April 12, 2023
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It is Wednesday, my dudes…you know what that means.
Pyro kicks us off before Darby Allin makes his way to the ring for
our opening contest! Out next is the Mogul Embassy’s Swerve
Strickland, and this match is underway!
Darby Allin vs. Swerve Strickland
Darby refuses to have any of Swerve’s nonsense, unloading a flurry
of offense on him before Swerve avoids a Coffin Drop attempt…only
for Darby to hit a senton dive to the outside on him instead! Swerve
slides in and out of the ring to avoid Allin, finally catching him
off guard to drop him to the floor. Swerve looks to follow up but
Darby is back to his feet, turning things around as he sends Swerve
to the barricade!
Darby grabs the steel steps, but needs to break the ten count before
following up…and this gives Swerve an opening to drop him back-first
onto the steps instead! Swerve is able to follow up on this, but
only gets a nearfall off the back of it.
Swerve goes after the belt of Darby, pulling it clean off before
whipping it against Allin’s back! We see Sammy Guevara watching from
the back as the ref is admonishing Swerve for this but it gets
ignored by Strickland, only for Darby to take him down to finally
bring this to a stop. Darby with a nearfall, but Swerve not only
kicks out but starts turning things around on his opponent before
hitting a nasty switch kick for another nearfall!
Swerve’s frustration is evident as he gets to his feet, with Darby
slowly crawling to the ropes to help himself up. Swerve intercepts,
only for Darby to take a bite out of his head…to which Swerve
responds with another big kick and a double foot stomp on the apron
as we go to picture-in-picture!
Picture-in-Picture: Swerve seems to retreat up the ramp at first
feeling the effects of that stomp on his feet, but comes back to the
ring to go back after Darby with some forearms to the head. Darby
tries his best to fight back but Swerve continues to overwhelm him,
locking in a torture rack before dropping to a knee to add more
impact on Darby…but even this is only enough for a nearfall! Swerve
continues the attack with some big locks, but Darby is fighting back
as best he can…only to be taken to the corner by Swerve as we
Swerve hits a big Flatliner before climbing the ropes…but Darby
intercepts, setting him up in a tree of woe and TAKING A BITE OUT OF
SWERVE’S FOOT! The ref has to intercede here and Darby finally backs
off, before locking in a leglock on Swerve…who manages to reverse
out, looking for a German suplex! Darby blocks it before the two
trade blows, only to get taken for a ride with a German suplex by
Swerve as Jungle Boy watches on from backstage.
Both men are down in the ring, but Darby goes for a cover and gets a
nearfall. He follows up with a kneebar on Strickland, who climbs his
way to the ropes to force a break. Darby climbs the ropes, but gets
intercepted by Swerve who pulls Darby off the top turnbuckle onto
his shoulders…only for Darby to hit a poison rana on him, sending
Swerve to the outside!
Darby brings Swerve back to the ring and goes for the cover, but
Prince Nana comes running down the ramp to put Swerve’s foot on the
bottom rope. Nana backs up the ramp as Darby pursues him, only for
Brian Cage to stop the chase in its tracks. Darby slides back into
the ring, where he takes a big kick and a double stomp from
Swerve…but only for a nearfall!
Cage tries to get involved by tripping up Darby as Swerve heads to
the outside, but the Embassy is ejected by the ref! Swerve looks for
a steel chair shot to Darby but gets caught with a Last Supper to
give Darby the pin and the win!
Winner via pinfall: Darby Allin
Darby’s music barely gets to play before it’s interrupted by the
arrival of AEW World Champion MJF! The champ makes his way down the
ramp as we go to commercial.
We’re back and MJF is ready to speak with mic in hand, interrupting
the crowd to give Darby credit where it’s due. The crowd shows their
appreciation, and MJF says it was especially inspiring since Darby’s
“daddy” Sting wasn’t out at ringside. MJF talks about the match they
had at Full Gear 2021, and that Darby is one of the best he’s faced.
But he has two words that will prove that he is MJF and…only to cut
himself off to insult the crowd for doing his catchphrase. His two
words? Headlock takeover. MJF continues to run Darby down, saying
he’s not on the level of the Devil.
