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1) Darby Allin vs. Ricky Starks
WHOOO. This is a feud that has been boiling for a little bit with Starks dressing up as Darby and mocking him after Darby threw him out of the battle royal at All Out. Not to mention, Starks & Cage putting Darby in a bodybag of thumbtacks and powerbombing him on the stage afterwards. So, yeaaaah. There's some heat here and it rules. Starks is honestly better than Cage in my opinion and he & Darby tear the house down here. Brian Cage actually tries to interfere, but WILL FUCKIN HOBBS stops him. Now that's a match I want to see. None the less, that gets disperesd and Allin & Starks finish their match unbothered and with a bang. Darby wins with the coffin drop.
Match rating - ***1/4
Cody Rhodes is in the ring to answer Brodie Lee's challenge for a Dog Collar Match for the TNT Title next week. He teases not accepting only to HIT THAT FIERY BABYFACE PROMO COMEBACK AND I AM RILED UP. CODY ACCEPTS. BRODIE RUNS DOWN AND ALL HELL BREAKS LOOSE. The roster and security is out to separate. Brandi Rhodes comes down and hits a damn dive on the rest of the Dark Order. Next week is gonna fuckin rule. I'm calling another Cody classic tbh. Such an awesome pull apart chaotic brawl segment here.
Tony Schiavone is backstage with FTR & Tully Blanchard. They talk about their match with SCU tonight and explain why the Bucks don't deserve a title shot. In the middle of it, Matt Jackson superkicks Tony Schiavone.
On commentary, JR asks Excalibur what the hell is wrong with the Bucks to which he yells "THIS IS REPREHENSIBLE"
SCU interview, Frankie and Scorpio representing tonight and vow to become tag team champions for the second time.
2) FTR (w/ Tully Blanchard) (c) vs. SCU (Frankie Kazarian & Scorpio Sky) (w/ Christopher Daniels) - AEW World Tag Team Title Match
Hangman Page was on commentary for this. Daniels gets thrown out by the ref early thanks to mindgames by FTR. Kaz returns the favor by tricking FTR into position for a dive from Scorpio Sky that takes them both out. That sends us to commercial. After the break, shit pretty much breaks down. Some sick offense from SCU with double slingshots ace crushers. A bunch of near-falls before Tully grabs Scorpio's legs and costs SCU the match as the ref counts three. Hell of a match while it lasted and good way to make FTR more despised as they win using tactics that they falsely got Daniels ejected for earlier in the match.
Match rating - ***1/2
On commentary, Excalibur announces the 8 man tournament that will end at Full Gear with the winner facing the AEW World Champion. Rey Fenix, Jungle Boy, and Kenny Omega are the first three competitors. Hangman spits out his whiskey when they say Kenny is involved.
3) Chris Jericho vs. Isaiah Kassidy
Wow. Jericho continues to give so many young talents the opportunity to show out and it’s the same case here. The Inner Circle is at ringside to support him and Matt Hardy joins Kassidy’s Private Party partner at ringside which adds to this also. Kassidy throws out everything at Jericho including a code breaker and lionsault but Jericho kicks out and is able to finish off Kassidy with the Judas Effect.
Match rating - ***1/2
Post match, Jericho and Hager attack Serpentico & Luther to build towards their match at the 30th Anniversary of Jericho next week!
MIRO AND KIP SABIAN are planning a bachelor party.
Best Friends and OC are backstage. Before they can answer their interview questions, FTR interrupt and run them down as below them and that they are nothing more than comedic relief. Best Friends act like they are gonna hit them, FTR flinches and Orange calls them weenies. Best Friends accompany OC to the ring for his match which is up next. God the FTR/Best Friends story dynamic is so perfect and fun.
4) Orange Cassidy (w/ Best Friends) vs. 10 (w/ Colt Cabana, Allan Angels & John Silver)
This was such a fun squash. AEW is really developing such a well rounded roster where nothing feels pointless. Even these 3-4 min matches rule. OC wins with the BEACH BREAK.
Match rating - ***
MJF & Wardlow walk into the Inner Circle’s dressing room with gifts for everyone but he forgets Sammy Guevara’s. Jericho tells MJF he wants to know why he’s doing all this. Jericho and MJF argue over if MJF wants to join the Inner Circle or if Jericho wants MJF to join the Inner Circle. Hager and Wardlow tease getting into it. MJF leaves on good terms and they continue to tease the weird ironic dynamic of Jericho/MJF.
5) Britt Baker vs. Red Velvet
Britt has improved so much wow. I just remember her early dynamite matches being so shaky but this rocked even though it’s a prolonged squash. Velvet held her own and put in a solid showing. Baker looked amazing though and she gets the win after a few minutes. Good stuff.
Match rating - **1/2
Eddie Kingston heads to the ring with his arm around Bryce Remsburg and god the CHIKARA GLORY DAY FEEEELSSSS. Penta and Fenix are with him as well. It’s time for King to announce Mox’s opponent for the night. BUT not before he chastises Bryce for calling for the bell despite him not submitting last week. Bryce has an explanation but King doesn’t like it and they set up to attack him. JON MOXLEY HITS THE RING WITH A BARBWIRE BAT. King and Lucha Bro’s clear out and The Butcher slides in from behind and he’s Mox’s opponent for the night.
6) Jon Moxley (c) vs. The Butcher - AEW World Title Match
This was what it was. It wasn’t that insane blow away first title shot for someone like The Butcher but it was a solid effort that felt like a main event despite it being a tag team wrestlers’ only singles match in the promotion??? Don’t fact check me on that. But yeah. Butcher hung right in there despite it not being a blow away performance it was a good tv main event and I’d say considering his prior experience in this type of spot (none) that this was def a success. It just never felt like he had any real chance of winning so it was hard to get invested. Good match none the less. Mox retains via submission.
Match rating - **3/4
NEXT WEEK: DOG COLLAR MATCH - BRODIE LEE VS. CODY FOR THE TNT TITLE LEGGOOOOOOOOO
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