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Mitchell’s AEW Dynamite Results & Report! (1/4/23)

It’s a golden new year!

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New year, new look, same action!

AEW starts off 2023 in championship fashion! The Relentless Darby Allin is in his hometown of Seattle, going after Samoa Joe and the TNT Championship! Plus, Team Triple J looks to take the World Tag Team Championships from The Acclaimed! Will the year start with the end of reigns?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Ricky Starks VS Chris Jericho w/ Matthew Menard & Angelo Parker; Starks wins.
  • AEW World Tag Team Championships: The Acclaimed w/ Billy Gunn VS Triple J w/ Sonjay Dutt & Satnam Singh; The Acclaimed win and retain the titles.
  • Bryan Danielson VS Tony Nese w/ Mark Sterling & Josh Woods; Bryan wins.
  • Swerve Strickland w/ Mogul Affiliates VS AR Fox; Swerve wins.
  • Jade Cargill & Red Velvet w/ Leila Grey VS Kiera Hogan & Skye Blue; Cargill & Velvet win.
  • AEW TNT Championship: Samoa Joe VS Darby Allin; Darby wins and becomes the new AEW TNT Champion.

PLAY BY PLAY

Ricky Starks VS Chris Jericho w/ Matthew Menard & Angelo Parker!

The Absolute was not interested in joining the “JAS holes” of the Jericho Appreciation Society, so now they’re going to teach him a lesson! Will Starks regret saying no to #THEOCHO? Or will The Wizard’s 2023 be an absolute wreck?

The bell rings and Seattle is all fired up for “Ricky! Ricky!” Jericho flips Seattle off and they boo. Jericho and Starks tie up, Jericho arm-drags and grins as he high-fives Daddy Magic. Jericho mocks the fans, circles with Starks, and they tie up. Jericho wrenches, Starks wrenches back but Jericho whips Starks away. Starks comes back to run Jericho over! Starks strikes his pose and fans fire up more. Jericho gets up to SLAP Starks! But Starks SLAPS back! Starks then fires off hands from all sides and corners Jericho! The ref counts, has to pull Starks back, and Jericho bails out., Starks goes out after Jericho to CHOP and CHOP and whip into steel steps!

Starks gets Angelo Parker to back off, then he goes back to Jericho. Fans fire up as Starks poses, Starks puts Jericho in the ring, but Jericho kicks low! Jericho CHOPS and CHOPS Starks in the corner. And CHOPS again! Jericho whips corner to corner, runs in and clotheslines, then grins as he fires off point-blank clotheslines! The ref counts, Jericho pushes Aubrey Edwards! Jericho raises his hands but Aubrey makes him put them down. Fans fire up for Aubrey but Jericho CHOPS Starks again. Jericho whips, Starks KICKS back! Starks knuckle locks, CHOPS, and goes up the corner! Starks walks the ropes for the OLD SCHOOL!

Fans fire up, Starks fireman’s carries! SWINGING FACEBUSTER! Cover, TWO! Starks is frustrated but he tells off the “JAS holes.” Fans echo “JAS HOLES!” while Starks kicks Jericho. Starks CHOPS, runs, but Menard trips him up! Jericho clobbers Starks to the apron! Fans boo but Jericho runs to triangle jump- HAYMAKER from Starks! Starks drags Jericho to the apron, but Jericho throws body shots! Jericho CLAWS Starks’ back! Jericho then ROCKS Starks with forearms, pokes him in the eye, and then hits a suplex to the floor! Both men are down and fans lose their minds! Cool Hand Ange checks on Jericho while AEW goes picture in picture.

Aubrey has Menard & Parker back up while Jericho and Starks stir. Menard coaches Jericho up, Parker fans Jericho off, but the count is already 6 of 10 before Jericho crawls his way over. Jericho gets in at OCHO, and then Starks is in at 9! Fans rally as Starks crawls to a corner. Jericho runs in to KICK Starks in the side! Jericho snarls and he drags Starks up to ROCK him with a forearm! Starks staggers about, ends up in another corner, but Jericho bumps him off buckle after buckle after buckle! Jericho then CLUBS Starks down, stalks him to yet another corner, and digs his boots in! Aubrey counts, Jericho lets off at 4 to soak up the heat.

Starks drags himself up, Jericho storms back over, but Starks ROCKS Jericho with haymaker after haymaker! Starks runs, but into a DROPKICK! Dynamite returns to single picture as Jericho has his cocky cover, TWO! Jericho rains down fists on Starks, then soaks up more heat. Fans boo but Jericho drags Starks up to CHOP! Starks falls into the corner, but fans rally behind him. Jericho drags Starks up, whips him corner to corner, but Starks comes back to LARIAT Jericho! Fans fire up while both men are down again. Fans rally up, both men rise, and Starks grabs at Jericho. Jericho CHOPS, but Starks CHOPS!

Starks throws hands, Jericho gives them back! Jericho CHOPS, and CHOPS, and CHOPS! Jericho whips, Starks CLOBBERS him! And then DROPKICKS! Fans fire up again while Menard & Parker freak out! Starks fires up, feeding off that energy! Starks reels Jericho in, but Jericho fights free to fire off forearms. Jericho ROCKS Starks in the corner, fires off some more, then whips Starks to ropes. Starks kicks low, reels Jericho in, and gets Jericho up, LIGER BOMB! Cover, TWO!! Jericho survives and Starks is frustrated but Seattle is still on Starks’ side. Starks runs, but into a THROAT CHOP! Jericho then hits a LIONSAULT onto Starks’ knees!

Fans fire up as Starks saves himself! Starks then hurries to the corner and climbs up! MOONSAULT but Jericho moves! Starks hobbles, but he blocks the Code Breaker! Starks shoves Jericho away, SUPERKICK! Cover, TWO!! Jericho survives again and crawls to a corner. Starks runs in but only gets buckles! Jericho runs to CODE BREAKER! Fans boo but Jericho waits on Starks to stand. JUDAS- NO, Starks blocks it! And underhooks Jericho, into the ROSHAM- NO! Jericho trips Starks! Starks fights, but Jericho turns him! WALLS OF JERICHO!! Starks endures, powers up, claws his way forward, but Jericho drags him away!

Jericho sits deep on the Walls, but Starks still hangs in there! Starks crawls forward, but Parker distracts Aubrey! And just as Starks has the ROPEBREAK! Menard CLOBBERS Starks with Floyd the Baseball Bat!!! Fans boo but The JAS gets away with one! Jericho drags Starks from the ropes, Aubrey checks Starks, the arm drops once. The arm drags twice! The arm- STAYS UP!! Starks fights back up with new life!! Starks crawls his way forward, reaches out, but turns over! Starks fires off fists on Jericho, then BOOTS him away! Jericho staggers into a cradle! TWO!?!? Jericho narrowly escapes! And he BOOTS Starks!

Jericho runs, but Starks turns that into a TORNADO DDT!! Menard gets on the apron, Starks DECKS him! Parker gets back on the apron, Starks DECKS him, too! Jericho rushes in, Starks dodges, and SPEARS!!! Cover, STARKS WINS!!

Winner: Ricky Starks, by pinfall

But wait! The rest of the JAS Holes rush out! Daniel Garcia, Jake Hager & Sammy Guevara attack Starks to ruin the absolute upset! But here comes ACTION ANDRETTI!! He has the burn marks from Jericho’s fireball, and a chair in his hand! Action JAMS Parker, rushes in and JAMS Garcia! And Guevara! And then dodges Hager to SMACK him on the back! Action SMACKS Garcia, SMACKS Guevara, and is all fired up!! Hager stands up, but ANNA JAY stops Action! And Tay Melo LOW BLOWS him! Now Action gets mugged! The JAS has numbers on their side! Jericho CHOKES Starks! Fans boo but now Menard & Parker add a TABLE to the mix!

Fans tell off the JAS Holes, but Hager hauls Starks up and around, to POWERBOMB through the table!!! The entire Jericho Appreciation Society are sore losers, but they’re the ones standing tall. Will Starks & Andretti need back-up to get back at them all?

 

AEW returns and Tony Schiavone is in the ring.

Schiavone shouts out the great crowd in Seattle, and he now welcomes the Cowboy, Hangman Adam Page! Fans fire up as Hangman makes his way out to the ring. Hangman joins Schiavone, and Schiavone says we’ve heard a lot about Jon Moxley wanting a match with Hangman at the LA Forum for Dynamite. “But the question still remains: your condition. Can you go in the ring?” Hangman takes a moment, and then says, “There is nothing that I wanted more than to come out here tonight and tell you I can go. But as of today, I am not medically cleared to compete.” Fans boo, they’re disappointed.

Hangman says that he’s been told, that if he were to come out here tonight or even on Friday night, and get into a little fight with Moxley, it will set him back one more week, one more week, one more week, and we do this forever! That’s not what Hangman wants. What Hangman wants is the same thing Moxley wants, and that is a match at the Forum. Luckily, Hangman has a date. If he takes a redeye home tonight, gets that last brain scan, and it comes out good, then he WILL be cleared for the Forum! And he doesn’t care if it’s in the ring, in catering, or on the roof, Hangman will fight Moxley, and “knock your dick in the dirt!” That’s a new one…

But wait! Here comes Moxley! We were going to hear from him either way, so The Maniac makes his way out to the ring now! Moxley enters from the stands as always, grabs himself a mic, then steps into the ring. The two stare down and Seattle fires up! Moxley says, “I’m surprised you even made it here tonight. After everything you’ve been through. I’m getting a little sick of everyone taking something so beautiful, and treating it like an unfortunate accident. I’m a little sick of the flowers and sympathy cards and this ongoing candlelight vigil for Hangman Page.” Fans chant, “We Can’t Hear You!” More a comment on the technical difficulties than anything.

Moxley wants a new mic, so he gets one. “Seattle, Seattle.” The fans cheer because now they hear him! Moxley tries again but the mic is cutting in and out. Well, this is live television. Moxley asks, “Is the effing mic on? Okay. Go Seahawks, let’s get this back on track.” Fans cheer for that! Moxley finishes his thought about the flowers, cards and vigil for Hangman. When Moxley thinks of everything he’s put himself through in his career, of wrestling for two months with a torn bicep, being shipped off to India and Bahrain, no one has gotten knocked down more times than Moxley. When Moxley thinks the plates of crap he had to eat and the miles of crap he had to crawl through…

But Moxley’s not here to play the victim. Moxley says it all just makes him sick. Hangman takes the mic from Moxley, and he says, “You think I’m mad at you because you knocked me out? Is that really what you think?” Hangman wishes this wasn’t true, but he’s been knocked out more than he can count! Knocked out by enemies, knocked out by strangers, knocked out by best friends! “It’s an unfortunate part of what we do, and I would never be mad at you for it. But you don’t seem like a guy for nuance, so I’ll put it to you simple. What I’m mad about is how you called me out here. And when I stood face to face with you, you didn’t let me get a word in, before you made a joke.

“You nearly took my career from me! You nearly changed my life. And you wanted to crack a joke about it? I think I know why, Mox. I think I know why. I think in that moment, you felt threatened. Because if I know Jon Moxley and he got knocked out, the first thing he’d do is come back for revenge, and that’s not what I was there for that night. But it is what I’m here for now.” Fans like the sound of that! Hangman tells Moxley, “I’ve had a month to stew on what you said to me, and I’ve had two months to stew on how you knocked me out with a lariat. So simple, brutal and effective. And if anyone knows about that, it’s me, Jon.

“And I’ve had two in the chamber with your name on them. And you get them at The Forum.” Hangman gives the mic back, Moxley is itching to do more than talk, but Moxley says, “The only joke around here, the only joke that I think is funny, is the fact that you think next time is gonna be any different. Your little punk ass doesn’t belong in the ring with me. And next week, I’m gonna make sure this time, you don’t get back up.” Moxley drops the mic, both men have said what they need to say. Will next week’s heated rematch happen in LA?

 

Samoa Joe speaks.

The King of TV wants to tell us “a little tale. The tale of Darby Allin, the little dead boy who could. You see, little Darby Allin, he said he wanted his championship back. The King punished and pummeled him all around the building. The King had bigger dragons to slay. And as he was pummeling the great, mighty Wardlow, the little dead boy decided to come out and get in my business. And now, after you’ve been given your big speech, the big pep talk about how everything’s gonna be alright, and all you need to do is be that vicious, little dead boy will walk up and stand face to face with the King.

“For I am Samoa Joe! I am the ONE TRUE King of Television! You pay the price for insolence in my kingdom.” The AEW TNT & ROH World TV Champion is ready for the little dead boy, but will he be ready for The Relentless One?

 

AEW World Tag Team Championships: The Acclaimed w/ Billy Gunn VS Triple J w/ Sonjay Dutt & Satnam Singh!

We’ve had fights in and out of the ring, and we’ve had a war of words, but now it all comes to a head! Actually, Platinum Max has one more diss track on deck! “Hey, Jeff, your wife better say less! She getting dragged online worse than Skip Bayless! Acclaimed only hits you harder. You gone take a L and blame it on Dixie Carter! Y’all’re antiquated. Y’all messed up like Andrew Tate did! And you can never stop the reign! TNA stands for Total Nonstop Acclaimed!” Bowens says, “SEEEEATTLE~! The Acclaimed have arrived! SCISSOR ME, DADDY ASS!” And they do!

With that, the title belts are raised and the teams sort out. Will Max Caster & Anthony Bowens soon scissor finger in celebration with all of Seattle? Or will Jeff Jarrett & Jay Lethal start their new year off with gold?

Jarrett and Jay are both heated, but Jarrett insists he starts against Bowens. Fans sing “OH~ Scissor Me, Daddy~!” and that gets on Triple J’s nerves. Jarrett and Bowens circle, but then Jarrett SLAPS Caster! The ref keeps Caster back, Bowens goes after Jarrett but Lethal gets in. The ref keeps Lethal back now and Bowens fires off on Jarrett! Bowens gets in Jarrett’s face, promises to knock his ass out, and then CHOPS! Bowens stomps a mudhole into Jarrett, but lets off as the ref counts. Bowens whips corner to corner but Jarrett ELBOWS Bowens back! Lethal tags in, he throws a forearm but Bowens CHOPS!

Lethal and Bowens go back and forth, forearm and CHOP, then Lethal knees low. Lethal whips, Bowens goes up and over then hurdles! Bowens headlocks, Lethal powers out but Bowens hurdles again to mule kick, front kick, run and LEG DROP BULLDOG! Fans fire up and Bowens drags Lethal up. Bowens wrenches Lethal, tags Caster, and they mug Lethal. Caster keeps Lethal from Jarrett, then reels him in for an OLYMPIC SLAM! Caster taunts Jarrett a la Kurt, then tells him to SUCK IT a la Billy Gunn. Caster then grabs Lethal’s leg for an ANKLE LOCK! Lethal scrambles tot he ROPEBREAK, and Caster lets go quickly.

Caster drags Lethal up, tags Bowens, and then Caster scoop SLAMS Lethal into the drop zone! Bowens goes up, Caster holds Lethal’s legs open, for SCISSOR ME TIMBERS! Fans fire up, and The Acclaimed- NO, Jarrett gets in to flip Caster off. But Bowens ROCKS Jarrett, Caster scoop SLAMS him, and Bowens goes up again! SCISSOR ME TIMBERS! Billy gets in, he Fargo struts, and they SCISSOR FINGER~! Fans are thunderous for The Acclaimed as they drag Lethal up. They whip Lethal, Bowens swings but Lethal ducks under! Lethal slides out, to SLAP Billy!! Billy is pissed, he has Lethal, but Lethal scurries away!

