Will Dynamite’s Holiday Bash be a SUPERKICK PARTAAAAAY~?
The Acclaimed, Max Caster and Anthony Bowens, have arrived! But will they be AEW World Tag Team Champions after facing the Young Bucks?
- The Inner Circle’s Chris Jericho & MJF VS Top Flight; The Inner Circle wins.
- Six Man Tag: Jurassic Express VS The Dark Order’s 5, 10 & Colt Cabana; Jurassic Express wins.
- The Butcher w/ The Fam VS PAC w/ The Lucha Brothers; PAC wins.
- Dustin Rhodes w/ Lee Johnson VS Evil Uno w/ Stu Grayson; Dustin wins.
- Hikaru Shida VS Alex Gracia; Shida wins.
- AEW World Tag Team Championships: The Young Bucks VS The Acclaimed; The Young Bucks win and retain the titles.
PLAY BY PLAY
The Inner Circle’s Chris Jericho & MJF VS Top Flight!
Jake Hager accompanies Le Champion and the New York Times’ Best Performance of 2020 winner as they enjoy the fans singing Judas for the holidays. But will the Demo God and the Ratings Ruler show Darrius and Dante Martin that they’re not ready to hang with the big boys yet?
The teams sort out and Darrius starts with Jericho, and fans rally as Darrius gets in Jericho’s face. Jericho pie faces Darrius but Darrius throws hands! Jericho rakes eyes, hits back and CHOPS Darrius to the corner! Jericho CHOPS, and haymakers, then gloats as fans boo. Jericho whips Darrius corner to corner but Darrius goes up and over, only to run into a BOOT! Jericho runs but Darrius hurdles to enziguri! Dante gets a shot in, then Darrius, then back to Dante. Tag to Dante, and Top Flight double whip to double trip, then a roll and handspring, DOUBLE KICKS! Cover, ONE! MJF is furious but Dante fires off haymakers on Jericho. Dante whips, Jericho kicks and then whips Dante to the corner!
Tag to MJF, fans boo as the Inner Circle’s alphas dig boots into Dante. MJF dares Dante to take his shot and fans rally for Top Flight. Dante and MJF tie up, MJF puts Dante in a corner, then SLAPS him! Dante kicks back but MJF kick slow, then whips. Dante reverses, hurdles and hurdles to dropkick MJF down! MJF bails out and fans are fired up as the Inner Circle regroups. MJF gets in but Darrius backs up his brother. The brawl is on! MJF and Dante, Darrius and Jericho, but Top Flight gets the edge with CHOPS! Top Flight climb up to rain down punches in stereo! They go all the way to 10, flip back, and then dodge and go up and over to double dropkick! The Inner Circle is reeling s Top Flight holds the ring!
Darrius eggs Jericho on while he regroups with Hager. Darrius goes out, Dante fetches MJF but MJF SLAPS him! Dante chases MJF but Jericho CLOBBERS him! Darrius goes after MJF but MJF DECKS him! MJF stands on Dante’s neck and dares him to fight! The Inner Circle high-ten before they put Dante in. MJF drops an elbow, covers, TWO! MJF drags Dante over, Jericho tags in and the Inner Circle mugs Dante. Jericho snapmares Dante, KICKS him, and fans boo as he has the cocky pin, ONE! Jericho soaks up the heat and MJF joins in while Jericho taunts Darrius. Jericho slaps Dante, Dante hits back with haymakers! Dante runs but into a kitchen sink knee!
Jericho stomps Dante, hoists him up and hits a high back suplex! Dante flounders but Jericho drags Dante away. Tag to MJF, they double whip and double FLAPJACK Dante down! MJF steps on Dante while taunting Darrius, as does Jericho. MJF SLAPS Darrius, then CHOKES Dante! The ref is too busy with Darrius, then MJF covers, ONE! MJF is annoyed with Dante, drags him up, and feeds him to Jericho’s boot! Tag to Jericho, they stand on Dante again, but let off as the ref counts. Jericho drags Dante around to ROPE GUILLOTINE CATAPULT! Dante sputters and Jericho distracts the ref, Hager and MJF get their cheap shots in! Jericho covers with feet on ropes, TWO!
Jericho SLAPS Dante again, drags him up to bump off buckles, then hoists him up top. Fans boo and jeer as Jericho CHOPS Dante! Jericho climbs up, throws haymakers, then brings Dante all the way up. Dante throws body shots and throws Jericho down! Jericho gets up for Dante’s HIGH crossbody! Cover, TWO! Both men are down and fans fire up! Hot tags to MJF and Darrius! Darrius dodges MJF to BLAST Jericho! Then he BOOTS MJF, hops up and leaps over to handspring and redirect MJF, STANDING SPANISH FLY! And a DIVE onto Jericho! Darrius goes right up top, MJF staggers over into the missile dropkick! Cover, TWO!!
Darrius keeps his eyes on MJF as MJF sits up, BUZZSAW! Darrius sees Jericho get in and uses him for the TORNADO DDT! Cover, TWO!! Tag to Dante, they combine for a lift and rope for the LEAP FROG ATTACK! O’Conner roll with bridge, TWO!! Fans are fired up as Dante drags MJF up for forearm after forearm! Dante whips, goes the other way, MJF redirects to POWERBOMB Dante! Tag to Jericho, for a LIONSAULT! Cover as MJF DECKS Darrius, TWO!! Dante survives and the Inner Circle is furious! Darrius throws MJF into railing, Dante counters the Walls into a cradle, TWO!! Jericho escapes, Dante runs in and Jericho lifts, but Darrius tags!
Jericho throws Dante, Darrius runs in, the sunset flip CATAPULTS Dante onto MJF! Darrius has Jericho, TWO!?! Jericho narrowly escapes but Darrius gets right up. Fans are fired up for “A E DUB!” but Jericho CLOBBERS Darrius! Jericho throws down hands, grinds Darrius’ face into the mat, then tags in MJF. MJF throws off his own frustrated fists and taunts Darrius as he digs his boots in. The Inner Circle double whip, but Darrius DOUBLE DDT’s out of the back drop! Darrius CLOBBERS Jericho out of the ring, Dante finishes it off by throwing him over the timekeeper’s table!
