is “the absolutely measuring stick of the NXT Women’s Division. You fought legends, underdogs, unified the NXT Women’s Championships, and helped make Toxic Attraction the most decorated female faction in NXT history. And in honor of all of your greatness, we put together a little video package just for you, champ! Roll it!”
And yes, we get a video package. From the Golden Goddess to Otis’ Precious Peach to her toxic return to NXT, to taking the NXT Women’s Championship from Raquel Rodriguez last year at Halloween Havoc 2021. Though, what’s clearly left on the cutting room floor is all the times Gigi & Jacy had a part to play in Mandy’s victories. But the bottom line is, Mandy wants you to “put some damn respect on my name!” Mandy thanks Gigi & Jacy for that, and wow. “All that? Not bad for a piece of eye candy, huh? Because that’s all I was to you people for four years. I was a peach, a Barbie doll, a bottled blonde made in a lab, a centerfold bitch.
“That’s why two years ago, I realized I needed to bet on myself. And I made the choice to come here and rebuild myself. And it was the greatest decision I have ever made in my entire life. And with the help of my girls, Gigi Dolin & Jacy Jayne, Toxic Attraction has risen to the top. Numbers don’t like. Ratings don’t lie. Merchandise sales don’t lie. And you people thought that I couldn’t hold the NXT Women’s Championship. Why? Because this title represents the greatest women wrestlers in the entire world. And I have proven every single one of you, for over a year now.
“And I don’t just say, ‘put some respect on my name’ because it’s a nice catchphrase. No, because it’s the damn truth! I’ve given every single woman in this division a shot at this title, and I have stepped on every single one on my way to the top, while wearing red bottoms and making it look good. And damn, does it feel good to have sat on my rightful throne for over a year now. And I can guarantee that no one will be kicking me out of it. And if anyone has a problem with what I just said, you know where to find me. I work on Tuesdays.” Wait, what is this smoke? Wait! Alba Fyre SUPERKICKS one of the bellboys!
Fyre SMACKS Gigi with the portrait of Mandy! And she whips Jacy over the couch! Mandy says Fyre isn’t going to ruin this for her, but she still runs away. So Fyre SUPERKICKS the other bellboy! And then she drags Gigi up into the Gory Especial! GORY BOMB through the table!! Mandy and Jacy are speechless as Fyre grabs the mic. “Mandy, this week, I take out Gigi Dolin. Next week, I take out Jacy Jayne. And in two week’s time, I’m taking that title!” The Fire Keeper is not done by a long shot, will she make sure Mandy’s toxic reign never makes it to two years?
Backstage interview with Apollo Crews.
McKenzie notes that Apollo mentioned last week that he’s listening very closely to what Bron Breakker has had to say, and we all thought he’d be the one making an appearance earlier tonight. Apollo says that Pretty Deadly gets to have their moment in the sun with Bron. But he’ll say this: a 1v1 between Bron and Apollo, THAT is what the NXT fans want to see! That is what Apollo wants, but Apollo isn’t sure if that’s what Bron wants. Really? Why’s that? The answer is simple: Apollo is a match-up problem for anyone, including Bron! The moment Apollo came back to NXT, he looked Bron square in his eyes and told him what he was coming after.
Since then, Bron hasn’t said Apollo’s name one time! Apollo gets it, Bron is the champion and everyone chases him. “But Bron Breakker being the fighting champion that he is, I didn’t expect to put on my running shoes.” Von Wagner laughs at that one. Von tells Apollo, “You’re kind of a funny dude, do you know that? You’re a match-up problem? I’m a straight up problem, period. Don’t chase your time chasing after Bron, I know you like to look into the future. But when it comes to that title, I am the future!” Von heads out, but Apollo doesn’t take that seriously. Who will have the last laugh when it comes to the NXT Championship chase?
There’s another call to the Performance Center.
After the automated message, they speak. “You can screen my calls, but you cannot screen my fury. One by one, you all shall fall, so just let it happen, as it is written on the walls.” We also see video of someone spray painting the outside of the building! Is that SCRYPTS themselves?! “Coming to NXT almost feels like home. Because inside those ropes, the canvas will be the place how I express how I feel in my bones. I will leave my mark, and I warn you all on my imminent start. Sincerely, SCRYPTS.” The camera is then sprayed out in red! Will all of NXT be seeing red when SCRYPTS reveals themselves?
Zoey Stark w/ Nikkita Lyons VS Indi Hartwell!
Tensions are running high in the NXT Women’s Division given how toxic things have been lately. Alongside Lyons, Stark will get a rematch for the NXT Women’s Tag Team Championships to clear the controversy, but will there be any controversy with how this one goes down?
The bell rings, the two tie up and go around. Stark puts Indi on the ropes but Indi turns it around to put Stark on the ropes. The ref calls the ropebreak, Indi lets off, and the two tie up again as fans duel. Indi headlocks, Stark powers out, but Indi runs Stark over! Stark kips right up and she shoves Indi. Indi and Stark tie up again, Stark headlocks but Indi powers out. Things speed up, Indi dodges Stark and runs her over again! Stark hurries up but Indi wrenches Stark to an ELBOW BREAKER! Indi wrenches again, RAMS shoulders, then RAMS them again. And again! Indi whips Stark to a corner, runs in, but Stark elbows her away.
Stark puts Indi in the corner, RAMS into her, and again, then CHOPS! Fans “WOO~” for that one, and Stark stands Indi up for another CHOP! “WOO~!” Stark whips Indi corner to corner. Indi reverses but Stark goes up and over and keeps moving. Stark ducks, springboards and CROSSBODIES! Cover, ONE, but Stark clamps right on with a chinlock! Stark thrashes Indi around, Indi fights up and fans rally. Stark wrenches, whips Indi to a corner, then brings her around to whip her back in! Stark brings Indi around a third time for another whip, then she wrenches the arm to an ELBOW BREAKER!
Fans rally, Stark wrenches again and snapmares Indi down. Stark runs but Indi avoids the sliding lariat! Indi blocks a kick, spins Stark and scoop SLAMS her! And then scoop SLAMS again! Stark stagger sup, Indi clotheslines Stark up and out! Stark is furious but Lyons tells her to cool off. Stark huffs and puffs and paces around while NXT goes to break.
NXT returns and fans rally as Stark has Indi in another chinlock. Indi endures, fights up, but Stark leans on the hold. Indi throws body shots but Stark ROCKS her! Indi ROCKS Stark, Stark ROCKS Indi, repeat! Indi kicks then KNEES then DECKS Stark! Stark goes to the apron, Indi storms over and brings Stark up to UPPERCUT and BOOT! Stack cover, TWO! Stark is still in this and Indi grows a bit frustrated but fans continue to rally. Indi drags Starks up, suplexes, but Stark blocks! Stark wrenches out and LARIATS Indi! Storm ROCKS, ELBOWS, mule kicks and then runs, SLIDING KNEE! Cover, TWO!
Indi is still in this and Stark grows frustrated. Indi gets to a corner, Stark runs in as fans duel, and Stark ELBOWS Indi! Stark runs and comes back but is put on the apron. Indi swings but Stark blocks to bump Indi off buckles! Stark sweeps the legs, jumps up and SPRINGBOARD TWISTERS! Cover, TWO!! Indi survives the #StarkSpecial and Stark is shocked! Stark then gets mad again and stomps a mudhole into Indi! The ref counts, Lyons tries to tell Stark to calm down, and Stark lets off at 4, to just start a new mudhole stomp! Lyons gets through to Stark and she cools off, to then drag Indi up and scoop. Z 3- NO, Indi CLUBS Stark!
Indi short arm LARIATS! And short arm LARIATS again! And again! Stark staggers up, Indi runs in but Stark dodges the boot to SUPERKICK! Stark drags Indi back up, TOSSES her out hard, and then storms out after her. Lyons stays back as Stark dribbles Indi off the announce desk! The ring count is climbing as Lyons tries to talk sense into Stark. But Stark clears off the desk! Fans sing, “OH~ Zoey is angry~!” as she drags Indi up and reels her in! Lyons tells Stark this isn’t going to win it! She can do this in the ring! Stark listens and puts Indi in at 7 of 10. Stark slides in at 8, but Indi BOOTS her down!
Indi hurries to BLINDSIDE LARIAT! Cover, INDI WINS!!
Winner: Indi Hartwell, by pinfall
Lyons said Stark could win in the ring, but she just LOST in the ring! Did Stark make a mistake cooling off? Or was it a mistake to be so fired up from the start? As for Indi, did she just earn her own opportunity at a title?
BREAKING NEWS for Crown Jewel!
After the huge victory for Alexa Bliss & Asuka just last night on Raw, they’re already defending the belts in a rematch against Dakota Kai & Iyo Sky this Saturday! With Bayley also going for the Raw Women’s Championship against Bianca Belair, will Damage Control soon have total control of the Raw Women’s Division? Or will #TwistedMist and the EST thwart them completely?
Someone records a message.
“My eyes are no longer shielded. My business is unfinished. A new order of high justice is upon NXT. It’s not about anger or frustration. It’s about authority. MY authority.” Will this mystery man’s return to NXT bring about a new order in the food chain?
Valentina Feroz talks with Sanga backstage.
She doesn’t understand what is going on with him, or what is wrong. But she wants Sanga to be in his corner tonight. Sanga says Valentina is very, very strong. But he is very, very sorry. Veer Mahaan walks in, and Sanga says he cannot go with Feroz. She says she understands, and she leaves. Will Feroz be alright without her support system? Also Wendy Choo is in the background, is she waking back up after being away? As for Veer, he goes to Sanga to say that here, they are taking his kindness for weakness. Do they honor Sanga? Sanga’s silence is answer enough for Veer. “That’s why I’m here.” Veer & Sanga head out, will Indus Sher make NXT honor them?
Stark & Lyons regroup backstage.
