Who will have the advantage going into WarGames?
Drew McIntyre & Sheamus team up on SmackDown to fight for WarGames advantage! But will The Usos handle Bloodline business before Survivor Series?
- SmackDown World Cup: Pete Dunne w/ The Brawling Brutes VS Santos Escobar w/ Legado del Fantasma; Escobar wins and advances to the finals.
- Hit Row w/ B-Fab VS The Viking Raiders w/ Sarah Logan; The Viking Raiders win.
- SmackDown World Cup: Braun Strowman VS Ricochet; Ricochet wins and advances to the finals.
- Shotzi Blackheart & Raquel Rodriguez VS Ronda Rousey & Shayna Baszler; Ronda & Shayna win.
- Men’s WarGames Advantage: Drew McIntyre & Sheamus VS The Usos; McIntyre & Sheamus win and their team has the numbers advantage at WarGames.
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Team Damage Control is in the ring!
Bayley stands with Dakota Kai, Iyo Sky, Nikki Cross and Rhea Ripley with a mic. Bayley says, “Alright, Bianca. It’s bad enough that you had to drag us out on Thanksgiving night to be here, especially in disgusting, ugly Providence, so we’re on MY time now! And let’s get this over with. Get out here, because tomorrow night, we’re going to war.” And so here comes Team EST! Bianca Belair leads Mia Yim, Alexa Bliss & Asuka out and Providence fires up. Bianca has a mic to say, “Well, there is five of y’all. And four of us. But like I said before, we weren’t coming here tonight alone.” It’s BECKY LYNCH!
Fans fire up as The Man strolls out on stage! Becky joins Team EST in rushing the ring! The brawl is on! Becky has Bayley, Bianca is after Dakota, Mia is after Rhea, Alexa is after Nikki and Asuka is after Iyo! Things spill out of the ring, but Becky keeps Bayley in. They go forearm for forearm, Becky gets the edge and SOBATS to an UPPERCUT! Fans fire up for the BECKSPLODER! Bayley bails out and Becky is all fired up! But then Rhea gets up and stares The Man down. Becky welcomes Rhea to try something, and she even says the team will stand down. But DMG CTRL convinces Rhea to stand down and save it for Saturday.
Fans boo but there’s just 24 hours left before WARGAMES! Will the RawEST team keep DMG CTRL from taking control?
SmackDown World Cup: Pete Dunne w/ The Brawling Brutes VS Santos Escobar w/ Legado del Fantasma
The Bruiserweight and the Emperor of Lucha meet in a high stakes showdown! Who will be the first to reach the inaugural SmackDown World Cup finals?
SmackDown returns and Escobar makes his entrance, LDF by his side. The bell rings and fans fire up as the two tie up. Escobar puts Dunne on ropes but the ref counts. They both let off, and Escobar backs off with a grin. Escobar uses ropes as a defense and the ref has Dunne stay back. Escobar comes back and he sucker punches Dunne! Escobar stomps Dunne, drags him up, and headlocks to a takeover. Dunne kicks around and fans rally. Dunne manages to get Escobar’s arm, and he bends the fingers! Dunne isolates the arm to STOMP it! Escobar scrambles away to a corner but Dunne is right on him again.
Dunne wrenches but Escobar powers out to DROPKICK! Cover, TWO! Escobar clamps onto the arm, grinds Dunne down and smothers him into the mat. Fans rally up and Dunne fights up. Escobar throws Dunne down by his hair! Dunne fights up again, Escobar headlocks but Dunne powers out. Things speed up, Dunne hurdles and drops to CLOBBER Escobar! Escobar bails out to rest against the desk. Dunne goes out to CHOP Escobar! Dunne puts Escobar in, wrenches and whips, but Escobar reverses. Dunne goes up but Escobar SHOVES him down! Dunne tumbles off apron and steel steps and Vega is happy as SmackDown goes to break.
