AEW Dark gives us 13 more matches before the holidays!
It’s the Dark Before Christmas, and all over the card, AEW’s stars are shining, and they’re going to hit hard! Who has a happier holiday with a win?
- Jurassic Express VS Bear Country; Jurassic Express wins.
- Nyla Rose w/ Vickie Guerrero VS Tesha Price; Nyla wins.
- Sonny Kiss VS Miro w/ Kip Sabian; Miro wins.
- Thunder Rosa VS Jazmin Allure; Rosa wins.
- Lee Johnson w/ QT Marshall VS Stu Grayson w/ Evil Uno; Grayson wins.
- KiLynn King VS Alex Gracia; Gracia wins and will face Hikaru Shida on Dynamite Holiday Bash.
- Peter Avalon VS Mike Verna; Avalon wins.
- Red Velvet VS Vertvixen; Velvet wins.
- Six Man Tag: The Dark Order’s 5, 10 & Colt Cabana VS Fuego Del Sol, Aaron Solow & Ray Jaz; The Dark Order wins.
- Leyla Hirsch VS Madi Wrenkowski; Leyla wins.
- Gunn Club VS Team TNT; Gunn Club wins.
- Rey Fenix VS Danny Limelight; Fenix wins.
- Matt Sydal VS Serpentico w/ Luther; Sydal wins.
PLAY BY PLAY
Jurassic Express VS Bear Country!
Jungle Boy and Luchasaurus are keeping things rolling for the team, but they’re running into Bronson and Boulder! Will the boy and his dinosaur be able to barrel through Bear Country?
The teams sort out, and JB starts against Bronson. They circle, tie up, Bronson powers JB to a corner and grinds forearms in, but he lets up as the ref counts. Bronson whips JB corner to corner, JB slips out to slide under and go around to shoulder back in. JB slingshots up and over, runs and wheelbarrows, but Bronson shoves him away. JB goes up and over and handsprings to show off before he dropkicks Bronson! Bronson stays up so JB keeps giving dropkicks! Bronson ends up in Bear corner and fans fire up. Boulder tags in and Luchasaurus wants a turn. JB tags Luchasaurus and fans are loving this showdown of superheavyweights already!
Luchasaurus CHOPS, Boulder throws a haymaker, and then he fires off headbutts! Boulder runs but Luchasaurus swats him to back elbow, headbutt and BOOT! Bronson tags back in but gets kick, kick and QUESTION MARK KICK! Tag to JB and Jurassic Express combines for a wheelbarrow COMPLETE SHOT! Luchasaurus looms over Bronson and JB uses him for a knee-board senton! Cover, ONE!! JB KICKS Bronson to the corner, throws more kicks, then runs corner to corner. Boulder saves Bronson, then Bronson EXPLODERS JB! Rough landing for JB and Bronson storms over. Bronson drags JB up to put him in the corner, tag to Boulder.
Bear Country mugs JB, Boulder bounces JB off buckles. Boulder stands JB up to throw elbows and clotheslines! Boulder whips corner to corner, then back drops JB off the rebound! Fans are fired up for the Bears as Boulder drags JB over. Tag to Bronson, they mug JB more, then Bronson drags JB up. JB throws haymakers and forearms, then he CLUBS Bronson! Bronson stays up, reels JB in and back suplexes, but JB lands on his feet! JB dodges to tag in Luchasaurus! Luchasaurus rallies, puts Bronson in the corner to throw hands then GERMAN SUPLEX! Luchasaurus kips up, Boulder runs in but gets CHOP after CHOP!
Boulder reverses the whip but Luchasaurus LARIATS back! Bronson runs into a CHOKE SLAM! Standing moonsault! Cover, Boulder breaks it! Luchasaurus drags Bronson up, tags JB and then gut wrench. Boulder rams into JB, Bronson shoves Luchasaurus into a BOOT! JB runs at Bronson, but Bronson scoops JB, MONSTER DRIVER onto Luchasaurus! Bronson pushes JB to the corner, tags Boulder in, and Boulder goes up for a MOONSAULT!? Cover, TWO!! JB survives and Boulder can’t believe it! Fans are fired up as Boulder tags Bronson back in.
Bear Country drags JB over, then Boulder Electric Chair lifts Bronson, but Luchasaurus SPRINGBOARDS?! JURASSIC DOOMSDAY!! JB knees Boulder, TAIL WHIP, and then an assist, rebound lariat to a clothesline against ropes! Boulder flops out the hard way, Bronson sits up to get the SPINNING BUZZSAW! And BLINDSIDE LARIAT! Cover, Jurassic Express wins!
Winners: Jurassic Express, by pinfall
The big, burly behemoths of Bear Country could not withstand what was coming down the tracks! Will JB and Luchasaurus go from #3 to #1 contenders soon enough?
Nyla Rose w/ Vickie Guerrero VS Tesha Price!
The Vicious Vixens are ripping their way back up the rankings, and the Native Beast is still hungry for more! Is Tesha going to pay the price of being in Nyla’s way?
The bell rings and Tesha offers a handshake? She wants to be on the Vicious Vixens’ good side. Nyla takes the hand, to CRUSH it! Then Nyla reels her in but Tesha dodges to throw forearms! Nyla knees low, clubs her then throws her by her hair! Vickie mocks Tesha’s pain as Nyla throws Tesha to a corner. Nyla runs in, blocks the boot, but Tesha enziguris! Tesha dodges to fire off forearms but Nyla shoves her away. Tesha handsprings to ROUNDHOUSE! Tesha runs, into a fireman’s carry! Tesha fights free, sunset flips but Nyla stays up to drag her up! Tesha breaks free to forearm, Nyla DECKS her!
Vickie cheers and so do some of the wrestlers ringside, but Vickie tells the booing fans to shut up. Nyla dead lifts Tesha with ONE hand, then fireman’s carries for a SAMOAN DROP! Nyla stomps Tesha, drags her up again, and hits a BACKBREAKER! But Nyla holds on to hit another BACKBREAKER! And Nyla still holds on, for a FALL AWAY SLAM! Tesha ends up across the way and she flounders to a corner. Nyla runs in to corner splash! Nyla whips Tesha corner to corner for a back body block then she CLOBBERS Tesha with a clothesline! Tesha flounders up, Nyla KNEES her down! Nyla drags Tesha up, suplexes her and hangs her out to dry. Nyla goes to the corner to climb up and leap, GUILLOTINE KNEE! Cover, Nyla wins!
Winner: Nyla Rose, by pinfall
Nyla was being a bit naughty toying with her prey like that, but Santa Claus is far too afraid to give her coal. Will Nyla get herself the greatest gift of all in another shot for the AEW Women’s World Championship?
Sonny Kiss VS Miro w/ Kip Sabian!
The Concrete Rose would’ve had The Bad Boy in his corner to counter Superbad, but that No Holds Barred with AEW World Champion, Kenny Omega, was definitely too much. Will Kiss be able to handle The Best Man without back-up?
The bell rings and Kiss circles with Miro. Miro fakes Kiss out with that step, then ROUNDHOUSES Kiss down! Miro celebrates that already, then wants Kiss to show him some fight. When Kiss doesn’t get up, Miro shouts “GAME OVER!” But Kiss avoids the stomps, hotshots Miro at the ropes then KICKS him! Kiss runs in, slides under and hits a jawbreaker! Kiss wants a rana but Miro blocks it! Miro brings Kiss back up, but Kiss fights the bomb off to rana Miro into a corner! Kiss hurries to the opposite corner, handsprings corner to corner, but into Miro’s arms! Miro back suplexes, Kiss lands on his feet and SLAPS Miro! Miro is just angrier!
Kiss backs up, and sends Miro into a corner! Kiss goes up, leaps, FLYING RANA! Kiss BOOTS Miro, does the splits and rolls Miro up, TWO! Miro hits the BEST KICK on Kiss! Miro stomps Kiss over and over, and now it’s GAME OVER! The camel clutch is DEEP, and Kiss taps!
Winner: Miro, by submission
Miro refuses to let go until he is satisfied, but he might’ve just crushed the Concrete Rose! Will The Best Man continue to devastate the roster on the way to the Superbad Best Wedding?
AEW Dark presents a new episode of The Waiting Room!
Rebel wants us to smile as she introduces The Dentist, the Role Model and face of AEW’s Women’s Division, Britt Baker~! Britt is showing off her Turner Broadcasting branded A Christmas Story Christmas sweater as she thanks everyone for tuning in. She and Rebel wish us all a very Merry Christmas on behalf of The Waiting Room. She also thanks Tony Khan for fixing the set after Scorpio Sky ruined it, like he ruins every show he’s on. Rebel, don’t touch it, the paint’s not dry. But speaking of holidays and the spirit of giving, hopefully we fans saw their “gift” to Thunder Rosa in the form of that surprise free facial. Rosa’s never looked better.
And this just in! It is booked, STING will be on The Waiting Room, on the couch, next to Britt and Rebel and with a lot of snow! Rebel is even more excited for that than Britt. But moving on, Britt previews Wednesday’s AEW Dynamite! The Butcher VS … “Pack? Pock?” PAC! The Butcher just so happens to be facing someone who “butchers” the English language. Britt does her best worst British accent as she says, “We don’ know wha’ yo’re sayin’, mate.” Then Chris Jericho and MJF will take on Top Flight. Unfortunately for Darrius and Dante, their 15 minutes of fame are almost up. But it’s okay, because they’re only 15 anyway, they have their whole lives to recover!
Unlike their next guests, who have been here since the beginning of time! Can you believe that these guys once had hair longer than Britt’s? Britt introduces their guests for the night, SoCal Uncensored, Christopher Daniels and Frankie Kazarian! Daniels comes in first but Kaz is a little late. Britt says they can add that to the botch compilation. But Kaz says while he appreciates her sense of humor, he’s not in the mood. Kaz says to Daniels, “It wasn’t supposed to be like this, was it?” He has us remember back to last December, the AEW World Tag Team Championship tournament. It was supposed to be Daniels & Kaz running through everyone and becoming champions just like everywhere they’ve been.
But Daniels got taken out, Scorpio Sky subbed in and that combination took the titles as the first ever AEW World Tag Team Champions. A year later, we’ve all lost something, some more than others. But through all of that disappointment and setbacks, Kaz knew he could rely on SCU, on Scorpio, and on Daniels. “Until now.” Last week on Dynamite, they faced The Acclaimed, and Daniels lost. Yes, he got hit by a boombox, but he still lost. In fact, any time SCU lost, it’s been on Daniels. Yeah, harsh, huh? But Daniels needs to understand something about Kaz. Being successful in this business is more important to Kaz than anything!
Kaz was just a kid from California, who for the last 22 years, has been provided a life he could only have because of wrestling! Kaz met his best friends in this business! He met his wife and has an 8-year-old son because of this business, and Kaz’s kid has the clothes on his back and roof over his head because of this business! Every meal he has ever eaten is because of this business! So Kaz has let frustrations get in the way of personal relationships. Because Daniels isn’t just a tag partner, but Kaz’s best friend. A brother, even! Daniels was the best man at his wedding! These two, for 20 years, have traveled the world and have been inseparable. “So for allowing those professional frustrations to affect a personal relationship, I apologize.”
Daniels wants Kaz to stop. Kaz shouldn’t apologize for being passionate. Kaz is the epitome of a professional in this business! Kaz was a fan who grew up to be one of the best, and Daniels is proud to be his partner and friend. Do not apologize to Daniels. Daniels needs to apologize to Kaz. Daniels did lose that passion. Talk about a bad 2020, this was the worst year in Daniels’ professional life! A wasteland of failure! Daniels let injury and adversity grind him down until stepping into that ring filled him with fear and anxiety! “I hated coming to work every week,” and he’s been falling apart for the last 10 months.
