One more time, from the top!
Controversy mired the previous NXT Women’s Tag Team title match, so Nikkita Lyons & Zoey Stark get one more shot at Katana Chance & Kayden Carter! Will this rematch clear the air once and for all?
- Cameron Grimes VS Joe Gacy w/ The Schism; Gacy wins.
- Sol Ruca VS Elektra Lopez; Lopez wins.
- Andre Chase w/ Chase U VS Charlie Dempsey; Dempsey wins.
- Hank Walker VS Channing Lorenzo w/ Tony D’Angelo; wins.
- Axiom VS JD McDonagh; JD wins.
- Five Minute Time Limit: Damon Kemp VS Brutus Creed w/ Diamond Mine; Kemp wins, by disqualification.
- NXT Women’s Tag Team Championships: Kayden Carter & Katana Chance VS Zoey Stark & Nikkita Lyons; Carter & Chance win and retain the titles.
PLAY BY PLAY
Cameron Grimes VS Joe Gacy w/ The Schism!
The Carolina Caveman and Mr. Inclusion both want to get past this, but that can only happen with one final fight! Will Grimes leave Gacy behind to go #ToTheMoon? Or will he be the one buried beneath the roots of The Schism’s tree?
The bell rings and Grimes rushes in! Gacy dodges, clinches, but Grimes elbows free and KICKS Gacy around! Grimes whips Gacy to ropes but Gacy reverses. Griems hurdles, RANAS, and fans fire up! Gacy is in the corner and Grimes BOOTS him down! Grimes says Gacy let Ava Raine talk him into this. Grimes KICKS and KICKS and KICKS Gacy around! Grimes CLUBS Gacy, whips him corner to corner, but Gacy reverses to SPLASH! Gacy CLUBS Grimes, EuroUppers, then stomps Grimes down. Gacy drags Grimes up to CLUB him again! Gacy EuroUppers, snapmares and covers, TWO!
Gac stomps Grimes, whips, but Grimes CROSSBODIES! Grimes throws fast hands and then has Gacy on the ropes. Gacy boots Grimes away but Grimes elbows him! Grimes whpis, Gacy reverses, hip toss NECKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! Gacy drags Grimes up to CLUB him and stomp him! Gacy digs his boots into Grimes’ face but the ref counts. Gacy lets off at 4, he stalks Grimes to the ropes, and he CLUBS Grimes down again. Fans rally with “Gacy Sucks!” but Gacy ROCKS Grimes. Grimes throws body shots, but Gacy ROCKS Grimes with a right! Gacy drags Grimes up to ROCK him again, and then whip to ropes.
Gacy fireman’s carries but Grimes slips off to O’Conner Roll! ONE, Gacy runs in but Grimes sidesteps to ROUNDHOUSE! Gacy falls out of the ring, Grimes goes to the apron and he PENALTY KICKS Gacy down! The Dyad and Ava go to Gacy’s side as NXT goes picture in picture.
Grimes stares Teh Schism down and dares someone to do something. Rip Fowler & Jagger Reed flank the ring, but Gacy slithers in while Grimes is distracted. Grimes still dodges to arm-drag! Grimes has the armlock and Gacy endures. Gacy fights up, throws body shots, but Grimes KICKS Gacy down! Gacy sputters at the ropes and Grimes digs his knee in! The ref counts, Grimes lets off, and the Schism coach Gacy up. Grimes whips corner to corner but Gacy reverses, Grimes hits buckles hard! Grimes falls to the mat and Gacy storms over. Gacy talks trash on Grimes, CLUBS him in the chest, then stomps him around.
Gacy pushes Grimes down, drops an elbow, then covers, TWO! Gacy seethes but he clamps onto Grimes with a chinlock. Grimes endures as Gacy thrashes him around. Gacy leans on the hold but Grimes fights up to throw body shots. Gacy HEADBUTTS Grimes! And SUPERKICKS! Gacy reels Grimes in for a BIG back suplex! Grimes writhes while Gacy and The Schism raise the peace sign. Cover, TWO! Gacy drags Grimes back up to whip him to ropes, and then Gacy CLOBBERS Grimes with an elbow! Cover, TWO! Gacy clamps back on with the chinlock and he thrashes Grimes around again.
Grimes endures, fights up, but Gacy throws him down! Gacy squeezes tight on the chinlock but Grimes still endures. Grimes fights his way back up and he JAWBREAKERS free! But Gacy kicks low to snapmare and chinlock again! NXT returns to single picture as fans boo Gacy. Gacy thrashes Grimes more, then leans on the hold to grind Grimes down. Grimes is on the mat, but fans rally up. Grimes fights up to his feet, he throws body shots, but Gacy ROCKS Grimes! Gacy whips, Grimes goes up and over, but Gacy hits the elbow BACKBREAKER! Gacy stomps away on Grimes, then CLUBS away on Grimes with forearms!
Gacy roars but fans boo, and then Gacy clamps on a CROSSFACE! Grimes endures and fans rally up again. The Schism tell Grimes he’s all alone, but Grimes has the fans! Grimes fights up, but Gacy knees low! Gacy whips and FLAPJACKS Grimes, to then DISCUS- COLLISION COURSE! Grimes snatches Gacy out of the air but both men are down as fans fire up. Fans rally with “TO THE MOON!” as Grimes gets to ropes. Rip talks trash on Grimes but Grimes stomps Rip’s hand! Gacy runs in, but into an elbow! Grimes then goes up and over in the corner, keep son moving and he rallies with big forearm shots!
Fans fire up as Grimes BOOTS Jagger off the corner! Gacy waistlocks, Grimes switches but Gacy elbows him away! Grimes ROUNDHOUSES, SUPERKICKS, and GERMAN SUPLEXES! Fans fire up and Grimes goes up top! DIVING CROSSBODY! Rip is back, Grimes DECKS him! Jagger gets up, but Grimes sends Gacy into him! POISON-RANA!! Fans are thunderous as Grimes aims from a corner! “TO! THE! MOON~!” But Gacy bails out! Fans boo but Grimes builds speed to FLY! Direct hit on Gacy & The Dyad! Fans fire up for “NXT! NXT!” as Grimes puts Gacy in. Grimes climbs again, but Jagger distracts! Ava SHOVES Grimes down!
Gacy handsprings, into the UPSIDE-DOWN WORLD!! Cover, Gacy wins!!
Winner: Joe Gacy, by pinfall
Ava was the ace up the sleeve that helped The Schism take Grimes for all he had! Is this truly the end of the story between them? Or is there going to be another chapter?
