AEW’s Top Guys take on AAA’s top guys!
Cash Wheeler & Dax Harwood take on AAA World Cruiserweight Champion, Komander, and the AAA Mega Champion, El Hijo del Vikingo, in a top guy level tag team dream match!
- Ricky Starks w/ “Big Bill” Morrissey VS Preston Vance w/ Jose; Starks wins.
- Ruby Soho w/ Saraya VS Red Velvet; Velvet wins.
- The Kingdom w/ Roderick Strong VS Los Suavecitos; The Kingdom wins.
- FTR VS Komander & El Hijo del Vikingo; FTR wins.
PLAY BY PLAY
Ricky Starks w/ “Big Bill” Morrissey VS Preston Vance w/ Jose!
The Absolute AEW World Tag Team Champions have been stinging from last week’s 8 Man Tag defeat on Collision, but Perro Peligroso is looking to take another bite out of ’em! Will Vance secure a title shot for La Faccion Ingobernable? Or will this Dangerous Dog fail to overcome an Absolute?
Big Bill joins commentary and the bell rings. Starks and Vance circle, tie up, and Vance powers Starks to a corner. The ref counts, Vance lets off, but Starks shoves him. So Vance shoves Starks back, to ROCK and CHOP Starks on repeat! Fans fire up as Vance stomps away but the ref counts. Vance lets off, raises the fist, but then Starks kicks and CLUBS him! And CHOPS! And CHOPS! Starks ROCKS Vance, bumps him off buckles, then whips. Vance reverses, Starks goes up and over then runs to CROSSBODY, only for Vance to catch him! Vance pops Starks up but Starks slips free. Starks runs, but into a BOOT!
Starks flops out of the ring and stumbles about while fans fire up. Vance raises the fist again, takes a bow, then goes out after Starks. Vance whips Starks hard into railing! And then runs him all the way into more railing! Fans rally and Vance drags Starks up to whip again, but Starks reverses to POST Vance! Bill goes on about the acronym teams, from LFI to FTR to HOB. Bill and Starks are the BTTEIHNQ. But before Bill can properly explain that stands for The Best Tag Team Ever In History, No Question, Starks snatches the headset. Starks says Bill is doing a great job, as is he. Mama Starks loves them, Oakland loves them, and Nigel loves them!
Starks returns the headset to bring Vance up and RAM him into railing! And again! Starks soaks up the cheers while striking his pose, and he drags Vance back up. Starks SMACKS Vance off the apron, brings him around the way, but Vance hits back! Vance CLUBS Starks, ROCKS him, and the go up the ramp. Starks kicks low to snap suplex Vance to the ramp! Vance writhes, Starks smiles and Rampage goes picture in picture.
Starks drags Vance up, but Vance blocks the suplex to CLUB Starks down! Vance brings Starks around but Starks DROPKICKS him down! Starks puts Vance in, covers, TWO! Starks keeps his focus on Vance and brings him up again. Vance RAMS Starks into a corner! Vance CHOPS, ROCKS and repeat! The ref counts, Vance fires off forearm after forearm, then he CLUBS away on Starks! The ref backs Vance down, but Vance storms back up, only for Starks to poke him in the eye! Starks wrenches an arm, goes up and tightrope walks for Absolute Old School! AX HANDLE drops Vance! Starks then goes to the apron as Rampage returns to single picture.
GUILLOTINE LEG DROP! Starks pushes Vance in, covers, TWO! Starks snarls, but he runs in corner to corner. Vance elbows him away, goes up and FLYING SHOULDER TACKLES! Vance rallies on Starks with LARAIT after LARIAT! Starks goes to a corner, Vance clotheslines him! And whips corner to corner, to clothesline again! Vance whips, Starks reverses but Vance blocks, to then reel Starks in for a SPINEBUSTER! Fans fire up and Vance aims from a corner. Vance spins, but Starks ducks the discus to TORNADO DDT! High stack, TWO!! Vance survives and Jose pounds the apron to rally the fans.
Starks stands, says it’s done, and he brings Vance up to reel in. But Vance back drops free! And then fireman’s carry, SAMOAN DRIVER! Cover, TWO! Starks survives and Vance is furious, btu Jose coaches him up. Vance stalks Starks, clamps on the full nelson, but Starks drops to victory roll! TWO, and Vance spins Starks to fireman’s carry again. Another SAMOAN DRIVER! But Vance won’t bother covering there, he aims from ropes. But Starks distracts the ref while Bill gets off commentary! Bill rushes up on Vance, Vance takes a swing, but Bill gets away! Vance turns around, into a SPEAR!! Cover, Starks wins!
Winner: Ricky Starks, by pinfall
Give the big assist to Big Bill, and now the champs stomp away on Vance! Fans boo but the rest of LFI runs out here! Rush y Dralistico slide in to run Starks & Bill off! LFI wants after Starks & Bill, will they get their revenge and even a shot at the tag titles while they’re at it?
Backstage interview with Chris Jericho.
Renee Paquette is with The Ocho as she says this Sunday, DDT Pro’s Ultimate Party 2023, he faces Konosuke Takeshita in Tokyo, Japan. Not only does Konosuke have hometown advantage, he has been on such a roll, how is Jericho preparing himself? Jericho says she’s right, Konosuke has been on a roll. He’s one of the best pro-wrestlers in the world today. “But the problem is, Takeshita, you are facing one of the best pro-wrestlers in the history of the business.” And Takeshita has also let his mind be warped by Don Callis, and has whooped Jericho time and again. So this Sunday, Ryogoku Sumo Arena, Jericho will get his revenge on that BAKA!
Jericho teaches Takeshita a lesson in front of friends, family and everyone coming to see their returning star, DDT’s biggest star, have his homecoming. Takeshita faces Jericho, who has been in Japan over 60 times. He’s won titles, headlined arenas, headlined the Tokyo Dome, he’s done it all. But Takeshita, as good as you are, Jericho is better! He will show Takeshita what it’s like to be in the ring with an angry and pissed off Chris Jericho. This Sunday in Tokyo, Japan, Jericho will get his revenge on Takeshita! The Ocho is all fired up, but will The Alpha put out that fire?
Backstage interview with Don Callis.
Lexi Nair is with the head of the Don Callis Family, who is talking with Prince Nana. She is trying to put together who the fourth member of The Don Callis Family team will be in the Street Fight next Wednesday. And what is Prince Nana doing here? Uh, he’s doing his due diligence. Just as Nana has told Callis, when you look out at the universe and dig deep into your pockets, what happens? What does that mean? Callis translates. Sammy Guevara has been brutalized by Chris Jericho and Kenny Omega, and he is even having a baby yet he is on the shelf.
Jericho will be handled by Takeshita this very weekend in Tokyo, but Callis just did a deal with Nana to “rent” the services of one Brian “The Machine” Cage for that Like a Dragon Street Fight. It will be tremendous! They’re in the money, but will Jericho, Omega, Ibushi and even Paul Wight be in trouble with a now extended Don Callis Family?
Backstage interview with Team Triple J.
Lexi is now with “The Heat” of AEW, Jeff & Karen Jarrett, Sonjay Dutt, Satnam Singh, and the #1 Contender to the ROH World Championship, Jay Lethal. The question is, when is he taking his shot? Double J says Lexi’s got heat with him right now, asking that. That is a question she has no business asking! The fact of the matter is, in Memphis, Tennessee, Jarrett embarrassed Eddie Kingston, and beat his ass in that Memphis Street Fight. The others agree (since they had a hand in that beating) and so it is now if but when Lethal gets in the ring with Eddie, he will become the NEW ROH World Champion.
Lethal says he’ll do even one better. Because when he gets the ROH World Championship match, it is 1v1 between him and Eddie, and he will prove to the world what Triple J already knows: Lethal outclasses Eddie in every possible way, and- Ortiz walks in. Y’all had a lot to say about him last week, so he did them a favor and went looking for them so they can say things to his face. Karen says Ortiz is talking a big game for one of him and five of them. Hell, Satnam himself can pass for two or three. So if she was Ortiz, she’d watch what she says. In fact, Lethal says Ortiz should watch what he says before he gets jumped by all of them here.
Oh, is that so? Well that’s the difference between Ortiz and Lethal: Lethal needs all these people to fight his battles. From where Ortiz is from, even if they get jumped, they go down swinging! So he DECKS Lethal! Satnam KNEES Ortiz, then the group mugs Ortiz. Satnam puts Ortiz on road cases to CHOKE him! Refs rush in, as does security, and Satnam lets Ortiz go. Triple J thinks they can do whatever they want, but will the Mad King put them all in their place?
Ruby Soho VS Red Velvet!
The Runaway is accompanied out by Saraya, but assures Saraya she can handle this on her own. Saraya returns to the back, will Ruby be able to handle the heat? Or will Velvet make Ruby get out of her kitchen?
The bell rings, the two circle and fans rally up. They tie up, Ruby waistlocks but Velvet fights the lift. Ruby powers up to SLAM Velvet, then she messes Velvet’s hair. Velvet gets in Ruby’s face, they tie up, and Velvet waistlocks. Velvet SLAMS Ruby the first time, then stirs it up. Fans cheer, Velvet headlocks but Ruby wrenches out to stomp a foot. Ruby headlocks, but Velvet powers out, only for Ruby to run her over! Ruby mocks the stirring, then runs. Velvet drops, then CALF KICKS! Fans fire up and Velvet runs up to fire off body shots! Velvet stomps away on Ruby, lets off to then dig her boots in and do the splits!
