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Mitchell’s AEW Dynamite Results & Report! (11/20/19)

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Time to get fast and furious in Indianapolis!

Proud ‘n’ Powerful, Santana & Ortiz, are looking to crash the party. Or rather, they’re looking to send Private Party crashing down like they did Matt Jackson! Will Marq Quen and Isiah Kassidy get payback on behalf of the Young Bucks?

 

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Rey Fenix VS Nick Jackson; Fenix wins.
  • Britt Baker VS Hikaru Shida; Shida wins.
  • Dynamite Dozen Battle Royale: Hangman Page and MJF are the last two standing and will move on to next week’s Dynamite Diamond Ring match.
  • Peter Avalon w/ Leva Bates VS Luchasaurus; wins.
  • Private Party VS Santana & Ortiz; Private Party wins.
  • Jon Moxley VS Darby Allin; Moxley wins.

PLAY BY PLAY

Rey Fenix VS Nick Jackson!

After Proud ‘n’ Powerful put his brother, Matt, through the stage, this half of the Young Bucks will go solo for the first time in roughly five years! Will Nick be able to take on the high-flying Lucha Brother to keep the momentum going for the Jacksons?

The bell rings and fans are dueling already. Fenix and Nick circle as Indy goes wild! Nick and Fenix tie up, Nick headlocks but Fenix fights out and powers out. Nick bumps shoulders but Fenix bumps back. Nick runs and runs Fenix over, but Fenix kips up to dropkick Nick down! Fenix runs, but Nick boots back. Nick handsprings to the apron and back flips to avoid the Tiger Feint! Nick uses a normally offensive move as an evasion! But Fenix slingshots out, only to land on his feet as Nick evades again. Nick knuckle locks and CHOPS Fenix to then go up and around. Fenix blocks to CHOP back and also try the apron. Nick denies Fenix back, both men duck roundhouse kicks, then both go to get in. They keep each other out but both get in at the same time, double dropkicks cancel out! Fans are going insane for “A E DUB! A E DUB!”

Nick and Fenix circle and Fenix dares Nick to do something. Nick CHOPS, so Fenix CHOPS back. Nick CHOPS again then kicks and whips. Fenix handsprings to headbutt! Things speed up, and Fenix springboard headbutts! Fenix CHOPS, then goes acrobatic to tornillo arm-drag! Fans are loving this as Nick bails out. Fenix builds speed but Nick gets in and spinning roundhouses! Fenix flops out now, Nick builds speed to triangle LEAP! But Fenix gets out of the way, to somersault CUTTER! Fenix and Nick hit the floor hard, and “This is Awesome!” already! The ref counts as both men stir, and the count already reaches 5. Nick and Fenix stand and get in at 6, but Fenix heads for the top rope. Fenix hops and SWANTONS! Cover, TWO!

Fenix drags Nick up and throws clubbing forearms. Nick blocks the suplex and then ducks punches to give a superman forearm! Nick runs but Fenix puts him into the ropes. Fenix goes to the corner and tightrope walks to kick! But Nick gets clear to hit the shining wizard, ROUNDHOUSE! Forearm and bulldog! Shining Wizard again! Cover, TWO!! Fenix still lives from a hesitation due to tag team habits. But Nick decides he’s still going to throw a #SuperkickParty! Nick aims at Fenix but Fenix kicks his leg out! Fenix swings but into a CHOP. Nick runs up the ropes, shows off, but Fenix stops him to hop up with him! Nick CHOPS again, and then SUPER STEINERS! Cover, TWO!! Indy is thunderous as both men are down.

Nick sits up as the standing count begins. He takes his time catching his breath before getting Fenix’s legs. Fenix fights off Nick’s sharpshooter to wheelbarrow and victory roll. Nick gets clear of the kick and stomp, both men kick yet block. Nick spins to roundhouse Fenix again, then whips to ropes. Fenix holds ropes to avoid a superkick, and then gives a SUPERKICK! Nick staggers but Fenix keeps moving, to get a ROUNDHOUSE! Nick runs, Fenix rolls, but Nick sees it coming and SUPERKICKS Fenix down! But Fenix is right up to SUPERKICK back! Both men fall but Indy fires up all over again! A new standing count begins and fans hope these two “Fight Forever!”

Nick doesn’t sit up until 8, and stands just after. Fenix goes after him with hands but Nick gives them back. Fenix CHOPS, Nick fires forearms. Nick powers Fenix to ropes but Fenix puts Nick on the apron. Fenix forearms then hops up top, to walk the ropes again, for a SUPER HURICANRANA! Both men crash and burn to the outside and fans haven’t calmed down a bit. Fenix puts Nick in, double jumps but Nick gets clear. Nick back kicks, mule kicks and stomps. Nick runs, into another CUTTER! Cover, TWO!! Nick survives and Fenix can’t believe it! Fenix hears the fans rally up again and he feeds off that energy. Fenix drags Nick up, fireman’s carry, but Nick slips out to the apron. Fenix bumps Nick off buckles but Nick drags Fenix out to the apron. They brawl on the edge, back and forth, then double BOOT! But both men are up again, Nick ROUNDHOUSES, to an apron German Suplex!

Fenix flops to the floor and Nick is still up as Indy loses its mind. Nick drags Fenix up and puts him in at the 10 minute mark. Nick aims, slingshots, FACEBUSTER! He goes back to the apron and Indy fires up as Fenix flounders to his feet. Nick slingshots for a DESTROYER! Cover, TWO, into the SHARPSHOOTER! Fenix endures as fans duel and shout! Fenix reaches, crawls, and gets the ropebreak! Nick reluctantly lets go, but he goes back for more. Fenix pushes Nick away, then elbows him. Fenix puts Nick in the corner, Nick dodges, Fenix jumps and spins, but Nick scoops him into tombstone position! But Fenix flails and victory rolls, TWO! Fenix kips up to SUPERKICK Nick! Then springboard sobat! Fenix puts Nick up top fast and has him in muscle buster position!! SPINNING MICHINOKU BUSTER! Cover, Fenix wins!!

Winner: Rey Fenix, by pinfall

INCREDIBLE! There was no ring rust when it comes to being singles wrestlers, this was an amazing match! But in the end, Fenix still has more singles experience in the year 2019 so that was his advantage. And there is no hard feelings for Nick, he offers a handshake. But Fenix rejects it? Well in the end, Fenix won and keeps going strong for both himself and his brother, Pentagon. Will the Lucha Brothers climb back up towards a rematch for the AEW World Tag Team Championships?

 

Britt Baker VS Hikaru Shida!

The Doctor is in Indy, and she is on a roll! However, so is the samurai of Stardom. Ranked the #1 and #2 contenders, Britt and Shida would both love another match with Riho for THE AEW Women’s World Championship. But who will come out THE one most likely to get it?

The bell rings and Baker circles with Shida. They tie up and go around, but then break. Fans cheer how even the two are already, and Baker circles with Shida again. They tie up and Baker headlocks. Shida powers out but Baker runs her over. Shida kips right up! Shida speeds things up but Baker arm-drags her away. Shida arm-drags back, Baker sweeps but Shida is right out. Shida sweeps and covers, Baker is right out. Shida barely misses that Penalty Kick to the head! Baker and Shida tie up as fans chant, “She’s a Dentist!” Shida spins out of the facelock, blocks Baker’s boot, then throws a big forearm! But Baker fireman’s carries for a takedown, and floats for the short arm scissors, Baker wants Rings of Saturn already! Shida flails and moves around, breaks free but Baker covers her, ONE.

Fans cheer as these two women are evenly matched. AEW goes picture in picture as Baker forearms and whips, then clotheslines Shida down! Shida gets to ropes but Baker is right on her with forearms. Baker whips and clotheslines Shida again! Baker hurries to bring Shida up for a facelock, then suplexes! Cover, TWO! Baker keeps Shida close and brings her into a seated cobra twist. Shida endures the stretch and Baker has a bloody nose, but neither woman is backing down. Shida crawls with her legs and reaches out, but Baker makes it a cover, TWO! A close call but Shida is free. Baker doesn’t fret when referee, Aubrey Edwards, checks on her nose. Baker goes at Shida but Shida hits back. Baker clubs Shida then whips her to a corner. Baker is seething but she’s still focused. She runs corner to corner, blocks a boot, and gives a forearm! But Shida turns it around to forearm back!

Shida backs off as the ref counts, but she whips Baker corner to corner. Baker reverses then runs in, but is put on the top rope! Shida runs while Baker is stuck, Top Shelf Knee! Baker flops down to the apron, and the ref again checks the nose. Baker refuses to let blood stop her, and AEW returns to single picture as Shida goes out to fetch Baker. Fans duel as Shida sends Baker into barriers! Shida goes looking for something, and finds a chair! But Shida has shown it’s not for a chair shot, she stands the chair up. Shida lines up her shot and builds speed, BIG flying knee! Fans cheer as Shida drags Baker back up and into the ring. Shida has Baker on the apron and drags her up top. Baker resists, slips out and clubs Shida back! And again! Baker then yanks Shida down for a hotshot on the arm!

Shida writhes while Baker catches her breath. Baker gets in, Shida dodges but the Slingblade comes back around! Baker pump handles for a Complete Shot! Cover, TWO! Baker gets frustrated and she drags Shida up. Shida blocks the fisherman and slips out to kick back. Shida whips Baker to the corner, then runs in corner to corner, but Baker dodges the big knee! Shida hits buckles and tumbles out to the apron. Baker drags Shida up but Shida shoulders in. Baker knees her back, then hits the DRAPING DDT! Cover, TWO!! Shida survives but Baker isn’t deterred. Baker drags Shida up, wrenches and grabs a leg, but Shida elbows back. Shida runs, but into a forearm. Baker runs, but into a KNEE! Fans are fired up as both women slowly rise. Shida and Baker throw forearms. Shida rocks Baker, and then throws her down! Then fireman’s carry, pop-up backbreaker! Cover, TWO!!

Shida keeps moving, BASEMENT KNEE! Cover, but Baker slip out and around!! Rings of Saturn, Shida flails, ROPEBREAK! No Lockjaw yet, but she gets the Fisherman Neckbreaker! Cover, TWO!! Shida survives but Baker won’t let up. Baker goes to superkick but Shida blocks. Eye poke?! Inside cradle, TWO!! Baker runs into Shida’s suplex, FALCON ARROW! Cover, TWO!! Baker survives but Shida is fired up! Shida runs, ANOTHER KNEE! Cover, Shida wins!!

Winner: Hikaru Shida, by pinfall

And this has to make Shida the new #1! Will Riho be meeting her fellow student of Emi Sakura for one more match?

 

What is the Dark Order all about?

A man walks alone in a subway terminal. Another man bumps him and makes him drop his glasses. Then a third man purposefully steps on those glasses, and mockingly says, “I’m sorry.” The bullies walk away and laugh. The man picks up his broken glasses. He gets on the subway and sits down. “Are you tired of being overlooked?” A video that plays speaks to those who feel alone. “Experience freedom like you’ve never felt before.” Before you can find yourself, you must lose yourself. “By joining us, you’ll become part of something bigger.” They promise to be your friends and biggest supporters. Think of them as that “exclusive club” you’ve always wanted to be part of. Stop losing. Become one of us. Stop living in chaos. Bring in a new order. The Dark Order. All you have to do is post #JOINDARKORDER, and they’ll find you.

 

Dynamite Dozen Battle Royale!

Twelve men in AEW who are looking for a huge opportunity will now do battle until only two remain in the ring! Those two then move on to next week’s Dynamite in Chicago, and will battle over the brand new Dynamite Diamond Ring. The lucky dozen are: Hangman Adam Page; Chuckie T; Orange Cassidy; Kip Sabian with Penelope Ford by his side; Jimmy Havoc; Jungle Boy; “Babysaurus” Marko Stunt; Pentagon with Fenix; Sonny Kiss; Joey Janela; Maxwell Jacob Freeman; and Billy Gunn! Wait, that’s not Fenix! That’s CHRISTOPHER DANIELS! He fools Pentagon again! The bell rings, Daniels ducks Pentagon’s punch, and Chuckie T dumps Pentagon out! Chuckie T ELIMINATES Pentagon! And from here, the remaining 11 brawl it out!

Cassidy moves out of the way of all the fighting, it’s not really his speed. Superbad Sabian sees him and heads over, but Cassidy easily dodges, sending Sabian out but through the middle and top rope. Sabian stays in the match, and then Chuckie dumps Janela through the middle rope. The Bad Boy is also safe, and Cassidy opens ropes for Chuckie to DIVE onto Sabian! Gunn whips Sonny but Sonny rolls off his back to twerk! Well Gunn is an ass man. Gunn wants to show off his buns? MJF ELIMINATES Sonny! Gunn is upset, but MJF tells the old man to relax. Sabian and Havoc and all the others go after the big Gunn! But he EXPLODES out! Gunn rocks Havoc and ELIMINATES Havoc with a clothesline! Stunt hops on but Gunn is barely bothered. Gunn bucks Stunt off and ELIMINATES him!

Havoc comes back illegally, and with a staple gun! He starts stapling Gunns’ stomach and groin! The absolute madman! Havoc staples Janela’s head! And Jungle Boy’s foot! And Chuckie’s balls! And Sabian’s hand! And Gunn’s forehead! The referees finally get in the ring as fans chant “You Sick F***!” The refs get the “Sick F***” out of the ring, but fans boo. The remaining wrestlers in the ring take a moment to compose themselves, and AEW will return after the break.

AEW returns and Sabian stomps down Chuckie and Cassidy. Jungle Boy clings to the post on the outside while Gunn and Hangman are down in other corners. MJF helps Superbad keep them all down with stomps. And for those wondering what happened to the Bad Boy, AEW shows us that during the break, The Chair Man attacked Janela again, and with a chair! Janela fell off the top rope, so he is eliminated as well as hurt. But Bad Girl Penelope Ford is cheering Superbad as he CHOPS Gunn. But Gunn gets mad, and pushes Sabian down! He ROCKS Hangman, Chuckie, MJF, Jungle Boy, and Sabian with heavy rights! BUt the Sloth rises! Fans fire up as Cassidy puts his hands in his pockets! Cassidy shin kicks! And shin kicks! And again! And then… MJF ELIMINATES Cassidy! MJF mocks the fans, but backs up into Gunn. Gunn warns MJF that was twice already, but MJF slaps his hand away! And shoves Gunn!

Gunn says “SUCK IT!” and then hits a FAMOUSER! Fans are thunderous as Gunn throws MJF out. But MJF skins the cat! Gunn storms over and drags MJF up by his face, but here comes WARDLOW! Gunn dares MJF’s muscle to do something, but MJF pokes Gunn in the eyes! BUCKSHOT from Hangman! Hangman ELIMINATES Gunn! Indy has a mixed reaction, but this is every man for himself, after all. Wardlow circles the ring as Hangman fires off! Hangman boots Sabian, decks Jungle Boy and spins Chuckie T around for a LARIAT! Hangman runs corner to corner but gets a Sexy Chuckie Knee! But Hangman still whips Chuckie at Sabian. Sabian puts Chuckie outside, but Chuckie forearms him and Hangman away. Sabian returns but is sent into buckles. Chuckie goes to get in but Penelope grabs his feet, Sabian’s triangle enziguri ELIMINATES Chuckie T!

