Live from Addition Financial Arena in Orlando, Florida. WrestleTix estimates attendance at 5,288. Tony Shiavone, Taz, and Excalibur are on commentary.
Hype video for the Blue League Finals. Bryan Danielson got the tournament he's always wanted, despite going to a draw against Claudio Castagnoli. Eddie Kingston loves being the King of the Underdogs. Bryan thinks Eddie is a bum, but Eddie is taking it as a badge of honor.
Tony Shiavone chats with a heated Swerve Strickland (with Prince Nana). Swerve argues that despite losing the finals, he proved himself as one of the best in the industry throughout the tournament. Since Swerve is free at World's End, he might as well settle the score with Keith Lee. Tony has a contract ready, Nana protests that he was left out of the loop. Swerve tells Nana to chill and they head off.
Renee Paquette hosts Mariah May on the stage. Mariah excuses last week's attack on Riho as just supporting her pal, Toni Storm. She doesn't think 2023 has the right energy for her, so she'll make her in-ring debut on the first Dynamite of 2024. Riho shows up to chase Mariah into the ring. AEW Women's Champion Toni Storm makes a failed run in attack and needs Luther to rescue her. Riho dives onto Toni in Luther's arms anyway.
Top Flight and Action Andretti talk to the camera backstage. They're looking for opponents, which means Orange Cassidy naturally thinks they're talking about him and makes the match. Rocky Romero tells Top Flight not to take it personally since Cassidy did the same thing to him last week.
Christian Cage sits down with Lexi Nair ahead of an interview and wonders outloud where the hell Renee is.
Miro video promo. He's feuding with his wife, CJ Perry, again, so he is going to kill her client, Andrade El Idolo, because he wants to. This sets up a Battle of the Malcontents at World's End.
Tony Shiavone hosts The Don Callis Family (Don Callis, Konosuke Takeshita, Will Hobbs, and Kyle Fletcher) for a Boxing Week Celebration. Don rips the mic from Tony because he has something important to say. Well, actually, he has gifts for his clients, in the form of dramatic paintings of them together, each with Callis being depicted as comically muscular. Sammy Guevara takes a break from his paternity leave to interrupt the party. Don has a painting for Sammy too, it depicts the entire family gathered around Sammy and his baby. Guevara is upset that his baby was included without his permission. Don questions if Sammy is mentally capable of being a parent. He gives Sammy an ultimatum between his own family and Don's. Fortunately, Sammy doesn't need much time to consider this before rejecting, but the group swarms him. Chris Jericho runs in for the rescue and smashes the paintings with Floyd the bat. Le Sex Gods reunite to a pop, but immediately get ambushed by Ricky Starks and Big Bill. The lights go out for an unexpected assist from Sting and Darby Allin. This segment was all over the place, but the live crowd was receptive to it. I'm not really feeling another Le Sex Gods reunion if this results in a swerve, but, hell, I'll let it play out and see where it goes.
Renee Paquette interviews chronically injured Roderick Strong backstage. He's excited to show off his big board of evidence that MJF is The Devil.
Jon Moxley interrupts Kingston's celebration to check on Danielson. Eddie is less than thrilled by this development. Mox grabs a mic and points out that even though Eddie seems mad at the world, everyone seems to love him. Fans don't care if Eddie wins or loses, but they deserve his 100% effort. Still, Mox is convinced that Eddie can't beat him, so he's already lost. Eddie steals the mic, boasts that he broke into wrestling before Mox and allows him to breathe. Eddie is King of the Bums and is prepared to bust Mox open at World's End. Oh, just shut up and take my money.
TNT Champion Christian Cage (with the Wayne Family) is sick and tired of waiting for Adam Copeland to show up for their sitdown interview. He's got things to do, like playing catch with Nick. After a commercial break, Adam Copeland bursts in for an attack. He has to battle his way through security to get his hands on Christian, but the locker room rushes in for a pull apart brawl.
Skye holds Kris still for Julia's sliding lariat. Willow Nightingale runs in for the late save. Skye and Julia try to enjoy a victory, but Abadon appears on the stage and makes scary faces while they retreat to the side.
Renee Paquette chats with Saraya and Ruby Soho. Saraya talks over Ruby, but offers her Harley Cameron's services as a birthday gift. Renee is confused by this arrangement, and Harley waves a knife like a lunatic. Even Saraya is freaked out. I am so confused right now.
The Devil's men continue to assault MJF, but Samoa Joe hobbles in with a chair to clear them out. The Devil briefly appears on the jumbotron and announces it's been a "pleasure working with you." Joe smashes the chair over MJF and gives him a Musclebuster. It's not clear if Joe is The Devil or simply in kahoots with The Devil.
Final Thoughts: There were some goofy angles surrounding the no-nonsense Continental Classic finals, but they were mostly amusing and the Finals delivered the goods. This episode did a great job setting up Kingston/Moxley and MJF/Joe with enough interest to inspire a pay-per-view purchase. I can already tell that tonight's show is a divisive one amongst the audience, but that's not always a bad thing.
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