The ref counts, Velvet lets off, then she whips. Ruby holds ropes to block, and she SMACKS Velvet off buckles! Ruby snarls, storms up on Velvet and stomps a mudhole in. The ref counts, Ruby runs Velvet to bump her off buckles! Fans rally for Velvet, but Ruby swings, only for Velvet to counter punch! Velvet fires off, runs, and wheelbarrows, but Ruby HOTSHOTS her off ropes! Velvet sputters and falls back, Ruby covers, TWO! Fans rally for Velvet but Ruby taunts her as Rampage goes picture in picture.
Ruby pushes Velvet around, puts her back on ropes and HCOKES her! The ref counts, Ruby lets off, and Velvet sputters again. Velvet goes to a corner, Ruby grins as she storms up, but Velvet throws more hands! Ruby just HEADBUTTS Velvet back down! Ruby drags Velvet up, wrenches and reels her in, but Velvet fights the saido! Ruby powers up, but Velvet turns that into a CROSSBODY! Cover, TWO, and Ruby CLOBBERS Velvet! Cover, TWO! Ruby is annoyed but she drags Velvet up. Velvet throws hands, runs, but Ruby LARIATS! Cover, TWO! Ruby is further annoyed, and she sits Velvet up into a straitjacket stretch.
Velvet endures, fans rally up, but Ruby leans on the hold. Velvet still fights up to her feet and throws body shots. But Ruby clinches to STO! Cover, TWO! Ruby mocks the fans cheering Velvet, and Ruby drags Velvet up into a corner. Ruby smothers Velvet with the buckles while Rampage goes to break.
Rampage returns, Ruby drags Velvet up and whips her corner to corner. Velvet comes back to CLOBBER Ruby! And again! Fans fire up with Velvet and she runs to wheelbarrow and BULLDOG! Fans fire up more and Velvet runs to DOUBLE KNEE Ruby on the ropes! Ruby flops back and Velvet STANDING MOONSAULTS! Cover, TWO! Ruby is still in this and Velvet grows frustrated. Velvet stands Ruby up, runs up, but Ruby slips out of the Final Slice to trip Velvet! And SUPERKICK! Ruby goes to run, Velvet holds onto the waistband, but Ruby kicks free and SUPERKICKS again! Ruby drags Velvet up, reels her in, and hangs her out to dry on the ropes.
Ruby goes side to side to YAKUZA KICK Velvet back down! Cover, TWO! Velvet survives but Ruby smirks in a bit of frustration. SAIDO! And then another SAIDO!! Ruby shows no mercy as she drags Velvet up in the corner, to CHOP! Ruby runs corner to corner, but Velvet dodges! Ruby ELBOWS Velvet, goes up and DEADLY NIGHTSHADE! But then Ruby sees a bouquet of green roses be brought ringside. Ruby isn’t sure why, though. Who are these from? The ref puts those aside, and Velvet rolls Ruby up! The ref misses, hurries to the count, TWO!! Velvet might’ve won if the ref was on point, but then Ruby DECKS her!
Ruby drags Velvet up, swings, Velvet bobs ‘n’ weaves! Velvet ROCKS, KICKS and HEEL- NO, Ruby ducks that! And the buzzsaw! Ruby shoves, but the DREAMCAST KICK hits! Cover, VELVET WINS!!
Winner: Red Velvet, by pinfall
The Runaway gets knocked out, thrown off by the romantic gesture! Velvet is back, will the dough rise until she’s going for gold?
BREAKING NEWS for Collision!
After all the confrontations and stare downs, Willow Nightingale has had enough, and she gets her match with Julia Hart! And as a bonus, the winner will be the #1 contender to the AEW TBS Championship! Will the Babe with the Power too sweet to be sour bring down the Lady of the House? Or will Julia be Hartless in earning another shot at Kris Statlander?
The Kingdom w/ Roderick Strong VS Los Suavecitos!
“DASHA! DASHAAA~!” The Savior of the Backbreaker tells her to zip it?! No music! Fans boo but he tells them to shut up, too! “Ladies and gentlemen, No Neck November is in full effect, baybay!” Roddy has The Kingdom wheel him down the ramp, but then he tells them to slow down, he gets scared. But looking around Oakland, it makes sense that the Raiders left. Fans boo but Roddy says the reason why is because OAKLAND SUCKS! But enough about Oakland, Roddy wants to dedicate this match to his best friend- The fans already shout “ADAAAM~!” a la Roddy, but Roddy says no, Adam’s HIS best friend! “I love you ADAAAM~!”
Anyway, Taven & Bennett get in the ring, will they see who #NeckStrong their opponents are? The bell rings, and Taven hits a HEEL KICK on Ricky(?), and then Bennett runs in to HIP TOSS Danny(?) into the ring! The ref reprimands but The Kingdom mugs Danny. DEATH VALLEY DRIVER and JUST THE TIP of the knee! Then a PILEDRIVER for Danny!! And then Taven CHOPS Ricky, feeds him to Mike’s FOREARM, then they work together, THY KINGDOM COME!! Cover, The Kingdom wins!
Winners: The Kingdom, by pinfall
Los Suavecitos do NOT pass the #NeckCheck, and then Roddy gets in the ring to give Ricky END OF HEARTACHE!! Then Roddy has to go back to his wheelchair! Fans boo this overly dramatic “wrestling legend,” but will he and The Kingdom do this all “No Neck November?”
Backstage interview with Daniel Garcia, Matthew Menard & Angelo Parker.
Lexi is with the X-JAS, and says Garcia asked for this time. Garcia says he did, because frankly, he is sick and tired of the pity party, he is sick and tired of being sad. So how is he gonna get back on track? Well, he went through the AEW roster page, a very extensive roster at that, and he wanted to find a name he has a lot of respect for. He found Andrade El Idolo. Garcia tells Andrade, Saturday Night Collision, let’s get it on, let’s get it poppin’! Menard says he loves that! And y’know why? Cuz they ain’t crying over spilt milk, and Garcia is making that chicken salad. But it feels to Menard that against a guy like Andrade, if you don’t have your head on straight, you’re gonna be on thin ice.
But then in walk the Outcasts, arguing about what happened out there, and Saraya tells “Jessica,” just get out of here! Her name’s Lexi… Either way, Lexi leaves, Garcia steps back, and Saraya asks Cool Hand Ange, “What kind of idiot sends flowers at 10:30 at night in the first place?” Maybe that person said 10:30 AM and the stupid flower place got it wrong. Saraya doesn’t care, just shut up. Parker is on thin ice! That is what Daddy Magic said. Okay, back off, don’t crowd her. Well excuse him, sweetheart! While Menard and Saraya argue, Ruby and Parker smile at each other. Saraya and Menard do agree one one thing: keep these two away from each other. But can they stop the chemistry that’s brewing between the Runaway and Cool Hand Ange?
Backstage interview with Roderick Strong & The Kingdom.
Lexi is now with the #NeckStrong awareness trio and says that was a huge win. Huge win? No, this is just what they do! This is the trend these three are on. And did you see how “brave” Roddy was out there? But Darius Martin & Action Andretti walk in, sarcastically clapping and congratulating The Kingdom. They saw that and they noticed how great The Kingdom looks. But they didn’t look so great the last time these four wrestled. As Action recalls, he and Darius beat The Kingdom. Taven pretends to have no idea who Action & Darius are. Then perhaps Darius & Action should remind them.
The Kingdom acts tough after the bell, but guaranteed they can’t pull that on them. Darius & Action made them bleed before to beat them in the ring, and they’ll gladly do it again. Roddy shouts “DARIUUUS~! Good job, dude. Very good job. You talked so tough. Hey, fellas, I just found my first victim. DARIUS!” Roddy rolls out and The Kingdom goes with him, but Lexi isn’t even sure Roddy’s cleared to compete. And what does he even mean, “victim?” Is Roddy finally going to get out of that wheelchair and neck brace to show he is still strong?
FTR VS Komander & El Hijo del Vikingo w/ Alex Abrahantes!
The Top Guys want to be back on top again, but they have to fight their way back to the tag titles. Will they do just that starting here tonight? Or will the AAA World Cruiserweight and AAA Mega Champions earn their own shot at the top?
The teams sort out and Komander starts against Dax Harwood. They circle, fans rally for FTR, and Dax feels things out with Komander. Komander KICKS but Dax shakes that off. They go again, Dax blocks a kick to put Komander in a corner, and he CHOPS! And ROCKS! And CHOPS again! Dax snapmares Komander, runs but Komander gets up. Dax runs him over, keeps moving, but Komander hurdles, ducks ‘n’ dodges to tilt-o-whirl RANA! Fans fire up as Komander DROPKICKS! Cover, ONE!! Dax is up but Komander CLUBS him. Komander wrenches an arm, CHOPS Dax, then wrenches again. Tag to Vikingo and fans fire up!
Vikingo takes the handoff but Dax pulls hair! The ref reprimands but Cash tags in. Vikingo slips away and he stares down with Cash. Fans rally for “VI-KING-O!” but Cash runs in. Vikingo dodges, SOBATS, and whips, but Cash reverses. Vikingo handsprings, Cash drops under, and they keep going. Vikingo wrenches and whips, Cash reverses but Vikingo breaks free, and Cash narrowly avoids the heel kick! Vikingo BOOTS, GAMANGIRIS, and then has Cash in a corner. Vikingo goes up top, to IMPLODER DRAGON RANA!! Fans are thunderous, and then Vikingo DROPKICKS Cash down! Fans are even hotter now as Cash bails out!
Vikingo builds speed and DIVES, but Cash sends him into the desk!! Fans lose their minds and medics check on Vikingo while Rampage goes picture in picture.
Cash stays back while Doc Sampson checks Vikingo. Somehow Vikingo is still conscious, and somehow he’s still okay to be in the match. Cash drags Vikingo up and into the ring, covers, TWO!! Vikingo is still in this so Cash drags him up and around to put on ropes. Cash CHOPS! Cash shakes out his hand, tags in Dax, and snapmares to SLIDING LARIAT! Dax adds an ELBOW DROP! Cover, TWO!! Vikingo still isn’t done, so Dax drops a leg! Cover, TWO! Abrahantes coaches Vikingo up but Dax drags Vikingo around. Vikingo clamps onto a leg but Dax pries him free. Vikingo throws body shots, then forearms! But Dax bumps him off buckles!