The ref reprimands Billy but Billy says that’s BS! Lethal hit Billy first! The ref EJECTS Billy!? Fans boo, you can’t do that to Daddy Ass! But Lethal & Jarrett are laughing up a storm and soaking up the heat as AEW goes picture in picture.

Sonjay Dutt mocks Billy but Billy chases him off. Lethal CLOBBERS Bowens from behind, then bumps him off buckles. Lethal ROCKS Bowens, then drags him up to bump off buckles. Lethal climbs up to rain down fists! Sonjay counts along and Lethal lets off at ten. But Bowens kicks back! Lethal blocks to kick back, and he tags in Jarrett. Triple J mugs Bowens, double whip him, but Bowens reverses to send Lethal away! Lethal bails out and Jarrett gets Bowens with a RUSSIAN LEG SWEEP! Jarrett flexes then stomps away on Bowens. Jarrett puts Bowens on ropes, CHOKES him, but lets off to run and STRADDLE ATTACK!

Bowens sputters while Jarrett tells Caster to SUCK IT! Jarrett then struts, and tells Caster to SUCK IT again! Bowens staggers up and Jarrett LARIATS him down! Jarrett continues to taunt Caster, then he drags Bowens over. Tag to Lethal, Jarrett whips Bowens to kick low. Lethal runs in to SWINGING NECKBREAKER! But wait, the ref didn’t see Lethal’s tag, it doesn’t count! Lethal is annoyed, but he drags Bowens back over and lets Jarrett take over. Bowens kicks Jarrett from below but that just annoys Jarrett. Jarrett stomps Bowens, fires off in the corner, and Dynamite returns to single picture as fans chant, “F U Jarrett!”

Jarrett tags Lethal, Lethal brings Bowens out as Jarrett eggs the fans on. Lethal snapmares Bowens to clamp on a chinlock. Bowens endures and fans rally up. Bowens fights to his feet but Lethal knees low! Lethal scoops and SLAMS Bowens! Lethal does his Machismo swagger, and then he goes to the corner. Fans boo but Lethal climbs up, HAIL TO THE FLOP as Bowens moves! Bowens and Lethal crawl, hot tag to Jarrett, and Jarrett BLASTS Caster! But Bowens throws haymakers on Jarrett! Fans fire up as the CHOPS fire off! Bowens whips, Jarrett reverses and catches Bowens into a headlock, only for Bowens to counter with a BIG back suplex!

Fans fire up as both men are down again! Bowens crawls over, as does Jarrett, hot tags to Lethal and Caster! Platinum Max rallies on Triple J with big elbows and lariats! Caster whips Lethal, then hits a BIG back drop! Jarrett staggers up into a backhand! And a SUPERKICK! Caster then PLANCHAS onto Lethal! Fans fire up and Caster scissor fingers the front row. Caster puts Lethal in, he goes up top, and he CROSSBODIES! Cover, Jarrett breaks it! Fans boo, Jarrett drags Caster up to SLAP him! Caster TACKLES Jarrett! Caster fires off fast hands and fans fire up again! But Lethal drags Caster up, only for Caster to DROPKICK back!

Tag to Bowens, Bowens reels Lethal in and Caster climbs. But Lethal fights the clinch! Jarrett SHOVES Caster to the floor! Lethal gets free but Bowens goes after Jarrett! Bowens ROCKS Jarrett but Lethal kicks Bowens! Alabama Lift, Jarrett traps the arms, ICONOCLASM BACK DROP! Cover, TWO!! But Lethal gets the legs for a FIGURE FOUR! Bowens endures, the ref misses Satnam sending Caster into steel steps! But the ref hears it, and looks over to see what happened! The ref EJECTS Satnam and Sonjay!! More refs rush out to make Satnam leave, and he flips the main ref off! Lethal and Jarrett can’t believe it!

Lethal & Jarrett wait on Bowens to get up, and Bowens staggers. Lethal dodges the haymaker, handsprings, but into Bowens’ ROLLING ELBOW! But Jarrett reels Bowens in! THE STROKE!! Lethal covers, and Sonjay swats Bowens’ foot of the ropes!! TRIPLE J WIN!!!

Winners: Jay Lethal & Jeff Jarrett, by pinfall (NEW AEW World Tag Team Championships)

Seattle can’t believe it! But wait! AUBREY saw everything! She tells the ref and ring announcer that Sonjay screwed Bowens! Jarrett & Lethal tell them no, their win stands! But the announcement is made: the officials have decided that this match MUST CONTINUE!! Triple J is freaking out, so they go after Bowens at the ropes! They stomp away, double whip, but Bowens crisscrosses them into each other! Caster is back, he ROCKS Jarrett and Bowens SUPERKICKS him down! But Lethal rolls Bowens up! With feet on the ropes! But Caster pushes those off now! Bowens uses that to roll Lethal up! THE ACCLAIMED WIN!!

Winners: The Acclaimed, by pinfall (still AEW World Tag Team Champions)

Justice has been served! Triple J couldn’t cheat Caster & Bowens twice, and they got what they deserved! Billy returns to celebrate, will nothing stop the #ForeverReign?

 

Tony Schiavone has a sit-down interview with Britt Baker & Jamie Hayter.

Schiavone welcomes The Doctor and the AEW Women’s World Champion. “Everyone is talking about next week and the tag match. Who is gonna be Saraya’s partner? That has been the big question.” Hayter says it has been. Britt thinks the bigger question should be, “Will Saraya ever get it?” Since she first showed up in AEW, Saraya has not gotten what AEW is. Saraya does not understand what AEW means to the wrestlers, the fans, and their family. Hayter says Saraya doesn’t understand what they mean to AEW, and what AEW truly means to them. Britt and Hayter are AEW originals! Saraya will never get that.

Britt says it is safe to say that she and Hayter, though different, had very similar starts. They had rather rocky starts to their careers. It took them a bit to figure out what they were doing, and they worked their way up to the top of this division. Now, Hayter is the champion! And what Britt doesn’t know if Saraya realizes, but last week, Saraya had two of the best female wrestlers in the world right next to her. So no matter who she’s looking for out there, Shida & Storm, like ’em or not, which Britt & Hayter don’t, but those two are fantastic pro-wrestlers. How has Saraya not made a decision yet?

Schiavone says maybe Saraya is just making Britt & Hayter think about it. Well, Saraya did come in and make an impact. Maybe it was Saraya’s house. But Hayter is the champ, Britt is the boss, the Killer & Pillar. Yours Truly, Dr. Britt Baker, DMD. Is Saraya playing this one close to the vest? Or does she really not know what to do about the tag match in the Forum?

 

“Jungle Boy” Jack Perry speaks.

“After the last year that I had, I wasn’t sure that there was anyone left I could count on. But maybe I spoke too soon. Now, Big Bill, Lee Moriarty, Stokely, you guys have made it very clear that you are looking for some sort of a problem. Well how about next week, in my hometown of Los Angeles, California, for one night only… Hook and I take care of business.” The Cold-Hearted, Handsome Devil walks into frame, will he and JB make The Firm wish they’d picked on anyone else?

 

Bryan Danielson VS Tony Nese w/ Mark Sterling & Josh Woods!

The American Dragon wants after the AEW World Champion, Maxwell Jacob Friedman, but Smart Mark came to the defense. The Premier Athlete wants after the hometown hero, but will he instead end up an example to MJF?

The bell rings and Bryan circles with Nese. Fans are thunderous for Bryan already and Bryan smiles. Nese is upset, but then Woods swipe at Bryan! Sterling distracts Aubrey and Nese CLOBBERS Bryan! Nese then runs with Bryan to HOTSHOT BULLDOG! And PREMIER TRIANGLE! But Bryan dodges and gets to the corner! Nese still runs in to PREMIER KNEE! Cover, TWO!! Bryan survives Nese’s best shot and Nese can’t believe it! Nese rains down fists on Bryan while fans boo. Nese drags Bryan up as fans rally for Bryan. Nese CHOPS, but Bryan shakes his head. Bryan puts Nese in the corner to CHOP and KICK and CHOP again!

Bryan fires off on Nese, KICK after KICK after KICK! Bryan whips, Nese reverses, but Bryan goes up and over! Things keep moving, Bryan dodges to CLOBBER Nese! Nese flounders, fans are thunderous again and Bryan is all fired up! Bryan waits on Nese to sit up, and then he KICKS Nese! And KICKS! And KICKS! “YES! YES! YES!” Sterling freaks out but Bryan powers up, to BUZZ- NO, Nese blocks! Nese slips around, rolls Bryan up, deadlifts and BUCKLE BOMBS! Bryan sits down, Nese pulls down the kneepad! Nese runs side to side, but Bryan dodges! Knee hits buckle! Bryan runs in to BUSAIKU KNEE!! But Bryan doesn’t cover, he promises to kick Nese’s head in!!

Bryan gets the arms, for DRAGON STOMPS! “YES! YES! YES!” Bryan then turns Nese over, into the REGAL STRETCH!! Nese is OUT, Bryan wins!!

Winner: Bryan Danielson, by submission

Bryan smirks as he lets off, and Seattle is thunderous for the conquering hero! Bryan gets a mic now to say, “It is great to be home! And y’know what? I’m feeling a little froggy. I’m feeling a little froggy, and I’m ready for another fight! MJF! Get your ass out here!” Fans fire up for that, and here comes MJF! The AEW World Champion has them cut his music while fans boo. MJF throws his gum aside to say, “Brain Damaged Bryan. Lemme get this straight: you want me to come into that ring and wrestle you, right?” Fans chant “YES! YES! YES!” MJF says how about no?

Unlike Bryan, MJF doesn’t get his rocks off by putting his body on the line to entertain the shmucks! He doesn’t care about them at all! But Bryan is a mark! MJF is aware he has a big fat check in the mail, whether he wrestles or not. That’s what makes MJF a special attraction. But MJF can tell that the people love Bryan, they chant his name every week, over and over again. And to his credit, Bryan is pretty solid. But MJF was in the back listening as Bryan was talking, and with all due respect, “if Lance Storm and Dean Malenko were somehow able to procreate and have a child, it would still be more charismatic than you.”

Fans boo but MJF says, “Just cuz you look like a goat, it don’t make you the Greatest Of All Time. But granted, I mean, you really look like a goat. As a matter of fact, I wouldn’t be shocked if back in 1981 in rural Aberdeen, Washington, Mama Danielson, much like all the mothers here in Washington, couldn’t find a human suitor!” Bryan says he likes that MJF is making jokes. Because in the back, all the boys talk about MJF’s mother and how many human suitors she’s had. MJF is speechless after that one! Bryan says that in fact, it was probably enough suitors that they could fill this whole arena! Hell, maybe even some are here right now!

Bryan points out some guys, and MJF shouts, “THAT’S NOT FUNNY!!” Bryan then asks Seattle, “Who here has been Max’s mother’s human suitor?” MJF tells them all to shut their mouths! Bryan thinks he’s a big deal, huh?! He’s delusional! He buys his own hype if he thinks he’s the best wrestler in the world! But that’s impossible, because MJF is, and #TripleB proves it! Fans boo but MJF asks, “I’m just curious, Bryan, who died and named you the king of wrestling, huh? Journalists who’ve never stepped in the ring, let alone out of their mother’s basements? Or even worse, these marks who don’t have one athletic one in their parasitic bodies!”

MJF says that unlike Bryan, MJF is touted as being the best by people who’ve actually been in the business. Top names! Fans call MJF names, but MJF says those were guys that put him over, like Disco Inferno! Eric Bischoff! “And the smartest man of them all, and my number one fan, Jim Cornett!” Bryan cuts MJF off, and he agrees with the people in Seattle: just shut up. Bryan says we’ve heard the spiel a million times, and it’s okay. Bryan did a mom joke, he’s okay with those. But Bryan hates MJF, and it is time to fight. MJF panics as Bryan steps out of the ring! “Slow your roll, Dragon!” MJF scurries over to commentary! MJF tells Taz that Bryan has anger issues.

MJF wants one second, but the fans boo. Bryan may not realize this, but MJF came here as a favor to him. MJF is trying to smarten him up! This ain’t play wrestling, this is pro-wrestling. “In this company, wins and losses matter. And if you want a shot at the king and the grandest prize of ’em all, you gotta become #1 contender.” Fans tell MJF to STFU, but he says no. MJF says he had a feeling Bryan would stick his nose in MJF’s business, so MJF talked to “that nerd,” Tony Khan. And Tony told MJF that if Bryan were to wrestle every week on Dynamite, and win, from now until February 8th, Bryan will be #1 contender.

And Bryan, MJF is normally known for making Bryan jump through hoops. But he’ll make an exception here. If Bryan can pull off that win streak, from now until February 8th, Bryan gets his match for Triple B at Revolution on March 5th, no questions asked! So what does B-Ry say? Fans say “YES!” but Bryan says no!? MJF does this all the time, so Bryan is just gonna wrestle when he wants, still become #1 contender, and still beat MJF for the title. NO!! That’s not how this works! Tony doesn’t run this company, the EVPs don’t run this company, MJF does!!

If Bryan doesn’t become #1 contender the way MJF wants him to, Sterling will filibuster this! Bryan will be stuck as #1 contender until MJF’s contract is up! Bryan will NEVER wrestle MJF for the belt! It’s MJF’s way or it’s no way! GOT IT!? Fans boo but Bryan says, “Dude, Mark Sterling’s a horrible lawyer. You think he’s gonna make that happen? But here, I’ll humor you a little bit. I’ll agree to your cute little stipulation, if you agree to let me make the stipulation for our match at Revolution.” Fans like Bryan turning the tables, but MJF says, “Seriously? Okay. First of all, watch your mouth, you fat skank!” Wow, who was that MJF got mad at?

MJF wants to get this right. Bryan wants a stipulation so that MJF can just cheat in front of the ref? Bryan’s really brilliant, y’know? But go ahead, Bryan, pick whatever you’d like. Bryan says MJF doesn’t get it. In this stipulation, MJF won’t be able to do anything that gets him disqualified, and it’s really more… Well, MJF calls himself the Best Professional Wrestler? Well, this is the real test of that! Bryan’s challenge is for a ONE HOUR IRONMAN MATCH! Fans love the sound of that, but MJF is stunned! Bryan says, “What? Are you scared, Maxi Pad?” Fans chant, “MAXI PAD! MAXI PAD!” but MJF is pissed! MJF ACCEPTS!!

But no, shut up! MJF isn’t worried! Bryan won’t even make it past week one! Because all Bryan does is choke! Bryan hasn’t won a big match opportunity since he’s gotten here! Bryan is a choke artist! Bryan says, “Well, we’re gonna see. Cuz I’m gonna tell you what I’m gonna do. I’m gonna run through every single opponent that you put in front of me, from now until February 8th. And then when we get into that One Hour Ironman Match at Revolution, here’s what I didn’t tell you before. I am going to expose you. I am going to expose that you don’t have the cardio. That you haven’t put in the work. That you don’t have the footwork.

“That everything you do, the reason you don’t wrestle isn’t just because you don’t care about wrestling, it’s because you’re not good enough to come out here every! Single! Week! And after I expose you, in front of all of these people, I’m gonna put the nail in the coffin, and I’m gonna kick your damn head in.” Bryan gets the last word, will he prove that he’s better than MJF, and MJF knows it?

