The Empress and the Eradicator battle for the advantage!
On the Raw before Survivor Series: WARGAMES, Asuka and Rhea Ripley battle 1v1 for the numbers advantage! Will Team EST or Team DMG CTRL get the edge?
- Six Man Tag: The Brawling Brutes VS The Judgment Day; The Brawling Brutes win.
- Johnny Gargano VS The Miz Omos w/ MVP & The Miz; Omos wins.
- Austin Theory VS Mustafa Ali; Theory wins.
- The Alpha Academy VS Elias & Matt Riddle; Elias & Riddle win.
- Drew McIntyre VS Baron Corbin w/ JBL; McIntyre wins.
- Women’s WarGames Advantage: Asuka w/ Bianca Belair VS Rhea Ripley w/ Damage Control; Rhea wins and her team has the numbers advantage at WarGames.
PLAY BY PLAY
Kevin Owens is here!
The Prizefighter returned on SmackDown to officially join Team Brawling Brutes against The Bloodline for WarGames! But now Kevin’s back on Raw to let us know that he is the fifth man! He did that for a very good reason, and because of one specific person on the other team. And it’s not Sami Zayn. Even with everything they’ve been through, Kevin still sees Sami as a brother. Sami’s problems are his problems. But the person Kevin’s going after is Roman Reigns! “Roman, it’s been two long years since you and I faced each other in this ring. And this Saturday, I’m coming to remind you just who the hell I am.
“I am Kevin Owens! I am the guy who took you to the limit not once, not twice, but three times! I’m the guy who, if it wasn’t for your Bloodline, would’ve ended your history making title reign before it even started. And I’m the guy that’s coming to WarGames to take out your entire Bloodline so that the next time I get a shot at you, there’s nothing stopping me from being the guy that kicks your ass and takes your title!” Fans like the sound of that! Kevin continues with, “But now, last Friday night, I got to go to SmackDown because I was extended an invitation. And I thought, how rude would I be if I didn’t return the favor?
“So guess what? Tonight, I didn’t come alone.” The Brawling Brutes are here! And in a very Shield like way, Sheamus, Pete Dunne & Ridge Holland are coming down from the bleachers! And then, here comes DREW MCINTYRE! Fans fire up as they all get mics. Ridge tells Albany, “It’s FIGHT NIGHT!” Sheamus says there’s a banger cooking in the stove, cuz this Saturday, it’ll be one of the most pain-staking, unforgiving, career altering matches in the history of the WWE! Cuz this Saturday, it’s WARGAMES!! Sheamus says last Friday, Sami Zayn found out who the fifth man was, and he crapped his Ucey little pants!
Sheamus says now we all know that the fifth man is none other than the Prizefighter, K O! Fans cheer for that. McIntyre adds, “Now honestly, I don’t remember a time when Roman Reigns and the Bloodline weren’t holding the titles hostage. Abusing their power, abusing the numbers game. Well this Saturday, all of that is going to change. You’re looking at five lads that want to rip apart the Bloodline. Five lads that’re ready to walk into hell with a smile on their face. Two rings, two cages, no rules! Everybody, are you ready for a war?!” Albany sure is! But wait, here comes the Judgment Day!
Finn Balor, Dominik Mysterio, Rhea Ripley & Damian Priest make their way out to the ring, and Rhea says, “Drew, Drew, Drew.” Yes, Rhea? Shut up! Rhea says the only thing people will be talking about after Survivor Series, is how many people Rhea destroys in the Women’s WarGames Match! Now, she thinks this brawling buddies are all lost. This is Raw, the show that the Judgment Day runs! Priest says it isn’t play night! You wanna stand around looking all smacked, take that somewhere else. Here, you rise and show respect! Dom says yeah! Show respect! And before someone gets hurt, go back to SmackDown and tell Dom’s dad he said hi.
Finn says, “You tell ’em, Dom!” But Finn is here with a message for AJ Styles! Styles has been stealing from Finn for years! So at Survivor Series, Styles is getting taxed! Finn is coming to collect! And as for the five clowns in the ring, Finn hopes the Bloodline smashes you all at Survivor Series! Oh, and before he forgets… Next time they show their ugly mugs on Raw, the Judgment Day won’t be so nice. Fans boo but Sheamus tells Finn, “My fellow Irishman,” how’re you doin’, lad? They lived 10 miles apart back in Ireland. But two fighting Irishmen in America may be miles apart! Sheamus doesn’t respect Finn!
He doesn’t respect Finn because he’s the kind of “Plastic Patties” here in America Sheamus has come to despise. Plastic Patty? What?! Finn has a free lesson for Sheamus: “Even salt looks like sugar, and I’m one salty Irish bastard!” Oh yeah? Well Sheamus has been hungry to tear Finn apart! So since we’re all here, and since Albany is in a good mood tonight, let’s do Judgment Day VS Brawling Brutes, right here, RIGHT BLEEDIN’ NOW! Now you’re speaking their language! Challenge accepted! Then the Judgment Day rush in and the brawl is on!
Sheamus has Finn, Dunne and Ridge throw Priest and Dom out, and the Brutes are fired up! Will we get quite the sampler for Survivor Series?
Six Man Tag: The Brawling Brutes VS The Judgment Day!
Raw returns and the match is already going as Dunne stomps a mudhole into Finn! Tag to Sheamus but Finn wants mercy. Sheamus says sure, then kicks low! Sheamus scoops, Finn slips off and tags to Priest! Fans rally for Sheamus as he and Priest stare down. They circle, tie up, and throw hands! Priest knees low, ROCKS Sheamus, then fires off in the corner! The ref counts, Priest lets off at 4, but Sheamus hits back! Sheamus throws hands in the corner now, then whips corner to corner. Priest reverses, runs in, but Sheamus BOOTS him down! Sheamus skins the cat up to the top rope! But Priest choke grips!
Sheamus hops down but both men avoid strikes. Sheamus CLOBBERS Priest away! Sheamus goes back up, to FLYING LARIAT! Cover, TWO! Tag to Ridge and Ridge storms up. Ridge blocks a boot, EuroUppers, then RAMS into Priest. Ridge suplexes but Priest knees free. Ridge counter punches Priest, whips, Ridge KNEES Priest but then Priest BACK ELBOWS! Priest fires off in the corner, stomps and UPPERCUTS, and Ridge flounders! Priest suplexes for the BROKEN ARROW! Dom wants in so Priest tags him. Fans boo as Dom rains down fists on Ridge. Dom soaks up the heat, then throws down more fists!
