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This week’s show is the second annual Winter is Coming special, and comes our way from Curtis Cullwell Center in Garland (Dallas), Texas. Hangman Page makes his first World title defense against The American Dragon, Bryan Danielson! MJF and Dante Martin battle it out for the Dynamite Diamond Ring, Hikaru Shida & Serena Deeb try to settle their bitter rivalry, Wardlow takes on Matt Sydal ... and more!
Come right back here at 8 pm ET when the Dynamite live blog kicks off once the show starts on TNT. It will be below this line here.
Enjoy the show!
AEW DYNAMITE RESULTS AND LIVE BLOG FOR DEC. 15
I was there in the back stage, when first light came around. I grew up like a changeling, to win the first time around. I can see all the weakness, I can pick all the faults, and I can liveblog this here pro wrestling show for you, folks.
The show opens with the intro video.
“Hangman” Adam Page (c) vs. “American Dragon” Bryan Danielson (AEW World Championship)
Staring each other down, Danielson hanging back in the corner, collar and elbow, struggling in the middle of the ring, Bryan breaks away and does some jumping jacks to show off. Test of strength, Dragon with an arm wringer to a hammerlock, fireman’s carry reverses and Page has his own wristlock.
Danielson rolls through and bridges out, pops him over, and he stands tall and poses for the crowd. Bryan ducks through the ropes to taunt Hangman, go-behind, Page sits down and reverses to a side headlock. Shot off, shoulder block, leg pick blocked, but again Dragon is a step ahead and does jumping jacks.
Again a wristlock, knees to the ribs, bending Page’s hand back but he kips up to reverse it! Into the ropes to force the break, a dirty break with a double chop and a shoving match breaks out! Danielson in the ropes to get some distance, closing back into the lockup, side headlock takeover from the champion.
Reversed to a headscissors, Dragon with a headlock of his own, same sequence and Adam lands a boot to send Danielson into the safety of the ropes! Offering a handshake, shoving Hangman when he refuses and Bryan goes hiding in the ropes again to block a leg pick!
Circling, arm wringer from the challenger, Page reverses to a side headlock, shot off, drop down, leapfrog reversed into a bodyslam! Big chop from Hangman, Danielson picks the leg! Deathlock the legs, dropping knees to the ribs, hooking the nose and taking the full five of referee Paul Turner’s count!
Another knee, Romero special applied, falling back into full extension and applying the rear chinlock before shifting to a Dragon sleeper! Adam punches his way out of it and takes every chop Bryan has for him! Headbutt, whip across, big chop but Page runs through it and hits a chop of his own!
Front chancery applied, Danielson blocks the suplex and turns him around in the corner for a big chop! Adam returns the favor and climbs up for mounted punches! Bryan returns with a leg pick, elbows and knees to tear Hangman’s knee apart, toehold wrenching away!
Spinning toehold into a modified figure four leglock, kicking away at Page’s knees, raining forearms down on the champion’s forehead! Uppercut sends Adam into the ropes, he comes off with a kick, back body drop to the apron and a big boot lands square but Danielson counters Buckshot with a forearm!
Off the ropes, Dragon runs into a big boot! Pulling himself up on the apron, Hangman with a triangle lariat and a plancha to the floor! Throwing Danielson back inside, Adam goes up top, but dives right into a round kick to the midsection! The smile playing across the American Dragon’s face, he drops more knees to the ribs!
Whip across, big kitchen sink knee, kicks to the back, a catapult puts Page into the ropes hard and Bryan follows it with uppercuts in the ropes! Kicks and chops, hanging Adam over the ropes, Dragon goes up top... GUILLOTINE KNEE DROP GETS TWO!
We go to break with Danielson setting up the overhead arm-trap elbows spot.
Back from commercial, Page closes in for chops in the corner, whip across, backflip up and over, crossbody caught into a fallaway slam and Hangman is fired up! Whip reversed, back body drop crotches Danielson in the ropes, springboard lariat connects! Off the ropes, suicide dive, takes Dragon out on the floor!