Lyons wants Stark to talk to her, and Stark says she lost! Okay, just relax. Stark takes a breath and says she is just in her own head. She is sorry, but she promises that next time, she’ll have her head in the game. Lyons says it is all good and she has Stark’s back. But then KC Squared walk in. Kayden Carter says, “Look who has no momentum going into our rematch.” Katana Chance says Stark will have to do better than that if she wants the titles. But they beat you two before! But it doesn’t count! And Stark & Lyons won’t win next week. The champs head out, Stark is starting to get riled up again, but Lyons holds her back. Breathe, and be ready next week. Will the be ready next week for the title rematch?
Cora Jade VS Valentina Feroz!
The Generation of Jade may have lost in a wild match at Halloween Havoc, but she’s already moving on. Will she add on to Valentina’s downcast spirits? Or will Sanga be right in that Feroz’s great strength will carry her through?
NXT returns as Feroz makes her entrance. She does not look ready, but she fires herself up as best as she can without Yulisa Leon or Sanga by her side. The bell rings and Cora taunts Feroz. “Who are you, anyways?” Cora shoves Feroz, and questions if Feroz should even be here. Cora pie faces Feroz and says Feroz doesn’t deserve to be in the same ring as her. Feroz fires up and ties up with Cora to push her to ropes! The ref counts, Cora freaks out, and Feroz lets off at 4. Cora shoves Feroz down! Cora laughs at Feroz, but then Feroz arm-drags Cora! And again! Feroz wheelbarrows, victory rolls, then runs to DOUBLE KNEE!
Fans fire up with Feroz and she basement dropkicks Cora out of the ring! Feroz pursues, ROCKS Cora with forearms, then bumps Cora off the apron! Fans rally and duel, but Cora dropkicks Feroz back out! Cora taunts, “Aw, poor Valentina!” Cora then smacks Feroz off the apron, “This is your jungle, huh? Not today!” Cora puts Feroz in the ring, BOOTS her down, then stomps her around. Cover, TWO! Cora is annoyed but she drags Feroz up. Feroz throws hands but Cora CLUBS her down! Cora dares fans to cheer for Feroz now! Cora smacks Feroz off the mat, tells her she’s nothing, but Feroz throws body shots!
Cora CLUBS Feroz, talks more trash, then ROCKS Feroz with a forearm. And another! Fans boo Cora but she just whips Feroz around to throw her into ropes. Cora runs side to side to BACK ELBOW! Feroz writhes but Cora pushes her to a cover, TWO! Feroz grits her teeth but Cora stomps her around. Cora drags Feroz up, throws her into ropes again and CHOKES her! The ref counts, Cora lets off at 4, and fans rally for Feroz. Cora drags Feroz up and fans rally for “VALENTINA!” but Cora whips her to ropes again. Cora runs, but Feroz dodges! Cora hits ropes, then Feroz cradles! TWO!! Feroz hurries up but Cora LARIATS her down!
Cora scowls and stalks Feroz to a corner. Cora stands Feroz up, whips her corner to corner, runs in but Feroz BOOTS her away! And again! Feroz goes up, leaps, but Cora avoids the crossbody! Feroz crash lands, Cora runs in to SENTON! Cora drags Feroz up, for the DDT! Cover, Cora wins!
Winner: Cora Jade, by pinfall
Feroz showed her strength but she just couldn’t bring out that ferocity! Cora rebounds from losing to Roxanne Perez, will Cora find her way to a title match first?
Wait, Cora threatens Feroz with her kendo stick. But here comes WENDY CHOO! Wendy slide sin, but Cora SMACKS her with the stick! Cora dares Wendy to get up, but Wendy fires back with forearms, and a POLISH HAMMER! Wendy gets the kendo stick! Cora stands, but she runs away! Wendy swings wild, will the Generation of Jade have a new problem to deal with?
Tony D’Angelo talks with Channing Lorenzo backstage.
The Don asks Stacks “took care of that thing,” and Stacks says it’s all done. Good, good. Stacks, Tony appreciates you “persuading” the vendor to push more Tony D merch. Stacks says The Don’s shirts are now front and center on the stand like they should be. That’s right! Tony loves it! Like watching his son taking his first steps. But back to business. What’s next is Stacks VS Hank Walker next week. Oh that’s easy money! Stacks will definitely take care of him. Tony knows Stacks will. But oh! Look who it is! Elektra Lopez walks in! Has she finally decided to do things on her own? Damn right! And it feels good being her own boss. Tony knows a little something about that.
Well if Tony thinks Lopez was dangerous before, oh just watch how dangerous she is now. Stacks can’t believe this. Lopez? Dangerous on her own? Tony says he does believe that. Will La Mardina prove she is THE boss of NXT?
NXT Tag Team Championships: Pretty Deadly VS Bron Breakker & Wes Lee!
What a golden main event this is! Kit & Elton managed to beat Malik & Edris, while the Big Booty Nephew defeated JD McDonagh and Ilja Dragunov, and the Must-See Kid overcome four other men in a ladder match! But now, Bron & Wes are both looking to be double champions! Will they pull it off against the team that unified the NXT and NXT UK Tag titles? Or will the #SIDEPLATECHECK still show the two tasty dishes run the tag division?
NXT returns and Pretty Deadly make their entrance. The introductions are made, the tag titles are raised, and we see if NXT goes on a Two Man Power Trip!
The teams sort out and Kit starts with Wes. They circle, tie up, and Kit wrenches to wristlock and standing armlock. Wes endures, fights up, slips through, wrenches and wristlocks, but Kit wrenches right back. Kit has the wristlock, Wes rolls, rolls, and slips through again to wrench to a hard wristlock! Kit endures but Wes wrangles him down. Kit rolls, slips around, but Wes headlocks. Kit throws body shots, powers out, but Wes sunset flips! Kit flails stays up but not for long! TWO! Kit rushes in, but into a schoolboy! TWO, and Kit swipes at the legs but Wes backflips away! Fans fire up as Kit throws a fit!
Elton calms Kit down, they talk strategy, and then Kit tags Elton. Elton talks with Kit some more, but then rushes Wes! Wes arm-drags Elton away! Wes hooks the arm in a cording hold but Elton fights up. Elton reels back to punch but Wes cranks the hold. Elton tries again, but again Wes cranks the hold! They go around, Wes ducks the haymaker to wrench the arm and tag in Bron. Bron & Wes double whip, Wes drop toeholds and Bron STANDING MOONSAULTS! Fans fire up as Bron dares Kit to do something. But Elton slides under and SLAPS Bron! Bron dusts that off while Elton taunts him with Scott Hall fingers.
Bron scowls at Elton, Elton runs to a corner and goes up and over! Elton kicks low, CLUBS away, runs, but into a back drop! Bron whips, Elton reverses, Bron ducks ‘n’ dodges and CLOBBERS Elton! Fans fire up while Elton sits up in a daze! Bron drags Elton up, tags Wes, and the singles champs mug Elton. Wes wrenches to an ELBOW BREAKER, but Elton throws hard body shots! Wes counter punches, whips, but Elton reverses to FLAPJACK Wes! Wes sputters and Elton snarls as he drags Wes up. Tag to Kit, Pretty Deadly double suplex, but Bron saves Wes from that! Bron and Wes ROCK Pretty Deadly, then DOUBLE RANA!!
Pretty Deadly bail out, get back up, but Wes & Bron DECK them! Fans fire up as Bron barks it up and NXT goes picture in picture.
Wes and Bron dare Pretty Deadly to come back but Kit & Elton regroup and cool off. Pretty Deadly flank the ring, Kit slides in, but Wes dodges to waistlock. Kit wrenches out, ROCKS Wes, then brings him around to wrench again. Tag to Elton, Pretty Deadly mugs Wes, and Elton wrenches to a wristlock. Elton YANKS the arm, steps over and JAMS the arm. Wes crawls to a corner, Elton stalks him and clamps on a chinlock, but Wes fights up. Elton ROCKS him in the back with a forearm, puts him in a corner, then whips corner to corner. Wes goes up and over, arm-drags Elton down and has the armlock!
Elton flails and fights around but Wes keeps on the cording hold. Elton fights up, Bron tags in, and the singles champs double whip Elton to double elbow him down! Wes STANDING SHOOTING STARS! Bron covers, TWO! Bron keeps on Elton with an armlock of his own, then wrenches to an ELBOW BREAKER! Tag to Wes, they hand-off the wrench, and Wes back suplexes! Cover, TWO! Elton gets away from the deep leg hook, but Wes has him in the corner. Wes hits a headlock takeover and NXT returns to single picture. Fans rally, Elton fights up, and Elton pulls hair! The ref reprimands, Elton sends Wes to a corner and runs in!
Wes slips to the outside, Elton hits off buckles, and Wes slingshots to RANA! Fans fire up and Wes victory rolls to cover, TWO! Elton hurries up but WEs ducks ‘n’ dodges, and FLAPJACK DROPKICKS! Fans fire up more as Wes brings Elton around to waistlock. Elton switches, O’Conner Rolls, TWO! Kit tags in as Elton tumbles out, but Wes WRECKS Elton with a dropkick! Only for Kit to CLOBBER Wes from behind! Kit drags Wes up, scoops and SNAKE EYES off the apron! Kit puts Wes in hard, covers, TWO! Kit EuroUppers again and again and again, then again! it runs to CLOBBER Wes with an uppercut!
Fans boo but Kit mocks Bron with barking. Kit drags Wes up, EuroUppers again and Wes wobbles. Kit brings Wes around to ROCK with a haymaker, and Wes drops to a knee. Kit turns Wes, mocks Bron, and hits a NECKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! Wes is still in this, fans rally up, but Kit drags him up again. Kit swings but Wes ROCKS him first! Kit ROCKS Wes, Wes ROCKS Kit, repeat! Kit RAMS Wes into the corner, Elton tags in, and Wes CLUBS Kit but Elton CLOBBERS Wes with an uppercut! And another uppercut! Elton stomps away at the ropes but the ref counts. Elton lets off, drags Wes up, and fans rally up even more.
