The Broken Brilliance has its AEW in-ring debut!
Matt Hardy teams with Kenny Omega to take on Chris Jericho and Sammy Guevara in a STREET FIGHT! Will DAMASCUS Hardy DELETE Le Sex Gods?
- Cody Rhodes VS Joey Janela; Cody wins.
- Nyla Rose VS Kenzie Paige; Rose wins.
- Jon Moxley VS Frankie Kazarian; Moxley wins.
- Lance Archer VS QT Marshall w/ Brandi Rhodes; Archer wins.
- Tag Team Street Fight: Kenny Omega & BROKEN Matt Hardy VS Le Sex Gods; Le Sex Gods win.
PLAY BY PLAY
AEW Double or Nothing’s TNT Championship match is set!
Last week, the semifinals finished in one brutal and bloody night. The American Nightmare still has Darby Allin’s number, but the Murderhawk may have just put an end to The Natural. “The finals are coming, Cody. There’s no more running, Cody.” Will it only be a matter of time before Lance Archer takes Cody’s last chance at a championship away?
AEW returns to Daily’s Place!
Now the crowd of adoring AEW wrestlers has more room to cheer and jeer the action in the ring. Tony Schiavone, Excalibur and good ol’ JR are back together to call that action, starting with…
Cody Rhodes VS Joey Janela!
The Bad Boy looks to be a speed bump on the road to Double or Nothing at the AEW TNT Championship! Will Cody be able to keep focus on Janela knowing the Murderhawk is in the building?
The bell rings and Cody circles fast with Janela. The Gunn Club lead cheers for Cody while Shawn Spears is jeering. Cody and Janela tie up, end up in a corner, but Cody lets off. The two go again, Cody headlocks, but Janela powers out. Cody runs Janela over, then again. Things keep moving and Janela arm-drags Cody. Cody avoids the second arm-drag to Oklahoma Roll Janela, ONE! Janela sunset flips, TWO! Cody sits on it, TWO! Janela is up but Cody sweeps the legs. Cover, ONE. The roles reverses but Cody Matrix slips out! Only for Janela to school boy roll him! TWO, but Janela CHOPS Cody! Cody grits his teeth and dares him to do that again. Janela CHOPS, Cody CHOPS, and then Cody grabs Janela. Janela knees low then whips, and CHOPS! Cody eggs him on again and that surprises Janela. Janela goes to chop but Cody boots it away! Then CHOPS Janela on the back!
Cody wrenches and whips Janela to a corner. Cody throws hands and digs in elbows. Janela sits down but Cody drags him back up. Cody suplexes and holds Janela up for a count 10 before dropping him with a gourd buster! Cover, ONE, but Cody keeps his focus. The crowd rallies up but Janela blocks the kick to throw Cody down! Janela hits a big spinning heel kick! Cody goes to a corner but Janela claws his back! Janela puts Cody in a corner for haymakers and CHOPS Cody on the back! Janela eggs Cody on now, and then throws more forearms. Cody staggers but Janela keeps on him. Janela whips corner to corner hard, and Cody hits the mat. The crowd rallies but Janela keeps on Cody with a wrench. Janela whips corner to corner again, then runs in. He hits a big back elbow, then he goes again. Cody catches Janela to a full nelson but Janela snapmares him into ropes!
The ref checks on Cody but he’s okay to continue. Janela drags Cody up and wrenches to a back suplex! Cover, TWO! Cody sits up but Janela springboard stomps him down! The crowd rallies again as Janela snapmares Cody into body scissors. Cody endures the squeeze and pries at the feet but Janela cranks back. Cody keeps trying but he can’t get Joey to let go. He hammers the feet, bridges back to a cover, TWO! Janela lets Cody go and Cody ROCKS him with a right! But Janela ROCKS Cody back! Cody bails out, Janela follows with a falling ax handle! Janela drags Cody up to whip Cody hard into railing! Cody clutches his elbow and goes back to the ring, but Janela drags him out to CHOP! Janela stalks Cody to the stage to CHOP again! He throws forearms then brings Cody around to whip. Cody reverses, Janela tries to go up the apron, but Cody clubs him down!
Cody bumps Janela off the ramp but Janela bumps him back. Janela puts Cody up on the stage to club away and CHOP again! Janela ROCKS Cody with a jab! And then he takes a page out of Cody’s new playbook by going up the tunnel. Janela runs and LEAPS, but Cody sends him into ropes! Cody springboards, BEAUTIFUL DISASTER! Down goes Janela! Cody watches Janela slump off the stage, to then MOONSAULT! Direct hit and Cody is fired up! Cody drags Janela back up and into the ring, and the crowd is thunderous for him as he stalks Janela. Cody throws haymakers and the Rhodes uppercut! He BOOTS Janela, then fires up more, but Janela SUPERKICKS! Janela heads up top, gives a shout out to Nasty Leroy, and hits a MACHO ELBOW! Cover, TWO!! Cody survives and Janela can’t believe it!