Axiom finds Nathan Frazer backstage.
Frazer is exiting WWE Medical and the report is that he needs a few more weeks. Well, he did tear himself up pretty bad in that North American Championship Ladder Match. Yeah, when Frazer said he left it all in the ring, it’s more than a catchphrase. Axiom gets that. But Frazer will be back before we know it. Frazer sure hopes so. But JD McDonagh isn’t so sure about that. Maybe leave the medical timeline to the experts, because maybe Axiom’s one of the smarter guys around, but he knows nothing about that four letter word, “Pain.” And Frazer’s not going to admit how beat up he is! Just look at how he’s standing, and how tight those neck muscles are.
JD is pretty sure Frazer got a herniated disk, in his… C4, perhaps? Frazer doesn’t have to tell him, though. But the silver lining is that Axiom wouldn’t have done any better in the ladder match had he won the Best of 3 Series. Oh, so what JD means is, Axiom would’ve pulled a JD McDonagh. So close time and again, but always failing to walk away with the title. How about JD breaks Axiom up so he can spend some time with Frazer in medical? Well, let’s just see who spells out that four letter word. Oh, they will. The Undeniable Truth and the Necessary Evil face off later tonight, who will be the one to feel the pain of defeat?
Carmelo Hayes & Trick Williams return to the barbershop.
CutWiz plays host to another talk, and the streets are talking, too. Of course they are! They’re always talking about Trick ‘n’ Melo. What’re they saying now? That he didn’t win the North American title back and they wonder what his next move is? Trick knows Melo doesn’t listen to that noise. Trick says they aren’t wrong, but they ain’t right. Right? Because Melo sits here without the North American title, THE title that HE put on the map! That HE made famous! That he made more relevant than THE NXT Championship? Let’s talk about it! Look, let’s be real. Not one person has pinned him for that title, and that should still be his title!
And let’s not even talk about that six day trial champion, Solo Sikoa. Trick took a nap and missed the whole thing! That’s why when Melo went 1v1 with Grimes, he did what he said and won the belt back. But they should put respect on Wes Lee’s name for a minute. He did go through hell and back to get that title. He did aight. But what he didn’t do was beat Melo. And until then, you ain’t the A Champ, you’re a paper champ. Trick says Wes is a transitional chump! Wes went after the tag titles with Bron and what happened? Nothing! But Josh the barber says they should give it up to Wes, he has the whole NXT Universe behind him.
Trick throws down his hat. What the hell, Josh? Josh is just speaking facts, man. Well, alright, yes, Wes has the fans behind him. But what happens when it’s Wes VS Melo 1v1? Where are the fans then? Exactly! Wes is smooth, a good tag guy, but until you beat Melo 1-2-3 you are not “him.” Wes a crybaby! They took his head off with the locker! It’ll be a short reign. He was taken out after the fan vote for a reason. Now imagine when it’s all for the title. But how long is Melo going to wait? How about this, Mr. Barber? Two weeks, tops! And besides, the title looks better on the Trick Melo Gang anyway.
Melo says this is what we do: next week is the contract signing to make it official. Melo and Wes will be across the ring from each other, and they will handle it like Melo knows how to do, we already know the outcome. That’s all it is, and that’s all it’s ever gonna be. But will Melo return to being The A Champion when he goes up against the Must-See Kid?
The lights go out in the arena!
No, it isn’t the weather problems. It’s SCRYPTS! “My name is written on the walls. My voice sounds through the halls. And soon, I’ll be in NXT to watch the whole thing fall. Pain is truly among thee. Imagine what will happen, has happened, because it was always meant to be. Sincerely, SCRYPTS.” Just what will happen when SCRYPTS finally shows themselves in NXT?
Sol Ruca VS Elektra Lopez!
The Surfer Girl wiped out last time against Indi Hartwell, but she’s getting back up on the board. Will she ride a new wave of momentum? Or will La Madrina finally get what she wants now that she’s her own boss?
The bell rings, the two tie up, and they go around. Sol gets away but Lopez knees her low! Lopez throws Sol down, but Sol gets up to kick and throw Lopez by her hair! Lopez complains, Sol blocks her kick and then SLAPS and SLAPS! Sol whips, Lopez reverses and hip tosses, but Sol handsprings through to FACEBUSTER! Lopez bails out but Sol pursues, only for Lopez to CLOBBER her! Lopez puts Solo in the ring, covers, TWO! Lopez drops a knee right to Sol’s head! Cover, TWO! Lopez clamps onto Solo and CLUBS her down! Sol throws body shots but Lopez BOOTS her down! Lopez whips Sol into a corner, then reels her out for a short arm LARIAT!
Lopez jams a knee in, KICKS Sol down then drops an ELBOW! Cover, TWO! Lopez is frustrated but she chinlocks and thrashes Sol around. Fans rally, Sol endures and fights up, but Lopez hits a leg sweep! Lopez keeps on the chinlock but the fans continue to rally. Sol fights up again, shoots and rolls Lopez, TWO! Sol schoolgirls, ONE, but Sol LARIATS! And LARIATS! And DROPKICKS! Lopez staggers, Sol whips but Lopez reverses. Sol barrels through then runs Lopez over! Sol roars, handsprings and SPLASHES in the corner! Fans fire up as Sol goes up, but Lopez THROWS her off the top! And then DOUBLE HAND SLAM! Bridging cover, Lopez wins!
Winner: Elektra Lopez, by pinfall
That may not be an upset, but that was still an Elektric Shock from Lopez! La Madrina is back, but will she reach the top?
INDI ATTACKS! Indi and Lopez brawl at the ramp, referees rush out to stop this but that’s not so easy! Fans fire up, will Indi get some payback on Lopez in the near future?
Chase U prepares backstage.
Andre Chase is the one in the match tonight, but he’s reviewing term papers while Thea Hail is the one working up a sweat. Thea tells Mr. Chase that last week, Charlie Dempsey showed how much of a coward he was when he attacked from behind! If Mr. Chase doesn’t get him, Thea will! Let her at him! Duke Hudson says that when Chase sent him to the back last week, that… WAS A TEACHABLE MOMENT! Duke learned that they only win and lose between the ropes. So tonight, Duke wants to be ringside to support Chase, and only that, as Chase upholds the honor of the university “against that besmirching Charlie Dempsey!”