Darrius clobbers MJF, goes to the apron, but Hager YANKS him out of the air! MJF has Darrius for the HEATSEEKER!! Cover, The Inner Circle wins!
Winners: The Inner Circle, by pinfall
The numbers game won this for the Inner Circle! Hager fetches a microphone to congratulate them. “I’ve got to get this off my chest. It’s been two weeks since the Inner Circle came together, two weeks since we said we are a team, and in those two weeks, we have won because every single member of the Inner Circle has done their job.” Except for one! Where is WARDLOW?! Oh right, he’s away for “Family business.” THIS is family business! It pisses Hager off that Wardlow can choose when to come. Hager is the guy who does his job. MJF and Wardlow wanted to be in the Inner Circle because we all know this faction is the shining star of AEW.
Yes, Wardlow is an asset, but he’s also an asshole. Hager talked with Tony Khan, and live next week, HAGER VS WARDLOW! And Wardlow better show up. The Big Hurt has put out an ultimatum of his own, and Jericho had no idea he’d done it, either! Will the Inner Circle truly be united after the behemoths battle it out?
The Acclaimed have a diss track music video!
Titled “Buck Hunt,” “Every time I shoot, better duck, son! And I know that you don’t really want none. When Acclaimed in the house, better bounce, say bye to your loved ones.” They’re on the hunt this evening, here for a couple reasons. They got the titles, say they’re the best but we need a reminder. “Who quit Twitter cuz the fans all hate ’em? Who kissed Dave’s ass for a star ratin’? You guys! Now you gettin’ destroyed, Acclaimed turning Young Bucks into young boys!” Well, Max Caster can talk the talk and Bowens can hype him up, but will they both be able to walk the walk against THE AEW World Tag Team Champions?
AEW returns and Tony Schiavone is in the ring!
The Icon is back! “THIS! IS! STIIIING~!” The crow, the snow, and then the man, the myth, the legend! Sting joins Schiavone in the ring, and Schiavone says, another great reception. How does it feel to be back on TNT and then in AEW? Sting says he already touched on it before, he feels and he knows that he has come full circle. He is back in the jungle, on TNT, and says he was a part of building the original jungle. He’s glad to see the jungle is still alive and is excited to be part of it!
So then why is Sting here? He said he wasn’t here for Cody Rhodes, but he did mention the TNT Champion, Darby Allin. Tell us more in-depth why he is here! Sting can’t answer that easily, that’s a deep question. When he thinks on that question, he goes back in time looking for his break. And he saw one of the greatest ever, one adored by fans all over the world, he is talking about The American Dream, DUSTY RHODES! “God rest his soul, Dusty!” Because of Dusty, he told “Stinger baby, we gonna put some color on your face. We gonna put some color on your tights, color on your boots, I want you to glow in the dark, babay!” Then he’ll be with the Nature Boy, Ric Flair, and it’ll be funky like a monkey, if you will. And then yes, Sting was wrestling one of the best ever in main event matches.
Fast forward to now, Cody in the ring, son of Dusty, Sting couldn’t stay away. Sting just had to be part of AEW and what Cody was doing! Fans chant, “Welcome Home!” and Sting thanks them because it’s good to be home! As for Darby- Team Taz cuts in. Taz says this is all very emotional and, if he could steal a line, it brings a tear to a glass eye. Taz has known Sting a long time, and anyone who really knows Sting is that Sting is only for Sting. Ricky Starks says Team Taz doesn’t care about his business with Darby or Cody, just that he keeps interfering with their business. Starks says Stinger’s gonna get hurt in their jungle.
Taz says he is standing here with four hungry tigers ready to bite Sting’s head off! It’s go time! Team Taz heads to the ring but the lights go out! Well Sting is already here so… DARBY is in the ring! Well that’s no problem for Team Taz. Sting and baseball bat, Darby and skateboard, Team Taz will fight another day. And that day will be 1/6/21, TNT Championship, Darby VS Cage, and Cage rips Darby’s head off! Team Taz will see you in the new year. BUt Cage speaks up and says what if he doesn’t want to wait? He’s dressed and ready to go, just give him the greenlight! Fans want to “Let them fight!” but Taz says the new year is the time. Will the Reckless Face of TNT still be champion come that time?
And speaking of Darby, he looks to Sting as the two hold onto their signature weapons. Fans are loving that scene as it is! Will there come a time when these two are in a match together?
MJF has a cameraman with him backstage.
MJF tells the cameraman he doesn’t have him here to show how good he is, but because this is the right thing to do. MJF walks in and wants to talk with Santana and Ortiz. He just wants a minute of their time. MJF heard what happened, how they lost somebody really close to them recently, and MJF says the most important person in his life was his grandfather. He just lost his grandfather from cancer, so from the bottom of his heart, MJF tells Santana how hard that is, and he is here for him. Santana stands up, tells MJF to keep his head up, and then they shake hands and hug it out. Ortiz also shakes hands, but no hug. Has MJF at least gotten one of the Proud ‘n’ Powerful to accept him?
Six Man Tag: Jurassic Express VS The Dark Order’s 5, 10 & Colt Cabana!
Jungle Boy, Luchasaurus and Marko Stunt are going to show the full power of their trio as they go up against Alan Angels, Preston Vance and BOOM BOOM! Will the boys and their dinosaur stay on track in the tag team division rankings?
