The top two titles are on the line!
Tonight, both the NXT and NXT Women’s Championships are on the line as Bron Breakker takes on his largest opponent yet in Von Wagner, and Rose VS Fyre goes LAST WOMAN STANDING! Will the landscape change a month out from NXT Deadline?
- NXT Championship: Bron Breakker VS Von Wagner w/ Robert Stone; Bron wins and retains the title.
- Indus Sher VS George Cannon & Ariel Dominguez; Indus Sher wins.
- Apollo Crews VS JD McDonagh; Crews wins.
- Josh Briggs & Brooks Jensen w/ Fallon Henley VS The Dyad w/ The Schism; The Dyad wins.
- Tatum Paxley w/ Ivy Nile VS Indi Hartwell; Indi wins.
- NXT Women’s Championship Last Woman Standing: Mandy Rose VS Alba Fyre; Rose wins and retains the title.
PLAY BY PLAY
NXT Championship: Bron Breakker VS Von Wagner w/ Robert Stone!
The Big Booty Nephew has faced legends and peers but had the physical advantages of size and strength. That advantage now goes the other way against Vicious Von! Will that tip the scales and make this Wagner’s to win? Or can Bron break through against the odds once again?
The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and we see if Bron survives Wagner’s World!
The bell rings and Von throws STONE at Bron! Bron throws Stone away, but Von BOOTS Bron! Von throws hands on Bron in the corner! Then he bumps Bron off buckles! Von stomps a mudhole in, digs his knee in, but the ref counts. Von lets off at 4, and he stalks Bron to ropes. Von whips to ELBOW Bron down! Fans boo but Von talks smack on Bron. Von CHOKES Bron on the ropes but lets off as the ref counts. Fans rally for Bron but Von whips him to ropes. Bron slides under the boot and comes back to run Von over! Von gets up, into an EXPLODER! Fans bark as Bron whips Von and RANAS! Fans fire up with Bron while Von flounders!
Stone coaches Von up but Bron headlocks. Von endures and fights up, but he can’t power free. Fans rally but Von powers up and puts Bron on ropes. Von then steps over the ropes to HOTSHOT Bron! Von gets in to CLUB Bron, YANKS the arm, and runs Bron over! Von drags Bron up to run him over again! Von CLUBS Bron’s arm more, Stone coaches Von, and Von hammerlocks before the scoop and SLAM! Bron writhes and fans boo but Von doesn’t care. Von drags Bron up, snapmares him down and drops an elbow! Cover, TWO! Bron clutches his arm but he’s still in this. Von drags Bron up to CLUB the arm more.
Von whips Bron to ropes, but Bron turns that around into a suplex! Bron holds Von up and fans fire up before the SLAM! Bron kips up and fans bark. Bron headlocks, Von powers out but Bron ducks ‘n’ dodges and CLOBBERS Von! Fans fire up as Von goes to a corner. Bron barks at Von while NXT goes picture in picture.
Bron and Von stare down, but Von keeps cool. They reset, circle again, and tie up. VOn knees low! And CLUBS Bron down! Von CHOKES Bron on the ropes again, but lets off to then bend him back! The ref counts, Von lets off at 4, and Bron sputters. Stone talks trash and Von drags Bron up to YANK the arm again. Von wrangles Bron into a chinbar but Bron endures. Von keeps Bron down but Bron fights up, only for Von to wrangle him back down! Von keeps on the bad arm but Bron fights his way up. Von KNEES low, whips Bron to ropes, but Bron slips around to headlock and takeover! Von rolls it to a cover, ONE!
Bron grinds the hold, shifts around, then goes back to the headlock. Von headscissors back and holds tight! Bron endures, kips free, and he headlocks for another takeover. Von keeps his shoulders up, fights to his feet, and powers out. Von KNEES Bron down! Von then hauls Bron up to throw him with a headlock takeover. But Bron headscissors back! Bron holds tight, even as Von kicks around. Von reaches out with a leg but Bron shifts to facelock. Bron gator rolls Von from the ropes, then back the other way! Von stands up but Bron headlocks. Bron hits another takeover and NXT returns to single picture.
Fans rally for Bron, but Von fights his way back up. Von powers out, but Bron gets around again, only for Von to hit a BIG back suplex! Both men are down but Bron crawls his way out of the ring. Von goes out after Bron and RAMS him into the steel steps! Fans boo but Von pulls the steps apart. Stone says, “You do you, Von! You do you.” Von goes after Bron as fans boo more, and Von brings Bron over to choke grip, and CHOKE SLAM on the steps!! Bron writhes while fans lose their minds! Von then puts Bron in the ring and covers, TWO!! Bron survives, showing the toughness of a two-time NXT Champion!
Von snarls and Stone is furious, but Von drags Bron up into double underhooks! BUTTERFLY SUPLEX! Von hauls Bron up again to scoop SLAM! Von drags Bron up a third time to POST HIM! Then he reels Bron in, for a BIG back suplex! Cover, TWO!! Bron survives again and Von is fuming! Von looms over Bron, and drags him up into a BEARHUG! Bron endures as fans actually duel, “Let’s Go, Breakker!” “Let’s Go, Wagner!” Von drags Bron into a cobra clutch and thrashes him around! Bron endures, but Von throws him down. Stone wants the ref to call this but Bron crawls to the ropes.
Von storms up on Bron, hauls him up to the top rope, and throws haymakers! Von climbs up after Bron, but Bron blocks the suplex! Bron throws body shots, Von staggers away, and Bron FLYING LARIATS! Both men are down and the fans fire up! Stone panics as Von sits up in a daze. Von throws a haymaker but Bron counter punches! And again! Bron ducks ‘n’ dodges to start throwing big shoulder tackles! Bron dodges again, then catches Von’s leap for a SPINEBUSTER! Fans bark it up and Bron climbs up top. FLYING BULLDOG! Bron roars and fans fire up more! Bron goes to the corner, he runs in at Von, but into a fireman’s carry! DEATH VALLEY DRIVER! Cover, TWO!!!