Chase gives Duke permission to let it all out! Duke is just saying, but when Dempsey attacked Chase last week, he attacked all of Chase U! He spat on the faces of anyone who has ever proudly worn this U on their chests! Thea says, “Tell him, Duke! TELL HIM!” Duke says Chase has beaten Charlie before, and he’ll do it again! Damn right! And it’ll be right now! DAMN RIGHT! Chase is gonna give that S O B a Chase U sized ass whooping! Duke, get the flag! Hands in! Chase U on three. One, two, three, CHASE U!! Let’s go get him!!
Jacy Jayne FaceTimes Mandy Rose.
Hey, girl~! Jacy just let the mall, and normally, that puts her in a good mood, but $4K later, and she’s still nervous about going to the NXT arena because of “Ms. Bonfire Jones,” Alba Fyre. Mandy says if Jacy is nervous, just don’t go. But Gigi Dolin has three cracked ribs from taking that Gory Bomb through the table last week! And Fyre did say… Yes, she’s a psycho. For all anyone knows, Fyre is standing outside the locker room. Probably. But she can wait all night for all Jacy cares. Mandy says Jacy can just hang with her at her place. Jacy says that’s a good idea, but then wait, sirens and lights? A mall cop…
What? What’s Jacy even doing? Who knows. Maybe this real-life Paul Blart wants an autograph. Or her number, heh. Ew, not even in this guy’s creepiest little dreams. But wait, it’s not a mall cop! IT’S ALBA FYRE!! She drags Jacy out of her car to beat her down! And then Fyre gets on the call! “Hi, Mandy~. I told you one by one, I was gonna take all of you out. Last week, I took out Gigi. This week, heh, I took out Jacy Jayne. And next week, I’m taking your title, and I’ll be the last woman standing. See you then.” Mandy hangs up, but how will she deal with this fierce ultimatum?
Andre Chase w/ Chase U VS Charlie Dempsey!
The Professor wasn’t expecting a blindside payback from the Son of the Gentleman Villain, as it wasn’t very gentlemanly. But will this be a #TeachableMoment that you don’t ambush Andre Chase? Or will Chase learn a little something about revenge being a dish served cold?
The bell rings, the two tie right up, and Dempsey wrenches and wristlocks. Chase returns the wrench and wristlock, but Dempsey breaks free to cravat and snapmare. Chase gest up but Dempsey runs him over. Things speed up, Chase hurdles and monkey flips Dempsey! Dempsey stagger sup, and Chase clotheslines Dempsey up and out! Duke keeps Thea from going right at Dempsey, but Chase goes out to kick and CHOP Dempsey! Chase bumps Dempsey off the apron, puts him in the ring, and brings him up to facelock. Dempsey pries at the hold but Chase clamps it back on. Chase rolls Dempsey but Dempsey stands up.
Dempsey NORTHERN LIGHTS! But Chase holds the facelock! Dempsey slips around to DOUBLE WRISTLOCK! Chase endures, the student section fires up, and Chase moves around! Dempsey gets the hold locked in but Chase cradles! TWO, and Chase JABS! JABS! And POLISH HAMMERS! Chase brings Dempsey up, atomic drops, and then whips, only for Dempsey to revere. Chase reverses back to RUSSIAN LEG SWEEP! Fans fire up as Chase stomps and spells it out! C! H! A! S! E! U! “What does that spell?!” “CHASE U!!” But Dempsey fights the urenage! Chase slips around to full nelson but Dempsey breaks that to ankle pick, and ANKLE LOCK!!
Chase endures, crawls forward, and both Thea and Duke are there to cheer him on! Chase crawls but Dempsey creeps up to CLUB Chase down! Duke pushes the rope forward but Chase tells him no! The ref sees it, too, and he makes Duke stop! Duke is frustrated, but he has to do things Chase’s way. Thea swings the rally towel, but Dempsey puts Chase into a modified STF! Duke snatches the towel from Thea! He THROWS IN THE TOWEL!! The bell rings, Dempsey wins!!
Winner: Charlie Dempsey, by forfeit
Chase is let go, and he asks what just happened! Duke quit for Chase, and he apologizes. Dempsey gets the win because of it, but was he going to win it anyway? Did Duke teach everyone else that you gotta know when to hold ’em, and know when to fold ’em?
Backstage interview with Indi Hartwell.
McKenzie wants to talk about earlier, and Indi says, “Impressive, right?” What we saw was Indi figuring out just how this place really works. As in, NXT? YES. Elektra had that coming because Indi didn’t forget what Elektra did to her. Elektra made her return to NXT by going after Indi to prove a point. But NO ONE is going to prove a point on Indi. Sol Ruca? Sure, knock yourself out. But NOT on Indi! You have to take what you want, or else it won’t happen. Indi is locked in! People like to say they bet on themselves, so Indi’s putting it all on herself! Will #IndiWrestling not let Lopez do what she wants if it means pushing her aside?
Josh Briggs & Brooks Jensen hang out at Fallon Henley’s bar.
They have a couple cold ones and talk football. But look who just walked in. Brooks’ eyes widen as he sees Kiana James and her assistant, Gia, walk up. Kiana says this property has promise, and Gia agrees. Briggs tells Jensen to get his eyes up! Briggs welcomes them and Fallon offers a drink. This isn’t about a drink, this is about business. As in, the proposal Kiana served them last week. Jensen says they can talk business right here, with him. Man, be smoother than that! He’s trying…! Fallon reminds them she said no. Well Kiana isn’t really taking no for an answer. Jensen says he’ll say yes, ma’am! Sigh…
Kiana says she sees potential in this place, and has offered far more than what it’s worth. What’s the hold up? Listen, Kiana. It’s a really nice offer, it really is, but she’s not interested. There are too many memories here, so Fallon ain’t selling. Jensen thinks Fallon should take the money but Briggs tells him that Fallon has principles. This isn’t about making a quick buck. So the most money any of them have ever seen in their entire lives is just a quick buck? Wait, how much is it? JENSEN! Fallon says she used to sit here cracking peanuts with her grandpa. Her uncle taught her how to play pool here, and she and her dad would play darts here every Thursday night.
The Henleys may not be rich by any means, but this bar has been in the family her entire life. And Kiana will build an apartment complex the family can live in the rest of their lives. She will make her best and final offer. Fallon says save it, it’s a no. Go build the apartment complex someone else. Fine, the Henleys can continue to live their miserable lives working month to month, land rich and money poor. Their loss. Then get out! Both of you! Hell yeah, hit the bricks! Briggs is Team Fallon, and so is Jensen, but will Kiana find a way to get her way?
