Live from the Oracle Arena | Oakland, CA | Crowd Size: 19,596
As the intro video and Dynamite theme conclude, the pyro erupts as Kevin Kelly welcomes us back to All Elite Wrestling after the company’s extended New Year hiatus. The broadcast seat next to Kelly is notably empty, as Kelly explains that Arn Anderson is off tonight and is in Philadelphia as a favor to his longtime friend and former employer Jeff Murrey.
Kelly isn’t alone for long, however, as “Voices” by Disturbed hits and the capacity crowd erupts for the emergence of the iconic legend, Master Splinter! Splinter makes his way down the aisle to a thunderous reaction, and takes a seat in the chair left vacant by Anderson’s absence. Splinter says that he was in California doing promotional work for his upcoming autobiography, but he couldn’t let the opportunity slide when he was asked to fill in tonight for Anderson. Kelly says Arn picked a hell of a night to take off, as the card tonight is stacked. Splinter and Kelly run down the announced matches, including tonight’s triple threat match between AJ Styles, Kurt Angle, and Bryan Danielson for the AEW World Heavyweight championship! Additionally, the first round of the TV title tournament will finally conclude tonight, as Rusev takes on Lex Luger and Lance Archer takes on a mystery opponent!
Kelly and Splinter also recap the Benny Mouse saga; Benny was last seen at the World of Wrestling Supershow Starrcade in 2021, where he exhibited extreme behavior and paranoia about the COVID-19 virus and ongoing pandemic. Splinter says that no one has seen or heard from Benny Mouse since, with the notable exception of his longtime personal bodyguard Rob Amick. Kelly says Amick claims to have made contact with the boss, and that he has claimed Benny Mouse will return tonight live on Dynamite! The two briefly go over the ramifications of such a return, and how it will impact the interim chair of BWM. Inc. and Benny’s daughter, Megan Mouse.
The announcers are interrupted as Sinead O’Connor’s version of the historic Irish rebel tun “The Foggy Dew” blares over the speakers, and the word “NOTORIOUS” wipes over the tron. Splinter says this is a match he’s been waiting for since AEW’s premiere last fall, when the bad boy of the UFC cost Brock Lesnar his chance to be the first AEW World Heavyweight Champion!
Match #1 | No Holds Barred Grudge Match
Conor McGregor (0-0) vs. Brock Lesnar (0-0-1)
As McGregor soaks up the boos from the capacity crowd in Oakland, Brock Lesnar’s theme plays as the crowd pops for the Beast Incarnate. Splinter says that when Brock Lesnar is at his best, there’s no one else in the industry capable of being more dominate. Unfortunately for Lesnar, McGregor has been a constant thorn in his side since the AEW began. Not only did McGregor cost Lesnar the AEW World Heavyweight Championship, he also prevented the beast from pinning Randy Orton on the last episode of Dynamite.
Lesnar wastes little time on his way to the ring, charging at McGregor who quickly slides out of the ring to avoid the much larger Lesnar. Lesnar shit talks McGregor from the ring, as veteran official Michael McMahon tries to corral McGregor into the ring.
Splinter: Is there anyone more terrifying than an enraged Brock Lesnar?
Kevin Kelly: McGregor, perhaps, chose the wrong man to provoke in an effort to make a name for himself in the world of pro-wrestling!
The bell finally sounds as McGregor uses the referee to create some distance between himself and Lesnar, getting into the ring. Splinter reiterates what a big deal this match is, stating that a win for either man could propel them on a path towards the world title scene. Splinter agrees that McGregor’s tactics to make a name for himself inside the squared circle could be deemed unwise by some, but Splinter says it’s a gamble that would yield massive rewards for McGregor if he’s able to pull off an upset tonight.
Lesnar and McGregor circle one another, as McGregor throws some quick jabs at the stone-faced Lesnar. McGregor was quick on his feet, darting around Lesnar in the early goings. However, it didn’t take long for Lesnar to get McGregor’s number, as the beast was ready for the Notorious One. Lesnar caught McGregor by the arm and twisted it, sending him tumbling to the mat. McGregor scramble to his feet, but Lesnar utilized his body weight and got back on top of him.