 

AEW looks closer at Orange Cassidy VS Kip Sabian.

Set for Battle of the Belts 5 this Friday night after Rampage, the Freshly Squeezed All-Atlantic Champion finally settles the score with Mr. Superbad! Sabian screwed over Trent Beretta to mess with Best Friends, but now he’ll have to put up or shut up! Will Sabian find that you don’t get under Orange Cassidy’s skin and get away with it?

 

Swerve Strickland w/ Mogul Affiliates VS AR Fox!

Ever since throwing Keith Lee away, there have been no limits to how low Swerve will go to stay on top. Will he cheat The People’s Choice the same way he did Wheeler Yuta on Rampage? Or will the answer to “Whose House?” be “Fox’s house?”

The bell rings and fans rally as Fox and Swerve circle. Fans chant “WHOSE HOUSE?” “SWERVE’S HOUSE!” as Fox avoids Swerve rushing in. They feel out a grapple, then they both forearm! They both stagger, Swerve runs in but Fox dumps him to the apron. Fox stops the slingshot to ROCK Swerve, then he rolls and runs! Swerve backflips away but Fox just flips to the apron! Fox then jumps over as Swerve rushes back in! Swerve knees low, whips Fox, but Fox tiger feints! Swerve ducks, slide sin, Fox pursues, somersault but Swerve blocks the cutter! Swerve fireman’s carries, but Fox fights free to the apron!

Fox pushes Swerve away but Swerve runs in! Fox flips but Swerve handsprings out of the ring! Fans fire up as the former friends stare down! But Parker and the still anonymous tattooed man back Swerve up. The ref counts, Swerve has his affiliates back down, and Swerve swings on Fox! Fox BOOTS Swerve first, goes up to the apron, and he runs to the corner to MOONSAULT! Direct hit and Swerve is down! Fox puts Swerve in the ring at 5 of 10, then aims. Swerve storms over but Fox trips Swerve up! Fox slingshots to facelock and roll Swerve, into a deadlift BRAINBUSTER! Cover, TWO! Swerve flounders to a corner but fans rally for Fox.

Fox goes corner to corner, and he hits an A-LIST LARIAT! Swerve flounders while Fox skins the cat. But Swerve distracts the ref so tattooed man can CLOBBER Fox! Fans boo, but Swerve goes to the apron to FLYING BOOT Fox down! Fans fire up and AEW goes picture in picture.

Swerve smiles then poses, then goes back for Fox. Swerve ROCKS Fox with haymakers, then brings him up to whip him hard into railing! Swerve then shoves Fox into the ring, and he clamps on an armlock! Fox endures, Swerve shifts his grip to a cover, ONE!! Swerve argues that but one is one. Fox goes to the corner, Swerve walks over and ROCKS Fox with a haymaker! Swerve stands Fox up, snapmares him, and then goes up the corner. FALLING UPPERCUT! Fox writhes but Swerve swaggers and dances. Cover, TWO! Swerve is annoyed and he stomps Fox down! Fox throws body shots but Swerve UPPERCUTS him!

Swerve HEADBUTTS Fox, clinches, and he cranks on the neck wrench. Fox endures, fights up, but Swerve wrangles him back down. Fox endures the cravat as Swerve keeps on the pressure. Fox fights up to his feet, arm-drags free, but Swerve CLOBBERS him! Dynamite returns to single picture and he drags Fox around for SLAPS to the back! Fox backs Swerve into the corner, but Swerve BOOTS him away! But Fox BOOTS back! Swerve mule kicks, front kicks, but Fox ENZIGURIS! Swerve BOOTS, but Fox goes Matrix under the discus lariat! ENZIGURI again! Swerve falls and fans fire up! Fox grits his teeth and runs in at the corner, BIG back elbow!

Fox then snapmare rolls, but Swerve GERMAN SUPLEXES! And then SOMERSAULT COMPLETE SHOTS! Cover, TWO!! Swerve snarls, he kicks at Fox, then drags him up. Swerve hoists Fox to the top rope backwards, then climbs up behind him. Fox throws elbows to send Swerve away, and then Fox adjusts. But Swerve hits the ropes to trip Fox, but Fox just split legs through it! Roll up and BASEMENT CUTTER! Fox runs in, to BOOT Swerve to a corner! Fox puts Swerve up top, ICONOCLASM! But Fox holds onto the arms to drag Swerve back up into a CUTTER! And then Fox goes up and up and 450 SPLASHES!! cover, TWO!!

Swerve survives and shocks Fox! Fans fire up, “This is Awesome!” Swerve goes to the apron, Fox goes out after him and fireman’s carries. Swerve fights with elbows, ends up on the corner, but Fox ROCKS him! Fox goes around the other side, climbs up behind Swerve, but the tattooed man has a chain! The ref tells him to back off, but Parker creeps up to sneak Swerve some metal! Swerve JAMS Fox in the face!! Swerve then fireman’s carries Fox, for a SUPER DEATH VALLEY DRIVER to the apron!!! Fans lose their minds, Swerve puts Fox in the ring! KILLSHOT STOMPS!! Cover, Swerve wins!

Winner: Swerve Strickland, by pinfall

Give the assist to the affiliates, but Swerve is merciless. Will nothing stop Swerve from taking over AEW?

 

Renee Paquette has a sit-down interview with Saraya, Toni Storm & Hikaru Shida.

Renee is with the Revolution, the Lightning and the Full Metal Warrior, and thanks them all for taking this time to talk with her. Powerful words thrown at them from Britt & Hayter, but what is their reaction? Saraya says that’s typical Britt, isn’t it? She tries to gatekeep this division and hold it back while Saraya and the others want to advance it. Storm says “God forbid it should be about anyone but them.” And worse yet, Storm got screwed out of her championship and her face fractured because of them. That’s not cool.

Renee says there has been a ton of speculation about just who exactly is Saraya bringing with her to the Forum. Does she care to make an announcement? Saraya says she is excited. This has been trending every single week, which is exciting, and Saraya says since coming here, she has learned so much. AEW has the best female roster in the world, the best matches in the world, and talking about Toni Storm VS Jamie Hayter at Full Gear to Hikaru Shida VS Jamie Hayter at Holiday Bash. They all absolutely killed it! Saraya knows she is sitting between the best wrestlers in the world. That means… Saraya chooses Toni!

Oh, looks like Shida didn’t know this was coming. Saraya says that ever since seeing Storm at Grand Slam, she just knew she’d have a bond with Storm. And she is really excited, they can talk strategy now. Renee says it is official! Next week at the LA Forum, Britt & Hayter VS Saraya & Storm! But will Shida cool off about being seemingly snubbed? Or will she want to have a talk with Saraya later on?

 

Austin & Colten Gunn are here!

Seattle boos the Ass Boys, but they’re here in rather serious attire. They cute it up, and they have a memorial for FTR! “FTRIP, May 27, 2020 – December 21, 2022.” The Gunns continue to ringside as somber organ music plays. Fans boo and mock the “ASS BOYS~!” but they stand in the ring with pictures of FTR set up for this mock wake. Austin & Colten get the mics, and Austin takes a breath. “Thank you all for coming. We’re here to pay our respects to FTR’s legacy.” Colten says he has something prepared. He isn’t sure he can get through this but he’ll try.

“FTR had a hell of a year. They traveled the world. They worked at a bunch of promotions. They even had the AAA, ROH and IWGP championships. Not AEW’s, though. They called themselves 7 Star FTR, but they were 10 stars in our hearts.” Austin says he has something prepared, as well. “But as 2022 was coming to an end, their decrepit, weak, old dad bods couldn’t carry the load anymore. When the Gunns beat FTR clean in the middle of the ring, they lost the ROH belts, the AAA belts, the IWGP belts, and even started a podcast no one listens to. A legacy that we watched them build for ten years, the Gunns destroyed in ten minutes.

“Now please, stand up and join us as we all remember and honor the legacy of FTR in a moment of silence.” Fans boo as the Gunns take a deep breath and stay quiet. But wait! FTR is here?! They can’t be, they were just in Japan for WrestleKingdom 17! The Gunns laugh at them punking everyone in Seattle! Austin says, “Look! FTR can wrestle for any promotion they want to, and I mean any promotion, but they will never work in AEW again!!” Colten says that’s because they are the “new living legends! We are the new best tag team in the world! Top GUNNS, out!”

Austin tells Seattle to suck it, and then he and Colten smack the pictures over. FTR is still going to return to AEW, will the Ass Boys go running when they do?

 

Jade Cargill & Red Velvet w/ Leila Grey VS Kiera Hogan & Skye Blue!

While the TBS Champion is still undefeated, she isn’t happy about how, out of all the flavors, Red Velvet chooses to be salty. And she’s also not happy about Velvet didn’t let her do what she wanted to Kiera just last week on Rampage. Will The Baddies still be united here tonight? Or will Velvet show her true colors?

The teams sort out and Velvet starts against Skye. They circle, tie up, and go around. Skye headlocks, but Velvet stomps a foot and powers out. Velvet drops but Skye avoids the dropkick! Skye flips Velvet over but Velvet rolls Skye to a cover, ONE and Skye has it now! TWO, and Velvet swings, but into a waistlock. Velvet switches, Skye runs to ropes and uses that to push Velvet down to a cover, TWO as Velvet goes Matrix! Velvet hits an Oklahoma Roll, TWO! Skye rolls Velvet up, TWO! Skye holds onto Velvet for a sunset, TWO! Velvet sits on Skye, TWO! Skye sunsets, TWO! Velvet sits, TWO! Velvet staggers up, Skye SHINING WIZARDS!

Tag to Kiera, she runs and HIP ATTACKS Velvet on the ropes! Then she YANKS Velvet down, runs and steps up to LEG DROP! Cover, TWO! Kiera keeps on Velvet, tags Skye but Velvet throws body shots. Skye kicks but Velvet blocks! Velvet spins Skye but Skye SPIN KICKS! Velvet wobbles, Skye brings her up and around, but Velvet switches. Skye slips through to DDT! Cover, TWO!! Velvet survives, Jade is annoyed, but Velvet clinches. Skye powers Velvet back but into the Baddie corner! Jade tags in and fans fire up as AEW goes picture in picture.

Jade and Skye tie up, Skye kicks but Jade ducks it to pump handle and SLAM! Jade fires up, Skye goes to a corner, and Jade throws forearms. Jade stomps, UPPERCUTS, and ROCKS Skye! Jade whips Skye corner to corner, dribbles and runs in, but Skye avoids the slam dunk! Jade avoids the haymaker to DECK Skye! Jade goes out after Skye, flexes, and then brings Skye up to UPPERCUT her back down! Jade bumps Skye off the apron, Skye staggers around the way, and Kiera coaches Skye up. Jade refreshes the count, UPPERCUTS Skye again, then talks trash. Skye ROCKS Jade! Jade comes back with fire as AEW goes to break!

Dynamite returns and Jade trophy lifts Skye! Fans fire up, Skye slips away, and Kiera tags in! Kiera leaps but into Jade’s arms! Swinging POWERSLAM! Cover, TWO!! Kiera survives “The Eye of the Storm,” and Velvet still looks salty. Jade drags Kiera up into chicken wings, but then she decides to give Velvet a second chance. Velvet didn’t let Jade slap Kiera, but now Velvet can do it herself. Jade pats Velvet on the head for the tag, and Velvet puts some stank on it, only to clinch Kiera instead of slap her! Jade is still upset Velvet isn’t doing what she wants, but now the ref tells Jade to exit. Velvet whips, Kiera reverses and CLOBBERS her!

Kiera CLOBBERS Velvet again, runs corner to corner and SPLASHES! She trips Velvet, runs Around the World, and SLIDING BOOTS! Cover, TWO! Kiera hurries to bring Velvet up but Velvet blocks the suplex. Velvet throws body shots but Kiera snap suplexes her away! Jade is upset, she tags in. She SUPERKICKS Kiera then BOOTS Skye! Fans fire up and Jade soaks it all up. Jade drags Kiera up, choke grips, and CHOKE SLAMS Kiera! Jade tells Velvet to finish this, but then Velvet drops off the apron!? Keira rolls Jade, TWO!! Jade BOOTS Kiera down! Cover, Jade still wins!

Winners: Jade Cargill & Red Velvet, by pinfall

The Baddies still win, that makes Jade 47-0. But this surely must be the last time Jade and Velvet are on the same side. Will Velvet regret angering #ThatBitch?

 

BREAKING NEWS for Battle of the Belts 5!

After the controversy that almost won them the tag titles, Team Triple J gets a second shot! And this time, it will be NO HOLDS BARRED!

Backstage interview with Team Triple J.

Lethal & Jarrett are riled up as Renee tries to get their reactions. This Friday, No Holds Barred- DAMN RIGHT it’s gonna be No Holds Barred! That was the biggest bunch of crap out there tonight! That was carny BS! It took 15 refs to beat them! But nothing stops them this Friday! Jarrett guarantees NEW AEW World Tag Team Champions! Sonjay even breaks his pencil over this! But will Triple J break The Acclaimed and take those titles?

MORE news for Battle of the Belts!

Though Skye didn’t win in tonight’s tag match, she didn’t take the pin, and now she gets her turn at the TBS Championship! Will Skye be able to end the undefeated streak of Jade Cargill? Or will she just end up number 48?

 

AEW TNT Championship: Samoa Joe VS Darby Allin!

The King of Television still has both this title and the ROH World Television Championship, but the Relentless hometown hero looks to change that. Darby has another new video, showing off the skate park he grew up on. He also has a highlight reel of his TNT title reign, from defeating the American Nightmare to defeating Ricky Starks, Christian Cage, and JD Drake, until losing the title. Darby makes his entrance, will he have a new chapter in that highlight reel? Or will the King of TV cancel Darby’s comeback season?

As Darby makes his way to ringside, he hugs Nick Wayne, son of Darby’s trainer, the late, great Buddy Wayne. Samoa Joe makes his entrance, and he assaults Nick Wayne!! Fans boo, Darby DIVES to take Joe out! Darby KICKS Joe, CLUBS him, grabs his skateboard, and SMACKS him!! This isn’t a match so Darby JAMS Joe with the board! And SMACKS him again! They go up the ramp, around the way, and Darby JAMS Joe again! Darby hops up to the ramp, to then jump and OLLIE SMASH Joe! Fans are thunderous as Darby goes back to the stage, and he brings out a LADDER! Fans fire up as Darby sets the ladder up and climbs it!

Fans are thunderous but the refs want this in the ring! Darby aims from the very top, and he SUPER SWANTONS onto Joe!! Both men are down on the ramp and fans are losing their minds! Darby clutches his knee from the landing, but he hobbles his way after Joe as Joe crawls to ringside. Darby headlocks and fishhooks Joe! Fans rally, Darby brings Joe around and puts him in the ring. The bell rings and Darby SHOTGUNS Joe into the corner! Joe tumbles out, staggers around, but Darby goes to the apron. Darby hurries after Joe, kicks him, then leaps, but Joe catches him! URENAGE onto the steel steps!!

Darby writhes, the ref checks in, and Seattle loses their minds all over again as AEW goes picture in picture! Joe goes into the ring to let Darby writhe, and Joe soaks up the heat from Seattle. The ring count starts, but Darby crawls his way back over at 3 of 10. Darby manages to drag himself up at 5, but Joe is after him! Joe runs Darby along the apron to POST him! Darby goes flying off to the railing! Joe smirks while the ref checks Darby again. Joe mocks the hometown hero while the ring count starts again. Joe counts along to mock Darby, but Darby stirs at 4 of 10. There are fans worried for Darby as he crawls over.