Dom kicks Ridge around, brings him up, but Ridge HEADBUTTS Dom away! Finn tags in, he CLOBBERS Ridge! Finn snapmares Ridge to run and basement dropkick! Cover, TWO! Rhea is annoyed with the count but Finn snap suplexes Ridge. Finn tags Dom back in, fans boo, but Dom stomps Ridge around. Dom rains down more fists, but fans chant, “Who’s Your Daddy?” Dom stomps Ridge around, drags him up, and he gives some Latino Heat. But Ridge suplexes Dom up and over instead! Fans fire up as Ridge and Dom crawl for their corners, hot tags to Finn and Dunne! Dunne rallies on Finn, GAMANGIRI in the corner!
Dunne pushes Finn down, to then drop knees on the arm! Finn gets up, Dunne shoves Finn but Finn grabs Dom’s hand to stop the German Suplex! Dunne lets go to KICK the arms! Dunne DECKS Priest, dropkicks Finn’s legs, then he stomps the hands! BUZZSAW! Dom runs in but Dunne kicks him back out! Finn sneaks a tag to Priest before Dunne wrangles Finn down! Dunne is after an arm but Priest drags him out! Choke grip, APRON CHOKE SLAM! Priest roars but fans boo while Raw goes to break.
Raw returns again and Dunne KICKS away on Priest’s leg. Priest ROCKS Dunne, but Dunne BOOTS him back. Dunne reaches to his corner but Priest CLOBBERS him! Priest whips Dunne to the Judgment Day corner, runs in and back elbows! Tag to Finn and Finn stomps Dunne down. Tag to Dom and he slingshot sentons! Tag back to Finn, and Finn tags back to Priest. Finn drags Dunne up, scoops him, BACKBREAKER, and then Priest LEG DROPS! Cover, TWO! Dunne is still in this and Rhea is furious! Priest clamps onto the arm and grinds Dunne down. Fans rally, Dom tags in, and Dom kicks and stomps Dunne around.
Fans boo but Dom soaks it all up. But Dunne gets an arm to wrench! Dunne bends fingers, and SNAPS them! Finn tags in and stomps Dunne back down! Finn has the leg but Dunne ENZIGURIS! Dunne crawls, but Dom POSTS Sheamus! Ridge chases Dom off but Rhea stands in his way. Fans boo, Finn runs in but Dunne dodges! Finn hits buckles, Dunne crawls, hot tag to Ridge! Ridge the Fridge rallies on Finn! Then dodges to FLYING SHOULDER! Ridge runs in to SPLASH Finn, then runs again to SPLASH again! And again, but he runs into BOOTS! Finn runs, but into a scoop SLAM! Priest runs in, but Ridge blocks and clinches to HEADBUTT!
Dom stays back, Finn gets Ridge with a dragon sleeper! ELBOW DROP DDT! Fans rally up as both men crawl, hot tags to Dom and Sheamus! Dom realizes he’s in trouble now. Dom runs from The Fella but the Fella chases him up the ramp! They go to the stage, and the OC appear! Styles, Mia Yim and the Good Brothers scare Dom back, and Sheamus is there to send Dom into the ring! Sheamus CLOBBERS Priest, slides in and CLOBBERS Finn! Dom runs but into a LARIAT! And another! Rhea is freaking out as Sheamus clotheslines Dom, then hits an IRISH CURSE BACKBREAKER! The OC likes what they see as Dom crawls to ropes.
Sheamus has Dom against the ropes, but Priest rushes in! Sheamus ELBOWS Priest away, but Dom HOTSHOTS Sheamus! Ridge runs at Priest, but into a COMPLETE SHOT! Dunne goes up, leaps, but into a choke grip! But he ENZIGURIS the choke slam away! Dunne hurries out to MOONSAULT onto Priest! Finn CLOBBERS Dunne! Finn gets up, Sheamus RAMS into him! Dom rolls Sheamus! TWO!! KNEE from Sheamus!! Dom flops down and fans fire up! Dom ends up on the apron, Sheamus drags him back up. Sheamus RIPS Dom’s shirt open, for BEATS OF THE BODHRAIN! Sheamus goes way past TEN, and gets TWENTY!
Dom is a ragdoll and fans fire up! Sheamus aims from a corner, fans chant along, “BROGUE! BROGUE! BROGUE!” Sheamus runs at Dom, BROGUE!! Cover, the Brutes win!
Winners: The Brawling Brutes, by pinfall
But Finn attacks Sheamus! Priest and Finn mug Sheamus, but Dunne gets up. Finn DECKS Dunne, stomps Ridge, but Sheamus clotheslines Priest out! Priest drags Sheamus out, they brawl, head up the ramp, and Gallows is there to ROUNDHOUSE Priest! Kevin Owens hops off commentary to get in the ring. Finn is mouthing off to Sheamus, but he turns around into a STUNNER! The Prizefighter and the Brutes are ready, will they be able to tear down The Bloodline? As for Finn, he’s reeling with just days to prepare for AJ Styles! Will the OC make Survivor Series phenomenal?
Backstage interview with Johnny Gargano.
Cathy Kelley says that for weeks now, Johnny Wrestling has been shooting down The Miz’s alibis and excuses. Is that what he plans to do in their rematch tonight? Gargano says that Miz did what he did cuz he realized he couldn’t beat Gargano. Miz lied, cheated, used a spare turnbuckle. And that doesn’t sit right with Gargano. That is why we’re getting the rematch tonight. But what about Dexter Lumis? Well, the only thing Gargano wants for Lumis is to help out an old friend and make sure he gets what he deserves. There is a mutual understanding. Gargano won’t get involved in Lumis’ match next week, and Lumis won’t get involved here tonight.
Gargano gets Miz 1v1, man to man. No bells or whistles, just Johnny Wrestling VS whatever character Miz is tonight. Gargano heads out, will he expose Miz who who he is?
Johnny Gargano VS The Miz!
Raw returns as Gargano makes his entrance, followed by The Miz’s entrance. Miz isn’t dressed? Miz tells Gargano that while he’d love to have this rematch and beat him again, he unfortunately got hurt making a TikTok video. Not dancing, though he has moves like Jagger. No, Miz was kicking and punching and swiping away injuries from his Fantasy Football team, when he punched a cactus! Yes, he owns his own cacti in California, because he’s rich. The cactus didn’t survive, but Miz will. And in one week, he will defeat Lumis.