SmackDown returns again and Dunne has Escobar in a wristlock. Dunne throws a forearm, Escobar throws one back, and they go back and forth! Fans rally as they go faster and faster! Dunne ROCKS Escobar to a corner, then runs in to GAMANGIRI! Escobar falls and Vega is frustrated, Dunne drops knees on the bad arm! Dunne then shoves Escobar to ropes for a SNAP GERMAN! Dunne STOMPS the hands, then BUZZSAWS Escobar back down! Vega is still confident Escobar will win this match, the cup, and the Intercontinental Championship. But Escobar goes out, Dunne goes to the apron, MOONSUALT!
But Escobar moved! Only Cruz Del Toro & Joaquin Wilde took the hit! Escobar DIVES from the ring! Dunne hits the desk! Escobar drags Dunne up and in, Dunne goes to a corner. Escobar runs in to DOUBLE KNEE! Escobar puts Dunne up top to GAMANGIRI! Escobar climbs up after Dunne, but Dunne CHOPS him! Escobar drops to the apron and Dunne adjusts. But Escobar climbs back up after him! Dunne CLUBS Escobar, stands him up, and BENDS fingers! Dunne SNAPS the fingers and Escobar falls to the floor! Dunne adjusts again, the Brutes and LDF shout at each other. Dunne ARIHARA MOONSAULTS to take Cruz & Wilde down again!
Dunne POSTS Escobar, gets in the ring and TORNADO DDTs! Cover, TWO!! Vega breathes easier, but wait! Drew McIntyre & Kevin Owens are brawling with the Bloodline! The Usos want to have an advantage before the WarGames Advantage match later tonight!! Sheamus & Ridge rush to the back! Dunne hurries but Escobar dodges! Dunne dodges, DOUBLE LARIATS take both men down! Escobar crawls to a cover, TWO!! Dunne and Escobar are still down, security and refs rush in to stop The Usos & Solo, but then Sheamus & Ridge get in there! The tide turns now that the Bloodline is outnumbered!
Dunne and Escobar rise, Dunne wrangles Escobar but Vega distracts the ref! Wilde drags Dunne over for Cruz to GAMANGIRI! Wilde GAMANGIRIS, too! Escobar hits the PHANTOM DRIVER! Cover, Escobar wins!
Winner: Santos Escobar, by pinfall (advances to the finals)
Vega is all smiles now since she helped the Emperor steal this victory! But who will meet him in the finals? We find out when the One and Only takes on the Monster of All Monsters!
Bray Wyatt is here!
The door is on stage and the light is seeping through. Providence fires up, but we get a glimpse of Uncle Howdy. What will Bray have to say about what happened to LA Knight last week? We find out, after the break.
SmackDown returns and Bray makes his entrance. The fireflies are out as he walks to the ring with his lantern and fans are fired up all over again. Bray turns off the lantern and the spotlight is on him. “My name is Bray Wyatt.” Fans cheer for him and he says he likes that! He likes to think that he has a good grip of what people think about him. He knows they’ll stare or whisper about him. He never minds it, it never bothered him before. “But I pretend like I don’t hear and see those things, but I understand. I have a pulse of what people think I am. See, that’s the thing. My entire life, I’ve been looked at like I’m a rabid animal, but I am not.
“And I know what most people want to see out of me. I know that people really just wanna see the monster. People just wanna see The Fiend. And that’s it, right? You wanna see the monster, right?” Fans are torn on that, but Bray keeps saying, “You wanna see the show, right? So come one, come all! Come see the human tornado destroy himself and everything around him! And that’s all good and fine, but that’s not the man that I want to be anymore.” Fans are again torn on that. “Believe me, it’s very hard for me to explain the burdens that I’ve had to go through, man.”
Bray is a bit emotional as he says, “I know that what I’ve given to you, violence, is the only language I’ve shown you I can speak. So I have to be truthful. I am not the one who attacked LA Knight.” Fans are again torn there. But then Uncle Howdy speaks from the tron! “The world is built on lies. Everyone lies. He lies. He lies! Don’t you see what he’s doing? Open your eyes. Open your eyes. He can make you believe anything. He’ll give you purpose. He can make you feel wanted, but it’s just a lie. You should be careful. He’ll make fools of us all if you listen to him. Never forget: the snake in a cage is still just a snake. Wake up.” Did Uncle Howdy… shed a tear?
And LA Knight saw all that, too.