Lesnar grabbed McGregor by his head and slammed it into the mat repeatedly. The crowd roared as Lesnar’s rage finally caught up to McGregor, after months of McGregor getting the better of the former PWI World Champion. Lesnar grabbed McGregor’s head and slammed it into the mat, then lifted him up and threw him against the ropes. McGregor bounced back and tried to throw a punch, but Lesnar caught his fist and twisted it, causing McGregor to cry out in pain.
Lesnar smirked and lifted McGregor up, slamming him back down onto the mat with a resounding thud. McGregor groaned in agony, but Lesnar wasn’t done yet. He picked McGregor up again and threw him across the ring, watching with satisfaction as he hit the ropes and stumbled back towards him.
With a roar, Lesnar charged at McGregor, tackling him to the mat and pummeling him with punches. McGregor tried to fight back, but he was no match for Lesnar’s brute strength. Lesnar grabbed him by the neck and lifted him up, then slammed him back down again with a bone-jarring powerbomb. Lesnar then lifted McGregor onto his shoulders, sending him hard to the mat with a ring-shaking F5!
The crowd cheered as Lesnar stood over McGregor, his chest heaving with exertion. McGregor lay motionless on the mat, his body battered and broken. Lesnar raised his arms in triumph, basking in the adulation of the fans with one foot on McGregor’s chest as McMahon counted the 3!
As the ref declared Lesnar the winner, McGregor was helped out of the ring by his trainers, his dreams of wrestling glory shattered. Lesnar, on the other hand, was unstoppable, a force of nature that no one could withstand. He had dominated the ring once again, leaving a trail of destruction in his wake.
Winner: Brock Lesnar (1-0-1)
Match Time: 9:07
After the bell sounds, Lesnar begins to make his way to the back before turning his attention back to the ring. Inside, officials are tending to Conor McGregor, who is out-cold on the center of the mat. The beast smiles a wicked grin as he turns back towards the ring, charging down the aisle and hopping over the top rope. The officials try to prevent Lesnar from causing more damage, but Lesnar tosses them all to the side like rag dolls before again setting his hands on McGregor. Lesnar picks up the lifeless UFC fighter and hits another F5, before tossing him to the outside. Lesnar then rips apart the steel steps outside of the ring, and powerbombs McGregor onto the larger of the two steel step pieces! McGregor is coughing up blood as Lesnar stands over him, his music again plays as the scene fades to a commercial break.
We return from commercial break inside the office of interim BWM Inc. Chair Megan Mouse. Mouse is surrounded by her bodyguards, the Authors of Pain, who tower behind her desk as she glares at Eric Bischoff, who sits directly across from her. From the looks of things, Megan has been chastising the recently appointed Director of Operations for some time before our cameras found them.
Megan: I can’t believe this! How could you let this happen? When I promoted you to this position, I expected that you’d conduct yourself and our business in a way that reflected well on the reputation I’ve built for myself in this industry! Instead, under your leadership, our holiday hiatus turned into a four month break and now I’m hearing that my father will be in the arena tonight! How does this happen?
Bischoff: I’m so sorry, Megan, I had no idea that Benny would be here tonight. You have my word that I’ll do everything I can to make sure he doesn’t cause any trouble.
Megan: It’s a little late for that! I should have been hard at work promoting the return of the most-watched wrestling show of all time, yet I’ve had to again divert my attention towards my father. It’s been two years since we’ve seen him, and who knows what kind of mental state he’s in tonight. Do you know how dangerous this situation is for me?
Bischoff: I understand, boss. I’ll make sure everything goes smoothly tonight.
Megan: You better. We can’t afford any more mistakes. We have a reputation to uphold, and I won’t let anything ruin that! Now, get out of here and do your God damn job. I have better things to do than to babysit you all night! Find Rob Amick, and I’m sure that will lead us straight to my father.
Eric nods and quickly exits Megan’s office, leaving the stressed out boss to gather her thoughts. She takes a deep breath and tries to calm herself down, knowing that the show must go on, no matter what.
We cut to MJF’s locker room, where the Generational Talent is seen pacing around on his cellphone as Wardlow stands guard by the door. MJF is overheard saying that if things don’t turn around soon, he’ll be out the door.
