During a recent Q&A panel with Gorilla Position, Seth Rollins revealed a recent text exchange he had with AEW’s Jon Moxley.
Despite Moxley stating that he doesn’t keep up with his former Shield brothers too much in a recent interview with Chris Van Vliet, Rollins has put fans of the trio’s hearts to rest.
During the panel, he was asked about the interview and he revealed they have exchanged texts recently for Moxley’s birthday.
“I texted him on his birthday, which was a few days ago, and wished him well,” Rollins said. “I hope that he’s good, and he seems to be doing great at AEW and New Japan. I wish nothing but the best for him and his lovely wife, and their great dog.”
“[Moxley] said, ‘Thanks brother!’,” Rollins said, adding that Moxley is blunt.
H/T to WrestlingInc.com for the transcriptions.
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|The Bucks got their big win this week in a tough brutal match
Photo Credit: Scott Finkelstein
Last week, Cody announced to the world that he wants to pay MJF to kick his ass, Chris Jericho debuted a new list that he doesn’t want you to call The List, and Jon Moxley finally got a sanctioned win over Joey Janela instead of that make believe match that didn’t count back at Fyter Fest. Whew. This week, All Elite Wrestling’s flagship Dynamite emanated from Garland, TX, where everything’s bigger.
An Offer You Can’t Refuse – Dynamite started with Jon Moxley annihilating Alex Reynolds in record time and then murking his partner John Silver after the squash was over. The savory portion of the opening of Dynamite came when Chris Jericho came out in essence to offer Mox a spot in the Inner Circle. Obviously, that offer isn’t going to be accepted (or will it?) because Mox only runs with his son Shooter Umino and that’s it. If he does accept, it’ll be a shock, sure, but my guess is that Jericho vs. Mox is gonna be the main event of Revolution, the February 29 pay-per-view emanating from, shock shock, Chicago, IL. The speech itself from Jericho was notable in that he probably had more than just A LITTLE BIT OF THE BUBBLAY before coming out. Honestly, if Jericho is showing up to Dynamite drunk, that’s a problem. I hope he’s just affecting his speech a certain way, and I double hope that if he is drinking on game day that he’s not doing it nights he has to wrestle.
Jericho’s first mistake is offering Moxley a shirt
— WRESTLESPLANIA (@wrestlesplania) December 12, 2019
As for the Beaver Boys, it feels like their tenure in AEW as, ahem, enhancement talent might be coming to an end, as Reynolds’ hotel television talked to him about joining the Dark Order. I could think of no better candidates for the first assimilation than Reynolds and presumably Silver.
Mob Hits – Before the Butcher and the Blade’s match against Cody and his partner QT Marshall, MJF appeared on an inset taking responsibility for hiring the Buffalo team’s services to destroy the American Nightmare. Does this mean that they’re on his retainer along with Wardlow? I guess that will be revealed later on. Anyway, the match was more a showcase for QT Marshall than anything else. He got all the big showcase spots, and boy, did all of them look like he was fresh off his first training session. In a way, someone like Marshall, who was MJF’s hand-picked failpartner for Cody, doing spots as badly as possible is endearing because he’s supposed to look like shit. It’s the story they’re trying to tell.
Still, Butcher and the Blade (and the Bunny!) looked good here. Andy Williams (The Butcher) is a certified hoss who is going to be huge, and Pepper Parks (The Blade) looked more comfortable in the ring than I’d seen him in his many Beyond Wrestling appearances this year. The low-key best part of the group’s day though belonged to Allie (The Bunny) with a disgusted look on her face in the back of the frame as Parks took a chinbreaker counter from Marshall. Managers who emotively react to things in the ring are an ingredient for success for their charges.
After the match, Darby Allin came down to the ring to offer his hand to a beaten and dejected Cody. Cody had already promised The Match Beyond, and it looks like MJF’s squad might already be complete. IF you count Marshall, then Cody has two allies. I personally don’t. While one can say that the Nightmare’s Elite buddies could provide backup, Cody himself said that they were all busy doing their own things and couldn’t help him. I don’t really have any leads on who might be the third and fourth members of Cody’s don’t-call-it-WarGames team, but if I had to chance a guess, it would probably be Hangman Page as the culmination to him coming out of his funk and Diamond Dallas Page. However, I could be frightfully wrong.
