All Elite Wrestling returns to pay-per-view TONIGHT (Sun., Mar. 5, 2023) with Revolution. The show comes our way from the Chase Center in San Francisco at 8pm ET.
A pre-show, Zero Hour, will stream live and free starting at 7:00 p.m. Eastern / 4:00 p.m. Pacific on All Elite’s YouTube channel, Bleacher Report, and right here at Cageside Seats.
In the U.S. & Canada, the main card is available at Bleacher Report, and via cable & satellite providers for $49.99. Internationally, it’s $19.99 on Fite.tv.
We’ll have predictions from the staff for every match here, and a preview for the entire show here.
Cageside Seats will provide LIVE match-by-match coverage of Revolution below, beginning with the first match of the evening and right on through to the main event.
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AEW REVOLUTION QUICK RESULTS
- MJF def. Bryan Danielson, 4-3
- The Gunns def. The Acclaimed and Jeff Jarrett & Jay Lethal and Orange Cassidy & Danhausen
- Wardlow def. Samoa Joe
- Hangman Page def. Jon Moxley
- Jamie Hayter def. Ruby Soho and Saraya
- House of Black def. The Elite
- Jungle Boy def. Christian Cage
- Ricky Starks def. Chris Jericho
- Mark Briscoe & Lucha Bros def. Ari Daivari & Varsity Athletes
AEW REVOLUTION LIVE BLOG & MATCH COVERAGE
You bit the hand that fed you, ripped the fingers to the bone. You were scoring blood when times were lean, while I looked on and liveblogged this here pro wrestling show for these folks.
The preshow opens up with Renee Paquette welcoming us and tossing to her cohost, RJ City, who’s backstage at the red carpet.
They go back and forth previewing the show with interviews, as these things usually go.
Ari Daivari & Varsity Athletes (Josh Woods & Tony Nese) vs. Lucha Brothers (Penta el Zero M & Rey Fenix) & Mark Briscoe
Nese and Penta to start, Zero taunts him right into the ropes and we get all six men going face to face! Trading punches, Briscoe with a little Redneck Kung Fu on Daivari on the floor! Fenix with a springboard crossbody on Nese, Mark back in with a big boot, off hte ropes, stereo dropkicks!
Briscoe with a diving blockbuster off the apron, Penta with the Here It Is Driver... NESE KICKS OUT! “Smart” Mark Sterling runs interference on the apron, Penta slingshots him in and Daivari makes the save! Tag to Woods, and the Varsity Athletes begin working Penta over at some length.
Penta gets some separation, double DDT takes Ari and Tony out! Off the ropes, Sling Blade takes Josh off his feet! Tag to Fenix, solebutt, boot up, knucklelock and an overhand chop, double jump lucha arm drag! Woods comes in, Rey clobbers him with kicks, double jump tornillo is met with a knee!
Final Cut into the turnbuckles, Penta breaks it up with a double stomp! Nese and Fenix jockeying for position up top, Rey slips but still gets most of an avalanche Frankensteiner! Tag to Briscoe, Redneck Kung Fu for everybody! Pele kick takes Woods out, Mark’s fired up, whip into a boot clears Nese to the floor!
Duck a lariat, Sick Kick on Daivari, following it up with the Rude Awakening! Lucha Brothers with stereo planchas, Briscoe sets up a chair, off the ropes... POETRY IN MOTION TOPE CON GIRO! Back inside, Tower of Doom, Nese off the top with the 450 splash... PENTA BREAKS IT UP!
Fenix gets a shaky referee Mike Posey to his feet, Daivari wants the Pepsi Twist but Fenix breaks it up and we get an “everybody do something cool” segment! Jay Driller blocked, Woods cracks Briscoe over his head with some kind of foreign object! Double-teams, falling splash from Daivari... MARK BRISCOE WON’T STAY DOWN!
Ari with double underhooks, Lucha Brothers slide in with stereo superkicks! Nese passes Fenix into the ropes but eats a rebound crescent kick! Penta gets Nese up un a Gory Special, Fenix feeds Daivari into it... GORY NECKBREAKER / PILEDRIVER COMBO! Briscoe off the top...
Lucha Brothers & Mark Briscoe win by pinfall with Froggy Bow from Briscoe on Ari Daivari.
Post-match, Alex Abrahantes grabs Mark Sterling and throws him in the ring... PENTA SPIKES HIM WITH FEAR FACTOR!
The main show opens up with commentary welcoming us to the show and tossing to some Draft Kings hype.