The count hits “OCHO!” but Darby gets in! Joe is shocked, but then Darby fops back out for a breather. Joe cuts that short by going out after Darby. Joe stands Darby up to CHOP him back down! Joe then stands Darby up, to CHOP him back down again! Joe talks trash to the fans in the front row, then storms after Darby. They get in the ring, but Darby bails out the other end. Joe watches Darby flounder and stagger around the outside. Darby manages to stand, but he keeps his distance to taunt Joe. Joe rushes out, Darby slides in, but Joe slides back in, only for Darby to fire off hands! Darby has Joe in the corner and fans fire up, but Joe HEADBUTTS Darby down!

Joe paces, stomps Darby, and Dynamite returns to single picture. Joe sits Darby up, to PENALTY KICK! Fans rally for Darby but Joe sits Darby up to CHOP him on his back! And PENALTY KICK again! Joe then runs to drop an elbow but misses! Darby hurries to get a SLEEPER! Joe stands, Darby fishhooks the nose, but Joe BACKPACK SENTONS! Joe has a leg and pulls on a toehold! But Darby CLAWS Joe’s eyes! The ref counts, Darby lets off but Joe lets go, too. Darby fires off fast strikes, but Joe sweeps the legs! No mercy in this dojo! Fans rally as hard as they can for Darby, but Joe smirks as he looms over Darby.

Joe drags Darby up, but Darby throws body shots! Darby runs, but Joe picks him up and ties up the legs! KNEE BREAKER!! Darby clutches his legs but Joe smirks again. Fans still rally behind Darby, but the concern is growing. Joe hears the fans chant, so he PENALTY KICKS Darby down! And then SENTONS the legs! Darby clutches his knees, Joe grins as he covers, TWO!! Darby refuses to give up and fans fire up for him. Joe drags Darby around by a leg, and then hooks on a HALF CRAB! Joe sits on it but Darby refuses to quit! Darby claws his way forward, and he gets the ROPEBREAK! Fans cheer and Joe lets off in frustration.

Joe looms over Darby as the fans are thunderous for their hometown hero. Joe drags Darby up, brings him around and bumps him off buckles. Joe hoists Darby up top, tucks him in, and carries Darby, but Darby sunset flips! Joe stays up, drags Darby up, but Darby ducks the haymaker to waistlock! Darby pushes Joe to the corner but Joe holds onto the top buckle to resist the O’Conner! The buckle pad gives way, the ref almost gets knocked over, but Darby finishes the O’Conner Roll! TWO, and into the COQUINA CLUTCH!! Darby flails, pushes and rolls back to a cover, TWO!! Darby goes to the corner, Joe runs in, but gets an ELBOW!

Darby runs, hops on, THROWBACK- NO! Joe turns stunner into SLEEPER! Darby is fading already!! Fans are thunderous, and Darby gets a second wind!! Darby has a wild look in his eyes, and he beats his chest a la Sting! Darby RAMS Joe into the bare buckle!! CODE RED!!! Darby goes up top, for the COFFIN DROP to Joe’s back! Fans are electric as Darby goes up top again! COFFIN DROP to the front!! Cover, DARBY WINS!!

Winner: Darby Allin, by pinfall (NEW AEW TNT Champion)

Seattle explodes over the hometown hero’s victory! Darby is now a TWO-TIME TNT Champion! The confetti flies and even STIIIIING is here! The Icon joins his young ward in the ring to celebrate! The new year gives us a new champion, is this new era going to be even more relentless than before?


My Thoughts:

A great episode for AEW to open the new year. Starks VS Jericho was a great opener, and that was a great win for Starks. But of course the Jericho Appreciation Society has to go and beat Ricky down, and then Action Andretti on top of it. This definitely has to give us a tag match of Starks & Andretti VS any combination from the JAS. Honestly, Starks & Andretti should face all the combinations, from Menard & Parker to Sammy & Garcia to Jericho & Hager. Especially in the case of Sammy & Garcia to push their story of dysfunction forward a step. It’ll give us a lot more Action Andretti on TV, and Jericho can settle things with Action and Starks once and for all.

Great promos from Hangman and Moxley, and they didn’t give us an Unsanctioned match for next week, but I guess that was asking too much. I’m pretty sure Hangman will be “cleared” for next week, and then he and Moxley can have an awesome match. If there needs to be another rematch, it can be at Revolution in March after more great build. Good promo from Jungle Boy to give us the tag match I knew we were getting of JB & Hook VS The Firm’s Moriarty & Morrissey, and good video for Cassidy VS Sabian. Those will be really good matches, but I’m pretty sure the Faces win both of those matches.

Great promos from Britt & Hayter with Schiavone, and then Saraya, Storm & Shida with Renee. Oddly enough, there is a good point in Britt’s promo about a former WWE wrestler showing up in AEW and not “getting it,” but Saraya’s counterpoint about gatekeeping was also good. I figured Saraya was going to choose Storm, but Shida played the surprise and hurt feelings well. Saraya clearly sprang this on everyone rather than talking about this behind the scenes, and this will probably come back to bite her in the form of Shida turning Heel. Saraya VS Shida will be a great match, and I would love for that to be at Revolution while Hayter defends the title against someone.

The Baddies VS Kiera & Skye went about how I expected, though of course Jade wins to keep her streak going. Jade will definitely beat Skye at Battle of the Belts to get to 48, and then she can win against another person to get to 49. Jade’s 50th match has to be at Revolution, and it has to be against Velvet. That way, whether Jade wins or loses, it’ll be a full circle moment since Jade and Velvet started as enemies during the empty arena era. I just have a bad feeling that this is when Bow Wow gets involved again so as to distract and cost Jade against Velvet.

The Acclaimed VS Triple J was great stuff, from Caster’s rap digging at Jarrett and then using Kurt Angle’s moves to really dig at Jarrett, to the ejections and the “controversy” that kept Triple J from winning. No Holds Barred on Friday is going to be awesome stuff, I can’t wait to see it. Pretty good promo from the Gunns to mock FTR while FTR was in Japan. FTR is definitely coming back to kick their asses, and that can be the start to a big 2023 for FTR where they fight their way back to tag title contention in AEW. And great match from Swerve VS Fox, I like that commentary mentioned Lucha Underground. But of course as the leader of a Heel faction, Swerve has his minions help him cheat and win.

Great match from Bryan VS Nese, and of course Bryan wins. Very good promo battle from MJF and Bryan, though it could’ve been trimmed down by a little bit. Maybe it was the live fans getting involved and MJF having to adlib off them that stretched it out. I do like the idea that instead of anything particularly over the top, Bryan just has to stay undefeated for the five weeks, so that every match he has is important. At the same time, I totally expect MJF will try to screw Bryan over. But Bryan will surely make it, and that ONE HOUR Ironman Match is going to be awesome stuff.

Joe VS Darby was also awesome stuff, and I am pleasantly surprised that Darby won. AEW loves giving hometown heroes the big moments, and this was a HUGE moment. Now Darby can carry this belt to Revolution while Joe can focus on the ROH World TV title. Maybe Wardlow goes after Joe for the ROH title, but that depends on if Tony Khan wants to build Wardlow up towards the AEW World Championship so he can have a proper blow-off with MJF.

My Score: 8.8/10


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Mitchell’s AEW Battle of the Belts Results & Report! (4/13/24)

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The tenth edition goes the X-tra mile!

Battle of the Belts returns, and to settle the score from Dynamite’s Six Man Tag, Hook puts up his FTW Championship against Shane Taylor!

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • FTW Championship: Hook VS Shane Taylor; Hook wins and retains the title.
  • AEW International Championship Eliminator: Roderick Strong w/ The Undisputed Kingdom VS Rocky Romero; Strong wins and denies Rocky a title match.
  • ROH Women’s World Championship: Athena w/ Billie Starkz VS Red Velvet; Athena wins and retains the title.

PLAY BY PLAY

AEW Collision bleeds over a bit.

Bryan Danielson is still down on the ramp after Konosuke Takeshita’s Brainbuster and the medics check him. The battle with Will Ospreay at Dynasty is still in the books, but what condition will Bryan be in?

 

Backstage interview with Hook and Katsuyori Shibata.

Lexi Nari is with the FTW Champion and The Wrestler, and notes we saw Hook make the save for Shibata during Collision against Shane Taylor Promotions. At the same time, Hook is about to face Shane Taylor himself with the FTW title on the line. Knowing what Shane’s capable of, what is Hook’s strategy going into that match? Shibata uses his voice-to-text translator say, “Pardon the interruption… Hook, I’ll have your back tonight.” Hook appreciates that, but even knowing what Shane’s capable of, Hook’s got his own way of handling this. Shibata says bet, and Hook gives him the fist bump.

FTW Championship: Hook VS Shane Taylor w/ Anthony Ogogo!

The Cold-Hearted Handsome Devil knows he’s up against a bad, bad man, but this is FTW Rules! Everyone who fights for this title is a bad, bad man, so will Hook prove he’s the baddest? Or will Shane #SendHook back to New York without his gold?

The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and we see who’s really the biggest badass in AEW!

The bell rings, the two circle, and they feel things out. Shane swings, Hook dodges to fire off fast hands and forearms! The fans fire up behind Hook but Shane shoves him away. Hook ducks the haymaker, waistlocks, but Shane fights with elbows. Shane swings again, but Hook gets under! Shane CLUBS the Camino down, then whips. Hook holds ropes, then DUMPS Shane out! Shane tumbles to the floor, Hook pursues, and Hook SMACKS Shane off railing! Hook SMACKS Shane off steel steps, then has Shane sit in a corner. Hook rains down fists, then lets off to revel in the cheers. Hook throws knees again and again, then CLUBS Shane again.

Shane staggers along railing, but Hook puts him in the ring. The fans cheer again, Hook storms in, but Shane JABS! JABS! And BODY SHOTS! Hook falls, sputters, and the ref has Shane stay back to check. That could’ve been a liver shot but Shane hauls Hook up. Shane CHOPS Hook in the career, and Hook sputters as he goes along ropes. Shane taunts Hook, puts him in a corner, and CHOPS again! Hook staggers to another corner, Shane taunts him, “I thought you were the man!” Shane BODY BLOWS again and Hook coughs. Hook fires hands in return, backs Shane down, then reels Shane in! Shane’s too big for the suplex, though!

Shane shoves Hook, and BODY BLOWS! Hook falls to the mat, but Shane drags him back up. Shane HEADBUTTS Hook, Hook is dazed, and Shane says he thought Hook was a killer. Shane says to bow down to the killer that’s badder! Shane CHOPS Hook, suplexes him, and hangs him out to dry! Hook sputters and falls, Shane soaks up heat, and Battle of the Belts goes picture in picture.

Shane drags Hook up, TOSSES him out, then goes out to bring Hook up. Shane whips Hook hard into steel steps! Hook writhes, Shane storms around, then Shane drags Hook up. Shane makes Hook take a seat in a corner, then runs up to KNEE Hook against railing! Hook falls over, but he’s somehow still conscious! Shane drags Hook up and hangs him out to dry on the railing! Hook sputters and falls to the floor, and Shane talks more trash. Shane drags Hook up, puts him in the ring, and BOTB returns to single picture. Shane has Hook on the apron, for the APRON LEG DROP! Hook sputters more while Shane seethes.

Shane storms in, talks trash on the fans, then soaks up the heat. Shane drags Hook up, puts him in the corner, and BODY SHOTS! BODY SHOT! HAYMAKER! Hook slumps down in the corner but the fans rally up. Shane waits on Hook, Hook says he’s still in this! Shane stands Hook up to BODY SHOT, BODY SHOT and BODY SHOT! Then Shane ROCKS Hook again, again, and AGAIN! Hook flops back down while Shane storms around. The ref checks with Hook, Shane says to call it already! Hook says no, he’s still in this! Shane drags Hook up, tells Hook to quit or he gets send home in a body bag!

The fans boo as Shane whips corner to corner, hard! Hook sputters, Shane runs in, but Hook dodges! Shane hits buckles, Hook hurries to waistlock! Shane fights the grip, then ROCKS Hook! Hook ROCKS Shane back! And ROCKS him again and again! The fans fire up as Hook fires more shots! Hook runs to LARAIT! Shane stays up, Hook LARIATS again! Hook runs, ducks the haymaker, and GERMAN SUPLEXES!! Shane staggers up in a daze, and Hook clinches to EXPLODER!! Hook covers, TWO!! Shane is still tougher than that and Hook is beside himself! Hook runs up in the corner, but into an URENAGE!

Shane drags Hook into the drop zone, goes up the corner, and he SPLASHES down! Cover, TWO?!? Hook survives and shocks Shane! Shane storms around, the fans rally up, and Shane drags Hook up. Shane slaps Hook around, then winds up, but Hook dodges! And dodges! REDRUM!! Shane is caught, he flails around, but then he fights up! Shane RAMS Hook into buckles, but Hook still holds on! Shane RAMS Hook in again, but Hook still has his hooks in! BACKPACK SENTON!! Shane is free, but then Hook springs up, REDRUM!! He even traps the arms!! Shane flails, reaches out, but he’s fading! Shane’s OUT, Hook wins!!

Winner: Hook, by submission (still FTW Champion)

The Cold-Hearted Handsome Devil does it again! He takes damage and finds a way to win! But now, will he have that face to face meeting with Chris Jericho this Wednesday Night Dynamite?

 

Backstage interview with Rocky Romero.

Lexi is with Azucar as he is just moments away from his Title Eliminator match for the International Championship. However, Lexi wants to know if he knows what’s going on with Best Friends. Rocky says Chuck, Trent and Orange Cassidy are like brothers to him, and yet he has no idea what’s going on there. But right now, he can’t really worry about that, he has to focus on the match with Roderick Strong. When Rocky wins, he’ll be one step closer to fulfilling his destiny of becoming International Champion. Kyle O’Reilly pops in, wishes Rocky luck, and then heads back out. Will Azucar be able to get one over on the Savior of the Backbreaker? Or will he just end up broken?

 

AEW International Championship Eliminator: Roderick Strong w/ The Undisputed Kingdom VS Rocky Romero!

While Azucar is confident, it was just last night on Rampage that Roddy took offense to him and Kyle O’Reilly even thinking there was a chance this match doesn’t go The Undisputed Kingdom’s way. Will Roddy prove them all wrong by crossing Rocky off the list? Or is this were The Kingdom starts to crumble?

The bell rings and the two circle. The fans are behind Rocky as he and Roddy tie up. Rocky waistlocks, Roddy wrenches to wristlock, but Rocky rolls, wrenches and wristlocks back. Roddy tries to pull hair but Rocky twists the wrist. Roddy pulls on Rocky’s ear to have the headlock and takeover. Rocky fights up, pops out the back, and then steps over. Rocky hooks an arm but Roddy fights off the takedown to hip toss and cover. ONE, but Roddy facelocks. Rocky fights up, pries at the hold, but Roddy holds on tight. Rocky still fights his way out of the hold, wristlocks and wrenches again, then YANKS the arm.

