Mitchell’s AEW Rampage Results & Report! (1/20/23)
Daniel Garcia is on a Rampage!
Will it be #LeSexGods or #Garciaco for Wednesday?
In order to join Chris Jericho for a tag match on Dynamite, Daniel Garcia takes on Action Andretti tonight for Rampage! Can Action survive the Dragonslayer? Or will Garcia succeed where Jericho failed?
- “Jungle Boy” Jack Perry VS Ethan Page w/ Stokely Hathaway; Jungle Boy wins.
- Brian Cage w/ Prince Nana VS Willie Mack; Cage wins.
- Jade Cargill & Leila Grey VS Jaida & Jordyn Vanity; Jade & Leila win.
- Daniel Garcia VS Action Andretti; Andretti wins, he and Ricky Starks will face Chris Jericho & Sammy Guevara on Dynamite.
PLAY BY PLAY
“Jungle Boy” Jack Perry VS Ethan Page w/ The Firm!
The Firm’s Lee Moriarty & “Big Bill” Morrissey could not put away #JungleHook, so now All Ego steps up! Will Ethan tame Jungle Boy here in Fresno? Or will California be all about that Tarzan Life?
As JB waves to the fans while standing on the corner, Ethan grabs him in the crucifix! The bell rings as Ethan carries JB out! JB slips off the Ego’s Edge, runs in and forearm smashes! And CHOPS! JB whips, Ethan reverses but JB goes up and over and keeps moving, JB ducks, dodges and RANAS Ethan out of the ring! Isiah Kassidy walks over and asks what’s wrong, but Ethan uses Kassidy as a shield as JB DIVES! Direct hit on Kassidy and Matt Hardy is stunned! JB is, too, and he turns around into Ethan’s BIG shoulder tackle! The fans tell Ethan that he sucks but Ethan says he’s the one still standing!
Ethan puts JB in the ring, Hardy argues with Ethan about what he did to Kassidy, and Ethan says Kassidy “took one for the team.” But JB comes back to DIVE! Now he hits Ethan! Fans fire up, high-five with JB, and JB puts Ethan in. Hardy stands in JB’s way, but then backs away. JB goes to the corner, climbs up top, but Ethan ROCKS him first! Ethan says good job on the distraction, and then he crosses JB’s arms. ICONO- RANA! JB counters, then DROPKICKS Ethan down! JB kips up, fans fire up, and JB is feeling it. JB blows a kiss to the fans, then CHOPS Ethan. JB whips, Ethan reverses but JB KICKS him down!
JB keeps moving, but Stokely trips him! And blames Hardy!? JB is confused, Hardy and Kassidy say it was Stokely, but Ethan CLOBBERS JB! JB falls out of the ring, Ethan goes out after him and RAMS him into the railing! Ethan high-tens Hardy and hugs it out, and even raises Hardy’s hand like he won. Kassidy is the one confused now, but Ethan drags JB up to scoop and SNAKE EYES off the apron! JB staggers back, Ethan puts him in the ring, and Ethan stalks JB. Ethan drags JB up, scoops him and hits a BACKBREAKER! JB writhes but fans rally up behind him. Ethan soaks up the heat and pretends he can’t hear the fans.
Ethan stalks JB to the ropes, drags him up, and reels him in to RAM shoulders. And again! And again! Ethan whips, JB holds ropes, and JB BOOTS Ethan away. Ethan comes back and clotheslines JB up and out! Fans boo but the ref keeps The Firm away from JB. Ethan goes out, JB CHOPS him! And CHOPS again! And CHOPS again! And CHOPS, ROCKS, and ROCKS again! Ethan grabs JB by the hair and POSTS JB! JB falls down, the fans boo, but Ethan refreshes the ring count. Ethan stands JB up to CHOP him back down! Ethan stares the camera down and says, “You wanna slap tits? I’ll slap tits!” Ethan then storms over to JB.
