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AEW Dynamite results, live blog (Dec. 29, 2021): New Year’s Smash

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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 New Year’s Smash show is the last Dynamite on TNT, and comes our way from the familiar confines of Daily’s Place in Jacksonville, Florida. Jim Ross returns to the announce desk, and Kyle O’Reilly makes his in-ring debut teaming with Adam Cole & Bobby Fish against Orange Cassidy, Chuck Taylor & Trent? Beretta. Ruby Soho’s opponent for the TBS championship will be set after Jade Cargill battles Thunder Rosa in a tournament semi-final bout. Eddie Kingston, Santana & Ortiz take on Daniel Garcia & 2point0... 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!


With her killer graces and her secret places that no boy can fill. With her hands on her hips, oh and that smile on her lips because she knows that it kills me, but first, I have to liveblog this here pro wrestling show for you, folks.

The show opens with the intro video.

Jim Ross gets his entrance on TV as he returns to the commentary booth having beaten cancer.

Christian Cage, Jurassic Express (“Jungle Boy” Jack Perry & Luchasaurus), & Lucha Brothers (Penta el Zero M & Rey Fenix) vs. FTR (Cash Wheeler & Dax Harwood) & Hardy Family Office (Isiah Kassidy, Marq Quen, & “Big Money” Matt Hardy)

Wheeler and Cage to start, feeling out with a little bit of light mat grappling, early Killswitch attempt blocked but a flapjack connects and Christian takes him into the corner for mounted punches! Tag to Perry, off the ropes, double hip toss and Cash tags out to Harwood!

Into the corner, body blows, Jungle Boy turns him around for chops and then drops him with a series of elbows and a dropkick! Dax on the wrong side of town, getting punched, tag to Cage, arm wringer into a whip, uppercut, whip across but Christian gets a front kick and a right hand before choking Harwood in the ropes!

Slingshot to the floor for a palm strike, snapping Dax’s neck over the top rope, tag to Perry and he goes for Snare Trap but Cash breaks it up! Match breaks down, Lucha Brothers in and working Kassidy over with double teams, Jungle Boy takes Quen out with a step-up dropkick off the brothers!

Isiah with a mat slam and a tag to Marq, Quen with an avalanche Frankensteiner after some back and forth, Hardy legal, Side Effect... NOPE! Taking Jack in the corner for the “delete” face smashes, Tully Blanchard with some cheap shots while referee Aubrey Edwards is distracted and the heat segment rolls on!

Tag out, Lucha Brothers running hot and taking each heel out in turn, double DDT on FTR, Fenix off the top with a senton atomico to Quen... SO CLOSE! Quen with a vicious DDT to stemp the tide, Dax tags in, big gourdbuster gets two! Suplex lift sets Fenix up in the corner, he knocks Harwood down with a big chop and follows it up with a moonsault that takes FTR out!

Tag made, Luchasaurus in and he cleans house! Big pop-up drop on Kassidy, stacking FTR up in the corner and crushing them! Backsplashes corner to corner and big boots, chokeslam to Dax and Penta tags himself in blind! Up and over, lungblower connects for two!

Dino man to the floor with headbutts, Matt puts him into the post and Fenix dives on Private Party! Jungle Boy follows it up with one of his own, Penta with a rolling solebutt in the ring but Cage tags in on him! Penta shoves him, FTR take advantage...

FTR & Hardy Family Office win by pinfall with Big Rig from FTR on Christian Cage.

And so we go to break.

2.0 (Jeff Parker & Matt Lee) & Daniel Garcia vs. Eddie Kingston & Proud-N-Powerful (Ortiz & Santana)

Kingston distracted with Garcia, Lee blindsides him but Eddie is able to mostly shrug him off and chases Daniel outside the ring! The heels swarm, referee Rick Knox struggles to restore order but gets there eventually! Kingston is relentless and eventually takes a legal Parker over for a tage to Ortiz!

Up and over, duck under, arm drag, Jeff with a leg pick, a kick to the gut, back and forth, a drop down takes Parker’s legs out from under him and the cover gets two! Tag to Santana, taking Jeff apart, but he gets away and tags Red Death in! Garcia with a front kick, whip reversed, Santana catches him with a back elbow!

Boot up, enzuigiri connects, snap suplex, chops back Daniel into the corner and Kingston bites his forehead! Garcia fights off some double teams but Ortiz gets him in a Cobra Twist. Shift to a side headlock, Lee with a blind tag and 2.0 take Angel out on the floor!

The heat segment kicks in and we go to break.

Back from commercial, tags made and Eddie Kingston is a red-faced god of violence! Machine gun chops to Garcia, exploder on Parker, some tags, back and forth...

2.0 & Daniel Garcia win by pinfall with a schoolboy and a handful of tights from Matt Lee on Santana.

Post-match, they lay Santana out with the ring bell— AND CHRIS JERICHO MAKES THE SAVE! He’s got the baseball bat and he’s cleaning house!