Dax whips Vikingo corner to corner hard, and Vikingo falls back. Dax whips Vikingo back into the corner, and ROCKS him with a forearm! Dax CHOPS Vikingo, but Vikingo CHOPS back! They CHOP back and forth, and Vikingo fires up! Vikingo eggs Dax on, so Dax CHOPS him! Vikingo sputters, but he stays up to CHOP again! Dax runs in, blocks boots and puts Vikingo on the apron. Vikingo RAMS Dax, GAMANGIRIS, and springboards, Dax ducks, but Vikingo tags Komander! Komander slides under Dax, fires off body shots and CHOPS, but Cash runs in! So Komander fires off on him, too!
Cash whips Komander, pops him up, but Komander uses that to DROPKICK Dax! Komander then dodges Cash, gets around again, and MONKEY- NO, Cash stops the flip to put Komander on the top rope! Cash SHOVES Komander, but Komander uses body scissors to DUMP Cash up and out! FTR regroups, Komander and VIkingo do the same. They pose, fans fire up, and then fans rally with the luchadores. Vikingo goes up and out, then so does Komander. Komander jumps up, tightrope walks, and he CROSSBODIES onto Dax! Cash avoids that, only for Vikingo to ASAI MOONSAULT as Rampage returns to single picture! Direct hit!
Fans are thunderous as the luchadores stand tall! They put Dax in, Komander goes up, and he CROSSBODIES again! Dax rolls through to a cover, TWO!! Komander escapes, kicks but Dax ducks the roundhouse! But not the HEEL KICK! Komander chicken wings Dax as Vikingo goes up, but Cash runs up! Vikingo leaps over Cash, GAMANGIRIS him, but Dax gets free. Komander still CODE BREAKERS, and Vikingo goes up, MISSILE DROPKICK TABLETOP COMBO! Komander stacks Dax, TWO!! Dax escapes, but then Komander dodges! Vikingo SUPERKICKS Dax into a RANA! Cover, TWO!!! Dax escapes again!
Fans are thunderous while both men are down, and Komander catches his breath. “This is Awesome!” as Komander hoists Dax up. Dax fights the lift with elbows, but Komander still tries. Dax slips off to whip Komander away. Vikingo tags in and GAMANGIRIS! Vikingo goes up top, but Dax trips him up! Dax climbs up after Vikingo, goes to the very top, and Cash is on another corner! SUPERPLEX for the- CROSSBODY! Vikingo turns it around, and Komander springboards to SUPER STEINER Cash!! Cover, TWO!!! Dax survives, but now the luchadores go up the corners! FTR is in the drop zones, for the STEREO 450 SPLASHES!! Cover, TWO?!?
FTR is still in this but Komander drags Cash up. But Cash is dead weight so Komander drops him. Vikingo pounds the mat while fans fire up for “LUCHA! LUCHA!” Komander throws hands on Cash, runs and handsprings, but into Cash’s Gory Especial, GORY BOMB! Vikingo DREAMCAST KICKS Cash! Vikingo aims at Dax, but Dax ducks the Dreamcast to shove Vikingo away. Vikingo goes up the ropes to springboard, QUEBRADA! Dax catches Vikingo and picks him back up, TOMBSTONE!! Cover, TWO?!!? This is why Vikingo is AAA Mega Champion! The fans hope these teams “FIGHT FOREVER!” but Rampage has to end somehow!
Dax goes up, and DIVING- NO, he has to bail out of the headbutt as Vikingo moves! Vikingo runs up, Dax pops him up, SLINGSHOT- NO, Vikingo sunset flips through the bomb! TWO!! Dax is up, Vikingo runs in to roll and- NO, Dax tries the slingshot bomb again! Vikingo RANAS it this time! Cover, TWO!!! Vikingo can’t believe it but Abrahantes coaches him up. Dax runs in, Vikingo dodges and Komander GAMANGIRIS! Komander tags in, runs in, but Dax TOSSES him out! Komander holds on but barely, and Viking leaps! But Dax again tries the slingshot, POWERBOMB hits! But Komander ghost pins!! TWO!!!
Dax flounders away while Komander is shocked! Fans argue the count, but Komander just aims as Dax stirs. Dax rises in his corner, Komander runs in but Dax tosses him out! Cash tags in, Komander CHOPS Cash and slingshots to BOOT Dax! HOTSHOT for Cash, then he dodges Dax! Dax hits off the post and falls back! Komander has the fans on his side and he goes up, but the ref tries to explain who is legal! Komander still tightrope walks, CIELITO- NO, Dax avoids the shooting star! Cash slides in, Komander runs into the SHATTER MACHINE!!! Cover, FTR wins!!
Winners: FTR, by pinfall
Cash says that is why they are the absolute best! FTR just pinned one half of the AAA World Tag Team Champions, but they show him and Vikingo respect by offering handshakes. Komander and Vikingo accept and fans cheer the sportsmanship. Will Komander call his partner, Arez, to give FTR a shot at the AAA tag titles in the near future?
Wait, the lights go down! And clapping from the shadows is The House of Black. Malakai smirks as he and Brody King stare FTR down. The House returns to the shadows, will they make good on their promise to show FTR how much they “care?”
A great Rampage for actually being live for once, with an awesome main event. FTR VS Komander & Vikingo was practically PPV worthy, or at least tag title level stuff. FTR gets the win, of course, for momentum in their story against House of Black, who get the last moment on screen with that sarcastic applause and sinister smiles. Guess this is being kept to just House of Black VS FTR unless there’s a BIG tag title match in the works. Starks beats Vance thanks to Big Bill in a great opening match, but LFI runs them off after. Rush & Dralistico are in action together tomorrow for Collision, and they could call out Starks & Bill, so we should at least get Starks & Bill VS LFI at Full Gear.
That was an almost hilarious squash match from Kingdom beating up Los Suavecitos. Of course Roddy jumps in to hit someone with his finisher to take his frustrations out, and then he continues to fake the bad neck. It’s also great that Roddy has become known for shouting names to where the fans did it first, and that Roddy did it when shouting at Darius. Darius VS Roddy is going to be a great match that I’m pretty sure Roddy wins, but something has to give about him faking that neck. Or more likely, he’ll reveal he has been faking it for a long time now, and none of us fans will actually be that surprised.
Great match from Ruby VS Velvet, and a great little twist with the bouquet being enough of a distraction that Velvet wins. Velvet’s return is 1-1 after losing to Julia, and now Julia VS Willow tomorrow is going to be a great contender’s match, the winner going to face Kris. I would hope it’s part of Full Gear’s main show so we can finally say AEW booked more than one woman’s match per show. And great promos with the X-JAS and Outcasts. I am still loving that Ruby x Parker is becoming a thing on screen and now they’re playing off it with Saraya and Menard being against it. Garcia VS Andrade will also be awesome stuff, can’t wait to see that.
My Score: 8.7/10
Mitchell’s AEW Dynamite Results & Report! (11/29/23)
The Continental Classic continues into week 2!
The Switchblade enters whose house?
The AEW Continental Classic continues here on Dynamite! Swerve Strickland and Jay White are both 1-0, but they go against each other for the top spot in Gold League!
- AEW Continental Classic, Gold League: Jon Moxley VS Jay Lethal; Moxley wins.
- AEW Continental Classic, Gold League: Mark Briscoe VS Rush; Rush wins.
- Wardlow VS AR Fox; Wardlow wins.
- Six Man Tag: Action Andretti & Top Flight VS The Hardy Party; Action & Top Flight win.
- AEW TBS Championship House Rules Match: Julia Hart VS Emi Sakura; Julia wins and retains the title.
- AEW Continental Classic, Gold League: Jay White VS Swerve Strickland; Swerve wins.
PLAY BY PLAY
Bryan Danielson is here!
Fans cheer as the American Dragon, eyepatch on like a pirate, joins commentary to watch the Continental Classic competition in person.
AEW Continental Classic, Gold League: Jon Moxley VS Jay Lethal!
The Maniac is 1-0 with three points, so he’s feeling pretty good batting lead for round two! Will he continue his momentum with #PureCarnage? Or will this be a lethal week two?
The bell rings and the clock is ticking on the 20 minute time limit. Moxley and Lethal circle, tie up, and Lethal headlocks for a takeover. Moxley headscissors, Lethal kips free but Moxley headlocks for a takeover. Lethal headscissors, Moxley kips free, and we go another takeover for another scissor. And another! Lethal then ROCKS Moxley with a right! Moxley ROCKS Lethal, Lethal ROCKS Moxley, and they go back and forth! Lethal kicks low, runs, but Moxley CLOBBERS him! Fans fire up but Lethal trips Moxley to step through, FIGURE FOUR! But Moxley rolls to the apron, and they fall to the floor!
Lethal and Moxley get up, Lethal throws body shots but Moxley clinches. Lethal RAMS Moxley into the apron, slides into the ring and he builds speed. Lethal DIVES and sends Moxley into the railing! Fans fire up, Lethal goes to the apron and struts, but Bryan says not to do that with Moxley. Lethal hops in, builds speed again, but Moxley slides in to deny the dive! Then Moxley DECKS Lethal, and he DIVES! Now Lethal is sent into railing! Moxley shakes out his leg after jamming it up a bit. Lethal CLUBS Moxley, CLUBS him more, but Moxley ROCKS Lethal back. Moxley puts Lethal in, runs in at the corner and clotheslines!
