The Cruise of Jericho’s Second Wave is Dynamite!
The Rock ‘n’ Wrestling Rager at Sea is golden as SoCal Uncensored defends their AEW World Tag Team Championships!
- AEW World Tag Team Championships: SoCal Uncensored VS Hangman Page & Kenny Omega; Page & Omega win and become the new AEW World Tag Team Champions.
- Britt Baker VS Priscilla Kelly; Baker wins.
- Six Man Tag: Jurassic Express VS The Inner Circle; The Inner Circle wins.
- MJF VS Joey Janela; MJF wins.
- AEW World Championship #1 Contender’s Match: PAC VS Jon Moxley; Moxley wins and will challenge Chris Jericho for the title at AEW Revolution.
PLAY BY PLAY
AEW World Tag Team Championships: SoCal Uncensored VS Hangman Page & Kenny Omega!
A main event caliber match opens the show! Frankie Kazarian and Scorpio Sky have held these titles as the first and only champions, and they’ve managed to clear out the majority of the tag team division. But now, some #RealCowboyShit might go down on the high seas! Will Page and Omega shock us all on Dynamite’s maiden voyage?
The introductions are made, the belts are raised, and this incredible cruise begins with gold!
Fans are already chanting for “Cowboy Shit!” as Hangman starts with Kaz. These long time rivals meet again and tie up. They go around and Hangman puts Kaz on the ropes. Hangman lets up as fans chant “Best Vacation!” Hangman and Kaz go again, and Kaz waistlocks. Hangman sits down, rolls and wristlocks Kaz. Kaz wrenches back, headlocks and takeovers, but Hangman headscissors back. Kaz pops out, headlock takeover again, but avoids the headscissors. Hangman works his way up but Kaz holds on tight as fans rally up. Kaz grinds hard and keeps Hangman trapped. Hangman gets out on the third try but gets run over by a shoulder. Kaz runs, Hangman stays low, but Kaz drops on him to get the headlock back! A veteran move from the Heavy Metal Rebel.
Hangman powers up and throws forearms as fans rally. Hangman back suplexes, Kaz lands on his feet but Hangman ROCKS him with a forearm! Hangman runs, only for Kaz to ROCK him back! Just don’t rock the boat, guys. Kaz runs, Hangman ROCKS him again! Hangman runs, they both clothesline! Neither falls, so Kaz runs in, another collision! Hangman swings, Kaz ducks to kick, kick and LARIAT! The Norwegian Pearl fires up as Kaz brings Hangman over. Tag to Scorpio and SCU mugs Hangman. Hangman CHOPS back but Scorpio clubs him down. Scorpio whips Hangman to ropes, but Hangman holds them. Hangman swings, Scorpio dodges, so Hangman pie faces him. Scorpio gets mad and shoves Hangman. Hangman shoves back and we have a shove fight. They get face to face and forehead to forehead, but things calm down as fans cheer for Omega. Hangman tags and Omega is in!
Omega assures Hangman it’s alright, and then Omega shakes hands with Scorpio. They tie up, Omega waistlocks but Scorpio drops out to waistlock back. Omega wrenches out and wristlocks. Scorpio spins through to wrench and ram shoulders. Omega pushes back but Scorpio keeps wrenching and ramming. Omega wrenches to another wristlock and elbows the elbow over and over. Omega wrenches harder but Scorpio fights up to his feet. Omega headlocks, Scorpio powers out, but Omega runs him over! Fans cheer as Omega looms over Scorpio, but then Scorpio kips up! Omega runs, Scorpio hurdles but gets a kick! Omega CHOPS then back suplexes but Scorpio lands on his feet to kick and whip. Omega reverses, Scorpio dodges and Omega gets buckles. Omega boots back, then KOTARO KRUSHER! Cover, TWO!
Omega keeps close to Scorpio, and brings him to tag Page. The Elite mug Scorpio, Hangman sucker punches Kaz! Hangman CHOPS Scorpio then brings him out to CHOP again. Hangman whips, Scorpio leaps, but into Hangman’s arms! FALL AWAY SLAM! And kip up! Fans cheer as Hangman brings Scorpio up for a scoop. Scorpio slips out, Hangman standing switches but Scorpio elbows free. Scorpio runs, Kaz tags in, Scorpio whips Hangman for Kaz to calf kick down! Omega runs in but Scorpio dropkicks him out! Kaz drags Hangman up to scoop slam, and then springboard leg drops! Cover, TWO! Kaz keeps his cool while also keeping between Hangman and Omega. Tag to Scorpio, and SCU double whips. They run Hangman over with double elbows! Cover, ONE, but Scorpio keeps his cool.