The trios sort out and Fun-Sized starts with Cabana, and Cabana doesn’t take Stunt all that seriously. Stunt shimmies and tie sup with Cabana, and Cabana jokes that Stunt is so strong. Cabana puts Stunt in a corner, and up top and pats him on his head. Stunt jumps and RANAS Cabana away! Then dropkicks him! Angels tags in and runs into an arm-drag! Stunt has the arm, tags JB and they whip Angels for the atomic drop and step-up BOOT! Jackknife cover, TWO! JB CHOPS Angels, whips him then hurdles, drops and dropkicks! Cover, TWO! JB stays on Angels, Stunt tags in and they whip. Angels reverses JB but JB slides and Stunt dropkicks! Then they combine, RIPCORD SPLASH AND LEG DROP! Cover, but Cabana tosses Stunt off!
Stunt gets mad and shoves Cabana, then goes back to Angels. Angels picks Stunt up to ram him into the corner! Tag to Cabana, Cabana gets in Stunt’s face and throws big elbows! Stunt ducks a few, and then the double chop, to hot tag Luchasaurus! Luchasaurus CHOPS Cabana and Cabana flops out of the ring. Vance gets in but Luchasaurus boots and CHOPS him down! Luchasaurus tags Stunt in, scoops Vance to slam him, and Stunt leaps in, wheelbarrow SPLASH combo! And then a tag to JB for the wheelbarrow senton! JB goes up, KNEEBOARD SENTON! Cover, TWO! Vance survives but fans are fire dup for Jurassic Express!
JB CHOPS Vance, whips but Vance reverses. Vance runs in, only gets buckles as JB goes out! JB slides around, shoulders in then slingshots over. JB wheelbarrows, Vance shoves him and Cabana is there to catch him! JB fights Cabana off but Angels KICKS JB down! Vance wheelbarrow hotshot GERMANS! Fans boo as the Dark Order gets away with all this! Cover, TWO! Vance looms over JB as AEW goes picture in picture.
Vance drags JB up, CHOPS him, then bumps him off buckles. Tag to Angels and Angels rolls to run in for a forearm! Angels snapmares and splashes down! Cover, TWO! Angels keeps on JB with a facelock, brings him back and tags in Cabana. They mug JB, then Cabana grins as he looms over JB. JB kicks back, kicks again, but Cabana blocks and trips him for an elbow drop! JB writhes, Cabana covers, TWO! Cabana is annoyed but he keeps JB from the Jurassic Express by throwing him out of the ring! Cabana goes out, JB fights off the Dark Order with boots and elbows! JB gets back in the ring, but Cabana intercepts with a shoulder tackle!
Cabana swaggers about, bumps JB off buckles then tags in Angels. Angels stomps JB around, brings him up and whips him to kitchen sink knee! Cover, TWO! Angels grows annoyed, he covers again, TWO! Angels stomps JB, drags JB up but JB throws hands. Angels DECKS JB, whips him to the corner, and tags Vance as AEW returns to single picture. Fans rally for JB as Vance whips Angels in. JB fights back again with more boots and elbows! JB leaps into Vance’s arms! Angels dropkicks into the FALL AWAY SLAM! Cover, TWO! Vance is frustrated, Cabana mockingly tells JB he can do it, and Vance whips JB, but JB slips off. Vance shoves again, JB rebound LARIATS!
Fans fire up as both men are down! JB and Vance crawl, hot tag to Angels! Angels drags JB away, back suplexes, but JB lands on his feet and dodges, hot tag to Luchasaurus! Luchasaurus rallies on the Dark Order, tosses Angels in to fire off BIG hands! Angels flops into a wheelbarrow GERMAN! Luchasaurus kips up and fans are fired up! Vance is in, Luchasaurus shoves him but Vance BOOTS! Luchasaurus just TAIL WHIPS back! Angels is up, leaps, but into a choke grip! Angels is thrown into Cabana, then gets the CHOKE SLAM! STANDING MOONSAULT! Cover, Vance breaks it in time! Fans are fired up as Luchasaurus tags Stunt!
Stunt goes up, stands on Luchasaurus’ shoulders, Cabana gets a BOOT and a CROSSBODY! SPINNING BUZZSAW! Stunt builds speed and DIVES into a forearm! Vance puts Stunt back in, then gets Angels in. Luchasaurus grabs Vance but Cabana POSTS the dinosaur! Vance feeds Stunt to a BIONIC ELBOW! Tag to Angels, SPINEBUSTER to FROG SPLASH! Cover, but JB just manages to break it! Angels is furious, he whips but Stunt reverses to dropkick Angels into Vance and Cabana! JB tags in, dodges Angels and dropkicks Vance and Cabana! SUPERKICK for Angels, Stunt is a weapon as Luchasaurus THROWS him onto Cabana and Vance! Angels is up, he gets the BACK SUPLEX TO BOMB! Cover, Jurassic Express wins!
Winners: Jurassic Express, by pinfall
A huge win for the #3 ranked tag team, and Schiavone gets to the ring to interview them. “Here they are, Jurassic Express! They are the #3 ranked contenders to the World Tag Team Championships, continuing to rise through the ranks.” Stunt says it feels so good to be bac on Dynamite! But FTR cuts him off to say it’s time for trained professionals to speak. FTR is the 2020 Tag Team of the Year! Every time they hold up the symbol, three fingers but not the middle one, it is the best there is!
Jurassic “Park” wants to take FTR down to make a name for themselves, but you’ve got until 1/6/21. Cash, Dax and Tully are chomping at the bit. It used to be business, now it’s personal. They’re on a quest to get the tag titles back, and no dinosaur is gonna stop them. If Stunt sticks his nose in, Tully might just give him a flashback to the 80’s.
Alex Marvez finds Don Callis and Kenny Omega at the hotel.
He tries to ask what they think about next week’s AEW World Championship match against Rey Fenix, but Callis keeps telling Marvez that if he wants a statement, this is their private time. What is he doing lurking and looking for the champion? Very creepy. But Callis wants to get something off his chest. It’s something about being in this business for 30 years that he can’t understand why Khan let wrestlers run amuck! Wrestlers like PAC thinks he’s an executive, making title matches for the champion! What a joke! It has to stop! This is the WORLD champion, who does what he does. They aren’t to be dictated to by the “talent.” What a joke!