Megan Morant walks over to ask him his thoughts on what we saw, but he says, “If you ain’t talking about me, then you ain’t talking. So lemme talk to ya! How as your Thanksgiving? Did you enjoy it?” Y-Yes. “Oh, good for you~! Cuz I didn’t get to. Cuz seven days ago, as I’m leaving the arena, just minding my own business, next thing I know, I end up getting pulled out from under a pile of Bray.” What? “A pile of trash!” But he said- YES! You get it now, right? “And now that human trash bag gets to stand out there and vomit his lies to the world, and not a single consequence. Isn’t that pretty?
“Well it took everything in me to hobble out here, and if not for this sling and if not for these crutches, the consequences would be severe. I would look him in the eyes and I would say, ‘Whose game is it?’ And he would shiver and quiver in fear and he’d say, ‘It’s LA Knight’s game.’ And I would proceed to kick his keister in, in front of everybody! And that’s not an insult, that is just a fact of life. YEAH.” Knight limps away, but Howdy glitches the screen again. Will Knight stop running his mouth until he’s safely away?
Hit Row w/ B-Fab VS The Viking Raiders w/ Sarah Logan!
Just as Top Dolla & Ashante THEE Adonis were going to settle things with Maximum Male Models, Erik & Ivar returned from the wilderness to lay waste to them all! Will the Vikings wish they’d sailed away? Or is the raid here to stay?
SmackDown returns as the Viking Raiders make their entrance. “Valhalla is here.” That is to say, Sarah Logan is Valhalla incarnate. The teams sort out and Ivar starts against Adonis. They tie up, Adonis fires off hands and kicks to back Ivar to ropes! The ref counts, Adonis whips but Ivar reverses. Adonis DROPKICKS but Ivar stays up to CLOBBER Adonis! Ivar kicks and stomps Adonis, put shim in the corner and tags in Erik. The Vikings mug Adonis with big haymakers from all sides! Erik roars but Adonis throws body shots. Erik ROCKS him back, whips him and CLOBBERS him! Erik looms over Adonis while he glares at Dolla.
Erik dares Adonis to get up, and Adonis throws more body shots, but Erik DECKS him! Tag to Ivar, Erik feeds Adonis to a KNEE! Ivar feeds Adonis to another KNEE! The Vikings corner Adonis, Erik tags in, and he suplexes Adonis., Adonis sips out and hot tags Dolla! Dolla CLOBBERS Erik, CLOBBERS Ivar, fires off on Erik, then kicks low! Dolla runs to BOOT Erik down! Fans fire up with Dolla and he says, “Who hotta than Top Dolla? Not nada!” Tag to Adonis, but Ivar CLOBBERS Dolla outta the ring! Adonis ROCKS Ivar, goes up top and LEAPS, but Ivar gets under! Adonis’ leg jams, Ivar LEG LARIATS Adonis down!
Tag to Erik, he KNEES Dolla off the apron! The Vikings combine for the RAGNAROK BOMB! Cover, the Viking Raiders win!
Winners: The Viking Raiders, by pinfall
B-Fab cannot believe the dominance of Erik & Ivar! Valhalla stands with the victorious Viking Raiders, will they bring destruction to all those in their way?
SmackDown shares what happened at the Mysterio household on Thanksgiving.
Dominik & Rhea surprised Rey by showing up to the family dinner, but Rey already didn’t trust it. Dom said they’re just here to eat, but Rey says this isn’t the time to play around. Dom says it’s the holidays! Is Rey serious? But then Rhea kicks the door in and Rey falls over! Dom rains down fists on Rey right in front of the dining room! Dom and Rhea then look at a framed picture of Dom holding Rey up on his shoulders when Rey won the United States Championship last year. They mock it, then BREAK it! Then Rhea holds Rey down for Dominik to get a broom to SMACK the broken ankle!
Rhea mockingly said, “Happy Thanksgiving, Rey.” And Dom sarcastically said, “I think the family likes you, Mami.” The Judgment Day’s Bonnie & Clyde left Rey writhing on the ground, will someone make sure they get coal for Christmas?
SmackDown returns and LA Knight’s been attacked again!
