AEW puts off the New Year’s Smash for all the right reasons.
AEW celebrates a life lost far, far too soon. To honor the memory of Mr. Brodie Lee, differences are thrown aside to show how much he meant to us all.
- Six Man Tag: Colt Cabana & The Young Bucks VS #HardyParty; Cabana & The Young Bucks win.
- Six Man Tag: Lance Archer & The Dark Order VS The Fam; Archer & The Dark Order win.
- Six Man Tag: Hangman Page, Alex Reynolds & John Silver VS The Inner Circle; Hangman, Reynolds & Silver win.
- Anna Jay & Tay Conti VS Britt Baker w/ Rebel & Penelope Ford w/ Kip Sabian; Jay & Conti win.
- Six Man Tag: Cody Rhodes, Orange Cassidy & Preston Vance VS Team Taz; Cody, Cassidy & Vance win.
PLAY BY PLAY
The stars and staff of AEW are all together on stage.
AEW mourns the loss of Jon Huber, aka Mr. Brodie Lee. The fans chant “Brodie! Brodie!” as Justin Roberts calls for all to rise for the ten bell salute. Huber’s wife and sons are front and center as we all honor his memory.
Jon Moxley speaks.
“I’ve never had a harder time coming up with words in front of a camera than right now. What more can be said about Brodie Lee that hasn’t already been said? But that’s the comforting part. To see the outpouring, the incredible outpouring from all over the world, from the fans that respected Brodie Lee, to all the people in this business that he touched with his presence, his smile, his sarcastic wit, his levity.” Brodie liked to stir the pot, get guys riled up, but all for fun in the locker room. That’s the kind of guy he was, he liked to bring joy to those around him. Moxley had the privilege of spending a decade with Brodie, on a journey from bingo halls to packed arenas and stadiums.
Moxley knows Brodie loved being a father and husband above all. This was just another job. Brodie told Moxley all the time that he was going to love being a dad, but Moxley said no, no, he likes being able to do what he wants. Staying up late, ordering Chinese food at 2 AM. But Brodie wouldn’t change it for the world. “2020 has hit us all hard over and over and over, some harder than others. But this, to give an analogy that I think Brodie would like, is like a pride soccer style kick right to the face to the pro-wrestling community.”
What Moxley has learned, when the calendar turns to 2021, that’s what pro-wrestling is. It’s a community. It’s not just a sport, it is a community. When the chips are down, we support each other and love each other. Men and women from all over the world, brought together by this one thing that we love. Tonight, we come together again to rage against the dying of the light, to celebrate a great human being whose legacy I hope inspires us all to be a little bit better of a person every single day. To appreciate the people we love around us every single day. To appreciate, stop and smell the roses, every single sunset, every sunrise, every day.” Every day is a gift, every day is special. Every day spent with Brodie are all the more special now. “I love you, brother, and I’ll never forget you.”
Chris Jericho joins commentary!
As he joins Excalibur, Jim Ross and Tony Schiavone, Jericho says “It’s gonna be a tough night but it’s going to be a cathartic night for all of us here and everybody watching at home,” as we celebrate the life of Brodie Lee. What a guy he was! Pump up the energy, this is for Brodie!
Six Man Tag: Colt Cabana & The Young Bucks VS #HardyParty!
BOOM BOOM teams up with the AEW World Tag Team Champions against Matt Hardy and his proteges in Private Party, all having worked with Brodie at some point both here in AEW and in other promotions. Everyone, especially in the Dark Order, is emotional, but this one’s for Brodie!
The teams sort out and Cabana starts with Isiah Kassidy. Fans rally for “Brodie! Brodie!” as these two circle up. They tie up, Cabana wrenches and wristlocks but Kassidy reverses. Cabana reverses back, whips but Kassidy reverses, only for Cabana goes up, around and rolls Kassidy. Kassidy gets up, things speed up, Kassidy hurdles but Cabana fakes him out to get a facelock! Kassidy resists the suplex but Cabana DECKS him with an uppercut! Fans fire up and Hardy coaches Kassidy to tag Quen. Kassidy does tag Quen, but Quen runs into a drop toehold! Matt slingshots for an elbow drop, Nick tags in off Cabana, and the Bucks double wrench and CHOP to then feed to Cabana’s haymaker!
Kassidy runs in but Cabana fireman’s carries to toss onto a GUT BUSTER! Nick holds Kassidy in place as Matt runs, NECKBREAKER BACKBREAKER COMBO! Hardy rushes in to throw hands, then he runs, into a TRIPLE DROPKICK! Hardy Party regroups but Nick whips Matt to WRECK them with a dropkick! Matt holds the ropes for Nick to FLY onto them all! Down goes Hardy Party and fans are fired up! Cabana is going for it, he ASAI MOONSAULTS! Direct hit and fans are fired up! Nick puts Quen in while fans cheer Cabana on. Nick runs into the corner at Quen for a SHINING WIZARD! Roundhouse! Elbow! But Quen shoves the bulldog away and Hardy CLOBBERS Nick!
Hardy tags in, he steps on Nick but the ref counts. Hardy lets off, whips Nick and then wraps him in a sleeper hold! Nick endures, reaches, but Hardy throws body shots. Hardy throws Nick down, sucker punches Cabana, but Matt avoids one. Nick runs in but Hardy dodges him, but Nick elbows back. Nick climbs, Matt tags in but Hardy CLUBS Nick! Hardy crucifix carries Nick but Matt SUPERKICKS Hardy first! Hardy flounders, Matt gives Nick a boost to dropkick Hardy down! Quen tags in but runs into a double hip toss! The Bucks handspring and double basement dropkick! Kassidy gets the headscissor dropkick combo!
