Highlights of the shocking conclusion to last week’s main event aired, when The Young Bucks betrayed Jon Moxley.
Matt Jackson said they did it because they chose “friendship.”
Matt Jackson said, “Jon Moxley, thank you for pushing us over the edge. We’re no longer just a club of friends throwing up a hand gesture. We’re a family that loves and hugs. And Don Callis? When someone is right about something, they’re right. He said that we’ve changed. I’m no longer content, Nick. I think it’s time we brought back those old Young Bucks. Better yet, I think it’s time we showed the world a newer, better version of ourselves.”
Earlier in the day, “Iron” Mike Tyson attempted to film an introduction for DYNAMITE to say how excited he was to be the special ringside enforcer tonight, but he was interrupted by MJF!
“Brother, I’m not asking you to cheat tonight, I’m just asking you to be on the right side of history. The last thing I want is for you to look back on tonight and have any regrets,” said MJF, who then proceeded to insult Tyson’s face tattoo. MJF then tried to bribe “Iron” Mike with a blank check. Tyson grabbed the blank check and tore it to pieces. MJF walked away in disgust.
Tonight’s opener: the AEW World Tag Team Championship Match!
AEW World Tag Team Champions The Young Bucks—Matt & Nick Jackson (with Impact’s Don Callis!) vs. Death Triangle’s PAC & Rey Fenix!
Callis joined the broadcast team for this match.
The fans chanted “You sold out!” at the Bucks.
PAC and Matt Jackson started the match for their respective teams.
“We can certainly see a change in personality, along with new attire for the Bucks,” said Jim Ross.
“If you went into a lab to design a tag team to defeat The Young Bucks, it would be PAC and Rey Fenix, two-thirds of Death Triangle,” noted Excalibur.
Matt and PAC engaged in a beautiful chain wrestling sequence, with both wrestlers countering one another move for move until they finally got into one another’s faces, with Matt waving cockily at PAC.
“This is a great new attitude on behalf of the Jacksons,” said Don Callis.
Matt tagged out to his brother Nick. Rey Fenix tagged in and he challenged Nick.
“Man, who is greater than Rey Fenix?” asked J.R.
Rey Fenix thought he had Nick Jackson outsmarted after some counter holds until Nick Jackson hit him with a dirty clothesline.
“Back to basics, that’s some of the things we’ve been talking about,” said Don Callis about The Young Bucks.
Jurassic Express, SCU, Butcher and Blade, and Best Friends were shown in the crowd observing the match.
The Bucks tried to double-team Rey Fenix but Death Triangle countered! PAC flipped to the outside onto the Bucks and then Rey Fenix built up a head of steam and launched himself like a missile onto Nick Jackson with a tope suicida! Back in the ring, Matt Jackson swept out the legs of Rey Fenix and then shoved PAC back to the outside! Nick tagged in and blasted PAC with a running punt kick. Then Nick spiked Rey Fenix on the crown of his head. The Bucks used a hip toss and then a double dropkick on Rey Fenix. The Bucks tried to hip toss Rey Fenix into the ropes but he countered, avoiding a superkick and then tagging out to PAC. Nick was sent down hard to the mat after a shotgun dropkick by PAC! Then “the Bastard” made Matt eat some vicious roundhouse kicks and followed up with a brainbuster in the center of the ring for a near fall! Nick interfered from the outside, and the distraction on PAC set up a blindside attack by Matt Jackson.
The Bucks stomped on PAC until Rey Fenix ran over, and then they double-teamed Rey Fenix! The Bucks powerbombed both members of the opposition onto the ring apron! Nick ran to PAC and connected with a rising knee strike in the corner. They isolated PAC in their corner, as Matt tagged in and raked PAC’s back. Matt mocked PAC, taking a play out of Super Dragon’s playbook. PAC had enough of Matt Jackson’s crocodile tears and turned him inside out with a crisp clothesline!