As for tonight, Miz knows Johnny Wrestling wants to put on a show for the fans, so Miz did the noble thing. Since Miz cannot compete, he found Gargano a worthy opponent! OMOS!? The Nigerian Giant, with Montel Vontavius Porter, walks out on stage, ready to do Miz’s dirty work. Will Gargano survive this little switcheroo from Miz?
The bell rings, Omos glares at Gargano while Miz joins commentary to over-enthusiastically cheer Gargano on. Gargano fires forearms but Omos SHOVES Gargano away. Gargano dodges Omos and fires body shots, but Omos shoves him away, to then BOOT him down! Gargano flops out of the ring and MVP says to keep it up. Omos goes out after Gargano, and SMOTHERS him against the desk! Omos puts Gargano in the ring, and Miz says he is giving Gargano a chance to show what he’s made of. Gargano dropkicks Omos off the apron, then DIVES! Omos staggers and almost hits the desk!
Gargano gets back in, PLANCHAS, but Omos catches him! Miz mockingly says, “Uh oh.” LAWN DART on the apron! Omos roars but fans boo. MVP says Omos is in control and Omos gets in the ring. Omos drags Gargano up but Gargano throws forearms! Gargano GAMANGIRIS and Omos wobbles! GAMANGIRI! Omos staggers away! Miz then hops off commentary to trip Gargano up! That hand isn’t bad at all! Speaking of hands, Omos drags Gargano with one hand, then hoists him up with both! But Gargano knees free! Omos snarls, runs in, but Gargano sends Omos into buckles! Omos falls over and Miz is shocked!
Gargano SUPERKICKS Omos! MVP wants Omos to stand up but Gargano SUPERKICKS again! And SUPERKICKS again!! Gargano hurries to the corner and climbs up! Fans fire up while Miz and MVP freak out! MACHO- NO! Omos catches Gargano! And then CHOKE SLAMS!! Miz laughs while wincing, Omos covers, Omos wins!
Winner: Omos, by pinfall
Miz mocks the valiant effort by Gargano, but Gargano isn’t who Miz needs to worry about. Will Dexter Lumis smother the Hollywood A-Lister and finally have the money and WWE contract he deserves?
BREAKING NEWS for Survivor Series: WarGames!
With Bobby Lashley AND Austin Theory gunning for him, The Visionary will have to defend his WWE United States Championship in a TRIPLE THREAT! Will Seth Freakin’ Rollins be able to #BurnItDown against The All Mighty and “The Now” of WWE? Speaking of…
Seth Rollins has a video interview.
Corey Graves thanks Rollins for his time, and knows he is still recovering from Theory’s attack. How is he feeling? Well, two weeks ago, he got mauled by Lashley. Last week, he got jumped by Theory. Rollins has never felt better, HAHAHA! But now we know that Saturday will be a Triple Threat title defense. How is he preparing for an incensed Lashley and an angry Theory, both who are more aggressive than ever before? Rollins says that Graves knows Rollins asked for that match, right? Rollins asked for the match because he has a bone to pick with both men, so a Triple Threat is two birds with one stone, if you know what he means.
“Now, you don’t prepare for a wild Bobby Lashley. You don’t tame a wild Bobby Lashley. You survive a wild Bobby Lashley, if you are equipped. And luckily for me, I have a PhD in getting back up. I’m like The Goonies, I never say die. HAHAHA! As for Austin Theory, he’s lost everything and he may be more dangerous than he’s ever been. But make no mistake about it, he’s still the stupidest person on the face of the Earth. And don’t get it twisted. Not because he tried to cash in his Money in the Bank contract on my US title. No, no, no, no. As somewhat of an expert on cash-ins, I thought that was very well-timed.
“Austin Theory is the stupidest person on the face of planet Earth for what he tried to do to me last week. Austin Theory jumped me from behind, he tried to beat me at my own game. Austin Theory wanted to make a name off of my name, and that never ends well for anybody. Theory, you don’t believe me? You need some proof? Why don’t you pick up your little cellphone, call Cody Rhodes, you ask him how he’s rehab is going. Yeah, you say, ‘Cody, Cody, was it a good idea to pick a fight with Seth Freakin’ Rollins?’ HAHAHA! You let me know what he says.
“The bottom line is this: This Saturday at Survivor Series, no no no, we are not in the WarGames match, no. But I promise you it is going to be a war! Because you’ve got three men who do not like each other going toe-to-toe-to-toe and we are all on the cusp. We could all SNAP at any second. And Bobby Lashley, he’s a brute, and I can deal with those. Austin Theory, well I know him like the back of my hand because I used to be Austin Theory. The real question is, what’re those dope boys gonna do to prepare for me? Because I am one of one. I am a Visionary, I am a revolutionary, I am Seth Freakin’ Rollins, and after Survivor Series, I will still be… United States Champion.”
Theory is watching.
Rollins laughs and pats the belt while Theory fumes. Theory tells Rollins, “You don’t understand me. Nobody understands me. And I’ve hit rock bottom, and it’s the best thing that’s ever happened to me. I’m no longer the Youngest This or the Next Big That. And Seth, I’m not that kid that you’ve been in the ring with before. I’m a new man. And I will be taken serious. And after Survivor Series, this entire business is gonna know what time it is. The disrespect, it ends here. Because anybody that wants to step up is gonna get sent home, and I’m looking right at you, Dolph and Seth.
“Seth, I already know you’re watching. And Bobby, you’re probably somewhere punching a hole through a wall, but I know you’re watching. But both of you, pay attention close to what I do to Mustafa Ali tonight, because it will be the result of what happens this Saturday at Survivor Series.” Is Theory’s new darkness going to break an already battered Beacon?
Austin Theory VS Mustafa Ali!
The bell rings and Theory circles with Ali, They tie up, and Theory RAMS Ali into a corner! And RAMS and RAMS and then throws hands! Theory throws Ali and stalks him. Theory drags Ali up by the rib tape but Ali throws elbows and haymakers! Ali whips, Theory reverses and kitchen sink knees! Theory stomps Ali down again and again, and shouts, “All Day!” Theory drags Ali up, back suplexes, but Ali lands on his feet! Ali CHOPS, CHOPS, and whips, but Theory reverses hard! Ali bounces off buckles, into a BACKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! Theory clamps on with a rear bearhug! Ali endures as Theory squeezes!
