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AEW Dynamite results, live blog (Dec. 22, 2021): Holiday Bash

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Here’s a place to check results and comment along with a new episode of AEW Dynamite, airing tonight at 8 pm ET 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 week’s Holiday Bash show comes our way from Greensboro Coliseum in Greensboro, North Carolina. CM Punk and MJF will be in the same match for the first time as Punk teams with Sting & Darby Allin to take on Maxwell Jacob Friedman and his Pinnacle teammates FTR in trios action. The first TBS Title Tournament finalist will be determined when Nyla Rose and Ruby Soho go one-on-one. We could see a debut or two as Adam Cole faces Orange Cassidy, and Griff Garrison goes after Malakai Black. Plus, Dr. Britt Baker & Tony Schiavone throw a Christmas Party, HUGE announcements from Tony Khan... 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!


I think I’m drowning, asphyxiated. I wanna break this spell that you’ve created. You’re something beautiful, a contradiction, but me? I’m just here to liveblog this pro wrestling show for you, folks.

Adam Cole vs. Orange Cassidy

Cassidy draws a line on the mat, Cole steps to him and does the “Adam Cole, Bay Bay!” which gets Orange to grab his hands and jam them into his pockets! Headlock takeover from there, Adam reverses with one of his own, pin counters, big arm drag from Cassidy, side press, no!

Another headlock takeover, reversals on reversals, Orange with an edge and eventually they stalemate! Shifting gears, trading wristlocks, Cole with a snapmare into a reverse chinlock! Reversed to a headlock, shot off, up and over, folding press for two! Cassidy trying for a pin, backslide right into a whip, reversed, up and over blocked, lungblower connects!

Cole follows it up with a hard whip, elbow up, boot up, cut Orange off in the turnbuckles with a palm strike! Jockeying for position in the turnbuckles, Cassidy shoves him down and follows it with a diving crossbody! Off the ropes, tilt-a-whirl DDT... NOPE!

Brandon Cutler comes down, Cassidy takes him out with a superkick, the Young Bucks are here and Best Friends even the odds! Orange dives into them and Chuck and Trent fight Matt and Nick back up the aisle! Adam throws Cassidy into the steel steps a few times but a sidestep leads Cole to put his knee hard into the steps and we go to break.

Back from commercial, both men are running low and trading strikes on their knees and to their feet, Cassidy flags but does not fail, throwing the lazy kicks! Duck under, superkick, Orange rallying but Adam is able to fake him out, roll-through, superkick! Cassidy goes for a suplex, Cole reverses to the brainbuster on the knee... SO CLOSE!

Fireman’s carry, Orange fights out, off the ropes he runs into a pump kick, suplex... STUNDOG MILLIONAIRE COUNTERS! Flair Flip, Cassidy off the top, diving DDT... ADAM COLE KICKS OUT! Cole hits an Ushigoroshi, basement boot, Panama Sunrise blocked, small package, Michinoku Driver, Orange Cassidy can’t end the match just yet!

Glasses on, Cassidy goes up top, hands in his pocket... ADAM COLE CUTS HIM OUT OF THE AIR WITH A SUPERKICK! PANAMA SUNRISE CONNECTS BUT A LAZY PIN LETS ORANGE KICK OUT OF IT! Drawing Orange up, kneepad down, off the ropes, Cassidy ducks... BEACH BREAK BUT COLE WON’T STAY DOWN FOR THREE!

Bobby Fish comes to ringside to run interference, jawing at referee Bryce Remsburg... KYLE O’REILLY IS HERE! AX AND SMASH! COLE OFF THE ROPES...

Adam Cole wins by pinfall with the Boom.

