Friday, 4 December 2020

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WWE SmackDown Results: Winners, Grades, Highlights and Analysis from December 4

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    On the march to TLC: Tables, Ladders and Chairs on December 22, Roman Reigns responded to Kevin Owens just one week after The Prizefighter of WWE sent him a message loudly and clearly at the expense of Jey Uso.

    Friday night, Reigns and Uso teamed up to battle Owens and Otis in a blockbuster tag team main event.

    Who emerged victorious, and how did it affect momentum ahead of the final spectacular of 2020?

    Find out with this recap of the December 4 episode. 

Kevin Owens Gets What He Wants

1 OF 6

    Credit: WWE.com

    An emotional tribute to the great Pat Patterson gave way to Roman Reigns, Paul Heyman and Jey Uso kicking off Friday's show.

    Kayla Braxton wasted little time asking The Tribal Chief if he fears Kevin Owens. After seemingly laughing off the question, Reigns watched as KO made his way to the ring.

    The presumptive No. 1 contender, refusing to wait until the night's scheduled main event, pitched a Tables, Ladders and Chairs Match for the December 22 pay-per-view. Uso jumped in and accepted the match, to the dismay of his cousin.

    Reigns refusing to engage his foe with Braxton in the ring opted to walk up the ramp. 

    Owens ended, saying there may be a woman in the ring but Reigns is a bitch.

         

    Grade

    A

        

    Analysis

    Uso's reactionary acceptance, Owens' attempted goading of Reigns into losing his cool and The Head of the Table's continued even-keeled demeanor in the face of confrontation helped make this a strong start to SmackDown.

    Everything Reigns and Uso have touched has been gold for the last three months, while Owens elevates every segment he is part of.

    While it would have been nice to see Reigns and Owens have more time to build a genuine feud, their match at TLC is shaping up to be the showstealer, especially taking into consideration the bar they have set for themselves with their previous encounters.

Natalya vs. Bayley

2 OF 6

    Credit: WWE.com

    A week after Bayley caught a hard right hand from Bianca Belair during The EST’s match with Natalya, The Role Model battled The Queen of Harts while her newfound rival watched from the commentary position.

    Natalya gained early control heading into the break as she sent the longest-reigning SmackDown Women’s Champion ever into the steel steps. Back from the break, Bayley exchanged counters and reversals with her third-generation opponent.

    A late-match distraction by Belair and a Sharpshooter from Natalya proved the one-two punch that ended Bayley’s night on a sour note in what Corey Graves labeled an upset of sorts.

         

    Result

    Natalya defeated Bayley

        

    Grade

    C-

       

    Analysis

    WWE took a page out of AEW’s playbook, for the worse, as the majority of this women’s division match occurred during the commercial break. That is a major disappointment given the talent in the ring and Belair’s opportunity to establish her personality on the mic.

    The lack of actual screen time, not to mention storyline development, hurt this one exponentially.

    The bright spot? Bayley vs. Belair is going to rule.

Six-Man Tag Team Match: Mysterio, Bryan and Big E vs. Zayn, Nakamura and Ziggler

3 OF 6

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    Another tribute to Patterson, this one to Frank Sinatra’s “My Way,” gave way to a Six-Man Tag Team Match featuring former Intercontinental Champions on both sides. Daniel Bryan, Rey Mysterio and Big E squared off with Dolph Ziggler, Shinsuke Nakamura and current champion Sami Zayn.

    The babyfaces worked over Ziggler early but a distraction by Zayn allowed The Showoff a momentary reprieve. Bryan wiped out Zayn at ringside with a tope but opened himself up to a dropkick from Ziggler that sent him to the floor heading into another commercial break.

    Back from the break, the action broke down as the contestants took turns hitting their signature stuff.

    Late, Zayn made a blind tag to Ziggler. Bryan blasted The Showoff with a running knee and the champ tried for a sneaky rollup. Bryan countered into the YES! Lock, but Zayn barely got to the bottom rope to force the break. 