Janela heads back up but Cody clubs him first! Cody climbs up behind Janela, drags him up to the very top, and hits an INVERTED SUPERPLEX!! Cover, TWO!?! Janela survives and now Cody can’t believe it! But Cody pulls himself up and takes off the weight belt! Cody gives the crowd a free souvenir! Cody drags Janela in, but Janela snapmares and UPPERCUTS! Janela reels Cody in, but no package as Cody pops out to scoop, POWERSLAM! Cover, TWO! Janela survives again but Cody is not done yet. Cody springboards, but Janela catches him for a GERMAN SUPLEX! Janela grits his teeth and runs, and runs, to LARIAT Cody upside-down! But he doesn’t cover, he heads back up top! Janela MOONSAULTS, but has to roll through as Cody evades. Cody goes up and up, SUPER NIGHTMARE CUTTER! Cover, TWO!?! Janela is still in this!
Cody gets up and dares Janela to stand. Janela rises but wants Cody to take it easy. Cody ROCKS Janela but Janela hits back! They brawl back and forth, and Cody ROUNDHOUSES! Janela uses a haymaker but Cody gives one back. Janela keeps hitting, but so does Cody! They go back and forth, faster and faster! Janela SLAPS, back hands and forearms away on Cody. But Cody reels him in, to CROSS RHODES!! Cover, Cody wins!!
Winner: Cody Rhodes, by pinfall
The American Nightmare is on fire! And Hikaru Shida holds up her souvenir high to celebrate with him. Cody shakes Janela’s hand in respect. Will Cody have reason to celebrate come Double or Nothing?
AEW looks back at Riho VS Nyla Rose.
Perhaps the greatest match in the AEW Women’s Division history already, February 12th, 2020, the Wrestling Idol battled her heart out against the Native Beast, but still lost. Nyla Rose became the NEW AEW Women’s World Champion. She vowed to become a ONE-TIME champion, because NO ONE can defeat her. She retained against Kris Statlander at AEW Revolution, but then the crisis came. There are countless contenders waiting in the wings, and Britt Baker has become “the scourge of the locker room.” Hikaru Shida maintains a top spot in the AEW rankings, so it is not a matter of if but when. The Bad Girl, Penelope Ford, has natural athleticism and the guidance of Superbad Kip Sabian. What becomes of the AEW Women’s Division as the world works to start again?
Nyla Rose VS Kenzie Paige!
The AEW Women’s World Champion returns! Will Nyla’s dominance continue where it left off? Or is the true enemy of time away be what defeats her?
Before the match, Schiavone interviews Nyla on the stage. Nyla says that video package was “cute.” But who is the most dominant force? Who does Schiavone think it is? WRONG! It is Nyla, it was Nyla, and it will always be Nyla. Now Schiavone better go shut up and do his job while Nyla goes and does hers. With Britt Baker, Hikaru Shida and Kris Statlander watching from the crowd, will Nyla make an example out of the debuting #KPH?
The bell rings and Nyla walks up to KPH. Nyla assures her she’ll go easy, and then clubs away on her back! Nyla drags KPH up to THROW across the ring! She digs her boot into KPH’s head and shouts, “I RUN THIS PLACE!” Nyla RAMS into KPH then whips her corner to corner. Nyla runs in but KPH dodges. KPH runs and dodges, to sunset flip! But Nyla stays up and drags KPH up. KPH gets free and throws a forearm! But it does nothing! Nyla CLOBBERS KPH and down she goes! MJF has joined the crowd and cheers Nyla, but for once doesn’t want a close up because of social distancing. Nyla drags KPH up for a BIG German Suplex! Nyla drags KPH to a drop zone and heads up top. BEAST SWANTON! Cover, but Nyla brings KPH up! She doesn’t want this to end until she’s shown everyone what she’s capable of. BEAST BOMB! KPH still lives?! But Nyla gives her another, and ANOTHER! Cover, now Nyla wins!
Winner: Nyla Rose, by pinfall
The debuting Kenzie never stood a chance. But with Double or Nothing coming, who will meet a similar fate?
AEW hears from MJF.