Right after, MJF and Wardlow came down, and the bane of Cody’s existence went right in and cut the most e-fed, “reply-by-lines” promo ever, taking Cody’s findom requests one sentence at a time and giving a response. I’ll give the man his props in terms of delivery. He knows how to say his lines with the correct pacing, passion, and tone. That being said, I gotta wonder if he has free reign on the microphone. If so, he needs badly to be scripted, or at least be given concrete boundaries, because the things he says range from rote to offensive. Like, I’m not entirely sure that a lisp should be fair game for ripping on someone, even for a heel. That being said, he accepted Cody’s challenge with stipulations that he’ll save for the first Dynamite of 2020 in Jacksonville. I wonder what ridiculous hoops he’s going to have for the boss then.
Big Swole in the House – Big Swole has signed a contract and debuted on Dynamite in a full-time capacity with a big win over joshi demigod Emi Sakura in a fun if a little disjointed match. A few of the spots seemed to misfire, but I chalk that up mostly to either nerves or unfamiliarity. Either way, Swole showed she has a lot of potential that when she starts hitting with her opponents will show off big time. She’s already got the crowd on her side.
Sakura was the perfect first opponent because her personality is as outsized as Swole’s. When she does the chops to the beat of “We Will Rock You” or introduces the micstand into the proceedings, it provides a springboard for Swole to leap off and reply with responses that match them in scale. I especially liked Swole threatening Sakura with extreme personal retribution if she touched her hair again. Swole winning the match sets her up for bigger things, although I’d love to see her get another go-around with the joshi legend.
The Bad Boy Kidnapper – Kenny Omega and Hangman Page taking on Shawn Spears and Kip Sabian was a fun little match notable for Penelope Ford perhaps continuing the door opening on intergender wrestling in AEW. Ford threw ranas around like they were dollar bills at a strip club, proving that she will be more than just arm candy for Sabian (as she should be, Ford is a gifted wrestler herself). The positive effect is that she’s very much made Sabian stand out. I guess you could say behind every successful man is a great woman. Anyway, other than Omega working his ass off as he’s wont to do and the crowd starting yet another “Cowboy Shit” chant, this one was notable for the continuance of the Spears/Joey Janela feud that took a slight pause when the latter went head-to-head with Mox last week.
Conspicuous by his absence at ringside at first was Tully Blanchard, who gave a pre-taped picture-in-picture spiel about wanting to find the right tag partner for Spears. The lights went out midmatch, and then Blanchard appeared bound in a chair with Janela cackling behind him. While AEW has had problems with defined heel/face alignments in the past, I wouldn’t say Janela is strictly bound to them. He’s a chaos agent. He just happens to do bad shit to people who deserve it, people whom the law ignores. Spears chasing after Janela to free his manager left Sabian all alone to get his ass thoroughly destroyed by the members of The Elite. If you caught it, Sabian’s face when he realized he was about to be Dragon Suplexed should be studied by any wrestler who wants to enhance the way they make the other guy look good.
Speaking of Omega, before the match, PAC whined about injustice happening to him and demanded Omega give him a rubber match “or else.” Maybe the whining is what’s needed to keep PAC getting boos, because if he kicked ass and took names, he might be the most popular person in the company.
Oh Brandi No Baby What Is You Doing – Brandi Rhodes continued to promte her Nightmare Collective
cult group by rambling idly into the camera listing grievances that you might see shitheads like me make on Twitter instead of doing any focused build for her cult group. If you’re going to throw out lines from r/SquaredCircle, maybe let Melanie Cruise be your mouthpiece. Still, the bald-headed guy at the end was intriguing enough. This stable might be decent in spite of its leader.
IT DIDN’T COUNT – You know Jericho is a heel because he chased the two good commentators from the booth so he and noted gimmick-liver Jake Hager could sit in the booth with Jim Ross. Even half shot-in-the-ass, Jericho is a far better color commentator than Mr. Sauce It anyway, so maybe it’d be a good idea to have him instead of Ross in the booth when he’s not wrestling or promoing. Of course, the match they were calling featured fellow Inner Circle member Sammy Guevara, who played stick and move with Luchasaurus in between getting kicked in the face by the agile dinosaur man. Overall the match was solid with high points, like Guevara trying to vlog his match and not only Luchasaurus stealing his phone but hitting him with it. Luchasaurus surprisingly won with his inverted power bomb, but afterwards, Jericho and Hager made their way down to try and clear house. Of course, Jungle Boy and Marko Stunt evened the score and allowed former to get a visual pin with the latter counting on Jericho in advance of their Ten Minute Challenge next week. Of course, Jericho had to scream “IT DIDN’T COUNT” at the commentators he shooed away after they came back, but it wouldn’t have been completed without that mini-tantrum.