Ethan drags JB up and puts him in the ring. JB crawls, Ethan wraps on a waistlock and he squeezes with a rear bearhug. JB endures, fights up and throws elbows. Fans rally, JB breaks free and runs, into a scoop and trophy lift! And TOSS! JB lands hard, Ethan flexes, and Rampage goes picture in picture.
Ethan talks some trash as he paces around. Fresno gets on Ethan’s nerves and he tells them so. Ethan stalks JB to a corner, stomps a mudhole in, then digs his boots in. The ref counts, Ethan lets off, and Stokely talks some trash on JB. Ethan drags JB up to ROCK him with a forearm and JB falls into the corner. Ethan storms up, but JB BOOTS from below! And again! Ethan stomps JB down, drags him back up, and wrenches for a whip corner to corner hard! JB lands upside-down in the corner! Ethan storms over, drags JB up in another waistlock, and he thrashes JB around while bringing him to the mat.
JB endures, fans rally up, and Rampage returns to single picture. JB throws elbows again, but Ethan whips JB to a corner. Ethan runs in, into an elbow! JB CHOPS, CHOPS and ROCKS! JB whips, Ethan reverses but JB ducks ‘n’ dodges to CROSSBODY, into Ethan’s arms! Ethan pops JB around but JB slips off! JB waistlocks, Ethan switches and shoves, but the COMEBACKER lands! Fans fire up as JB roars! JB drags Ethan up, reels him in, suplexes, but the damage to his back holds him back! Ethan BACK DROPS JB away! Fans rally as JB goes to a corner. Ethan runs in but JB BOOTS him! JB goes up the corner, but Ethan ROCKS him!
Ethan crosses the arms again, ICONOCLASM! And then the deadlift into a POWERSLAM! Cover, TWO!! JB survives but Ethan points to Hardy. Ethan copies Hardy’s dancing around and JB slowly rises. Kassidy is confused again but Ethan kicks low, TWIST OF- NO, JB chicken wings to shoutout Captain Charisma! But Ethan powers out, JB comes back again, but into a spin and kick! Ethan reels JB back in, but JB RAMS Ethan into a corner! JB climbs up and rains down fists! Fans count along to “OCHO!” but Stokely gets up in JB’s face! So JB gives Stokely the TENTH! Stokely tumbles down, but Ethan HOTSHOTS JB!
Ethan reels JB in, TWIST OF FATE!! Cover, ROPEBREAK!! JB survives by a literal foot and Ethan can’t believe it! JB rolls out and fans fire up. Ethan wants Hardy to do something since he’s here, but wait! Here comes HOOK! Stokely is furious as the Cold-Hearted, Handsome Devil has appeared! JB slides into the ring while Ethan is watching the FTW Champion, and JB sunset flips Ethan! But Ethan sits on the cover, and he grabs Hardy’s hair! Hardy instinctively swats that away, and JB finishes the sunset! JB WINS!!
Winner: Jungle Boy, by pinfall
#JungleHook is still a thing, and Hardy realizes what happened! Three names on The Firm’s payroll have lost to Hook & Jack, and Stokely is furious! Stokely blames HARDY for that loss! “You’re the biggest idiot! I am pissed to the highest level of pissedtivity!!” Ethan gets the mic and he says Stokely’s right. Hardy says he’s Ethan’s friend! But Ethan says if that’s the case, why did he just cost Ethan the match? Hardy didn’t mean to, he thought JB was pulling his hair! Well, if Hardy wants to be Ethan’s friend, then he’ll have Ethan’s back. Hardy says he of course has Ethan’s back! Okay then.
Ethan tells #JungleHook that this wasn’t how it was supposed to go. And Matt’s gonna make it up to Ethan, because he owes him. “How about the two of you do your little thing one more time. Wednesday! Dynamite! JUNGLE HOOK VS Ethan Page… and Matt Hardy!!” Fans like the sound of that, and so do Hook and Jungle Boy. Stokely says, “Until then! Isiah Kassidy, Matt Hardy, you’re on TIME OUT!” What does that mean? But in the end, will #JungleHook go 2-0 against The Firm this Wednesday?