    A series of pin attempts, culminating in a small package rollup from Bryan, ended the match with a victory for the babyfaces.

    After the match, Ziggler suckered Zayn and Nakamura into charging his opponents, only to find himself at a 3-on-1 disadvantage. He begged off before taking the atomic drop from Bryan, a 619 from Mysterio and a Big Ending from Big E in a sequence Patterson himself would have been proud of.

        

    Result

    Big E, Bryan and Mysterio defeated Ziggler, Nakamura and Zayn

        

    Grade

    A

       

    Analysis

    Graded as a traditional match, this very obviously lacked a heat segment to really tie everything together.

    Limited for time and determined to pay homage to Pat Patterson, his love of a good finish and crowd-pleasing spots, said heat segment was expendable in the name of hitting all of the high notes.

    Ziggler paid tribute to Patterson with his antics after the match, Bryan earned a win over Zayn to reignite their rivalry over the IC title and Big E was allowed to showoff in his renewed singles push.

    Taking the circumstances into consideration it is difficult to argue that this didn’t do exactly what it set out to.

War of the Words

4 OF 6

    Credit: WWE.com

    Michael Cole conducted a split-screen interview with SmackDown Women’s Champion Sasha Banks and Carmella.

    What started as a pedestrian exchange of taunts and smack talk gave way to Carmella accusing Banks of being jealous that The Princess of Staten Island was able to waltz into the WWE Performance Center “on a whim” and become a WWE Superstar, better than Banks, who dreamed of being a champion since childhood.

    The Boss claimed Carmella has never met a “bitch like” her and finished with one last sell for the TLC pay-per-view.

        

    Grade

    B

        

    Analysis

    Don’t look now but Carmella outshined Banks here.

    The former champion nonchalantly admitting that she became a WWE Superstar on a whim and achieving everything she did while Banks had childhood dreams of being the best and had to scratch and claw her way to the top was a great bit of dismissive heel character work. 

    Banks was clearly annoyed/peeved by Carmella speaking so frankly and it added to the overall effect of the segment.

    Who knows what their match on pay-per-view will look like but do not be surprised if Carmella is driven to prove she belongs with Banks, while The Blueprint strives to prove she can steal the show against opponents not named Asuka or Bayley.

Murphy vs. King Corbin

5 OF 6

    Credit: WWE.com

    The budding rivalry between Murphy and King Corbin continued this week as the NXT alumni battled in singles competition. Dominik, Rey and Aliyah Mysterio accompanied the former disciple while Corbin was seconded by two new associates, cloaked in black hoodies.

    A momentary distraction by those mysterious cohorts allowed Corbin to drive Murphy into the ring apron, then throw him over the timekeeper’s position heading into the commercial break.

    Graves revealed it was Steve Cutler and Wesley Blake in the hoodies, recalling their status as part of The Forgotten Sons. The heavies confronted the Mysterios at ringside as Corbin pounded away at this partner, punishing him with hard rights to the head.

    Murphy rocked Corbin with a knee but, before he could build momentum, Cutler and Blake attacked Rey and Dominik. The Aussie attempted to help but ran right into End of Days as Corbin scored the win.

         

    Result

    Corbin defeated Murphy

         

    Grade

    C

        

    Analysis

    Cutler and Blake shaving and moving on from the Forgotten Sons is the very best thing that could happen to their careers. They are talented competitors who got caught up in some controversy and saw their futures called into question. Back now, they have the opportunity to add to Corbin’s act while enhancing an already solid tag team division.

    While Corbin vs. Murphy may not be particularly flashy, it keeps both men busy and the profile of the Mysterio storyline elevates it beyond what it would have been otherwise.

    They have solid enough chemistry and will likely deliver a quality match without a commercial break right in the middle to hurt the flow. A Six-Man Tag Team Match should not be out of the question, either.