Scorpio drags Hangman up to feed to Kaz’s boots. Tag to Kaz and Kaz suplexes Hangman high and hard. Float over to cover, TWO! Fans rally for the Elite but Kaz puts Hangman on the ropes. Scorpio KICKS Hangman and then Kaz GERMAN SUPLEXES Hangman! Cover, but Omega breaks it before a count. Scorpio goes after Omega and the ref works to maintain order. Omega backs off but he’s upset after that hard landing Hangman took. Scorpio tags in, SCU mugs Hangman and then snapmare for a foot scrape! The ref reprimands Scorpio as he tags Kaz back in. They bring Hangman up, double whip corner to corner, and then Scorpio runs in. Hangman puts Scorpio on the apron then elbows Kaz away. Hangman walks into a kick and Kaz whips, but Hangman comes back to LARIAT! Both men are down and fans are fired up!
Scorpio crawls up on the apron as Hangman heads for Omega. Scorpio dropkicks Omega off the corner, Kaz hits a BACKSTABBER on Hangman! Chicken wings, UNPRETTIER! Cover, TWO!! Hangman survives and Omega checks his legs as he gets back on the corner. Fans rally up as Kaz brings Hangman around. Hangman dodges Kaz, Kaz dodges Hangman, double clotheslines take both men out! A standing count begins and fans rally up again. Hangman and Kaz hot tag to Omega and Scorpio! Omega rallies with Polish Hammers! Scorpio dodges but his kick is blocked, Omega CHOPS! Scorpio resists the full nelson and whips, but Omega goes up and over! Omega rolls, huricanrana! Kaz runs into a SNAP DRAGON! Scorpio staggers into AOI SHOUDO! Cover, TWO!!
Omega keeps going, bringing Scorpio up. Omega fireman’s carries and Hangman gets in., “You Can’t Escape!” Rolling senton, shooting star, MOONSAULT! Cover, TWO!! Hangman goes up top, to LEAP onto Kaz! Hangman overboard as Omega buckle bombs Scorpio! Then whips to pop-up SPINE BUSTER! Cover, TWO!?! So close yet still so far! “This is Awesome!” and still going as Omega says BANG. But Scorpio dodges, to German! Omega lands on his feet, boots and V-TRIGGERS! Electric Chair, but Scorpio fights out. Omega boots again, then hops up. Scorpio leaps to SUPER STEINER! Scorpio and Omega both rise, Scorpio fireman’s carries. But Omega fights out, full nelson, Hangman slingshots in, but Scorpio dodges! Omega takes the BUCK SHOT! Scorpio throws Hangman out then drags Omega up. Fireman’s carry, T K O! Cover, but Hangman breaks it just in time!!
The Norwegian Pearl is thunderous as we go picture in picture. The ref reprimands Hangman but he backs off. Omega and Scorpio rise again, but then Hangman kicks Scorpio! Scorpio whips, Hangman holds ropes and then boots Scorpio back. Kaz distracts Hangman, then slingshot CUTTERS Hangman on the ramp! Both Hangman and Kaz are down but Scorpio puts Omega up top. Kaz gets up, Scorpio gives him a boost, SUPER DDT!! Cover, TWO?!? Omega survives, reminding us why he is the Best Bout Machine! SCU regroups and Scorpio Gory Especial, S C U- No! Omega fights out and Hangman drags Kaz down! Omega backslide flips and V-TRIGGERS! Both men are down and their partners return to the corners. Omega and Scorpio crawl, hot tags to Kaz and Hangman!
Kaz and Hangman start throwing haymakers! They brawl back and forth, then Hangman gets the edge. Hangman roars and runs, but into Kaz’s forearm! Kaz runs, Hangman spins but Kaz ducks the discus! Kaz kicks low then runs, but Hangman follows to DISCUS!! Cover, TWO!! Kaz survives and we return to single picture as Kaz boots Hangman. Kaz goes up top but Hangman stops him. Hangman climbs to join him, for a SUPER FALL AWAY SLAM! Now they’re both down and crawling for their corners. Fans rally up, Hangman tags Omega! Omega dropkicks Scorpio off the corner, then whips Hangman at Kaz. Hangman corner clotheslines, Omega adds a back elbow, then Omega feeds Kaz to the roaring elbow! Omega also pops Kaz up for Hangman’s GERMAN SUPLEX!
Scorpio returns, but he misses, SNAP DRAGON! Omega grabs Kaz and underhooks, but Kaz resists, to STILL get ANGEL’S WINGS! Cover, TWO!?!? Kaz survives Omega’s version of Christopher Daniels’ finisher, but Omega still has more to give. BANG, but Scorpio KNEES Omega first! Underhooks, S C U LATER! Cover, but Hangman barrels through Scorpio to break it!! Kaz is freaking out and the fans are thunderous again! Hangman drags Omega to the corner and tags in. Hangman throws hands on SCU, but Scorpio clubs him back. Hangman throws Scorpio out and boots Kaz, to pop-up BOMB, DISCUS! Hangman slingshots to BUCK SHOT Scorpio at the ramp! Off comes the arm band, BUCK SHOT for Kaz! Cover, HANGMAN AND OMEGA WIN!