Daniels always said to himself that he would know when it is time to walk away. Maybe all this failure is the sign that Daniels needs to walk away before ruining his reputation. Kaz won’t let Daniels just walk out “with a whimper.” Daniels doesn’t get to do that to Kaz, to the fans and the people who have supported him for almost 30 years! Daniels doesn’t get to do that to his wife, his kids, or his friends! And most of all, Daniels doesn’t get to do that to himself! Kaz knows Daniels better than anyone, and one thing Daniels is, is a fighter! Daniels fights when the pressure is on, so Kaz asks Daniels to fight by his side. “These are drastic times, so I’m going to throw out some drastic measures.”
Right now, SCU is at the bottom of the AEW Tag Division. Britt whispers to Rebel that that’s true. So Kaz wants Daniels to help him scratch and claw until they are AEW Tag Team Champions! The next time these two lose as a team, they are DONE as a tag team! Forever. Daniels looks to go to the door, but he then tells Kaz, “Let’s do it!” They shake hands, and the SoCal Ultimatum has been issued! But Kaz notices The Hybrid2 are in the Waiting Room audience, and tells them SCU has not forgotten them! SCU invite TH2 into the ring to receive an exclusive, one of a kind, ass beating! TH2 will gladly be the ones to retire them! What happens when these teams collide with a team career on the line?
As SCU leaves, Britt tells Rebel to never book them again, she never got to say a thing on her own talk show! “Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays from the Waiting Room. Let’s do it!” Britt and Rebel already mock the SCU handshake as the talk show ends.
Thunder Rosa VS Jazmin Allure!
The “Face of AEW’s Women’s Division” is lucky Rosa didn’t crash the talk show after what she did to the former NWA Women’s World Champion. Will “Ms. Top Tier” feel the wrath meant for the Role Model?
The bell rings and the two tie up. Rosa shoves Allure down hard then talks some smack. Allure give sit back and the two tie up again. They goa round, Allure wrenches to a wristlock, but Rosa wrenches back to get a top wristlock. Rosa bends Allure back, trips her up and then covers, ONE! Rosa keeps on Allure with a keylock, fans rally as Allure fights up. Rosa whips but Allure comes back to sweep the legs then hit a basement dropkick! Cover, ONE! Rosa is up but Allure is on her with a whip. Rosa reverses and hits Allure low with a knee! Rosa slams Allure’s face on the mat then stomps her down!
Rosa puts Allure on ropes and stomps her! The ref reprimands, Rosa runs to double knee Allure in the back! Rosa drags Allure to a cover, TWO! Rosa drags Allure up, Allure throws hands but Rosa body shots. Rosa drags Allure up to RAM her into a corner, then corner to corner for another, OKLAHOMA STAMPEDE! Cover, TWO! Allure lives but Rosa stomps her down. Rosa stalks Allure to a corner, CHOPS her, then grins as she follows Allure to another corner. For another CHOP! Rosa throws elbows, runs corner to corner and comes back but Allure dodges to throw big forearms! The ref counts, Allure rolls Rosa and kicks her! Allure runs, wheelbarrows and victory FACEBUSTER! Cover, TWO!
Fans fire up as Allure drags Rosa up but Rosa CHOPS again! And KNEES, then mule kicks. Rosa runs to dropkick Allure down! Rosa drags Allure up, scoops and hits a THUNDER DRIVER! Cover, Rosa wins!
Winner: Thunder Rosa, by pinfall
“Britt, I’m coming for you!!” Will Britt regret going after Rosa like she did?
Lee Johnson w/ QT Marshall VS Stu Grayson w/ Evil Uno!
Big Shotty has some back-up from the Nightmare Family as he takes on the Dark Order’s human weapon! Will Stu make Johnson regret that he didn’t #JoinDarkOrder?
The bell rings and Stu rushes Johnson to run him over! Stu rallies, rams Johnson to a corner then fires off fists! The ref reprimands and backs Stu off, but Stu runs back in. Johnson dodges to fire off CHOPS! And body shots! The ref has Johnson let up, Johnson whips Stu to ropes then hurdles and drops under, but Stu avoids the dropkick! Stu runs but Johnson runs him over! Fans fire up as Johnson keeps moving, Stu hurdles and drops to dropkick back! Johnson flounders up as Stu circles him. Johnson shoves Stu away but Stu puts him on the apron. Johnson kicks back and slingshots, but Stu kicks him away! Stu slingshots for the apron senton!
Uno applauds and Stu sneers at QT. Stu stalks Johnson, fans rally up for Lee and Lee arm-drags the scoop away! Stu slips out of Johnson’s scoop to fire off kicks and CHOPS, then the URENAGE! Cover, TWO! Another try, ONE! Stu paces as he taunts Johnson. Fans rally up, Johnson gets to ropes and Stu dares him to get up. Johnson CHOPS, and Stu CHOPS back! Stu paces as Johnson slowly gets up, but Stu clubs him down! Stu gives Johnson clubbing crossface forearms then taunts him, “Is that all you got?!” Johnson throws forearms but Stu throws uppercuts! Stu clobbers Johnson with another forearm!
Stu paces more, digs his boots into Johnson at the ropes, then lets off. “C’mon, Lee, you’re better than this!” Stu wants Johnson to fight! Johnson has the ropes, Stu yanks him up by his legs, but Johnson lands on his feet to enziguri Stu away! Johnson is in a corner, Stu runs in but into an elbow. Johnson hops up, leaps over and rallies with clotheslines! Johnson whips but Stu holds ropes and boots back! Stu runs but Johnson dodges to dropkick! Stu flounders to a corner while Johnson fires up! Johnson runs in to CHOP and LARIAT!
Johnson whips but Stu reveres, only for Johnson to go up and over and handspring around. Johnson blocks the clothesline to a BLUE THUNDER BOMB! Cover, TWO!! Johnson keeps his cool as Stu gets up. Johnson runs in but Stu bucks off the neckbreaker, and then gets a full nelson! Johnson fights out, Stu reels him back in, but Johnson victory rolls! Stu holds on, DRAGON SUPLEX! PELE! Stu goes to the apron, springboards for the 450 SPLASH! Cover, TWO?!? Johnson survives, this is what Stu likes! Stu aims from a corner as Johnson rises. The knee pads come down, Stu runs and Johnson rolls him up! TWO!
Johnson gets around to backslide! TWO, Johnson swings but Stu goes Matrix! The Pele misses, Johnson SUPERKICKS and BUCKLE BOMBS! Johnson hurries up top with Stu in a drop zone! CANCUN TORNADO SENTON! Cover, ROPEBREAK!! Stu survives and Uno gets him out of the ring. Fans rally as Johnson keeps his cool. Johnson goes out, but Stu FLAPJACKS him into the railing! Stu sees he has an opening, torture rack and tosses him into a post!! Stu puts Johnson back into the ring, aims from a corner, RUNNING KNEE! But Stu isn’t done, he drags Johnson up again, back to the torture rack for the NIGHTFALL BACKBREAKER! Cover, Stu wins!
Winner: Stu Grayson, by pinfall
Stu surprisingly shows respect by giving Johnson a fist bump. But in the end, The Dark Order gets a win over the Nightmare Family! Evil Uno will be facing Dustin Rhodes on Dynamite, will those wins keep piling up for them?
KiLynn King VS Alex Gracia!
The King and the Pink Dream both want to be the champion of the AEW Women’s Division, but both have a long way to go! And as it turns out, the winner of this match will get a non-title shodown with Hikaru Shida! Will KiLynn take one step closer to the throne? Or will Gracia be a pink nightmare before Christmas?
The bell rings and the two circle and tie up. King turns Gracia for a waistlock and a slam! Gracia moves around to get the facelock, King fights up to wrench out. King headlocks, Gracia powers out but King runs her over! King flexes, things speed up and Gracia swings only for King to whip her away. Gracia dodges but runs into King’s arm-drags! King keeps on the arm with a cording hold, Gracia fights her way up but King makes it a ghost pin! ONE, she tries again, ONE! Sunset flip, ONE! Gracia gets around to CLUB King, but King bucks the roll-up off. So Gracia hits a tiger feint and a forearm shot! Cover, TWO!
Fans cheer this opening exchange as Gracia gets King up. King breaks free to CHOP Gracia! Gracia CHOPS back! King CHOPS, uppercuts and kicks a leg out! King runs to basement dropkick! Cover, TWO! Gracia gets to ropes and King hears the fans rally up. King throws hands in the corner, whips Gracia corner to corner, but Gracia goes up and over and rolls King up, TWO! King kicks low and CLUBS Gracia hard! King whips, Gracia tilt-o-whirls for a headscissors! Gracia runs at the corner to elbow! Leg sweep and a BOOT WASH! Cover, TWO! Fans cheer more as King and Gracia start to throw hands.
Gracia runs and wheelbarrows, but King makes that a GERMAN SUPLEX! King fires up as the ref checks on Gracia. Gracia is somehow still okay and King moshes around. King drags Gracia up for a back suplex, but Gracia slips out! Gracia hits hair for a NECKBREAKER SPIKE! Cover, GRACIA WINS!!
Winner: Alex Gracia, by pinfall
A HUGE win for the Pink Dream! She has a match with the AEW Women’s World Champion, will she be able to punch herself a golden ticket?
Peter Avalon VS Mike Verna!
“Pretty” Peter Avalon has the mic not to hush fans but to say “Oh it’s time!” It is finally time! The first person to answer the unique open challenge, the Pageant Provocation, “is a man whose face is made for television commercials!” Here is… MIKE VERNA! Will the “real-life Man of Steel” be more than super against a man who has finally reached 3 wins?
The bell rings and the two circle. Avalon and Verna tie up, Avalon wrenches to a wristlock and hammerlocks. Verna slips around to a waistlock, Avalon pries the hold and wrenches out to yank on the arm. Verna rolls, wrenches and has the wristlock again. Avalon reels Verna in for a headlock but Verna puts him in a corner. The ref counts, Verna lets off at 4 and Avalon says don’t touch the face. Verna says Avalon can get a free shot on his pretty face, but Avalon shoves him instead. Verna shows punch and Avalon covers up, so Verna gets him in a full nelson instead! Avalon flails, Verna swings him around then tosses him!
Avalon is dizzy, Verna waistlocks but Avalon bucks the roll away. Things speed up and Verna drops to then side step, and he runs Avalon over! Verna runs, Avalon swings ax handles but Verna tilt-o-whirl headscissors! Avalon knees low, reels Verna in, but Verna suplexes, slingshots and slingshots and slingshots, and then slingshots for the suplex! The quadruple! Cover, TWO! Avalon survives but Verna runs in corner to corner, only for Avalon to boot him! Avalon runs, slips out of the scoop and he POSTS Verna! Avalon drags Verna up, wrenches the arm and yanks on it! And again! Avalon snapmares Verna to drop a leg on the arm and get a short arm scissor!
Verna endures as fans rally up. Avalon cranks on the arm, Verna reaches up to get a headlock and tip things over to a cover, TWO! Avalon has the arm again, Verna throws body shots to fight off the wrench! Verna runs but Avalon puts him on the apron! Verna KNEES Avalon back then slingshots for a roll up! TWO, to a dead lift! Avalon fights the bomb off, and WRINGS Verna out! Cover, TWO! Avalon drags Verna up, wrenches the arm and whips Verna into buckles! Avalon wraps the arm around ropes and pulls! The ref counts, Avalon lets off to CHOP! Avalon hoists Verna up, climbs up to join him, but Verna fights back! Verna headbutts Avalon down!