Kevin Owens and Otis vs. Roman Reigns and Jey Uso

6 OF 6

    Credit: WWE.com

    Actions have consequences, Roman Reigns warned Jey Uso after the latter’s overzealous acceptance of a match on his cousin’s behalf. Those consequences manifested themselves in the form of a two-on-one handicap match against Otis and Kevin Owens instead of the advertised tag team headliner.

    Otis and Owens teed off on Uso until the heel delivered a well-timed Samoan Drop. Reigns arrived conveniently enough as Uso turned the tide, taking his place on the ring apron.

    Reigns rocked Otis with a Superman Punch, slammed him into the announce table, then into the steel stairs as the Universal Champion unloaded his frustrations on the Blue Collar Brawler. Reigns drove the stairs into Otis and Uso caught Owens heading into the break.

    Reigns rocked Owens with a jumping clothesline and Uso added an uppercut following the commercial timeout. “That’s your problem, Kevin Owens: you talk too damn much!” Uso exclaimed.

    Owens slowed the heels’ momentum, delivering a Samoan Drop to Uso that left Reigns dismayed on the apron. He entered in time to deliver an uppercut into a superkick by Jey. The Tribal Chief ordered Uso to tag out, but Owens caught him with a stunner instead,

    Reigns broke up the pin and applied the guillotine to draw the disqualification. Reigns stared a hole through Uso, who grabbed a pair of chairs from ringside. The heels laid into Owens with a barrage of chair shots and Uso added a top-rope splash as an exclamation point on the assault.

    Reigns beat the unholy hell out of Uso, the “consequences” for his actions earlier.

    “You and your family are going to fear me,” Reigns said before standing tall to close out the show.

        

    Result

    Owens defeated Reigns and Uso via disqualification

         

    Grade

    A

        

    Analysis

    Owens pushed and poked and prodded Reigns until The Tribal Chief responded with a vicious assault, then further took out his frustrations and anger on his own cousin. The not-so-veiled threats he made to Owens’ family were a nice touch, particularly as he took exception to KO trying to pull his family apart.

    Best of all was Reigns, earlier in the night, claiming he wouldn’t take matters into his own hands because a lady was present, then proceeding to beat the hell out of everyone while female fans watched. It was yet another example of Reigns speaking out of both sides of his mouth, something all great heels do to varying degrees of success.

    Right now, he is completely owning this character to tremendous effect

Wednesday, 2 December 2020

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WWE NXT Results: Winners, Grades, Reaction and Highlights from December 2

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    This week's episode was the final show before Sunday's TakeOver: WarGames event, so it was all hands on deck to prepare for the pay-per-view.

    Ahead of their teams doing battle inside the WarGames cage, Shotzi Blackheart and Raquel Gonzalez competed in a ladder match to determine which team would have the advantage heading into Sunday.

    Prior to Wednesday's show, Legado del Fantasma attacked Curt Stallion ahead of his NXT debut in addition to having some unkind words about Leon Ruff.

    Let's take a look at everything that happened on the pre-TakeOver episode of NXT.

Damian Priest and Leon Ruff vs. Raul Mendoza and Santos Escobar

1 OF 5

    NXT opened with Triple H, Shawn Michaels, William Regal and the entire roster on the stage observing a moment of silence for the late Pat Patterson before a tribute video played.

    When we returned after the usual intro song, Damian Priest was in the ring waiting on Leon Ruff and Legado del Fantasma to arrive. Ruff convinced Priest to let him start for their team.

    Santos Escobar grounded Ruff and then stood up and allowed him to stand up so he could show how much better he was than his opponent. Raul Mendoza tagged in, and Ruff took him down with a dropkick for two.

    After Ruff took a brutal knee to the face, Priest tagged himself in. Escobar immediately tagged out so Mendoza had to lock up with him. Legado del Fantasma gained control during the commercial break when Priest was distracted by someone in a Ghostface costume in the crowd.

    Ruff finally tagged back in and took it to Mendoza and Escobar with a flurry of quick maneuvers. Priest tagged back in to clean house a few moments later. Ruff tagged himself in and hit a big splash for the pin.