Elton stands Wes up but WEs gets around to waistlock! Elton switches, scoops and SLAMS Wes! And elbow drops! And again, but Wes dodges that one! Tag to Kit, but Wes dodges him! And dodges Elton! Pretty Deadly realize Wes got past both of them, they hurry inside, HOT TAG TO BRON! Bron rallies on Pretty Deadly with haymakers and shoulders! Bron ducks ‘n’ dodges Kit to then SPINEBUSTER! Bron clotheslines Elton in a corner, hops up and hits the FLYING BULLDOG! Fans fire up as the straps come down! Bron roars, he brings both Kit & Elton up, to DOUBLE SUPLEX on his own! And kip up!
Bron is all fired up, the fans are barking, and Bron tags Wes. Wes goes up, Bron gives him the ROCKET LAUNCHER into Pretty Deadly! Elton flounders out, Kit flounders up, into a SUPERKICK! Wes goes to the corner but Bron intercepts Elton! Bron TOSSES Elton back in! And then Bron clotheslines Elton out the other side! But wait, CARMELO HAYES shoves Wes off the top!! The ref didn’t see it, yelling at Bron and Elton! Kit rolls Wes up, Pretty Deadly wins!
Winners: Pretty Deadly, by pinfall (still NXT Tag Team Champions)
Melo gets an assist, but Wes is furious! Wes FLIES and wipes out Melo! Wes fires off hands on Melo for screwing him over again in his career! Bron isn’t sure what to make of that, but then he turns around into a BOOT from Von!! Fans boo as Von stands over Bron, declaring he will be the next NXT Champion. But we see Apollo watching this backstage. And so is JD McDonagh! The Irish Ace tells Apollo, “That vision you have of being the man around here? It’s going to be pretty tough to have with a detached retina. See you around.” Is Apollo seeing the future of NXT on screen like the rest of us? Or will he change the future with his own two hands?
A great episode here to set up quite a lot, especially with NXT Deadline being the next special on the schedule. First, NXT celebrates Mandy Rose passing 365 days a week shy, but they couldn’t do anything on the Wednesday where she actually did hit 365. And all things considered, Mandy did succeed in reinventing herself by going from being a bit player midcard Heel (or even Face when she was with Otis) to being a faction leader and top Heel. And Fyre coming out for payback was fair, as no other Face is quite ready yet. Roxanne Perez is still on a good slow burn push, and anyone else is in some other story. But I have a feeling Mandy beats Fyre again, because why would Fyre dethrone Mandy on free TV instead of a special like Halloween Havoc or even Deadline?
Speaking of those other Faces, Stark getting in it with Indi was a good play for both their stories. Indi gets a good win off a distracted and irate Stark, and then Stark & Lyons have a good interaction with KC Squared backstage. With how cocky KC Squared are, I feel like they’re legitimately going to lose this time. And if not, then who knows, we might see Stark and/or Lyons go after Mandy for Deadline. I feel like it’d be better served if this is the time Lyons & Stark win, sending KC Squared to RawDown, and then Gigi & Jacy can feud with Lyons & Stark again in greater fashion.
Feroz being affected by the Indus Sher reunion story is a good touch, and she had a good match with Cora Jade. Cora wins, of course, but I like that she’s going to be Wendy’s next feud. Maybe Wendy will use Cora as a springboard to facing Mandy, which Wendy should’ve already been doing after beating Tiffany Stratton. I don’t think Wendy will dethrone Mandy, either, but given their history from when Wendy & Roxie were messing with Toxic Attraction, I bet another time around would be a lot of fun. But seriously, where are Blair Davenport and Meiko Satomura? Why not give one of them a proper feud with Mandy?
A low point tonight was Waller VS Truth. It was starting off so well, but Truth tried a tope when I don’t think he’s done that much at all. He didn’t clear the ropes, he had a hard landing, and if he didn’t mess up his knee, he might’ve done something to a rib. Hopefully Truth is okay, this will really hurt his new feud with Baron Corbin. But Waller was surely going to win either way, and he doubles down by talking trash. Second low point would be SCRYPTS’s newest promo. Whoever this is already feels like Retribution fused with Joe Gacy or Bray Wyatt, but in a sad way. Whoever this is better be amazing in the ring or this is going to be a burden on them from the jump.
But speaking of Gacy, we got a really good interview promo with The Schism and Vic Joseph. Simone Johnson is already doing great as Ava Raine, and they set up the natural “final match” between Gacy and Grimes. I have no idea which way that one goes, it feels like there was still something missing in the build. Tony and Stacks have a good interaction with Lopez, I am sure Lopez is going to go on a win streak, but who knows how her story goes. And good interaction between Odyssey, Malik, Edris and Javier before Odyssey gets a good win off Javier. I wonder if Odyssey, Malik & Edris feud with The Schism to circle back around to that story since we didn’t get Malik & Edris joining Grimes against them.
Good stuff from Chase U, but it is a bummer that they let Bodhi go. Maybe it was an in-ring performance thing where he just wasn’t showing improvement to that next level that’d make him a real star. But he was so good as a character, it is a shame he won’t be around. Duke stepping up was great, though, I saw him busting through that paper coming and it was still great. Duke being put in his place by Chase was good, too, but I’m a bit surprised Kiana won again. Dempsey going after Chase was a good reference back to that story, and Duke chasing Dempsey off was good, too. Maybe Dempsey will be Kiana’s ally and we get a mixed tag of Dempsey & Kiana VS Duke & Thea for the fate of Chase U. They’re also bringing Fallon, Briggs & Jensen into this, maybe Kiana is planning to fight Fallon for her bar.
And we got some really good stuff out of all the male champions. The opening segment got a bit clunky in the middle, but I like that Wes wanted to get the tag titles back. We got a great main event, but I had a feeling something would keep Wes & Bron from winning. Melo is the natural first feud for Wes as North American Champion, and there are a lot of names coming after Bron now. Apollo, JD and Von are probably all going to face off to name a #1 contender, and then they will face Bron at Deadline. Maybe, just maybe, that whoever the next challenger is finally dethrones Bron and sends him to RawDown, unless it’s Von. I can’t see Von being NXT Champion but Von was also a big name as NXT 2.0 started. Maybe NXT now still wants Von to be something big, so they might just pull the trigger on Wagner’s World become a reality.
My Score: 8.6/10
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!
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?
— IMPACT (@IMPACTWRESTLING) February 3, 2023
- 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
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!
— IMPACT (@IMPACTWRESTLING) February 3, 2023
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.
— IMPACT (@IMPACTWRESTLING) February 3, 2023
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.
— IMPACT (@IMPACTWRESTLING) February 3, 2023
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.
Mitchell’s AEW Dynamite Results & Report! (2/1/23)
Dynamite is No Holds Barred!
Will Darby Allin still be the Relentless TNT Champion?
Samoa Joe wants the AEW TNT Championship back, but he knows Darby Allin is relentless. Tonight on Dynamite, they go NO HOLDS BARRED for the gold! Will Joe once again be the King of Television?
- Jon Moxley VS Hangman Page; Moxley wins.
- The Acclaimed w/ Billy Gunn VS Truth Magnum & Turbo Floyd; The Acclaimed wins.
- Brian Cage w/ Prince Nana VS Konosuke Takeshita; Takeshita wins.
- Bryan Danielson VS Timothy Thatcher; Bryan wins.
- AEW TBS Championship: Jade Cargill w/ Leila Grey VS Red Velvet; Cargill wins and retains the title.
- AEW TNT Championship No Holds Barred: Darby Allin w/ Sting VS Samoa Joe; wins and
PLAY BY PLAY
Jon Moxley w/ Wheeler Yuta VS Hangman Page!
The Maniac and the Cowboy go for their tiebreaker as Dynamite is in Dayton, Ohio! Will Ohio’s own knock this one out of the park like he did before? Or will there be some serious #CowboySh*t going down in Dayton?
Not only does Moxley have the Decoder by his side, he has his dad, Dan! Hangman makes his entrance next, and Moxley goes right after him! Moxley throws hands then whips Hangman into railing! The ref reprimands but Moxley sends Hangman into steel steps! Moxley throws hands, whips Hangman again and Hangman hits more railing hard! Fans fire up and the ref reprimands. Moxley just takes off his hoodie to CHOKE Hangman with it! Moxley TOSSES Hangman over the railing, and then he hops onto the railing! Dayton fires up, gives Moxley a hand, and Moxley FLYING AX HANDLES Hangman down!
Moxley brings Hangman up but Hangman throws hands! Hangman sits Moxley down, fires off more shots, then backs up. Hangman runs in to BOOT Moxley against railing! The ref reprimands, he wants this in the ring, but it isn’t a match yet so there’s no real repercussions. Hangman stalks Moxley along the way but Moxley kicks back. And CHOPS! Moxley trips Hangman then ties him up, FIGURE FOUR on the floor! Moxley and Hangman flip each other off but the ref still wants this in the ring. Hangman grabs someone’s beer and splashes Moxley with it! Moxley lets Hangman out of the hold, and then Hangman ROCKS Mox!
They go back to ringside, Moxley grabs a chair but Hangman CLUBS Moxley. But Moxley JAMS Hangman, tris him, and then drops an elbow on the leg! Moxley has a toehold, then he puts the chair around the leg! The ref reprimands but Moxley goes up the apron. The ref shouts at Moxley to not jump, but then Hangman gets free! Hangman CHUCKS the chair at Moxley’s head!! Moxley goes down and fans fire up! The ref reprimands again and wants this to get in the ring. Moxley is dazed, but Hangman drags him around, to suplex onto the chair! Hangman drags Moxley up and puts him in the ring, but he also brings the chair!
The ref stops Hangman, so Hangman leaves the chair behind. The bell finally rings, and Hangman runs in to forearm Moxley! Moxley hits back, they go back and forth! Moxley’s eyebrow is already busted open, but he keeps throwing shots. Hangman gets the edge, HEADBUTTS, then whips. Moxley reverses to dropkick the legs out! Moxley looms over Hangman, drags him into the INDIAN DEATHLOCK! Hangman endures, keeps his shoulders off the mat, but fans rally behind Moxley. Hangman drags himself back, reaches out, and gets the ROPEBREAK! The ref counts, Moxley lets Hangman go at 3.