Tony Schiavone is in the ring.
Already with him is Ortiz, and Schiavone notes that a week ago, Ortiz and Eddie Kingston took on The House of Black. The way that all ended, can Ortiz explain what is going on with him and his good friend, Eddie? Ortiz thanks Schiavone for this, and says his “friend,” or rather, “the person who I thought was my friend,” has completely lost it. Eddie has fed into the mind games the House of Black is playing with him, and we all saw how that went. Eddie was going to hit a woman with a chair! In their world, you don’t do that. That’s a line you do not cross.
With all due respect to Schiavone, while Ortiz appreciates the time Schiavone is giving him, but Ortiz shouldn’t be talking to Schiavone. Ortiz should be talking to Eddie. “Eddie, how about you get out here and we handle this like men, face to face?” Schiavone says alright then. Fans cheer and here comes The Mad King! And he has a chair! Eddie goes to the ring, Schiavone lets Ortiz have the mic, and then he exits the ring. Eddie says they don’t need to do this out in front of the people, but Ortiz says, “Oh now you wanna talk to me? Huh? Talk to you back there? This is the only way to get your attention.”
Ortiz asks Eddie what’s up with him. Last week, Eddie didn’t wanna let Ortiz into the match. Ortiz gets that. They fought before, they did that song and dance. But Eddie was gonna hit a woman? In their world, they don’t do that! Eddie knows they don’t do that! Is that how Eddie’s mother and father raised him? Ortiz knows for a fact that’s not how they raised him! Ortiz knows for a fact! Eddie coming out here with a chair, for Ortiz?! Eddie wants Ortiz to go to the back so they can talk there, but Ortiz says “Y’know what bothers me the most? What would our mentor say? What would Homicide say? In fact, I know what he would say: that you’re a coward!”
Ortiz says Eddie is a fake tough guy! Eddie likes going around and- EDDIE JAMS ORTIZ WITH THE CHAIR!! And then SMACKS him while he’s down! Fans boo but Eddie storms off, holding onto his chair. Did the House of Black’s plan succeed in tearing down their enemies?
Darby Allin speaks.
“When I beat Samoa Joe for the TNT Championship in Seattle, it was like the best moment of my life. It’s a high I’ve been searching for since then, so week in and week out, I’m gonna fight and defend this championships. And everybody says, ‘Slow down.’ And I said, ‘No, I’m gonna fight until the wheels fall off.’ Bennett, Robinson, Kushida. And now, I’ve got some old scores I need to settle. House of Black, you think I’m done with you? The last time I was in the ring with The House of Black, we sent you guys home. And you guys were gone for some time. And it looks like you guys returned.
“I’ve beaten Malakai and I’ve beaten Brody. But Buddy, this isn’t about Open Challenges, per se. This is about proving something to myself. Proving that I can beat every single member of the House of Black. So you don’t have to say anything, you don’t have to issue the challenge to me. I’m issuing the challenge to you. Dynamite, show up.” The Relentless One is calling out the Aussie Juggernaut! Will Darby survive being the kind of fighting champion he is? Or will Buddy bring gold to the House of Black?
Brian Cage w/ Prince Nana VS Willie Mack!
For the third time this week, The Machine is in action! And for the second time this week, he’s up against his old rival from their days in The Temple. But will Brian Cage be able to maintain momentum towards his match with Bryan Danielson next Dynamite? Or will the Rampage debut of The Mack be a major roadblock?