MJF: “Yes, I know you’re running a show tonight, but you made the right decision taking time from that to call me. If this shit keeps at the pace it’s been going, I’ll gladly entertain your offer, Mr. Murrey.”
Wardlow glances over to MJF, who appears to be on a cellphone call with the WWE owner and founder of Murrey Entertainment/Ignite Wrestling. MJF says a quick thank you and says he’ll be in touch as he hangs up the phone, catching Wardlow’s gaze.
Wardlow: Nothing, just wondering what that was all about… was that who I think it was?
MJF starts to answer Wardlow, before stopping himself and shooting Wardlow an exasperated look.
MJF: Since when do I have to explain myself to you? Aren’t you the help? Why don’t you do your job and actually help me for once! Go get me some coffee, I’ve got a couple of more calls to make. I’m a once in a lifetime talent; I explain myself to NO ONE. Got it?
Wardlow, looking slightly degraded, nods in agreement and the scene fades with Wardlow exiting the locker room to get MJF’s coffee.
At ringside, Splinter and Kelly are still in shock at what we’ve seen in tonight’s opening contest. Everyone expected McGregor to pose a serious threat to Lesnar, but instead the Beast made quick work of him and they have learned that McGregor is en route to a local medical facility.
The announcers then go over what we just saw backstage with MJF and Wardlow, in which Splinter questions the longterm strategy of degrading a man the size of Wardlow. That said, Splinter agrees that MJF has a right to be angry about how the last four months of his career have gone, as BWM Inc. surely made a lot of promises to him to lure him away from MMouse Enterprises last summer.
They also recap the first round of the TV title tournament; in which Wardlow, Vader, Samoa Joe, Darby Allin, Cody Rhodes, and Goldust have already secured second-round spots. Tonight, the first round concludes, with the final two spots for round two to be filled.
Match #2 | TV Championship Tournament — Round 1
Rusev (0-0) vs. Lex Luger (0-0)
As the bell sounds, Splinter hypes up both men, who are both in incredible shape. Splinter says Luger has had a tumultuous career over the last two decades, and has failed to reach the heights he reached in Benny Mouse’s WCW in the early 2000s. However, Luger appears to be in the best shape of his life, and Splinter says that a TV Championship win could put him back on the right track.
Luger starts the match off strong, charging at Rusev and attempting to take him down with a powerful clothesline. But Rusev was quick on his feet, dodging the attack and retaliating with a swift kick to Luger’s midsection. Luger stumbled back, but quickly regained his footing, determined to take down his opponent.
The two men circled each other, each looking for an opening. Luger lunged forward again, this time grabbing Rusev in a headlock. Rusev struggled to break free, but Luger held on tight, squeezing his opponent’s neck with all his might.
Rusev managed to wriggle free, and the two men continued to grapple back and forth, neither able to gain a clear advantage. The crowd was on the edge of their seats, cheering and shouting encouragement to both men in an even split.
Luger was down, and Rusev saw his opportunity. He climbed to the top rope and launched himself into the air, coming down hard on Luger with a crushing leg drop. Luger groaned in pain as Rusev rolled in him into position, locking on a back-wrenching Accolade! Luger tried desperately to escape, but was unable to break the hold, leaving him no choice but to tap out!
Winner: Rusev (1-0)
Match Time: 12:02
Following the match, Rusev grabs a microphone and informs the world that he will hereby go by the name Miro, and is here to redeem the world of professional wrestling.
Renee Young is backstage with Charlotte Flair. Young asks Flair how it feels to be back after the AEW’s extended break. Flair says that it’s great to be back to work on Monday nights, but expresses frustration with the booking because she was originally slated to face Athena Star, which has been a dream match for her since she was a kid. Flair says she understands that the situation is out of both of their control, but she would be lying if she said she wasn’t disappointed by the fact that the match wasn’t rescheduled for tonight.
Flair is interrupted by Eric Bischoff, who wanders into frame, apparently scouring the backstage area for any signs of Benny Mouse, Rob Amick, or Benny’s personal bodyguard Armageddon. Flair tells Bischoff that he’s just the man she wanted to see, and asks for him to reschedule the match for next week. Bischoff, looking totally uninterested, agrees and tells her that the two can have their dream match next week. He then asks if Charlotte has noticed anything out of the usual backstage tonight, to which she replies no.
