Mitchell’s AEW Dynamite Results & Report! (1/11/23)
AEW is in the City of Angels!
California knows how to party, and so does AEW! It’s match seven, and there WILL be Undisputed Trios Champions after ESCALARA DE LA MUERTE!
- Jon Moxley VS Hangman Page; Hangman wins.
- “Big Bill” Morrissey & Lee Moriarty w/ Stokely Hathaway VS #JungleHook; JungleHook wins.
- Bryan Danielson VS Konosuke Takeshita; Bryan wins.
- Britt Baker & Jamie Hayter w/ Rebel VS Saraya & Toni Storm; Britt & Hayter win.
- AEW World Trios Championships Best of 7 Series, Match 7 – Escalara de la Muerte: Death Triangle VS The Elite; The Elite wins and are the undisputed AEW World Trios Champions.
PLAY BY PLAY
Jon Moxley VS Hangman Page!
The Maniac has been itching for this fight, but so has the Cowboy! We finally get to see the rematch from their AEW World Championship match, and we finally see if that concussive King Kong Lariat was right on the money or just a lucky shot!
The bell rings and the two fire off! Fans are thunderous already, Moxley ROCKS Hangman and fires off more shots. Moxley whips Hangman to a corner, runs in and clotheslines him! Moxley keeps moving but Hangman follows to BOOT him in the corner! Hangman hammers away now, the ref counts and he gets Hangman to let off! Fans are chanting for “COWBOY SH*T!” as Hangman storms around. Hangman runs back in, but he avoids the lariat! Hangman CHOPS Moxley, but Moxley CHOPS back! Hangman CHOPS, Moxley CHOPS, repeat! Moxley changes to a forearm, then a CHOP, and repeat!
Moxley eggs Hangman on, so Hangman CHOPS and forearms on repeat! Hangman whips, Moxley throws Hangman down by his hair! Fans are torn while the ref reprimands, and Moxley backs up. Hangman crawls to ropes but Moxley is right behind him. Hangman stands and Moxley digs his boot in. The ref counts, Moxley lets off at 4, and Moxley puts Hangman up top. Moxley climbs up, CLUBS away, and he claws AND BITES Hangman’s back! The ref counts and reprimands, but Moxley brings Hangman up for a SUPERPLEX! Cover, ONE!! But Moxley grabs an arm! Hangman clasps hands to fight off the armbar!
Fans rally and duel as Moxley pulls on the arm. Hangman rolls to cover, TWO, and Moxley still pulls the elbow joint. Hangman resists as best he can and fans rally up again. Hangman stacks again but Moxley kicks him away! Moxley drags Hangman up, waistlocks, and GERMAN SUPLEXES! Hangman clutches his head while fans fire up again. Moxley storms up on Hangman, turns him, but then shifts from neckbreaker to GERMAN SUPLEX! Moxley of course goes after the target, and fans want that “One More Time!” Hangman fights the waistlock, throws elbows, and gets free. Moxley swings, into an EXPLODER!
Both men are down and fans fire up again. Hangman goes to the apron, but Moxley BLASTS him off the apron! Hangman hits railing and Moxley soaks up the cheers and jeers. Moxley goes out to drag Hangman up, to RAM him into the railing! Moxley grins, he puts Hangman in the ring, but Hangman comes right back to CLOBBER Moxley! Hangman puts Moxley in, Moxley goes to a corner, but fans fire up with Hangman! Hangman runs, into the KING KONG LARIAT!! Cover, TWO!!! Another cover, TWO! Hangman is still in this, but Moxley rains down forearms and AEW goes picture in picture!
Moxley gets the wrists, and he fires off DRAGON STOMPS on Hangman! Moxley sits Hangman up, runs and BOOTS him back down! Hangman sits up to egg Moxley on! Moxley BOOTS Hangman again, but again Hangman sits up! Moxley BOOTS Hangman again, and Hangman flounders a bit but he gets to a corner. The ref checks Hangman as he goes to the apron and Moxley waits. Moxley storms over to Hangman, drags him up, but Hangman CHOPS! And CHOPS! And CHOPS! Hangman fires up but Moxley hits a CUTTER! Moxley strikes outta nowhere but he doesn’t cover. The ref checks, Hangman is still in this, so Moxley turns him over to clamp on an STF!
Hangman endures, even as Moxley traps an arm in the hold! Dynamite returns to single picture and fans rally as Hangman reaches out. Moxley shifts to a facelock but Hangman fights up. Moxley shifts to a SLEEPER, but Hangman still fights up! Fans rally, duel, and Hangman reaches out. Moxley reels him in but Hangman uses that to hit a BIG back suplex! Moxley fires up, but runs into a LARIAT from Hangman! Both men are down, and a standing count starts. Fans count along as both men slowly rise. They sit up at 5, and then stand at 6. Moxley eggs Hangman on so Hangman fires a forearm! Moxley fires a forearm back!
The forearms go back and forth and fans rally up! Moxley BOOTS Hangman but Hangman just gets in Moxley’s face! Moxley runs, but into a scoop! FALL AWAY SLAM! Fans fire up again as Moxley goes to a corner. Hangman pounds the mat, fans clap along, and Hangman kips up! Hangman runs in at Moxley to clothesline in the corner! Hangman reels Moxley in, short arm- NO, Moxley gets around to GERMAN SUPLEX, but Hangman lands on his feet! Moxley blocks the lariat, but the SOUTHPAW comes through! Moxley goes to the apron, and Hangman BOOTS him off it! Moxley stands, “This is Awesome!” as Hangman goes up! ARIHARA MOONSAULT!!
Fans are thunderous as Hangman takes Moxley down and hits the railing! Hangman puts Moxley in the ring, aims and slingshots, but Moxley slips under to underhook, DEATH RIDER!! Cover, TWO!?! Hangman survives Moxley’s best shot! But Moxley just goes after Hangman with HAMMER ‘N’ ANVIL ELBOWS! Fans are torn, but they’re mostly booing Moxley as he clamps on the BULLY CHOKE! Hangman endures, fans rally up hard, but Moxley turns Hangman back into the HAMMER ‘N’ ANVIL! And back to the BULLY CHOKE! Hangman continues to endure, and he fights his way back up to his feet.
Moxley grabs Hangman’s arm, brings him around, and lifts him for a PILEDRIVER!! Cover, ONE?!?! Fans can’t believe it, but Moxley is rather amused that Hangman is still in this! Hangman sputters, but Moxley watches him sit up. Moxley fires off a KICK, and then a KICK, then he flips off the fans cheering Hangman on! Moxley kicks, Hangman blocks, and Alabama Lifts! But Moxley slips free to get a SLEEPER!! Fans boo as Hangman fades, but Moxley turns Hangman around, but Hangman lifts Moxley! DEADEYE!! But Moxley is back up! CURB STOMP!! Both men are down and fans are counting along again.
Both men stir at 4 of 10, sit up at 5, and Moxley crawls over at 6. Hangman turns around at “OCHO!” and Moxley throws a forearm! Hangman throws a forearm back! Moxley gives another forearm, but Hangman forearms back again! They stand, the forearms keep going, but then Moxley grabs the wristlocks. Moxley HEADBUTTS Hangman, and again, and again! Moxley wobbles while Hangman falls to his knees! Moxley says he’s going to end this, but Hangman RISING HEADBUTTS! And then SLAPS! Moxley SLAPS! LA is electric for the SLAP FIGHT!! But Moxley clinches and fires off knee strikes!
Hangman ROCKS Moxley back, runs, and LARIATS! But he doesn’t stop there, he goes to the apron! Slingshot, BUCKSHOT!! Cover, HANGMAN WINS!!
Winner: Hangman Page, by pinfall
Hangman flips Moxley off as he rises back up and has his hand raised! Moxley is busted open and the ref checks him now, will Moxley start to respect the Cowboy now?
Doc Sampson gets in the ring and Moxley wants him to back off. Is Moxley now suffering from a concussion? Will he know how it felt for Hangman now?
Tony Schiavone is in the ring.
Schiavone says it’s great to be back in LA and the Kia Forum, but he takes no pleasure in welcoming our guest: ADAM COLE, BAYBAY!! Fans are thunderous as the King of Harts, the Undisputed One, makes his return! And of course, fans join in on the “BOOM!” and on the “ADAM COLE, BAYBAY!” Cole gets the mic and says, “Who’s ready for story time with Adam Cole, baybay? Seriously, you guys have no idea how badly I wanted to say that today. So I’ve been thinking all day, literally all day, about what exactly I was going to say when I came out here. And I think the best way to describe this conversation we’re about to have as this is a Good News, Bad News type situation.”
Fans already don’t like the sound of that, but he wants to start with the good news. After everything that’s gone on these past few months, he already has a better appreciation for both pro-wrestling and for his life. “When I was nine years old, all I ever wanted to do was be a professional wrestler. And I’ve gotten to do some really awesome stuff. One of them being, I’m here in AEW, the best pro-wrestling company on the planet, here in Los Angeles!” Fans do like the sound of that!
Cole continues to say that it also made him realize how much he missed getting to be here. “Because the past few months, I was really, really banged up, everybody.” Cole had a torn up shoulder, and more importantly, he had two back-to-back, very serious head injuries. To be honest, Cole was really scared. He was seeing doctors multiple times a week, having MRIs done to him, had headaches and dizzy spells. If he was in a car for more than 15 minutes, sometimes he felt like he needed to, and then sometimes did, vomit.
But the worst part was the sleep. Cole would lay there, emotions all over the place, and he couldn’t figure out why. He’d get up at 3, 4 in the morning, pace around, heart racing, and Britt would ask him what was wrong. Cole would look at her and say, with a tear in his eyes, “I don’t know what’s happening to me.” And the thing is, none of the fans really knew what was going on, either, but so many of them were there for him. Fans cheer, and Cole says every single day, he’d read comments like, “I miss Adam Cole. I hope Adam Cole is recovering alright. I don’t care if Adam Cole never wrestles again, I just want him to be okay.” And that meant the world to Cole.
Fans cheer again, and Cole continues with, “Because pro-wrestling, at the end of the day, pro-wrestling is a give and take situation. We give you everything that we have, the fights of our lives, and in return, you show us appreciation. I had given you nothing, NOTHING, for six months, but you were still there for me. For that, I am eternally grateful, thank you.” Fans cheer even more, and chant “ADAM COLE! ADAM COLE!” Cole says here is the bad news, and fans boo. “The thing is, the bad news is not for me.” Fans like the twist! “The bad news is for the AEW locker room, because Adam Cole is back! I’m not going anywhere!”
Cole says his career was over, he thought for sure he was finished. Instead, he stands before us today, saying, “No way, I ain’t done yet!” He has been one of the best damn wrestlers on the planet for 15 YEARS, and he will not stop! He will not stop until he is THE very best! He’s accomplished a lot of amazing things, but to get real, he hasn’t even scratched the surface. Cole wants everyone, both in the building and at home, to remember this day. “This is the day where a new Adam Cole is born! An Adam Cole who will make a promise. One day, no matter how long it takes, one man will be at the top of the mountain here in AEW. And Los Angeles, his name…” is ADAM COLE, BAYBAY!!
The Acclaimed speak.
Max Caster says, “Yo! Listen! This Friday on Rampage, the Acclaimed is in Hollywood, and we’re getting one of best honors you could get, we’re going to be among some of the biggest names in show biz history. We’re talking about Roseanne Barr! Alec Baldwin! And of course, ya boi, Donald Trump!” Anthony Bowens isn’t so sure, but Billy Gunn asks, “How about my boy, Johnny Depp?” Yeah! Bowens has them both stop now. What they’re talking about is that the Hollywood Walk of Fame Board of Directors have unanimously voted for The Acclaimed and Daddy Ass to receive stars on the THE Walk of Fame! These scissors will live in concrete forever! EVERYONE! LOVES! THE ACCLAIMED!!
“Big Bill” Morrissey & Lee Moriarty w/ Stokely Hathaway VS #JungleHook!
The Firm have been picking fights to try and get titles and clout, but they might’ve messed with the wrong ones! Will Bill and #TAIGASTYLE regret ever wanting AEW to #SendHook and Jack Perry? Or will The Firm ruin the homecoming of LA’s own?
The teams sort out and JB starts against Moriarty. They circle, tie up, and go back and forth. JB puts Moriarty in a corner, the ref counts, but Moriarty turns it around to CHOP! Moriarty talks trash, but JB turns things back around to CHOP back! Moriarty turns it around, CHOPS, but JB turns it around again. Moriarty boots the chop, but JB ducks the haymaker to wrench and CHOP! JB knuckle locks, goes up and around and arm-drags Moriarty! Moriarty gets up into a DROPKICK! JB kips up and fans fire up as he dusts himself off. JB drags Moriarty up, tags in Hook, and fans fire up as #JungleHook double whip to double back elbow!
Hook drags Moriarty up to take him down with a tamatoshi, and then he clamps on a short arm scissor! Moriarty endures, clasps hands and rolls back to a cover, ONE! Moriarty is free but Hook runs him over! Hook tags JB back in, #JungleHook double whip again, then drop and hurdle to SAYANAGI and basement dropkick! Cover, TWO! JB drags Moriarty up and snapmares, then he runs, only for Moriarty to distract the ref! Stokely trips up JB! JB glares at Stokely while fans boo, but then JB builds speed to DIVE! Only for Morrissey to catch him! Morrissey choke grips and lifts, but Hook WRECKS Big Bill with a dropkick!
