The SmackDown World Cup kicks it up a notch!
While Survivor Series approaches, the SmackDown World Cup continues at high speed! Sami Zayn VS Pete Dunne and Ricochet VS Mustafa Ali close out the opening round!
- SmackDown World Cup, Opening Round: Ricochet VS Mustafa Ali; Ricochet wins and advances.
- Mad Cap Moss VS Karrion Kross w/ Scarlett Bordeaux; Kross wins.
- Shotzi Blackheart VS Shayna Baszler w/ Ronda Rousey; Shotzi wins.
- Six Man Tag: Imperium VS The New Day & ???; The New Day & Braun Strowman win.
- SmackDown World Cup, Opening Round: Pete Dunne VS Sami Zayn; Dunne wins and advances.
PLAY BY PLAY
Sheamus & The Brawling Brutes head to the ring!
The Fella is back and Hartford fires up for Fight Night! But they’re not alone, because DREW MCINTYRE is joining them! Fans fire up even more now that the Scottish Warrior goes with the Celtic Warrior, the Yorkshire Grit & the Bruiserweight to the ring. They’re reunited because of their common enemies in the Bloodline, and they’ll be taking them on at Survivor Series: WarGames! The Brutes and Drew get the mics, and Sheamus says, “Is this on this time? Yeah? You can all hear me, yeah? Hartford, how’re ya bleedin’ doing?
“Now I’m gonna start off with this. I know there’s a lot of people that’re happy that Drew McIntyre is standing by my side as the Brawling Brutes prepare to go to war with The Bloodline, considering the fact that you and me, man, we’ve had a 20 year storied feud, a rivalry. How many times have we gone to war, fella? How many people have questioned if we can actually trust each other? The truth is, though, man, the 20 year rivalry has created mutual respect.” Fans cheer that! Sheamus says it has created a bond so strong that Sheamus asked McIntyre to be his best man when he got married in New York three weeks ago.
Sheamus says the truth is… Fans start chanting “UCEY! UCEY!” Well, they may have an Ucey, but the Brutes want the “Brutey.” Brutey? Yeah. Well, okay. McIntyre’s feeling Brutey! Because when it comes down to it, there is no one Sheamus would rather be in the trenches with than Drew McIntyre. So what’s he say? Will he be their Honorary Brute? McIntyre grins and notices the fans chanting “BRUTEY! BRUTEY!” McIntyre says no one knows what it’s like to be outnumbered by the Bloodline more than him. Just when you think you’ve got them beat, another one appears! They multiply like friggin’ rabbits!
But when the odds are even, the story is different. If McIntyre’s going to war, he’s going to war with his brother. McIntyre offers a handshake, and Sheamus takes it! Fans fire up and Ridge says this is nice and all, but let’s get serious> Hartford, it’s FIGHT NIGHT! Fans fire up for that! And “Butch” says it’ll be WARGAMES!! And lads, McIntyre sees four. But who could be their fifth man, brother? Well Sheamus says he’s gonna tell ya! But then Sami Zayn comes out saying, “My dawgs.” And the “UCEY! UCEY!” chants start again.
Sami says he speaks on behalf of the Bloodline when he says they don’t care! The Bloodline is feeling good, feeling great, and yes, they’re feeling… Gassy? No, UCEY! But you think you’re getting in the Bloodline’s heads? Sami is the Master Strategist, AKA the Honorary Uce, AKA Sami Uso, AKA Ucey in the Sky with Diamonds! And you all think the Bloodline is worried? Sami doesn’t make a lot of guarantees, but he is putting his name on this one. As the Honorary Uce, Sami personally promises the Bloodline WILL win WarGames! And the Brutes look wound up. But Dunne doesn’t need to wait, he and Sami have a match in the SmackDown Cup!
So Sami is going to run through Dunne and give him a taste of what they can all expect next Saturday at Survivor Series! Wow, Sami, Sheamus is delighted to see he’s so confident. But when Sami finds out who the fifth man is, well… He’ll probably crap his bleedin’ pants. Because… It’s the last thing Sami’s gonna expect. Sami isn’t sure what to make of that, but will we all be in for a shock come Survivor Series?
SmackDown World Cup, Opening Round: Ricochet VS Mustafa Ali!
Speaking of that World Cup, the One and Only takes on The Beacon in what will surely be a fast and furious first round match! But who will be the one moving on to the next round?