Penelope gives Sabian a kiss, but Jungle Boy runs in to LEAPING Huricanrana and ELIMINATE Sabian! JB skins the cat to stay in, but he has just Hangman! Wait, these two aren’t the last two, MJF didn’t get eliminated! He YANKS JB off to ELIMINATE him! NOW we have our final two!

Winners: MJF and Hangman Page

Hangman rushes MJF for being a weasel, but MJF hits back! Wardlow gets up on the apron as referees hurry to keep this from breaking down! Fans want to “Let Them Fight!” but MJF always does what fans don’t want, so he leaves. Wardlow takes some convincing, but he leaves with his boss. When AEW arrives in Chicago, will Hangman be able to do some #RealCowboyShit to the self-proclaimed new face of AEW?

 

Chris Jericho walks backstage with Jake Hager.

Le Champeon mocks The Librarians, Peter Avalon and Leva Bates, as he and his savage pass by. They give Avalon a hard hat just in case. Jericho tosses their books around, not finding the value in any of them. Then Jericho and Hager move on, inspecting all the things lying around. They find broken hockey sticks, and then Jericho talks crap to a few other AEW wrestlers he comes across. Brandon Cutler and Mark Stunt, specifically. Something about Stunt’s hair and nipples? Jericho laughs as he mocks little Marko, but dares him to do something about it. AEW goes to break as Jericho continues talking down to the shortest wrestler in the company.

 

Chris Jericho heads to the ring!

AEW returns and Le Champeon has stopped berating the boys in the back to stand before Indianapolis! Jericho has a mic and tells Indy to sit down and shut up for his announcement. Fans boo instead. Jericho continues on to say that before his announcement, he wants to talk about his “temper tantrum” over his first loss. He was fined, and he admits the conduct was not what a true champion should show, certainly not of Le Champeon. Jericho says he’s “sossoss…” He is sincerely “sooosooo…” Jericho tells “Big Hurt” Hager to say it. “He says he’s sorry.” And to show just how sorry he is, Jericho’s announcement is for next week, AEW Chicago, he will get the “Thank you” that he rightfully deserves! He will finally be told “Thank you” by AEW executives, TNT executives and all of the fans watching around the world!

And to again say he is very sorry, the celebration will be in Chicago, not here in Indy. Chicago has a hockey team and two baseball teams, so it’s just a better town. Indy can watch from home as Dynamite hosts Jericho’s Thanksgiving Thank You Celebration for Le Champion! The greatest celebration in wrestling history! Games, prizes, and aquarium and maybe a clown. So again, so sorry it won’t be in this dump known as Indy, but he’ll still be looking good on their television. Adieu and good night.

But wait! Here comes SCU! And naturally, Scorpio Sky leads the way after having pinned Jericho himself last week. SCU joins Jericho and Hager in the ring, and Indy chants “SCU! SCU!” Jericho tells them to shut up but it gets louder. Scorpio says it is truly admirable. It takes a “paragon of virtue” to come out and apologize for what he’s done wrong. But… Jericho forgot why he threw that tantrum! Not only did SCU successfully defend the AEW World Tag Team Championships, Scorpio pinned Jericho for his first AEW loss. Fans love the sound of that! Scorpio has to admit, that was one of the greatest moments of his night! His DM’s are blowing up! Even his high school crush, Melanie Parsons, called, and they’re going out next week! And all thanks to Jericho! Scorpio is thanking and apologizing to Jericho. Scorpio is a big fan, he didn’t want to embarrass him.

Jericho says he wasn’t embarrassed. Also he knows Scorpio’s crush, Melanie put on a lot of weight since high school. Scorpio likes big butts and he cannot lie. Jericho thinks it’s “cuter than baby Yoda” that Scorpio thinks he really beat Jericho. Scorpio is a tag team specialist, a tag team champion, but he is not in Jericho’s lead. Jericho is the greatest of all time and will say this right now. Scorpio may have put a blemish on Jericho’s record, and they will have their singles rematch so Jericho can correct that, and then Jericho will wipe the floor with Scorpio. Daniels wants Jericho to keep his cool. This is a generous offer, but there needs to be time to prepare. A training camp, even, for a month or so. This isn’t a “next week” kind of thing. Oh really? No, one week! It has to be next week, because it will be the exclamation point on the Thanksgiving Thank You Celebration! One-on-one, Jericho VS Scorpio, in Chicago!

But if the match is happening, then it surely won’t be for the title. We all know how azy-cray Ericho-Jay gets over his itle-tay. Yeah, Scorpio doesn’t deserve that title match. Jericho agrees, he doesn’t deserve it. But what if it was a title match?! Scorpio doesn’t think he can handle Jericho for the title?! Well then it’s for the title! Jericho VS Scorpio, AEW WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP! They shake hands, making it official. Gotcha. “You may not think I have a chance, but maybe I’ve been waiting 15 years for an opportunity just like this.” And then maybe next week, Scorpio wins to turn Le Champeon into Le Betch! Jericho and Hager brawl with SCU! But here come the rest of the Inner Circle, Sammy Guevara and Proud ‘n’ Powerful! They beat SCU down, and then have handcuffs!

The Inner Circle chains up Daniels and Kaz to ropes! Scorpio gets Hager’s knee in his chest, but here comes Michael Nakazawa and Brandon Cutler! They get knocked down fast! Then Hager feeds Scorpio to the JUDAS EFFECT! Le Champeon stands tall now, but here comes Marko Stunt! The littlest man runs in, only to get SMASHED by the belt! Jungle Boy hurries after Stunt and he dodges Jericho to throw forearms! Jericho clotheslines Jungle Boy back! But Luchasaurus shows up! Only Hager stays to face him! Fans are thunderous for this Godzilla VS King Kong type stare down! Hager tosses the watch away, but then decides not to fight. The Inner Circle take their leave, but will Jericho arrive in Chicago only to leave Le Former Champeon?

 

Peter Avalon w/ Leva Bates VS Luchasaurus!

As they make their way down the ramp, The Librarians hush Indy, as is their way. But with the mood the dominate dinosaur-human hybrid is in, will Avalon be the one silenced?

Avalon says it is good to have Luchasaurus back at full health. Life has found a way. But Avalon is still going to turn this fossil into motor oil! The bell rings, Avalon takes his time taking off his robe, and he falls for the feint to get the ROUNDHOUSE! Luchasaurus drags Avalon up to scoop him into tombstone position, but turns it into a FACEBUSTER! Cover with one hand, Luchasaurus wins!

Winner: Luchasaurus, by pinfall

Jurassic Express is back at full power, and are ready to roar their way up the rankings! Will everyone have to watch out for the rumblings of Luchasaurus?

 

Private Party VS Santana & Ortiz!

Proud ‘n’ Powerful already made their presence known alongside their Inner Circle comrades, but now they look to move up even higher after their Full Gear victory over the Young Bucks. But will they be left outside the VIP section with Marq Quen and Isiah Kassidy ready to party their way to the top?

One thing that both teams do agree on is paying tribute to the late Matt Travis, a young man who Santana and Ortiz convinced to start wrestling as a way out of the hard life. The teams sort out and Kassidy starts against Santana. They circle and tie up, and Santana powers Kassidy to a corner. The ref calls for the break, and Santana gives Kassidy a stiff smack on the shoulder. Santana dares Kassidy to bring it up, and the two tie up again. Santana waistlocks and slams Kassidy down, then pie faces him. “Show me what you got, baby boy!” Kassidy gets up but keeps his cool as AEW goes picture in picture.

Santana and Kassidy circle and tie up again. Kassidy gets the waistlock now, then shifts to a full nelson. Kassidy then slips around to snapmare Santana down and crucifix him back, TWO! Santana swings, Kassidy dodges but his kick is blocked. Santana CHOPS Kassidy back! Santana whips Kassidy and follows up with an elbow! Santana runs, and runs Kassidy over! Kassidy springs up but the headscissor is blocked. Santana yanks Kassidy up but Kassidy arm-drags him away! Things speed up, Kassidy rolls off Santana’s back to arm-drag him again! And then dropkick him down! Santana backs off and regroups with Ortiz on the outside. Santana catches his breath while Ortiz grabs a chair. The ref warns Ortiz so he puts the chair down. Santana gets in and circles with Kassidy again as AEW goes to break.

AEW returns and now Quen and Ortiz are in, and Quen has Ortiz down. Quen brings Ortiz up but Ortiz rakes the eyes! And bites the ear! Tag to Santana, and Proud ‘n’ Powerful double whip Quen. Santana whips Ortiz in but Quen puts him out. Quen fights back, hops up, but Ortiz anchors him! Santana hops up, SUPER RUSSIAN LEG SWEEP! Ortiz steps in for a DDT! Santana dead lifts Quen for a GERMAN SUPELX! Bridging cover but Kassidy stomps it out! Santana protests but he drags Quen up for a backbreaker. Santana bends Quen back and fans boo. Santana clubs Quen down then drags him up for a suplex. Santana holds on, and lifts Quen again, to hold him! Ortiz tags in and gets the hand-off! They keep Quen up and fans have to admit, that’s impressive. Ortiz keeps Quen up for about a count of 10, then Santana tags in to take Quen back!

After about another 10 count, Ortiz tags back in and then again takes Quen back! And finally, a FALCON ARROW! Cover, TWO!! Quen can still think after being upside-down for half a minute or more! Ortiz takes off his gloves and then unzips Quen’s suit to CLAW his back! Quen hits back with big body shots and fans fire up. But Ortiz claws him again! Ortiz grabs Quen’s legs and flips him over for the Boston Crab. Quen endures, but Santana tags in, and climbs up, to leap over and mule kick! And then he brings Quen into a Camel Clutch! It’s the Camel Crab combo from Baltimore! The ref counts and Ortiz finally lets go at 4. Santana makes it a clutch cradle, TWO! Santana sucker punches Kassidy just because! The ref is busy keeping Kassidy back, and Ortiz drags Quen to the corner. But Quen pushes Ortiz away! Ortiz hits the apron, Santana turns around to see what happened, and AEW goes picture in picture again.

Santana runs but Quen boots him away. Quen runs back, but into a tilt-o-whirl backbreaker! Ortiz hops up and leaps, leg drop! Ortiz flexes as PNP have Quen down and writhing. Santana keeps Quen down with a grinding boot into his back. Santana mocks Kassidy wanting to tag in, but drags Quen away to tag Ortiz. Ortiz Northern Lights Quen, bridging cover, TWO! Ortiz drags Quen into a facelock and grinds him down more. Quen endures and fights up but Ortiz flips around to a camel clutch. Ortiz throws a BIG crossface forearm to club Quen down! Ortiz drags Quen back up into the clutch, to clobber him again! “We’re the BEST!” And Ortiz claws Quen again! Ortiz also sucker punches Kassidy for good measure. Ortiz tags in Santana, and they mug Quen in the PNP corner.

Santana tags Ortiz again, and Ortiz brings Quen into a bearhug. AEW returns to single picture as Quen endures the squeeze. The fans rally up and Quen turns the bearhug into a wheelbarrow! Victory roll but Quen instead springs out to tag in Kassidy! Indy explodes but Ortiz avoids the Penalty Kick. Kassidy hits Santana back for those sucker punches! Kassidy hurdles Ortiz, dodges him then slides under to shove and NO HANDS RANA! Kassidy dropkicks Santana away, then “gallops” at Ortiz. Ortiz puts him on the apron but Kassidy counter punches! Santana runs in but gets a mule kick! Kassidy enziguris Ortis and springboard MOONSAULTS onto Santana! Fans are all fired up as Kassidy goes back to the ring. Kassidy feels the energy, slingshot DESTROYER! Cover, but Santana yanks on the ref! The ref reprimands Santana but Quen CANNONBALLS in!

Ortiz rolls Kassidy and throws him at Quen, but the Silly String doesn’t work out because Quen’s back gives out! Ortiz runs in but Kassidy goes up and over. Santana gets in and both Proud ‘n’ Powerful dodge Kassidy, Pop-Up Powerbomb, inverted sunset to a Penalty Kick! Cover, TWO!! Kassidy still lives and the party keeps going! Tag to Santana, and Ortiz drapes Kassidy. Santana runs in, SUPERKICK DRAPING CUTTER! Cover, TWO!?! Proud ‘n’ Powerful can’t believe it! Ortiz distracts the ref as Santana gets the blackjack sock! But Nick Jackson appears to snatch it away! Kassidy SUPERKICKS Ortiz! And enziguris Santana! Kassidy puts Santana up, Quen is in and is able to huricanrana Santana, GIN ‘N’ JUICE!! Cover, Private Party wins!!

Winners: Private Party, Isiah Kassidy pinning

Another huge upset in their careers for Kassidy and Quen! Could they be moving right up into the top three tag teams in the company?

But as payback on Nick, Sammy Guevara throws Nick into the barrier! He’s doing it one-handed as he selfie vlogs the whole thing! But wait, DUSTIN RHODES is here! He gets revenge on the Inner Circle using that cast arm! Sammy springboards in, into an atomic drop! And a cast forearm! Nick and Dustin vlog that! Fans are fired up for the Natural standing tall with Private Party! But is this war with the Inner Circle far from over?

 

AEW catches up with Kenny Omega.

The Best Bout Machine pumps some iron and finishes up a set. He addresses the fans and says it’s rare that he gets to do something like this. He isn’t really a promo guy, but he wasn’t really known for being a “hardcore guy” either. Yet, he did a lot of strange things, uncharacteristic of who Omega is. But Omega realizes why he’s lost his marbles: losing to PAC. It took that one instant and The Bastard took everything away. Moxley beat up the scraps but it was Pac that started it. Omega and Pac are having their rematch in Chicago, and that could be Omega’s restart button. Tune in for a match you won’t want to miss. Now, good bye and good bench. Michael Nakazawa puts more weight on the bar. Wait, that’s not much actually. Omega still benches, but it’s lopsided… Unconventional to say the least, will Omega make it back to even against Pac in Chicago?

 

Jon Moxley VS Darby Allin!

Two of the wildest men in AEW and they’re facing off in the main event! The Death Rider put out a challenge to see if anyone was man enough to face him, and the undead underdog turned out to be the one man mad enough to accept! Will the Coffin Drop on Mox? Or will the Paradigm Shift be a dead end?