Hank Walker VS Channing Lorenzo w/ Tony D’Angelo!
Security guard turned prospect turned NXT superstar is back in action, ready to keep this dream-come-true alive! But will he find the odds stacked against him? Or will he shock even The Don with this one?
The bell rings, fans rally for Hank, but Stacks throws hands! Hank ROCKS Stacks, stacks ROCKS Hank! Stacks fires off in the corner, digs his forearms in, but he lets off at 4. Stacks argues with the ref, but Hanks puts Stack sin the corner! Hanks throws hands, then he THROWS Stacks! Fans fire up and Hanks storms up to whip Stacks corner to corner. Stacks goes up and over then UPPERCUTS Hanks! Stacks headlocks, Hanks puts him in the ropes but Stacks holds on. Hank powers up and out and they RAM shoulders! Stacks staggers, Hank dusts himself off, then he shoves Stacks outta the ring!
Fans fire up but Tony is upset. The ring count climbs, Stacks hurries to the apron but Hank is there. But Stacks HOTSHOTS Hank away! Stacks then BOOTS Hank, storms up and CLUBS him. Stacks EuroUppers, then drop toeholds Hanks down! Stacks CHOP BLOCKS, then he hammers away with elbows! Stacks taunts Hank and the fans, but fans rally up. Stacks brings Hank up, throws a knee, and then another! Tony says Hank’s got nothing! Stacks KNEES Hank again, covers, TWO!! Hank is hanging tough but Stacks drags him up. Stacks slaps Hank around, but Hank blocks a kick! Hank shakes his head, and he LARIATS Stacks down!
Fans fire up as Hanks hits a THESZ PRESS! Hank rains down hands and he fires up! Fans rally as Hanks runs, into a BOOT! Stacks runs, into a POUNCE! Off comes Hank’s shirt! Fans fire up and Hanks runs in to SPLASH! Hank whips Stacks corner to corner to SPLASH again! Hank YANKS Stacks right up, for a SLAM! Hank snarls, he hoists Stacks up, but Stacks SLAPs him! Hank glares at Stacks, he pushes him in the corner, but Stacks thumbs the eye! Roll-up, TWO!! Hank escapes, Stacks runs to KNEE Hank down! Cover, Stack wins!
Winner: Channing Lorenzo, by pinfall
Tony says, “That’s what I’m talking about!” The Don is pleased with his right hand man for pulling it out, but will Stacks have to fight even harder if he’s struggling with Hank Walker?
Grayson Waller walks in backstage.
“Attention, all you beautiful Grayson Waller fans, and all you mindless, dense, half-wit simpleton NON Grayson Waller fans. Don’t even bother changing the channel, there’s nothing bigger than what I’ve got going on right now. Log onto Instagram, start sending your questions, cuz Bron Breakker, Von Wagner, and my show, the Grayson Waller Effect, next!” What will the 21st Century Success Story have in store for the NXT Champion and his next challenger? We’ll find out, after the break.
NXT presents an all new Grayson Waller Effect.
Waller is already in the ring and fans are already booing. “Welcome to the Grayson Waller Effect. Once again, all eyes on me, so let’s get that GWE TV camera right on me because I’m looking good, ladies and gentlemen.” Waller is live on IG, or maybe R-Truth is watching. How is he doing? At home recuperating after Waller whooped his ass? Maybe Lil’ Jimmy can get Truth a soda. Regardless, Waller is bringing us can’t miss TV! Next week, two titans fight for the top title, so let’s bring them out! First, the challenger, big bad Von Wagner! Vicious Von makes his way out, with Mr. Robert Stone by his side, and they go right to the ring.
And of course, the champion, bark it up for Bron Breakker! Fans do bark as Bron makes his way out, wearing a very Dog Faced Gremlin leather jacket. Bron joins everyone at the table, and Grayson welcomes them both. The chat’s going off so let’s get to it. Here’s a comment on screen. “Carmelo Hayes is stuck in the North American title division, but Von Wagner gets the NXT title match against Bron Breakker?” Waller has noticed more like this, and it seems the NXT fans don’t feel Von is deserving of this match. They think Melo does. Many think Waller does! Fans boo because that’s not true. But how does Von feel knowing the fans don’t think he deserves this match?
“Wow. Breaking news: more people don’t like Von Wagner. Hey, Waller, who said that stupid comment?” The username seems to be- Von just goes with “Joe Blow.” Joe must be in charge of NXT now. Stone, how about that? Stone says to be real. the fans never gave Von a chance. And why would they? They’re jealous of him! Von is a once in a generation kind of athlete! Von doesn’t expect fans to like him, but he isn’t here to be popular or a fan favorite. These fans can piss and moan all they want online, but Von is here for one thing and one thing only: the title. Von left Bron laying last week. And nothing’s gonna change next week.
Bron says Von shouldn’t get ahead of himself. He’s powerful and dangerous, sure, but- Stone stops Bron to say that Von is actually more powerful and more dangerous than anyone Bron’s ever faced. And to up that a bit, Stone even puts Bron on that list. Bron says he won’t disagree. Stats side by side, this looks like an even match-up. But how about Von tries that crap from last week here this week face to face, instead of from behind? Waller has them hold on. There’s a comment here that Waller wants Bron to see. “I’m ready to see ANYONE beat Bron Breakker!” Waller laughs and some fans do cheer, they can’t disagree.
And if not Von, then Waller can think of someone way more handsome that could take the title. But that’s a story for another time, “Mr. Intensity.” But under all that muscle, Waller knows Bron has a heart. How does that comment make him feel? Bron doesn’t dislike the fans, he understands where they’re coming from. NXT is about the future, about finding the next big thing. Last year, that was Bron. Bron was the up-and-comer. Now, he’s the champion and he has had the honor of learning from guys like Ciampa and Gargano, guys who said that if you want something in this business, you gotta go out and #DoItYourself! Fans do cheer that.
Bron says this title that Von wants so bad has a title that goes back a long way. Seth Rollins, Shinsuke Nakamura, Kevin Owens, all those guys were in the exact spot Bron is in now. Everyone in that locker room wants a shot. Hell, Von’s getting his next week. JD’s still breathing down Bron’s neck. Apollo Crews wants a shot. Oh, and Bron just said his name, so Apollo must be happy. But y’know what? The one thing that Von and all of them have in common is that no one is taking this title from Bron! Von says he will. Easier said than done. Von wants Bron to look at him when he’s talking. Stone adds Bron is a nervous champion, but Von tells even him to shut up!