Fans fire up as Hook and JB hurry back into the ring, but Moriarty EDDY GORDO KICKS JB! Forearm smash in the corner, tag to Morrissey. Fans boo as Morrissey mocks Tarzan Life, then DECKS JB! Morrissey tells LA up theirs, then runs in at JB. JB slips away and Morrissey hits buckles! JB ELBOWS Moriarty, ROCKS Morrissey, ELBOWS Moriarty again, but Morrissey BOOTS JB! Moriarty adds the FLYING KNEE! Stokely likes what he sees as AEW goes picture in picture.
Moriarty stands on JB’s head while mocking the Tarzan Life, and then he hands JB off to Morrissey. Morrissey bumps JB off the apron, stalks him around the way, and drags JB up at the railing, right in front of actor Ken Jeong! Morrissey CLUBS away on JB’s chest while staring Ken down! Morrissey lets off and talks trash to Ken, but the ref tells Morrissey to go back to the ring. Morrissey CLUBS JB down, drags him back up, and puts him back in the ring. Morrissey stays between JB and Hook, then he drags JB up to bump him off buckles. Tag to Moriarty and they mug JB. Moriarty throws knees, snapmares JB, then sucker punches Hook before the PENALTY KICK! Cover, TWO!
The ref reprimands about hitting Hook but Moriarty clamps onto JB with a top wristlock. JB endures as Moriarty pulls on the arm. JB stands up, but Moriarty throws him down by his hair! The ref reprimands, Moriarty wipes his hands off the ref’s shirt, then clamps back onto JB with a chinlock. JB endures again, fights his way back up, and he throws elbows. JB powers out of the hold but Moriarty whips JB. Dynamite returns to single picture as JB swings, but Moriarty slips around the clothesline to hit a TRIANGL HOLD! Stokely is loving this, but JB deadlifts Moriarty for a POWERBOMB! LA is fired up as both men are down
A standing count starts, JB and Moriarty crawl, but Moriarty drags JB from Hook! JB BOOTS Moriarty, hot tag to Hook! The FTW Champion CLOBBERS Moriarty, ROCKS Morrissey, then wrenches Moriarty into a NORTHERN LIGHTS! Bridging cover, but Morrissey stomps it apart! Morrissey looms over Hook as the ref reprimands, but Hook stands up! The two stare down and fans are thunderous! Hook LIFTS Morrissey! Morrissey CLUBS Hook, shoves him away, then runs in, but while Hook takes the SPLASH, JB GAMANGIRIS Morrissey! JB tags in, and hits a MISSILE DROPKICK! Morrissey staggers into Hook’s T-BONE SUPLEX!!!
Fans are thunderous and even Morrissey can’t believe what just happened to him! Fans are thunderous, but Moriarty sneaks in to O’Conner JB! With tights! TWO, JB rolls Moriarty, TWO, but JB has a leg! SNARE TRAP!! Hook CLOBBERS Morrissey off the apron, Moriarty TAPS! #JungleHook wins!!
Winners: #JungleHook, by submission
Hook raise JB’s hand in victory, the two handsome devils overcame The Firm! But what will be next for these two now that they’ve handled business?
Backstage interview with Orange Cassidy & Danhausen.
Renee Paquette is with the All-Atlantic Champion and his Very Nice, Very Evil Friend. Plus, fresh off a Golden Globes win, it’s Paul Walter Hauser! Walter Hauser is happy to see Renee again, he loved being on her podcast. And he’s also a big AEW fan, so he brought “the hardware.” Renee wants to see it, but Walter says let’s wait for Rampage. Danhausen asks “Walterhausen” what is in the box. Uh, it’s Walter Hauser. Ser, not sen. Yeah, sure, same difference. Yeah, maybe they’re related. But Cassidy, Walter Hauser’s a big fan, he just wants to know if everything is cool between Cassidy and the Best Friends, Trent & Chuck.
Cassidy says yeah, they’re good. And here they are! Trent & Chuck confirm, Best Friends are still Best Friends. Then we’ll see everyone on Rampage! Hands in! Walterhausen adds on, so on three, RAMPAGE! But if Best Friends are still united, what will be next for them all in 2023?
Bryan Danielson VS Konosuke Takeshita!
The American Dragon vows to get his shot at the AEW World Championship and Maxwell Jacob Friedman, but that means becoming #1 contender. Bryan has to have a singles win streak from now until February 8th, can he do it? Or will the Future ruin Bryan’s future of facing MJF right out the gate?
But wait! Before Bryan makes his entrance, MJF makes his way out! He has a mic, of course, and he says, “LA, I know you’re not bright here, but Daddy’s holding the microphone, okay? Thanks.” Fans boo but MJF says, “Konnichiwa, bud! What’s up? How’s it going? Look, look. I’m not gonna lie to ya, I’ve been watching on The Twitter and The Reddit, and these people seem to really think you’re a big deal, huh?” Fans cheer, Konosuke IS a big deal. MJF says he’s super proud of Konosuke and isn’t gonna lie, he hasn’t seen a lick of Konosuke’s stuff.
But hey, hey! Don’t take that personally, Konosuke. Whenever MJF watches the shows back, he fast-forwards to the only part that matters, and you’re looking at him. Fans are torn but MJF wants to get this right. Konosuke’s name is a bit tricky for him. His name is “Take a sh*t a?” Is that right? Well, do him a favor, Konosuke, and don’t take one in your pants tonight, MJF really needs you on this one. Understand? Konosuke tells MJF in Japanese, and LA cheers! MJF says, “Wow. And I thought Danielson was a bad public speaker.” MJF has a “pro-tip” as the world champ, and don’t listen to the people on this. “But around here, we speak American, okay?”
Konosuke tells MJF what he said in English: “KISS! MY! ASS!!” Fans cheer and MJF shoves Konosuke, but Konosuke shoves back! MJF gets even more flustered and tells the ref to back Konosuke up and out of the ring! Out of the ring or he faces a fine! Fans boo, MJF is the one interrupting the schedule! Konosuke stays back and fans taunt “MAXI-PAD! MAXI-PAD!” MJF says they can laugh all the want, LA is still a bunch of nerds! And hold on, there’s a rumor going on he has to address. People are saying MJF is afraid of Bryan, and afraid of that one hour Ironman match. MJF is afraid he can’t last an hour. Is that right? “YES!” “Yeah?” “YES!” “Yeah?”
Well then how about LA does MJF a favor, and go ask your mamas and your sisters and your skank girlfriends just how long MJF can last! MJF swivels the hips but fans boo, not believing he scored with any of those choices. MJF says he is the REAL Ironman of pro-wrestling. Unlike that nerd, Bryan Danielson, MJF is all about “pinning shoulders on mats and banging rats!” Fans boo but MJF says, “Oh, I’m sorry. Did I offend you people here? Or even worse, is it because you people actually like Bryan Danielson? Yes, you like Bryan Danielson? That makes sense, because much like Bryan, you’re all irrelevant!
“Speaking of irrelevant, we’ve got some celebrities in the house tonight. Ladies and gentlemen, Ken Jeong’s here.” Fans cheer for Ken but MJF says, “You may remember Ken from his role of Mr. Chow from The Hangover. Yeah. What was that, Ken, like 20 years ago? No no! But it’s okay, right? We can still see your hit comedy series on ABC, Dr. Ken! Oh wait, that’s right, we can’t. Because it got canceled!” MJF laughs at Ken, and then “Speaking of people I wish would be canceled, Freddie Prinz Jr. is in the house tonight.” Fans cheer Freddie and even chant his name. MJF can’t believe that. But okay, fans may remember him from She’s All That.
Not that MJF doesn’t, he was born in 1996, and unlike all of the fans, he’s not a dinosaur. The only thing he remembers Freddie from is when he played a supporting role to a CGI talking dog! So Freddie, with all due respect, you ain’t nothing more than a Scooby Dooby Douchebag! Freddie is actually surprised to hear that one. MJF says,
“The bottom line is: all your heroes suck! Danielson’s letting you down tonight, there will be NO one hour Ironman match. Not over my dead body. And do you know why? It’s because my name is Maxwell Jacob Friedman. And I’m better than you, and-” Bryan makes his entrance!
Fans fire up as Bryan rushes the ring, and MJF runs away! And runs fast! MJF says it doesn’t matter, he still has the belt and Bryan isn’t making it past week one! Konosuke returns, the bell rings, and Konosuke rushes in! Bryan avoids the knee, but Konosuke avoids the roundhouse! Konosuke headlocks, Bryan powers out, but Konosuke runs him over. Things speed up, Bryan hurdles, but Konosuke waistlocks. Bryan bucks Konosuke, runs, but Konosuke scoops him, only for Bryan to turn Blue Thunder into a headlock takeover! Konosuke headscissors, Bryan kips free, and the two stand off as LA fires up!
The two circle and tie up. Bryan wrenches to a wristlock, then grinds a shoulder. Konosuke endures, stands up, spins and slips through to wrench Bryan back. Bryan fights up, rolls, bridges, then slips through to wrench and drop toehold. Bryan hooks up the legs, fans rally up, but Konosuke resists. Bryan grabs at the arms, then fishhooks Konosuke’s face! The ref reprimands, Bryan gets the arms, and fans fire up for the up, up and ROMERO SPECIAL! Konosuke endures, but Bryan brings him down into a chinlock variation, to then get the DRAGON SLEEPER variation! Konosuke still endures, gets his legs free, and rolls to reverse the sleeper onto Bryan!
Konosuke hooks a leg and an arm but Bryan fights up. Konosuke wrenches, then ROCKS Bryan with forearm after forearm! That last one was sharp! Konosuke stands Bryan up but Bryan CHOPS! And CHOPS! And CHOPS! Konosuke nods, and he ROCKS Bryan with a forearm! And another! And then a CHOP! Bryan staggers, snarls, but he fires up! Fans fire up with him and Konosuke is ready! Bryan CHOPS, and CHOPS, and KICKS! Bryan eggs Konosuke on now so Konosuke comes back with boxing elbows! Konosuke whips, Bryan reverses but Konosuke ducks ‘n’ dodges to TAKESHITA LINE! Fans fire up as Bryan is down!
Konosuke drags Bryan back up, reels him in and suplexes, but Bryan blocks! Bryan wrenches out, wristlocks, and then SOBATS! And KICKS! Bryan hits a facelock to SNAP HALF HATCH! Float to the cover, TWO, but Bryan goes for an arm! Konosuke clasps hands as Bryan has the short arm scissor. Fans rally up, Konosuke rolls but Bryan rolls with him to then body scissor. Konosuke throws down forearms! Bryan shifts around, but Konosuke resists the LeBell Lock and reaches out with a foot, ROPEBREAK! Bryan lets off quickly, drags Konosuke up, and CHOPS him! And CHOPS him to the corner! And KICKS and KICKS and KICKS!
Bryan runs corner to corner, to DROPKICK! Bryan keeps moving, another DROPKICK! Bryan goes again, but runs into the BLUE THUNDER BOMB! Cover, TWO!! Bryan survives and fans fire up, but Konosuke keeps his focus. Fans rally for Konosuke as he sits Bryan up. Konosuke CHOPS! Bryan nods, and Konosuke sits him up again. CHOP! And CHOP! Bryan goes down! Fans rally as Konosuke has Bryan in a corner. Konosuke whips Bryan corner to corner, but Bryan goes up and over! Bryan keeps moving, ducks ‘n’ dodges, to LEAPING LARIATS! But Konosuke staggers up to the ropes! Fans rally as Bryan stands up, a bloody spot on his shoulder.
Bryan CHOPS Konosuke, but Konosuke CHOPS back! Fans “WOO~” and the CHOPS continue, then AEW goes picture in picture.
Konosuke fires up! He CHOPS Bryan, but now Bryan fires up! Bryan CHOPS, Konosuke CHOPS, and Bryan has to sit down! Fans give a standing ovation as Bryan fires himself back up. Konosuke eggs Bryan on, and Bryan KICKS! And KICKS, and KICKS! Bryan whips Konosuke to ropes, but Konosuke KICKS Bryan back! Konosuke wins, but Bryan TOSSES him up and out! Bryan builds speed and he DIVES! Direct hit and Konosuke hits railing! Bryan hears the fans cheering him on, and he goes back for Konosuke. Bryan drags Konosuke up to put him in, then he climbs a corner! Konosuke stands up quick to ROCK Bryan with a haymaker!
Konosuke climbs up after Bryan, brings him up, but Bryan resists the superplex! Bryan slips under Konosuke to trip him up! Bryan then drags Konosuke into the Tree of Woe. Bryan KICKS and KICKS and KICKS away on Konosuke! Bryan sits Konosuke up, climbs up after him, but Konosuke throws down elbows! Konosuke stands up as Dynamite returns to single picture, and he SUPER LARIATS Bryan off the top rope!! Cover, TWO!! Bryan survives and Konosuke can’t believe it! MJF is watching backstage, even he thought that was three. Konosuke fires up, fans chant for “A E DUB!” and Konosuke drags Bryan up.