Marvez keeps trying to ask Omega his part, so Omega says if he wants a scoop from the champ, here’s a message to Fenix and even PAC! Translate this at your leisure. Here’s a year in review for the two of them: AEW World Tag Team Championship match, Fenix choked; AAA Mega Championship match, Fenix choked; AEW World Title Eliminator Tournament, against his own brother, someone who loves him and he loves back, Fenix choked. And Fenix had a nasty little bump on his head that kept him from continuing. What does he think happens against someone who is a little pissed off? Someone who doesn’t love, and actually despises Fenix? The person who beat his brother’s ass in the tournament!
Omega is worried that he won’t just hurt Fenix, but put him out for good! But even if he does, Omega has friends at Impact Wrestling who would happily take him back! Right, Mr. Callis? Who knows. He’s a bit injury prone, a bit fragile. Maybe they can call Konnan about something. Oh yeah, AAA will take him back. But seriously, when the phone rings, Omega answers the call. Fenix trips over his own two feet and gets hurt along the way. Fenix gets hurt, Omega gets titles, that’s just how it is! See you at New Year’s Smash!
The Butcher w/ The Fam VS PAC w/ The Lucha Brothers!
Everyone was surprised last week to see The Bastard was back so soon! The Mad King is using Andy Williams as a pawn, but that won’t keep him safe forever! Will Pac cut down The Butcher to get one step closer to a fight with Kingston?
Kingston joins commentary to talk trash on Pac, and it seems Penta El Zero M is the only brother here because Fenix is focused purely on Omega. The bell rings and Pac gets right in Butcher’s face. The two are forehead to forehead, Pac eggs Butcher on and Butcher puts him in a corner. Pac dodges to KICK a leg, then he eggs Butcher on. Pac dodges again, kicks and kicks, but Butcher throws Pac out hard! Butcher goes out, Pac gets in and dropkicks Butcher down! Butcher gets in, Pac slips out and Butcher gives chase. Pac gets back in then dropkicks Butcher as he slides in! Pac fires off KICK after KICK but Butcher stays up! Pac keeps throwing KICKS, then he runs to DROPKICK!
Fans cheer Pac as he runs, but Butcher runs, dodges and BODY CHECKS Pac! Butcher stomps Pac, drags him up and bumps him off buckles hard! Pac clutches his neck but Butcher digs his knee in! The ref counts, Butcher lets off at 4, then stalks Pac around. Fans boo and jeer as Butcher stomps Pac and clubs him! Butcher CHOPS Pac against ropes, but Pac kicks back. Butcher throws hands, and TOSSES Pac hard! Butcher stomps Pac, looms over him, and has Blade and Bunny cheering for him. Butcher brings Pac up to DECK him! Cover, ONE! Fans rally and Bunny tells them to shut up! Butcher whips Pac hard into a corner, then runs in to stomp Pac down!
Pentagon gets in Bunny’s and Blade’s face as Butcher whips Pac harder into the other corner! Fans jeer with “Butcher Sucks!” as Butcher looms over Pac. Pac throws body shots but Butcher CLUBS him down! Butcher drags Pac up, CHOPS him again, then looms over him. Butcher drags Pac up, puts him back in a corner, then paces. Pentagon talks smack but Butcher goes back to Pac. Pac kicks low, then kicks again! And again! Butcher STOMPS Pac back down, then throws big haymakers! Butcher grabs at Pac but Pac slips out. Butcher goes out, Pac kicks back! And again! And again!
Butcher knees low then whips him, but Pac reverses! Butcher hits railing, but he comes back to BOOT Pac! Butcher gets in the face of the wrestlers ringside as AEW goes picture in picture.
Butcher drags Pac up while the ref keeps Pentagon, Bunny and Blade back. Butcher whips Pac into more railing, then stares into the camera. Butcher stomps Pac, drags him back up, puts him in, then slithers up behind him. Butcher stomps Pac more, drops a knee, then another, then stands on Pac’s head at the ropes! The ref counts, Butcher lets off and paces while soaking up some heat. Butcher drags Pac up, gut wrench dead lifts and suplexes! Cover, TWO! Butcher seethes but he stomps Pac more. Butcher stomps Pac again, drags him up by his head, but Pac is practically dead weight. Butcher DECKS Pac with a right!
Butcher takes his time bringing Pac back up, but Pac jawbreakers back! AEW returns to single picture and Pac KICKS away on Butcher’s leg! Butcher drops to a knee but Pac keeps giving KICKS! And a mule kick, another KICK, then a SUPERKICK! Butcher is dazed, Pac fires up with the fans and he goes up top! Pac watches like a hawk as Butcher slowly rises, then Pac leaps for the missile dropkick! Butcher goes to the other corner and Pac hurries up! But Blade POSTS Pentagon to distract Pac! Pac points them out to the ref but Butcher CLOBBERS him! Butcher drags Pac up, back suplexes for the SLAM! Butcher reels Pac in, brings him back up, and RUNNING BOMBS! Cover, TWO!?!
Kingston, Blade and Bunny are upset but Kingston tells Butcher to keep his focus! Butcher and Blade argue the count but the ref says two is two! Butcher drags Pac back up, Kingston tells him to go faster! Butcher isn’t, and Kingston gets off commentary to tell him. Lance Archer appears and Kingston hurries back to commentary for safety. Butcher runs at Pac, Pac ROUNDHOUSES him down! Archer dares Kingston to do something but Kingston stays put. Pac goes up top again, for the BLACK ARROW! Cover, Pac wins!
Winner: PAC, by pinfall
The Murderhawk Monster doesn’t care about the match, he wants Kingston to man up and fight. But Pentagon and Pac celebrate this win, until Archer gets in the ring. Archer nods to Pac while Kingston vents on commentary. Neither of these guys are gonna get the King! But will he be proven dead wrong when #EverybodyDies?
Jade Cargill speaks.