Climbing his way back up on the apron, Adam goes up top... ORIHARA MOONSAULT! Back inside, sliding lariat caught, Bryan with a crucifix for two! Hangman holds on, Danielson firing elbows to block, Death Valley Driver... SO CLOSE! Page with chops in the corner, setting Bryan up top and climbing to meet him.
Danielson slips out and crotches him on the ropes, overhead elbows in the turnbuckles but a back elbow knocks Dragon down! Hangman regroups and perches... NOBODY HOME ON THE MOONSAULT! Bryan with La Casita... NOT ENOUGH! Whip across, schoolboy for two, Danielson gets the omoplata on the kickout but he can’t get the facelock to complete the LeBell Lock!
Rolling sunset flip out of the Deadeye attempt, ankle pick into an ankle lock! He kicks Hangman in the ribs when he posts up on his hands to escape! Knees to the back, chops in the corner, running corner dropkicks... PAGE COUNTERS ONE TO A LIGERBOMB BUT CAN’T KEEP DANIELSON DOWN!”
He’s ready for Buckshot but Bryan sees it coming and rolls to the floor! Baseball slide cuts Dragon off, he goes up top for the Orihara... AND DANIELSON SHOVES HIM OFF THE TURNBUCKLE AND TO THE FLOOR! Posting him arm-first, wrists clutched, pulling Page into the post over and over!
Hangman’s busted open, his blood on Danielson’s hands, and we go to break.
Back from commercial, a bloodied Page pulls himself up the apron and gets whacked by a wrecking ball dropkick from Danielson! Diving knee off the apron follows, Bryan punching away at the open wound, throwing him up on the apron, knee drop across the head wound!
Posting the injured arm into the steel, drawing Page up, punching away in the turnbuckles, reminding referee Paul Turner that he has until five! Stepping on the back of Hangman’s head, the blood pouring from his wound, moving on to shoulder armbreakers, forearms and uppercuts, off the ropes but Adam catches him!
Danielson slips out, bridging German suplex, Cattle Mutilation applied in the middle of the ring but Hangman rolls to the ropes! To the apron, chest kicks but Adam dodges one and Dragon kicks the ringpost! Following up on it, shinbreaker into the ringpost!
Trapping Bryan’s foot on the barricade, Hangman kicks him to press the attack! Back inside, shinbreaker, spinning toehold, the champion has the figure four leglock applied! Danielson rolls to the ropes and again we have to go to break.
Back from commercial, both men down and out, Page gets caught by an enzuigiri and Danielson starts to fire up! Uppercuts for forearms, Dragon counters a powerbomb into a Hurricanrana and follows it up with a cross armbar! Little bit of struggle, Hangman counters with the powerbomb but Danielson holds on and rains elbows down!
Adam gets the ropes, Bryan with kicks, targeting the ribs, Page counters with a Tombstone piledriver... NOT ENOUGH! Up in the turnbuckles, trading vicious chops, Hangman climbs to join him and gets knocked down, diving knee to the arm! REGALPLEX FOR TWO! Setting him up in the corner, overhead elbows raining... THE BACK SUPERPLEX IS YOUR FIVE MINUTE WARNING!
Slow to capitalize, cover... HANGMAN PAGE KICKS OUT! Trapping the arm, overhead elbows, shifting gears into a seated armbar but Adam gets the ropes! Kicks to the head through the ropes, to the apron, Gotch clutch... PAGE REVERSES TO DEADEYE ON THE APRON AND DANIELSON CRUMPLES TO THE FLOOR!
Dragon pulls himself up on the timekeeper’s table, Page breaks the count and heads up top... AND BRYAN SIDESTEPS THE DIVE AND SENDS THE CHAMPION CRASHING THROUGH THE TIMEKEEPER’S TABLE AND WE GOTTA GO TO BREAK!
Back from commercial, Page gets a snap German suplex! Danielson with chest kicks, Hangman blocks one and goes for a lariat but his arm is too injured to get all of it! A second, Bryan shrugs it off, boot up to block, running kick to the arm! Back suplex lift puts Page up top, overhead elbows, looking for another back superplex but Hangman backflips out and lands on his feet!