Chris Jericho vs. “Absolute” Ricky Starks
Starks hot off the gates with punches and chops, taking Jericho corner to corner and beating the holy hell out of him until referee Aubrey Edwards physically pulls him away! Chris with chops of his own, whip reversed, shoulder block connects! Action to the floor, Ricky throwing him into the barricade and posing before throwing him back inside!
Y2J with a couple kicks, chops in the corner, trying to reassert himself, but he misses on a Lionsault! Starks tries to capitalize, Jericho hangs him over the ropes via the injured ribs and blasts him into the barricade! Chris grinding him down in the corner, stepping on him, keeping him off-balance, underhooks... BUTTERFLY BACKBREAKER!
Pressing the attack, putting Ricky on the floor and hammering him with forearms, back inside with a Cobra Twist and elbows to the ribs! He gets awayducks a lariat, tornado DDT connects... NOPE! Up in the turnbuckles and jockeying for position, Rick knocks him down and dives but Jericho cuts him out of midair with a knee!
Fireman’s carry, Death Valley Driver from the Ocho... SO CLOSE! Powerbomb from Starks... STILL NOT ENOUGH! Off the ropes for a spear... JERICHO COUNTERS WITH A CODEBREAKER BUT STARKS WON’T STAY DOWN! On their knees, forehead-to-forehead, trading forearms, off the ropes and Jericho runs right into a single-leg dropkick!
Starks fired up, moonsault nobody home but he lands on his feet, heel trip and Chris has the Walls of Jericho locked in! Ricky counters and locks a half-crab on Y2J! Sammy Guevara comes to ringside in defiance of the order for the Jericho Appreciation Society to stay away but Action Andretti counters him!
Jericho gets passed Floyd while referee Aubrey Edwards is distracted and lands a cheap shot to the ribs! Starks to his feet... HE BLOCKS THE JUDAS EFFECT! Repeated punches to the head, clubbing blows, a knee lift, pulling Chris in... ROSHAMBO! IT’S OVER!
Ricky Starks wins by pinfall with Roshambo.
Christian Cage vs. “Jungle Boy” Jack Perry (Final Burial Match)
We’re dressed for a street fight and Perry come in hot, mounted punches, and the action spills to the floor! Cage with body blows, throwing him back inside, Jack with a rebound dropkick and Christian runs away through the crowd! Jungle Boy follows after him and they end up brawling on the ramp.
Again Cage runs away, this time back to the ring, and Perry meets him with a stomp. Smashing him into the turnbuckles, big chops, Christian choking him in the ropes but Jack kicks him to the floor and dives on him! Throwing Cage into the steel steps, smashing his head into the diamond plate, standing on his hand to stomp it but Christian recovers and trips Perry into the steel skull-first!
Bleeding from the bridge of his nose, Cage pulls Jungle Boy’s belt off and whips him with it! Choking Jack with the belt, dragging him to the stage where the casket is and he pulls two chairs out of the casket! Jack wakes up and cuts him off, fireman’s carry, Cage blocks, jockeying for position and Christian slams him in the dirt!
Perry recovers and grabs a chair but Cage kicks him in the gentleman’s area when he hesitates! Smashing his face into the casket, Christian puts him in and goes to shut the lid but Jungle Boy blocks! Choking him, trying to close it again but Jack won’t give!
Punching away at Christian’s wound, Jungle Boy climbs out of the casket but gets met with a handful of dirt in the eyes! Cage picks him up... KILLSWITCH INTO THE DIRT! Christian wants the Con-Chair-To... JACK GETS AWAY! Perry swings a shovel at him to block the chairshots but Cage gets it and tries to choke him with it!
Jungle Boy turns him around and chokes him with it but Christian gouges his eyes to get away! Jack ducks a shovel swing and puts the Snare Trap on, adding the shovel in! He puts Cage on the chair and grabs its mate... CON-CHAIR-TO! Perry drags him over to the casket and lays him inside it, kissing his forehead!
“Jungle Boy” Jack Perry wins by closing the casket with Christian Cage inside it.
House of Black (Brody King, Buddy Matthews, & Malakai Black) vs. the Elite (Kenny Omega, Matt Jackson, & Nick Jackson) (c) (AEW World Trios Championship)
Don Callis is on commentary for this one.
Matthews and Omega to start, trading wristlocks, top wristlock from Kenny, Buddy shoots him off, shoulder block. Black tags in, Omega with a wristlock, Malakai passes him over boot up in the corner, up and over, big arm drag countered into a keylock!
Kenny just barely ducks a roundhouse kick, One-Winged Angel denied, Black Mass barely misses... STALEMATE! The match breaks down, all six men brawling in the ring, Bucks working Matthews over, slingshot X-Factor from Nick and then he moonsaults off the apron into Black!