Verna adjusts, leaps, and missile dropkicks! Avalon flounders and Verna rallies with haymakers! Verna takes off the tape to run and ROCK Avalon with that right! Verna drags Avalon, whips him, tilt-o-whirl BACKBREAKER, to a FISHERMAN SUPLEX! Cover, TWO!?! Avalon survives but fans rally up for “Man of Steel! Man of Steel!” Verna goes up top, aims, and leaps, but he swanton FLOPS! Avalon mule kicks and MARTI-KNEES! Cover, Avalon wins!
Winner: Peter Avalon, by pinfall
And the win streak continues! The Pageant Provocation puts down its first participant, but will Avalon continue to score into the new year?
Red Velvet VS Vertvixen!
Things are heating up in the AEW Women’s Division and everyone wants in! But will Red Velvet serve up something sweet to “welcome” the wrestling gamer to the show?
The bell rings and Velvet circles with Vert. They approach, Vert dodges and says she’s too smart and quick for her. They tie up, Velvet waistlocks but Vert elbows out hard! Vert runs but Velvet arm-drags her around! Velvet runs, Vert dodges but Velvet calf kicks her down! Velvet puts Vert in a corner and stomps away! Velvet digs her boot in as she does the splits and stirs it up. The ref counts, Velvet whips Vert but Vert avoids the splits to hit a neck snapper! Vert stomps Velvet, puts her in a corner and CHOPS! Vert whips Velvet corner to corner but Velvet reverses, only to run into a kick! And a KICK! And an enziguri, but Velvet deflects!
Velvet fires up, dodges Vert to then clothesline! And clothesline! Bob ‘n’ weave and a strike fest for a HEEL KICK! Velvet drags Vert up to whip to ropes. Vert reverses but Velvet wheelbarrows to a BULLDOG! Velvet stirs it up and STANDING MOONSAULTS! Cover, TWO! Velvet drags Vert up, whips her to a corner then runs in but Vert boots her! Vert gets up the corner, but Velvet hits first! Velvet has the arms for ICONOCLASM!! Vert flounders onto ropes, Velvet hits DOUBLE KNEES to the back, then the JUST DESSERTS! Cover, Velvet wins!
Winner: Red Velvet, by pinfall
The running dropkick by any other name is still just as sweet! Will Velvet continue to serve up those L’s to the roster?
Six Man Tag: The Dark Order’s 5, 10 & Colt Cabana VS Fuego Del Sol, Aaron Solow & Ray Jaz!
Before going against Jurassic Express for the Holiday Bash, Alan Angels, Preston Vance and BOOM BOOM look to build momentum. Will they bash these three young hopefuls and convince them to #JoinDarkOrder at the same time?
The teams sort out and Fuego starts against Cabana. They circle, tie up, and Cabana shoves Fuego away. Cabana flexes but Fuego comes back, only for Cabana to throw him away! Fuego comes back again, waistlocks, Cabana wrenches and spins Fuego to wristlock. Fuego handsprings and flips and spins to break free and dropkick back! Cabana stays up and laughs it off, and then he blocks the monkey flip! Cabana carries Fuego but Fuego sunset flips! Cabana stays up to dance, but things speed up. Fuego sees the Bionic Elbow coming, but doesn’t see the trip! Cabana grins as he tricked everyone, but Solow tags in.
Solow and Cabana tie up, Cabana powers Solow to the ropes, but the ref counts. Cabana lets off, Solow swings on the Numbers then dodges Cabana. Angels tags in and circles with Solow. They tie up, Angels headlocks, Solow powers out but Angels grabs hair! Angels has the headlock again but Solow rolls him off, only for Angels to run him over! Angels gives a taunting kick then runs, but Solow drops to trip him up and he gets a waistlock. Angels bucks Solow off but Solow dodges to dropkick! Angels flounders to a corner, Solow runs in but only gets buckles! Solow elbows back, Angels spins but Solow hits low. Angels comes back with the ROLLING ELBOW!
Angels runs, tilt-o-whirls and hits a Russian Leg Sweep! Cover, ONE, but Angels drags Solow over. Tag to Vance, and the Numbers combine to double suplex. Solow knees free and tags in Ray Jaz! Jaz is new to AEW but he gets around Vance to waistlock and slam him down! Jaz floats back to the waistlock, then the headlock. Vance endures the grind, fights up, but Jaz wrangles him back down. Fans rally as Jaz bridges but Vance powers up to hammerlock. Jaz standing switches but Vance elbows out to switch. Jaz elbows, runs but into a SPINEBUSTER! The Dark Order is fired up for that one!
Vance drags Jaz up to throw him out, then he goes out to throw Jaz into railing! There’s a little Dark Order fan ringside and he gets to fist bump Vance. Vance puts Jaz in the ring, drags him back up and tags in Cabana. Cabana stomps a mudhole into Jaz, then lets off to tag in Angels. Angels slingshots and dropkicks Jaz down! Angels drags Jaz up to snapmare and KICK him in the back! Angels stays between Jaz and his corner to bring him back to the Dark Order corner. Angels digs his boots in, Vance tags in and now Vance digs his boots in. The ref counts, Vance lets off and drags Jaz up for a suplex!
Vance looms over Jaz, taunts him to tag his team, but CLUBS him down! Vance brings Jaz up but Jaz ROCKS him with rights! Vance whips Jaz away to BOOT Solow! Jaz runs, flips over Vance’s back and tags in Fuego! Fuego rallies to hit Cabana, and he headscissors Vance into Angels! Fuego uses Vance to go up and dropkick Cabana down! Fuego fires off forearms and an enziguri! Fuego reels Vance in but Vance tosses him to Cabana’s toss, which Angels catches to throw to Vance! Wheelbarrow hotshot GERMAN! Jaz is in, he throws Vance out but gets mugged by Cabana and Angels! Angels CHOPS, Cabana CHOPS, and then they both whip Jaz for Vance’s SLINGSHOT SPEAR!
The Dark Order looms over Fuego all at once, bring him up by his mask and laugh at him, before Angels hits a HEEL KICK! Ripcord, BIONIC ELBOW LARIAT SANDWICH!! Cover, The Dark Order wins!
Winners: The Dark Order, by pinfall
Cabana is so fired up for his team, and the little super fan now dubbed “Negative One” is also very pleased. Will Negative One be only the first of many inspired to #JoinDarkOrder?
Leyla Hirsch VS Madi Wrenkowski!
#LEGIT Leyla “welcomes” a new addition to AEW! Will Leyla make #MissReality face reality that she isn’t legit?
The bell rings and the two circle. Madi keeps Leyla’s hands at bay but not for long as Leyla lunges in and gets legs! Leyla takes Madi down, goes for an arm but Madi uses her legs to get a ropebreak. Leyla lets go, waits on Madi, and Madi gets up to circle with Leyla. They tie up, Leyla waistlocks but Madi throws elbows. Madi wrenches, yanks on the arm, wristlocks, but Leyla slips through to wrench and wristlock back. Madi rolls, rolls and handsprings but Leyla yanks her back down! ARMBAR! Madi resists, reaches and gets a ropebreak. Leyla lets go at 4, Madi goes to the apron, and Leyla runs over to throw hands.
Madi counter punches, sunset flips but Leyla rolls out. Madi runs, Leyla dodges but Madi dropkicks her back down! Cover, TWO! Madi kicks and stomps Leyla, drags her up, but Leyla ROCKS her with rights! Madi catches the arm to knee low! Mady clubs away on Leyla’s back, drags her back up and whips her to a corner. Madi runs in and crossbodies to the apron! Madi steps back in to snapmare and talk trash. “It’s time to face reality.” FACEBUSTER! Cover, TWO! Madi grows frustrated right away, and she gets Leyla in a chinlock. Madi thrashes Leyla around but fans rally up. Leyla fights up, throws body shots and forearms, then palm strikes and a kick!
Leyla runs, sunsets to a GERMAN SUPLEX! Cover, TWO! Madi survives that unique set up, but Leyla runs at her! Madi manages to backslide, TWO! Madi kicks low, and hits a SIT-OUT FACEBUSTER! Cover, TWO! Leyla survives but Madi throws forearms! Madi runs but Leyla deflects the boot to an OLYMPIC SLAM! And ARMBAR!! Madi taps, Leyla wins!
Winner: Leyla Hirsch, by submission
Leyla continues to be too legit, and her opponents can only quit! Will Leyla be a #LEGIT contender soon enough?
Gunn Club VS Team TNT!
Billy and the boys take a break from Six Man Tag matches to go back to 2v2. Will they still hit the mark? Or will they get blown away by Terrence and Terrell Hughes?
A bit surprisingly, it’s the Gunn brothers, Austin and Colten rather than Papa Billy getting in. There is respect between all these guys, as the Gunns know D-Von well. The teams sort out, and after rock-paper-scissors, Colten starts with Terrence. They circle, shake hands, and then tie up. They go around, Colten headlocks but Terrence powers out. Colten runs Terrence over and the Gunns fire up. Things speed up, Terrence hurdles to hip toss! Now the Hughes are fired up! Austin tags in and Terrell tags in, too! Now the other brothers tie up and go around. Austin headlocks, Terrell powers out but Austin runs him over!
Things speed up, Terrell hurdles and goes to hip toss but Austin reverses. Terrell fights off the hip toss, fireman’s carry takeover to a cover, TWO! Austin arm-drags Terrell, but Terrell arm-drags Austin in return! Terrell arm-drags again but Austin counters to a headlock! Fans rally as the two stand up, and Colten tags in. Austin wrenches and whips Terrell to a corner to uppercut! Colten whips Austin in to uppercut again, then Colten DUNKS ON Terrell! Russian Leg Sweep! Austin gets back in, Neck SNAP to the ghost pin! TWO, but Colten tags Austin back in. Austin waistlocks Terrell, Terrell switches but Austin switches back.
Terrence tags in as the O’Conner roll is bucked, but Terrence avoids Austin for Terrell to CLOBBER him! Cover, TWO! Terrence drags Austin back up, tags Terrell in, and TNT double whip Austin to a corner! Terrence RAMS in, then Terrell clobbers Austin! Terrell hits an OVERHEAD BELLY2BELLY! Cover, TWO! Fans cheer and rally up as Terrell drags Austin up and rams him into the corner. Tag to Terrence, TNT mugs Austin with a mudhole stomp! The ref counts, TNT drags Austin out and the brothers combine, ROLLING DEATH VALLEY SENTON! Cover, TWO! Austin survives that combination move but Terrell tags back in.
Team TNT has Austin in a corner, whips him corner to corner, then whips Terrence in but Austin goes up and over! Terrell whips but Austin reverses to send Terrell into Terrence! The two collide, Austin tags in Colten! Colten rallies with big lariats on both Hughes brothers! Out goes Terrence, Colten dropkicks Terrell down! Cover but Terrence breaks it! Austin throws Terrence out then keeps him down while Terrell whips Colten. Colten slides out, in and blocks the clothesline to kick low. COLT 45! Cover, the Gunn brothers win!
Winners: Gunn Club, by pinfall
That was a bull’s eye from Colten! There is still respect between them all, though, and surely both these band of brothers will be big stars in the coming years! But will Gunn Club challenge for the tag team championships first?
Rey Fenix VS Danny Limelight!
The Firebird will get his shot at Kenny Omega for THE AEW World Championship on Dynamite’s New Year’s Smash, but he needs to stay sharp. Will he be blinded by the Limelight before fighting for #PrettyPlatinum?
The bell rings and Fenix circles with Limelight. The fans rally up already as the two approach. Fenix offers a handshake, Limelight takes it but Fenix reels him in! Limelight gets around to waistlock, Limelight shoves but Fenix avoids the dropkick! Fenix runs Limelight over, then things speed up. Fenix handsprings over, Limelight hurdles, Fenix leaps and Limelight victory rolls! TWO, Fenix has the cover, TWO! Fenix keeps moving but Limelight blocks the kick to trip Fenix up! Limelight ties up the legs but Fenix resists the sharpshooter and throws Limelight off! Fans cheer that exchange and the two circle again.