A discus lariat puts both men down and out as referee Paul Turner issues the standing ten count! Both men back on their feet, trading forearms, running low and unsteady, Bryan falls to one knee briefly and fires off a couple headbutts! Uppercut, rolling elbow blocked, Hangman with a victory roll for two, reversed, still two!
German suplex, Page lands on his feet, rolling elbow! Danielson gives him on right back and then cuts off another elbow with a roundhouse kick! A buzzsaw roundhouse follows, cover... HANGMAN PAGE WILL NOT STAY DOWN! Less than five minutes remaining, Bryan says it’s time to kick his fucking head in!
Wrists clutched... AND HERE COME THE STOMPS! Danielson crumbles after about six of them, slap to the face, into the corner to regroup, beckoning Hangman to rise... BUSAIKU KNEE COUNTERED INTO DEADEYE BUT THE AMERICAN DRAGON KICKS OUT! Now Page rises and speaks of kicking heads in, grabbing the wrists!
Hangman with his own stomps to the neck, absolutely triumphant, he takes the elbow pad off and goes to the apron, fire in his eyes... BUCKSHOT COUNTERED INTO THE OMOPLATA! THE LEBELL LOCK IS ON! WRENCHING BACK, KNUCKLES IN HANGMAN’S EYES BUT HE’S CRAWLING, FIGHTING SPIRIT BLAZING!
DANIELSON WITH CROSSFACE STRIKES AS WE ENTER THE FINAL MINUTE! PAGE WITH PUNCHES TO THE LEG, TRYING TO REVERSE, GETTING HIS KNEES UNDER HIM, AND A CATAPULT SENDS DRAGON INTO THE ROPES! He skins the cat... HANGMAN CUTS HIM OFF WITH A LARIAT! TO THE APRON... BUCKSHOT! NO COVER, TIME’S UP, IT’S OVER!
The match goes to a 60-minute time-limit draw.
Holy hell, what a match!
Back from commercial, we get a promo from the SuperKliq (and Bobby Fish) running Best Friends down.
They propose an atomicos on Rampage and then the destruction of Sue’s SUV, and Adam Cole promises the best Christmas present ever on next week’s show.
Matt Sydal vs. Wardlow
Wardlow shoves Sydal into the corner, Matt comes back with leg kicks, Mr. Mayhem throws him into the corner and reverses the tijeras! Sydal slips out, roundhouse kicks, Wardlow ducks a lariat and catches a kick, reversing it into a powerbomb! More powerbombs, Shawn Spears tries to talk some sense into him and make him go for the pin but he goes for one more...
Wardlow wins by pinfall with the Powerbomb Symphony.
Post-match, Spears reminds him they don’t get paid by the hour and rains chairshots down on Sydal!
Then he picks up his phone and, after the call, informs Wardlow that he has to go pick up some champagne for Maxwell Jacob Friedman.
We get a video package for the feud between Penelope Ford and Tay Conti and we go to break.
Back from commercial, we get a Malakai Black video package where he talks about embracing the urge to violence and putting the House of Black before everything else. Through agony the House makes you stronger, he says, and he makes a disciple vomit black fluid before putting a necklace on him and promising that he’ll be more than just a King.
Hikaru Shida vs. Serena Deeb
Shida a flurry of violence early, throwing her kendo stick at Deeb and hammering mounted punches in the corner. Dropkick connects, springboard crossbody but Serena rolls through and gets a crossleg kneebar briefly! Hikaru in the ropes, big uppercuts, shoved away, sidestep the knee and Deeb trips her up!
Smashing her foot into the steel steps, ringpost figure four applied and we have to go to break!
Back from commercial, Shida raining punches down, enzuigiri, vertical suplex... NOPE! Up in the turnbuckles, Deeb with a hanging crab and Hikaru crumbles, clutching her knee! Hangman’s neckbreaker in the turnbuckles, powerbomb connects, Muta Lock applied!