The bell rings and the two circle. Fans rally, they tie up, and Cage wrenches to a hammerlock. Cage spins Mack around, wrenches again, but Mack rolls and cartwheels and handsprings, then wrenches back! Mack wristlocks, Cage rolls, handsprings and wrenches back to headlock. Mack powers out, things speed up, and Mack hurdles! Cage leaps over, Mack comes back and Cage side-steps, only for Mack to jump and arm-drag! Fans fire up as Mack fireman’s carries for a SAMOAN DROP! Mack kips up! And then shimmies and shakes, for a STANDING MOON- FLOP as Cage moves! Cage knows Mack too well, and he hits a SHOTGUN BOOT!
Mack is dazed and Cage soaks up the cheers and jeers. Mack goes to a corner, Cage runs in to UPPERCUT, GAMANGIRI, and then GERMAN SUPLEX! “Who betta than Cage?!” Cage stalks Mack, drags him up, and bumps him off buckles. Cage ROCKS Mack, CHOPS him, then stomps him. The ref counts, Cage trips Mack and then runs side to side, for a BOOT WASH! Mack sputters with eyes glazed over! Nana likes what he sees as Cage flexes. Mack goes to the apron, Cage goes out after him and fireman’s carries. But Mack slips off to SLAP! And HAYMAKER! And wind up, but Cage clinches! APRON SIDE EFFECT!
Mack flops to the floor, Cage says, “Who betta than Cage?! NOBODY!” Cage paces around Mack while Rampage goes picture in picture.
Cage drags Mack up, whips him hard into railing, and Mack slumps down! Cage grins as fans rally up. Cage drags Mack up, bumps him off the steel steps, then stomps Mack down! Cage refreshes the ring count, to then run and RAM Mack into the railing! The railing BENDS! Fans fire up, Cage drags Mack up, and he puts Mack in the ring. Cage flexes again, goes into the ring, and he looms over Mack. Cage pumps up his arm and drops the elbow! Cover, TWO, but Cage just shows off by doing push-ups. Cage dusts off his hands and he stalks Mack to a corner. Cage CHOKES Mack on the ropes, the ref counts, and Cage steps off.
Cage paces around while Mack sputters again. Mack sits up in the corner but Cage digs his knee in now! The ref counts, Cage lets off, and Cage stomps away! The ref counts, but also argues with Nana. Cage still lets off at 4, and he climbs up the corner to soak up all the cheers and jeers. Cage then drops down to stomp Mack, and Rampage goes picture in picture.
Rampage returns and Cage again soaks up the heat. Cage drags Mack up, puts him in a corner to whip corner to corner, but Mack BOOTS back! Cage comes back, Mack dodges and BOOTS again! Mack goes to ropes, Cage runs in, but Mack dodges to RUNNING GAMANGIRI! Both men are down and fans fire up! The two rise, Cage staggers, and fans rally for Mack. Cage runs in, but Mack LARIATS! Cage gets up, and Mack UPPERCUTS him! Cage staggers back up, Mack clinches, but Cage fights back with elbows! Cage is free, but he walks into a pop-up FOREARM! Cage wobbles, into a pop-up, SKY HIGH! Cover, TWO!!
Cage survives and Mack can’t believe it! Nana coaches Cage but the fans rally for Mack. Mack rises, Cage follows, and Cage denies the Stunner to SUPERKICK! Fireman’s carry, into the F5!! Cover, TWO!!! Mack survives and The Machine is shocked! Nana is also furious, but the fans are thunderous! Cage drags Mack up, reels him in, puts one out, but Mack slips free! Cage ducks the roundhouse, Mack ducks the discus, but Cage ducks the heel kick! JUMP KNEE! POWERBOMB! Flip over and KNEE! Cage reels Mack in again, for the DRILL CLAW!! Cover, Cage wins!
Winner: Brian Cage, by pinfall
Mack pushed the Machine to his limits, but Cage makes it through! Will Cage make the perfect mercenary for MJF when he takes on Bryan Danielson? Or will he fail to slay The American Dragon?
Jade Cargill & Leila Grey VS Jaida & Jordyn Vanity!
Still AEW TBS Champion, still undefeated at 48-0, and that includes tag team matches. But will The Baddies be untouchable all the way to Jade’s 50th? Or will #ThatBitch behold that all is Vanity?