In an obviously pre-recorded message, in an obviously green-screened “loft,” MJF says he’s noticed the “younger” talent to claim they’re all the “next big thing,” though they’re at the age of 30. But that’s cool, really. But being the big thing is what’s cool. MJF is the guy but no one else wants to admit it because they all hate his guts. So to quote Cody, they move the goal posts. They’re comparing MJF to legends. MJF’s great, but he’s no Ric Flair. He’s no Rock, he’s no Roddy Piper. But what does all that stem from? It’s called “insecurity.” The same insecurity that makes every other top guy realize the 24-year-old “kid” has just taken their spot. But the “kid” is ratings, is a prodigy bell to bell, and is going to be a champion in the blink of an eye. That “kid” has more it factor in his pinkie than in some people’s entire bodies.
MJF’s not The Rock, Flair or Piper. He is what no one has ever seen before. That is why the 24-year-old man can afford to miss some in-ring time, sit back, relax, and watch some good ol’ fashion wrasslin’. Because that man knows damn well that when he comes back to work, his spot on the throne will be right where he left it: without a scratch. Speaking of thrones, staffers move his plush armchair and replaces it with an ornate wooden armchair. MJF is that man, and that man… stubs his toe on the chair. NOT! He is injury free, and starting next week, he sits back on his throne.
AEW hears from Shawn Spears.
“His career is over.” The Chair Man of course means Dustin Rhodes. No one could take a beating like that and keep going. Of all the parties involved, Spears blames one man. Not Dustin for competing, not Lance Archer for doing all of that. Spears has a brother. If his brother was in any physical danger, he’d do everything in his power to stop that from happening. Spears would defend his brother. But Cody didn’t do that, did he? He could’ve stopped the match as Archer was destroying Dustin. Cody could’ve thrown in the towel, but he didn’t. Why? Because he’s selfish? Because he alone thinks he can carry the Rhodes Legacy? Dustin’s career is over. Spears doesn’t care what happens to Cody, but as someone who has a brother, he couldn’t live with that. But Cody has just proven that he can. The Chair Man’s words are brazen, but does he have a point?
Schiavone interviews Spears and MJF ringside.
They’re again starting up a bet pool for the night. MJF is coming back next week, so he insists Schiavone back up just a bit for the sake of social distancing. Spears slips Schiavone some cash as incentive. Great work, Tony. But as much as MJF has liked watching his “so-called peers” working so hard at their “play wrestling,” MJF knows we’re all looking forward to a real professional next week. But to stop talking about himself for a minute, MJF says Spears is the bravest man in the world. Spears telling the world about the truth about the “American Sociopath,” Cody Rhodes, that takes courage. Spears says he is just calling it as he sees it. Spears meanwhile says MJF has the greatest comeback story in sports. MJF is “over healed,” he is that good. Schiavone speaks up and says that Tony Khan has informed us of the comeback next week. That, and MJF has a match at Double or Nothing against Jungle Boy. MJF spit takes and Spears’ jaw drops. Will the “over healed” Salt of the Earth have some trouble with his return to PPV?
Jon Moxley VS Frankie Kazarian!
The Maniac is still AEW World Champion but he’s not going to rest on his laurels. Will the Heavy Metal Rebel be able to make some waves on behalf of SCU?
AEW returns as Moxley makes his entrance from the stands! The bell rings and Mox circles with Kaz and the crowd fires up. Mox and Kaz tie up, go around, and end up in a corner. The ref calls for the break and Moxley lets up at 4. Things are already tense as the two circle again. They tie up, Kaz gets the toehold and floats to a headlock. Moxley gets up and powers out, but Kaz runs him over with a shoulder. Kaz runs but sees Moxley’s drop coming, so he drops on that with a headlock. Moxley rolls it to a cover, ONE, and Kaz still has the headlock. Moxley fights up again but Kaz holds on tight. Kaz grinds on the hold but Moxley pries his way out the back. Moxley has a hammerlock now but Kaz reaches back to get up and spin around. Kaz has a wristlock but Moxley fights it back. They are in a deadlock, but Moxley uses leverage. Kaz bridges back but Moxley STOMPS the arm!
Moxley stalks Kaz to the corner and CHOPS him against ropes! Kaz CHOPS back! Kaz throws haymakers but Mox knees low. Moxley throws forearms and has Kaz in a corner. Moxley CHOPS again, then drags Kaz for a snapmare. Cover, ONE, but Moxley is right on Kaz with a chinbar and hammerlock. Moxley grinds Kaz down but Kaz moves around. Moxley stays on him but Kaz gets up. Kaz slips around back to a headlock and grinds Moxley down again. Kaz throws Moxley with a takeover, and MJF is actually on his side. Moxley endures, fights his way up, and powers Kaz to a corner. The two break and Moxley CHOPS again! And again! Kaz CHOPS back and Mox eggs him on. Kaz CHOPS and CHOPS and hits another headlock takeover. He cranks to make it a cover, TWO as Moxley pushes back. The crowd rallies up and Moxley starts fighting to his feet. Moxley lifts for a backbreaker! Cover, TWO!