Fans fire up as Matt goes back to Quen. Matt throws haymakers, clubs away with furious hands, and he shouts, “I’m on fire, baby!” Matt runs but Hardy trips him! Hardy drags Matt out but Matt ROCKS him! Matt SPEARS Kassidy down but Quen DIVES out to take Matt down! Quen drags Matt up, puts him in, and Quen rains down rights and lefts! Quen stomps away on Matt, drags him up, and then snap suplexes! Cover, TWO! Quen drags Matt over, tags Kassidy in and Private Party mugs Matt. The ref counts, Kassidy adds on until 4, then Kassidy brings Matt up. Tag to Hardy, Hardy rams shoulders in, and again, then ROCKS Matt with a right!
Hardy drags Matt up, whips him to the corner, and then throws more haymakers! Tag to Quen, they mug Matt, and Quen drags Matt up. Fans rally, Matt fights for his corner, but Quen shoves him to dropkick him down! Cover, TWO! Quen brings Matt back to feed to Kassidy’s boot! Tag to Kassidy, Private Party whips Matt for an atomic drop, enziguri and then a back suplex! Cover, TWO! Matt grits his teeth but Kassidy tags Hardy in. Hardy goes up and he gloats a lot before dropping an elbow into Matt’s ribs! Cover, TWO! Hardy brings Matt up again, but Matt fights towards his corner! Hardy clubs Matt, whips him to the corner, and tags in Kassidy.
Kassidy tags Quen, they hit a clothesline then another clothesline, and Hardy runs in, to get a boot! Quen stomps Matt in return, then Kassidy coordinates. Hardy tags in, they try the Hardy Party train again, but again Matt boots Hardy! Matt hops up to crossbody Hardy! Cover, Kassidy breaks it! Hardy gets up to keep Matt from his corner but Matt fires off hands! Hardy catches the haymaker for the SIDE EFFECT! Cover, TWO! Hardy fires up and calls for the Twist, but he tries to sucker punch Cabana! Cabana blocks and counter punches! Nick adds on, then Matt fakes Hardy out, to steal the Twist of Fate!!
Both Matt and Hardy are down, they crawl for their corners, hot tags to Cabana and Kassidy! Quen rushes in with Kassidy but Cabana dodges to QUEBRADA! A double direct hit! Cabana JABS away on Quen, flip, flop and fly, BIONIC ELBOW to Kassidy! Quen whips, Cabana dodges and tilt-o-whirls to headscissor! Cabana gives Kassidy a FLYING APPLE! Cover, TWO! Kassidy survives but Cabana goes to tag. Hardy yanks Nick off the corner! Kassidy waistlocks but Cabana bucks him, only for Kassidy to duck the Brodie Discus! Kassidy tilt-o-whirls but Cabana blocks the crucifix, only for Hardy to hotshot him down! Cover, TWO!!
Kassidy dropkicks Cabana’s legs out, tags Quen, springboard crossbody SPLASH! Cover, TWO!! Cabana survives again but Hardy is in. Hardy scoops Cabana for a slam, then he tells Quen to go to the corner. Quen goes up, Hardy has Kassidy go to the other corner. Hardy goes after Cabana’s legs but Cabana kicks him into Quen! And Nick shoves Kassidy down to the ramp! Nick SUPERKICKS Hardy! Nick gets help from Cabana, LUCHA LIBRE SUPER STEINER! Cabana tags Nick in, and Nick rallies on Quen with clotheslines! Fans fire up, Nick runs but Hardy trips him up! Cabana goes around but Hardy throws him over railing! And then he does the same to Matt!
But Nick PENALTY KICKS Hardy down! Nick shoulders into Quen, then slingshot FACEBUSTERS! Cartwheel MOONSAULT to Hardy! Nick goes up top, but Kassidy goes up, only for Nick to shove him away! Quen comes back, GIN ‘N’ JUICE!! Hardy is in, TWIST OF FATE! Kassidy goes back up, SWANTON BOMB! Quen goes up, SHOOTING STAR PRESS!! Cover, but Cabana and Matt break it!! Kassidy mugs Matt and Hardy has a chair?! Quen doesn’t want to do it this way, but Nick elbows Quen away! Tag to Cabana, he DECKS Hardy! Quen runs into a BIONIC ELBOW! Kassidy gets put out but he enziguris back!
Quen hoists Cabana up, but Cabana drags Kassidy up to join him! Matt SUPERKICKS Quen, Nick goes up behind Cabana, Cabana gives Kassidy CHICAGO SKYLINE! Matt gut wrenches Quen, Nick leaps in, INDIE TAKER!! SUPERMAN CLUTCH! Cabana and Bucks win!!
Winners: The Young Bucks & Colt Cabana, by pinfall
What a combination and what a victory! Brodie Jr- er, Negative One, is happy to see this first match of the night, but this is just the beginning!
Wait, that music. Is that The Acclaimed?! What’re they doing here? “Hey I got something to say about this Dark Order stuff tonight!” Uh oh, does he have a diss rap on Brodie’s faction?! SoCal Uncensored hurry out to throw them into the ring! No rapping for the Acclaimed, they get SUPERKICKS! And DOUBLE BIONIC ELBOWS! How’s that for a mic drop? Cabana truly strikes the Dark Order pose, will he carry on stronger than ever in Brodie’s stead?
Darby Allin speaks.
“The first time I met Brodie was when he debuted in AEW. And I remember going up to Sammy Guevara and telling, ‘I don’t care, I wanna wrestle that guy. That guy’s the number one person on my list I wanna wrestle.'” Darby was so excited to see Brodie Lee in AEW. Darby found out there was no ego in Brodie. He wasn’t here to take a spot, he was here to be part of the team. That was the biggest thing Darby cherished. Brodie wasn’t tearing anyone down but lifting everyone up. Just picking his brain between moments, there was so much knowledge he was willing to share with the young guys. “He was the man, by far. Number one dude I wish I could’ve wrestled.”