Von and the fans can’t believe Bron survives! Stone throws off his jacket while Von gets in the ref’s face! Von argues the count but the ref says it was fair. Bron rises and brings down the straps! Stone tries to tell Von but Von shoves him down! Bron lifts Von! But Von slips off, fireman’s carries, but Bron slips off and SPEARS! Cover, Bron wins!
Winner: Bron Breakker, by pinfall (still NXT Champion)
Von was bigger, but Bron was still stronger! Bron’s beaten those more experienced, more sadistic and more massive than him, who will ever take this title from him?
Alba Fyre speaks.
“Mandy Rose, the only reason I stand here today without the NXT Women’s title is because of your two best friends. Now I’ve taken out Gigi Dolin and I’ve taken out Jacy Jayne. You don’t have the numbers anymore. All you have is this fire keeper burning a hole in your soul. Everything that you hold close to you will go up in flames, and your Toxic Empire will burn. Mandy, the fear you’re experiencing is real. And tonight, anything goes as I stand over you the Last Woman Standing, and NEW NXT Women’s Champion!” Will Fyre burn the Rose to a crisp to finally take that title from her?
Bron returns backstage.
He takes a seat with the title, only for JD McDonagh to walk over. “Congratulations, champ. You know you’re never going to be done with me, right?” JD then leaves before Bron can respond. Will the Irish Ace come back around to pick apart what’s left of Bron?
Zoey Stark goes to the ring.
She may not be NXT Women’s Tag Team Champion, but the Sin City Soldier doesn’t seem upset at all. But that’s because she beat down Nikkita Lyons, putting all the blame for losing on her! Stark gets the mic to say, “Oh, man, does my back feel so much lighter not having to carry Nikkita Lyons for another week. See let me tell you a story. Nine months ago, I was out on the shelf. I was on the shelf for nine MONTHS! And when I came back in July, I came in like a bat outta hell! I tore through 19 other women to earn an opportunity against Mandy Rose for the NXT Women’s Championship.
“And I was ready. Boy, was I ready. And then… I get called into a meeting. And in that meeting, everything changed. See, in this meeting, I was told they were gonna hold a tournament for the WWE Women’s Tag Team Championships, and they wanted me to team with Nikkita Lyons. You guys, they chose us over more established teams like Toxic Attraction or the champs, Kayden & Katana. I knew I was gonna have to do a lot of the heavy lifting, but that was fine, I took pride in knowing that we were going to represent NXT. But as we all know, we didn’t get to make it to that part, because after my match against Mandy Rose at Heatwave, I wasn’t medically cleared.
“As I was in the medical room, Nikkita Lyons, she walks in. She puts her hand on my shoulder, and she looks me dead in my eyes and tells me, ‘Zoey, it’s okay. Accidents happen. I’m not mad at you.'” Stark laughs! Lyons wasn’t mad at Stark? Stark is the weak link? NO! Stark didn’t get hurt during training or doing stupid TikTok videos! She got injured wrestling, working with one of the top, dominant females, one of the best champions ever in Mandy Rose! And what did Starks do when she returned again? She put Lyons on her back and carried her ass! Stark carried Lyons through training, the tape study, all of it!
And all Stark asked was that Lyons take a fraction of the work to lighten the load. But no. All Stark got was endless apologies instead of results! Stark was angry, but she’s not anymore. When she had the tag titles in her hands, which should’ve been hers, Stark knew exactly what she needed to do. And she did it: she CLOBBERED Lyons with them! Stark says she tried her hardest to help Lyons! And the new recruits, the new athletes! The more she helped, the more time she gave, the more they just clung and leeched off of her! Stark is done with that. She is tired of it! She tried to be part of the solution.
But now, Stark will be a huge part of the problem! Stark didn’t get famous posing on the beach, doing some stupid dance on social media, no! She did it all in the ring, busting her ass! For all of them clapping and cheering her on, “Screw you!” They are all the same people who go on social media and like those dance videos! They’re the same people who look at Lyons with all of her “assets,” and them dream about her all night. So just screw all of you! Fans boo but Stark says the way she sees it, NXT is no longer about the future. It’s about ZOEY STARK. And Stark is UNDENIABLE!! Stark is the hunter! And everyone in the back? They are the prey!
NXT checks in with Chase U.
Andre Chase is impressed by Thea Hail’s recent test results, she got it 100% right. Duke Hudson then walks in, as Chase wanted to meet with him. Yes, have a seat, Duke. Duke sits with Chase and Chase wants to know: Why did Duke throw in the towel? Did he want to see Chase lose? Well, that’s a good question, given Duke’s track record. But if Chase wants the truth, then the truth is… Duke saw Chase was in so much pain and he couldn’t stand to watch. Chase’s health is far more important than one wrestling match.
Chase is a fantastic teacher, but he knows nothing about quitting, he doesn’t know the meaning of the word! That is why Duke threw in the towel: so that Chase could live to fight another day. Imagine if Charlie Dempsey did permanent damage to Chase’s shoulder. If Chase goes down, Chase U goes down. If Chase is on the shelf, the entire school is on the shelf, so that is why Duke threw in the towel. If people want to say Duke cares too much about Chase U, that he bleeds black ‘n’ red, then guilty as charged! Chase says okay. But then in walks Thea. Chase wanted to go over a paper? Duke gives up his seat and takes his leave.
Thea says Duke’s kinda growing on her. Chase seems to agree. Will Duke Hudson prove he is the Ace of Chase U?
Apollo Crews finds Bron in the locker room.