The teams sort out and Leila starts against Jaida. The two circle, Jade talks some trash while the two tie up. Leila and Jaida are in a deadlock, so they break. Leila talks some trash now, and she ties up with Jaida again. Leila waistlocks, SLAMS Jaida down, then facelocks. Leila grinds Jaida but she endures and fights up. Jaida throws body shots, wrenches out, and she reels Leila into a headlock. Leila throws body shots, stomps a foot and whips Jaida away. Leila follows Jaida but Jaida keeps going, and Leila hits a FLYING SHOULDER! Jaida rolls away to tag in Jordyn while Leila talks about being a true Baddie.
Jordyn rushes in but Leila kicks her low. Leila then runs to DECK Jaida with a sucker punch! The ref reprimands but Leila CLUBS Jordyn. Leila POSTS Jordyn, then goes corner to corner for a HESITATION DROPKICK! “Too easy.” Tag to Jade and fans fire up. Jade sighs that this is the best AEW could give her tonight. Jade throws uppercuts, whips Jordyn corner to corner, and Jordyn flops down. Jade storms up, drags Jordyn up and bumps her off buckles. And again, and again! Jordan flops down, and Jade stands on her! The ref counts, Jade counts along, and she lets off at 4 with a stomp! Tag to Leila and Leila drags Jordyn up.
Leila brings Jordyn out to throw knee after knee, then turns her for a NECKBREAKER! Leila lets Jordyn tag Jaida, then Leila dodges to kick low! Leila hits a FACEBUSTER! Cover, but Jade shouts that no, JADE gets the glory. Leila lets off and says Jade’s right. Leila tags to Jade, she stomps Jaida, then chicken wings for JADED! Cover, The Baddies win!
Winners: Jade Cargill & Leila Grey, by pinfall
Jade shrugs then flexes, she is now 49-0 in her AEW career. If it was this easy to get there, how big will Jade’s 50th match be?
We hear from tonight’s main eventers.
Mark Henry says, “Things have been heating up between Action Andretti and the JAS.” Action Andretti says that ever since he beat Chris Jericho, he can’t seem to get the JAS off his back. “But that doesn’t change the fact that I beat you, Chris!” But Daniel Garcia tells Andretti, “you little punk,” that he remembers when he was just like Andretti. Garcia was young, the new kid on the block, he felt that he was hot and that he was good. “But people humbled me. And tonight, that’s what I’m gonna do to you. You are gonna be humbled at the hands of a sports entertainer, you are gonna be humbled at the hands of Daniel Garcia.”
Action says tonight on Rampage, he beats Daniel Garcia. To flip-flop that saying they’ve always got, “a professional wrestler beats a sports entertainer every time. And Action Andretti beats a little b*tch every time.” Mark says it looks like there’s been enough talk, so IT’S TIME! For the main event! Will Garcia change the grudge match set for Dynamite with his own two hands? Or will Action Andretti just check off one “JAS Hole” before he and Starks take on the rest?
Daniel Garcia w/ Sammy Guevara VS Action Andretti!
The Spanish God sees Garcia out to the ring, making sure everyone sees how good the new leather pants look on Garcia. Sammy then joins Jericho, Schiavone, Excalibur and Good ol’ JR on commentary. Sammy says those are expensive pants, and Garcia looks great. They’re best friends, too, by the way. But before the bell rings, Garcia CLOBBERS Action in the corner! The ref rings the bell then reprimands Garcia, but Garcia stomps a mudhole into Action! The ref counts, Garcia flexes while he digs his boot in, but he lets off at 4. Fans boo but Garcia soaks up the heat. Garcia stalks Action to ropes, then CHOPS him!