Moxley digs his knee into Kaz’s back as he puts on a partial camel clutch. Kaz fights his way up but Moxley clubs him. Moxley pulls Kaz’s nose and clubs him again! MOxley stomps Kaz to a corner then stands him up to RAM a shoulder in. The ref counts and Mox lets off, just to ram again and again! Moxley drags Kaz up for another backbreaker! Cover, TWO, but Moxley keeps his cool. Moxley looms over Kaz but Kaz throws forearms! Moxley throws forearms in return and we have another brawl. Mox whips Kaz but Kaz goes up and over to get the headlock back! Moxley headscissors but Kaz pops out. Kaz arm-drags then leg lariats! Kaz headlocks again, but Moxley back suplexes him to the ramp! Kaz clutches the knee and the ref checks on him while AEW goes to picture in picture.
Moxley heads out to fetch Kaz to the ring and stands him up for haymakers. Kaz staggers to the stage but Moxley stands him up for more. Kaz teeters on the edge but punches back! They brawl with Kaz teetering with every other shot. Moxley DECKS Kaz and he falls off the stage! MJF mockingly checks on Kaz but Kaz wants him to shut up. Moxley waits for Kaz as Kaz flounders up and around the way. Moxley pursues but KazR OCKS him with a right! Kaz keeps throwing hands and he has Moxley against railing. He runs in but Moxley sends him into those railings! Moxley drags Kaz up to Russian Leg Sweep into the railing! Moxley goes back to the ring to refresh the count, and Kaz is now at the mercy of that count. Moxley won’t let it end that easily and puts Kaz back in the ring. He drags Kaz up to suplex for an X-PLEX! Cover, TWO! Moxley keeps on Kaz with a chinlock and chicken wing!
Kaz fights up to his feet, reaches for ropes, but Moxley drags him down into body scissors! Kaz still gets a ropebreak! AEW returns to single picture as Moxley lets Kaz go. Moxley runs and KNEES Kaz out of the ring! Moxley goes up to the top rope, and LEAPS, for Kaz to BOOT him down! Both men hit the floor and the ring count begins again. Kaz is up first and fires up as he puts Moxley in the ring. Kaz springboards and manages the missile dropkick! Moxley ends up in a corner and Kaz whips him corner to corner. Moxley reverses but Kaz dodges to kick back in. Kaz slingshots to DDT! Cover, TWO!! Kaz grits his teeth and fights through the pain as he underhooks Moxley. Kaz turns Moxley but Moxley breaks free to GERMAN SUPLEX! Moxley drags Kaz up to suplex again, but Kaz spins out and swings. Moxley dodges, whips but Kaz rolls off the back, to BACKSTABBER! Kaz tries again, UNPRETTIER! Cover, TWO!! Moxley survives and Kaz is speechless!
Kaz drags Moxley up but Moxley CHOPS! Kaz throws haymakers and we have another brawl again! They go back and forth, Moxley headbutts! They both stagger, but Kaz shotgun dropkicks! Moxley comes back with a shotgun dropkick of his own! Moxley drags Kaz up and underhooks, but Kaz blocks and rolls! Kaz has a leg, then the arms, for a modified Koji Klutch! Moxley kicks and scrapes Kaz off the three-in-one and both men head for ropes. Moxley runs in at Kaz but is put on the apron. He dodges and shoulders in, but gets the guillotine leg drop! Kaz drags Moxley up from the apron and slaps him around. Kaz suplexes but Moxley blocks! Moxley suplexes but Kaz flails! Kaz suplexes, Moxley slips around but Kaz standing switches to SNAP GERMAN! Both men slowly rise and Kaz fires off shots. But Moxley ROCKS him with a right!
Moxley brings Kaz up but Kaz hits back. Kaz runs, but into a LARIAT! Moxley drags Kaz up in chicken wings, lifts, but Kaz wheelbarrows and victory rolls! TWO, but Kaz Oklahoma Rolls! TWO and Kaz elbows Moxley. Kaz snap suplexes Moxley into buckles! Moxley is down and Kaz goes up. Moxley goes up to get behind Kaz and clubs away! Kaz elbows back to avoid the half nelson. Kaz adjusts and leaps over Moxley. Moxley sends Kaz into buckles, school boy and PARADIGM SHIFT! Cover, Moxley wins!!