Fans rally up as Ali fights to his feet. Ali throws elbow, Theory kicks him low. Theory ROCKS Ali, suplexes, but Ali slips out to shove him away. Ali tilt-o-whirl DDTs! Fans fire up while both men are down! Ali crawls to a corner, Theory storms over, but Ali ROCKS him first. Ali counter punches, throws more haymakers, but Theory puts him in a corner. Ali KNEES Theory back, wrenches and back suplexes! Theory flounders out of the ring but Ali builds speed! Ali DIVES, but Theory caches him to RAM him into the apron! And RAM into the barriers! Theory puts Ali back in, slingshots to somersault, into a SUPERKICK! Cover, TWO!!
Ali grits his teeth, hurting in the ribs but also a bit frustrated. Ali and Theory rise, but Theory YANKS Ali into ropes! Ali sputters, Theory hooks him up, AOI SHOUDO! Cover, TWO!! Fans taunt Theory, “Where’s Your Briefcase?” Theory bumps Ali off buckles, puts him in a Tree of Woe, and he stomps away! The ref counts, Theory lets off, but comes back to throw hands! The ref counts again, Theory lets off, and Ali flops out of the Tree. Fans boo and chant, “THEORY SUCKS!” Theory shakes his head, he drags Ali back up, and he ROCKS Ali with a haymaker. Theory hoists Ali up top, climbs up after him, but Ali throws body shots!
Fans fire up as Ali bumps Theory off buckles! Ali adjusts, to SUPER SUNSET FLIP POWERBOMB!! Both men are down, and Ali drags himself back to the top! Ali aims, to 450 SPLASH!! But the ribs take damage, too! Ali flounders after Theory, but Theory rolls out of the ring again! The fans boo but Ali goes out after Theory. Ali drags Theory up, puts him in the ring, but Theory BLASTS Ali off the apron! Theory then puts Ali in the ring, calls his shot, and fireman’s carries! A TOWN DOWN!! Cover, Theory wins!
Winner: Austin Theory, by pinfall
Theory’s got a bloody forehead, but he doesn’t care. But then Lashley gets his attention on the tron. Theory wanted Lashley’s attention, well he has it now. And if Theory wants to get serious, then they’ll get serious. Theory can just stay right there, and Lashley will be heading to the ring so they can give Albany a preview of Survivor Series! Lashley is heading to gorilla! Will the All Mighty smite Theory before the Triple Threat?
Raw returns, and here comes Lashley!
Lashley stares at Theory and has a mic. “Look at you, Theory. I’m kinda surprised you’re still standing in that ring. I thought you were on the first SUV outta town. But I guess we got the ‘new’ Theory. I mean, look at you, standing there all tough, like you wanna fight. You wanted my attention, now you got my attention. But if you think you’re standing in the way of me and my United States Championship, kid, you’re outta your mind. You had the briefcase, you could’ve cashed it in, and all you had to do was pick up the scraps that I’d left for ya. And you still couldn’t get the job done.”
Theory tells Lashley, “I couldn’t get the job done? I’m playing games? Everybody in this arena, whether they wanna boo me or not, knows that right now, I would BE the United States Champion if it wasn’t for Bobby Lashley! But since you’re out here, let’s talk about Bobby Lashley. I remember Brock Lesnar kicked your ass. And then, right after that, you were the United States Champion and put that title on the line, and Seth Rollins beat you! And then, that wasn’t enough for Bobby Lashley because Bobby Lashley wanted redemption. So Bobby Lashley had to slay the Beast at Crown Jewel, and once again, Bobby Lashley couldn’t get the job done.”
Lashley smirks as Theory says the thing about him and Rollins, for some reason, they both think that they’re stepping in the ring at Survivor Series with the same kid. “That kid is dead and gone, and I am gonna walk into Survivor Series this Saturday, and I am gonna become a two-time United States Champion, and there ain’t a damn thing you can do about it.” Fans boo but Lashley says, “Is that right, Theory?” Theory walking out of Survivor Series? He isn’t even walking outta here tonight! The brawl is on! Theory CLUBS Lashley but Lashley RAMS him into the corner! Lashley fires off haymakers, then stomps away!
Lashley OVERHEAD Belly2Belly suplexes! Theory flops out of the ring but Lashley goes out after him! Lashley RAMS him into barriers, rains down more fists, then drags him back up. Lashley fireman’s carries but Theory slips off to POST Lashley! Lashley comes back with hands! And he TOSSES Theory into the timekeeper’s area! Theory comes back with a chair! He JAMS Lashley, SMACKS him on the back, but that just pisses Lashley off!! Lashley snarls, Theory runs away into the crowd, but Lashley finds the shortcut! They go to the back, and Theory grabs Ali! They brawl, Theory sends Ali into Lashley!
Lashley is furious, but so is Ali. Ali shoves Lashley, but Lashley drags Ali out on stage! Lashley’s wrath sends Ali into the stage tron! And again! Fans fire up as Lashley puts Ali in the HURT LOCK!! Ali suffers for Theory’s transgressions, but will the All Mighty make Theory pay soon enough?
The Alpha Academy VS Elias & Matt Riddle!
After beating Master Gable & Otis won back to back 1v1 matches, Chad Gable dared the Drifter and the Bro to try things 2v2. Challenge accepted, and now the two man band is debuting as a duo! Will Riddle & Elias smoke the Academy? Or will they have no choice but to SHOOOOSH~?
The teams sort out and Elias starts with Gable. They tie up, go around, and Elias wrenches. Gable rolls, bridges, handsprings, and spins to then headlocks, spins and drop toehold! Gable then floats to a mount, “A THANK YEW~!” Gable hooks an arm but Elias switches it around to hammerlock back. Riddle rallies the fans for Elias but Gable headlocks, spins and waistlocks. Elias bucks the O’Conner but runs into an arm-drag! And another! Gable wrenches, whips, but Elias reveres. Gable goes up and over, but Elias runs him over! Things keep moving, Elias duck sot whip but Gable kicks him way. “SHOOOOSH~!”
Gable runs, into a back drop! Fans fire up while Gable bails out. Elias and Riddle are feeling it while Raw goes to break.
Raw returns and Elias tags Riddle in. Riddle PENALTY KICKS Gable, Elias SLIDING FOREARMS! Riddle covers, ONE!! Gable hangs tough but Riddle is still on him with knees. Gable shoots around, then around again, NORTHERN LIGHTS! Bridging cover, TWO! Gable tags Otis, Gable bumps Riddle off buckles and Otis fires off body shots! Otis DECKS Riddle, then drags him up. Otis scoops Riddle to SLAM him! Otis flexes, Gable says, “That’s my guy!” Otis says, “Who’s the man?!” Fans boo, it’s apparently not Otis. Otis bumps Riddle off buckles, tags in Gable, and Otis feeds Riddle to Gable’s double forearms! Cover, TWO!