He’s stuck between road case and garage door, and no one can move it! The staff shout for help, but was this (not) Bray Wyatt’s doing?
SmackDown World Cup: Braun Strowman VS Ricochet!
Escobar awaits the winner of this match, representing Mexico. Either way, an American will face the Emperor of Lucha, so will it be an All-American Monster of All Monsters or the One and Only that fights for the cup?
SmackDown returns as “BRAAAUN~!” makes his entrance. The bell rings and the two circle. They tie up and Braun SHOVES Ricochet to a corner! Ricochet is a bit frazzled, but he gets in Braun’s face. Braun just pats him on the head. Ricochet SLAPS Braun! Braun RAMS Ricochet into a corner and shouts at him, “Who do you think you are?!” The ref counts, Braun lets off, but Ricochet dodges him. Ricochet springboards, but gets caught! Braun brings Ricochet up but Ricochet slips free to KICK at the legs! Ricochet dodges a haymaker to kick but that gets blocked! Braun wags his finger, flips Ricochet but he lands on his feet!
Ricochet dodges, DROPKICKS, then DROPKICKS again! Braun staggers, runs in but Ricochet dumps him out! Ricochet goes to the apron but so does Braun. Ricochet BOOTS Braun, then FLYING DROPKICKS! Braun almost hits a cameraman as he staggers into barriers! Fans fire up, so does Ricochet, but Braun POUNCES Ricochet over the desk! Braun rips off his shirt and throws it away to the fans. Braun drags Ricochet to the ring by an arm, but the ring count is 6 of 10. Braun puts Ricochet in, then storms up to drop a BIG elbow! Cover, TWO! Braun snarls as he watches Ricochet flounder to ropes.
Braun puts Ricochet in a corner, whips him corner to corner hard, and Ricochet falls back from hitting the buckles. Braun drags Ricochet up, whips him to the other corner and SPLASHES! Then TOSSES him across the way! Fans fire up for Braun as he drags Ricochet back up. Braun raises his massive hand, but here comes Gunther! Braun shouts at the Ring General for showing up uninvited, and then dares him to do something. But Giovanni Vinci and Ludwig Kaiser appear from the crowd side! They each distract Braun but then slither away before Braun can get them. Ricochet jumps up for a CRUCIFIX TAKEDOWN! RICOCHET WINS!!
Winner: Ricochet, by pinfall (advances to the finals)
Imperium just screwed Braun! And then they get in the ring to surround Braun! Braun glares at Ludwig but Gunther BOOTS him down! Imperium mugs Braun and Ricochet watches from the ramp. Ricochet is torn, but he can’t help himself! He runs in to fight off Imperium! But he gets mugged, too! The Austrian, German and Italian beat up the Americans and fans boo! Imperium stands Ricochet up for Gunther to CHOP him down! Then they go to Braun, but Braun CHOPS Ludiwg and DECKS VInci! Gunther takes a tactical retreat but he just eliminated his biggest threat. Braun then looks to Ricochet as he sits in the corner.
Braun looks down at him but fans chant “USA! USA!” The Americans make peace with a handshake! Braun tells Ricochet to get the cup and beat Gunther’s ass! Will Ricochet make America proud and take the trophy and the title?
Sami Zayn walks the halls.
The Honorary Uce is about to enter the Bloodline locker room when Kevin Owens walks over! Sami asks, “What’re you doing? You gotta go! You cannot be here, they’re all in there.” Oh are they? Sami tells Kevin no, he’s not going in there! Okay, but just listen to Kevin. Sami, what happens when you do something or say something that pisses one of them off? It could be Roman, it could be Jey! Sami doesn’t wanna hear this but Kevin wants him to really think about it. Sami’s doing great right now, but how many times in the last 20 YEARS has Kevin had to bail Sami out because he said something or did something to piss the wrong person off, even if it was just by accident?