SmackDown returns and Ali makes his entrance. Ali is worse for wear after a brutal match with the All Mighty, Bobby Lashley. But even with ribs taped, Ali wants to prove that if he can breathe and move, then he can fight! The bell rings and fans rally up as the two circle. They tie up, Ricochet waistlocks, then rolls Ali, ONE! Ali gets up but Ricochet trips him to a jackknife! ONE, Ali sunsets, ONE! Ricochet spins things around to a backslide, ONE! Ali waistlocks, Ricochet switches, O’Conner Rolls, TWO! Ali runs in but into a leg sweep! Cover, ONE! Ali scrambles to a corner and fans fire up as Ricochet waits on Ali.
Ricochet says they didn’t have to do this, and asks why Ali is doing this at all. Think of your future! Ali says he is, and he ties up with Ricochet. They break, tie up again, and Ricochet puts Ali in the corner. Ali turns it around, Ricochet turns it back, Ali switches again but Ricochet backs him into the corner. The ref counts, Ali hooks the leg but Ricochet throws an elbow. Ali CLOBBERS Ricochet from behind! Ali throws haymakers, he bumps Ricochet off buckles, then whips corner to corner. Ricochet staggers forward into a LARIAT! Cover, TWO! Ali is annoyed but he keeps on Ricochet in the corner with a CHOP!
Ali whips corner to corner, Ricochet puts Ali out on the apron and ROCKS him with a right! Ricochet climbs up, drags Ali up, but Ali throws haymakers! Fans rally and Ali climbs, but Ricochet throws body shots. They brawl up there, Ali CLUBS Ricochet, and then Ali adjusts to SUPER BACKSTABBER! Ricochet writhes and falls out of the ring but Ali writhes inside as SmackDown goes to break!
SmackDown returns again and Ali sits up for Ricochet to KICK down! Ricochet again asks Ali what’s the point of this, but Ali sits up so Ricochet KICKS him again! Ali sits up again, Ricochet KICKS him again. Ricochet drags Ali up to KICK and run, but Ali dodges and returns to tilt-o-whirl RANA! Ricochet flounders out of the ring but hurries back up, into a SHOTGUN! Ricochet hurries up again, Ali KICKS him back out! Ali grits his teeth as he takes aim, to PLANCHA! Direct hit but Ricochet rolls through to MICHINOKU DRIVER to the floor! Fans fire up while both men writhe at ringside at the ramp!
Ali crawls away, drags himself up with the barriers, but Ricochet goes to the ring. Ricochet doesn’t go in, he drags Ali up and puts him in first. Ricochet then climbs up the corner and takes aim, PHOENIX SPLASH FLOPS as Ali moves! KOJI KLUTCH!!! Ricochet flails, endures, moves around, reaches out with a leg, and gets the ROPEBREAK! Ali lets go in frustration, almost snatching that one away! Fans fire up, Ali drags Ricochet up and fireman’s carries, but the ribs hurt! Ricochet shoves Ali to a corner but Ali elbows him away! Ali goes up but Ricochet drags him off with a waistlock! Ali throws elbow after elbow but Ricochet SNAP DRAGON SUPLEXES!
Ali stands, into the DISCUS LARIAT!! Ricochet keeps moving, LIONSAULT! Cover, TWO!! Ali survives and shocks Ricochet! Ricochet wants the ref to check on Ali but Ali refuses to let this end that way. Ali stands up again, Ricochet runs in, but Ali dodges the knee! Wheelbarrow, VICTORY ROLL! TWO!!! Ricochet SOBATS hard, then he whips Ali to a corner. Ali reverses, Ricochet goes up and over but Ali goes up to TORNADO DDT! Ali hurries to the corner! Ali climbs but those ribs slow him down. Ricochet is still down, Ali 450 FLOPS!! Ricochet hurries to stand back up, and fans rally as Ricochet climbs again.
Ali slowly stands, Ricochet aims and SHOOTING STAR ATTTACKS!! Cover, Ricochet wins!
Winner: Ricochet, by pinfall (advances to the second round)
Another hard fought fight from Ali, but the damage done by Lashley was too much! But in the end, there is still respect between these two. Now, Ricochet goes up against the Monster of All Monsters, BRAUN STROWMAN! Will Ricochet survive his run in with the Strowman Express?
The Bloodline talks backstage.