Bryan fights and he RANAS Konosuke out of the ring! Konosuke stands but Bryan is on the apron. Bryan leaps, Konosuke tries to catch him, but they both fall right over to the floor! Bryan hurries to his feet, but Konosuke blocks the kick to suplex! AND BRAINBUSTER to the floor!! Fans are thunderous as Konosuke puts Bryan in! Fans fire up and Konosuke aims from the apron. Konosuke climbs the ropes, to SPRINGBOARD SWANTON onto knees!! LEBELL LOCK!!! Konosuke endures, pries at the grip, moves around and reaches out, but Bryan shifts to get the other arm! RINGS OF SATURN, but Konosuke gets the ROPEBREAK!!
Fans fire up as Bryan lets off in frustration. “This is Awesome!” as both men rise again. Bryan KICKS Konosuke, and KICKS, and KICKS, and KICKS! Bryan powers up, but Konosuke blocks the Buzzsaw! Konosuke ROCKS Bryan with a right! Bryan shakes his head, snarls and ROCKS Konosuke right back! Konosuke and Bryan go forearm for forearm, but Bryan gets the edge! But then Konosuke gives those all back! Bryan ROCKS, spins, but into a HUGE forearm! Then Konosuke hits a DISCUS LARIAT!! Both men are down and the fans are thunderous! Konosuke stands, lets his hair down, and he aims from the corner. Konosuke runs, but Bryan avoids the knee!
Bryan hooks Konosuke up for HAMMER ‘N’ ANVIL ELBOWS! But Konosuke catches those to a fireman’s carry! But Bryan pops out, VICTORY- NO! CRUNCHY!!! Konosuke wheelbarrows and deadlifts Bryan for a GERMAN SUPLEX!! Bridging cover, TWO!!! Bryan survives and fans can’t believe it! But Konosuke waistlocks to deadlift again! Bryan fights the suplex with elbows, but Konosuke CLUBS Bryan on the back! GERMAN SUPLEX, but Bryan lands on his feet! Bryan dodges Konosuke’s knee, runs and comes in, BUSAIKU KNEE!!! Cover, TWO!??!? Konosuke survives, the fans are electric, but Bryan is all fired up!
Bryan shouts, “I’m gonna kick his head in!!” Bryan gets the wrists, and he gives DRAGON STOMPS to Konosuke! Then he shifts Konosuke around, for the REGAL STRETCH!!! Konosuke is OUT, Bryan wins!!
Winner: Bryan Danielson, by submission
MJF is disappointed but Bryan shows his respect to the heart Konosuke showed. Will Bryan have to fight even harder than this to keep his #1 contender chances alive?
Backstage interview with Juice Robinson.
Renee says we’ve seen Rock Hard Robinson all over the world, winning championships and making a name for himself, but now he is here in AEW. What is it that Robinson is looking to accomplish? Juice says she has known him a long, long time, and has never known him to be a thumb-twiddler. He isn’t a complacent kind of guy, so he’s here for a few reasons. He’s gonna kick ass and take names, winning title along the way. So that brings him to “you,” Darby Allin! The TNT Champion is giving out open challenges, so here he is! Juice wants to challenge Darby on Rampage for that TNT title! “Let’s see if you’re as tough as you think you are.” Darby is Relentless, will he be more than ready for the Juice?
Britt Baker & Jamie Hayter w/ Rebel VS Saraya & Toni Storm!
Speaking of titles, the Doctor is alongside the AEW Women’s World Champion, facing some familiar foes in the Revolution and the Lightning! Will The Pillar & The Killer show us just whose house this really is? Or will Saraya & Storm get a golden ticket in the Forum?
The teams sort out and Storm starts against Hayter, meeting again after their Full Gear showdown. Fans rally up for Hayter but Storm shrugs that off. Saraya shouts, “This is OUR house!” and plenty of fans cheer, but plenty more boo. Storm and Hayter tie up, go around, and Hayter puts Storm on the ropes. Storm pushes back, they go around some more, then they break. Storm ROCKS Hayter, fires off more shots at the ropes, then lets off to whip. Hayter reverses to knee low and CHOP hard! And CHOP again! Hayter whips, Storm SHOTGUNS Hayter down! Storm runs to then HIP ATTACK Hayter to the floor!
Fans cheer and Hayter stands, Saraya tags in and CANNONBALLS her down! Fans fire up as Saraya puts Hayter in, and she has Hayter in the ropes. Saraya fires off knee after knee on Hayter! The ref counts, Saraya lets off and shouts, “This is MY house!” Saraya whips Hayter into the ropes and Hayter snaps back! And then Saraya does it again! Saraya whips a third time, drops to trip Hayter, and then pushes Hayter to a cover, TWO! Fans rally and duel, Saraya drags Hayter up to tag Storm. They go to double suplex but Hayter blocks! Hayter powers up to DOUBLE SUPLEX Saraya & Storm! Fans fire up, but Storm throws Hayter down by her hair!
Fans boo while Storm stomps Hayter, then Storm drags Hayter up. Storm whips, Hayter holds ropes and Britt tags in. Hayter BOOTS Storm, throws her out, and Britt trips Storm to then TWISTING NECKBREAKER to the floor! Rebel cheers and LA joins in, and now Saraya and Hayter brawl on the outside! Saraya whips Hayter into steel steps! Britt whips Storm into railing! Hayter gets up to whip Saraya into railing, too! Fans fire up as the Pillar & Killer stand tall, but here comes SHIDA! The Full Metal Warrior was snubbed by Saraya, but is she here to still back Saraya up? Britt POSTS Storm, slides into the ring, and Saraya sends Hayter into railing!
Britt watches Shida closely as she keeps on Storm. Saraya keeps on Hayter, brings her around and smacks her off the steps, but Britt fires off on Storm in the corner as AEW goes picture in picture.
Britt lets off Storm to run up and stomp a mudhole into her. Hayter knocks Saray adown and hurries back to her corner. Shida checks on Saraya while Britt hits a BUTTERFLY SUPLEX! Cover, TWO! Britt clamps onto Storm with a chinlock and grinds her down. Storm endures, fights up, but Britt bumps Storm off buckles. Tag to Hayter, and Hayter bumps Storm off buckles, then does it again! Hayter runs to BLAST Saraya, then she smirks as she swaggers over to Storm. Hayter SNAP JACKHAMMERS! Cover, TWO! Hayter is annoyed but she snatches Storm’s studded collar to put it on herself. Hayter taunts Storm while stomping her around.
Hayter drags Storm up but Storm CHOPS! Hayter CHOPS and Storm staggers to a corner while AEW goes to break.
Dynamite returns and Hayter has Storm’s legs. Storm kicks away at Hayter, BOOTS her to the corner, hot tags to Britt and Saraya! Saraya rallies on Britt, gives her short arm LARIAT after short arm LARIAT! Britt gets around to waistlock but Saraya fires off elbows to get free. Saraya whips Britt to a corner, runs in to KNEE Britt, and then she hits the KNIGHT CAP! Cover, TWO!! Britt survives Saraya’s take on the Lightning Spiral, but Saraya shouts, “This is MY house!” But Britt KICKS Saraya from below! Saraya drags Britt up and reels her in, but Britt wrenches out to kick low! Britt Alabama Lifts but Saraya sunset flips!
Britt rolls through but Saraya KNEES her again! Cover, TWO! Saraya is annoyed but she drags Britt up. Saraya whips Britt to the corner, runs in to back elbow, then tags Storm. Storm runs to BLAST Hayter, then runs in to HIP ATTACK Britt! Storm then reels Britt in for a TORNADO DDT! Cover, TWO! Fans rally, Storm ties up the legs and steps over for the TEXAS CLOVERLEAF! Only for Hayter to BOOT her right down! The ref reprimands but fans cheer. Hayter and Britt drag Storm to their corner, Britt stands Storm up and throws forearms. Hayter hops in, she and Britt stomp away, and then they hoist Storm up top.
Storm fights but that’s 2v1. Hayter pulls Storm’s hair, Britt climbs up, and Hayter BLASTS Saraya! Britt brings Storm up, SUPER AIR RAID CRASH!! Cover, TWO!!! Storm survives and Britt can’t believe it! Britt drags Storm up, tags Hayter, and fans fire up for the ripcord DOUBLE ROLLNGI ELBOW! And then feed to the HAYTE BREAKER! Cover, Saraya breaks it! Saraya gets mugged and thrown out, then Hayter drags Storm up. Ripcord, but Storm gets around to SNAP GERMAN! Then the reel in for the STORM ZERO PILEDRIVER! Cover, Britt breaks it! Saraya returns to CLUB Britt! Saraya drags Britt up but Britt throws body shots.
Fans rally, Britt CLUBS Saraya then spins her around, underhooks for the BUTTERFLY SLAM! But Storm SUPERKICKS Britt! Storm drags Hayter up, throws forearms, but Hayter throws them back! They brawl back and forth, both holding onto wrist control! The forearms fly faster and faster, then at the same time! DOUBLE FOREARMS knock them both down! Fans are thunderous, and Rebel is distracting the ref! Shida slides her kendo stick into the ring?! Britt brags it to SMACK Storm!! Hayter ripcords for the HAYTERADE!! Cover, Britt & Hayter win!
Winners: Britt Baker & Jamie Hayter, by pinfall
Shida realizes she just made a huge mistake! She meant to help Storm, not Britt and Hayter! Will Shida be able to make up for it? Or will The Pillar & The Killer continue to dominate the AEW Women’s Division?
Eddie Kingston & Ortiz speak.
The Mad King looks at “Monkey” and says, “There, we got the match. Are you happy? You gonna trust me now? We got the match Friday.” Ortiz responds, “I’m gonna trust you? Are you gonna trust me?” Eddie says Ortiz is only questioning him because of the weird riddles from the House of Black. Ortiz says, “Oh, I’m sorry, let me speak in riddles so maybe you’ll actually listen.” Eddie says to focus on the fact they have the match. They’ll get this done, Eddie is tired of those stooges, and he’s getting real tired of Ortiz’s attitude. Remember who he is, and where you know him from. But that’s Ortiz’s point!
Eddie just wants Ortiz to be there Friday. “Question me then, man. Play with me, watch.” Will Malakai Black & Brody King tear down Eddie & Ortiz by letting them tear themselves apart?
The Jericho Appreciation Society is here!
LA sings along with Judas as The Wizard leads the Spanish God, the Dragonslayer, Cool Hand Ange, Daddy Magic, Big Hurt, and TayJay out, all in matching golden tuxedo jackets and black slacks. And the slacks are tearaway to reveal black leather pants! Angelo Parker gets on the mic and he wants LA to take a good, long look! Now only is he having one hell of a hair day, he says the entire JAS looks good. Start calling LA their town, because they are the Saints of Los Angeles! Matt Menard gets the mic now to say, “Do you wanna know what makes Daddy Magic’s nipples hard? How about the fact that last week, Jake Hager powerbombed Ricky Starks through a table!?”
Jericho gets the mic to say, “You can boo all you want, but it’s true. This was one of the biggest weeks in the Jericho Appreciation Society’s history, man! Just a couple nights ago, we invaded PWG Battle of Los Angeles! The surprise appearance heard around the wrestling world, man~! And on Rampage, Friday night, Anna & Tay are gonna kick Ruby’s and Willow’s ass in a Street Fight!” Tay starts shouting about how she IS the Street Fight, and Jericho agrees! Tay Melo IS the Street Fight!! But most importantly of all, like Menard said, Starks got powerbombed through a table, and Action Andretti was sent back to the minor leagues. The JAS wins again, the Starks Experiment is OVER!
Fans boo but here comes Ricky! The Absolute is in LA and the fans are fired up! Because he also brought along Action Andretti! Starks has a mic to say, “Well, well, well. I’m looking at a group full of a bunch of idiots who couldn’t get the job done last week when you put me through a table, because guess what? Ya boy, Stroke Daddy, is standing tall right now!” Jericho says Starks might be standing tall, but what’s with Oliver Twist here? “Hello, sir, may I have some more~?” Go back to the minor leagues, Andretti! Action says, “Chris, SHUT! THE HELL! UP!! Before I come take that baseball bat and shove it up your ass!”
Daniel Garcia steps up, and he tells Action to never disrespect Jericho like that! Oh, sorry, Daniel. Action didn’t know his new babysitter, Sammy Guevara, gave you permission to speak! Sammy wants to say something but Garcia won’t let him. Action asks “Daniel” if he’s sure Sammy is a good guy to lead you by example. Sammy can’t even keep control over his own wife! Sammy throws off his jacket but Hager holds him back. Action also says, “He sure can’t keep control over where his wife’s hands go.” Because last week, those hands were right in between ACTION’S legs! Technically, that’s true. But Hager and Jericho both have to keep Sammy back now.
Garcia shouts at Action that he just told him to shut his Chia Pet looking ass up! Garcia says he remembers when he was just like Action: a young, naïve pro-wrestler. But now that Garcia has a sports entertainer like Jericho by his side, Garcia’s on top of the world! Sammy hugs Garcia but Garcia pushes him back. Starks says to put a muzzle on the little boy right now so Starks can talk to a certain someone. This isn’t about “Count Suckula,” and it isn’t about “JAS hole one and JAS hole two.” No. Do us a favor, Chris, the time ain’t on you. Move aside for Starks. Fans echo “JAS HOLE!” and that upsets Tay most of all.
