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AEW Dynamite results, live blog (Jan. 26, 2022): Beach Break

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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 “Beach Break” show comes our way from Wolstein Center in Cleveland. Orange Cassidy & Adam Cole will settle the score in a Lights Out match! Cody Rhodes & Sammy Guevara will unify the TNT title in a ladder match! Inner Circle’s Chris Jericho, Santana & Ortiz will try to stay on the same page as they face off against Daniel Garcia & 2point0, Red Velvet tries for payback against Leyla Hirsch, CM Punk & Dr. Britt Baker speak... 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!


I’m on the roof and I’m starin’ at the stars, lookin’ down at all the cars. I can see you in the window of your favorite corner bar, but to reach you is just too far and I might as well be on Mars, liveblogging this here pro wrestling show.

Cody Rhodes (c) vs. Sammy Guevara (i) (AEW TNT Championship Unification Ladder Match)

Collar and elbow, drop down, off the ropes, leapfrog, backflip, Guevara lands a dropkick! Back to the lockup, Sammy grabs a side headlock, ankle pick, stalemate! Underhooks, backbreaker rack, neither man can land a shot and a shoving match breaks out! Drop down slap blocked, Guevara slams Rhodes’ hand into the mat!

Sammy goes to the floor for a ladder, Cody blocks him with a stiff right hand and goes and gets a ladder of his own! Guevara comes in with a pump kick, bulldog headlock, throwing Rhodes into the barricade and battering him after! Over the barricade and fighting out into the crowd!

Guevara goes up the ramp and gets a big ladder of his own and slides it in the ring, trading forearms, float over a slam, short whip, Cody does a Flair Flip and Sammy blasts him off the apron with the ladder! Back inside, fighting over the ladder, Guevara climbs but Rhodes cuts him off with an electric chair!

Into the ropes, double noggin knocker and both men are down and out! Jockeying for position on the ladder... DELAYED VERTICAL SUPERPLEX OFF THE LADDER AND WE GOTTA GO TO BREAK!

Back from commercial, Rhodes gourdbusters Guevara into an inverted ladder! Threading his legs through the rugs, spinning toehold... FIGURE FOUR LEGLOCK THROUGH THE LADDER! But of course, you can’t win that way, and Sammy fires up and hits a couple lariats once he’s loose!

Enzuigiri in the corner, trying to springboard in... CODY THROWS THE LADDER AT HIS FACE! Rhodes sets up some ladders, a little Feng Shui... AND SAMMY SPRINGBOARDS OFF ONE TO ACE CRUSHER HIM FROM THE TOP OF THE OTHER! Climbing up the ladders, trading strikes ladder-to-ladder... CROSS RHODES OFF THE LADDER!

Both men down and out, Guevara in agony, Cody slowly starts to climb but Sammy is somehow right behind him! Rhodes gets hands on the bar holding both belts, Guevara gets on him, they come unmoored from the ladder and swing free over the ring briefly but both men come crashing down!

Cody takes him to the floor and smashes his leg with a ladder, but Fuego Del Sol runs down to make the save! Yelling at Rhodes, getting in the ring with him, Coyd kicks him... JAY DRILLER! Guevara springboards in but gets caught with a kick to the gut! He manages to back body drop Cody to the floor and dives on him! GTH ON THE FLOOR!

Sammy bridges a ladder between apron and barricade and sets Cody on it, he climbs a tall ladder next to it... SAMMY GUEVARA SENTON ATOMICO OFF THE LADDER AND INTO THE LADDER! HE BOUNCED OFF! Sammy slides back in and unsteadily, desperately, pulls a ladder into place and climbs, but Rhodes is right with him!

Trading punches on the ladder, reaching for the titles, Guevara smashes Cody in the face with one of the belts! Sammy unhooks it...

Sammy Guevara wins by retrieving the title belts, becoming the undisputed AEW TNT Champion.

“Powerhouse” Will Hobbs and “Absolute” Ricky Starks are interviewed in the snow.

Hobbs challenges Dante Martin to a rematch and Starks accepts a challenge from Jay Lethal for the FTW Championship for Rampage.

Wardlow makes his entrance, flanked by Shawn Spears.

Wardlow vs. Elijah Dean & James Alexander

Powerbombs, powerbombs, and powerbombs, y’all know this tune...

Wardlow wins by pinfall with the Powerbomb Symphony, the last powerbomb putting Alexander into Dean.

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

2.0 (Jeff Parker & Matt Lee) & Daniel Garcia vs. Inner Circle (Chris Jericho, Ortiz, & Santana)

Jericho and Lee to start, but Mike Santana tags himself in and ends up lighting Parker up with right hands once he tags in! Three Amigos, Angel Ortiz tags in for the third, standing moonsault, falling splash... NOPE! Garcia tags in and starts picking Angel apart, getting into a forearm contest, whip across, Ortiz with a big lariat and the tag!