Six Man Tag: Lance Archer & The Dark Order VS The Fam!
The Murderhawk Monster joins forces with the Dark Order OG, Evil Uno & Stu Grayson as he goes against Eddie Kingston, The Butcher and The Blade. Will it be another strong win on behalf of Brodie Lee here tonight?
Archer gives an even greater tribute to Brodie as he wears an outfit reminiscent of Luke Harper. Kingston has a mic as he comes out and he shouts for the music to be cut short. “Brodie! I love you! I miss you! This is for you! BUT, now that all the niceness is out the way, the Dark Order’s nothing without him, and we’re going to prove it tonight, you cowards!” Well as much as we all miss Brodie, there’s no love lost between Kingston and Archer. The teams sort out, and Uno starts with Kingston. Uno is suspicious of Kingston’s knee pads so the ref checks, and Uno BOOTS Kingston down!
Blade gets in as the bell rings and now it’s just a brawl! Blade and Stu brawl, Archer throws Butcher out, and now Kingston finds himself getting mugged! Uno CHOPS Kingston, then snap suplexes him down! Archer scoop slam sentons Stu onto Kingston, then does the same using Uno! Fans fire up as Stu and Uno double suplex senton Archer onto Kingston! Uno drags Kingston up while Bunny Allie protests, but Uno throws haymakers and CHOPS! Tag to Stu, Archer rakes Kingston’s eyes, and the Dark Order mug Kingston! Stu stomps away and fans fire up with him!
Stu throws knees, whips Kingston, but Kingston reverses and distracts the ref as Allie trips Stu up! Blade runs in but Stu DECKS him, only for Butcher to CLOBBER Stu! Kingston gets Stu up as the ref has to keep Uno and Archer back. Kingston CHOPS Stu, then runs in to clothesline! Butcher tags in, Butcher runs in to splash Stu! Tag to Blade, Butcher feeds Stu to a POWERSLAM! Cover, TWO! Blade drags Stu up, CHOPS him, then CHOPS again! Blade whips, Stu reverses and now Jake the Snake gets to swipe! Uno hotshots Blade down and Stu hits a SCRAPBUSTER! Another shout out to Brodie!
AEW goes picture in picture as Stu bumps Blade off buckles and tags in Archer. Archer helps the Dark Order mug Blade, then Archer DECKS Blade and rains down haymakers! The ref counts, Archer lets off at 4 and is all fired up! Archer warns Kingston then tags in Uno. Uno CLAWS Blade’s chest then whips him to a corner. Uno runs in to clothesline, snapmare and then e goes up and up to SWANTON! Cover, TWO! Kingston is also there and he hits Uno, but the ref reprimands. Uno drags Blade up, whips him to ropes but Blade reverses. Uno hurdles over but Blade crossbodies Uno down!
Tag to Kingston, he clubs away on Uno, then CHOPS him in the corner! Kingston throws hands, then throws Uno out hard. Bunny gets her cheap shots in! Butcher drags Uno up, puts him in, and the ref again has to keep Archer back. Kingston stomps Uno, drags Uno up and taunts Archer, only to bump Uno off buckles. Blade tags in as AEW goes to break.
AEW returns as Kingston taunts Uno. Uno gets up and CHOPS Kingston. Kingston fires off palm strikes and body shots but Uno SLAPS him back! Kingston SLAPS Uno back! It’s a SLAP fight! They go back and forth, Kingston fires off more palm strikes, but the back hand misses! Uno ROCKS Kingston, ducks another back hand and then ROCKS Kingston, into a HALF ‘N’ HALF! Another Brodie favorite! Both men are down and the fans are thunderous! Kingston and Uno crawl, hot tags to Blade and Archer! Archer runs through Blade’s clothesline to DECK Butcher! Blade comes back to CHOP, but Archer doesn’t flinch! Archer eggs Blade on, Blade CHOPS, but Archer ROCKS him!
Archer hammerlocks Blade, ripcords him for a spin, into a CHOKE SLAM!! Blade writhes but Archer isn’t done with him! Another CHOKE- No, Blade slips out, boots back, but Archer ROCKS him again! Archer runs corner to corner to elbow Blade down! Archer knuckle locks and climbs up, to go Old School, for a MOONSAULT! Butcher gets in to BOOT but Archer BOOTS! Butcher uppercuts, runs, but Archer hits the DERAILER! Fans are thunderous again, Stu tags in and he coordinate with Uno. They combine for a pop-up COMPLETE SHOT! Archer adds a SPLASH! Cover, but the Fam breaks it up!
Archer goes after Kingston but is thrown out! Butcher throws Uno out, Kingston tags in, Butcher scoops Stu to feed to Blade’s KNEE! Kingston has Stu for a DDT! Cover, TWO!?! Stu survives and The Fam is furious! Kingston drags Stu over, tags in Butcher, and they double whip Stu. Stu ducks the clotheslines to DOUBLE PELE! Hot tag back to Archer! Archer crossbodies Blade! Archer puts Blade up top, inverted crucifix, BLACK- No, Kingston saves Stu! Archer DECKS Kingston, Stu tags in, and then Uno tags in. Archer ROCKS Kingston while Stu KNEES Blade! Stu triangle jump APRON DDT’s the Butcher!! Uno drags Blade up, Stu goes up top, FATALITY!! Cover, The Dark Order & Archer win!
Winners: The Dark Order & Lance Archer, by pinfall
The Murderhawk Monster got to get after the Mad King, and the OG got to honor their Exalted One! Archer feeds Kingston in so that Uno and Stu can each ROCK Kingston, and then Jake gives Kingston a SHORT-ARM CLOTHESLINE! What a night, and it’s not over yet!