Matt up top, crossbody to the floor! King inside hammering at Omega, action to the floor where he throws him into the barricade! Freight train crossbody while Black hammers Matt’s face with kicks! Brody back inside, big chops to Nick, tag to Buddy and a pumphandle maneuver gets reversed into a victory roll pin for two!
King back in, corner body avalanche and a biel! Nick ducks a lariat and staggers the big man with a kick! Omega tags in, off hte top, diving crossbody and he fends off Brody’s teammates with axhandles! Brody shrugs one off, basement dropkick puts him to one knee, Kotaro Krusher... NOPE!
Fireman’s carry, Finlay Roll into the moonsault... THE KNEES ARE UP! Matthews shotgun dropkicks Kenny and knocks the Bucks off the apron! House of Black triple team denied with kicks, V-Trigger connects to the back of Brody’s head... NOT ENOUGH! Omega wants the Dragon suplex, but King breaks his grip and drops him with a huge lariat!
Matthews and Black with quick tags, hoisting Omega up but Nick makes the save! Malakai lays him out with a kick, rising knee for Omega, rolling into a figure four legscissor... MATT BREAKS IT UP WITH AN ELBOW DROP! Superkick Party takes Brody down, Buddy with Meteora, more superkicks, a standing Shiranui but Malakai blasts Matt Jackson with a knee!
Kenny and Malakai trading forearms in the middle of the ring, overhead elbow from Black gets a knee! Knee out of the corner gets a V-Trigger and both men are down and out! Julia Hart grabs Nick’s boot and King dangles him off the apron with a sleeper! Matt cuts him off with a superkick, another one, V-Trigger kncoks him down!
Black throwing kicks, Kenny gets the Dragon suplex! Another one, Julia Hart gets up on the apron to run interference, turns around into Black Mass but ducks it, Black slips out of One-Winged Angel and sidesteps... OMEGA BLASTS JULIA WITH THE V-TRIGGER! BLACK MASS CONNECTS BUT NICK JACKSON MAKES THE SAVE!
Brody and Buddy throw him out of the ring and hoist Kenny up for Dante’s Inferno... THIS TIME MATT MAKES THE SAVE! Matthews kicks him to the floor... BRODY DIVES ON BOTH BUCKS AND THROWS MATT INTO THE CROWD! Surrounding Kenny Omega, Malakai draws him up but the Bucks recover and pull his teammates out of the ring!
Superkick Party on Black, on Matthews, on King! Tag to Matt, BTE Trigger... BUDDY BREAKS IT UP! Nick cuts him off with a gamengiri, the Bucks call for the Meltzer Driver but Matthews cuts Nick out of midair with a knee! Black Mass sets him up, Dante’s Inferno...
House of Black win by pinfall with a lateral press from Malakai Black on Matt Jackson to become your new AEW World Trios Champions.
Jamie Hayter (c) vs. Ruby Soho vs. Saraya (AEW Women’s World Championship)
Hayter with a back elbow for Saraya and a lariat for Soho and Saraya goes around and trips her up from the floor! Throwing Jamie over the barricade, Ruby dives on her with a dropkick to the floor! Brawling out into the crowd, Soho holding court with chops until she gets double Hot Shotted into the barricade!
Saraya brings Hayter back to ringside and clubs at her, back inside, front kick and a headbutt, fighting to the apron. Jockeying for position, Hayter shoves her into the post and hits an STO into the apron! Ruby back into the match, reverse chinlock grounding the champion!
Jamie to her feet as Saraya comes back in and somehow Hayter ends up on top with charging elbows, stacking them up for a lariat and then a double suplex! Off the ropes, double lariat... NOPE! All three women down and out, Hayter clutching her knee while Dr. Britt Baker, DMD leads the crowd in a singalong for her.
All three women slugging it out from their knees to their feet, Saraya ends up in the middle eating all the forearms but kicks and slaps get her out of it briefly! Windmill punches send her to the apron, Ruby off the ropes with the headscissors driver... SO CLOSE!
Up in the turnbuckles, Saraya returns... TOWER OF DOOM FOR TWO! She gets the Scorpion Crosslock on Soho and Hayter breaks it up with a wicked lariat! Toni Storm runs interference, Hayter blasts her with a forearm and Saraya takes advantage to hit the cradle DDT!
Britt runs interference, Ruby in with Destination Unknown on Saraya... JAMIE BREAKS IT UP! Looking for No Future, Hayter blocks it, ripcord lariat on Saraya when she comes in, Ruby with a cradle for two! Duck a kick, Jamie with a schoolboy, only two! Trying again...
Jamie Hayter wins by pinfall with a crucifix pin on Ruby Soho, retaining the AEW Women’s World Championship.
