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AEW Dynamite results, live blog (Jan. 19, 2022): Cody & Mox return

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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 TBS.

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 show comes our way from Entertainment & Sports Arena in Washington, D.C. Amidst a lot of chatter about his contract status, TNT champion Cody Rhodes is back — and Jon Moxley will be here for the first time in three months, too! Plus, Women’s champion Dr. Britt Baker teams with her boyfriend Adam Cole against Orange Cassidy & Kris Statlander, CM Punk keeps working his way toward MJF when he takes on Shawn Spears, Darby Allin & Sting battle The Acclaimed, Brody King makes his in-ring debut with Malakai Black for a match with Varsity Blonds, Serena Deeb vs. Skye Blue... and more!

Come right back here at 8 pm ET when the Dynamite live blog kicks off once the show starts on TBS. It will be below this line here.

Enjoy the show!


Love all you can, this precious thing called your own life. Remember, bombers can open bomb bays. Might you meet somebody, that has your mother’s eyes and smile. Might you meet them, but I have to liveblog this here pro wrestling show for these folks.

The show opens with the intro video.


He gets in the ring to thunderous applause and gets on the mic. He says a little while ago and some fan shouts something that gets him to tell him to go fuck himself and get outta here. A little while ago he fell asleep on a plane and woke up from a bad dream when they landed.

He was on the side of the road on his hands and knees in the dirt, all bruised up, clouds over him, and a demon, the kind that follows you around your whole life, who tells him that none of the good things in his life were supposed to happen, and asked if he really thought he was going to make it out?

He woke up before he had a chance to answer, and nobody gets through life unscathed. He’s got more scars on his body than the average person, but the important ones are on the inside and harder to see. Sometimes we try to cover them up and pretend they’re not there, but those are the ones we should be proud of, that tell our story and make us who we are.

Nobody’s perfect, and no matter who you are you shouldn’t be afraid to stand up in front of the whole world and bear who you are and say “hey, this is me!” So, that being said, he’s sure there are plenty of people around the world who want to write him off, who doubt him, and it won’t be the first or last time.

But if you want to doubt him, you say whatever you want, he’ll tell you the same thing he’d have told that demon— take all of it and shove it up your ass! He doesn’t run from demons, he just beats the shit out of them, and for everybody in this building and around the world that’s had his back and supported him through thick and thin, thank you.

Buckle up, because we’re going on a ride in 2022 and he’s gonna grab pro wrestling by the balls and do whatever he wants, because now more than anyone in this business, he’s free. If anybody in AEW or around the world thinks they can put him through more hell than he’s already been through, know this— he’s thirsty, and if you thought he was dangerous before, all he drinks is blood.

And so we go to break.

Back from commercial, Maxwell Jacob Friedman and Wardlow are backstage.

MJF cuts a promo on CM Punk, saying he should have taken his early-onset spinal stenosis and given up and lost the match against Wardlow last week, and he has a birthday present for Mr. Mayhem— an apology. But, as a result of the loss, he does have to dock his pay, and he promises that the money will keep flowing back in once he gets back on track.

And Shawn Spears will show the world— and Wardlow— how to get the job done, and he’ll be right there on commentary.

Adam Cole & Dr. Britt Baker, DMD vs. Kris Statlander & Orange Cassidy (Mixed Tag Team Match)

Mixed tag rules shenanigans early, settling down with the women but right as Statlander is about to get the advantage Baker tags out! Cassidy in with a crossbody, off the ropes, he runs into a pump kick, fireman’s carry, Orange slips out, duck a lariat, off the ropes, tilt-a-whirl DDT sends Adam crashing to the floor!

Cassidy calls for a double-team move, Kris with a pendulum moonsault and Orange puts his hands in his pockets to hit Cole with a splash! Cassidy takes a victory lap and gives us the big snap zoom hug with Statlander! Heels cut them off right after with kicks and then smooch, no snap zoom!

Desultory boots send us to break.

Back from commercial, Cassidy and Cole, both men down and out, tags made! Statlander in hot with elbows, an STO backbreaker, drawing her up, whip to the corner and a charging forearm. Off the ropes, big knee, back suplex lift... BLUE THUNDER DRIVER CAN’T KEEP THE GOOD DOCTOR DOWN!