Jey Uso asks Sami what he was doing out there, talking on behalf of the Bloodline. Jey knows Sami ain’t dumb enough to actually go and guarantee a W at WarGames! They don’t even know who the fifth member of Sheamus’ team is! Sami asks Jey back what he possibly did wrong this time! All Sami did was say they’re going to win! What’s wrong with that? Does Jey not believe they’ll win? No, Jey KNOWS they’re gonna win. Okay, then why is he upset? Because Sami is running his mouth! Sami says, “My dawg,” but then Jimmy speaks up. They need to be on the same page. Roman Reigns is on his way, they all need to calm down before he gets here. Take a chill pill.
Jey tells Sami to chill. Sami say she is chill! Jimmy suggests he just take a breath. Sami accepts that. Sami heads out, and Jimmy tells Jey not to worry about Sami. This is Bloodline business! They need to figure out who the fifth man is! Jey agrees. They’ll handle business. Sami returns and gives Jimmy the secret handshake, and says that thing they talked about earlier is handled. Sami will let Jimmy know more later. Sami heads out again, but just what is he talking about? And will Sami be able to handle Pete Dunne with Jey on his case?
Backstage interview with The New Day.
Kayla Braxton tells Xavier Woods & Kofi Kingston that she understands how much the longest tag team title reign record meant to them. How are they feeling? Woods says it’s not the best day. They know that when you want to become tag team champions, you have to win just one match. But in order to set such a record, you have to become champs and successfully defend those championships night after night for more than a year. So of course, they’re not in the best mood right now. Kofi says that losing the record was incredibly disappointing, more so because of how hard they worked.
But then Imperium walks in! Giovanni Vinci tells the New Day not to be so disappointed. They still have a record: the record of being the biggest bunch of clowns in WWE history. Ludwig Kaiser says the New Day is “exactly what is wrong with our beloved sport today. For the past eight years, you were making a mockery of it with your trombones and your dancing in the ring and all that nonsense. And of course now, it’s up to us to pick up the pieces of your work in order to restore the honor of that mat that is so sacred to us!” “Oh, he vants to westore ze honor~! He vants to shake ze hands!” “And grahb ze buttocks! UGH! YAH~!”
Gunther has Ludwig calm down and Kofi tells Woods, “You know who this dude looks like?” Who who who? That goofy guy from the Addams Family! LURCH! Yes, Gunther is Lurch! That has to be his uncle. But listen here, young bloods. Y’all don’t wanna settle this like gentlemen, so the New Day can find someone, and y’all can meet them in the ring. Gunther says, “Thank you for proving our point. We accept.” Imperium heads out, but will the New Day restore their honor by knocking down the naysayers?
Emma finds Mad Cap Moss at gorilla.
She says hey, and asks how Riddick’s doing. It’s been three weeks and he can still barely talk because of that damn Kross Jacket. Three weeks… But tonight is about revenge. It was humiliating! Emma stops him there. Tonight is a fresh start. She knows how good he is, and he’s way more athletic, so he should use his speed as his weapon. Then he can take the fight to him. Moss nods and heads out. Will the pep talk help Moss get even with Kross?
Mad Cap Moss VS Karrion Kross w/ Scarlett Bordeaux!
SmackDown returns and Kross makes his entrance. The bell rings and Moss KNEES Kross into the corner! Moss fires off fast hands and fans fire up! The ref backs Moss off but Moss jukes him to get after Kross again! The ref counts, Moss stomps but lets off, all fired up! Kross stands but Moss runs in, and Moss blocks a boot to throw a hand! Kross hits Moss back, facelocks, but Moss wrenches out to kick low! Moss suplexes Kross up and over! Moss hurries after Kross but Kross knees low! Kross whips Moss to ropes but Moss reverses and hurdles! And drops, to then CLOBBER Kross with an elbow!
Kross wobbles, Moss runs and clotheslines Kross out of the ring! Moss hurries out after Kross to RAM him into barriers! The fans rally as Moss puts Kross back in the ring. Moss swings but into the chicken wings! TIGER SUPLEX! Moss flounders but Kross stalks him to the corner. Kross stomps a mudhole into Moss, the ref counts, and Kross stops at 4. Kross snarls and puts Moss on the ropes, to CHOKE him! The ref counts, Moss sputters, and Kross argues with the ref so that Scarlett can SLAP Moss! The fans boo but Moss is pissed now! Moss stands up and he fires off forearms! Kross knees low again and whips.
