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AEW Dynamite results, live blog (Jan. 20, 2021): Dark Order Birthday Bash


Here's a place to check results and comment along with a new episode of AEW Dynamite, airing tonight at 8 p.m. Eastern on TNT.

Check out our Wednesday morning preview post to get caught up on what led up to, and what we're looking forward to on, tonight’s show.

This episode comes our way from Jacksonville, Florida, and is headlined by a celebration for -1’s birthday, and after teaming with Alex Silver, John Reynolds & Colt Cabana against TH2 & Chaos Project, Hangman Page will reveal whether or not he’s joining the Dark Order! Plus, the Inner Circle Tag Team Challenge, Cody vs. Peter Avalon, Jon Moxley in action, Kenny Omega “reflects on his dominance”, Sting congratulates Darby Allin on his TNT title defense, Penelope Ford takes on Leyla Hirsch, her best man Miro updates us on how things are going with his new butler, Matt Hardy & Private Party battle Matt Sydal & Top Flight, and more!

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Enjoy the show!


Mortal way of life, rapture of the earth. Lift up your heads in the day of his wrath. In the worst hour of life, looking into the eyes of death, extreme unction nears. Intensive incense is befooled, but me? I’m just here to liveblog this pro wrestling show, folks.

The show opens with the Dark Order making their entrances to celebrate -1’s birthday, lighting a birthday cake for him on the stage.

John Silver gets on the mic and talks up the idea of “Hangman” Adam Page joining before addressing the young man’s birthday and leading a singalong of “Happy Birthday.”

Chaos Project interrupt and Dr. Luther cuts a promo about how Dynamite’s looking more like a daycare center and rejects the notion that he looks stupid. They don’t like children, and they’re going to ruin Brodie Lee, Jr.’s birthday! Luther attacks, TH2 join the fray, the Dark Order brawl with them and Hangman makes the save with a dive into the crush!

“Hangman” Adam Page & Dark Order (Alex Reynolds, Colt Cabana, & John Silver) vs. Chaos Project (Dr. Luther & Serpentico) & TH2 (Angelico & Jack Evans)

A strong start nonetheless gives way to John Silver getting worked over by the heels. Luther with a butterfly suplex, the heat segment rolls on until Page tags in hot and cleans house! Adam eats a superkick from Serpentico but hits an overhead belly-to-belly suplex on him and Dark Order hit the ring to clear TH2 out! The match breaks down, Cabana with a diving Flying Asshole to take Serpentico out, Page with a fallaway slam on Angelico!

Dives to the floor, Hangman caps the bunch off with an Orihara moonsault! Adam hits an assisted senton with both Beaver Boys, Cabana makes the cover but Serpentico kicks out! Tag made, Beavers hoist him up, Dr. Luther makes the save! Serpentico rolls Reynolds through, superkick into a basement DDT, Evans with a 450 splash but Hangman breaks it up! Jack dumps him to the floor, but Adam powerbombs him into his own partner in the crowd!

Luther brawling Colt Cabana on the stage but Brodie Lee, Jr. saves him with a kendo stick shot and the Doctor goes face-first into the cake! Kick combo, Buckshot / German suplex combo, Reynolds with the pin...

“Hangman” Adam Page & Dark Order win by pinfall with a jackknife cover from Alex Reynolds on Serpentico.

Post-match, the Meat Man eats a handful of icing and Page heads to a corner to consider his decision.

-1 gets a kendo stick shot in on Serpentico and then berates the Dark Order because his birthday was actually three days ago, and he gives Serpentico his papers.

Silver gets on one knee and proposes er asks Hangman if he’s going to join the Dark Order. Page says he can’t, and the Dark Order’s “He said yes!” banner drops and confetti pops and Adam continues. He says he’s had a lot of fun the last few months but they forced him into it, and honestly he’s done the group thing before and it didn’t end well for him. He apologizes and leaves the ring glumly, taking a bottle of whiskey or such from Stu Grayson on his way out.

Commentary hypes up the rest of tonight’s show.

Maxwell Jacob Friedman and Chris Jericho are interviewed backstage.

MJF has his concerns, but Jericho reiterates that tonight’s match is going to make the Inner Circle even stronger, and we go to break.