AEW gives a video tribute to Brodie Lee.
Dax Harwood says, “To find someone who is infatuated with their wife and infatuated with their kids and doesn’t allow pro-wrestling to consume their personal life, sometimes that’s hard to find.” Brodie, Jon, he was the most genuine human being in wrestling. Arn Anderson noted that at a live event, you’d look over and it’s Brodie, Junior and Amanda laughing and having a blast, and the show hadn’t happened yet. Cabana notes that between taping Dynamite and Dark, Brodie was always so quick to get home, but that was what his family meant to him.
For the last several months, referee Bryce Remsberg and Brodie got to reconnect and hang out and it was like they’d never missed a beat. That’s just how wrestling goes. But instead of talking about wrestling, they’d talk about their kids and wives. If there were a Mount Rushmore of dads in wrestling, Brodie would be right on it.
Six Man Tag: Hangman Page, Alex Reynolds & John Silver VS The Inner Circle!
The Good, the Bad & The Hungy ride again, and for a very noble reason. Will they win big for Brodie against a united(?) faction in MJF, Santana and Ortiz?
Silver wears a recreation of Brodie’s Exalted One wrestling gear, but MJF has apparently been made an honorary Boricua badass. And in honor of Brodie, the Beaver Boys throw the papers at Proud ‘n’ Powerful! MJF keeps Santana and Ortiz calm, the trios sort out, and MJF starts with Hangman in a rematch from the inaugural Dynamite Diamond Ring match. Hangman shows off some papers! MJF kicks him there! MJF whips, Hangman reverses to drop and hurdle, but MJF holds ropes. Hangman dodges and throws the papers at MJF! MJF bails out as fans fire up, and MJF gets in Negative One’s face?! MJF is always a jackass but this is uncalled for.
MJF tags Ortiz, Hangman tags Silver, and Silver headlocks Ortiz. Ortiz powers out, Silver runs him over, and things speed up. Silver sees Ortiz running past and stops himself, to hurdle over and tilt-o-whirl to arm-drag! Ortiz flounders, Silver whips him corner to corner but Ortiz goes up and over. Ortiz gets Silver for a backbreaker, holds on and waistlocks. Santana tags in, O’Conner roll and Santana springboard crossbodies! Santana keeps on Silver with a BOOT, then whips him to ropes. Silver reverses, ROCKS Santana with a right, then tags in Reynolds. Reynolds slingshot sunset flips, ONE, but things speed up and Reynolds elbows Santana down!
Reynolds smooths his elbow, drops more elbows, TWO! Reynolds whips, Santana reverses, but Reynolds elbows him away. Reynolds goes up but Santana SUPERKICKS the legs out, for a DRAPING NECKBREAKER! Sammy Guevara cheers the Inner Circle on as Santana drags Reynolds up. Snap suplex, uno amigo! Dos amigos! Santana brings Reynolds up, Ortiz tags in, and they hit THREE AMIGOS together! Cover, TWO! Ortiz dropkicks Reynolds to the corner, tags in MJF, and MJF hops up to DUMDUM STOMP the arm! Cover, ONE, but MJF keeps on Reynolds. Ortiz tags back in, and CLAWS Reynolds’ back!
Fans rally up but Ortiz DECKS Silver! Ortiz claws Reynolds but runs at Hangman only for Hangman to ROCK him! Reynolds back drops Ortiz, hot tags to MJF and Hangman! Hangman rallies on MJF, whips him to a corner but MJF reverses. Santana runs in but Hangman ROCKS him, then BOOTS MJF. Hangman runs, triangle lariat for Santana! Hangman dodges MJF to scoop and FALL AWAY SLAM! Kip up to PLANCHA onto Santana! Hangman’s right back in and they double clothesline! Hangman CLOBBERS MJF on the second try! Fans fire up with The Cowboy as he goes to the apron.
Hangman aims at MJF as MJF slowly rises. BUCK- No, MJF bails out! Ortiz sneaks in with Santana, they double lift Hangman and MJF gets in, NECKBREAKER SLAM COMBO! MJF blasts the Dark Order off the corner then covers Hangman, TWO!! MJF drags Hangman up, bumps him off Santana’s boot, then tags Santana in as AEW goes picture in picture.
Santana CHOPS Hangman, but Hangman turns it around to CHOP. Santana turns it back around, digs his fingers into Hangman’s face, but lets off at the ref’s count. MJF and Ortiz get cheap shots in on Hangman! Santana tags in, he and Ortiz double whip, and they double elbow Hangman down! Senton to the step-up senton! Ortiz runs and drops the headbutt! Cover, TWO! Ortiz keeps his cool, drags Hangman back over and tags MJF back in. MJF brings Hangman in but Hangman resists the suplex. MJF throws body shots, gets Hangman up and holds him up, for a count of 10! Cocky cover of just a finger, TWO!
Hangman hits MJF back with forearms but MJF hits him back. Tag to Santana, MJF scoop slams Hangman for Ortiz to again be a step stool for Santana’s standing moonsault! Cover, TWO! Santana drags Hangman up, Hangman throws body shots but Santana CLUBS him down. Tag to Ortiz, and Ortiz CLAWS Hangman again! The ref reprimands but Ortiz just digs his claws into the shoulders! Hangman fights up and fights out, but Ortiz throws him by his hair! Ortiz taunts the Dark Order then drags Hangman up to tag in MJF. MJF goes up and drops ax handles on Hangman.