Winners: Hangman Page & Kenny Omega, Page pinning; NEW AEW World Tag Team Champions
Absolutely incredible! Hangman brought it to a truly elite level, and now the Young Bucks appear to celebrate with him and Omega! Is this the end of Hangman’s bad mood? Is this only the beginning of something bigger and better? Hangman still doesn’t feel like hanging out with his friends, to instead drink one with the fans. Will the party continue all the way to AEW Revolution?
Britt Baker VS Priscilla Kelly!
The Dentist has been grinding her teeth in frustration as she can’t accept the way AEW Women’s World Champion, Riho, has been allowed to coast. Will Britt Baker DMD take out these frustrations on Hell’s Favorite Harlot?
The bell rings and Kelly circles with Baker. They tie up, Baker wristlocks and wrenches, then hammerlocks to a headlock takeover. Kelly fights up but Baker wrenches to a full nelson. Then she snapmares, ghost pins, ONE! Baker tries an Oklahoma Roll, TWO! Baker wrenches and overhead suplexes to then cover, TWO! Baker might be getting frustrated with Kelly already as she runs into a waistlock. Baker bucks Kelly off as AEW goes picture in picture, and then runs at Kelly. Kelly dodges to arm-drag and armlock Baker on the mat. Kelly brings Baker up to wrench and sweep the legs, then roll and SUPERKICK! Fans cheer for Kelly as she drags Baker up into a chinlock. Baker endures and fights back, but Kelly snapmares Baker down to KICK in the back.
Kelly drags Baker up to KICK again! Baker gets to ropes but Kelly throws forearms. Kelly puts Baker in a corner to pull hair and CHOP! Baker falls to her knees from that one. Kelly mocks Baker’s pain but Baker elbows back. Kelly gives more kicks then puts Baker through the ropes for more hair pulling. Kelly lets up at the ref’s count to then come back with more kicks. Baker rises but Kelly kicks her legs out. AEW returns to single picture as Kelly stomps a mudhole into Baker at the corner. Kelly throws forearms and another CHOP. Kelly pulls Baker against ropes again and thrashes her about by her arms! Kelly runs to dropkick Baker in the back! Kelly waistlocks but Baker standing switches to forearm. Kelly elbows back but Baker pulls that rose red hair to bring Kelly down.
Baker clubs Kelly then throws big forearms. Baker whips and LARIATS Kelly, but Kelly is right up only to get another! Kelly gets to a corner, Baker runs in, Shining Wizard! Baker runs, redirects and dodges, to then SLINGBLADE! Cover, TWO! Baker still can’t get it done and that annoys her. Baker clubs Kelly, drags her up but Kelly slips out to BOOT! Kelly shoves, runs and STO! Cover, TWO! Kelly aims but Baker dodges the knee to SUPERKICK! Kelly wobbles into the wrench and Russian Leg Sweep! Rings of Saturn! Kelly reaches for ropes but Baker pushes off to roll her away! LOCKJAW! Kelly taps, Baker wins!
Winner: Britt Baker, by submission
The Dentist gets a much needed win for the sake of her morale, but will this be enough for her to get back towards the title?
Tony Schiavone interviews Britt Baker in the ring.
Congrats are in order, even if some fans don’t agree. That was an aggressive match, but a win is a win. Britt says Tony’s better than questioning her character. This is AEW, Tony’s a star, but we all know Tony was stuck at Starbucks before this. Ouch… But Britt is proud of Tony for making it here! Really! The fans don’t look down on Tony, but they do look up to Britt. Not the way they’re chanting. Hey, she is a role model! That’s a full time job, practically. Especially as the hottest chick on this cruise. Don’t hate. She’s brilliant, beautiful and a dentist. She cares about Tony so she has some advice. AEW cuts away so we don’t have to listen to her anymore. Is Britt’s bad attitude only going to get worse as she works her way back to the title?
Six Man Tag: Jurassic Express VS The Inner Circle!
2019 may have been just the beginning of Le Champion’s reign, but the year ended with Jungle Boy Jack Perry taking him to a 10-minute time limit draw! Jericho will deny it up and down but he could not finish JB as fast as he thought. Now, with Luchasaurus and Marko Stunt backing Jungle Boy, and Proud ‘n’ Powerful behind their charismatic leader, which side wins on this Rock ‘n’ Wrestling Rager at Sea?