Moxley climbs up to rain down fists! The fans count, but Lethal slips away before five to kick at the legs! Then Lethal hoists Moxley for a SHIN BREAKER to a DRAGON SCREW! Moxley clutches his knee, Lethal storms up to stomp him! Lethal goes after that knee with more stomps, but Moxley hobbles to another corner. Lethal CLUBS the leg, CLUBS it again, and again! Moxley ROCKS Lethal! Lethal ROCKS Moxley! They go back and forth, Moxley gets the edge with boxing elbows! Then he BITES Lethal! Moxley runs, Lethal ducks to handspring, but into a SLEEPER! Lethal JAWBREAKRS free, and hits another SHIN BREAKER! Then a SAIDO!
Lethal hits a GROUND DRAGON SCREW! Moxley writhes, Lethal climbs, and he MACHO ELBOWS! Cover, TWO! Moxley is still in this, but he sputters as he crawls to ropes. Moxley is on the apron, Lethal BLASTS Moxley to the railing! The front row has Moxley in their laps as Dynamite goes picture in picture!
Lethal waits while the ref checks on Moxley. Moxley drags himself up but Lethal goes out after him. Moxley drags himself over railing, and Lethal ROCKS him with a right hand! And again! Lethal then RAMS Moxley into the apron, then CLUBS away on the leg! Lethal SLAMS the leg into the apron, and Moxley scrambles into the ring. Lethal pursues, runs up and KICKS the leg out! Moxley crawls, Lethal grabs the leg, and he drops an elbow on the knee! And again! Lethal then has a toehold and he twists the foot. Moxley endures, Lethal stomps the leg, then drops another elbow! But Moxley uses that to get an ARMBAR!
Lethal clasps hands quickly, fights up to stack, TWO and Lethal knees the back of Moxley’s leg! Lethal bends the leg across his own knee, but Moxley endures. Lethal KNEES it again, pulls, and goes back to the standing toehold. Moxley endures, Dynamite returns to single picture, and the fans rally up. Moxley kicks away at Lethal, then gets up to hit a CUTTER! Fans fire up while both men are down. Moxley fires up, he drags Lethal up and in, but Lethal fights the piledriver! Lethal RAMS Moxley into the corner, hoists him up, and CHOPS! Lethal climbs for a SUPER DRAGON SCREW! Moxley writhes and Lethal says he’s gonna rip that leg off!
Lethal aims as Moxley slowly rises, but Moxley avoids the chop block! Moxley ROCKS Lethal with a forearm! And CHOPS him! Lethal fires a forearm but Moxley fires back! The fans rally, the forearms fly, and Moxley gets the edge! Moxley runs, but Lethal follows to UPPERCUT! Lethal runs, but Moxley follows to ELBOW! Moxley runs, baits Lethal in, to LARIAT! Fans fire up with Moxley and he drags Lethal up. Underhooks, but Lethal fights the Paradigm Shift, BACKBREAKER TO COMPLETE SHOT! Moxley is down after the Lethal Combination, and Lethal covers, TWO! Bryan says that wasn’t a great cover, a tournament like this is about the basics.
Lethal grabs Moxley’s leg to SMASH the knee against the mat again and again! Then he drags Moxley, steps through, but Moxley cradle counters! TWO!! Lethal rushes Moxley but Moxley POSTS him! And then rolls him up, TWO!! Lethal escapes again, and Moxley goes back to the corner. Moxley slaps the bad leg and the fans rally up. Lethal stands, he dodges Moxley, and he O’Conner Rolls! TWO and Moxley has the REAR NAKED CHOKE! Lethal rolls back, TWO! Lethal gets the legs, FIGURE FOUR!! Moxley sits up but he endures the pain! Bryan coaches Moxley from commentary and Moxley fights his way around!
Moxley reaches out, Lethal pulls on that hold, but Moxley has the ROPEBREAK! The ref counts, Lethal lets off and drags Moxley up. Lethal KICKS the leg, then calls his shot! Handspring, but Moxley falls! Lethal stops himself, but falls for it! PARADIGM SHIFT!! Moxley fires up, and he KING KONG LRAIATS Lethal inside out!! Then PILEDRIVER!! Cover, TWO?!?! Lethal survives, but Moxley has the REAR NAKED CHOKE!! Lethal CLUBS Moxley’s leg, but then Moxley traps that arm! Lethal taps, Moxley wins!
Winner: Jon Moxley, by submission (gains 3 points; Lethal earns 0)
The Maniac is 2-0 with a strong six points, but it may have cost him a leg! Will he have to watch out next round with that target on his back?
AEW shares footage from after Saturday Night Collision.
Eddie Kingston asks them what they want him to say. He knew this was gonna be tough. Tony Khan didn’t put any scrubs in this tournament. Eddie just maybe got too cocky, thinking that since he put two belts in the pot, he was a given winner. No one deserves to win, everything is earned. Eddie has Bryan next but he’s behind the 8 ball. Eddie says he will not do this. He will not go backwards. Humble in victory and humble in defeat. Eddie has to go heal up, Epsom salt bath, all that good stuff. The Mad King vows he will be ready for the American Dragon.
Bryan Danielson responds.
Bryan says he was actually impressed by the confidence Eddie had to put up both his titles for the tournament. But now, one loss and Eddie feels he’s behind the 8 ball? Against Bryan? Bryan fractured his orbital bone, needed surgery in two places, and yet he is coming into this tournament on fire! He is NOT behind the 8 ball, he is NOT going to be humble, he is here to win this and be the first AEW Triple Crown! Will Bryan’s Blue League start be Eddie’s Blue League end?
Tony Schiavone is backstage.
He brings up that Sting’s final match is coming. AEW Revolution, Sunday, March 3rd, 2024. And when it comes to where they’ll have Sting’s final match, they thought of the many great venues across the world, but what better place for Sting’s final match than Greensboro, North Carolina and the Greensboro Coliseum? So many great Sting matches were held there, but one in particular that comes to mind is 1988, Sting VS Ric Flair for the World Heavyweight Championship. So Greensboro Coliseum in North Carolina, get ready! Joining Schiavone now are those very legends, Sting and Ric Flair!
First off, 24-0, the longest win streak in AEW right now, what a fitting place for Sting to have his final match and maybe end on 25 than in Greensboro. Sting says yeah, wow, all those years ago, it was March 8th, 1988, his very first world title match against perhaps the greatest world champion of all time in The Nature Boy. Sting would’ve never guessed that night, 35 years later, we’d be here now. The memories, 45 minutes but a draw, commercial free, the first time in TV history that any sporting event even did that. But that’s not the real point of it. The big deal was being in there with Ric Flair. That was a make or break night, and so thank you, Ric, for putting Sting on the map.
Sting says yeah, that is a fitting place to end his career all these years later, Greensboro. Schiavone says so many great memories, and for him and Flair, forty years ago, does he remember? Oh, Flair knows. The words cannot be spoken to emphasize what is about to happen! Greensboro, where Sting, make no mistake, Ric didn’t make Sting a thing, Sting made himself! 45 MINUTES! Commercial free! With Flair! Unthinkable! Sting walked back there to 25 wrestlers going, “Jesus! You’re the man! You did it, Stinger!” He went out there and did it like a man! That’s what this business is all about.
Flair is 74 years old, standing next to the Icon, with his friend, Schiavone, and going back to Greensboro for what will be the greatest moment of his life, and God knows Flair’s had some good ones. He is honored to be there at Sting’s side! They shake hands, and Flair says the ACC Tournament and all that, nah, this is one for the ages! Highway 85 will be lined up from Richmond, all the way to Charlotte, like it always was! Sting, The Nature Boy, and AEW are coming to Greensboro! Let’s give it to ’em! “WOO~!” It’s the 80s all over again! Tickets on sale December 15th! IT’S SHOWTIME!
AEW Continental Classic, Gold League: Mark Briscoe VS Rush!
The Sussex County Chicken got beat by The Maniac but El Toro Blanco got cheated by the Switchblade! These animals are hungry for points, so who gets fed?
The bell rings and Rush rushes in! They RAM and then fire off forearms! The fans fire up, Bryan says this is what he was talking about! This isn’t going 20 minutes! The forearms keep flying, Rush ROCKS Mark, but Mark fires off forearms and CHOPS! Rush CHOPS back! Rush whips, runs in, and SPLASHES int he corner! Rush runs but Mark follows, JUMP KCIK! Mark gets Rush up, CHOPS and CHOPS and CHOPS! Fans fire up as Mark forearms and stomps away! The ref counts, Mark lets off, but Rush dodges to CHOP! And CHOP! And CHOP! Rush sits Mark down so he can stomp with both feet!
Rush scrapes Mark, goes to the far side, then runs in. Mark BOOTS back but Rush still clotheslines! Snapmare and KCIK! Rush stomps away, takes Mark’s “head” and kicks it! The kick is good for Rush but fans boo. Rush goes up a corner, but Mark CLOBBERS him! Rush falls to the floor and fans fire up as Mark builds speed! Mark WRECKS Rush with a dropkick! Mark then stomps away on Rush, then stands him up to CHOP! So Rush CHOPS back! Mark CHOPS back! Rush CHOPS again! Rush whips Mark hard into railing! Rush then whips Mark into more railing! And then back the other way! Rush goes into the ring to tranquilo and let the count handle Mark.
Mark hobbles up, so Rush goes out after him. Rush runs in, but Mark ducks and RAILING BACK SUPLEX! Rush writhes, the ring count starts again, and Mark gets on the apron. Fans fire up as Mark says BANG BANG! FOLEY ELBOW! Fans fire up again and Mark high fives the front row. Mark leaves Rush behind now as the count climbs. Rush drags himself up, drags himself in at 5 of 10, and Mark eggs him on. Rush snarls, and he CHOPS! Mark CHOSP! Rush CHOPS! Mark CHOPS! Fans fire up as Rush shoves, and Mark BOOTS him! Rush wobbles, but he dodges Mark to SNAP GERMAN!