Fenix dares Limelight to hit him so Limelight CHOPS! It doesn’t do anything so Limelight CHOPS again! Fenix felt that one, so he CHOPS Limelight off his feet! Things speed up, Limelight rolls Fenix up, TWO! Fenix avoids the boot, sunset flips, ONE! The clotheslines and forearms collide but Fenix dropkicks Limelight down! “ANIMO!” Fenix drags Limelight up to CLUB him! Limelight copies his brother with “CERO! MIEDO!” but Limelight fights out of the package driver to SPINNING BUZZSAW! Limelight runs, Fenix dodges and tiger feints to HEEL KICK! Fenix mockingly poses and smiles, before he basement dropkicks hard!
Fans fire up as Fenix drags Limelight back up. Fenix fireman’s carries, Limelight fights out but swings into a ripcord! Limelight blocks the kick but Fenix comes back with more kicks! Limelight blocks again to trip and DOUBLE STOMP! Cover, TWO! Fenix survives and Limelight grows frustrated but fans rally up. Limelight KICKS Fenix against ropes, but Fenix eggs him on. Limelight KICKS, drags Fenix into a neckbreaker! Cover, TWO! Fenix even pie faced out of that pin! Limelight puts Fenix in a corner, CHOPS him, then whips him. Fenix boots back, and ROUNDHOUSES! Then Fenix shows off with a cartwheel to ENZIGURI!
Fenix isn’t done with Limelight yet. Fenix puts Limelight against ropes to tie the legs up in them! The ref counts on the deathlock, Fenix lets off at 4 to slingshot leg drop! Cover, TWO!! Limelight survives but Fenix drags him up. Limelight forearms, back hands and back kicks, to hop up on Fenix’s back for a DUMDUM STOMP! Cover, TWO!! Limelight keeps on Fenix but Fenix fights the suplex off. The two throw big forearms back and forth, Limelight gets the edge then puts Fenix up. Limelight throws another forearm then a JUJMPING KNEE! Fenix wobbles up top and Limelight goes to the adjacent corner. Limelight mocks Cero Miedo, but Fenix meets him halfway on the tightrope trip!
Fenix and Limelight brawl while balancing on the ropes! They start to tip one way but Fenix brings them both back inside, and Fenix CHOPS! Limelight CHOPS, Fenix CHOPS, repeat! Limelight KNEES Fenix down off the ropes, continues his trip, and goes up up, and INTO A SUPERKICK!! Limelight wobbles, Fenix running SOBATS! Fenix hoists Limelight up, CHOPS him, tucks him in, KINIKUMAN BUSTER!! Cover, Fenix wins!
Winner: Rey Fenix, by pinfall
Maybe Limelight does have Cero Miedo to call Fenix out like that and give him this tough of a fight! But Fenix wins, and is rolling towards his world title battle! Will the Best Bout Machine have to take this challenge seriously?
Matt Sydal VS Serpentico w/ Luther!
The third-eye is open and the roll is building momentum! Will Sydal be able to fly high above SNAKEMAN in this Dark main event? Or will he be snake bit instead?
The bell rings and Serpentico rushes in! Sydal dodges but Serpentico comes back! Sydal dodges again and says his third-eye sees him coming. Serpentico says Luther has the real third eye. Then Serpentico gets Sydal’s leg! Sydal counters with a facelock and then a headlock to a takeover. They get back up, Sydal wrenches to a wristlock, then gets both arms for a double arm-drag! Serpentico backs away to a corner and fans cheer. Serpentico gets up, circles with Sydal again, and they tie up. Serpentico snapmares, Sydal stays up and arm-drags Serpentico around! Ghost pin, TWO! Serpentico gets away again and Sydal eggs him on.
Luther drags Serpentico out?! Luther wants Serpentico to calm down, then he throws him back into the ring! Sydal arm-drags Serpentico around more and has the cording hold! Serpentico fights up, Sydal keeps on the arm to throw Serpentico down again. Luther protests and Serpentico gets the ropebreak. Sydal lets go, Serpentico hits back and whips Sydal again, but Sydal sunset flips! TWO, into a BUTTERFLY STRETCH! Fans rally as Serpentico endures and fights to a cover, TWO! Serpentico is free but Sydal ROUNDHOUSES him down! Sydal goes for the standing moonsault but Serpentico dodges! Serpentico gets to ropes, Sydal runs, but his basement dropkick misses!
Sydal is a bit stuck in the ropes as he tries to follow Serpentico to the apron, and Serpentico BOOTS him down! Luther taunts Sydal, then Serpentico turns Sydal around! Sydal dodges but Luther scoops Serpentico, to TOSS him at Sydal! That’s not a disqualification as Luther did not hit Sydal directly. But the ref does warn Luther, but Luther tells the ref to shut up. Serpentico throws hands on Sydal, whips him hard into railing, then digs him into the rails with a knee! Serpentico drags Sydal back up to put him in the ring and follows. Fans rally but Serpentico throws haymakers. Serpentico whips corner to corner, Sydal reverses but Serpentico dodges to ROUNDHOUSE!
Serpentico slingshots to STOMP Sydal down! And he stands on him for good measure. Cover, TWO! Sydal gets to ropes, Luther argues the count but Serpentico drags Sydal up. Sydal throws body shots but Serpentico clubs him! Serpentico chokes Sydal on the ropes and Luther talks trash. The ref pulls Serpentico away, Luther chokes Sydal and gets a cheap shot! Serpentico drags Sydal up to bump off buckles, then bumps him off more buckles. Serpentico whips but Sydal blocks to ROUNDHOUSE! Serpentico fixes his head but Sydal hits a WINDMILL KICK! Fans fire up with Sydal as he sees Serpentico flounder up.
Sydal fires off kicks, and a SOBAT! Sydal reels Serpentico in, fisherman BUSTER! Cover, TWO!! Serpentico survives but Sydal keeps focus. Serpentico wrenches and fireman’s carries but Sydal slips to the dragon sleeper, SLICE! Cover, TWO! Serpentico survives the leg drop reverse DDT, but Sydal hits a STANDING MARIPOSA! Serpentico ducks a kick, rolls Sydal and BASEMENT DDT’S! Cover, TWO!! Luther shouts for Serpentico to go up top! Serpentico is reluctant but at least he won’t be thrown off by Luther like usual. Serpentico goes up, leaps but Sydal dodges the stomps for the Sidewalk DRIVER! Cover, TWO!?!
Sydal fires up more as he drags Serpentico back up. Serpentico fights off the nelson, then runs, but Sydal hooks him up, Cobra Clutch Russian Leg Sweep! Cobra Clutch stays on but Serpentico gets up and RAMS Sydal into buckles! SLICED BREAD!! Cradle cover, TWO!?! Luther is furious for Serpentico as Sydal survives! Serpentico drags Sydal up, palm strike to forearm, but Sydal rolls Serpentico to Dragon’s Lair! Cover, TWO, JUMPING KNEE! ROUNDHOUSE! PAGE TURNER! Cover, Sydal wins!!
Winner: Matt Sydal, by pinfall
The Shaman of #SSP, Sydal Sensory Perception, gets a hard fought victory over Chaos Project! Is it only a matter of time before he sets his third eye on a title?
A very good AEW Dark, and this is more to my liking. Under two hours, a baker’s dozen of matchers, and a main event with time to breathe. I also like that there’s a match that directly affects something for Dynamite, as King VS Gracia was given the stipulation that the winner gets to face the champion. Granted, it’s non-title, but it’s a great opportunity all the same. But I’m thinking Gracia and Shida will end up being visited by Abadon first and then maybe that spurs on Shida VS Abadon for the title for New Year’s Smash. Velvet VS Vertvixen was a bit clunky but I think this was their first meeting, and they’re both young stars so give it some repetition and Vert should be able to get up to speed.
Bear Country continues to be a great find, giving Jurassic Express a really good match. Gunn Club VS Team TNT was a great match-up of second generation wrestlers, and I feel like it isn’t just kayfabe to say these guys can be big deals in just a few years. Billy Gun and D-Von Dudley are of course very accomplished in their careers, and with them helping all their sons, it’s just a matter of staying healthy and focused. Danny Limelight also gives consistently great showings, so I hope AEW officially signs him and gets him to be part of something solid. Sydal VS Serpentico was a good main event, but I wonder if Luther gets his shot at Sydal to go “third eye VS third eye” or something.
This week’s Waiting Room was probably the best one when it comes to pure promo power. Kaz and Daniels were so good because it felt so genuine. I almost thought this was going to turn into a tribute to HBK throwing Marty through a barbershop window, since the Waiting Room set does have one of those glass partitions like you would for a ticket booth or doctor’s office. But instead, the SCU ultimatum is going to make for quite the story, and I’m pretty sure that means they beat TH2. Of course with AEW’s odd pacing, it could happen right away and then 2021 becomes the story of how the members of SCU figure out their purely singles careers. To be fair I would prefer the former, where The Addiction lasts until, say, the Summer of 2021, they get their tag title shot and that’s where they lose, to then go their separate ways. Either way, Kaz and Daniels, and of course Scorpio on the side, will do great work with this.
My Score: 8.3/10
Mitchell’s AEW Continental Classic Update! (11/27/23)
What a start to the tournament!
Did your picks win points?
The AEW Continental Classic is underway, with almost everyone competing. Check in here if you haven’t seen the winners and losers of week 1!
Here are your Gold League standings!
- Jon Moxley: 1-0, 3 points
- Swerve Strickland: 1-0, 3 points
- Jay White: 1-0, 3 points
- Rush: 0-1, 0 points
- Mark Briscoe: 0-1, 0 points.
- Jay Lethal: 0-1, 0 points
Here are your Blue League standings!
- Brody King: 1-0, 3 points
- Claudio Castagnoli: 1-0, 3 points
- Daniel Garcia: 0-1, 0 points
- Eddie Kingston: 0-1, 0 points
- Bryan Danielson: Yet to Compete
- Andrade El Idolo: Yet to Compete
Nothing too crazy, nothing too wild, this tournament only just got started. The only disappointing point is that they could not get Bryan “cleared to compete” Saturday night. Not sure how much of that is shoot given the bad eye, but this was kinda the problem of wanting him in the tournament over tons of other choices. Bryan wants to face Okada for WrestleKingdom 18, how is Bryan supposed to do that at his best if he’s also gonna be in a round robin, doing five top level matches in about as many weeks? And it takes away from Andrade being able to do something. Also a little surprised we didn’t even hear from Andrade on Saturday.
Now as we heard on Saturday, round two’s matches are set. Gold League will see Mark Briscoe VS Rush, White VS Swerve, and of course, Moxley VS Lethal. Nice variety there, a couple 0-1 guys facing off, as well as two 1-0 guys, and then 1-0 VS 0-1. No offense to Lethal, but he feels like an 0-2 going up against Moxley. Hard to call the other ones but that’s the fun of it. Meanwhile, Blue League sees Brody VS Claudio in a showdown to be 2-0, then Bryan and Andrade finally jump in, Bryan against Eddie and Andrade against Garcia. Sadly, feels like Eddie and Garcia are going 0-2, no way Tony Khan is booking Bryan and Andrade to lose their first shots.
In fact, that could be half the reason they did wait on those two, that’s almost too good for just a first round opener. But I still would’ve done it, same as NJPW does stuff like that for round robins, which this is all modeled after anyway.
Mitchell’s AEW Collision Results & Reports! (11/25/23)
It’s a Continental Classic Collision!