“Congratulations, Brandi. As a great mother, I’m here to tell you motherhood is a beautiful thing.” But how convenient when a talent like her shows up in AEW, Brandi is pregnant. But all those CBO duties and responsibilities in the AEW Women’s Division will be taken care of now that she’s gone. Shaq called out Cody, Jade is calling Brandi out. They better find Jade a worthy opponent, because she is tired of this s*it. The clock is ticking. Will Jade be given her in-ring debut before the new year?
Schiavone is with the Superbad Couple and Miro!
Just as The Best Man gave away last week, Kip Sabian and Penelope Ford have chosen a wedding date! Miro wants everyone to smile and act like they’re happy for his friends! Kip says Schiavone should be honored, because this is the first-ever wrestling wedding on TNT! This will be a huge deal! Not just for Kip or for Penelope, or just for Miro or for AEW! This is a massive deal for all the fans at home! Kip knows how much the fans can’t wait to see the wedding. Kip sees all the posts and tweets about how much the fans adore them, and how this is the best moment in the many fans’ “small, insignificant lives.”
So what they are going to do now, is they’re going to give us all a gift. They are going to show us exactly the date Kip and Penelope will be married on. Here we go! Wait, it’s Orange Cassidy and Best Friends instead! Wait, the video is playing, but where are they? Kip and Miro were just trolling us! This is the reality: Trent is being put in an ambulance! Someone got to him already, and it isn’t hard to figure out who. Chuck and Orange go with Trent, there won’t be any party crashing now. What a shame! They said they were going to be here but oh well.
And finally, the wedding date will be FEBRUARY 3RD! A beach wedding for AEW Beach Break! You heard it here first! Not just a wedding, but a beach extravaganza! That will be THE moment that defines AEW! Kip, Penelope and THE BEST MAN, 2/3/21!
Dustin Rhodes w/ Lee Johnson VS Evil Uno w/ Stu Grayson!
The Natural was never going to #JoinDarkOrder, but the recruiters suggesting he’d be Seven was only salt in the wound. Will Dustin destroy every last one of them to finally run them out of AEW?
But the second Dustin gets in, Uno DECKS him! The ref reprimands but the damage is done, and Uno chases Dustin outside to CHOP him! Dustin gets in, Uno fires off in a corner, but the ref tries to pull him away. The bell finally rings and Dustin CLOBBERS Uno! Dustin rallies on Uno, throws haymakers then climbs up to rain down fists! The fans count it out and Dustin gets to 9, tells Uno to suck it, then hits the tenth! Dustin runs and BOOTS Uno down! Fans fire up as Dustin whips Uno to ropes, but Uno denies the powerslam to stomp a hand! Uno dropkicks Dustin down and out, then goes out to whip Dustin into railing! Dustin comes back and ROCKS Uno!
The ring count climbs, Uno throat chops Dustin then CHOPS him in the chest! Uno throws more hands, then swings a chop but Dustin ducks and the hand hits railing! Then Dustin throws the hand into railing! And again! Uno runs away, clutching that hand, and Dustin goes in after him. Dustin CHOPS Uno, then tortures the hand! Uno tries to get at Dustin’s eye but the ref counts. Dustin lets off, grabs Uno by his mask and throws an elbow! Dustin throws more hands, talks trash and holds up seven in Uno’s face. Dustin throws haymakers, the ref counts, Dustin lets off at 4 but with a lot of fire!
Fans are fired up with Dustin and he whips Uno corner to corner. Dustin runs in, Uno dodges and BOOTS Dustin down! Uno hurries up top, and hits a SWANTON! Cover, TWO!! Stu cheers Uno as he stands on Dustin’s hand, and then he stomps it! AEW goes picture in picture as Uno soaks up the heat.
Uno tries to get his bad hand working and he drags Dustin up for elbows. Dustin goes to a corner, Uno throws forearms to his back and stalks him to ropes. Uno chokes Dustin, the ref counts, Uno lets off at 4. Stu taunts Dustin, Johnson rallies the fans and Dustin gets up. Uno is on Dustin but Dustin throws hands! Dustin runs, Uno kicks him low and hits a neckbreaker! Cover, TWO! Uno is frustrated, and his hand still hurts, so he stomps Dustin at the ropes. Uno digs his boots in, the ref counts and Uno lets off. Dustin flops out of the ring, Uno goes out after him, and he RAMS Dustin into railing! And whips Dustin into the apron! Uno refreshes the count, probably at seven, and AEW goes to break.
AEW returns and Uno gives Dustin a PILEDRIVER! Fans boo as Uno covers with a deep lateral press, TWO??!? Uno can’t believe Dustin survives! Fans are fired up and Uno works on his bad hand as Dustin rises. Dustin throws body shots, Uno throws haymakers, and Dustin uppercuts! The brawling continues as Uno JABS, Dustin throws haymakers and JABS of his own! Dustin fires off, flip, flop, flies and shows Uno a dirty two, before the BIONIC ELBOW! Uno flounders, Dustin runs but into a boot! Dustin BOOTS back and Uno goes down! Dustin drags Uno up, reels him in, but Uno HOOK KICKS!
Both men go to opposite corners as fans fire up! Stu coaches Uno, Uno runs in but Dustin dodges to run and BULLDOG! Cover, Dustin wins!!
Winner: Dustin Rhodes, by pinfall
That’s a way to reject an offer! Dustin isn’t Seven, he isn’t just a Number, he is a Rhodes! Uno offers a handshake because he still wants Dustin to #JoinDarkOrder. This is how good he is without them, he can only get better with them! Dustin flips Uno off again, then BOOTS him down! Stu CLOBBERS Dustin, Johnson gets in to get a KNEE! Stu hoists Dustin up, for NIGHTFALL!! Uno shoves Stu but here comes QT Marshall! QT fires off on the Dark Order OG, but gets mugged and DECKED! Uno wants Stu to remember what they’re here for, but then Johnson missile dropkicks them BOTH down! The Dark Order retreats, will they have to go elsewhere to find new members?
Schiavone interviews Shawn Spears.