Rey Fenix and Nick Jackson tagged in and Nick was sent flying after a springboard clothesline from Rey Fenix! The Bucks had their hands full with Rey Fenix, who hit Matt with thrust kicks and then took Nick down off the top rope! Rey Fenix followed up with a double cutter on The Young Bucks! PAC hoisted up Nick Jackson and then Rey Fenix rained down with a stomp to the back of Nick’s head! PAC followed up with a blue thunder bomb for a (very) near fall! Nick Jackson came in, and after some intense back and forth between the teams, he decimated Rey Fenix with a rebounding destroyer!
“There are bodies everywhere. Damn!” said Tony Schiavone.
A firefight erupted as Matt Jackson and PAC slugged it out in the center of the ring. On the arena floor, Rey Fenix used a poison rana on Matt Jackson, while Nick Jackson used a poison rana on PAC! Stereo poison ranas! Rey Fenix charged at Nick but Nick dodged it and then superkicked Rey Fenix! But then Rey Fenix countered with a cutter on the outside!
Back in the ring, PAC used an avalanche brainbuster on Matt Jackson, and then Rey Fenix crashed down with a frog splash for a near fall! PAC soared from great heights with the Black Arrow! Rey Fenix tried to trap Nick Jackson while PAC had Matt covered, but Nick was able to push Rey Fenix onto PAC, breaking the count! Nick Jackson dropped Rey Fenix with a hard clothesline! Nick used a low blow on PAC, but Rey Fenix was close enough to tag his Death Triangle partner. Rey Fenix jumped off the top rope and landed squarely into a superkick by Nick Jackson! And then Nick Jackson ripped off Rey Fenix’s mask! Rey Fenix used his hands to conceal his identity, rendering him defenseless against the stereo superkicks from the Bucks! Nick Jackson grabbed the pinfall on Rey Fenix!
“Despicable! Matt and Nick Jackson, you can go straight to hell!” said Excalibur.
#1 ranked “Hangman” Adam Page was with the Dark Order backstage. Alex Marvez asked Page about Kenny Omega and his rekindled friendship with The Young Bucks.
“Hangman” dodged the question by giving an injury update (4-6 weeks) on John Silver, before leaving the scene.
Alex Marvez interviewed the Inner Circle along with “Iron” Mike Tyson backstage.
Jericho said after their beatdown from the hands of the Pinnacle a few weeks ago, they decided to change their ways. Jericho said he called Tyson to apologize. Jericho said that Tyson was there tonight because he offered to have their backs. Jericho said he expected Tyson to call it right down the middle and didn’t expect any special favors.
“Hey, listen, Chris, I’m firm but fair, so let the best man win. I have respect for you, I’m happy to call you a friend, but I’m not gonna take any sides. If you mess up, there’s a possibility you’re gonna get knocked out again. I don’t want that to happen. Best of luck, my friend,” said Tyson.
Up next: #2 ranked Red Velvet vs. Jade Cargill!
As Jade jumped over the ropes to enter the ring, Red Velvet brought the fight to her! Our match was underway as Red Velvet was laying in the rights and lefts! Jade answered with a big pump kick to Red Velvet! Jade picked up Red Velvet but Red Velvet escaped and countered with a spinning kick to her opponent’s face! Red Velvet lured in Jade Cargill, who was sent over the top rope to the arena floor. Red Velvet fired at Jade with a tope suicida!
“Red Velvet absolutely on fire here,” said Excalibur.
Jade Cargill turned it around and sent Red Velvet steamrolling into the steel barricade. Jade picked up Red Velvet and used a fallaway slam over the barricade onto the front row!
“Is anything left of Red Velvet after that?” asked Tony Schiavone.
Jade suplexed Red Velvet back into the ring. Jade kept the pressure on with boots to her opponent. Red Velvet avoided a running spear from Jade, which sent Jade shoulder-first into the steel post. Red Velvet dropped Jade Cargill with a running clothesline. She planted Jade with a facebuster! Jade kicked out of a pinning attempt after Red Velvet used a standing moonsault on her.
“We are seeing a different Red Velvet here tonight. Maybe the person surprised the most is Jade Cargill,” said Jim Ross.
Red Velvet took a huge chance with a moonsault off the top rope but Jade Cargill rolled out of the way! Cargill followed up with her Jaded finisher and scored the pin on Red Velvet!