The Blue League begins its round robin!
AEW’s Continental Classic began on Dynamite with the Gold League, and now Collision continues with the Blue League! But will Eddie Kingston make good on putting up his ROH World and NJPW Strong titles?
- AEW Continental Classic, Blue League: Claudio Castagnoli VS Daniel Garcia; Claudio wins.
- 2v1 Handicap: “Killswitch” Luchasaurus VS “The Boys,” Brandon & Brent Tate; Luchasaurus wins.
- The House of Black VS Gravity & Komander w/ Alex Abrahantes; The House of Black wins.
- AEW TBS Championship House Rules Match: Julia Hart VS Lady Frost; Julia wins and retains the title.
- FTR VS The Righteous; FTR wins.
- Keith Lee VS Lee Moriarty; Keith wins.
- AEW Continental Classic, Blue League: Eddie Kingston VS Brody King; Brody wins.
PLAY BY PLAY
Eddie Kingston speaks.
“Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, so we’re doing this thing, right? Hey, everybody, we’re here at Collision, we’re ready for a fight! Let’s hurry this up, man. Brody, I’ll see you out there, partner.”
Brody King speaks.
“Pittsburgh, tonight is the start of the Continental Classic Blue League. Brody King VS Eddie Kingston. Violence is the answer. HOO!”
Daniel Garcia speaks.
“Claudio, you big doofus, what’s up? You remember me? I know you do. You’re familiar with my game, I’m familiar with your game. Let’s not talk too much. I’m sick of these people putting the camera to my face before my matches and after my matches. I’m ready to get into the ring and to win wrestling’s greatest tournament.” Red Death has his dukes up, is he going to dance all over the Swiss Superman? We’ll see right here to open the night!
AEW Continental Classic, Blue League: Claudio Castagnoli VS Daniel Garcia!
The bell rings, we’re on the clock towards the 20 minute time limit, and the two rush in. Claudio headlocks, Garcia powers out but Claudio runs him over. Things keep moving, Garcia jumps but into a scoop and BACKBREAKER! Cover, ONE!! Claudio is a bit surprised but he kicks Garcia around. Claudio scoops then SLAMS Garcia, then watches him go to a corner. Claudio runs in, but into a BOOT! And another BOOT! Garcia leaps on for a GUILLOTINE! But Claudio powers up to suplex Garcia up and over! Fans fire up while Garcia writhes and Claudio catches his breath. Claudio kicks Garcia around again but Garcia stands to CHOP!
Garcia CHOPS again! And CHOPS again! But Claudio UPPERCUTS him down! Claudio drags Garcia up, UPPERCUTS him in the corner, then CHOPS! Claudio UPPERCUTS again, but Garcia shakes his head. Claudio pushes Garcia around but Garcia throws elbows! And body shots! And forearms! Fans fire up with Garcia but Claudio UPPERCUTS him back down! Garcia goes to a corner, Claudio runs in but is put on the apron. Garcia swings but Claudio counter punches! But then Garcia ducks the next to have a SLEEPER! The ref counts, Garcia lets off and then he runs to KNEE Claudio off the apron!
Fans fire up and Garcia mocks the gun arms to then do his dance! Fans fire up more as Garcia goes out to fire off shots! And he sends Claudio into railing! Garcia fires fists, lets off and goes to the far side to give the kids a kiss. Then he SHOTGUNS Claudio down! Fans fire up as Garcia gets space again. Garcia runs back in, but Claudio catches him! Garcia throws hands but Claudio SWINGS Garcia into railing! And again! And again!! Fans are all fired up and Claudio lets off as Collision goes picture in picture.
Claudio gets a drink of water to refresh himself, then he drags Garcia up to put in the ring. Claudio stands on Garcia at the ropes, the ref counts but Claudio steps away. Claudio then stalks Garcia, HIP DROPS, and he clamps on a modified neck wrench. Garcia endures, fights up, and he throws body shots. But Claudio scoops to SLAM him! Claudio stalks Garcia, clamps onto an armlock, and he grinds the arm down. Garcia still endures, claws at Claudio’s face but Claudio grabs that arm to put Garcia into a straitjacket stretch! Garcia endures as it’s almost a crossface variation! Claudio squeezes tight, smothering Garcia with his own arms!
Garcia fights, gets to his feet, and he JAWBREAKERS free! Garcia fires boxing elbows, but Claudio UPPERCUTS him back down! Claudio soaks up the cheers and jeers, then clamps on the neck wrench again. Garcia endures, kicks and moves around, and Collision returns to single picture. Fans rally as Garcia stands, throws body shots and fires off to put Claudio on ropes! The ref counts, Garcia choke grips but Claudio breaks free. Garcia SLAPS Claudio, then whips. Claudio reverses, Garcia ducks ‘n ‘dodges, pop-up GUILLOTINE! Garcia pulls on Claudio’s head while he has the body scissors, but again Claudio powers up!
Claudio suplexes, but Garcia slips out to a REAR NAKED CHOKE! Claudio drops to a knee, his face is turning red, but then he stands up to RAM Garcia into buckles! But Garcia pushes Claudio to ropes, O’Conner Roll, TWO! ANKLE LOCK! Garcia has Claudio down but Claudio boots him away! Garcia rebounds, ROLING JACKKNIFE! TWO!! Claudio LARIATS Garcia down! Garcia shakes his head as he goes to a corner. Claudio runs in to UPPERCUT! Claudio UPPERCUTS again and again and again! The ref counts, Claudio reels Garcia in for a short arm LARIAT! Cover, TWO! Garcia survives and the fans rally up.
Claudio drags Garcia into position, HAMMER ‘N’ ANVIL ELBOWS! Claudio then drags Garcia up, reels him in and tucks the arms, RICOLA- NO, sunset flip! TWO, but Garcia steps through! Claudio fights that to stand, and now he has the legs! SHARPSHOOTER!! Garcia endures as Claudio sits deep on the hold! Garcia fights his way forward, reaches out, but Claudio drags him away! Claudio sits down again, but Garcia fights and fights! Claudio drags him back again, but Garcia uses that to roll Claudio into a cradle! TWO, and POP-UP UPPERCUT!! Cover, TWO?!? Garcia survives and stands up! But Claudio UPPERCUTS again!
Claudio reels Garcia in, RICOLA~ BOMB! Cover, Claudio wins!
Winner: Claudio Castagnoli, by pinfall (gains 3 points; Garcia earns 0)
Yuta returns from running away earlier, so that the Blackpool Combat Club can celebrate together. Bryan Danielson isn’t here tonight but he’ll also be competing in the Blue League later on, will the Blue League belong to the BCC?
Eddie Kingston speaks, again.
“Well, I guess the cold open wasn’t good enough. I’m just here so I don’t get fined. Jean Carlo, what do, how much, how long do I have? No, we’re good? Alright. You people want me to explain to you how much and how important this tournament is? I put two championships on the line in this tournament. The ROH World Championship, that my friends and my mentors have held. Low-Ki, Homicide, Xavier. I have now put up the NJPW Strong Openweight Championship. All I ever wanted to do in this business was to wrestle in Japan. And now I did that, and then I win a championship there and I put it on the line because I wanna make this tournament the most prestigious tournament in America.
“So, is that good enough for you guys? Cuz I gotta go get ready to beat up Brody King. This dude ain’t small, he ain’t no herb, so I gotta go get ready. I don’t wanna do this right now. Jean Carlo, how much longer do I have to talk? You’re not gonna tell me to wrap it up? There you go, ladies and gentlemen, it’s wrapped up. I’m out.” The Mad King has said all he needs to say, will he let his actions speak for him tonight?
2v1 Handicap: “Killswitch” Luchasaurus VS “The Boys,” Brandon & Brent Tate!
“Rechristened” by Christian Cage in honor of his finishing move, the Right Hand of Destruction looks to redeem himself in the eyes of Captain Charisma. But given his foul mood, will The Boys get the better of him?
The bell rings and Luchasaurus- er, Killswitch, BOOTS Brandon! And then grabs Brent to TOSS him into a corner! Killswitch fires off haymakers and uppercuts, then looms over Brent. He wheelbarrows to GERMAN SUPLEX Brent! Brandon returns, springboards, but into a choke grip! JURASSIC CHOKE SLAM! And then another choke grip, for an APRON CHOKE SLAM!! Brandon writhes on the floor and “Killswitch” goes after Brent! Choke grip, and BLINDSIDE LARIAT! Cover, “Killswitch” wins!
Winner: “Killswitch” Luchasaurus, by pinfall
But he’s not done! He grabs chairs from under the ring! Fans boo because we know what this means! Wait, he sits one chair up? And he drags Brent up to CHOKE SLAM him on the chair! The seat is bent! Brandon returns, but Lucha-Killswitch drags him up. He has both Boys, but HERE COMES EDGE! We were going to hear from Adam Copeland at some point tonight, but he comes in from the crowd side to SMACK Luchasaurus with a chair! And again! And again! And again! Fans fire up with every shot from the Rated R Superstar! And then he rips off a crossbar! Fans fire up because he puts Luchasaurus in THE DEAL!!
Luchasaurus sputters, Captain Charisma is not here to save him! Though, would he? Edge puts one chair under Luchasaurus’s head, and then grabs the other! The fans are thunderous as Edge hits the CON-CHAIR-TO!! Wherever Christian Cage is, he must be devastated! W-wait, is Luchasaurus still getting up!? Since when has anyone ever done that!? Even Edge is shocked! So he CURB STOMPS him onto the chair!! Fans are thunderous again and they want that “One More Time!” Edge obliges, and he gives Luchasaurus a SECOND CON-CHAIR-TO!! Now Christian must be devastated! No Nick Wayne, no “Killswitch,” will Christian have to suffer the consequences of his actions?
Backstage interview with Adam Copeland.
Lexi Nari waits for Edge to come through the hallway. He turns the corner, and sees Lexi. He tells her to go so he can talk. Edge looks into the camera and says he’s looking “straight down the barrel at you, Jay.” Or is he Christian Cage? Or the Patriarch? All of this, what happened to Nick on Wednesday and to “Killswitch” just now, is Christian’s fault! All because of his insecurities! When Edge go there, Christian was afraid the people would just compare Christian to Edge again. That he’d be second fiddle, riding Edge’s coattails. Edge couldn’t care less about any of that!
Edge told Christian at the beginning that their friendship was more important than anything anyone could say! That it was more important than the business! But Christian couldn’t get past his own ego, could he? The night Edge arrived in AEW, Edge was going to Con-Chair-To Sting. Dynamite, he was gonna have Luchasaurus do that to Shayna Wayne! And Christian not so subtly told Edge the chances of them teaming up again. Christian put Beth’s name, his children’s names, in his stupid little mouth. And he knew Edge has a short fuse, he kept trying to light it and Edge kept resisting.
Until Christian said the one thing… That he was gonna break Edge’s neck, put him in a wheelchair, Edge drooling all over himself while his children looked at him and said their dad used to be something. So now this isn’t just about Edge, this is about his family! So now Edge is hunting Christian. He already has two heads on his wall. Christian can go to the hospital, ask his little Prodigy what happens when Edge snaps. Ask Killswitch, if he can still speak! Edge vows to change Christian’s soul, to hurt him, kick his face in. When Christian goes to bed at night and closes his eyes, Edge’s eyes will be what he sees, and the pain that Edge is going to bring to his world!
Edge doesn’t want to take the TNT Championship because it is the most important thing to Christian, and it is secondary to Edge. But he is still challenging Christian for Dynamite, December 6th in Montreal! Edge VS Christian for the TNT Championship! Edge will go places Christian can’t and never has because he doesn’t have it in him! Edge vows to take that title, but will he also take Christian’s soul?
