AEW Dynamite Report: New TNT Champion, Hangman vs. Moxley 3

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AEW Dynamite

February 1st, 2023

By: John Siino

Wright State University Nutter Center in Dayton, OH

Commentary: Excalibur, Taz & Tony Schiavone

Jon Moxley vs. Adam Page

Jon Moxley made his way down through the crowd with his father, Danny, as well as Wheeler Yuta. Moxley attacked Adam Page as he was making his entrance and tossed him against the barricade. Moxley tossed Page into the crowd and kept attacking him. They kept brawling in the crowd before Moxley put on the Figure Four that Page broke up by tossing a drink into Moxley’s face. They made it ringside, but as the referee was telling Moxley to stop, Page tossed a chair into Moxley’s face. Page followed that with a suplex to Moxley on top of a chair and tried to bring the chair inside, but the referee kicked it away before officially starting the match.

Must be a new record here, as Moxley was bleeding before the bell rang, as he put on another Figure Four. Page grabs the rope to break it up and continues the attack on Moxley. Page tried to hit a springboard lariat, but Moxley stopped him with a lariat of his own, as he was waiting on the apron. They go back and forth on the apron before Page tosses Moxley face first into the ring post as they go to picture-in-picture.

When we come back, they are going back and forth until Moxley hits a cutter laying both men out. Moxley follows with a front chancery suplex for a two count, then goes right into the hammer and anvil elbows. Page tosses Moxley to the outside and tries a top rope moonsault, just to miss and get a lariat from Moxley as both men are laid out on the floor. Page power bombs Moxley through the table on the outside before going back in the ring. As Moxley goes inside, Page hits him with the Dead Eye for a two count. Moxley comes right back by dodging Page and hitting a King Kong lariat. They start trading elbows before Page hits a super kick and a small package driver for a two-count. Page goes for a Buckshot Lariat, but Moxley dodges it and goes for the Death Rider. Page blocks that, and hits a Tombstone and a Buckshot Lariat, but Moxley kicks out. Page puts on the Bulldog Choke, but Moxley is able to reverse it into a pin for the win.

Winner: Jon Moxley by pinfall at 16:34

After the match, Page and Moxley continue to get into each other’s faces but Claudio Castagnoli and Wheeler Yuta run out and keep Moxley back.

We see a video package that tonight’s match between Darby Allin and Samoa Joe will be the final chapter in their feud.

The Dentist Can Use Your Help Now

Renee Paquette is backstage with The Butcher, The Blade, The Bunny & Jamie Hayter where Bunny requested some time saying everyone is impressed with her win over Emi Sakura. Bunny says Hayter isn’t the type of champion to back down from a challenge, so challenges Hayter next week to an Eliminator Match, in which Hayter says absolutely and next week she’s free. Renee cuts to a video that shows Saraya and Toni Storm attacking Britt Baker on another side of the building.

The Acclaimed (Max Caster & Anthony Bowens) (w/ Billy Gunn) vs. The Outrunners (Truth Magnum & Turbo Floyd)

Max Caster’s freestyle called their opponents wannabe Beverly Brothers and says he’ll make them retire like Tom Brady. Before the bell, The Outrunners mimic the scissoring before The Acclaimed attack them. Right away, they hit Scissor Me Timbers before Billy Gunn runs in and joins them in scissoring. Anthony Bowens hits The Arrival, followed by the Mic Drop by Max Caster as he gets the pin on Truth Magnum.

Winners: The Acclaimed (Max Caster & Anthony Bowens) by pinfall at 55 seconds

The Gunns walk out and say they are here to talk about something serious and say they want an answer about getting a shot at their titles. Bowens calls them Rod & Todd Flanders and since they are the people’s choice and voice, they go and ask the audience, in which the crowd says no they don’t deserve a title shot. Billy Gunn says he is sick of this and is done with them, and leaves the ring. Austin Gunn says Billy is doing what he’s been doing their entire childhood, and turning his back on them and tells him to go drown his sorrow at the bottom of a pill bottle. Billy gets in the ring and asks his sons if they have what he has, and says they have a tag team title shot, in which The Acclaimed look confused about.

One Man Jungle

Alex Marvez is backstage with Jack Perry, who says he respects Hook but he did the tag team thing already. Perry says this year he will be a champion again, but this time, all by himself.

