Here’s a place to check results and comment along with the first edition of AEW & TNT’s Saturday Fight Night - Battle of the Belts. The one hour special airs tonight at 8 pm ET on TBS.
This event comes our way from Bojangles Coliseum in Charlotte, North Carolina, and as the name suggests, belts will be battled over. Dr. Britt Baker, D.M.D. will defend her Women’s World title against someone she’s never beaten — Riho! With Cody Rhodes sidelines, his brother Dustin will face Sammy Guevara for the interim TNT championship. And Ricky Starks tries to ensure the FTW strap stays with Team Taz when he takes on Matt Sydal.
Come right back here at 8 pm ET when the Battle of the Belts live blog kicks off once the show starts on TNT. It will be below this line here.
Enjoy the show!
AEW BATTLE OF THE BELTS RESULTS AND LIVE BLOG FOR JAN. 8
Your very lives are held within my fingers, I snap them and you cower down in fear. You spineless things who belly down to slither, to the end of the world you follow to be near, but me? I’m just here to liveblog this here pro wrestling show for you, folks.
Some guests of merit are shown on screen, including Humpy Wheeler (that’s his name) and David Crockett!
Dustin Rhodes vs. Sammy Guevara (Interim AEW TNT Championship)
Feeling out, a little bit of light lucha libere into a stalemate! Guevara with a side headlock, shot off, Rhodes has to take a quick breather and Sammy has a liedown on the top turnbuckle to taunt the old man! Back at it, off the ropes, leapfrog, backflip leapfrog, and Dustin puts the brakes on again!
To the floor, Guevara points a finger gun at Arn Anderson and Double A flips him the bird! Trading chops, Rhodes spikes Sammy’s knee into the steel steps! DUSTIN SPIKES HIM WITH A PILEDRIVER ON THE FLOOR AND YOUNG SAMUEL IS IN AGONY! Referee Aubrey Edwards counting but Guevara fires up and slides in to break the count!
Cover made and we go to break on a nearfall as Sammy rolls back to the floor.
Back from commercial, Rhodes hits the snap scoop powerslam for two! Taking Guevara in the corner, big chops, mounted punches, whip across, monkey flip blocked and Sammy hits a huge lariat, sending Dustin reeling to the floor! Guevara up top and he takes Rhodes out with a double springboard front flip seated senton!
Back inside, putting Dustin into the corner, enzuigiri connects, double jump, looking for an Ace Crusher but Rhodes reverses into a Cross Rhodes... NOPE! Following it up, Yoshi Tonic... SO CLOSE! Sammy gets him in the Argentine backbreaker rack, GTH connects... BUT DUSTIN FINDS THE WILL TO KICK OUT!
Fuego del Sol pulls a table out from under the ring and sets it up on the floor! Up on the apron, Sammy with a pump kick, Ace Crusher blocked, Rhodes sets him up... FLIP PILEDRIVER OFF THE APRON AND THROUGH THE TABLE! Back in the ring, cover... SAMMY GUEVARA WON’T STAY DOWN!
Another Cross Rhodes, a third, both man spent, whip across, rana pin, reversed, trading pins...
Sammy Guevara wins by pinfall with a sunset flip to become the interim AEW TNT Champion.
Post-match, Daniel Garcia gets in Sammy’s face and slaps him! Guevara slaps him back and we have a brawl! Referees swarm and we go to break.
Back from commercial, we get a video package about what it means to be a champion that is also a recap of this week’s most monumental Dynamite.
Sammy Guevara is interviewed backstage.
He says he doesn’t give a shit about Daniel Garcia but he’ll put the interim title on the line against him on Dynamite this week.
Matt Sydal vs. Ricky Starks (c) (FTW Championship)
Sydal hot out the gates, Frankensteiner connects, catch a boot, back heel trip, corkscrew moonsault... NOPE! Small package, no good, leg kicks, Starks finally gets off a slam and gets his wits about him. To the floor, Will Hobbs plays enforcer and keeps Sydal away as we go to break.
Back from commercial, Starks with shoulder blocks, fired up, charging back elbow, true Uranage... NOPE! Trading strikes, up top, jockeying for position and Sydal snaps off a Frankensteiner, Michinoku Driver follows, spiking Ricky on his dome... BUT HE KICKS OUT!
Pumphandle roll through, victory roll, no good, Starks wants a Doctor Bomb but Matt slips out! Sydal with a knee, crucifix blocked, roundhouse kick connects, Lightning Spiral... NOT ENOUGH! Meteora off the top, cover... STARKS GETS A FOOT ON THE ROPES! Off the ropes, leapfrog, spear from Ricky!
Ricky Starks wins by pinfall with Roshambo to retain the FTW Championship.
Post-match, Starks attacks Sydal, who bravely tries to fight him off with upkicks but Hobbs joins the fun and puts boots to Matt! Lee Moriarty tries to make the save but just gets laid out! Dante Martin joins the fray and gets face to face with the Powerhouse! Right hands, Will shoves him aside but Martin blasts him with an enzuigiri and a dropkick that sends him running!
And so we go to break.
Back from commercial, we get a video package for our main event.
Dr. Britt Baker, DMD (c) vs. Riho (AEW Women’s World Championship)
Cautious in the feeling out, Rebel and Jamie Hayter already running interference and Baker pounces, punches and a side headlock! Off the ropes, elbow, Matrix evasion, Riho with a series of dropkicks to send Britt to the floor! Riho takes Rebel out with a crossbody off the top and gets in Jamie’s face!
Hayter and Baker set up a table on the floor but Riho powers up and takes Jamie out with a dropkick! Back inside, missile dropkick connects, Britt with the STO backbreaker in the corner and puts boots to her as we go to break.
Back from commercial, Riho with the double stomp... NOPE! Jockeying for position over a front chancery, whip to the corner, boots up, Riho snaps off a tijeras to put her in the corner! Sliding boot, Tiger feint kick, Riho up top but Rebel pulls Britt out of the way!
Back in position, diving double stomp, nothin’ there, Air Raid Crash... SO CLOSE! Off the ropes, nobody home on the stomp, trading right hands, big slap from Riho, Baker reverses a Dragon suplex into Lockjaw but she can’t get the crossface and Riho gets the ropes!
Trading pinfall attempts, Britt slips out, off the ropes and she hits the stomp... NOT ENOUGH! Referee Paul Turner’s finally had enough of the interference and he ejects Rebel and Hayter! Riho with a crucifix driver, bridging northern lights suplex... STILL NO!
Baker rolls through a Russian legsweep attempt, another stomp... RIHO WILL NOT STAY DOWN! But Britt is able to get Lockjaw...
Dr. Britt Baker, DMD wins by submission with Lockjaw, retaining the AEW Women’s World Championship.
That’s the show, folks.