Roddy ROCKS Rocky then CHOPS him! Roddy whips, Rocky slides under then ducks ‘n’ dodges to RANA! The fans fire up as Rocky then wrenches Roddy and goes up a corner. Rocky FLYING KNEE DROPS right on the arm! The fans cheer the Latino Heat and Rocky goes back to the corner. Rocky CHOPS Roddy, Roddy CHOPS back! Rocky CHOPS, Roddy kicks low! Roddy CLUBS Rocky, ROCKS him, then reels Rocky in for a BACKBREAKER! Rocky writhes but Roddy covers, TWO! Roddy and The Kingdom talk trash, Roddy swings but Rocky dodges! Rocky CHOPS and then stomps away on Roddy!

Rocky digs his boot in, lets off as the ref counts, then stands Roddy up. Rocky snapmares and runs to basement dropkick! Roddy flounders, Rocky covers, ONE!! Rocky keeps one eye on The Kingdom, then he brings Roddy around. UPPERCUT and Roddy staggers. Roddy BOOTS, whips, but Rocky goes Spiderman! Rocky then dodges Roddy and sends him tumbling out! Rocky goes out to PENALTY KICK from the apron! Rocky leaps to DIVING STOMP! Roddy writhes, Rocky gives more Latino Heat, and BOTB goes picture in picture.

Rocky tells The Kingdom to back off, and so does the ref. Taven mocks Rocky’s Latino Heat, but Rocky puts Roddy in the ring. Rocky storms up on Roddy to KICK his leg! Roddy hobbles to a corner, Rocky CHOPS him and then follows him. Rocky ROCKS Roddy, ROCKS him again, but Roddy bails out. Rocky goes after Roddy on the apron, but Roddy lifts! Rocky fights that to then elbow Roddy! But Rocky has to watch out for The Kingdom lurking! Roddy BOOTS Rocky, then POSTS him! Rocky falls to the floor, Roddy hops down and he drags Rocky up. Roddy gives Rocky a RAILING BACKBREAKER! Rocky writhes, The Kingdom mocks him more, and Roddy drags Rocky up.

Roddy puts Rocky in the ring, stomps Rocky around, then drags him up to CHOP! Rocky staggers to a corner, Roddy storms up on him, and then DECKS him! Roddy soaks up the heat, then he digs his boots into Rocky! The ref counts, Roddy lets off at 4, but just switches feet! The ref counts more, Roddy steps away, and Rocky sputters along the ropes. Roddy gets Rocky up but Rocky ROCKS him first! And again! Roddy hits back, Rocky CHOPS, and CHOPS! Rocky runs, but Roddy blocks the Rana to make it a POWER BREAKER! Rocky writhes, Roddy covers, TWO! Roddy clamps onto Rocky with a motorcycle stretch!

Rocky endures as Roddy digs knee into Rocky’s back. Rocky fights up, moves around, but Roddy knees him low! Roddy scoops Rocky to RAM him into buckles! Then OKLAHOMA STAMPEDE! Cover, TWO! Rocky is still in this but Roddy stays on Rocky with stomps. Roddy stomps and stomps as BOTB returns to single picture. Roddy goes back to the motorcycle stretch but the fans rally again. Rocky fights up, fights back, and he KICKS Roddy’s leg! And KICKS! Roddy CLUBS Rocky, eggs Rocky on, but Rocky roars! Rocky fires forearms, then UPPERCUTS! Roddy wobbles, Rocky KICKS and KICKS and SOBATS!

Rocky CHOPS, whips, but Roddy reverses. Rocky reverses back to kick, but Roddy ducks the enzigiri! Rocky REWIND HEEL KICKS! Roddy flops out of the ring and the fans fire up! Rocky builds speed, fakes Roddy out and DIVES onto Taven! Then Rocky DIVES onto Roddy! Rocky puts Roddy in, runs up, SLICED BREAD! Cover, TWO!! Roddy survives but Rocky keeps his cool. Rocky fires forearms in the corner, then winds up! The fans fire up as Rocky runs in, clothesline! Another clothesline! But Roddy follows to RAM Rocky, and CHOP him! And CHOP! And CHOP! Roddy whips, Rocky comes back into the SICK KICK! Cover, TWO!

Roddy is frustrated but he hauls Rocky up. Fireman’s carry, but Rocky fights free! Roddy shoves, lifts again, but Rocky pops up to RANA! The fans fire up as Rocky ducks ‘n’ dodges, tilt-o-whirls and DDTS! Cover, TWO! Roddy survives but Rocky stays focused. The fans rally for Rocky as he stalks Roddy. Roddy RAMS Rocky, gets him up top, and then climbs up after him. Rocky fights with fists and a HEADBUTT! Rocky then cravats, SUPER SLICED BREAD!! Cover, TWO!! Roddy survives again and Rocky is beside himself! The Kingdom is also worried, they rally up for Roddy. The fans rally for Rocky as he goes out to the apron.

Rocky climbs but The Kingdom is lurking again. The ref tells them to back off, but Roddy ROCKS Rocky first! Roddy has Rocky up top but Rocky DECKS Roddy! Rocky adjusts, Roddy stands, METE- STRONG KNEE!! Cover, Roddy wins!

Winner: Roderick Strong, by pinfall (denies Rocky Romero a title opportunity)

The Kingdom helps Roddy, whether Roddy will say it that way or not. Kyle is here to celebrate with his friend, but he also checks on his other friend in Rocky. Kyle helps Rocky up to his feet, and wants the fans to give it up for Rocky. But then Wardlow LARIATS Rocky, and The Kingdom stomps away! Kyle has them stop, this isn’t cool! But then Roddy STRONG KNEES Kyle down?!? The fans boo as Roddy tells Kyle that he could do it on his own, but there’s only ONE man that can be International Champion! Kyle made the wrong decision! Roddy’s arrogance just ended his friendship with Kyle, will Kyle make Roddy pay for that?

 

Backstage interview with Serena Deeb.

Lexi Nair is with the Professor of Professional Wrestling and notes how last week, Serena walked on stage after Yuka Sakazaki’s return victory. Why? Serena says she was sitting in the back, watching that impressive match, and thought to herself that she was watching a great pro-wrestler. Someone that Serena would love to tear it up with. Tonight, the Professor is here on BOTB, but has no championship opportunity. She’s not sweating it, though. Since her return, Serena is undefeated. She checked the rankings, and The Professor is sitting pretty at Number 3! So week by week, she’s climbing her way up to inevitably become champion.

Serena tells Yuka, that was an invitation. To where? Into the Deeb Dojo! Serena will show Yuka that Serena is better, and that she is what she says she is: The Professor of Pro-Wrestling! Serena wants to test herself against the Wrestling Magical Girl, but who will be the one taking a step closer to a title opportunity?

 

BREAKING NEWS for Dynasty!

After Roddy’s sudden rejection of Kyle O’Reilly, they are now going to battle over the International Championship! It’s the fight neither man wanted, but will Kyle give Roddy payback for what he did with interest?

 

ROH Women’s World Championship: Athena w/ Billie Starkz VS Red Velvet!

The Fallen Goddess is 49-0 after defeating Hikaru Shida on Supercard of Honor last week, and when she says she’s the Forever Champion, she means that. But will “forever” come to a crashing halt in Kentucky? Or will The Chef be the one getting served an L?

The introductions are made by Lexi Nair, so just a little biased in Athena’s favor. The belt is raised, and here in the main event, we see who is the face of the ROH Women’s Division!

The Code of Honor is upheld, the bell rings and the fans fire up for Athena already. The two circle, tie up, and they go around. They go into a corner, along ropes, then Athena throws Velvet down. Velvet holds on, they roll on the mat with the collar ‘n’ elbow, then they stand up. Athena puts Velvet in a corner, the ref counts, but Athena lets off with a cocky smile. Velvet keeps cool and resets with Athena. They tie up. Velvet wrenches an arm to wristlock, but Athena handsprings and wrenches back. Velvet rolls, kips up, and wrenches back. Velvet headlocks but Athena powers up and out. Velvet runs Athena over, but Athena kips up!

The fans fire up while both women brush themselves off. They reset again, tie up, and Athena headlocks. Velvet powers up and out, but Athena wrenches to whip. Velvet ducks ‘n’ dodges and tilt-o-whirls to RANA, but Athena handsprings through! The fans fire up and Athena cheers herself on. But Velvet DROPKICSK Athena down! Athena gets up, Velvet arm-drags, arm-drags again, and then Velvet cheers herself on. Athena runs up into another arm-drag! Velvet has the armlock but Athena fights up and throws Velvet down by her hair! The fans cheer but the ref reprimands, and things speed up.

Velvet drops, runs up and CALF KICKS Athena down! Athena bails out, Billie there to check on her. Velvet goes to the apron, Athena grabs a leg but Velvet kicks her away. Velvet then ASAI MOONSAULTS land takes Athena down! The fans fire up, Velvet drags Athena up and puts her in the ring, then has her on the apron. Velvet climbs up, brings Athena up, but Athena shoves her back. FLAPJACK off the top buckles! Velvet staggers, Athena reels her back in, APRON BACK SUPLEX! The fans fire up with Athena while BOTB goes picture in picture.

Velvet crawls into the ring but Athena follows her. Athena looms over Velvet, drags her up, then CLUBS her down. Athena stands Velvet up to whip her hard into a corner. Athena revels in the cheers before she runs in and back body blocks! Then Athena goes side to side to forearm SMASH! Athena smiles as Velvet leans against buckles. Athena shoves Velvet down, stomps her around, then drags her back up. Velvet fires body shots, but Athena bumps her off buckles. Velvet avoids the forearm to DOUBLE CHOP! Velvet fires body blows but Athena throws hands! Velvet CHOPS, Athena CHOPS, they CHOP, then Athena CHOPS Velvet off her feet!

The fans cheer while Athena snarls. Athena sits Velvet back up, KICKS her in the back, then KICKS her again! And again! Athena stands Velvet up, bumps her off buckles, then scoops to put Velvet in the Tree of Woe. Athena KICKS away on Velvet’s back, then lets her fall out of the Three. Billie applauds, tells Velvet she should’ve known better, but Velvet swipes at Billie. Billie gets away, cheers Athena on, but Velvet fires hands on Athena! Athena swings back but Velvet bobs ‘n’ weaves! Velvet ROCKS Athena, kicks her legs out, then runs up , into a SPINEBUSTER! Cover, TWO! Athena is annoyed but still in control as BOTB goes to break.

BOTB returns once again as Athena hits buckles! Velvet rallies on Athena with clothesline after clothesline! Velvet runs, tilt-o-whirls and RANAS Athena onto ropes! Velvet runs up to DOUBLE KNEE! Velvet shoves Athena down, runs, and tilt-o-whirls again, REVERSE DDT! Cover, TWO! Athena survives and Velvet is frustrated. Athena crawls away, wanting mercy! But Velvet storms up, only for Athena to YANK Velvet into buckles! Athena then fireman’s carries Velvet for the WASTELAND! Roll through and another fireman’s carry, for another WASTELAND! Another roll through, and then Athena mocks the stirrin’ it up motion!

But Velvet pops up to RANA! Cover, TWO!! Athena escapes, Velvet runs up to wheelbarrow, but Athena URENAGES her down! Cover, TWO!! Athena is furious as Velvet survives! Athena goes up a corner, the fans cheer, and Velvet rises. But Velvet ROUNDHOUSES first! Velvet ROCKS Athena, climbs up after her, then CHOPS! Velvet goes to the very top, to SUPER VICTORY THROW! Athena flounders but she ducks the buzzsaw! Roll up, Velvet rolls through! THE SLICE! And then the tilt-o-whirl DDT!! Cover, TWO!!! Athena survives and Velvet is fuming! Velvet pushes Athena around while the fans rally up.

Athena is in the drop zone, so Velvet goes up top. Velvet tells Billie to shut up, but Athena gets out to the apron. The fans boo but Velvet adjusts position, to leap and SUPER CROSSBODY! Athena catches her!? And then brings Velvet around to FALCON ARROW to the floor! The fans fire up as Athena roars, but so does Velvet as she rises! Only for the SUPERKICK to knock her down! Athena has a wild look on her face and Billie cheers on the Overlord. Athena gets Velvet up, THROWS her into the LED board, then THROWS her around again! Athena drags Velvet up and into the ring, storms in after her, and reels her in! Canadian Rack, but Velvet sunset flips it! TWO!!!

Athena escapes, Velvet runs up, ducks ‘n’ dodges then SUPERKICKS! But Athena DECKS Velvet with a forearm! Athena goes up top, Velvet rises in a daze, to get the O-FACE!! Cover, Athena wins!

Winner: Athena, by pinfall (still ROH Women’s World Champion)

And that’s FIFTY and zero! Fifty wins, no losses, and no slowing down as she title belt clinks with Billie. But as is customary on ROH, Athena sets her belt down, and Billie does, too. They drag Velvet up, mock “stir it up,” but Velvet SLAPS Athena! And SLAPS Billie! But then Athena and Billie mug Velvet! The fans boo as Billie picks up her belt, takes aim, but then QUEEN AMINATA is here! Aminata runs down into the ring, dodges Billie to DECK Athena, then HEADBUTT for Billie! That’s payback for cheating in the TV title match! But then Athena runs up, into an Alabama Lift! AIR RAID CRASH!!

Aminata saves Velvet while also making her own impact, will The Queen not be denied her crown? Or will the Fallen Goddess look to make her pay for this insolence?


My Thoughts:

A really good BOTB but uh, after ten of these, we already know nothing really happens on these. Great action and promos like on Collision, but no titles were ever changing hands. And after two hours of Collision, the crowd was of course tired out. Hook of course defeated Shane but it was a really good showing of Hook’s resilience to take all that damage and still win. Really good match from Roddy and Rocky that Roddy of course won, and turns out I was right in thinking they’d fast track Roddy VS Kyle here. That match will be great stuff, but it’d be a shame if Kyle’s first title shot ends up a loss, even with The Kingdom all there to interfere and distract.

Good promo from Serena to make it clear that she’s having a match with Yuka, just in case it wasn’t clear last week. And then a great main event for the ROH Women’s Championship. Red Velvet looked great even in defeat, and natural move for Aminata to show up and go after Athena & Billie. Aminata really has her pick of the two titles at this point, and while payback on Billie for Supercard is an obvious route, why wouldn’t she go right to the source and take down Athena? Athena’s made it to 50-0, and if not when Athena faced Billie, not when she faced Nyla Rose nor when she faced Shida, her first loss should be to pass the torch to Aminata.

Aminata went through the grind, paid her dues, and has got organically over with ROH viewers, so if she isn’t gonna be the historic first Women’s TV Champ, make her the woman that takes down the top woman in ROH.

My Score: 8.6/10


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Mitchell’s AEW Collision Results & Report! (4/13/24)

The Don Callis Family is out for blood!

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Will the Blackpool Combat Club survive this Collision?

Before the Dynasty dream match of Ospreay VS Danielson, the Don Callis Family wants to not just beat the American Dragon, but to destroy him!

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Six Man Tag: The House of Black VS Dante Martin, Action Andretti & Matt Sydal; The House of Black wins.
  • Katsuyori Shibata VS Lee Moriarty; Shibata wins.
  • Daniel Garcia VS Angelico w/ Serpentico; Garcia wins.
  • AEW Women’s World Championship Eliminator: Toni Storm w/ Luther & Mariah May VS AZM w/ Anna Jay; Storm wins and denies AZM a title match.
  • Bryan Danielson & Claudio Castagnoli VS Will Hobbs & Kyle Fletcher; Bryan & Claudio win.

PLAY BY PLAY

The Blackpool Combat Club speaks.