Moxley brings Hangman up but Hangman gets around to GERMAN SUPLEXES! Moxley snarls but the blood is getting into his eye. Hangman DECKS Moxley and has him at the ropes. Hangman brings Moxley up, fans boo but Hangman CHOPS! Moxley flounders and falls and fans start dueling. Hangman stalks Moxley, sits him up, and he starts raining down fists right on the bloody eyebrow! Mox fans boo but Hangman fans are fired up for the “COWBOY SH*T!” Hangman wipes Moxley’s blood off on his chest, but then turns around into a CHOP! Moxley eggs Hangman on and Hangman CHOPS back!
Moxley CHOPS, Hangman CHOPS, fans “WOO~!” for the CHOP fight! Moxley shifts to boxing elbows, then runs, but Hangman catches the crossbody! FALL AWAY SLAM! Fans are torn while Moxley goes to the apron. Hangman runs, triangle jumps, but Moxley LARIATS first! Moxley drags Hangman up and to the apron, then turns Hangman, for a SLEEPER! The ref reprimands and wants this in the ring, but Hangman claws the bloody eyebrow! Moxley turns Hangman around, reels him in, but Hangman resists the lift! Hangman tries to lift, Moxley resists, and then Moxley lifts! Hangman fights that and lifts again, but Moxley still fights!
Both men are fighting for control, and Hangman fireman’s carries! To SNAKE EYES Moxley off the post! Moxley falls to the floor and Dynamite goes picture in picture!
The ref checks Moxley but he’s somehow okay to continue. Hangman goes over to fetch Moxley, and whips him into railing! Hangman ROCKS Moxley with haymakers as the bloody eyebrow becomes a crimson mask. Hangman refreshes the count, goes back to Moxley and CHOPS him! Moxley gets in Hangman’s face so Hangman CHOPS again! Moxley CHOPS and CHOPS and CHOPS, but Hangman DECKS him! Hangman snarls, looms over Moxley, and then drags him back up. Hangman puts Moxley in the ring, and rains down more fists on that bloody eyebrow! Moxley falls over, but Hangman gets the wrists!
Hangman sits Moxley up, for a DRAGON STOMP, but Moxley blocks! Moxley throws Hangman to a corner and fires off forearms and CHOPS on repeat! Moxley then hoists Hangman up top, climbs up after him, and CLAWS Hangman’s back, painfully slow! Then he CLAWS and BITES Hangman’s back, before blowing a kiss to the fans. But Hangman throws body shots in return! Dynamite returns to single picture as Hangman BITES Moxley’s forehead! Hangman then slips under Moxley to fireman’s carry him on the second rope! SUPER DEATH VALLEY DRIVER!! Cover, TWO!! Moxley survives and fans are fired up!
Fans duel as Hangman sits up. Hangman scowls while Moxley sits up. Moxley eggs Hangman on so Hangman kicks him! And BOOTS him! Hangman tells Moxley to stay down but he refuses. Moxley sits up, so Hangman BOOTS him! Moxley sits up to SLAP Hangman, and flips him off! Hangman is fuming, but he runs into a CUTTER! A standing count starts, fans count along as Moxley and Hangman stir. They sit up at 5 of 10, and Moxley throws a haymaker. Hangman throws it back, so Moxley gives another,. They go back and forth, Hangman wobbles but he CHOPS! Moxley CHOPS! Hangman forearms! Moxley forearms back!
Moxley eggs Hangman on, Hangman staggers over and CHOPS again! Moxley KICKS a leg, KICKS Hangman’s arm, then KICKS him again! Moxley ducks the haymaker to get the SLEEPER! Hangman shifts to SAIDO! But Moxley’s right up! SAIDO!! Hangman ends up in a corner and fans say “This is Awesome!” Moxley puts Hangman up top, climbs up after him, and hits a SUPER HALF HATCH SUPLEX!! Cover, TWO!! Moxley immediately rains down the HAMMER ‘N’ ANVIL ELBOWS! Then he clamps on a SLEEPER! Hangman endures as Moxley shifts to a BULLY CHOKE! Hangman pushes around, so Moxley shifts to get the wrists! DRAGON STOMPS!!
Moxley then drags Hangman up into the underhooks! But Hangman fights Death Rider! So Moxley rolls Hangman to an ARMBAR! Hangman endures, moves around, and reaches out to the ROPEBREAK! The ref counts and Moxley lets go at 4. Hangman crawls to a corner, fans rally up, and Moxley says this is it! Moxley runs in but Hangman TOSSES him up and out! Moxley staggers up, Hangman goes up top! ARIHARA MOONSAULT but Moxley moves! And LARIATS!! Both men are down at the ramp and fans are thunderous! The ref checks both men, Moxley is up first while fans lose their minds.
Moxley goes to the timekeeper’s area and he clears off the table! Moxley drags Hangman over, reels him in, but Hangman resists the lift! Hangman Alabama Lifts but Moxley fights that. DOUBLE LARIATS hit! And again! Moxley runs in, POP-UP POWERBOMB THROUGH THE TABLE!! Fans lose their minds again while Hangman leaves Moxley behind in the ring. The ring count climbs to 5 of 10 before Moxley sits up. The count is 7! Then “OCHO!” Moxley stands at 9, and springs in at 9.9!! But into a LARIAT!! And then Alabama Lift, DEADEYE!!! Cover, TWO?!?! Moxley survives and no one can believe it!
Hangman kicks at Moxley, almost taunting him. Hangman goes to a corner while Moxley’s fans boo. Hangman runs in, but Moxley dodges the stomp to KING KONG LARIAT!! Fans are thunderous as both men stand again. Moxley eggs Hangman on, and Hangman stands. Moxley throws a forearm, so Hangman hits back! Moxley forearms again, but so does Hangman! Fans duel, the forearms fly faster, and then Hangman gets the edge! SUPERKICK! Hangman reels Moxley in, fisherman’s a leg, but Moxley fights the suplex! Hangman powers it through, FISHERMAN CRADLE DRIVER!! Cover, TWO!?!?!?
Hangman’s wild eyes say he can’t believe Moxley survived! Hangman goes to the apron, he aims at Moxley, slingshot for the BUCK- NO! DEATH- NO, Hangman blocks to scoop! TOMBSTONE PILEDRIVER!!! But Hangman doesn’t cover, he goes to the apron! Hangman loads up, for the BUCKSHOT!!! Cover, TWO!?!?!? HOW?!?! Moxley has survived all of Hangman’s best, but Hangman has the BULLY CHOKE!! Hangman pulls back on Moxley’s favorite hold! Moxley shifts, fights back up, and he snapmares into a cradle! MOXLEY WINS!!
Winner: Jon Moxley, by pinfall
Moxley just taught Hangman not to play games! Hangman is furious that he got caught like that, but the Blackpool Combat Club steps into the ring. Yuta and Claudio keep Hangman back but Moxley stands up. Moxley and Hangman get in each other’s face but the BCC keep them apart. Hangman flips Moxley off, and fans want to “LET THEM FIGHT!” Moxley and Hangman keep jawing, they get close but Claudio keeps them separate. Moxley mocks Hangman by lying down, giving Hangman a chance. Hangman mocks Moxley back by doing a quick burpie push-up. Claudio tells Hangman to go and cool off.
Moxley flips Hangman off as he leaves, and fans celebrate their home state hero. Will there be a fourth round out of these two to truly settle things?
AEW takes a look at tonight’s TNT Championship No Holds Barred main event!
Darby Allin tells Samoa Joe, “I knew when I took this from you in Seattle that you’d want it back. And I know you’d stop at nothing to have it back. Well, I’m gonna make things fair. You beat me in Texas, and you granted me my rematch in Seattle. So I’m granting you your rematch in Ohio. But I want it under one condition: No Holds Barred.” Samoa Joe told the “Little Dead Boy” that Joe is “coming to take back what’s mine. The King will not be usurped by a man like you.” Darby says if he walks out the winner, Joe doesn’t get another rematch. If Joe walks out the winner, Darby won’t get a rematch. This will be the final chapter of their feud! So who writes their happily ever after?
Backstage interview with Jamie Hayter, The Bunny, The Butcher & The Blade.
Renee Paquette is with the AEW Women’s World Champion, as well as the mercenary trio. Renee thanks them for agreeing to no physicality, and understands that Allie the Bunny requested this time. Bunny tells Hayter, they’re all very impressed by Hayter’s win over Emi Sakura on Rampage last Friday. Now, Bunny feels like Sakura outshined Hayter, but great win nonetheless. And Bunny knows Hayter isn’t the type to back down from a challenge, right? Right. So here’s a challenge: next week on Dynamite, Hayter VS Bunny in a Title Eliminator Match! What does Hayter say? Hayter says absolutely! She bloody loves a challenge, and next week, she’s free.
Renee says there’s something happening as we speak! They get it on the television screen nearby, and it’s Britt Baker being mugged by Saraya and Toni Storm!! Bunny is shocked and Hayter is furious! Hayter hurries off, Saraya talks right into the camera, “AEW is OUR house!” Storm drags Britt up to RAM her into a garage door! Bunny more or less expresses exasperation, but will Hayter be able to save the Doctor?
The Acclaimed w/ Billy Gunn VS Truth Magnum & Turbo Floyd!
The AEW World Tag Team Champions have been reigning for 133 days, but they know the Gunn Sons, Austin & Colten, are gunning for them. But first, they tune up against “The Outrunners.” As always, Platinum Max has a diss track ready! “Acclaimed on the mic, you know we the nicest. Fighting two guys in their midlife crisis! I bet you have sex with each other. How we gonna fight the bootleg Beverly Brothers? C’mon, it’s not the 80s! Acclaimed gonna make you call it quits like you Tom Brady! ‘Ey, y’all should be ashamed. In Ohio, everybody loves The Acclaimed.”
Fans cheer, and Bowens gets the mic to say, “NNNUTTER CENTERRR~! The Acclaimed have arrived! SCISSOR ME, DADDY ASS!” And he does~! But while Caster & Bowens just embarrassed Truth & Turbo, are they walking into a trap game before taking on the Ass Boys?