The House of Black VS Gravity & Komander w/ Alex Abrahantes!
The AEW World Tag Team Championships may not have come home with the Kings of the Black Throne, but the Dark Father and the Aussie Juggernaut look to rebuild momentum for another shot. Will they make their opponents #FadeToBlack? Or will The Astronaut & The Commander be able to fly high towards their own opportunity?
The teams sort out and Gravity starts against Buddy. The fans rally up as the two circle. They knuckle lock, then Buddy wrenches and wrangles Gravity. Gravity kips up, Buddy throws him down, but Gravity kips back up. Gravity wrenches, but Buddy breaks free to headlock. Gravity throws body shots, powers out, but Buddy runs Gravity over. Things speed up. Gravity hurdles then ducks ‘n’ dodges, only for Buddy to kitchen sink knee! Buddy drags Gravity up but Gravity blocks the whip to wrench. Buddy knees low, back suplexes, but Gravity lands on his feet! Gravity ducks ‘n’ dodges and tilt-o-whirls to GERMAN SUPLEX!
Fans fire up and Gravity runs up on Buddy, but Buddy BOOTS him! Buddy tags in Malakai, drags Gravity up but blocks a kick, only for Gravity to ENZIGURI! Buddy falls out of the ring, and then Gravity builds speed. But Malakai gets in to catch him, pops him around, but Gravity arm-drags free! Malakai comes back to fire off knees, then shoves, only for Gravity to BOOT! Komander tags, Gravity runs in but Malakai scoops. Gravity slips free, Malakai elbows him, but Gravity handsprings in slow-motion! Only for Malakai to BOOT him down! But Komander springboards in to FLYING RANA! Fans fire up and Komander whips!
Malakai reverses, Komander ducks ‘n ‘dodges and FLYING ENZIGURIS! Komander hurries to torture rack, but Buddy distracts! Komander lets Malakai go, Buddy backs off, and Komander turns around. Malakai BOOTS the clothesline to HEEL KICK Komander! Then he BOOTS Gravity for good measure! Buddy HOTSHOTS Komander into a GERMAN SUPLEX! Bridging cover, TWO! Komander survives but Malakai drags him up and bumps him off buckles. Fans rally and Malakai stomps a mudhole in as Collision goes picture in picture.
The ref counts, Malakai lets off and tags Buddy in. Buddy drags Komander up, snapmares him and KICKS him in the back! Buddy then runs to PENALTY KCIK and drop the KNEE! Cover, TWO! Komander hangs tough but Buddy drags him up. Buddy hoists Komander up to hang him out to dry! Tag to Malakai, they CLUB away on Komander, then Malakai KICKS Komander. Malakai then hip tosses Komander in! Cover, TWO! Malakai drags Komander up, whips him to ropes, and CLOBBERS him! Malakai drags Komander to a corner, TWO! Malakai clamps on for a chinlock and he grinds Komander down.
Komander endures, fights up, but Malakai knees low! Malakai whips Komander to ropes, but Komander sunset flips! Malakai stays up and Collision goes to break!
Collision returns, Buddy has Komander down with a chinlock, but the fans rally up. Komander fights up to throw body shots, then JAWBREAKERS! Buddy wobbles, Komander runs in but Buddy catches him! And RAMS him into the House of Black’s corner! Tag to Malakai, and the House double suplex. But Komander slips free! The House reels him in, double back suplex, but he lands out again! Komander ducks ‘n ‘dodges to hot tag Gravity! GAMANGIRI for Malakai, GAMANGIRI for Buddy! DOUBLE CROSSBODY! Fans fire up as Gravity SLAPS and CHOPS on repeat! Gravity LARIATS Buddy to a corner, then SPLASHES Malakai int he other!
Another clothesline for Buddy, then Gravity blocks a boot! But Malakai kicks Gravity away, Buddy brings him back in, KNEE right to the head! The ref checks Gravity but somehow he is still in this. Komander sneaks a tag while the House regroups, and Komander goes up. DOUBLE MISSILE DROPKICK! Fans fire up as Komander tilt-o-whirl DDTS Buddy! And then he ducks The Black Mass to shove Malakai into buckles! Torture rack and GUT BUSTER DROP!! Cover, TWO! Malakai is still in this but Abrahantes coaches Komander. Komander puts Malakai in the drop zone and calls his shot! But Buddy distracts again!
The ref reprimands, but Malakai is up to ROUNDHOUSE Komander! Tag to Buddy, and the House gets Komander, but Gravity YANKS Malakai down! Malakai ELBOWS Gravity, to then GOURD- STUNNER from Gravity! Not the cleanest, but then Buddy rushes in and is sent out! Gravity DROPKICKS Buddy, then FLIES! He’s caught!! And then DOUBLE- NO, Gravity escapes the bomb to fire kicks! Komander tightrope walks the whole 20 feet, to TORNILLO onto the House! The fans are thunderous for the luchadores as they get Buddy in the ring! Gravity also puts Malakai in, and they have two targets in the drop zones!
Komander and Gravity both go up, and they coordinate for a SPLASH and SHOOTING STAR! But they both get knees!! The House turns it back around, and then DOUBLE BOOT, into DOUBLE V-TRIGGERS! Fans fire up as The House isolates Gravity and lifts him up. DOUBLE POP-UP KNEES!! Komander runs in, into an ELBOW! Buddy digs his boots in but Malakai has him stand down. Malakai sits down and waits on Komander. Komander crawls after Malakai, only for Buddy to CURB STOMP! Cover, The House wins!
Winners: The House of Black, by pinfall
Gravity & Komander put up a hell of a fight, but they could not stop the darkness! Will all of Collision soon belong to the House of Black?
Darius Martin & Action Andretti speak.
The Sight to See says, “Eight months. That’s how long it’s been since Darius and I have been teaming up together. And Darius, these past few weeks, I feel like-” Welp, never mind, commercial break. Oh, wait, they’re back. Darius knows what Action is talking about. And in steps DANTE MARTIN! Top Flight is back at full power, but then the commercials are back. Point is, will Angel Dorado help his brother and his new teammate become the Coldest Trio in the Game?
AEW TBS Championship House Rules Match: Julia Hart VS Lady Frost!
The first defense for the Princess of the Black Throne is also the first singles match to be contested under the House of Black’s personal rules! As such, “Dealer’s Choice” tonight gives us NO count outs! With Malakai & Buddy already winning and Brody King still to compete, will Julia keep the momentum going?
The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and we see if the House Always Wins!
The bell rings and fans rally up behind Frost. Julia ignores that as she and Frost tie up. Julia pulls hair to put Frost in a corner, but lets off as the ref counts. Julia bumps Frost off buckles but Frost turns things around to CHOP! Frost says that’s ice cold! But then Julia blocks the next chop, to pull on the arm, throw Frost down, and KICK her in the back! Fans are torn but then Frost kips up! Frost eggs Julia on, dodges her, and ROCKS her! And KICKS, UPPERCUTS and CHOPS! Fans fire up as Julia goes to a corner. Frost whips corner to corner, but Julia reverses. Julia runs in, Frost goes up and over and runs back in, but Julia slips to the outside!
Julia bumps frost off buckles, then ducks the haymaker. No count outs means Julia can take her time out there. But Frost rushes out, only for Julia to block the Penalty Kick. Frost kicks Julia away, then cartwheels over her leg sweep! Julia still trips Frost up on the apron! Julia CLUBS away on Frost, then has her dangling off the apron. Frost flops to the floor, and Julia drags her up. Julia RAMS Frost into the railing, RAMS her into the apron, and then CLUBS away! Julia RAMS Frost into railing again, smiling as she gets all the time in the world. Julia POSTS Frost and fans fire up! Julia then stalks Frost but the fans rally up behind her.
Julia grabs a chair! The ref reprimands, there are still disqualifications. Julia says that’s fine, and she just stands the chair up. Julia stalks Frost, but Frost FLAPJACKS her onto the steel steps and post! Frost drags Julia back, goes up the steps, and fans fire up for the MOONSAULT! Julia moves, Frost barely lands on her feet in time! Julia ROUNDHOUSES Frost, and Frost ends up taking a seat. Julia SUPERKICKS Frost off the chair! They go up the ramp, Julia sits the chair up again and makes Frost take another seat. Julia goes up the ramp, runs down and LARIATS Frost out of the chair! Fans fire up and Julia puts Frost in the ring. Cover, TWO!
Julia is annoyed but she stalks Frost. Fans rally and duel, but Frost ROCKS and kicks, but Julia ducks the buzzsaw, only for the HEEL KICK to connect! Frost runs in, and she LARIATS Julia down! Julia is up, she dodges the lariat to then SLAM Frost down! And BLINDSIDE LARIAT! But Julia isn’t done, “The House Always Wins!” HARTLESS LOCK!! Frost endures, flails, but taps! Julia wins!
Winner: Julia Hart, by submission (still AEW TBS Champion)
The Lady of the House has her first defense in the books, and the House is 2-0 on the night. Will Brody King make it a clean sweep?
Backstage interview with Don Callis & “Powerhouse” Will Hobbs.
Lexi is with the Don Callis Family, and says the last time we saw Hobbs in action, he put Paul Wight through a car windshield. Callis laughs and says Hobbs hit a Tombstone Piledriver specifically. Hobbs has had a lot of tombstones in his life, but Callis loves that they’re embracing it. In fact, they’re adding to it! Callis has a 173 IQ, is a member of Mensa, and has many advanced degrees. And yet for the life of him, he can’t figure out what got Chris Jericho & Kenny Omega, the Golden Jets, a shot at the AEW World Tag Team Championships. They were together for one match!
How do you make that math work when the last time Hobbs had his hands on Jericho & Omega, he broke them! Sent them to the hospital! And as Will would say, anyone can get it. So Kenny, Chris, they’re making a point of it! They don’t need two guys to beat the Golden Jets, Hobbs is a one man team! A one man wrecking crew! Tell ’em, Hobbs. “It’s simple: I’m big, I’m Black, and I’m jacked. And anybody can get it.” In that case, will both The Ocho & The Cleaner get it the next time they meet Powerhouse Hobbs?
FTR VS The Righteous!
Cash Wheeler & Dax Harwood couldn’t win out at Full Gear, so they are still not the AEW World Tag Team Champions, yet. Will these #TopGuys figure out a way to return to the top? Or will ol’ Dutch & Vincent not #FearTheRevelation, but run headlong into it?
The teams sort out and Cash starts against Vincent. Fans rally behind FTR, but Vinnie gets around Cash to throw hands into the taped up ribs! Vinnie has Cash in a corner, fires off more shots, then lets off as the ref counts. Vinnie ROCKS Cash, throws more body shots, then whips. Cash reverses then drops, and then CLOBBERS Vinnie! Cash bumps Vinnie off buckles, tags Dax, and they whip, drop toehold and elbow drop! Cover, TWO! Dax drags Vinnie up, whips him to ropes, but Vinnie KICKS back! Vinnie runs, to ELBOW Dax down! Then a bump off buckles and tag to Dutch. Dutch ROCKS Dax, then whips him to ropes.
Dax blocks the hip toss but Dutch blocks in return, and CLOBBERS Dax with a lariat! Dutch stalks Dax to a corner, grins at Cash, but Dax CHOPS! And CHOPS! And CHOPS! Dutch RAMS Dax in, runs in but Dax ELBOWS! Dax leaps but he falls short! The damage from the ladder match must be more than we know! Dutch hauls Dax up while laughing for a BEARHUG! But Dax BITES Dutch’s forehead! Vinnie runs in, Dax CLOBBERS him! Dax clotheslines Dutch up and out, then TOSSES Vinnie onto Dutch! Dax catches his breath while The Righteous are down on the outside, and Collision goes picture in picture.