Gable clamps onto Riddle with a top wristlock but Riddle endures. Fans rally and Riddle fights up. Riddle throws forearms, but Gable wrenches and hits a BIG back suplex! Cover, TWO! Riddle is hanging tough but Gable whips him to a corner. Gable storms up and puts Riddle’s legs on the ropes. Gable DRAPING DRAGON SCREWS! Fans boo but Gable says, “A THANK YEW~!” Gable drags Riddle up, puts him in the corner, and CHOPS! “SHOOOOSH~!” Gable whips corner to corner, Riddle goes up and over to KICK Gable down! Tag to Elias, tag back to Riddle, and they double whip Gable to double elbow!
Riddle gets an Electric Chair Lift, ELECTRIC BROTON! Elisa KNEES Otis down, then builds speed to WRECK Otis with a dropkick! Otis hits the desk and Elias LEAPS on him again! But Otis catches Elias! Riddle goes after Gable but Gable trips him up! Otis RAMS Elias into barriers! Gable APRON GERMAN SUPLEXES Riddle!! Gable shouts, “A THANK YEW~!” and Raw goes to break!
Raw returns again and Gable has Riddle down with a toehold. Riddle endures, kicks with his free leg, and Gable staggers away. Otis tags in, Gable back suplexes but Riddle lands on his feet. Otis Electric Chair Lifts Riddle while Gable DECKS Elias! Gable goes up and Otis brings Riddle over, for the FLYING BULLDOG! Shoutout to the Steiners, Otis covers, TWO!! Riddle survives and fans can’t believe it! Otis is shocked, too, and he puts Riddle in a corner. Otis SPLASHES and Riddle falls over! Otis huffs and puffs and goes up the corner. Fans rally for Riddle, Otis VADER FLOPS! Riddle avoids disaster and fans rally back up!
Riddle and Otis crawl, hot tags to Elias and Gable! Elias rallies with big lariats! Then a LEG CAPTURE SUPLEX! Elias CHOPS Gable, ROCKS him, repeat! Elias whips corner to corner, and SPLASHES a la Zeke! And then SPLASHES again! And then runs, ducks ‘n’ dodges to SPINEBUSTER! Fans fire up and Elias wrenches Gable to a HANGMAN’S NECKBREAKER! Cover, TWO!! Gable survives but Elias puts him in a corner. Now Elias Electric Chair Lifts. Gable spins around to RANA, then he tags Otis! Elias runs into BOOTS! Otis runs in to dragon sleeper, REVERSE DDT! Gable is up top, he DIVING HEADBUTTS! Otis covers, Riddle BROTONS it apart!
Otis CLUBS Riddle, throws him back out, but Elias also bails out. Otis tags Gable, then Otis storms over to Elias. Otis drags Elias back in from the apron and feeds him to Gable. Gable waistlocks and Otis runs, but Elias BOOTS Otis! Elias and Gable go to the corner, Riddle tags in as Elias bucks the O’Conner! Elias turns around but Gable CLOBBERS him! Riddle fires off palm strike and a BOOT! Fireman’s carry but Gable slips off. Gable shoves Riddle, but runs into the RANA! Gable has a nasty landing on the outside! Riddle aims to PENALTY KICK Otis! Then he FLOATING BRO ATTACKS the Academy down!!
Fans fire up, Riddle puts Gable in! Riddle kicks, Gable ducks and O’Conner Rolls to CHAOS- NO, Riddle slips out to land on his feet! FINAL FLASH KNEE! Tag to Elias and “This is Awesome!” as Riddle tags back in! ANARCHY to a tag, FLOATING BRO! Riddle covers, Riddle & Elias win!!
Winners: Elias & Matt Riddle, by pinfall
The #DriftBros defy Gable’s predictions! Will Riddle’s Walk With Elias lead him back to the tag team promised land?
JBL and Baron Corbin are playing poker again.
They had a great limousine but the driver was awful. And he started showing Corbin around Albany! Has JBL seen this place? It’s terrible, too! Who lives here? The only thing worse than living in Albany is dying in Albany. But wait, in steps Drew McIntyre. Who’s winning the game? JBL is in awe of the “Modern Day William Wallace.” How’s Scotland doing in the World Cup? Oh… Right, they didn’t make it. Like JBL not making to WrestleMania that time Corbin had McIntyre. The outcome of that would’ve been significantly different, y’know. Just like it will be this Saturday when the Head of the Table gets his hands on McIntyre.
Oh, is that so? It is. Alright. McIntyre’s only in town for tonight, let’s put this theory to the test. Maybe one more time for old time’s sake? Corbin stands up and says they can settle it here and now. McIntyre says he respects his elders, but not Corbin! McIntyre DECKS Corbin with a right! JBL is furious, McIntyre tells Corbin he’ll see him in the ring! JBL says McIntyre will pay for that cheap shot, but will the Scottish Warrior prove Corbin is anything but a wrestling god?
WWE takes a closer look at WarGames!
“Some cages are built to keep things out. Some cages are built to keep things in. But our cage is built for war.” Drew McIntyre says The Bloodline has been on quite the run, but his team has issues with them all. This is more than just a match, this will be personal. Two cages, two teams, Ridge loves the possibilities of destruction. The most brutal structure in the WWE, Sheamus says these lads are going to have fun. Kevin Owens says he dreamed of competing in such a match, and he got to in NXT. Nothing compares to it, and this one will be special. “Five of the best brawlers this industry has to offer against The Bloodline, and this Saturday at Survivor Series, we’re going to war.”
Will Roman, the Usos, Solo & Sami survive the brutality of Kevin, McIntyre and the Brutes?
Drew McIntyre VS Baron Corbin w/ JBL!
The Scottish Warrior just wanted to be dealt in, but now he’ll be dealing out pain! Will he use the “Modern Day Wrestling God” as a mere warm-up for WarGames? Or will he end up added to the list of names Corbin has been putting away since his return?
Raw returns as McIntyre makes his entrance, Angela the claymore sword in hand. The bell rings and Corbin rushes in! McIntyre dodges, but Corbin bails out before he can get hit! Fans boo but Corbin and JBL talk strategy. Corbin gets back in, he circles with McIntyre, and they tie up. They’re in a deadlock, but Corbin finds a point of leverage. But McIntyre pushes Corbin back and puts him in a corner! McIntyre lets off as the ref counts, and Corbin CHOPS! The ref reprimands the cheap shot but Corbin throws body shots and haymakers. Corbin taunts the fans, ROCKS McIntyre, then ROCKS McIntyre again.