AEW returns to single picture and MJF runs to hit the Dark Order off the corner. Hangman CHOPS and CHOPS but MJF knees low. MJF scoops Hangman and slams him down! MJF flips off Negative One as he climbs up, and he leaps into Hangman’s BOOT! Fans fire up and Hangman crawls for his corner. Hot tags to Ortiz and Silver! Silver rallies on PNP! Silver even back drops MJF! Silver clotheslines Santana in a corner, then Ortiz in the other corner! Then back to Santana! Silver brings Santana along with a cravat, to snapmare slam him into Ortiz! Fans are fired up with Johnny Hungy, and Silver whips Ortiz.
Ortiz holds ropes, puts Silver out and shoulders him, then Ortiz goes to the corner, but Silver ENZIGURIS him down! Silver CANNONBALLS onto Santana! And he CLOBBERS MJF! Silver keeps moving, going up top and he leaps to crossbody Ortiz! Silver keeps moving to pop-up POWERBOMB Ortiz! Cover, TWO!! Ortiz rolls out but Santana slips in to roll Silver, for a CUTTER! Reynolds gets in to swing on Santana but Santana dodges, only to run into STMOPS! Ortiz SPINEBUSTERS Reynolds but Hangman ROLLING ELBOWS Ortiz! MJF wrenches and WRINGS Hangman into buckles!
Fans boo as MJF aims at Silver but Silver spins him for a monkey flip into a DESTROYER!! Silver DIVES to take out Santana! Silver is back in and fans are thunderous! But MJF hotshots Silver, has him in the ropes, for the HEATSEEKER! Ortiz dead lift POWERBOMBS, swings into Santana’s KNEE! Cover, but Reynolds breaks it! The fans fire up again as the teams regroup. Wardlow gets in while the ref is checking on MJF, and he CLOBBERS Reynolds! But ERICK ROWAN shows up!? Brodie’s Bludgeon Brother is here and he’s going after Wardlow! Iron Claw SLAM!! The Redbeard just wrecked Wardlow!!
Wardlow and Rowan brawl into the back and fans are loving it! Ortiz runs in but Silver dodges to gamangiri! Rolling elbow, enziguri, STUNNER, GERMAN!! The Beaver Blitz, to the BUCK SHOT! Cover, but MJF helps Ortiz get a ropebreak! MJF gets in Negative Oen’s face again, and takes his mask away?! So Brodie Jr. gets a kendo stick to SMACK MJF! Hangman PLANCHAS MJF down! Ortiz flounders in, and he’s all alone against the cowboys! Silver gives a shout out to Brodie before the DISCUS!! Cover, Hangman and the Dark Order win!
Winners: Hangman Page & The Dark Order, by pinfall
And so much emotion pours out with this victory! Rowan has a card, “Goodbye for now, my brother. See you down the road.” What a way to honor Brodie.
Eddie Kingston speaks.
“Brodie, Jonny, I’m gonna miss you. I’m gonna miss you busting my balls. I’m gonna miss yelling at you when you had that stupid jacket and calling you Harry Potter, and you telling me that you’re rich. I’m gonna miss you believing in me when I didn’t believe in myself. I wanna tell Brodie Jr. and the little rhino, your father’s not gone. As long as you’re alive and you remember him and you remember his teachings, he’s never gone. Your father wasn’t just a warrior in the ring, he was a warrior outside of it. And when I mean a warrior outside of it, I mean he took care of his family. Many men don’t do that nowadays. Your father took care of you and loved you. From the day you both were born, he loved you so much.”
Anna Jay & Tay Conti VS Britt Baker w/ Rebel & Penelope Ford w/ Kip Sabian & Miro!
The Star of the Show was transformed into a Queenslayer thanks to Brodie’s support. And that transformation helped Jay & Tay impress so many in the AEW Women’s Tag Cup tournament. Will Jay & Tay steal the show to honor his memory?
AEW returns as the Doctor and Superbad Bride-to-Be make their entrances. The teams sort out and Jay starts with Britt. They circle, tie up, and then break. They go again, Jay headlocks and hits a takeover, but Britt headscissors and squeezes. Britt underhooks the arms, flips Jay over, cover, ONE! Jay headlocks again, Britt wrenches out and hammerlocks for a takedown to a cover, TWO! Britt keeps on the arm, Jay rolls and wrenches to another headlock, but Britt powers out. Jay runs Britt over, things speed up, and Jay dodges to whip, but Britt reverses. Jay gets around, wants the sleeper but Britt scrambles away! Tag to Penelope but Jay is ready to hit a COMPLETE SHOT!
Jay puts Penelope in the corner, hits an elbow and tags in Tay. Tay whips Jay in to clothesline! Jay whips Ford into Tay’s LARIAT! Cover, TWO! Tay drags Ford up but Ford SLAPS her! Tay scowls to fires off forearms! Ford reaches for Britt but Tay throws her around with sayanagis! Ford ducks the buzzsaw but not the heel kick! Cover, TWO! Tay whips Ford, Kip distracts and Ford holds ropes, Britt sneaks in to BOOT Tay! Britt gets away with it and Ford GERMAN SUPLEXES Tay! Cover, TWO! Fans cheer but Ford drags Tay away to the corner. Tag to Britt and Britt brings Tay around to cravat and throw knees!
Britt underhooks and butterfly suplexes Tay down! Britt kicks Tay to the apron then goes out to follow her. Tay blocks the kick but Britt reels her in to stomp! Rebel gets a shot in and then sets Tay up for Ford’s knee drops! Britt covers, TWO! Britt is annoyed but she drags Tay over to tag in Ford as AEW goes picture in picture.