Apollo reminds Bron that he’s back in NXT for one reason and one reason only: the NXT Championship. ANd Apollo knows Bron is sore and tired, but just watch what Apollo does. Where one challenge ends, the next begins. Later, champ. Bron’s challengers clash later on, who comes out as the #1 contender?
Indus Sher VS George Cannon & Ariel Dominguez!
Veer & Sanga have reunited, and they look to start where they left off! Will these tigers tear apart the NXT Tag Team Division until they are the kings of the jungle?
The teams sort out and Sanga starts against George. They tie up, and Sanga SLAMS George down! Sanga drags George up to SLAM him down again! And then Sanga scoops George to LAWN DART HOTSHOT! Sanga waits on George to stand, then he full nelson SLAMS him down! Tag to Veer, Sanga stands George up, and they SANDWICH him! George sputters, Veer stands on his foot to keep him from getting away! Veer then RAMS him into the corner! Veer dares Ariel Dominguez to tag in! Fans say “NO! NO! NO!” but Veer makes him tag George! Veer then TOSSES this guy across the ring! Fans are stunned seeing that!
Veer looms over Ariel and hauls him up. Ariel SLAPS Veer, but that was a mistake. Veer RAMS Ariel into his chest! Then he tags Sanga, and they SANDWICH Ariel! Sanga smirks as he drags Ariel up with one arm, and SLAMS him! Sanga then drags Ariel up again, scoops with one arm again, and SLAMS him again! Tag back to Veer, and Veer drags Ariel around. LEAPING ELBOW DROP! Veer tags Sanga back in because they’re still not done! They drag George up, Sanga runs as Veer holds him up, DRAPING BOOT!! Ariel is in a corner, Sanga SPLASHES him! Sanga drags Ariel over, tags in Veer, and Indus Sher coordinate.
Veer goes up, Sanga scoops, FLYING LEG DROP SIDEWALK SLAM!! Cover, Indus Sher wins!
Winners: Indus Sher, by pinfall
The tigers toyed with their prey, but they feasted on every last bit of them! They then get the mics to say, ‘Creed Brothers. We have a great respect for you. The NXT Universe has a great respect for you. But they don’t respect us!” In India, they are celebrities. Here in America, they are not appreciated. Sanga & Veer no longer stand for it! The only way to gain respect is by destroying the Creeds! And unfortunately for you, Julius & Brutus, that is what Indus Sher will do to you!
The Creed Brothers are watching backstage.
Julius says, “Respect? After these dudes jumped us? They’re delusional! We’re going to maul ’em.” Brutus says Indus Sher did just maul their opponents, but if they’re trying to make a name of Diamond Mine… Julius says if they wanna hit the Creeds, the Creeds will hit harder. Step up, get thrown down! Ivy Nile & Tatum Paxley walk in. Ivy says not to sweat Indus Sher. Diamond Mine is finally past Damon Kemp, the reason they’re not the tag team champions. Time to circle back. Just worry about Pretty Deadly. Yeah, but Indus Sher is calling them out! This isn’t something they can just let go unchecked. They started it, too.
Ivy won’t argue, she has to go help Tatum prepare. But if it were her, this is the wrong fight. Ivy & Tatum head out, the Creeds say that if they’re to go after Pretty Deadly, they gotta handle Indus Sher first. Will the Creeds be able to withstand the might of Sanga & Veer?
Backstage interview with Wendy Choo.
McKenzie Mitchell brings up Cora Jade’s comments aimed at Wendy, so what is Wendy’s response? “Cora Jade is always going to be a salty and petulant child. She’s never gonna change. She said some things about me last week that just aren’t true. But she did say some things about me that I haven’t heard since high school. She’s trying to open old wounds. The fact is, I am a little wacky. I just like to be fun and not so serious. So Cora and anyone else who disagrees just need to take a long hard look in the mirror. But in Cora’s case, I want her to wait a week, because I want her to look at herself in the mirror after I give her two black eyes.”
The Queen of Comfort looks to play rough with #GenerationJade, will Choo humble Cora herself?
Apollo Crews VS JD McDonagh!
Both men have said their piece to Bron Breakker, but now they must back it all up with actions. Will Apollo’s vision of the future come true? Or will the Irish Ace trump all that to get another shot?
NXT returns as Crews makes his entrance. The bell rings and Crews circles with JD. They tie up, Crews waistlocks and SLAMS JD! JD slips out of the facelock to get an arm but Crews slips through to wrench back. They switch, JD headlocks for a takeover but Crews rolls to a cover, ONE! Fans applaud that opening exchange as the two reset. They feel things out, knuckle lock, and then JD kicks low! JD CLUBS Crews, has him in a corner, and whips him corner to corner. Crews goes up and over and handsprings to then arm-drag! Crews has the armlock but JD endures. JD moves around, stands up and whips, but Crews slides under.
Crews headlocks, JD powers out, but Crews RAMS JD. Crews runs again, but into JD’s arm-drag! JD armlocks but Crews kips up, only to run into another arm-drag! JD tries again but Crews headscissors. JD kips free, and he fakes out the takeover to drop an elbow on Crews! Fans applaud this exchange, and JD drags Crews up. JD CHOPS and stomps and punches Crews to a corner. JD stomps a mudhole then digs his boot in, but lets off as the ref counts 4. Fans boo JD, but Apollo CHOPS him back! And CHOPS! JD ducks a chop but Crews DECKS him with a right! Crews whips JD corner to corner, then back drops JD on the rebound!
Fans fire up and JD wants mercy! But then he kicks! Crews blocks it and spins JD to then duck, dodge and CLOBBER JD! JD flounders right out of the ring! Crews pursues but JD leads him on a cat ‘n’ mouse. They get in the ring but then JD slips right out, only for Crews to moonsault away! Crews blocks the Penalty Kick to YANK JD off the apron! Crews cradles JD, to then SLAM him on the announce desk! JD writhes and Crews flexes as NXT goes to break.