Mark wobbles up, Rush SUPERKICKS! Mark stays up to LARIAT in return! Both men are down and Minneapolis is thunderous! Mark sees his chewing gum on the mat and picks it back up while Dynamite goes picture in picture.
Mark goes to ropes, then stomps Rush. Mark drags Rush up, ROCKS him, and Rush falls over! Mark digs his boots in at the ropes, the ref counts, and Mark lets off at 4. The ref checks Rush, he’s still in this and bails out. The ref has Mark stay back, the ref makes sure Rush is okay, but then Mark runs in to stomp away! Rush gets up, Mark CHOPS him in a corner, and then ROCKS him! Mark brings Rush around, but Rush whips and SPLASHES! Rush sits Mark down, stomps and ROCKS him, then hobbles away. Rush snarls, he runs back in, but Mark is up to CHOP him down! Mark drops an elbow! And another elbow! Cover, TWO!
Mark fishhooks Rush into a chinlock, but the ref counts. Mark lets off, stands Rush up, but Rush trips Mark and has a leg! Rush hooks that up into a TRAILER HITCH! Mark endures and Rush pulls on the legs! Fans rally, Mark crawls and drags Rush along. Dynamite returns to single picture and fans rally more. Mark reaches out, powers his way forward, and has the ROPEBREAK! Fans cheer and the ref counts, but Rush lets go. Mark drags himself up, the fans rally again, and Mark CHOPS! Rush CHOPS! Mark CHOPS! Rush gets in Mark’s face, eggs him on, so Mark CHOPS! Rush and Mark throw SLAP after SLAP!
Mark swings, Rush bobs ‘n’ weaves and HEADBUTTS! Rush hobbles back, but Mark is back up! Rush swings, into an EXPLODER! Fans fire up as Mark stands again. Rush roars, Mark runs in, Rush hits an OVERHEAD BELLY2BELLY to send Mark into buckles! Rush snarls again, fans rally up and he aims. Rush runs in, but Mark SPEARS him!! Cover, TWO!! Rush survives but Mark drags Rush up. Mark turns Rush for the NECKBREAKER! Cover, TWO!! Rush is still in this but the fans fire up for Mark. Mark underhooks, but Rush swings. Mark clinches, waistlocks, but Rush throws elbows. Rush switches, Mark breaks free to PELE!
Rush falls out to the apron and Mark storms after him. They’re both on the edge, Mark fires forearms, but Rush CHOPS! Mark CHOPS! Rush CHOPS! Repeat! Fans “WOO~!” for every CHOP! Mark GAMANGIRIS, Rush staggers back, but Rush gets Mark for another OVERHEAD BELLY2BELLY! Mark crashes on the floor and the ref checks him. The fans lose their minds but Rush snarls. Rush paces as the ring count climbs, and Mark is up at 5 of 10. Mark drags himself in at 6, but Rush storms right up on him. Rush hoists Mark up top, CHOPS him, then climbs up. Mark fires off hands, and then REDNECK HELL STAB!
Fans fire up as Mark leaps, FROGGY-BOW!! Cover, TWO!! Rush survives again but Mark has the underhooks! Rush powers up to back drop free! Rush aims from a corner now, Mark runs in again but into another OVERHEAD BELLY2BELLY! Rush runs up to DECK Mark! Then the BULL’S HORNS!!! Cover, Rush wins!!
Winner: Rush, by pinfall (gains 3 points; Briscoe earns 0)
A true war right here, and now Rush is 1-1! Will this ungovernable one find a way to take over the league? As for Briscoe, he is down 0-2 with no points, is he already on the bubble?
RJ City interviews “Timeless” Toni Storm.
Madame Storm seems rather bothered by something. RJ gets her attention but she tells him to sit. And don’t be so loud. RJ does sit, and Mariah May takes the title for Storm. RJ wants to bring up the championship acceptance speech last week. Yes, and she was rudely interrupted! Yeah, that’s true. How is she feeling? Storm says they partied well into the night, spent some time at the compound, JFK or one of the Kennedys was there. But now she is very fatigued, dehydrated, and has a touch of the gout. Oh, wow. Well, he wants to inform her that she is scheduled to defend the AEW Women’s World Championship. But given her state, is she worried at all?
Worried? Was Fatty Arbuckle worried? Was Jean Harlow worried? Was Frances bloody Farmer worried? No, they all turned out fine, and so will she. Before she goes, take off her shoe, she’s feeling swollen. RJ does take off her shoes for her, but will Storm have to focus before someone takes the title off her?
MJF is here!
Fans cheer as the AEW World Champion walks out here with the help of his cane, mic in the other hand. He has them cut his music, he gets into the ring, and the fans cheer him on. MJF gets right to it as he says “December 30th, Nassau Coliseum, Worlds End, it will be Samoa Joe VS yours truly for the grandest prize of ’em all, The Triple B, the AEW World Championship.” Fans cheer that, and MJF wants to be honest, though. When it comes to Joe as a person, eeeeeeh MJF doesn’t like him. But when it comes to Joe professional, MJF respects him.
MJF respects what Joe has done for the industry, and most importantly, when Joe came into AEW, he didn’t come here to line his pockets, he came here because he believes in those three letters. Fans cheer for “A E DUB! A E DUB!” and MJF says back in the early 2000s, MJF remembers getting a poster in his mailbox and it was for TNA Wrestling. And he remembers thinking, what even is this all about? He tuned in and couldn’t have been happier. He saw insane feats of athleticism, he saw a new cast of pro-wrestlers he’d never heard of before, but most of all, he saw one man among the rest, and that was the Samoan Submission Machine.
While Samoa Joe may’ve looked unconventional, he didn’t seem to care, and neither did any of the fans. Because every time Joe walked through the curtain, we knew he was the baddest man walking on God’s Green Earth. Now unfortunately, later on in his career, Joe’s talents were not recognized and he was not afforded the opportunity to be a world champion in the WWE. Fans boo, but MJF says what Joe did for this sport was bigger than that. “Joe proved you don’t have to be a massive male model bodybuilder to be a top guy in this sport. Samoa Joe broke the mold. Samoa Joe proved alternatives matter.
“And because of the road that Joe paved, it has allowed for a man like me to stand before you today. Without a guy like Joe, there may be no AEW. So Joe, very quickly, what I’d like to say, as much as this all pains me to admit, thank you.” Fans cheer that and join in, “Thank You, Joe! Thank You, Joe!” Yes, thank you, Joe! However… MJF has actually, though grateful to have gone down the road Joe paved, MJF isn’t too shabby himself, now is he? Fans cheer that. MJF managed to pave his own road, and built on a new alternative. He is AEW day one, and he has helped build this place brick by brick! Fans cheer “M J F! M J F!”
MJF says he did that by defeating some of the biggest names in this industry! Names like Cody Rhodes, CM Punk, Bryan Danielson, Chris Jericho, Jon Moxley, Kenny Omega. But of all the names MJF has had to face in this ring, the one name he looks back on, and not only was he lucky to win, he was lucky to survive, that is Joe. Samoa Joe is a wrestling legend. But December 30th is not about Joe’s legacy. It’s about MJF’s! December 30th is about answering the question, “Can Max Friedman outlast the Final Boss of this sport one more time?” So now, MJF is gonna make a promise. He promises to everyone watching at home and everyone here in this arena.
MJF promises that on December 30th, it doesn’t matter if his left knee keeps sliding in and out, if his right hip keeps popping in and out of socket, if his right shoulder is hanging on by a threat, or if Joe beats him within an inch of his life. Joe could be King Kong and Godzilla incarnate. Because MJF promises that on December 30th, he shows the world that it is not about the size of the dog in the fight, but the size of the fight in the dog! And if you want to take what’s his… at Worlds End, you’ll have to put MJF down! MJF even breaks his cane!! Fans fire up with MJF, but then the lights go down.
Now there are lights blinking all over the place. MJF looks around, but THE DEVIL’S MINIONS ATTACK! Fans boo as one of them has a baseball bat!! But here comes Joe!! Joe said he’d have MJF’s back so here he is! He YANKS the big guy out, gets that bat, and he runs the rest off! Cameras have trouble here, but when things come back, a message types out on screen. “In the shadows, our game begins. Next week, MJF & Samoa Joe… will you face the unknown in a tag match? Are you a hero, Max?” The Devil has made his challenge to the champ! The fans chant “DO IT! DO IT!” and “He’s Our Scumbag!” Joe tries to get MJF to ignore all this, it’s what this Devil wants!
But MJF says “I’m so sick of your Scooby-Doo BS! LEMME EXPLAIN SOMETHING TO YOU! I am not dealing with your crap when I got that guy breathing down my neck at Worlds End. No no. I am going to take out all of your men, one by one. I am going to unmask you, you coward! And next week, you wanna tag match?! YOU’RE ON!!” Joe isn’t for it, but the challenge has been accepted. Will Joe just have to save MJF from himself?
Wardlow VS AR Fox!
Speaking of someone who wants to take everything away from MJF, the War Dog is on the warpath, just waiting for the right moment. After what we just saw, is MJF going to be served up on a silver platter?
But wait! Fox BOOTS Wardlow down off the apron! And then FLIES out! But Wardlow stays up! So Fox FLIES again! Direct hit but Wardlow is still up! Wardlow HEADBUTTS Fox, then whips him at the apron. Fox 619s on the apron to hit back! And then he goes up the corner to MOONSAULT, but Wardlow catches him! SLAM on the apron, and then Wardlow box jumps up to the apron. Wardlow storms in, fans rally up, and Wardlow drags Fox up for an OVERHEAD BELLY2BELLY! Now with both men in the ring, the bell finally sounds and this is actually a match. Wardlow storms up on Fox in the corner, to then TOSS him across the way!