Von says he IS dangerous! The first time Von stepped in the building, he got a title shot! It took Ciampa, Dunne AND LA Knight to stop him! Next week, it’s just Bron and Von, and Von’s gonna ragdoll Bron all over the ring! Bron may be second generation but so is Von! Von just didn’t exploit his to get his foot in the door, and he damn sure didn’t use it to get any stroke in this building. And Von won’t even need it next week to rip the title off Bron’s shoulder! Oh yeah? Then come try it right now! Grayson gets back to vlog this, and Bron stares down with Von. Stone says to leave it for next week. But then Bron SMACKS Stone off the table! Von and Bron stare down, but who will blink first (so to speak)?
Backstage interview with Wes Lee.
McKenzie says it has been a rollercoaster of emotions for him. From winning the North American Championship at Halloween Havoc to almost becoming a Double Champion last week, if not for Carmelo Hayes getting involved. Wes says he can’t lie, being a Champ Champ is historic stuff, but he’s not going to cry over that. Wes heard what Melo said in his barbershop, and he’s right. Wes didn’t pin Melo for the title, and Melo’s made this title THE title in the process. But Wes’s career was supposed to be done back in April, and he’s still here. The tag wrestler who was never supposed to hold gold is here as the North American Champion!
And in two weeks, Wes goes 1v1 with Melo, “the man who has been untouchable for over a year.” But somehow, someway, Wes will make Melo miss. They’ll sign the paperwork, make it official, and no matter what Melo brings to the table, he will not throw Wes off. Wes will roll like butter that you get once in a career, and not even Melo can stop him. You feel him? McKenzie says yes she does. Will Wes prove to Melo that in the end, Wes IS worthy to be champion?
Cora Jade speaks.
“Wendy Choo… Last week, you got involved in something that had absolutely nothing to do with you. Eavesdropping on other people’s business. Hell, you got all up in mine. And then you made the save for someone you probably don’t even know. Wendy, you don’t have a hero complex, you got a friend complex. And how do I know so much in intimate little detail? I don’t know you, I don’t wanna know you, but the fact is that you reek of desperation. Not desperate in the ring, we already know you can go. But desperate to be liked, to be accepted.
“You were the girl who sits alone at the lunch table, who sits by her phone ever Friday night, just hoping and praying that you would get a text to come hang out with one of the popular girls. But Wendy, you and I both know, that text never came. Wendy, you need to accept the fact that, no matter how hard you try, you will never be ‘in.’ As a matter of fact, you will always be on the outside looking in. So the next time you wanna make a friend at my expense, think twice about it.” Generation Jade puts the Queen of Comfy on notice, but will that only motivate Wendy to whoop Cora even more?
Apollo Crews speaks.
He tweeted out a video to show he was halfway across the world in Lagos, Nigeria, helping the WWE in their search for the next African superstars. There is a lot of talent here that could easily be the one. But when it comes to the search for the next NXT Champion, don’t look any further. Look deep into Apollo’s eyes, but don’t get lost, Bron! Because your next NXT Champion is right here. Will Apollo be right up after Von to take on Bron?
Axiom VS JD McDonagh!
Speaking of friends, the Undeniable Truth stood up for one of his friends, and is looking to take the fight to someone who doesn’t respect anyone anywhere. But will Axiom have the winning formula? Or will Axiom learn why no one bets against the Irish Ace?
The bell rings and JD circles with Axiom. They feel things out, tie up, and JD headlocks. Axiom powers out, JD runs him over! JD hits a headlock takeover but Axiom headscissors back! JD kips free but Axiom turns the tables with a headlock takeover of his own! JD headscissors, and he holds on tight as Axiom tries to kip free! Fans cheer the technical exchange, and Axiom moves around, Axiom headstands, turns JD over, and pops out to have the legs tied up. Axiom then grabs at the arms, and he shifts to a CATTLE MUTILATION! JD turns over but now it’s a motorcycle stretch. Fans rally, JD stands up and he flips through to then kangaroo kick!
JD whips, Axiom reverses and backslides, TWO! JD swings but misses, and Axiom O’Conner Rolls! TWO, Axiom returns but JD just avoids the enziguri! Axiom stares JD down and the two reset. JD calls for knuckle locks and Axiom obliges. But JD kicks low! Fans boo as JD knuckle locks and sweeps the legs. Cover, TWO as Axiom gets an arm up. JD puts it down, TWO as Axiom gets the other arm up. JD pushes that down, TWO as Axiom bridges! Fans applaud and Axiom stops JD’s jump to go up and over! But JD uses that to bring Axiom into the Gory Especial! JD bends the arms back but Axiom endures!
JD bends Axiom’s back, but still Axiom endures! Fans rally, JD makes this a backslide, TWO as Axiom gets a shoulder up! JD forces the shoulder down, TWO as Axiom gets the other shoulder up! JD pushes Axiom back down, TWO as Axiom bridges his neck! Fans fire up and Axiom sits up with core strength to sunset flip! TWO! JD swings, Axiom dodges to springboard arm-drag! JD gets up but into a DROPKICK! JD flops out of the ring, hurries back up, but Axiom GAMANGIRIS him right back down! JD is furious, Axiom and the fans are fired up, and NXT goes to break!
NXT returns and JD has Axiom down with a single leg deathlock. Axiom endures and fans boo as JD keeps the pressure on by sitting back. Fans rally, JD lets off on Axiom, but then he stands on the bad leg. JD lifts the leg, but Axiom uses that to get up and PELE! JD wobbles and falls over and fans fire back up! Axiom hobbles, JD stands, and Axiom CHOPS! JD ROCKS! Axiom CHOPS, ROCKS, CHOPS, repeat! Axiom whips and DROPKICKS! Fans fire up while JD flounders out of the ring! Axiom shakes out the bad leg, and he builds speed to the corner to go up and up and TRIANGLE MOONSAULT! Direct hit at the ramp and fans are fired up!
Axiom clutches his bad leg but fans rally for “NXT! NXT!” The ring count starts while both men are down. JD crawls away, Axiom forces himself to get up, and Axiom hobbles for the ring. The count is 7, then 8! Axiom slides in at 9 while JD fumbles, but JD springs in at 9.9! Fans rally up as Axiom stands, and JD KICKS the leg out! JD snarls, Axiom stands up, and JD KICKS the leg out again! Axiom staggers up again, and JD CHOP BLOCKS the leg! Fans boo but JD stalks Axiom to a corner. JD runs in, but Axiom goes up and Arabian Presses into a SLEEPER!! But JD flails and gets the ROPEBREAK!