The teams sort out, the Outrunners decide they’ll scissor finger! They mock the Mega Powers at the same time, but then Bowens SUPERKICKS Truth out of the ring! The bell rings, Caster CHOPS Turbo and scoops him to SLAM him! Tag to Bowens and Bowens goes up top! Caster holds open the legs, SCISSOR ME TURBO! Daddy Ass gets in the ring so that he and the boys can TRIPLE SCISSOR~! Bowens waits on Turbo, mule kicks and hits the ARRIVAL! Tag to Caster and he goes up top, MIC DROP! Cover, The Acclaimed win!
Winners: The Acclaimed, by pinfall
But wait! Raining on the parade are Austin & Colten! Fans taunt the “ASS~ BOYS~!” But they tune that out. They go to the ring, and Colten has a mic. “Hey, good match, guys. But we’re here to talk about something serious. Last week, what we said would make us happy are your belts. And we want a shot at those belts, and we want an answer right now.” Fans boo but Caster has the mic to say, “Yo! Yo! Yo! Yo! Listen.” Bowens says, “You two Rod ‘n’ Todd lookin’ asses want an answer. You do realize you are interrupting the most popular tag team in all of wrestling, right?” Caster adds, “That’s right!”
“The winningest tag team in AEW history!” “That’s right!” “The FOREVER champs, the Acclaimed!” “That’s right!” “And not to mention, EVERYONE! LOVES! THE ACCLAIMED!” But they are the People’s Choice, and the People’s Voice, they will ask the people. Colten says these fans can’t even read! But Bowens still asks Dayton’s opinion: Do the Ass Boys deserve a shot at the tag titles? “NOOO~!” Well, the people have spoken, so NO. Austin & Colten get in Caster’s & Bowens’ faces, but Billy tells them all to stop! Isn’t it enough already? Billy is so sick of this, he is just done! Billy says this is too much, so go ahead, beat the sh*t out of each other!
Daddy Ass steps aside, fans fire up, but Austin says, “There you go. Do exactly what you did our entire childhoods and turn your back on us.” Billy stops walking up the ramp, but then chuckles as he keeps going. Austin says Billy should do what he used to do, and drown his sorrows at the bottom of a PILL BOTTLE! That gets Billy to turn around! Billy storms up on his sons and The Acclaimed, as well as the fans, tell the Ass Boys that they F’d up. Billy is up in Austin’s face and says, “So you two think you just put your big boy pants on? Then you just step up, and you just made the biggest mistake…”
The mic is wonky so Billy throws it down. Bowens gives Billy the good one. Billy wants Austin to look at him after what he just said. Austin looks up at his father’s eyes. Billy says if they’ve got their big boy pants on, if they think they got what it takes, if they think they have what Billy had, then we’ll see next week. They’ve got their title shots! The Acclaimed is surprised but the Ass Boys smile that they’re getting their way. Will Austin & Colten get what they want? Or just what they deserve?
Backstage interview with Jack Perry.
Alex Marvez is with Jungle Boy and notes that he and Hook are 2-0 as a team, having beaten The Firm’s Ethan Page & Matt Hardy. The question is: What’s next for #JungleHook? JB says that he had an amazing time teaming with Hook, and Hook has had JB’s back when no one else did. But JB’s done the tag team thing before. In fact, JB has been all the way to the top of that mountain, and fallen all the way down. But this year isn’t about that. What JB will say is that he’ll be a champion again, but all by himself. Then just what title will Jack Perry aim for in this Tarzan Life?
Brian Cage w/ Prince Nana VS Konosuke Takeshita!
Speaking of having people’s backs, just as The Machine and MJF were about to destroy Bryan Danielson, The Future of Wrestling rushed out to run them off! But now, Cage and Konosuke go toe to toe, will Cage make Konosuke pay for interfering?
The bell rings and Konosuke BOOTS Cage! Cage BOOTS Konosuke, then DOUBLE LARIATS collide! Cage swings but Konosuke swats it to ROLLING ELBOW! Cage wobbles, Konosuke runs, ducks ‘n’ dodges, and then TAKESHITA LINES! Cage bails out and fans fire up! Konosuke runs to BOOT Cage off the apron! Konosuke then PLANCHAS and takes Cage down at the ramp! Fans fire up, Konosuke winks at the camera, and then goes back to the apron. But Cage grabs a foot! Konosuke kicks and stomps Cage but Cage yanks Konosuke into a POST BOMB! Konosuke tumbles down and fans boo but Nana cheers.
Cage drags Konosuke up, puts him in, and runs to basement BOOT! Cover, TWO! Fans rally for Konosuke but Cage drags him back up. Cage reels Konosuke in, puts one out, but Konosuke wrenches out! Konosuke throws a forearm, but Cage gives it back! They go forearm for forearm, and Konosuke throws boxing elbows into the ROLLING ELBOW! Cage fights the back suplex, KNEES low, and brags, “Who betta than Cage?” But he runs into a BLUE THUNDER BOMB! Cover, TWO! Cage survives and Konosuke is surprised! Nana coaches Cage up but Konosuke aims from a corner. Konosuke runs in to JUMP KNEE, but Cage dodges!
Konosuke tumbles to the apron, Cage ROUNDHOUSES him! Cage climbs the ropes, and he stands Konosuke up. DEADLIFT SUPERPLEX! Fans boo but Cage flexes while Dynamite goes picture in picture.
Cage drops a knee on Konosuke, sits him up to KNEE him in the back again and again, then he stomps Konosuke back down. Cage paces, drags Konosuke up, and bumps him off buckles. Cage RAMS into Konosuke, RAMS him again, and then CHOPS him! Cage soaks up the heat, but Konosuke CHOPS back! Konosuke fires forearms, then another CHOP! And another CHOP! But Cage BOOTS Konosuke down! Cage grabs the legs, stomps Konosuke in the stomach, then paces around. Cage stands Konosuke up, wrenches and YANKS the arm, then RAMS shoulders. Cage wrenches, pump handles, and lifts, but Konosuke slips out!
Konosuke runs in but Cage ducks the boot to roll Konosuke up! Konosuke slips out, but runs into a drop toehold! Konosuke’s on ropes, Cage dials it up, TIGER FEINT KICK! Konosuke staggers to a corner, Cage runs in and UPPERCUTS, GAMANGIRIS, and GERMAN SUPLEXES! Cover, TWO!! Cage and Nana are annoyed, but Cage looms over Konosuke. Cage hears the fans rally for Konosuke, but Cage drags him up. Cage reels Konosuke in, puts out another one, and Dynamite returns to single picture as Cage lifts, only for Konosuke to RANA Cage into buckles! BLINDSIDE JUMP KNEE! Cage staggers, Konosuke goes up, FLYING KNEE!
Both men are down and fans fire up! Konosuke and Cage stir as the ring count starts. Konosuke sits up and feeds off the energy. Konosuke drags Cage up into a waistlock, but Cage elbows free! Cage whips, Konosuke LARIATS on the return! Konosuke drags Cage up, waistlocks and GERMAN SUPLEXES! Bridging cover, TWO!! Fans rally while Konosuke fires up. Konosuke aims from the corner as Cage stands, and Konosuke runs in, JUMP- NO! Cage blocks the knee to BUCKLE BOMB! And then fireman’s carry, to an F- NO! Konosuke lands out, lifts and LIGER BOMBS! Cover, TWO!! Cage survives but fans fire up behind Konosuke!
Konosuke aims again while Nana shouts to Cage. Cage stands, Konosuke runs in but the knee is blocked! Cage spins, Konosuke ducks! Konosuke spins, ROLLING ELBOW!! Konosuke reels Cage in, but Cage wrenches out to HEADBUTT! And then SAIDO!! But Konosuke is right up?! Into a DISCUS LARIAT from Cage!! Cover, TWO!?! Konosuke survives and Nana is furious! Cage says he’s gonna end this, and he suplexes, only for Konosuke to slip out! Konosuke suplexes, SHEER DROP BRAINBUSTER!! Cage roars as he rises up, but Konosuke ROCKS him with another elbow! And then another suplex, for another BRAINBUSTER!!! Cover, TWO!?!?
Cage survives, he must truly be a machine! But Dayton rallies behind Konosuke. Konosuke runs in, but into a SUPERKICK! Cage fireman’s carries, for the F10!! Nana says no prisoners! Cage drags Konosuke up again, puts him in the corner and hoists him to the top. Cage then goes to the outside and climbs up after Konosuke. But Konosuke throws forearms in return! Konosuke suplexes for a SUPER BRAINBUSTER!!! Fans are thunderous and Konosuke aims again! KNOCKOUT KNEE!!! Cover, Konosuke wins!!
Winner: Konosuke Takeshita, by pinfall
Cage may be a machine, but the machine just broke down against the bullet train! Will Konosuke continue to prove why he IS The Future of Wrestling?
Backstage interview with the Jericho Appreciation Society.
Renee is with Matthew Menard, Angelo Parker, Daniel Garcia, Sammy Guevara, and of course, Chris Jericho himself. Renee says that we heard Ricky Starks’ comments from last week, addressing how the JAS cheated to win. What is their reaction? Jericho says, “Cheated? We haven’t worked together in five years, and you’re accusing us of cheating? Let me say this, Renee. Ricky Starks, he didn’t lose to a baseball bat, no. Did you see a baseball bat in there?” Of course the JAS says no. Jericho says Starks lost to the JAS. And now Starks challenges them, “How can I get another match with Chris Jericho?”
Jericho says the JAS has an idea how Starks can do that. Right, Sammy? Sammy says yes. Garcia and Sammy put their heads together, and they came up with a great idea: The Guevara-Garcia… No, wait, the Garcia-Guevara Gauntlet! Danny thanks Sammy for the top billing on that name. Renee asks what kind of gauntlet they have in mind. Garcia says it’s a rather simple concept. “Ricky, first you’re gonna have to beat Cool Hand Ange. And if that happens, you’re gonna have to beat Daddy Magic.” Menard adds, “Beat Daddy Magic? I DON’T THINK SO!” Garcia says that if Starks somehow does that, then he beats either Garcia or Guevara, but they’ll reveal that the night of.