Moxley barely gets to ringside from the crowd before Darby DIVES! Direct hit sends Moxley into barriers and a brawl is on! Moxley throws Darby into barriers but Darby throws him into the crowd! The match isn’t happening but the fight is on in front of the fans! Fans cheer for “A E DUB! A E DUB!” as the fight heads back towards ringside. Moxley back suplexes but Darby slips out and lands on his feet, to run back in and DIVE! Darby takes Moxley down in front of the fans again, but the referee orders them to get this back to ringside. Moxley doesn’t listen as he rams Darby into barriers at the back. Moxley then fireman’s carries and tosses Darby over the railing! Moxley drags Darby up to ram him into the post! Darby writhes and Moxley paces. Moxley drags Darby up to overhead belly2belly him onto the floor!

Fans are loving this as Moxley paces the ring. Moxley puts Darby in the ring and this match finally begins! Moxley says the ref should check on Darby, but Darby drags himself to a corner. Moxley runs in but Darby boots him back. Fans duel as Darby leaps over and shotgun dropkicks back! Darby throws big forearms, throws Moxley then climbs up, to crossbody! Moxley just lets Darby bounce off him! Then he shotgun BLASTS Darby into buckles! Fans are fired up as Moxley stands on the ropes. Moxley goes back to Darby to TOSS him across the way. And then Moxley lounges on the ropes. Moxley stalks Darby to the corner and TOSSES him again as AEW goes picture in picture.

Moxley grabs Darby’s hand to stomp on it! But Darby is right up to leap on Moxley! Darby clubs away in a corner but Moxley powers him off for a swinging backbreaker! Cover, TWO! Moxley looms over Darby and drags Darby up to the middle of the ring. Moxley stands Darby up to CHOP him off his feet! And then again! Moxley toys with Darby as he brings him up a third time. Darby ducks the chop to fire off fast hands! Darby runs but into a big back elbow! Cover, TWO! Moxley seems to like Darby’s toughness as he drags him from the ropes. Moxley stomps Darby in the stomach, then laces the legs for a Texas Cloverleaf! Darby endures being bent back as AEW returns to single picture.

Darby endures, reaches, but Moxley sits down to make this part STF! Darby still drags himself and now Moxley over, for the ropebreak! Moxley lets up fast and puts Darby in a corner. Darby elbows back then hops up and over. Darby returns but is put on the apron. He dodges, slingshots in, and crossbodies into Moxley, sending himself out! Moxley takes damage, but Darby got the worse impact! Darby and Moxley are up and brawling, Moxley back suplexes Darby at the apron but Darby lands safe on his feet! Darby stomps Moxley’s hand, then climbs on his back. Darby clubs away then shoves Moxley into steel steps! Darby keeps on Moxley with more clubbing forearms, and then slams Moxley’s hand on the steps! Fans duel as Darby gets back in the ring. Darby goes back out, but Moxley sends him back in, only for Darby to dropkick him back out.

Darby goes up top but Moxley is up fast to throw hands. Moxley climbs up to join Darby but Darby has pulled off the crossbar cover. Darby puts Moxley’s fingers through the crossbar and stands on them! But Moxley shoves Darby off and Darby tumbles into ropes! Darby hits the mat while Moxley frees his hand. Moxley hops down while the ref checks on Darby. Somehow Darby is okay to continue, so Moxley drags him up for a suplex. But Darby goes after the fingers! Moxley kicks low, and X-PLEXES! Moxley dares Darby to get up but Darby goes to the apron. “This is Awesome!” as Moxley knees Darby down to the ground! Moxley goes out to fetch Darby, but Darby SLAPS Moxley! Moxley throws forearms and puts Darby back in. Moxley sees the body bag Darby brought with him, but Darby DIVES! The tope suicida hits hard!

Darby puts Moxley in, brings his body bag with him, but Moxley LARIATS Darby inside-out! Moxley has the body bag and puts Darby in side it! Moxley zips it up and then stomps away! The ref gets Moxley off Darby, this is not allowed. Moxley doesn’t care, he just keeps stomping! The ref backs Moxley off and unzips the bag. Moxley drags Darby out but Darby bites the fingers! Then fires off fast hands! Moxley shoves, Darby gets around, flips over, STUNNER! Darby runs, but into a BLACK HOLE SLAM! Moxley drags Darby up, underhooks, but Darby slips out and baits Moxley into the post! Roll up, TWO!! Moxley escapes but Darby keeps hitting! Darby hops on, DESTROYER! Cover, TWO!! Moxley survives but Darby stays focused.

Darby heads for a corner and climbs up top. Moxley is in the drop zone, but he catches the COFFIN DROP! REAR NAKED CHOKE! But Darby slips up to a cover, TWO!! Moxley let go in time, and now elbows Darby away. Moxley hops up but Darby hits him back. Darby climbs up, has the fingers and tortures them, but Moxley BITES DARBY’S FACE! Then underhooks, SUPER PARADIGM SHIFT!! Cover, Moxley wins!!

Winner: Jon Moxley, by pinfall

How is Darby not crippled or worse!? Mad Mox gets his win and is moving up the rankings, but will there be anyone crazy enough to take him on next?

 


 

My Thoughts:

A wild night to keep things rolling after Full Gear! All the matches were great, but Nick Jackson VS Rey Fenix really surprised me. I think it surprised a lot of fans in Indy, that was incredible. Now obviously, Nick is a great wrestler, as is Matt, they just prefer being purely tag team wrestlers. However, that was definitely all the best Nick related spots of a Young Bucks match all in one. In the end, it is as I figured going into this: Fenix wins because he’s a highly accomplished singles wrestler. Baker VS Shida made for a great unofficial contender’s match. Both were heading for a rematch with Riho, but since Baker got hers a few weeks ago, it makes a lot of sense for Shida to win here. Even without rankings and with Baker’s previous shot at the title, it just made sense for Shida to win as the more experienced wrestler. Riho VS Shida will be great, especially if they use it to close out 2019 before the reported win-loss refresh.

The Dark Order’s “recruitment” vignette was pretty good. It definitely paints them as this cult that wants to take over by manipulating the outcasts towards their cause. What wasn’t great about Jericho’s segments tonight? His stuttering with the word “sorry” and using Hager to say it. That’s actually a great role reversal of muscle and mouth piece. Then SCU using reverse psychology to goad Jericho into the title match was amazing, and so will Scorpio VS Jericho next week. Jurassic Express coming to SCU’s rescue was a great way to tease a literally huge match of Luchasaurus VS Hager, I hope we get to see that. Proud ‘n’ Powerful losing to Private Party was a shocker, and I am loving how all these stories are intermingling because of just how widespread the Inner Circle and even The Elite are.

The Diamond Dozen Battle Royale was a lot of fun, though it is one example from tonight that TV timing is still tricky. That Shawn Spears moment with Janela ended up on commercial, which is a shame. There were also examples of that with things like the Private Party VS PNP match, and even Jericho going around talking to people backstage before his “announcement” segment. Just something that no one can really blame them for, it’s just the reality of live television. MJF VS Hangman is going to be a great match for that Dynamite Diamond Ring, but I really want to hear what the purpose of the ring is going to be. And while Hangman resigned from The Elite via Being The Elite, I hope that story plays out on TV. Cody is back, he’ll want revenge on MJF and Wardlow, and surely he’ll feel compelled to go after them during that Diamond Ring match.

Omega had a great promo, with that weight lifting gag a nice touch for some comedy. Omega VS Pac in Chicago will be great but surely Omega has to win so that he’s not falling off the winning track. Of course, the win-loss refresh might be a thing, since Omega talked about the reset button here. Moxley VS Darby was a great main event! Darby’s body bag entrance was cool, and him going right at Moxley was perfect booking. Darby is crazy enough to rile Moxley up and that just helped escalate everything going on. I really expected some kind of body bag suplex or powerslam, but maybe another time. That SUPER Paradigm Shift was gnarly, though. Moxley is on a roll so of course he wins, and there is no shame in losing for Darby. I wouldn’t be surprised if Darby, as banged up as he is, is crazy enough to ask for another match.

My Score: 9.1/10


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Mitchell’s AEW Dynamite Results & Report! (1/13/21)

Can Darby Allin stop the Path of Cage?

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AEW New Year's Smash 2021

New Year’s Smash wraps up with a blast!

The Relentless Darby Allin takes on Team Taz’s Machine, Brian Cage, for the AEW TNT Championship! Will Cage crush Darby and have TWO belts?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • PAC w/ Death Triangle VS Eddie Kingston w/ The Fam; PAC wins.
  • Miro w/ Kip Sabian & Penelope Ford VS Chuck Taylor w/ Orange Cassidy; Miro wins and Chuck Taylor must be his Young Boy until after AEW Beach Break.
  • Six Man Tag: The Elite w/ Don Callis VS ???; changed to…
  • Six Man Tag: Kenny Omega & The Good Brothers VS Danny Limelight & The Varsity Blondes; Omega & The Good Brothers win.
  • Jurassic Express VS FTR w/ Tully Blanchard; FTR wins.
  • NWA Women’s World Championship: Serena Deeb VS Tay Conti w/ Anna Jay; Deeb wins and retains the title.
  • AEW TNT Championship: Darby Allin VS Brian Cage w/ Taz; Allin wins and retains the title.

PLAY BY PLAY

PAC w/ Death Triangle VS Eddie Kingston w/ The Fam!

The Bastard is back to stop the Mad King from using the only two people he respects on the face “of this scummy world” as pawns. Will Pac make Kingston learn to respect him and the Lucha Brothers? Or will Kingston, the Butcher and the Blade only add on to what they did to Death Triangle last week?

The bell rings just seconds before Pac dropkicks Kingston down! Pac builds speeds and FLIES! Direct hit with the Fosbury Flop! Kingston flounders and Pac whips him into railing! Pac scares off The Fam, then stalks Kingston back into the ring. Kingston staggers but Pac is after him with a BOOT in the corner! Pac has the fans fired up behind him as he grinds then BOOTS Kingston down! Pac digs his boot into Kingston at the ropes but lets off as the ref counts. Kingston gets to another corner, Pac BOOTS him down again! Pac stalks Kingston along the ropes as The Fam rallies up but Pac just BOOTS Kingston again!

Pac snapmares Kingston, climbs up the corner and watches like a hawk, for a shotgun missile dropkick! And what a fluid kip-up right after! Kingston stirs as The Fam coaches him up but fans are on Pac’s side. Kingston throws a body shot, Pac KNEES him back! Kingston flounders into another KNEE! Pac glares as Kingston goes to a corner, and he throws forearms! Kingston shoves Pac, boots him, then hops up for a FLYING KNEE! Fans boo as Kingston stomps Pac, but then Kingston distracts the ref by pointing out the Lucha Brothers. Bunny Allie claws at Pac’s eyes! Allie laughs at Pac’s pain but Rey Fenix rushes over! The ref tries to keep Fenix back but Kingston hits an EXPLODER on Pac!

Fans boo as The Fam keeps the Lucha Brothers at bay. Kingston puts Pac in, looms over him and brings him up to turn for a neckbreaker! Cover, ONE! Kingston is annoyed but he keeps on Pac with a smothering neck wrench. Fans rally up as Pac endures, Kingston claws at Pac’s face but the ref reprimands. Kingston lets off to then CHOP Pac to a corner! And CHOP again! Pac snarls as Kingston CHOPS him again! Kingston elbows Pac down, pulls on his ear at the ropes, but the ref counts. Kingston stops at 3, The Fam laughs at Pac’s pain, and Kingston drags Pac up. Pac ROCKS Kingston, Kingston CHOPS back! Pac forearms, Kingston CHOPS!

Pac gets the edge, kicks and kicks and KICKS! He dodges Kingston to SNAP GERMAN! Fans are thunderous as Pac sits up with another scowl. A standing count starts, Allie taunts Pac but Pac sneers back. Pac gets up with the ropes at 5, and he goes over to Kingston. Kingston sits up but Pac KICKS him in the chest! And KICKS him again! Kingston manages to stay up, but Pac just KICKS him again! Kingston falls over and Pac looms over him. Kingston pushes Pac, Pac runs but into a CHOP! ENZIGURI! SAIDO!! Cover, TWO!! Pac survives and fans are fired up! The Fam is furious but the Lucha Brothers rally for Pac as a new standing count begins.

Kingston sits up first at 3, but Pac follows at 4. Kingston and Pac slowly stand, hobble a bit, and Kingston is on Pac in a corner with a CHOP! Pac snarls again and dodges Kingston’s clothesline! Kingston elbows back, then boots, but Pac ENZIGURIS Kingston on the top rope! Kingston is dazed and Pac climbs up to join him. Pac brings Kingston up for a SUPERPLEX! Cover, TWO!! Kingston survives, The Fam and the Lucha Brothers are all anxious, but Kingston flounders to a corner. Pac stands, takes aim, and runs in to BOOT Kingston down! Pac throws more boots, Kingston manages to stand, but Pac runs corner to corner to EuroUpper!

Pac brings Kingston out and pushes him over. Kingston flounders about, tries to find Pac, Pac runs but into a LARIAT! Cover, TWO!! Pac barely survives and that frustrates Kingston. Kingston hobbles, clutches a shoulder, but he gets Pac up in a facelock. Pac holds ropes to deny the DDT, then he basement dropkicks Kingston down! Pac drags Kingston to a drop zone, climbs up top, BLACK ARROW!! Cover, Pac wins!!

Winner: PAC, by pinfall

But he isn’t done! Pac puts Kingston in the BRUTALIZER! The Fam and the Lucha Brothers jump in but the ref keeps the peace as best he can! But here comes LANCE ARCHER! The Murderhawk Monster chases off The Fam because they know he wants his pound of flesh from Kingston! Jake the Snake is now keeping the peace between the many enemies of Kingston, and Archer is telling Pac to get on the same page as him. They both want the same thing, but will they all be patient enough to take the Mad King down together?

 

Miro w/ Kip Sabian & Penelope Ford VS Chuck Taylor w/ Orange Cassidy!

The Best Man and the Superbad couple undoubtedly injured Trent’s arm, which is why the Best Friends are down a man. But in an attempt to get even, the Kentucky Gentleman made a bet! If Chuck wins, Miro and friends leave him and Trent alone. But if Miro wins, Chuck becomes Miro’s “Young Boy,” aka lackey, from tonight until the Superbad Wedding at AEW Beach Break in February! Will Chuckie T be able to carry on without Trent? Or will he have to carry Miro’s bags instead?

AEW returns as Miro makes his entrance. The bell rings and Chuck attacks Miro with fast hands and feet! Chuck has Miro in the corner, stomps away but backs off as the ref counts, to then clothesline Miro out! Miro staggers back up and hurries back to the apron, but Chuck knocks him down! Chuck goes out and whips Miro into the stage! Miro comes back, Chuck gets around him and uses a waistlock to send Miro back into the stage! Miro staggers into the ring, Chuck builds speed and FLIES! Direct hit and down goes Miro! Fans are fired up as Chuck stares down Kip! Chuck fires haymakers, whips Miro into railing, then throws more haymakers!