Tony Schiavone interviewed Dr. Britt Baker (with Reba) backstage. Baker said she’s currently ranked #3 at 7-1. Baker said she’s going to be elevated to the number two position because Red Velvet lost tonight.
Olympic medalist Anthony Ogogo (accompanied by QT Marshall and The Factory) made his in-ring debut against Cole Carter!
Ogogo backed Carter into the corner turnbuckles after a collar and elbow tie-up. Ogogo blasted Carter with a sickening punch and ref Paul Turner called for the bell!
“That’s it, man. Carter can’t continue after that one,” said Tony Schiavone.
AEW ring announcer Justin Roberts declared Anthony Ogogo the winner after ref stoppage.
“Anthony Ogogo may be the crown jewel of the factory,” observed Excalibur.
Dax Harwood (with Cash Wheeler) vs. “Demo God” Chris Jericho (with Sammy Guevara), with special ringside enforcer “Iron” Mike Tyson!
All other Inner Circle and Pinnacle members are barred from ringside!
Ref Aubrey Edwards ejected Tully Blanchard before the match began.
Jericho and Harwood slugged it out until Jericho dropped “the Ax” with a right shot! Jericho grabbed a steel chair on the outside but Tyson unarmed him. As Tyson pulled the chair out of Jericho’s hands, Dax Harwood hit Jericho with a cheap shot. Harwood grabbed Jericho’s baseball bat but Tyson pulled it away.
“Mike’s being impartial,” said Jim Ross.
Jericho and Harwood brawled on the outside. They returned to the ring and Dax got the upper hand with chops and a shoulder block on Jericho. Dax fish hooked Jericho. Aubrey Edwards pulled Dax away and Jericho used the opportunity to follow up with a lariat on Dax.
Jericho body slammed Harwood on the arena floor. Jericho got thrown shoulder-first into the steel post by Harwood. Back in the ring, Jericho used a diving cross body press off the top rope for a near fall on Harwood! Jericho was shut down after a clothesline from Dax Harwood. They traded chops and Jericho hit a shoulder tackle on Harwood, and then a second tackle. Jericho followed up with a double ax handle off the top rope, and then a classic lionsault!
Dax used a rebound powerbomb on Jericho for a two-count! Harwood tried for a diving headbutt but Jericho moved! Jericho applied the lion tamer in the dead center of the ring. Cash climbed up and connected with a cheap shot! Sammy ran over to even up the odds by taking down Cash! Harwood avoided a Judas Effect from Jericho and countered with a brainbuster!
Jericho used a Code Breaker on Dax but he couldn’t follow up. MJF and The Pinnacle stormed onto the ramp but the Inner Circle followed them out and all hell broke loose! Cash Wheeler grabbed Jericho’s baseball bat but “Iron” Mike Tyson wouldn’t allow him to interfere in the match! Wheeler wound up the bat but before he could swing it, Tyson rocked Wheeler with a fist of fury! Jericho nailed Harwood with the Judas Effect and got the victory!
After the match, Jericho made “Iron” Mike Tyson an ancillary member of the Inner Circle!
A package aired of Thunder Rosa. She said she wants the AEW Women’s Championship and the NWA Women’s Championship because she wants to take over the world!
Kris Statlander (with Best Friends & Orange Cassidy) made her return to in-ring action against Amber Nova!
Statlander booped ref Paul Turner on the nose.
Statlander backed Amber Nova up into the turnbuckles. She ducked a clothesline from Nova and brought her down with a deep arm drag. She booped Amber Nova on the nose! She blocked a kick from Amber Nova and then countered with a forearm, and then a scoop slam. Amber Nova shoved a Statlander but Statlander hoisted her up with a press slam. She followed up with a flipping senton!
Statlander dropped Nova with a big roundhouse kick! Statlander picked up Amber Nova and finished her off with the Super Nova for the victory!
“The new and improved and healthy Kris Statlander is back,” said Jim Ross.
“It doesn’t look like she’s missed a step,” added Excalibur.