Post-match, Toni Storm attacks Hayter and puts boots to her! Saraya joins her pal, Britt Baker runs in, Soho is down and out in the corner trying to figure out how she wants to play it and she dumps Saraya and Toni to the floor! She tells them they don’t run this place and this is their home!
Hayter raises Ruby’s hand... NO FUTURE! BRITT TAKES DESTINATION UNKNOWN! Ruby stands tall and Storm, furious, knocks a camera operator out and smashes the camera on the floor! Saraya gives Ruby the spray paint and she takes it, spraying Ls on Team DMD!
“Hangman” Adam Page vs Jon Moxley (Texas Death Match)
Hangman cuts Moxley off in his entrance beats him down in the crowd! To the ringside area, throwing Jon in, Page ducks a lariat and they get to trading forearms and chops! Mox lays him out long enough to provoke a count from referee Paul Turner and goes and gets a length of barbed wire.
He and Adam fight over the wire and Hangman grinds it into Moxley’s forehead! Wrapping it around his boot while Jon bleeds, wrists clutched... ADAM STOMPS THE BARBED WIRE INTO MOX’S CHEST BUT HE BLOCKS AND RAINS MOUNTED PUNCHES DOWN! Another coil of wire, Jon wrapping around his fist and punching Page with it!
Triangle choke applied, Moxley spikes Hangman again and again in the forehead with a fork! More fork action in the corner, tearing at the wound before going around ringside and grabbing a steel chair wrapped in barbed wire and wedging it into the turnbuckles!
Mox stops short of a whip and dodges a charge, sending Adam Page face-first into the wire! Jon gets a couple chairs and does a little hardcore feng shui, putting two chairs back to back and setting a coil of barbed wire on top! Page with a fireman’s carry, Moxley slips out, mounted punches in the corner and biting Hangman’s wound!
Adam slips under... POWERBOMB INTO THE BARBED WIRE CHAIRS! Hangman with a coil of wire, wrapping it around his torso... BARBED WIRE ORIHARA MOONSAULT CONNECTS! Page leans a barbed wire board against a chair in the ramp but when he returns to the ring Moxley takes him out with an Ace Crusher!
Mox to the floor and he grabs a couple bricks and a length of chain! Back inside, he sandwiches Hangman’s hand between the bricks and stomps them! Page clutching his hand, Jon gets the chain and piles it in the middle of the ring... PILEDRIVER INTO THE CHAIN!
Page beats the ten count, Mox deathlocks his legs and ties the chain around his feet before applying a deathlock STF! Hangman bites his hand and flips the bird before slapping Jon across the face! Jon rolls to the floor and sets up a pair of chairs and bridges them with a barbed wire board!
Again Adam beats the count and Moxley goes back in, stepping on the injured hand to stop him grabbing the barbed wire chair! Jon sets the barbed wire chair on the mat, Page goes for Deadeye but Jon reverses to a reverse chinlock! Backdrop Driver cuts him off and Hangman drops him with a lariat!
Trading strikes, Page scoops him up... FALLAWAY SLAM INTO THE BARBED WIRE CHAIR! DEADEYE INTO THE CHAIR IMMEDIATELY AFTER! Jon beats the count and goes to the floor and Hangman puts him into the barbed wire board at the base of the ramp with a plancha!
Cutting Page off in the turnbuckles, raking his back deep with jagged fingernails and Hangman returns the favor! Moxley grinds the wire into Page’s back and Adam returns the favor to the forehead! Jon with a desperate lunge... HANGMAN GOES OFF THE TOP AND INTO THE BARBED WIRE BOARD MOX HAD BRIDGED ACROSS TWO CHAIRS!
Turner makes his count and Page makes it to his feet at the absolute last split second! Jon drops him with a lariat when he returns to the ring but again he beats the count! Page lays him out with a lariat, to the apron, Buckshot reversed... DEATH RIDER! HE SETS THE BRICKS UP AND HITS BLACKOUT ONTO THE BRICKS! Page back on his feet and Jon puts a sleeper hold on him!
Falling back, body scissors, adjusting, Adam manages to get to his feet but succumbs to the choke and collapses! Referee counting again, Moxley winds the chain around his fist and lays in wait, Hangman has the other end of the chain and pulls him in for a lariat!
Jockeying for position over the bricks, Page chokes Jon with the chain but he slips away! HANGMAN PAGE CLOBBERS MOXLEY WITH ONE OF THE BRICKS TO THE FACE! Hangman to the apron, Jon flips him the bird... BUCKSHOT! A LARIAT SENDS MOX OVER THE ROPES WITH THE CHAIN WRAPPED AROUND HIS NECK!