Everyone on the Norwegian Pearl sings along with Jericho’s theme song as he makes his entrance. The trios sort out and naturally, Jericho starts with Jungle Boy. JB reminds Jericho of how close that match was, so Jericho slaps him! JB throws forearms back! JB kicks and kicks and whips and dropkicks! Jericho scrambles to the Inner Circle corner to tag out to Ortiz. Things speed up now and JB handsprings and huricanranas! Ortiz is up but avoids the dropkick because he’s smarter. He takes off his gloves to claw JB! Rawr! JB CHOPS and goes acrobatic to arm-drag Ortiz back, then dropkick him after all! Cover, TWO, but JB drags Ortiz over to his corner. Luchasaurus tags in and JB gets a wheelbarrow boost for the Complete Shot! Tag to Marko Stunt, who climbs Luchasaurus for a SUPER SPLASH! But the ref missed the tag so the cover doesn’t count! And perhaps not for the first time in his life, Marko has had to shout, “I’m legal!”
Santana tags in but runs into Luchasaurus’ BOOT! Luchasaurus drags Santana up to give Marko a boost, wheelbarrow flip onto Santana’s shoulders. But Santana is too strong for that, so JB gives Marko a push-start into the tornado DDT! And JB handspring kicks Jericho down at the same time! Marko kips up and the fans fire up as he takes off his floaties! Free souvenir! Jurassic Express regroups as Santana flounders. Marko tags to JB and JB goes at Santana in a corner with a CHOP! JB brings Santana back to his corner to CHOP, and then tags Luchasaurus. Luchasaurus CHOPS Santana, but Santana throws elbows back. It doesn’t work! But the BOOT from Luchasaurus does! Cover, TWO! Luchasaurus drags Santana up and tags Marko back in. Marko fires up to CHOP and throw hands!
Tag to JB and Marko gives a parting kick. Santana hits back but JB clubs Santana down. JB snapmares to KICK then cover, TWO! JB drags Santana up and clubs but Santana CHOPS! Santana wrenches and back suplexes but JB lands on his feet to duck under. Santana shoves JB at the Inner Circle but JB hits Ortiz down. Santana distracts the ref so that Jericho can sucker punch JB! Santana runs up to SUPER Russian Leg Sweep! Cover, TWO! The Inner Circle is in control as AEW goes picture in picture.
Santana keeps on JB and then brings him over. Tag to Jericho! Y2J paces about before he brings JB up for a scoop slam. Jericho drags JB away from the Jurassic Express for another scoop slam, and then another! Jericho flexes and soaks up the praise from his loyal customers. Tag to Ortiz and Ortiz grinds his boots into JB. The ref counts, Ortiz lets up at 4 and then distracts the ref so that Jake Hager can get a cheap shot in! The Express protests but Ortiz drags JB up to scoop and slam again. Cover, TWO, but Ortiz mocks the Express. JB CHOPS Ortiz! And again! Ortiz pokes JB in the eyes as AEW goes to break.
AEW returns as Jericho looms JB. Jericho stands on JB’s hair and pulls on his arms! The ref counts and Jericho lets up to then drag JB up for slaps. JB hits back with body shots but Jericho kicks and clubs. Jericho whips, JB rolls him up! TWO, and Jericho clobbers JB for it! Jericho tags Santana as fans rally up for JB. Santana does the same standing on hair and pulling on arms, then drags JB up for a backbreaker! And now it’s a backbreaker rack! Fans rally as Santana makes it a cover, TWO! Ortiz shouts that “We’re the best!” while Santana puts JB in a corner. Santana whips JB corner to corner hard and JB bounces off buckles. Santana sucker punches the Express and the ref reprimands, but he tags out to Jericho. The Inner Circle continues to mug JB before Jericho whips JB to a corner. JB ducks to roll him up, TWO!
Jericho kicks JB down and then drags him away from the Express. Jericho puts JB up top to then CHOP! And CHOP! Jericho CHOPS again before climbing up to join JB. JB resists the superplex and fights back! Fans fire up as JB hits a SUPER Gourd Buster! Then JB leaps for a crossbody! Cover, TWO! Jericho just escapes that one, and fans rally up again. Jericho and JB crawl, but Jericho anchors JB’s foot. JB reaches but can’t, Jericho tags Ortiz. Ortiz claws JB while Santana rushes the Express corner! PNP then double whip and double elbow JB, for a senton and step-up senton combo! Then the Plank! Cover, TWO! JB survives but the Inner Circle keeps cool. Ortiz claws JB more, then whips him corner to corner. JB reverses to throw big forearms and CHOPS! JB fires off fast and whips, but Ortiz reverses. JB goes up and over to uppercut!