The ref counts, Corbin bumps McIntyre off buckles, then throws more body shots. Corbin ROCKS McIntyre with another haymaker, but McIntyre ROCKS Corbin back! And CHOPS! And ROCKS! And CHOPS! Corbin knees low, CLUBS away on McIntyre, then whips him to ropes. McIntyre reverses but Corbin KICKS him away. Corbin runs, into a LARIAT! Corbin staggers up, McIntyre clotheslines Corbin out of the ring! Fans fire up and McIntyre goes out after Corbin. McIntyre whips Corbin hard into barriers and Corbin tumbles into the timekeeper’s area! McIntyre drags Corbin up and CHOPS him!
Corbin staggers, McIntyre brings him around to scoop and SLAM on the desk! Corbin writhes, McIntyre refreshes the ring count, then brings Corbin around to ROCK him again. Corbin staggers away, McIntyre glares at JBL as he CHOPS Corbin against the barriers! McIntyre puts Corbin in the ring, he glares at JBL again, but Corbin ROCKS McIntyre back! Corbin POSTS McIntyre, and McIntyre falls to the floor! JBL applauds but he’s the only one. JBL wants the count-out and the count begins. Corbin grows impatient and he goes out to put McIntyre in the ring. Corbin’s chest is stinging, though, as he gets in the ring.
Corbin CHOPS McIntyre, “Payback!” Corbin whips McIntyre corner to corner hard, then runs in to clothesline McIntyre down! Fans boo as Corbin stomps a mudhole into McIntyre. Corbin digs his boot in, lets off as the ref counts, and he taunts McIntyre, “What you got?! You got nothing!” He stomps away on McIntyre again! The ref counts, Corbin lets off, and JBL warns the ref. McIntyre drags himself up but Corbin is on him, to POST him! Corbin laughs it up and mocks the fans as he soaks up the heat. Corbin drags McIntyre up, puts him in the corner again, and ROCKS him with haymaker after haymaker!
Corbin whips corner to corner, but McIntyre comes back to clothesline! And again! Fans fire up as he clinches Corbin to OVERHEAD Belly2Belly! Then a NECKBREAKER! Both men are down, but fans fire up as McIntyre kips up! McIntyre underhooks Corbin, but Corbin wrenches out to ROCK McIntyre again and again! Corbin runs, but McIntyre scoops him! MICHINOKU DRIVER! Cover, TWO!! Corbin survives but McIntyre keeps focus. JBL says that was a fast count but the ref checks both men. McIntyre sits up, he watches Corbin writhe. McIntyre storms up to Corbin at the ropes, puts him in a corner, and CHOPS!
McIntyre ROCKS Corbin, whips him to ropes, but Corbin reverses. McIntyre ducks ‘n’ dodges to CROSSBODY, but Corbin catches him! FALL AWAY SLAM! JBL likes that! Corbin aims, runs in, but McIntyre dodges! Corbin slides out, in, but McIntyre dodges to HEADBUTT! But Corbin LARIATS! JBL says to capitalize but Corbin has to crawl around while Raw goes to break!
Raw returns again and Corbin has McIntyre up top! McIntyre resists the superplex so Corbin throws body shots. Corbin brings McIntyre up again, to SUPERPLEX! Corbin crawls to the cover, TWO!! McIntyre is still in this and Corbin is furious! JBL tells the ref to stop with the slow counts, but the ref defends it was fair. Corbin snarls and he throws hands on McIntyre. McIntyre hits back! Corbin hits McIntyre, McIntyre hits back, repeat! McIntyre CHOPS, Corbin ROCKS, the haymakers go back and forth again, but Corbin UPPERCUTS! Corbin scoops, but McIntyre slips off and shoves Corbin into the corner.
McIntyre runs in but into an elbow! Corbin runs, into a SPINEBUSTER! Jackknife bridge, TWO! Corbin is still in this and JBL applauds. McIntyre stands up and fans say, “This is Awesome!” McIntyre underhooks but Corbin puts McIntyre in the ropes. Corbin sucker punches McIntyre, trips him up, then brings him up to choke grip! CHOKE SLAM! Cover, TWO!! McIntyre is still in this and JBL paces around. Corbin rains down fists while telling McIntyre he should stay on SmackDown. Corbin drags McIntyre up again, reels him in, but McIntyre slips through End of Day sot kick low! FUTURE SHOCK!!
McIntyre goes to the corner and fans fire up! McIntyre runs in, but Corbin dodges the Claymore! Corbin torture racks for a RACK SLAM! Cover, TWO!! Corbin can’t believe it! McIntyre rolls out of the ring and Corbin pursues. Corbin says this is for all the fans, as he HAMMERS away on McIntyre! Fans boo and the ring count is climbing. Corbin drags McIntyre up, POSTS him, then refreshes the count. Fans chant, “You Can’t Wrestle!” Corbin says he’s the Wrestling God! But then he runs into an OVERHEAD Belly2Belly!! McIntyre puts Corbin back in, fires up, and fans fire up with him!
McIntyre aims from the corner, but JBL storms up! The ref tells JBL to hop down and he does, but Corbin gets McIntyre with DEEP SIX! Cover, TWO!! Corbin is losing his mind! Corbin tells the ref to count ot three but the ref tells him to back off. Corbin says he doesn’t listen to the ref, the ref listens to him! But wait, Akira Tozawa appears on the desk! And he LEAPS onto JBL! What’s he doing!? Tozawa takes the hat! Tozawa runs off and Corbin is just as furious as JBL! But Corbin turns around, CLAYMORE!! Cover, McIntyre wins!
Winner: Drew McIntyre, by pinfall
JBL is losing his mind over what just happened! The Stamina Monster snatched away THE hat, and now the Modern Day Wrestling God has his first loss since returning! Will JBL and Corbin make Tozawa pay for playing games? Will McIntyre use this momentum to get the advantage win this Friday and then THE win on Saturday?
Backstage interview with The OC.
Cathy Kelley says the match is set, Styles VS Finn happens at Survivor Series. Are emotions riding high given the history between them? Styles says they are. And it’s a shame, because Styles and Finn were close. But Styles has realized this is his family. Gallows & Anderson are his brothers, Mia Yim is his sister, and they are the OC. This thing with the Judgment Day ends at Survivor Series when Styles gives Finn the beating he deserves! And it’ll be phenomenal. But then Finn walks over! Styles thinks Finn is a bad guy? He’s wrong. Finn is worse! He’s the devil! And when you dance with the devil, you never dance again!