                           

    Grade: B

                          

    Analysis

    The pre-show attack to set this up robbed Stallion of his debut, but Ruff and Priest made for an interesting one-time combination.

    Johnny Gargano was great on commentary as the antagonist who is still bitter about losing his North American Championship. He knows his character and plays it perfectly.

    Legado del Fantasma looked like the more cohesive unit, but that is to be expected from a group with a lot more experience working together. This bout could have been better, but it was good enough to keep the viewer's interest.

August Grey vs. Cameron Grimes

2 OF 5

    August Grey took on Cameron Grimes in the second match of the night. The Red Dead NPC brought a strap with him to intimidate his opponent ahead of his strap match Sunday.

    Grimes took control right away and taunted Grey as he tried to inflict as much pain as possible. Grey began to make a comeback and hit a big crossbody from the top rope for a two-count.

    About 20 seconds later, Grimes hit the Cave-In for the pin and the win. As he continued to attack Grey, Dexter Lumis arrived and took him down with his own strap.

                                

    Grade: C

                                 

    Analysis

    This was a short match designed to give Grimes some momentum before his match at WarGames. It accomplished its goal but was still too quick to be memorable.

    The post-match attack on Grey as Grimes spoke to Lumis was entertaining and made him look a little more dangerous than usual, at least until Lumis showed up.

Jake Atlas vs. Tony Nese

3 OF 5

    The announcers said Jake Atlas was dedicating this match in Patterson's honor. He locked up, and Tony Nese took control early using his strength advantage.

    Atlas turned things around and hit a suicide dive. He tried to climb to the top rope, but The Premier Athlete knocked him down with one big jumping strike.

    Nese lifted him up for a torture rack, but Atlas broke free and started to fight back. He hit a release German suplex and a spinning forearm for a near-fall.

    After a few acrobatics, Nese hit a huge kick to the face for a close two-count. Atlas recovered and hit the cartwheel DDT for the win.

                               

    Grade: B+

                              

    Analysis

    This was a fun match between two of the most versatile performers on the NXT roster. It had high-flying spots, a little technical wrestling and plenty of striking.

    Nese is an underrated performer who can make anyone look good, but Atlas hardly needs help. He has been impressive since his debut, and his more aggressive attitude has helped him in a lot of ways.

    After the match, Atlas gave an interview and promised that this win was just the beginning. It was short but effective.

The Grizzled Young Veterans vs. Imperium

4 OF 5

    Pat McAfee and his trio of friends came out to deliver a promo directed at The Undisputed Era. McAfee did a good job being a heel you want to see get punched in the face.

    The next segment saw Ever-Rise prepare to battle The Grizzled Young Veterans, but Imperium came out and attacked Ever-Rise first. This led to a new match between the two former NXT UK teams.

    Fabian Aichner started off with Zack Gibson. Imperium got the upper hand right away and employed some double-team tactics before James Drake helped turn the tables.

    The two teams continued to trade control back and forth for quite some time. Nobody had an advantage for more than a minute. After the break, Gibson and Drake were dominating the match.

    Marcel Barthel planted Gibson with a rough side slam for a two-count. They both tagged in their partners after a bit, and Drake had the advantage until Barthel helped his partner hit an impressive suplex for a near-fall.

    Aichner took out both opponents and his partner with a huge dive from the top rope to the floor before Ever-Rise returned to attack both teams and cause a disqualification.

                                 

    Grade: B

                                

    Analysis

    There were a couple of sloppy spots because they were trying to work a quick pace, but it didn't do anything to make this bout any less enjoyable. Missing a suplex counter isn't a huge deal.

    These are two teams who have worked together before and put their chemistry on full display. Imperium had the technical game down, while GYV brought the brawling.

    Ever-Rise was an unfortunate casualty, but seeing as the team is still new, it didn't have any momentum to stall so it can recover quickly. The post-match attack certainly helped. If this is a future NXT tag title feud, it will, hopefully, give us more fights like this one.