NXT returns again and JD has a SLEEPER on Crews! But Crews climbs a corner?! For a SUPER BACKPACK SENTON! Crews is free, but JD rises again! JD has the SLEEPER back on!! Fans fire up and rally as Crews hurries to his feet again! Crews powers free, and he puts a SLEEPER on JD! But JD hits as BIG back suplex! Fans fire up while both men are down! Crews and JD stir, and Crews crawls to the ropes. JD goes to the other side, he runs in, but Crews TOSSES JD up and out! JD hits the floor, Crews goes out and MOONSAULTS! Fans fire up as Crews knocks JD down again! Crews hurries to put JD in the ring as fans chant for “NXT! NXT!”
Crews dodges JD’s haymaker to mule kick and run for a BOOT! And a LARIAT! JD sits up in a daze, Crews takes aim from a corner. JD flounders to a corner, Crews runs in and SPLASHES! JD is down again but Crews goes right up! Crews SENTONS but has to roll through! JD gets up, into a BOOT! Crews underhooks and lifts, TIGER BOMB! Then a deadlift to a SIT-OUT BOMB!! Cover, TWO!! JD survives and fans fire up as this one continues! Crews drags JD up, fireman’s carries and then puts JD up top. Crews climbs up after JD, but JD throws hands! They brawl up top, Crews gets the edge, and he tries again.
Crews goes to the very top, but JD slips out to trip Crews up! JD puts Crews in the Tree of Woe to CLUB him down out of it! Fans duel and JD stomps Crews down. JD drags Crews up, CHOPS him, then whips corner to corner. Crews reverses but JD tumbles up and around! JD flops to the apron, but he DUMPS Crews out! JD aims to PENALTY KICK! A glancing blow, but then JD ASAI MOONSAULTS! Direct hit as JD proves he can fly like Crews! JD puts Crews in the ring now, catches his breath, then snarls as he goes up a corner. But Crews springs up after him! SUPER OLYMPIC SLAM!! Fans are thunderous as both men are down!
Fans rally up as JD and Crews stir. A standing count starts, and reaches 5 of 10 as JD and Crews sit up. The count is 7, but both men stand at 9! Crews CHOPS! JD CHOPS back! Crews CHOPS, ROCKS and facelocks to suplex! JD knees free and cradles! TWO!! Crews has it, TWO!! JD has it back, TWO!! Crews has it again, TWO!! Crews ducks ‘n’ dodges, but into a SPANISH FLY!! Fans are thunderous again and JD drags Crews right up, but Crews KNEES! JD HEADBUTS! Ripcord, but Crews sunset flips! And deadlifts, but JD SUNSET BOMBS! Cover, TWO!!! Crews escapes and no one can believe it!
“This is Awesome!” as JD rises again. JD goes to a corner, he grits his teeth and he aims at Crews. Crews slowly rises, rushes in, but JD slips out! JD HOTSHOTS Crews down, goes up top again, to MOONSAULT! But he has to roll through as Crews dodges! Crews hits a MILE HIGH SPINEBUSTER!! Cover, Crews WINS!
Winner: Apollo Crews, by pinfall
The Irish Ace went all in but went bust! Apollo looks like the frontrunner going after Bron’s title, and Bron appears to stare him down! Will NXT soon be under Crews’ control?
Backstage interview with Mandy Rose.
Tonight’s NXT Women’s Championship match is under a Last Woman Standing match, but Fyre- Rose stops McKenzie there, we all heard what Fyre said. But the world needs to listen to Mandy now. “For the last year, I have heard every prediction in the book. Mandy’s not ready, the stage is too big, Mandy can’t wrestle, she’s outmatched. Oh, the best one: She can’t carry this title. Every flash in the pan, flavor of the month, one hit wonder, international ranker, and every cliché you can think of that has been thought of and promoted as the woman who could beat me. Well here I stand, still as your NXT Women’s Champion.
“And not because you’re looking at a cliché, but because you’re looking at a one in a BILLION superstar! Listen, I know Alba Fyre is gonna bring it tonight. But with or without my girls, this title is staying with me. Because after tonight, I will be the Last Woman Standing. You can get outta here.” McKenzie leaves, but will the Toxic Goddess make her promise a reality?
Backstage interview with Javier Bernal.
McKenzie says Javier requested this time to speak, what’s on his mind? He has a lot on his mind! He knows he’s the new kid on the block, but he’s learned that he can’t wait for opportunities to come to him. no no, he is going to seize them. So instead of people telling him who he is facing, he’s going to be the one to issue a challenge. Who will it be? The guy Javier’s going to face, the guy who will bring out the best in him and really push him: Axiom! Axiom is a hell of a competitor, so- Wait, Axiom? Yes. Didn’t he see what happened last week? Axiom isn’t medically cleared to compete.
Well who is McKenzie to doubt Axiom? He’s a professional! You can sell him short but- NO one disagrees, Javier, but Axiom is hurt. Well, okay, fine. Then maybe the former NXT UK Champion, Ilja Dragunov! Big Body Javi VS The Mad Russian! They’ll tear the house down! They’ll build it up and t- No, he’s also injured, back in Germany rehabbing. Well, if Big Body Javi challenged him, he’d go back to German, too. Ok, let’s get serious. Javi wants someone from Gallus! Let’s see how rough and tough you boys are! McKenzie can even pick one of them! Uh, Gallus is still suspended. Doesn’t he know that?
Javi sighs. Well here is what he knows. McKenzie is part of the problem! She’s holding back one of the greatest NXT superstars from unlocking his potential! That’s just to right. Javi heads out, but it sounds like Javi has his wires crossed. Will he actually step up and challenge someone he knows can fight back?