Starks tells Jericho to move his wide body to the side! DO IT!! Jericho moves, and Starks is talking to “Gilligan” and his stupid hat! Hager realizes Starks means him. Starks tells the “6’5″ dumb, purple, helmet wearing idiot” that he has a lot to say! What’s funny is that Hager was a top collegiate athlete, but he gets with Jericho and now he’s the village idiot. That right there is a shame. And despite being with Jericho, Hager still has that dumb lisp! So here’s what Starks offers Hager: next week, Mr. Absolute Starks VS Jake Hager on Dynamite! That match is already official, but Hager responds, “I LIKE THIS HAT!!” Fans actually cheer that.
Hager tells “Lil’ Ricky” that he wears lots of hats. One of them says “professional undefeated MMA fighter.” And Hager knows Starks has balls, he can see them through those white pants. But Hager is twice Starks’ size, so he’ll slap Starks’ face OFF his face! Starks says that’s all good and well, but here’s the thing! Starks will do Hager one better and help him with that speech impediment! Next week, Hager gets in the ring with someone who is ABSOLUTE! Fans fire up for the coming showdown, will Starks be the one to put the hurt on the Big Hurt?
AEW World Trios Championships Best of 7 Series, Match 7 – Escalara de la Muerte: Death Triangle VS The Elite!
This all started with The Bastard using a hammer to retain the titles at Full Gear, and it has truly escalated ever since! But now, only the team that rises above the other can be THE AEW World Trios Champion! Will Pac & The Lucha Brothers hold onto the gold? Or will Kenny Omega & The Young Bucks complete the Elite Comeback?
The introductions are made, the belts hang high over head, and one way or another, this comes to an end in the City of Angels!
The bell rings, fans are thunderous already, and the teams stare down. Don Callis in on commentary while Alex Abrahantes, Michael Nakazawa and Brandon Cutler are all buzzing ringside. The Elite fire off the first shots! Omega throws out Pac while Matt has Fenix and Nick has Penta! Nick throws Penta out but Fenix throws Matt out. Fenix goes after Nick, whips him to a corner, but Nick goes up and out, then avoids the Tiger Feint! Nick fires off forearms on Fenix, but Pac and Omega both slide in. Pac and Omega both BOOT Nick and Fenix off the apron! Omega and Pac then fire off with forearms! Fans fire up, Penta hurries in and he hits a BACKSTABBER on Omega!
But Matt slides in and he hits a BACKSTABBER on Pac! Now Matt and Penta fire off hands! Callis would like to point out that Omega is on a 17 hour jetlag given his trip back from Japan. Penta SOBATS Matt, reels him in, “CERO! MIEDO!” But Matt slips out of the package piledriver and shoves Penta to a corner! Matt runs in but Penta pops him up to SUPERKICK! Omega SLAM DUNKS Penta, but Fenix MISSILE DROPKICKS Omega! Nick runs in, ducks ‘n’ dodges to roll and FACEUBSTER! But Pac whips, only for Nick to reverse! Pac ends up on the apron, Nick runs in, but Penta catches him for a wheelbarrow! Pac slingshots in, WHEELBARROW FACEBUSTER for Nick!
Fenix springboards to FROG SPLASH! Fans fire up while Nick flops out of the ring! Death Triangle coordinates and Penta goes out with Pac to fetch a ladder. But Omega runs in, only for them to lift the ladder up and over! Then they back up to RAM Omega with it! But then Fenix DIVES to wipe out Omega at the ramp! Only for Matt to WRECK Penta & Pac with their own ladder! Matt holds the ropes, Nick builds speed to FLY! Direct hit on Fenix and Pac and fans fire up again! The Bucks get the ladder match in, they stomp Pac, then Matt sets up the ladder. Fenix hurries in after Matt to CLUB him while Nick has Penta.
Fenix whips but Matt wheelbarrows to VICTORY ROLL FACEBUSTER! Matt climbs, but Penta yanks him off the ladder and Pac kicks Matt low. They double whip Matt t ropes, Matt holds those ropes and he tosses Pac out! Matt runs to hit a DESTROYER on Penta! Matt climbs up, but Fenix springboards to FLYING ARM-DRAG Matt off the ladder!! Matt writhes and Fenix hurries up top, only for Omega to yank him down! SNAP DRAGON! Penta keeps Omega from climbing, but Omega switches to SNAP DRAGON! Omega tips the ladder over and he starts up the Terminator Drums! LA drums along, Omega runs, but Pac MISSILE DROPKICKS him down!
Pac looms over Omega, drags him up, and suplexes, only for Omega to slip out! SNAP DRAGON! Fans fire up as Pac flops out, and the drums start up again. Omega builds speed again to FLY! BUT HE CRASHES THROUGH A TABLE!! Fans lose their minds but then Matt is up top! SUPER CROSSBODY onto Pac THROUGH A TABLE!! Fans are losing their minds all over again while AEW goes picture in picture!
Fenix hurries to check on Pac while Nakazawa checks Omega. Fenix shoves Nakazawa away, CHOKES Omega, then rains down fists! Nick meanwhile sets up the ladder in a corner. Penta gets in the ring, he and Nick stare down. Nick shoves Penta but Penta SLAPS Nick! We get some replays of the table spots, Fenix and Penta mug Nick in a corner. Penta CHOPS Nick, then Fenix KICKS Nick in the leg! They double whip Nick but he stops himself from hitting the ladder. Nick knuckle locks Fenix, CHOPS him, then hurdles Penta to go up and up and “LUCHA LIBRE~!” FLYING DOUBLE TAKEDOWN! Nick fires up, but he turns around into DOUBLE SUPERKICKS!
Penta drags Nick back up, he and Fenix double whip Nick onto the ladder! Nick flops out of the ring as Omega returns, but the Lucha Brothers DOUBLE SUPERKICK him now! Omega falls down but Fenix sets the ladder in place against his butt! Penta is up top, “CERO! MIEDO!” FULL METAL QUE PASO!! Omega clutches his tailbone! Penta fires up and LA fires up with him. Penta moves the one ladder aside, Matt crawls into the ring, but Penta conducts the LA fans singing “CERO! MIEDO!” Penta KICKS Matt in the leg! Matt hobbles around, Penta rallies the fans, and then Penta KICKS the leg again!
Matt fumes as he hobbles to a corner, but Penta KICKS and CHOPS and CHOPS again! Matt BOOTS Fenix away, but Penta gets a shorter ladder in the ring. Matt grabs at the ladder, they tug-o-war over it, and Dynamite returns to single picture as Matt powers Penta to a corner. Nick runs in to SHINING WIZARD Penta! Fenix runs in but Nick tosses him up and out! Penta is stuck in the corner, Nick runs up the ladder to then springboard TORNILLO to take out Fenix! Penta gets free and he mule kicks Matt! Penta sets the ladder against the bottom rope, then he reels Matt in. “CERO! MIEDO!” But Matt slips out of the suplex to shove Penta, and back drop him onto the ladder!
Fans lose their minds while Penta spasms and writhes! Matt drags Penta up, sets him on the ladder, and Nick is there on the corner. Matt lifts the ladder to lift Nick, but Penta kicks Matt away! Fenix goes up after Nick to SUPER SETINER Nick onto the ladder!! Nick clutches his thighs and tailbone and fans lose their minds all over again! Cutler and Nakazawa check on Nick, fans hope these teams “FIGHT FOREVER!” But this has to end somehow, and Pac gets in. Pac grabs at the taller ladder but so does Omega from the outside. Pac STOMPS the ladder closed to crush Omega’s hand! And again, and again!
Omega gets his hand free, Pac drags the ladder over and stands it up. Pac climbs but Omega gets in to Electric Chair Lift! But Pac fights the tuck to POISON-RANA! Matt runs in but Pac side steps, SNAP GERMAN! Penta and Fenix have Omega, “CERO! MIEDO!” DOUBLE STOMP FEAR FACTOR!! Fenix then TORNILLOS out onto Nick!! Fans are thunderous as Penta hobbles to the ladder. Penta climbs, but Matt yanks him down to ROCK him with haymakers. Pac CLUBS Matt, Penta folds the ladder and leans it in a corner. Pac brings Matt over, he and Penta reel him in, but Nick saves Matt from the suplex!
Nick mule kicks Pac’s leg out, then Matt does the same to Penta’s leg. Nick then SUPERKICKS Pac and Matt then SUPERKICKS Penta! Then they DOUBLE SUPERKICK Pac!! Fans fire up as Fenix springboards in, but into a NORTHERN LIGHTS! Matt starts up the Polar Express! And he NORTHERN LIGHTS Fenix onto the ladder! Nick has Penta on a table, then he climbs the corner! Nick says “YOU’RE DEAD!” 450 SPLASH THROUGH THE TABLE!! Both Nick and Penta are down in the wreckage but Omega and Nakazawa hurry to get Nick out. Matt climbs the ladder, but Fenix crawls after him!
Fenix CLUBS Matt’s legs but Matt kicks him away! Matt climbs, but ALEX tips the ladder! Matt falls to HOTSHOT off the ropes! But Cutler gets in to COLD SPRAY Alex in the face!! Omega runs in, V-TRIGGER for Alex!! Cutler sprays Alex more and kicks him out of the ring. Omega stands the ladder back up, but Pac runs in with a bell hammer! Pac SMACKS Omega’s hand! Pac kicks Omega out of the ring, reels him in, FALCON ARROW to the floor! Pac then hurries back into the ring and he climbs up the ladder! Fenix is on guard, but Matt gets past him to go up the ladder from the other side! Matt and Pac meet at the top!
Matt throws haymakers, but the Lucha Brothers set up a ladder bridge just below Matt! Pac and Matt continue to brawl, but Matt gets the edge! Penta walks the bridge and CLUBS Matt! Penta brings Matt around, tucks him in, and fans shout “CERO! MIEDO!” FEAR FACTOR on the ladder!!! Matt falls, Penta flops down, and fans are losing their minds all over again! Fenix climbs, but Omega hurries up! Omega fires off hands but Fenix hits back! Fenix shifts to that side, he CLUBS Omega, but Omega throws shots! Omega Electric Chair Lifts! ONE WINGED ANGEL OFF the ladder!!! But Pac shoots the BLACK ARROW onto knees!!!
Omega hurries to get the bridge out of the way, and then he hurries up the ladder! LA is going nuts as Omega reaches the top! Omega reaches out to grab a belt, and he pulls it down! THE ELITE WIN!!!
Winners: The Elite (win the series 4-3; NEW AEW World Trios Champions)
Not only was this an Elite Comeback from their time away, this was an epic comeback from being down 3-1!! With this series now behind them, what is next for the TWO-TIME AEW World Trios Champions?
An amazing Dynamite here, especially with a very fired up LA crowd. I will say that compared to most other times, this week felt like it had the right balance of talking and matches, in that the balance favored matches. The promos were still good, such as Cassidy confirming that Best Friends are just fine. And because they’re in LA, they of course find a way to get a celebrity involved, but I wonder who it’d be if Walker Hauser didn’t win a Golden Globe. Or maybe it would still be him and he’d just have no Golden Globe to show off. We also got a good promo from Juice to call out Darby, and that will be a great match. I still think we need to see Orange VS Juice, though.
We also got a very good promo out of JAS, Starks and Andretti. Starks had a lot of great insults, especially “Count Suckula” for Jericho, but I wonder if we got a right hand not knowing the left hand blah blah blah moment as Starks challenge Hager to a match that was already confirmed. But either way, Starks VS Hager fits what I was hoping for in Starks going through the rest of the JAS before a rematch with Jericho. Good promo from Eddie and Ortiz to play u their distrust while confirming their match with The House of Black. That is going to be good stuff, and I can’t wait to see if there is a turn and who it is that turns.
And of course, it was great to see Adam Cole back! He set up a good swerve in making it seem like bad news was that he was still going to be gone or even have to retire, but great to hear he will be back in action very soon. Who knows what story he’ll get into, but it’ll just be good to see him in the ring again. Cole is definitely a top title scene guy, but he obviously will have to wait his turn. MJF had another good promo as he gets involved with Bryan VS Konosuke. Bryan VS Konosuke was an awesome match, and fans were even getting behind Konosuke through the course of the match. Bryan of course wins, he wasn’t going to fail the first time out. And while Bryan winning all the way to February 8th seems a given and you’d think that’s boring, it won’t be if he gives us bangers like this one every single week.
Moxley VS Hangman was also a banger and one hell of an opener. They turned LA into Lariat City, a fitting story beat given the concussion from the King Kong Lariat at Full Gear. And Hangman winning here was great stuff, it essentially ties things at 1-1. Moxley apparently getting checked for his own concussion might be more kayfabe than shoot, as it’d be quite the way to turn the tables on Mox. They might be able to use that as a reason to delay Moxley VS Hangman 3 until Revolution, and maybe that ends up the Unsanctioned Match I thought we were getting here? It’d be the best way to blow off this story and have both men go their separate ways.