Dasha interviewed Team Taz backstage. Taz said they hadn’t heard back from Christian Cage about their proposal for him to join them. “Absolute” Ricky Starks was furious that they even had to wait for his reply. Taz told Starks to chill out. Taz said they were going to lock down Christian Cage tonight, but he ordered Starks and “The Machine” Brian Cage to stay back because they were too fired up.
Tony Schiavone was in the ring to interview Christian Cage after the commercial break.
Christian Cage said he was here in AEW to Out.Work.Everyone. Taz interrupted Christian Cage.
“What is the deal, bro? Are you in or out?” asked Taz.
“Right now Team Taz is a bit of a dumpster fire. I didn’t come to AEW to help you fix your problems. I came to AEW to win championships. My answer is no,” said Christian Cage.
“You just made the biggest mistake of your life,” replied Taz.
“Powerhouse” Hobbs walked to the ring to confront Christian Cage up close. Cage went for the Kill switch but Hook distracted him. Hobbs blindsided Christian Cage! Hobbs threw Christian Cage into the steel guardrail! Hobbs smacked Christian Cage’s head onto the ring steps!
“The damage has been done. The gauntlet has been thrown,” said Jim Ross.
Our main event!
TNT Championship Match! A Falls Count Anywhere Match!
TNT Champion Darby Allin vs. “Big Money” Matt Hardy!
Matt brought a steel chair into the ring. He slammed the edge of the chair into Darby’s spine as Darby attempted the Coffin Drop early on.
“Hardy is in his 28th year of wrestling, and Darby is 28 years of age,” noted Jim Ross.
“All Ego” Ethan Page and Scorpio Sky watched from the upper deck of Daily’s Place.
Hardy continued the assault onto Darby on the arena floor. He brought Darby back into the ring and walloped Darby with right hands. Hardy pressed the steel chair down into Darby’s abdomen. Darby got to his feet and rallied back with strikes of his own! Momentum shifted back to Hardy’s favor after a hanging neck breaker onto Darby! Hardy placed Darby’s head in between the chair and attempted the Twist of Fate but Darby countered, whacking Matt Hardy with the steel chair!
The HFO came out to the ringside area. Butcher hurled a garbage can at an unsuspecting Darby Allin!
Private Party took the boots to Darby Allin while Butcher and the Blade rearranged the steel ring steps on the outside!
“It’s an all-out assault on the TNT champion,” said Tony Schiavone.
Dark Order sprinted to the aid of Darby Allin! Sting joined them out there!
“It’s Sting!” said Schiavone.
Sting punished Private Party with a garbage can and his baseball bat! He sent them over the top rope with a big double clothesline!
Matt Hardy battered Darby Allin with rights and lefts on the outside of the ring. Hardy rammed Darby’s spine into the retaining wall. Sting was neutralizing Private Party inside the ring when Ethan Page and Scorpio Sky ran out—but they were cut off at the pass by “The MurderHawk Monster” Lance Archer!
Archer hit the Black Out on Kassidy right in front of Sting!
Sting motioned to Darby Allin and then tossed Darby the baseball bat! Darby tried to use the bat on Hardy but Hardy countered with a low blow! Hardy propped Darby’s head into the steel chair and dropped him with a Twist of Fate on the ramp!
“With everything he had, Darby Allin was able to kick out,” said Jim Ross.
Hardy took Darby backstage and threw him face-first into a table and monitor. Hardy grabbed a ladder and came off of it with a leg drop onto Darby through a table!
“How the hell did Darby kick out?” asked Tony Schiavone.
Matt Hardy tried to powerbomb Darby Allin off the stage but Allin escaped and used a low blow of his own on Hardy! Darby picked up the baseball bat and smacked Hardy for a homerun! Darby destroyed the monitors on the broadcast table with the baseball bat! Darby hit Hardy in the face with the baseball bat! Darby scaled the lighting rig at least twenty feet in the air and then crashed down onto Hardy with the Coffin Drop! Darby pinned Hardy after his death-defying leap!
“Darby Allin has retained his TNT championship but at what cost?” asked Excalibur.