And then Rhea BOOTS Mia outta nowhere! The brawl is on between JD and OC!! Dom has Anderson, Priest has Gallows, Finn has Styles! Karl TOSSES Dom into a dumpster! But Finn goes after Karl! Styles comes back for more and he RAMS Finn into crates! The Good Brothers get Priest but Dom comes back! And who knows where Mia and Rhea went! This starts spilling out into the back lot! They’re brawling right up against someone’s SUV! Karl SLAMS Dom on the hood! Priest RAMS Gallows into the open door! And SLAMS the door shut on him! Security rushes out, as do referees and officials! It’s chaos as Raw goes to break, will any of them even make it to WarGames!?
Women’s WarGames Advantage: Asuka VS Rhea Ripley!
While Team EST is down a member, they’re not worried about that yet. They just want the numbers advantage first! The Empress will battle the Eradicator, but first they all get the mics. Bianca says we all know Bayley and Bianca have had problems since SummerSlam, and they’ve been tearing each other apart! Not just for the Raw Women’s Championship but the future of this division. This battle ends Saturday the only way it can: WARGAMES! Now, Bianca has won the battle but not the war, and she can’t do that alone. There is no one she’d rather go to war with than her girls! Alexa Bliss, Mia Yim, who is handling business and will be ready for WarGames.
And of course, the woman who will win the advantage tonight, ASUKA! While Bayley plays games, Bianca’s ready for war! Alexa says she’s ready to get payback on Damage Control and put Nikki Cross in the trash where she belongs! Asuka says they are ready for war, but no one is ready for them! And tonight, Rhea is not ready for Asuka! Best believe that everyone wants on the team because DMG CTRL has a lot of enemies. When they make their decision on Friday, y’all will not be disappointed. Fans are a little disappointed, they wanted it tonight. But Rhea makes her way out, with DMG CTRL by her side!
Bayley wants everyone to hold on. We’re to believe Bianca has her fifth partner? And she’s gonna make us wait until Friday? Sounds like the EST is stalling. Or maybe it’s just harder than she thought to find one more person who actually likes her? DING DONG, HELLO~! No one even respects Bianca! Not even her teammates. They’re just sucking up to Bianca to get a title shot. Not that they’d ever stand a chance. You got “Michan,” but Rhea took her out. Then Asuka and Alexa have lost to Kai & Sky time and time again. And they’re all led by Bianca, “the same champ who’s throwing poor little Asuka right into the fire tonight, instead of you stepping up to Rhea like a real leader, like a real champion.”
Asuka tells Bayley to SHUT UP! In both English and Japanese! Then she tells Rhea, “Let’s do this right now!!” Rhea says that just like WrestleMania, “Mami’s gonna eradicate ya.” The two stare down, the ref gets in, and it’s time to back up all these words! Who will get the advantage? We find out, after the break!
Raw returns and the bell rings. Fans rally as the two slowly circle. They approach but Rhea gets around Asuka. Rhea taunts Asuka, they circle more, and approach again. Rhea goes to get around Asuka but Asuka catches her by her hair! Asuka thrashes Rhea around but Rhea powers out to throw Asuka! Rhea won’t let Asuka pull her hair, and she TOSSES Asuka again! DMG CTRL watches backstage, apparently sent to the back during break so this is truly 1v1. Asuka ROCKS Rhea, bumps her off buckles, then KICKS her down! Asuka gives Rhea some Kawada Kicks! Rhea blocks one to ROCK Asuka!
Rhea snapmares, KICKS Asuka in the back, then runs to basement dropkick! Cover, ONE!! Asuka snarls as Team EST also watches backstage. Rhea drags Asuka up, whips her to a corner, and then runs in. Rhea ducks the boot but Asuka SLAPS her! Asuka elbows Rhea, BOOTS her, then hops up the corner. Asuka leaps to MISSILE DROPKICK! Rhea bails out, Asuka builds speed, but Rhea blocks the dropkick to reel Asuka into an Electric Chair! Asuka fights free to SMACK Rhea off the apron! Asuka puts Rhea on the apron, CLUBS away on her, then runs in to HIP ATTACK! Rhea flounders into the ring and fans fire up!
Asuka hurries in after Rhea but Rhea bails back out. Rhea says she won’t cater to the fans, but the ring count climbs. Asuka waits on Rhea, Rhea waits until 7 of 10 to get on the apron. The ref has Asuka stay back but Rhea hops back down. Fans boo more but Rhea just soaks up the heat. The ring count climbs again, Rhea hops back onto the apron, and she steps inside. But Asuka fires off KICKS! Asuka waistlocks, Rhea elbows free. Rhea catches the hip attack but now Asuka throws elbows. Rhea throws Asuka down by her hair! Rhea hammers away on Asuka from behind, then SLAPS her around! The ref reprimands but Rhea tells the ref to shut up.
Rhea KICKS Asuka in the side, then stalks her to ropes. Rhea eggs Asuka, soaks up the heat from the fans, then whips Asuka to CLUB her in the back! rhea drags Asuka back up, whips and CLUBS her again! Asuka writhes but Rhea just dusts herself off. Rhea talks trash, looms over Asuka, and CLUBS her again and again and again! Rhea drags Asuka up, laughs, and whips again, but Asuka ROCKS Rhea! Rhea LARIATS back! Cover, TWO! Rhea says the ref needs to learn how to count. The ref says his count is fair, but Rhea drags Asuka up. Rhea wraps on a body scissor and squeezes tight! Asuka endures as Rhea taunts her with WrestleMania.
Rhea CLUBS away on Asuka but Asuka still endures. Fans rally and Asuka pushes back to a cover! ONE, and Rhea still holds onto the scissors. Asuka pushes back again, ONE, but Asuka turns Rhea over and slips free! ANKLE LOCK! Rhea endures now and Asuka drops to a KNEEBAR!! Rhea shouts and fights up, pries Asuka off the leg to SLAM her down! Rhea snarls, drags Asuka up and RAMS her into buckles. Rhea throws body shots and forearms, tells the ref to shut up again, then she RAMS into Asuka! “You think you can step into the ring with me again?” Rhea SLAPS Asuka but Asuka SLAPS Rhea! Rhea snarls, but Asuka BOOTS her!
Rhea returns to DROPKICK Asuka to the floor!! Fans boo but Rhea says Asuka’s pathetic while Raw goes to break.