Santana in, double flapjack, roll back into double dropkicks, Mike laying chops in but Chris tags himself back in! Arm wringer, Ortiz tags back in and jaws with Y2J but Red Death gets a chop block and goes to town on Angel’s legs as we go to break!

Back from commercial, Lee and Ortiz legal, both men down and out! Parker tags in, Angel gets caught with a drop toehold senton but Santana breaks it up! The match breaks down into chaos, Jericho wants the tag but Ortiz tags Santana in instead! Mike with a flurry of lariats, Garcia cuts him off, fireman’s carry facebuster!

Double whip, Santana with elbows and boots, back roll into double Ace Crushers! 2.0 set him up for a double team but Jericho makes the save! Judas Effect sends Lee into the ring...

Inner Circle wins by pinfall with a piledriver from Santana on Matt Lee.

We get a video package for “Hangman” Adam Page vs. Lance Archer to send us to break.

Backstage, Tony Schiavone mediates between Jurassic Express (with Christian Cage) and Private Party (with Matt Hardy).

Matt makes the case for Private Party getting a title match and they’ll fight on Rampage.

CM Punk makes his entrance and gets on the mic.

He thanks the crowd and says it’s been a minute since he’s been to Cleveland and says he’s sick of hearing himself talk and that’s why he’s dressed to fight, that’s why he’s wearing the long boys! You know who he wants to fight, and he takes his hoodie off to reveal a stolen scarf belonging to Maxwell Jacob Friedman.

He thought maybe stealing the scarf would goad him into a fight, but then he discovered that you can get ‘em 12 for $5 on Amazon, so clearly they’re as cheap as his excuses, and he thought maybe Cleveland would be the right place to do it, here tonight.

But he knows that MJF will come out with a cheap suit and every excuse in the world and he’s gone through everybody to get to him, and he wants MJF right here, right now, in Cleveland, Ohio!

Enter Maxwell Jacob Friedman.

He polls the crowd and asks if they want him to go backstage and change into his gear and wrestle, goading them into a big cheer before telling them he will not. But he’ll do them one better, he’ll do the match next week in Chicago, Illinois. CM Punk vs... MJF!

But we’re not in Chicago, we’re in Cleveland, and the people want the match right now, frothing at the mouth, they want the match so bad. Or at least, they think they do. See, the match will be spectacular, but the outcome will be disappointing, because the second he loses, people will see the real CM Punk.

The CM Punk who loses his fake smile, who’s willing to sue, who will say “I’m leaving wrestling again.” MJF brings up a no-show from 2014 and addresses the audience at home, asking if we really think Punk cares about us chanting his name at the top of our lungs, because those chants won’t stop him from turning his back on us again and then crying about it on a podcast.

Punk says the best thing he ever did was leave, and then the best thing he ever did was come back, and if he didn’t, Max wouldn’t be having this brush with greatness, so go in the back, put on your boots with the three inch lifts, and handle business, because everyone knows you can’t.

He says he’s always taken matters into his own hands and he never lies to the people, and he’d rather be him and try and fail than be MJF, talk a big game, and never show up. Max paid to see him and stand in line and get his picture, his autograph, and how dare you put it on these people.

He stands by all his decisions, and people don’t love him because he wins, they love him because he gets back up and he fights, just like Cleveland, just like Chicago. Friedman questions that he always gets back up and says he wants to test it.

FTR and Wardlow come down, Shawn Spears rushes Punk from behind and the Pinnacle beat him down! They hold him down and Spears whacks him with a chair! Max tells Punk to get up and calls him a dumb son of a bitch, and CM gets up and tries to fight back but gets overwhelmed by That Damned Numbers Game!

MJF calls for the powerbomb, Wardlow lifts him up... POWERBOMB INTO THE CHAIR! Max sits down on Punk crosslegged and says it’s apropos that his journey ends where it began, in Chicago.

The Acclaimed get a promo about how Anthony Bowens is gonna beat Jon Moxley on Rampage this week.

Commentary hypes up our main event and we go to break.

Back from commerical, Julia Hart and Griff Garrison are interviewed backstage.

“Smart” Mark Sterling rolls up before they can chat and wants Julia to sign a release to wrestle Jade Cargill. Griff warns her, but Julia insists on making her own decisions and signs the contract.

Leyla Hirsch vs. Red Velvet

Velvet hot out the gates but Hirsch catches a dropkick and briefly slows her momentum! Final Slice blocked, Leyla rolls to the floor for a breather! Hirsch takes her to the floor and rams her into the barricade and the apron, Red recovers and gets her in the ropes, knee into a split-legged stunner!

Back inside, putting boots to Leyla, triangle choke applied but Hirsch counters with a buckle bomb! Leyla goes to work on her shoulder and we go to break.