Bischoff exits as he continues his search for Megan’s father, while Charlotte looks pleased about the contest being booked for next week.
Outside of MJF’s locker room, Wardlow is seen walking through the hallway with the coffee his boss ordered. Before he can reinter the locker room, he’s interrupted by Vader!
Vader tells Wardlow that he was watching backstage and saw how MJF treated him. Vader says that if anyone knows how demoralizing it feels to be MJF’s bodyguard, it’s him. Vader said there’s no mistake about it, Max is talented, but he’s also a narcissist and has been told his whole life that he’s something special. That’s created a chip on his shoulder, and causes him to treat people in ways that are beneath them, himself included. Vader says the best thing he’s ever done was to break free of MJF, and says that one day soon, Wardlow will truly understand what he’s talking about.
Before Wardlow even has the chance to defend himself or his boss MJF, the locker room door pops open as MJF emerges. He can be heard saying “Thank you, Lenny, we’ll talk soon” as he hangs up his phone and quickly grabs the coffee from Wardlow’s hands and takes a sip. He immediately spits out the coffee and tosses the cup in Vader’s face! Vader falls to the ground, screaming in agony as MJF motions for Wardlow to rejoin him inside the room. The door closes abruptly as MJF can be heard saying that he hates decaf.
We cut to what appears to be Kevin Nash’s home, where the legendary superstar is shown from an exterior window having dinner with his wife and children. Suddenly, the front door bursts open, as Hulk Hogan enters the home, accompanied by a TV camera crew.
Hulk Hogan: Brother! I’m sorry I didn’t come to visit you after you got out of the hospital, I was busy trying to get my reality TV show off the ground and all that, but I had to come here in person to apologize and make it up to you.
Kevin Nash: What the hell, Hogan? You couldn’t have just sent a card or called me? And why are you bringing TV cameras into my home?
Hulk Hogan: Well, brother, I thought it would be a nice gesture to show the world that we’re still tight, even after everything that’s gone down since your injury.
Kevin Nash: I’m not interested in being a part of your reality show, Hogan. You can apologize to me without making a big production of it!
Hulk Hogan: Okay, okay, brother… I get it. But can’t we at least do a quick scene for the cameras? It’ll be great for ratings!
Nash looks extremely annoyed, as he gestures to the table where he and his family were sitting and enjoying a nice family meal before Hogan’s interruption.
Kevin Nash: No way! This is a private family dinner, and I won’t let you turn it into a TV show!
Hogan looks confused by Nash’s reaction, but is willing to concede that he’s arrived at a bad time.
Hulk Hogan: Okay, okay. I understand, brother. I’ll just be on my way…
Hogan turns directly to the camera, facing away from Nash. He delivers a heartfelt apology to Nash while looking right into the camera, promising to be a better friend in the future. Nash rolls his eyes as Hogan starts to leave. Nash stands up and calls for Hogan as he’s walking away.
Kevin Nash: Wait a minute, I thought I’d let you know since you never called, that I’ve been cleared to return to the ring. Hogan tells Nash that’s great news, and Nash tells him he can be on his way now.
Hogan looks dejected as he exits, realizing that his grand apology was a flip. Nash turns back to his wife and kids, shaking his head in disbelief.
Kevin Nash: Unreal… I can’t believe that guy sometimes, and it’s getting worse the older we get.
The camera crew awkwardly packs up their equipment as Kevin Nash and his family return to their dinner, laughing at the absurdity of the situation.
Match # 3 | Exhibition Match
Victoria (0-0) vs. Chyna (1-0)
Victoria makes her way to the ring and receives a great ovation, as the women’s wrestling legend readies herself for her first one on one contest in All Elite Wrestling. Splinter and Kelly discuss the impressive debut of Chyna on the last Dynamite of 2022, in which she easily defeated Billie Kay and Peyton Royce in a handicapped match. Kelly notes that Victoria, who helped pioneer the reemergence of women’s wrestling in the late 2000s, has her work cut out for her here tonight.