Winner: Jon Moxley, by pinfall
Kaz came really close, but no cigar! But wait! The Dark Order attacks! Preston Vance, aka Number 10, is leading the others in a mugging of Moxley! Numbers 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, and 4 are in a 7v1 assault, but here come the rest of SCU! Scorpio Sky and Christopher Daniels try but are just in their own 3v1 muggings. Daniels suffers a scoop slam to the ramp! Scorpio is stranded in a corner and Moxley still suffers at the hands and feet of these creepers. Even Kaz takes a beating while Vance gives Scorpio a SPINE BUSTER! There is no end to this mauling by the minions of the Exalted One! And speaking of, here he comes! Mr. Brodie Lee SMASHES Daniels with a chair! Then he goes to the ring as Moxley is brought up to his feet, for the DISCUS!! A minion hands Brodie a microphone so that he may speak.
“Mr. Moxley, I am just here to answer the bounty that you put on your very head last week.” There is now crowd of fans to save him with their energy. There is no one here to save Moxley. “This, Mr. Moxley, this is the energy you feel now!” Does Moxley understand? Mr. Brodie has so much Moxley desires, but he is not the same man that used to look eye to eye with Moxley before. Brodie makes people’s lives better! And any one of these “noble” men will sacrifice themselves for his sake. But to apologize ahead of time, Moxley is merely the poor soul that possesses what Brodie desires. Something that Brodie needs. Evil Uno says Moxley is a reasonable man, but Moxley has the crown jewel of pro-wrestling. Brodie officially challenges him for the AEW World Championship!
But who knows if Moxley is really all that reasonable. Who knows what Moxley is now. Is he a movie star? An actor? An MMA fighter? A rebel? Or is he just “a scared little fatherless boy from Cincinnati.” Answer the challenge or the Dark Order will make him! Brodie throws the mic down at Moxley, and Moxley sputters. “Dude, all you had to do was ask.” Moxley still grins, but Brodie BOOTS him down! And the mauling begins again! The minions are picking the bones of the golden feast that is the world champion! Will Brodie be served #BigPlatinum on a silver platter? For that matter, he and The Dark Order steal it! Will Moxley make them give it back by force?
AEW hears from Brandi Rhodes.
“Hello, Mr. Roberts.” Brandi wanted to respond to all of Jake The Snake’s “advances.” The Murderhawk’s brutalizing of brother-in-law Dustin, The Snake’s constant name-calling on national television. Those messages were received. Brandi has studied The Snake long enough to know what is next: a confrontation. They call her out to the ring, intimidate and corner her, and then just as she perfectly personifies damsel in distress, Cody will run to the rescue and into a trap. In Jake’s heyday, that’d be perfect. The problem is that it isn’t 1991. Jake slapping Brandi will only get him slapped back. Cody is the good guy, face of the company, shaking hands and kissing babies. Brandi on the other hand is independent.
Her mother once told her, “Don’t f with people you don’t know.” Jake knows the Rhodes history and the people she knows, but she is not Cleopatra or Delilah. She isn’t even Bill’s Monica. She’s Brandi Rhodes, the CBO of AEW, and from now on, Jake will keep her name out of his dirty old mouth. Will the Snake take Brandi’s ultimatum seriously? Or is this only escalating the tension between both sides?
Lance Archer w/ Jake Roberts VS QT Marshall w/ Brandi Rhodes!
We just heard from Brandi, and now she is here to support QT’s attempts at payback! But is he biting off more than he can chew?
Archer makes his entrance, goes around the ring, and then DECKS Jason Cade so hard he goes from front row to second! The Snake smiles behind his precautionary mask but QT goes after Archer! Archer DECKS QT, too! Then he finishes his entrance and takes off his jacket. QT gets up, the bell rings, and Archer dares him to hit him back. QT does but Archer doesn’t budge. Marshall throws more forearms but Archer throws him to a corner! Marshall dodges in the corner then throws hands. Archer pushes Marshall away, Marshall runs back in, but Archer CLOBBERS him out of the air! Archer rains down more rights until the ref backs him off. The Snake laughs more as Archer stands on QT’s head. Archer lets up at 4 and glares at the ref, then he stomps QT into the corner. Archer CHOPS then runs corner to corner. Archer hits a big back elbow, then another! He won’t stop, he’s a freight train with those!
Marshall flounders but Archer whips hi. Marshall elbows back then dumps Archer out! Archer is still on his feet, but Marshall pescados! Into a choke grip and APRON CHOKE SLAM! Archer is furious now and he glares at Brandi. She keeps her distance while AEW goes to break.
AEW returns and Archer is standing over Marshall as he goes to the corner. Archer says no one can run or hide from him. He goes up and VADER BOMBS! Cover, TWO! Marshall still lives! Archer drags Marshall back up but Marshall throws hands! He rocks Archer with an uppercut, but Archer puts him on the apron. Marshall throws more hands but Archer BOOTS him down! Archer wants to go out after Marshall but the ref keeps him back. Marshall crawls along the railing, and Britt Baker bops him with her shoe! AEW really needs to keep an eye on her. Brandi takes the shoe and throws it to the bleachers! Archer puts Marshall in the ring and drag Marshall up, but Marshall hotshots him! Marshall runs, but into a choke grip! He breaks free and triangle lariats! And throws hands! Archer ROCKS Marshall again, then whips him to ropes. Marshall handsprings to hit a NEURALIZER!