Booker T is in the ring.
“What up~? Guys, I’m so excited because next week, we have a match for the NXT North American Championship! At this time, I give you the challenger. He is flanked by Trick Williams. He is a two-time North American Champion. Give it up for Carmelo Hayes!” Hayes comes out in a deep purple suit, Trick by his side, and he goes to the ring. Booker continues to say, “And without any further ado, ladies and gentlemen, I give you the NXT North American Champion, Wes Lee!” The Must-See Kid makes his way out now, and everyone takes their seats at the table.
Booker says he is excited. But first, he must say, he’s a fan of both of them. Melo says before getting to “this sucker,” he wants to say one thing. Melo says as a “lower case g to a big G,” it is an honor to be part of Booker’s fave five. It really is. Real recognizes real. Booker says he did say that. But his thing is, no diss to the champ… Wes says that’s all fine. But everyone has to accept that Melo is no longer The A Champion. He’s the X Champion. But Melo can hold onto his accolade as much as he wants, it’s all fine.
Booker says he is excited for this contract signing, but first, some questions. Melo is on the precipice of becoming a three-time- Trick adds, “THREE TIME~!” Booker sighs. He finishes by saying Melo could become a three-time North American Champion. His thoughts? Melo says he IS, but Wes, there’s no doubt that Wes will go to his absolute limits to retain the title. But what Wes should understand is that his absolute limit is where Melo pulls up and starts from. Melo is relentless about being The A Champion, and Wes only just got it so he wouldn’t understand.
So next week, the 15 minutes of sympathy and attention, the best time of Wes’s life and the worst time of Melo’s, it ends! It’s over! Trick says, “Over, Wes!” Booker says then it’s fair that Melo is feeling real confident. Trick tells Booker that Wes is good, he’s a great athlete, but he don’t got nothing on Melo! And no ladders for Wes to climb, either! This will be Wes’s first and last title defense! Booker says he was going to bring that up to Wes. This is his first singles title defense in his first reign. The question is: What is Wes willing to do to make sure he walks out still NXT North American Champion?
Wes says, “Booker, everyone knows how hard I worked in order to earn this. If you had told me a year ago that I’d be sitting here, having this conversation with you, I wouldn’t have believed you. But I took the hand that the universe dealt me, and I played it really, really well. I found some inner peace knocking Trick’s ass out.” Fans cheer that! And from the ashes, Wes climbed up to become a champion. Now he solidifies the man he has become as he becomes the new standard as champion! Wes will risk everything to keep it! Shucky ducky quack quack~! Let’s get this signed right now! First, the challenger, Melo.
Melo says he prefers, “The Future Three-Time North American Champion.” But Melo signs his part. Wes promises Melo that his attitude and arrogance will be his downfall. The contract is then passed to Wes, and Wes likes hearing himself be called the champion. Wes signs on the line now, and there we have it! The contract is signed and sealed, and next week it’ll be delivered! Next week, it’ll be on. Wes says it feels great to have this moment right here. Trick says no one cares how Wes feels. How did it feel when Wes’s head was smashed into a locker? Wes tells Trick to SHUT UP! This is between Wes and Trick’s meal ticket!
Melo says he is at the point where he will “First 48” Wes in front of witnesses, and nobody will do a damn thing! But then Booker tells them all, “WHOA! Wait a damn minute!!” Booker says it ain’t going down like this! Ain’t nobody dropping nobody tonight, going through no tables! Both of them can save the drama for their mamas, because next week, the world will see the finest NXT has to offer! Who will be North American Champion? We’ll just see! NOW CAN YOU DIG THAT, SUCKAAAAA?!
We hear from the mysterious man once again.
“The truth is never simple. Until I’m sitting across the table. At that point, you have two choices: give me the truth, or I beat it out of you. NXT is a soft society, but soon, that will change. Because I am not a product of my environment. My environment is a product of me. And hard justice is on its way.”
Odyssey Jones, Malik Blade & Edris Enofe hang out backstage.
Jones says he can’t lie, these past few weeks with them have been great! And they’re going to keep it going tonight! Yeah! But before, uh, what’s up with the sweater vests, Malik? Well, it’s about his best friend, his dad. Malik’s father was a pastor, and he used to wear the best clothes around. He went to a store called Lookin’ Good. And every time Malik’s dad pulled up, the store owner would have a custom order book ready for Malik’s dad to pick out the craziest designs. And the first thing he ever ordered out of that book for Malik was a sweater vest.
But then his dad passed away. And up in the attic, there were so many sweater vests wrapped in plastic. So that’s why Malik rocks the vests! To honor his dad and follow his advice! Edris knows this one, too. “Either you drip or drown, and I’m gon’ drip!” Jones loves it! Now, let’s have some fun! Will Malik, Edris & Jones bring the drip to NXT?
Josh Briggs & Brooks Jensen w/ Fallon Henley VS The Dyad w/ The Schism!
The good ol’ boys are back in action, hoping to rope themselves another shot at the NXT Tag Team Championships. But will this be a Sunday drive or a wild rodeo as they take on the grizzled Rip Fowler & Jagger Reed?
The teams sort out and Jensen starts against Rip. They circle, tie up, and Rip cravats to then headlock. Jensen powers out but Rip runs him over. Things speed up, Rip whips Jensen but Jensen turns hip toss into hip toss! And then he step-up RANAS Rip away! And then he DROPKICKS Rip down! Cover, ONE! Rip gets up, but Jensen wrenches to wristlock. Rip pulls hair and then the waistband. Tag to Jagger, he and Rip mug Jensen, then Reed ROCKS and CLUBS Jensen! Reed shoves Jensen but Jensen hurdles and tags Briggs before the BULLDOG! Reed staggers up, into Briggs’s big shoulder!