Ortiz whips, JB ducks and hops up, POISON-RANA! Both men are down and fans fire up again. JB and Ortiz crawl, hot tags to Jericho and Luchasaurus! Luchasaurus rallies on Le Champion, and roundhouses Santana! BOOT for Jericho, flapjack for Santana, to the spinning buzzsaw! AKA, the Shining Lizard! Fans are thunderous for the dino man with a Masters Degree, but Ortiz claws his back! To no effect! Luchasaurus stares Ortiz down, then HEADBUTTS him! Santana walks into a back kick, front kick and TAIL WHIP heel kick! Jericho is up, choke grip! Choke grip for Ortiz, DOUBLE DINO CHOKE SLAM! Standing moonsault onto Jericho! Cover, TWO!! Jericho survives and Hager glares at Luchasaurus. The ref is busy checking on Jericho so Hager CLUBS Luchasaurus! Luchasuaurs CLUBS back!
Tag to Marko and Luchasaurus goes after the Big Hurt! Marko climbs as the big behemoths brawl on the ramp! Marko climbs with Jericho down in the drop zone, for a 450 SPLASH!! Cover, TWO!?! Jericho survives but Marko throws forearms. Marko runs, crucifix to sunset flip, TWO! Marko tries a school boy, TWO! JUDAS EFFECT! Jericho covers, The Inner Circle wins!
Winner: The Inner Circle, Chris Jericho pinning
The winning streak of the Jurassic Express ends, and Jericho reestablishes why he is the Best in the World at What He Does, Do You Understand What He’s Saying? Just one of many nicknames, but will Jericho keep “Le Champion” as one for much longer? Or will the Revolution change everything?
AEW recounts the rivalry of Cody Rhodes and Maxwell Jacob Friedman.
Mentor and protege, best friends, but according to MJF, not equals. MJF stuck it to the American Nightmare at the most opportune time, and now Cody can never challenge for the World Championship. Cody wants after MJF the baddest way possible, but MJF has put up some Herculean stipulations. First, no physical contact until their match at AEW Revolution. That was fine. Second, Cody must face the muscular henchman, Wardlow. And not just in a normal debut match, but in a STEEL CAGE. That’s also fine. And last but certainly not least, 10 lashes from a leather strap, on live television. That’s MJF’s favorite. He will whip Cody in front of friends, family and God Almighty, Cody will get down on his knees to let MJF whip him. But Cody says this is not MJF’s story, this is just one chapter in Cody’s. Will it be triumphant or tragic for the American Nightmare come Revolution?
MJF VS Joey Janela!
Speaking of the Dynamite Diamond Ring bearer, he is actually without his bodyguard. Wardlow is preparing for his steel cage match with Cody. But the no contact stipulation still keeps MJF safe from his Revolution opponent, so his cocky attitude is particularly obnoxious. Fans kiss the ring to MJF’s delight, and he even bullies Justin Roberts into doing it. Will the Bad Boy change MJF’s mood before we’re even in February?
AEW returns to single picture as Janela makes his entrance. And look! Hipster Jesus made it to the cruise! Will Janela be blessed with another victory?
The bell rings and fans are strongly on Janela’s side. MJF and Janela approach, tie up, and MJF shoves Janela over. “That is the difference between a real wrestler, and Joey Janela!” Fans boo and Janela gets back up. Janela and MJF tie up again, MJF wrenches to a wristlock, but Janela rolls, handsprings and wrenches back! Janela wristlocks, MJF rolls, handsprings and hits a headlock takeover. Janela headscissors, MJF pops out, and roles reverse as Janela headlocks to a takeover for MJF to headscissor. Janela pops out, the two stand off, and fans cheer. MJF hushes fans to offer a handshake. Fans don’t trust that, and Janela slaps the hand away! So MJF SPITS on Janela. “What now, Joey, huh!?” Janela SLAPS MJF then throws hayamkers! Janela whips, MJF grabs ropes, and then bails out.
Fans boo as MJF walks up the ramp. MJF might be quitting, but Janela stalks up behind him! MJF knew he would and he rakes the eyes! MJF knocks Janela down, then soaks up the heat from the fans. Janela makes it back to the ring, and MJF runs in, only to be TOSSED in! Fans fire up for Janela as he goes up top! Janela aims but MJF rolls to the far side. Janela hops down, MJF shields himself with the ref! Janela has the ref move aside but MJF sucker punches him! MJF then wrenches and wrings Janela into the buckles! Janela writhes in pain but MJF stomps a mudhole! Fans boo and jeer more, but MJF brings Janela up for a scoop slam and senton! Cover as AEW goes picture in picture, TWO!
MJF grows frustrated but he stands and stomps on Janela’s chest! Janela throws body shots but MJF ROCKS him with a right. MJF waistlocks to rear bearhug Janela and grind him to the mat. Janela endures, fights his way up, and throws punches! Janela is free, but runs into a fireman’s carry and torture rack drop! MJF covers, TWO, but MJF stomps Janela’s legs. Janela hobbles to ropes but MJF is on him with body shots. MJF snapmares then body scissors for a new squeeze. Janela endures this, too, and AEW goes to break.