HANGMAN PAGE HANDS JON MOXLEY WITH THE CHAIN! HE TAPS! IT’S OVER!
“Hangman” Adam Page wins by submission by hanging Moxley over the ropes with the chain.
Samoa Joe (c) vs. Wardlow (AEW TNT Championship)
Wardlow taking it to Joe with heavy hands on the floor, throwing him into the barricade and then back inside and Samoa cuts him off with the suicide dive! Throwing Mr. Mayhem into the post, back inside, jabs in the corner, whip across, Wardlow steps up into a senton atomico and follows it up with shoulder thrusts in the corner!
Hard whip into the corner, mounted punches from the challenger and a straight suplex follows. Crossface strikes and overhead elbows, big chop in the ropes! Joe gets back into it, throwing hands, punch for punch, a leg kick crumbles Wardlow and he follows it with a heel hook and Mr. Mayhem grabs the ropes for the break!
Jabs ahoy, Samoa off the ropes and Wardlow plants him with a spinebuster! Fireman’s carry, he hits the F-10 and goes up top and hits the senton atomico... ONLY TWO! Joe gets the Coquina Clutch, Wardlow flagging but not failing, he manages to crawl and get a foot on the ropes!
Wardlow gets him up but Joe escapes and lays him out with a lariat! Headbutt from Mr. Mayhem and he follows it with a bodyscissors sleeper! Referee doing the arm test on Samoa... HE’S OUT! IT’S OVER!
Wardlow wins by referee stoppage with a bodyscissors sleeper hold, becoming your new AEW TNT Champion.
Powerhouse Hobbs conducts the symphony from a skybox, staring Wardlow down ahead of their title match this week.
Ass Boys (Austin & Colten Gunn) (c) vs. Danhausen & Orange Cassidy vs. Jay Lethal & Jeff Jarrett) vs. the Acclaimed (Anthony Bowens & Max Caster) (AEW World Tag Team Championship)
Jarrett and Cassidy to start, Jeff isn’t having the “hands in the pocket crap” but ducks under a collar and elbow and struts for the crowd! Orange returns the favor, ducking a lockup and doing a lazy strut before putting his hands in his pockets! Dropkick, back body drops as all the heels run in and he winds up a big punch the mere threat of which sends Jeff reeling!
Taghausen to Danhausen, stacking lariats up on Lethal, up for a slam but Jarrett cuts Danhausen off! Tijeras for Lethal, northern lights with the bridge... NOPE! Gunns tag in and try to work Danhausen over, he fends them off best he can and tags Cassidy back in!
Smashing both Ass Boys into the turnbuckles, off the top, diving crossbody, satellite DDT for Austin and a dive for Colten! Winding the Orange Punch up but Austin tags out to Jay Lethal! Lethal Combination, finger to the sky, Stundog Millionaire replaces a suplex and a tag to Caster!
Scissor Me Timbers denied when Jeff runs in, Sonjay Dutt saves him from the same fate and takes the Scissor Me Timbers instead! Acclaimed scissor and the Ass Boys run in and cut them off! Jay putting boots to Bowens, Jarrett with a cheap choke while referee Aubrey Edwards is occupied!
Side Russian legsweep, putting boots to Anthony and poking the eyes! Topknot Gunn tags in, double-teams on Bowens but no pin! Delayed vertical suplex, heels aligned and the heat segment rolls on. Anthony shoves Lethal into Jarrett and tags Caster in! Lariats aplenty, superkick takes Jeff out!
Whip reversed, Caster ducks a lariat, hits one of his own and kips up! Olympic Slam follows, cover... JARRETT BREAKS IT UP! Arm wringer, Stroke blcoked, Max with a fireman’s carry but Lethal cuts him off! The alliance ends when the Ass Boys attack Lethal and Jarrett and Satnam Singh hits the ring to throw them to the floor!
He turns around to see Danhausen pointing a finger and trying to curse him! Dutt comes in to deal with Danhausen, he breaks Sonjay’s pencil and boots him to the floor! Orange Punch, low blow, Daddy Ass slides in... FAMEASSER ON THE SEVEN FOOTER! THE ASS BOYS HIT THEIR OWN DAD IN THE GENTLEMAN’S AREA!
The Acclaimed send the Gunns flying, big back elbows and chops, superkick sets Colten up for a fireman’s carry slam and a running knee! Catching Austin, the Arrival connects, Max off the top... MIC DROP BUT COLTEN MAKES THE SAVE! The match breaks down, Bowens gets sent to the floor, Jarrett tags in.