Moss CLOBBERS Kross! And again! Moss ducks ‘n’ dodges and builds up speed to run Kross right over! Fans fire up with Moss as he runs corner to corner, and he RAMS into Kross! Moss keeps moving, he RAMS into Kross again! Scarlett is worried as Moss RMAS Kross a third time! Moss then scoops to FALL AWAY SLAM! Kross flounders out of the ring but Moss goes out the side! Scarlett stands in his way and Kross gets back in the ring. Moss goes around her, but into a BOOT from Kross! Kross then POSTS Moss, and Moss flops back into the ring. Kross shrugs, and he wraps on the SLEEPER!
Moss flails, he fights the jacket being locked on, and he RAMS Kross backwards into buckles! Kross holds on, Moss picks him up as a backpack! BACKPACK SENTON!! But Kross rises up! KROSSJACKET!!! “You remember this?! You remember this!?” Moss TAPS, Kross wins!
Winner: Karrion Kross, by submission
But Kross won’t let go! He’s repeating what he did just last month! Kross lets go, fans boo, but in the end, Moss lost just like before. Emma hurries out to check on Moss as Kross & Scarlett laugh on their way out. Will no one stop Kross from taking control of SmackDown?
Bray Wyatt is here!
Hartford fires up and the fireflies come out as Bray makes his way through the mysterious door. Bray then goes to the ring, and he blows his lantern out. “My name is Bray Wyatt.” Fans cheer and Bray chuckles. “Lately, I’ve started to realize that I have been conditioned my entire life to be a certain way. And when you’re conditioned to be a certain way for that long, you start to feel like changing is impossible. I was conditioned to be strong, I was conditioned to take. I was taught that fear is respect. Lately, I’ve started to look at the path I’ve left behind me. And when I look at it, it is covered in ashes and blood.
“And I start to think, ‘Why do I do the things that I do? And can I actually change?’ If I was LA Knight, I know exactly how I would handle this situation, and that makes me sad, man. But I wanted to come out here to do this, and I feel real strongly about it. I wanted to apologize to LA Knight for what I did to him.” Fans boo, they don’t think he has to. But Bray “had a moment of weakness. And I strayed from my path.” But wait! Here comes LA Knight! “Lemme talk to ya! For seven days, I’ve run it over and over again, the cheap shot heard ’round the world, your head connecting with my chin. And each time, it gets me a little bit hotter than the last.”
But now Bray’s out here, talking about apologizing. To be honest, LA Knight’s a little conflicted. Because Bray talked about fear and respect. LA Knight is looking at Bray now and… Fans start to boo as Knight says that there’s something that tells him that last week, the fact that Knight didn’t fear Bray garnered him some of Bray’s respect. Because thinking about it, the rarest commodity around here is respect. It’s more valuable than money and it’s something Knight’s always wanted. Bray says he “gets” Knight, and no one’s every really understood Knight. Knight isn’t sure, but as he steps in the ring with Bray, Knight isn’t sure what to make of the apology.
But looking at Bray here, maybe Bray does respect him. So for that, Knight SLAPS Bray, and then walks away! Now they’re even, apology accepted! Knight says he and Bray can go their separate ways. Fans boo even harder as Bray tries to contain his anger. “Alright. We’re even, right? Even. Look, man. There’s a lot I wanna do to you right now, but I’m not going to, okay? There are a lot of urges, my brother. But listen. The decision you’re about to make right now is going to change the rest of your life, you understand me? We’re even.” Bray offers a handshake. Knight asks if Bray means it and Bray nods. Knight hesitates, but he SLAPS Bray again!
Knight says that was a two-for-one special, because that’s how Knight does it! Knight has wanted to do that all week. But then UNCLE HOWDY appears on the tron!! Bray’s face also says it all. Will the Mega Star regret playing games with the Eater of Worlds?
The Usos find Kross and Scarlett backstage.
Jey asks Kross straight up if he’s the fifth man. Jimmy says, “Nah, that ain’t him, Uce.” Kross wants to explain something to them: he is not a follower. Well, then we won’t see him around when Sami takes on Dunne, right? And he won’t try and make a name for himself off The Bloodline, right? Right? Kross says when he comes for Roman’s titles, which he will, he’ll do it on his own time. And when he does, it won’t be part of a pack. It’ll be all on his own. Kross & Scarlett leave, and the Usos let him be. That’s one name off the list, but who else will the Usos ask?
Shotzi Blackheart VS Shayna Baszler w/ Ronda Rousey!