Shotzi Blackheart vs. Raquel Gonzalez

5 OF 5

    Gonzalez took control almost immediately by employing her significant size advantage. Blackheart kept herself in the fight, but it took help from a ladder to get in any real offense.

    The green-haired grappler kicked the ladder into her face at ringside before trying to bring it into the ring. Gonzalez picked her up and dropped her hard, but Blackheart was right back on her a moment later.

    Blackheart climbed onto the divider on the barricade and hit a coffin drop on the floor. We returned from a break to see Blackheart and Gonzalez almost botch a DDT on the apron. Gonzalez slammed her onto the apron to give herself some time to recover.

    Blackheart pushed over the ladder to prevent her opponent from reaching the top. She sent Gonzalez's face into the ladder in the corner by using her whole body as a weapon. She hit a nasty looking senton on the floor, and both women went down hard.

    The other women from the WarGames match came down and started a huge brawl. Io Shirai came out of nowhere to prevent Gonzalez from winning. She took out everyone at ringside with a moonsault. This left Blackheart alone to climb the ladder and retrieve the briefcase with the golden ticket.

                            

    Grade: B+

                             

    Analysis

    Blackheart's style involves taking a lot of risks, so you have to account for the occasional botch, especially in a match like this. That said, there was only one or two clear mistakes. Everything else looked good.

    Io Shirai seemed like an obvious choice to join Team Blackheart, but it's hard to think of a better pick right now. She isn't defending the title Sunday, so putting her in WarGames was a smart call.

    This was a good way to close the show and send us into this weekend's event. TakeOver always has the potential to be an awesome show, and the lineup for Sunday is no exception

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AEW Winter Is Coming Results: Winners, Grades, Reaction and Highlights

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    Credit: All Elite Wrestling

    Winter is coming, AEW declared ahead of Wednesday's Dynamite, a show featuring Jon Moxley's defense of Kenny Omega for the world championship.

    That encounter headlined a broadcast that featured the latest chapter in intensely personal rivalries, several stars seeking much-needed wins and a potentially career-altering Battle Royal.

    Who emerged from the evening's landmark broadcast with gold, diamonds and riding a wave of momentum as 2020 draws to a close? Find out now with this recap of the December 2 presentation.



Match Card

1 OF 6

    Already announced for the evening's blockbuster broadcast are:

        

    • AEW World Championship Match: Jon Moxley vs. Kenny Omega
    • Cody Rahodes and Darby Allin vs. Will Hobbs and Ricky Starks
    • Frankie Kazarian vs. Chris Jericho
    • Dr. Britt Baker vs. Leyla Hirsch
    • Dynamite Diamond Battle Royal

        

    Coverage of the biggest episode of Dynamite ever begins at 8 p.m. ET.

Dynamite Diamond Battle Royal

2 OF 6

    Credit: All Elite Wrestling

    The Dynamite Diamond Battle Royal kicked off this week's show, the two remaining competitors to fight on next week's show for the Dynamite Diamond Ring.

    Competitors included: Miro, Hangman Page, John Silver, Scorpio Sky, Shawn Spears, Marq Quen, Isiah Kassidy, Kip Sabian, Matt Sydal, Serpentico, Jungle Boy, Luther, Alex Reynolds, Orange Cassidy, Matt Hardy, Sammy Guevara, Joey Janela, Lee Johnson, MJF and Wardlow. 

    Spears earned a measure of revenge from the Casino Battle Royal, eliminating Sydal in a nice callback of sorts. Sky eliminated Spears to continue their rivalry, much to the dismay of Tully Blanchard. Hardy eliminated Kassidy, unbeknownst to Quen.

    Spears, already eliminated, blasted Sky with a cheap shot courtesy of a steel slug and led to his rival's departure.

    Hardy and Quen worked together to eliminate Silver and Reynolds. In a cool spot that plays up Evil Uno's invitation to Page from last week, Dark Order saved the Anxious Millennial Cowboy. Hardy dumped Page moments later, though.