Jockeying for position, Gory Special, Britt floats out, fisherman neckbreaker connects! Tag to the men, Cassidy lights up Cole with right hands, windmilling him over and over but he still falls prey to the fakeout leg kick! Enzuigiri follows, brainbuster... REVERSED TO STUNDOG MILLIONAIRE! Beach Break attempt, Britt with a blind tag, she hits the stomp on Orange!

Kris with the spinning Michinoku Driver... NO! Statlander drags her into position, but Adam Cole puts himself bodily between them! Kris hits Area 451! Tag made, Orange is in position... ADAM COLE KICKS OUT OF BEACH BREAK BAY BAY! Cassidy red and panting, he throws his elbow pad away and charges in but Cole rolls to the safety of the ramp!

Orange off the ropes... DIVE CUT OFF WITH A SUPERKICK! Kris throws Cassidy in the ring to save him from Panama Sunrise, Britt nails her with a superkick and a flip piledriver of her own! Adam shifts position, Panama Sunrise... ORANGE KICKS OUT! COLE AND BAKER CAN’T BELIEVE IT!

Adam goes to the floor and clears the timekeeper’s table, dragging it against the apron with Britt! Jockeying for position, Orange stops short but manages to shoulder block Baker off the apron and through the table anyway! Cole is furious and hits a low blow with the referee distracted, knee pad down...

Adam Cole & Dr. Britt Baker, DMD win by pinfall with the Boom from Cole on Orange Cassidy.

Backstage, Chris Jericho, Ortiz, and Santana are interviewed.

Jericho doesn’t care about Eddie Kingston, but 2.0 and Daniel Garcia... Ortiz and Santana cut him off to say that Chris might not care about Eddie, but they do, and maybe he’s got a point about Y2J being why they don’t have the tag titles, and maybe next week they’ll focus on themselves.

They walk off and leave a dejected Jericho in their wake, sending us to break.

Back from commercial, Adam Cole is interviewed.

He says Orange Cassidy has been a thorn in his side for far too long, and then he puts hands on his girlfriend? He’s beaten him in singles and mixed tag and what more does he need to do? But then it hit him, and next week at Beach Break, he wants an anything goes, no disqualification lights out match!

He can’t stand to look at Orange’s stupid face any longer, and it’s about time he ended his pathetic career.

CM Punk vs. Shawn Spears

Punk right in, fireman’s carry...

CM Punk wins by pinfall with the Go to Sleep.

Post-match, Maxwell Jacob Friedman tries to blindside but Punk but gets caught by his scarf!

MJF manages to get away clean!

Backstage, “Ass Dad” Billy Gunn confronts Christian Cage.

He says his boys are ranked top five and it’s about time they get a title shot against Christian’s boys. Cage says Austin and Colten are talented, no doubt, they have their father’s genes, but he could never get it done when the lights were brightest, and they need a statement win to earn a title shot.

The Ass Boys attack Cage and throw him into a loading dock door, saying that’s their statement!

Cody Rhodes makes his entrance to send us to break.

Back from commercial, there’s a ladder in the ring and Cody Rhodes gets on the mic.

He asks the crowd what they want to talk about, and he’s reminded of a man who once sat on a stage and looked at a ring and gave one of the most important addresses in the history of our sport, inspiring thousands of would-be wrestlers, the first hint of a revolution, CM Punk’s pipe bomb.

He says he was told to save this promo but he doesn’t know if he’ll get the chance so he’s using it now. Punk laid out a road map for revolution, things like going to New Japan Pro Wrestling and working with Ring of Honor and ultimately, teaming with the Young Bucks. As destiny would have it, he was unable to do those things, but eventuall he’d wind up here in the comeback of the year.

And honestly, the comeback of the decade, we’re all living it and loving it. In his absence, in the void Punk left behind, somebody did each of those things, and that’s him. He carried every ounce of empty monopoly sentiment on his shoulders, held every grain of revolution in his hand, and we all jeered.