Texas Street Fight! – The main event of the show started as one might expect with Proud and Powerful ambushing The Young Bucks, calling back to their mega backstage brawl that ended up with Matt Jackson getting put through a table. This time, only the Bucks’ reinforcements against a marauding Guevara, Brandon Cutler, got the stage crasher treatment. Overall, it was a crazy brawl, as brawls really should be. If you can’t do a Texas Street Fight without using a bent trashcan, several tables, or my personal favorite, the sock full of baseballs, while flailing wildly and throwing your opponents without any regard into various fixed structures, then what is the goddamn point? About the only thing I didn’t like, and this is a personal thing, is that Matt put a Cowboys helmet on as a pander to the hometown crowd. Look, I can excuse just about anything except pandering to the Dallas fucking Cowboys, okay?
All that aside, I didn’t mind the Bucks taking the win here, as they lost two prior matches to Santana and Ortiz. I think if you’re going to be a kingmaker, you have to have the cred backing you up so wins over you can mean something. You can’t really piggyback off Pro Wrestling Guerrilla or New Japan forever. I also wouldn’t mind, and actually think it should happen, that the Bucks should beat SCU next week, if only so Proud and Powerful can take the belts off the Bucks instead of a team that they’re not all that involved with. That match happens next week, as well as the Ten Minute Challenge and the number one contender’s match between Kris Statlander and *sigh* Britt Baker. Hopefully, AEW won’t wait until Groundhog Day for Riho to see her shadow for her to come back.
|LEXICON OF LE CHAMPION
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While Dynamite didn’t take the week off, TWB did for Thanksgiving. Surely, turkey and stuffing are more important than… A LITTLE BIT OF THE BUBBLAY. This week, the report returns from the show emanating from the University of Illinois.
Dustin Jackson – Death. Taxes. Dynamite kicking off with a hot match. Outside of last week, every show so far has begun with a match that turned out to be if not the best match on the show at least one of the five best matches in a given week. This week saw another chapter in the Elite’s overarching war against the Inner Circle erupt in another skirmish. The Young Bucks and Dustin Rhodes, wrestling with a cast on his arm, took on Sammy Guevara and Proud and Powerful. It was the kind of fast-paced highspot derby you’d come to expect from five of the six competitors. Rhodes seemed like the odd man out, but that would not be the case.
At 48 years old, one might think The Natural would lean harder into a grumpy old man oeuvre or at the very least go across the older generation he serves as bridge for and brawl heavily. He flipped and flew with the younger lads like he was fresh out of a modern wrestling school. It’s hard to understate how savvy Rhodes is as a wrestler when his head is 100 percent in the game. He’s earned a reputation as one of the best, if not the best, in-ring worker of all-time, and when you garner that label, you should be versatile.
The other thing that stood out was how both teams worked their triple-team offense into the match. As a veteran Chikara fan, I know well that trios matches have a high floor. You can have a great trios match without triple team synergy, but when you do have all three teammates working together, you’re working the entire studio space. It’s one of those things that can easily enhance the experience. All the spots hit too, whether they were hit as intended like the superkick party and Matt Jackson turning into a Northern Lights suplex machine, or whether they were subverted for effect, like Guevara taking over the delayed suplex and immediately being countered. Overall, it was a hell of a way to start the show. Next week, AEW is giving it again with the Bucks and the former EYFBO going at it in a Texas Street Fight. Hope someone breaks out a branding iron, for thematic reasons.
Full of Sound and Fury, Signifying Nothing – Last week, Jim Ross got pretty offensive, remarking the Emi Sakura made Freddie Mercury look “oriental” and then remarking that Aubrey Edwards was basically good for her gender (or more accurately, that she doesn’t let her gender get in the way of doing a good job). Even if he never was offensive as all get out, he really should not be on the AEW broadcast team, because he has absolutely nothing to say that’s germane to the story. Every single word that comes out of his mouth is some generic platitude that could be applied in any situation to any match. He has no insight at all unless it’s to bitch and moan about the rules. Jim Cornette deserved his exit from the National Wrestling Alliance, even if the company stupidly commemorated him despite being classist at best. However, I can’t deny that he at least was a decent color commentator when he wasn’t being offensive or whiny. Ross can’t even clear that floor. It’s high time he gets replaced.