Darby has a microphone of his own, asking if MJF is happy. He
reflects upon MJF’s past statement of “when I make it to national
television, all my problems will go away.” He goes into his own
issues when he started in AEW, including the therapy he checked
himself into. He learned to stop worrying about himself and to help
others including his parents. He tells MJF this is just a fifteen
minute ride, but he refuses to get off said ride. He’s not like MJF,
not going to lower his morals to be somebody in this world…so if MJF
has something to say, keep talking. This gets a big chant from the
MJF calls Darby an arrogant little boy, asking if he thinks he’s
special before saying he is sick and tired of Darby and Jack and
Sammy caring about MJF’s morals, stating that morals kill careers.
MJF thinks Darby is a gutless coward because he doesn’t have what it
takes to make sacrifices to get ahead…but MJF doesn’t care about any
of that, because he is at the top. MJF is willing to do whatever it
takes to stay ahead, and leave a legacy as being the greatest of all
time. Darby can keep his morals, because Darby’s legacy will be that
of Sting’s b***h…a statement that manages to bring out the Icon
Sting makes his way down to the ring, getting the crowd pumped
before staring down the champ. Sting doesn’t get the “Daddy Day
Care” comments from before, seeing himself as more of a cheerleader
as he pulls out a pom pom, smacking the champ with it. Sting says he
has a fever, and the only cure is…more pom poms. After this bit of
silliness, Sting addresses the idea of being a support system for
Darby like Cody was a support system for MJF…and like Ric Flair was
a support for the early “surfer” Sting.
Sting goes into his other “past lives” before admitting that he has
no hunger for the AEW World Championship, and that Showtime is
nearly over for Sting…but just starting for Darby Allin, who Sting
assures will be AEW World Champion!
Darby says this plastic world has not taken him, stating that he
will leave it as a very different man…but most notably, the AEW
World Champion! MJF spits on Darby before retreating out of the ring
and up the ramp, leaving us with a cheering crowd and Sting and
Darby in the ring as we go to commercial.
We’re back at ringside, and Powerhouse Hobbs makes his way to the
ring for the TNT Championship open challenge up next! We get a video
from Friday night about Hobbs and his car before this match gets
TNT Championship Match
Silas Young vs. TNT Champion Powerhouse Hobbs
Silas gets overpowered really quick by Hobbs, who takes him down
with a clothesline and a big spinebuster before putting Silas away
for the pin and the win!
Winner via pinfall AND STILL TNT Champion: Powerhouse Hobbs
After the match, QT and Hobbs grab Silas looking to do more damage
until Wardlow is seen in the parking lot, taking his anger out on
Hobbs’s fancy new car! Wardlow takes out the windshield before
grabbing a forklift to finish the job on the side window, much to
the dismay of Hobbs and QTV as Wardlow uses the forklift to tip the
Wardlow leaves the forklift which moves forward for even more
damage, and Hobbs looks to take Silas down with a powerbomb on the
outside to a table until Wardlow’s music hits! The two go at it
before officials come out to break things up, but Wardlow drops
Aaron Solow to the stage…before hitting a powerbomb sending Solow
through the table!
Video Package: The return of Jay White to AEW, teaming up with
fellow Bullet Club member Juice Robinson as “Bullet Club Gold” at
the expense of Ricky Starks
Back at ringside, Buddy Matthews makes his way to the ring for our
next match! Out next is the champ himself, Orange Cassidy, as we’re
reminded of what Buddy has done to Cassidy’s right hand to weaken
the Orange Punch’s effect. After a moment, this match gets underway!
AEW International Championship Match
AEW World Trios Champion Buddy Matthews vs. AEW International
Champion Orange Cassidy
Buddy stares down the champ as we kick this match off, to which the
champ obliges before threatening the hands in pockets, which Buddy
doesn’t take kindly to! Buddy is overwhelmed by a flurry of offense
by Cassidy, who does what he was set out to do with the pockets
before sending Buddy out of the ring with a dive to follow! Orange
up top but gets caught in midair, reversing with a hurricanrana and
a big DDT…and an Orange Punch! Buddy is down rolling to the corner,
but Cassidy’s hand is feeling the effects of the impact as a doctor
is called to check on him.