    Cassidy eliminated Sabian and paid immediately as Miro attacked him on the floor, sending him into the steel post, though neither man had been eliminated.

    The eliminations of Hardy and Quen brought the fight to The Inner Circle's MJF, Wardlow and Guevara, Miro and Jungle Boy.

    The united front of the Inner Circle dumped the previously unstoppable Bulgarian Brute before setting their sights on Jungle Boy. The Spanish God battled with young Jack Perry until MJF conveniently shoved them to the arena floor.

    Wardlow warned MJF that Cassidy was never actually eliminated. The heels brought Freshly Squeezed back into the match and Cassidy rocked both men with Orange Punches before dumping Wardlow. The final two combatants in the match, Cassidy and MJF will meet on next week's show for the $50,000 Dynamite Diamond ring.

         

    Result

    MJF and Cassidy were co-winners

        

    Grade

    C+

        

    Analysis

    Battle Royals are what they are: a mass of bodies kicking and punching their way to elimination. This was above average in that it furthered several on-going storylines and highlighted Miro in a way he had not been to this point.

    The artist formerly known as Rusev tore the match up, scoring elimination after elimination and looking as dominant as he has in either WWE or AEW in years. He absolutely should be put in a position to build on the momentum of his performance.

    Hardy's heel turn manifested itself in the sneaky elimination of Isiah Kassidy, MJF's cerebral manipulation of his fellow Inner Circle member Sammy Guevara continued and Wardlow appears ready to snap his charge in half at any given moment.

    Those stories helped prop this one up and elevate it beyond the standard fare.

Frankie Kazarian vs. Chris Jericho

3 OF 6

    Credit: All Elite Wrestling

    For the first time in their storied careers, SCU's Frankie Kazarian and "Le Champion" Chris Jericho battled in singles competition, the heel greeted upon his arrival by the masses serenading him with "Judas."

    The quicker, confident Kazarian took the fight to Jericho early, dropping a leg across his chest on the ring apron. The veteran babyface blasted Ortiz, but Jake Hager provided just enough of a distraction to allow The Demo God to deliver a Codebreaker. 

    Jericho dominated throughout the break, working over the torso of his opponents while Ortiz taunted Kazarian from the floor. Back from the timeout, Kazarian got his knees up to block the lionsault and delivered another leg drop for two.

    Kazarian broke out the Flux Capacitor for a near-fall, both frustrating and firing the babyface up. He applied Jericho's own Walls of Jericho against him, which Ortiz attempted to break up. Hager ordered him back as The Inner Circle continued to exhibit disarray.

    MJF and Wardlow arrived on the scene, the former threatening to throw in the towel. Sammy Guevara prevented it, Jericho saw him holding the towel and nearly fell prey to consecutive rollups from Kazarian. A last-second Judas Effect allowed Le Champion to emerge with a hard-fought victory.

    After the match, Guevara and MJF nearly came to blows. A pissed-off Jericho laid down the ultimatum: the group had seven days to decide whether they would stay together or break up forever.

       

    Result

    Jericho defeated Kazarian

        

    Grade

    C+

        

    Analysis

    Kazarian was working at a whole different speed than Jericho, and while there was nothing inherently wrong with the match, the difference in paces was abundantly clear the longer the match went on. 

    Why the match went as long as it did when it was mostly just the background for the latest drama within The Inner Circle is another question entirely, but this did what it set out to accomplish: set up the ultimatum for next week's show.

    The tension between Guevara and MJF is real, and it would not be surprising whatsoever if The Spanish God figures into MJF's match with Orange Cassidy. Regardless, it feels as though Guevara could be on the outside looking in at a faction he was once such a key member of.

Britt Baker vs. Leyla Hirsch

4 OF 6

    Credit: All Elite Wrestling

    Dr. Britt Baker returned to the squared circle this week as she battled 24-year-old Leyla Hirsch.

    Hirsch downed Baker early, outwrestling her. The good doctor turned the tide in her favor, though, and dominated throughout the break.