Fox flounders out of the ring and Wardlow is having fun now. Wardlow goes out to stalk Fox, CLUB him on the back, and the ring count climbs. Wardlow hauls Fox up to TOSS him back in! Fans rally, Wardlow storms back in, and Wardlow drags Fox up. Fox shoves Wardlow but Wardlow CLUBS him! Wardlow trophy lifts, but Fox slips free! Wardlow runs in, but only gets buckles as Fox slips out to the apron! Fox swings to dropkick, then he goes up to 450 SPLASH! Cover, ONE!! Wardlow snarls and Fox is stunned! Fox runs in to BOOT! Wardlow doesn’t budge so Fox BOOTS him again! And again! Fox runs, but Wardlow pops him up for a SPINEBUSTER!
Wardlow winds up, to LARIAT Fox down! Wardlow then hauls Fox up, POWERBOMB! The symphony begins as fans want more! Wardlow drags Fox up, reels him back in, another POWERBOMB! And then Wardlow goes up the corner, to SWANTON BOMB!! Fans fire up and Wardlow still isn’t done! He reels Fox back in, to LAST RIDE POWERBOMB!!! The ref checks, Fox is OUT! Wardlow wins!
Winner: Wardlow, by pinfall
The remixed Powerbomb Symphony was too much for Fox, and Wardlow storms off. When and where will Wardlow sink his teeth into MJF?
Six Man Tag: Action Andretti & Top Flight VS The Hardy Party!
The Sight to See and the reunited Martin brothers are ready to be the Coldest Trio in the Game, but they’re taking on Isiah Kassidy and the legendary Hardy brothers! Will Action, Darius & Dante add themselves to the top of the trios rankings? Or will Matt, Jeff & Brother Zay take them to the extreme?
The trios sort out and Minneapolis is happy to have Dante back. Action and Matt start, they tie up and Matt headlocks. Action powers out then DROPKICKS Matt down! Matt goes to ropes, Action runs in but is put on the apron. Action RAMS into Matt, slingshots up and over to sunset flip, TWO! Matt is up, Action kicks but Matt blocks! Matt flips Action, Action lands on his feet but Matt hip tosses! Tag to Jeff and the Hardys get Action up, atomic drop and the takedown, DOUBLE LEG DROP! Jeff covers, TWO! Jeff drags Action up, CLUBS him, and wrenches an arm. Jeff hammerlocks but Action switches it onto Jeff.
Fans rally up for Dante, Jeff elbows Action and runs, but Action trips Jeff! STANDING MOONSAULT, but Jeff moves! Action hits the superhero landing and stares the Charismatic Enigma down! Fans fire up, and they both back away, tag to Darius and Isiah. Fans rally up as Zay and Air Wolf tie up. Zay headlocks, Darius powers out but Zay runs him over! Zay pumps and bumps, things speed up, and Darius hurdles. Zay backflips over, but Darius arm-drags! Darius then sidesteps but Zay arm-drags! Darius trips Zay to cover, ONE! Zay trips Darius but Darius throws him away to then DROPKICK!
Fans fire up as Darius mocks the Jeff Hardy dance. Zay is in the corner, Darius runs in to SPLASH and tag Dante! Fans fire up as Dante jumps, runs, and A-LIST LARIATS! Tag back to Darius, snap suplex and a slingshot senton! Fans fire up and Action tags in. Darius gets Zay up, wrenches an arm, and Action DOUBLE STOMPS the arm. Zay losses his durag and Dynamite goes picture in picture.
Action whips Zay, Zay reverses but Action avoids the dropkick. Matt CLOBBERS Action while the ref is checking Zay! Zay gets Action up, RAMS him to the corner, and Zay fires off hands. Tag to Jeff, and they mug Action with some stomps. The ref counts, Jeff lets off at 4, and he brings Action up to snapmare. Jeff runs to NECK SNAP, then NECK SNAP the other way! And then another one! Action staggers up, Jeff kicks low and suplexes for a GOURD BUSTER! Cover, TWO! Jeff stays between Action and the Martins to show them how to do his dance. Jeff then CLUBS Action, tags in Zay, and Zay CLUBS Action’s arm.
Zay throws Action out, goes out and throws him into railing! Zay talks some smack, then he stomps away on Action! High five with the fans, then more stomps! Selfie! Zay then puts Action in the ring, CLUBS him down, then drags him back to the corner. Tag to Matt and he RAMS into Action. Matt ROCKS Action with a right, then bumps him off buckles. Matt dribbles Action off the buckles again and again and again! “DELETE! DELETE! DELETE!” and Dynamite returns to single picture. Matt ROCKS Action again, tags Jeff, but fans rally up for Top Flight. Matt CATAPULT GUILLOTINES, then Jeff hits a GUILLOTINE LEG DROP!
Jeff drags Action into the ring, snapmares and basement dropkicks! Cover, TWO! Fans rally up more but Jeff bumps Action off buckles. Tag to Matt, the Hardys stomp a mudhole in, then dig their boots in. The ref counts, Matt lets off and he stands Action back up. But Action ROCKS Matt with haymakers! Matt shoves Action, Action comes back, but into a SIDE EFFECT! Cover, TWO! Action survives and fans fire up but Matt calls his shot. “DELETE! DELETE!” and Action stands. Kick and- NO, Action wrenches out of the Twist! But Matt ducks the haymaker to back suplex! Action lands on his feet to KICK, KNEE and ENZIGURI!
Both men are down and the fans fire back up! Action and Matt crawl, hot tags to Dante and Zay! Dante goes up and over Zay, CLOBBERS him, CLOBBERS him again, then whips. Zay reverses, Dante goes out and Zay hits buckles! Dante then goes right over the corner, GAMANGIRIS Zay away then jumps to avoid Jeff’s sweep! SPRINGBOARD CROSSBODY! Cover, Matt breaks it! Fans boo but Matt TWIST- NO, Dante powers out and Darius GAMANGIRIS! Dante ROUNDHOUSES, Darius steps in to COMPLETE SHOT! Zay is up and he shoves Dante into Darius! Roll up, TWO!! Zay LARIATS Dante back down, putting his all behind that one!
Fans fire up as both men crawl, but Jeff runs to BLAST Action! Darius ROCKS Jeff, but Zay uses Jeff as a step, PARTY IN MOTION wipes Darius out! Dante sees that, but then Matt sets up for Jeff! POETRY IN MOTION! The Hardy Boyz get Dante up top, Zay GAMANGIRIS him into a Double Electric Chair Lift! Zay springboards, MISSILE DROPKICK DOOMSDAY!! Cover, TWO!!! Dante survives but the Hardys go after Darius & Action! POETRY- INTERCEPTED as Darius jumps off Matt to CLOBBER Jeff!! Action kicks Matt, then QUEBRADAS off the railing! Zay suplexes Dante, but Dante knees free!
Dante runs, Zay dodges to mule kicks! But Darius is in, he and Action set up, but Zay fights the waistlock! Zay BOOTS Action, elbows Darius, but the still get the SHOTGUN GERMAN SUPLEX!! Zay flops into Dante’s half nelson, SIDE SLAM!! Cover, TOP FLIGHT WINS!
Winners: Action Andretti & Top Flight, by pinfall
A powerful homecoming for Dante Martin, he and his team have a massive win! Will they soon fly high and go after the AEW World Trios Championships?
Backstage interview with Action & Top Flight.
Renee is with them and congratulates them on the big win. So good to see Dante back, how is that leg? But then Penta El Zero Miedo and Alex Abrahantes step in. Penta offers a fist bump, and Dante accepts. They’re all good given Penta was responsible for the broken leg in that Reach for the Sky Ladder match. But then Penta counts, one, two, three. Bring ’em in. Komander and El Hijo Del Vikingo join Penta, that makes one, two, three. And Cero Miedo! Dante nods, when and where will we see this top tier trios match go down?
AEW TBS Championship House Rules Match: Julia Hart VS Emi Sakura!
The Princess of the Black Throne successfully defended her gold on Collision against Lady Frost, but now she takes on the Queen of Joshi! And for this match, Dealer’s Choice says submissions can NOT win the match! Then if Julia can’t be Hartless, will she just have to be ruthless?
The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and we see if the House Always Wins!
The bell rings and fans rally up behind Julia. Julia soaks it up, but Emi laughs at it. Emi and Julia smirk as they stare down, then they approach. Emi dodges Julia and laughs some more, but then Julia grabs her by the face! Julia bumps Emi off buckles, fires off forearms and stomps, then whips corner to corner. Julia runs in, handsprings and clotheslines! Julia keeps moving, back body block! Julia snapmares Emi, KICKS her, but Emi just frowns. Fans fire up, and Emi stands up. Julia CHOPS but Emi CHOPS! And CHOPS! And CHOPS! Julia shrieks, but Emi pushes her around. Emi aims but Julia blocks the chop to WRING the arm!
Emi goes to ropes, the fans fire up as Julia CLUBS, HOOK KICKS then KICKS Emi down! Julia pushes Emi out of the ring, goes out after her, but Emi throws body shots. Julia whips, Emi reverses, and Julia hits steel steps! Per the House Rules, there’s a 20 count, not a 10, so Emi has more time to use. Emi runs in to SPLASH Julia against the steps! Fans fire up and the ref checks Julia as Dynamite goes picture in picture.
Emi stands on Julia’s face, the ref reprimands, but Emi steps away. She has to be careful, part of House Rules is that disqualifications are strongly enforced. Emi then takes a seat on security’s lap before she storms up on Julia. Emi brings Julia around to CHOP against railing! Then Emi brings Julia over to send into more railing, and CHOP again! Emi puts Julia in the ring, drags her around and dragon sleepers! TWISTING DDT! Cover, TWO! Julia is still in this but Emi pushes her to a corner. Emi CHOPS, and Julia staggers away to another corner. Emi CHOPS her again! And again! And MACHINE GUN CHOPS!
