AEW wrapped up the round-robin stage in week 5 of the inaugural Continental Classic. Let’s check the standings and peak at a handful of promos from the participants heading into the league finals.
Week 5 results
Gold League: Jay White defeated Jon Moxley
Gold League: Swerve Strickland defeated Rush
Gold League: Mark Briscoe defeated Jay Lethal
Blue League: Eddie Kingston defeated Andrade
Blue League: Bryan Danielson vs. Claudio Castagnoli resulted in time-limit draw
Blue League: Daniel Garcia 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 - 12 points
Jay White - 12 points
Rush - 6 points
Mark Briscoe - 3 points
Jay Lethal - 0 points
Bryan Danielson - 10 points
Eddie Kingston - 9 points
Andrade - 9 points
Claudio Castagnoli - 7 points
Brody King - 6 points
Daniel Garcia - 3 points
The league finals are set. Moxley, Swerve, and White will compete in the triple-threat to determine the Gold winner. The Blue winner comes down to Danielson versus Kingston. Both matches take place on Wednesday night Dynamite.
Moxley had the best promo of the Gold League bunch. He was proud at finishing with maximum effort, but he was also angry at not earning a 5-0 record. Mox plans to show the world something special in the triple-threat. He was knocked down, has an injured leg, and now has to face two opponents instead of one. Rather than make excuses as a way to come to terms with potential defeat, Moxley is going to suck it up and get the job done. The lesson is that the world doesn’t care about excuses. Since the AEW fans paid their hard-earned money for tickets, they deserve 100% effort from Moxley.
EXCLUSIVE! Cameras caught up with an introspective @JonMoxley after his shocking loss to @JayWhiteNZ in the #AEWContinentalClassic. Next week the Gold League concludes on #AEWDynamite #NewYearsSmash with a 3-Man final of Moxley vs White vs @Swerveconfident! pic.twitter.com/zJrgG6qkX0— All Elite Wrestling (@AEW) December 21, 2023
Bryan Danielson doubled down on talk that Eddie Kingston is a bum. The Mad King takes pride in being king of the underdogs, and he’s going to use that disrespect as motivation to beat Danielson. Those promos lit a fire of intensity for their story. Their verbal exchange has already been covered, which you can view here.
The Continental Classic is a great example of the agony of defeat and the ecstasy of victory. Briscoe and Garcia were winless entering the final week. Their confidence was shaken, but their spirit never wavered. Both wrestlers picked up their first win in week 5.
Briscoe was jubilant backstage. He has maintained that this year is like his rookie season as a singles wrestler. Dat Boy is continually improving through competition, and he picked up wisdom about pace and intensity. The pieces are falling into place for future success.
EXCLUSIVE! “I AIN’T LOSE TONIGHT, BABY!” After his win against long-time #ROH rival, Jay Lethal in the #AEWContinentalClassic, @SussexCoChicken #MarkBriscoe makes sure to tell the cameras that this win isn’t just a one-off! pic.twitter.com/3VZHR3A7tL— All Elite Wrestling (@AEW) December 21, 2023
Garcia proved he is not a loser. The odds were stacked against him against one of the toughest men in the company, and he earned victory. Garcia is not naive enough to call himself a winner yet, but he is certainly not a loser. Daddy Magic was proud for Garcia pushing through without quitting.
EXCLUSIVE: @GarciaWrestling proved to the world during the #AEWContinentalClassic that he is not a loser.— All Elite Wrestling (@AEW) December 24, 2023
He will always keep fighting. Especially with figures like @theDaddyMagic at his side. pic.twitter.com/1My2vTn4vl
In honor of the first Continental Classic tournament, AEW released a special t-shirt.
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