    Back from the commercial, Hirsch wiped Rebel out at ringside after Baker pulled her "bestie" in the way. Baker delivered a Sling Blade on the floor, survived an armbar and looked for the Lockjaw.

    Hirsch escaped that submission attempt and looked for the armbar again. Baker fought out but ate a pump knee to the face. Hirsch scaled the ropes after momentarily selling her back.

    Rebel hopped up on the apron, provided a momentary distraction and allowed Baker to drive her opponent into the middle turnbuckle. A fisherman neckbreaker gave way to the Lockjaw, and Baker scored the win.

    Thunder Rosa hit the ring, attacking Baker. A brawl broke out, the budding rivals unloading on each other until coaches and AEW officials finally restored some semblance of order.

        

    Result

    Baker defeated Hirsch

        

    Grade

    C+

        

    Analysis

    Again, a large portion of the women's match was conducted during the commercial break.

    With that said, Hirsch and Baker worked well together, and the reversals and counters late were a nice touch. The finish was a bit disjointed, with the delay by Hirsch and Rebel hopping on the ring apron for no apparent reason, but it led to the right competitor going over.

    The post-match brawl was fantastic and creates instant buzz for a Baker-Thunder Rosa match. That match is exactly the type of secondary rivalry this division should have been built on from the beginning.

Cody Rhodes and Darby Allin vs. Ricky Starks and Powerhouse Hobbs

5 OF 6

    Credit: All Elite Wrestling

    The monthslong rivalry between Darby Allin and Team Taz wrote its latest chapter Wednesday as the TNT Champion teamed with Cody Rhodes to battle Powerhouse Hobbs and Ricky Starks.

    Rhodes and Allin isolated Starks, working him over and cutting the ring off from the dominant Hobbs. The babyfaces controlled throughout the commercial timeout and continued to wear down Absolute after. A blind chase by Allin led him right into a massive lariat clothesline by Hobbs.

    The big man sent the champ into the guardrail, then teed off on the much smaller competitor as he tagged into the match for the first time.

    Hobbs and Starks worked over the core of Allin, looking to drive the fight out of him. 

    Allin finally made the hot tag to Rhodes, who exploded into the match, taking the fight to both opponents. The American Nightmare launched himself off the top rope with the Cody Cutter to Starks, but not before Allin tagged himself into the match.

    Rhodes delivered a tope suicida to Hobbs, and Allin finished Starks with the Coffin Drop for the win.

    After the match, Hobbs attacked Allin, then Arn Anderson. Dustin Rhodes made the save until Brian Cage attacked. Team Taz stood tall having beaten down the babyfaces. They teased hitting Rhodes with the FTW Championship until Sting made his AEW debut, slowly stalking toward the squared circle and coming face-to-face with Anderson.

    After a nod of approval to Allin and the Rhodes brothers, he headed back up the ramp amid falling snow.

         

    Result

    Rhodes and Allin defeated Team Taz

        

    Grade

    B

        

    Analysis

    There is something about Tony Schiavone exclaiming, "It's STING!" that warms the soul and takes the viewer back to their childhood.

    Sting arriving as snow fell, making the save for Cody, Dustin and Darby, was a great way to welcome him to the AEW family, and the staredown with Anderson was a great touch of nostalgia.

    The question is whether Team Taz gained anything whatsoever from this ordeal.

    Hobbs and Starks are two major cogs of AEW's bright future. Ditto Cage. Team Taz lost the match, then bailed out of the ring when Sting arrived, despite a distinct numbers advantage. It was curious use of them, but if they get to share the screen with someone of Sting's stature, it will benefit them in the long run.

    At least theoretically.

    Still, special appearances by Sting will never not be cool. The key will be for AEW to ensure those appearances remain special and the legend does not become overexposed at the expense of the foundation of the company's future. 