The ring count is 5, Miro shoves Chuck then runs at him, but Chuck dodges and Miro hits POST! Chuck refreshes the ring count, then leaps out to DOUBLE STOMP onto Miro! Miro manages to get in the ring, fans rally with Chuck and Chuck climbs up top. Kip dropkicks Cassidy! So Chuck mule kicks Kip! Chuck hits a SEXY CHUCKIE KNEE on Miro! Chuck builds up speed but Miro hits a SAMOAN DROP! Miro fires up and RAMS into Chuck, then fires off furious fists! The ref counts, Miro uses an OVERHEAD suplex to send Chuck across the ring! Miro then runs corner to corner to SPLASH Chuck, then keeps moving to WINDMILL KICK Chuck down!

Fans boo but Miro glares at Chuck. Chuck flounders up, Miro stomps around, Miro hits the BEST KICK! But he’s not done there, because it’s “GAME! OVER!!” Stomp and camel clutch, GAME OVER STRETCH! Chuck taps, Miro wins!!

Winner: Miro, by submission

Miro makes Chuck suffer, but now he has himself a new butler! Miro and the Superbad couple usher their Young Boy away, leaving Freshly Squeezed all alone. What will Chuck have to endure for the next month?

 

Backstage interview with #HardyParty.

Marq Quen, Isiah Kassidy and their new manager, Matt Hardy, are here, what does this mean for the relationship? Hardy speaks over Private Party to say that now that they’ve joined his Hardy Brand, things have been so much better. He lets them tell us what that means. Kassidy says a wise man once told them “It’s called show business, not friend business, for a reason.” Quen says ever since signing with AEW, their lives have been great. But now it’s so much better after signing with Matt! He is a tag team legend, an icon! It’d be pretty stupid if they stopped being a tag team now.

Actually, there is something Quen needs to get off his chest. Matt is taking 30%?! Yes, even from third party platforms, that was in the fine print. If they didn’t read that, that’s on them. It was a lesson they had to learn. But they’re so focused on money. Money will be nothing when they’re multi-millionaires! Hardy should know. Says the guy who is taking money from them! He’s like some, some… money-grubbing CARNY!

They’re calling him a carny!? How disrespectful! You guys were nobodies before him! He is the only one here that cares for them! The fans don’t care about them! Hardy had to learn that the hard way, on 9/15/2020, AEW All Out! No one here cares!! The sooner you get that, the better you’ll be. So just shut up, listen to him, and do what he tells you! Now go, this interview is over! Well, this escalated rather quickly. Will the party be over now that Hardy is in control?

 

Chris Jericho and the Inner Circle are here!

Le Champion, MJF, and the rest of the team head to the ring, united as one after all they’ve been through. Jericho takes a moment to revel in the fans singing Judas for him, we learn the Inner Circle’s 2021 New Year’s Resolutions after the break!

AEW returns and Jericho has the mic to say, “It’s the first time the entire Inner Circle has been in the ring together in 2021, and it’s gonna be a huge year for us!” 2020 was big, but this will be bigger. So they’re here to share their plans for the next 365 days! Who starts? Jake Hager starts by shouting, “CHAMPIONSHIPS! YEAH!” That is a good one. MJF says that was a great answer, and if he were to say off the top of his head, “just continuing to strengthen these bonds I have with all the men in this ring. And also fat people, they gotta go.” Sammy Guevara agrees, and Ortiz says he wants to perfect his grandmother’s sofrito recipe, and also “learning how to throw down some arroz con nueces.” MJF pretends to know what that is but Jericho knows the sofrito’s amazing.

Jericho wants to go out on a limb here and give his own resolutions. 2021 is the year Jericho and MJF will become AEW WORLD TAG TEAM CHAMPIONS! Whoa, wait. Santana and Ortiz say they were handpicked to be in the Inner Circle because they were THE tag team. So what’s…? Sammy has Santana and Ortiz stand down because Sammy knows what’s going on here. Sammy says Jericho is a tag team SLUT!! WHOA~! Sammy!?! What?! The writing’s on the wall! Jericho wants to team with MJF! He teamed with Hager! He teamed with Sammy! MJF says this is messed up. But Jericho was dappin’ it up with Snoop Dogg, are they going to be a tag team? Maybe…

MJF has this calm down. Sammy, you’re getting the trains off the tracks, let’s get them back on track. So much hostility. SHUT UP, MAX! This is the thing! Hager wants Sammy to let Jericho and MJF explain. Jericho says they’re all top level professionals, huge stars, tremendous athletes and even “sexy hooligans!” Any combination here could win the AEW World Tag Team Championships! But much like Big Jake and War Dog blew off some steam, Jericho and the others should do the same. For bragging rights, next week, live on Dynamite, for the first time-ever, a Triple Threat to decide who will be the OFFICIAL tag team of the Inner Circle! Whoa!

So Jericho says it’s him and MJF against Santana & Ortiz, and then Sammy says it’ll be him and Hager. CHAMPIONSHIPS, YEAH!! Sammy Hager? Good one, Sammy. Wait, what do you mean? Nevermind. MJF says we’re off rails and running short on time, so let’s all relax. At the end of the day, after their “teeny tiny exhibition match,” they’re all still family, they’re still the Inner Circle, and nothing will break them up. They are better than you, and you know it. Hands in! Santana asks why MJF’s hands are darker than his face. Don’t ruin the moment. But will it be Sammy Hager, the Proud ‘n’ Powerful, of #Y2MJF that will represent in the AEW Tag Team Division?

 

Backstage interview with The Dark Order.

After honoring the life of the late, great Mr. Brodie Lee, many are wondering what is next for the faction. Evil Uno says that night was very important for them and all of AEW. In the future, everything will be in his name. They must be better people, and that starts next week when Hangman Adam Page teams with them. And wouldn’t you know, Hangman was just off camera! Stu Grayson pulls Hangman in to join the group, and they serve up drinks. Now the Dark Order will interview Hangman! John Silver starts by saying they all just love him so much! Alex Reynolds takes over to apologize and explain that Silver still gets nervous around Hangman.

But the Dark Order wants to know: When will Hangman #JoinDarkOrder? C’mon, Adam! Is it next week, after their match? Well, after next week, he’ll let them know. Sweet! But Hangman’s totally in, right? Up top! Hangman didn’t go that far so he hears them say all this. Will that affect his decision?

 

BREAKING NEWS!

AEW is going to have the first-ever Dynamite Awards! Hosted by Tony Schiavone! Go to aewawards.com to vote!

 

AEW looks back at how Darby Allin VS Brian Cage came to be.

Before forming Team Taz, Taz himself came to the Relentless underdog in hopes of mentoring the young wrestler in AEW. Taz has a lot of knowledge as one of the best from the 1990’s and early 2000’s. But Taz didn’t know how to talk to Darby, and took Darby’s rejection personally, and so Taz found himself someone who would listen. That someone was The Machine, Brian Cage! Cage wrecked everyone, but especially Darby Allin, in the Casino Ladder Match. Taz would then bestow upon Cage his most valued possession in THE FTW World Championship! Cage has the FTW mindset, and that is why he is holding the FTW title.

Then Team Taz would expand, adding Absolute Ricky Starks. This duo would beat down Darby at every turn, yet it was Darby who was getting what he wants. Cage tried to destroy Darby with body bags and thumbtacks, but Darby never says die. Darby kept fighting, even after being betrayed by “Powerhouse” Will Hobbs. But then, “IT’S STIIIIING!” Sting pointed to Darby and said, “Something feels really, really familiar about this place.” Team Taz tried to warn Stinger he’d get hurt, but Darby would return the favor by backing up the icon.

Team Taz have been holding back, but this feud isn’t 9 months in the making but 27 YEARS. Darby has been dealing with this kind of bullying his whole life, and now it comes to a head! Will the Relentless Face of TNT cause the Machine to break down?

 

Backstage interview with The Elite!

After the wild moment to end last week, “the band is back together!” Kenny Omega stands with the Young Bucks as Don Callis says of course they’re back together! Kenny’s two best friends, all these belts, it’s unbelievable! The Elite is ready to stir it up as a trio! But Callis says the Bucks should still have their own entrance, they have such a great song. That said, the Best Bout Machine heads out first!

Six Man Tag: The Elite w/ Don Callis VS ???

“And now, he has held the AEW World Title for 42 days. His victory over Rey Fenix on last week’s Dynamite was his 14th straight singles win. He now has an AEW high 36 victories. He has not teamed with The Elite in 144 days. He will become the first contracted talent to appear on Impact Wrestling Pay-Per-View at Hard to Kill. He is considered a hero by many in… NOOORTH CAROLINA! However, he is proud to be called a legend in his hometown of Winnipeg, Manatoba, Canada. He weighs 224 pounds. He is the All Elite Wrestling Wooooorld Champion…! KENNY! OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOMEEEEEEEGAAAAAA~!” The Sweepettes return to lead the way!

Omega walks out on stage with Callis, the pyro goes off, and we see that the opponents are Danny Limelight and The Varsity Blondes, Griff Garrison and Brian Pillman Jr. When these three tried to stop the Good Brothers from invading, they were swiftly dealt with, and Griff even took a superkick from Matt Jackson! Will the young and hungry trio be able to catch The Elite by surprise tonight?

Callis grabs the mic from Justin Roberts to take over from here. Tonight is too special to leave this in the hands of an amateur. As we all know, this is history tonight because the band is back together! “Courtesy of Kenny Omega and Don Callis, the dream match, the dream six man” is happening! So let him introduce these two very special people in Kenny’s life, and the WORLD TAG TEAM CHAMPIONS… and Omega’s best friends in the world… the GOOD BROTHERS~!! What?!? Doc Gallows and Karl Anderson are here again?! To be fair, they are world tag team champions, but for IMPACT, not AEW!

Dasha is there to get Tony Khan’s reaction, and the Bucks are there to also be very disappointed in Kenny. Callis says business is business, but best friends are forever. Well, Elite or not, will this powerful trio be just too sweet for the young hopefuls across the ring?

Six Man Tag: Kenny Omega & The Good Brothers VS Danny Limelight & The Varsity Blondes!

The trios sort out, but the former Bullet Club boys rush Limelight and the Blondes! The Good Brothers go after Griff and BPJ while Omega has Limelight in the ring! Fans boo but Omega stomps away while the Varsity Blondes are sent into railing! Omega drags Limelight up, whips him to a corner then runs in, only for Limelight to go up and over! Limelight runs back in, Omega puts him on the apron but Limelight enziguris back! Limelight slingshots and arm-drags then dropkicks! Limelight kips up, but Gallows gets in to CLOBBER him! But the Varsity Blondes get in to double dropkick Gallows! Gallows stays up, the Blondes run and they clothesline him out together!

Fans fire up while Gallows is furious! Griff and BPJ reach out, Limelight tags in BPJ. BPJ kicks and CHOPS Omega, wrenches and tags in Griff. The Blondes go after the arm with ax handles! Griff wrenches, tags BPJ back in and again they go after the arm! BPJ facelocks. Limelight tags in and KICKS Omega! Omega blocks the suplex, body shots back then ROCKS Limelight with forearms! Limelight mule kicks and whips, but Omega reverses and Gallows gets a cheap shot in! The ref reprimands but Omega runs to KOTARO KRUSHER! Tag to Anderson, and Anderson rains down rights on Limelight! Fans boo, Anderson blasts Griff off the apron then whips Limelight to a corner hard!

Anderson claws at Limelight’s face, fans rally and Omega talks trash. Anderson drags Limelight up and over as AEW goes picture in picture.

Anderson CHOPS Limelight, Gallows tags in, Omega gets a cheap shot in, and Gallows drags Limelight up to shove him back into the corner hard! Gallows throws heavy hands and ROCKS Limelight with an uppercut! Gallows soaks up the heat from the fans, stands on Limelight’s head, then lets off as the ref counts. Gallows drags Limelight back up, bumps him off buckles then waits for Limelight to get up, for a ROUNDHOUSE! Tag to Omega and Omega drags Limelight up to scoop and BACKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! Limelight lives but Omega drags him back up. Omega feeds Limelight to the Good Brothers’ boots! Tag to Anderson and Anderson snapmares Limelight into a chinlock.

Limelight endures and fans rally up as Anderson cranks harder on the hold. Limelight fights up, throws elbows but Anderson throws him down! Anderson claws at Limelight’s face, lets off as the ref reprimands, then tags in Omega. Anderson scoop slams Limelight, Gallows becomes a backpack and Omega walks over to Limelight, for Anderson to run and add on, THREE MAN SPLASH! Cover, the Good Brothers intercept but the Varsity Blondes still get in to break it! Gallows knocks BPJ and Griff out of the ring and Omega drags Limelight up as AEW returns to single picture.

Omega RAMS Limelight into a corner, RAMS him in again, then sits him up top. Omega CHOPS Limelight, then runs, but into a boot! Limelight walks the tightrope to avoid Omega, then springboard RANAS him down! Fans fire up and Limelight crawls, but Omega drags him away! Limelight enziguris but misses as Omega ducks! Omega says he’s too smart for that! Omega reels Limelight in, GERMAN SUPLEX, but Limelight lands on his feet! To hit the enziguri this time! Fans fire up as Limelight and Omega crawl, hot tags to BPJ and Anderson! BPJ springboard tackles Anderson! He hits Omega and Gallows for good measure!

Tag to Griff, the Blondes whip Anderson into a lift, BPJ hurries up top, BLOCKBUSTER SPINEBUSTER! Cover, TWO!! Anderson survives but Griff fires up with the fans. Griff runs at Anderson in a corner, but the splash misses! Omega runs and hits BPJ! Anderson whips Omega in to back body block Griff! ROCKET KICK! Gallows splashes, then they hit a back suplex DOUBLE neckbreaker! Cover, but BPJ and Limelight break it! Gallows and Omega throw them out and Anderson aims at Griff. Griff staggers up, Anderson runs in, MACHINE GUN BOOT! Cover, TWO!?! Griff survives and Gallows gets in to help Anderson drag Griff up! Anderson spins, Griff slips out, Limelight tags in!

Limelight fires off strikes on Anderson but Anderson knees low. Anderson whips, runs in but Limelight BOOTS! Limelight goes up, up and leaps INTO A SPINEBUSTER! Gallows drags Limelight up, Omega intercepts the Blondes, MAGIC KILLER! Cover, “The Elite” wins!

Winners: Kenny Omega & The Good Brothers, by pinfall

But before they can celebrate, here comes MOXLEY! Omega sees Moxley coming down the bleachers and dares him to do something while he has his back-up. The Maniac gets in and rushes Omega! Anderson and Gallows are after him but he fights them off! Omega hits back and this is still 3v1! They dig their boots into Moxley in a corner, but here comes the LUCHA BROTHERS! Rey Fenix springboards in to crossbody Gallows down! Pentagon goes after Anderson, the Lucha Brothers are getting payback for what they did at the end of last week! Omega is still after Moxley, they brawl with forearms while things spill out of the ring!