The Wild Child is the #1 contender and ready for war at Survivor Series, but it was the Queen of Spades who fired the first shot. Will Shayna soften Shotzi up for Ronda? Or will the Baddest Women in the WWE learn not to piss off a girl with a tank?
SmackDown returns and Shotzi makes her entrance. The tank fires its pyro and Shotzi hops into the ring. The bell rings and Shotzi is wary of Ronda on the apron. Shayna sucker punches Shotzi and sweeps the legs! Shayna rains down forearms, then smirks as she stalks Shotzi. She taunts Shotzi, brings her up, and clinches to throw a KNEE! Shayna CLUBS Shotzi down, talks trash, but Shotzi SLAPS Shayna and cradles! TWO! Shayna rushes in but Shotzi LARIATS first! Shotzi runs at the ropes but Ronda takes a swipe! The ref reprimands but Shayna CLUBS Shotzi! Shayna puts Shotzi in a corner to stomp a mudhole in!
The ref counts, Shayna lets off at 4, then she drags Shotzi up to snapmare and KICK! Cover, TWO! Shayna clamps on a top wristlock and Shotzi endures. Fans boo Shayna then rally up for Shotzi. Shotzi fights up, throws body shots and haymakers, but Shayna CLUBS her back down! Shayna stalks Shotzi, runs in, but Shotzi deflect the knee to KICK, KICK and ROLLING ELBOW! Shayna wobbles, the QUESTION MARK KICK hits its mark! Shayna bails out and Ronda is there! Fans boo but Shotzi hurries out. Shotzi gest in Ronda’s face, puts Shayna in the ring, but Ronda dares Shotzi to do something.
Shotzi gets on the apron, Shayna calls to the ref, but Ronda gets up on the apron. Ronda messes with Shotzi’s hair but Shotzi tells her to stay outta this. Shayna runs in but Shotzi dodges! Shotzi ENZIGURIS Shayna down! Cover, TWO! Ronda is annoyed now but Shotzi goes out to tell her, “Is this what you want?” But Shayna YANKS Shotzi back in! And then GERMAN SUPLEXES her! Shotzi flops and Shayna covers, TWO! Fans rally but Shayna sends Shotzi back out. Shayna tells Shotzi to go after Ronda. The ref reprimands Shayna and Ronda, Shayna goes out to stomp Shotzi and put her in the ring.
Shayna and Ronda high-five, but then Shotzi SHOTGUNS Shayna! And SPLASHES in the corner! Shotzi snapmares, runs, and SLING-DOGS! Fans fire up and Shayna is on the ropes, Shotzi hits the BALLPIT! Shotzi cravats, but Ronda gets on the apron again! Shayna POSTS Shotzi! Ronda talks trash while Shayna has Shotzi in a SLEEPER in the ropes! But wait! RAQUEL RODRIGUEZ appears! That startles Ronda as now Big Mami Cool is here to back up Shotzi! Shayna is upset that Raquel’s here, and she hurries to pick Shotzi up. Shayna isolates an arm, taunts Raquel, but Shotzi avoids the stomp! ROLL-UP, SHOTZI WINS!!
Winner: Shotzi Blackheart, by pinfall
And that’s what the bullies get! Shotzi & Raquel have the last laugh tonight, but what about the title match? Will Ronda need her sidekick to have a chance of surviving Survivor Series?
Backstage interview with LA Knight.
Megan Morant catches him on his way out of the arena to ask if he’s leaving because he’s afraid of Bray. Knight says, “Who’s afraid? Who just apologized to who out there?” Does Megan hang around work when she’s done working? No, probably not. So Knight’s done with these trash interviews. And that’s not an insult. That’s just a fact of life, YEAH! But when he opens the door, UNCLE HOWDY’S THERE!! Is this going to be Knight’s last night on SmackDown?
SmackDown returns and Knight’s been buried!
Referees and officials hurry to clear off chairs, tables, kegs, trash cans, and whatever else was backstage off of Knight! Did Bray give into those urges of violence and anger?
Six Man Tag: Imperium VS The New Day & ???
The Pride of Italy and the Impeccable German belittled the legacy of the ELEVEN-TIME W, W, E, World, Tag, Team, Champions~, and now Kofi & Woods vow to show them who the real jokes are around here! But who (who who who) is going to be the third man? BRAAAUN~! The Monster of All Monsters once again reinforces the New Day, will Imperium all #GetTheseHands?