Axiom lets go in frustration but he has the fans rallying behind him. Axiom drags JD up, runs, but JD drop toeholds! Down goes Axiom, and JD grabs the leg! Axiom BOOTS JD from below! And again! And again! But JD grabs that leg for the BOSTON CRAB! Axiom endures, crawls, fans fans rally as he reaches out! Axiom gets the ROPEBREAK! JD lets go in frustration now, and he brings Axiom up. JD ROCKS Axiom with a forearm! Axiom comes back to ROCK JD! JD ROCKS Axiom again, but Axiom fires off forearms! JD hits back, Axiom gives four! And a HAYMAKER! JD wobbles, swings, but into a waistlock!
JD bucks the O’Conner Roll, but Axiom kips up! But the leg holds him back! JD HEADBUTTS Axiom down!! JD drags himself to a corner and he climbs up top! MOONSAULT into a TRIANGLE HOLD!! JD flails, Axiom throws hands! The fans rally but JD powers up to deadlift and POWER- RANA!! Cover, TWO!! JD survives but Axiom PENALTY KICKS! Cover, TWO!! JD is still in this and “This is Awesome!” Axiom fires up and he goes to a corner. Axiom aims at JD as he rises. Axiom rushes in, but the leg holds him back! JD kicks the bad leg, ripcord, SLEEPER!! Axiom has JD caught again!!
JD pries at the hold, at the body scissors, and he stands, but into an ARMBAR!! JD clasps hands, rolls around, slips around and has a leg! JD CLUBS Axiom, bends the leg against itself, and the ref stops JD! Axiom’s leg may have just snapped apart! This seems eerily familiar, but Axiom says don’t stop it here! The ref stops JD all the same, and the medics check Axiom. Fans rally for Axiom, and Axiom refuses to quit, but the leg is NOT good! The ref calls it!
Winner: JD McDonagh, by referee stoppage
The Irish Ace promised to break Axiom, and he may just have! From Ilja Dragunov last week to Axiom this week, is JD going to do more than the necessary evil to get his way? JD gets the mic to say, “You see that right there? You see what that is? That’s a severe strain, not a tear, because I’m a nice guy! You know when I’m not a nice guy? When that necessary evil has to come out? When someone steps in between me and the NXT title. You don’t believe me, ask Ilja Dragunov! He’s still in the hospital three weeks later. This is a message to the rest of the roster back there. Any man back there, I am begging you, please someone get on my level! Someone test me! I’m looking at you, Apollo.”
The Irish Ace has called out Crews, but will he not like what Apollo brings to that fight? Or will JD just add Apollo to the list of those he’s torn apart to clear a path to the top title?
BIG news for next week!
Shawn Michaels himself will issue a statement about the final NXT special of 2022, NXT Deadline! What will the Heartbreak Kid have to say about what’s coming?
Five Minute Time Limit: Damon Kemp VS Brutus Creed w/ Diamond Mine!
The Golden Gopher doesn’t care that Julius Creed beat him and put him in an ambulance, he says that was all luck. But he’s looking to put #BigBrute through five minutes of hell! Will Kemp finally prove he is better than Brutus? Or will #BRUTUSSMASH and put Kemp behind him?
Speaking of smash, Brutus goes after Kemp right at the ramp! Brutus CLUBS away on Kemp, RAMS him into barriers, and fans fire up as Brutus throws Kemp into the ring. The bell rings, the five minutes begin, and Kemp RAMS Brutus into the corner! And again! And again! But Brutus DOUBLE CLUBS Kemp down! Brutus ROCKS Kemp, stalks him to a corner, and Brutus fires off big haymakers from all sides! The ref counts, Brutus lets off at 4, and then he clinches to hit an EXPLODER! Kemp flounders away but Brutus runs in to BLAST him off the apron! Kemp hits the barriers and Ivy Nile is there to talk some trash!
Brutus goes out to drag Kemp up, RAM him into steel steps, and Kemp tumbles over! Kemp clutches his leg, Brutus climbs up to roar, and fans rally with “BRUTUS SMASH!” Brutus goes after Kemp, but Kemp gets in the ring. Brutus grabs at the legs but Kemp kicks him! Brutus doesn’t let go and he yanks Kemp right out! Brutus smacks Kemp off the desk! And again! Brutus puts Kemp in and stalks Kemp. Kemp kicks the legs out! Kemp CLUBS Brutus down, POSTS Brutus, and then goes out as we approach three minutes left. Kemp grabs a chair from the timekeeper’s, and we know what he’s done with a chair before!
The ref tells Kemp no, that’ll be a disqualification. But Brutus SWATS the chair away! And he CLOBBERS Kemp! And CLOBBERS! And he SMASHES! Then SENTONS! And SENTONS again! Fans fire up with Brutus, and he grabs the chair! The ref tells Brutus no, there’s still two minutes left. Brutus says to hell with it! CHAIR SHOT!!
Winner: Damon Kemp, by pinfall
Brutus SMACKS Kemp again! That’s far from the ten Kemp gave Brutus, but Brutus let him win the match. Brutus drags Kemp up and says he’s a better man than Kemp! Fans cheer, and Brutus steps on the chair. That makes Brutus think, and fans chant “ONE MORE TIME!” Brutus says sure, and he SMACKS Kemp again! That’s three enough for Big Brute, will he and Julius finally move on to get Diamond Mine back on track?
Oh, speaking of moving on, Veer & Sanga are watching from the perch! Is Indus Sher what’s next for the Creed Brothers?
Another message from the mysterious man.
“I’ve wiped the slate clean for a fresh start, and left the past where it should be left. Understand that power doesn’t come from a title or position, it comes from getting the entire world to cooperate and play by your rules. The ones who are forthcoming get a pass. But the ones who don’t will be brought to justice. MY form of justice.” Who will this man deem guilty and in need of judgment?
Roxanne Perez finds Indi Hartwell backstage.
Roxie asks if everything is okay, and Indi says yeah, she’s good. Well, it just seems that Indi’s a bit different lately. Roxie tells Indi that if something is going on, she can tell her. Oh, as soon as Indi starts focusing on herself, something’s different? Did Roxie not learn anything after everything that happened between her and Cora? But Indi’s not Cora. Yeah, but there’s no friends in this business! Their biggest downfall is thinking they can become champions while having soft spots and benefits-of-the-doubt for everyone else. It’ll never work that way. This conversation proves it. Indi snubs Roxie, will Roxie have to learn things the hard way?