The Firm VS Jungle Hook was really good stuff, and of course everyone loved seeing Hook throw Morrissey up and over. Jungle Hook wins as I expected, but I still expect 1v1 showdowns. Hell, it might not even be JB VS Big Bill, it might now be Big Bill VS Hook for the FTW Championship at some point. Great tag match out of Britt & Hayter VS Saraya & Storm, too, and I like how Shida got involved in a slightly different way than I expected. It might’ve been too obvious to have Shida attack Saraya, so I like that Shida tried to help Saraya & Storm sneak the win, only for it to backfire. Saraya will likely confront Shida about it and that leads us to their match as opposed to an outright turn.
And of course, an amazing main event with Escalara de la Muerte. Those back-to-back table spots with Omega’s “missed” Terminator tope and then Matt hitting Pac with a crossbody were both so good, and they actually gave us some rather safe ladder spots for how rough they all looked. Well, Nick being sent at the ladder via a Super Steiner was risky, as I thought he was going to crack his legs on the side of it. But in the end, The Elite winning is the right move, given that their first reign ended because of suspension stemming from #BrawlOut #Scrumgate, something that never should’ve happened. Who knows who will be their first challengers, but it’ll all be great stuff either way.
My Score: 9.3/10
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Mitchell’s AEW Dynamite Results & Report! (3/22/23)
Independence is Dynamite!
Dream matches, grudge matches, title matches, oh my!
The AEW World Tag Team Championships, Moxley VS Grayson, Hook VS Stokely under NO DISQUALIFICATIONS, and Kenny Omega VS El Hijo del Vikingo, all on one night!
- Six Man Tag: Orange Cassidy, Darby Allin & Sting VS The Superbad Squad; Cassidy, Darby & Sting win.
- AEW World Tag Team Championships: The Gunns VS Top Flight; The Gunns win and retain the titles.
- No Disqualifications: Hook VS Stokely Hathaway; Hook wins.
- Jon Moxley w/ Wheeler Yuta & Claudio Castagnoli VS Stu Grayson w/ The Dark Order; Moxley wins.
- Toni Storm w/ The Outcasts VS Skye Blue; Storm wins.
- Kenny Omega VS El Hijo del Vikingo; Omega wins.
PLAY BY PLAY
There’s a medical emergency backstage!
Hangman Page is on the phone with someone while Brandon Cutler gets in the ambulance. Cutler tells Hangman to make sure someone’s with Nick, meaning MATT Jackson is in the ambulance! The ambulance drives away, and now Nick is loaded into a second! The Young Bucks were attacked before cameras were rolling, Don Callis calms Kenny Omega down, and Hangman rides with Nick. Omega has his main event match with AAA rival El Hijo del Vikingo, but who went after his best friends?
Six Man Tag: Orange Cassidy, Darby Allin & Sting VS The Superbad Squad!
Freshly Squeezed is still a champion, as he retained the now AEW International Championship in Canada. But now, a familiar foe is rearing his Superbad head once again. Kip Sabian is bringing Butcher & Blade with him to go after Cassidy while his Best Friends are down and out. But will Cassidy’s new pals be more than enough to turn back the Superbad Squad?
The trios sort out and Cassidy starts against Kip. Fans rally and chant for “FRESHLY SQUEEZED!” but Kip copies Cassidy putting his hands up. Cassidy rushes in, Kip gets around and waistlocks to headlock. Cassidy powers out, headlocks back, but Kip powers out, only for Cassidy to slip around and headlock again. Kip powers out, things speed up and Cassidy arm-drags, but Kip cartwheels through! Kip mocks Cassidy, Cassidy rushes in but Kip dumps him out. Kip fakes Cassidy out with an Arabian Press, then he mocks putting his hands up again. Cassidy rushes back in, dodges Kip now, and sends him out!
Cassidy mocks Kip, then puts his hands up. To put his hands in his pockets! Kip rushes in, Cassidy dodges and SHOTGUNS! Cassidy kips up and fans fire up, but Kip scrambles away to tag in Butcher. Butcher eggs Cassidy on, but fans cheer as Cassidy tags in STIIIING! The Icon steps to Andy Williams and Andy talks trash. Butcher swings a forearm, but Sting just brushes it off! Butcher throws another forearm, but then Sting counter punches! And back hands! And punches again! Sting kicks low, ROCKS Butcher, then fires off in the corner. But Butcher claws at the eyes! The fans boo but Butcher BITES Sting’s forehead!
Butcher BLASTS Cassidy and Darby, then mocks Sting’s howl. Butcher runs, but misses the splash! Sting runs to hit the STINGER SPLASH! Fans fire up as Sting snapmares and gets the legs! But Blade and Kip attack! Fans boo but Darby and Cassidy fight them off! Kip throws Cassidy out, Blade scoops and dumps Darby out, then the Superbad Squad coordinates. Butcher & Blade reel Sting in, Butcher tags Kip, and then they DOUBLE SUPLEX Sting! Kip goes up the corner, but Sting slow rolls away, a la Cassidy! Speaking of Cassidy, he and Darby go after Butcher & Blade on the outside! Fans fire up but Kip is frustrated.
Kip storms over to another corner and climbs up again, but Sting slow rolls the other way! Fans fire up, Darby reaches out and makes the tag! Kip leaps, Darby gets under to SLAP, HEADBUTT, roll and CODE RED! Cover, TWO! Kip is still in this and Penelope Ford gets on the apron! The ref reprimands her while Darby whips Kip. Kip reverses, Darby goes up the ropes, but Blade trips him up! Darby hits the mat hard, Kip stomps away, and fans boo while AEW goes picture in picture.
Kip drags Darby up while Butcher sends Cassidy into barriers! Kip hits a FISHERMAN SUPLEX! Bridging cover, TWO! Tag to Blade, the squad mugs Darby, then they send him into a corner. Blade runs in to CHOP! And CHOP! And then snapmare to PENATLY KICK! Cover, TWO! Blade drags Darby over, tags in Butcher, and they DOUBLE HEADBUTT Darby down. Butcher drags Darby up to CHOP him back down. Butcher drags Darby up to bump him off buckles, then he tags Kip. Kip stomps Darby, then taunts Sting. The ref reprimands Kip but that allows Blade to CHOKE Darby! Kip howls, tags Blade, and the mugging continues.
Blade brings Darby up to ROCK him with a forearm. Blade brings Darby around to whip him to ropes, to then POWERSLAM! Cover, TWO! Tag to Butcher, he stomps Darby, then ties up the legs. Darby throws hands from below, but Butcher still drags him into a TEXAS CLOVERLEAF! Darby endures, claws his way around, but even Penelope taunts him with shouting, “TAP! TAP!” Dynamite returns to single picture as Darby crawls towards his corner, only for Blade to swing him out into a POWERBOMB! Cover, TWO! Darby survives but Butcher tags Kip. Kip drags Darby up to wrench an arm and whip. Darby uses that to BLAST Butcher & Blade!
Kip runs in, blocks Darby’s boot and spins Darby around to back suplex. Darby lands on his feet, but his knee jams! Darby crawls and scrambles, but Kip drags him back! Kip catches Darby, Blade trips Sting! Blade sends Sting into barriers! Darby sunset flips Kip, Kip stays up so Darby lets him go to hot tag Cassidy! Fans are thunderous as Cassidy eggs Kip on! Kip rushes Cassidy but gets a buckle bump! Cassidy goes up top, and CROSSBODIES! Cassidy keeps moving, he ducks ‘n’ dodges to tilt-o-whirl DDT! And kip up! Fans are thunderous again as Cassidy gives Kip those “devastating” kicks! But then Butcher runs in to CLOBBER Cassidy!
Fans boo and the ref reprimands, but Butcher brings Cassidy up. Butcher lifts but Cassidy fights the bomb! Blade gets in, they DRAG THE LAKE!! Kip covers, TWO!! Cassidy survives and Kip is furious! Kip howls, runs and CANNONBALLS! Fans boo but Kip soaks it all up. Kip is too busy having fun, he misses Cassidy tag STIIIIING! Sting walks up to give those same “devastating” kicks! Kip thinks it’s Cassidy, and turns around into quite the surprise. Sting “beats” his chest, Kip swings, but into a LARIAT! Sting really fires up, and he rallies on the Superbad Squad! Kip springboards, but Sting catches him! SCORPION DEATHLOCK!!
Ford freaks out, Blade gets up and throws hands, but Sting doesn’t flinch! Butcher adds on, the 2v1 is too much and Kip gets free. But Darby returns to fire off on Butcher & Blade! Butcher blocks one, CLUBS Darby and then hoists Darby up. Darby BOOTS Blade, BITES Butcher’s hand, then runs to DOUBLE COFFIN SPLASH! Butcher & Blade bail out but Darby builds speed, into Kip’s body shot! Kip avoids Orange’s punch, to suplex, STUN-DOG MILLIONAIRE! Then Cassidy DIVES to take out Blade! Darby hops up to THROWBACK STUNNER on Kip, then he DIVES into Butcher!
Sting has Kip in the dragon sleeper, and fans are thunderous for the SCORPION DEATH DROP!! Cover, Sting’s team wins!
Winners: Sting, Darby Allin & Orange Cassidy
A huge win for the unlikeliest of trios, and Cassidy adorns Sting with the sunglasses! As for Darby, he is looking at the Double or Nothing banner. The Relentless One wants at MJF and the gold, will he be living it up in Las Vegas?
AEW shares backstage footage from last week.
After having his “Re-Bar-Mitzvah” interrupted by Darby Allin, Sammy Guevara and “Jungle Boy” Jack Perry, it was obvious Maxwell Jacob Friedman was mad. He curses up a storm, then says he is the world champion! But Darby Allin says the world title means much more than money and fame. It is him being him. And Jack Perry, for himself, his family, and everyone who supported him all this time, he is going to become champion on his own. Sammy says that the world title is his destiny! He said so since episode ONE of Dynamite that he is going to be world champion. But MJF says that’s not how it works! You don’t waltz up to the champ and call your shot, you EARN it!
MJF has beaten Darby, Sammy and JB once each in 1v1 competition in their AEW careers, and he tells them they have to become #1 contender. Good luck trying, because all three of them SUCK! Sammy says he’ll win as many matches as it takes to get that belt off MJF. JB says that you can check the record books. He’s already won more matches than any of them. Darby says he’s beaten Sammy and he’s beaten JB, so he will stop at nothing to make sure that MJF is no longer champion. Who of these three Young Pillars of AEW will be THE one that challenges MJF at Double or Nothing?
AEW takes a closer look at tonight’s main event dream match.
Excalibur narrates that, “In 2021, there was no one hotter in professional wrestling than Kenny Omega. Known as ‘The Belt Collector,’ Omega won championships around the world, including in Mexico, where he won the AAA Mega Championship. At the same time, El Hijo del Vikingo was quickly establishing himself as one of the premier luchadors in all of Mexico. A match was made for December 2021: Vikingo, Omega, for the first time ever for the AAA Mega Championship. Unfortunately, Omega’s injuries at Full Gear were so severe, they required surgery, keeping him out of action for nearly a year.
“Now, with Omega back at 100%, the dream match is on for tonight. Kenny Omega, El Hijo del Vikingo, live!” Who will come out as truly the best today?
AEW World Tag Team Championships: The Gunns VS Top Flight!
They may not be the Young Bucks, the Lucha Brothers or the Hardy Boyz, but Austin & Colten are the brother tag team reigning over AEW. But will they soon find out they are not nearly as good as they think they are? Or will the Gunns cause the Coldest Tag Team in the Game to melt down?
The introductions are made, the belts are raised, and we see who is really the better brother duo!
The teams sort out, Austin starts against Dante, and Independence taunts the “ASS~ BOYS!” Austin tunes that out, knuckle locks with Dante, and then he CHOPS! Austin goes up and up, but then says no no no. Austin hops down, swings on Dante, but misses! Dante knuckle locks and CHOPS, then he goes up and up and FLYING ARM-DRAGS! Dante kips up and fans fire up! Austin tags Colten, but Dante arm-drags Colten down! Tag to Darius, the Martins double whip and speed things up, to then DROPKICK Colten down! Austin runs in, but into a DROPKICK! The Gunns regroup, but the Martins double clothesline them up and out!
Fans fire up as Dante says they’re getting those belts. The “ASS~ BOYS!” regroup and Colten slides back in. Tag to Austin, he and Dante circle again, and Austin gets around to shove Dante to ropes. Dante BLASTS Colten before the cheap shot! Dante then goes up and over Austin, only for Austin to pull hair! The ref reprimands, but misses Colten HOTSHOT Dante down! Fans boo as Austin stomps and Dynamite goes picture in picture.
Austin whips Dante out of the ring, then taunts Darius to distract the ref. Colten stomps away on Dante! Colten puts Dante in before anyone notices, and Austin bumps Dante off buckles. Tag to Colten, he stomps Dante, but lets off as the ref reprimands. Colten stomps some more, he and Austin taunt Independence and Darius, then Colten drags Dante up. Colten DECKS Dante, then mocks the fans. Colten ROCKS Dante, ROCKS him again, then suplexes. Cover, TWO! Colten stays between the Martin brothers, drags Dante over and bumps him off buckles. Tag to Austin, he stomps Dante now, then digs his boots in.
