Live from Nashville, Tennessee. Cody and Brandi Rhodes are officially no longer part of AEW. Our hosts are Jim Ross, Tony Shiavone, and Excalibur.
CM Punk is seated in the ring and has something to say. He reminds us that he's drug free, alcohol free, and that means he's better than us. That was his catchphrase 20 years ago, and hey, doesn't that sound familiar? He inspired a generation of wrestlers to be like him, which brings us to MJF, who tries but fails to think like Punk. MJF thinks himself as Piper in Portland, Bret in Calgary, and Punk in Chicago, but he's really just "sh!tty little Max from sh!tty little Long Island." Punk announces their rematch will be a dog collar match at Revolution, in the form of a Valentine's Day proposal. MJF comes out looking less than enthused. Punk shows him the picture of young MJF meeting Punk circa 2008. It was the greatest day of MJF's life, but to Punk, it was just Friday. Revolution will be the worst day of MJF's life, but to Punk, it will be just Sunday. Punk vows to stain the ring with MJF's blood, earning a "CM Punk" chant from the attentive audience. MJF has nothing to say and sulks away.
Tony Shiavone is standing by with AEW Tag Team Champions Jurassic Express (with Christian Cage). There will be a 3-way match for the titles at Revolution. Jungle Boy loves a good 3-way… tag match! They aren't too concerned about who the challengers will be.
Bryan grabs the mic and boasts about accomplishing his goal of teaching Moriarty a thing or two about violence. The crowd doesn't agree, so Bryan feels validated by not trusting the American public with anything. Bryan is through waiting for Jon Moxley's answer and calls him out. Moxley arrives right on cue. Mox says he used to be a lot like Moriarty and the other kids in the AEW locker room. He was young, angry, had nothing to lose, and took his shot at Danielson at a little indie show. Moxley met Danielson for the first time that night, gave it everything he had, came up short, but got a taste of the best which made him want more. Moxley still has never been able to slay the American Dragon, and was surprised when it turned out Bryan wanted to team with him. Mox puts over Bryan's offer and admits that he had trouble thinking of reasons to say no, but he does wonder if Bryan wants to be his partner so he doesn't get destroyed. Moxley isn't saying yes or no, but instead throws the proverbial ball back to Bryan, because he doesn't ride with anyone unless they bleed together first. Looks like this is heading to Moxley vs. Danielson at Revolution in a match where they can beat some respect into each other before teaming up.
Keith Lee video promo. The Limitless One has arrived in AEW. He's gunning for the TNT Championship.
Bowens tries a revenge attack but Wardlow puts him down with a powerbomb too.
Tony Shiavone chats with Mercedes Martinez, AEW Women's Champion Dr. Britt Baker, Jamie Hayter, and Rebel, ahead of Mercedes' No DQ match with Thunder Rosa. Britt will not accept any losing from Mercedes and orders her to finish the job. Britt has the best squad and best sensei (bringing in someone from Cobra Kai that might excite some of you). Sensei thinks Britt should finish Mercedes with no mercy should she lose.
AEW World Champion Hangman Adam Page comes to the ring to talk. Hangman doesn't have time to answer Tony's question before Adam Cole interrupts. Cole puts over Hangman's epic championship matches, but takes time to tell Shiavone to get the hell out. Cole says it's a shame that Hangman's reign will be ending soon. Hangman wonders what it was like for Adam to watch his friends build a wrestling empire without him. Cole questions what kind of friend Hangman is, since the Dark Order seem to have moved on. He goes on to say that anytime they're in the same promotion together, Hangman is known as the "other Adam." Hangman gets aggressive, so Cole talks him down by saying he's got nothing but love and respect for him, and hopes to meet him for the title soon. They shake hands, but reDRagon attacks Hangman from behind. Cole joins the beatdown. Security, and then the Dark Order, run in to break it up. Preston Vance then randomly starts beating up the security guards, and the other Dark Order guys don't know what to make of this.
Darby Allin video package. He and Sammy Guevara both seem to have a death wish, and that's because competition is therapeutic for them. Whatever happened between them on the indies is in the past, they will have a fresh fight tonight.
Jericho angrily goes after Kingston, refs run in for the pull apart brawl.
Adam Cole, reDRagon, and The Young Bucks talk to the Cutler Cam. Cole wants to know where the Young Bucks were while they were beating up Hangman. Bucks don't have a good excuse, but Cole lets it go. All of Cole's friends are heading into a battle royal where two teams will win and face Jurassic Express at a 3-way. They all start bickering about fatherhood, so Cole loses his cool and shouts "YOU ALL HAVE BEAUTIFUL CHILDREN!" The group disperses, and Cutler wants to know which team Cole will leave with.
Rosa and Mercedes seem to have found new respect for each other. Britt, Jamie, and Rebel show up. Sensei orders Britt to finish off her weak enemies. The evil trio prepare a lead pipe attack on Rosa. Mercedes hesitates, and Hayter attacks her from behind.
House of Black video package. Malakai Black's tarot cards indicate that he must destroy Death Triangle and leave them as a pile of ash.
Switchblade Jay White video package. He beat Kenny Omega for the IWGP title and sent him packing to America, so maybe we should be thanking him for AEW's existence. White is here to prove why this is still his era.
Matt Hardy helps out while Andrade poses with both TNT titles. Sting saunters in to clear them out. I will say that they have some intriguing match options for Revolution.
Final Thoughts: This was a ridiculously good TV show. Like, it didn't have to be this good, but it was. Also, I'm not trying to act like a crazy fanboy or anything, I really did enjoy this episode more than I can remember enjoying most episodes of any wrestling show. I think many of us take Dynamite for granted, I recommend slowing down, and appreciating this show for what it is while it's firing on most cylinders. Big recommendation.
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