Briggs fires up, he tags Jensen back in, and they hand off the wrench to a wristlock. Jensen grinds the armlock and he wrangles Reed. Reed gets up, works on his escape, but Jensen wrenches and headlocks. Reed powers out but Jensen runs him over! Tag to Briggs, they whip Reed onto ropes, then they run, slide and DOUBLE HAYMAKER! Fans fire up with the country boys and Briggs pushes Reed over. Tag to Jensen, Jensen CLUBS Reed, then headlocks. Reed powers out while tagging Rip. Jensen hurdles Reed but Rip trips Jensen! Rip drags Jensen out but Jensen DECKS him! But then Ava Raine stands in Jensen’s way.
Jensen tells Ava to back off, but Reed DIVES! Direct hit and Reed even hits the desk! But the Schism is fired up as they have control and put Jensen on the apron. Rip cravats Jensen and SLAMS him into the edge! Jensen checks his chin but Rip stands him up to ROCK him! But Jensen fights back! He throws big elbows and haymakers, but Rip keeps him from Briggs! Jensen CLUBS Rip away and hot tags Briggs! Briggs rallies on The Dyad with big haymakers! And then a TIGER BACKBREAKER for Rip! BOOT for Reed! Rip bails out, Briggs goes to the apron and FLYING SHOULDERS Rip down! Reed comes around, but gets the pop-up LARIAT!
Fans are thunderous as Briggs goes up to FLYING LARIAT Rip! Briggs scoops to SIDEWALK SLAM and SPLASH! Fans fire up but Kiana James storms out here to yell at Fallon?! She wants that bar! She swings on Fallon, Fallon dodges, and Fallon DECKS Kiana into Jensen! Jensen is a gentleman, but he’s still a man. He’s all flustered, Briggs gets distracted, and Rip tags Reed. The Dyad dodges Briggs to then DOUBLE CODE BREAKER!! Cover, The Dyad wins!!
Winners: The Dyad, by pinfall
Jensen is beside himself as he let this one slip away! The Schism stands tall thanks to the chaos, but will their dystopian order take over NXT soon enough?
Shawn Michaels speaks!
“NXT is a brand focusing on developing the superstars of tomorrow, but also a brand focused on innovation. On Saturday, December 10th, at NXT Deadline, we will present to you a revolutionary new match never done before in WWE history: The Iron Survivor Challenge. There will be two Iron Survivor Challenges at NXT Deadline, one for the men and one for the women. Five superstars will compete in this unique 25 minute match. They will battle each other, and the clock. Two superstars will start the match. Every five minutes, a new superstar will enter, until all five are in the ring. The goal of the match is have the most falls when the clock hits 25 minutes.
“Falls can be won at any time via pinfall, submission, or disqualification. When a superstar wins a fall, they will earn one point. However, when the superstar loses a fall, they must pay the penalty. They are forced out of the ring and into the Penalty Box for 90 seconds. Once the 90 seconds are up, that superstar can reenter the match. The superstar who has scored the most falls when the clock hits 25 minutes will be named the Iron Survivor, and become the #1 contender to the NXT (and NXT Women’s) Championship. The superstars competing in this one of a kind, first-time-ever match will be announced in the coming weeks. Thank you and we’ll see you Saturday, December 10th, at NXT Deadline.” A complex but historic match, who will come out as the inaugural Iron Survivors?
Tatum Paxley w/ Ivy Nile VS Indi Hartwell!
The Diamond Mine’s prospect is back in action, hoping to impress NXT management and get a golden opportunity. But so is #IndiWrestling, who is all about her, herself and Indi! Who will be the more impressive and perhaps even get a spot in the coming Iron Survivor Challenge?
The bell rings and wait, the lights go weird. Indi isn’t distracted, she knees Tatum low then bumps her off buckles. Tatum turns things around but Indi throws body shots. Indi scoops and SLAMS Tatum, then scoops again. Tatum slips off, waistlocks, but Indi bucks her away. Indi storms up but into a dropkick to the leg! Tatum then dropkicks Indi down! Tatum hurries to cover, ONE! Indi is in a corner but Tatum ROCKS her! Tatum whips, Indi blocks and she whips Tatum right into buckles. Indi then shoves Tatum to ropes, Tatum goes to counter the hip toss with a hip toss, but Indi blocks that!
Tatum throws a body shot, then gets a leg up to flip around! Indi CLOBBERS Tatum for it! Fans rally for Indi as she smirks at Tatum. Indi drags Tatum up, EuroUppers, and then EuroUppers again! Indi short arm LARIATS, then covers, TWO! Indi clamps onto Tatum with a chinlock but Tatum endures. Fans rally, Tatum fights up, but Indi wrangles Tatum down! Tatum still endures as Ivy coaches her, but Indi pushes Tatum to a cover. TWO, but Indi clamps back on with the chinlock. Tatum fights up as fans rally again, but Indi EuroUppers her down! Cover, TWO! And back to the chinlock!
Fans rally, Tatum endures and fights up, and she throws body shots! But Indi kicks low, CLUBS Tatum then DECKS her! Tatum crawls to the apron but Indi drags her up through the ropes. Indi swings but misses! Tatum trips Indi up! Ivy tells Tatum to hustle and she ROCKS Indi! Indi grabs the face brace! Tatum KICKS Indi away, and bumps her off buckles! Tatum bumps Indi off more buckles, then rallies with lariats and forearms! Tatum turns Indi to a NECKBREAKER! And STANDING MARIPOSA! Cover, TWO!! Indi is still in this, but Tatum isn’t giving up, either. Tatum fireman’s carries but Inti pulls the brace off!
Indi CHPO BLOCKS the leg, then STOMPS Tatum’s arm! Fans boo as Indi tosses the brace aside, to SLIDING FOREARM!! Cover, Indi wins!