The doctor continues to check but is interrupted by Buddy stomping
that injured hand as we go to picture-in-picture!
Picture-in-Picture: Buddy continues the attack for a moment longer,
finally stepping back as the ref and doctor continue to check on the
champ’s hand. They appear to be telling Cassidy he cannot continue,
but Orange shirks it off before Buddy goes back on the attack, razor
sharp in his focus on that weak hand as he twists it around the
ropes before grinding his boot against it before we come back!
Buddy keeps on tops of things even after OC tries to fight back, but
the champ goes for another whirlwind DDT that gets blocked by
Buddy…who ends up being sent to the turnbuckle instead by Cassidy!
Orange climbs up to the second rope for a fist drop but takes a kick
by Buddy, before responding with some more offense….before Buddy
connects with a knee to the face!
The two continue to fight it out on the apron until the champ
manages to connect with a Beach Break onto the apron, taking both
men to the outside as a result! The ref begins the count, and we get
to nine before both men narrowly slide into the ring to stop it!
They slowly get to their knees before trading blows, slowly making
it up to their feet before Buddy gets the upper hand. Buddy follows
up by standing right on the injured hand of the champ, causing even
more damage in the process!
Buddy now taunts the champs with the “dangerous kicks” that Orange
does so well, but Orange raises a hand to stop him before settling
his hands into his pockets…only to take a kick to the face! Buddy
looks to follow up on it but gets taken down with a Stun Dog
Millionaire by the champ instead. Buddy gets to the top after he
recovers but takes an elbow strike by Cassidy, only to block the
champ on the top rope…which leads into a big DDT off the ropes by
Orange, who hits another one via tope through the ropes to the
Orange sets Buddy up and hits a diving DDT off the ropes, but only
gets a nearfall for his troubles! Buddy rises to his feet as Orange
looks for the Orange Punch, but that gets blocked! Orange reverses
the offense by Buddy after this, but still only gets a nearfall as
he hits another Orange Punch…which ALSO gets just a nearfall!
Buddy taunts the champ to punch him again, but manages to grab his
hand and wrenches it before hitting a knee to the face of Cassidy!
The champ tries to taunt Buddy but we find that he was playing
possum…and pays for it as Buddy gets a nearfall. Buddy looks to
follow up but gets caught in a Mouse Trap by the champ, who picks up
the pin and the win!
Winner via pinfall AND STILL AEW International Champion: Orange
Video Package: Christian Cage with a scary Luchasaurus assures us
that “some things have changed”
We come back to the champ and the Best Friends backstage, where
Chuck and Trent assure us that Orange is fine before addressing
Aussie Open and challenge them to a match on Rampage!
Back at ringside, Ethan Page is in the ring to address some issues
with The Firm including Matt Hardy attacking him with the FTW title,
Hook beating up Stokely Hathaway, and…the fact he looks better than
everyone in the crowd. Ethan needs answers, he needs to know why
Matt attacked him and what was in that contract. Izaiah and Hardy
come out to the stage to address this, where Hardy says Ethan has to
read the fine print. Hardy reveals that if Hook defeats Ethan, then
Hardy and Izaiah are no longer under the dominion of The Firm, and
Matt gets to name a match and stipulation where when they win, they
are no longer under contract.
Ethan replies to this by pointing out that Ethan and Stokely aren’t
the only ones in the firms, which brings out Lee Moriarty and Big
Bill. The Firm beat up on Hardy and Izaiah until Hook makes his way
out to even the odds! Hook takes down Ethan and Lee, but struggles
looking to throw Big Bill allowing Ethan and Lee to come after him
as well…until Jeff Hardy’s music hits! Jeff doesn’t waste time
dancing, as he’s got a steel chair and makes his way down to deal
with The Firm! Twist of Fate and a Swanton Bomb keeps The Firm at
bay as Jeff celebrates with his new and old friends and the crowd.