And the brawl is on! Gunther is in shock seeing Braun while Kofi has Ludwig and Woods has Vinci! Those four go into the ring and Gunther backs up as Braun approaches. Kofi shoves Ludwig to then duck and clothesline Ludwig out! Vinci whips, Woods reverses, and Kofi clotheslines him out, too! Fans fire up as Kofi climbs, and Kofi SUPER TRUST FALLS, into the arms of Imperium! FACEBUSTER on the apron! But Woods builds speed, but Gunther CHOPS him down! Braun gets in now, and he turns Gunther around! The bell rings and the giants start this one! Fans fire up as the two circle, but Gunther bails out!
Gunther regroups with Imperium as fans boo and Braun shouts at them to come get some! Imperium talks strategy while SmackDown goes to break.
SmackDown returns and Vinci has Woods down with a chinlock. Fans rally up, Woods fights up and he JAWBREAKERS free! Vinci keeps Woods from his corner but Woods throws forearms! Woods reaches, throws forearms, but Vinci whips him and throws him down! Vinci taunts Kofi while fans boo, and Vinci tags Ludwig. They whip and SPINEBUSTER to PENALTY KICK! Ludwig then sucker punches Kofi! Ludwig stays clear of Braun while fans boo. Ludwig grins as he looms over Woods, then he whips Woods to the corner. Woods ROCKS Gunther! And ROCKS Vinci! And he ROCKS and CHOPS Ludwig on repeat!
Fans fire up as Woods DECKS Ludwig! Ludwig anchors a foot to keep Woods from Braun! Ludwig reels Woods in, but Woods lands out of the back suplex! Woods slides under, reaches, but Ludwig gets his foot again! Woods BOOTS Ludwig away, hot tags to the Monster and Vinci! Braun rallies on Vinci, DECKS Ludwig, scares off Gunther, then whips Vinci to ropes. Vinci kicks Braun, tags Gunther, then dodges Braun to springboard, only for Braun to CLOBBER him out of the air! But Gunther gets in to CHOP! Braun just snarls! Fans fire up and Gunther wants Braun to hold on. Braun chases Gunther around the ring!
Braun CLOBBERS Vinci, and he CLOBBERS Ludwig, still chasing Gunther! They get in the ring, Gunther runs but into a scoop! Gunther slips off, CHOPS, but Braun just winces! Gunther runs, into a SPINEBUSTER! Cover, TWO!! Braun is surprised, but he fires up and Hartford is with him! Braun reels Gunther in, but Gunther slips away to KICK the leg! Gunther tags Ludwig, but Kofi tags in! Kofi CROSSBODIES Ludwig! And KNEES Vinci away! Kofi spins, Ludwig ducks but Kofi BOOTS back! Woods tags in, Kofi scoops Ludwig! MIDNIGHT HOUR!! Cover, Braun scares Gunther, and Braun’s team wins!
Winners: The New Day & Braun Strowman, by pinfall
Hartford is fired up as Braun stands tall with Kofi & Woods! Will ya bois find their way back to the top of the tag team mountain? And will this mountainous monster manhandle everyone in the SmackDown World Cup to have an Intercontinental Championship opportunity?
Braun returns backstage and Kayla is there to interview him.
She congratulates Braun on that win in the tag match, he certainly sent a strong message to Gunther. Braun says that’s right! “You never take your eyes off the Monster of All Monsters, and I’m looking forward to winning this World Cup tournament and taking that Intercontinental Championship off Gunther’s hands.” But Ricochet walks in to say, “Whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa! Listen, Braun, I know you’re not one for big thinking, you’re looking way too far into the future. Because if you keep looking past these, uh, ‘flippy flippers,’ your words, not mine… It might come back to bite you.”
Ricochet leaves Braun to think that one over. Will the monster double down on what he said? Or will speed beat strength to move on to the finals?
BIG matches for next week!
On the eve of Survivor Series, we will see some rather high stakes tag team matches! After Raquel backed Shotzi up against Shayna & Ronda, we see The Ballsy & The Badass team up against the Baddest Women! Will Ricky Desperado help Shotzi #TakeCareofBidness before going after Ronda? Or will Shayna & Ronda both make someone #TapNapOrSnap?
And while the fifth man has yet to be revealed, the advantage in the Men’s WarGames will be on the line! It will be McIntyre & Sheamus VS The Usos!! Can the Celtic Connection conquer the Undisputed Tag Team Champions to go man-up in the sinister steel? Or will the Usos be the ones to get it #OneAndDone for the Bloodline?