Moxley tackles Omega, but here come other AEW wrestlers and security! But while Omega gets away, Moxley hits Mike Verna with a PARADIGM SHIFT! Moxley then runs and DIVES! Direct hit onto Omega and many others! Moxley puts Omega in, but the Bucks show up to end this here! Matt and Nick ask Moxley cool off but he says “Screw you!” The Bucks dare him to do something more then, but the Lucha Brothers get in! The Bucks turn around, and get SUPERKICKS! Then Fenix and Penta brawl with the Good Brothers, Moxley on their side! Omega and Callis bail out, not caring about anyone but themselves! When will Moxley get his shot at revenge on Omega?

 

AEW presents the Dynamite premiere of The Waiting Room!

Rebel welcomes us back and introduces The Dentist, the Role Model and the face of the AEW Women’s Division, Britt Baker! Britt dances her way in and thanks Reba for that intro. Britt is so excited to have this Dynamite debut! Everyone, check under your seats for a huge surprise from her! GOT YOU! Never gets old. But let’s get serious. Tonight’s guest is huge! It’s Cody Rhodes! He’s so special, right? They want to give him a huge congratulations on his opportunity with TBS with The Go Big Show, airing Thursdays, and you’ll see some crazy stuff on that show. Probably the craziest thing is that there are some big name celebrity judges, and then Cody. No idea how he got that gig, but we’re all happy for him.

Before bringing Cody out, Britt wants to say one more thing. She can’t get this straight: Who is Cody’s guy? Sting? Shaq? Snoop? Make one good choice! Unlike that thing on his neck. Rebel’s talk show laugh is rough as always. But give it up for the American Nightmare, Cody Rhodes! Wow, Rebel even has sparklers for him. Cody walks in under the sparklers and the Snoop remix of his theme plays, per the contractual obligations of having Cody on the show. Okay let’s put these out… Cody gives Britt and Rebel a hug, Rebel gets a bit frisky, but Britt congratulates Cody on the announcement of his first child with Brandi. That kid is gonna have an action figure way before anyone else here but who’s counting? Britt says she’s just kidding. There are no fake friends here, just fake teeth.

Britt does want to ask Cody about himself, though. A huge year. Go Big Show, baby Rhodes, let’s talk about it. But wait! Another huge surprise that Britt just thought up right now. A surprise guest! Give it up for… JADE CARGILL! Jade walks in in her shiny new ring gear, and Britt asks if she always wears this just walking around. Jade says she’s “a badass bitch,” she does what she wants. Fair enough. And then she snatches the mic from Cody! Jade says Britt actually doesn’t, and Jade sure doesn’t, and certainly no one else in AEW gives a DAMN if he and Brandi are having a baby. Britt says it’s just nine months of no Brandi. And not to sound corny, Cody did Brandi a huge favor.

But Jade and Shaq are TIRED of waiting. “Where is my damn opponent?!” Brandi should be watching Jade dominate as a REAL bad ass mother. And if Brandi ever returns, Jade will beat dat ass. And then she pie faces Cody!! Uh oh~! Here’s RED VELVET! Who invited this little girl? Jade will get on Velvet’s level and squat down to look her in the eye, as she pushes her, too! Velvet SLAPS back! So Jade SLAPS Velvet! They start scrapping! Britt loves this but the women’s locker room rushes in to stop this! Cody as EVP tells Britt to stop recording this, but Velvet comes back for more! Cody shouts, “Pull the plug!” but cameras keep rolling!

Cody gets Velvet out of here, but then someone replays footage of Britt going after Thunder Rosa! Britt doesn’t mind, she likes rewatching it. But it’s THUNDER ROSA! We all know why Britt likes to have a talk show: Britt and her big nose like to get into other people’s business. But at some point, Britt has to get in the ring and do the work! Rosa talked with Tony Khan, and Khan said a match between them is a huge deal. There needs to be time and a big stage. Rosa says this will be settled the right way. That is why Britt gets to face Rosa on Dynamite, 2/3/21, BEACH BREAK! God has answered Rosa’s prayers and now she gets to beat Britt’s ass!

Britt freaks out and thought she wouldn’t have to face Rosa. But it’s happening! There’s no going back now, so that’s the end of the Waiting Room! Will Britt pray that Beach Break never happens? Or is there no more running from what she’s done to Rosa?

 

Jurassic Express VS FTR w/ Tully Blanchard!

Normally Luchasaurus would be by Jungle Boy’s side, but after Cash Wheeler & Dax Harwood got in his face, Marko Stunt couldn’t stand idly by! Will JB and Stunt make FTR #FeelTheRegret for making fun of Fun-Sized?

The teams sort out and Stunt starts against Cash. They circle, tie up, and Cash pops Stunt right up to put him in a corner. Dax tags in, Stunt gets loose and slides under, hops around and JB jumps in to back him up! FTR stays back but Stunt flips them off here, there and underneath. Dax and Stunt tie up, Dax puts Stunt in the corner, the ref calls for the break and Dax lets off. Stunt stares Dax off to SLAP him! Dax throws forearms on Stunt, rains down fists, but the ref backs him off. Dax lets off, brings Stunt up, and snap suplexes him hard! Tag to Cash, FTR both yank Stunt up by his hair to SLAM him back down!

Cash stalks Stunt, puts him in a corner and CHOPS him down! Fans boo FTR while rallying for Stunt. Cash gets in JB’s face but Stunt CHOPS Cash! Stunt kicks low but Cash kicks back. Cash ROCKS Stunt with the EuroUpper! Tully taunts Stunt, Cash whips Stunt but Stunt QUEBRADAS, but into Cash’s arms! Cash tilt-o-whirls Stunt but Stunt headscissors! Cash rebounds off ropes into Stunt’s dropkick! Tag to JB and the Express double whips to atomic drop and enziguri! Dax runs in but he gets an atomic drop and enziguri, too! JB has Dax, Stunt has Cash, they double whip FTR but FTR reverses! Stunt and JB stop themselves just in time, to somersault back for KANGAROO KICKS!

FTR staggers, Stun gets a monkey flip boost to RANA Dax out of the ring! And then FUN-SIZED IN MOTION on Cash! JB aims to open the ropes, Stunt DIVES and takes FTR down! JB adds on an ASAI MOONSAULT! Fans fire up as Jurassic Express strikes a pose and AEW goes picture in picture.

JB goes out to put Cash in, bumping him off apron. Dax throws hands but JB hits back! Cash CHOPS JB, JB CHOPS back! JB pushes Dax away, pursues Cash and puts him in the ring. Cash hurries but he misses his elbow drop! JB CHOPS, knuckle locks, kicks and goes up, up, tag to Stunt before the springboard arm-drag! Stunt and JB double dropkick Cash down! Stunt stalks Cash to a corner, fires off hands, but Cash pushes him away. Tag to Dax. Cash reverses the whip and FTR give Stunt a HUGE double hotshot flapjack! Dax scowls down at Stunt as he looms over him. Dax drags Stunt up, back suplexes high and HARD!

Dax looms over Stunt again, drags him up by an ear, then bumps him off buckles. The ref counts as Dax is after Stunt in the corner with a CHOP! Stunt falls, Dax lets off and brings Stunt up, but Stunt CHOPS back! Stunt CHOPS again, then kicks, but Dax brings Stunt around to whip and CLOBBER him! Dax stomps Stunt around, fish hooks his face to keep him from JB, and drives an elbow in as the ref counts. Dax pulls Stunt’s hair, snapmares him and wraps him up in a seated cobra twist. Stunt endures as Dax pushes on his head, wrenches the neck, and pulls hair. AEW returns to single picture as fans rally for Stunt. Dax grinds his forearm in but stops as the ref reprimands.

Dax lets Stunt out of the stretch to tag in Cash. Whip and SPINEBUSTER, cover, TWO! Cash keeps his focus and he drags Stunt back up. Cash bumps Stunt off buckles hard, then tags in Dax. They whip, drop toehold and drop elbows on Stunt! Cover, TWO! Another try, ONE! Another, ONE!! Dax is furious and he stomps Stunt to the apron! The ref backs Dax off and Dax tags in Cash. Cash drags Stun back in, back up, and reels him in. Cash puts Stunt right into a Gory Especial and pulls on the ankles! Stunt endures, fans rally, and Stunt gets his arms free to sunset flip! TWO! Tag to Dax and Dax keeps Stunt from JB! Dax powerbomb lifts but Stunt slips out to tag JB!

Jungle Boy fires off with forearms, dropkicks Cash then elbows Dax! Another elbow, then a EuroUpper! Dax denies the bulldog but not the LARIAT! Cash runs in and shoves but JB LARIATS back! BACKSTABBER for Dax! Cover, TWO!! Fans fire up for JB and he stalks Dax to a corner. JB CHOPS, hoists Dax up top, then CHOPS again! JB climbs up but Dax hits back! JB and Dax brawl, JB staggers away but comes back to hop right up, SUPER STEINER! Cover, but Cash breaks it! Cash drags JB up and suplexes but JB slips out to suplex back, BRAIN BUSTER! Dax rolls JB up! With trunks!  TWO!! SUPERKICK! Tag to Stunt, and they combine, wheelbarrow senton! Cover, TWO!!

Stunt drags Dax up, goes up the corner but no Sliced Bread as Dax TOSSES Stunt away! Stunt gets up, Dax throws his elbow pad away to LARIAT! Dax snarls as he stalks Stunt to a corner. Fans rally up, Dax fires off fists! The ref reprimands, Dax lets off at 4 and drags Stunt up by hair! The ref is busy telling Dax to stop, and Stunt MULE KICK LOW BLOWS!! Stunt gets Dax again, for the TORNADO CUTTER! High stack cover, TWO!! Stunt flops out of the ring while Dax is down! Tully backs off as the ref checks and Dax crawls over. Dax brings Stunt up but Stunt ROCKS Dax with rights! Dax flounders, the ref watches him, and misses Tully POSTING Stunt!

JB storms over to tell Tully to back off, but Cash is there to CLOBBER JB! And whip him into railing! Cash puts Stunt in, tags in, and FTR hits the now BIG RIG FLAPJACK CODE BREAKER!! Cover, FTR wins!

Winners: FTR, by pinfall

Tully has another assist in the success of Cash and Dax! Will Jurassic Express get back on track when Luchasaurus is behind the wheel?

 

NWA Women’s World Championship: Serena Deeb VS Tay Conti w/ Anna Jay!

Two women already incredibly accomplished in the world of martial arts, these two battle for the first time in the squared circle! Deeb was the woman to dethrone Thunder Rosa, but will she be ready for the Brazilian blackbelt?

The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and this newest chapter in the AEW-NWA crossover begins!

Deeb and Conti circle as fans fire up already. They tie up, go around, and Deeb gets the arm for a wrench and wristlock. Deeb wrenches back, steps over and hooks Deeb right up in a standing cobra twist! Deeb pries at the hold but Conti grinds a forearm into the ribs! Deeb reaches back to hip toss free, then arm-drags Conti down to an armlock! Deeb floats around to shift Conti into a double chicken wing cover, TWO! Conti gets right up and pushes Deeb, but Deeb keeps her cool. Conti spins but Deeb blocks the back kick, only for Conti to kick the other leg and knock her over! Conti goes after a leg and has a HEEL HOOK!

Deeb endures, Conti pulls on the foot, and turns things over to a CALF KILLER! Deeb grabs Conti’s head to drag her out of the hold and into a chinlock! Conti fights and moves around but Deeb throws her with a takeover! Conti headscissors, Deeb pops out but runs into a sayanagi throw! Deeb gets back up and fans cheer as the two stare down. Deeb and Conti circle again, show test of strength, and tie up with knuckle locks. Deeb rolls, wrenches, keylocks and wrangles Conti to the mat! Deeb twists the wrist, Conti kips up and wrenches back to reel Deeb in for a triangle! Deeb stays up, throws hands, but Conti throws forearms back!

Deeb powers out and snapmares Conti to run and SLIDING LARIAT! Cover, TWO! Fans fire up as Deeb brings Conti up and reels her in. Double underhooks but Conti back drops and sits down! TWO, Deeb sunsets, TWO! Conti bicycle BOOTS Deeb so hard, Conti is staggering! Deeb flounders out of the ring and Conti steadies herself as AEW goes picture in picture.

Conti hurries after Deeb and brings her up. Conti puts Deeb in, gets a hug from Jay and then gets in, only for Deeb to get a leg! DRAGON SCREW in the ropes! Conti hobbles, Deeb gets the leg again, but Conti throws forearms back! Conti gets free, then kicks, but Deeb ducks the buzzsaw only to get the HEEL KICK! Cover, TWO!! Deeb survives and Conti grows frustrated but Jay coaches her up. Conti brings Deeb up, Deeb waistlocks but Conti switches to ripcord and sayanagi! And again! And again! Conti sits Deeb up to BUZZSAW! Cover, TWO!! Deeb still lives but Conti goes for another cover, TWO! Conti grows frustrated as she can’t put Deeb away!

Conti gets back up, paces around Deeb and whips her to a corner. Conti runs in, and BOOTS Deeb again! Then double wrist to monkey flip! Conti rolls back to cover, TWO!! Deeb is still in this as AEW goes to break!

AEW returns as Deeb puts Conti back in the ring. Deeb fireman’s carries, Conti slips off and full nelsons, swinging STUNNER! Cover, TWO!?! Deeb survives and Conti can’t believe it! Conti drags Deeb into body scissors, hooks the arms, but Deeb resists the leg hook nelson to STRETCH MUFFLER! Conti reaches out for ropes, crawls over, and gets the ropebreak! The ref counts, Deeb lets go fast to drag Conti away and omoplata, but Conti cradle counters! TWO and Deeb fireman’s carries Conti for a GUTBUSTER DROP! Cover, TWO!! Conti crawls as Deeb grits her teeth. Deeb puts Conti up top backwards, climbs up behind her, but Conti throws elbows.

Deeb clubs Conti, climbs up and hooks Conti into a HANGING GORY ESPECIAL! The ref counts, Deeb lets go at 4, and Conti adjusts position. Deeb comes back but Conti boots her away! Conti leaps up and over, comes back with another BOOT! Then a double chicken wing, but Conti can’t get Deeb up into the Especial from her beat up legs! Deeb reverses to a backslide, Conti slips through but into the underhooks! DEEBTOX!! Cover, Deeb wins!

Winner: Serena Deeb, by pinfall (still NWA Women’s World Champion)

The trapped-arm facebuster secures the win for Deeb! Jay is still there for Tay, but when will she have another chance at a title in 2021?

 

Next week, AEW celebrates Negative One’s birthday!

That’s why Hangman Page is teaming up with The Dark Order’s Alex Reynolds, John Silver & Colt Cabana in a great 8 Man Tag! Will the Good, the Bad, the Hungy and the BOOM BOOM give the gift of winning when they go against Chaos Project and The Hybrid2?