But Spears asks Schiavone why he left the industry for 15 years. Well, Schiavone was burnt out. Exactly why Spears wants Schiavone to hear this. Spears bet on himself, left New York, but the grass isn’t always greener. “You can change the letters, but you can’t always change the glass ceiling.” The black glove? Never needed it. Spears is more talented than 95% of the AEW roster, and any other roster on the planet today! Spears looks better, works better, and obviously talks better, and yet why is everyone making him think he’s not? It’s management. Spears’ walks into AEW hot as hell, only to find himself digging his way out of a hole Khan and Cody pushed him into.
Spears sees himself going down the same path he went down before. He recognizes it “clear as day,” and he will be damned if he has it happen again. Schiavone doesn’t mean to interrupt, but maybe Spears’ problem… is Spears. Spears thought of that a lot, actually. Bringing it up now, not for a damn second did Spears think that! Who does Schiavone think he is? Spears could be working anywhere in the world and he has to go waste his time with Schiavone. Spears wants management to know that Spears will come back, if he feels like it. Is #PERFECT10N on his way out of AEW already?
Dasha interviews Hikaru Shida.
The AEW Women’s World Champion is about to face Alex Gracia, but Abadon has been haunting her. Has that affected Shida’s ability to prepare for any match? Shida would answer, but Abadon attacks again!! They brawl, security hurries to pull them apart, but while Abadon leaves, Shida has to go to the ring! Will the Full Metal Warrior be able to focus enough to take the Pink Dream on seriously?
Hikaru Shida VS Alex Gracia!
Gracia earned this non-title opportunity by defeating KiLynn King on AEW Dark, but now she could have a golden opportunity! Will Gracia pounce on the face Shida’s focus is split?
The bell rings and Shida fires off on Gracia, but Gracia blocks the suplex. Shida bumps Gracia off buckles over and over, then throws big forearms and haymakers! clearly Shida is furious, and she whips Gracia corner to corner. Gracia dodges, runs and dropkicks Shida, but Shida comes back with a dropkick of her own! Gracia bails out, Shida hurries out to go around the way and DECK Gracia! Shida puts Gracia in, covers, TWO! Shida keeps on Gracia by dragging her up, but Gracia is dead weight. Shida does get Gracia up but Gracia inside cradles, she was playing possum! TWO, and Shida kicks her low!
Shida whips, Gracia reverses and elbows Shida down! Then BOOT WASHES! Cover, TWO! Fans fire up as Gracia goes after the champ with forearms, but Shida just tanks them! Shida kicks low, reels Gracia in, and suplexes, for a SLAM! Fans fire up with Shida now as she follows Gracia out. Shida clubs Gracia on the apron, gets some space, then KNEES her back in! Shida glares into the darkness, perhaps seeing Abadon in the space. Wait, Abadon IS in the shadows!! Abadon shouts at Shida, Shida shouts back, Shida BOOTS Abadon and throws her down! Shida rains down fists on the freakish stalker but the ring count is climbing!
Shida SLAMS Abadon into railing, then hurries in at 8! To TAMA- No! Gracia rolls Shida up, TWO!! Gracia runs, tilt-o-whirls, but into a BACKBREAKER! Shida keeps going, FALCON ARROW! Cover, Shida wins!
Winner: Hikaru Shida, by pinfall
Even with Abadon trying to get in her head, Shida powered through and defeats her actual opponent! But Shida has her kendo stick and she storms over to where she left Abadon for dead. She pokes Abadon, and Abadon revives! Abadon throws her into railing, but Shida comes back to scrap with her! Abadon DECKS Shida, then drags her up to put her against railing. Abadon climbs up to BITE Shida on the neck!! Abadon is trying to drain the life out of Shida!! Shida manages to get Abadon off of her, but Abadon has tasted blood! Will Abadon taste championship gold soon enough?
BREAKING NEWS for New Year’s Smash, Night 1!
Not only will Rey Fenix have his match for THE AEW World Championship against Kenny Omega, but Abadon is getting HER shot at the AEW Women’s World Championship! Will Abadon take more than just a bite out of Shida when these two finally face off again?
AEW World Tag Team Championships: The Young Bucks VS The Acclaimed!
Max Caster & Anthony Bowens go out first, and they still have a diss track for Matt & Nick! “Yo, uh, yo! Acclaimed got 8 straight wins, people still don’t know how Acclaimed we’ve been! Every single week, going higher in the rankings. Hope you a freak, we about to do a spanking! Tonight the Bucks are in danger, Acclaimed stay hotter than Topanga, I wager. Bucks ain’t got balls, they can play with ours. If they really wanna know, we comin’ in hard~! Damn baby~!” Bowens shouts, “AEW!! The Acclaimed have arrived!” But will they thrive or even survive the SUPERKICK PARTAAAY~?!
The official introductions are made, the belts are raised, and we start with big brother Matt and Platinum Caster. They circle, fans fire up, and the two tie up. Caster headlocks, wrenches, wristlocks, but Matt rolls and handsprings to break free and wrench back! Matt clubs away on Caster’s arm, wrenches it again but Caster ROCKS Matt! Caster brings Matt up to throw more hands as the Young Buck bucks are blown in by the wind. Caster whips, Matt slides under and dropkicks Caster! Caster runs back but into an arm-drag! Matt clamps onto the arm, fans rally as Matt wrenches and tags in Nick. Nick goes up to drop ax handles!
Nick wrenches, Caster ROCKS him, tags in Bowens, but Nick arm-drags Bowens! Tag to Matt, they double wrench the 5 Tool Player to CHOP and whip and elbow down! Caster runs in, gets double kicks to a double suplex onto Bowens! Alley-oop dropkick two-for-one special! The Acclaimed bail out but the Bucks double baseball slide dropkick! Fans are fired up as Matt and Nick whip Bowens to one railing, and Caster the other way. Caster reverses, Nick jumps up and over to throw hands! Matt SPEARS Caster! Then Matt positions Caster for another Bucks classic! Nick uses railing to help, they hit RISKY BUSINESS to the floor!