NXT Women’s Tag Team Championships: Kayden Carter & Katana Chance VS Zoey Stark & Nikkita Lyons!
Referee oversight created controversy a few weeks ago, but everyone will have to be on their toes this time around. Will KC Squared still come out on top? Or will the young and hungry team finally feast on gold?
NXT returns and the champs make their entrance. The introductions are made, the belts are raised, and we see if things go the challengers’ way the second time around.
The teams sort out and Stark starts against Katana. They tie up, Stark gets the arm and wrenches. She wristlocks, tags Lyons, and Lyons KICKS the arm! Lyons wrenches the arm, straight arm levers Chance, then drops her! Lyons wrenches the arm again, tags Stark back in, and Stark AX HANDLES the arm! Stark wrenches, whips, but Chance springboards to go up and over! Chance drop toeholds, headlocks, but Stark fights up. Stark powers out, Chance ends up in a corner but dodges, then comes back. Stark throws Chance up but Carter is there to throw her back! MONKEY FLIP! But Stark handsprings through!
Stark grins, but Chance tilt-o-whirls and whirls and RANAS! Fans fire up, Chance tags Carter, and Carter trips Stark for Chance’s cartwheel SPALSH! Carter covers, TWO! Carter keeps on Stark with a headlock but Stark fights up. Stark powers out, Carter ducks but Stark drops, only for Carter to handspring over her. Carter comes back, into a DROPKICK! Stark wrenches Carter, tags Lyons, and Lyons KNEES Carter low! Lyons hip attacks Carter into Stark’s LARIAT! Lyons covers, TWO! Lyons clamps onto Carter but Carter breaks free. Both women fire off shots but block in return, Carter ducks the heel kick to block the roundhouse!
But Lyons rolls to throw Carter down! Lyons clamps onto an arm and grinds the shoulder. Carter endures, fights up, but Lyons wrenches more. The fans rally, Carter endures, but Lyons whips her to a corner! Then out to whip her back in! And then she scoops! Chance rushes in but Stark intercepts her! Stark scoops Chance, the challengers both SLAM the champs! But then the champs both KANGAROO KICK! Stark runs back in but Chance sends her out HARD! Lyons runs but KC Squared duck the double lariats! Chance sets up, Carter jumps off her, SHOTGUN IN MOTION! Lyons bails out, Carter goes out and dodges the sweep to SUPERKICK!
Carter leaps, but Lyons catches her! Chance WRECKS Lyons with a dropkick! Stark returns, Chance slingshots and RANAS! Fans fire up with KC Squared and they regroup in the ring as NXT goes picture in picture!
Chance & Carter talk strategy, then Chance tags in. She puts Lyons in, brings her over, and Carter hooks Lyons up in the ropes. Chance runs side to side to SHOTGUN Lyons in the chest! Tag to Carter and she snapmares Lyons for a cover, TWO! Carter keeps on Lyons with a facelock but Lyons fights up. Lyons pushes Carter away but Carter reels her in to bump off buckles! Tag to Chance, she RAMS into Lyons and traps her in the corner, Carter runs in to DROPKICK Lyons! Chance then snapmares to a cover, TWO! Chance smirks and drags Lyons up with a facelock. Lyons TOSSES Chance away, hot tag to Stark!
Stark drags Chance up and facelocks, but Chance fights the suplex. Stark keeps trying, but Chance gets a cradle! TWO!! Stark kicks Chance low, and she bumps Chance off buckles. Stark snapmares Chance and clamps on a chinlock. Chance endures as Stark leans on the hold. Chance fights up, throws body shots and whips Stark away, but Stark CLOBBERS Chance on the return! Stark keeps moving, things speed up, and Stark YANKS Chance out of the air! Cover, TWO! Stark keeps on Chance with a STRETCH MUFFLER! Chance endures, NXT returns to single picture, and fans rally up.
Chance pries at Stark’s hands, but Stark stands to have Chance hanging! But Chance sits up, sunset flips, TWO! Chance rushes in, into a scoop! Chance slips off, shoves Stark, then slides under! Hot tag to Carter! The spitfire rallies on Stark, DECKS Lyons, and fires off on Stark! Stark shoves her away but Carter returns to victory roll and SUPERKICK! Fans fire up,. Carter keeps moving, and she BOOT WASHES Stark at the ropes! Stark flops out, Chance gives Carter a hand to go up and up and CROSSBODY! Down goes Stark, but then Chance takes aim! PLANCHA and down goes Lyons!
Fans fire up for “NXT! NXT!” as Chance & Carter regroup. Carter stands up, she brings Stark up and in, and Carter hurries to tag Chance back in. Chance goes up, Carter brings Stark around, but Stark resists the turn. So instead, Carter lifts Stark and Chance leaps, FLAPJACK COMPLETE SHOT COMBO! Cover, TWO!! Stark survives that unique move but Chance drags Stark up. Fans rally, Chance runs, but Stark blocks the wheelbarrow into a BIG back suplex! Stark crawls over, hot tag to Lyons! Lyons DECKS Carter and drags Chance up! Lyons TOSSES Chance to a corner, runs in, but Chance dodges!
Lyons bounces off buckles, Chance goes up, CROSSBODY! But Lyons rolls through! Fans fire up and Lyons roars, swinging TOSS! Tag back to Stark and she hauls Chance up, HALF ‘N’ HALF! Stark roars now, and hits a ROLLING KICK! Cover, Lyons stops Carter, but TWO!! Chance survives on her own, and Carter ROCKS Lyons! Carter dodges Lyons’ return shot to DROPKICK! They’re both down outside while Stark goes up top! 450, but Stark has to bail out as Chance moves! Stark ends up in the other corner, Chance runs in, but Stark alley-oops her to the corner! Chance comes back, but Stark blocks DDT to suplex, STUN-DOG MILLIONAIRE from Chance!! Cover, Lyons breaks it!!