Back from commercial, Velvet manages to hit a Stunner off the turnbuckles! Double knees, Hirsch with a forearm to the back, powerbomb into a knee strike, only two, cross armbar applied but Red has her hands clasped and gets a foot on the ropes! Popping her up, Velvet with a sunset flip, Leyla reverses, small package to reverse that, only two!

Kick combo countered...

Leyla Hirsch wins by pinfall with a folding press and a handful of tights.

Post-match, Leyla puts the cross armbar on again and Velvet frantically taps out until Kris Statlaander makes the save!

A video package from Malakai Black follows. He admits he added insult to injury by bringing Brody King in.

Sammy Guevara and Fuego del Sol come down to do the picture-in-picture cue cards gimmick to send us to break.

Back from commercial, Tony Schiavone is in the ring with a bunch of Pro Wrestling Illustrated awards to hand out.

He introduces Dr. Britt Baker, DMD.

She gets on the mic and says it’s been a while since she’s had a chat with Cleveland. She says for a while there it felt like every time MJF and CM Punk had a mic in their hands they couldn’t keep her name out of her mouth, and she lists off her awards, Woman of the Year, Match of the Year, and Most Improved.

She cites some sports business to rile up the crowd and says the women’s division was a wasteland before she came along, and she didn’t take anyone’s spot, she created the top spot. After she took over the entire women’s division she surpassed the entire roster and became the face of AEW.

She’s made history again and again, and she’s not gonna settle until she’s Woman of the Decade, and you might as well give it to her now because she’s not going away and she’ll be the champion we deserve.

Commentary hypes up the card for Rampage this week and gives us a recap of the feud between FTR and Brock Anderson and Lee Johnson.

Vickie Guerrero comes screaming down with Nyla Rose in tow.

Rose complains about Ruby Soho costing her the TBS Championship and her victory was a fluke. If they wrestled a hundred times, she’d win ninety-nine of them, and she’ll prove it next week.

And so we go to break.

Adam Cole vs. Orange Cassidy (Unsanctioned Lights Out Match)

Cassidy crushes his own glasses at the bell and they go to town on each other with Frye/Takayama punches! Cole dumps Orange to the floor and follows after him, but Cassidy throws him into the barricade! Adam returns the favor and follows it with a back suplex into the barricade!

Cole goes to get a chair out from under the ring but something’s hanging onto it... IT’S DANHAUSEN?! Danhausen points at him and is enough of a distraction for Orange to hit a tornado DDT! Cole manages to superkick a chair into Cassidy’s throat to cut him off and hits a pump kick after!

Panama Sunrise blocked, Beach Break denied but Orange spinebusters him through the timekeeper’s table! Adam throws Cassidy into steel steps after and then traps his hand in the steps and kicks them! Going back under the ring, no more very nice, very evil wrestlers but he gets a trash can and a length of chain and a couple chairs as we go to break!

Back from commercial, a tug of war over the chain, Cole sets up a pair of chairs but Cassidy blocks and puts him through the chairs with a Michinoku Driver! Orange’s hand bloodied, superkick cuts him off! Brandon Cutler tries to run in and Wheeler YUTA plays equalizer!

Bobby Fish cuts YUTA off, Chuck Taylor takes Fish out and throws him into the barricade but here come the Young Bucks with a superkick party! The Bucks get in the ring but Trent? and Rocky Romero make the save! Beach Break connects... NOT ENOUGH! Cassidy is fired up, Orange Punch with the bloodied hand but he’s hurting and can’t capitalize!

Cole with a low blow but Cassidy shrugs it off and reveals that he was wearing a steel cup studded with tacks! Disdainful kicks as Adam clutches his forearm, up on the second... ORANGE HITS A PANAMA SUNRISE BUT COLE KICKS OUT! He grabs the chain but his hand is throbbing and he collapses!

Adam has the werewithal to leave the ring, Orange chases after him and they brawl in the entranceway! Cole goes to the back, in front of Tony Khan and Jerry Lynn, he uses Lynn as a human shield and hits the Ushigoroshi on Orange through a table... STILL NO!

Back out on the stage, Orange Punch cued up but Cole hits him with one of the stage lights to block! Adam climbs the entrance rig and perches atop it, but his prey is missing! Orange is behind him! LOW BLOW! Cassidy brings him in for the hug and looks in his eyes and then down to the stage!

Cole struggling against him but Orange goes for it... ROCK BOTTOM OFF THE ENTRANCE AND THROUGH THE STAGE! HOLY SHIT! IT’S OVER!

Orange Cassidy wins by pinfall with a Rock Bottom off the entrance and through the stage.

Best Friends help Orange up and stand tall with him, coming in for the hug right as we go off air.

That’s the show, folks.

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