Konosuke Takeshita vs. Brian Cage (w/ Prince Nana)

Right away they go for chops before Konosuke Takeshita sends Brian Cage to the apron, where he kicks him off and dives onto the outside. Cage catches Takeshita off the apron and powerbombs him into the ring post. Back inside, Cage hits a sliding dropkick for a two-count. They start trading elbow strikes before Takeshita hits a Blue Thunder Bomb, and tries to follow with a running knee, but Cage dodges it and suplexes Takeshita from the apron, back inside as they go to commercial.

When we come back, Takeshita bounces off the ropes with a lariat and hits a German suplex for a two. Cage has Takeshita up, but Takeshita gets out and hits a Liger Bomb for another two. Cage continues with offense and hits a discus lariat for a two of his own. Takeshita gets out a Drill Claw attempt and hits two back-to-back brainbusters, but Cage kicks out. Cage continues with the offense, putting Takeshita on the top rope, but Takeshita turns it into an avalanche brainbuster followed by a knee strike for the pin.

Winner: Konosuke Takeshita by pinfall at 10:05

Garcia-Guevara Gauntlet

Renee Paquette is with the Jericho Appreciation Society and says they’ve been accused of cheating in their match against Ricky Starks & Action Andretti. They said they have a great idea called the Garcia-Guevara Gauntlet, where Starks has to beat Angelo Parker, Matt Menard, and then either Daniel Garcia or Sammy Guevara. And if they get past them, then he gets Chris Jericho. Jericho says if they can get through the gauntlet, he’ll be ready to whip his ass.

The Elite Up For Some 3 on 3

We go to The Elite who are on a basketball court and say they will give AR Fox & Top Flight their title shot next week, but they best not miss. Ethan Page, Matt Hardy, Stokely Hathaway & Isaiah Kassidy walk in and ask how The Elite has a week off and challenges them to a match for Rampage this Friday.

Bryan Danielson vs. Timothy Thatcher

They go at it right away, before Timothy Thatcher corners Bryan Danielson with uppercuts before working on Danielson’s shoulder with knees. Danielson comes back and keeps Thatcher in the corner, but Thatcher comes right back and snaps Danielson back down as Danielson’s shoulder is all taped up from his match last week against Brian Cage. Thatcher keeps Danielson down with a wrist lock, but Danielson is able to get his foot on the rope as we head to the commercial.

When we come back, Danielson hits Thatcher with a dropkick before they start trading uppercuts. They go back and forth, with pin attempts, before Danielson escapes out of a submission with a sidekick for a two count. Danielson starts hitting hammer and anvil elbows and holds on, but Thatcher breaks it up by backing Danielson into the corner, taking the referee (Stephon Smith) down as well. MJF comes to the ring, wearing the diamond Dynamite ring, but before he can enter, he gets taken out by Konosuke Takeshita who ran out from the crowd. Back inside, Thatcher puts Danielson in an arm bar, as the referee comes to. Danielson is able to crawl over and puts his foot on the rope. Thatcher comes right back with a belly-to-belly suplex, and tries another, but Danielson hits a German Suplex followed by the Busaiku Knee for the pin.

Winner: Bryan Danielson by pinfall at 12:13

We go to the back where MJF and Takeshita are still brawling before officials run in to break them apart. Renee Paquette gets in between them and says per Tony Khan next week MJF will face Takeshita in an Eliminator Match.

Swerve, Parker and… Trench?

We go to a video package from Swerve Strickland and the Mogul Affiliates where Swerve talks about Dustin Rhodes taking his camera and time and how the Rhodes Family legacy gets under his skin, with Dusty Rhodes giving Keith Lee his ‘Limitless’ moniker and says he’ll take care of him, before getting the okay from Parker Boudreaux and the mystery tattooed man, who he finally gave a name with Trench.

We Have a Deal

We go to a segment earlier today, where MJF hands Rush a briefcase of money for him to take out Bryan Danielson next week on Dynamite and says he has five more briefcases for him and all he needs for him to do is rip Danielson’s arm off and beat him over the head with it. Jose the Assistant translates for Rush, as Rush answers back in Spanish. Jose says it means ‘we have a deal’, as MJF says that sounded longer than that, and says it’s a pleasure doing business with him.