AEW World Championship Match: Jon Moxley vs. Kenny Omega

6 OF 6

    Credit: All Elite Wrestling

    Don Callis joined Jim Ross, Excalibur and Tony Schiavone ahead of the night's hotly anticipated main event pitting AEW world champion Jon Moxley against Kenny Omega. A big-fight feel encompassed the festivities, complete with the reveal that, should the match go past 10 p.m., TNT would stick with the show until a winner was determined.

    Chain wrestling early gave way to strikes from Omega and a hurricanrana that sent the champion to the floor. It was on the floor that Moxley gained his first real advantage of the match, brawling with the top contender through the commercial break.

    Coming out of the timeout, Omega delivered a dragon screw leg whip in the ropes, then dropped the champion knee-first into the guardrail. The Cleaner worked the ankle and knee of his opponent, despite attempts by Moxley to break his grip.

    Omega cerebrally picked his opponent apart for several minutes before a German suplex slowed his roll. Moxley built momentum through another commercial break, laying into Omega with knife-edge chops that reddened the challenger's chest and drove the air out of him.

    Omega dodged a blind charge and wiped the champion out with a plancha. Back in the ring, though, Moxley caught his opponent with the Paradigm Shift from out of nowhere. Rather than covering, though, he headed outside the ring and grabbed a pair of steel chairs.

    Mox set up the chairs, inviting Omega to sit. They came face-to-face, the champion daring the challenger to hit him. They exchanged slaps, the jabs, until the champion rocked Omega. The challenger answered with a V-Trigger, then the snapdragon suplex. A second snapdragon followed. Moxley dodged a V-Trigger and delivered a release German suplex.

    A King Kong lariat and second Paradigm Shift earned the champion a close near-fall. Moxley looked to follow up with a tope, but Omega caught him with a V-Trigger in midflight.

    Back in the ring, Omega delivered the Tiger Driver '98 for a two-count of his own. 

    The combatants teased finishers, each escaping the other's trademark stuff. Omega delivered a ripcord V-Trigger, but Moxley kicked out. 

    On the floor, Moxley delivered a Paradigm Shift into the ringside heaters, prompting the referee to call for the doctor. Referees and Callis made their way to ringside, but Moxley tossed Omega into the ring and fired off a flurry of right hands. 

    Callis hoped up on the apron and caught a big right hand from Mox. The microphone he had found its way into Omega's hands. The challenger blasted Moxley with it, busting him open. Omega obliterated Moxley with a barrage of V-Triggers as Schiavone asked what happened to the gentlemen's agreement Omega was so adamant about in the build to the match.

    Omega delivered the One-Winged Angel to earn the win, then absconded with the title. As Alex Marvez caught up with Omega and Callis in the parking lot, the latter revealed the world would hear from them Tuesday on Impact Wrestling.

         

    Result

    Omega defeated Moxley to win the title

         

    Grade

    B+

        

    Analysis

    The match was fantastic up until the overbooked finish, which could have been accomplished without the fake injury spot. It slowed the momentum the performers had built to that point, and while it gave reason for Callis to be at ringside, that could have been accomplished through any number of ways, the least of which being the moment Moxley introduced the chairs to the mix in violation of the "gentlemen's agreement."

    Speaking of which, it was a brilliant way to establish Omega as a heel by having him spit in the face of his own stipulation. The guy who was so worried about outwrestling his opponent was the one who sneakily resorted to using weaponry and cheating his way to a victory. 

    It makes him wholly unlikable and will only help him as he looks to emerge as the most hated man in AEW.

    Which brings us to the biggest development on this show: an apparent working relationship between AEW and Impact Wrestling.

    Callis revealing Omega will appear Tuesday on Impact is a game-changer, the type of development that could breed cross-promotional storytelling. It's not particularly surprising because Impact has shown a willingness to work with other promotions before, and the star power of an Omega only serves to boost their viewership and awareness.

    It remains to be seen how this benefits AEW, but there is no denying the buzz of the screwjob finish will help attract viewers to the show in the coming weeks as they look forward to the latest developments in these massive stories.

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