Back from commercial, Tony Schiavone is in the ring, recapping last week’s TNT Championship match and introducing Sting.

Darby Allin also makes his entrance.

Sting says he sees a bit of himself in Darby and congratulates him on retaining the title. He says he didn’t come to intervene in the match last week, he was just trying to make it a fair fight.

This gets Team Taz interrupting on the tron, and Taz is apoplectic about Sting’s interference not being fair. He says they fight street style while his guys have been gentlemen, but he grew up in the streets and his men are street fighters. He wants to take it to the streets, and he puts the ball in Sting and Allin’s court. Sting whispers in Darby’s ear and he gets on the mic.

He tells Team Taz to be careful what they wish for, because it just might happen.

And so we go to break.

Back from commercial, we get a spot of hype for Dr. Britt Baker, DMD vs. Thunder Rosa at Beach Break.

Footage of the Young Bucks at an Elite meeting earlier in the week, being held at Kenny Omega’s house. Michael Nakazawa greets them and directs them through the house and into a room with an oil painting of Kenny and Don Callis, shirtless and jacked. Callis rolls up and says he bought it for Omega for his birthday, to which the Bucks point out that isn’t until October.

They take it to him for the bait and switch from last week and demand to know where Kenny is. Don says he was unable to attend and they’re skeptical. Callis says they’ve changed Omega’s phone number, and of course the Bucks didn’t get it and they don’t need it because they’re always welcome at Kenny’s house. Don wants to clear the air, seeing as they’re the three guys who love Omega the most.

Callis asks Alex Marvez to go and has Nakazawa take him and the camera guy both to the dungeon. Don takes the camera and asks how long the Bucks have known Kenny. 12 years, and he says that’s a big investment and they’re all very busy, so he writes them a check to compensate them for their investment in Omega’s friendship. They say they made that much last week, and Callis writes a second check.

The Bucks take offense to the attempt at bribery, and Don says they’re holding Omega back and Kenny won’t cut the cord, so he’s doing it. The Bucks say they used to work for Impact and they know the checks aren’t any good, and they back Callis out of frame. The feed cuts as we hear him groan in pain.

Cody Rhodes vs. “Pretty” Peter Avalon

Rhodes hits Cross Rhodes right away but doesn’t make the cover, getting distracted as Jade Cargill’s music hits and she makes her entrance. Avalon hits a low blow while referee Bryce Remsburg is distracted! Chops, unable to turn the low blow into a victory, drop down slap from Cody, up top, Peter cuts him off and climbs to meet him. Superplex from Avalon, he’s slow to capitalize and we get some brawling on the floor.

Back inside, Avalon in control and we go to break.

Back from commercial, Avalon heads up top for a moonsault but Rhodes rolls out of the way! Side headlock, shot off, drop down, Peter with a chop block and he dumps Cody out to the floor! Off the ropes, suicide dive sends Rhodes into the crowd! Back inside, off the ropes, Cody Cutter outta nowhere! Fired up, to his feet, whip across, forearm strike, lariat, reverse the whip, up and over, snap scoop powerslam from the grandson of a plumber!

Figure four leglock applied, Peter fights him but ultimately gives rather than being slapped in the face...

Cody Rhodes wins by submission with the figure four leglock.

We go backstage with FTR.

They cut a promo about needing the tag titles back and Jurassic Express roll up and I think we get Dax Harwood vs. Jungle Boy next week?

Jon Moxley makes his entrance to send us to break.

Jon Moxley vs. Nick Comoroto

Comoroto with a shove, Moxley headbutts him back and brawls him into the corner! More strikes in the corner, Nick with a powerslam in return! Overhead elbow, kicks in the corner, a backbreaker, staying on the hold but Jon wrenches his fingers to break loose! Biting his face, a knee lift in return, float over the slam, rolling elbow into forearm combinations but Comoroto catches him with an Ushigoroshi for two!

Sidestep the charge, Nick goes chest-first into the turnbuckles and is gasping. Chest kicks, suplex blocked, go-behind, shove off, German suplex using the big man’s momentum against him! Off the ropes a lariat connects but Comoroto fires up! Sleeper hold, trying to grind him down...

Jon Moxley wins by referee stoppage with a sleeper hold.

Post-match, Mox gets on the mic.