So what does Sami think will happen when that happens now? What does Sami think Roman will do? We all saw what Roman did to his own cousins when they pissed him off. So what’ll happen to Sami? Just think on that. Oh, and if Kevin were Sami, he just wouldn’t wait for them to turn on him. He’d strike first. Jey is eavesdropping and heard everything!! And as Sami opens the door, Jey makes it look like he was just walking over! Sami is nervous now but Jey asks where Sami was. They could’ve used him earlier when they jumped Drew. Sami texted Jimmy, eh was running late. Oh yeah? So did he talk to anyone sense he’s been here?
No… So he hasn’t talked to anyone? No! He just got here! But he’s talking to Jey now. Well alright. That’s fine. Sami heads into the locker room, but Jey has some blackmail material now. Will he do something with it? Or will he let Sami dig his own grave?
Backstage interview with Becky Lynch.
Kayla Braxton wants to ask her before she goes, how is she feeling having her first match back at WarGames? Well, her shoulder is still banged up after Damage Control took her out, but that was four months ago, with Becky doing nothing but thinking about how she could destroy them, how she could dismantle them, how she could tear them limb from limb and make them question their very existences in Becky’s business. So no better time than tomorrow. Everyone’s tough until The Man comes around, and no one goes to war until The Man comes around! Will Becky make Survivor Series big time in Boston?
Backstage interview with Shotzi Blackheart & Raquel Rodriguez.
Megan says we’re all looking forward to Survivor Series: WarGames tomorrow night, where Shotzi has her shot at the SmackDown Women’s Championship. But speaking of, RONDA attacks, sending Shotzi into road cases! Shayna hits Raquel, she and Ronda mug Big Mami Cool and shove her into doors! They stomp away on her, then open a road case! They bring Raquel over, put her arm in, and SLAM the case shut on it!! The Baddest Women on the Planet hurry off before refs rush in! Their tag match is next, will Raquel & Shotzi be in any shape to fight now?
Shotzi Blackheart & Raquel Rodriguez VS Ronda Rousey & Shayna Baszler!
After that vicious backstage attack, the SmackDown Women’s Champion and Queen of Spades just sent Raquel to the hospital! Ronda gets the mic to say, “Well, we’re here.” Shayna says, “Yeah, we’re the ones that’re here.” Ronda says there probably isn’t going to be a match tonight, and Shayna says, “Accidents happen.” Ronda says sometimes accidents are on purpose. But Raquel can enjoy some wings now. Get it? Cuz Thanksgiving. But Shotzi can do herself a favor and just stay at the kiddie table. She is NOT ready. Enjoy the sparking cider.
But Shotzi still makes her entrance?! Is Shotzi going to be fighting two ruthless women all on her own?! SHE IS! Will the wild child regret being this gutsy this close to a title match?
The bell rings and Shotzi starts against Ronda. Shotzi dodges Ronda to CLOBBER Shayna, then she dodges again to run in and SPLASH! Shotzi fires off but Ronda kicks her away. Tag to Shayna, she whips Shotzi but Shotzi dodges Ronda to ROLLING ELBOW! Shotzi ROCKS and CLUBS Shayna, then puts them both on ropes! Welcome to the BALL PIT! Ronda takes the hit but Shayna dodges to KNEE Shotzi down! Cover, TWO! Shayna drags Shotzi up, has a double wristlock and she drags Shotzi over. Tag to Ronda, Ronda runs in to SHINING WIZARD! Shayna tags back in, Ronda holds onto Shotzi for a HANGING ARMBAR!
The ref counts, Ronda lets go, and Shayna hits a double wristlock takeover! Shayna twists the wrist, bends the elbow, and holds on tight as Shotzi fights around. Fans rally, Shayna drags Shotzi around, and Shayna CLUBS Shotzi down! Shayna rains down forearms to the back of Shotzi’s head, but RAQUEL IS STILL HERE?! Ricky Desperado is storming out here with one good arm! Shayna taunts Raquel, but Shotzi rolls Shayna into buckles! Hot tag to Raquel! Raquel uses the good arm to throw Shayna down, then ROCK Ronda! Raquel CLUBS Shayna, BOOTS her, then DECKS Ronda! Shayna gets the bad arm!!