Plus, #HardyParty is going to make the money worth it in a Six Man Tag against Matt Sydal & Top Flight, and Miro gives us the debut of his Kentucky Butler, Chuck Taylor! Then, the Vicious Vixen’s Nyla Rose returns to Dynamite against LEGIT Leyla Hirsch, and after we saw him rough up Kenny Omega, Jon Moxley will be back in action!

 

AEW TNT Championship: Darby Allin VS Brian Cage w/ Team Taz!

Who can stop the Path of Cage? So far, no one has. But with Taz, Ricky Starks and even Son of Taz, Hook, in his corner, is it a shoe-in that Cage becomes the Two Belt Machine? Or will the Relentless underdog take Cage to his limits in this New Year’s Smash finale?

AEW returns as Darby makes his entrance and Taz joins commentary to enjoy this. The introductions are made, the TNT title is raised, and this grudge match a long time coming finally begins!

Darby rushes in and dropkicks the leg out then basement dropkicks Cage out! Darby keeps moving and he DIVES to send Cage into railing! He dribbles Cage off the railing, goes back into the ring and builds speed again, to DIVE! But into a SUPLEX! Cage shouts, “WHO BETTA?!” Starks fist-bumps Cage and Cage puts Darby back in the ring. Cage stalks Darby, circles around him then drags Darby up, but Darby SLAPS Cage! Cage CLOBBERS Darby! Cage drags Darby up, trophy lifts him, and then TOSSES him onto the timekeeper’s table! The table is splinters from that crash landing! The ref goes out to check on Darby, he’s somehow okay to continue, so Cage goes out to fetch him.

The ref tells Team Taz to stay back as Cage drags Darby up. Darby is bleeding, and Cage suplexes Darby up to make the blood rush there faster. Cage holds Darby up like that as he goes up the steel steps to the ramp, and then TOSSES Darby into the ring! Cage then dead lifts and SLAMS Darby with one hand! Darby is bleeding, making for a crimson mask on the unpainted half of his face! Cage watches Darby crawl to a corner, then he runs in, to EuroUpper and ROUNDHOUSE, then GERMAN SUPLEX! Darby flops and flounders but Cage stalks over to TOSS Darby into the corner! Darby hits hard, then flops to the mat, and his blood stains the mat!

Fans rally up for Darby as hard as they can but Cage looms over Darby. Cage hauls Darby up, and TOSSES him to the other corner! The ref wants Cage to let off but Cage rains down furious fists! The ref counts, Cage lets off at 4, and he drags Darby up. Darby flops down, fans rally even harder, and Cage sits Darby up for crossface forearms as AEW goes picture in picture!

Cage keeps clobbering Darby with forearms, then lets off as the ref wants to check on Darby. Darby is somehow still in this but Cage scuffs him with his boot. Cage toys with Darby, then shows off the muscles. Darby leaps right up and onto Cage to throw forearms all over the place! Cage RAMS Darby into buckles and Darby crumbles! Cage BOOTS Darby down, then dead lifts him into bicep curls! Cage is just showing off before he TOSSES Darby again! Cover, ONE?! Cage laughs, he didn’t think Darby was conscious. Darby manages to sit up but Cage is right on him for a wrench, clinch, and OVERHEAD SUPLEX! Darby writhes while Cage paces.

Starks sneers and smirks as Cage bumps Darby off buckles and CHOPS him! Cage digs his boot into Darby’s good side, but the ref counts. Cage lets off at 4, rains down rights, trying to bust open the good side so Darby will have a full crimson mask. Cage stomps Darby, drags him back up, and then goes corner to corner as AEW returns to single picture. Cage runs in, but into a boot! Darby goes up and leaps, into a fireman’s carry and F5!! Cover, ONE?!?! Darby surprises Cage again and Team Taz is growing frustrated. Fans are thunderous for Darby as Cage yanks Darby right up to a POWERBOMB! And then ANOTHER BOMB! And ANOTHER! That last one was like a Kevin Nash Jackknife!

Darby sits up to flip Cage off?! Cage hauls Darby back up for a bomb to the ramp!! The ref asks Darby if he wants to stop this mask but Darby just flips Cage off again! Taz is furious on commentary and shouts for Cage to whoop Darby’s ass! Cage drags Darby over to a corner, and dead lift SUPERPLEXES him! Cover, ONE!?!?! How is Darby doing this?! Cage is losing his cool, and he goes out to bring the steel steps around! The ref tells Cage to stop, but Cage positions the steps near the apron. Cage drags Darby to the apron and aims at the steps! Cage fireman’s carries but Darby fights out!

Darby dropkicks Cage but Cage holds ropes! Darby BITES the hands, Cage lets go and falls onto the steps! Cage is on the steel, Darby climbs up the corner, SUPER COFFIN DROP!! Both men are down on the floor and fans are thunderous again! A ring count starts, Taz is furious on commentary all over again, and somehow Darby stirs at 3. Darby pushes himself up at 5, gets to the apron at 6, and drags himself in at 7! Cage uses the steps to stand at 8 and gets in at 9! Darby throws wrist tape away to SLAP Cage! And SLAP! SLAP! Darby runs, springboards, but into a waistlock! Cage flips Darby around but Darby BITES Cage’s face!

Darby takes off his studded belt, runs at Cage, gets around and flips over, THROWBACK STUNNER! The belt adds on, and then Darby uses it to tie up Cage’s legs! Darby shoves Cage over and rains down fists on the back of Cage’s head! The ref backs Darby off but Darby comes back, only for Cage to BASEMENT FLAPJACK him! Darby flounders, Cage breaks free of the belt, but Darby runs in for CODE RED!! Cover, TWO!! Cage staggers up, Darby goes to a corner, Darby runs and shotgun dropkicks Cage into buckles! Cover, TWO, but Darby is right to the top rope for DOUBLE STOMPS!

Darby isn’t done, but Hook distracts the ref! Starks YANKS Darby down, but the lights go out! IT’S STIIIIING! Baseball bat shot and a SMACK for Starks! Cage KNEES Darby up top, climbs up and hauls Darby up for a fireman’s carry. Darby fights that off, for a SUPER CRUCIFIX DRIVER!! Cover, Darby wins!!

Winner: Darby Allin, by pinfall (still AEW TNT Champion)

The Icon helped even the odds, and the underdog is still the champion! Will Hobbs hurries out to back up Taz, Hook and Cage, but the snow still falls! Will Team Taz continue to be left out in the cold so long as Sting is watching over Darby?


My Thoughts:

Another great episode for AEW, and a very good second part to New Year’s Smash! We had a really good opening of PAC VS Kingston with everyone else ringside, and I like that Pac since he’s been gone and needs these wins since AEW is about the records. Archer showing up makes a lot of sense, too, as he still has business with Kingston. But with both of them wanting after Kingston, there is surely going to be PAC VS Archer to see who gets first crack at Kingston going into a PPV like AEW Revolution, or maybe even just Beach Break on 2/3/21. Miro VS Chuck was a good match, but I figured Miro wins because the story of Chuck being his “butler” is more interesting and will surely be more entertaining.

I should’ve known from the moment Callis insisted on separate entrances that the Bucks wouldn’t be joining Omega. Of course, Nick Jackson also suffered a minor leg injury last week, so he wasn’t going to be in shape for any matches tonight. This was a good way of covering that up in kayfabe, even if it pushes the pace up on the story. If not for the injury, I would’ve thought they’d give us more time of Bucks and Omega being friends. Of course, the Bucks did get in at the very end of all the brawling between Moxley, Lucha Brothers, Omega and Good Brothers, so perhaps they aren’t that upset with Omega pulling this little swerve.

And while I don’t want “the band” breaking up after only just reuniting, I would love if AEW could be the gateway to a Triple Threat TRIPLE TAG TITLE match. Bucks are AEW World Tag champs, Lucha Brothers are still AAA World Tag champs, and the Good Brothers are currently Impact Wrestling World Tag champs, it would be insane if one of these legitimately great teams became TRIPLE tag champions. At the very least, it’d make sense if Lucha Brothers returned to Impact as they were only just there in 2018 to 2019 and were Impact tag champs just the once.

FTR VS Jungle Boy & Marko Stunt was very good, and it was an interesting twist for Stunt to low blow Dax before Tully cheated him out of a win. I wonder if FTR brings that up before giving us the rematch, but with Luchasaurus in with JB per the usual combination. Though I could see Stunt wanting to be back in, just in JB’s spot. This feud is definitely only extending to build tag contenders on the side while The Bucks are busy with the Omega story. The same goes for the Inner Circle having a Triple Threat Tag within their own ranks. That is going to be a great match, but now that Jericho and MJF have declared for the Tag Division, they’re definitely going to win and go on a run up the rankings.

Deeb VS Conti was a great match, but AEW and TNT still need to figure out how they can go picture in picture and NOT have to go to full commercial. Conti got that monkey flip to cover and then it goes away, I almost thought Deeb was going to win while we were on break. Deeb retains because for one, it’s the NWA title, it won’t change hands until it’s on an NWA program. Plus, Conti is still very young and so is her career, she will have plenty of time to build into a great champion. The Dark Order had a good segment with Hangman Page, but if they’re posing the proposition here, I have a feeling Hangman doesn’t #JoinDarkOrder.

The Waiting Room was alright as far as the talk show portion, as Britt literally reused material from Dark to mock Cody. But Jade Cargill getting in Cody’s face, then brawling with Velvet was a much better segment. As was Rosa calling out Britt and finally giving us the match between them for Beach Break. That match should be treated as an unofficial contender’s match, the winner moving on to challenge Hikaru Shida for the AEW Women’s World Championships. That probably means it’ll be Britt, but perhaps with help from Rebel.

And then the TNT Championship was a great match, especially once Cage tossed Darby through the table and Darby was bleeding. Darby proved his superhuman durability, and it was great for Sting to reinforce him against Team Taz. That tag match has to happen for AEW Revolution. Otherwise, what is Sting really doing here?

My Score: 9.4/10


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Mitchell’s AEW Dark Results & Report! (1/12/21)

A Dark dozen on 1/12!

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In the shadow of New Year’s Smash is AEW Dark!

Before the New Year’s Smash continues on Dynamite, AEW Dark brings a dozen match-ups, with a BIG 10 Man Tag featuring the Dark Order!

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Ricky Starks w/ Hook VS Mike Verna; Starks wins.
  • Jurassic Express VS RYZIN & Fuego Del Sol; Jurassic Express wins.
  • Tay Conti w/ Anna Jay VS Marti Daniels; Conti wins.
  • 10 Man Tag: Dark Order VS Shawn Dean, Zack Clayton, Adam Priest, Danny Limelight & Vary Morales; The Dark Order wins.
  • “Powerhouse” Will Hobbs w/ Hook VS Louie Valle; Hobbs wins.
  • Red Velvet VS Leva Bates; Velvet wins.
  • The Dark Order’s Alex Reynolds & John Silver VS KC Navarro & El Australiano; The Dark Order wins.
  • The Varsity Blondes VS Lee Johnson & Aaron Solow; The Varsity Blondes win.
  • Anna Jay w/ Tay Conti VS Alex Gracia; Jay wins.
  • Serena Deeb VS Tesha Price; Deeb wins.
  • Bear Country VS Baron Black & Nick Comoroto; Bear Country wins.
  • Chaos Project VS Top Flight; Top Flight wins.

PLAY BY PLAY

Ricky Starks w/ Hook VS Mike Verna!

Absolute has the Son of Taz in his corner as he takes on the Real Man of Steel! Hook has played a small part in Team Taz’s recent wins, will he do the same this week?

The bell rings and the two circle. Starks has fans chanting for him and he thanks them, then ties up with Verna. Starks knees low, throws forearms, and strikes a pose, only for Verna to ROCK him! Verna whips, Starks reverses and blocks a kick but not the enziguri! Starks staggers to a corner, Verna runs in but only gets buckles! Starks jawbreakers, runs and dropkicks Verna down! Now Starks strikes his pose! Starks stomps Verna in the corner but the ref counts. Starks lets off and says, “Too easy!” Starks brings Verna up to CHOP, then CHOP him off his feet! Fans cheer as Starks elbows Verna, but Verna hits back. Starks knees low, throws haymakers and another CHOP!

Verna goes along ropes, and CHOPS back! Starks kicks low, bumps Verna off buckles and fires off fast hands and feet! Verna bails out but Starks stalks him. Starks RAMS Verna into the apron, puts him back in the ring, and fans cheer as Starks stalks Verna more. Verna throws body shots, but Starks blocks the suplex to give the suplex! Starks shakes his head and drags Verna up. Starks whips Verna corner to corner, strikes a pose then runs in but Verna dodges! Verna ROCKS Starks then rallies with lariats! And a spinning powerslam! Cover, TWO!

Verna fires up and he drags Starks up to a fireman’s carry. Fans rally, Starks slips off and runs to run Verna over! Starks keeps moving, Verna drops down but stands up into the SPEAR! Cover, Starks wins!

Winner: Ricky Starks, by pinfall

Starks grins and strikes his pose again. Will Absolute go from #5 contender to THE #1 contender soon enough?

 

Jurassic Express VS RYZIN & Fuego Del Sol!

Though it’s the usual combo of Luchasaurus and Jungle Boy now, it’ll be JB and Marko Stunt against FTR for Dynamite tomorrow night! Will Jurassic Express at least stay on track against the Priest of Sin and Fire of the Sun?

The teams sort out and JB starts against Fuego. Fans are fired up for JB as he and Fuego circle. They tie up, JB waistlocks, headlocks but Fuego powers out. JB whips Fuego, things speed up and JB hurdles but Fuego leaps. JB sweeps the legs, cover, ONE! Fuego reverses the roles and sweeps to cover, ONE! Double dropkicks cancel out, JB and Fuego double kip-up! Ryzin tags himself in and says he can do better, but he runs into an arm-drag! Luchasaurus tags, Ryzin whips JB but JB ducks the boot and Luchasaurus ROUNDHOUSES Ryzin down! Luchasaurus brings Ryzin up, Ryzin throws a haymaker but Luchasaurus CHOPS him down!

Tag to JB, Luchasaurus scoops Ryzin to SLAM him! JB hits a KNEE-BOARD SENTON! Cover, TWO! JB keeps cool and he brings Ryzin up to CHOP him! JB whips Ryzin, Ryzin reverses and gets around to pull hair for a neckbreaker! Fans boo, Ryzin taunts Stunt, then Ryzin says NO to tagging Fuego! Ryzin stomps JB down, drags him back up and scoops him for a slam. Ryzin runs to drop a leg, brother! Cover, ONE! Ryzin keeps on JB with a chinlock but JB fights up. JB throws elbows and fights free, then dodges and leaps, into Ryzin’s arms! POWERSLAM! Ryzin still won’t tag Fuego and he runs to the corner to go up and moonsault, but JB moves! Ryzin belly flops and now he tags Fuego!