And then, if somehow, by the skin of his teeth, Starks makes it past all that, only then does Starks get his hands on Jericho. Jericho tells Starks, “You don’t call the shots around here, the Jericho Appreciation Society does. So if you can get through the Garcia-Guevara Gauntlet, I’ll be ready to rip your ass!” Will the Absolute survive three matches in one go to finally have another shot at The Ocho?
The Elite speak.
Matt Jackson asks Brandon Cutler if the camera is rolling as he, brother Nick, Kenny Omega, Michael Nakazawa and Don Callis are on the basketball court. Cutler says yes, they’re live, while Nakazawa and Callis are oiling Omega up. Matt says, “Ladies and gentlemen, check it out who it is! It’s the first-ever, two-time Trios Champions, The Elite.” Omega says that’s right, and he tells Top Flight, “I watched what you guys did. After a Best of 7 Series in a ladder match, you got one up on our boys. Well how ’bout next week, you bring your friend, AR Fox, next week and we’ll put these belts on the line, and you guys can shoot your shot.
“But hey, when you shoot that shot, you best not miss. Because The Elite never miss. Nick, if you will.” Nick takes the rock and shoots it, THREE POINTER! Oh, but wait! The Firm’s Stokely Hathaway, Ethan Page, Matt Hardy & Isiah Kassidy walk in. Callis has Cutler keep rolling, and Omega mockingly asks where Stokely is, he can’t see him. Oh haha, Stokely knows you see him, he’s right here. But listen, you three are doing NOTHING all week? No wrestling, nothing? Just a week off? Ethan thinks that’s funny. The Firm’s employees don’t have that luxury, they work every single week, and Ethan wants that streak to continue.
So Ethan says how about this: The Elite VS Ethan, Matt & “Zay,” Friday on Rampage. Omega tells Callis he isn’t so sure, but Callis says this is Matt Hardy. If they get footage of Hardy taking a One Winged Angel, they could sell that NFT for a lot of money. Hardy says, “What about an NFT with Matt Hardy Twist-Of-Fating Omega?” Ethan likes that better! Well, as far as a match, it’s done. The Elite VS The Whatever They Are. Kassidy says he hopes the Elite is ready, cuz they sure are. Kassidy unsettles Kenny with an arm around his shoulders and a moan, and Ethan says this is good business. Hey, Brandon, is it? Cut the camera!
Matt Jackson tells Ethan Page that he doesn’t tell Brandon what to do! THEY tell him! Turn off the camera, ya damn dumbass! And get off the court, they’re trying to play. But will this 3v3 pick-up game go The Elite’s way? Or is it a trap game before taking on Fox, Dante & Darius?
Bryan Danielson VS Timothy Thatcher!
In the American Dragon’s quest to be #1 contender, he has defeated Tony Nese, Konosuke Takeshita, Bandido and Brian Cage, an undefeated streak of 4-0 in 2023! But now, Maxwell Jacob Friedman has enlisted a fighter very much like Bryan in his savage technical ability. Will Bryan make it to the deadline still on top? Or is this where MJF wins before Revolution even begins?
The bell rings and the two circle. They feel out the grapple, but Bryan’s shoulder is an obvious target. They grapple, Bryan puts Thatcher on ropes but Thatcher shifts to get the arm. Thatcher wrangles Bryan but Bryan scrambles to the ROPEBREAK! The ref counts, Thatcher lets off, and then smirks as he watches Bryan get up. Bryan and Thatcher feel out another grapple, Thatcher puts him in the corner, and then European Uppercuts! And again! And again! Bryan sits down and Thatcher goes after the arm! Thatcher twists the elbow and wrist, isolates the arm, and stands on the hand! Thatcher KNEES the arm!
Bryan scrambles away but Thatcher is right on him with a double wristlock! Bryan powers Thatcher to ropes, and clasps his hands behind his back. The ref counts, the two let off, but then Bryan fires off body shots and kicks! Bryan grabs a leg to DRAGON SCREW! Bryan holds onto the leg, turns Thatcher over and ties those legs up, to get a Deathlock! Fans rally as Bryan sits on the hold, then SNAPS it! Bryan then shifts to a BOW ‘N’ ARROW! Thatcher pries the fingers away! Bryan shouts in pain but Thatcher twists the arm! And STOMPS it down! Fans boo but Thatcher grins with that missing-tooth smile.
Thatcher KNEES Bryan in the back, stalks him to a corner, but Bryan puts Thatcher in the corner to CHOP and CHOP and KICK and KICK! Fans rally, Bryan runs corner to corner, and DROPKICKS! Bryan facelocks but Thatcher wrenches and WRINGS Bryan’s arm! Fans boo more but Thatcher drags Bryan up with a double wristlock! Thatcher uses his height to lift Bryan off the mat! Then Thatcher pushes Bryan down, but Bryan keeps his shoulders up. Bryan crawls around, ROPEBREAK! Thatcher lets go at 4 while fans rally up. Bryan clutches his arm but Thatcher goes after it again as Dynamite goes picture in picture.
Bryan endures but they’re also in the ropes so the ref counts. Thatcher lets off at 4, then digs his boot into Bryan at the corner. The ref counts, Thatcher lets off, only to stand on Bryan’s chest! The ref counts, Thatcher steps away, and he grins as he soaks up the heat. Thatcher mocks Bryan’s pain, then KNEES the bad shoulder! Thatcher KNEES Bryan again, goes out to drag Bryan tot he apron, and he SLAMS the arm on the edge! Bryan clutches his bicep and shoulder while the ref reprimands. Thatcher slides into the ring and stands Bryan up by his ears! Thatcher CLUBS Bryan on the chest! Thatcher fishhooks Bryan to stand him up, and CLUBS him again!
Bryan sits down, Thatcher stands him back up, and he hammerlocks the bad arm. Thatcher then back suplexes Bryan up and into the ring! Thatcher dusts off his hands while crawling to the cover, but Bryan wrangles him into the LEBELL LOCK!! Thatcher got cocky and got caught! But he scrambles to the ROPEBREAK! Bryan lets off quickly, but Thatcher is right on him! Thatcher UPPERCUTS the arm! Bryan goes to a corner, Thatcher KNEES him down, then drags Bryan back up. Thatcher EuroUppers Bryan, taunts the fans, then EuroUppers Bryan again. Bryan leans against ropes, Thatcher snarls at the fans, then gets in Bryan’s face.
Dynamite returns to single picture as Thatcher traps Bryan’s bad arm behind his back and throws hard body shots to that side. The ref counts but Thatcher grins as he throws more shots. Bryan fights back with HEADBUTTS! Fans fire up as Bryan backs Thatcher down, but Thatcher fires off body shot after body shot! Thatcher drags Bryan out to a hammerlock GROVIT, and then hits a GROVIT-PLEX! Cover, TWO!! Bryan is still in this but Thatcher snarls. Thatcher stalks Bryan at the ropes, bumps him off buckles, then reels Bryan in to hoist him up top. Thatcher UPPERCUTS, climbs up after Bryan, and he underhooks the arms!
Bryan resists and fans fire up! Bryan breaks free, throws body shot after body shot in return, and then HEADBUTTS Thatcher down! Thatcher growls and gets right back up! But Bryan throws more body shots! Fans rally “YES! YES! YES!” and Bryan HEADBUTTS again! Thatcher stays down this time, and Bryan stands up! Thatcher stands in time for the MISSILE DROPKICK! Both men are down as Bryan clutches his bad arm, but Dayton rallies up behind him! Bryan and Thatcher sit up, both snarl, and Thatcher EuroUppers! Bryan EuroUppers in return! They go uppercut for uppercut, but Thatcher gets the edge!
Bryan fires up to KICK! And KICK! Bryan KICKS away on Thatcher’s chest, “YES! YES! YES!” Bryan powers up but Thatcher blocks the Buzzsaw! Thatcher goes for the bad arm, wrangles Bryan down, but Bryan rolls through and gets around to waistlock. Thatcher bucks the O’Conner but runs into a backslide! TWO, FUJIWARA! No, Bryan rolls through to BUZZSAW! Cover, TWO!! But Bryan clamps on for HAMMER ‘N’ ANVIL ELBOWS! Fans rally again, but Thatcher blocks the arm! Bryan claws Thatcher’s face to get free, and get a SLEEPER! But Thatcher wants that bad arm! Bryan has to shift his grip, but Thatcher stands!
Thatcher pries the sleeper open because he can get the bad arm, but Bryan powers up! Bryan has the hold on tight, so Thatcher backs Bryan down! They end up ramming the ref into the corner! Bryan still holds on, but Thatcher hits a BIG back suplex! All three men are down and fans fire up! But here comes MJF! The AEW World Champion tells Dayton to shush, and he puts on the Dynamite Diamond Ring! MJF says, “It’s too damn easy. This is done! This is done!” MJF goes to the ring, but KONOSUKE flies in outta nowhere!! Konosuke won’t let MJF screw Bryan over! Konosuke attacks MJF, RAMS him into railing, and chases him to the back!
Bryan has Thatcher but Thatcher snatches the arm! FUJIWARA ARMBAR!! The ref is up, he asks Bryan, but Bryan endures! Thatcher pushes way back on the arm, but Bryan pushes his way forward with his legs! ROPEBREAK!! Fans fire up as Bryan survives by a literal foot! Thatcher lets go in frustration and he scowls as he throws hands on the bad arm. Thatcher drags Bryan up, clinches, BELLY2BELLY SUPLEX! Bryan flounders but Thatcher runs in, clinches, but Bryan switches! GERMAN SUPLEX! Thatcher fumes as he gets back up! Bryan dodges him, runs back in, BUSAIKU KNEE!! Cover, Bryan wins!
Winner: Bryan Danielson, by pinfall
Now 5-0 on the year, the quest continues! The American Dragon is not yet slain, but wait! MJF and Konosuke continue brawling backstage! MJF turns things around to send MJF into a road case! MJF gets a chair to CHUCK it at Konosuke’s head! And then he throws a trash bin! MJF says if Konosuke wants after him, this is what he gets! But Konosuke turns things back around to SMACK MJF off a table! MJF comes back, the hands fly, and security rushes in! Referees and management try to stop this, too! MJF says he’ll kill Konosuke but Konosuke says about the same in Japanese! Renee runs in to be on the scene, and she tells everyone to stop!