Raquel endures enough to scoop with the good arm! But Shayna slips free! Tag to Ronda, Raquel grabs Shayna! But Shayna fights the choke slam and Ronda WRINGS the bad arm! Shayna isolates and STOMPS the bad arm!! Ronda taunts Raquel as she pulls on the bad arm, and she taunts the fans. Shayna intercepts Shotzi on the outside and Ronda puts on the ARMBAR!!! Raquel tapes, Ronda & Shayna win!
Winners: Ronda Rousey & Shayna Baszler, by submission
But Ronda doesn’t let go until she’s satisfied! Shotzi crawls in to check on Raquel. Did the Baddest Women on the Planet just sideline Raquel until the New Year? What chance does Shotzi have going against a Rowdy and remorseless Ronda Rousey?
BREAKING NEWS for SmackDown!
Next week, SmackDown will be live on FS1, so make sure to adjust your DVRs accordingly! But will Ricochet or Escobar be the one to win the SmackDown World Cup?
Kayla Braxton is by the trainer’s room.
We await a medical update, and Shotzi barges out. How is Raquel? Obviously, her arm was broken before the match, and now the elbow is dislocated. Shotzi knew Ronda & Shayna were bullies, so she was ready to come at them alone. This isn’t the first time she’s been bullied, but it is the first time someone’s had her back. Raquel stuck up for Shotzi when she needed someone the most. Shotzi won’t forget that. Now, it’s personal! “Shayna, you’re gonna have a front row sweat when I tear Ronda apart. And Ronda, I’m gonna shock the world when I beat you senseless!” The Wild Child is only revving up, will she tank care of business against the Baddest Woman on the Planet?
Men’s WarGames Advantage: Drew McIntyre & Sheamus VS The Usos!
The Bloodline already tried to win this fight at the start of the night, but now it’ll be a head-on battle in the ring! And to make sure the Bloodline can’t use numbers, Kevin Owens and the Brutes head out to the ring with the Scottish & Celtic Warriors! Will McIntyre & Sheamus be the fellas that get it done? Or will they be the twos while Jimmy & Jey are the ones that take the advantage?
The teams sort out and Jimmy starts with Sheamus. They circle, tie up, and Sheamus hits a headlock takeover. Jimmy fights up fast but Sheamus hits another takeover! Jimmy fights up again, puts Sheamus on ropes and RAMS into him! The ref counts, Jimmy whips but Sheamus reverses. Jimmy blocks the hip toss but so does Sheamus, and Sheamus CLOBBERS Jimmy! Tag to McIntyre, they double whip Jimmy to double ELBOW! McIntyre covers, ONE! McIntyre ROCKS Jimmy, CHOPS him in the Celtic corner, and McIntyre tags Sheamus. They double whip again to double HIP TOSS! Jey runs in but Sheamus dodges, McIntyre ROCKS Jey!
Sheamus & McIntyre clothesline Jey up and out! Fans fire up but Sami is furious. The Brutes stare down with Sami and Solo, and then Sheamus & McIntyre go out to join them. The factions are all fired up but the ref keeps the peace as SmackDown goes to break.
SmackDown returns and Sheamus fires off hands on Jimmy. Jimmy headlocks, Sheamus powers out but Jey tags in as Jimmy reverses. Sheamus comes back, Jimmy dodges and Jey dumps Sheamus out! Sami laughs but hurries away as Dunne & Ridge storm over. Jey AX HANDLES Sheamus down! Sami talks trash and taunts Sheamus but Jey has him back up. Kevin is already saying this is what he was telling Sami. Jey drags Sheamus up, puts him in the ring, and ROCKS Sheamus to the corner. Jey fires off haymakers, the ref backs him off, but Jimmy CHOKES Sheamus! Fans boo but Jimmy gets away with it.
Kevin tells Sami that Solo will turn on Sami, too, but Sami tells Kevin to just go to his corner. Jimmy tags in, he and Jey mug Sheamus. They trip Sheamus to split the wishbone! Jimmy paces around, drags Sheamus up, but Sheamus throws haymakers! Fans fire up but Jimmy HEADBUTTS! Jimmy runs but into a scoop and POWERSLAM! Fans fire up as Jimmy and Sheamus crawl to their corners! Hot tags to Jey and Drew! McIntyre rallies on Jey with big clotheslines, then he whips Jimmy to ropes for an ELBOW! Jey runs in, he gets a NECKBREAKER! Jimmy swings on McIntyre but McIntyre dodges, only for Jimmy to deny the neckbreaker!