Why won’t he turn heel? Because we jeered him when he needed us most. People talk about the Forbidden Door, and if you’re an industry journalist who disagrees with anything he says, check the dates, he built the door! He doesn’t need to see the Bucks wrestle reDRagon again, and then his real-life friend Ricky Starks started a thing with Jay Lethal?

The Lethal Injection is the one Cutter nobody kicks out of, avoid avoid avoid. And Malakai Black? He’s beaten Cody twice and everybody knows he hates to lose, and he needed no help but added insult to injury by bringing in an agile giant like Brody King, and they don’t rename people like Gunner McGillibuddy or whatever!

Which brings him to Brodie Lee, Darby Allin, Miro, Sammy Guevara, the TNT Champions past. We’ve all been conditioned to think any title that doesn’t have “world” in the name is secondary, but they don’t believe in secondary belts and the only reason it might be is because there’s two of them.

So he thinks it’s clear what they do, and he knows that Tony Khan has sent him and Sammy contracts in the mail, and maybe it’s not the contract he wants right now, but next week, two titles, one champion, what do you say?

He climbs the ladder to drive the point home.

We go backstage with Jade Cargill, who’s offered an open challenge for the TBS Championship, and Anna Jay, who’s stepped up to challenge her. “Smart” Mark Sterling says Jade is 24-0 and they’re happy to accept the challenge. John Silver says Anna’s gonna win, and Jay reminds us of her dark side, how she wrapped barbed wire around her hand to win.

Cargill says she needs it understood who she is and where we are, and this is That Bitch Show.

Kings of the Black Throne (Brody King & Malakai Black) vs. Varsity Blonds (Brian Pillman, Jr. & Griff Garrison)

King clearing house, Garrison tags out, Pillman has a crisis of confidence over a springboard and hops off the apron,scared and frustrated! Brody pounces Griff on the floor and puts him into the steps! Black knocks Brian into Brody’s loving arms, the Kings double-team him with strikes and the big man senton!

Running Griff off, suplex toss...

Kings of the Black Throne win by pinfall with King’s Inferno on Brian Pillman, Jr.

Post-match, Black gets on the mic and gets interrupted by a video from the blind seer PAC.

He says he’s been given a vision and a purpose, and Malakai is the same as every other cretin in AEW, self-obsessed and power-hungry, and it’s exhausting. He may have a few spells up his sleeve, but the bastard is out of his reach, incorruptible.

Jake “the Snake” Roberts sends in a promo with Lance Archer and Dan Lambert at his side. Jake questions “Hangman” Adam Page’s credentials as a cowboy, and Page gets a chance to respond. Roberts says it’s time for Page to bite the dust, and we go to break.

Back from commercial, Roppongi Vice crash a Young Bucks pre-tape and Brandon Cutler reluctantly lets them cut a promo.

Rocky Romero says he just got back from Japan and thinking about how they beat the Bucks like three times for the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Championship, so they’re putting the challenge out for Friday night on Rampage.

Frankie Kazarian vs. Lance Archer

Archer blindsides Kazarian at the bell but Frankie puts a comeback together, dropkick into punches and Lance hits a northern lariat! Short-arm lariat follows, pummeling Kaz, throwing him across the ring and to the floor to send us to break!

Back from commercial, Archer is still in control, whip to the corner, piefacing Kazarian for the entirety of referee Rick Knox’s count, goozle, Frankie flips out of it, landing forearms, up in the corner, blocking Blackout with frantic forearms, following it up with the leg drop for one!

Running knee in the corner, crossface chickenwing blocked, chokeslam, ripcord Bossman Slam, he’s not done with Kaz yet! Setting him up, inverted crucifix lift...

Lance Archer wins by pinfall with Blackout.

Post-match, Dan Lambert is interviewed.

He says you don’t need to understand his connection with Lance Archer, and he criticizes Adam Page’s childhood, telling him he’s not mentally or physically prepared for this monster. Lance takes the mic and says enough of the cowboy bullshit, he’s gonna show us what he’s gonna do.