The two women circled each other as the bell sounds, each looking for an opening. Victoria was quick to attach, lunging forward with a powerful kick to Chyna’s midsection. This sent the 9th Wonder of the World stumbling back, but Chyna was quickly able to regain her footing.
The two continued to grapple back and forth, with Victoria hoping to offset Chyna’s power advantage with her speed and experience. That experience resulted in Victoria surprising Chyna by taking her off her feet, and she followed it up with a quick leg drop and attempted a cover. Chyna easily bucked her off before she could even get a 1 count.
The match was intense, with both women giving it their all. As the match wore on, Chyna began to gain the upper hand. Chyna nailed Victoria with a gorilla press slam and sent her flying into the corner, where she unleashed a barrage of offensive strikes, leaving the former Women’s Champion defenseless.
Chyna charged at Victoria with the handspring elbow, but the veteran Victoria was able to avoid it and transitioned it into a Widow’s Peak from out of nowhere! Victoria covered Chyna, exasperated and desperate. To her shock and the shock of the audience, Chyna kicked out after 2!
Vitoria attempted to scoop Chyna up for a second Widow’s Peak, but this time it was Chyna who countered, catching her off guard with a kick to the gut and following it up with a vicious pedigree that slammed Victoria’s skull hard into the mat.
The crowd roared and counted along with the referee as Chyna got the 3 count! Splinter and Kelly put over another impressive showing from Chyna, and applauded Victoria’s efforts as she fared much better than The IIconics did. Splinter said the Knockout’s Division continues to heat up, as Chyna has just put the entire division, including champion Asuka on notice!
Winner: Chyna (2-0)
Match Time: 14:27
Backstage, Renee Young is standing by with a microphone as she sees Randy Orton walk through the hallway. She quickly motions for the cameraman to follow her as she attempts a walking interview with the Legend Killer.
Renee Young: Randy, can I get your thoughts on what we just saw with Kevin Nash and Hulk Hogan, and the fact that four months after your attack on Nash, he has finally been cleared to return to action next week?
Orton scowled at Young, annoyed by her questions.
Randy Orton: I do not give a single shit about Kevin Nash, Renee. Hell, I don’t give a single shit about Hogan, Hall, or even Randy Savage. They are all old news, and if they know what’s good for them, they’ll stay out of my way.
Young is taken back by Orton’s rude response, but she pressed on.
Renee Young: Okay, fair enough, but what about tonight’s World Title match? What are your thoughts on that?
Orton’s eyes light up.
Randy Orton: Now, that’s a question worth answering, Renee. Although I’m not really interested in watching the match, I am interested in the outcome. Because I deserve to be front and center of this company, and you can mark my words, it’s only a matter of time before I am crowned the All Elite Wrestling World Heavyweight Champion.
Renee nods, trying to hide her disappointment that Orton wasn’t interested in answering her original question about Kevin Nash. She quickly thanked Orton for his time and moved out of the shot.
As she walked away, Orton could be muttering to himself, “Kevin Nash. What a fucking joke. The only thing that matters to me is the World Heavyweight Championship.”
Backstage, Yokozuna and Umaga are making their way to their locker room when they’re suddenly greeted by their cousin, Roman Reigns! The Big Dog looks at them with a determined look on his face.
Roman: Hey guys, I know you’ve had a rough time lately with a few losses, but I wanted to tell you that I’m so proud of everything you have accomplished. You two are beasts in the ring, and it’s just a matter of time before you’re tag team champions again!
Yoko and Umaga smile at the encouragement from their cousin. Reigns does a once over of Yoko, who appears to be in the best shape of his career.
Roman: Damn, Uce, I gotta say, you’re in the best shape of your life. You’re a monster out there, and so are you, Umaga. With you two at my side, think of what we can accomplish! You two will dominate the tag division, and it won’t be long before I’m dominating the world title scene!
Yoko and Umaga both nod, a fire lit in their eyes at the thought of again winning tag team gold.
Yokozuna: We appreciate your support, cuz, and we won’t let you down.
Reigns pats Yoko on the back and gives him an encouraging nod.
Roman: I know you won’t, Uce.