Fans fire up but Carter rushes in! Carter ROCKS Lyons but Lyons BOOTS Carter! Carter returns to DROPKICK Lyons! Fans fire up as all four women are down! Stark sits up while fans rally for “NXT! NXT!” Stark drags herself over to drag Chance up. Stark ROCKS Chance, but Chance ROCKS Stark! Stark rushes in but Chance moves, and Stark almost runs into Lyons! They cool off, Lyons says it’s alright, and then she moves Stark out of the way to take the DOUBLE SUPERKICKS! Lyons saves Starks, Starks is shocked, but she DECKS Chance! And SUPERKICKS Carter! Stark kicks Chance, back suplexes, but Chance lands on her feet!
Chance tilt-o-whirl DDTs!! Tag to Carter and Chance climbs up! Carter turns Stark, HIGHLIGHT REEL!! Cover, KC Squared win!
Winners: Kayden Carter & Katana Chance, by pinfall (still NXT Women’s Tag Team Champions)
In the end, there was no controversy, and the titles stay with Kayden & Katana! But out of respect, Stark & Lyons hand the belts over to KC Squared. But then Stark CLOBBERS Lyons with one of those belts!! And then she swings on the champs! Kayden & Katana get away but fans boo as Starks shouts at Lyons, “You ruined everything!!” Stark runs to SLIDING KNEE Lyons down!! Fans boo as Stark snatches the belt back up, and then throws it at Carter. Fans sing, “Oh~ Zoey is angry~!” Stark says she sure is angry! She blames Lyons for the losses, but should she look in the mirror instead?
A really good episode for NXT, though perhaps with some spinning of wheels to stretch things until NXT Deadline in a month. Though that said, we’re getting two big title matches next week. The Grayson Waller Effect as a series hasn’t been the best, but that might not all be on Waller. Waller’s charismatic, he’s really going for it since this is meant to be his show, but there’s nothing to be done with Dumpster Champion Von Wagner, and the already kinda tired, “YEAH! GET A DOG!” Bron Breakker. But it was only a matter of time before Bron and Von faced off, so I guess it’s fine they’re getting this out of the way on free TV.
I sensed Fyre attacking Jacy in her car, just not that way. I thought Fyre was already in the car as Jacy was making the call, but pulling her over was a good idea, too. Though it was kinda funny that the FaceTime name changed to Alba Fyre’s just because she hijacked Jacy’s phone. But Fyre saying “last woman standing” is of course setting up a Last Woman Standing match, and sadly that is just another opening for Toxic Attraction to help Mandy win. But at the same time, Fyre kayfabe injured Gigi and she might’ve kayfabe concussed Jacy, so maybe this will be an actual fair 1v1 match. And hopefully it’s as creative as Bianca VS Bayley at Crown Jewel, or else it’ll really suck if Mandy just keeps retaining.
We got great stuff out of Melo, Trick and Wes to set up their North American Championship match, which will be an awesome match. But that also not happening at Deadline, no wonder HBK is going to tell us just what is up with that. I would think Wes wins out, he just got the belt and has plenty of names to face as we enter a new year. And given the Grayson Waller Effect did bring up the conversation of Melo needing to move up to the top title, I would hope Melo gets in on that with 2023, regardless of who has the belt. Apollo had a good promo, and of course he calls out Bron, because Bron’s retaining against Von.
JD and Axiom gave us a great match that wasn’t even the main event, and I actually really liked that they recreated the spot from NXT UK when Devlin damaged A-Kid’s leg with that deep Calf Crusher, because duh, Axiom is A-Kid. I don’t see them fully recreating that story from NXT UK where Axiom tricks JD into a rematch, but this could inflate JD’s ego into not thinking Axiom and/or Ilja will return sooner than expected. Of course JD calls out Apollo, they’re basically going to have a #1 contender’s match where the winner surely faces Bron at Deadline to see if Bron makes it out of 2022 still champion. And given Ilja will want revenge, I am thinking Ilja costs JD and Apollo moves on to face Bron.
Really good match from Grimes and Gacy, but if that’s how the feud ends, that was rather anti-climactic. Of course Ava and The Schism cost Grimes, that’s a very Judgment Day Rhea Ripley move. But there has to be something where Grimes comes back for more, because we need something much more definitive for Grimes and Gacy. Lopez of course beats Sol Ruca, and naturally, Indi goes after Lopez. Indi is becoming a bit of a Tweener, as she’s going after Heel Lopez but is snubbing Face Roxie. Lopez has to win the feud, though, and send Indi on her way to Raw. As for Roxie, she’s floating a bit without a story, and Cora has moved on to Wendy. Cora had a good promo, I have a feeling Wendy responds with actions rather than words.
Scrypts gets a bit more bold with his messaging as he “hacks” the arena for another of his ominous poems. But with Dijak giving us another message, Scrypts and Dijak are already overlapping in certain ways. Again, I hope Scrypts is really good in the ring to make up for this really cliché character build. Good match from Stacks and Hank Walker, and those knees Stacks was throwing got rather flush at parts. Hank didn’t get a bloody nose, surprisingly, but of course Stacks wins to continue as Tony D’s number one guy. Maybe Quincy Elliot helps Hank out at some point, and we build to a tag match of Quincy & Hank VS Stacks and a healed up Tony.
Great stuff out of Chase U, with Thea Hail just being a bundle of energy again. Duke said he’d play fair but he did try to help Chase to the ropes. And then Duke, perhaps compassionate but also perhaps to passive aggressively screw Chase over, throws in the towel. I like these layers in the Duke Chase U story, and I do wonder where this is going. Meanwhile, it seems Kiana is actively shifting attention away from her Chase U plans to go after Fallon’s family bar. Fallon VS Kiana for the right to the bar has to be coming at Deadline, and maybe Pretty Deadly end up tied into this so Briggs & Jensen can go after the tag titles again.
Kemp VS Brutus was good stuff, but I should’ve realized they weren’t even going to need five minutes. Brutus gets payback with the chair, and maybe for now, they think they’re past Kemp. But Indus Sher showing up when Kemp swerved Brutus on the match last time, and then showing up again after Kemp gets beat down, maybe Kemp joins Veer & Sanga against Diamond Mine, giving Roderick Strong a reason to heroically return for a big Six Man before a 2v2 of Creeds VS Indus Sher, winner moving on to go after Pretty Deadly. And speaking of tag titles, we got a great main event out of the women’s tag titles, and I’m a touch surprised Lyons & Stark lost.
However, in them losing, I wasn’t that shocked that Stark turned on Lyons. They’re going to feud now, that’ll help build both of them into top title contenders, with the winner being next up. If Fyre beats Rose, then Stark as the new Heel would make sense for a challenger. If Rose somehow retains, then Lyons as a strong Face would make sense.
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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