Garcia whips Action to ropes, but Action handsprings to back elbow! Action finally throws off his vest and fans fire up with him! Action storms up to CHOP Garcia in the corner! Garcia goes to another corner, Action CHOPS him again! Garcia goes to the far side, Action runs in, but into a knee! Garcia swings but Action dodges, to CHOP again! Sammy claims this is all strategy. Garcia is going to tire Action out, just watch. Action whips corner to corner, Garcia reverses, but Action goes up and over and keeps moving. Action ducks ‘n’ dodges to tilt-o-whirl headscissor! Garcia flounders, Action runs to IMPLODER TORNILLO! Cover, TWO!
Action keeps cool while Garcia crawls away. Action storms up, drags him up and EuroUppers! Jericho and Sammy put each other over about whose learning tree is better. Action CHOPS Garcia, whips him to ropes, but Garcia reverses. Action holds ropes, dumps Garcia to the apron, and GAMANGIRIS him down! Action then builds speed and DIVES! Direct hit at the ramp and Fresno fires up! Action puts Garcia in, but Garcia rolls out as Action slides in. Garcia says it isn’t happening, but Action builds speed. Garcia ducks the baseball slide dropkick, and CLOBBERS Action on the return! And of course, Sammy and Jericho applaud.
Garcia drags Action up and whips him into steel steps! Jericho says that’s how it works. “You can do all the fancy flying moves, but all it took was a clothesline to the face.” Garcia storms up the steel steps so he can flex and soak up the heat. Sammy and Jericho applaud while the ring count climbs, and Rampage goes picture in picture.
Garcia looms over Action, drags him back up, and RAMS him into the railing! Action flounders, Garcia drags him back up, and Action talks trash to the fans before he puts Action in the ring. Garcia then flips off Fresno before going into the ring. Cover, TWO! Garcia snarls, he drags Action up, and whips him hard into the corner! Garcia storms up, drags Action back up, but Action ROCKS Garcia with haymaker after haymaker! Action CHOPS, runs, but into a BIG elbow! Cover, TWO! Garcia is annoyed but he keeps on Action with a facelock. Garcia powers Action to a corner, throws body shots, then ROCKS him with a right.
Garcia climbs up to rain down fists! Garcia goes to five and then BITES Actin’s face! The ref reprimands, Garcia lets off and he hoists Action up the corner. Action CLUBS Garcia in return, but Garcia has a bearhug! Garcia squeezes tight, the ref counts, and Garcia lets off to CHOP Action! Garcia hears the fans cheering for Action, but Garcia climbs up after him. Garcia says this is for Fresno, but Action throws body shots! Action DECKS Garcia off the corner! But then Garcia hits the ropes to trip Action up! The ref reprimands Garcia while Action flops to the mat. Garcia drags Action up into double underhooks, for a BUTTERFLY SUPLEX! Cover, TWO!
Garcia is furious that Action is still in this! Garcia looks at Action, dares him to get up, and then looms over him. Fans rally for Action and he slowly stands, only for Garcia to DECK him! Garcia hikes up his leather pants, maybe they don’t fit quite right. Garcia then drags Action up as Rampage returns to single picture. Garcia gives Action toying kicks while taunting him. Action huffs and puffs as Garcia continues to scuff his face. Action is hulking up and fans fire up! Garcia kicks again and again but that only feeds the fire! Action fires forearm after forearm! Garcia knees low, whips, but Action CLOBBERS him!
Fans rally as Action rallies on Garcia! Garcia staggers up, Action spins him and clinches, BACKBREAKER to NECKBREAKAR! An A-List combination right there! Fans fire up with Action and he goes to a corner. Action climbs up to the top, but Garcia slips out of the ring. Fans boo, but Action just adjusts, jumps to the apron to then ARABIAN PRESS!! Direct hit on Garcia and Fresno is thunderous! Action puts Garcia back in and climbs up again. Slingshot, SPLIT-LEG MOONSAULT! Cover, TWO!! Garcia survives and Action grits his teeth but the fans still rally behind him. Jericho says Action is a surprisingly explosive competitor, but Garcia has to get his head on straight!