Ford pushes Tay around, puts her on ropes and chokes her! The ref counts, Kip gives Ford a kiss before she lets off at 4. Ford brings Tay around to whip to a corner, then she CLOBBERS Tay from behind! Cover, TWO! Ford drags Tay away from Jay, then scuffs her with her boot. Ford keeps giving those toying kicks, and drags Tay up, but Tay drags Ford down to a cover! TOW, and Ford BOOTS Tay down! Ford drags Tay back to bump her off buckles, and she throws elbow after elbow in! Britt tags in, brings Tay around to snap suplex! Britt smiles before she covers, TWO! Britt keeps on Tay with a half straitjacket, but Tay endures and fights her way up.
Britt drags Tay back but Tay rolls to a cover, ONE! Britt still has the straitjacket on and she reels Tay out to CLOBBER her! Tag to Ford, and they put Tay in the corner to stomp away! The ref counts, but Tay fires back on Ford! Tay ROCKS Ford, but Ford throws forearms back! Ford brings Tay around to fireman’s carry and pop her up for a GUTBUSTER DROP! Cover, TWO! Tay survives and Ford grows frustrated. Ford drags Tay again but Tay kicks her away as AEW returns to single picture! DOUBLE BOOTS take both women down! Fans fire up as a standing count begins, and the two crawl for their corners, hot tags to Jay and Britt!
Jay rallies on Britt with big clotheslines! Then a mule kick to the legs, and a BASEMENT BLOCKBUSTER! Fans fire up for Jay and she runs in to HEEL KICK Britt down! Jay runs side to side to hip attack Ford then rolling KICK Britt! Ford gets in to BACKSTABBER on Jay! Tay SLAPS Ford to swing her for the SLAM! Britt runs at Tay to SLINGBLADE! Britt drags Jay up, fisherman but Jay slips out to HOOK KICK! Jay strikes the pose, gives a shout out to Brodie, but Britt CLOBBERS Jay! Britt brings Jay in, fisherman NECKBREAKER! Cover, TWO!! Jay survives and Britt is stunned!
Britt clamps onto Jay’s jaw, drags her up and throws forearms! Jay wobbles but stay sup. Britt whips, Jay reverses but Ford tags in! Britt gets Jay for a buckle shot! Ford is up top, FLYING BLOCKBUSTER! Cover, TWO!?! Jay survives and now Ford is furious! Fans rally behind Jay and she crawls but Ford stays between her and Tay. Ford runs, handsprings, but Jay catches the stunner for the QUEENSLAYER!! Tay intercepts Britt and DECKS her! Rebel gets on the apron but Tay yanks her down! Ford taps, Jay & Tay win!
Winners: Anna Jay & Tay Conti, by submission
Jay & Tay win big for Brodie! Will these BFF’s hang tough into the new year?
Tony Schiavone goes to the ring.
Britt Baker wanted Schiavone to be here because she is bringing up the conspiracy theory! The match was rigged! Jay is rigged! Tay is rigged! This is one big rig. Wink wink, shout out to Brodie. But here comes THUNDER ROSA! This isn’t rigged! Rosa wants Britt’s face but Rebel gets in after Rosa! Referees hurry to separate these ladies, but is it only a matter of time before Rosa and Britt battle it out?
Chris Jericho speaks.
“I had the pleasure of working with Brodie Lee, Luke Harper, 27 times. And I know this because Alex Marvez told me this morning. And one of those times was in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. I was in my room and I was looking at the ceiling, and there was this mark on the ceiling. I thought it was a bug at first, then I thought somebody had put a sticker up there, it was really annoying me. And Brodie came into my room to hang out, and I was telling him, ‘Look at this sticker on my ceiling. What is this? I hate it. It’s bugging me.’ And he told me, ‘That’s not a sticker, that’s the arrow pointing to Mecca.’ And I was like, ‘How do you know that?’ He was like, ‘Everybody knows that.’ I didn’t know that!
“And that sums up who Brodie was. A giant but very intelligent, very smart, very funny, a sarcastic sense of humor. Knew all of this trivia that he could just spew out of his mouth at any moment’s notice. He was also one of the best performers in the ring I’ve ever worked with. And I’m not just saying that because he’s gone. I believed in him, I helped bring him into AEW, and one of the small mercies about all of this is the last six months of his career, he proved to everybody what he knew he could be, which was a main event star. A legit money making star, a Pay-Per-View headliner.
“And I’ll end it with this. I have a dog, a silver Lab, her name is Oakley, she’s very angry towards strangers, very barking, not the friendliest of dogs. Jon came to my house, he walked through the door and Oakley came over and started licking his hand right away. Even she knew what a great person Jon Huber was. I love you, Brodie, and we’re gonna miss you, man. We promise we’ll take care of your family.”
Six Man Tag: Cody Rhodes, Orange Cassidy & Preston Vance VS Team Taz!
This is the Brodie Lee Jr. Dream Match! Negative One’s favorites are battling it out to honor his father! Will the American Nightmare, Freshly Squeezed and Number 10 be able to withstand the combined might of the Absolute, the Machine and the Powerhouse?
AEW returns as the Dark Order once again walks out to the ring. Then Cassidy walks out to give Junior a Sloth Style fist bump, and lastly, the Prince of Pro-Wrestling makes his entrance. The teams sort out and Cody hugs Bryce before the bell rings. Cody and Hobbs start, tie up, and Cody headlocks. Hobbs powers out, and Cody bounces off Hobbs’ shoulder! Cody gets up slowly, Starks wants in and Hobbs tags him. Cody drop toeholds Starks, Starks gets to a corner and baits Cody in to CHOP! Cody CHOPS, Starks CHOPS, it’s a CHOP fight! Cody CHOPS then whips but Starks goes up and over to dropkick Cody down!