Fuego drags JB up and whips him, but JB LARIATS on the rebound! Hot tag to Luchasaurus! Luchasaurus rallies on Fuego and Ryzin, CHOPS, back kicks, BOOTS! Luchasaurus tosses Fuego to a corner for fast hands! Luchasaurus whips Fuego, and FLAPJACKS him! Ryzin dodges but Luchasaurus bounces off buckles to DOUBLE LARIAT Ryzin and Fuego! Tag to JB, they drag Fuego up, but Ryzin throws JB away! Fuego lands out of the back suplex, he and Ryzin double dropkick! Luchasaurus stays up, so Fuego dropkicks a leg out and Ryzin throws Luchasaurus out! Ryzin wrecks Luchasaurus with another dropkick, then Fuego goes after JB with forearms.

JB reverses the whip to ROCK Fuego, whip, but Fuego springboards to POISON-RANA! Cover, TWO!! JB survives and Fuego can’t believe it! Ryzin grabs JB and coordinates with Fuego, but Luchasaurus intercepts! JB breaks free, Luchasaurus CHOKE SLAMS Fuego onto Ryzin! Jurassic Express get Fuego with the BACK SUPLEX BOMB! Ryzin runs in, but into a TAIL WHIP! JB puts Fuego in the Snare Trap STF, Fuego taps! Jurassic Express wins!

Winners: Jurassic Express, by submission

The team is still on track, but they’re going in with their “Fun-Sized” formation against one of the best tag teams in wrestling today! Will Jungle Boy and Marko Stunt be able to catch FTR off guard at New Year’s Smash?

 

Tay Conti w/ Anna Jay VS Marti Daniels!

Whether the Brazilian blackbelt has decided to #JoinDarkOrder or not has yet to be seen, but she still has her tag team partner by her side. Will Conti be rolling into her NWA Women’s World Championship match for New Year’s Smash?

The bell rings and Marti rushes Conti but Conti gets around to roll Marti up, TWO! Conti throws Marti with the drop sayanagi hat trick, then the judo hip toss. Conti sits Marti up, blows a kiss and KICKS Marti in the chest! Marti gets up and Conti storms over, but Marti ROCKS, whips and YANKS Conti down by her head! Conti staggers up, Marti rushes in but the boot gets stuck on the ropes! Conti KICKS the leg, goes out to the apron and has a HANGING KNEEBAR! The ref counts, Conti lets go at 4 and Marti hobbles away while protesting. Conti gets in, drags Marti back up but Marti SLAPS her! Marti tells Conti she will not be disrespected, so Conti fires off forearms!

Marti shoves, gets under one clothesline but not the BLINDSIDE! Conti rallies with clotheslines, dodges Marti and OVERHEAD THROWS her! Fans fire up with Conti and Conti goes up a corner. Marti runs in but Conti jumps over and rolls, to then come back with a BOOT! Conti reels Marti in, Gory Especial to the SPINNING KNEE! Cover off the #TayKO, Conti wins!

Winner: Tay Conti, by pinfall

A strong showing ahead of her big title opportunity, will Conti be a champion for the first time in her wrestling career?

 

10 Man Tag: Dark Order VS Shawn Dean, Zack Clayton, Adam Priest, Danny Limelight & Vary Morales!

Speaking of the Dark Order, this is literally a BIG match for them to start their 2021! Will Evil Uno, Stu Grayson, Alan Angels, Preston Vance and BOOM BOOM, Colt Cabana, start the new year on the right foot together?

The teams sort out, Stu starts and CLOBBERS Priest! And again! Stu hauls Priest up, Priest sunset flips but Stu rolls through to kick. Priest gets under, rolls Stu up, TWO! Priest arm-drags and CHOPS Stu, then whips. Stu reverses, Priest reverses back to lock up a leg and Russian Leg Sweep! Priest whips Stu, Stu reverses and hurdles to drop then CLOBBER Priest again! Priest tags out to Clayton, Stu tags in Angels! Clayton pie faces Five, but Angels throws forearms back! Clayton shoves Angels down but Angels gets up to kick and forearm! Another shove but now Angels dropkicks the legs out! Angels runs but Clayton CLOBBERS Angels!

Clayton wrenches and suplexes but Angels slips out to get around and dropkick Clayton down! Morales tags in, leaps over Angels but turns around into a dropkick! Tag to Ten, he whips Five in to forearm! Angels feeds Morales to Vance’s scoop, dropkick to FALL AWAY SLAM! Vance stalks Morales to a corner, whips him corner to corner and clotheslines! Vance whips back the other way, Morales goes up and over then dodges to mule kick! Morales goes up, and missile dropkicks Vance down! Morales mocks the Dark Order pose, runs but the clothesline doesn’t bother Vance! Morales avoids the boot, but not the wheelbarrow stungun GERMAN!

Vance looms over Morales, drags him over and tags in Uno. Uno runs in to CHOP Morales, then keeps him close with a butterfly suplex! Tag to Cabana and Cabana stays between Morales and his team. Cabana whips, body shots and runs to swinging neckbreaker! Fans fire up with Cabana as he runs around with a victory lap. Cabana cools down and brings Morales up to whip him to a corner. Morales BOOTS back, then hops up over Cabana to sunset flip! Cabana rolls through but into an enziguri! Hot tag to Stu and Limelight! Limelight springboard clotheslines Stu down! Then he dodges Vance to springboard neckbreaker! Limelight whips Stu but Uno tags in!

Uno catches Limelight for a GERMAN! Fans cheer as Uno stands on Limelight’s head then brings him up to bump off buckles. Tag to Cabana and Uno whips him in to back body block Limelight! Tag to Angels and Cabana feeds Limelight to Angels’ elbow! Cover, TWO! Angels keeps on Limelight, whips him to a corner and throws haymakers! Limelight hits back but Angels stomps him then turns him for a neckbreaker! Cover, TWO! Dean was ready to spring on him but the ref keeps him back. Angels powers Limelight to the corner, Vance tags in, and Angels feeds Limelight to Vance’s SPINEBUSTER! Angels somersaults to go up the corner and MOONSAULT onto Limelight!

Vance drags Limelight back up to bump him off buckles, tag to Uno. Limelight fights out of the Dark Order corner, but Uno blocks him, hands the foot to the ref and hits a neckbreaker! Tag to Stu and Stu drags Limelight up. Stu tags Angels, they mug Limelight, and Angels grinds Limelight with a facelock. Dean and team rally up and Limelight fights out with a forearm, back hand, and then he blocks Angels’ kick for an EXPLODER! Limelight and Angels are down, hot tags to Dean and Stu! The Captain rallies on The Dark Order with big clotheslines and elbows! Dean runs to corner dropkick Stu, then goes the other way to dropkick Uno! CANNONBALL onto Stu!

Angels gets in, Dean spins him around and around for a DDT! Fans fire up with Dean and he drags Stu up for a suplex. Stu fights free, goes Matrix with the handspring and PELES! Priest tags in but Stu tags Uno! The Dark Order all get in, QUADRUPLE BOOTS! Uno BOOTS Clayton down for good measure! Vance ripcords Priest, he and Angels LARIAT SANDWICH him! Then BIONIC ELBOW from Cabana, Uno and Stu hit FATALITY!! Cover, the Dark Order wins!

Winners: The Dark Order, by pinfall

A big win for the united front! Will they carry on in the name of Mr. Brodie Lee and make AEW theirs from top to bottom?

 

“Powerhouse” Will Hobbs w/ Hook VS Louie Valle!

Another member of Team Taz, and Hook, head to the ring, ready to show no one can stop FTW! Will the Hellion be little more than a speedbump as Hobbs heads for the top?

The bell rings and Hobbs CLOBBERS Valle into the corner! The ref reprimands as Hobbs grinds Valle into the buckles, so Hobbs lets off to then CLOBBER Valle again! Hobbs drags Valle up, puts him in another corner, then TOSSES him across the ring! Valle flounders and flops like a ragdoll, and he has a cut on his eyebrow! Hobbs doesn’t care that Valle is bleeding, he bearhugs and thrashes Valle around! Valle can only flail so Hobbs drops him. Hobbs makes everyone look at the blood, and then throws Valle out hard! Hobbs distracts the ref, Hook is lurking, Valle gets up and Hook judo throws Valle down! Hook puts Valle in for Hobbs, Hobbs hauls him up, scoop and POWERHOUSE SLAM!! Cover, Hobbs wins!

Winner: Will Hobbs, by pinfall

To be honest, Hook didn’t even need to get a shot in, because this was done the moment it started. “This is what I do! BLOOD!” Hobbs hauls Valle up again for ANOTHER POWERHOUSE SLAM! Will 2021 be the Year of FTW?

 

Red Velvet VS Leva Bates!

These two have quite a bit in common. They’re both able to be very sweet but also very spicy, and are both working hard towards the top of the AEW Women’s Division! Will Red Velvet be the one to stop the Librarian’s winning streak before it really gets going?

The bell rings and the two shake hands to show there’s respect. Leva does the stirrin’ it up and Velvet likes that. They tie up, Velvet steps through to fireman’s carry takeover then get the arm. Leva gets up, wrenches out and has a wristlock. Velvet rolls, handsprings and wrenches back to hammerlock. Velvet rolls with Leva to get a cover, ONE! Leva sweeps to cover, ONE as Velvet bridges out! Velvet Oklahoma Rolls, TWO! Velvet whips, Leva gets around and turns Velvet for a neckbreaker! Cover, ONE! Leva is a bit surprised by that but she Northern Lights! Bridging cover, ONE! Leva is again surprised, but she headlocks to grind Velvet. Velvet powers out but Leva runs her over!

Things speed up, Velvet does the splits then side steps and calf kicks! Cover, TWO! Velvet drags Leva up, whips her to a corner and hits a corner splash! Velvet does the splits as she digs her boot into Leva, then lets up at 4. Velvet runs in but Leva slips out and Velvet gets buckles! Leva roundhouses, then sweeps the legs, to slingshot and somersault, run corner to corner, and hits a swinging bronco buster! Cover, TWO! Leva grows annoyed but she waits for Velvet to stand. Velvet blocks the superkick, spins Leva and kicks. Leva blocks to sweep Velvet to a splits, BASEMENT SUPERKICK! Cover, TWO!

Leva is getting closer and she brings Velvet up, but Velvet mule kicks! AX KICK LEG DROP! Cover, TWO! Velvet keeps her cool and she runs at Leva but Leva fireman’s carries! Velvet slips off whatever Leva was going for, to sweep the legs to a facebuster! JUST DESSERTS! Cover, Velvet wins!

Winner: Red Velvet, by pinfall

Sweet, sweet victory for Velvet but a bitter defeat for Leva! The streak is over already, will Leva be able to recover? Is Velvet just a few more wins away from the taste of a title opportunity?

 

The Dark Order’s Alex Reynolds & John Silver VS KC Navarro & El Australiano!

Numbers 3 and 4 are back in action, and are looking to keep the momentum going for the faction! Will the top recruiters convince “The Truly Blessed” and the Luchador from Down Under to #JoinDarkOrder?

The teams sort out, Reynolds starts with Australiano and they tie up. Australiano wrenches to a wristlock, Reynolds rolls to wrench back and spin him around for a headlock to wristlock. Australiano flips through, dodges the clothesline and runs Reynolds over! Australiano does a dance then a standing mariposa! Then he dodges a kick, hits a headscissor, but Reynolds handsprings to drag Australiano down. Reynolds moves Australiano around into a dragon’s lair, TWO! Reynolds dropkicks Australiano then kips up to show off! Tag to Silver and Navarro tags in, too. Silver says he’s friggin’ jacked, Navarro says he’s friggin’ BLESSED!

Well jacked fireman’s carries blessed and TOSSES him! Navarro flounders around to ropes and wants a time-out. Silver flexes on Navarro, and Navarro apologizes for talking trash. Navarro offers a handshake but goes for a kick, which Silver blocks! Silver flips Navarro, things speed up, Navarro slides under and trips Silver up! Navarro flips up and over Silver and says he’s blessed AND jacked! Silver ROUNDHOUSES Navarro down! Silver drags Navarro up, TOSSES him across the way, and flexes again. Navarro goes to a corner, Silver brings him up and bumps him off buckles. Tag to Reynolds, Silver trophy lifts and tosses into Reynolds’ CUTTER! Cover but Australiano breaks it!

Reynolds brings Navarro up to DECK him with the EuroUpper! Tag to Silver, he brings Navarro up and ROCKS him! Silver whips Navarro to ropes and back drops him HIGH! Even Silver is shocked! Tag to Reynolds, they drag Navarro up and double whip to double hip toss and toss, but Navarro dodges! Tag to Australiano and he dropkicks Silver! Enziguri for Reynolds, but Silver kicks back! The Dark Order double whips but Australiano goes up and over in the corner. Silver catches him, but Australiano gets away and Reynolds almost hits Silver! Australiano goes up top and hits WHISPER IN THE WIND on them both!

Australiano does a dance, Navarro gives him a hand to go old school, and Australiano SUPER MOONSAULTS! Direct hit on Reynolds, Navarro DIVES onto Silver! Australiano puts Reynolds in, climbs up top, and SIDEWAYS MOONSAULTS, only to FLOP! Reynolds BOOTS Australiano, but Navarro missile dropkicks him down! Navarro throws forearms on Silver, fires up then runs, but Silver trips him into ropes! Dark Order STRADDLE ATTACK DROPKICK COMBO Navarro! Silver torture racks for the INVERTED F 10!! Australiano runs in but into a half nelson, ENZIGURI, then fisherman BUSTER! Cover, Dark Order wins!

Winners: The Dark Order, by pinfall

Reynolds almost went Back to the Future with that one, but the Beaver Boys win another one for the faction! Will they find their way to the AEW World Tag Team Championships in the new year?

 

The Varsity Blondes VS Lee Johnson & Aaron Solow!

Griff Garrison and Brian Pillman Jr. tried to protect AEW from the Good Brothers invading, but got superkicks from the Young Bucks for it! Will the Ivy League MVP and Bulletproof BPJ blow off steam against Big Shotty and The Extra Talented?

“Pretty” Peter Avalon joins commentary because he wants to keep his eyes on the young man he’s hoping to have a Pageant Provocation with. But at the same time, he might have found another candidate in Lee Johnson. Big Shotty might make Avalon forget about Griff. The teams sort out and BPJ starts with Johnson. They circle, fans rally up and the two shake hands to show there is respect. They tie up, BPJ headlocks then holds on as Johnson tries to power out. BPJ hits the takeover, Johnson headscissors but BPJ pops out. Johnson headlocks and hits the takeover, but BPJ headscissors back. Johnson moves around, bridges up but BPJ bridges to turn for a backslide.