Guitar in hand, Caster ducks the Kabong and picks the guitar up! Max lines him up but Aubrey takes the guitar away! JAY LETHAL BLASTS CASTER WITH PAUL WALTER HAUSER’S GOLDEN GLOBE! JARRETT HITS THE STROKE AND MAX CASTER KICKS OUT! Jeff argues with Edwards and shoves her!
She shoves back, she’s not taking his shit! The Ass Boys throw Jarrett to the floor, Danhausen goes for a pin, only two! Rebound German suplex out of the corner, the elbow pad comes off, cursing Colten but Austin slides in...
Ass Boys win by pinfall with 3:10 to Yuma on Danhausen, retaining the AEW World Tag Team Championship.
Post-match, the Ass Boys are interviewed in the ring and Colten asks who’s an Ass Boy now. (Well, you two are.) Austin claims they’re the best tag team in the world...
FTR ARE BACK! THEY HIT THE RING AND LAY THEM OUT WITH SHATTER MACHINE! DAX IS BLEEDING FOR SOME REASON!
They pick up the AEW World Tag Team Championship title belts and hold them high.
“American Dragon” Bryan Danielson vs. Maxwell Jacob Friedman (c) (AEW World Championship 60-Minute Iron Man Match)
Feeling out, Friedman decides to bail and comes back in with an arm drag. Hammerlock, Danielson reverses into an ankle lock, wrenching it in, pivoting into an Indian deathlock, bridging back before applying a deathlock bow-and-arrow and then a Haas of Pain!
MJF gets away and Bryan does jumping jacks to show off his conditioning! Front kick, Max with jumping jacks of his own, whip across, shoulder block, drop down, leapfrog, hip toss, upkick blocks. Danielson side headlock, shot off, shoulder block, drop down, leapfrog, hip toss, upkick!
Scoop and a slam, Bryan rolls away from an elbow drop, drop toehold, miss the elbow drop, headlock takeovers and headscissors exchanges, kip-up into a stalemate! Friedman decides to walk and heads out into the crowd! He takes a drink from some lady and throws it on her kid!
Back at ringside and beating referee Bryce Remsburg’s count and immediately rolling back out. He jaws at the camera about the stalling costing him a star with Dave Meltzer and then slides back in to strut after Dragon slides out after him! Danielson back inside, jumping jacks, waistlock, standing switches, trading full nelsons, Bryan with a victory roll for two!
Full nelson, putting his weight on MJF’s back, rolling him through, looking for the Romero Special, Remsburg admonishes him for clawing Max’s nose and he has until five, referee! Stomping the knees, Friedman runs for the corner and pulls Bryce in with him! Danielson carefully separates them and lays kicks in on the champion in the corner until Remsburg pulls him aside!
Max grabs the trunks to pull Bryan into the turnbuckles and put boots to him! Drawing him up, whip across, big back body drop connects! Another back body drop, flipping the bird at the crowd, whip reversed and now Danielson hits a back body drop of his own! Whip across, another one and Dragon does the Jushin Liger flex!
Uppercuts in the ropes, Max yanks Bryan’s arm down over the ropes and whips him hard into the turnbuckles! MJF goes under the ring for a bottle of water and has a breather on the floor. Back inside, going after the arm, Danielson with body blows to fight back and Max grabs his hair to trip him!
To the floor, Max throws Bryan back inside and flips off some fans, only to get caught by a wrecking ball dropkick when he turns around! Danielson follows with a suicide dive but MJF manages to deflect the impact and sends him shoulder-first into the barricade!
Hammerlock front chancery sets up the DDT... NOT ENOUGH! Wristlock, wrenching it at full extension, Danielson throws forearms but Friedman throws him over and follows it with a hammerlock back suplex for two! Mounted punches in the turnbuckle, setting Dragon up top, wristlock in the turnbuckles.
Bryan throwing headbutts, perching... AVALANCHE SUNSET FLIP POWERBOMB! Chops and kicks in the corner, turning the champion’s chest into ground meat, running corner dropkicks follow! Mounted punches of his own, setting MJF back up top... AVALANCHE FRANKENSTEINER CAN’T KEEP HIM DOWN!
In the corner, Max off the second and he hits a double stomp through Danielson’s arm! Armbar, shoot him off, duck a lariat, MJF counters a Frankensteiner into a powerbomb backbreaker on the knee... SO CLOSE! Looking for the LeBell Lock in the aftermath but Friedman catapults him!
Bryan wants to skin the cat but his arm gives out and MJF knocks him down with a superkick and flexes like Shawn Michaels as he crashes to the floor! Max happy to take the countout until Danielson gets on his feet, Asai Moonsault, MJF lands on his feet but tweaks his knee and Dragon lays him out with a suicide dive!