Feníx es El Rey – Trent vs. Rey Feníx was match number two, and it kept the streak of dope matches on this episode of Dynamite alive at two. Trent had been getting a little shine getting wins over Pentagón, Jr. and the pin in Best Friends’ win over the Lucha Bros. If I were in charge of AEW, I probably wouldn’t have gone down that road, and I also wouldn’t have pushed the Luchas as a heel act, but that’s just me. Either way, this match was a satisfying showcase for both guys. I fully believe Feníx is the best male wrestler on the roster right now. His offense is so slick, and he bumps in a way that isn’t overly self-indulgent but makes the other guy’s offense look incredible, and Trent’s super workrate offense is conducive to that. The match hit all the different wrestling trends but didn’t come off as rote. After the match, during the picture-in-picture commercial break inset, Trent got mad and attacked Feníx. I don’t think this issue is over.
Cody Wants to Be Findommed – As fiery and passionate as Cody was in his landmark promo in advance of Full Gear, he came off incredibly pathetic and antithetical to a genuine hero character in his promo on this episode. Basically, it was an exercise in running down reasons why he should be in a guillotine next to the guy who gave him his Rolex when the revolution comes, and everyone knows how much of a babyface guys like Ted DiBiase were. When people use “you’re not rich like I am” as an insult, it’s not entirely endearing to a wrestling audience shrinking because fewer and fewer people can afford cable packages let alone streaming services. Not only that, Cody came off as insanely pathetic begging a guy to wrestle him, especially given how much being an executive vice president in the company is part of his character. Cody removing articles of expensive clothing and offering his *extremely Austin Idol voice* amenities to MJF doesn’t make him look like a relatable warrior for vicarious fulfillment. He looks like someone looking to be findommed.
Cody isn’t the only character in AEW who doesn’t have consistent character fidelity, and it’s perhaps the company’s biggest problem to date. However, you’d think that someone who probably has the most creative control over their character would sit down and say “yes, this is the person I want to be” instead of vacillating week-to-week. Then again, maybe Cody’s vision is muddled. Crowd reactions to him are golden to be honest, but can he take them for granted? People are going to start to put two and two together. Allie, speaking for the Butcher and the Blade in a pre-tapped vignette later in the show, said they were tired of seeing Cody as the face of the company and wanted to take him out. How long before crowds start identifying with the S&M themed brutes over the guy who can’t stop offering cases of money to fight people he could simply force to fight them through executive action? By the way, Cody decided he’d let the Buffalo boys pick his partner, so they gave him producer and former Ring of Honor gadfly about town QT Marshall. They’re scared of Billy Gunn, obviously.
This Week’s Dark Order Segment –
Bye-la Rose – Nyla Rose got to squash the shit out of Leva Bates, a match which was only eventful because fellow Librarian Pretty Peter Avalon also got to bump for the Native Beast. After the match, Rose put referee Rick Knox through a table, which warranted her a suspension for the rest of the year. I guess if you want to put the shine on other women without having to make your unstoppable monster lose a bunch of matches, a suspension is the way to go, but honestly, the more I think about it, the more I feel they made a mistake putting the belt on Riho (who has been conspicuous by her absence from Dynamite since Full Gear) instead of letting Rose wreck shit and have various babyfaces like Riho, Hikaru Shida, and Sadie Gibbs chase her. Ah, well, nevertheless.
Jericho Fears Moxley, Doesn’t Fear Dinosaurs and Cavemen – Dynamite this week was notable for who the heels didn’t want to fight. Chris Jericho, unveiling his Lexicon of Le Champion, noted that he would never defend his title against people as ridiculous as Buck Owens and Allen Jones and as topical as Kenny Omega and Jon Moxley, who was on said lis… I mean lexicon about a dozen times or so. If wrestling has taught me anything, someone refusing to fight a challenger means that match is going to happen down the line, which I can imagine will be at AEW’s next pay-per-view in February.
His reading of the list was interrupted by the Jurassic Express, who if you remember from last week, had some receipts to give Jericho’s bodyguard Jake Hager. The war of words, which included Luchasaurus questionably noting that dinosaurs have been marginalized for 65 million years (to go with his equally cringe “Dino Lives Matter” shtick), culminated in Jungle Boy being offered up as Jericho’s next challenger on the last Dynamite of the year. Jungle Boy getting some shine is good enough because even at 22 years old, he’s insanely good already. Given that he’ll get a shot at Jericho, who called him a “piece of shit,” is even better because Jungle Boy pretty much is Jericho from 1995. The fact that it will be under the conceit of “[Jungle Boy] can’t last ten minutes with [Jericho]” makes it even better in the same way that Darby Allin’s time limit draw against Cody at Fyter Fest allowed him to become white hot. As the first Rocky movie shows, all you need to do is defy expectation to get a victory.