Recap: The onslaught of Blackpool Combat Club
Earlier Today: Kenny Omega thanks the fans for their support and the
doctors for their help, saying the issue between The Elite and the
BCC would be settled in the ring…but hurting Don crossed a line, as
Kenny takes that personally.
Back at ringside, BCC make their way to the ring for our next match
as we go to picture-in-picture!
Picture-in-Picture: BCC go through the crowd as they are want to do,
finally getting to ringside in what has become something of a weekly
tradition for the Combat Club before they get in the ring to get
ready for their upcoming match as we return!
Brandon Cutler and Michael Nakazawa make their way out next before
being intercepted by the BCC! They attack the pair brutally, with
Claudio even busting Nakazawa open before regrouping with Mox in the
ring. Nakazawa crawls in the ring and this match finally gets
Tag Team Match
Blackpool Combat Club (Jon Moxley & ROH World Champion Claudio
Castagnoli) vs. Brandon Cutler & Michael Nakazawa
Claudio stomps at a still-bloody Nakazawa, who tries to fight back
to the delight of the crowd as he goes after the ROH Champion with
some elbows and other strikes to remind the big man that he is NOT
just “comedy relief”…but Claudio knocks him down, sending Nakazawa
on a ride with a Giant Swing before locking in a Sharpshooter!
Michael is hurt bad but Brandon runs in to attack Claudio with
punches, only to be sent out of the ring!
Claudio turns his attention back to Nakazawa looking for the
Neutralizer, but Michael reverses with a back body drop before
making the tag to Brandon! Claudio gets a tag to Mox, who gets extra
brutal as he busts Cutler open as well…and Mox hits a King Kong
Lariat and a Death Rider, only to lock in the bulldog choke on
Cutler…but Nakazawa breaks it up!
This sends Claudio in and chaos ensues, forcing the ref to call for
Result: No Contest
Mox rushes out to get a mic, calling out the Young Bucks, Omega, and
Don Callis as the beatdown continues. Mox says BCC puts the Elite in
All Elite Wrestling, and this draws out Kenny Omega! Omega stares
them down from the ramp as The Young Bucks slide in to make a sneak
attack on BCC! They are especially focused on Mox, hitting a BTE
Trigger on Mox before Omega brings in a gear case that he lifts
up…but the Bucks stop him from using it, only to offer him a
flathead screwdriver as revenge for what BCC did to Hangman Page!
Mox manages to evade disaster before this happens, regrouping with
BCC in the crowd as The Elite’s music hits.
Backstage, Tony Schiavone talks to the Mogul Embassy, as Swerve
addresses the match he had tonight before saying there are still
unsettled scores to take care of in AEW!
Tag Team Match
Riho & Skye Blue vs. The Outcasts (Ruby Soho & Toni Storm)
We start off with chaos as Skye and Toni go at it, before both are
able to make tags…and Soho hits a big kick for a nearfall. Riho
fights back before tagging in Skye again, and the pair clear out the
Outcasts from the ring as we go to picture-in-picture!
Picture-in-Picture: Despite this teamwork before, Skye and Riho get
overwhelmed by the Outcasts as Ruby Soho goes to work on Riho in the
corner, tagging Toni in before they double team the former Women’s
Champion. Toni stays on the attack, sending Riho into the corner
before hitting a snap suplex and tags Ruby back in. Ruby slams Riho
against the turnbuckle before taunting Skye on the apron…and takes a
punch by Riho as a result! Ruby doesn’t take kindly to this, really
laying into Riho before taking her down with a headlock that
transitions into a chinlock as we come back!
Riho fights to her feet, reversing a Destination Unknown into a
nearfall! Skye tags in, and goes after Ruby as Toni hits a blind
tag…and then blindsides Skye Blue as Saraya checks on Ruby at
ringside. Ruby intercepts Skye Blue, but the latter hits a big
hurricanrana on Toni on the outside before following with a cross
body back in the ring for a nearfall!
Riho gets involved as more chaos ensues, with the Outcasts coming
out on top as Toni hits a hip attack and the Storm Zero for the pin
and the win!