Post-match O’Reilly hits the ring and beats Orange down but Adam pulls him off and stares him down! BEST FRIENDS HIT THE RING BUT FUTURE SHOCK WORK TOGETHER TO CUT THEM OFF! Bobby Fish comes back to the ring and joins the run and reDRagon hold Taylor up for a superkick from Cole!

reDRagon take Trent Beretta out with a Total Elimination! The Young Bucks hit the ring and eyeball our newcomer with doubt and confusion. Cole leaves and Fish and O’Reilly hug!

They leave and we go to break.

Back from commercial, we get a highlight reel from Bryan Danielson vs. Adam Page last week.

Commentary announces that the rematch will main event the January 5 debut on TBS.

Tony Schiavone is in the ring to interview “Hangman” Adam Page.

Tony puts the match over and says, in his opinion, Page would have won with just a few more minutes. Adam says after sixty minutes, nearly totally spent, he was handed the title back and went backstage and thought it was funny that, in his three years here, he never felt like less of a champion.

The only thing he feels about that match is disappointment.

“American Dragon” Bryan Danielson interrupts.

He mocks Page and says the fans are who should be disappointed, because he kicked his ass for sixty minutes and if anyone should be champion, it’s him. But he’s not gonna come out here and cry about his feelings, no, they have a rematch and he’s gonna kick his ass again.

Danielson claims he hurt his leg a little wrestling John Silver but he’s not gonna make that mistake again, and in fact he’s not wrestling again until their rematch on January 5. But there’s another problem, in that if Page stalls for another sixty minutes they end up in the same position they’re in now, with the rightful champion empty-handed and this piece of cowboy shit in the ring with the title.

But he came out here with a solution— judges for if the match goes to a draw again. Page says it’s funny because he thought of all kinds of match stipulations, because Bryan dragged him out into deep waters and tried to hold him under, but in the final seconds, the ones that counted more, he swam, and if he had just three more seconds, he would have drowned Danielson.

But if we keep the time limit and Dragon wants judges that’s fine, let’s get some old guys some paydays, but make sure you pay them well in advance, because they won’t earn it. He’s come too far and spilled far too much blood and given way too much of himself for the title to have some prick sit at ringside and tell him he’s not good enough, that he’s a B+ player, that’s horse shit.

If the question is “Can Hangman beat the American Dragon in less than one hour” in two weeks, the answer will be yes.

We go backstage with Maxwell Jacob Friedman and the Pinnacle.

He thanks Shawn Spears for his assistance last week but berates Wardlow for not doing enough to protect him from Sting and company before deciding he’d rather blame CM Punk. He’s not worried about tonight because he and FTR are a family, which is something Punk doesn’t know about.

He and Darby and his creepy clown uncle aren’t going to be able to coexist because everything has to be about Punk and when it’s not, that’s when the real CM Punk comes to play. The fact is inside his ring, CM is rustier than Darby’s knife he uses to skin animals and the nice guy mask is slipping, and when Punk decided not to shake his hand, he chose early retirement.

Dax Harwood says he had no problem with Punk until he threatened his family, and you’re looking at the three kings of pro wrestling and he doesn’t have the balls to kill a king. They are the absolute best unit in the world because when you’re Pinnacle, you’re always on top.

Wardlow will be in action, after the break.

Shawn Dean vs. Wardlow

Collar and elbow, Wardlow shoves him down and immediately hits a powerbomb! Another powerbomb, a third, rolling him through over Shawn Spears’ complaints...

Wardlow wins by pinfall with the Powerbomb Symphony.

Post-match, Spears attacks Dean with a steel chair!

We get a video package for Cody Rhodes vs. Sammy Guevara on Christmas.

Dan Lambert cuts a promo in the crowd, flanked by the Men of the Year.

He quotes some Shakespeare and speaks of the responsibility to justice on the behalf of leaders such as himself. He runs the largest and most successful MMA gym on the planet and tries to make the most deserving the most successful, but Tony Khan runs on the buddy system— if you’re his buddy, you get every chance to shine, but if you’re not, you get opening matches and vignettes your whole career.