Shida gets the ropes, Serena with a series of rolling neckbreakers but Hikaru counters a third with the Falcon Arrow! Throwing forearms, axe kick connects, powerbomb blocked, backslide, roll through, trap the arms, piledriver blocked, rolling through... HALF-CRAB!
Hikaru crawling for the ropes, Deeb drags her into the middle of the ring! Wrenching the leg, tearing the turnbuckle pad off over referee Aubrey Edwards’ objections, Shida blocks with elbows, folding press, reversed, no good! Duck a roundhouse, kick Serena into the turnubckles...
Hikaru Shida wins by pinfall with a jackknife pin.
Varsity Blonds are interviewed backstage.
They recount Malakai Black’s attack on Julia Hart and call him a coward. Griff Garrison promises to bring the fight to him, Brian Pillman, Jr. tries to talk him down, but Griff challenges Black to a match next week and we go to break.
Back from commercial, we get a recap of Hook’s debut from Rampage.
Eddie Kingston cuts a promo ahead of a ten-man on Rampage, calling 2.0 and Garcia out and saying he’s gonna tag with Proud-N-Powerful and Lucha Brothers and he’s gunning for Daniel Garcia specifically.
Maxwell Jacob Friedman makes his entrance and gets on the mic, taunting Texas for some cheap heat.
He calls CM Punk out for calling him out for going after the low-hanging fruit when he himself did ten straight minutes of “your local sports team sucks” last week. He says he doesn’t give a damn about the other young talent because he’s the only one that matters and he’s about to be a three-time Dynamite Diamond Ring champion.
He runs Dante Martin down for having the mic skills of Helen Keller on quaaludes and says he can beat him with a headlock takeover, because he doesn’t claim to be the best in the world, he just is.
Dante Martin vs. Maxwell Jacob Friedman (Dynamite Diamond Ring)
Friedman with a headlock takeover at the bell, Martin starts up and Max runs away! Front kick, side headlock, shot off, drop down, MJF with a stomp and the Fargo Strut! Dante comes from behind him, big right hands, headlock of his own, reversed, shot off, shoulder block!
Drop down, leapfrog, leapfrog, monkey flip from Martin into a dropkick! Dante fired up, slingshot in but Max runs away, clutching his mouth! Martin off the ropes, Friedman walks away, MJF tries to sucker him back in but he’s got it scouted and Max elbow drops nothing!
Up top, Friedman shoves him down and Dante crashes into the barricade! MJF yells at a fan who’s flipping him the bird and we go to break.
Back from commercial, Friedman lifts him up for a powerbomb, Martin reverses to a victory roll for two! Springboard, Max catches him with a powerbomb but puts his feet on the ropes and referee Bryce Remsburg won’t have it! Up in the turnbuckles, jockeying for position, Dante hits a missile dropkick!
Martin with a tope con giro over the turnbuckles, off the ropes... SPRINGBOARD SHOOTING STAR PRESS! Back inside, Dante with some forearms, lining him up, double jump but Friedman stumbles away, Martin with mounted punches in the corner, whip reversed, up and over, sunset flip for two!
Small package, no dice, headlock takeover, Dante reverses to a headscissors, a sunset flip, reversed, trading pinfall attempts but neither man able to win! Headlock takeover, trading pins, Max hits a Ligerbomb... NOPE! To the apron, Dante slingshots him in, Nosedive connects... BUT RICKY STARKS PUTS FRIEDMAN’S FOOT ON THE ROPES!
Dante draws him up but MJF puts him in Salt of the Earth...
Maxwell Jacob Friedman wins by submission with Salt of the Earth, claiming the Dynamite Diamond Ring for another year.
FTR come down to celebrate Max’s win with him but the lights go down!
Lights back up and Sting and Darby Allin are in the ring! They attack FTR and MJF and beat them down! The Pinnacle even the odds, CM Punk makes the save, baseball bat in hand!
He challenges the Pinnacle to a trios match next week!
That’s the show, folks.