Johnson resists, BPJ headlocks again but Johnson powers out, only for BPJ to run him over. Things speed up, BPJ leaps but Johnson sweeps to cover. ONE, BPJ sweeps to cover, ONE! Johnson ducks a kick but BPJ avoids the dropkick, only for Johnson to kip up. Avalon is cheering, too, but Johnson and BPJ tag out to Solow and Griff. The Varsity Blondes run in, Johnson and Solow dodge. But then Solow and Johnson rush in and the Varsity Blondes dodge. All four men stand off and fans cheer. Solow SUPERKICKS BPJ, Griff BOOTS Johnson, and Griff blocks the kick! Solow dodges the punch, huricanranas Griff then dropkicks him down!

Griff flounders to a corner, Solow runs in but Griff dodges. Griff runs in to leap and lariat! Griff fireman’s carries, SAMOAN DRIVER! Cover, ONE!! Solow survives but Griff drags Solow up to wrench and wristlock. Tag to BPJ, the Varsity Blondes whip, body shot and swinging neckbreaker, then Griff drops a leg, brother! BPJ covers, TWO! BPJ stomps Solow, drags him up, kicks him down, then covers, TWO! BPJ has Solow’s arm and then shifts to a seated cobra twist. Fans rally as Solow endures, BPJ digs knuckles in, but Solow fights up. BPJ blocks the hip toss, body shots then wrenches.

BPJ CHOPS Solow to keep him away from the tag, then puts him in the Varsity Blondes corner to clothesline and CHOP! Tag to Griff, BPJ whips Griff in for a BIG splash, that misses! Solow throws BPJ out, crawls to his corner, hot tag to Johnson! Avalon is fired up for Big Shotty as he clotheslines Griff out, then DIVES into both Varsity Blondes! Johnson puts Griff in, springboards, and missile dropkicks! Fans fire up with Johnson as he runs in and CHOPS Griff! Solow tags in, Johnson feeds Griff to the scoop, neckbreaker back suplex combo! Cover, TWO! Solow drags Griff up, fans rally, Griff breaks free but the rolling elbow misses! Solow SCREW HIGH KICKS, but BPJ tags in!

BPJ springboard lariats Solow down but Johnson runs in, into Griff’s BOOT! Griff runs into an enziguri! BPJ SUPERKICKS Johnson! Solow victory rolls BPJ but Griff ROLLING ELBOWS Solow down! The Varsity Blondes coordinate, pop-up missile dropkick POWERBOMB! Cover, Varsity Blondes win!

Winners: The Varsity Blondes, by pinfall

The only relief to Pretty Peter is that Johnson was spared. But with this win, will Griff and BPJ be climbing up the tag team ranks? And speaking of Johnson, Avalon walks over to him and offers him his 8 x 10. Is Johnson going to partake in Pretty Peter’s Pageant Provocation in the near future?

 

Anna Jay w/ Tay Conti VS Alex Gracia!

The Star of the Show cheered on Conti, now Conti will cheer her on! The rest of the Dark Order has dominated, will Number 99 keep it 100?

The bell rings and Jay circles with Gracia. They tie up, go around, and Gracia arm-drags Jay away. Gracia waves at Jay but Jay gets up and ties up with her again. Jay arm-drags Gracia now but Gracia kips up. Jay wrenches, Gracia wrenches to sweep the legs and cover, ONE! Jay sweeps, covers, ONE! Gracia runs and arm-drags Jay but Jay dodges the dropkick. Jay fires off forearms, whips but Gracia reverses. Jay slips out to the apron, HEEL KICK gets Gracia in the mouth! Jay gets in and rallies on Gracia, then mule kicks a leg out to run and BASEMENT BLOCKBUSTER! Jay fires up, drags Gracia up and wrenches to DANGEROUS JAY HOOK KICK!

Gracia gets in a corner, Jay runs in to LEG LARIAT! Then Jay runs side to side, somersault KICK! Gracia boots Jay away, runs but into a waistlock then the QUEENSLAYER SLEEPER!! The body scissors are on, Gracia taps, Jay wins!

Winner: Anna Jay, by pinfall

The Queenslayer makes the Pink Dream’s night a nightmare! Will Jay find her way to a title opportunity in the near future?

 

Serena Deeb VS Tesha Price!

The NWA Women’s World Champion knows she has quite the challenge coming for New Year’s Smash, so she’s going to stay sharp and build some momentum! Will Tesha pay the price of being Serena’s tune-up opponent?

The bell rings and Tesha tells her new friend to hop off the apron. Tesha and Deeb circle, tie up, and go around. Tesha powers Deeb back but Deeb gets around to a waistlock and takedown. Deeb floats to a facelock, moves around with Tesha, then shifts to flip her over to a cover, ONE! Deeb keeps on Tesha with a headlock and takeover and grinds her down to the mat! Tesha makes it a cover, ONE, and Deeb holds on. Another try, TWO but Deeb still holds on. Tesha fights up, powers out, but Deeb throws a EuroUpper! Deebo throws more EuroUppers, then drop toeholds Tesha to get the legs! Deeb ties the legs up, grabs the arms, inverted surfboard to the cover, TWO!

Deeb keeps on Tesha, has the arm, omoplata, but Tesha gets the ropebreak with a leg! Deeb lets go at 3, and Tesha ROCKS Deeb to then run and elbow her down! Tesha rains down heavy hands, covers, TWO! Tesha grows frustrated and Deeb gets to the ropes. Tesha whips, Deeb ducks and dodges to leaping lariat! Fans fire up with Deeb and she drags Tesha up to TWIST ‘N’ SHOUT! And then ANOTHER! Deeb keeps going, to snap suplex! Tesha flounders up, Deeb hoists her to the top rope and backwards. Deeb climbs up behind Tesha, grabs at the arms, and has a HANGING GORY ESPECIAL!

Deeb lets go at 4, Tesha is in a Tree of Woe but she frees herself and flops down. Deeb drags Tesha up, underhooks the arms, FACEBUSTER! Cover, Deeb wins!

Winner: Serena Deeb, by pinfall

Tesha just got a #Deebtox and the champion is rolling into her title defense! Will it be serenity now on Dynamite’s New Year’s Smash finale?

 

Bear Country VS Baron Black & Nick Comoroto!

The big and burly Boulder and Bronson have been impressive since showing up in AEW, but they’re still hunting that first win! Will the EmpBRUH and Freak Beast be the first ones lost in Bear Country?

The teams sort out and Baron starts against Bronson. They circle, tie up, and Bronson powers Baron to a corner. The ref counts, Bronson lets off but throws a big body shot! Bronson whips corner to corner, Baron goes up and over and arm-drags Bronson! Bronson runs back in but into a waistlock. Bronson elbows out hard, clinches and whips but Baron dodges to reel Bronson in for a knee! Baron gets Bronson in a standing cobra twist but Bronson powers out, only for Baron to ripcord, wrench and arm code breaker! The two stand up but Bronson backs off to tag to Boulder. Baron tags Comoroto in and he circles with Boulder.

Fans fire up as the behemoths tie up, are in a deadlock, and then break. They try again, another deadlock, and Comoroto shoves Boulder back. Boulder gets mad, ties up with Comoroto and powers Comoroto to ropes. Boulder gives a shove, Comoroto shoves back, and the forearms start flying! Boulder then knees low, runs, but Comoroto catches his crossbody!? For a scoop, but Boulder fights out! Boulder ROCKS Comoroto, and Comoroto staggers but elbows back! Tag to Baron, Baron gets around and he throws EuroUppers, CHOPS, and a spinning CHOP! Boulder stays up, Baron dodges his big haymakers, but not the BOOT!

Boulder drags Baron up, puts him on ropes and CLOBBERS him over and over! Boulder reels Baron into a knee, then runs for a knee lift! Boulder drags Baron over, tags in Bronson, and Bear Country mugs Baron. Bronson clamps on with a thrashing chinlock and he throws Baron down. Fans rally as Bronson stalks Baron to a corner. Bronson throws haymakers then stomps him down. The ref counts as Bronson digs his boot in, and Bronson lets off at 4. Bronson drags Baron up but Baron throws forearms back! Bronson keeps Baron from Comoroto but Baron throws more hands. Bronson dodges, Baron dodges back, tag to Comoroto!

Comroto rallies on Bear Country, throws forearms and CHOPS, then dodges Boulder to send him into Bronson! Comoroto clotheslines Boulder out, then scoops Bronson for a RUNNING SLAM! Comoroto fires up, fireman’s carries Bronson, USHIGOROSHI! Cover, TWO! Fans rally up as Comoroto drags Bronson up. Tag to Baron, they double whip Bronson to a corner and Baron whips Comoroto in. Boulder saves Bronson, Bronson CLOBBERS Baron, and Boulder tags in. They whip Baron into Comoroto, Boulder hits a corner splash sandwich! Bronson is a backpack for the BEAR COUNTRY CANNONBALL!!

Boulder drags Baron out and tags in Bronson, they combine their forces again, for an Electric Chair SPLASH! Cover, Bear Country wins!

Winners: Bear Country, by pinfall

Bronson and Boulder get a big win but are hungry for more! Will they make 2021 the Year of the Bear?

 

Chaos Project VS Top Flight!

Luther and Serpentico are still fuming after what happened to them as part of the Go Big Show sponsored segment on New Year’s Smash! Will the Original Death Dealer and SNAKEMAN take it out on Darius and Dante Martin to end Dark? Or will the Coldest Tag Team in the Game show they’re not afraid?

Chaos Project rushes Top Flight as they get in the ring! Serpentico puts Dante in one corner and Luther puts Darius in the other. Luther whips Serpentico to back elbow Dante, then the other way to elbow Darius! Luther scoops Darius to slam him, then he scoops Serpentico to slam him onto Darius! The match isn’t even official but Darius BOOTS Luther back! Top Flight regroups, they dodge Chaos Project then double dropkick them down! Top Flight has the ring as the bell rings, they build speed but Serpentico SUPERKICKS Dante! Luther catches Darius, blocks the flips and puts him on the apron. Serpentico throws Dante out hard, then knees Darius into Luther’s KNEE!

Luther puts Darius in for Serpentico and Serpentico drops elbows. Serpentico drags Darius up, bumps him off buckles then tags Luther. Chaos Project mugs Darius in the corner, Luther kicks Darius then runs to BOOT him! Luther grabs Darius’ head for a NECK CRACKER! Tag to Serpentico, Serpentico whips but Luther reverse to back suplex, ATOMIC LEG DROP! Serpentico crawls to a cover, ONE as Darius bridges out! Serpentico drags Darius up, wrenches and throws forearms, then tags in Luther. Chaos Project chokes Darius on ropes and Luther kicks Darius down. Luther tells the ref to shut up and leave him alone as he snap suplexes Darius. Cover, TWO with another bridge!

Luther drops a knee and then shouts at the ref to count faster. Tag to Serpentico, Luther scoop slams Darius then scoops Luther for a back suplex senton! Serpentico flounders to the cover, TWO! Serpentico keeps Darius from Dante and fans rally up. Darius fights up, fights out but Serpentico knees him! Tag to Luther, Chaos Project mugs Darius and Luther chokes Darius on the ropes! The ref counts, Luther lets off at 4 while talking trash. Tag to Serpentico, Serpentico DECKS Dante, but Darius fights back! Darius forearms and CHOPS but Serpentico ROCKS him! Chaos Project double whip Darius hard, then Luther makes Serpentico a weapon again, FALL AWAY BODY BLOCK!

Darius flounders out of the ring, Luther drags him up and he tells Serpentico to run. Serpentico is reluctant, but he builds speed and DIVES, only to get Luther! Darius got away, and hurries back in the ring! Serpentico hurries after Darius, then goes past, but Dante ROCKS him! Darius tags in Dante! Dante shoulders in, slingshots up and over, then rallies with big forearms! Dante runs in to ROCK Serpentico in the corner! Dante whips, Serpentico reverses but Dante goes up and headscissors Serpentico into buckles! Serpentico flounders, Dante rocks him again, spins him around, hotshots and springboards, BIG flying uppercut! Cover but Luther breaks it!

Luther drags Dante up, whips him to a corner, then whips Serpentico in, only for Dante to put Serpentico out. Dante boots Luther, somersaults and jawbreakers! Mule kick for Serpentico! Dante throws Serpentico into Luther, then uses him as a step to hit a somersault BLOCKBUSTER onto Luther! Serpentico ends up taking a DDT at the same time! Dante covers, TWO!! Serpentico survives but Dante tags in Darius! Dante ROCKS Luther, Darius whips Dante for Dante to whip Darius, Serpentico SUPERKICKS Darius down! Dante runs in, but Serpentico puts him way out! Serpentico dodges Darius, Luther whips him and Serpentico SPEARS! Cover, Dante breaks it!

Luther throws Dante back out, then goes to the apron to CANNONBALL! Fans rally as Luther whips but Dante reverses to send Luther up and over the barriers! Darius has Serpentico, blocks the punch and enziguris! Darius brings Serpentico over, tags Dante, and Top Flight coordinates with an Electric Chair and tuck. Dante gets a boost from Darius for a DROPKICK CHEEKY NANDOS! Cover, Top Flight wins!

Winners: Top Flight, by pinfall

Air Wolf and Angel Dorado are rolling, and there’s still all of 2021 ahead of them! Will the ice cold Martin brothers get some tag gold while they’re still young?


My Thoughts:

A very good Dark, only 12 matches and just over 90 minutes is much more manageable than those extra stuffed episodes with 15+ and another hour. There were also some slightly less unpredictable matches, such as Red Velvet VS Leva Bates. Both of them have been doing good work, but Velvet having a small part in the story of Jade Cargill, the Vicious Vixens and Brandi Rhodes means she needs the momentum as a proxy for Brandi. The main event of Top Flight and Chaos Project could’ve gone either way, but the younger team needed the momentum so it was great for them to win over the more experienced Luther and Serpentico. Top Flight using that boosted dropkick Cheeky Nandos is an interesting move, but I think if they coordinate it better, it should be the legal man whipping the other so that he can also be the one to cover as the opponent falls back.

On the other end of things, it was great to see Bear Country get a win through Dark, they’re a great team that can build up the already stacked tag division. The Dark Order had a very good night again, and that 10 Man was pretty congested. Cabana is meshing with the Dark Order more, and so I hope some part of the story originally intended with him is given television time. Not to move on too quickly from Mr. Brodie Lee, but if Uno and Stu can move up as leaders and then make Cabana a new right hand man, I think that’d be good for the group as things go forward.

Conti gets a good win over the incoming Marti Daniels, and Deeb gets the same off Tesha Price, but even without these matches, I’m pretty sure their title match is going to be very good with a lot of technical skill on display. Speaking of Price, who was her sidekick and why did she not get an entrance? That’s a bit weird when it wouldn’t have taken that much to add that to Dark’s runtime. Maybe something happened to the footage at the time and they couldn’t shoot it again? Maybe we’ll learn who the guy is next time. And I like that Avalon is building the story of his Pageant Provocation by snubbing Griff and acknowledging Johnson. No idea where this will lead Avalon but it seems like the journey will be fun.

My Score: 8.2/10


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