AEW TBS Championship: Jade Cargill (c) (w/ Leila Grey) vs. Red Velvet

As soon as the bell rings, Red Velvet attacks Jade Cargill, sending her to the outside. As Jade is asking Leila Grey to help fix her hair, Velvet hits her with a sliding dropkick and continues on the attack inside and then back inside. Jade catches Velvet off the ropes into a suplex, for a two count as we head to break.

When we come back, we see highlights of Jade press slamming Velvet up the steps before dropping her back inside. Velvet comes back with a lung blower and starts kicking away at Jade, but Jade stops her with a pump kick for a two count. Kiera Hogan shows up and takes out Leila Grey on the outside, but the referee runs out and sends Hogan to the back. As Aubrey Edwards is distracted, Velvet makes the visual three count, but Aubrey is too late as Jade kicks out at two. Velvet turns this into a submission move, but Jade is able to power out, lifting Velvet up and right into Jaded for the pin bringing her to 50-0.

Winner: Jade Cargill by pinfall at 7:11, to retain

Jade grabs her daughter ringside after, and takes her to the b* ack.

I’m Good

Renee Paquette is in the back with Britt Baker & Jamie Hayter as Baker is being checked on from her attack. Ruby Soho walks in and asks if Baker is good and that she had nothing to do with the attack. Baker says she’s known Saraya and Toni Storm a lot longer than them and says ‘I’m good’ as Ruby walks away.

Rampage Line-Up

  • AEW World Trios Championship: The Elite (c) vs. Ethan Page, Matt Hardy & Isiah Kassidy
  • Swerve Strickland vs. Brian Pillman Jr.
  • Saraya & Toni Storm in tag team action
  • Rush vs. Christopher Daniels

Dynamite Line-Up

  • Rush vs. Bryan Danielson
  • AEW World Tag Team Championship: The Acclaimed (c) vs. The Gunns
  • AEW World Championship Eliminator Match: MJF vs. Konosuke Takeshita
  • The Garcia-Guevara Gauntlet
  • AEW Women’s World Championship Eliminator Match: Jamie Hayter vs. The Bunny

AEW TNT Championship No Holds Barred Match: Darby Allin (c) vs. Samoa Joe

Darby Allin comes out with a hoodie covered in thumbtacks. Right away, Samoa Joe goes to the outside to grab a table, but Allin kicks the table into Joe, busting him open. Allin sets up steel steps, but Joe whips Allin into them, sending Allin into the crowd, flipping over the barricade and landing on his feet somehow. They start heading up the stairs, where Joe sends Allin over the railing onto the other side as they head to a break.

When we come back, they are back in the ring where Joe is in control stomping Darby out. Darby is able to fight out and starts smacking Joe in the corner but Joe catches Darby into an STO for a two-count. Joe kicks Darby to the outside and grabs another table, setting it up against the barricade. Joe tries a sleeper hold, but Darby reverses out with a jawbreaker and corners Joe with chops, but Joe just grabs Darby and flicks him to the outside. Darby goes inside, where Joe hits him with a brainbuster before going back outside to grab a bunch of chairs from under the ring. Joe sets them up and back body drops Darby into them. Ouch. Joe sets the chairs up again and tries a powerbomb, but Darby throws some powder into Joe’s face, and hits the Code Red for a two count. Darby follows with a stunner, puts the thumb tack hoodie back on, heads to the top, and hits a Coffin Drop but Joe still kicks out. Darby heads to the outside and starts cutting the canvas, taking off the padding and exposing the wooden boards. Darby tries to go after Joe on the outside, but Joe moves out of the way and Darby goes crashing into the table that was set up on the barricade. Joe follows with a powerbomb to Darby on top of the thumb tack hoodie, before he starts choking him with it. Darby counters with thumbs to the eye to Joe, and starts hitting Joe with a chair before heading back to the top rope. Joe pulls the referee into the ropes, heads to the top, and hits a Muscle Buster to Darby on top of the wood for the pin and the win.

Winner: Samoa Joe by pinfall at 16:14, to become NEW AEW TNT Champion

Wardlow Returns

As Joe is celebrating, Wardlow makes his return and heads to the ring, and attacks Joe. Wardlow goes for a powerbomb, but Joe escapes. Security tries to stop Wardlow, but he takes them all out. Wardlow was about to powerbomb one of them onto the others, but it was cut off to show Power Slap instead.

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