AEW returns and Janela climbs up to join MJF on the top rope! Fans fire up as Janela hits a SUPERPLEX! MJF flounders and flops in pain, Janela covers, TWO! MJF proves he’s tough enough to back his talk, but Janela isn’t done with him. Janela goes up top, but here comes his ex! The Bad Girl, Penelope Ford, is with her new man, Superbad Kip Sabian, all so Janela can see them make out on stage! Sabian smiles but Janela MACHO ELBOWS, to FLOP! MJF grabs Janela, DOUBLE CROSS! Cover, MJF wins!
Winner: MJF, by pinfall
An assist goes to the Superbad couple, but MJF isn’t done here. He demands a mic and gets one while fans boo and jeer. “You people love me, huh?” MJF grins as he continues with “I know you guys definitely love Cody.” That makes sense! Did anyone hear what Cody said? He’s like a poet! In a world filled with mumbling rappers, Cody is a true lyricist. Cody looked straight into the camera and said that line about MJF being a chapter in Cody’s book. And guess what? Cody’s right! MJF is a chapter in that book. The LAST chapter! But here comes Cody! The American Nightmare is aboard the Norwegian Pearl and the fans are excited again.
MJF tells Cody to stop right where he is and to have production cut the music! Fans cheer for Cody and MJF knows Cody must want after him. Especially with Wardlow gone to train right now. But there’s a reason Cody can’t hit MJF, remember? The very first stipulation MJF put on Cody. Cody gets in the ring, but no matter what, he can’t even lay a finger on MJF. MJF is “tho thintherely thorry about that.” MJF mocks the late, great Dusty Rhodes right in his son’s face. But since MJF is the Salt of the Earth and he owes so much to his “great mentor,” Cody “Roller Coaster” can have the floor. The fans sure want to hear him, right? MJF drops the mic at Cody’s feet, and then kicks it away. MJF plays like he doesn’t mean to, but then dares Cody to hit him. Fans call MJF names as he leaves, but Cody just tells “Max,” that they’re saying, “A**hole.”
But Cody admits, MJF has a point. Cody cannot touch MJF until Revolution. But what MJF forgets is there’s a loophole in his stipulation. Because the YOUNG BUCKS can touch him! DOUBLE SUPERKICKS! MJF is down, but Cody has a way of cheering him up. “Should we throw Max in the pool?” Fans say “YES! YES!” The Bucks drag MJF out of the ring and around the way to the AEW Cruise of Jericho pool! In he goes! MJF isn’t the best swimmer, but worse of all, his boots are ruined! Will MJF see all his plans come crumbling down before the showdown at Revolution?
AEW recaps highlights from the Cruise of Jericho.
It really is a Rock ‘n’ Wrestling Rager at Sea as Jericho entertained his fans with music, special guests like Gabriel “Fluffy” Iglesias, and of course, a lot of exclusive cruise-only matches! The Young Bucks, Darby Allin, Nyla Rose, you name them, they were here! Will you make sure you’re here when the Rock ‘n’ Wrestling Rager has its third wave?
Backstage(?) interview with the NEW AEW World Tag Team Champions!
Tony talks with Hangman and Omega as they enjoy some drinks. Omega has tea, Hangman has a beer. Congrats are in order for this victory, and Omega is the most surprised. If he were to picture when AEW started, he wouldn’t have said tag team division or teaming with one of his best friends. Hangman reminds us that he said he was gonna whoop both asses, and he whooped both Kaz and Scorpio. Shifting gears, PAC is still calling Omega out over their rubber match. Omega says Pac is “excrement,” but the match is coming. And it’s not like Pac is doing poorly, he’s in the #1 contender’s match tonight! So congrats to Pac for his run so far. Somewhere in between all these titles, Pac and Omega will have it out, so don’t worry. Tag titles is priority, and they’ll be fighting champions.
The Bucks come by to also congratulate them, and Omega is glad to have them supporting this team. Hangman is actually surprised that they won the tag titles first. Hangman heads out, things are getting tense, but is The Elite (not) fine?
BREAKING NEWS for next week’s Dynamite!
AEW returns to the mainland in The Land, Cleveland, Ohio! And coming off their win tonight, Jericho will again lead Santana & Ortiz in Six Man action against Private Party and DARBY ALLIN! Will Jericho’s newest encounter with the undead daredevil be very different from the first?
Plus, the Young Bucks look to get back on a winning track as they go against Braxton Sutter and Andy Williams, The Butcher & the Blade! Will the Jackson brothers be able to throw a Superkick Party in Cleveland?
And The Elite stays in action as The American Nightmare returns to action against Superbad, Kip Sabian! Will coach Arn Anderson be able to help Cody maintain momentum on the way to that vicious Steel Cage match with Wardlow?
Chris Jericho returns!