Renee informs everyone, “Per Tony Khan, next week on Dynamite in an Eliminator match, it will be Takeshita VS MJF!” MJF is pissed, he doesn’t agree to that, but he MUST! Will the Devil of AEW find that the Future of Wrestling is better than him?
Mogul Affiliates speak.
Swerve Strickland says, “It’s been a real relaxing last couple of weeks for Swerve and the Mogul Affiliates and all, since getting rid of some dead weight and all this. Until I was like, retriggered.” Dustin Rhodes returning to stand in front of Swerve’s camera, in front of Swerve’s lights, and with Swerve’s interviewer! “The Rhodes Family legacy really gets under my skin, with your father, Dusty Rhodes, giving Keith Lee the ‘Limitless’ moniker. So, since he’s not here, Dustin’s not here, either, let’s find some other nepotism, second generation punk boy to get rid of Friday night on Rampage. That means you, Brian Pillman. Ain’t that right, Parker?”
Parker Boudreaux says that’s right. “Ain’t that right, Trench?” The tattooed man says, “Yeah, that’s right.” Hoodies up, but will they put Bulletproof BPJ down?
BREAKING NEWS for next week!
February 8th, the deadline for Bryan Danielson becoming #1 contender, will see The American Dragon taking on La Faccion Ingobernable’s El Toro Blanco, RUSH!! And speaking of…
Backstage interview with LFI.
Lexi Nair is with El Toro Blanco, but also Jose the Assistant and “Perro Peligroso,” Preston Vance. She notes the announcement of Rush VS Bryan, but then there’s a knock at the door. MJF walks in and says, “Hola, mi hermanos! Senor Vance, Senor Jose, Senor Rrrrrush.” Rush asks what the hell this “perro” wants. MJF double checks, “perro” is dog, right? Well, there’s a little thing called personal space, so he’s just gonna take a step back. “But here’s the deal: my, uh, Spanish is come se dice… Mid. But I know one language, my friend, that is mucho, mucho universal.” And that is MONEY! A huge briefcase full of it!
MJF snaps the case shut and smiles. This first one is free of charge. But he has FIVE MORE filled to the brim with dinero. All Rush has to do is beat Bryan Danielson “by any means necessary.” All Rush needs to do is rip Bryan’s arm off and beat him over the head with it. Can Rush pull that off for him? Jose, translate. Jose translates, but Rush seems to understand explicitly. Rush tells MJF in Spanish, and MJF asks “dipsh*t” Jose to translate. Jose sums it up by saying they have a deal. Oh, is that right? That sounded a bit longer than that. But Rush, you don’t have to like MJF. He just has to get the job done. Pleasure doing business with you, perro.
MJF leaves, but Rush has his mission. Will Rush be raking in the money with one match? Or will nothing stop Bryan Danielson from earning his title match?
AEW TBS Championship: Jade Cargill w/ Leila Grey VS Red Velvet!
Finally, the biggest, fastest-rising star has reached her FIFTIETH match! But while the streak started with The Chef, will it end with her, too? Or will #ThatBitch not be stopped by even the person who knows her best?
The introductions are made, but Velvet attacks while Jade is strutting around! The bell rings, Velvet fires off forearms but Jade knees her low. Jade whips Velvet to a corner but Velvet boots her back! THESZ PRESS! Velvet rains down hands but Jade shoves her away. Velvet ducks but runs into an elbow! Jade drags Velvet up, but Velvet fires off forearms! Velvet whips, Jade blocks to reverse, but Velvet holds ropes. Jade runs in but Velvet sends her out! Leila hurries to Jade’s side but Velvet builds speed! Velvet WRECKS Jade with a dropkick! Velvet tells Leila to back off, then she storms up on Jade.
Jade elbows Velvet away, but Velvet comes back to ROCK Jade! Velvet CHOPS Jade right in front of her family! Velvet then puts Jade in the ring, storms up on her and Oklahoma Rolls! TWO! Jade staggers up, blocks a superkick, and she spins Velvet around. Velvet ducks the haymaker and runs the ropes, then wheelbarrows, but into a GERMAN SUPLEX! Fans fire up while Jade drags Velvet over to a cover, TWO! Velvet is toughing it out but Jade is getting frustrated. Jade scoops Velvet to SLAM her, then drops a BIG elbow! Cover, TWO, and Dynamite goes picture in picture.
Leila is annoyed and Jade frowns while Velvet sputters. Jade drags Velvet up, CLUBS her down, and Leila applauds. Jade bumps Velvet off top buckles, then middle buckles, then bottom buckles! Jade stands on Velvet in the corner and soaks up the cheers and jeers, but lets off at 4. Jade and the ref argue, but Leila gets cheap shots in! Leila scurries away and Jade hauls Velvet up for a FALL AWAY SLAM! And then kips up! Jade holds up both hands to say 50, and then flexes. Velvet bails out, Leila talks trash, and Jade storms over. Jade walks up but Velvet sends her into railing! Jade is getting mad, but Velvet avoids one haymaker to PENALTY KICK from the apron!
Velvet CROSSBODIES, but Jade catches her! Jade POSTS Velvet, then carries her around the way. Jade trophy lifts Velvet, goes up the steel steps, and then TOSSES Velvet at the ropes! Velvet falls, Jade covers, TWO!!! Velvet survives and Jade is getting real mad. Leila rallies the Baddie cheering section, and Jade stalks Velvet to a corner. Jade drags Velvet up, and TOSSES her across the way! Jade says that’s 50 right there, and then she does push-ups as Dynamite returns to single picture. But Velvet CHOPS! Jade CLUBS Velvet, then TOSSES her across the way again! Jade swaggers, dribbles, but Velvet dodges the dunk!
Velvet DROPKICKS Jade, then hits a CODE BREAKER! Jade staggers around, Velvet KICKS and KICKS and mule kicks! Velvet runs, but Jade BOOTS her down! Cover, TWO!! Velvet is still in this and wait! Kiera Hogan RAMS Leila into steel steps! The other former Baddie is here, but other refs come out to have her leave. This all distracts Jade, and Velvet rolls her up! Jade rolls through, but the STIR IT UP hits!! Cover, but the refs aren’t paying attention!! Fans count, Velvet would’ve won twice over by now! Aubrey Edwards finally notices and counts, TWO!! Jade survives and fans can’t believe it!!
Velvet is furious, she drags Jade around and hooks an arm, short arm scissor, and then the INVERSION! Jade endures, fights, but Velvet kicks at her! Jade endures as Velvet pulls on the arm, and she deadlifts Velvet! But Velvet sunset flips! Jade stays up, drags Velvet up with both hands, and pops her around! Chicken wings for JADED!!! Cover, Jade wins!!
Winner: Jade Cargill, by pinfall (still AEW TBS Champion)
FIFTY AND OH! Velvet came the closest of all, but will anyone ever stop Jade’s undefeated streak?
Backstage interview with Britt Baker.
Renee is with The Doctor, as well as Jamie Hayter, as they are with Doc Sampson. We only caught a glimpse of what happened to her earlier at the hands of Saraya & Storm, how is Britt feeling? Britt says this is fine. She’s fine, and if that’s how Storm & Saraya wanna play, that’s fine, too. Because Britt & Hayter can play that game, too. But wait, in walks Ruby Soho! Ruby just wants to talk. She heard what happened, is Britt good? Uh, Ruby, weren’t those your girls? Ruby has Britt hold on there. Ruby has nothing to do with Saraya & Storm, she doesn’t know what Britt’s talking about.
Britt says Ruby’s known Saraya & Storm a lot longer than she’s known the AEW originals, so sorry if it’s strange that Ruby only now shows up. But yeah, Britt is good. Hayter says Britt is great, actually. Ruby says she’s glad to hear it and walks off. There are battle lines being drawn, which side is the Runaway on?
BREAKING NEWS for Rampage!
Not only are The Elite and The Firm having it out, it is for the AEW World Trios Championships! Will Kenny & The Young Bucks make it through All Ego, Hardy & Kassidy to then take on Fox & Top Flight? Or will there be a change of plans for Dynamite? And speaking of Saraya & Storm, they are in tag team action once again, but will they continue to beat down All Elite homegrown talent? Plus, before taking on Bryan Danielson, Rush will take on the Fallen Angel, Christopher Daniels, in an epic match of former ROH World Heavyweight Champions! Will El Toro Blanco build momentum going into his battle with The American Dragon?
AEW TNT Championship No Holds Barred: Darby Allin w/ Sting VS Samoa Joe!
The series is tied at 1-1, with the Samoan Submission Specialist winning in Texas, but the Relentless One winning in his hometown of Seattle. Dynamite in Dayton is throwing out all the rules except one: win! Will Darby continue to be the fighting champion? Or will Joe return to being the One True King of Wrestling Television?
The introductions are made, the TNT title is raised, and one way or another, this is the series finale of Darby VS Joe!
Darby takes off his trench coat to reveal he, uh, customized his Hoodlum hoodie. He’s covered it in thumbtacks!! And as soon as he’s in the ring, he rushes in to COFFIN SPLASH Joe! Joe is reeling from the tack attack but Darby fires off tack-covered forearms! Fans fire up as Darby runs corner to corner, but Joe dodges the splash to GAMANGIRI! Joe then wraps up an arm in his towel, to LARIAT Darby down! Fans rally, Joe pulls Darby’s tack hoodie off and throws it away. Joe drags Darby up to CHOP him! Darby goes to a corner, but Darby kicks back. Joe stomps Darby, stomps him down, then storms off.
Joe goes out to look under the ring, and he brings out a TABLE! Dayton fires up, Joe picks the table up, but Darby DIVES into the table and Joe! The table doesn’t break but it, Joe and Darby all hit the floor! Joe is busted open on his forehead and fans fire up! Darby hurries to stand the table up, to then drop it on Joe! Darby then brings the steel steps around into the corner of the railing. Darby whips, Joe reverses, and Darby not only clips steel steps, he clips railing! Darby lands on his feet just from momentum, but he soon falls to his knees, clutching his back! Fans lose their minds while Joe stalks out after Darby.