He says anything can happen on Wednesdays on Dynamite and things are getting crazy around here. He can’t keep track of who’s in Bullet Club, who’s the Elite, who’s from Impact Wrestling, and he doesn’t care. Kenny Omega thinks he’s gonna bring his frat brothers from Nashville to watch his back, but all he did was make it more fun and more interesting. Bigger brawls, more necks to break, more limbs to snap, and he loves it.

The bigger the mountain, the sweeter to climb to the top, and you can bring the whole city of Nashville here, you can bring whoever you want from Mexico or from Japan, the fact is all roads in professional wrestling lead through him.

Eddie Kingston is interviewed backstage with Butcher and the Blade.

He says he’s not going to prepare for Lance Archer next week, he’s just gonna fight. He’s been having a real hard time lately and he’s just gonna move on. Lance rolls up with Jake “the Snake” Roberts in tow and they bicker. Eddie promises Butcher and the Blade won’t be there and Jake gets in his face and tells him to hold it for next week.

And so we go to break.

Back from commercial, Alex Marvez tries and fails to interview Kenny Omega, who walks up to Don Callis in a locker room.

They exchange pleasantries and Omega asks him what’s wrong with his face, which is bruised. Callis begs off and says he doesn’t want Kenny to be upset or lose focus, but he inadvertently lets loose that the Young Bucks did it. Don runs Marvez and the camera crew off.

Matt Hardy & Private Party (Isiah Kassidy & Marq Quen) vs. Matt Sydal & Top Flight (Dante & Darius Martin)

Dante and Quen to start, right into the acrobatics. A dropkick sets off a chain reaction and Top Flight run Private Party off before tagging Sydal in. Corkscrew senton for two, Marq rushes to the corner but Hardy tells him not to tag out yet, he wants to see what he’s got. Quen tees off on Sydal, tag to Kassidy, clubbing blows, and Top Flight and Sydal lock tandem crabs on the Private Party lads!

Headscissors into a kick, springboard splash from Quen, only two! With Sydal isolated, we go to break.

Back from commercial, Sydal is still isolated, but he eventually gets a two-for-one Frankensteiner off and tags Darius in! Clearing house, back and forth with Kassidy, off the ropes for a Spanish Fly! Twist of Fate blocked, the match breaks down, Wolf with a suicide dive! Silly String blocked with a dropkick, Dante off the ropes for a leapfrog seated senton across the knees!

European Clutch for two, back suplex dropped into a wheelbarrow but Isiah counters and tags out to Hardy! Side Effect on Darius, one for Dante as well! Sydal off the top... CAUGHT INTO A SIDE EFFECT AS WELL! Quen with an enzuigiri to Sydal, only two, roundhouse kick in return, tag to Darius. Top Flight clear the apron together, charging strikes on Quen in the corner!

Set him up top, rolling Frankensteiner... NO GOOD! Private Party come back...

Matt Hardy & Private Party win by pinfall with a shooting star press from Marq Quen on Dante Martin.

Post-match, Hardy lays Sydal out.

Maxwell Jacob Friedman and Wardlow address the other two Inner Circle tag teams. MJF says Chris Jericho is their leader and what he says go, and that leads Sammy Guevara to get in his face and say if he had his way, a lot of things would be different. Max says they’ve been doing this for months and he respects Sammy for expressing his opinions and his thoughts but he wishes he’d see that he’s coming from a good place.

He wants to go out, get the match out of the way, and finish this, and he offers fist bumps. Ortiz and Santana take them, but Sammy refuses, saying they’re not there yet.

We get entrances for the next match, including Chuck Taylor dressed as Miro’s butler and billed as Charles Taylor.

Leyla Hirsch vs. Penelope Ford

Collar and elbow, struggling around the ring to a stalemate. Waistlock, standing switch, Hirsch with a leg pick into a waistlock, rolling Ford over and shifting to a front chancery. Reversed to a side headlock, into the ropes to break and Penelope kicks her knee out from under her! Punches and forearms, drop down, handspring countered into a cross armbar while we get some drama at ringside of Taylor refusing to trip Leyla up.

Hirsch slides to the floor and gets in Kip Sabian’s face, and that gives the Bad Girl an opportunity to kick her head off! Throwing Leyla into the barricade, and we go to break.