He throws a chair to the stage and Frankie out after it, he’s got the goozle and Hangman interrupts! They throw forearms at each other, Lance knocks him down and grabs the chair but Page clocks him in the face with the boot! BUCKSHOT COUNTERED BUT ADAM THROWS A ROLLING ELBOW THAT CONNECTS!

More rolling elbows and Archer goes crashing to the floor, where Dan Lambert holds him back!

Dante Martin, Lee Moriarty, and Matt Sydal are interviewed backstage.

Martin says he’s got their back against Team Taz, and Lee says they’ll do the same for him until Darius returns.

Ricky Starks and Will Hobbs cut a counter promo.

Starks says Dante has a baby brother complex and he thinks everybody’s his friend, but he’s gonna find out he’s all alone. Hobbs tells him to watch all sides, because Team Taz are assassins.

And so we go to break.

Back from commercial, Kris Statlander and Red Velvet are interviewed backstage.

They can’t get a word out before Leyla Hirsch rolls up to chide Kris for not having the same focus in their matches as she does with Best Friends, and she’s cost both her and Red thousands of dollars. Velvet gets in Leyla’s face, Hirsch tells her to shut up and then blindsides her with a forearm to the back of the head! Statlander gets one too and then Leyla grabs a cross armbar!

Serena Deeb vs. Skye Blue

Deeb in control early, snapmare and a kick to the back, Blue pops him up and charges in, Serena with a side headlock. Shot off, shoulder block, throwing Skye to the apron where she gets caught on a shoulder block! Guillotine choke applied, breaking at four, hangman’s neckbreaker over the middle rope!

Back inside, handful of hair, uppercut to the back of the head and a swinging neckbreaker follows! Trap the arms... DETOX! Pick the arm, post the knee, Serenity Lock applied...

Serena Deeb wins by submission with the Serenity Lock.

Dan Lambert gets a promo with the Men of the Year.

“All Ego” Ethan Page calls Jon Moxley out, saying he’s up to the task and you can stop looking around for an opponent for him. He’s got wins over Jericho and the Inner Circle, he’s pinned Darby Allin, and if you want a marquee match for Rampage, look no further.

And the match is made, because we get a graphic for it as commentary hypes up the card for Rampage.

A hype reel for Hook follows and we go to break.

Hardy Family Office (poor Andy “Butcher” Williams looking exactly as sad as you’d expect for a guy for whom the band he’s been in for the last twenty years just broke up— RIP Every Time I Die, Radical was a great final album) and Andrade are interviewed backstage.

Matt Hardy says they’re merging and Andrade will be president of the new combined unit, called AHFO, and they go celebrate.

Darby Allin & Sting vs. the Acclaimed (Anthony Bowens & Max Caster)

The Acclaimed attack before the bell and horsecollar Darby with a steel chair! Bowens shouts “Welcome to the Black Parade, bitch!” and rams him into the ringpost! Medics check on Darby and Sting wants to go! Allin is helped to the back and Sting is effectively in a handicap match!

We get a bell, Sting taking it to them, Stinger Splashes for both but Anthony slips out of the way and the Icon crashes into the exposed turnbuckle! Caster hits a dropkick, cover for two and we go to break!

Back from commercial, Bowens has turned the tide and tags out. Caster comes in, double whip, Sting runs through them and drops them with a double lariat! Scorpion Deathlock on Max, Bowens hits a rolling elbow but the Icon won’t break the hold! A knee to the jaw does the trick, Sting to the floor and Anthony clobbers him with the boom box!

Taking him around to the steps... DARBY RETURNS WITH A DIVE THROUGH THE CROWD! Rolling Sting inside for a tag, Allin perches... COFFIN DROP INTO THE CRUSH! Back inside, grinding Caster down with a guillotine choke, Bowens makes the save and the tag, lifting side slam, Mic Drop... STING BREAKS THE PIN UP!

Sting goes to the stage... PLANCHA OFF THE STAGE TAKES CASTER OUT! Bowens eats the exposed turnbuckle, Allin hits the standing Diamond Dust, off the top...

Darby Allin & Sting win by pinfall with the Coffin Drop from Allin on Anthony Bowens.

Darby Allin and Sting celebrate their victory as commentary hypes Beach Break up.

That’s the show, folks.

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