The scene fades with the Samoan Connection looking more connected than ever.
Match #4 | TV Championship Tournament — Round 1
Lance Archer vs. ???
Lance Archer makes his way to the ring; Splinter and Kelly discuss how Archer was one of the hottest free agents in the business when he signed to the AEW last Summer following the draft. Splinter says that he worked with Archer when he wrestled under the name “Vance Archer” in ECW/TNA, and since that time Archer has clearly dedicated himself to building up a name for himself on the independent scene. Splinter says that whoever Archer’s opponent is tonight is in for a serious challenge.
Suddenly, the lights in the arena go out completely. The crowd roars as a familiar tune echos throughout the arena, and the words “Freshly Squeezed” appear on the trons. The crowd erupts into one of the biggest pops of the night as Orange Cassidy appears at the top of the entrance ramp! The Murrey Entertainment superstar and one of the hottest free agents of 2022 makes his way to the ring, as Splinter marks out from his seat.
As the lights come back on, OC is in the ring, leaning against the ropes in his trademarked sunglasses, denim jacket, and jeans. Splinter said the one-time indy sensation and Murrey Entertainment star has finally arrived in All Elite Wrestling!
The bell rang, and Archer charged towards Cassidy, looking to make quick work of the newcomer. But Cassidy seemed unfazed, barely moving as Archer approached.
Suddenly, Cassidy sprang to life, dodging Archer’s attack and delivering a quick kick to his midsection. The audience erupted into cheers as Cassidy’s hands stayed in his pockets, and he seemed to barely put any effort into his moves.
Archer was getting frustrated, unable to land a hit on Cassidy. But Cassidy remained calm, his hands still in his pockets as he continued to evade Archer’s attacks.
Then, in a surprising move, Cassidy removed his sunglasses, revealing a steely look in his eyes. He charged towards Archer, his movements suddenly becoming lightning fast, and delivered a powerful DDT.
Things continued to go the way of Orange Cassidy until Archer managed to chokeslam him into the corner, OC’s head smacking the top turnbuckle. Archer charged him, and OC leapt over his head, catching the much larger Archer off guard with a devastating Canadian Destoryer!
Cassidy waited for Archer to show some signs of life before nearly knocking his head off with the Orange Punch! A cover, a count, and a victory!
Winner: Orange Cassidy (1-0)
Match Time: 13:56
After the match, Splinter and Kelly discuss the shocking turn of event, noting that the first round has finally concluded and that the second round will officially kick off next week!
In his locker room, Kurt Angle is lacing up his boots surrounded by Jason Jordan and Chad Gable as Eric Bischoff enters. Bischoff informs Angle that American Alpha are barred from ringside in tonight’s main event triple threat match.
Angle was mad, calling the decision ridiculous. Bischoff says the decision has been made, and there’s nothing he can do about it. Angle says he doesn’t need any help to defeat AJ Styles or Bryan Danielson, because he’s a Wrestling God. It’s true, oh it’s DAMN true! Before Angle can exit, Bischoff asks all three men if they’ve happened to see Benny Mouse anywhere tonight. Angle laughs in his face and tells him to go to hell before exiting his locker room and heading towards the ring.
Match #5 | AEW World Heavyweight Championship | Triple Threat
AJ Styles (C) (2-0) vs. Kurt Angle (0-1) vs. Bryan Danielson (0-0)
During the introductions for tonight’s main event, Splinter and Kevin Kelly recap how we got to this point. Splinter said it all started on the first Dynamite, when AJ Styles captured his first world title of his career, only to be called out by the former PWI World Champion Kurt Angle the following week. It wasn’t long before Danielson, a longtime friend of Styles, found himself in the mix, and Angle’s henchmen American Alpha even picked up a tag team victory over Danielson and Styles after Angle managed to distract the champ. Now, tonight, we’re looking to put a ribbon on this storied feud with three of the best wrestlers in the entire world squaring off for the most coveted prize in the business!
Splinter said this was undoubtedly the biggest match of all three men’s careers, as the three talented superstars circled one another as the bell rang, the coveted championship on the line. Kelly said you’d normally have to shell out $50 bucks to see a match of this caliber, but AEW has made it a mission to give its fans the best wrestling product in the world, even if that means giving away PPV-level matches on Monday nights. Splinter says he knows fans had a lot of options for wrestling tonight, and thanked them for making Dynamite their first pick.
