Jon Moxley (c) vs. Eddie Kingston – AEW World Championship
Eddie Kingston came out wearing a Tracy Smothers T-shirt, and Misawa inspired gear. Both men started brawling to open the match and started exchanging strikes and chops early on. Kingston hit a belly to belly suplex on Moxley and rolled to the outside. As Kingston went for a chair, Moxley hit a tope suicida. Moxley drove Kingston into the guardrail and then tried to break Eddie’s fingers.
Moxley suplexed Eddie on the floor and locked on the bully choke on the floor. While this was happening, Excalibur told the story of the history between Kingston and Mox, as he was on the road with them. This was excellent and really added to the stakes of the match. Moxley was busted open on the floor, but he pulled a barbed wire baseball bat out from under the ring and hit Eddie with it, causing Eddie to spit up blood.
Moxley raked the bat across Eddie’s head, and it did cut him, but it didn’t draw much blood. Kingston managed to hit a Saito suplex on Moxley, and then threw a chair at Moxley. Kingston grabbed some barbed wire off the bat, wrapped it around his hand, and punched Moxley repeatedly before hitting Backfist to the Future on Mox and then locking in a kimura to try and get Mox to quit.
Moxley bit Eddie’s knee to get him to break it. Kingston left Mox laying in the corner and setup two steel chairs in a bridge. Moxley suplexed Kingston on the chairs, leaving him grabbing his back. Kingston managed to get up and hit a clothesline on Moxley, which is insane given the pain he just went through. Eddie Kingston went under the ring and pulled out a bag of thumbtacks and poured them in the ring.
Moxley hit a German Suplex on Eddie, but Eddie stood right up and hit a Saito Suplex, but Mox stood up and hit a huge lariat and both men were down. As they got up, Moxley went for the Paradigm Shift, but Kingston countered into a uranage into the thumbtacks. Kingston went to the doctor and took out rubbing alcohol, then low blowed Moxley.
Kingston took the rubbing alcohol and poured it over Mox’s back, causing pain. Kingston grabbed a pile of the thumbtacks and hit Mox in the face with it before grabbing the barbed wire again. Kingston locked on the bulldog choke on Moxley. Moxley manged to fight out and hit the Gotch Style Piledriver and a Paradigm Shift, but Kingston didn’t quit. Moxley wrapped his forearm in barbed wire and put the bulldog choke on Kingston, and he was almost in tears as Bryce Remsburg begged him to quit. Kingston, almost in tears, finally said “I quit.”
Result: Jon Moxley
Rating: ****1/2 (4.5 stars)
Eddie Kingston was beaten and defeated in a match that elevated him greatly, as he came across as one of the toughest men on the planet. He’s a made man in AEW, as he put in such a strong performance here. Jon Moxley is the #1 wrestler in the world this year, and I don’t think it’s even close.
After the match, Kenny Omega came down and went face to face with Moxley and indicated he wanted a one on one match, with no hardcore elements like their unsanctioned match a year ago. Moxley celebrated as the show went off the air.
Show rating: ***** (5 stars)
This was an excellent show from top to bottom with every match delivering in a different way. Jon Moxley and Eddie Kingston was a brutal war, Cody and Darby Allin was a technical match where the young guy finally beat his mentor, and Hangman and Kenny Omega was a Kenny Omega big time match, where both men walked out looking like stars. Everything on this show had something to offer for the audience, and I can’t recommend it enough.