January 11th, 2023
Kia Forum in Los Angeles, CA
Commentary: Excalibur, Taz & Tony Schiavone
Jon Moxley vs. Adam Page
They go at it right away as soon as the bell rings, with Adam Page cornering Jon Moxley in the corner with punches as the crowd starts chanting ‘Cowboy Shit’. They go into a chop exchange until Moxley knocks Page down as the crowd now chants for Moxley. They head to the top rope where Moxley uses his nails and teeth on Page’s back before hitting a superplex for a one count, before putting on a cross armbreaker. They head to the outside where Page takes Moxley down with a lariat before tossing him back inside where Moxley mounts Page with punches as they head to a break.
When we come back, Page takes Moxley down with a German suplex followed by a lariat as both men are laid out. They continue with a barrage of lariats before Page boots Moxley off the apron and hits him with a top rope moonsault. Inside, Moxley dodges the Buckshot Lariat and hits the Death Rider for a two count. Moxley lands elbows and applies the Bulldog choke, while still hitting elbows to keep Page down. Moxley lets go and hits a piledriver, but Page kicks out at one. Moxley flips off the crowd as they chant ‘Cowboy Shit’, before Moxley escapes out of the Red Eye to put on a sleeper hold and tries a piledriver, but Page reverses and hits the Red Eye. Moxley comes right back and hits a stomp as both men are laid out again. They start trading forearms, as they get to their feet before hitting a couple headbutts each. They start trading open handed smacks as the crowd erupts before Page hits a lariat, followed by the Buckshot Lariat for the pin.
Winner: Adam Page by pinfall at 14:13
As Page is celebrating, they cut the music as Doc Sampson gets in the ring to check on Moxley, who looks a bit dazed. Page leaves but looks a bit concerned.
When we come back from the commercial, Excalibur says that Moxley was helped to the back and he’s being looked at now.
Adam Cole is Back
Tony Schiavone is in the ring and introduces Adam Cole, who gets a big reaction here for his return. Cole asks who is ready for story time and says he wanted to say that so bad. He’s been thinking all day about what he was going to say and the best way to describe this conversation is this is a good news/bad news type of situation. Starting with good news; he has a whole new appreciation not just for pro wrestling but for his life. Since 9 years old, he’s been wanting to be a professional wrestler and he’s been able to do some amazing stuff. Cole talks about missing this but how he was banged up having two back-to-back very serious head injuries and he was scared seeing doctors multiple times with headaches and dizzy spells, getting his brain checked. The worst part was the sleep as he laid there with anxiety high and had to wake up in the middle of the night and pace and tell Britt Baker that he doesn’t know what’s happening to him. Cole says how all the fans were there for him and heard all the nice things and how it meant the world to him. Cole talks about how even giving nothing for 6 months, the fans gave him everything and he is grateful for that.
He moves on to the bad news and says it’s not for him but for the locker room, as he’s back and he’s not going anywhere. He thought for sure he was finished, instead he stands there and says no way, he isn’t done yet as he will not stop being one of the best wrestlers and won’t stop til he’s the very best. He’s accomplished many amazing things but he hasn’t scratched the surface yet. He wants everybody to remember this day as he will be on the top of AEW and poses as he chants his catchphrase. Amazing comeback promo from Cole.
We cut to The Acclaimed backstage who say this Friday they will receive stars on the Walk of Fame.
The Firm (Lee Moriarty & Big Bill) (w/ Stokely Hathaway) vs. JungleHook (Hook & Jack Perry)
The Firm (Lee Moriarty & Big Bill) (w/ Stokely Hathaway) vs. JungleHook (Hook & Jack Perry)
Lee Moriarty and Jack Perry start the match with chops in the corner before Perry bounces off the ropes and takes Moriarty down with a dropkick before tagging in Hook and hitting Moriarty down with a double elbow. They exchange submission attempts before Perry tags back in but gets tripped up running the ropes, by Stokely Hathaway. Perry tries to dive onto Stokely, but gets caught by Big Bill. Bill goes to chokeslam Perry on the apron but gets saved by Hook. Moriarty tags out to Bill and starts taunting the crowd with their cheering for Perry. Perry tries to fight off Bill but gets knocked off the apron by Moriarty as we go to picture-in-picture.
When we come back, Perry is able to counter Moriarty with a powerbomb and makes the hot tag to Hook who takes down Moriarty with a Northern Lights Suplex, but Bill breaks up the count. Perry is able to help out Hook with a dropkick, before Hook takes Bill down with a T-Bone suplex, knocking him to the outside as the crowd erupts. Moriarty comes in and tries to roll up Perry, but Perry reverses into the Snare Trap as Moriarty taps out.
Winners: JungleHook (Jack Perry & Hook) by submission at 7:43
Renee Paquette is backstage with Orange Cassidy, Danhausen and Paul Walter Hauser fresh off his Golden Globe win. Hauser teases showing off the trophy, but says he’ll save it for Rampage. Danhausen calls him Paul WalterHausen, before Hauser asks if everything is okay with the Best Friends. Best Friends step in as they make it seem like they are all on the same page.