Bryan Danielson says BIG week for BCC. Jon Moxley is the NEW IWGP World Heavyweight Champion, a huge accomplishment. And on Wednesday, Claudio Castagnoli takes on Will Ospreay, then Bryan faces Ospreay at Dynasty. But there’s tonight first. Claudio says Don Callis gave Kyle Fletcher & Will Hobbs this motivational speech that they don’t even need to beat BCC, they just have to hurt BCC. How weird. But it’s easier to beat them than to hurt them, and what kind of faith does that show Callis has in Ospreay? Not much, it seems. Not sure what Callis is thinking. But Claudio has faith that all three of those guys could beat BCC.

But hurt them? People have been trying to hurt Claudio and Bryan for 20 years. Because they see the spotlight, they see how successful BCC is, and they see BCC all over the world. Bryan couldn’t be stopped by a broken orbital bone nor a broken arm. And Claudio’s been fighting week after week after week, consistently like Swiss clockwork for over 15 YEARS. Because it’s not about the work and the talk here in front of the camera, but the work behind cameras, the stuff you don’t see, that goes into making this look so easy at the level they are at. Bryan agrees there, and tells Don Callis that he wants his guys to hurt them, to hurt Bryan and to hurt Claudio.

Guess what?! That’s not gonna fly tonight! Because Bryan goes out there every single night to hurt people! That’s what BCC does! Violence is their specialty! DCF will not only see that tonight, but on Wednesday and in St. Louis. The American Dragon is all fired up, but will he and the Swiss Superman burn down the Powerhouse and the Protostar?

 

Six Man Tag: The House of Black VS Dante Martin, Action Andretti & Matt Sydal!

Malakai Black, Brody King & Buddy Matthews are preparing for the coming war with Adam Copeland, Mark Briscoe & Eddie Kingston, but they’re taking on three men who are much different from Copeland, Briscoe & Kingston. Will grounding high-fliers make the House ready for those brawlers? Or is this where the House will fold?

The trios sort out and the fans bark as Buddy starts against Action. The fans rally as the two circle, feel things out, and tie up. Buddy wrenches an arm to a wristlock, YANKS it and grinds the arm down. Action fights up, Buddy wrenches again, but Action rolls, handsprings and wrenches back. Action wristlocks, but Buddy rolls, handsprings and wrenches again. The fans cheer the technical exchange, and Action rolls, kips up, and wrenches back. Buddy powers Action back to whip, but Action holds onto the wristlock. Action twists the wrist but Buddy spins, headlocks and hits the takeover. Action moves around but Buddy keeps him down.

Action pushes Buddy to a headscissor, but Buddy kips free! Buddy gets around, waistlocks, but Action bucks the O’Conner. Action goes up and over as Buddy runs in, then DROPKICKS! The fans are torn but Action tags Sydal. Buddy TOSSES Action but Sydal schoolboys and bridges! TWO, Buddy knees low! Buddy ROCKS Sydal, CLUBS him, then tags Malakai! But Sydal arm-drags and SOBATS! Sydal KICKS Malakai, tags in Dante, and they coordinate, MONKEY FLIP and SWANTON CANNONBALL! Cover, TWO! Tag to Action, he ROCKS Malakai and whips. Malakai reverses, Dante gives Action the boost up and over!

Dante catches Malakai to a facelock, but Malakai wrenches out to BOOT Action! Malakai blocks Dante’s kick to STO! Action kicks low, whips, but Malakai stops himself to stare Action down. The fans cheer, Malakai dodges a shot and Brody tags in. BOOT to SHOULDER TACKLE! Dante and Sydal run in but they get run over! The fans fire up with Brody, but then Dante and Sydal DOUBLE DROPKICK! Brody returns to DOUBLE LARIAT! The fans bark for Brody, he gets Action up and CHOPS him to a corner. And CHOPS again! Action sputters, Brody whips him to ropes, but Action ducks ‘n’ dodges to go up, but Brody catches him!

Action fights, but Buddy distracts the ref while Malakai jumps in. Brody gets Action in wheelbarrow position, ROUNDHOUSE into the GERMAN SUPLEX! The fans fire up for The House while Action tumbles out. Buddy tags in and Brody DIVES onto all three opponents! The fans fire up again as Brody roars, and he puts Action in for Buddy. Buddy aims from a corner as Action rises, and Buddy runs in to BOOT in the corner! Snapmare and cover, TWO!! Action survives but Buddy stays focused. Buddy drags Action up, suplexes, but Action knees free! Action waistlocks, Buddy ELBOWS Action then sucker punches Sydal!

Buddy storms up on Action, Action slides under and reaches out! Buddy has a leg, he reels Action in to back suplex, but Action lands on his feet! Action ducks under an elbow, reaches out again, but Buddy has the tights! Action ENZIGIRIS, hot tag to Sydal! JUMP KICK! Sydal ducks ‘n’ dodges to RANA! Buddy tumbles, comes back, but into a WHEEL KICK! Malakai runs up to CLUB Sydal, but Sydal JUMP KNEES back! QUESTION- NO, Malakai blocks the Question Mark Kick to ROUNDHOUSE Sydal! Sydal staggers to ropes, Brody storms in, but Sydal DUMPS Brody out! Buddy runs up, into a BOOT!

Sydal ELBOWS Malakai, runs up, but into a POP UP, POWERBOMB BACKBREAKER COMBO!! The fans fire up and Buddy covers, TWO! Sydal is still in this while Collision goes picture in picture.

Buddy looms over Sydal, drags him up and whips to JUMP KNEE! Sydal tumbles out and Brody tags in. Brody goes after Sydal to whip him hard into railing! Sydal writhes, Brody drags him back up, and Brody whips Sydal hard into more railing! The fans bark for Brody again as he stands Sydal up and CHOPS! Brody puts Sydal in the ring, looms over him, then drags him up. Brody CHOPS Sydal to the corner, tags Buddy, and then Brody scoops Sydal to SLAM him! Buddy slingshot SENTONS right in! Tag to Malakai and Buddy snapmares Sydal for Malakai to PENALTY KICK! Cover, TWO! Malakai drags Sydal down into a KIMURA!

Sydal endures the double wristlock as Malakai twists the elbow! Malakai drags Sydal back, Buddy tags in, and they mug Sydal. Buddy snapmares Sydal to KICK him down! Buddy drags Sydal back up, clamps onto the arm, and Collision returns as Buddy whips Sydal hard into a corner! Buddy BOOTS Dante off the apron for the hell of it! Buddy snapmares Sydal to KNEE him in the back, and KNEE again! Buddy mockingly holds Sydal’s hand out to Action, then KICKS Sydal in the back! And KICKS him again! The fans rally but Buddy drags Sydal right up to an Electric Chair Lift! But Sydal uses that to POISON-RANA!

Buddy flops right out of the ring and the fans rally up! Sydal crawls, The House shouts to Buddy, and the ring count is 5 of 10! Brody hurries to toss Buddy back in, hot tags to Malakai and Dante! Dante fires off on Malakai, then whips. Malakai reverses, runs up, but Dante slips out, goes up and around, then GAMANGIRIS! Dante springboards to CROSSBODY! But Malakai rolls through it to suplex and GOURD- NO, Dante lands out! POP-UP RANA! Dante hurries up a corner while Malakai is down! The fans fire up but Dante has to leap away as Brody rushes over! Dante comes back to SHOTGUN Brody down!

Malakai waistlocks, GERMAN SUPLEX, but Dante lands on his feet! Dante dodges Malakai to PELE! Cover, TWO!! Dante runs and FLIES out onto Brody! Dante hurries back in, the fans fire up, and Dante stalks Malakai, only to get a ROUNDHOUSE! Action hurries to tag in, he torture racks but Malakai lands out! Malakai knees low, whips, but Action ducks ‘n ‘dodges to DIVE onto Buddy! Action snarls but Malakai hits him with a TRIANGLE MOONSAULT! Malakai puts Action in, BOOTS him to ropes, then ROUNDHOUSES! Malakai brings Action over, tags Brody, and then Buddy joins in. The fans bark as the House surrounds Action.

DANTE’S- NO, Sydal and Dante save Action! Then they TRIPLE SUPERKICK in return! And then TRIPLE SUPERKICK! DOUBLE SUPERKICK! TRIPLE SUPERKICK!! The fans fire up but Buddy POP-UP KNEES Dante! Sydal goes up to METEORA! Malakai ROUNDHOUSES Sydal, Action springboards to FLYING LARIAT Malakai! Brody DISCUS LARIATS Action down!! Cover, but Dante MAMBA SPLASHES it apart!! The fans are thunderous for “A E DUB! A E DUB!” “This is Awesome!” as the teams regroup. Sydal BUZZSAWS Brody! Dante SUPERKICKS! Action joins in, TRIPLE KICK! Dante then SENTONS!

Action 450 SPLASHES! Cover, ONE?!?! The fans are barking while Action can’t believe! Tag to Sydal, METE- NO, Brody catches Sydal, throws him back and SPLASHES in a corner! The fans bark more, The House all coordinate, CEREBERUS ATTACK!! Cover, The House wins!

Winners: The House of Black, by pinfall

That was surely a fast ‘n’ furious fight just to open the night, and Malakai wants to make sure Adam Copeland was watching. The House vows that Dynasty will be The End. Will the House soon take the head of the Face of TNT?

 

Backstage interview with Toni Storm, Mariah May & Luther.

Lexi Nair is with the AEW Women’s World Champion, as well as her protege and her butler, and says we saw a lot on Dynamite. Kissing, champagne, and- “Yes, we did see a lot, didn’t we, darling? Get used to it. Because we saw a Champion’s Champagne Celebration that made an Italian woman curse, and turned Lightning Daffodil into a diddling do-how! And as for the kissing… There has been no greater love than this.” Storm turns to Mariah, but Lexi interrupts by saying she meant the kiss Mariah had with Mina- Mariah cuts Lexi off there. Can’t Lexi see Toni has a lot on her plate right now?

Toni has a title defense on a PPV coming soon, AND a match against AZM tonight. Plus, Anna Jay’s all serious~ right now. Yes, yes, Azumi-san. You want her to kiss your bottom? Well, that makes you and a thousand other perverts! Toni will give AZM a beating so intense, it’ll be featured in a fetish periodical! And the name of that publication? Chin up, tits out, and watch for the shoe…! The leading lady leads the way out, will she send AZM crying back to Stardom?

 

AEW shares footage from after Dynamite.

Chris Jericho found Taz backstage to talk with him about the Six Man Tag. We all saw what happened, and Jericho just wants to explain himself to Hook. Jericho is just trying to do what’s right for Hook but Hook won’t listen. Hook won’t answer his phone or his texts, but Taz knows his son better than anyone. Can Taz please ask Hook if he’ll talk to Jericho? Taz says he’ll try, a lot of the time he doesn’t really hear from Hook, Hook’s his own man. Of course, of course. Taz says Jericho may have pissed Hook off. And when Hook gets pissed, it’s… Well, Taz will try.

Jericho appreciates that, and as it turns out, this coming Wednesday, Taz will broker a face to face! Will #LionHook still make it work? Or will this Jericho only #SendHook into a stronger rage?

 

Katsuyori Shibata VS Lee Moriarty w/ Shane Taylor Promotions!

The Wrestler got caught by #TAIGASTYLE all because Lionheart Jericho couldn’t get out of his own way. Will Shibata be able to handle things much better on his own? Or will Moriarty sink his fangs into Shibata one more time?

The bell rings and the fans rally up. Lee and Shibata circle, Ogogo joins commentary to say the “skull cracking, jaw jacking Gov’nah is back in AEW.” Shibata and Lee clinch, go around, and Shibata waistlocks. Lee moves around, Shibata finds a lateral press, ONE! Shibata has the legs, goes around to cover, ONE! Lee uses a leg guard, gest Shibata’s leg, but Shibata sits on the toehold. Lee tries to waistlock at the same time but Shibata wristlocks. Lee scrambles to the ROPEBREAK, and fans applaud as Shibata lets off. The two reset, feel things out, and then Lee kicks low. Lee cravats, snapmares, and stomps Shibata!

Lee runs to roll things into a chinlock! Shibata pushes back to a cover, ONE! Lee holds onto the hold but Shibata fights the body scissors. Shibata uses his leg as leverage for breaking the chinlock, then he wrenches an arm. Lee rolls, Shibata wrangles him back down, but Lee fights up again. Lee slips around, wrenches, but Shibata waistlocks. Lee wrenches, wrangles, but Shibata trips Lee. Shibata has Lee’s legs, knees on Lee, but Lee fights free to kick. Shibata steps over and has the FIGURE FOUR! Lee blocks the main leg but Shibata powers through that! The fans rally, Lee drags Shibata along as he reaches out, but Shibata puts on the pressure!

Lee endures, fights and has the ROPEBREAK! The ref counts, Shibata lets off, but then lee kicks Shibata away. Lee bails out, Ogogo coaches him from commentary, but Shibata goes out to CLUB Lee! Ogogo gets off commentary, gets up in Shibata’s face, and Shane distracts the ref so Ogogo can feint high to BODY BLOW! Lee slips away to the ring and sits cross-legged to mock Shibata! The fans boo while Ogogo rejoins commentary and the ring count begins. Lee mockingly applauds and Ogogo pretends not to know what happened. The count is 8! 9! Shibata springs in at 9.9! But Lee CLOBBERS Shibata, covers, TWO!!

Lee clamps right onto Shibata, steps over, and SNAP LOCKS the short arm scissor while Collision goes picture in picture.

Lee turns Shibata over, keeps the one arm trapped in a hammerlock, then pulls on the other arm. Shibata endures as Lee tortures the fingers and twists the wrist! Lee pushes the arm around for a RECLINER ARMLOCK! Shibata endures, Lee sits up and hooks the arm with a leg. Lee uses that to hook Shibata to a cover, TWO! Shibata escapes but Lee stalks him to ropes. Lee drags Shibata up but Shibata CHOPS! Lee comes back but Shibata ROCKS him! Lee comes back again, ROCKS Shibata, and Shibata falls over! Lee digs his boots in at the ropes, scrapes Shibata out of the ring, then soaks up the heat.

Lee goes out after Shibata, RAMS him into railing, then taunts everyone while Collision goes to break.

Collision returns and Shibata gets back in the ring after having wrecked Lee on the outside. But then Lee wrenches Shibata. Shibata ROCKS Lee, Lee wrenches, repeat! Lee CHOPS Shibata, but Shibata doesn’t budge! Lee CHOPS again, but Shibata eggs him on! Lee CHOPS, CHOPS and CHOPS, but Shibata is leaning into the shots! Shibata backs Lee down even though Lee CHOPS again and again! Shibata eggs Lee on, Ogogo coaches Lee, and the CHOPS keep going. Shibata ROCKS Lee with a forearm! Lee flops in a corner, Shibata fires more forearms on him! Shibata UPPERCUTS, then JABS, then COHPS! JAB CHOP JAB CHOP!

Lee sits down, Shibata COHPS and CHOPS and runs, HYDRAULIC DROPKICK! The fans fire up for Shibata’s signature and STP looks upset! Shibata snap suplexes, covers, TWO! Lee stays in this and both men catch their breaths, but Shibata gets Lee up. Lee switches around to COBRA TWIST! The fans rally as Shibata endures, and Shibata pries at the grip. Shibata switches the Cobra Twist onto Lee! Lee endures now, marches his way forward, and has the ROPEBREAK! But Shibata KNEES Lee low! Shibata reels Lee in to SAIDO! Shibata runs up, but Lee ducks the kick! Lee kicks, Shibata blocks but the KNEE hits!