Fans are fired up as Matt puts Bowens back in. Bowens has a leg guard, Matt just drags him over to tag in Nick. Catapult to KICK! And then Bowens is stuck on Matt’s knees, springboard DOUBLE STOMPS! Cover, TWO! Bowens survives but Nick tags in Matt. The Bucks mug Bowens, Matt throws hands, then he runs, but Caster trips him! Bowens DECKS Nick, drags Matt up to throw forearms, then tags Caster. The Acclaimed, pass the wrench between them, kick then double wrench for a mule kick stomp combo! Cover, TWO! Bowens keeps on Matt and tags Caster back in.
The Acclaimed double whip, Matt ducks and Nick tags in! Matt dodges, sucker Caster into being thrown out, then he ROUNDHOUSES Bowens into Nick’s crossbody! Fans fire up as Nick rallies on Bowens, hits Caster and then hits Bowens back down! Nick shoulders into Bowens from the apron, and slingshot FACEBUSTERS! Cartwheel MOONSAULT onto Caster! Nick goes up and aims at Bowens, for a SWANTON onto knees! Bowens saves himself, Caster adds on with an apron back suplex! Bowens gets Nick with stomps, rains down fists, and AEW goes picture in picture as Bowens covers, TWO!
Bowens drags Nick over, tags in Caster, and The Acclaimed double suplex! Cover, TWO! Caster keeps Nick down with an armlock but fans rally up. Caster drags Nick over, Bowens tags in, and they mug Nick. Bowens bumps Nick off buckles, CHOPS him, then wrenches him to an OLYMPIC SLAM! Cover, TWO! Bowens grows annoyed and he drags Nick up, but Nick fires off hands! Bowens stomps low, throws forearms, then whips Nick corner to corner hard! Nick bounces off buckles and hits the mat, but Bowens drags him to tag in Caster. Caster stomps Nick, drags him up and warps him up in a cobra clutch.
Nick fights up, fights out but Caster back suplexes high and hard! Caster drops an elbow but misses as Nick goes out! Nick trips up Bowens, runs for his corner but Caster back suplexes! Nick lands on his feet, sunset flips Caster, TWO! Caster grabs Nick’s foot, drags him away, but Nick kicks him! AEW returns with single picture just as Bowens trips Matt off the corner! Caster CLOBBERS Nick, whips him corner to corner, then RAMS into him! Bowens tags in, Caster digs his shoulder in and Bowens throws forearms! Caster forearms, Bowens forearms, then Caster dropkicks! Cover, TWO! The Acclaimed is growing frustrated but the fans are fired up!
Caster tags back in, Bowens torture racks but Nick slips out! Bowens switches, Nick back shim down and dodges, Caster hits Bowens! Nick slides under both Bowens and Caster to thot tag Matt! Matt fires off fast hands on The Acclaimed! Matt throat chops Caster, fakes Bowens out and DOUBLE DDT’s the Acclaimed down! Matt drags Caster up, ROCKS him, then whips. Caster reverses, Matt slides out then baits him in. Caster falls for it and gets a PENALTY KICK from Nick! Matt runs at Bowens, Bowens elbows him, but Bowens runs into the NORTHERN LIGHTS! The Polar Express is taking off! Matt steps through, to the SHARPSHOOTER!
Nick whips but Cater reverses to send him into railing! Caster gets in to throw hands on Matt but Matt holds onto Bowens! Caster finally gets Matt down but Matt eggs him on as he gets back up! Cater runs but Nick drags him out to put him in a SHARPSHOOTER, too! The Acclaimed endure dual Sharpshooters, but Bowens powers up! ROPEBREAK! Matt lets go and so does Nick, but the Bucks have the fans rallying behind them. Matt runs in but Bowens BOOTS him! Bowens goes up, gets caught and Nick tags in! Electric Chair, up, up and DOOMSDAY DEVICE! Jackknife cover, TWO!!
The Bucks drag Bowens to a drop zone and call for a combo! Nick goes up, Caster trips him up! Matt rushes over but Caster kicks low! Caster whips Matt over the railing! Caster tags in, climbs up to join Nick, and SUPERPLEXES! Roll through, Bowens is up top, CROSSBODY SUPLEX COMBO! Cover, but Matt breaks it in time! Fans are thunderous as Matt returns to his corner and everyone else is down. A standing count starts, hot tag to Matt! Matt fires hands on Caster but Caster hits back! These two brawl, Matt gets the edge but Caster rakes eyes! The ref reprimands but Caster doesn’t care.
Caster suplexes, Matt slips out and SUPERKICKS! ROLLING ELBOW from Bowens! SUPERKICK from Nick! SUPERKICK to the ref!! Caster sees that and creeps up behind Nick to pop-up LOW BLOW! Bowens has the ACCLAIMED BOOMBOX!! Cover, but the ref can’t count! A spare ref rushes out, he counts, TWO!?!? Nick survives and The Acclaimed is shocked! Bowens hurries out and tells Caster to get Nick up. Caster scoops, but Nick shoves Cater into Bowens! Matt runs to slingshot sunset! Bowens holds on, Nick SUPERKICKS him off the ropes, Matt finishes the POWERBOMB through the timekeeper’s table!! Bowens just got wrecked!
SUPERKICK for Caster! Tag to Matt, the Bucks drag Caster up, B T E TRIGGER!! Cover, The Bucks win!
Winners: The Young Bucks, by pinfall (still AEW World Tag Team Champions)
Matt and Nick don’t need to make up diss tracks because actions speak louder than words! Was this a loud and clear message to the entire tag division on what it’ll take to stop them?
A very strong episode for AEW to start their holiday triple header. Top Flight looked really good against MJF and Jericho, but naturally as Heels, Hager helps MJF and Jericho win. I like that Hager called out Wardlow, it might make him come off more dedicated but he also might end up the Heel in this if he says that family issues aren’t as important. MJF himself is also doing something more Face if he’s opening up about what happened to his own family, and it does make for an interesting wrinkle that only Santana is sympathetic.