Back inside, Max counters and wants Salt of the Earth but Bryan has his hands clasped, tries to reverse... MJF HITS A PUMPHANDLE STORM CRADLE DRIVER DANGERRRROUS! Off the ropes, Danielson hits an Axe Bomber but struggles to capitalize on the injured shoulder! Small package for two, headlock takeover, reversed to a pin, back and forth, Bryce counting almost constantly but neither man gets a pin!
Inside cradle, back and forth and rolling around the ring... DANIELSON KICKS OUT! Sunset flip, again back and forth, jackknife pin, bridging up, backslide, iterating on a victory roll... STILL NO! Both men down and out in the aftermath, Remsburg issuing a standing ten count, Dragon kips up and lies in wait...
Bryan Danielson wins the first fall by pinfall with a Busaiku Knee, going 1-0.
Waiting for Max to get back to his feet, charging in again but the champion collapses! Drawing Friedman up, he hits a low blow right in front of Remsburg...
Bryan Danielson wins the second fall by disqualification, going 2-0.
But MJF capitalizes...
Maxwell Jacob Friedman wins the third fall by pinfall with a lateral press, going 1-2.
Maxwell Jacob Friedman wins the fourth fall by pinfall with a lateral press, going 2-2.
Friedman goes for the Heatseeker but Danielson avoids him and takes things to the floor, kicks against the barricade! MJF clobbers him with a lariat on the floor! Taking the knee pad down, Max charges in but Bryan cuts him off and hammers him with chest kicks in the barricade as we hit the thirty minute mark!
Breaking the count, back outside... CORNER DROPKICK ON THE FLOOR! Capitalizing on the injured knee, Bryan posts MJF’s knee repeatedly and punches him in the face! Back inside, dropping a knee on his knee, applying a toehold and then into a figure four leglock!
Max trying to roll over and reverse the pressure, but Danielson goes with it and keeps him rolling right back into the hold! He gets the ropes, Bryan has until five but breaks the hold! On the apron, Dragon wants a piledriver but his arm gives out, Max gets him up for one but Bryan hits his knee until it gives out!
They trade strikes to each other’s injuries and Danielson’s leg kicks win the day! Setting MJF up top, overhead elbows follow, Friedman hanging in there, jockeying for position... BRYAN FALLS TO THE FLOOR! Max grabs the turnbuckle camera and yanks it free of the ringpost!
He’s not going to use it though, stepping over the wire and throwing Bryan shoulder-first into the ringpost! Clearing the timekeeper’s table, he sets Danielson on top of it and goes up top, tearing a turnbuckle cover... ELBOW DROP THROUGH THE TIMEKEEPER’S TABLE!
MJF drags Remsburg back inside and demands a count while the ringside doctor checks on Danielson... THE AMERICAN DRAGON BEATS THE COUNT! Max takes the cloth off the timekeeper’s table and drags Bryan out to it... TOMBSTONE PILEDRIVER THROUGH THE TABLE BUT HIS KNEE IS SCREAMING AGONY AND HE ROLLS AWAY CLUTCHING IT!
Commentary informing us this is now officially the longest match of MJF’s career, Danielson bleeding from the forehead, Max jams his thumb into Bryan’s forehead and takes him back inside...
Maxwell Jacob Friedman wins the fifth fall by pinfall with the Heatseeker, going 3-2.
Another breather on the floor for a drink of water, Max goes back inside and hammers Bryan with mounted punches, opening the wound further! Jawing at the American Dragon, stomping his face, telling him he “fucking sucks”, telling him to say hi to his kids while he hammers him with crossface strikes and claws at the wound!
Tearing at the KT tape on Bryan’s shoulder, he powers up but collapses when he goes to throw a punch and Max is cocky about it and blows a snot rocket on him! MJF offers him a free shot and Dragon takes it with a wicked palm strike! A headbutt from the champion knocks him down!
To the floor, Bryan throws Max into the post and begins rallying as we cross the forty-five minute line! DIVING KNEE OFF THE APRON! Arm hanging limp at his side, Danielson breaks the count and heads up top... OVER THE POST DIVING KNEE STRIKE PUTS FRIEDMAN ASS OVER TEAKETTLE!
Dragging MJF back inside, Bryan up top but Max rises to cut him off! Up top with him, jockeying for position, Dragon slips under and crotches him! Back up top, straddling the ropes, mounted punches, spider superplex! Sitting up, Danielson perches, he can only raise one arm for it... DIVING HEADBUTT!