Lee runs, BOOTS, but Shibata stays up! Shibata fires up and runs, to BOOT Lee! Lee wobbles, roars, and runs to BOOT! Shibata runs to BOOT! Lee rebounds, into a BOOT! Shibata waistlocks, Lee fight sit to switch, facelock and suplex, but Shibata fights out! Lee catches Shibata, wrenches, and THE- NO, Shibata avoids the Fang to SLEEPER! Ripcord PALM STRIKE! Then PENALTY KICK!! Cover, Shibata wins!

Winner: Katsuyori Shibata, by pinfall

Moriarty put up a fight, but it wasn’t enough to win. So Shane Taylor attacks from behind! The fans boo as Shane stomps Shibata at the ropes then talks trash! But here comes HOOK! The Cold-Hearted Handsome Devil won’t let Shane beat up his friend like that! Lee runs up but Hook catches him for an EL CAMINO! Shane stares Hook down, their FTW Championship match set for later tonight on Battle of the Belts. But given that, Shane stands down and STP regroups. They’ll look to handle this later, but it be rumble, bad man, rumble?

 

Backstage interview with Athena & Billie Starkz.

Lexi Nair is in her Minion In Training Letterman’s jacket as this is an Emergency Minion Empowerment Meeting! She is with the ROH Women’s World Champion AND ROH Women’s Television Champion, and Athena defends her title against Red Velvet in the main event of Battle of the Belts! The main event, ON TNT, LIVE! Athena deserves this because she is that damn good! Billie agrees, but says Red is really good. She made it really far in the Women’s TV Title tournament. Yes, but Billie won that, right? She did! So Athena knows Red Velvet is a top star, Red Velvet is a threat, but Athena is the TOP champion! The BEST champion in wrestling today!

Athena is the Minion Overlord, the Fallen Goddess, the REAL Alpha, the Forever Champion, and tonight, Athena makes an example out of Velvet to show the world what they’ve been missing. Will Athena be the one serving L’s to The Chef tonight?

 

Backstage interview with The Undisputed Kingdom.

Collision returns as Lexi is now with Roderick Strong, Mike Bennett & Matt Taven and says as of late, they’ve had a lot of success. Would they attribute any of that success to Wardlow? “LEXIII~! How dare you. How dare you give credit to anybody but me.” Roddy is a fighting champion, a giving champion. Do you not see the opportunity Roddy is giving to these gentlemen who do not even deserve it? He is making them earn it because they do not deserve it. How dare she? But hey, Roddy has been doing it on his own, just like Kyle O’Reilly. Kyle inspires Roddy.

But enough about that, let’s talk tonight. Tonight, Roddy puts on a show. What’s the show called? The Beating of a Lifetime! That’s the Kingdom’s favorite show! But will Rocky Romero cancel that show to make it The Azucar Hour?

 

Daniel Garcia VS Angelico w/ Serpentico!

The Dragonslayer has been getting back up with win after win, and he doesn’t plan on stopping now! Will he turn it up a notch as we get closer and closer to Dynasty? Or will the South African Stud prove he’s still worthy of some opportunities, too?

The bell rings, the fans rally and the two circle. They feel things out, tie up, and Angelico wrenches to a hammerlock. Angelico spins Garcia, wristlocks, but Garcia pries the hold open to wrench back. Angelico spins, slips through, spins Garcia, then slips around again to arm-drag! Garcia gets up fast but Angelico does his own dance. The fans boo but Garcia keeps cool. The two tie up, Garcia waistlocks, spins, snapmares, ghost pin, TWO! Angelico is up but Garcia clinches to to arm-drag! Leg-sweep, cover, ONE! Angelico puts a leg guard up as he calls for a timeout! The fans cheer as Garcia shows sportsmanship and lets Angelico get up.

Angelico and Garcia reset, knuckle lock, then Angelico trips Garcia. Angelico rolls Garcia, whips, but Garcia reverses. Angelico rolls off Garcia’s back, Garcia jumps the leg sweep, but not the EDDY GORDO KICK! Angelico wrenches, steps over, LA MAGISTROL! TWO, but Angelico stomps Garcia around. Angelico drags Garcia by an arm but Garcia kicks him. Angelico stomps Garcia, but Garcia CHOPS! Angelico JABS Garcia, digs his boots in, but lets off as the ref counts. Angelico drags Garcia up, hits a BIG back suplex, then grabs legs. Angelico steps over, but Garcia kicks him away to trip him! Garcia steps through to FIGURE FOUR!

The fans fire up as Angelico endures! Angelico’s shoulders are down, ONE as he sits back up. Garcia puts on the pressure but Angelico turns things over! Garcia endures now, but he fights it back over! Angelico endures again, stays off the mat, and turns things over again! Garcia turns it back! Then Angelico, then Garcia! Angelico has it! Garcia has it! Angelico has it again, Garcia has it back, ROPEBREAK! The fans cheer as the two kick at each other while the hold is undone. They both stand, Garcia kicks but Angelico kicks back. Garcia kicks, Angelico kicks, repeat! Garcia kicks more and more, runs, but the leg bothers him!

Angelico DECKS Garcia! Angelico hauls Garcia up to suplex, but Garcia slips free and kicks! Then TWIST ‘N’ SHOUT! The fans fire up while both men are down! Garcia beats his leg into working, the fans rally behind him, and he stands. Garcia counter punches Angelico, then does it again! Garcia then wrenches and BUTTERFLY SUPLEXES! The fans fire up as Garcia runs in at the corner to forearm SMASH! Garcia climbs up, rains down fists, and goes to nine before he puts up his dukes, to DO HIS DANCE! The fans fire up as Garcia hops down and runs corner to corner, HAYMAKER! Garcia runs up again, choke grip!

Angelico breaks free, Garcia CHOPS and SAIDOS! Garcia storms around, gets the legs, KNEEBAR!! Angelico flails, reaches out, but TAPS, Garcia wins!

Winner: Daniel Garcia, by submission

A great fight leads to a great win for Red Death! Will this momentum help Garcia be primed for a title match on the other side of Dynasty?

 

Pac speaks.

“Kazuchika Okada. Believe it or not, bonny lad, I would like to thank you. Not only for accepting my challenge, but also for walloping me around the head with a big dirty lump of steel. That was very brave of you, wasn’t it, huh? And now, as a result, I have a perpetual headache that serves as motivation to remind everybody of exactly who I am. Now I may not be tall and handsome, I am not a Japanese superstar, I do not own a Ferrari, and I’m certainly not flavor of the month. Okada, you may think you’re God’s gift to professional wrestling, but you’re not! You’re CRAP! And what I am is better than you!

“And next Sunday, at AEW Dynasty, live from St. Louis, Missouri, I am going to relish the opportunity to prove it in front of the entire world. You understand me, hm? Good.” The Bastard is ready, will he violently end The Rainmaker’s reign?

 

AEW Women’s World Championship Eliminator: Toni Storm w/ Luther & Mariah May VS AZM w/ Anna Jay!

The leading lady of AEW knows her next big picture will have “Lightning Daffodil” starring against her, but she has to be careful not to take tonight’s performance too lightly. Will Storm strike down AZM here in Kentucky? Or will the Highspeed Superstar find her way into the Dynasty picture?

The bell rings and the fans rally up already. The two circle, feel things out, and then tie up. Storm throws AZM down then laughs at her, but AZM gets right up. They reset, circle again, and tie up. They go around, Storm puts AZM on ropes, then sits her down! Storm poses and the fans cheer, but AZM is right up to fire forearms! The fans rally, Storm just shrugs those off! AZM runs to RAM Storm but Storm still laughs! AZM runs and RAMS Storm again, Storm chuckles this time. AZM fakes a punch to stomp Storm’s foot! AZM runs, but Storm follows and runs AZM over! The fans cheer but then AZM kips right up!

AZM ducks ‘n’ dodges, trips Storm then keeps moving, PENALTY KICK! Basement dropkick! The fans fire up as AZM kips up again! AZM pushes Storm around, steps on her, and the ref counts. AZM steps away at 4, the fans rally up, and AZM runs to DOUBLE STOMP! Cover, ONE!! Storm toughs it out and the fans rally as AZM goes to the apron. AZM climbs, Storm DECKS her! Storm then runs to HIP ATTACK AZM to the floor! AZM tumbles away to the ramp, but Anna gets Mariah in a QUEENSLAYER SLEEPER! Mariah RAMS Anna into railing! Mariah and Anna fight now, the fans fire up, and AZM gets outta the way!

Storm is flabbergasted as Anna and Mariah brawl their way to the back! Storm fetches AZM but AZM whips her into steel steps! Then AZM pushes Storm around, goes up the apron, and fans fire up for the PENALTY KICK! Storm is dazed but the fans fire up as Collision goes picture in picture.

AZM shoves Storm in, goes up top, then MISSILE DROPKICKS! Storm flounders all the way across the ring! AZM storms over to drag Storm up, but Storm HOTSHOTS her! AZM flounders, Storm stomps her, and then Storm CHOPS AZM down! Storm pushes AZM around, flexes, then brings AZM up. Storm whips AZM, BOOTS AZM down, then flexes again. Storm drags AZM back up, bumps her off buckles, then fires off CHOPS! Storm TOSSES AZM by her hair! The ref reprimands but Storm steps on AZM in the corner! The ref counts, Storm steps away, and she then scuffs AZM against ropes. The ref counts, Storm lets off again.

Storm drags AZM up, scoops, and SIDEWALK SLAMS! Cover, TWO! AZM is still in this but Storm grabs arms to put AZM in a motorcycle stretch. AZM endures, so Storm shifts to a chinlock, but AZM still fights! ROPEBREAK! The ref counts, Storm lets go at 4, and she paces around AZM. Storm stomps AZM, drags her up, and Collision returns to single picture as Storm stomps AZM in a corner. Storm pie faces AZM, taunts her, but AZM rises. The fans fire up as AZM fires forearms! Storm ROCKS AZM in return! AZM fires another forearm, Storm ROCKS her again! AZM fires more forearms, then blocks a kick to ROUNDHOUSE!

AZM runs, but Storm HEADBUTTS! But AZM returns to LA MYSTICA! Then BUZZSAW! Both women are down and the fans fire up! AZM sits up first, brings Storm up, and then runs, but Storm CHOKES her! AZM fights free, blocks a kick, LEG TRAP GERMAN! AZM puts Storm in a drop zone while the fans are dueling! AZM goes up top, takes aim, and DIVING DOUBLE STOMPS!! Cover, TWO!! Storm survives and AZM can’t believe it! AZM fires herself back up, reels Storm in, but Storm wrenches out to SKY HIGH! Cover, TWO!! Storm throws a fit then storms around. Storm drags AZM up, waistlocks, but AZM fights!

AZM grabs ropes, Storm drags her back, but AZM arm-drags free! Step over, and AZM SUSHI ROLL! TWO!! Storm escapes, blocks the buzzsaw, then waistlocks to GERMAN SUPLEX!! AZM tumbles and flounders into a corner, and Storm takes aim! She’s ready for her close-up! SWEET HIP MUSIC~! STORM ZERO PILEDRIVER!! Cover, Storm wins!

Winner: Toni Storm, by pinfall (denies AZM a title opportunity)

That was certainly fast and furious, but you can’t beat a classic like Timeless Toni! Mariah returns from backstage with a couple glasses of the bubbly. Mariah and Toni link arms while they drink up, and Storm brings Mariah to her bosom. Storm cuddles Mariah, then shoves her, then drags her back up to bring her away. Will nothing and no one take the spotlight away from the AEW Women’s World Champion?

 

Backstage interview with Red Velvet.

Lexi Nair is now with The Chef and brings up tonight’s title match with Athena. How is Velvet feeling about such a high profile match? High profile? Red Velvet IS high profile! And she saw what Lexi’s “boss,” Athena had to say, really stirring up the pot. But Athena, you wanna stir it up? They can stir it up? In BOTB’s main event, Red Velvet will knock you out! Red Velvet is not a stranger to main events, title pictures or high profile matches. Tonight, Velvet makes an example out of Athena, and shows everyone why it was a mistake for Athena to step into Velvet’s kitchen! Will The Chef make Athena eat crow while serving up that L?

 

Mark Briscoe speaks.

“Now House of Black, I’ve been doing this dance with y’all a little while now, and I’m starting to understand how y’all operate. Starting to understand y’all’s M-O. You try to intimidate me. You try to strike fear into the hearts of men. Well I done told you, I fear no man, I fear no evil. And ancient wisdom says the violent take it by force. Now lemme tell you, Eddie Kingston, Adam Copeland, and Mark Briscoe, we some violent men! And at Dynasty, we bringing the violence, babeh! So heed my advice, House of Black! Be afraid, be very afraid!” The Sussex County Chicken is ready for a fight, will he, the Rated R Superstar and Mad King tear down The House of Black once and for all?

 

Tony Schiavone is on stage.

He says Dynasty is coming, and a big match on that card is the AEW Women’s World title, Timeless Toni Storm VS the former champion, Thunder Rosa! The fans cheer as La Mera Mera makes her way out and joins Schiavone on stage. Schiavone says we saw what happened on Dynamite when Storm hit her with champagne and smudged her face paint. But the fact is, Rosa never lost her title. She has a chance to redeem herself and get the title back. Rosa says that is right. Before that, she wants to address something else. See all these people here? She wants to thank all of them for making this comeback so special for her.

And of course, thank you to everyone watching at home seeing them on TBS, TNT and all over the world! Without you, we wouldn’t have made all these wonderful memories the last five years. Without you, we wouldn’t have made AEW what it is today. The fans cheer that, and Rosa says she is here for a reason. That is to remind people that she doesn’t need help. And she means you, too, Deonna Purrazzo. Rosa wants to remind everyone that she’s done a lot on her own. When she earned her college degree, she earned her US citizenship, she helped a lot of people as a social worker, and won all those matches even before AEW, and especially when she won the AEW title.

But most importantly, Rosa fought so hard here to be in AEW, and she’s still here in AEW, because it is where the best wrestle! And “Antonia,” Rosa thought you believed the same things. What happened to you, homegirl? Weren’t they together in the ring? Weren’t they #ThunderStorm? When did Storm go completely crazy!? Rosa was so proud of being a champion, even though her body couldn’t carry her as far as her passion. Rosa had to heal. Then that day, something died inside of her. But Rosa has a chance, another opportunity, and it is important that Toni knows it will happen in St. Louis.

Rosa wants to humble Toni, to remind her that Rosa didn’t leave because she “couldn’t carry” the weight of that title. At Dynasty, Rosa carries more than that title. She will carry the pride of HER people, of her family, and if she has to break every single bone in her body to uplift and empower the women of this locker room fighting for just one opportunity and respect, because they also believe in AEW… Then Antonia, kiss your little clone goodbye. You made a big mistake on trying to erase Rosa’s mask. You don’t wanna see what’s underneath. You can’t kill what’s already dead! And on Sunday, Rosa comes for Storm, for the title, and to drag Storm’s soul to HELL!!

La Mera Mera is all fired up, and she smears her own face paint to make her point. Will she smash that spotlight and leave the leading lady in the dark?

 

Deonna Purrazzo speaks.