Action stands Garcia up to CLUB him on the back, then reel him in for a torture rack. Garcia pulls hair, slips free, and whips, but Action handsprings! Only to jump into bodyscissors! SLEEPER!! Action flails, rolls back, it’s a cover, TWO!! Garcia lets go, Action blocks the haymaker, but Garcia ducks the roundhouse! The ENZIGURI hits! Garcia wobbles, comes back and BOOTS! Garcia runs, into a SUPERKICK! Action reels Garcia into the torture rack, for the SWINGING NECKBREAKER! Cover, TWO!! Garcia survives and Action is beside himself! Fans fire up while the standing count starts. Garcia crawls to a corner, Action gets to his feet.
Action storms over to Garcia, drags him up, and CHOPS! Action whips Garcia corner to corner but Garcia reverses, only for Action to go up and out. Garcia runs in, Action ROCKS him with a forearm, then Action springboards, into a PALM STRIKE!! Garcia takes Action out of the air! And then pump handle URENAGES! Cover, TWO!! Garcia is furious that Action survives again! Garcia looks to commentary, and both Sammy and Jericho say he can do this! Just stay on Action! Garcia thinks, he grabs Action’s legs, but Action drags Garcia into a cradle! TWO!!! Garcia escapes, he throat chops and rolls Action, with tights! TWO!!!
Garcia checks with the ref but the ref says that was two! Garcia is furious, he runs in at Action in the corner, but Action UPPERCUTS! Action goes up and up and TORNILLO CROSSBODIES!! Direct hit and Action goes back to a corner! RUNNING SHOOTING STAR! Cover, ACTION WINS!!
Winner: Action Andretti, by pinfall
Jericho and Sammy can’t believe it! This wasn’t the plan! Another loss for the JAS, and now it is locked in! Action Andretti & Ricky Starks take on #LeSexGods on Dynamite! Will Jericho have to win back that loss on his own? Or will Starks & Andretti be an absolute problem for the JAS?
A really good Rampage, though not as strong as last week’s. But I do want to say, this is the second week in a row that they don’t have interview promos, they just had a vignette. What was wrong with Mark Henry conducting the pre-main-event interviews? Not that the vignettes have been bad, I just didn’t think they’d do this over the video interviews. It kinda minimizes what Mark Henry does on Rampage. But speaking of the main event, that was great stuff from Garcia and Andretti. It helps feed into the story that Action wins again. For one, it gives Action momentum going into the tag match with #LeSexGods. And also, it heaps on that Garcia is probably better off not listening to the JAS. Maybe Garcia will see the light by the time we get to Revolution.
The Baddies of course squash The Vanity Twins, but it was a good detail that Jade made Leila give up getting the pin so Jade could finish this off. This is the ego Red Velvet was done with, but Leila seems completely fine with it. She’s kissing up to it, even. Also the Vanity Twins had great ring gear, I hope they get good recognition thanks to this. Good promo from Darby to call out Buddy Matthews, that is going to be an awesome match. And what a wild way to do Eddie’s turn on Ortiz. I don’t know if it’s because Eddie was pissed, or he was doing this because he thinks Ortiz is the House of Black mole, but I didn’t think he’d just up and hit Ortiz with the chair.
Great match out of Brian Cage and Willie Mack. They already had this match-up on Elevation this week, but I would think this was a step up from that one. Though, Mack did take a second to speed up for those more agile moves. But of course Cage wins here so that he has momentum going into his match with Bryan Danielson, that he will of course lose because Bryan VS MJF is happening. And great opening match from Jungle Boy and Ethan Page. Good interweaving with the story of Ethan’s friendship with Matt Hardy and condescending business relationship with Kassidy. Ethan & Hardy VS #JungleHook is going to be a lot of fun, I would love if that was the moment Kassidy stood up to Stokely, forcing Hardy to choose between Kassidy or The Firm.
My Score: 8.5/10
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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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