FTR storms out after The Righteous, and they fire haymakers! The ref reprimands, Dax sends Dutch into railing while Cash SMACKS Vinnie off the apron! Cash UPPERCUTS Vinnie, Dax fires CHOPS and forearms on Dutch on repeat! FTR then lets off to regroup in the ring. Vinnie gets up, Cash CLOBBERS him! Dutch gets up, FTR both CLOBBER him! Vinnie slides in, Dax DECKS him first! Vinnie bails out, Dax pursues, but that lures Dax into a CROSSBODY from Dutch! The Righteous got the better of Dax there and Dutch drags Dax up and into the ring. Dutch tags Vinnie and The Righteous mug Dax in the corner!
The ref reprimands and counts, the Righteous lets off, and Dutch SPLASHES Dax! Vinnie brings Dax down for a cover, TWO! Vinnie stalks Dax, throws body shots in a corner, then stomps a mudhole into Dax. Tag back to Dutch, he stomps away on Dax, then UPPERCUTS him! Dax sputters, Dutch snapmares him into a chinlock, then CLUBS him in the chest! Dutch drags Dax back, tags in Vinnie, and they mug Dax. Vinnie throws hands, Dax CHOPS in return! And again! Vinnie fires off more haymakers, then snapmares Dax to a chinlock. Vinnie grinds Dax, Dax fights up, and Collision returns to single picture.
Dax fires body shots, runs, but Vinnie slips around to a SLEEPER! Vinnie smothers Dax while fans boo, but Dax reaches out. Dax starts to fade but Cash coaches him on. Dax fights up to his feet, and he throws body shots! Dax CHOPS, CHOPS, but Vinnie scoops to SLAM! But Dax avoids the elbow drop! And another one! Dax goes to the apron, RAMS into Vinnie, then ELBOWS Dutch away! Slingshot sunset flip, but Vinnie holds onto ropes! Tag to Dutch, and Vinnie drags Dax away for Dutch to SPLASH! Cover, TWO! Dutch grins and drags Dax up to reel him in, Canadian Rack for a POWERBOMB!
Dutch goes up the Righteous corner, and he SUPER SENTONS but misses! Fans fire up as Dax crawls! Dutch also crawls, hot tag to Vinnie! Vinnie runs up, waistlocks, but Dax elbows him away! Dax whips, Vinnie reverses but Dax ducks ‘n’ dodges and slides under Vinnie, hot tag to Cash! Cash runs in to rally on Vinnie! CHOPS and UPPERCUTS for The Righteous back and forth! Cash runs to LARIAT Dutch, but Dutch stays up! Cash whips, Dutch reverses but Cash goes up and over! Cash then dodges a boot, ducks ‘n’ dodges again, and he RAMS Dutch right outta the ring! Fans fire up but Vinnie kicks Cash.
Vinnie waistlocks, Cash switches, repeat! They go to ropes, Dutch sneaks a tag! O’Conner, but Dutch is in to BIG BOSS MAN SLAM!! Cover, TWO!! Cash survives and fans fire up! Dutch tags Vinnie, they drag Cash up, and set up for AUTUMN- NO, Cash shoves Vinnie into Dutch, then DROPKICKS Dutch out! Cash whips Vinnie into the corner, Vinnie reverses. Dax tags in as Cash goes up and over, Cash sunset flips and that sets Vinnie up for SHATTER MACHINE!! Cover, FTR wins!
Winners: FTR, by pinfall
The Righteous had some good tricks up their sleeves, but the Top Guys didn’t fall for them! But then wait, Malakai Black is speaking? He says that if the House rushed the ring right now, there would be no one to save FTR. No Cesaro (he meant Claudio), no Yuta, and no CM Punk. Oof… The misconception is that AEW is the brotherhood that FTR thinks it is. Wait, the lights go out. And then the lights come back up, and Malakai laughs at how he made FTR panic. The House disappears into the night, but will they show the Top Guys that this is every team for themselves?
AEW replays Action talking with Darius.
The Sight to See says, “Eight months. That’s how long it’s been since Darius and I have been teaming up together. And Darius, these past few weeks, I feel like we’ve grown such a bond together. We’ve had so many great opportunities and it’s been so great teaming up with you. And you know I heard that this Wednesday, Dynamite is returning to your hometown of Minneapolis.” Darius agrees, they have had great chemistry. But it seems like there’s something just a little off. Darius knows what they’re missing. And in steps DANTE MARTIN! Darius asks his brother if he’s ready to step up. Dante nods and says, “I’m back.” Top Flight is back at full power, will Angel Dorado help his brother and his new teammate become the Coldest Trio in the Game?
Tony Schiavone is in the ring.
He welcomes out the AEW World Tag Team Champions, Ricky Starks & “Big Bill” Morrissey! The Absolute and Hyman Skyscraper head to the ring, and Schiavone says they came out of Full Gear and the incredible ladder match still AEW World Tag Team Champions. But then afterwards, after the Media Scrum, they attack Chris Jericho backstage and injuring that elbow. The fans boo, so please, explain yourselves. Starks thought there’d be more of a fight from Jericho, but Starks didn’t even lose his sunglasses. That’s the crazy part! But what isn’t crazy is that the “clout vampire” has leeched back onto Starks like a moth to a flame!
Starks is one half of the AEW Tag Team Champions, so of course Jericho will come back around to try and bite Starks’ lovely neck. It ain’t gonna happen. And then, Jericho brought a friend! Bill says Kenny & Jericho are the Golden Jets, but they look more like the Golden Girls. Starks likes that. Kenny & Jericho have traveled up and down the road and back again, but the thing is, Starks & Bill don’t even know each other that well! Bill, when is Starks’ birthday? No idea. Exactly! But what Starks does know is that Jericho & Kenny ain’t built like Bill.
Bill says four years ago, when he was in and out of the emergency room, having seizures from alcohol withdrawal, Bill always knew he’d make it back to the top! Fans cheer that. When Bill couldn’t get out of bed, at the lowest point of his life, he always knew he’d make it back to the top. Fans cheer that, too! Even Starks fires up! And when nobody believed in him, they all counted him out and said, “He’s washed, he’s done, he’ll never make it back to professional wrestling,” Bill always knew he’d make it back to the top! Starks adds “That’s right!” Fans chant for Bill, and Bill continues to say that standing in this ring with this guy and these titles, Bill will say he’s right. He made it back to the top!
Fans cheer again, and Bill wants Jericho & Kenny to understand, they all know about you two. They know all the accolades, and they are two of the best to ever, ever do this. But Bill doesn’t think Kenny & Jericho realize what they’re dealing with! They are angry, motivated, and not only gonna beat the living hell outta you, but EMBARRASS you! Kareem & Magic, Shaq & Kobe, Jordan & Pippin- Or perhaps, Pippin & Jordan? But when you look at Kenny & Jericho, you don’t see Jordan, Pippin, Kerr, Longley, Rodman, Harper, and sure as hell no Bill FREAKIN’ Wennington! When Bill looks at them, all he sees are the dudes that handed Jordan his bubblegum before introductions!
Starks doesn’t even watch basketball, and he knows all those guys are really good. And he also knows two things: one guy tells everyone he is the best and the other actually is. After Kenny & Jericho are done with Starks & Bill, Starks will let you know one thing. Starks likes his gum minty and Bill likes Big Red! The champs are ready for whenever and wherever the Golden Jets want their shot, but after what they did to Jericho’s wing, how far off in the future will that be?
AEW hears from the Gold League’s round one competitors.
Swerve asks, “You hear that? That was loud as ever.” Jay White says he is the number one seed, he has his first three points in the Continental Classic! Rush says “You’ve liberated the fury of the bull!” Mark Briscoe says there ain’t no shame in losing the game. Recognize that this is one loss in a round robin. White says he’s been in a round robin or two or three, and he is the ONLY ONE who actually won a G1 Climax! But Swerve says you’re gonna need earmuffs to drown out the people who are finally understanding. We’ve seen Swerve the Mogul. Time for Swerve the Champion. Rush vows to destroy everyone else! Mark says he’ll take this block and get that Continental Championship!
But White vows he’s gonna make sure everyone he faces gets ZERO points! And if you’re not down with that, he’s got two words for ya! But Swerve says those two words are, “Whose house? Swerve’s house.”
Keith Lee VS Lee Moriarty!
The Limitless One is still waiting on when and where he collides with former friend, Shane Taylor. However, representing Shane Taylor Promotions is #TAIGASTYLE! Will Moriarty prove he’s the top Lee in AEW? Or will he have no choice but to #BaskInHisGlory?
The bell rings and fans chant for “LEE! LEE! LEE!” Keith asks which one, him or Moriarty? Yes. Moriarty KICKS Keith, but Keith shakes it off. Keith and Moriarty feel things out, strike fight poses, and they start throwing hands! Moriarty bobs ‘n’ weaves, but Keith blocks a kick with a kick. Moriarty avoids a boot to give a boot, but Keith blocks the kick to SPIN KICK! Moriarty narrowly avoids that and fans fire up! Keith lets Moriarty have space, and Moriarty EDDY GORDO KICKS! Moriarty runs, but into a POUNCE from Keith! Fans fire up with Keith while Collision goes picture in picture.
Keith drags Moriarty up, bumps him off buckles, and then stands him up to GRIZZLY MAGNUM! Moriarty sputters and sits down, then flops out of the ring. Keith paces and the ring count climbs. Keith smirks while Moriarty hobbles his way back. Keith conducts the Steel City choir as Moriarty slides in. Keith whips corner to corner, but Moriarty goes up and under, then dropkicks a leg! Moriarty runs up to DROPKICK Keith into buckles! Moriarty goes to buckle bump but Keith blocks, so Moriarty KICKS an arm! Moriarty runs up to BOOT Keith, and then he BULLDOGS Keith down! Fans fire up, Moriarty hurries to cover, ONE!!
Moriarty is stunned, but he hurries to rain down shots on Keith! Keith shoves Moriarty away but Moriarty boots him back down. Moriarty snarls, then he storms up to wrap Keith’s arm around ropes. The ref counts, Moriarty lets off and he stomps Keith. Moriarty swaggers, drags Keith up, and wrenches the bad arm. But Keith clamps onto Moriarty’s face with his other hand as Collision goes to break.
Collision returns and fans want the Grizzly Magnum “One More Time!” So Keith sets Moriarty up, but Moriarty gets away! Moriarty KICKS and KICKS and CLUBS the bad arm. Keith shoves Moriarty with the good arm, but Moriarty bobs ‘n’ swings again. Moriarty jumps on for an ARMBAR, but Keith stays standing! Keith lifts Moriarty and fans fire up as he glares at Moriarty. Moriarty tires to pull that arm, but Keith lifts him up! Moriarty lets go, blocks a kick but not the LARIAT! Fans fire up and Keith shakes out the bad arm. Moriarty flounders to the corner, Keith runs in, but Moriarty dodges! Keith hits buckles, and Moriarty goes to buckle bump!
Keith again blocks, even with just one arm! Fans fire up as Keith then SHOVES Moriarty away! Moriarty comes back to JUMP KICK! Keith staggers, Moriarty goes up, and Moriarty hits a FLYING BULLDOG! Cover, TWO! Moriarty is frustrated, and he tells Keith to stay down! Moriarty stalks Keith as fans sing, “OH~ Lee Moriarty~!” Moriarty powers up, to BUZZ- NO, Keith blocks the kick! Keith swings but Moriarty KICKS the bad arm! But Keith shoves Moriarty right to the apron! Moriarty springboards back in, into a HEADBUTT!! Keith then fireman’s carries, for BIG BANG CATASTROPHE!! Cover, Keith wins!