SmackDown World Cup, Opening Round: Pete Dunne VS Sami Zayn!
Butch has the Brutes backing him up as we close out this first round of the Cup! And surely, the Honorary Uce will have the Bloodline watching his back. Who fires the first shot towards WarGames with this golden opportunity on the line?
SmackDown returns and Sami makes his entrance, and yes, he has Solo Sikoa & The Usos with him. The bell rings and the two tie up. Dunne powers Sami to a corner but Sami turns Dunne around. Dunne dodgse the sucker punch to wrangle Sami with an arm! Dunen bends the fingers and Sami endures! Dunne isolates the arm, to STOMP the arm! Dunne then steps over, and hits the La Magistrol! TWO, but Dunne is right after Sami with another wrench. Dunen whips and CLOBBERS Sami, then he covers, TWO! Sami gets up and kicks Dunne low. Sami headlocks but Dunne powers out. Things speed up, Dunne hurdles, but into a POWERBOMB! Cover, TWO!
The Usos say that was pretty good, and Sami rains down fists on Dunne. Sami glares at Ridge and then drags Dunne back up. Sami throws Dunne out, and the ref tells the Bloodline to back off. The Bloodline eggs on the Brutes, and so does Sami. Sami goes out to fetch Dunne and puts him in the ring. Sami hurries in but Dunne goes up to TORNADO DDT! Cover, TWO! Sami is still in this and the Usos coach him up. Dunne runs in to GAMANGIRI! Sami goes down, Dunne goes up, but Sami anchors Dunne! Dunne pulls Sami’s fingers! So Sami SHOVES Dunne down! Dunne his LED barriers and the Bloodline fires up as SmackDown goes to break!
SmackDown returns again and Dunne has Sami up top. Sami resists so Dunne bends the fingers! Sami throws body shots, then a HEADBUTT! Dunne falls from the corner, Sami stands up top, and Sami leaps, into a BIG forearm! Cover, TWO!! Sami survives and Sheamus can’t believe it! Sheamus and his team rally up and so do the fans. Dunne shouts out Sheamus by beating his chest while aiming from the corner. Jey gets up but Dunne DECKS him! But Sami rolls Dunne up! TWO!! Dunne ENZIGURIS Sami back down! But Jimmy distracts now and Jey ENZIGURIS Dunne!! The Brutes protest but Sami hits BLUE THUNDER! Cover, TWO!!
Fans are torn, the Brutes rush the Bloodline and the brawl is on! McIntyre is after Solo, payback from Clash at the Castle! Ridge has Jimmy, Sheamus has Jey, and Sami is shocked! McIntyre and Solo spill over the desk! The Usos mug Sheamus and SMACK him off the desk! Dunne goes to the apron, but Sami grabs at him! But Dunne bends Sami’s fingers! And SNAPS them! Sami falls back, the Usos SUPERKICK Ridge, but then Dunne ASAI MOONSAULTS the Usos down! Dunne hurries back into the ring, he runs corner to corner, but Sami catches him! EXPLODER into buckles! Sami goes to the far side while Sheamus brawls with Jey!
Jey scurries into the ring, and he’s in Sami’s way! Sheamus drags Jey back out to TOSS into barriers! Dunne pump handles Sami! BITTER END!! Cover, Dunne wins!!
Winner: Pete Dunne, by pinfall (advances to the second round)
But before Dunne can celebrate, Solo CLOBBERS him! Solo scoops Dunne for the SPINNING SOLO! But Solo turns around into haymakers from Drew! Fans fire up as the brawl continues in the ring! Ridge TOSSES Jimmy, Solo fires hands on Drew, but Drew turns it around! Ridge and Jimmy brawl, but here comes ROMAN! The Tribal Chief has arrived, but McIntyre still beats down Solo! Roman SUPERMAN PUNCHES Ridge! And SPEARS Dunne! McIntyre stares Roman down and fans are thunderous! Roman gets in the ring, but Solo whips Drew! Drew reverses to toss Solo, but Roman SPEARS McIntyre!
Roman looks at the downed Honorary Uce, but then he looks at Sheamus as he steps in! The Fella brings the straps down and circles with Roman. Fans fire up and the brawl is on! They throw big haymakers back and forth, then Sheamus gets the edge! But Sami CLOBBERS Sheamus! Sheamus knocks Sami back down, but the SUPERMAN PUNCH hits Sheamus! Roman is all fired up, and fans are torn as Roman aims from the corner. But wait!! KEVIN OWENS is here?!? The Prizefighter knows WarGames, he knows Roman, and he knows Sami! This is just what Sheamus meant by the shocking fifth man!