The ref reprimands but Austin mocks the fans rallying for Dante. Austin lets off and Colten CHOKES Dante! Colten lets off Dante before he gets caught, and Austin tags Colten in. Colten drags Dante up, whips him to ropes, and the Gunns body shot, knee lift and LARIAT! Cover, TWO! Colten stays between the Martins again, drags Dante up and whips him to the corner. Colten runs in but Dante dodges the splash! Austin tags in and hurries to stop Dante. Austin shoves Dante down, but Dante fakes Austin out to go under! Austin still grabs a leg, tags Colten back in, and the Gunns double back suplex! But Dante lands on his feet!
Dynamite returns to single picture, Dante goes over Austin, over Colten, and tags in Darius! Darius rallies on the Gunns and fans fire up! Darius hits an atomic drop on Austin, then LARIATS Colten! Mule kick for Austin, and Darius whips him at Colten. Austin reverses but Darius uses that to UPPERCUT Colten! Austin runs back in, but is sent into Colten! Darius uses Austin to get up and ENZIGURI Colten! Darius then GERMAN SUPLEXES Austin, and STANDING SPANISH FLIES Colten! Cover, TWO! Fans rally as Darius drags Colten up. Tag to Dante, Top Flight double whip, but Colten ducks and tags Austin!
Darius leaps to CROSSBODY Colten! Austin runs in, but into a hall nelson SLAM! cover, TWO!! Dante keeps cool, he goes to the corner, but Colten grabs his leg! Dante kicks Colten away, Darius DIVES onto Colten to hit him into railing! Dante GAMANGIRIS Austin, goes up and up and NOSEDIVES!! Cover, Colten breaks it!! Fans boo but Colten was within the rules. Wait, is that THE KINGDOM!? Mike Bennett & Matt Taven are mugging Darius over their ROH losses! But Dante FLIES out onto them! Direct hit and fans fire up! Dante hurries back up, springboards again, but Austin gets under!
Colten gets in, Dante runs into a 3:10 TO YUMA!! Cover, the Gunns win!
Winners: The Gunns, by pinfall (still AEW World Tag Team Champions)
Fans boo that the Gunns win, but Darius is pissed at The Kingdom! Darius chases off Mike & Matt, will Top Flight get revenge in ROH? As for the Gunns, they hear FTR coming! Fans fire up again as Dax Harwood & Cash Wheeler step out on stage with mics in their hands! Colten gets a mic to have the FTR music stop. Colten says no one wants to hear that song and no one wants to see FTR. Fans boo because they disagree. FTR says they’re not here to fight. They’re here to talk business. Well, no one wants to hear you talk! The Gunns don’t like or respect FTR. And guess what? FTR are LOSERS! They lost three sets of belts, and lost to the Gunns!
There is nothing FTR can say or offer them to get a rematch. NOTHING! Nothing? So like, if they said they’ll never challenge the Gunns again for those titles should they lose- NO! Do you not hear what Austin is saying, “you hillbillies? NOTHING! There’s NOTHING! What do you have to offer?! NOTHING!!” Then if the Gunns wanna prove their first win wasn’t a fluke, should they win against FTR again, FTR will never tag together in AEW again. Oh, the break up? So heartbreaking! LOOK AT HIS FACE! NOTHING!! Okay, okay. Dax says if FTR can’t beat the Gunns to win the AEW World Tag Team Championships, FTR will just quit AEW.
Fans boo, but it seems that got through to the Gunns. If the Gunns beat FTR again, FTR leaves AEW forever? Yes, that’s what Dax said. Well, in that case, deal! The Gunns and FTR shake on it, but then Gunns literally spin in FTR’s faces! The Gunns run for it, but the match is coming either way. Will the “ASS~ BOYS!” get their asses kicked? Or will they be the team that banishes FTR from AEW?
Backstage interview with Jade Cargill, Leila Grey & Mark Sterling.
Renee Paquette is with the AEW TBS Champion, her Last Baddie Standing and her legal representation. Renee says that Taya Valkyrie is All Elite now, and she has her eye on the TBS title. What is Jade’s reaction to that? “Renee, cut the sh*t. We had this Taya girl come in and interrupt my moment to answer an open challenge that was already closed, baby girl. And then, had the audacity to use my finisher. Mark, tie this up.” Sterling has a document, it is a Cease & Desist order. This will be sent to Taya Valkyrie, telling Taya that she is no longer allowed to use the chicken wing facebuster, which is also Jade’s move, as her finisher.
Leila says that she should deliver this document to Taya personally, this Saturday on Rampage. Because she has a few words of her own for Taya. So that’s an official challenge? Yes. Welcome to #ThatBitchShow. Will La Wera Loca have a jaded response to this frivolous lawsuit?
No Disqualifications: Hook VS Stokely Hathaway!
An injured arm turned into a suspension turned into a settlement turned into a high stakes bet that The Firm lost, and now it has resulted in this match. And though Ethan Page, Matt Hardy, Isiah Kassidy, Lee Moriarty & “Big Bill” Morrissey see Stokely off, they can’t stay per the stipulations of the bet. As the introduction says, “He’s not as large as the men he represents, he has the heart of a lion and the wisdom of an owl.” But will any of that help him defeat The Cold-Hearted Handsome Devil?
As Hook makes his entrance, Stokely grabs the mic to say, “Whoa, whoa, whoa! I’ve got some breaking news! I spoke to Dr. Simpson (he means Sampson) earlier, and he said I am not medically cleared to compete. I know, I know. I wanted to so bad. And I would also, what a coinky-dink, announce that I am retiring.” What? Stokely thanks all 12 of his fands, God bless! Justin, here, doctor’s note. Make it official. Justin takes the note, and it reads, “He is SICK.” Justin says that with all due respect, that’s a receipt for Wingstop. The ref RIPS the receipt! And the bell rings! Fans fire up and Hook is ready, so Stokely bails!
Stokely runs around the ring, out to the crowd, but Hook pursues! Fans fire up as Hook chases Stokely down, drags him back, CLUBS him, then brings him over to KNEE and TOSS! Stokely ends up at ringside again and fans are thunderous! Hook stalks Stokely, Stokely runs in to UPPERCUT, but Stokely bounces off of Hook! Stokely scurries away, gets back up, and runs in, but into a leg capture! EL CAMINO to the floor! Fans fire up as Hook drags Stokely up, puts him in the ring, and then looks under the ring. Fans fire up more, because here comes a SPARE GUARD RAIL! Hook puts that in the ring while the Firm can only watch.
Hardy tries to calm the group down, Stokely can take care of himself with things getting “hardcore.” Ethan says no he can’t, they didn’t practice any of the hardcore stuff! Stokely bails out again but Hook puts the railing in a corner. Hook drags Stokely up but Stokely BLASTS Hook with the fire extinguisher! Fans boo but Stokely gets a chair! Stokely smacks the steps a couple times, he says, “I’m not a killer, but don’t push me! That’s Tupac.” Stokely hurries in, fans rally up, and Stokely swings, but Hook blocks! Hook BOOTS Stokely, then SMACKS him on the back! And again! And again! And again!
Hook throws the chair aside, Stokely is barely moving! But Hook drags Stokely up to EL CAMINO onto the railing! The railing BENDS! Hook drags Stokely off the railing, covers, but then pulls him up at TWO! Hook wants REDRUM!!! Stokely is OUT, Hook wins!
Winner: Hook, by submission
The FTW Champion could’ve ended it sooner, but he chose to teach Stokely a lesson: Do not get on Hook’s bad side. Hardy says Ethan must avenge Stokely! Ethan can beat Hook! Hardy is gonna get a match made right now! All Ego is ready, but will he be ready when they #SendHook?
Adam Cole is here!
Fans fire up as the Undisputed One heads to the ring. Naturally, everyone joins in on the “BOOM!” and “ADAM COLE BAYBAY!” Cole gets the mic and says, “Wow. Hey, hey, I think I know the answer to this, but who’s ready for Storytime with Adam Cole, baybay?” Everyone cheers! Cole continues with, “Seven days. We are just seven days away from me making my in-ring return here in AEW. And listen, I know I’ve talked a ton about my struggles and what I went through, but as far as how I’m feeling right now? Guys, I feel freaking great. I have never been more ready, never been more prepared, to get back in this ring, doing what I love, and that is wrestle for AEW.”
Fans are fired up, and Cole knows everyone has questions. “The biggest one being: Who is my opponent going to be on March 29th?” Fans echo, “Who? Who? Who?” Cole starts to speak, but here comes Daniel Garcia! Fans boo as Red Death has the mic to say, “Hey, hey, hey, hey, hey. Who’s ready for Storytime with Daniel Garcia, baybay?” Garcia knows Cole’s been gone awhile, so here’s an update on a few things. Fans tell Garcia to STFU already but Garcia says since Cole’s been gone, Garcia’s become a real veteran in AEW. All the boys in the back respect him so much that he is a locker room leader!
Fans boo more but Garcia says as locker room leader, it is his duty to come out here to not only welcome Cole back, but to put him in his place, too. Garcia says Cole may not remember, but here’s an update on what Garcia’s been doing the last nine months while Cole was home, “playing stupid video games on Twitch.” Cole smirks but allows it. Brody King: beat him! Ricky Starks: beat him! Bryan Danielson: Garcia beat him, too. Garcia’s main-evented more AEW programming over the past year than anyone else on the roster! Garcia is the lifeblood that pumps through this company. And he’s to respect Cole? To welcome Cole back? Where’s Garcia’s warm welcome?
Where is Garcia’s respect when he’s been here, been doing this, and proved himself as one of the best pro-wrest- Oops. Freudian slip there? Garcia corrects himself, “Sports entertainers on the planet today!” That’s what Garcia is! So what makes Cole so special? “What makes me special? When they ring the freakin’ bell, that’s what makes me special! That’s what makes m e special.” Cole admits he likes Garcia. Garcia is really, really good. And some day, he could be leading the charge in AEW. The problem is the company he keeps.
“The Jericho Appreciation Society, they’ve done a great job of giving you this false sense of security. This overconfidence, which sometimes is good, and sometimes is bad. But let me remind you, even me not wrestling for nine months, I am still Adam Cole Baybay. I am a multi-time world champion. I have traveled the globe, fought and beat some of the very best! As a matter of fact, while I was sitting at home for nine months, I was wondering if I’d ever get the chance to wrestle again, hoping, praying, willing to do anything for a second chance. And looks like I found that second chance.”
Fans fire up and Cole says if Garcia is crazy enough to want the match, then dammit, he’s on! Adam Cole VS Daniel Garcia, first-time-ever, next week on Dynamite! But Cole will remind Garcia of something: “This is not just my return match; this is a statement. It’s a statement to the entire locker room that one of the best damn pro-wrestlers on the planet is BACK, baybay.” Fans are fired up for “ADAM COLE! ADAM COLE!” Cole hopes Garcia realizes what he’ sin for. Because Cole promises next week will be a great night. A great night for Cole, for the fans, but for Garcia… Not so much. “See you next week, Garcia. BOOM.”
Cole is ready, Garcia is ready, but will the Dragonslayer stay a great sports enner-tay-ners? Or will the pro-wrestler in him rise to the surface against one of the greatest pro-wrestlers alive today?
Alex Marvez is outside The Elite’s locker room.
Marvez can hear a conversation going on inside, and he steps inside. Callis and Omega are talking, and Callis wants Marvez to hold on. What is Omega’s concern here? Omega’s concern is that his best friends left in an ambulance! He should’ve gone with them! Callis says he sent Cutler and Nakazawa with them. Omega has a match tonight! Hear Callis out. He’s a glass half full kind of guy. Injuries happen, but hear him out. The Bucks going to the hospital might’ve been the best thing for Omega and Callis. It allows for focus! Omega is in a singles match, the God of Pro-Wrestling is back! “Those kids will be fine in a few months.”
Callis now has Marvez join in. “Kenny Omega VS El Hijo del Vikingo is gonna blow the roof off! The God of Pro-Wrestling is BACK, and it starts tonight on Dynamite! Now get out.” Marvez throws this back to ringside, but is Callis only thinking of his benefit, not Kenny’s?
Jon Moxley w/ The Blackpool Combat Club VS Stu Grayson w/ The Dark Order!
The Maniac, along with Claudio Castagnoli & Wheeler Yuta, have torn into the Dark Order from Silver to Reynolds to Evil Uno. They did all that to anger Hangman Page, but they’ve also angered #PlayerTwo! Moxley may be #ForgedByCombat, but will he survive someone born and bred for combat?
The bell rings and Stu RAMS Moxley into a corner! Fans fire up as Stu fires off on Moxley but lets off as the ref counts. Moxley turns things around to CHOP! And CHOP! And CHOP! Moxley pie faces Stu, but Stu turns things around to CHOP back! Stu stalks Moxley to another corner, KNEES him and CLUBS him, then stalks him to a third corner. Moxley kicks low, ROCKS Stu with a forearm, then another, then digs his boots in. The ref counts, Moxley steps off at 4, then Moxley drags Stu up to headlock takeover. Stu keeps his shoulders up, the Dark Order coaches him up but Moxley gets a knuckle lock cover. TWO as Stu gets his left arm up.