Le Champion is still feeling good from his win tonight, but he wants to see who is going to meet him at AEW Revolution!
AEW World Championship #1 Contender’s Match: PAC VS Jon Moxley!
As Omega said, The Bastard has been on a great roll, even with the one loss to Omega on his record. But this also isn’t the first time Pac and the Maniac have met! The first time was a time-limit draw, but this time there must be a winner! Will Pac feel the Paradigm Shift at sea? Or will he take advantage of a half-blind Moxley to then head for Y2J?
AEW returns again as Moxley makes his entrance from the crowd once more! Moxley has a big medical eye patch on and Jericho mocks him from commentary, but Moxley seems to be moving just fine otherwise. Will Moxley have #2020Vision when it comes to the title picture?
Fans are fired up for Moxley but Pac pretends he can’t hear them. Pac gets on the apron to delay things but does return as fans start to troll. The bell rings and the two men circle. Moxley gets the crowd fired up and then ties up with Pac. Pac gets free and Moxley stays back, too. They go again, Moxley gets a waistlock but Pac standing switches. Moxley drop toeholds and floats to a headlock. Pac gets a ropebreak with a foot, and Moxley lets up. Pac backs away to a corner but comes back to circle with Mox again. They tie up and Pac headlocks. Moxley powers out but Pac bumps him. Moxley comes back to run Pac over! Things speed up, Moxley dodges but Pac elbows from the blindside! But Moxley CHOPS and CHOPS and CHOPS!
Moxley whips corner to corner but Pac goes up and over to waistlock. Moxley standing switches to GERMAN SUPLEX Pac! Fans cheer as Moxley runs in to corner clothesline. Pac denies the bulldog and elbows back to then punch the bad eye! Jericho would feel bad but he says it is Moxley’s fault. Pac boots Moxley down then stands on the bad eye! The ref counts and Pac lets up at 4. Moxley gets away but Pac is on him with a modified camel clutch. Pac pulls the bandages up to crossface forearm the bad eye direct! Moxley backs off and the ref checks on him but Pac boots Moxley down. Jericho likes what he sees as Pac stands on Moxley’s face again. Pac lets up at 4 to then knee Moxley down! And drop knees, too! Pac soaks up the heat as fans boo but Moxley rocks him with forearms!
Moxley runs, but Pac dodges and sends Moxley out! Pac goes out to fetch Moxley and bounce him off the apron. Pac hits Moxley more and more and the bandages come loose again. The ref backs Pac off while AEW goes picture in picture.
Moxley fixes his bandages and manages to see Pac coming. Moxley sends Pac into the crowd! Fans are fired up as Moxley hops the rails to go after Pac with haymakers! They fight further into the crowd and the ref follows. This isn’t Falls Count Anywhere, but the ref is lax on the ring count as they go up the steps. Moxley fights Pac up to the upper deck, even as the ref tells them they need to go back to the ring. That doesn’t happen just yet as they now fight among more fans. The cameras can’t get close enough, but it is clear Moxley clubs Pac back down those stairs! Pac is somehow okay to continue but the ref insists this return to the ring. Moxley drags Pac up and throws more haymakers! And uses a beer can to smash Pac in the head! The ref lets that slip, too, it is technically part of the environment. Moxley dumps Pac back to ringside and AEW returns to single picture.
Fans are still cheering as Moxley puts Pac back in the ring. Pac bails out to the apron but Moxley comes over. Pac flicks the rope into the bad eye! Pac up top, missile dropkick hits! But Moxley is back up to LARIAT! Both men are down but fans are rallying. A standing count begins as Moxley crawls and sits up. The count reaches 7 but Moxley gets the ref to stop counting. Pac is up and throws hands. Moxley throws them back and we have a brawl. Moxley throws hands from all sides, but then Pac back kicks! Pac goes to kick the blindside but Moxley felt it coming! Moxley gets Pac for an X-PLEX! Cover, TWO! Jericho says Moxley’s determination is part of his charm but also part of his problem. The “reckless soul” Moxley staggers up to drag Pac up. Moxley suplexes but Pac slips out to jawbreaker!
Moxley staggers, Pac makes sure to give a jawbreaker to the bad eye! That’s an eye-breaker! Pac puts Moxley up top then climbs to join him, and fans anticipate what’s coming next. But Moxley does, too, and he fights back with body shots. Moxley shoves Pac down and Pac flops on his stomach! Moxley adjusts, watching with his one good eye. Moxley LEAPS, but the elbow gets knees! Pac grabs Moxley in the Rings of Saturn, but Moxley counters to a cover! TWO, and Pac enziguris Moxley down! Pac gives swift kicks to Moxley’s bad eye! The ref reprimands Pac but he just keeps going! Pac runs to dropkick from the blindside! Cover, TWO! Pac grows frustrated but fans rally up. Moxley stirs and Jericho says the “stupid son of a b*tch” needs to just give up already.