He talks up Scorpio Sky and “All Ego” Ethan Page’s credentials and says his only concern is that one of his guys gets the next TNT Championship match, and they’re not gonna need any help from the owner of the company to bring the title back to American Top Team.

Tony Schiavone is backstage with Team DMD for a Christmas party.

He mentions that Dr. Britt Baker, DMD has never beaten Riho, but she points out she’s bigger, stronger, the champion, and has Jamie Hayter on her side. She built this division from the ground up and she’s the pillar of the division, and Riho isn’t going to dethrone her.

Commentary promises us a special look at the Owen Hart Cup tournaments, after the break.

Back from commercial, we get an Owen Hart video package.

Commentary informs us that the two memorial tournaments will be run to conclude at Double or Nothing next year.

Nyla Rose vs. Ruby Soho (AEW TBS Championship Tournament Semifinals)

Rose right in with kicks, body blows with her arms trapped in her jacket, more punches to the ribs follow! Crossface strikes, Soho’s arm still stuck in her jacket and they finally get it off of her! Ruby with chops and forearms, stomp to the foot, rolling solebutt, off the ropes, Nyla swats a crossbody away!

Putting boots to her, fishhook the nose, smashing Soho into the turnbuckles, bieling her across the ring! Off the ropes, Soho with a tilt-a-whirl into a keylock, reversed into a Rock Bottom! Drawing Ruby up, Beast Bomb blocked but she lands a lariat and dumps Soho to the floor!

Diving double axehandle, clawing at her face, Ruby fires back with chops, front kick to block, Nyla tries and fails to smash her face into the turnbuckle! Soho with repeated headbutts, Vickie Guerrero pulls her client out of the way and sends Ruby spiraling into the steel steps as we go to break!

Back from commercial, Soho with some kicks, Rose to the floor to get a chair but Ruby dropkicks it into her off of the apron! Back inside, Guerrero runs interference, Soho hung up on the top rope, Nyla hits the diving knee... NOPE! Jockeying for position, Ruby with a standing Dragon sleeper, Vickie runs interference again and this time Soho clocks her with a gamengiri!

Rose with the Beast Bomb... RUBY SOHO KICKS OUT! Out of the corner...

Ruby Soho wins by pinfall with No Future.

Commentary hypes up the rest of tonight’s card and we go to break.

Back from commercial we get a video package where Serena Deeb claims Hikaru Shida cheated her way to a tainted victory and she’s never been decisively beaten, and the feud will continue until she’s satisfied.

Griff Garrison vs. Malakai Black

Garrison charges right into a roundhouse kick from Black! Malakai off the ropes, he stops short and heads to the floor to confront Brian Pillman, Jr. but Griff dives on him! Throwing him back inside, fired up, right hands, a wicked elbow to the ear but Black cuts him off with leg kicks!

Legscissors into a heel hook, Garrison makes the ropes! Griff with another hard elbow, Black overwhelms him into the corner with strikes, chest kicks, knocking him down, pick the leg and Griff blocks with another elbow! Whip blocked, Garrison slings him neck-first into the second rope and both men end up down with referee Rick Knox doing the standing ten-count.

Boot up in the corner, rolling elbow, Black staggers him, goes low with an ankle pick into an Achilles Lock...

Malakai Black wins by submission with an Achilles lock.

Post-match, Black takes Pillman out with Black Mass!

And so we go to break.

Back from commercial, we get a recap of last week’s Rampage, specifically the aftermath of the ten-man with Jurassic Express and Lucha Brothers squaring up.

“Big Money” Matt Hardy is backstage with Private Party.

He congratulates Jurassic Express on being #1 contenders, but he wants his boys to be #1 contenders, so on Rampage on Christmas, his boy Isiah Kassidy is gonna pound Jungle Boy’s ass and take away his contendership.

Jungle Boy disputes that Kassidy is going to pound his ass on Christmas, and instead is going to shove a lump of coal up Isiah’s ass and make him spit diamonds.