Marshall runs corner to corner for a splash! Archer reverses the whip and back elbows again, but Marshall catches him! But Archer elbows free, only for Marshall to suplex him! The Snake is upset as Marshall goes up top. Archer gets up and under Marshall’s leap, and then TACKLES him down! Archer drags Marshall up, puts him on the top rope, and then brings him out with the inverted crucifix. BLACKOUT BOMB! Cover, Archer lets up! He uses the EBD Claw to dribble Marshall off the mat again and again! Cover, Archer wins!
Winner: Lance Archer, by pinfall
#EverybodyDies, and Archer keeps winning. Britt goes after Brandi and hits a DDT! Britt puts Brandi in the ring and now Archer looms over her! Archer grabs Brandi’s leg, and The Snake has a snake! Is that Damian’s descendant?! Jake brings this snake into the ring and sets him on Brandi! Jake uses this to belittle and humiliate Brandi, but there is no Cody to be found. Will the American Nightmare explode knowing what just happened?
AEW makes it official!
May 23rd, Double or Nothing will have Jon Moxley VS Brodie Lee! The Exalted One stole the belt, but will he rightfully own it after this first-ever-in-AEW? As announced, MJF will compete against Jungle Boy Jack Perry, despite only just coming back from “over healing.” And of course, THE TNT Championship will be granted to the winner between Cody VS Archer! Will this match be less about the title and more about what the Snake and the Murderhawk have done to the Rhodes family? And just now announced, this year’s DON will have not a Casino Battle Royal, but a Casino LADDER MATCH! The winner will be granted an AEW World Championship opportunity, but details of how this match works will be announced next week!
Speaking of next week, AEW announces some big matches for Dynamite. MJF has his return to in-ring action, Brodie Lee will take on Christopher Daniels, and Jurassic Express returns! Jungle Boy and Luchasaurus look to get back on track against a team on a hot streak in Best Friends! And then, a Women’s Fatal 4 Way pits Hikaru Shida, Penelope Ford, Britt Baker and Kris Statlander against each other! How will the contender rankings look after such a star-studded match?
Taz interviews Darby Allin backstage.
Darby lost to Cody in the semifinals last week, and he is not in a talkative mood. Taz says Darby made some mistakes, but Taz would love to give the young star some help. Darby doesn’t say a word as he storms off and declines the offer. Was that a big mistake?
Tag Team Street Fight: Kenny Omega & BROKEN Matt Hardy VS Le Sex Gods!
Speaking of star-studded matches, just look at this one! The dual AEW World Tag Team and AAA Mega Champion teams with Matt Hardy for the first time anywhere! But will the Inner Circle’s charismatic leader and right hand man ruin the debut of DAMASCUS?
Whoa, Suge D just took a swing at Jericho! He’s probably fed up with the “Pineapple Pete” jokes. Jericho has a bat but Suge gets clear of the swing. Jake Hager glares at Suge but nothing more happens. Jericho calms down as Sammy and MJF sing along with Judas. Sammy grabs his cue cards, but AEW goes to break.
AEW returns as Omega makes his entrance, followed by Matt Hardy. Sammy gets too close pointing a finger at Hardy, and Hardy BITES IT! The bell rings and Omega goes after Jericho! They brawl and Hardy bumps Sammy off buckles over and over and over! Jericho throws Omega out of the ring and goes after him at ringside. Jericho throws Omega into steel steps, but Hardy only now finishes bumping Sammy off buckles. Hardy whips Sammy corner to corner and Omega kicks Jericho back. Omega shoves Jericho into railing while Sammy enziguris Hardy away. Sammy springboards but Hardy clubs him down! Omega clubs Jericho down into timekeeper’s area. Hardy gives Sammy a CRUCIFIX BOMB! Cover, TWO! Omega regroups with Hardy and they go after Sammy with a double whip. CLEANER IN MOTION!
Jericho returns but Hardy dodges to clothesline him out! Hardy tumbles out with Jericho and Omega fireman’s carries Sammy. Jericho sends Hardy into the stage, but Sammy, “YOU CAN’T ESCAPE!” Rolling senton and moonsault, onto knees! Jericho throws Hardy into the ramp and drags him up to the stage. Jericho whips Hardy into the tunnel wall and it topples over! Le Champion drags Hardy to the back and that leaves Omega and Sammy alone. Jericho returns and goes after omega, but who knows what happened to Hardy. Le Sex Gods mug Omega and whip him corner to corner. Jericho whips Sammy in and Sammy hits a big corner clothesline. Jericho CHOPS Omega then CHOPS him again. Sammy CHOPS Omega now, then Jericho brings Omega out. Le Sex Gods double suplex Omega down, then flex. Sammy does a spinarooni, and Jericho poses with him for photos.