The match began with all three men trading blows, each one determined to gain the upper hand. Angle was the first to make a move, taking down Styles with a suplex, but Danielson quickly retaliated with a flying knee that sent Angle reeling. Styles seized the opportunity to hit Danielson with a dropkick, sending him tumbling to the mat.
The three men continued to battle back and forth, each one showing off their incredible athleticism and technical prowess. Angle was relentless, hitting both Styles and Danielson with a series of suplexes and slams, but they refused to stay down. Danielson was able to gain the advantage for a moment with a vicious Yes Lock submission hold, but Styles broke it up with a stunning swanton bomb!
As the match wore on, the exhaustion began to set in. Each man was pushing themselves to the limit, and it was clear that this match was going to be a war of attrition. Angle was the first to show signs of wear, collapsing to the mat after an incredible flurry of offense from both Styles and Danielson. But just when it seemed like the match was over, Angle powered through, hitting Styles with a devastating Angle Slam and locking Danielson in the ankle lock.
Just as it appeared that Danielson was ready to tap out, Styles caught Angle with the Phenomenal Forearm followed by a Pele Kick! Styles returned to the apron and went for a second Phenomenal Forearm on the dazed Angle. But, at the last second, Angle snapped out of it and countered, rolling the champion into an ankle lock! Styles fought through, rolling out of the maneuver and sending Angle into the turn buckle! Angle charged back at Styles, who sidestepped Angle, catching him with a hellacious Styles Clash!
Angle was out cold in the middle of the ring, but Danielson reemerged, hitting the champ with a series of kicks and strikes that left Styles reeling. However, Styles refused to give up.
Finally, after an incredible back-and-forth battle that lasted over thirty minutes, Styles was able to counter Danielson’s signature move, hitting him with the Styles Clash and securing the pinfall victory!
The crowd exploded in cheers as Styles was declared the winner, retaining his world title and cementing his place as one of the greatest wrestlers of all time. As the three men staggered out of the ring, battered and bruised but with a newfound respect for each other, they knew that they had just put on a match for the ages.
Winner and STILL AEW World Heavyweight Champion: AJ Styles
Match Time: 33:39
The crowd in Oakland gave AJ Styles a standing ovation, as the Phenomenal One finally removed any doubts about why he was the AEW World Heavyweight Champion! Styles took a deep breath, basking in the moment, when suddenly the lights went out.
The fans inside the Oracle Arena fell silent, as Kevin Kelly and Splinter expressed confusion, unsure of what was happening. Then, the silence ended as the opening notes of “Devil’s Sky” blared over the speakers, and the crowd exchanged their silence for deafening cheers.
The spotlight found Kenny Omega, standing at the entrance ramp with a wicked grin on his face! The scene faded with a bewildered AJ Styles starring down Kenny Omega, who has finally arrived in All Elite Wrestling after months of teaser videos.
In the doorway of the arena, Megan Mouse arrives to find her henchmen, the Authors of Pain, holding Rob Amick hostage. Megan demands to know where her father is; as Rob had promised the world that Benny would return tonight after his near two-year absence. With AOP holding Amick in place, Megan demanded answers, even slapping Amick across the face. Megan showed a paranoia through her actions that she once chastised her father for.
Just as Megan began to lose her patience, the AOP’s hold on Amick was broken, as Benny’s longtime personal bodyguard Armageddon appeared, tossing them off of Amick and out of the way.
As Armageddon turned his sights towards a now terrified Megan Mouse, Eric Bischoff tried to attack Armageddon, allowing her just enough time to run outside of the arena doors. The camera followed Megan outside, as she gasped for air, almost as if she was on the verge of a panic attack. As Megan entered the parking lot, a limousine appeared out of nowhere, charging at her at full speed!
Megan just barely jumped out of the way, her life a mere seconds away from being forever altered by the attempted hit and run. The limo disappeared into the distance, tires screeching. An exasperated Megan cried out from the parking garage floor; her father Benny nowhere to be found.