Commentary hypes up the next couple weeks of shows.

CM Punk, Darby Allin, & Sting vs. the Pinnacle (Cash Wheeler, Dax Harwood, & Maxwell Jacob Friedman)

Punk and Friedman to start, circling, and of course MJF bails and tags out to Harwood. Dax finds himself in the corner, collar and elbow, headlock takeover from Harwood, another one, headscissors reversal and a shoving match breaks out. Trading hard slaps, the teams circle their wagons and the match almost breaks down.

Headlock, shot off, drop down, hip toss, another one, CM with a wristlock, tags made to Wheeler and Allin. Darby floats over, dropkick, arm drag, arm wringer, wristlock, shoved away, into the corner. Tag to Max, tag to Punk, MJF runs away full-speed and tags out!

Cash legal, test of strength, arm wringer, wristlock, reversed, and CM tags Sting in! Sting takes the arm over, repeated arm wringers, whip reversed, legsweep, Wheeler drops to the floor and the Pinnacle regroup on the floor. Hanging Sting over the top rope, tag to Max, the Icon has ahold of him and blocks the tag!

Short-arm lariat, tag to Punk but MJF bails again and the two of them run all the way up the stairs and to the concourse! Running back down the stairs, back to the ringside area, tag to Harwood! The two teams square up on the floor and Darby takes the Pinnacle out with a suicide dive as we go to break!

Back from commercial, Allin is in trouble as FTR work quick tags. Wheeler Hot Shots him all the way to the floor, Harwood whips him into the barricade and Friedman puts boots to him! Back inside, Dax with a falling headbutt, tag made, FTR headbutts to the kidney, MJF in with a bottle of water in hand and he spits it at Punk, using the distraction to choke Darby!

Snapmare into a side headlock, clawing at Allin’s face, scoop and a slam and a tag to Dax. Quick tags as the heat segment rolls on, Darby with a body slam and the path is clear! Tag to Sting, he cleans house with rights and lefts, smashing Harwood face-first into the turnbuckles over and over and back body dropping Wheeler! MJF gets a spinebuster from the Icon!

Stinger Splashes follow, pick the leg, Scorpion Deathlock but Cash Wheeler runs interference and Max clobbers Sting with a right to break the hold! Cover from Harwood gets two and we go to break.

Back from commercial, Sting bodyslams Harwood but his legs give out on him before he can make the tag! Friedman tags in and puts Sting into the ropes but he counters with a facebuster! Falling headbutt to the gentleman’s area! Tag made, Punk in hot with leg lariats for everybody, corner knees set up a bulldog / lariat combination!

CM off the ropes, suicide dive wipes Dax out! Off the top with a crossbody, cover... NOPE! Calling for it, fireman’s carry on Wheeler, Harwood pulls him out of it and Punk fights them off with kicks and a neckbreaker that gets a nearfall! CM and Dax jockeying for position in the turnbuckles, Cash tags in... POWERPLEX! PUNK KICKS OUT!

Darby takes Wheeler out, Punk with the O’Connor roll on Dax for two! CM and Harwood down and out, trading forearms on their knees and to their feet, Go to Sleep blocked, Big Rig... STING BREAKS IT UP! MJF slides in, hooking Sting and hitting a DDT but the Icon pops back up and crotches him on the middle rope!

A hip toss sends Friedman over the ropes and crashing into FTR! The Icon goes up... SIXTY-THREE YEAR OLD STING WITH A PLANCHA OFF THE TOP AND TO THE FLOOR! Back inside, Go to Sleep connects, Scorpion Death Drop, Allin off the top with the Coffin Drop...

CM Punk, Darby Allin, & Sting win by pinfall with a lateral press from Punk on Dax Harwood.

Post-match, the babyfaces stand tall while MJF complains to commentary that CM Punk was dodging him.

That’s the show, folks.

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