AEW is heading to the finish line after week 4 of the inaugural Continental Classic. Let’s check the standings and peak at a handful of promos from the participants heading into week 5.
Week 4 results:
Gold League: Rush defeated Jay Lethal
Gold League: Jay White defeated Mark Briscoe
Gold League: Jon Moxley defeated Swerve Strickland
Blue League: Andrade defeated Brody King
Blue League: Claudio Castagnoli defeated Andrade
Blue League: Eddie Kingston defeated Daniel Garcia
Blue League: Bryan Danielson defeated Brody King
Rules dictate 3 points for a win and 1 point for a draw. The winners of the two leagues meet in the finale at the Worlds End PPV on December 30.
Jon Moxley - 12 points
Swerve Strickland - 9 points
Jay White - 9 points
Rush - 6 points
Jay Lethal - 0 points
Mark Briscoe - 0 points
Andrade - 9 points
Bryan Danielson - 9 points
Brody King - 6 points
Eddie Kingston - 6 points
Claudio Castagnoli - 6 points
Daniel Garcia - 0 points
The final week of matches are set:
Gold League: Jon Moxley vs. Jay White
Gold League: Swerve Strickland vs. Rush
Gold League: Mark Briscoe vs. Jay Lethal
Blue League: Bryan Danielson vs. Claudio Castagnoli
Blue League: Andrade vs. Eddie Kingston
Blue League: Brody King vs. Daniel Garcia
The talking point coming out of the fourth week was Jon Moxley’s victory over Swerve Strickland. The winning pin came under dubious circumstances. Not only was Swerve’s shoulder not clean on the mat, but Moxley openly admitted to cheating by grabbing Swerve’s belt to secure leverage on the roll-up.
Moxley claimed to teach Swerve a lesson. This business is not fair. At some point, everyone gets screwed. It’s what you do in the face of adversity that counts. Moxley isn’t out to destroy the next generation. He’s trying to make them better. For AEW to thrive into the future, they need the best of the best. Moxley believes Swerve can be one of the leaders of AEW’s future. It’s interesting how Moxley’s promo relates to the mission statement in the formation of the Blackpool Combat Club.
EXCLUSIVE: The #AEWContinentalClassic GOLD LEAGUE points leader, @JonMoxley, hopes @Swerveconfident learned something from their match last night at #AEWDynamite #WinterIsComing! pic.twitter.com/imyudCIVSL— All Elite Wrestling (@AEW) December 14, 2023
Swerve wasn’t deterred by defeat. The plan hasn’t changed. He takes pride that a former world champion had to hold his trunks to beat him. Swerve is coming for the top spot.
The fly in the ointment for a potential semifinal rematch between Moxley and Swerve is Jay White. Switchblade subtly addressed criticism about his loss to one-legged MJF at Full Gear by stating his credibility is now backed by 9 points. White also spoke with Renee Paquette about his career record versus Mox. Switchblade holds the edge 1-0. The tension from Renee is reason enough to watch this promo.
Bryan Danielson has been on a roll in the promo game. He delivered another dandy. Danielson feels the end of his full-time career coming, but the end is not here yet. He loves the experience of this tournament. Fighting brings him joy. Claudio Castagnoli is the next challenge, and Danielson fully expects his friend to target his injury. He wouldn’t want it any other way.
My favorite promo of the batch comes from Brody King. The message is simple. This tournament is for the motherf*ckers who bleed for professional wrestling.
EXCLUSIVE: Brody King speaks on his journey in the #AEWContinentalClassic Blue League so far.— All Elite Wrestling (@AEW) December 17, 2023
Watch @Brodyxking vs. @GarciaWrestling NEXT WEEK on #AEWCollision in the #AEWContinentalClassic Blue League LIVE on TNT 8/7c pic.twitter.com/p84N3eUXeW
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