Jimmy kicks, McIntyre blocks but the DRAGON WHIP hits! Jimmy fireman’s carries but McIntyre slips off and shoves Jimmy. Jimmy ELBOWS from the corner, but he runs into a SPINEBUSTER! Jackknife bridge, TWO! Sami is a bit worried but he coaches Jimmy up. McIntyre drags Jimmy up while Kevin talks to Sami. Jimmy swings but into the NECKBREAKER! McIntyre kips up and fans fire up! McIntyre glares at Solo, then goes to the corner. Sami shouts to Jimmy as the countdown starts! But Jey anchors McIntyre! McIntyre scrapes Jey away but Jimmy SUPERKICKS McIntyre out of the ring!
Tag to Jey, the Usos build speed, Jimmy DIVES! Direct hit and then Jey DIVES! McIntyre hits the desk! The Usos drag McIntyre up and RAM him into steel steps! The Usos take over as SmackDown goes to break.
SmackDown returns again and Jimmy rains fists in the corner. But McIntyre throws them back! McIntyre whips, Jimmy BOOTS back! Fans rally and Sami fires up as Jimmy watches McIntyre sit up. Jimmy aims from the far corner, “UCE! SO! UCE! SO!” Jimmy runs in to HIP ATTACK! The Usos raise the fingers, #WeTheOnes. Jimmy grins and says they’ll do one more. “UCE! SO! UCE! SO!” Jimmy runs in, but into a GLASGOW KISS! Fans fire up while both men are down again! McIntyre and Jimmy crawl, hot tags to Jey and Sheamus! The Fella rallies on Jey with big ax handles! Then a clothesline in the corner!
Sheamus BLASTS Jimmy for good measure before hitting an IRISH CURSE BACKBREAKER on Jey! Jey crawls to the apron but Sheamus is on him! He rips the shirt away to give Jey BEATS OF THE BODHRAIN! And he goes past TEN to get to SEVENTEEN!! Jimmy grabs at Jey but Sheamus drags Jey back up. McIntyre drags Jimmy up, and the Celtic Connection look to each other! BEATS- NO! DOUBLE HOTSHOTS from the Usos! Jey drags Sheamus out and RAMS him into barriers! Jimmy runs at McIntyre but McIntyre dodges to CLAYMORE!! Jey gets in to SUPERKICK McIntyre! Jey builds speed to DIVE into Sheamus!
Jey drags Sheamus up and puts him in, then hurries in, into a KNEE! Cover, TWO!! Sami is freaking out as Jey survives! Jey crawls away to a corner but Sheamus looks to the Brutes and to Providence. Everyone fires up as Sheamus aims from the corner! The fans call for it, but Sami distracts! Sheamus DECKS Sami, but Jey SUPERKICKS Sheamus! Cover, TWO!! Sheamus survives and Jey snarls. Sami staggers around, holding his head. Jey goes to the corner and he climbs up. “This is Awesome!” and Sheamus ROCKS Jey first! And CHOPS! Sheamus climbs up after Jey, CLUBS away on him, then brings him up.
But Solo distracts! Sami throws Sheamus down!! Jey USO SPLASHES!! Cover, TWO!?!? Sami is freaking out but then Ridge drags him down! They brawl, Dunne goes after Solo! Solo ROCKS Dunne and CLUBS away on the desk! Ridge DECKS Sami, ROCKS Solo, now they brawl! Dunne & Ridge hold Solo as McIntyre FLIES! The Scottish Warrior wipes out them AND Jimmy! Fans fire up as Sami grabs one of the tag belts! Sami calls to Jey in the ring, but Kevin stands in Sami’s way! Kevin asks what Sami’s doing. Sami asks what Kevin’s doing! Kevin snatches the belt away! Kevin won’t let Sami do this jut for The Bloodline.