Julia sits down, Emi digs her boots in, but the ref counts. Emi lets off, soaks up the heat, and then brings Julia up to whip corner to corner. Julia stops herself to ELBOW back! Julia storms up on Emi to throw hands, but Emi SLAPS Julia down! Julia checks her jaw, but Emi digs her knees into Julia’s neck! The ref counts, Dynamite returns to single picture, and Emi lets off. Emi watches Julia flounder around, and Julia sits up to throw body shots. Emi just laughs and brings Julia around to underhook. Stalling BUTTERFLY BACKBREAKER! Emi waits on Julia to sit up, says she’ll be the champion, and then underhooks again!
Julia fights up and round, SLEEPER! Submissions won’t win but she just wants to make Emi suffer! Emi falls, flails, Julia has a headscissor squeeze! Emi rolls, pops out the back, and she hooks Julia’s legs up! ROMERO SPECIAL! Julia endures, then Emi THROWS her down! Emi drags Julia around, puts her in a drop zone, but fans still rally for Julia. Emi climbs, MOONSAULT FLOPS as Julia moves! Julia wraps on the HARTLESS LOCK!! But it won’t win! Emi flails, taps, but it doesn’t save Emi, either! Julia thrashes Emi, lets her go, and the ref has to remind Julia it’s her own rules. So Julia BLINDSIDE LARIATS!
Julia stomps Emi into the drop zone, then goes up the corner. MOONSAULT!! Cover, Julia wins!
Winner: Julia Hart, by pinfall (still AEW TBS Champion)
Another defense in the books, Julia is still golden! Will she keep on winning with such unpredictable rules?
Backstage interview with Mariah May.
RJ City is with Miss May and says we saw her at Full Gear and last week, but we also know she’s here, hungry for more. Mariah says yes she is. She knows she’s the new girl and all, but she did just come from Stardom, and she had quite the run. She is dying to show us what she can do. So thanks for connecting her with Toni Storm. RJ says it’s nothing, he and Toni go way back, used to play squash together. No, really, RJ is quite the curator. And Mariah knows Toni likes him, so this means the world to her. No, no, Toni makes things happen. He’s just happy to help. Mariah seems a bit disappointed, but RJ says without further ado, go get ’em!
Mariah knocks on Tony Khan’s door, steps inside, and talks with the boss. Will this Tony be just as accommodating as Toni Storm?
Christian Cage is here!
The TNT Champion, the Patriarch, makes his way to the ring, security right behind him. Captain Charisma then gets a mic while the fans boo, and he says what he’d like to do right now is go ahead and invite the Rated R Superstar to this ring right now. Fans fire up for that, and Christian says he knows Edge is back there. Fans shout “ADAAAAM~!” and Christian says he just wants to talk about what Edge said on Collision. So if Edge doesn’t mind making his presence felt, Christian would appreciate it. But still no response? Did Christian make sure to do this when Edge isn’t here?
Christian waits, gets upset, and asks Adam “ADAAAM~!” that he’d like to speak with him in this ring. Please, someone, hit the mic, get Adam’s attention, something. Or should Christian go back there to speak with him? “You think you know him.” And here comes Edge!! Fans fire up as Edge storms into the ring, and of course the security becomes a wall in front of Christian. Edge paces and Christian says listen, management wanted this, not him. Fans boo that garbage, but Christian says they don’t need security. He asks these men to vacate the ring. They shrug and bail out, even though Edge looks ready to pounce.
Christian brings up that last week, Edge challenged him to a match for the TNT Championship on December 6th, Dynamite in Montreal. Christian is here to tell Edge that they won’t make it to Montreal. They get face to face and fans fire up. Christian says they won’t make it to Montreal because “I’m sorry.” What? Edge is also confused, and Christian says he knows what we’re all thinking. Christian is only sorry because he’s all alone, right? Fans confirm and they chant “BULL~ SHID!” at him! Christian asks them to understand. Edge took out “The Prodigy” Nick Wayne, he took out Killswitch/Luchasaurus, but that’s not why Christian’s sorry.
He won’t lie, he was pissed about what Edge did to Lucha- er, Killswitch, with not one but two Con-Chair-Tos. Christian was so mad, he jumped out of his house, got in his car and just drove around. He needed to think, needed fresh air. And somewhere during that trip, it turned into one of reflection. It turned into a roadtrip of soul searching, digging down deep, trying to understand why he became the person that he is, this guy who says and does such unsavory things. And then he remembered those times he and Edge would borrow Christian’s mom’s Ford Taurus. They nicknamed it “Toby the Taurus” because they took it everywhere when they were trying to make it.
They didn’t care where they went, they were broke, not a dime to their names, but they didn’t care. They were having the time of their lives! They knew they were gonna make it. They didn’t know how, but they knew they would. And dammit, did they ever make it, huh? They went on to become multiple-time tag team champions, and Christian will say it, the greatest tag team that ever lived! Fans do cheer that. Christian and Edge then became multiple time world champions, two of the greatest careers in this sport. But take the wrestling away, and it runs even deeper. Everyone knows Edge grew up with a single mom. Everyone knows that Edge didn’t have a father figure.
Fans boo, already sensing where this is going! Christian wants Edge to listen! Yes, he is the Patriarch of AEW, but in no way is he suggesting he’s Edge’s father. Christian is Edge’s brother. And in turn, Christian’s father became like Edge’s father. Edge went on family trips, sat at the dinner table, slept over! When Edge needed discipline, Christian’s dad treated him the same as his own kids. He picked Edge up, brushed him off, hugged him and cheered him on. To this very day, he is still Edge’s biggest fan. So listen, Christian will just say it. They weren’t just random guys thrown together. “I love you, man.” Fans boo that one!
Christian says they’re family. And listen, when Edge’s mom passed a few years ago, that was the hardest time of Edge’s life. Christian knows that. But some time before, she said, “What I wouldn’t give to see you guys in that ring, teaming one last time.” Christian started thinking, that they should do this for her! Let’s go on the journey together again, like Edge wanted! Edge & Christian, for Judy “Judemeister” Copeland! Let’s do it for her! Fans cheer for Judy, but Edge is conflicted. Christian drops the mic, holds the belt, and then rushes Edge! Edge LOW BLOWS Christian first!! Fans cheer as Christian leans on Edge in pain.
Christian slumps down and Edge lets him fall. Fans want that one more time, but Edge gets the mic. “Nice try, dumbass.” Edge tells him to sit up when he’s talking. Edge grabs the belt, tells Christian to shine it up real nice. Hell, sleep with it if he wants. Because next week, the title’s coming home with Edge! Oh, and one more thing, Edge almost forgot. G F Y!! Fans are thunderous as Edge takes his leave. Will Edge crush Christian’s spirit as payback for everything he’s said and done?
AEW Continental Classic, Gold League: Jay White VS Swerve Strickland!
The Switchblade and the Realest are both 1-0 with three points, and now they are going to battle in what could be the decisive battle in this block! With no Juice Robinson, no Ass Boys, no Prince Nana or Brian Cage, who will prove to be the slipperiest snake in all of AEW?
The bell rings and fans fire up for “Whose House?” “SWERVE’S HOUSE!” White still throws guns up, but he and Swerve then tie up. They go around, Swerve puts White in a corner, but White turns it around. Swerve turns it back around, White pulls hair to turn it around again, then he RAMS into Swerve! And again! And again! White tosses Swerve out, then goes out to CHOP! White then RAMS Swerve into railing, mocks Nana’s dance, but Swerve throws hands! Swerve runs and RAMS White into railing! Fans fire up with Swerve and he stomps White down. Swerve then whips, but White reverses and Swerve hits railing so hard, he goes over into the front row!
Fans fire up and security helps Swerve, but then White drags him back in. White puts Swerve in the ring, mockingly asks, “Whose House?” and he stomps Swerve. White wrenches the arm, CLUBS it, and then CHOPS! White again mockingly asks, “Whose House?” “SWERVE’S HOUSE!” White CHOPS Swerve, but Swerve BOOTS back! And CHOPS! And CHOPS! And CHOPS! Swerve whips, White holds ropes, then he dumps Swerve out. But Swerve pulls hair! White HOTSHOTS Swerve, builds speed and slides, but Swerve catches him to BACK SUPLEX White into the front row! Fans are getting a much more interactive experience than expected!
Swerve drags White back up, White grabs at fans desperately, but the fans can’t do anything for him as Swerve dumps White back over. Swerve pushes White around, goes up the apron, and then he FLYING STOMPS White down! Fans fire up, Swerve puts White in, and then aims from the apron. But White gets a leg in the ropes! Swerve claws at White, pushes him away, but White BOOTS Swerve, then DRAPING DDTS! Fans rally for Swerve but White drags Swerve up to CHOP! Fans “WOO~!” and Dynamite goes picture in picture.
White sits Swerve up again, to CHOP him back down! White drags Swerve up again, goes up a corner, and mocks Swerve, to then hop back down and CHOP again! Swerve writhes, White drags him up, and White TOSSES Swerve out of the ring. White goes out after Swerve, but he CHOPS back! Swerve then clinches to hit a BACKBREAKER! White writhes, Swerve goes up to the apron again, and he BOOTS White back down! Fans rally up, Swerve drags White into the ring, and then clamps on a cording hold. White grabs ropes, the ref counts, Swerve takes a swing, but White EXPLODERS Swerve up and out!