Winner: Keith Lee, by pinfall
Limitless Keith Lee topples Taiga Style, and now he waits on when and where Shane Taylor wants to finally settle the score. Will nothing stop Keith from fighting his way to the top of AEW?
BREAKING NEWS for Dynamite!
Gold League continues Continental Classic action, with Mark Briscoe VS Rush, White VS Swerve, and of course, Moxley VS Lethal! Will tides turn for the winners in the first round? Or will losers continue to lose in this high stakes and star studded tournament?
Backstage interview with Keith Lee.
Lexi congratulates him on an impressive win, but what is next for him? Keith says initially, he planned to come here and tell us all how good Moriarty is, how talented he is, how great #TAIGASTYLE is. He is that damn good, Keith will give Moriarty that, but he ain’t no Keith Lee. In fact, Keith is tired of the misrepresentation, the mistreatment, and lack of opportunities given to Keith. So now, Keith is gonna take it. That means…him. You are who Keith is after and you know who you are. And Keith will see you soon. Is that a message to Shane? Or to a champion in AEW?
AEW Continental Classic, Blue League: Eddie Kingston VS Brody King!
Two gritty, no nonsense warriors collide to start their Continental Classic! But will Eddie regret putting up the ROH World & NJPW Strong Championships for this tournament? Or will the Mad King be able to trump the King of Death?
The bell rings, fans fire up and Eddie stares Brody down. They storm up, feel things out, and then tie up. Brody powers Eddie to the corner, the ref counts, and Brody lets off. The fans rally up and duel, the two go again, and Eddie headlocks. Brody powers up and out, Eddie RAMS him but he’s the one that staggers back! Brody runs to RAM Eddie and Eddie again staggers back! Eddie rebounds to RAM Brody, Brody runs to RAM Eddie, repeat! The fans fire up as the two RAM each other again, and then Brody CHOPS! Eddie CHOPS in return! Brody frowns to CHPO, so Eddie CHOSP again! Brody CHOPS, Eddie sputters but he CHOPS!
The CHOPS keep going, fans ‘WOO~!” and then Eddie wrenches to CHOP, CHOP and CHOP! Brody throws body shots in return, then CLUBS Eddie down! Brody snarls, fans hoot and bark, and Brody eggs Eddie on. Eddie stands, Brody SPLASHES, and Eddie sits down. Fans bark and hoot again, Brody runs corner to corner to CANNONBALL! Brody storms around, Eddie falls out of the ring, and a ring count starts. The count out would still give Brody his points, but Eddie hurries back up. Brody runs up to BOOT Eddie back down! The ref reprimands, Eddie writhes, and the count restarts. But then Brody goes out after Eddie!
Brody drags Eddie up, throws forearms and a CHOP! Eddie CHOPS back! Brody CHOPS Eddie down! Brody stands on Eddie, stomps him, then drags him up to whip Eddie into steel steps! Fans hoot and bark and rally as Eddie stands. Brody runs in, but is sent into steel steps! Fans fire up again as Eddie shakes out the stars. Eddie hears the count, hurries back in at 7 of 10, and then heads back out after Brody. Fans rally up, Eddie runs in, but Brody ROCKS him! Brody sits Eddie down to CHOP! And CHOP! Eddie falls over, Brody gets space, and Brody returns, BASEMENT SPLASH against the railing!
Fans fire up but the ref tells Brody to get this in the ring. The count starts again, Brody drag Eddie up, and Brody CHOPS! Eddie staggers away, has his dukes up all the same, but Brody CHOPS again! Brody puts Eddie in at 7 of 10, then storms in after him. Brody CHOKES Eddie on the ropes, the ref counts, but Brody lets off at 4. Eddie sputters, fans rally and duel, and Brody drags Eddie up. Brody scoops to SLAM, then runs to SENTON! Eddie sputters and coughs but he isn’t giving up just yet. Brody covers, TWO, and Collision goes picture in picture.
Brody looms over Eddie but Eddie chops from below! Brody SLAPS Eddie! Eddie CHOSP, Brody CHOPS, they fight even on their knees! Brody HEADBUTTS Eddie down! Brody then storms up on Eddie, has him in a corner and fires forearms! Brody CHOPS, and CHOPS, but Eddie hits back! So Brody CHOPS again! Brody whips corner to corner hard and Eddie bounces off buckles! The ref checks on Eddie, but Eddie says he’s still in this. So Brody stands on Eddie’s head at the ropes! The ref counts, Brody lets off, and he storms around. Brody BOOT WASHES Eddie! Eddie sputters but Brody comes back to stand him up.
Eddie clinches! But Brody throws elbows and Eddie falls down. Brody drags Eddie up, CHOPS him again, and follows him to the corner. Brody hoists Eddie up top, climbs up after him, and throws body shots. Eddie fires shots in return, they brawl up top, and Brody CLUBS away on Eddie’s back! Collision returns to single picture as Eddie HEADBUTTS Brody away! Brody storms up to ROCK Eddie back! Brody goes back up, and he SUPERPLEXES! Both men are down and the fans fire up! Fans rally for Eddie as he and Brody stir. Brody stands, he stalks Eddie, and he drag Eddie up, to CHOP again!
Eddie falls back into a corner, but Brody whips corner to corner. Eddie barely makes it! The ref checks on Eddie but Eddie refuses to give up. Brody runs in, but into a BOOT! Brody returns, into another BOOT! Eddie runs and LARIATS! Brody stays up! Eddie snarls and runs again, but blocks a boot to LARIAT Brody down! Fans fire up again as both men are down! Eddie and Brody stir, slowly rise, and Brody goes to a corner. Eddie runs in to clothesline! And MACHINE GUN CHOP! The fans fire up and Eddie roars as he reloads! MACHINE GUN CHOPS! Then a clinch! Brody fights with elbows again, and he gets around, GERMAN SUPLEX!
Eddie rises!? But he staggers about, mostly running on adrenaline and anger! Brody reels Eddie in but Eddie URAKENS!! Eddie falls on the cover, TWO!! Brody survives the Backfist to the Future, but fans fire back up. A standing count starts, both men stir at about 2 of 10, and Brody rolls away from Eddie. Eddie and Brody are still down at 6, and at 8! They both push up off the mat and go forehead to forehead. Then Eddie CHOPS! Brody CHOPS! Eddie brings down the straps and the fans love it! Eddie eggs Brody on, so Brody CHOPS! Eddie CHOPS! Brody CHOPS! Eddie wobbles, but then he CHOPS!
Brody seethes, CHOPS, and Eddie grits his teeth! Eddie glares at Brody, puts some stank on it, and he CHOPS! Brody grits his teeth now as the fans “WOO~!” Brody CHOPS, CHOPS and CHOPS, then fires off forearms! Brody runs, but Eddie kicks a leg! Then ENZIGURIS! Brody wobbles, into a DDT!! Cover, TWO!! Brody is still in this and Eddie is beside himself! Fans rally up for Eddie as he drags himself to ropes, and Eddie drags himself up to his feet. Eddie wobbles, steadies himself, and he glares at Brody. Brody rises, Eddie heads over, and Eddie reels Brody in. But Brody’s too big to scoop, so Eddie fires body shots and CLUBS Brody!
Eddie reels Brody back in but Brody is still too big! Brody back drops Eddie away! Both men stumble around, Eddie is up, but into an URENAGE! Brody wants Eddie to get up, and the fans hoot and bark. Brody roars, runs, but Eddie catches the discus! Brody swings an elbow, but ends up in an EXPLODER!! Brody’s right up!? But he swings into a HALF ‘N’ HALF SUPLEX!! Eddie stands, reloads, SAIDO!! Cover, TWO!! Brody survives and the fans are thunderous! Eddie seems unsure what to do, but Eddie drags Brody back up. There’s five minutes left in the 20 minute time limit, Eddie has to hurry!
Eddie stands Brody up, reels him in, but Brody wrenches out! Brody ROCKS Eddie, reels him in, and lifts, for a PILEDRIVER!! Cover, ROPEBREAK!! Eddie survives by a literal foot and Brody can’t believe it! Brody storms around, the fans rally back up, and Brody fires off more forearms! Eddie wobbles, Brody throws more shots, but Eddie doesn’t fall! Eddie leans on Brody, Brody says goodnight, but Eddie ducks! URAKEN!! Brody rebounds to BOOT Eddie again! And then the GONZO BOMB!!! Cover, Brody wins!!
Winner: Brody King, by pinfall (gains 3 points; Eddie earns 0)
What a brutal battle, perhaps worthy of the G1! This fight alone puts the Continental Classic on the map, and it puts Brody on the board! The House Always Wins as they sweep the night, but will Brody be able to sweep block?
BREAKING NEWS for next week’s Blue League match-ups!
Bryan Danielson finally starts his run against Eddie Kingston! Those two hate each other, will that match somehow outdo the one we just saw? As for Brody, he goes up against Claudio Castagnoli while Daniel Garcia takes on Andrade El Idolo, who continues their momentum and who turns things around?
An awesome Collision here tonight, great continuation of the Continental Classic, but I’m already wondering how they’re gonna make up for Bryan Danielson and Andrade El Idolo not starting here with everyone else. Maybe Bryan VS Andrade is added to Dynamite at some point so that there’s time for them to recover before going into a Collision? But either way, awesome stuff from Claudio VS Garcia and of course awesome main event from Brody VS Eddie. Garcia had a good promo on Rampage to plug his part in the tournament, but sadly he loses this first match. Eddie losing the first round also made some sense in terms of storytelling. He put up the other belts, he has to fight his way up from an underdog position to get them back.
Great stuff for the House of Black overall tonight, with everyone in the group winning. Though, that was a given for Julia since this was her first title defense and she wasn’t gonna lose so soon. And it seems House of Black is building their feud with FTR, that’ll be good stuff to build them both back up towards another shot at the tag titles. I did laugh at Malakai saying “Cesaro” and “CM Punk” tonight, though. And great promos from Starks & Bill tonight, pulling upon his real life fight to get back could basically make Big Bill a Face, but he and Starks are also just so good at being Heels.
But Don Callis calling out Jericho & Omega for a 2v1 with Hobbs makes no sense given we all saw Starks & Bill beat him up and hurt that bad arm more. Hobbs VS Omega 1v1 could still be some great stuff, even though Like a Dragon felt like it was the blowoff. I suppose Hobbs VS Omega could also be a vehicle to give us the return of Paul Wight and setting up Hobbs VS Wight for Worlds End. Though, knowing Jericho, he’ll still try and fight with the bad arm and that could end up a liability that helps Hobbs win, helps Starks & Bill win, something so that Jericho & Omega don’t actually end up tag team champions, really making taking the title shot off the Bucks all the weirder.
Great match from Keith VS Moriarty but I figured Keith was gonna win. Keith didn’t say Shane Taylor’s name, so I really hope this isn’t Tony Khan having them shift gears away from that story the same way he never gave Keith and Swerve a true blowoff. Granted, Keith does deserve to go after a championship, as he also should have a long time ago, but I guess we’ll see. Honestly, a title is the only thing that could make up for Keith not getting in on the Continental Classic, which itself leads to a title. And the only title I can think of is the AEW International Championship because the world title already has way too many people going after MJF, and the TNT title is spoken for.
Speaking of, awesome stuff from Edge going after “Killswitch.” Luchasaurus getting up from a Con-Chair-To was great, too, but this of course gives us Edge VS Christian for the TNT Championship. Too bad it couldn’t be Winter is Coming, or rather that Winter is Coming wasn’t set for Montreal. Either way, it’ll be great stuff, and maybe, just maybe, Luchasaurus finally breaks away from Christian.
My Score: 8.9/10
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