Updated: Oct 7
Jim Ross, Excalibur and Taz were the announce team. They said that Tony Schiavone was trying to get a word with FTR backstage.
A promo aired from Darby Allin's compound where one of his friends promised that Allin would get revenge on Starks. This was goofy
Darby Allin defeated Ricky Starks
They worked this like a grudge match for sure. The strikes were snug and the work was good.
***1/4 Thumbs Up
Cody came to the ring for a promo.
Brodie Lee came to the ring. The locker room emptied and tried to hold the two apart.
Brandi Rhodes ran in and hit a flip dive off the post onto Dark Order. Anna Jay attacked Brandi. Nyla Rose and KiLynn King jumped the rail and brawled.
The pull-apart in the ring re-started. Lee retreated to the stage and held the TNT title aloft.
Thumbs In The Middle Pointing Up and not a thumbs up because of all the superfluous stuff.
Nyla and Kilynn?....Why? During the side brawl with Anna Jay & Brandi with that dreadful i Brodie was just seen arbitrarily passing by. Looking like a geek. A microcosm of AEW's problems. Good stuff ruined with over the top goofy and extra shit.
Schiavone was backstage with FTR and Tully Blanchard.
Cash said they did Best Friends a favor last week by refusing their challenge. He called Best Friends glorified backyard wrestlers and participation trophy guys. He said SCU are different and deserving of a shot.
Schiavone asked Dax about The Young Bucks. Dax referenced Dave Meltzer and said that if stars from Dave constitute a title match, maybe The Bucks could get a match at some point. Matt Jackson entered and hit a superkick to Tony. Nick was not there but they acted like he was just off-camera.
Dax and Cash called Matt out for kicking Schiavone instead of them.
Again....why? An initially not bad segment ruined by superfluous nonsense. The Young Bucks aren't garnering heel heat by behaving like schoolyard bullies it's change the channel heat. Jim Cornette often refers to Matt Jackson as Road Warrior Buck and a fake tough guy. He came off as a whiney pussy. He and his brother balding buck will only do heel shit to Tony who won't fight back. BTW? why are the Bucks so despondent.
Thumbs In The Middle Pointing Down and not all the way down because of FTR & Tully.
I was fixing to like this show too.
Hangman Page joined the commentary desk.
AEW World Tag Team Championship match: FTR (w/Tully Blanchard) defeated SCU (Scorpio Sky & Frankie Kazarian w/Christopher Daniels) to retain the titles
This was excellent.
***1/2 Thumbs Up
Chris Jericho (w/The Inner Circle) defeated Isiah Kassidy (w/Marq Quen & Matt Hardy)
*** Thumbs Up
Chris gave Isiah atleast 75% of the match
Orange Cassidy (w/Best Friends) defeated 10 (w/Colt Cabana, John Silver & Alan Angels)
Thumbs In The Middle Pointing Up
This was the worst thing on the show but atleast I wasn't bored. That seems to be AEW's charm. Even the bad stuff has a charm by not being boring.
Dr. Britt Baker (w/Reba) defeated Red Velvet
This was a little bit more than a squash as Velvet got some early offense. Both ladies had a good showing.
**3/4 Thumbs Up
AEW World Championship match: Jon Moxley defeated The Butcher to retain the title
These guys were in a tough spot. There's just not a lot Butcher can do.
**1/4 Thumbs Up
Mostly because of Eddie Kingston
Show Gets An Easy Thumbs Up