White goes out after Swerve, hauls him up, and APRON GOURD BUSTERS! Swerve writhes and flounders but White refreshes the ring count. White then RAMS Swerve into steel steps! Swerve gets in the ring, White pursues and covers, TWO! White clamps onto Swerve’s bad arm, then traps the other, and he stretches Swerve out as Dynamite returns to single picture. Swerve fights up, but White throws him down by hair! White again mocks the chant, “Whose House?” Bryan commends Swerve on toughness. He had a brutal Texas Deathmatch with Hangman Page, and the only thing taped up is that arm.
Speaking of, White clamps onto the arms again, but Swerve endures. Swerve fights up, throws body shots, but White throws him down by his hair! Fans boo, Swerve gets up to SLAP White! Swerve CHOPS, White waistlocks, but Swerve swings elbows. White gets under to SAIDO! White then storms up to drag Swerve up, CORNER HALF HATCH! Cover, TWO! Swerve is still in this but White scuffs him. White mockingly says he needs his points. White knees Swerve low, and again, but Swerve blocks the chop! Swerve wrenches, gets around, HAMMERLOCK BACK SUPLEX! White writhes and fans fire up!
Swerve snarls, storms up on White, and he ROCKS him! Body shot! Forearm! Body shot! Repeat! Swerve snapmares, rolls, but White catches the Complete Shot, but then Swerve slips out of the Urenage! Swerve goes to a corner, White runs in but Swerve goes up and over to O’Conner and Eddy Gordo RANA! White tumbles, staggers, into the SOMERSAULT COMPLETE SHOT! And then a gator roll into a deadlift suplex! Fans fire up as Swerve covers, TWO!! White survives and Swerve grows frustrated. Fans still rally up behind Swerve, and he grabs White’s wrist. White resists but Swerve still drags him up.
White reaches out, kicks Swerve’s legs, then gets free. White swings, Swerve dodges and comes back, COMPLETE SHOT from White! White then waistlocks to deadlift GERMAN SUPLEX! White runs up, but Swerve DISCUS LARIATS! Fans are thunderous while both men are down and Bryan says, “How incredible are these two men?!” A standing count starts, both men stir, and White flounders to ropes. “This is Awesome!” as White comes back, he and Swerve go forehead to forehead, and they trade junkyard dog headbutts. Swerve laughs, White throws hands! Swerve throws them back! They go back and forth, faster and faster!
Fans rally up as the shots keep flying, and Swerve DECKS White! Fans fire up, Swerve smiles, but White grabs at Swerve’s legs. Swerve grabs at White, White CHOP BLOCKS! White then gets the bad arm, clinches, and URENAGES! Cover, TWO!! Swerve is still in this, this isn’t anything compared to Texas Death! White clamps on with the sleeper, though, and he hauls Swerve up. Swerve throws elbows, but White wrangles him for a FUJIWARA ARMBAR! Fans fire up, Swerve endures, White CLUBS away on the bad arm and pulls! Swerve reaches out, fights around, but White keeps him from ropes by pulling hair!
Swerve and White roll together, but Swerve slips around to get White’s arms trapped! Swerve stands on that arm! Finger gun and BANG!! The arm goes back and the fans tell Swerve he’s sick! Swerve grins, storms up on White and drags him up again. But White fights the half nelson and puts Swerve in a corner. The ref counts, White arm-drags free, but then Swerve sends him at the ref! White stops himself, LOW- NO! Swerve blocks the kick, he was paying attention to last week! Swerve slips around and hits a BACKBREAKER! Fans fire up, Swerve runs to HOUSE CALL!! Then Swerve goes up and he takes aim!
White sits up, into the KILL STOMPS!! Cover, TWO?!?! No one can believe it, least of all Swerve!! White survives Swerve’s best shots, but Swerve drags him up! Swerve’s bad arm holds him back, but then White clinches! BLADERUNNER!! But Swerve flops out of the ring!! White hurries out after Swerve, pushes him in, and hurries to clinch. Swerve fights up, fights the sleeper, and hits an ELBOW BREAKER! But White still rolls Swerve up with his other arm! TWO! White storms up, Swerve trips and jackknife bridges, TWO!! BLADE- NO, Swerve slips free, but White fights the half nelson! And CHOPS!
Swerve CHOPS back! White CHOPS! We get the 15 minute mark, so time’s ticking away! Swerve CHOPS, White CHOPS, repeat! White kicks and CHOPS, then reels Swerve in. Swerve uses a leg to get free but White has him again, SNAP SLEEPER SUPLEX!! Then the clinch, BLADE- ARM-DRAG!! Cradle cover, SWERVE WINS!!!
Winner: Swerve Strickland, by pinfall (gains 3 points; White earns 0)
White is shocked that he got beat! The #Jay1 aside, these points go to The Realest! Will the Gold League soon be whose house?
A great Dynamite, with awesome Continental Classic matches. But also really good non-tournament matches, such as that Trios Match. Great return to action for Dante Martin, great win for him and his trio, and those three could really build themselves up into trios title contenders with matches like this. And really good TBS Championship match Julia and Emi, though they need to get better at bringing up how House Rules work. No Ropebreaks, the ring count is to 20, and there’s Dealer’s Choice. They just kinda threw out there that this was gonna be a No Submission Falls, which was honestly a brilliant move by Emi. But in the end, of course Julia wins, it’s still too early for her to lose this belt.
Wardlow squashing- heck, he demolished AR Fox, is fine for Wardlow but a shame for Fox. Wardlow is still staying strong as he waits for the right moment to go after MJF again, but maybe, just maybe, he’s been going after MJF all along as that big guy among the “gimp squad” that tried to get MJF tonight. Great promo from MJF to not just praise Joe but also bury Punk without having to actually reference Punk going back to WWE. Joe made the save as expected, and now they’re getting dragged into a tag match against any two of those goons, and who knows who they are really, but can’t wait to see how this all goes.
Awesome stuff from Christian and Edge tonight, a brilliant move for Christian to so blatantly play to Edge’s emotions just to save his own ass. But of course it was also brilliant for Edge to not fall for it at all and get the better of Christian. But uh, AEW needs to be better at live censoring their shows, that GFY got right past them. That aside, that TNT Championship match is going to be awesome stuff, could go either way, but I still want to see Luchasaurus betray Christian and finally become his own man-dinosaur. Not Jack Perry’s tag partner, not Christian’s henchman, but his own man doing his own stuff.
And as I said at the start, awesome Continental Classic matches. Bryan Danielson also being on commentary for these was a good move, that could easily be a thing he does after he retires, except I think part of retiring is staying home with the family. Anyway, Moxley VS Lethal was a great opening match, and I figured Moxley would win that. Maybe Lethal realizes he really has let Team Triple J weaken him with all their antics. Rush VS Briscoe then raised the bar, though with a somewhat scary moment where I thought Rush took a shot to the head but it was really a concern for his leg. Rush winning was a fair choice, and that puts pressure on a possible 0-2 VS 0-2, Lethal VS Briscoe in the next round. I say “possible” because Tony Khan doesn’t reveal the entire schedule at once.
And then just an awesome, borderline PPV level match of Swerve VS White. The fans were strongly behind Swerve, I was behind Swerve, so it’s great to see Swerve get to 2-0. Swerve’s becoming my top choice for Gold League and maybe even the entire thing. Swerve having the ROH World, NJPW Strong Openweight and the AEW Continental Championships, he could really do a lot with traveling between the three brands. Mogul Embassy is already in ROH given they’re ROH World Six Man Champions, and the Gates are in NJPW right now for World Tag League, so Swerve joining them pretty much everywhere, all four of them having belts, that’s great stuff to me.
My Score: 9/10
Mitchell’s AEW Continental Classic Update! (11/27/23)
What a start to the tournament!
Did your picks win points?
The AEW Continental Classic is underway, with almost everyone competing. Check in here if you haven’t seen the winners and losers of week 1!
Here are your Gold League standings!
- Jon Moxley: 1-0, 3 points
- Swerve Strickland: 1-0, 3 points
- Jay White: 1-0, 3 points
- Rush: 0-1, 0 points
- Mark Briscoe: 0-1, 0 points.
- Jay Lethal: 0-1, 0 points
Here are your Blue League standings!
- Brody King: 1-0, 3 points
- Claudio Castagnoli: 1-0, 3 points
- Daniel Garcia: 0-1, 0 points
- Eddie Kingston: 0-1, 0 points
- Bryan Danielson: Yet to Compete
- Andrade El Idolo: Yet to Compete
Nothing too crazy, nothing too wild, this tournament only just got started. The only disappointing point is that they could not get Bryan “cleared to compete” Saturday night. Not sure how much of that is shoot given the bad eye, but this was kinda the problem of wanting him in the tournament over tons of other choices. Bryan wants to face Okada for WrestleKingdom 18, how is Bryan supposed to do that at his best if he’s also gonna be in a round robin, doing five top level matches in about as many weeks? And it takes away from Andrade being able to do something. Also a little surprised we didn’t even hear from Andrade on Saturday.
Now as we heard on Saturday, round two’s matches are set. Gold League will see Mark Briscoe VS Rush, White VS Swerve, and of course, Moxley VS Lethal. Nice variety there, a couple 0-1 guys facing off, as well as two 1-0 guys, and then 1-0 VS 0-1. No offense to Lethal, but he feels like an 0-2 going up against Moxley. Hard to call the other ones but that’s the fun of it. Meanwhile, Blue League sees Brody VS Claudio in a showdown to be 2-0, then Bryan and Andrade finally jump in, Bryan against Eddie and Andrade against Garcia. Sadly, feels like Eddie and Garcia are going 0-2, no way Tony Khan is booking Bryan and Andrade to lose their first shots.
In fact, that could be half the reason they did wait on those two, that’s almost too good for just a first round opener. But I still would’ve done it, same as NJPW does stuff like that for round robins, which this is all modeled after anyway.
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