When we come back from break, Renee says she is trying to get a word with The Elite before stating how long it’s been since a Game 7 has been in this building.
MJF Meets Mr. Chow & The Scooby-Doo Douchebag
Before Bryan Danielson can come out for his match with Konosuke Takeshita, MJF makes his way down to the ring. MJF says ‘Konnichiwa, bud’ to Takeshita and says he’s proud of him but admits he hasn’t seen a lick of his stuff as he fast-forwards to the only part that matters, being himself. MJF incorrectly pronounces his name as ‘Take-a-Shita’ and tells him to not take one tonight and that he really needs him to win this match. Takeshita responds in Japanese as MJF says he thought Danielson was a bad public speaker. MJF says around here we speak American as Takeshita responds with ‘Kiss my ass’. MJF gets in his face, but Takeshita shoves him as MJF demands Takeshita to get out of the ring. MJF says he heard a rumor about being afraid of Danielson and an Iron Man Match lasting an hour and tells everybody to ask their mother, sister and girlfriend just how long MJF can last. MJF continues that unlike Danielson he’s all about pinning shoulders on mats and banging rats. MJF asked if he offended everyone here because they actually like Danielson and how it makes sense as just like him, they are irrelevant.
MJF points out Ken Jeong in the audience and says how his role of Mr. Chow from The Hangover was about 20 years ago, then mentions how his show Dr. Ken got cancelled. MJF then points to Freddie Prinze Jr. and mentions ‘She’s All That’ and how he doesn’t remember that as he was born in 1996 and isn’t a dinosaur. The only thing he remembers Prinze from is playing a supporting role to a CGI talking dog and calls him a Scooby-Doo douchebag. MJF reiterates how there will be no Iron Man match before trying to do his catchphrase and getting interrupted by Danielson’s music. Danielson runs into the ring and chases off MJF.
Konosuke Takeshita vs. Bryan Danielson
They go for wrist control right away, until Bryan Danielson drops Konosuke Takeshita with a drop toehold before putting on the Romero Special into a Dragon Sleeper. They go into chops and forearms before Takeshita runs the ropes and takes Danielson down with a flying forearm. They take it back to the mat, where Danielson tries to put on a Triangle Choke, but Takeshita punches his way out until Danielson tries a LeBell Lock just for Takeshita to put his leg on the bottom rope. Danielson follows that with two dropkicks in the corner, but Takeshita stops the third one with a Blue Thunder Bomb for a two-count. Takeshita hits a couple chops before Danielson hits a running elbow strike as Danielson is shown to have a bit of blood from his chest, before they head to commercial.
When we come back, Danielson takes Takeshita to the outside with a hurricanrana before hitting an awkward-looking flying headscissors. Takeshita follows that with a brainbuster on the outside. As they head back inside, Takeshita tries a senton but Danielson puts his knees up and puts on the Crossface, before transitioning into the Regal Stretch, as Takeshita puts his foot on the ropes. Danielson comes right back hitting his kicks, but Takeshita catches the last one. They go into forearm exchanges before Takeshita takes down Danielson with a lariat. Danielson dodges a knee strike and hits hammer and anvil elbows, but Takeshita counters with Fireman’s Carry into a driver and a German Suplex for a two count. They go back and forth until Danielson hits the Busaiku Knee for a two-count. Danielson starts stomping on Takeshita’s face before putting on the Regal Stretch as Takeshita passes out to end the match.
Winner: Bryan Danielson by referee stoppage at 14:46
Rock Hard Challenge
Renee Paquette is with Juice Robinson and asks what he’s here to accomplish. Robinson says he’s here to kick ass, take names and win championships along the way before challenging Darby Allin for this Friday on Rampage and tells him to put the TBS Championship on the line.
Toni Storm & Saraya vs. Dr. Britt Baker DMD & Jamie Hayter (w/ Rebel)
Jamie Hayter and Toni Storm start the match and take it to the outside before Saray comes in and goes hard after Hayter whipping her into the ropes before tripping her up for a two-count. Hayter comes back by reversing Storm and Saraya and hitting a double suplex. Hayter tosses Storm to the apron, where Dr. Britt Baker DMD is there to hit her with a neckbreaker. All four women start brawling on the outside, tossing each other into the barricades, before Hikaru Shida makes her way down to the ring with a kendo stick as we head to picture-in-picture.