Winners via pinfall: Toni Storm & Ruby Soho
The Outcasts attack their opponents after the match, whipping out
the spray paint to give the L to Riho before hitting a triple
powerbomb on the former Women’s Champion! They look proud of their
work until Jamie Hayter hits the ring, only to be attacked by the
Outcasts until Britt Baker comes out next!
The doctor is in, and she goes after the Outcasts like a storm until
Saraya gets involved. Baker nearly stomps her but Soho and Storm
bring her out of the ring for the save, leaving them to regroup up
Recap: Some issues between Jericho and Keith Lee bring us to our
main event up next!
We’re back at ringside and it is time for our main event! Chris
Jericho makes his way to the ring first, followed by Keith Lee, and
this main event is underway!
Chris Jericho vs. Keith Lee
The crowd chants in support of Keith Lee, much to Jericho’s chagrin
as Lee stares him down. Jericho hits a chop but Lee seems unfazed by
the series that follows, dropping Jericho with a shoulder tackle
before giving the former World Champion a little kiss on the
forehead! Jericho seems slightly shaken by this by Lee continues the
attack, bringing Jericho to the corner before laying in some chops.
Jericho blocks an overhead chop before turning things around with
some chops of his own, only to be taken down by the bigger Limitless
One. Lee brings him back to the corner twice over, and hits a big
corner splash to drop the Sports Entertainer down hard. Lee
continues the offense before hitting a big scoop slam, climbing up
the ropes until Daniel Garcia interrupts him…leading Jericho to
knock down to the apron before hitting a springboard dropkick as we
go to picture-in-picture!
Picture-in-Picture: Lee is forced to recover on the floor as Jericho
distracts the ref, allowing Garcia to get in a few shots on Keith
before Jericho comes out to do even more damage. Jericho sends Lee
to the ring post and then to the barricade, before the action
finally makes its way back into the ring. Jericho hits Keith from
the middle rope to keep him grounded to the canvas, laying in some
hard boots before bringing Keith to the ropes where he leans into
him with a boot to the back. Jericho lays in some punches before
taunting the crowd as we come back!
Jericho continues both the attack and the smack talk as Keith gets
back to his feet, where Jericho hits a couple chops until Keith
stops him. Jericho blocks further offense before hitting a
Lionsault, but Keith Lee kicks out with authority! Jericho stays on
the attack with some boots and elbow strikes, but gets taken down
with a big lariat and a shoulder tackle as Keith is still in the
Keith looks for a Beale throw but is blocked by Daniel Garcia as
Jericho tries to blindside him…but this only leads to a brief
bearhug before Jericho fights out of it, only to get taken back down
with a shoulder tackle! Keith looks for a powerbomb but gets rolled
up by Jericho, only for a nearfall though!
Jericho fights back for a moment but ends up taking a POOOUNCE by
Keith Lee that sends Jericho to the ropes! Keith brings him to the
middle of the ring and climbs up for a moonsault…but hits the knees
of Jericho instead! This did a bit of damage to Jericho though, and
Keith takes him down once again getting a nearfall in the process.
Keith looking for a powerbomb again, but gets an eyepoke from
Jericho who looks for the Walls of Jericho! Jericho locks it in!
Keith is struggling here, crawling toward the ropes as Daniel shouts
at him from ringside…but despite Jericho’s efforts, Keith gets to
Garcia tries to argue that Lee tapped as Jericho goes back to work
on Keith Lee…who sends him across the ring with the Beale throw!
Garcia tries to get involved but gets sent in the hard way by Lee,
who takes him and Jericho down with a clothesline! Jericho’s in the
corner as Lee goes for a splash, but Jericho dodges…only for the
Codebreaker to get blocked, and reversed into a massive sitout
powerbomb by Keith Lee!
Garcia rushes into the ring to distract the ref, allowing a masked
person that looks…familiar…to attack Keith Lee before hightailing it
out of the area as Jericho slowly, gingerly gets the cover…just
barely getting the pin and the win.
Winner via pinfall: Chris Jericho
The masked man reveals himself in the crowd to definitely be Swerve
as we see Jericho and Garcia celebrating…until Adam Cole makes his
way to the ring! Cole checks on Lee, and the pair eventually make
their way up the ramp as the show comes to a close.