We still only got so much out of Sting tonight, but it does seem obvious he and Darby Allin are going to be working together closely. Team Taz keeps calling Sting, Cody and Darby out, I’m still waiting on the Six Man where Cody joins in. Jade Cargill calling Brandi out was a natural move, I’m interested in seeing who Brandi sets up as her first opponent. Maybe Brandi should pit Jade against the Vicious Vixens and make her face Nyla Rose. A Face authority figure doing that to the Heels is a great way of comeuppance that I don’t think has been done much at all. Spears has a strong promo to put himself over, I guess this means he’s ditching Tully, since Tully is going all in on FTR.
Callis and Omega had a good promo, mostly Omega’s part. I do like that Omega is also including AAA in this with referencing the Mega Championship, and AEW is really setting up a great network with the other promotions for even more crossover potential in the future. Fenix being gone during Pac VS Butcher was a really nice touch, and the match itself was a good one. Archer showing up made sense, but it might only be a matter of time before he and Pac fight it out to get at Kingston, playing into Kingston’s hand. Dustin VS Uno was a really good match, and I’m expecting a Six Man now, of Johnson and Natural Nightmares VS Uno, Stu and perhaps a returning Brodie Lee to really amp up the story.
Jurassic Express VS Dark Order was a really good Six Man, and FTR calling Stunt, JB and Luchasaurus out was a good move. That’s going to be a very telling match on who is first to challenge for the titles in 2021. The Acclaimed had an honestly great music video, and another good diss rap promo on The Bucks during the entrance. Caster is at least consistent, and both he and Bowens as a team are doing great for being a young, new team. But of course the Bucks win, they’ve got a long way to go still before losing. And there’s a good chance, they only lose to a team like FTR, on a big AEW PPV, namely Double Or Nothing or All Out.
I knew Abadon would get involved with the Shida VS Gracia segment. Her attack beforehand and during didn’t stop Shida from winning, but how fitting for Abadon to bite Shida and “bite off” some of her skin. Their title match for New Year’s Smash Night 1 is going to be intense, but I wonder if a disqualification ending pushes things further down the line, such as to Revolution. Miro giving away the wedding date announcement last week to Best Friends was apparently bait as the Best Friends apparently got jumped at some point. Depending on how they kayfabe this, Trent might not be seen until February 3rd so that he can crash AEW’s first-ever wrestler wedding.
My Score: 9.2/10
Mitchell’s AEW Dark Results & Report! (1/31/23)
Orlando stays Dark!
Universal Studios is still the AEW Dark Arena!
As they prepare to go after the AEW World Trios Championships, AR Fox & Top Flight reunite to take on The Wingmen: Peter Avalon, Ryan Nemeth & Cezar Bononi!
- Six Man Tag: AR Fox & Top Flight VS The Wingmen; Fox & Top Flight win.
- Red Velvet VS Sofia Castillo; Velvet wins.
- Zack Clayton VS Fulton; Clayton wins.
- Brock Anderson & Brian Pillman Jr. w/ Arn Anderson VS Rosario Grillo & Dean Alexander; Anderson & Pillman win.
- Skye Blue VS Renee Michelle; Skye wins.
- Shane Taylor Promotions VS Mr. G & Dante Casanova; Shane Taylor Promotions wins.
- Yuka Sakazaki VS Avery Breaux; Yuka wins.
- The Workhorsemen VS Liam Gray & Adrian Alanis; The Workhorsemen win.
- Angelico w/ Serpentico & Luther VS Konosuke Takeshita; Konosuke wins.
A solid line-up, and I like that we’re getting to see Brock Anderson & Brian Pillman Jr. in action together after a backstage promo on Elevation not too long ago. Not sure what the team name is but two second generation stars together is a logical combination. Angelico VS Konosuke, that is going to be a great match, but I give the win to Konosuke. Red Velvet is in action again after also being on Elevation, she’s definitely building momentum towards taking on Jade Cargill for Jade’s 50th match. And good to see Shane Taylor Promotions in action here. They’ll be a strong part of the ROH Tag Team Division, even after having lost to Keith Lee after Swerve abandoned Keith.
And good to see AR Fox & Top Flight in action, and against The Wingmen. For one, good to see Avalon, Nemeth & Bononi teaming all together again. And this will be a good match to build momentum for Fox & Flight.
Mitchell’s AEW Dark: Elevation Results & Report! (1/30/23)
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Can All Heart overcome the Swiss Superman?
The ROH World Championship returns to AEW Dark: Elevation, and Claudio Castagnoli takes on Blake Christian. Will All Heart survive the Swiss Superman?
- Red Velvet VS Billie Starkz; Velvet wins.
- Alex Reynolds & John Silver VS The Workhorsemen; Reynolds & Silver win.
- Rush w/ Jose the Assistant VS Brian Pillman Jr; Rush wins.
- Athena & Diamante VS Skye Blue & Yuka Sakazaki; Skye & Yuka win.
- Top Flight VS Ari Daivari & Tony Nese w/ Mark Sterling; Top Flight wins.
- The Kings of the Black Throne w/ Julia Hart VS Turbo Floyd & Truth Magnum; The Kings of the Black Throne win.
- ROH World Championship: Claudio Castagnoli VS Blake Christian; Claudio wins.
A pretty good line-up, and I think Athena will end up in a program for her ROH Women’s Championship coming out of that tag match. Good tune-up match for Top Flight going into their AEW World Trios Championship program with the Elite, that should be a good win. And Blake Christian is going places. He’s had good stints on NJPW Strong, he’s in ROH and AEW, he’s going to give Claudio a great match. Claudio will still win, this is mostly to get things going towards Supercard of Honor on March 31st, but Blake could easily find himself going for a midcard title like the ROH Pure Championship or AEW All-Atlantic Championship.
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