Jericho goes to Omega but Omega throws hands. Sammy clubs Omega down and holds Omega for Jericho. Jericho mugs Omega then throws haymakers. Omega fights back against both Le Sex Gods! Omega runs, but into a back elbow! Jericho hits a LIONSAULT! But Hardy returns! Hardy LARIATS Sammy then clotheslines Jericho down! Hardy whips and back drops Sammy, then gives Jericho a SIDE EFFECT! This looks more like V1 than anything! But Sammy kicks and whips, only for Hardy to reverse to another SIDE EFFECT! Cover, TWO! Hardy kicks Jericho, TWIST OF FATE! Jericho flounders but Hardy covers, only for Sammy to break it! Jericho bails out and Hardy is after Sammy. Sammy goes to kick but Hardy spins him, to get a dragon whip! Sammy dodges Omega, but Omega is ready, and he avoids the Dragon Whip to SNAP DRAGON SUPLEX!
Jericho uses the BAT! He SMASHES Omega on the back! Sammy climbs up while Omega is in the drop zone, and Sammy hits a SHOOTING STAR onto knees! Hardy returns to kick Jericho and throw him out! Hardy gives Sammy a TWIST OF FATE! Omega brings the knee pad down, for a V-TRIGGER! Hardy and Omega regroup and say, “It’s time to get extreme.” They go outside to get tables and ladders!! If there’s a chair, this could be a TLC. Omega sets up the table and Hardy sets up the ladder. Sammy is caught in the middle and Omega brings him up. For a V-TRIGGER! Omega puts Sammy on the table while Hardy climbs up. Matt shouts out Jeff with the SPLASH OFF THE LADDER, THROUGH THE TABLE! Cover, but Hager drags the ref out! The ref reprimands but that’s about all he can do as Hager storms the ring! Omega BOOTS Hager down, then PESCADOS! But Hager catches him, to snake eyes him off the apron!
Hager looms over Omega but Sammy is in the wreckage of the table. Hardy grits his teeth while Hager helps Jericho drag Omega up. AEW goes picture in picture as Jericho uses a mic to BOP Omega! Hardy goes after Hager but Jericho is on Omega. Hardy backs Hager down with haymakers and body shots against the railing, but Hager RAMS him into the apron! Omega reverses a whip but Jericho reverses it back to send Omega into railing! Hager just keeps mugging Hardy, and Jericho has the chair! Jericho uses it to choke Hardy before storming off. Jericho slaps Omega then drags him up. Hager puts Hardy off somewhere while Jericho brings Omega to the crowd. Jericho bumps Omega off railing and Hager pushes Hardy up the bleachers. The brawl spills into the crowd as the Inner Circle clubs away. But Hardy hits back and drags Jericho up even further!
Hardy knees Jericho but Jericho finds a cable spool! Jericho SMASHES Hardy with it! Hager throws Omega into road cases while Jericho goes after Hardy in the hall. Jericho dunks Hardy into a recycling bin! Hager drags Omega down the way and throws him. Jericho now uses a trash can to SMASH Hardy’s bad arm! Hager clubs Omega but Hardy uses the trash can lid to hit back! He and Jericho scrap into the walls and fencing. The crowd has followed this fight as AEW returns to single picture.
Jericho bumps Hardy off the Jacksonville Jaguar ice chest. But Hardy grabs a pipe and JAMS Jericho with it! Hager returns but he gets jammed, too. Hardy bounces Jericho off the ice chest, and puts him in it! Jericho grabs a bag of ice and SMASHES Hardy with it! Hager drags Hardy back up, and now they put Hardy in the deep freeze! He’s stuck inside the ice chest! But Omega returns with a trash can attack! Omega bashes each of them, and tees off on Hager! Omega brings Jericho around to throw into a golf cart! He headlocks Jericho and drags him into more recycling bins. But Sammy lives! He uses that trash can to bash Omega! Sammy bowls the bins over with Omega’s body! Sammy goes for broke, and throws Omega into an ATM! Hey, he has a withdrawal.