Jericho and Kingston square up and jaw at each other agitatedly. They’re about to throw down and Ortiz gets between them!

Maxwell Jacob Friedman gets a promo and he says perhaps another wrestling company might treat him properly but that’s a question for the bidding war of 2024. “Smart” Mark Sterling shows up to remind Wardlow that the terms of his contract say that any titles he might win are property of MJF.

And so we go to break.

Back from commercial, Christian Cage and Jurassic Express confront Lucha Brothers.

Cage challenges them to defend the tag titles next week and Penta accuses him of not being a good tag partner and tells Jungle Boy to let go of the past. Fenix accepts the challenge!

Colin Delaney vs. Wardlow

Wardlow with a big lariat, a powerbomb, a second, Delaney trying to clear his head but Mr. Mayhem just hits a third and a fourth...

Wardlow wins by pinfall with the Powerbomb Symphony.

The Superkliq and reDRagon are backstage.

Adam Cole says they’re gonna go down as the greatest faction in history, and Matt Jackson is skeptical. Kyle O’Reilly asks for a minute to speak to Cole, the Bucks say anything he can say to him, he can say to them, but he insists and Adam tells them to leave.

Kyle asks Bobby Fish to go too, and says things have been messed up between them, and tonight he knows Bobby has his back, and he’s gonna have to find out if Cole does too.

Dan Lambert is in the ring with the Men of the Year.

He complains about how much Cody Rhodes sucks and how he’s turned Arn Anderson from a horseman to a whore, which is the perfect segue to talk about Brandi Rhodes, who’s the first Brandi he’s know that isn’t a stripper.

But he knows that Cody has gone through a lot to try and make it in pro wrestling, and AEW fans might be idiots, but even idiots don’t like the taste of the shit sandwich they’re shoving down their throats.

Enter Brandi Rhodes.

She calls Lambert a bargain basement Paul Heyman, to which he says he prefers Jim Cornette, but the sound of her voice makes him wish he was back getting his balls stapled to his legs again. She asks him when the last time he was beaten up by a woman and didn’t have to pay for it, ‘cause she’ll do him a solid and whoop that ass tonight for free.

Dan claims he’ll beat her up, and she says he might be a black belt but she’s a black bitch, and she takes her heels off ready to fight! Dustin Rhodes runs in to make the save and “All Ego” Ethan Page blasts him as he and his pals leave.

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

Back from commercial, we get a video package for Danielson/Page II.

Jade Cargill vs. Thunder Rosa (AEW TBS Championship Tournament Semifinals)

Rosa with a dropkick to the knee out the gates, going for a dive but “Smart” Mark Sterling gets in the way and she just drops him with a cannonball off the apron! Cargill from behind with forearms, putting her into the barricade, knee lifts, Thunder with a crossbody off the apron but Jade catches her and hits a backbreaker!

Rosa recovers, kicks, Cargill catches her and puts her hard into the post! Posing on the apron, Thunder sidesteps and puts her into the post and we go to break.

Back from commercial, Rosa beating her down in the corner, basement dropkick to the inner thigh, another one, leg kicks, folding press for two! Elbow drops to the leg, Cargill counters with a pop-up Samoan Drop but she’s limping! Canadian backbreaker rack follows, the rack drop, but again her knee is hurting her!

Waistlock, standing switch, Rosa with a shinbreaker! Stepover toehold into the figure four leglock in the middle of the ring! Out of it, trying to put it back on but a masked woman comes out of the crowd and breaks a bottle on Thunder’s face! Jade gets her up...

Jade Cargill wins by pinfall with Jaded.

Post-match, Rosa attacks Cargill and the masked figure makes the save! She unmasks... IT’S MERCEDES MARTINEZ! They beat Thunder down until Ruby Soho makes the save with a steel pipe!

We get a recap of Rampage and we go to break.

Back from commercial, we get a video package for Dr. Britt Baker, DMD vs. Riho.

CM Punk makes his entrance and gets on the mic.

He says he’s never been to Daily’s Place and he doesn’t know what the setup is, and asks where Jim Ross is. He says it’s awesome to see him back in the booth, and says he’s all about giving people their flowers while they’re still around, and being here gets him thinking about Brodie Lee.

And if anybody out there says anything to minimize the impact that man has, he just feels sorry because it means they never met him. He sat at home and watched the tribute show to his friend from this place and it made him want to come here. So then he gets to thinking about somebody who’s not worth his time and doesn’t want to be here.

And yeah, he’s talking about MJF. He’s a Twitter troll in the flesh, somebody who talks a big game but won’t say it to your face. He hides behind a keyboard, or FTR, who has the gall to compare himself to Roddy Piper, who laced up his boots when Max laced up his running shoes.