Back from commercial, slugging it out in the middle of the ring, Hirsch powers up with palm strikes, catches a boot, forces Ford into the splits and knees her head off! Deadlift German suplex, she’s fired up, boots in the corner, up top but Penelope trips her up! Sidestep the handspring, drop her with a lariat, but Ford gets back in it, some ringside business, pump kick and Kip holds her feet for leverage...

Penelope Ford wins by pinfall with a big boot and a helping hand from Kip Sabian.

Post-match, Miro calls Chuck Taylor into the ring and says people deserve an update. He can be very mean any time he wants, but he won’t, because he’s a nice guy, and he wants to take Charles as high as he can go. For that, he needs him to do one thing— grab the mic, look at that George Michael wannabe Orange Cassidy, and tell him that Miro is his best friend now.

Chuck gets it over with as quickly as he can and a despondent Cassidy walks away through the crowd while Miro tries to pal around with Taylor.

Backstage, the Good Brothers are beating Penta el Zero M down, throwing him into a loading bay door. Kenny Omega joins the fun while Don Callis directs traffic, Karl Anderson wraps an extension cord around Penta’s neck and chokes him with it! Grinding a boot into Penta’s face, clubbing him with it, and the beatdown concludes.

And so we go to break.

Back from commercial, commentary hypes up a Women’s World Championship #1 contender’s tournament, coming soon.

Sammy Hagar calls in to wish his new favorite tag team luck.

Inner Circle (Chris Jericho & Maxwell Jacob Friedman) vs. Inner Circle (Jake Hager & Sammy Guevara) vs. Proud-N-Powerful (Ortiz & Santana)

Guevara and Friedman to start, tag out to Jericho, circling, backing Sammy into the corner and breaking clean. Wristlock from Y2J, reversed, dropkick and a lariat sends Chris to the floor! Springboard moonsault fakeout into a taunt, flipping Jericho the bird! Hammering Guevara with chops, off the ropes, dropkick countered into a catapult, Hager with a big right hand for two!

Front chancery, Y2J powers out and tags Santana in. Jake in as well, drop down, duck a lairat, leg kick into a glancing dropkick, tag to Ortiz. Double whip into a double back suplex, Jericho tags in, double teams, springboard crossbody into a senton, into a moonsault... NOPE! And so we go to break.

Back from commercial, Jericho with chops on Guevara, a suplex, Sammy fires chops back of his own, and counters a bulldog into Proud-N-Powerful’s corner! Tags made, Hager runs MJF over and clears the apron. High-angle twisting spinebuster, fired up, tag to Guevara. Springboard Ace Crusher sends Max in where Ortiz can tag in on him! Dumping Y2J to the floor, looking for a shooting star press off the apron, he misses but hits a superkick on Jericho!

PNP cut him off back inside, stereo dives and commentary announces Omega and the Good Brothers vs. Mox and the Lucha Brothers as yor Beach Break main event! Corkscrew dive from Guevara, back inside, belly-to-belly suplex on Ortiz but Santana cuts him off at the turnbuckles! Climbing up top with him, jockeying for position, MJF gets under Sammy and gets Poison Frankensteiner’d for his trouble!

Guevara with a Spanish Fly off the top... ORTIZ KICKS OUT! MJF goes and gets the ring, Hager knocks him out, gets taken out by PNP but fires right back with a double lariat and the match is well and broken down. Running shooting star press from Sammy, no dice, whip reversed, powerbomb, Jericho with the tag, Lionsault... ONLY TWO! Double whip, double flapjack, Ortiz with the blind tag and PNP hit an overrotated back suplex on Y2J for two!

Chris catches him with the Codebreaker... NOT ENOUGH! Suplex reversed into a DDT, Hager tags in, hammer whip Vader Bomb, Sammy with a blind tag, senton atomico... ORTIZ BREAKS IT UP! Jake throws him to the floor, Jericho sends him to the floor, Sammy with a knee, Feast Your Eyes connects! Superkick staggers Santana, he gets MJF up, Wardlow gets knocked off the apron but Friedman is able to reverse...

Chris Jericho & Maxwell Jacob Friedman win by pinfall with a schoolboy pin and a handful of tights from MJF on Sammy Guevara.

That’s the show, folks.

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