Max now gushing from the forehead, crawling up the turnbuckles, Bryan off the ropes, Busaiku Knee but no cover! Deathlock... REGAL STRETCH! MAX TAPS!
Bryan Danielson wins the sixth fall by submission with a Regal Stretch, going 3-3.
Trying for the Regal Stretch again with ten minutes on the clock but Max reverses to Salt of the Earth! Danielson manages to post up and roll through and puts the omoplata on for the LeBell Lock! Adjusting his positioning, looking for the crossface, his hands slipping off of Friedman’s bloody face he rolls him around into the middle of the ring and gets it all the way on!
He reverses to a pin, only two, and right back to Salt of the Earth! Danielson almost gets the ropes but MJF pulls him back into the middle of the ring and grapevines the arm! Bryan crawling for the ropes, Max turns it around into a scissored armbar and grabs the leg too! One free leg and Danielson won’t give... HE GETS HIS FOOT ON THE ROPES AND FORCES THE BREAK!
Forehead to forehead, score even, on their knees and trading punches! To their feet, Danielson staggers him with a vicious headbutt! Trading forearms, off the ropes, they both go for forearms at the same time and collapse to their knees with just about six minutes on the clock!
Dragon laughing as we get the five minute call and they both rise and trade punches with abandon! Danielson shrugs off a chop and throws a heavy one of his own to stagger Friedman! Trading chops, off the ropes, roundhouse kick gets a rolling elbow! Danielson with a vicious elbow out of the corner, lying in wait, mouth bloody but MJF isn’t getting up! Drawing him up, Max low-bridges him to the floor and wrenches his arm over the ropes!
Heatseeker piledriver... DANIELSON FINDS THE WILL TO KICK OUT! Max goes under the ring for more water, hobbling to the corner after hydrating himself, setting Danielson up top! Jockeying for position, overhead elbows from the American Dragon with less than three mintues to go!
MJF gets him over his shoulder... AVALANCHE TOMBSTONE PILEDRIVER BUT HIS KNEE IS ALL JACKED UP AND MAX CAN’T MAKE A COVER! Clock counting down, a minute and a half as Friedman tries to crawl into a cover... ONLY TWO! DRAGON WAKES UP AND WRENCHES A SINGLE-LEG CRAB IN!
A MINUTE LEFT, DANIELSON WRENCHES IT, MJF POSTS UP AND REACHES FOR THE ROPES BUT BRYAN DRAGS HIM BACK INTO THE MIDDLE OF THE RING! MAX POSTING, THIRTY SECONDS, BRYAN WRENCHES BUT MJF BITES HIS OWN HAND TO KEEP FROM TAPPING! FIFTEEN SECONDS! TEN! DANIELSON ADDS AN ARM BUT MAX DOESN’T TAP UNTIL AFTER THE TIME LIMIT IS UP!
The match goes to a time limit draw, three falls to three.
Medics check on both men, giving them oxygen as the crowd chants “bullshit.”
Tony Schiavone is talking to somebody on his headset and says he’ll be glad to go down there and heads to the ring while Danielson paces and leads the crowd in chants. Tony talks to Justin Roberts and Bryce Remsburg and tells them Tony Khan doesn’t want a draw.
Roberts announces it and says the match will go to one more fall under sudden death rules!
Friedman looks shocked and confused, Danielson is jubilant, Max shoves Bryce, he shoves back, Danielson with a schoolboy... SO CLOSE! Low blow from Friedman, handful of trunks... BRYAN KICKS OUT! Max grabs the title belt, Remsburg admonishes him and reminds him a DQ will lose him the title and invites him to do so!
Dynamite Diamond Ring on his fingers, Poison Frankensteiner connects, Yes! chants, Busaiku Knee connects... MAXWELL JACOB FRIEDMAN WILL NOT STAY DOWN! Danielson picks the leg, hamstring kicks and back to the half crab! BRYCE TAKES THE DYNAMITE DIAMOND RING AWAY!
Adding a heel hook to the half crab, MJF digging deep, trying to find whatever last reserve of willpower he has... HE GETS THE ROPES! Danielson thinks Max tapped but Bryce has to tell him he got the break! MJF grabs an oxygen tank the medics left at ringside and clocks Bryan with it!
He hides it under the ring, applies the LeBell Lock, Bryce does the hand test... DANIELSON ISN’T DONE YET! Bryan gets a foot under himself but he fades again...
Maxwell Jacob Friedman wins the seventh and final fall by submission with a LeBell Lock, going 4-3 and retaining the AEW World Championship.
Post-match it takes a long beat for Max to get up and reclaim the title belt and even then he can’t get to his feet, simply crawling into a corner and smiling through all the blood on his face.
That’s the show, folks.