Starks drags Cody up, whips him to ropes and shoulder tackles him down! Starks strikes his pose and fans boo but Cody hits the Rhodes Uppercut! Cody wrenches Starks’ arm, reaches out to tag Cassidy but Cassidy doesn’t reach out. Vance reaches out but Starks wrenches back. Cody wrenches Starks then tags in Vance. Vance has the fans rallying behind him as he and Starks circle. Hobbs takes a swipe then Starks sucker punches. Vance ROCKS Starks back, Starks headlocks but Vance powers out to run Starks over! Fans fire up more and Vance runs, but Starks stays low to then hurdle. Vance shoves and catches the wheelbarrow for a stun gun GERMAN!
Starks hurries and tags Hobbs in! Hobbs wants Cassidy, so Vance tags him in! Cassidy slowly gets in, fans rally for “Freshly Squeezed!” and Cassidy stares Hobbs down. Hobbs dares Cassidy to take him on in a test of strength, but Cassidy just puts his hands in his pockets. Hobbs shoves Cassidy but Cassidy unleashes the shoulders! But then Hobbs throws Cassidy down! AEW goes picture in picture as Cassidy kips back up!
Cassidy unleashes the shin kicks! So powerful! SWEET SHIN MUSIC! Hobbs just winds up, but Cassidy dodges! Cassidy goes for the Orange Punch but Hobbs dodges! Cassidy comes back to tilt-o-whirl but Hobbs blocks it! Hobbs swings Cassidy around and spins for a POWERSLAM! Taz is pumped up for Powerhouse Hobbs as he rains down rights on Cassidy’s head. Hobbs drags Cassidy up to CLOBBER Cassidy! Tag to Cage, and the behemoths stomp Cassidy together! Cage scoops Cassidy, uses him for arm curls, then TOSSES Cassidy overhead! Cassidy crash lands but Cage drags him back up to whip hard into the Team Taz corner!
Tag to Starks and Starks stomps Cassidy. Starks drags Cassidy up, whips him to ropes, and then tilt-o-whirl BACKBREAKERS! Cover, TWO! Starks drops knees on Cassidy’s back, then pulls him back with a chinlock. Cassidy endures, fights up but Starks scoops him and SLAMS him! Tag to Cage, and they stomp away on Cassidy. Cage drags Cassidy up as AEW returns to single picture and bumps him off buckles. Cage throws uppercuts, bumps Cassidy off more buckles, then tags to Hobbs. Hobbs throws body shots, brings Cassidy up and suplexes, to hold Cassidy for 10! Hobbs pushes Cassidy down and sneers, then tags in Cage.
Cage drags Cassidy back up, suplexes Cassidy, and now Cage holds Cassidy up for 10! And then walks around before dropping Cassidy at 15! Starks wants in on this and Cage tags in. Starks suplexes Cassidy, but Cassidy slips out before 5! Starks fights off the neckbreaker, but Cassidy suplexes Starks up and over! Cassidy hurries but Starks drags him away, only for Cassidy to kick him away! Starks hurries to get Cassidy but Cassidy kicks him away again! And again! Cassidy leaps over to hot tag Cody! Cody rallies on Starks with clotheslines, then has Starks corner to corner. Starks reverses but Cody goes up and over to SPINNING POWERSLAM! Cover, TWO!
Cody throws the weight belt away to the crowd for a free souvenir, and then he whips Starks. Starks reverses, Cage gets a cheap shot in! Cody and Starks both go for Brodie DISCUS! They’re both down and fans fire up! Starks and Cody rise as fans rally up. Hot tag to Vance! Number 10 rallies on Starks, then DECKS Cage and BLASTS Hobbs! Starks runs but into Vance’s arms for a POWERSLAM! Vance shouts out to Brodie, drags Starks up, and brings Starks up for a POWERBOMB! But Vance isn’t done, he has to BOOT Hobbs down first! Vance drags Starks up, whips but Starks slips off to shove. Starks dodges the boot to SPEAR! Cover, Cassidy breaks it!
Cassidy gets Starks up, Starks reverses to the Canadian rack, then pops Cassidy around, but Cassidy counters to a DDT! Cassidy kips up, but Hobbs CLOBBERS him! Hobbs elbows Cody but Cody SUPERKICKS back! Cage gets Cody for a knee, a wrench, and a DOWNWARD SPIRAL! But Vance BOOTS Cage, reels him in, INVERTED RAINMAKER! But Starks gets Vance for a TORNADY DDT! Cover, TWO!! Vance survives and Starks is shocked! Fans rally for “TEN! TEN!” and Vance rises. But Taz gets a chair! The ref reprimands but Arn has a chair, too! Arn and Taz are staring down at the ramp!
Cassidy gets in, throws off the elbow pad, and ORANGE PUNCHES Starks! Cody gives Starks a CROSS RHODES! Cody feeds Starks to Vance for a SPINEBUSTER!! Cover, the ref returns, Vance and team wins!!
Winners: Cody Rhodes, Orange Cassidy & Preston Vance, by pinfall
And what a big win it was for Number 10! His first main event and it was for a worthy cause! Will Negative One’s favorite become even bigger in the new year?
But wait! Team Taz and Taz’s son, Hook, aren’t done! They attack, Hook hitting Cassidy with an EXPLODER! Cage and Hobbs clobber Vance, then drag Cody up for a POWERBOMB! And then a POWERSLAM! But wait, the lights go out! The guitar plays, and it’s DARBY ALLIN! The Relentless AEW TNT Champion is here to remind Cage that they’re set for a battle! But wait, the lights go out again, and this time… “IT’S STIIIIIIING~!” The Icon and the Face of TNT are heading to the ring together! Team Taz regroups and retreats as Sting, Darby, Cody, Cassidy and Vance stand together and stare them down! When will Team Taz face all their enemies and face the consequences?
AEW returns with Cody in the ring.