Moxley pushes the hand down, covers, TWO as Stu gets the right arm up. Moxley pushes that arm down again, covers, ONE as Stu gets his left arm back up. Stu fights to his feet but Moxley kicks low. Moxley headlocks, Stu powers out but Moxley RAMS him! Moxley runs, but Stu RAMS him! Moxley runs in, clips Stu but is sent out of the ring. Stu hurries out after Moxley, Moxley throws a chair! Stu avoids it, ROCKS Moxley and puts him in the ring. Moxley kicks back, but Stu RANAS! Stu fires forearms, CHOPS Moxley in the corner, then throws knees. Stu whips corner to corner, Moxley reverses and avoids the up ‘n’ over!
Moxley reels Stu in for a SAIDO! Stu staggers up but then flops out to the apron. Moxley runs to BLAST Stu off and to the barriers! Moxley flips Stu off while Dynamite goes picture in picture.
Yuta & Claudio taunt Stu as the ring count climbs. The Dark Order coaches Stu up and he gets in the ring at 5 of 10, but Moxley is right on him. Stu throws a forearm, then another, and another, and another! But Moxley ROCKS Stu with just one! Stu falls over and Claudio yawns. It seems this isn’t competitive enough for the Swiss Superman. Moxley has the legs, he stomps Stu in the stomach, then ties the legs up. But Stu fights back with fists! Moxley still powers Stu into the TEXAS CLOVERLEAF! Stu endures as Moxley sits deep, and he reaches out to the ROPEBREAK! The ref counts, Moxley lets off at 4.
Moxley drags Stu up to CHOP, but Stu CHOPS back! Stu fires forearms, whips, and DROPKICKS Moxley! Moxley goes to a corner, Stu is after hm with a whip, but Moxley reverses to clothesline! Moxley then brings Stu out to X-PLEX! Moxley paces around, the BCC applauds, but the Dark Order coaches Stu. Moxley reels Stu in, lifts him, and hooks the legs to hit the GOTCH PILEDRIVER! Cover, TWO!! Stu is still in this, but Moxley has the knuckle locks back. Dynamite returns to single picture as Moxley rains down the DRAGON STOMPS! Cover, TWO!! Stu hangs tough again, but Moxley just taunts him.
Fans rally, Stu rises, and Moxley KICKS him in the chest! And KICKS him again! Moxley eggs Stu on, then KICKS him more! Moxley SLAPS Stu! Stu snarls and stands up to fire off forearms! Stu whips, Moxley reverses but Stu CLOBBERS him! Stu dodges, tilt-o-whirls and REVERSE DDTS! Then he rains down HAMMER ‘N’ ANVIL ELBOWS! Fans fire up as Stu gives Moxley a taste of his own medicine! And then the SIDE EFFECT! SPRINGBOARD MARIPOSA! Cover, TWO!! Moxley survives and Stu grows frustrated. Stu hurries up a corner, but Yuta distracts! Fans boo but the Dark Order storm up on the BCC!
Stu decides to change course, he ARIHARA MOONSAULTS onto Yuta & Claudio! But Moxley DIVES onto Stu! Moxley puts Stu in the ring, hurries after him, but Stu BOOTS Moxley down! Stu hurries back up top, for the 450 SPLASH!! Cover, TWO!! Moxley survives again and Stu is shocked! But Stu slashes the throat and drags Moxley up. Torture rack, but Moxley slips off right into the BULLY CHOKE!! Stu endures, but he’s turning red! Moxley shifts to the facelock to throw in KNEE after KNEE! Then he shifts to the REAR NAKED CHOKE! But Stu fights up to his feet! Fans fire up but Stu is fading again!
But Stu is still on his feet, and he revives! BACKPACK CANNONBALL!! Both men crash into buckles and Stu is free! Fans are thunderous again and Moxley sputters back to his feet. Moxley brings Stu up, but Stu slips out of the underhooks! PELE!! Moxley falls down and the BCC coach him up. Stu goes back to a corner, climbs back up top, but Moxley ROCKS him first! Moxley climbs, CLUBS away on Stu, then CLAWS Stu’s back. Moxley HEADBUTTS Stu, brings him up into underhooks! SUPER DEATH RIDER!! Cover, Moxley wins!!
Winner: Jon Moxley, by pinfall
The Dark Order hurry into the ring and Moxley backs off, there won’t be any extracurriculars here. But will the Dark Order ever get payback on the mean SOBs in the BCC?
Backstage interview with Ricky Starks.
Renee says she can feel the frustration coming off The Absolute. The back ‘n’ forth with him and Juice Robinson, where do they stand? You tell him! Starks is “sick and tired of talking back and forth. No action, all talk.” Starks doesn’t wanna stand around, take time off his vacation, just to say Juice, he doesn’t like that you attacked him from behind. That’s cool and all, but whatever! How about this, though? Saturday Night Rampage, Starks is done talking. If Juice wants to face him man to man, then he can find Starks on Rampage! If not, just stop! Starks is over it, he is so sick of it! This is the craziest thing he’s been a part of his whole life!
Starks is issuing the open challenge to Juice. If Juice accepts it or not, is a man or not, Starks doesn’t give a damn anymore. The Absolute will be waiting, but will the Booster oblige?
AEW presents an all-new episode of QTV!
QT Marshall says great job last week in their debut, keep the “credibility train” rolling. CHOO-CHOO~! He needs scoops! Harley Cameron says she actually has discovered a “hot new prospect.” Goes by the name of Rey Fenix. And actually, here’s some footage. Hobbs POUNCING Fenix into buckles int heir TNT title match, and the spinebuster, and the Town Business. Everyone has a laugh, and QT says, “Imagine being in the Lucha Brothers, and your own lucha brother doesn’t come out to help you.” Aaron Solo says there is definitely some miedo! Then he laughs while also puffing mouth spray…?
QT asks who the hecc is Alex Abrahantes? Harley says Alex should work on his “character development.” Speaking of, how about Solo stealing Wardlow’s identity and freezing all of his accounts? Oopsie~! Yeah, Wardlow’s gonna lose his house and car, too! And Solo hacked into some observer’s accounts, started this whole thing about hotels. HAHA! QT just got a call from Hobbs. This Saturday on Rampage, another Open Challenge for the TNT title! Can’t wait to see who is the next chapter in the Book of Hobbs. Well, wait no longer! PENTA wants payback for Fenix as he answers the call! Will Hobbs be the one with some fear?
Toni Storm w/ The Outcasts VS Skye Blue!
The Lightning From Down Under has been striking down “spoiled rookies” again and again, but in the Dark. Will she do so again in the spotlight of Dynamite? Or will Skye roll the Storm away?
The bell rings and Storm BLASTS Skye with a forearm! Then she stomps a mudhole into Skye in the corner! The ref counts, Storm lets off but she grins and soaks up the heat. Soho & Saraya mock Skye, then Storm bumps her off buckles., Skye elbows back, fires forearms in return, and the fans fire up! But Storm knees low! Storm whips Skye, Skye kicks back! Skye ROCKS Storm again and again, but Storm shoves her away. Skye comes back, spins Storm for a KNEE SMASH and a DROPKICK! Storm bails out, fans fire up and Skye goes to the apron! FLYING RANA! Fans fire up with Skye but Saraya is mad.
Skye puts Storm in the ring, climbs up the corner, but Storm ROCKS her! Skye falls to the apron, then Storm HIP ATTACKS Skye to the floor! Storm distracts the ref, allowing Soho & Saraya to stomp away on Skye! Fans boo but the Outcasts get away with it! Saraya says, “This is OUR house!” Storm goes out to fetch Skye, and RAMS her into the apron. Storm CHOPS Skye against the post, then bumps her off the other. Storm CHOPS Skye again! Saraya says do it again! Storm puts some stank on this one, but Skye ducks, so the chop hits POST! Saraya & Soho panic as Storm clutches her fingers! Skye then runs in, but Storm dodges so Soho gets DECKED!
Storm CLOBBERS Skye from behind while the ring count climbs. Storm refreshes the ring count, Saraya shouts at Skye, and Storm CHOPS Skye again. Storm stalks Skye around the way as Dynamite goes picture in picture.
Storm drags Skye around to snap suplex her to the floor! Storm flexes, perhaps taunting Jamie Hayter wherever she’s watching this from, and then she goes back for Skye. Storm puts Skye in the ring, flexes more, then drags Skye up. Storm whips Skye to ropes, BOOTS her down, covers, ONE! Cover again, TWO! Another cover, TWO!! Skye is still in this but Storm clamps on with a full nelson. Storm leans on the hold, thrashes Skye around, but Skye endures. Skye fights up, but Storm throws her down by her hair! The ref reprimands but Storm just stalks Skye. Storm kicks Skye around, has her in the corner, and digs her boot in.
The ref counts, Storm stomps but lets off at 4. Storm drags Skye up to snap suplex! Storm grins then stalks Skye. Storm drags Skye up to snap suplex again! Storm flexes more, stalks Skye to another corner, then wrenches her hair to TOSS her across the way! The ref reprimands but Storm just wrenches hair and TOSSES Skye again! Dynamite returns to single picture as Storm soaks up the heat. But Skye shoves Storm down! And then TOSSES Storm by her hair! And again! Skye fires up, runs corner to corner, but Storm puts her on the apron. Skye ROUNDHOUSES! Skye climbs up, to CROSSBODY!
Fans fire up, Skye keeps moving, she ducks ‘n’ dodges to tilt-o-whirl headscissor! Storm ends up on ropes, Skye runs to SHINING WIZARD! Snapmare and SUPER- NO, Storm blocks and spins Skye, but Skye BASEMENT ENZIGURIS! Cover, TWO!! Storm survives and Skye grows frustrated. Saraya & Soho are also frustrated, they rally for Storm but the fans rally for Skye. Saraya tells the fans to shut up! Skye runs, hops on, but Storm shrugs her off! Skye SUPERKICKS! Skye runs, into a THESZ PRESS! Storm rains down fists, then she snarls as she stands back up. Storm gets the legs, but Skye kicks her away!
Skye runs in, only for Storm to spin her around! Storm uses the ropes, TORNADO DDT! Cover, TWO!! Skye survives and fans fire up! Saraya is furious but the ref says the count was fair. Skye goes to a corner but Storm says kiss this. SWEET HIP- NO, Skye picks the ankle! Skye KNEES Storm, runs, avoids Soho’s swipe, and she hits CODE BLUE!! But Soho is still distracting the ref!! Skye would’ve had this if not for Soho! Skye gets in Soho’s face, swings at her, but Storm runs in! Skye sends Storm into Soho, rolls and bridges, TWO!!! Storm stands, into a BOOT! Skye full nelsons, Storm arm-drags free to SHOTGUN Skye down!
Saraya says Storm has this now! Storm says kiss this, and here comes SWEET HIP MUSIC!! GERMAN SUPLEX, and then STORM ZERO!! Cover, Storm wins!
Winner: Toni Storm, by pinfall
The Outcasts with the assist, but now they bring out the spray paint! Fans boo as the Outcast scare off the ref, then surround Skye! But here comes Riho and Willow! Just like last week, Riho has the pipe!! Riho runs the Outcast off and warns them. The Outcasts leave for now, having gotten the win. Will Riho, Willow and Skye start thinking of sticking together from now on?
The AEW medical staff checks on Stu Grayson.
They’re working on his left arm, where did they feel it pop? But then Moxley sneaks up to say, “It’s just business.” And he puts on the SLEEPER!! Claudio & Yuta TOSS the medics aside! Stu is all alone as Moxley chokes him out, then SMACKS him off a trunk! The BCC give Stu the icepack back then leave, what will Hangman & the Dark Order have to say about this?
Kenny Omega VS El Hijo del Vikingo!
The AAA Mega Championship match that was meant to happen in December of 2021 was denied because of injury and misfortune. But now we are all fortunate enough to have this match happen here! “HE was the longest reigning Mega Champion at 765 days, 292 days more than El Hijo del Vikingo. HE never lost that title. HE is undefeated in singles matches in Mexico and also on Dynamite. Many people say HE is also undefeated at life. HE is often complimented on his accomplishments, matches, chiseled physique and hair, yet he is personally proud of his win-loss record in Independence, Missouri, which is better than his record of 1-1 in… NOOOORTH CAROLINA~!
“He arrives tonight after his 833 mile journey from Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. Weighing 224 pounds, HE is…! KENNY! OOOOOOOOOOOOMEEEEGAAAAAA~!” The fans go wild for the Cleaner, the Best Bout Machine, and Don Callis’ God of Pro-Wrestling, but will Omega prove he is better than the Mega Champion?
But as Omega makes his way down the ramp, El Hijo del Vikingo DIVES onto him! Fans fire up, EHDV throws off his cape, then he runs again, to FLY! Direct hit again and Independence is thunderous! EHDV puts Omega in the ring, springboards and MISSILE DROPKICKS! Omega ends up in a corner, EHDV runs in to clothesline! EHDV fires off forearms, but Omega turns it around to fire them back! The ref wants them to let off, this isn’t a match yet! Omega rains down fists, lets off, and now the bell rings! Fans are thunderous as Omega stomps EHDV down. Omega drags EHDV up, whips him corner to corner, but EHDV slips out to the apron!