Winner: Indi Hartwell, by pinfall
That was impressive, and pretty savage all at once. Ivy guards Tatum from anything more happening, but will Indi worry about bigger fish to fry?
SCRYPTS leaves another message.
“Your cameras couldn’t catch me. I got past your guards with ease. Now that I’m here, everything after this will only be a breeze. Because I’m fast as lightning, smarter than you think. Moves are incredible, you miss it if you blink. Next week, you will see that you and I aren’t the same. So tell me, who’s first to play a little game? Sincerely, SCRYPTS.”
Roxanne Perez finds Indi backstage.
Indi sighs and rolls her eyes. What is it this week, Roxie? Roxie just wanted to congratulate Indi. Well, thanks, it does feel good to string some W’s together. But uh, doesn’t Indi think that was a little too far, taking off Tatum’s face mask? And there it is. There can never just be a congrats from “Little Ms. Perfect.” Roxie is just saying, that could’ve rebroken Tatum’s nose. Does Roxie think Tatum would care if Indi’s nose was broken? Indi is just doing what she has to in order to get into the Iron Survivor match. Well, Roxie wants in, too. Everyone does! So Indi has to break someone’s nose, that’s just what she’ll do! Indi is getting savage, but will it pay off come Deadline?
NXT Women’s Championship Last Woman Standing: Mandy Rose VS Alba Fyre!
For over one year, the Toxic Reign has poured down upon NXT, adding name after name to a star-studded list. But it wasn’t without help from the Toxic Followers, Gigi Dolin & Jacy Jayne, now and again. Mandy is all alone with the furious fire keeper, but can she keep from being burned? Or will from the ashes of a Rose rise a brand new reign?
The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and we see who is standing when the smoke clears!
The bell rings and Fyre storms up, only for Rose to bail out. Mandy says she’s champ, she makes the rules. Uh, no, she doesn’t. But Fyre rushes out to chase Rose back into the ring! And Fyre blocks the knee! To hook Rose up! Rose bails out of the Gory Especial and then back out of the ring. But Fyre DIVES and takes Rose out! Fans fire up with Fyre and she pulls the desk apart! Fyre drags Rose up and over, hooks her up again, but Rose flails free! Rose whips Fyre into the apron! And then whips again, but Fyre reverses to POST Rose! Fyre RAMS Rose into barriers, too! And then brings her up to whip her into more barriers!
Fans fire up more as Fyre goes under the ring to bring out a chair. Fyre JAMS Rose, puts the chair aside, and then she brings out the toolbox! Fyre dumps it out, and she has herself a steel rod! Fyre brings out another chair, puts that down, and scoops. But Rose slips out to scoop and SLAM Fyre on the chair! Rose gets away and the standing count starts. Fyre sits up at 4 and stands at 5. Fyre slides in, fans duel with “MAN~DY!” “SUCKS!” Fyre rises, Rose runs in and kicks her low! Rose kicks al eg out, then runs in, but the knee hits a CHAIR! Rose clutches that knee, and Fyre trips her up! Fyre has the rod, and she uses it as part of a HALF CRAB!!
Rose can only endure as there are no tap outs in this match! Fyre thrashes the leg as NXT goes picture in picture, but Roes reaches out to get the ropes! But no ropebreaks, either! Rose still endures, she turns over and she kicks Fyre away! Rose flops out of the ring while Fyre steadies herself. Fyre builds speed to DIVE into a trash can! Rose tosses the can into the ring and slides back in. Rose grabs the can to SMACK Fyre on the back with it. And again! And again! Rose lets off so the ref can count. Fyre is down at 5, but she rises at 6, so Mandy fires off on her! Rose grabs that rod and shows it off. She then steps up to Fyre, but she CLUBS her with her forearm.
Fyre kicks back! Fyre fireman’s carries but Rose slips off to shove and SPINEBUSTER! Fyre writhes and the count starts again. Rose hobbles a bit, her leg now bothering her. Rose snarls as she stalks Fyre and throws more haymakers. Rose CHOKES Fyre on the ropes, lets off to go grab the rod, and she looms over Fyre. Rose CLUBS Fyre in the side with the rod! And then PULLS Fyre back in a iron rod chinlock! NXT returns to single picture as Fyre endures and fans boo! Fyre has the iron bar in her MOUTH, but she fights up! Fyre arm-drags free, and she CLOBBERS Rose! And again!
Rose swings, into a spin, and a GOURD BUSTER! Fyre then PENALTY KICKS Mandy, and KICKS again! Rose goes to a corner, Fyre ROCKS her, then hits a TORNADO DDT! Rose avoids the trash can and she flounders out of the ring. Fyre runs and goes up, up and SUPER CANNONBALLS! A risky move but both women are down! Fans fire up as the count begins. Fyre sits up at 4, stands at 6, but Rose sits up. Rose slowly rises but is up at 8! Fyre goes looking under the ring again, and she brings out a LADDER! Fyre RAMS Rose down with it! Fyre then sets the ladder up against a corner before she stalks Rose.
Rose stands, Fyre whips her, but Rose reverses! Fyre hits the ladder and steps! She falls over, Rose THROWS the ladder down! Fyre barely avoids disaster! Rose snarls as she RAMS the ladder into Fyre! Fans rally and duel as Rose keeps hitting Fyre with the ladder! Fyre is still down at 6, but she drags herself up at 7 to stand at 8! Rose storms over to put Fyre back in the ring. Rose sets the trash can in the middle of the ring and she drags Fyre up. Rose ROCKS Fyre, scoops her, but the bad leg gives out! Fyre fireman’s carries in return, WIDOWMAKER on the trash can! Rose is down and the count begins again!