Joe stands Darby up, throws knees into him, and then throws him into railing. Joe drags Darby up and they go up the bleachers. Joe SMACKS Darby off the handrail, then brings him up further. Joe smacks Darby off more railing, then keeps him going up. But Darby fights back! Darby CLUBS and CLAWS Joe’s back! Fans fire up but Joe DUMPS Darby down the steps! Fans are going nuts while Joe glares through his crimson mask, and Dynamite goes picture in picture.
Joe drags Darby up again, grinds him against the handrail, then SMACKS him off a fan’s chair! They go back to the lower level as Darby kicks Joe and crawls away. Joe keeps after Darby, drags him up, and brings him around the way to TOSS back to ringside! Darby narrowly misses hitting steel steps head first! Joe stalks Darby, drags Darby back up, then scoop SLAMS him on the steps! Darby writhes, flounders away, but Joe follows him to the corner. Darby throws Joe’s ROH World TV title at him, but that only upsets Joe. Joe storms in after Darby, stalks him to a corner, and waits on Darby to stand before he DECKS him!
Joe eggs Darby on as he stands over him. Darby doesn’t stand so Joe makes him. Joe snapmares to CHOP Darby on the back! And PENALTY KICK him in the chest! And then drops a fist on his head! Joe watches Darby writhe and the ref checks on him. Joe grins through the crimson mask, then stomps Darby down. Joe kicks Darby, then clamps on a neck wrench! Joe leans all his weight on Darby but Darby throws body shots. Joe doesn’t budge, and he CLUBS Darby down. Joe grins as Darby tires to sit back up. Joe clamps the neck wrench back on and he twists even harder! Darby endures, and Dynamite returns to single picture as Darby throws more body shots.
Joe lets go of the neck wrench, Darby hobbles and runs, but into an ELBOW! Darby falls over and Joe covers, TWO! Joe keeps focus as he looms over Darby. Joe KICKS Darby to a corner, and then stomps him. Fans rally and duel, but Joe is annoyed by that. Joe drags Darby up, DECKS him with a forearm, then clamps on another neck wrench! It’s practically a vice on Darby’s head, squeezing his skull! Darby endures, fights up, and he RAMS Joe into buckles! Darby fires off forearms and SLAPS! Darby runs corner to corner, but into the URENAGE! Cover, TWO!! Darby survives the #STJOE, but Joe stands Darby up to CHOP him!
Darby staggers, Joe CHOPS him again! Darby flops to the apron, Joe builds speed and he BOOTS Darby to the floor! Joe then storms out and looks under the ring. Joe brings out another TABLE! Fans fire up again but Joe has fans move aside. Fans oblige and Joe rests the table against railing. Darby is in the ring, Joe goes in and brings Darby up, but Darby JAWBREAKERS before the sleeper could lock in! Darby runs in at the corner to CHOP! And CHOP! And CHOP! Darby CHOPS away on Joe, but Joe TOSSES Darby right out of the ring! Joe has been treating Darby like a throw pillow, emphasis on the “throw!”
Darby flounders up, but Joe goes back over to bring him back in. Joe suplexes high and hard! Joe then goes out to fetch chairs! Joe puts a handful of chairs in the ring, then sets them up together. Fans fire up as they’re back to back to make a wedge! Joe stands Darby up, brings him over, BIG back suplex on the chair wedge!! Darby writhes and Joe has a sadistic smile. “Joe is gonna kill~ you!” Joe turns the chairs around to face each other, then brings Darby back up. But Darby uses POCKET SAND to stop the bomb! CODE RED!! Cover, TWO!! Joe survives but Darby hurries to hop on! THROWBACK STUNNER!
Joe falls into a drop zone, and Darby hurries to get his hoodie back! Darby puts that back on, climbs up the corner, and COFFIN DROPS!! Cover, TWO!?!? Joe survives the tack-enhanced senton and fans can’t believe it! Darby hurries outside and goes looking. Darby uses a knife to cut the strings that hold down the canvas! Some are tough but they all give way, and Darby pulls the canvas away. Darby then drags off the foam padding to expose bare wood! Darby is deconstructing the ring in order to better destroy Joe! Darby sees Joe outside, builds speed and DIVES, but Joe walks away! Darby CRASHES THROUGH THE TABLE!!!
Dayton is losing their minds as Joe puts Darby back in! Joe sets Darby’s tack covered jacket down, he picks Darby up, and he POWERBOMBS him on the tacks! AND THEN HE SMOTHERS DARBY WITH THE TACK JACKET!! Darby DIGS at Joe’s eyes!! Joe lets Darby go, but he staggers around blindly! Joe stands up into a CHAIR SHOT! And another! And another! Darby has Joe on the hard wood, climbs up top, but Joe pushes the ref into the ropes to trip Darby up!! Joe climbs up after Darby, tucks him in, and hits a SUPER MUSCLE BUSTER TO THE WOOD!!!! Cover, JOE WINS!!!
Winner: Samoa Joe, by pinfall (NEW AEW TNT Champion)
Darby’s relentless streak is over! Samoa Joe is now a TWO-TIME TWO BELT CHAMPION! But wait! “THIS IS WAAAR~!” Fans go nuts for Wardlow as he storms down to the ring! Joe is just as shocked as Wardlow runs in! SPEAR!! Wardlow rains down fists on the man who took his title and his top knot! Wardlow rips his shirt off, drags Joe up, but Joe scrambles away! Fans boo but Joe isn’t going to fight again so soon after the war he just went through. Security rushes out but Wardlow CLOBBERS them all! Then he hauls one up to POWERBOMB out onto all the others!! Wardlow will not be denied, when and where will he get his hands on Joe?
This was an awesome Dynamite! Same balance of action and talking, but the action was all on a different level this week. Of the talking, we got good stuff out of this AEW Originals VS Imports in the Women’s Division. Saraya & Storm really up their Heel heat by just attacking Britt unprovoked, and then Ruby checking in on Britt was an interesting turnaround from her telling she didn’t want Britt’s help. But we’re getting closer and closer to that big tag(?) match. Hell, make it a Blood & Guts match but with the women rather than the men. Saraya leads a team, Britt leads a team, Ruby will choose Britt’s side and there could even be a twist of Shida betraying Saraya during the match to cost the anti-AEW team.
Good promo from the JAS to set up things with Starks. I just knew Starks would have to beat everyone in the JAS eventually, so it’s clever for them to get it all done in one gauntlet match. Starks will of course make it past Menard and Parker, and I bet that just as it looks like Garcia is stepping up to face Starks, Guevara takes the spotlight from him. Starks will still get through the final opponent, and he’ll get his match with Jericho. Good promo from Mogul Affiliates, because one: it establishes that their group doesn’t like multigenerational wrestlers, and two: it gave Granden Goetzman his wrestler name, “Trench.” Swerve will surely beat BPJ, but I bet Dustin teams up with BPJ and Brock Anderson as a sort of AEW take on WWE’s Legacy faction to take on Mogul Affiliates.
Good promo from Jack Perry, but I’m surprised he waited until now to establish that he’s done with tag teams. But I suppose he’s done with The Firm, too, so he’s done needing reinforcements. As it stands, if he wants a singles title, he could start with the All-Atlantic Championship, but I could see JB making a move for THE AEW World title. Speaking of The Firm, good promo from them and The Elite. I wonder if this was really live or just the take where Nick actually made that shot. Anyway, I’m also surprised the trios match for Rampage is for the titles when the titles are going to be on the line for Dynamite. But I suppose if Orange Cassidy and Darby Allin are fighting champions, then so should the Elite. Which of course means The Elite win on Rampage to go on to face Fox & Flight.
We got an awesome match from Bryan VS Thatcher, but of course Bryan wins to keep his story going. Even after he had that awesome match with Brian Cage, Konosuke going after MJF was a great move. And getting himself an Eliminator match is a good, too, but I feel like MJF finds a way to stand tall. He’ll either cheat to win, or just get himself disqualified quickly so his night will be over quickly. MJF also had a really good promo with LFI. Rush is a great choice to take on Bryan Danielson, and Rush is also going to have a great match with Christopher Daniels on Rampage. I’m sure Bryan will still find a way to win and we’ll still get that Ironman match, it just has to be how this goes.
It’s mostly because I don’t even know who is the #2 contender, since AEW still hasn’t kept up with rankings in this new year. AEW bringing out a sudden twist of MJF still having that One Hour Ironman match against someone other than Bryan would be great stuff, since MJF has been so focused on Bryan, but I feel like getting MJF VS Bryan is still the thing everyone wants to see. Great opening match out of Hangman VS Moxley, and of course Moxley bleeds. It’s practically in his contract. But Hangman losing by a roll-up was a great surprise, and them still being after each other after, this has to continue until Revolution.
The Acclaimed winning a squash was a bit surprising, but obviously that was to make room for the promo that set up things with The Gunn Sons. But Billy suddenly saying his sons can have a title match with The Acclaimed? I hope there isn’t a turn coming where Billy is suddenly on his sons’ side again. It just feels like something is fishy, but who knows. Really good TBS title match from Jade and Velvet, but I guess since this wasn’t at a PPV, Jade wasn’t about to lose. Kiera trying to help Velvet only to mess things up was at least a good detail to protect Jade. But at this rate, who is even going to beat Jade when she’s gotten through even some great established names.
And of course, an awesome No Holds Barred match for the TNT title. Great innovation, such as Darby’s tack covered jacket and the different table spots. I was actually rather surprised to see Joe win this to once again be dual champion. But at the same time, Wardlow returning to continue his story with Joe is a logical reason as to why Joe needs to have the TNT title again. Perhaps Wardlow gets the TNT title back to have a second chance with that, and Darby can move up into the world title scene. And assuming MJF retains at Revolution, it works for Darby to be next as they have history in AEW.
My Score: 9/10
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