Raw returns again and Rhea toys with Asuka. She slaps Asuka around but Asuka SLAPS back! Rhea BOOTS Asuka, fires off in the corner, then runs in, but Asuka moves! Rhea POSTS herself! Both women are down and while Bayley is still confident in Rhea, Nikki isn’t even paying attention. Rhea gets up, swings but Asuka dodges! Asuka fires off kick after kick! She bobs ‘n’ weaves to BACKHAND! BACKHAND! SOBAT! KICK! BACKHAND! CODE BREAKER!! Rhea falls to the corner and fans fire up with Asuka! Asuka runs corner to corner to HIP ATTACK! Bianca & Alexa are liking this, but Rhea powers out of the Bulldog.
Rhea boots but Asuka blocks! Asuka spins Rhea for a GERMAN SUPLEX! Bridging cover, TWO! Asuka drags Rhea back up but Rhea reels back! Asuka spins but Rhea ducks the backhand to shove Asuka to ropes. Asuka wheelbarrows but Rhea blocks the victory roll! Rhea ties up the legs, PRISM TRAP!! Asuka endures as Rhea holds her off the mat! Asuka reaches out, claws her way forward, but Rhea drags her back! Asuka victory rolls Rhea out of the ring! Rhea gets up, she ROCKS Asuka, then she goes up the corner. But Asuka trip Rhea down! Rhea tumbles, Asuka runs, SLIDING KICK! Cover, TWO!
Rhea and Asuka are down, catching their breaths. Asuka rises, Rhea goes to ropes, and fans rally up. Asuka runs in, but Rhea dodges the hip attack to HOOK KICK! Asuka flops down and Rhea shakes out the cobwebs. Asuka sits up, Rhea kicks her and stomps a foot! KNEE SMASH, HEADBUTT, and a NORTHERN LIGHTS! Bridging cover, TWO!! Asuka survives and Rhea is furious with the ref! The ref says she shouldn’t even, that was a fair count. Rhea looms over Asuka, and says Asuka just had to piss her off. Rhea pump handles and lifts, RIP- NO, Asuka slips out to get the ARMBAR! Rhea fights that but Asuka has the chinbar!
Rhea fights around, keeps the Asuka Lock from finishing, and DMG CTRL returns to ringside to cheer Rhea on. Rhea RAMS Asuka into a corner! And again! Rhea is free and she crawls away, but here comes Bianca and Alexa! They tell DMG CTRL to watch it, and Asuka ROUNDHOUSES Rhea! FLYING ARMBAR TAKEDOWN!! Rhea flails and fans fire up! Rhea stacks to a cover, TWO! Asuka avoids the boot, Rhea avoids the backhand! They keep dodging each other, RIPTIDE!!! Cover, RHEA WINS!!
Winner: Rhea Ripley, by pinfall (Team DMG CTRL has advantage)
The brutality was unleashed and Bayley is happy to see her side has the advantage. But then they drag Asuka out of the ring! DMG CTRL mugs Asuka, but Bianca and Alexa hurry after them! It’s a brawl but Bayley’s side has numbers advantage now! But Alexa BOOTS Nikki down! Bianca DECKS Bayley, DECKS Sky, DECKS Kai, but then Bayley anchors Bianca. Bliss DECKS Sky! Bianca TOSSES Kai and KICKS Bayley! Nikki runs in, into a scoop! And a TOSS into the barriers! But Rhea CLOBBERS Bianca and HEADBUTTS Bliss! Rhea rains down fists on Bianca, but MIA returns! Mia and Rhea brawl, and Mia TOSSES Rhea into the crowd!
Asuka climbs up top while DMG CTRL is after Bianca and Bliss. Asuka SUPER CROSSBODIES everyone down!! And this is without a cage! What happens when Bianca reveals her fifth to complete the cast of ten that will go to war?
A really good go-home from Raw, or rather just part one of the go-home since SmackDown has their own part to play. They didn’t have that many recap packages to worry about, and had a lot more action. It was a nice surprise that Kevin brought the Brutes and McIntyre to Raw, even though The Bloodline hardly ever shows up here. Good promos, and good interaction with The Judgment Day that also brought in The OC. And we also got good interaction between McIntyre, Corbin and JBL. Great win for The Brutes, great win for McIntyre, but I wonder if this means the Bloodline wins the advantage on SmackDown. I feel like the team with advantage ends up the one losing, so Bloodline having advantage to lose, giving The Brutes a great lead into the various title stories, just makes sense.
Likewise, it makes sense DMG CTRL got advantage through the main event. We got great stuff from Judgment Day and The OC, like that brawl that spilled into the parking lot. Asuka VS Rhea was really good, and I suppose sending the allies backstage for them to all come storming back out was the better move. If they were all ringside to start, any number of shenanigans would’ve happened and would’ve taken away from the overall quality. The closing brawl was great, but I’m with Albany, I was hoping we’d get something on the fifth woman for Team EST tonight. Even just a tease would’ve been nice. I’m hoping it’s Candice LeRae, for reasons I’ve said before.
I should’ve expected Miz pulling that switch on Gargano, but I didn’t expect it to be Omos. Gargano looked great almost beating Omos, but of course Omos goes over as the insane monster. Miz VS Lumis being on Raw TV makes sense on many different levels. For one, limiting the number of matches on a PPV card to maximize the time each match gets is HHH’s style, as we know from TakeOvers and other NXT events. Plus, while Lumis and Miz are both really good characters, their grudge match isn’t going to be a PPV level match, but does make for a good post-PPV Raw match.
Really fun tag match out of Elias & Riddle VS Alpha Academy. It seems to be Riddle’s thing that while he’s a good singles wrestler, he can team up with almost anyone and make it work. Great string of moves in the finish from the #DriftBros, and I have a feeling they’ll get going on a parallel with RKBRO, with the main difference being that Elias will turn on Riddle when Randy never did. Riddle and Elias can make for a great feud going towards the Royal Rumble, and either guy can come out looking great as a contender towards the US title.
Speaking of, we got great stuff from the US Championship story. For one, a Triple Threat is great, though I totally expected something like this to be last month with Mustafa Ali as the third member, not Theory. But Theory is doing well with this new, angrier persona, as he shows in his match with Ali. Lashley calling Theory out and them brawling for a bit was good, but I feel like Ali being stuck in the middle of this story means he’s going to be involved with the US title on the other side of Survivor Series. Rollins had a great promo, I would think part of the reason for a Triple Threat means he can win without any of them looking particularly weak. Him mentioning Cody was an interesting detail. Is Rollins teasing Cody coming for the US title, just as I’ve been sensing?
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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