When we come back, Saraya hits Baker with a DDT for a two count, but Baker follows that with a kick to the face and tries the Air Raid Crash, but Saraya escapes and hits a knee strike for a two. Storm comes in and hits a DDT on Baker for a two-count before putting on a Texas Cloverleaf that Hayter breaks up. Baker and Storm head to the top rope, where Baker hits an avalanche Air Raid Crash for a two count. Hayter comes in and hits the Hayte-Breaker on Storm, but Saraya breaks it up. Storm hits a German Suplex and the Storm Zero on Hayter, but Baker breaks it up. All four continue with the offense before Hayter and Storm exchange strikes that lay each other down. Rebel gets on the apron, as Shida slides in the kendo stick that Baker uses on Storm. Hayter followed that with the Hayter-Rade on Storm for the pin, as Shida looked a bit stunned.
Winner: Dr. Britt Baker DMD & Jamie Hayter by pinfall at 11:20
- Street Fight: Anna Jay AS & Tay Melo vs. Ruby Soho & Willow Nightingale
- We’ll hear from The Acclaimed
- Eddie Kingston & Ortiz vs. Kings of the Black Throne (Malakai Black & Brody King)
- We’ll hear from Golden Globe Winner Paul Walter Hauser
- TNT Championship: Darby Allin (c) vs. Juice Robinson
We get a quick segment from Eddie Kingston & Ortiz where Kingston says they are finally getting the match and hopes Ortiz is happy, as he’s sick of him questioning his loyalty with the history they have.
- Bryan Danielson vs. Bandido
- Jake Hager vs. Ricky Starks
- More matches to be announced on Rampage
Slap Your Face Off Of Your Face
The Jericho Appreciation Society come out in matching black and gold sequin suits as they start talking about what they did last week to Ricky Starks. Chris Jericho talks about how they invaded PWG Battle of Los Angeles with the surprise appearance heard around the wrestling world and talks about how Anna Jay & Tay Melo will win the street fight. Ricky Starks and Action Andretti make their way out as Starks calls them all a bunch of idiots who couldn’t get the job done. Jericho tells Andretti to go back to the minor leagues, as Andretti tells Jericho to shut the hell up and that he’ll shove his bat up his ass. Daniel Garcia threatens Andretti, but Andretti says Garcia is being babysitted by Sammy Guevara and how Guevara can’t control his wife before saying Melo’s hands were around his legs last week. Starks continues with the insults, before targeting Jake Hager and his stupid hat and mentions his dump lisp and challenges him to a match, as Excalibur mentions the match was already made earlier by Tony Khan, since the graphic had mentioned it. Starks continues about helping Hager with his speech impediment as this segment that went a bit too long finally ends.
AEW World Trios Championship Best of 7 Series (Match 7) Escalera De La Muerte Match: The Elite (Kenny Omega, Matt Jackson & Nick Jackson) (w/ Brandon Cutler & MT Nakazawa) vs. Death Triangle (PAC, Penta El Zero Miedo & Rey Fenix) (w/ Alex Abrahentes)
Don Callis joins the commentary team for ‘Game 7’ as they all call it. Right away they all start brawling on the inside and outside before Penta El Zero Miedo goes for the Fear Factor just for Matt Jackson to escape. Nick Jackson hits Rey Fenix with a facebuster, but Death Triangle comes right back as Fenix hits a cutter. They hit Kenny Omega with a ladder, before Fenix dives onto Omega followed by a dive from Nick Jackson. Back inside Matt Jackson hits a destroyer on Penta and starts climbing the ladder, but gets stopped by Fenix. Omega, Fenix and Penta all take turns climbing before Omega knocks the ladder down and goes for the Terminator Dive just to get stopped by PAC off the top rope with a dropkick. Omega does hit the dive, but lands on nothing but a table as Matt Jackson hits a splash to PAC through a table before we head to a break.
A commercial aired promoting both Dynamite and Power Slap in tandem next week as ‘two hard hitting shows in the same night’.
When we come back, The Elite are in control until Fenix knocks Nick off the top rope with a hurricanrana onto a ladder they had tried to lay Penta on top of. PAC traps Omega’s hand in the ladder and starts stomping on it. PAC counters Omega’s One-Winged Angel with a Poison Rana before Lucha Brothers hit the Fear Factor as Fenix dives to the outside. Matt Jackson hits Fenix with a Northern Lights Suplex into a ladder, as Nick Jackson hits a 450 Splash onto Penta to the outside through a table. Matt Jackson climbs the ladder, but Alex Abrahentes comes in and knocks the ladder down before Brandon Cutler stops him with the cold spray, before Omega takes Abrahentes out with a knee. PAC stops Omega from climbing by hitting his hand with the hammer, before hitting him with a Falcon Arrow on the outside. PAC starts climbing the ladder, but Matt Jackson joins him on the top. The Lucha Brothers set up another ladder between the ropes and ladder and join on the top as Penta hits Matt with a Fear Factor on the ladder. Fenix and Omega climb to the top as Omega hits Fenix with the One Winged Angel off of both ladders to the mat. PAC tries the Black Arrow, but Omega puts his knees up and climbs the ladder and grabs a title to win the match.
Winners: The Elite (Kenny Omega, Matt Jackson & Nick Jackson) at 14:58 (4-3) to become NEW AEW World Trios Champions