Pac drags Moxley to a drop zone as fans rally up. Pac climbs, aims, 450 onto knees! Cover, TWO! Moxley survives but so does Pac! Moxley gets Pac with a sleeper, but Pac elbows out and whips to a REBOUND GERMAN! Both men are down again and the ref checks. They’re both okay to continue and fans rally up. Pac rises first and hurries back up top! BLACK ARROW FLOPS! Moxley narrowly avoids defeat and fans rally up again. Pac rises first again, but Moxley pulls himself up with ropes. Pac hobbles but Moxley runs in, SUPERKICK rocks Mox! Pac runs, but the boot is blocked! DIRTY DEEDS! Cover, TWO!?! Jericho shouts for Moxley to just stay down but he’s the one back in control. Moxley glares at Pac with his one good eye as the two crawl.
Pac bails out of the ring but Moxley crawls in pursuit. Moxley gets out to hurry after Pac and puts him in the ring as fans rally again. Pac is in a drop one, Moxley heads up top now, but Pac is up fast! Pac grabs Moxley, SUPERPLEX! And the BRUTALIZER! Jericho is confident this is it, but fans shout for Moxley to hang in there! Moxley endures, starts to fade, but he won’t let this end here! Moxley powers up, moves around, and gets a ROPEBREAK! Pac lets go and Jericho insults the ref. Apparently fans feel Hipster Jesus had something to do with it, so they sing his praises. But Pac pulls the bandage right off! And he goes right at Moxley’s bad eye! The ref backs Pac off but then Moxley cradles, TWO!! Moxley wobbles, Pack walks into another DIRTY DEEDS! But Moxley isn’t done there, he drags Pac back up! With one good eye, PARADIGM SHIFT! Cover, Moxley wins!!
Winner: Jon Moxley, by pinfall; NEW #1 Contender to the AEW World Championship
Jericho vows to finish what he started, but Moxley might see things differently. What will Moxley have to say about all this when Dynamite comes to Cleveland?
A really great episode for the first time AEW’s done something like this. This was on tape delay, which is why fans were censored when chancing “F*** him up Moxley, f*** him up!” and other similar chants. Censoring is fine but it really messes with the audio and therefore my ears. But the rowdy passengers aside, this was still an amazing episode. The biggest surprise, or arguably the only one, was the first match! I didn’t think the tag titles would open, but what a great match to do it. And what a surprising move to have Omega and Page win! As we saw with the interview promo, there is still a lot of tension within The Elite, and I’m curious to see how it sorts out. It was good continuity for Omega to speak about Pac, and Omega makes a good point. Pac is doing just fine so his obsession with the tiebreaker is a bit much, but it makes for good drama. Moxley VS Pac was really good, and they did a lot of great storytelling around the bad eye. Naturally Moxley wins, though, and Moxley VS Jericho is going to be a great title match.
Jericho, of course, does great in the Six Man Tag and on commentary for Moxley VS Pac. The Inner Circle did great in making the Jurassic Express look strong, especially Marko with all those near-falls. This all furthers the talk that AEW wants to make a true Trios Division, and I bet the Inner Circle will be front-runners when some kind of tournament is made. It could totally work for Jericho to lose the world title to Moxley at Revolution to then shift gears and be a trios champion with Proud ‘n’ Powerful, to make more history for himself. Baker VS Kelly was an okay match, but the big thing from her tonight was her running down poor Schiavone. Her Heel turn is a slow burn but a good one so far. There’s still plenty of time before Revolution to determine Riho’s challenger, and if it ends up Baker, it’d be the right time to pull the trigger and let her have that belt.
MJF and Janela have a pretty good match, and it was a smart move to have Superbad distract the Bad Boy so MJF wins without really gaining that much momentum. His bit with Cody was great, especially since there was the revelation of the loophole. Cody can get his friends to go after MJF now, since MJF has been using henchmen the entire time anyway. Next week’s Bucks VS Blade & Butcher will be a really good match but I best MJF and Bunny Allie get involved to screw Bucks over. Cody VS Wardlow in the Steel Cage is probably going to be in February, followed by the lashing the next night as perhaps even the go-home to Revolution. When that match finally happens, it is going to be great for Cody to release all the pent up anger, but even then I feel like MJF uses shenanigans to win and then insist he’s done with Cody forever. AEW is doing some good storytelling and long term booking, we just gotta be patient to see it.
My Score: 9.1/10
Mitchell’s AEW Dynamite Results & Report! (1/13/21)
Can Darby Allin stop the Path of Cage?
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?
- 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?
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?
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
Mitchell’s AEW Dark Results & Report! (1/12/21)
A Dark dozen on 1/12!
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!
- 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?
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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