“Thunder Rosa, if you don’t want my help, that’s fine. I’ll help myself. When I staked my claim at the AEW Women’s World Championship, it wasn’t personal. It’s because frankly, I don’t think Toni Storm embodies what it means to be a world champion. But I do. I’m a workhorse, I’m a thoroughbred, I am the Virtuosa, Deonna Purrazzo. And I could stand here, make excuses about why I’m not the AEW Women’s World Champion right now, or I could do something about it. It seems if I can’t get one Toni Storm, I might as well get the other. So next week, Mariah May VS The Virtuosa, Deonna Purrazzo, and I’m gonna break your arm.”

The message has been sent, will Deonna make sure the leading lady’s understudy won’t make it to Dynasty to support Toni Storm?

 

BREAKING NEWS for Dynasty!

To raise the stakes on this match, The Young Bucks VS FTR Part 4, it will be a LADDER MATCH! No pinfalls or submissions, only the team that can literally rise above will become the NEW AEW World Tag Team Champions! But is this still playing right into the EVPs’ hands? Or can Cash Wheeler & Dax Harwood find a way to come out on top?

 

The Don Callis Family speaks.

Kyle Fletcher says tonight in the main event, he and Will Hobbs are on a mission for the Don Callis family. That is to protect the golden goose. This Wednesday Night Dynamite, Claudio will end up a cakewalk for Ospreay! And Dynasty, Bryan will be the exact same thing, all thanks to DCF. Hobbs says not to worry about next week, let’s just focus on tonight. Tonight, they got Claudio and Danielson, and tonight the DCF expects a hefty fine. Bryan might as well just expect not to walk out on his own. One last message has been sent, but now it’s time to put up or shut up! Will the Protostar & Powerhouse pulverize the BCC?

Bryan Danielson & Claudio Castagnoli VS Will Hobbs & Kyle Fletcher!

The teams sort out but then the DCF just attack! The bell rings, the fans fire up and the brawl is on! Claudio fires off on Hobbs but Kyle TOSSES Bryan out. Hobbs and Claudio fall out of the ring while Kyle stalks Bryan. Kyle ROCKS Bryan, Hobbs HEADBUTTS Claudio! Claudio UPPERCUTS Hobbs, Bryan whips Kyle into railing! Claudio UPPERCUTS again, Bryan sits Kyle in a corner then runs side to side, to DROPKICK against the railing! The fans fire up as Claudio throws more UPPERCUTS to keep Hobbs moving up the ramp! Then Claudio whips Hobbs down the ramp and into the LED apron!

The fans fire up as Bryan CHOPS and KICKS Kyle against railing again and again and again! “YES! YES! YES!” Claudio drags Kyle up for Bryan, and Bryan DROPKICKS Kyle again! The fans fire up and high-five with BCC! Hobbs sits up, into a KICK from Bryan! Claudio keeps Hobbs up so Bryan can KICK again! Claudio puts Hobbs in, storms after him, and Bryan whips Kyle hard into railing! Kyle tumbles up and over into the front row! Hobbs throws hands on Claudio, CLUBS him, but Claudio hits back! They go forearm for forearm, Hobbs ROCKS Claudio! Claudio rebounds to ROCK Hobbs, Hobbs rebounds to ROCK Claudio!

Claudio fires off forearm after forearm, but Hobbs knees low! Hobbs runs, but Claudio scoops! Claudio SLAMS Hobbs, runs, and then DOUBLE STOMPS! The fans fire up, Claudio brings Hobbs up, but Hobbs blocks the suplex! Claudio UPPERCUTS Hobbs, suplexes, and he hangs Hobbs out to dry! Tag to Bryan and he goes up to DIVING KNEE! The fans fire up and Bryan paces. Hobbs sits up, Bryan drags him around by the legs, and then hooks those legs up. Bryan SLAPS Hobbs to go for the arms! Bryan tries but Hobbs is so big, Bryan just STOMPS the knees! Tag to Claudio, and Claudio helps Bryan split the wishbone!

Claudio drags Hobbs up, reels him in, but Hobbs suplexes instead! BIG slam, and the fans fire up while both men are down! Hobbs drags Claudio over, tag to Kyle, and Kyle stomps Claudio down! Kyle puts Claudio in a corner, CHOPS, then ROCKS, then repeat! Kyle whips, Claudio reverses and UPPERCUTS! The fans rally, Claudio climbs up and he rains down fists! The fans count and Claudio goes to nine, then kisses his fist before TEN! But then Kyle TOSSES Claudio up and out! Claudio sees Hobbs storming up, but so does the ref. The ref has Hobbs stop, but then Kyle CLOBBERS Claudio with a kick!

The ref reprimands Kyle, they argue, and that lets Hobbs CLOBBER Claudio after all! The DCF is standing tall while Collision goes picture in picture.

Hobbs soaks up heat, then steps back as Kyle goes out to fetch Claudio. Kyle whips Claudio hard into railing, then taunts Bryan. Kyle drags Claudio up, puts him in the ring, then brings Claudio up. Claudio ROCKS Kyle, but Kyle RAMS him into the corner! Kyle RAMS in again and again, then tags Hobbs. Hobbs CLUBS Claudio from the outside, and CLUBS him again and again. Hobbs storms into the ring, stays between Claudio and Bryan, then fires knees and body shots. Hobbs brings Claudio up for a facelock, but Claudio fights his way forward! Claudio lifts Hobbs one step at a time! Hobbs lets off to BLAST Bryan, then he CLOBBERS Claudio!

Hobbs drags Claudio up, brings him over, tag to Kyle. The DCF mugs Claudio while Collision goes to break.

Collision returns, both Claudio and Kyle are down, and the fans rally up. Kyle clamps onto Claudio with a SLEEPER, and even body scissors! Claudio flails around, Bryan rises back up, but Kyle keeps Claudio away. The fans rally, Claudio rises and has Kyle as a backpack! Kyle thrashes but Claudio steps forward! But then Claudio drops to a knee! Claudio is fading but Bryan coaches Claudio on. Claudio gets a second wind and he rises up again! Claudio powers Kyle around into a gut wrench and SUPLEX! The fans fire up as both men crawl! Kyle grabs a leg to anchor Claudio! Claudio BOOTS Kyle away, hot tag to Bryan!

The fans fire up as Bryan goes up and MISSILE DROPKICKS! Then he DROPKICKS Hobbs off the corner! Bryan UPPERCUTS Kyle, UPPERCUTS again and again, then whips. Kyle reverses, Bryan goes up and over and keeps moving! Duck ‘n’ dodge and LEAPING LARIAT! The fans fire up with Bryan and he goes to a corner. “YES! YES! YES!” Bryan KICKS Kyle, and KICKS, and KICKS! “YES! YES! YES!” Then the BUZZ- NO, Kyle duck sit, shoves, but Bryan WRECKS Hobbs first! Bryan ROUNDHOUSES Kyle, runs and PLANCHAS, but Hobbs catches him! Hobbs SLAMS Bryan on the apron! And SLAMS him again!

Hobbs then pops Bryan around, but Bryan slips free to POST Hobbs! Bryan goes to the apron to FLYING KNEE! But Kyle comes in to BOOT Bryan into security! But Claudio UPPERCUTS Kyle into railing!! The fans are thunderous as Claudio stands up on the timekeeper’s table! The BCC regroups, “This is Awesome!” as Claudio whips Hobbs into railing! Claudio runs up to UPPERCUT Hobbs up and over railing!! But Kyle SMACKS Bryan off the desk! Kyle CLOBBERS Claudio in the crowd! Kyle sends Claudio into railing! But Bryan LEAPS into the fray! Bryan KICKS and KICKS and KICKS Hobbs while Claudio has Kyle, and Collision goes picture in picture!

BCC DUMPS Kyle back to ringside, then they hurry to get him in the ring. Claudio drags Hobbs back over, whips, but Hobbs sends Claudio into railing! Bryan KICKS Kyle, brings him up and whips him corner to corner. Kyle reverses and GAMANGIRIS! Then suplex for the BRAINBUSTER! Cover, TWO!! Bryan survives and Kyle is fuming! Kyle rains down fists and elbows, then lets off to pace around. Kyle seethes, mocks the fans, then stalks Bryan to a corner. Bryan slips out of the ring but Kyle follows. Kyle CHOPS Bryan against railing! Kyle mocks the fans, Bryan staggers away, but Kyle pursues to CHOP again!

Kyle mocks the fans, Bryan goes into the ring, and Kyle taunts Claudio now. Kyle goes up the steps, and he DIGS his fingers into Bryan’s face! He wants to do Callis’ idea of eye gouging! Collision returns to single picture, and Kyle peels the floor mats away! The fans fire up while the ref reprimands, but Kyle drags Bryan out of the ring. Hobbs makes sure the mats stay outta the way for Kyle to reel Bryan in. The mats aren’t behaving, but then Bryan back drops free! The fans fire up, but then Hobbs RAMS Claudio into railing for good measure! Bryan gets in the ring but he’s isolated! Hobbs gets Kyle up and into the ring at 9!

Kyle mocks the ref’s good counting, then drags Bryan up. Kyle puts Bryan in the corner, hoists him up top, then climbs up after him. Kyle brings Bryan to the very top, but Bryan resists! The fans fire up as Bryan slips under and trips Kyle up! Kyle lands on his Aussie arrow, and the fans rally as Bryan rises! Bryan climbs up after Kyle, but then Hobbs Electric Chair Lifts Bryan! Claudio runs up to UPPERCUT Hobbs! Bryan returns to the corner, Claudio UPPERCUTS then LARIATS! Hobbs stays up, the uppercuts keep going! Hobbs dodges to then LARIAT Claudio and himself outta the ring! Bryan still hits a SUPER BACK SUPLEX!! Bryan crawls to the cover, TWO!!

But into the LEBELL LOCK!! The fans are thunderous as Kyle endures, but Hobbs returns to CLOBBER Bryan! The fans boo but Kyle signals to Hobbs. Hobbs goes to the corner, tags in then storms back in after Bryan. Hobbs scoops Bryan, but Bryan slips free! Bryan shoves Hobbs into Kyle and Kyle falls outta the ring! The fans rally, Claudio rises, and Bryan crawls over, hot tag to Claudio! Claudio fires UPPERCUT after UPPERCUT on Hobbs, but lets off as the ref counts. Then Claudio jukes to UPPERCUT! Kyle gets in, but he gets an UPPERCUT! Claudio fires UPPERCUTS from all sides! Claudio then shrugs and runs in at Hobbs, UPPERCUT!

UPPERCUT for Kyle! UPPERCUT for Hibbs! Claudio LARIATS Kyle up and out! Hobbs staggers and Claudio trips him! The fans fire up for the GIANT SWING! Hobbs goes around and around and around, the fans counting along! Claudio goes to TEN, then he steps through! SHARPSHOOTER! Hobbs endures as Claudio sits deep! But Kyle returns to KICK Claudio! Claudio holds onto Hobbs! Kyle KICKS again, but still not enough! Bryan goes up top, leaps in, into a SUPERKICK! Claudio does let Hobbs go to POP-UP UPPERCUT Kyle! Only for Hobbs to SPINEBUSTER Claudio! Cover, TWO!! The fans again say “This is Awesome!” as it’s still not over!

The teams crawl and regroup, and the fans cheer on “B C C!” The forearms fly, as do CHOP! Bryan CHOPS Kyle, Kyle CHOPS Bryan! Hobbs and Claudio keep throwing forearms while the other two CHOP! Kyle gets the edge with forearms, then so does Hobbs! Kyle whips Bryan, Bryan stops himself, then Bryan DUMPS Kyle out! Bryan dodges Hobbs to then DIVE! Kyle is sent into railing! Claudio gets Hobbs in a fireman’s carry!? DEATH VALLEY DRIVER! Cover, TWO!! Hobbs survives and the fans can’t believe it! But Claudio powers back up, waits on Hobbs, and then runs in, to LARIAT! But Hobbs stays up!

Claudio runs, but DOUBLE LARIATS collide! Claudio blocks a lariat to UPPERCUT, run, and LARIAT! Hobbs falls down! Cover, TWO!! But Claudio doesn’t hesitate, he drags Hobbs up. But Kyle RAMS Bryan into railing! Hobbs back drops free, but Claudio lands on his feet! Claudio ducks ‘n’ dodges but Kyle trips him! Hobbs LARIATS Claudio, then scoops him! WORLD’S STRONGEST SLAM!! Cover, BRYAN BREAKS IT! Kyle gets Bryan up to TOSS him, then he tags in, Hobbs goes out to get a chair! Hobbs threatens Bryan, but the ref grab the chair! Bryan KICKS away on Hobbs! “YES! YES! YES!” But Kyle DIVES onto Bryan!

Kyle fires hands, then he clears the desk! Hobbs helps out, time to forget winning and time to start hurting BCC! Kyle feeds Bryan to Hobbs but Bryan slips free of the spinebuster! Claudio runs up to UPPERCUT Hobbs onto the desk! Claudio ELBOWS Kyle, then goes up onto the desk so he can FLYING RANA! Kyle is sent into the apron, then Claudio puts him in the ring! GOTCH NEUTRALIZER!! Cover, BCC wins!!

Winners: Bryan Danielson & Claudio Castagnoli, by pinfall

The DCF isn’t done, though, because KONOSUKE TAKESHITA attacks! He and Hobbs brutalize Bryan and Claudio! The mission doesn’t end with the match, and they TOSS Bryan out of the ring! The fans cheer for Moxley but he might not be here after being in Chicago last night. Konosuke suplexes Bryan, BRAINBUSTER on the ramp! Kyle says Bryan should’ve listened, and this is what happens! Claudio gets a chair and he runs off the DCF, but the damage has been done! Will the American Dragon be able to recover in time for Dynasty?


My Thoughts:

Really good Collision, though half of it was a go-home to BOTB X with it being on right after this. Good promos from Athena and Billie, from The Undisputed Kingdom, and Red Velvet, but yeah, no titles are changing hands, even if it is the tenth BOTB special. Good promo from Mark Briscoe to add hype to the coming Six Man Tag, and of course The House of Black won tonight’s Six Man Tag. Good promo from Storm and Mariah ahead of Storm’s match with AZM that Storm of course won, but also good stuff with Anna and Mariah fighting. Good promos from Rosa and Deonna to add to the build, and maybe Rosa beats Storm at Dynasty, but hard to say with a week still to go.

Good promo from Jericho and Taz to set up this whole “meeting” with Hook, and I have a feeling that is where #LionHook really falls apart and we get Jericho VS Hook for the FTW Championship at Dynasty, or maybe Double or Nothing at the latest. Really good match from Shibata and Moriarty, and good save from Hook after to add a little more to the FTW Championship match scheduled for BOTB. Great match from Garcia VS Angelico though it was just for the sake of having a great match. I think I said before but Garcia really should get at a title after Dynasty, just not sure what title that’ll be.

Pac has a good promo to call out Okada, and then quite the big move for the tag title match to now be a ladder match. If feel like that’s just them telegraphing that The Bucks are winning because ladder matches are certainly more their thing than FTR’s. And good promos from both BCC and DCF, though the latter wasn’t needed other than to fill time. We know what Kyle & Hobbs were gonna go for after Callis’ promo, we didn’t need them doubling down on it. And while BCC of course won the match, the DCF then of course attacked after. The math here is a bit of a wash, Claudio surely loses to Ospreay, and then Ospreay and Bryan go in more or less even so it could be anyone’s win at Dynasty.

My Score: 8.7/10


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