Fans chant “UCEY! UCEY!” Sami snatches the belt away and gest in the ring! But the ref sees him now! Sami drops the belt, but the ref EJECTS him!! But Jey grabs the belt! Only for Kevin to hit a STUNNER! Sheamus hits a BROGUE!! Cover, the Brutes win!!
Winners: Drew McIntyre & Sheamus, by pinfall (The Brutes have the WarGames advantage)
The Honorary Uce trying to help only costs the Bloodline! Is this just Kevin Owens being proven right? Or is this happening because he stirred the pot and turned up the heat?
This was a great SmackDown, especially as a go-home to Survivor Series. I personally wanted them to wait for Becky’s return until after the WarGames match as a great PPV moment, but I suppose this is a good ratings grab and a way to take out some of the impact online leaks have. Well, to be fair, I think Becky Lynch’s return already leaked. But anyway, Becky still makes sense because of story. Maybe Candice will join the story again after WarGames, regardless of which side wins. Becky is going to have a lot of history to visit in the WarGames match between Becky and Rhea, and since Team DMG CTRL has advantage, I think Team EST wins, probably with Becky being the one to hit the finish.
And of course the Men’s WarGames story is why Dunne isn’t in the finals. Usos & Solo going after Drew & Kevin was a logical move, actually, so it was smart to do it. And then it ties into later when Sami finally shows up and Kevin starts really planting and cultivating the seeds of dissent. If anything, what Kevin said was more effective on Jey than it was on Sami, but Kevin’s presence was enough to throw Sami off and mess up his assist to Jey. However, Kevin’s team winning advantage makes me think the Bloodline finds a way to pull off the win, since they’ll have Roman and he’s so powered up. But there has to be a point in that match where Sami makes his decision between Kevin and Bloodline, and he chooses Kevin.
Good stuff from Bray Wyatt and LA Knight again, and of course Knight gets attacked again. Bray says it’s not him, but obviously that’s because it’s Howdy/Harper, his newest alternate personality. And Bray mentioning The Fiend as being the only thing fans want to see, he has to be foreshadowing the Fiend’s return. Maybe Bray has to fight not just Howdy but Fiend at some point to finally exorcise all of this. And pretty good, kinda funny stuff in that Mysterio family dysfunction video. That story is obviously not finished for obvious reason, and maybe Rey shows up at Survivor Series to stop Dom from helping Finn cheat Styles.
The SmackDown World Cup Semifinals sure got nuts, though. Escobar benefits from the Bloodline’s interference, and Ricochet benefits from Imperium’s. But obviously Imperium making sure Braun didn’t win is a way to show they’re more worried about him than anyone else, and I suppose it does make sense. Braun’s someone whose size and strength make Gunther look normal, so Gunther would rather face someone smaller like Ricochet or Escobar. I do like that Ricochet did help Braun out of patriotism, and Ricochet VS Escobar is going to be awesome stuff anyway. But as WWE doesn’t do Heel VS Heel, Ricochet will win the cup and face Gunther in a rematch from their previous title feud. Though, I have a feeling Gunther beats Ricochet, and then we can get Gunther VS Braun for Royal Rumble.
The Viking Raiders annihilated Hit Row! That’s rough for Hit Row but Viking Raiders are starting where they left off, and I expect we’ll eventually get “Valhalla” Sarah Logan involved in a match. Maybe a Mixed Six so it isn’t all on B-Fab to fight back? Also, “Valhalla” is an odd choice for a new name. It’s the Norse Viking heaven, so I mean… Why? Why not borrow from the many obscure North mythology goddesses? Vihansa the War Goddess, for example. Yeah, I did a quick google for Norse mythology, but so can WWE. We need these creative decisions to be creative, even in the new and exciting HHH Era.
Good Heel work from Ronda and Shayna beating up Raquel, and great Face stuff from Shotzi and Raquel. Of course Raquel ends up taking the loss because of the damaged arm, but Ronda’s going to defy go-home math because I don’t see her losing the belt after just getting it back from Liv. But with as fired up as Shotzi is, she’s going to give Ronda one hell of a fight, just like Liv. Ronda probably isn’t losing the belt until Shayna turns on her, or Charlotte returns. And no offense to Charlotte, but I want Shayna to take the title.
My Score: 8.7/10
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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