“I read this memo the other day, and I was looking for a quote. Just something that would encapsulate somebody like Brodie Lee, and I came across this Samuel Johnson quote. ‘You can judge a man’s character by how he treats somebody who can do him no good.’ Over the past week, we’ve heard all these stories of all these different people, these degrees of separation, who were positively affected by Brodie Lee. There has never been a wrestler in every company, in every locker room, with every member of management to have that 1-to-1 connection, and that’s why everyone is affected so deeply. So in short, he was a beautiful man. And he leaves behind a beautiful legacy, and I want to introduce you to that legacy right now. Ladies and gentlemen, please welcome Negative One, Brodie Lee Junior!”
And as such, Brodie Lee Junior, with mother Amanda, go out to the ring with Brodie’s wrestling boots. Preston Vance and Tony Khan accompany them and Amanda hands the boots to Junior for him to place in the center of the ring. Cody puts a purple bandana on top of the boots to signify Brodie Lee Senior. And then Khan, tells Negative One that he and his family, the boots that were placed in the ring, represent his father, the greatest AEW TNT Champion ever. So to the Huber family, the TNT Championship for life. Cody helps Junior put the belt on his shoulder to hold onto under the spotlight. Khan thanks the fans for being here to honor not only a great champion but a great man. There’s no better way to end the night than with this, and they present a video tribute.
“I would like to take this opportunity to introduce myself. I am Brodie Lee, and I am the Exalted One.” From Rochester, New York, to all around the world, with wife and kids by his side through it all, whether it was in the Wyatt Family or the Dark Order, everyone he worked with had a smile on their face. Championships were great, but the love of his family was far greater, and that is something he will always have. #ThankYouBrodie, we will miss you.
What a great episode, with a great tribute from top to bottom for Brodie Lee. There will be no score on this because that’s not what tonight was about. Tonight was for Brodie, and that’s what AEW did. Mostly, as they did slip in some kayfabe for the sake of the New Year’s Smash the next couple weeks. Thunder Rosa going after Britt was the main example of that because Rosa still wants after Britt. But from start to finish, there was so much real emotion in all of the wrestlers, especially when Erick Rowan showed up to be part of the Six Man with Hangman, Reynolds and Silver. It is so great that Rowan was able to be part of this as he was the one who worked with Huber the most. I don’t know if this means Rowan will join AEW but this moment was still amazing to have.
The last segment with the family setting the boots in the ring, being given a TNT Championship replica, and the video was incredible stuff, I started to tear up for a second there. Brodie Lee was clearly a 10/10 guy.
Mitchell’s AEW Dark Results & Report! (8/16/22)
Powerhouse gets Dark!
It’s a baker’s dozen for Universal Studios!
AEW Dark continues in Universal Studios, and “Powerhouse” Will Hobbs looks to send a message to Ricky Starks through his opponent tonight!
- Ari Daivari VS Fuego Del Sol; Daivari wins.
- Willow Nightingale VS Robyn Renegade w/ Charlette Renegade; Willow wins.
- Serpentico w/ Luther VS Brock Anderson w/ Arn Anderson; Brock wins.
- Abadon VS Mafiosa; Abadon wins.
- Angelico VS Baliyan Akki; Angelico wins.
- Emi Sakura VS Renee Michelle; Sakura wins.
- Josh Woods VS Cobra; Cobra wins.
- Skye Blue VS Charlette Renegade w/ Robyn Renegade; Skye wins.
- Bear Country VS Axel Rico & Victor Iniestra; Bear Country wins.
- Kayla Rossi w/ Diamond Sheik VS Avery Breaux; Rossi wins.
- Cezar Bononi w/ The Wingmen VS Marcus Kross; Bononi wins.
- Rohit Raju VS Invictus Khash; Raju wins.
- “Powerhouse” Will Hobbs VS Blake Christian; Hobbs wins.
Great to see Abadon back in action, though I’m pretty sure she’s gotten even scarier since she’s been away… A lot of singles match-ups, a lot of easily called match-ups, but that’s par for the course on Dark. A bit surprised they didn’t just team up the Renegade Sisters against Willow & Skye, but maybe those matches are still connected. And while All Heart will lose to Powerhouse, you can beat Blake Christian will get to shine against the bigger Will Hobbs.
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It’s a Superbad return!
Penelope Ford returns to action in AEW as Dark: Elevation serves the leftovers from Dynamite’s Quake by the Lake!
- Tony Nese & Josh Woods w/ Mark Sterling VS Travis Titan & Arik Cannon; Nese & Woods win.
- 8 Man Tag: The Dark Order VS T.U.G Cooper, Drew System, Rylie Jackson & Adam Grace; The Dark Order wins.
- Serena Deeb VS Sierra; Deeb wins.
- Konosuke Takeshita VS Cezar Bononi; Konosuke wins.
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- Private Party VS JAH-C & JDX; Private Party wins.
- Penelope Ford VS Heather Reckless; Ford wins.
- The Acclaimed VS Justin Fowler & JT Energy; The Acclaimed win.
- Six Woman Tag: Hikaru Shida & ThunderStorm VS Emi Sakura, Marina Shafir & Nyla Rose w/ Vickie Guerrero; Shida & ThunderStorm win.
Great to see Penelope Ford is back in action. I wonder if Kip Sabian will make his in-ring return soon. Unless he wants to keep stalking Pac a little longer as the box man… Private Party is going to get a win as the warm-up for their AEW World Tag Team Championship match this Wednesday, and pretty much the entirety of The Dark Order is in action in that 8 Man Tag. Konosuke VS Bononi is going to be really good. Bononi is certainly the biggest opponent physically speaking for Konosuke to take on, so we’ll get to see how Konosuke handles that situation.
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