Friedman says he’s done with him? He’s fine with that, he got to team up with Sting and Darby Allin and beat him. He wants to move on to bigger and better things, and so does Max, gunning for the AEW World Championship. JR says if you don’t want to be champion, you don’t want to be here, and he sure wants to be champion.

He says MJF is a waste of Khan’s money, and he found out the hard way that on this mic, in this ring, even on commentary, nobody can touch him, and if he wants to climb the ladder and get some Ws to challenge for the gold, he’ll see him sooner or later, and it’d be a real shame if somebody interfered with his quest for gold.

Ricky Starks cuts a promo backstage with Will Hobbs.

He welcomes Jim Ross back and thanks him for freeing Taz up to keep honing HOOK’s talent, and calls Dante Martin out. He says eliminating him from the Dynamite Diamond Ring battle royal was a mistake, because he’s gonna keep him from winning anything big.

Hobbs asks Dante if he really wants to do round two with him and tells him to marinate on that.

We get a recap of Cody Rhodes winning the AEW TNT Championship.

Sammy Guevara makes his entrance to do his picture-in-picture gimmick and we go to break.

Back from commercial, Hikaru Shida gets a video package calling Serena Deeb out and accepts her challenge to a rematch.

Brian Pillman, Jr. is interviewed in the ring.

He says the sound of the bell ringing over and over when Malakai Black tried to end Griff Garrison’s career last week will play in his ears forever and when he made the save his memory went black and he ended up on the ground next to the man he was trying to protect.

He didn’t know his father, but he knows you only get one life and he’s not giving Black his.

The lights go down, and Malakai is in the arena in a spolight. He takes his mask off, the lights go out again, and he disappears, leaving Pillman alone in the ring.

Commentary hypes up some matches for Rampage.

The Acclaimed get a promo ahead of Anthony Bowens’ match against Darby Allin on Rampage, where he says he’ll beat Allin’s My Chemical Romance looking ass all over the arena.

Sting and Darby get a promo and Sting says he treated every match like a main event when he was starting out, and Allin says it doesn’t matter where he is on the card, he’ll be ready.

Commentary hypes up next week’s show and we go to break.

Adam Cole & reDRagon (Bobby Fish & Kyle O’Reilly) vs. Best Friends (Chuck Taylor, Orange Cassidy, & Trent?)

Taylor and O’Reilly to start, whip across, shoulder block, drop down, kitchen sink knee lift and Trent tags in. Leg kicks from Kyle, eventually we get some tags and Fish goes to work on Cassidy. Nobody home on the slingshot senton, Bobby gives chase to the floor but Orange goes back inside!

The match breaks down as Best Friends run roughshod on Adam Cole and reDRagon make the save! Ring cleared, going for the hug but Cole and the boys break it up and we go to break.

Back from commercial, Cole gets the Ushigoroshi on Taylor and commentary informs us that TNT has given the nod and we’re gonna be staying with this match as long as it takes! Tag to O’Reilly, Chuck with a big boot, tag to Beretta, duck a plancha, hits the half nelson suplex on Fish and he suplexes Kyle off him when he goes for the guillotine choke!

Tornado DDT for two, Cole gets a cheap shot that lets KOR get in and tag Fish! reDRagon running doubleteams, Demolition Decapitation connects... NOPE! Tags made, Orange in with a crossbody on KOR, suicide dive takes Fish out but Cole tries to cut him off after... STUNDOG MILLIONAIRE!

O’Reilly blocks, butterfly DDT into the wheelbarrow German suplex from Fish... SO CLOSE! Total Elimination follows, Adam is legal and makes the cover but Chuck breaks it up! Trent in with a forearm, he and Bobby fight to the ramp and Fish suplexes him into the ropes!

Taylor cuts him off with a superkick, Cole returns the favor, Panama Sunrise reversed into a back body drop on the stage and Chuck takes reDRagon out with a cannonball off the stage! Trent hits a spear on Adam and throws him back inside for Cassidy, diving DDT... STILL NO!

Chuck with a piledriver, Trent hits one too, Orange with the Beach Break... REDRAGON BREAK IT UP! Kyle prowls around, Kawada kicks, Cassidy blocks one and rises to his feet, utterly serious as he stares O’Reilly down but KOR nails him with a knee! Ax and Smash, Orange sidesteps and Cole eats a boot!

Cassidy with a schoolboy for two, tag to Chuck, big knee, lariat from Beretta, Fish comes in and eats the Sole Food / half nelson suplex combo... SNAP ZOOM HUG! Brandon Cutler comes down with the cold spray but Best Friends knock him down with ease! Referee Bryce Remsburg is distracted, Young Bucks with a superkick party, reDRagon are on him...

Adam Cole & reDRagon win by pinfall with Chasing the Dragon from reDRagon on Chuck Taylor.

Post-match, the Bucks pull Adam Cole away while reDRagon celebrate their win, and in the end we only go about a minute over.

That’s the show, folks.

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