Kevin SUPERKICKS Jimmy! He SUPERKICKS Jey! And now he has Roman all to himself! Fans fire up again as Kevin gets in the ring with Roman! Hartford is losing their minds over this one! And then the brawl is on!! Kevin gets the edge with haymaker after haymaker, and then he stomps a mudhole into the Head of the Table! Sami gets in, and now he has to choose: Tribal Chief, or best frenemy. Fans are losing their minds all over again, and they chant, “UCEY! UCEY!” But a SUPERMAN PUNCH takes Kevin down! Kevin flounders, but Ridge drags Sami out! Sami RAMS Ridge into barriers!
Roman lets out the battle cry, he runs at Kevin, but into a kick! AND STUNNER!! The Prizefighter just took the fight to the Bloodline, and his side is the one standing in the ring! Will the Bloodline survive Survivor Series with these five coming for them?
This was an awesome episode of SmackDown, and it really got things going for Survivor Series! For one, great promo from The Brawling Brutes and McIntyre to basically let bygones be bygones and give us the Celtic Connection once again. Sami also steps in it responding to them, and I just had this great feeling that Kevin Owens would be the fifth man because of all the continuity between him, Sami and Roman. This is going to be a great way to segue things back to Kevin & Sami reuniting to then take the Undisputed Tag Titles off the Usos.
And we got a great main event out of Dunne VS Sami, with everyone else around, of course. I’m a little surprised Dunne is advancing over Sami, but it still works in story that Sami can pivot to the tag titles with Kevin while we have the potential for Dunne VS Gunther for another title. I don’t know if that match is happening, but it’s great that they’re at least teasing it. The brawl to end the show and bring Kevin out was great stuff, felt almost go-home-esque, but we’ve got next week and the WarGames Advantage match to get to. That match can go either way, but it’ll be a lot of fun, and a great sampler of what we’ll see in the WarGames match itself.
Kross VS Moss II was a good rematch, but I figured Kross was going to win. Emma getting involved right away with Moss’ story is a nice way to get them both going again, but it’s really surprising that we could get Kross & Scarlett VS Moss & Emma before we get Miz & Maryse VS Dexter Lumis & Indi Hartwell. The Usos questioning Kross didn’t make much sense when we all know Kross hates McIntyre. But it was a good chance for Kross to make it clear he still wants the top titles. Maybe Kross will be more direct with Roman after or even during Survivor Series, unless we’re getting Sheamus VS Roman. We did get a nice tease of that during the brawl.
Great stuff out of the rest of the SmackDown World Cup. Ricochet VS Ali was a great match that did a great job tying in Ali’s story from Raw, but it also gave Ricochet some edge that he’s needed. Ricochet also does a great job using Braun’s Crown Jewel tweet to get at him. Big hoss VS high-flyer, tale as old as time in pro-wrestling, but after Braun got involved with the Six Man Tag, I feel like Braun is winning his way to the finals. Braun put the fear of God into Gunther, and that would be a great fight on par with Gunther VS Sheamus from Clash at the Castle. At the same time, I’m thinking Gunther finds a way to win, since he has Imperium watching his back to cheat for him.
But did you know that the SmackDown World Cup on Fox is on Fox? I would’ve never known what channel I was watching if they didn’t say it as part of the introductions AND on commentary! C’MON, WWE. I know this is Fox corporate pushing for a tie-in with actual sports, but we don’t need to be told like we’re four years old. That is something that WWE needs to stop, especially now that we’re in the HHH Era.
But what was great was seeing Bray and Knight interact tonight. Bray’s story has a bit in common when Kevin was on that “And that’s no lie” angle where he was a Heel trying to go Face. But with Bray, there’s this compulsion represented by Uncle Howdy, and Knight is the one pushing his buttons because he couldn’t just accept a handshake and an apology and instead escalated things with two cheap shot slaps. Of course, he was literally buried in the backstage area, and I’m very intrigued in where we go from here. Knight might accuse Bray of doing it, but it’ll likely be Bray’s newest alter ego(s) who did it, and that’ll push things ever closer to Bray literally fighting Uncle Howdy in a new cinematic match. After all, this year WrestleMania Goes Hollywood.
My Score: 8.8/10
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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