A Star From Out of This World – Kris Statlander went up against the nominal number one contender to Riho’s Women’s Championship, Hikaru Shida, and won in her first match since signing with AEW. Honestly, since rumors that she was signing with WWE broke a few weeks back, this is the biggest sigh of relief possible if she were going to a bigger promotion. Yeah, I’m gonna miss her showing up as a regular at the White Eagle for Beyond Wrestling, but at least she’s working for the less disgusting corporate wrestling company in America and not for the most disgusting. Anyway, the match itself was pretty much nothing but bombs after Statlander did a bunch of cartwheels just to poke Shida in the eye. While this match had counters and big hits and bumps and everything, maybe the most impressive thing was Shida doing the Cesaro/M*ch**l Elg*n ring-in suplex to someone who probably has a foot and a couple of pounds on her. The finish was shocking, but the women’s division probably needs a little chaos.
Speaking of chaos, right after, Brandi Rhodes and Awesome Kong came to the ring to announce that their cult, the Nightmare Collective, has decided to become AEW’s black ops division. I’m pretty sure the first rule of black ops is not to admit that you do black ops. Still, I think having more than one cult-like organization in your promotion is overkill, but I guess that’s just my aversion to cults altogether. You could counter this argument by saying that the Nightmare Collective isn’t a cult but a paramilitary organization. Then again, what is a paramilitary organization but a cult that has guns and a license to kill? Exactly. They offered a spot in their group to Statlander, who didn’t give an answer, but seemed like she was going to say no by getting into Kong’s grill. Thankfully, Rhodes and Kong got a new friend in SHIMMER alumna Melanie Cruise, who came out of her seat to give the power women her hair.
Daniels Is Hurt – Pentagón Jr. and his number one cosplayer Christopher Daniels occupied the semifinal slot on the show, which featured Daniels calling back when Penta injured him by attempting to do the same to his assailant. Personally, I think every match between two guys who have even a modicum of bad blood should start out with some crazy sneak attack instead of how the Dean Ambrose/Seth Rollins blood matches always started, in the collar and fucking elbow. That’s one thing I appreciate about AEW thus far; people who hate each other just fuckin’ wail on each other from jump. This match was a standard super indie-style bomb fest until Daniels tried an asai moonsault on the outside and just thumped onto the apron/ramp. Excalibur had been talking about how Daniels wasn’t 100 percent yet from his injury, so that might have been done on purpose. If it was, then it was maybe the most brilliant thing in the match, but it’s hard to parse whether or not that’s the case. Either way, Daniels’ inability to moves correctly took over the narrative after, and the Feníx run in and shenanigans with Daniels’ micstand ended the affair. It feels like SCU is going to get another shot at the Tag Titles, but it probably won’t wait until February (or whenever the next PPV is). It really feels like the next Champs are gonna be Santana and Ortiz, and it’s gonna be sooner rather than later.
This Time, IT COUNTS – Earlier in the show, Alex Marvez had backstage interview duty for Joey Janela, who said Jon Moxley would have to kill him to beat him this time. Mox showed up, gave Janela a sidelong glance, and dismissively said “kids.” I didn’t know it at the time, but it was foreshadowing for the match, which had Janela trying to get himself killed and Mox dusting him. It wasn’t as dismissive as the interview interrupting comment, because he needed both an El Generico-BRAINBUSTAAAAHHHHH style Death Rider and a regular one to finish the Bad Boy. Janela was right in that Mox really did nearly have to end him to get the job done. Overall, it was the best showing that I’ve seen from Janela ever. He answered the bell, rose the moment, and put all his talents at the forefront. I especially liked his deadly school-boy offense, both with one off the top rope and one into the bottom turnbuckle, Sara del Rey-style.
Of course, because the commentary team led by Ross is so hard for the rules, most of the dressing for the match was that unlike the Lights Out match at Fyter Fest, this time it counted! I get that in AEW wins and losses matter, and there are rankings and shit. The cacophonous chorus of assuring everyone that this match won’t be erased from time in the annals of history overloaded the narrative around the match. You have two deathmatch legends in the same match, both guys known for gratuitous violence, and the big setpiece was whether or not it mattered in the standings? It’s bullshit.
After the match, Chris Jericho and the Inner Circle came out, much in the same way Mox came down the steps in the crowd after Jericho retained the Championship against Scorpio Sky. Like I said, prepare for that match to headline the next big show.
Jon Moxley è tornato a parlare “anche”