Omega hits buckles, then EHDV ENZIGURIS! And GAMANGIRIS! EHDV climbs up, and jumps to IMPOLODER DRAGONRANA! Omega goes flying, then staggers up into the SCREW HIGH KICK! Omega’s on the ropes, EHDV runs to DOUBLE KNEE him through the ropes! Omega falls to the floor, EHDV refreshes the count, and fans say “This is Awesome!” EHDV SHOOTING STAR PRESSES to the floor! A bit double-edged, but fans lose their minds! Callis protests, the ring count climbs, but EHDV puts Omega in the ring. EHDV aims, slingshots and then springboards to 450 SPLASH! Cover, TWO!!
Omega goes to a corner, EHDV runs in to GAMANGIRI again! Omega staggers away, EHDV pursues but Omega CHOPS! And CHOPS again! EHDV falls over but Omega stalks him to a corner. Omega brings EHDV up to JAB! And JAB! fans rally and duel, Omega drags EHDV up to whip. Omega scoops EHDV for a tilt-o-whirl BACKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! Omega drags EHDV back up fast, to fisherman BUSTER! Cover, TWO! EHDV hangs tough and Omega is frustrated but the fans are loving this. Omega stalks EHDV to the ropes, scrapes him to the apron, and then Omega goes out to follow EHDV.
Omega CLUBS EHDV, and whips him hard into barriers! EHDV falls in a heap, but Omega goes looking under the ring. Omega brings out a TABLE! Fans fire up for that, and Omega stands that table up near the ring. The ref reprimands, this isn’t a Tables match or anything like that. But fans chant, “WE WANT TABLES!” as Dynamite goes picture in picture.
Omega drags EHDV up, puts him in the ring, and Omega storms up to scoop and BACKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! Omega clamps on with an armlock and chinbar, but he also fishhooks EHDV’s face! The ref reprimands, Omega lets off, but then pulls on EHDV’s hair! The ref counts but Omega lets off at 4. Omega looms over EHDV, stomps him, stomps him more, then springboard stomps! Omega drags EHDV around to KNEE him in the side! And again! Cover, TWO! EHDV hangs tough but Omega just snarls. Omega drags EHDV up to CHOP him back down! Omega drags EHDV up again to CLUB him back down!
Omega drags EHDV up at the ropes, ROCKS him with a right hand, then ROCKS him again! And again! And again! The ref reprimands and counts, Omega lets off, but then Omega CHOKES EHDV with his foot! Dynamite returns, the fans boo and the ref counts, but Omega lets off at 4 again. Omega ROCKS EHDV again, JABS him, then whips him to ropes. EHDV ducks ‘n’ dodges to tilt-o-whirl RANA! Omega goes to the apron, fans fire up as EHDV pursues! EHDV ROCKS Omega, but Omega tomahawk chops back! EHDV CHOPS, but Omega CHOPS! EHDV CHOPS back, so Omega BOOTS him! Omega runs in, goes up, and he MONKEY FLIPS EHDV on the apron!
EHDV falls to the floor while fans lose minds over how tight that one was. Omega drags EHDV up to the apron, and he grins as he looks at the table he set up. Omega drags EHDV up, the ref reprimands but Omega full nelsons! EHDV slips free to GAMANGIRI again! EHDV goes up top, balances on the post, and FLYING DRAGONRANAS!! Fans are thunderous as Omega hits the floor! Omega flounders into the ring, EHDV shoves him further in. Fans say “This is Awesome!” as both men go to corners. EHDV runs corner to corner to clothesline! EHDV hoists Omega up top, and GAMANGIRIS yet again!
EHDV climbs up after Omega, fans fire up again as they start to brawl! Omega HEADBUTTS, reels EHDV in, and SUPER POWER- STEINER!!! EHDV reverses just in time, Omega clutches his head! EHDV goes to the ropes, stands from the middle and PHOENIX SPLASHES in!!! Cover, TWO?!?! Omega survives by nanoseconds!! Independence is electric as both men rise up! They hope these two “FIGHT FOREVER!” but it has to end somehow! EHDV throws a forearm, a SOBAT, and then he runs to springboard, into a POWERBOMB!! And then another POWERBOMB! Roll through and V-TRIGGER!! Cover, TWO!!!
Omega is furious as EHDV survives! Omega slashes his throat, drags EHDV up, and he full nelsons for a SNAP DRAGON SUPLEX! Omega snarls, he puts EHDV on the ropes and takes aim. BANG and V-TRIGGER!! But that’s not the end of it! Omega drags EHDV up, deadweight as he is, and Electric Chair Lifts! But EHDV throws down fists! EHDV hops down, UPPERCUTS, then goes up and up to FLYING POISON-RANA!!! Omega tumbles to the apron, and EHDV crawls over to push him onto the table! EHDV builds speed while fans fire up, and he goes up to ESCALARA 630 SENTON through the table!!!!
Independence is volcanic for “A E DUB! A E DUB!” while Callis is freaking out! Both men are down in the wreckage as the ring count starts. EHDV crawls away at 3 of 10, Omega finally stirs at 4. Both men drag themselves up at 6, stand at “OCHO!” And both men slide in at 9! EHDV covers, TWO!!! Omega is still in this and EHDV is beside himself! Fans rally up, both men rise again, and EHDV throws a haymaker! Omega gives it back, they go back and forth, faster and faster! They go forearm for forearm, stand up, and keep throwing shots! EHDV gets the edge, SOBATS, runs, into a V-TRIGGER!!
Omega whips, EHDV rolls up and SUNSET FLIP BOMBS! TWO?!?!? Omega narrowly escapes again and even HE is shocked! But EHDV hurries to a corner and climbs up top! Omega flounders in the drop zone, EHDV 630 SENTONS but FLOPS as Omega moves!! EHDV flounders up, into a V-TRIGGER!!! Omega drags EHDV up, Electric Chair Lifts, ONE WINGED ANGEL!!!! Cover, OMEGA WINS!
Winner: Kenny Omega, by pinfall
This was a dream match the moment it was made, but this became an all-time classic by the end! Tony Schiavone joins Callis and Omega in the ring to say this was an incredible match. Omega is back in singles competition, and that was one for the ages! Omega thanks Schiavone for that. The more time goes by, the more he wonders if he can still do this kind of stuff for the fans. Wait, wait! THE BCC JUMPS OMEGA!! Moxley, Claudio & Yuta all mug Omega, and fans boo while Callis can only shout at the ref to stop this! The BCC stand Omega up so they can throw body shots and haymakers!
Fans continue to boo, but wait! Sirens? An ambulance has returned? For who? Wait, HANGMAN is driving it!! The Cowboy has a 2×4, with nails in it! Fans are going nuts for “COWBOY SH*T!” while the BCC stomp away on Omega. But here comes Hangman, wood in hand! The BCC decide to bail! Callis checks on Omega but the damage has been done. Hangman wants Moxley to get his ass back in here, but he stays back. Callis tries to calm Hangman down, but he almost gets 2×4 to the face! Callis keeps pulling at Hangman’s arm to hold him back, but Hangman shakes free and Callis falls right down! Omega comes to, and misunderstands why Callis is down!
Callis blames Hangman but Hangman says he didn’t do anything to Don! Omega and Hangman argue, Callis cowers behind Omega, and Omega takes Callis’ side. Fans boo, but is this just Callis keeping Omega all to himself?
A great episode of Dynamite, but it already feels like they’re gonna keep things going until Double or Nothing, no big thing for April. We got a great promo out of the Four Young Pillars, and MJF is making the other three run the #1 contender race like he did Bryan Danielson from now until, I dunno, probably May 3rd so that May can focus on building MJF VS his challenger. Hard to say who it’ll be, but Darby’s off to a good start with that great Six Man Tag. Darby, Sting and Cassidy made an eclectic but great combination, especially with Sting borrowing some Freshly Squeezed tactics. And Cassidy’s International Championship card is open to just about anyone at this point.
Really good tag title match, but I should’ve figured shenanigans would help The Gunns retain. The Kingdom and Top Flight are solidly ROH Tag title contenders with #ReachForTheSky needing teams. Plus, The Gunns’ real story is with FTR, who came back to have a really good promo with them. Gunns VS FTR, Titles VS AEW contracts could honestly go either way. There’s a lot of talk out there of FTR going back to WWE since it’s under HHH right now, so this move could be how FTR exits AEW, but this could also be what guarantees FTR staying. Either way, this is going to be some really big stuff for the titles.
Good promo from Jade and her group, and you do have to appreciate Sterling’s gimmick of bringing about frivolous lawsuits on behalf of people to poke fun at wrestling tropes. The security guards finally got justice, even though they also got crushed by Wardlow, and now finishers that are exactly the same but with different names are being questioned. Pretty sure Leila loses the match and Taya tears up that document, though. Then it’ll be about who hits the chicken wing facebuster first to win that title. Jade has done an amazing job being an undefeated inaugural TBS Champion, but now is the time to move on to someone else so Jade can move on to the top title.
Great segment out of Hook, Stokely and The Firm. Great show from Stokely with trying to weasel out of this, then trying to run away from this, but of course he gets thrown around. Awesome use of spare guard railing, though. I figured Hook VS Ethan was going to be how this wraps up, can’t wait to see how that goes. And I appreciate Starks getting a little meta on the bad pacing of feuds. Starks VS Juice for Rampage, if it happens, will be great stuff, and maybe shenanigans helps Juice win to keep this going. Though, I feel like Starks and Juice could each be doing something better than spinning their wheels with each other. Give me Starks VS Hobbs and Orange VS Juice for those respective titles.
Speaking of which, only the second QTV segment and I’m just done with it. But they did point out the weird logic of Penta not being out there with Fenix last week. Penta VS Hobbs will probably go the same as Fenix VS Hobbs did, and Wardlow will come back for revenge. Also, another wrestling trope that needs poking at: Solo confessed to illegal activities but he won’t get investigated or arrested because it’s wrestling. If Sterling were a Face lawyer, he’d be right on Solo’s ass. But maybe Wardlow beats the crap out of Solo as his punishment, then he gets his shot at Hobbs at Double or Nothing to put this story to rest.
Great promo from Cole and Garcia, and I appreciate they had Garcia have that slip of the tongue. Garcia is of course enjoying the fun side of being a sports entertainer, showing off his personality and just doing whatever shenanigans he wants, but he also clearly enjoys the pro-wrestling stuff of just fighting. Garcia VS Cole is going to be awesome stuff, but Garcia and the JAS also have their story with the House of Black so who knows how the finish goes. Great match out of Storm VS Skye, and Skye looked great even in defeat. Another inconsistency in wrestling logic: Riho & Willow should’ve been ringside to start because they know The Outcasts will be up to no good. But I suppose that does give Riho & Willow their moment of heroism in running the Outcasts off.
I bring up that inconsistency in logic because that match was after Moxley VS Grayson, where both men had their allies ringside. The men can think to bring their boys but the women’s division can’t think to bring their friends along, when we’ve also always seen Britt have Rebel and/or Hayter and vice-versa? Anyway, great stuff out of Moxley VS Grayson, and Grayson also looked awesome even in defeat. The BCC apparently went after everyone Hangman considers a friend, as the Bucks were taken out off-camera by them, and then the BCC jump Grayson.
And then, for being a non-title TV main event, Omega VS El Hijo del Vikingo went above and beyond anything I would’ve expected. There were some scary moments, like that Super Steiner counter to the powerbomb. But then again, it wouldn’t feel like an AAA match if there wasn’t some risk like that. BCC jumping Omega after he wins was a good way to keep the Elite reunion story going, but now there’s the new wrinkle of Don Callis wanting Omega to stay a singles star. To be fair, this is very much like the story of Callis, Omega and The Elite when AEW first got started. Callis wants Omega to return to that Omega, and he throws Hangman under the bus.
Another pro-wrestling logic thing is that no one watches the show back when it’s done, unless it helps the story. And I would hope Omega does that here to see what really happened as opposed to just trusting Callis and distrusting Omega. Or if not Omega, the Bucks can. The Bucks will have seen it on TV at the hospital (kayfabe) and The Bucks will tell Omega that Hangman didn’t hit Callis. Callis is also trying to recruit Konosuke, so it’d be great if Callis only comes out of this with one client. If Omega realizes not to trust Callis over The Elite, then Callis and Konosuke can stick together. If Omega still keeps Callis around, Konosuke can reject Callis to stay his own man.
My Score: 8.9/10
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Mitchell’s AEW Dark Results & Report! (3/21/23)
Toni Storm gets Dark!
AEW Dark is on #ToniTime!
The Outcasts have drawn a line in the AEW Women’s Division, and are daring everyone else to cross it! Will Toni Storm strike down another “entitled rookie?”
- Juice Robinson VS Leon Ruffin; Juice wins.
- Kiera Hogan VS Leila Grey; Leila wins.
- The Iron Savages VS The Wingmen; The Iron Savages win.
- The Renegades VS Avery Breaux & Mafiosa; The Renegades win.
- Toni Storm VS Billie Starkz; Storm wins.
Another surprisingly short line-up for Dark, with a couple matches that could go either way. The Iron Savages, formerly Bear Country, and the Wingmen will be a good one, but I’m leaning towards Bronson & Boulder winning that. Kiera Hogan VS Leila Grey, former Baddie taking on Jade’s last sidekick standing, could also go either way, but I’m leaning towards Kiera. But it’ll be good to see Robyn & Charlette Renegade get a win here to build that unofficial Women’s Tag Division AEW has.
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