Sammy pockets that money to throw Omega at pillars. Omega blocks and throws hands back! Omega throws Sammy hard into the pillar! He rains down fists on Sammy, then lifts Sammy, for a GARAGE DOOR BOMB!! Hager runs in but is sent into Sammy! V-TRIGGER FOR HAGER! Omega throws Hager over spare railing! Jericho returns and RAMS Omega with a road case! And then dumps it over on him! Jericho brings Omega up and bumps him of the case, then pulls out some railing. He drags Omega over, and snap suplexes Omega onto the railing! Omega writhes in pain but Jericho drags him further along. Jericho throws Omega into a pillar, then grabs a safety cone. Jericho pretends to be the Wicked Witch of Winnipeg before he BOPS Omega with the cone. But Omega uses a wet floor sign to SMACK Jericho on the back!
Hardy frees himself from the ice chest, and DAMASCUS has revived~! He stalks his way to the golf cart and uses it to hurry after the fight! Cameraman, make sure you properly document these events. Omega has a broom as the Cleaner, but here comes DAMASCUS! He side swipes Jericho, and Sammy panics! Omega hops on to join Hardy on the ride. They use the field to make a u-turn, and they’re chasing Sammy!! Sammy gets side swiped, too!! That’s a hit ‘n’ run on the streets, but just fine in a street fight! Hardy and Omega pull up to Jericho and set him on some spare tables. There is a scissor lift nearby, and after Hardy hammers away on Jericho, Omega begins his ASCENSION~! But Hager attacks Hardy again! Omega keeps rising, stands on top of the railing, and SUPER MOONSAULTS!! Omega says this ends now!
Omega Electric Chairs Jericho on the turf, but here comes Proud ‘n’ Powerful! The Inner Circle’s reinforcements have arrived and it’s 4v2! Jericho brings Hardy to the table for the INNER CIRCLE TRIPLE BOMB! Broken Hardy might be broken for real! Omega is alone now as they bring him to the golf cart. The Inner Circle lift Omega for Jericho to BOMB on the cart roof!! Omega might be broken, too! Hager drags Omega over to the turf, and feeds him to JUDAS EFFECT! Cover, Le Sex Gods win!!
Winner: Le Sex Gods, by pinfall
Or should we say the Inner Circle wins. This Street Fight became a handicap match, because “This is OUR show!” Will the Inner Circle find their way to golden opportunities at Double or Nothing?
A wild episode and we’re still two weeks away from Double or Nothing 2020! We got some great progress towards the TNT Championship, with both Cody and Archer winning strong matches, and the return of Jake the Snake’s snake! I don’t know what number Damien this is but I hope it’s the 10th. “Damien X” is a cool name for that snake. And after everything that happened tonight, I wouldn’t be surprised if AEW upped the ante for DON by making the title No Disqualification so that there will be a winner. We also got a lot more towards DON in general, with MJF VS Jungle Boy being made. That’ll be a good match that could go a long way to determining some TNT Championship stories for the Summer. Moxley VS Kazarian was a great match, and I’m totally for Moxley VS Brodie for the title. The attack was a great set-up, Brodie had a good promo in the middle, and stealing the belt is a great move. I hope Moxley ends up working with SCU for an 8 Man Tag against “Number 10” and three other minions as the go-home tune-up.
Nyla has a good return, showing she’s just as brutal as always. We get a Fatal 4 Way next week that acts as a #1 Contender’s match for DON, but I feel like Britt took herself out of the running going after Brandi as part of the Archer VS Marshall match. That feud of Britt and Brandi was being built before the pandemic so I’m glad they are circling back to that. Out of both rankings and fairness, Shida should win and give us the match with Nyla we were expecting all along. And then there’s the Casino Ladder Match. I’m not sure how a ladder match can be made even more unpredictable, but at the same time, we’re about to see WWE have such a match escalated by being attached to their corporate headquarters. AEW has been pretty good with their innovative takes on matches so I’m up for seeing how this ladder match goes. Just don’t make the prize a briefcase.
Holy crap that Street Fight was amazing! They went all over Daily’s Place and almost ended up on TIAA Bank Field (the Jaguars’ stadium). I love that having Hardy be left off screen was a way of transforming him between Damascus and normal Matt Hardy, and of course the entire Inner Circle gets involved because there are no rules stopping them from doing that. I was hoping that with “Pineapple Pete” Suge D being given that moment with Jericho and being mentioned as Jericho’s opponent for next week, he was actually going to get involved. But I suppose siding with The Elite was too big a moment for Suge D, so he just stayed with the other members of the “crowd.” That scissor lift moonsault was an insane spot to say the least, by the way. But the Inner Circle wins here to keep strong, because one day, we are getting Blood & Guts, and that is going to be the moment The Elite reunites and becomes stronger than ever. At this point, Blood & Guts could happen at All In 3, aka All Out 2, aka some other name with “All” in it, and I don’t think there’d be any complaints.
My Score: 9.4/10
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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