Fyre stands at 5, Rose crawls at 6. Rose hobbles at 8 and then drops to a knee. Fyre storms over, but Rose TOSSES her up and out! Fyre hits the floor hard! Fyre sits up at 3, but Rose drags her up at 4. Rose TOSSES Fyre into the gap between barriers and fans! And then Rose jumps on Fyre to fire off forearms! Fyre hits back and it’s a brawl in front of the fans! Fans are thunderous as Fyre drags Rose up! But Rose fights the suplex with body shots! Rose TOSSES Fyre at the steel steps! Fyre bounces off the edge and the count is climbing! Fyre drags herself up at 7, and stands at 9.5!! Rose is fuming, but she LEAPS, into a SUPERKICK!
Rose wobbles, “This is Awesome!” as Fyre GORY BOMBS Rose to the apron! Rose is down again and the count begins again! Rose sits up at 5, stands at 6, and Fyre has her baseball bat! HOME RUN to the ribs!! Rose sputters, Fyre brings the ladder back around. Rose manages to stand at 6 but Fyre is on her with forearms! Fyre pushes Rose onto the desk, and fans fire up as Fyre climbs that ladder! Fyre grins as she rises higher, but then ISLA DAWN appears!? BLACK MIST!!! She SHOVES Fyre down, and Fyre falls through the desk!! The Wicked Witch of NXT UK is here in NXT and she may’ve just screwed Fyre over!!
The count is 6! Rose has to get up, too! Her bad leg is slowing her down but she stands! Fyre is down, Rose wins!!
Winner: Mandy Rose (still NXT Women’s Champion)
Fyre took out Gigi & Jacy, but who could have guessed that ISLA DAWN would help the Toxic Goddess survive? Rose gets away with the gold, but who will be the Iron Survivor that comes for her? And as for Isla, is she going to extinguish Fyre once and for all?
A very good NXT that went a lot harder than it probably needed to for a random Tuesday in November. Opening with the men’s title was a bit of a surprise, but I figured Bron was going to win anyway, so he and Von got their match out of the way. It was a really good match, honestly, and I like that we got the opposite of the usual Heel distraction. Stone ends up costing Von by just trying to help. I feel like this could lead to Von firing Stone as his manager. And we got an awesome match out of JD and Crews, and it would seem Apollo is unofficially the #1 contender with that win and with Bron walking out to stare him down.
Then the Last Woman Standing match closes, and it was some awesome stuff, too. But I’m very torn on how they chose to do the finish. On one hand, I’m happy that Isla Dawn is in NXT cuz she was doing great stuff in NXT. But on the other, C’MON, ISLA! Wait until Fyre has won and then you go after her!! Sometimes, Heels don’t think far ahead enough and would rather just keep the wrestler(s) they hate down instead of going for two birds with one stone. But I suppose this means Fyre and Isla can have it out as part of the Iron Survivor Challenge for NXT Deadline.
And wow, that is a really complex match. It does stem a bit from the Gauntlet Eliminator that William Regal introduced to NXT, which was really a downsized Aztec Warfare from Lucha Underground. But all that about the Penalty Box is going to be a lot to keep track of. I can’t wait to see who gets in it, and then who wins it. Indi does make a good case for herself with that win over Tatum, but I bet Roxie gets in for story reasons, and to possibly take the win. Roxie won the Breakout Tournament but Cora screwed her out of that, so this could be Roxie’s way back to a title shot and she’ll get a slightly more fair chance at Mandy.
Indus Sher mauled those two randos, prolonging it longer than they had to just because they could. They also had a good promo calling out the Creeds. The Creeds had a good response, and while Ivy has a point that they should worry about Pretty Deadly, the Creeds would probably have to face Indus Sher to get that title shot, so they might as well feud and get it done. That said, I feel like Indus Sher is going to get that upset victory and finally go for titles like they were likely meant to before Sanga spoiled Keith Lee VS Adam Cole to the world and got suspended for it.
Briggs & Jensen VS The Dyad was a really good match, and it was clever for them to have Kiana James be the distraction that costs Briggs & Jensen rather than something The Schism did. Kiana VS Fallon for the rights to the bar has to be on its way. We also got a good promo out of Chase U, with Duke continuing to put on this Face persona. This has to be a long con of some kind, but I can’t be sure of the endgame. And Wendy had a good promo to respond to Cora and set up a match between them. They’re going to have a good match next week, and the winner could even be part of the Iron Survivor Challenge.
Zoey Stark had a good promo, but I feel like the crowd took out a lot of the Heel heat she was supposed to have because they aren’t as onboard with Nikkita Lyons as NXT wants them to be. Stark really tried to get the fans mad at her, but they either respected what she said, or just trolled her with “Oh~ Zoey is Angry~!” I don’t know how well this feud between Stark and Lyons will work out, maybe they’ll have to call an audible and turn Stark back to Face while Lyons ends up more like if Lana’s TikTok influencer character could actually fight.
Dijak had another good promo, and his talk of “hard justice” makes me think he’s returning as a Heel. He’ll go after those he thinks are in the wrong per his standards. And SCRYPTS is already just boring. This week’s promo sounded like if Muhammad Ali and Jigsaw fused. But I loved the origin story of Malik’s sweater vests. I hope he, Edris and Jones rise up the ranks and go for some gold in the new year.
The contract signing segment tonight was great stuff, especially with Booker coming off as not even wanting to deal with Trick. Booker showed great authority as he told Wes and Melo to stand down, too. Melo VS Wes is going to be awesome stuff, but I would think Wes retains so that Melo can move up to the top title. Melo could even make a meal out of that Iron Survivor Challenge, racking up points like crazy depending on where he lands. Then he can go after Bron and be the guy to dethrone him so that Bron can move up to RawDown. Then Melo can spin that as him truly becoming THE A Champion.
My Score: 8.5/10
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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